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Postgame notes: Back on track in Minneapolis

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes, Podcast on Aug 19, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Hoping for a nice, clean, review-free game tomorrow night? After the botched replay last night, and the overturned home run tonight, Joe Girardi brought up the idea that we should expect more of the same on Friday.

“Things go in threes, right?” he said.

It was strange enough to see it happen twice. As soon as Justin Morneau drove a ball to the right-field corner in the first inning, it was impossible not to think of last night’s home run call. This was another questionable homer, and Girardi was jogging onto the field, and it was going to be reviewed.

“It’s almost like, we need to get paid back,” Mark Teixeira said. “… Huge break. Two runs in the first inning against a good pitcher, that could have given them some momentum. I’m always a big believer that if you give CC a lead, he’s going to hold it. Because of that we were able to give him a lead in the next couple of innings, and he held it.”

Ultimately, the Yankees got two insurance runs in the ninth, and the two-run homer didn’t loom quite as large when the final score was 8-4, but through most of the game, it was a difference maker.

Sabathia got off to a slow start tonight, and the overturned homer felt like a kind of reprieve. Coming off back-to-back losses — his first back-to-back loses of the season — Sabathia allowed five base runners in the fist two innings, then he settled in and looked like the ace the Yankees are used to seeing. He said his slider got much better in the middle innings, and he found the arm angle on his fastball. He was “slinging” the baseball early — and a few times late — but Sabathia considered this fairly significant step forward from the previous three starts.

“I thought in the middle of the game I felt good,” he said. “I was making pitches. I was downhill. It just kind of got away from me at the end of that last inning, but when I needed to I thought I made some pretty pitches.”

Here’s Sabathia.

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• This is supposed to be a pitchers’ park, but the Yankees went deep three times. Of course, it was Andruw Jones’ third-deck shot that had the clubhouse buzzing afterward. “I couldn’t hit it up there with a 3-wood,” Nick Swisher said.

• Jones said he never saw where his homer landed. As soon as he knew he’d gone deep — and he knew quickly — he lowered his head and started jogging. “I never really look at where balls land,” he said.

• The other two home runs were a second-deck shot by Mark Teixeira, and a two-run shot just over the wall by Swisher. “We had all three decks covered,” Swisher said. “And I had the scraper.”

• Teixeira and Sabathia both said they had no idea whether Morneau’s home run was fair or foul, but Girardi said he was pretty sure it went foul. He asked for a replay without having seen or heard about one himself. Girardi said he didn’t suggest the umpires owed him one. “I didn’t say anything about yesterday,” he said. “Yesterday’s gone. There’s not anything we can do. You ask them to review it, and they’re good about it.”

• Sabathia said his changeup is still bothering him. He never really had it tonight, and he wants to work on it in his next bullpen. The slider, though, was much better tonight. “And I knew it was going to be huge for me tonight with all the lefties in their lineup,” Sabathia said.

• Sabathia has 14 regular-season wins against the Twins, tied with Tim Wakefield for second most among active players. Mark Buehrle has beaten the Twins 26 times.

• In the seventh inning, Girardi had Boone Logan ready in the bullpen, but he left Sabathia in to face lefties Mauer, Morneau and Thome. Yes, Sabathia’s a lefty, but he’d given up three straight hits that inning and it seemed like time to pull him. “If he gets into a long at-bat with someone, you have to see what happens to him,” Girardi said. “Once he got Mauer out, I was going with him all the way through Thome.”

• Underrated play of the night: Robinson Cano getting Jim Thome out to end that seventh inning. Cano had to go well to his left to make the play. “That’s a huge play,” Girardi said. “That’s CC’s last hitter, then it’s 6-5 (if he doesn’t make the play). That’s a big play.”

• Derek Jeter had two more hits tonight. The guy is hitting .291 now, and he has 17 hits in his past 32 at-bats. That’s a .531 batting average in seven games.

• The only player in tonight’s Yankees lineup with a higher batting average than Jeter was Robinson Cano. That’s unreal.

• Curtis Granderson’s triple gave the Yankees 30 triples for the season, the second-most in the American League. It also gave Granderson double digits in triples (10), doubles (18), homers (32) and stolen bases (22). Since 1913, when stolen bases became an official stat, only seven other Yankees have finished with double digits in those four stats (Ben Chapman, Lou Gehrig, Joe Gordon, Tony Lazzeri, Bob Meusel, Babe Ruth and Snuffy Stirnweiss). The last to do it was Stirnweiss … in 1945! That’s accoriding to Elias.

