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Postgame notes: Yankees slam into record book

Posted by: Josh Thomson - Posted in Misc on Aug 25, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

It’s rare that players and managers get too excited about a stat or a fact, but even the Yankees had to admit today’s three-grand-slam afternoon was pretty special.

As you know, the Yanks hit three grand slams in the same game today for the first time in baseball history. In fact, after Russell Martin hit his grand slam in the sixth, it marked just the fourth time in franchise history two Yankees hit grand slams in the same game and the first time ever at home.

“It’s pretty amazing when you look up and see the runs you have on the board and what you put up in the last four innings of the game,” Girardi said. “I know our offense is potent, but that even surprises me.”

The first came with the deficit still 7-2 off the bat of Robinson Cano. He pulled an offering from the tiring Rich Harden into the right field seats with one out in the fifth to cut the deficit to 7-6. After the Yankees stranded the bases loaded in to end the inning, Martin hit a one-out wall-scraper to right for his second home run of the game. It provided the Yankees with a 10-7 lead and they never trailed again.

He didn’t know it at the time, but Curtis Granderson went on to make history in the bottom of the eighth. He slugged the third grand slam off Bruce Billings and into the bullpen in right to make the score 21-8. The home run was Granderson’s 36th and pushed him over 100 RBI for the first time in his career.

“The fact that we as a team have done something that all the teams that have played this game have never done before, especially on the offensive side, that’s pretty neat,” Granderson said. “The guys on this team have been doing an amazing job. I think it speaks again to what this offense can do. Anyone and everyone can deliver at any time.”

Even before Granderson’s shot, Cano and Martin were only the second set of Yankees to hit grand slams in back to back innings. The others were the last set of teammates to hit them in the same game at all: Bernie Williams and Paul O’Neil, who hit theirs at Toronto on Sept. 14, 1999. The other double grand-slam games were turned in by Tony Lazzeri, who hit a pair on May 24, 1936 in Philadelphia, and Dave Winfield and Don Mattingly on June 29, 1987 in Toronto.

Ironically, both Cano and Martin batted in the seventh with the bases loaded. Cano hit a sac fly and Martin lined an RBI single to right. Those were two of 17 plate appearances the Yankees had today with the bases loaded.

• Of course, Martin played part in Yankee history. He also happened to have the best game of his career in the process.

On the day, Martin went 5 for 5 with the two home runs, a double, a walk and a career-high six RBI. The five hits were also a career high. They were the most hits by a Yankee catcher since Elston Howard went 5 for 6 on Apr. 18, 1959 at Boston. It was also just the sixth time in the live ball era that a catcher had five hits and six RBI in a single game, although Joe Mauer accomplished it on July 26 of last year.

This was also the fourth multi-homer game this season for Martin in just 101 games. Martin had just one multi-homer game in 667 games with the Dodgers.

“I feel pretty good right now,” Martin said. “I have no issues right now, which is pretty rare for this point in the season.”

• Derek Jeter saw his average climb over .300 on an infield single to shortstop in the sixth. It was the first time for Jeter since Apr. 2 — the second day of the season.

Jeter finished the game 3 for 6 with a walk and now sits at .299. He’s batting .422 in August, raising his average from .268.

He also moved further up two lists in the first. His leadoff triple moved him past Rickey Henderson and into sole possession of 21st place on the all-time hits list. He now has 3,058. Jeter later scored on a Mark Teixeira ground out and moved past Jimmy Foxx into 20th place all-time in runs scored. He finished the game with 1,753 in his career.

• Alex Rodriguez (jammed thumb) returned to the lineup for the first time since Sunday and only the second time since July 7. He went 2 for 4 with two walks and three runs scored, and picked up his first hit since July 6. He also played seven innings at third base and left only because the game was out of reach.

“The first time around there’s always a fear that you’re going to get hurt or something’s going to break,” Rodriguez said. “But once you overcome that after the first at-bat or two, I felt like a normal regular season game.”

• The Yankee offense batted around in the fifth, sixth and seventh, sending 31 men to the plate and scoring 14 runs in the process. A’s pitchers allowed 23 of 31 hitters to reach base during that span. They issued 12 walks. Seven came in the bottom of the seventh alone, including bases-loaded walks to Jeter and Teixeira.

The 13 walks issued by the A’s were the most in a nine-inning game since Sept. 1, 1995. Their relievers walked 12, the most for an A’s bullpen since 1959.

• The Yankee comeback erased a bad performance for Phil Hughes, whose four-start streak of allowing two earned runs or less was snapped. Hughes struck out five and walked none, but the A’s hit him hard when they connected. The right-hander surrendered six earned runs on seven hits and was lifted with two outs in the third.

“It was just a grind,” Hughes said. “Unfortunately, I made a lot of bad pitches. Command was my biggest issue. But it makes it easier when you score 22 runs. It helps you sleep a little easier tonight.”

Hughes’ ERA increased from 5.75 to 6.46. Facing the A’s certainly hasn’t helped. He has allowed 13 ER in 7 IP against Oakland this season.

“It was a disappointing bump in the road,” he said. “I felt like I had really gotten a little roll going. I’ll work hard to get over this one, and hopefully not face the A’s again.

• The Yankee bullpen allowed three runs in 6.1 innings of relief. Boone Logan pitched 1.1 perfect innings and struck out all four batters he faced.

• Last but not least, Jorge Posada played second base in the ninth inning. This was the first time in his major league career he played second, the position he first played in the minor leagues. Posada had not played second since 1991, when he played 64 games there for Class A Oneonta.

Posada had an assist on the last out of the game, thanks largely to Nick Swisher’s scoop of a throw in the dirt. Swisher joked about the throw. “I was thinking to myself, you were standing 15 feet from me. What are you double cro-hopping for?”

“That tells you right there why they moved me behind the plate,” Posada said.

Girardi was originally going to move Martin to second and put Francisco Cervelli behind the plate, but Posada made a deal with him with the Yankees ahead 16-8 at the time.

“He said if we get two more runs, I’m going out there. I have him badgering me. I have K-Long badgering me,” Girardi said. “But I think with everything that Jorge has done for this organization, the numbers that he’s put up and the year that he’s been through this year, it was just hard to say no.

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365 Responses to “Postgame notes: Yankees slam into record book”

  1. Bret The Hitman August 25th, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    So what are people thinking? Russell Martin catches 110 games next year, while Jesus Montero catches 50 and DH’s 80? That leaves 80 games at DH to share for the vets. It all seems doable. The Yankees front office seems open to trading Montero but they don’t seem to want to include any other A prospects in a deal involving him.

    And what about Cervelli? Trade him?

  2. mick August 25th, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    That was a long one Josh, guess you didn’t make your dinner appt.

  3. Betsy August 25th, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    I’m just amazed by Jeter’s resurgence – I’d love to see him finish the season at or above .300…….

    Good win today, now on to Baltimore where it should be an emotional evening for the Birds’ first home game since the Flanagan tragedy

  4. MTU August 25th, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    That game made everyone feel good.

    At least on the Yankees.

    ;)

  5. BJK August 25th, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    “That tells you right there why they moved me behind the plate,” Posada said.

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    Great quote from Posada. Nice to see he can have a sense of humor about it.

    Unsung heroes from today’s game: Logan and Noesi.

  6. mick August 25th, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    That seems like a plan, Brett.
    Should be what the Yanks are thinking.
    Why rush the kid when you have a strong team without him?

  7. MTU August 25th, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    Bret-

    A few years back the Hunt Bros. tried to corner the market in Silver.

    Now it’s the Yankees turn. They like to hoard Catchers.

    :)

  8. West Coast Yankee Fan August 25th, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    Not that it matters but I don’t believe at this point there is any serious talk about Ellsbury and Pedroia contending for the MVP.

    IMO, it’s a four player race that will be decided in the next two months. Granderson, Gonzalez, Cabrera and Bautista are in it to win it.

  9. mick August 25th, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    # West Coast Yankee Fan August 25th, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    Not that it matters but I don’t believe at this point there is any serious talk about Ellsbury and Pedroia contending for the MVP.

    IMO, it’s a four player race that will be decided in the next two months. Granderson, Gonzalez, Cabrera and Bautista are in it to win it.
    # mick August 25th, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    Not that it matters but I don’t believe at this point there is any serious talk about Ellsbury and Pedroia contending for the MVP.
    ======================
    Cano is under the radar…

  10. West Coast Yankee Fan August 25th, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    I am not surprised by Jeter and I wonder why any Yankee fan would be. It is really a secret that he is one of the greatest players ever to lace up a pair of spikes? He has talent and abilities and a work ethic far beyond those of mortal men. I said pay the man last winter and laughed at those who read his obituary here every day. No surprise here.

  11. randy l. August 25th, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    “Randy’s just jealous of my golf game because I was sent on a world-wide tour to teach golf and he wasn’t.”

    gb7-

    that’s right.

    i’m still ticked off i didn’t get a free trip to south east asia like you did and got stuck living on the strand at manhattan beach with all those stewardesses that lived next door pestering me all the time.

  12. MTU August 25th, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    See ya’ later people.

    What a great game.

  13. West Coast Yankee Fan August 25th, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    If Cano keeps it up Mick, but right now he’s lagging behind the others.

  14. mick August 25th, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    This might be the year Alex doesn’t make it to 30/100 but you can’t count him out.

  15. mick August 25th, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    If he makes it, the Yanks will be rolling thunder.

  16. Mell August 25th, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    And what about Cervelli? Trade him?

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

    He doesn’t get you anything. Keep him in the organization in case something goes awry.

  17. starlacarla August 25th, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    Will the Yankees announce tomorrow whether the games will be played on Saturday? Might save me a trip to Baltimore…

  18. GreenBeret7 August 25th, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    Montero finally pulls one. 2 run homer to left

  19. Bret The Hitman August 25th, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    Mell,

    Where do you put Cervelli? If you put him in AAA, you block Austin Romine.

  20. Captain Clutch August 25th, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    Montero just hit his 2nd homerun of the game. He is a homerun machine recently. In a week we get to see the kid.

  21. Pat M. August 25th, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    Tin Cup……Get out to the links before the storm hits because that’ll be your chance to hit a 400 yard drive !!!!! Very bummed out by the news of Mikey Flags….Very sad

  22. West Coast Yankee Fan August 25th, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    Martin is a keeper he is only 28 years old. I think starting next April he’s again the starting catcher, but getting more rest, with Montero spelling him behind the plate and also getting some DH whacks.

    I would not be surprised if the Yankees didn’t go with a full time DH next year. With Montero in the show, A-Rod and Jeter another year older, and to give Cano and Tex breathers now and then it might make sense.

  23. Mell August 25th, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    This might be the year Alex doesn’t make it to 30/100 but you can’t count him out.
    ==============================

    I think maybe you can count him out this year. 17 and 48 in a little over a month? In his legendary April of 2007, he went for 14 and 34. Not sure he’s really that guy anymore though.

  24. Pat M. August 25th, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    GB…..You’re pool service personell was dressed in baby lues today…..SJ says hey !!!!

  25. luis August 25th, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    Hi everyone again,

    What a game i missed!!, the delay prevented me from watching it live, so i had to settle for gameday ( ugh). Didn’t realized that logan struck out all 4 batters he faced ( Tom you were right to stick it up to me, lol ). Saw the replay of the three grand slams, Cano was a nasty liner, but the one that impressed me the most was Martin’s ( oppsite field), and offcourse grandy’s to make it a record. Probably the best game of the season.

    I think it was a good way to put an end to the losing streak, so the team leaves town on a very good note.

    MTU,

    I was browsing on a local news blog and read a very good article about Canaima ( Angels falls park ), the text is in spanish, but the photographs are out of this world, as soon as i find it i’ll post it so you can enjoy them.

    On the Hurricane front,

    The storm looks really bad, try to go inland and indoors, stay safe guys

  26. Benny Blanco August 25th, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    blake,

    Dont you agree that many of us have taken nunez for granted?I understand that he’s made many errors but he’s fielding has shown improvement and his bat has been consistent . It appears as though the OS workout with cano has paid dividends.

    He’s head and shoulders above el nino and I like pena, however nuney is a really good player with a ton of potential. He doesnt play full time and has 19 SB???

  27. luis August 25th, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    West Coast Yankee Fan August 25th, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    Agreed, those are the four horses

  28. Mell August 25th, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    Where do you put Cervelli? If you put him in AAA, you block Austin Romine

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

    Romine won’t catch everyday. Have Cervelli as a back up. Or trade him for some beanstalk beans and he can back up on some other MLB team. Just sayin’ he might be good to have around in case some things don’t work out as hoped.

  29. GreenBeret7 August 25th, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    Mike Flanagan. One of the 3 pitchers to beat Ron Guidry in ’78. All named mike…Flanigan, Paxton and Caldwell. Hell of a fine pitcher and pretty good on the broadcasts. Must be more that’s not being said, but, for the sake of his family, friends and fans, hope they stay away from the typical tabloid stuff. RIP, Mike Flanagan

  30. randy l. August 25th, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    “Good win today, now on to Baltimore where it should be an emotional evening for the Birds’ first home game since the Flanagan tragedy”

    betsy-

    the first thing i thought of this morning when i heard the news on flanagan was wearing his uniform at the orioles twin lakes complex back in 1994 when i caught a simulated game for a pitcher the orioles were looking to sign. the clubhouse guy just looked at me and figured flanagan’s uni that was hanging in his locker would fit.

    the old time orioles were really a tight group. i’m sure this has shaken them up. very sad ending for by all accounts a great guy.

