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Postgame notes: “Friday’s what we play for, and it’s here”

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

B.J. Upton was at the plate in the 12th inning when the television showed the last step of the Boston collapse. The crowd here at Tropicana Field went berserk, and the volume only increased when the final score was posted on the scoreboard in left field.

Evan Longoria was literally the very next hitter.

It happened that quickly, from Jonathan Papelbon’s meltdown in Baltimore to Longoria’s game winner in St. Pete, eight minutes passed. A night that had already seen the Rangers lockup the No. 2 seed in the American League and the Cardinals clinch the wild card in the National League, ended with an unlikely celebration at the Trop.

“That was one of the best days in baseball’s history probably,” Mark Teixeira said. “Every game tonight all across baseball seemed like it mattered, and there were some great finishes… Give (the Rays) a lot of credit. Down seven runs going into the eighth inning with your season on the line, obviously we don’t want to be on the short end of that stick, but you give them a lot of credit for the way they fought back.”

Funny thing is, none of it really mattered to the Yankees. They didn’t need a win today. They just needed to get through this game with their players healthy, and they more or less did that (more on that in a bit). For the Yankees, the game that really mattered was the Rangers win against the Angels. That’s the game that setup a division series matchup between the Yankees and the Tigers.

“It’s a strange game,” Joe Girardi said. “You never know what’s going to happen from night to night. It’s weird, but Friday’s what we play for, and it’s here.”

Here’s Girardi.

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• Girardi officially named a three-man rotation for the division series: CC Sabathia, Ivan Nova and Freddy Garcia. “We just like the way that Freddy’s pitched,” Girardi said. “Freddy’s pitched well. We talked about it and debated about it a long time, and we just decided to go with Freddy. We like the way that Freddy has competed all year, and we’re going to send him out there.”

• Sabathia will pitch Games 1 and 4. Nova will pitch Games 2 and 5.

• A.J. Burnett will move to the bullpen for the division series. That’s why he faced a batter in relief tonight, just so he could do it one time before the postseason. “He’s a guy that can get a strikeout for us if we need it, and he’s a guy that can give us some distance if we need that,” Girardi said. “He can do multiple things.”

• Alex Rodriguez is fine. Girardi said his knee was “achy,” but Girardi said he has “no doubt whatsoever” that Rodriguez will be able to play Friday. “I don’t really have a concern about him,” Girardi said. “The turf can do that to you sometimes, and he’ll be ready to go Friday.”

• Jesus Montero was sent for X-rays after a tipped ball hit his throwing hand. The results were negative, and Girardi expects Montero to be sore but available. “My guess is that he’ll be OK,” Girardi said. “We’ll check tomorrow, but the x-ray came out negative”

• Girardi said he used his bullpen according to plan. At one point Hector Noesi seemed to be stretching, but I don’t think he ever threw a pitch. “I had talked about that I wasn’t going to use Robby, Soriano or Mo,” Girardi said. “That was the bottom line, and we tried to close it out. We had a seven-run lead with two (innings to play) and I went to guys with experience, and we didn’t get it done.”

• What does Girardi make of Luis Ayala and Boone Logan — two guys who have actually been in his bullpen all year — giving up six runs in an inning? “I don’t make too much of it,” Girardi said. “You just don’t.”

• Before Logan and Ayala, a total of seven Yankees pitchers — five of them September call-ups — pitched a total of seven scoreless innings.

• Dellin Betances walked two in the first inning, but he got back-to-back strikeouts to strand the runners, and his first big league start spanned two scoreless innings. Not a bad way to bounce back after an rocky debut at home.

• The two teams combined to use 18 pitchers — 11 of them were Yankees — which set a new record at Tropicana Field. The previous high was 15 in a game between the Rays and Red Sox.

• Mark Teixeira hit two home runs and will finish with 39 for the season, one shy of the second 40-homer season of his career. His grand slam in the second inning was the fourth allowed by a Rays pitcher this season (the first was hit by Jorge Posada). It was the Yankees 10th grand slam of the season and the seventh of Teixeira’s career.

• It was Teixeira’s first grand slam on the road since hitting one off Edwar Ramirez in 2008. Did you think you’d read Edwar Ramirez’s name tonight?

• The game-tying home run that Cory Wade allowed in the ninth inning was the first run he had allowed against the Rays in six appearances this season. Wade opened the season on the Rays Triple-A team and came to the Yankees because the Rays wouldn’t give him a shot in the big leagues.

• On the Rays comeback: They were 9 games out of the wild card on September 4, the most games ever overcome in September to get into the postseason in Major League history. The Rays went 16-8 since September 4 while Boston went 6-18. Tonight, the Rays were down by seven runs in the eighth inning, making this the second-largest comeback in franchise history and the largest at Tropicana Field.

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120 Responses to “Postgame notes: “Friday’s what we play for, and it’s here””

  1. UnKnown September 29th, 2011 at 1:38 am

    haha, I wonder if “It’s fun” still for the Elf.

    Isn’t this the same garbage that Papelblown was saying after the Angels tattoed him in Game 3 of the 2009 ALDS. How he will be back and blah blah blah. Go do another irish jig dance you idiot. LOL

    Definitely one of the greatest nights ever. I am glad we could help out and be a part of it.

