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Pregame notes: “You don’t want to let him beat you”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes, Podcast on Sep 30, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Is it possible for one of the best hitters in baseball to sneak under the radar?

Miguel Cabrera leads the Majors in batting average and on-base percentage. He ranks fourth in slugging, and his OPS is second only to Jose Bautista. But he’s a secondary focus on this Tigers team, where Justin Verlander gets so much attention that Cabrera seems like a piece of the supporting cast.

“If he plays another eight to 10 years, he could go down as one of the greatest hitters of all time,” Joe Girardi said. “If you get in situations, you don’t want to let him beat you.”

Girardi would know. He managed Cabrera in Florida.

“It was a young man who, at a very young age, really knew how to hit and really knew how to play the game,” Girardi said. “I was impressed with his knowledge of the game and understanding how to play the game, and we had a very good relationship.”

At this point, you know all about the Yankees. You know Robinson Cano has been moved up to third in the lineup, you know Alex Rodriguez is coming off an injury and you know Curtis Granderson spent the year emerging as one of the game’s most dangerous hitters. You also know all about Verlander and CC Sabathia, a pitching matchup custom-made for Game 1. You know this is the division series, and the Yankees have the home-field advantage.

What’s we’ll find tonight is how the Yankees plan to approach the most dangerous hitter in the Tigers lineup, a guy who’s not getting the most buzz in Detroit, but who could make the biggest difference in this series if the Yankee choose to face him.

“That’s why we went out and got Victor Martinez,” Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. “… We feel very comfortable with Victor behind Miguel right now. There’s no question about that. He’s a very professional hitter. He’s knocked in over 100 runs. There’s never a perfect lineup but we think we have the guy to hit behind him.”

Here’s Girardi’s pregame press conference.

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• Leyland announced that Rick Porcello will be his Game 4 starter. That means they’re planning to use Verlander in Game 5. Girardi said he’s sticking with his decision to use Sabathia in Game 4 and Nova in Game 5.

• Girardi said all of his roster decisions were “pretty much as anticipated.” They wanted to keep their regular bullpen, and they felt comfortable with Jesus Montero as the backup catcher. A.J. Burnett is basically the long man, which seems to have lessened the need for Hector Noesi.

• Will Burnett be the fourth starter if the Yankees advance to the ALCS? “There’s a good possibility, yes,” Girardi said.

• Girardi expects to pinch hit Montero for Jorge Posada if the Tigers bring in a left-hander late in the game. In using Montero, the Yankees will eliminate their backup catcher, but Girardi will take that chance and lose his DH if something happens to Martin at that point.

• Austin Romine will stay with the big league club. So will Bartolo Colon. Ramiro Pena has already gone to Tampa to stay sharp, and lefty Raul Valdes will head down there on Sunday.

• Girardi didn’t rule out the idea of using Colon later in the postseason, but it doesn’t seem especially likely. “It’s possible. We’re going to have him continue to throw. He’s probably going ot stay with us though, but we’ll have him continue to throw and maybe the extra rest will help him.”

• Chris Dickerson became an important piece because the Yankees want to use him for late-inning defense in Detroit. “You look at the outfield in Detroit, how big it is, it’s nice to have Dickerson,” Girardi said.

• The seventh, eighth and ninth innings are obviously spoken for, but Girardi said he considers Phil Hughes to be a candidate for key spots in the sixth. “I’ll look at matchups,” Girardi said. “We’ve used Wade and Ayala and Boone in those situations. Not afraid to use Hughsey in those situations either.”

• The Yankees plan to stick with this lineup throughout the series.

• Girardi’s reaction to news that Terry Francona is out as manager in Boston: “These jobs are precious, there’s no doubt about it. There’s expectations. A lot of times they’re extremely high expectations when you’re in certain towns. We understand that when we take the job. High expectations are better than no expectations. You do enjoy it and you enjoy your time when you’re there. Tito has done a great job there. I’m not sure what’s going to happen, but I know he’s done a great job.”

TIGERS
Austin Jackson CF
Magglio Ordonez RF
Delmon Young LF
Miguel Cabrera 1B
Victor Martinez DH
Alex Avila C
Ryan Raburn 2B
Jhonny Peralta SS
Brandon Inge 3B

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213 Responses to “Pregame notes: “You don’t want to let him beat you””

  1. Betsy September 30th, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    Let’s hope we don’t have to see anyone in the 6th inning other than our SP……that would not be encouraging.

    I don’t like that Girardi is willing to chance losing the DH……what happens then? We play with 8 players?

    AJ is the only choice at this point to be the 4th starter if we get to the ALCS – but IMO, the Yanks should have someone warming up almost as soon as the game begins, lol. Not quite, but AJ doesn’t get any rope whatsoever….

  2. blake September 30th, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    “Let’s hope we don’t have to see anyone in the 6th inning other than our SP……that would not be encouraging.”

    you could say that about every team though……the middle of the yanks pen is pretty much better than anyone else

  3. BJK September 30th, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    I wish Valdes was on the roster. No need for Hughes, Wade, AND Ayala… they all seem slotted for the same inning/role.

    Then again, I hope we don’t need any of them.

  4. Nick in SF September 30th, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    At least CJ keeps it close. :oops:

  5. Bret The Hitman September 30th, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    The statement from Terry Francona:

    “We met this morning to look back on the 2011 season and to consider the future of the Boston Red Sox, including my involvement with the club. I passed along my frustrations at my inability to effectively reach the players. After many conversations and much consideration, I ultimately felt that, out of respect to this team, it was time for me to move on. I’ve always maintained that it is not only the right, but the obligation, of ownership to have the right person doing this job. I told them that out of my enormous respect for this organization and the people in it, they may need to find a different voice to lead the team.

