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Pregame notes: “Diappointment comes to mind”

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

Most of the Melky Cabrera situation requires no further comment. He was leading the Major Leagues in hits, establishing himself as a legitimate superstar, and now it seems all too good to be true. He’s been suspended for 50 games and admitted to using performance-enhancing Testosterone. He’ll miss the rest of the season, and head into free agency under a massive cloud of uncertainty and guilt. Less than three weeks ago, Cabrera denied any sort of steroid use. Today he admitted it.

At Yankee Stadium, Cabrera’s former manager and teammates responded with shock and obvious disappointment. Robinson Cano looked legitimately stunned and really didn’t know what to say.

Joe Girardi
On his immediate reaction to the news
“Anger doesn’t come to my mind. Disappointment comes to my mind because Melky meant a lot to us and we all enjoyed being around him. We know he’s going to miss 50 games and it’s before his free agent year. It’s unfortunate.”

Robinson Cano
On finding out about the suspension
“Oh, 100 percent surprised, I was just here in my chair when I was watching the news. … I don’t know man, I never used any of those. I don’t know any details about it. I just see the news. I’m just sad about it, and I’m going to be there for him.”

Derek Jeter
On whether he’s more surprised when this happens to a former teammate
“I don’t know if you can be more surprised. I don’t know if you can measure it, more surprised for him as opposed to somebody (else). It’s just surprising in general. … I played with Melky, so I always thought he was a good player. I know Melky’s very talented. He has a lot of great tools. He played well for us when he was here. He played well in Kansas City when he went to Kansas City. And he’s played well in San Francisco. Melky’s always been talented.”

Alex Rodriguez
On his own experience with this sort of situation
“From my experience, I saw where he made a statement, that’s always a good first step. And sometimes the hardest. But I think he has an opportunity, being a young player. But with that said, it’s also going to be a challenge. I hope he takes the bull by the horns and does some great things, and I’m a believer. I’m a friend. And at times like this, I’m not going to turn my back, I’m 100 percent here to support him.”

• Rodriguez got good news out of Tuesday’s X-ray, and he’ll have another X-ray on Sunday. Until then, he said, he won’t know exactly when he’ll be able to take full batting practice. “It showed good (on Tuesday),” Rodriguez said. “We have another one on Sunday. After that one, we’ll have more news for you.”

• The Yankees did not have a lineup posted in the clubhouse, but Girardi said he’s planning to have Russell Martin catch Freddy Garcia tonight.

• The Yankees haven’t allowed a run in the past 16 innings against this dangerous Rangers lineup. “It’s been really good because we all know how good this lineup is and how they can put some big innings on you if you’re not careful,” Girardi said. “Our pitching has been very, very good these two days and we hope it continues with Freddy.”

• The Yankees took their team photo today. The managed to get it in at 4 p.m. when it was cloudy but not raining at the Stadium.

• Speaking of the weather, right now it’s not raining, but the forecast is pretty bad and the tarp is on the field.

• I’ll add a lineup to this post as soon as I have one.

UPDATE, 5:41 p.m.: Yankees lineup. The team says Robinson Cano is not playing because of a stiff neck.

Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher 1B
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira DH
Eric Chavez 3B
Raul Ibanez LF
Russell Martin C
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Jayson Nix 2B

Associated Press photos

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160 Responses to “Pregame notes: “Diappointment comes to mind””

  1. Chip August 15th, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    Jerkface August 15th, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    he’ll never get a chance at that kind of money again

    Unless he plays well next year!
    —————

    Name me the player who has gotten a big money, long term contract after getting suspended for steroids.

  2. LGY August 15th, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    LGY August 15th, 2012 at 4:52 pm
    Morley also disputed McGwire’s claim that steroids had no effect on his natural gift of hand-eye coordination. He said studies show that testosterone improves processing speed in the brain and improves spatial memory. “So, a batter could have a millionth of a second more to react and more often hit the sweet spot on the bat,” he said.

    He added that the studies that have been conducted used only a small number of subjects.

    http://www.stltoday.com/sports…..0e1c8.html

  3. Chip August 15th, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    Melky could not have performed as well as he did this year if he wasn’t talented to begin with. Steroids enhance the effectiveness of a workout, but there are plenty of strong people who can’t hit .300 (Gabe Kapler comes to mind).

  4. G. Love August 15th, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    Chip,

    Kenny f***kin’ Powers

  5. LGY August 15th, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    If increased testosterone does indeed improve processing speed and spatial memory it would allow a batter to react quicker and more often replicate his ideal swing.

  6. Patrick August 15th, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    Name me the player who has gotten a big money, long term contract after getting suspended for steroids.

