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Postgame notes: A familiar feeling in Tampa Bay

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes, Podcast on Sep 16, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

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For the Yankees, the themes felt familiar tonight. Another one run game decided by which team could get the big hit. Another series of wasted scoring opportunities in the early innings that loomed large in the end. Another strong pitching performance wasted on a couple of bad pitches at a bad time.

“I don’t think we played poorly, it was just those close games,” Derek Jeter said. “Hopefully we find ways to get it done. I don’t think it’s that we’re playing bad.”

The bottom line is that the Yankees have lost five of six on the road, and they’re two late-inning home runs away from a 10-game losing streak. Most of the loses have felt a lot like this one.

The Yankees had the bases loaded with one out in the first inning, and settled for only one run. They stranded five runners in the next five innings. “You had a feeling that would come back to haunt us right there,” Alex Rodriguez said.

The Yankees had Phil Hughes mixing pitches and throwing strikes, but he made two mistakes that Dan Johnson hit for two-run home runs. “I yanked a fastball down and in both times,” Hughes said. “For the most part I executed my pitches to the other guys, and he was the one that I didn’t.”

It all felt familiar. It felt like the 32 stranded base runners on Friday and Saturday. It felt like Sergio Mitre making the mistake to Reid Brignac on Monday. It felt like Ivan Nova cruising and then falling apart on Tuesday.

“We could very easily have won five of these games,” Joe Girardi said. “Sometimes you get the big hit and sometimes you don’t, and we didn’t seem to get the big hit. I thought we played fairly well, even thought we lost five of six. It sounds kind of funny, but we had a chance to win five of six too.”

Here’s Jeter’s postgame. He starts by talking about the state of the team, then goes into the hit-by-pitch that never happened.

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Yankees Rays Baseball• The two home run pitches seemed to be the exact same. They weren’t supposed to be. The first was supposed to be a fastball up and in, the second a fastball down and away. “Just try to execute a pitch and it didn’t go where I wanted it to,” Hughes said.

• Hughes has talked about throwing his fastball too often, but this time he wasn’t second guessing himself after the home runs. He said the problem was location, not pitch selection. “He was mixing his pitches extremely well,” Girardi said. “I thought he threw more changeups tonight than he threw all year. I thought he mixed his pitches extremely well, but you can’t throw offspeed all the time.”

• Girardi said he never thought about taking Hughes out against Joyce or Johnson in the seventh inning. “His pitch count was low,” Girardi said. “He got two quick outs (against) two pretty good hitters that he got out. It wasn’t a thought of mine.” Girardi started the inning planning to let Hughes pitch through Carlos Pena.

• Girardi said he was legitimately worried about Jeter when he came running out of the dugout after the hit by pitch. Girardi thought it got him on the hand. Asked what he thought of Jeter’s free pass, Girardi said. “It’s your job to get on base any way you can.”

Yankees Rays Baseball• The Yankees seem to have missed Brett Gardner and Nick Swisher here in Tampa Bay. “Those are two guys that are experienced in our lineup that we don’t have,” Girardi said. “Our lineup looks a little bit different with those two in there. We didn’t have them, and you have to find a way to overcome that.”

• Joe Maddon on his ejection: “I was just trying to present logic because none of them could tell me that they knew the ball had hit his hand, but everybody could have told me that the ball did hit the bat. So for me, it was a ground ball back to the pitcher. I thought that was pretty obvious.”

• Maddon on Jeter: “If our guys did it, I would have applauded that too. It’s a great performance on his part. It’s ust a matter of it’s very unfortunate in that moment.”

• All three games this series were decided by one run.

• On his home run, Curtis Granderson scored the 500th run of his career.

• Forgot to mention this pregame, but when Girardi was asked whether Royce Ring would be the last of the September call-ups, he hesitated. Then he said, “Don’t write that.” Sounds like there’s a good chance someone else will be here eventually. Andrew Brackman?

Associated Press photos of the Yankees bench, Rodriguez and Robinson Cano

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224 Responses to “Postgame notes: A familiar feeling in Tampa Bay”

  1. Nick in SF September 16th, 2010 at 12:38 am

    “Asked what he thought of Jeter’s free pass, Girardi said. “It’s your job to get on base any way you can.”

    Oh no, Girardi, children might hear you say that.

  2. Betsy September 16th, 2010 at 12:38 am

    LOL Nick

    I’m reposting this:

    http://www.newsday.com/news/da…..-1.2294005

    This Yankees clubhouse, late last night, did not reek of devastation. Not even depression.

    Another loss, 4-3 to the Rays at Tropicana Field – their fifth in six games on this trip and eighth in 10 games overall – failed to create one of those getaway nights so deathly silent that you can hear the zip of suitcases closing, or the rip of checks to tip the clubhouse attendants.

    No, the defending World Series champions – and once again the second-place team in the American League East – departed here knowing that they have a formidable foe on their hands in the young Rays. Not an insurmountable one, though.

    “We could easily have won five of these games,” Joe Girardi said, referring to the Yankees’ four one-run losses on this trip through Texas and Tampa Bay. “Sometimes you get the big hit, sometimes you don’t.”

    Added Alex Rodriguez, who struck out against closer Rafael Soriano to complete the game: “There’s no question about it, we want to win the division. I don’t want to downplay it at all . . . But again, we’re in a situation where the most important thing is to get our team healthy.”

    The Yankees and Rays put on a brilliant, three-game September show, a trio of one-run contests in which Tampa Bay took two to the Yankees’ one. If the Rays can’t sell out this dump, at least the attending fans displayed impressive passion.

    These were not instances of the Yankees “losing” games, if you will. They simply got beat by a terrific team. They also suffered from the injury absences of Brett Gardner (right wrist) and Nick Swisher (left knee) as the corner outfield replacements Austin Kearns and Colin Curtis went 0-for-5 with runners on base.

    As A-Rod acknowledged, it’s a different sensation hitting a funk when you have such a cushion in the standings. Yes, some Red Sox fans have taken note that Boston trails the Yankees by 51/2 games (six in the loss column) with six head-to-head games left. These Yankees, however, aren’t playing like a team that will collapse its way out of the playoffs.

    Instead, they look like a club that is using the calendar to its advantage. Hughes looked decent, and with Andy Pettitte poised to make his return from the disabled list Sunday, you can start to see the makings of a postseason rotation. Gardner and Swisher should be ready to come back shortly.

    By no means will they be able to wake up and roll over these Rays. Yet the cheaper, younger Rays don’t intimidate the Yankees, either.

    “I’m sure we’ll see these guys in a few weeks,” A-Rod said, and if you’re a baseball fan, you’d very much want to see this sort of entertainment in the AL Championship Series. Then, the losers won’t go to second place. They’ll just go home.
    ***********

    Good perspective

  3. Betsy September 16th, 2010 at 12:40 am

    So the Rays aren’t upset about it, but Yankee fans are? Go figure.

    Objectively speaking, this was a great series and if the two teams ever meet in the ALCS, that will be a classic. They are VERY evenly matched.

  4. CR9 September 16th, 2010 at 12:40 am

    In Trisha’s defense, in England, “fags” are cigarettes. Ever heard the line: “Smoke a fag”

    In England, if someone spoke about guys like I do, they might be considered a “poof” :)

    “Good first step, CR9.

    The next step to securing greater mental health is to embrace the work of Pete Abe, Bill Simmons, Peter Gammons, and enjoy the commentating of Tommy Heinson and Jerry Remmy. Also, you must have Wes Welker on your fantasy team.”

    LMAO!!! That was funny!

    ___

    Betsy

    Go figure is right. This is what Yankees fans are. Dirtpiles that cant defend their own team!

  5. SJ44 September 16th, 2010 at 12:41 am

    Both Girardi and Maddon approved?

    The world as we know it has come to an end.

    There is no honesty left in baseball!!!!

  6. EA September 16th, 2010 at 12:42 am

    Why is Golson laughing? They lost the game!!!

  7. CR9 September 16th, 2010 at 12:42 am

    Back to baseball, I hope we dont see Kearns this weekend. Keep that AB waster on the bench, even if for only Golson. Rather have a guy with speed that infield hit his way on.

  8. Betsy September 16th, 2010 at 12:44 am

    There is no defending it. We’re not in England, for one, and for another, who cares about other definitions? When you hear the word, it basically means one thing and one thing only – it’s derogatory and that’s being kind.

