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Back in time: Granderson goes deep in Opening Day win

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Mar 31, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

A week ago, no one was sure Curtis Granderson would be healthy enough for Opening Day. Today he hit the go-ahead home run in a 6-3 Yankees win against the Tigers. He has homered on Opening Day three years in a row. The game was tied at 3 — Mark Teixeira had hit three-run homer — when Granderson went deep off Phil Coke in the bottom of the seventh. CC Sabathia still hasn’t gotten a win on Opening Day since coming to the Yankees, but he battled through six innings before the Yankees loaded bullpen handled the seventh, eighth and ninth — from Joba Chamberlain to Rafael Soriano to Mariano Rivera.

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150 Responses to “Back in time: Granderson goes deep in Opening Day win”

  1. BoJo March 31st, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    Joba leads the majors in victories. WHY IS HE NOT IN THE STARTING ROTATION?!?!?

    :-)

  2. BoJo March 31st, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    It’s been toooooo long since we last heard Frankie sing…

  3. Jerkface March 31st, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    Granderson with over a 1.0 OPS from when he changed his swing, through the postseason, then spring, and opening day.

    No other team in the league has a 1.0+ OPS centerfielder

  4. BoJo March 31st, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    Quick quiz–

    Name 3 other players to hit homers 3 opening days in a row….

  5. Fran the original March 31st, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    That’s right BoJi. Start a new controversy ;)

  6. RadioKev March 31st, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    I drafted Granderson ridiculously high on my fantasy team, for a laugh and for real. I think he’s going to have a big year and play up to his potential.

  7. Patrick March 31st, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    Curtis Granderson is awesome

  8. MG March 31st, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    a year later, the Granderson trade is looking like a pretty good move for the Yankees-he’s most likely going to have a monster year and be in center field for a long time. And picking up Martin looks like a really good move as well, just look at the problems with putting a young, weak defensive catcher behind the plate as the Tigers did with Avila, who has actually caught over 100 games in the majors before today.

  9. DocTodd March 31st, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    Berra,Winfield,Posada

  10. Yankee Trader March 31st, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    Hope todays showing puts to rest rumors that Andruw Jones will play against lefties on a regular basis. Soriano was impressive against the heart of the Tiger’s order.

  11. munson15 March 31st, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    Great opening day. Gonna make my evening much better. So much for the Sox going wire to wire.

  12. MG March 31st, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    I wonder what Larry the Basement Dweller will complain about tomorrow lol

  13. Asd March 31st, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    >It’s been toooooo long since we last heard Frankie sing…

    ======

    Well, I heard it when they won against the Pirates last Saturday in Tampa…

  14. BoJo March 31st, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    Todd–not the 3 I had in mind…I have Winfield as one of them.

  15. BoJo March 31st, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    Asd March 31st, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    >It’s been toooooo long since we last heard Frankie sing…

    ======

    Well, I heard it when they won against the Pirates last Saturday in Tampa…
    ______________
    Yeah, but “It’s up to you Tampa Tampa” just doesn’t have the same ring.

  16. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 31st, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    I’m SOOOOOO afraid of the Sux. Can someone give me words of encouragement so I don’t go through the season worrying about them winning the world series? Please?

  17. upstate kate March 31st, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    Yankees in 1st place!!!
    Yay Grandy!

  18. Rich in NJ March 31st, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    A number of encouraging signs, Granderson’s HR v. a LHP, Teix with a quick start, A-Rod with power to RF, Gardner bunting (as instructed), Martin putting the ball in play, and the pitching was good as well.

  19. CB March 31st, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    Gradnerson played an absolutely dominant game today.

    His combination of power, defensive and speed was just remarkable.

    Just think about how far he hit that home run. And then look at how difficult that catch was to make in the 9th.

  20. blake March 31st, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    Andrew Jones would’ve been proud of that catch……and not the current model…..the young model.

  21. DocTodd March 31st, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    I love the pen….Soriano and Mo are just insanely good out there…plus the supporting cast seems nice too….

  22. upstate kate March 31st, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    I just got to see bits and pieces…can’t wait to go home and see the entire game.

  23. Yogi Mantle March 31st, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    Granderson was huge today. His fielding has always been good, but some of the plays today were really impressive. That catch over the shoulder while running full out was amazing. That ain’t easy. I didn’t think he was going to get it.

