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Cashman notes: Burnett, Marte and the roster

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

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This afternoon, Brian Cashman left a little bit of wiggle room on the Yankees using A.J. Burnett as their fourth starter, but he didn’t leave much.

“In this next round, the schedule dictates that we’ll have four starters,” Cashman said.

Does that mean Burnett will be the fourth?

“Yeah, that’s what I believe would be the case,” he said. “We’ll talk about it tomorrow, but yeah.”

A few minutes later in a 25-minute conference call, Cashmen went just a bit further: “We’re going to have our meetings, but if we have to go with a four-man rotation, it will be A.J. Burnett.”

It never seemed especially likely that the Yankees would ask both Andy Pettitte and Phil Hughes to pitch on short rest. Pettitte is a barely a month removed from a groin injury, and Hughes has never thrown this many innings this deep into a season. Burnett is erratic, but he’s also the most proven of the Yankees fourth-starter options.

“I think every game we play is a ‘hold your breath’ thing,” Cashman said. “Whether it’s Game 1 of the Division Series with a guy like CC – the first five innings against the Twins in Game 1 with our ace on the mound was a struggle – or Game 2 with Andy Pettitte. How is he going to be health-wise? That was a question mark, not knowing what you’re going to be dealing with. Phil Hughes, his first postseason official start.

“… I’ve seen A.J. Burnett succeed and obviously I’ve seen him struggle. I know what he’s capable of just like I knew what Phil Hughes was capable of. We saw that. It’s just another question yet to be answered.”

Yankees Angels Baseball• Damaso Marte’s rehab has been stopped in Tampa. He’ll travel back to New York to have his sore left shoulder checked by Dr. Ahmad. “That could involve surgery,” Cashman said. “It most likely will. He’s attempted to come back but it just hasn’t worked out. That was the conservative route that’s been done, so now we’ll have to do the more aggressive route, which is the invasive side of it.”

• Cashman said it’s too early to know how this might affect Marte next year. “Within a week, we’ll have some information,” he said.

• The Yankees staff will meet tomorrow to discuss any possible roster changes, but those probably won’t be announced until Wednesday at the earliest. They want to know who they’re facing first. Cashman said roster changes are “certainly possible.”

• Will Pettitte pitch Game 2? “All of those things will be discussed when we get together as a staff.”

• Will Francisco Cervelli catch Burnett, and could that lead to a third catcher being on the roster? “We haven’t had any of the roster meetings so all of that stuff is premature right now.”

• The Yankees will have five days between games. “Sometimes it’s good to go five games (in the division series) and keep firing on all cylinders like that series is going to be,” Cashman said. “There will be certain guys it will benefit, and there will be certain guys I’m sure it will be too long. I’d rather be in this situation than not.”

• As you might expect, Cashman said he doesn’t care who wins tomorrow’s game between the Rays and Rangers, but that doesn’t mean he won’t be hoping for a certain outcome. “I’ll root for an extra-inning game,” he said. “Let it go 21 innings if it has to.”

Associated Press photos of Burnett and Marte. I thought it was important to find a Marte picture. I wasn’t sure anyone would remember what he looks like.

 
 

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165 Responses to “Cashman notes: Burnett, Marte and the roster”

  1. Betsy October 11th, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    Too bad about Marte; if he does have surgery, hopefully he’ll be able to pitch next year.

    I think Phil should go in game 2 if it’s Texas. If not, then it doesn’t matter, although it’s probably preferrable that he pitch game 2 even against Tampa so that Andy can go against Price/Lee. Of course, maybe Lee/Price will pitch on short rest in game 2- who knows?

  2. LGY October 11th, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    For those concerned with CC’s workload by going on 3 days rest, couldn’t you make the argument pitching Hughes potentially 4 times between the ALCS and WS (as opposed to 2) far past his previous innings high even more strenuous than CC on 3 days rest?

  3. Betsy October 11th, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    LGY, that’s a very good point………………

  4. Niblick October 11th, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    At least TB (or Tex) now know they won’t get swept.

  5. KPB October 11th, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    I hope they don’t change the roster to much. It has worked really well so far.

  6. DaSaint007 October 11th, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    I think that Marte has 2 years and $8 MM left on his contract, so I hope he’s able to pitch next year, otherwise that’s alot to eat should they try to trade him. Let’s hope the surgery will return him to productive form for the balance of his contract.

  7. Erin October 11th, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    I thought it was important to find a Marte picture. I wasn’t sure anyone would remember what he looks like.

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

    :lol:

    Good idea!

  8. champ809 October 11th, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    Next year is the last year on Marte’s contract.

    He signed a 3yr/12mm deal after the ’08 season.

  9. 108 stitches October 11th, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    When Cashman finds out for sure with Marte about shoulder surgery he could be rehabbing until May or June. Start making plans without him.
    Cashman picked up a LHP (Steve Garrison) late in the season from San Diego but he’ll be looking at others when the season ends.

