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Postgame notes: “A season-defining game”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes on Sep 30, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Derek Jeter just might be the most practical person in baseball. Even after a win like this, when the Yankees were three innings away from folding completely and instead made a come-from-behind statement, the Captain refused to acknowledge any sort of larger significance.

“I thought it was important that we continue to fight and came back,” he said. “But all the games are the same now. If you ask me tomorrow, I’ll say the same thing.”

Nick Swisher is not so practical.

“Tonight was a season-defining game for us,” he said.

The Yankees have to hope Swisher is right because, at this point, their season is being redefined every day. A week ago, they’d won seven straight and looked like one of the best teams in baseball again. They’ve since traded wins and losses day by day, going out with a whimper yesterday and showing a ton of fight this afternoon.

Amazingly enough, if the Rangers lose tonight’s second game of a doubleheader against the Angels, then the Yankees, Orioles and Rangers were be in a three-way tie for the best record in the American League, and not a single A.L. playoff spot will be guaranteed.

“It’s hard to avoid that (out-of-town scoreboard),” Robinson Cano said. “You’re going to see it no matter what. Sometimes, it’s good to see those things, so you see (the Orioles) win already, and you know we need to win this game.”

Yesterday the Yankees lost an infinitely winable game. Today they won a game that looked a sure loss. They won with bunts and sac flies and timely hits (and a couple of gift wild pitches). Eric Chavez homered in the third inning, but the comeback itself was nothing but small ball mixed with some fine relief pitching. It might not have meant any more than any other game, but in this situation, it certainly felt bigger. And a loss would have been about as deflating as they come.

If this game will define the Yankees season, they’ll be in good shape.

“For us to be in a spot that we are right now, we control our destiny,” Swisher said. “We win, we go on. We lose, we’re done. It’s exciting, man. I’m juiced up to go back home. I know the Bronx is going to be going crazy, and we’re excited to get there.”

• I’m actually not sure the Yankees want to clinch a playoff spot tonight. They clinch if the Rangers beat the Angels, but surely they’d rather the Angels win and give the Yankees a shot at the best record in the American League. “It means we’re in the playoffs,” Jeter said. “But you celebrate for winning the division. That’s what you’re trying to do. Our goal going into the season isn’t to clinch a wild card, it’s to win a division, and we still haven’t done that.”

• Up next for the Orioles, the third-place Rays. Up next for the Yankees, the last-place Red Sox. “They would like nothing better than to spoil our season,” Russell Martin said. “Us knowing that, I don’t think anybody is going to take them lightly.”

• Girardi called the Cano bunt single a “heads-up play” and Cano smiled when asked about it. “You’re up by two so you just want to get a (bigger) lead in the situation,” Cano said. “The third baseman was back, so I figured I get a sacrifice, move the runner, (or) we get first and second.”

• Cano and Jeter each had three hits, including some big ones late. The biggest hit of the day might have been Cano’s RBI double off the lefty Delabar in the seventh. It was big for the situation, and also because Cano’s really struggled against lefties this season. “I know he’s a guy who has only two pitches,” Cano said. “So if he throws you a fastball, you hit a foul ball, and you just be ready to hit his splitter, because that’s how he gets guys out. … Those are where you want to get your hit. Doesn’t matter if you go 3-for-4 if you don’t get your hits in big situations.”

• On Jeter’s RBI single in the eighth, pinch runner Brett Gardner was trying to steal third on the play. He and Raul Ibanez both thought Gardner probably would have scored even without running on the pitch, but it certainly didn’t help.

• The Yankees never got much going against Blue Jays starter Henderson Alvarez. “I thought he was a little more hyped up than he normally is,” Swisher said. “Throwing the ball extremely well and really working that two-seamer. When you’re working at 97-98 mph rather than your typical 92-93, it’s a little different. He did a great job for them, but we were able to get him out of the game early right there which is crucial. We just kind of started the rally from there.”

