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The unsung heroes of last night

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Oct 07, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

ALDS Yankees Twins BaseballAlex Rodriguez is one of the baseball’s great players, but he’s also one of baseball’s great observers. Immediately after a game, he remembers the individual plays and the pitches. He pays attention when he’s on the field, and you can bet he was paying attention when Dave Robertson struck out Jim Thome last night with two-on and two-out in the seventh.

“That was a beautiful sequence,” Rodriguez said. “He came with the fastball then threw him three nasty breaking balls. That was a big key at-bat.”

Postgame, it was Ben Shpigel who asked Robertson about the very same thing I was thinking after that Thome at-bat. Robertson had walked the previous hitter, and to get Thome he seemed to throw two completely different curveballs: A small one for a called strike, then a big one in the dirt for a swinging strike three. Obviously they were both curveballs, but they seemed like different versions. Robertson said, no. Same pitch, location just made them look different.

It worked against Thome. One looked like a ball, and Thome took it for a strike. One looked like a strike, and Thomes couldn’t hit it.

“Just couldn’t find the strike zone for a little bit,” Robertson said. “I had to bear down and find the zone. I found it when I had to.”

Obviously the Yankees always want the bullpen to make it look easy, but sometimes there are nights like Wednesday, and those nights are just as good. Boone Logan got his first two hitters, but Joe Mauer fought through an eight-pitch at-bat to single. Robertson walked the first guy he faced, then got that huge strikeout against the Twins top home run threat. Kerry Wood threw some gas to Michael Cuddyer, but ultimately put two runners on without the ball leaving the infield. Even Mariano Rivera started his night with three straight balls before retiring five four in a row.

Not one of the Yankees relievers was perfect,* but all four did more good than bad. They were right up there with Curtis Granderson and Mark Teixeira in giving the Yankees the early series lead.

“It was just a battle of the bullpens,” Rodriguez said. “And we like our chances at that point.”

* Granted, Rivera was pretty close to perfect. He was especially impressive considering the rocky way his season ended. “There are times when he gives runs up,” Derek Jeter said. “But I wouldn’t want anyone else out there.”

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160 Responses to “The unsung heroes of last night”

  1. JS October 7th, 2010 at 9:12 am

    SJ-

    Do you go with the same lineup as last night, but simply swap Berkman for Thames?

  2. Erica in NY October 7th, 2010 at 9:13 am

    0 Days, 8 Hours, and 47 Minutes until Game 2 of the ALDS :grin:

  3. Wang IS Taiwan October 7th, 2010 at 9:14 am

    Great to see Robertson get a little media attention. He usually just stays in the background and does his job. Not quite the media hound that Joba is. (Thank goodness.)

    Would love to hear more from Robertson and Boone, Chad.

  4. Yankee Trader October 7th, 2010 at 9:15 am

    Chad-

    Terrific reporting! I thought the TBS announcers, Johnson, Darling, and Smoltz, though not flashy, were more than even-handed in their reporting of the game last night.

    I’m a little surprised, noting in your last post, that Swisher stated the team was looking for fastballs from Liriano, when his out pitch and best pitch is his slider. I expect tonight will be different, with “idol” pitching to contact with off-speed stuff.

  5. Patrick October 7th, 2010 at 9:15 am

    pat,

    I just read your article about Kevin Long from the last thread. Nice find!

  6. LGY October 7th, 2010 at 9:16 am

    A few things to look for against Pavano tonight.

    -Again, like Liriano, Gardenhire does not push him to a lot of pitches. He only has 2 starts this season, back to back on June 26th and July 1st where he threw 110+ pitches (110 and 111 respectively). In 15 of his 32 starts this year he has thrown less than 100 pitches. In his past 3 starts he has thrown 100, 80, and 95 pitches. So, like Liriano, you get him to throw 16-17 pitches per inning and he should be out of there in 6.

    -Pavano is going on 5 days of rest tonight. He has 16 starts this year on 5 days rest. He has a 4.14 ERA and opponents hit him to a .295 AVG and .776 OPS. He has 3 starts on 6+ days rest and he has a 4.74 ERA and opponents hit him at a .295 AVG and .791 OPS. He may be one of those pitchers who thrive on regular rest. 3.09 ERA and .224 AVG with .626 OPS on regular rest this season.

    -If this is a tight game, he may break under the pressure. He has a 4.83 ERA, .313 AVG, and .824 OPS when his team scores 0-2 runs for him. In High Leverage Situations .306 AVG with .821 OPS this season.

  7. Andrew October 7th, 2010 at 9:17 am

    Boone Logan threw the ball really well, I thought. Giving up a single to Mauer in an at-bat where he refused to give in and groove him a fastball after all the foul balls, I could take that, especially with the 2-run lead and other good arms ready to back him up. I was concerned about him coming in and throwing strikes given his inexperience in the postseason and occasional battles with his control, but he was pounding the zone last night. Really hope that he keeps doing that the rest of this series, his stuff is so good against left handed hitters.

  8. Erin October 7th, 2010 at 9:18 am

    I’m thrilled tonight’s an early game, even though I’m going to have to race home from work. LOL Big time sleep deprivation going on today.

  9. 108 stitches October 7th, 2010 at 9:18 am

    It’s evident that the work Mariano did in Toronto for 2 days with Dave Eiland and a slight mechanical adjustment has paid off. Mariano is breaking bats again.
    Too bad that Burnett can’t do the same with working on a changeup. Not the same mindset as Mariano.

  10. JEKIKASO October 7th, 2010 at 9:18 am

    JS,

    godd Question. i think i would. i like the idea of the 2 G’s(Gardner/Grandersom) @ the bottom of order. sort of sets the table for top of order….

  11. JM October 7th, 2010 at 9:19 am

    Great win last night. I was in the game thread for awhile but had to check out as I found it too toxic when the Yanks were down.

    They need to keep the pedal to the metal tonight and pound Pavano. Hopefully Andy has his good stuff. The Twins are a very good team. Don’t give them even a glimmer of hope.

    Arod has to have one of the highest baseball IQs in the game.

  12. Doreen October 7th, 2010 at 9:19 am

    I would put Granderson 2nd tonight against the righty. That’s what Girardi has started doing the last few weeks.

    Morning, Erica. :)

  13. Bret The Hitman October 7th, 2010 at 9:20 am

    I hated Pavano’s guts for 4 years straight. The only one who tops that is George W. Bush. I hated him for 8 years straight. Thank God they didn’t sign Pavano to an 8 year contract.

  14. SJ44 October 7th, 2010 at 9:20 am

    Swap Berkman for Thames and that’s it for me.

    The rest of the lineup would stay in tact.

  15. Wang IS Taiwan October 7th, 2010 at 9:21 am

    Andrew,

    I was mighty impressed with Boone last night, too. Mauer is a beast, and yet Boone wouldn’t give in. Our guys are tough.

    Chad, would also like to hear more from Kerry Wood! Thanks for all the reporting. Now, if we could just convince YES to stream their entire post-game shows online, I’d be in hog heaven.

  16. Erica in NY October 7th, 2010 at 9:21 am

    Erin October 7th, 2010 at 9:18 am
    I?m thrilled tonight?s an early game, even though I?m going to have to race home from work. LOL Big time sleep deprivation going on today.
    *****************

    Me too!!!! I made a mistake and thought the game was at 6:30 which was cutting it close. When I spoke to my dad last night, he corrected me. Now for me to get home by 6 is going to be quite a race.

