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Postgame notes: “I’ve got a lot of energy”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes, Podcast on Aug 31, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

The top of the first inning wasn’t over, and already Joe Girardi was on the field arguing with home plate umpire Ed Rapuano. It was that kind of night here in Boston, a night fueled by plenty of emotion, and largely decided by those who were able to contain it.

Francisco Cervelli
The Yankees backup catcher is perhaps the most emotional player on the roster, and he was in the middle of everything tonight. He was behind the plate when CC Sabathia and Boone Logan got out of huge jams, he hit a towering home run off John Lackey, and he stood toe-to-toe with Jarrod Saltalamacchia after Lackey seemed to retaliate with a pitch to the back.

“I don’t remember (what was said),” Cervelli said. “A lot of Spanish. At that moment, I forgot my English. But it’s part of the game, I’ve got a lot of energy.”

Girardi seemed certain Lackey’s pitch was intentional, Cervelli thought the same thing, and so did Sabathia, who was among the agitated Yankees who seemed ready to fight after the plunking.

What would have happened if Sabathia had stayed in the game to pitch the next half inning?

“I don’t know,” he said. “I don’t know.”

CC Sabathia
Speaking of Sabathia, while Cervelli was a bundle of energy behind the plate, Sabathia was a picture of calm on the mound. He gave up 10 hits tonight, and he seemed to be in trouble constantly, but he made huge pitches. Adrian Gonzalez was 0-for-4 against him with three strikeouts and a ground ball that ended the sixth inning.

“I was just trying to make pitches,” Sabathia said. “They put some tough at-bats together and tonight I was able to make pitches. They had a lot of runners on base, lot of opportunities but we could make pitches when we needed to. I felt like I had good stuff, felt good, felt strong all the way through. I tried to make sure I controlled my emotions and make pitches.”

Sabathia seemed indifferent to the fact this was his first win against Boston this season. The Yankees needed to win this game, and whatever happened in the past didn’t seem to matter.

“It was a big win against a team we’re chasing,” Sabathia said. “And I look forward to pitching 5 days from now.”

Boone Logan
Can’t forget this guy. He wasn’t in the middle of a near fight like Cervelli, and he didn’t find his way through six innings like Sabathia, but his back-to-back bases-loaded strikeouts in the seventh were huge.

“I haven’t been more relaxed all year,” Logan said. “I know it’s easy to say that after what happened, but that’s the honest truth. I was composed, and the louder the fans got, the more locked in I got.”

Against this lineup, Logan knows this might not be the last time the Yankees need him this series.

“Coming in, I have good confidence right now,” he said. “I’ve been pitching well lately, which is what you need coming in facing the second-best lineup in the league. With all the lefties, there’s a pretty good chance I’m going to be getting in a couple of games.”

On an emotional night, the key might have been the one guy who kept his cool. Here’s Sabathia.

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• There were a handful of good lines in the clubhouse tonight, but the best might have come from soft-spoken Larry Rothschild. He was asked whether he said a bad word to get himself ejected after Cervelli was plunked. “More than one,” he said.

• Girardi was ejected with two outs in the bottom of the ninth. He argued that Saltalamacchia swung, but the umpires ruled it was a hit by pitch. “The explanation to me is, he said, ‘He got hit, which caused him to swing,’” Girardi said. “That was the explanation I got. He clearly swung to me, and that’s an important out. It’s not like me to blow my top very often, but this is an important game.”

• Girardi said, without question, Curtis Granderson was hit by a pitch in the first inning. The umpire ruled that it hit the bat.

• After Cervelli’s long home run, he clapped his hands when he got to home plate. That might have upset Lackey and led to the hit-by-pitch. “Every time I get a base hit or a double, I clap,” Cervelli said. “That’s me, that’s my game, and I don’t try to do anything bad to another player. That’s me, and if they feel a different thing, I say I’m sorry. But I’m not trying to.”

• Asked about his emotional response to Logan getting out of the seventh, Cervelli said, “That’s Cervelli.” Seriously. It was a Rickey moment. Hilarious.

• Girardi said there was no hesitation leaving Sabathia in to finish the sixth inning with his highest pitch count of the season. The Yankees had Cory Wade getting lose in the fifth, and Girardi told Rothschild to sit Wade down after Sabathia got through that inning. It was basically a given, to Girardi, that Sabathia was going back out there. “There’s situations that he’s ready for,” Rothschild said. “And he’s had some extra rest the last four or five starts.”

• Sabathia threw 128 pitches, matching the second-highest total of his career.

• Girardi said it’s possible the Yankees could line up the rotation so that Sabathia gets an extra day before his next start, but it’s not certain they’ll do that. No one seems especially concerned about the pitch count, especially not Sabathia.

• Turns out, Russell Martin is a little banged up after being hit in the toe and the thumb in Baltimore. “We’ll see how he feels (tomorrow),” Girardi said. Martin said it’s a none issue. “I’m alright,” he said.

• Huge play by Robinson Cano to get the second out in the fifth inning. “He’s done that for me a couple times this year,” Sabathia said.

• Girardi’s ejection was hit second of the season, 16th of his career and 11th as Yankees manager. He was also ejected once as a player. The two ejections tonight were only the Yankees second and third ejections of the season.

• Brett Gardner broke an 0-for-14 skid with his seventh-inning single.

• Mariano Rivera got his 35th save of the season, making this his 11th season in which he’s saved at least 35 games. That’s one shy of Trevor Hoffman’s record for 35-save seasons.

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128 Responses to “Postgame notes: “I’ve got a lot of energy””

  1. Captain Clutch August 31st, 2011 at 1:04 am

    I love when Lackey shows up his fielder when he doesn’t make a play that he thought he should have made. He did it tonight to I believe Crawford..Great stuff from an emotional nut job.

