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Pregame notes: “I’m sure there will be some adrenaline”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes, Podcast on Oct 03, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

After he took heat last night for using Luis Ayala in the ninth inning of a three-run game, Joe Girardi was asked today whether he thought about skipping CC Sabathia tonight and pushing his ace to Tuesday’s Game 4. In theory, the strategy would have conceded that tonight’s game is a tough one to win, and Sabathia would help the Yankees chances in a potential must-win Game 4.

Girardi’s response had more to do with Game 5.

“We felt he was ready to pitch, and if he’s ready to pitch, we’re going to use him,” Girardi said. “The other thing is, you figure you can use him in the bullpen maybe if you need him (in Game 5) if he feels OK on Thursday. And it lines up for next series. I just felt that he was ready, and I was going with him.”

So we have the much-anticipated matchup that was supposed to shape this series in the opener, and will instead determine which team faces elimination tomorrow.

“I probably feel the same way the Yankees felt when they had CC on the mound for the opening game in front of that crowd in New York,” Jim Leyland said. “It’s a great match-up. It’s one that everybody was anxiously awaiting in Game 1. It didn’t turn out. You always worry about the hype and all the stuff that goes on and postseason is pretty draining really, to be honest with you… I’m sure there will be some adrenaline flowing.”

Girardi admitted that, had he known it was going to rain in the second inning, he never would have sent Sabathia to the mound in Game 1. He would have saved his ace for Game 2, or for multiple innings after a rain delay.

“Probably not, no,” Girardi said. “They told us there might be some light rain, and that’s what they expected. Obviously that changed dramatically.”

This series has changed, and tonight’s the biggest game yet.

Here’s Girardi.

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• Girardi once again committed to Alex Rodriguez in the cleanup spot, despite the fact he’s hitless in the first two games and hasn’t done much since returning from knee and thumb injuries. “I don’t make too much of yesterday,” Girardi said. “I know everything gets magnified when you have a zero in front of your name, people are going to talk about it, but I thought he had good at-bats the first game. The second game, their starter shut us down.”

• Was Girardi surprised to hear the Yankee Stadium boos for Rodriguez yesterday? “I’m not surprised because I think our fans want us to win so badly,” Girardi said. “I think they always expect big things from Alex. With his name and the things that he’s accomplished, there’s high expectations.”

• Russell Martin his fine after last night’s hit by pitch. “No complaints from him,” Girardi said.

• No matter what happens tonight, the Yankees are 100 percent committed to A.J. Burnett starting tomorrow’s game. That’s going to happen whether it’s a potential clincher or a potential elimination. “Who would I go to, Mo?” Girardi said.

• Brett Gardner didn’t finish the season especially strong, but Girardi said that had no impact on his decision to pinch hit Eric Chavez last night. “I was just taking a chance with Chavez,” Girardi said. “What he’s done with runners in scoring position for us this year has been really, really good, and you’ve got a short right field fence that he’s more than capable of hitting is over. I took a shot.”

• Girardi was also once again defending the decision to pitch Luis Ayala last night. “If I used Soriano or Robertson, they would say why did you use him?” Girardi said. “That’s the nature of this. You calculate what’s going to happen. You’re not always going to be right, you don’t have a crystal ball, but being down there runs, I can go with these guys earlier and for longer today and tomorrow.”

• As for the decision to have Freddy Garcia pitch to Miguel Cabrera in the sixth: “He had struck him out the time before and he had struck out Martinez twice and gotten Avila once or twice,” Girardi said. “There is no great matchup for Miguel Cabrera; it’s not like you bring in anyone and it’s a guarantee. That’s how good this guy is. I took a shot with him.”

• Leyland on his decision to go with a different lineup than he had for Game 1. “To be honest with you, neither Jhonny or Raburn have hit CC at all,” he said.

• No one seemed especially wrapped up in Jose Valverde’s comments after last night’s game that the division series would be won by the Tigers before it came back to New York. “It might excite a few (players),” Girardi said. “But the one thing I said is you can’t let your emotions take you out of your game.”

• Leyland compared Valverde’s comments to the pregame videos shown at Yankee Stadium. “He admitted it was tongue in cheek when he said it,” Leyland said. “Second of all, I didn’t take offense to the video at Yankee Stadium when they were talking about the World Series, like we were the junior varsity and they were getting ready for the World Series. I didn’t take offense to that at all. In fact, I thought it was great. That’s what they should be talking about. I don’t really think that.”