• Eduardo Nunez continues to hit the ball hard for the Yankees, but it’s hard to imagine him being in the lineup against a right-handers, and the Yankees face just one more lefty this season.

• Phil Hughes lasted just 4.2 innings, his shortest start since August 12 (also in Toronto). This was only his third no-decision in 32 starts this year. “I didn’t throw the ball well and this could have really been a disaster,” Hughes said. “But the other guys battled back, scored some runs and got a win, which is all that matters.”

• Hughes said he wasn’t pitching inside enough in the first inning, and once he made that adjustment, he got on a little bit of a roll before things blew up on him in the fifth. “Some tough locations,” Girardi siad. “Missed some spots and they hit them.”

• Know who didn’t miss his spots? Derek Lowe. This was another good outing for Lowe, and Girardi was praising him quite a bit postgame saying Lowe could get into some bigger situations. “He’s done a good job the last three or four outings,” Girardi said. “He had a really good outing when he first got here and then he kind of went through some up and down periods, but he’s been really good. You pick your hitters that you’re going to use him against. He’s a groundball pitcher for the most part, he has a slider for right handers, so I mean, there’s some value to that, sure.”

• Rafael Soriano was the only Yankees reliever to allow a hit, but after loading the bases with no outs in the ninth, he got out of it with just one run scoring. “A little rusty today,” Girardi said. “We got him a hitter the other day just because he hadn’t worked in a week, but I think it was important and he got out of that with a big double play. He did an outstanding job after getting the bases loaded. He hasn’t pitched much in the last nine days, so I think it was important.”

• Final word goes to Jeter: “We’re trying to win games, we’re trying to win the division. That’s what we’re always trying to do. If we play our games and we win our games, we’ll be where we want to be. That’s the only thing we’re concerned with now.”

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101 Responses to “Postgame notes: “A season-defining game””

  1. Tabbert September 30th, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    2-0 Angels. Wow… things could get WILD out west. The rangers wont even be a lock for the playoffs if they lose tonight.

  2. Ghostwriter September 30th, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    “I thought it was important that we continue to fight and came back,” he said. “But all the games are the same now. If you ask me tomorrow, I’ll say the same thing.”

    Nick Swisher is not so practical.

    “Tonight was a season-defining game for us,” he said.

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

    Jeter is right, and Swisher is wrong. It’s as simple as that. We need 15 more wins this year, and it doesn’t much matter how we get them.

  3. Tabbert September 30th, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    4-0 Angels.

  4. bruceb September 30th, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    The rangers wont even be a lock for the playoffs if they lose tonight.

    The only thing that concerns me about this is that an Oakland win, followed by another one for the Angels, all but puts the Rays out of the play-off picture. Their chance now is surely mathematical.

  5. Tabbert September 30th, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    Bruce-

    Tomorrow the Rays HAVE to win to stay alive. So… that is the game we need them to win. If the A’s lose tomorrow…. It would make Tuesday a must win for the rays. Either way… Tomorrow the rays will still be alive when they play Baltimore. We will need to sweep the sox.

  6. blake September 30th, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    Lowe really did do a nice job….he’s help them win a few games this year.

  7. Ghostwriter September 30th, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    Amazingly enough, if the Rangers lose tonight’s second game of a doubleheader against the Angels, then the Yankees, Orioles and Rangers were be in a three-way tie for the best record in the American League, and not a single A.L. playoff spot will be guaranteed.

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

    This helps the Yankees quite a bit, considering how resilient the O’s have been. A week or two ago it seemed like the Ragers were sitting pretty, and would be able to set up their postseason rotation and roster in a leisurely fashion. It looks like the playoffs have started a week early this year, and everybody is in the same boat, fighting for their survival.

  8. blake September 30th, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    The AL race is crazy…..Yanks have to take care of their business against Boston. 2 of 3 is a must and they really need to think sweep.

  9. bruceb September 30th, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    Blake.

    Tuesday’s game between Nova and Lester concerns me greatly. Surely they should go with Phelps? But I guess we can worry about that after winning tomorrow.