  2. Betsy September 29th, 2011 at 1:39 am

    I don’t get why they’ve already decided to pitch CC on 3 days rest regardless of how the series is going – and while Nova has been terrific, a rookie in the do or die game of the ALDS?

  3. LGY September 29th, 2011 at 1:39 am

    Remember when Lavaaaaahnway was the hero?

    PeteAbe Pete Abraham
    Lavarnway left a village on the bases tonight.

  4. m September 29th, 2011 at 1:43 am

    You gotta get back in it or nail the coffin shut in Game 4 with CC. Although it would have been good to have CC lineup up for a potential Game 5 because that would truly be a win or go home game.

    But having CC go in the middle of the series means that he can pitch early in the next round.

  5. Betsy September 29th, 2011 at 1:45 am

    M, true………..and if there is a game 5, it’s all hands on deck. I really assumed there would be a 4th starter…….if we advance, I suppose AJ will be that.

  6. Captain Clutch September 29th, 2011 at 1:45 am

    So the greatest team ever didn’t make the play offs? Really?

    I can’t stop laughing lol

  7. Betsy September 29th, 2011 at 1:46 am

    Ok, I’ve got to get some sleep……interesting night, lol.

    Baseball is the greatest game in the world. For those kids that think it’s too slow and boring, they don’t know what they are missing

  8. LGY September 29th, 2011 at 1:47 am

    @jtomase
    Crawford: “This is a devastating blow. We go down in history as 1 of the worst collapses ever. It def doesn’t feel good to be part of that.”

  9. m September 29th, 2011 at 1:54 am

    http://espn.go.com/new-york/ml.....nale-early

    News alert: Reyes is selfish.

  10. LGY September 29th, 2011 at 1:54 am

    Mike Napoli finishes the season at .320/.414/.631 with 30 HR and 75 RBIs in 369 ABs.

    How stupid are Mike Scoscia and Tony Reagins?

    That godawful Vernon Wells trade may have single handedly decided the AL West.

  11. Nick in SF September 29th, 2011 at 1:55 am

    I hope no one objects, but I’m celebrating with gelato.

  12. UnKnown September 29th, 2011 at 1:58 am

    And the dorks on Baseball Tonight predict the Tigers to get past the Yankees – Shocker…

    This is great news because ESPN is so awesome at predicting baseball the Yankees are now guaranteed a trip to the ALCS – bwahahaha

  13. Pat M. September 29th, 2011 at 2:01 am

    Angels aren’t stupid LGY…..They replaced Morales with ROY Tumbo and had to take Vernon Wells after Boston blew up their 5/ 89 million dollar original offer …They were also not stupid when they didn’t even offer a contract to Lackey and KJ-Rod the year before…..In the end, the Halo pen did them in more than an enemic offense……Be glad they’re not on the October schedule………

  14. hardwired7 September 29th, 2011 at 2:01 am

    To be fair to Lavarnway, he was preoccupied w/the people from the HoF. Those bronze busts are surprisingly time-consuming.

  15. m September 29th, 2011 at 2:07 am

    I thought I noticed some plaster of paris in Lavarnway’s stubble.

  16. NYYanksFan September 29th, 2011 at 2:07 am

    “Just 2 hours ago it was 7-0 & 3-2. All of a sudden within 8 minutes the world changes. That’s what makes baseball the greatest game.” ARod

  17. m September 29th, 2011 at 2:09 am

    Second comment of the game thread at extra bases, “Only 6 more years of Crawful.”

    Little did they know their worst nightmare would come true.

  18. Captain Clutch September 29th, 2011 at 2:11 am

    FakePeteGammons I think it’s totally correct to blame Dice K & Buchholtz injuries for collapse even though healthy Lester & Papelbon pitched last game.

  19. Captain Clutch September 29th, 2011 at 2:12 am

    FakePeteGammons
    There’s a new curse in Boston. Not the curse of Crawford, the curse of @PeteAbe Send him back to the Bronx stat!!! This is Peter Gammons.

  20. LGY September 29th, 2011 at 2:13 am

    Pat M sighting?

    How are you? Maybe I’m a bit harsh because of how I feel about the Angels but they are sure hard to figure out. Make some great moves like Haren and getting Weaver for below market and then are so prone to just really awful decisions like Vernon Wells and Napoli. I don’t think they are an organization that really knows how to implement a consistent plan and Scoscia just has way too much say in personnel decisions.

    Don’t see Trumbo winning ROY. Hellickson has it locked up IMO.

  21. m September 29th, 2011 at 2:16 am

    Here it is in all its gore glory:

    Baseball At Its Best

    Four games ended within 89 minutes of each other, sending the St. Louis Cardinals and Tampa Bay Rays to the playoffs and Boston Red Sox and Atlanta Braves home.