  31. Crawdaddy August 25th, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    What they do with Cervelli depends on how many games Montero catches versus DH next year.

  32. GreenBeret7 August 25th, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    Pat, you’re just cruel. The rest of the world is starving and you’re having cupcakes. Give SJ my regards.

  33. blake August 25th, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    Benny,

    Yes….Nunez has really been all they could have hoped for filling in for 2 HOFers while they we’re out…..he’s had some issues defensively but he’s been a positive in many ways. Great year for him.

    As for Arod…..yea the 30/100 streak is likely over but he’s still got plenty of time to be an October hero……which is all that matters. The win today was awesome…….but getting Alex back and having him make it through the day healthy and getting those first couple of hits may be the most significant thing that happened today.

  34. blake August 25th, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    Montero.says…..anything Martin can do ;)

  35. randy l. August 25th, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    sj44 is like john galt.

    he’s on strike.

  36. luis August 25th, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    Randy I,

    Did you really play at the big league level, if only to catch some prospect that must have been awesome!!, didn’t know about Flanagans death, best wishes to his family

  37. Pat M. August 25th, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    He and Dempsey were tight Randy

  38. luis August 25th, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    Mick, WCYF,

    Cano is truly under the radar, but anyway great numbers for a supposedly down year

  39. GreenBeret7 August 25th, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    Description of Montero’s second homer.

    “Montero’s shot was a line drive over the boards in left. Never saw it come down. Disappeared into the night. 4-1.

    Second homer of the game for Montero. Hasn’t landed yet. But I know it’s gone.”

  40. West Coast Yankee Fan August 25th, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    Cano is a mind boggling talent. One of these years he’s going to really put it all together.

  41. Joe from Long Island August 25th, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    I deliberately stayed away from the board here, today, as I’ve become more and more disappointed with what it’s become.

    But, with history being made – the 3 GSs and Jorge playing 2nd, and even getting an assist to end the game – I just wanted to see if any old friends were here.

    Mike Flanagan’s passing was sad. My condolesences to anyone here who knew him.

    Have a good night.

  42. blake August 25th, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    “Cano is a mind boggling talent. One of these years he’s going to really put it all together.”

    That’s the scary part…….he really hasn’t yet. He’s still got room beneath his ceiling…….I still can’t believe that relay throw last night..

  43. West Coast Yankee Fan August 25th, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    Yes, his arm is sick. But it’s his swing that rivets me. It’s like butter, so smooth and effortless through the zone – perfect mechanics.

  44. randy l. August 25th, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    “Did you really play at the big league level,”

    no just bullpen catcher. but through connections with pitchers i would catch i would sometimes go into orioles spring training back in the early 90′s . the orioles really had a tradition that you could see with the coaches and the players that had gone through their system. it’s not the same anymore.

    flanagan was part of the core group of orioles from those days.

  45. blake August 25th, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    Montero is up to .814 OPS for the season and August numbers: .312 BA, 1.000 OPS

  46. Tar August 25th, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    “I deliberately stayed away from the board here, today, as I’ve become more and more disappointed with what it’s become.”

    Just like CB the other night and countless others. Great posters who want to stay away.

    Joe, You are a great poster here I am sorry you feel that way.

    And the biggest culprit posted this minutes ago.

    “I said pay the man last winter and laughed at those who read his obituary here every day. No surprise here”

    How many post are you going to bore us with your stupid bragging. It’s not like there weren’t 100 others on here saying the same thing. Yet you persist in trying to make yourself look good at the expense of others. Does it ever end with you?

    Every time You try to prop yourself up you fall smack thud, right on your face.

    Look at me LoHud I believed in Derek Jeter, wow I guess that took some guts huh?

    Conceited, braggart just two more qualities that make up WCYF.

  47. blake August 25th, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    Cano’s swing is terrific….and it all starts with his incredible balance and ability to keep his head still and on the ball. Cano has the ability to do what Granderson is doing this season…..with about a .330 BA

  48. GreenBeret7 August 25th, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    Cano has one thing that he needs to conquer to be at the very top level of hitters. He gives away too many late game at bats when the Yanks have big leads. As good as he is, that’s the one thing that could cost him a batting title.

  49. luis August 25th, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    Could you imagine if he gets a little patient and only hit his pitch, how good he can be??

  50. randy l. August 25th, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    pat m-

    i didn’t know flanagan or dempsey personally, but that group of orioles players from that time had a charisma about them . you could feel it even in the spring training clubhouse. no nonsense on the field, but very loose in the locker room.

    in a way they reminded me of the old yankees. the orioles were a very classy organization in those days.

  51. West Coast Yankee Fan August 25th, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    Tar – I pitty bitter, angry, elitist relics like you who come here and whine about others. 1,025 posts on the game blog today, I couldn’t have enjoyed it more. Your oh so lame attempt to reinstall the monarchy has failed. ;)

  52. Bret The Hitman August 25th, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    Russell Martin is nearly a top-5 hitting catcher right now.

    His OPS ranks 6th after Avila, McCann, Santana, Montero M, and Molina Y.

    If you account for his defensive prowess, I’d say right now Russell Martin is one of the top 5 catchers in all of major league baseball…and he’s on the upswing.

  53. GreenBeret7 August 25th, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    1025 posts and over 900 from pissers, moaners, wqhiners, trolls and ass holes who’s main goal is to trash the boards and start and continue fights.

  54. luis August 25th, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    Randy I,

    Congratulations, what an experience it must have been….sad that it no longer is that way. Do you think ownership has anything to do with it?

  55. sunny615 August 25th, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    Still concerned with the rotation. But it is what it will be in the playoffs. AJ has a month to become a decent starter again, for Colon to rest his arm a little, Hughes to prove he’s still a quality starter, and Garcia to get back into it.

  56. randy l. August 25th, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    “Do you think ownership has anything to do with it?”

    of course-

    ownership is where it starts.

  57. West Coast Yankee Fan August 25th, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    blake August 25th, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    Cano’s swing is terrific….and it all starts with his incredible balance and ability to keep his head still and on the ball. Cano has the ability to do what Granderson is doing this season…..with about a .330 BA

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

    In comparison, I have never seen Teixeira’s setup and swing have more movement and hitches in it. This isn’t a revelation, it’s been talked about a lot but it seems worse than ever. I think he needs a lot of work this winter to quiet everything down. He’s so big and strong that he is going to hit balls a long way when he squares up on one or is looking for his pitch but that has been happening less and less. His BA and OBP has dropped four years running.

  58. Jackson August 25th, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    1025 posts and over 900 from pissers, moaners, wqhiners, trolls and ass holes

    -

    add to that those that post under multiple screen names

  59. Bret The Hitman August 25th, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    The rotation is volatile. If it unravels in the playoffs then I don’t see how the Yankees neglect the rotation in the winter…they would have to do something significant at that point.

  60. AldotheApache August 25th, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    GreenBeret7 August 25th, 2011 at 9:45 pm
    1025 posts and over 900 from pissers, moaners, wqhiners, trolls and ass holes who’s main goal is to trash the boards and start and continue fights.

    ———————————-

    For a brief moment, I was trying to figure out which of those categories applied to the west coast wacko, when it suddenly occurred to me … “all of the above!”

  61. Tar August 25th, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    What happened to poof I don’t exist. To your credit at least you responded and not the puppet du jour.

    Behave and act like a responsible member here, or hear it from me every chance I get. Got it dimwit.

    I apologise to every other Lohudian for having to hear this bull. Unfortunately I feel like it’s a neccessary evil in order to make this place better.

  62. sunny615 August 25th, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    I reviewed all the free agent starters of 2012 (after this season ends) and really, there’s no one worth a salt signing. Lots of 4th and 5th’s. The big fish won’t become available until after the end of the 2012 season. The only way I can see getting a starter of any caliber may be only if the Tigers fall way out of it by next summer and make Verlander and his 2 1/2 years at $20 mil per available as a salary dump (with top prospects). But by that time, I’m hoping Betances and Banuelos will be knocking on the door, if not already in.

  63. luis August 25th, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    West Coast Yankee Fan August 25th, 2011 at 9:49 pm
    blake August 25th, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    Cano’s swing is terrific….and it all starts with his incredible balance and ability to keep his head still and on the ball. Cano has the ability to do what Granderson is doing this season…..with about a .330 BA

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

    In comparison, I have never seen Teixeira’s setup and swing have more movement and hitches in it. This isn’t a revelation, it’s been talked about a lot but it seems worse than ever. I think he needs a lot of work this winter to quiet everything down. He’s so big and strong that he is going to hit balls a long way when he squares up on one or is looking for his pitch but that has been happening less and less. His BA and OBP has dropped four years
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    I don’t think you can compare them, first i’ll say they have two different set of skills, and Cano’s hitting ability is off the charts, very few players have the swing he has….But as i stated before, tex’s righthanded swing is much better than his lefthanded swing, one of the reasons is that his back leg collapses ( left leg ) impeeding him of a more leveled swing, making it long and loopy , if i were Girardi i would try to talk him to stay right handed regardless of the pitcher, i think he would do much better than his current numbers.

  64. Bret The Hitman August 25th, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    The strength up the middle in this organization is simply remarkable. I have to give Cashman props for adding Granderson and Martin. Sticking with Cano through his down year can’t be overlooked as well. Holding Eduardo Nunez as a backup to Jeter was also smart. And all that strength is just at the major league level.

    We all know what happens when you go down into the minors…Montero, Sanchez, Romine, Murphy, Joseph, Adams, Heathcott.

    Sooner or later other teams will have to offer fair value for one of these guys. Just because the Yankes have depth up the middle doesn’t mean they’re going to give it away.

  65. AldotheApache August 25th, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    I see there are still rumblings about ‘Gardner is a 4th outfielder,’ and that we should have signed Holliday.

    Yeah, if we had Holliday, today’s final score might have been 24-9 instead. Huge difference.

  66. luis August 25th, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    Thanks Randy, it’s incredible what bad owner can do to ruin a franchise

  67. West Coast Yankee Fan August 25th, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    “Behave and act like a responsible member here, or hear it from me every chance I get. Got it dimwit.”

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

    Do you have any idea how hysterical you are? You are just another blogger. You don’t decide how people act. You don’t decide what is responsible and what isn’t. Pompous and delusional is no way to go through life feeble one.

  68. West Coast Yankee Fan August 25th, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    uis August 25th, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    West Coast Yankee Fan August 25th, 2011 at 9:49 pm
    blake August 25th, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    Cano’s swing is terrific….and it all starts with his incredible balance and ability to keep his head still and on the ball. Cano has the ability to do what Granderson is doing this season…..with about a .330 BA

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

    In comparison, I have never seen Teixeira’s setup and swing have more movement and hitches in it. This isn’t a revelation, it’s been talked about a lot but it seems worse than ever. I think he needs a lot of work this winter to quiet everything down. He’s so big and strong that he is going to hit balls a long way when he squares up on one or is looking for his pitch but that has been happening less and less. His BA and OBP has dropped four years
    —————————————-

    I don’t think you can compare them, first i’ll say they have two different set of skills, and Cano’s hitting ability is off the charts, very few players have the swing he has….But as i stated before, tex’s righthanded swing is much better than his lefthanded swing, one of the reasons is that his back leg collapses ( left leg ) impeeding him of a more leveled swing, making it long and loopy , if i were Girardi i would try to talk him to stay right handed regardless of the pitcher, i think he would do much better than his current numbers.

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

    I was not comparing the players as much as their swings and specifically the benefits of a quiet one. Teixeira has hit over .300 with an OBP of .400 more than a few times in the past.

  69. Jackson August 25th, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    “Pompous and delusional”

    -

    Pot meet kettle

  70. GreenBeret7 August 25th, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    More than anyone else on these boards, the last one to be accusing anybody of being pompous and delusional is The West Coast Queen.

  71. luis August 25th, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    WCYF,

    Point taken, wish he could give us a couple of those seasons

  72. Jacob Ruppert August 25th, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    I agree WCYF. It is the elitist relics that think their opinions are better and more worthy of being read than others that are the problem. If those could be more accepting of differing points of view, this blog would be better. But those people are not willing to make the blog they supposedly love so much any better.

  73. blake August 25th, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    “i were Girardi i would try to talk him to stay right handed regardless of the pitcher, i think he would do much better than his current numbers.”

    He does have a better RH swing ……however he’s likely not faced RHP hitting right handed in a very long time……that coukd be a tough thing to adjust to and might take awhile to get up to speed on. Might be better off just making adjustments to his LH swing.

  74. West Coast Yankee Fan August 25th, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    Luis, he’s 31 years old and the four year decline in some key areas concerns me a little. His premium glove helps make up for it but I hope he can turn it around. It’s not as if 31 is ancient, but some players peak at 27-29 you never know. When Teixeira was 27 he hit .306 with a .400 OBP.

