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Postgame notes: Two words

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes, Podcast on Sep 29, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

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All around him there was champagne flying and Labatt Blue pouring, and in the middle of that chaos, Nick Swisher summed up the Yankees night.

“Two words,” he said. “Cy Young.”

CC Sabathia was everything for the Yankees tonight. Joe Girardi called him tremendous. Alex Rodriguez called him a dream. Mark Teixeira called him dominant.

“That’s what we needed,” Derek Jeter said. “CC’s pretty much been doing that the whole year. We needed him to step up for a big game and he came through for us. You couldn’t ask for anything more.”

The Yankees left nothing to chance tonight. They sent Sabathia to the mound, started every one of their regulars and used Mariano Rivera for the final two outs. This was the night to clinch, and the Yankees got it done without an RBI hit.

“Tonight we did some things we hadn’t been doing the past three weeks,” Rodriguez said.

They advanced runners and scored every one that got to third base with fewer than two outs. The lineup wasn’t overwhelming. It was simply efficient. Sabathia handled the overwhelming part: 8.1 innings, three hits, one run, eight strikeouts. It was his 21st win.

Afterward, Girardi said the Yankees haven’t finalized many plans for the postseason. He announced only one playoff decision: Sabathia will pitch Game 1.

“That,” he said, “you can bank on.”

Here’s Sabathia speaking in a predictably rowdy clubhouse.

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APTOPIX Yankees Blue Jays Baseball• Andy Pettitte will not start tomorrow. Javier Vazquez will. Pettitte said he only knows he’ll be pitching in Boston. He doesn’t know which game.

• It’s pretty obvious Sabathia will not start Sunday in Boston. “If you’re pitching on Wednesday, you can’t really start this weekend,” Girardi said. Whether Sabathia will pitch an inning or two out of the bullpen remains unknown. Same for Phil Hughes.

• Girardi made it clear he will rest some players these final four games. “I have to make sure our guys are strong,” he said. “I still want our division and I still want home field advantage, but I can see there are some tired bodies out there.”

• The players, of course, want to play. “We’ve got Thursday off don’t we,” Jeter said. Rodriguez, Swisher and Teixeira all said they were hoping to keep pushing through to the end, but I can only imagine the regret if a key player were hurt.

• Having blown a save in three of his past six outings, Mariano Rivera got the final two outs on six pitches. “We felt better about it,” Girardi said. “We’ll continue to make sure, but you usually don’t forget how to hit in a couple of months, you don’t forget how to pitch either.” I’m pretty sure Girardi meant weeks, not months.

• Sabathia said his offspeed stuff was especially good tonight, and he was happy with his ability to pitch to both sides of the plate. That’s about as in depth as Sabathia gets in a group setting. Bottom line, he was impressive when the Yankees needed him to be. “I feel like I need to keep the other team at bay every time out,” he said.

Yankees Blue Jays Baseball• The celebration wasn’t as wild as any of last year’s postseason celebrations, but the first-timers — and Swisher — seemed to especially enjoy it. “There are no freebees so I think you can’t say you’re too cool for this first step,” Rodriguez said.

• Even the guys who had been there time and time again seemed to enjoy another sure-thing trip to the postseason. “Always a relief when you get into the playoffs, I don’t care what year it is,” Jeter said. “… This is a celebration of a 162-game schedule, not just the last two weeks. I think the team deserves to celebrate.”

• Think this year’s team is as good as last year’s? “I really do,” Pettitte said. “We’ve got pretty much the same team. I feel good about our bullpen. Obviously when you’ve got CC leading our rotation you’ve got to feel good about that. How could you not? I feel good about what we’re doing, I really do. I don’t think anybody wants to face our lineup.”

• Pettitte was happy to have his start pushed back. He said it’s better for him to get extra rest now and pitch on normal rest in the division series. “That definitely works out a lot better for sure,” he said.

• Rodriguez was one of the last guys any of the writers spotted in the clubhouse. Romulo Sanchez and Andrew Brackman were drenched, but Rodriguez was almost completely dry. “Nobody messes with the old guys any more,” he said. “It’s all about the young guys.”

Associated Press photos. The top is Jeter getting doused. Next is Brett Gardner scoring and Sabathia pitching.

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177 Responses to “Postgame notes: Two words”

  1. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 29th, 2010 at 12:25 am

    Since you started a new thread Chad, I didn’t want you to miss this.

    Repost:

    And a special thank you to Chad Jennings.

    You kept us timely and you let us breathe. Thanks for such good work Chad. We’re very lucky to have you. And thanks for being responsive to our concerns, when we had them.

    Sleep well tonight, too. You’ve more than earned it!

  2. Melk Man September 29th, 2010 at 12:27 am

    GlobeChadFinn Yankees just announced either Ed Whitson or Kenny Rogers will start Gm. 2 of the ALDS. OK, made that up. It’s Kevin Brown.

  3. Betsy September 29th, 2010 at 12:28 am

    I don’t care if CC gets the Cy Young (I don’t think he will) – he’s been everything a Cy Young/MVP should be.

    I would love to see these types of games more often…………

    CC and Phil absolutely need to pitch a few innings in Boston; it makes no sense for CC to go into the ALDS cold on 8 days rest and Phil on over 10 days of rest.

    Rest Swish, Tex and Cano……….

    I saw Phil get absolutely doused -but couldn’t recognize who the guilty parties were.

    Now we can relax for a few days, lol – finally!

  4. CR9 September 29th, 2010 at 12:28 am

    “CC Sabathia was everything for the Yankees tonight. Joe Girardi called him tremendous. Alex Rodriguez called him a dream. Mark Teixeira called him dominant.”

    Oh yeah baby!!!!!!!!!! People wanna talk about this team lacking heart!! This team is heart!!!! CC is our heart, our leader!!!!!!!!!!! And with him, 28 will be ours!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 3 more hills to climb, baby!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. playing hurt September 29th, 2010 at 12:29 am

    Trisha
    Your unwavering certitude and blinding faith on our Yankees all reason is infinitely laudable. Every night you courageously fend off the bridge jumpers, the naysayers and many other forms of despicable cretins while suffering the brunt of their savage assaults. Yet, you have shouldered those burdens without once doubting our manifested destiny.