  24. DocTodd March 31st, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    Mo must be going with the high socks in the regular season too…

  25. RadioKev March 31st, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    Now it’s the other 4 games we’ve got to worry about ;)

  26. Yankee Trader March 31st, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    Bojo-

    Is it Frank Robinson and Ken Griffey Jr. with 8 each opening day homers?

  27. GreenBeret7 March 31st, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    Ground pounders and Green Beanies love those Super Hornets.

    http://twitpic.com/4fefo8/full

  28. Yogi Mantle March 31st, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    Glad I took the afternoon off for the opener. Well worth the 1/2 day. (of course I still have 12 days to use by the end of June, then get 30 more.)

  29. Patrick March 31st, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    I missed the pre-game stuff, can someone answer an important question for me? Did Mussina go inside with his pitch?

  30. UnKnown March 31st, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    Doesn’t get much better than the win today. Against a much improved Tiger team and JV.

  31. munson15 March 31st, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    Trisha, face your fears, and keep chanting, Red Sox suck, Red Sox suck, Red Sox suck!

  32. brownies March 31st, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    Ex yankee coke was punished for.coming into the stadium with facial hair..a grandy bomb!

  33. Yogi Mantle March 31st, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    GreenBeret7 March 31st, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    Ground pounders and Green Beanies love those Super Hornets.

    __________

    Sure would be missing something if they go to all drones.

  34. BoJo March 31st, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    By the way,,,the answer to quiz is Berra, Winfield, and Tartabull…for Yankees…not sure if others have as well…Berra did it 4 straight years.

  35. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 31st, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    “Trisha, face your fears, and keep chanting, Red Sox suck, Red Sox suck, Red Sox suck!”

    :lol:

  36. kd March 31st, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    joba to soriano to mo. get used to it american league. better score runs in the first 6

  37. GreenBeret7 March 31st, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    CB March 31st, 2011 at 4:23 pm
    Gradnerson played an absolutely dominant game today.

    His combination of power, defensive and speed was just remarkable.

    Just think about how far he hit that home run. And then look at how difficult that catch was to make in the 9th.

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

    On one of the late spring training clips, girardi was telling Gardner that he should be stealing 70 bases this year and told Granderson that he could steal 40. Sounds great, but, not so sure that I want Granderson to take that kind of pounding…not with that power.

    Those G guys sure stick together.

  38. Leffty March 31st, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    Check out this preview of the 2011 season, including plenty of coverage of the Yanks, Jeter’s quest for 3000, and the Captain looking for career longevity:

    http://sportstatistics.blogspo.....-year.html

  39. MG March 31st, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    Grandy’s return today and great performance is an example of why I spend no time being concerned about minor spring training injuries, these things tend to be really blown out of proportion with the media needing stories to write (not you, Chad, you do an outstanding job). He probably would have missed a few games if he sustained that injury during the season but no one would have really talked about it, look how long Teix played last year with all those injuries.

  40. Nick in SF March 31st, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    That was great and all, but I need Russell Martin to hit 7 homers this season and today he gave me nada.

  41. JM March 31st, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    The Yanks finish March unbeaten.

  42. BoJo March 31st, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    See you all later–it was fun watching my first full real game with you all.

  43. Jerkface March 31st, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    That was great and all, but I need Russell Martin to hit 7 homers this season and today he gave me nada.

    Also a real lack of a clutch Gustavo Molina pinch hit

  44. GreenBeret7 March 31st, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    Yogi Mantle March 31st, 2011 at 4:30 pm
    GreenBeret7 March 31st, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    Ground pounders and Green Beanies love those Super Hornets.

    __________

    Sure would be missing something if they go to all drones.

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

    The drones are armed and the guy watching on HD monitor can see everything a pilot would see. If it saves a pilot and weapons officer, I’m all for it. Love those Apaches, too. They’ve got guts, but, the Dustoff choppers get my admiration.

  45. tyanksfan36 March 31st, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    so my new Mac came today. What a great day. Unfortunately it is raining and storming like mad here and as soon as I turned the internet back on it started up again. I am happy that the Yankees won. Today the Rays fan dad where I work picked on my Yankees. I wish I was there tonight to tell him that we won.

  46. Jerkface March 31st, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    First baseball, now wars? Computers taking over everything!