  75. GreenBeret7 August 25th, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    If there was any history or something to show an injury, I’d say that Teixeira has a weak left knee by the way it collapses on him on those swings, contributing to that sever uppercut.

  76. luis August 25th, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    blake August 25th, 2011 at 10:07 pm
    “i were Girardi i would try to talk him to stay right handed regardless of the pitcher, i think he would do much better than his current numbers.”

    He does have a better RH swing ……however he’s likely not faced RHP hitting right handed in a very long time……that coukd be a tough thing to adjust to and might take awhile to get up to speed on. Might be better off just making adjustments to his LH swing.

    ————————————————–

    You’ve got a point there…..but i think he needs a complete overhaul of his lefthanded swing….at this stage of his career, do you think that’s doable??, wouldn’t be better to make the change now( to a right handed swing only ) , since it would age better as he enters in to his decline years??

  77. blake August 25th, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    AGB7,

    That’s certainly possible……or maybe he’s just gradually developed short porch fever. Hes still a really good player…..that produces and plays great D but his swing especially from that left side doesn’t really figure to age well…..that’s my biggest concern with him.

  78. luis August 25th, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    GB7,

    I think is has to do with that he is a natural right hander, we should asume that his strong leg is the right one, being the left leg his weaker one probably tends to collapse because of that…..I played soccer and i am a natural right handed/leg guy, i practiced a lot to shoot with the left one but never was able to match my right leg….i don’t know just a theory

  79. Jackson August 25th, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    I agree WCYF. It is the elitist relics that think their opinions are better and more worthy of being read than others that are the problem. If those could be more accepting of differing points of view, this blog would be better. But those people are not willing to make the blog they supposedly love so much any better.

    -

    just another pawn in the bag of tricks.

  80. Tar August 25th, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    “You are just another blogger. You don’t decide how people act. You don’t decide what is responsible and what isn’t.”

    You are right I am just another blogger who is sick of you driving good people away. You have come to this blog and driven a lot of good people away. I will not sit still for it.You are a troublemaker and it’s time for you to go.

    Therefore when it comes to your posts, I have anointed myself Judge and Jury.( I am just another blogger so I can do this. see how that works)

    Which is why I will continue to point out all your trouble making ways, every chance I get. Did I mention how persistent I am.

    BTW Jacob when did you start posing here again? You don’t happen to live in a drawer in California do you?

  81. luis August 25th, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    WCYF,

    My concern is that i think that he has enter his decline…… but still feel that he can be an extremely productive player

  82. blake August 25th, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    Luis,

    I think a few just simple things might help him…..Granderson didn’t really remake his swing…..he just reduced some movement and made his load and trigger quieter. If they could get Tex to hit off a firmer backside and shorter and flatten his swing and reduce some movement then I think it coukd help…..basically make his LH swing more.like his RH swing.

  83. AldotheApache August 25th, 2011 at 10:21 pm

    Jackson August 25th, 2011 at 10:17 pm
    I agree WCYF. It is the elitist relics that think their opinions are better and more worthy of being read than others that are the problem. If those could be more accepting of differing points of view, this blog would be better. But those people are not willing to make the blog they supposedly love so much any better.

    -

    just another pawn in the bag of tricks.

    —————————————-

    Yup.

  84. Bret The Hitman August 25th, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    Why do we hate each other so much. There’s plenty of hate directed at the Yankees throughout America. This is pro sports most loved and most hated team. I wear my gear out there with pride and I live in the deep South. These red necks have to suck it up.

  85. luis August 25th, 2011 at 10:26 pm

    blake,

    Good points, just wondering, was Granderson swing loopy and long the way Tex’s is??

  86. luis August 25th, 2011 at 10:29 pm

    I know it had a lot of moving parts, so making it quieter made sense, becsause it helped him make a more compact swing

  87. West Coast Yankee Fan August 25th, 2011 at 10:29 pm

    Tar – you are an impotent, pompous laughing stock. Good luck with your campaign, I will continue to laugh at you as it wobbles and falls on deaf ears. And good luck making the case that so many have left with 1,025 posts on the game blog!

  88. Jacob Ruppert August 25th, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    You are saying I am a pawn of WCYF, meaning he is using me? To do his dirty work? That is not the case, I am the pawn of nobody. I rarely posted over the past year because of the back and forth crap over differences of opinion. The season is coming down the stretch, so I intend to be here more and I have a right to voice my opinion on matters here as others do.

  89. pat August 25th, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    Pettitte: ‘I don’t think I’ll ever play again’

    http://espn.go.com/new-york/ml.....ars-closed

  90. Tar August 25th, 2011 at 10:34 pm

    Bret

    People hating the Yankees should be a point of pride. It means the Yankees are winners and more likely than not, beat the heck out of their team.

    I smile every time I hear “I hate the Yankees”. And I don’t live far from you, so I hear it a lot.

  91. JobaTipsHisCap August 25th, 2011 at 10:35 pm

    what a game! 3GS!

    I guess they heard my complains.

  92. West Coast Yankee Fan August 25th, 2011 at 10:37 pm

    Jacob Ruppert August 25th, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    You are saying I am a pawn of WCYF, meaning he is using me? To do his dirty work? That is not the case, I am the pawn of nobody. I rarely posted over the past year because of the back and forth crap over differences of opinion. The season is coming down the stretch, so I intend to be here more and I have a right to voice my opinion on matters here as others do.

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

    Jacob that is not what they meant. They think that you don’t exist, that I created you using another screen name. They always do that, they think nothing of lying. Their favorite contention is that my friend Bobby, Vineyard Yankee and I are the same person even though Chad posted that we have different IP addresses. Consider the source, I laugh at them.

  93. luis August 25th, 2011 at 10:37 pm

    Well guys is late, enjoy the rest of the evening….have a good night.

  94. m August 25th, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    This Texas impotence is really getting on my nerves. ARGH. So irritating.

    At least we’ll still be tied in the loss column.

    We need to win all these make up games and some of the head to heads with Boston.

  95. Jackson August 25th, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    And good luck making the case that so many have left with 1,025 posts on the game blog!

    -

    What would matter is how many hits (viewings) were made to the website. I hope I don’t have to explain this further.

  96. JobaTipsHisCap August 25th, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    meanwhile, Hughes…..
    postseason: CC, Nova, Colon, Garcia.

    oh well.

  97. West Coast Yankee Fan August 25th, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    Jackson you can explain it to your toilet bowl for all I care.

  98. Tar August 25th, 2011 at 10:47 pm

    “Good luck with your campaign, I will continue to laugh at you as it wobbles and falls on deaf ears”

    “falls on deaf ears”. What you are saying is Chad is not going to do anything about this . You can continue to have your way on this blog. There are no rules, no decorum such as posting political commentary at will.Nonstop trolling. It’s whatever WCYF say’s it is.

    Nah, your time is near .

    I have a proposal to Chad and Lohud mgmt who might be reading this. Ban me and WCYF. This will at least spare others on this blog from this bull. Because just like him, I am not going to stop. Do everybody a favor, get rid of us both.

  99. m August 25th, 2011 at 10:48 pm

    Can Texas get 6 off of Wheeler? :)

  100. Jackson August 25th, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    Jackson you can explain it to your toilet bowl for all I care.

    -

    Thanks for what you bring to the blog. Nothing.

  101. Jacob Ruppert August 25th, 2011 at 10:50 pm

    Whatever WCYF. If anyone that agrees with you is going to be deemed to be you, then that is the height of narrow-mindedness.

  102. West Coast Yankee Fan August 25th, 2011 at 10:50 pm

    Tar shhhh! We are trying to talk baseball here.

  103. West Coast Yankee Fan August 25th, 2011 at 10:51 pm

    Jacob Ruppert August 25th, 2011 at 10:50 pm

    Whatever WCYF. If anyone that agrees with you is going to be deemed to be you, then that is the height of narrow-mindedness.

    *********

    Funny right?

  104. West Coast Yankee Fan August 25th, 2011 at 10:52 pm

    Jackson August 25th, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    Thanks for what you bring to the blog. Nothing.

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

    Really? I posted quite a few thoughtful baseball opinions above; on Cano, Martic, Jeter, etc. Perhaps you would like to let me know what you didn’t agree with?

  105. Betsy August 25th, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    Randy, I went onto an O’s board last night and fans were just devastated. Palmer and Hunter (another Jim) were not told until the 9th inning – they both were distraught afterwards; I had a hard time watching Palmer. Rick Dempsey, Ken Singleton, everyone – they just seemed to love this guy – everyone did. The poor man took the O’s failure to heart – and that’s probably understating it.

  106. Wang IS Taiwan August 25th, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    West Coast Yankee Fan August 25th, 2011 at 8:56 pm
    I am not surprised by Jeter and I wonder why any Yankee fan would be. It is really a secret that he is one of the greatest players ever to lace up a pair of spikes? He has talent and abilities and a work ethic far beyond those of mortal men. I said pay the man last winter and laughed at those who read his obituary here every day. No surprise here.

    ~~~~~~~~

    Agree 100%.

  107. m August 25th, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    “Tar shhhh! We are trying to talk baseball here.”

    WCYF,

    Why do you scold Tar for something you do yourself all the time?

  108. Tar August 25th, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    ‘Funny right?”

    No what is really funny is he claims to be posting on here for about a year, yet you needed to explain your multiple personalties to him.

    Yeah right, I am buying that.

    When did you start posting again Ruppert?

  109. JobaTipsHisCap August 25th, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    Jones…

    all right, I am satisfied.

  110. JobaTipsHisCap August 25th, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    CANO’s GS is the best.

  111. Wang IS Taiwan August 25th, 2011 at 11:06 pm

    m August 25th, 2011 at 10:39 pm
    This Texas impotence is really getting on my nerves. ARGH. So irritating.

    ~~~~~~~~~~

    No kidding. Don’t look now, but Al Gon’s power has returned.

    What’s with Texas not even showing up for this series with Boston?

  112. LGY August 25th, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    People dislike WCYF because he has a dissenting opinion is such a lame excuse without basis in reality.

    He only started posting here after getting banned from another Yankee blog for similar disruptive behavior.

    The pattern and purpose of the vast majority of his posts are clear.

    Chad asks for no politics on the blog. Of course WCYF brings up politics numerous times a week in the most inflammatory way he can possibly present it. Just one example.

  113. West Coast Yankee Fan August 25th, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    Wang IS Taiwan August 25th, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    West Coast Yankee Fan August 25th, 2011 at 8:56 pm
    I am not surprised by Jeter and I wonder why any Yankee fan would be. It is really a secret that he is one of the greatest players ever to lace up a pair of spikes? He has talent and abilities and a work ethic far beyond those of mortal men. I said pay the man last winter and laughed at those who read his obituary here every day. No surprise here.

    ~~~~~~~~

    Agree 100%.

    **********

    The Jeter hatred here was really astounding. Bitter about his contract, writing him off as done.

  114. m August 25th, 2011 at 11:13 pm

    I, too, hated the Jeter bashing. It really hurt to read such hateful things. And the one poster you are thinking of wasn’t even hateful. It was others who called him terrible names and wanted bad things to happen to him so that he would be out of the lineup.

    But it does no use to keep throwing things back in one particular person’s face.

    Maybe funny the first or second time you do it. But it gets old quickly.

  115. West Coast Yankee Fan August 25th, 2011 at 11:18 pm

    We’ll never know if Jeter had a nagging injury, or aches and pains of some sort. He would be the last person to mention it. He’s definitely driving the ball. It’s a funny game, right now he’s one of the guys you want up in a crucial situation if you need a base knock. I’d take he or Cano.

    You can add Nick Swisher to that no respect list of days gone by as well.

  116. m August 25th, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    Haha. I said face.

    Anyway, it was a great game. Historic even!

    Let’s pack up those bats!

  117. LGY August 25th, 2011 at 11:23 pm

    The best part about being a Yankee is that any player who has struggled this season has new life in October.
    October success quickly erases the memory of spring and summer failure.

    Grandy stepped up big time last year after a somewhat disappointing season. It will be interesting to see what happens this year.

  118. Jacob Ruppert August 25th, 2011 at 11:23 pm

    Tar, I have been posting here off and on for the past year and a half at least, started posting here regularly in the past month.

  119. Betsy August 25th, 2011 at 11:25 pm

    Sure, I was a Jeter basher, ok – whatever you believe

  120. Wang IS Taiwan August 25th, 2011 at 11:26 pm

    I’ll confess right now that I’m guilty re the Swisher killing — but then, he’s no Hall of Famer, either. What was getting on my nerves was his constant yacking to the press when he was unable to buy a hit for weeks on end. Yes, I know that’s Nick’s personality to talk and talk and talk, and he’s an easy “get” for reporters, but still…it was very irritating to those of us who wanted him to just shut up and do his job.

    To be fair, Swish is one of the good ones, but it didn’t buy him any love from me.

    WCYF, I don’t think it’s fair to compare the two, but I understand wanting the bashers to say they were wrong.

