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Postgame notes: Rodriguez feeling a “disconnect” in his swing

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes, Podcast on May 04, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

On April 16, Alex Rodriguez was hitting .385/.500/.821, the kind of red-hot start that recalled those MVP years of not so long ago. It was a 12-game sample size, but it was impressive, and for the Yankees, it was promising.

Then Rodriguez was shutdown because of an oblique strain, and he hasn’t been the same since.

“It’s definitely not an excuse,” Rodriguez said after tonight’s loss. “I got off to a great start and haven’t been swinging the bat really well the last couple of weeks. It’s time to get back in the saddle and help the team win.”

Since the injury, Rodriguez is hitting .149 with three extra-base hits, two of them coming in his second game back. He has one RBI in his past nine games. Rodriguez said he feels healthy, and Joe Girardi said the Yankees believe he’s healthy, but there’s a “disconnect” in his swing.

“Kind of a two-parted swing, upper-body and lower-body disconnect a little bit,” Rodriguez said. “But my swing is going to be fine.”

Rodriguez said he doesn’t feel like he’s in a slump. He actually feels fine at the plate, and that’s the “kind of frustrating thing.” Maybe the time off took him out of his rhythm. Maybe he’s going through a normal two-week slide.

“He’s not swinging like he was earlier,” Girardi said. “Alex will talk about how he’s kind of disconnected and everything’s just not right with his swing. It seems like he’s leaving his legs at times. He’s not staying in his legs, and he’s getting out in front a little bit.”

Here’s Rodriguez postgame.

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And here’s Yankees starter Freddy Garcia (more on him in a bit).

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• Here’s Derek Jeter describing the hip injury that forced him out of tonight’s game: “It’s really not a problem. It’s not hurt. Seriously, it’s not that big of an issue. I played with it… I know I say it all the time, but it’s really not a big deal.”

• Although Girardi called him day-to-day, Jeter responded with a no-doubt-about-it “Yes” when asked if he expected to play tomorrow.

• Obviously we’re not watching the YES feed here in the Detroit press box, but apparently the camera’s showed some sort of argument/disagreement between Garcia and Francisco Cervelli after the Magglio Ordonez homer. Both Garcia and Cervelli said there was no argument whatsoever. “He never was upset,” Cervelli said. “I think it was maybe his body language, but he never was upset. He didn’t tell me anything bad. Maybe (he felt it) inside, but he never showed me like he was mad, or he never told me anything bad.”

• The pitch in question was an inside sinker that Ordonez hit for a two-out, two-run home run in the third. Garcia said he executed the pitch, but it was the wrong pitch to throw, and he knew it. He should have gone away in that situation. “That’s me,” Garcia said. “No reason to be mad at (Cervelli). I’m the one throwing the ball. If I don’t want to throw the pitch, I don’t throw that pitch. But we agreed to throw it and a bad thing happened.” By the way, moments after Garcia said that pitch was his fault, Cervelli also took responsibility, saying it was his fault for calling the pitch in the first place.

• By the way, it looked like Ordonez was looking fastball in that situation and cheating to catch up to it. “They’re always cheating,” Garcia said. “If you’re not cheating, you don’t try.”

• Asked what it was like to pitch to Cervelli, Garcia made everyone in the room laugh. “He’s a hyper guy,” Garcia said. “You have to talk to him and try to calm him down, try to stay on the same page.”

• Asked about the throw to second base that almost hit Garcia, Cervelli also had the room laughing. “I almost killed him, yeah,” Cervelli said. “Let me tell you that.”

• Max Scherzer was good tonight. His fastball had life and he was able to get outs with his changeup (and able to locate his offspeed stuff when he fell behind). Scherzer was good, but Rodriguez placed more blame than credit. “We need to be better offensively,” he said.

• Garcia took his second loss, but he actually pitched pretty well. He pitched into the eighth and didn’t allow a run after that home run in the third. “I’ve said all along that you need to pitch on a consistent basis because bats are going to come and go,” Girardi said. The bats have been gone for two nights now.

• This was the third time the Yankees were shutout this season, and they’ve now lost back-to-back games for the second time.

• I know he’s mostly pitched mopup duty, but Buddy Carlyle has pitched well since coming up from Triple-A. Luis Ayala has started a rehab assignment with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, and Carlyle might be pitching well enough to stick around when Ayala is ready to be activated.