  47. G. Love March 31st, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    What a great game. That first inning was huge making Verlander throw so many bullets that early.

    Pat M was right about Martin. He’s going to be a huge favorite here. The guy plays hard out there. Loved his approach today. That said, it’s important to have a good back up catcher because this guy is going to need days off the way he plays.

    Batting Gardner leadoff is going to cause the opposing pitcher to work hard in the first. I think he made Verlander throw 6 pitches.

    Granderson was awesome today. He’s playing so shallow out in CF, but it paid off on a couple of plays.

    The Jeter miscue in the first should have been an error. It was right on his glove.

    Arod’s moving better in the field than he has in 2 seasons.

    Tex crushed the ball all day. I hope he gets off to a hot start.

    As for our bullpen, it’s lights out for the opposing team. I got the feeling this team is feeding off all the Boston love in the media.

    I predicted 101 wins. Only 100 more to go. They play like this most nights and they’ll win 110. You didn’t even need a dominant CC to win this game.

    Great start!

  48. EA March 31st, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    SI_JonHeyman
    #yankees, noticing montero hit 3 dingers right after reporting to minor-league camp, believe nerves cost him backup job

    granderson has great game in cf against old manager leyland, who didnt love way he played position. (proving me wrong, 2!)

  49. Jerkface March 31st, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    You didn’t even need a dominant CC to win this game.

    Great start!

    Given how CC struggles early, I am very pleased that he was able to limit the damage even with the weaksauce defense behind him. Granderson pretty much put the entire defensive unit on his back this game (as much as any 1 player can in a baseball game)

  50. Doreen March 31st, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    I can’t wait to watch the reply of the game later. All I caught was the first two innings. Did not even see Teixeira’s HR. I was busy cleaning daughter’s apartment from the time I got there to the time I left. And packing her up for the trip.

    Yay, Yankees!!!!! Yay Grandy!!!!

    And I thought Coke was a starter?

  51. Doreen March 31st, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    G. Love -

    What was Martin doing? I saw his single and that was it (before I had to leave). I saw him play the game he hurt himself in LA last summer, and he was a dynamo (which is pretty much how he hurt himself). I think he’ll be good too. And I think Girardi will give him more rest than they did out there. But not in April. In May when Cervelli is back or Montero is recalled (3HRs????) . :)

  52. Yogi Mantle March 31st, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    The drones are armed and the guy watching on HD monitor can see everything a pilot would see. If it saves a pilot and weapons officer, I’m all for it. Love those Apaches, too. They’ve got guts, but, the Dustoff choppers get my admiration.
    ____________

    No doubt, but a drone isn’t quite the same as a piloted craft.

    The A10 is another beast. The guns on those warthogs are incredible. When those babies come in, be afraid. Very afraid. ;)

  53. Asd March 31st, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    >And I thought Coke was a starter?

    ====

    He is, he’s the number 5 starter (which they’ll skip for the first rotation and there for help him keep warm with reliever roles)

  54. Jerkface March 31st, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    And I thought Coke was a starter?

    He is the 5th starter, so they are working him out the pen until his first outing.

  55. 1OORIX March 31st, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    Again Chad?

  56. Asd March 31st, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    Jerkface just got Ninja posted, by me. (Wink)

  57. MG March 31st, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    Doreen, you really need to get your priorities straight :)

    Martin stole 3rd base just before the Teix HR and scored the 5th run from 3rd base on a line drive to medium-short center field, he really hustled down the line.

  58. 1OORIX March 31st, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    Guess not. THought you’d banned me again!

    -CR

  59. Jerkface March 31st, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    What was Martin doing?

    Got on base a lot, stole third, played quiet defense. Just a solid outing.

  60. G. Love March 31st, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    Doreen,

    Martin got the first hit off Verlander and stole 3b in a crucial spot. Then he later scored on a sac fly to shallow CF that most catchers in this league wouldn’t even think about running on.

    If he plays this gutsy all year, Yankee fans will want him resigned despite what we have in the minor leagues. All the criticisms that are made about the Yankees not playing that gritty gutty brand of baseball are out the window. He’s a gamer. Loved what I saw there.

  61. Asd March 31st, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    I have to say, I wasn’t completely happy with Martin slamming his knee down sliding into home, but he seems fine, so I guess it was no harm, no foul.

