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Pregame notes: The Swish is in

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes, Podcast on Jul 10, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

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When Nick Swisher got the call this morning asking him to join the Home Run Derby, he made five phone calls before saying yes. He called his manager, his hitting coach, his general manager, his father and his brother. All five gave him the thumbs up.

“He said, The Swish is in, here we go,” Long said.

Swisher asked his dad to pitch to him, but Steve Swisher said he hadn’t thrown BP in a while and didn’t want to suddenly do it again on that stage. Instead, Tony Pena will pitch and Swisher will hit left-handed.

“There’s still the same concerns,” Long said. “If he goes deep into the thing, then there’s going to be some issues and things we’ll have to iron out. We’ve already talked about the day after going right back into the cages and working on his swing. He should be alright.”

Joe Girardi said the difference between Swisher and Robinson Cano is that Swisher is 100 percent healthy. Cano has the back issue, Swisher doesn’t. “Swish is healthy as he can be,” Girardi said.

He’s also pretty much as excited as he can be.

“I used to do this in my backyard when I was six years old,” Swisher said. “Now I get to actually do it on the big stage… I gotta hit (at least) one. I can’t come back in this locker room otherwise.”

Here’s Swisher.

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Here’s Long.

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Yankees Mariners Baseball• The Yankees rotation after the break: CC Sabathia, A.J. Burnett, Andy Pettitte, Phil Hughes and Javier Vazquez. “Just the way we’re going with it,” Girardi said. “Not a huge deal, but it’s the way we’re going.”

• Sergio Mitre pitched three innings in the Gulf Coast League today. He allowed one run, two hits and struck out three. The Yankees are still deciding what’s next for him. He will either join the big league team immediately after the all-star break, or he’ll make another rehab start on Thursday.

• Nick Johnson will see the Yankees hand specialist on Sunday. “I have no idea when he’s coming back, and I have no idea if he’ll come back,” Girardi said. “You keep your fingers crossed but it’s just to hard to predict.”

• Regular day off for Derek Jeter. “He’s never happy,” Girardi said. “He never wants to come out of a game. But that’s my job to make those tough decisions.”

• Girardi said he already knows the pitchers he will use to replace those all-stars who start on Sunday, but obviously he’s not ready to announce them. He’s already indicated Jered Weaver will be one of them.

• Cliff Lee is making his Texas debut today, so he won’t be replaced.

• Speaking of replaced, Rafael Furcal has replaced Jose Reyes on the National League team.

• How does Girardi want the Yankees to go after Felix Hernandez tonight? “For a guy that has so much movement down, I think the approach is that you look for a pitch up and hope that he makes some mistakes,” Girardi said.

UPDATE, 9:25 p.m.: Mariners lineup
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Chone Figgins 2B
Russell Branyan DH
Jose Lopez 3B
Franklin Gutierrez CF
Justin Smoak 1B
Michael Saunders LF
Rob Johnson C
Jack Wilson SS

Associated Press photos of Swisher and Jeter.





88 Responses to “Pregame notes: The Swish is in”

  1. Jenny July 10th, 2010 at 9:04 pm


  2. Erin July 10th, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    Swish will have a great time at the HR Derby.

    I don’t envy Girardi telling Jeter he has to sit. ;)

  3. BD (Boston Dave) July 10th, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    Wood through 8 perfect innings.

    Still, 0-0

    On to the 9th

    Wood – 92 pitches

    Halladay – 102 pitches

  4. Jenny July 10th, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    Toooooo funny.

    Baltimore is beating Cliff Lee 2-0 in the 4th and the O’s rookie ChrisTillman is throwing a no-no!

  5. BD (Boston Dave) July 10th, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    In Roy Halladay’s last ELEVEN starts,

    the Phillies have scored more than 3 runs just ONCE.


  6. Bronx Jeers July 10th, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    He’s gotta hit at least one?

    Come on bro you can do better than that!

  7. rb July 10th, 2010 at 9:10 pm


    Interesting thought about the umps, BD. I wish MLB would do something about consistency in calling the strike zone. I don’t understand how come it’s not addressed.

    Re: Wood. I hope Cincy scores. It wouldn’t be a perfecto if it goes extras.

  8. BD (Boston Dave) July 10th, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    no hitter?

    Tillman has a perfect game…

    only 3 innings though

  9. Moo July 10th, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    Cincy has to score on Doc here or he can’t get an official perfect game.

