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Pope DFA; Montero DH

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Sep 01, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Confirmed Mike Ashmore’s report that Ryan Pope has been designated for assignment to open one 40-man spot. Still not sure about the other move, but the Yankees had to open a second roster spot in order to add both Jesus Montero and Scott Proctor.

Lefty Raul Valdes is also listed in the bullpen.

UPDATE, 3:44 p.m.: The Yankees just announced that the second 40-man spot was opened by calling Justin Maxwell up to the big leagues and placing him on the 60-day disabled list (a player has to be on the Major League roster to be on the 60-day).

Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Andruw Jones LF
Jesus Montero DH
Russell Martin C
Eduardo Nunez 3B

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315 Responses to “Pope DFA; Montero DH”

  1. vblade September 1st, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    The coming of Jesus!

  2. Chase September 1st, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    Diggin’ it.

  3. Carlos September 1st, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    CHEA!!!!!!!

  4. Mike_Boston September 1st, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    Thanks for the tip yankeefeminista…my only NYY attire is my visor which I will be wearing proudly. My suitcase can go in the belly, everything there is easily replaceable. I too was told that about Naples so I stayed away (they have 60% unemployment, seriously) I did take a tour of the Amalfi coast and Pompeii, I suggest everyone go there one day if you can, simply amazing, you can’t believe you’re seeing what you’re seeing!

  5. Giuseppe Franco September 1st, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    # Chase September 1st, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    Sucks that the most vocal fans (e.g. on radio) are always the least intelligent. Usually they’ve watched 25 games on the season and have nothing better to do in their lives than sit on hold until they get through.

    Such is life.

    ———-

    Oftentimes, the most vocal in here are the least intelligent.

  6. Doc Iac September 1st, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    Naples is one scary place. We were warned not to go out after dark there

    ——-

    hey i find that offensive, i was born in naples!

  7. JobaTipsHisCap September 1st, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    welcome back and good luck, Scott!

  8. blake September 1st, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    Hooray! What a glorious day…..not even AJ pitching can ruin this.

  9. blake September 1st, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    Now all we need is Arod back in there.

  10. Triple Short of a Cycle September 1st, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    hey i find that offensive, i was born in naples!

    Just reporting what I was told.

    One of the few reasons we went there was to see the blue grotto. Of course when we got to Capri the water level was too high for us to get into the cave.

  11. GreenBeret7 September 1st, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    Maxwell and Pope were two of the moves that I thought about last night. I guess they value the left arm of Garrison more than The Pope Of SCAD

  12. pat September 1st, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    GB

    Lancelot Links! I completely forgot that show and we watched it all the time. Thanks for the reminder.

    I’m hoping for 5 hour game tonight because I’ve got a business dinner and won’t be home until after 9. :sad:

    I’ll have my fingers crossed for old friends and new ones tonight though.

  13. Villa Nova-Ya September 1st, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    I really do like that they called him up and he’s being utilized right away! No time for him to think about it. Just do it. :)

  14. Wave Your Hat September 1st, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    blake-

    Are you sure that for the postseason the Yanks can replace a 15 day DL player with a player not on the 40 man roster as of August 31st? Someone is telling me that rule only applies to the 60 day DL. Is it possible Colin Curtis is on the major league 60 day DL?

  15. hardwired7 September 1st, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    I find that my day now is not complete without a positive affirmation from Joba Chamberlain.

  16. luis September 1st, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    It is fitting that the Pope had to step aside to bring in the Jesus!!!lol, someone in the FO has to have a great sense of humor or the dramatic, take your pick.

  17. saucY September 1st, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    sorry if it’s been asked, but is jesus montero wearing number 21?

  18. Yankee Trader September 1st, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    I wonder if the Red Sox will counter with their new slugger-Lavernandshirleyaway??

  19. m September 1st, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    Busy day with lots of news.

    Haven’t I heard that the visitors clubhouse at Fenway is cramped and uncomfortable?

    In other news, McCourt has an offer in hand for $1.2B. With some Chinese investment included. Chinese “state” investment.

    I hope Bud has the brains to nix this one. I know Cuban is irritating, but LA can’t have 2 teams wearing red.

  20. BJK September 1st, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    Hey mick-

    In regards to our conversation yesterday about today’s line-up, a wise man once said:

    “I’m stupid, you’re smart. I was wrong, you were right. You’re the best, I’m the worst. You’re very good-looking, I’m… not attractive.”

  21. blake September 1st, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    Wave,

    I just know that several reports have indicated that the Yanks have injuires that would allow Montero on the playoff roster. Sherman tweeted that a couple days ago.

  22. GreenBeret7 September 1st, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    pat, I first saw that show years ago on WGN right after I got home from BN. Every so often, I run across it. Always thought it was hilarious. The dialogue and that clip there reminds me of the old Woody allen movie, “What’s Up, Tigerlily?”

  23. luis September 1st, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    YT,

    What position does Laverwhatever plays??

  24. Erin September 1st, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    eboland11 A-Rod told Mick Kelleher, who works with the infielders, he wants his pregame work to have “a little more intensity than yesterday.”

  25. Wave Your Hat September 1st, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    Alternative explanation for getting Montero on the postseason roster – the rule that required replacing a position player with a position player and a pitcher with a pitcher was recently changed to only apply once a postseason series starts. Can anyone confirm that?

    I’m pretty sure Ramiro Pena is not the answer.

  26. GreenBeret7 September 1st, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    got home from ***VN***

  27. Chase September 1st, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    How many games has A-Rod played against Boston this season?

    Seems like he’s been out almost every series they’ve played. At least lately.