    You are to be commended with your indomitable spirit and infectious blithely takes that has contributed so mightily to lighten the daily grim scapes of the lohud denizens.

    Applauded!

  6. m September 29th, 2010 at 12:30 am

    Chad,

    Thanks for the joyous postgame.

    So, Andy and AJ are starting this weekend, but CC & Hughes are not?

  7. CR9 September 29th, 2010 at 12:30 am

    I will add that too. Chad Jennings and Sam Borden have done a remarkable job and they are the heart of Yankees Lohud!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Ever since that worthless nothing Pete Abe left, success has followed the Yankees, and will continue to follow us with Chad and Sam at the helm!!!!!!!!! Woooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. EA September 29th, 2010 at 12:34 am

    Who cares that he is 5-1 against the Os? He has a 3.5 ERA against them, so it’s not like he has dominated them.

    ESPN trying to enjoy our night, but it ain’t happening baby!!! Haven’t been this happy since Game 7 of the finals!!!

  9. Bleacher Creature P.J. September 29th, 2010 at 12:35 am

    Get your sweatshirts ready, baseball again in October.

  10. Betsy September 29th, 2010 at 12:36 am

    CC is definitely not, but nothing has been decided on Phil……Maybe he’ll start and just throw a few innings. I can’t see them letting him go deep – makes no sense.

  11. BTX September 29th, 2010 at 12:36 am

    Doesn’t it bring a tear to your eye that Scott Achiston, Clay Buchholz, Danny Nava, Danny Bard, Jew Lowrie, Bill Hall, and Ron McDonald are going home for the winter?

    Sweeeeet Carolinnneeee!!!!!!!!!!

    OHHH Sweeeett Caroollinneee!!!!!!!

  12. CR9 September 29th, 2010 at 12:37 am

    EA – I dont care. Whatever ESPN wants to say, let ‘em have it! That’s all those cretins are, worthless reptiles!! Let them cry themselves a river, and then drown in it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. CR9 September 29th, 2010 at 12:39 am

    Jew Lowrie – LMAO!!! Yes it does. Schadenfreude and it feels so good! When criminals like them get punished, it’s like a breath of fresh air! I just wish the NY Rangers would get rid of that Sweet Caroline garbage.

  14. BTX September 29th, 2010 at 12:39 am

    *Jed

    Sorry about that, accident lol

  15. CR9 September 29th, 2010 at 12:40 am

    BTX – I dont care. Call him whatever you want to. Just make sure you call him golfing in October!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. BX33 September 29th, 2010 at 12:42 am

    Now that you mention it…. there is something very disturbing about Atchison. He looks kind of old for 34

  17. CR9 September 29th, 2010 at 12:44 am

    http://www.dailymotion.com/vid.....shortfilms

    Im already getting myself pumped! Soon, it will be the Yankees Magic Moment!!

  18. Yank 97 September 29th, 2010 at 12:45 am

    Minnesota is in for a rude awakening. New Ballpark. New Team. Same result.

  19. playing hurt September 29th, 2010 at 12:45 am

    Trisha gets my vote for Lohud MVP , her colorful anecdotal tales combine with her cogent and macro analytical takes on the NY Yankees offers mirths and wisdoms while brace us against the unruly horde of knee Jerkers on a nightly basis.

    Go Trisha! You are the best! better than the rest.

  20. Pat M. September 29th, 2010 at 12:46 am

    Hey guys, Rangers are coming to NYC next week……

  21. m September 29th, 2010 at 12:48 am

    Pat,

    I’m still holding out hope. The Rays are going to have to help us out, tho.

  22. just_another_handle September 29th, 2010 at 12:48 am

    Wow, poor AP must have dementia. To say that this years team is as good as last years team. Minus Damon and Matsui and Burnett imploding. Last years team was formidable. I don’t think this years version has anybody quaking in their boots. Oh well, time will tell and you know what will smell.

  23. KPB September 29th, 2010 at 12:48 am

    Betsy

    I agree, I think Phil should get 1-2 innings out of the pen. They can say that they don’t know if it helped last time or not, but I think it couldn’t hurt. Kind of a keeping the rust off kind of thing.

  24. West Coast Yankee Fan September 29th, 2010 at 12:49 am

    My Ode To The Sux:

    Later bloodied hose, you are perennial losers who tried unsuccessfully to spin two winning seasons into some contrived delusion of glory and pink.

    You’re frauds and pretenders. You’re Bill Buckner, Heathcliff Slocumb, Mark Whitten, Matt Mantel and Brain Daubach. We’re Babe Ruth, Lou Gerhig, Joe DiMaggio, Yogi Berrra, Mickey Mantle, Whitey Ford, Mariano Rivera and Derek Jeter. We’re 27 and you’re 7.

    You’re no different than other recent pretenders, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Florida, the White Sox, Arizona and Anaheim. A brief moment in the sun, soon to be relegated to the stinking dung heap of failed sports franchises.

    And while we play in October in a stunning cathedral, a magnificent monument to excellence and grandeur, your pathetic view-obstructed home will stand empty, a representative of your franchise, a visual pneumonic device standing for failure. Just take it from my buddy Scott Arbeit.

    “Fenway is the ultimate symbol of how Boston sucks, it’s a dump. Period. Uncomfortable and poorly-placed seats, many of which don’t even face towards the infield. The new seats are in the most distant part of the park, with the worst view of the game, namely, the “Monster Seats”. And yet the Boston fans eat them up like they’re wonderful. The luxury boxes are literally trailers that have been secured onto the top of any load-bearing structure that could support them. You know, when a redneck builds an addition onto a trailer in a trailer park, and therefore makes it a permanent home, we chuckle. When the Red Sox do that at Fenway park, we call them luxury boxes. It really is as if Red Sox fans are abused wives, who don’t understand that they deserve better”.

    Enjoy your winter!

  25. CR9 September 29th, 2010 at 12:58 am

    WCYF – Beautiful piece. Especially that last quoted part. Except for one thing, they dont deserve better. In fact, they deserve worse. They deserve to rot in prisons!!!

