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Postgame notes: “I needed to pitch good today”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes, Podcast on Sep 24, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Even before Freddy Garcia walked out to the mound and stepped on the rubber, the Yankees had already wrapped up a spot the postseason. But Garcia hadn’t secured a spot in the postseason rotation. He might have done that this afternoon.

“What he did today is what he’s been doing most of the year for us,” Joe Girardi said. “… Freddy’s a guy that’s been there and done all that. As we move forward we’ll continue to look at all those things, but today he pitched great.”

Garcia struggled in his first two games this month, and a couple of bad pitches really hurt him last weekend in Toronto, but today was vintage Garcia. He gave up five hits, but all were singles. He struck out only three, but also walked just one. He gave the Yankees six innings, and he beat the Red Sox, and none of the other third-start candidates has been especially impressive lately.

“I needed to pitch good today because my last three starts I was a little bit struggling,” Garcia said. “I did it. I’m really happy about it, and now I’m looking forward to my next start. I don’t know when, but hopefully I’ll be in the playoffs.”

Girardi said he likes that Garcia mixes his pitches. He likes that Garcia gives a different look than the other Yankees starters. And he likes that Garcia’s been to the playoffs before. Garcia has a 3.11 ERA in 55 postseason innings.

“I’ve been there before and I’ve been successful,” Garcia said. “Hopefully they give me the ball and I’ll be there to pitch. That’s what I do… I always like to prove people wrong. I like that. I like a challenge. If they give me a chance to start the game, I’ll be there.”

Here’s Garcia.

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Jesus Montero’s first big league at-bat came with the bases loaded against Jon Lester, and he struck out. Montero’s first at-bat this afternoon was in the same situation, and Montero singled in the first run of the game. It was the start of a 3-for-4 day that included four RBI and Montero’s fourth home run of the season.

Girardi: “I actually thought he had a pretty good at-bat that day (in his debut). I thought he fouled off some pitches and just missed some pitches. He had the one swing that he swung at over his head, his first pitch. I can completely understand that. First day in the big leagues. At Fenway. Bases loaded. Against Jon Lester. I wouldn’t have thought anything if he swung at three balls over his head, I just wouldn’t have. As that day went on, I thought his at-bats were pretty good. We have seen consistent at-bats against left-handers, there’s no doubt about it.”

Montero: “I was remembering the first time, he was on the mound in Boston. I was like, wow, this is a movie again, or something like that? I have him again with three men on base? You get kind of nervous, I get a little nervous in that moment, but I got the base-hit, thank God.”

Here’s Montero.

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• The Yankees will clinch home-field advantage with one more win, or if Detroit loses tonight against Baltimore.

• The pregame ceremony honoring Roger Maris was really nice. One thing about the Yankees, when they bring out their legends, they aren’t messing around. Yogi Berra and Whitey Ford always bring the house down. And one of the Maris boys looks just like his father.

• This was the first time the Yankees had beaten the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium this season. They are 5-11 against Boston this season.

• After scoring eight runs in the first three innings, the Yankees had just one hit — Montero’s home run — from the fourth inning to the end of the game.

• Today was Garcia’s first scoreless start since July 20. It was his fourth scoreless start of the season, and he’s allowed four earned runs or less in 22 of his 25 starts. He’s 6-2 with a 3.20 ERA in day games.

• Girardi said he’s not sure what Garcia will do next, but he could throw a sim game to keep himself on his routine and sharp for a playoff appearance.

• Girardi still has no next step for Phil Hughes, but Girardi is confident that Hughes came through today’s bullpen just fine. Girardi said it’s “possible” Hughes will start one of the games in Tampa. Earlier, it seemed like Hughes would definitely get one of those starts. Could be that the Yankees want him to work out of the bullpen if that’s going to be his postseason role, but Girardi didn’t commit one way or the other.

• Derek Jeter has a hit in 18 of his past 20 games. He homered on a fastball and has now driven in a run in five of his past nine games against Boston. He’s hitting .332 since coming off the disabled list, and he’s hitting .400 against lefties since coming off the DL.

• Montero is the first Yankees rookie to have four RBI in a game against Boston since Brett Gardner drove in four runs on September 26, 2008 at Fenway.

• According to ESPN Stats and Info: Montero is the fifth Yankee with four or more home runs in his first 15 Major League games. The rest of the list: Shelley Duncan, Oscar Azocar, Kevin Maas and Steve Whitaker.

• Montero on driving the ball to right field: “All the time my approach is to right field, trying to hit the ball to right field all the time. Sometimes it’s not going to happen, but I’m thinking that way because that’s the way I learned to hit in the Yankees (organization). That’s the way they pitch me. Every time I go to bat, that’s the way I think.”

• Maybe Russell Martin shouldn’t hate the Red Sox so much. He has 10 RBI in 11 games against Boston this season, his highest RBI total against any team in 2011. His three home runs against Boston are also his most against any team.

• The Yankees announced an attendance of 49,556, the highest for any regular-season game at the current Yankee Stadium. Today’s number broke the previous record by exactly one person.

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504 Responses to “Postgame notes: “I needed to pitch good today””

  1. Bret The Hitman September 24th, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    EA September 24th, 2011 at 9:16 pm
    “200 hits is not an easy feat.”

    Does Gardner even have 100 hits?

    I know he plays good D, but he isn;t in Melky’s class as a hitter. Melky is going end up with 70 extra-base hits.

    ***********

    Gardner’s speed and defense are valuable but you’re right, he’s never been in the same class as Melky as a hitter. 70 extra-base hits is ridiculous. You don’t hit that by accident.

  2. Red Robin September 24th, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    ” According to ESPN Stats and Info: Montero is the fifth Yankee with four or more home runs in his first 15 Major League games. ”

    How did Shane Spencer do ?

    - Red Robin, from Rabbit Island

    sent from phone
    977364303807880000

  3. Bret The Hitman September 24th, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    Shane Spencer ended up with a ring his rookie season, same as Montero.

  4. DocTodd September 24th, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    Verlander can be beaten…the O’s are doing it tonight…amazing how Maris’ son looks just like him..

  5. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 24th, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    Doc Todd –

    I was told today that the Orioles were nothing and just because fading competition made them look good “a couple of days” it didn’t mean anything.

    This was from someone who obviously doesn’t keep currrent. Anyone who paid attention to what the Orioles did to just about every team they faced in September wouldn’t have made such a transparently ridiculous statement.

    I find the night crew to be better informed about reality in baseball than the day crew. Generalization, but at least today I felt that way

  6. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 24th, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    Rays leading 3-2, bottom of the 8th.

    I wonder if Farnsworth is going to take the 9th if the lead holds up.

  7. Giuseppe Franco September 24th, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    # Villa Nova-Ya September 24th, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    GF -

    Melky always showed potential and then would taper off. He had the tools. It took being at the bottom of the barrel after, first, being traded from the Yankees, and then, having an abyssmal year in Atlanta, for him to realize he needed to get serious.

    ———–

    That might be a fair assessment.

    However, perhaps it did take Melky hitting rock bottom before he got serious about his game and playing up to his talent level.

    But, on the other hand, you could also argue that he might not have played that well if he was still wearing pinstripes.

    As I said, good for him. But I don’t fault Cashman for trading him, especially since there was an obvious attempt by the front office and Girardi to separate him and Cano.

  8. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 24th, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    Tigers just tied the game.

    Verlander gave up 5 ER.

  9. yankeefeminista September 24th, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    Oh well, if Tigers win our magic number is still 1.

    Damon goes yard! 6-2!

  10. GreenBeret7 September 24th, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    Good thing that Michael Jordan showed up to help break another attendance record.

  11. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 24th, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    Damon just hit a 3-run homer. 6-2 Rays. I would say this lead will hold up.

    Rays 2 down in the loss column with 4 to play.

  12. EA September 24th, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    If the Rays win tomorrow and we split the DH with the Sox… the Rays will only be 1 back in the loss.

    If we sweep the DH and the Rays win… Rays/Sox would be tied in the loss.

  13. Villa Nova-Ya September 24th, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    Who did not think Damon would get a hit there?????

  14. DocTodd September 24th, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    Well,at least if the Tigers end up winning tonight, Girardi will go all out vs the Sox tomorrow to at least win one…I’m hoping we sweep, then play scrubs vs Rays…I just can’t stand the Sox and there fans..

  15. J. Alfred Prufrock September 24th, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    GF, on Burnett: he may surprise us and throw a dominating game in the postseason, if the Yanks take the risk. Never know with AJ.

  16. GreenBeret7 September 24th, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    Lead isn’t safe in Tampa. Farnsworth is pitching.

  17. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 24th, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    Yankfem, I swear that some of these posters cannot watch games beyond the Yankee games and say the things they do.

    Why is it that you, I, and LGY (amongst others) can look at the Sux team and know they are cooked while others just keep quoting the party line – they can be dangerous if they get into the postseason! Don’t you have to at least be good to be dangerous? Don’t you have to have pitching? A bullpen that’s pitching well? Does a fairy godmother come along and sprinkle fairy dust on you as soon as the record is “0-0″ and all of a sudden you turn into a beast?

    Is it me?

  18. Villa Nova-Ya September 24th, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    GF -

    I don’t blame Cashman for trading Melky at all. And it is a fair point that he may not have done the work had he been retained. As I said earlier – I don’t dwell on what-ifs. I am happy for Melky.

    Gardner brings a different skill set, and he’s served the Yankees well.

  19. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 24th, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    Don’t crack on my Farnsy!

    ;)

    Once again those Orioles are making hay! A runner on third with one out. You know what, they have been amazing.

    GO SHOWALTERS!!!

  20. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 24th, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    I swear to God the Orioles are unbelievable.

    Suicide squeeze and it worked.

  21. GreenBeret7 September 24th, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    Aviles was slow to go after a WP in Dtroit and the runner moves up 2 bases and scores on a suicide squeeze. 6-5 Baltimore heading into the bottom of the 9th.

  22. Villa Nova-Ya September 24th, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    Nice play by Longoria there.

  23. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 24th, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    “Who did not think Damon would get a hit there?????”

    You?

    “If the Rays win tomorrow and we split the DH with the Sox… the Rays will only be 1 back in the loss.

    If we sweep the DH and the Rays win… Rays/Sox would be tied in the loss.”

    I still think the Rays have a shot to do it. If the Sux leave tomorrow without the wild card it is going to be mighty interesting because the Sux are next on the Showalters’ hit list.

  24. TheStraw September 24th, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    If Yankees sweep and Rays win tomorrow, it will be tied, period.

  25. yankeefeminista September 24th, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    Kevin Gregg, meh. Think good thoughts.

  26. Bret The Hitman September 24th, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    The Rays can pull to 1.5 back of the Sox.

    NYY can easily sweep tomorrow’s double header with a rested pen and two scrubs pitching for an exhausted Sox team.

    The Yankees are playing with house money, pressure free. Low stress always allows for sharper focus and higher quality baseball. The Sox are playing tense.

    Tomorrow could be a massacre!

  27. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 24th, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    Gregg in.

  28. yankeefeminista September 24th, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    Rays win! I’d love to sweep tomorrow. ;)

  29. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 24th, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    YF – Gregg delivered the other night. No reason to think he won’t tonight.

    Right????

    ;)

  30. DocTodd September 24th, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    O’s up 6-5, 3 outs till HFA!

  31. Villa Nova-Ya September 24th, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    Wow – Tampa is still in this thing!

  32. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 24th, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    I’ve been watching in Detroit. Did Farnsy pitch the 9th? Did he look good if he did? He’s just back from being hurt!

  33. Sigmund September 24th, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    Quick question: Do the Yanks earn HFA if Detroit loses because we’ve won the season series against Texas (if we happened to lose our last five and they won their last five, we’d have the same records).
    Many advance thanks, Lohudders, for the answer.

  34. Giuseppe Franco September 24th, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    Good for Buck and the Orioles that they’ve played well down the stretch against playoff teams.

    But I hope the baseball prognosticators in early 2012 can spare us how much improved the Orioles will be based on the last few weeks of 2011 with a few key additions.

    Good for them they are playing well now but I still expect them to suck next year if they don’t have any pitching.

  35. Captain Clutch September 24th, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    The O’s are going to give the Sox a ton of trouble to end the season

  36. yankeefeminista September 24th, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    mlb net has switched to Detroit game.

  37. Triple Short of a Cycle September 24th, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    Red Robin,

    get a clue guy

  38. GreenBeret7 September 24th, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    Tampa wins and Detroit has 2 outs, nobody on base.

