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Guess the lineup: Yes, no and maybe

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Aug 11, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Did anyone guess last night’s lineup correctly? Thanks to Marc Carig, we had some idea that Mark Teixeira might not be in there, and sitting Curtis Granderson against the lefty made sense. But no one seemed to know about Jorge Posada’s bad shoulder until postgame, and Robinson Cano being sick enough to sit it out came as a surprise.

Ultimately, last night’s lineup included only one of Opening Day’s 2 through 7 hitters.

Although Nick Johnson is the only guy on the disabled list, the Yankees seem to be going through one of their phases of minor injuries/incidents that leave a handful of guys on edge between available and unavailable. Of the nine position players in the Opening Day lineup, six have at least a issue worth keeping an eye on.

Mark Teixeira – Staying in New York with his wife following the birth of their son. Will almost certainly miss tonight’s game, and there’s no absolute return date for the upcoming series in Kansas City.

Robinson Cano – Probably available after pinch hitting last night, but he’s been battling a cold for two days now, and you never know when this sort of thing could become worse than expected.

Alex Rodriguez – Back to regular duty after a few games considered day-to-day because of that fluke batting practice injury.

Jorge Posada – Add a “cranky” shoulder to the long list of relatively minor injuries that have cost Posada time this season. Probably wouldn’t be catching tonight anyway with Javier Vazquez on the mound.

Curtis Granderson – With Austin Kearns providing a right-handed alternative, Granderson’s at-bats against left-handed starters might be diminishing. That said, Joe Girardi hinted that Granderson will be in there tonight. He has good numbers against Cliff Lee.

Nick Johnson – Out indefinitely after wrist surgery.

 
 

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210 Responses to “Guess the lineup: Yes, no and maybe”

  1. StreetMeatSteve August 11th, 2010 at 9:09 am

    Nick Johnson. What a joke.

  2. Carl August 11th, 2010 at 9:12 am

    Granderson will play today. I don’t know about Gardner though.

  3. Erin August 11th, 2010 at 9:12 am

    I hope Robbie feels better. Colds are no fun. :(

    I would imagine Posada will get tonight off. He’ll probably return to the lineup tomorrow.

  4. MTU August 11th, 2010 at 9:12 am

    Off topic:

    Here’s some more photos (for those who care) to get your day off to a good start.

    Just as a note. The last 2 photos are of Dinosaur tracks. I didn’t think too many of you had ever seen them, and might find them interesting.

    Enjoy.

    http://picasaweb.google.com/cybermrb03/SandCove_1#

    :)

  5. Bill D August 11th, 2010 at 9:13 am

    “I hope Robbie feels better. Colds are no fun”

    Even less so in 100+ degree heat.

  6. pat August 11th, 2010 at 9:14 am

    Keep Mark away from Leigh, Robbie away from Hughes and Alex away from National Media and 3 issues solve themselves. :wink:

  7. Erin August 11th, 2010 at 9:16 am

    MTU-very cool pictures. :)

    Bill-good point. LOL

  8. Erin August 11th, 2010 at 9:19 am

    pat August 11th, 2010 at 9:14 am
    Keep Mark away from Leigh, Robbie away from Hughes and Alex away from National Media and 3 issues solve themselves

    *****************************
    LOL :)

  9. upstate kate August 11th, 2010 at 9:22 am

    MTU
    great pix. I can’t believe Maine Yankee was so rude to your pups. We were never small dog people until we got our cairns…now we are total converts.

    Erin
    sounds like Robbie needs a bit of nursing to get him back to full health…can you hop on a flight to TX?

  10. Bill D August 11th, 2010 at 9:28 am

    Granderson is a .300 hitter against Lee for his career, including 2 for 4 this year, so you have to assume he plays. Sadly, Teixeira won’t be around as he hits Lee pretty well too. Swisher and Jeter have done well with Lee too.

    The bad? Cano hasn’t hit him well at all. 5 for 22 with five singles and a .488 OPS. Thames is at .200 and has struck out against Lee 12 times and walked none in 30 plate appearances. The bright side? 5 of Thames’ 6 hits against Lee were for extra bases and 3 were homers.

  11. MTU August 11th, 2010 at 9:28 am

    Kate-

    Glad you enjoyed them.

    Re: Maine. He’s just a Dairy farmer who’s obviously doesn’t get it.

    He’s been spendin’ too much time alone with “Elsie”.

    Either that, or he’s gotten caught one too many times in the milking machines.

    He’ll never know what a joy they really are. His loss. :)

  12. Erin August 11th, 2010 at 9:28 am

    upstate kate August 11th, 2010 at 9:22 am

    Erin
    sounds like Robbie needs a bit of nursing to get him back to full health?can you hop on a flight to TX?

    *****************************
    kate, I would be on the first flight to Texas if he needed me. ;)

  13. Rich in NJ August 11th, 2010 at 9:30 am

    If your wife and baby are healthy, I don’t understand how you could miss more than one game.

  14. MTU August 11th, 2010 at 9:31 am

    Erin-

    Great idea on Cano.

    You can kill 2 birds with one stone.

    You nurse him back to health, and you get the signed ball you should have won. ;)

  15. Bill D August 11th, 2010 at 9:31 am

    “If your wife and baby are healthy, I don’t understand how you could miss more than one game.”

    You a father and/or husband, Rich?

  16. mick August 11th, 2010 at 9:32 am

    # mick August 11th, 2010 at 9:23 am

    # Laura – I Bleed Blue August 11th, 2010 at 8:09 am

    “What would you like him to say?”

    How about the truth, which is they had their opportunities to win, but didn’t capitalize on them. Giving all of the credit to the opponent is a cop out.
    ====================================
    Maybe he should get a new PR man.
    You don’t dwell on the negative, you spin it and move on. Jeter doesn’t play to the crowd (the fans and media) despite what people say, he is his own man and is a winner. Only if they lose does he get criticized for his responses.

  17. mick August 11th, 2010 at 9:33 am

    # mick August 11th, 2010 at 9:25 am

    Cano was not busting it on that play, he looked back into home to see what was going on.
    If he had truly been hustling, he would have been further on down the line and not have to worry about the ball hitting him.

  18. blake August 11th, 2010 at 9:33 am

    Rich,

    Come on, Teixera is going to play a lot more baseball games in his life. Those first moments with his newborn child he aint getting back. Let the man enjoy that time with his family. I wouldn’t miss that for work…would you?

  19. mick August 11th, 2010 at 9:34 am

    # mick August 11th, 2010 at 9:28 am

    One more thing:
    The turning point was Swisher being sent on that play.
    Never should have happened.
    Doesn’t matter 2 were out.
    Arod was on deck.
    Thompson took us out of a potential big inning.

    The ball beat him by 10 feet, so what if Molina had to scoop it, he’s a great catcher.

  20. Erin August 11th, 2010 at 9:34 am

    MTU-exactly!! :)

  21. mick August 11th, 2010 at 9:35 am

    I wouldn’t miss that for work…would you?
    =============================
    blake, would you miss this blog for work? :)

  22. mick August 11th, 2010 at 9:35 am

    # mick August 11th, 2010 at 9:31 am

    In fact, because there 2 out, all the more reason to hold him.
    You don’t make the 3rd out at 3rd base, same concept.

    If Swish were the 2nd out at home, at least Arod still comes up to bat.

    Thompson has done this many times, he’s not as bad as Meacham was but h e is too headstrong for his own good, wannabe manager.

  23. blake August 11th, 2010 at 9:36 am

    Mick,

    I’m at work, but yea I would.

