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With one game, is all forgiven with A.J. Burnett?

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

Derek Jeter said this last night, but I’m not sure whether it’s true:

“I think the thing you have to realize it doesn’t make a difference what you’ve done in the past,” Jeter said. “Every opportunity, especially in the postseason, every opportunity you play, you have an opportunity to do something good. (A.J. Burnett) was able to do that.

“No one is thinking about what’s happened prior to tonight’s game. We wanted him to go out there and pitch well. Trust me, I’m pretty sure all New York fans will remember this game as opposed to some of the other games.”

Is that true? Burnett wasn’t good this season, but for the Yankees, the regular season is only important in that it gets the team to the playoffs. These are the games that matter, and when it mattered, Burnett gave the Yankees what the needed.

“A.J. expects a lot out of himself,” Jeter said. “He’s hard on himself, which I think is good at times. But today, like I say, you couldn’t ask for him to do anything more.”

Is that enough to wipe out a season of disappointment? Is it enough to build some trust, and some confidence, for a potential start in the ALCS?

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215 Responses to “With one game, is all forgiven with A.J. Burnett?”

  1. Mike in Harrisburg October 5th, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    He is an inconsistent pitcher, and being inconsistent means you are good half the time and bad half the time. Last night he was good. It doesn’t make him consistent.

    It also doesn’t make him anything like good value for money.

  2. blake October 5th, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    It doesn’t really make me more confident in him or anything……but Im happy for him and that game essentially is worth his paycheck for the season. That was the biggest start of the season for a Yankee pitcher so far and he stepped up.

  3. luis October 5th, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    Chad,

    As i said last night on the game thread….AJ earned his pay last night, what a way to step it up, so yes he deserves another chance and a start in the ALCS if we go that far..

  4. luis October 5th, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    Ohh!! and hopefully we wil!! :)

  5. Against All Odds October 5th, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    SMH @ Mike still wanting to trade Jesus

  6. Chip October 5th, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    AJ is AJ.

    He’s been an inconsistent pitcher for his entire career – that’s not the same as saying he’s been a bad pitcher his entire career it simply means that sometimes he’s going to be good, sometimes he’s going to be bad. Last night we got the good.

    The only difference between the AJ we’ve seen for the last three years and the AJ we saw last night is that in the first inning, whether Grandy makes that catch or not, that would have been the end for Burnett – he would have folded. Last night he made adjustments in game and went on to put together a very strong showing.

    That said, am I going to sit here and say I know what to expect if the Yankees advance and he makes another start? Nope. But I didn’t know what to expect last night either, or any other time AJ pitched for that matter.

    By the way – remember when everyone was slamming the Yankees for bringing in Martin? He’s been very good for the Yankees this season.

    Fransayso is saying the combination of Martin’s production and the way Montero has played in his cup of coffee will bring the Yankees King Felix.

    He’s currently offering Montero, Nunez and Betances….um….no thanks.

  7. Kelvin October 5th, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    To me aj hasn’t always been durable, always injured never did much full seasons until he got to the Yankees. It’s probably taking a toll ofcourse this is no excuse for his performance though. I like Aj was positive all night and we had a good outcome.

  8. Your Name Here October 5th, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    His post season numbers aren’t far off from CC’s.

    5.08ERA vs. 4.78ERA & 1.41WHIP vs. 1.59WHIP.

  9. hardwired7 October 5th, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    Tabula rasa

    Game 2 in the ’09 WS and last night were that big.

    It’s a blank slate for him now, imo. As futile as he’s been in the regular season, the Yanks still made the playoffs each yr. He’s been clutch when they absolutely needed him most.

    I like my crow well done, waiter.

  10. Giuseppe Franco October 5th, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    All would be forgiven if last night was a turning point in Burnett’s career and he goes on to pitch much better the last two years of his deal.

    But, I just don’t see that happening.

    Burnett is what he is – a guy who can step up every now and then, but he’ll always be an inconsistent pitcher who should be better much than his production suggests.

  11. mick October 5th, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    mike f blowing hard about trading montero nunez and a killer B for the King
    i swear i dont want to trade that kid.

  12. CountryClub October 5th, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    The post season numbers that CC accumulated before he came to NY are meaningless to Yankees fans. His numbers while in NY (much larger sample size, BTW) are good.

  13. Bronx Jeers October 5th, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    luis October 5th, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    Joe from Long Island October 5th, 2011 at 2:00 pm
    Bronx Jeers @ 1:51 – I like the way you think.

    =======

    Ditto
    ————————–

    Thanks guys! Good to know they’re are other vengeance seeking, evil mofo’s in here besides myself. :smile:

  14. mick October 5th, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    all would be forgiven if they win a championship, who cares about the regular season at that point?

  15. DaSaint007 October 5th, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    Its never too late to build on success.

    AJ did well last night. I’m happy for the team and for him. I don’t think we would have seen a wholesale fire sale, those days are gone, but it would have been a difficult offseason.

    Of course, not as difficult as the one they’re already having in boston…

  16. Joe from Long Island October 5th, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    vengeance seeking evil mofo?s

    I like the sound of that ;)

  17. CountryClub October 5th, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    AJ wasnt a trustworthy pitcher before he came to NY. He’s been close to awful since he’s come to NY. And one (or even a few) games in Oct isn’t going to change that. I root for him when he pitches because I have no choice. Is he capable of throwing a gem? Absoultely. But I will never feel comfortable in any game that pitches in.

  18. upstate kate October 5th, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    Jeers
    I still have a grudge against the Os and the Royals…altho I can’t remember specific details anymore. Its Irish Alzheimers…you forget everything except your grudges :)

  19. Against All Odds October 5th, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    # mick October 5th, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    mike f blowing hard about trading montero nunez and a killer B for the King
    i swear i dont want to trade that kid.

    ——————————–

    Mike has already decided to that Montero can’t catch even though he has only caught 2 games in the majors

  20. luis October 5th, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    Jeers,

    The one i am waiting the most is Arizona’s, that one really hurt… ;)

  21. Purenyyankee October 5th, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    It’s a start to redemption. He has a ways to go. A few more of those performances and a parade would do it for me.