  10. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 30th, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    How wild is it that not one AL team has clinched a postseason berth, while 4 of the 5 in the NL have been decided, with Cincy clinching a week ago? Even moreso, that 3 of the 4 teams in the AL West are still eligible for both the division AND the wild card??? Just crazy! Must be that pesky DH that continues to make the AL more formidible!

    And who in hell is vrsce?

    Well the stuff in the first paragraph I find rivetting. I don’t really care about who in hell vrsce is!

    :)

    Later.

  11. blake September 30th, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    “Tuesday’s game between Nova and Lester concerns me greatly. Surely they should go with Phelps? But I guess we can worry about that after winning tomorrow.”

    yea….I think if they start Nova they need to have Phelps on quick stand by.

  12. Wang IS Taiwan September 30th, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    “It’s hard to avoid that (out-of-town scoreboard),” Robinson Cano said. “You’re going to see it no matter what. Sometimes, it’s good to see those things, so you see (the Orioles) win already, and you know we need to win this game.”

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    I think we saw evidence of this attitude the other day when the O’s lost and they had the chance to gain a game on them. Instead, they folded because it wasn’t a “must-win”.

  13. Nick in SF September 30th, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    Would the divisional playoff games — game 163 — count for statistical records and for determining playoff seeding?

  14. Ghostwriter September 30th, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    blake September 30th, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    “Tuesday’s game between Nova and Lester concerns me greatly. Surely they should go with Phelps? But I guess we can worry about that after winning tomorrow.”

    yea….I think if they start Nova they need to have Phelps on quick stand by.
    ============

    Agreed. But I really like that Joe is giving Nova a chance in the big spot. I think that Nova is going to step up in a very big way. He may even earn himself a spot on the postseason roster.

  15. Benny Blanco September 30th, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    Blake,

    Are you ready for Pedro Ciriaco to go 10-12 against the yankees this week? LOL

  16. Bo knows September 30th, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    Defining game, my foot. Four and three road trip, that’s defining.

    Needed a two by plank between the running lights today, when their whole season flashed before their eyes. This wasn’t a defining game, it was a reality check.

    Amazing what they can do when they play fundamental baseball. Put your stat sheet and arrogance in your back pocket and play ball. You’ll have all off season to ruminate.

  17. Wang IS Taiwan September 30th, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    Ghostwriter,

    Just curious as to what makes you so confident Nova will step up? His last game was really big and we saw what happened then.

  18. Nick in SF September 30th, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    It’s a defining game of you win it. If you lose, it’s another obstacle to overcome.

    A winning roadtrip is good, but a winninger roadtrip would’ve been better.

  19. Pat M. September 30th, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    Nick in SF….That one game is counted as a regular season game and the stats do indeed count…..As would the win count in the over / under contest…..Man Napoli is just drilling the Angels much like he did last September when he sent them packing for the links……

  20. Wang IS Taiwan September 30th, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    …”a winninger roadtrip would’ve been better.”

    ~~~~~~~~

    You betcha, Nick. ;)

  21. Ghostwriter September 30th, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    Wang IS Taiwan September 30th, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    Ghostwriter,

    Just curious as to what makes you so confident Nova will step up? His last game was really big and we saw what happened then.
    =============

    First of all, I like the kid’s toughness. He doesn’t seem to shy away from challenges. Second of all, since coming back, he has had a decent start, a crummy start, and a so-so start. However, he has demonstrated that he has good stuff, but lacked consistency. And now, he has had a decent amount of work since coming back. I think that he is due to put it all together, and come up with a solid start. Moreover, this is a diminished Red Sox club that he will be facing on Tuesday.

  22. blake September 30th, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    “Are you ready for Pedro Ciriaco to go 10-12 against the yankees this week? LOL”

    so you think we’ll actually get him out twice?