    There haven’t been enough players suspended for you to make a blanket statement like that. Melky could easily get a big deal if he comes back next year and plays well.

  7. Chip August 15th, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    Patrick August 15th, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    Name me the player who has gotten a big money, long term contract after getting suspended for steroids.

    There haven’t been enough players suspended for you to make a blanket statement like that. Melky could easily get a big deal if he comes back next year and plays well.
    —————

    I didn’t make a blanket statement – I asked a question.

  8. G. Love August 15th, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    One of the benefits T replacement therapy supposedly provides men who get it is better cognitive ability. The guy I know who is getting it from his MD told me it took away his “brain fog” and that he thinks clearer now. It has benefits besides what you can see/do in the gym.

  9. blake August 15th, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    Felix is perfect through 5

  10. Ys Guy August 15th, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    ’nuff melky

    Let’s Go Yankees
    Beat the Rangers.

    last week after the yankees lost the first 2 vs detroit all the talk was how the yankees just can’t beat the tigers, then they beat them the last 2 to split the series.

    similar talk is floating around about the rangers can’t beat the yankees now.

    DONT LET UP! take these guys again today and tomorrow!

  11. Patrick August 15th, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    Oh also I just looked at the stats and Giambi was a significantly more productive hitter when he was with the Yankees than Teixiera has been.

  12. Jerkface August 15th, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    I didn’t make a blanket statement – I asked a question.

    You were making a blanket statement in the form of a demand.

  13. Patrick August 15th, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    I didn’t make a blanket statement – I asked a question.

    Stop being obtuse.

    It was a rhetorical question to prove your point that Melky can’t get a big time contract.

  14. Chip August 15th, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    LGY August 15th, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    If increased testosterone does indeed improve processing speed and spatial memory it would allow a batter to react quicker and more often replicate his ideal swing.
    —————-

    Additionally increased strength would allow him to swing a heavier bat faster.

    But still – you do need some innate talent for the steroids to have an impact.

    As I said, I believe that Melky off the steroids is probably closer to the player he was with the Yankees than the player he was with either Atlanta or San Francisco.

    That’s not a bad player – it’s just not a guy who gets a long term, big money contract.

  15. Nick in SF August 15th, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    ” Actually the extension will just knock out some playoff games if the giants make it!”

    So if the Giants finish in a tie with another team to qualify for the division or wild card and have to play an extra game, and then play in the wild card single-game playoff, those games would count against the 50 games? Maybe Melky to the rescue at the end of the NLDS?

  16. jacksquat August 15th, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    Testosterone or steroids do not increase your head size, that is from HGH which does affect bone growth.

  17. Jerkface August 15th, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    So if the Giants finish in a tie with another team to qualify for the division or wild card and have to play an extra game, and then play in the wild card single-game playoff, those games would count against the 50 games? Maybe Melky to the rescue at the end of the NLDS?

    Yes. Or so said some mlb reporter man

  18. Chip August 15th, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    Jerkface August 15th, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    I didn’t make a blanket statement – I asked a question.

    You were making a blanket statement in the form of a demand.
    ————-

    Then allow me to rephrase for you and your overly sensitive friend Patrick:

    “I can’t think of any players who have been suspended for steroid use who have gotten big money long term deals…can you? If you can, I would really like to know.”

  19. Bret The Hitman August 15th, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    And he was JUST about to enter the HOF.

    Pity.

  20. UnKnown August 15th, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    Felix is putting on a display today. If anyone can catch the rest of this Rays vs. M’s game I would suggest doing it.

    The Rays are so over matched right now it’s crazy.

  21. jacksquat August 15th, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    Steroids can increase water retention which could be seen in the face, which could give the impression of increased head size. But they won’t increase your hat size.

  22. Chip August 15th, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    Patrick August 15th, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    I didn’t make a blanket statement – I asked a question.

    Stop being obtuse.

    It was a rhetorical question to prove your point that Melky can’t get a big time contract.
    ————

    It wasn’t rhetorical at all – I can’t think of a single player who has gotten a long term contract or one for big money after being suspended for steroid use. If you can…please feel free to share with the group.

    In fact, the only player I can think of who has gotten any sort of major cash after even being touched by steroids is Andy.

  23. LGY August 15th, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    …go to the gym 6 days a week for a month straight and ull see how hard it is…juicing will help ur body recover. tell me thats not a huge advantage when playin everyday =========================

    not according to the contrarians

    ———–

    What about the DOUBLE contrarians who say being in the gym creates short tight muscles when in baseball you need long lean muscles!!!

    The ultimate performance enhancer is really steroids plus manual labor!

  24. Patrick August 15th, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    “I can’t think of any players who have been suspended for steroid use who have gotten big money long term deals…can you? If you can, I would really like to know.”

