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Posada tired but not concerned

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jun 13, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Astros Yankees BaseballAfter the eighth inning, Joe Girardi asked Jorge Posada how he was feeling. When Girardi heard the answer, he decided to send Francisco Cervelli to catch the ninth.

“He said, ‘I’m a little sore,’” Girardi said. “I said, ‘Well, that’s good then. You caught eight innings, that’s pretty good for your first rehab start behind the plate.’”

Posada said sore was the wrong word. His foot was simply fatigued, with no pain in the area that was broken last month. “It got tired,” he said. “It wasn’t about soreness.” Posada still hopes he can catch again on Tuesday, and Girardi shares that optimism.

“I’m a little concerned, but I wasn’t even sure ho many innings I was going to play him today going into the game,” Girardi said. “Usually when you come back from an injury you’ll catch five innings, then you might catch seven innings and you’ll get your rehab time. We didn’t do that with Jorge. I’m not really surprised that he’s sore. I think it’s more important how he feels on Tuesday and really tomorrow, even though we’re not playing, that he’s able to run around and do the things he has to do.”

It was Posada’s work at the plate — not behind it — that drew the most attention. He’s the first Yankee to hit a grand slam in back-to-back games since Bill Dickey in 1937. According to Elias, the only other Yankee to do it was Babe Ruth in 1927 and 1929. The grand slam also broke a tie with Graig Nettles for sole possession of seventh place on the Yankees career home runs list.

“To be in the situation to hit two grand slams is amazing,” Posada said. “It doesn’t happen often. You can tell that it’s been a while so I’m happy.”

Of course, Posada’s teammates gave him a hard time about returning to the position he’s played so often the past 13-plus years.

“A lot of the players were getting on me and telling me where to go, stuff like that,” Posada said. “It was fun to get back there.”

Associated Press photo of Posada after the grand slam.

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127 Responses to “Posada tired but not concerned”

  1. m June 13th, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    Awesome day for Hughes & Yankee fans thanks to Posada!

    I want Posada to catch CC in the next game, but if I wonder if 2 days rest for that foot would be good?

    It worries me to push him back so soon because it seems like he always has a setback when they do that.

  2. CB June 13th, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    (repost):

    “I thought it was sweet. Robbie is evolving from young player to veteran.”

    For a long time, Cano could essentially act as a secondary player for the yanks. If he went on a tear and produced he was a huge added benefit. But he didn’t need to be one of the core guys.

    That started to change last season and it’s gone into overdrive this season. He rarely gives away at bats anymore. He is so much more disciplined and patient. He’s looking to not only hit the ball but to maximize the amount of damage he does in any at bat.

    And I think part of that is the process through which responsibility is being shifted to him as other players get older.

    He’s stepped up and accepted that responsibility.

  3. SJ44 June 13th, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    If he can walk, he’s got to catch.

    Got to get back in the swing of things.

    If healthy, I’d catch him 3 out of every 4 days and DH him on the day he doesn’t catch as long as Moeller is here to take advantage of having another C on the bench.

  4. xyz June 13th, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    Halladay’s career #s vs. Yankee hitters:

    http://www.baseball-reference......as=pitcher

  5. GreenBeret7 June 13th, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    Interesting note on Jorge Vazquez’ promotion from trenton to Scranton. They brought him up to play 3rd base.

  6. m June 13th, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    You guys were talking about Robi stepping up into that big-boy role. Once upon a time, he was on the other side. And getting more than his share of scolding!

    I love to see the Yankees win, but I love to see them win with homegrown players. No group (in any sport) will ever match what Jeter/Rivera/Pettitte/Posada have done. And it’ll be bittersweet to see them retire eventually. But I think we can agree that there’s a nice group of players on their heels. They’ve got the pedigree, DNA, and upbringing that’s been passed down through generations of Yankee players.

    Robi Cano, dontcha know!

  7. Nick in SF June 13th, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    “No. The situation got resolved…. (but just don’t ever speak of it again)”

    Not even as an uninformed non-leaguer???

  8. SJ44 June 13th, 2010 at 6:15 pm

    GB,

    Perhaps they are showcasing him to a potential trade partner?

  9. Comet June 13th, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    Crawdaddy as someone who has been a fan of the NYY since 1965, I’ve had to cheer for a lot Astro like teams. However they were always my Yankees. I feel like that gives me the right to complain if I want to.