  39. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 24th, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    OMG – TWO DOWN BY KEVIN GREGG!!!!

  40. BJK September 24th, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    Sigmund September 24th, 2011 at 9:47 pm
    Quick question: Do the Yanks earn HFA if Detroit loses because we’ve won the season series against Texas (if we happened to lose our last five and they won their last five, we’d have the same records).
    Many advance thanks, Lohudders, for the answer.

    ——————————————————–

    Exactly.

  41. yankeefeminista September 24th, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    trisha, right! ;)

  42. Yogi Mantle September 24th, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    Rays are at least going to keep the pressure on for Boston. This game is done.

    If the Yankees play well tomorrow in both games, and the RS keep choking, it will be an interesting last few days. heh.

  43. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 24th, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    “But I hope the baseball prognosticators in early 2012 can spare us how much improved the Orioles will be based on the last few weeks of 2011 with a few key additions.”

    They won’t. I’ll be the only one doing that!

    :D

  44. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 24th, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    “The O’s are going to give the Sox a ton of trouble to end the season”

    YOU BETCHA! Oh I can’t wait to watch it.

  45. Villa Nova-Ya September 24th, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    Trisha -

    What?

    I posted “Who did not think Damon would get a hit there, ” because I knew he would.

    And you posted “You?”

    I have no idea what you mean there.

    You must think that because I don’t take any potential opponent lightly, including the currently diminished Red Sox, that I am not rooting for the Red Sox to be knocked out, or something.

  46. GreenBeret7 September 24th, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    GF,

    not sure why Baltimore has taken so long to play good ball, but, thir September schedule has been brutal and they’ve outplayed just about every team so far.

  47. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 24th, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    YF – :)

    I’m always happy when you’re around.

  48. GreenBeret7 September 24th, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    Runner on for young, 2 outs and the spectre of Miguel cabrera is lurking next

  49. yankeefeminista September 24th, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    HFA!

  50. Bret The Hitman September 24th, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    Rays 1.5 back.

    They need to win tomorrow.

    Yankees will destroy Wakefield and Lackey with the way they’re playing so relaxed. The division is won and HFA is pretty much in the bag. The Sox are playing tense, tired and panicked.

    With HFA, Yankees should tank the last 3 games against the Rays and play all the back-ups to rest everyone.

    Orioles need to pound the Red Sox.

  51. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 24th, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    HFA HFA HFA HFA HFA HFA HFA HFA HFA HFA HFA HFA

    YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  52. GreenBeret7 September 24th, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    came over, and Baltimore wins

  53. GreenBeret7 September 24th, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    ***game*** over

  54. TheStraw September 24th, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    Yanks clinch home field throughout AL Playoffs.

  55. BJK September 24th, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    If we do our jobs tomorrow, the Red Sox and Rays can be potentially tied.

    Which means watching the Yankees/Rays series could be the most emotionally confusing games ever.

  56. yankeefeminista September 24th, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    Right back at ya, Trisha. :)

  57. pkyankfan69 September 24th, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    Wow… If somehow we can sweep the double header tomorrow and the Rays win everything would be all set up.

    TB and the Sox tied going into the last 3 games = Major tank job by the Yanks vs Rays and O’s will get at least 1 against the Sox. Bye Bye Sox.

    But thats premature, gotta take care of business tomorrow.

  58. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 24th, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    And the final out was caught by my heart and soul fantasy player – ADAM JONES!!!!

    Oh I love those guys. I am astounded watching the Orioles play ball. That is no exaggeration. And I KNOW that anyone else who has been watching them feels the same way.

    ABSOLUTELY UNBELIEVABLE.

  59. Yogi Mantle September 24th, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    Captain Clutch September 24th, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    The O’s are going to give the Sox a ton of trouble to end the season
    +++++++++
    I won’t complain about that. :D

  60. Villa Nova-Ya September 24th, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    HFA over Detroit, what about Texas? Texas won today.

  61. Bret The Hitman September 24th, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    :lol:

    BJK, I’m pretty sure I want the Sox to LOSE!

  62. GreenBeret7 September 24th, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    Anxious to see Montero get a second shot at Matt Moore and a crack at Price down in Tampa.

  63. EA September 24th, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    The Os had the following teams on their September schedule:

    4 vs. Yankees
    7 vs. Boston
    3 vs. Tampa
    3 vs. Angels
    4 vs. Detroit

    21 games against AL playoff contenders – over half of them on the road. They are 11-6 so far in that stretch.

  64. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 24th, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    “The Sox are playing tense, tired and panicked.”

    Yeah Bret but don’t let that fool you. If they luck into the postseason they are going to turn into a dangerous, well-rested, top-notch team.

    :roll:

  65. Captain Clutch September 24th, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    The Rays have to win tomorrow and then Girardi should take it easy on them to end the season.

  66. Yogi Mantle September 24th, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    Trisha, the thing with the O’s is that they generally stink up the place till the games mean nothing to them. Then they come alive.

    Glad they are beating up on the teams that are heading to the post season (or most likely heading there), but where is that kind of playing when it means something to them?

  67. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 24th, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    EA – the Orioles have been nothing short of spectacular.

    How about kicking Verlander to the curb? How about the Orioles winning the game with a suicide squeeze?

    Come on, this is unbelievable.

  68. pkyankfan69 September 24th, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    I’m actually not happy about the Texas win – Detroit loss.

    Yanks were going to get HFA anyway. I’d rather play Texas in the first round.
    IMHO Detroit and Verlander in the first round is scarier than Texas and it’s offense.

  69. yankeefeminista September 24th, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    Tell you one thing, it is going to be a messy day tomorrow with showers and scattered thunderstorms. The first thing I wish for us tomorrow is good health but if there are a lot of rain delays etc. we can roll out our extended bullpen and still win, whereas the Sox not so much. Tomorrow is going to be a lot of fun; bring it on! Just have to go find a rain poncho to wear. ;)

    Jesuuuuuuuuuuuuuuus highlights on mlb. Can’t get enough. :)

  70. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 24th, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    “Trisha, the thing with the O’s is that they generally stink up the place till the games mean nothing to them. Then they come alive.

    Glad they are beating up on the teams that are heading to the post season (or most likely heading there), but where is that kind of playing when it means something to them?”

    Yogs, I don’t have the answer to that but all I know is that they are playing better baseball than just about all of the potential playoff teams (except the Yanks of course. :) )

  71. Bret The Hitman September 24th, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    Just have to pound Lackey and Wakefield.

    Joe has a deep pen for the AJ start.

    Nova will outpitch Lackey.

    The knuckle ball won’t seem so frustrating to hit when the Yankees aren’t pressing. They were smiling all game today. They’re really having fun out there and rubbing it in.

  72. GreenBeret7 September 24th, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    The best texas can do is tie NYs record right now and MYYs have a 7-2 record against Texas

  73. yankeefeminista September 24th, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    GB, Buck and the boys just needed to sniff September and getting into their spoiler mentality. Now they are worldbeaters!

  74. Yogi Mantle September 24th, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    BJK September 24th, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    If we do our jobs tomorrow, the Red Sox and Rays can be potentially tied.

    Which means watching the Yankees/Rays series could be the most emotionally confusing games ever.
    ++++++++++++

    If the games don’t mean anything to the Yankees Girardi will be resting two guys a game. Pitching for the Yankees will be interesting as well. They won’t be give aways, but they aren’t going to go all out to win them as their sights are on the post season. It will be a fun final half week.

  75. J. Alfred Prufrock September 24th, 2011 at 10:01 pm

    Tampa wins, we sweep, that baby’s all even….let it be so! My hatred of Boston aside, it’s exciting.

  76. Captain Clutch September 24th, 2011 at 10:01 pm

    Ledger_Yankees Yankees now have home field advantage throughout the AL playoffs.

  77. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 24th, 2011 at 10:01 pm

    “Just have to pound Lackey and Wakefield.

    Joe has a deep pen for the AJ start.

    Nova will outpitch Lackey.

    The knuckle ball won’t seem so frustrating to hit when the Yankees aren’t pressing. They were smiling all game today. They’re really having fun out there and rubbing it in.”

    YES YES YES YES YES

  78. GreenBeret7 September 24th, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    Philadelphia goes into the tank for the 8th straight game.

  79. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 24th, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    “Tampa wins, we sweep, that baby’s all even….let it be so! My hatred of Boston aside, it’s exciting.”

    JAP – major league DITTO!

  80. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 24th, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    GB – clinching too early has had a deletrious effect on teams in the past.

  81. Yogi Mantle September 24th, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    Trisha, I think that Showalter has that team wound so tight they can’t get out of their own way. They are also lacking in good consistent pitching. Glad they are putting it together now, as it is entertaining to see, but what gets me is this is the second year they have done this now, where was this for most of the season?

  82. Bret The Hitman September 24th, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    Just tank the last 3 games vs. the Rays and that forces Boston to win the next 5 with 2 of those in NY in the DH and 3 against the spoilers.

  83. GreenBeret7 September 24th, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    yankeefeminista September 24th, 2011 at 9:59 pm
    GB, Buck and the boys just needed to sniff September and getting into their spoiler mentality. Now they are worldbeaters!

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

    Baltimore, Oakland, Washington and the Mets are 4 teams nobody wants to face right now.

  84. Villa Nova-Ya September 24th, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    I’m glad the Orioles are playing tough – it has helped the Yankees out immensely.

    But for the large majority of this season they stunk it up. Not gonna call them an amazing team based on two consecutive hot Septembers. I agree with Yogi Mantle.

  85. Yogi Mantle September 24th, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    GB, but we’re told that the Phillies don’t really care because they are not taking these games as seriously as the fans are. Right?

  86. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 24th, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    YF – I feel really good for the Showalters. And the reason is that for once I think they are feeling good about themselves. And with really good reason. This at least is showing them that they can compete. I hope there’s a carry over effect for them.

  87. Villa Nova-Ya September 24th, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    GB7 -

    Boy, you can say that again!

    I do not want the Yankees to tank. And I don’t think they’ll need to.

  88. J. Alfred Prufrock September 24th, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    trisha – true pinstriped blue September 24th, 2011 at 10:02 pm
    “Tampa wins, we sweep, that baby’s all even….let it be so! My hatred of Boston aside, it’s exciting.”

    JAP – major league DITTO!
    ////

    I just want to see Vladdy at the plate with the knock that knocks Boston from October :D. May it fall out that way.

  89. JM September 24th, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    Ledger_Yankees Yankees now have home field advantage throughout the AL playoffs. #nyy

  90. GreenBeret7 September 24th, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    trisha – true pinstriped blue September 24th, 2011 at 10:03 pm
    GB – clinching too early has had a deletrious effect on teams in the past.

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

    not only deletrious, but, hazardous, too.

    Sorry…couldn’t resist.

  91. Bret The Hitman September 24th, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    Tomorrow is just a game for the Yankees. It’s do or die for Boston.

  92. J. Alfred Prufrock September 24th, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    Maybe I am just being too subjective, but something in me just isn’t taking the Phillies seriously this year. Objectivity suggests I should, but I don’t trust the logic, for some reason…

  93. JM September 24th, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    Hi everyone….Unfortunately I missed today’s game as I was at Citi Field watching Phillies and Mets….

    Great win and yay for Jesus! ‘

    Interesting point from the Mets game is that Hunter Pence really doesn’t look right, which could be a problem for the Phillies in the playoffs. I hear he made an error in the outfield in the second game, which I did not see.

  94. J. Alfred Prufrock September 24th, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    I want to see Montero catching the early game. Is that too much to ask?

  95. Giuseppe Franco September 24th, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    # GreenBeret7 September 24th, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    GF,

    not sure why Baltimore has taken so long to play good ball, but, thir September schedule has been brutal and they’ve outplayed just about every team so far.

    ———-

    They do have a good young nucleus of ballplayers with an old school manager at the helm. But none of them take the mound every 5th day and that’s been their biggest problem for the last decade and a half.

    Until they do find some decent pitching, they will remain cellar dwellers in this division.

  96. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 24th, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    “Not gonna call them an amazing team based on two consecutive hot Septembers. I agree with Yogi Mantle.”

    :roll:

    I don’t think anybody called them an amazing team as much as most of us have readily acknowledged that they have been playing fantastic baseball.

  97. Yogi Mantle September 24th, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    Bret The Hitman September 24th, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    Tomorrow is just a game for the Yankees. It’s do or die for Boston.

    ++++++++++

    Will that have Boston playing tight though? They have been really pressing hard at the plate because their pitching has not been good. The Yankees will be playing pretty loose as win or lose they are fine. It will be interesting to see what happens.