    Side note- I have about 3 hours worth of baking I also need to do when I get home. Its going to be an interesting night

  17. Erica in NY October 7th, 2010 at 9:22 am

    Doreen October 7th, 2010 at 9:19 am
    I would put Granderson 2nd tonight against the righty. That?s what Girardi has started doing the last few weeks.

    Morning, Erica.
    ********************

    Good morning!!!
    Did you get the e-mail I sent the other night about GTLU recordkeeping?

  18. Doreen October 7th, 2010 at 9:23 am

    Erin,

    I have a central time question for you. My husband just came back from a trip to Chicago. He was looking for Jeopardy on the tv and couldn’t figure out when it was on. He’s back home, but we’re still curious. :lol:

  19. Wang IS Taiwan October 7th, 2010 at 9:23 am

    Pavano is looking worn. I caught a photo of him on either MLB or ESPN. I think he was considered a pretty boy in his younger days. He looks like he’s already mid-40′s.

  20. Andrew October 7th, 2010 at 9:23 am

    Granderson 2nd has its perks because given Teixeira’s big Game 1, Grandy might get more fastballs to hit, on which he feasts. Also it could potentially neutralize Gardenhire’s ability to bring in a lefty for multiple batters given that Jeter has a way higher OPS against lefties before him, and Teixeira has been swinging well from the right side directly after him (that is, if Grandy hits #2), with A-Rod in the hole in that scenario. At the bottom of the order Granderson is bunched with Berkman and Gardner, making it a part of the lineup tailor-made for a left handed reliever.

  21. CountryClub October 7th, 2010 at 9:24 am

    I really don’t know why some of you put yourself through the nonsense that goes on during the game threads. You’d enjoy the game much more if you just stayed away from the computer for a few hours.

    Mo was nasty last night. I don’t like the fact that they’re already asking him to get 4 outs; that will come back to bite them if the Yanks go deep and they continue to push him. But, he did look nasty last night.

  22. Doreen October 7th, 2010 at 9:25 am

    Erica -

    I’ll check my other computer. It didn’t come through on the laptop.

    :)

    BRB

  23. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 7th, 2010 at 9:26 am

    Doreen, although your meals are much more interesting and gourmet than mine and Fran’s, we think that we have also contributed to the wins with our humble hamburger meals. :) I see you made chili. That has hamburger in it, right? So the hamburger seems to be the key. Fran and I are so faithful to our belief in the meal that we eat the same thing in the series – night after night after night (or day). What you do to help your team win, right? We do change the meal by series.

    Fran also did something else that seemed to turn the game around, but I think we can keep that as our secret, just in case Minny fans are reading this and try the same thing…

    ;)

    ********

    “And Trish you annoying obnoxious fraud of a fan – I didn’t disappear. I went to see The Social Network and had dinner. Unlike you, I have a life. Amazing though, I was able to watch the entire game due to a marvelous invention called Tivo and didn’t have to be subjected to your lunacy either. Plus a Yankee win! Couldn’t have enjoyed the night more. Dismissed.”

    I just want to say that the greatest irony in the above post by the West Coast Disgruntler/Jim the Fishbone/whoever else the anti-Yankee fan troll is, is the following. He refers to me as a fraud of a fan yet goes on to talk about how on the first night of the postseason he went to see a movie and had dinner!!!! HARDEE HAR HAR HAR HAR. Now THAT’s a true fan – of another team that is. :D

    ***************
    Though I am quick to grab credit for my great fandom and have never turned the game out of fear or nervousness – I’m there to the end and hit it face on, I have to say the true heroes to me are the ones who stay on the game thread! Though the real reason that I flee this game thread is that I love the game to the extent that I want to enjoy it, win or lose, same as in the regular season, the posters who stay here and wade through the crap from trolls and bridge jumpers have my greatest respect and admiration.

    GO YANKEES!!!

  24. SJ44 October 7th, 2010 at 9:26 am

    It has nothing to do with mindset. It has to do with mechanics. Mariano has perfect mechanics. AJ does not.

    Consequently, when there are mechanical flaws, it’s much easier to correct Mariano’s flaws than AJ’s.

    People have to get off the kick players enjoy being bad or have no interest in fixing what’s broken.

    If AJ Burnett could easily fix what’s broken in his game right now, he would have done it months ago.

    It’s more than just adding a changeup. His mechanics need to be completely retooled and that’s going to take an off-season plus to work on.

    There is just too much messed up with his mechanics for a quick and easy fix.

  25. upstate kate October 7th, 2010 at 9:27 am

    YAY for the early game.
    I am thinking Granderson bats 2nd. It was so nice to see him get that triple.

    LGY
    I thought I read somewhere that Pavano had the most complete games in the AL this year…or at least many CG, which surprised me b/c I think he is a wimp.

  26. Fran the original October 7th, 2010 at 9:28 am

    Trisha and Doreen,

    I was thinking the same thing about our menus. Worked last night. Hope it works again tonight. Almost as important as the line-up Joe puts out ;)

  27. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 7th, 2010 at 9:28 am

    “I really don’t know why some of you put yourself through the nonsense that goes on during the game threads. You’d enjoy the game much more if you just stayed away from the computer for a few hours.”

    Hmmm. Maybe I have to rethink what I just said!

    ;)

  28. Erin October 7th, 2010 at 9:29 am

    Doreen-as far as I know it’s on at 3:30. I’ll double check though, since I’m never home to watch it.

  29. Shame Spencer October 7th, 2010 at 9:30 am

    The DH spot is definitely the only possible change to the line up tonight.. Berkman’s numbers are pretty good (albeit a small sample size) against Pavano.

  30. JS October 7th, 2010 at 9:31 am

    SJ-

    On a side note, I can’t really understand the acclaim for Ron Darling. He was HORRIBLE last night. As a matter of fact, that was one of the most boring announcing jobs I’ve ever listened to.

    Where’s Bob Costas when you need him? If only he worked for TBS.

  31. Erin October 7th, 2010 at 9:32 am

    CountryClub October 7th, 2010 at 9:24 am
    I really don?t know why some of you put yourself through the nonsense that goes on during the game threads. You?d enjoy the game much more if you just stayed away from the computer for a few hours.

    *****************************
    CountryClub-totally agree. I don’t go near game threads.

  32. MTU October 7th, 2010 at 9:32 am

    Doreen-

    I used magic.

    I used my μ τ υ sign off from last season.

    It adds power. It worked last night.

  33. ConcernedCitizen October 7th, 2010 at 9:33 am

    Despite my sleep deprivation, being productive today isn’t so hard.

    Anyway, I can’t explain why I feel like I need to surf the game threads during the game. Sometimes the comments are so heavy handed and stupid that I just smile.

  34. LGY October 7th, 2010 at 9:33 am

    kate,

    Getting him to throw 16-17 pitches per inning will be significantly harder than against Liriano. Pavano is very economical with his pitches. He really doesn’t walk anybody.

    21 of his 32 starts he has pitched at least 7 innings. 11 starts of at least 8 innings. 4 CG.

    If any lineup can do it though, it is this one.