    Regards,

    Comet

  10. Comet June 13th, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    Crawdaddy as someone who has been a fan of the NYY since 1965, I’ve had to cheer for a lot Astro like teams. However they were always my Yankees. I feel like that gives me the right to complain if I want to.

    Regards,

    Comet

  11. Roger(The Dutch Yankees Fan) June 13th, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    CB

    Really liked the way they played.It’s not something you normally see from them.It might have something to do with Bayern.A lot of them play for Bayern and they really turned things around this season as well

    I saw your post about Argentina.I was a little surprised that you liked them.I thought they didn’t play very well.Can someone tell me why Milito didn’t start?Or Aguero?

    How about last night game huh.

  12. LGY June 13th, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    CB,

    The Germans were very impressive today. First team of this Cup to come out and really make a statement. Of course, they are the most talented team to play so far, but they really overwhelmed Australia.

    When you add a player or two with great technical skill and creativity in passing it changes the whole dynamic of a team like Germany who always has that great physical presence in the box. Even though there are 11 players on the field for a team, one player can really set off an incredible ripple effect that takes other player’s strengths to the next level in soccer.

    This is a bit off topic, but I have thought for a while that if the US was ever going to really compete on the worldwide stage they should try to model a German system. Organized, fundamentally sound, and physical team. I don’t think they are ever going to develop player’s who are skilled enough and creative enough to compete with teams like Brazil, Spain, etc. with that style of play.

    IMO, Americans are so good at baseball, football, basketball is because of how Americans develop athletically. It is just a much different skill set that I think in many ways transcends those 3 sports but does not transfer to soccer. And you hear how often this kids who get drafted play those other sports at high levels in HS.

    Who know though as people have been talking about why the US can’t develop great soccer players for years lol.

    Roger,

    I will probably wake up a little earlier than usual to catch the beginning of the match, but will go back and watch what I missed at night. I’ll be rooting for you! :)

  13. stuckey June 13th, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    June 13th: 200 AB’s, .400 OBP, Brett Gardner.

    That looks pretty.

  14. Gator49 June 13th, 2010 at 6:19 pm

    I feel bad for Bernie being left out of the core players. He certainly was a huge part of the first 4 rings. Too bad his age didn’t match up better with the core four.

  15. GreenBeret7 June 13th, 2010 at 6:19 pm

    SJ44 June 13th, 2010 at 6:15 pm
    GB,

    Perhaps they are showcasing him to a potential trade partner?

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

    Quite possible. That’s not the greatest defense on the infield corners in Scranton….Xazquez and Miranda, but, a lot of offensive potential. Scranton needed a 3rd baseman, and, Laird needs to stay at Trenton for a bit longer, but, he’s making it tough for them to ignore.

  16. m June 13th, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    lol, just went to Extra Bases blog. Chad, don’t worry! You’re not the worst speller in the blogosphere. Nate Taylor (whoever that is) has you beat by a mile. Couldn’t get past the first word of the second paragraph.

    “Past” ball? Really?

  17. stuckey June 13th, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    “Too bad his age didn’t match up better with the core four.”

    If he did, then we would be call them?

    “Core five” just doesn’t have that alliterate zing!

  18. CRAWDADDY (Boycott ESPN-NY) June 13th, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    “Crawdaddy as someone who has been a fan of the NYY since 1965, I’ve had to cheer for a lot Astro like teams. However they were always my Yankees. I feel like that gives me the right to complain if I want to.

    Regards,

    Comet”

    Well, I attended my first Yankee ballgame in 1961 so I went from cheering a team in the penthouse to one that was in outhouse for a number of years, but I’m not going to whine about a team that’s currently in first place and has won several WS titles since those dark days of the mid-60s and that other dark era of the early 90s. So go ahead and complain, you whiner.

    Regards,

    Crawdaddy

  19. LGY June 13th, 2010 at 6:22 pm

    I should admit I am very biased though towards the Germans, because I really learned how to play from a German :)

  20. Ed Wood June 13th, 2010 at 6:22 pm

    Make that Graig Nettles. ;-)

  21. Gator49 June 13th, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    “fab five”

  22. Tyler June 13th, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    That is interesting with Vazquez. I know he’s getting up there in years but if he can play an adequete third base that would be fantastic. No doubt he can rake and if he finds a position that would be phenomenal!