    Time, p.m. ET Site Event
    7:10 ATL First pitch
    7:10 BAL First pitch
    7:11 TB First pitch
    7:19 ATL Ryan Howard double gives Phillies lead
    7:21 TB Curtis Granderson scores on Ben Zobrist error
    7:27 ATL Sac fly by Chipper Jones ties game at 1
    7:49 BAL Red Sox take lead on Dustin Pedroia single
    7:54 TB Mark Teixeira grand slam gives Yankees 5-0 lead
    8:03 ATL Dan Uggla homer puts Braves up 3-1
    8:06 BAL Red Sox trail on J.J. Hardy homer
    8:06 HOU First pitch
    8:20 BAL Alfredo Simon balks home Marco Scutaro to tie game
    8:24 HOU Nick Punto singles home fifth run of first inning
    8:35 TB Second homer for Teixeira gives Yankees 6-0 lead
    8:36 BAL Pedroia homer gives Red Sox 3-2 lead
    8:52 TB Andruw Jones homers to give Yankees 7-0 lead
    9:07 ATL Jack Wilson error cuts Braves’ lead to 3-2
    9:34 BAL Rain delays game
    9:56 ATL Chase Utley sacrifice fly scores Pete Orr to tie game
    10:11 ATL Wilson strikes out to send game to extra innings
    10:17 TB Bases-loaded walk gets Rays on the scoreboard
    10:18 HOU Allen Craig homer gives Cardinals final margain of victory
    10:23 TB Evan Longoria homer pulls Rays within one of Yankees
    10:26 HOU Cardinals win 8-0
    10:27 TB Johnny Damon popout ends six-run Rays rally
    10:33 ATL Michael Martinez snags deep fly to send game to 11th
    10:47 TB Pinch-hitter Dan Johnson ties game at 7 with home run
    10:58 BAL Game resumes
    11:13 ATL Martin Prado grounds out to end Phillies’ threat in 12th
    11:18 BAL Scutaro thrown out at home to preserve one-run game
    11:28 ATL Hunter Pence blooper gives Phillies lead in 13th
    11:40 ATL Phillies win 4-3
    11:59 BAL Nolan Reimold double ties game in bottom of ninth
    12:02 BAL Robert Andino game-winning single: Orioles win 4-3
    12:05 TB Longoria game-winning homer: Rays win 8-7 in 12

    http://proxy.espn.go.com/mlb/s.....sday-games

  22. Pat M. September 29th, 2011 at 2:23 am

    Lgy…..The Morales injury forced them to make ” I hope so deals such as Vernon Wells…..Napoli had his career year but his presence in the clubhouse was toast…….They were certain Carl Crwford was coming to Disneyland and Boston just threw crazy money on top of crazy years ….No Morales they take a fly on Vernon Wells…….Hey they almost pulled it off, the pen unravelled down the stretch

  23. stuart a September 29th, 2011 at 2:25 am

    ayala and logan both suck. logan will blow something big if the yanks use him…

    ayala is awful. the guy has no guts. gotten 2 big outs all year at most. I leave him off the psotseason roster….

  24. LGY September 29th, 2011 at 2:26 am

    Video from A Gon’s postgame

    Had the Sox had the likes of Clay Buchholz, Daisuke Matsuzaka and Kevin Youkilis all season, Gonzalez said, they would have probably cruised into the playoffs.

    “It”s always injuries,” he explained. “Any team that doesn’t make the playoffs and is supposed to, it’s because of injuries. Plain and simple.”

    http://www.nesn.com/2011/09/ad.....major.html

  25. m September 29th, 2011 at 2:27 am

    Hey, Pat M!

    Re: Vernon Wells and how they almost pulled it off. That’s like trying to put lipstick on a pig. It doesn’t work. ;)

    Seriously, what a crazy night to cap off a great season!

  26. LGY September 29th, 2011 at 2:28 am

    “Next year we’ll come out and do a better job WHEN we have that lead” (emphasis mine)

    -Adrian Gonzalez

  27. m September 29th, 2011 at 2:28 am

    Gonzalez is a smug as his facial hair! “supposed to” doesn’t apply in baseball.

    Can’t buy your way in. Nice try, though!

  28. LGY September 29th, 2011 at 2:30 am

    “Felt like Ayala got squeezed with a couple pitches and before you know it, it was 7-6″

    -Adrian Gonzalez

  29. LGY September 29th, 2011 at 2:34 am

    Adrian Gonzalez confirms that God is a Yankee fan :P

    “It wasn’t in God’s plan for us to be in the playoffs”

  30. Captain Clutch September 29th, 2011 at 2:35 am

    Oh please……
    ——-

    DKnobler
    I did hear from one Red Sox person upset with Girardi’s use of bullpen. In clubhouse, didn’t hear any complaints. Sox knew this is on them.

  31. igotid88 September 29th, 2011 at 2:37 am

    Would Hughes have gotten the victory if the Yankees had won and the game had not tied? I know it could be anyone who pitched after the 5th. But no one was really lights out

  32. m September 29th, 2011 at 2:38 am

    I think we were all pulling for AJ for Nick’s wallet’s sake, though I read they closed the sportsbook on that bet.

  33. Nick in SF September 29th, 2011 at 2:47 am

    It still would’ve paid out if he’d vultured a win, but it wasn’t in God’s plan for me to win that bet.

  34. m September 29th, 2011 at 2:51 am

    Gelato is not a bad consolation. :P

  35. m September 29th, 2011 at 3:04 am

    “I guarantee that everybody in this room is going to learn from this. It’s going to be a long winter, no doubt,” Ortiz said. “You learn from your mistakes. I’ve had a lot of mistakes in my life and I learned from them. This is baseball. Trust me, a lot of guys over the winter will think about what happened this month.”