    And my answer would be, “No I can’t think of any players that have gotten a big contract after being suspended for steroids. However, there have been relatively few major league players suspended for steroids, even fewer (none?) that are Melky’s age coming off an all-star season. So I think it’s premature to draw any conclusions based on past evidence when that evidence is severely lacking.”

  25. mick August 15th, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    What if it came out that Trout was juicing?
    Would improve Jeter’s chance at MVP…

  26. Jerkface August 15th, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    Then allow me to rephrase for you and your overly sensitive friend Patrick:

    You just rephrased your blanket statement into the form of a question. It is still a blanket statement. Can you think of anyone suspended for steroid use? Can you think of anyone who was suspended who was actually in the position to EARN a multi year contract?

    Melky will be the first. A player suspended in his prime.

  27. Bret The Hitman August 15th, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    Pettitte doped and the Yankees took him back.

  28. UnKnown August 15th, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    That is Melky’s hope I bet. SF makes the playoffs and he goes on a Beltran 2004 postseason type performance.

    Would he be doing that without the help of PEDs or would the PED’s still be in his system come October??

  29. Patrick August 15th, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    What if it came out that Trout was juicing?
    Would improve Jeter’s chance at MVP…

    The Millville Meteor doesn’t need PED’s get out of here with that crap

  30. Nick in SF August 15th, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    Then I’ll be looking forward to the beginning of Melky Redemption Part III in October.

  31. Jerkface August 15th, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    Jose Guillen got 3/36 from the Royals despite their GM knowing he was potentially going to be suspended for PED use.

  32. Ys Guy August 15th, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    andrew baggarly on twitter:
    “melky would have to sit out first 5 games of playoffs, not 4. miscounted… Giants have 45 games left. Whether they want him is another thing…”

    bear in mind there would be no minors to play rehab games in so he’d be stone cold coming back if they activate him.

  33. jacksquat August 15th, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    Bret The Hitman August 15th, 2012 at 5:06 pm
    Pettitte doped and the Yankees took him back.

    Pettitte was a Yankee icon, and said he only took HGH once to speed up healing, plus it did not coincide with a huge increase in performance.

    Melky is in an entirely different category.

  34. Bronx Jeers August 15th, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    Porn actress Mary Carey released a statement saying that Melky didn’t appear to be taking any performance enhancing during their “meeting” in 2009. :wink:

  35. Ys Guy August 15th, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    “Patrick August 15th, 2012 at 5:07 pm
    What if it came out that Trout was juicing?
    Would improve Jeter’s chance at MVP…”
    ——————————-

    not unless miguel cabrera gets suspended too…

  36. mick August 15th, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    Steroids can increase water retention which could be seen in the face, which could give the impression of increased head size. But they won’t increase your hat size.
    ==============================
    bonds’ head didn’t get bigger?

  37. UnKnown August 15th, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    Felix looks even more dominant to me today then Kuroda did last night.

    He really needs to get out of Seattle, what a complete WASTE!

  38. Patrick August 15th, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    Yeah if any of you can, definitely tune in for the Mariners game right now. Felix looks incredible

  39. jacksquat August 15th, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    mick August 15th, 2012 at 5:12 pm
    Steroids can increase water retention which could be seen in the face, which could give the impression of increased head size. But they won’t increase your hat size.
    ==============================
    bonds’ head didn’t get bigger?

    Well Bonds was thought to have taken HGH.

  40. UnKnown August 15th, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    MLB Network is going to cover it now the rest of the way.

    Cmon King.

  41. mick August 15th, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    20 up 20 down…vs TB’s JV.

  42. igotid88 August 15th, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    Maddon taking momentum away from Felix

  43. UnKnown August 15th, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    Dave Sims just called Ryan the best shortstop in the business. Not sure about that…

    Maddon just got tossed. He is out arguing just trying to break up Felix’s rhythm.

  44. Ys Guy August 15th, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    maddon doesnt miss a trick…

  45. mick August 15th, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    same pitch he just got

  46. Ys Guy August 15th, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    well at least smoak contributed SOMETHING to his team this year…

  47. UnKnown August 15th, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    So with Strasburg, Melky, and Hernandez PG. No one will be talking meltdown in Beantown.

    Bobby V and Pedroia luck out.

  48. igotid88 August 15th, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    Through 7

  49. mick August 15th, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    Melky not too bright, according to an expert:

    http://hardballtalk.nbcsports......ry-bright/

  50. Patrick August 15th, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    So with Strasburg, Melky, and Hernandez PG. No one will be talking meltdown in Beantown.

    Bobby V and Pedroia luck out.