  22. Erin October 5th, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    Purenyyankee October 5th, 2011 at 2:23 pm
    It?s a start to redemption. He has a ways to go. A few more of those performances and a parade would do it for me.

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

    Yeah, I could get on board with that. ;)

  23. Nick in SF October 5th, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    I’m right there with you, Bronx Jeers. Back during the ‘who do we want to face/oh no you don’t, be careful what you wish for’ faze of our season, I was hoping for Texas and then Detroit (or Boston) to avenge past transgressions. So it’s Detroit first, whatever.

    I doubt we would get Arizona in the WS should we make it. All different people anyway, with the possi ble exception of John McCain grinning in the front row.

    Philly deserves extra pain just for being Philly.

  24. Curt Schilling was a steroid user October 5th, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    If the Yankees continue to advance and win the World Series, and AJ gets 2 more starts in the postseason, both of which he performs admirably, I think KNOW that more than makes up for his poor 2010 and 2011.

  25. Erin October 5th, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    richarddeitsch Per @danpbell, Francona is filling in for Tim McCarver who is undergoing a minor heart procedure. TM expected back for ALCS Game 3.

  26. longtimefan October 5th, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    What do you expect Jeter or for that matter any teammate to say, he sucked all year but was good tonight–never happen. IMO, AJ is a head case pure and simple, by all news accounts a nice guy but there are a lot of nice guys that are head cases. All I care about is his pitching line and most of the time it is not good–maybe the organization should be more careful in future dealings with so called star pitchers.

  27. luis October 5th, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    Kate,

    you sure have a long memory!!! still upset with pine tar??

  28. Against All Odds October 5th, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    # mick October 5th, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    mike f blowing hard about trading montero nunez and a killer B for the King
    i swear i dont want to trade that kid.

    ——————————

    and that package isn’t even enough for King Felix.

  29. Joe from Long Island October 5th, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    Baseball is a game of redemption.

  30. Warning Track Power October 5th, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    Warning Track Power October 5th, 2011 at 2:29 pm
    RayVT October 5th, 2011 at 1:54 pm
    A SP staff of:

    CC
    Nova
    AJ
    Joba
    Hughes

    With fallbacks being:
    Garcia
    Colon
    Noesi
    & the kids
    would be formidable.

    As I mentioned above adding Josh Johnson to that mix would be awesome.
    ****************************************************************
    Joba won’t be a starter or available when the season starts in 2012.
    Best case: Joba will be ready to pitch in The Bronx around May or June.
    That opening or availability leaves one of the vets or one of the kids.

  31. Chip October 5th, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    Regarding King Felix trade suggestions.

    Why?

    What purpose does it serve for the Mariners to trade Felix Hernandez for a bunch of young talent?

    They already have young players to build with: Smoak, Ackley, Carp, Pineda, Felix and Saunders. What the Mariners need is some quality established major leaguers to help bring the kids along. They don’t need to trade Felix for more kids, they need to get someone like a Johnny Damon – a veteran who has played big games, can lead the kids…stuff like that and maybe a grizzled vet to lead the rotation.

  32. Bronx Jeers October 5th, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    With one game, is all forgiven with A.J. Burnett?

    ——————————————————————————–

    Almost. I just need some money.

    8/26/2011 – Yanks @ Baltimore

    8/22/2009 – Yanks @ Boston

    I went to both these games. Total blowouts thanks to AJ. Game over in the 2nd inning.

    I’m not looking for expenses just the ticket cost. Let’s call it 250$ and we’re square. :wink:

  33. Nick in SF October 5th, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    Some ‘smart’ phone, letting me type “faze”. :mad:

  34. champ809 October 5th, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    Seattle will not trade King Felix this offseason and may not be interested in trading him at all in ’12. Ca$h will of course make the obligatory phone calls to check but it ain’t happening.

    With King Felix, Pineda and Beavan and some of the arms they have in the ‘pen they have the key components of a nice staff out there in Seattle. the Nintendo Co. I’m sure will be very interested in bringing Yu Darvish over to pitch for them as well.

    I’ve got the feeling that Smoak finally figures it out next year and Ackley continues to rake giving them a #3 and #4/5 hitter for some time to come. They in fact have the makings of a good lineup as well;

    1- Ichiro Rf
    2- Guttierez Cf
    3- Ackley 2B
    4- Smoak 1B
    5- Mike Carp DH
    6- Trayvon Robinson Lf
    7- Olivo C
    8- Liddi 3B
    9- SS

    They’ve got enough to feel good about starting off the ’12 season pat and seeing how some of these kids develop with playing time.

  35. Mike in Harrisburg October 5th, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    Completely agree Chip. But it’s a sexy scenario so pundits will keep bringing it up no matter how unrealistic it actually is.

  36. luis October 5th, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    longtimefan,

    The headcase just saved our bacon, the same way he did in ’09….He is inconsistent and allways will be, he just doesn’t have the sound mechanics to make him reliable…but he never quits and tries his best every time out. JMHO

  37. mick October 5th, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    Mike has already decided to that Montero can’t catch even though he has only caught 2 games in the majors
    ===============
    I don’t know if Martin is forever or even 3 years…Montero is here to HIT….he can back up Martin and be eased in over 2-3 years, what better tutelage than Martin-Girardi-Pena?

    A pitcher can go down at anytime, they are so fragile. A hitter can give you 10-15 years.

  38. AeroFANatic October 5th, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    Mike F just threw a caller off the air, because the caller wanted to talk about “Al Albuquerque” and Francesa was telling the caller his name wasnt Al Albuquerque.

    You can’t make this up.

    That being said, if Seattle is willing to move King Felix, you have to listen. With Romine and Sanchez looking to be our future at C, Montero *could* be expendable seeing as the DH slot will be taken up a lot in the near future.

  39. luis October 5th, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    I wouldn’t trade Montero for anyone. In the specific case of king Felix, he already has a lot of inning in that arm, he is probably going to start declining sooner than you think.

  40. longtimefan October 5th, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    luis

    Didn’t say he didn’t pitch well last night or 1 game in 09 but overall his body of work sucks, unless 2 games are worth the 82 mill he is collecting

  41. luis October 5th, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    Seriously?, some guys here still want to trade Montero?