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101 Responses to “Pregame notes: “I’m sure there will be some adrenaline””

  1. Betsy October 3rd, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    Please – what is Phil Hughes out there for? He sounds ridiculous, defending a decision based on what the media would say; I guess it’s better than his comments last night, implying his team had no chance to come back

  2. Yogi Mantle October 3rd, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    LOL, Washington feeling the pressure.

  3. Irreverent Discourse October 3rd, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    Betsy he implied no such thing. What are you talking about?

  4. Irreverent Discourse October 3rd, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    This is Texas proving you can’t just throw any starter into the bullpen and expect results.

  5. Betsy October 3rd, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    Uh, yeah he did last night………

  6. Wang IS Taiwan October 3rd, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    I guess some fans don’t pay much attention.

  7. Bring in the Goose October 3rd, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    Betsy give it a frigging rest already and try to enjoy yourself.

    You sound like an entitled brat. Grow up.

  8. Irreverent Discourse October 3rd, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    Betsy – Where’s the quote, I’m not taking your word for it or searching for something so silly.

  9. Bring in the Goose October 3rd, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    The Lohud Betsy Blog.

  10. Betsy October 3rd, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    Your goose is cooked………and you sound like a complete putz. I guess because your are. Shmuck.

  11. Pat M. October 3rd, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    Did I miss the Phillip Hughes topic ???? GB , I heard that Moreno wasn’t finished with the sac lambs but Forsch getting whacked surprises many…..Quiet rumblings about Bud Black leaving The Friars and coming in as GM being he and Mikey S. are tight.

  12. Betsy October 3rd, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    You don’t like it? Leave…………Or report me to Chad. Short of that, just deal with it you bum.

  13. BJK October 3rd, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    • Girardi was also once again defending the decision to pitch Luis Ayala last night. “If I used Soriano or Robertson, they would say why did you use him?” Girardi said.

    ———————————————————————————

    No Joe. We would say “There’s a guy trying to keep things close and win a playoff game by using one of his top guys that hasn’t pitched in a week.”

    Or something like that.

  14. jacksquat October 3rd, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    Irreverent Discourse October 3rd, 2011 at 7:47 pm
    Betsy he implied no such thing. What are you talking about?

    Basically he did. He said if the lead were only 2 runs he might have gone with a better reliever, but 3 runs no. So that implies it wasn’t worth using a good reliever considering the odds of coming back from 3 down. It’s not saying they had *no* chance, but it doesn’t sound good. And it was a bad decision. But that has been beaten to death.

  15. Red Robin October 3rd, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    Based on his track record, C.C. has never been a big game pitcher.

    I don’t expect much from him today.

  16. RMS October 3rd, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    You do manage differently, pitching Ayala, when you are playing 3 out of 5, as opposed to 162.

    Chavez had 2 homers all year. If your not going to use Montero in that spot, let Gardner hit.

    ——————————————————-
    Go CC, go Yankees!

  17. Yogi Mantle October 3rd, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    Seeing Nolan Ryan and the look on his face when his team is losing reminds me a lot of Steinbrenner when he was watching losing games.

  18. Irreverent Discourse October 3rd, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    Red Robin – Based on your track record, shut up.

  19. Bring in the Goose October 3rd, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    Nice comeback.

    Sad, my money was on “we’ll just have to agree to disagree.”

  20. Wang IS Taiwan October 3rd, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    ID — Are you kidding? It was the biggest story coming out of the post-game presser — how Girardi admitted to using Ayala because a 3-run deficit was too daunting to overcome. He said would have used Sori or DRob had it been a 2-run lead. Of course, he only managers the Bronx Bombers so yeah, 3 runs off Valverde was an impossible task.

    It’s not Betsy’s responsibility to do your research. Find it yourself.

  21. Red Robin October 3rd, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    My prediction from yesterday –

    —–

    Red Robin October 2nd, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    I think he [Scherzer] will pitch a very, very good game — a shutout perhaps.

    I predict Tigres will win.

    —-

  22. RMS October 3rd, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    Basically he did. He said if the lead were only 2 runs he might have gone with a better reliever, but 3 runs no

    —————————————————————————————————
    Yep, that is what Girardi said.

  23. Wang IS Taiwan October 3rd, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    @AndrewMarchand
    Andrew Marchand When asked about his bullpen, Girardi said mentioned that Ayala pitched two days in a row. He may be unavailable.

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

    That’s a relief. Of course, I thought after his appearance against the Rays in the last game o the season and Game 1 that we’d at least be spared seeing Ayala in Game 2. I didn’t realize the manager would actually throw in the towel at that point.

