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Postgame notes: “Not that I’m here for my bat or anything”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes on Jun 10, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Kevin Long doesn’t remember when exactly the conversation took place, but he remembers that it was Russell Martin’s idea. Martin wanted to back away from the plate a little bit, stand just far enough that he could cover the inner half a little better.

“I felt like I was getting tied up inside and I felt like I was starting to pull off the ball early with my stride,” Martin explained. “Now I kind of just evened out my stride, and I feel like I’m ready to drive the ball the other way more with more ease. I was fighting to do it before.”

In his past 12 games, Martin has raised his batting average from .173 to .216. He’s homered four times in his past six games, including two big ones tonight. His seventh-inning shot got just over Scott Hairston’s glove in right field. His walk-off went a few rows deep in left.

“It’s really worked out for him,” Long said. “(Martin) said, ‘I’m going to back off the plate. Maybe that’ll get my stride direction good and I’ll just look out over the plate. If they do come in, I should be able to react.’ It was solely him. … He was frustrated a little bit, but he kept believing that all his hard work — everything he’d done through the winter and up to this point — was going to pay off. It’s starting to show real good signs, especially this month. He’s been on fire.”

The change itself is hard to notice, but the impact seems to be significant. Maybe some of it is simply the law of averages — Martin was surely not going to hit .180 all year — but he’s become a more productive player, and today Martin was pivotal in securing a series sweep and sending the Yankees on the road with 13 wins in their past 17 games. The Yankees are playing well, and finally, their catcher is contributing at the plate.

“With this team, up and down the lineup, guys have the ability to hit,” Martin said. “Luckily for me, I had guys that picked up my slack earlier in the year. Not that I’m here for my bat or anything like that, but it definitely feels good to be able to contribute a little bit. I never felt too much pressure. I just kept trying to do my thing defensively and try to call good games. Now that I’m swinging the bat good, it’s even better.”

• Andy Pettitte said his command was off early in the game, but he was able to find it later on. He finished with eight strikeouts and looked tremendous in every inning except the second. “I felt good,” Pettitte said. “I felt a tick off early, the first inning or two. I felt good, just felt a tick off, like I just wasn’t quite getting the ball where I wanted to. After that I felt like I had been feeling. I felt like my command was really good.”

• Even that second inning didn’t include a lot of hard-hit balls, and if Robinson Cano hadn’t made his error, Pettitte might have gotten out of the inning with just one run. As it was, the big hit was a softly hit double. “The ball bounced right over first base for a double down the line,” Pettitte said. “I wasn’t even trying to throw that pitch for a strike. I’d just got strike one on him and I was trying to throw a ball up and in on him to get him off the plate. That was extremely frustrating.”

• Pettitte has struck out at least eight batters in each of his last four home starts. It’s the longest such streak of his career. CC Sabathia is the only other Yankees starter to compile such a streak in the past nine years.

• The Yankees have been talking about hitting into hard outs and hoping it will eventually even out. Today it evened out a little bit in the eighth inning when four straight singles — some of which weren’t hit very good — led to the tying and go-ahead runs. “We made a lot of hard outs early in the game and ended up with some really hard double plays,” Mark Teixeira said. “That happens. In the eighth we just got lucky, found some holes and took advantage of maybe a little lapse of defense. That was the ballgame.”

• This was the Yankees first walk-off home run of the year, and it was their first walk-off against the Mets since Luis Castilla dropped that popup in 2009. … It was the Yankees 18th comeback win of the season, and their fourth by at least three runs. … The Yankees were 3-for-11 with runners in scoring position, with all three hits coming in the eighth inning.

• This was the third time this season that the Yankees grounded into three double plays.

• Martin on his first home run: “I thought he caught the ball at first. For a split second, I thought I was out. The next thing you know, I’m rounding the bases. Rounding the bases is a lot better than taking a right turn back to the dugout.”

• Derek Jeter on Martin’s first home run: “I was in the bathroom at the time,” Jeter said. “So I didn’t see the moment, I just heard, but I heard something good happened. Just trying to be honest with you.”

• Jayson Nix drew some raves in the clubhouse for his play in the eighth inning, getting the lead runner at third base on a fairly routine grounder to shortstop. “It’s a heads-up play by him,” Jeter said. “You have to think about it before you do it, you can’t just catch it and then make up your mind. He obviously thought about it before, and that was a big part of the game.”