  28. GreenBeret7 September 1st, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    Colin Curtis has been on the 60 Day DL since early May.

  29. tomingeorgia September 1st, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    m,
    I don’t care what physical assets the Chicoms buy. I remember the cries of doom when the Japanese bought Rockefeller Center. Taking over the world! Well, when management failed they took a bath and lost a ton. The problem about physical assets is you can’t take them home with you. They have to prosper where they are.

  30. UnKnown September 1st, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    Montero already hitting ahead of Russell.

    Lots of potential pop in the lineup tonight.

  31. hardwired7 September 1st, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    The Beijing Dodgers of Los Angeles?

  32. GreenBeret7 September 1st, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    Lavarnway is a “catcher”.

  33. Niblick September 1st, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    Wow, the Yanks bring up baby Jesus but they dump the Pope.

  34. stuart a September 1st, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    lavarnway is a dh or catcher.

    if you guys expect selig to do the smart and right thing do not hold your breath.

    mccourt is a beantown clown. you make your empire on never going in your wallet and shady deals, guess what you continue to do that your whole business life.

    mccourt is destroying the dodgers and the article and local sentiment is not good. people in so cal hate mccourt like you have never seen…..

  35. m September 1st, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    I would have put Montero in the 9th spot. But that’s just me.

  36. Wave Your Hat September 1st, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    “”Colin Curtis has been on the 60 Day DL since early May.”

    I know, but I can’t find out if it is the major league DL or the minor league DL. I thought it was the minor league DL.

    I’m now pretty sure that the Yanks can replace a 60 day DL pitcher with a non-pre-August 31st 40 man roster position player, which gives the Yanks plenty of options to carry Montero in the post-season.

  37. Yankee Trader September 1st, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    Luis-

    That’s Ryan Lavarnway who filled in for Ortiz while he was out recently with bursitis of his foot.

    My stupid redo of his name was in reference to a prior TV show “Laverne and Shirley” a comedy.

  38. luis September 1st, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    tomingeorgia September 1st, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    Hi Tom,

    Where i live there are a lot of chinese businesses, and believe me they operate in a completely different way than their westerners counterparts, different set of values.

  39. Patrick September 1st, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    All this talk of Montero making the postseason roster, I’m still not convinced he will deserve a spot. He’s going to have to go on a huge hot streak to deserve a roster spot

  40. Wave Your Hat September 1st, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    “All this talk of Montero making the postseason roster, I’m still not convinced he will deserve a spot. He’s going to have to go on a huge hot streak to deserve a roster spot”

    Sure, but I just wanted to understand how it might be possible at all.

  41. Erin September 1st, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    Ledger_Yankees Yanks’ first task for Jesus is catching a bullpen session. I would have aimed higher… like healing A-Rod. #nyy

  42. GreenBeret7 September 1st, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    Wave, there is no minor league 60 Day DL. Only players on the 40 man MLB roster can to be placed on the 60 Day DL. Maxwell was on the 40 man roster

  43. m September 1st, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    Well, there might be hope. Maybe Selig was dumb enough to think that Cuban was that kind of Cuban.

    (relax folks, that’s a joke. no offense to communist party members and sympathizers. no offense to Cubans. just joking around today.)

  44. UnKnown September 1st, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    Worst case scenario is a “pretty good” outing by AJ but Yanks still lose like 4 to 2.

    If AJ is going to pitch well and stay in the rotation the Yankees have to at least win the game.

    Otherwise we lose and have to still look at AJ. Terrible outcome.

  45. luis September 1st, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    YT,

    Got it!!, thanks. i know the show, Penny Marshal was one of the actresses and is currently a movie director if i’m not mistaken….anyway it was very hard to spell, lol

    GB,

    thanks as well

  46. Benny Blanco September 1st, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    Can we please give Montero some breathing room tonight? You know he’s gonna be nervous ( first major league apperance). Lets not destroy the kid if he goes 0-4 tonight please.

  47. Yankee Trader September 1st, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    I’ve seen Colin Curtis in the dugout in NY since his surgery.

    I wonder if Fenway will have enough sitting room on the bench for all the callups and forget about enough hot water in the visitors clubhouse.

  48. Patrick September 1st, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    Sure, but I just wanted to understand how it might be possible at all.

    Yeah fair enough..

  49. fantasygame101 September 1st, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    Pendleton better be ready bec. he will see action.

  50. tomingeorgia September 1st, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    luis,
    The Chinese ethic (under the table since Mao), at home or abroad, individual or State, is always to make a profit. If it’s a “State Investment”, it means they think it’s a better one than treasury bonds, which it probably is. The LA Dodgers are not an issue of national security, and if you think the Chinese will move the team to Shanghai, then OK. It’s a profit-making plan, probably by the People’s Liberation Army.

  51. Wave Your Hat September 1st, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    OK, GB7. Good to know. Sounds like there are several ways Montero can get on the postseason roster if he plays well enough to earn a spot.

  52. m September 1st, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    I’m still confused about the rules, but Cashman announced a month ago that there are ways of getting this done.

    Imo, these rules should only apply to those who were not in the organization by whatever arbitrary date.

    You should be able to use kids from your own farm system any time and in any way you want.

    Stupid dinosaurs.

  53. GreenBeret7 September 1st, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    Yankee Trader September 1st, 2011 at 4:07 pm
    I’ve seen Colin Curtis in the dugout in NY since his surgery.

    I wonder if Fenway will have enough sitting room on the bench for all the callups and forget about enough hot water in the visitors clubhouse.

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

    I wonder if the nails that the players have their clothes hung on have numbers so they don’t get them mixed up. Can you imagine Gardner getting Montero’s clothes by mistake?

