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Tomorrow’s bullpen: Everyone from CC to Mo

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Oct 05, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Joe Girardi said today that his plan is unchanged. He expects CC Sabathia to be an available part of his bullpen.

“It doesn’t matter how he feels today,” Girardi said. “It matters how he feels tomorrow. I would expect I would have him.”

Ultimately, tomorrow’s must-win could change the bullpen strategy in more ways than one.

“I can’t tell you what my bullpen strategy is going to be because I can’t tell you how my starter is going to be,” Girardi said. “And I can’t tell you if he does get in trouble, where he’s going to be in the lineup. Because there are certain match-ups you look for. Spikes, yes. Have your spikes on and be ready to go. That’s the bottom line.

“The one thing about using starters out of the bullpen, you have to understand you have to give them a little bit more time to get ready. So you have to look a little bit further ahead. As far as bullpen strategy, it would be what it would be any other day. Hope your bullpen shuts the other team down. That’s the bottom line.”

The big question comes at the very end, with Mariano Rivera. He’s not going to be limited to one inning tomorrow night.

“He’s the one-plus guy tomorrow,” Girardi said. “Yes.”

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199 Responses to “Tomorrow’s bullpen: Everyone from CC to Mo”

  1. blake October 5th, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    Pretty good pen

  2. Asd October 5th, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    Hughes and Logan handled things nicely last night. Good to see.

  3. champ809 October 5th, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    repost

    champ809 October 5th, 2011 at 5:09 pm
    Here’s a thought

    wonder if the Yanks could trade say Adam Warren/Laird and Swisher w/$ for Heyward and Vizcaino.

    That is if the Braves decide that Heyward isn’t what they thought he was and want to move him.

    In Swish they get a switch hitting run producer to bat behind McCann and Warren and Laird give them ML ready young players with Laird being able to take over for Chipper after next season and Warren could slide into thier ‘ro as early as next season.

  4. Bronx Jeers October 5th, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    Let’s hope they don’t actually need to use CC.

  5. Warning Track Power October 5th, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    I am looking forward to seeing Mo get 6 outs tomorrow night.

  6. Curt Schilling was a steroid user October 5th, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    waka flaka

    Of course Pete is calling out the Red Sox because he’s a fan.

    “I’ve been a baseball fan all my life. My grandfather managed a team in the local industrial league, my dad played, I played in high school, etc. I grew up in Massachusetts and my favorite team was the Sox. My favorite players as a kid were Yaz, Fred Lynn, Rooster Burleson and Butch Hobson. I can give you a pretty good breakdown on every Red Sox team since 1974 or so. ”

    That’s a direct quote from Pete in 2004

  7. m October 5th, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    Not a fan of starters coming out of the pen, with the exception of Phil because he has (relatively) more extensive experience at it.

    Let’s go with the standard formula of 7 from Nova, + So + Ro + Mo with lots of run support.

  8. theREALkevin October 5th, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    Champ, Cashman would hear laughter and a “click” if he called the Braves GM with that proposal.

  9. Warning Track Power October 5th, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    Hughes looked awesome last night. I was so impressed when he blew that high fastball
    past what’s his name for strike 3.

    When was the last time Hughes looked so good over the course of 2 innings as a starter?
    Not sure when exactly.

    As a reliever, he can hit 95 and air out the heater. AWESOME!!!

  10. champ809 October 5th, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    This is classic overmanaging….CC should be out of mind until a possible game 1 ALCS start and should be focused on that. period.

    There are more than enough arms in the ‘pen that are healthy and well rested to get ‘er done for tomm game.

    IF Nova can get you through 5 with a lead or tied we should be in good shape with Hughes, Wade, Logan DRob and ‘Mo…particularly Hughes/DRob and Mo who’ve barely been used and should each be avail to be extended some.

  11. Warning Track Power October 5th, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    Champ-
    You have it all wrong.
    C.C. could be used to get 1 out or 2, especially if the tigers have a lefty or two scheduled to hit.
    Nothing wrong with that.
    Don’t think for a minute Girardi plans to have C.C. throw 2+ innings.
    We are talking specific match-ups and very key points in the game.

  12. jpb173 October 5th, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    champ809 October 5th, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    Here’s a thought

    wonder if the Yanks could trade say Adam Warren/Laird and Swisher w/$ for Heyward and Vizcaino.

    That is if the Braves decide that Heyward isn’t what they thought he was and want to move him.

    In Swish they get a switch hitting run producer to bat behind McCann and Warren and Laird give them ML ready young players with Laird being able to take over for Chipper after next season and Warren could slide into thier ‘ro as early as next season.

    ==============================================

    I’m not sure if Swish is tradeable right now. The Yanks hold an option for ~$10 million on him for 2012. If anyone wants Swish they should wait and see if the Yankees exercise the option. If they do, then it might be wise to wait until after 2012 when Swish will be a free agent.

  13. BJK October 5th, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    CC will be available should Nova get roughed up early, or should the game go into extra innings.

  14. willwill October 5th, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    Fister is a scrub, these guys hit…. like red sox did to us in game 7 years ago. Put this sh!t away early.. enough with the drama

  15. blake October 5th, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    Champ,

    That’s nowhere close to enough on the Yanks side of that deal….

  16. Bronx Jeers October 5th, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    How would any one have a pete quote from 2004?

  17. Giuseppe Franco October 5th, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    champ809 October 5th, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    This is classic overmanaging….CC should be out of mind until a possible game 1 ALCS start and should be focused on that. period.

    ———-

    Gotta win tomorrow before you think about the next round.

    Besides, extra innings or another game delayed by rain could very well provoke Girardi to use Sabathia.

  18. champ809 October 5th, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    theRealKev

    maybe but then again maybe not….I think that GM’s around the game are really appreciating how well the players that we’ve developed and traded around the game are doing.

    again that is assuming that the Braves are down on Heyward which is realistic considering how disappointing he’s been for them both on the field and as far as his attitude and Chipper ?’ing his commitment.

    The Cards didn’t get nearly that much back in terms of value for Colby Rasmus and their early performance is about the same.

    In this deal the Braves get a 28yr old RF’er with 25/30 HR power who switch hits in the middle of their lineup and a verteran presence on that team. Laird could be the future 3B for them and Warren has the potential to be a #2 type starter in the NL…

    In trading Vizcaino back to us they still have Teheran,Delgado,Minor,Beachy,JJurjens and Hanson + Warren with Hudson and Lowe

  19. BJK October 5th, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    In this deal the Braves get a 28yr old RF’er with 25/30 HR power who switch hits in the middle of their lineup and a verteran presence on that team. Laird could be the future 3B for them and Warren has the potential to be a #2 type starter in the NL…

    In trading Vizcaino back to us they still have Teheran,Delgado,Minor,Beachy,JJurjens and Hanson + Warren with Hudson and Lowe

    ————————————————————————————–

    Swisher is turning 31 in November. He’s a player that’s not cost-controlled and well into his prime.