• Jeter got some raves of his own for taking second base on that eighth-inning error. “I knew I was taking a chance,” Jeter said. “I saw it took sort of a funny hop on him and took a chance.”

• Rafael Soriano blew a save for the first time this season. He was booed coming off the mound. “I don’t care about the fans’ (reaction) because nobody is perfect in this game,” he said. “To me, it happened today. Come back tomorrow and try to save the game.”

• Soriano said he didn’t feel sharp today and didn’t have a problem with Girardi bringing in Boone Logan with the go-ahead run at third base. “I tried to pitch the best that I can, and that thing happens,” Soriano said. “I don’t think I had a good fastball today, nothing like that. No excuse.”

• Dave Robertson pitched a scoreless inning with one strikeout for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre this afternoon. It was his first rehab game since straining his oblique last month.

• Hiroki Kuroda reported no problems with his left foot during today’s bullpen. He’s expected to make his next start in Atlanta.

• As you might have guessed, Girardi did not call for Nick Swisher to bunt today. “No,” Girardi said. “We were down three runs, and he was just trying to get on base. That’s what he was trying to do, but as I told him, he’s capable of hitting the ball out of the ballpark down three runs.”

• You might have noticed that Martin fell at home plate during the walk-off celebration. “I tried to jump in the air to celebrate, and I got about two inches off the ground,” he said. “Still managed to touch home plate.”

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89 Responses to “Postgame notes: “Not that I’m here for my bat or anything””

  1. Dionysius Thelxinoe June 10th, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    Tar June 10th, 2012 at 8:14 pm
    “About booing….I don’t think any player deserves to be booed…They all try their best on the field…”

    When Neon Deion Sanders was a Yankee I booed him. I can’t remember doing it agai since that time though. So I think there are a select few moments and players that deserve a boo, but it’s far and few between. Certainly not today.

    ——————–

    Soon after becoming a Yankees fan during the ’61 season, I remember my disbelief when my dad told me how Yankees fans once booed Mickey Mantle.

    Maybe it’s because of that … never have booed a Yankee. Never will.

    Personal choice in that either way, no right or wrong.

  2. mick June 10th, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    “I don’t care about the fans’ (reaction) because nobody is perfect in this game,”
    =================================================
    He had better be careful. His body language could indicate to some that he doesn’t care about the fan.
    For that reason, if this became a regular event, he would definitely be booed again.
    Then we will know if it is bothering him.

  3. Hassey June 10th, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    I’ll never say Soriano sux, because he doesn’t, and I’ll never say Cano sux because he doesn’t (after rare errors and strange pitch selection), etc. etc., but honestly, Swish lost me today. He’s certainly not a dumb man, but I think he might be baseball dumb. Today’s bunt (no doubt picked apart here hours ago), throwing to the wrong base once to often (not today), it all just smacks of processing things slowly…doesn’t make him a bad person and he is certainly still a better player than me and many MLBers, but I won’t miss him when he’s gone. Talk about someone whose .250 average is the composite of a .300 month and 5 .225 months. I’d tke a consistent .250 all year, but his gaffes and false bravado/self effasiveness at the plate have officially lost me.

  4. mick June 10th, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    supposedly he leads the team in rbi and he’s up there bunting, with 2 on , no less?

  5. Trigeminal Neuralgia Yank June 10th, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    Booing is a weird thing,, I think soriano just rubs fans wrong..
    Booing Mickey Mantle… No excuse, ever, sacrilege …

  6. LGY June 10th, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    Trout is great but Bourjos has been awful with a 59 OPS+ =================== who played rf when hunter was out…against us i believe?

    ——–

    Trumbo, but he’s a super bad OF.

  7. mick June 10th, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    they booed me before i was The Mick.

  8. ZMAN June 10th, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    very disappointed that there was no pie today, hope they are not reverting back to the robotic Yankees of the late-Torre era

  9. mick June 10th, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    no pie is the reason to call them robotic?

  10. mick June 10th, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    Trumbo, but he’s a super bad OF.
    ======================
    if there’s nobody else then they can’t deal him.
    what ever happened to ricky ledee?