    I was wrong. ;)

  121. Jacob Ruppert August 25th, 2011 at 11:26 pm

    I see GB7 mock gays in the most inflammatory way possible all the time. Does anyone admonish him for disruptive behavior? No. So why admonish WCYF for bringing up politics? Get over it. Ignore his posts if you do not like them.

  122. Yanks78 August 25th, 2011 at 11:29 pm

    Jeter left 9 guys on base today. Has to step it up there

  123. Wang IS Taiwan August 25th, 2011 at 11:32 pm

    Yanks78 August 25th, 2011 at 11:29 pm
    Jeter left 9 guys on base today. Has to step it up there

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Are you saying the Yanks should have scored 31 runs today? Slackers, esp Jeter.

  124. AZ88 August 25th, 2011 at 11:33 pm

    Amazing that Jete is at .299. What a turnaround

    Tex is the only starter who didn’t get a hit today….. and he is down to .246 now. Will he even hit .250 this year?

  125. Wang IS Taiwan August 25th, 2011 at 11:34 pm

    “Tex is the only starter who didn’t get a hit today….”.

    OUCH! I’ll bet he hears it in the clubhouse.

  126. LGY August 25th, 2011 at 11:35 pm

    I see GB7 mock gays in the most inflammatory way possible all the time. Does anyone admonish him for disruptive behavior?

    ———————

    Well, first it is a huge exaggeration to claim that GB mocks gays in the most inflammatory way possible. I don’t get along with GB that well and some of those comments have been directed at me, but it is blatantly false to claim it reaches that type of level.

    Second, the few comments he made that could be interpreted in that manner were pointed out to him so he was admonished for that.

    Finally, while GB can be a curmudgeon the purpose behind his posts are not to troll and incite.

    It’s a pattern of behavior from WCYF extending from another blog where he was banned. Open your eyes.

  127. Tar August 25th, 2011 at 11:36 pm

    “The pattern and purpose of the vast majority of his posts are clear. ”

    No sooner does LGY post this, Dimwit gives us a perfect example.

    He is not interested in discourse or debate. Just trouble.

    “But it does no use to keep throwing things back in one particular person’s face.”

    Exactly m

    Why would Joe post this:

    “I deliberately stayed away from the board here, today, as I’ve become more and more disappointed with what it’s become”

    or CB

    “CB August 22nd, 2011 at 7:52 pm
    Hi everyone. Thought on an off day it might be safe to come around. Was wrong.”

    It is definitely not because of LGY or Jerk. Two very good posters who I have had many fierce debates with.

    No it’s the troublemaker.

  128. Ghostwriter August 25th, 2011 at 11:38 pm

    I was really sorry to hear about Mike Flanagan. He was a good player, and a terrific announcer. My condolences to his family and friends.

  129. Tar August 25th, 2011 at 11:41 pm

    Jacob

    I google you and Lohud and I just can’t find much of a history. Can you give me some examples from a “year and a half ago”. If you can I might actually believe you exist.

  130. Ghostwriter August 25th, 2011 at 11:43 pm

    Tar August 25th, 2011 at 11:36 pm

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

    Nice post. I’ve also stayed away this past week, because of how the forum has deteriorated. Clearly, today has been another bad for the forum. Hopefully, Chad and LoHud will figure it out eventually, and take some measures to restoring some sense of decorum around here.

  131. pft2 August 25th, 2011 at 11:44 pm

    Missed the game, (I hate day games), but have to say Oaklands offense surprised me this series, even if it was not enough to match the Yankees explosion today. Makes me wonder if it was the Yankees running into some hot bats or poor pitching.

    A 5 game series beating up the Orioles would be nice, but looks like it is not going to happen. Maybe only 2 games get played.

    If 3 games are needed to be played at the end of the season, the Yankees should just forfeit them and concede the division. After watching Texas the last few games, they are not to be feared, no starting pitching after Wilson.

    Also, in an ALCS with the Red Sox, the Red Sox are actually better constructed to play in Yankee stadium. Yankees have a better chance against them w/o the HFA.

  132. LGY August 25th, 2011 at 11:47 pm

    You honestly think that people are grown tired of WC because he has a “dissenting opinion?” How special do you think his opinion is for people to care that much?

    This board can disagree on scores on baseball topics. Vehemently disagree. There was literally a Sabremetric-Old School battle 2 winters ago that trounced the 1,000 or so posts today on random days in in the off season.

    Yet somehow almost these people come the same conclusion about WCYF. Even the posters who disagree almost daily on this board. Because he has a dissenting opinion? Please.

  133. UnKnown August 25th, 2011 at 11:48 pm

    pft2 – I agree completely. HFA is way way overrated.

  134. LGY August 25th, 2011 at 11:48 pm

    *have grown tired*

  135. Tar August 25th, 2011 at 11:50 pm

    Ghost

    I am glad you are back. You are just another example of of what I am saying.

    I wasn’t around most of the day, so I can’t comment on how it was today.

    If he can be such an unabated jerk around here ,so can I. I have decided to make myself such a pain in the a%%, that Lohud cant help but notice.

    Once again to all the innocent, sorry and my apologies.

  136. Jacob Ruppert August 25th, 2011 at 11:51 pm

    Tar, lol at you might actually believe I exist. I literally laughed out loud at that. I was in the Lohud Fantasy Football league last year. I will try to find a post, even though that should not be necessary.

  137. Ghostwriter August 25th, 2011 at 11:52 pm

    Tar August 25th, 2011 at 11:41 pm

    Jacob

    I google you and Lohud and I just can’t find much of a history. Can you give me some examples from a “year and a half ago”. If you can I might actually believe you exist.

    =============
    http://yankees.lhblogs.com/201.....s-pirates/

    ===========
    It doesn’t really prove anything, but it corroborates his claim…

  138. Jacob Ruppert August 25th, 2011 at 11:53 pm

    Jacob Ruppert April 7th, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    stuckey

    I actually believe that ESPN is pretty Red Sox oriented and I don’t consider myself a conspiracy theorist. However, I have seen others who call into question the integrity of ESPN labeled as such. Given your assertion of what is deemed a conspiracy, one could argue that ESPN is a privately run organization as is MLB and it is pretty obvious to most Yankee fans that ESPN openly favors the Red Sox.

    Conspiring to shift the balance of power might be pushing it a bit but I see ESPN making the Red Sox a primary focus and feeding into most of the country’s Yankee hating tendencies. It would be the same thing as YES making the decision to air O’Reilly, except it would be ESPN’s decision to favor one team over others in an attempt to pander to their audience.

    And if ESPN’s coverage of the Red Sox helps the Sox out, then one could argue that it is not necessarily a conspiracy but just a fortunate coincidence for the Red Sox.

  139. Ghostwriter August 25th, 2011 at 11:55 pm

    Jacob Ruppert August 25th, 2011 at 11:26 pm

    … So why admonish WCYF for bringing up politics? Get over it. Ignore his posts if you do not like them.

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

    They have as much right to complain about WCYF as you do to complain about them. So, maybe you ought to consider following your own advice, and scroll past the posts that you don’t like.

  140. Jacob Ruppert August 25th, 2011 at 11:58 pm

    I am not telling them or demanding them to do anything or resorting to name calling. Ignore the posts of WCYF was merely advice for them. If they care about the blog as much as they claim to, then they would follow the advice. They can do as they please, I do not mind their complaining posts.

  141. Ghostwriter August 25th, 2011 at 11:59 pm

    From the toot-my-own-horn department:

    Ghostwriter July 9th, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    BoJo July 9th, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    IIRC…DJ had a slow first half a few years ago, and hit like he was on fire after the ASG to bring his average up over 300. I’m sure one of the stat guys can post the exact details, but I kind of expect him to have a similar year this year.
    ———————

    In 2008, Jete hit .284 in the first hal, and .324 in the second, ending the season at .300. I think that he has looked great over the last week, and I’m cautiously optimistic about the second half this year.
    ================================

    Ghostwriter July 9th, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    Moreover, historically, Jeter has been a second-half player, hitting .305 in the first half, and .320 in the second half. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him wind up at around .290 by the end of the season.

  142. Ghostwriter August 26th, 2011 at 12:01 am

    Jacob Ruppert August 25th, 2011 at 11:58 pm

    I am not telling them or demanding them to do anything or resorting to name calling. Ignore the posts of WCYF was merely advice for them. If they care about the blog as much as they claim to, then they would follow the advice. They can do as they please, I do not mind their complaining posts.
    ===================

    It’s very generous of you to acknowledge that “they can do as they please.” :roll:

  143. Jacob Ruppert August 26th, 2011 at 12:03 am

    LGY, the frequency of the gay slurs is extremely inflammatory and he should be admonished. Gay slurs are significantly worse than the posts about politics. There is no room for disagreement there. Lastly, so CB stays away because of the so-called troublemaker. Who is CB that his refusal to take part in the blog because of another poster should be met with any care?

  144. Jacob Ruppert August 26th, 2011 at 12:05 am

    How is that generous? Any poster can do as they please as long as Chad permits it. Unfortunately, it is the opinion of many that WCYF not be able to post here because of his opinions though Chad permits him to post here.

  145. Tar August 26th, 2011 at 12:06 am

    LGY 11:47

    Exactly. How many times have you and I gone at it. Talk about dissenting opinions, sheesh.

    I always welcome and believe it or not (enjoy) your posts and opinions. This is nothing about that.

    It’s all about being a non stop troll, who thinks he is going to get away with destroying this blog. Just like he tried to do at the Daily News.

    Not if I can help it.

    Ok thanks for that Jacob. I am glad you laughed. If you were aware of WCYF’s history you would understand why I would question your existence. :D It is your right to stick with him as much as you like. But you might want to keep your head down.

  146. Bronx Jeers August 26th, 2011 at 12:09 am

    Once again to all the innocent, sorry and my apologies.

    ————————————————————————–

    I appreciate your effort.

  147. Jacob Ruppert August 26th, 2011 at 12:09 am

    I do not stick with anybody, and I am the pawn of nobody. I agree with WCYF on occasions, and I disagree with him on other occasions, just as any other poster on this blog.

  148. Jacob Ruppert August 26th, 2011 at 12:12 am

    Anyway, good night. This game today reminded me of a Yankees.Rays game many years ago in which Randy Johnson got knocked from the game early after giving up several runs. Yanks came back to win that game by a score of something close to 20-7

  149. pat August 26th, 2011 at 12:13 am

    “….the frequency of the gay slurs is extremely inflammatory and he should be admonished.”

    Bad GB! Done.

  150. Tar August 26th, 2011 at 12:14 am

    Jacob

    Whatever. So far you have attacked Nick and GB and have agreed with WCYF.

    You are 0 for 3 in my book. The more you post the less I like.

  151. Ghostwriter August 26th, 2011 at 12:14 am

    Jacob Ruppert August 26th, 2011 at 12:05 am

    How is that generous? Any poster can do as they please as long as Chad permits it. Unfortunately, it is the opinion of many that WCYF not be able to post here because of his opinions though Chad permits him to post here.

    ==================
    I was being sarcastic ( hence, the eye roll icon in my post). Nobody cares about WCYF’s opinions; it is his behavior that is objectionable. The notion that people don’t want WCYF to post here because of his opinions is a fiction entirely of your own making. Why you choose to believe this fiction is beyond me.

  152. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 26th, 2011 at 12:20 am

    Jacob, WCSF is a flaming a-hole. That’s the difficulty posters here have with him, those that do. Those that don’t and stick with him (not talking about you) are as suspect as he is. He is arrogant, fraudulent, nasty, meanspirited, he’s phony and plays both sides of the street with his posts so that he can always claim that he “got it right”, and he is in reality a Sux fan. Sometimes notice how he fawns all over the Sux and actually almost cries when someone doesn’t pay them hommage.

    Tar has been posting here for a long time and he is as upstanding a poster as you will find. WCSuxFan is a relative newcomer, though you would think he was one of the founding members with his uppity obnoxious attitude. He’s a whackadoodle.

  153. Jacob Ruppert August 26th, 2011 at 12:28 am

    pat, I meant GB should be admonished by someone that matters. Hence, not you. :)
    Tar, so bully me the way you bully WCYF. I am okay with that. I have a right to not like someone who constantly makes unfunny jokes while Yanks are losing or someone who makes slurs repeatedly, as you have right to not like me.
    trisha, I have never seen that when not in response to another inflammatory comment. I respect what you have to say on the matter, but please post an example that I can look at in the AM.

  154. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 26th, 2011 at 12:29 am

    As an example of his penchant for creating trouble, when I came onto the forum this afternoon, this is what he felt the need to post, though nobody had poked him with a stick:

    West Coast Yankee Fan August 25th, 2011 at 6:56 pm
    Guess the ambulance runs have ended.

    He has made constant allusion to ambulance chasing, sirens, and the like when I post – an obvious reference to my profession.

    He’s a little trouble-making speck of dirt.

  155. pat August 26th, 2011 at 12:30 am

    “Hence, not you.”

    That was rude.

  156. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 26th, 2011 at 12:32 am

    Jacob, I just posted one. See the above post, 12:29 a.m.