  35. The Genius Maker October 7th, 2010 at 9:35 am

    I agree with SJ about the mechanics of AJ. I think one of the issues is the way he is in the set position kind of hunched over with his hands stopped high. This makes it very tough from a timing standpoint to break his hands at the right time in the “windup” so that his arm doesn’t need to catch up or slow up. People who haven’t played much don’t really understand who many adjustments fielders make during a throw, this is based on the grip you have on the ball the position you are throwing from etc…A pitcher should have the correct grip, should have everything aligned exactly as they want, so the idea of repeating perfect mechanics is critical. AJ is not able to duplicate his delivery very often and this is why a retooling of it makes sense. I would start with the high set position if I were Eiland.

  36. Shame Spencer October 7th, 2010 at 9:36 am

    Sometimes I find the game threads amusing and other times I’d prefer to rip the skin off of my face than be subjected to some of the stuff on there… Usually, there is a strong, positive correlation between a Yankees win and my feelings of amusement.

  37. Erin October 7th, 2010 at 9:37 am

    Doreen-just confirmed with my aunt who’s a Jeopardy addict, and yes, it is on at 3:30 CT. :)

  38. Erica in NY October 7th, 2010 at 9:37 am

    ConcernedCitizen October 7th, 2010 at 9:33 am
    Despite my sleep deprivation, being productive today isn?t so hard.

    Anyway, I can?t explain why I feel like I need to surf the game threads during the game. Sometimes the comments are so heavy handed and stupid that I just smile.
    ******************

    I do the same thing. I can’t help myself.
    Lately I find that I really only post when they are winning. I am like the Anti-Matt. But the thread is so much less aggrivating when they are winning.

  39. JM October 7th, 2010 at 9:38 am

    Just read the end of the game thread after I left…..Good call by Don Vito, predicting the final score.

  40. Fran the original October 7th, 2010 at 9:39 am

    Erica,

    You can contribute tonight by showering early. Might make the game and game threads much more pleasant ;)

  41. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 7th, 2010 at 9:40 am

    Concerned, your award nominations were pretty funny. I don’t have the same tolerance level however. I start to lose it during regular season game threads – not that I spend a lot of time on them – when supposed fans start to get stupid. That basically happens when a player doesn’t bunt if they think he should, has the audacity to strike out, a pitcher allows a hit – or horror of horrors, the Yankees don’t take and keep the lead throughout the game!

    Anyway, my fan appreciation award goes to Fran, for reaching out to me a long time ago when I was not quite as understood on the forum ;) and for putting up with me ever since. God probably hasn’t made a kinder and nicer person! Thanks Fran!!! I can’t think of anyone I’d rather help the Yankees win games with, ha ha. :)

  42. LGY October 7th, 2010 at 9:41 am

    Pavano has the 4th lowest walk total among qualified pitchers in MLB. He does have the 8th highest hit total against though.

    He doesn’t strike anyone out, he doesn’t walk anyone, but he puts the ball in play.

    Hope Lady Luck is on our side tonight and those balls in play find holes.

  43. Erin October 7th, 2010 at 9:41 am

    Erica, I almost forgot to ask-what will you be baking tonight?

  44. hardwired7 October 7th, 2010 at 9:41 am

    +1 to Smoltz for talking about Mo breaking three bats in row against Klesko in the ’99 WS.

    even though Mo was in the process of closing out the Series, the Braves players appreciated what they were seeing. they took some flak for not being able to control their laughter at the time, but that’s what happens when you’re in the presence of greatness.

  45. upstate kate October 7th, 2010 at 9:42 am

    thanks LGY, that makes sense.

  46. LGY October 7th, 2010 at 9:43 am

    Oh I see. Pavano has 7 CG, because 3 of them came on the road in losses so he only pitched 8 innings.

  47. blake October 7th, 2010 at 9:43 am

    Swap Thames out for Berkman and maybe slide Curtis up to the 2 home against Pavano…everything else the same.

  48. Erica in NY October 7th, 2010 at 9:45 am

    Erin October 7th, 2010 at 9:41 am
    Erica, I almost forgot to ask-what will you be baking tonight?
    ***************

    Two loaves of beer bread and a pound cake.

    I also have an apple cake to bake tomorrow night before the company arrives

  49. Fran the original October 7th, 2010 at 9:45 am

    Trisha,

    Thanks. That what sisters are for :)

  50. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 7th, 2010 at 9:46 am

    “Sometimes I find the game threads amusing and other times I’d prefer to rip the skin off of my face than be subjected to some of the stuff on there… Usually, there is a strong, positive correlation between a Yankees win and my feelings of amusement.”

    Shame, I have to say I liked you right away. It started with your screen name (yes I am that easily amused) but it definitely has graduated to the content of your posts. You are really solid.

    “Usually, there is a strong, positive correlation between a Yankees win and my feelings of amusement”

    Funny how that works! I find myself almost giddy with the stuff – okay actually giddy with the stuff – after a Yankee win. After a Yankee loss I find that I almost want to cybertear the whiners apart!

  51. CountryClub October 7th, 2010 at 9:47 am

    I know a lot of people were upset with Ernie Johnson’s call last night of the Teixera HR, but I just heard Sterling’s call and it was very understated too. The announcers must have a bad view of the right field line.

  52. JM October 7th, 2010 at 9:47 am

    It is kind of a superstition of mine to read the game threads while watching the game. Did it through the entire playoff run last year so I feel I have to keep doing it. Because we know, the Yankees’ success it totally predicated on the behavior of their fans. :)

  53. Erica in NY October 7th, 2010 at 9:48 am

    Fran the original October 7th, 2010 at 9:39 am
    Erica,

    You can contribute tonight by showering early. Might make the game and game threads much more pleasant
    ****************

    I will do my best. But I have a lot of baking to do and food to prep for tomorrow night.

    Tomorrow night is going to be another race home. If I bolt for the office door at 5 and go straight home, I usually get there at 6. Then I have to prepare an apple cake, potato soup, and a cheese sauce. And steal 6 chairs from the meeting room downstairs. And make myself not look tired before everyone comes at 7.

    Sounds easy right?? :-)

  54. Erica in NY October 7th, 2010 at 9:48 am

    CountryClub October 7th, 2010 at 9:47 am
    I know a lot of people were upset with Ernie Johnson?s call last night of the Teixera HR, but I just heard Sterling?s call and it was very understated too. The announcers must have a bad view of the right field line.
    ****************

    I thought it was a foul ball too until the very last second.

  55. Doreen October 7th, 2010 at 9:48 am

    Hi Erica -

    For some reason, not all the mail comes through on this laptop, and I have no idea why. There’s no pattern to it.

    Anyway, I got your e-mail and I sent a response.

    :)

  56. Shame Spencer October 7th, 2010 at 9:49 am

    Man, I’m workin on my line up now and I’m already second guessing myself. Imagine how many times I’ll change this before 1..

  57. The Genius Maker October 7th, 2010 at 9:51 am

    I would leave the same players, but use Berkman instead of Thames. I also do not like Granderson and Gardner being back to back. I would lead off Gardner and drop Jeter to 9th against righties, but I would have done this awhile ago and if it hasn’t been changed by now, I doubt it will be.

    I said our best in the game offense needs to come up big and they did last night; every player got on via a hit or walk and then we had a couple of big hits (Tex and Grandy). I thought Liriano pitched a good game, but we swung the bats well. A good example on the other side was the AB Mauer had with Logan…well pitched AB, but an excellent AB got a hit for Mauer. People throw out teh cliche that good pitching beats good hitting and while it is hard to hit great pitches, when you are hitting great, you can.