  9. LGY September 16th, 2010 at 12:44 am

    “Why is Golson laughing? They lost the game!!!”

    ———————————

    He is trying to lighten the mood because all the other guys are upset that Jeter is a cheating lowlife liar.

  10. Bret The Hitman September 16th, 2010 at 12:47 am

    “Flamer” is a lighter way to put it.

  11. Betsy September 16th, 2010 at 12:47 am

    Alex probably won’t even talk to Jeter now.

    Girardi and Pettitte are very religious men; I wonder if they are going to turn the other cheek or if they are going to stone him to death for such a flagrantly villanous act?

  12. CR9 September 16th, 2010 at 12:48 am

    I didnt see the context it was used, but yes, there is defending it. Definitions mean everything.

    I say all the time as a joke “Can I bum a …” because it sounds funny. And we may not be in England, but there are plenty England expats living in the US. The word is very commonly used in the context that I am explaining to you.

  13. Betsy September 16th, 2010 at 12:48 am

    villainous…………

  14. CR9 September 16th, 2010 at 12:49 am

    To be honest, this is the most in awe of Jeter I have ever been. For actually lying to an umpire to help the team. Im so proud. Jeter looks even hotter to me now than he did yesterday! :)

  15. SJ44 September 16th, 2010 at 12:49 am

    LOL @ LGY.

    It’s all Minka’s fault!!!

    I knew she was a bad influence as soon as she told Vinny Chase to $&@& off in the season finale of Entourage.

    I bet if he stayed with Mariah Carey, tonight would have never happened.

  16. LGY September 16th, 2010 at 12:49 am

    Girardi and Pettitte are very religious men; I wonder if they are going to turn the other cheek or if they are going to stone him to death for such a flagrantly villanous act?

    ———————————-

    Good one Betsy! :lol:

  17. Jerkface September 16th, 2010 at 12:49 am

    I suppose Trisha also objects to HBP which graze the jersey and don’t actually hit anything? Because players around the league do that all the time. Even the Yankees. And also they pretend to get hit when it hits the bat.

    I mean, come on.

  18. Red Lobster September 16th, 2010 at 12:49 am

    “This is what Yankees fans are. Dirtpiles that cant defend their own team!”

    Yep – you can’t make it up.

    Same goes with the media – Pete Abe knocks the Jets and NY reporters join him to knock them!!

    Some Sox trolls make an inflammatory comment about Jeter’s lack of “class” and some Yankee fans actually agree with him!!

    New Yorkers are unable to unite.

    Actually… they do unite, against their teams and join with the detractors from other cities, mainly the slime up north!!!

  19. TheStraw September 16th, 2010 at 12:50 am

    Andy wii be forced to testify against Jete in front of Congress.

  20. Tank September 16th, 2010 at 12:50 am

    “I suppose Trisha also objects to HBP which graze the jersey and don’t actually hit anything? Because players around the league do that all the time. Even the Yankees. And also they pretend to get hit when it hits the bat.

    No doubt.

  21. Nick in SF September 16th, 2010 at 12:52 am

    Maybe Golson is laughing because in his culture laughter is the proper response when the team captain’s reputation is forever destroyed?

  22. Betsy September 16th, 2010 at 12:52 am

    LGY, thanks – I have my moments!

  23. CR9 September 16th, 2010 at 12:52 am

    Funny TheStraw. Very funny.

    Red Lobster – You probably are joking, but everything you said is all the truth. Im ashamed to be associated with New York fans. I was born to be a fan of Boston teams – with my loyalty – but I gravitated towards the class of the New York teams. Too bad that New York fans cant display the same class as their teams.

  24. Bret The Hitman September 16th, 2010 at 12:53 am

    New PC rules call for us to use the term “LGBT” which stands for Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender

    Check with your county office today for the literature. You must stay abreast of these types of things.

    ps

    Who would want to be referred to as a sandwich?

  25. TheStraw September 16th, 2010 at 12:53 am

    Being a Bills fan helps me maintain a sense of humor.

  26. stuart a September 16th, 2010 at 12:54 am

    did not see the first inning but bases loaded 1 out why doe sberkman jump on the first pitch after cano was just walked?

    why do all these guys try to be heroes and screw up? berkman is 34, take a pitch, why not???

    kearns is a clown… stupid and a clown. the guy cannot spell off speed…..

    they have has about 4 clutch hits in 10 games……….many many opptys……….

  27. CR9 September 16th, 2010 at 12:54 am

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BCirbAifckc

    Just pretend the song is about a “he” and imagine Jeter! ♥ Jeter’s dimples and cute receding hairline!

  28. Melk Man September 16th, 2010 at 12:56 am

    “they have has about 4 clutch hits in 10 games……….many many opptys……….”

    10 LOB or more in 4 of the 6 games on this trip

    And in the other 2 games, they had a combined 6 hits, 1 run in 20 innings on Sunday-Monday.

    .700 OPS on the road.

  29. LGY September 16th, 2010 at 12:56 am

    Golson is laughing because he hasn’t been around the team long enough yet to suffer from the Minka Kelly effect.

    They don’t make em like dat in Scranton.

  30. CR9 September 16th, 2010 at 12:57 am

    OMG, there is this man/woman at my food store. He/She has long hair and the name Bernadette, but has a beard and hair all over the arms. And sounds like a woman.

    I cant decide if He/She is a transgender, a man, or a woman.

    Ive been trying to coyly get a picture with my phone, but I dont want to let him/her see me do it and get offended. Id hate to offend him/her by being an idiot!

  31. Yank1 September 16th, 2010 at 12:58 am

    “10 LOB or more in 4 of the 6 games on this trip”

    And they lost those 4 games each by 1-run. That won’t get it done in Oct. They cannot be so inept at driving in runs on the road.

  32. pat September 16th, 2010 at 12:58 am

    Yankee fans need to be careful of profiling

    http://nyti.ms/cSzkep

    Coincidence this is written about on the same night Jeter ruined the Yankee brand with gamesmanship? :wink:

  33. Nick in SF September 16th, 2010 at 12:59 am

    Maybe Golson laughed because he just won’t allow himself to get caught up in the ‘toil’ or ‘drudgery’ or ‘British slang term for cigarettes’ that are often associated with a loss.

  34. Betsy September 16th, 2010 at 12:59 am

    Golson is laughing because the Jeter controversy took away from the Phil controversy took away from the Joe controversy.

    Thanks, Jete!

  35. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 16th, 2010 at 1:00 am

    “What I objected to was the acting as the photo above demonstrates. And the post-game comment as opposed to just saying, “the umpire said it hit me”.”

    And that’s exactly what I’m talking about.

    I wouldn’t have expected any different reaction from the particular posters who reacted. They have all at one time or another showed who they are from their reactions or nonreactions to other situations having to do with the game. I would categorize it as “as long as the Yankees win, nothing else matters.”

    On the other hand, I honor honesty, fairness, and as even a playing feel as this game allows. And I will continue to watch the game and look for the same things. My overarching values in life spill over into whatever I do. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

    Keep laughing. It makes you who are you.

  36. Betsy September 16th, 2010 at 1:00 am

    Golson is laughing because he probably had to go to the loo and he’s having a hard time holding it in.

  37. CR9 September 16th, 2010 at 1:00 am

    pat – Of course. It’s probably all Red Sox fans trying to make Yankees fans look bad. Sickening.

  38. Bret The Hitman September 16th, 2010 at 1:01 am

    Go incognito.

    Dress up as a Japanese tourist, crouch over, walk on your toes and start snapping away.

  39. CR9 September 16th, 2010 at 1:01 am

    Im going to change my handle to “Blog Poof” :lol:

  40. EA September 16th, 2010 at 1:02 am

    “pat – Of course. It’s probably all Red Sox fans trying to make Yankees fans look bad. Sickening.”

    Remember that loser who buried the Ortiz jersey under the new stadium and said he hoped it would start a new curse?

    lol

  41. Nick in SF September 16th, 2010 at 1:03 am

    It’s 1:03 a.m. EDT: do you know where your halo is?

  42. CR9 September 16th, 2010 at 1:03 am

    Bret – Nah. I really dont want to hurt the feelings of he/she. However, I do enjoy laughing about it behind his/her back – not that there’s anything wrong with that.

