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Yankees pregame

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Greetings, Brian Heyman here for Chad today for this series finale.

Ivan Nova just arrived, jumping from Triple-A right into the middle of a pennant race. He will make his first major-league start Monday night in Toronto. He’s right on turn as well, having allowed one earned run in  6 2/3 for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre at Colorado Springs on Wednesday. He has been throwing the ball well all season, going 12-3 with a 2.86 ERA in 23 starts. He tossed three scoreless innings of relief in two games when he was up in May. He has four pitches, adding a slider to the mix. 

“This know it’s a  big opportunity for me,” Nova said. “I’ve got to be relaxed.”

Joe Girardi had no word yet on whether he will try to split up the inconsistent righties in the rotation, A.J. Burnett and Javy Vazquez. The Yankees have an off day Thursday to play with. For now, Nova is just giving everyone an extra day’s rest.

Girardi said that his plan right now is go with a platoon of sorts at third with Eduardo Nunez and Ramiro Pena while Alex Rodriguez is on the DL, although he reserved the right to change his mind and go with the hot hand, if there is one. Nunez drove in the go-ahead run with his first big-league hit Saturday and is in the lineup again.

The Yankees are 11-0 without A-Rod in the lineup. …

CC Sabathia is undefeated in his last 19 starts at Yankee Stadium, dating to last year’s All-Star break. He’s 14-0. It’s the longest current home winning streak in the majors. He also owns the longest undefeated streak of starts at one stadium since Johan Santana was going 24 starts without a loss for the Twins at the Metrodome from Aug. 6, 2005 to April 2,  2007.  

“I think he understands the ballpark, but more importantly, CC usually is ahead in the count. … He can make the hitters hit his pitch,” Girardi said.

Here are the lineups:

Yankees

1. Derek Jeter SS

2. Nick Swisher RF

3. Mark Teixeira 1B

4. Robinson Cano 2B

5. Marcus Thames DH

6. Jorge Posada C

7. Austin Kearns LF

8. Brett Gardner CF

9. Eduardo Nunez 3B

CC Sabathia P

Mariners

1. Ichiro Suzuki RF

2. Chone Figgins 2B

3. Russell Branyan DH

4. Jose Lopez 3B

5. Franklin Gutierrez CF

6. Casey Kotchman 1B

7. Adam Moore C

8. Matt Tuiasosopo LF

9. Josh Wilson SS

Luke French P

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115 Responses to “Yankees pregame”

  1. Eric in UWS August 22nd, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    Lets grab this series today and get a streak going!

  2. Crawdaddy August 22nd, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    CC pound that Branyan in on his hands.

  3. ericns1 August 22nd, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    lets win another series!

  4. murphydog August 22nd, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    “CC pound that Branyan in on his hands.”

    Maybe directly ON the hands would work better :)

  5. CR9 August 22nd, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    “Who ever told you life is suppose to be fair or rightous? I can’t change the media rules regarding the Yankees so I don’t worry about them and prefer to utilize my energies in a more productive manner that makes me happy instead of unhappy.”

    Crawdaddy

    As for your second statement, I wholeheartedly agree. I no longer watch ESPN – for the most part – and I no longer read articles about the Yankees outside of this site and its comments section.

    As for your first statement, life is not fair – for the most part. However, many people use sports as an outlet from reality. It’s not right that their outlet is marred by biased media/officiating.

    Ironically, in my case, life has treated me well and the only unfair thing in my life is sports!

    __

    How exactly did the 1980s Yankees not have enough quality pitching while also having the decade’s best record.

  6. Crawdaddy August 22nd, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    “Maybe directly ON the hands would work better”

    Carlos Pena says hello from last season.

  7. CT Yankee August 22nd, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    “The Yankees are 11-0 without A-Rod in the lineup. …”

    So Friday night’s game doesn’t count because A-Rod had a single one-pitch AB as DH?

  8. Crawdaddy August 22nd, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    “How exactly did the 1980s Yankees not have enough quality pitching while also having the decade’s best record.”

    Did you follow the team during that time?

  9. Betsy August 22nd, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    Yet again, we ask the big guy to come up big today. It would be nice also if we could pound this M’s pitcher…………

  10. Fran the original August 22nd, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    Chance for the Yankees to win the series today. Feel confident with CC pitching.

  11. m August 22nd, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    Oh, it’s a glorious day.

