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Strange trip to Boston

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Sep 11, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

I just got on a train a few minutes ago, and it feels strange to be going to Boston under these circumstances, wondering whether it’s possible for the Yankees to overlook a series against the Red Sox after such an important series against the Orioles.

“I think the Red Sox being the Red Sox helps, actually,” Joe Girardi said. “I think a day off helps, too. Guys get to kind of turn their minds off for a day and then they’ll turn it back on (tonight).”

This is the Yankees final trip to Fenway Park this season. The Red Sox come back to the Bronx at the very end of the season. It’s well understood that Boston is playing out the string, trying to salvage some sort of moral victory in a season that’s been a complete loss (their biggest victory was a salary dump trade).

But the Red Sox are the Red Sox.

“Always, always,” Derek Jeter said. “It doesn’t make a difference. These guys want to win, and when they compete, they want to win. I would expect it to be a very tough series for us.”

It will be interesting to see what the Yankees do with their pitching staff, whether they give Ivan Nova a start or put Joba Chamberlain in some high-leverage situations. It will be interesting to see whether Alex Rodriguez keeps hitting or Nick Swisher starts hitting again. Mostly, though, it will be interesting to watch the Yankees play their biggest rivals in a series that — just like those series in Tampa Bay and Baltimore — could knock the Yankees out of first place in the division if they don’t play well.

“Definitely doesn’t get any easier going to Boston,” Curtis Granderson said. “Then we’ve got Tampa coming back (to New York). Kind of the way everyone wants it to shape up: Play the teams in your division. Control your own destiny. That’s pretty much what we get a chance to do.”

Also, it goes without saying that our thoughts are with a lot of lost friends, family and strangers today. Go hug someone you love.

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40 Responses to “Strange trip to Boston”

  1. Yankee Trader September 11th, 2012 at 9:08 am

    “Also, it goes without saying that our thoughts are with a lot of lost friends, family and strangers today. Go hug someone you love.”

    I will be doing just that and my thoughts and prayers go out to everyone on this day of remembrance.

  2. Yankee Trader September 11th, 2012 at 9:12 am

    The Yankees might have 16 games remaining with sub .500 teams, but I don’t expect the Red Sox[6] or Blue Jays[7], fighting to stay out of the basement, to cut the Yankees any slack.

    Have to go.

    Until later.

  3. Hassey September 11th, 2012 at 9:14 am

    Chad – any stories about any MLB players/coaches/personnel who lost family/friends on 9/11?

  4. austinmac September 11th, 2012 at 9:17 am

    My thoughts are with family and friends who lost loved ones today. May you find peace.

  5. blake September 11th, 2012 at 9:17 am

    If ever a series with Boston could be considered a “trap series” ….this is it….these games against the Yanks will be the world series for the Sox…..they have nothing else to play for and and would probably like nothing better than to take the Yanks down with them.

    Gotta focus and at least take 2 of 3 here against a team that is not very good at all……the Mariners are 4 games ahead of Boston….thats how bad they are….

  6. blake September 11th, 2012 at 9:20 am

    Ill never forget where I was that day…..I wasnt in NYC or Washigton so it didnt affect me directly but it affected everyone indirectly…..

    Prayers out to those who lost loved ones or friends and prayers out to our country in general

  7. Earwig September 11th, 2012 at 9:29 am

    Article sheds more light about Iraq being a forgone conclusion before 9’11 even happened

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09.....38;src=twr

  8. austinmac September 11th, 2012 at 9:34 am

    That day will always be with me as will the JFK assasination. Shocking. I hope the people in the City understand that we far away remember their suffering and pain.

    I went to Long Island for a relative’s funeral a couple years after and was amazed at all the flags up on a daily basis at people’s homes. We must always remember.