    What’s there to talk about? The red sox are a joke, end of story :)

  51. UnKnown August 15th, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    Patrick – Ha! Well said.

  52. Yankee Trader August 15th, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    In Barry Bonds trial on similar perjury charges related to statement about his use of steroids, federal prosecutors introduced numerous “expert” witnesses to testify that anabolic steroids and/or human growth hormone were responsible for dramatic changes in Bonds’ physical appearance. These changes included increase muscle size, increased head size and reduced testicular size. Testicular atrophy is sometimes seen in steroid users due to anabolic steroid induced hypogonadism (ASIH).

    http://www.zimbio.com/Anabolic.....oves+Roger

  53. UnKnown August 15th, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    mick August 15th, 2012 at 5:27 pm
    Melky not too bright, according to an expert:

    http://hardballtalk.nbcsports……ry-bright/

    ——–

    Someone mentioned earlier that he probably just forgot to do something to mask it that he had been doing in the past. Usually a dumb mistake leads to people getting caught in a lot of things.

  54. 4 NYY August 15th, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    Jerkface August 15th, 2012 at 4:58 pm
    I didn’t make a blanket statement – I asked a question.

    You were making a blanket statement in the form of a demand.

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

    And you make statements like a jerk. Wait, that’s you !

  55. Jerkface August 15th, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    And you make statements like a jerk. Wait, that’s you !

    I assume the 4 in your name is your age due to how childish this snap was, boom roasted

  56. 4 NYY August 15th, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    jacksquat August 15th, 2012 at 5:04 pm
    Steroids can increase water retention which could be seen in the face, which could give the impression of increased head size. But they won’t increase your hat size.

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

    Maybe it was HGH, IDK.

    You need to research what clubhouse people in S.F. said about Bond’s increased hat size.

    Don’t remember the exact numbers, but it was quite an increase. Even his feet grew in length.
    At that age your feet can widen, but not lengthen.

  57. 4 NYY August 15th, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    Jerkface August 15th, 2012 at 5:35 pm
    And you make statements like a jerk. Wait, that’s you !

    I assume the 4 in your name is your age due to how childish this snap was, boom roasted

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

    You know what they say about assumptions !

  58. jacksquat August 15th, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    You need to research what clubhouse people in S.F. said about Bond’s increased hat size.

    I don’t need to research, I know about the reports about his increased hat size. That’s why they suspected HGH in addition to steroids.

  59. Ys Guy August 15th, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    couldn’t he just find a head-shrinker to…you know…even things out?

  60. Jerkface August 15th, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    You know what they say about assumptions !

    yea I just made an ass out of you, boom roasted

  61. RMS August 15th, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    Melky just screwed himself. No big money, long term contract will be coming his way. He’ll be a free agent and who knows what offers he will get.

  62. Chad Jennings August 15th, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    The Yankees say Robinson Cano is not playing tonight because of a stiff neck. Here’s the lineup.

    Derek Jeter SS
    Nick Swisher 1B
    Curtis Granderson CF
    Mark Teixeira DH
    Eric Chavez 3B
    Raul Ibanez LF
    Russell Martin C
    Ichiro Suzuki RF
    Jayson Nix 2B

  63. Jerkface August 15th, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    Stiff neck from looking behind him now that Melky got caught?

  64. blake August 15th, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    5 outs to perpection

  65. blake August 15th, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    5 outs to perfection

  66. JM August 15th, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    4 outs

  67. blake August 15th, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    4

  68. 4 NYY August 15th, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    Ys Guy

    couldn’t he just find a head-shrinker to…you know…even things out?

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

    He did confide in his g-friend. ( mistake ) Oh, you meant ………….. LOL

  69. Patrick August 15th, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    Everyone watch Mariners vs Rays, it’s the MLB.tv free game of the day

  70. UnKnown August 15th, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    Imagine if Montero would be catching this thing.

  71. waldo geraldo faldo August 15th, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    I wonder if CompassRosy will come here to celebrate the perfect game of the pitcher that will likely belong to another team in a couple years.

  72. 4 NYY August 15th, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    Jerkface August 15th, 2012 at 5:41 pm
    You know what they say about assumptions !

    yea I just made an ass out of you, boom roasted

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

    Stay away from that mirror jerky !

  73. Tabbert August 15th, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    Verlander is a GREAT pitcher.. and he had a epic year last year. However, I have always felt that king felix is on a different level of any pitcher in this game. What he did to the Yankees, what he is doing today go to show that. This dude has the nastiest stuff in the game. The poor rays have NO CHANCE.

  74. blake August 15th, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    Perfect through 8

  75. igotid88 August 15th, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    8 innings

  76. JM August 15th, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    3 outs away and he strikes out the side!

  77. Jerkface August 15th, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    Stay away from that mirror jerky !

    Classic 4 year old humor, doesn’t even make sense, boom roasted!