  23. CB June 13th, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    “I saw your post about Argentina.I was a little surprised that you liked them.I thought they didn’t play very well.Can someone tell me why Milito didn’t start?Or Aguero?”

    Roger-

    I thought Argentina played well given the context of their lead into the world cup and all of the craziness of Maradona and the fact that they were playing in an entirely different formation than they had in the past.

    Many people were predicting utter dissaray and disaster for Argentina with a number of people thinking that with Maradona as the manager they might not get out of the groups.

    Given those expectations and worries I thought they played well. Now it is true much too much was made of the Maradona effect as they’ve played well more recently since qualifying. But on the whole they were well organized, fairly disciplined and cohesive. Compare how they played to how France played with their complete lack of cohesion under Domenech. Many thought Argentina would play like that – only worse.

    Argentina also tried a radically different set of tactics by playing Tevez along with Messi and Higuain while sliding Guittierez to the back and removing Otamendi. Now one can say why even play new tactics? But, as you know, there’ s a long tradition of doing that in the Cup particularly in the early rounds. Given that I thought they looked comparatively good. Tevez really had to try to figure out a new more linking creative role.

    They looked to me like many teams do early in the Cup – still working out rough edges and figuring out how they will proceed forward. It was mostly about expectations – they weren’t a disaster or disorganized. They looked better than England, IMO. And I don’t think many people though Maradona’s Argentina would look better than Capello’s England in match one.

    The area where I thought they had serious, serious problems was in the back line. And that’s likely going to kill them. Guittierrez isn’t a full back and can’t defend well. But I think he’s only there temporarily.

    Argentina’s biggest problem is that their backline has no pace what so ever and Demischelis and Heinze are strong defenders. That will be their undoing. And that’s not something that can be fixed now or easily covered up.

    Good point on Germany and all the players from Bayern. Lahm and Mueller worked particularly well together on overlaps. Schweinsteiger is a very under rated player.

    It’s the van Gaal influence that has Germany playing so well!

  24. Roger(The Dutch Yankees Fan) June 13th, 2010 at 6:25 pm

    CB

    Thanks!I’m nervous already

    But Talking about developing players.I gave you a link last time about that subject.It was in the NY Times.If you have the time you should really read it.There’s a video in there as well

  25. CB June 13th, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    Roger-

    One other thing. I honestly have no idea why Higuain is playing in front of Milito or Aguerro. Higuain just shouldn’t be playing. I’d guess it’s because he’s the one who has played in nearly all the matches in qualifying for Argentina and Maradona wants to stick with him. I’d play Milito myself. I’d also play Palermo in mid rather than Veron.

  26. pistol pete June 13th, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    Yanks were 8-2 vs Cleveland/Baltimore/and Houston and I almost feel like it could have been better, these teams really really stink. Next week will get tougher with Philly/Mets, hope Arod’s back and the full llineup is much closer to whole. Still think a rent a bat/dh is in the cards to play with the better teams. We’ve never replaced Johnson/Matsui’s permanent dh role and I think the Yanks will look for help in this area and another bullpen arm. Starters have been awesome this year, even Vazquez is 5-2 in his last 7 starts. How bad is Houston and how’d you like to have the contracts for Oswald/Berkman/Lee at about $50 million this year, yikes.

  27. Lime June 13th, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    pete,

    Should have been 9-1. Indians had no business rallying from 6 runs down to beat us at home.

    It’s OK though, we’ll soon steal a game we have no business winning.

  28. Chad Jennings June 13th, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    I spell Nettles name wrong every time! I should have learned by now.

    As a side note, I was joking with my college editor once about how bad I am at spelling. His response was, “Well, unfortunately you’ve picked one of the only professions in which spelling matters.”

    Sadly, he was write. I mean right.

  29. Light in August June 13th, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    We are not the Red Sox: they would’ve gone 10-0.

  30. CB June 13th, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    Roger-

    I have a great deal of confidence in the Oranje. I think you guys will play very well. I am concerned about the left side of the back line. But on the whole the Dutch will do very well. Teams now have become so poor in midfield (just look at how bad Serbia was there… some darkhorse) that the Dutch are going to particularly effective this Cup.