    Why would they trade Vizcaino back to us? Why did they want him in the first place just to trade him away again?

  20. JM October 5th, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    Luckily looks like no rain tomorrow night in the Bronx. Supposed to be temps in the mid-50s and clear at game time.

  21. blake October 5th, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    Justin Upton took a step back in his development…..Heyward is like 22 years old and one of the most talented players he baseball…..he was hurt this year…..the braves aren’t giving up on him……but if they did then sign me up…..

  22. Warning Track Power October 5th, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    Call me crazy, but I want Posada back next year as a Part Time DH vs Righties and 3rd catcher on the roster.
    Martin of course will be the starting catcher
    Montero can be the back-up catcher and get occasional DH starts when needed.

    Tex at 1st, Cano at 2nd, Jeter at SS, ARod at 3rd, Gardner in LF, Granderson CF, Swisher in RF

    As for the rest of the bench, I won’t even begin to touch that.

  23. JM October 5th, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    Wouldn’t mind having Chavez back for the bench next year if he’s interested.

  24. blake October 5th, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    I think Jorge rides of into the sunset after his ride down the Canyon of Heroes :)

  25. champ809 October 5th, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    I think Leyland is taking the right tact in making his ace unavailable and relying on the guys that have done it all year to do what they are paid to do.

    I get how he can be used but unless it’s a game 7 of the world series it reeks panic.

    CC is a starter who has been trending backwards now for the last 6weeks whose stuff was diminished slightly the other day and now we’re going to ask him to come out of the ‘pen on short rest when we have a well rested Hughes/DRob and Mo?

    CC should appear in this game as just a LAST RESORT

  26. Betsy October 5th, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    The nice thing is that our pen is rested and mostly on top of their games…..we’ve got lots of options

    I’m just seeing the prior thread topic now. I think the slate is completely wiped clean for AJ in the post-season; it doesn’t change how bad he’s been or how inconsistent he is, but nothing about his regular season matters now.

  27. blake October 5th, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    I honestly don’t think CC was as the as it seemed the other night……he threw a 7 strike walk to Jackson to start the game and then it spiraled from there because he had to throw the ball down the middle and he wouldn’t do it.

  28. Giuseppe Franco October 5th, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    champ809 October 5th, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    I get how he can be used but unless it’s a game 7 of the world series it reeks panic.

    ———-

    The Mariners used Johnson in Game 5 of the 1995 ALDS and they won the game.

    Girardi won’t care if people thinks it’s a panic move to use Sabathia if he helps the team win the game.

    Lose and you go home. Period. Using Sabathia and going to the next round is preferable to everyone but you.

  29. mick October 5th, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    I like the fact that Arod looks like he is back, couldn’t have come at a better time.

  30. Betsy October 5th, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    WTC, I assume you would like to see him remain in the pen for good?

  31. BJK October 5th, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    champ809 October 5th, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    I get how he can be used but unless it’s a game 7 of the world series it reeks panic.

    CC is a starter who has been trending backwards now for the last 6weeks whose stuff was diminished slightly the other day and now we’re going to ask him to come out of the ‘pen on short rest when we have a well rested Hughes/DRob and Mo?

    CC should appear in this game as just a LAST RESORT

    ————————————————————————————————-

    Using your best pitcher in a do-or-die game isn’t panic, it’s smart baseball.

    CC isn’t going to take away innings from Mo, DRob, Soriano. Maybe Hughes… it’s not like he’s had a wonderful track record of consistency this year.

    I’d rather my season rely on the arm of Sabathia for an inning than Ayala, Logan,Wade, Garcia or Hughes in a close game at this point.

  32. m October 5th, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    If Posada came back next year, I doubt he even catches an inning.

    He barely caught any this season.

    Sadly, I think it’s time for the Yankees and Posada to part ways. Otherwise, it will be another year of what happened this year.

  33. BJK October 5th, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    Posada won’t be back next year.

    He’s a 1-dimensional player at this point.

    Let’s just appreciate this post-season surge for what it is and send him off with a good taste in our mouths.

  34. Betsy October 5th, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    No way is Posada back – but he’ll be with another team because he’s not ready to retire

  35. BJK October 5th, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    Betsy October 5th, 2011 at 5:42 pm
    No way is Posada back – but he’ll be with another team because he’s not ready to retire

    ———————————————————————————————–

    I don’t see that happening.

    He’s coming off making $13 million/year. No one likes to play for a 75% pay cut, and he’d be lucky to find that.

    He may not be ready to retire, but he also has his pride.

  36. luis October 5th, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    I think this is Posada’s last ride in to the sunset….I don’t think he’ll play for any other team

  37. m October 5th, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    I don’t think Posada is back with anybody.

    Vlad & Hideki both had good years. Damon will probably be back with Tampa Bay. Ortiz is a free agent.

    It might be like with Bernie, without the non-roster invite from the Yankees.

    Easier to just part ways this year. Hopefully after a parade. :)

  38. luis October 5th, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    He might get a FO position in the Yankees Organization….mentoring rookies and eventually managing a minor league afiliate

  39. longtime October 5th, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    i feel pretty , pretty , pretty , pretty good about tomorrow , Joe’s strengh is the bullpen

  40. 108 stitches October 5th, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    The bullpen is rested and ready. The best hope is a quality start from Ivan Nova. There’s plenty of bullets to close it out.

  41. blake October 5th, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    Jorge isthe going to retire IMO……he’s had a great postseason so far…..showed he could still play…..hopefully he will go out on top.

  42. champ809 October 5th, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    The Braves are a team with a wealth of pitching @ both the Major and minor league levels and serious holes in their offense which cost them a playoff spot this year.

    You could make a case that as early as next season they will have the worst everyday lineup in their division with no room in their rotation for Delgado, Vizcaino or Teheran. They will obviously look to trade some of that to upgrade their offense and have maybe a 2-3 year window with this current roster of trying to win a ring. Chipper is 40yrs old and on his last legs…Uggla is 32 and in his prime and McCann is a 30yr old C…..Hudson and Lowe are signed for 2 more years so a proven player like Swish in his prime years and a good clubhouse guy could be a good fit…they still have a Laird and a Warrren to build with in the future.

    Their ‘ro next season will be Hudson, Hanson, Lowe, Beachy, JJurjens with Teheran/Minor/Delgado and Vizcaino all stuck @ AAA….

    I’m sure they’d prefer to move JJurjens because he’ll be making some $ but Lowe is as untradeable a AJ is right now. Maybe they shift him to the ‘pen but he becomes an expensive long reliever for a team trying to keep payroll down.

    I think internally they have serious questions about Heyward and may consider moving him

  43. disco stu October 5th, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    I think Posada retires after this season … maybe not right away, but at some point during the off-season when the reality hits him that Yankees are moving on and offers are limited for a near 40 year old catcher, who doesnt catch anymore, and cant hit left handed pitching he will realize the best thing to do is walk away and join the pantheon of former Yankee dignitaries.

