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Yankees postgame: Winning the marathon

Posted by: Brian Heyman - Posted in Misc on Sep 22, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

This was a marathon five-hour, 43-minute roller-coaster ride at Yankee Stadium.

“It was like we played two games today,” Eduardo Nunez said.

The Yankees’ 10-9 win in 14 marked the franchise’s second-ever comeback victory from four runs down in extra innings. And it came after Baltimore had cut the lead to a half game with an extra-inning win in Baltimore. The Yankees survived despite pinch runner Melky Mesa’s baserunning problem in the 14th when he missed third and had to go back — in his MLB debut.

“I told you all along that I like the fight in these guys,” Joe Girardi said.

Raul Ibanez became the first Yankee to come on as a pinch hitter and send up at least two homers since Steve Balboni in 1990. Ibanez, who arrived with two hits in his previous 45 at-bats, had a big game with the two long balls, including the tying two-run shot in the four-run 13th, and a double in the 12th, the inning when he tried to plow over catcher Derek Norris. But Ibanez couldn’t dislodge the ball.

“He plays extremely hard,” Girardi said.

Ichiro Suzuki went 3 for 5 with two walks and a sacrifice, so he’s now at a sizzling .700 (14 for 20) over his last five games.

Ivan Nova had mixed feelings afterward. This was the shortest start of his career, 2 1/3 innings. You would think, barring injury, that Nova wouldn’t be starting in the postseason after all this erratic work, especially in the second half.

“He just didn’t seem to have his real good command,” Girardi said.

He gave up three runs, five hits — four for extra bases — and two walks.

“It’s not a good feeling,” Nova said. “… The bottom line is we won. We’re still in first place.”

The Yankees won their seventh straight to retain their one-game edge over the Orioles. There are 11 games to go.

“It’s exciting for baseball,” Girardi said.

In Sunday’s series finale, the pitching matchup will feature Hiroki Kuroda and A.J. Griffin.

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140 Responses to “Yankees postgame: Winning the marathon”

  1. sunny615 September 22nd, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    I wonder what kind of situation it has to be before Girardi will play Cervelli. An almost 6 hour game and the dude didn’t even see daylight. Did he take pics of Girardi’s wife or something? The dude must seriously be in the doghouse.

  2. TheStraw September 22nd, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    Wow….what a great game! Glad I was there to bring the Yankees luck. :)

  3. LGY September 22nd, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    I didn’t see the game but this is what I was talking about with Ibanez. He’s just so incredibly streaky and month to month he’s either ice cold or on fire.

    Hopefully today was the beginning of a hot streak and they can ride it through October.

  4. Against All Odds September 22nd, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    @ sunny it maybe something behind the scenes. How does he go from back up catcher / a guy they all loved to being in minors all season and not playing in a single ML game

  5. Nick in SF September 22nd, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    Cervelli spent the whole MiLB season living in his car. He’s probably having a hard time getting loose.

  6. bruceb September 22nd, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    Least Nova should be fresh for tomorrow if it goes to extra innings again. And after six consecutive one-run games between these two teams, who would bet against it?

    Houdini-like escape act by the Yanks today but the way the Os are playing, they may have to win out to clinch the division…and I’m only half joking.

    How many games can we see them losing at home to the awful Jays and Red Sox next week while we have to go to Minnesota, then Toronto?

    We actually needs the Rays to stay in the play-off picture – at least mathematically – so their last three games against the Os at the Trop actually mean something.

    Talk about a fight to the death…and I sure don’t want to be going into a one-game play-off (possibly two) the way our bullpen is being flogged to death right now.

    But as Joe Girardi will tell you, you can only play to win today’s game – and somehow, some way, we managed to do just that.

  7. Nilsson September 22nd, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    One of the wildest games and comebacks — this one topped overcoming the 9-0 deficit at Boston in my view — and a couple of you are worried about Cervelli? Sorry I got a chuckle from that one.

    I don’t know what is going on with Ichiro, but it’s eye-opening to say the least. He keeps this up and Yankees will be a tough out, now and October.

  8. Yankee Trader September 22nd, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    After tomorrow it’s 3 with Twins, 4 with Toronto and 3 at home with Boston. The Rays have 4 with the White Sox plus the 3 last games with the O’s.

    The Yankees have the easiest schedule among all playoff possible teams with exception of the Tigers.

    While the Rangers and A’s are battling each other[7 games] the Yankees should have a good chance to be the #1 seed and play the winner of a one game playoff between the O’s and Rangers/A’s

  9. Yankee Trader September 22nd, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    Ichiro also made a fine play to save a hit that would have been a double on a long fly to the LF wall from the first batter to face Garcia, a catch neither Jones or Ibanez would have made.

    Hope we’ll see more Ichiro batting 2nd and more Nunez, whose hustle down the 1st base line helped secure the win.

  10. Bret The Hitman September 22nd, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    Nilsson September 22nd, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    I don’t know what is going on with Ichiro, but it’s eye-opening to say the least. He keeps this up and Yankees will be a tough out, now and October.

    ********

    It could just be rest. He was burnt out in Seattle. This is the first time he has ever had sufficient rest in his entire career. He has more to play for as well which probably gives him a major boost.

    I wanted the Yankees to trade for Ichiro since forever and I talked about it during the offseason. Back then my argument was that his contact hitting would play perfectly in this lineup and I wanted him in LF over Gardner. I always believed he could still hit .300 because of his swinging style – he just puts the ball in play with high frequency and can hit the ball wherever it is pitched. His bat control is unparalleled in baseball.

    With Ichiro hitting like he is capable, the Yankees now have three .300 hitters in the lineup. When is the last time the Yankees had 3 full-time players hit .300 in the same season?

  11. Nilsson September 22nd, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    Ichiro’s defense was a given from the get-go. So no surprise there. The man can D. But he’s bringing more to the table. His OPS+ as a Yankee is 120 or something close to it. That is cool.

    When you hit a grounder with the bases loaded, all tied in the 14th, you better run hard, lol.

  12. mick September 22nd, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    Cervelli? He is here as an emergency 3rd catcher, a last straw just like Freddy was today and Jones has become.
    Use Only In Case of an Emergency.

  13. blake September 22nd, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    “I didn’t see the game but this is what I was talking about with Ibanez. He’s just so incredibly streaky and month to month he’s either ice cold or on fire. ”

    yea he’s a nice bat to have around….I think a lot of his value lies in the fact that he seems to be able to pinch hit and be a big threat there….not many guys can do that effectively. He can hit the ball out and he gives pro AB’s….