  78. Yankee Trader August 15th, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    Jacksquat is correct.

    he main attraction to hGH for athletes (aside from the lack of reliable test) is its ability to aid in the recovery and prevention of injuries. Human growth hormone stimulates the synthesis of collagen, which is necessary for strengthening cartilage, bones, tendons and ligaments.

    Jason Grimsley used the drug in combination with an anabolic steroid, deca-duabolin, to recover from ligament replacement (Tommy John) surgery after only nine months, half the estimated recovery time for pitchers.

    The combination of anabolic steroids and hGH is especially useful and potent. Anabolic steroid use has been associated with increases in the frequency and severity of injuries in baseball. Bud Selig cited such information at the congressional hearings in 2005. Stronger connective tissues developed with hGH not only work better and heal faster, but they are better equipped to house oversized muscles associated with anabolic steroid use, and again prevent injuries.

    The performance-enhancing uses for hGH are not limited to injuries. Human growth hormone increases the number of red blood cells, boosts heart function and makes more energy available by stimulating the breakdown of fat. Users have also noted improved eyesight, better sleep and better sex.

    Side-Effects of Human Growth Hormone

    The side-effects are considered relatively mild, but can be very serious especially in cases of overuse. Inflated levels of hGH in adults can cause acromegaly, a disease characterized by excessive growth of the head, feet and hands. The lips, nose, tongue, jaw and forehead increase in size and the fingers and toes widen and become spade-like. The organs and digestive system may also increase in size, which may eventually cause heart failure. Excessive hGH in adults may also lead to diabetes.

  79. Jerkface August 15th, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    Scientists are coming up with a pill that will induce the human body to generate more natural HGH, what will MLB do then? Embrace eternity and the future, unban supplements.

  80. 4 NYY August 15th, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    Jerkface August 15th, 2012 at 5:48 pm
    Stay away from that mirror jerky !

    Classic 4 year old humor, doesn’t even make sense, boom roasted!

    ————————————————————

    Always liked the classics. Now you can work on your sabermetrics and figure how Melky fits.

    Mirrors must upset you, as your baldness grows.

  81. Nick in SF August 15th, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    Is Dave Sims (?) being accusing of jinxing King Felix by saying ‘perfect game’?

  82. waldo geraldo faldo August 15th, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    I cannot believe she came on here last night to say you’re welcome Yankees fans and call Millwood’s performance good. She is delusional.

  83. Yankee Trader August 15th, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    Time to tune into the 9th inning of the King Felix try for a perfect game

  84. tomingeorgia August 15th, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    Hellickson pitched a hell of a game, not sorry to see him lose, though.

  85. Chad Jennings August 15th, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    Rain just started to come down heavily here at Yankee Stadium.

  86. UnKnown August 15th, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    Ha Dave Simms is really pumped.

  87. Yankee Trader August 15th, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    Jennings out on a CU after a 95mph fastball.

  88. blake August 15th, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    Felix has the best CU since Pedro prime.

  89. Yankee Trader August 15th, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    ph Keppinger easy gb out to SS

  90. Against All Odds August 15th, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    2 down

  91. blake August 15th, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    Two reasons to root for Felix to do it….1) because perfectos are awesome 2) cause its aginst the Rays

    1 to go!

  92. UnKnown August 15th, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    The King could go all day today and not give up anything to the Rays. Just dominant.

  93. UnKnown August 15th, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    2-0 slider = Guts

  94. blake August 15th, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    2-0 slider with perfect gamw on the line.

  95. Against All Odds August 15th, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    Congrats Felix

  96. Yankee Trader August 15th, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    Shaun Rodriguez 2-1 count, curve 2-2, goodbye on the fastball. Perfecto

  97. blake August 15th, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    Congrats……unreal!

  98. UnKnown August 15th, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    Rays are good at being no hit.

  99. waldo geraldo faldo August 15th, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    The Rays broadcasters seem excited for this. Much more excited than when they were annoyed by Price giving up Jeter’s 3000th hit.

  100. igotid88 August 15th, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    He did it

  101. Ys Guy August 15th, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    congrats to the king, and to 22,000 real mariner’s fans who showed up and got treated!

  102. Yankee Trader August 15th, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    Guess who drove in the only run for the Mariners? A former Yankee

  103. blake August 15th, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    Im not sure any team in baseball was getting a hit off him today.

  104. Yankee Trader August 15th, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    Rosy-

    Congratulations on the perfecto

  105. UnKnown August 15th, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    Unfortunately the King didn’t have this kind of control when he plunked Alex earlier this year.

