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A way to get it done

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on May 30, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Indians Yankees BaseballAfter striking out two straight batters, Mariano Rivera finished today’s game by leaping over a fragment of broken bat, knocking down a comebacker and making the play for the final out.

“Mo is by far the best athlete on this team and I think anyone would tell you that,” Mark Teixeira said. “You should see him pregame catching fly balls in the outfield. You should see him run and workout. If he had decided 20 years ago to become a center fielder, he’d probably be a Hall of Fame center fielder too.”

Joe Girardi agreed.

“I’m not sure a lot of pitchers could have made that play,” Girardi said. “They might have gotten out of the way of the bat and not caught the ball, or vice versa. It was a really amazing play. I’ve always talked about Mo, what a great athlete he is, and that’s what we saw.”

Rivera, of course, only laughed when a group of reporters huddled around his locker and asked about it.

“It’s an out,” he said. “You have to find a way to get it done.”

Associated Press photo of Rivera with Francisco Cervelli.

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289 Responses to “A way to get it done”

  1. mick May 30th, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    Mo is indeed one of a kind. A special ballplayer and man.

  2. mick May 30th, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    # trisha – #28 on its way!!! May 30th, 2010 at 8:45 pm

    My soul belongs to the Yankees. My heart belongs to the underdogs. I started rooting for the Yankees at a very young age. They’re my team. But they’re my team whether they’re in first or last place. So that may make it seem like they’re not my main rooting interest, but they are.
    =========================
    Believe it or not many die a little each time the Yanks lose.
    Inexplicable but true.

  3. m May 30th, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    repost:

    Chad,

    I’m so close to tears right now. (no, it’s not the randy/trisha thing).

    Just finished reading your article on Juan Miranda. What perseverance! Just heartbreaking that he can’t see his family. Not to get political or anything, but I hope the day will come when families on both sides of the water can be reunited.

    How can any Yankee fan not root for Juan Miranda?
    ______________________________________________________________

    I still can’t believe guys know what’s coming and still can’t do anything with it. I hope Mo doesn’t get burned out with the “As far as you can go, then give it to Mo” plan. :(

  4. whoever May 30th, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    Repost

    trisha – #28 on its way!!! May 30th, 2010 at 8:33 pm
    “Trisha and Randy both should stop. It is so tangled, who cares who started it.”

    WHOEVER – I am happy to do so. Starting now. If I don’t have company please remind the other party that he is making it difficult for everyone else here if he continues the babyish behavior
    =====

    I respectfully asked if you both would stop and just start talking about baseball. You agree and have to put in “if he continues the babyish behavior”.

    Trisha you have made over 25 posts about this, why? Please move on.

    I’m done, no other comments from me on this. As in ‘Sisyphus’ this goes on and on, no end

  5. m May 30th, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    lol, technically a repost is another comment on the subject!

  6. randy l. May 30th, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    “HELL NO! I want him to forget I exist.”

    that’s a little hard when you and your buddy CR9 go over 15 % of the posts on the blog.

    why don’t you voluntarily try to keep your posts down to 5% of the blog total ?

    i’ll do the same.

    of course for me that would be easy , but would cramp your style so there’s no way you’d agree to it.

    i went over ten per cent the other night with jerkface on our late night cevelli/romine debate, but rarely do i ever get over 5 %.

    i don’t think anyone should post more than 5% except in unusual circumstances.

    if you want to call off this war of words, i think an agreement to stay under 5% of blog comments is a good place to start.

    if someone is going to go over that they really need to start their own blog.

    you included.

    i think everyone else on the blog would be really happy if you and me both stayed under the 5% number.

    i’ll do it if you’ll do it.

  7. MG May 30th, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    I just read the previous thread as well as the old thread regarding Jorge’s alleged inability to catch some pitchers and have to laugh. I pitched a long time ago in high school and college and have watched baseball games for 40 years as a pitcher and just don’t understand those of you who keep trying to find reasons why other catchers are better ‘fits’ for some of the Yankees starters.

    Look, baseball is a simple game when it comes to pitching-you have a few pitches, you can throw each of them in various spots, and it’s tough for batters to hit pitches thrown in the right places. The catcher calls the pitch and you throw it unless, for some reason, you don’t feel comfortable locating that pitch in the place where the glove is going to be. How in the world can that be something all that complicated. Pitchers get hit hard when they miss the target. Take AJ for example-he gets hit hard when he misses inside the strike zone; when he misses outside the zone he walks guys. His improvement overall this year, as CB has mentioned, is the use of the 2 seam fastball which seems to move much less side to side so is easier to control.

    None of this has anything to do with the catcher, he is there to follow the game plan and give you a good target. I don’t see any reason to have a pitcher constantly shake off the signs unless (and until) the pitches being called are consistently being hit. Just get the pitch in the right place with some movement and life and you’ll have a good career. Having Jorge behind the plate gives you a better chance to win because of his offensive abilities.

  8. Uncle Ellsworth May 30th, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    I know a nice B&B in New Bedford….

  9. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos May 30th, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    Chad -

    Thank you for posting Mo’s reaction to his play. He is truly one of a kind!

  10. Pat M. May 30th, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    GB7…….I think about you on this day……Although I was very outspoken and attended demonstrations to protest America’s involvement in Vietnam, I never ever lost sight of all those who served our country in arms……Over the years I’ve come to realize a greater appreciation and respect for all those who really put it on the line…..And for that I thank you and anyone here who served and wore the uniform of the USA……I know I get on the soap box every Memorial Day GB to say the same thing, however I know I speak for many here in expressing a sincere thank You

  11. Pat M. May 30th, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    MG….Good piece

  12. trisha - #28 on its way!!! May 30th, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    randy,

    This isn’t about numbers of posts on a blog. Stay with me. I personally don’t care how much you post or don’t post. I don’t care how much anyone posts. For the most part the only time I’m around is pretty much before a game or during the game. There are posters here infinitely more than I am and who post infinitely more than I do when they are around. So if when I am here I post more than a certain percent, it’s probably because I’m doing a lot of catching up.

    More importantly, I think we should agree to ignore each other’s posts if we can’t be sincerely respectful. Either that or declare a truce and stick to it. I can do either without a problem.

    What do you think?

  13. MG May 30th, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    Pat M. May 30th, 2010 at 9:08 pm
    MG….Good piece
    ———————————–
    Pat M, thanks, coming from you that’s a real compliment…

  14. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 30th, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    I love Mo – actually, I worship Mo. He’s the only player I’ve never gotten mad at, not once. When he fails, I feel bad for him….

  15. pat May 30th, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    Game thread much more an enjoyable read knowing the outcome of the game.

    Easier to be amused by the comments rather than annoyed when you know people will be eating those words in a few minutes.

    Props to AJ, Jeter, Tex and Mo today.

    Also happy to hear Huff feeling as good as he is.

  16. mick May 30th, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    . When he fails, I feel bad for him….
    =========================
    Because it’s so rare.

  17. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 30th, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    MG, I love your insights. That said, I have no problem with a pitcher shaking off a catcher if he prefers to throw another pitch. I do not believe in personal catchers, though; I think a pitcher had better be able to throw to many different catchers in his career because that’s how it’s going to be. If you can pitch, you can pitch, no matter who is behind the plate.

  18. mick May 30th, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    Where are your seats tmw Betsy?

  19. m May 30th, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    trisha,

    If you held up your end of the bargain, it would definitely earn you brownie points. :)

  20. Question May 30th, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    Shouldn’t Cano bat clean up? He holds the most hits , (over 70) in the league, 10 HR, close to 40 RBI. Part of Alex’s problem is nobody on before him. Either way a line up shift might be looming for the team, and Cano might get a lift in the batting order.

  21. Pat M. May 30th, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    Tin Cup……Time to move on old buddy…..

  22. MG May 30th, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    Trisha, how about just getting some new material? The thousands of posts about Jorge’s ‘issues’ behind the plate over the past couple of years just get tiresome. I stopped arguing with you about this last year when you contended that the Yankees had a record of 10 games under .500 with Jorge behind the plate when it was exactly the opposite and have ignored whatever you say about that since then but just give it a rest already.

  23. trisha - #28 on its way!!! May 30th, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    Welcome back Betsy.

    :)

  24. mick May 30th, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    If you can pitch, you can pitch, no matter who is behind the plate.
    ====================
    Don’t tell that to Gibson or Carlton.

  25. blake May 30th, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    “Mo is by far the best athlete on this team and I think anyone would tell you that,” Mark Teixeira said.”

    Which is one reason he can repeat his delivery with machine like precision. People always get on guys that can’t do that but its an athletic ability that some guys just can do better than others…just like some guys can run faster and jump higher.

  26. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 30th, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    That’s true about Mo’s failures being rare. I have no right to get mad at Mo for anything he does or doesn’t do.

  27. trisha - #28 on its way!!! May 30th, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    MG – uh, what are you taking about? Who’s talking about Jorge’s “issues” behind the plate?

  28. m May 30th, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    Wha?! Alex can’t hit without somebody on base?!

  29. trisha - #28 on its way!!! May 30th, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    mel, I don’t want brownie points. I want peace.

  30. mick May 30th, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    Mo looks sharper each time out.
    I believe part of his recent failures have been due to inactivity.
    The more he pitches, the sharper he gets.

  31. blake May 30th, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    “I know I get on the soap box every Memorial Day GB to say the same thing, however I know I speak for many here in expressing a sincere thank You”

    cosigned.

  32. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 30th, 2010 at 9:20 pm

    Hi Trish, thanks! I had to pay $6 per 15 minutes in order to use the internet at the hotel (it really was just a business kiosk and not meant for ordinary use), so I’m very glad to be home, lol. I was actually fine without the computer for a few days – it was a good thing and I probably needed a break.

    Mick, section 124, row 12. LOL I have no idea where that is and the weather is supposed to be icky -scattered thunderstorms. Actually, the weather isn’t going to be good all week. My father is annoyed that we’re set to see Javy – he would have hoped for Phil or even Andy, who bores him (for some reason, he thinks we’ve seen Andy a lot)

  33. trisha - #28 on its way!!! May 30th, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    blake, I’m with you too on that. God bless you GB and all of our other sisters and brothers who have served our country and allow us to spend our time on a baseball forum while they safeguard our peace.

  34. mick May 30th, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    Those are great seats, can I have your Dad’s?…Andy goes tmw.

  35. Question May 30th, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    m

    Alex isn’t getting anything good to hit because the bases are open, not saying he can’t hit. But Cano would be a threat for any pitcher before Alex comes to the plate, if he were in Tex’s spot.

  36. Tarheelyank May 30th, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    Randy

    Come on Randy Posting %. I told you the other day you are better than this whole thing. You need to stop. I feel she is responding to you, not the other way around. There is a lot of posters on here who I feel post nonsense. I have gottten real good at seeing a name and skipping right past it. My problem is neither of your names are on the list that I skip. So please Do the right thing, Stop.

    Pat M

    Thanks for reminding all of us about GB and all the veterans who deserve our gratitude.

  37. mick May 30th, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    Can you imagine when the 3 of them get hot together??!!!!

  38. trisha - #28 on its way!!! May 30th, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    Betsy, I think you scored awesome seats! I think they are going to be pretty close to the field, 1st base side.

  39. mick May 30th, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    betsy behind the visitors dugout

  40. RMS May 30th, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    I love Mo. He is old school, no fist pumps, no twirls, no arms pointing skyward. Dignity and Class, all the time.

  41. mick May 30th, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    don’t wear an indians cap

  42. randy l. May 30th, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    trisha -

    i think it is about number of posts.

    game posts – under 5% ( any other post no limit )

    that’s 50 comments on 1000 posts.

    if both of us agree to do it, the blog gets better.
    you want to agree to ignore each other ?
    keep it under 5% on game threads and i agree.

    if anyone else voluntarily agrees to keep it under 5% , it gets even better.

    it stops anyone from being a blog hog and dominating the conversation.

    it also makes it much easier to ignore someone if you choose to.

    try it for a week.

    trial period.

  43. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 30th, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    Mo is extraordinarily cat-like on the mound – he’s so graceful.

    I’d like to convey my thanks to all the men and women who have put and are putting their lives on the line for our country. They are true heroes in every sense of the word. I wish I could be more eloquent, but the words really aren’t coming at this time, unfortunately.