    This was a really big win today….extremely deflating to lose games like that one where you play all day….

  14. mick September 22nd, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    Joe would be nuts to drop Ichiro in the order after today.
    Today against a lefty Ichi continued to rake.
    Wait til Jete and he start hitting together.
    Sort of like he and Damon used to…

  15. Bret The Hitman September 22nd, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    Ichiro one of baseball’s all-time great table setters. He belongs at the top of the lineup, especially if he’s going to outhit his career numbers as a Yankee. He and Jeter are going to wake up the rest of the lineup when it falls asleep and remind them how to hit to the situation. They exemplify the importance of putting the ball in play. These other hitters need to learn how to bring more action to the field because that translates in tight games against good pitching. I’d like to see more Nunez as well. He is a pest. A well-rounded lineup needs a number of pests.

  16. mick September 22nd, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    Ibanez, Chavez and Ichiro are instrumental to this team in that they are hungry ballplayers.
    Veterans who have never tasted from the cup of World Series victory.

  17. blake September 22nd, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    ts
    4m New York Yankees New York Yankees ?@Yankees

    At 5 hours, 43 minutes, this was the #Yankees’ longest ballgame since battling the Twins for 5 hours, 45 minutes in 2002.

  18. mick September 22nd, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    As of now, Nunez is your #9 hitter and DH vs leftys.
    Followed by Jeter and Ichiro and small ball…

  19. mick September 22nd, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    Anyone who doesn’t think Ichiro will be in RF and Gardy in LF next year into 2014 should think again.

  20. mick September 22nd, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    Bang…Zoom….Nite all….

  21. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 22nd, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    mick – I answered you in the previous thread. To the moon Alice! But I don’t know it well enough to know hardee har har!

    Without getting more specific, wasn’t it nice to be able to interact without having to tiptoe around the human landmine? If he makes good on his threat to stay away, I think the forum will be a much friendlier palce. Of course that isn’t a universal opinion, but I think it’s pretty close!

  22. mick September 22nd, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    He’s not staying away, he lives to inflame.

  23. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 22nd, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    I can dream, can’t I…

  24. mick September 22nd, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    He is guilty of a lot of his charges…

  25. mick September 22nd, 2012 at 10:44 pm

    Funny how he disrespected Luis by leaving him off his list.

  26. mick September 22nd, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    But jmills was right on top, if you know what I mean…

  27. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 22nd, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    luis is really a decent guy.

  28. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 22nd, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    You know that saying about not paying attention to the splinter in someone else’s eye until you remove the plank from your own? I think that’s what we have going on here.

  29. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 22nd, 2012 at 10:50 pm

    I thought I saw a post where luis said he received an email saying that his friend was staying away from the forum. Maybe I misread it. But in any event I think the absence is palpable in the most positive way. And all because of a trade. Go figure. (kid’s hitting 150 over the last 7 days, by the way.)

  30. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 22nd, 2012 at 10:50 pm

    Well anyway, great game, great camraderie, see you for tomorrow’s win!

    :)

  31. mick September 22nd, 2012 at 10:50 pm

    He worships Randy, did you see the social intercourse they had the other night?

  32. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 22nd, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    “did you see the social intercourse they had the other night?”

    Must have missed it. I think he worships anyone who hated the trade.

  33. mick September 22nd, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    Looks like Tar is coming around, we have been kidding around lately.
    He likes to insult me but I can take it.

  34. mick September 22nd, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    You didn’t see Randy’s polemic?

  35. mick September 22nd, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    The Master Baiter at his best.

  36. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 22nd, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    Tar is absolutely great. No question mick. He’s such a good guy, and he’s really rational and a kind poster. Maybe things got jumbled because he didn’t like the trade either and so he ended up getting closer to the group that felt the same way, which isn’t unusual. But he really is a great guy. I’m happy if you guys are mending fences.

  37. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 22nd, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    “You didn’t see Randy’s polemic?”

    Not at all. How long ago was that?

  38. mick September 22nd, 2012 at 10:56 pm

    I believe it was the thread right before last nights game, a the very end, where it belonged.

  39. hardwired7 September 22nd, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    The Yankees Classics vault at YES just grew by one.

  40. mick September 22nd, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    I’m happy if you guys are mending fences.
    ===========================
    Yes, I believe I have won him over as he called me a lunatic or something right before today’s game, sort of an omen for a crazy game…

  41. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 22nd, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    I’ll have to check it out later. On my way to the drugstore before it closes.

    :)

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

    “The Yankees Classics vault at YES just grew by one.”

    Unbelievable!

  42. mick September 22nd, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    randy l. September 21st, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    j.a.p.

    there used to be quite a few people on this blog who were really worth talking to about baseball. now there are literally only a few.

    there are not many people this blog now that i would have anything to do in real life.i don’t like their politics, their bigotry, their biases … and basically i don’t like them.

    i see you today in the position of trying to debate and discuss a baseball topic where the people you are interacting with you probably wouldn’t give them a minute of your time in real life. just like i wouldn’t.

    most of the arguments aren’t really about baseball or a specific player. they really just a oppositional people trying put their ignorant views into a baseball format.

    i say don’t waste your time on them.

    i do want to say on the other hand that jerkface and lgy have been interesting reads the past few months.not because i agree with their viewpoints always, but its refreshing to see young posters mature and develop over time .
    jacksquat September 21st, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    For Melky, a contract is worth more than a batting title. PR move, probably even suggested by his agent.
    J. Alfred Prufrock September 21st, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    most of the arguments aren’t really about baseball or a specific player. they really just a oppositional people trying put their ignorant views into a baseball format.
    ///

    Randy,

    I agree with this. There’s a faction who digs in here and just spends time acting out and using the games, or polarized disagreements, to demonize each other. It’s really boring.

    There are some solid baseball people, but too many of the posts are eaten up by the one-man (woman?) shows that hold everyone hostage.

    And you are right on – wouldn’t waste my time in real life. I barely respond to that stuff any more. I was in the grip of the trade, so I spoke with passion against it. But it really seems to be more about poster vs. poster here…no room for genuine discussion, except when the solid citizens are around, and even then, some of the “postive” folks throw gasoline on the blog and stamp their feet for attention, dragging the whole thing down into the mire.

    I come back for a few people I like to catch up with, and read (like yourself).

    I appreciate your post.