  106. igotid88 August 15th, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    Tampa likes to get perfected

  107. waldo geraldo faldo August 15th, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    You would think these broadcasters would be more excited for Jeter, a guy with a history of success and championships, rather than a guy who has never made the postseason.

    Felix is going to look real good in another team’s uniform in a couple years. If it was even possible, the haul that Jack Zduriencik will receive for Felix just expanded.

  108. kd August 15th, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    he’s the best pitcher since pedro in his prime. and hopefully clean

    i always wondered if pedro was clean, my gut says no

  109. Patrick August 15th, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    Wow King Felix is simply amazing

  110. UnKnown August 15th, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    Ha he said he realized it in the 3rd inning he had the PG going.

    I always laugh when pitchers lie and say they didn’t know they had a PG going or a no hitter.

  111. tomingeorgia August 15th, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    Unknown,
    Oh, yes he did.

  112. igotid88 August 15th, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    Did he say Phil Hughes instead of Humber?

  113. blake August 15th, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    Melky and the Red Socks should send Felix a fruit basket…..

  114. UnKnown August 15th, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    So a negative in baseball with Melky followed by a positive with Felix.

  115. blake August 15th, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    Verlander might be the best pitcher in the game……but when Felix is on and he has something to pitch for nobody is close to him…..

  116. waldo geraldo faldo August 15th, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    He said Phil Hughes.

    Felix deserves to be on another team, a team with a chance to win and a team with real fans.

  117. igotid88 August 15th, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    Not Buster Olney ?@TrippingOlney
    MLB ANNOUNCES THE SPECIAL EDITION “RAYS NO-HITTERS COLLECTION”, A SPECIAL FIVE DISC SET.

  118. Patrick August 15th, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    He said Phil Hughes.

    Felix deserves to be on another team, a team with a chance to win and a team with real fans.

    I WISH Phil Hughes threw a perfect game :(

    Obviously he meant Phil Humber

  119. igotid88 August 15th, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    MLB needed this game

  120. blake August 15th, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    The Rays ran no hitter out there every game before Longoria came back.

  121. waldo geraldo faldo August 15th, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    Who cares what MLB needed? The only thing that matters is what the Yankees need, and the Yankees are benefited by a Rays loss, so I am happy.

  122. blake August 15th, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    Montero saved the day by driving in a run!…..otherwise Felix might have had to pitch 15 perfect innings

  123. m August 15th, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    Congrats to Felix Hernandez. Perfection!

    What is it about the Rays getting no-hit the last few seasons?

  124. waldo geraldo faldo August 15th, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    m, their offense stinks

  125. JM August 15th, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    YankeesWFAN profile

    YankeesWFAN Jesus Montero caught SEA’s combined no-hitter this year, and as DH drove in the only run of Felix PG.

  126. JM August 15th, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    JackCurryYES King Felix told Root Sports he thought, “I got to throw one. I have to. I’ve been working so hard to throw one.” And he did, a perfecto.

  127. astrocityfan August 15th, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    Congrats to Felix! That’s quite an accomplishment even there seems to have been one a month this season :)

  128. Villa Nova-Ya August 15th, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    Congrats to Hernandez.

    Guess Montero is not a liability behind the plate (ducking!!!) LOL

  129. MG August 15th, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    I saw the 9th inning of the perfect game, I agree with Blake that no one could touch Felix today, he was just unhittable-3 ++ pitches (fastball, change/splitter, slider/curve) and could locate anywhere at will. Sean Rodriguez must have missed the 2-0 slider by 2 feet lol

    As for Melky, he probably cost himself $50-75M with this suspension-time will tell…

  130. waldo geraldo faldo August 15th, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    I hope the Yankees have Felix’s measurements for when the time comes to fit him for pinstripes

  131. Villa Nova-Ya August 15th, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    Oh, wait, Jesus was the DH today? Too quick to make a quip. Sorry.

    Still congrats to Felix and good for Jesus to make sure they won they game!

  132. igotid88 August 15th, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    Villa Nova-Ya August 15th, 2012 at 6:26 pm
    Congrats to Hernandez.

    Guess Montero is not a liability behind the plate (ducking!!!) LOL
    ================

    He was the DH today

  133. jmv August 15th, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    I hope that Cashman continues his phone calls to Jack Z offering him the complete farm and some kidneys for the King. Signed: Team Greedy.

  134. Ys Guy August 15th, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    “blake August 15th, 2012 at 6:14 pm
    The Rays ran no hitter out there every game before Longoria came back.”
    ================================
    longoria since his return; 6 for 26 (.231) 0 runs 0 hr, 5 rbi.

  135. randy l. August 15th, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    “Montero saved the day by driving in a run!…..otherwise Felix might have had to pitch 15 perfect innings”

    uh oh, all the montero haters are gonna be all mad tonight.