  11. trisha - true pinstriped blue June 10th, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    I think booing is wrong, period. I can’t find any way past feeling that way. Fans should support, not boo. But since they’re owed something, I guess it gives them the right too boo. On the other hand, if you’re brought up to be a self-entitled little putz, them I can see why you’d boo a member of the team you purport to root for. After all, it’s a personal affront, right?

    :roll:

    Not all fans boo their players, by the way. For everything I say about the Sux and their fans, I will say that a player almost has to commit murder to be booed there. At the Stadium, you can always hear the loud, hearty booing from the fans.

    Disgusting display.

    ******

    “not caring about the fans could be why he was booed”

    Gotta tell you, those fans are perceptive geniuses. Because in the past they apparently also detected that neither Mo nor Jeter cared about them…

  12. luis June 10th, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    Guys i am really tired so i am going to call it a day. Have a good one guys.

    Tar,

    Perhaps you are right, it just doesn’t happen very often. Good night.

  13. Yank 97 June 10th, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    Buster_ESPN
    New Top 10 rankings: 1. Texas Rangers, 2. Tampa Bay, 3. LAD, 4. WAS, 5. CIN, 6. ATL 7. NYY 8. CWS 9. LAA 10. Baltimore Orioles

  14. mick June 10th, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    Because in the past they apparently also detected that neither Mo nor Jeter cared about them…
    ==============================================
    I was at those games and they were against the mets.
    those were mets fans..

  15. trisha - true pinstriped blue June 10th, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    Night luis. Thanks for the understanding heart.

  16. mick June 10th, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    maybe one was against the redsox.

  17. trisha - true pinstriped blue June 10th, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    “I was at those games and they were against the mets.
    those were mets fans..”

    Then I hope someone took Sori aside and said “Don’t be surprised if it was Mets fans doing the booing.”

  18. mick June 10th, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    New Top 10 rankings: 1. Texas Rangers, 2. Tampa Bay, 3. LAD, 4. WAS, 5. CIN, 6. ATL 7. NYY 8. CWS 9. LAA 10. Baltimore Orioles
    ===================
    what is this college football?
    who are the experts who put this together? and why isnt boston on the list?
    TB can’t hit a lick. we will sweep atl.most of these teams are johnny come latelys.
    balt #10 over the cards?

  19. trisha - true pinstriped blue June 10th, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    Yank 97 – do those even make sense? The Yanks were 8-2 in their last 10 games and the Rangers were 4-6! On top of it the Yankees have a higher WP than the Rangers.

    But then again, you did say it was ESPN.

  20. TheStraw June 10th, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    Yanks now have a better winning percentage than the Rangers….

  21. mick June 10th, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    why is there more booing in NY than anywhere else?

  22. mick June 10th, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    they boo in philly.

  23. mick June 10th, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    why is this night different from any other night?

  24. trisha - true pinstriped blue June 10th, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    YAY!!!!!

    I just saw Martin’s walk off. I tried to see if Sori went on the field to congratulate him but I couldn’t tell. I taped the postgame also so I’ll get to see the brain surgeon question about whether or not it bothered him.

    Oh well.

  25. mick June 10th, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    i knew jeter was going for 2 on that holy roller.

  26. mick June 10th, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    I just saw Martin’s walk off.
    ===================
    I was waiting for swish to come out with the pie but his bunt made him look stupid enough today.

  27. RhapsodyInBlue June 10th, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    I drove over to Manchester Vt. today to Orvis to get some dry flies look at the Battenkill R. conditions on the way over. River is down lots of canoeist and swimmers to p-off the fishermen.

    The Yankee game on the radio me driving talking to myself and cursing, us behind and almost every inning leaving runners on.

    This team can drive you crazy, I don’t know maybe I am already.

    But it was another great win me howling in delight with Martin’s homer driving down the rte 313 back to NY like a happy lunatic.

  28. Wang IS Taiwan June 10th, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    Chad, thanks for sharing Jete’s quote. I can’t believe he said that — he’s usually so buttoned-up. Must have beeen having a little fun with you guys. ;)

    And as far as Swisher’s bunt goes–sometimes, he just plays dumb. Period.

    I feel good for Martin who has been having a very rough year. Truthfully, I have preferred having Stewart in there to Martin. But it’s always nice to see someone come out of a long struggle with hope intact.

  29. Wang IS Taiwan June 10th, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    I said Swish “plays dumb” because I’m hoping he really isn’t that dumb generally.