  23. Wang IS Taiwan September 30th, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    Ghost,

    I can only hope you’re right, but he’s been bad for much of the season, so I don’t have high hopes at all. When he’s bad, he’s really bad…

    I think he’s earned that “AJ Nova” nickname. I haven’t seen much of that toughness this year, though he had it in spades last year.

  24. Andymelillo September 30th, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    Thanks nunez for breathing life in a team that seem dead an burried an girardi will thankyou by giveing you rest on the bench tomorrow

  25. Ghostwriter September 30th, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    Wang IS Taiwan September 30th, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    Ghost,

    I can only hope you’re right, but he’s been bad for much of the season, so I don’t have high hopes at all. When he’s bad, he’s really bad…

    I think he’s earned that “AJ Nova” nickname. I haven’t seen much of that toughness this year, though he had it in spades last year.
    ===============

    In fairness, he was bad in the second half of the season, presumably as a result of his injury. Even if he has earned the “AJ Nova” tag, AJ was fully capable of giving a lights-out performance. That said, if Nova gives us six solid innings on Tuesday, I wouldn’t send him out for the seventh in a close game…

  26. Wang IS Taiwan September 30th, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    Ghost,

    He was OK before the All-Star break (3.94) and horrendous post (7.05). I’m not sold on the injury causing all his troubles, but we don’t have enough info to really know for sure.

    Regardless, we have to hope that if Nova does implode that Girardi won’t wait too long to pull him.

    Time to shuffle off to work. You guys enjoy your evening!

  27. Shame Spencer September 30th, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    You have to figure they’ll start Nova and Joe will use a quick hook should he need to.. Hopefully he delivers, but they’ll have Phelps or Lowe ready.

  28. Bo knows September 30th, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    A winning roadtrip is good, but a winninger roadtrip would’ve been better.

    ————–
    They laid a rotten egg yesterday and in Minnesota and numbskull is talking about a defining game.

  29. Shame Spencer September 30th, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    And trisha if you’re out there tom had actually referenced me as being on team doom and gloom today lol.. I think its just more my natural inclination to be on edge at the moment. I just feel like a lot of holes in this team we were talking about since early in the season are hurting us. I’m thrilled they won today, however!! And as streaky as this team has been there’s nothing that says they can’t get hot for a couple weeks through the playoffs… now would certainly be a good time to start!!!

  30. Bo knows September 30th, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    Shame

    Loved your comment about Swisher wouldn’t miss a few brain cells by stepping into a pitch. I beg to differ – considering the scarcity of the above in Swisher’s brainpan, he would feel the loss more keenly.

  31. Duh Innings II September 30th, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    1996 ALDS and ALCS rematches?

    How weird would it be if that happened AND the Braves made it to the World Series for a 1996/1999 World Series rematch?

  32. Shame Spencer September 30th, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    LOL Bo – Good point!!

    When I saw it actually happen it was probably one of the funniest things I’d ever seen.

  33. Shame Spencer September 30th, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    I just want to see this team blow out the Red Sox and remind everyone we’re the Yankees.

  34. Shame Spencer September 30th, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    (That awkward moment when everyones watching Boardwalk Empire/Dexter…)

  35. pat September 30th, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    WNST
    #MASN reporting #Orioles charter plane had to make emergency landing in #Jacksonville due to minor kitchen fire. All aboard are safe, okay.

    :shock:

  36. umbrelladoc September 30th, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    Angels are mounting a comeback. Down only 8-7.
    If the Angels lose tonight, the Yankees and O’s clinch at least the wildcard. I’m sure the teams are watching in the clubhouse, waiting to pop the champagne if that happens.

    If the Angels lose, then the Rangers will be 2 up in the division and win the division with a win against the A’s. If the Rangers win the first game against the A’s, the Rays will be still be alive if they beat the Orioles in game 1, but now the Rangers will have clinched the division and may not go all out just to get the #1 seed. Any A’s win eliminates the Rays.