  10. Yazman October 11th, 2010 at 6:15 pm

    Makes sense to me.

    AJ vs. Tampa:
    .243 BA, .709 OPS in 255 ABs
    AJ vs. Texas:
    .207 BA, .642 OPS in 208 ABs

    Not his worst.

  11. KPB October 11th, 2010 at 6:19 pm

    I remember Marte, It’s this Nick Johnson (mythical) creature I’m having trouble with.

  12. indy42 October 11th, 2010 at 6:19 pm

    WRITER: “So, Mr. Cashman, what do you think about this?”

    CASHMAN: “I’d say it’s a bit premature to talk about that.”

    WRITER: “What about this?”

    CASHMAN: “We’ll discuss that when we get closer to the ALCS.”

    WRITER: “And this?”

    CASHMAN: “We haven’t made a decision yet.”

    WRITER: “For the love of god, what about that?”

    CASHMAN: “Well… We’ll certainly have a conversation about that.”

  13. champ809 October 11th, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    I’ve got a feeling AJ get’s it done in his game 4 start….just a hunch.

    I think the Yanks will go CC-Hughes-Andy-AJ so as to have a possible game 7 started by Andy and not Hughes….that’s what I’d do. I also still feel better about Hughes on the road than @ the stadium even though he’s been lights out at home the last few times out.

    If we play the Rays I like the probable matchups to favor us…

    gm1- CC vs. Garza(he’s tough in the postseason but we handle him good!)

    gm2- Hughes vs. Shields(I’m sure Maddie will try to avoid big game James pitching in the launching pad that is Yanks stadium)

    gm3- Andy vs. Price

    gm4- AJ vs. Niemann(neither has looked good down the stretch but AJ has been slightly better than Sasquatch Niemann)

  14. hardwired7 October 11th, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    the Yanks were 0-10 during the regular season when Burnett gave up 6 runs or more.

    his leash should be at ‘walking a rabid pit bull through a day care’ length.

  15. pat October 11th, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    JeffFletcherAOL #braves fans just gave Brooks Conrad a standing ovation as he stood in the outfield during BP

    Good job by them.

  16. Erin October 11th, 2010 at 6:23 pm

    KPB October 11th, 2010 at 6:19 pm

    I remember Marte, It’s this Nick Johnson (mythical) creature I’m having trouble with.

    ***********************************
    Who’s Nick Johnson??? Doesn’t sound familiar at all. ;)

  17. Betsy October 11th, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    I think Phil should start game 2. In TX it’s a no-brainer, but although the kid has big game guts, you want Andy in game 7, so even if it’s the Rays, I still go game 2. I have absolutely no problems pitching him at home, though; I didn’t against Minny and I don’t against anyone else. He just has to make his pitches.

  18. Betsy October 11th, 2010 at 6:25 pm

    That is a good job by the Braves fans; I don’t think NY fans would be so kind.

  19. BJK October 11th, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    champ809 October 11th, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    gm4- AJ vs. Niemann(neither has looked good down the stretch but AJ has been slightly better than Sasquatch Niemann)

    ——————————————————-

    This is more likely to be Wade Davis, who has been their 2nd best pitcher of late. Although Davis may pitch game 1 or 2.

    Niemann is probably not in the rotation.

  20. Razor Ray October 11th, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    No way the Rays start Niemann over Davis…. right?

  21. Betsy October 11th, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    I thought this was an interesting article.

    http://www.weei.com/sports/bos.....ober-rotat

    I hope Lee is the last of our major FA pitching acquisitions.

  22. KPB October 11th, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    Erin October 11th, 2010 at 6:23 pm

    KPB October 11th, 2010 at 6:19 pm

    I remember Marte, It’s this Nick Johnson (mythical) creature I’m having trouble with.

    ***********************************
    Who’s Nick Johnson??? Doesn’t sound familiar at all. ;)
    ————————————

    You’ve heard of him. He’s the guy that comes and takes away the bad boys and girls Muppet toys. The only way they can get them back is by eating their fruits and vegetables, so they can grow up and play everyday without getting hurt. :lol:

  23. RMS October 11th, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    “That is a good job by the Braves fans; I don’t think NY fans would be so kind.”

    Unfortunately, I think you are right.

  24. CR9 October 11th, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    I dont agree with booing players, but I certainly wouldnt have given Conrad a standing ovation.

    If it was CC or Mariano or Jeter or even AJ, or somebody that had done wonders for our franchise, then Id give them an ovation to make them know it was okay to be human.

    But Conrad is a loser. Why give a standing ovation to a loser that cost your team the playoffs?

  25. pat October 11th, 2010 at 6:48 pm

    CR9

    ‘Cause he’s your “loser”.