  98. Captain Clutch September 24th, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    Good thing Matusz is pitching for the O’s tomorrow in Detroit and won’t face the Sox. The Sox will get Hunter, Britton and Simon. Nice…

  99. EA September 24th, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    “I want to see Montero catching the early game. Is that too much to ask?”

    It would be the best way to maximize the potency of the lineup in both games. Use the DH spot for one of the regular fielders, which enables one of them to play DH one game and field the next.

  100. GreenBeret7 September 24th, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    Ian kennedy is gunning for #21 tonight. Also, 2 strikeouts short of 200. has a 6-2 lead over SF in the 6th inning. Not as sharp as usual, but, good enough to outpitch Zito.

  101. J. Alfred Prufrock September 24th, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    How about we sweep Boston, take at least two of three from Tampa, and Boston gets swept in Baltimore? This after Tampa beats Toronto tomorrow, of course. OR, we could sweep Tampa and Boston can get swept, forcing a one-off….:D.

    The first scenario allows us to win 100 games, and Boston doesn’t make it. I could live with that :D.

  102. BJK September 24th, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    Captain Clutch September 24th, 2011 at 10:11 pm
    Good thing Matusz is pitching for the O’s tomorrow in Detroit and won’t face the Sox. The Sox will get Hunter, Britton and Simon. Nice…

    ————————————————————————————————–

    Icing on the cake!

  103. JM September 24th, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    JAP,

    I like the way you think. :)

  104. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 24th, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    “Until they do find some decent pitching, they will remain cellar dwellers in this division.”

    Well see they do have decent pitching. Some of us have talked about this before. They have strong pitching that someone always manages to take a dive. So I’ve asked the question – is it the pitching coach? The managing? We had this discussion not to long ago and I don’t think any of us has the answer.

    Guthrie
    Matusz
    Britton
    Hunter

    They all have definite cachet. But they never seem to get the highlights their pitching merits.

  105. J. Alfred Prufrock September 24th, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    EA, I go for that if Posada is playing first in one of the games. His bat has to be in there tomorrow against righties to stay sharp.

  106. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 24th, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    JAP – any scenario that gets us 100 and keeps the best team ever assembled out of the postseason?

    I’M THERE!

    :)

  107. Yank 97 September 24th, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    Good thing Matusz is pitching for the O’s tomorrow in Detroit and won’t face the Sox. The Sox will get Hunter, Britton and Simon. Nice…

    —————-

    And we face Shields, Hellickson, and either Price or Moore

  108. JM September 24th, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    More fun from Boston.com:

    chaplinlives wrote:
    It’s ironic that Theo Epstein’s granduncle, Julius Epstein, was a screenwriter for the classic film “Casablanca” because the movie seems to symbolize my feelings about my relationship with the Red Sox.
    Feeling like Bogie in the film I finally, at a more advanced age that I wish to admit, come to the cold realization that the problems of the Red Sox don’t amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world and I slowly gaze one last time at my poster of Ted Williams and sadly say, “Here’s looking at you Kid. Remember, we always had 2004.” And after shooting an evil Yankees fan, I walk away into the dark, foggy night.

  109. yankeefeminista September 24th, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    Pruf, no way will Montero catch AJ. No way.

  110. J. Alfred Prufrock September 24th, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    JM September 24th, 2011 at 10:14 pm
    JAP,

    I like the way you think.
    ////

    Does JM stand for Jesus Montero?

    May I ask, what was it about Pence that didn’t look right to you? I have to say, I’ve completely ignored Philadelphia for some time.

  111. GreenBeret7 September 24th, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    Giuseppe Franco September 24th, 2011 at 10:09 pm
    # GreenBeret7 September 24th, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    GF,

    not sure why Baltimore has taken so long to play good ball, but, thir September schedule has been brutal and they’ve outplayed just about every team so far.

    ———-

    They do have a good young nucleus of ballplayers with an old school manager at the helm. But none of them take the mound every 5th day and that’s been their biggest problem for the last decade and a half.

    Until they do find some decent pitching, they will remain cellar dwellers in this division.

    ————————————————————————————————————————

    They keep having these can’t miss kid pitchers that either keep missing or get hurt. One thing they can do is hit and run bases. I also keep expecting Nolan Reimhold to bust loose and he keeps getting hurt. He could be a really good corner tandem with Markakis. Add Jones and they could be a really good outfield.

  112. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 24th, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    “Maybe I am just being too subjective, but something in me just isn’t taking the Phillies seriously this year. Objectivity suggests I should, but I don’t trust the logic, for some reason…”

    I also.

    *******

    If you really want to look at it, the Sux don’t own their own fate – we do.

    If we sweep tomorrow and then just get a little lazy and sloppy the last three games, it could be ugly.

    :D :D :D :D :D

  113. Villa Nova-Ya September 24th, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    Trisha -

    I most certainly acknowledged that they are playing very good baseball this September. And they played good baseball last September.

    I am happy they are, as it helps the Yankees.

    You said this:

    “EA – the Orioles have been nothing short of spectacular.” I would suggest that spectacular and amazing are synonymous.

  114. J. Alfred Prufrock September 24th, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    yankeefeminista September 24th, 2011 at 10:16 pm
    Pruf, no way will Montero catch AJ. No way.
    ///

    He can catch Vato ;).

  115. yankeefeminista September 24th, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    Now that we have home field, all of our home playoffs games with the exception of LDS game 5 (if nec), are on the weekends. Only Game 5 of WS is on a weekday. I like. :)

  116. Yogi Mantle September 24th, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    JM September 24th, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    Ledger_Yankees Yankees now have home field advantage throughout the AL playoffs. #nyy
    _____________

    Don’t think this is right. There are 5 games to play and the Rangers are 4 behind them. I think the Yankees need to win one more game for this. A tied record with the Rangers means the Yanks get HFA because of their head to head.

  117. Bret The Hitman September 24th, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    I don’t want to have to depend on the O’s to beat the Sox. I want to lose all 3 games to the Rays which will stress-out the Sox something fierce those last 3 days of baseball. I want them to feel so tired they fall asleep at the wheel and crash into oncoming traffic.

  118. yankeefeminista September 24th, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    Pruf, si si, claro.

  119. BoJo September 24th, 2011 at 10:21 pm

    mick September 24th, 2011 at 8:25 pm
    Team with best record should be able to choose the team they want to play.
    __________________
    Can the Mets play all 8 teams concurrently?

  120. yankeefeminista September 24th, 2011 at 10:21 pm

    Anyone up for a Lohud trip to Baltimore to root on the Orioles vs. the Red Sox in the final series of the season? ;)

  121. JM September 24th, 2011 at 10:21 pm

    JAP,

    The initials are my grandfather’s, who took me to my first Yankee game. Funny he had the same initials as Jesus. He would have loved the kid!

    Pence has apparently been out for a couple of days with a knee injury, according to my Mets fan friend who I went to the game with….He pinch-hit only in the first game of the doubleheader but seemed to be running weirdly, like his knee was still bothering him. In the second game he apparently made a big error in the outfield, took a bad route to the ball and seemed to be laboring again.

  122. Yogi Mantle September 24th, 2011 at 10:21 pm

    I forgot about Texas having an extra game due to the rain out. So HFA is locked up now despite Texas winning today, they are 5 back in the loss column, so the best they can do is tie, which doesn’t help them.

  123. J. Alfred Prufrock September 24th, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    yankeefeminista September 24th, 2011 at 10:19 pm
    Pruf, si si, claro.
    ////

    :D

  124. yankeefeminista September 24th, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    Brett, Scott Proctor can pitch every inning of the Yanks-Rays series? He can pretend Torre is back as manager. ;)

  125. Captain Clutch September 24th, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    Montero should play in the game that Lackey pitches in tomorrow. I am sure he can hit bombs against him but I would keep him away from Wakefield. If Nova pitches in the game against Lackey Girardi should let Montero catch him.

  126. J. Alfred Prufrock September 24th, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    Yankfem – I counted 45 “you knows” from Freddy. Like I said, he’s always more revved when he’s pitched well and won. He probably snuck a few more in there, but I always lose count around there.

  127. Nick in SF September 24th, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    Don’t look now, but the Yanks are only one game back in the loss column from the best record in baseball — behind the floundering Phillies.

    As for Showaltimore, Buck does have a knack for getting the most out of that team once they get over 85 losses (they’re at 91 now). I suspect he’ll do it next year too.

    All these scararios are making me dizzy, but I’d like to see one in which the Sox have a one-game playoff on Thursday with… who would pitch that? If Lester goes on 3 days rest on Wednesday just to get them there, would Weiland pitch? Lackey on 3 days?

    Maybe Francona will listen to Papi and less Aceves start it.

  128. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 24th, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    “You said this:

    “EA – the Orioles have been nothing short of spectacular.” I would suggest that spectacular and amazing are synonymous.”

    Yeah and?

  129. Tarheel In NYC September 24th, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    yankeefeminista September 24th, 2011 at 10:21 pm

    “Anyone up for a Lohud trip to Baltimore to root on the Orioles vs. the Red Sox in the final series of the season?”
    ===================================================

    I know you probably mean that in jest…but it actually sounds like a really REALLY fun road trip! :)

  130. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 24th, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    “I don’t want to have to depend on the O’s to beat the Sox. I want to lose all 3 games to the Rays which will stress-out the Sox something fierce those last 3 days of baseball. I want them to feel so tired they fall asleep at the wheel and crash into oncoming traffic.”

    A man after my own heart.

  131. Bret The Hitman September 24th, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    I’m 100% all for starting Scott Proctor in every single game vs. the Rays.

    And if he tires early, call in who else? Scott Proctor.

    Then to close out each game, it’s Proctor for the 9th.

  132. J. Alfred Prufrock September 24th, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    JM September 24th, 2011 at 10:21 pm
    JAP,

    The initials are my grandfather’s, who took me to my first Yankee game. Funny he had the same initials as Jesus. He would have loved the kid!

    Pence has apparently been out for a couple of days with a knee injury, according to my Mets fan friend who I went to the game with….He pinch-hit only in the first game of the doubleheader but seemed to be running weirdly, like his knee was still bothering him. In the second game he apparently made a big error in the outfield, took a bad route to the ball and seemed to be laboring again.
    ////

    Thanks, I didn’t realize he was hurt. Like I said, I have willfully avoided Phillies’ games, in part it’s my rebellion against MLB here treating them as “America’s Team.”

    That’s great about your granddad. I bet he’s keeping an eye on The Jesus, too. I always feel my Yankee ancestors around when the games are on the set or I’m at the Stadium. Had some “weird” things happen, too, as they make their presence known. I’ll bet he keeps tabs ;).

  133. Bret The Hitman September 24th, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    Extra innings?

    Stick with Scott Proctor.

    600 pitches over three days should do the trick.

  134. Yogi Mantle September 24th, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    What would really be sweet is a tie for the WC, that would mean having to play an extra game, making it tougher for either team going into the playoffs. If somehow the Angels pull off the improbable, and make it a three way tie the RS have to play the Angels, then the winner will have to play the Rays. Talk about a disadvantage for the WC team! Messes their rotation, works their players in meaningful games, meaning no resting up for the postseason, works their bullpen.

    If I had my druthers, I would root for some way for the tie to happen.

  135. GreenBeret7 September 24th, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    Kennedy not only has an 8-2 lead, but, he’s 2-2 at the plate with a double and 2 RBI.

  136. Villa Nova-Ya September 24th, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    Trisha -

    You said no one said the Orioles were amazing. I am suggesting that you yourself did.

  137. yankeefeminista September 24th, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    Brett, sounds like a plan. :)

  138. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 24th, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    And just wow Freddy (granted it was the Sux, but still…)

    :)

  139. JM September 24th, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    The Phillies were swept in the doubleheader by the Mets today….And have now lost 8 in a row. I know they clinched a long time ago but still, you’d like to win a game every now and then on the way to the playoffs.

    Meanwhile the Cards won, the Braves lost and the Cards are just 2 games behind for the WC.

  140. Bret The Hitman September 24th, 2011 at 10:29 pm

    Yankeefeminista,

    Of course. It’s my strong belief everybody deserves an open and equal opportunity to make the post season roster…starting with Scott Proctor of course and ending with him too.

  141. yankeefeminista September 24th, 2011 at 10:29 pm

    Tarheel, maybe we can hitch a ride down with Red Sox Nation, the few who haven’t jumped ship. ;)

    Actually, it would be a fun trip… I love going to Camden Yards.