    I read that article on the Ajax youth system. It’s absolutely terrific. Great stuff. I think I mentioned this to you before, but I started reading Rinnus Michels book on tactics, coaching and development – “Team Building” in English. Michels was a genius.

  31. Haiku-man June 13th, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    I wish each one of you could see Winn playing RF, for the Cardinals vs D-Backs , you really need to see this joker! To top it off the announcer said with Winn the Cardinals added experience. Since he was signed they have won 1 game!!

    I still can’t stop laughing!

  32. Roger(The Dutch Yankees Fan) June 13th, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    CB

    Just not a big fan of Maradona as a manager.That’s their weakness I think.
    Watch out for South Korea btw

  33. Jake June 13th, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    lol Chad – the problem is that spell check doesn’t have a “context” function. You could type the word write for right and you might not even know.

    Just another thing that needs to be developed – computers need to have the ability to see if a sentence makes sense, word for word.

  34. Joba Tips his Cap June 13th, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    Go Holland tomorrow!

  35. Rolex June 13th, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    Randy Winn = jinx

    Cards need to trade him to the Reds before it is too late…

  36. Bronx Jeers June 13th, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    Most people misspell it “Craig”

    Which is sort of understandable.

    But you really butchered it.

  37. SJ44 June 13th, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    Red Six are 10-10 against the three worst teams they have played this year….Baltimore, Cleveland and KC

    Yankees are 16-3 against the three worst teams they have played this year…Baltimore, Cleveland and Houston.

    The Red Sox aren’t going 10-0 against anybody this year.

  38. Nick in SF June 13th, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    What’s past is prologue.

  39. CB June 13th, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    “This is a bit off topic, but I have thought for a while that if the US was ever going to really compete on the worldwide stage they should try to model a German system. Organized, fundamentally sound, and physical team.”

    LGY-

    I agree. Unfortunately, rather than Germany, the U.S. has followed England as a model. And that’s been very detrimental to making progress. The U.S. has followed the wrong model. That’s partly what so strange about matches of England and the U.S. They both have very similar philosophies and in turn suffer from the same limitation.

    The U.S. is much better than we were in the past, but the current model can only go so far. Germany would have been a much better route to take. Look at the difference between Michael Bradley vs. Sammy Khedira or even Bastian Schweinsteiger. That says a great deal.

    By the way if you haven’t read it you must read the article in the NY Times Roger has mentioned a few times. It’s about how players are trained as children in the Netherlands at the Ajax youth academy. It’s eye opening in comparison to what’s done here in the U.S.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06.....wanted=all

  40. Rich on the 6 train June 13th, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    Congrats to Jorge!
    I don’t understand why Joe pushed Hughes on pitch count when he saw he was fatigued. Maybe he should have pulled Jorge sooner as well.

    I wonder if they are showcasing Hoffman for an extra bat.

  41. Roger(The Dutch Yankees Fan) June 13th, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    Big expectations fot this team.Hope to see some total football.

    Michels is the one who started it all.To me..Michels is the greatest coach there has ever been

  42. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos June 13th, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    The talk above about Cano taking the mantle of a veteran, and kind of the changing of the guard is bringing tears to my eyes.

    I have been a huge Robi Cano fan since the beginnings. I am so happy to see how this season is unfolding for him.

    I don’t tend to go on and on about the players that are close to my heart. Baseball is a heartache game; any one of them could be gone in the blink of an eye.

  43. Tyler June 13th, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    CB-

    Not a soccer expert by any means here, I was kind of surprised that the US didn’t start Torres. Torres seems like he can really ocntrol the pace and his passing seems to be superior to most on the team from the friendlies I watched. I’d like to see him against Slovenia as I have heard that they are mostly a defensive team and rarely generate my attack. Woudl Torres for Clark be a good move?

  44. Rich in NJ June 13th, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    I would take it slow with both Po and Alex.

  45. SJ44 June 13th, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    I think Girardi wanted to see if Hughes could get out of the inning. His pitch count didn’t get out of whack until the last three hitters he faced.

    He had a big enough lead to test Phil to see if he could do it. I don’t think that’s a bad thing.

    It’s a good learning experience for him.

  46. mick June 13th, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    I don’t tend to go on and on about the players that are close to my heart. Baseball is a heartache game; any one of them could be gone in the blink of an eye.
    =========================================
    Now you are getting maudlin, Doreen.