  26. G. Love October 11th, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    If we have to pitch AJ, I’m glad it’s going to be at home. Number 1, we score a lot at home and have the RF porch to get us back into any game.

    Number 2, I doubt AJ wants to go out and get lustily booed off the mound in the ALCS. The stadium will destroy him if he puts in one of his “not competing” starts. Maybe the fear of that gets him to get it in check for a night.

    That said, if CC gets to dodge Price or Lee in game 1 as it appears he will, he has to go out and take that game from the first pitch. The matchup dictates we have to win that one.

  27. 108 stitches October 11th, 2010 at 6:51 pm

    hardwired7 October 11th, 2010 at 6:21 pm
    the Yanks were 0-10 during the regular season when Burnett gave up 6 runs or more.

    his leash should be at ‘walking a rabid pit bull through a day care’ length.
    ………………………………….

    Yes indeed. Girardi won’t allow Burnett to give up 6 runs or more. He’ll be watched like a hawk and when trouble starts to brew, Girardi will have a quick hook.
    Burnett will not be able to help but notice the bullpen getting heated up.

  28. DaSaint007 October 11th, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    Thanks Champ. You’ve eased my pain. He has a $4 MM club option for 2012. Somehting tells me it won’t get picked up…

  29. Cashmoney October 11th, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    gm4- AJ vs. Niemann
    —————–
    Where is Wade Davis in this equation?

  30. CR9 October 11th, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    pat – Would you honestly give Cody Ransom a standing ovation – given the same scenario?

    To be clear, I would absolutely not boo Ransom. I just wouldnt cheer him.

  31. Erin October 11th, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    KPB October 11th, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    You’ve heard of him. He’s the guy that comes and takes away the bad boys and girls Muppet toys. The only way they can get them back is by eating their fruits and vegetables, so they can grow up and play everyday without getting hurt

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

    That’s horrible!!! I knew there was a reason I never liked the guy. ;)

  32. Giuseppe Franco October 11th, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    I don’t imagine the Yanks won a ton of games where any of the starters gave up 6+ runs, regardless who it was.

  33. KPB October 11th, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    Erin

    Never fear, the captain to the rescue!!!!

    http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/Derek_Jeter

  34. Erin October 11th, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    KPB October 11th, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    Erin

    Never fear, the captain to the rescue!!!!

    http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/Derek_Jeter

    ********************************
    Awww…that makes me feel much better, thank you!!

    I love that picture :)

  35. Tom in N.J. October 11th, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    “I don’t imagine the Yanks won a ton of games where any of the starters gave up 6+ runs, regardless who it was.”

    10-43 when they give up 6 or more runs.

    Oddly enough when they gave up 4 runs they were 7-11 , but 12-4 when they gave up 5 runs….

    http://www.baseball-reference......eam_id=NYY

  36. pat October 11th, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    CR9

    Yes.

    They may need him to hit or run or even play the field at some point and I’d prefer he was feeling confident when he did.

  37. blake October 11th, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    I think Sabathia will throw game 4 unless the Yankees are up 3-0. If they are up 2-1 then they go for the kill and a chance to go up 3-1…therefore giving themselves 2 chances at avoiding game 7 and allowing CC to open the WS….and obviously if they are behind 2-1 they aren’t going to pitch AJ and risk going down 3-1….I think of AJ pitches it will either be in game 4 with a 3-0 lead….or in game 5.

  38. Giuseppe Franco October 11th, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    The most troublesome stat is not the fact that the Yanks were winless in games Burnett coughed up 6+ runs.

    It’s the fact that Burnett gave up 6+ runs 10 times this season. That’s almost one-third of his starts for the entire season.

    Yikes. Not good.

  39. KPB October 11th, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    Erin

    Your welcome. :smile:
    ————————–

    I’ll be back later. Time to go and “feed” my addiction of having to eat at least twice a day.

  40. CR9 October 11th, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    pat – After a game like yesterday, cheering Conrad is not likely going to make him any more confident in his (lack of) abilities.

    However, Im joining your position. Anything that could possibly – even if it’s only a 1% possibility – help the team, Im on board with.

  41. Cashmoney October 11th, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    Anyone has any rooting interest for either of the Giants or Braves tonight?

  42. Trevor October 11th, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    # Cashmoney October 11th, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    Anyone has any rooting interest for either of the Giants or Braves tonight?
    ______________

    Giants all the way.

  43. blake October 11th, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    BRAVES!…though Bumgardner is from my neck of the woods. My dad coached against him in high school and I saw him pitch a couple times. He has no breaking stuff in high school but then when you throw 94 from the left side you really don’t need any at that level. I’m interested to see how he does tonight.

  44. Joe from Long Island October 11th, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    Cashmoney – Oh, I’m guessing that the Braves will be a less challenging opponent for our Yanks….Other than that, no.

  45. Cashmoney October 11th, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    I like Buster and that eclectic crew in SF, also, I think Giants offer a realistic possibility of beating the Phillies.