  142. blake September 24th, 2011 at 10:29 pm

    Yanks are only a game in the LC behind Philly for best overall record now.

    Detroit now has a worse record than Texas…..

  143. Villa Nova-Ya September 24th, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    Sox sound positively demoralized – watching MLB network.

  144. Yogi Mantle September 24th, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    Heh. Gonzalez not worried, yet he has never been in this position before, and he is shaving and regrowing his goatee every couple of days.

    The Sox players look like a defeated team. Hope that holds up. :twisted:

  145. Tarheel In NYC September 24th, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    Yankeefem,

    So do I! I catch a Yankees-O’s series every now and then down there. It’s a beautiful park. I have a friend in northern VA who is a huge Yankees fan, and we go to the games together.

    I’d love to show up during the upcoming O’s-Sox series, all decked out in my Yankees gear, and root loudly and obnoxiously for the O’s!

    BTW, the Yankees are playing at the Nats next season. I already have plans to head down to DC in June 2012 to catch that series :D

  146. Yank 97 September 24th, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    A rusty Hughes is going to start one of the Tampa games- don’t know how effective he will be. A burnt out Colon will start one of the other games.

    They don’t even have anyone for Wednesday (because of the rainout yesterday), so that will be a bullpen game.

    So its Hughes-Colon-Bullpen vs. Shields-Hellickson-Moore/Price.

    Things are looking good. Have to sweep the Sox tomorrow though. Girardi needs to play that DH to win. Wakefield/Lackey have been demolished by everyone else, we should demolish them as well.

  147. yankeefeminista September 24th, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    blake, it sucks that we don’t have home field in WS. With no DH, Girardi will have a hard time keeping Montero out of that lineup, especially vs. the lefties in Philly.

  148. JM September 24th, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    JAP,

    My grandfather is definitely still watching….there’s no way you could keep him away from his Yankees.

    He was actually in the stands for Don Larsen’s perfect game. Still have the ticket stubs and his scorecard for the game.

    There seemed to be more Phillies fans at Citi Field than Mets fans. A lot more, actually.

  149. yankeefeminista September 24th, 2011 at 10:34 pm

    That is, assuming Philly makes it. I am not so sure.

  150. Nick in SF September 24th, 2011 at 10:34 pm

    AJ should start the Wednesday game on 3 days rest (if he wins tomorrow).

  151. Bret The Hitman September 24th, 2011 at 10:35 pm

    They must be demoralized. They know darn well the Yankees are spotting the Rays 3 wins at the end of the season. They also know darn well the Yankees are playing for fun and with a flair for sadism. Hey at least they’ve got Wakefield and Lackey going for them tomorrow.

  152. blake September 24th, 2011 at 10:35 pm

    Yankeefem,

    Yea….that does stink…..but for now.let’s just hope it turns out that they get there for it to be a problem. ;)

  153. GreenBeret7 September 24th, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    Kennedy’s out of the game after 6 innings, with 11-2 lead for #21. Ends up with 198 strikeouts. Just short of 200.

  154. yankeefeminista September 24th, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    JM, my gf and aunt were also at Larsen’s perfect game, no scorecard or ticket stubs, alas, but great memories and part of the legacy, handed down through stories told over and over again. :)

  155. Bret The Hitman September 24th, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    So its Hughes-Colon-Bullpen vs. Shields-Hellickson-Moore/Price.

    ***********

    Rusty Hughes, Burnt Colon + Proctor and company (mostly Proctor)

    AWESOME

  156. yankeefeminista September 24th, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    GB, thanks for IPK updates. So so happy for the kid.

  157. pkyankfan69 September 24th, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    Bret The Hitman September 24th, 2011 at 10:25 pm
    I’m 100% all for starting Scott Proctor in every single game vs. the Rays.

    And if he tires early, call in who else? Scott Proctor.

    Then to close out each game, it’s Proctor for the 9th.
    —————————————

    By far the best post of the night… I concur.

  158. J. Alfred Prufrock September 24th, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    JM September 24th, 2011 at 10:33 pm
    JAP,

    My grandfather is definitely still watching….there’s no way you could keep him away from his Yankees.

    He was actually in the stands for Don Larsen’s perfect game. Still have the ticket stubs and his scorecard for the game.

    There seemed to be more Phillies fans at Citi Field than Mets fans. A lot more, actually.
    ///

    I had family there, too. But wow – you’ve got the ticket stubs & scorecard???!!!That is awesome.

  159. Villa Nova-Ya September 24th, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    yankeefeminista -

    Ouch. I forgot not having HFA in the WS means no DH. Ugh. A minor snag. So happy the Yankees are playing well, and and so happy Montero is making his impression, I haven’t thought that far ahead.

    Darn.

    Especially since, it is definitely possible the Yankees could have the best record in MLB. :(

  160. Villa Nova-Ya September 24th, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    GreenBeret7 -

    Such a great season for Kennedy! 198 SOs on the season is fantastic. 21 wins. CY votes. And the playoffs. Nice.

  161. yankeefeminista September 24th, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    Tarheel, I definitely hope to get to DC myself. I love that we are playing down there, and gives me an excuse to visit the city, one of my old stomping grounds.

    We should definitely hook up for a game sometime either in NY, Trenton or on the road.

  162. JM September 24th, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    yankeefeminista September 24th, 2011 at 10:38 pm
    JM, my gf and aunt were also at Larsen’s perfect game, no scorecard or ticket stubs, alas, but great memories and part of the legacy, handed down through stories told over and over again.

    —————-

    Indeed, one of the many Yankee-related stories I heard over and over again as a kid. My grandfather, grandmother and other relatives knew how to indoctrinate the next generation. It sure worked well. LOL.

  163. J. Alfred Prufrock September 24th, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    It really would have been a good idea to have Montero up MONTHS AGO, catching the staff.

    That way, you could have given him a start or two – or three – behind the plate in the WS. He would CRUSH in that park…

  164. JM September 24th, 2011 at 10:42 pm

    JAP,

    Yeah, my grandmother framed the scorecard and ticket stubs along with the box score from some now-defunct newspaper and a photo of Larsen. Very nice keepsake that I inherited after my grandfather passed.

  165. Bret The Hitman September 24th, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    Montero can still mash as a PH in Philly, Atlanta, Arizona or Milwaukee.

  166. ron September 24th, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    The orioles are last in the major league in era & whip.

    Their pitching is not good,in fact dead last in baseball.

  167. JM September 24th, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    It’s such garbage that a win in the All-Star decides HFA in the WS. One of the more boneheaded Selig ideas.

  168. Yank 97 September 24th, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    If Tex continues to play poorly in October like he has the last couple of years… they need to make room for Montero at 1st base.

  169. J. Alfred Prufrock September 24th, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    That’s true Bret, but I’d like him up four times a game ;).

  170. Tarheel In NYC September 24th, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    Yankeefem,

    I’d love to do that. I know we briefly discussed that this year, but it just never happened. The summer flew by! So we’ll do it next year. I’ll be through with grad school by then, and my life will be my own again.

    We can figure out a way to exchange e-mail addys and nail down the details! Yankee Stadium, Trenton, Staten Island, or a road game—doesn’t matter to me. Either would be great fun!

  171. GreenBeret7 September 24th, 2011 at 10:46 pm

    yankeeFem, a Yankee-’Zona showdown would be kind of nice to see. A Revenge Series is always nice.

  172. J. Alfred Prufrock September 24th, 2011 at 10:46 pm

    He’d only get one appearance as a PH unless they had him replace Martin, which would happen over Joe’s dead body…

    Remember Matsui’s PH homer in Philly? LMAO. He was out of his mind in that round.

  173. m September 24th, 2011 at 10:46 pm

    Yesterday looked pretty bleak for TB and the Angels, like they had played themselves out of the picture.

    But what a difference a day makes. If the Angels should hold on here, it will get very interesting.

    They still have an easier path imo than TB imo who end the year with the Yankees. Even if the Yankees try to give away those games, the Rays still might lose. Oh, for Showalter to wield his black magic for 4 more games.

    Side note, just seeing that Jerome Williams is pitching (starting!) for the Angels. He’s a good kid who’s come a long way back. He became victim to Dusty Baker I believe. Was out of baseball for a while and was pitching in an independent league I think. Got called up by the Angels recently and is helping them down the stretch. He wears the puka shell necklace in memory of his mother. Some DB manager of an opposing team made him take it off back in the day, but I think he wears it as many times as he can get away with.

  174. Eroc September 24th, 2011 at 10:46 pm

    It’s really only one extra game where the game is in Philly. I personally like the 3 in a row in the middle… allows Jesus to get in a groove, rather than 2 days in a row playing, off-day, 3 pinch hit days, off-day, then back to DH for 2 games.

  175. Bret The Hitman September 24th, 2011 at 10:47 pm

    Yank 97 September 24th, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    If Tex continues to play poorly in October like he has the last couple of years… they need to make room for Montero at 1st base.

    *********

    If Tex would waive his no-trade clause then he’s moveable IF the Yankees at some of that contract.

  176. yankeefeminista September 24th, 2011 at 10:48 pm

    J. Alfred Prufrock September 24th, 2011 at 10:41 pm
    It really would have been a good idea to have Montero up MONTHS AGO, catching the staff.

    That way, you could have given him a start or two – or three – behind the plate in the WS. He would CRUSH in that park…
    ______
    Uh, yeah. Probably the bulk of my posts were about having Montero up months ago. Interesting to see what we do in WS away parks when (not if) we get there…

  177. m September 24th, 2011 at 10:48 pm

    Bret,

    How demoralizing is it for the Sox to lose with one of their aces on the mound?

    At least Price gave them some innings yesterday!

  178. yankeefeminista September 24th, 2011 at 10:48 pm

    Eroc, you’re assuming Joe won’t platoon Montero during the 3 home games…

  179. BoJo September 24th, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    My gut tells me Philly doesn’t make it to the WS. We’ll see.

  180. yankeefeminista September 24th, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    Price’s problem was his fielding. :(

  181. BoJo September 24th, 2011 at 10:50 pm

    Tex played poorly last year–with a broken toe and injured hand. Hopefully he will be healthy this year and do better.

  182. Giuseppe Franco September 24th, 2011 at 10:50 pm

    Um, Teixeira isn’t going anywhere and Montero has never played First Base.

    Some people obviously haven’t thought these moves through.

  183. J. Alfred Prufrock September 24th, 2011 at 10:50 pm

    Bojo yea I’ve been saying, I have a feeling they won’t be there. Time will tell.

  184. BoJo September 24th, 2011 at 10:51 pm

    Tex isn’t going anywhere. He has a beautiful home in Greenwich (Conyers Farm area) and likes living there. He is not waving anything except his butt at Lohud fans calling for trading him.

  185. Bret The Hitman September 24th, 2011 at 10:52 pm

    m,

    If Lester is not right, they’re going nowhere. The Yankees have seen plenty of him lately and the lineup mashes lefties. Plus the Sox are missing Youk and Buchh. The Sox have no chance against the yankees in the playoffs…but I still want to see them miss it. ESPN has already shifted into damage control mode. It was unprofessional of them to all pick the same team. When everybody at a network overrates the same team, it indicates a lack of objectivity IMHO.

  186. yankeefeminista September 24th, 2011 at 10:52 pm

    Tarheel, I am down! :)

  187. Villa Nova-Ya September 24th, 2011 at 10:52 pm

    Looks like the Angels are re-interested too. Tori Hunter just hit a HR, 4-1 Angels. ;)

  188. BoJo September 24th, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    JAP–
    I feel that good pitching, and especially LHP, can stop that Philly offense. Brewers could be surprise.

  189. Bret The Hitman September 24th, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    Cowboy down, cowboy down!

  190. J. Alfred Prufrock September 24th, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    yankeefeminista September 24th, 2011 at 10:48 pm
    J. Alfred Prufrock September 24th, 2011 at 10:41 pm
    It really would have been a good idea to have Montero up MONTHS AGO, catching the staff.

    That way, you could have given him a start or two – or three – behind the plate in the WS. He would CRUSH in that park…
    ______
    Uh, yeah. Probably the bulk of my posts were about having Montero up months ago. Interesting to see what we do in WS away parks when (not if) we get there…
    ///

    Me too. People got tired of hearing it, just like they’re sick of hearing about Joba. We can start really banging that drum as ST nears :D.

  191. m September 24th, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    They pick them year after year after year.

    It’s fun proving them wrong!

  192. yankeefeminista September 24th, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    I am giving Teix the benefit of the doubt. Plus he should get a good number of righty AB’s if we avoid Detroit.