    “I have to give credit to those guys in Tampa, man. We were watching that game during the rain delay. What they did, they deserve to be in the playoffs to be honest with you.

    http://www.boston.com/sports/b.....tra_bases/

  36. Pat M. September 29th, 2011 at 3:13 am

    Keep this is mind,,,,,,,,You win the AL Central, well that’s like winning the peoples golden globe award….Winning the ALWest, well that like winning the Emmy’s…..Winning the Wild Card out of the AL East, well that’s the Tony’s Awards……However you win the AL East well that’s like winning an Oscar….Top Dog, the team to beat, and if that happens history stamps it forever the upset…..Fell good about these next 5 days Yankee fans,,,,,,

  37. m September 29th, 2011 at 3:14 am

    One more. Last one. I promise!

    “September happened.” –Theo Epstein

    That should go on the headstone covering his Boston career.

    http://www.nesn.com/2011/09/th.....elves.html

  38. UnKnown September 29th, 2011 at 3:17 am

    paulbrot wrote:
    It simply isn’t fare to us.
    9/29/2011 12:00 AM EDT

    ——–

    Taken from Extra Bases, Pete’s blog. Too funny. waaaa, its not fair mommy.

  39. Ghostwriter September 29th, 2011 at 6:08 am

    Tex is right that yesterday was a great day for baseball. In fact, this was a great month for baseball. I hope that the playoffs can live up to the photo finish that we got this year. Regardless of what happens in October, one day somebody will write a book about the pennant race of 2011, and how it gave folks something to cheer about during a time of malaise for the country. The Rays and the Cards deserve a ton of credit for the rallies that they put together down the stretch.

    This has got to be a devastating loss for the Sox. Everybody that pointed out their pitching deficiencies, and concluded that the Sox weren’t going anywhere this year had that club pegged right. And everybody that presumed that the Gonzalez and Crawford acquisitions would result in a playoff caliber team had it spectacularly wrong (this includes most of the folks at ESPN and everybody that plagiarized them). This Sox club was pretty much the most overrated club of recent memory, and that is how they’ll be remembered.

    Heads will roll in Beantown. I fully expect the Boston faithful to run Papelbohn out of town during the offseason. Theo and Francona are on the bubble.

  40. m September 29th, 2011 at 6:17 am

    Today (Thursday) will be a full day of reading about the collapse. One more spectacular than the other. The Braves are a blip on the radar as far as I’m concerned. The bigger the metorite the more spectacular the crash.

    Here’s a pretty good obituary to start off the day:

    http://m.yahoo.com/w/sports/ho.....1&.ts=1317283265&.ysid=rvdj21HSQrGr9rpUHZFdjKVZ&.intl=US&.lang=en

    Ghostwriter,

    I agree, someone will write a book (Pete?). If this collapse affects the Red Sox franchise for years to come, then it would be a compelling read. How crazy would it be if the Sox became irrelevant? Adrian Gonzalez is not showing much character the last couple of days. They have something like $120M committed to 12 players next year. We will see a very different team next year. The question is who will be making those changes?

  41. raymagnetic September 29th, 2011 at 6:43 am

    I go to sleep and the Red Sox are in and Tampa is out.

    I wake up and get to read some hilarious comments on the Extra Bases blog before I head out this morning.

    This is too good!!

  42. Tom in N.J. September 29th, 2011 at 6:50 am

    How does Crawford not catch that ball?

  43. Gary September 29th, 2011 at 6:52 am

    Morning, well last night was a new low for the blog. Yankee fans celebrating blowing a 7 run lead and losing the game. Now going into the playoffs with a 4 game losing streak. Open attacks on the team and Joe for not tanking the game. A great performance by Tex gets lost. A number of people on the blogs during games are just jerks.

    I don’t like Boston so I’m not sad that they didn’t make it. I do feel sorry for their fans who support their team as much as we do. There are some Sox fans who are obnoxious, but on our side their are too. When some of our so called fans celebrated every negative thing our team did over the past three games and get upset by the positive accomplishments somehow it’s hard to say they are any better than them.

    Well on to the playoffs, I don’t think we finished well and in the end assessment if we had gone out and won a game in regulation that we should have won it would have at least been a positive ending for the season. Not that we got sweep and Boston didn’t make the playoffs.

  44. Villa Nova-Ya September 29th, 2011 at 6:53 am

    So glad that the ESPN folk and their “ilk” (love that word!) have to deal with the remains of the best team since the 1927 Yankees. Sooooo glad.

    While I was one who could not bring themself to root against the Yankees in any way, it by no means meant that I was not hoping for the Boston collapse. If they didn’t, life would have gone on, and I had no “fear” of facing them in the playoffs if it came to that. But, the hubris of the predictions pre-season just had to make Yankees fans want them to fail in a big way. And they did.

    So, life is good this morning. (Though I still wish the Yankees had held onto a 7 run lead last night, simply because it’s always nicer to win.) And now the Yankees get to face the “favorite” Detroit Tigers. I guess it’s best to be the underdog – seems to work out for the best anyway. :)

    Carl Crawford is going to have the toughest time of all. He didn’t catch that last fly ball last night. they will get over AGon, since he at least had the BA and was an MVP candidate for much of the season. But Crawford? Nope – he will be their scapegoat who can’t get away. Francona may get the axe (one of baseball’s unfairnesses), but ultimately he will always be a revered managed for the Red Sox as history goes on.