    That Valverde can be VERY intimidating.

  24. Betsy October 3rd, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    How did ID miss something like that, lol?

  25. Pat M. October 3rd, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    Well the first pitch hasn’t been thrown yet and all hell is breaking loose here……What’s going on, I have to know !!!!!

  26. Betsy October 3rd, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    Aww, how sad, Ayala may be unavailable – we were waiting on pins and needles for that news, lol

  27. Irreverent Discourse October 3rd, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    Wang – I’m not kidding, and I’m not talkingabout the decision that was made.

    Betsy – Pay attention to what I asked. What does this have to do with Hughes? Bringing him in would have been… smarter?

  28. Betsy October 3rd, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    Joe has managed over 160 something games in a row – is he unavailable?

  29. RMS October 3rd, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    Betsy can voice her opinion. If you don’t like it, scroll by.
    We already have 1 woman cheerleader on this blog, we don’t need another one.

  30. Trigeminal Neuralgia Yank October 3rd, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    Gi joe know AJ will be good for 3 innings Tuesday and is playing accordingly. Good news is we have the BP to go 6 innings

  31. Wang IS Taiwan October 3rd, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    jacksquat October 3rd, 2011 at 7:56 pm
    Basically he did. But that has been beaten to death.

    ~~~~~~~~~

    Ya think? Geez, Louise — what fan didn’t know that?

    Thankfully, we can move on — unless Girardi decides Game 3 is also unwinnable at some point…

  32. 4 train October 3rd, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    yo mick dude, you here the betsy chic is on one of her rants. and she’s calling people a putz. crazy lady man.

  33. P October 3rd, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    Irreverent Discourse October 3rd, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    Most people have no idea who your dad is.

    My dad knows alot about baseball too, more than your dad. Once in my life he was the strongest man in the world too.

    We don’t live in your bubble.
    ===============================

    right right.. gotcha. carry on now.

  34. Bring in the Goose October 3rd, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    And if Robertson, Hughes or Soriano had given up a solo HR or a run in that inning, you all Monday morning QBs wouldve been ripping Girardi for not staying with Freddy or Corey.

    The players share the accountability.

  35. hairy lucchino October 3rd, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    We’re gonna win this game tonight, guys. This isnt the same team as year’s past. We have our ace and leader going, and I expect him to lead us one step closer to where we wanna be.

  36. Betsy October 3rd, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    Yeah, ID – I’m not sure how well Hughes would have done, but I absolutely would have gone to him instead of Ayala. I thought it was a terrible move even before he came in……… and no, that’s not what you meant. You said Joe did not imply that…….meaning that he didn’t imply his team had no chance to come back from 3 runs down.

  37. yankeefeminista October 3rd, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    Jennings another solo. 4-3!

  38. Betsy October 3rd, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    Talk about a cop out………….

  39. hairy lucchino October 3rd, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    Congrats P. Can you explain to your dad that the Yankees get cheated game in and game out, and that there’s a league wide conspiracy to screw us over?

  40. Irreverent Discourse October 3rd, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    P – It shouldn’t be hard to identify what name he posted under, especially if people here “know who he is”. I’ve been here for quite awhile, I may have spoken with him for all you know. Your avoidance of the subject is telling.

  41. Tyler October 3rd, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    Leyland always spins stuff back on the Yanks to try to take pressure off his team. I really hope that the Yanks can jump out early. Verlander usually is most hittable in the early innings. Get to him early and let CC put the team on his back. I’m predicting 4-1 Yanks with CC going 7.1, Robertson getting out of a mini jam, and Rivera pitching a 1-2-3 9th while showing no emotion and 100% class.

  42. Irreverent Discourse October 3rd, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    Betsy – I thought you were saying he implied Hughes should have gone in instead. Hughes should not have pitched at all yesterday unless the game was tied late. He’s here as a long man, not mop up duty.

  43. hairy lucchino October 3rd, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    That ball 4 to Upton right there is being called strike 3 on us 100% of the time in a tie game or with the Yankees leading in the game.

  44. Wang IS Taiwan October 3rd, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    Wow. I didn’t know players shared accountability for a game’s result. Nice to know.

  45. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 3rd, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    ID – BS is putting in mildly.

    YogiMantle called him out on the same thing. My vote is West Coast Sux fan. He had to have stuffed a few sock puppets here in case he ever got booted.

