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Postgame notes: “My favorite moment in baseball”

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

Keep in mind that Eric Chavez has played more than 1,500 big league games in his career. Keep in mind that he’s won five Gold Gloves, one Silver Slugger, and once homered in a game that clinched a postseason series. Keep in mind that he’s not the guy who homered tonight.

“(This game) is my best baseball moment in my whole career, without a doubt,” Chavez said. “… There’s not even a close second.”

From the locker right next to Chavez.

“That’s probably my favorite moment in baseball so far in my career,” Russell Martin said. “Just unbelievable.”

From the locker on the other side of Chavez.

“You dream about stuff like that,” Nick Swisher said. “I wasn’t even the guy who hit it, and I was jumping up and down going crazy. For Raul, I could not be more happy for him, man. You gotta be pro to step up in a situation like that. Especially pinch hitting, come up against a guy like Johnson, and then to just get that one pitch — because he doesn’t give you that many pitches to hit — and then he comes up in the 12th inning, and he goes Jack City again! You can’t script something like that.”

No, you really can’t. Raul Ibanez became the first player in Major League history to hit two home runs in a postseason game with both coming in the ninth inning or later. This Yankees offense was lifeless, completely finished, and suddenly Ibanez showed up, pinch hitting for one of the greatest hitters in baseball history, and took this team to the verge of advancing.

“Watching the game and being a part of this great team with all these great players, Hall of Fame players, the thing that really sticks out to me from spring training is how mentally tough these guys are and what great teammates they are,” Ibanez said. “You know, I’ll go one step beyond that and say that they’re great people, too. Being in that situation and being a part of something like this, this great team, and obviously all the legends that have come before you here is an extraordinary feeling, and it’s a great blessing. And then to be a part of something like that is definitely a special moment.”

Last time a Yankees player hit a pinch hit home run in the postseason was Hideki Matsui in Game 3 of the 2009 World Series, but no one in franchise history had ever hit a postseason pinch hit home run in the ninth inning or later to tie the game or give the Yankees the lead.

The last Yankees player to hit any sort of game-tying home run in the ninth inning or later of a postseason game was — of course — Alex Rodriguez, who did it twice in 2009.

Rodriguez said he did not argue with Joe Girardi’s pinch hit decision, and frankly he handled himself incredibly well during a postgame interview when he was surrounded by a massive mob of writers, reporters and television cameras documenting what must have been a hard-to-swallow moment.

“I love Joe,” Rodriguez said. “Again, I’m one of the leaders of his team. Maybe 10 years ago I react a much different way, but I’m at a place in my career right now where team means everything. I don’t think there was anybody in the ballpark more excited for Raul than me.”

Girardi on the decision: “You have to make some decisions sometimes that are tough decisions, but I just had a gut feeling. We talked about it in the pregame about (Ibanez) being a great pinch hitter, and you’ve got a left-handed hitter who’s a low-ball hitter in a sense, and you’ve got a low ball pitcher. I just kind of had a gut feeling.”

Ibanez on the decision: “I assumed something was going on or something when I was told that I was hitting second. And I asked one of the guys, I think it was Nuñez, and I asked who was hitting. And it was Alex. … Alex is one of the best hitters of all time, and he still is. I mean, he’s one of the greatest players in the history of the game. So for a minute I just thought something was going on, I didn’t know what was happening, and then I just tried to put it behind me and get a good pitch to hit.”

• As I’m sure you fully expected, Derek Jeter said he will play tomorrow. He fouled a ball off his foot in the first inning, so this is completely different from the bone bruise in his ankle. “It hurt, man,” Jeter said. “If you have a ball, I’ll throw it off your foot and you can relate. It’s part of the game. It happens. I wish it didn’t happen, but it did. It’s over with. No one wants to hear about it. Come back and play tomorrow.”

• Ibanez on Jeter: Watching Jeet grind through that game was inspiring, and the guy is obviously one of the greatest players in the history of the game. But to watch him grind through stuff like that and see he’s got the heart of a lion is a great experience.”