    If the Angels win, the Rangers will only be 1 game up against the A’s. They will need to take 2 of 3 in order to win the division. Thus a Texas win in game 1 keeps the Rays alive, but Texas also needs to keep trying to win. Thus this will make it more likely that Rays will be alive for all three games.

  37. Doc Iac September 30th, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    ugh, good win, but hughes cannot be trusted in the playoffs

  38. Jerkface September 30th, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    No one on the Yankees can be trusted. Their run into the postseason will depend on which pieces of the team knuckle up

  39. Nick in SF September 30th, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    So if the Rangers hold on, something like 8 or 9 other teams clinch at least Wild Card slots, right?

    The Yankees have a case of Diet Yoo Hoo on ice, ready to celebrate is appropriate style.

  40. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 30th, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    Geeze, who do we want to win this game? Personally I’d rather go for the best record. I really like the idea of HFA.

    In terms of caring about whether the Angels or Rangers make the postseason, I don’t really care. The only reason I’d like to see the Rangers eliminated is because if they somehow made it to the WS, that would mean we have that idiot Washington managing the AL ASG. No no no! I want the AL to get HFA again in the WS. It will never happen with Washington managing.

    Doc, I bet that if the Ys clinched tonight, there wouldn’t be any major celebration. I remember from years past that they are pretty low key because their goal is the WS. They will say as much. I do believe that the O’s are probably waiting to celebrate, and why the heck not. It’s pretty amazing to go from last place in the division and get where they got, especially with their RD!!!

  41. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 30th, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    I also want the Rays motivated for their entire series.

    :)

  42. Jerkface September 30th, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    The theme for this postseason has to be Muse – Survival off their new album. It is sad that this should be the theme but its appropriate.

    Race, life’s a race
    And I am gonna win
    Yes, I am gonna win

    And I’ll light the fuse
    And I’ll never lose
    And I choose to survive
    Whatever it takes
    You won’t pull ahead
    I’ll keep up the pace
    And I’ll reveal my strength
    To the whole human race
    Yes I am prepared
    To stay alive
    I won’t forgive, the vengeance is mine
    And I won’t give in
    Because I choose to thrive

    I’m gonna win

    Race, it’s a race
    But I’m gonna win
    Yes I’m gonna win
    And will light the fuse
    I’ll never lose
    And I choose to survive
    Whatever it takes
    You won’t ?ull ahead
    I’ll keep up the pace
    And I’ll reveal my strength
    To the whole human race
    Yes I’m gonna win

    Fight! Fight! Fight! Fight!
    Win! Win! Win! Win!

    Yes I’m gonna win

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZYMMnHW85mc

  43. Nick in SF September 30th, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    The best outcome would be for the Yanks to win the top seed and for the A’s to host and win the Wild Card game and for the Yanks to open the ALDS in Oakland.

  44. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 30th, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    Shame, earlier today I posted my wish list for the rest of our run. This is what I said:

    ___________________

    1. The Yankees to look like the Yankees, not a rag-tag version of the Yankees. Play good crisp baseball, don’t make mistakes in the field, focus on winning every game. (I said last night I think the team is like me in the sense that they almost need a granade under them to kick them into gear. As long as there’s a tomorrow, there’s no need to panic. Well today is that tomorrow.)

    2. Tex back at first base. I don’t think we realize just how much he brings to the game.

    3. Girardi making extremely sound decisions and learning from things that may not have worked. He doesn’t have to admit anything publicly, as long as he knows there’s a better way to do things – and he does them.

    4. Small ball and situational hitting when the occasion calls for it. And don’t tell me that team doesn’t know how to play small ball. We’ve seen them do it with our own eyes. There’s a big difference between being unable and being unwilling.

    For today I’d like the Sux to win, though I don’t know if that’s even a possibility with the kid they have lined up to pitch. They of course are saving their best for us.

    I’d also like the Rays to pound the tar out of the O’s. Even if it ends up that the Rays aren’t playing for a postseason position – something I see as more likely than unlikely, though one never knows – I don’t want them to roll over and die.