  9. blake September 11th, 2012 at 9:39 am

    With the Rays and Orioles playing each other…..the Yanks are guaranteed to gain on somebody if they take care of their business in Boston……important games

  10. Hassey September 11th, 2012 at 9:39 am

    If you were in Manhattan that day, it was 3 or 4 dimensional…the smell even in midtown lasted for days

  11. JM September 11th, 2012 at 9:39 am

    I live on the Jersey Shore and remember the next morning smelling this acrid smoke odor….Thought it was a house fire but then realized the wind had shifted overnight and it was the smoke from the Trade Center.

    Because of my job I spent much time with relatives of those who died that day….They amazed me with their strength and resilience, and continue to do so to this day.

  12. pat September 11th, 2012 at 9:53 am

    I thought of a few things this morning when thinking back 11 years ago….. The weather was just like today-a cool, crisp, sunny morning and what a difference Twitter and other social media would have made back then. Never Forget.

  13. JM September 11th, 2012 at 9:58 am

    Just a bit of levity on an otherwise solemn day, thought I’d repost this classic in honor of the Red Sox:

    http://www.nesn.com/2011/01/20.....story.html

  14. blake September 11th, 2012 at 10:01 am

    JM,

    Hilarious …thanks

  15. Doc Iac September 11th, 2012 at 10:07 am

    9/11/01 – freshmen year in college, i was in class, my teacher showed up late, somber mood sayin a plane hit the WTC, and we could leave…normally i loved leavin class early, hell showin up to a class was rare for me that year :) but i remeber walkin back to my dorm at Ualbany and a girl was walkin fast in front of me, like maybe she knew someone there, i walked into my dorm woke my roomate up and when we turned the tv on is when I realized how horrific it was

  16. JCPD September 11th, 2012 at 10:10 am

    NEVER, EVER FORGET

    https://picasaweb.google.com/105244848673673377679/LetUsNeverForget?authkey=Gv1sRgCPushN-z4uigjAE

    Thoughts and prayers to everyone today.

  17. Tackelberry September 11th, 2012 at 10:14 am

    Thoughts and prayers to all those who lost their lives that day and their families. I am only a few blocks away so I especially will never forget that exact moment when the first plane hit. My building shook when the towers fell. A huge cloud of smoke came roaring down my street. People were running for their lives. Was as scary as it gets.

  18. DONNYBROOK September 11th, 2012 at 10:49 am

    The curator of this Blog wonders about the roles\performance of Nova, Chamberlain, Swish, and A-Rod, but the REAL question is when-o-when is Girardi gonna 86 Jones???

  19. Chip September 11th, 2012 at 10:53 am

    Great stuff in the last thread about the Organizational Standouts – the question (as always) will be who stays and who goes.

    I think Austin’s promotion to AA speaks volumes and I wouldn’t be shocked to see him take over RF in Trenton next season with Almonte either in AAA or the majors.

    I get that Dickerson had a big year, but he’s a journeyman and probably a good 4th OF if he makes the majors. I wouldn’t mind having him on the bench next year in that role.

  20. blake September 11th, 2012 at 10:55 am

    “I think Austin’s promotion to AA speaks volumes and I wouldn’t be shocked to see him take over RF in Trenton next season with Almonte either in AAA or the majors.”

    I think they are pushing him to see if he can be an option for 2014…..they picked him for the futures game…..they moved him two levels in one season…..hes going to the AFL……so either they are pushing him to get to thr Bronx soon…..or Cashman is showcasing him for his next pitcher trade :(

  21. Chip September 11th, 2012 at 11:03 am

    blake September 11th, 2012 at 10:55 am

    “I think Austin’s promotion to AA speaks volumes and I wouldn’t be shocked to see him take over RF in Trenton next season with Almonte either in AAA or the majors.”

    I think they are pushing him to see if he can be an option for 2014…..they picked him for the futures game…..they moved him two levels in one season…..hes going to the AFL……so either they are pushing him to get to thr Bronx soon…..or Cashman is showcasing him for his next pitcher trade
    ———————-

    That could be it too…who knows.

    But with all three spots in the outfield long term questions and Mason Williams having to come back from injury I would hope that he would keep building this area.

