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Postgame notes: “We don’t believe this is who this kid is”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes, Podcast on May 05, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Based on the numbers and based on conversations with people in the Yankees organization, Eduardo Nunez seemed to take a defensive step forward last season. He’d been touted for his strong arm since he came into the system — Baseball America said it was full 70 on the 20-80 scouting scale — but Nunez battled inconsistency, and even in his breakout 2009 season, he made 33 errors with Double-A Trenton. Last season in Triple-A, he cut that number to 14, 10 of them coming at his natural shortstop position.

This season, he’s already made five errors. He made two this afternoon — one of them costly — and he also made two in his only other start at shortstop this season.

“For Nuney it’s a frustrating day,” Joe Girardi said. “But we believe in this kid, and we don’t believe this is who this kid is. He’s a kid that’s exciting when he’s on the base paths, and he’s shown that he’s got some pop in his bat, and he can do some things offensively. He’s struggling a little bit right now throwing, and it’s something we have to get him through.”

It’s easy to see what the Yankees like about Nunez. He had two hits including an RBI single today. He’s hitting .385 while showing the ability to steal a base off the bench. He has enough range to play anywhere in the infield, and his arm strength is legitimate. Girardi said that strength leaves him little margin for error. If his throw is off, it can be nearly impossible to handle.

Nunez said he feels comfortable, and he doesn’t necessarily think he’s rushing his throws. He’s just not making good throws. “I was thinking, ‘Give me another one,’ so I could catch it and make a good throw,” he said.

Some good perspective came from Alex Rodriguez.

“For one, depth is an issue,” he said. “He could play a little bit more shallow. Once you catch the ball, the runner’s already at first base and it creates a lot of pressure on the throw… You don’t play shortstop with your arm. You don’t play infield with your arm. Arm is just a plus. Infield is only played with your legs. You’ve got to come get the ball, narrow the path and narrow the throw. If you’re throwing 160 feet every time, that’s a lot of pressure. If you make that 135 feet, it makes it a lot easier play. That’s something he’s going to get with time. It’s a little bit complex, what I’m trying to explain.

“I made a lot of the same mistakes.”

Here’s Rodriguez after the game. He started talking about Eric Chavez, then got into Nunez and the series as a whole.

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• Girardi indicated no plans of replacing Nunez on the roster. “I’m encouraged by what I’ve seen from this kid, but right now he’s in a little funk,” he said.

• Really, it was a pretty good start for A.J. Burnett, with the exception of some pitches that got away from him. Through seven innings, he allowed just three hits and two earned runs, but hit batters, walks and errors — leading to three unearned runs — crushed him and the Yankees. “I start with the walk and the hit batter in the bunt situation,” Burnett said. “You have to get an out right there. The errors, that happens. It’s not like they’re not trying.”

• The pitch that bothered Burnett most was the one that hit Ryan Raburn when Raburn was trying to lay down a sacrifice bunt in the seventh. “I just tried to throw it belt high or a little above, get him to pop it up,” Burnett said. “It just rose out on me.”

• All things considered, Burnett was happy with his outing: “That’s the best I’ve felt out there in a while as far as repeating delivery out of both the windup and the stretch,” he said. “I threw a lot of hooks for strikes, which helped a lot. It’s a tough one to swallow.”

• All four Yankees starters went at least seven innings this series, but the Yankees scored a total of 10 runs, half of them in the opener. “We pitched well,” Mark Teixeira said. “We just didn’t play defense and we didn’t hit when we needed to.”

• Speaking of Teixeira, he said he was stuck between two scenarios on the Nunez throw that went high and let two runners score. “If I jump it’s a run (because the batter will be safe),” Teixeira said. “If I don’t jump, it’s either an out or two runs. Kind of a do-or-die there. I thought maybe I could stretch it and keep my foot on, but I just couldn’t do it.”

• According to the YES Network, the last time Rodriguez was used as a regular-season pinch runner was in 1995 for Tino Martinez. “For Tino?” Rodriguez said. “That makes sense.”