Trenton officially put lefty Steve Garrison on the disabled list. He’s the fourth Double-A starter to go on the DL this year. Brian Anderson also went on the Trenton disabled list while Josh Schmidt was sent down from Triple-A to help fill the void.

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88 Responses to “Postgame notes: Rodriguez feeling a “disconnect” in his swing”

  1. Niblick May 4th, 2011 at 11:50 pm

    Finally someone has noticed that others besides Jorge and Jeter are struggling.

  2. ron May 4th, 2011 at 11:51 pm

    Jeter can’t run from his ugly numbers forever.

    Once he gets his 3,000,if his numbers against righties are still bad,the pressure will be blowing the lid off to sit him against them to start.

    An under .600 ops against rh pitchers is not going to work,regardless of who you are.

    time is a ticking.

  3. BD (Boston Dave) May 5th, 2011 at 12:01 am

    Red Sox are 9 outs away from being no-hit by the Angels.

  4. Rich in NJ May 5th, 2011 at 12:04 am

    Obviously, A-Rod’s slump has been well-chronicled for at least two reasons: 1) when healthy, he is arguably the best player in MLB; and 2) the Yankees are a different, perhaps even a dominant, team when he is playing at an MVP level.

    As long as he’s healthy, I’m confident that he will be raking again very soon.

  5. tyanksfan36 May 5th, 2011 at 12:04 am

    BD

    I cant believe they resumed that game like over an hour later i think? Tim Hudson pitched a 1 hitter tonight too. Crazy stuff.

  6. G. Love May 5th, 2011 at 12:05 am

    Great. So Jeter is going to tough through this injury which should buy him another 100 at bats from the people who always point to his hidden injuries to why he isn’t performing well instead of doing the right thing and getting healthy and trying to figure out how to be something in this offense again.

    With Arod out of whack and Texeira hitting .260 again, this offense looks horrible. Swisher is a pumped up no show most of the time.

    If there is one thing I hate about this Yankee team is the propensity for them all to go into the dumper and hat tipping mode as a unit. It’s completely frustrating watching them and not seeing at least 2-3 guys pick it up when others struggle. There are too many automatic outs in the lineup.

    The pitchers showed up for a couple of turns through the rotation and the offense should have had their backs the past 2 nights.

    If it’s old age (which I don’t see how it applies to Swisher/Tex) then it’s time to get some young bats up here i.e. Montero.

    Enough with the all or nothing offense. This pitching staff can’t be counted on to be lights 1-2 runs in 7 innings every game.

  7. BD (Boston Dave) May 5th, 2011 at 12:06 am

    ty,

    definitely over an hour.

    Ervin Santana and Beckett were cruising too.

    Good thing the Sox thought it was a good idea to pitch dan wheeler in a tie game.

  8. Jerkface May 5th, 2011 at 12:06 am

    Red Sox currently being no hit.

  9. Rich in NJ May 5th, 2011 at 12:07 am

    They cannot let Jeter play until he is demonstrably 100%. They have to be adamant about it.

  10. G. Love May 5th, 2011 at 12:09 am

    Rich in NJ,

    They’ll sit him tomorrow and then he’ll play all weekend and then the Jeter apologists will let us know that the reason he isn’t driving the ball is the hip, but he’s a warrior and we should marvel at that.

    It’s been the same song and dance with him every year he struggles about how he got hit in his hand or his back or something and that’s why he batted .200 with no power for long stretches.

  11. tyanksfan36 May 5th, 2011 at 12:11 am

    BD

    haha dan wheeler should never pitch in a tie game. Unless its against the Yankees. I was at the game last september when he came into pitch the tie game and Posada hit the tie breaking homerun off the top of the batters eye in Tropicana.

    I havent been watching the NYY at all but I have been watching the Tampa Yankees and I dont think there is a worse team out there. They havent won since last Tuesday. They just tonight had their first lead in a game since last tuesday and blew it on 2 errors. As a team they are hitting .246 and probably make 1 or 2 costly errors a game. It has been pretty pathetic.

  12. LGY May 5th, 2011 at 12:14 am

    “He’s a hyper guy,” Garcia said. “You have to talk to him and try to calm him down, try to stay on the same page.”

    ————

    I am going to sound like randy here, but I am not liking this quote.