  24. Erin August 11th, 2010 at 9:38 am

    mick August 11th, 2010 at 9:33 am
    # mick August 11th, 2010 at 9:25 am

    Cano was not busting it on that play, he looked back into home to see what was going on.
    If he had truly been hustling, he would have been further on down the line and not have to worry about the ball hitting him.

    ************************
    I think Robbie deserves a pass for last night’s game. He was playing sick, after all. I can barely function when I have a cold-I can only imagine trying to play a baseball game with one. ;)

  25. kendee1 August 11th, 2010 at 9:38 am

    Hahah, Thanks for the reminder that Nick Johnson is still on the roster.

  26. MTU August 11th, 2010 at 9:38 am

    Blake-

    If you are blogging and filling teeth at the same time those patients are in a LOT of trouble ! :)

  27. Rich in NJ August 11th, 2010 at 9:41 am

    “You a father and/or husband, Rich?”

    No, Bill D, so I consider myself detached and objective. ;)

  28. blake August 11th, 2010 at 9:41 am

    MTU,

    I’m talented…what can I say. Nah, this lady cancelled because she said her garage won’t open…so I’m just sitting here at the moment…some of the excuses we get are pretty funny sometimes.

  29. Bill D August 11th, 2010 at 9:41 am

    “Cano was not busting it on that play, he looked back into home to see what was going on”

    Imagine that. A baserunner looking to home on a hit and run.

  30. Carl August 11th, 2010 at 9:42 am

    I think BG and The Grandy man will start tonight. BG is batting .400.

  31. upstate kate August 11th, 2010 at 9:42 am

    Robbie was running before Jeet even hit the ball…he had to hold up to avoid being an automatic out by being hit.

    I agree that Swish should have been held up, especially w/ Arod up. Of course if Arod made the 3rd out, there would have been a lot of complaints that Swish wasn’t sent.

  32. pat August 11th, 2010 at 9:42 am

    “Only if they lose does he get criticized for his responses.”

    I’ve been mocking Jeter’s answers for years, win or lose. He’s a masters level class in saying nothing and never being called out on it.

  33. MTU August 11th, 2010 at 9:44 am

    Blake-

    I knew that. But THAT talented.

    Next thing you know you are gonna get a cancel because someone’s doorbell won’t ring.

    Is that how things are done in your neck of the woods ?

    Out here we would simply walk ‘em off into the desert , tell ‘em it’s the promised land, and simply wave goodbye. :)

  34. blake August 11th, 2010 at 9:49 am

    That’s how Jeter has managed to stay both on the media’s radar and off it at the same time over his career..he talks but says nothing…therefore giving the vultures no ammunition. Its brilliant really and he’s finally taught the tactic to Alex.

  35. MTU August 11th, 2010 at 9:52 am

    Blake-

    After Jete’s retires it sounds like he got a hall of fame career waiting for him in Politics.

    Only one difference though. He’s a LOT smarter. ;)

  36. John in Ohio August 11th, 2010 at 9:53 am

    Chad

    I have tickets for Friday’s Scranton/WB vs. Mud Hens game. Any chance I’ll see Aceves? Pettitte, perhaps? That would be cool.

    (Also will be at Yankee Stadium 1 week from today for Yanks v. Tigers….can’t wait)

  37. Laura - I Bleed Blue August 11th, 2010 at 9:54 am

    I don’t have any children (mostly because I don’t like them…heeheehee!), but I also don’t understand why Tex can’t play in the first game of the KC series. If his wife and child are healthy, there is no reason he has to miss games in KC. It’s not like the kid is going to be up walking and talking and he’s going to miss it. This also isn’t their first child. His wife has been through this before – twice in fact. I’m sure she can handle things while Tex is in KC.

  38. mick August 11th, 2010 at 9:55 am

    # blake August 11th, 2010 at 9:36 am

    Mick,

    I’m at work, but yea I would.
    ======================
    blake
    my dentist leaves the tv on when he works, do you blog while you drill?

  39. mick August 11th, 2010 at 9:56 am

    she said her garage won’t open
    ======================
    hey, the garage don’t open, the mouth don’t open….seems reasonable to me.

  40. Bronx Jeers August 11th, 2010 at 9:56 am

    I recall that scene from “61*” where Maris goes home on an off day and is upset by the media camped out on his front lawn and his wife says to him “Roger, wouldn’t you like to meet your new son?”

  41. mick August 11th, 2010 at 10:00 am

    Imagine that. A baserunner looking to home on a hit and run.
    ===============
    Are you serious?
    What difference would it make if he fouled it off or hit a line drive at someone?
    If he busted it all the way down the line it wouldn’t matter.
    If he hits a fly to the OF he would be able to get back.
    Didn’t you learn that in Little League?

  42. Bill D August 11th, 2010 at 10:01 am

    Sherman beatin’ on Jeter again in 3 UP.

  43. MTU August 11th, 2010 at 10:02 am

    Maine-

    This is just for you. I’m off to walk the mops.

    Be careful around those machines. They have a lot of suction. ;)

  44. mick August 11th, 2010 at 10:04 am

    Jeter not being able to get down the bunt potentially hurt them.

    Not that he didn’t want to but some pitches are tougher to bunt than others and those 2 strikes were unbuntable.

  45. mick August 11th, 2010 at 10:07 am

    hey blake, i think i cracked my tooth last night, does that mean crowning it is a necessity?

  46. pat August 11th, 2010 at 10:08 am

    Laura

    I said last night if it was my husband, I would tell him to go play but my back-up support system might be different than theirs.

    Unless Mrs. Tex was already in labor on Monday, she likely had a c section which is a 3 day hospital stay and there are 2 previous little ones that need to be maneuvered without Mrs. Tex’s help for a few days or weeks depending on her recovery.

    Not all kids are the same. Look long enough and you’ll find one you like. :wink:

  47. Bill D August 11th, 2010 at 10:10 am

    “Didn’t you learn that in Little League?”

    You’re not allowed to hit and run in Little League.

  48. mick August 11th, 2010 at 10:11 am

    You’re not allowed to hit and run in Little League.
    ==============================
    That’s why you didn’t know :)

  49. Laura - I Bleed Blue August 11th, 2010 at 10:12 am

    “Not all kids are the same. Look long enough and you?ll find one you like.”

    I’ll give it a shot, pat. :wink:

  50. Chip August 11th, 2010 at 10:13 am

    MTU,

    “Five O’Clock Somewhere” by Allan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett.

    “Save a Horse; Ride a Cowboy” by Big and Rich

    just a couple of suggestions.

  51. mick August 11th, 2010 at 10:13 am

    girardi is trying to master the art of jeter nonspeak but he gives quick answers instead.
    jeter backs you off by looking at you in the eye and scaring you off then gives a curt answer.
    it’s all ridiculous anyway, why do they owe the media or fans an explanation?

  52. Chip August 11th, 2010 at 10:15 am

    I’m starting to think maybe it’s time Eduardo Nunez get the call. I like Ramiro Pena’s glove, heck I love the glove, but he’s a non-entity when he bats. Nunez is going to come up in two weeks anyway – might as well do it now when guys like Alex and Jeter can benefit from some extra rest for the stretch drive.

  53. Bill D August 11th, 2010 at 10:17 am

    Mick:

    Baserunners always look back to the plate on the hit and run to see where the play is going.

    And Cano wasn’t loafing anyway.

  54. blake August 11th, 2010 at 10:18 am

    Mick,

    Not neccessarily.