  44. GreenBeret7 May 30th, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    Pat M., I and my friends with the funny little green hats and anyone that spent part of their life in the military thank you for that. People did those jobs for a lot of reasons, but, they all helped the guys in the sticks. We couldn’t have done our jobs without those guys doing theirs. The real unsung heroes are the doctors and nurses that patched up the boo-boos.

    Just hearing a thank you from people is the best thing one can receive.

    Once again, Pat…thanks for the recognition from all of us.

  45. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 30th, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    Mick, I don’t think so, lol – we’re taking some of his clients. My dad is going to be shmoozing and enjoying the game at the same time. I know these guys – they’re very nice. Well, hopefully the weather will cooperate and so will Javy.

  46. Pat M. May 30th, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    GB, You are most welcome, just promise us you’ll leave the golf clubs in the garage……

  47. mick May 30th, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    so will Javy.
    ===========
    Dont you read my posts(HA) its Andy not Javy.

  48. Rich in NJ May 30th, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    Having Granderson back has given the team a lift.

    Cano is now a joy to watch.

  49. Rich in NJ May 30th, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    “Alex isn’t getting anything good to hit because the bases are open, not saying he canr’t hit. ”

    Alex is missing some very hittable pitches. It happens.

  50. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 30th, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    Oh yeah, lol. My brother-in-law shares season tickets with his brother, so he sometimes gives us his tickets. The last time I went to a game, we were behind the Yankees dugout and Phil and AJ were chatting for a long time. I spend most of my time running back and forth between my seat and the area by the seats where I could get good pictures of them, lol.

    No Tribe hat, but my father asked me if I was going to wear my Yankee shirt (one of them, anyway). I guess I might – I don’t normally make a point of doing it, though.

  51. trisha - #28 on its way!!! May 30th, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    Randy, again I think that’s crazy. Look at CB’s posts for instance. He may only post 6 or 7 times in a game but the length of his posts are the equivalent of 50 of someone else’s. So do we now count lines in each post?

    What people here are asking for is civility in posts. That is what I am offering.

    To use Betsy as an example, she is a passionate poster regarding Phil Hughes. Are you going to ask her to start counting her posts? (Betsy, no offense since I am not advocating people count posts. Just giving Randy an example.) Or are you going to tell Erica she can only have 5% of the posts in a thread where there isn’t a lot going on and so the discussion turns to the Muppets?

    I refuse to count posts especially since I am absent more than present, but I can offer civility. I think that’s much more important and relevant.

  52. nat May 30th, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    now if only lardo joba can learn to be fit and athletic as mo. he needs to stay away from the beer pong tables and concentrate on pitching

  53. trisha - #28 on its way!!! May 30th, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    And Randy – since there is no way to know how many posts there will end up being, it is impossible to know what 5% is! And if there’s a lot happening in a game, and not a lot of people around, those on the thread will naturally contribute more.

    IMO you’re setting up artificial barriers and dooming the situation to failure.

  54. mick May 30th, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    Trish and Randy-
    Please note how well Betsy and I are getting along.
    You see it can be done.
    Signed;
    Henry Kissinger

  55. mick May 30th, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    And Betsy whatever you do please don’t decide to swim fully clothed in he Hudson River, oh sorry that was Lake Michigan.

  56. GreenBeret7 May 30th, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    big night for trenton tonight. They beat new Hampshere 13-2 behind Lance Pendleton line of 7 innings, 4 hits, 2 runs, 2 walks, 6 strikeouts.

    Lots of big bats. Romine was 2-4 with a double and 3 runs scored, Daniel Brewer with a grand slam, Austin Krum was 2-4 with a homer and 2 RBI and Brandon Laird was 3-5 with a double, homer, 3 runs scored and 3 RBI (50 on the season).

    Scranton lost 6-4 because of Sanchez’ wildness. Montero was 0-3 with a sac fly.

    Trenton box score

    http://web.minorleaguebaseball.....x_nhmaax_1

  57. trisha - #28 on its way!!! May 30th, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    Betsyu, mick is right. I was thinking odd/even, but it isn’t. You are right behind the visitor’s dugout, close to the field. Those are mighty sweet seats!

  58. GreenBeret7 May 30th, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    Pat M. May 30th, 2010 at 9:31 pm
    GB, You are most welcome, just promise us you’ll leave the golf clubs in the garage……

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

    LMAO. Somebody stole my golf clubs. I believe that it was the ghost of Orville Moody.

  59. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 30th, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    I don’t want to jump in the middle of this, but I don’t think it’s necessarily a good thing to parse the # of posts people have. Posting a lot isn’t bad – posting rarely isn’t bad. That’s the extent of my intrusion; I have enough problems on this board without involving myself in a “fight” between other posters. I will just say that in real life, not everyone gets along – that’s just how it is. Therefore, this is how it is on blogs and message boards as well.

  60. blake May 30th, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    Peace, love, harmony everyone..:)

  61. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 30th, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    LOL um, No Mick – that is something Chicago has over NY in spades. I do not believe I will be swimming in the Hudson/East Rivers anytime soon, lol. I’m obsessed with Lake Michigan. It’s so pure and beautiful- and I’m glad I did it. I’m generally a conservative person, so taking the leap fully clothed into Lake Michigan was a big deal for me, lol.

  62. mick May 30th, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    kumbaya! :)

  63. mick May 30th, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    Well, to all a good night and may the Yanks win tomorrow.

  64. Jerkface May 30th, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    Maybe their wouldn’t be so much trouble if Trisha posted something other than:

    “I’m totally fine with *score at the time * because the yankees will win anyways! TRUE FANS recognize *some inane comment*

    I’m going to go not watch the game now! BYE!”

  65. trisha - #28 on its way!!! May 30th, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    Betsy, I think most here would agree. And I’m with Tarheel in that it is very easy to go past certain posts if you want to.

    I have offered either civility and respect or just ignoring the posts. I’ll do either.

    Peace, love, harmony from my house also.

    :)

  66. mick May 30th, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    But remember, in the heat of the moment, we will all revert back to the wretched selves others perceive us to be.

  67. randy l. May 30th, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    i like betsy and i like erica but i think it wouldn’t hurt them too to keep it under 5% of 1000 posts.

    do you know what 100 posts looks like out of a thousand posts ? it’s too many.

    you talk about civility. it’s considered rude to dominate a real life conversation. why is it any different on the blog?

    it’s really easy to count comments. on a mac you hit command F. it’s how i look up anyone i follow anyway and click through all their comments.

    i’m sure there’s a similar function on a pc.

    i think it’s nuts for one poster to hit 100 comments on a thousand comment game post

  68. blake May 30th, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    I occasionally get on my wife’s Mac and I have no idea how to work that thing….I usually get frustrated and just get off it. My brain has totally been conditioned to windows I guess.

  69. blake May 30th, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    Need to win tomorrow, obviously its not the end of the world if they don’t but you really don’t want to split a home series against the Indians. They need to start making some headway this month and to do that you need to win this kind of series.

  70. Jerkface May 30th, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    CTRL-F , I hope anyone using a windows machine realizes that.

  71. Rich in NJ May 30th, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    My next computer will be a Mac. You just have to get used to no right click.

  72. m May 30th, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    I can hit 100 comments on a 104 comment thread. :oops:

  73. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 30th, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    Buster_ESPN
    .Wow — that’s not good. Ron Washington just said on Sunday Night Baseball that Derek Holland had lost some feeling in his fingers.

    ***ooh, poor kid. That sounds like IPK and how he felt prior to the diagonosis of the aneurysm

  74. blake May 30th, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    “CTRL-F , I hope anyone using a windows machine realizes that.”

    whoa….I didn’t

  75. She's off her rocker May 30th, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    Trisha and CR9 need to be sent off on assignment to Siberia.
    It’s a baseball blog, not a Pollyanna soap opera.
    Too much drama.

  76. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos May 30th, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    Randy l

    Command F counts occurrences, not posts. So if post something and someone responds to me by name, my name will show up twice.

  77. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 30th, 2010 at 9:58 pm

    Randy, I do post a lot, lot – but in real life, I also tend to babble on. I guess I don’t need to comment on every single thing, but it gets interesting here and I feel like diving in often. I can not figure out 5% or 10% or whatever, but I suppose I don’t have to post my every single thought, lol

  78. BBYanks May 30th, 2010 at 9:58 pm

    Pat M.

    Although I was very outspoken and attended demonstrations to protest America’s involvement in Vietnam, I never ever lost sight of all those who served our country in arms ..
    ———

    Some forget, but many of the guys/gals in Vietnam weren’t too hot on involvement in the war eiither; but back then the draft sort of volunteered you for the Army. Different thought process in the 60′s, if selected, most just sort of did what you were told.

    GB7 can correct me if I am wrong, but I believe every third Army draftee was pegged for the Marines.

    No matter the era, today or yesterday, draftee or volunteer, all those who have served or are currently serving deserve a moment of reflection and the most sincerest thank you.

  79. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos May 30th, 2010 at 9:58 pm

    Rich in NJ -

    It’s not easy to get used to no right click! :)

  80. mick May 30th, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    Welcome to another edition of As The Blog Turns.

  81. randy l. May 30th, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    you don’t get unlimited swings in baseball.

    three strikes and you’re out.

    if you can’t say it in 50 comments , is it worth saying ?

    cb , sj44, pat m, jerkace, joe in long island, nick in sf, doreen, m, patrick, raymagnetic, maine yankee, gb7, lgy,etc do not go over 50 posts in a thousand post thread unless it’s really a rare occasion.

    i don’t see why you can’t do it .

    if you can’t, we’re beginning to see the problem.

  82. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 30th, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    Blake, you’re absolutely right. These late inning pen collapses have really killed us – we could be a lot closer to the Rays right now, with more separation between the Sox and Jays if not for those.

  83. CB May 30th, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    Today’s game effectively highlighted how good Mariano’s two seamer in to RH batters has become.

    It’s a very effective weapon and he uses it significantly.

    Mo has evolved. He’s no longer as much of the “one pitch” guy he’s thought to be.

    I sometimes wonder what he would have done as a starting pitcher. Not that things worked out badly…

    But I do think he would have been inordinately successful once he developed that cutter. You look at how good his two seamer is.

    He’s the greatest relief pitcher of all time. But it wouldn’t have surprised me if he’d been the greatest starting pitcher of his generation.

  84. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 30th, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    Randy, I didn’t think I was a problem.

    You know, I just came back from a great trip; I just refuse to discuss again why I am an issue on this board.

  85. trisha - #28 on its way!!! May 30th, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    jerkface, you’re always so sensitive and considerate when making reference to my posts. I truly appreciate that.

    Sorry if I always believe the Yankees are going to win. By the way I won’t stop saying it since I believe that they will take it all in the end.

    I guess that’s as predictable as the people who come on and automatically say the Yankees have no chance of winning the game, right?

    And when I say what I do and then leave, it’s because I’m letting people know at the same time that if they post something to me, I’m not going to automatically see it.

    I can either try to twist myself into a pretzel by listening to every petty grievance someone has about the way I post, or I can be myself.

    The day I try to tell you how to post – and you do it – is the day I will let you do the same to me.

  86. randy l. May 30th, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    “Command F counts occurrences, not posts. So if post something and someone responds to me by name, my name will show up twice.”

    doreen-

    that’s why it’s easy to count ” Doreen – GTLU Stuff & Photos” because it doesn’t count the “doreen”s.

    m is clever.

    you can’t count a letter because there’s a thousands of m’s in a post

    you’ve done three posts. it comes right up.
    no one is going to address you by your long username.

  87. blake May 30th, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    “Today’s game effectively highlighted how good Mariano’s two seamer in to RH batters has become.”

    When people continue to say “Rivera has done all this with one pitch”, its really a misnomer. He has thrown that 2-seamer for some time now to keep guys honest and he varies his cutter so much with location and break that its really like he has several variations of a fastball. Still remarkable, but as you say, its not “one pitch”.

  88. mick May 30th, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    Betsy and Trish (same amount of letters) are a lot alike and opposites at the same time.