  47. CB June 13th, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    The Red Sox have played much better than they did earlier in the season, and they still aren’t making up any ground.

    That’s not a good sign when you are chasing two teams and the season is over 30% over.

  48. m June 13th, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    Now, I am in no way comparing Gardner to Joe Mauer. But they’re 12th and 11th in batting avg. Some of their numbers are pretty similar. But boy, Target Field must be a power drainer. Joe Mauer has 1 less HR in just a handful more at-bats.

  49. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos June 13th, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    Sorry mick; momentary lapse. :)

  50. m June 13th, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    I agree with you, SJ. Phil’s going to have to figure these things out. Just another step in his development. Through 5.2 IP he was doing pretty good.

  51. mick June 13th, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    It happens here, Doreen.

  52. SJ44 June 13th, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    CB,

    Very true. Especially since the Sox have a stretch coming up where they play 24 of 31 on the road.

  53. mick June 13th, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    The RS have 3 possible ASG pitchers in Lester, Buchholz and Lackey. Figure Lackey a no go and we have Phil and Andy. I guess 2 per contenders is fair. TB with ??.

  54. Rich in NJ June 13th, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    “But boy, Target Field must be a power drainer. Joe Mauer has 1 less HR in just a handful more at-bats.”

    It almost certainly is, but Mauer never hit more than 13 HRs before last season, and that was back in 2006, so there may be more than one variable responsible for his HR output.

  55. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos June 13th, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    I went to go buy my husband the Pettitte “signature t-shirt” at Modell’s today. They had plenty of the CC and Tex shirts, one Swish shirt and ZERO Pettitte shirts. Sold out, don’t know when they’re getting more in.

    I went to Modell’s website to order it – it’s on backorder. I ordered it. It won’t be here in time for Father’s Day, though. And while I was at Modell’s I thought I’d look to see if they had women’s t-shirts in the same series, but N-o-o-oh-o-o.

  56. mick June 13th, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    how much are those pettitte shirts doreen?

  57. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos June 13th, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    mick -

    21.99, but I had to pay shipping, too.

    Not bad at all.

  58. mick June 13th, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    Price, Niemann and Garza for TB?

  59. Erica in NY June 13th, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    Doreen-

    You don’t have multiple Modell’s near you?

  60. mick June 13th, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    I would like a Pettitte shirt for Dad’s Day.

  61. CB June 13th, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    “Especially since the Sox have a stretch coming up where they play 24 of 31 on the road.”

    And the yanks have almost the opposite.

    We’ve still played a limited sample of games and the composition of the schedule and distribution of games home vs. away makes a big difference.

    The yankees still have quite a few home games left. So far in the 29 home games they’ve played they are 22-7. That is simply outstanding. That’s a .758 home winning %.

    And the yankees have played fewer home games than the Sox and the Rays so far this season. Around 8% fewer than the Sox and 6% fewer than the Rays.

    Those home games are going to even out.

  62. mick June 13th, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    Might have to get one for myself.

  63. SJ44 June 13th, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    Mauer broke a bat in the dugout Friday night after a ball he crushed to dead center just died near the track.

    He’s definitely getting frustrated, as are his teammates, at the way the ball doesn’t carry at Target Field.

    Makes the HR Jeter hit into the bullpen in left center in that 1-0 game even more impressive.

  64. CRAWDADDY (Boycott ESPN-NY) June 13th, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    I doubt any team will have more than 2 starting pitchers at the ASG for reasons pertaining to the rest of the season.

  65. Jake June 13th, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    We also finish all of our West Coast trips by the ASB.

    Sox still have 22 games in the Western time-zone. 2 6-game trips and a 10 game trip.

  66. mick June 13th, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    Why are they building these huge ballparks?

  67. LGY June 13th, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    Thanks for linking that article CB. Very interesting stuff.

  68. m June 13th, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    Lackey? All-star? What about Greinke or Hernandez or one of the young Texas pitchers?

  69. mick June 13th, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    Price could be starting the ASG.

  70. mick June 13th, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    Wonder if Strasburg makes the team?

  71. CB June 13th, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    “I was kind of surprised that the US didn’t start Torres. Torres seems like he can really ocntrol the pace and his passing seems to be superior to most on the team from the friendlies I watched.”

