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Rodriguez: “Your heart stops”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on May 29, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Indians Yankees BaseballWhen today’s game ended, Alex Rodriguez left Yankee Stadium and began making his way to New York-Presbyterian Hospital to check on David Huff. Before Rodriguez could get there, Huff was released from the hospital and was back with his teammates in time to catch the bus to the Indians hotel.

Rodriguez asked for Huff’s phone number so that he could call him this evening. Rodriguez wasn’t at the stadium to speak to the media, but he talked to Yankees media director Jason Zillo who passed along Rodriguez’s statement.

“Your heart stops,” Rodriguez said. “You want so badly to take it back. You’re scared. You think of him. You think of his family. You think of a million other places that the ball could have gone other than where it did. Why there? I mean, we’re playing a game. I know it’s a business too, but for all of us, playing it should always be a game first. When something like that happens right in front of your eyes it makes you think long and hard about things much bigger than throwing or hitting a baseball or running around the bases for a few hours a day.”

Associated Press photo of Rodriguez with third-base coach Rob Thomson.

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134 Responses to “Rodriguez: “Your heart stops””

  1. Jerkface May 29th, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    Its a shock he was able to keep playing.

  2. cs in la May 29th, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    nice, alex.

  3. Bret the Hitman May 29th, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    For Soria or Marmol?

    Brett Gardner + David Robertson + any one player from this bunch:

    Joba Chamberlain-p
    Manny Banuelos-p
    Jose Ramirez-p
    Zachary McAllister-p
    Brandon Laird-3b
    David Adams-2b
    Slade Heathcott-cf
    Kelvin De Leon-rf
    JR Murphy-c
    Gary Sanchez-c

    OR any 3 player combo with one pitcher and 2 position players from the above bunch.

    (note to Billy D who says the Royals will want Romine: There are 2 catchers on that list!)

  4. Betsy May 29th, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    Wow, hope he’s ok. YOu never want to see that….

    Wow, I’ve had no internet access from my hotel until now and I see that the Yankee blew another game? The more things change, the more they stay the same. I hardly followed the team at all the last few days, but it seemed like they were hitting their stride again. I see Joba was awful and that Robertson is hurt. This just doesn’t seem like our year.

    I was thrilled to see Granderson back, but Javy’s terrible performance is a real problem as he just can’t get anything going.

    Oh well…..Hope everyone is well!

  5. Yanks76 May 29th, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    That’s the turning point of the game.

    That turned the Momentum toward the Indians. And propelled the Indians to slug it out and win the game.

  6. LGY May 29th, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    CR9,

    It was very scary. Fortunately now that I am a little removed from the incident I can just enjoy and be happy she is ok.

    Somehow her leash became detached from her collar but I definitely double check it every time now before she goes out and plan to buy one of those climber carabiner clips to try to make sure it never happens again.

  7. Michelle May 29th, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    I wonder if any of CC’s, Robertson’s or Joba’s issues this season has to do with pitching into the world series last season. It happens to a lot of pitchers since they aren’t used to that work load. So it definitely could be part of their issues. The Phillies thought that was part of Hamels problems last season…besides only having 2 pitches.

  8. Luke May 29th, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    In case you didn’t see the game

    CC blew a 3 run lead early

    We then gave up a 6 run lead, twice, and he allowed the Indians to inch closer by a run both times.

    We handed a 5 run lead to Joba… and he blew it.

  9. Luke May 29th, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    *gave CC a 6 run lead

  10. Nick in SF May 29th, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    I am repeating this in the new thread since there was some question about whether Pat M made a particular comment in the previous one:

    It was Pat M who made the comment. I confirmed it with him via email.

    So if you thought it wasn’t him saying that, you were wrong. I can sort of understand why there would be a question about it given recent blog events, but what he said was perfectly consistant with what he’s said before on numerous occasions, so insisting it wasn’t him for various reasons was kind of silly.

    Not that there’s anything wrong with being kind of silly

  11. Mike May 29th, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    Michelle,

    But then what explains the other pitchers? Burnett has never thrown that many innings before, yet he is fine now. Andy, who should be the one affected considering his age, has looked awesome.

    Hughes looked gassed at the end of last year, but he has been great this year.

  12. m May 29th, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    michelle,

    I thought the same thing about CC. He’s had a huge load by Cleveland & the Brewers, too.

    But. He won’t use that as an excuse.

    You can tell from that pic that Alex was really affected. You can see he still has the football player in him.

  13. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos May 29th, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    Hoping that Huff has no after-effects.