• The Yankees knew before the game that first pitch would be pushed back to 8:15 ET for the pregame ceremony for Thome (which was excellent, by the way). The game started a little later than that, and Girardi suggested that might have contributed to Sabathia’s rocky start, but Sabathia said it had no impact on him. “It went a little bit later, and that happens,” Girardi said. “The guy deserves the due that he got. I understand that. We’ve had it happen at our ballpark where it goes a little longer. Jim Thome deserves everything he got tonight. I don’t have a problem with it.”

• The Yankees confirmed that A.J. Burnett will start Saturday instead of Freddy Garcia. Sunday’s starter remains TBA. It will be either Garcia or Ivan Nova.

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115 Responses to “Postgame notes: Back on track in Minneapolis”

  1. m August 19th, 2011 at 1:29 am

    Wow. What a postgame, Chad. Great stuff.

    Nice notes courtesy of Elias. Since I’m done having kids, I’ll try to get my first grandson named “Elias” j/k of course!

    Curtis is the best all-around player this year? Getting it done. If he didn’t hit so many homeruns, he’d probably have more stolen bases, too. :)

  2. jonathan p August 19th, 2011 at 1:44 am

    im sure this is old news but a rod plays mentor to jesus

    http://www.nydailynews.com/blo.....to-montero

  3. BJK August 19th, 2011 at 2:11 am

    Nice job by Girardi tonight. It’s nice to have nothing to nitpick about.

    For once.

  4. pft2 August 19th, 2011 at 2:16 am

    I think you still have to be concerned about CC. Not a great start against a pretty weak offense in a pitchers park. Could have been worse except for a couple of defensive gems and instant replay. Hopefully just that time of the year where a pitcher is looking for his 2nd wind.

    The lineup should really sizzle if A-Rod comes back at 80%. Girardi should let him DH for a week before letting him play 3B.

  5. Dill Pickler August 19th, 2011 at 2:23 am

    CC will be fine once he gets back to his regular 5-day rotation. This 6-man stuff has really thrown him off, imo.

  6. Erin August 19th, 2011 at 7:29 am

    Wow-only 5 posts since last night? Does everybody have the day off but me??? :x

  7. MTU August 19th, 2011 at 7:32 am

    Erin-

    Good morning.

    They are all out hunting for the last few boxes of Jr. Mints.

    ;)

  8. Erin August 19th, 2011 at 7:35 am

    MTU- :D

    as long as they’re sending them to me, that is acceptable.

  9. MTU August 19th, 2011 at 7:39 am

    Erin-

    I have 2 questions for you this AM :

    1) With all of the insanity that sometimes goes on around here how do you manage to never say an unkind word to anyone ?

    2) What sort of work do you do ?

    :)

  10. MaineYankee August 19th, 2011 at 7:42 am

    Erin

    Good morning.

    Do you have an appetite for Junior Mints after yesterday? :lol:

    After Chad admonished some for how they acted they didn’t have anything to say. :D

  11. MaineYankee August 19th, 2011 at 7:44 am

    MTU

    It’s nice to see you are now on the A-J bandwagon.

  12. Wang IS Taiwan August 19th, 2011 at 7:46 am

    Hey guys — what’s with the junior mints? Are they no longer going to be making them? I’m in Asia and am now worried about one of my favorite candies….

  13. MTU August 19th, 2011 at 7:46 am

    Maine-

    You fooled me once. I try to learn from my mistakes.

    Not bitin’.

    ;)

  14. MaineYankee August 19th, 2011 at 7:46 am

    MTU

    Erin must be like that NFL ref in the commercial that could deal with all the yelling from coaches and players because of a nagging wife.

    Maybe she works with alot of whiners.

  15. Erin August 19th, 2011 at 7:46 am

    MTU-

    1. Honestly, no idea. I do have my moments though. ;)

    2. I work for a book wholesaler/distributor

  16. MTU August 19th, 2011 at 7:47 am

    wang-

    Just switch to Bonomo’s Turkish taffy.

    ;)

  17. MaineYankee August 19th, 2011 at 7:47 am

    MTU

    :?:

  18. Erin August 19th, 2011 at 7:47 am

    MaineYankee-I always have an appetite for Junior Mints. However, I did stay away from them after yesterday. I’ll get back on the horse today I’m sure. :)

  19. upstate kate August 19th, 2011 at 7:48 am

    good morning nice people on the blog

    hey what about that Cervelli coming thru w/ some insurance runs :)

  20. Erin August 19th, 2011 at 7:48 am

    MaineYankee August 19th, 2011 at 7:46 am

    Maybe she works with alot of whiners.