    Reset the laptop back to factory settings. Installed IE8, and no more funny symbols on LoHud!

  12. Purenyyankee August 22nd, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    Is Girardi Cluless when he says he’s not sure if he will split up Tin Man and Stiff JV? Or he just does not want to “reveal” his plan to anyone. It should be a NO BRAINER with the off day to skip that LOSER Vazquez.

  13. CR9 August 22nd, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    As for the discussion on the last thread, I wholeheartedly believe in this Yankees team, and every Yankees team.

    I am, though, a hater of all of Ma ssachusetts and Boston. I do not want to see the Red Sox get in the playoffs, because as you, SJ44, know, the baseball playoffs are a crapshoot. And I would rather the Yankees not have to face the Red Sox in the playoffs again and expend all their energy a la 2003 and 2004.

    We won the World Series in 1999 after beating them fairly easily. Lost the 2003 World Series after a gut-wrenching 7 games.

  14. SJ44 August 22nd, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    The pitching in the 80′s was awful.

    The “best record of the decade” stat is VERY misleading.

    From ’82-89, there were some pretty weak teams.

    If folks lose their minds over this years team, they would have been suicidal watching the teams in the 80′s.

  15. RMS August 22nd, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    “Did you follow the team during that time?”

    Busy -itching about the umpires.

  16. Purenyyankee August 22nd, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    Tin Man = No Heart = Burnett

  17. murphydog August 22nd, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    “If folks lose their minds over this years team, they would have been suicidal watching the teams in the 80’s.”

    It sure wasn’t easy. But it made the Dynasty that much more sublime.

  18. Pat M. August 22nd, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    Murphydog…….I’m just catching up out here in sunny Southern California and good morning to all…….I just want to say that in he 4 plus seasons that I’ve been hanging out here, your contribution to this blog on the previous page was one on the best and most insightful reads ever written here……..Very well stated and without prejudice, I recommend all to spend the minute or two to read Murphydog’s post, it’s that good……

  19. Crawdaddy August 22nd, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    SJ,

    I know you’re already aware of this, but you just need to take a look at the 85 team and see how their starting pitching matches up with Toronto’s or Kansas City. Outside of Guidry, the other teams had the advantage.

  20. m August 22nd, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    Doreen,

    Are you around?

  21. pat August 22nd, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    “So Friday night?s game doesn?t count because A-Rod had a single one-pitch AB as DH?”

    The 11-0 is a little misleading.

    There are a few games where he had 1 or less ABs that they lost but he technically was in the game.

  22. murphydog August 22nd, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    Tin Man = No Heart = Burnett

    I’m thinking it’s more Scarecrow (no brain) than Tin Man. AJ just doesn’t get it. As SJ44 pointed out earlier today, AJ is essentially the same pitcher he was eleven years ago. He may have stopped hurting himself physically – knock on wood – but it seems he still hasn’t figured out the Zen of Pitching.

  23. JM August 22nd, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    Being a hardcore Yankee fan in the 1980s and the start of the 1990s was not for the faint of heart…..

  24. CR9 August 22nd, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    Crawdaddy

    I was too young to follow the team during that time. I’ll take your word for it.

  25. Nick in SF August 22nd, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    “Reset the laptop back to factory settings.

    It’s really up to the Blue Jays, I hope they can do it.

  26. murphydog August 22nd, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    Pat M. :

    You are too kind.

    BTW, I really am thinking about doing the “Free Roger” t-shirts.

  27. m August 22nd, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    Tin Man gets less funny and more stupid each time you post it.

  28. YanksfaninPA August 22nd, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    Lets win the series Big C!

  29. pat August 22nd, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    “Being a hardcore Yankee fan in the 1980s and the start of the 1990s was not for the faint of heart?..”

    We had season tickets. It was a lonely place some nights.

  30. CR9 August 22nd, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    “Being a hardcore Yankee fan in the 1980s and the start of the 1990s was not for the faint of heart…..”

    No different than being a fan of the Knicks or Rangers of the past decade. With an owner that is willing to spend money, but an owner that does not care about the success of his franchise except for the $$$ it puts in his pocket.

  31. sunny615 August 22nd, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    I hope this rotation can straighten itself out. It’s been the cornerstone of this years successful season.

  32. Betsy August 22nd, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    Steve Trout was supposed to be a good pitcher – he was in Chicago. He came over to NY and became Steve Blass.