  26. stuart a September 29th, 2010 at 12:58 am

    the yanks have a more diverse lineup(gardner can move) then last year. they have a better center fielder(granderson is better then melky). swisher had a better yyear by far then last year.

    the oen is better then last year. also hughes is aj from last year. cc and andy are the same guys…

    they have a good team and are no easy out…………….the pen is much deeper then last year, wood has been a huge help…….

  27. Bronx Jeers September 29th, 2010 at 1:02 am

    I kinda like Fenway.

    Sure the seats are old and cramped but I don’t think I’ve ever sat down at any ball game and said “Wow, This is comfort!”

    Gotta get myself a Legends seat I guess.

  28. Yank 97 September 29th, 2010 at 1:03 am

    “Now that you mention it…. there is something very disturbing about Atchison.”

    Maybe the fact that he’s a criminal? lol :D

  29. playing hurt September 29th, 2010 at 1:04 am

    As the autumnal wind blows , the stage is a set ! The perilous journey of another WS odyssey stares us in the face. The deafening sound of winning coupling with luring promises of glory is tempered equally with treacherous pitfalls of unspeakable agonies in defeat.

    To that end, I am glad when those moments seem to be the darkest , I would always have the sage wisdoms of Trisha to lend us the strength through these dark moors of playoff valley .

    Alas ,The falcon has heard the falconer.

  30. pat September 29th, 2010 at 1:07 am

    Reading through quotes from the clubhouse the words “first step” seem to have been the phrase Girardi used in addressing the players after the game and the phrase multiple players used about clinching a spot in the postseason.

    Girardi and the players are on message together.

  31. m September 29th, 2010 at 1:08 am

    Can we stop calling people criminals? The only ones that are truly criminals are laptops, youkilis (face is considered a felony), and pabelbon (no explanation necessary). Beckett’s just a plain ol’ horse’s ass.

    But Atchinson’s had a tough go of it with personal tragedy, and it’s mean-spirited to keep attacking him necessarily.

  32. m September 29th, 2010 at 1:08 am

    *unnecessarily

  33. Pat M. September 29th, 2010 at 1:12 am

    Just a little class and dignity guys, otherwise we’re not any different from those of whom you mock…

  34. SAS September 29th, 2010 at 1:12 am

    CR9,

    I HAVE HAD IT WITH YOU. I AM SENDING A NOTE TO CHAD. I get back on here and you are laughing and calling Jed Lowrie…Jew Lowrie….NOT ACCEPTABLE. You know better

    Have a nice life.

  35. CR9 September 29th, 2010 at 1:14 am

    SAS – What?? Someone else misspelled his name. I was just laughing at it. Part of my family is Jewish, and since when is Jew racist??

  36. BX33 September 29th, 2010 at 1:17 am

    m,

    By that logic, why make fun of any player?

    I don’t think anyone is being mean-spirited. No one referenced his tragedy or anything personal about him either, just a passing comment.

  37. ZMAN September 29th, 2010 at 1:19 am

    I don’t think anyone was being serious with the “criminal” reference, m.

  38. Pat M. September 29th, 2010 at 1:22 am

    SAS……I don’t beleive this was by design….

  39. CR9 September 29th, 2010 at 1:22 am

    BX33 – Exactly. I have no idea what personal tragedy m is talking about.

    And also, it’s okay for her to call Papelbon and Youkilis criminals, but I cant call whom I want to?? Doesn’t make any sense!

    Oh well, Im not gonna let this ruin my perfect night!!

    I cant believe SAS has the audacity to get angry that I laughed at someone else’s misspelling of loser Lowrie’s name!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  40. m September 29th, 2010 at 1:22 am

    Well, there’s compassion and there’s lack of it.

    I don’t care if he plays for the Sox. His story was enough to move me personally.

    Otherwise, it hasn’t been fun reading day in and day out about the criminal Sox. It’s non-stop. Criminal this and criminal that. It’s not even funny.

  41. SAS September 29th, 2010 at 1:23 am

    BX33,

    This guy calls anyone or thing affiliated with Boston names, but then when you are an anti-semite that just goes against everything that is right. Sorry, maybe I am oversensitive.

    I have never seen your screen name before tonight.

  42. antisocial scrooge September 29th, 2010 at 1:24 am

    CLINCH!
    I’d like to point out to all red sox fans who may read this, you have clinched too. clinched failure.

  43. playing hurt September 29th, 2010 at 1:24 am

    And … the veritable circus continues…. T is sorely missed here to combat these combustible moments.

  44. CR9 September 29th, 2010 at 1:25 am

    SAS – What the Byfuglien is your problem???? Whoever made the comment in the first place just misspelled Loser Lowrie’s name. I was laughing at the misspelling. Simple as that. No need to try and create something out of nothing…. Unless you work for the NY media :lol:

  45. SAS September 29th, 2010 at 1:27 am

    CR9,

    You have never seen me mock or make fun of anyone here or any player. You are a first class jerk. Celebration is great, but not at anyone else’s expensive.

  46. playing hurt September 29th, 2010 at 1:28 am

    I am absolutely offended ! So Bostonians are not of human stock? Nevermind anti semite, that is anti humanity! A crime simply too big to be ignored !

  47. SAS September 29th, 2010 at 1:30 am

    expense*

  48. Pat M. September 29th, 2010 at 1:30 am

    Old Archie Bunker wouldn’t stand a chance today…..Same for the first 15 years of Saturday Night Live…..People way too sensitive

  49. D-Man September 29th, 2010 at 1:31 am

    Some people take this stuff wayyyy too seriously.

  50. CR9 September 29th, 2010 at 1:31 am

    SAS – I dont care what you do. You’re a grown lady – who’s obviously mature enough to separate baseball from real life. Im just a relatively young angry man that’s been wronged by that putrid atrocity of a city, and I will celebrate at their expense because I want to. No Yankees fan should defend them and especially no Yankees fan is going to tell me not to laugh at them.