  136. Ys Guy August 15th, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    bj upton and desmond jennings are carrying the rays offense in their recent streak.

  137. Nick in SF August 15th, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    Gregor Blanco just honored his teammate Melky with a slide into first base. :neutral:

  138. austinmac August 15th, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    I didn’t see Felix today, but he was very impressive in his game against the Yankees. Usually, I’m irritated at the team for getting shut out. I saw it was pretty inevitable that day. Every type of pitch on a corner at any count.

  139. Against All Odds August 15th, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    waldo geraldo faldo August 15th, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    I hope the Yankees have Felix’s measurements for when the time comes to fit him for pinstripes

    —————————————-

    No way that happens. Felix hates the Yankees

  140. The Return of Stoneburner August 15th, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    randy l. August 15th, 2012 at 6:35 pm
    “Montero saved the day by driving in a run!…..otherwise Felix might have had to pitch 15 perfect innings”

    uh oh, all the montero haters are gonna be all mad tonight.

    ******

    Naaah – Montero got the hit as a DH today – which undermines he only hits when he is catching. Plus – Montero is what now 1 for his last 12 :) :) And still only 16 doubles!! :) :) What I like about this game is that Montero’s average and OPS drops :) :) :)

  141. Tyler August 15th, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    Stiff neck? C’mon Robby, this is a chance to take the first 3 from those Rangers!!

  142. igotid88 August 15th, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    The Return of Stoneburner August 15th, 2012 at 6:42 pm
    randy l. August 15th, 2012 at 6:35 pm
    “Montero saved the day by driving in a run!…..otherwise Felix might have had to pitch 15 perfect innings”

    uh oh, all the montero haters are gonna be all mad tonight.

    ******

    Naaah – Montero got the hit as a DH today – which undermines he only hits when he is catching. Plus – Montero is what now 1 for his last 12 And still only 16 doubles!! What I like about this game is that Montero’s average and OPS drops
    ——————-
    1-12 since they came back to SafeCo. .325 last 10 games

  143. waldo geraldo faldo August 15th, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    Felix on the phone with ESPN right now.

  144. UnKnown August 15th, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    randy l. or should I say king randy – What did you think of Kuroda last night?

  145. RadioKev August 15th, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    You would have thought Melky would have wised up about steroids with Alex was caught. Makes you wonder. Cano couldn’t be, right?

    I’d like to think there’s a positive anti-steroids culture in the locker room, but it’s hard to say. Andy Pettitte and Alex Rodriguez, known users, and then Rivera and Jeter, supposed golden boys. Do those guys set a tone that it’s unacceptable? I hope so.

  146. randy l. August 15th, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    “randy l. or should I say king randy – What did you think of Kuroda last night?”

    pretty effing good.

  147. Nick in SF August 15th, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    To what lofty heights will Freddy be inspired to reach after Felix’s perfecto?????

  148. randy l. August 15th, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    “What I like about this game is that Montero’s average and OPS drops ”

    what i like is every time you practice being stupid your IQ drops even lower.

  149. The Return of Stoneburner August 15th, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    randy l. August 15th, 2012 at 6:58 pm
    “What I like about this game is that Montero’s average and OPS drops ”

    what i like is every time you practice being stupid your IQ drops even lower.

    *******

    Now there’s a comeback that lowers all of our collective IQs. Stay classy. :(

  150. waldo geraldo faldo August 15th, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    The rampant use of emoticons on this board is slightly annoying.

  151. The Return of Stoneburner August 15th, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    igotid88 August 15th, 2012 at 6:46 pm
    The Return of Stoneburner August 15th, 2012 at 6:42 pm
    randy l. August 15th, 2012 at 6:35 pm
    “Montero saved the day by driving in a run!…..otherwise Felix might have had to pitch 15 perfect innings”

    uh oh, all the montero haters are gonna be all mad tonight.

    ******

    Naaah – Montero got the hit as a DH today – which undermines he only hits when he is catching. Plus – Montero is what now 1 for his last 12 And still only 16 doubles!! What I like about this game is that Montero’s average and OPS drops
    ——————-
    1-12 since they came back to SafeCo. .325 last 10 games

    *******

    Yes, b/c SafeCo inhibits the ability to hit singles?!?! – in Montero’s last 10 games where he hit .325 – all were singles except for the two homers off of Weaver. If Montero is a special hitter – he should be hitting doubles in SafeCo and taking advantage of another short porch in SafeCo – which is only about 11-12 feet more than YS – and about the same from RF to CF – but then again – it is too much to ask for special hitters to add those 11 or so feet going the opposite way – but it is not too much to ask of Miguel Cabrera – interesting – interesting – - – -

  152. Triple Short of a Cycle August 15th, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    Now there’s a comeback that lowers all of our collective IQs. Stay classy

    —————————————–

    You telling someone else to “Stay classy” is like Ann Coulter calling for civility

  153. The Return of Stoneburner August 15th, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    waldo geraldo faldo August 15th, 2012 at 7:03 pm
    The rampant use of emoticons on this board is slightly annoying.