    Also earlier, before I was on the forum, he took a few cheap shots having to do with my support of the Yankees. He’s vomitus. Sorry, I didn’t mean to offend vomitus.

  157. UnKnown August 26th, 2011 at 12:35 am

    I wonder of Whelan gets called up in September. If he can fix his command/control issues he is someone that I really like.

  158. pat August 26th, 2011 at 12:36 am

    “I’ve been working on something that Alex taught me the other day when he was here,” Montero said. “I’m going to the cage and working on that, throwing my hands to the ball and swinging a lot better.

    Over his last four games, the 21-year-old is 7-for-18 with four home runs and 11 RBIs.

  159. MG August 26th, 2011 at 12:38 am

    I really try to avoid the back and forth between the West Coast Troll and everyone else.

    I’ve witnessed him almost singlehandedly destroy the Daily News blog with his nonsense and his presence on this blog clearly has contributed to the deterioration of this blog in the past year as well.

    For those who don’t understand his perspective, it is simply to be right, there is no other way to intrepret his pointless repetition of the same thing and complete avoidance of anything that proves him wrong.

    It’s so predictable you can set you watch by it.

    It is possible to have a blog where people with widely different opinions peacefully coexist-you would think a Yankees forum, where virtually all posters share a love for the same team, would be a slam dunk-it’s not, unfortunately.

  160. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 26th, 2011 at 12:39 am

    Tough time for the Texas bats to go cold. We all know it happens and you can’t know when it’s going to happen, but I just wish it hadn’t happened right now.

    My fantasy pitchers are all biting the dust. I am wishing the best to Gio. Hopefully Oakland goes into pathetic little beantown with some head of steam from the two games they took from the Yanks.

  161. LGY August 26th, 2011 at 12:41 am

    Crappy video but the best we can probably get.

    Montero blast #1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=St82XlJ6Mtw

  162. LGY August 26th, 2011 at 12:41 am

    Montero blast #2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_5h4WVThKvM

  163. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 26th, 2011 at 12:42 am

    LGY, looks like I made a good call on Ellsbury (but not so good a call on the Os).

  164. UnKnown August 26th, 2011 at 12:42 am

    Also I think going back to a platoon situation with Gardner and Jones would be good. Jones is absolutely killing the baseball and he has immense power. This opens up the DH spot for Alex on days that Jones plays left.

  165. MG August 26th, 2011 at 12:44 am

    I just read the wire story about Mike Flanagan taking his own life because, according to the story, he was despondent over financial issues.

    For those of us in the baby boomer age range this is not surprising at all, each of us knows many people who have seen their lives turned upside down by the financial mess in this country.

    What a shame, though, for a guy who provided so much joy to O’s and baseball fans everywhere both during and after his career. I feel for his friends and family, this is going to be a tough time for them.

  166. LGY August 26th, 2011 at 12:49 am

    trisha

    Ells is on the milkshake diet so it doesn’t count ;)

    Seriously though you got me pretty good with the Ellsbury stuff. Crawford has turned into one of the league’s worst this season while Ells has simultaneously turned into one of the best.

    It really is astounding what he has done this year. His power has come out of nowhere. Hopefully it’s just a fluke and he finds himself back toward the bottom of the order next year :P

  167. LGY August 26th, 2011 at 12:50 am

    Showalter ran out of magic pixie dust and the Orioles remembered they are an awful baseball team.

  168. Ghostwriter August 26th, 2011 at 12:53 am

    It’s hard to imagine that a fellow as accomplished as Flanagan would take his own life over financial woes. It’s such a terrible waste.

  169. Captain Clutch August 26th, 2011 at 12:54 am

    The captain is now single….

    Derek Jeter and Minka Kelly have called it quits after three years together, JustJared.com can confirm.

    “The split was amicable,” sources exclusively tell JJ of the 37-year-old Yankees superstar and 31-year-old actress. “But they remain friends. They still really care for each other.”

    When JJ contacted her reps, they did confirm the split.

  170. LGY August 26th, 2011 at 12:55 am

    Trisha

    To be fair, Ellsbury did get dropped to the bottom of the order a week into the season!!

  171. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 26th, 2011 at 12:58 am

    “To be fair, Ellsbury did get dropped to the bottom of the order a week into the season!!”

    :)

    LG, it turned out to be a good guess on my part, just as the thing about the Orioles turned out to be a bad guess on my part. I certainly didn’t expect him to be the kind of player he’s been this season. I figured since he’s fast he’d stay at the top of the lineup. I’m thinking he came back with a vengeance as a way of proving things to his teammates because if you remember he took a lot of heat when he was hurt last year, especially from that socially retarded bufoon Pukelis.

  172. LGY August 26th, 2011 at 12:58 am

    Now that Jeter is hitting again he is looking to upgrade.

    Minka must only be a .700 OPS girl in the sac.

  173. UnKnown August 26th, 2011 at 12:58 am

    Captain Clutch August 26th, 2011 at 12:54 am

    The captain is now single….

    A late night gossip break.

  174. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 26th, 2011 at 1:00 am

    “The captain is now single….”

    Well push me over with a feather on that one!

  175. LGY August 26th, 2011 at 1:02 am

    Jetes must have thought it wasn’t worth going to the club looking to score with with a 27% success rate.

    August Jeter is not settling down with Minka when he is rolling at 40%.

  176. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 26th, 2011 at 1:03 am

    You know I always try to figure out reasons for different things happening. When DHJ started hitting again, I decided it was because the pressure of hitting 3000 was past and he could relax again. I turned that into thinking that the pressure of getting to 3000 was so enormous that it had affected him all season long. Now I’m thinking that getting out of the relationship (if that’s true) could be the reason for his reinvention. DJ seems to do best when he doesn’t have any outside distractions.

    Who knows.

    But I’m still stunned because I figured that was an eventual trip down the aisle waiting to happen!

  177. UnKnown August 26th, 2011 at 1:04 am

    hmm, the Yankees set an all time baseball record with 3 grand slams today and Baseball Tonight leads off with the Sux win over Texas. #shocking

  178. Bronx Jeers August 26th, 2011 at 1:05 am

    Derek Jeter and Minka Kelly have called it quits after three years together, JustJared.com can confirm.
    ————————————

    Good.

    She looked pretty dumb in that HBO documentary.

  179. UnKnown August 26th, 2011 at 1:06 am

    Jeter plays best single and Alex plays best coupled up with a blonde.

  180. Bronx Jeers August 26th, 2011 at 1:07 am

    Seems like just yesterday he dumped Mariah Carey and turned his season around. :wink:

  181. Captain Clutch August 26th, 2011 at 1:09 am

    It seemed like Jeter was very serious with her since he actually allowed her to be interviewed in the DJ3000 show and before that he wouldn’t even admit they knew each other. Maybe Kay will have the scoop for us tomorrow while we watch AJ get hammered by the O’s lol

  182. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 26th, 2011 at 1:10 am

    “Jeter plays best single and Alex plays best coupled up with a blonde.”

    Absolutely and I have always said and thought the same thing. For real.

    Funny I never watched Sex and the City but it’s on now and the episode is filmed at Yankee Stadium and about Carrie dating a Yankee. I’m wondering if the players they show are really members of the team.

    Did anyone see that episode?

  183. Bret The Hitman August 26th, 2011 at 1:13 am

    I think I could hit .400 if Kim Jones let me shellack her.

  184. Bret The Hitman August 26th, 2011 at 1:14 am

    on a regular basis.

  185. Captain Clutch August 26th, 2011 at 1:14 am

    She looked pretty dumb in that HBO documentary.
    ———

    Maybe her voice finally got to him it’s extremely annoying

  186. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 26th, 2011 at 1:17 am

    Seriously, she sounds like a two-year-old. He never seemed like a brain surgeon to me so I figured he had found someone he could deal with. Arod on the other hand, for all of his whackiness, is a pretty bright guy and seemed to seek out more intelligent women – not counting his concubines.

  187. Captain Clutch August 26th, 2011 at 1:23 am

    Now a Montero update…

    Over his last four games, the 21-year-old is 7-for-18 with four home runs and 11 RBIs.

    “I’ve been working on something that Alex [Rodriguez] taught me the other day when he was here [on rehab],” Montero said. “I’m going to the cage and working on that, throwing my hands to the ball and swinging a lot better.

    “He told me to ‘Relax, see the ball and hit it hard. Don’t put pressure on yourself. Just go out there and have fun.’”

  188. Nilsson August 26th, 2011 at 1:32 am

    Ivan Nova is so scared straight about returning to Scranton that he’s pitching like our #2 starting pitcher.

    I could only image what a very motivated Montero is gonna do in the show.

  189. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 26th, 2011 at 1:33 am

    Good lord. What next.

    http://www.nydailynews.com/gos.....eplie.html

  190. m August 26th, 2011 at 1:34 am

    Minka and Jeter broke up? What’s the Minka-free slash line? :P

    Maybe Jeter was irritated because he found out that she didn’t even know those first 2000+ balls that dropped into play were called hits?

  191. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 26th, 2011 at 1:34 am

    Anyway, onward and upward.

    :)

  192. Wang IS Taiwan August 26th, 2011 at 2:48 am

    Are you kidding with your comparison? Jeter is much brighter than Arod.

    Glad it didn’t work out with Minka. I didn’t think she was kind enough. He’s such a gentlemen and polite when approached — she’s a biatch.

    Weird how with all the “turmoil” he’s been hitting so well. Talk about laser focus.

  193. Wang IS Taiwan August 26th, 2011 at 2:51 am

    Of course, with it being Jeter, we’ll never know what really happened. I would like him to marry someone who ISN’T a celebrity, but who is warm, gorgeous and stable. Hard to find.

  194. West Coast Yankee Fan August 26th, 2011 at 3:21 am

    Lots of pressure being a celebrity couple in the public eye. Very few of those types of relationships work out. I like his focus on baseball right now – seems to be working!

  195. m August 26th, 2011 at 6:38 am

    22 fun factoids in honor of today’s score. More Yankee history.

    Pay attn to #17. If it’s high, Martin should let it fly. ;)

    http://espn.go.com/blog/statsi.....cord-books

  196. Benny Blanco August 26th, 2011 at 7:01 am

    Morning!

    Just when I thought tex was getting back into a groove I looked up his stats and saw that he was 2 for his last 19?

    I really feel bad for him. He MUST re-work his swing from the left said.

  197. Triple Short of a Cycle August 26th, 2011 at 7:15 am

    Now people on here are going to start blasting Minka over her intelligence or the way her voice sounds? Real classy guys

  198. jacksquat August 26th, 2011 at 7:29 am

    Wang IS Taiwan August 26th, 2011 at 2:48 am
    Are you kidding with your comparison? Jeter is much brighter than Arod.

    Evidence?

    Not that it matters.

  199. Gary August 26th, 2011 at 7:40 am

    Morning, nice comeback and the hitters and the bullpen saved the day. Wish we had a few of those runs in the first two games. :-)

    Hughes poor effort has to continue the SP concerns, we have Hughes, AJ, and Colon who seems to be wearing down all in the uncertain catagory. Going into the playoffs and the final month of the season we’d like to see the SP in better shape then it is right now. Detroit right now has to be striking fear in everyone. Verlander has a lot of innings, but it doesn’t seem to be effecting his performance. He says he’s going 2 games in a short series or three in a 7 game. They got a good effort yesterday out of Fistler and Verlarde against the Rays.

  200. blake August 26th, 2011 at 7:41 am

    Jeter and Minka broke up? Maybe they couldn’t decide on furniture for the new house……that’s always tough. Anyway……they always seemed a strange match to me…..

    Perhaps the Yankees should fake an injury with Alex for a week every season and have him make a tour through the minors to work with the kids……kidding obviously but Im sure they soak up everything he says.

  201. upstate kate August 26th, 2011 at 7:59 am

    In my love/hate affair w/ espn, I give them an A+ this morning. They did a great segment on the history making grand slams, laughed about Po covering 2B, had a Robbie play in the top 10, and had Grandy’s GS as the top play. Well done espn :)

  202. 108 stitches August 26th, 2011 at 8:05 am

    Let’s see Jeter’s house ………………….

    http://www.tampabay.com/incomi.....se/1188115

  203. Mell August 26th, 2011 at 8:05 am

    I was really surprised to learn that no other team had ever hit 3 grand slams in one game. Seems like it would be so much easier for a team to hit 3 in a game than it is for an individual player to hit 2 in a game, yet that has happened 13 times, including once where a player hit two grand slams in the same inning. Anyways, fun afternoon for the fans.

  204. Yankee Trader August 26th, 2011 at 8:07 am

    Good morning everyone. Hope all of you from the Outer Banks northward make out OK this weekend.

    “Martin went 5 for 5 with the two home runs, a double, a walk and a career-high six RBI. The five hits were also a career high. They were the most hits by a Yankee catcher since Elston Howard went 5 for 6 on Apr. 18, 1959 at Boston.”

    That in itself was a great feat, considering all the great Yankee catchers to play for the Yankees since 1959.

  205. Mell August 26th, 2011 at 8:08 am

    Are you kidding with your comparison? Jeter is much brighter than Arod.