  42. Chip October 5th, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    Aero -

    The only hesitation I would have about moving Montero is this – is Martin going to be this productive next year? And if he’s not, are you comfortable with Austin Romine back there instead?

    The other thing to consider is that Montero will be all of 26 when Tex becomes a FA – so even if the kid can’t catch, you’re potentially moving a stud bat who could be your future at 1b. But yes, you have to listen – but they’re still not moving Felix.

  43. LGY October 5th, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    @MLBONFOX: Former Red Sox mgr Terry Francona joins Joe Buck for the first 2 games of the ALCS beg Sat., Oct. 8 on FOX 8PM ET (more) #postseason

    @MLBONFOX: Francona is filling in for Tim McCarver who is undergoing a minor heart procedure. Tim is expected back for ALCS Game 3 #postseason

  44. waka flocka October 5th, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    The thing that always bugged/bugs me about the Burnett scenario is people accusing him of not caring or not trying. It’s evident the guy is a competitor, a good teammate by most accounts, and wants to do well. He’s nothing like Pavano or Ponson (guys showing up for a check). The results may not be there and people have a right to attack his PERFORMANCE. Not the guy himself. He gives his all (good or bad) and personally attack the guy. It’s sad.

  45. Nick in SF October 5th, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    Francona will bring some balance to that booth.

  46. luis October 5th, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    longtimefan October 5th, 2011 at 2:39 pm
    luis

    Didn’t say he didn’t pitch well last night or 1 game in 09 but overall his body of work sucks, unless 2 games are worth the 82 mill he is collecting

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

    No, he is not worth the contract he was given….but he wasn’t the fool that offer it either. But saving our bacon sure buys you a lot of goodwill capital in my book! ;)

  47. AeroFANatic October 5th, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    Chip, good point about Montero only being 26 in 2016. But that is 5 seasons from now. There is going to be a log jam at DH within 2.

    I love Montero, love everything about him. However, if he isn’t going to catch full time I think 2016 is far away for a part time C, DH while waiting for 1B to open.

    Any chance Montero gets a look in RF, or is he too big?

  48. luis October 5th, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    Waka,

    Spot on!!

  49. Villa Nova-Ya October 5th, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    Felix Hernandez, by all accounts, does not want to leave Seattle, and the Mariners don’t want to trade him. Plus, it looked like this year he wasn’t nearly as dominant as the year before, but he’s still going to command an overpayment from the Yankees (and probably everyone else too in this case) should Seattle change its mind. And if Seattle DOES change its mind, I’m gonna wonder what’s wrong with King Felix.

  50. BJK October 5th, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    Oldie but goodie with Francesa, featuring our new pal Rick Porcello.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RI5xJfYH7NI

  51. Chip October 5th, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    Mike in Harrisburg October 5th, 2011 at 2:34 pm
    Completely agree Chip. But it’s a sexy scenario so pundits will keep bringing it up no matter how unrealistic it actually is.

    ————

    I still think the more likely guy that the Yankees pick up is going to be Liriano.

  52. luis October 5th, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    Nick,

    You are kidding right??

    By the way, thank you

  53. Bronx Jeers October 5th, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    Yeah I could really get down with a Diamondback slaying. Not to trivialize 9/11 but “Never Forget” has an alternate meaning for me. Osama may be dead yet Curt Schilling still breathes? :shock:

    And those classless bas-tards played Sinatra after game 6.

  54. upstate kate October 5th, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    luis
    yeah the pine tar among other things. It is sad to think how low those 2 franchises have sunk. They used to be real competitors.

  55. Erin October 5th, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    Ledger_Yankees Yankees fans: Can you write a good caption for this photo?: Here’s your chance to tell the story behind this photo http://bit.ly/rieqDJ

  56. Sigmund October 5th, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    Re: AJ:

    I, for one, am in a forgiving mood.

    Fingers crossed that the mood continues beyond tomorrow evening.

  57. Mike in Harrisburg October 5th, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    Frankly I see Felix as a guy who potentially could fall to pieces under the Bright Lights. It’s one thing when you only risk money to get a guy like that but another when you’re trading away some stellar prospects too.

  58. mick October 5th, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    Mike F thought his name was Al Berkerkee…..cant make this up.

  59. Erin October 5th, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    Bronx Jeers October 5th, 2011 at 2:49 pm
    Yeah I could really get down with a Diamondback slaying. Not to trivialize 9/11 but ?Never Forget? has an alternate meaning for me. Osama may be dead yet Curt Schilling still breathes?

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

    :lol:

  60. Don October 5th, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    AJ’s performance in the post-season in 2009 perhaps made the whole deal worthwhile, and last night didn’t hurt either, but I would still be nervous to see him in an important game in the days ahead.

  61. Against All Odds October 5th, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    mick October 5th, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    Mike has already decided to that Montero can’t catch even though he has only caught 2 games in the majors =============== I don’t know if Martin is forever or even 3 years…Montero is here to HIT….he can back up Martin and be eased in over 2-3 years, what better tutelage than Martin-Girardi-Pena?

    A pitcher can go down at anytime, they are so fragile. A hitter can give you 10-15 years.

    —————————-

    Very well said Mick. He can be eased into the role. Is Mike forgetting he’s only 21.

  62. Yank 97 October 5th, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    JimmyTraina
    Caller asks Mike Francesa about Tigers P Al Albuquerque. Francesa says no P exists, hangs up on caller. twitvid.com/E7LEX

    Another Jason Hirsch moment for him…

  63. Nick in SF October 5th, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    I’m only kidding a little. I bet Francona would/will bend over backwards to be fair to the Yankees.

    And you’re welcome. (for what?)

  64. luis October 5th, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    Kate,

    Bad ownership will do exactly that unfortunately

  65. HipHipHorHay October 5th, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    I thought his name is Al Alburquerque. Confused….

  66. luis October 5th, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    Jeers,

    LMAO! :)

  67. Yank 97 October 5th, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    Steve Phillips killed Girardi for not using Rivera/Robertson yesterday, said they will be rusty in game 5 when we will really need them

  68. Nick in SF October 5th, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    Wait ’til Francesa gets a load of Steve Schenectady.