    I have admittedly been back and forth on the board all day. Back and forth with the game. Lots to do on a Saturday afternoon.

    Anyway,

    A couple of things.

    Nick in SF is absolutely correct in stating that Pat M has most definitely been tough on Joba.

    Trisha, in Girardi’s statement regarding Huff and CC, it had more to do with the length that the situation added to the inning that he event itself that may have had an effect on CC. Many pitchers have trouble after sitting for a long inning – it’s why long innings are a two-edged sword.

    Betsy –

    Hope you’re have fun in the “windy city.” My DVD is on its way! Can’t wait to watch it. Miss you.

    Also, Girardi will NEVER throw a player under the bus in a press conference. And, it is a fact that Joe named Joba his EIG, so when he says in the conference, “Joba is our eighth inning guy,” it doesn’t necessarily mean that things will stay the same, just that Joba was our eighth inning guy and he went to him today for 4 outs and got one, 5 runs later. It referred to his expectations out of the 8th inning guy, not a blind loyalty. I have to believe that there will be many conversations taking place about the inconsistent results Joba has been getting as the “EIG.” Problem is, if not Joba, then who? That is the biggest question.

    Shame Robertson got hit the other night. It had a direct effect on today’s game.

    Today’s game was crummy. More than crummy, but it’s a public blog and I don’t use that language, but anyway…it is just today’s game. Tomorrow is another day.

    randy l -

    Wow! Gardner and Swisher saw 67 pitches between them??? Wow!

  14. Bret the Hitman May 29th, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    So Pat M is saying Joba should do hard time in AAA? I bet that was the real SJ44 in agreement with him.

  15. lemon May 29th, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    Goats of the game

    Joba
    CC
    Park
    Gaudin
    Gardner

    Anyone I missed? I was going to add Girardi, but I can’t. His pen sucks so much, anyone he goes to will probably get shelled.

  16. Betsy May 29th, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    I saw that Phil pitched a nice game yesterday…I can’t say I feel the same confidence in him in terms of how good he’ll be as I used to, but it was nice to see him get back on the beam -even though he faced an awful team.

  17. SAS May 29th, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    Hey, Betsy,

    Hope you are having a wonderful vacation.

  18. SAS May 29th, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    I wrote a long note that Joba should be sent down. This is not a forever thing. It is for his own good and that of the team, which comes first.

  19. Patrick NJ May 29th, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    Joba has been subpar for over a year. He was very average in the WS and was bailed out multiple times by Marte/MO.

    Don’t think the postseason accounts for his problems. He just is not the guy we thought he was going to be. He has regressed.

    Robertson doesn’t have much of a track record to say either way. There are hundreds of relievers who set the world on fire and then disappear. Maybe he is one of them.

    CC… could be, He has never struggled this badly into June before

  20. Bradley May 29th, 2010 at 6:48 pm

    No one mentioning how Gardner’s passiveness and refusal to steal cost us a run in the 7th?

    He does that too much – he has NO instincts at all.

  21. Erin May 29th, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    Ledger_Yankees Girardi: Following great start, “we’ve kind of treaded water since then. It’s frustrating for us.”

  22. Betsy May 29th, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    Doreen, I just took a dip in Lake Michigan fully clothed, lol. I didn’t want to go back and get my bathing suite and the water was so tempting….Yes, I’ve had a great time here – Chicago is a phenomenal city- but I’m looking forward to getting home. I’ve missed my friends here as well!

  23. Betsy May 29th, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    Hi SAS

    I’m having a great time – time to come home, though

  24. SAS May 29th, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    You can’t send Joba down and sit CC for a turn too. And, who know if David Robertson is going to be ok. This is a fine ‘kettle of fish’..

  25. Donnie Dodger May 29th, 2010 at 6:51 pm

    SJ and PAT M have been saying that about Joba for months. People just chose to ignore it.

    He had a clean slate this year and what has he done with it? 3 heartbreaking games in the last 10.

    Whether it is a slump, lack of confidence, arrogance, lack of motivation… doesn’t matter. The fact is, he is killing us now and needs to go down.

    Unless the Yanks are content with their once crown jewel being reduced to an inconsistent middle inning reliever who will be out of baseball in 2 years..

  26. Erin May 29th, 2010 at 6:51 pm

    Betsy-you’re in Chicago? Welcome! :)

  27. igotid88 May 29th, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    Betsy May 29th, 2010 at 6:45 pm
    I saw that Phil pitched a nice game yesterday…I can’t say I feel the same confidence in him in terms of how good he’ll be as I used to, but it was nice to see him get back on the beam -even though he faced an awful team.
    ———–

    An awful team that scored 13 runs. 5 against our ace.

