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Pregame notes: “It helped me get to this point”

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

ALCS Yankees Rangers BaseballOn May 1, 2007, Phil Hughes pitched in this ballpark for the first time. You probably know the story: It was his second Major League start. He was eight outs away from a no-hitter. He tried to throw a big curveball to Mark Teixeira and pulled his hamstring.

“I remember coming into that game, coming off my debut (which) wasn’t great,” Hughes said. “I still wanted to prove something, and I remember coming into that game and feeling really good. Everything was working. I came out early and was able to throw strikes. And then you know — it seems like a distant memory now — but obviously it didn’t end too well. That was certainly disappointing. Family and friends know not really to bring it up, just because it’s not one of my best memories. But at the same time, it was my first Major League win, and that certainly is still special.”

Hughes has since pitched twice in this stadium. One start, one relief appearance, and a total of three hits allowed. His success in Texas is one of the reasons the Yankees pegged him for Game 2 of the ALCS. Despite the less-than-perfect beginning, Hughes said he feels “pretty comfortable” in this park. His only appearance here this season was an inning of relief to stay sharp between starts.

It’s a strange road that brought Hughes to this point — premier prospect, strange injuries, up-and-down big league starts, back to the minors, big league reliever — but he lived up to all of the Yankees hopes and expectations in the division series. Now it’s time to take his show back on the road. For the second Saturday in a row, Hughes will make the biggest start of his career.

“I had to go through a lot in those first couple of years,” he said. “You know, coming up and feeling good about things, and you know, having those few years in the Minor Leagues where I didn’t really have too many hiccups. Then having to do the whole rehab thing, getting re-injured during my rehab, really not pitching for the entire season, coming back and then getting hurt the next year. It was a tough couple of years for me. But I really feel like that kind of shaped me into what I’ve been able to do so far, you know, just having to deal with that adversity and getting through it. I always try to take it as a positive and feel like it helped me get to this point.”

ALCS Yankees Rangers Baseball• TBS announced that more than 8.1 million viewers watched Game 1. It was the most-watched (based on total viewers) LCS Game 1 ever on cable, supplanting last years NLCS opener. The game drew a 13.9 rating in the New York market and a 21.9 rating in Dallas/Fort-Worth.

• Nick Swisher bunting last night: “Actually that was a play that we put on,” Joe Girardi said.

• Girardi said the Yankees still plan to have CC Sabathia pitch Game 5. He pulled him after 93 pitches last night because, “He just had worked extremely hard.”

• Girardi said he wasn’t surprised that the Rangers let a lefty pitch to Marcus Thames last night. “I had Berkman ready to go,” Girardi said. “He also knows Lance Berkman is a very good hitter too.”

• Speaking of Thames, despite all the talk about an open competition during spring training, Girardi said today that Thames was never really in danger of not making the team. “That’s where our scouts and our front office play an important role, knowing what Marcus can do,” Girardi said. “Going out and getting him and saying, he’s going to hit against left-handers.”

• Late in last night’s game, Girardi was trying to prepare himself for any situation. “We had a couple of guys up,” he said. “We didn’t have enough (bullpen) mounds.”

• The eighth-inning pickoff by Kerry Wood was actually called from the Yankees bench. “We are no different from any other club,” Girardi said. “You have a coach that gives signs and you do your homework where guys try to run. And you watch the baserunner. We are in clear view of the baserunner, what he’s trying to do if he’s trying to time it. And we try to hold the runners close. Kinsler broke and Kerry picked at the right time. It’s something where you do spend a lot of time going over it, and Tony (Pena) spends a lot of time. Tony was a catcher and understands the running game, and what teams are trying to do to us and we discuss it and it worked out for us.

• Ron Washington on trying to bounce back from last night: “I addressed my team after the game, and of course, it was positive. We did a lot of positive things last night. The only one thing we didn’t do was win the ballgame. But you know, after I addressed those guys and I talked with my staff, took a shower, got something to eat, went home, got up and came to the ballpark ready to do it again. It’s a 7-game series. We probably let one get away. My guys are resilient. They will show up today and they will go out and fight as hard as they did last night. I would like to be in the same position again and see what happens. I would like to get in the position of just having to get six more outs, and next time, we’ll probably get it done. We didn’t get it done last night, and we all take credit for that.”