  2. 4 NYY August 31st, 2011 at 1:12 am

    Lackey is a hothead, second only maybe to Zambrano and he DEFINITELY hit Cervelli on purpose.

    Was real proud of the Yanks tonight ! Some good plays made and a lot of grit shown.

  3. Ys Guy August 31st, 2011 at 1:19 am

    i never say things like this but its really time somebody hit ortiz. maybe its time they hit ortiz twice, once ‘accidently’ and once obviously on purpose. any team that thinks he can do his slow-mo, cowboy-up walk around the bases then hits cervelli for clapping needs to be brought back to reality.

  4. m August 31st, 2011 at 1:22 am

    “Coming in, I have good confidence right now,” he said. “I’ve been pitching well lately, which is what you need coming in facing the second-best lineup in the league.”

    ZING!

  5. pft2 August 31st, 2011 at 1:29 am

    Red Sox fans all up in arms about the strike zone which they say favoured the Yankees, especially when Mo was on the mound.

    The non-HBP call (Granderson) and HBP call that was a swing certainly went against the Yankees.

  6. Ys Guy August 31st, 2011 at 1:31 am

    well,they cant do anything about paying crawford twice what he’s worth, and they cant do anything about granderson taking the mvp trophy they already had lined up for gonzalez, so they have to get up in arms about SOMETHING.

  7. m August 31st, 2011 at 1:40 am

    So proud of these guys. Bone tired after a long emotional week in Baltimore. They’re dinged up and hurt, but they got it done.

  8. scuzzles August 31st, 2011 at 1:44 am

    Dont apologize Cervelli!! The Yanks desperately need some swagger on this team. Everytime a Yankees gets hit by a pitch, they politely put down the back and run to first. NO!! We need to get back to pre-2004 when we kicked the Sox arse (and the rest of baseball) all over the field. This team desperately needs some swagger these days. Too much sugar, not enough vinegar and salt on this team…and the fans are sick of that. Tonite, I can sleep soundly and proudly.

  9. m August 31st, 2011 at 1:50 am

    I agree, Cervelli is refreshingly irreverent. Injects a lot of energy into this team.

    If Salty was in his face, Cervelli would have thrown his mask off. Wuss.

  10. kcd August 31st, 2011 at 1:59 am

    I like Cervelli’s energy, but not his lack of skill. I usually do not say things like this, but it is time the Yankees hit Ortiz or throw up and in with no regard for his personal safety. Use the baseball as a weapon as all the Red Sox pitchers do. Teach them a lesson they won’t ever forget

  11. m August 31st, 2011 at 2:00 am

    Espn changed the headline to, “Sabathia fans 10, breaks Red Sox hex.”

    Wah?!

    10-3 somehow looks a lot better than 10-2. 10-4 would look even better.

  12. BJK August 31st, 2011 at 2:39 am

    I get on Girardi a lot, but I’m thrilled with the job he did tonight.

    Leaving CC in for the 6th with a high pitch count was absolutely the right move, and he pulled all the right strings with the bullpen.

    More importantly, he showed some fire amd backbone during the game, and didn’t back off at all in the postgame. This is the type of manager I want for my team. I hope he keeps it up.

    As for all this “he shouldn’t have clapped” nonsense- beyond ridiculous. Plenty of players have their celebratory routines after they hit home runs… Ortiz and Swisher are two examples.

    So Lackey- Dude, if you don’t want the #9 hitting back-up catcher with 1 home run on the season clapping after a home run at home plate, don’t let the #9 hitting back-up catcher with 1 home run on the season hit a home run off you.

    Period.

  13. Wang IS Taiwan August 31st, 2011 at 3:56 am

    So does anyone think that Mo “accidently” hit Salty to return the favor of the Sux hitting our catcher? Didn’t think so at the time, but now…starting to wonder. Mo’s no pushover, that’s for sure.

  14. Mike_Boston August 31st, 2011 at 4:05 am

    I’d like to hear more chirping from people here that Gardner’s only a 4th OF. Could be the dumbest mantra on this board all season long.
    The guy is streaky, but he’s the best defensive LF in all of MLB. Whatever he gives offensively is gravy. If you can’t see that there’s not much else I can say.

  15. m August 31st, 2011 at 4:47 am

    To be fair, the perception of Gardner has changed a lot. You see people mention his latest streak, but that’s just what it is. There’s no cussing or whining about him anymore. No calling for Holliday or Crawford (who just happens to be hitting worse than Gardner).

    I think people have come to appreciate what he brings to the team. Stellar OF defense and speed on the paths. His long grinding at-bats are what is missing right now, but his eye is rarely wrong.

    People are a lot more patient with Gardner, a sign that he has arrived.

  16. Mike_Boston August 31st, 2011 at 4:59 am

    M,
    That’s true, his perception has changed for the better around here, but it’s like going from a Yugo to a Hundai. He doesn’t nearly get the credit he deserves IMO. Several people were saying he’s a 4th OF at best just 2 days ago, that’s lunacy! You can make the case that he deserves to be the every day CF and that’s certainly no knock on Grandy.

    Some NYY fans feel they need a power hitting slugger in every OF position and/or must be a perennial all star. That kind of thinking is what gives us fans a bad name.

  17. bardos August 31st, 2011 at 6:08 am

    Looking at the 2012 Yankees, I see the same players at every position… except maybe at catcher, although Martin has been a fabulous edition. He’s got to come back.

    DH and the bench will be tweaked. I think it’s the farm system that will supply the new faces.

  18. Ghostwriter August 31st, 2011 at 6:13 am

    I think that the Yanks turned a corner tonight, grabbing some of the Sox’s mojo. The Yanks got a lot of mokeys off their backs tonight: CC getting a win against the Sox; the Yanks establishing that they were not going to be pushed around; and the Yanks protecting their hitters. I loved the fire and grit that the Yanks showed tonight. And CC was right in the middle of it all, setting the tone, one of the first guys out of the dugout after Cervy was hit… It’s hard not to like how CC sticks up for his guys.