• Mentioned it earlier but worth repeating: Orioles manager Buck Showalter announced that Joe Saunders will be tomorrow’s starting pitcher.

• The A’s came from behind to beat the Tigers and force that series to a Game 5. That means tomorrow night’s game will be played as scheduled with a 7:37 p.m. first pitch.

• Girardi said he started thinking in the seventh inning that he might use Ibanez to pinch hit for Rodriguez in the ninth. “I lined it up that the possibility could come up,” he said.

• Girardi would not commit to a lineup for tomorrow. “Let’s just see what I put up tomorrow,” he said. “Let me sleep on this one.”

• It’s going to be lost, but what a great start by Hiroki Kuroda. “I was a little bit nervous, but overall I felt pretty much the same way as I did during the season,” Kuroda said. Martin said Kuroda literally made two mistakes all night, both were sliders that Machado and Flaherty hit for their home runs. Otherwise, he was outstanding. “The extra rest helped him,” Girardi said. “The one slider that was up to Machado, really that was the only mistake he made all night. That’s pretty amazing seeing that he threw over 100 pitches.”

• Good quote from Chavez: “He’s been our best pitcher the whole year. It’s really kind of not talked about. He’s meant a lot to our team. They’re going to talk about Ibanez tonight and Hiroki’s going to get lost in the shuffle, which is a shame because he’s been one of the best all year.”

• Also lost in the shuffle: The Yankees bullpen. The Orioles had such a lockdown bullpen all year, and now the Yankees have gotten to those relievers twice in three games. Tonight the Yankees pen delivered 3.2 scoreless innings, with Dave Robertson getting the win for his first two-inning appearance of the year.

• On the popup that fell between Robertson and Mark Teixiera, both Robertson and Teixeira described it the exact same way. “The wind really picked up late,” Teixeira said. “That ball started out behind home plate. I didn’t think I was even going to be in the play, but as it started drifting, I kept drifting. Robbie didn’t think he was even going to be close to the play, so he didn’t even move and that’s why we collided. As a pitcher, you’re taught to get out of the way if it’s going to be close, but he figured just as I figured that Russ would probably catch it right around home plate.”

• By the way, on television it looked like Teixiera came up yelling at Robertson for being in the way. Robertson said that wasn’t the case at all. Teixeira came up telling Robertson not to worry about it and just get the next out.

• Why didn’t Swisher hit Ibanez with the postgame interview Gatorade bath? “It was a little chilly tonight,” Swisher said. “Didn’t want to give my boy a heart attack.”

• Random new milestone for Jeter: He now has five postseason triples, tying him with George Brett and Rafael Furcal for the most all-time.

• The Yankees have lost three extra-inning games all year. All three were against the Yankees. Otherwise, they went 16-0 in extra-inning games this season.

• Mariano Rivera said he plans to be here for all of the postseason home games. As for throwing out tonight’s first pitch: “It feels great,” he said. “A lot of emotions, but what a great game. Thank God we have Raul on our side. Great to be back here, to be on the field. It feels great. That’s what I can tell you guys.”

• It’s worth mentioning that during Rivera’s interview, someone yelled from the players’ only part of the clubhouse: “It’s excitement overload!” I couldn’t see who it was, but no surprise that it sounded a lot like Swisher.

• Final word has to go to Ibanez: “I was just trying to get a good pitch to hit. I don’t even really remember what happened. It was kind of a blur what happened. I think sometime down the line I’ll kind of remember it and recall it, but I think I was just trying to get a good pitch to hit.”

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67 Responses to “Postgame notes: “My favorite moment in baseball””

  1. Boss Tony N October 11th, 2012 at 1:35 am

    It’s incredible

  2. NYY_Girl_Penny October 11th, 2012 at 1:37 am

    You know thats stlll got me riled up… But the sad thing about it is this…

    The sad thing is, thats who AROD is supposed to be!

  3. UnKnown October 11th, 2012 at 1:38 am

    Nick did you sell your ALDS tickets then?