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

    No way of knowing this. I think it’s probably safe to say that Jeter is more disciplined and media savvy than Rodriguez. Doesn’t mean he’d beat him in a spelling bee though.

  206. upstate kate August 26th, 2011 at 8:10 am

    oh that Jeter, doing his bit for the economy

  207. Betsy August 26th, 2011 at 8:12 am

    Gary, good teams aren’t scared of anyone. I don’t care who the Yankees play – they have to beat a good team regardless. If they can’t, then they simply aren’t good enough. I don’t believe in “wishing” for or against another team. As to the pitching, it is what it is. The Yankees are just going to need others beside CC to step up; if they don’t, it will likely be a short series regardless of who they play

  208. pat August 26th, 2011 at 8:15 am

    I thought Minka was a keeper. None of the others got to ride on a parade float. :sad:

    A phrase we use at our house ( becaue I have one of them God help me) is “book smart but common sense stupid”. I have a feeling that might apply to Alex.

  209. upstate kate August 26th, 2011 at 8:16 am

    well said Betsy

  210. Yankee Trader August 26th, 2011 at 8:18 am

    108 stitches-

    Does Jeter personally conduct the tours thru St. Jetersburg in the off season?

  211. Mell August 26th, 2011 at 8:19 am

    Any further scuttlebut on how they manage to get at least 4 of the 5 games in this weekend?

  212. MTU August 26th, 2011 at 8:20 am

    I do not post late at night. Usually off in dreamland.

    Not exactly the life of the party.

    I do look back and scan them though.

    These late night battles on here are getting a bit tiresome.

    Aren’t they ?

    Mornings are way more civil. Thankfully.

    :)

  213. Betsy August 26th, 2011 at 8:21 am

    Hi Kate!

    Thanks – I hate the idea of being scared of any team, so I never allow myself to think that way. I don’t think any of these teams are that much better than the others, to be honest……

  214. Yankee Trader August 26th, 2011 at 8:22 am

    pat-

    Found this quote:

    “The difference between a wise and foolish man is this–the former sees much, thinks much, and speaks little; but the latter speaks more than he either sees or thinks.”

    WILLIAM SCOTT DOWNEY, Proverbs

  215. Mell August 26th, 2011 at 8:22 am

    I do not post late at night. Usually off in dreamland.

    Not exactly the life of the party.

    I do look back and scan them though.

    These late night battles on here are getting a bit tiresome.

    Aren’t they ?

    Mornings are way more civil. Thankfully.

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

    Ah shaddup!!!! ;)

  216. upstate kate August 26th, 2011 at 8:23 am

    after the Cleveland ALDS, I learned my lesson about wishing for a particular opponent

    so true MTU :)

  217. Mell August 26th, 2011 at 8:24 am

    Something to ponder. What’s worse? Finishing 2nd and playing Texas or finishing 2nd and playing the Halos?

  218. MTU August 26th, 2011 at 8:24 am

    Mell-

    :)

    Tell it like it is baby.

    I’ll be quiet from now on. I promise.

  219. Villa Nova-Ya August 26th, 2011 at 8:25 am

    pat -

    How reliable is the outlet that reported the Derek/Minka breakup? I thought she was a “keeper,” too.

  220. 108 stitches August 26th, 2011 at 8:26 am

    Yankee Trader August 26th, 2011 at 8:18 am
    108 stitches-

    Does Jeter personally conduct the tours thru St. Jetersburg in the off season?
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Not likely to need the extra income.

  221. Yankee Trader August 26th, 2011 at 8:26 am

    MTU-

    I’m ashamed to say I left after it was 7-1, not only the blog, but watching it on mlb.com. I felt if a comeback was in order that not watching them for a while would spur them on. Not too bright for a grown man. Tuned in after it was 10-7 Yankees!!

  222. upstate kate August 26th, 2011 at 8:27 am

    finishing 2nd!

  223. Erin August 26th, 2011 at 8:28 am

    Very sad to hear that Jeter and Minka broke up. I thought they were adorable together. :(

  224. Mell August 26th, 2011 at 8:28 am

    How reliable is the outlet that reported the Derek/Minka breakup? I thought she was a “keeper,” too.

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

    It’s in the NY Post, so it must be true.

  225. Betsy August 26th, 2011 at 8:29 am

    Finishing 2nd is like kissing your sister – I want to win the division. That’s going to be very hard to do with the way the schedule lays out and how the Yankees play against the Sox. AJ and Hughes are scheduled for Boston………. ouch, lol

  226. MTU August 26th, 2011 at 8:30 am

    For the life of me I do not understand why people who do not like each others posts won’t simply ignore them.

    The urge to to respond just seems to overtake them.

    If you don’t like what someone has to say why not just skip their posts ?

    Is trying to prove you are right, or “getting even” all that important ?

    Make your own “ignore” feature since LoHud won’t do it.

    ;)

  227. Erin August 26th, 2011 at 8:30 am

    Villa Nova-Ya August 26th, 2011 at 8:25 am
    pat -

    How reliable is the outlet that reported the Derek/Minka breakup? I thought she was a ?keeper,? too.

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

    According to People, her rep has confirmed the split

    http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20523078,00.html

  228. MTU August 26th, 2011 at 8:31 am

    YT-

    I share your shame. I’m weak.

    :(

  229. Betsy August 26th, 2011 at 8:32 am

    MTU, because to some people, attacking and tearing a person down are all they live for. I don’t know why they don’t put an ignore button here – I suggested it at the time the IT people were making the changes here. It can’t be that hard and frankly it’s become necessary.

  230. MTU August 26th, 2011 at 8:35 am

    Betsy-

    If that is true that is truly sad.

    Like I said above, in the absence of one, people need to make their own.

    ;)

  231. Yankee Trader August 26th, 2011 at 8:35 am

    Something to ponder. What’s worse? Finishing 2nd and playing Texas or finishing 2nd and playing the Halos?
    ————————-
    Mell-
    Finishing 2nd is worse?

    Really- If it’s Texas you’re dealing with the 2nd best offense in terms of BA, 3rd in runs scored, 4th in SB, and playing 3 out 5 in Arlington.

    If it’s Anaheim, team with best AL ERA it’s Weaver, Haren, Santana, and no lefties in which to feast on.

  232. Erin August 26th, 2011 at 8:37 am

    I believe Chad mentioned the “ignore button” feature in the last chat he did-he said they don’t have the software for it IIRC

  233. Betsy August 26th, 2011 at 8:38 am

    MTU, I have personal experience with that, unfortunately.

  234. Yankee Trader August 26th, 2011 at 8:40 am

    I believe Chad mentioned the “ignore button”
    ——————————
    Erin-

    I found that “button” a long time ago!! :)

  235. Triple Short of a Cycle August 26th, 2011 at 8:40 am

    Don’t have the software? I’ll write the code for free

  236. MTU August 26th, 2011 at 8:40 am

    Betsy-

    One last thing.

    I can understand that the temptation can be great and the provocations large but in the end it just goes nowhere.

    Like a dog chasing it’s tail. Nothing gets settled by it.

    Nasty only begets nasty. That’s useless isn’t it ?

    OTOH, most people respond positively to the milk of human kindness.

    (except for Mell. He’s mean thru and thru.)

    :)

  237. Jacob Ruppert August 26th, 2011 at 8:41 am

    Don’t have the software is another way of saying too lazy. lol

  238. Villa Nova-Ya August 26th, 2011 at 8:42 am

    Erin –

    I shouldn’t care, but I’m (want to say “sad” but that’s not the right word, since I don’t know either one of them) they’re not longer a couple.

  239. upstate kate August 26th, 2011 at 8:42 am

    Jacob
    please stop attacking Betsy. It is too early in the morning for that nonsense.

  240. Mell August 26th, 2011 at 8:43 am

    Really- If it’s Texas you’re dealing with the 2nd best offense in terms of BA, 3rd in runs scored, 4th in SB, and playing 3 out 5 in Arlington.

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

    I thought that Boston series in Texas was very telling and what it told us is that the Rangers young pitching is running out of gas. After CJ Wilson, there is nobody in that rotation that I’d be even remotely uncomfortable facing right now. If it came down to being the WC, I’d much prefer facing Texas to facing the Angels.

  241. MTU August 26th, 2011 at 8:43 am

    Triple-

    If you are serious offer your services. E-mail Chad and/or Jeff.

    Chance for you to be a hero.

    ;)

  242. Yankee Trader August 26th, 2011 at 8:43 am

    From Shakespeare’s Macbeth, 1605:

    “Yet doe I feare thy Nature, It is too full o’ th’ Milke of humane kindnesse.”

  243. Erin August 26th, 2011 at 8:44 am

    Maybe software is the wrong word-I can’t remember how he phrased it but I remember it being something like it won’t work with their format or something like that.

  244. pat August 26th, 2011 at 8:46 am

    Yankee Trader

    Similiar to the quote, “better to be thought a fool than open your mouth and remove all doubt.”

    My son got the chromosome mix that included photographic memory and athletic ability but seems to be missing a “not a good idea” filter. Probably why I don’t villify Alex’s foibles because I’ve used the phrase “what were you thinking” more times than I care to recall and the intent is usually good even if the outcome is bad.

  245. GreenBeret7 August 26th, 2011 at 8:46 am

    Yankee Trader August 26th, 2011 at 8:43 am
    From Shakespeare’s Macbeth, 1605:

    “Yet doe I feare thy Nature, It is too full o’ th’ Milke of humane kindnesse.”

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

    That’s my kind of era, Trader. They couldn’t spell, either.

  246. Triple Short of a Cycle August 26th, 2011 at 8:47 am

    MTU,

    I took Chad’s comments to mean that they didn’t want to do it not that they couldn’t do it. In any event I will email them

  247. GreenBeret7 August 26th, 2011 at 8:48 am

    Erin August 26th, 2011 at 8:44 am
    Maybe software is the wrong word-I can’t remember how he phrased it but I remember it being something like it won’t work with their format or something like that.

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

    Erin, that’s what Chad got from Jeff. The program that LoHud uses doesn’t support an “ignore button”.

  248. Yankee Trader August 26th, 2011 at 8:48 am

    Mell-
    Will Ryan push his manager to keep pitching Alexi Ogando, who has already passed the innings he pitched in 2010?

    Still a potent lineup and a very good bullpen!

    Throw those 3 lefties in day games against the Yankees and I like our chances!! :)

  249. MTU August 26th, 2011 at 8:49 am

    GB-

    “Milk” and “tea” ?

    Next it will be milk and honey.

    And then we will be in the promised land.

    ;)

  250. MTU August 26th, 2011 at 8:50 am

    Triple-

    I would like to hear their response. Thanks for trying regardless of the result. Please keep me in the loop.

    I guess you are a programmer by trade ?

  251. upstate kate August 26th, 2011 at 8:51 am

    Day games are fine by me! The Yankees play well during the day. Has anyone paid attention? Is Hamilton still struggling in day games?

  252. Howard August 26th, 2011 at 8:52 am

    Wow. Left at 7-1.
    The A’s bullpen is so bad.

  253. Triple Short of a Cycle August 26th, 2011 at 8:53 am

    MTU,

    Yes. Sitting at my desk at work and bored. Finished a project 2 weeks early but nobody else needs to know that :)

  254. MTU August 26th, 2011 at 8:54 am

    GB-

    I don’t know if you saw it above but someone posted the fact that Montero learned a new hitting trick from Alex recently.

    It seems to have helped.

    2 dingers yesterday, right ?

    ;)

  255. Crawdaddy August 26th, 2011 at 8:54 am

    Good news for Yankee fans:

    “Brian Kenny — 14 years a steady, thoughtful and versatile ESPN presence — will leave next week to become the primary studio anchor at MLB Network. MLBN has made, as they say in tennis, a great get. Kenny, an ESPN boxing regular, will be able to take a boxing gig. HBO and Showtime apparently are interested.”

    Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/sports.....z1W8gORwVm

  256. MTU August 26th, 2011 at 8:56 am

    Triple-

    Just curious.

    Do you have the ability to create websites ?

  257. GreenBeret7 August 26th, 2011 at 8:56 am

    MTU August 26th, 2011 at 8:54 am
    GB-

    I don’t know if you saw it above but someone posted the fact that Montero learned a new hitting trick from Alex recently.

    It seems to have helped.

    2 dingers yesterday, right ?

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

    Yep. A pair of two run bombs in a 4-1 win.

    Rodriguez needs to do a little work with Gardner next.

  258. pat August 26th, 2011 at 8:57 am

    SI Player Poll – Which manager would you most like to play for? 291 players asked. Joe finished 7th.

  259. Erin August 26th, 2011 at 8:57 am

    GreenBeret7 August 26th, 2011 at 8:48 am

    Erin, that?s what Chad got from Jeff. The program that LoHud uses doesn?t support an ?ignore button?.

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

    Thanks GB. I knew it was something like that! :)

  260. Yankee Trader August 26th, 2011 at 8:57 am

    Phillies moved their Sunday game to a Saturday DH. Might it be that Sunday is the day to worry about the wind and rain from Irene. I know a lot of flights have already cancelled out of NY on Sunday.