    You always peak in on a Hit and run if you’re the baserunner to see where the ball is hit. If its a line drive or fly ball you have to get back. That play was executed fairly well…bad luck and good job by the Rangers of knowing the hitter and situation and switching up the coverage.

  55. Cashman needs to go August 11th, 2010 at 10:18 am

    Bill D August 11th, 2010 at 9:31 am
    “If your wife and baby are healthy, I don’t understand how you could miss more than one game.”

    You a father and/or husband, Rich?

    *************
    blake August 11th, 2010 at 9:33 am
    Rich,

    Come on, Teixera is going to play a lot more baseball games in his life. Those first moments with his newborn child he aint getting back. Let the man enjoy that time with his family. I wouldn’t miss that for work…would you?

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

    Laura – I Bleed Blue August 11th, 2010 at 9:54 am
    I don’t have any children (mostly because I don’t like them…heeheehee!), but I also don’t understand why Tex can’t play in the first game of the KC series. If his wife and child are healthy, there is no reason he has to miss games in KC. It’s not like the kid is going to be up walking and talking and he’s going to miss it. This also isn’t their first child. His wife has been through this before – twice in fact. I’m sure she can handle things while Tex is in KC
    *******************

    I have 2 children whom I would miss work for in a heartbeat regardless of what is going on (birth, t ball game, birthday, even for no reason but just to spend an extra day with them) – but then again I’m not making 25 million dollars a year and “work” only 6 months out of the year…you want to be there for the birth of your child thats great – tex’s boy was born yesterday morning – if he’s healthy and his wife is fine they both will probably be sleeping ALOT the next few days (when the baby isn’t feeding or the hospital staff is waking leigh up to give her sleeping pills to rest) so its not that he’s going to spend much time with them awake- he’s also making 25 million dollars so he can afford 18 private nurses and nanny’s to make sure his wife and children are doing fine and get all they need

    i get that girardi is a family man and i think thats great – i put family above all else – but if they’re doing well and would rather sleep than be proded by “daddy” then he is best needed playing baseball – i can bet you that he’s probably in the bed next to his wife right now sleeping because there is nothing else to do…

  56. tampayank August 11th, 2010 at 10:21 am

    Not trying to sound insensitive, but Tex has 23 million reasons to not miss more than 2 games….he was there for the most important part

  57. MaineYankee August 11th, 2010 at 10:22 am

    MTU

    This is probaly too late, but don’t let the prairie dogs get em. :lol:

  58. mick August 11th, 2010 at 10:23 am

    Mick,

    Not neccessarily.
    ==============
    blake, can it be filled or fixed another way?

  59. mick August 11th, 2010 at 10:28 am

    cmon blake you can send me a bill or use my insurance

  60. Cashman needs to go August 11th, 2010 at 10:28 am

    also is it just me or is jeter very bad on defense this year – he tends to give up on the throw to first when trying to turn a dp and the runner is bearing in – last night with one legged guerrero running he had all the time in the world to step off the bag and still throw him out – instead he rushed the throw and we all know what happened with the next batter..

    he also botched that grounder in the 10th which he used to make all the time with ease..

    lets not even talk about the missed bunt which led to his specialty – the GIDP

    if his next contract is anywhere near 4 years at 20 million that will be the dealt knell to the yankees the rest of this decade

  61. LGY August 11th, 2010 at 10:29 am

    Man, some are you are cold.

    Tex had started every single game this season until last night. Counting tonight he will have missed 2 games the entire season. And not just played in, but started all 111 games.

    The amount of money he makes doesn’t change that he is a human and there are more important things in life than work.

  62. Abe Peterham August 11th, 2010 at 10:30 am

    Jeter
    Swish
    Tex ( he’s back)
    Alex
    Robbie
    Posada
    Gardner
    Grandy
    Cisco
    Ps, I hateeee soon to have cardiac arrest/ not funny/chick on safe auto commercial

  63. 108 stitches August 11th, 2010 at 10:31 am

    Rob Thomson – NOT Thompson. Anyway, who’s to say what Alex would have done or what the pitching strategy would have been if Swisher had been held on 3rd base.
    The scouting reports should have shown that Murphy has a good OF arm.

  64. mick August 11th, 2010 at 10:32 am

    Abe are you daft man thames as dh is the man.

  65. mick August 11th, 2010 at 10:34 am

    Rob Thomson – NOT Thompson.

    ==============
    Who cares?

    And any fool could see the LF was picking up the ball as Swish was hitting 3rd.
    The ball beat him by 10 feet, good god.

  66. Laura - I Bleed Blue August 11th, 2010 at 10:34 am

    “Man, some are you are cold. ”

    LGY, I’d be willing to bet that if Matsui’s paper wife had a paper baby, he wouldn’t have missed more than two games. :P

  67. mick August 11th, 2010 at 10:35 am

    1st and 3rd arod up i take my chances, that was the ballgame right there.

  68. mick August 11th, 2010 at 10:36 am

    The scouting reports should have shown that Murphy has a good OF arm.
    =============================================
    Add that to the equation.

  69. MaineYankee August 11th, 2010 at 10:37 am

    mick

    It’s easy to critique things after the fact.

    I’m sure that you have reviewed things you’ve done and always felt you made the right choice.

  70. mick August 11th, 2010 at 10:38 am

    I would leave Kearns in there for a stretch, against righties too, to see what he can do.
    Grandy needs some time off.

  71. Mike_Boston August 11th, 2010 at 10:38 am

    No way should they have sent swisher on that player, obviously. If it was Gardner or Grandy maybe you think about it if they had a good jump, anyone else should have been held up, especially with the RBI leader coming up next, no brainer and it was the game right there.

  72. mick August 11th, 2010 at 10:39 am

    It’s easy to critique things after the fact.
    ———————————————–
    When else would you critique things?
    Bobby Meachem was fired for continually getting guys thrown out at the plate.
    I believe Thomson will too.

  73. MTU August 11th, 2010 at 10:41 am

    Chip-

    Thanks.

    I’ll give ‘em a listen when things calm down a bit more.

    Maine-

    When the Mops are out the prairie dogs know enough to stay down in their holes lest they be turned into just another snack. ;)

  74. Rich in NJ August 11th, 2010 at 10:41 am

    “Sherman beatin’ on Jeter again in 3 UP.”

    He did that a few years ago before Jeter’s last resurgence.

    So if you believe in contrary indicators, that may be a good sign.

  75. mick August 11th, 2010 at 10:42 am

    No way should they have sent swisher on that player, obviously. If it was Gardner or Grandy
    ===============
    Another good point.
    When did Swish become Usdain Bolt?
    But some think we are 2nd guessers because its after the fact.
    No. You use the facts and make the decision on the spot.
    Poor judgment. Not good for a 3rd base coach.

  76. Rich in NJ August 11th, 2010 at 10:42 am

    “Man, some are you are cold. ”

    I am, I admit it.

  77. LGY August 11th, 2010 at 10:44 am

    I am, I admit it.

    —————————

    :lol: Good answer

  78. mick August 11th, 2010 at 10:44 am

    man blake works for a fee…no comment on my dental inquiry? (sorry if you are busy)

  79. MaineYankee August 11th, 2010 at 10:46 am

    mick

    I’m saying it’s easy for you to look at the end result and say they should have done something different.

    What you’re missing is these decisions are made in a split second and have to be decided on instinct.

    If you think Thompson should be fired because some of his decisions have turned out to be wrong, you’re a tough judge.

  80. mick August 11th, 2010 at 10:47 am

    I’m sure that you have reviewed things you’ve done and always felt you made the right choice.
    ===================
    Um, nope. We all make mistakes but Girardi stuck up for Thomson even though he knows he was wrong. He has to, but it was definitely the wrong move at the time.