    Andy Hawkins lost his no-hitter, lol.

    Joe Cowley walked 8 in his no-hitter.

    Rick Reuschel, Rick Rhoden (who had been a good pitcher at one point), Rich Dotson, Phil Niekro……oh brother.

  33. Betsy August 22nd, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    One of my favorite players ever was Jimmy Key; he was very good and he helped with the turnaround of the club. I kind of miss him, but when he retired, that was it – he left baseball completely. He’d been a wonderful pitcher with the Blue Jays..

  34. m August 22nd, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    Don’t want to reset the Blue Jays back to factory settings until they play the Yankees. :)

  35. MTU August 22nd, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    Enjoy the game folks it’s time for me to pull the ripcord since the Zombies will be out for another go at the Sunlight. Later. :)

  36. m August 22nd, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    Yes, the rotation has been the cornerstone. But the bullpen will make a big difference.

    The Yankees offense is usually slow starting. Bullpen has been able to hold down opponents as well as hold a lead.

    So, in reality the bullpen has been picking up the rest of the team. Even when they weren’t scoring in their mini slump last week.

  37. JM August 22nd, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    #pat August 22nd, 2010 at 12:54 pm
    ?Being a hardcore Yankee fan in the 1980s and the start of the 1990s was not for the faint of heart?..?

    We had season tickets. It was a lonely place some nights.

    ____________________________

    That is so true. We liked it in a way because we’d start out in the upper deck and usually by the end of the night wind up in great seats down below. No security like there is now, or maybe they just didn’t really care because it was so empty in there a lot of the time. LOL

  38. Pat M. August 22nd, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    Murphydog….I’d buy one & I’m certain many here would do so as well after reading your post…..Can’t have it both ways……It’s the per-game for the Bonds main event…….Betsy, you would be shocked in you the Yanks gave awya to obtain those hack pitchers……And don’t forget the brillant free agent contract that George ( went against all his advisers ) and handed over to Britt Burns……Deshais, Drabek, Larry Anderson, etc….

  39. JM August 22nd, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    Betsy,

    Loved Jimmy Key, too. Rich Dotson…LOL.

  40. GreenBeret7 August 22nd, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    To be fair, Betsy, Neikro and Rhoden put up good years for the Yankees. so did a guy everyone forgets, Dennis Rasmussen, who came from San Diego for Graig Nettles, won 18 games and the traded for Bill Gullickson, which was a disaster.

  41. jackamir August 22nd, 2010 at 1:07 pm

    I’m glad to see SADO in todays lineup. Back to back day games. CC 16-2 in the Bronx the past 2 years and 9-0 this year. Good enough for me. No rain delays, PLEASE.

  42. Betsy August 22nd, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    Doug Drabek was a good young pitcher and turned out to be very good – painful trade. So was giving up Rijos – I don’t even know what we got back, not that it matters. I thought Trout was a FA – also Hawkins. I was a kid back then – so I don’t recall getting upset with the bad pitching. I was more focused on Donnie and Winnie. I remember Jim Deshaies…….. vaguely. Bob Tewksbury was a nice young pitcher who went on to do very well in St. Louis later on. Wade Taylor – he was supposed to be better than Andy; he became a scout for the Yanks (I think he was fired last year).

  43. pat August 22nd, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    JM

    The vendors knew us by name and what inning to come by during. The nights we could get someone to take our tickets we couldn’t use, the usher and vendors would ask them if we were okay.

  44. G. Love August 22nd, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    As a little kid, being a Yankee fan in the 80′s was rough. The Mets were the team of NY. If anyone tells you different they are lying to you.

    The Mets owned the town and every kid I knew was a Mets fan.

    It actually was lonely being a Yankee fan then. You pretty much bragged about Mattingly and that was it.

    There wasn’t much to hang your hat on. I remember being excited over the batting title race between Mattingly & Winfield.

    Winning batting titles was our post season in the 80′s.

    I often wonder how many of today’s Yankee fans or even people on this blog would have been Mets fans in the 80′s.

    I suspect a whole heckuva lot.

    It was tough being a Yankee fan in that decade.

