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Youkilis sits; Nunez bats second

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Apr 23, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Brett Gardner CF
Eduardo Nunez SS
Robinson Cano 2B
Vernon Wells LF
Ben Francisco DH
Lyle Overbay 1B
Chris Stewart C
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Jayson Nix 3B

RHP Phil Hughes

 
 

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95 Responses to “Youkilis sits; Nunez bats second”

  1. ac1 April 23rd, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    Really going to stick it out with Francisco?
    2 or 5 either way no thanks.
    I like Nunez in front of cano, maybe he will get some pitches.
    Cervelli would have worked at 2 also. (he isnt in the lineup)
    They really need to do something about the lineup vs lhp.

  2. ac1 April 23rd, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    I would also tell Brett Gardner if he gets on base and doesn’t at least attempt to steal 2nd base, he will be dropped to 9th. It is insanity he has only attempted 3 stolen bases this year and was caught all 3. This team was supposed to be about speed and situational hitting but it looks like a weaker version of the 2012 lineup.

  3. Doreen April 23rd, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    ac1 -

    For today, who else?

    I guess it wouldn’t make much difference to switch Overbay and Francisco…

    At least Francisco won’t be able to see he didn’t get any opportunities.

  4. Doreen April 23rd, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    I agree on Gardner.

  5. ac1 April 23rd, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    ac1 -
    For today, who else?
    I guess it wouldn’t make much difference to switch Overbay and Francisco…
    At least Francisco won’t be able to see he didn’t get any opportunities.
    ____

    I mean if I am in charge i DFA Francisco (to get him off the 40), and i bring up Adams to start at 3B indefinitely. I put Youk at 1B once he returns and put Overbay on the bench. I know Adams isnt the answer to all problems, but i cannot imagine he can be worse than Francisco, plus Youk at 1B may help him stay healthier.

  6. Jerkface April 23rd, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    This lineup has only 3 above average hitters in it: Gardner, Wells, and Cano.

    Gardner cannot be hit 9th, theres no one to lead off. The entire team isnt running. Even Nunez who supposedly has better instincts is 1 for 2. Gardner is 1 for 3. He needs to steal more but he has also been wary of running with Cano hitting behind him.

  7. yankeefeminista April 23rd, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    repost-
    yankeefeminista April 23rd, 2013 at 3:49 pm
    Hopefully, we catch the Price that has been getting hit by righties and hasn’t pitched that well at home in the early going. That said, this is one of the worst Yankee lineups, along with last night’s, that I have seen. I wouldn’t pay to see this team play.

    ac1, I agree. If he were available, I’d put Alex in the 2 hole vs. LHP.

  8. hardwired7 April 23rd, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    Looks like a spring training road game lineup.

    Heal quickly regulars.

  9. bruceb April 23rd, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    Frightening just how anemic the 2013 Yankees lineup is without Youkilis in it. Who would have imagined it would come to this a year or two ago?

  10. Rich in NJ April 23rd, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    I suppose anything can happen in any given game, but this lineup is pathetic.

  11. yankeefeminista April 23rd, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    *team, meaning today’s lineup

  12. comnsnse April 23rd, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    Jerkface, “This lineup has only three above average hitters in it”?

    Eliminate two words for better accuracy, above and Cano!

  13. Jerkface April 23rd, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    wat?

  14. ac1 April 23rd, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    Gardner cannot be hit 9th, theres no one to lead off. The entire team isnt running. Even Nunez who supposedly has better instincts is 1 for 2. Gardner is 1 for 3. He needs to steal more but he has also been wary of running with Cano hitting behind him.
    __

    I don’t buy that at all. He is gunshy because he is sub 50%.
    If he is sitting around waiting for Cano, then Girardi needs to change that mentality.

    On the subject of Joe, i cannot believe a manager would need to do this in 2013…. BUT he needs to put the TAKE SIGN on some of these hitters. This 1 pitch out crap is ridiculous. They could have at least had Moore out of that game in the 7th last night, but half of them went up hacking, and doing absolutely nada.

  15. Captain Clutch April 23rd, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    It’s really amazing that Gardner still doesn’t know how to steal bases or bunt. The Yanks should have hired someone to work with him in spring training and during the year. He is just wasting his speed away. He doesn’t get a good jump and really it’s unbelievable at this point in his career. Does he not work hard enough?!

  16. Rich in NJ April 23rd, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    ” This 1 pitch out crap is ridiculous”

    That’s what a lot of bad hitters do and they have a lot of them.

    It’s amazing that some of them were even signed.

  17. bruceb April 23rd, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    I thought Girardi had put the TAKE SIGN on Nix? He keeps taking strike three.

  18. ac1 April 23rd, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    That’s what a lot of bad hitters do and they have a lot of them.
    __

    Its not the first pitch swinging that bothers me as much as the first pitch swinging after CC (or other starter) had a very long and rough inning. Yet they send him back out where before he can get his jacket on.