  89. Jerkface May 30th, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    Sorry if I always believe the Yankees are going to win. By the way I won’t stop saying it since I believe that they will take it all in the end.

    Great, well stop being so haughty about it. You have a bad attitude for someone who is supposed to be optimistic and a paragon of fanliness or whatever you see yourself as.

    You’re decidedly petty, vacuous, and vindictive.

    I have no problems with people being optimistic, or pessimistic, or in between but when you and CR9 turn every thing into a whine fest about yourselves it gets very tedious real fast.

    But if your stance is always going to be “the yankees are fine” then you can’t really add much to the conversation can you?

  90. GreenBeret7 May 30th, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    CB, I’m still waiting for Mariano Rivera to give hitters and baseball in general a heart attack, by dropping his change-up on a batter. He throws it during spring training and he’s made Ryan Howard and Utley look like rookies flailing at it.

  91. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos May 30th, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    I think there are times when each of us posts a lot. Sometimes I post something and submit and then think of something else (it happens a lot in my life, too), and so I post a follow-up.

    Randy l -

    I don’t think the number of posts is the problem, but even if it was, it’s not really workable for people to count their posts. Trisha has offered a “truce” of sorts – agree to bypass each other – which sounds reasonable to me.

  92. Phil the Thrill May 30th, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    Gator was like Mo in terms of AA.

    And speaking of AA, Laird has had a huge week and is really breaking out this season.

  93. Jerkface May 30th, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    For all of Betsy’s worrying or whatever posts, she actually does a lot to drive baseball discussion by asking questions and wondering about baseball topics.

    Posting 50 times that you think the Yankees will win the world series adds nothing. Infact, it is pretty arrogant if you believe that nothing will change that.

    Did you believe the yankees were going to win the World Series every season? What happens when they don’t? Its just a silly attitude to bring to a discussion. And its actually pretty arrogant, as you can only do that by being a fan of the Yankees. No other team in baseball will spend the money to get the players to compete each year.

  94. mick May 30th, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    people to count their posts. Trisha has offered a “truce” of sorts – agree to bypass each other – which sounds reasonable to me.
    ============================
    What fun would that be?

  95. trisha - #28 on its way!!! May 30th, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    Betsy and mel, women tend to be more right brained than left and that’s the communication side of the brain. Probably why we’re more verbal and have no problem with others being verbal!

    As I said it doesn’t matter to me who posts a ton and who posts a little. Just post on. We all know how to scroll past posts we don’t feel like reading, whether it’s due to a screen name, or the subject matter.

    Post on. I think most people like seeing you guys post anyway.

    :)

    I definitely will stick to my end of the bargain with Randy regarding respecting or just ignoring the posts.

    Night all.

  96. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos May 30th, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    Randy l -

    I’m lazy – I type the least amount I can in that little box. I guess cut & paste?

  97. Jerkface May 30th, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    CB, I’m still waiting for Mariano Rivera to give hitters and baseball in general a heart attack, by dropping his change-up on a batter. He throws it during spring training and he’s made Ryan Howard and Utley look like rookies flailing at it.

    I thought 2008 was going to be the year. Mariano getting up in age, velocity declining. Then he posted up one of the best years of his career without it.

  98. SAS May 30th, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    Good evening everyone,

    I missed a good game because I slept through it, but I was pleased to see how well we played after yesterday’s debacle.

    Betsy, Welcome home. Glad that you had such a nice time….AND you are going to the game tomorrow. That’s really great. You are therefore responsible for a great Yankees win,

    GB, My personal thanks to you and all of those who serve this country. There never can be enough said for the good you do to keep this country safe. Happy Memorial Day

  99. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 30th, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    The NYTimes had a blurb on Laird – he hit for the cycle recently, including the GW HR. The blurb mentioned the possibility that he wouldn’t be protected on the 40 man; if not, he will definitely go in the Rule V draft

  100. Uncle Ellsworth May 30th, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    Did G Love stop by with a synopsis of his Bar BQ?

  101. Jerkface May 30th, 2010 at 10:14 pm

    Betsy,

    I think Laird would be traded or protected. He is the correct age for AA and is putting up a .309 .356 .527 .883 line, finally fulfilling a lot of his potential.

  102. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos May 30th, 2010 at 10:14 pm

    mick -

    Sacrifices must be made. :)

  103. randy l. May 30th, 2010 at 10:14 pm

    betsy-

    you don’t bother me one bit.

    but i’m just saying as a general rule, over 5% is probably annoying someone.

    i think it’s obvious the blog is broken right now.

    the quality of baseball discussion has gone way down since last summer.

    i do not like seeing 5 people with 50% of the comments.
    it happens more than it should.

    if you think about it, do you like seeing that?

    there’s no rules on the blog so people can do what they want.

    i’m really saying that people should on their own self monitor themselves.

    i’m shutting myself off . i’m at 8% of the posts :)

  104. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 30th, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    Jerkface, I ask questions because I feel the only stupid ? is an unasked one. I also ask them here instead of NYYFans because I respect many folks here. The idea of having to parse my posts to please people doesn’t sit well with me. The idea of having to change who I am to please people doesn’t sit well with me. I can try to stop posting everytime I am worried about a relatively small thing, but for instance, when I post about being concerned about Swish or some other player who is injured – I don’t cotton to being scolded by some people that I am worrying and that I should calm down.

  105. trisha - #28 on its way!!! May 30th, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    “You’re decidedly petty, vacuous, and vindictive.”

    Because I always believe the Yankees will win it all?

    :lol:

    Talk about dramatic! A Yankee fan calling another Yankee fan haughty for believing in the Yankees.

    Whatever your issues are I really no longer care, speaking of petty, vacuous, and vindictive.

    I’m done with you. Whine on all you want. From now on you can talk to the hand. It’s very easy for me to ignore posts. You’re now on ignore. Bye now!

  106. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 30th, 2010 at 10:17 pm

    Randy, I do understand what you are saying and I do tend to post a LOT, sort of like free association (just posting whatever is on my mind). I can probably change that, esp. since some of those posts are sort of just me saying whatever is on my mind. That’s relatively easy to change. As Jerkface said (and thanks, JF), I do ask a lot of questions because there’s a lot of stuff I don’t know…and I like to learn

  107. Jerkface May 30th, 2010 at 10:17 pm

    jerkface, I ask questions because I feel the only stupid ? is an unasked one. I also ask them here instead of NYYFans because I respect many folks here. The idea of having to parse my posts to please people doesn’t sit well with me.

    I don’t think anyone has to limit their post #’s. I don’t really agree with Randy on that, but I do think that if people post a large amount of things that are stupid and don’t drive any discussion then they have a right to be made fun of / hated on.

    I have no problem with most of what you post because its a great way to get some stats or information out there on players.

  108. GreenBeret7 May 30th, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    SAS, you are most welcome. I did it for 35 years because I was too lazy to look for a real job.

    Seriously, I just enjoyed what I was doing, went to places that I could never have gone to, met some great people all over the world. Nothing was better than building a medical clinic, hospital or school or digging a clean water well where there had never been one. The greatest thing was seeing people vote for the first time in their 70 years after walking 25 miles. Those were the best times. The majority of the military feel the same way.

  109. blake May 30th, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    Despite all the injuries and slow starts by certain players the Yankees still are holding down the 2nd best record in baseball, the most runs scored, and the 2nd highest run differential (+69), and if the season ended today they would be in the playoffs. Pretty good considering they really haven’t played well for an extended period of time yet.

  110. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 30th, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    SAS, thanks!

    Actually, we’re going to the game on Tuesday – tomorrow, I need to recuperate from my trip, lol. I really, really, really love Chicago but it was nice to come home. It’s always nice to come home.

  111. She's off her rocker May 30th, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    I thought she was leaving….

    YAWN !!

  112. SAS May 30th, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    Randy,

    This is the weirdest conversation I have seen. It depends how busy the group is or if you have something cogent to say or ask. I certainly don’t want to be in the middle of this, but I read the thread, and I can only imagine the last one. There are very few people contributing tonight. Rules are rules when they work for us if you know what I mean. I consider you very knowledgeable and surely I am not looking to pick a fight. Pax friend.

  113. SAS May 30th, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    Betsy,

    Then you are responsible for tomorrow and Tuesday’s games…lol

  114. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 30th, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    Jerkface, that’s what a lot of my posts are, lol – I admit it. It’s ok to let the blog breathe and not have to make my presence known 24 hours a day………….

    As to Laird, I’m sure you’re right. I hate to see all of these kids traded, but the INF is set for years. I hope we can hold on to Laird – perhaps he can learn a new position

  115. CR9 May 30th, 2010 at 10:22 pm

    Randy L.

    I do not expect a response to this post, nor an acceptance of my apology.

    However, I would like to sincerely apologize for personally attacking you.

    As for your posting % desire, if you want me to limit my posts, I have no problem doing that for you.

    I know I come across as an *** hole sometimes (or a lot of the time!), but I am anything but an *** hole.

    Again, I truly apologize for calling you unnecessary, inappropriate, and untrue things.

    If I could ask one thing of you, would you mind not attacking Trisha over her posts anymore? I am sure she will have no problem doing the same.

    Thanks and have a great Memorial Day, and I hope you enjoy another Yankees victory.

    ___

    On that note, I will be completing the adoption of another abused puppy on Tuesday!!!!!!!!

    This one, I will be trying to find a new home in a timely manner. Hopefully, before I (we) become too attached to him.

  116. m May 30th, 2010 at 10:22 pm

    (keep posting, guys, so I can start posting again)

  117. GreenBeret7 May 30th, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    Why would the Yankees trade a bat like Laird’s without giving him a chance. He plays both corner infield spots and could play both outfield corners. He has power to all fields, hits for good average, produces runs and fills a need. In a trade, he wouldn’t be a headliner, only a fill-in.

  118. Uncle Ellsworth May 30th, 2010 at 10:25 pm

    m you can use my surplus posts.

    5 % guidline is not the worst idea I’ve heard here – if only to get people to aware

  119. Jerkface May 30th, 2010 at 10:25 pm

    Because I always believe the Yankees will win it all?

    :lol:

    Talk about dramatic! A Yankee fan calling another Yankee fan haughty for believing in the Yankees.

    No, you’re petty, vacuous, and vindictive for other reasons. As for being haughty? Well you are, and I say that as a fan of baseball. Arrogance is never a good quality in anyone, even fans. Its one thing to believe in the yankees as competitors and thinking they will win, it is another to blindly suggest that they will win regardless of what is actually happening with the team.

    Frankly, it gives yankee fans a bad name to be so arrogant. Yankee fans should be more like the Yankees themselves.

  120. SAS May 30th, 2010 at 10:26 pm

    m,

    Post whenever you like. I don’t know of any rules on here to keep you from posting.

  121. SJ44 May 30th, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    Take off for a few days and we have World War Blog take place!

    This place runs much better when we limit discussions to baseball topics.

    I got ticked off earlier to see Randy getting attacked for being a “Red Sox fan” because of where he lives.

    That was used as a way to take shots at him from someone who is constantly telling others not to take shots at Yankee fans.

    Hypocrisy at it’s finest.

    It’s a baseball blog. It’s not match.com or drama.com.

    We have enough problems with this place turning into a sewer. Let’s not add to it.

    Be part of the solution and not part of the problem.

    That goes for EVERYBODY who cares about this place.

  122. SAS May 30th, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    CR9,

    Either this morning or yesterday morning some one posted hateful, anti-semetic stuff in your name. You might want to check it out and complain to Chad. People took exception to it, me included

  123. Jerkface May 30th, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    Why would the Yankees trade a bat like Laird’s without giving him a chance. He plays both corner infield spots and could play both outfield corners. He has power to all fields, hits for good average, produces runs and fills a need. In a trade, he wouldn’t be a headliner, only a fill-in.

    Well they have to put him on the 40 man this winter as he has been in the org for 4 years and signed as a 19 year old. I’d like to see him put on there. I’d have to see a list of all the Rule V elig players before I’d make a determination on the yankees protecting Laird.

    Some candidates to be removed either by DFA or trade: Wilkin De La Rosa , now a reliever and apparently not progressing that well. I thought he looked fine, stat wise, as a starter but obviously the yankees thought otherwise. Gaudin (again!) , Albaladejo, Huffman, Pena, Corona.