    Hopefully, they can back up last night’s effort with a win tonight.

  19. Ghostwriter August 31st, 2011 at 6:21 am

    BJK August 31st, 2011 at 2:39 am

    I get on Girardi a lot, but I’m thrilled with the job he did tonight.

    Leaving CC in for the 6th with a high pitch count was absolutely the right move, and he pulled all the right strings with the bullpen.

    More importantly, he showed some fire amd backbone during the game, and didn’t back off at all in the postgame. This is the type of manager I want for my team. I hope he keeps it up.

    As for all this “he shouldn’t have clapped” nonsense- beyond ridiculous. Plenty of players have their celebratory routines after they hit home runs… Ortiz and Swisher are two examples.

    So Lackey- Dude, if you don’t want the #9 hitting back-up catcher with 1 home run on the season clapping after a home run at home plate, don’t let the #9 hitting back-up catcher with 1 home run on the season hit a home run off you.

    Period.
    ==================

    Spot on. I wouldn’t change a word of this post. Yesterday’s game felt like the Yanks went into Fenway, grabbed the Sox by the nose, and smacked them in the face. It was a thing of beauty.

  20. Ghostwriter August 31st, 2011 at 6:26 am

    Wang IS Taiwan August 31st, 2011 at 3:56 am

    So does anyone think that Mo “accidently” hit Salty to return the favor of the Sux hitting our catcher? Didn’t think so at the time, but now…starting to wonder. Mo’s no pushover, that’s for sure.
    ==============

    I don’t think so. Mo has never been afraid to pitch inside, and it looked to me like Salty’s swing caused him to get hit. If I’m the ump, I don’t think that I would have awarded him the base, but I’m a little unsure about the rule.

  21. MTU August 31st, 2011 at 6:57 am

    OK.

    That’s one down.

    Can Hughes rise to the occasion and the O kick Beckett’s butt ?

    I’d love to see it.

    :)

  22. upstate kate August 31st, 2011 at 7:05 am

    over/under on how many Beckett hits, especially if he is losing?

  23. MTU August 31st, 2011 at 7:09 am

    Kate-

    I don’t think he is gonna hit anyone after last night.

    At least not intentionally.

    Not unless he, or one of his team mates wants to wind up in a hospital.

    I don’t think the Yankees are in any mood to put up with any sh*t after last night.

  24. upstate kate August 31st, 2011 at 7:17 am

    I disagree, Beckett is a punk

  25. Bronx Jeers August 31st, 2011 at 7:18 am

    Spot on. I wouldn’t change a word of this post.

    ——————————

    I agree 99%.

    After the horror show of last nights game thread, I’m not really feeling the word “dude”. Game threads when they’re beating the Sox are supposed to be fun.

  26. MTU August 31st, 2011 at 7:23 am

    Kate-

    Maybe he is but does he like the inside of hospitals ?

    Because I think that’s where he’s going if he tries it.

    The reason he has done it in the past is that there have been no consequences.

    If he tries it tonight I hope somebody rolls right over the top of him.

    It’s time to serve notice.

    I hope it doesn’t happen because people are gonna get hurt and some suspended.

    Winning would be the best revenge.

  27. upstate kate August 31st, 2011 at 7:25 am

    I don’t read the game threads, b/c even during wins they are often not happy places. I do sometimes read thru the post game comments. I guess it is no surprise that WC-non-YF would be calling Cisco out for clapping. To me, Cervelli is like a puppy, lots of energy and sometimes inappropriate, but not mean spirited.

  28. upstate kate August 31st, 2011 at 7:26 am

    I hope you are right MTU. I dont want to see any of our guys hit.

  29. Yankee Trader August 31st, 2011 at 7:29 am

    Good morning-

    After the horror show of last nights game thread, I’m not really feeling the word “dude”. Game threads when they’re beating the Sox are supposed to be fun.
    ————————————–
    Jeers-

    More like “duds” What was that all about. I felt that I was on a pro Red Sox blog-Did Pete send those children from his blog?

  30. MTU August 31st, 2011 at 7:30 am

    kate-

    Maybe I’m wrong but I thought something changed with the Yankees
    last night.

    That’s more passion than I’ve seen in a while from everyone.

    Even Rothschild was pissed.

    I think they have a “Don’t tread on me” mindset right now.

  31. Yankee Trader August 31st, 2011 at 7:33 am

    Mo did not hit Salty on purpose. I watched the game on MLB TV and the Red Sox announcers even said he swung and that was a strike.

  32. Villa Nova-Ya August 31st, 2011 at 7:33 am

    I don’t read the game threads anymore either.

    It’s a sad state of affairs that this place has become overrun by a collection of posters who seem to feel like it’s not okay to take any joy in this team – that in order to qualify as an “intelligent” fan, you must always point out the flaws and celebrating the successes makes you a “pollyanna” who “drinks the koolaid” while wearing “pinstripe glasses.”

    The winning game threads used to be fun. Most of what used to be posted here was fun. It’s really not that much fun anymore. Mornings seem to still have some light-heartedness allowed, though. :)

  33. Villa Nova-Ya August 31st, 2011 at 7:35 am

    Lackey was just dumb to hit Cervelli last night during a close game, in the latter innings. If he felt like Cervelli showed him up, you tuck it in your back pocket and use it going forward, if you must.

    The Yankees get criticized for not “hitting back” but most Red Sox/Yankees games are close affairs, and even if they’re not, both teams have explosive hitters that can turn a lead around fast, so it’s not usually a good idea to give a free baserunner. I am glad that the Yankees take that approach, for the most part.