    ~

  43. mick September 22nd, 2012 at 11:11 pm

    One more classic before the “crazy” game:
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    J. Alfred Prufrock September 22nd, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    You know, I really have ceased to care in a way. There is so much detritus in these pages, and it is so easily and happily tolerated, as long as the person is on the “right” side of the January trade, there is no moral compass whatsoever, even by – especially by? – those who compliment themselves as being “upstanding” bloggers.

    If no one else here cares, when these kinds of comments run rampant, when “regulars” regularly troll others, and make everything personal rather than related to opinion, and no one online protests in the least, when people use the site to act out rather than to really discuss baseball, or to root on the team, and hog the space with CAPS and reprimands at people who are actually discussing baseball…

    if you all don’t care…why the hell am I emailing Chad? Why, indeed. As far as I know, no one else alerted Chad when that lunatic detailed how he was going to “pick off” Red Sox players as they came out of Fenway.

    No one made a peep when that Duh Innings guy wrote pornographically and demeaningly about Kim Jones.

    There are a lot of really great posters here: Tar, Blake, Yankee Trader, Yankeefeminista, Jerkface, LGY, Tyler, Tucker, Unknown, RealKev, Odds, MTU, ron, and many more who don’t make this place into some kind of a battleground for advanced neurotics to act out in.

    But there is just no moderation. You have to scroll past to read something decent, at a 4:1 or so ratio – not because of “all the trolls”, because of “regulars” who cannot stand to not hear the sound of their braying, shrill voices, even if they have NOTHING to say.

    I’m tired of stepping over those nutjobs.

    Randy is right: this place is not worth the time. “Too much garbage for too few gems.”

  44. Pat M. September 22nd, 2012 at 11:24 pm

    Mick…….Well that made for some interesting reading ……….

  45. yankeefeminista September 22nd, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    Thought you guys would like to know that Montero’s 2/4. ;)

  46. JobaTipsHisCap September 22nd, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    walkoff those suckers tomorrow again!

  47. jacksquat September 22nd, 2012 at 11:38 pm

    yankeefeminista September 22nd, 2012 at 11:26 pm
    Thought you guys would like to know that Montero’s 2/4.

    A little late!

  48. CompassRosy September 22nd, 2012 at 11:38 pm

    yankeefeminista September 22nd, 2012 at 11:26 pm
    Thought you guys would like to know that Montero’s 2/4.

    ~

    and, he also caught Beavan’s gem in the 1-0 victory vs. the Rangers :)
    M’s tied the season series vs. the R’s at 9-9 (and have out-scored them 85-69)

    Quite an improvement, since they went 4-15 against them in 2011

    Baby steps…

  49. yankeefeminista September 22nd, 2012 at 11:45 pm

    Congrats, Rosy. You’ve been pitching a few low scoring games lately.

  50. yankeefeminista September 22nd, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    JS, true. More help from the M’s generally vs. the O’s would have been nice.

  51. jmv September 22nd, 2012 at 11:55 pm

    Hi, YF! Did hear you were hurt or something? Sorry to ask a bizillion days later (as Montero, LOL… Just kidding Rosy!)

    Mick,
    Whoa! Strange reading. Didn’t see that coming

  52. Jerkface September 22nd, 2012 at 11:55 pm

    Iwakuma, who was originally posted by the Oakland A’s but turned down their offer then blew out his shoudler, has a 2.77 ERA post all-star break with all his games coming from starts (he was long man+spot starter before that).

    Norichika Aoki, who was signed by the Brewers from the posting system for a less than 5 million total outlay is hitting .293 .361 .437 .798 as an outfielder capable of playing all 3 positions.

  53. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 23rd, 2012 at 12:30 am

    Yikes, mick.

    I actually think the opposite, and that is no matter how hostile people get with each other on the forum, in real life they probably would get along just fine. If you look for the good in people you can usually find it.

    Alway good to know where people really stand – I guess.

    :shock:

  54. theREALkevin September 23rd, 2012 at 12:51 am

    Aoki has been really impressive

  55. Nick in SF September 23rd, 2012 at 12:54 am

    “Thought you guys would like to know that Montero’s 2/4.”

    No homers, no help. :cry:

    I’m getting way ahead of things here, but just thinking out loud, the Yanks have a great shot at taking the top seed if they can stay hot as the A’s have seven games left with the Rangers, the hope being that the A’s will win a few of them.

    Fingers crossed.

  56. Jerkface September 23rd, 2012 at 12:57 am

    I’m getting way ahead of things here, but just thinking out loud, the Yanks have a great shot at taking the top seed if they can stay hot as the A’s have seven games left with the Rangers, the hope being that the A’s will win a few of them.

    Counter point, Nick, i don’t think the Yankees want the top seed. I’d rather face the tigers/white sox than the A’s or O’s.

  57. Jerkface September 23rd, 2012 at 12:58 am

    And I’d really want the A’s to face the Rangers. I don’t wanna see Yu Darvish 3 times in an ALCs situation.

  58. Duh Innings II September 23rd, 2012 at 1:03 am

    Bret The Hitman September 22nd, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    Nilsson September 22nd, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    I don’t know what is going on with Ichiro, but it’s eye-opening to say the least. He keeps this up and Yankees will be a tough out, now and October.

    ********

    It could just be rest. He was burnt out in Seattle. This is the first time he has ever had sufficient rest in his entire career. He has more to play for as well which probably gives him a major boost.

    I wanted the Yankees to trade for Ichiro since forever and I talked about it during the offseason. Back then my argument was that his contact hitting would play perfectly in this lineup and I wanted him in LF over Gardner. I always believed he could still hit .300 because of his swinging style – he just puts the ball in play with high frequency and can hit the ball wherever it is pitched. His bat control is unparalleled in baseball.

    With Ichiro hitting like he is capable, the Yankees now have three .300 hitters in the lineup. When is the last time the Yankees had 3 full-time players hit .300 in the same season?

    ——————

    Hahahahaha I posted on here I wanted Ichiro in Yankee pinstripes before you but it’s all good.

    I’m shocked at what Ibanez did today. I honestly didn’t think he had one more big hit in him and it wasn’t unreasonable to think that considering he was 2 for 45 before his first of two homeruns.

    7-4 should clinch the #1 seed and homefield advantange throughout the AL postseason.

    Wayyyyy too many baserunning mistakes this late in the season. That MUST stop!

  59. Nick in SF September 23rd, 2012 at 1:04 am

    But I have tickets for the A’s ALDS home games, so I want them to be against the Yankees. So… well, anyway, with Baltimore breathing down their necks, no letting up.