  10. BD (Boston Dave) July 10th, 2010 at 9:11 pm


    I’d agree with you EXCEPT

    I have Halladay in fantasy and am playing someone who has Wood!

    the matchup is super close and the entire week could come down to this game.

  11. rb July 10th, 2010 at 9:12 pm


  12. BD (Boston Dave) July 10th, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    Joey Votto up

    2 outs in the 9th

    If Wood wants a 9 inning perfecto, they need to score right now

  13. Hurley July 10th, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    This Phil-Reds game is one of the best I’ve seen.

  14. rb July 10th, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    Swish is going to have SOOO much fun!

  15. BD (Boston Dave) July 10th, 2010 at 9:14 pm


    I agree.

    Halladay is putting the ball exactly where he wants it all game.

    Wood obviously has the Phils off-balance and they’ve never seen him.

    With the perfecto on the line, every pitch is huge!

  16. BD (Boston Dave) July 10th, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    Halladay pitches 9 shutout innings

    Wood needs to throw 2 or more innings for the PG.


  17. Moo July 10th, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    # BD (Boston Dave) July 10th, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    Halladay pitches 9 shutout innings

    Wood needs to throw 2 or more innings for the PG.


    MLB won’t credit it as an official perfect game though :(

  18. pat July 10th, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    Smoak playing 1B/ batting 6th tonight.

  19. rb July 10th, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    Ledger_Yankees RT @grazdanny: Tremendous. RT @jonahkeri: It is, apparently, not the Year of the Belly Itcher.


  20. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) July 10th, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    If the game goes extras, it will be tough on the kid……even if he ends up winning, it won’t be a perfect game if he gives up a hit in the 10th inning. What bad luck to be pitching this way against Halladay’s SO

  21. BD (Boston Dave) July 10th, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    A rookie hasn’t thrown a perfect game in 88 years.

  22. BD (Boston Dave) July 10th, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    “MLB won’t credit it as an official perfect game though”


    is that right? has to be 9 innings?

    interesting. i guess it’s not technically perfect…

    still, it would be nice.

    but -

    its over


  23. jkr July 10th, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    what, perfect game again? that’s the 11th one this season right?

  24. rb July 10th, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    bummer for Wood

  25. Mark- Can't touch this. July 10th, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    Moo July 10th, 2010 at 9:16 pm
    # BD (Boston Dave) July 10th, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    Halladay pitches 9 shutout innings

    Wood needs to throw 2 or more innings for the PG.


    MLB won’t credit it as an official perfect game though

    If Wood pitches a perfect 9th and the Reds score in the 10th and he pitches a perfect bottom of the 10th he gets a perfect game.

  26. Moo July 10th, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    Poor Cincy

  27. BD (Boston Dave) July 10th, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    1 hit could hand him a loss in this game

  28. BD (Boston Dave) July 10th, 2010 at 9:20 pm

    “If Wood pitches a perfect 9th and the Reds score in the 10th and he pitches a perfect bottom of the 10th he gets a perfect game.”


    that’s what I thought.

    was confused by your MLB statement.

    I thought you were saying it has to be 9 innings to be a perfect game. even 11 “perfect innings” doesn’t qualify.

  29. Moo July 10th, 2010 at 9:20 pm

    # Mark- Can’t touch this. July 10th, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    Moo July 10th, 2010 at 9:16 pm
    # BD (Boston Dave) July 10th, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    Halladay pitches 9 shutout innings

    Wood needs to throw 2 or more innings for the PG.


    MLB won’t credit it as an official perfect game though

    If Wood pitches a perfect 9th and the Reds score in the 10th and he pitches a perfect bottom of the 10th he gets a perfect game.

    I thought if the game goes into extras it’s not an official perfect game? I may be wrong. I know Randy Johnson tying the K record isn’t official because the game went into extras.

  30. Joe from Long Island July 10th, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    And Philly gives away an out.

    No way I would’ve bunted there. Go for the win.

  31. rb July 10th, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    Didn’t Pedro have a “non” perfect game because it went in extra innings when he was with the Expos?

  32. Nick July 10th, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    What’s more common this season, Grand Slams or Perfect Game/No-Hitters?

    I couldn’t tell anymore.

  33. BD (Boston Dave) July 10th, 2010 at 9:25 pm


    I’m not sure. You could be right.

    I wonder if it’s ever even happened?

  34. eric July 10th, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    This is an absolutely heroic performance by both guys.

    Pedro had a perfect game into the 10th.

