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Yankees pregame

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Brian Heyman here for Chad at Yankee Stadium today. The three new guys, Lance Berkman, Kerry Wood and Austin Kearns, were all meeting the media before this first game wearing the actual pinstripes. All sounded thrilled to have this opportunity to win, as opposed to being in Houston or Cleveland. But the three of them are trying to settle in at their new surroundings.

“You got to get a GPS to figure out how to get around this clubhouse,” Kearns said. “Just come here and try to figure  out where everything is.”

Joe Girardi knows Wood well, having caught him with the Cubs from 2000-02.

“Joe was great,” Wood said. “I trusted him obviously from a pitching standpoint, as far as calling pitches. He really forced me to pitch inside to guys. At that particular time in my career, I wasn’t comfortable doing it. He forced me to do it. It made me a better pitcher.

“We haven’t played together in a few years. I don’t look at him as a teammate anymore. He’s the manager, obviously. But we do have a little bit of a relationship in the past. So it’s nice to know some faces when you walk into the clubhouse.”

Lance Berkman is to trying to adjust after playing with Houston since 1999.

“Even being on the road, I’ve got the Astro routine down pat; I could do it in my sleep,” the Texas native said. “I know what time the bus leaves. I know what to do with my bags. I know who to talk to if I have a problem.

“When I’m at home, I’m at home. I live there. My kids go to school right around the corner. I never have to go a month without seeing them. Until you get settled in, there’s a sense of unease with all of that stuff. I just want to fit in. I don’t want to come in here and rock the boat or do something that I shouldn’t do. All of those things kind of go into it being a very emotional past 48 hours.”

The 34-year-old switch-hitter and five-time All-Star was having his worst offensive season, and he was off to a 1-for-8 start with the Yankees. But he would love if hitting coach Kevin Long could straighten him out.

“The reality is, this is the worst season I’ve ever had offensively,” Berkman said. “I’m hoping coming over here and working with K-Long and getting around some of these great hitters, that’s going to help me find my swing again and get back to the level that I know I can still perform at.”

Girardi has him as the DH and hitting seventh in tonight’s game against the Blue Jays.

“I don’t know if I’ve ever hit seventh,” Berkman said. “I’ve hit sixth before, I know that. But I also can’t remember the last time that I’ve been on a team with like eight Hall of Famers. That has a lot to do with it.” …

Girardi said he has a number of options to pitch the eighth inning now – as opposed to just Joba Chamberlain – and that he has been going by matchups. So this could be a time share between Wood, Joba, David Robertson and possibly Boone Logan as the lefty specialist.

Alfredo Aceves threw a batting practice session and is due for another, possibly Wednesday. Damaso Marte threw off flat ground at 90 feet. The lefty will test his shoulder again at 100 feet on Wednesday. Andy Pettitte played catch and will have a bullpen session in the next few days.

Here’s the Blue Jays’ lineup:

1. Fred Lewis DH

2. Yunel Escobar SS

3. Jose Bautista RF

4. Vernon Wells CF

5. Lyle Overbay 1B

6. Aaron Hill 2B

7. Travis Snider LF

8. Edwin Encarnacion 3B

9. Jose Molina C

Brandon Morrow P

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100 Responses to “Yankees pregame”

  1. Bret The Hitman August 2nd, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    MTU,

    Both were misguided insults.

  2. m August 2nd, 2010 at 5:37 pm

    Yes…the 8th inning is looking a lot better now.

    Girardi! Remember, less is more with Woods.

  3. hardwired7 August 2nd, 2010 at 5:37 pm

    “He really forced me to pitch inside to guys.”

    Joba, meet Kerry Wood. Listen to what he has to say.

  4. Giuseppe Franco August 2nd, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    Wood looks like he’s 21 yrs old again with that clean shave.

  5. m August 2nd, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    hardwired7,

    Interesting you should say that.

    Remember once upon a time when Joba was a fiery young hurler? Then a couple of his pitches got sucked into the orbit around Youk’s head?

    And then Gammons and his ilk called him a headhunter?

    Maybe that’s part of the reason why Joba’s not as aggressive as he used to be.

  6. Giuseppe Franco August 2nd, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    I think that’s a valid point, Mel.

  7. MTU August 2nd, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    Bret-

    Sometimes people just get crosswise to each other in Cyberspace.

