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Yankees make it seven straight

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jun 15, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Phil Hughes continued his string of strong starts tonight, only this time he did it without allowing a home run. Hughes struck out nine through six innings, pitching the Yankees to a 7-2 win against the Nationals. It was the first time this season that Hughes pitched a game without allowing a homer. The Yankees first two runs came on back-to-back RBI singles by Alex Rodriguez and Nick Swisher in the third inning, and they broke the game open with a four-run seventh. For a while it seemed the Yankees might finally win a game without a home run, but Curtis Granderson hit his 20th of the season in the ninth inning.

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117 Responses to “Yankees make it seven straight”

  1. Benny Blanco June 15th, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    phil is phocused!

  2. GreenBeret7 June 15th, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    And in 5 and a half seasons, the idiot manager, the one that knows nothing has his 500th managing win.

  3. yankeefeminista June 15th, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    Phantastic!

  4. j9d June 15th, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    Well done, Phil and the Yankees. 17 of their last 21…wow and wow!

  5. igotid88 June 15th, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    Hughes era per month
    April 7.88
    May 4.66
    June 1.70

  6. TheStraw June 15th, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    This guy Wallenda is absolutely nuts.

  7. Rich in NJ June 15th, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    They should see if they can sign Hughes to a Niese type of contract.

  8. igotid88 June 15th, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    Hughes era per month
    April 7.88 4GS
    May 4.66 6Gs
    June 1.70 3GS

  9. GreenBeret7 June 15th, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    an over rated phlop?

  10. ron June 15th, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    No changeups for hughes

    http://www.brooksbaseball.net/.....evDate=615

    That is the only thing i worry about.Hughes falling in love with his fb,and scrapping his changeup.

  11. luis June 15th, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    What a game!!

    1) A very good outing from Hughes, this time against a very good young team.

    2) The offense did it’s job. Not only by plating the runs, but by grinding the at bats to force the opposing pitcher to leave the game early. this was a textbook Yankee win as Blake said.

    3) The BP was very good yet again. Drob was rusty and it showed, but this game was the perfect time to ease him back to his job.

    4) Grandy was an absolute monster tonight. Not only for the homer, but for his key oppo double. I hope he keeps this approach up.

    5) Tex was amazing on the field, great scoops and a very good defensive play as well.

    6)Jeter did have a very good at bat with the bases loaded as well and scored the first run of the game. Arod is doing his job without much fanfare. He is the best situational hitter by far on the team.

    7) Martin has an especial note. He had three very good at bats tonight. His swing looks more compact. Swish is swinging the bat very well as well.

    All in all an almost perfect win. Very few people could ask for more.

  12. Don June 15th, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    With the way the Yanks are playing there is not much to complain about!

  13. BD (Boston Dave) June 15th, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    great win beating what I consider the best team in the NL.

    you’re probably never as good as you look when you win 7 in a row and you’re not as bad as you look when you lose a few.

    (seems like that gets lost here sometimes… but glad the Yanks look like the team to beat right now)

  14. Nilsson June 15th, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    ron, he’ll re-integrate the changeups. I wouldn’t worry. Phil’s fastball was so good tonight, he really only needed curveballs to complement the heater. The key is no cutters.

  15. BD (Boston Dave) June 15th, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    Don,

    stick around and you’ll hear plenty of complaining… but glad you can enjoy it! Love when the Yanks pitching shuts teams down like this. It’s remarkable how locked in their staff is.

    And gotta give Martin at least some credit. The only pitcher struggling is CC… who Martin doesn’t catch.

  16. Betsy June 15th, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    I don’t think that’s a big deal; he went with what worked tonight. It’s not a good idea to have a preconceived notion going in and than refusing to adjust based on what’s happening in game situations.

  17. BD (Boston Dave) June 15th, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    * CC is struggling compared to how good he can (and will) be

  18. GreenBeret7 June 15th, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    Hughes is one of only 6 Yankee pitchers to have 43 wins before age 26. Considering the list of great pitchers, that’s not bad.

  19. luis June 15th, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    The key is no cutters.

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

    YES!!! he will use the CU, probably he didn’t have the feel for it tonight or he didn’t feel he needed it.