  193. BoJo September 24th, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    J…o…b…a

  194. J. Alfred Prufrock September 24th, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    Bojo, right now, the Brewers seem to have that mojo (unintentional rhyme).

  195. BoJo September 24th, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    J

  196. BoJo September 24th, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    o

  197. yankeefeminista September 24th, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    Pruf, all over the Joba mantra. Can’t wait to see how he looks once he is back. Bet the arm is formidable after TJ. Giddy with anticipation. :)

  198. BoJo September 24th, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    b

  199. BoJo September 24th, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    a

  200. J. Alfred Prufrock September 24th, 2011 at 10:56 pm

    yankeefeminista September 24th, 2011 at 10:54 pm
    I am giving Teix the benefit of the doubt. Plus he should get a good number of righty AB’s if we avoid Detroit.
    ////

    If he moves him down in the order against RHP that would be great. Cannot replace Tex’s glove.

  201. tomingeorgia September 24th, 2011 at 10:56 pm

    Nobody ever mentions the Brewers. Not an easy out in the PS.

  202. Captain Clutch September 24th, 2011 at 10:56 pm

    It will be funny to see what outfits the guys have waiting for the rookies after tomorrow’s game. That is always a good laugh.

  203. Tarheel In NYC September 24th, 2011 at 10:56 pm

    yankeefeminista September 24th, 2011 at 10:52 pm

    “Tarheel, I am down! ”
    ==============================================================

    Yay! :D

  204. J. Alfred Prufrock September 24th, 2011 at 10:56 pm

    Hey Bojo, you’re nearly an anagram for Joba ;).

  205. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 24th, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    “The orioles are last in the major league in era & whip.

    Their pitching is not good,in fact dead last in baseball.”

    You’re a little late to the dance and nobody really cares. But thanks for playing!

    “Yesterday looked pretty bleak for TB and the Angels, like they had played themselves out of the picture. ”

    Not to me! But I admit I had inside information on their wild card competition.

    ;)

  206. Bret The Hitman September 24th, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    It will never happen but considering 2012 is a bridge year to the pot of gold free agent crop of pitchers, mark me down as someone who wants to see Joba strengthened and lengthened as a starter who enters the rotation after the All-Star break. It will never happen but next year seems like the perfect storm. Plus Robertson has emerged in the pen, Mo hasn’t lost a thing and Soriano is adjusting. Soriano has great late inning stuff.

  207. BoJo September 24th, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    tomingeorgia September 24th, 2011 at 10:56 pm
    Nobody ever mentions the Brewers. Not an easy out in the PS.
    ____________
    Nobody ever mentioned the Spanish Inquisition either, and it’s three ways …4 ways…etc

  208. yankeefeminista September 24th, 2011 at 10:58 pm

    JM, I hear ya. I don’t make a move without considering what the Yankees are doing that day. My whole family has planned their lives around Yankee baseball.

  209. BoJo September 24th, 2011 at 10:58 pm

    Note to self–need to change name to Boja….

  210. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 24th, 2011 at 10:59 pm

    I am composing a song for the Sux lovers/believers in the house.

    :)

  211. BoJo September 24th, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    Trisha–

    Orioles do have great pitching talent…they just had young pitcher growth curve issues. I would love to have some of those arms in Yankees AAA team…

    Give them time to mature, and Os will be the team you and I predicted in ST>

  212. GreenBeret7 September 24th, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    Why would a team trade for Teixeira and give up very good players when Pujols and Fielder are on the block for nothing but money?

  213. BoJo September 24th, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    Trisha–If you play fantasy league baseball next year, I will have to tell you some Os pitchers that I would grab if available.

  214. Bret The Hitman September 24th, 2011 at 11:02 pm

    There will be more than 2 teams after Pujols and Fielder. Tex is the consolation prize. But he won’t waive so it’s moot. It would be golden if he did though.

  215. tomingeorgia September 24th, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    Bojo,
    I don’t have any idea of who is facing whom in the NL. Just strikes me the Brewers might be tough.

  216. J. Alfred Prufrock September 24th, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    tomingeorgia September 24th, 2011 at 10:56 pm
    Nobody ever mentions the Brewers. Not an easy out in the PS.
    ////

    I agree that they are dangerous. They also seem to have that air about them this year. Now, that would be a fun WS.

  217. BoJo September 24th, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    TG–I don’t follow NL much, if at all…but any team with Greinke and that other kid they have, and their offense…could cause damage. My theory is it only takes 2 hot pitchers to win it all.

  218. yankeefeminista September 24th, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    JM, are you going to the DH tomorrow?

  219. Bret The Hitman September 24th, 2011 at 11:05 pm

    Would the Sox sign Pujols for the Green Monster and DH him in place of Papi?

    If they miss the playoffs, maybe they go all-out?

  220. yankeefeminista September 24th, 2011 at 11:05 pm

    I too am not at all counting out the Brewers. Although it would be much more fun to beat the Phillies again.

  221. J. Alfred Prufrock September 24th, 2011 at 11:06 pm

    Bret, I think it’s happening. Just a hunch. Joba is in fantastic shape and he seems to have a great relationship with the pitching coach.

  222. Bret The Hitman September 24th, 2011 at 11:06 pm

    For all the talk of Greinke’s supposedly fragile psyche, I’m intrigued to see how he handles playoff pressure.

  223. Tarheel In NYC September 24th, 2011 at 11:06 pm

    JAP, I think we’re on the same wavelength about the Brewers. As a baseball fan, I’m pulling for them in the NL. They have an exciting underdog quality about them, and I’m always a sucker for that. It’s been an exciting year for them and their fans.

    As a Yankees fan, I expect to squash whoever the NL opponent is in the WS—underdogs or no ;)

  224. BoJo September 24th, 2011 at 11:06 pm

    “They also seem to have that air about them this year.”
    __________
    Are you sure that air isn’t the air after Prince Fielder finishes his 10 giant beef tacos?

  225. Don Vito A. Bellamo September 24th, 2011 at 11:07 pm

    I hope the Yankees keep the pedal to the metal just for tomorrow. It is perfect. Win the DH from the BoSux, then completely lay down for the Rays the last 3 games of the season and see if Boston has the “game” (NOT!) to sweep the O’s to force the one game playoff. Even better, have the Angels also finish tied for the WC lead and let those 3 fight it out to see which one gets their ARSE handed to them in the ALDS! Gotta love it ! :-)

  226. JM September 24th, 2011 at 11:09 pm

    yankeefem,

    I will definitely be at the first game. Was offered tix to the second and am hesitating only because I have a very early meeting at work Monday and already plan to leave a bit early Friday to go to the first playoff game. Usually my boss is somewhat understanding about my baseball obsession, even though he is a Phillies fan. :)

    Will you be at both games?

  227. Bret The Hitman September 24th, 2011 at 11:09 pm

    Pruf,

    Plus maybe Joba’s injury brought him to the realization that he could lose his career tomorrow therefore he should not take his talent for granted – ever. Perhaps he had a Melky Cabrera epiphany and now he’ll be more dedicated to conditioning and practice, and flexibility with coaches. Plus, perhaps Joba was pitching in fear of injury for the past couple years now…just a small amount of pain weighing on his subconscious mind start to start. Perhaps it was nagging him.

  228. BoJo September 24th, 2011 at 11:09 pm

    YF–If Lee reaches the WS against Yankees, he and Doc are dangerous. Lee seems to do better against Yanks than other teams, and Doc is money…so I would prefer NOT playing them.

  229. J. Alfred Prufrock September 24th, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    Tarheel In NYC September 24th, 2011 at 11:06 pm
    JAP, I think we’re on the same wavelength about the Brewers. As a baseball fan, I’m pulling for them in the NL. They have an exciting underdog quality about them, and I’m always a sucker for that. It’s been an exciting year for them and their fans.

    As a Yankees fan, I expect to squash whoever the NL opponent is in the WS—underdogs or no
    ///

    Know what you mean. Nurture them along and then: SPLAT!

  230. Betsy September 24th, 2011 at 11:11 pm

    I’d like to see Phil get another start………

    I knew Freddy was just in a slump and that his recent performances didn’t indicate loss of stuff. IMO, he has to be the #3, but I thought that before the game

  231. JM September 24th, 2011 at 11:12 pm

    At the moment the Phililes would face Arizona in the first round, if Atlanta wins the wildcard. Of course the Cards could conceivably catch Atlanta, and then the Phillies would face them. I’d rather see them face Arizona, who could give them a hard time.

  232. BoJo September 24th, 2011 at 11:12 pm

    Betsy–how was your birthday day?

  233. blake September 24th, 2011 at 11:13 pm

    Im not so certain Lee would.fair as well against this Yankee team…..they destroy LHP and they have seen him a lot….the tide is bound to turn.

  234. Betsy September 24th, 2011 at 11:13 pm

    The O’s have done a good job, but the horse was already out of the barn; wake me up when they play well for a whole season

  235. JM September 24th, 2011 at 11:13 pm

    The Yanks did score a few runs off Lee in that second WS game in 2009….

  236. BoJo September 24th, 2011 at 11:14 pm

    blake September 24th, 2011 at 11:13 pm
    Im not so certain Lee would.fair as well against this Yankee team…..they destroy LHP and they have seen him a lot….the tide is bound to turn.
    ____
    Good points.

  237. Betsy September 24th, 2011 at 11:14 pm

    Bojo, I had a great day. Spent most of it at home being lazy – the Yanks beat the Sox- and just came home from a wonderful dinner with my family. Too bad birthdays only last one day, lol

  238. BoJo September 24th, 2011 at 11:14 pm

    Personally, I don’t want Lee to get another sniff at the WS for the rest of his career.

  239. JM September 24th, 2011 at 11:14 pm

    To clarify, I meant the second WS game Lee pitched, not Game 2.

  240. BoJo September 24th, 2011 at 11:15 pm

    Betsy September 24th, 2011 at 11:14 pm
    Bojo, I had a great day. Spent most of it at home being lazy – the Yan ks beat the Sox- and just came home from a wonderful dinner with my family. Too bad birthdays only last one day, lol
    __________
    You can lie and tell different people different days… :-)

  241. J. Alfred Prufrock September 24th, 2011 at 11:16 pm

    Bret The Hitman September 24th, 2011 at 11:09 pm
    Pruf,

    Plus maybe Joba’s injury brought him to the realization that he could lose his career tomorrow therefore he should not take his talent for granted – ever. Perhaps he had a Melky Cabrera epiphany and now he’ll be more dedicated to conditioning and practice, and flexibility with coaches. Plus, perhaps Joba was pitching in fear of injury for the past couple years now…just a small amount of pain weighing on his subconscious mind start to start. Perhaps it was nagging him.
    ///

    Could be. They maybe said, ‘look, we’re rethinking this thing, but you’ve got to go after it. Mum’s the word, but start preparing as a starter.’ Joba’s arm has to excite Rothschild philosophically – his kind of pitcher. If this actually happens, & Hughes comes back strong, and Nova continues to evolve, that would be crazy… Also give the Bs a smoother entrance when their time comes…

  242. Bret The Hitman September 24th, 2011 at 11:16 pm

    I’m dying to see Lee thrown to the lions in Yankes Stadium in a WS game against this lineup. It would be like the Roman Coliseum. The way he spurned the Yankees and slandered the team (age) after he signed? I hope the Yankees are itching to pound his lights out, send his redneck rearend back to outback Arkansas.

  243. BoJo September 24th, 2011 at 11:17 pm

    J. Alfred Prufrock September 24th, 2011 at 11:16 pm
    ________
    YES!!!!

  244. BoJo September 24th, 2011 at 11:19 pm

    Personally IMO, at his best, I think Joba is better than CC, Hughes, Nova, and the Bs. Top of rotation starter. I recall his encounters against Beckett and Verlander and how he overpowered the other team. He would be the number 1 pitcher to start play-offs with.

  245. Bret The Hitman September 24th, 2011 at 11:19 pm

    Pruf,

    Plus it’s hard to sit stuck on the sidelines watching fans go wild and players you share a locker room with capture all the glory. Joba probably has a much clearer pitcher of how much it means to him to be a Yankee. He won’t squander it. Like when he remarked on twitter about being so proud to be Mo’s teammate after Mo’s record breaking save. Joba probably wanted to jump into the TV set and give Mo a big ‘ole bear hug…but he was stuck at home…on the sidelines. I say…RELEASE the bull!

  246. BoJo September 24th, 2011 at 11:20 pm

    Bret The Hitman September 24th, 2011 at 11:16 pm
    I’m dying to see Lee thrown to the lions in Yankes Stadium in a WS game.
    ___________
    I’d sign up for that. I just don’t want to see his team make it to the WS.