    Unless, he needs the money and wants to be a PT player for a 2nd division team – cant see him loving the idea of playing 1-2 times per week for the KC Royals – walking away after a strong 2nd half and solid post season is nice way to call it a career.

  44. blake October 5th, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    Would you rather pound Fister and blow them out…..or walk off Valverde in the 9th?

  45. 4 NYY October 5th, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    Warning Track Power October 5th, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    Call me crazy, but I want Posada back next year as a Part Time DH vs Righties and 3rd catcher on the roster.
    Martin of course will be the starting catcher
    Montero can be the back-up catcher and get occasional DH starts when needed.

    Tex at 1st, Cano at 2nd, Jeter at SS, ARod at 3rd, Gardner in LF, Granderson CF, Swisher in RF

    As for the rest of the bench, I won’t even begin to touch that.

    ===========================================================

    Won’t call you crazy, but if I know the Yankees over many years, he won’t be here next year.

    Huge fan of Po, but he’s done. Great Yankee in my book. This small sample at the end doesn’t translate into next yr. We need some youth. IMO

    What about Cervelli & Romine ?

    Chavez doesn’t seem to be someone that will be back either. Good glove still, but little power & “injury prone” to the max.

    Laird looks like a possible replacement there.

  46. Betsy October 5th, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    Blake, I’d be surprise – he talked all season like he wasn’t ready to hang it up

  47. m October 5th, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    Get it over with early. Let Valverde rot in the bullpen.

  48. champ809 October 5th, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    If the Yanks win the WS this year Posada should retire on top and call it a career. He should protect his brand and be one of very few players to have only worn the pinstripes and it’ll maybe augment his HOF case as well.

    To hang on 1yr too long and put up woeful offensive stats while eventually playing once a week for like the Orioles would be a shame and he certainly doesn’t need the $.

  49. blake October 5th, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    Champ,

    All those things you said about the Braves lineup is why they aren’t trading Heyward…….he’s a kid….he’s like22

  50. BJK October 5th, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    blake October 5th, 2011 at 5:50 pm
    Would you rather pound Fister and blow them out…..or walk off Valverde in the 9th?

    —————————————————————————-

    Personally, I prefer the stressless wins.

  51. luis October 5th, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    Blake,

    Easy blowout, we don’t want to fuel the trolls….But a Valverde meltdown would be as appealing, as long as we are not down in the whole game

  52. 4 NYY October 5th, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    blake October 5th, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    Would you rather pound Fister and blow them out…..or walk off Valverde in the 9th?

    =================================

    Pound & blow ‘em out. Then find V after the game and let A J pie him !

  53. mick October 5th, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    Would you rather pound Fister and blow them out…..or walk off Valverde in the 9th?
    =======================
    If it’s a guaranteed win, I take the latter.

  54. champ809 October 5th, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    If I were Cash and the brain trust I would most certainly look to replace some of the aging players like Posada and Chavez and journeyman guys like Wade and Ayala with the youth from my organization and save a few mil while breaking these guys in…especially if we win a 2nd WS in 3yrs.

    Laird for Chavez
    Kontos for Wade
    Brackman for Ayala
    Montero for Po

    I’d bring Andruw Jones back for 1 more season though as well as Colon

  55. Joe from Long Island October 5th, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    Hello, everybody –

    1. I think Posada retires. He’s one of those guys who will play for the Yankees or no one. He’s got all the money he and his family will need. The Yanks might offer him some position within the organization, maybe not (check with Bernie).

    2. I happen to think that Swish and Warren to the Braves for Vizcaino and Heyward is overpaying. With Swish, at least, you know what you have. What Cash would argue is – what have Vizcaino and Heyward proven at the ML level? I would have a hard time answering that.

    3. It’s an elimination game. Lose, and you go home. That justifies CC’s availability.

    4. Nova will make adjustments to having pitched against Detroit Saturday, and the Yanks will host Texas on Saturday night. Bummer for me, I will be in Philly for my sister-in-law’s 65th birthday celebration. Nothing against my wife’s sister, but I’d rather concentrate on the greatest team ever. Hope the bar has a tv and an amenable bartender.

    It will actually be an active weekend, as we have tix to Sunday night’s game. It will be a great end to a wild weekend for us.

    5. I’m expecting CC to start Game 1 and Garcia Game 2.

  56. champ809 October 5th, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    He’s a 22yr old kid who’s hit .255 over 900 abs who they are not so happy with his attitude and may ? whether he’ll be as good as they thought…

    I’m just saying that they’re maybe a trade to be made with them for him…maybe if we include Nunez who’d become they’re everyday SS as well we could fashion a deal.

    I’d really like the Yanks to go get Fernando Martinez from the Mets for one of our excess young arms as I think we could get him for cheap say a Warren or Phelps type deal as he’s the forgotten man in their organization and they’re very down on him….His swing is made for Yankee stadium and is just as pretty as Robbies’….I’d love to have him in RF with KLong and Robbie bringing him along next year.

  57. luis October 5th, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    Joe from Long Island October 5th, 2011 at 6:02 pm
    Hello, everybody –

    1. I think Posada retires. He’s one of those guys who will play for the Yankees or no one. He’s got all the money he and his family will need. The Yanks might offer him some position within the organization, maybe not (check with Bernie).

    2. I happen to think that Swish and Warren to the Braves for Vizcaino and Heyward is overpaying. With Swish, at least, you know what you have. What Cash would argue is – what have Vizcaino and Heyward proven at the ML level? I would have a hard time answering that.

    3. It’s an elimination game. Lose, and you go home. That justifies CC’s availability.

    4. Nova will make adjustments to having pitched against Detroit Saturday, and the Yanks will host Texas on Saturday night. Bummer for me, I will be in Philly for my sister-in-law’s 65th birthday celebration. Nothing against my wife’s sister, but I’d rather concentrate on the greatest team ever. Hope the bar has a tv and an amenable bartender.

    It will actually be an active weekend, as we have tix to Sunday night’s game. It will be a great end to a wild weekend for us.

    5. I’m expecting CC to start Game 1 and Garcia Game 2.

    =============================

    1 agreed

    2 Don’t honestly know

    3 agreed

    4 i hope so

    5 i hope so

    Anyway, good far eaching post

  58. Joe from Long Island October 5th, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    champ809 – makes a lot of sense. I’d still look to bring Wade back, given the uncertainty for middle relievers. But Brackman for Ayala? A no-brainer.

    FYI – for anyone who’s interested – I had to put my dog down today. He was suffering from chronic lymphoma, and finally declared himself. If you’ve ever had a dog, you know the feeling. Right now, this blog is a great tonic. No trolls, and some intelligent discussion about my favorite team.

    Let’s Go Yankees.

  59. luis October 5th, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    EDIT: Reaching post

  60. LockDown October 5th, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    Montero isn’t ready to assume a heavy C role at this point. My guess is next yr Montero is the DH/C#3 (& maybe learn some 1B) with either Cervelli or Romine as the BUC to Martin.