    You know my stance though – if we get three major league players out of the group of Williams, Austin, Almonte, Almonte, Mesa, Heathcott, Nunez, Sanchez, Romine, Murphy – I think that’s probably about par for the course.

    But, just for giggles – 2013 Yankees:

    C – Romine
    1b – Tex
    2b – Cano
    3b – Adams
    SS – Jeter
    LF – Gardner
    CF – Granderson
    RF – Zoilo Almonte
    DH – Alex

    Bench: Martin, Mustelier, Dickerson, Scott Hairston

    Rotation:
    CC
    Kuroda
    Hughes
    Nova
    Phelps

    Pen: Montgomery, Joba, Robertson, Rivera, Logan, Warren, Rapada

  22. Bo knows September 11th, 2012 at 11:05 am

    They desperately need Austin for 2014. The question is, are the Yankees going all in 2013 as the window is closing rapidly. If not, if Austin continues hitting in AA, get his feet wet next year.

    The Ibanez/Jones solution only works for half a season. I’ll repeat – why is Dickerson moldering on the bench? At the least, give Ibanez some rest for the post season. I’d rotate Dickerson through the OF for the rest of the season.

  23. Chip September 11th, 2012 at 11:12 am

    Bo knows September 11th, 2012 at 11:05 am

    They desperately need Austin for 2014. The question is, are the Yankees going all in 2013 as the window is closing rapidly. If not, if Austin continues hitting in AA, get his feet wet next year.

    The Ibanez/Jones solution only works for half a season. I’ll repeat – why is Dickerson moldering on the bench? At the least, give Ibanez some rest for the post season. I’d rotate Dickerson through the OF for the rest of the season.
    ———————-

    Dickerson is not a young prospect – he’s a 30 year old who has bounced between the minors and majors his entire career. Could his swing adjustment have turned him into a better player? Possibly sure. But more likely he’s a player who will put up good AAA numbers but at best be a bench player on a good ML team.

  24. Chip September 11th, 2012 at 11:16 am

    BTW – I don’t know if anyone saw it the other day, but Joel Sherman had a list of five moves that backfired on the Yankees – one of them which I’m sure many people agree with at this moment is committing to Andruw Jones and letting Justin Maxwell walk.

    Maxwell’s overall slash line this year hasn’t been good – but he’s been quite good against LHP and played solid defense in the OF.

  25. Tar September 11th, 2012 at 11:19 am

    I go to the exactt place I was when I first saw and heard. Even though it’s a thousand miles away, I somehow feel like I’m there. I’m reminded how life can change in an instant. And very thankful for those I have with me. I still get goosebumps but mostly just want to cry. I will never forget.

  26. NJ Pete September 11th, 2012 at 11:22 am

    Dickerson is not a young prospect – he’s a 30 year old who has bounced between the minors and majors his entire career. Could his swing adjustment have turned him into a better player? Possibly sure. But more likely he’s a player who will put up good AAA numbers but at best be a bench player on a good ML team.
    ————————————
    Since the starting outfield is Ichiro, Granderson and Swisher, the question is who is the better bench player – Jones or Dickerson. I say use the last 3 week to find out.

  27. Against All Odds September 11th, 2012 at 11:22 am

    Off topic but that kid Quintana was good last night

  28. Chip September 11th, 2012 at 11:25 am

    Sherman’s other four:

    Montero for Pineda
    Letting Jose Quintana walk
    Kontos for Stewart
    Releasing Dewayne Wise

    He points out that Kontos may not have had any success with the Yankees and that the org loves Chris Stewart, and that Quintana might be a flash in the pan, but if not, he points to that as another failure by the organization to recognize pitching.