  46. Doreen October 11th, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    Giants.

  47. MTU October 11th, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    I’m pulling for the Braves cause my good buddy blake wants ‘em to win.

    :)

  48. Tom in N.J. October 11th, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    Giants.

    My grandfather was a NY giant fan…

  49. Cashmoney October 11th, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    @blake, are they starting Bumga or Timmy tonight?

  50. blake October 11th, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    MTU, you’re my man.

  51. blake October 11th, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    Bumgardner.

  52. CR9 October 11th, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    Since I brought up the unlovely Cody Ransom, here’s the song I used to sing for him when I was furious at him!

    How handsome is your Ransom
    How loose is your caboose

  53. Betsy October 11th, 2010 at 7:35 pm

    Is that his nickname? Bumga? Awful…………

    Blake, you’re probably right…………

  54. Bx is Burning October 11th, 2010 at 7:35 pm

    My grandpa (from East Harlem) loved the Giants. (Hubbell was his hero.)
    …and as a Manhattan native, I find it easy to root for them, esp. w/o Bonds.

    Went up to Coogan’s Bluff last fall, where you can still see the stairs that led to the Polo Grounds, just across the river from Yankee Stadium. Very cool…

  55. MTU October 11th, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    Blake-

    Us moonshiners have got to have each others backs or the Revenuer’s will be on our as* in a NY minute.

    So if you want the Braves I want the Braves.

    It’s simple. :)

  56. blake October 11th, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    MTU,

    You better believe it. I’ll pull for the Rangers tomorrow in your honor….since I know how much you hate the Rays. Just hope they pull it off in about 20 innings.

  57. blake October 11th, 2010 at 7:39 pm

    Glaus at 3rd and Infante at 2nd was really Bobby’s only option tonight. Glaus has no range anymore but he’ll catch what he can get to and you have to have someone that can catch it up the middle.

  58. Cashmoney October 11th, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    Betsy , I think they nicknamed him ‘madbum’.

  59. Betsy October 11th, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    Neyer ripped Cox apart in his blog today. He said that if Cox really believed that tonight’s lineup was his best option, he would have done it that way from the beginning.

  60. MTU October 11th, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    Blake-

    Appreciate it.

    I think I’ll go out and buy me a a Maddon Voo Doo doll so I can stick pins in it during the game and watch Maddon cringe.

    What time does tonite’s hoedown start ?

  61. blake October 11th, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    Bobby Cox forgot more baseball today than Rob Neyer has ever known

  62. Betsy October 11th, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    Cash, I like that, lol.

  63. blake October 11th, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    MTU,

    It just started. Get a “big game James” doll too while you’re at it.

  64. Betsy October 11th, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    LOL Blake, that’s true……….of course Neyer also doesn’t think CC is one of the best pitchers in baseball.

  65. blake October 11th, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    Bumgardner can kill the ball at the plate as well.

  66. CR9 October 11th, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    Ive nicknamed Sergio Mitre “Hotass” which rhymes with the way some people say smartass (Smahtass)

  67. blake October 11th, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    Neyer is maybe worst writer out there. I seriously wonder if he’s ever actually watched a baseball game sometimes.

  68. MTU October 11th, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    Blake-

    No need for that. He proved he’s Lame game James last time. If Texas can’t beat him they should be ashamed of themselves.

    Catch U later. :)

  69. Betsy October 11th, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    I have a voodoo doll at work from when I went to New Orleans a few years ago. I lost the black pin (the one you stick into the doll when you want to wish ill on someone) unfortunately; I only have the white (good things) one left. So I can’t wish bad luck on Tampa or Texas…………but I can use the pin and wish for good luck for the Yanks

  70. Cashmoney October 11th, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    Andres Torres has really had an impressive year as a CF.

  71. Betsy October 11th, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    Blake, there’s a huge competition out there for worst writer. On any given day, these mediots can be awful. Sometimes they have good days, but more often than not they make you want to pull your hair out of your head.

  72. Cashmoney October 11th, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    The Braves are so beat up as a team. They miss Prado and Jone’s respective bats and defense badly.

  73. stuckey99 October 11th, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    “Stuckey, I said that just because you can pitch CC on 3 days rest doesn’t mean you should………….and you said that’s exactly what it means. ”

    Yes, if you can, you do.

    “I do not want to pitch CC on 3 days rest unless needed.”

    But again, you’re discounting preparation.

    In order for him pitch “if needed” his routine beginning the second he throws his last pitch in game 1 is to pitch 3 days later. There is a very specific way to prepare to pitch on 3 days rest, as compared to 4 which is what he’d do if pitching game 5.

    And if by game 4 he’s prepared to that night, you throw him.

    It’s not as simple as preparing him to throw game 4 and then the night before pushing him back a day. That’s hardly ideal either.