  62. Erin March 31st, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    Very, very glad I took a half day to watch the game. I know I wouldn’t have gotten any work done.

    Granderson was awesome and I love that Mo seems to be sticking with the high socks.

    But Joba-get a haircut!!!!! ;)

  63. 1OORIX March 31st, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    Chad, let’s be reasonable about this.

    Ill follow the TOS and you stop banning me and we’ll call it even.

    Id like to have one consistent name on here that I can whine about umpires with.

    Again, Im really trying to not let things get out of hand

  64. Jerkface March 31st, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    If he plays this gutsy all year, Yankee fans will want him resigned despite what we have in the minor leagues

    If he is good I hope they do re-sign him. I am fine with Montero catching 60 games, and martin taking the rest :)

  65. Sweet Swinging Cano March 31st, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    Good win all around. The Grandy Man was awesome. Loved what i saw outta Martin and the bullpen.

  66. blake March 31st, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    If the Yankees can carry the approach offensively that they had today throughout the year then they are just going to be a nightmare to pitch to.

    Verlander was pitching as well as anyone coming into opening day and he.came out with incredible stuff….the Yanks were patient, worked him, and made him make mistakes, then feasted further on the Tigers pen after he left….

  67. tyanksfan36 March 31st, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    my Roku is set to play MLB 2011 at least until the 4th so I am going to watch the game tonight. looking forward to it.

  68. BD (Boston Dave) March 31st, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    What are the odds Brad Penny holds down this offense Saturday?

    Could be a golden opportunity for AJ to get off to a good start if he can get some run support allowing him to just throw his pitches (with a lead) and not press too much.

  69. Asd March 31st, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    But Joba-get a haircut!!!!!

    =====

    Oh, god yes. 100% agree.

  70. EA March 31st, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    “If he plays this gutsy all year, Yankee fans will want him resigned despite what we have in the minor leagues. All the criticisms that are made about the Yankees not playing that gritty gutty brand of baseball are out the window. He’s a gamer. Loved what I saw there.”

    Agree 100%

  71. tyanksfan36 March 31st, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    Erin

    Thanks goodness Joba got a haircut. It was driving me crazy. I hate the mullet.

  72. RayVT March 31st, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    Doreen March 31st, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    Coke is a starter & will start his 1st game April 8th against th Royals.

  73. Sweet Swinging Cano March 31st, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    I will be working saturday. But I will watch the game when I get home. I hope we pound penny.

  74. Asd March 31st, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    No tyanks, I believe she’s saying he NEEDS a haircut, his hair looked awful when they showed him in the dugout after pitching

  75. Erin March 31st, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    tyanksfan36 March 31st, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    Erin

    Thanks goodness Joba got a haircut. It was driving me crazy. I hate the mullet.

    *********************************
    ty-if he got a haircut he sure didn’t take much off. He needs another one immediately.

    I think it looks awful. lol

  76. Asd March 31st, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    I’m Ninja-posting everyone today!

  77. tampayank March 31st, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    good win to start the season :)

  78. GreenBeret7 March 31st, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    Erin March 31st, 2011 at 4:55 pm
    tyanksfan36 March 31st, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    Erin

    Thanks goodness Joba got a haircut. It was driving me crazy. I hate the mullet.

    *********************************
    ty-if he got a haircut he sure didn’t take much off. He needs another one immediately.

    I think it looks awful. lol

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

    As long as he pitches well, he can grow hair on his back and let it grow out of his shirt for all I care.

  79. blake March 31st, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    I also loved how Martin played but G. Love made a good point about the back up being important with a catcher that plays like that. He was great today.

  80. tyanksfan36 March 31st, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    ASD

    Yeah, I guess I read it wrong

  81. MTU March 31st, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    That game was a “prototype” for how the Yankees will win a lot games this season. Just the way it’s written up.

    The starter keeps you in the game.

    Your patient hitters work the count and cause their starter to exit early.

    Your offense comes back late against an inferior BP with a weak undebelly.

    And your BP shuts the door and says goodnight see Ya.

    Get used to it.

    :)

  82. Erin March 31st, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    GreenBeret7 March 31st, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    As long as he pitches well, he can grow hair on his back and let it grow out of his shirt for all I care.