    Well there’s my wish list. It’s all attainable. I haven’t asked for anything that can’t be accomplished.

  45. Don September 30th, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    Our pitching staff is really shaky going into the post-season. We are going to need a lot of luck to go far.

  46. umbrelladoc September 30th, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    In case anyone was wondering, I was kidding about the champagne. The case of diet Yoo-hoo is probably more like it.

    I think rooting for the Angels is the right thing to do, because the Yankees could only miss the playoffs if they were swept by the Red Sox, but it doesn’t matter that much.

    At the end of the day, regardless of how it shakes out, the Yankees must follow the edict of the Other Mariano, Mariano Duncan. “We play today, we win today… das it!

  47. Pat M. September 30th, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    All I know is that I’ll be at Yankee Stadium on Saturday October 27th for Game 3 of the World Series…..And earlier that day I’ll be at a 40th reunion of the 1972 West Haven Yanks and a few other players from a few before and after…….It’s my intent to win the Homerun contest that afternoon……Aluminuim Bats are the equvilent of guys on roids hitting with wood……Warning track power is now 5-7 rows bat easily……

  48. Nick in SF September 30th, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    Actually, I think it’s a case of Dad’s Root Beer, it was on sale at CostCo.

    Did Trout just K in his last meaningful AB of the season????

  49. Nick in SF September 30th, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    Pat M, I may be one of the few people reading here who’s been to a West Haven Yankees game. A friend of my mom’s was once dating a catcher there and I went to a game. It was years after your time there, I’m afraid.

  50. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 30th, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    I definitely am rooting for the Angels.

    DirecTV just pulled something cute. I guess they decided the game should be over by 10, so at 10 sharp they cut the feed! I am now forced to watch this on MLB Game Mix, which means I am looking at 8 little squares on the television screen, only one of which has a game playing.

    :roll:

    We control our own fate. Great feeling. Imagine how nerve-wracking it has to be for those teams that can only do what they can to win their own games but have no control over what any other team does but still has its fate tied to that team.

  51. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 30th, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    “Our pitching staff is really shaky going into the post-season. We are going to need a lot of luck to go far.”

    If our SP pitches like they are able and like we’ve seen them when they’re at their best, we should pretty much write our own ticket. If they don’t, there’s going to be a lot of touch and go.

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

    “A friend of my mom’s was once dating a catcher there and I went to a game.”

    Was the catcher selling trinkets on the side?

  52. Nick in SF September 30th, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    He was the catcher on the field, not in the bullpen.

  53. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 30th, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    Oh sorry. You were talking about the real catcher. I was thinking about the other kind.

  54. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 30th, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    Wouldn’t it be cool if the Angels were down to their last strike and smacked it out, a la Longoria?

    I’d take it before the last strike too, by the way.

  55. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 30th, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    I notice that luis hasn’t been around. I hope it’s not the product of some blood oath he had to take. I think he was a nice addition to this forum.

  56. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 30th, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    :(

    Well, congrats to the New York Yankees for making the postseason. It’s been a long strange ride, hasn’t it?

    Congrats to the O’s also. Those guys definitely earned this. Too bad their stay will be short!

    :)

  57. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 30th, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    So when the stats are updated, we should see that both AL teams have clinched a wild card. Think I’ll check right now.

  58. Bo knows September 30th, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    And the Angles are Yourdone. Break out the Schweppes

  59. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 30th, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/standin....._standings

    Kind of exciting to look at. At least it was for me!

  60. Nick in SF September 30th, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    Hal has signed off on a case of Diet Perrier. Fancy!

  61. the vaunted chris September 30th, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    Just noticed Montero had a -0.2 WAR…ouch

  62. Binder Joe September 30th, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    Just wanted to let you all know I have decided to start Andruw Jones on Tues vs Lester. He’s been swinging a good bat lately!!!