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

    this is true

  21. Wang IS Taiwan August 19th, 2011 at 7:49 am

    MTU,

    Oh — never heard of that, but love taffy — esp salt water taffy. I found someone on ebay that sells/ships salt water taffy overseas. I can only order when the weather’s cool, though, because of the melting issues…:(

  22. MaineYankee August 19th, 2011 at 7:50 am

    MTU

    You must be referring to my :yankingyourchain: moment. :D

  23. Wang IS Taiwan August 19th, 2011 at 7:51 am

    upstate kate — Are you in upstate NY? I was a student at Eastman in Rochester a while back. Just curious.

  24. MTU August 19th, 2011 at 7:52 am

    Erin-

    You are as sweet as Tupelo honey. An angel of the 1st degree.

    Again, just a curiosity thing.

    Are you married ?

    :)

    Maine-

    It is exceedingly rare around here. That is for sure. Maybe she does a lot of reading ?

    ;)

  25. MaineYankee August 19th, 2011 at 7:52 am

    Erin

    You should be our source for all books Yankee. :)

  26. Erin August 19th, 2011 at 7:53 am

    Wang IS Taiwan August 19th, 2011 at 7:46 am
    Hey guys ? what?s with the junior mints? Are they no longer going to be making them? I?m in Asia and am now worried about one of my favorite candies?.

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

    Wang-they better not stop making Junior Mints!

    I casually mentioned my addiction to them earlier this week, and have been hearing about ever since. ;)

  27. MTU August 19th, 2011 at 7:54 am

    Maine-

    Yup. That was it. I am wary of your tactics now. Gunshy.

    :)

  28. Erin August 19th, 2011 at 7:54 am

    Wang-actually, I didn’t so much casually mention them as I was complaining that I was all out. :)

  29. Wang IS Taiwan August 19th, 2011 at 7:55 am

    Erin,

    Ah…I see. I can’t read all the blogs, but I did see a quick reference to them yesterday I think. I LOVE Junior Mints too, so I understand the addiction. I had some in my freezer until last month, and then ate the last of them. Can’t get them here, so I have to wait for the winter to reorder. I stock up on them.

  30. MTU August 19th, 2011 at 7:55 am

    Kate-

    Happy Western Morning to you.

    (Although the Sun isn’t up yet)

    :)

  31. MaineYankee August 19th, 2011 at 7:55 am

    Erin

    Without Erica here I have to pick on you now. :D

    Hence the comment about throwing up JM.

  32. Erin August 19th, 2011 at 7:57 am

    awww…thank you, MTU. I’m sure plenty of people would disagree with you on the angel thing though. ;)

    and no, I’m not married. I’m a singleton.

  33. Mike B from the cuse August 19th, 2011 at 7:57 am

    Just saw the replay from Cervelli”s hit- how the heck did nunez score on that?

  34. Wang IS Taiwan August 19th, 2011 at 7:57 am

    Anyone ever find out where the morning folks moved off to in terms of blogging? I tried some other sites, but it’s pretty rank in most of them…

  35. MaineYankee August 19th, 2011 at 7:58 am

    Erin

    Is “complaining” akin to whining? :D

  36. MTU August 19th, 2011 at 7:58 am

    Maine-

    W/o Erica around to Hissssssssssssssssss at you there is simply no one here to keep you in check.

    ;)

  37. Erin August 19th, 2011 at 7:59 am

    Morning kate!

    I missed Cerv’s insurance runs-I had to get up earlier this morning so I had to force myself to go to bed early

  38. Gary August 19th, 2011 at 7:59 am

    Nice game and win for CC, good to see Posada back on the bench where he needs to be. Jones made a great contribution last night.

  39. 86w183 August 19th, 2011 at 7:59 am

    Erin, does that mean you’re Ken’s daughter (Singleton)???

  40. MaineYankee August 19th, 2011 at 7:59 am

    Erin

    I’m a singleton
    —————————————————

    Are you related to Ken?

  41. Erin August 19th, 2011 at 8:00 am

    MaineYankee August 19th, 2011 at 7:58 am
    Erin

    Is ?complaining? akin to whining?

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

    yes :)

  42. Wang IS Taiwan August 19th, 2011 at 8:01 am

    How great has Jeter been looking lately? It’s like going back in time watching him hit these days. It’s beautiful.