  124. She's off her rocker May 30th, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    I wouldn’t doubt if CR9 and trisha – #28 on its way! are one in the same.
    That’s one easy way for Yankee Sybil to get around the 5 % threshold.

  125. CB May 30th, 2010 at 10:31 pm

    I think if Mo were starting he would be able to incorporate that change up without a problem.

    The combination of a good change up with a plus cutter and two seamer is a just a great combination because the action on all three of those pitches can look very similar but the change alters pace.

    It would have been very interesting to have seen what Mo could have done as a starter.

  126. merna loy May 30th, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    Repost

    Trisha’s schtick is just so old and monotonous and boring, if she at least wrote shorter self-referential posts it would be easy to ignore, but she just drones on about herself for paragraphs at a time, and shares no useful insight or knowledge, just baseless predictions and a bunch of I-told-you-sos.

    Early in her time on this blog she admitted being run off of other blogs, then Pete tried to run her off, and I felt sorry for her and figured even if she doesn’t add anything she’s not doing any harm, but my view has changed, she’s clogging up baseball conversations with nonsense that always comes back to her. This is where she comes to excise her mania. Enough already.

  127. randy l. May 30th, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    http://webcache.googleusercont.....ent=safari

    left brain language link

  128. CR9 May 30th, 2010 at 10:34 pm

    SAS

    Thanks for letting me know. But I really dont care!! CR9 is not my name. If someone posted under my actual name, I might have a problem with it. Anyhow, Chad already deleted the comments from this morning and told Lohud that it was not me!

  129. trisha - #28 on its way!!! May 30th, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    “No, you’re petty, vacuous, and vindictive for other reasons. ”

    Oh really. Well go on and enumerate since I don’t see those qualities in myself. I’m quite interested in seeing you back that up since those are pretty serious charges.

    “As for being haughty? Well you are, and I say that as a fan of baseball. Arrogance is never a good quality in anyone, even fans. Its one thing to believe in the yankees as competitors and thinking they will win, it is another to blindly suggest that they will win regardless of what is actually happening with the team.”

    I am “blindly suggesting” that I have enough faith in the Yankees organization and the strength of the team that I believe they will find a way to get past their present woes. Unlike others, I don’t chart my thoughts on any snapshot in time since the season is 162 games long!

    “Frankly, it gives yankee fans a bad name to be so arrogant. Yankee fans should be more like the Yankees themselves.”

    If I can’t display that confidence on a Yankee forum, where can I? And wasn’t it you that had great diffficulty that I was rooting for the Jays to win since they were in our division? As a fan of baseball I would think you’d applaud another fan caring about more than their own team.

  130. Erica in NY May 30th, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    randy l. May 30th, 2010 at 9:48 pm
    i like betsy and i like erica but i think it wouldn’t hurt them too to keep it under 5% of 1000 posts.
    ***********

    I don’t appreciate getting dragged into this.

    Especially when I have barely been posting lately.

    And for the record, I do like you too Randy

  131. randy l. May 30th, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    “Betsy and mel, women tend to be more right brained than left and that’s the communication side of the brain.”

    that’s incorrect.

    “The left hemisphere of the brain controls the right side of the body and is the brain’s language center. The left hemisphere also is largely responsible for analytical thinking.”-stroke and the brain- revolution health

    “Throwing possibly promoted the first important lateralization of a function to the left brain, an ability to rapidly orchestrate muscles in novel sequences. And I’ll bet that this muscle-sequencing lateralization, most noticeable these days as handedness, was what started up not only toolmaking but language. “- william calvin
    http://williamcalvin.com/bk2/bk2ch4.htm

    throwing and talking are on the same part of the left brain. they are both sequential functions.calvin says throwing and talking are connected. i think he’s right.

    at any rate language is a left brain activity.

    crap , now i’m at 6.7%

  132. GreenBeret7 May 30th, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    Corona, Sanchez, Logan, Moeller, Nick Johnson, Gaudin, Albaladejo, Thames and either Golson or Huffman and one of Mitre, Noesi or Nova will be off of the 40 man roster.

  133. trisha - #28 on its way!!! May 30th, 2010 at 10:39 pm

    repost

    merna loy May 30th, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    convenient screen name because you don’t have the guts to post as whoever else you have always been. I’ll definitely pay attention to you.

    Add to it that you’re a coward’s coward for waiting til you thought I was gone, to post.

    ugh.

  134. SAS May 30th, 2010 at 10:40 pm

    CR9,

    As a Jew I do and did care. I just knew it wasn’t you. I didn’t know Chad deleted it. I wouldn’t want the ‘handle’ I use to be connected to those smears regardless of whether it was me or not.

  135. Tarheelyank May 30th, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    GB

    Javy too.

  136. Jerkface May 30th, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    Oh really. Well go on and enumerate since I don’t see those qualities in myself. I’m quite interested in seeing you back that up since those are pretty serious charges.

    I am not as interested in this discussion to go back through your posts, but your passive aggressive and regular aggressive reaction to people calling you out paints that picture of you as a petty, vindictive person. You post something and when the concept you’re touting fails you disappear, but if something might happen to validate your thoughts you will be right back here posting some inane comment about how you truly saw it that way and blah blah blah. I can say that you are vacuous because your posts are generally devoid of content. (or the content therein was not produced with a brain.)

    Didn’t you have me on ignore? See you just can’t help yourself.

  137. merna loy May 30th, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    convenient screen name because you don’t have the guts to post as whoever else you have always been. I’ll definitely pay attention to you.

    Add to it that you’re a coward’s coward for waiting til you thought I was gone, to post.

    ugh.

    ????????????????????????

    More of the same from you…

  138. She's off her rocker May 30th, 2010 at 10:43 pm

    trisha – #28 on its way!!! May 30th, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    Whatever your issues are I really no longer care, speaking of petty, vacuous, and vindictive.
    I’m done with you. Whine on all you want. From now on you can talk to the hand. It’s very easy for me to ignore posts. You’re now on ignore. Bye now!

    trisha – #28 on its way!!! May 30th, 2010 at 10:35 pm
    blah blah blah

    What is the longest goodbye on record?
    YAWN !!!!!!!

  139. m May 30th, 2010 at 10:43 pm

    Uncle & SAS,

    I was just kidding, but thanks, anyway! I won’t let an arbitrary number limit my craziness!

    Anyhoo, I’m out. Enjoy.

  140. Jerkface May 30th, 2010 at 10:43 pm

    Noesi or Nova will be off of the 40 man roster.

    Thats interesting, why do you think the yankees are going to remove Noesi or Nova?

  141. blake May 30th, 2010 at 10:43 pm

    For those who have been worried about DJ…

    current projections:

    runs: 105, hits: 214, 2B: 36, HR: 16, RBI: 102, SB: 16

    The averages numbers aren’t there yet but they will be….otherwise ho hum…looks like every other year.

  142. Erica in NY May 30th, 2010 at 10:44 pm

    Tarheelyank-

    This week Tex sitting on the bench earned 25 points.
    Todd Helton (who I activated to appease you) earned 3.5.

    Right now I am clinging to an uncomfortable 7.5 point lead. If I lose by that 21.5 run differential there will be a hissy of ginormous proportions

    May I activate Tex again now?

  143. Uncle Ellsworth May 30th, 2010 at 10:44 pm

    m
    I know you were kidding.

  144. GreenBeret7 May 30th, 2010 at 10:45 pm

    One of Nova or Noesi will be traded. They’re basically the same pitcher.

  145. AM PM May 30th, 2010 at 10:45 pm

    The first inning could not have stuck more neatly to script. After Ochoa’s bunt, Yoshida retired Erold Andrus, the brother of Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus, on a pop-up. Then she induced Jackson Melian, who once received a $1.6 million signing bonus from the Yankees, into a 6-4-3 double play.

  146. Jerkface May 30th, 2010 at 10:45 pm

    The averages numbers aren’t there yet but they will be….otherwise ho hum…looks like every other year.

    He still needs to walk more, but he has done a much better job of making solid contact lately so I’m thinking he is going to tear it up the rest of the year (but he DOES need to walk more :x )

  147. Uncle Ellsworth May 30th, 2010 at 10:47 pm

    Jeter 200 hits 100 runs almost every year

  148. merna loy May 30th, 2010 at 10:48 pm

    I am not as interested in this discussion to go back through your posts, but your passive aggressive and regular aggressive reaction to people calling you out paints that picture of you as a petty, vindictive person. You post something and when the concept you’re touting fails you disappear, but if something might happen to validate your thoughts you will be right back here posting some inane comment about how you truly saw it that way and blah blah blah. I can say that you are vacuous because your posts are generally devoid of content. (or the content therein was not produced with a brain.)

    Didn’t you have me on ignore? See you just can’t help yourself.

    —————————————————–

    This.

  149. CR9 May 30th, 2010 at 10:49 pm

    SAS

    I understand. I am half Jewish as well. And I still dont care!! For me, there are more important things to worry about than negative things associated with the handle I use!

  150. blake May 30th, 2010 at 10:50 pm

    “He still needs to walk more, but he has done a much better job of making solid contact lately so I’m thinking he is going to tear it up the rest of the year ”

    yea probably does but he will, he’s goes through spells nearly every year where he jumps at the ball, gets out in front and rolls over balls for 2 or 3 weeks. He always comes out of it and because there is really no apparent decline in physical skills I see no reason to believe he won’t this year either…in fact he has already started to.

  151. Tarheelyank May 30th, 2010 at 10:50 pm

    “Right now I am clinging to an uncomfortable 7.5 point lead. If I lose by that 21.5 run differential there will be a hissy of ginormous proportions”

    ginormous hissy’s are to be avoided at all costs. Besides, I think the curse of the Avengers has dissipated. In fact maybe we have reversed the curse, so now it will be helpful to activate him. :D

  152. CR9 May 30th, 2010 at 10:51 pm

    Erica

    I hope it’s okay if I address you! Although you didnt ask me, but since I was the one who originally suggested it, I dont mind if you activate Teixeira this week! Hope you have a great Memorial Day!!

  153. Pat M. May 30th, 2010 at 10:51 pm

    I used to get asked that if I could choose one pitcher I’d would have wanted to face who would that have been……Without hesitation I always responded , Sandy Koufax…..However over the past few years, I’m starting to reconsider that answer because of Mariano Rivera …….

  154. Jerkface May 30th, 2010 at 10:54 pm

    Interesting fact:

    Jeter’s LD% is sitting at 20 for the month. Which is great, its where a hitter like Derek should be. He has a 3.4% line drive rate when he pulls the ball. 17% when he goes up the middle, and 30!!!% when he goes opposite field.

    At the beginning of the season he was mostly rolling over stuff to SS, and while he is still hitting a few too many ground balls, he has hit more balls to center and right recently than earlier in the month.

  155. Erica in NY May 30th, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    Tarheelyank May 30th, 2010 at 10:50 pm
    “Right now I am clinging to an uncomfortable 7.5 point lead. If I lose by that 21.5 run differential there will be a hissy of ginormous proportions”

    ginormous hissy’s are to be avoided at all costs. Besides, I think the curse of the Avengers has dissipated. In fact maybe we have reversed the curse, so now it will be helpful to activate him.
    *************

    Thank you. I am glad for the part I played in the reversal in Tex’s season. May there be nothing but lots of RBIs in the future!

    (And thanks CR9)

  156. GreenBeret7 May 30th, 2010 at 10:58 pm

    Pat, I’m not sure that I’d be happy to face Koufax right now, except that I got the chance to look as foolish and a 1,000 other hitters. Talk about two almost perfect, mechanically sound pitchers with different jobs and from oposite sides, but, identical results.

  157. randy l. May 30th, 2010 at 10:59 pm

    “5 % guidline is not the worst idea I’ve heard here – if only to get people to aware”- uncle ellsworth

    trisha and i just hogged this blog discussion by making 27 out of 135 posts or 20%.

    and we weren’t talking about baseball.

    see how easy it is to hijack a thread.

    made my point .

    that’s it for me. quitting at 8.8% :)

  158. Bronx Jeers May 30th, 2010 at 11:00 pm

    Jeter was looking off at the plate for a while there.

    Then you check and see there’s only 4 guys in MLB with more hits than him.