  30. Bronx Jeers June 10th, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    I hope Sori doesn’t care because if he does it’s going to make it hard for him to do his job. And his job is muy importante.

    Booing has been going on at Yankee stadium for time immemorial. It’s nothing personal. A player that gets booed one day could get a standing ovation the next. It’s more about performances. Not that Sori really deserved it after 9 consecutive saves but if Mo got booed then really no one’s immune.

  31. mick June 10th, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    i wonder if the crowd booed swisher, say if the bunt went foul, if he would try it again?

  32. theREALkevin June 10th, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    “I was in the bathroom at the time,” Jeter said.

    Too much information, Derek.

  33. Bronx Jeers June 10th, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    I think Jeter actually has one of the better if not the best sense of humor on the team although that’s not saying much because there are some real stiffs.

  34. Wang IS Taiwan June 10th, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    We’ve seen Sori be sensitive before. Here’s hoping he just moves on from the booing. The team can’ really do without him.

  35. trisha - true pinstriped blue June 10th, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    “I hope Sori doesn’t care because if he does it’s going to make it hard for him to do his job. And his job is muy importante”

    “We’ve seen Sori be sensitive before. Here’s hoping he just moves on from the booing. The team can’ really do without him.”

    Agree with both of you. I worry about the same thing.

  36. Wang IS Taiwan June 10th, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    Bronx Jeers,

    Hands down the best sense of humor. I wish he’d share it with the fans more often. You can tell he’s always joking around with his teammates (you can see his little wry grin until he notices the camera on him) or with the opposing team when he’s on base. That’s a big reason why players around the league like him.

    “Just trying to be honest with you” is hilarious…

  37. Bo knows June 10th, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    I think it’s important to make note –

    That not many managers would have the stones to pull their closer in the ninth inning as Girardi did.

    All these binde Joe flacks – Go ahead respond -

  38. RhapsodyInBlue June 10th, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    No doubt Girardi is much better at managing the pen then Torre was.

    He is just trying to deal with current circumstances and keep everyone fresh.

  39. Tar June 10th, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    “All these binde Joe flacks – Go ahead respond -”

    Once Thole was announced, the binder said two left handed hitters were coming up. Time to go to Boone.

    I don’t think of myself as a “binde Joe flack” but it was the right move.

  40. Nick in SF June 10th, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    Sensitive Sori?

    He can always opt out if he can’t take a little NY heat.

  41. Bronx Jeers June 10th, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    He would have never pulled Mo. Maybe the moral of the story is that it’s not easy managing guys you played with.

    And I’m a Girardi critic but I think he’s done a good job so far this season.

  42. austinmac June 10th, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    Girardi did well pulling Soriano when he did. He can handle a bullpen.

  43. Tar June 10th, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    “He would have never pulled Mo. Maybe the moral of the story is that it’s not easy managing guys you played with.”

    Mo has earned the right not to be pulled, Sori not so much. I hope he continues to play the match-ups and the hot hand.

    “And I’m a Girardi critic but I think he’s done a good job so far this season.”

    I agree. It seemed like he had a rough first couple of weeks, but since then has been solid.

    Good night all.

  44. Nick in SF June 10th, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    Sori earned the right to not pull out his shirt.

    Next time think before you stink!

  45. Duh Innings June 10th, 2012 at 10:44 pm

    ‘Cutting Sori a break today. He threw alot of pitches yesterday and sometimes you just don’t have it.

    Bottom line is his batterymate picked him up and Sori is 9 for 10 in save opportunities with no losses.

    I will be the first to say the Yanks should give Martin four years at at least $7.5M (his 2012 salary) if he finishes with 17-20 HR and 60-75 RBI (which would be great for a catcher and most #8 hitters or guys who bat mostly eighth like Martin) because you know the defense will always be there. They should let him go only if he wants Posada’s next to last contract which I believe was 5 years at $11M per year (or around that.)

  46. JobaTipsHisCap June 10th, 2012 at 11:29 pm

    It’s so sweet to sweep Muts.

  47. Rich in NJ June 10th, 2012 at 11:35 pm

    Even though he is way too expensive, they are lucky to have Soriano.

  48. muwarriorsfan June 10th, 2012 at 11:39 pm

    “I think it’s important to make note –

    That not many managers would have the stones to pull their closer in the ninth inning as Girardi did.”