  81. MaineYankee August 11th, 2010 at 10:48 am

    MTU

    I see how you operate. Attack when someone isn’t here to defend themselves. :lol:

    That was a short walk. But what should you expect with those two. :lol:

  82. mick August 11th, 2010 at 10:50 am

    If you think Thompson should be fired because some of his decisions have turned out to be wrong, you’re a tough judge.
    ================
    Not to repeat but Meachem was fired for the same thing. Someone has to judge.
    And my point was that these split second decisions are what he’s paid for.
    Mistakes like that, that cost games are what he is paid for.
    Like a good actor or ump, you shouldn’t even know he’s there.

  83. jacksquat August 11th, 2010 at 10:50 am

    LGY August 11th, 2010 at 10:29 am
    Man, some are you are cold.

    Tex had started every single game this season until last night. Counting tonight he will have missed 2 games the entire season. And not just played in, but started all 111 games.

    The amount of money he makes doesn’t change that he is a human and there are more important things in life than work.

    When you make $23mil/year, you should expect to have to make some sacrifices. He should consider himself lucky to have been there for the birth. On top of that he got the next day. He should be at KC first game. Or he can get a $50k/year 9-5 job with paternity leave.

  84. blake August 11th, 2010 at 10:51 am

    Mick,
    It really just depends. If you’re having symptoms and the crack or break is large enough then yea it may need a crown. If not then it may just Need a filling or nothing at all…hard to say without seeing it….

    I really don’t have a problem with Tex missing these games. As I said, its a special time that you only live once.

  85. MaineYankee August 11th, 2010 at 10:51 am

    MTU

    My wife thought they were cute and told me to be nice.

    As you can see I don’t always listen to her.

  86. mick August 11th, 2010 at 10:52 am

    Thanks blake.
    My dentist likes to crown me.
    I guess I can live with it for awhile, out of insurance for the year anyway.

  87. MaineYankee August 11th, 2010 at 10:53 am

    mick

    There’s no comparison. Meacham was just plain bad.

    Also I think there was some behind the scenes things going on with him.

  88. mick August 11th, 2010 at 10:54 am

    MY

    Thomson has done this before.
    I was at a game where 3 guys were thrown out at the plate.

  89. MTU August 11th, 2010 at 10:55 am

    Maine-

    Yup. You got me nailed. Cheap shot artist. Always aim below the belt.

    Why play fair ? That’s for saps.

    And as far as the walk. It’s me who has the short legs. It’s not the pups fault.

    Glad to see you weren’t injured while milking the cows. Those machines have a lot of power and you really should know how they work before you use them. ;)

    It’s a good thing that someone is watching over you.

  90. Mike_Boston August 11th, 2010 at 10:55 am

    It’s Thomson’s job to put all those factors into the equation in a split second, including knowing the LF’s arm strength. The fact that there were 2 outs, with 1 out you can send him and force the action, and Thames just got a hit meant Arod would have been coming up with 2 on, sorry but you dont’ take that chance in a tie game or a 1 run game. I can forgive him for last night, but going forward I can’t. I hope Joe feels the same.

  91. YankeeRay August 11th, 2010 at 10:56 am

    Jeter ss
    Swish rf
    Arod 3b
    Cano 2b
    Berkman 1b
    Thames dh
    Kearns lf
    Cervelli c
    Granderson cf

  92. MaineYankee August 11th, 2010 at 10:56 am

    mick

    Should you judge based only on what you see that was done wrong?

    I think what you see on the field is only a small sampe of a player or coaches worth.

    It seems that you are focusing on just the negative to base your opinion on.

  93. mick August 11th, 2010 at 11:00 am

    # Mike_Boston August 11th, 2010 at 10:55 am

    It’s Thomson’s job to put all those factors into the equation in a split second, including knowing the LF’s arm strength. The fact that there were 2 outs, with 1 out you can send him and force the action, and Thames just got a hit meant Arod would have been coming up with 2 on, sorry but you dont’ take that chance in a tie game or a 1 run game. I can forgive him for last night, but going forward I can’t. I hope Joe feels the same.
    ===========================================
    Maine—Read this post and learn. He sums it up nicely.
    Little League 101.

  94. MTU August 11th, 2010 at 11:01 am

    Maine-

    And by the way, you’re wife seems like a nice person.

    Has excellent taste in Dogs, I might add.

    Certainly knows a heck of a lot more about taking photos.

    You should try to listen more you might learn somethin’. ;)

  95. MaineYankee August 11th, 2010 at 11:01 am

    mick

    No need to talk down to me because I don’t agree.

    This is going nowhere so I’m done with this subject.

  96. mick August 11th, 2010 at 11:02 am

    Should you judge based only on what you see that was done wrong?
    ============================================
    Isn’t that what judges do?
    Do they throw a criminal out because of a small sample size.
    It’s not thomsons 1st offense.

  97. mick August 11th, 2010 at 11:03 am

    You should try to listen more you might learn somethin’. ;)
    ================
    Exactly what I’m saying, except about baseball.

  98. upstate kate August 11th, 2010 at 11:03 am

    who would have guessed that Thomson would be today’s whipping boy?!?

  99. MaineYankee August 11th, 2010 at 11:03 am

    MTU

    She just saw a chance for duel usage if she had a dog like that. :lol:

    We need one that can stand up to the coyotes and Bullwinkle.

  100. Erin August 11th, 2010 at 11:05 am

    YankeesWFAN RT @YankeesPR: Yankee Stadium hosting back 2 school immunization fair today from 10am-3:30pm for Bronx children

  101. blake August 11th, 2010 at 11:05 am

    I didn’t like the send by Thompson either with Arod coming up next and the fact that Swisher was basically still at third when the ball was caught. It was aggressive and they made the Rangers throw them out but I wasn’t wild about it. That said, he had a good send in the next inning and the Yankees has several other chances to win that ballgame.

  102. mick August 11th, 2010 at 11:06 am

    who would have guessed that Thomson would be today’s whipping boy?!?
    =======================
    so we should never criticize a yankee?
    it is so obvious that was a crucial moment in the game.

  103. Jeters Edge In Blazin Copper August 11th, 2010 at 11:09 am

    test

  104. Yankee Trader August 11th, 2010 at 11:09 am

    YankeeRay-

    Like your lineup. Lee however is holding righties to a .214 BA, while lefties have hit him at a .273 clip.

  105. Jeters Edge In Blazin Copper August 11th, 2010 at 11:10 am

    Ok, some days i can post and some days i can’t. What is up with that?

  106. MTU August 11th, 2010 at 11:11 am

    Maine-

    lol. Good comeback. I can see you’ve had lot’s of practice. May I suggest a Swiffer instead ? Much cheaper. Easier to maintain.

    For the other, I recommend Either a Great Pyrennes, Mastiff, or Irish Wolfhound. :)

    Don’t know if you caught it the other day but I mentioned that I saw a Great Blue Heron while out walking the other day.

    I have seen a few out here before. I think it’s sort of surprising that they can handle this type of climate.

    Always associated them with places Like Fla., or the Southern Coastal states.

  107. mick August 11th, 2010 at 11:11 am

    It was aggressive and they made the Rangers throw them out but I wasn’t wild about it.
    ——————————
    blake, i am so tired of the aggressive response. it was outright the wrong move and if it was in a playoff or ws game imagine the fuss fans would have made, it would be backpage headlines.

    these are professional fielders out there, most of them are good at what they do.
    there was no need to gamble, we were hitting him and arod was on deck.
    no excuse, he’s gone next year and if girardi wants to go to the cubs, it is for certain he’s gone.