    The most exciting site was Rivera being dominant again! The Genius Maker broke at least 3 bats in the 9th inning! Folks, he is special to be able to watch, enjoy every second of it!

  58. Erin October 7th, 2010 at 9:52 am

    Erica in NY October 7th, 2010 at 9:45 am

    Two loaves of beer bread and a pound cake.

    I also have an apple cake to bake tomorrow night before the company arrives

    *******************************
    Sounds good. :)

  59. Bring in the Goose October 7th, 2010 at 9:54 am

    The home run call on Tex’s blast last night was absolutely botched by TBS.

    All 3 guys had lock-jaw – I didn’t know what to do – thought I had the TV on mute or something.

    Playoff game, tied at 4, these two teams, that HAS to be a dramatic call – foul or fair.

    Any viewers were left in a vaccuum.

  60. Bring in the Goose October 7th, 2010 at 9:54 am

    ALL viewers were left in a vaccuum.

  61. hardwired7 October 7th, 2010 at 9:54 am

    Buster w/a great Halladay writeup:

    “J.P. Ricciardi watched the final outs of Roy Halladay’s no-hitter on a television at the New England Sports Arena in Marlboro, Mass., and like anyone who has ever been around Halladay — as a teammate, as a member of the same organization, as a friend — Ricciardi felt unfettered joy. Because Halladay has earned nothing less, in the way that he has conducted himself, in the way that he has prepared, in the way he has treated others.

    “It’s almost like he is being reward for being such a good guy,” said Ricciardi, “and it doesn’t always happen that way.”

    No.

    Sports headlines are saturated with prima donnas and contract disputes and trade demands, and Halladay has never been about any of that — even when he wanted out of Toronto. The way he handled that was a model of restraint, of professionalism.

    After Halladay pitched his final game in Toronto, a clubhouse attendant brought a Jays jersey to Ricciardi’s office. It was from Halladay, who had signed it, beneath these words: “You’re the best.”

    “I have to tell you that I’m the biggest Phillies fan right now,” Ricciardi said, “because I am rooting so hard for him. … He’s been waiting 13 years to do that.”

    “I just want him to keep going and winning. All of a sudden this year, everybody has discovered who Roy Halladay is. We got to watch him every fifth day in Toronto, it was nothing but a pleasure, and now we get to share him with everybody else.”‘

  62. Shame Spencer October 7th, 2010 at 9:56 am

    trisha – Thanks I really do appreciate getting love from the regulars. I’ve been reading the blog for quite a few years now, including the comments sections, but I didn’t post nearly as much because you guys all seemed to be such a well oiled, familial machine. But I’m glad I started!!

    The reason I go to the game threads is usually to check on how people react to a big play that already happened. I just LOVE reading how everyone responds to a big hit/big inning for us. I have a process too.. first, I scroll to the part where we’re still losing and read a bit of that. Then I keep scrolling until I see posts such as “!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” “GRANDY!!” “YESSS!!!!!” “TAKE THAT TROLLS!”

  63. JM October 7th, 2010 at 9:57 am

    Halladay is a class act. You have to be glad for him. Finally on the big stage after all these years.

  64. upstate kate October 7th, 2010 at 9:58 am

    even tho I don’t like Ricciardi, that is a very nice story

  65. tyanksfan36 October 7th, 2010 at 10:02 am

    Loved the win last night. Especially since I’m going to see my manager today whose Rays lost yesterday :) as much as I loved the win, they have to win a few more for me to get my confidence up. I know you can’t go back to september and bring that stuff up but they were truly awful and I don’t want to get my hopes up on day one and just watch them regress.

    Excited for Andy tonight. Hopefully he channels his playoff experience and does well, and hope our offense shows up again.

  66. SJ44 October 7th, 2010 at 10:03 am

    Roy Halladay is one of the best people I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting in the game.

    A true class act and a really, really good guy.

    Like CC in that sense. They are both approachable, love sharing knowledge with the younger players, and treat everybody around the team with respect.

    They are both very generous clubhouse tippers, which endear themselves with clubhouse attendants throughout the league.

  67. Cashmoney October 7th, 2010 at 10:04 am

    Good Morning , Pavano is pitching tonight, so I am expecting Joe to stick Grandy man in 2nd slot and switch Berksie with Thamesey . Aside from a patient walk LN, Thamesie flailed at some pitches I wasn’t too thrill about. Gardner should be leading off tonight , but he prolly won’t.

    Also random tidbit of interestingness … I was looking at Hamilton numbers as MVP, one minute thing pop up, he has only received 5 IBB as oppose to Miguel Cabrebra’s 32.

  68. Fran the original October 7th, 2010 at 10:06 am

    Shame,

    I am not sure about tonight’s line-up either. I am putting Berkman in but not sure where I am batting Curtis.

  69. MTU October 7th, 2010 at 10:08 am

    JM-

    Sometimes greatness just toils in obscurity but it’s always uplifting when it finally reaches the light.

    To anyone who was paying attention and was a fan of great pitching
    Doc was always on the radar.

    Always front and center.

    Kate-

    I agree with you about Riccardi. Kind of reminds me of a cross between a field mouse and a weasel.

  70. Andrew October 7th, 2010 at 10:09 am

    Cashmoney one thing to keep in mind is that Hamilton is in a much, much better lineup in Texas than Cabrera in Detroit. Hamilton on a given day has Guerrero and Nelson Cruz hitting behind him, Cabrera has Ryan Raburn and whoever else Detroit runs out there, making the IBB much more logical for managers going against the Tigers.

  71. MTU October 7th, 2010 at 10:10 am

    SJ-

    You’re a lucky man. :)

  72. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 7th, 2010 at 10:11 am

    “Trisha,

    Thanks. That what sisters are for :)

    And as I know I can say to you without fear of being goofed on, that brought tears to my eyes.

    I couldn’t ask for a better sister!

    :)

  73. Cashmoney October 7th, 2010 at 10:13 am

    Sure Andrew, Cabrebra doesn’t have near the protection as TX provided for Hamilton.
    That said, I think Miggy is prolly the top overall hitter in the AL.

  74. Tyler October 7th, 2010 at 10:13 am

    Also random tidbit of interestingness … I was looking at Hamilton numbers as MVP, one minute thing pop up, he has only received 5 IBB as oppose to Miguel Cabrebra’s 32.
    ——————

    Vlad Guerrero having a fantastic first half probably influenced that.

  75. Shame Spencer October 7th, 2010 at 10:18 am

    Fran – what I’m struggling with is the righty/lefty ordering Girardi might use. It can’t be as simple as just inserting Berkman in the DH spot and switching Grandy and Swish because then you have a line up that bats like this:

    R Jeter
    L Grandy
    S Tex
    R Arod
    R Cano
    R Berkman
    S Posada
    S Swisher
    L Gardy

    My assumption is that Swish will be higher up in the order, possibly following Cano. That would mean batting Posada 8th, though, which could end up blocking Gardner from moving along the bases.. Hmmmmmmmmmm……..

  76. 108 stitches October 7th, 2010 at 10:18 am

    “Big Game” Shields better baffle the Ranger bats today or the Rays will have a very unpleasant trip to Texas.

  77. Fran the original October 7th, 2010 at 10:27 am

    Shame,

    I am thinking Swisher 6. My question is Berkman 7 and Posada 8 or flip those two.