    Keeping Posada next year would be a big mistake. He would take Montero’s RHP ABs. Worse case scenario would be like they did this year, keep Montero in AAA with Posada as DH & Cervelli as BUC. All you have to do is like at the PS to see how Montero would be held back by Posada.

  61. LGY October 5th, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    Yikes. Jay has to make that catch.

  62. champ809 October 5th, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    I happen to believe that Detroit will get Nova’s a game tomorrow night and he’s gotta feel supremely confident on having basically pitched 6 2 hit shutout innings with his ” B “game stuff in game 2…

  63. Joe from Long Island October 5th, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    champ809 – I’ve wondered what FMart could do with a good organization, that didn’t put the weight of the world on him. Warren, Phelps, Mitchell for him? I’d do it, and it would be a good deal for one of the kids – they may not make the NYY rotation, but they might do well with someone else.

  64. luis October 5th, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    Joe,

    My sincere condolences…..I have had to put down my dogs as well, they are like family and i know exactly how you feel, again i am very sorry.

  65. Warning Track Power October 5th, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    4 NYY October 5th, 2011 at 5:51 pm
    Warning Track Power October 5th, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    Call me crazy, but I want Posada back next year as a Part Time DH vs Righties and 3rd catcher on the roster.
    Martin of course will be the starting catcher
    Montero can be the back-up catcher and get occasional DH starts when needed.

    Tex at 1st, Cano at 2nd, Jeter at SS, ARod at 3rd, Gardner in LF, Granderson CF, Swisher in RF

    As for the rest of the bench, I won’t even begin to touch that.

    ===========================================================

    Won’t call you crazy, but if I know the Yankees over many years, he won’t be here next year.

    Huge fan of Po, but he’s done. Great Yankee in my book. This small sample at the end doesn’t translate into next yr. We need some youth. IMO

    What about Cervelli & Romine ?

    Chavez doesn’t seem to be someone that will be back either. Good glove still, but little power & “injury prone” to the max.

    Laird looks like a possible replacement there.
    ***************************************************
    Chavez is > then Laird or Pena(El Nino).
    Not sure if Chavy would return, but I sure do hope he does.

    I think both Cervelli and Romine are nowhere near as good as Montero right now or in the future. I’m sorry, but neither of those 2 can hit like Montero.
    Romine can use another year in AAA as insurance and perhaps Cervelli can play there as well or get traded.

  66. Joe from Long Island October 5th, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    luis – thanks for the input.

  67. champ809 October 5th, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    I think the Mets would take Warren for for F Mart and slot Warren into their ro next season for sure.

  68. Joe from Long Island October 5th, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    luis -just saw your last post. Thanks for the sentiments. I do appreciate it.

  69. luis October 5th, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    Lockdown,

    In my view, next season Montero is the BUC, getting behind the plate somewhere around 60 games, the rest he plays as primary DH, the days he goes behind the plate you use them for the veterans

  70. Joe from Long Island October 5th, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    luis – I agree about how they use Montero. Martin as primary catcher, Montero as BUC and primary DH. And, when he catches, another regular goes DH.

  71. rb from LI October 5th, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    FYI – for anyone who’s interested – I had to put my dog down today. He was suffering from chronic lymphoma, and finally declared himself. If you’ve ever had a dog, you know the feeling. Right now, this blog is a great tonic. No trolls, and some intelligent discussion about my favorite team.

    ——–

    Joe, I feel for you. My dog died 2 weeks ago. We were probably going to have to put him down soon anyway, so in a way it was a relief. Doesn’t make it any easier. My best to you.

  72. LGY October 5th, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    Hilarious Yankee themed spoof on Moneyball

    http://www.jest.com/video/46873/too-much-moneyball

  73. Giuseppe Franco October 5th, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    You only replace the ‘old guys’ with young kids when you can find better players to fill that role. Don’t replace them just because.

    The Yanks had a lot of success with retreads and veterans this season. Oftentimes, veterans are more adapt to handling backup roles than the kids.

    And the Yanks NEED Nunez. He’s insurance for A-Rod and Jeter – and occasionally Cano.

  74. Giuseppe Franco October 5th, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    Joe,

    Terrible news about your dog. Sorry to hear that.

  75. 108 stitches October 5th, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    There’s options for Jorge. He may want to take a year off to spend time with his kids. If he gets bored he can do some instructional work at short season Staten Island or spend some time at Trenton.
    If Tony Pena were to accept a managerial opening, there’s an opening for a bench coach.

  76. champ809 October 5th, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    Montero will absolutely, barring injury, get 500-550abs next season.

    It is I’m sure very clear to the front office that he is in fact the elite hitter they projected him to be and maybe the 2nd/3rd best hitter on the team as early as next season.

    he should get 50+ games behind the plate and regular DH duty next season and hit as high as 6th…

    Jeter
    Grandy
    Cano
    ARod
    Tex
    Jesus
    Swish
    Martin
    Gardner

  77. Pat M. October 5th, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    Doc Joe…..I offer my condolences on what is a very painful and sad day….How’s your wife handling this ???? I remember the sadness very well as it never goes away entirely…

  78. LGY October 5th, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    Very sorry to hear that Joe.

    That video I linked above should provide you with a few laughs.

  79. GreenBeret7 October 5th, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    keithlaw keithlaw
    Upside to tonight’s AFL game getting rained out: getting to surprise my daughter and read her a bedtime story

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

    No doubt this was the fairy tale about how King Alan Of Milwaukee requested that his two loyal Knights Of The Sabermetric Roundtable, Sir William Of James and Sir Thomas Of Tango to save Princess Baseball from and slay the terrible dragon known as Old School Numbers.

  80. CountryClub October 5th, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    There’s no reason to use any of the lesser pen arms tomorrow. Robertson and Mo can each give them two innings. Soriano too, although he’s had a decent workload recently. So maybe only 1 from him. And I wouldn’t hesitate to use Hughes either. The yanks are winning tomorrow.

  81. 108 stitches October 5th, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    Joe from L.I. -

    Sorry about your dog. You may find easing the situation better by getting another dog sooner than later.

  82. LockDown October 5th, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    luis,

    I don’t see Montero playing DH with Martin at Catcher w/o any BUC on the bench. That’s why I think they’ll have cervelli or Romine (who I prefer) there.

  83. YES October 5th, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    Posada will play as long as someone is willing to give him the opportunity. Where else are you going to find $10 million dollar a year jobs.

    Even if he took a 75% cut in pay from his $13,000,000 salary, thats still $3,250,000 for playing baseball on a part time basis. Not too many other jobs offering that type of compensation.

    No matter how well he does this post season, its time to thank him for the memories and bid farewell to him, just like they did to Matsui after his great World Series of 2009.

    The future at DH is Montero & Alex will need to DH more and more in the coming seasons.

  84. luis October 5th, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    Joe from Long Island October 5th, 2011 at 6:14 pm
    luis – I agree about how they use Montero. Martin as primary catcher, Montero as BUC and primary DH. And, when he catches, another regular goes DH.