  63. Nick in SF September 30th, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    Coincidentally, 0.2 was also Michael Pineda’s blood alcohol content %. :neutral:

  64. Don September 30th, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    Montero didn’t burn up the league, he was not a Mike Trout or Bryce Harper or Mickey Mantle (as many Yankee fans thought) so I guess we can get off Cashman’s back now.

  65. Bo knows September 30th, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    Diet Perrier – I did a double take. Snuck one in there – again.

    Actually Hal’s messin with their health – Read below. (in the useless info category)

    Where’s the rasslin fanatic?

    If you are prone to kidney stones, Perrier (or any other mineral water) may not be a good idea. I drank it for years and ended up with a severe case of kidney stones. Analysis showed that they were composed mainly of calcium but with high levels of other minerals as well. I have a lactose intolerance, so the excess calcium was not coming from dairy foods; it was coming from the Perrier. I immediately stopped drinking Perrier and have never had a kidney stone episode since (and that was a good 12 years ago). The only change I made to my diet was to eliminate the Perrier.

    Read more: http://www.city-data.com/forum.....z280kR87XB

  66. Pat M. September 30th, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    Don……He’s not Russell Martin either

  67. Nick in SF September 30th, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    I had a severe case of the Steve Stones that night I could only get the White Sox feed. :oops:

  68. jmills September 30th, 2012 at 10:44 pm

    Go my Toronto catcher, raised in Montreal!

  69. jmills September 30th, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    Thanks for showing me I have only seventy wins, Trish! :) :) :)

  70. Bo knows September 30th, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    .2 eh? 20 percent alchohol by volume – whoorf.

    Let’s see 20 stone by 1.9 meters, mhm, mhm, cast out nines, multiply by the square root of the pitcher’s mound times stride length = 17.5 liters – divide by 4.5436, comes to four gallons of alchohol. That can’t be right – Rats, forgot Yankee gallons

  71. jmills September 30th, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    Bo,…..I think you’ve got it, now let’s get you in a car! :)

  72. Bo knows September 30th, 2012 at 11:04 pm

    I want that sleeper the Honda sedan – that goes like the clappers. A friend of mine had one and mistakenly let me drive it once. Scared him white – I think it was the four wheel drift. Hong Kong chap, quite polite.

  73. jmills September 30th, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    Bo, that’s hilarious like the time Steve McQueen scared Bruce Lee, shi#(le#s!!!

    Lee hid under the dash!!!!!

  74. Bo knows September 30th, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    The last Prelude driver I saw had the belly button shirt, gold chains and the comb over. Quite off putting.

  75. jmills September 30th, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    Bo, all Prelude drivers are different.

  76. Bo knows September 30th, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    Not to be racist or anything but the Far East are notoriously bad drivers – except for the Japanese. Now they like risk taking. I got taken for a ride in the Japanese countryside once and if blood was brown, I was seriously injured.

  77. jmills September 30th, 2012 at 11:14 pm

    Japan knows, Bo, how to love, Senna, no doubt.

  78. Bo knows September 30th, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    Anyway – Edmonton once had a traffic circle on the south side flanked by a firehall. So every spring after the streets were washed it was time to take the GTV for spins around the traffic circle up to and icluding squared circles.

    Mis spent youth, I’m much more sedate now.

  79. Against All Odds September 30th, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    Don September 30th, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    Montero didn’t burn up the league, he was not a Mike Trout or Bryce Harper or Mickey Mantle (as many Yankee fans thought) so I guess we can get off Cashman’s back now.

    —————

    No he wasn’t those guys but I’m willing to cut him some slack being it was his first full yr in the bigs.

  80. jmills September 30th, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    Go Bo! Go Alfa!

    ( Gilles wrecked many a Ferrari,…to everyone’s delight! )

  81. Pat M. September 30th, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    Man I need the G-Men + 2 tonight to bail me out……A push does me no good

  82. jmills September 30th, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    Pat M. – I’m sure your best friend can give you a push! :)

  83. JobaTipsHisCap September 30th, 2012 at 11:42 pm

    talk about choking.
    Today all NY teams choke.

    just ask Giants Barden! kill this fxxxer!