    Tucker do you have any dirt on what the AAA umps were saying yesterday at the AZ fall league game you were at regarding the infield fly call in Atlanta last Friday?

  4. Tabbert October 11th, 2012 at 1:39 am

    Arod is just one player on this team. Dude is 37!

    Just like the players said… a great TEAM win. I don’t care how ugly, or who comes up clutch, its all about the yankees. Arod has been brutal… but the YANKEES won. That’s all that matters. And how about that bullpen?! LOGAN looked NASTY man. WOW. If boony is fresh and pitching like that…. lights out bullpen.

  5. UnKnown October 11th, 2012 at 1:41 am

    O’s were 76-0 when leading after 7 innings. That’s Gonzo.

    O’s had won their last 16 straight extra inning games. That’s Over as well.

    In order to win the W.S. you have to have dramatic moments like this. It probably will take one or two more unreal moments to win #28 but it is going to be near impossible to beat what Mr. Ibanez did tonight.

    Tomorrow it’s time to finally end this Oriole ride.

  6. Tabbert October 11th, 2012 at 1:42 am

    damn. The reds and Giants have a game FIVE at 12 pm. lol.

  7. Tabbert October 11th, 2012 at 1:46 am

    Unknown-

    This team is so weird. They are VERY good, but also VERY frustrating. They have this very special feel about them, but at the same time they don’t feel special. LOL. Like.. I dunno how to word it. They blow games they should win, and win games that you feel like they should lose. It’s just a very weird run. This might not be the 2009 team, but… this team has its own take on greatness. I just want us to win so bad because i don’t want baseball to be over yet. I could use a few more weeks.

  8. Nick in SF October 11th, 2012 at 1:46 am

    “Nick did you sell your ALDS tickets then?”

    Yeah, I really didn’t want to go out there unless it was for the Yanks, though they both would have been great games to see. I’ve been a little under the weather, so I thought it better to relax and get healthy and watch every inning of the Yankees’ games.

  9. umbrelladoc October 11th, 2012 at 1:47 am

    tonight, proves once again the greatness of a player who has only recently stopped becoming underrated – Mariano Rivera. Tonight two elite closers got beat in the playoffs. During the regular season, since Rivera has been in the league 67.1% of save opportunities get converted. During the playoffs, the number is just a little lower at 67%. However, this is remarkable because these are the top teams, who usually have an elite closer – of course, they are facing top offense under intense pressure, after a long season. Rivera has saved 42/47 or 89% of his save opportunities in the postseason, many of them multiple innings. Think of it then – in the playoffs, on average a closer will blow 1/3 save situations – Rivera only 1 in 10.

  10. BobbyJones October 11th, 2012 at 1:48 am

    the orioles would bounce back after this tough lost, cant take them lightly

  11. NYY_Girl_Penny October 11th, 2012 at 1:48 am

    I once saw Arod hit 2 HR in the same inning.. That was incredible too me but this is on another level . So proud Raul.. Maybe thats the spark we need.. I have a feeling it is! Go yanks and go Arod !

  12. Boss Tony N October 11th, 2012 at 1:50 am

    Nick, I know Ive done this before, and have been genuine as well, but again, I sincerely apologize for invading the privacy of you and your family.

  13. Tabbert October 11th, 2012 at 1:51 am

    Bobby Jones-

    No doubt. That’s why I think we HAVE to jump out early. Get the fans rocking the place, and put doubt in the orioles players. They won’t quit until they are forced out. But.. if we jump out early, it will help.

  14. Nick in SF October 11th, 2012 at 1:57 am

    Thank you, Boss Tony N. Not something I like to think about.

  15. Boss Tony N October 11th, 2012 at 2:01 am

    I know. I hate bringing up old wounds, but I still am trying to atone for my sins.

  16. UnKnown October 11th, 2012 at 2:05 am

    Tabbert – I understand what you are trying to say no doubt. It is really inexplicable to describe a feel for this year. Roller Coaster City.