    “In my eight seasons as manager of the Boston Red Sox, I have developed a tremendous appreciation for Red Sox Nation. This is a special place with some of the most knowledgeable and passionate fans in all of baseball. They packed Fenway Park for every game and because of them, I had a special sense of pride coming to work every day. I want to thank John, Tom, Larry and Theo for giving me the opportunity to manage this team through some of the most successful years in this franchise’s history. I wish the entire organization and all of Red Sox Nation nothing but the very best.”

  6. kd September 30th, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    i know cb and others have said this already, but if i was cashman i would call tito and offer him a blank check and let him do anything he wants in the organization.

    in all honesty, i really respected him and thought he was a main reason they won those two titles. get him in the front office and hopefully that really bad bald guy tan line will go away.

    wow, shoppach. 8-0 rays.

  7. blake September 30th, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    GB,

    Randy is so lucky to have such a selfless pal like you.

    Wilson getting hammered.

  8. Villa Nova-Ya September 30th, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    I wish this CJ had showed up last season….

  9. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 30th, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    OMG. Nolen Ryan looks sick.

    It might be time to take Wilson out just to save him from embarrrassing himself anymore, not that the Rangers have a shot of taking this game, IMO.

  10. hardwired7 September 30th, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    Welcome to the 2011 Playoffs.

    Or, as it’s known to Kelly Shoppach, Postseason Batting Practice.

  11. GreenBeret7 September 30th, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    As much as I hate seeing Tampa get more pitching, I’d hate to see what happened to Scott Kazmir and Rick Ankiel happen to Moore with the arm miseries and control issues. Ankiel wasn’t quite as smooth as Moore but, pretty similar.

  12. blake September 30th, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    classy statement from Francona.

    I bet they hire Bobby Valentine……that should be fun.

  13. Bret The Hitman September 30th, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    Betsy,

    Since AJ would probably get a start in the ALCS, Noesi would be the guy I’d want in the bullpen as the long man. Not Colon.

  14. Betsy September 30th, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    Blake, yes you can……but I don’t trust those guys in big spots, just Mo and Robertson. I’m not sure I feel that good about Soriano……and it’s not based on personal dislike or anything

  15. Tabbert September 30th, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    kelly shoppach batting .1000, 2 homers, 5 rbi’s. lmao

  16. GreenBeret7 September 30th, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    blake September 30th, 2011 at 6:43 pm
    GB,

    Randy is so lucky to have such a selfless pal like you.

    Wilson getting hammered.

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

    Yep. That’s the kind of guy I am. Nobody I’d rather do that to…..errr….for.

  17. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 30th, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    I’m betting that Tito didn’t write a word of that statement, but he did sign it as a condition of saying he resigned as opposed to he was fired.

  18. BJK September 30th, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    There is absolutely no way Texas can come back from being down 8-0.

    Just ask Dan Shaughnessy.

  19. Bret The Hitman September 30th, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    Stay far FAR away from CJ Wilson. The guy is junk.

  20. CB September 30th, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    The Rangers are a good team. But even their front three guys aren’t great. They don’t have that one guy to anchor a staff like they did last season.

    How teams approach CJ Wilson this winter will be very interesting to see. There’s such little pitching available but he’s just has that risk of getting a contract that far exceeds how good he is.

  21. Bret The Hitman September 30th, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    Trisha,

    It sounds like Francona’s voice.

  22. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 30th, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    “There is absolutely no way Texas can come back from being down 8-0.

    Just ask Dan Shaughnessy.”

    LMAO!

  23. blake September 30th, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    Cruz is overmatched.

  24. Betsy September 30th, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    Poor Tito………he’s trying to put the responsibility for this on his shoulders, not the FO’s.

    I love this quote from Schilling:

    gehrig38 Curt Schilling
    See what these men are truly made of. A guy who took bullets and knives to the face and back for you for 8 years was made the scapegoat.

    gehrig38 Curt Schilling
    Big couches, video games, buses, schedule etc., = excuses and lack of accountability. Organization goes out of it’s way to provide best….

    environment in MLB for players to succeed, at some point GROWN MEN have to take responsibility for their actions. They’ll pay and provide..

    Everything you and your family could want, just win. That’s the ONLY ask and as a player those organizations are few and far between

  25. Red Robin September 30th, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    ” Tampa Bay got no offense ”

    ” Texas got great offense ”

    Expectation and Reality …
    Expectation and Reality …
    Expectation and Reality …

    You know what they say about Expectation and Reality in baseball .

  26. CB September 30th, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    Moore looks like he’s dropped his shoulder some.

  27. UnKnown September 30th, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    Villa Nova-Ya September 30th, 2011 at 6:43 pm
    I wish this CJ had showed up last season….

    ———

    Aren’t the only two games of the ALCS that the Yankees won last year, were the ones CJ started.

  28. JM September 30th, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    Maybe the Red Sox will feel compelled to give CJ Wilson a HUGE contract. :)

  29. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 30th, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    Bret, I’m sure it was written to sound like Francona’s voice. Or in the alternative, he was given the opportunity to write a good-bye speech, thereby making it look like it was his decision. Make no mistake, he was given his walking papers. Someone was going to take the hit for the atrocity that just occurred and it apparently wasn’t going to be Theo or the owners.

  30. Villa Nova-Ya September 30th, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    Francona pretty much said the same thing in his press conference yesterday. I imagine that even if he didn’t write it himself, he was on board with everything in there.

    He did not sound like man who was going to come back, when he spoke yesterday. He implicated his own clubhouse (and thus his inability to get a handle on it). There is no way he could go back after his press conference yesterday, unless several players were not going to be there next season, and that’s not going to happen.

  31. 108 stitches September 30th, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    Texas can keep C.J. Wilson. I’ll take free agent Mark Buehrle was less money in a 2-year deal until Banuelos is ready.

  32. blake September 30th, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    “Moore looks like he’s dropped his shoulder some.”

    He’s tiring I think…..he started dropping and looking a bit less sharp last inning.