  60. jacksquat September 23rd, 2012 at 1:09 am

    Ichiro is playing great right now, but I’m still not sure I’d want him next year, unless he were pretty cheap (like 5-7 mil) and that money was used somewhere else. He could very well put in another year next year like this one. I don’t know if he would play for that little. Melky probably will. Would be a pretty good outfield defensively though.

  61. Against All Odds September 23rd, 2012 at 1:11 am

    Look JAP was significantly hurt and upset by the trade. He really had visions of the kid being apart of them team long term and when the trade went down it bothered him and still does. I understand why some ppl are bothered with what he says but I know understand why he is upset about it. Certain things a club does and some fans never get over it. Francesa tells the story about his brother being a die hard Yankee fan and the George buys the team and since that day he never rooted for the club again.

  62. UnKnown September 23rd, 2012 at 1:11 am

    I’ll pass on the Tigers and Angels. Bring on anyone and everyone else.

    Hoping for a nice clean 9 inning game tomorrow, so the Bombers can get into Minny at a decent hour. I want to watch a somewhat rested squad next week at Target Field.

  63. Jerkface September 23rd, 2012 at 1:16 am

    But I have tickets for the A’s ALDS home games, so I want them to be against the Yankees. So… well, anyway, with Baltimore breathing down their necks, no letting up.

    Well of course, I want them to win every game, which probably means top seed if they can do it. The O’s dogged persistence in playing above their pythag record may force the Yankees to take top seed.

    If the Yankees end up opening in Oakland, I wanna see a CC-Hughes-Kuroda-AP rotation.

  64. Jerkface September 23rd, 2012 at 1:18 am

    I love Ichiro, and so I really love what he has done for the team so far but I’m not on the re-sign him bandwagon yet. Gotta see how the offseason shakes out. Cannot depend on him to put up this kind of performance long term.

    He is a great replacement for Gardner, but the 2013 Yankees will have Gardner on the team… Now if they trade Gardner for Upton.. :twisted:

  65. Nick in SF September 23rd, 2012 at 1:22 am

    Just get to 94 wins at a minimum. 6 more. 94 or bust!

  66. UnKnown September 23rd, 2012 at 1:46 am

    BTW nice work in the game thread today Jerkface. That was a posting clinic you put on. TKO!!

    Easy Peasy

  67. luis September 23rd, 2012 at 2:37 am

    Good evening,

    Just got home from dinner… And I connected to the blog to see what else was written about the game…After reading carefully all the posts I feel compelled to set the record straight:

    1) I don’t feel disrespected by JAP…He is my FRIEND and we are beyond that kind of nonsense… I know he has as much respect for me as I have for him…He doesn’t have to state it over and over.

    2) I happen to know his background…And let me tell you, he has more baseball acumen in the tip of his little toe than 90% of this blog combined ( Including me ). His posts are always very insightful and exquisitely written. He doesn’t intelectualize things, he is an intelectual with a depth of knowledge that few people can claim as their own. He does it naturally because that’s who he is.

    3) He might have fallen in to the trap of doing some of the things he criticizes. But as a result of being the victim of countless unfair portrayals of him. And when he has done it, it has been in order to plea for a more civil tone and to ask to critic the opinion and not the person that emits such an opinion. I have made that mistake as well, and for that I apologize.

    4) Even though I don’t agree on the way Randy interacts with some posters. He was/is an outstanding poster with an incredible amount of baseball knowledge. He is going to be missed. I hope he reconsiders.

    Mick,

    I did wrote a very nasty post toward you in the past, and I shouldn’t have. But you have no right to try to ridicule and subject fellow posters to the public scorn as you did tonight. You should publicly apologize to them. I do believe that we all have some good and some bad in ourselves. I am appealing to the good part of you, since we have had our troubles in the past, but somehow we have gotten past them. Let them be, if you don’t agree with them, either explain yourself in a respectful way or scroll past their comments.

    I think all the regular posters should ask for the same, whether you agree with the positions of the aforementioned posters or not. This isn’t about agreeing or disagreeing, but about the way we should conduct ourselves and the way we should respect each other.

    Excuse the long post.

  68. NYY_Girl_Penny September 23rd, 2012 at 4:22 am

    Why people like Upton so much is bafflig, since the HGH test came out look at hos numbers .. Theres no word that he was juicing ever, i just tend to believe that most were in my opinion but even if he wasnt hes nothing special at least not what people seem to make of him here, his numbers are nothing spectacular in the NL last 2 years

  69. NYY_Girl_Penny September 23rd, 2012 at 4:24 am

    Let me say this another way.. The last thing this team needs is an egomaniac with power who doesnt git dor avg.. .280 in the NL = .240 in the AL

  70. NYY_Girl_Penny September 23rd, 2012 at 4:25 am

    Git dor :-) hit for .. Its late

  71. GregD September 23rd, 2012 at 5:45 am

    it’s early……good morning

  72. Wang IS Taiwan September 23rd, 2012 at 7:21 am

    I’m a huge J. Pru fan for the record. Great writer with some interesting baseball insights.

  73. blake September 23rd, 2012 at 7:48 am

    Yanks only a game back of best record in the AL now with Texas’s loss last night……problem is the stupid Os won’t lose so we haven’t been able to shake them.

  74. GregD September 23rd, 2012 at 7:54 am

    the Orioles are for real…….they have been amazing

  75. GregD September 23rd, 2012 at 7:55 am

    Oakland is for real too……..we have played two great games to win

  76. blake September 23rd, 2012 at 8:00 am

    GregD September 23rd, 2012 at 7:54 am
    the Orioles are for real…….they have been amazing”

    I think they are for real this year….would I be surprised if they fall back next year? ….not really. They have an incredible record in these one run games that really doesnt seem sustainable and their talent leve especially in their rotation isn’t as good as they have performed……but for this year….yea they are for real…..

  77. GregD September 23rd, 2012 at 8:05 am

    Blake…….their pitching has been pretty good…….and I think they have upside in their pitching…….they will be tough next year

  78. MTU September 23rd, 2012 at 8:05 am

    Blake-

    Yankees control their own destiny.

    If the Pitching holds up they’ll be fine.

    Can’t count on bailouts like yesterday very often.

    Nova just didn’t have it.