    ************************
    What am image!! :lol:

    I’m picky, so I’ll keep complaining about his hair. No complaints on how he pitched today, however. ;)

  83. MTU March 31st, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    sp: underbelly. sorry.

  84. pat March 31st, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    Martin fighting back a real smile but looking pretty pleased with himself.

  85. blake March 31st, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    SI_JonHeyman granderson has great game in cf against old manager leyland, who didnt love way he played position. (proving me wrong, 2!)

  86. MTU March 31st, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    Granderson filled up the highlight reels all by himself today.

    ;)

  87. GreenBeret7 March 31st, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    The catching Wunderkind, Wil Nieves is 2-4 with a double

  88. LGY March 31st, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    Great game but holy crap it was cold.

  89. GreenBeret7 March 31st, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    Erin March 31st, 2011 at 5:04 pm
    GreenBeret7 March 31st, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    As long as he pitches well, he can grow hair on his back and let it grow out of his shirt for all I care.

    ************************
    What am image!!

    I’m picky, so I’ll keep complaining about his hair. No complaints on how he pitched today, however.

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

    I was trying to help those that hadn’t eaten yet and were on a diet, Erin.

  90. 108 stitches March 31st, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    All A.J. needs to do Saturday is throw a quality start with some run support and let the rested bullpen slam the door shut. Keep it going.

  91. MTU March 31st, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    Credit where credit is due.

    Verlander has absolutely sick movement on his FB.

  92. EA March 31st, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    sportswatch
    Paul O’Neill, YES’ most popular analyst among fans and critics, will work about 45 games this season, his most ever. But not this homestand.

  93. tyanksfan36 March 31st, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    why do they always show the most podunk people on the news when there is a storm? They interviewed these people on the tornado that hit this afternoon. One lady didnt have teeth and the other was just wearing a long dirty shirt. I love Florida.

  94. m March 31st, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    I’m so happy for Granderson. He must have been so geeked for today. Happy for the Yankees…happy for us!!

    A strong start will greatly ease any pain from the media and trolls.

    As for the bunting? It worked the second time (thanks to the wild pitch), so it was a good idea. Enough!

  95. ZMAN March 31st, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    “The catching Wunderkind, Wil Nieves is 2-4 with a double”

    Better than Molina

  96. m March 31st, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    Didn’t watch the whole game, but I could tell that Avila was awful today.

    And Verlander did have sick movement.

    And the HP umpire. :?

  97. blake March 31st, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    Yankee starters that can give 6 innings and 3-4 runs consistently are gonna win lots of games.

  98. MTU March 31st, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    Do you have any idea how much bat speed you need to have to “pull” a high outside fastball into the upper deck down the line ?

    Hint: a lot.

    :)

    Good work Bret. Keep the bunts coming.

  99. MTU March 31st, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    m-

    Yeah. But things did have a way of evening out.

    :)

  100. Erin March 31st, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    GreenBeret7 March 31st, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    I was trying to help those that hadn’t eaten yet and were on a diet, Erin.

    ******************************
    that was very nice of you GB. ;)

  101. ZMAN March 31st, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    karlravechespn
    Yankees pen…joba, soriano, Rivera 3ip 0 hits 39 pitches 25 strikes..new meaning to good morning good afternoon and goodnight

  102. MTU March 31st, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    Blake-

    It’s called Deja Vu all over again.

    As in 2009.

    ;)

  103. JsDad March 31st, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    Just imagine the headline in tomorrow’s Boston sports pages:

    “Sox Within 1 Game of First Place
    Yanks are Next to Last”

  104. GreenBeret7 March 31st, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    Melky Cabrera is 1-2 with a stolen base

  105. GreenBeret7 March 31st, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    Just here to assist everyone, Erin. That’s the kind of guy I am….”Mr. Helpful”

  106. tyanksfan36 March 31st, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    you mean, we won a game with Molina on the 25 man? I had us down for and 0-fer until either Cervelli got back or Montero got moved up. hahah, thats the last im speaking of Molina, just had to get it out there.

  107. Betsy March 31st, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    I missed the game as I was at work, but this is one of the best pieces of news. I’ve felt all along that Granderson was going to have a huge year …….but I was concerned about the oblique. Fortunately, he healed rather quickly.

    By the way, he’ll be on with Kay sometime this hour.