• When Girardi went to third base to check on Eric Chavez, Steve Donohue seemed to be checking Chavez for a long time on the field. It was more or less an act. The Yankees knew Chavez was coming out. “I was trying to get Alex loose,” Girardi said. “I don’t need another third baseman getting hurt.”

• Girardi said Derek Jeter will play tomorrow.

• Usually this sort of thing is meaningless, but today I thought Girardi was right: “We hit bullets all over the place today,” he said. “Sometimes they’re going to be caught. What are you going to do? We hit the ball hard today.”

• Weird moment in the middle of the sixth when a fan jumped into the Yankees dugout while trying to get onto the field. He was subdued immediately by stadium security, handcuffed and taken away. “He jumped on the stairs and was probably trying to go on the field, but when he jumped on the stairs he fell,” Girardi said. “We weren’t far away from him. It kind of shocked us.”

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102 Responses to “Postgame notes: “We don’t believe this is who this kid is””

  1. YankeesNmore May 5th, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    “But we believe in this kid, and we don’t believe this is who this kid is”
    ———————————————————————
    Of course they don’t.

    “We” (meaning Cashman) believe Nunez was a deal-breaker when they had the chance to get Cliff Lee.

    Good call. Proud to have that dude as our GM. What could possibly go wrong with a genius like that make personel decisions???

  2. Rich in NJ May 5th, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    I love dealbreakers when the deal involves Montero for a rental of an aging pitcher.

  3. YankeesNmore May 5th, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    I love winning. Cliff Lee would have helped us do that last year and for years to come.

  4. West Coast Yankee Fan May 5th, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    Hindsight being 20-20 glad that deal didn’t go down.

    Nunez I don’t get. We’re not hitting and Chavez is going to be out at least a couple of months I think. I see too many lineups in the future with Peña and Cevrelli back to back. That’s painful.

  5. West Coast Yankee Fan May 5th, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    correction – Peña I don’t get.

  6. blake May 5th, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    That’s such a great explanation by Arod. Infield (especially SS) is played win your legs and feet more than anything. Good stuff as usual from him.

  7. blake May 5th, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    The Yanks did hit a lot of balls hard today that were caught…..the old BABIP fairy wasn’t on their side today

  8. YankeesNmore May 5th, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    West Coast Yankee Fan May 5th, 2011 at 7:41 pm
    Hindsight being 20-20 glad that deal didn’t go down.
    ====================================
    Ya. Can’t have enough 21-year-old designated hitters

  9. Rich in NJ May 5th, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    “I love winning. Cliff Lee would have helped us do that last year and for years to come.”

    So you know that he and his wife would have agreed to re-sign. Can I ask how?

    Montero is like 12 years younger and will help them win for many more years if they are smart enough to give him the chance.

  10. YankeesNmore May 5th, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    Rich in NJ May 5th, 2011 at 7:48 pm
    “I love winning. Cliff Lee would have helped us do that last year and for years to come.”

    So you know that he and his wife would have agreed to re-sign. Can I ask how?
    ========================================
    The same way everybody here “knows” he would not have re-signed.

  11. tyanksfan36 May 5th, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    I sometimes think that YankeesNmore and my brother would be great friends. Always finding something to pick apart and then never letting it go. now that I think of it, there are a lot of people on here like my brother.

    I am in the camp that thinks that Cliff Lee was always going to Philadelphia and therefore am happy that we didnt give up Montero, Nunez and Nova – Nova who has contributed to winning games this season for us. Currently with the same W-L record as Lee.

  12. BoJo May 5th, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    I can envision Nunez being a very good RFer if the team decided to go that way.

  13. YankeesNmore May 5th, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    And I’ll tell you what’s really strange…

    I might need to go back and reconfirm, but I don’t recall anybody on these boards (or any other Yankees boards, for that matter) who were hating on the idea of trading Montero for Lee on the day we all thought the trade was coming…

    Everybody was peacing their pants over the idea then.