    Tonight though are moments that make following this team 24/7 all worth it. I take my Yankee Baseball way too seriously, but it feels all so worth it right now.

    Yankee Baseball it’s one heck of a drug. Just an ultimate high right now. WOOOOOOOO!!!!

  17. Boss Tony N October 11th, 2012 at 2:05 am

    No matter what happens the rest of this postseason, Raul Ibanez will forever remain in my heart (unless he goes to the Red Sox and succeeds).

    I championed Russell Martin all season. I knew his sub .200 average was bad luck and that he was a valuable part of this team.

    I knew a few weeks ago when Raul ran over the catcher at home plate that he was a special guy. A 40 year old with the desire to run over a catcher understands what it means to be a Yankee. I wish a guy like Swisher or Cano would learn from Ibanez and Ichiro.

  18. Pat M. October 11th, 2012 at 2:17 am

    Chad……Just wanted to mention that your recap lead-in to this thread might be your best work thus far, really great stuff………I’m still absorbing what transpired tonight and what an amazing performance turned in by Raul Ibanez……I’ve seen alot of baseball and this is a top 10 Yankee moment for me…….Just outstanding and could be the turning point for The Bombersthis October……Much like Texeria’s dinger was in 09 vs. The Twinkies………

  19. Duh Innings II October 11th, 2012 at 2:23 am

    Hopefully the Yanks can win tonight so they could start Sabathia in Games 1, 4, and 7 of the ALCS, Kuroda 2 and 5, Pettitte 3 and 6 with all hands on deck including Kuroda and save Pettitte for 7.

    Otherwise it’s Kuroda/Pettitte/Sabathia/Hughes/Kuroda/Pettitte/Sabathia for the ALCS if the Yanks win Game 5 with Sabathia.

    Even better: The Yanks advance to the ALCS and win it in less than 7 games so Sabathia could start Games 1, 4, and 7 of the World Series (same rotation as the ALCS.)

  20. Tabbert October 11th, 2012 at 2:23 am

    unknown- Trust me.. I know. I probably take Yankee baseball way too serious as well. I know its just a game… but to me its a lifestyle. Most people don’t understand. Just happy to be able to talk about baseball with all the diehards life myself. Use to have a shirt as a youngster that said ” baseball is life” so true.

  21. jacksquat October 11th, 2012 at 2:30 am

    If Joe wasn’t going to start CC tomorrow on 3 days rest even if they lost, with elimination looming, I don’t see him doing it the rest of the way.

  22. Pat M. October 11th, 2012 at 2:35 am

    Nuenz should DH with Alex going back to 3rd……..I think the Yanks will go to a 4 man for the 2 remaining series…….I still say the Yanks will be playing in the World Series….I will be at Game 3 at The Stadium……It’ll be around Game 3-4 in the ALCS that the loss of Rivera will be felt and that’s the hurdle they’ll need to overcome if they’re to win #28………

  23. Wang IS Taiwan October 11th, 2012 at 3:29 am

    Great post-game notes, Chad! I could feel the excitement. This is when I miss NY the most. Besides the regular season, I was at every post-season game for the 12 years I lived there. What an adrenaline rush. Miss it.

  24. Wang IS Taiwan October 11th, 2012 at 4:18 am

    Worth a read:

    http://www.nypost.com/p/sports.....8ptHRFOubP

  25. Jerkface October 11th, 2012 at 5:18 am

    Pretty disgusting statement by Nolan Ryan regarding Hamilton. Why would he want to re-sign there now? (Besides lots of money!)

    http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/.....1;mlb.html

    “His timing on quitting smokeless tobacco couldn’t have been worse. You would’ve liked to have thought that if he was going to do that that he would’ve done it in the offseason or waited until this offseason to do it. So the drastic effect that it had on him and the year that he was having up to that point in time that he did quit, you’d have liked that he would’ve taken a different approach to that. So those issues caused unrest, and it’s unfortunate that it happened and the timing was such as it was.”