  79. GregD September 23rd, 2012 at 8:10 am

    Nova was very disappointing yesterday……..I like that we have Kuroda for today

  80. Cashmoney September 23rd, 2012 at 8:10 am

    This offense against good pitching is pathetic… those ab in middle innings against oakland’s top 3 relievers are disappointing to watch… if the starting pitching is not lights out in the PS, this team will exist quickly. The team I don’t want to face in a 5 or 1 game right now is the tigers. 1 up and 11 to go is the story.

  81. GregD September 23rd, 2012 at 8:12 am

    Cashmoney——I know we had some bad at bats but I was impressed with the parade of relievers that throw 95 and 96 that Oakland threw out there

  82. Cashmoney September 23rd, 2012 at 8:13 am

    My Slashing line is 458/480/1046…53 dingers on June 27…. yet the AI refuse to trade me to the Yanks. FREE CASHMONEY!

  83. blake September 23rd, 2012 at 8:14 am

    “Blake…….their pitching has been pretty good…….and I think they have upside in their pitching…”

    They have been pretty good…..Im not sure the ARE good though. Year in year out….do have Bundy coming though.

    MTU,

    Yup….however winning 7 in a row this late in the year Id hope to put more separation between us and the Os.

    I like this new playoff format as Ive said before…..but the one thing I dont like about it is how you can be 1 game back kf the best record in the league……but yet only 1 game ahead if having to play a 1 game sudden death WC game….especially when its my team ;)

    Certainly gonna make for an interesting stretch run though…….no playing out the string this year….

  84. Cashmoney September 23rd, 2012 at 8:17 am

    Greg, it’s the general approach and also diminishing skills from this lineup… after watching these guys rolling over soft stuff and going meekly against above average hard stuff all season, It’s easy to come to conclusion that this offense is built on straw house… age and deterioriating skills has everything to do with it. They need to seriously reassess this lineup in the off season. The slash line simply don’t tell the whole story.

  85. blake September 23rd, 2012 at 8:17 am

    I think the rotation will hold its own…..my worries are the bullpen and if they can hit enough in fhe playoffs.

  86. MTU September 23rd, 2012 at 8:18 am

    Blake-

    Yankees put themselves in this position.

    They had a commanding lead and let it slip away.

    Now it’s scratch and claw time all the way to the end.

    I hope we don’t wind up in that 1 game playoff.

    As you know I am not a fan of it.

    It’s the same as a coin toss.

  87. blake September 23rd, 2012 at 8:21 am

    If the Yanks win today…3 of 4 in Minnesota ….2 of 3 in Toronto…..2 of 3 vs Boston then they finish with 96 wins and Baltimore would almost have to win out to cat h and oass them. That should be their goal and its doable.

  88. MTU September 23rd, 2012 at 8:23 am

    Blake-

    That’s doable but it certainly gonna be far from easy.

    Sucks even more when there is a doberman nipping at your heels and you allowed it out.

    ;)

  89. MTU September 23rd, 2012 at 8:24 am

    edit: it’s

  90. blake September 23rd, 2012 at 8:26 am

    “Yankees put themselves in this position.

    They had a commanding lead and let it slip away.”

    They did….but we have to credit the Os for not going away….the Yanks still have a chance to win 94-96 games if they take care of business…and thats prettu good despite their prolonged slide their for awhile.

  91. blake September 23rd, 2012 at 8:29 am

    Can Boston stave off a sweep at Fenway?

  92. MTU September 23rd, 2012 at 8:30 am

    Blake-

    I think the O’s did an amazing job this year but that doesn’t change the fact that the Yankee’s let that dog stay in the hunt.

    You’re right 94-96 is good but the Yankees could easily have been at 100 +. No one one would have been anywhere near that.

    I actually had them down for that thinking they would be better than
    last year’s team due to the improved pitching.

    They did have a significant # of injuries so there’s that.

  93. MTU September 23rd, 2012 at 8:32 am

    Blake-

    I like to crush my opponents not have them within striking distance.

  94. Cashmoney September 23rd, 2012 at 8:33 am

    Os got a few guys in that lineup hammers Lefties… obviously the smart money is on Os with tillman vs Dubront… but the.. you never know. we play today we lose today!

  95. justsaying September 23rd, 2012 at 8:33 am

    That was a terrific game last night! We’d all prefer that the Yanks were 10 games up right now, but what a conclusion to a pennant race! And whatever happens, as of now no one can say the Yanks aren’t fighting every step of the way!
    Also, the post season is going to be quite an interesting one, one way or another.

    Wang IS Taiwan September 23rd, 2012 at 7:21 am
    I’m a huge J. Pru fan for the record. Great writer with some interesting baseball insights.
    Wang, maybe you’d like to reconsider? Then again, maybe not.
    Still, as a very infrequent poster who reads a great many of these threads, let me offer this observation: JAP may or may not know a lot about baseball but his emotional intelligence leaves a lot to be desired. A few examples? Ok, here goes –

    J. Alfred Prufrock January 13th, 2012 at 8:33 pm
    Yeah screw that. Who cares about Fielder. What a soulless bunch of crap.
    Root for the Yankees??
    Joe Girardi humiliated Posada TWICE last season. He also wouldn’t let the guy catch Rivera’s historic save, because he’s a spiteful little creep. He hated Montero from go, let his ass grow splinters while his love toy Russell “Thurman” Martin waved at pitches out of the zone.
    I’m not rooting for that SOB ever again.

    J. Alfred Prufrock January 13th, 2012 at 8:21 pm
    So all those who said Girardi had nothing against Montero were utterly wrong.
    That SOB and his ego and his hatred for catchers who can actually HIT COST US as I feared it would, all along.
    Stupid little man, who’s going to replace that bat on your aging team. Oh, I forgot – you showed you’d rather lose a series than allow him to pinch hit
    The Stupid Yankees have riches in young pitching, so what do they do, they trade the next Mantle for – young pitching.
    Maybe, just maybe, if they had handled Chamberlain properly, they wouldn’t need this “No. 2? that the ever clueless media keeps harping on. Bad enough they lost Vizcaino – but that’s peanuts compared to this.
    The Yankees pander to the lowest common denominator fan and the myopic media. The Stupid People got their way to day. I just never figured Brian Cashman to be one of them.
    —————————————————————————————————————
    pat January 13th, 2012 at 9:23 pm
    I’m reading the reaction on Twitter and there might just be more dumb Yankee fans than I could have imagined.
    People are reconfiguring the infield and outfield because a player without a position got traded.