  261. Mell August 26th, 2011 at 8:57 am

    YT:

    Re: Ogundo…I don’t know. Still brings heat around 95-97, and he had some swing and miss going too, but he also hit a lot Red Sox bats…..hard. 4 homers and a double last night in 4 IP.

    I think Harrison has probably pitched himself out of the picture. He’s not giving them length or good innings anymore. For all the talk about who the Yankees #2 and #3 starters may be in the postseason, it seems like a much bigger question for the Rangers now. If they make it.

  262. MTU August 26th, 2011 at 8:58 am

    GB-

    Yup. Bret has been in the refridgerator lately.

    Need to get him going before he freezes solid.

  263. Triple Short of a Cycle August 26th, 2011 at 9:00 am

    MTU,

    I am mostly involved on the back end side of websites (code and database). Not so much with the look and feel. I’m graphically challenged

  264. Mell August 26th, 2011 at 9:00 am

    SI Player Poll – Which manager would you most like to play for? 291 players asked. Joe finished 7th.

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

    Saw something about that the other day. Think I saw Maddon, Francona and Leyland were 1-2-3. Scosia #4. Forget who 5 and 6 were.

  265. Yankee Trader August 26th, 2011 at 9:00 am

    pat-

    I saw that poll in MLBTRs the other day. 7th is pretty darn good. Was a little surprised to see Joe Madden at #1, but not Terry Francona at #2.

    Who finished #3 thru 6?

  266. MTU August 26th, 2011 at 9:01 am

    Triple-

    Thanks. Appreciate the response.

  267. Mell August 26th, 2011 at 9:01 am

    Phillies moved their Sunday game to a Saturday DH.

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

    Boston did the same with the A’s series. Leaves ‘em with 2 days off ahead of the Yankees visit.

  268. GreenBeret7 August 26th, 2011 at 9:02 am

    Erin August 26th, 2011 at 8:57 am
    GreenBeret7 August 26th, 2011 at 8:48 am

    Erin, that?s what Chad got from Jeff. The program that LoHud uses doesn?t support an ?ignore button?.

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

    Thanks GB. I knew it was something like that!

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

    Maybe the Lohudders should ignore Chad and build our own ‘Ignorant Button”.

    After that maybe Blake can work on building a FrankenMontero.

  269. Erin August 26th, 2011 at 9:02 am

    Maddon was number 1? Ugh. I hate that guy.

  270. pat August 26th, 2011 at 9:02 am

    5 and 6 were Dusty and Ozzie.

  271. upstate kate August 26th, 2011 at 9:05 am

    how many players could name all 30 managers? I can’t imagine Ozzie being 6th, the guy throws his players under the bus all the time.

  272. MTU August 26th, 2011 at 9:06 am

    Erin-

    Maddon gets # 1 because the players dig his plaid outfits and the way he styles his hair.

    Kind of like the clown at a circus kind of thing.

    :)

  273. MTU August 26th, 2011 at 9:07 am

    Guillen should be # 1 on a list for free straight jackets, or admission to the nearest facillity.

    ;)

  274. Erin August 26th, 2011 at 9:08 am

    Ozzie came in at number 6? 8O

  275. Triple Short of a Cycle August 26th, 2011 at 9:08 am

    Warning technobabble spoiler alert

    All it would take is adding another database table which would store all the ignored people that people have chosen to ignore. This would be linked to the main account table. Stick an ignore button on and everytime it is clicked it updates the new table. Thats it.

  276. upstate kate August 26th, 2011 at 9:09 am

    I think Maddon is good w/ young players.

  277. Yankee Trader August 26th, 2011 at 9:09 am

    Mell-

    Despite the outburst of runs yesterday, the timely hitting and working the count and hitting with RISP, plus scoring in the later innings there are still pitching concerns with this team

    3 days in a row the bullpen came in and allowed inherited runs to score.

    Yesterday the 12 pitch at bat for Matsui in the 1st, showed that Hughes didn’t have that 3rd pitch to get Matsui out-all appeared to be fastballs and mediocre curves.

    As good as Logan was yesterday, I’m still hoping the Yankees find another lefty for the bullpen who gets lefties and righties out. Laffey is not the solution

  278. MTU August 26th, 2011 at 9:09 am

    Scioscia should be right up there too.

    He is very popular because he is always handing out so much whine and cheese.

    ;)

  279. Yankee Trader August 26th, 2011 at 9:11 am

    If Ozzie was #6, I know that Boone Logan and Nick Swisher didn’t vote for him.

  280. MTU August 26th, 2011 at 9:12 am

    YT-

    That Matsui at bat was rather instructive in a # of ways.

    The way you mentioned.

    And it also showed what a professional hitter he is.

    He knows what he’s doing up there.

  281. GreenBeret7 August 26th, 2011 at 9:13 am

    People get fooled by managers that think they invented the game.

  282. MTU August 26th, 2011 at 9:14 am

    GB-

    Some are legends in their own minds.

    Nothing else.

    ;)

  283. Howard August 26th, 2011 at 9:14 am

    Mell-

    Despite the outburst of runs yesterday, the timely hitting and working the count and hitting with RISP, plus scoring in the later innings there are still pitching concerns with this team

    ____________

    Well that, and despite the rarity of yesterday’s fireworks, in the end, the Yankees lost two of three to the A’s and two games in the standings. Perspective is a funny thing.

  284. mick August 26th, 2011 at 9:14 am

    # GreenBeret7 August 25th, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    1025 posts and over 900 from pissers, moaners, wqhiners, trolls and ass holes who’s main goal is to trash the boards and start and continue fights.
    =====================================
    Of the 1025 posts, none of them were made by you, and contrary to popular belief, mostly made by those who did not participate yesterday, it was a great day at LoHud. Before patently trashing those who you want eliminated from your mutual admiration society as they monopolize your space and time why not try to contribute instead of disrupting what are good threads without you.
    There were no fights, just Yankee fans. If you don’t like it here, as most of you profess, you are free to stay away, the blog will go on without you as it did yesterday with over 1000 posts.

  285. pat August 26th, 2011 at 9:14 am

    Here’s the list.

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.c.....ent.1.html

  286. Mell August 26th, 2011 at 9:15 am

    YT:

    Some good points. Yesterday was a lot of fun for the fans, but looking at the big picture, this series brought about some matters of at least mild concern.

  287. upstate kate August 26th, 2011 at 9:18 am

    Mick
    I thought it was safe to check in yesterday, thinking w/ the wonderful comeback posters would be happy. It was far from a great day on lo hud. Much of it was monopolized by WC proclaiming his supposed baseball knowledge and knocking Jerkface for things he never said. There were plenty of fights.

  288. mick August 26th, 2011 at 9:19 am

    Talk about perpetuating stereotypes.
    This board is fine.
    Those who “stay away” should do as they please.
    Those who whine about the loss of such great posters should join them if it’s such a pain to come here.

  289. MTU August 26th, 2011 at 9:19 am

    All teams have concerns.

    I’m hopeful whatever ours are they will be adressed in the coming days and weeks ahead.

  290. Yankee Trader August 26th, 2011 at 9:19 am

    Friday-Burnett vs. Hunter
    Saturday-Nova vs lefty Matusz day game
    Garcia vs Britton the night game
    Sunday-No game due to Irene?
    Monday-Colon and Sabathia vs TBD or will the Yankees use AAA pitcher and save CC for opener in Boston?

  291. Mell August 26th, 2011 at 9:20 am

    If Ozzie was #6, I know that Boone Logan and Nick Swisher didn’t vote for him.

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

    Hope this does not come off as too politically incorrect…..or worse, but I wonder whether Guillen finished as high as he did because he fared well among the Spanish speaking players surveyed?

  292. mick August 26th, 2011 at 9:22 am

    Kate
    I go in and out of the thread finding it a better way to navigate. Staying too long gets stale as there are up and down periods. It stays fresher for me that way.

  293. Yankee Trader August 26th, 2011 at 9:24 am

    Everyone has an “ignore” button on this blog. Some just haven’t learned how to use it yet!!

    and as for GB-Don’t you dare leave this blog!!

  294. Howard August 26th, 2011 at 9:25 am

    1025 posts and over 900 from pissers, moaners, wqhiners, trolls and ass holes who’s main goal is to trash the boards and start and continue fights.
    _________________

    Seriously. It’s funny that you say that. Any person who doesn’t agree with you, or isn’t on board with the opinions you spew here on a regular basis is automatically labeled in some negative way by you.
    Who’s starting fights is in the eye of the beholder.

  295. MTU August 26th, 2011 at 9:26 am

    Other than 1 championship in Chicago and constantly shooting off his mouth what has Ozzie Guillen actually accomplished as a Manger ?

    He’s good at throwing his players under the bus and putting on a good show.

    The guy’s a lunatic IMO, and fairly a fairly useless one at that.

  296. MTU August 26th, 2011 at 9:27 am

    Edit: fairly. sorry. doubled up there.

  297. Howard August 26th, 2011 at 9:29 am

    Monday-Colon and Sabathia vs TBD or will the Yankees use AAA pitcher and save CC for opener in Boston?
    —————

    That’s what should happen, since Boston has already scheduled the double header for Saturday, with Sunday being an off day for them. That means Lester and Beckett will face the A’s on Saturday

  298. pat August 26th, 2011 at 9:29 am

    “Now you guys know why they moved me behind the plate. . . . Good glove, no throw.” – Jorge Posada on playing second base

    :smile:

  299. MTU August 26th, 2011 at 9:29 am

    As they sometimes say out West.

    Ozzie Guillen is “All hat and no cattle.”

    A buffoon.

    ;)

  300. GreenBeret7 August 26th, 2011 at 9:29 am

    MTU August 26th, 2011 at 9:27 am
    Edit: fairly. sorry. doubled up there.

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

    So did everyone else trying to decrypt it.

  301. Yankee Trader August 26th, 2011 at 9:30 am

    Other than 1 championship in Chicago and constantly shooting off his mouth what has Ozzie Guillen actually accomplished as a Manger ?
    ——————————————
    MTU-

    If I remember correctly, there wasn’t much managing involved in that WS. Just throw out the starting pitchers and let them complete their games!

  302. JM August 26th, 2011 at 9:30 am

    Just checking in during a pause in hurricane preparations to say I was at the game yesterday. What a totally bizarre day. First the rain delay, then Phil pitching poorly and the team falling behind 7-1. My friends and I were thinking, they can’t get swept by the A’s, can they?

    The funny thing is, by the end of the day it was hard to remember that the Yanks had once been down by six runs. LOL.

    The crowd tried to get Russell Martin to come out for a curtain call after the grand slam but he wouldn’t.

    To everyone in Irene’s way, good luck and stay safe.

  303. MTU August 26th, 2011 at 9:30 am

    Pat-

    Great self-depricating humor by Po.

    :)

  304. Mell August 26th, 2011 at 9:30 am

    That means Lester and Beckett will face the A’s on Saturday

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

    Lester and Bedard go Saturday. Becektt will likely pitch Tuesday against the Yankees. Probably Lackey and Lester on Wednesday and Thursday.

  305. upstate kate August 26th, 2011 at 9:31 am

    I enjoyed the post game when Girardi was explaining how Po badgered him to play 2B…also Swish’s rxn to that throw was priceless.

  306. GreenBeret7 August 26th, 2011 at 9:31 am

    If Posada had taken one more crow hop, he could have stepped on first base himself and eliminated the throw.

  307. Erin August 26th, 2011 at 9:32 am

    pat August 26th, 2011 at 9:29 am
    ?Now you guys know why they moved me behind the plate. . . . Good glove, no throw.? ? Jorge Posada on playing second base

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

    Loved the huge smile on his face after he made that play. So cute.

  308. Howard August 26th, 2011 at 9:33 am

    That means the Yankees are going to get Bedard, Miller, and Lackey.

  309. Yankee Trader August 26th, 2011 at 9:33 am

    Howard-
    I’m seeing Lester then Bedard in the DH Saturday at 12 noon and 5PM

    http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/schedule/

  310. Erin August 26th, 2011 at 9:33 am

    GreenBeret7 August 26th, 2011 at 9:31 am
    If Posada had taken one more crow hop, he could have stepped on first base himself and eliminated the throw.

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

    :lol:

  311. upstate kate August 26th, 2011 at 9:33 am

    JM
    What a great game to see :) Baseball history!
    We saw the 17-7 A’s game in July. While I can’t say I “knew” they would win, I did have hope!

  312. Mell August 26th, 2011 at 9:34 am

    That means the Yankees are going to get Bedard, Miller, and Lackey

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

    They’re getting Beckett, Lackey and Lester.

  313. Howard August 26th, 2011 at 9:34 am

    The Red Sox and A’s will play a split-doubleheader on Saturday. Sunday’s game has been cancelled.
    The arrangements were agreed upon Thursday to avoid an inevitable rain-out of Sunday’s game caused by the inbound Hurricane Irene. Jon Lester will take the mound for the Red Sox in Game 1 Saturday and Josh Beckett will pitch Game 2. The A’s are also keeping their rotation intact, pitching Guillermo Moscoso then Brandon McCarthy

    From Boston.com

  314. mick August 26th, 2011 at 9:34 am

    Did anyone notice Jorge check the runner at third before that crazy throw to 1st?
    That is hilarious…

  315. MTU August 26th, 2011 at 9:35 am

    GB-

    You should talk with your spelling (yeah I know. it’s Killer. Sure).