  20. Pat M. June 15th, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    Hey Bets !!! He’s grown up now

  21. luis June 15th, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    you’re probably never as good as you look when you win 7 in a row and you’re not as bad as you look when you lose a few.

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

    This is spot on.

  22. luis June 15th, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    Hi Betsy,

    Good to see you around

  23. blake June 15th, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    the CU is there if he needs it now….he didn’t tonight….he was beating the Nats with the fastball all night long and he just stuck with it.

  24. blake June 15th, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    Betsy,
    you missed a good shark and sci-fi movie discussion yesterday

  25. Betsy June 15th, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    Hi Pat!

    I think so; I’m really happy for him. I think that that he’s showing that you can throw a lot of pitches and your arm won’t fall off. Perhaps he is the kind of pitcher who needs to throw a lot………? Ditching the cutter was the best move he ever made. Now we don’t have to hear that dumb stat about the HRs……as if it’s better to give up runs on multiple hits.

    I saw your convo earlier about Phil not being a good fielding pitcher. Isn’t it true that big pitchers usually aren’t that coordinated? Some are, but most aren’t, with their long legs and all.

  26. GreenBeret7 June 15th, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    Just because he has the pitches, makes no sense to throw something if everything else is working. It may not have felt right in the bullpen during warm-ups. If he’s the one making the decisions on what to throw, he’s making good decisions.

  27. GreenBeret7 June 15th, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    Don’t count on Hughes scrapping the cutter. When he has a huge lead and in a spot where it can’t hurt him or the team, throw it and make hitters aware that he has more than 3 pitches.

  28. Betsy June 15th, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    Blake, no I was lurking. LOL I think Mega Shark v. MegaOctopus is an all-time classic. I really liked it when the shark (Megaladon, a real shark and a totally phenomenal creature) leaped thousands of feet in the air to bite the plane. Those people deserved it. Poor Golden Gate bridge……

    By the way, Jaws 4 is epically bad. It’s not even like it’s bad/funny- it stinks. The original sharks’ relatives chase poor Mrs. Brody to the Bahamas and encounters a weirdo Michael Caine? Please. I liked Jaws 2 – my favorite scene was where the lady blows herself up by throwing gasoline on the boat. Then we get to see her charred remains show up later……cool! Jaws 3 is really weird..

  29. blake June 15th, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    Pretty jealous of Nick getting to go to the US open tomorrow….shaping up to be a special weekend perhaps….that course is just a beast and Tiger finally looks like Tiger again….most focused and confident he’s looked in years.

  30. yankeefeminista June 15th, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    luis, you watching Giants-Mariners? :)

  31. blake June 15th, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    betsy,

    I know you like that stuff ;)

  32. jmills June 15th, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    Hi Yankee fans !,,,,,,,,,,,you must be in,………heaven:)

  33. BoJo June 15th, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    Tom Seaver used to say a good fastball is the hardest pitch to hit, and he would go with it most of the time when he was young. Phil starting to remind me of him a little.

  34. luis June 15th, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    YF,

    Are you watching? :D

  35. Betsy June 15th, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    Luis, hi!

    Jaws is based on a true story – the 1916 Jersey Shore shark attacks.

  36. luis June 15th, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    yankeefeminista June 15th, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    luis, you watching Giants-Mariners? :)

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

    :D Yes!!

  37. BoJo June 15th, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    Betsy June 15th, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    Luis, hi!

    Jaws is based on a true story – the 1916 Jersey Shore shark attacks.
    —-
    Hi Betsy!

    Really? never knew that…too bad The Situation can’t meet up with him now.

  38. GreenBeret7 June 15th, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    With the state of Toronto pitching, I’d go after travis Snyder or Adam Lind for someone like DJ MItchell or Warren.

  39. Betsy June 15th, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    Blake, I love sharks, I really do…. ScyFy does a good job with these really weird movies.

  40. jmills June 15th, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    Tom Seaver,……….rules.

  41. yankeefeminista June 15th, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    Claro, luis! Classic hit. :)

  42. blake June 15th, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    Sox now 8 back in the LC….I think they’ll get it together and play better if and when they get healthy but they are digging quite a hole in mid June.