    And he gave up 2 earned in 7 innings in WS game 1 and 3 earned in 6.2 in game 5.

    I think you’re overreacting to him “not being his best”.

    No, he didn’t throw shut-outs, but he was perfectly fine.

    “I know that people assume he will never have any issues with this workload just because he’s a big guy, but I don’t agree with that.”

    I don’t assume he will never have any issues with this workload because he’s a big guy, I assume he won’t have issues with this workload because he’s proven to be effective in the past on 3 days rest, including a historic September 2008 when he took the Brewers on his back and dragged them to the postseason single-handedly.

    btw – If Burnett pitches in game 4, he’ll be pitching on 17 days rest.

    Anyone want to take any bets on how THAT’s going to affect Burnett?

  74. Erica in NY October 11th, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    4 Days, 0 Hours, and 0 Minutes until game 1 of the ALCS :grin:

    (Note: I am going by the posted start time of 8pm on the TBS website)

  75. stuckey99 October 11th, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    “Ive nicknamed Sergio Mitre “Hotass” which rhymes with the way some people say smartass (Smahtass)”

    Cool story, bro d’-’

  76. tyanksfan36 October 11th, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    I’m rooting Braves cause back in the 90s when I was growing up, that was THE team(didn’t become a yanks fan til 1998 when I went to my first ST game) as much as I want the Braves to win though, I know that if they made it to the Phillies, they’d jut get their As*es handed to them in 4 games so I’m in a quandry. Also, that little Buster Posey, who is a month+ older than myself, is so darn cute I find myself pulling for him everytime he is up.

  77. blake October 11th, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    The defense in both NL series has been atrocious.

  78. blake October 11th, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    “btw – If Burnett pitches in game 4, he’ll be pitching on 17 days rest.

    Anyone want to take any bets on how THAT’s going to affect Burnett?”

    Hopefully 3 times better than he’s been on 5 days rest.

  79. Pat M. October 11th, 2010 at 8:15 pm

    AJ will impress all in his outing at The Stadium

  80. blake October 11th, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    Pat M,

    you know what…I wouldn’t be shocked. He just has to remember that one dominant postseason start washes everything else from this season away. He needs to hold on to that thought and make it happen if given the opportunity.

  81. Giuseppe Franco October 11th, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    I’d prefer not to read any of CR9′s homoerotic nicknames for different players on a Yankee baseball blog but that’s just me.

  82. Joe from Long Island October 11th, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    Watching the game tonight. Boy, looking at the fans in the seats, and what passes for fashion down South in Atlanta….I don’t know….

    Hi, Pat M. Hope you and yours are well.

  83. blake October 11th, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    “Watching the game tonight. Boy, looking at the fans in the seats, and what passes for fashion down South in Atlanta….I don’t know….”

    easy ;)

  84. Nick in SF October 11th, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    So the goal is to get Marte healthy by October 2011?

  85. Angel October 11th, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    I am *not* a fan of the Tomahawk waves. Its only slightly less annoying than the rally monkey and homer hankie.

  86. West Coast Yankee Fan October 11th, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    AJ Burnett has one thing going for him, diminished expectations. If he goes 6 innings and gives up 4 runs most Yankee fans would take that. That keeps your team in the game and gives you a chance to win. It’s a good bet that the Yankees will score more than 4 runs not facing an ace.

    Anything better than that for AJ would be an unqualified success IMO.

  87. Joe from Long Island October 11th, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    blake – I’ll grant you, being an expert on fashion is not exactly up my alley.

    Still…..Call me a New Yorker…..

  88. Bret The Hitman October 11th, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    Hello LOHUD :)

    I believe I AM THE NEXT SJ44.

    Here me out…

    I just got back from my sister’s home in Virginia where we celebrated my nephew’s 2nd birthday. One of our brothers bought him a tee ball set.

    My nephew went 18 for 18. He batted 1.000 in his first game. The crowd (my sister and I) went wild! But did he crack under the pressure? Not a chance. He has ice in his veins and the focus of a space laser.

    Furthermore, without any instruction (he maybe watched me swing the bat once or twice) he hit the ball holding the bat properly with two hands. He NEVER missed. He’s very advance with hand-eye coordination for his age. His father played baseball at Georgia Southern and he used to hang out with Michael Cuddeyer. He’s got connections.

    No doubt my nephew will be coached in the right places which is crucial. But the raw talent I witnessed today was simply astounding.

  89. West Coast Yankee Fan October 11th, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    The Rally Monkey is pretty cool. The film spoofs they do are very creative, the Yankee players have even said they enjoy watching them. I like the one where they show the scene from Field Of Dreams, if you build it they will come…and the monkey comes out of the corn. Funny! The kids love it. Very Disney!

  90. Joe from Long Island October 11th, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    Man, the D here…..

  91. m October 11th, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    No doubt the Giants would be better equipped to dispatch the Phillies, but I’m kind of partial to Yankees South.