    It happens.

    Just bury the hatchet by asking them where they’d like it. ;)

  8. G. Love August 2nd, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    m,

    I usually agree with you, but I don’t see that with Joba.

    I don’t think fear of pitching inside made him lose his command of his fastball and slider to the extent he has.

    If it was just a matter of being more aggressive I think that would have been an easy fix.

    I do think when he was a starter from the get go last season, he got it in his thick head that he shouldn’t empty the tank from start to start and had to save something for later in the season.

    That’s where his aggressiveness went in my opinion. All of sudden he started drinking tea with his pinky in the air because he was a starting pitcher and it didn’t work.

    I’m not sure not launching baseballs at Youkilis tremendous noggin made him less aggressive though.

  9. Joe from Long Island August 2nd, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    Just catching up after taking the dog to the vet – sounds like there was a “misunderstanding”. Hope it gets worked out by gametime. We all have to focus our cosmic energies on a W tonight. No. 600 would be nice, too.

  10. LGY August 2nd, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    “The yankees don’t have many open starting spots in the near terms future anyway. DH is actually their most glaring opening next season. We’ve seen this year very clearly that the whole “rotating” DH thing to rest veterans doesn’t work out that well.”

    ———————————————–

    CB,

    Additionally, I think with this team Montero is actually an ideal DH next year.

    When you go out and sign someone like Nick Johnson for $5.5 million or Johnny Damon for $8 million you feel obligated in a way to have them in the starting lineup as much as possible.

    With Montero, a 21 year old making league minimum and in his first year as a big leaguer this obligation is not there.

    If Posada or Alex need some time at DH to stay healthy you are much more inclined to give it to them as opposed to having Nick Johnson around IMO.

    And of course if Montero can catch some games that is just the icing on the cake.

  11. m August 2nd, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    Guiseppe,

    :)

    G. Love,

    I don’t really mean less aggressive as a pitcher, like shying away from the plate. ;) I meant less inclined to brush people off the plate. He was such a young guy, coming up like a rocket, then he’s called a headhunter. Immediately after that he said he wasn’t going to change, but I think he did.

    Why can’t he reverse course now back in the bullpen? He’s throwing hard, but he’s still getting hit. Anyway, he looked good pitching in a low-leverage situation. Which I felt would help him because I think the pressure got to him more than anything else.

  12. hardwired7 August 2nd, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    I was definitely thinking that, m.

    He has to own the inside half of the plate to make his slider more effective to RHB, but he’s shied away from throwing high-and-tight ever since those pitches to Youkilis.

  13. Giuseppe Franco August 2nd, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    I’m one of those who thinks Joba’s problems has been caused by a combination of things, such as a lack of aggressiveness, confidence, and inconsistent mechanics.

    I don’t think any of us can really nail it down to just one of these things.

  14. MTU August 2nd, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    m-

    I think it’s a lack of command thing with Joba right now.

    He’s not gonna want to pitch inside when his command isn’t good.

    He needs to get his mechanics ironed out IMO.

  15. jpb173 August 2nd, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    It sounds like Kerry Wood is comfortable with Joe Girardi. It makes me wonder if Wood pitches well for the rest of the season and if Girardi returns as Yankee manager, its possible that the Yankees might sign Wood in the offseason to fill a spot in next year’s pen.

  16. Giuseppe Franco August 2nd, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    I actually think Wood has the best chance of the three new acquisitions to remain with the club next year.

    No chance Berkman comes back.

  17. m August 2nd, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    It has to be a combination of things like GF said. Otherwise, how do you explain lack of command for over a year now?

  18. Asd August 2nd, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    >Giuseppe Franco August 2nd, 2010 at 5:40 pm
    Wood looks like he’s 21 yrs old again with that clean shave.

    ========

    Good, now if only he can pitch that way.

  19. jpb173 August 2nd, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    I actually think Wood has the best chance of the three new acquisitions to remain with the club next year.

    No chance Berkman comes back.

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

    Yeah, I agree about Berkman. He has already told the Yankees that he doesn’t want them to pick up his option. I wouldn’t be too surprised is he went right back to Houston next year.

  20. MTU August 2nd, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    m-

    Improper conditioning leading to inconsistent mechanics.

    That’s my take.