    Ron Roenicke yanked Axford today in the 9th inning vs the Padres.

  49. Rich in NJ June 10th, 2012 at 11:39 pm

    Howie Rose thinks Hughes got away with certain pitches last night. Newsflash: Most pitchers do.

  50. Against All Odds June 10th, 2012 at 11:42 pm

    JobaTipsHisCap June 10th, 2012 at 11:29 pm

    It’s so sweet to sweep Muts.

    ————————

    Yes they goy knocked down a few pegs and I’m happy about it. Since the season started all we have heard is how gritty the Mets are and down underestimate them and they can be a dangerous team lol. The Yankees beat up Johan to start the series and ended it with a walk off

  51. austinmac June 10th, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    Epstein and crew have to do something. They will be hard to beat for Soler. Their fans expect him.

  52. Rich in NJ June 10th, 2012 at 11:58 pm

    There will be a bunch of big name free agents in the offseason. Most fans have never heard of Soler, and Cubs fans will be impatient. Meanwhile, he fits a need for the Yankees, and they don’t need him right away.

  53. yankeefeminista June 11th, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Go get Soler, Cash.

  54. Rich in NJ June 11th, 2012 at 12:02 am

    “Go get Soler, Hal.”

    I suspect it’s his decision.

  55. yankeefeminista June 11th, 2012 at 12:10 am

    “Go get Soler, Hal.”

    I suspect it’s his decision.
    ________

    Convince Hal, Cash. Show mlb who still owns the IFA market. ;)

  56. Rich in NJ June 11th, 2012 at 12:14 am

    “Convince Hal, Cash. Show mlb who still owns the IFA market.”

    :D

    For old time’s sake!

  57. yankeefeminista June 11th, 2012 at 12:16 am

    Exactly! :mrgreen:

  58. 98NYY June 11th, 2012 at 12:33 am

    If Soler sits in AAA along with Mustelier and Branyan why bother?

  59. Pat M. June 11th, 2012 at 12:48 am

    Sign The Cuban Outfielder !!!!

  60. Rich in NJ June 11th, 2012 at 12:49 am

    Sol er is 20 with major upside. Mustelier is 28; Branyan is 36. What?

  61. Pat M. June 11th, 2012 at 1:18 am

    Rich in NJ……..Yanks should have been a major player for both Cespedes and Soler…..Cespedes has top 20 potential if not top 10…..By next season he’ll be a bona fide 5 tool All Star player………I think he’s Swisher’s equal right now if not better all around

  62. Pat M. June 11th, 2012 at 1:51 am

    I understand that Candice Bergen is in her mid 60′s, but wow she’s still got what it takes………I love you Murphy Brown !!

  63. UnKnown June 11th, 2012 at 3:22 am

    Praying for good news on how Robertson feels tomorrow after his rehab inning today.

    It would be great to get him back by the end of the week.

  64. Wang IS Taiwan June 11th, 2012 at 3:58 am

    Pat M. June 11th, 2012 at 1:18 am
    Rich in NJ……..Yanks should have been a major player for both Cespedes and Soler…..Cespedes has top 20 potential if not top 10…..By next season he’ll be a bona fide 5 tool All Star player………I think he’s Swisher’s equal right now if not better all around

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    But would Cespedes have bunted like Swisher tried to do today? If so, then you can keep him. One ding-dong on the team is enough.

  65. yanks61 June 11th, 2012 at 7:29 am

    Good morning everyone. Here are some fun filled facts with which to begin your new day:

    Russell “Munson” Martin – .216 BA (and moving up?) – 148 AB and

    20 RBI (1 every 7.4 AB), 8 HR (1 every 18.5 AB), OBP .348, SLG .432, OPS.781, 8 2B (1 every 18.5 AB), 22 BB (1 every 6.7 AB), 33K (1 every 4.5 AB)

    ————————————————————————-

    Jesus “ Pujols” Montero – .258 BA (and moving ?) – 205 AB

    27 RBI (1 every 7.6 AB), 7 HR (1 every 29 AB), OBP .298, SLG .411, OPS .709, 11 2B (1 every 19 AB), 12 BB (1 every 17 AB), 48 K (1 every 4.3 AB)

    Defensively:

    Martin – 25 SB/10 CS in 403 Innings
    Montero – 16SB/3 CS in 203 innings.