  33. JM September 30th, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    Francona had a good run. 8 years in a pressure-cooker environment like Boston is a long time.

  34. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 30th, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    “You know what they say about Expectation and Reality in baseball .”

    Who’d know better than you after what just happened to your beloved Sux.

    I can see the starch is way out of your collar. But I’m sure you feel that posting pathetic posts is better than not posting at all.

  35. Villa Nova-Ya September 30th, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    Unknown -

    You know, it might have been. :)

    But all I remember was all the accolades sent Wilson’s way.

    Are you sure they beat him, or the bullpen? I’ll look it up.

  36. Red Robin September 30th, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    My prediction for tonight :

    8-0. Tigres win.

    ( Austin Jackson goes 4/4 … with 3 steals, scoring 3 runs. )

  37. blake September 30th, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    Kid is a stud.

  38. Bret The Hitman September 30th, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    Trisha,

    Perhaps but your way has a decent human being actually preferring to remain in that stankhole that is Boston. My way has Francona wanting out of that living hell. Ortiz, Youk…all those guys are jerks.

  39. CB September 30th, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    “He’s tiring I think…..he started dropping and looking a bit less sharp last inning.”

    That’s what it looks like to me as well. He was getting more horizontal and almost looked like he resorted to throwing across his body some.

    They have a huge lead so he can just be aggressive and throw – but his stuff isn’t as dynamic.

    Not throwing that much recently may have left him open to fatigue.

  40. hardwired7 September 30th, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    Pitch around Cabrera, and you have to deal w/VMart. That guy epitomizes ‘professional hitter’.

    It’s up to CC to throw quality strikes and keep the bases empty. Cabrera is as station-to-station as it gets, so if he’s on first a flared single or something like that from Martinez won’t kill you.

  41. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 30th, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    “Francona had a good run. 8 years in a pressure-cooker environment like Boston is a long time.”

    Sure, but since Francona wanted to talk about a contract extension during the season and they weren’t having any of it, he apparently wasn’t ready to walk. And they were saying on EEI today that they truly thought he would retire as the Sux manager.

  42. GreenBeret7 September 30th, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    tampa has one of two decisions to make this year. They need offense and they have one of 3 pitchers they could move. Nieman, Davis or Shields. what they can’t do is eliminate teams in their own division. Get the best deal possible, regardless of where it comes from.

  43. luis September 30th, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    Hi everyone,

    Just getting ready for the game!!. M, if you are around, you were right about the sux making a move today to upstage the playoffs. Tito’s statement is as classy as it could be.

  44. luis September 30th, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    8-0. Tigres win.

    ———————-

    In your dreams troll

  45. Tabbert September 30th, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    why are the yankees being considered a underdog?

  46. Bx is Burning September 30th, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    My prediction for Ruby’s weekend:
    isolation and ramen
    :(

  47. willwill September 30th, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    Anyone know if there is a free HD broadcast of the game online? My girlfriend takes over the 40 inch till she goes to bed, and no slickdeal for any other tv’s recently. the one down stairs is a old school tube

  48. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 30th, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    Bret – see my post at 6:54. Tito certainly wanted to sign back on before the season ended. I’m sure that he saw his days there were likely over after having the best team ever assembled go 8-18 (or whatever it was) in September and then end up eating the dust of the Orioles.

    Also, $$$$$ can do funny things to some decent human beings.

    ;)

  49. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 30th, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    is Burning September 30th, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    :D

  50. luis September 30th, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    If someone had to be fired, it should have been Theo… JMHO, the responsability to have the depth necesary to win belongs to him, Tito just played with the cards he was dealt with

  51. Bret The Hitman September 30th, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    Trisha,

    But could you blame Francona if he ever wanted out of Boston?

  52. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 30th, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    “why are the yankees being considered a underdog?”

    For the very same reason the best team ever assembled was considered to be the heir apparent to the throne. These yayhoos don’t look beyond their noses. Partly Verlander, partly anti-Yankee bias, who knows.

    However, I will always go with the Vegas odds. They favor the Yankees.

    Or I should say I will always go with the Vegas odds when they favor the Yankees.

    :)

  53. JM September 30th, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    trisha,

    He wasn’t ready to walk mid-season when the Sox were on a roll but after this collapse and the fact that it seems that he lost control of the clubhouse he may have decided it was best to move on. no question the Sox wanted him out but I’m not so sure he wanted to stay there at this point and deal with those players.

  54. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 30th, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    “But could you blame Francona if he ever wanted out of Boston?”

    Never. But I think managers are like the starters who never want to come out of games. They want to find a way to win.

  55. luis September 30th, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    Bret The Hitman September 30th, 2011 at 6:58 pm
    Trisha,

    But could you blame Francona if he ever wanted out of Boston?

    ——————————————-

    That is his character flaw…..I can’t understand how anyone would like to be Boston Red Sux! :)

  56. hardwired7 September 30th, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    6 ER for Wilson in this start

    Mo has 11 ER in his entire postseason career (140 IP)

  57. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 30th, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    “no question the Sox wanted him out but I’m not so sure he wanted to stay there at this point and deal with those players.

    No way to know for sure of course. But since he knew he was going to take the fall, he may have decided that he was better off out of there.

    And truth be told – and I really like the guy – if he is now saying that things were happening in the season that he didn’t like and he didn’t find a way to control those things, then maybe he needs to be out of there.

  58. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 30th, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    luis – :)

  59. Red Robin September 30th, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    “why are the yankees being considered a underdog?”

    Since Verlander is alive, the Yankees are already considered down 2-0 in the series before even one single pitch is thrown.

    There’s your reasoning.

    No ?

  60. luis September 30th, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    JM September 30th, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    He might have lost the clubhouse, but still….Theo is the one responsible for the lack of depth of the team, he should be the one taking the heat

  61. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 30th, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    luis, I think he really ended up there because Schilling was there and he had been with the Phils when Schilling was there. I think Curt the team mascot helped to bring Tito to the Sux.