    The pitcher should not have to calm down his catcher and get him on the same page. The catcher is the one who is supposed to always stay calm no matter what and guide his pitcher through a start. Garcia should not be babysitting his catcher. If there ever is a need for that it should always be the opposite.

    Is Garcia going to have to start taking trips to the plate to get Cervelli in the right frame of mind?

  13. Jerkface May 5th, 2011 at 12:16 am

    Cervelli’s energy is either going to mesh or it won’t. I say to heck with meshing, bring up Montero so we can move on to mashing.

  14. jacksquat May 5th, 2011 at 12:16 am

    I have to disagree with Chad, I think 3000 hits is probably going to keep Jeter from being moved down. Can you imagine Jeter coming to the plate for hit #3000, hitting 9th? I don’t think they would do that. And I’d be even more shocked to see him pinch hit for.

    In this case I would welcome a surprise though.

    And you can forget about him being replaced, aside from injury.

  15. jacksquat May 5th, 2011 at 12:18 am

    Maybe let Cervelli catch Nova, let the two young guys work together. The veterans may not be “appreciative” of Cervelli’s style.

  16. LGY May 5th, 2011 at 12:19 am

    What’s wrong with how Tex is performing?

    He has been awesome so far this season especially when you consider his typical slow starts.

    He really is in a position to put up monster numbers this season with the position he is in right now.

  17. Rich in NJ May 5th, 2011 at 12:19 am

    G. Love

    You may be right, but if he insists on playing even when he isn’t healthy, then whatever performance he puts up needs to be viewed as representative of what he actually has left. IOW, if you play, you’re presumed to be healthy.

    Jeter is almost 37 years old. No one can deny his diminished range or his inability to use his legs to drive the ball.

    Add a hip injury of any severity, and it could make suboptimal a gross understatement.

    So whether or not he plays really should be on Girardi/Cashman. They’re the bosses, not him, and they have to do what’s in the best interests of the team.

  18. G. Love May 5th, 2011 at 12:20 am

    LGY,

    When Cervelli’s defensive game left an awful lot to be desired last season, the antics got very tired for me.

    Bring up Montero and let him split the job with Martin and DH when he’s not behind the plate. This team needs plus bats in the lineup. This collection of all or nothing types who hit or don’t hit when it’s contagious is really frustrating to watch. When you had Matsui and Damon in the mix, at least there was some better on base guys and clutch hitters who didn’t wet themselves in a tight spot.

  19. G. Love May 5th, 2011 at 12:23 am

    LGY,

    Tex gets on base and hits for power, but he needs to hit for a higher average than the .260′s. The guy we signed was a perennial .290-.300 hitter with on base and power. He started off hot this season and then went back into the dumper average wise. Some form of consistency from him would be nice.

    In my opinion, he should be carrying this offense with Cano. Their success shouldn’t be dependent on Arod (or Jeter for that matter).

  20. Jerkface May 5th, 2011 at 12:24 am

    Some form of consistency from him would be nice.

    LEt him get to the summer, where he is a very consistent bat for average

  21. LGY May 5th, 2011 at 12:25 am

    Bring up Montero and let him split the job with Martin and DH when he’s not behind the plate. T

    —————

    What Montero is doing in Scranton right now is like a lohud fantasy :D

    The guy is a singles machine so far this season.

  22. Jerzz May 5th, 2011 at 12:25 am

    This Sox game is still on ESPN? Guess they picked it up after the delay

    And tomorrow they play an afternoon game.

  23. LGY May 5th, 2011 at 12:30 am

    Tex is hitting for average with men on at least.

    For whatever strange reason Tex has been awful so far with the bases empty. Only .179.

    RISP: .333
    Men On: .389

    Cano on the other hand who is hitting for average hasn’t hit with RISP. Only .250 in those situations.

    While it is nice that Cano is hitting for average he is swinging at anything and everything so he is probably an easy out in big spots.

  24. G. Love May 5th, 2011 at 12:36 am

    LGY,

    So the obvious fix, to me, is to his Cano in front of Tex. Cano gets on base when no one is on (which is Jeter most of the time) and then Tex can do damage with Cano on 1st or 2nd.

    It’s about putting players in positions to succeed which Girardi just doesn’t seem to grasp.

    Ideally, hitting Cano 2nd right now would get him, the teams best hitter, more at bats and allow him to hit with no one on and get on base most of the time.