    In effect, on a per AB basis, Martin is out hitting Montero. So while some folks rave about Montero’s hitting, they simultaneously put down Martin’s offensive production at every turn.

    OK, it’s early yet, but while SOME folks were giving the benefit of the doubt to Monty, they were ragging on Marty. Fair is fair. Right now, we have the better hitter and there’s no comparison defensively.

    Yes, IMHO Jesus will have a better career offensively then Martin and maybe a better year this year as well. But right now we have nothing more than projections to go on. So let’s let it play out before proclaiming generational greatness for anybody.

    “Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence” (Carl Sagan paraphrasing Marcello Truzzi.)

    When Montero does all it’s claimed he’ll do, we’ll have the evidence – not before.

    By the way, no one is denigrating the kid. People are denigrating the hype from a faction of people committed in their beliefs and refusing to let things play out (Hi, Randi! I won‘t mention that other fella – what’s his name? :) )

    And in other news; YES on signing Soler! YES on Hughes finally starting to put it together (long may it continue!) YES on Andy coming back in 13!Who would have thunk it? Coming back stronger than ever!

  66. yanks61 June 11th, 2012 at 7:32 am

    Oh, in the good news field; Roberston pitched an inning at SWB yesterday, one K and I believe a clean inning.

  67. Frankg June 11th, 2012 at 7:54 am

    Cashman’s comments about Gardner’s injury and the practice of medicine being an inexact science reflect a problem the Yankees have with the medical opinions and care they receive from their team medical staff.

    Two years ago, they refused to give Alfredo Aceves a mjor league contract because he had what Cashman said was a chronic back problem so Aceves signed with Boston and has had two fine years with them without any medical problems. Good job of giving one of your rivals an excellent relief pitcher without receiving anything in return.

    Then Tex develops a “bronchial infection’ that goes unresolved for months and hurts his performance greatly and only to later discover he has inflamed vocal chords.

    Then Gardner develops an elbow strain and he attempts two comebacks unsuccessfully before they send him toDr. James Andrews.

    When Pineada was was hurt he had enough sense to seek a second opinion.

    The players are not being given excellent medical care and Cashman has contributed by not selecting good doctors to treat them.

  68. MTU June 11th, 2012 at 8:05 am

    61-

    Good morning.

    Excellent news on D-Rob.

    It’s will be good to have our “swiss army knife” back.

  69. blake June 11th, 2012 at 8:11 am

    Greetings from Atlanta where its not so much Hotlanta more like Rainlanta ….hopefully itll hold off and SuperNova can do his thing

  70. MTU June 11th, 2012 at 8:14 am

    Greetings Blake.

    Hope Nova can build on his last start.

    Enjoy your time down there.

    Stay dry.

    I’m off to the Mountains for 2-3 days w. Mrs. MTU.

  71. yanks61 June 11th, 2012 at 8:15 am

    Hi MTU,

    Been away for a little while. Have you made any recent notable hikes into the wilderness out west?

    Yes, I can’t wait to get Robbie back. Love the guy!

    MTU, what’s your take on MO for 2013? I would imagine that the Yanks will have to make a signing decision before ST. What do you think it takes to bring him back in light of the fact that they won’t know just how far back MO can make it? Do you think he’d accept a performance related contract? If Sori opts out, I expect the Yanks to make a more generous offer. But if Sori is pretty successful this year and doesn’t opt out, I think the Yanks might be more reluctant to pay Mo something similiar to this year. In fact, I think after getting hurt, Mo even indicated that he’d come back on a reasonably low salary. Is that what you read?

  72. blake June 11th, 2012 at 8:17 am

    Be safe MTU!

  73. MTU June 11th, 2012 at 8:21 am

    61-

    JCPD came out to visit. We did some hiking and sightseeing.

    Went up to Bryce Canyon NP.

    Most recent trip was to a place called Cathedral Gorge SP in NV.

    Other things are in the works. Might make a trip to Idaho later in the summer.

    As far as Mo goes I always kinda look at that in the same way I see Jeter.

    They are living legends and generally what they want they get.

    Hope all is well in Louis the 14th land.

    Europe appears to be at a crisis point.

    What a mess.

    Nice seeing you around.

  74. yanks61 June 11th, 2012 at 8:22 am

    Blake, didn’t see that you were around. I know it may be way too premature, but what’s your feeling about the closer situation next year?