  247. Betsy September 24th, 2011 at 11:20 pm

    I detest Lee after his comments about the Yankees in ST – he didn’t think we had a shot of beating the Sox, lol.

  248. yankeefeminista September 24th, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    JM, yes I am going to both games tomorrow and hoping for the big sweeparoony! It’s great that we are playing the Red Sox with so much at stake for them. That Rays double header was like a playoff too. I’ve already got my playoff adrenaline going.

    I would love to see the Phillies play Arizona, and get to root for IPK against them.

  249. BoJo September 24th, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    Bedtime….good night all. Enjoy the rest of the night.

  250. Bret The Hitman September 24th, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    I always felt Lee was a piece of dung. I was one of the few who wasn’t all sprung over him in the offseason and hugging his nuts 24/7.

  251. JM September 24th, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    Betsy,

    Hope you had a happy birthday! Sounds like you had a great day.

  252. Betsy September 24th, 2011 at 11:22 pm

    Bojo, lol, I can do that or just say tonight that as my prerogative I am doing absolutely nothing of value tomorrow, lol. Well I shouldn’t say that – I need to get my flu shot and buy birthday cards for nieces and nephews. Outside of that, it’s MY weekend.

  253. yankeefeminista September 24th, 2011 at 11:22 pm

    Betsy, I always celebrate my birthday for at least a week. Glad you had a good one! :)

  254. AldotheApache September 24th, 2011 at 11:23 pm

    Boj, how’s everything?

  255. JM September 24th, 2011 at 11:23 pm

    yankeefem,

    I have the feeling that once I’m at YS I won’t be able to leave and will wind up staying for the second game. LOL. When we left the Mets game today I almost convinced my friends to go to the Bronx and try to score tix for the Yankee game even though we had dinner plans downtown. Didn’t quite work but I tried….

  256. Betsy September 24th, 2011 at 11:23 pm

    JM, I did, thank you! It was one of my better birthdays – really great.

  257. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 24th, 2011 at 11:24 pm

    “The O’s have done a good job, but the horse was already out of the barn; wake me up when they play well for a whole season”

    Uh what? What horse was already out of the barn! And nobody’s annointing the O’s the best team ever assembled. The Sux were already given that title.

    Those of us who have been watching the O’s mow down every team they have been facing are really impressed by the job they’ve done. No need to denigrate their accomplishments.

  258. Bret The Hitman September 24th, 2011 at 11:25 pm

    Most fans were blinded by his talent and completely ignored his character, swingin’ on Lee’s nuts like a trapeze.

  259. m September 24th, 2011 at 11:26 pm

    The O’s only accomplishment is playing the spoiler this year. I don’t see anyone denigrating that! ;)

  260. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 24th, 2011 at 11:29 pm

    Bojo I hope you’re still here for my Suxian serenade! I composed a song which celebrates the team they are.

    :)

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

    If anyone saw the movie Shrek, you are familiar with the song Hallelujah. Well this is sung to the tune of Hallelujah.

    I heard it when the crowd all roared The Yankees played, and it pleased the Lord
    But you don’t really care for truth now do you?
    It goes like this
    The fourth, the fifth
    And by the ninth their fall was swift
    The baffled Sux still knew that they could fool ya.

    Hallelujah, Hallelujah
    Hallelujah, Hallelujah

    Your faith was strong but you needed proof
    Your Sux belief kept you aloof
    Their wins in 4 and 7 overthrew you
    Their pitching’s weak and their bullpen stinks
    Their hitting’s sparse while they slowly sink Still from your lips they drew the Hallelujah

    Hallelujah, Hallelujah
    Hallelujah, Hallelujah

    Trust me I know from whence I speak
    I know that team and they are so weak I live in their back yard though that’s nothing to you
    All they’ve left is some day-old scotch ‘Cause nine to one is no victory march
    It’s a cold and it’s a broken Hallelujah

    Hallelujah, Hallelujah
    Hallelujah, Hallelujah
    Hallelujah, Hallelujah
    Hallelujah, Hallelujah
    Hallelujah, Hallelujah
    Hallelujah, Hallelujah
    Hallelujah, Hallelujah
    Hallelujah, Hallelujah
    Hallelujah

  261. J. Alfred Prufrock September 24th, 2011 at 11:30 pm

    Hitman, he stays in touch with Pettitte, which is nothing but good for him, too. C also looks out for him. He’s got all the weapons, youth, looks to be brimming with health, his velocity back, cleaner mechanics, and four really good pitches, plus a pitching coach who seems to know how to set his dial. I loved that LR called up Joba to suggest he change his hand set, and Joba had already started making that adjustment.

    I thought Eiland was something of an asshole, and I don’t get that impression at all from LR. He seems to really take care of his guys, speaks softly but gets his points across.

  262. Betsy September 24th, 2011 at 11:30 pm

    M, and they’ve done a good job of that, but as you know, the season is 162 games old – they’ve still had a very disappointing season……..whichi is why they’re playing spoiler.

  263. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 24th, 2011 at 11:30 pm

    “The O’s only accomplishment is playing the spoiler this year. I don’t see anyone denigrating that! ”

    Guess you didn’t read Betsy’s post.

  264. yankeefeminista September 24th, 2011 at 11:31 pm

    Pruf, bad news. Charleston does not play at Lakewood in 2012, only a 3 game series at Charleston. I just saw the sched. Grrrrr!

  265. yankeefeminista September 24th, 2011 at 11:31 pm

    Trisha, still awaiting the song…

  266. yankeefeminista September 24th, 2011 at 11:32 pm

    Oops, I see you posted it. Reading it now.

  267. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 24th, 2011 at 11:33 pm

    mel, not every team can play spoiler. Have you seen any other team in the majors do what Buck’s team did this September? They singlehandedly changed the course of seveal team’s dreams.

    And not only did they do it, they did it in spades! It’s been amazing to watch. Many of us were on the game threads watching them when they played the Sux and you had to see it to believe it.

    However, it speaks for itself. I don’t need to convince anyone of what is out there like a neon light.

  268. J. Alfred Prufrock September 24th, 2011 at 11:33 pm

    yankeefeminista September 24th, 2011 at 11:31 pm
    Pruf, bad news. Charleston does not play at Lakewood in 2012, only a 3 game series at Charleston. I just saw the sched. Grrrrr!
    ///

    that is disappointing. …Mason, we hardly knew ye. …:(

  269. JM September 24th, 2011 at 11:34 pm

    More from Boston.com

    drew2476 wrote:
    Dear God,
    Please make it stop…

    Signed, Red Sox Nation

  270. m September 24th, 2011 at 11:35 pm

    I’m not sure what the horse was out of the barn means. But they have done well in September. And they haven’t shown they can play well for a full season.

    We’ll see if they can play with this kind of fire and fervor all the time. Who knows? TB was crappy forever, started playing the Sox and Yankees tough, and before we knew it they were in the WS.

    But if your only goal is to stick it to the big wallets in your division, then you won’t go anywhere.

    They seriously need to fix their pitching if they want to climb out of the AL East cellar.

  271. yankeefeminista September 24th, 2011 at 11:35 pm

    J. Alfred Prufrock September 24th, 2011 at 11:33 pm
    yankeefeminista September 24th, 2011 at 11:31 pm
    Pruf, bad news. Charleston does not play at Lakewood in 2012, only a 3 game series at Charleston. I just saw the sched. Grrrrr!
    ///

    that is disappointing. …Mason, we hardly knew ye. …:(
    _________
    Disappointing? It is catastrophic! I was thinking at least one series, possibly two as in the past couple of years. Ugh.

    Now, we at least deserve to get SWB in LHV or SI as compensation! ;)

  272. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 24th, 2011 at 11:36 pm

    “More from Boston.com

    drew2476 wrote:
    Dear God,
    Please make it stop…

    Signed, Red Sox Nation”

    LMAO!!!

    JM – Sux fans have absolutely no faith left. They’d feel a lot better if they read some of the posts here though! Still posters who believe they are dangerous.

  273. Villa Nova-Ya September 24th, 2011 at 11:36 pm

    Unreal.

    Betsy did not denigrate the job the O’s are doing this September. No one did. Some of us just choose to keep some perspective on the entirety of the season. Is it not enough to simply say the O’s have played very tough this September without going hog wild?

  274. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 24th, 2011 at 11:38 pm

    “I’m not sure what the horse was out of the barn means. But they have done well in September”

    And that’s really the only thing we’ve been talking about. Certainly nobody is crowing about their entire season.

    Their pitching (and why it never coallesces) really remains a mystery.

  275. Tarheel In NYC September 24th, 2011 at 11:38 pm

    Trish, I really like your song! Kudos!

    “Hallelujah” is one of my favorite songs, and it’s my ringtone, so I’m very familiar with the tune. I actually sang your song out loud as I read. Nice job :)

  276. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 24th, 2011 at 11:39 pm

    “Is it not enough to simply say the O’s have played very tough this September without going hog wild?”

    Nah

  277. yankeefeminista September 24th, 2011 at 11:39 pm

    Trisha, lol, although I don’t know the original so I can’t hear a melody.

  278. Betsy September 24th, 2011 at 11:39 pm

    M, it means they are playing well when it doesn’t count. Sure it counts for the other teams, but they are just a very disappointing team; doing well now, when it’s been over for them for months, doesn’t impress me that much. They are still a bad team.

  279. m September 24th, 2011 at 11:40 pm

    First, they need to get some veteran pitchers. Even if they are washed up ones. Too many kids and not enough guidance.

    BTW, when and how did Downs end up with the Angels? He used to kill us when he was with Toronto.

  280. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 24th, 2011 at 11:40 pm

    Tarheel – thank you! I too love that song. I think it’s amazing. I was at the mall tonight and it was playing while I was in one of the stores and I couldn’t get the tune out of my head.

    I know there are about 100 more verses, ha ha, but I didn’t want to overdo it.

    :)

  281. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 24th, 2011 at 11:42 pm

    “Trisha, lol, although I don’t know the original so I can’t hear a melody.”

    YF, I am going to find a version of it on youtube and give you a link. I feel positive when you hear it you will recognize it. It’s really so much better when you know the melody.

    BRB

  282. Nick in SF September 24th, 2011 at 11:42 pm

    I, for one, will indeed crow about the Orioles’ whole season.

    My sportsbook already paid off the under-76 wins bet.

    Chocolate to follow.

    :grin:

  283. J. Alfred Prufrock September 24th, 2011 at 11:43 pm

    Now, we at least deserve to get SWB in LHV or SI as compensation!
    //

    The latter would appease me :D

  284. Villa Nova-Ya September 24th, 2011 at 11:43 pm

    yankeefeminista, JAP,

    No Charleston in Lakewood?????

    I look forward to that. It’s my treat to myself to see at least one of those games.

  285. J. Alfred Prufrock September 24th, 2011 at 11:43 pm

    Villa,
    :(

  286. Villa Nova-Ya September 24th, 2011 at 11:43 pm

    Well, Nick in SF, good for you!! :)

  287. Tarheel In NYC September 24th, 2011 at 11:44 pm

    Trisha & Yankeefem,

    IMHO, Rufus Wainwright’s version of “Hallelujah” is the best! Check it out if you haven’t already :)

  288. J. Alfred Prufrock September 24th, 2011 at 11:44 pm

    I look up at my TV screen and, to my delight, I see old friend Matsui-san running in from left field.

    Man I miss Matsui.

  289. yankeefeminista September 24th, 2011 at 11:44 pm

    JM, I would definitely be hard to leave… only thing with the second game tomorrow is if you are working early, there may be some rain delays… Weather report said scattered t-storms, although 50% chance. I am off on Monday, so I will remain for the duration. I love that we will likely see both Montero and Posada and I am hoping some of the kids get in again…

  290. m September 24th, 2011 at 11:45 pm

    How’s the Red Sox bet looking, Nick?

  291. yankeefeminista September 24th, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    Villa, I keep rereading the schedule, hoping I have missed the Charleston home game listings, but no… :(

  292. GreenBeret7 September 24th, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    Bret The Hitman September 24th, 2011 at 11:25 pm
    Most fans were blinded by his talent and completely ignored his character, swingin’ on Lee’s nuts like a trapeze.

    ————————————————————————————————————————–

    Yeah, you’d almost think that Lee was more valuable than David Dejesus.

  293. Nick in SF September 24th, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    Villa, I had them pegged to lose a big crabby boatload of games from the get-go.