    Love how Kevin Long didn’t take offense at Jete getting some help from others in the organization with this batting. Encouraged him to do so. Long is a good guy.

  43. Erin August 19th, 2011 at 8:01 am

    86w183 August 19th, 2011 at 7:59 am
    Erin, does that mean you?re Ken?s daughter (Singleton)???

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

    :lol:

    No. Believe me, no resemblence to Kenny.

  44. upstate kate August 19th, 2011 at 8:02 am

    Wang
    yes, even further north

    Erin
    these central games are killer for me, especially on work days. I try to go to bed before the end, but I just want to watch a bit more, then a bit more. I am really enjoying watching the BP in action.

  45. MaineYankee August 19th, 2011 at 8:02 am

    Gary

    Is that really necessary?

    Please keep it light at least in the early AM.

  46. MTU August 19th, 2011 at 8:03 am

    Erin-

    That’s good.

    Then there is still a chance for me ?

    However slim.

    I can have hope that after Mrs. MTU tosses me out I will still be able to have a life.

    For instance, we can sell books together.

    I would rather you had worked in a Music stire though.

    That way we could make beautiful music together.

    ;)

    P.S. GB wasn’t really your type.

  47. MTU August 19th, 2011 at 8:05 am

    edit: store not stire. I no idea what a stire is.

    :)

  48. Erin August 19th, 2011 at 8:06 am

    kate-I’m already dreading their upcoming west coast trip. I’m usually lucky if I can make it through four innings. LOL

  49. Erin August 19th, 2011 at 8:07 am

    MTU-now why would Mrs. MTU kick you out? Your lack of culinary skills? ;)

  50. MTU August 19th, 2011 at 8:07 am

    Better to be a singleton than a simpleton.

    Of that I am certain.

    :)

  51. Mike B from the cuse August 19th, 2011 at 8:08 am

    Erin- which part of N.Y.? I’m from Syracuse

  52. MaineYankee August 19th, 2011 at 8:09 am

    Erin

    My wife and I went into Walden books and it was sad to see all the empty shelves.

    The nearest big book store will be about 50 miles from me now. :(

    We got some good buys but no books on the Yankees.

    Must have been hot sellers.

    Of course not big Yankee book territory here.

  53. MTU August 19th, 2011 at 8:09 am

    Erin-

    Because she is smart.

    Although if she was REALLY smart she probably wouldn’t have married me in the 1st place.

    So she isn’t super smart. Just intelligent.

    And she obviously has a lot of patience, and a very good sense of humor.

    :)

  54. MaineYankee August 19th, 2011 at 8:11 am

    Erin August 19th, 2011 at 8:07 am
    MTU-now why would Mrs. MTU kick you out? Your lack of culinary skills?

    ——————————————————————————–

    No, his lack of loyality to Andrew.

  55. Wang IS Taiwan August 19th, 2011 at 8:12 am

    The Yanks are just better guys in general. Read how Beckett whined about how unfair their schedule is (via Pete):

    http://www.boston.com/sports/b.....tra_bases/

  56. Erin August 19th, 2011 at 8:12 am

    MaineYankee-it’s really depressing to see bookstores go out. I’m still sad about Borders-that was always one of my favorite places.

  57. MTU August 19th, 2011 at 8:14 am

    Maine-

    It would appear you have me confused with someone else.

    I am now firmly on board the Jones bandwagon.

    But only against lefties.

    ;)

  58. 86w183 August 19th, 2011 at 8:15 am

    All we need is Jim Lang and we can have “The Dating Game” right here.

    Mixing in a bit of baseball it was better to see CC look more like himself, but I don’t think he’ll be really sharp until he gets back into his every five days routine.

  59. MTU August 19th, 2011 at 8:16 am

    Maine-

    Bookstores are only good for 2 things:

    1) getting coffee

    2) girl watching

    But not necessarily in that order.

    ;)

  60. Wang IS Taiwan August 19th, 2011 at 8:17 am

    I would hang out at the big Borders near Lincoln Center A LOT. I hate that our brick and mortar stores are closing down. And I refuse to read a book electronically. I like turning the pages and underlining things.

    Speaking of life’s big changes. I hate that Tower Records on 42nd Street is gone…

  61. Erin August 19th, 2011 at 8:17 am

    86-I agree, I think CC has to get back to going every 5 days. I was really impressed how much he settled down after those first two innings last night though.

  62. MaineYankee August 19th, 2011 at 8:18 am

    MTU

    :yankingyourchain:

  63. MTU August 19th, 2011 at 8:18 am

    86-

    The 6 Man seemed necessary but it does appear to have it’s downside too.