  14. Benny Blanco May 5th, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    I fractured my 5th metatarsal in prep school chasing a loose ball out of bounds, however I bruised that area ( weeks before) landing awkwardly on my foot. He will be out at least 6-8 weeks.

  15. YankeesNmore May 5th, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    therefore am happy that we didnt give up Montero, Nunez and Nova
    ===================================
    It was NEVER going to be Montero, Nunez AND Nova… It was Nunex OR Nova.

  16. BoJo May 5th, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    YankeesNmore May 5th, 2011 at 7:56 pm
    _______
    I was totally against the trade. Didn’t want it without locking up Lee to contract first.

  17. Rich in NJ May 5th, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    “The same way everybody here “knows” he would not have re-signed.”

    So it only exists in your mind.

  18. West Coast Yankee Fan May 5th, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    Chavez and Peña are a wash defensively. But you lose so much offensively, hard to imagine this being a plus for two months.

  19. YankeesNmore May 5th, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    BoJo May 5th, 2011 at 8:00 pm
    YankeesNmore May 5th, 2011 at 7:56 pm
    _______
    I was totally against the trade. Didn’t want it without locking up Lee to contract first.
    =========================================
    Got a link?

  20. tyanksfan36 May 5th, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    who is Nunex? never heard of him. I did hear though that the deal included a Nunez. So I said AND instead of OR. I still wouldnt give any of the 3 up for Lee.

  21. blake May 5th, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    There were several people here against the deal….Rich was one of them if I recall.

  22. YankeesNmore May 5th, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    tyanksfan36 May 5th, 2011 at 8:06 pm
    who is Nunex? never heard of him. I did hear though that the deal included a Nunez. So I said AND instead of OR.

    ***I still wouldnt give any of the 3 up for Lee.***
    ========================================
    So if you had a chance today to trade Eduardo Nunez HEAD UP for Cliff Lee, you would not do it.

    Thanks for the honesty. At least now I know what I’m dealing with.

  23. Rich in NJ May 5th, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    “Thanks for the honesty. At least now I know what I’m dealing with.”

    From the guy who has wished a serious injury on a Yankee player.

  24. Rich in NJ May 5th, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    Actually, any player. I don’t wish a serious injury on any player who doesn’t try to physically hurt others. IOW, for example, if Beckett throws at players intentionally, I don’t mind if he got hurt, but that’s the standard.

  25. YankeesNmore May 5th, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    blake May 5th, 2011 at 8:07 pm
    There were several people here against the deal….Rich was one of them if I recall.
    ===========================================
    Just waiting for a link… I believe all the posts and comments here are archived… We know the date in question… Should be easy to find.

  26. Tom in N.J. May 5th, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    Groundhog day…

  27. tyanksfan36 May 5th, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    I dont think anyone would just take Nunez straight up especially for someone like Lee . I would assume either Nova, Montero or one of the B’s would be asked for as the key piece and I wouldn’t do it. I wouldn’t give up a COMBINATION of any of the 3. I didn’t think I had to be this specific with adults.

  28. YankeesNmore May 5th, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    tyanksfan36 May 5th, 2011 at 8:18 pm
    I dont think anyone would just take Nunez straight up especially for someone like Lee . I would assume either Nova, Montero or one of the B’s would be asked for as the key piece and I wouldn’t do it.
    =========================================
    That is quite different from what you just said.

    QUOTE: “I still wouldnt give ANY of the 3 (Montero, Nunez or Nova) up for Lee.”

  29. jacksquat May 5th, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    YankeesNmore May 5th, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    I love whining.

    You are very insightful today.

  30. Tom in N.J. May 5th, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    How does one go about peacing their pants ?

  31. blake May 5th, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    Go look for them then….like you said, should be easy to find.

  32. YankeesNmore May 5th, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    You know you’ve made it to the big time when people start intentionally misquoting you.

    #humbled.

  33. YankeesNmore May 5th, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    Tom in N.J. May 5th, 2011 at 8:24 pm
    How does one go about peacing their pants ?
    ====================================
    Not sure, but I know Yankees fans everywhere (including here) were doing it when they woke up that moring and thought Cliff Lee was coming to the Yankees for a deal headed by Montero.