  43. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 16th, 2010 at 1:04 am

    The Rays aren’t upset about it because they won the game. Smarten up. If the same thing was done to the Yankees and they had lost the game because of it there would be a clubhouse and forum chock full of indignation. Nobody here would be making light of it if the Yankees lost a game at the hands of that. There would be screams of “that’s not how the game should be played.”

    What a bunch of hypocrites.

  44. CR9 September 16th, 2010 at 1:04 am

    EA – What a disgusting Red Sox fan that was. I wished somebody would have buried him instead of the jersey :lol:

  45. ChokeXOnXFailure September 16th, 2010 at 1:05 am

    Personally, I think the umpires are conspiring against the Yankees. Jeter wasn’t hit by the pitch, and the umpire knew it, so he gave Jeter the free pass so that he’d look like a cheat and a liar, and ruin his reputation.

    Ooooooh, you darn umpires! WHY CAN’T ANYONE ELSE SEE THIS!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

  46. Yank 97 September 16th, 2010 at 1:05 am

    “Bret – Nah. I really dont want to hurt the feelings of he/she. However, I do enjoy laughing about it behind his/her back – not that there’s anything wrong with that.”

    Tell him he’s won a free car and has to fill out an application. See whether or not he checks male or female on his application.

  47. Bret The Hitman September 16th, 2010 at 1:07 am

    CR9,

    Maybe he/she has healthier self esteem than you.

    You can’t tell by appearance.

  48. CR9 September 16th, 2010 at 1:08 am

    Yank 97 – that wouldnt really help. Im thinking he/she is a male turned female because of the beard and arm hair, so if he/she checks female that wouldnt answer my question.

    Im thinking it could also be a female turned male pre-op transgender. So if he checked male, it wouldnt help.

    One day, Im going to work up the nerve to just ask. And say something like “Im interested in transgender surgery.”

  49. Yank 97 September 16th, 2010 at 1:09 am

    Is he/she hot?

    Does she look like Henrik Lundvquist or Jaromir Jager?

  50. Carl September 16th, 2010 at 1:09 am

    TRISHA SHUT UP DAMN

  51. CR9 September 16th, 2010 at 1:10 am

    Bret – My self-esteem is great. But perhaps the self-esteem of he/she is higher than me. Certainly possible.

  52. CR9 September 16th, 2010 at 1:10 am

    Yank – NO! He/she looks like a mix of Jack Black and ….hmmm, basically the female Jack Black.

  53. Eroc September 16th, 2010 at 1:12 am

    “Yank – NO! He/she looks like a mix of Jack Black and ….hmmm, basically the female Jack Black.”

    LMAO. Wtf?

  54. SJ44 September 16th, 2010 at 1:13 am

    Trisha,

    You know nothing about the players, the game, or how they see plays like that.

    Joe Girardi, the man you put on a pedestal, has no problems with it.

    Are you now going to question his ethics and morality?

    Really, get off the soapbox.

    It’s professional baseball and this is what takes place in this world.

    If it’s too much for you, or compromises your values, don’t watch it.

    Don’t however fall into the self absorbed trap that you can glean one’s ethics or morality off a play in a game.

    You can’t.

    The sooner you figure that out, the better off you will be.

  55. CR9 September 16th, 2010 at 1:13 am

    He/She is Jack Black with the name Bernadette and female-like long hair. but a beard and hairy arms.

  56. Eroc September 16th, 2010 at 1:13 am

    If he looked like either of those guys, CR9 would have brought him home already haha

  57. Bret The Hitman September 16th, 2010 at 1:13 am

    CR9,

    Putting down others is a sign of low self esteem.

  58. Cashmoney September 16th, 2010 at 1:15 am

    @what kind of dog do you have and what kinda does your roommate have?

  59. Cashmoney September 16th, 2010 at 1:15 am

    I intended that question for brett

  60. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 16th, 2010 at 1:16 am

    Carl,

    Report me.

  61. CR9 September 16th, 2010 at 1:16 am

    Bret – Whatever, man. I just laugh because it’s funny. I in no way, though, laugh at Bernadette, for he/she has the right to choose what sex he/she chooses. People with low self-esteem put down others to boost their own self-esteem. I dont do that, and never will.

  62. Red Lobster September 16th, 2010 at 1:18 am

    If I want to hear about European cigarettes, I will go to Europe.

    Or I will visit the telegraph.uk website.

  63. CR9 September 16th, 2010 at 1:18 am

    I came on here to talk baseball – not umpires, or he/she’s – and got derailed as usual.

    One more time, no Kearns this weekend, PLEASE GOD! Golson, Thames in the field. ABK – Anybody but Kearns.

  64. Bret The Hitman September 16th, 2010 at 1:20 am

    My roommate’s dog looks like this:

    http://www.mopo.ca/2007/06/chewbacca-dog.html

    Mine is a Boston Terrier

  65. LGY September 16th, 2010 at 1:21 am

    trisha,

    I am having a very difficult time reading your posts now.

    I have to keep referring to the dictionary to try to figure out what meaning for the words you are using.

  66. GoYanks September 16th, 2010 at 1:22 am

    Trisha,

    In your world, what should a player who steals a base and is called safe, but knows he was tagged out before he reached the base. Just get up and go to the dugout or ask the ump to change the call.

    Same with a called ball that the hitter knows was a strike, should he ask the ump to change the call. Missed calls are part of the game and always will be.

    Your use earlier of a vulgar slur was disgusting – your bs to excuse it is insulting.

  67. Cashmoney September 16th, 2010 at 1:22 am

    I use to smoke SILK CUT while I was in UK; It’s smooth and goes well with a pint of Bottington.

  68. Bret The Hitman September 16th, 2010 at 1:23 am

    The constant pacing back and forth, the squeaking noises. The thing acts like it’s going to die and does it for hours and hours. Then it scratches the door. Then I dump water on it. Then I can here it panting as it paces on and on and on. It pants so loud it sounds like it’s in the house.

  69. Jerkface September 16th, 2010 at 1:23 am

    Trisha has a very dark, sludge like soul.

  70. Bret The Hitman September 16th, 2010 at 1:24 am

    Do you think God would forgive me if I kicked it?

    I’m kidding.

  71. Cashmoney September 16th, 2010 at 1:25 am

    you are cracking me up LOL . Dude, it’s prolly lonely. Hook your dog with his/her , they can get to know each other and keep each other’s company. Just a dumb idea i suppose.

  72. Cashmoney September 16th, 2010 at 1:28 am

    The constant pacing back and forth, the squeaking noises. The thing acts like it’s going to die and does it for hours and hours. Then it scratches the door. Then I dump water on it. Then I can here it panting as it paces on and on and on. It pants so loud it sounds like it’s in the house.
    —————-
    that sounds like exactly what you said it might have -separation anxiety or loneliness.

  73. Bret The Hitman September 16th, 2010 at 1:28 am

    Our dogs spend all day in the same backyard, but hers won’t leave the back step. Mine loves to play. Hers is schizophrenic and hostile. Without my crazy roommate it would be in the pound where it belongs…waiting for the death needle.

  74. Yank 97 September 16th, 2010 at 1:28 am

    I was in a London Pub a couple years ago. Asked if they could make a Mojito, they didn’t know what that was. So I settled for some Irish Cider (alcoholic) and crumpets.

    Not bad, actually. Also tried some of their Ale. Some cricket game was on… I didn’t want to ask them if they could switch over to the Yankees game.

  75. CR9 September 16th, 2010 at 1:29 am

    Just saw Brittany Murphy’s last movie.. RIP Brittany :(

    Wait, was she a Red Sox fan??? I dont think she was. RIP Brittany

  76. LGY September 16th, 2010 at 1:29 am

    Bret,

    What does your roomate do when he/she leaves the house?

  77. Rich in NJ September 16th, 2010 at 1:30 am

    The three biggest lies:

    1) The dog ate my homework.
    2) The check’s in the mail.
    3) It’s Minka Kelly’s fault.

    OMG, people are freakin’ nuts.

  78. LGY September 16th, 2010 at 1:30 am

    I should be more specific. What does he/she on the way out the door?

  79. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 16th, 2010 at 1:31 am

    “Trisha,

    In your world, what should a player who steals a base and is called safe, but knows he was tagged out before he reached the base. Just get up and go to the dugout or ask the ump to change the call.

    Same with a called ball that the hitter knows was a strike, should he ask the ump to change the call. Missed calls are part of the game and always will be.