RANGERS
Elvis Andrus SS
Michael Young 3B
Josh Hamilton CF
Vladimir Guerrero DH
Nelson Cruz RF
Ian Kinsler 2B
David Murphy LF
Bengie Molina C
Mitch Moreland 1B

Associated Press photos of Hughes and Girardi

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50 Responses to “Pregame notes: “It helped me get to this point””

  1. West Coast Yankee Fan October 16th, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    “TBS announced that more than 8.1 million viewers watched Game 1. It was the most-watched (based on total viewers) LCS Game 1 ever on cable”.

    Stick that in your laces football fans. There is nothing like October. I’m so tired of hearing people demean baseball.

  2. Irreverent Discourse October 16th, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    I would like to be in the position where you want to bring Darren Oliver in the game again.

  3. upstate kate October 16th, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    the mlb network just showed a funny segment. When the Yankees started to come back, Cervelli wanted to do “the claw”. Kearns shook his finger at him not to do that.

  4. Betsy October 16th, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    Per YES pre-game show:

    Jack Curry asked Cash what he expects from Phil; Cash replied that he has confidence in Phil, but that his start in the ALDS was at home, with all his fans behind him. Now he’ll be facing a raucus TX crowd – so we should watch out for that.

    Kim asked CC if he thought that Phil would be more relaxed with a 1-0 lead rather than being down 0-1. CC said not really – Phil would be the same guy either way. I’m not transcribing it exactly correct, but it was a pretty cool compliment coming from an ace.

  5. jrazz12 October 16th, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    has girardi explained why pena or golson wasnt pinch bunting for swish in the 9th?

  6. Irreverent Discourse October 16th, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    because giving away outs is stupid

  7. rb from LI October 16th, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    # upstate kate October 16th, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    the mlb network just showed a funny segment. When the Yankees started to come back, Cervelli wanted to do “the claw”. Kearns shook his finger at him not to do that.

    ——————

    Wish I’d seen that.

  8. West Coast Yankee Fan October 16th, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    Phil Hughes has a great demeanor for a pitcher. Never gets rattled. Calm, cool, composed. That is a huge attribute not all pitchers have. It’s what you see in Halladay and Lee. I’m not saying Hughes is there yet with those guys – but I think he may get there or close someday.

  9. ConcernedCitizen October 16th, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    “Now [Phil will] be facing a raucus TX crowd – so we should watch out for that.”

    That’s an excellent point. That stadium was LOUD last night.

  10. Carl October 16th, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    That Claw stuff is annoying man. No respect.

  11. upstate kate October 16th, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    rb
    maybe they will replay it, they showed 3 or 4 times, even in slo-mo. They followed that up by saying how classy the Yankees are and they don’t do that kind of thing.

  12. Fran the original October 16th, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    I am leaving soon to go to an engagement party.

    Catch you all later.

    Let’s go Yankees.

  13. Crash October 16th, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    Swisher even though he is a power hitter he is pretty good at laying dow sacrafice bunts. I dont mind the play you would love to tack on 1 run there instead of playing for the big inning.

  14. rb from LI October 16th, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    upstate kate, I love that the Yankees don’t do that stuff and it’s great that MLBN actually points that out.

  15. Doreen October 16th, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    0 Days, 0 Hours, 39 Minutes until Game 2 of the ALCS. :grin:

  16. Doreen October 16th, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    Cervelli is a renegade and must be reeled in!!! :lol:

  17. jrazz12 October 16th, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    Crash October 16th, 2010 at 3:17 pm
    Swisher even though he is a power hitter he is pretty good at laying dow sacrafice bunts. I dont mind the play you would love to tack on 1 run there instead of playing for the big inning
    ———

    i’m ok with the call to bunt there. runner on 3rd with one out can score pretty easily, even on an out. but swisher actually isnt a good bunter. he tried twice in the alds and couldnt get it down. if you’re taking him out in the bottom for defense, why not pinch hit a guy who is good at laying them down?

  18. rb from LI October 16th, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    Doreen, iirc, SJ has said that Cervelli’s over the top antics (my word not his) have to be reeled in.