  46. Wang IS Taiwan October 3rd, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    YankeeFem,

    Are you at the game tonight? Weren’t you at the game yesterday?

  47. UnKnown October 3rd, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    Have to agree with Francesa, when he said Joe sounded “tight” in his presser.

    Usually when he gets short and somewhat snippy that’s what it means. I have no problem with that though because it’s no secret this game is the season in a nutshell.

  48. UnKnown October 3rd, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    Another thing if this team really is a World Championship team which I believe deep down in my heart they are, We Will Win This Game!!

  49. Betsy October 3rd, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    ID, no problem. The game is to start soon and hopefully tonight we will have more pleasant things to talk about.

  50. Yankee Trader October 3rd, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    What station will the Yankee game be on when/if the Ray-Ranger game goes extra innings?

  51. Red Robin October 3rd, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    My predictions for tonight –

    Verlander will be dominant — as usual, definitely a shutout, definitely with at least 12 strikeouts.

    C.C. will be pedestrian, allowing at least 6 runs. Our Yankees defense will be shaky as well (3 errors).

    Shades of Game 3 2006 ALDS (for which Randy Johnson took the loss).

  52. P October 3rd, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    Irreverent Discourse October 3rd, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    P – It shouldn’t be hard to identify what name he posted under, especially if people here “know who he is”. I’ve been here for quite awhile, I may have spoken with him for all you know. Your avoidance of the subject is telling.
    =======================================

    You never asked what he posted under, all you did was insult me alluding to the fact that I wouldn’t say what his name was. Maybe if you had asked nicely, I would’ve just told you.

    My dad posts under the name “Lost”. See that wasn’t hard now was it ?

  53. Wang IS Taiwan October 3rd, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    @AndrewMarchand
    Andrew Marchand Before Game 4 counts as a Yankee loss cuz of A.J., keep in mind Porcello’s home ERA this year is 5.64

    ~~~~~~~~~~~

    Definitely AJ territory. Hopefully, he doesn’t pull off a no-hitter like Scherzer (sp?) yesterday.

  54. Red Robin October 3rd, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    I am sorry.

    That’s the way I see.

    I hope I will be wrong.

  55. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 3rd, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    Betsy, sorry I made your blood boil with my “pollyanna” attitude and whatever else you said to your good friend Gary this morning. If you didn’t want to get into with me, you can imagine the number of times it’s been extremely mutual. Your disdain for my optimism is easily matched by my disdain for your pessimism.

    The difference is I don’t kibbitz about you with other people. I tend to talk directly to a person if I have something to say to or about that person.

  56. GreenBeret7 October 3rd, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    Pat M. October 3rd, 2011 at 7:54 pm
    Did I miss the Phillip Hughes topic ???? GB , I heard that Moreno wasn’t finished with the sac lambs but Forsch getting whacked surprises many…..Quiet rumblings about Bud Black leaving The Friars and coming in as GM being he and Mikey S. are tight

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

    Thanks, Pat M. I wonder if Forsch is looking for a West Coast with an East Coast team scouting gig? Wouldn’t it be nice to have a young Ken or Bob Forsch ready to go tomorrow or Thursday?

  57. EliasInNH October 3rd, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    Hey guys! Hope you all root the Yankees to take a big lead! I have to work until 10, so I won’t even be home till 10:45…bahhh…positive energy!! In Joe we trust! Go Yankees!!!

  58. yankeefeminista October 3rd, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    Wang IS Taiwan October 3rd, 2011 at 8:11 pm
    YankeeFem,

    Are you at the game tonight? Weren’t you at the game yesterday?
    _____
    Wang, unfortunately, no, the game is in Detroit. I was in the Bronx the last 3 days for the abbreviated game 1, continuation and game 2. I am experiencing withdrawal not being there though.

  59. hairy lucchino October 3rd, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    hey trisha, how are you?

  60. yankeefeminista October 3rd, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    Elias, no worries; we will. Go Yanks!

  61. P October 3rd, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    trisha – true pinstriped blue October 3rd, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    ID – BS is putting in mildly.

    YogiMantle called him out on the same thing. My vote is West Coast Sux fan. He had to have stuffed a few sock puppets here in case he ever got booted.
    ————————-

    called me out ? What are you hallucinating now ? Actually nevermind.. /ignored

  62. LGY October 3rd, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    @Joelsherman1: #Yankees believe #Tigers have pitched their RHs hard in and A-Rod, Jeter, Martin have to do better being ready and reacting to it

  63. Irreverent Discourse October 3rd, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    Red Robin – Let us know when you make a prediction in the Yankees favor. Although that would be a better troll than what you are doing now, I guess.