  21. m August 2nd, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    MTU,

    I think we’ve gone full circle. :)

    I think they just need to build up his confidence a bit. Baby steps. (and losing some of that baby fat wouldn’t hurt either.

  22. Betsy August 2nd, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    Chad, thanks!

    I love these guys…………I still wish Wood had his goatee, but he does look very boyish without it. Berkman is certainly very honest – I think he’ll be fine, but it is something of a culture shock for him.

  23. MTU August 2nd, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    m-

    Success came too quickly to Joba IMO.

    He absolutely should have been the first one in line at API this offseason.

    If he is still a Yankee this Winter that’s what I want to see him do.

    Better late than never. I hope he gets the chance to demonstrate his comittment.

  24. Andrew August 2nd, 2010 at 6:22 pm

    If Wood has a good showing down the stretch, though, some team will probably offer him a closing job for 2011. While he would be a big help in the bullpen, contingent on how he pitches from August-October obviously, I could see him getting a better deal elsewhere. Plus Cashman has been more hesitant lately to shell out closer-type money for setup guys, case in point why Chan Ho Park was on the team this year.

  25. Apple byte August 2nd, 2010 at 6:23 pm

    The 3 newest Yankees are now playing in the biggest stage of all, Yankee Stadium. It won’t take long before they feel the rhythm of the Bleacher Creatures and all else that goes with being in the Bronx. It counts for a lot.

  26. BumKnee August 2nd, 2010 at 6:23 pm

    Guiseppe—My wish–Wood is here next year, and you’re not.

  27. Betsy August 2nd, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    Did someone really criticize Berkman for his reaction to a HR (yes, I’m catching up)? Wow – unfortunately if he struggles tonight, I can see him being booed……..

    As to the C situation, Montero’s lack of prowess doesn’t give me a whole lot of confidence……..and Jorge can’t catch a full season. I think we also should not assume he’s going to great next year – IF the Yanks decided to give him a DH. What happens if he struggles? Then what do you do? Counting on a rookie is not a good idea, especially if we’re uncertain how healthy/good Alex will be (and Jeter as well……..I’m certainly not panicking yet; in fact, this could just be an off year, but still), whether Granderson can bounce back, etc……

  28. Betsy August 2nd, 2010 at 6:25 pm

    GLove, I remember an interview Phil did recently with MLB and Mitch Williams told him that he noticed that he didn’t start pacing himself once he became a starter again. Phil said that he just goes out there with the intention of going as hard as he can for as long as he can……..and when he’s done, he’ll be pulled (or something like that, lol).

  29. m August 2nd, 2010 at 6:25 pm

    Go Yankees. The natives are getting restless. :mad:

  30. Doreen August 2nd, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    Hi all -

    Just taking a quick break before I get ready for our late afternoon/evening.

    Just read Chad’s last post about Berkman. I’m glad he posted that. Sometimes we as fans forget the immensely human experiences of these guys. He played his entire career in Houston, came from a situation where the games didn’t really mean anything to the Yankees situation. Anyone who doubted that there is an adjustment should now be convinced that playing for the Yankees ain’t just another day at the park.

    Good luck to the Yankees tonight.

    Loving SoCal weather. Thinking about retiring here…at least thinking about our next vacation here. :lol:

    Catch you all later.

  31. jpb173 August 2nd, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    If Wood has a good showing down the stretch, though, some team will probably offer him a closing job for 2011. While he would be a big help in the bullpen, contingent on how he pitches from August-October obviously, I could see him getting a better deal elsewhere. Plus Cashman has been more hesitant lately to shell out closer-type money for setup guys, case in point why Chan Ho Park was on the team this year.

    —————————————————————————————————

    I think Cashman has been heitant to shell out closer-type money for set up guys because he thought Joba could always take that on that role if needed. After this season, I’m not so sure that he feels the same way about Joba. Also, Mariano Rivera is another year older and not a sure thing to return next year…that might influence Cashman to spend more on the bullpen this offseason.

  32. Crawdaddy August 2nd, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    Wood is as good as gone for next season. If he pitches terrible, the Yankees won’t want him back. If he pitches well, he’ll get offers to close for some other club and Cashman won’t match those offers because he can’t close for the Yankees and secondly, the Yankees have too many other expensive contractural issues to deal with like Jeter, Rivera, Lee and maybe Crawford.