    If it’s not bad luck to look ahead, Yankees/Braves would be fitting, considering their history.

  92. CR9 October 11th, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    Giuseppe – It was just in good fun. I didnt mean anything bad by it. I appreciate your opinion.

    How are you enjoying the postseason thus year – as opposed to last year? Must be awesome to watch our Yankees in the comfort of your own home. :)

  93. Bring in the Goose October 11th, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    Rob Neyer is brilliant.

    Because he pens mediocre reviews of your favorite players makes him a “mediot”?

    Try reading some of his fantastic books. As a baseball fan, you would enjoy them.

    Just grow thicker skin so when he writes that Brett Gardner will never hit 10 homers in a season, you don’t take it personally.

  94. m October 11th, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    And I can’t stand Aubrey Huff.

    McCain is a good player.

    Atlanta looking like Tampa, playing with energy.

  95. Tar October 11th, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    Bret

    I would send an e-mail to Oppenheimer. He really needs to start watching his progress early, so nobody else comes in and takes him from the Yankees. You should also start sending film. We need to see this kid!

  96. SJ44 October 11th, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    Bret,

    What is your problem?

    Do you really want to keep taking personal shots at me?

    If you do, that’s fine by me as I will do the same.

    So, why don’t you cut the crap now before you get embarrassed.

  97. Nick in SF October 11th, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    Exectly one year ago, October 11 2009, Andy Pettitte and the Yanks closed out the ALDS with a victory over the Twins in Minneapolis.

    I didn’t get to watch a single pitch on Saturday and I didn’t get to watch more than a half inning on Thursday.

    I really miss Yankee baseball, I’m ready for Friday already.

  98. Cashmoney October 11th, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    It’s rainy cats and dogs outside , thunder and lightning and very very frightening!

  99. m October 11th, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    Nick,

    Did your mommy get married? Did you walk her down the aisle? She must be young to be catching her second win.

  100. m October 11th, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    *second wind.

  101. Bret The Hitman October 11th, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    SJ44,

    My post wasn’t a shot at all.

    Sorry that you took it that way.

    I’m truly excited about my nephew being a ballplayer. What I described happened today and I meant to sound like a proud uncle.

    That’s where the comparison to you starts and ends.

    Proud uncle.

    Hopefully if things go well, my nephew enjoys the same success someday.

    It’s a huge deal.

    Again sorry.

    Bret

    the other night I was teasing you man. I won’t do that anymore. Again sorry.

  102. Joe from Long Island October 11th, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    Did I catch that right? Bam Bam is hitting coach for SF?

  103. Bret The Hitman October 11th, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    Tar,

    lol.

    We have it on Youtube but I want to protect his identity. He really impressed for his first time out there. I mean he literally just turned 2 and he has the coordination of a 5 or 6 year old.

    As things progress and he hits little league…I’ll think about posting stuff.

    The thing is, both his parents were collegiate athletes.

    My sister is now a college coach.

    Her boyfriend played baseball at Georgia Southern.

    They’re both very health conscious and athletic.

  104. Cashmoney October 11th, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    Hensley Meulen?

  105. tyanksfan36 October 11th, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    My dad wants to take me to the Rays/Rangers game tomorrow night. I dont know why he would even suggest that. We spent yesterday watching baseball and fighting with eachother. he knows that I hate the Rays and always pick on them and call them losers, I cant even say something like “ugggh he was out at first!” or anything at all negative about that team without him flipping out and he cant make any negative comments about my Yankees or any other team I watch without me yelling at him.

  106. Joe from Long Island October 11th, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    Wow, first time I’ve heard of an NFL game being delayed because of weather. They’re saying lightning strikes, and they’ve emptied the stands. And as I type this, I hear thunder over the North Shore of LI.

  107. Pat M. October 11th, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    Joe from Long Island…….All is fine Doc, except that I’m flying back home for what I had hoped would be Games 1 & 2 @ The Stadium……Well I’ll just hang out at my favorite Pub in Pelham or Bronxville and watch the game with some very old friends…..Besides, it appears that a Norester is coming in Friday…..

  108. m October 11th, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    This would by the most ironic no-no if it ends up being one.

  109. JobaTipsHisCap October 11th, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    Lowe is at his best with 3 days rest

  110. m October 11th, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    Sinkerballers do better when they’re not over-strong, no?

  111. CR9 October 11th, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    Lowe has a no hitter? UGH!

  112. Nick in SF October 11th, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    Yes, m, she was married yesterday, and yes, I did walk her down the aisle.

    I also gave the traditional ‘son of the bride toast’ at the reception (it’s common in Marin County).

    She’s not so young, her three grandkids (oldest a college freshman) were also at the wedding. The groom’s four grandkids were also there.