  64. Wang IS Taiwan October 3rd, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    “no, the game is in Detroit.”

    Duh. My only excuse is that both locations are worlds away from Taiwan. I always got tickets for the home games when I was in NY.

    Never been in the new YS for a playoff game — how does it compare with the old stadium? I was pesonally against building a new stadium. LOVED the feeling that the place was going to fall down around us as we were stomping our feet and cheering.

  65. Tyler October 3rd, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    Good call on Napoli Scoscia.

  66. hairy lucchino October 3rd, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    Im glad the Yankees gave away that information that they are aware of how our RHs are being pitched. /sarcasm

  67. Melk Man October 3rd, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    CC is 0-4 with a 7.58 ERA in his last 4 starts in Detroit…. 3 of those as a Yankee

    Now that I think about it, he has been pretty bad in Detroit but we’ve played in Detroit early on most years when CC is still ironing himself out.

  68. hairy lucchino October 3rd, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    Scioscia only knows 2 things in baseball and in life. Lose to the Red Sox and beat the Yankees. 2009 must occupy his nightmares daily.

  69. Irreverent Discourse October 3rd, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    When was the last time we played Detroit in the second half… 3-4 years ago?

    Stupid schedule.

  70. Pat M. October 3rd, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    GB……The Forcsh Brothers were very overlooked quality pitchers in their day…..This place is getting too rough and the game hasn’t even started yet…..It was always my belief that you beat The Tigers by beating Verlander….Tonight is that night……But if can spot that bender on the inside vs. right hand hitters it could be a longish night…Good news is their pen is spent and Giradi’s is fresh….That’ll come into play in about 3 hours…..

  71. pat October 3rd, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    ” His timing is off and if you watch him really closely, I think he’s getting out (in front) too soon. He’s not in a good position to hit the (inside) pitch. He’s recognizing pitches early but his body is leaking out further. It’s a simple fix…he could bust out. There’s not really anything to worry about right now.” Cal Ripken

    K Long told Kay something similiar so either Ripken talked to K Long/ Alex today or they are independently in agreement on what’s wrong. Fingers crossed for simple fixes.

  72. Tarheel In NYC October 3rd, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    Oh, Tampa. I hate your cowbells but I love your tenacity.

  73. hairy lucchino October 3rd, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    Youve gotta believe Johnny Damon is doing something positive for his team in this spot. He aint no Swish, he aint no Tex

  74. Irreverent Discourse October 3rd, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    MLB was talking about tonight’s ump and he generally doesn’t give the right side of the plate. CC has had great success with him behind the plate.

  75. Yankee Trader October 3rd, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    And here I thought Mike Adams would have been a great pickup for the Yankees at the trading deadline. 3 straight walks!

  76. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 3rd, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    Hey hairy, I’m doing fine. Tonight’s thread will be more pleasant because a few of the posters who were at the Yanks game will be here. So we’ll have company in terms of people actually being upbeat about the game, even if the Yanks happen to be losing.

    That’s always a good thing.

    :)

    “called me out ? What are you hallucinating now ? Actually nevermind.. /ignored”

    Gee, I thought it was “dismissed”? I guess you didn’t want to use the same word but you can’t help your condscending tendency to use a one word ending.

    :roll:

  77. mick October 3rd, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    Trish- Now you know better than to deal with the HATE element here. It’s Love vs Hate, Good vs Evil. Those that love themselves and others, and those that HATE (and they know who they are) but I pity them as they are Sick.

  78. luis October 3rd, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    Hi everyone!!,

    Another Yankee game, this time i won’t have to leave in the middle of the game, so i am going to sit and enjoy a Yankee stomping of the Tigers!!

    About yesterday, i think Girardi mismanaged the game both on the 6th and the 9th, but let’s move on today is another game and we are goping to win!!

    Go Yankees!!

  79. yankeefeminista October 3rd, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    Wang, it can’t compare as far as the oneness of the crowd, and the history and it doesn’t literally shake like OYS did when everyone is going crazy. Friday crowd was one of the best in a couple of years though. CC-Verlander added that extra buzz. Too bad the rain came and KO’d the game. Sat and Sunday there were empty seats mostly because the rescheduled games left a lot of people unable to attend.

    Just saw C making his walk from the bullpen. C!!!!!!!