    ================

    I might add that eventually in the future you may go to a tandem between Montero/Romine and then Sanchez/Romine and you move Montero to first base once Tex contract is up.

  85. luis October 5th, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    LockDown October 5th, 2011 at 6:20 pm
    luis,

    I don’t see Montero playing DH with Martin at Catcher w/o any BUC on the bench. That’s why I think they’ll have cervelli or Romine (who I prefer) there.

    ====================

    Good point, but whomever that guy is ( Cervelli/ Romine ), he is the third string catcher

  86. champ809 October 5th, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    I know the Yanks need Nunez…I’ve been trumpeting his value to the Yanks for the last 3yrs…but he has I think become quite a commodity as other teams see that he can be an everyday regular SS with real upside offensively.

    I’d only trade him in a package deal to bring me back something that I need that I don’t have ready in my org or for a Felix type deal if that’s the deal breaker.

    We have some guys in the lower levels that may come quick next season and could fill Nuney’s current role.

    As far as Laird and some of the other guys the Yanks are @ a point with the current roster makeup where they have to begin to inject some youth and upside where and when they can and these guys represent that.

  87. LGY October 5th, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    Holy horrible OF defense batman.

    What on earth was that Victorino?

  88. Pat M. October 5th, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    LGY…..Good stuff, very funny & I was out of line last night….Lance Berkman has been incredible in 2011…..

  89. LockDown October 5th, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    luis October 5th, 2011 at 6:23 pm
    LockDown October 5th, 2011 at 6:20 pm
    luis,

    I don’t see Montero playing DH with Martin at Catcher w/o any BUC on the bench. That’s why I think they’ll have cervelli or Romine (who I prefer) there.

    ====================

    Good point, but whomever that guy is ( Cervelli/ Romine ), he is the third string catcher

    ——–

    Romine is a better catcher than Montero & Cervelli from what I’ve seen. Though he would get less playing time than Montero, I can’t see how Girardi would have Montero catch more than Romine.

  90. LGY October 5th, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    Pat M,

    Thanks. Me too. AJ had me a little on edge last night but I’m sure you know how that goes. ;)

  91. LGY October 5th, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    Victorino is going to find himself on a lot of blooper reels after that one.

  92. Joe from Long Island October 5th, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    Guys – thanks for the thoughts. I really do appreciate it.

    Personally, I think Romine will ultimately be Romine as primary C and Montero as BUC/primary DH.

    I don’t think they trade Nunez unless it’s for a real stud player.

  93. m October 5th, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    Romine will find himself with the team at some point before September next year.

  94. Yogi Mantle October 5th, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    Anyone else watching the Phillies/Cards game? The play by Victorino out in CF had the whole family laughing.

  95. Giuseppe Franco October 5th, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    # champ809 October 5th, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    I know the Yanks need Nunez…I’ve been trumpeting his value to the Yanks for the last 3yrs…but he has I think become quite a commodity as other teams see that he can be an everyday regular SS with real upside offensively.

    I’d only trade him in a package deal to bring me back something that I need that I don’t have ready in my org or for a Felix type deal if that’s the deal breaker.

    We have some guys in the lower levels that may come quick next season and could fill Nuney’s current role.

    As far as Laird and some of the other guys the Yanks are @ a point with the current roster makeup where they have to begin to inject some youth and upside where and when they can and these guys represent that.

    ——–

    Nunez hasn’t even been on the radar for three years. Try again. Nunez essentially came out of nowhere last year.

    They don’t have anyone else in the minors to fill his role and given the health issues and age with Jeter and A-Rod, Nunez will be going nowhere.

    The Yanks ARE injecting youth in this team. Look up and down the roster. It’s not always better to replace a veteran with a kid. Sometimes, the veteran fits the role better.

    The kid iis used to playing everyday and might not be able to adapt to a backup role.

  96. GreenBeret7 October 5th, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    Claiborne, Whitley and Burawa all pitched for Phoenix today. None pitched especially well, but, they did chalk up some impressive strikeouts in their 1+ innings each. Mustelier was the only offensive player from the Yanks to play and was 1-2. Burawa picked up the win.

    http://www.mlb.com/mlb/gameday.....n_msswin_1

  97. 4 NYY October 5th, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    W T P

    Chavez is > then Laird or Pena(El Nino).
    Not sure if Chavy would return, but I sure do hope he does.

    I think both Cervelli and Romine are nowhere near as good as Montero right now or in the future. I’m sorry, but neither of those 2 can hit like Montero.
    Romine can use another year in AAA as insurance and perhaps Cervelli can play there as well or get traded.

    =========================================================

    Have to again go against Chavez coming back, too many aches and pains.

    Both catchers IMO, are better receivers than Montero. ( at this point ) One should make it next year. And we have Martin. But no doubt in my mind that he’s gonna hit ! I just don’t know where this idea that he should DH against lefties. He can hit against both types of P’s.

    We went with Po this yr. as DH in the beginning ( salary ) so I sure wouldn’t be against putting Jesus in that spot next yr.

  98. luis October 5th, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    Romine is a better catcher than Montero & Cervelli from what I’ve seen. Though he would get less playing time than Montero, I can’t see how Girardi would have Montero catch more than Romine.

    ==================

    Again, good point… and i’m not sure what the answer is, because Girardi loves Great defense no bat catchers, but on the other hand you have the impact bat of Montero, but if you don’t employ him as catcher his plate appearances are going to diminish, because the vets are going to need their DH days…they might have to impose hi to Girardi

  99. austinmac October 5th, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    Joe, sorry about your loss. Dogs lives are too short.

    I hope for a win in which CC doesn’t have to pitch and can go game one. But, I’ll take a win any way it comes. The reality is anything can happen in a single game.

  100. Yogi Mantle October 5th, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    LGY October 5th, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    Victorino is going to find himself on a lot of blooper reels after that one.
    ++++++++

    That was was just too funny. Made a good effort, but going to throw from the ground, let’s say it wasn’t his finest effort. :lol:

    The Card have a number of players who have hit Oswalt pretty well. This should be an interesting game. Phillies in the lead now, but it’s early. The Phillies one weakness is they don’t have a great bullpen. That might be the key to beating them, of course that is a tall task in itself with their starters.

  101. Warning Track Power October 5th, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    You figure with the 4 catchers that are in one way or another MLB players, someone
    has to go.
    They all can’t hide in the minors, so you figure someone eventually will get traded.
    The likely candidate might be Cervelli.

    I think Martin has earned another contract with the Yankees.
    Montero and Romine and top prospects for a reason.
    Poor Cervelli.

  102. Warning Track Power October 5th, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    4 NYY October 5th, 2011 at 6:32 pm
    Have to again go against Chavez coming back, too many aches and pains.

    Both catchers IMO, are better receivers than Montero. ( at this point ) One should make it next year. And we have Martin. But no doubt in my mind that he’s gonna hit ! I just don’t know where this idea that he should DH against lefties. He can hit against both types of P’s.