    I dont care what personal tragedy Atchison went through. I dont care what any of them have gone through. It’s not my job to care about them. My moral standards dont demand that I care about them as human beings. I couldnt care less what happens to them, any of them.

    And dont you dare make me out to be a racist!! I applaud the effort, though.

  51. SAS September 29th, 2010 at 1:32 am

    Pat M.

    I agree and don’t find it the least bit humorous.

  52. Nick in SF September 29th, 2010 at 1:34 am

    Here’s some good news of the non-pyschotic variety: the SF Giants are 2 games up on the Padres after tonight’s big run-line cover win and I’m going to see Tim Lincecum pitch them one step closer to October tomorrow night.

    Patrick, where are you???? We need to settle up, I’m being bled dry lately!

  53. EA September 29th, 2010 at 1:35 am

    How is calling someone a “criminal” different from referring to someone as a scumbag, dirtpile, creep, loser, etc? They are all adjectives for the same thing.

    Are people offended that someone on the internet called a baseball player a criminal?

    Seriously?

    Let’s worry about something more constructive… like the playoff roster. Leave the blog policing to Chad.

  54. SAS September 29th, 2010 at 1:37 am

    CR9,

    Your are a racist and a bigot. Your problems are beyond your wildest dreams. Go get locked up and take care of them.

  55. Pat M. September 29th, 2010 at 1:38 am

    SAS….Hoping to defuse and offer a hint of levity before things unnecessarily spin out of control

  56. m September 29th, 2010 at 1:39 am

    No, not offended. Sick and tired. CR9 doesn’t even want to talk baseball. He’s here to continue his crusade against anything Boston. Therapy, whatever it is he calls it.

    All day, everyday.

  57. BX33 September 29th, 2010 at 1:39 am

    SAS,

    The anti-Semite remarks obviously have no place here. But it looks like that guy just mispelled it and corrected himself immediatley after.

    As far as CR9s other mannerisms… I don’t have a problem with it. Is it anymore annoying than bridge jumpers or those who refer to Jeter as “Captain DP” and insult their own players? At least he insults the other team.

  58. Pat M. September 29th, 2010 at 1:41 am

    Nick in SF……I’m hoping for a NY Yankee / SF Giant showdown come late next month……I have an in at Pac-Bell or whatever

  59. CR9 September 29th, 2010 at 1:41 am

    SAS – Grow up! Im neither a racist nor a bigot. You think your feeble insults bother me? Im crazy and I love it! I wouldnt have it any other way! My love of New York and hate of Boston is what drives me towards success.

  60. Yank1 September 29th, 2010 at 1:41 am

    So…. the Yankees clinched a playoff berth tonight…..

  61. UnKnown September 29th, 2010 at 1:43 am

    Whoop Theres It Is. The Big Bad Bullies are baaaaaackkk! Title #28 is only 11 precious wins away baby!!

  62. SAS September 29th, 2010 at 1:45 am

    Good night

  63. playing hurt September 29th, 2010 at 1:45 am

    “And what we students of history always learn is that the human being is a very complicated contraption and that they are not good or bad but are good and bad and the good comes out of the bad and the bad out of the good, and the devil take the hindmost.”

  64. REZ12 September 29th, 2010 at 1:45 am

    “Whoop Theres It Is. The Big Bad Bullies are baaaaaackkk! Title #28 is only 11 precious wins away baby!!”

    It was only a matter of time

    The AL has no idea what they about to experience :D

  65. SAS September 29th, 2010 at 1:46 am

    By the way BTX corrected it….not CR9.

  66. Nick in SF September 29th, 2010 at 1:46 am

    Pat M, I will be rooting for both teams on parallel tracks with the Gigantes as the fallback team… the town is very excited about them right now, a definite buzz in the air. Should be a great atmosphere at the part tomorrow night, I can’t wait.

    It would be exciting but odd if it comes down to the NYY and the SFG… a bit bittersweet, but of course I would have to root for #28.

  67. CR9 September 29th, 2010 at 1:48 am

    I didnt have to correct it. I was just laughing at the misspelling. It wasnt my misspelling to correct, you ….. ….. …… ……. ……

    This is a time for celebration. I immediately turned off ESPN because I wasnt going to have my party ruined, and I certainly am not going to allow you to take away my happiness!!!!

  68. Carl September 29th, 2010 at 1:48 am

    Can’t stand CR9.

  69. SAS September 29th, 2010 at 1:48 am

    Pat M,

    I am going to root for Cincinnati on the NL side of things.

  70. m September 29th, 2010 at 1:48 am

    What’s really good, is that the young players on the team had their baptism by fire last season. Joba, Hughes, Gardner, Cano, Swisher, Robertson. I think that experience along with the steady hand of the vets will serve them well.

    Yes, minny has mauer. Texas has Cliff Lee and…Cliff Lee. TB has Price and Longoria (how about that fanbase, guys?)

    But there’s only one defending World Champion in the field. That’s right.

  71. Pat M. September 29th, 2010 at 1:49 am

    Cal cut it’s baseball program ???

  72. SAS September 29th, 2010 at 1:50 am

    Check 12;39

  73. SAS September 29th, 2010 at 1:51 am

    Nicely put, M

  74. playing hurt September 29th, 2010 at 1:51 am

    You kept us timely and you let us breathe.
    ———————-
    You humilities brings me to utterly mortification Trisha. Instead of laurel those words on Chad , you are the very soul who deserve those words.

  75. CR9 September 29th, 2010 at 1:52 am

    Do you have any sort of intelligence whatsoever????This is the last time Im going to say it, you … … ….

    I copy and pasted the other guy’s misspell and followed it with a LMAO because it was funny.

    I have Jewish family, why the Byfuglien would be anti-semite??? Im anti-Boston and that’s it!!

  76. EA September 29th, 2010 at 1:52 am

    There will be 5 new playoff teams this year – TEX, TB, CIN, and 2 of SF/SD/ATL

    In 09, there were 4 new teams from the previous year (NYY, MIN, STL, COL)

    In 08, there were 4 as well (TB, CHW, MIL, LAD)

    In 07, there were 7 new teams! (BOS, CLE, LAA, CHC, PHI, COL, ARZ)

  77. m September 29th, 2010 at 1:53 am

    SAS,

    :)

    It’s a happy day, huh?