    Cano leads MLB by the way.

  159. Tarheelyank May 30th, 2010 at 11:02 pm

    Erica

    It was very unselfish of you. You were the first person I thought of after he hit the homer today! How’s the beach club or whatever it is. Didn’t it burn down or something last year?

  160. Erica in NY May 30th, 2010 at 11:06 pm

    Tarheelyank May 30th, 2010 at 11:02 pm
    Erica

    It was very unselfish of you. You were the first person I thought of after he hit the homer today! How’s the beach club or whatever it is. Didn’t it burn down or something last year?
    **********

    Yes… 21 cabanas burnt down at the beginning of May. But it was amazing. They rebuilt them all this week and now it looks like nothing happened.

    Today was a perfect day there. The first thing I consumed today was a giant banana daiquiri at 11:15am. I see nothing wrong with that. Except I played a terrible game of Scrabble after.

    I actually didn’t follow today’s game very well. I heard the middle innings on the radio and they were losing 1-0 in the 7th when I walked away. The next thing I heard was the postgame and they won 7-3. I was thrilled :-)

  161. Mark in Tampa May 30th, 2010 at 11:06 pm

    “I used to get asked that if I could choose one pitcher I’d would have wanted to face who would that have been……Without hesitation I always responded , Sandy Koufax”

    That is a great question, and I probably would have said Guidry or the young Dwight Gooden back when I was growing up.

    But, as I near 40 and haven’t played baseball in nearly 15 years, I think Jamie Moyer or Wakefield are the only ones I would stand a chance against! :)

  162. Pat M. May 30th, 2010 at 11:06 pm

    GB…Just think the greatest starting pitcher & the greatest closer…..What a dream

  163. SAS May 30th, 2010 at 11:15 pm

    Erica,

    You don’t go to Plaza do you? I was there as a kid, long ago

  164. Erica in NY May 30th, 2010 at 11:19 pm

    SAS May 30th, 2010 at 11:15 pm
    Erica,

    You don’t go to Plaza do you? I was there as a kid, long ago
    *********

    No. My beach cub is in Atlantic Beach

  165. SAS May 30th, 2010 at 11:26 pm

    Erica,

    Plaza is in Atlantic Beach. If memory serves, it is about the L or M named streets. I went there all of my teenage and early 20′s years. Loved it !!

  166. GreenBeret7 May 30th, 2010 at 11:30 pm

    Pat M. May 30th, 2010 at 11:06 pm
    GB…Just think the greatest starting pitcher & the greatest closer…..What a dream

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

    In my time, my favorite 5 man rotation ( great crunch time pitchers) Ford, Spahn, Marichal and Seaver. Just not sure that Rivera would be considered the best closer with that rotation because he’d never get any work.

  167. trisha - #28 on its way!!! May 30th, 2010 at 11:30 pm

    jerkface, because you don’t have the ability to think outside of the box, don’t try to put your limitations on others by claiming your answers are the correct ones. You’re nothing more than a number on a blog for God sake.

    I guess I don’t always disagree with Randy after all:

    “wondering seems to be something you don’t do jerkface.

    being the dogmatic stathead you appear to be that’s not surprising.

    some of us like to think about things.”

    “jerkface doesn’t like wondering. it’s too much like admitting you don’t know everything”

    This definitely explains your aversion to any thought that can’t be quantified. You don’t have the ability to get beyond numbers.

    That’s your problem, not mine. Speaking of petty, vacuous, and vindictive! Add oppressive and insufferable to the list and you’ve pretty much sketched your own self portrait.

    Tough if you don’t like it. JERKFACE.

  168. GreenBeret7 May 30th, 2010 at 11:32 pm

    Sorry….add Koufax

  169. Jerkface May 30th, 2010 at 11:33 pm

    I am honestly unsurprised that you just spent an hour researching me on this blog. Unfortunately Randy’s characterization was incorrect. I wonder about a lot of things, like how you function in the real world.

  170. She's off her rocker May 30th, 2010 at 11:34 pm

    She’s a woman of her word. When she says goodbye she means it.

    YAWN !!

  171. Jerkface May 30th, 2010 at 11:35 pm

    Thinking outside of the box = blindly suggesting the yankees will win and offering no baseball content in your posts because ’28 is destiny’ ????

    Good to know for the future. Its not like I (And patrick!) thought outside of the box by suggesting Tex get some reps at 3B on days A-rod sits to maximize the offensive potential of the club.

  172. Erica in NY May 30th, 2010 at 11:42 pm

    SAS May 30th, 2010 at 11:26 pm
    Erica,

    Plaza is in Atlantic Beach. If memory serves, it is about the L or M named streets. I went there all of my teenage and early 20’s years. Loved it !!
    ********

    I don’t think I know it. Mine is at the very west end of Atlantic beach. And when i say west… its like literally the dead end

  173. Tarheelyank May 30th, 2010 at 11:42 pm

    Pat M or anybody

    Have any ideas on what the Angels are going to do to replace Morales? Is Miranda a possibility?

  174. Erica in NY May 30th, 2010 at 11:43 pm

    Good night Yakee people!

  175. Jerkface May 30th, 2010 at 11:45 pm

    Have any ideas on what the Angels are going to do to replace Morales? Is Miranda a possibility?

    Lets say we trade Miranda to the Angels, who would you take back in the trade? I find that the angels don’t really ever have any players I’d want. Their prospects get very overrated.

  176. HughesTheAce May 30th, 2010 at 11:47 pm

    Jerkface

    You have to like Mike Trout????

  177. CR9 May 30th, 2010 at 11:47 pm

    I’m all for thinking outside the box.

    And in a perfect world, I’d love for Teixeira to get reps at 3rd base for days when Alex sits.

    However, with the complex swing that Mark must work on every day, and the defensive work of being a gold glove 1st baseman Mark must put in every day, I think it’s highly unreasonable to think that he could also play 3B.

    On top of that, given the injuries that this team has already suffered only 2 months into the season, trying to get Mark to play 3B – a position he has never played before, iirc – is just looking for trouble!

  178. HughesTheAce May 30th, 2010 at 11:49 pm

    Anyone have any news on Eduardo Nunez – he left the AAA game tonight after being HBP with his knee – could be a valuable trade chip or UI for us down the road. Thanks.

  179. Jerkface May 30th, 2010 at 11:50 pm

    a position he has never played before, iirc

    He came up as a 3B.

  180. HughesTheAce May 30th, 2010 at 11:50 pm

    Brandon Laird could very well be moved to the OF down the road. His strikeout rate is not crazy in AA. He has an arm – possibly future RF – has the power potential.

  181. Yankee Trader May 30th, 2010 at 11:53 pm

    “I used to get asked that if I could choose one pitcher I’d would have wanted to face who would that have been……Without hesitation I always responded , Sandy Koufax”

    That is a great question, and I probably would have said Guidry or the young Dwight Gooden back when I was growing up.

    But, as I near 40 and haven’t played baseball in nearly 15 years, I think Jamie Moyer or Wakefield are the only ones I would stand a chance against!
    ————————————————————————-
    Mark-

    When Phil Niekro was pitching for the Braves, I told Bob Horner, then their 3rd baseman, that if I had a chance to hit, I’d stand the most chance against Niekro. He quickly corrected me, by telling me his knuckleball was harder to hit than a pitcher with a fastball!

    GB7-

    Pat M and others echoed my sentiments about our military’s sacrifice to protect and serve, and I too want to thank all of you for you service on this Memorial Day.

  182. Tarheelyank May 30th, 2010 at 11:54 pm

    Jerkface

    I am not at all familiar with the Angels farm system. Which is one reason why I asked?

    Also why do you say “Their prospects get very overrated.” Is it because Wood hasn’t worked out, or do you have others in mind?

  183. CR9 May 30th, 2010 at 11:55 pm

    Oh, he came up as a 3B. :oops: That’s a different story, then.

    Even so, though, he probably has not played the position in over a decade. With the injuries we’ve been suffering, I would not take that chance.

    I do like the thinking outside the box, though.

  184. Jerkface May 30th, 2010 at 11:57 pm

    Also why do you say “Their prospects get very overrated.” Is it because Wood hasn’t worked out, or do you have others in mind?

    Saunders, Santana, Wood, Aybar, Kendrick, Willits, Kotchman etc.

    The Angels themselves overrated their own prospects, they hold onto them for too long and they lose all their value. By way of for instance, they turned down Joe Saunders + Aybar for Roy Halladay.

    Wood was supposed to be a monster hitter, but they really should have just traded him while his minor league value was high because he did all of his mashing in the PCL which is notorious for inflating hitter stats.

  185. Yankee Trader May 30th, 2010 at 11:57 pm

    Have any ideas on what the Angels are going to do to replace Morales? Is Miranda a possibility?
    ————————————————————–

    My guess, if Paul Konerko becomes available that he would welcome a trade to the Angels, a team he considered playing for when he was a free agent.

    Miranda for Scott Kazmir?

  186. Jerkface May 30th, 2010 at 11:58 pm

    I don’t know if the Yankees match up with the Angels right now for trade partners. Unless the angels have some relievers hiding in the minors Cashman wants. We could try and take Jepsen and hope his bad stats right now turn around.

    Before this season I would have explored trading for Juan Rivera, but he is really tanking it.

  187. backbench May 30th, 2010 at 11:59 pm

    This may have already been answered, but does anyone know what DJ is doing in a “Rescue Me” commercial? Is Derek starting a TV acting career on the side?

  188. trisha - #28 on its way!!! May 31st, 2010 at 12:02 am

    THIS IS FOR RANDY

    Wow Randy, when I taught Women’s Studies, the literature said that women tended to be more right-brained and that dealt with things such as communication, and men tended to be more left-brained, and that dealt with more scientific and analytical things.

    Looking on the internet, they are all over the place! A lot of the stuff has been discredited but I’m not sure what the popular thinking is. For instance:

    “Smalley and Trent’s theme is that males are mostly left-brained and females are mostly right-brained. They say: What occurs in the womb merely sets the stage for men and women to “specialize” in two different ways of thinking. . . . The left brain houses more of the logical, analytical, factual, and aggressive centers of thought. It’s the side of the brain most men reserve for the majority of their waking hours. . . . On the other hand, most women spend the majority of their days and nights camped out on the right side of the brain. It’s the side that harbors the center for feelings, as well as the primary relational, language, and communication skills; enables them to do fine-detail work; sparks imagination; and makes an afternoon devoted to art and fine music actually enjoyable

    Contrast that with:

    “There is such confusion about this matter! Let me simplify – the verbal, sorting, detail-oriented side of the brain is the left, whereas the spatial intuitive nonverbal side is the right. Who is more verbal, the average man or woman? By a wide margin, of course, the answer is the woman. She speaks twice as many words as the man and has done so even before the age of two. Boys and men are much more nonverbal, usually preferring physical spatial activities even as small toddlers. So the evidence is clear that women hang out more in their left brains, whereas men tend to hang out more in their right brains.

    Well let me just say that the point I was trying to make with Mel and Betsy was that women do tend to be more verbal and communicative so it might make sense that we would be less inclined to want to put a limit on communication, i.e., the number of posts someone should post on a blog.

    At some point I will take the time to try to find out what the most current literature has to say about which side of the brain favors what – just for information sake.

  189. She's off her rocker May 31st, 2010 at 12:05 am

    Nice baseball post, Sybil.

  190. Give it a rest the two of you please!! May 31st, 2010 at 12:28 am

    Please for the sanity of this SPORTS blog, you two stop the personal attacks against each other.
    We are fans of the most storied franchise in professional sports. All this vitriol has to stop!

  191. trisha - #28 on its way!!! May 31st, 2010 at 12:30 am

    Really? I didn’t see you say the same when Randy posted about right and left brain – misogynist hypocrite.

  192. trisha - #28 on its way!!! May 31st, 2010 at 12:32 am

    12:30 post was for the nutcase who posted at 12:05.

  193. She's off her rocker May 31st, 2010 at 12:37 am

    pot calling the kettle black.

    YAWN !!

  194. She's off her rocker May 31st, 2010 at 12:42 am

    Q: Why don’t angry witches ride their brooms?
    A: They’re afraid of flying off the handle!