    We went with Po this yr. as DH in the beginning ( salary ) so I sure wouldn’t be against putting Jesus in that spot next yr.
    ***********************************************
    My feelings about Laird is he is a typical AAAA player.
    Shelley Duncan and Laird seem to have a lot in common.
    Nunez has already surpassed Laird in terms of ability, hitting, speed(not defense) as of now.
    Nunez will get better with the glove. He is learning and will learn a lot from playing with Jeter and Cano for a full year.

  103. GreenBeret7 October 5th, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    Kontos won’t be with the yankees that much longer. A nice guy, maybe but, not that special.Ayala and wade did nothing wrong to get booted out of NY. They did the jobs that they were brought in to do, and did it very well. Chamberlain won’t be back before May/June at the earliest and Hughes is going nowhere except into the rotation. From July through the end of the year, and with the exception of 3 games of the 12 starts, he was very good.

  104. Joe from Long Island October 5th, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    LGY – that video was perfect!

  105. Yogi Mantle October 5th, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    The trouble is, Martin will still get a lot of the playing time, Montero has already become a big fan favorite due to his bat. Romine is a good choice for BUC, but that would limit Montero’s playing time even more.

    It is a good problem to have. I just think they will have Romine in AAA to work on his batting while being a FT catcher. The Yankees already have a good catcher in Martin who doesn’t hit a lot, Romine would just continue that. Romine will get his chances later in the season, but Martin has really fit in well with the team, and the pitchers seem to really like pitching to him.

    Montero as BUC/DH only becomes risky if Martin gets hurt or Montero gets hurt. Then Romine is in the wings to fill in.

  106. tomingeorgia October 5th, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    Joe,
    Had a wonderful dog die in my arms a few years back at the vet’s office. My sincerest sympathies.

  107. Joe from Long Island October 5th, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    tomingeorgia – thanks. I mean that.

  108. GreenBeret7 October 5th, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    Romine needs most of 2012 to get his offensive in order. Not likely to see him until early September of 2012. He’s also athletic enough to learn multiple positions, especially the 4 corners. That gives Martin one more year, one and a half at the most. Montero can be a decent enough catcher to join the Romine platoon in 2013. Until somebody shows up in the system that can do what Nunez does better, he’s not going anywhere. Laird is a lot better hitter than people on here give him credit for. Playing a little outfield will help. He’d certainly be no wore than Swisher was when he arrived in NY. Ultimately, though, he’ll be traded in a package deal somewhere with a couple of young pitchers like Warren/Mitchell/Phelps.

  109. luis October 5th, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    Guys,

    When it gets interesting IMO is at the end of next season, here is why:

    Martin becomes a free agent after his last year of arb. Romine should be ready after one season in Triple A and Montero is already a mainstay in the lineup. I think this is when Cervi gets traded.

    Usually this issues solve themselves out ( Someonbe gets hurt or someone takes a step back ), but there are going to be top choices to make ahead

  110. Curt Schilling was a steroid user October 5th, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    Sorry about your pup, Joe.

  111. GreenBeret7 October 5th, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    Doc Joe, my condolences to you and Mrs Joe on the loss of your beloved pet and friend.

  112. luis October 5th, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    EDIT: tough choices ahead

  113. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 5th, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    A thread late and a dollar short but I need to answer the question Chad posed in the previous thread. With one game is all forgiven with AJ?

    YOU BET YOUR SWEET…FEET IT IS!!!!!

    :)

  114. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 5th, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    I didn’t read any posts but just saw something above mine that bothers me. I need to find out what it’s about because I already have tears…

    :(

  115. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 5th, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    Joe from LI, I am so so so sorry for you. That is a heartbreaker and reading it made me cry. The most loving and loyal relationship, other than the innocence of children. I’ve been through it with my sisters’ dogs and I found myself thinking about them out of the blue a year later and starting to bawl. For anyone who has had a family pet, you know, as Joe said, what they are to you. They’re as much your kids as your kids are.

    My prayers and love are with you Joe.

    Trisha

  116. luis October 5th, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    Hi Trisha,

    Joe from LI’s dog was put down today. if you ever had pets you know the feeling of losing an important memeber of the family.

  117. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 5th, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    luis, it is one of the hardest things to go through. Pets give you unconditional love.

  118. Bronx Jeers October 5th, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    The NY Times did an article on John Sterling last Sunday. Bizarre man.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10.....&_r=1

    Joe,

    Very sorry to hear about the loss of your “friend” I hope the Yanks & this site help ease what you’re feeling.

    So what was this big brouhaha last night everybody’s apologizing about?

  119. Doug Fister is 8-1 with a 1.79 ERA -- with Detroit October 5th, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    Did one of you call Doug Fister a “scrub”?

  120. tomingeorgia October 5th, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    trisha,
    Right, as long as it’s not a cat. They are of the “What have you done for me lately?” school, though I’ve mourned a lot of them anyway.

  121. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 5th, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    “So what was this big brouhaha last night everybody’s apologizing about?”

    I know I don’t know! But I didn’t do anything so it can’t be me. I just was happy and positive. (Maybe that’s it???)

    :D

  122. luis October 5th, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    Tom,

    I had a cat, that believe or not acted like a dog, very independent though

  123. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 5th, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    “trisha,
    Right, as long as it’s not a cat. They are of the “What have you done for me lately?” school, though I’ve mourned a lot of them anyway.”

    I’m with you. They are far to independent and catty! :)

  124. GreenBeret7 October 5th, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    Doug Fister is 8-1 with a 1.79 ERA — with Detroit October 5th, 2011 at 7:04 pm
    Did one of you call Doug Fister a “scrub”?

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

    No…you misread it. They called him a “shrub”.

  125. Erin October 5th, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    Joe- I’m so sorry to hear about your dog.

  126. Pat M. October 5th, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    I just recieved an e-mail from our gardner alerting me that he’ll be stringing our Christmas Lights 8 weeks from Saturday…..How can this be possible, Christmas !!!! Chase Utley is still a very good ballplayer but the Cardinal lineup seems to me to be the tougher assignmnet for a starting pitcher…..

  127. LGY October 5th, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    Go Cards!!

  128. luis October 5th, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    Jeers,

    You mean about Burnett??

  129. blake October 5th, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    Yay Cards!

    I wanna see a Carpenter /Halladay game 5!

  130. GreenBeret7 October 5th, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    Pat M., will your gardner be wearing a bikini. too?

  131. luis October 5th, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    the cards just took the lead 3-2

  132. LGY October 5th, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    Pat M and I came to blows last night.

    He claimed he was the biggest Jeter fan in the world. But I said that’s impossible because I’M the biggest Jeter fan in the universe!

  133. blake October 5th, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    Joe,

    So sorry for your loss

  134. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 5th, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    GO CARDS TOO!!!!

    See yas in a while.

    :)

  135. LGY October 5th, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    If I was Charlie Manuel Halladay would have been pitching on three days rest today.