    Tyler-

    This is a very good observation. Torres is something of a lightening rod player for the U.S. because his skill set represents much of what the U.S. program places the least value on. It’s very unfortunate. They just don’t value or develop those kinds of skills and that’s why he doesn’t play much. But when he does he adds ingredients which diversify the team. In the end though, the U.S. doesn’t want that kind of diversity of skills.

    The U.S. has gone the route of England deciding to play a direct, physical game that places less value on tactical innovation and technique. It may be a good way to catch up to the rest of the world, but it also allows for limited growth.

  72. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos June 13th, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    Erica –

    I have one other Modell’s near me, but I am almost never in that area. Plus I am very impatient. and I figured there’s no way there’ll be a Pettitte shirt left anywhere. He’s ANDY – you know? He was the only one of the core four to have that signature t-shirt. No Jeter No Mo No Posada. Only Andy.

  73. mick June 13th, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    2 per team would prob give you Andy/Phil, Buccholz/Lester, Niemann or Garza/Price,Cecil/Romero?

  74. Jake June 13th, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    CB – what chance do you think the US advances?

  75. Tyler June 13th, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    CB-

    I definitely see that in their play. Like I said I’m not a soccer expert at all but it befuddles me to see a guy like Ricardo Clark who adds seemingly nothing on the attack and then gets burned by Gerrard over Torres who really can be dynamic. Maybe against Slovenia as the US hoefully won’t have to worry about much of an attack unlike England which seemed like it could attack from seemingly nothing. I also would love to see Gomez come off the bench sooner as I like the aspect he brought in the friendlies.

  76. mick June 13th, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    Who are these friendlies you speak of?

  77. Dale June 13th, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    mick,

    Lee, Fister, Liriano, Danks, Weaver, Carmona

    Lots of guys with ERAs right in Hughes’ range outside the AL East. Hughes is going to have to step it up if he wants to make it. He has the win total, but if his ERA is creeping in the high 3′s around selection time, he may not make it.

  78. Erica in NY June 13th, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    Doreen – GTLU Stuff & Photos June 13th, 2010 at 7:11 pm
    Erica –

    I have one other Modell’s near me, but I am almost never in that area. Plus I am very impatient. and I figured there’s no way there’ll be a Pettitte shirt left anywhere. He’s ANDY – you know? He was the only one of the core four to have that signature t-shirt. No Jeter No Mo No Posada. Only Andy.
    ***************

    I love a shopping challenge. I am almost tempted to go to Modells and see

  79. mick June 13th, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    Erica,
    Pick one up for me? L/XL

  80. the gay Yankee fan June 13th, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    Does Gardner make the ASG as a reserve outfielder?

    I think he’s around the 7th or 8th in voting. He’s arguably having a better year than some of the ones ahead of him in the voting but unfortunately he doesn’t have as big of name as those.

  81. CB June 13th, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    Jake-

    I think they’ll make it, but the Algerian keeper muffing that ball today and Slovenia winning makes it much more difficult.

    There are a number of scenarios that develop where the U.S. ties with another team on points and it will come down to goals scored.

    And the U.S. has been challenged at time to score as their finishing isn’t great.

    I think they’ll advance but they need to raise their level of play to do so.

  82. mick June 13th, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    If it’s close how can Joe turn Phil down?

  83. Carl (Trade August Romain) June 13th, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    I remember Joe Maddon took Tim Wakefield when he had a era in the 4′s.

    Francona took Varitek when he was batting in the 200′s.

  84. blake June 13th, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    Target field is likely in part responsible for Mauer’s decreased power numbers but what if last year was simply an outlier and he’s reallt just more of a 10-15 hr guy?

  85. Erica in NY June 13th, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    mick June 13th, 2010 at 7:19 pm
    Erica,
    Pick one up for me? L/XL

    ***********

    Is this a present?

  86. Tarheelyank June 13th, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    Doreen

    MLB shop has them. $5.00 for shipping.

  87. Giuseppe Franco June 13th, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    # Dale June 13th, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    mick,

    Lee, Fister, Liriano, Danks, Weaver, Carmona

    Lots of guys with ERAs right in Hughes’ range outside the AL East. Hughes is going to have to step it up if he wants to make it. He has the win total, but if his ERA is creeping in the high 3’s around selection time, he may not make it.

    ————

    Win totals for pitchers count, too. Probably more than they should. And Hughes’ manager is the AL manager.