    Experiment should be over soon.

  64. MTU August 19th, 2011 at 8:20 am

    Maine-

    :yankingyoursback:

  65. MaineYankee August 19th, 2011 at 8:20 am

    Maine-

    Bookstores are only good for 2 things:

    1) getting coffee

    2) girl watching

    But not necessarily in that order.

    ————————————————————–

    1) I make that at home.

    2) You can do that anywhere.

    Not that I would know. :D

  66. MTU August 19th, 2011 at 8:22 am

    Maine-

    Of course not.

    ;)

  67. Gary August 19th, 2011 at 8:22 am

    MaineYankee August 19th, 2011 at 8:02 am
    Gary

    Is that really necessary?

    Please keep it light at least in the early AM

    ________________________________________________________________________

    Main Yankee, respectfully, The short post highlighted the positive contributions last night of CC and Jones. The Posada part highlighted that Jones was given an opportunity to play and he came through. One game for Jorge unfourtantly does not mask his poor performance of the entire year. After putting him back in the lineup after that game he resumed his form that he has shown all year. Joe says we are going to put our best team on the field, lets keep doing it and winning.

  68. HipHipHorHay August 19th, 2011 at 8:22 am

    All – I don’t usually get to follow the comments at night. But I’m very curious about Chad admonishing folks on here – I looked back at a couple of comment trails but couldn’t find it. Can someone re-post, please?

    Thanks in advance.

  69. MTU August 19th, 2011 at 8:27 am

    OK. You want a baseball discussion.

    I fully understand.

    Here goes:

    By the time the playoffs roll around around our #2 starter will be ?

    A) AJ Burnett

    B) Ivan Nova

    C) Phil Hughes

    D) Freddy Garcia

    E) Bartolo Colon

    F) None of the above

    G) Someone from the minors

    H) Who cares

    I’m goin’ with “C”.

    :)

  70. yankeefeminista August 19th, 2011 at 8:27 am

    Wang, and Tower Records in Lincoln Center. :(

    And losing all the Borders is also very sad.

    Also I apologize to the game thread crowd for disappearing last night. My hotel internet cut out in the 7th inning. And with it my mlb-tv. :(

    Yes, also would like to see the Chad post.

  71. Gary August 19th, 2011 at 8:28 am

    HipHipHorHay August 19th, 2011 at 8:22 am
    All – I don’t usually get to follow the comments at night. But I’m very curious about Chad admonishing folks on here – I looked back at a couple of comment trails but couldn’t find it. Can someone re-post, please?

    Thanks in advance.

    __________________________________________________________________________

    I don’t post during the night or the game. When you look at the comments from those periods they are usually personal attacks, one ups, and vindictive posts. No one seems to be willing to except anyone else opinion and it’s a I’m the expert and your not. If that is what Chad called them on it’s a good thing. :-)

  72. Gary August 19th, 2011 at 8:29 am

    except > accept it’s early :-)

  73. Mike B from the cuse August 19th, 2011 at 8:32 am

    Erin- which part of N.Y.? I’m from Syracuse

    ____________________________________

    Doh! sorry I meant upstate kate not erin, Kate which part of N.Y.?

  74. pat August 19th, 2011 at 8:32 am

    “But if he were batting fifth or somewhere else in the lineup, A-Rod said he wouldn’t care.

    “If you’ve been watching the last month, we have probably seven or eight guys in this lineup right now that can hit fourth,” A-Rod said.

    “One thing I’ve always prided myself in is that I show up to the park and wherever the manager puts me, I don’t complain. I just go out and play.”

    My first thought is not sure I believe him but on second thought Torre batted him in 2nd (and other places) and I don’t remember him complaining publicly about it.

  75. Yankee Trader August 19th, 2011 at 8:33 am

    Good morning everyone:

    MTU- How was the hike or were you told to take a hike by Mrs MTU?

    Hip- Chad admonished the bickering during the game thread last night fairly early on.

    Where’s Blake this morning? I asked Chad to encourage former posters Doreen, Erica, CB, and SJ44 and any others who leant credence to the blog to please reconsider and come back. Does anyone know why they’re not posting anymore?