  19. Rich in NJ April 23rd, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    “Its not the first pitch swinging that bothers me as much as the first pitch swinging after CC (or other starter) had a very long and rough inning. Yet they send him back out where before he can get his jacket on.”

    OK, but they are the product of the same bad approach. They don’t have the trust in their swing/approach to be in bad counts, so they swing at the first pitch (often a fastball) that appears to be in, or close to, their hitting zone.

  20. yankeefeminista April 23rd, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    They should try to have patient AB’s and hope Price puts a few over the plate. Price hasn’t been that consistent early and talk about velo being down, he is about 3 mph off his last year average, although he went up a little last game.

  21. Doreen April 23rd, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    Gardner is what he is. He is 30.

    He HAS practiced bunting. He just doesn’t do it often enough in a real game.

    He is not aggressive on the basepaths. Yes, I know he’s stolen 40-plus bases. but I also know that he could have had even more.

    But he’s not really getting on base much, same with Nunez. So, first things first. And then, just, RUN!

  22. Shame Spencer April 23rd, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    Nunez can’t run unless someone buckles his helmet to his head..

  23. Rich in NJ April 23rd, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    Whatever Gardner is, his OPS+ is now 109, that’s higher than their 1B, who is at 90, which says a lot about this lineup.

    The real problem is what happens when/if Hafner, Cano, Wells, and Cervelli regress to their career norms, which is inevitable.

  24. Jerkface April 23rd, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    Gardner runs at a normal pace for base stealers in the league. He just isn’t the most aggressive base stealer. It may be he cannot.

    He has laid down a few good bunts this season. If you were expecting a perfect bunt every time or him to get completely out of his game and throw away a PA every game for a bunt attempt then your expectations are too high.

    No player bunts for a hit that often.

  25. randy l. April 23rd, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    “I suppose anything can happen in any given game, but this lineup is pathetic.”

    rich in nj-

    but the good news is they are building a base for the future right?

    :)

  26. fantasygame101 April 23rd, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    I hope the law of averages catch up to ben Francisco. Girardi keeps putting him in so might as well keep hoping.

  27. Rich in NJ April 23rd, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    randy

    Yeah, it’s sort of a stealthy future.

    To put the most hopeful spin on it, their “future” right now is to somehow get a complete return to health from Tex, Jeter, Grandy, and A-Rod (and maybe Youk too).

  28. Doreen April 23rd, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    He has laid down a few good bunts, Jerkface, but how many have ended up being hits? He’s also been doubled up a couple of times. Could it be he’s a bit slower? Just a tick?

    I’m of two minds, mind you, about being aggressive – thin line between just aggressive enough and too aggressive. You don’t want to lose baserunners.

    But getting on base in the first place is the more pressing issue right now for these guys, especially against LHP.

    Shame – LOL – velcro????

  29. yankeefeminista April 23rd, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    The good news is that we are so stealth that the expectations have been markedly lowered. No pressure. Is that the plan Cash is talking about?

    Randy, as per earlier discussion, Heathcott started really well, but after his 3/5 game at Trenton home OD (2 XBH), he developed a stiff neck, which he attributed to the cold weather (but don’t tell that to people on Lohud? The cold is a non-factor!). (He also was diving all over the place in the games I attended, which didn’t help his body. If anything he needs to dial it down a little.) Heathcott was getting in a rhythm before he got hurt, so he needs to get back to where he was before the injury. And Randy, as per your question, I wouldn’t call Heathcott apathetic or lacking in enthusiasm, the opposite; he is a gamer who loves to play, sometimes to his own detriment.

  30. yankeefeminista April 23rd, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    Meredith Marakovits@M_Marakovits
    Teixeira: Probably wont be ready 5/1 Still taking dry swings. Wrist hasn’t loosened up yet but is feeling better. Will travel w team to NYC

  31. Jerkface April 23rd, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    He has laid down a few good bunts, Jerkface, but how many have ended up being hits? He’s also been doubled up a couple of times. Could it be he’s a bit slower? Just a tick?

    He still has one of the fastest (the fastest LHB) times to first for anyone in the majors according to fangrahps, so probably not.

    What do you expect is a reasonable bunt for hit success rate? The highest rate for anyone with double digit bunt hits last year was 46% and he only had 18 of them. Its not so easy. You have to deal with the pitch, the defense of the catcher and the pitcher and the third or first baseman, and the cut of the grass.

    Gardner laid down a nasty bunt in the first series and he got thrown out. It was a perfect bunt and it took a perfect play. Can’t hold that against him.

  32. Jerkface April 23rd, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    And had he not been thrown out on that one his success rate would be 40%, which seems to be about right for a guy that is going to attempt alot.

  33. Rich in NJ April 23rd, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    I guess any of these injury “reports” are pretty much worthless. We won’t know anything until the players are actually back on the field and performing well for an extended period of time.