  69. mick October 5th, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    Mike can be sloppy, he plays the talk show host well but had to cover up his lack of knowledge with bluster on that one. Never seen him pitch before? He pitched game 1 and Robbie greeted him with his granny.

  70. HipHipHorHay October 5th, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    Yank 97 – thanks for linking the video. Now I get it. Francesca was just completely clueless. Not sure why anyone would listen to someone displaying such a lack of knowledge about a player who just played in the game the previous night!

  71. luis October 5th, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    Nick,

    on second thought, he actually might be fair since he may have a beef with the sux

  72. miguelfp1 October 5th, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    AJ’s last two starts have been pretty good, and if he helps is win the WS like in ’09, then probably his regular season will be forgiven and forgotten by most fans…

  73. LockDown October 5th, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    I like Montero & don’t want him to leave. But I would survive if Montero was traded for Kershaw. ;)

  74. Bronx Jeers October 5th, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    Alberto Jose Alburquerque. He’s from the same province as Robbie.

  75. Joe from Long Island October 5th, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    I think Joe Girardi knows just a wee little bit more than Steve Philips about baseball in general, and managing a bullpen in particluar.

  76. Mike in Harrisburg October 5th, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    Wow, fantastic video. What a tool.

  77. Tabbert October 5th, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    AJ has been a roller coaster pitcher his entire yankee career. However… AJ will always be known for his heroics in game 2 of the world series, and game 4 in detroit, facing elimination, of the 2011 ALDS to save the Yankees Season. For as much praise as CC gets, which he deserves… AJ has TWICE come up with the most clutch performance of the year to back up a CC loss and keep the yankees World Series title hopes Alive.

    Did we overpay, Did we expect more, Do i get tired of his implosions? Absolutely. But, this guy was brought here to help us win Championships. He has TWICE given the yankees new life, and kept their Championship hopes alive with great playoff performances.

    We get mad at players for playing well all year then tanking in the playoffs… So why shouldn’t AJ be for forgiven for a awful year if he comes up clutch in the playoffs for us?
    AJ has come up clutch in two of the biggest games for the yankees in the last three years.

  78. Erin October 5th, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    IanBegley #yankees-#tigers Game 1 will start at 8:07 p.m.

  79. hardwired7 October 5th, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    “Al Alburquerque?! I guess next you’re going to tell me they have another guy coming up named Phil Phoenix. Who the hell is screening these calls??? Back after this.”

  80. BJK October 5th, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    Yank 97 October 5th, 2011 at 2:56 pm
    Steve Phillips killed Girardi for not using Rivera/Robertson yesterday, said they will be rusty in game 5 when we will really need them

    ——————————————————————————————–

    I thought about that too. As someone who is the first to jump on Girardi when he makes one of his many ill-advised strategical decisions, I think if Mo needed/wanted the work, he would have said something.

  81. Erin October 5th, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    IanBegley #yankees starter Ivan Nova says Game 5 start is “the most important” of his life. #nyy

    Kristieackert Nova: gonna be a good day, I know most of the hiTters now.

  82. luis October 5th, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    Lockdown,

    Ok, you got me, but with one addition…….Kershaw and Kemp for Montero. ;)

  83. Tabbert October 5th, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    Steve Phillips is a idiot. He obviously doesn’t realize Mariano is god, and he has passed his godly powers down to DROB. I’m not worried about the best 1-2 punch in all of baseball.

  84. Villa Nova-Ya October 5th, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    He pitched last night.

    Al (from) Alburquerque. If Francesa was watching the Yankees, either last night or in Game 1A, he’d have been familiar with the name.

    Heck, it’s one of those names that you really don’t forget. When I hear his name, I automatically think of “point me, in the direction of Alburquerque….”

    Also think of things like A my name is Al and I come from Alburquerque.

    So, I almost don’t blame Mike F, but really, I thought he was a Yankees fan?

  85. hardwired7 October 5th, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    Next up, Steve Phillips offers marriage tips.

    Thanks, bro, but I think we’ve got this.

  86. Curt Schilling was a steroid user October 5th, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    Like Steve Phillips knows his own ass from a hole in the wall….

    Mariano Rivera is Mariano Rivera.

    And Dave Robertson pitched on Monday, right?

  87. Tabbert October 5th, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    I don’t want to get to far ahead of myself…. but On mike and mike this morning Buster Olney was talking about the rangers being his world series favorite because of all their left handed pitching. Does he not realize that both the tigers and yankees have better lineup vs lefties?

  88. luis October 5th, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    Remember that Steve Phillips used to be the Muts GM if i’m not mistaken, plus he works for NESPN what do you expect from him?? he has to be a moron

  89. LockDown October 5th, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    Mike Francesa losing it over the Joba & Andy comparison. I’m laughing so hard right now. I’m going to save that video. :lol:

  90. Villa Nova-Ya October 5th, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    I thought Girardi was going to bring in DRob and Mo last night even with the 10-1 lead.

    But I wouldn’t kill him for not doing so. Both did pitch previously in the series, at least. He got an inning out of Hughes, who probably need to pitch more.

  91. hardwired7 October 5th, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    He’s never heard of one of the more dominant relievers in the AL this yr, and yet he’s paid millions upon millions for his “expert analysis”?

    He’s an NFL guy, and that’s it. Unfortunately, he’s like a tenured professor who’s going nowhere until he’s ready to leave.

  92. luis October 5th, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    Tabbert,

    He is thinking a potential match up between the Rangers and Phillies, and he is basicly writing off the tigers and yankees in the ALCS

  93. Curt Schilling was a steroid user October 5th, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    Curt Schilling should have starred in the movie Not Quite Human with Steve Phillips as his costar

  94. Tabbert October 5th, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    Is anyone honestly worried about Drob or Mo?

  95. LGY October 5th, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    Joe Buck and Terry Francona.

    True dream team right there.

  96. Erin October 5th, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    eboland11 Nova on his unwavering confidence: “If you want to play in the big leagues you have to have confidence in yourself.”

  97. Erin October 5th, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    LGY October 5th, 2011 at 3:12 pm
    Joe Buck and Terry Francona.