  45. raymagnetic September 29th, 2011 at 6:55 am

    “I don’t like Boston so I’m not sad that they didn’t make it. I do feel sorry for their fans who support their team as much as we do.”

    What?!?!?!

    This is ridiculous. Do you think 1 Boston fan felt bad for Yankee fans when we lost a 3-0 lead in the playoffs to them?

    F Boston and their fans.

    I personally wasn’t rooting for either the Rays or the Sox but it’s delicious that the greatest team ever is going to miss the playoffs.

    Feeling bad for Red Sox fans?? Why I never!!!!

  46. raymagnetic September 29th, 2011 at 6:56 am

    Villa-Nova,

    I’m with you. It feels good to see the greatest team ever finish off the greatest collapse ever. :)

  47. Gary September 29th, 2011 at 7:01 am

    Villa, good comments. I never routed against out team either and as far as Boston and their players I didn’t care at all. I was just focused on our team. Crawford will take heat for sure, someone always has to take the blame, but there were many others who contributed to their poor performance over the past month with poor hitting, pitching, and bad baserunning.

    As you said onto Detroit. I was pulling for LA last night, you don’t fear anyone, but I thought the matchups were better with Texas and they don’t have that dominant pitcher to throw at you in a short series. Can’t let Verlander have a Cliff Lee moment on Friday, we will know after game 1 where we stand.

  48. Gary September 29th, 2011 at 7:02 am

    raymagnetic September 29th, 2011 at 6:55 am
    “I don’t like Boston so I’m not sad that they didn’t make it. I do feel sorry for their fans who support their team as much as we do.”

    What?!?!?!

    This is ridiculous. Do you think 1 Boston fan felt bad for Yankee fans when we lost a 3-0 lead in the playoffs to them?

    F Boston and their fans.

    I personally wasn’t rooting for either the Rays or the Sox but it’s delicious that the greatest team ever is going to miss the playoffs.

    Feeling bad for Red Sox fans?? Why I never!!!!

    __________________________________________________________________________

    So don’t feel sorry for them, I didn’t imply you should.

  49. Villa Nova-Ya September 29th, 2011 at 7:03 am

    Gary -

    It was incredibly bizarro here last night. Heck, for the last 7 games. I usually stay away from game threads, but it’s like train wreck sometimes, you know?

    As far as last night’s loss, I’m disappointed that the loss was at the hands of pitchers who are likely to be on the post-season roster, but had the Yankees needed to win the game, it would have been managed much differently, so I console myself with that though.

    Also, I look on the bright side – Betances had a nice two-inning outing that helped to counter his not-so-auspicious debut the other night. The bullpen up until the 8th was great again. Tex getting 2 HRs was nice, too. Hughes looks ready to go, and AJ didn’t implode coming out of the bullpen.

  50. DocTodd September 29th, 2011 at 7:10 am

    Funny..ESPN called Pedrioa ‘The Mighty Chicken’….

  51. DocTodd September 29th, 2011 at 7:12 am

    Pimplebutt: “Whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.”….What a dork!!

  52. raymagnetic September 29th, 2011 at 7:14 am

    Hey Gary,

    This is how I feel about the Red Sox fans tears. Enjoy!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=owzhYNcd4OM

  53. Gary September 29th, 2011 at 7:29 am

    Hey Ray, I said I didn’t care so I didn’t look at the link. I’ve moved on to the playoffs. It’s all about Detroit and beating Verlander, Boston will again become a topic of conversation over the winter and next season. Right now they are done.

  54. upstate kate September 29th, 2011 at 7:39 am

    Villa, as usual, I totally agree.

    I was not rooting for the Yankees to lose, and I was happy to see how easily they handled Price. That being said, I am thrilled that the greatest team never is out.

    I still think the Os are punks, but give them a lot of credit for playing hard right up until the end. That Robert Andino looks like someone to keep an eye on.

  55. Gary September 29th, 2011 at 7:42 am

    Ther picture of the dugout says it all. I think the first order of business has to be to get the Haz Mat guys in to clean the dugouts after the season. Not a place you’d want to eat anything for sure. :-)

  56. Gary September 29th, 2011 at 7:47 am

    upstate kate September 29th, 2011 at 7:39 am
    Villa, as usual, I totally agree.

    I was not rooting for the Yankees to lose, and I was happy to see how easily they handled Price.

    __________________________________________________________________________

    Kate right on, I didn’t feel great about blowing that lead. I thought at that point that blowing a lead like that in the last game couldn’t be much of a positive. The game didn’t mean much to us, but it meant a lot regarding the final standings. With a off day tomm, I thought we should have nailed the game down and just got out of dodge. Instead the second team blew it and it ended going 12 innings.

  57. blake September 29th, 2011 at 7:50 am

    So now of course everyone is predicting the Tigers sweep the Yanks……shocker.

    Choke job of epic proportions by the Sox……9 game lead at the start of September had never been lost before…….and obviously they lost if all because Clay Bucholtz got hurt…..
    Even though he hasn’t pitched since when ….May? They got owned by the worst team in the American league……losing 5 of 7 games to the Orioles in the final two weeks.

    This was a collapse based on the players folding up like cheap tents and on their GM not building any depth at the big league or minor league levelsthe much more than injuries.