  34. pat May 5th, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    There are a few people that I think it would be absolutely fascinating to watch a game with and just listen while they think aloud about what they are seeing. Jim Kaat and Alex are on my short list for that.

  35. Jerkface May 5th, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    Lots of people were happy with the proposed trade, but not everyone, including people here.

  36. YankeesNmore May 5th, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    And by the way, when Brian Cashman trades Montero for another starter at some point this year, all those same hypocrites will be doing it again.

    Book it!

  37. Rich in NJ May 5th, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    http://www.rlyw.net/index.php/.....ks/#217143

  38. YankeesNmore May 5th, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    Jerkface May 5th, 2011 at 8:28 pm
    Lots of people were happy with the proposed trade, but not everyone, including people here.
    ===========================================
    Still waiting for a link.

    Not doubting there were SOME… But I don’t believe it applies to most of the people here… And there were many who claim to be against the idea now that I know were all for it then.

  39. tyanksfan36 May 5th, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    And then I said this:

    “I wouldn’t give up a COMBINATION of any of the 3.”

    which you conveniently left out.

    in any case, I am done arguing about it as the failed trade happened nearly a year ago and is meaningless now. and If I recall, I think Cliff Lee was the losing pitcher in both the games he pitched for Texas in the World Series last year, therefore I dont think he would have been any help to us.

  40. YankeesNmore May 5th, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    THat’s not even a link to THIS BLOG.

  41. Jerkface May 5th, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    It is a link to where Rich voiced his displeasure with the trade, which is what you are asking for. You can simply go to July 9th and read the posts. Wave Your Hat and G-C were against the trade if I recall. Wave Your Hat vehemently so.

  42. YankeesNmore May 5th, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    tyanksfan36 May 5th, 2011 at 8:06 pm
    “who is Nunex? never heard of him. I did hear though that the deal included a Nunez. So I said AND instead of OR. I still wouldnt give any of the 3 up for Lee.”
    ===================================
    That’s you post… Start to finish, copied and pasted.

    You changed it after you got called out on it.

  43. Rich in NJ May 5th, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    “THat’s not even a link to THIS BLOG.”

    You’re probably a decent guy somewhere inside your soul, so I don’t mean to insult you (your own posts do that by themselves), but that is one of the dumbest things I have ever read.

  44. jacksquat May 5th, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    WhiningNmore

    Most people aren’t going to waste their time digging up a link for *you* about an issue that is *dead and buried*.

  45. jacksquat May 5th, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    I was against the deal because it included Montero, regardless of who else was in it.

    I’m not digging up a link for WhiningNmore though.

  46. Jerkface May 5th, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    I was against the deal and the rumored Hughes for Santana deal as well :>

  47. YankeesNmore May 5th, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    talk is cheap, fellers.

  48. jacksquat May 5th, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    Any ideas why they would bring up Pena if they still believe in Nunez and he is staying on the roster? Seems kind of redundant.

  49. BIG AL May 5th, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    This is what Eric Chavez is facing. Depending on the nature of the fracture, we’ll know better after the Yankees doctors exam him, we’ll be better able to determine the length of time he misses.

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

    Definition: The fifth metatarsal is the bone that runs from the midfoot to the base of small toe. The proximal end of the fifth metatarsal is easily felt as the bump over the outside part of the midfoot. This part of the bone is prone to injury.

    Three primary types of fractures occur here, and all have different treatment implications. Like all other medical issues, not every fracture will fall perfectly into one of these three fracture types, but these categories are useful for treatment guidance.

    •Avulsion Fractures:
    Avulsion fratures when the tip of the bone is pulled off the fifth metatarsal by the tendon that attaches to this region. These fractures tend to heal easily in a cast, and seldom require surgical treatment.

    •Jones Fractures:
    Jones fractures occur just beyond the avulsion fractures. These fractures are more difficult to heal, and often require immobilization, prtection from weight (crutches), and they may require a surgery.