  54. Triple Short of a Cycle September 1st, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    Lets not destroy the kid if he goes 0-4 tonight please.

    Ok but if he goes 0 for 5 all bets are off

  55. jacksquat September 1st, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    Headline: Yanks release Pope to make room for Jesus. :mrgreen:

    (I’m sorry the religious references are just too easy!)

    And this lineup is exactly what I posted I would go with last night. :shock:

  56. Tabbert September 1st, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    Montero will not need to go on some massive hitting streak to make the playoff roster. Cashman and the front office know exactly where they stand right now and they are going evaluate montero this entire month. If he struggles to find his way, then he wont make the roster.. however if he is able to come in and hit anywhere from the .275 and up with some pop before the season ends there is a great chance they put him on the playoff roster. It’s not as if the yankees front office needs this guy to hit .450 the final month with 8 bombs to prove his spot on this team. If he can hit lefties, show pop, and show the ability to hit for average he will have a spot on the roster come october. Hopefully he can show off his ability to hit lefties by beating up on lester tonight and next time we play the sox.

  57. luis September 1st, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    Tom,

    Good point, all i’m saying is watch out, just in case

  58. m September 1st, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    These are the exact words, sounds like state-owned banks or hedge funds.

    “Specifics weren’t given on the foreign investors except to characterize them as “certain state-owned investment institutions of the People’s Republic of China,” the newspaper reports.”

    http://espn.go.com/los-angeles.....eport-says

  59. Yankee Trader September 1st, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    Torture and Pleasure tonight.

    Torture in watching AJ

    Pleasure in watching the new kid/kids

    Until later everyone.

    Go Yankees. Score often and early!!

  60. Ed Whitson September 1st, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    What kills me about AJ is how quickly he loses the strike zone. Even if by some miracle he gets a 1-2-3 inning the next inning is almost always a horror show of line drives, wild pitches and walks. Same thing if by another act of god he goes 0-2 on a hitter. Next pitch is wide (on purpose) and the next three are nowhere near the strike zone. It’s like watching a 12 year-old pitch except this dude makes $17 million/year.

    All we can expect from him tonight:

    3 2/3 IP
    7ER
    one million excuses
    one more stolen paycheck

  61. GreenBeret7 September 1st, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    Hedge Funds? Is this code for the University Of Georgia football slush fund?

  62. Erin September 1st, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    With AJ pitching and Montero’s debut, I’m sure the game thread will be, ummm…interesting. ;)

  63. DYD INDA WUL September 1st, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    Luis

    From an earlier thread; re: Miriam and Oscar(cito)-

    I had to step out earlier. Can’t place the names, nor can a close family member I consulted. Pablo Morales had seven or eight children way back when – it’s a pretty big family.

    As for the Cisneros owning the Leones, it’s as if Trump owned the Yankees.

    The Morales were akin to the Steinbrenners.

  64. luis September 1st, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    m,

    It might be one of the banks probably, they are state owned

  65. West Coast Yankee Fan September 1st, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    Well, Montero never got traded, today we will start to see if this was the right decision. I think it was, I’ll buy the hype that he can rake.

  66. luis September 1st, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    DYD,

    They weren’t Morales, they were Prieto the other partner. And yes i miss those days when your family owned the team, now is very Trump like as you say, lol

  67. Erin September 1st, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    eboland11 RT @simmonsclass: Any word on what number Montero is wearing? @jackcurryyes @eboland11 // 63

  68. mick September 1st, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    BJK September 1st, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    Hey mick-

    In regards to our conversation yesterday about today’s line-up, a wise man once said:
    =================================
    did i call it or what?

  69. Yankee Trader September 1st, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    I wonder if the nails that the players have their clothes hung on have numbers so they don’t get them mixed up. Can you imagine Gardner getting Montero’s clothes by mistake?
    ————————————-
    GB- Still laughing. I remember getting a tour of the Falcons locker room in Suwanee and seeing Billy “White Shoes” Johnson’s shoes next to the shoes of a massive lineman in the next locker.

  70. BJK September 1st, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    eboland11 RT @simmonsclass: Any word on what number Montero is wearing? @jackcurryyes @eboland11 // 63

    ————————————————————————————-

    Paul O’Neill x Babe Ruth = 63

  71. tomingeorgia September 1st, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    GB7,
    Unless they are talking billions, not enough to feed Uga for the season, or to pay bail for the felons-to-be.

  72. Yankee Trader September 1st, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    I’m outta here.

    May the team with Jesus win!!

  73. Erin September 1st, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    eboland11 Proctor: “You don’t sign to play in Triple-A. At this point it’s just about executing pitches.”

  74. luis September 1st, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    Yankee Trader September 1st, 2011 at 4:23 pm
    I’m outta here.

    May the team with Jesus win!!

    AMEN!!!!

  75. GreenBeret7 September 1st, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    Yankee Trader September 1st, 2011 at 4:21 pm
    I wonder if the nails that the players have their clothes hung on have numbers so they don’t get them mixed up. Can you imagine Gardner getting Montero’s clothes by mistake?
    ————————————-
    GB- Still laughing. I remember getting a tour of the Falcons locker room in Suwanee and seeing Billy “White Shoes” Johnson’s shoes next to the shoes of a massive lineman in the next locker.

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

    That was one of Red Auerbach’s tricks in the lockerroom at The Garden…along with the showers, if the worked, only had cold water.

  76. JobaTipsHisCap September 1st, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    3 2/3 IP
    7ER

    good guess.