    If Hughes has 11-12 wins with a 3.00 – 3.50 ERA, you don’t think that’s enough to make the All Star team?

    Unless Hughes completely falls apart the next month, he’s on the team.

    Bank on it.

  88. CB June 13th, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    When picking All Star teams wins still matter a great deal. Hughes’ record will give Girardi cover to take him if it gets close or Hughes becomes a borderline case.

    That said, I think Hughes is due to cycle back through a series of better games and will make a stronger case as we get closer.

  89. LGY June 13th, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    “As I came upon them, they were competing in a series of four-on-four games on a small, artificial-turf field with a wall around it, like a hockey rink, so that balls heading out of bounds bounced right back into play.”

    ——————————————

    This is one of the very few things I can relate to in that article you linked CB. I played quite a bit on these hockey style small fields. Really forces you to learn how to play fast.

    My first encounter with Bob Bradley came on one of these.

  90. mick June 13th, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    nah, erica, call it my GM fee.

  91. Tarheelyank June 13th, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    “Is this a present?

    nah, erica, call it my GM fee.”

    Does the league allow this? Uh oh sounds like another scandel brewing.

  92. Bret the Hitman June 13th, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    I still have a Cano T-shirt with “22″ on the back.

  93. Erica in NY June 13th, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    mick June 13th, 2010 at 7:25 pm
    nah, erica, call it my GM fee.

    **********

    LOL.. Sorry, Mick. But my own dad’s father’s day gift is pricier than usual this year. And so was his birthday gift

    He has been out of work for almost a year now so I keep buying him things he loves that he won’t/can’t treat himself to anymore and its a little pricey

  94. mick June 13th, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    TB’s next 9 games are against ATL, Fla and SD….tough.

  95. CanoJOBAJeterFan June 13th, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    Doreen,
    How many of the Joba shirts were for sale? I ordered from MLB and got a jersey and t-shirt designed by Joba. I was going to order a Pettitte shirt also but will do that later.

  96. mick June 13th, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    Tar
    Can’t a GM charge a fee?

  97. mick June 13th, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    No problem, Erica, I will check Modells tmw, doubt they have it.

  98. JK June 13th, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    Best AL Starters…

    9-2, 2.23 era, 1.17 whip… Price
    8-1, 2.46 era, 1.10 whip… Pettitte
    9-1, 3.11 era, 1.13 whip… Hughes
    8-4, 2.52 era, 1.26 whip… Buchholz
    7-2, 3.22 era, 0.99 whip… Cecil
    7-2, 3.18 era, 1.16 whip… Lester
    6-3, 2.90 era, 1.20 whip… Liriano
    7-4, 3.56 era, 1.12 whip… Verlander
    7-4, 3.50 era, 1.27 whip… Garza
    7-4, 3.59 era, 1.35 whip… Talbot

  99. Chuck58 June 13th, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    Mick, a “friendly” in soccer terminology is an agreed-upon match, not in a tournament, between national sides. Good practice, less pressure than in a tourney.

  100. Tarheelyank June 13th, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    Mick

    It’s NO GM league. Against the rules, start the e-mails.

  101. mick June 13th, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    like an exhibition game, thanks chuck

  102. mick June 13th, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    JK
    That looks good for the ASG.

  103. CB June 13th, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    LGY-

    What were your impressions of Bradley? And what age were you training in those confined spaces? I think the key thing in the Netherlands is how young they start. Rather than game action they emphasize drills that build technique.

  104. Erica in NY June 13th, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    Tarheelyank-

    Quit trying to create another scandal!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You are a troublemaker :lol:

  105. mick June 13th, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    erica
    any notables on the waiver wire?

  106. Tarheelyank June 13th, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    “any notables on the waiver wire?”

    Yeah, like pedroia, Youk and Papelbon.

  107. JK June 13th, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    Mich,

    forgot about Nieman

    6-0, 2.45 era, 1.10 whip

  108. Carl (Trade August Romain) June 13th, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    Nieman is 6-1, 2.83 era, don’t know the whip.

  109. JK June 13th, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    Carl,

    Guess he was the one who pitched today

  110. mick June 13th, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    how many starters can we take?

  111. JK June 13th, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    Mick,

    I think they usually go with 6 starters and 3 relievers

  112. mick June 13th, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    6 is not enough.