    *****

    And the rampant use of hype and hyperbole to annoint 22 year olds a special hitter after a two homerun game is slightly more annoying – especially when Mike Trout is a special hitter – Montero is a work in progress trying to adjust – two different things. :(

  154. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 15th, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    patrick – I’ve fallen on my sword numerous times with respect to Kuroda. Not one of them hurt either because I don’t have a vested interest in being right, unlike some others who post here!

    :)

    About melky. Love the kid but on some level I am so happy this happened – only because we’ve had to be lectured on how the Yankees used and abused him, and see if they had only stayed with him!

    I absolutely loved the kid and never wanted him traded. But the Yankees were absoutely right to send him down when they did, and Cano’s improvement was testimony to that. They were bad for each other.

    It also appears that had the Yankees waited it out, it may not have been an extremely prolific melky we’d be seeing right now.

    Anyway, once again the organization got it right. Always be careful when thinking about substituting your (generic you) judgment for theirs.

    Just ask me, with respect to Kuroda.

    :)

  155. The Return of Stoneburner August 15th, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    Triple Short of a Cycle August 15th, 2012 at 7:07 pm
    Now there’s a comeback that lowers all of our collective IQs. Stay classy

    —————————————–

    You telling someone else to “Stay classy” is like Ann Coulter calling for civility

    ******

    Naaah – they drew first blood. I am just giving it back to them. I was getting those type of responses from Randy and the other guy Rich way before the poetics began on January 13, 2012. To quote Network: I am mad as hell, and I am not going to take it anymore. The poetics – the wax – the special hitter – the annointment before the actual results – the 1 for 12 – the hovering .700 OPS while Mike Trout puts on a clinic – - – -Go Gary Sanchez!!

  156. Ys Guy August 15th, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    “i was following jaso the whole way” king felix

  157. Triple Short of a Cycle August 15th, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    the annointment before the actual results – the 1 for 12 – the hovering .700 OPS while Mike Trout puts on a clinic – – – -Go Gary Sanchez!!

    ————————–

    Yea because Mike Trout was awesome last year

  158. igotid88 August 15th, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    The Return of Stoneburner August 15th, 2012 at 7:05 pm
    igotid88 August 15th, 2012 at 6:46 pm
    The Return of Stoneburner August 15th, 2012 at 6:42 pm
    randy l. August 15th, 2012 at 6:35 pm
    “Montero saved the day by driving in a run!…..otherwise Felix might have had to pitch 15 perfect innings”

    uh oh, all the montero haters are gonna be all mad tonight.

    ******

    Naaah – Montero got the hit as a DH today – which undermines he only hits when he is catching. Plus – Montero is what now 1 for his last 12 And still only 16 doubles!! What I like about this game is that Montero’s average and OPS drops
    ——————-
    1-12 since they came back to SafeCo. .325 last 10 games

    *******

    Yes, b/c SafeCo inhibits the ability to hit singles?!?! – in Montero’s last 10 games where he hit .325 – all were singles except for the two homers off of Weaver. If Montero is a special hitter – he should be hitting doubles in SafeCo and taking advantage of another short porch in SafeCo – which is only about 11-12 feet more than YS – and about the same from RF to CF – but then again – it is too much to ask for special hitters to add those 11 or so feet going the opposite way – but it is not too much to ask of Miguel Cabrera – interesting – interesting – – – -

    Give him time

  159. igotid88 August 15th, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    The Return of Stoneburner August 15th, 2012 at 7:10 pm
    Triple Short of a Cycle August 15th, 2012 at 7:07 pm
    Now there’s a comeback that lowers all of our collective IQs. Stay classy

    —————————————–

    You telling someone else to “Stay classy” is like Ann Coulter calling for civility

    ******

    Naaah – they drew first blood. I am just giving it back to them. I was getting those type of responses from Randy and the other guy Rich way before the poetics began on January 13, 2012. To quote Network: I am mad as hell, and I am not going to take it anymore. The poetics – the wax – the special hitter – the annointment before the actual results – the 1 for 12 – the hovering .700 OPS while Mike Trout puts on a clinic – – – -Go Gary Sanchez!!
    ——————-

    Don’t get too attached to Sanchez either. He could be traded away as well

  160. FreeAgentSignee August 17th, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    Hang in Melky! We all make mistakes.

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