  45. Pat M. August 22nd, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    GB….Yanks gave up Doug Drabek for Rhoden & Deshais & Larry Anderson to Houston for Niekro…..All three of thoose pitchers were October mainstays for their staffs for years….I know we’re missing some other good arms such as Lieter etc. that were traded off……

  46. Betsy August 22nd, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    GB, I liked Rick Rhoden……..he wasn’t bad from what I recall, he just wasn’t what he was with Pitt. Niekro was fine – I only have vague memories of him. I remember Dennis Rasmussen – he was ok. I love Steve Farr – he was fun to watch. I also loved Babe Hassey and Mike Stanley………loved Mike Stanley.

    JM, I don’t have a ton of memories of Dotson, but Key stands out for me. He and Spike Owen were considered really good guys that helped turn the rep of the Yankees around.

  47. Nick in SF August 22nd, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    Daily News headline after Opening Day 1986:

    “Subway Series On Track”

  48. Tom in N.J. August 22nd, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    Eric Plunk

    Tim Leary

    Walt Terrell

  49. CR9 August 22nd, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    I wish Jorge had drilled Figgy with the mask! That would have been priceless.

  50. Betsy August 22nd, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    I hated the Mets- but I “rooted” for them against the Sox in 1986 – what a nightmare.

  51. CR9 August 22nd, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    “I hated the Mets- but I “rooted” for them against the Sox in 1986 – what a nightmare.”

    +1 Except I don’t hate the Mets. They are the Yankees’ younger brothers!

  52. syd_cash August 22nd, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    maybe today the Yankees can get Russell Branyon out

  53. Betsy August 22nd, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    Tom, lol – didn’t Eric Plunk have these huge glasses?

    I remember Walt Terrell and Tim Leary…….I didn’t think Terrell was bad; I only vaguely remember Leary. Bob Shirley anyone?

  54. GreenBeret7 August 22nd, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    Branyon’s not much of a hitter, but, Lord, does he get leverage from that size.

  55. Betsy August 22nd, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    I can’t believe it – glas ses made it through the filter!

  56. SAS August 22nd, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    The 80′s were a tough time for the Yankees, and some of the people on here expect the Yankees to win every year, but it didn’t happen for us. The dry spells are tough to take, but I know I never waivered in my love of the team.

    —————————————————

    m,

    I haven’t the remotest idea what you fixed on your computer. I have no idea how it works, but I am glad for you

  57. Tom in N.J. August 22nd, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    How many times would the Yanks have been the wild card team in the 80s-if it existed then?

  58. Bo knows August 22nd, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    In case people haven’t noticed there are momentous things happening in Trenton AA on Monday. A hat tip to GB here who has kept us posted, Banuelos, 19 year old LHP, Betances, 22 and Brackman all who can throw in the upper nineties will be pitching at Trenton. Depending on how they adjust that’s at best, one year away from the Majors. Obviously it will take more time than that to develop but the Bees are on the horizon. Good times in the Yankee minors.

  59. GreenBeret7 August 22nd, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    Never was sure how Britt Burns passed his physical, but, he had the start to an outstanding career. Knocked out by a degenerative hip injury.

  60. Nick in SF August 22nd, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    More French slop.

    Let them eat cake!

    Surrender!

  61. Jerkface August 22nd, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    Derek Jeter has invented a new type of batted ball. The lined grounder. the grinder.

  62. syd_cash August 22nd, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    gotta love the DP

  63. SAS August 22nd, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    Betsy,

    I remember Bob Shirley, but the others…not so much

  64. Nick in SF August 22nd, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    M*rd*!

  65. GreenBeret7 August 22nd, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    Jeter was a little short on his slide.

  66. CR9 August 22nd, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    More Kay laziness. “1 for his last 9. 5 for his last 23. Batting .254. And that’s all the effort Im willing to put forth for this at bat.”

  67. rconn23 August 22nd, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    Amazing what can happen when you take some pitches.

  68. Yogi Mantle August 22nd, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    Man I hate DPs when its against the Yanks.

    Jetes did look a bit gimpy when he ran off, probably got a nice raspberry from that poor slide deal. I don’t get why he would go down like that instead of forcing Figgins to move.

  69. Jerkface August 22nd, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    Amazing what can happen when you take some pitches.

    Complainer, the yankees are hitting .500 on the first pitch this game. What more do you want?

  70. Yogi Mantle August 22nd, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    And French Lick shuts ‘em down. Danged DPs.