    True dream team right there.

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

    :lol:

  98. Tabbert October 5th, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    TBS last night was tallking about the rangers wanting this series to go 5 games. Well, were going to a game 5, on thursday… but i fail to see how it helps the rangers at all. CC would start game 1, bullpen would be rested, our lineup would finally be in full sync, and we would have just won a game or send us to the ALCS. On the other side, the rangers would have been just sitting back and waiting and possibly getting cold. Funny… how you never get both sides while watching the broadcast. oh well.

  99. Erin October 5th, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    Tabbert October 5th, 2011 at 3:11 pm
    Is anyone honestly worried about Drob or Mo?

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

    I think only Steve Phillips is. ;)

  100. Curt Schilling was a steroid user October 5th, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    Youre never going to get both sides, Tabbert, because the broadcasters only care about 1 side, the side attempting to dethrone the Evil Empire

  101. 108 stitches October 5th, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    The Yankees got where they are in the regular season and so far in the ALDS in spite of Burnett. Take away the superior work of Granderson’s glove and Burnett might not have seen the 2nd inning. Girardi was correct when he said Burnett would have a short leash. Cody Wade was warming up in the bullpen and close to getting a call. Props to Larry Rothschild for calming Burnett down after Granderson’s spectacular catch saving 3 runs.
    Will Burnett learn to repeat his mechanics after his 5 2/3 innings of work ? It remains to be seen.

  102. mick October 5th, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    Joe Buck and Terry Francona.

    True dream team right there.
    ===================
    They can talk rs all night.
    Anything but the Yankees.

  103. BJK October 5th, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    Tabbert October 5th, 2011 at 3:13 pm
    TBS last night was tallking about the rangers wanting this series to go 5 games. Well, were going to a game 5, on thursday… but i fail to see how it helps the rangers at all. CC would start game 1, bullpen would be rested, our lineup would finally be in full sync, and we would have just won a game or send us to the ALCS. On the other side, the rangers would have been just sitting back and waiting and possibly getting cold. Funny… how you never get both sides while watching the broadcast. oh well.

    ——————————————————————————————————

    If CC or Verlander pitch a couple of innings tomorrow, they wouldn’t be ready for Game 1.

  104. ET October 5th, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    Francona?

    Why didn’t they just plug in one of their other FOX guys like Grace, Karros, etc?

  105. UnKnown October 5th, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    Too funny of an exchange on the Francesa show about Al Alberqueque

  106. Tabbert October 5th, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    We have seen decent length from every starter this series. I would be shocked if verlander or CC were used tomorrow. The tigers do have benoit and valverde out there. We just saw phil hughes dealing, got sori, logan, wade, drob, mo…. I just don’t see Either starter coming in. Im pretty positive were going to see 5 innings from atleast both starters. If anything, verlander and sabathia would be used to get guys out like miggy, v-mart, robbie, arod, in a big situation. Niether pitcher would be pitching for a lengthy time.

  107. mick October 5th, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    Why didn’t they just plug in one of their other FOX guys like Grace, Karros, etc?
    ================
    Francona is a hot topic, lots to chat about w/ a rs slant and buck will drive that bus.

  108. UnKnown October 5th, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    Girardi just said that Nova’s start in Cincy was the one where he knew that Nova was so very good because of his slider.

    Does anyone know if that start was before or after he was sent to the minors?

  109. luis October 5th, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    Because they want the Sux to be the main subject of conversation, every time Buck has a chance he is going to ask Francona what he thought and how well the “greatest team ever eliminated” would do things in certain in play situations.

  110. comet October 5th, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    Hey there yankeefeminista. Good afternoon. And a good after noon to RayVT!

    Go SuperNova. Let’s hope the bats are out tonight!

  111. mick October 5th, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    they played cincy in mid june

  112. mick October 5th, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    way before he went down

  113. champ809 October 5th, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    Francesca is a moron when it comes to young players and I live in NY and have been listening to the FAN for 20yrs.

    He knows close to nothing about these kids.

    The Yanks will not trade Montero unless they are getting back the most elite of players in return i.e. Felix, Kershaw or maybe Kemp and they may correctly decide that they’r prefer to get Kemp in FA and juct write a check for him to be the RF’er for the next 7yrs.

  114. luis October 5th, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    Unknown,

    I think after, not sure…

    comet,

    there is no game tonight

  115. m October 5th, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    Who cares? He’s frustrating, but if you accept that you’ll be much happier.

    Some of us don’t need to “forgive” AJ because there was nothing to forgive.

  116. Erin October 5th, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    Buck and McCarver are falling apart. Didn’t Buck have throat problems earlier in the year?

  117. LGY October 5th, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    Personally I can’t wait for a riveting 8 hours of revisionist history concerning the 2011 Red Sox.

  118. UnKnown October 5th, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    # mick October 5th, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    they played cincy in mid june
    # mick October 5th, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    way before he went down

    —–

    Alright well then I don’t like the fact that the sent him down then. If Girardi was so high on him and that was a turning point in the confidence that Joe has in Nova.

    Whatever, doesn’t mean much now I guess. That whole 6 man rotation thing was kind’ve a mess.

  119. Erin October 5th, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    m October 5th, 2011 at 3:23 pm
    Who cares? He?s frustrating, but if you accept that you?ll be much happier.

    Some of us don?t need to ?forgive? AJ because there was nothing to forgive.

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

    exactly

  120. ET October 5th, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    As well as AJ pitched yesterday, I dread seeing him in Arlington against the Rangers .

    If we win tomorrow, the earliest Nova could pitch in the LCS would be game 3. I don’t mind that because I like him on the road in the small ballpark.

  121. Erin October 5th, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    IanBegley #yankees manager Joe Girardi says he expects to have CC Sabathia available out of pen in Game 5. Has to check tomorrow 2 be sure. #nyy

  122. UnKnown October 5th, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    # LGY October 5th, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    Personally I can’t wait for a riveting 8 hours of revisionist history concerning the 2011 Red Sox.

    —–

    I’d love to hear it cause then it means the Yankees are playing and I am watching. I know what you mean though.