  77. DYD INDA WUL September 1st, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    Luis

    I got you. Oscar Prieto. He ran the team with El Negro Morales when Tio Pablo passed on.

    Never met Oscar, but yes, it was a hands-on, family operation. They all breathed baseball.

  78. luis September 1st, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    I’m out too guys….enjoy the rest of the afternoon

  79. Don Vito A. Bellamo September 1st, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    It’s gonna take 9-10 runs + for the Yankees to win this game. AJ puts us in that big of a hole, with what he will give up AND force the ‘pen to cover before getting to Robertson & Mo. ( and NO, I don’t believe Sori is above giving up a run or 2 either ) Here’s hoping that this lineup is ready to MASH, and word to the wise to JARHEAD……NO SAC BUNTS TODAY, YOU MAROON !!!

  80. m September 1st, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    imo, it was the right decision. It would have been worth trading him for Halladay, and to a lesser extent Lee. Jays and Mariners chose not to trade the respective pitchers to us, so that was out of our hands.

    I was hesitant to trade our best offensive prospect, but I would have done it in a heartbeat for Halladay, and two heartbeats for Lee.

  81. GreenBeret7 September 1st, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    tomingeorgia September 1st, 2011 at 4:22 pm
    GB7,
    Unless they are talking billions, not enough to feed Uga for the season, or to pay bail for the felons-to-be.

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

    That was always a running joke with the Georgia Tech fans about Vince Dooley driving through neighborhoods looking for the biggest kids and asking them if they wanted a free education and to play pro ball at the same time, then handing them a diploma.

  82. Erin September 1st, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    Joba_62 Little man doin his homework! So proud http://yfrog.com/klkholnj

  83. mick September 1st, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    I see a win tonite, have seen them get to Lester in the past. See Jesus with a HR and a double.

  84. GreenBeret7 September 1st, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    Tom, the other “Bama/Tiger and Tech joke was spotting the UGA cheerleaders and yelling, “How about them dogs?”

  85. tomingeorgia September 1st, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    GB7
    Tech not doing to well on that score, either, this year.

  86. randy l. September 1st, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    so much for letting montero get acclimated to being on the team for even a day before starting.

    at least it’s not against an important rival or against a tough lefty nor is it a big game :)

    can’t wait to see his first swing in the majors.

  87. LGY September 1st, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    Mike

    What day is your flight home?

  88. tomingeorgia September 1st, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    GB7,
    An All-star team from the SEC (including cheerleaders) wouldn’t finish last in most NFL divisions.

  89. Erin September 1st, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    boblorenz Yanks-Red Sox finale. We’ll discuss AJ in hotlight, Montero debut & more, when you join @YESKimJones, @ JackCurryYES & me for pregame 6:30p

  90. jacksquat September 1st, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    BJK September 1st, 2011 at 4:21 pm
    eboland11 RT @simmonsclass: Any word on what number Montero is wearing? @jackcurryyes @eboland11 // 63

    ————————————————————————————-

    Paul O’Neill x Babe Ruth = 63

    Elston Howard (32) + Thurman Munson (15) + Bill Dickey (8) + Yogi Berra (8) = 63 :shock:
    (all Yankees catchers with retired numbers)

  91. GreenBeret7 September 1st, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    Tom, Tech hasn’t been a power since the 60s…at least not in football. Always a big game with The Fighting Irish and The Ramblin’ Wreck From Georgia Tech.

  92. tomingeorgia September 1st, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    Jacksquat,
    Very clever!

  93. Erin September 1st, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    jacksquat September 1st, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    Elston Howard (32) + Thurman Munson (15) + Bill Dickey (8) + Yogi Berra (8) = 63
    (all Yankees catchers with retired numbers)

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

    Now, that is cool. ;)

  94. JobaTipsHisCap September 1st, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    when he’s needed the most, he’s out.
    I mean A-Rod.

  95. 108 stitches September 1st, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    It seems like Reegie Corona has been on the DL since the days when Torre was manager.

  96. GreenBeret7 September 1st, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    Tom, UGA does produce some great teams and those cheerleaders have some real peaches….errrr… are real peaches. I’m Irish all of the way, but, always found the rivalries down here as funny and crude….nothing is sacred.

  97. Chase September 1st, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    Haha. Kudos on that one, jacksquat!

  98. J. Alfred Prufrock September 1st, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    jacksquat September 1st, 2011 at 4:33 pm
    BJK September 1st, 2011 at 4:21 pm
    eboland11 RT @simmonsclass: Any word on what number Montero is wearing? @jackcurryyes @eboland11 // 63

    ————————————————————————————-

    Paul O’Neill x Babe Ruth = 63

    Elston Howard (32) + Thurman Munson (15) + Bill Dickey (8) + Yogi Berra (8) = 63
    (all Yankees catchers with retired numbers)
    ///

    Well done!

  99. J. Alfred Prufrock September 1st, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    Chase, were you ever a regular on pro sports daily?

  100. Mike_Boston September 1st, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    LGY September 1st, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    Mike

    What day is your flight home?
    ————————————

    I fly to London Tuesday at 11am, don’t head back home till Friday.

  101. weez September 1st, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    63 = 21 (minor league number) x 3

    We know he can’t have 21 x 2

  102. J. Alfred Prufrock September 1st, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    no, he can’t have that.

    I look forward to the day when the Son of God is catching his Heavenly Father in the ninth :D

  103. GreenBeret7 September 1st, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    When thy retire number 20, will Montero change his number to 83?

    Posada, by the way has had 5 different uniform numbers…#20 since 1997.

    62, 41, 55, 22 and 20

  104. Mike_Boston September 1st, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    Was just reading that it apparently is only supposed to be a 1 day strike on Tuesday the 6th due to austerity.