    Your use earlier of a vulgar slur was disgusting – your bs to excuse it is insulting”

    I always put Derek Jeter into a different category than most other players. I think many people have done that. In the least he shouldn’t have done that ridiculous play-acting.

    Right or wrong, children idolize sports figures. So it’s good for them to see that you can play act getting hurt on your way to first base? It doesn’t have to bother you. It bothers me that he did that and it bothers me that he said later he wasn’t hit, thereby making his play acting even more offensive.

    In my neck of the woods calling someone a fag is the same thing as saying that they are sticks in the mud. And that’s what my reference to myself was. It wouldn’t even make sense in another context. Since I know that was sincerely what I meant I can’t get too excited at people accusing me of meaning something else.

  80. Cashmoney September 16th, 2010 at 1:33 am

    Not bad, actually. Also tried some of their Ale. Some cricket game was on… I didn’t want to ask them if they could switch over to the Yankees game.
    ————————-
    Yeah, they prolly would laugh at you. Cricket games or football are always on. I do like the fact that most of pub has a pool table and a dart board. It’s more homey than the pubs here.

  81. Bret The Hitman September 16th, 2010 at 1:34 am

    My roommate gets up. She presses snooze. She awakes once again. She presses snooze. She does this about 5 or 6 times with an annoying ear piercing alarm, only slightly less annoying than the whining her dog does while she’s in the shower. Then she feeds the dog. Puts her outside and leaves. To be more specific, she puts her dog “Zoe” outside in the backyard, walks through the house and exits the front door. If she waved goodbye at the gate at the side of the house in the driveway, the dog would still return to the back door, pant, pace, yelp, scratch…for hours.

    I’m gonna kill it.

    Just kidding.

  82. Tank September 16th, 2010 at 1:34 am

    “I was in a London Pub a couple years ago. Asked if they could make a Mojito, they didn’t know what that was. So I settled for some Irish Cider (alcoholic) and crumpets.”

    You asked for a Mojito in a UK Pub? :lol:

    They do have some damn good Ciders/Ales though. Some great Pubs to hang out there… lots of old-school pool table type ones.

  83. Cashmoney September 16th, 2010 at 1:36 am

    Brett, I feel ya. My ex GF use to have me feed the cat some kinda bipolar medication. Because she thought it (Moses) was depressed ! It takes a crazy person to have a crazy pet sometimes.

  84. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 16th, 2010 at 1:37 am

    “trisha,

    I am having a very difficult time reading your posts now.

    I have to keep referring to the dictionary to try to figure out what meaning for the words you are using”

    As cool are you are LGY I’m sure youll figure it out. Ha ha ha.

    “Trisha has a very dark, sludge like soul”

    Yes dark and sludge like. You by contrast are gentle and kind. :roll:

    “OMG, people are freakin’ nuts”

    Yes, because you said so, I am freakin’ nuts. It is now etched in stone.

  85. Nick in SF September 16th, 2010 at 1:37 am

    Trisha’s neck of the woods is apparently Victorian (New) England.

  86. EA September 16th, 2010 at 1:39 am

    Yeah, they prolly would laugh at you. Cricket games or football are always on. I do like the fact that most of pub has a pool table and a dart board. It’s more homey than the pubs here.

    —————

    Yeah, NFL is pretty big there. Was in England watching the 2002 49ers/Giants playoff game at a pub…. wanted to toss the pool table over at the end of that one lol

  87. LGY September 16th, 2010 at 1:39 am

    Bret,

    Oh. I know some dogs freak out because the owners get all cuddly with them on the way out. It makes the dog nervous so it is best with a lot of dogs to just ignore them on the way out.

    If the dog doesn’t want to be in the backyard, why don’t you just let him/her into the house?

  88. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 16th, 2010 at 1:39 am

    “Trisha’s neck of the woods is apparently Victorian (New) England”

    Pretty much so. And if by definition that doesn’t make me as hip as the rest of you, I would never opt to be.

  89. CR9 September 16th, 2010 at 1:40 am

    EA – You had to mention that playoff game??? That playoff game??? The referees cheated us at the end, and then the NFL sent an apology letter to the Giants later in the week, like an apology made up for them screwing us.

  90. Bret The Hitman September 16th, 2010 at 1:40 am

    My roommate is bipolar, suicidal, diabetic, debbie downer, you name it.

    My other one is alcoholic, clinically depressed, chain smoker.

    One is heavily medicated. The other needs it.

    Health repulses them.

    They especially love my kitchen counter lined with vitamins, minerals and herbal teas from end to end.

    We’re very compatible.

  91. EA September 16th, 2010 at 1:40 am

    Ok… let’s not pile on Trisha anymore.

    She made a mistake calling Minka Kelly a cigarette and she apologized.

    Now let’s move on…

  92. CR9 September 16th, 2010 at 1:41 am

    I busted a 60″ TV over that game. And that loser Jeremy Shockey dropping that Touchdown. And loser Jeff Garcia, that dirtpile!

  93. EA September 16th, 2010 at 1:42 am

    “EA – You had to mention that playoff game??? That playoff game??? The referees cheated us at the end, and then the NFL sent an apology letter to the Giants later in the week, like an apology made up for them screwing us.”

    Yeah it was brutal… just a debacle. But look on the bright side… no playoffs for the Patriots that year :D

  94. Bret The Hitman September 16th, 2010 at 1:43 am

    LGY,

    If I let her in the house, then she doesn’t learn independence.

    If I give in, I am enabling her just like her owner.

    When she cries, I open the back door and scream “NO!”

    When she scratches the door, I pour water on her.

    It’s a process.

    I’m steering her towards acceptance.

    She’s allowed in my pack, only when I say so, not when she does.

    Process.

  95. UnKnown September 16th, 2010 at 1:44 am

    Trisha please read the posts on here and stop digging your feet in the sand. This is the best blog I have ever found with a ton of posters who know baseball very well. Most of which disagree with you on this topic of Jeter being HBP. You are wrong. You don’t have to admit it but move on to something else, on this topic your being silly and childish.

  96. CR9 September 16th, 2010 at 1:45 am

    EA – Yeah. I guess. But I had such high hopes for the Jets and Giants. Jets got cheated against Oakland. And the Giants got cheated against SF. IT was sickening. And it was the Jets that knocked the Patriots out after the Pats beat Miami, the Jets stomped on Green Bay – another reason to love Brett Favre. He kept the Pats from 4 straight Super Bowls*

  97. Nick in SF September 16th, 2010 at 1:46 am

    Trisha, you cannot be as stupid as you’re appearing right now. You absolutely can’t be. I refuse to believe it so it cannot be so.

    You have a track record on this blog of using the word you used tonight, except in the past you spelled it out all the way like this: “f*gg*t”.

    So when you use the shorthand term, as you did tonight, it makes you look low rent, just as I wrote earlier. If you think that people would automatically understand that you were using the word as some quaint term that exists in certain parts of Rhode Island as opposed to the rest of the United States of America, you are wrong.

    Perhaps you deserve the benefit of the doubt since you haven’t used that slur on here for a long time (as far as I know).

    You surely won’t offend anyone if you decide not to use it again.

  98. Red Lobster September 16th, 2010 at 1:48 am

    CR9,

    Yes… but we were avenged in 2007! As Giants fans, the gift that year was worth the wait, and will be worth the wait for whenever our next SB is!

    Nothing will come close to that title… preventing Brady and Bellicheat from 19-0.

  99. Melk Man September 16th, 2010 at 1:50 am

    “except in the past you spelled it out all the way like this: “f*gg*t”.”

    Like Ruby Tuesday/ER/California with J*s*n B*y or R*d S*x?

    Maybe trisha IS Ruby Tuesday/California/ER!!

  100. Nick in SF September 16th, 2010 at 1:51 am

    Nothing would shock me now. :(

  101. LGY September 16th, 2010 at 1:52 am

    Bret,

    Good luck with that. If the owner is not participating with you though you probably are not going to get very far. 1 step forward two steps back kind of thing.

    You should also probably be consistent with how you discipline her. Saying no to one thing and pouring water for another doesn’t send a consistent message.

  102. Melk Man September 16th, 2010 at 1:52 am

    Where is m tonight?

    She has to defend her Boston team against all this NY football talk :(

  103. CR9 September 16th, 2010 at 1:54 am

    Red Lobster – Very true. I have let that game go – for the most part. It does have very negative personal significance for me, though. That’s why I was stunned at EA bringing it up.