    ———————————————————————————————————
    “You go get ‘em, pat.
    Always can count on pat to go down on the Yankee FO.
    Montero yesterday was “Miguel Cabrera/Frank Thomas” and “Pujols is Montero-like” says her leader.
    But now that her leader traded him away, he’s just a guy without a position.
    Your knees must hurt, girl.”

    “Gimme a break. You are the most passive aggressive poster here. You incessantly push the party line down everyone’s throat. You are the most insidious, arrogant, cutthroat person here. You make little digs that completely disrespect anyone who is even remotely thoughtful about the Yankees if it doesn’t flatter them.
    You earned that comment (and it’s not an anti-feminist remark, it’s a metaphor. I don’t give a damn what gender you are – you are consistently dishonorable in your snide slights at others).
    We’re talking about a Mickey Mantle type talent here, a generational bat that people were genuinely excited about. And all you bring is your self-absorbed, narcissistic snark. Get lost.”
    ————————————————————————————————————–

    Well, you get the idea. One can find numerous other such comments on 1/13:12 and elsewhere from this unbiased baseball savant. And then, just yesterday, we have this:

    “But there is just no moderation. You have to scroll past to read something decent, at a 4:1 or so ratio – not because of “all the trolls”, because of “regulars” who cannot stand to not hear the sound of their braying, shrill voices, even if they have NOTHING to say.
    I’m tired of stepping over those nutjobs.
    Randy is right: this place is not worth the time. “Too much garbage for too few gems.”

    “I agree with this. There’s a faction who digs in here and just spends time acting out and using the games, or polarized disagreements, to demonize each other. It’s really boring.
    There are some solid baseball people, but too many of the posts are eaten up by the one-man (woman?) shows that hold everyone hostage.
    And you are right on – wouldn’t waste my time in real life. I barely respond to that stuff any more. I was in the grip of the trade, so I spoke with passion against it. But it really seems to be more about poster vs. poster here…no room for genuine discussion, except when the solid citizens are around, and even then, some of the “postive” folks throw gasoline on the blog and stamp their feet for attention, dragging the whole thing down into the mire.”

    Pot calling the kettle black, what?

    “But there is just no moderation”

    Got that, folks? As Pat M. says:

    Pat M. September 22nd, 2012 at 11:24 pm
    “Mick…….Well that made for some interesting reading ……….”
    ———————————————————————————————-
    So Giradi is jealous of Jesus and Cashman committed the equivalent of high treason because JAP says so. These are not the comments of a good baseball man who has carefully reflected upon “The Trade,” but the rantings of a fanatic, are they not? And then he acts like the smartest kid in the room. How can anyone take him seriously? But he’ll use a lot of big words to impress us with his brilliance whenever he’s not embarrassing himself with the likes of the comments posted above.

  96. Cashmoney September 23rd, 2012 at 8:34 am

    MTU, you come from the Conan School of baseball….Conan the Barbarian: To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of their women.

  97. justsaying September 23rd, 2012 at 8:34 am

    Incidentally –

    jacksquat September 22nd, 2012 at 11:38 pm
    yankeefeminista September 22nd, 2012 at 11:26 pm
    Thought you guys would like to know that Montero’s 2/4.

    A little late!
    —————————————————————————-

    Uh, exactly. Jesus is nine singles for 43 AB in last ten games with 2 RBIs for a .209 BA. So 2 singles are something to crow about? So much for heating up in the second half.

    Like nearly everybody, I think Montero has a good chanced to be a good hitter. But the next Mickey Mantle? The hyperbole is beyond belief.

    However, in JAP’s behalf, that Melkyishotinatlanta creep with his idiotic and unsolicited political comments should indeed be deleted from Lohud once and for all. Go spout your silly a## s##t at your next KKK meeting.

  98. MG September 23rd, 2012 at 8:35 am

    Lost in the minutiae of who doesn’t drive in runs with RISP every time up is that this pennant race has become almost a legendary, ‘one for the record books’ event.

    Kay mentioned yesterday that the Yankees and O’s have been separated by 1 game or less for the last 20 days, the last time that happened was 60 years ago.

    Every day for the past week (with the O’s playing on Monday) the Yankees have essentially been in a ‘must win’ position to either keep their 1 game lead or stay tied. And each day the Yankees have held serve and won.

    Yesterday was an amazing game, one that will be a Yankees classic and repeated on YES for many years. Like all such games, there are highs and lows, great plays and bad ones, but a the end of the day, the Yankees won by a run.

    I hope Yankees fans are enjoying this as much as me, it’s not something that comes around every year.

    Somewhere in the next week either the Yankees or O’s will blink (most likely the O’s) and the team that blinks will be relegated to the wild card game.

  99. Cashmoney September 23rd, 2012 at 8:36 am

    as i am scrolling pass the constitutional amendment above….

  100. OsOWNtheEAST September 23rd, 2012 at 8:37 am

    I see the Stanks have 2 lucky win vs the A’s so far… Doesn’t matter… O’s will sweep the Sux and the Yanks will choke today.

    AL East – tied after today – O’s take the lead for good after tomorrow. Sorry Stankee fans :(

  101. GregD September 23rd, 2012 at 8:38 am

    Cashmoney—-I agree that the skills are diminishing…….I hope the Yanks can add some new blood…..they have some big contracts that will force them to make hard choices………..those pitchers for Oakland have been very good though………..just adding new players won’t necessarily overcome great pitching……..that’s why the Yanks have to continue to improve their pitching…..it is the way to win, the Yanks had great hitting in the 80s and lousy pitching and never won anything…..dont’ want to go back there

  102. blake September 23rd, 2012 at 8:39 am

    MTU,

    I picked them to win 101 and I think the injuries and that bad stretch a month ago cost them the 5 or 6 games. The thing about the Yankees is that they survived that stretch….they kept their head above water when they could have just totally collapsed……

    That stretch of games kept them from cruising to the division…..but it also allowed them to get healthier and allowed them the opportunity to go on the run they have now……

    Its been an interesting season……a season where some cracks in the Yanks foundation have become more apparent for all to see…..but its also been a season where the Yanks have shown their pedigree and heart and will to win games and overcome adversity……

    Lets hope for a happy ending :)

  103. MTU September 23rd, 2012 at 8:39 am

    Cash-

    Yessir. Take no prisoners.

    Scorched Earth.

    Overwhelming force.

    Prefer that.

    :)

  104. Cashmoney September 23rd, 2012 at 8:40 am

    lol, right on MTU… better to be feared than love…. we leave the soft touch to blake.