  28. SAS May 29th, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    Betsy,

    So glad you are having fun. I am home with a bad cold, pre-pnemonia (sp?) type thing. Enjoy the time you have left.

  29. m May 29th, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    Betsy,

    What an odd statement. You don’t think Hughes will be as good as you thought he could be? None of us expected Hughes to sustain that great start, including yourself iirc.

    Just peeked at Hughes’ stats last night. He has a career ERA of 3.6. Not sure exactly what it was before, but I think it was over 5. Or at least near that. His ERA is regressing. And it’s awesome.

    I think Phil will be phabulous. Not sub-2 ERA fabulous, but he’s sub 3 and his career ERA is mid 3′s. There’s an article on CJ Wilson today. I haven’t read it. He’s doing great things, too, this season. But the dude is 29 years old. Phil’s only 22 (lol, I know. That’s not his real age. But that was the joke about Joba for a while. He’s only 22!)

  30. Nick in SF May 29th, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    BTW, m, a friend of mine from Mexico wrote something about LOST that made me laugh, thinking about the conversation here the other day, but I won’t share it if you prefer to drop it.

  31. RalphieD (OPPC) May 29th, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    my biggest concern is not with the yanks…its my concern over how some people deal with real problems in life…the way some people act over a baseball game is scary….what happens when real problems happen? crawl into the corner and suck their thumbs i bet…

  32. Old Man May 29th, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    The preferential treatment Joba gets is unbelievable. I love Cash, but his handling of Joba has been brutal. He has been handed everything, never had to work for anything. Guaranteed spot on the roster 3 straight years. Guaranteed 8th inning guy without deserving it. Guaranteed rotation spot last year, even after coming into camp out of shape. Guaranteed roster spot now regardless of how poorly he is pitching. Centered rules around him, not around him and the team, around him.

    Why didn’t Hughes, who was always better than Joba, get treated so royally? What did Joba do to become teflon?

  33. Betsy May 29th, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    I’m sorry if this was discussed, but what’s up with the new Phil Hughes’ rules?

    http://sports.espn.go.com/new-.....id=5227531

  34. VON Cloepfil May 29th, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    losing Ace has been even worse than feared.

    no one seems ready to step up, and other G.M.’s aren’t stupid — they know Cashman has no leverage. anyone they trade for now will likely come at too high a price.

    to be perfectly honest, it looks like the Red Sox aren’t the only team experiencing a bridge year in 2010.

  35. Nick in SF May 29th, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    (the joke about Joba was that that had been the joke about Phil — Phil’s age was the real joke)

  36. SAS May 29th, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    Phil pitched well. It seemed like a nice easy win; the way today should have been

  37. Joba's got to go!! May 29th, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    Most Aces true Aces) are going for win 6 0r 7. CC is still trying for win 5. He’s no Ace, just stealing Yankees money!

    Joba should be traded at the trade deadline, for Roy Oswalt, he’s cheap and could fit in with their rotation.

  38. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos May 29th, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    I think Joba should be sent to whichever level of minor league ball that’s going to fix him for however long it takes. I think AAA is NOT the place.

    Also, it is not a PUNISHMENT. That’s kind of silly. That would seem to be saying he’s being ineffective on purpose. That he’s not trying. I don’t think that’s the case.

    He is clearly not the same pitcher he was pre-shoulder. Sending him to the minor leagues would be to re-work him, not to punish him.

    He is he only “goat” of this game as far as I’m concerned.

    CC wasn’t great, but he left with a lead.

    I think it couldn’t have hurt to have Marte face one more hitter.

    But ultimately, Joba needed to get one out and didn’t get it until it was too late.

  39. m May 29th, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    No, SJ has not been saying that for months. He argued against it. 12 best pitchers, etc. Nothing to learn in Scranton, etc.

    Each time Joba and Phil had good outings, some combination of SJ and others would say something like, “See? Being in the Yankees bullpen is far better than anything they’d get in Scranton.”

  40. Richard May 29th, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    Joba deserves all the tongue lashing he gets.

    How the heck do you blow a 6 run lead at home to the last place Cavaliers!?!!?

    How is that even possible? Especially for a guy with Joba’s stuff?

    If you let Gaudin finish the final 3 innings, I guarantee he figures out a way to give up 9 outs without giving up 6 runs. We had this game, we had it. Joba decided he didn’t want it.