    I actually think Tito will be very good in the booth. Only Sux member in that whole organization that I actually liked to any extent at all. Now if we can just get rid of Buck it will be all good.

  123. mick October 5th, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    AJ could go game 2 at home vs Texas

  124. PittsburghYankeeFan October 5th, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    Steve Phillips. He’s back from his sexual harassment issues? And they let him on the air?

    Need we say it again and again: Mo Vaughn?

    What a total clown. How many WS have his teams won?

  125. PittsburghYankeeFan October 5th, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    Sox are the new Mets.

    It will take years to recover from this meltdown.

  126. hardwired7 October 5th, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    Can anything ever top “August Romaine”? An all-time Francesa classic.

  127. luis October 5th, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    What a total clown. How many WS have his teams won?

    =========

    zero??? and many early eliminations??

  128. mick October 5th, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    CC-AJ-Nova-Freddy-CC-AJ-Nova

  129. UnKnown October 5th, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    Leyland is at the presser dressed up in a suit. That suit that needed to be fixed must have gotten done. haha.

    Leyland says, he has no idea what he is doing at this interview, cause nothing has happened since last time he talked, except for a plane ride on Delta. haha

  130. m October 5th, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    I can’t think past tomorrow’s game.

  131. HipHipHorHay October 5th, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    Not worried about Mo, and I also agree that Joe and Mo probably had a conversation “do you need work, or would you rather rest?” and if anyone is capable of assessing that for himself it’s Mo. Still, the thought did occur to me last night that he hasn’t worked in like a week.

  132. Erin October 5th, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    brianmacp Francona on FOX gig: “I’ve only broadcast one other game in my life … and I sucked. This is going to be interesting.”

  133. ADam October 5th, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    Bottom Line – AJ won the undoubtedly biggest most important game of the Season this year for the Yanks….

  134. blake October 5th, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    The list of players of players I would trade Montero for is ever shrinking……Felix may not be on it anymore. He costs a lot and Im at least a little concerned about his workload and stuff being down this year…..plus I think the Yankees may need a dominant young hitter even worse than a starting pitcher.

  135. BJK October 5th, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    UnKnown October 5th, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    Leyland says, he has no idea what he is doing at this interview, cause nothing has happened since last time he talked, except for a plane ride on Delta. haha

    —————————————————————————————

    How was his flight? Any turbulence? Why Delta? How’s the food selection these days? Did they charge you extra to check your baggage?

  136. UnKnown October 5th, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    Leyland say, Don Kelly playing at 3b and Maggs in Rf

  137. UnKnown October 5th, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    Leyland emphatically tells Buster that Verlander will NOT be available.

    I still don’t believe that.

  138. luis October 5th, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    blake October 5th, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    Spot on. We need a middle of the order type of bat to go along with Cano, and that bat is Montero. That’s why jokingly i told Lockdown that i would trade Montero for Kershaw and Kemp.

  139. Niblick October 5th, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    Francona has a face for radio and a voice for the newspapers.

  140. Erin October 5th, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    DavidWaldstein Jim Leyland spoke to his pitching coach today about getting out Brett Gardner, who has 5 RBIs in ALDS. Maybe they won’t pitch to him.

    Mike_Vorkunov If you were wondering, Justin Verlander won’t be available for Game 5. #nyy #tigers

  141. luis October 5th, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    BJK,

    You should be a journalist, ;)

  142. BJK October 5th, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    m October 5th, 2011 at 3:32 pm
    I can’t think past tomorrow’s game.

    ——————————————————————-

    I like your style.

  143. Erin October 5th, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    Yankees Joe Girardi: “We all understand what the goal is here, and that’s no secret.” #postseason

  144. BJK October 5th, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    luis October 5th, 2011 at 3:38 pm
    BJK,

    You should be a journalist,

    ——————————————————————————-

    You pick up some skills watching them try to fill up time on 24 hour news networks.

  145. UnKnown October 5th, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    A lot of questions about Gardner in the interview room today. He has definitely made people notice him in this series.

  146. luis October 5th, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    Unknown,

    Wasn’t he supposed to be a 4th outfielder? ;)

  147. Niblick October 5th, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    Now that people are noticing Gardner, Binder Joe will probably sit Gardner for game 5. Save him for game 6.

  148. luis October 5th, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    BJK<

    LOL

  149. LockDown October 5th, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    “Leyland emphatically tells Buster that Verlander will NOT be available”

    —-

    I was wondering if he was even on the plane. I figured he wasn’t coming back to NY ;)

  150. Villa Nova-Ya October 5th, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    Nova being sent down had nothing to do with ability, everything to do with numbers and his having options.

    Also, before he went down to AAA, Nova wasn’t getting a lot of swings and misses; he came back after having worked on whatever the team told him to to make his game even better, and showed his determination, grit and confidence in the process.

    Plus, didn’t he add a pitch, or refine a pitch (sinker? slider? one of those “s” pitches) that really made him dominant once he came back up?

  151. LockDown October 5th, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    UnKnown October 5th, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    A lot of questions about Gardner in the interview room today. He has definitely made people notice him in this series.

    But… But… But… He’s not Carl Crawford

  152. luis October 5th, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    Seriously,

    Everyone in the lineup should take the same strategy that gardner is using, let the ball travel deep, pick the one you like and go the other way

  153. Mike in Harrisburg October 5th, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    I love that Gardner is doing well. He’s a ton of fun to root for. Very, very glad we did not pay for Crawford.

  154. luis October 5th, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    Yes Villa,

    It was the slider he was asked to work with

  155. BJK October 5th, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    I love that Nova went to AAA and worked on his secondary stuff.

    Wish they did the same thing with Joba and Hughes.

  156. Tabbert October 5th, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    I think the biggest news out of yesterday was the fact we scored 10 runs without a homer. Obviously, grandy hit one that would have been gone in yankee stadium. I would like to know the most runs we had scored this year in a game where we didn’t have a homer. That is a very encouraging sign. A lot of hits the opposite way, a lot of hard grounders up the middle, a gap shot, but mostly just well placed, hard hit balls.