  29. Chip September 11th, 2012 at 11:29 am

    NJ Pete September 11th, 2012 at 11:22 am

    Dickerson is not a young prospect – he’s a 30 year old who has bounced between the minors and majors his entire career. Could his swing adjustment have turned him into a better player? Possibly sure. But more likely he’s a player who will put up good AAA numbers but at best be a bench player on a good ML team.
    ————————————
    Since the starting outfield is Ichiro, Granderson and Swisher, the question is who is the better bench player – Jones or Dickerson. I say use the last 3 week to find out.
    —————–

    No, Jones is fighting for time against Pearce not Dickerson. Pearce is the guy who was brought in to play against LHP. Dickerson is a LH with little power – he’s the guy who you bring in as a late game defensive replacement when either Jones or Pearce start in the OF.

    More likely, with Tex out, the question will be whether they go with Pearce/Chavez at 1b with Swisher, Grandy and Ichiro in the OF or if they put Swish at first and use Dickerson/Pearce in RF.

  30. blake September 11th, 2012 at 11:39 am

    “Off topic but that kid Quintana was good last night”

    We had him as a non prospect …..he must be on roids

  31. blake September 11th, 2012 at 11:42 am

    JF criticized the Kontos and Maxwell moves at the time…….not because they were necessarily great players but because theh disnt have to gwt rod of them …..Maxwell would have been a better option than Jones …but still no reasn to think they would have actually played him over Jonesy…..

  32. Against All Odds September 11th, 2012 at 11:45 am

    blake September 11th, 2012 at 11:39 am

    “Off topic but that kid Quintana was good last night”

    We had him as a non prospect …..he must be on roids

    ————————–

    Lol that’s going to be the new Cashman meme

  33. Chip September 11th, 2012 at 11:47 am

    blake September 11th, 2012 at 11:39 am

    “Off topic but that kid Quintana was good last night”

    We had him as a non prospect …..he must be on roids
    ———————–

    He has had a good year, but I’m not sure he’s a good pitcher. Again though it makes me question what the heck Nardi is doing here.

  34. blake September 11th, 2012 at 11:51 am

    “He has had a good year, but I’m not sure he’s a good pitcher. ”

    Nah…..hes not bad….I think hes for real……maybe not a 3.5 era guy….but certainly would be in the Yanks rotation right now.

  35. Against All Odds September 11th, 2012 at 11:54 am

    And he’s a lefty

  36. Chip September 11th, 2012 at 11:58 am

    You don’t need to sell me on the fact that this organization has done a deplorable job of identifying and cultivating good starting pitching.

    I’ll again pin the blame (at least a good portion of it) on Nardi who is supposed to be the top pitching guru in the organization.

    On the other hand, is it possible that Quintana doesn’t turn out the same with the Yankees as he does with the White Sox? Sure. He had a good year in the system in 2011 though so maybe he was just due to break through…It’s just frustrating.

  37. blake September 11th, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    “On the other hand, is it possible that Quintana doesn’t turn out the same with the Yankees as he does with the White Sox?”

    He may never get a chance with the Yanks…..who knows….

    .I do think that they hurt their system sometimes by not giving youngsters chances…..if youre in the As organization for example and you perform then man youre getting a chance sooner or later……if youre in the Yankee organization and perform youre often stuck behind some old dude like Andrew Jones or Freddy Garcia.

    It would kinda suck in some ways to be a Yankee prospect because the expectations are always high and you often never gets chances…..or havent in the past……

  38. Against All Odds September 11th, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    @ Chip Cashman seems to be fine Nardi. Safe For Work

    http://www.quickmeme.com/meme/3qv1lf/

  39. Against All Odds September 11th, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    It would kinda suck in some ways to be a Yankee prospect because the expectations are always high and you often never gets chances…..or havent in the past……

    ——————

    I thought that would change once Cashman got full control. Sure guys get a chance but it’s basically ok we might as well roll the dice nothing else to do.

  40. blake September 11th, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    I dont have a problem with a veterans so long as they perform…..but at some point the Yanks are going to have to trust their farm system if they want to get under that tax and stay competitive ….this next wave of position players will be crucial as to whether that happens or not.


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