  108. GreenBeret7 August 11th, 2010 at 11:11 am

    So now, Rob Thomson is getting blamed for the loss. It took an absolutely perfect throw to get swisher at the plate. Too many are quick to place the blame on one individual.

    I was at a game once when Thomson waved in 15 runners and nobody was thrown out. Not once did I see where he got credit for that.

    At the same game, I saw some fat slob drop his full beer and 2 hotdogs, but, nobody booed him. He should have been run out of the park.

  109. Erin August 11th, 2010 at 11:11 am

    upstate kate August 11th, 2010 at 11:03 am
    who would have guessed that Thomson would be today?s whipping boy?!?

    *************************
    LOL

  110. upstate kate August 11th, 2010 at 11:12 am

    I am not saying that Mick…just saying that wasn’t the only crucial moment in the game, and to say that he should be fired is a bit harsh.

  111. 108 stitches August 11th, 2010 at 11:12 am

    After today, the rest of the August schedule is favorable to the Yankees with the exception of the Achilles heel Blue Jays. The Yankee advance scouts should give the Jays special attention. The Yankees still have 9 games left on the schedule with them.

  112. Nick in SF August 11th, 2010 at 11:14 am

    The early moments of a baby’s life are crucial to its subsequent development and the importance of a strong paternal presence is incalculable.

    Derek Jeter’s father was there at birth and close by in those early hours and days.

    I have read that Youk’s father was out of town competing in an Ugliest Man contest for the first 5 days of his son’s life.

    Do you want Baby Tex to grow up like a Yankee or like an ugly Youk?

    If you open your heart, love will always find its way in.

    /Jane Seymour’d

  113. mick August 11th, 2010 at 11:14 am

    So now, Rob Thomson is getting blamed for the loss. It took an absolutely perfect throw to get swisher at the plate. Too many are quick to place the blame on one individual.

    I was at a game once when Thomson waved in 15 runners and nobody was thrown out. Not once did I see where he got credit for that.
    ==================================================
    He was out by 10 feet. A perfect throw was not needed. Where are you coming from? I thought you knew baseball.

  114. Yankee Trader August 11th, 2010 at 11:15 am

    “At the same game, I saw some fat slob drop his full beer and 2 hotdogs, but, nobody booed him. He should have been run out of the park.”

    Probably still ate the hotdogs from the stadium floor!! LMAO

  115. GreenBeret7 August 11th, 2010 at 11:16 am

    If it wasn’t a perfect throw, Molina would have had to move off of the plate and Swisher is safe.

  116. MaineYankee August 11th, 2010 at 11:16 am

    MTU

    “I have seen a few out here before. I think it?s sort of surprising that they can handle this type of climate”

    I think it’s suprising that anything can survive out there. :lol:

  117. blake August 11th, 2010 at 11:16 am

    Nick,

    Lol :)

  118. MTU August 11th, 2010 at 11:18 am

    Nick-

    lol.

    But it’s still very hard to believe anyone could turn out that ugly Father absent or not. ;)

  119. Erin August 11th, 2010 at 11:18 am

    Nick- :lol:

  120. GreenBeret7 August 11th, 2010 at 11:18 am

    Yankee Trader August 11th, 2010 at 11:15 am
    “At the same game, I saw some fat slob drop his full beer and 2 hotdogs, but, nobody booed him. He should have been run out of the park.”

    Probably still ate the hotdogs from the stadium floor!! LMAO

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

    No way should he have dropped that stuff. From his size, it’s obvious that he had years of experience shoving food into his mouth.

  121. MTU August 11th, 2010 at 11:19 am

    Maine-

    Not everyone likes to freeze to death. ;)

  122. mick August 11th, 2010 at 11:19 am

    It wasn’t a perfect throw. Molina scooped it, he’s a great catcher. Just wrong in every sense of the play.

  123. Yankee Trader August 11th, 2010 at 11:20 am

    IMHO, the Yankees need to run more, Gardner needs to get on base, and when is the last time the Yankees tried a squeeze play with a fast runner at third?

    Other teams are running at will on us because the pitchers either can’t hold the runners, but mostly because the catching hasn’t done the job this year. Can’t wait till Pettitte comes back.

  124. Giuseppe Franco August 11th, 2010 at 11:20 am

    I don’t give a damn how much money a ballplayer earns, he’s a husband/father first – MLB ballplayer second.

    The finger pointing at Teixeira is beyond absurd and hypocritical.

    There isn’t a poster on this board who wouldn’t call off work for a couple of days to be with his wife and newborn child.

    If you say no, that makes you a liar, too.

  125. Joe from Long Island August 11th, 2010 at 11:20 am

    mick – you’re entitled to your opinion, and others should respect that. Having said that, however, I have no problem with Thomson sending Swish there. Aggessive? Yes, certainly. Was he easily out? We all saw the replay. But, it that throw is off line, Swish scores. It’s not like the Yanks have been scoring a lot of runs lately. He took a chance, and it didn’t work out.

    Obviously, there are differing opinions here. We’re likely not going to convince anyone to change their minds. Chalk it up to another baseball argument.

  126. blake August 11th, 2010 at 11:21 am

    GB,

    I can see that side of the argument. I would have rather him thrown up the stop sign there and have given Alex a shot. The relationship of Swisher to the bag and the LFer to home meant a decent throw would get him and it did. That said, Thompson gets the Yanks a lot of extra runs because of his aggressiveness and the Yanks had many other chances to win the game. Molina drops the ball and Thompson is a genious…hindsight.

  127. MaineYankee August 11th, 2010 at 11:22 am

    mick

    It’s fine to have a different opinion.

    It’s insulting to think your’s is the only one that’s right.

  128. upstate kate August 11th, 2010 at 11:22 am

    that was good Nick

    MTU
    we have lots of herons up here, especially on the quieter rivers/lakes

  129. mick August 11th, 2010 at 11:23 am

    Joe

    I wonder how people would feel about that play if it were in the playoffs or WS.

    Swish was out by a mile. Ridiculous with Arod on deck and 2 out.

  130. MaineYankee August 11th, 2010 at 11:23 am

    MTU

    They think it’s good enough for Ted Williams. :lol:

  131. Joe from Long Island August 11th, 2010 at 11:24 am

    GF – As we know, life and human relationships are precious. Some people, for whatever reason, don’t understand it the same way. It’s unfortunate. It really is.

  132. GreenBeret7 August 11th, 2010 at 11:24 am

    Giuseppe Franco August 11th, 2010 at 11:20 am
    I don’t give a damn how much money a ballplayer earns, he’s a husband/father first – MLB ballplayer second.

    The finger pointing at Teixeira is beyond absurd and hypocritical.

    There isn’t a poster on this board who wouldn’t call off work for a couple of days to be with his wife and newborn child.

    If you say no, that makes you a liar, too.

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

    I’m not so sure. At my age, if my wife just had a baby, I’d have slit my throat. That’s the best thing about the twins. I can send them home and I don’t have to change diapers. I have them trained to wait until their mom gets there.

  133. mick August 11th, 2010 at 11:26 am

    It’s insulting to think your’s is the only one that’s right.
    ===================================
    OK. If 95% think it was the wrong move, then send the runner and maybe we can lose again.

  134. MaineYankee August 11th, 2010 at 11:26 am

    Giuseppe Franco August 11th, 2010 at 11:20 am
    I don?t give a damn how much money a ballplayer earns, he?s a husband/father first ? MLB ballplayer second.