  80. Melk Man October 3rd, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    ID,

    We played in Detroit in the following months

    2011 – Early May
    2010 – Early May
    2009 – Mid-April
    2008 – Early May (with 1 makeup game in September)
    2007 – August
    2006 – Mid-May

  81. hairy lucchino October 3rd, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    What genius commentary. To beat the Tigers, you must beat Verlander! LOL! And the bullpen is gonna come into play??? Not if our offense goes into shutdown mode a la Game 1 2009 World Series against Lee. Verlander routinely throws upwards of 120+ pitches and Leyland is old school, he’ll have no problem leaving Verlander out there. That requires our team to effort and work ABs while trying to score runs.

    Im shocked Damon didnt do anything there, and in 3 pitches.

  82. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 3rd, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    Anyway, I’m done with all of the negative nellies. They can all keep each other company. I’m into good times and happiness.

    That’s why I root for the Yankees.

    :)

    GO YANKS!!!!!

  83. Yanks78 October 3rd, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    Youve gotta believe Johnny Damon is doing something positive for his team in this spot. He aint no Swish, he aint no Tex

    ————

    Nope. He actually knows how to hit in a big spot. So glad we decided to let him and Matsui go while these players “in their prime” flail away at pitches in the dirt in October.

  84. mick October 3rd, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    If the sick are not treated it makes them sicker. If they don’t know they are sick they won’t get help. Those are the worst kind as they will always hurt others. I have honestly tried to help the sick but they are too sick to realize it. May they get well…really.

  85. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 3rd, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    YF, do you have the pregame on?

  86. hairy lucchino October 3rd, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    mick, hate is a good thing, maybe the best of things. And no good thing ever dies!

  87. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 3rd, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    hey mick! Ready to win this baby????

  88. Wang IS Taiwan October 3rd, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    “we are goping to win!!”

    luis, I sure hope that’s “hoping” to win or I’m not sure what we’re supposed to be doing here… ;) JK

  89. GreenBeret7 October 3rd, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    Pat M. October 3rd, 2011 at 8:21 pm
    GB……The Forcsh Brothers were very overlooked quality pitchers in their day…..This place is getting too rough and the game hasn’t even started yet…..It was always my belief that you beat The Tigers by beating Verlander….Tonight is that night……But if can spot that bender on the inside vs. right hand hitters it could be a longish night…Good news is their pen is spent and Giradi’s is fresh….That’ll come into play in about 3 hours…..

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

    I usually only got to see the Forsch brothers in Chicago (on leave) or in Texas. They were good…both had no hitters and played with some poor to average teams for a lot of years.

    This place really is getting to be a snake pit. A lot of strange things said on here and much of it be people that should know better. I sent you an email, a day or so ago, but, not sure if it went through.

  90. Irreverent Discourse October 3rd, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    I’m hoping that this year’s “mishap” with the Yankee’s being able to allow Tampa to win to Eliminate the Red Sox will have them stop scheduling division matchups for the last week of the season. There’s not much hope, just a fools…

  91. Wang IS Taiwan October 3rd, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    If ya’ll hear sthg interesting on the pre-game, please pass it along to those of us out of the YES network range.

  92. yankeefeminista October 3rd, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    Hi trisha! Back and forth but mostly watching Rays-Tex.

  93. UnKnown October 3rd, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    So were walking Miggy unless the bases are loaded and then I would seriously think about it as well, Right??

  94. mick October 3rd, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    now that you shooed the hatemonger(s) away let’s go get it trish…

  95. yankeefeminista October 3rd, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    We are starting on TNT. Too bad I don’t know what channel that is…

  96. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 3rd, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    :)

    Gonna pick up dinner and hopefully be back in time for the first pitch. Otherwise I’ll catch it on the radio.

    Bet the Rangers didn’t expect this from the Rays!!!

  97. luis October 3rd, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    Wang IS Taiwan October 3rd, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    Ooops!!!, i meant we are going to win period, i don’t hope….i know ;)

  98. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 3rd, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    Will they switch us to TBS after the other game is over?

  99. P October 3rd, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    wow now he thinks he’s an altruist. Guess that’s better than being an Ahole.

  100. P October 3rd, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    Well at least Arod doesn’t have to hear people boo’ing him.. I actually felt bad for him, because he didn’t deserve it. I’ve never boo’d a player in my life and never will. As much as Tex frustrates me, I still wouldn’t boo him.

    I never understood boo’ing someone on your own team that you want to do good ? as if boo’ing them will help.

    I would Boo Joe Girardi because he owes me a bag of blow pops and I don’t like him

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