  105. MTU September 23rd, 2012 at 8:42 am

    Blake-

    “…..but its also been a season where the Yanks have shown their pedigree and heart and will to win games and overcome adversity……”

    This is true. But it’s not over yet.

    Gotta keep driving for the finish line.

    Want to see that happy ending too !

    Changes will be made in the OS regardless.

    ;)

  106. Cashmoney September 23rd, 2012 at 8:43 am

    Greg, you always have need of pitching… i understand the reason why the yanks are ‘stuck’ with their current roster… just assessing what i think of as reality of this season. you right, they need to import the right mix.. I like a balance team when it comes to O and D.

  107. MTU September 23rd, 2012 at 8:44 am

    Cash-

    Don’t let Blake’s well-mannered exterior fool ya’.

    He’s a fiery competitor.

    He just likes to rationalize more than me.

    :)

  108. OsOWNtheEAST September 23rd, 2012 at 8:44 am

    Griffen – 7IP – 2H – 0BB – 1ER – 9K

    Krapoda – 6IP – 8H – 3BB – 6ER – 2K

    A’s roll 9 – 2 today.

    Yankees suck!!!

  109. MG September 23rd, 2012 at 8:47 am

    I’ll only make one comment about the Montero saga this morning: anyone who tries to compare Montero to The Mick never saw the Mick play when he was in his prime, period.

    That is the most absurd thing I have ever read, just ridiculous.

    Bryce Harper or Mike Trout, maybe, ask me again in 3-5 years.

    Jesus Montero, never.

  110. OsOWNtheEAST September 23rd, 2012 at 8:48 am

    I hope the Yanks enjoy their last day Of the year with sole possession of first place… Hell it might be their last day in first by themselves for a few years. Yanks are going down, time to jump off the bandwagon.

  111. Yankee Trader September 23rd, 2012 at 8:48 am

    Good morning-

    “It was like we played two games today,” Eduardo Nunez said.

    Yes it was. For about 99% of the game the offense did not take advantage of A’s miscues and poor starting pitching. 4 for 17 with RISP.

    They nearly blew the walk off win when Mesa didn’t touch 3rd, with A-Rod holding his head in disbelief.

    Thank goodness that Nunez hustled down to 1st on that groundball.

    I want to see Ichiro near the top of the order and more playing time for Nunez.

    IMO these two will help decide if the Yankees go in as division winners or the wild card.

    Now I’ve been saying this for months now, the bullpen is exposed and there was too much reliance on thinking Joba would return to form. No deals were made at the deadline. Well there was Chad Qualls!

    Greg-

    I too was impressed with the relievers throwing 95-96 that the A’s have, and that most teams have.

  112. Bret The Hitman September 23rd, 2012 at 8:49 am

    If the Yankees finish with 96 wins but capture the division by merely one win or two then no lead was ever safe – even a 10 game lead. If you finish with 96 wins in this AL East and still have a team on your heels, you have to give some credit to that team for playing great baseball. Part of the equation when the Yankees led by 10 games was how the other teams in the division were performing mediocre.

    I have no problems with the way things are shaping up at the finish line.

    The only team in the playoffs I’m concerned with facing is the Rangers because of their offense. Their pitching doesn’t have to be very good to shut down this lineup if the hitters are swinging for the fences every at-bat. If Swisher, Arod and Teixeira disappear again, this team is 1-and-done regardless.

  113. MTU September 23rd, 2012 at 8:49 am

    MG-

    Trout has been amazing so far.

    Let’s see what happens when the league begins to make adjustments to him.

    His speed, power, and athleticism aren’t going away though.

    I want to steal him from the Halos. He needs to come home to the Jersey area.

    :)

  114. OsOWNtheEAST September 23rd, 2012 at 8:50 am

    How many of you Yankee “fans” are going to jump on the O’s bandwagon? I’m sure at least half your fan base will switch to the O’s when we start winning WS again, it’s about to start.

  115. blake September 23rd, 2012 at 8:51 am

    “I hope Yankees fans are enjoying this as much as me, it’s not something that comes around every year.”

    Im enjoying it but its nerve wracking ;). This new format creates some real drama in the division races and I like that….there is just such a huge difference in winning the division and essentially getting a “buy” to the ALDS and having to play that WC game…..youre seeing some real urgency here……some great races going on

  116. MTU September 23rd, 2012 at 8:52 am

    YT-

    OK. I’ll give you a definite gold star for highlighting the BP problems.

    You were right on that. Like white on rice.

    Good idea to make use of the speed of Ichiro and Nunez.

    No question about it.

  117. Cashmoney September 23rd, 2012 at 8:53 am

    I finished read the ‘The Last Boy’ by Leavy awhile ago… very unique take on the Mick.

  118. blake September 23rd, 2012 at 8:54 am

    “lol, right on MTU… better to be feared than love…. we leave the soft touch to blake.”

    Hey Im a founding member of Team Greedy…..I want to win 162 ganes a year….but I also appreciate what the Yanks have done this season despite being undermanned for much of the year…..many teams would have collapsed by now…..they havebt and now they are starting to get healthier and are starting to perform…..hopefully they can carry it another 6 weeks.

  119. GregD September 23rd, 2012 at 8:55 am

    Blake—– I agree, nerve racking………but it’s why we watch baseball, nothing’s guaranteed…..

  120. Bret The Hitman September 23rd, 2012 at 8:55 am

    J. Alfred Prufrock January 13th, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    So all those who said Girardi had nothing against Montero were utterly wrong.
    That SOB and his ego and his hatred for catchers who can actually HIT COST US as I feared it would, all along.

    Stupid little man, who’s going to replace that bat on your aging team. Oh, I forgot – you showed you’d rather lose a series than allow him to pinch hit

    The Stupid Yankees have riches in young pitching, so what do they do, they trade the next Mantle for – young pitching.

    Maybe, just maybe, if they had handled Chamberlain properly, they wouldn’t need this “No. 2? that the ever clueless media keeps harping on. Bad enough they lost Vizcaino – but that’s peanuts compared to this.

    The Yankees pander to the lowest common denominator fan and the myopic media. The Stupid People got their way to day. I just never figured Brian Cashman to be one of them.

    **********

    :lol: The dude totally and completely hijacked the board with Randy. When the 2 of them settle down, maybe they will post about baseball and not rant about the trade 24/7 for months. That would be nice. Then the two of them can be the kind of poster they themselves claim to value for conversation on LOHUD.