    My sister and nephew stayed in town an extra day to take me out to dinner tonight to celebrate a personal anniversary, I’ll be joined by the new married couple and my SOSSGF at a trendy Italian restaurant that Doreen did NOT dine at during her trip to San Francisco in August.

    I’m curious why you referred to the Braves as Yankees South — if that’s what you meant. I like it when the Yanks’ relationship with Atlanta is like the one that General Sherman had with Atlanta during the Civil War.

  113. Don Vito A. Bellamo October 11th, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    When I say we will go 11-3 to win our Championship, I am counting on both times that AJ pitches we lose and only one of the other pitchers will lose a game before all is said and done, likely Hughes. Our 3 man rotation (with AJ, only AS NEEDED) of CC, Andy and Hughes is going to be tough for ANY team to handle and with the offense firing on all cylinders, it is a REPEAT, BABY ! :-)

  114. Tar October 11th, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    tyanksfan36

    Go to the game. Root for the Rays, have a nice day with dad.

    You can do this because, secretly you want the Yankees beat the “Tar”out of the Rays. Just down right humiliate them. Which will leave you with bragging rights all winter long. :D

  115. Joe from Long Island October 11th, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    tyanksfan36 – don’t take this the wrong way, please, but are you a teenager, or young adult? If so, I’ll bet your dad just wants to do something with you that he sees you like (baseball). It may be something as simple as he wants to spend time with you. Parents (I’m speaking as one myself, of a 22 year old) do want to do that. Again, I don’t mean anything snide. One of the things about the internet is that you don’t know who you’re chatting with, so please take this in the spirit of just trying to be helpful.

  116. Cashmoney October 11th, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    Lowe has a good track record and very good era in the playoffs. I believe it’s in the low 3ish. He is also one of the few guys now who can pitch on 3 days rest.

  117. Tom in N.J. October 11th, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    Brave Ruth?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Ruth1935.jpg

  118. m October 11th, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    That’s sweet, Nick.

    Please clue me in on the SOSS part! I’m thinking one of the ‘S’es stands for sometimes.

    As for Yankees South, I don’t know. Historically Eastern Division powers? A number of ex-Yankees on the roster?

  119. Cashmoney October 11th, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    After a short stint with the Boston Braves in 1935, Ruth retired.

  120. JobaTipsHisCap October 11th, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    I smell Lowe will give up a HR

  121. Joe from Long Island October 11th, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    Pat M – have a safe trip. Hope you get to celebrate a couple of wins. My wife and I are going to Game 4 on Tuesday night. Hope the weather is reasonable. My wife is a good sport about my obsession, but I hope she doesn’t tolerate some of the elements too well.

    Nick – congratulations. There is nothing as precious as family.

  122. JobaTipsHisCap October 11th, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    you see, I like my call.

  123. m October 11th, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    I’m thinking that ty’s dad is not easy to watch a game with.

    If you want to face TB in the ALCS, then I would go because you’d be cheering for TB.

    No-no and shutout gone.

  124. Nick in SF October 11th, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    Sort-Of-Super-Secret. Used to be Super-Secret-Sort-Of.

    Thanks, Joe. It’s been a fun weekend.

    Good prognosticating, JobaTipsHisCap.

  125. JobaTipsHisCap October 11th, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    oh geez, MNF starts at 9:15?!

  126. Joe from Long Island October 11th, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    Let me correct that, lol – My wife is a good sport about my obsession, but she doesn?t tolerate some of the elements too well.

    She’s a very good sport about my Yankee obsession, bless her.

  127. m October 11th, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    Ooh. Something tells me you have more than one SOSSy. ;)

  128. Carl October 11th, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    Just knew Damon didn’t want to go to the Red Sox because he wanted to come back to NY. I just knew it.

  129. Erica in NY October 11th, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    Congratulations Mr Nick in SF

    Its quite nice to see you back ;-)

  130. Erica in NY October 11th, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    Carl October 11th, 2010 at 9:07 pm
    Just knew Damon didn’t want to go to the Red Sox because he wanted to come back to NY. I just knew it.
    *************

    Well, that and he didn’t want to pretend break my heart (again)

  131. tyanksfan36 October 11th, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    Joe

    no harm, I dont really take anything on here personally. I am a young adult my dad and I do enjoy doing things together, we have gone to 3 rays games this year (2 yankees/1 white sox) and we have gone to countless minor league games together. I just think that it might strain our baseball relationship because we are both very competitive and we dont like when the other makes quick jabs at each others teams. And as much as I try, I wont be able to control myself by not making comments about them.

    Tar

    I dont think I could root for the Rays because I dont want to think about the possibility of us losing to them in the ALCS

  132. m October 11th, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    Joba,

    Did you smell that one?

