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Leyland calls himself a “big supporter” of the Yankees

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Sep 29, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Our friend Rick Carpiniello was in the interview room for Tigers manager Jim Leyland. When Leyland walked out of the Tigers locker room to make his way to the podium, he got a hug from former Yankees manager Joe Torre.

Carp passed along the exchange:

Torre: “I’ve got to come listen to you. Are you going to say anything interesting?”
Leyland: “No, I’m going to say the same stuff you said all those years.”
Torre: “I’ll come listen and learn what I sounded like.”

In his press conference, Leyland was asked about the differences in these two teams since the opened the season here at Yankee Stadium back in March.

“Well, we’re a different team, obviously,” Leyland said. “We’ve had some additions since that time. We did open the season here at Yankee Stadium, and we’re a little bit of a different ballclub. We think we’re a better ballclub. I’m sure the Yankees feel they’re a better ballclub than they were opening day.

“You size this thing up and I think it’s two real good teams going at each other in a great setting, Yankee Stadium. I’m certainly aware of all the history. I can count to 27. It’s great. This is what it’s all about. I’ve always been a big supporter of the New York Yankees. I appreciate the things they’ve done. Certainly I think we’re a very good opponent. ”

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44 Responses to “Leyland calls himself a “big supporter” of the Yankees”

  1. mick September 29th, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    right. an athletic supporter.

  2. blake September 29th, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    Leyland is a classy old school guy. I don’t dislike the Tigers which makes this series slightly less fun for me…..its always more fun when I don’t like the opponent………still really want to beat them regardless.

  3. Red Robin September 29th, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    No “Murderers’ Row and Cano” quip from Leyland ?

  4. Red Robin September 29th, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    To me the Tigres should be known as “Verlander and That Dancer Clown.”

  5. Irreverent Discourse September 29th, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    BJK – I can’t find the series lines but the line tomorrow is apparently Yankees to beat Verlander.
    New York Yankees -1½ (+170) -135

  6. Red Robin September 29th, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    I do remember 2006 and that rain postponement for game 2 .

  7. LGY September 29th, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    @brianmacp: Epstein: “Our decision-making process on expensive free agents, big-ticket free agents, has not been satisfactory — not at all.”

  8. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 29th, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    “Red Robin – Do you remember yesterday when your team was eliminated from the playoffs? That was funny.”

    :D

    Yeah yeah, and Red Robin, do you remember when Papelbon threw the pitch and there were two outs and the Orioles were down to their last strike and the Sux were a strike away from going to the postseason? That was funny.

  9. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 29th, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    Check you out later y’all. And I promised little Red’s mother that if she called we’d send him home. So please listen for her voice.

  10. Irreverent Discourse September 29th, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    BJK – Found it

    New York Yankees (Series Prices) -150

  11. Chase September 29th, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    Jim Leyland: Respect.

  12. Red Robin September 29th, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    2006 ALDS

    Yankees: 97-65
    Tigres: 95-67

    ——

    2011 ALDS

    Yankees: 97-65
    Tigres: 95-67

    ——

    Weird . No ?

  13. Irreverent Discourse September 29th, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    Red Robin – Does Verlander or Fister cheat like Kenny Rogers?

  14. Red Robin September 29th, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    2011 Alburquerque == 2006 Zoombyeya ?

  15. Red Robin September 29th, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    Does Verlander or Fister cheat like Kenny Rogers?

    —-

    Maybe. Especially Fister.

  16. BJK September 29th, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    Irreverent Discourse September 29th, 2011 at 5:05 pm
    BJK – Found it

    New York Yankees (Series Prices) -150

    —————————————————————————

    Thanks I.D.

  17. Irreverent Discourse September 29th, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    BJK – Assuming I’m reading that right it makes the Yankee’s a 3-2 favorite?

  18. blake September 29th, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    By all means Theo……go back to your farm system for next year.

  19. Red Robin September 29th, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    Game 1 ALDS 2006.

    Jeter went 5 for 5 .

    No ?

  20. LGY September 29th, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    Red Robin

    Who are you pulling for in the Rays-Rangers series?

  21. Red Robin September 29th, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    Rangers.

    Yankees would beat the Claude and Antlers easily in ALCS. (That is, if Yankees could get by the Tigres, somehow.)

  22. Irreverent Discourse September 29th, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    If they could only beat this completely inferior team, somehow.

    lol, your schtick isn’t even funny.

  23. Pat M. September 29th, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    Just do not let Miguel Cabrera beat you….If the Bombers can tap into the Tiger pen early tomorrow by showing some restraint vs. Justin it could be a factor when the clubs head to Detroit…….I read where CB made a very astute point about bat speed and Montero……I do think Mark Texeria is going to play big with the stick……Miggy under wraps is a huge assignment in my opinion…….Hey has GB been away as of late ????

  24. Jerkface September 29th, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    Why respond to a concern troll?

  25. BJK September 29th, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    Irreverent Discourse September 29th, 2011 at 5:12 pm
    BJK – Assuming I’m reading that right it makes the Yankee’s a 3-2 favorite?

    ————————————————————————————————-

    I’m a novice at the sports betting and just starting to learn it myself.

    Tomorrow’s game, I think if the Yankees +170, that means you have to bet $170 to win $100.

    If Detroit were -190, that would mean if you bet $100, you win $190.

    I think.

  26. Red Robin September 29th, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    You said the same thing in 2006 .

    No ?

    Just because I think the Tigres will win does not mean I am not Yankee fan .

  27. BJK September 29th, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    Not sure how much patience will be a factor vs Verlander tomorrow.