  43. Betsy June 15th, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    Bojo, yes. In 1916 there was a series of shark attacks on the Jersey Shore. This was when ocean bathing was starting to come into vogue. The shark actually eventually went up Matawan Creek in New Jersey – very odd behavior, clearly. They’re not sure if it was a Great White or a Bull…..

  44. luis June 15th, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    yankeefeminista June 15th, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    Claro, luis! Classic hit. :)

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

    Vintage!! ;)

  45. jmills June 15th, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    GreenBeret7 – do u really want Lind ? You can’t have Snider ,………..maybe Bautista!

  46. Betsy June 15th, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    Does anyone here hate Jay Mariotti like I do? If so, I will post an article that just incinerates him – it’s classic; I’ve never read anything like it.

  47. BoJo June 15th, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    Just read about ti on Wikipedia…fascinating….thanks for heads up.

    By the way, did you also see the preview Youtube for Sharkopus? I posted it the other day…hilarious.

  48. jmills June 15th, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    Sorry,………” Snyder .”

  49. BoJo June 15th, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    Betsy June 15th, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    Does anyone here hate Jay Mariotti like I do? If so, I will post an article that just incinerates him – it’s classic; I’ve never read anything like it.

    Who is he?

  50. Jerkface June 15th, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    Very very interesting from Hughes tonight 83 fastballs, 24 curves, nothing else. He got 15 swinging strikes on the fastball alone, which meant it got as much as an average breaking pitch would get (by percent) and he got 4 swings and misses on the curve.

    I had to go eat but I followed the game on my phone (picture quality sucks) so I assume that they really started to chase em?

    Hughes ERA by month was cool too, he is going to be in negatives soon.

  51. BoJo June 15th, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    Betsy–you have to watch Piranha…Really funny…and great ending!

  52. Jerkface June 15th, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    And Darvish turning it around against the hapless Astros. Good night.

  53. luis June 15th, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    Betsy June 15th, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    Bojo, yes. In 1916 there was a series of shark attacks on the Jersey Shore. This was when ocean bathing was starting to come into vogue. The shark actually eventually went up Matawan Creek in New Jersey – very odd behavior, clearly. They’re not sure if it was a Great White or a Bull…..

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

    Betsy!! That’s a great story. Never knew that the movie was based on a true story. I remember when i took my oldest daughter to the Jaws attraction at Universal studios in Orlando, she thought the shark was real. She was 7 then, i had to sleep along her side for two weeks.

  54. GreenBeret7 June 15th, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    Syder and Lind are buried in the minors, just like Mitchell and Warren. I like Syder more, but, Lind can and has hit. He can be fixed and love that left handed power. Snyder can do a pretty good job in a corner outfield.

  55. Tackelberry June 15th, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    Anyone watch daredevil Nik Wallenda tightrope walk across Niagra Falls? Pretty amazing! Just finished

  56. jmills June 15th, 2012 at 10:50 pm

    Personally ,………….I’m against wild cards. ” Winner take all! “

  57. luis June 15th, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    Betsy June 15th, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    Does anyone here hate Jay Mariotti like I do? If so, I will post an article that just incinerates him – it’s classic; I’ve never read anything like it.

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

    Please do. I watch him on the show that they compete on comments about sports on ESPN. I think he is obnoxious, i always root for his demise in the show.

  58. jmills June 15th, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    If he was tied over Niagara,……..it wasn’t for real.

  59. luis June 15th, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    Hey Bojo,

    Sharkopus?? what’s that? a shark that mated with an octopus?

  60. yankeefeminista June 15th, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    Yes replay on. Hughes just about to pitch the first inning.

  61. NYY fan in NH June 15th, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    Wallenda conquers Niagara Falls.

  62. blake June 15th, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    MarcCarig “He’s done a great job since he’s been with us and he should be extremely proud of that.” – Jeter on Girardi 3 minutes ago · reply · retweet · favorite
    MarcCarig profile

    MarcCarig Jeter presented Girardi with game ball after milestone managerial win: “Like I said, 500 is like 750 in New York.” 3 minutes ago · reply · retweet · favorite

  63. igotid88 June 15th, 2012 at 10:56 pm

    Tackelberry June 15th, 2012 at 10:49 pm
    Anyone watch daredevil Nik Wallenda tightrope walk across Niagra Falls? Pretty amazing! Just finished
    ——————

    He had a harness. Made it less thrilling.