  62. GreenBeret7 September 30th, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    Boston had too many pitching holes to fill and one starter wasn’t going to help, because they would have had to open a hole somewhere else. The farm is near bare and what was on the starting pitcher market was pathetic. They couldn’t give Seattle what they needed….an outfielder with power and 3 young pitchers

  63. Red Robin September 30th, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    … also C.C. has not done anything in the postseason in his career.

    C.C. vs. Verlander?

    Might as well be Igawa vs. Verlander.

  64. Bret The Hitman September 30th, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    The owners love Theo for some reason. Remember when he bolted to South America or something to smoke pot and listen to Pearl Jam? They called him up and kissed his white butt.

  65. CB September 30th, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    Moore is tiring. Having more trouble staying on top of the ball and dropping his shoulder.

    What an outing for the kid. Just dominant stuff.

    Blake brought up Steve Avery before and GB7 mentioned Rick Ankiel. That’s the kind of stuff Moore has. So impressive.

  66. Captain Clutch September 30th, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    Moore is obviously tired. Hamilton bunts?!

  67. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 30th, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    Chad, any way you can have Jeff Marx build an ignore button for the postseason? Because if not, I will solicit the poster who has a way of finding out everyone’s personal information to get the goods on Red Riding Hood and I will personally find him and kick the crap out of him.

    Thanks!

    :)

  68. luis September 30th, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    Hi Trish!,

    I loved a post you made last night about the reasons the yankees are such a good team…unfortunately i joined the thread late, but good post anyway!

  69. UnKnown September 30th, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    none of the sux players showed up for Tito’s presser. Kind’ve shocking.

  70. GreenBeret7 September 30th, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    That was Boston couldn’t offer Seattle what Detroit did to get Fister.

  71. kd September 30th, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    gb7,

    and oufielder with power and 3 young pitchers for whom?

    sounds to me like laird, noeisi, phelps, and warren fit that bill.

  72. Ys Guy September 30th, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    francona going out with class. the red socks are now not as good and organization as they were a few hours ago.

    tito will get a job real quick in chicago or dc or somewhere.

    im glad to see him out of boston.

  73. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 30th, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    “The owners love Theo for some reason. Remember when he bolted to South America or something to smoke pot and listen to Pearl Jam? They called him up and kissed his white butt.”

    Yeah, and remember when Theo showed up at a press conference in a gorilla suit? Any other GM did that, they would have fired his ass.

    Theo made Tito the scapegoat. He probably trashed him to the owners and said he needed to go. But that’s not surprising. They say you’re known by the company you keep, and Theo is tight with Henry, who is tight with Loria and Selig.

  74. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 30th, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    luis, thanks! I thought if we looked at it from the point of the stats it might make posters feel a little more comfortable about facing Verlander.

    :)

  75. hardwired7 September 30th, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    Going w/Haren over Glassjaw Joe Bedard might have made the difference for them.

    So many variables… It’ll be a few awesome years giving that a public autopsy.

  76. luis September 30th, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    trisha – true pinstriped blue September 30th, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    not that you need any help, but i’ll help you!! ;)

    About your Schilling post, then the sux have a lot to thank schilling for, but i am glad that the losing culture has come back in force!! :)

  77. Bret The Hitman September 30th, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    I’d love to have a boss that lusted after me so hard that every time I wanted a raise or a promotion all I’d have to do is bolt to Equador with a suitcase of tie dies, an ounce of kind bud and a bunch of bootlegged Pearl Jam.

  78. Joe from Long Island September 30th, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    trish – not surprised Tito took the fall. Theo has learned the way of office politics well.

  79. Yogi Mantle September 30th, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    Francona has a style of managing, and with new players added, it just might not have gelled well to his way. The parting could very well be a mutual thing.

    I agree that the press conference he gave was somewhat indicative that he was moving on. The way he talked about the clubhouse is not typical of any manager that is planning on staying.

    Francona knows you don’t burn bridges as you leave. He had a good run in Boston and will always remain in high regard with the RS fans. A bit unusual for a RS leaving, but there was enough of a swipe at Francona given in John Henry’s comments. Usually the RS trash those going out, they leak out things that were bad, or at least sound that way. It will be interesting to see what gets said about Francona now that the parting is done.

  80. hardwired7 September 30th, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    *Harden

  81. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 30th, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    Joe from LI, absolutely.

  82. Joe from Long Island September 30th, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    tell ya, if Boston thinks all they have to do is change managers, that’s the best possible news for Yankees fans.

  83. Bret The Hitman September 30th, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    Bret, Bret, come back to us…we miss you…we’ll give you free pot…bring the monkey outfit.

  84. luis September 30th, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    Joe from Long Island September 30th, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    I hope they keep it up!!!

  85. Yogi Mantle September 30th, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    Its rare when any club fires their GM before their manager. Not really all that different from any other business. The manager is protection for the GM. If they go through another manager and have no success, then the GM is on the hot seat.

  86. Villa Nova-Ya September 30th, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    Really don’t want to listen to Buck Martinez joining the Detroit Chorus. turning off this game.

  87. Bret The Hitman September 30th, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    That’s why I’d love to see them hire Bobby Valentine. Know-it-all, abrasive, anxious, petty. He’s PERFECT!

  88. GreenBeret7 September 30th, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    KD, Detroit gave up Casper Wells, Charlie Furbush, Chance Ruffin and Francisco Martinez (young 3rd baseman) for Pauley’s contract and Fister. Boston couldn’t match that without opening up at least one more hole. Wells is a pretty decent hitter with good power. His uncle used to post on here. He was on here last night, but, hasn’t been on in months.

  89. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 30th, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    Yogi, they’ve been in “talks” since the final pitch of the disaster. I would guess that Tito explained thing to Theo with an eye toward seeing what kind of support he was going to get.