    Go Yanks. Its go time now!

  58. blake September 29th, 2011 at 7:54 am

    FakePeteGammons 29 Sep Theo already putting off season plan into place. He’s so far ahead of other GM’s he should have AL East wrapped up by breakfast tomorrow.

  59. blake September 29th, 2011 at 7:56 am

    Remember when someone kept coming on here every day and saying the Yanks would finish 90-72 and miss the playoffs……..turns out they had the wrong team.

  60. upstate kate September 29th, 2011 at 7:56 am

    Why would the Tigers sweep the Yankees? That is crazy talk!

    Rays vs Texas should be an interesting grudge match.

  61. blake September 29th, 2011 at 8:00 am

    Keys for the Yanks.

    Grind it out against Verlander…..that’s how you beat him…..you have to make him throw pitches and get his PC up.
    Also ….don’t let Cabrera beat you….they have other good hitters…..but none anywhere close to his level.

    I think Valverde is due a blown save.

  62. upstate kate September 29th, 2011 at 8:02 am

    Gary
    To me, it was 2 games. The 1st game, in which the regulars dominated, and the 2nd, in which the rays beat a mostly AAA team. I do think the Yankees ended on a positive note, even after losing the game.

  63. Yankee Trader September 29th, 2011 at 8:21 am

    Good morning everyone-

    What a night for baseball!

    The only regret I have on the Yankees loss last night, is that it happened against pitchers Logan, Wade and especially Ayala, rather than our AAA pitchers, in a pre-playoff, playoff game. Will “he makes me nervous” Ayala be on the ALDS postseason roster or will Colon/ Hughes or both be on the roster?

    The Tigers have 4 hitters that are tough outs starting with Cabrera, Martinez, Avila and Peralta. They only have one stolen base threat in Jackson who doesn’t get on base much. Why are the Yankees underdogs? Verlander can be beaten!

  64. Yankee Trader September 29th, 2011 at 8:24 am

    Did Papelbon cost himself a few million on the FA market?

    “I don’t think this is going to define me as a player. I don’t think this is going to define this ballclub this year,” Papelbon said.

  65. Erin September 29th, 2011 at 8:26 am

    Caught the “Sweet Caroline” parody on Mike and Mike this AM. Too funny. Only now I can’t get it out of my head. ;)

  66. Wang IS Taiwan September 29th, 2011 at 8:26 am

    Wow — just got home to see the results. When I left the house, the Yanks were tied and the Sux were just coming out of the rain delay.

    To see Ortiz useless at the plate (after he claps for himself before his big at bat, mind you), Papelbutt blow the save, give up the winning hit and Crawford miss the last catch was pretty darn great.

    Wow. Just wow. Aceves looked shell-shocked.

    We’ve beaten Verlander and can do it again.

  67. yanks61 September 29th, 2011 at 8:27 am

    For those interested (and who read French), a quick change of pace: a great article on the Yankees in Le Figaro Magazine, 10 September that I just came across ( the issue being a tribute to NYC in memory of 9/11.)

  68. Erin September 29th, 2011 at 8:27 am

    eboland11 Really warms my heart the last 3 flights I’ve been on with @LoHudYankees Chad Jennings, he’s gotten 1st Class upgrade. #notatallwarm

  69. upstate kate September 29th, 2011 at 8:28 am

    I kinda like the Yankees being viewed as the underdogs. It has worked well so far :)

  70. Wang IS Taiwan September 29th, 2011 at 8:28 am

    blake,

    Do you know who posts under the FakePeterGammons? That’s great stuff. Thanks for passing it along.

  71. yanks61 September 29th, 2011 at 8:28 am

    Whoops! Here it is:

    http://www.lefigaro.fr/interna.....-bronx.php

  72. Triple Short of a Cycle September 29th, 2011 at 8:28 am

    Caught the ?Sweet Caroline? parody on Mike and Mike this AM. Too funny. Only now I can?t get it out of my head.

    ———————————————————-

    I’m surprised they stopped talking about football for 5 minutes to actually talk about baseball

  73. Wang IS Taiwan September 29th, 2011 at 8:30 am

    eboland11 Really warms my heart the last 3 flights I’ve been on with @LoHudYankees Chad Jennings, he’s gotten 1st Class upgrade. #notatallwarm

    ~~~~~~~~~~

    I’ll bet our Chad flirts with the airline attendants…I’m sure they’re putty in his hands. Hey — either ya got it or you don’t! Sounds like someone is jealous… ;)

  74. JM September 29th, 2011 at 8:30 am

    All I hope is, the Yanks don’t play an extra-inning game in the postseason. LOL.

    Glad Jesus is OK. That didn’t look good when he first left the game.

  75. upstate kate September 29th, 2011 at 8:32 am

    don’t worry JM, Proctor wont be in there :) His job is done.

  76. JM September 29th, 2011 at 8:32 am

    The Yankees are underdogs? Good. A bunch of analysts said they would finish third in the division and Harold Reynolds said about a month ago he didn’t think they’d make the playoffs. Let the Tigers be the favorites. We saw what happened to the last ESPN-anointed “greatest team ever assembled.”

  77. Erin September 29th, 2011 at 8:33 am

    Triple-yeah, I was pretty shocked too. LOL

  78. Triple Short of a Cycle September 29th, 2011 at 8:34 am

    The Yankees are underdogs?