  157. JM October 5th, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    # blake October 5th, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    The list of players of players I would trade Montero for is ever shrinking……Felix may not be on it anymore. He costs a lot and Im at least a little concerned about his workload and stuff being down this year…..plus I think the Yankees may need a dominant young hitter even worse than a starting pitcher.

    ______________

    Yes. Particularly as Arod ages, and with Posada gone after this year and Tex’s struggles, they will really need a big bat to protect Robbie, etc.

  158. Irreverent Discourse October 5th, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    So you are happier that they got lucky that balls in play didn’t find fielders, rather than the more efficient, more reliable method of scoring runs? :)

  159. Irreverent Discourse October 5th, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    Francona replacing McCarver on FOX for game 1&2 of ALCS? They just can’t leave Boston out of the spotlight, even after abject failure.

  160. Villa Nova-Ya October 5th, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    Yeah, a homerun is a well-placed, hard hit ball.

    Will never the get the HR complaints. Ever.

  161. ET October 5th, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    I can already see it now…

    When we bring in Robertson/MO in one of the games, Buck will sarcastically ask Francona if he wishes Girardi managed like this in the Tampa series.

    When someone gets a big hit, Francona will say that he wishes he got some of those hits last week in Tampa

    etc. etc.

    It will be a disastrous broadcast

  162. m October 5th, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    Francona on Fox will be a good thing.

    The Sox will not be a subject that Francona will want to discuss. He’s probably not really pleased with the Sox right now so he won’t gush over them. Yet he won’t want to trash them because that would look back to potential employers.

  163. Tabbert October 5th, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    The point is, the yanks were not hacking away for homeruns last night. They battled off pitches and just tried to get the ball in play. A lot of guys stepped up with opposite field hits, saw sac flys, no one tried to do too much.

  164. JM October 5th, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    Nice RAB article about Cano:

    http://riveraveblues.com/2011/.....eat-57388/

  165. Irreverent Discourse October 5th, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    They rarely “hack away” for homeruns, aside from lefty Teixeira. They have some of the best gap power hitters in the league, and when you are strong… sometimes they go over the fence.

  166. luis October 5th, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    Tabbert,

    Very good post.

  167. m October 5th, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    look *bad*

  168. Bronx Jeers October 5th, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    I would think that the Red Sox would be an off-limits subject for Francona even though his inclusion on that broadcast is probably because FOX thinks people will tune in to hear Sox dirt.

  169. Villa Nova-Ya October 5th, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    To be sure, I liked the inning the Yankees had last night, too, but I wouldn’t have been against someone coming up and hitting a 2 or 3 run HR. ;)

  170. Yanks78 October 5th, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    yeah, I think Sox-related stuff is probably off-limits

    However, like that guy above mentioned, there probably will be minor digs thrown around that allude to the collapse (like Girardi’s managing that let Tampa in etc.). It will probably be more in a general sense but intended to tweak the Yankees.

  171. Erin October 5th, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    JM October 5th, 2011 at 3:59 pm
    Nice RAB article about Cano:

    http://riveraveblues.com/2011/…..eat-57388/

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

    Great article, thanks for the link JM!

    I love the picture they used! :D

  172. JM October 5th, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    Erin,

    I was hoping you would see it! One of the best pictures ever. :)

  173. Erin October 5th, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    eboland11 Jim Leyland: “This is what baseball is all about. We have a fifth game at Yankee Stadium. It doesn’t get much better than that.”

    YankeesPR Reminder fans, Game 5 will start at 8:07p.m. tomorrow; Yankee Stadium gates will open at 6pm #Questfor28

  174. luis October 5th, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    JM,

    Great article, thanks

  175. Erin October 5th, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    JM, yeah, I may have to print out a copy of that one for my cubicle. Too cute. :)

  176. Irreverent Discourse October 5th, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    “SHHHHHH, don’t tell them you’re awesome.”

  177. Tabbert October 5th, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    Home runs are great… but what really kills a team is having multiple innings where you do draw those walks, you do get that lucky bounce, you do get that clutch 2 out rinky dink shot over the SS head to score two runs. The yankees had multiple innings where they scored multiple runs… that is the key in winning big games like these. only three 1-2-3 innings which again was huge. I love the long ball… bu tyou can really take the life out of a team when you keep putting innings together where there are multiple men on base and you keep giving up cheapy hits and and your pitchers is still have to deal with getting outs with guys on base. Don’t get me wrong, a homer can change the complexion of the game. However, that does clear the bases… The yankees put so much pressure on the tigers last night with those innings of having multiple guys on that the tigers finally flopped under pressure. The literally wore down the entire tigers pitching staff, and deflated the teams spirit with those innings. Just a great sign. The home runs will come. But to win a game of that magnitude without the long ball shows just how versatile this team really is.

  178. upstate kate October 5th, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    Very cute. Thanks JM

  179. 4time October 5th, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    PeteAbe
    Why are all the Yankees + Tigers starters in the dugout watching the game not back in the clubhouse playing beer pong?

  180. BJK October 5th, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    eboland11 Jim Leyland: “This is what baseball is all about. We have a fifth game at Yankee Stadium. It doesn’t get much better than that.”

    ———————————————————————————

    Dammit Leyland. Stop being so gosh-darn likable, will ya?

  181. Erin October 5th, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    BJK October 5th, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    Dammit Leyland. Stop being so gosh-darn likable, will ya?

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

    I know, it’s like he’s playing Jedi mind tricks or something. ;)

  182. Irreverent Discourse October 5th, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    Tabbert – That’s much better. :)

  183. Villa Nova-Ya October 5th, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    that is a Great story on Robbie Cano, and it shows you how prospect identification, evaluation and development is such an inexact “science.”

  184. BJK October 5th, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    Francesa explains his Albuquerque fail… I guess.

    http://www.twitvid.com/GDRFJ

  185. Tabbert October 5th, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    not sure if this have been covered, but there are reports that the red sox spend quite a bit of money on boozing this year. Apparently pitchers were drinking in the clubhouse on games that they didn’t pitch. And they wonder why their bodies wore down?

  186. upstate kate October 5th, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    I understand what you mean Tabbert. You give up one or two HR, well that could be just bad pitch selection or execution. You give up hit after hit after hit, maybe throw a few BB or HBP in there, it becomes demoralizing.