  78. Don Vito A. Bellamo October 7th, 2010 at 10:28 am

    Ah, Sweet Victory of Life At Last I found you ! ( name the movie and the actress who sung that ) :-)
    .
    So nice to put the doubters to bed with a little CROW last night. Andy will come up big tonight and then it will be back to the Bronx ahead 2-0, and the only question will be whether or not we sweep the Twinkies out into their offseason OR do we subject them to CC…..OUR ACE….AT HOME….who will totally shut them down, for a Yankees in 4 and still plenty of time off until the ALCS starts on the 15th.
    .
    Have a great day, ALL ! ( gotta love that 6-4 come from behind win, right ? ) ;-)

  79. Patrick October 7th, 2010 at 10:29 am

    SJ44,

    That’s pretty cool to hear. Roy Halladay is such a great player, it’s nice to know that he’s a good person too.

  80. Erin October 7th, 2010 at 10:30 am

    Fran the original October 7th, 2010 at 10:27 am
    Shame,

    I am thinking Swisher 6. My question is Berkman 7 and Posada 8 or flip those two.

    *******************************
    Fran, I think I’m going with Posada 7 and Berkman 8. But I’m still playing around with it.

  81. YankeeBlue222 October 7th, 2010 at 10:31 am

    I keep reading that the stadium last night was “loud” and “electric.” Was I watching the same game?

    I commented many times that I thought it felt dead there. Maybe TBS has horrible sound quality?

    Did anyone else think it was quiet…especially during the ninth inning?

  82. Cashmoney October 7th, 2010 at 10:32 am

    Berksie 8th for me. Girsey did it in Boston said he might stick with that.

  83. Erin October 7th, 2010 at 10:32 am

    Joelsherman1 Since ’97, 66 playoff Svs of more than 1 IP, Rivera has 31 of them. And 31 of Mo’s 40 career playoff Svs are more than 1 IP #Yankees, #Twins

  84. upstate kate October 7th, 2010 at 10:32 am

    Fran/Shame
    I am moving Po up, he had a good night, and putting Berk 8th

  85. Cashmoney October 7th, 2010 at 10:34 am

    I am waiting for Erin to make her lineup up so I can copy it … worked yesterday.

  86. Fran the original October 7th, 2010 at 10:35 am

    Erin and Kate,

    Leaning toward that too. Posada had 2 hits yesterday.

  87. pat October 7th, 2010 at 10:36 am

    Sometimes I think Alex is baseball’s version of RainMan.

    It’s like you could show him a video fast forward of 100 pitches and he could recall every pitch thrown.

    Brett Gardner should talk baserunning with him as often as he can.

  88. Erin October 7th, 2010 at 10:37 am

    Cashmoney October 7th, 2010 at 10:34 am
    I am waiting for Erin to make her lineup up so I can copy it ? worked yesterday.

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

    LMAO

    Sure, then you can always just blame me if it’s wrong. Very clever. ;)

  89. hardwired7 October 7th, 2010 at 10:38 am

    if I could use another handle, I might go with:

    “Ortizdrivesanotheroneintothewoods”

    Whether he has some GIDPs this postseason or not, Jeter is still playing baseball while Big Papi is teeing ‘em up.

  90. Jacques Strappe October 7th, 2010 at 10:39 am

    Halladay may have come as close as anyone to pitching 2 perfect games.

    The guy that got that walk had worked a 2-2 count into a walk, eventually getting it on a really close pitch. If that pitch is a couple inches closer or even an inch closer and the batter takes a bad swing for the 3rd out … and Halladay’s perfect again.

    Of course other pitchers have lost perfect games later in the game – ask Armando Galarraga or Mike Mussina – but that was close. Other than that pitch he was perfect … again.

    You never know, Halladay still may have a shot at another one someday.

  91. Shame Spencer October 7th, 2010 at 10:42 am

    I think I’m on board with you ladies re: Berkman.

  92. Doreen October 7th, 2010 at 10:43 am

    Erin-

    Thanks. :)

    It’s on at 7 pm ET here.

  93. blake October 7th, 2010 at 10:43 am

    That’s really cool to hear about Halladay…he’s a guy I really wanted to wear pinstripes but I guess we can settle for a shot at Cliff Lee (and keep Montero).

  94. Jacques Strappe October 7th, 2010 at 10:43 am

    Tonight, Pettitte has to be vintage and the lineup has to jump all over the opposing pitcher.
    It’s the playoffs and times like this are when it counts the most.
    And not only because it’s the playoffs.
    That’s already a given.
    The Yanks absolutely must beat the pus out of Pavano in the playoffs.

  95. Bronx Jeers October 7th, 2010 at 10:44 am

    Pavano is looking worn. I caught a photo of him on either MLB or ESPN. I think he was considered a pretty boy in his younger days. He looks like he’s already mid-40’s.

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

    It’s the mustache effect. Makes you think you’re back in the 70′s.

    When he first grew it I thought he had a little Rollie Fingers thing going on but now he’s trimmed it down and it’s giving off that porn-star vibe.

  96. MG October 7th, 2010 at 10:44 am

    Fran the original October 7th, 2010 at 9:04 am
    The announcers were awful last night. They didn’t say it was a homerun and when they did they sounded disappointed.

    I just heard the president of TBS sports on the radio and he admitted that the announcer for the Yankee game made some mistakes and blew 2 calls. (Tex’s HR and Curtis’ triple)
    ——————————-
    Darling and Smoltz are fine but Ernie Johnson is completely miscast as a play by play announcer. He is a studio guy with no ability to frame a ballgame in real time. I’m hoping that MLB Network takes over some or all of the post season when the current contract is up, they will at least put guys in the booth that know how to do a live ballgame.

    It’s hard to believe that TBS couldn’t (or wouldn’t) come up with someone experienced and competent to broadcast the series into the largest media market in the country.

  97. blake October 7th, 2010 at 10:45 am

    I would go:

    Jeter
    Granderson
    Tex
    Arod
    Cano
    Swisher
    Posada
    Berkman
    Gardner

    And ill take 6 innings 2 ERs from Andy.

  98. MG October 7th, 2010 at 10:46 am

    blake, I don’t play the lineup game but that’s exactly the lineup that will be used tonight…

  99. West Coast Yankee Fan October 7th, 2010 at 10:47 am

    Great comeback win from the boys in gray and navy last night! That’s the kind of clutch hitting and pen performance that will be needed if we are to even come close to repeating and last night we got it done. What a big win against Liriano getting back HFA in the series.

    To address the Monday morning quarterbacks, it’s the height of absurdity to claim to know how that game was going to turn out. A pitch or two either way and it could easily have been a loss. Liraiano lost it in the sixth and left a really poor fastball up and down the middle to Granderson and to his credit – he didn’t miss it. The reality is that through five innings we played poorly. Something this team has done a lot of the last month. But the game is nine innings and thankfully, this time, we got it done. There have been plenty and plenty of times recently where we didn’t so the Yankee fans that were dismayed by their play the firs half of the game were justified.

    I also, surprise, thought Girardi managed well last night. His pen moves were all right on the money IMO and especially going to Mo in the eighth. I would still like him to be more aggressive but that doesn’t seem to be his style. For instance with Gardener and Jeter on in the 3rd and no one out. Yes the big power hitters were coming up and you don’t want to give away outs – but pop up, pop up, strike out while two fast runners stood pat could have come back to haunt us.