    It sounds like the pen was great – and CC, of course, did well without his best stuff

  108. Doreen March 31st, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    I had to step out to run an errand.

    Thanks for all the responses about Martin and Coke. Now I really, really can’t wait to watch the replay. I’ll even DVR American Idol!!!

    Makes sense about Coke as the 5th starter going in relief. It’s what I figured, but just making sure Detroit didn’t pull a fast one. :)

    (I did DVR the game, maybe I’ll watch the original on my own replay!!)

  109. Ys Guy March 31st, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    JahBUDDHA!!!!!!

  110. Betsy March 31st, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    I heard about the catch, but will have to “catch” the highlights. I think Grandy is an underrated CF at least to YF who think Brett should be out there. We saw what this guy could do against the Sox last year and late in the year and into the post-season – CB, I completely agree. He’s so dynamic ……

  111. GreenBeret7 March 31st, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    TY, snark is a good trait to have on here.

  112. Sweet Swinging Cano March 31st, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    He hits clutch homers… Grandy that is.

  113. Betsy March 31st, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    I love Martin even in the few games I’ve seen him – a Catcher stealing a base? Also, the pitchers seem to love throwing to him – he and Chavez are going to be underrated pick ups.

    How did Soriano look?

  114. MTU March 31st, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    Betsy-

    It was a phenomenal catch. In fact, he made two great catches today.

    He saved his best one for last though.

    Enjoy watching them.

  115. upstate kate March 31st, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    Betsy
    I know you have been high on Grandy for quite awhile, but apparently to get full credit, you need to say you knew that in February!

    and YAY Melky, that will make up for Robbie’s 2 Ks for my team

  116. Betsy March 31st, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    Granderson on with Kay now

  117. MTU March 31st, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    Betsy-

    Soriano looked like a big hammer that enjoyed pounding in nails.

    :)

  118. Erin March 31st, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    ColinCurtis425 Great start for the Yankees but man was I cold

  119. tyanksfan36 March 31st, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    GreenBeret7 March 31st, 2011 at 5:23 pm
    TY, snark is a good trait to have on here.

    ___

    I try.

  120. m March 31st, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    Betsy jars to tell how So looked with the floating strike zone! But he had a clean inning.

  121. Betsy March 31st, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    Kate, I said it last year, lol. I said before the post-season that he was going to be a key for us – just go back and check. I have never wavered in my belief in Grandy.

    MTU, I was at a game last year I think where Granderson made a couple of great catches- I love him in CF – he’s a very good CF regardless of what Leyland or anyone says. I love watching good defensive plays – mostly when the good guys make them.

  122. Erin March 31st, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    tyanksfan36 March 31st, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    you mean, we won a game with Molina on the 25 man? I had us down for and 0-fer until either Cervelli got back or Montero got moved up. hahah, thats the last im speaking of Molina, just had to get it out there.

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

    :lol:

  123. MTU March 31st, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    TY-

    GB’s nickname is the “great white snark”.

    :)

  124. Erin March 31st, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    kate-you have Robbie and Melky on your team?? That’s awesome

    The BFFs are reunited ;)

  125. Carl March 31st, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    Hey wait wait,

    Most of you wanted Grandy traded for BJ Upton, or traded so we could sign Crawford.

    I was the one who always wanted Grandy to stay.

    Yes me.

    I love being correct.

    I am the man.

  126. Betsy March 31st, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    MTU, sounds good to me!

    M, glad to hear it.

  127. CB March 31st, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    Major reasons why the Yanks won today was through dimensions of play that have been hallmarks of the franchise’s success across it’s history -

    Strong play from CF and catcher.

    The yankees got great production from two spots on the diamond where most teams get very little.

    The yankees CF and catcher spots today:

    2 for 6, 1RBI, 3R, 1HR, 1 SB, 1 K, 0 LOB

    Tigers:

    1 for 6, 0RBI, 0R, 0HR, 0SB, 6K, 5 LOB

    That’s a significant different in production.

    And it’s that kind of differential in production across positions that creates sustained competitive advantage.

  128. MTU March 31st, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    He’s even more dangerous on land than in open waters.

    :)

  129. ZMAN March 31st, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    Reds score 4 runs in bottom of the 9th and beat Milwaukee

  130. m March 31st, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    jars=hard.