  41. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos May 29th, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    CC had people questioning his “ace-dom” prior to the ASB last season. He was inconsistent and he lost a big game to the Angels just prior to the ASB. After that he was unstoppable. So, I’m not worried about CC.

  42. Lucas Oil May 29th, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    If Cashman treated me as good as he treated Joba and not making him earn anything… I would have a sense of entitlement as well. I would also probably be fat too because I knew I could be out of shape and still stay on the team!

  43. m May 29th, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    Nick,

    Please share.

  44. igotid88 May 29th, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    Betsy May 29th, 2010 at 6:55 pm
    I’m sorry if this was discussed, but what’s up with the new Phil Hughes’ rules?

    http://sports.espn.go.com/new-…..id=5227531
    ————

    I think he has an 180ip limit. But I don’t think they’re going to do it like Joba.

  45. SAS May 29th, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    Betsy,

    No one here has mentioned that Phil was going to get extended time off, and with Joba being so dreadful, it seems like an impossibility. They are down at least Aceves, Robertson has a lower back strain. So I don’t know what they would do to skip him.

  46. Jerkface May 29th, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    They’re going to skip him and limit the kind of high stress innings he throws. Its not going to be like Joba where they had him throw retarded 3 inning outings. They said their plan is based on what Porcello did.

  47. Nick in SF May 29th, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    Ok, and English is not his first language:

    “somehow I wish the hype dies already because I hate people who haven’t
    really been following the show air their opinions about the finale and
    discard the whole series on that base :{ ”

    Unsolicited!

    (earlier in the email he complained about aspects of the finale, of course)

  48. Michelle May 29th, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    “But then what explains the other pitchers? Burnett has never thrown that many innings before, yet he is fine now. Andy, who should be the one affected considering his age, has looked awesome”
    ————————-

    Obviously every pitcher is different. The work loads will effect everyone different. Phil and Joba were clearly gassed by the world series, they couldnt get anyone out. CC has pitched a ton over the last couple of seasons. Also Girardi worked him very hard last season. If his arm was sore I would understand why.

  49. Damon enjoy 27....think 28 May 29th, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    Betsy
    If they don’t give him some rotation spots off, he’ll reach his innings limit a month before postseason . Eiland said he’s watching pitches more so than innings. If he goes 100 pitches and 5 innings, he’s laboring. If he goes 100 pitches in 7 innings this is good. Yankees need him for postseason fresh as possible.

  50. VON Cloepfil May 29th, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    I’m sorry if this was discussed, but what’s up with the new Phil Hughes’ rules?

    ———————-

    they haven’t really defined them yet. best guess would be to take a look at how the Tigers handled Porcello last season.

    best name for it I’ve heard so far: Phil-osophy.

  51. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos May 29th, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    Joba didn’t “decide” anything. He was totally ineffective. He couldn’t make a pitch to save his life. But I really doubt that was what he was aiming to do. The problem is he couldn’t make it better until it was too late. Heck, he could have given up 3 runs and still come out with the lead. (That’s one inherited and two of his own runs.)

    Right now Joba is too much of a question mark to trust. This wasn’t even a close game when he got the call. Close-ish, but save-able. Even if he wasn’t perfect. He had room to be imperfect. He was worse than that.

    Joba gets a lot of rope from a lot of different areas. I think he’s run out, finally.

  52. SAS May 29th, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    Doreen,

    You are probably right that Trenton or another pitching minor league might be better.

  53. CR9 May 29th, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    LGY

    Now you can look back on it and laugh, knowing you’ve got a great story to tell people.

    As for going all out to ensure her safety, I’m with you. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

    My Tiki used to be able wiggle out of her collar (which gave me some near tragedies, but rather comedies to tell), so I changed her to a harness.

    Then, she learned how to knock a leash off the harness. So I use 2 leashes on the harness!!

    If you dont me asking, what kind of puppy is she, and what is her name?

  54. Ranch May 29th, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    CC going 7 wouldn;t have changed anything

    Slobba would have just pitched the 8th instead and blown the game then, giving us one less inning to come back.

    But considering this team hardly completes comes back anymore, it wouldn;t have mattered.

  55. Terry from NH May 29th, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    Nice of Alex to attempt to talk to Huff.. I hope this doesn’t somehow put Arod into a funk.. It’s time to move on.. Huffs okay and will recover. The Indians grabbed momentum and Joba really brought out a bad side of me today. I am at the end of the Joba bandwagon.. I have completely lost faith in him.. He just doesn’t get it at all and that really bothers me after 3 years of being in the MLB.. I wouldn’t be sad to see him go, but he definately needs a stint in the Minors.. I love this team, but this loss today show a major flaw in the bullpen and his name is Joba… Thank God for Phil Hughes!!