  26. Uncle Ellsworth October 11th, 2012 at 7:37 am

    Jeter made me audibly laugh twice in his posrgame. hope he can play.

  27. RedSoxFever2013 October 11th, 2012 at 7:40 am

    Ibanez and the Stankees just got lucky. O’s will come back with back to back wins in games. 4-5 to bounce them from the playoffs. Go Red Sox!!!

  28. Madrugador October 11th, 2012 at 7:46 am

    WOW!
    One of the great Yankee wins I’ve seen. Those highlights don’t get old. Right up there with Chambliss, Dent and Boone.
    Hmmmm…..Come to think of it the Dent and Boone moments were against the loser Red Sux!

    I’d like to see Hughes go out and be aggessive. Give the team five solid innings and then turn it over to the bull pen which is well rested. Finish it tonight!

    Great win for Oakland.

  29. RadioKev October 11th, 2012 at 7:55 am

    I don’t have time to look through the game logs right now, but it seems to me we just saw the best three consecutive starts in Yankees post season history.

  30. blake October 11th, 2012 at 7:58 am

    Still trying to process last night and everything that happened…

    One of the most incredible things in Yankee history…..or baseball history to do that twice and the 2nd time off a lefty was unreal.

    Alex handled it as well as he possibly could have….you know it stings him but it is what it is and Joe made a decision he had to make ( though I still can’t believe he did it).

    Alex needs to jump back on the horse today vs the lefty because they need him as a right handed bat…..this is about winning a title and I do think he gets that now.

    Oakland wins as well….thy just wont die. They force a game 5 and will have to burn Verlander…..so because of the schedule even i Detroit wins I believe Verlander will only be able to pitch one game of the ALCS unless he goes on short rest…..important that the yanks close out this series tonight so that the same thing doesn’t happen with CC.

    This is a very interesting Yankee team….they are very flawed in a lot of ways… But at the same time they know how to win and they have loads of heart and will…..they are both incredibly frustrating and lots of fun to watch at the same time…..

    Go Hughes ….lets close this out

  31. Ys Guy October 11th, 2012 at 7:58 am

    bat arod 3rd tonight!

  32. blake October 11th, 2012 at 7:59 am

    Jeter is funny….I hope he can play

  33. MTU October 11th, 2012 at 8:00 am

    Best thing about tonight is that the Tigers have to burn Verlander.

    Thanks Oakland.

    If we can wrap it up tonight we’ll have CC to face the Tigers (that’s if the A’s don’t take it).

    I hope the Reds knock off the Giants.

    And I’m pulling for Nats.

  34. MG October 11th, 2012 at 8:07 am

    RadioKev October 11th, 2012 at 7:55 am
    I don’t have time to look through the game logs right now, but it seems to me we just saw the best three consecutive starts in Yankees post season history.
    ———————–
    these have been very good starts but not even close to the best of all time.

    There are many others, but the Yankees wrapped shutouts, including Larson’s perfect game, around a 1-0, 10 inning loss in game 6, to win the 1956 World Series-that’s 1 run in 28 innings.

    The 3 consecutive wins in the 2001 WS were pretty special as well, the Dbacks scored 6 runs in 3 games including the two in extra innings.

    For excitement, though, last night’s game is right up there with some of the great ones…

  35. RadioKev October 11th, 2012 at 8:09 am

    I really like this team, have all season. The post-All Star slide was no fun, but this is a quality team with a lot of great guys.

    Their style of play is what it is, but honestly, it’s hard to argue with results.

  36. blake October 11th, 2012 at 8:10 am

    Robertson has looked great in this series and that’s pretty huge as well

  37. MG October 11th, 2012 at 8:11 am

    blake, as you said, this team is flawed but hangs in there and knows how to win, they showed that down the stretch when the O’s kept winning and pushing them and each time they held.

    At least some of us get it…

  38. RadioKev October 11th, 2012 at 8:11 am

    blake October 11th, 2012 at 8:10 am
    Robertson has looked great in this series and that’s pretty huge as well
    ———-

    Maybe Soriano told D-Rob that he’s walking ;)

    The rest of the pen might actually be getting rusty. Who thought that would be a problem?