  64. BoJo June 15th, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    luis June 15th, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    Hey Bojo,

    Sharkopus?? what’s that? a shark that mated with an octopus?
    —-
    For adults only…too scary for children…beware!!!!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....re=related

  65. jmills June 15th, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    To conquer Niagara Falls u can’t have a safety strap on your back !

  66. Pat M. June 15th, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    Betsy…….We just had a late night conversation a few nights ago about pitchers and their athletic prowess……..GB had a great line I think which escapes me right now…….

  67. Betsy June 15th, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    Bojo, he was a Chicago sports writer who took his sleazy brand of “journalism” to ESPN, etc…

    I’ll go find it. Even if you don’t know him, the article is classic. You can even substitute Lupica’s name for Jay’s, lol

    http://deadspin.com/5917795/ho.....cious-book

    Enjoy – you don’t see this too often,lol

  68. luis June 15th, 2012 at 11:04 pm

    Bojo,

    And i thought i had seen everything! ;)

    It’s late, so i bid you all a good night.

  69. Tackelberry June 15th, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    with the fierce winds over the Falls a harness is necessary. Pretty funny that 2 cops were there on ABC TV when he made it and asked for his passport and what was the purpose of his visit to Canada? Follow standard procedure no matter what

  70. MG June 15th, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    this team is starting to remind me of the dynasty teams of the late ’90s in one respect-they just win regardless of stats.

    No one is putting up HOF numbers this year, everyone seems to be in a place where they can get better and yet they have the best record in the AL and are in 1st place.

    Pitching, defense and home runs can win you tons of games but it also appears as if the RISP issues are slowly dissolving with Arod and Swish getting 2 out hits on ground balls through the infield to drive in runs.

  71. Bronx Jeers June 15th, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    To conquer Niagara Falls u can’t have a safety strap on your back !

    ——————————————————————————————

    He didn’t want to wear it. The network refused to air it unless he wore it.

  72. Betsy June 15th, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    Bojo, I’ll go search that out on YouTube……..oy vey, sharks are the new poodles, crossing them with anything that breaths. What’s next, Sharkanzee? A shark/chimp hybrid can’t figure out if he wants to walk or swim so he takes his anger out on a hot scientist who links up with her old professor who has a crush on her even though he’s married ?

    Bojo, glad you found it interesting; it’s such a tragic story.

    Luis -you will love this. Bears fans got a huge kick out of it – don’t blame them in the least.

    Bojo, have you ever seen Orca? It’s Jaws except with killer whales, lol. Richard Harris plays some guy who killed the mate of killer whale. The surviving whale studies him and plots revenge – and that’s how the movie is. She (the whale) takes her anger out on the town……. The boat, by the way, in Jaws, is called the Orca.

    Piranha – might I venture to guess what the plotline of that one is?

  73. Betsy June 15th, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    Pat M, Moose was always a good fielder. Mo is still the best I’ve ever seen; he’s got the reflexes of a cat……..but then he always puts himself in good position.

  74. Betsy June 15th, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    Luis, that shark would scare any kid. The reason the shark was hardly seen in Jaws is because Bruce, that’s the shark, gave them serious headaches and hardly worked. They got as much out of that robotic animal as they could……..

  75. luis June 15th, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    Good night Betsy…Thanks for the link, i never knew that his career ended sooo bad. Never liked the guy, i guess i had good reason after all.

  76. BoJo June 15th, 2012 at 11:13 pm

    Betxy–Loved Orca–especially when Bo Derek was killed.

    Can’t reveal the Pirahna plot–or ending–too funny!

  77. BoJo June 15th, 2012 at 11:14 pm

    Good night all

  78. Tackelberry June 15th, 2012 at 11:14 pm

    watching our 5th round pick, Rob Refsnyder playing for AZ in CWS 2-3 tonight with an rbi. Kid can hit

  79. We Want Mo Mo June 15th, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    How does this guy think he did something dangerous or impressive?? He had a safety harness. What a joke. Probably a scummy red sox fan.