    The finger pointing at Teixeira is beyond absurd and hypocritical.

    There isn?t a poster on this board who wouldn?t call off work for a couple of days to be with his wife and newborn child.

    If you say no, that makes you a liar, too.

    ————————————————————

    I agree. It’s easy for some to make decisions for others when it doesn’t affect them.

  135. Joe from Long Island August 11th, 2010 at 11:26 am

    mick – I can asbolutely see your point. Other happen to disagree. It’s one of those things that, if it were a WS game, people would be debating for a long time. Emphasis on the word “debate”.

  136. GreenBeret7 August 11th, 2010 at 11:26 am

    Blake, I would have held swisher up, too if I had known that Rodriguez would have gotten a hit, but, the fact is, he hasn’t been hitting too well over the last week.

  137. MTU August 11th, 2010 at 11:28 am

    Kate-

    Magnificent birds aren’t they. Beautiful coloration. Very large wingspans. Ever see one come in for a Landing ? Hysterical. Not exactly graceful all the time.

    Maine-

    Ted Williams was a great ballplayer. Other than that his judgement is
    highly suspect. :)

  138. Joe from Long Island August 11th, 2010 at 11:28 am

    GB – at your age it would be a medical miracle. ;)

  139. MaineYankee August 11th, 2010 at 11:29 am

    joe

    Please stop making sense. Thats not allowed here.

  140. GreenBeret7 August 11th, 2010 at 11:30 am

    Joe from Long Island August 11th, 2010 at 11:28 am
    GB – at your age it would be a medical miracle

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

    Have you been taking Snark lessons from Randy and Maine?

  141. Giuseppe Franco August 11th, 2010 at 11:30 am

    # GreenBeret7 August 11th, 2010 at 11:24 am

    I’m not so sure. At my age, if my wife just had a baby, I’d have slit my throat. That’s the best thing about the twins. I can send them home and I don’t have to change diapers. I have them trained to wait until their mom gets there.

    ———-

    LOL. I’m in a similar situation.

    I don’t have any kids of my own but I do have 6 nieces and nephews, ranging from the ages of 4 to 16.

    However, the youngest ones are triplets and I do watch them about once a week.

    It’s really nice to see them when they come over. But it’s also nice to see them go home after a long day.

  142. Patrick from CT August 11th, 2010 at 11:31 am

    The Yankees are missing Tex against these lefties.
    Like I said earlier today, I’d like to see Swish at first rather than Berkman tonight.
    Leave Berkman on the pine and play both Granderson and Gardner.

    Jeter-ss
    Granderson-cf
    Swish-1b
    Arod-3b
    Cano-2b
    Thames-dh
    Kearns-rf
    Cervelli-c
    Gardner-lf

    Joe probably goes with

    Jeter-ss
    Swish-rf
    Cano-2b
    Arod-3b
    Thames-dh
    Kearns-lf
    Berkman-1b
    Cervelli-c
    Granderson-cf

  143. MTU August 11th, 2010 at 11:32 am

    Joe-

    I wouldn’t know anything about that. It been at least one or two days since my last reminder. ;)

  144. MaineYankee August 11th, 2010 at 11:32 am

    GB&

    What’s with the attack?

    I haven’t done anything to you.

    YET. :lol:

  145. mick August 11th, 2010 at 11:32 am

    grandy needs to sit and think the next 2 games against leftys.

  146. Giuseppe Franco August 11th, 2010 at 11:33 am

    LOL. I’m in a similar situation.

    I don’t have any kids of my own but I do have 6 nieces and nephews, ranging from the ages of 4 to 16.

    However, the 4 yr olds are triplets and I do watch them about once a week. The other three are 7, 13, and 16. No more diapers.

    It’s good to see them when they come over. But it’s also nice to see them go home after a very long day chasing them around the house.

  147. Giuseppe Franco August 11th, 2010 at 11:34 am

    GB,

    I don’t have any kids of my own but I do have 6 nieces and nephews, ranging from the ages of 4 to 16.

    However, the 4 yr olds are triplets and I do watch them about once a week. The other three are 7, 13, and 16. No more diapers.

    It’s good to see them when they come over. But it’s also nice to see them go home after a very long day chasing them around the house.

  148. MTU August 11th, 2010 at 11:34 am

    Maine-

    I’m just glad he left me out. :)

  149. Giuseppe Franco August 11th, 2010 at 11:34 am

    Okay, my posts are been filtered. Whatever.

  150. GreenBeret7 August 11th, 2010 at 11:35 am

    MaineYankee August 11th, 2010 at 11:32 am
    GB&

    What’s with the attack?

    I haven’t done anything to you.

    YET.

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

    I’m just trying to get ahead. My snarkometer hasn’t been working the last couple of days.

  151. jacksquat August 11th, 2010 at 11:35 am

    Giuseppe Franco August 11th, 2010 at 11:20 am
    I don’t give a damn how much money a ballplayer earns, he’s a husband/father first – MLB ballplayer second.

    The finger pointing at Teixeira is beyond absurd and hypocritical.

    There isn’t a poster on this board who wouldn’t call off work for a couple of days to be with his wife and newborn child.

    If you say no, that makes you a liar, too.

    First, it’s typical to try to posture as always doing the stereotypical “right thing”.

    What you are forgetting is that the job Tex has pays *very* well for his wife/family to have all the nicest things in life. That means daddy should get his ass back to work after two days so they can drive their Mercedes, go to Harvard, etc.

    But go on saying “family first!!!” so you can seem like the more honorable, compassionate person.

  152. Giuseppe Franco August 11th, 2010 at 11:36 am

    Being filtered….

    GB,

    I don’t have any kids of my own but I do have 6 nieces and nephews, ranging from the ages of 4 to 16.

    However, the 4 yr olds are triplets and I do watch them about once a week. The other three are 7, 13, and 16. No more diapers.

    Always fun to see them – but fun to see them go home too after wearing my ass out all day.

  153. MaineYankee August 11th, 2010 at 11:37 am

    MTU August 11th, 2010 at 11:34 am
    Maine-

    I?m just glad he left me out.
    —————————————————

    He can’t help it if his memory isn’t good at his age.

  154. Bronx Jeers August 11th, 2010 at 11:37 am

    # mick August 11th, 2010 at 11:32 am

    grandy needs to sit and think the next 2 games against leftys.

    ———————————————————————————————————————

    Maybe Granderson can go to NY to be with Leigh Teixeira and child? :wink:

  155. Patrick from CT August 11th, 2010 at 11:37 am

    Swish should have been sent; there were 2 outs.
    Molina made a great scoop and Swish desided to be a nice guy.
    In the playoff Swish had better run him down or at least go for the glove.

    The Yankees had other chances to score runs last night.
    Early in the game Arod stole 3rd, was on 3rd with 1 out and Berkman struck out.
    The Yankees have not been scoring the guy from 3rd with less than 2 outs and it’s costing games.

  156. Giuseppe Franco August 11th, 2010 at 11:38 am

    GB,

    I don’t have any kids of my own but I do have 6 nieces and nephews, ranging from the ages of 4 to 16.

    However, the 4 yr olds are triplets so I know what you mean.

  157. bruceb August 11th, 2010 at 11:38 am

    Given the current state of their health, perhaps we should rename the “Core Four” the “Sore Four”?

  158. Erin August 11th, 2010 at 11:39 am

    mick August 11th, 2010 at 11:32 am
    grandy needs to sit and think the next 2 games against leftys.