  105. 4 NYY September 1st, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    What happened to Tim Norton ? Still injured ?

    Where’s Flores ? Is he coming up ?

    Proctor will not help.

    Romine should be up also.

  106. jacksquat September 1st, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    I think he might get 21 next year if he sticks, and if that’s the number he wants.

  107. tomingeorgia September 1st, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    GB7,
    GA Tech would have been in the Championship Bowl Series in 2009, except for, um. some roster improprieties. As for the SEC rivalries, UGA has Bama, UFL (you haven’t lived until you see this one live in Jacksonville, FL, “a neutral site”, and, increasingly, USC (South Carolina, I mean).

    As for schedules, the Dawgs open with Boise State this Saturday. Creampuff opener. What kills me her is that they have a FOUR-HOUR pre-game, a three-hour football game, then a FOUR-Hour postgame. No, they don’t take this stuff seriously down here.

  108. BJK September 1st, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    Uh oh…

    63… 6 x 3… 666!!!

    What does it all mean!??!?

  109. Patrick September 1st, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    6 multiplied by 3 = 18

  110. Erin September 1st, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    BryanHoch Girardi on Montero: “We’re hoping he can give us some lightning in a bottle”

    YESNetwork Girardi: We need A.J. to get back on track. August was a real struggle. Well, August is over.

  111. ac1 September 1st, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    What happened to Tim Norton ? Still injured ?

    Where’s Flores ? Is he coming up ?

    Proctor will not help.

    Romine should be up also.

    ____

    Who knows with Proctor.
    Thought i read Flores opted out
    Why should Romine be here too? Already have 4 catchers on the active roster.

  112. BJK September 1st, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    Patrick September 1st, 2011 at 4:52 pm
    6 multiplied by 3 = 18

    —————————————————

    …which is… three 6s!!!!!!!!!!

  113. LGY September 1st, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    I fly to London Tuesday at 11am, don’t head back home till Friday.

    ——-

    I wouldn’t get worried about the strike until Monday.

    Even then keep checking until the last minute because they do have a habit of calling them off.

  114. TD213 September 1st, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    Proctor knocked in the game winning run against the Pirates this year in that crazy 19 inning game the Braves played.

  115. BJK September 1st, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    YESNetwork Girardi: We need A.J. to get back on track. August was a real struggle. Well, August is over.

    —————————————————————–

    Right! From now on, AJ gets August off. Problem solved.

  116. lounge lizard September 1st, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    63/3 = 21

  117. Erin September 1st, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    BJK- there you go! Perfect solution! :)

  118. Hassey September 1st, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    Let’s be real here – AJ is not going to turn anything around tonite. We’re going to have to win a slugfest, if Lester lets us into one.

  119. Erin September 1st, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    YESNetwork Girardi on Montero not making the team this Spring: For his development, it was better for him to play everyday than catch twice a week.

  120. austinmac September 1st, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    Tomingeorgia,

    Do really think Boise State is a cream puff? Better watch out if the team does .

  121. Mike_Boston September 1st, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    Yeah I’m not going to let it begin to bother me now, no way. I just arrived in Florence. Time to get some pizza, mingle with the locals and then get a glimpse of the 2nd coming sometime after 1am local. The good news is that Wed-Fri I’m working so my boss already said they would help cover any extra expenses incurred, plus the work travel agency is on it too.

    Good to know that they bluff a lot, thanks for the feedback LGY.

  122. Erin September 1st, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    SIYanks IT’S OFFICIAL!!! Dante Bichette Jr. @Dante19jr is a Staten Island Yankee! Welcome him aboard for hopefully his 2nd championship this year!

  123. austinmac September 1st, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    Mike,

    Enjoy Florence. I was there last fall. I loved it and wish I was there now.

  124. Hassey September 1st, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    Dante Jr. must be the only person in the world looking forward to going to Staten Island

    Trust me, I been there….badabing!!!!

  125. ac1 September 1st, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    Right! From now on, AJ gets August off. Problem solved.

    ___

    Now what is his defense for May, June, July and September?

  126. tomingeorgia September 1st, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    austin,
    Of course, I was kidding. What’d they rank last year, 3rd or 4th? I was just saying that the UGA doesn’t play “creampuffs”. Damn, South Georgia almost be them last year. Who is Ohio State’s opener this year?, or Oklahoma’s?

  127. Mike_Boston September 1st, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    Thanks austinmac! Any advice on where to go/eat etc…? I haven’t done much research yet besides some of the museums. I’ve got 2 full days after tonight.

  128. TD213 September 1st, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    AJ still has great stuff so you can’t give up on him

  129. blackaccord September 1st, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    7 * 9 = 63

    mick * maris = montero :-)

  130. LGY September 1st, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    Mike

    No problem. Have fun. Make sure to get to Vivoli for celebratory gelato after a Yankee win tonight ;)

  131. Patrick September 1st, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    Montero is one of 9 players in the lineup so 63 / 9 = 7

    7 is Mickey Mantle’s number and he was 19 when he got to the big leagues. Montero is 21 so take the difference in their ages and add it to 7, we get 9. Now add the number or RBI’s Montero has in AAA this year (67) for a total of 76. Montero was the 3rd ranked prospect by Baseball America this year so add 3 to 76 for a total of 79. Yogi Berra was the best Yankee catcher of all time so take his number (8) and multiply it by 2 because Montero is already the second best Yankee catcher of all time. So that equals 16, now do 79-16 which equals 63 – Montero’s jersey number.