    It was especially good to see Jorge recapture some magic and get two big hits. I stand by my statement that he looks slow and out there. The passed ball which hit off the heel of his glove cost us a run. I hope he continues to hit and keeps the defensive mistakes to a minimum.

    GO YANKEES!

  100. Cashmoney October 7th, 2010 at 10:49 am

    I always like Gary Cohen of the Mets , I thought he had an attention to details as well as the right amount of enthusiasm.

    I also like Keith Hernandez simply because he is pretty straight shooter with a sense of humor IMO. Overall, I take the SNY crew over the Yes crew any day.

  101. Fran the original October 7th, 2010 at 10:50 am

    MG,

    I agree that Ernie Johnson is a good studio host, but his play by play was pretty awful.

  102. ac1 October 7th, 2010 at 10:51 am

    at the beginning of the season i told my friend from philly that halladay would have 25 wins and an era under 2 in the NL…

    Had the Phillies not been in freefall for 2 months earlier in the year, he would have gotten 25 easily.

  103. MG October 7th, 2010 at 10:53 am

    Fran the original October 7th, 2010 at 10:50 am
    MG,

    I agree that Ernie Johnson is a good studio host, but his play by play was pretty awful.
    ——————————-
    Fran, he just didn’t know what to say in real time, he just isn’t trained for it. He obviously doesn’t see the ball well off the bat because on both Granderson’s triple and Teix’ HR there was no reaction until the balls landed. And TBS’ camera work on Grandy was just terrible as well, they completely failed to focus on the play. Anyway, the Yankees won and I’m sure TBS will do a better job tonight even if they have to inject Johnson with a megadose of 5 Hour Energy drink lol

  104. upstate kate October 7th, 2010 at 10:54 am

    I will take the YES crew, even Kay, over any of these national guys

  105. MG October 7th, 2010 at 10:56 am

    I love how trolls disappear from the blog when they are proven wrong only to resurface the following day with new posts and no ownership of their prior stupidity other than ‘it was OK to criticize, they were losing’. What a crock…

  106. blake October 7th, 2010 at 10:59 am

    MG,
    I agree…I think Ernie and company kinda just got caught up watching what was happening instead of you know…announcing.

  107. Erica in NY October 7th, 2010 at 11:00 am

    MG October 7th, 2010 at 10:53 am

    Fran, he just didn?t know what to say in real time, he just isn?t trained for it. He obviously doesn?t see the ball well off the bat because on both Granderson?s triple and Teix? HR there was no reaction until the balls landed. And TBS? camera work on Grandy was just terrible as well, they completely failed to focus on the play. Anyway, the Yankees won and I?m sure TBS will do a better job tonight even if they have to inject Johnson with a megadose of 5 Hour Energy drink lol
    *****************

    In his defense, I didn’t reaact immediately either.

    I was too busy reminding myself to breathe until I knew where the ball was

  108. MG October 7th, 2010 at 11:00 am

    this is so good it needs to be reposted:

    LGY October 7th, 2010 at 2:11 am
    # West Coast Yankee Fan October 6th, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    Posada looks like an old .240 hitter.

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

    # West Coast Yankee Fan October 6th, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    Oh wait. He is an old .240 hitter.

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

    West Coast Yankee Fan October 6th, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    Note to sycophants

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

    # West Coast Yankee Fan October 6th, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    Just a joke Mark!

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

    # West Coast Yankee Fan October 6th, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    Granderson strike out. Of course his abysmal record against Liarino didn’t matter to Joey G. – because Grandy was so “hot”.

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

    # West Coast Yankee Fan October 6th, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    Brilliant move by Girardi hitting Granderson and Gardner back to back huh?

  109. Erica in NY October 7th, 2010 at 11:01 am

    Shame Spencer October 7th, 2010 at 10:42 am
    I think I?m on board with you ladies re: Berkman.
    ****************

    You love him too?!?!

    (Oh wait… that wasn’t the discussion, was it)

  110. Patrick October 7th, 2010 at 11:02 am

    Nice job MG :)

  111. ConcernedCitizen October 7th, 2010 at 11:04 am

    Looks like the MVT (Most Valuable Troll) award is going to be a fight to the finish this post season.

  112. MG October 7th, 2010 at 11:04 am

    Erica in NY October 7th, 2010 at 11:00 am
    MG October 7th, 2010 at 10:53 am

    Fran, he just didn?t know what to say in real time, he just isn?t trained for it. He obviously doesn?t see the ball well off the bat because on both Granderson?s triple and Teix? HR there was no reaction until the balls landed. And TBS? camera work on Grandy was just terrible as well, they completely failed to focus on the play. Anyway, the Yankees won and I?m sure TBS will do a better job tonight even if they have to inject Johnson with a megadose of 5 Hour Energy drink lol
    *****************

    In his defense, I didn’t reaact immediately either.

    I was too busy reminding myself to breathe until I knew where the ball was
    ———————————-
    Erica, it’s funny, when you are at the games, the crowd noise tells you what is going on. On TV, the announcers prepare you for a great play or big hit. Last night the crowd just went silent when Grandy and Teix got their big hits and the lack of Johnson reacting to the way those balls were hit made it very strange. Red Barber was probably the most understated great announcer of all time, he would say, ‘there is a ball hit to deep right field……..home run for Teixeira’ on the play last night but because everyone was used to it it’s fine. Modern announcers are so over the top now we are waiting for the big call. In the case of Ernie Johnson he just doesn’t know what he’s doing as a play by play guy, he makes Dewayne Staats almost sound like Vin Scully (but not quite lol).

  113. upstate kate October 7th, 2010 at 11:06 am

    Erica
    we are saving Lance for you :)

  114. MG October 7th, 2010 at 11:07 am

    Patrick October 7th, 2010 at 11:02 am
    Nice job MG
    —————-
    give the credit to LGY, all I did was copy and paste. And LGY was probably responsible for him leaving the blog last night with CC’s fastball stats.

  115. blake October 7th, 2010 at 11:08 am

    MG,

    That’s gold…sadly there were a lot more comments just like that from many other people proclaiming the Yankees dead after 4 innings.

  116. West Coast Yankee Fan October 7th, 2010 at 11:10 am

    I stand by everything I said. If you think Posada isn’t old and didn’t hit in the .240′s this year then you are wrong. I’m glad he came up with two singles last night – he also directly cost us a run by allowing a ball to hit off the heel of his glove. There were scores of passionate Yankee fans here last night who cringed at the way we played the first five innings. To say I told you so is absurd, you didn’t know how the game was going to turn out.

  117. Giuseppe Franco October 7th, 2010 at 11:11 am

    Sure looks like WCYF is a “knowledgeable fan” as he likes to describe himself.

    Nice job on the copy/paste quotes.

  118. West Coast Yankee Fan October 7th, 2010 at 11:14 am

    No actually my recollection of what the YES radar gun showed with CC pitching was right on the money. Kay and Leiter specifically mentioned it a few weeks ago when he had thrown 96-97 one game and was down to 93-94 the next. You can quote fangraphs all you want. Perhaps the YES radar gun is wrong, perhaps Kay and Leiter are wrong as well.

    As for last night, I went to see The Social Network at 8:30 PST. I have a life. I watched the rest of the game on Tivo when I got home. Wrong again.

  119. Giuseppe Franco October 7th, 2010 at 11:14 am

    I don’t even bother to read or comment during the game threads anymore. Probably only did so a handful of times all season.