  56. m May 29th, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    Nick,

    Lol. Your friend does not support freedom of speech? Boo!

    I may have been a little cavalier with my attitude, being so close to the happenings (this is as close to “Los Angeles” as I’ll ever be).

    But, it doesn’t change the fact that the show failed in other ways. Not just the ending. I cannot take the huge leaps of faith that millions of others took.

  57. braeden May 29th, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    Andy looks like the REAL Ace of the team!! He’s such a joy to watch.

  58. Gil L May 29th, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    this loss is much more disturbing than any other since 2008.

    mo giving up a grand slam to kubel – annoying, but happens.
    blowing a 5-1 lead to the red sox – highly annoying, but thames’ error was the key.
    today – no excuses.
    this team has a huge problem in the bullpen. championship teams don’t blow 6 runs leads against last place teams at home.
    it is beginning to feel like 2008 again.

    and no injuries excuse for the bullpen. with all due respect, the pen is at full force except for aceves. the twins lost their CLOSER for the season, and have a much better pen than us.

    this team seems unable to gain any momentum. 8-12 over the last 12 games. they are downtrending quickly…

  59. Michelle May 29th, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    The Yanks should look at Joba the way the Jays looked at Halladay. If Halladay was never sent down to the minors who knows what kind of pitcher he would be right now. He could be a 5th starter with a 5 era. Of course I am not saying that Joba is Halladay. But the Yanks have a big investment in Joba and they used to have a big arm there. If they still see promise there like the Jays did then they owe it to themselves to fix him in the minors. He is just getting wasted right now and regressing.

  60. SAS May 29th, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    Actually, without Phil pitching there may be no post season. They can use him in the bullpen during September and plan to use him there in the post season.

  61. John May 29th, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    Time to try Mitre in the 8th inning

    Park – horrible and a HR machine
    Gaudin – horrible and a HR machine
    Robertson – ineffective and now hurt
    Marte -inconsistent
    Joba – the worst of the bunch

    Give Mitre 3-4 games in the 8th inning to see if he can be the bridge to Rivera.

  62. Betsy May 29th, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    M, no AL pitchers (or very few) pitch to sub 2 ERAs or sub 3 ERAs; I wasn’t holding Phil to that standard. He just doesn’t look like a future stud to me -and by that I mean the#1 I thought he was going to be. His velocity has dropped and his FB does not appear to be the same. Why is it that a 23 year old is losing velocity in May? His curve is inconsistent and his cutter isn’t a great pitch. We won’t even discuss the change. I didn’t say he’s a bad pitcher at all, but he doesn’t look like a #1 to me. Pelfrey is better and so is Buchholz (and it kills me to say this).

    I am not bashing him, I just don’t think right now he looks all that great.

  63. m May 29th, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    Oh. Before anyone gets all in a tizzy. I didn’t mean the show failed. But there have been criticisms (by others) about the turns the show took in order to stretch its shelf life.

  64. Jerkface May 29th, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    Lol. Your friend does not support freedom of speech? Boo!

    Well he is Mexican. Your head ends up deposited on a basketball court from a trash bag if you start gettin all free with your speech. Don’t let Los Zetas hear you badmouth LOST in mexico.

  65. Michelle May 29th, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    What a joke the AAA NL is

    Carlos Silva struck out a career-high 11 over seven shutout innings in a 5-0 win over the Cardinals on Saturday afternoon. .

  66. Nick in SF May 29th, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    Yes, his free speech was to complain about the people who use theirs to complain. But maybe he has some unresolved issues.

    “But, it doesn’t change the fact that the show failed in other ways.”

    It must have failed you a long time ago if you quit that early. But there’s nothing wrong with that.

  67. trisha - Yanks on the way to 28! May 29th, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    Nick in SF, I was really surprised – okay I wasn’t surprised at all – that you took exception with what I said to Randy but had no trouble with his comments to me that precipitated it. After all, one day when I gave you an in-kind response to one of your comments to me, your advice was that just because you acted like an “immature jerk” (I believe that was the quote) I shouldn’t stoop to your level.

    It appears to me that you think that it’s okay for the cheap shot artists to do their thing but the targets should just stand there like martyrs.

    :lol:

    Uh, no.

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

    For those who think that was the real SJ, someone already said he said he wouldn’t be around this weekend because he’d be at his nephew’s games.