    How about you?

  136. Doug Fister is 8-1 with a 1.79 ERA -- with Detroit October 5th, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    We don’t want to offend him and get him all fired up for tomorrow. Do we?

  137. luis October 5th, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    LGY October 5th, 2011 at 7:13 pm
    If I was Charlie Manuel Halladay would have been pitching on three days rest today.

    How about you?

    =============

    the mighty Phillies?? nah!!, they have four aces don’t they?? ;)

  138. GreenBeret7 October 5th, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    Gotta get me some paintings by that Dutch painter, Reneer.

  139. Bronx Jeers October 5th, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    Burnett? No.

    Pat M,

    You have a team of luscious pool girls and a gardener that writes e-mails? The only thing I have is a super that hates everybody and an exterminator that doesn’t speak English.

  140. Yank1 October 5th, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    Nah… The Phils are deep enough to where they don’t have to do that. Oswalt over the team’s #4 is usually going to be a pretty big advantage

    Jackson gets killed by lefties as it is.

  141. Pat M. October 5th, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    And the universe is bigger than the world !!! GB, Not quite buddy….However with the unusual storm that is passing through, the pool service will be more than just a 20 minute visit…..Hoping for bikinis for tomorrow…

  142. blake October 5th, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    Wouldn’t have pitched on 3 days……but I might have pitched Worley tonight.

  143. LockDown October 5th, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    Catching up on “sons of anarchy” but looking at the scoreboard, I might want to peek in on the Cards/Phils game :D

  144. Pat M. October 5th, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    Jeers……You make all that sound far more appealing than what it really is…..Well the pool service is a nice perk but eye candy has a cost factor..

  145. LGY October 5th, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    No one else on board?

    You still have Lee on regular rest in game 5.

  146. GreenBeret7 October 5th, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    Pat M. October 5th, 2011 at 7:17 pm
    And the universe is bigger than the world !!! GB, Not quite buddy….However with the unusual storm that is passing through, the pool service will be more than just a 20 minute visit…..Hoping for bikinis for tomorrow…

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

    Maybe he storm will hang around long enough so that when the pool squad shows up, their tops may get caught by a gust of wind. Be sure to hide your eyes or look away.

  147. GreenBeret7 October 5th, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    Won’t cost that much as long as Mrs M. doesn’t catch you looking.

  148. luis October 5th, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    LGY,

    Halladay is hands down their best pitcher, they want him on game1 of the ALCS

  149. GreenBeret7 October 5th, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    LockDown October 5th, 2011 at 7:18 pm
    Catching up on “sons of anarchy” but looking at the scoreboard, I might want to peek in on the Cards/Phils game

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

    Is “Sons Of Anarchy” the latest episode on Yankeeography?

  150. luis October 5th, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    GreenBeret7 October 5th, 2011 at 7:25 pm
    LockDown October 5th, 2011 at 7:18 pm
    Catching up on “sons of anarchy” but looking at the scoreboard, I might want to peek in on the Cards/Phils game

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

    Is “Sons Of Anarchy” the latest episode on Yankeeography?

    ============================

    That was back in the ’70′s ;)

  151. LGY October 5th, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    The squirrel is back!

  152. GreenBeret7 October 5th, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    And the St. Louis Squirrels still lead.

  153. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 5th, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    My dad used to say that even a monkey can learn if you teach it enough. Unbelievable that the D-bag of the century is back with us. He’s our real good luck charm! Please stick around and bust chops, loser, and I want you with us right through the world series.

    Please?

    Thanks!

  154. Yogi Mantle October 5th, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    Oswalt had already thrown that pitch when the squirrel came across, there is no way it distracted him. If anything the batter would have been distracted.

    Oswalt doesn’t like that he is losing. I get that, but to try using something like that squirrel was pretty lame. I think he was using it to get the batters off their timing.

  155. BoJo October 5th, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    Before the series started, i dreaded playing the Tigers and facing Verlandeer twice in a five game series. I thought we would lose in 5 and the Tigers would go on to face Texas and then Brewers in series. However, GOD is a Yankee fan and he rained out game 1 so Verlandeer could only go once. Thank you Lord!!!

    I am feeling much better about our chances with nova going. To me, he has supplanted CC as the #1 ace since CC’s fastball seems to be hittable since the second half started (approximately).

    BTW–CC should think twice about how many years he asks for when he opts out. His second half performance may lead Cashman to think twice about committing to more than 4 more years.

  156. Joe from Long Island October 5th, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    Many thanks to everyone for their very kind words. It is tough, not having him at the table while I eat dinner. Grilled tuna tonight, and he would have loved it. Thanks, all.

    Pat M. – keep bragging about your pool service……..

    That squirrel runnng around during the Phils-Cards game ran better than AGon on a grounder to short…..

  157. luis October 5th, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    Trish,

    :)

  158. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 5th, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    Is anyone here superstitious and/or does anyone here believe in omens?

  159. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 5th, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    Bojy, I wasn’t worrried at all. Nah nah!

    :)

    luis – :D

  160. LockDown October 5th, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    luis October 5th, 2011 at 7:27 pm
    GreenBeret7 October 5th, 2011 at 7:25 pm
    LockDown October 5th, 2011 at 7:18 pm
    Catching up on “sons of anarchy” but looking at the scoreboard, I might want to peek in on the Cards/Phils game

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

    Is “Sons Of Anarchy” the latest episode on Yankeeography?

    ============================

    That was back in the ’70?s

    ———

    :lol:

    I’m watching the 2011 version from the Fx channel with Ron Perlman

  161. luis October 5th, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    trisha,

    How do you make the bigger smile face??

  162. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 5th, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    There’s a real sense of comfort in hanging out with your peeps. If I go on in the morning it feels strange. They probably think it does too because nobody talks to me, ha ha! But when the sun goes down, that ole’ gang o’ mine filters in, and it’s so nice to see everyone!

  163. jpb173 October 5th, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    That squirrel is part of the “Ocupy Wallstreet” crowd. He was headed to NYC for the protests, took a wrong turn someplace and ended up at Busch Stadium.

  164. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 5th, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    luis,

    same symbols on both sides as with the smile “:” but with “D” in the middle.

  165. GreenBeret7 October 5th, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    Joe from Long Island October 5th, 2011 at 7:29 pm
    Many thanks to everyone for their very kind words. It is tough, not having him at the table while I eat dinner. Grilled tuna tonight, and he would have loved it. Thanks, all.

    Pat M. – keep bragging about your pool service……..

    That squirrel runnng around during the Phils-Cards game ran better than AGon on a grounder to short…..

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

    Pat talking about his pool service is as bad as bragging to the starving masses about the desserts you eat.

  166. luis October 5th, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    Bojo,

    HI!, the thing is that we have a couple of trolls around that they only bring good karma, so every time they show up it’s a good omen for the team!!

    Please keep coming guys!!