    I don’t understand batting one of the best hitters in the game 5th. Cano should be hitting in front of Tex 2nd or 3rd in this lineup.

  25. Jerkface May 5th, 2011 at 12:42 am

    Angels in process of melting down.

  26. Niblick May 5th, 2011 at 12:44 am

    There’s still 4 guys at Scranton with a higher OPS than Montero this year.

  27. Jerzz May 5th, 2011 at 12:45 am

    Little Napoleon won’t change anything until its about 30 games overdue.

    Though we can’t blame him for Jeter – that’s an organizational thing. I can see that turning into a Cashman vs. Hal/Levine thing shortly as far as how quickly to do it.

  28. Niblick May 5th, 2011 at 12:46 am

    Angels still have a lead in the 9th inning. No “meltdown”; just one run given up.

  29. Jerkface May 5th, 2011 at 12:47 am

    Quantitatively that may be true, but qualitatively I don’t think there are 4 better hitters at scranton right now. Montero is hitting .373 .384 .470 .854

  30. Dill Pickler May 5th, 2011 at 12:47 am

    The problem isn’t where they’re hitting in the lineup. The problem is that they’re NOT hitting, period! This team of homer-happy, clutchless clowns slumps together, all at the same time, and frequently. For a team with this much talent, this many good hitters, it’s inexcusable how often they are pathetic, listless and overmatched at the plate. If these soporific boobs don’t wake up soon, they are going to find themselves in third place soon. With an iffy rotation and a bullpen that, at times, is shaky, the offense needs to be more consistent. Which means the players need to be more consistent.

  31. Jerkface May 5th, 2011 at 12:50 am

    Angels still have a lead in the 9th inning. No “meltdown”; just one run given up.

    -

    At the time it looked like a meltdown. Rodney threw the ball away, then the catcher almost did the same, had the tying run at 2nd and they allowed a hit to Youkilis. Luckily to left field so the runner didn’t score.

  32. Captain Clutch May 5th, 2011 at 12:51 am

    I would be surprised if Montero isn’t up here by the beginning of June. He can DH, catch and they can give Martin more days off. Martin is coming off hip and knee surgery so you don’t want to abuse him. It makes absolutely no sense to keep him in the minors. If they are going to keep him there until he is a really good catcher he could be there for another 5 years.

  33. REZ12 May 5th, 2011 at 12:55 am

    “This team of homer-happy, clutchless clowns slumps together, all at the same time, and frequently.”

    Seems to be a bad habit doesn’t it? Only started last year though.

    Need some young RH power in the form of Montero. Our 3 biggest guys with RH power the last 6 years have been A-Rod/Jeter/Jorge. All are on the decline, way on the decline in the case of the latter two. Guys like Tex/Swisher are hot and cold hitters.

  34. BX33 May 5th, 2011 at 1:03 am

    They really need to become more like the Whitey Herzog Cardinals and not need HRs to score. Play the game it was meant to be played – speed, timely hitting, swinging at hittable pitches (not watching a 2-0/3-1 meatball because they want to walk or make the pitcher ‘work’), good defense/baserunning, bunts (this Yankees team might be the worst bunting team of all time), sacrifices, etc.

    This homer/walk or bust/make the pitcher work mentality is so flawed. Even more so when we have so many aging hitters who can’t even catch up to good FBs anymore (especially from righties). Get back to playing proactive baseball – not having no chance when Scherzer are locating mid 90s fastballs.

  35. Nick in SF May 5th, 2011 at 1:04 am

    Louder in empty Fenway than packed Staples Center. :grin:

  36. Niblick May 5th, 2011 at 1:05 am

    Granderson, Martin, Tex, Robbie, Chavez and Jorge are the only Yankee position players with positive WPA this year.

  37. Jerkface May 5th, 2011 at 1:08 am

    New meltdown in progress.

  38. Captain Clutch May 5th, 2011 at 1:09 am

    As much as I dislike the Sox I would really laugh if the Angels blow this game. Scioscia should be embarrassed that his team wets their pants every time they play.

  39. Nick in SF May 5th, 2011 at 1:10 am

    Mutual melting.