    It was the first time that my ex-wife (then gf) really got afraid of me. I smashed the TV and started yelling for at least an hour about wanting to get my hands on the referees and ……… I went on about that game for weeks, mainly because I was still angry about the 2001 World Series and then being booted from the 2002 playoffs by the loser Angels and namely, Scott Spiezio and Garrett Anderson. The letter from the NFL to the Giants apologizing only made me angrier. And thinking about that apology letter now, Im furious again. How dare they think an apology took back their cheatjob.

  104. Bret The Hitman September 16th, 2010 at 1:54 am

    Newport, Rhode Island is high society. It’s a Yacht club port town.

    However, the majority of the state is provincial and dirty.

  105. Jerkface September 16th, 2010 at 1:54 am

    This is out of control.

  106. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 16th, 2010 at 1:55 am

    “Most of which disagree with you on this topic of Jeter being HBP. You are wrong.”

    First of all, I’ve never needed an army behind me to feel that I am in the right. Secondly there were others here who felt the same way. Thirdly, please don’t be so pompous as to tell me I am wrong. Tell me you disagree with my position. That’s about as far as you or anyone else can legitimately go on when dealing with opinions on a topic.

  107. Jerkface September 16th, 2010 at 1:57 am

    I don’t think any player in the history of any sport has corrected an official to the detriment of their team.

  108. Nick in SF September 16th, 2010 at 1:57 am

    L’etat, c’est Jeter.

  109. Bret The Hitman September 16th, 2010 at 1:57 am

    LGY,

    I stopped pouring water but you’re right, my roommate is not on the same page.

    She has lived here for 2 months now, 60 days and walked her dog a grand total of ZERO times.

    They say the best way to train a dog is 1)Exercise 2)Discipline 3)Affection

    She is afraid to say “No” to her dog. I’ve never heard it once. The dog has no rules with her.

  110. ET September 16th, 2010 at 1:58 am

    “This is out of control.”

    That’s what happens at 2 AM

  111. LGY September 16th, 2010 at 1:58 am

    I ran into someone who basically amounts to a friend of a friend the other day. He is a psychologist in Manhattan and I thought he had lived his whole life in NY. I don’t remember how it came up but apparently he grew up in Massachusetts and only moved to NY when he started working here.

    I immediately thought of CR9 and his ramblings right now reminded me of that.

  112. CR9 September 16th, 2010 at 2:00 am

    I havent had one rambling tonight about New York or Boston. Havent even mentioned Boston prior to this post iirc.

  113. Jerkface September 16th, 2010 at 2:01 am

    This loss stings more with the off day, gives it more time to soak. But for the players they get more time to heal. Its a trade.

  114. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 16th, 2010 at 2:01 am

    “You have a track record on this blog of using the word you used tonight, except in the past you spelled it out all the way like this: “f*gg*t”.”

    Did I use it once before? Twice? Thrice? You obviously have a better memory of this than I do. And if I did use it, I would have meant it the same way I did tonight. Yes in provincial dirty Rhode Island we often use words in different ways from the more cosmopolitan rest of the United States.

    But do keep encouraging people to come at me for this. Perhaps you can think of other things that I have done that you’ve considered to be offensive, whether or not they were meant to be. Never let that part of things play a factor at all.

  115. jacksquat September 16th, 2010 at 2:01 am

    And all this time I thought Jeter was Saint, even when he was dating all those hollywood bimbos and cheating on his taxes…

  116. CR9 September 16th, 2010 at 2:02 am

    Dont trust the guy. If he grew up in Massachusetts, he’ll never be loyal to anything but Massachusetts. He’s probably giving bad medical advice to his clients – presuming many of them are NY fans living in NY. He probably convinced all those people that went to him that referees dont cheat our teams – presuming that’s what they went to him for in the first place.

  117. LGY September 16th, 2010 at 2:02 am

    CR9,

    How do you feel about all these New Yorkers being deceived by this psychologist???

  118. ET September 16th, 2010 at 2:02 am

    Liriano/Pavano/Dunsing/Slowey

    vs.

    Sabathia/Pettitte/Hughes/Burnett

  119. LGY September 16th, 2010 at 2:03 am

    n/m you just answered ;)

  120. Jerkface September 16th, 2010 at 2:03 am

    Why would you quote the whole message? Now we have to read it twice! And your post for a third time! Thats already three times too much.

  121. Bret The Hitman September 16th, 2010 at 2:04 am

    Trisha,

    You have to admit. Rhode Island can be kind of roughneck, sometimes.

  122. UnKnown September 16th, 2010 at 2:05 am

    Trisha – Your Wrong once again so so wrong.

  123. LGY September 16th, 2010 at 2:06 am

    From Brookline too! Very close to Boston if I understand Massachusetts geography at all.

  124. Nick in SF September 16th, 2010 at 2:06 am

    Much of this trouble could have been avoided if your usage of “good night” at 12:26 a.m. EDT had been standardized with the traditional American usage.

  125. CR9 September 16th, 2010 at 2:06 am

    You’re right LGY – even though you’re joking. He’s probably telling clients all bad information so that they get worse. And perhaps even telling them to stop being a fan of NY teams – trying to reduce our fanbase.

    I always wanted – in actuality, for the past several years – to be a psychologist in Boston so that I could “help” my clients find the nearest bridge. :)

  126. UnKnown September 16th, 2010 at 2:07 am

    Trisha your running neck and neck with Girardi for wrong moves this week. But you idolize him so your proud of that I’m sure. Unbelievable.

  127. UnKnown September 16th, 2010 at 2:08 am

    Nick in SF that is too good. Funny funny guy. I like it.

  128. Carl September 16th, 2010 at 2:08 am

    # Nick in SF September 16th, 2010 at 2:06 am

    Much of this trouble could have been avoided if your usage of “good night” at 12:26 a.m. EDT had been standardized with the traditional American usage.

    lol

  129. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 16th, 2010 at 2:09 am

    Not that I didn’t trust what you were saying Nick but I decided to do a search to see my “track record” of using the word you said I used on this forum. And you were right. In April of 2008 I used it as a dig against RSN.

    I couldn’t find any other posts where I used it.

    So much for my track record.

  130. Bret The Hitman September 16th, 2010 at 2:09 am

    Girardi is a fine manager.

  131. CR9 September 16th, 2010 at 2:09 am

    “Much of this trouble could have been avoided if your usage of “good night” at 12:26 a.m. EDT had been standardized with the traditional American usage.”

    Gotta give credit where credit is due. LOL!

  132. CR9 September 16th, 2010 at 2:10 am

    Trisha – If your use of the word was a dig at Massachusetts, I applaud you! Bravo! Bravo!

  133. LGY September 16th, 2010 at 2:11 am

    Bret,

    I love dogs and hate people that don’t train them at all. So many small dogs never get trained. All these little chihuahuas and miniature pinchers are always yapping or growling in my building. I have the largest dog in my building and she is scared of half the little runt ones!

  134. Nick in SF September 16th, 2010 at 2:11 am

    Did randy finally teach you how to search for things?

    Some good has come from this episode after all.

  135. Bret The Hitman September 16th, 2010 at 2:13 am

    LGY,

    You would hate my roommate. She is a lazy piece of dung.

  136. LGY September 16th, 2010 at 2:13 am

    The comic relief provided tonight has made me forget about the loss.

  137. Nick in SF September 16th, 2010 at 2:17 am

    If you can’t laugh, you’ve lost everything.

  138. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 16th, 2010 at 2:20 am

    “Much of this trouble could have been avoided if your usage of “good night” at 12:26 a.m. EDT had been standardized with the traditional American usage”

    Since I’ve learned better than to turn my back on you, I thought better of it. As alway, you didn’t disappoint…

    Bravo Nick. Clap clap clap. Good job.

  139. LGY September 16th, 2010 at 2:20 am

    I’m surprised NYY Rumors is not on top of the Jeter Debacle

  140. Rich in NJ September 16th, 2010 at 2:23 am

    btw, Speaking of Minka, she looked incredibly hot on “Entourage” last Sunday.

  141. Nick in SF September 16th, 2010 at 2:23 am

    Don’t turn your back on me, Trisha, I might have another bon mot in about 45 minutes.