    P.S. better luck with the Atlanta weather.

  75. MTU June 11th, 2012 at 8:23 am

    Blake-

    Will do.

    I might be safer in the Mtns. then you are in Atlanta.

    Make sure your kids know that they are future Yankees not Braves.

    ;)

  76. upstate kate June 11th, 2012 at 8:26 am

    Good morning!
    Nice sweep of the Mets. I enjoyed all the games, but yesterday’s was my favorite w/ Russell showing some muscle!

    Have a good trip MTU.
    Enjoy the Yankees/Braves game Blake…don’t want to see you doing that tomahawk chop.

  77. MTU June 11th, 2012 at 8:27 am

    Thanks Kate.

    Hope all is well in your neck of the woods.

    :)

  78. blake June 11th, 2012 at 8:33 am

    “Blake, didn’t see that you were around. I know it may be way too premature, but what’s your feeling about the closer situation next year?”

    Until I see otherwise…..Im expecting Mo to come back and pretty much be Mo…..if not then Robertson or Sori should hold it down.

    MTU,

    Oh they know!

  79. 86w183 June 11th, 2012 at 8:37 am

    Morning folks, hope all is well.

    Wish I could make it up to Atlanta for a game or two, but just got a Wednesday assignment that will keep it from happening.

    Absence of DH next six games will be interesting to see if Jeter/A-Rod start all six,

    Still think they should make room for Dickerson once he’s had enough playing time to be sharp. The idea that Swisher is the second best defensive outfield on the team is more than a bit scary.

    Congrats to STONY BROOK which is headed to Omaha for the CWS.

  80. yanks61 June 11th, 2012 at 8:41 am

    Sounds marvelous, MTU! Enjoy your upcoming trip. I suppose the doggies enjoy it even more than you and your wife!

    Yeah, quite incredible what the best and brightest have done here in Europe. Why they couldn’t see from the beginning that a single currency requires similiar regulations and budgetary controls is beyond me. I had a Greek lawyer client at the WTO who, in reply to my question just after Greece was accepted into the Euro Zone, was agast at the very idea, claiming that his country was in no way, shape or form ready to join. Frankly, at the end of the day, I think the decision was political.

    We did a much better job handling the crisis, but then again, as I said, the right controls weren’t in place and now the EU leaders seem to be just floundering.

    It won’t kill us, thankfully, since we both get a good portion of our income from the States, so any increase in the $/Euro exchange rate in a boon.

    Here in France, they’re getting ready fot the 2nd round of legislative elections next week. My wife (who is French and votes) and I are just back yesterday from a week in rainy, windy Brittany; a beautiful area but far too much of the wet stuff!

  81. randy l. June 11th, 2012 at 8:45 am

    http://espn.go.com/mlb/stats/b.....order/true

    Sortable Batting
    RK PLAYER TEAM AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
    1 Joe Mauer MIN 100 22 37 7 0 2 19 1 1 17 6 .370 .462 .500 .962
    2 Carlos Ruiz PHI 166 24 58 12 0 7 31 2 0 8 21 .349 .403 .548 .951
    3 Jonathan Lucroy MIL 133 17 45 9 3 5 25 2 0 7 20 .338 .382 .564 .946
    4 Jesus Montero SEA 89 10 30 5 0 5 14 0 0 6 14 .337 .375 .562 .937
    5 Matt Treanor LAD 40 6 12 2 1 2 7 1 0 5 8 .300 .362 .550 .912
    6 A.J. Ellis LAD 160 20 49 7 1 6 25 0 0 30 41 .306 .422 .475 .897
    7 Yadier Molina STL 200 28 66 13 0 8 31 5 1 15 23 .330 .381 .515 .896
    8 Mike Napoli TEX 122 23 34 3 2 7 22 0 0 17 38 .279 .378 .508 .886
    9 Martin Maldonado MIL 32 4 8 0 0 3 10 0 0 4 6 .250 .351 .531 .883
    10 Kelly Shoppach BOS 69 9 18 6 1 3 9 1 0 6 29 .261 .363 .507 .870
    RK PLAYER TEAM AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
    11 Jarrod Saltalamacchia BOS 145 20 39 11 0 10 25 0 0 10 43 .269 .314 .552 .866
    12 Josh Donaldson OAK 7 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .429 .429 .429 .857
    13 A.J. Pierzynski CHW 188 29 55 8 2 10 38 0 0 12 21 .293 .337 .516 .853
    14 Wilin Rosario COL 113 18 27 8 0 9 25 2 3 5 34 .239 .273 .549 .821
    15 Gerald Laird DET 56 9 18 2 0 2 4 0 0 2 4 .321 .339 .464 .803
    16 George Kottaras MIL 39 6 8 0 0 2 5 0 0 16 8 .205 .436 .359 .795
    17 Russell Martin NYY 144 17 32 8 0 8 20 1 0 22 31 .222 .349 .444 .793
    18 David Ross ATL 51 5 13 3 0 2 6 0 0 8 18 .255 .356 .431 .787
    19 John Jaso SEA 42 8 11 5 0 1 7 0 0 5 4 .262 .333 .452 .786
    20 Matt Wieters BAL 177 22 44 9 0 9 25 0 0 19 40 .249 .333 .452 .785
    RK PLAYER TEAM AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS

  82. Shame Spencer June 11th, 2012 at 8:51 am

    trisha – true pinstriped blue June 10th, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    I think booing is wrong, period. I can’t find any way past feeling that way. Fans should support, not boo. But since they’re owed something, I guess it gives them the right too boo. On the other hand, if you’re brought up to be a self-entitled little putz, them I can see why you’d boo a member of the team you purport to root for. After all, it’s a personal affront, right?

    —————-

    I don’t generally think of myself as a self-entitled little putz, but I guess if that’s the indictment on all of us… :(

  83. Howe Farr June 11th, 2012 at 8:57 am

    4 Jesus Montero SEA 89 10 30 5 0 5 14 0 0 6 14 .337 .375 .562 .937
    ___________________________________________________________

    I guess the issue with Montero is, can he play an entire year as a catcher and can he sustain that success? Right now, he is a part time catcher and a part time DH. And overall, he isn’t putting up the numbers he should.

  84. 86w183 June 11th, 2012 at 8:58 am

    I love my children more than life itself, but I yelled at them when they screwed up.

    There’s all kinds of fans and if you want to be supportive no matter what that’s fine. It doesn’t make you any more of a fan, any truer a fan or any better a fan.

    I think most “booing” as targeted at the result more so than the individual.

  85. Shame Spencer June 11th, 2012 at 9:10 am

    I think most “booing” as targeted at the result more so than the individual.

    ——————

    Yep, something lost on a lot of people. I remember when people were ‘booing Mo’ and everyone flipped out…

    I’m pretty sure they were just booing because we lost.

    Starting chants that convey that is a little difficult…

  86. tomingeorgia June 11th, 2012 at 9:11 am

    MTU,
    I guarantee you’re safer in the mountains than in Atlanta! Have a good trip.

  87. Shame Spencer June 11th, 2012 at 9:12 am

    :arrow:

  88. yanks61 June 11th, 2012 at 9:15 am

    4 Jesus Montero SEA 89 10 30 5 0 5 14 0 0 6 14 .337 .375 .562 .937

    Montero, J SEA DH 55 209 21 54 11 0 7 27 12 48 0 2 .258 .298 .411 .709

    Hey, Randi, where are you getting this stuff from? I just pulled that second line of stats off of the Mariner’s website on MLB.com.

    Are you projecting again??

    The fact remains that at this point Martin is outhitting Montero on a per AB basis. Those figures don’t lie, no matter how you try to juggle them or what misinformation you post.

    Randi, if you framed your pitches as badly as you do your arguments, it’s no wonder you never got past the bullpen! :)

    By the way, has anyone asked you how the Twins pitching development is going these days?

  89. Stottlemyre68 June 11th, 2012 at 9:52 am

    A very important part of Martin’s defensive game is how well he calls pitches. You can’t break this down by statistics, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen a catcher who has made so many hitters look stupid per game as Martin — at least with respect to K’s on TV. I can only imagine what he’s doing to get weak grounders and can-of-corn pop-ups. As one example, since he joined the Yanks, Rivera started throwing his cutter in all sorts of unexpected places — including backdoor and down and in to lefties.

    I’d like to see some in-depth discussion from someone who knows a whole lot more about this than I ever will — ideally Joe G. or John Flaherty.

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