    Still holding out hope for the division, but I’m just glad they made it in. Even though it’s been a foregone conclusion since the ASB? :)

  78. Bronx Jeers September 29th, 2010 at 1:55 am

    It would be exciting but odd if it comes down to the NYY and the SFG… a bit bittersweet, but of course I would have to root for #28.
    ——————————————————————————————————————————————–

    Hmmmmm

    I’m sensing a teeny bit of ambivalence here.

    Now that would be “criminal” :wink:

  79. Yank1 September 29th, 2010 at 1:56 am

    Giants/Phillies should be a great NLCS

  80. Yank 97 September 29th, 2010 at 1:57 am

    m,

    From above… I was just trying to play along with CR9′s joke. Hence, the smiley face. I apologize :(

  81. UnKnown September 29th, 2010 at 1:58 am

    Watcha Gonna Do AL? Watch Gonna Do When Yankeemania runs wild on you, American League? Watch Gonna Do

  82. m September 29th, 2010 at 2:01 am

    Yank 97,

    Oh! It’s nothing, I just needed to get that off my chest. And truthfully the only reason why I said anything is that I thought it was a little strange that more than one person has been using “criminal” and “dirtpile”. Very distinctive language in these parts. ;)

  83. boiled_rabbit September 29th, 2010 at 2:02 am

    Playing Hurt are you here to praise Trisha or to bury her? Not that I care. I just can’t figure out which one it is.

  84. Melk Man September 29th, 2010 at 2:03 am

    “Playing Hurt are you here to praise Trisha or to bury her? Not that I care. I just can’t figure out which one it is.”

    I’ve been trying to figure that out as well lmao

  85. m September 29th, 2010 at 2:04 am

    At first it looked like praise. But it’s crossed over the line to stalking.

  86. tyanksfan36 September 29th, 2010 at 2:05 am

    Just found out Friday is Rays fan pride day where I work which means ill be having Yankee fan pride day. I wore my Yankees shirt in 2008 on rays pride day when the Rays were going into the world series and was told by everyone how the yankees didn’t even make it to the playoffs. I of course always support my team win or lose(oddly enough there was no rays pride day last season when they sucked) friday is going to be a fun day.

  87. Nick in SF September 29th, 2010 at 2:06 am

    And I meant Yankees champoinship #28, but I like this #28 too:

    http://nimg.sulekha.com/sports.....0-41-6.jpg

  88. Yank 97 September 29th, 2010 at 2:06 am

    I thought it was a little strange that more than one person has been using “criminal” and “dirtpile”. Very distinctive language in these parts. ;)

    —————-

    Like kids these days, people only try and pick up/emulate the bad, not the good ;)

  89. m September 29th, 2010 at 2:10 am

    I know, right? Kids should emulate the Yankees, not those dirtdogs! :)

  90. Nick in SF September 29th, 2010 at 2:13 am

    Off for some gelato or whateverthehecktheycallthatstuff. See ya!

  91. playing hurt September 29th, 2010 at 2:17 am

    The infallibility of Trish’s logic toward the Yankees need no further feeble augmentation from yours truly. I am just a simple admirer of her qualities of selflessness , uncanny wit , humor and originality that stands out from the daily dredges we are subjected on here daily.

    Her unparallelled insights on baseball which I am sure I have only begin to absorb a droplet of tide worth of it is only mere example of her general farsightedness , albeit this , I only presume.

    She is a just a very very special lady in my humble opinion.

  92. m September 29th, 2010 at 2:18 am

    Really hard to believe that the Padres/Giants/Rockies are in the hunt. No Dodger threat.

    There’s some serious parity or at least realignment. Phillies stumbled for a bit. Cardinals have disappeared. Braves relevant again.

  93. playing hurt September 29th, 2010 at 2:19 am

    At first it looked like praise. But it’s crossed over the line to stalking.
    ———————————
    Can no one any longer ardently admire someone without being accused of nefarious deeds?

  94. SAS September 29th, 2010 at 2:19 am

    m,

    Where do you live that you are up so late?

  95. playing hurt September 29th, 2010 at 2:20 am

    please do not confuse my dogmatic fervor with stalking.

  96. m September 29th, 2010 at 2:21 am

    lol, SAS. It’s common knowledge.

    Land of grass skirts and mai tai’s.

  97. m September 29th, 2010 at 2:22 am

    Okay, well, you’re creeping us out with your over the top fawning.

  98. UnKnown September 29th, 2010 at 2:24 am

    Man Swisher kind’ve really let loose tonight. Hopefully he isn’t laying in the corner of the clubhouse somewhere with a beer in one hand and a bottle of champagne in the other.
    I love watching those guys go crazy. Fun night.
    Now that were done playing for show – It’s time to play for Dough!

  99. playing hurt September 29th, 2010 at 2:32 am

    I expect to court no favor with the said person. Nor am I ‘stalking’ that said person , since he/she is not presently here. I am highly offended that you consider the above stated facts of the said person as manner other than earnest disclosure what might have been vastly under appreciated on a daily basis.

    In light of what went on here tonight, The disclosure of the salient fact that Trisha’s simple brilliantness is hardly to be considered as ‘fawning’.

  100. Bronx Jeers September 29th, 2010 at 2:33 am

    The after hours scene in here is weird but the ladies (and men) of the West (and beyond) are a tremendous asset.

    My wife’s fight has finally taken off safely so until tomorrow….

    Go Javy!

  101. m September 29th, 2010 at 2:36 am

    Whatever. It’s still weird. You can dress it up with your thesaurus talk, but it’s wack. At least 3 people did not take it the way you claim.

    You can really convince me of your true intentions if you stop talking about her. If you can.

  102. theREALkevin September 29th, 2010 at 2:37 am

    cr9, btx, and bx33 seem strangely similar to me

  103. playing hurt September 29th, 2010 at 2:42 am

    As the ego cogito, subjectivity is the consciousness that represents something, relates this representation back to itself, and so gathers with itself.