  80. BoJo June 15th, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6u77drr55Q8

  81. Tyler June 15th, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    I remember Jay Marrioti from ESPN’s Around the Horn… he was on that show for a few years until he assaulted his girlfriend (or maybe she was an ex at that time) and was let go. I think Woody Paige the columnist from Denver is absolutely hilarious and he used to rip on Marrioti all show… it was awesome.

    Marrioti is also the guy that Ozzie Guillen described by using a homosexual slur if anybody remembers that.

  82. BoJo June 15th, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    oops-wrong version.

  83. GreenBeret7 June 15th, 2012 at 11:19 pm

    Pat M. June 15th, 2012 at 11:01 pm
    Betsy…….We just had a late night conversation a few nights ago about pitchers and their athletic prowess……..GB had a great line I think which escapes me right now…….

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    Pat, I can’t take credit for that. That was Ted Williams when he was managing the Senertors. When somebody was watching the pitching staff in ST. and the hitters weren’t around. Somebody said he had a good group of ball players out there. Wlliams, said, “They ain’t ball players. They’re damned pitchers.”

  84. Cashmoney June 15th, 2012 at 11:19 pm

    just read about Manny being release by the Athletics… I wonder if the Yanks has any interests in him, cuz i kinda do.

  85. austinmac June 15th, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    GB,

    I would love to try to get Snider. He is just the type of player they need to acquire and hope he can be a good, young inexpensive outfielder. Of course, who knows what it would take.

  86. Shame Spencer June 15th, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    ORCA!!!

    Betsy I had no idea you loved sharks so much!! Only 47 days until Shark Week..

  87. GreenBeret7 June 15th, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    Mac, snyder is still pretty young, has power potential good speed and a good arm. I’d take a run at him, too

  88. Shame Spencer June 15th, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    I also want to thank tomingeorgia, blake, JF, and a couple others out there for supporting the context of my thinking on the Arod/SS situation. Context was very important on that proposal but I think it got lost in the shuffle…

  89. GreenBeret7 June 15th, 2012 at 11:30 pm

    Big deal. The guy walks across on a cable and if he falls, he falls into some water. Let him jump out of the back of a C-130 in the middle of the night in a plane flying about 200 MPH with an extra 100-150 pounds strapped on his back. That’s scary.

  90. Cashmoney June 15th, 2012 at 11:34 pm

    if it’s travis snider u guys are alluding to… he is a good option to see if it sticks… been eyeing him for a couple years. last checked, he was in AAA and raking some. my biggest question is whether the Jays would trade him to the Yankees and if so, what would be a reasonable package to get him.

  91. Betsy June 15th, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    Shame, I adore them! It makes me sick to see them slaughtered for their fins. Peter Benchley grew to love and appreciate them and, I think, regretted writing Jaws. I love the Great White in particular – they are the most magnificent of creatures.

    I love Shark Week, but the problem is they do too many shows on shark attacks. For one, I can’t deal with blood. More importantly, there are relatively few attacks worldwide; there are more deaths by dog bites or bee stings than by shark.

  92. Betsy June 15th, 2012 at 11:38 pm

    Tyler, I don’t really watch that show, but Woody Paige and the others are also dopes – Skip Bayless, lol. His brother is a world-famous chef; I can hardly believe they share the same genes

    Yes, Mariotti seems like a prince of a guy……..not

  93. Pat M. June 15th, 2012 at 11:40 pm

    GB…..Love that line about pitchers from Williams…..Jumping out of planes as you described takes a special individual….Still blows my mind that you never got really hurt while in flight, landing or once you’re there……..

  94. Betsy June 15th, 2012 at 11:40 pm

    http://espn.go.com/blog/new-yo.....is-pitches

    But this was the first time that anyone had raised the possibility that the problem wasn’t with what Hughes was throwing, but to the fact that maybe the hitters knew what was coming. And without quite acknowledging that that was the problem, Hughes did agree that for the past three starts, he has been holding the ball differently.

    “After the third inning in Detroit (the CG victory on June 3), I made a little mechanical adjustment trying to close my body off a little more,” he said after the Yankees’ 7-2 victory. “It helps hide the ball and creates more of an angle to home plate. It’s not an over-dramatic twist or anything like that; just a little turn that allows me to hide the ball better and create a better angle to home plate

  95. LGY June 15th, 2012 at 11:48 pm

    Betsy June 15th, 2012 at 11:36 pm
    Shame, I adore them! It makes me sick to see them slaughtered for their fins. Peter Benchley grew to love and appreciate them and, I think, regretted writing Jaws. I love the Great White in particular – they are the most magnificent of creatures.