    I just blew your minds

  132. Erin September 1st, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    Mike-I’m so jealous you’re going to Italy! Have a great time

    You’ll have to make sure and give us details from your trip :)

  133. tomingeorgia September 1st, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    Numerology reigns!

  134. Hassey September 1st, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    I think Montero should choose for his number – pie 3.1415926. Yes, that’s right, the pie symbol on his back. That will blow everyone’s mind, especially his own…he may never have heard of it.

  135. austinmac September 1st, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    Tom,

    Ok. I’m slow today. My son went to school there. Congrats to them for playing a real team. Texas usually requires the opponent to have a hyphen in their name. Then, of course, they are not ready for a good team.

  136. tomingeorgia September 1st, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    MTU,
    Anywhere around?

  137. Nick in SF September 1st, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    Mike_Boston, here’s my favorite place to eat in Florence, though you probably can’t go too wrong wherever you go:

    http://tinyurl.com/3ox7jbj

    It’s called Trattoria Sostanza, fantastic bisstecca fiorantina. Walking distance from the train station and the Duomo.

  138. tomingeorgia September 1st, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    austin,
    Most of the pre-season top ten will be playing The Little Sisters of the Poor this weekend. Sorry my joke got missed. Glad this game will be played on green rather than blue.

  139. Nick in SF September 1st, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    Make that bistecca Fiorentina. Next time I might get two orders.

  140. Patrick September 1st, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    Best thing at Trattoria Sostanza is the chicken in brown butter. It doesn’t really sound like anything special, but trust me, it’s incredible.

    My favorite restaurant in Florence is Ristorante La Giostra

    http://www.ristorantelagiostra.....meset.html

  141. Mike_Boston September 1st, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    Thanks Erin! I’ve actually been in Europe since Friday the 19th, been to 4 countries already (UK, Netherlands, Spain and got to Italy/Rome this past Monday). It’s been quite the trip already! I was watching the game with the 3 grand slams live, was like 300AM local in Amsterdam.

    Ok I’m out to check out the sites…

  142. UnKnown September 1st, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    Showed Montero on Ballpark Cam via MLB Network working out in the outfield. Dude looks absolultely ready.

    Has a look of a guy who feels like he should’ve be called to the show long ago.

  143. austinmac September 1st, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    Tom,

    Less ducks on the green. Texas hired the Boise offensive coordinator. After last year (5-7), help is needed.

  144. Nick in SF September 1st, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    There aren’t any Montero props on my sportsbook. I’m getting the idea that the rest of the world isn’t as excited as we are. :neutral:

  145. austinmac September 1st, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    Erin,

    Save your money. Go to Italy. It is wonderful.

  146. Patrick September 1st, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    Has a look of a guy who feels like he should’ve be called to the show long ago.

    Can you describe this look

  147. Chase September 1st, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    J. Alfred Prufrock,

    Nope, never been on there

  148. Jerkface September 1st, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    Can you describe this look

    He had A-rod and Jeter each dangling from a bicep and he was running around the field spinning them around

  149. m September 1st, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    Jerkface September 1st, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    Can you describe this look

    He had A-rod and Jeter each dangling from a bicep and he was running around the field spinning them around

    OMG, I laughed so hard. Jesus coming down from Mt. Olympus with 2 demi-gods as bracelets.

  150. Bret The Hitman September 1st, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    Montero: “I am very happy.”

    Jesus Montero, C, New York Yankees. The Yankees haven’t confirmed Montero’s arrival, but he has. “I am very happy,” Montero told RCR-750 AM in Caracas, Venezuela, according to the New York Daily News. “My family will be there with me. I will enjoy the day… I thought I was going to make the team in spring training. But I keep working and here are the results.” At Class AAA this season, Montero hit .288 with 18 homers and 67 RBIs. He could serve as the Yankees’ DH on Thursday night.

    Read more: http://aol.sportingnews.com/ml.....z1Wjq7SeM4

  151. tomingeorgia September 1st, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    Wrong mountain. Mount of Olive might work.

  152. HipHipHorHay September 1st, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    pat September 1st, 2011 at 3:51 pm
    GB

    I’m hoping for 5 hour game tonight because I’ve got a business dinner and won’t be home until after 9.

    ——————————————————
    Pat – three letters for you: DVR. It’s completely changed my relationship with baseball. The playoffs now are like complete torture because they are the only games I watch live anymore. DVR games are way less stressful (a good thing) because you can just fast forward to find out what happens and don’t have to wait through 4 minutes of Beckett between pitches, for example.

  153. tomingeorgia September 1st, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    “Olives”

  154. Bret The Hitman September 1st, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    Are we in heaven?

    http://live-baseball.net/files.....50x440.jpg

  155. The Mercury Strikes Back September 1st, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    We will not win a series against the Red Sox this season.

    The sooner you accept that FACT, the happier you would be.

  156. TD213 September 1st, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    Gardner needs to start hitting or Montero will take his job

  157. Joe from Long Island September 1st, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    Mike_Boston – you’re in Florence? I went in 2008, along with the mrs. and some friends. Had a great time, better food than Rome. Although, I can’t remember names to give you recommendations for restaurants. You’d best go with Nick in SF, he seems to know every good place to eat on the planet, lol.

    Hope you have a good a time in Florence as we did.

    And, enjoy the Second Coming! :)

  158. Bret The Hitman September 1st, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....re=related

  159. tomingeorgia September 1st, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    Mercury,
    I feel sad for you as a “fan”. Maybe we will, tonight, maybe next time. It cannot be happy to be so pessimistic as you.