  76. Mell August 19th, 2011 at 8:34 am

    Mixing in a bit of baseball it was better to see CC look more like himself, but I don’t think he’ll be really sharp until he gets back into his every five days routine.
    ===============================

    Think the every 5 days issue for Sabathia is being a bit overstated. He is now 6-2 with a 3.32 ERA and 1.13 WHIP on 5 days rest, which is only marginally worse than his 11-5 with a 2.71 ERA and 1.14 WHIP on 4 days rest. He’s got 55 K’s and 10 BB’s on 5 days rest(5.5 K/BB ratio) and 116 K and 33 BB on 4 days rest(3.5 K/BB ratio).

  77. upstate kate August 19th, 2011 at 8:35 am

    Mike B
    St Lawrence County, the forgotton part of NY!

  78. MaineYankee August 19th, 2011 at 8:35 am

    Gary

    I intended no disrespect to you so if that’s how it came across I apologize.

    I just dislike the attacks aimed at someone that has been a great Yankee.

    Being older(not as old as GB7 though) I know what its like to lose a little off the fastball. :D

  79. Mell August 19th, 2011 at 8:37 am

    Correction: Sabathia’s ERA on 5 days rest is 3.18, rather than 3.32.

  80. Gary August 19th, 2011 at 8:37 am

    Yankee Trader August 19th, 2011 at 8:33 am
    Good morning everyone:

    MTU- How was the hike or were you told to take a hike by Mrs MTU?

    Hip- Chad admonished the bickering during the game thread last night fairly early on.

    Where’s Blake this morning? I asked Chad to encourage former posters Doreen, Erica, CB, and SJ44 and any others who leant credence to the blog to please reconsider and come back. Does anyone know why they’re not posting anymore?

    ____________________________________________________________________________

    Wasn’t Erica True Blue Trisha’s buddy? I still see Trisha posting perhaps she would know

  81. Mike B from the cuse August 19th, 2011 at 8:37 am

    Mike B
    St Lawrence County, the forgotton part of NY!
    ____________________________________

    Lol- Your right but it really is beautiful country up there though

  82. Yankee Trader August 19th, 2011 at 8:37 am

    Here’s the first of Chad’s post last night:

    Chad Jennings August 18th, 2011 at 8:27 pm
    Couple of things since someone obviously decided to disrupt things again in the past 24 hours or so…

    There was some vague comment about using Sam’s identification to log into the blog. We’re confident that’s never happened. The poster in question wrote that he got into the blog and learned that WCYF and Vineyard Yankee have the same IP address. That’s definitely not true.

    I realize this sort of thing stirs up emotions and worries a lot of people, but things like social security numbers and credit card accounts are in no way accessible through our blog. We don’t have that information. Frankly, this person knows everything there is to know about me — my real name, my real email address, where I work, where I’m from — and I’ve never had any sort of problem.

    People get upset, and I completely understand that, but getting into a back-and-forth argument does no good in this situation. You can’t have a conversation with someone who either doesn’t know how to communicate or doesn’t care to communicate. Like a lot of arguments here, it becomes pointless in a hurry. My request — as always — is to just ignore stuff like this. Email me or Jeff to make us aware of it, but responding does no good. Responding only destroys the useful conversation that would otherwise take place.

  83. MTU August 19th, 2011 at 8:39 am

    YT-

    Mrs. MTU exercised the female perogative and changed her mind.

    In essence she told me to take a hike. It was her birthday so I readily granted her wish.

    Do you have a Mrs. YT ?

    If you do then you will understand.

    If not then you’ll learn.

    ;)

  84. MaineYankee August 19th, 2011 at 8:39 am

    Yankee Trader

    I think Erica left because they didn’t bring back her PB Damon. :lol: :lol:

  85. 86w183 August 19th, 2011 at 8:39 am

    Yeah, I’ve been avoiding this place during games. It’s really unpleasant

    have a good one all

  86. HipHipHorHay August 19th, 2011 at 8:40 am

    Gary – totally aware of the personal attacks, and like you, I assume Chad’s admonition related to this. It really makes the blog a less appealling place. Everyday life offers enough antagonism for me (indeed, being a Yankee fan generally provides one with quite enough antagonism by itself) without having to be subject to a bunch of hostility in a fun forum like a Yankees blog. I don’t get why some folks feel like they need it. Maybe they need more hostility in their lives?

  87. Gary August 19th, 2011 at 8:41 am

    MaineYankee August 19th, 2011 at 8:35 am
    Gary

    I intended no disrespect to you so if that’s how it came across I apologize.

    I just dislike the attacks aimed at someone that has been a great Yankee.

    Being older(not as old as GB7 though) I know what its like to lose a little off the fastball.