  113. JK June 13th, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    2 in… Starter
    1 in… Starter
    1 in… Starter
    1 in… Starter
    1 in… Starter
    1 in… Closer
    1 in… Closer
    1 in… Closer

    Plus another starter in there somewhere plus 1 extra starter for extra innings, so 7 starters and 3 relievers

  114. Tarheelyank June 13th, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    For selfish reasons, I want Andy to go to the ASG. I am not so sure about Phil. Rest and the least amount of distractions are kind of important as well. I wont be upset either way.

  115. mick June 13th, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    last year 5 of 13 pitchers were relievers

  116. Erica in NY June 13th, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    Tarheelyank June 13th, 2010 at 7:43 pm
    “any notables on the waiver wire?”

    Yeah, like pedroia, Youk and Papelbon.

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

    I have been watchign transactions and haven’t seen anythin noteworthy

    I already have Pedroia! :-)

  117. JK June 13th, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    Mick,

    Didn’t know they took that many pitchers.

  118. mick June 13th, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    the nl had 15 pitchers 3 relief

  119. LGY June 13th, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    CB,

    I only met him a few times. He was/is very close with the coach of the club soccer team I played for most of my life. He was a bit quiet but he seemed to always be really thinking and observing. I liked him and I thought he was a smart guy but he didn’t really talk a lot to us so it was hard to get a good read on him.

    He is a tough guy though. When he came back to NJ to coach the Metrostars he came by our practices to hang out with my coach occasionally. The first time I was I think 16 and we were playing in one of those hockey rinks with turf. With closed quarters and a fast track the games would get pretty physical.

    Bob jumped in though and everyone seemed to back off a little. We all knew who he was, so for lack of a better word we were a little “star struck”. He noticed and was not happy about it so he really started to mix it up with us. At one point though he really laid out one of my friends (my friend claims to this day it was a dirty play lol). They ended up exchanging words and we had to break them up. It was quite a scene!

    What I took from when he would jump in and play with us was that he was really competitive. I liked that and it was cool that he would care so much about winning a meaningless game in a practice with a bunch of high school kids.

    I didn’t start playing in those confined spaces until I was probably 14 or 15. Nothing close to those kids in the Netherlands.

  120. mick June 13th, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    erica
    i guess most of the recent callups are gone like strasburg etc…

  121. mick June 13th, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    make that 6 nl relievers 9 starters

  122. mick June 13th, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    gametime later all

  123. Jhn June 13th, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    Hotstove.com reports Yankees not happy with A-rod about his hip. It seems he gave advance notice to Pena, but said nothing to Joe or the coaches. Where is cousin Yuri when he needs him?

  124. Erica in NY June 13th, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    new thread :arrow:

  125. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos June 13th, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    CanoJobaJeter -

    I didn’t see any Joba shirts at my Modell’s. I forgot to mention that there were some Grandy shirts left, too.

    As far as design goes, I like the Tex and Andy shirts.

    But none were available as women’s shirts. Does MLB shop have them available in women’s sizes?

  126. LGY June 13th, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    CB,

    It is also interesting you mention the drills that build technique.

    When I first started playing soccer, I was not much of a player at all. I was fast and had some natural ability but there were tons of kids in my area that were a lot better than me.

    I ended up going to play for this German guy named Heinz. So much of practice was about building technical skill. I had never had that before. It was always warm up with some drills and then go out and play. No structure at all, so basically just the strongest, fastest, and most athletic kids dominated.

    With Heinz, we literally did the same drills over and over and over and over again. All just technical drills from footwork to being able to curve the ball so you could pass it someone you have your back to. Just months of the same things for a huge part of practice until he saw enough of it incorporated into games and then could make the drills more difficult.

    After spending 3 years with him, everything I did on the soccer field from that point forward was completely 2nd nature. I very rarely had to think about what to do with the ball or next.

    I played with and against many kids in high school that were much more naturally gifted than me. But when I talked to them about the game, they played it in a very different way. They made a lot of conscious decisions out there and it slowed them down and made them mess things up by over thinking.

    I can only imagine how good those kids would be if they got intense technical training.

  127. Peepee Hands June 14th, 2010 at 12:09 am

    Phil Hughes stats are jacked up on ESPN.com
    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/.....erId=28638

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