    ———————————-

    According to whom? Not Vegas.

  79. blake September 29th, 2011 at 8:35 am

    Wang,

    I don’t know for sure…..but I suspect its the artist formerly known as “G love”.

  80. Wang IS Taiwan September 29th, 2011 at 8:36 am

    blake September 29th, 2011 at 8:35 am
    Wang,

    I don’t know for sure…..but I suspect its the artist formerly known as “G love”.

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

    Really? I always enjoyed his posts here. Miss him.

  81. blake September 29th, 2011 at 8:36 am

    Seriously……ESPN is just obnoxious with the NFL. They’ve made the NFL into a played out pop song to me……

  82. Yankee Trader September 29th, 2011 at 8:37 am

    Blake-

    Weren’t you surprised that the Phillies still had most of their regulars in thru the extra innings last night.

    Now they face the Cardinals, a team that led the NL in BA and runs scored, when I last checked a week ago. They could have faced the Diamondbacks who I believe will lose to the Brewers, a team that might very well get to the WS!

  83. catfishwinfield September 29th, 2011 at 8:38 am

    The Tigers are lousy. We will have no problems at all with them . Remember we are the N.Y. Yankees and their not!!!!!

  84. blake September 29th, 2011 at 8:38 am

    Wang,

    Me too…..like I said…..I don’t know…..but there are clues……he responds to SJ on twitter ……talks about Pete Abe…..and has the same wit…….plus G. LOVE was always saying funny stuff about Gammons.

  85. Triple Short of a Cycle September 29th, 2011 at 8:38 am

    ESPN stopped caring about baseball when TBS took the playoffs away from them and the MLB channel came along which does a 500 percent better job then they ever did.

  86. Wang IS Taiwan September 29th, 2011 at 8:39 am

    upstate kate September 29th, 2011 at 8:28 am
    I kinda like the Yankees being viewed as the underdogs. It has worked well so far

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

    Can you even imagine? So ridiculous. I hope it makes the Yanks really want to demolish their opponents. They’ve had to overcome so much this season and still…NO RESPECT.

    Even as I was watching the final inning of the Sox game, the ESPN announcers were praising their fielding as a ball was misplayed. Seriously. It was like they were reading a script prepared before the season started and this was THE TEAM OF THE CENTURY.

  87. blake September 29th, 2011 at 8:42 am

    The song on Mike and Mike is awesome!

  88. upstate kate September 29th, 2011 at 8:44 am

    Erin
    I found the sweet caroline parody on U-tube but I can’t get it to post properly…quite amusing :)

  89. blake September 29th, 2011 at 8:45 am

    Trader,

    Yea I was…..especially Utley……but basically it boils down the Kimbrel not getting it done. Really the same thing doomed both the Braves and Sox……..rotation got hurt…….pen got burned up……Sox stuck with Wakefield too long……Braves stuck with Lowe top long.

    Biggest difference is the Braves have a farm system to use and they did…….they just can’t score any runs.

  90. JM September 29th, 2011 at 8:48 am

    kate,

    LOL about Proctor. Well the Sox can’t complain. He was an equal-opportunity game-blower!

  91. blake September 29th, 2011 at 8:49 am

    Talk already starting about Giraddi giving the Rays the game

  92. Yankee Trader September 29th, 2011 at 8:50 am

    The Rays should be sending the Yankees a very nice fruit basket, for not shutting them down in the 8th inning with DRob and finishing them off with Mo! :)

  93. Erin September 29th, 2011 at 8:50 am

    blake September 29th, 2011 at 8:42 am
    The song on Mike and Mike is awesome!

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

    It is, but now I seriously can’t get the original song out of my head.

    Time for the ipod. ;)

  94. upstate kate September 29th, 2011 at 8:51 am

    JM
    I still say that was part of Evil Genius Girardi’s plan. Let the sox think they have a chance right up until the end.

  95. Yankee Trader September 29th, 2011 at 8:51 am

    LOL about Proctor. Well the Sox can’t complain. He was an equal-opportunity game-blower!
    ————————————
    Very good!!!

  96. upstate kate September 29th, 2011 at 8:55 am

    Girardi did not give the Rays the game anymore than he gave the red sox that 14 inning game. He started regulars, except for Alex, who has a bad knee. The Yankees scored 7 unanswered runs against Price. It was time for the substitutions and to see how BP arms looked.
    No way any team getting ready for the playoffs should have their regulars in there for 12 innings.

  97. 86w183 September 29th, 2011 at 8:57 am

    Obviously the Red Sawx have only themselves to blame — 7-20 to finish season — but it was sorta embarrassing to see a 7-run lead flushed without using Soriano, D-Rob or Mo, but I’ve already gotten over it…

    Been singing “Red Sawx Decline……. all morning

    A bit surprised Freddie is getting the call, but I like him in a big yard where he might get away with a couple more mistakes. Ayala might have pitched/gagged his way off the roster at least for round one. No reason on earth to have 11 pitchers let alone 12 and he’s not one of the best 12 right now

  98. Yankee Trader September 29th, 2011 at 8:58 am

    Final Predictions: This series comes down to two things – the Yankees offense against Justin Verlander. Since the Yankees offense hits the field every night and Justin might see 2 starts (if the series goes 5 games), the advantage is heavily in favor of the Yanks.