  120. sab October 7th, 2010 at 11:15 am

    pat October 7th, 2010 at 10:36 am
    Sometimes I think Alex is baseball’s version of RainMan.

    It’s like you could show him a video fast forward of 100 pitches and he could recall every pitch thrown.

    Brett Gardner should talk baserunning with him as often as he can.
    *******************

    I hear that alot and yet at times he seems to be totally fooled by pitches and is mainly a “guess hitter” who when is off is a really bad one at that (ie – swings at terrible pitches out of the strike zone by ALOT)..

    as spposed to say vald guerrero who is a “guess hitter” as well but actually reaches the bad pitches and does something other than strikeout looking very bad…

    you really can’t figure this game out….

  121. 108 stitches October 7th, 2010 at 11:17 am

    As far as pitches thrown last night from the bullpen : Boone Logan had 17, David Robertson had 10, Kerry Wood had 19, and Mariano had 21.
    Probably all hands on deck if needed tonight with tomorrow being a travel day back to Newark.

  122. West Coast Yankee Fan October 7th, 2010 at 11:18 am

    The Yankees were dead after four innings. Thankfully, lat night, they came back. That’s great. But don’t try to spin the first five innings of the game. The criticisms were valid. There were scores of fans here who felt the same way. We have all seen many, many games this year when they didn’t come back. You didn’t know what was going to happen anymore than anyone else did.

    Case in point. If you think having Gardner and Jeter on first and second with no one out and then seeing Swisher and Tex pop up and A-Rod strike out is something to be applauded, you go right ahead. It’s great that Tex redeemed himself and hit the big fly later I hope he does it often this post-seasn.

  123. Bronx Jeers October 7th, 2010 at 11:20 am

    What kind of fan goes to a movie during a playoff game? :lol:

  124. Cashmoney October 7th, 2010 at 11:20 am

    Anybody who purportedly has a centaur portrait of himself can always be momentarily considered autistic in my book… he prolly painted himself. Alex Savant !

  125. blake October 7th, 2010 at 11:20 am

    CC had one game in KC on a hot day where he was throwing in the upper 90′s…he’s been 92-94 all season and occasionally has dialed up a 95 or 96 when he’s needed it. That’s where his velocity has sat for some time now.

  126. MG October 7th, 2010 at 11:21 am

    the last time I checked baseball games were 9 innings, not 4. Given they have had more come from behind wins than anyone in MLB this year and were only 3 runs down and were facing a guy who doesn’t go deep into games only a fair weather fan would decide the game was over and allegedly go to the movies.

  127. Patrick October 7th, 2010 at 11:22 am

    What kind of fan goes to a movie during a playoff game?

    A really bad one.

    I’m planning my week around this series. Got invited to a Devils game, ok it’s on Friday that means I can go. Then I got invited to a concert tonight, sorry no go. Have to go look at an apartment, lets schedule that for Monday :)

  128. MG October 7th, 2010 at 11:23 am

    blake October 7th, 2010 at 11:20 am
    CC had one game in KC on a hot day where he was throwing in the upper 90’s…he’s been 92-94 all season and occasionally has dialed up a 95 or 96 when he’s needed it. That’s where his velocity has sat for some time now.
    ———————
    Blake, exactly, there was a game in KC and a game in Chicago where all the pitchers were throwing much harder than normal, it was either the heat or a bad radar gun. CC’s average fastball velocity, for all games, hasn’t changed in the last 8 years. Like all great pitchers, he knows when to crank it up.

  129. I Like Inge October 7th, 2010 at 11:24 am

    What kind of fan goes to a movie during a playoff game?

    A non-Yankee fan.

  130. Patrick October 7th, 2010 at 11:25 am

    CC’s average fastball velocity this year is 93.5. His career average fastball velocity is…. 93.5.

    He looked the same as always last night, sitting around 92-94 and getting up to 96 when needed

  131. blake October 7th, 2010 at 11:25 am

    Alex isn’t a guess hitter. He guesses in certain counts and situations trying to do damage. Many great hitters do it.. Doesn’t mean you do it all the time but first pitch or when ahead in the count why not….if he guesses right then kaboom.

  132. Wave Your Hat October 7th, 2010 at 11:25 am

    “I stand by everything I said. If you think Posada isn’t old and didn’t hit in the .240’s this year then you are wrong.”

    You think Cervelli ought to catch? You want to put Thames behind the plate? What’s your point?

  133. Wave Your Hat October 7th, 2010 at 11:27 am

    Anybody who thinks they can tell the speed of a pitch from watching it on TV needs to think again. And different radar guns read different speeds, depending on the gun and where they read the pitch. This argument is just dumb.

  134. Patrick October 7th, 2010 at 11:27 am

    You think Cervelli ought to catch? You want to put Thames behind the plate? What’s your point?

    yes

  135. Jerkface October 7th, 2010 at 11:28 am

    Darling and Smoltz are fine but Ernie Johnson is completely miscast as a play by play announcer. He is a studio guy with no ability to frame a ballgame in real time. I’m hoping that MLB Network takes over some or all of the post season when the current contract is up, they will at least put guys in the booth that know how to do a live ballgame

    Johnson worked as a PBP announcer for 3 years at the very least, he did Braves games. The problem is he is a yankee hater, so once it was obvious the yankees were doing damage he lost any enthusiasm.

    As for A-rod, he is a guess hitter. Its on record that he loves to know what pitchers will throw in what count so he can make an educated guess.

  136. blake October 7th, 2010 at 11:28 am

    Granderson’s triple doesn’t happen without a big time AB from HOFer Jorge Posada.

  137. JCPD October 7th, 2010 at 11:31 am

    Bronx Jeers October 7th, 2010 at 11:20 am
    What kind of fan goes to a movie during a playoff game?

    —————————————————————–

    A Red Sox fan. ;-)

  138. upstate kate October 7th, 2010 at 11:32 am

    personally I want Po catching every game, but I wonder how Cervelli would do if he wasn’t always catching AJ and Javy…that has got to wear you down.

  139. SJ44 October 7th, 2010 at 11:33 am

    Anybody who goes to the movies on the night oh Game 1 of the playoffs isn’t a Yankee fan.

    And please, stop with the “passionate fan” crap.

    Being “passionate” doesn’t give you a pass for posting stupidity.

    If you post stupid stuff, you are going to get called on it.

    Simple as that and being “passionate” won’t give you a pass.

    In fact, if you were a “passionate fan”, you wouldn’t have been at the movies instead of watching the game last night.

    It’s probably best to just come clean.

    You are a “passionate fan” of Justin Timberlake and couldn’t pass up missing his movie.

    You were probably listening to his greatest hits on the way to the theatre.

    It’s ok, we understand.

  140. Giuseppe Franco October 7th, 2010 at 11:34 am

    Gotta love the typical “I have a life” response when people are called on their stupidity.

  141. pat October 7th, 2010 at 11:35 am

    Alex is a guess hitter and remembering sequences helps him to guess right.

    I think that’s why guys who “pitch backwards” sometimes stump him.

  142. Erica in NY October 7th, 2010 at 11:35 am

    Patrick October 7th, 2010 at 11:22 am

    I?m planning my week around this series. Got invited to a Devils game, ok it?s on Friday that means I can go. Then I got invited to a concert tonight, sorry no go. Have to go look at an apartment, lets schedule that for Monday
    **************

    I had a mini-panic attack when I realized my party tomorrow night might conflict with a playoff game. (Having the TV on wouldn’t go with anything). Thankfully, I avoided that nightmare conflict.