    :)

    YT-

    You just added to my point. thanks.

    JM-

    And you as well. Best of luck with your preparations.

  316. GreenBeret7 August 26th, 2011 at 9:35 am

    Erin, I wasn’t sure if Posada was trying to beat the runner to first base or practicing for his appearance with Laura on “Dancing With The Stars.”

  317. Howard August 26th, 2011 at 9:37 am

    Yeah, there are conflicting reports.
    My guess is that they do probably go with what you suggested, as that makes more sense for them against NY.
    Beckett and Lester again.

  318. MTU August 26th, 2011 at 9:37 am

    GB-

    But why do that when you can throw like Posada can ?

    :)

  319. Mell August 26th, 2011 at 9:39 am

    Ace lefty Jon Lester [stats] will start the opener, followed by fellow lefty Erik Bedard in the nightcap.

    From Bostonherald.com

    Bedard pitched Monday, Beckett pitched Tuesday. They aren’t throwing Beckett on short rest Saturday. He’ll be pitching next Tuesday.

  320. GreenBeret7 August 26th, 2011 at 9:39 am

    MTU, I can only assume Posada got his directions mixed up and thought he was facing 2nd base from behind the plate.

  321. MTU August 26th, 2011 at 9:40 am

    When Randy isn’t out flying around strapped to his rootop in a Hurricane I wonder if he can throw that well GB ?

  322. Yankee Trader August 26th, 2011 at 9:40 am

    Everyone have a great day. For those of you in the path of Irene stay safe.
    And for all of you, each of you have an “Ignore” button-just learn how to use it! :)

  323. Howard August 26th, 2011 at 9:40 am

    If there was ever a week this year that Joe should rearrange the roation to play for big runs in Baltimore and pitching in Boston, this is it.
    As you know, the A’s are going to lay down and die (especially after the beating their bullpen took yesterday) this weekend.

  324. Howard August 26th, 2011 at 9:41 am

    Bedard pitched Monday, Beckett pitched Tuesday. They aren?t throwing Beckett on short rest Saturday. He?ll be pitching next Tuesday.
    ————————

    You are correct.

  325. MTU August 26th, 2011 at 9:41 am

    GB-

    I thought Jorge was only confused when he was RUNNING the bases ?

    Oh well.

  326. MTU August 26th, 2011 at 9:42 am

    edit: rooftop. oops ! sorry.

  327. Mell August 26th, 2011 at 9:43 am

    As you know, the A’s are going to lay down and die (especially after the beating their bullpen took yesterday) this weekend.

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

    A’s have been swinging the bat well since the ASB. They just went for 7 runs a game at the Stadium. Melvin called yesterday’s effort embarrassing. I think the A’s will go to Boston and play hard.

  328. LGY August 26th, 2011 at 9:43 am

    @OldHossRadbourn In my day three grand slams was the mark of the Devil, and the offending team would be placed in the stocks and purified by the scourge

    @OldHossRadbourn Bah! In my day tropical storms also had surnames, e.g. the Great Cyclone Mildred Grundy of 1879.

  329. upstate kate August 26th, 2011 at 9:44 am

    Howard
    I was hoping the As would throw a postion player or 2 in there to save their BP for Boston.

  330. Howard August 26th, 2011 at 9:47 am

    A?s have been swinging the bat well since the ASB. They just went for 7 runs a game at the Stadium. Melvin called yesterday?s effort embarrassing. I think the A?s will go to Boston and play hard
    _____________

    Yeah, Texas was playing well too. You never know though, but my money is on them laying down.

  331. GreenBeret7 August 26th, 2011 at 9:50 am

    Kate, I don’t think Bob Melvin was concerned about saving his bullpen. He just wanted to keep them away from him and sharp objects.

  332. West Coast Yankee Fan August 26th, 2011 at 9:54 am

    Martin did step out of the dugout and tip his hat to the crowd – what a signing he has been. Keeping Cervelli on the bench and allowing Montero to get his work in and not being thrown to the wolves before he was ready. Cashman gets big props for this one.

  333. Bret The Hitman August 26th, 2011 at 10:02 am

    Watching Jorge Posada fade into the background has not been any easier than it was to see Bernie Williams start to break down. I always felt fans grew impatient with Melky because he didn’t even come close to filling the shoes of Bernie. Replacing these Yankees legends, along with Derek Jeter has rattled the fan base and made us all very uneasy over these past few years as we transition out of the dynasty led by Jeter, Posada, Bernie, Mo and Pettitte. The bedrock of this foundation of players is slowly cracking before our eyes and we can feel the tremors beneath our feet.

    How is this team going to bridge to a new dynasty? We kept wondering and worrying.

    I think we’re starting to receive better answers to our questions in finding a new comfort level with some of these new players who have been asked to continue the winning tradition so strongly upheld by the corps group.

    Russell Martin is a huge piece to the new puzzle, an anchor for the rotation, a clubhouse presence, a leader on the field and a talented ball player. Is he Jorge Posada? No, but he’s damn good and his defense, game calling and base running make him a well-rounded alternative to Jorge.

    Bernie Williams is still missed but there’s an MVP candidate standing in CF putting up an historic season, on pace for 46 HR, 130 RBI and 150 runs scored. Like Bernie before him, he’s a stand up guy in the clubhouse, well-liked by teammates and adored by fans.

    Earlier in the year when we felt like Derek Jeter was slipping, Eduardo Nunez stepped up and showed he has the talent to be a major league shortstop with a dangerous bat.

    David Robertson will never replace Mariano Rivera but D-rob certainly throws like a future closer.

    When Cliff Lee scorned the Yankees for Philly and Andy Pettitte retired, the team suffered another wound of transition. Yet somehow Ivan Nova has racked up 13 wins compared to only 4 losses in the absence of Pettitte.

    This is a transition year for the Yankees yet the team is in first place. The performance of these new guys in 2011 feels comforting, especially considering the massive talent of the core group that has separated and departed.

    The best part about this season is members of the core of the late 90′s dynasty keep reminding us that the past isn’t completely gone just yet. In 2011, we might be fortunate enough to not only win the division when we were expected to finish 2nd behind the Red Sox, we me might see Rivera break the all time saves record in the same season where Jeter reached 3000 hits.

    This has been a special year where history has blended with a more certain, promising future.

    This team has reinstalled a deep confidence in the fan base and a swagger that had been sorely missing possibly ever since Bernie Williams finished his time here. I really like this team now and I feel optimistic about the future.

  334. Howard August 26th, 2011 at 10:03 am

    Cashman gets big props for this one.

    It’s amazing how much has stuck on the wall for him this year. I don’t know if it’s props I give him, but I would definitely get into a Powerball pool with him.

  335. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 26th, 2011 at 10:04 am

    About Derek and Minka – my guess is that she started throwing around the “m” word. Of course there’s no way of knowing. My observation is that Derek’s game seems to be better when he doesn’t have that kind of off-the-field distraction. Though it may just be coincidental, if you look what appeared to be the decline in his game, it came around the time that they were seen around town together, where for the first time he was allowing the press to take photos of him with a squeeze. The one that particularly struck me, and I mentioned it on here at the time, was seeing a picture of them together with obvious PDA going on at Forest Hills the day after a particularly ugly loss to the Sux. Just so different from the Derek I had come to know, if you will. Someone said last night that Derek seems to play better when he’s single and Arod seems to play better when he’s tied up with a blonde. I think there’s some truth to that!

    I don’t care at all about their cuteness together. I care about his playing!

    :)

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

    Another observation is that West Coast Sux Fan and mick make for a pretty nasty tandem. WC is just nasty and mick likes to throw shots out and then do a “who me?” pretend job. Definitely passive-aggressive.

  336. MTU August 26th, 2011 at 10:05 am

    Bret-

    Very well said. Great post.

    :)

  337. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 26th, 2011 at 10:08 am

    And as someone who has been accused of being on the low end of the common sense scale, I find common sense to be greatly overrated!

    :)

  338. upstate kate August 26th, 2011 at 10:09 am

    nice post Bret, very good points

  339. Villa Nova-Ya August 26th, 2011 at 10:11 am

    He’s been with Minka 3 years. He had one of his best seasons while dating her. SMH

  340. Howard August 26th, 2011 at 10:12 am

    This is a transition year for the Yankees yet the team is in first place
    _____________

    Geat post, but any team with 200M dollars in payroll is hardly “in transition”. Be it the Red Sox, Yankees, Mets, Phillies or Cubs…they’re not in transition, they’re just not performing to their paychecks, and their fill-ins have performed admirably.
    Nova has been my biggest stud to date.

  341. West Coast Yankee Fan August 26th, 2011 at 10:15 am

    “…….Russell Martin is a huge piece to the new puzzle, an anchor for the rotation, a clubhouse presence, a leader on the field and a talented ball player. Is he Jorge Posada? No, but he’s damn good and his defense, game calling and base running make him a well-rounded alternative to Jorge.”

    ****************Couldn’t agree more Breet, well articulated.

  342. West Coast Yankee Fan August 26th, 2011 at 10:15 am

    Bret…sp

  343. Howard August 26th, 2011 at 10:17 am

    The more lasting impression, for me anyhow, will be to see how these guys perform when they’re not fighting for playing time, but fighting to keep it.
    How will Nova fare when the league gets to see him a few times? How will Martin fare down the line catching this much (though, apparently he is in excellent shape). How would Nunez look at SS on an everyday basis? How does DRob actually do as closer – he does seem to wiggle out of a lot of jams, which is not always a good thing in the ninth.
    Will any of the prospects live up to the hype? I mean, a few years ago everyone was talking about how dominant Hughes and Joba were going to be, so you never know.
    It’s going to be interesting going forward.
    Are they going to pay CC when he opts out? Will they sign Wilson, or give those innings to prospects?

  344. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 26th, 2011 at 10:18 am

    “He’s been with Minka 3 years. He had one of his best seasons while dating her. SMH”

    My observation is that once he allowed it to become public, where Derek was seen at all kinds of events with Minka during the season, his game started to go south. I think once he really became smitten his game suffered and his focus wasn’t totally on the game, the way it typically was. That’s just my observation. In any event, he sure is playing well. May it last.

  345. Villa Nova-Ya August 26th, 2011 at 10:20 am

    That’s just BS.

  346. pat August 26th, 2011 at 10:21 am

    “He’s been with Minka 3 years. He had one of his best seasons while dating her. SMH”

    and Alex has been with a blonde since his Seattle days so that theory is shot to heck too.

  347. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 26th, 2011 at 10:29 am

    “That’s just BS.”

    Maybe, maybe not.

    Anyway, I don’t lament the end of relationships when I don’t even know the parties. I am happy that he seems to be happy though because he’s tearing the cover off the ball.

  348. West Coast Yankee Fan August 26th, 2011 at 10:29 am

    I think it is a patently ludicrous suggestion and the height of incredulity to suggest that Derk Jeter (of all people) would allow his play to be affected by what may be transpiring with his girlfriend. Speculation like that is pure tabloid nonsense. His entire mise-en-scene in baseball is built around his intense, singular focus on and respect for the game, his teammates and winning. Short of a personal family tragedy, I don’t believe for a second who he is dating has anything to do with his play on the field.

  349. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 26th, 2011 at 10:30 am

    I think the blonde line was a way of saying that Alex seems to do better when he’s involved with someone than when he isn’t.

  350. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 26th, 2011 at 10:30 am

    Have a good day all!

    :)

  351. MTU August 26th, 2011 at 10:35 am

    You too Trish. Batten down those hatches.

    ;)

  352. West Coast Yankee Fan August 26th, 2011 at 10:37 am

    So since Baltimore said no to the doubleheader and every game will be so crucial to play, what are the options?

  353. MTU August 26th, 2011 at 10:40 am

    Scuba gear, wetsuits, and lead weights.

  354. Howard August 26th, 2011 at 10:45 am

    So since Baltimore said no to the doubleheader and every game will be so crucial to play, what are the options?

    ________

    Force NY into a later makeup session to make it harder for them.

  355. Jerkface August 26th, 2011 at 10:46 am

    Better than a later makeout session.

  356. West Coast Yankee Fan August 26th, 2011 at 10:49 am

    YANKEES SEPTEMBER OPEN DAYS:

    * 8th (day before a game in Anaheim – flying from Baltimore)
    * 15th (day before a game in Toronto – flying from Seattle)
    * 29th (after season ends)

  357. Erin August 26th, 2011 at 10:50 am

    New Post: Pitching matchups in Baltimore

    :arrow:

  358. Bayareanyy August 26th, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    The comeback from 6 runs down will really help the Yankees confidence.

    Now, I hope we can see a few 9th innings comebacks like in 2009. That will be a great confidence booster for the playoffs where tight games and late inning hitting will be at a premium.

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