  71. JM August 22nd, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    Yes, the Mets definitely ruled the city in the 1980s. The Yankees were like poor second cousins for the most part. Of course the early 1970s may have been the worst time of all to be a fan, at least in my lifetime, when CBS owned the team and the stadium was basically falling apart.

  72. SAS August 22nd, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    Did anyone on here want to know that the Yankees win less on 8/22 than any other day of the year? Michael Kay just made my day.

  73. CR9 August 22nd, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    Michael Kay has to have made enemies in his lifetime, right? When is one of his enemies going to…

  74. GreenBeret7 August 22nd, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    Brackman is pitching today. 1 inning, 1 hit (triple), 0 runs, 0 walks, 2 strikeouts

  75. JM August 22nd, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    That’s too bad about 8/22….A good friend of mine is celebrating his birthday today in the right field bleachers with the “Creatures” so I won’t pass on the sad news about the Yanks’ record on 8/22…..

  76. ac1 August 22nd, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    cy young coming down to price v sabathia, and hopefully not a runin from buchholz.

  77. SAS August 22nd, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    JM,

    You are right we have gotten very spoiled the last 15 years. At least George tried to improve the team every year.

  78. Nick in SF August 22nd, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    CC is bigger than some random crappy stat.

    Not to worry.

    Victory is assured.

  79. pat August 22nd, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    Want to know which way the wind is blowing today?

    Just check which way CC’s pants legs are billowing in the breeze.

  80. Jerkface August 22nd, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    Michael Kay has to have made enemies in his lifetime, right? When is one of his enemies going to…

    CR9, you are by far a worse individual professionally, personally, and in baseball related matters than Michael Kay.

  81. jackamir August 22nd, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    Piniella’s last day. Older Yankee fans remember how clutch Lou was. He had a great swing.

  82. CR9 August 22nd, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    Jerkface

    Is that you, Michael Kay? Posting on Yankees Lohud when you should be doing your job, that’s a no-no! :lol:

  83. Jerkface August 22nd, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    Were I michael kay, I certainly wouldn’t take any guff from a red sox fan, psychotic, and generally troubled person like you.

  84. MaineYankee August 22nd, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    GB7

    I was at the Trenton game last night.

    I missed the top of the first because of traffic so I didn’t see them score the first three.

    Ace looked thin to me. Not sure if he is or because of the difference between live and TV.

    Kind of an uneventfull game. Ace didn’t give up many runs but some were hit hard against him. Curve didn’t seem to have alot of bite. When healthy what is his FB velocity?

  85. CR9 August 22nd, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    On second thought, maybe it’d be a good thing if Kay posted on Yankees Lohud rather than doing his job. We’d all be better off! :lol:

  86. Jerkface August 22nd, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    And the opposite applies to you.

  87. CR9 August 22nd, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    Jerkface

    Keep trying. May you one day rise above your mediocrity!

  88. CR9 August 22nd, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    “psychotic, and generally troubled person like you.”

    Im going to print this out and show this to my psychiatrist. I don’t think he’d be too pleased with my progress – or lack thereof!

  89. John in Ohio August 22nd, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    Not that it’s a big deal, but just for accuracy sake…

    SWB played Columbus Wednesday. Colorado Springs is not in the International League.

  90. GreenBeret7 August 22nd, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    Gotta make ‘em pay for that defensive indiscretion.

  91. Nick in SF August 22nd, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    CR9, I am aware that you’re a criminal mastermind, and I am also aware that, unlike most LoHudders, you prefer to kill your victims by hand, and that’s all well and good.

    But could you lay off the psycho nutjob stuff for a little while? This is the first time in a while that I’ve been able to watch a game live and follow along on LoHud at the time time and I’d like to enjoy it more.

    Thanks in advance.

  92. Tyler August 22nd, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    Alright Eduardo. Don’t try to do too much. Just get one in and let the rest of the guys and CC carry the rest.

  93. GreenBeret7 August 22nd, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    MaineYankee August 22nd, 2010 at 1:32 pm
    GB7

    I was at the Trenton game last night.

    I missed the top of the first because of traffic so I didn’t see them score the first three.

    Ace looked thin to me. Not sure if he is or because of the difference between live and TV.

    Kind of an uneventfull game. Ace didn’t give up many runs but some were hit hard against him. Curve didn’t seem to have alot of bite. When healthy what is his FB velocity?

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

    Best I remember, Maine, he’s low 90s (91-92 MPH). He didn’t sound real sharp from the radio feeds. The home run was hit well apparently.