  160. The Mercury Strikes Back September 1st, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    GM Auto Sales up
    ChryslerAuto Sales up
    U.S. Manufacturing Index Shows Expansion Is Continuing
    San Joaquin Valley Business Conditions Index shows improvement
    New jobless claims dropping

    ——————–

    Looks the current economy is as strong as ever.

    No?

  161. PacoDooley September 1st, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    TD213 September 1st, 2011 at 5:32 pm
    Gardner needs to start hitting or Montero will take his job
    “““““““““““““

    You envision Montero as a speedy left fielder? Maybe a leadoff hitter? I would be worried if I were Posada or Jones, maybe even Chavez.

  162. Bret The Hitman September 1st, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_39CvxinT7M

  163. Bret The Hitman September 1st, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbdvo019mgM

  164. PacoDooley September 1st, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    TD213 September 1st, 2011 at 5:04 pm
    AJ still has great stuff so you can’t give up on him

    “““““““““““““

    This viewpoint is shared by the NYY it seems, but also appears to be the problem. He had a historically bad ERA last year and once again ranks near the bottom of ALL qualifying pitchers in ERA. He can be good in short bursts, but he will eventually fall to pieces and you will lose. His results tell you that he does not have great stuff. He can, when his mechanics all line up correctly for a few batters. But his mechanics are not repeatable and he will eventually lose control of his stuff and the team will suffer.

  165. Villa Nova-Ya September 1st, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    So what’s going on on MLB tv? A giant-sized Boston love-fest???

  166. Bret The Hitman September 1st, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    Barbara Streisand?

    Anyone?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhqQtxVynRk

  167. Villa Nova-Ya September 1st, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    BARBRA Streisand!

  168. Bret The Hitman September 1st, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    Crash Test Dummies, anyone?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vwi-gfMiAeg

  169. Bret The Hitman September 1st, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    More Streisand?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....re=related

  170. West Coast Yankee Fan September 1st, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    Praise Jesus!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CWlqpowKkBY

  171. Betsy September 1st, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    It’s sure going to be exciting each time Montero swings a bat tonight – he’s starting his MLB career facing a great pitcher, but who knows? At least let us have a little fun tonight, lol

  172. Niblick September 1st, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    TD213 – AJ doesn’t have “great stuff”. That’s a complete myth, that is not borne out by observation or results. He’s got a 94 mph fastball that he throws over the heart of the plate, and he’s got a breaking ball that he throws in the dirt. That does not constitute great stuff. It doesn’t even constitute good stuff, or barely acceptable stuff. It’s garbage.

  173. The Mercury Strikes Back September 1st, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    How many batter do you think Allan James will last tonight?

  174. tomingeorgia September 1st, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    Betsy,
    Having fun on a game blog is VERBOTTEN!

  175. GreenBeret7 September 1st, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    Midges in Cleveland last night…moths in Holliday’s er last week and Hughes’ eye last night. Nature is fighting back.

  176. Bret The Hitman September 1st, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    Ave Maria

    Streisand

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0wFtXvt8TOQ

  177. LGY September 1st, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    “I felt like I was dreaming,” Montero said when he found out he was in the lineup. “It was like somebody punched me in the face or something like that. This is a great night tonight. This is amazing for me.”

  178. LGY September 1st, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    http://espn.go.com/new-york/ml.....t-thursday

  179. LGY September 1st, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    DKnobler
    Jesus Montero on Yankees: “This is my team. I want to be here forever.”

  180. MaineYankee September 1st, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    Not trying to preach or get on a soap box but the references of Montero and subjects from the Bible could prove offensive to some.

    Out of respect it would be nice if people would try to refrain from that.

  181. RS September 1st, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    Montero DHing plus ARod on the bench leaves them plenty of time to chat between innings :)

  182. GreenBeret7 September 1st, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    Somebody will have a new target to hate…dislike…not trust. and next year, it’s back to Austin Romine, who is going up to Scranton, where it will be like “Groundhog Day” again.

  183. tomingeorgia September 1st, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    Jesus,
    Turn the other cheek, then hit one out.

  184. West Coast Yankee Fan September 1st, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    MaineYankee September 1st, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    Not trying to preach or get on a soap box but the references of Montero and subjects from the Bible could prove offensive to some.

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

    MaineYankee – Who did Montero’s mother name him after? A plumber from Topeka?

  185. GreenBeret7 September 1st, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    Not trying to preach? (light chuckle)

  186. LGY September 1st, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    BryanHoch
    Girardi on Montero: “We’re hoping he can give us some lightning in a bottle”

  187. Betsy September 1st, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    Tom, lol…… It’s just a matter of tempering expectations. Montero might very well be a stud, but every kid struggles at times.

  188. GreenBeret7 September 1st, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    It’s “Hey. Zeus”. a greeting to the Greek god of “Homer(s)”.

  189. Bring in the Goose September 1st, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    Can you describe this look

    He had A-rod and Jeter each dangling from a bicep and he was running around the field spinning them around

    OMG, I laughed so hard. Jesus coming down from Mt. Olympus with 2 demi-gods as bracelets.

    ———

    this is one of the funniest comments Ive read on this blog. I just woke up my dog from laughing so loud.

    This is a happy place today!

  190. tomingeorgia September 1st, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    Betsy,
    No expectations, just hope he looks good. A loud foul, a good at bat or two, and maybe even a base hit. If, though. . .

  191. West Coast Yankee Fan September 1st, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    LGY September 1st, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    BryanHoch – Girardi on Montero: “We’re hoping he can give us some lightning in a bottle”

    **********

    Lightning? That’s offensive.

  192. Villa Nova-Ya September 1st, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    I don’t know why, but I just saw the lineup on YES’ batting practice game. Montero’s name and picture just look “right.”