  34. upstate kate August 31st, 2011 at 7:36 am

    mornings are the best time on the blog :)
    I know our team isn’t perfect, but I would rather celebrate the good than whine about the bad. If that makes me a pollyanna, then so be it. Rooting for a team is supposed to be fun.

  35. MTU August 31st, 2011 at 7:36 am

    YT-

    I’m hoping the Yankees are prepared to take it to the Sux in whatever way they need to.

    Big game for Phil Hughes.

    He needs to step up and give us a quality start.

  36. MTU August 31st, 2011 at 7:40 am

    It’s an old question.

    Is the glass half-full, or is it half-empty ?

    Neither one is wrong because they are both true.

    It does define your perspective however.

    That’s for sure.

  37. Yankee Trader August 31st, 2011 at 7:41 am

    Hope Phil is pumped about facing the Red Sox. Although past success doesn’t mean that much, he has pretty good stats against the RS.

    Youkilis and Drew are both out and have good career numbers against Hughes.
    Pedroia and Scutaro haven’t done much. The only one that will be in the line-up tonight that has more than 10 ab’s that has hurt him is Ortiz.

    Attached the numbers:

    http://espn.go.com/mlb/player/.....hil-hughes

    Phil-You can do this!!!:)

  38. MaineYankee August 31st, 2011 at 7:42 am

    kate

    In order for Beckett to hit a batter he has to throw the ball not stand there and hold it.

  39. MTU August 31st, 2011 at 7:42 am

    YT-

    Not that I care but the bearded goat will be back tonight.

    Hope Hughes has the game of life and the O is there to support him.

  40. Gary August 31st, 2011 at 7:43 am

    Great game yesterday, real gut check by CC and the Bullpen to hold the Sox down. Must says though that it had it’s drama. That last out looked like trouble coming off the bat, lucky it was right at Gardner.

    Ok sorry daily rant, what the hell is Posada doing out there? Ugly Again, 2 DP’s and a flyout. Hopefully when ARod is playing again we will have seen the last of him.

  41. MTU August 31st, 2011 at 7:43 am

    edit: game of his life. Sorry.

  42. Gary August 31st, 2011 at 7:44 am

    upstate kate August 31st, 2011 at 7:36 am
    mornings are the best time on the blog
    I know our team isn’t perfect, but I would rather celebrate the good than whine about the bad. If that makes me a pollyanna, then so be it. Rooting for a team is supposed to be fun.

    ___________________________________________________________________________

    Yes they are

  43. MaineYankee August 31st, 2011 at 7:46 am

    Villa Nova-Ya

    Mornings seem to still have some light-heartedness allowed, though

    ————————————————————————————-

    That usually lasts till the West Coast wakes up.

  44. Gary August 31st, 2011 at 7:46 am

    Man the Philles are on fire, they are going to be awful hard to beat with the pitching they have. Halliday goes out gives up 2 hits in 7 innings and a 3 run double to add some flair to his win.

  45. Gary August 31st, 2011 at 7:47 am

    MaineYankee August 31st, 2011 at 7:46 am
    Villa Nova-Ya

    Mornings seem to still have some light-heartedness allowed, though

    ————————————————————————————-

    That usually lasts till the West Coast wakes up.

    _______________________________________________________________

    It usually ends when the guys like Green Beret and Jacksquat show up

  46. MTU August 31st, 2011 at 7:49 am

    Gary-

    “they are going to be awful hard to beat ”

    Yes they are but hopefully so are we.

    1st step is to get to the big dance.

    ;)

  47. Yankee Trader August 31st, 2011 at 7:49 am

    Is Hughes pitching tonight for a spot in the rotation? I’d like to see both Hughes and AJ have great outings and then based on their results over the last 2 months, put Hughes in the rotation.

  48. Villa Nova-Ya August 31st, 2011 at 7:49 am

    Maine Yankee -

    You can set your clock by it. ;)

    ***

    It was hard to watch Jorge last night. I root very hard for him to do well in those situations, but both times up last night when he had an opportunity to really do some damage, he ended rallies. I’m sure he’s even more disappointed than we are. Still, hard to watch.

  49. Gary August 31st, 2011 at 7:50 am

    Yankee Trader August 31st, 2011 at 7:33 am
    Mo did not hit Salty on purpose. I watched the game on MLB TV and the Red Sox announcers even said he swung and that was a strike.

    __________________________________________________________________________

    Technology has it’s good and bads. The game could be so much better officiated if they just used replay more.

  50. MTU August 31st, 2011 at 7:52 am

    YT-

    That’s exactly how I’d like to see it decided. By merit.

    What if they BOTH have great outings ?

    What then ?

    :)

  51. Villa Nova-Ya August 31st, 2011 at 7:53 am

    As to Green Beret, he will contribute to the light-heartedness. It’s usually the WC that brings the “impatience” out of GB7, I’ve noticed.

  52. Yankee Trader August 31st, 2011 at 7:56 am

    Posada wasn’t the only one who killed rallies. Tex continues to pop out from the left side and was blasted last night on the blog by so called Yankee fans. Jeter had a bad night also.

    Cano was the MVP of the game with his opposite field hitting and stellar defense.

  53. MTU August 31st, 2011 at 7:57 am

    YT-

    Swisher had a great game on both sides of the ball.

    He saved a run with an assist.

  54. Gary August 31st, 2011 at 7:57 am

    MaineYankee August 31st, 2011 at 7:42 am
    kate

    In order for Beckett to hit a batter he has to throw the ball not stand there and hold it.

    __________________________________________________________________________

    Pretty funny.

  55. Yankee Trader August 31st, 2011 at 8:00 am

    MTU-

    Hughes gets the job if both have good outings! We played dangerously short in the bullpen last night without Noesi. If that game had gone into extra innings, Ayala was left, then who-possibly see Burnett last night with a AAA call-up on Thursday.

    Glad we didn’t go extra.