    However, I am trying to plan my AC trip for next weekend. And it would help me a lot, if I had some idea what time an ALCS Game 2 would start on Saturday so I can plan accordingly.

  143. CountryClub October 7th, 2010 at 11:37 am

    Posada is past his prime…obviously. But Cervelli shouldn’t see one game this postseason because he’s still not as good as Jorge. His defense this yr was just as bad and he can’t hit.

  144. MG October 7th, 2010 at 11:38 am

    Wave Your Hat October 7th, 2010 at 11:25 am
    “I stand by everything I said. If you think Posada isn’t old and didn’t hit in the .240’s this year then you are wrong.”

    You think Cervelli ought to catch? You want to put Thames behind the plate? What’s your point?
    ——————————-
    WYH, there is no point other than someone with no life trying to be the most brilliant anonymous poster on a blog. He’ll argue with everyone, claim he is never wrong and anyone that disagrees with him is an idiot. It got him bounced off the Daily News blog and I’m guessing the same will happen here.

  145. Jerkface October 7th, 2010 at 11:39 am

    ALCS game 2 would probably start around 6-8 right?

  146. blake October 7th, 2010 at 11:41 am

    Arod guesses in certain counts. A pure guess hitter to me is a guy that’s lost bat speed and has to guess right to make contact. Arod isn’t that…he can “see it and hit it” as well…he just looks for certain pitches in certain counts like many great hitters do trying to damage something.

  147. MG October 7th, 2010 at 11:42 am

    every Yankees fan knows Jorge is well past his prime and is no longer even average behind the plate.

    every intelligent Yankees fan also knows Jorge is still a dangerous hitter and an integral piece of the ‘A’ lineup.

    he is going to look bad sometimes at the plate, that’s what happens to older players who lose some bat speed. But he’s going to make that up with some really good ABs and important hits, just like he did last night. He’s also really tough and hung in there after taking two shots to the helmet on foul balls last night that might have knocked out someone else.

    He’s a probably Hall of Famer, he’s a lifelong Yankee, and good Yankees fans have his back, period, he’s earned that respect.

  148. Doreen October 7th, 2010 at 11:43 am

    Posada’s defense has been cringeworthy, but I still want him back there.

    I agree with upstate kate that catching particulary AJ has probably taken some kind of toll on Cervelli. I don’t remember that Vazquez was as “all over the place,” but that’s maybe because AJ was REALLY all over the place. :?

    ***

    Have Pavano’s interview on right now. It’s not what he says, it’s how he says it. He’s not endearing at all, is he?

  149. Wave Your Hat October 7th, 2010 at 11:44 am

    “He’s a probably Hall of Famer, he’s a lifelong Yankee, and good Yankees fans have his back, period, he’s earned that respect.”

    This.

  150. West Coast Yankee Fan October 7th, 2010 at 11:44 am

    Bronx Jeers
    October 7th, 2010 at 11:20 am

    What kind of fan goes to a movie during a playoff game?

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    Oh, I don’t know, maybe a fan with a life that made a commitment to someone a while ago and keeps his word. Maybe a fan who watched the first half of the game and recorded the rest and who watched it without knowing the results when he got home. Maybe that was a fan who has watched every single Yankee game on television this year and who when he lived in New York went to hundreds of games in person.

    That’s the kind of fan. If he doesn’t meet your criteria of a fan, cry me a river and ask me if I care.

  151. Erica in NY October 7th, 2010 at 11:46 am

    Jerkface October 7th, 2010 at 11:39 am
    ALCS game 2 would probably start around 6-8 right?
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    Thats what I was thinking. But in terms of my shopping, gambling and dinner itinerary in AC, there is a big difference between a 6pm start and an 8pm start.

    I am arriving Saturday around 1 or 2 and staying at Ballys. Then a friend wants me to go to the Coach outlet for her and try to find the same purse I bought myself last time. Plus, I want to walk up the Boardwalk to Showboat cause I like that Casino and I have comp cash to use there. But if the Yankees are playing, I want to watch the game at my favorite sports bar at Caesars. So I have to figure out a way to do those 3 things.

  152. West Coast Yankee Fan October 7th, 2010 at 11:46 am

    MG you seem to have me confused with someone else, I seem to recall you thought I was Ca fan or something like that. If you don’t care for my opinion, that’s your right. I make my case and numerous fans here have said they agree with many of my perspectives.

  153. MG October 7th, 2010 at 11:47 am

    ‘What kind of Yankees fan goes to a movie in the middle of a playoff game’

    a bad one.

    Almost as good as…

    ‘What kind of animal smokes marijuana at his own confirmation?’ Carmela Soprano, season 3

  154. Patrick October 7th, 2010 at 11:50 am

    Pretty sure it’s a known fact that A-rod is a guess hitter. Whereas a guy like Cano is NOT a guess hitter at all. Posada is also a big guess hitter

  155. Erica in NY October 7th, 2010 at 11:51 am

    new thread :arrow:

  156. blake October 7th, 2010 at 11:51 am

    I think we have different definitions of “guess hitter”.

  157. Oscar Madison October 7th, 2010 at 11:52 am

    Great win last nite. Thats all that matters, the end result. Why all this senseless arguing here among Yankee Fans ? Silly stuff.

  158. Bronx Jeers October 7th, 2010 at 11:52 am

    Oh, I don’t know, maybe a fan with a life that made a commitment to someone a while ago and keeps his word. Maybe a fan who watched the first half of the game and recorded the rest and who watched it without knowing the results when he got home. Maybe that was a fan who has watched every single Yankee game on television this year and who when he lived in New York went to hundreds of games in person.

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    I love it!

    :lol:
    :lol:
    :lol:

    Go get em Patton!

  159. West Coast Yankee Fan October 7th, 2010 at 11:53 am

    Posada a Hall of Famer? Really? Care to make a friendly wager on a .275 hitter being elected to the Hall of Fame?

    Jorge Posda has been a great Yankee. Great. I love the guy. No, I would not rather see Cevelli.
    I am just telling it like it is from my perspective, he is old, often injured, near the end of his career and a huge defensive liability. That having been said I hope he rises to the occasion like he did last night and helps us win number 28. I cheer for him every time he comes to bat.

    Some fans choose to support the team in their way. Others choose to do so another way. There are parents who think their children can do no wrong and they are often the worst parents. Then there are parents who are critical of their children wanting them to aspire to greatness. Different strokes for different folks.

  160. tyanksfan36 October 7th, 2010 at 11:54 am

    I dont have a problem with what West Coast said during the game. Those first few innings were brutal, I was thinking the same things. They were looking a lot like they had been looking the past 2 months, It was very hard to watch. Im not ashamed to say that I turned it off after the 3rd or 4th inning because watching them leave guys on base was driving me crazy and I had a lot to get done. I did though keep up with it while I was getting stuff done and when I saw they were rallying, I turned it back on and kept it on. I know they had the most come from behind wins all season their bad september play is still in my mind. I always try to watch the whole game but I have anxiety and sometimes its just easier to do something else for a while and then come back.
    Unfortunately Im going to miss most of the game tonight because I have class until 830 but im thinking of getting postseason.tv so I can watch in class.

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