  167. Tank October 5th, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    Anyone else here still giddy about the collapse of the Sux? Just about a week ago tonight was that glorious evening in which we teased RSN by going up 7-0 while they were up 3-2 with Lester. Up until about 11, it looked like it was going to go their way. They were up, Tampa was down 7 with 6 outs left. Then between the hours of 11-12, things slowly started to unravel. Sux had to watch Tampa rally from 7 down while they were in a rain delay. Then just after midnight, the prophecy was fulfilled. The fact that RSN was teased the way they were only to have it snatched away in the way it was (epic comeback by Tampa, Papelbum blown save in their biggest game) was absolutely tremendous :D

  168. Pat M. October 5th, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    GB…Hey you have Nurse Karloff !!! How’s the old girl doing by the way…..

  169. Giuseppe Franco October 5th, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    Big fan of Sons of Anarchy myself. Great show.

  170. Tar October 5th, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    Joe and Mrs Joe I’m really sorry for the loss of your buddy. :sad:

  171. Joe from Long Island October 5th, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    yeah, and then Tampa folded in the first round……Sweet…….

  172. blake October 5th, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    Wow what a play by Pujols…..just incredible instincts and a great great read.

  173. Yank1 October 5th, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    LaRussa has to go to his pen here – AJ rule with E-Jax. He cannot let E-Jax blow this game for him.

  174. LGY October 5th, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    Big time heads up play by Pujols.

  175. BoJo October 5th, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    Joe from L.I. -

    Sorry about your loss. Over the years, I have held down 3 dogs and about 10 cats as we helped them to the other side. My wife and I took solace knowing they are in no pain and are at peace. I hope you find peace with knowing you will see them again.

  176. GreenBeret7 October 5th, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    Really bad play by Utley and an uglier slide into third base.

  177. jpb173 October 5th, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    Tank October 5th, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    Anyone else here still giddy about the collapse of the Sux? Just about a week ago tonight was that glorious evening in which we teased RSN by going up 7-0 while they were up 3-2 with Lester. Up until about 11, it looked like it was going to go their way. They were up, Tampa was down 7 with 6 outs left. Then between the hours of 11-12, things slowly started to unravel. Sux had to watch Tampa rally from 7 down while they were in a rain delay. Then just after midnight, the prophecy was fulfilled. The fact that RSN was teased the way they were only to have it snatched away in the way it was (epic comeback by Tampa, Papelbum blown save in their biggest game) was absolutely tremendous.

    ================================================

    Ah…yes…just the thought of it makes we want to start humming, “Sweet Caroline”.

  178. luis October 5th, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    Thanks Trish! :D)

  179. BoJo October 5th, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    Trisha–You are the Yankees light of hope! Never change!

    Hi Luis–

    Have to go now…been having trouble with my router and have to blog from library–which is now closing. Night all!

  180. blake October 5th, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    If you didn’t see it…..Utley was on 1st and Pence hit a GB to SS…..Utley was running on the play and tried to go to 3rd on the throw…….Albert sees this…..comes off and meets the throw from Furcal and guns Utley at 3bthe to get the lead runner…….coukd be a big play in this one.

  181. GreenBeret7 October 5th, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    Pat M. October 5th, 2011 at 7:37 pm
    GB…Hey you have Nurse Karloff !!! How’s the old girl doing by the way…..

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    She ran away. She’s fallen in love with Randy and Randy is equally smitten. I have no grudges, though. I want them both to be happy.

  182. Tar October 5th, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    Bojo great to see you… even for a minute.

  183. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 5th, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    Bojy, you have to have your own computer up and running for tomorrow night! Either that, or rent one!

    :)

  184. luis October 5th, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    Night Bojo, show up more often please!

  185. JM October 5th, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    Joe,

    Just signed on to see your post about your dog. Losing a pet is like losing a dear friend. I have been through it many times. My condolences.

  186. Pat M. October 5th, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    GB…Tin Cup should be heading down to Florida for the winter….I guess he’ll rekindle that relationship then, as he hustles all the locals on the links……Great heads up play by Albert P to nail Utley at 3rd….

  187. GreenBeret7 October 5th, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    Pat M., how about this big game being thrown by Edwin Jackson. He’s a pitcher that would be a great get if he ever hits the market. Still young and should just be coming into his own.

  188. blake October 5th, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    Jackson gets out of the inning…..huge play by Albert

  189. Willis October 5th, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    RIP Steve Jobs

  190. GreenBeret7 October 5th, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    Randy will take her with him. I forgot to tell him not to reach down to pet her cat. It’s really the hair on her good leg.

  191. Bronx Jeers October 5th, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    I guess cancer doesn’t care if you’re a multi-billionaire computer mogul.

  192. blake October 5th, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    YAY! 5-2 Cards. Big homer by Freese

  193. Pat M. October 5th, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    GB….I’ve always been in your camp about Edwin Jackson…….Is her leg that hairy……..Cards are not going away, love to see them whack the Phillies

  194. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 5th, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    Drat, Tank, I just wrote you a whole post and lost it.

    :(

    Maybe the baseball gods feel that I’ve been crowing about the sinking of the fenway titanic altogether too much. But nobody will EVER convince me that there weren’t greater forces at work. You framed it beautifully. How many times have you seen the turn of two games, both of which were critical to the other, turn on the final strike of the final out of the 9th inning????? It was breath-taking. I don’t remember screaming with uncontrollable laughter so much in my entire life. It was almost an out-of-body experience!

    By the way, I called it the Ortizian Karma episode.

    Last night was Gerry Davis karma, and tomorrow night is going to be Kenny Rogers karma. Yanks are on their way to the ALCS.

    I believe in fair play. I don’t believe in any team pulling nefarious crap without some comeuppance, just as I don’t believe in home plate umpires deciding the outcome of games without some “repercussions.”

    On top of it, I think that AJ has been castigated to a totally unfair point. Certainly he has brought fan skepticism upon himself this season, but for fans to have no faith in him whatsoever just points to the insecurity of fans. (I will say that a lot of posters here did think AJ was going to come through.) He’s a real good guy and a real good teammate. So I think the whole thing had to unfold the way it did, including AJ becoming the team’s savior – which he was.

    Order has been restored. Soriano pitched a beautiful 7th inning; Arod, Tex, and Martin all started hitting. Nothing else for recalcitrant fans to b*tch about!

    It’s all soooooo good!

  195. mick October 5th, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    same symbols on both sides as with the smile “:” but with “D” in the middle.

    “D”

  196. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 5th, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    Hey mick!!!

  197. GreenBeret7 October 5th, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    Pat M. October 5th, 2011 at 7:53 pm
    GB….I’ve always been in your camp about Edwin Jackson…….Is her leg that hairy……..Cards are not going away, love to see them whack the Phillies

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    Could we be watching the prelude to a ’64 rematch? That could really be an interesting series.

  198. Nilsson October 5th, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    RIP Steve Jobs. The Henry Ford of computing industry.

  199. Pat M. October 5th, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    We should have whipped them in 04

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