    Betsy -

    Sure hope we are allowed to enjoy this, too.

  193. randy l. September 1st, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    montero won’t even know he played tonight until tomorrow or maybe even next week until it sinks in.

  194. MaineYankee September 1st, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    WCYF

    It wasn’t my intent to bog this place down with this subject.

    I was just expressing my thoughts.

  195. Bret The Hitman September 1st, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    Journey – Faithfully

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....re=related

  196. Chase September 1st, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    Wish Montero all the best.

    Sounds like he’s never been more ready to take this opportunity and run with it.

    Enjoy the game, everyone!

    LET’S GO YANKEES!!

  197. Betsy September 1st, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    Tom, I just meant overall, not today’s game……Montero sounds so happy that it’s hard not to be excited for him

  198. Villa Nova-Ya September 1st, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    MaineYankee -

    I’m not loving the religious references, but it will be hard to fight something like that. So, I’m just trying to take it in the spirit it’s intended (I think).

  199. Betsy September 1st, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    Villa Nova, my guess is you won’t and that the post-game thread will be a better place to hang out

  200. Bring in the Goose September 1st, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    Thoughts on a Sterling Montero homerun call?

  201. Captain Clutch September 1st, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    The Yanks never hit Lester so I wouldn’t expect Montero in his 1st major league game to be the one to solve him. Then again with AJ on the mound it will probably take 15 runs to win.

  202. GreenBeret7 September 1st, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    OH!!! MY!!! GAWD!!!

    They just showed Montero in the outfield and there was a halo over his head. even saw somebody washing his feet.

  203. MaineYankee September 1st, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    Villa Nova-Ya

    Thanks

  204. Villa Nova-Ya September 1st, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    Somehow I don’t see Boston interviewing NY guys. Why are we always subject to the Boston point of view, even on YES? It’s on MLB, ESPN, isn’t that enough? Can’t we have a Boston-free zone?

    I know, I know. Journalism. Open-mindedness, yada, yada, yada. Listen, I’m usually all about seeing both sides of the coin. But not here!!!!!

  205. Jerkface September 1st, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    The Yanks never hit Lester so I wouldn’t expect Montero in his 1st major league game to be the one to solve him. Then again with AJ on the mound it will probably take 15 runs to win.

    Not saying I expect Montero to go wild, but having young instinctual talent based hitters can be a boon. Cano wasn’t afraid of anyone when he got called up. Montero doesnt have tons of film to analyze his weakness, he doesnt have to watch a ton of film. He is just building his book on pitchers starting now, so he is free to take aggressive swings at the balls he see’s instead of being a veteran guy waiting for just the right pitch that was expected.

  206. Triple Short of a Cycle September 1st, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    Not trying to preach or get on a soap box but the references of Montero and subjects from the Bible could prove offensive to some

    The only ones that will be offended are business owners on Lansdowne

  207. GreenBeret7 September 1st, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    Maine, it beats the Hell out of the things they will be saying the first time he goes hittless or the things that have been said about the players on here.

  208. Villa Nova-Ya September 1st, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    MaineYankee

    No, thank you for bringing it up. I thought I was the only one.

    Betsy -

    I don’t do the game thread. :)

  209. Triple Short of a Cycle September 1st, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    Villa Nova-Ya,

    What is it that bothers you?

  210. West Coast Yankee Fan September 1st, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    MaineYankee September 1st, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    WCYF – It wasn’t my intent to bog this place down with this subject. I was just expressing my thoughts.

    ********

    Lighten up. Happy days.

  211. MaineYankee September 1st, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    GB7

    I’m sorry you feel the need to make a mockery of what I said.

    I’ve always tried to show respect towards you and I was hoping you could do the same.

  212. GreenBeret7 September 1st, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    MaineYankee September 1st, 2011 at 6:22 pm
    GB7

    I’m sorry you feel the need to make a mockery of what I said.

    I’ve always tried to show respect towards you and I was hoping you could do the same.

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

    maine, it was not my intent to mock you. I’ll put a cork on it. My apologies.

  213. MaineYankee September 1st, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    GB7

    Thank you.

    I’ve enjoyed my banters with you so I appreciate that.

  214. GreenBeret7 September 1st, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    Any time, Bud. Don’t know how you guys can deal with the gametime threads any more. Anyway, again…my apologies.

  215. Villa Nova-Ya September 1st, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    Triple Short -

    I’m simply not comfortable with the references to Jesus Montero as savior, the references to Lazarus, etc., etc. I know it’s a natural with the name and all. And as I said, I know it’s going to happen, and I will just get used to it.

    But understand, if there are positive references if he does well, there will be negative, such as if he strikes out in a big situation, will crucifixion references be far behind?

    It borders on disrespect of my religion, HOWEVER, I DO UNDERSTAND that that is not the intent, that it is in fun.

    But perhaps the worst thing about it all is not religion related in the least: It gets old and tedious pretty quickly and it’s awfully predictable – no originality whatsoever!!! (Although the reference to getting rid of Pope in place of Jesus, was more original than I ever anticipated. – I do have a sense of humor.)

  216. mick September 1st, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    All things being equal, if AJ puts up the same #’s as Phil did last night, does he get the 5th starter job?
    The World wants to know…

  217. randy l. September 1st, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    more than if montero hit a homer his first time up, i’d be impressed if he walked.

    a walk in that situation with lester pitching would show a really advanced young player.

  218. GreenBeret7 September 1st, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    Randy, it could be a while before Montero is much of a walker. Pretty much the same sort of hitte with same mentality to hitting as Cano.

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