    Read the entire attached article this morning:

    http://www.allsportstalk.net/m.....tions/2634

  99. upstate kate September 29th, 2011 at 8:58 am

    Someone this am on the xm show w/ Morgan Ensberg commented that the Yankees should have had Mo in there, as the Tigers had Valverde close out their game. Morgan flat out told him that putting Valverde out there was crazy. The red sox have no one to blame but themselves…they lost.

  100. 86w183 September 29th, 2011 at 8:58 am

    Phillies have the advantage of Friday off that the Yanks do not enjoy. If the Yanks had Friday off, Mariano pitches the 9th and Soriano might have had a redemption inning in the 8th

  101. blake September 29th, 2011 at 8:59 am

    Should the Red Sox change the song to……Sweet Car…….mine?

  102. JM September 29th, 2011 at 8:59 am

    You’ve gotta give the Rays credit. They fought hard. Deserved to win that game. The Yankees definitely didn’t mail it in. Granted, if the game had counted DRob and Mo would have been in there, but other than that, the Sox fans have nothing to complain about. They should have been grateful Yanks didn’t pinch-hit for Romine or Gardner in that 14-inning game.

  103. Erin September 29th, 2011 at 8:59 am

    YankeesInk Is this what they mean by the term “easy listening”?http://img.ly/8TbS

  104. Erin September 29th, 2011 at 9:00 am

    oops…a working link would be nice:

    http://img.ly/8TbS

  105. Erin September 29th, 2011 at 9:01 am

    Why would Girardi use SoRoMo in a meaningless game?

  106. JM September 29th, 2011 at 9:01 am

    Wonder if Tito gets fired? Red Sox Nation calling for his head — and Epstein’s — this morning. Would Epstein really leave for the Cubs?

  107. blake September 29th, 2011 at 9:02 am

    The Red Sox got Proctor……only fair that the Rays did as well.

    The Yankees had every right to save their best relievers……they earned that right. Boston went 2-5 against the worst team in the AL down the stretch……nobody to blame but themselves

  108. upstate kate September 29th, 2011 at 9:02 am

    While I am not by any stretch a TX fan, it must be nice for them to show they don’t need Cliff Lee to make the post season.

  109. blake September 29th, 2011 at 9:03 am

    Its much more Theo’s fault than Francona…..and it’s the players fault as well. They didn’t perform.

  110. MTU September 29th, 2011 at 9:03 am

    YT-

    It did seem obvious that Girardi did not want to win that game.

    Leaving Ayala in was riduculous as was Proctor.

    Glad the Sux met the fate they deserve.

    I hope Joe realizes that winning and losing isn’t like turning a light switch on and off.

    Too bad we didn’t get the hat trick with Texas. We owe them a beating.

    Detroit is gonna be tough.

  111. Erin September 29th, 2011 at 9:05 am

    New Post: Five things to know about the Tigers

    :arrow:

  112. Yankee Trader September 29th, 2011 at 9:05 am

    New Post Five things to know about the Tigers ?

  113. Triple Short of a Cycle September 29th, 2011 at 9:05 am

    I am listening to WEEI right now and they played a clip of someone( Not sure who) saying God has a plan and his plan was for us to not make the playoffs. What a complete cop out

  114. MTU September 29th, 2011 at 9:07 am

    JM-

    “The Yankees definitely didn’t mail it in.”

    I totally disagree. They absolutely did at the end. Ayala was sucking and how do put Proctor in if you really want to win.

    ;)

  115. upstate kate September 29th, 2011 at 9:07 am

    Triple
    that was A-gon

  116. MTU September 29th, 2011 at 9:08 am

    Blake-

    Save ‘em ? They have a day off tomorrow.

    ;)

  117. Shame Spencer September 29th, 2011 at 9:15 am

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3V8m8OiXcuE

  118. Money Mike September 29th, 2011 at 9:17 am

    Edwar Ramirez had the best change-up I have ever seen, or at least right there with Pedro’s. Problem was, his fastball was only like 3mph faster and he had no 3rd pitch. Give that change to any avg mlb pitchers arm (91-92mph fastball) and they would be dominant.

  119. J. Alfred Prufrock September 29th, 2011 at 10:00 am

    Gary September 29th, 2011 at 7:01 am
    Villa, good comments. I never routed against out team..
    ///

    No, you just came in here every five minutes taking gratuitous shots at Jorge Posada, how much he has deteriorated, how he’s “toast” ad infinitum ad nauseum.

    You couldn’t just give your opinion, you re-stated it over and over and over again, obviously gleeful in running down a great Yankee who is likely headed to the HOF.

    Now, you’ve appointed your self the moral conscience of the board? Take a walk, bud. Your prose isn’t persuasive, your tone is shrill, and you’ve got zero credit with me.

    The people who were rooting “against” the Yankees aren’t candy asses who are taking the last four games seriously. It was bad enough that you got your jollies insulting Posada, but now you’re giving people sermons on how to root and be a fan??

    Get lost.

  120. catfishwinfield September 29th, 2011 at 10:01 am

    C.C better have his best stuff. There is no way Leylands team is gonna embarass us again .
    The Tigers have weak hitting and pitching and are no match for us.!!


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