    •Stress Fractures:
    Stress fractures of the fifth metatarsal are the hardest to heal, and may require surgery. These fractures often start with vague pain on the outside of the foot, often thought to be tendonitis. Over time, the stress fracture can become a complete break.

  50. Jerkface May 5th, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    Any ideas why they would bring up Pena if they still believe in Nunez and he is staying on the roster? Seems kind of redundant.

    Its a stupid move

  51. jacksquat May 5th, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    Girardi’s favorite toy?

  52. BIG AL May 5th, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    Yes indeed, every move the Yankees management makes is stupid. If you have any doubts, just ask the brain trust that populate the LoHud blog.

  53. tyanksfan36 May 5th, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    YankeesNmore May 5th, 2011 at 8:36 pm
    tyanksfan36 May 5th, 2011 at 8:06 pm
    “who is Nunex? never heard of him. I did hear though that the deal included a Nunez. So I said AND instead of OR. I still wouldnt give any of the 3 up for Lee.”
    ===================================
    That’s you post… Start to finish, copied and pasted.

    You changed it after you got called out on it.

    ____

    you didnt call me out on it. When I wrote it I was implying that I wouldnt have done a deal including a combination of any of the 3. Any idiot would know that just Nunez, just Nova or just Montero would not get Lee. It would have to be a combination. You just pick at tiny little things because you try to get a rise out of people. I have a brother just like you so it doesn’t bother me to have to explan myself over and over again so you can get it.

  54. YankeesNmore May 5th, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    Interesting comment on the day in question from one of those who now claims to be in the “lee was going to Philly no matter what” camp.

    Irreverent Discourse July 9th, 2010 at 1:11 pm
    vblade – because depending on winning a FA with money isn’t always the answer (obviously it usually is enough but hear me out). you don’t know what will happen when lee puts on a different uniform. maybe he changes his mind and signs an extension. maybe he decides to test FA, but likes it where he is so he signs there.

    this puts him in our house, with our shirt on his back. that makes it very, very difficult for him to walk away.

  55. jacksquat May 5th, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    BIG AL May 5th, 2011 at 8:49 pm
    Yes indeed, every move the Yankees management makes is stupid. If you have any doubts, just ask the brain trust that populate the LoHud blog.

    Thanks for your non-input.

  56. blake May 5th, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    I was torn over the trade when I thought it was happening. I was happy because I thought it would have given the Yanks a great chance at winnig the title in 2010…..however as more details came out about how it fell apart I understood why it did. There was always the risk as well that Lee could have still left via free agency…..personally I don’t think he would have had he played out the rest of the season in NY….but you never know. All in all I think it will work out for the best.

  57. YankeesNmore May 5th, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    you didnt call me out on it. When I wrote it I was implying that I wouldnt have done a deal including a combination of any of the 3.
    =========================================
    Not at all what you said.

    QUOTE: “I still wouldnt give ANY OF THE 3 up for Lee.”

  58. BIG AL May 5th, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    And people ask why so many regular bloggers are no longer here, or seldom – when YankeesNmore is a major contributor to the conversation, that says it all.

    Good night, I leave you to your whining and rehashing last years news.

  59. Rich in NJ May 5th, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    “Yes indeed, every move the Yankees management makes is stupid. If you have any doubts, just ask the brain trust that populate the LoHud blog.”

    So no move is stupid in your opinion, and we should never criticize the Yankees, but instead, confine our comments to whether a move is good, very good, or great?

    Gotcha.

  60. Rich in NJ May 5th, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    “And people ask why so many regular bloggers are no longer here…”

    There’s no one reason.

  61. Jerkface May 5th, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    Yes indeed, every move the Yankees management makes is stupid. If you have any doubts, just ask the brain trust that populate the LoHud blog.