  94. CR9 August 22nd, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    Nick

    I can neither confirm nor deny your accusations, as I have no idea what you’re talking about! :)

  95. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 22nd, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    for murphydog Had I seen your posts earlier I would have responded earlier.

    murphydog, a true defense attorney’s perspective. I would have expected nothing more (less?) from you. And I have a prosecutor’s perspective and am absolutely elated that the guy was indicted.

    I don’t believe two wrongs make a right. You realize of course that he was indicted not by that “august body” but by a grand jury. They, I imagine, believe in upholding the law. Surely you’ve heard of cases where criminals testify against other criminals and actually may get some kind of reduced time for their testimony? As prosecutors are wont to say, they don’t always get to hand-pick their witnesses.

    Clemens attempted to make total fools of everyone involved in the steroids drama, and willingly threw everyone under the bus in the process, from his agents, to his attorneys, to his wife. His tactics ranged from repugnant to outrageous.

    Why should he be let off the hook? The others you mentioned told the truth. Clemens didn’t. And he lied in the most public ways possible, and he did it as often as possible. He insisted on going on 60 Minutes, he insisted on testifying in front of Congress, he insisted on letting his overbloated ego trash anyone and everyone in his way. He essentially ended up calling his good teammate, Andy Pettitte, a liar when he said Andy “misremembered” the events of a certain conversation.

    McNamee was given a choice – give up information or go to jail. Clemens was one of many people named in Mitchell’s report. Tio my knowledge he was the only one who decided to turn it into a three-ring circus, led by the head clown himself. From the day the report came out, he orchestrated a campaign that resonated from one side of the country to the other. You would have thought he was running for President of the US. He called press conferences, he went on national television, he testified in front of Congress, he called his own agents liars – and then later told a different version of that story – I guess he himself misremembered what he said the first time. He treated the congressional committee like fools, and popular opinion is that he wasn’t to be believed. Clemens is a liar but not a good one. He had his lawsuits thrown out of court.

    Do you suggest we give him a medal? High five him? Hold a parade in his honor?

    And he called into the Jimmy Fund telethon, the annual telethon where people call in to pledge money for children with cancer, to continue his denials.

    That’s one sick puppy. He’s hurt a lot more people than just himself. I doubt he will serve time in jail. If he’s convicted he’ll likely pay some kind of fine that won’t hurt his pocketbook at all. And if he isn’t convicted, hopefully the entire experience will keep him far from the Hall of Fame. And since NY has accepted McNamee’s defamation of character suit against Clemens, he’ll certainly be spending a lot of time in court.

    Oh yeah. Smart money says that there’s some mighty compelling evidence waiting in the wings. And you know the old saying. Don’t do the crime if you don’t want to do the time. He knew that he could be prosecuted for perjury if he lied during that testimony. They actually told him so.

    Oh well.

  96. syd_cash August 22nd, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    bases loaded one out and we can’t even get one run in

  97. Tyler August 22nd, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    Nick in SF August 22nd, 2010 at 1:36 pm
    CR9, I am aware that you’re a criminal mastermind, and I am also aware that, unlike most LoHudders, you prefer to kill your victims by hand, and that’s all well and good.

    But could you lay off the psycho nutjob stuff for a little while? This is the first time in a while that I’ve been able to watch a game live and follow along on LoHud at the time time and I’d like to enjoy it more.

    Thanks in advance.
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    Luke French would have already let up 8 triples, 15 homeruns, 13 doubles, and 5 singles to the Red Sox. Clearly he only tries against the Yankees in Bud Selig’s master plot to knock the Yankees out of the postseason. Yes, Jose Lopez made an error but at Fenway he doesn’t even take the field. He sits in the dugout and the Mariners give the Red Sox a free shot at hitting it down the 3rd base line. Ichiro is the only outfielder they use and the Mariners actually use pixie sticks to bat with instead of maple.

    And Boston is a town of criminals, scum bags…. Ben Affleck sucks.

  98. ac1 August 22nd, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    syd_cash August 22nd, 2010 at 1:39 pm
    bases loaded one out and we can’t even get one run in

    ___

    haven’t you been watching most of the last month or so? that is not unusual, nor is jeter getting out on 1 pitch.

  99. YES August 22nd, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    2 pitches, 2 swings.

    He can’t take a pitch to save his life.