    But whatever. The Sux organization is scum and they remain scum. Only they are now scum in bigger trouble than ever.

    Loria——>HenryFatso<——Players Union

    Karma is a witch.

  90. Gary September 30th, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    CB September 30th, 2011 at 7:06 pm
    Moore is tiring. Having more trouble staying on top of the ball and dropping his shoulder.

    What an outing for the kid. Just dominant stuff.

    Blake brought up Steve Avery before and GB7 mentioned Rick Ankiel. That’s the kind of stuff Moore has. So impressive.

    __________________________________________________________________________

    Watched a bit of the game, I thought ahead of time that Texas was the weakest seed. Kid is pitching a great game but Texas would not have advanced against any team. A week of so ago I never would have thought Texas would get ahead of Detriot. Never thought they would end the year at 9-1. Oh bad luck

  91. luis September 30th, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    Trisha,

    To be clear because my post might be missunderstood…I would help you to kick his behind

  92. hardwired7 September 30th, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    Will Burnett be the fourth starter if the Yankees advance to the ALCS? “There’s a good possibility, yes,” Girardi said.

    ——————————

    I’m sure there won’t be much angst if/when that situation arises.

    Yikes.

  93. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 30th, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    luis – :lol:

    I missed that post. I sometimes miss posts and I seem to be one of the only ones who manages to do that. In a game thread it’s especially prevalent!

  94. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 30th, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    No idea how my post got distorted! Selig probably has spies reading posts before they go up!

    This is what I thought I posted -

    __________________________

    Yogi, they’ve been in “talks” since the final pitch of the disaster. I would guess that Tito explained thing to Theo with an eye toward seeing what kind of support he was going to get.

    But whatever. The Sux organization is scum and they remain scum. Only they are now scum in bigger trouble than ever.

    Loria——>HenryFatso<—–Players Union

    Karma is a witch.

  95. kd September 30th, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    thanks gb. you’re right and i do remember well’s uncle posting on here.

    honestly, it’s really great to see some of the sane old guard back on here. hopefully the stupidity can take the playoffs off

  96. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 30th, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    Okay. I will do this in two separate posts.

    Loria——>Henry<—-Selig

  97. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 30th, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    Milkshakes—>Fatso<—–Players Union

    Karma is a witch.

  98. Captain Clutch September 30th, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    The Rangers are just happy to make contact against Moore

  99. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 30th, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    I guess I’ll do a few things in here and then get ready for the Yanks to take apart Detroit.

    :)

  100. JM September 30th, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    Tito was always going to be the fall guy. Theo is responsible for that poorly constructed roster but just like in the business world, the guy at the bottom takes the fall……it would be great news for the Yanks if Theo stays. Maybe he continue making bad free agent signings. :)

  101. luis September 30th, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    JM,

    I certainly hope so!!!! LMAO!

  102. Gary September 30th, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    hardwired7 September 30th, 2011 at 7:20 pm
    Will Burnett be the fourth starter if the Yankees advance to the ALCS? “There’s a good possibility, yes,” Girardi said.

    ——————————

    I’m sure there won’t be much angst if/when that situation arises.

    Yikes.

    ____________________________________________________________________________

    I’m surprised Joe would even answer that one. I would have expected a more traditional answer like Right now we are focused on beating Detriot. It’s really academic to even talk about the next series when we haven’t played a game in this series yet.

  103. TheStraw September 30th, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    Trisha-

    Red Robin needs to be plucked. Maybe you do need to make a deal with the devil.

  104. CountryClub September 30th, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    Seems pretty clear to me that Francona wasn’t forced out. Check out this quote in response to a question about the clubhouse:

    When things go bad your true colors show….and I was bothered by what was showing.

  105. kd September 30th, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    tito as the fall guy is a shame. he may have lost control of the clubhouse, but the players are to blame. and theo is to blame for putting together that cast of characters.

  106. luis September 30th, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    CountryClub,

    Like Trisha was saying a while ago….The sux showed their true colors, and probably he didn’t like what he saw

  107. EliasInNH September 30th, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    Hey all!
    Super excited for the game tonight!!!!

    P.S. I can’t believe that Francona is out. Those players up there have EVERYTHING that they would ever want, including a player’s manager who ALWAYS defends them and gets them what they want. This will be great for us. Francona was as close to perfect for Boston as you could get, and the Red Sox will be sorry for years to come.

  108. JobaTipsHisCap September 30th, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    I am not optimistic.
    Pure 50/50, if not Tigers have some advantage.

  109. Jerkface September 30th, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    Francona did not want to come back, Red Sox spent all morning trying to talk him out of it.

  110. Villa Nova-Ya September 30th, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    Red Robin is nothing more than a nuisance. Quite comical, really. Why don’t people just ignore him?
    You know, follow their own advice about scrolling past what they don’t like?

  111. Betsy September 30th, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    Link? I doubt that the Sox really wanted him back – though I buy that he’d had enough with the atmosphere in the clubhouse

  112. hardwired7 September 30th, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    Lavarnway would’ve pwned Moore.

    4-4, 4HRs easy

  113. luis September 30th, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    Villa,

    You are right, but sometimes the guy just goes overboard… 8-0 tigers??

  114. TheStraw September 30th, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    Verlander is human. He is just as likely for a bad game as any other pitcher. He wasn’t particularly good in his last start. The yanks have the lineup to do it.

  115. Laura - I Bleed Blue September 30th, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    “Seems pretty clear to me that Francona wasn’t forced out.”

    I don’t think he was either. I think he thought they were going to fire him so he quit before they could get the chance. I also think that there’s some truth in his statement. He didn’t like what he was seeing in that clubhouse. I’m not worried about Tito; he’ll land on his feet.

  116. JobaTipsHisCap September 30th, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    all right, let Joe Torre manage sux next season, so yankee fans can hate him officially.