    Having Pena and Nunez on the roster is what they had last year down the stretch and it was stupid. YOu don’t want to play both at the same time and you can’t alternate because really one guy should be getting the bulk of the work. They should have brought up anyone who can HIT and let Nunez fill in at 3B

  62. YankeesNmore May 5th, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    MG May 5th, 2011 at 8:58 pm
    congratulations, YankeesMoron, you have just convinced another long time poster to stop reading this blog.
    ==============================
    So long. Have a nice night.

  63. Jerkface May 5th, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    But he’s been published by Bleacher Report!

  64. Tom in N.J. May 5th, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    Does trolling a blog bring you joy?

  65. Rich in NJ May 5th, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    “So long. Have a nice night.”

    Stop being an a-hole.

  66. YankeesNmore May 5th, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    Jerkface May 5th, 2011 at 9:00 pm
    But he’s been published by Bleacher Report!
    =========================
    True story

  67. Jerkface May 5th, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    So have numerous 16 year olds.

  68. YankeesNmore May 5th, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    Rich in NJ May 5th, 2011 at 9:01 pm
    “So long. Have a nice night.”

    Stop being an a-hole.
    ==========================
    I wished him a nice night… Even AFTER he insulted me… I think that’s pretty dang nice on my part.

  69. tyanksfan36 May 5th, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    YankeesNmore May 5th, 2011 at 8:53 pm
    you didnt call me out on it. When I wrote it I was implying that I wouldnt have done a deal including a combination of any of the 3.
    =========================================
    Not at all what you said.

    QUOTE: “I still wouldnt give ANY OF THE 3 up for Lee.”

    ________

    again, I said I was implying. and I said I left of combination. I thought that was implied

    Imply: To express or indicate indirectly

    Only an idiot would think that I would suggest a GM would take just Nunez, just Nova or just Montero for Lee. I think that all 3 are good but not that good.

  70. YankeesNmore May 5th, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    Jerkface May 5th, 2011 at 9:04 pm
    So have numerous 16 year olds.
    ========================
    true story

  71. Rich in NJ May 5th, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    “I wished him a nice night… Even AFTER he insulted me… I think that’s pretty dang nice on my part.”

    You invite insults. The problem is that you seemingly live for them.

  72. YankeesNmore May 5th, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    QUOTE: “I still wouldnt give ANY OF THE 3 up for Lee.”

    ________

    again, I said I was implying. and I said I left of combination. I thought that was implied

    =================================
    that quote could not BE more clear.

    “I would not give up ANY OF THE THREE for Lee.”

  73. mick May 5th, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    Nunez needs to play everyday in the minors.
    If the Yanks are depending on him for offense they are in a bad way.
    He had his shot for now and it’s ok to send him down.
    They won’t yet as Pena is coming up but shortly for either Montero or El Chato Vazquez.

  74. YankeesNmore May 5th, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    Rich in NJ May 5th, 2011 at 9:05 pm
    “I wished him a nice night… Even AFTER he insulted me… I think that’s pretty dang nice on my part.”

    You invite insults. The problem is that you seemingly live for them.
    ====================================
    No. I state opinions… and I do my very best to stick to topics involving baseball and the Yankees.

    This board would be a better place if everybody else did the same, but some people can’t handle opinions that differ from their own, which makes this just like every other message board on the planet.

  75. mick May 5th, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    You idiots are making this yanksmore guy a hero.
    why not ignore him like you ignore me?

  76. YankeesNmore May 5th, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    mick May 5th, 2011 at 9:09 pm
    You idiots are making this yanksmore guy a hero.
    why not ignore him like you ignore me?
    =============================
    That’s actually an EXCELLENT idea!

    The board certainly would flow a lot smoother.

  77. mick May 5th, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    True yanksmore….responding to you shows me what morons they are.

  78. mick May 5th, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    shhhhh….while the intelligencia thinks it over…..

  79. mick May 5th, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    the silence is deafening….

  80. Rich in NJ May 5th, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    “No. I state opinions… and I do my very best to stick to topics involving baseball and the Yankees.”

    When your opinions include wishing a serious injury on a player, it’s fair to say that your opinions suck.

    If I ran the blog, I would ban you for that.