  68. Betsy May 29th, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    What does that mean, limit the high stress innings he throws? If he starts struggling in a game, they will take him out right away? That won’t help his stamina.

    I’ve no idea what to do with Joba.

    I take it the shot Ace got didn’t work?

    Erin, I’m leaving tomorrow… :(

    SAS, feel better!

  69. m May 29th, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    Betsy,

    I hear you. I don’t agree, but I see what you’re saying.

    Hughes has a great future, and I think he does have the potential to be an ace. Getting “knocked” around 2 times, failure to use his change as much as some would like, and inconsistency hasn’t changed my mind.

    The kid has it. Whatever it is, he has it.

  70. Jerkface May 29th, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    The advantage of martyrdom is that you are no longer able to communicate.

  71. HughesTheAce May 29th, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    Betsy -

    Why did you change the brackets to the side of your name and delete them????

  72. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos May 29th, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    m -

    I didn’t watch LOST. Not a single episode, not even a fraction of an episode. But it seems to me that an awful lot of shows that last a long time take a bunch of turns to stretch their shelf lives. :) Many “jump the shark.” :)

  73. Jerkface May 29th, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    limit the high stress innings he throws

    It means if he is getting easy outs and not really struggling, you leave him in. If he is getting boxed and having long innings, you pull him at 100 like a regular starter.

  74. Betsy May 29th, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    Damon, we may not have to worry about a post-season; this team has pretty serious flaws.

  75. Gil L May 29th, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    where do you get bullpen help?

    it’s too early, as most teams are still in it.
    who isn’t?
    indians – would they trade chris perez? doubtful.
    houston – no one worth getting.
    pirates – really no one worth getting.
    kc – of course, soria. can we make that happen?
    arizona – qualls anyone?

    are only option is to suck it up, and please – give romulo sanchez a real chance!

  76. Terry from NH May 29th, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    They should realign the leagues and move some AL teams to the NL.. The NL is a joke when you see Carlos Silva go to 7-0 with 11 K’s vs the Cards..

  77. Erin May 29th, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    Betsy May 29th, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    Erin, I’m leaving tomorrow

    ***********************
    Have a good trip home-hope you enjoyed your time here!

  78. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos May 29th, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    What the heck’s up with the Mets game? The Bears? What? What are they doing a “tribute” to?

  79. Betsy May 29th, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    Hughes, I’m using the hotel’s computer; when I get back home, you’ll see my normal tag line there.

  80. Sams Club May 29th, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    Joba is the EIG because he has the best stuff on the team outside MO.

    Robertson ……… straight 91 MPH fastballs with mediocre control and inconsistant breaking ball
    Park……… Batting practice 91 MPH fastballs straight
    Mitre ……… gets torched by lefties
    Gaudin…… torched by lefties, gives up the long ball, mediocre control
    Marte……. only good when his breaking ball shows up, which is about 50% of the time

    So, which one of the characters above is a better option than Joba? Joba has the best stuff, the 2nd or 3rd best control, the best breaking pitch, the lowest HR tendency of all these guys…..

  81. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos May 29th, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    The New York Cubans?????

  82. Nick in SF May 29th, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    Jerkface, I wouldn’t badmouth LOST anyplace south of Fresno.

    It’s easy to talk tough on an island. Like that untrustable punk Churchill!

  83. Jerkface May 29th, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    Phil Hughes average velocity on his fastball was actually higher in May. Overall his velocity is fine. His final 4seamer last night was 94 mph.

  84. trisha - Yanks on the way to 28! May 29th, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    Doreen, thanks for the info on what Joe said. I did have it taping because I had to run out and was going to play it back because I wasn’t totally sure of what he said.

    jerkface, you certainly earned your name when you said it was a “nice try.” Were you thinking that I thought nobody else watches the postgame and therefore I was going to make something up?

  85. Betsy May 29th, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    M, we’ll see – I don’t get where his velocity went, to tell the truth – and I’m not a velocity person. I don’t think he has any really great pitches – that’s the problem.

    Erin, I’m in love with Chicago. This is my 2nd time and I couldn’t love it more. I’m going on a crusade to stop people from talking about it like it’s NY, but smaller. It’s it’s own city with it’s own identity and doesn’t deserve to be in NY’s shadow .

  86. Jerkface May 29th, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    Were you thinking that I thought nobody else watches the postgame and therefore I was going to make something up?

    Well you certainly tried. Or you purposefully mistook what Girardi said to try and bend it to your argument. You always look for stupid stuff like that, its why I call you ‘Told Ya So’ Trisha. On account of you got the told-you-so’s.