  117. JM September 30th, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    So far Red Robin is what my work colleague calls a “contrarian indicator.” Whatever s/he predicts, expect the exact opposite. LOL

  118. P September 30th, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    About time Joe gets some balls and swaps Tex and Cano !!!!

    FINALLY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Now, with that out of the way.. let’s GO YANKEES !

  119. luis September 30th, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    Straw,

    In fact, the Yankees beated him twice this season alone

  120. JM September 30th, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    Rough week for Red Sox Nation. Now John Henry has been injured (slightly) on his yacht.

    http://www.boston.com/Boston/m.....News_links

  121. hardwired7 September 30th, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    It’s OK to root for the Yankees now, right?

  122. TheStraw September 30th, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    The beer thing may have been the undoing for Tito…he either knew about it and condoned it, and ticked off management, or didn’t know it and decided he didn’t want to coach a team with players who weren’t serious enough about winning to avoid drinking for three hours on a given night.

  123. hardwired7 September 30th, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    So drinking at work is a bad thing now?

    I’m screwed.

  124. Gary September 30th, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    TheStraw September 30th, 2011 at 7:35 pm
    Verlander is human. He is just as likely for a bad game as any other pitcher. He wasn’t particularly good in his last start. The yanks have the lineup to do it.

    ___________________________________________________________________________

    True, but I think we will know fairly quick within three or 4 innings. As I understand his change in pitching style this year he concentrates more on building his speed as the game goes on and also throwing strikes early to keep his pitch count down especially against a team that likes to run the pitch count up like the Yanks. Even if it means letting guys get the bat on the ball, but putting the ball in good spots so they endup outs. If he goes through the lineup the first and second time and the Yanks don’t comeup with much it could be a bad indicator. This isn’t a guy that tires out, you have to get him out by driving up his pitch count to get at their middle relief. I think Verlarde is 48 for 48 in save situations so you don’t want to be in position to try to rally late in the game.

  125. Laura - I Bleed Blue September 30th, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    Just hearing about the pitchers drinking in the BOS clubhouse on their off days. That’s on Tito. He probably thought that the veterans (i.e. Varitek, Wake) would put an end to that, but he should have nipped that in the bud.

  126. GreenBeret7 September 30th, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    Yanks haven’t beaten Verlander this year, but, they’ve won both of his starts against NY. Career-wise, he’s about a 4 ERA and break even pitcher against NY.

  127. GreenBeret7 September 30th, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    Laura – I Bleed Blue September 30th, 2011 at 7:43 pm
    Just hearing about the pitchers drinking in the BOS clubhouse on their off days. That’s on Tito. He probably thought that the veterans (i.e. Varitek, Wake) would put an end to that, but he should have nipped that in the bud.

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

    they were nipping Sam Addams, not Bud.

  128. luis September 30th, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    GB7,

    Thanks for the correction, you are right

  129. Gary September 30th, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    luis September 30th, 2011 at 7:36 pm
    Straw,

    In fact, the Yankees beated him twice this season alone

    __________________________________________________________________________

    Don’t think so, one at least was a no decision. Yanks came back later to win. Key was they got him out in the 6th inning with the score tied.

  130. luis September 30th, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    Gary,

    Spot on on both posts

  131. Gary September 30th, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    GreenBeret7 September 30th, 2011 at 7:44 pm
    Yanks haven’t beaten Verlander this year, but, they’ve won both of his starts against NY. Career-wise, he’s about a 4 ERA and break even pitcher against NY.

    ___________________________________________________________________________

    Your right, I think across all the years CC vrs Verlander it’s an even spit over the 8 games they have faced each other. Verlander may have won one more game then CC.

  132. CountryClub September 30th, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    Betsy I don’t have a link, I was following tweets from his press conference. But Pete Abe had a live blog going on Boston.com. You can probably get all the detail pver there.

  133. Gary September 30th, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    Well get those chairs on the starting line. Let the games begin!

  134. Red Robin September 30th, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    G o

    Y a n k e e s !

  135. Bryan September 30th, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    Delmon Young hitting 3rd…. wow

  136. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 30th, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    “Link? I doubt that the Sox really wanted him back – though I buy that he’d had enough with the atmosphere in the clubhouse”

    Absolutely agree Betsy. Listening to Theo and the ensuing press conferences it was clear Tito was gone.

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

    I’m the one who said Verlander lost twice to the Yanks. So I am now going to check that out again.

  137. Laura - I Bleed Blue September 30th, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    “they were nipping Sam Addams, not Bud.”

    LOL! Whatever they were nipping, it shouldn’t have been happening and that’s on Tito.

    It will be interesting to see where he ends up. I’m betting on one of the Chicago teams.

  138. GreenBeret7 September 30th, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    If there’s such a thing as an advantage when facing Verlander, it’s that NYYs are better at YS than he is.

  139. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 30th, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    By the way, there is nothing to fear. The Yankees WILL win tonight.

    I assured it by eating some Manhattan Clam Chowdah!!!

  140. luis September 30th, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    Tito, seems to be fed up with what was going on….he said that the team needs a new voice and a change in organization culture OUCH

  141. TheStraw September 30th, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    Time for the curse of Delmon Young to continue….

  142. Betsy September 30th, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    Country Club, thanks!

  143. GreenBeret7 September 30th, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    When it involves your two top veteran starters, closer and the team captain, you have no leadership. Unless Francona is a flexible sort of manager, he doesn’t need a team with a lot of kids. He needs a professional team, such as NY has. The Cubs would not be that team. St. Louis would be perfect for him, though.

  144. EliasInNH September 30th, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    I assured it by eating some Manhattan Clam Chowdah!!!
    ——
    I must say that I am not a fan of Manhattan Clam whatever-it-is. I’m not sure that it can be called clam chowder if it has a tomato-base. lol. But this aside, I think we see eye-to-eye on most things from Boston.