  81. YankeesNmore May 5th, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    mick May 5th, 2011 at 9:12 pm
    True yanksmore….responding to you shows me what morons they are.
    ======================================
    Again, let’s stick to baseball topics as much as possible. That’s the key.

    People who don’t like my opinions should just skip past them. Nobody is forcing anybody to read anything, as near as I can tell.

  82. YankeesNmore May 5th, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    Rich in NJ May 5th, 2011 at 9:14 pm
    “No. I state opinions… and I do my very best to stick to topics involving baseball and the Yankees.”

    When your opinions include wishing a serious injury on a player, it’s fair to say that your opinions suck.

    If I ran the blog, I would ban you for that.
    =====================================
    See post above.

  83. mick May 5th, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    So no move is stupid in your opinion, and we should never criticize the Yankees, but instead, confine our comments to whether a move is good, very good, or great?
    ===================================
    Yup. America Love It or Leave It.

  84. Rich in NJ May 5th, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    “See post above.”

    I saw it. bfd

  85. tyanksfan36 May 5th, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    For those that care about something going on now instead of last July. Manny Banuelos is done for Trenton tonight after giving up 8 hits/3runs/4walks and 2 strikeouts. I think a few people when to the game so I look forward to seeing what they have to say about his outing as there is only so much you can see from a boxscore. The only Trenton offense so far was a Melky Mesa home run.

  86. Ghostwriter May 5th, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    Jerkface May 5th, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    Yes indeed, every move the Yankees management makes is stupid. If you have any doubts, just ask the brain trust that populate the LoHud blog.

    Having Pena and Nunez on the roster is what they had last year down the stretch and it was stupid. YOu don’t want to play both at the same time and you can’t alternate because really one guy should be getting the bulk of the work. They should have brought up anyone who can HIT and let Nunez fill in at 3B
    ========================================================

    I don’t get it–how is it redundant? One guy is a solid glove man and the other is a solid hitter–they complement each other. If you have a lead late in the game, or expect a low-scoring game, you play Pena. Otherwise, you go with Nunez for the offense. Obviously, Rodriguez gives you both. So what is the point of bringing up another offensive-minded player? This is what seems redundant to me–two guys who essentially fill the same role, competing for back-up playing time doesn’t make much sense to me…

  87. Ghostwriter May 5th, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    BTW, at this stage, Pena probably is as good as he’s going to get. So, I’d rahter have him riding the pine, and giving the legitimate offensive prospect playing time, repetitions, and ABs in the miinors…

  88. mick May 5th, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    The team is in a bad stretch and they remind me of last year, uninspired.
    Certainly not hungry, as they believe they are the best team in baseball, but know how iffy their pitching is, but it is their pitching that has carried them.
    They think they are the big bully in the playground but without their HR’s would probably be in last place.
    As they approach .500 and below they will begin to panic and Montero will be called up.
    If they go 10 games under Girardi will be fired and Jeter will be named player/Mgr.
    After all , he is a born leader.

  89. mick May 5th, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    ….maybe they are just homesick.

  90. RadioKev May 5th, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    I’m not sure why I even read the comments here after a loss. I guess it must be because they’re just so wondrous.

  91. Ghostwriter May 5th, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    This team is too reliant on the home run to score. Their runs tend to come in bunches, and their dry spells can be pretty sever. I like the way the line-up looks a bit more with Cano in the 3-hole and Tex batting cleanup (or number 5). It didn’t work out today, but it’s probably their best option to score more runs–Tex can be a little too streaky for my taste, and shouldn’t be batting in the 3-hole.

    Hopefully, Gardy heating up will translate into a bit more of an exciting offense, and more runs getting scored. If it was up to me, I’d put him back at leadoff, and bat Jeter second.

  92. YankeesNmore May 5th, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    and Jeter will be named player/Mgr…. After all , he is a born leader.
    ====================================
    That myth is being exposed for the fraud it is…

    Jeter has told people for year, “all I want to do is win.”