    *******************************
    Anything in particular you want him to think about? ;)

  159. Giuseppe Franco August 11th, 2010 at 11:39 am

    GB,

    No kids of my own but I do babysit my 4yr old triplet nieces on occasion.

    It’s good to see them when they come over. But it’s also nice to see them go home after a very long day chasing them around the house.

  160. Patrick from CT August 11th, 2010 at 11:39 am

    mick August 11th, 2010 at 11:32 am
    grandy needs to sit and think the next 2 games against leftys.
    ==============================================
    Lee is one of the few lefties Granderson hits. Not only should he be in the lineup, he should bat 2nd and Swish 3rd.

  161. Bob August 11th, 2010 at 11:41 am

    Damon, Matsui, or Melky would’ve gotten the big hits over these past few games, like Monday’s ! Look at this ugly lineup from 5 down. It will be a quick game vs Lee unless the Texas heat gets to him.
    Jeter ss
    Swish rf
    Arod 3b
    Cano 2b
    Berkman 1b
    Thames dh
    Kearns lf
    Cervelli c
    Granderson cf

  162. MaineYankee August 11th, 2010 at 11:42 am

    GB7

    From what I read from last night I’d say you must have given it a short circuit. It looked like you gave it an overload.

  163. Giuseppe Franco August 11th, 2010 at 11:44 am

    # jacksquat August 11th, 2010 at 11:35 am

    First, it’s typical to try to posture as always doing the stereotypical “right thing”.

    What you are forgetting is that the job Tex has pays *very* well for his wife/family to have all the nicest things in life. That means daddy should get his ass back to work after two days so they can drive their Mercedes, go to Harvard, etc.

    But go on saying “family first!!!” so you can seem like the more honorable, compassionate person.

    ————

    I’m not forgetting anything and how much he earns means jack squat. How does that sound. This has nothing to do with compassion.

    Millionaires and pro athletes are entitled to the same things every father earning $30K a year does.

    He shouldn’t be held to a different standard.

  164. MTU August 11th, 2010 at 11:45 am

    Maine-

    You have just opened up a whole new front with that comment.

    I’ll just sit back and watch the battle.

    Should be fun to watch.

    It’s the North vs. the South all over again.

    I live in the West so I only have a passing interest.

    Besides that, I’m only an “honorary southerner” not born and bred.

  165. Giuseppe Franco August 11th, 2010 at 11:45 am

    GB,

    I have 4 yr old triplet nieces. I know exactly what you mean.

  166. Giuseppe Franco August 11th, 2010 at 11:46 am

    GB,

    I have triplet nieces – age 4.

    I know exactly what you mean. It’s nice to see them for awhile and nice to see them go home after chasing them around the house all day.

  167. pat August 11th, 2010 at 11:47 am

    Sox called up Saltalamacchia.

  168. Giuseppe Franco August 11th, 2010 at 11:47 am

    For whatever reason, the word “triplets” is getting caught in the filter.

    Is that some dirty term for something?

  169. Giuseppe Franco August 11th, 2010 at 11:49 am

    GB,

    I know what you mean. My sister has “triplets” – age four.

    Nice to see them for awhile and nice to see them go home too.

  170. MTU August 11th, 2010 at 11:49 am

    pat-

    Now they just need to bring up Pepper Le Pew so they can get one whole ballplayer. :)

  171. MaineYankee August 11th, 2010 at 11:49 am

    MTU

    ?honorary southerner?

    ————————————————–

    Was that suposed to be ornery? :lol:

  172. Jacob Ruppert August 11th, 2010 at 11:51 am

    Has anybody heard anything regarding Pettitte’s rehab start? I thought he was going to pitch on Monday or Tuesday.

  173. MaineYankee August 11th, 2010 at 11:51 am

    pat August 11th, 2010 at 11:47 am
    Sox called up Saltalamacchia
    —————————————–

    I think you need to go sit and think about that spelling.

  174. MTU August 11th, 2010 at 11:51 am

    GF-

    “For whatever reason, the word “triplets” is getting caught in the filter.

    Is that some dirty term for something?”

    Not enough money. :)

  175. nyy4life4 August 11th, 2010 at 11:52 am

    Guess the lineup- first try
    Jeter
    Swish
    Cano
    Arod
    Posada
    Thames
    Berkman
    Kearns
    Granderson

  176. Erin August 11th, 2010 at 11:54 am

    Jacob Ruppert August 11th, 2010 at 11:51 am
    Has anybody heard anything regarding Pettitte?s rehab start? I thought he was going to pitch on Monday or Tuesday.

    ***********************
    Jacob-Chad mentioned yesterday that Andy is down in Tampa and scheduled to face hitters on Thursday. I think that was the only news on him.

  177. pat August 11th, 2010 at 11:56 am

    “I think you need to go sit and think about that spelling.”

    How bad did I do? I usually screw up the easy ones but spell the hard ones right.

  178. MTU August 11th, 2010 at 11:56 am

    Maine-

    “Was that suposed to be ornery?”

    You’d have to check with Blake on that. He’s the one who said I was one. He and I have a “buisness” going up in the Hills. ;)

    He did say I was certified troublemaker though.

  179. MTU August 11th, 2010 at 11:58 am

    Pat-

    ” I usually screw up the easy ones but spell the hard ones right.”

    Sounds like the spelling version of El Nino. :)

  180. Cashman needs to go August 11th, 2010 at 11:59 am

    Joe from Long Island August 11th, 2010 at 11:20 am
    mick – you’re entitled to your opinion, and others should respect that. Having said that, however, I have no problem with Thomson sending Swish there. Aggessive? Yes, certainly. Was he easily out? We all saw the replay. But, it that throw is off line, Swish scores. It’s not like the Yanks have been scoring a lot of runs lately. He took a chance, and it didn’t work out.

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

    Can’t we say that about all runners who get thrown out at the plate?

    i.e. – “it had to be a perfect throw to get him”, “if the throw was just a bit offline he be safe”, “the catcher had to make a 1 in a million pivot to get him”..

    Thomson/thompson has done it ALOT – maybe more than meachem did. Its not pick on the 3rd base coach day but he makes these bad decisions alot, last year he got a yankee baserunner tagged out at 3rd when he was “talking” to him and the runner was off the base (it was swisher as well ironically). Its the 3rd base coach’s job to put all of these factors into play when deciding to let a runner score (or not) – how many outs, how fast is the runner, how hard was the ball hit, who’s up next, what’s the score, whats the inning, hows the OF’s arm strength. It seems thomson has his head up his bleep more than the players do at times – and thats his ONLY job so he really should be much better at it than he has shown. Swisher is the second slowest runner on the team next to posada – heck sabathia is faster than he is – THAT alone should have made him hold up at third…

  181. MaineYankee August 11th, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    Pat

    It just looked wrong to this untrained eye.

  182. jacksquat August 11th, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    Giuseppe Franco August 11th, 2010 at 11:44 am
    # jacksquat August 11th, 2010 at 11:35 am

    I’m not forgetting anything and how much he earns means jack squat. How does that sound. This has nothing to do with compassion.

    Millionaires and pro athletes are entitled to the same things every father earning $30K a year does.

    He shouldn’t be held to a different standard.

    That’s a nice idealistic way of thinking, and hey if Tex can get it then by all means…

    But the fact is that most people making a lot of money are making a lot of sacrifices to do so. I’m not being hypocritical. If I were a pro athlete making that kind of money and my employer told me I can be there the day of the birth but then have to return to the team the next day (if no complications), I would not have a problem with it.

    Anyway, I suspect Tex will be in KC for game 1.

  183. pat August 11th, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    “Sounds like the spelling version of El Nino.”