  100. Tyler August 22nd, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    Not a good job by Nunez. Obviously he’s not expected to carry the team like Arod but if he is going to be playing fequently he will have to hit well in those type of situations. Getting in runners from 3rdd with less than 1 out will be a big part of his job if the Yanks hope to stay successful without Alex

  101. CR9 August 22nd, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    Tyler

    LOL! Boston = City of Crime, City of Thieves, City of Slime, City of Sleaze!

  102. Tyler August 22nd, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    I always said that the Yanks should have kept Giambi. This Tex is just awful with the glove. The Giambino would have ate that for lunch.

  103. The Other Phil August 22nd, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    # YES August 22nd, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    2 pitches, 2 swings.

    He can’t take a pitch to save his life.
    ==========

    Welcome to Jeter’s career. Seems like he’s done just fine overall with his approach.

    Though not in this situation…

  104. syd_cash August 22nd, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    ac1 August 22nd, 2010 at 1:40 pm
    ___

    haven’t you been watching most of the last month or so? that is not unusual, nor is jeter getting out on 1 pitch.

    ——

    lol unfortunately i know this is not unusual as i watch every game nonetheless it is still kinda pathetic

  105. ac1 August 22nd, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    nunez is new,what is jeter’s excuse? wondering if jeter ever thinks that the reason for the .60 drop in his average from last year is that he sees all of 5 pitches a game. Even when he gets a hit on the first pitch, he doesnt do much after. Seeing the pitches helps in all ABs.

  106. rconn23 August 22nd, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    Jeter’s really jumping at first pitches this year. This is a trend that’s not going to improve with age.

  107. Nick in SF August 22nd, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    Maybe we can score in the game thread. :arrow:

  108. ac1 August 22nd, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    Welcome to Jeter’s career. Seems like he’s done just fine overall with his approach.
    __

    not really. i dont remember him taking so few pitches. he was never patient, but he used to still see pitches.

  109. pat August 22nd, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    “As prosecutors are wont to say, they don?t always get to hand-pick their witnesses.”

    There’s also a saying, anyone can indict a ham sandwich but convincing 12 people to agree to convict one is a longer and more expensive lunch.

  110. jackamir August 22nd, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    Do you think Kim Jones gets hit on more than Javy?

  111. rconn23 August 22nd, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    Yes, this is a new trend for Jeter.

    He saw a lot more pitches last year, when he was the best leadoff hitter in baseball and among the league leaders in OBP.

  112. MaineYankee August 22nd, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    GB7

    The HR hit the top of the wall and bounced over.

    According to the gun there he was under 90.

    I sat behind HP about 10 rows back. Had a great view of the strike zone.

    Nine dollar seats bought the day of the game. Not bad huh? Game was sold out, over 7000.

    Across the aisle from me was some guys tracking the game. One had a gun and was just using it on Trenton pitchers. Two of them looked young and maybe players. Do they have pitchers sit in the stands and track the players?

  113. syd_cash August 22nd, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    its like a DP every inning. Sure won’t be sorry not to have to play Seattle anymore

  114. murphydog August 22nd, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    trisha – true pinstriped blue:

    It took you about a dozen words to break out your first ad hominem. Congratulations on your persuasive style ;)

    FYI, I was a prosecutor in a local district attorney’s office for 12 years and then on the State level for another 4 years. So, I think I have cred on this issue despite being a (shudder) defense attorney. And yes, trisha. I knew Clemens was indicted by a grand jury.

    I argued jury nullification, meaning, I know the guy is (probably) guilty as the law is written. My argument wasn’t legal, it was factual and made on the basis of fairness. Legal and fair are not always synonymous. I think you missed my point, but as a prosecutor I often had blinders on too. My job is different now, focused only on my client and knowing only too well the ability of prosecutors to flex their muscles instead of do justice.

    I prosecuted my fair share of defendants, from all walks of life, accused of some pretty ugly stuff. My job was to pursue justice, not win. I tried mightily not to let my personal feelings about an accused factor into my prosecutorial zeal. I had to know where justice lay, not just what the law said. Plenty of people want to see Clemens burn, but that all seems personal. Objectively, this case isn’t worth the time or money and the unclean hands of the accusers may well be their downfall.

  115. jesusmonterofordh August 22nd, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    will bos be desperate enough to let clay to the mound

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