  39. MTU October 11th, 2012 at 8:12 am

    Ultra special Ibanez tribute for a truly great moment :

    https://picasaweb.google.com/109721757058432487394/IbanezTribute?authkey=Gv1sRgCJjGkdyf-a7a2gE#

    You earned it Raul.

    :)

  40. RadioKev October 11th, 2012 at 8:13 am

    Ah, MG, I wasn’t around for that ’56 World Series, although I knew about the perfect game. Not the others ones. And I try to block ’01 out of my memory ;)

  41. RadioKev October 11th, 2012 at 8:13 am

    This Year’s Matsui

  42. Carlo October 11th, 2012 at 8:21 am

    Only have a second because Im at work, but the stadium last night, when those balls exploded to right, was reminiscent of the 2009 alds (arod / tex)….pandemonium. Still not the old yankee stadium, but last night was a throwback to better days.

  43. 86w183 October 11th, 2012 at 8:21 am

    Morning all —–

    Incredible win. I was stunned to see Ibanez walking up there. I hoped he’d get a chance there because he’s the Yanks best match up vs Johnson.Four more games today all of which could end series (two will for sure).

    Why must I work?

  44. MTU October 11th, 2012 at 8:23 am

    “Why must I work?”

    Penance for your evil ways.

    :)

  45. MG October 11th, 2012 at 8:28 am

    the Yankees need to win tonight-if this goes to game 5 CC probably won’t be able to go until game 4 of the ALCS.

    I know the O’s are tough and resilient but losing last night’s game the way it ended plus an elimination game tonight with their closer being smacked around 2X in the series (the Yankees hit some other balls hard against Johnson last night, they just didn’t fall in) can’t exactly give them confidence.

    I’d like to see Hughes come out and dominate the O’s tonight for a few innings, I think the Yankees will get some runs up early against Saunders.

  46. 86w183 October 11th, 2012 at 8:34 am

    I’m not THAT evil!

    usually

  47. Wang IS Taiwan October 11th, 2012 at 8:34 am

    MTU — magnificent photos! Wow, what talent, sir. Thanks for sharing.

    I hope Kuroda gets some more of the spotlight after his EXCELLENT game last night.

  48. Wang IS Taiwan October 11th, 2012 at 8:35 am

    Does the game really start at 4pm? (That’s 4am for me…but I’ll still get up.)

  49. MTU October 11th, 2012 at 8:35 am

    The Yankees looked like a cooked goose last night until Reggie Matsui/Ibanez stepped up to the plate to save their bacon.

    :)

  50. MTU October 11th, 2012 at 8:38 am

    Wang-

    Thank you. My pleasure. Raul did all the work.

    Yes. Kuroda deserves a world of credit.

    His excellent performance sorta gets lost in the shuffle.

    As always, a pleasure to see you round.

    :)

  51. Carlo October 11th, 2012 at 8:41 am

    Wang IS Taiwan October 11th, 2012 at 8:35 am
    Does the game really start at 4pm? (That?s 4am for me?but I?ll still get up.)

    ——————-

    no, 7:30pm

  52. MTU October 11th, 2012 at 8:44 am

    By all accounts Ibanez is a fine human being and a great team mate.

    The good Lord rewards those with character and humility.

    That is why I’m constantly coming up short.

    But I do try.

    :)

  53. yankee21 October 11th, 2012 at 8:47 am

    What more can be said. Absolutely incredible win last night.

    Raul freaking Ibanez. Talk about a guy who will never, ever have to pay for his own drinks as long as a Yankee fan is around.

    Joe Girardi. Good job making a really difficult move. Hats off to you. As G. Love said last night in much more eloquent language- he made a move that ignored the binder and used his gut. I really hope this is a sign of things to come.

    Three other shout outs; first to Jeter for playing through pain and doing all he could. Second to Kuroda-san who was lights out for the most part. And third to the BP for shutting down the O’s.