    Even Kearns, a relative newcomer to the Yankees, is showing Cisco the right way to behave. :)

  19. KPB October 16th, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    Enjoy the game everybody. I’m going to get ready for the pregame and the game meal.
    Will be back after the game, hopefully it won’t explode like last night.

    GO PHIL!!

    GO YANKEES!!

  20. JoeMama October 16th, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    If the rangers didn’t claw every time they got a hit it wouldn’t be so annoying.

  21. JEKIKASO October 16th, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    i’m ok with the call to bunt there. runner on 3rd with one out can score pretty easily, even on an out. but swisher actually isnt a good bunter. he tried twice in the alds and couldnt get it down. if you’re taking him out in the bottom for defense, why not pinch hit a guy who is good at laying them down?

    *******ELEMENT OF SURPRISE, IMO If you pinch hit Golson or Pena, every one knows a sac is coming. But you have to respect Swish’s bat. if he gets that bunt down, he may even beat it out,imo

  22. Mark-Cant Touch This October 16th, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    Micheal Kay is such a tool did he seriously just say what he did.

  23. KPB October 16th, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    hopefully it won’t explode like last night.
    ——————
    That should have read hopefully the “blog” won’t explode like last night.

    GO PHIL!!

    GO YANKEES!!

  24. AldotheApache October 16th, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    upstate kate, I saw that. Funny stuff, the way Kearns shook his index finger, saying something like “Don’t do that!”

    —————————————————–

    I want to see Phil throw strikes early today. I want to see the fastball that he throws where it starts in toward the strike zone and moves to the right.

    I have a feeling the Rangers hitters will be “looking” early and waiting to see if he does.

    I think it’s hard for a pitcher to shake off the rust from any layoff. No excuses, but I remember earlier this sason when Mo came back after a layoff of about 10 days or so and didn’t have his usual pinpoint control and got hit for for a couple of games. Then again, he was resting to recover from a minor injury.

  25. JoeMama October 16th, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    What did Kay say?

  26. Doreen October 16th, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    rb from LI -

    I think you recall correctly. :) Also, GB7 and Pat M said about the same thing. He’s just exuberant, but sometimes it’s not entirely “appropriate,” for lack of a better word, or to use a very overused one (at least in my world!).

  27. Eric UWS October 16th, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    Lets go Yankees!

  28. Mike_Boston October 16th, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    what did kay say?

  29. AldotheApache October 16th, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    Ok … so here are the MLB guys are talking about Mariano making more money than 4 of the Rangers’ relievers combined, and how that’s a disadvantage for other teams.

    Why don’t they compare how many SAVES he has compared to the 4 of them combined? Or the number of rings he has compared with the 4 of them? or post season ERA and saves?

    Talk about confusing cause and effect!

  30. AldotheApache October 16th, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    Kay declared the series over already. Not a big deal.

  31. Mark-Cant Touch This October 16th, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    Basically bragging that a Yankee player told him off the record that they have the rangers where the want them and that Yesterdays game was bigger than just one game.

  32. rb from LI October 16th, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    Yup, Doreen. As a fan, you love to see the exuberance (perfect word for it). But as a professional player you need to know what’s appropriate and where you cross a line.

  33. JoeMama October 16th, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    Nice job by Kay. Hopefully that’s the last time that person talks to him “off the record” if he even exists that is.

  34. upstate kate October 16th, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    Cervelli reminds me of a puppy…he just needs to be trained the right way :)

    Ok time to take my poochie out to rake a few more leaves before game time/cheesecake/chicken dinner preparation begins

  35. AldotheApache October 16th, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    Watching Gammons wearing shades while interviewing Gardner in the dugout.

    He reminds me of the title character in Weekend at Bernie’s

  36. rb from LI October 16th, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    # Mark-Cant Touch This October 16th, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    Basically bragging that a Yankee player told him off the record that they have the rangers where the want them and that Yesterdays game was bigger than just one game.

    ————

    I just watched this again. That’s not what he said. He said the players are saying the right thing for the cameras (“it’s just one game”), but that yesterday was a “big win” and that they believe that they can beat the Rangers’ best.