  104. m September 29th, 2010 at 2:45 am

    Nah, Bx33 might be a variation of BX Rd 33 or something. Was here in the early days of LoHud, but not seen much lately. I meant to ask him/her if they were one and the same. But they’re probably off dreaming of the Yankees in the playoffs. :)

    Perusing RAB. They absolutely panned the idea of starting CC tonight (before first pitch). I didn’t see the big deal. But they’re pretty much saying that it would only end up in utter failure in the ALDS.

    I don’t see the problem, but I’m pretty much a wait and see kind of person.

  105. Pat M. September 29th, 2010 at 3:20 am

    Nick in sf…….We’ll meet up at Lefty O’Douls for a few pops before going to Game 1…NY Yankees vs The San Francisco Giants……

  106. SAS September 29th, 2010 at 3:48 am

    m,

    Thanks. Sorry I got back to you so late.

    I have to say goodnight now.

  107. Pat M. September 29th, 2010 at 4:24 am

    Yanks vs. Giants….2010 World Series

  108. Carl September 29th, 2010 at 4:35 am

    “This year we have been grinding,” said Sabathia, who finished the regular season 21-7 and is in a tight contest with Jon Lackey and David Price for the AL Cy Young award.

  109. m September 29th, 2010 at 4:36 am

    Hey, Pat.

    Talked to my son. He said there was a record high in temperature. Is it bad in LA?

  110. m September 29th, 2010 at 4:38 am

    Lackey, Lester, it’s all the same!

  111. JCPD September 29th, 2010 at 4:59 am

    Morning MTU. It’s an early morning to work for me, so here’s my clinching tribute. Enjoy

    http://picasaweb.google.com/10.....YOgnZSWcQ#

  112. upstate kate September 29th, 2010 at 6:55 am

    nice tribute JCPD, especially the action shot at the end

  113. Doreen September 29th, 2010 at 7:05 am

    JCPD -

    Gorgeous pictures of the falls, and I love the last one – very festive!!

    Good morning upstate kate. :)

  114. Fran the original September 29th, 2010 at 7:13 am

    Good morning everyone. So glad the Yankees clinched last night. Now they have a week to set up the rotation and rest guys.

    JCPD,
    Great tribute, although I am not sure it’s as nice as the one you did for AJ yesterday ;)

  115. upstate kate September 29th, 2010 at 7:13 am

    good morning Doreen
    What a happy day in Yankeeland! I loved watching the roving gang of young players ambush anyone being interviewed in the clubhouse. It was so sweet to see Girardi and coaches in the group hug at the end of the game. Now we can all give a collective sigh of relief…thanks CC :)

  116. upstate kate September 29th, 2010 at 7:14 am

    and good morning Fran and any other early birds out there…Maine Yankee??? are you out there?

  117. MTU September 29th, 2010 at 7:19 am

    JCPD-

    Nice Job. Loved the night shots.

    Here’s my “clinch” tribute. It’s a little bit different.

    http://picasaweb.google.com/cy.....OXZ3fCtaw#

    :)

  118. Fran the original September 29th, 2010 at 7:21 am

    Kate,

    The young guys really did enjoy the clubhouse celebration. Seemed anyone getting interviewed by Kim got soaked :)

  119. Fran the original September 29th, 2010 at 7:23 am

    MTU,

    Beautiful tribute. Thanks.

  120. upstate kate September 29th, 2010 at 7:24 am

    beautiful MTU…I especially love the arches

  121. Doreen September 29th, 2010 at 7:25 am

    Good morning fellow early-birds!

    It is a happy day, isn’t it??

    upstate kate – The coaches and Joe in that hug was fantastic to see. Those kids in the clubhouse were just hysterical – little boys!!!! :lol:

  122. MTU September 29th, 2010 at 7:26 am

    And this one comes from the heart for CC. You Da Man !

    A special “Western” tribute for getting it done.

    http://picasaweb.google.com/cy.....YCClZDbGw#

    :)

  123. MTU September 29th, 2010 at 7:28 am

    Kate-

    It’s called Grosvenor Arch. Glad you liked it.

    Fran-

    My pleasure.

  124. blake September 29th, 2010 at 7:32 am

    Good to finally get this out of the way. CC yet again turns in a big time performance when the Yankees needed it. I hope and think he should be the Cy Young winner this year for what he’s meant to this team and where they would he without him…however, realistically I think the Tampa game probably cost him the award. That was a big game and CC unfortunatley pitched it fatigued and it didn’t turn out well…that game also balloned his ERA as well. I hope I’m wrong but I think the voters will hold that game against him.

    Also, I’m still holding out hope for the division but its going to be tough. The Yankees are only .5 game back but really they are 2 games back of where they need to be to win because Tampa owns the tiebreaker (another reason that Tampa game was so big). Realistically the Yanks need to win 3 of their last 4 to have a chance….and still need a little help from Tampa. Tonight could go a long way towards deciding it….if after tonight the Yankees are up a half game then they could win with 2 of 3 in Boston and a Tampa split in KC…good news is that either way the Yanks are in the playoffs now.

  125. blake September 29th, 2010 at 7:35 am

    MTU,
    Nice pics…was a good night.

  126. MTU September 29th, 2010 at 7:37 am

    Blake-

    To use a baseball analogy. You have to be able to get to the plate before you can hit one out. ;)

  127. Doreen September 29th, 2010 at 7:37 am

    Thanks, MTU. Both tributes were breathtaking!

  128. MTU September 29th, 2010 at 7:39 am

    Doreen-

    Glad you enjoyed them. My pleasure.

    And by the way, so are the Yankees in October. :)

  129. blake September 29th, 2010 at 7:44 am

    It will be interesting to see the lineup today and just how much value the Yankees place on the division. Its obvious that a few guys could use a rest but they have an off day tomorrow and a loss tonight would pretty much mean they would need a sweep in Boston to have a shot…we’ll see.

  130. MTU September 29th, 2010 at 7:45 am

    Blake-

    The A-team should be out there tonite. No question. Especially with the day off tomorrow.