  56. dayglo August 31st, 2011 at 8:00 am

    To all you Cervelli haters (who are probably the same ones who thought he was the second coming of Johnny Bench when he first came up and the beginning of last year)…

    * He seems to have gotten over his defensive issues
    * He injects some energy into this old team
    * CC enjoys pitching to him
    * Colon seems to enjoy pitching to him
    * AJ seems to have had his best success with Cerv catching
    * As Martin has stated numerous times, he feels well rested and has never had a season with so much rest by this time of the year

    Unless the Yanks trade Montero for a starter, there’s basically no chance that he’ll be on the team next year…

    Cerv will have a long major-league career either as a backup on a contender or a starter on a “B” team… And then many of you will be crying how you miss his energy and enthusiasm…

  57. MTU August 31st, 2011 at 8:01 am

    OK YT.

    Just wanted to check with you.

    ;)

  58. Gary August 31st, 2011 at 8:03 am

    MTU August 31st, 2011 at 7:57 am
    YT-

    Swisher had a great game on both sides of the ball.

    He saved a run with an assist.

    __________________________________________________________________________

    He seems to be seeing the ball well and making great contact. It’s a wonder he’s not to the Chiro guys with how hard he swings, but he’s getting it done right now. The Nunez PH wasn’t very good either, I think he was pretty impatient going up there and swinging at the first pitch. I thought when they didn”t get that run in might come back to hurt them, but it didn’t

    Yankee Trader you observation on Tex is right, we need him and ARod though to contribute down the stretch, I don’t think Cano can continue to carry this team the way he has been doing.

  59. Yankee Trader August 31st, 2011 at 8:04 am

    Swisher had a great game on both sides of the ball.

    He saved a run with an assist.
    ————————————
    I guess the offensive MVP last night could be split between Chavez, Cano, and Swisher who had multi hit games, but the one player who gets to wear the belt is Francisco Cervelli. :)

  60. MG August 31st, 2011 at 8:05 am

    MaineYankee August 31st, 2011 at 7:46 am
    Villa Nova-Ya

    Mornings seem to still have some light-heartedness allowed, though

    ————————————————————————————-

    That usually lasts till the West Coast wakes up.
    ——————–
    it must be difficult to be the WC-non-YF (thanks, Kate, this is a perfect description). His head and neck must be hurting all the time from it spinning around while he changes his position every 5 minutes.

    Last night he decided to ‘call out’ CC to pitch a good game and complain about nearly everything interspersed with claims that the blog means nothing to him.

    What a loser.

  61. MTU August 31st, 2011 at 8:05 am

    Gary-

    The way Grandy has been carrying this team.

    See I fixed that for ya’.

    No need to thank me.

    :)

  62. rl1856 August 31st, 2011 at 8:06 am

    Glad the Yankees finally stood up to the Sux. Close pitch to Tex in the 1st is answered by a HBP to the first Sux batter. Another close pitch to Salty after he got into Swisher’s face. Good to see some fight and backbone from this team. Too often during this season it seemed like the Yankees were intimidated by the Sux. Not any more. Give the Yankees a 500 record against the Sux and they would be up by 3 games right now.

    Prediction- Hughes is sharp and goes 7. Bullpen looks vulnerable after So-Ro-Mo have pitched 2 nights in a row. Yankees win.

    Looking forward to watching the game tonight !

  63. upstate kate August 31st, 2011 at 8:07 am

    MG
    it doesn’t compare w/ your wall of shame

  64. Gary August 31st, 2011 at 8:08 am

    MTU August 31st, 2011 at 8:05 am
    Gary-

    The way Grandy has been carrying this team.

    See I fixed that for ya’.

    No need to thank me.

    _________________________________________________________________________

    Your right, morning brain freeze, both of them (Grandy and Cano) have been coming through when they are most needed.

  65. MG August 31st, 2011 at 8:09 am

    upstate kate August 31st, 2011 at 8:07 am
    MG
    it doesn’t compare w/ your wall of shame
    ——————-
    I don’t have the time or energy to do that all the time but promise to put one up after the next Yankees win over the Sox, hopefully tomorrow.

    Last night’s thread was overrun with complaints and whines from kids who think everything is a video game, all you have to do is push the control button to get a hit each time.

  66. Yankee Trader August 31st, 2011 at 8:11 am

    I was happy to see Girardi come out of the dugout in support of Cervelli and finally get thrown out in the 9th. Not quite Bobby Cox or Lou Piniella but it’ll do.

    Now if he would just tinker with the lineup against right handed pitchers.

  67. MaineYankee August 31st, 2011 at 8:11 am

    YT

    I think it is short sighted to single out poor games by certain players.

    This is a team game and not all players contribute all the time.

    Each one contributes in some way, it’s just some more than others.

    Look back over this season and this blog had most players DFA’d or benched or sent down at some point.

    Girardi has been critized for how he has used his line up but over the course of the season he has proved to be more right than this blog.

  68. MTU August 31st, 2011 at 8:11 am

    And another guy who gets the unsung hero of the year award in my book is
    a guy named Ivan Nova.

    What he has been able to accomplish as a youngster, and the way he has stepped up is nothing short of amazing.

    Where would this team be w/o him ?

    ;)

  69. Triple Short of a Cycle August 31st, 2011 at 8:12 am

    Tex continues to pop out from the left side and was blasted last night on the blog by so called Yankee fans

    So now criticizing Mark’s performance brings questions as to whether we are Yankee fans?

  70. Gary August 31st, 2011 at 8:12 am

    Well enough light heartedness, fishing today. Hopefilly in the battle of Man vrs Fish, man will win. :-)

  71. MTU August 31st, 2011 at 8:13 am

    Gary-

    Get me a Dorado please.

    Have fun.