  33. Andrew August 2nd, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    Betsy it’s the same idea as giving Gardner a shot to play every day. As a bottom of the order hitter who may not even be written in the lineup for every game next year, Montero will be expected to have good ABs and acclimate to the league. Fans may perceive otherwise but I don’t think the team will be looking for 30 HRs/100 RBIs right off the bat.

  34. Crawdaddy August 2nd, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    Rivera not a sure thing to return next season, get real!

  35. Giuseppe Franco August 2nd, 2010 at 6:29 pm

    # BumKnee August 2nd, 2010 at 6:23 pm

    Guiseppe—My wish–Wood is here next year, and you’re not.

    ———-

    Oh, well. Too bad for you.

    But if you decide to leave yourself, I don’t think anyone will miss you.

  36. SJ44 August 2nd, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    If Mariano retires, still not out of the realm of reality IMO, and Wood pitches well, he could end up being the Yankees closer next year.

    You never know.

    Right now, if these 3 guys can contribute to winning another WS, that’s fine by me.

    Next year will take care of itself.

  37. Betsy August 2nd, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    Andrew, that’s fair……

  38. Betsy August 2nd, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    I can’t picture Mo retiring – he’s still got a lot left.

  39. Yogi Mantle August 2nd, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    The RS have really been snake bit this year. Cameron is back on the DL. Abdominal injury that had him on the DL already this year.

    I recall a good deal of people wanting the Yankees to sign him. I guess this was a good pass by Cashman.

  40. Betsy August 2nd, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    I like Wood a lot already – I hope he does well, for our sake and his……..

  41. Giuseppe Franco August 2nd, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    # Crawdaddy August 2nd, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    Wood is as good as gone for next season. If he pitches terrible, the Yankees won’t want him back. If he pitches well, he’ll get offers to close for some other club and Cashman won’t match those offers because he can’t close for the Yankees and secondly, the Yankees have too many other expensive contractural issues to deal with like Jeter, Rivera, Lee and maybe Crawford.

    ———-

    That’s if Wood even gets any offers to close somewhere else. He didn’t exactly have a ton of success as the Indians closer the last two years.

    Now I didn’t say that Wood is coming back. I just think he may have the best chance of the three.

    I suppose Kearns could be back, but he may want to play everyday somewhere else.

  42. Crawdaddy August 2nd, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    “If Mariano retires, still not out of the realm of reality IMO, and Wood pitches well, he could end up being the Yankees closer next year.”

    SJ,

    One of the few times I disagree with you. No way he retires pitching this well. Wood has no chance of being the Yankees closer next year.

  43. Andrew August 2nd, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    I assume there are even doubts about Mo’s return next year just because of the physical issues he’s had nag at him last year and now again this year. Obviously his performance doesn’t warrant retirement, but if he feels like his body is breaking down, I guess it makes sense. I highly doubt it though.

  44. LGY August 2nd, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    All that matters is winning baseball games.

    It doesn’t matter by how many runs that you win by.

    If you have concerns about the offense next year you can either find players to score more runs or find players to give up less runs.

  45. Crawdaddy August 2nd, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    “That’s if Wood even gets any offers to close somewhere else. He didn’t exactly have a ton of success as the Indians closer the last two years.”

    He pitches well for the remainder of the year and in the playoffs, somebody else will roll the dice with him as their closer in 2011.

  46. Crawdaddy August 2nd, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    Cameron needs surgery to correct his problem. The guy has a sports hernia.

  47. GreenBeret7 August 2nd, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    Rivera has said many times that he wasn’t hanging around until the last dog is hung…that he wanted to build churches in Panama.

  48. Giuseppe Franco August 2nd, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    He pitches well for the remainder of the year and in the playoffs, somebody else will roll the dice with him as their closer in 2011.

    ———

    Maybe, maybe not.

    None of it is a sure thing. Wood has to stay healthy and pitch well, which is something he’s had a hard time doing the last couple of years.

  49. Howe Farr August 2nd, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    why wouldn’t mariano hang it up after this season? He really has nothing left to prove, nothing at all

  50. PittsburghYankeeFan August 2nd, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    You guys are just trying to get a rise out of all this Wood talk (sorry).