  195. Step away from the computer , now run! May 31st, 2010 at 12:45 am

    Sigh, people people!

  196. trisha - #28 on its way!!! May 31st, 2010 at 12:57 am

    CR9 – people who think outside of the box create unending dissonance for people who don’t. Because inside-the-box are limited in what they can imagine, they think that outside-the-box people are off their rockers. Inside-the-box people have their own proscribed boundaries to thinking and if you challenge their asumptions they get extremely upset.

    Obviously I like to challenge asumptions and think about all possibilities. I remember having discussions with the same guy who told me I was crazy when I said that Robby Cano had the skills to be a premier defensive infielder and he insisted that he had average baseball instincts and would always be an average defensive infielder. I recognized that about Robby right away. The guy was a total inside the box person. Another discussion we had dealt with the asumption (his asumption/a baseball maxim according to him) that outfielders had to be power hitters and that infielders were not. It made no sense to me whatsoever that it HAD to be the case and so I challenged that and wanted to know the reasons behind the theory. He either couldn’t or wouldn’t give me solid reasons. If you want to say that outfielders have to throw the ball further and therefore develop better arm strength, I submit to you Johnny Damon vs. Robby Cano. and Arod. Damon can’t throw the ball far. Both Robby and Arod are infielders with a lot of power. One of the league’s best power hitters is a 1B!!!

    I suggest possibilites. Just like I suggested yesterday that it was a possibility that CC could have lost focus after seeing a pitcher get hit in the head. Without getting in CC’s head, there’s not a person here who could know for sure whether that played into it. Yet J-face in particular used that opportunity to make fun of my baseball knowledge (actually positing that I had none).

    Thankfully there were others here who understood the point and didn’t dismiss it out of hand.

  197. eric in queens May 31st, 2010 at 1:00 am

    this blog has become unreadable!

  198. Rich in NJ May 31st, 2010 at 1:04 am

    Where is this box?

  199. wisewoman May 31st, 2010 at 1:05 am

    “Obviously I like to challenge asumptions and think about all possibilities.”

    Challenging is one thing, emasculating is another. You do the latter. Constantly.

  200. Cousin Hugo May 31st, 2010 at 1:05 am

    Wow what an exciting end to the game, and Mariano I’m speechless.

  201. She's off her rocker May 31st, 2010 at 1:05 am

    If Sybil and CR9 are actually two different people (and I have my doubts)
    they really should think about shacking up.

    they could be broommates.

  202. trisha - #28 on its way!!! May 31st, 2010 at 1:07 am

    “Challenging is one thing, emasculating is another. You do the latter. Constantly.”

    It’s not intentional. So I will definitely take that under advisement.

    Seriously.

  203. an actual baseball comment May 31st, 2010 at 1:13 am

    despite not firing on all cylinders yet this season, the Yanks still lead MLB in runs scored and are 2nd to the Rays in run differential.

    This can’t be good news to the rest of the league.

  204. Carl May 31st, 2010 at 1:13 am

    Mo jumps over a bat. He becomes even more amazing.

  205. lost amidst the rabble May 31st, 2010 at 1:16 am

    Whether or not they are the same person, one thing is certain: Trisha and CR9 are both big-time threadjackers.

    narcissism: the personality trait of egotism, often used as a pejorative, denoting vanity, conceit, egotism or simple selfishness.

  206. whoever May 31st, 2010 at 1:17 am

    Mo didn’t jump over the bat! The bat saw who it was and ducked under Mo.

  207. Jerkface May 31st, 2010 at 1:21 am

    Yet J-face in particular used that opportunity to make fun of my baseball knowledge (actually positing that I had none).

    I said no such thing at the time. Your made up anecdotes were good though.

  208. melladie May 31st, 2010 at 1:21 am

    CR9 owns 5 posts tonight. Hardly threadjacking.

  209. Carl May 31st, 2010 at 1:22 am

    # whoever May 31st, 2010 at 1:17 am

    Mo didn’t jump over the bat! The bat saw who it was and ducked under Mo.

    lol

  210. Jerkface May 31st, 2010 at 1:23 am

    He either couldn’t or wouldn’t give me solid reasons. If you want to say that outfielders have to throw the ball further and therefore develop better arm strength, I submit to you Johnny Damon vs. Robby Cano. and Arod. Damon can’t throw the ball far. Both Robby and Arod are infielders with a lot of power. One of the league’s best power hitters is a 1B!!!

    The corners are power positions traditionally in baseball , the reason being stronger, less nimble players can play those positions. There are a ton of very good middle infielders in the last 20 years that came up and changed the game sort of.

    Though this made up anecdote trying to show your innate baseball knowledge was amusing.

  211. lost amidst the rabble May 31st, 2010 at 1:25 am

    CR9 owns 5 posts tonight. Hardly threadjacking.

    ———————–

    that’s like looking outside and saying, “It’s not raining, so I guess it never rains.”

  212. Nothing To See Here May 31st, 2010 at 1:42 am

    Threadjackers – sorta fits

    The last two threads there have been approx 300 posts.

    In them:

    Trisha has 45 posts (about 15%) Of those 45 (38 were attacks, 1 on BB & 6 generic)
    Randy – 17 Posts (Little over 5%) (15 attacks, 3 generic)

    Her lengthy 12:02 response was to a post Randy made at 10:30 (1.5 hours earlier)

    Someone said that she had been thrown off other blogs, don’t know, but it seems probable. She seems to have a problem letting things go.

    Her little CR9 puppet maybe should be ignored with his vulgar language and quirks.

  213. trisha - #28 on its way!!! May 31st, 2010 at 1:45 am

    That wasn’t made up. It was an example of why people like you become almost enraged when somebody comes along and questions things that you hold to you like a security blanket. If you can’t add it up with a calculator, it can’t be true.

  214. Jerkface May 31st, 2010 at 1:51 am

    Qualitatively, you’re a terrible poster. Quantitatively, you post a lot of inane things. Whoever you were talking to in that anecdote was a run of the mill moron then, its not a baseball maxim that outfield is the power position.

    1st and 3rd have been power positions forever, as have LF and RF. Its where the most HRs are hit across every season till the end of time.

    Thats why 2B, SS, C, and CF with power are elite players.

    So congrats on knowing something that any baseball fan should know??? Not sure how that validates your ‘I’m so special at thinking about baseball theory’.

  215. trisha - #28 on its way!!! May 31st, 2010 at 1:51 am

    To the regulars here and those who come here to talk baseball – I apologize for the posting session tonight but it was something that had been percolating for a while and needed to be aired. I chose tonight because it was a slow basebal night on a holiday weekend. I think the forum will now be a lot better for it. I trust that Randy and I are good to go.

    Thank you for your indulgence.

    Play ball!

  216. trisha - #28 on its way!!! May 31st, 2010 at 1:53 am

    “Qualitatively, you’re a terrible poster. Quantitatively, you post a lot of inane things. Whoever you were talking to in that anecdote was a run of the mill moron then, its not a baseball maxim that outfield is the power position”

    Whatever.

  217. Fran May 31st, 2010 at 1:54 am

    Trish – Check your email

  218. Stop it !!! May 31st, 2010 at 1:55 am

    This is crazy talk, enough!!

  219. ed May 31st, 2010 at 1:57 am

    Lord this place needs a full time moderator!

  220. The Other Phil (Don't feed the trolls) May 31st, 2010 at 2:04 am

    Apparently this has turned into As The LoHud Turns.
    And there was a question why some of the regulars have gone away?

  221. She's off her rocker May 31st, 2010 at 2:13 am

    Nothing To See Here May 31st, 2010 at 1:42 am

    Someone said that she had been thrown off other blogs, don’t know, but it seems probable. She seems to have a problem letting things go.

    Her little CR9 puppet maybe should be ignored with his vulgar language and quirks.

    Pete Abe called her a nut job in a public post on here. You can look it up. He knew what he was dealing with.
    I wish there was an ignore button for Sybil and her little Son of Sybil CR9.

    You know what they say, wish in one hand, put an In-N-Out burger in the other. See which empties first.

  222. Nothing To See Here May 31st, 2010 at 2:29 am

    Trisha,

    . . it was something that had been percolating for a while and needed to be aired. I chose tonight because it was a slow basebal night ..
    ++++++

    “I chose tonight . .” meaning that you chose to put the blog through all this crap tonight for your own little show. Now you are done and everyone should go back to their little lives because Trisha is all better now. How sick and egotistical is that

    Why didn’t you and Randy exchange emails and hash it out; but then you couldn’t be center stage. It must revolve around you, you, you How sick is that!

    You seriously may need some help, lessons in civility or at least a different perspective when it comes to interacting with others.

  223. Damon enjoy 27....think 28 May 31st, 2010 at 3:15 am

    It looks like The Yankees finally was able to beat the sinker ball today. Masterson wasn’t able to hold the Bomber down in the 7th.

    Pitcher Joel Pineiro, (Angels) and his sinker ball shut down the Yankee in the series opener at the Yankee stadium. The next time the Yankees faced him in LA, they smoked him too, it was like night and day.

    Mo never ceases to amaze me, he’s so good it’s scary!

    Aj pitched the best I’ve seen him ever do. He battled with no run support for 6 innings, went 8 threw 116 pitches “a feta compli” for sure. He earned his 6 th the old fashioned way, 8 innings, then handed it to Mo.

    Robbie Cano batting .362 , leads the league in hits 71, 37 RBI, AND 10 HR blows your mind He belongs on the All Star team.

    Andy going for win 7 can’t wait to see his stuff, he’s a horse.

  224. Nick in SF May 31st, 2010 at 4:46 am

    Wow!

    I can’t believe the blogtroversy continued for so long. It would probably take me an hour to respond to the various things of interest, and that’s just from skimming the discussion. So I will just make a few observations:

    – I think my favorite comments of the discussion came from those who are obviously trying to ignore the argument. I picture ladies sipping tea in shelters during the Blitz. Awesome.

    – Nobody is persecuted here solely or mainly for ‘thinking outside the box’ — it’s the quality of the theory and the way it’s presented that drives the reaction to it. The best way to avoid being ridiculed is to not say ridiculous things.

    – My out of the box idea is, if the Angels wants Miranda, we will let them have him, but the condition is that they have to drop “Los Angeles” from their name. Just tell the truth, Moreno!

    – Calling a truce without addressing the underlying reasons for the conflict is a bad idea, I think, though I understand why it would be appealing to non-combatants and certain parties to the argument. I also think insulting someone right before saying ‘now let’s both ignore each other’ is a cheap tactic. Booooo. No justice, no peace.

    – If you’re going to be unfair, at least be funny. Unfair and unfunny is a bad combination.

    – I would prefer it if people left In-N-Out Burger OUT of their arguments, but I can’t control what anyone else says.

    –CC is kind of a big sensitive guy… could he have been haunted by the LOST finale, unable to concentrate on the mound for more than an inning or two? AJ, on the other hand, probably watches “Ice Truckers” and “The Most Dangerous Catch” and is haunted by nothing. Except will he soon be haunted by not being able to throw to Chad Moeller? Hope not.

    – I plan to wake up about 10 minutes before the game tomorrow — er, today — and find some more entertaining comments to catch up with. Don’t let me down morning commenters!

    – Happy Memorial Day!

  225. 86w183 May 31st, 2010 at 7:34 am

    I am so glad I missed all the snarkiness. I know it’s not a word, but it should be.

    One thing the best blogs have is a way for participants to send private messages to each other so they can expand their discussions without inflicting them on others or posting their personal emails for all to see.

    That would be a nice addition.

  226. MG May 31st, 2010 at 7:47 am

    ‘Thinking outside the box’ is the LoHud euphemism for ‘I have no clue about baseball but want to sound like an authority’.

    Some of the ideas that are posted multiple times on this blog are so preposterous it defies logic. Let’s take this ridiculous idea to play Mark Teixeira at 3rd base because ‘he used to be a 3rd baseman’. If you took the time to look at his fielding statistics at 3rd base in his rookie year, he made 7 errors in 15 games over there, not exactly All Star calibre. He also played 25 games in the outfield in 2003, why hasn’t anyone decided he should be the back up left field when Gardner or Granderson sits?