    He’s probably on like 130 pitch count. He’s not getting chased early unless we hit him out. And even then, he probably won’t leave early.

  28. kd September 29th, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    other than v-mart, do the tigers have left handed power? it seems that they are a right handed dominant team, a lot of which will be neutralized by the stadium, and home field advantage.

    grind out a game against verlander, get into their pen early, and steal bases. a big series from tex or arod and it’s over.

    a sweep would be very nice

  29. kd September 29th, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    bjk,

    they’ll be facing cc. if he’s on and the yanks put up a 5 spot on verlander through 4 innings, how much can leyland stay with him?

  30. Red Robin September 29th, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    If not in denial, you would see that it is a very lopsided match up, pitching-wise .

    Tigres clearly have big advantage in both starting rotation and bullpen.

  31. Yankee Trader September 29th, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    Although Posada has a career .300 BA, 3 doubles in 20 ab’s against Verlander, righties hit him somewhat better this year .215 to .174 with slugging% of .364 by righties to .274 by lefties. Cano, Granderson, Teixeira, Swisher, Chavez all have below the Mendoza line career BA against Verlander.

    The reason I’m bringing this up is I believe Montero should be in there against a pitcher with a dominating fastball, with his bat speed and power to the opposite field.

    The Yankees have a clear advantage on the basepaths and hopefully the speed merchants will find a way to get on base and run, run, run to manufacture some runs.

  32. BJK September 29th, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    kd September 29th, 2011 at 5:30 pm
    bjk,

    they’ll be facing cc. if he’s on and the yanks put up a 5 spot on verlander through 4 innings, how much can leyland stay with him?

    ———————————————————————————————–

    That’s why I said we’d have to hit him out. Working the count and driving up the pitch count won’t do much unless we drive the runs in.

    I think Leyland can stay with him a pretty long time actually. How long did Maddon stay with Price? Verlander is better. The wheels would have to come completely off for Verlander to get a pre-7th inning hook.

  33. hardwired7 September 29th, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    Funny how quickly ESPN was scrubbed clean.

    Collapse? What collapse?

    It’s football season, baby!

  34. Yankee Trader September 29th, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    BJK-

    Based on this years splits, working the count probably won’t work in the Yankees favor. Batters have done better swinging at the first pitch, and staying aggressive.

    Split stats verlander + Yankee career averages:

    http://espn.go.com/mlb/player/.....-verlander

  35. Nick in SF September 29th, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    It’s been answered, but the Yanks are -150 to win the series at the two places I just checked.

    That means you risk $150 to win $100 plus your original stake.

    For tomorrow’s game, the Yanks are -135 on the money line, which means just to win. So you’d risk $135 to win $100.

    The Yanks are +170 on the run line, which is like a -1.5 ‘run’ spread, so they would have to win by 2 runs or more to cover that. Your $100 wager would win you an additional $170.

    Anytime you see a – sign before the number, you are risking more than you’ll win, so that team is favored.

    Last night the Yanks were +225 on the money line, the biggest payoff on them I can remember seeing this season. They were +115 on the run line, which was +1.5 runs as the Yanks were the underdogs. I was really dreading a multi-run walkoff homer for the Rays, as that would’ve killed my wagers, but since the Rays only won by a single run, all my wagers with the Yanks getting +1.5 runs paid out.

  36. Pat M. September 29th, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    hardwire7…..From what I watched today on ESPN, all the shows that aren’t studio-ed in Bristol just skewered the Soxxx…..Even Jackie MacMullen hammered them on Around The Horn……Jim Rome and Colin Cowhard were classic today….

  37. Nilsson September 29th, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    I didn’t realize Verlander had a significant lefty/righty split. It’s not as if righties are knocking the cover off his pitches, but he’s really neutralizing left handed hitters this season with the power changeup.

    I’d prefer that Montero get the start, but it is what it is. Need a big performance from CC.

  38. BJK September 29th, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    Thanks Nick.

    Very interesting that everyone in the press seems to be picking the Tigers, but Vegas still likes the Yankees.

  39. Yankee Trader September 29th, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    Even Peter Gammons couldn’t put a positive spin on the Sox massive collapse.

  40. BJK September 29th, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    Yankee Trader September 29th, 2011 at 5:43 pm
    BJK-

    Based on this years splits, working the count probably won’t work in the Yankees favor. Batters have done better swinging at the first pitch, and staying aggressive.

    Split stats verlander + Yankee career averages:

    http://espn.go.com/mlb/player/…..-verlander

    ——————————————————————

    Yup. Again, that’s why I don’t think being patient and working the count will work vs Verlander.

    Have to hit the ball.

  41. Bx is Burning September 29th, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    Nothing says Yankee fan like a d-bag who started the year regularly posting as “2011 Champion Red Sox,” ey, Ruby?
    Pretty clear who’s in denial.

  42. Yankee Trader September 29th, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    New post: Yankees draw Gerry Davis as crew chief ?

  43. Nick in SF September 29th, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    The Yankees always have skewed odds, because there is always a lot of casual — or ‘square’ — money on them. So betting the Yankees is more expensive than it should be. It’s typical to see a ridiculous line like -270 or worse when you get CC pitching vs. the Royals or some such team.

    So it’s not so much that Vegas ‘likes’ the Yankees, it’s just that there will be a lot of money on the Yankees and that’s the line that Vegas thinks will attract even money on both sides, which is what the Sportsbooks always want. When you get an even matchup, with no favorite, then both sides of the wager would be -110, and that 10 is the profit that the book makes on the wager whichever way the game goes.

  44. hardwired7 September 29th, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    Pat M – I was referring to the site.

    Wish I had seen the tv side.

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