    He’s low risk, high reward. Same thing with Berkman. It would be cool if he’s the WS MVP, then goes back to Houston at a low salary.

  51. LGY August 2nd, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    “No way he retires pitching this well.”

    ——————————

    I don’t think Mo will retire and I don’t think SJ does either. Merely said it was a possibility.

    But does it really matter how well Mo is pitching?

    What left does he really have to prove?

    He is already a HOF and the best closer of all time.

  52. PittsburghYankeeFan August 2nd, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    Mariano will pitch until he knows he can’t. Which may be at age 50. How old was Satchel Paige when he retired?

  53. Betsy August 2nd, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    LOL Joel Sherman compared the Yankees moves this trading deadline to plastic surgery that makes someone grotesque (when they were just going for a touch up) and has already decided that Berkman, after 2 games that he looks “slow and inadequate” on both sides of the ball.

  54. GreenBeret7 August 2nd, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    Impossible to believe that today, 31 years ago has passed. It was just yesterday.

  55. Crawdaddy August 2nd, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    “Maybe, maybe not.”

    There is no maybe not. He pitches well for the next 2-3 months. He gets a 2011 contract to be a closer for somebody despite the health concerns.

  56. JD August 2nd, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    Sherman is just mad that Paps blew another save. Can’t believe I have to root for Pavano tonight. Thought that would never have to happen again.

  57. LGY August 2nd, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    Crawdaddy,

    You are speaking in quite a lot of absolutes, when none of these things are absolute.

  58. Crawdaddy August 2nd, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    GB7,

    Yes, those 31 years have passed rather quickly for me.

  59. Giuseppe Franco August 2nd, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    # Crawdaddy August 2nd, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    “Maybe, maybe not.”

    There is no maybe not. He pitches well for the next 2-3 months. He gets a 2011 contract to be a closer for somebody despite the health concerns.

    ———

    Whatever you say, Crawdaddy. There is no sure thing anymore.

  60. Crawdaddy August 2nd, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    “Whatever you say, Crawdaddy. There is no sure thing anymore.”

    Yes, there is, it’s called death.

  61. YankFanCA August 2nd, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    I know you think you have all the answers, Betsy Wetsy, but I agree with Sherman. Even if Berkman goes 4-for-4 tonight (which he won’t), I think it was a bad move.

  62. Crawdaddy August 2nd, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    “You are speaking in quite a lot of absolutes, when none of these things are absolute.”

    It’s my opinion, you have yours, we’ll see come December which of our opinions are correct.

  63. Giuseppe Franco August 2nd, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    Yes, there is, it’s called death.

    ———-

    And taxes. That saying has been around longer than your age and mine combined.

  64. GreenBeret7 August 2nd, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    Crawdaddy August 2nd, 2010 at 6:42 pm
    GB7,

    Yes, those 31 years have passed rather quickly for me.

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

    For most fans, it’s like remembering what, where and when you heard the news on November 22, 1963. It was 5:00 PM CST on 2 August, 1979 for me.

  65. Betsy August 2nd, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    RIP Thurman

    I was too young to be aware of Munson’s passing, but just reading sections of the biography (I think written by Marty Appel – or is it Allan Barra) was very hard……especially the parts where he describes George having to call Lou, Willie, etc……… It must have been like taking several punches to the stomach. I remember when Cory Lidle was killed – I was sick about it. I was talking to my father the other day about it – you think these guys are almost immortal, but you realize that they are just like us in the sense that they grow older and die. I can’t bear to think about the Yankees I’ve loved growing older……..but it’s going to happen.

  66. Betsy August 2nd, 2010 at 6:48 pm

    Wow, are you kidding? I haven’t heard that name since I was in grade school – congratulations on the most immature post on this board since the last time you posted.

  67. LGY August 2nd, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    “It’s my opinion, you have yours, we’ll see come December which of our opinions are correct.”

    ————————————

    I agreed with SJ that there is a possibility Mo would retire.

    How would you prove otherwise?

    Him coming back doesn’t tell you he didn’t consider retirement.

  68. IIOIIOIIO August 2nd, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    I’m sure this has been beaten to death already, but let me chime in by saying I love tonight’s lineup. Other than the repetitive argument over what to do with Jeter, there’s really not much to complain about. Looking forward to seeing the team in action tonight!