  40. Captain Clutch May 5th, 2011 at 1:10 am

    What in the world is Cameron thinking? lol

  41. Jerkface May 5th, 2011 at 1:10 am

    They really need to become more like the Whitey Herzog Cardinals and not need HRs to score.

    This seems like the worst idea. Those teams couldn’t score runs for beans.

  42. Jerkface May 5th, 2011 at 1:11 am

    Just the worst, this angels team blows.

  43. Jerzz May 5th, 2011 at 1:11 am

    Now Where’s Waldo is imploding

    Guess someone needed to take Scott Shields’ place as the dominant LA reliever to get swallowed up in Fenway

    Maybe he doesn’t like the rain?

  44. Captain Clutch May 5th, 2011 at 1:12 am

    Good at bat from captain moron

  45. Jerkface May 5th, 2011 at 1:17 am

    Meldown 90% complete

  46. Captain Clutch May 5th, 2011 at 1:17 am

    Sox tie the game

  47. Nick in SF May 5th, 2011 at 1:17 am

    :shock:

  48. Nick in SF May 5th, 2011 at 1:18 am

    Shouldn’t be surprised, really.

    Ha, we should celebrate them having to play extras.

  49. Captain Clutch May 5th, 2011 at 1:18 am

    That was awful pitch calling. Walden throws extremely hard and the catcher calls a 3-2 changeup??

  50. rconn23 May 5th, 2011 at 1:19 am

    Angels are a disgrace.

  51. Jerzz May 5th, 2011 at 1:19 am

    “Ha, we should celebrate them having to play extras.”

    Especially since they play a 1 PM game tomorrow lol

  52. Captain Clutch May 5th, 2011 at 1:22 am

    The Angels should have diapers made with the monkey on them for them to wear the next time they play the Sox. How pathetic…

  53. jacksquat May 5th, 2011 at 1:31 am

    You can bet the Angels will play the Yankees like it’s game 7 of the World Series, every game.

  54. jacksquat May 5th, 2011 at 1:32 am

    Niblick May 5th, 2011 at 12:44 am
    There’s still 4 guys at Scranton with a higher OPS than Montero this year.

    That likely won’t last.

  55. Captain Clutch May 5th, 2011 at 1:39 am

    Here comes the walk off….

  56. stuart a May 5th, 2011 at 1:40 am

    arod is in a slump he still has more extra base hits then el capitan during that period.

    newsflash jeter stinks right now is 36 and may be fading fast. I am not burying him yet but to think this might not be the beginning of the end is naive and foolish.

    jeter has been really bad for the last 4 months, not a small sample size and he is 36 years old……………

  57. NW Yankees Fan May 5th, 2011 at 2:38 am

    Some thoughts about this blog:

    It is still a good blog. Many who left do not like to be disagreed with or get angry when one has a different point of view. They cannot tolerate any criticism of the Yankees at all. They are quick to call anyone who dissents a troll. Ridiculous! So they take their ball and leave the playground. See ya.

    I was born a New Yorker and I have been a Yankees fan since 1967. I am currently living in the great northwest (it sucks, don’t believe the b.s. about the beauty and such). I appreciate how good it is to be a Yankees fan when you get to see the Mariners year in and year out. That being said, being a Yankees fan has its challenges. When a team spends over 200m in salary, I expect a lot and am easily disappointed. When they win a championship, I am joyful but expected that all along. We are definitely spoiled, for sure.

    I do not like this years team for several reasons:

    Girardi thinks he is playing strat-o-matic and could easily be replaced by a laptop with his number on the cover. No one would notice. I had high hopes for him but he is a poor manager, plain and simple.

    Jeter and Posada are finished. Anyone who cannot see that, is not watching objectively.

    OB% is low for most players. Other teams have started throwing strikes and saying we won’t walk you, you have to earn it.

    When a team has a talent like a Robbie Cano and he does not have his name penciled into the third slot in the lineup, there is something wrong.

    Too much b.s. such as Jeter hits first, Tex third, ARod fourth, no matter what. The eighth inning guy, no matter what. No pinch hitting for Jeter, no matter what. What could Cano produce with Arod behind him in the order? With some protection? Too many set rules on this team, too many egos to sooth and a gutless manager as well.

    I could be wrong, but this is a really bad team and they have been lucky and have not been tested yet. I just do not like the feel of things this year.