    Teix plays 1st base because he is a great 1st baseman. He doesn’t play 3rd base because he wasn’t very good there. Those are the facts, period.

    So many of you think you know more than the PROFESSIONALS who run the Yankees it’s really pathetic. You would rather complain, whine, and accuse just about everyone of being an idiot or choker than actually watch the games and learn something about the nuances of the sport. You treat every loss as a seminal event, every error as a crisis, every failure to get a hit with a runner in scoring position as an indictment, every swing at a pitch early in the count as a crime when the reality is you don’t know anything and, at this rate, you never will.

  227. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos May 31st, 2010 at 8:12 am

    Good Morning and Happy Memorial Day to All!

    It’s so nice to be able to read the morning sports page – I never do after a Yankees loss. I didn’t know Jeter had made a costly error yesterday and then followed it up by driving in the 2 runs to cancel out the 2 unearned scored by the Injuns. But this is a great quote from him in today’s Star Ledger, via Peter Botte of the NY Daily News:

    “I’m not thinking about what happened the inning before. If that’s the case, you’l go crazy. And you can’t ever think about yesterday. There’s going to be games you feel you should win, but you lose. And there’s going to be games the other team feels they should win, but you come back.”

    Amen!

  228. vinny-b (Brett Gardner will never see the bench again) May 31st, 2010 at 8:16 am

    did this blog ever get registration?

    there was a post by Chad or Sam, stating the site would be closed down at 4pm.

    and then nothing?

  229. upstate kate May 31st, 2010 at 8:22 am

    Happy Memorial Day and a sincere thank you to all our veterans out there :)

    just back from a long weekend away, so I have lots of recorded pre and post games to watch!

  230. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos May 31st, 2010 at 8:22 am

    MG -

    I don’t mind so much the tossing up of some ideas (such as Tex playing third), since it’s a blog and it’s purpose is discussion. It’s reasonable that someone might see a situation, do a quick research and see that Tex has played some third base, so why not try him there. Not a problem. What I find interesting though, is that when presented with the facts to counter that idea, such as you posted, that give concrete reasons why Tex should not play third base, not to mention his own quote saying he was a terrible third baseman, some people do not back down, but dig in further.

    It’s as if there is a problem with saying, oops, I was wrong, maybe that isn’t such a good idea. It’s okay to be wrong and it’s okay to admit it. Hey, I’ve been been corrected a few times here (usually by Nick in SF :lol: ).

    Of course, it would help if the person doing the correcting could just state the facts without questioning the intelligence of the person with the original idea, and without resorting to adding insults and name calling. I think that is what causes the “digging in.”

    If you post respectfully, you will be treated respectfully. Usually. There are always exceptions.

  231. Chip May 31st, 2010 at 8:26 am

    Happy Memorial Day to all who serve, served or desire to serve.

    A couple of Yankee roster thoughts:

    With the pen scuffling and relievers generally costing far more than they’re worth on the trade market, any interest in giving Braden Looper a look?

  232. MG May 31st, 2010 at 8:29 am

    Doreen, you are an excellent poster, the blog needs more of you and less of many of the others without a clue.

  233. blake May 31st, 2010 at 8:29 am

    “He’s in a little funk, but he’ll get out of it,” Girardi said. “He’ll be great again for us, but he’s in a little funk.”

    Its more like a 3 year long funk that rears its ugly head about every other appearance.

    I understand sticking with a guy when they struggle and thats really important to do. However, with Joba this isn’t something that just cropped up, its been going on for awhile and continuing to put him in pressure situations where failing virtually costs the game could actually compound the problem IMO.

    At some point I think you have to work to correct the root of the problem instead of hoping he will work through it because he hasn’t shown an ability to do that thus far in his career. Problem is that the bullpen is so thin that that probably isn’t an option right now.

  234. benfica356 May 31st, 2010 at 8:33 am

    hey guys im about to head out to the stadium. Hopefully my 3-0 streak at the new yankee stadium (my only streak at any stadium since i never been to the old one) continues today and we take the series. Let’s go ANDY!!!!!

  235. vinny-b (Brett Gardner will never see the bench again) May 31st, 2010 at 8:33 am

    “I wouldn’t doubt if CR9 and trisha – #28 on its way! are one in the same”
    ————————————————————————

    kind of doubt that.

    Trisha is one of the best posters on this blog. Logical

    also in my 3 years on this site, i never heard Trisha mention anything about soccer. While CR9 is a soccer nut.

    while conspiracies do exist in this world. It takes responsible research to uncover them, rather than grasping for straws

  236. blake May 31st, 2010 at 8:34 am

    I want to echo the posts saying Thank you to those who have served this country and given us the opportunity to enjoy baseball and all the other freedoms that we so often take for granted.

  237. blake May 31st, 2010 at 8:36 am

    Sounds like Posada could be back as early as this week…great news.

  238. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos May 31st, 2010 at 8:38 am

    blake -

    I think that’s part of it – what’s the alternative to Joba right now? They kind of have to work with what they’ve got for now. Hopefully Robertson’s issue straightens itself out quickly – it stinks he got hit in the back just when it looked like he was pitching effectively. Perhaps Park will also become sharper. Mitre should be fine in middle innings, but he’s not going to be a guy they can use 2 days in a row – or at the very least, it may take a couple of tries, with mixed results, before they can (I would think he’s not used to that kind of pitching). Losing Aceves hurts because he was versatile and effective. :( I think they may have to lean on Marte a little more, give him a bit more rope to face certain righties, but his history with the Yankees has been inconsistent in that regard.

    At some point, maybe they call someone up, but who? Melancon still hasn’t shown he can be relied upon – but that could change in an instant – or, obviously, not. Nova? I don’t know.

    Perhaps it’s just a bullpen slump and they’ll all snap out of it at once. That’s what I’m hoping! But realistically, Girardi and Eiland may have to start taking a different approach than they have been, and maybe relax a little bit with the match-ups to see who can step up.

    Match-ups always make sense when you’re talking about it. But sometimes, it seems like a guy coming out of the pen has good stuff and maybe should be allowed to go batter to batter at times.

  239. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos May 31st, 2010 at 8:39 am

    benfica356 -

    Have a great time!

  240. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos May 31st, 2010 at 8:42 am

    When Posada comes back, that’s the closest to the opening day lineup the Yankees will have. And I think Swisher in the #2 spot is going to work out. Or even a switch of Swisher/Grandy depending on opposing pitcher. They may not miss Johnson too much. I’m pulling for Miranda and a DH “platoon” of Miranda/Thames/Resting Regular could work nicely.

    Boy, does anyone else feel like May just flew by?????

  241. blake May 31st, 2010 at 8:44 am

    “I think that’s part of it – what’s the alternative to Joba right now?”

    There is the rub…I agree. The loss of Aceves is really a crusher, especially if he is out for the season. They really don’t have many other options in house right now. As far as the matchups go, they always look good in the big think binder but as has been repeated many times on this blog, the more pitchers you bring in, the higher the chance that one of them won’t have it that day.

    The pen was awful early last year also and it turned out to be a strength, however Phil Hughes isn’t riding in to the rescue this year…still I think they will figure it out either in house or via trade.

  242. NYY626 May 31st, 2010 at 8:45 am

    Just wanted to say good morning and that I hope everyone enjoys their day off ( if you have off). Special thanks to all the vets out there today. And of course, Happy Andy Pettitte day :)

    Just saw the replay of Mo’s little jump. He is UNREAL. AJ was amazing yesterday. And I’m really happy Jeter and Tex seem to be coming out of their funks.

  243. blake May 31st, 2010 at 8:46 am

    “Or even a switch of Swisher/Grandy depending on opposing pitcher. ”

    I like this idea. Grandy in the 2 hole against righties and Swish against lefties. I know many don’t like Swisher in the 2 hole but I love him there.

  244. NYY626 May 31st, 2010 at 8:48 am

    Doreen – GTLU Stuff & Photos May 31st, 2010 at 8:42 am
    When Posada comes back, that’s the closest to the opening day lineup the Yankees will have. And I think Swisher in the #2 spot is going to work out. Or even a switch of Swisher/Grandy depending on opposing pitcher. They may not miss Johnson too much. I’m pulling for Miranda and a DH “platoon” of Miranda/Thames/Resting Regular could work nicely.

    Boy, does anyone else feel like May just flew by?????
    __________________________________________________
    Doreen I can not believe the yankees have played 50 games already. I feel like it was just yesterday we were all begging for spring training to begin to cure the boredom!

  245. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos May 31st, 2010 at 8:48 am

    blake -

    Hughes being as successful in the pen as he was last year was a nice surprise. I don’t think anyone (Yankees included) could have ever expected his level of dominance out of the pen. So, who’ll ride to the rescue this season????

    I don’t have much faith in any “outside” reliever. They’re all pretty hit or miss. Plus pitching for teh Yankees doesn’t see to agree with every relief pitcher. I’d guess there’s going to be a lot of messy walls until they get the spaghetti just right. :?

  246. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos May 31st, 2010 at 8:53 am

    upstate kate -

    I know. 50 games! It gets late early, doesn’t it??? :lol:

    blake -

    I like Swisher #2. He’s not fast, but this year he seems to be hitting for better average, he has power and he sees a lot of pitches. As close to Damon as this team has now. Grandy has power, speed, possible average – I don’t know where he falls as far as seeing pitches, and he does strike out some. But either is a better choice than Gardner, I think.

  247. blake May 31st, 2010 at 8:54 am

    “I don’t have much faith in any “outside” reliever”

    me neither. Bell was an interesting name but the Padres are in 1st place and playing great so its doubtful he will be dealt. If the ChiSox fall out of it then Matt Thornton could be a guy to look at but as you say, there isn’t a really positive history of relief pitchers coming in and doing well in NY.

    Hopefully the guys they have will get it together and make it a non-issue.

  248. blake May 31st, 2010 at 8:57 am

    “But either is a better choice than Gardner, I think.”

    Yea I don’t like Gardner there. I think he presses and is less likely to use his legs hitting in front of the big boppers….plus I like to have a guy who can drive the ball there so if someone from the bottom of the lineup gets on or Jeter gets on you have a chance to drive them in.

  249. MTU (aka GBURL) May 31st, 2010 at 9:27 am

    Good morning.

    I hope everyone is enjoying their Holiday, and the extra time off.

    To all the Vets on the Blog – A note of thanks.

    Just wanted to say thank you you for your service and sacrifice.

    Without you the bad guys win.

  250. randy l. May 31st, 2010 at 9:28 am

    “Betsy and mel, women tend to be more right brained than left and that’s the communication side of the brain.”- trisha

    trisha-

    that’s actually not right.

    “In 95% of right-handers, the left side of the brain is dominant for language. Even in 60-70% of left-handers, the left side of brain is used for language.”
    http://faculty.washington.edu/chudler/split.html

    “Another way to test for language representation in the brain is to electrically stimulate the cerebral cortex. A neurosurgeon can place an electrode on various areas of the exposed brain of an awake patient during surgery. The patient can say what he or she feels and thinks. Placement of the electrode on the brain does NOT hurt because the brain itself does not have any receptors for pain. In people who have left side dominance for language, electrical stimulation of various locations on the left cerebral cortex will interfere with speech. ”

    so it looks like about 97% of people have their language center in their left brain.

    but to be sure where one person’s language center is ,yours for instance, we would have to use an electrical probe to numb a part of your brain and see if that would stop you from talking.

    say you were saying” cervelli has cute eyes so he is better catcher than posada”, if a surgeon stuck an electrical probe on various spots on your right brain numbing it , nothing would happen, but on the left side of the brain in the correct spot, in an area called broca’s area, if the surgeon zapped you with the electrode, whammo!!!, you wouldn’t be able to speak :)

    the surgeon could test the area at random moments:
    ” pitchers don’t like posada, he’s mean” ZAP
    “sabathia felt so bad for huff he couldn’t pitch afterwards” ZAP
    ” i cry big crocodile tears when i feel so bad for all the people stupider than me on the blog” ZAP

    anyway you get the idea.

    there is the slim possibility that you are in the 1 in 10,000 where no one center is responsible for language, so that no matter where the brain surgeon pokes you, left side or right side, he won’t be able to shut you up.

    that would be a nightmare, i mean problem, for the surgeon because they have to identify the language centers to do any procedures to the brain :)

    of course we all hope for you sake no brain procedures will ever have to be done because all the top brain surgeons are in boston ( and CR9 is pretty sure they are all red sox fans who do not give yankee fans the same level of treatment)

    happy memorial day everyone

  251. People of Dearth May 31st, 2010 at 9:30 am

    Who’s pitching for the Twins today?