  69. JD August 2nd, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    How is Berkman a bad move? The Yanks gave up nada to get him and if he stinks he’ll ride the bench and pitch hit. It’s not like he’s taking anyone betters spot or stopping the Yanks from acquiring anyone else on the wire. He makes the Yanks deeper.

  70. YankFanCA August 2nd, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    No, the doll reference was intentional. You often soil yourself worrying over nothing.

  71. Betsy August 2nd, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    What’s next, four eyes?

  72. GreenBeret7 August 2nd, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    Giuseppe Franco August 2nd, 2010 at 6:47 pm
    Yes, there is, it’s called death.

    ———-

    And taxes. That saying has been around longer than your age and mine combined.

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

    I understand that phrase was started by randy on the first day he paid his taxes…in 210 BC.

  73. Betsy August 2nd, 2010 at 6:51 pm

    JD, the issue I have with Sherman is that he’s judging it………on 2 games, lol. That tops the time he judged the Granderson trade to be a bad one – a month, lol.

  74. YankFanCA August 2nd, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    You really think Berkman’s going to ride the bench? Yeah, and how long will it take before Girardi makes that move with a guy making $14.5M this year?

  75. RabidYankee August 2nd, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    Good to see Clueless Joe going with the A lineup tonight for the huge series against Toronto.

    Also it was great to get some rest for Arod, Gardner, and Tex at first for that meaningless exhibition game yesterday.

    The Yankees have been winning in spite of Clueless Joe and if yesterday doesn’t prove it to you than nothing will.

    I’m disappointed that this hasn’t been one of the main talking points for Chad, Sam, and company.

  76. YankFanCA August 2nd, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    Wetsy — how’s the Granderson deal working out??

  77. Crawdaddy August 2nd, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    “I agreed with SJ that there is a possibility Mo would retire.

    How would you prove otherwise?

    Him coming back doesn’t tell you he didn’t consider retirement.”

    It doesn’t matter about proving otherwise, we’re just talking here because the game hasn’t started yet. Chill and be happy.

  78. JD August 2nd, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    Oh well Sherman is getting what he wants by saying stuff like that, a reaction. It’s just taking a long seoson of ups and downs and trying to turn it into a daytime dram. They all do it.

  79. JD August 2nd, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    dram=drama

  80. Betsy August 2nd, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    JD, that’s true………I think he should stick to breaking news; that he’s good at.

  81. GreenBeret7 August 2nd, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    Betsy, it was indeed Marty Appel. That was like Kennedy to me….or the day that Mickey Mantle died. The loss of my youth and innocence.

  82. MTU August 2nd, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    GB-

    Randy doesn’t pay taxes. That’s for the little people. He just sits around and counts it.

    Enjoy the game everyone. :)

  83. JD August 2nd, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    Yankees didn’t have to pay that much for Berkman and if he stinks he’ll be benched. I doubt he will be that bad so we’ll prob never know. It’s a Yankee luxury.

  84. G-C August 2nd, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    “Good to see Clueless Joe going with the A lineup tonight for the huge series against Toronto.

    Also it was great to get some rest for Arod, Gardner, and Tex at first for that meaningless exhibition game yesterday. ”

    _____________________________________________________

    You honestly believe Arod and Gardner would have put up three runs last night?

    I don’t. Especially by the look of their at bats pinch hitting, which were flat out terrific!

    Shields was awesome last night. That looked like Pedro Martinez-lite cerca 2003. Give the guy some credit and move on.

  85. LGY August 2nd, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    “It doesn’t matter about proving otherwise, we’re just talking here because the game hasn’t started yet. Chill and be happy.”

    —————————————-

    I didn’t know I was not chill?

    I just disagreed with your take and you said we will find out who is correct in December, so I was wondering how.

    Just part of the conversation.

  86. Betsy August 2nd, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    GB, my dad and I went to Opening Day at NYS and, of course, they brought out many of the Yankee old-timers; it really stunned my dad to see how these players that he remembered so well had aged. At least they made it to old age, though – it’s a tragedy when someone dies in the prime of their life.

  87. Nick in SF August 2nd, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    “The loss of my youth and innocence.”

    I thought that was the day President McKinley died!