    You win and lose as a team but it always helps to have a hero. Thank you Raul!

  54. MTU October 11th, 2012 at 8:47 am

    OK. Where’s the party ?

    Come clean.

  55. Ys Guy October 11th, 2012 at 8:49 am

    fil yewsf! it’s your day to shine!

  56. HipHipHorHay October 11th, 2012 at 8:49 am

    Tabbert October 10th, 2012 at 2:14 pm
    Cards, Giants, Yankees, A’s. My winners for the day.

    ———————————————

    Nice call.

  57. yankee21 October 11th, 2012 at 8:51 am

    Two other points, Russell Martin is consistently getting good swings on the ball, although not always getting the results. In my mind if he really is this kind of player and the cost is reasonable I will not hesitate in giving him a 2 year deal. He has earned it over the last 1.5 months.

    Granderson is really, really lost at the plate. He needs to simplify his approach look for one pitch in one zone and crush it until he figures it out. If he looks like a fool on all other pitches so be it, but focus FB in a zone and be prepared rip it first pitch.

    Lets go Hughes tonight, make your mark.

  58. HipHipHorHay October 11th, 2012 at 8:52 am

    HipHipHorHay October 10th, 2012 at 10:18 am
    I just have no confidence when A-Rod’s at the plate. I’d rather have Ibanez up in a key situation.

    ——————————

    Nice call.

  59. MTU October 11th, 2012 at 8:52 am

    Y’s-

    Hughes does have the elegant opportunity to deliver the final coffin nail.

    It’s almost Halloween. Does Hughes get to be the Grim Reaper at this Yankees/O’s party ?

    ;)

  60. MTU October 11th, 2012 at 8:54 am

    Time to walk the Mops.

    Catch u in a while.

  61. Yankee Trader October 11th, 2012 at 8:57 am

    MTU-

    Just looked at your tribute which is terrific. Can’t wait to see the one when the Yankees win #28.

    Last night’s win and celebration is one of my all time favorite playoff victories.

  62. 86w183 October 11th, 2012 at 8:57 am

    Today’s Lineup:

    Jeter DH
    Ichiro LF
    Cano 2B
    Tex 1B
    ARod 3B
    Swish RF
    Martin C
    Nunez SS
    Gardner CF

    Again it assume Garner can play. If not, Ichiro in CF, Nix in LF

    No way I start Granderson against a LHP right now

    I’m assuming Jeter’s foot needs a bit of a break…. if not, good for us

  63. Wang IS Taiwan October 11th, 2012 at 8:58 am

    Carlo — Thanks! What a relief!

  64. Ys Guy October 11th, 2012 at 9:00 am

    ive been as critical of arod as anyone. and i was really happy to see ibanez striding up to pinch-hit.

    but i just had this crazy feeling that arod was going to rise to the moment and i think he would have.

    and now i want to see him in the 3 hole again tonight because i think this could spark the greatness in him.

    and if he does, it works out great because it gives joe carte blance to pinch hit or move arod whenever he thinks it’s necessary, no more worrying about how arod will take it.

    great job joe, great job raul and great job dealing with it arod!

  65. blake October 11th, 2012 at 9:00 am

    86,

    I like that lineup….I certainly hope Derek can DH at least.

    I have confidence in Hughes tonight …. I’d love to see him silence the critics and go out and close this puppy out

  66. Yankee Trader October 11th, 2012 at 9:00 am

    New Post—————–>

  67. blake October 11th, 2012 at 9:04 am

    Alex will still have his chances in these playoffs….Joe made a now move last night that needed to happen and it worked….the truth though is that they really need Alex to get going especially to help with lefties.

    I hope the Yanks finally realize now that Alex likely isn’t going to ever again be what he was and that they need to replace his production in the lineup….Alex can still be valuable in a complimentary role…. Heck it might even help him if he’s not asked to hit in the middle anymore going forward.

    But that’s for the winter time…..

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