  187. Villa Nova-Ya October 5th, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    BJK -

    At least he addressed it, but he ended up sounding not too swift. :)

  188. Nick in SF October 5th, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    “I never saw the kid pitch before last night.”

    No.

  189. Against All Odds October 5th, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    Lol @ I’ve never seen the kid pitch before in my life. Ummm were you not at the stadium when Cano took him deep

  190. Bronx Jeers October 5th, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    It will probably be more in a general sense but intended to tweak the Yankees.

    ———————————

    I even doubt that. Tito’s always showed restraint when it comes to the Yanks. I doubt he’s going to start tweaking them now that he’s divorced from the Sox.

    If anything he’ll probably be over-venerating the Yanks to throw a jab at the Sox. Talk about how classy the Yanks are, how the team chemistry was built etc.

  191. Villa Nova-Ya October 5th, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    Tabbert -

    I agree with your last post. I was harkening back to the beginning of the season when people were complaining that the Yankees could “only” hit homeruns.

    It’s absolutely true that all those “dinky” hits and walks and HBPs one after another wears down the opposition. It’s a lot easier to “recover” from a homerun. The bases become empty right after it.

  192. BJK October 5th, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    Villa Nova-Ya October 5th, 2011 at 4:23 pm
    BJK -

    At least he addressed it, but he ended up sounding not too swift.

    ——————————————————————————

    He says he’s never heard of him or seen him pitch before last night.

    Did he not watch Cano’s grand slam?

    This is a rookie of the year candidate.

  193. m October 5th, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    The booth is not going to want to embarrass Tito. And believe me, even mentioning the collapse is embarrassing for their new colleague.

    It’s meant for ratings and interest and maybe new viewership.

    Can someone explain the whole Mike F. thing? I missed it.

  194. mick October 5th, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    Mike is smooth but wasn’t on his Albuquerque response.

  195. mick October 5th, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    Here comes Super Nova.

  196. Nick in SF October 5th, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    Francesa should say something like “I didn’t know the kid was talking about Al AbuRquerque, the Tigers’ relief pitcher whose name is spelled with an extra ‘R’ that does not appear in the spelling of Albuquerque, New Mexico. I thought he was making a joke, as if there would ever be a pitcher named Al Albuquerque!”

  197. Villa Nova-Ya October 5th, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    Mike F often shows what he doesn’t know so this doesn’t surprise me.

  198. luis October 5th, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/.....ches-35255

    here is a link that find interesting, it reminds me of the movie “every given sunday”

  199. blake October 5th, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    Funny Pete abe tweet

  200. Curt Schilling was a steroid user October 5th, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    Im not sure what that idiot PeteAbe is trying to get at with that tweet

  201. Erin October 5th, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    Dante19jr Sushi with some of the boys after long day at the park. #chillin

  202. m October 5th, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    I’m still confused, Nick. :(

    Who’s the kid that “was talking about Al AbuRquerque”?

  203. m October 5th, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    Just reread. You were telling a story. Never mind!

  204. blake October 5th, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    He’s making fun of the Red Sox…..who apparently do play beer pong between innings

  205. Curt Schilling was a steroid user October 5th, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    Thanks blake. I actually appreciate that he PeteAbe takes shots at the Red Sox, unlike the other national and boston media members. But conversely, he only does it because he cares so much about them and their success/failure

  206. 4time October 5th, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    A caller asked Mike about Al Albuquerque and about why Leyland brought him in. Mike F thought that the person was prank calling him and purposely mispronouncing the name Albuquerque (as in the New Mexico city) and didn’t know he was a real person who pitches for the Tigers. He hung up on the guy as he was trying to explain who he was and Mike said he wasn’t a real person.

  207. m October 5th, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    lol, thanks.

    What a gracious host!

  208. Curt Schilling was a steroid user October 5th, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    Shows how much that fat fake tanned bum Mike F knows about baseball. And thats who they give radio shows to.

  209. Yogi Mantle October 5th, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    I think Francona is underestimating what he can bring to the booth. His in – game interviews aren’t long, but he usually has decent humor and will answer dumb questions. I think a manager being in the booth brings a new dimension to commenting on a game, as they see things in the larger context, rather than just on pitching or hitting.

    One game Valentine was talking about how to run if looking to score on a ball hit in the outfield, and while he was doing it more as a dig on the Yankees, it still brings something you don’t normally get to hear. Some talk about strategy for placing fielders, or other aspects would be fun to hear.

  210. The Other Phil October 5th, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    Yogi: I agree. I think Francona will bring a balanced view to the ALCS and will compliment and criticize both teams. He’ll give some insight on what he might do in a situation and other things like the Valentine example you gave (though Valentine is just an awful commentator).

    Similarly, Orel Hersheiser did a nice job on the radio last night but for some reason, I find him less enjoyable when he does TV.

  211. waka flocka October 5th, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    Don’t let Abraham fool you. The guy isnt calling out the Red Sox based on professional responsibility. He’s doing it because he’s a Red Sox fan that’s upset about their collapse. His ‘this is what the Red Sox were pre-2004′ tweet says it all

  212. Yogi Mantle October 5th, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    Phil:
    Valentine is not one of my favorites, but during that game he talked about some things that normally are never talked about. That was something that I really enjoyed hearing, about some of the mechanics of the game itself, or on baserunning. Too often the commentators give the same stuff on pitching or hitting, which is OK, but after hearing it so many times it gets a little old.

    Orel does seem a bit better on radio. Maybe it is just the venue or the game he is calling. There are times when I just turn off the sound with him talking.

    There really aren’t all that many that call a good game. Kay drives me crazy with the stupid things he usually goes into. Sometimes I think he acts stupid to draw out the others with him, but it doesn’t do much for me. I like hearing Singleton, great voice, and some good insight. Flash is too much in love with the opposing team, to a point where its like the Yankees are a nothing team.

    I’m looking forward to see how Francona does. It might be refreshing to hear a new voice, from someone who knows the game so well.

  213. Erin October 5th, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    New Post: Everyone from CC to Mo

    :arrow:

  214. 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.

  215. jpb173 October 5th, 2011 at 5:17 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.

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    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.


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