  87. Michelle May 29th, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    “He just doesn’t look like a future stud to me -and by that I mean the#1 I thought he was going to be”
    ———————

    Phil’s secondary pitches must improve if he is going to take his game to the next level. His fastball is very good but his curveball is inconsistent. He needs to be able to go to other pitches when he needs them. All of that will depend on how good he will be.

  88. pat May 29th, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    m

    Who’s a minimum player?

  89. m May 29th, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    Doreen,

    How about being the human “jump the shark” Ted McGinley (?) ?

  90. Voice of Reason May 29th, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    But why are we settling for Joba being merely “one of the 12 best arms”?

    Don’t we someday want him to be THE or one of the best on the team? That is why you send him to AAA, to maybe fix him so he can rediscover that magic that made him special. Are we content with a mediocre middle reliever who can’t be trusted in big spots? Because thats all he is as long as he is up here. And he is costing us games too.

    It’s not like this guy is helping us either. He is no different than the other clowns in our pen except for the fact that he has a big name. We should be trying to get him right, not content with what he is now.

  91. Betsy May 29th, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    The Yankees signed Gaudin again?

  92. Steve May 29th, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    There is blame to go around but in the final analysis, Joba Chamberlain gets the lion’s share.
    Blowing a 5 run lead for what is supposed to be a setup man is a disgrace.
    It’s happened too many times for him to be trusted. He’s out of excuses.

  93. m May 29th, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    pat,

    Who’s the player that was wearing the checked shirt? And you said that he probably got it where Alex & Tom shopped? And I said, no way he couldn’t afford it being a minimum salary player?

  94. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos May 29th, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    Sams Club -

    He may have the best raw “stuff,” but he ain’t cookin’ it into the same thing twice!!! :lol:

  95. Nick in SF May 29th, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    hey Trisha!

    If I missed randy calling you a twit or some such word, my apologies!

    And I did tell him I thought his retort to you later was a bad idea. And I still think it was.

    Hey, stand up for yourself ’til the cows come home, if you think you need to.

    But if you think someone has been unfair or to you or has taken a ‘cheap shot’, how does it make you a better person to lower yourself to their level?

  96. pat May 29th, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    swbyankeesTT Strasburg fell behind Golson 2-0. Ended up blowing him away with a 99 fastball.

  97. HughesTheAce May 29th, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    Okay Betsy –

    Keep the faith – two average starts by Hughes – especially where his strike to ball ratio was not bad – does not mean the kid does not have a bright future – especially when you are comparing him to Pelfrey and Bucholz – who are both are around two years older than him. Keep giving the kid a chance – and the velo has looked good this month too on the four seamer – the cutter was nice last night – the curve – he got the Cleveland ss out on it when he needed to end the sixth I believe – the change will come – but I would NOT judge Hughes based on the Red Sox and Mets starts – the important thing is the kid is staying aggressive and staying confident for the most part.

  98. Gil L May 29th, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    strasburg vs. scranton – 1IP, 2K… montero off today, far away from the 100MPH heater…
    stoneburner starting strong today for tampa – 4IP 0ER

  99. m May 29th, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    Betsy!!

    He has one of the best fastballs (in my uniformed opinion)!! And he’s only 22!

  100. Trevor May 29th, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    “The Yankees signed Gaudin again?”

    Yep. He’s great against righty’s and is brutal against lefty’s.

  101. randy l. May 29th, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    randy l. May 29th, 2010 at 3:37 pm
    players play with without thinking about injury or they couldn’t do what they do.
    sabathia is not going to let it into his head about huff getting hit.
    it’s a luxury he or any mlb pitcher can’t let happen or they won’t be pitching for long.

    trisha – Yanks on the way to 28! May 29th, 2010 at 3:43 pm
    I don’t believe for a minute that a pitcher who has just seen another pitcher down on the mound after getting hit in the head by a ball isn’t affected by it. I know you think you have a beat on every movement, thought, action, desire, etc. of every player who has ever played the game of baseball, but I would say you’re thinking about the wind-up doll version of life.
    While it may not stay with him forever, he is human. And he’s a pitcher. And his struggles today didn’t begin until after that happened. And if he was affected by it, it would be extremely understandable. Maybe it affected his rhythm and he couldn’t get it back.

  102. Nick in SF May 29th, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    @Doreen: The New York Cubans were a Negro League team.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_York_Cubans

  103. Clark May 29th, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    Girardi said that Joba is still his EIG in the postgame, didn’t he?

    Again, the guy gets preferential treatment because of his name.