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    No problem, we have all suffered far worst on this blog. I agree that JP is a great Yankee. Unfourtantly one that played a year or 2 too long. It’s a bad situation not unlike many others when a player at the end of their career can’t perform at the same levels.

  88. HipHipHorHay August 19th, 2011 at 8:42 am

    Thanks YT!

    What’s PB mean with regard to Damon? I tried to lure Erica back by asking her in response to her post the other day, but to no avail.

  89. MG August 19th, 2011 at 8:43 am

    All of this complaining about CC and concerns about him for the rest of the season are just wa overblown.

    He had a couple of poor starts, that’s the beginning and end of it. It’s not unusual for pitcher to go through short slumps during the season that have nothing to do with days in between or anything else, it’s just baseball.

    In 2009, in late July and early August, CC had 3 consecutive starts where he pitched 19 2/3 innings and gave up 13 runs. It didn’t prevent him from going 8-1 the rest of the season, with his only loss on the last weekend in Tampa where he got hammered and knocked out in 2 2/3 with 9 runs (5 earned)-and that bad start didn’t exactly bother him in the postseason, either.

  90. Mell August 19th, 2011 at 8:46 am

    What’s PB mean with regard to Damon?

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

    pretend boyfriend

  91. bisonthrow August 19th, 2011 at 8:46 am

    Something that came to me last night during the game was how, IMO, remarkable Nunez has been all season. A guy who most, myself included, would be a back up infielder who would play when alex, DJ, and robbie need a break has really stepped in and had massive contributions to this team. I would love to see him stay on this team for a long time as his versatility, left handed bat, and improved defense are impressing each game he plays. Any thoughts from others?

  92. Yankee Trader August 19th, 2011 at 8:47 am

    The basic theme of Chad’s posting was IGNORE the post/posters who routinely turn you off.

    The word “idiot” seems to me to be the word most often by those wanting to get into an argument. Very offensive word if it is used to refer to the IQ status of a severly mentally retarded person.

    Never argue with idiots, people might not be able to tell the difference-Mark Twain.

  93. Erin August 19th, 2011 at 8:47 am

    HipHipHorHay August 19th, 2011 at 8:42 am
    Thanks YT!

    What?s PB mean with regard to Damon?

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    Pretend Boyfriend

  94. Erin August 19th, 2011 at 8:49 am

    Yankee Trader- I love that Twain quote. :)

  95. Gary August 19th, 2011 at 8:49 am

    Yanks have a favorable schedule before the next Boston series. Boston has some injuries and I hope the Yanks can put some breating room between them and the Sox before they meet again.

    Yanks and Boston have 75 wins with around 40 left. Wouldn’t be surprised to see the division champ having to win 99-100 games.

  96. MTU August 19th, 2011 at 8:50 am

    Erica was twice blessed.

    She not only had a wonderful sense of humor but she also had a pretend boyfriend.

    How lucky can you get ?

    Also, I have to ask myself, self what are you doing talking about someone who is no longer here ?

    ;)

  97. 108 stitches August 19th, 2011 at 8:51 am

    Not gone unnoticed is the steady good work of Cory Wade out of the bullpen. Whatever innings he gets just sees him come in, work fast, and throw strikes. A good addition since June and one of the strong reasons the Yankee bullpen is top rate.

  98. Mike B from the cuse August 19th, 2011 at 8:51 am

    MTU- I’m gonna get killed for this, but I vote for A. I know he’s a .500 pitcher but I’m sort of hoping that A.J. can suddenly “remember” how to pitch come playoff time. It sure would be nice to have any of those other choices as our 3rd, 4th starters. That’s a nice “problem” to have. Just hope Joe puts him on a real short leash.

  99. Gary August 19th, 2011 at 8:52 am

    MTU August 19th, 2011 at 8:50 am
    Erica was twice blessed.

    She not only had a wonderful sense of humor but she also had a pretend boyfriend.

    How lucky can you get ?

    Also, I have to ask myself, self what are you doing talking about someone who is no longer here ?

    __________________________________________________________________________

    Sort of like the Shawshank Redemption. They were talking about Andy long after he escaped. :-)

  100. bisonthrow August 19th, 2011 at 8:54 am

    I know this is looking forward into the future but where does everyone see the young guns next year? The guy who intrigues me is Noesi… I feel like he could be a big league starter

    1)Nova
    2)Noesi
    3)Banuelos
    4)Betances
    5)Warren
    6)Brackman

  101. Yankee Trader August 19th, 2011 at 8:54 am

    MTU-

    I am blessed with three ladies in my life.

    bisonthrow-

    Nunez has done a much better job and deserves to be around as a super utility guy. He did however incur the hostility of many posters last night when the ball slipped out of his glove while trying to step on 3rd to get an out. It was an error and ultimately cost the Yankees a run.