  145. JobaTipsHisCap September 30th, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    LOL rangers

  146. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 30th, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    Luis, I’m trying to find the stats pages I used last night. Dammit if MLB didn’t already obliterate the regular season. I’m going to try ESPN

  147. luis September 30th, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    Trisha,

    I think GB and Gary are right, we got him out early and won in the mid to late innings….The first one Verlander was out by the 6th inning the other one i don’t remember, but it probably went the same way as well.

  148. Bronx Jeers September 30th, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    CC just headed to the pen.

    He and Verlander are running in CF.

  149. EliasInNH September 30th, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    Trisha

    http://www.baseball-reference......;year=2011

  150. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 30th, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    Maybe it showed that he started two games at the Stadium but Detroit didn’t win them.

  151. Tarheel In NYC September 30th, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    We’ll never know for sure what happened between Tito and the Sox FO. But I watched and listened to his press conference the day after they were knocked out of the WC, and Tito presented to me as exhausted and burned out. He seemed emotionally spent.

    Based on that, it’s my opinion that he wanted no part of the Sox after this season. At worst, the split was mutual. I find it hard to believe that Tito wanted to stay but was forced out.

    I wish him well. He seems like a good ol’ baseball guy. He’s one of the few Sox whom I haven’t found personally despicable for the past 7 years.

  152. Joe from Long Island September 30th, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    hey, good manhattan clam chowder, with a nice red wine, is a grand experience.

    that creamy, hi-fat, hi-caloric boston cr*p is for losers…. :)

  153. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 30th, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    Elias thanks. Luis, I think that was exactly it. I also said Fister lost to the Yanks. If he didn’t, the Mariners lost his game.

    :)

  154. EliasInNH September 30th, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    Verlander started 2 games, went 6 innings in both, 11 hits total, 3 runs, all earned in each game, 8 K’s in each game.

  155. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 30th, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    I HATE New England clam chowder.

  156. DocTodd September 30th, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    No antlers & claws tonight…

  157. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 30th, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    He has a 4.50 ERA in YS this year. That ain’t anything to crow about.

  158. JobaTipsHisCap September 30th, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    Go Yanks!!!!!!!!!!!!

  159. EliasInNH September 30th, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    @Joe
    I guess I’m a loser? I suppose I could like it, just couldn’t call it clam chowder lol.

  160. EliasInNH September 30th, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    I HATE New England clam chowder.
    —–
    Do you hate it because its from Boston? Or just hate it in general lol

  161. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 30th, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    HOWEVER – the Yanks scored 100+ more runs than the Tigers and also had a lower team ERA. PLUS they played in a much tougher division so to be able to have a lower ERA playing the predomination of games in the AL East saying something.

    Yanks in 3.

    :D

  162. UnKnown September 30th, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    Who’s nervous/Who’s excited?

  163. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 30th, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    Seriously, hate it in general. It’s too rich and makes my stomach sick. Plus being a good Italian female, I love anything with a tomato base.

    :)

  164. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 30th, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    Not nervous, kind of excited.

  165. EliasInNH September 30th, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    wow he has a .134 BAA when the batter has two strikes. Holy cow.

  166. Joe from Long Island September 30th, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    Tarheel – I think anyone would be emotionally spent after a long season, especially that September when their team melted down. Having said that, the impression I get is that Francona wasn’t sorry to get out of that crazy clubhouse and organization. I’m sure he was will not miss having to play kindergarten kop, and dealing with prima donnas. I know all pro athletes can have those tendencies, but clubhouse leaders tamp it down (see Jeter, Posada, Alex, Mariano, CC).

  167. EliasInNH September 30th, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    haha Trisha, you crack me up. I suppose that makes sense.

  168. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 30th, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    Moore was phenomenal.

    Maybe I’m being overly confident but I just don’t think there is any team that the Yankees can’t handle/beat. I really feel that way.

  169. Bring in the Goose September 30th, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    Betsy Knew they were starting Matt Moore.

    Are we all clear on that?

  170. Joe from Long Island September 30th, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    EliasInNH – well, you’re a Yankees’ fan, so you get a pass. ;)

  171. luis September 30th, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    Unknown,

    I am little nervous but really excited that the PS is here….We need to win this game

  172. Nick in SF September 30th, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    The Yankees do play in the toughest division, but they don’t have to play the toughest team in the toughest division.

    Poor Baltimore, they have to play the Yanks, Rays, Sox, and Jays, and they don’t get to play the Orioles.

  173. Joe from Long Island September 30th, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    in the postseason, any team can beat any other team. having said that, I think the Yanks can beat anybody. Good bats, and good-enough pitching, especially the bullpen. They can turn it into a 6-inning game. With a lead, that’s all you need.

  174. Bronx Jeers September 30th, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    The flag is coming out. There’s about 150 guys carrying it.

  175. blake September 30th, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    Certainly a great start for the Rays….they should be commended for making a bold decision and going with their talented rookie even though he has pitched very little in the big leagues.

    Bring the A game tonight Yanks….lets get it on!

  176. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 30th, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    “Poor Baltimore, they have to play the Yanks, Rays, Sox, and Jays, and they don’t get to play the Orioles.”

    They’re lucky they don’t! Can you imagine if they did? They would have kicked their own asses!!!

    Joe from LI – Yankees losing in the postseason doesn’t compute for me. It’s like I have a blindspot and can’t imagine it happening, especially with a team like the one we have.

  177. Tarheel In NYC September 30th, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    Agreed, Joe from LI. I’d imagine that anyone would be exhausted after the season the RS just had. But something just seemed off. I can’t really describe it; just something in my gut. I even told my friends (with whom I was watching) that I didn’t think he was coming back even if the RS wanted to exercise his option.

    And now with the RS dirty laundry being exposed to the world, I can’t blame him one single bit. Who the hell needs that? It’s like he was hosting Romper Room for the last month of the season.

    And oh yeah—-go Yankees! :)

  178. luis September 30th, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    Nick,

    Yup, but the orioles sure gave the sux a run for their money!! :)

  179. Joe from Long Island September 30th, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    trish and Tarheel – agreed.