  131. blake September 29th, 2010 at 7:51 am

    MTU,

    I’m sure Javy could use a booster of your therapy before tonights game…

  132. MTU September 29th, 2010 at 7:55 am

    Blake-

    There has been some regression in the gene splice.

    I’ll try my best to whip something up in a hurry.

    Let’s put a tuning fork to the offense though. :)

    If I’m the Yanks I go for it. Too close not to.

  133. GreenBeret7 September 29th, 2010 at 7:59 am

    Something to start the day off right. enjoy.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MFdAJRglHs4

  134. blake September 29th, 2010 at 8:00 am

    MTU,

    I agree…I think you go for it as well….I don’t know how far down the Yanks will push the pedal though. They have shown a tendency to throttle back when given the option. We shall see.

  135. MTU September 29th, 2010 at 8:05 am

    GB-

    That was just unbelievable and it is good to see you around. :) :) :)

    Blake-

    It might just come down to us and TB again and HFA might just turn out to be the difference maker. Just a thought. ;)

  136. upstate kate September 29th, 2010 at 8:06 am

    thanks GB
    haven’t seen you in awhile, how are you feeling?

  137. Doreen September 29th, 2010 at 8:09 am

    Hey GB7 !

    thanks for that – sure was a nice way to start the day!

    :)

  138. GreenBeret7 September 29th, 2010 at 8:13 am

    Ya’ll are most welcome. I have two other songs but, have no idea how to put them on the board. They’re in my music files, but, I can’t drop and drag them to LoHud. If somebody has the capabilities or can talk me through it, I’ll put ‘em on.

  139. Betsy September 29th, 2010 at 8:15 am

    Pat M, sorry, I completely disagree. Jew Lowrie is WAY out of line…………..I am not one to be offended easily; I love All in the Family and South Park, lol. However, referrering to someone as a Jew is wrong.

  140. Betsy September 29th, 2010 at 8:15 am

    Especially in THAT context – Pat M, I’m surprised you would feel that way.

  141. Fran the original September 29th, 2010 at 8:16 am

    Hey GB,

    Thanks for that. Hope all is well with you and the family.

  142. blake September 29th, 2010 at 8:16 am

    really cool GB…thanks for posting the link.

  143. GreenBeret7 September 29th, 2010 at 8:18 am

    You’re very welcome, Fran. Doing fine here, but, the twins are a mess. They borrowed the car and haven’t been seen since. Never loan your car to 1 year olds with a credit card.

    Thanks for asking. Hope you and your family are doing well.

  144. upstate kate September 29th, 2010 at 8:19 am

    that reminds me…I was sorting thru some old financial records over the weekend and found some old clippings from the 1978 season…including some feature articles on my all time favorite Ron Guidry

  145. GreenBeret7 September 29th, 2010 at 8:19 am

    My pleasure, Blake

  146. Doreen September 29th, 2010 at 8:20 am

    Betsy -

    The original poster who typed “Jew” Lowrie almost immediately posted a correction and an apology – it was a typo.

    But someone jumped on it and made it something else. Had that not happened, it would have been a non-event here.

    But as long as people respond to that someone, things like this are going to happen.

  147. Betsy September 29th, 2010 at 8:22 am

    Doreen, I wasn’t aware of that – I thought someone referred to him like that on purpose.

    I appreciate that the poster corrected himself and apologized. Since that’s the case, it’s over and done with.

  148. Fran the original September 29th, 2010 at 8:22 am

    GB,

    LOL. Sure they’ll be back when the cards max out ;)

  149. Betsy September 29th, 2010 at 8:24 am

    Anyway, I feel a great deal of relief today. I’d like to win the division, but there are some people that need rest: Swisher, Tex, Cano. I might also rest Alex – but I’d love to see him get that 30th HR.

    I do think CC and Phil absolutely must throw a few innings in Boston……….

  150. GreenBeret7 September 29th, 2010 at 8:27 am

    Fran the original September 29th, 2010 at 8:22 am
    GB,

    LOL. Sure they’ll be back when the cards max out

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

    Probably so. Their mother has taught them well, so they get it honestly.

  151. Betsy September 29th, 2010 at 8:31 am

    Sherman is exactly right:

    http://www.nypost.com/p/sports.....tsZNfIwIeJ

    What the Yanks should do for the first round is start CC Sabathia in Games 1 and 4, Andy Pettitte in Games 2 and 5, and Phil Hughes in Game 3. In that scenario, with two off-days, only Sabathia would start on short rest. The Yanks would be starting a lefty four times if the Division Series went five games, which would be particularly valuable against the lefty-leaning Twins.

    Mostly, though, this is about avoiding Burnett, who on Monday night failed to reach even the fifth inning for the 10th time this year, which is three more times than anyone in the majors. The Yanks are 0-10 in those games, in case you are looking for reasons why they still were trying to wrap up a playoff spot in the season’s final week.

    The Yanks are 13-19 in Burnett’s starts. Heck, they are 13-12 in Javier Vazquez’s starts, and Ron Guidry has a better chance to start next week for the Yanks than Vazquez. The Yanks are 20-9 when Hughes starts. Does that reflect best-in-the-majors run support for Hughes? You bet. But that run support might also reflect a team comfortable playing with Hughes, especially in comparison to Burnett. In addition, in what felt like a must-win game Sunday, Hughes held Boston to one run in six innings during a period in which the Yanks did not score for him at all.

  152. blake September 29th, 2010 at 8:36 am

    Yes Sherman is right this time.

  153. blake September 29th, 2010 at 8:38 am

    Just think….if the Yankees were even .500 in AJ’s starts they would have already wrapped up the division….those 10 starts where AJ just gave them no chance to win made a huge difference in the standings.

  154. MTU September 29th, 2010 at 8:39 am

    If we play Minny away I see it as CC,PH,AP.

    If we play Texas at home CC,AP,PH.

    No AJ in the ALDS. Period.

  155. Yankee Trader September 29th, 2010 at 8:40 am

    FINALLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    MTU and GB- Really enjoyed the magnificent photo tribute and the Yankees video.

    Betsy- I had just finished Sherman’s article and the only value I see in using Burnett is if you need to retaliate and hit a batter!!!