  142. Wang IS Taiwan September 16th, 2010 at 2:38 am

    The Unknown —

    Sounds like you’ve figured out what most of us old posters have known for a while: Nick in SF is the wittiest guy around in these parts!

  143. Wang IS Taiwan September 16th, 2010 at 2:47 am

    I gotta admit, although I too smirked when I saw Jeter peek at the umpire to see if he sold it, deep down inside, I was a tad disappointed in him. I just couldn’t believe he would go to such lengths to sell it. And Geno — wow. I think that’s why Jeter keep leaning over — to hide his smile.

    He’s faked tags before, though, so I shouldn’t be surprised.

    I just don’t like that side of the game. Win at all costs? That’s not my motto, but we’re all different. I’m not going to hold it against them, that’s for sure.

  144. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 16th, 2010 at 2:56 am

    How some of the Ray fans saw it:

    Derek Jeter was allowed to get away with his pretend hit on his forearm during the game. It was very clear that he pulled his hands in and the ball hit the knob of the bat — the sound alone told everyone in the stands and watching on TV that fact. The Yankee trainer didn’t even pull up the sleeve of his jersey to examine his arm. This is shameful. … I used to think Jeter was the classiest guy currently playing the game. No more.

    How about this headline for tomorrow: Jeter the Cheater

    How ridiculous that after so many achievements, Derek Jeter has to dance around like a ballerina and fake getting hit by the ball to earn his way to first base. I find it hard to believe that I am alone in feeling betrayed, cheated and robbed of many years of admiration and respect toward what I believed to be a hero in the game. … I have a little boy that began his first year of Little League just last week. I sat him with me to watch the Rays vs. Yankees … and told him to watch close “these are the best players in baseball in the whole world.” What a shame!

  145. MDD2 September 16th, 2010 at 3:05 am

    So become a fan of the Rays, Trisha. At the risk of getting a ‘yawn’ from you, I’m completely offended by your posts — one in particular is worthy of a suspension or a ban and I hope that the LoHud team will make that happen.

    This is a Yankee site — most people on here have watched Jeter grow up and we know something about his integrity. And his pride. And his professionalism. For you and other so-called fans to be outraged is very disappointing.

  146. Jerkface September 16th, 2010 at 3:05 am

    Rays fans, acting upset because a play went against them and then resulted in them losing the lead???? Shocking.

    Hard hitting analysis from Trisha.

  147. Jerkface September 16th, 2010 at 3:06 am

    I’m almost positive the rays have never done anything wrong while playing baseball. They are true paragons.

  148. Jerkface September 16th, 2010 at 3:08 am

    (And this is the same Derek Jeter that dekes runners at 2nd base into thinking a ball was fielded so they slide, and uses swipe tags to try and sell outs on plays at a base)

  149. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 16th, 2010 at 3:10 am

    Feel free to continue to miss the big picture. This is about Derek Jeter, one of the heroes in the game to many people, not just Yankee fans. People feel let down by what he did tonight. I am one of them.

  150. Nick in SF September 16th, 2010 at 3:11 am

    The Rays have sanctimonious fans too?

    Shocker.

  151. Jerkface September 16th, 2010 at 3:12 am

    Put him on your list with Andy Pettitte and A-rod. Then get over it.

  152. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 16th, 2010 at 3:12 am

    “This is a Yankee site — most people on here have watched Jeter grow up and we know something about his integrity. And his pride. And his professionalism. For you and other so-called fans to be outraged is very disappointing”

    It is because we too have watched him grow up and know about his integirty and his pride and his professionalism that what he did tonight was very disappointing to us. We held him to a higher standard because he set that standard.

  153. Jerkface September 16th, 2010 at 3:13 am

    I hope Derek Jeter never knowingly took his extra bases on foul balls ruled fair. Also I can’t believe he didn’t tell the Umpires that fan reached over the wall on his HR.

    He really sold it with the first pump though.

  154. MDD2 September 16th, 2010 at 3:14 am

    LoHud – we need an ignore button.

  155. Nick in SF September 16th, 2010 at 3:16 am

    I wonder if any Orioles fans are disappointed too. :roll:

  156. Carl September 16th, 2010 at 3:39 am

    Rays fans? The ones that don’t show up to games?

  157. Jerkface September 16th, 2010 at 3:44 am

    They’ve long known Jeter as a scurrilous malcontent cheater, but sadly their twisted vocabulary meant they just kept calling Jeter ‘a classy ambassador of the game’. If only the rest of the country knew the true meaning.

  158. Jerkface September 16th, 2010 at 3:49 am

    Are there Rhode Island tags on Trisha’s broomstick?

  159. Jerkface September 16th, 2010 at 3:49 am

    That’s what we call a car where I’m from.

  160. Nick in SF September 16th, 2010 at 3:56 am

    Two wrongs don’t make a right.

    But maybe three will.

  161. Professorg September 16th, 2010 at 5:29 am

    Yeah Tex went 2 for 4 tonight, but I swear it seems ages since he had a really big power hit for us when it was needed most. He has the quietest 30/100 year I’ve ever seen. For what we’re paying him, you expect the guy to take over a game here and there down the stretch. Millwood tonight.
    With AJ on the mound and Kearns and Colin in the lineup, expect another ugly one. Another 1 for 4 from Jeter. No big deal. I’m getting used to it by now and it’s good to know when he retires they’ll be a job waiting for him in Hollywood. That was a brilliant performance…the best thing he’s done
    in months. Three cheers for Granderson. That was a big homer and Joba has been looking real sharp of late, so it’s not all bad, is it?

  162. Crawdaddy September 16th, 2010 at 5:36 am

    “Feel free to continue to miss the big picture. This is about Derek Jeter, one of the heroes in the game to many people, not just Yankee fans. People feel let down by what he did tonight. I am one of them.”

    I think you’re taking what happened a little too seriously.

  163. Keith--FL September 16th, 2010 at 6:18 am

    These games were like playoff games….Yankees miss Matsui and Damon and before anyone says stop talking about them, they are not here, etc….those 2 guys are missed and will be missed in the playoffs…without them we don’t win last year….it has bothered me all season that we lost them….players like Kearns get exposed in big playoff atmoshpere at-bats…this is on Cashman, who messed up with Nick Johnson and then got Berkman to replace him….Berkman is OK but has no HR’s with the Yankees…this team looks like a first round playoff loss waiting to happen…..Cashman messed up a couple of no brainer decisions and got cheap…..a la Jeff Nelson in 2001….but I hope I am very wrong!!

  164. sunny615 September 16th, 2010 at 6:33 am

    Big fat holes in the lineup. No timely hitting. Godawful managing. Why Girardi chooses to keep putting Kearns and Curtis in the lineup is beyond me.

  165. Don Vito A. Bellamo September 16th, 2010 at 6:39 am

    With Girardi calling the shots, these Yankees have yet another obstacle in their way to achieving another Championship: 1) Every team ALWAYS gets up for playing the Yankees 2) Umpires constantly lean the other way and find ways to squeeze the strike zone for our pitchers and expand it for our hitters 3) Our manager’s decisions are 99% assured to be the wrong one for any given situation. If not for 2 Home Runs that Idiot Joe had nothing to do with, this team is in the middle of 10 game losing streak, including be swept at home against the mighty O’s and then being swept away at Texas & Tampa. It’s going to take our offense taking charge against 3 VERY HITTABLE Baltimore pitchers, to take the “chance” away from Girardi to screw up this series. We could win them all and stay right in the thick of things ( and effectively finally “kill” any BoSux chances ) or our bumbling fumbling manager could work some more of his stupidity and our freefall could continue. I think I’ll head up to my mountain cabin on Friday where there is no contact with the outside world and just come back Sunday Night and check the standings. These games are just horrible to watch. Every night, I just get the feeling that our manager is going to have a decision to make at some point in the game that is a “game changer”, that he is going to basically “guess” and it will be wrong and we’ll lose because of it. Way more often than not, that “feeling” has become our reality. Have a great weekend, ALL !

  166. sunny615 September 16th, 2010 at 6:42 am

    Nice picture at the top of the post BTW. outside of CC – it’s the black hole gang. Bunch of useless instant outs.

  167. Wang IS Taiwan September 16th, 2010 at 6:45 am

    Trish, it’s probably not the end of the world. In fact, I know it isn’t. Anyway, it’s done. Let’s move on. Aren’t you always the one that tells us everything is always hunky dory anyway? Probably should take your own advice.