    - People of Dearth

  252. Chad May 31st, 2010 at 9:31 am

    Is today labor day or memorial day? I always get those two confused.

  253. Steve May 31st, 2010 at 9:33 am

    You would think that Joba would try to pick Mariano’s brain for advice and knowledge while sitting out in the bullpen but he’d rather chew David sunflower seeds and gulp down Red Bull.
    By the time he reaches 30, he won’t be able to pitch anywhere near as good as Mariano does at 40.

  254. MTU (aka GBURL) May 31st, 2010 at 9:35 am

    Time for the Yankees to take another series.

    Since I’ve been away it looks as though the offense has come alive again.

    Sooner or later our Offense and Pitching are going to be in sync, and when that happy day comes.

    It’s rear view mirror time for our competitors. ;)

  255. SJ44 May 31st, 2010 at 9:36 am

    It’s Memorial Day. A day we honor people like GB7 who put their lives on the line so we have the freedom to have a blog to discuss/argue about the Yankees.

    How about we honor these vets and show respect to them by not turning this place into a sewer for one day.

    If you are too self absorbed to not make today about YOU, go away for a day.

    Today isn’t about YOU. It’s about honoring our veterans for the work they do to keep us safe.

  256. blake May 31st, 2010 at 9:37 am

    Dallas Braden was just on Mike and Mike and Buster and Eric K (huge Sox fan) just were talking about how great a guy he was after he went off the air….shocker.

  257. blake May 31st, 2010 at 9:38 am

    MTU,

    have you really been away or lurking in the shadows? Did you go on your trip?

  258. chris May 31st, 2010 at 9:42 am

    SJ44 May 31st, 2010 at 9:36 am
    It’s Memorial Day. A day we honor people like GB7 who put their lives on the line so we have the freedom to have a blog to discuss/argue about the Yankees.

    How about we honor these vets and show respect to them by not turning this place into a sewer for one day.

    If you are too self absorbed to not make today about YOU, go away for a day.

    Today isn’t about YOU. It’s about honoring our veterans for the work they do to keep us safe.

    =====================

    Well said, SJ44.

    Just hoping people like CR9 don’t show up today.

  259. NYYanksFan May 31st, 2010 at 9:43 am

    Give Trisha and Randy their own thread so the rest of us don’t have to relive middle school again.

  260. G-C May 31st, 2010 at 9:44 am

    I know this seems a little nitpicky but its interesting how the meaning of Memorial Day has become so distorted over the past ten years or so. Veterans Day is about honoring our veterans, Memorial Day is about honoring the individuals who have passed, not those among the living. When people say “Happy Memorial Day” I kind of cringe.

  261. MTU (aka GBURL) May 31st, 2010 at 9:45 am

    Blake-

    No lurking. I was gone.

    Can I post the proof, or have the rules changed on the blog now ?

  262. 86w183 May 31st, 2010 at 9:47 am

    Really time for Alex to get cranking a bit. Six HR after 50 games is not exactly clean up hitter stuff. I’ve been calling for Granderson in the No. 2 spot against righties all year and there’s nothing wrong with Swisher against lefties.

    Cashman’s off-season moves not looking so good at the 1/3 mark of the season. Vazquez keeps wetting himself, NJ is as brittle as we feared, Granderson’s missed a ton of playing time and Winn has been released.

    His best off-season “move” was keeping Hughes in the rotation. That probably trumps all the others in the long run. Thames has been a solid addition and staying with Cervelli was also the right move.

  263. blake May 31st, 2010 at 9:48 am

    “Memorial Day is about honoring the individuals who have passed, not those among the living.”

    I don’t see the harm in honoring both today.

    MTU,

    I believe you are safe

  264. G-C May 31st, 2010 at 9:51 am

    Obviously neither do I, but people seem to forget to honor those passed altogether.

  265. 86w183 May 31st, 2010 at 9:51 am

    G-C you are absolutely correct.

    Memorial Day is about those who actually gave their lives for our country. Veteran’s Day is about those who were willing to.

    That said, there is nothing wrong with the way Memorial Day has evolved into a second “Veteran’s Day”. They’ve earned every platitude and every measure of gratitude we can offer.

    May God Bless all who died in service to our country as well as those who have served, are serving and will one day serve. We are blessed to have all these heroes among us.

  266. MTU (aka GBURL) May 31st, 2010 at 9:51 am

    Off topic:

    For all who might be interested below is the link to some pics :

    (Please feel free to marvel at the beauty that is America)

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

    Enjoy. :)

  267. randy l. May 31st, 2010 at 9:57 am

    “Give Trisha and Randy their own thread so the rest of us don’t have to relive middle school again.”

    NYYanksfan-

    sorry about that, but someone had to take one for the team.

    i think you’ll see a better blog today.

  268. Mark in Tampa May 31st, 2010 at 9:57 am

    “Veterans Day is about honoring our veterans, Memorial Day is about honoring the individuals who have passed, not those among the living”

    I agree with you on that. Anytime somebody thanks me for my service on this day, I accept it graciously, of course, but today is about those who never came home.

    It is about the thousands standing guard forever above Omaha beach, and all the other foreign cemetaries because there were too many dead to bring back.

    It is about the multitudes of men and women who lie in Arlington and the other National cemetaries, and are not here to enjoy the fruits of their sacrifice.

    And it is about those who died in anonymity, never to be identified and laid to rest, from Bunker Hill to Vietnam and Afghanistan.

  269. pat May 31st, 2010 at 9:59 am

    Guess Swisher isn’t too sore.

    eboland11 Today’s lineup: Jeter ss, Granderson cf, Teixeira dh, ARod 3b, Cano 2b, Swisher rf, Miranda 1b, Cervelli c, Gardner lf

  270. Fran (the original) and OPPC member May 31st, 2010 at 9:59 am

    Thanks to all of those veterans who served to keep our country safe.

  271. Bronx Born May 31st, 2010 at 10:06 am

    That is so cool wonderful shots MTU.

  272. Bronx Born May 31st, 2010 at 10:06 am

    This country has been blessed with many selfless individuals who put others before themselves. It is an honor to honor them.

  273. Erica in NY May 31st, 2010 at 10:06 am

    Thanks to all who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country
    Thanks to all who are still with us

    (I won’t be around at all until much later tonight, but Happy Yankee watching to all!)

  274. pat May 31st, 2010 at 10:10 am

    eboland11 Girardi in pregame press conference says Teixeira will now be at first and Miranda will dh

  275. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos May 31st, 2010 at 10:17 am

    MTU -

    Thanks for sharing those beautiful pictures. :)

  276. MTU (aka GBURL) May 31st, 2010 at 10:19 am

    Bronx-

    Thanks.

    But the beauty of our wild places is for all of us.

    It is part of our heritage.

    This is why I love to share the pics. It is my lucky priviledge to be able to share some of it.

    I, in no way, meant to disrespect the sanctity or meaning of Memorial Day.

    Theirs is the ultimate sacrifice in support of people like myself and others which allows us to enjoy our Freedoms and the all the beauty that surrounds us.

    Without that none of us would ever have the chance. They are the true Heroes.

    Others like me stand in their shadows, and upon their shoulders.

    You can never say enough to honor them.

  277. MTU (aka GBURL) May 31st, 2010 at 10:20 am

    Doreen-

    My pleasure.

  278. Drive 4 - 6 May 31st, 2010 at 10:21 am

    GB7,

    I haven’t posted here in weeks, but I’d like my first one to be a sincere thank you to yourself and everyone else who has served our country. My hat is off to all of you.

  279. Nothing To See Here May 31st, 2010 at 10:22 am

    vinny-b (Brett Gardner will never see the bench again) May 31st, 2010 at 8:33 am
    “Trisha is one of the best posters on this blog. Logical”
    ***

    Agree they are not the same person. Do not agree that she is “one of the best poster”;

    She posted close to 50 times (15% of all posts) in two threads and over 45 of them were personal attacks on others. Only 1 was remotely concerning baseball.

    She instigated the all the crap last night, and even admits so in her 1:51AM post last night (can read it below)

    She did it for her own personal amusement and her vindictive comments were purposeful. She uses the blog to for her condensending lectures, her self-annointed greatness and her own private self venting therapy session (at least she recognizes it is needed).

    Blog would be better without her; addition by subtraction. My opinion, but am sure it is shared by many others.

    **********
    READ HER LATE NITE POST BELOW:
    **********
    trisha – #28 on its way!!! May 31st, 2010 at 1:51 am
    To the regulars here and those who come here to talk baseball –
    I apologize for the posting session tonight but it was something
    that had been percolating for a while and needed to be aired.
    I chose tonight because it was a slow basebal night on a holiday
    weekend. I think the forum will now be a lot better for it.
    I trust that Randy and I are good to go.

    Thank you for your indulgence.

    Play ball!

  280. CR9 May 31st, 2010 at 10:24 am

    Thanks to all of those veterans who sacrificed their lives to keep our country safe!!!

    Happy Memorial Day!!!!!!

  281. Tarheelyank May 31st, 2010 at 10:25 am

    Put me down for the Grandy/Swish platoon in the 2 hole, Miranda/Thames/ Rest a Regular as DH.

    As for the pen, Mitre and Gaudin seems redundant to me. I do feel they need to give Melancon a real chance. Melancon should have Gaudin’s spot. At least until Ace comes back.

  282. Rob NY May 31st, 2010 at 10:31 am

    MTU — Thanks for the awesome pictures. I’m sorry if you said so already but where were they taken? I can guess Colorado River but that’d be pure guess work. That type of trip seems like it would be a great adventure , I’d love to take one.

  283. mick May 31st, 2010 at 10:35 am

    Is Trish running for office or practicing law?

  284. CHEROKEE May 31st, 2010 at 10:35 am

    Doreen
    As some one of Indian heritage , like Joba, Kyle Lohse, and Jacoby Ellsbury, may I respectfully request you refrain from the incendiary slur “injuns,” please!!

  285. Doreen May 31st, 2010 at 10:37 am

    Cherokee -

    I’m sorry. Won’t use it again.

  286. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 31st, 2010 at 10:46 am

    Happy Memorial Day to everyone….and to all the veterans out there, thank you. You truly are heroes.

    The lineup will become mostly whole in short order, but the pen is an absolute mess and may prevent this team from making the playoffs. It’s awful – there is not one pitcher I trust there except for Mo and his appearances are never guaranteed because obviously he only pitches when we are winning or sometimes tied. Phil was sent down to the minors several times – why not Joba? They need to try and “fix” him – the operative word being “try”. If it’s about mechanics, then he can be fixed. If it’s about Joba’s mental outlook, his heart, his physical condition – then that’s up to Joba. I feel they need to give it a try. Bring up Nova – try him out for awhile. Ok, maybe he’ll fail miserably, but what we have now isn’t working, so what’s the harm? I guess Melancon didn’t pitch well while I was away – that’s too bad.

    The other major ? is Javy – are we going to just keep sending him out there? He looked like he was turning things around, but apparently not. I guess we have no choice, but the rotation without him is merely good not great and we need Phil to keep this up (though that’s asking a lot).

  287. Fran (the original) and OPPC member May 31st, 2010 at 10:50 am

    MTU,

    Just looked at the pictures. Thanks.

  288. MTU (aka GBURL) May 31st, 2010 at 11:23 am

    Fran-

    Glad you enjoyed them. You’re more than welcome. :)

  289. 57' Yank May 31st, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    # Tarheelyank May 31st, 2010 at 10:25 am

    Put me down for the Grandy/Swish platoon in the 2 hole, Miranda/Thames/ Rest a Regular as DH.

    As for the pen, Mitre and Gaudin seems redundant to me. I do feel they need to give Melancon a real chance. Melancon should have Gaudin’s spot. At least until Ace comes back.

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

    Couldn’t agree with you less, Melancon just can’t cut it yet !

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