    :)

  72. Betsy August 31st, 2011 at 8:13 am

    It really doesn’t matter who gets removed from the rotation, Hughes or AJ, because both are going to the pen for the post-season. I still think it’s something of an audition, but fortunately it will be over soon and we can go back to normal

  73. Bronx Jeers August 31st, 2011 at 8:15 am

    I don’t get it.

    Pitcher gets beat by batter + batter celebrating = pitcher drills batter with ball? You hurt my pride so I can possibly injure you?

    Maybe if it came from a pitcher with a better degree of character I wouldn’t have such a hard time accepting it but that’s definitely not the case with John Lackey.

  74. MG August 31st, 2011 at 8:17 am

    MaineYankee August 31st, 2011 at 8:11 am
    YT

    I think it is short sighted to single out poor games by certain players.

    This is a team game and not all players contribute all the time.
    ————————————–
    +1,000,000

    Teix was hammered here last night but over the weekend in Baltimore had three hits in the day game on Sunday, 2 hits in the night game that helped them win, and then doubled to drive in the 1st run on Monday night.

    Is Teix having a great year? No, but he still has 35 HR and 100 RBI

    Is Teix capable of getting hot and carrying the Yankees in September? Yes

    That’s good enough for me.

  75. MTU August 31st, 2011 at 8:18 am

    Jeers-

    If you looked like Lackey wouldn’t you be unhappy ?

    Wouldn’t that cause you to lash out ?

    :)

  76. upstate kate August 31st, 2011 at 8:18 am

    Gary
    good luck

  77. upstate kate August 31st, 2011 at 8:20 am

    AJ in the pen is a scary thought

  78. MTU August 31st, 2011 at 8:21 am

    Kate-

    AJ as a starter is an even scarier thought.

    ;)

  79. Betsy August 31st, 2011 at 8:21 am

    Kate, does it matter? Both of them will be pitching as mop up men or maybe as 6th inning men – the late, important innings are already taken care of. If our starters do their jobs, they won’t pitch much at all.

  80. tomingeorgia August 31st, 2011 at 8:22 am

    MTU,
    That Early Times came in handy last night, and I think it may for tonight and tomorrow, too.

  81. mick August 31st, 2011 at 8:22 am

    Hughes or AJ, because both are going to the pen for the post-season.
    =============
    Disagree.
    If aj cant stay in the rotation, why shouild he be on the roster?
    hughes is better suited for the pen, he better be lights out or thats where he’s goin.

  82. Yankee Trader August 31st, 2011 at 8:22 am

    Maine-

    I don’t agree. You sometimes have to go with the hot hand and tinker with the line-up to maximize run production.

    Bobby Cox is a HOF manager but with all those pennants he won one world series. Actually Tom Glavine and David Justice won it in a 1-0 clinching win over the Indians.

    The jist is Cox was so loyal to his players that if they were doing poorly, he left them at their usual batting slots in the playoffs, hoping they’d come around.

    You want to give your team the best chance of winning!!

  83. Bronx Jeers August 31st, 2011 at 8:23 am

    It really doesn’t matter who gets removed from the rotation, Hughes or AJ, because both are going to the pen for the post-season.

    —————————————————————–

    I wouldn’t count on that. You could make a case for Hughes but who is AJ replacing that’s pitching worse than he is?

    We’ll see how this last month plays out but if the season ended today then AJ is watching the postseason on TV like the rest of us.

  84. upstate kate August 31st, 2011 at 8:24 am

    good point Betsy.
    I was quite impressed w/ Boone Logan last night, and actually most of the time recently.

  85. Betsy August 31st, 2011 at 8:24 am

    Bronx Jeers, I don’t think you can make a case for Hughes at all because there is no way I would ever pitch him over Colon or Garcia……………

  86. MTU August 31st, 2011 at 8:24 am

    Betsy-

    I think it matters because we are in a pennant race and we want to maximize our chances of winning.

    If that’s AJ fine. If not, it should be Hughes.

    The post-season is another matter.

    Who gets what there will be defined over the next month.

  87. Betsy August 31st, 2011 at 8:26 am

    Kate, Logan has done the job for awhile now – and remember how well he did last time we were in Boston?

  88. Triple Short of a Cycle August 31st, 2011 at 8:26 am

    This is a team game and not all players contribute all the time.

    and some players rarely contribute against the Red Sox and in the playoffs. Mark is one of those players.

    I asked this last night and I honestly don’t know the answer but is there another number 3 hitter in baseball who is hitting 240?

  89. MTU August 31st, 2011 at 8:26 am

    Tom-

    I went thru my share of bourbon.

    I’d love to get that Bison burger.

    ;)

  90. Erin August 31st, 2011 at 8:27 am

    Asked about his emotional response to Logan getting out of the seventh, Cervelli said, ?That?s Cervelli.?
    ***************************

    :D

    So cute

  91. Bronx Jeers August 31st, 2011 at 8:28 am

    If you looked like Lackey wouldn’t you be unhappy ?

    ————————————————————

    He’s got a mouth that looks like a hook should be coming out of it. Pabelbon as well.

  92. Betsy August 31st, 2011 at 8:28 am

    MTU, ok – the point is, it doesn’t matter who is removed from the rotation – let the Yankees pick the one they think will be best suited to give them a chance to win and that’s the end of it.

    I disagree with your final point – I don’t see any way that Hughes (or AJ) ever start in the post-season.

  93. MTU August 31st, 2011 at 8:29 am

    Jeers-

    More like a Bulldog although that really does a disservice to the dog.

  94. MTU August 31st, 2011 at 8:33 am

    Betsy-

    What if Hughes goes on a run the rest of the way ?

    What if he dominates ?

    Still against it ?

    ;)

  95. Erin August 31st, 2011 at 8:34 am

    Sigh….

    http://tiny.cc/o72h5

  96. Betsy August 31st, 2011 at 8:34 am

    True, MTU – Lackey looks like he’s always sucking a lemon, whereas bulldogs are about the cutest things ever, lol.