    ——–

    I was friends with one of his sons. Mr Benchley always loved the ocean and sharks and did initially regret writing it but once the initial scare wore off a few years later and people became fascinated instead of fearful of sharks he longer had that regret. He spent much of his life working on ocean conservation issues with his family. Fascinating person and great family.

  96. Shame Spencer June 15th, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    Betsy, I agree about Great Whites. They’re magnificent. I’ve been trying to find time to go cage diving with them, it’s always been a dream of mine.

    I do agree about Shark Week. I feel like in the past they had more substantive programming.

    I’m also obsessed with Megalodon. I always convince myself there’s some sort of giant shark still lurking in the depths of the ocean… It’s crazy how much is in there that we don’t know about so why not! :P

  97. yankeefeminista June 15th, 2012 at 11:55 pm

    On the Yankees broadcast they discussed Hughes not hiding pitches well in pre game. Tar was all over the theory that opposing hitters knew what was coming out of Hughes’ hand weeks ago. Although I believe he was referring to Hughes in the stretch.

  98. Cashmoney June 15th, 2012 at 11:55 pm

    shame, i believe the last known sighting of a Megalodon occurred in 2011 where a fisherman spot it in what appears to be an amphibious assault on a local Tasmanian devil close to Ross Sea. anywho, whale shark not biggie enough for u?

  99. Tyler June 15th, 2012 at 11:56 pm

    Betsy-

    I like Around the Horn… it’s entertaining. I don’t really tune in for epic sports analysis but I like the guys on there. Tony Reali (the host) is my favorite espn personality besides John Buccigross.

    Totally agree on Skip Bayless but I wonder how much of his obnoxiousness is simply ESPN trying to get ratings. I’m dreading football season and the first time Sanchez makes one mistake and Bayless goes nuts on his Tebow fetish again. It’s truly awful and Stephen A. Smith makes it even worse.

  100. GreenBeret7 June 15th, 2012 at 11:57 pm

    Pat M. June 15th, 2012 at 11:40 pm
    GB…..Love that line about pitchers from Williams…..Jumping out of planes as you described takes a special individual….Still blows my mind that you never got really hurt while in flight, landing or once you’re there……..

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    Pat, oddly enough, the only time I ever got hurt was on the first jump. The wind got up under my helet and the chinstrap split open my face from ear to ear. I didn’t know it until I was on the ground because it was so cold that the blood didn’t flow until it started warming up. Now that burned..more than it hurt. A nigt of stitches and back in the plane. I hate high places and I think I was scared every jum[ I ever made, but, I loved it. I saw guys break arms, legs, feet, backs and too many torn up knees to count and one guy that drifted into the trees and broke his neck. Just part of the job.

    Was only kidding about the fool on the wire over the falls. No amount of money could make do that.

  101. Shame Spencer June 16th, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Cashmoney June 15th, 2012 at 11:55 pm

    shame, i believe the last known sighting of a Megalodon occurred in 2011 where a fisherman spot it in what appears to be an amphibious assault on a local Tasmanian devil close to Ross Sea. anywho, whale shark not biggie enough for u?

    ———————

    I just want to know what eats the giant squid!!

    (It legitimately scares me that we do not have the ability to travel to all parts of the ocean. The fact that we do not even have video footage of the giant squid alive.. I repeat: WHAT EATS THE GIANT SQUID?!)

  102. theREALkevin June 16th, 2012 at 12:01 am

    Wow never knew Rick & Skip Bayless were brothers. Interesting.

  103. GreenBeret7 June 16th, 2012 at 12:01 am

    Toronto has lost three starting pitchers this week, possibly for the year. Warren or DJ Mitchell for Snyder. Whether it can be expanded on both sides is always a possibility.