    It’s all in the c-o-n-c-e-n-t-r-a-t-i-o-n; concentration. :wink:

  184. pat August 11th, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    Okay, I looked it up. Jarrod Saltalamacchia

    Case in point. I spelled Saltalamacchia right but I never would have went for the 2 r and an o version of Jarrod.

  185. BIG AL August 11th, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    Looks as if folks that ordained Strasburg as the greatest pitcher to come along since Koufax, may have been wrong. He pitched 4 1/3 innings last night, giving up 6 runs. He’s now 5-3, and not looking so dominate. Granted, he may be very talented, but, I’d rather see at least a full seasons work before declaring him a superstar.

  186. Cashmoney August 11th, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    “I pitched tonight,” Burnett said. “I hadn’t pitched in a long, long time. I had to pitch, not just rear back and throw. I felt fine out there. I wasn’t overcautious. I knew with the heat and my back thing that I wanted to stay within myself.”

  187. Carl August 11th, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    I want to hear that Remy guy say Saltalamacchia

  188. Giuseppe Franco August 11th, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    # jacksquat August 11th, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    That’s a nice idealistic way of thinking, and hey if Tex can get it then by all means…

    But the fact is that most people making a lot of money are making a lot of sacrifices to do so. I’m not being hypocritical. If I were a pro athlete making that kind of money and my employer told me I can be there the day of the birth but then have to return to the team the next day (if no complications), I would not have a problem with it.

    ———-

    It sounds like the Yankees have no issues with that Teixiera is doing. So why should you?

    You don’t think Teixeira has made sacrifices? Do you think his children wait until the offseason before they start saying their first words? First steps?

    No! No! You can’t start talking/walking for another 6 months! Daddy won’t be back home until October!

    I can hardly believe anyone would have your kind of mentality.

  189. LGY August 11th, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    Except for Longoria and Cano, Tex has played more games than anyone else in the AL East and just about every other player in baseball except for around 8.

  190. tom tresh 15 August 11th, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    MTU August 11th, 2010 at 11:45 am

    Maine-

    You have just opened up a whole new front with that comment.

    I’ll just sit back and watch the battle.

    Should be fun to watch.

    It’s the North vs. the South all over again.

    I live in the West so I only have a passing interest.

    Besides that, I’m only an “honorary southerner” not born and bred.
    ——————————————————————————————————————–

    You should be so lucky to be born and bred in the Southland

  191. MTU August 11th, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    Big Al-

    Strasburg has been injured. Part of realizing your greatness is just staying healthy.

    Just as AA. Right ? :)

  192. MaineYankee August 11th, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    GF

    Using the wise words of pat m, the wind is blowing in your direction.

  193. PJH90 August 11th, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    Jeter
    Swisher
    Cano
    Rodriguez
    Posada
    Berkman
    Kearns
    Granderson
    Cervelli

  194. BIG AL August 11th, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    If the Yankees are fine with Tex missing some games to be with his family that’s great. I know where I’d be in the same situation, at home with my wife and other children. I believe both Tex and the Yankees made the right choice in this matter, and the fans should accept it, rather than showing how shallow they can be.

    As Jeter always says, It’s a game.

  195. Giuseppe Franco August 11th, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    # MaineYankee August 11th, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    GF

    Using the wise words of pat m, the wind is blowing in your direction.

    ———

    Sigh. Yeah, I know. Unreal.

  196. EveryoneSucksExceptSJCBDoreen August 11th, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    Ok, the stupidity on this blog has reached an all new high. or low…

    Getting on Tex for being with his wife and newborn child? Are you kidding? Family is much more important than baseball and Tex’s famiyl is much more important to him than what any of you morons thnk of him.

    Are you kidding me? Spoken like people who dont have kids, yet know mroe than the people who do.

    I’m stuck at my job for 10 hours a day, busting my ass to provide for my kids. It kills me when I get hom and they are getting ready for bed. That’s time with them I’ll never get back. The fact that he is actually taking time to be with his family, to help or whatever should be commended, applauded.

    We get on sports figures and celebrities for being horrible family people. For cheating, spousal abuse, etc… Yet when a man ACTS like a man and sticks around to be with his famiyl a couple extra days, we tell him that because he’s a millionaire he can hire someone else to do that for him.

    You people getting on tex here are a bunch of idiots and don’t deserve to have that man on your favorite baseball team.

    “No need to call people names…” Shut up.

    How dare any of you question a man when he wants to tke care of his family. How friggin dare you.

    Grow up.

  197. MTU August 11th, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    Tom-

    ???? I like southerners. In fact I like most people. What’s up with the comment ?

    It was just a reference to Maine and GB battling it out over some snark. Perhaps you missed the context ?

  198. MaineYankee August 11th, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    pat

    I guess I need spelling 101. :oops:

  199. The Mad Prince in Pinstripes August 11th, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    Is anyone else as disappointed as I am about the Yankees’ lackluster performances at the plate against teams that actually matter?

    That two run bomb that AJ served up was not ideal, but he kept them in that game before Logan and Robertson pitched fantastically.

    The offense has looked like a pack of bums lately, particularly with RISP. They should be ashamed of themselves for not plating Granderson when they had him at 3B with only one out. There is no excuse for that.

    Oh, and for the record, I don’t care how well he hits lefties, Marcus Thames should NEVER be batting 3rd in that lineup.

    There is still plenty of baseball left this season, but winning close games against teams we’ll likely be playing in the playoffs is crucial at this point.

  200. MaineYankee August 11th, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    GF

    Sometimes it takes awhile to realize it isn’t raining. :lol:

  201. BIG AL August 11th, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    MTU -

    Was injured! He came back healthy and did not pitch well. This is not the first game he has faultered, and I do believe he is a very talented pitcher, but, my point was so many folks jumped on his bandwagon saying he was the greatest, without seeing a seasons worth of work to know if indeed he was the real deal. I hope his does succeed, the Nats sure could use his talents.

  202. Erin August 11th, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    New Post: Cliff Lee and beyond

    :arrow:

  203. Bronx Jeers August 11th, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    I’ve heard that no self-respecting Southerner uses instant grits.

    Is this true?

  204. The Mad Prince in Pinstripes August 11th, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    I’d also like to add that I hope someone, be it Girardi, Hal, or whoever is raising some you-know-what in the clubhouse because the boys might need some inspiration.

  205. BIG AL August 11th, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    EveryoneSucksExceptSJCBDoreen August 11th, 2010 at 12:18 pm

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

    Very well said!

  206. RMS August 11th, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    Tex taking some time off is only an issue because this team stinks with RISP.

  207. tom tresh 15 August 11th, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    MTU August 11th, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    Tom-

    ???? I like southerners. In fact I like most people. What’s up with the comment ?

    It was just a reference to Maine and GB battling it out over some snark. Perhaps you missed the context ?
    —————————————————————————————————————————
    Nothing harsh intended. Just joking, and proud of my southern heritage.

  208. MTU August 11th, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    Tom-

    Good deal. We’re square then.

    It’s easy to get crosswise on the Internet.

    By the way, What part of the South are you from ? :)

  209. JCPD August 11th, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    MTU August 11th, 2010 at 11:28 am
    Kate-

    Magnificent birds aren’t they. Beautiful coloration. Very large wingspans. Ever see one come in for a Landing ? Hysterical. Not exactly graceful all the time.

    ————————–

    MTU, just e-mailed you a pic of one coming in for landing!!

  210. wildblueyonder August 11th, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    Nick Johnson.

    Hideki Matsui.

    Yankees take Johnson.

    Face palm.


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