  35. BIG AL July 10th, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    Lee being beat by O’s 2-0. Lee gives up 2 runs, 3 hits. Tillman pitching no hitter for O’s.

  36. eric July 10th, 2010 at 9:27 pm


  37. BD (Boston Dave) July 10th, 2010 at 9:29 pm


    but Pedro didn’t FINISH the game without giving up a baserunner.

    I was assuming that if you throw 10 or 11 perfect innings and win the game, you get a “perfect game” right?

    I thought Moo was saying that maybe after 9 innings it doesn’t matter. To be truly “perfect”, it can only be a 9 inning game. even if you throw 10 perfect innings and win it might not count.

  38. rb July 10th, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    Thanks eric.

  39. Yoda C. July 10th, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    I glad he didn’t get it.

    Otherwise it would have further cheapened the value of a perfect game.

  40. eric July 10th, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    Lidge has no idea where the ball is going. Phil’s will be lucky to get outa this.

  41. Brian July 10th, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    Yanks interested in prince fielder? do they really need him at DH? I mean, he’s a great hitter and would be AWESOME at yankee stadium with the short porch, and beats for a HIGH average. but idk if they really need him.
    I mean a lineup of :

    1) Jeter 2) Swisher 3) Tex 4) arod 5) Cano 6) Fielder 7) Posada 8) Granderson 9) Gardner

    Is this just a make up to Yankee fans and the organization after the Lee failed attempt to get someone that would really help and push the yankees FAR ahead in the east division?

    I have a feeling the Yanks are trying to find a way to add to the team to run away with the lead

  42. rb July 10th, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    Can’t find anything online that addresses “perfect” games that go beyond nine innings.

  43. Brian July 10th, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    Forgot the link….

  44. gfd July 10th, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    With Cliff on the mound, score 3-0 Orioles, can you believe it?

  45. Moo July 10th, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    wth is going on with C-Money. He is mad at someone. Fielder for DH lol!

  46. kevin July 10th, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    Lee is disappointed that he didn’t get dealt to the Yankees. it’s obvious if you watched his addressing the media talking about the trade.

  47. BD (Boston Dave) July 10th, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    I’m not sure what’s worse. Red Sox trolls or someone suggesting the Yanks are interested in Prince Fielder.

  48. gfd July 10th, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    If the Rangers lose this game, I would love to see the egg on Nolan’s face!

  49. eric July 10th, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    God, lidge’s control is just awful. His mechanics are all out of whack.

  50. the gay Yankee fan July 10th, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    Prince Fielder? Please.

    I’d rather see Montero up.

  51. BD (Boston Dave) July 10th, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    any idiot can create a Twitter account and post garbage

  52. Moo July 10th, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    Adam Warren threw five innings while cruising tonight in Tampa. Brackman and Noesi both threw five in their final High-A outings. …
    Betcha Warren will be with the Thunder after the break.

  53. FYI July 10th, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    A perfect game occurs when a pitcher retires every batter he faces. If his team can score at least one run, he will throw a perfect game if he retires 27 batters in a row. If his team does not score a run, he will need to keep his perfect game going in extra innings to register a perfect game. As long as no batter reaches base, the pitcher keeps his perfect game going.

    The only problem is it has not happened yet.

    The closest was Pedro Martinez, but he gave up a hit in the 10th inning, thus eliminating the perfect game.

    It doesn’t matter if it goes 20 innings, if the pitcher (or pitchers) keep the perfect game going it still counts.

    And yes, though it has not happened, a perfect game may be thrown by multiple pitchers.

  54. G. Love July 10th, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    I don’t buy the Yankees having any interest in Prince Fielder at all. Wouldn’t happen. The Yankees would not spend the assets it would take for a DH, even one as potent as Fielder.

  55. ac1 July 10th, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    we get to see the great Smoak tonight? I predict four Ks although i almost want to see Javy brush him back a few times just for kicks.

  56. ac1 July 10th, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    love that boston is looking to deal dice-k for a bat… who would take dice k and his 125 pitches through 4 innings?

  57. BIG AL July 10th, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    Tillman & the O’s beating Lee 5-0 6th inning, I can’t believe it. Tillman pitching a no-no

  58. Laura July 10th, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    Anybody watching the war of words between BOS and Ellsbury? He’s claiming that the medical staff failed to properly treat his injuries. Look for him to be dealt once he’s healthy.

  59. BD (Boston Dave) July 10th, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    ignore these idiotic rumors

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