  156. Doreen September 29th, 2010 at 8:41 am

    Betsy -

    Much as I dislike Sherman in general, he often makes very good points, and I have to say I agree with what you just posted above.

    I have believed that the Yankees play differently behind Burnett – not as relaxed, because they have no idea, as we don’t, which AJ they’re playing with. They may love him to death as a teammate, but playing behind him doesn’t bring out their best. Whether or not it’s a conscious response.

  157. Betsy September 29th, 2010 at 8:41 am

    Blake, the thing is- how must it be to take the field behind him and know that you could be out of the game within an inning or two? That’s depressing. I don’t know if I believe in teams supporting pitchers with runs because they feel comfortable – there are many good pitchers who get poor run support and also, it doesn’t necessarily carry over to the next year. However, I do believe that a team will play better behind a pitcher they have more confidence in (in terms of fielding). Then again, when you’re watching bullets whiz by you left and right and you’re on the field for an eternity, it’s hard to be sharp.

  158. Doreen September 29th, 2010 at 8:43 am

    10 starts with no chance! TEN! That’s unbelievable, except that it happened.

  159. Betsy September 29th, 2010 at 8:43 am

    Doreen, Sherman often says ridiculous things (like trading for Granderson was a mistake – about 5 minutes into the deal), but occasionally he’s ok and I have to reluctantly admit he has good Yankee sources

  160. blake September 29th, 2010 at 8:43 am

    MTU,

    That’s how I think they should do it as well…however, there is something to be said for Andy being able to pitch a potential game 5…not that I wouldn’t have confidence in Hughes there but we all know Pettite’s track record in big games.

    As long as its those 3 then I’m fine with it however they stack it.

  161. Betsy September 29th, 2010 at 8:45 am

    Yankee Trader, I don’t know – AJ’s control isn’t good enough; he might hit a player in his own dugout!

    I like AJ a lot personally and I think he’s a really great teammate, so this bothers me to have to rip into him professionally. I still wouldn’t try and trade him. I still think there’s something there – he can’t possibly be this bad next year – if he is interested in bringing it out.

  162. Betsy September 29th, 2010 at 8:45 am

    Later!

  163. Doreen September 29th, 2010 at 8:46 am

    Betsy -

    It may be a combination of feeling confident that Hughes will give them a good start and who his opponent is. Same with AJ. I mean, if AJ’s mound opponent is Felix Hernandez, say, and AJ give us 3 runs within the first inning or two, well, he’s put his team behind the 8-ball right away. And they know they have to grind it out.

    The other thing, with Phil, early on he didn’t have run support early in games, and he held the other team down. I think that goes far in establishing what kind of pitcher he can be, and his teammates know he’ll keep them in games. Or feel it. Or something. :)

  164. blake September 29th, 2010 at 8:48 am

    Betsy,

    I don’t know either but I do think when the starting pitcher gets shelled early and its 7-0 by the 3rd inning then that’s affects the rest of the team and their concentration in the rest of the game….(not to mention how it taxes the bullpen)..situations like that have been far too common this season with AJ.

  165. Yankee Trader September 29th, 2010 at 8:48 am

    Girardi is a numbers man, and if you look at AJ’s numbers-worst ERA in league among starters who qualify for the ERA title-Girardi is looking to not have his contract renewed if AJ fails again and the Yankees are eliminated in the 1st round.

  166. upstate kate September 29th, 2010 at 8:52 am

    LOL Doreen
    I was at that game when AJ gave up 3 in the 1st inning…my MIL’s first trip to YS…she wanted him pulled right then and there

  167. Doreen September 29th, 2010 at 8:54 am

    If they need for AJ to “save face,” couldn’t they come up with some kind of injury that’s been responsible for his ineffectiveness this season? Or would it be too transparent at this point anyway?

  168. JM September 29th, 2010 at 8:54 am

    MTU and JCPD,

    Thanks for the great clinching photo tributes!

    And GB, love the video!

    Happy morning in Yankeeland. :)

    I was at a concert last night and missed the whole game (luckily I had a friend texting me almost play by play, which meant I kept looking at my phone, which after awhile began to annoy the people I was with, LOL).

    How did Mo look last night?

  169. Doreen September 29th, 2010 at 8:55 am

    upstate kate -

    LOL. Most of us did! :)

  170. Joe from Long Island September 29th, 2010 at 8:55 am

    Great morning, all!

    I agree, if not for AJ, the division would have been wrapped up a long time ago. But, that’s ancient history now. Have to move forward….

    GB – haven’t seen you in a while, glad you’re doing well.

    Got to get going, later….

  171. upstate kate September 29th, 2010 at 8:55 am

    Doreen
    Girardi has said flat out that AJ is not injured

  172. blake September 29th, 2010 at 8:57 am

    AJ has cantthrowstrikesitis.

  173. Yankee Trader September 29th, 2010 at 8:59 am

    AJ is recuperating from a blow to the face and he could be suffering from an injury-mental instead of physical injury???

  174. Doreen September 29th, 2010 at 9:01 am

    upstate kate -

    Thanks. Didn’t know that. Oh, well.

  175. 108 stitches September 29th, 2010 at 9:06 am

    Re: Burnett

    Girardi shouldn’t need more than a 3-man rotation for the ALDS thus eliminating Burnett for stinking up a game.
    The East Division and HFA is still reachable unless the Yankees simply wish to face the Twins in the ALDS.

  176. MTU September 29th, 2010 at 9:09 am

    YT/JM-

    You are most welcome. Glad you enjoyed them.

  177. 108 stitches September 29th, 2010 at 9:13 am

    Doreen September 29th, 2010 at 8:54 am
    If they need for AJ to “save face,” couldn’t they come up with some kind of injury that’s been responsible for his ineffectiveness this season? Or would it be too transparent at this point anyway?
    …………………………………………

    Teams have used the “phantom injuries” before in the postseason. Burnett will likely get a full share of $$$ winnings anyway so he can just sit back and claim an elbow injury for his ineffectiveness unless he feels he’s a real competitor which he isn’t.

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