  97. Erin August 31st, 2011 at 8:35 am

    Gossip Break:

    http://www.eonline.com/news/mi.....lly/260895

  98. Betsy August 31st, 2011 at 8:37 am

    MTU, IMO Garcia and Colon have done way too much to consider removing them no matter what Hughes does. Yes, I’m against it even if what you say happens happens (which is highly unlikely). I trust Colon and Garcia to not get overwhelmed in big spots – plus, I suspect they’d pitch pretty well, if not great.

  99. MTU August 31st, 2011 at 8:37 am

    Betsy-

    And unlike Lackey they are noble.

    I hope Lackey continues to not only suck lemons but hind t*t as well.

    ;)

  100. MaineYankee August 31st, 2011 at 8:38 am

    Betsy

    I think there might be a chance AJ isn’t on the PS roster.

    Not saying he will but I have a feeling he might.

  101. Yankee Trader August 31st, 2011 at 8:38 am

    Erin-

    “Judging from Cramer’s best-selling 2000 biography of Yankee Clipper Joe DiMaggio, “The Hero’s Life,” readers can expect a thorough examination of A-Rod’s personal life, with Madonna, Kate Hudson and Cameron Diaz pinch-hitting for DiMaggio’s famous love, Marilyn Monroe.”

    I won’t be buying the book. I’ll just read about it in People magazine!! :)

  102. MTU August 31st, 2011 at 8:39 am

    Betsy-

    My take is whoever gives the Yankees the best chance to succeed should get the nod.

  103. J. Alfred Prufrock August 31st, 2011 at 8:40 am

    upstate kate August 31st, 2011 at 8:18 am
    Gary
    good luck
    ///

    Gary, hope you fall in.

    Tired of your relentless hate on Posada. STFU. He’s on the team.

  104. Bronx Jeers August 31st, 2011 at 8:40 am

    Betsy,

    I was talking about putting Phil in the pen. Colon might have been on the starter bubble for a moment there but I think he proved his arm still has life with that last start.

  105. Betsy August 31st, 2011 at 8:40 am

    Um, that’s an interesting visual, MTU

    Maine, it’s possible, but I don’t think the Yanks would do that – it really depends on how they feel about needing two long-men in the rotation. Plus, if AJ is taken out of the rotation, I’m not sure they’d also leave him off the post-season roster……….

  106. Betsy August 31st, 2011 at 8:42 am

    Bronx, Phil to the pen is happening. I never thought it was fair that Colon (IF) he was, was pitching for his spot in the rotation………..I’d still skip him a start to keep him fresh, though.

  107. Yankee Trader August 31st, 2011 at 8:42 am

    Erin-

    Sadly for Derek, Minka is now an “Angel” and Hollywood glamor awaits!

  108. mick August 31st, 2011 at 8:42 am

    Both hughes and aj being thrown to the wolves next 2 games.
    chances are phil will do better but dont see either getting past the 5th @ 100 pitches.
    really cant see them ostracizing aj so unless phil is lights out he could be back in pen.
    you cant pitch soriano and robo everyday, he can be right in that mix as freddy is a swing man in the ro, phil can do the same in the pen.

  109. Erin August 31st, 2011 at 8:44 am

    Yankee Trader-good plan. ;)

  110. mick August 31st, 2011 at 8:45 am

    would love to see jesus on 9/1 as dh, jones in LF v. Lester

  111. Yankee Trader August 31st, 2011 at 8:47 am

    Actually if anyone goes to the pen I hope tha Yankees add another lefty.
    Someone who might provide a spark, much like AAA callup Francisco Rodriguez did in the middle of September 2002 for the Angels, helping to lead them to WS title.

    Hmm, one guess who that might be? :) Free…………..

  112. Howard August 31st, 2011 at 8:47 am

    The thread looks exactly like the one from the last time the Yankees beat the Sox. All rah-rah, and “they’ve got a don’t tread on me mentality”. Then, the Red Sox reeled off five or six more straight victories, and all was back to what it was.For what? The Red Sox left nearly 20 men on base last night…that’s not a good stat! One hit off of Boone Logan, or CC, for that matter, and this game is lost.
    CC STRUGGLED to get through 6 innings with the second highest pitch count of his career, without two of their everyday players in the lineup.
    Keep things in perspective.
    People crying over th umpiring I agree. Horrible. JS swing an HBP was atrocious, but equally as bad as the strike zone given to CC on the outside most of the night. Both sides had thier beefs.
    Cherring a backup catcher, who’s trying to start a fire, is stupid. It’s the same thing everyone kills Varitek for. Just shup up and go to first, and be happy you have a spot on the ML roster.

  113. MTU August 31st, 2011 at 8:48 am

    Pull Phil from the rotation only if he doesn’t perform is what I say.

    How do we know he won’t flat out dominate the rest of the way ?

    He’s worth more to us as a capable starter than as a BP guy.

    I’m hoping for that.

    The BP gig should be a fallback plan only.

    If AJ cannot perform who gives a rat’s rear what happens to him ?

  114. Howard August 31st, 2011 at 8:49 am

    Both hughes and aj being thrown to the wolves next 2 games.
    chances are phil will do better but dont see either getting past the 5th @ 100 pitches.
    really cant see them ostracizing aj so unless phil is lights out he could be back in pen.
    you cant pitch soriano and robo everyday, he can be right in that mix as freddy is a swing man in the ro, phil can do the same in the pen.

    ____________

    Exactly. I’ll save myself for being happy on Thursday. Or not. But, I’m not going to get too excited about a game where CC struggled so bad, and they left 17 men in sp all night in order for NY to win. I’ll wait and see if anyone else wants to show some man-up.