  84. Triple Short of a Cycle October 1st, 2012 at 12:12 am

    just ask Giants Barden! kill this fxxxer!

    ———————-

    Barden saved the pass from being intercepted. Put the blame where it belongs on the play calling to throw a deep pass in that situation. It is amazing how Tom always gets outcoached when he plays against Philly

  85. Duh Innings II October 1st, 2012 at 2:53 am

    Chance of showers Tuesday and Wednesday.

  86. Yankee Trader October 1st, 2012 at 8:38 am

    Good morning. Anyone online?

  87. jacksquat October 1st, 2012 at 8:39 am

    vs rhp

    Chavez: .300 .363 .547 .910

    Ibanez: .245 .316 .484 .800

    It’s obvious Chavez should be the DH (or 3B with Arod DH) vs rhp.

  88. Yankee Trader October 1st, 2012 at 8:40 am

    Jack-

    Why does it look like you and me are the only two online this morning?

  89. Yankee Trader October 1st, 2012 at 8:42 am

    In answer-

    Chavez should play everday. He’s one of the few lefties who can go the other way with a pitch.

  90. tomingeorgia October 1st, 2012 at 8:42 am

    Morning, YT. First cup of coffee, synapses just starting to fire.

  91. jacksquat October 1st, 2012 at 8:43 am

    lineup vs rhp

    Jeter – SS
    Ichiro – LF
    Teixiera – 1B
    Cano – 2B
    Arod – 3B/DH
    Swisher – RF
    Granderson – CF
    Martin – C
    Chavez – DH/3B

  92. jacksquat October 1st, 2012 at 8:45 am

    Actually, Chavez should DH, not play 3B, so you can pinch hit Nunez if they bring in a lhp.

  93. blake October 1st, 2012 at 8:45 am

    Morning everyone.

    So guaranteed a WC now….just have to keep pushing and take care of business against the last place Sox.

    The Rays are going to be going all out against the Os as they lose one more and they are done so hopefully they can help us out here.

  94. jacksquat October 1st, 2012 at 8:46 am

    Long day yesterday, probably people are a bit frazzled. I think I’m going back to bed myself. :)

  95. Yankee Trader October 1st, 2012 at 8:47 am

    Tom-

    Is your page showing only you, Jack and me since DUH@0253?

  96. jacksquat October 1st, 2012 at 8:49 am

    Yes, and blake.

  97. tomingeorgia October 1st, 2012 at 8:50 am

    Morning, blake.

    YT, folks will start to gather in.

    I don’t feel like celebrating over clinching a wild card. That’s not the prize we want.

  98. Yankee Trader October 1st, 2012 at 8:51 am

    That’s better. Good morning everyone.

    I asked this yesterday, and now I know the answer. Did Cano bunt against the shift on his own or from orders from Girardi?

    Girardi called the Cano bunt single a “heads-up play” and Cano smiled when asked about it. “You’re up by two so you just want to get a (bigger) lead in the situation,” Cano said. “The third baseman was back, so I figured I get a sacrifice, move the runner, (or) we get first and second.”

    I like Girardi, but now I believe that he is not the correct manager to get this team to the WS.

  99. Yankee Trader October 1st, 2012 at 8:58 am

    It’s the shift that will do the Yankees in this postseason. If you have the pitchers who can locate the ball to force pull hitters to hit into the shift it will shut down this offense geared for the 3 run homer.

    Tex, granderson, Ibanez, at times Swisher and even Cano until yesterday, were not taking the easy infield single given to them against the shift.

    Now that they are going back to YS, they will not do what Cano did on his own yesterday. They will try and muscle it over the short RF porch.

    If the team can play a NL style of ball in these close games, maybe they’ll stand a chance of advancing.

  100. Yankee Trader October 1st, 2012 at 8:59 am

    New Post———->

  101. trisha - true pinstriped blue October 1st, 2012 at 9:34 pm


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