  133. Nick in SF October 11th, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    Thank you, Erica. But now I have to go. :(

    (are you interested in a picture of Snoopy dressed up like the devil? No pinstripes involved)

  134. Carl October 11th, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    # Erica in NY October 11th, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    Carl October 11th, 2010 at 9:07 pm
    Just knew Damon didn’t want to go to the Red Sox because he wanted to come back to NY. I just knew it.
    *************

    Well, that and he didn’t want to pretend break my heart (again)

    That to!

  135. SAS October 11th, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    Jets game finally about to start.

  136. tyanksfan36 October 11th, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    # m October 11th, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    I’m thinking that ty’s dad is not easy to watch a game with.

    If you want to face TB in the ALCS, then I would go because you’d be cheering for TB.

    ______

    you hit the nail on the head there, I think that neither of us are fun to watch a game with. I think my problem is that im very defensive all the time because besides my grandfather, I dont really have any other Yankee fans to cheer on my team with. Im constantly on the attack. Also, there is something about my family in that we are all sore losers. at christmas we play board games and they always end in a fight. we cant stand to lose or be challenged.

  137. Erica in NY October 11th, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    Nick in SF October 11th, 2010 at 9:11 pm
    Thank you, Erica. But now I have to go.

    (are you interested in a picture of Snoopy dressed up like the devil? No pinstripes involved)
    ***************

    No. Why would I want Devil Snoopy when I have two Yankee Snoopys

    Yankee Snoopy >>>>>>> Devil Snoopy

  138. Cashmoney October 11th, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    I don’t know if it’s the case of Brave struggling offensively or Giants pitching great . But I am impressed by Sanchez and Bumga’s stuff and poise last couple days.

  139. Tom in N.J. October 11th, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    I always liked Snoopy’s drifter brother, Spike, better…

    Is there a Yankee Spike doll?

  140. Cashmoney October 11th, 2010 at 9:20 pm

    Snoopy to the left ! Snoopy to the right !

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DohRa9lsx0Q

  141. Erica in NY October 11th, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    Tom in N.J. October 11th, 2010 at 9:19 pm
    I always liked Snoopy’s drifter brother, Spike, better…

    Is there a Yankee Spike doll?
    ***********
    Not that I am aware of

  142. Cashmoney October 11th, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    Tom , I personally would take a Darth Cervelli doll, I think they should make one.

  143. JobaTipsHisCap October 11th, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    Lowe is very impressive!

  144. blake October 11th, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    Say what you want about Lowe but he’s a gamer and always wants the ball.

  145. JobaTipsHisCap October 11th, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    # m October 11th, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    Joba,

    Did you smell that one?

    **********

    LOL, no!

  146. blake October 11th, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    can’t beg to stay in and then walk the guy though.

  147. m October 11th, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    Lol, Joba.

    What was Cox thinking, letting Lowe talk his way into staying the game? He’s clearly gassed. This is an elimination game.

  148. Carl October 11th, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    # blake October 11th, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    can’t beg to stay in and then walk the guy though.

    I’m sure he did it on purpose.

  149. Tom in N.J. October 11th, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    Best I can do for you is a Darth-Rod:

    http://goldenrule.mlblogs.com/Darth%20ARod.jpg

  150. Cashmoney October 11th, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    What was Cox thinking,
    —————–
    ground ball dp I think. But…

  151. blake October 11th, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    I’m sure he didn’t Carl but that’s besides the point. He was gassed.

  152. blake October 11th, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    wow.

  153. GreenBeret7 October 11th, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    The post season defense this year has been as ugly as any that I’ve see in years. NYY has the only clean series.

  154. LGY October 11th, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    Posada had an E in game 1.

  155. m October 11th, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    If Lowe was pitching on short rest, and on a pitch count. Then he shouldn’t been pulled with the walk, no matter what the pitch count was because theyre in the 7th. And he most certainly should have been pulled after the IF single.

  156. blake October 11th, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    It has been ugly…especially the NL games.

  157. JobaTipsHisCap October 11th, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    m, I hope they play game 5….

  158. blake October 11th, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    The Braves are just too shorthanded to keep shooting themselves in the foot like they have.

  159. GreenBeret7 October 11th, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    No he didn’t have an error.

  160. m October 11th, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    Burrell looks like the really creepy guy that used to be on desperate housewives.

    Rowand looks like Jack from will & grace.

    Huff looking like the guy that was dating Lightman’s partner.

  161. blake October 11th, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    The Yankees committed no errors in the ALDS…Posada had a pass ball that led to an unearned run but no error.

  162. LGY October 11th, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    Hm. I did not realize a passed ball was not considered an Error.

    Learn something new everyday.

  163. GreenBeret7 October 11th, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    That passed ball should have been scored as a wild pitch on the cross-up. He called for a fastball on the inside corner and got a slider to the outside.

  164. Erica in NY October 11th, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    new thread :arrow:

  165. m October 11th, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    Nice play to get Burrell. Let’s see if the Braves can get the runs back.

    Sorry, my 9:33 post should be “he should’ve been pulled with the walk”


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