  102. MTU August 19th, 2011 at 8:55 am

    Mike-

    Are you working with Maine to try and bait me again ?

    :)

    Look. I hope for the best for all our guys. If somehow the world got turned upside down and AJ became a true #2 I’d be very, very happy.

    Hope is a good thing. And it definitely springs eternal.

  103. MTU August 19th, 2011 at 8:57 am

    YT-

    Hotdamn ! I didn’t know you were a Mormon.

    :)

    Gary-

    I generally can’t stand Stephen King but that was one of my favorite movies of ALL time. An absolutely fantastic story.

  104. Mell August 19th, 2011 at 8:58 am

    Something that came to me last night during the game was how, IMO, remarkable Nunez has been all season. A guy who most, myself included, would be a back up infielder who would play when alex, DJ, and robbie need a break has really stepped in and had massive contributions to this team. I would love to see him stay on this team for a long time as his versatility, left handed bat, and improved defense are impressing each game he plays. Any thoughts from others?

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

    He could probably be a starting middle infielder on a 2nd division team, like the Royals or something, but on a team like the Yankees he is what he has been, which is a solid utility guy. He’s neither a outstanding hitter nor fielder, but he is adequate at both and has proven the ability to use his speed as a weapon. I too would like to see him stick around in his present role, especially given the ages of the left side of the infield. Big upgrade over Pena.

  105. Erin August 19th, 2011 at 8:58 am

    Gary- you get 10 points for a Shawshank reference. ;)

  106. Mike B from the cuse August 19th, 2011 at 8:59 am

    No No No- I come in peace, like I said this is a good problem to have- Hughes, Nova, Bart or Garcia as a 3rd or 4th starter.

  107. HipHipHorHay August 19th, 2011 at 8:59 am

    Mell and Erin – thanks! I figured it was something like that. My wife’s PB is Jorgie, and they share the same birthday. Years ago I got her a Jorgie t-shirt to celebrate their birthdays, and she looks very cute in it (though it doesn’t fit when she’s 7 months pregnant, like now). If she’s going to have a PB, at least it’s someone as awesome as Jorgie, rather than George Clooney or something.

  108. Yankee Trader August 19th, 2011 at 9:00 am

    By the time the playoffs roll around around our #2 starter will be ?

    A) AJ Burnett

    B) Ivan Nova

    C) Phil Hughes

    D) Freddy Garcia

    E) Bartolo Colon

    F) None of the above

    G) Someone from the minors

    H) Who cares
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    MTU-

    I) I don’t have any effing idea

    That’s my final answer. Actually until one of the above starters can throw back to back quality starts into the 7th inning, I’m going to have to rely on hope that in the next 6 weeks the Yankees find their #2

  109. MaineYankee August 19th, 2011 at 9:00 am

    Yankee Trader

    Another good one.

    It’s better to be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.

  110. Mell August 19th, 2011 at 9:00 am

    1)Nova – In Yankees rotation
    2)Noesi – No freakin’ idea
    3)Banuelos – SWB rotation
    4)Betances – SWB rotation
    5)Warren – SWB rotation or on another team
    6)Brackman – SWB bullpen

  111. Erin August 19th, 2011 at 9:03 am

    New Post- Rodriguez: “You can play (third base) forever”

    :arrow:

  112. MTU August 19th, 2011 at 9:03 am

    YT-

    There you go cheatin’ on the choices like someone else around here sometimes does.

    Of course I have no idea who that would be.

    ;)

  113. dayglo August 19th, 2011 at 9:03 am

    Cervelli seems to have picked up his game… He needs to catch a bit more (maybe catch Colon?) at least until the Sep call-ups in order to keep Martin fresh for the playoffs…

  114. Yankee Trader August 19th, 2011 at 9:03 am

    Gary- you get 10 points for a Shawshank reference.
    ————————-
    Erin-

    And I get zippo for quoting Mark Twain! Unfair! Waaaaaaaaaaaa! :)

  115. HipHipHorHay August 19th, 2011 at 9:04 am

    Re: Nunez. He actually got in the outfield a couple of games this year. If he could play the outfield well, he’d be an even more valuable piece to have on the bench. He’ll have a long MLB career with his versatility, I bet.

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