  115. Shame Spencer August 31st, 2011 at 8:51 am

    When I was watching the post game and saw Cervelli say, “that’s Cervelli” I laughed harder than I have at any late night monologue. This guy should be interviewed after games he doesn’t play in.

  116. MaineYankee August 31st, 2011 at 8:53 am

    YT

    I find it hard to complain about what Joe has done when they are 1/2 game out and has the 3rd best record in baseball.

    It’s easy as fans to sit back and say what should be done but to actually be there making the decisions is totally different.

    I just finished reading the book 1961 and 1 thing that I got from it was the emotional , psychological, and physical grind that a season takes on a player.

    We as fans are part of the cause of some of the mental grind the players go through because we expect more from them than we might expect from ourselves.

    The attitude that because they earn all that money they should be flawless and because we spend our money on tickets and jerseys and such we have a right to treat them however we feel like.

    Put yourself under that microscope and see how you perform.

    That is one thing that puts guys like Jeter at another level is his ability to continue to perform under the biggest spotlight.

    How many of us could do that?

  117. upstate kate August 31st, 2011 at 8:56 am

    everyone knows the red sox have a good team…the 2nd best lineup according to Logan :)
    Getting them to strand 16 runners is quite an accomplishment.
    Would it have been better to not have them on base in the first place? Sure.
    Was it nice to see A-gon rendered ineffective? Definitely.

    Cervelli is a BUC who is young and has a lot of enthusiasm. He does that little clap everytime he gets on base. He has only hit 2 HR this year, so he is not usually doing it at home plate. Perhaps it is over done, as some have complained about Joba’s fist pump, but it is genuine. It is not some contrived celebration ala Krod or Valverde. He didn’t stand and watch as Papi does. Give the kid a break.

  118. Shame Spencer August 31st, 2011 at 8:56 am

    How can you guys not be excited CC struggled but still only gave up 2 runs?

    He hasnt pitched his best games against Boston yet this season… but he got through last night with a W and I think that should at least set to rest this ridiculous notion that CC can’t be the Sox. He has, he can, and he will.

  119. MaineYankee August 31st, 2011 at 8:59 am

    Howard

    Did the RS hitters fail to get the big hit or did the Yankee pitchers just make the pitches needed at the right time?

  120. Triple Short of a Cycle August 31st, 2011 at 8:59 am

    Howard,

    Both sides had their beefs? How so on the Red Sox side? Way more strikes that were called balls on the Yankee side then vice versa. Granderson not being awarded first after getting hit. Salty being awarded first. Lackey not getting thrown. So I don?t exactly know how you can equate the 2 teams with bad calls.

    So Cervelli who has always reacted like that since the time he was called up was trying to start a fire? Was Posada trying to start a fire when he got the game typing hit off Pedro in the 2003 playoffs and clapped to hard when he reached second? As far as Varitek goes let me know when Cervelli starts jawing at home plate with the opposing batters or when he tries to fight guys with his mask still on and then we can talk

  121. Erin August 31st, 2011 at 9:00 am

    Not the prettiest game from CC, but how can you not be happy about him (finally, finally!!) getting a win against Boston?

  122. MaineYankee August 31st, 2011 at 9:01 am

    Erin August 31st, 2011 at 8:27 am
    Asked about his emotional response to Logan getting out of the seventh, Cervelli said, ?That?s Cervelli.?
    ***************************

    So cute

    ———————————————————————–

    How dare you clutter this place up with “cute” :mad:

  123. Yankee Trader August 31st, 2011 at 9:02 am

    Maine-

    I totally agree with you, and am not one of those who want Girardi or, Cashman ,for that matter gone. I think you’re just missing my point.
    Sometimes, not just in baseball, you need to put people in the best position to suceed.

  124. Erin August 31st, 2011 at 9:03 am

    New Post: Hughes: “I just go out there and pitch”

    :arrow:

  125. Villa Nova-Ya August 31st, 2011 at 9:07 am

    The key is those runners WERE LEFT ON BASE. That IS a good stat. The Red Sox have a potent offense and for AT LEAST ONE GAME they were held in check. Red Sox/Yankees are NEVER easy games; both teams usually struggle. Even most of the games the Sox won this year were hard-fought.

    People aren’t missing the point, and to my mind there is plenty of perspective. And fans are entitled to be rah-rah and take positives away from a tough game.

    No one I know thinks the Yankees are going to roll over the Red Sox. There’s nothing wrong with hoping for it and rooting for it and showing some support.

  126. MaineYankee August 31st, 2011 at 9:07 am

    YT

    I guess my point is our view is based on what we can see from the outside which is only a small part of the picture.

    I’m not saying your wrong but I tend to look at the overall results which at this point is just fine.

  127. Howard August 31st, 2011 at 9:09 am

    How can you guys not be excited CC struggled but still only gave up 2 runs?

    ____

    I didn’t say I wasn’t happy, just not excited. Bottom line is that it took him 130 pitches to get through 6 innings, and was in trouble all night with a linuep missing two of it’s main pieces.
    I’m happy he got the W, I just wish he didn’t have to struggle so mightly to get through them, and don’t feel that the outcome is always going to be so favorable for him. The Red Sox aren’t going to leave that many men on base that often.
    Great, he got the win. Now, lets move on and see what Hughes and AJ do against them, because afterall, CC isn’t going to be able to pitch every game, and even when he does, he’s 1-4 this year.
    Happy, yes. Excited and all rah-rah? Not a chance. The game was seriously ugly on both sides.

  128. Nick in SF May 20th, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    “I’m not upset. I’m bored.”

    When you said this:

    Because I hear people like John Sterling and others in the media sing Cashman’s praises for Ibanez and other small moves but don’t take him to task for the big f ups.

    So I may be p$##ing in the wind against Cashman’s media apologists, but I think he hasn’t done enough to keep his job.

    …I thought that meant you were upset.


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