    I’m going to pass on the audio from TBS, and listen to John and Suzyn. At least, they know the team.

    Later, have to clean up the pots/pans from dinner, and sip some red…..

  180. GreenBeret7 September 30th, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    Interestingly close numbers with these 2 line-ups.

    Sabathia has given up 12 hits and 6 runs against these 9 hitters. Verlander has given up 10 hits and 5 runs.

  181. luis September 30th, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    Tarheel In NYC September 30th, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    I watched Tiot’s presser on MLB channel, and he seemed fed up, i don’t blame him

  182. blake September 30th, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    Moore reminds me most of Hamels….but he has better stuff than Hamels.

  183. ron September 30th, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    It has been well known that the stress has given tito health problems & put a lot of stress on his family life.

    There is only so much a persons body & mind can take before it starts protecting itself.

    Must be a huge relief being done with it for tito,knowing he can go into broadcasting & easily get a job in a much less stressfull market.

  184. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 30th, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    Going to try to do half innings because I have trouble posting and watching the game because I feel I don’t get the full flavor of the game. Anyone else feel that way about posting during a game?

  185. willwill September 30th, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    any online feeds of the game tonight?

  186. Tarheel In NYC September 30th, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    Luis,

    Thank you! That’s the phrase I was looking for….fed up. More than just tired and burned out. He was fed up. The camel’s back had been broken.

  187. luis September 30th, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    blake September 30th, 2011 at 8:20 pm
    Moore reminds me most of Hamels….but he has better stuff than Hamels.

    ————————-

    You have to give props to the Rays scouting department, they sure know how to find talent, i believe he was taken in the fourth or fifth round

  188. blake September 30th, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    Wow…..Mo in a commerical for deodorant?

  189. blake September 30th, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    luis,

    yes they do….and they develop it very well….move pitchers very slowly through their system

  190. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 30th, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    And I want to point something out in case people start to get frustrated with Yankee “impatience”. If you see them swinging at pitches it’s because Veerlander throws strikes. They can’t afford to get behind so don’t be surprised if you see a lot of first or second pitch swings. This isn’t a guy who you will usually get to a very high pitch count.

    :)

    GO YANKS!!!!

  191. luis September 30th, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    trisha,

    Posting has made me a better watcher!!, i am very loud, so posting helps me to be a little quieter than usual, i guess people living next door appreciate that! ;)

  192. Red Robin September 30th, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    willwill September 30th, 2011 at 8:22 pm
    any online feeds of the game tonight?

    yes.

  193. hardwired7 September 30th, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    I wonder which Red Sox pitcher might have been drinking beer in the clubhouse on days he wasn’t pitching?

    *cough cough* Josh Beckett *cough cough*

  194. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 30th, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    luis – ha ha ha!

    Hey, I’m someone who misses posts as they fly by so why not miss things in the game when I’m posting?

    I appreciate the beauty of the game more when I just concentrate on the screen I guess. I’m going to try it! But what happens to me is that I get psyched about something happening and then need to share it with other Y fans.

    Gonna try to find a balance this postseason.

    :)

  195. randy l. September 30th, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    luchinno, theo , and warner are having a press conference and are acting like they are talking about solving the middle east crisis.

    it’s baseball you assholes. you PLAY baseball. it’s supposed to be fun.

    the problem with the red sox is they weren’t having any fun playing the game. way too tight.

    yeah there’s a serious side and as a player you want to leave it all out there between the lines, but these red sox management guys are waaaaay to serious here.

    it’s a game guys.

    with that said i hope the yankees really go after it tonight and have fun taking it to the tigers.

  196. blake September 30th, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    Beckett did develop an enlarging gut as the season progressed

  197. UnKnown September 30th, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    This is a tight opening by TBS

  198. Tar September 30th, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    Hello everybody just checkin in.

    “Anyone else feel that way about posting during a game?”

    Hey trish !! It depends on the game for me. Important games I usually check on the blog during commercials.

    It’s getting close and I am getting excited for some post-season baseball :D

  199. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 30th, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    Okay, here come our Titans. Enjoy the game everyone. You have some of the best players who have ever played the game and they are on the New York Yankees.

  200. Yankee Trader September 30th, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    Feeling good about the Yankees chances tonight, especially after hearing the Rays scored 9 runs against the Rangers pitching.

    Verlander can be beat and SuperNova can duplicate what Moore just did to the Rangers.

    Garcia is something like 18-6 against the Tigers and knows their hitters inside and out.

    Positive vibes everyone!

  201. hairy lucchino September 30th, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    lets get to it

  202. UnKnown September 30th, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    This Brian Anderson guy might be alright as a play by play guy

  203. Joe from Long Island September 30th, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    randy – they’re probably looking at their revenues decreasing.

  204. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 30th, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    Tar, the sounds right. Commercials it will be.

  205. AndyFTM September 30th, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    Anyone know who’s throwing out the first pitch??

  206. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 30th, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    Nick, can you imagine if Orsillo got our game? I think I’d have to do something desperate – like wring Red Robin’s neck.

    :)

  207. Tom in N.J. September 30th, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    “In the latest twist in a memorable day in Red Sox history, WBZ is reporting that team owner John Henry was involved in minor accident on his yacht. He is on his way to a hospital now.”

  208. Captain Clutch September 30th, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    Let’s go Yankees!!!!

  209. UnKnown September 30th, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    What’s up with MO throwing out the first pitch to Jorge.

    Kindve wierd, no?

  210. luis September 30th, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    Trisha, enjoy the game as you see fit, but please don’t disappear!…GO YANKEES ! :)

  211. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 30th, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    Luis — NEVER!

  212. Benny Blanco September 30th, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    COME ON!!!!

  213. hardwired7 September 30th, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    Good thing that wasn’t McClelland at 1st.

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