    If you’ve really been watching the Yankees closely over the years, you’ll know Jete is always faking out players and umps at 2nd base. I was a little surprised at the Oscar-worthy lengths he went today, but the ump had already awarded him 1st base before the real drama began.

    The Rays are just spouting off sour grapes. Not sure why. They won the game, didn’t they? They’re pretty dirty players in my book.

    MOVING ON: Sure hope Swish and Gardner are well enough to get back into the lineup. I’ve been feeling Kearns’ pain as he’s struck out repeatedly. He needs to get out of the spotlight for a while and regroup.

    Keith FL — agree that we’re missing the tried-in-the-fire Matsui and Damon. So they haven’t had spectacular years. Those two know now to win when the pressure is on. I don’t think there was another player I felt more confident about getting in a run when we desperately needed it then Matsui.

  168. blake September 16th, 2010 at 7:24 am

    I want to comment in this Jeter thing that everyone is talking about this morning.

    What people don’t understand is that you don’t have time to premeditate something like that…it happens so quickly and you hear/feel the ball hit something and you don’t know for a second what happened or if you’re hurt or not….Jeter reacted as of hed been hit because it was a terrible pitch that could have and probably would have hit him had it not hit the knob of the bat…..by the time Jeter realized what happened he was too deep in to it and wanted to get the call.

    Where is the outrage for flops in the NBA and soccer and on holding and pass interference calls in the NFL…..this isn’t golf, its a team sport and you play to win the game.

    Jeter sold the call and told the truth about it in the post game…..exactly as he should have.

  169. Crawdaddy September 16th, 2010 at 7:31 am

    Much Ado About Nothing!

  170. Wang IS Taiwan September 16th, 2010 at 7:48 am

    Hey blake,

    I’ll buy your argument. He did react immediately. Then he just had to play it out.

  171. Doreen September 16th, 2010 at 7:54 am

    Oh, My Good Lord.

    What stupidity reigned here for a good part of the night.

    Of COURSE, if a Rays player did it we’d be incensed at the umpire! That’s the way it works, for crying out loud. And of course if it cost the Rays the game, they wouldn’t have laughed about it. But it didn’t, and they did. And they all to a man would have done the same as Jeter did if they had the opportunity.

    There are players who PURPOSELY wear larger uniform shirts in so that if a pitch should come in close they’ll get the HBP call. Most tags on bases are about selling the play. Catchers are praised if they can frame pitches in such a way as to “get” borderline calls, some even have mastered the art of “pulling” the ball into a zone where they may get a call.

    As many mistakes as it seems the umpires are making this season, it is a game played by human beings who do in fact make mistakes. Sometimes they change the course of a game, I guess, but if you accept that everything that happens in a game shapes the game, you get a lot less incensed about missed calls. They stink, but they happen, and the game is played through. Like the weather, you just deal with it – both sides are affected at some point in a game.

    Jeter is not a saint. Nor should he be put in a position like that. And I find irony in the idea that to some it wasn’t necessarily the sell job he did on the field, but his reprehensible statement of the truth of the situation (“it hit the bat”) that was his worst offense. “He should have been coy.” Puh-leeze. Because the whole population watching that game didn’t already know that to be true. It was an unexpected moment of candor from Jeter.

    You may not like it, but that’s the game. Sometimes it works for your team, sometimes it works for the other team. Your reaction depends on which side of the coin you lie.

  172. Bill D September 16th, 2010 at 7:57 am

    “2) Umpires constantly lean the other way and find ways to squeeze the strike zone for our pitchers and expand it for our hitters”

    Complete and utter hogwash. Stay away from that CR9 kool aid.

  173. Bill D September 16th, 2010 at 7:59 am

    “Feel free to continue to miss the big picture. This is about Derek Jeter, one of the heroes in the game to many people, not just Yankee fans. People feel let down by what he did tonight. I am one of them”

    You’ve got to be kidding.

  174. blake September 16th, 2010 at 8:01 am

    Doreen,

    That what what I didn’t get either…would it have made people feel better if he had lied about it in the post game interview? I would have done the exact same thing Jeter did and actually have before…..its really not that big a deal and is just an example of how different “rules” apply for different players with regards to how the media feels they should act…

  175. Doreen September 16th, 2010 at 8:02 am

    blake -

    Oh, yeah. As was mentioned here, just imagine if it was ARod???? :lol:

  176. upstate kate September 16th, 2010 at 8:08 am

    good morning early birds :)

    I don’t care about the jeter thing, its all part of the game

    what an exciting series this was! All of the games on this road trip could have gone either way. I have to think that it was a good play off preview, and when the Yankees have their best pitchers out there, and Swish and GGBG back in the line up, all will be good in Yankee land.

  177. MaineYankee September 16th, 2010 at 8:08 am

    blake

    So you’re no better than Jeter?

    I’m so disappointed to find out two that I thought were honorable are just cheaters.

    What a let down.

  178. Tom in N.J. September 16th, 2010 at 8:11 am

    Jeter sould apologize for the Jeffery Maier home run :angry:

    And so should anybody who has ever trapped a ball, benefited from a phantom tag, or cut down a cherry tree.

  179. upstate kate September 16th, 2010 at 8:13 am

    Phil looked great early on. In the pre game, Girardi said he wanted to get 7 out of him, so I guess that is why he was left in. I would rather see him give up 4 runs via 2 hr, then by multiple hits or BBs.

    These games for both teams are a chance to try things out and see what works. Thats why I think the Rays were not upset by Crawford getting thrown out. Better to try it now and see how it works than wait until a play off game…and I got very tired of Kay ranting on and on about what a bad move that was

  180. deputy dawg September 16th, 2010 at 8:13 am

    It can now be revealed Trisha is a troll

  181. Bill D September 16th, 2010 at 8:17 am

    “These games for both teams are a chance to try things out and see what works.”

    True. The fact that both teams have a safety net allows for that and to a pretty significant degree diminishes the importance of the series.

  182. Betsy September 16th, 2010 at 8:18 am

    Next time a player steals a base, arrest him on the spot. Next time a defensive player makes a play that robs a hitter of a hit arrest him. Baseball is littered with crime terminology – how embarrassing. Next time an umpire makes a bad all? Highway robbery? Hang em on the spot.

  183. Betsy September 16th, 2010 at 8:20 am

    Cue the violin on Jeter. I think America has better things to worry about then whether Jeter pretended to be hit……..

  184. Betsy September 16th, 2010 at 8:20 am

    Oh – and next time a hitter murders the ball? Life imprisonment.

  185. blake September 16th, 2010 at 8:21 am

    maine,

    Probably worse…;)

  186. jacksquat September 16th, 2010 at 8:22 am

    I am confident that Jeter will follow in the footsteps of Reggie Bush and decline his future election to the Hall of Fame.

  187. Betsy September 16th, 2010 at 8:22 am

    This is right up there with “Say it ain’t so, Joe”…………..

    Selig should ban Jeter from baseball – One Man Out as it were.

  188. Betsy September 16th, 2010 at 8:25 am

    I’m not disturbed at all by losing the series as these teams are evenly matched and they were great games. The Yanks were shorthanded and it cost them. They are inconsistent offensively and it cost them. However, the Rays didn’t shine as an unbeatable team. All of the playoff teams around baseball can lose or win in the first round, so just get there and no matter what happened in the regular season, you turn the page – it’s a new ballgame

  189. MaineYankee September 16th, 2010 at 8:25 am

    Will Jeter have to tell Minka he cheated?

  190. jacksquat September 16th, 2010 at 8:25 am

    The good thing about this is, now that Jeter is a pariah, he can go ahead and juice up for the rest of his career.

  191. BBFan September 16th, 2010 at 8:26 am

    I have no issue with what Jeter did, but I would have preferred he did not givne his image with umpires and opposiiton. Now that will take a minor beating.

    If Rays lost, they would have been very upset about it and they would have plunked Jeter in the series in NY.

  192. upstate kate September 16th, 2010 at 8:29 am

    Betsy
    absolutely! I hope you were happy w/ your boy’s outing last night…he looked sharp early and w/ a little help from the offense would have another W.

  193. Don Vito A. Bellamo September 16th, 2010 at 8:29 am

    NYY 100-62 (-)
    TB 96-66 (-4)
    BOS 88-74 (-12)
    .
    IF Girardi get his head out of butt

  194. Betsy September 16th, 2010 at 8:31 am

    Kate, eh…………..I feel so/so about it.