  88. GreenBeret7 August 2nd, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    Best of luck with the idiots, kids and trolls, guys. You don’t deserve to have to put up with their stupidity.

  89. IIOIIOIIO August 2nd, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    # Nick in SF August 2nd, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    “The loss of my youth and innocence.”

    I thought that was the day President McKinley died!

    —————————-

    This made me chuckle.

  90. GreenBeret7 August 2nd, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    Nick in SF August 2nd, 2010 at 7:01 pm
    “The loss of my youth and innocence.”

    I thought that was the day President McKinley died!

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

    Only for Randy. Of course he said the same thing when Lincoln died, too.

  91. BIG AL August 2nd, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    YankFanCA August 2nd, 2010 at 6:46 pm
    I know you think you have all the answers, Betsy Wetsy, but I agree with Sherman. Even if Berkman goes 4-for-4 tonight (which he won’t), I think it was a bad move.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    What is your problem? If you were attempting to prove to everyone on this blog you are a complete idiot, You get first prize – You convinced me!

  92. GreenBeret7 August 2nd, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    Betsy, that’s the sad thing. There just aren’t many from that era left. Ford, Berra, Skowron, Richardson, Pepitone…that’s about it.

  93. Dylan August 2nd, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    repost:

    I love carrying 3 catchers. It allows us to pinch run for Posada late in games. I say next year we bring Montero up and let him DH some games and catch some games. I think that he and Posada could split games at DH and catcher. When the Yankees want to give A-Rod, Jeter, or Tex a rest, Posada could catch and Montero would sit. I see Cervelli as the backup catcher of the future. I could see it breaking down like this:

    Cervelli- 50 starts at C
    Posada- 80 starts at C
    Montero- 32 starts at C

    I can’t see Posada catching more than 80 games next year, and I don’t think Cervelli should be playing 80+ games.

  94. Bret The Hitman August 2nd, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    I think Pettitte is more likely to retire then Mo.

    When Pettitte first returned to the Yankees from Houston, I remember they signed him to a two year deal with the second year being a player option.

    Pettitte made a gentleman’s agreement that he would decline the option if he couldn’t perform.

    At the time he was worried about his elbow.

    I’m wondering if his elbow, and not his groin, is what’s bothering him now.

    He’s a big time family man too.

    With Cliff Lee available, I don’t see the Yankees pushing hard to convince Pettitte to play through pain or postpone family plans.

    Perhaps the Yankees jumped early at Cliff Lee at the deadline because not only did they want to boost the team’s World Series hopes but also because without Pettitte, they strongly preferred giving Lee a taste of NYC and wanted to secure the exclusive negotiating period before Lee hits the market as extra insurance.

    The lack of a move for an elite reliever was perhaps in part an indication Mo is staying in addition to cost factors of course. It was clear prices were too high and unreasonable.

    However, if Mo had told Cashman he’s retiring, Cashman would’ve overpayed in order to bring in someone like Joakim Soria.

    Likewise, if Pettitte hinted at retirement, Cashman’s bold effort to offer Montero for 4 extra months of Lee and thus an exclusive window to acclimate him and negotiate with him makes more sense.

    It would be interesting to see how the Yankees put Pettitte’s money to use.

  95. BIG AL August 2nd, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    New post – Yankees vs. Blue Jays

  96. jesusmonterofordh August 2nd, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    whose worse lackey or burnett.

  97. jesusmonterofordh August 2nd, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    ball game. time for a meaningless hr arod

  98. Lost August 2nd, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    in one of the many past posts (about a week ago) I mentioned that the Yanks would love to have Lowell, but the Sox aren’t going to give him up.. I was hoping that via Texas this deal would’ve happened.

    I’ve been a huge fan of Lowell from back when he was in the organization, and just because he played for the Redsox, I didn’t route for him, but I always respected him and would absolutely love for him to join the Yanks..

    Cash wanted him pretty bad too.. plus, if we got Lowell it would’ve given us a lot to talk about like Damon did when he first came over.

  99. jesusmonterofordh August 2nd, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    thats not a bleeping strike

  100. Darin Blinn August 22nd, 2014 at 10:45 pm

    Hi, the first letter was sent to my billing address, not my shipping address. I do not know if it is just me or other persons had this issue but I just wished to let you guys know. It was definitely disappointing not getting the letter where I am suitable now!

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