  104. S.A.--Serenity Now May 29th, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    Doreen – GTLU Stuff & Photos May 29th, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    What the heck’s up with the Mets game? The Bears? What? What are they doing a “tribute” to?

    ========

    Negro League tribute

    http://milwaukeecourieronline......or-may-29/

  105. pat May 29th, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    ooooh. That would be Master Philip but maybe Mummy bought the shrt for him.

    The scarf is 10 bucks on any street corner in NYC ($5 if wait until the tourists walk away and tell them you’re a local)

  106. Trade Joba May 29th, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    The speculation was that Gaudin was signed because the news on Aceves wasn’t good.

    The Post had a report that he could be done for the year. Cash didn’t substantiate that though.

  107. Mike May 29th, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    New Post

  108. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos May 29th, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    Is it the Newark Bears, then?

    I didn’t read the newspaper this morning, and I ahven’t watched an entire Mets game (or even huge chunks of a Mets game, or small chunks for that matter) in a while, so I had no idea they were doing that.

    Thanks for the ‘splanation. :)

  109. trisha - Yanks on the way to 28! May 29th, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    About Pat M – I’m surprised that he wouldn’t have come back on the forum and said it was him saying those things (though if it were an imposter he could do the same thing) and also surprised he didn’t email me to tell me it was really him since I’m the one who suggested it.

    Since Pat M’s comments about the lack of fan support after Yankee losses have been on here very recently, I, like CR, didn’t believe it was him. The last thing I would have ever expected from Pat M,. both from his posting here and from our email conversations, would have been him making reference to “blind loyalty.”

    If he feels what he said is consistent with things he’s said here, I’d be interested in knowing which things he’s referring to. Absent your representation that you emailed him and he verified that he made the comments, I would still absolutely believe it was an imposter.

  110. Nick in SF May 29th, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    Insert Arrow here! ——->

  111. Betsy May 29th, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    I agree with Doreen – Joba needs to be reworked. Send him to A or AA, but do something. I have no idea if that was the real SJ, but who would give anything for Joba at this point? Now, if Joba’s problems are in his head, then that’s a real problem.

  112. Damon enjoy 27....think 28 May 29th, 2010 at 7:40 pm

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  113. trisha - Yanks on the way to 28! May 29th, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    Nick, it certainly doesn’t make anyone a “better” person to respond to cheap shots, but it certainly makes them human if they reach a limit and don’t want to be batted around anymore. Believe me, when it comes to Randy, I have sucked it up for a long time. Has that made me the better person? I would think so, especially when his petty vindictiveness is based on me criticizing Posada and Joe Torre. It all started then and it hasn’t stopped. Seriously if I responded the way I wanted to, to all of his pettiness and nastiness, he’d be on the ground and he wouldn’t get up. I hold back because of course nobody wants to sign up for non-stop BS between two posters. I respect that. Obviously he does not because his harassment is ongoing.

    I do find it interesting though that some of the regulars (not you here because you have stepped out on some occasions and told him to cease and desist and I’ve thanked you for that) only seem to tire of the situation when I decide to say something back to him. They don’t seem to have any difficulty with the endless crap he throws out there. My feeling is if you don’t want to get involved, I totally understand that. But don’t save your disdain for the few times I decide to stand up for myself.

    And again, there have been several posters who have told him to back off here on the forum, and I greatly appreciate that.

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    randy l. May 29th, 2010 at 3:37 pm
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    sabathia is not going to let it into his head about huff getting hit.
    it’s a luxury he or any mlb pitcher can’t let happen or they won’t be pitching for long.

    trisha – Yanks on the way to 28! May 29th, 2010 at 3:43 pm
    I don’t believe for a minute that a pitcher who has just seen another pitcher down on the mound after getting hit in the head by a ball isn’t affected by it. I know you think you have a beat on every movement, thought, action, desire, etc. of every player who has ever played the game of baseball, but I would say you’re thinking about the wind-up doll version of life.
    While it may not stay with him forever, he is human. And he’s a pitcher. And his struggles today didn’t begin until after that happened. And if he was affected by it, it would be extremely understandable. Maybe it affected his rhythm and he couldn’t get it back.

    hey trisha-

    your timeline is a little off who started things today.

    anyone else who wants to take a look it’s pretty easy to see. no one was talking to her.

  115. trisha - 28 is on its way!!! May 29th, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    Well DUH! As always, it’s you flying in as soon as I make a comment, to try to discredit it. Who were you talking to, the tooth fairy? I made the comment about CC being distracted by what happened to Huff.

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