    One more note on Jeter and Posada; I feel many fans have turned on them because they not only have refused to realize their decline but they held the Yankees up in contract negotiations. Posada is clogging up the whole roster. We owe these players nothing.

  58. Carl May 5th, 2011 at 2:46 am

    Sox just lost.

    Our loss doesn’t matter.

  59. UnKnown May 5th, 2011 at 3:04 am

    I guess the replay of the Sux game against the Angels is hard to play on espn at 3am when they just finished minutes ago. Angels sure make it difficult to beat those losers. Finally though they did get it done.

    Be nice if they could pull it off again in about 10 hrs.

  60. Niki May 5th, 2011 at 3:31 am

    Thanks for all the Cervelli quotes Chad!

  61. Gary May 5th, 2011 at 6:22 am

    Getting tired of the denial and excuses about the bad hitting. The have played almost 30 games. Hard not to conclude that for some of these players that they aren’t just playing at the level that they are capable of.

    It’s the major leagues Joe, you just can’t beatup on the bad pitchers. You are going to see alot of good pitchers.

  62. rr212 May 5th, 2011 at 6:33 am

    Joe is always sayin how they talk about changin the lineup, yet he keeps throwin out the same one every game. TEX shouldn’t be hitting 3rd anymore. He is way too streaky and for whatever reason, doesn’t seem to be a 300 caliber hitter anymore.

  63. Mike Ri May 5th, 2011 at 7:12 am

    Blows my mind how we can’t score a run ! . . i know it happens …. but damn this whole team is in a slump.

  64. blake May 5th, 2011 at 7:29 am

    Some of you are really reaching on this Jeter stuff now. Nobody on the team is hitting and yet he’s still the focus even though he hit one of the only hard balls off Scherzer and has been swinging the bat a little better the last few days.

    I understand having concerns…..heck I do as well, what I don’t understand is this apparent attitude that “being right ” about Jeter’s demise and complaining about him 24/7 is more important than cheering for him to improve. I don’t think he’s finished and I think he’s going to get it together……if Im wrong then Im wrong……but I do know that this Lohud Derek Jeterathon is unproductive and very tedious.

    Go Angels! Hey finally a win against the Red Sox.

  65. blake May 5th, 2011 at 7:33 am

    The White Sox are now 10 games under. 500. They are 12 games out in the loss column……they could start selling soon if they don’t play better. I still can’t believe they are playing this bad.

  66. GreenBeret7 May 5th, 2011 at 7:38 am

    It’s always good to wake up and read this stuff. Everyone should wake up to a good laugh.

    On a pace to win 98 games, 3 games ahead in the loss column and two games in hand. Please post more jokes.

  67. upstate kate May 5th, 2011 at 7:42 am

    I totally agree Blake. I don’t understand why some seem to take delight when players struggle.

  68. upstate kate May 5th, 2011 at 7:43 am

    Hi GB!

  69. GreenBeret7 May 5th, 2011 at 7:53 am

    Morning, Kae. hope you guys are drying out up there finally. Should be a good game today. Burnett going against a good offense. His job is to get 7+ innings and 3 runs or less today. I need to pull up baseball-reference and see what Tiger hitters he needs to trip when they come out of their dugout.

  70. GreenBeret7 May 5th, 2011 at 7:55 am

    ***Kate***

    I guess like Blake says, they’re more interested in thinking they are right so they can “prove” how smart they are. My feeling is “not very”, just pathetic.

  71. blake May 5th, 2011 at 7:55 am

    Kate,

    A large number of Yankee fans are fickle, extremely impatient……and in many cases in dire need of some perspective with regards to their baseball team.

  72. upstate kate May 5th, 2011 at 7:57 am

    It is not currently raining GB, so that should help. They have declared an emergency in several of our towns b/c the rivers are overflowing their banks. They have had to sandbag and have the fire departments pump water. Nothing like the Mississippi River tho…no danger to people.

  73. GreenBeret7 May 5th, 2011 at 7:57 am

    It’s the only place they can go and be a jackass without getting their teeth kicked in. Most couldn’t whip Jeter’s mother.

  74. GreenBeret7 May 5th, 2011 at 8:01 am

    Kate, I used to live up in Carthage, NY, by Watertown and have to deal with the Black River, but, it had it’s advantages, part of it split off and the stream dropped off into a quarry….made a great little waterfall. Nice place for a picnic.