    FYI, “Hallelujah” is a Leonard Cohen song.

  294. yankeefeminista September 24th, 2011 at 11:48 pm

    Here’s the sched; am I missing something?: http://blog.blueclaws.com/2011.....breakdown/

  295. Nick in SF September 24th, 2011 at 11:48 pm

    “How’s the Red Sox bet looking, Nick?”

    Clinched winner, under 95.5 games.

    They need to win two more for me to win my over-89.5 games bet with Trisha.

    I’d be ok with losing that one. :grin:

  296. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 24th, 2011 at 11:50 pm

    YF, try this. It is a gorgeous song. Then let me know if you recognize the tune.

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

  297. yankeefeminista September 24th, 2011 at 11:50 pm

    J. Alfred Prufrock September 24th, 2011 at 11:44 pm
    I look up at my TV screen and, to my delight, I see old friend Matsui-san running in from left field.

    Man I miss Matsui.
    ____
    +1 …

    And I miss all the Japanese fans. I loved having soba or sushi before big games to bring Matsui good luck. Especially in the playoffs.

  298. GreenBeret7 September 24th, 2011 at 11:51 pm

    YankeeFem, you’re not missing anything. Blueclaws only play Charleston in 3 games next year. 2-4 May in Charleston.

    “Charleston (Yankees) do not make a visit in to Lakewood next year and the BlueClaws will play just three games against the RiverDogs, in Charleston between May 2 and 4″

  299. Tarheel In NYC September 24th, 2011 at 11:51 pm

    Very good, Nick! You are absolutely correct, sir. And I like Cohen’s version, too. I like any version that I’ve ever heard (a sign of a great song, IMHO), but Wainwright’s is the one that touches me and brings me to tears on any given day.

  300. J. Alfred Prufrock September 24th, 2011 at 11:52 pm

    “Charleston (Yankees) do not make a visit in to Lakewood next year and the BlueClaws will play just three games against the RiverDogs, in Charleston between May 2 and 4.”
    ///

    :( :( :(

  301. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 24th, 2011 at 11:52 pm

    “FYI, “Hallelujah” is a Leonard Cohen song.”

    Nick, I don’t know if you’ve ever heard Cohen singing it but I don’t like it.

    When I heard it tonight it almost sounded like Andrea Bocelli singing and it was so angelic.

    Leonard Cohen has composed some phenomenal songs.

  302. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 24th, 2011 at 11:53 pm

    Tarheel maybe it was Wainright singing it. Does his voice remind you at all of Andrea Bocelli’s? I know what you mean about it bringing you to tears because that’s how I felt when I heard it tonight.

  303. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 24th, 2011 at 11:54 pm

    Angels win and live to see another day. 4-2 final

  304. GreenBeret7 September 24th, 2011 at 11:54 pm

    Ian Kennedy ends the season as the winningest pitcher in the NL with 21 and an ERA of 2.88. Only Kershaw can tie Kennedy in wins if he gets another start.

  305. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 24th, 2011 at 11:55 pm

    DEFINITELY Wainwright.

    YF – you have to listen to this one. Absolutely glorious.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kB67HO8tkQs

  306. Tarheel In NYC September 24th, 2011 at 11:55 pm

    Well gang, I’m off to the laundromat. Hopefully, it’s late enough that all of the screaming kids who run around while cramming Cheetos from the vending machines into their mouths will be home in bed, and I won’t have to fight for dryers and carts.

    Have a good night, all. Let’s take 2 tomorrow :)

  307. J. Alfred Prufrock September 24th, 2011 at 11:56 pm

    Bocelli singing con te partiro solo takes the breath away

  308. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 24th, 2011 at 11:57 pm

    “I, for one, will indeed crow about the Orioles’ whole season.

    My sportsbook already paid off the under-76 wins bet.

    Chocolate to follow.”

    :D

  309. m September 24th, 2011 at 11:58 pm

    Good for you, Nick. Always good to see Boston loss(es) become someone else’s (financial) gain.

    Side note, good to see Melky, Ian, and Wang have good seasons. Especially Wang, who had a long road back.

  310. J. Alfred Prufrock September 25th, 2011 at 12:00 am

    Tarheel, have a good one!

  311. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 25th, 2011 at 12:00 am

    “Bocelli singing con te partiro solo takes the breath away”

    I have tears in my eyes just thinking about it. Talk about a voice touched by God. Bocelli was one of my dad’s favorite singers. We were going to take him to hear Bocelli when he came to Providence but my dad left us suddenly and we never got to take him.

    :(

  312. Tarheel In NYC September 25th, 2011 at 12:00 am

    You know, Trisha, I never thought about Wainwright and Bocelli’s voices being similar. But now that you mention it, I think you’re on to something. I just listened to it again, closed my eyes, and there’s definitely a Bocelli-like quality there.

  313. Villa Nova-Ya September 25th, 2011 at 12:01 am

    Yankeefeminista -

    I just took a look at that link – you didn’t miss anything. It’s there in black and white, paragraph form. Charleston does not come into Lakewood; three games in Charleston. That’s it. :(

  314. Tarheel In NYC September 25th, 2011 at 12:01 am

    Thank you, JAP! And the very same to you :)

  315. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 25th, 2011 at 12:01 am

    Be careful out there Tarheel! Talk to you tomorrow.

  316. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 25th, 2011 at 12:02 am

    Tarheel, both singers make me cry.

  317. yankeefeminista September 25th, 2011 at 12:03 am

    I listened to both versions. Yes, it is ethereal. The Wainwright version especially. The words are beautiful. I don’t know much of Cohen’s work, but I can tell the lyrics are his.

  318. Villa Nova-Ya September 25th, 2011 at 12:04 am

    m -

    A good year for Yankees, those still at home, and those who’ve flown the nest.

  319. Nick in SF September 25th, 2011 at 12:05 am

    Many are partial to the Jeff Buckley version:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8AWFf7EAc4

  320. JM September 25th, 2011 at 12:06 am

    I am not a fan of Bon Jovi, but he does a pretty good version of “Hallelujah.” My favorite is still Jeff Buckley’s, though.

  321. JM September 25th, 2011 at 12:07 am

    Nick in SF,

    :)

    I was fortunate enough to see Jeff Buckley play his version in a very small club only a few months before his death. Took my breath away.

  322. yankeefeminista September 25th, 2011 at 12:08 am

    Villa, ugh. Love going to Lakewood. Guess I will have to take a road trip…to (gulp) W Va. I think that is the closest team to the NY metro area that the Dogs play at.

  323. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 25th, 2011 at 12:12 am

    “What he did today is what he’s been doing most of the year for us,” Joe Girardi said. “… Freddy’s a guy that’s been there and done all that.”

    I think it was blake who was saying he is someone who feels good with the veterans in there. I am the same way. Give me someone who is effective and who has been there before, that person has my confidence in the postseasoon.

  324. J. Alfred Prufrock September 25th, 2011 at 12:14 am

    trisha – true pinstriped blue September 25th, 2011 at 12:00 am
    “Bocelli singing con te partiro solo takes the breath away”

    I have tears in my eyes just thinking about it. Talk about a voice touched by God. Bocelli was one of my dad’s favorite singers. We were going to take him to hear Bocelli when he came to Providence but my dad left us suddenly and we never got to take him.
    ///

    Trisha, I’m very sorry. The song can comfort, as it is about connecting with a loved one from the next plane of life. That’s how I hear it. May it comfort you.

  325. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 25th, 2011 at 12:15 am

    YF did you recognize the tune?

  326. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 25th, 2011 at 12:16 am

    I just listened to Buckley’s version and it gave me chills. What a hauntingly beautiful voice.

  327. yankeefeminista September 25th, 2011 at 12:18 am

    Nick, I definitely like the rawer more “unorthodox” Buckley version. Haunting is the word, especially the ending.

  328. JM September 25th, 2011 at 12:18 am

    trisha,

    jeff buckley was such a great talent. so sad he left us at such a young age.

  329. JM September 25th, 2011 at 12:19 am

    Here is a nice article about Jesus from the Star-Ledger:

    http://www.nj.com/yankees/inde.....n_red.html

  330. yankeefeminista September 25th, 2011 at 12:19 am

    trisha, yes I do recognize it but may just be that a song like that is recognizable the first time you hear it (if you know what I mean).

  331. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 25th, 2011 at 12:20 am

    “Trisha, I’m very sorry. The song can comfort, as it is about connecting with a loved one from the next plane of life. That’s how I hear it. May it comfort you.”

    J Al, thank you. I have to believe my dad has now heard the most heavenly versions of that song and can have front-row seats to any Bocelli performance. I have strong faith in an afterlife.

    The song always reduced me to tears though. What a beautiful beautiful job Bocelli does with it.

  332. yankeefeminista September 25th, 2011 at 12:21 am

    JM September 25th, 2011 at 12:07 am
    Nick in SF,

    I was fortunate enough to see Jeff Buckley play his version in a very small club only a few months before his death. Took my breath away.
    _____
    I can understand why. It must have been epic.

  333. J. Alfred Prufrock September 25th, 2011 at 12:22 am

    trisha, incidentally I know someone who met Andrea at Carnegie Hall. He shook her hand upon their introduction. She said she received such a wave of feeling when he took her hand, and that she realized no one had never really given her a true handshake before. She said it was as if his entire being was in that handshake (makes me think of Mariano). The man is blind, of course, but she thought it was much more than that. She reminded me that this was just an instant, nothing lingering about it, as handshakes are quick, and yet she felt a communication she found hard to describe. His voice has the same effect on people, I think.

  334. J. Alfred Prufrock September 25th, 2011 at 12:22 am

    *had ever

  335. yankeefeminista September 25th, 2011 at 12:24 am

    Con te partire is sublime.

  336. yankeefeminista September 25th, 2011 at 12:25 am

    Any updates on King Felix?

  337. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 25th, 2011 at 12:26 am

    I really like our night crew. What a very diversified (might I say cultured?) group. Thanks for the bond and the sharing. It’s so nice, especially when we know we don’t have to be wondering about when our Yanks are going to clinch!

    I think I want to go for a ride. Anyone who has lost someone meaningful in their lives will understand the next sentiment. You can go along for a while without a hitch and then something can happen and it can flood back on you like it just happened. At this moment I am really missing my dad. (And it pisses me off that he’s not here…)

    Talk to you all later. Thanks again for our tremendous Yankee bond.

  338. J. Alfred Prufrock September 25th, 2011 at 12:27 am

    J Al, thank you. I have to believe my dad has now heard the most heavenly versions of that song and can have front-row seats to any Bocelli performance. I have strong faith in an afterlife.

    The song always reduced me to tears though. What a beautiful beautiful job Bocelli does with it.
    ////

    trisha, there are scientists who have already proven the afterlife exists. Some of us don’t need proof, but the data could, and I believe eventually will, change the world in very practical and important ways. Believe it.

  339. yankeefeminista September 25th, 2011 at 12:29 am

    Trisha, I <3 you.

  340. J. Alfred Prufrock September 25th, 2011 at 12:33 am

    yankeefeminista September 25th, 2011 at 12:24 am
    Con te partire is sublime.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tcrfvP11Hbo

  341. BIG AL September 25th, 2011 at 12:33 am

    A great night, Andrea is great, but I stll have a great love for Luciano Pavarotti.

    We have home field throughout AL PS, and we control to a great degree who the WC is.

  342. yankeefeminista September 25th, 2011 at 12:34 am

    JM, nice story on Montero. But Girardi’s emphasis on Montero as a threat solely versus lefties is starting to bug me. Is it because Montero is going to be platooned and they don’t want to give out a different impression or because they aren’t very impressed with his AB’s vs. righties? Very strange.

  343. JM September 25th, 2011 at 12:34 am

    trisha,

    i understand perfectly….i often find taking a ride and listening to some of my favorite music helps at times like that….

    Goodnight everyone. Planning to dream about a Yankee dh sweep tomorrow. :)

  344. BIG AL September 25th, 2011 at 12:35 am

    JAP -

    As you said, if you have Belief, then you shall be rewarded.

  345. JM September 25th, 2011 at 12:36 am

    yankeefem,

    yes, Joe’s comment about Montero and lefties, along with Cashman’s comments in the same vein the other day, about Montero struggling against righty pitching, annoyed me. give the kid a shot and play him every day, or almost every day. didn’t he hit his first two hrs against a righthander??

  346. yankeefeminista September 25th, 2011 at 12:37 am

    JM, I believe he has 4 HR vs. righties.