    Conspiracy.

    :lol:

  121. GregD September 23rd, 2012 at 8:55 am

    I do think the Yanks need to consider Phelps vs Nova now………

  122. MG September 23rd, 2012 at 8:56 am

    MTU, you and I both saw the Mick (and Willie and Duke) in their primes.

    Both of us know how great they were.

    It isn’t easy for me to put anyone potentially at the same level as Mantle-I was at the stadium the day he beat out a drag bunt in one AB and hit the facade (off Pedro Ramos, Memorial Day, 1956) either in his next AB or the following one.

    I’m not sure anyone who didn’t see it can understand just how far that ball was hit-it wasn’t 2nd deck, it wasn’t 3rd deck, it cleared everything and was still going up when it hit the facade.

    He hit balls into the centerfield bleachers over the 461 sign batting both righthanded and lefthanded.

    Won the Triple Crown.

    And played his whole career on a knee that really needed reconstruction. And was still the fastest guy in baseball.

    Comparing a one tool prospect to him just defies both logic and the credibility.

    Trout and Harper seem to have great tools, as we both know, ask us again in 3-5 years when they have proved it.

  123. Yankee Trader September 23rd, 2012 at 8:57 am

    Blake-

    There is not one team in the AL assured of winning their division. Not even the Rangers 4 ahead of the A’s. After todays game in Seattle it’s home for 4 vs A’s, 3 vs the Angels and off to Oakland for 3.

  124. GregD September 23rd, 2012 at 8:58 am

    I also wish that Austin, Williams, Heathcott and Sanchez had just played a year at AA….. :)

  125. yankeefeminista September 23rd, 2012 at 8:58 am

    We could all quote each others’ past posts if we had nothing else to do with our time. Will you people please cease and desist, and realize this site should be about baseball and not your personal vendettas toward people. You are not only disrespecting the posters, but the game. NO ONE CARES ABOUT YOUR BAGGAGE toward a poster. We want to talk baseball. You are quoting posts going back to January. Really? Stop wasting the blog’s space and time. Stick to baseball.

  126. MTU September 23rd, 2012 at 8:58 am

    MG-

    “Trout and Harper seem to have great tools, as we both know, ask us again in 3-5 years when they have proved it.”

    Yup.

    :)

  127. Cashmoney September 23rd, 2012 at 8:58 am

    Greg, Nova’s problem stems from his command… Nova has two more starts coming to him…switching to Phelps is actually quite reasonable. I think Joe will stick with Nova and hope he can rebound and shut down the lesser team like Minny, B or Toronto… we see.

  128. blake September 23rd, 2012 at 9:01 am

    I do think the Yanks need to consider Phelps vs Nova now……… ”

    The problem is fhat Phelps is pretty darn good in the pen as well and they really need him there too….neither guy is ljkely to be in thr postseason rotation but they so need to win games now…..so yea I dont know…..Id probably give Nova another start…..he was so good against Tampa

  129. MTU September 23rd, 2012 at 9:01 am

    YF-

    It’s the Hatfield’s vs. the McCoys, or the Earps vs. the Clantons.

    Seems to be a blood feud. Don’t call for reason there.

    Call an undertaker.

    :(

  130. Bret The Hitman September 23rd, 2012 at 9:01 am

    Who cares that what was said happened in January vs. now? What was said was, well… CRAZY.

  131. GregD September 23rd, 2012 at 9:02 am

    Cashmoney September 23rd, 2012 at 8:53 am
    I finished read the ‘The Last Boy’ by Leavy awhile ago… very unique take on the Mick.

    ——————————-

    I just downloaded it……..looking forward to reading it. I have fond memories of the Mick including seeing him hit a walk off homer against the Tigers at the Stadium. :)

  132. MG September 23rd, 2012 at 9:02 am

    OsOWNtheEAST September 23rd, 2012 at 8:50 am
    How many of you Yankee “fans” are going to jump on the O’s bandwagon? I’m sure at least half your fan base will switch to the O’s when we start winning WS again, it’s about to start.
    ———————
    OK, you moron, I was going to ignore you until this last post.

    I’ve been a Yankees fan since 1953, I could care less who wins the WS if it’s not the Yankees.

    Your O’s haven’t had a winning season in 15 years, that is probably higher than your age and IQ.

    It must be really irritating to see the Yankees win every day, that’s what a team with pride does in a pennant race when being chased by another team. Maybe you don’t know how teams with pride play given the O’s haven’t had a winning season since the older Bush was president. (Or was that Nixon, I’m not sure).

    With Buck’s track record of burning out at every stop along the way this will be your one year above the Mendoza line for wins, enjoy it while you can, chump.

  133. MTU September 23rd, 2012 at 9:04 am

    What the Yankees need to consider is what will win them games.

    No time for sentimentality.

    Whoever maximizes your chances gets the playing time.

    The margin of error is way too slim.

    Time to walk the Mopheads.

    Later.

    :)

  134. GregD September 23rd, 2012 at 9:04 am

    Cashmoney and Blake

    I think they can give Nova another start too…..I hope they can still give Phelps opportunities to stay sharp……if they wait for long man opps……he might not get enough

  135. MTU September 23rd, 2012 at 9:05 am

    New thread —–>

  136. Cashmoney September 23rd, 2012 at 9:06 am

    GregD… my father was a big Mickey fan, I think half of America was probably… My grandfather was actually Giants Fan… more of a Willie guy. I enjoyed the book a great deal… It is written in away that is transcendental over generations, allegiance, teams and etc… A story about a boy becoming a bigger boy :D

  137. blake September 23rd, 2012 at 9:07 am

    “MTU, you and I both saw the Mick (and Willie and Duke) in their primes.”

    I would say I wish I had seen those guys play……but then Id be as old as you two :)

  138. yankeefeminista September 23rd, 2012 at 9:08 am

    MTU, disagree. Some debate baseball. Some are on some personal vendetta mission. Very different. Those ruining this blog are still here.

  139. Yankee Trader September 23rd, 2012 at 9:08 am

    YF and everyone-

    Austinmac asked who we thought might make the squad next year from the AA/AAA ranks.

    Adams 3B
    Joseph-Utility infielder
    Montgomery-BP
    Mustelier OF/3B

    Thoughts?

  140. mattew crorkz August 27th, 2014 at 11:56 am

    lWapjj I have been examinating out a few of your stories and i must say pretty nice stuff. I will surely bookmark your blog.

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