  104. Betsy June 16th, 2012 at 12:02 am

    LGY, I really respect Mr. Benchley for what he did to help the shark and I think it helped. This is an animal who has survived for millions of years – that’s no fluke; it’s perfectly adapted to its environment and nature has not seen fit to change it. We should all be so lucky, lol. How great that you got to know him and his family – he seems like he was a good guy. I do think there is now a generation of kids who think sharks are cool and aren’t afraid- that’s huge.

    If you’ve ever seen Air Jaws or those types of shows, then you know that this is truly a remarkable creature. Who ever heard of sharks breaching? They are so incredibly flexible and almost athletic – they have to be to go chasing those adorable seals.

    Shame, anyone who has ever done that has walked away in awe. I hope you get to do that.

    Megaladon rocks – a 50 foot shark with jaws many times the size of a Great White – that’s freaky.

  105. igotid88 June 16th, 2012 at 12:03 am

    Betsy June 15th, 2012 at 11:40 pm
    http://espn.go.com/blog/new-yo…..is-pitches

    But this was the first time that anyone had raised the possibility that the problem wasn’t with what Hughes was throwing, but to the fact that maybe the hitters knew what was coming. And without quite acknowledging that that was the problem, Hughes did agree that for the past three starts, he has been holding the ball differently.

    “After the third inning in Detroit (the CG victory on June 3), I made a little mechanical adjustment trying to close my body off a little more,” he said after the Yankees’ 7-2 victory. “It helps hide the ball and creates more of an angle to home plate. It’s not an over-dramatic twist or anything like that; just a little turn that allows me to hide the ball better and create a better angle to home plate
    ————————

    I remember saying that he should change his delivery a bit. Hide the ball a little longer or something.

  106. Betsy June 16th, 2012 at 12:04 am

    Tyler, I don’t even watch ESPN anymore…….they’re a joke.

    Kevin, yep……hard to believe, lol.

  107. jmills June 16th, 2012 at 12:05 am

    Orca- richard harris

  108. yankeefeminista June 16th, 2012 at 12:07 am

    HR Melky.

  109. Shame Spencer June 16th, 2012 at 12:08 am

    Great to know there are some shark enthusiasts on the blog! And Syfy enthusiasts? Can’t go wrong with these combos people..

    Night all.. great night for Hughes btw, I meant to mention before how I felt this year was going to be pivotal for him (as many of you also pointed out) and I’m glad to see him really start to grab the bull by the horns and steer this thing in the right direction.

  110. jmills June 16th, 2012 at 12:08 am

    Snyder – an, interesting ,……………..player.

  111. theREALkevin June 16th, 2012 at 12:08 am

    Betsy, I know right? They seem so different. Weird that they both ended up being sorta famous.

  112. Cashmoney June 16th, 2012 at 12:09 am

    as far as I know, Shame, bull sperm whales eats giant squids… but the… I wasn’t there obviously. I believe both giant squid and colossal squid have been captured on vid or photos..just google it. I think the Japanese captured a live video of a giant squid and a colossal specimen was capture/hauled by a commercial fishing boat on Ross Sea.

  113. yankeefeminista June 16th, 2012 at 12:10 am

    Night, Shame!

  114. LGY June 16th, 2012 at 12:12 am

    Betsy

    Sorry I got you referring to him as Mr Benchley now! Old habit :P

    I never developed a strong interest in the ocean (more of a land animal guy) but I can’t help but respect all the great work their family has done and sharks are undeniably interesting. His wife still works with a few different organizations trying to have his legacy live on.

  115. LGY June 16th, 2012 at 12:17 am

    Betsy

    It’s really cool you have such a passionate interest in sharks. The Benchleys were always going on crazy vacations to explore the ocean. I hope you have the opportunity to have some similar experiences. I have an early morning tomorrow. Goodnight and nice seeing you posting.

  116. djsunyc June 16th, 2012 at 12:24 am

    the hughes and morse at bat in the 6th inning was awesome. he just kept challenging him then pulled the string.

    this team is so much fun to watch right now. hughes is doing his thing. worst starting pitcher is now CC lol…

    side note – morse’s oppo power reminds me so much of piazza.

  117. Pat M. June 16th, 2012 at 12:34 am

    I remember when I was 13 and going fishing on a charter out of Montauk for Blues and Strippers with my dad and uncle and the boat being circled by a school big sharks……..That was as close as I ever wanted to be to them…….

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