  347. yankeefeminista September 25th, 2011 at 12:39 am

    Big Al, Pavarotti is definitely welcome at this party. :)

  348. BIG AL September 25th, 2011 at 12:39 am

    yankeefeminista September 25th, 2011 at 12:34 am

    —————————————————————

    I think you’re reading it wrong. The Yankees are so happy with the job Jones has done since the AS break, they’d like him to get AB’s against LH pitchers, and Montero vs. LH and RH pitchers. Girardi has said Montero hits both, as he did his HR today. Be patient Jesus will have a very long Yankees career, and many AB’s, that’s for sure.

  349. GreenBeret7 September 25th, 2011 at 12:41 am

    As good as jeff Buckley was, he couldn’t match his father, in voice or writing songs.

  350. J. Alfred Prufrock September 25th, 2011 at 12:42 am

    BIG AL September 25th, 2011 at 12:35 am
    JAP -

    As you said, if you have Belief, then you shall be rewarded.
    ///

    Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted. …

  351. BIG AL September 25th, 2011 at 12:42 am

    YF -

    When I need to think, relax or just need to unwind, Pavarotti does it for me. The first time I saw him at the Met, I became a huge fan, the man was God sent with that voice, the best I’ve ever listened to.

  352. BIG AL September 25th, 2011 at 12:43 am

    JAP -

    Did you see my post to you the other night in regards to Posada?

  353. yankeefeminista September 25th, 2011 at 12:43 am

    Al, I understand the reasons, but not the rhetoric. Girardi makes it sound like Montero can’t hit righties when Girardi makes those kinds of statement.s

  354. J. Alfred Prufrock September 25th, 2011 at 12:43 am

    JM September 25th, 2011 at 12:19 am
    Here is a nice article about Jesus from the Star-Ledger:

    http://www.nj.com/yankees/inde…..n_red.html
    ///

    thanks much for posting, JM.

  355. BIG AL September 25th, 2011 at 12:45 am

    YF -

    Don’t read too much into what is said to reporters, that’s not always the thinking behind closed doors by Joe and Cashman.

  356. J. Alfred Prufrock September 25th, 2011 at 12:47 am

    BIG AL September 25th, 2011 at 12:43 am
    JAP -

    Did you see my post to you the other night in regards to Posada?
    ///

    Yes, Big AL, I did. Thanks for that. I addressed you the next day about your post and the moment itself. It was extraordinary to be there. There were people with tears in their eyes. He’s a beloved Yankee.

  357. Villa Nova-Ya September 25th, 2011 at 12:49 am

    yankeefeminista -

    I wouldn’t get all worked up about what Girardi said. He tends to have some tunnel vision – and right now, Montero is there because they need his bat against lefties. So that’s he prism through which Girardi is viewing him. He surely has the fact that his 4 HRs have come against righties in front of him, too.

    He sees what we see. But he’s seeing it in a way that fills a particular need for him right now.

  358. J. Alfred Prufrock September 25th, 2011 at 12:49 am

    My Dad admires Pavarotti and Domingo but he always adds, “no one can tough Caruso, though…”

  359. BIG AL September 25th, 2011 at 12:49 am

    JAP -

    Glad you saw it. Things have been crazy here the last few days, and I haven’t been aroung too much, sorry I missed your reply. As soon as Posada hit it, I thought of you at the game, and knew you’d be very pleased.

  360. yankeefeminista September 25th, 2011 at 12:51 am

    Al, I realize, but the repetition is curious and unnecessary.

    Pruf, yes, a most beloved Yankee and a beautiful night at NYS. Pumped to see his AB’s tomorrow.

  361. jacksquat September 25th, 2011 at 12:51 am

    Funny how Girardi and Cashman talk about Montero’s “struggles” vs rhp but they let Tex hit 3rd vs rhp for an entire year hitting .219.

  362. BIG AL September 25th, 2011 at 12:52 am

    JAP -

    With due respect to your Dad, Caruso was the tenor all were judged against, but, IMHO, that now belongs to Pavarotti. It’s all great, and I enjoy listening to several, and do appreciate the differences in style. Great talent is to be enjoyed, and none dismissed.

  363. yankeefeminista September 25th, 2011 at 12:53 am

    Villa, I hear you. I know with Montero he will ultimately get AB’s vs. both lefties and righties, but I still don’t appreciate the rhetoric.

  364. J. Alfred Prufrock September 25th, 2011 at 12:53 am

    Big AL, that’s very nice to hear. I’m honored to be linked in your thoughts with Jorge Posada. He’s given us some great moments. I get a kick out of seeing him interact with Montero, too. It’s clear he’s fond of him and hopes for him. You love that – one generation of Yankee to another…I like Martin but I just see Montero as Posada’s true successor…

  365. BIG AL September 25th, 2011 at 12:55 am

    jackaquat -

    You have a valid point, but, keep in mind Tex brings more to the team than his bat. Having his glove in the lineup saves runs, IMO.

  366. J. Alfred Prufrock September 25th, 2011 at 12:56 am

    Big AL, my Dad doesn’t want to hear nothin’ when it comes to Ruth, JoeD, Mantle or Mattingly, OR Caruso :D.

    That’s just the way it is in his house!

  367. BIG AL September 25th, 2011 at 12:57 am

    JAP -

    If this is to be Posada’s last year, I hope the Yankees are smart enough to keep him around as a special coach. I love Montero, but, he still has a good deal to learn his craft, and Posada could go a long way in his development.

  368. J. Alfred Prufrock September 25th, 2011 at 12:58 am

    yankeefeminista September 25th, 2011 at 12:51 am
    Al, I realize, but the repetition is curious and unnecessary.

    Pruf, yes, a most beloved Yankee and a beautiful night at NYS. Pumped to see his AB’s tomorrow.
    ///

    I have to think he’s safe for postseason. Girardi doesn’t generally tip his hand but of late he’s kind of gone out on a limb saying “not sure, but I think he’ll be there” wink-wink. He can’t play with him like that – he’s on the roster.

    We’ll see him tomorrow.

  369. BIG AL September 25th, 2011 at 1:01 am

    I must make it a point to start posting more often, now that the blog has turned into a place one can have enjoyable back and forth exchange of thoughts.

    That being said, this old man is going to hit the sack.

    Have a great night – GO YANKEES! :)

  370. J. Alfred Prufrock September 25th, 2011 at 1:01 am

    You know, AL, I think Jorge’s had a chance, albeit reluctantly, to be an observer a lot this season. It’s been a slow wash over him, that this is the end of the line. I think he would welcome, say, being involved in ST, and I do think he has a stake in Montero’s future. He may need a year away from it, though. That is, if he retires at all…although I don’t think he’d really relish going to another team…

  371. J. Alfred Prufrock September 25th, 2011 at 1:04 am

    Good one, AL. I’m turning in, too. I am an “old guy” who has a double header in front of him to attend!
    ///

    Yankfem, see you across the street from Ruth’s House!

    Night, all.

  372. BIG AL September 25th, 2011 at 1:04 am

    JAP -

    If I were a guest in your Dad’s house, I’d have to agree with his points of view, lol. The Mick is my great Yankees love, I’ve read the books written about him, but, no matter what’s been said, it doesn’t change my thinking of him as my true Yankees hero. Others have had, and will have great careers, but, no one will surplant the Mick in my heart. Good night.

  373. yankeefeminista September 25th, 2011 at 1:08 am

    See you in the Bronx, Pruf. Nice to see you Big Al. Wonderful night on the Lohud! Go Yanks! Sweep the Sox! Good night, all!

  374. BJK September 25th, 2011 at 1:10 am

    Wow.

    Check out this song Pete posted on Extra Bases.

    http://lansdowneandthestreets.bandcamp.com/

  375. UnKnown September 25th, 2011 at 1:15 am

    BJK September 25th, 2011 at 1:10 am
    Wow.

    Check out this song Pete posted on Extra Bases.

    http://lansdowneandthestreets.bandcamp.com/

    ——-

    Wow! All I can say is I can’t wait for the Remix Titled “We Crapped Our Pants”

  376. pat September 25th, 2011 at 1:20 am

    “Many are partial to the Jeff Buckley version”

    It’s been covered by lots of people over the years but Buckley’s version has a really tortured and haunting quality to it to me.

  377. luis September 25th, 2011 at 1:55 am

    Just came back from a dinner party, and i just scrolled through all the posts. I must say WOW!!, this is the blog i fell in love with. smart discussions, fun jokes and a unabashed love for the NY Yankees!!. GO YANKEES!!.

    Good Night all!!!, what a night i missed!!

  378. jacksquat September 25th, 2011 at 4:41 am

    BIG AL September 25th, 2011 at 12:55 am
    jackaquat -

    You have a valid point, but, keep in mind Tex brings more to the team than his bat. Having his glove in the lineup saves runs, IMO

    His glove is great, he hits lhp great, but that doesn’t mean he should hit #3 vs rhp. I didn’t say he shouldn’t be in the lineup at all.

  379. Nilsson September 25th, 2011 at 7:10 am

    I’m watching video recap of the game along with the commentary from the game thread. It’s an interesting perspective. Much better than listening to Kay or Fox broadcasters.

    A few things:

    - Garcia is the man. He has bought them more time to develop the minor league starters and it’s allowed them to avoid risky moves at the trade deadline. And he’s type B, so it gives them quality options in the offseason.

    - I’m running out of adjectives for Montero. I thought Tazawa made a pretty decent pitch. He painted the outside corner, but Jesus decided to reroute it into a low-flying heat seeking missile over the porch. There’s only a handful of major league hitters who can do that.

    - Lastly, check out Moneyball if you can. Baseball and statistical analysis are merely backdrops to the movie. It’s actually different from the book and it’s well made.

  380. BBFan September 25th, 2011 at 8:11 am

    “Girardi makes it sound like Montero can’t hit righties when Girardi makes those kinds of statement.s”

    Those statements are in deference to Posada on the roster.
    The manager has to worry much more than what we bloggers think.
    Every word he says is disected and some mediot will start a strom that Girardi does not like PO. and he is not fair to him.

  381. 108 stitches September 25th, 2011 at 8:13 am

    Even a split today and a Rays win causes the Orioles to be difference makers for any Sux chances.

  382. upstate kate September 25th, 2011 at 8:22 am

    BBFan
    I agree. I am sure the Yankees realize tht Montero can hit righties, but Po deserves to be on the post season roster. I think it was Po blocking Montero from coming up earlier, certainly not Cervelli. This is Po’s last season in pinstripes, and, hopefully for his sake, his last season as a player.

  383. Ys Guy September 25th, 2011 at 8:27 am

    yeah, but the o’s suck. just because carl lewis could slip on a leaf on the track doesnt make the leaf a good hurdler. the o’s are a terrible team with by far the worst pitching in baseball (last by more than 50 runs allowed!) i hope the socks lose to the O’s but its not b/c the O’s are somehow becoming a ‘factor’, they just happen to be the next team on the schedule of a team in the midst of an epic collapse.

  384. J. Alfred Prufrock September 25th, 2011 at 8:53 am

    Running off to the the Bronx, but here’s another reason why C should be roundly worshipped:

    Yankees ace helps rookie after rocky debut

    This is what you want when you drop seven years and $161 million on a player and another reason why the Yankees should present CC Sabathia with a blank check long before he has to decide to opt out.
    Moments after Dellin Betances’ disastrous major league debut Thursday night against the Rays — when the Brooklyn product issued four walks, hit a batter and gave up two runs — he got a text message from Sabathia. Then Friday, Sabathia pulled up a chair at Betances’ locker and had a chat with the 23-year-old right-hander.
    “Right after the game he shot me a text telling me to keep my head up,” Betances said.

    And Friday at the locker?
    “He told me to slow the game down. He is awesome. He is the same guy you see out there on the mound,” Betances said. “He is in contention for the Cy Young every year and if everything goes right, he will be a Hall of Famer. I feel honored that he took the time to talk to me.”
    Sabathia said it wasn’t a pep talk, but more along the lines of what Chuck Finley, Dave Burba, Kevin Millwood and Eddie Murray told him when he was a kid with the Indians.
    “I am trying to help out. He is a good kid and easy to talk to. I told him to slow himself down,” Sabathia said. “He was moving way too fast. I remember Kevin Millwood told me the same thing and it helped me a lot.”

    Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/sports.....z1Yy5mNJD0

  385. upstate kate September 25th, 2011 at 8:56 am

    What a great story J Alfred, thanks for sharing.

    Have a great time today! Enjoy watching the collapse of the most over rated team in baseball.

  386. Triple Short of a Cycle September 25th, 2011 at 8:56 am

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