  195. Bill D September 16th, 2010 at 8:33 am

    “Phil looked great early on. In the pre game, Girardi said he wanted to get 7 out of him, so I guess that is why he was left in. I would rather see him give up 4 runs via 2 hr, then by multiple hits or BBs”

    He really did. He was Strike 1 to the first six batters and was mixing it up beautifully. Command maybe got away from him a little as the game went on.

    Interesting stat: Aside from Joyce’s 1st pitch single right before Johnson’s 2nd homer, all the Rays hits came when Hughes was behind in the count. When he was getting ahead in the count, they didn’t touch him.

  196. MTU September 16th, 2010 at 8:33 am

    Good morning.

    I really hate to wake up in the morning to the fact that very few people are Saints.

    And that they are actually human.

    That kind of messes up your whole day right there.

    Me.

    I gonna go find an axe and go out and split some rails to keep me honest. ;)

  197. BIG AL September 16th, 2010 at 8:34 am

    It’s a shame this blog is turning into a kindergarden like playground, with all the little children calling each other names.

    It sure would be nice to get back to talking baseball.

    I sure hope the adults get control of the blog before it’s too late.

  198. Crawdaddy September 16th, 2010 at 8:36 am

    “Interesting stat: Aside from Joyce?s 1st pitch single right before Johnson?s 2nd homer, all the Rays hits came when Hughes was behind in the count. When he was getting ahead in the count, they didn?t touch him.”

    Why is it interesting? Pitchers behind in the count usually get hit by doing so.

  199. blake September 16th, 2010 at 8:37 am

    The Texas series bothers me a lot more than the Tampa one…the fact is that the Yankees have played one run contests in I believe 6 of the last 7 games and the ball has not bounced their way in most of those games. They had late leads in 4 of them that I can think of that they lost and.not having Swisher, Pettite, and Gardner really hurt in this series.

    As I said last night….the Yanks are badly in need of a 9-2 stomping of the Orioles….all these close games takes a toll of a team, especially when you’re losing them.

  200. Betsy September 16th, 2010 at 8:39 am

    Blake, it looked like Tuesday’s game was going to be that, but it wasn’t. I agree they need to bash a team and bash em good.

  201. MTU September 16th, 2010 at 8:41 am

    Blake-

    The Yankees have a chance to turn the table on the Rays when they come to the stadium for a set of 4.

    Can we take 3 of 4 in our house with the full-strength team ?

    Let’s hope so.

  202. Doreen September 16th, 2010 at 8:41 am

    blake -

    The second game in Tampa looked like it had the makings of an – ahem- “easy” game (no such thing, right?). Six runs up, Ivan Nova looking fantastic through the first 4. Then – kerplooey. At least they won that game but it would have been nice to have one that felt sure.

  203. LGY September 16th, 2010 at 8:41 am

    NY1 news is reporting that many elementary schools in the NY area have added Derek Jeter jerseys or shirts to the list of clothing they find offensive and not permissible on school grounds :(

  204. Bill D September 16th, 2010 at 8:43 am

    “Why is it interesting? Pitchers behind in the count usually get hit by doing so”

    Sure. Not necessarily to that extreme though. Hitters are .250 off Hughes when behind, .295 when ahead. Guess my point was that he probably threw a better game than the result he got, which really hasn’t been the case for most of the last 3-4 months.

  205. Betsy September 16th, 2010 at 8:43 am

    LGY, are you kidding? Please say you are.

    I think Bill’s point was that often Phil gets beaten when he’s ahead on the count or even and last night that wasn’t the case?

    As Klapisch said today, Joe basically admitted that Phil is mistake prone and has to learn how to close out innings. Hopefully that’s just part of the growing pains and he’ll be better at that next year.

  206. Doreen September 16th, 2010 at 8:44 am

    MTU -

    I hate 4 game series with a passion. It seems more often than not they wind up in a split. But the fact that it’s at home should be an edge for the Yankees.

    The thing with baseball, the Yankees went from winning 8 in a row and looking unbeatable to the current state of affairs and it happened in a flash; it can also go the other way. The talent is there, the health is a work in progress but getting there.

    What else can a fan do but hope? So throwing all my hopes out there!

  207. Rich in NJ September 16th, 2010 at 8:49 am

    “The Texas series bothers me a lot more than the Tampa one…”

    A lot more, especially how Mo was used.

  208. MTU September 16th, 2010 at 8:50 am

    Doreen-

    I want to see the Yankees make a statement.

    And I want to see them turn TB inside out like an old sock.

    Same with the Suxers.

    Bring the hammer down on both of them.

    No more excuses. No more almost’s. No more missed opportunities.

    Professional, championship-quality baseball.

    Time to turn the tables. :)

  209. BIG AL September 16th, 2010 at 8:51 am

    MTU -

    Heard you almost got snake bit, hope you have a good pair of hiking boots tall enough to protect against such things.

    Me, I hate snakes, even the ones that crawl in the desert.

  210. Tabbert September 16th, 2010 at 8:54 am

    Man, wonder if missing matsui and Damon is part of the problem with the lack of clutch hits

  211. BIG AL September 16th, 2010 at 8:55 am

    MTU -

    I like the new soap box, I’m with you, let’s kick some serious butt next week, but, let’s not forget this weekend first. Them O’s are playing good ball since Buck took over.

  212. upstate kate September 16th, 2010 at 8:55 am

    oh please can’t we give that a rest

  213. 108 stitches September 16th, 2010 at 8:56 am

    Austin Keans looking futile with a bat in his hands. Gardner should be back soon. Until then put Kevin Russo in LF. He can’t do any worse.

  214. Bill D September 16th, 2010 at 8:57 am

    Guthrie, Millwood and Tillman for the O’s this weekend. Guthrie’s been going pretty good but is certainly hittable. Millwood is 3-15, but pitched to a 3.28 ERA over his 7 starts, but most of that has come against some of the AL’s weaker offenses. Tillman? Young kid. Not much MLB time. Threw a pretty decent game against the Yankees in June and has pitched 12 innings, allowing 4 runs against Tampa and Detroit in his two starts since his September call up.

    Yankees should have a decided edge in each pitching matchup. Just a matter of the bats waking up.

  215. BIG AL September 16th, 2010 at 8:57 am

    What if – What if – What if we didn’t talk about things that are not be be, and talk about what is.

  216. LGY September 16th, 2010 at 8:57 am

    Johnny Damon is hitting .203 with RISP this season. Super clutch.

  217. MTU September 16th, 2010 at 8:58 am

    Al-

    I’m not a big fan either. They’re nice for making boots and belts.

    It was my cat-like, lightning reflexes that saved me.

    Went from zero to sixty in a micro second. Never knew I could move that fast.

    Best protection is your eyes but this fella was right on the trail and well camoflaged.

    I used to carry a weapon with snake shot until I realized that by the time I had my weapon out and ready to fire it would be too late.

    Avoidance is the best protection. That, and hoping you get a “rattle”.

  218. LGY September 16th, 2010 at 8:59 am

    Betsy,

    Yes ;)

  219. BIG AL September 16th, 2010 at 8:59 am

    Is it my imagination, or does Kearns appear not to care about his AB, or even interested in playing at the level necessary to contribute to this team.

    I expect when I go to the lost and found, I’ll see a picture of Austin Kearns.

  220. MTU September 16th, 2010 at 9:00 am

    Al-

    You’re absolutely right. The O’s are not to be taken lightly.

    Actually, at this time of year, no one should be.

  221. BIG AL September 16th, 2010 at 9:02 am

    MTU -

    Too bad you didn’t have someone behind you with a video camera to take pictures, but then again, you moved so fast, all we would have seen was a blur. lol

  222. MTU September 16th, 2010 at 9:04 am

    Al-

    It would have been a hoot.

    No doubt about that.

    Just call me the “Flash”. :)

  223. BIG AL September 16th, 2010 at 9:08 am

    MTU – Do you have any problems with the “Mops” walking outside, and those creepy crawlers about?

  224. MTU September 16th, 2010 at 9:13 am

    Al-

    Usually not. Only one time did my heart wind up in my throat.

    We got “lucky” that day.

    Ever since that day I vowed to myself never to take the pups out to the wilderness during snake season.

    Winter time is no problem. That’s when we really have fun.

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