  75. DocTodd May 5th, 2011 at 8:02 am

    Nice to wake up and see the Red Sox lost :)

  76. DocTodd May 5th, 2011 at 8:05 am

    In back to back series we saw both the White Sox and the Tigers bring up a player from the minors who was tearing it up….Why not bring up Montero??

  77. GreenBeret7 May 5th, 2011 at 8:06 am

    Kate, the Mississippi is a mess right now. My mom lives about 1 mile from it, right across from St. Louis. Every couple of years, the river floods out and into the town. Everything below the hills is under water…stores, shops… The only thing not under water are the casino boats. They usually have to bring in 25-30 flatbed trailers and stack them to build ramps to get into the boat. They close for nothing.

  78. blake May 5th, 2011 at 8:09 am

    “Why not bring up Montero??”

    well one reason is because Russell Martin is playing very well and another is because the Yankees aren’t 10 games out of first place….they are in first place. The Tigers started Sizemore opening day last year…so it’s no real surprise they recalled him.

  79. Mell May 5th, 2011 at 8:16 am

    The Tigers started Sizemore opening day last year…so it’s no real surprise they recalled him

    =====================

    They also brought him up to replace a guy who was performing miserably in Wil Rhymes.

  80. upstate kate May 5th, 2011 at 8:20 am

    sounds like a real mess GB, hope your mom is ok

  81. MaineYankee May 5th, 2011 at 8:20 am

    blake

    Reading through the posts lately you’d think many here had never watched baseball before.

    To much about what players are doing right now instead of realizing they have hot and cold streaks.

    The focus changes according to who is doing poorly. Also if a player improves they just focus on some other aspect of their game they don’t think is good enough.

    Some can’t just seem to enjoy the game if they aren’t complaining about someone.

    Too many armchair managers and GMs here.

  82. GreenBeret7 May 5th, 2011 at 8:24 am

    All NY needs is for their players to get over their nagging little ailments. Not injuries to keep them out of the line-up, but, enough to render them less effective, like Cano, Rodriguez, Teixeira, Jeter. One thing that hasn’t been unreliable is the pitching. It has been stellar. The bullpen hasn’t been taxed and everyone is getting just enough work to keep them sharp. It won’t last, but, the additions of Pendleton, Carlyle and even Ayala has been a great help in eating up some of the washout innings….15 innings and 2 runs. Those are innings that Logan, Chamberlain and Robertson would have to eat.

  83. NYYROC May 5th, 2011 at 8:25 am

    I read some of Cashman’s comments regarding Hughes. Is he king of analogies or what? “..back nine..”, “…through the woods..”, “… peel the onion…”. How about speaking plain English and giving straight answers. I could see an SNL skit about a guy who speaks in analogies!!

  84. 108 stitches May 5th, 2011 at 8:31 am

    Sit Jeter today with the hip being the reason and the day games after the night game. (Maybe) he’ll be fresh for the Texas series.
    It’s amazing why the bats all have to get cold collectively. Freddy Garcia wasn’t stellar last night but with run support, could have won the game.

  85. GreenBeret7 May 5th, 2011 at 8:32 am

    upstate kate May 5th, 2011 at 8:20 am
    sounds like a real mess GB, hope your mom is ok

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    Thanks, Kate. She’s 85 and too mean and crusty to have issues. No, she lives up on the vluffs above the town. Her doctors are in St. Louis, but, she only sees them a couple of times a year. Always tease her that the only reason she had a heart attack was to get a ride in a helicopter. She does well. She takes her nasty little dog for a walk around the golf course every day. I think she has something going with the greens keeper. Lord, I hope it isn’t Carl Spackler.

  86. MaineYankee May 5th, 2011 at 9:13 am

    GB7

    Sometimes what the children are like makes a parent mean and crusty. :lol:

  87. DocTodd May 5th, 2011 at 9:14 am

    Would not want to replace Martin w Montero….Let Montero catch twice a week, DH twice a week and pinch hit…

  88. 38HotDogs May 5th, 2011 at 10:32 am

    Obviously I am not in that clubhouse but I am wondering if Jeter and Posada, not happy with what transpired this off season have brought a dour mood over the team. There seems to be a tightness and the guys look like they are not having fun, even when they are winning. Just an observation – i am kinda worried how it will affect CC’s opt out if that clubhouse is fractured again

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