    He was robbed a strike, but the makeup call punched out Cabrera. :)

  131. upstate kate March 31st, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    Erin
    yes I do, and also Johnny D, which is why Erica now calls me a pretend boyfriend stealer

  132. Betsy March 31st, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    Oh boy, here’s Kay about to get on a Yankee for making a foolish mistake and it’s…………..guess who?

  133. tyanksfan36 March 31st, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    MTU

    hahaha. Our friend was on TV last night yapping about how great his team is. psh.

  134. LGY March 31st, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    And it’s that kind of differential in production across positions that creates sustained competitive advantage.

    ——-

    So Jackson is not #betterthangranderson?

  135. Betsy March 31st, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    Alex, of course. Apparently he hit a ball that normally would have gone out and he looked and tossed his bat; Kay is saying Alex could have gotten a triple had he run hard out of the box……….. Basically, he’s saying (and Kay likes Alex, so this is not a personal thing) that Alex shouldn’t be styling. I didn’t see it- was it bad?

  136. GreenBeret7 March 31st, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    MTU March 31st, 2011 at 5:29 pm
    He’s even more dangerous on land than in open waters.

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

    Al Capone was the original snark. That was his nickname, “Snarky”.

  137. MTU March 31st, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    CB-

    The Yankees won today and will going forward because they have a powerful offense and a lockdown BP.

    The games are going to be signficantly shortened.

    Today was just a preview.

    :)

  138. LGY March 31st, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    No way Alex could have made it third. That ball was a rocket.

  139. MTU March 31st, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    TY-

    Just keep those tomatoes handy.

    GB-

    Don’t tell me you have a tommy gun too ?

    :)

  140. Sweet Swinging Cano March 31st, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    I dont see how anyone could of wanted Grandy dealt.

  141. LGY March 31st, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    I’m really hoping those Gardner sac bunts were just a first game let’s get on the board type of thing.

  142. Wave Your Hat March 31st, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    “Kay is saying Alex could have gotten a triple had he run hard out of the box……….. Basically, he’s saying (and Kay likes Alex, so this is not a personal thing) that Alex shouldn’t be styling. I didn’t see it- was it bad?”

    TV didn’t really show it, but it sure seemed like ARod could have made it to third. On the other hand, the ball got to the wall real fast.

  143. MTU March 31st, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    LGY-

    Think of GGBG as a “swiss army knife”.

    ;)

  144. MTU March 31st, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    new thread ==>

  145. Betsy March 31st, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    Wave, thanks. If Alex did style, that would be disappointing……….I don’t think there’s any excuse for any player doing that

  146. GreenBeret7 March 31st, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    MTU March 31st, 2011 at 5:36 pm
    TY-

    Just keep those tomatoes handy.

    GB-

    Don’t tell me you have a tommy gun too ?

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

    You better believe it. Loaded with explosive snarks.

  147. CB March 31st, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    “So Jackson is not #betterthangranderson?”

    It’s funny. Jackson is a nice player. I hope he does well and has a long career.

    There isn’t even a comparison between his talent and Granderson’s at the plate.

    Granderson has such fast hands and can generate such massive power given his size. It’s really pretty amazing.

    Jackson doesn’t even have close to that skill set. He just doesn’t have close to as much hand speed.

    If you just watch the two play, it’s tough to understand how you can think these two guys are comparable when they really don’t play the same way at all.

    And I think you have to be concerned with how Jackson is going to fair this season. He looked absolutely awful at the plate today. He was able to reach out and take a mistake pitch up in the zone for a single. But that mistake really bailed him out. 3K’s where he wasn’t even close and in that at bat he got the hit in he already had two strikes and was looked like he was about to strike out.

    Jackson had an awful spring training and looked really bad.

    For any young player it’s a constant challenge to figure out how to respond as the league figures you out. Second years can be tough.

  148. MTU March 31st, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    GB-

    45 caliber explosive snarks.

    Damn. Even Wratchett needs to be afraid.

    (I’m sure a few are silver tipped).

    ;)

  149. Niblick March 31st, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    Yes, Arod was styling a bit (the old “look to the dugout, I hit a homer” routine), but it wasn’t excessive. And it’s debatable whether he would have tried for (or made) third if he had broken more quickly from the batter’s box.

  150. RayVT March 31st, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    Anytime the Commissioner loses, I mean Brewers, I am happy!


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