  37. Bret The Hitman October 16th, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    I saw someone post SJ44′s real name and I saw GB’s posted and then Nick’s last night. I think it’s BS that an anonymous coward behind a computer screen put you all at risk. With identity theft rampant and disturbed people out there everywhere, it is terrorizing to a person to invade and violate their privacy like that. Unfortunately we all give up our right to privacy by posting on this message board…but that doesn’t make the culprit any less a coward. Actually, because he/she is hiding behind the protection of this law, it makes him/her even MORE of a gutless wimp. Sometimes you just have to take the law into your own hands. I have no idea who this person is but they will meet their karma someday in the future and it won’t be pretty. If you think you’re some tough crazy guy, there’s always someone out there crazier than you and more determined to harm you in a more direct way. The moral of the story is, mind your own business and stick to your own life – loser.

  38. AldotheApache October 16th, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    rb, that seems to make more sense, sounds more like something Kay would say.

  39. tyanksfan36 October 16th, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    So Phil says that his friends and family know not to bring up the 2007 start in Texas when he got injured because they know he doesnt like to be reminded of it. Wouldnt he be reminded of it every day he pitches when he looks over at his first baseman?

    Also, when watching last night they showed someone with a teixeira shirt from when he was with Texas and they had a big X over his name and number on the back. how unclassy. The Yankees and Yankee fans always treat ex-players who left on good terms respectfully. When Matsui and Damon came back, they didnt show people with Xs over their names in the back. Pavano doesnt count of course. Teixeira got traded away from two really important guys, they should be thankful that the Braves gave them those two for Tex.

  40. rb from LI October 16th, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    Right, Aldo, and I don’t think there was anything wrong with it…aside from the fact that a Yankee player would never say anything close to “we have them right where we want them” – even off the record.

  41. Cashmoney October 16th, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    finally, more baseball!
    Go Yankees! I am expecting a low scoring affair for the first 5 innings or so. Hopefully Yanks will prove me wrong.

  42. pat October 16th, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    Going with the appetizer tribute for Phil today due to the early game start.

    Crostini with sundried tomato/garlic/basil Philly spread and chicken quesadillas.

  43. SAS October 16th, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    It is hard to believe that Kay was stupid enough to say the series is over. I am far too superstitious to even want to read or hear stuff like that.

    Is it not a ‘Yogi-ism’ : It isn’t over til it’s over”.

    Over the years I have come to like Kay less and less for any number of reasons.

  44. GreenBeret7 October 16th, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    upstate kate October 16th, 2010 at 3:41 pm
    Cervelli reminds me of a puppy…he just needs to be trained the right way

    Ok time to take my poochie out to rake a few more leaves before game time/cheesecake/chicken dinner preparation begins

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

    My suggestion is that every time Cervelli pees everywhere, just smack him on the nose with a rolled up newspaper….assuming that newspapers haven’t gone the way of the dinosaur of course.

  45. SAS October 16th, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    It is hard to believe that Kay was stupid enough to say the series is over. I am far too superstitious to even want to read or hear stuff like that.

    Is it not a ‘Yogi-ism’ : It isn’t over til it’s over”.

    Over the years I have come to like Kay less and less for any number of reasons.

  46. GreenBeret7 October 16th, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    upstate kate October 16th, 2010 at 3:41 pm
    Cervelli reminds me of a puppy…he just needs to be trained the right way

    Ok time to take my poochie out to rake a few more leaves before game time/cheesecake/chicken dinner preparation begins

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

    My suggestion is that every time Cervelli pees on himself, Girardi smacks him on the nose with a rolled up newspaper and say “NO.” Of course that’s assuming that newspapers haven’t gone the way of the dinosaur and dodo.

  47. AldotheApache October 16th, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    SAS, with the singular exception of Vin Scully, who was born to broadcast baseball games, they’re all more of pesky background noise than anything else.

    But when you listen to the feed of many other teams’ broadcasters, Kay doesn’t seem so bad by comparison. Some of his buzz phrases, though, are grating (“cya” “Tex message” etc).

  48. GreenBeret7 October 16th, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    Ooops. looks like a delayed reaction from the ever slowing LoHud machinery.

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