    Ya, as long as he gets to play SS and bat leadoff every day… The second he becomes the problem, winning isn’t as important anymore.

  93. mick May 5th, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    Right now they are getting the pitching but it is being wasted by the anemic offense.
    When they start to hit, as the weather warms up, their pitching will probably let down.
    This is called inconsistency and was the same problem they had last year .
    It is basically the same team as last year.
    If things get worse they will need a jolt .
    There are a few alternatives.

  94. mick May 5th, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    Ya, as long as he gets to play SS and bat leadoff every day… The second he becomes the problem, winning isn’t as important anymore.
    ====================
    Jeter isn’t dictating that he play.

  95. YankeesNmore May 5th, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    mick May 5th, 2011 at 9:48 pm
    Ya, as long as he gets to play SS and bat leadoff every day… The second he becomes the problem, winning isn’t as important anymore.
    ====================
    Jeter isn’t dictating that he play.
    =============================
    Maybe not directly… But Girardi and Cashman are in a hell of a spot right now and “The Captain” is just letting them hang there.

    And it’s not the first time he’s let his personal feelings get in the way of what’s best for the team… He hung ARod out to dry, too, when he was going through a very tough time with the media and fans in New York.

  96. mick May 5th, 2011 at 10:01 pm

    Maybe not directly… But Girardi and Cashman are in a hell of a spot right now and “The Captain” is just letting them hang there.
    ======================
    Think about it.
    What should Jeter do?
    Step down?
    What can they do?
    Play Nunez over him?

  97. YankeesNmore May 5th, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    He should, at the very least, volunteer to move down in the order until he “gets straightened out,” as if that’s going to happen.

    He would come across as everything he pretends to be-a guy who puts the team first.

  98. RMS May 5th, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    “He should, at the very least, volunteer to move down in the order until he “gets straightened out,” as if that’s going to happen.”

    The way the Yankees are not hitting, everyone would be at the bottom of the order, except Cano.

  99. P May 5th, 2011 at 11:11 pm

    Honestly, even when we are winning I can’t stand Joe G as the manager of this team. It hasn’t made sense to me since the beginning. He may be a good manager for a team like The Marlins.. but for the life of me, I just can’t figure out why we chose him over Donnie. Even if Donnie didn’t get the job, why we hired Joe is beyond me.. I Know Hal like that Joe was good with the media, he felt that was important for the Yankees image/press.

    Still, it’s not even that I second guess a lot of his moves.. (I know he has much more experience than me) I’ve been born into a baseball family.. and we eat,sleep,baseball. Even I can identify when a pitcher doesn’t have his stuff.

    The bunting drives my dad crazy! For me, it depends on the situation but Joe has not put down a bunt at the right time yet this year.. and bunting swisher with 0 outs and man on 1st/2nd is silly.

    I actually think Joe is a good guy and I have met him. Super nice and down to earth but I want to see a passionate manager that the team respects.. not somebody that was once a teammate.. a subpar teammate even.

    My biggest gripe about JG is that he shows no leadership at all.

  100. NW Yankees Fan May 5th, 2011 at 11:14 pm

    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.

  101. P May 5th, 2011 at 11:35 pm

    Does the word “loyalty” mean anything? The Yankees signed the contracts.. they didn’t have to.

    I am fully content letting Posada finish out his career this year.. and if he can get it together, have him DH next year.. after all a switch hitting power hitter is so awful..

    Jeter, well I said all along that 2 years 14k was his value and since he’s Jeter throw him and extra few mil.. I was content with 2/20.. so we over paid.. big deal we have the money.. but the 4 years is what is a drag. Still I as frustrated as I am with him.. I am not giving up on him or turning my back on him.. he’s earned the right to have a slow start and a bad season last year!

    just my opinion.

  102. P May 5th, 2011 at 11:37 pm

    Oh and I like this team.. are they perfect? No.. are there many better teams than them? No way.. Geez man.. you sound pretty ungrateful.. what do you want .300 hitters at every position? So we have some problems to address offensively.. it could be much much worse!

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