  34. Doreen April 23rd, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    Jerkface -

    Don’t misunderstand me. I really don’t expect him to lay down a bunt every time up, or even every game, necessarily.

    I was responding to the posts saying the Yankees need to work with him on bunting/aggressive baserunning – he does work on those.

    But he is 30, not 20, so he is what he is.

    It’s because a couple of the bunts he attempted were so good yet he got thrown out that I asked about his speed perhaps being a tick off.

    What I think happens is frustration after a game like last night, and people (myself included) just sifting through to see what might could help.

  35. Niblick April 23rd, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    This lineup is atrocious. But for Robbie, they would have been no-hit yesterday. Looks good for them to be no-hit today.

  36. Pat M. April 23rd, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    Tin Cup…..I’ll be in NYC for a stickball tournament ( May 18th ) . I’m playing in the over 55 bracket and I’m the old guy @ 61. I’m told there’s over 50 teams in our bracket and there’s an opening for one more guy I’m told. No running of bases however you have to make the plays cleanly to record an out. Pitching distance is 45 feet so I’ve hit the 70 mph cage with limited success…..The finals will be in October if we qualify. Check your calendar, besides The Jerkface is going to meet up for drinks and rap about baseball !!!!

  37. RadioKev April 23rd, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    And then there’s the infield hits that Gardner gets by swinging. He’s 26 and 22 infield hits respectively in his two full seasons. He gets those by swinging the bat (I assume those are separate from bunt hits). Bunting more could take that share of hits down.

  38. charlestonchew April 23rd, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    I’m so sick of seeing Ben Francisco in the &^@%$^&#^%R^&$ ^$^@#%%@# lineup already!

    Boesch and Hafner would be better bets against LHP. Francisco has shown that he has absolutely nothing to show us so far this season. Without Youkilis in the lineup, Girardi’s stubbornness looks a lot worse than it has in previous games.

  39. Rich in NJ April 23rd, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    Gardner is flawed as a hitter and a baserunner. We all know that. But given the makeup of this current team, he is one of the more valuable Yankees, by far. Even more so when he plays CF.

  40. charlestonchew April 23rd, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    I seriously miss the heck out of Granderson & Teixeira. Those guys can play.

  41. charlestonchew April 23rd, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    Gardner is flawed in the way that any top 25 position player is flawed. Gardner is an excellent baseball player, amongst the best. People need to realize that and stop criticizing his play. The guy was the 5th best position player by WAR in 2010. He has blinding speed, unmatched defensive skills, great plate discipline, and a knack for timely hits, doubles, and triples. He may never be in the MVP conversation, but he is easily the most underrated player in the game by a million miles. The guy should have been an All-Star already, yet people call him a AAAA player…

  42. RadioKev April 23rd, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    Rich in NJ April 23rd, 2013 at 4:46 pm
    Gardner is flawed as a hitter and a baserunner. We all know that. But given the makeup of this current team, he is one of the more valuable Yankees, by far. Even more so when he plays CF.
    ———

    Every hitter is “flawed.”

  43. Pat M. April 23rd, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    Rich in NJ……Although Bret has improved his game somewhat, I still view him as a 4th outfielder / platoon type guy

  44. Sir Harden Thick April 23rd, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    I think everybody on this board knows that Mark Teixeira will not play in a major league game this year and we’ll have season ending surgery, it is just a matter of time

  45. Sir Harden Thick April 23rd, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    About Gardner. He is a great player when team is stacked, but now he is more relied on.

  46. joeman April 23rd, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    a guy that missed 142 games the last two years expect the same..couple of trips to the DL

  47. joeman April 23rd, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    Sir Harden Thick April 23rd, 2013 at 4:51 pm
    About Gardner. He is a great player when team is stacked, but now he is more relied on
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    now Gardner is a great player

  48. ac1 April 23rd, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    Gardner is flawed in the way that any top 25 position player is flawed. Gardner is an excellent baseball player, amongst the best. People need to realize that and stop criticizing his play. The guy was the 5th best position player by WAR in 2010.
    ___

    You know who else was good in 2010? Vernon Wells. But we dont sit back and let him rest on what he did 3 years ago…

  49. joeman April 23rd, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    Gardner is flawed in the way that any top 25 position player is flawed. Gardner is an excellent baseball player, amongst the best. People need to realize that and stop criticizing his play
    ——————————————–
    what am I reading here….try trading the guy and see what you would get back

  50. ac1 April 23rd, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    Gardner is flawed in the way that any top 25 position player is flawed. Gardner is an excellent baseball player, amongst the best. People need to realize that and stop criticizing his play
    ___

    I am only criticizing his base stealing instincts. He is a great OF and has a good eye at the plate. Wish he wouldnt do that one handed helicopter swing, but whatever.

  51. joeman April 23rd, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    ac1 April 23rd, 2013 at 4:57 pm
    Gardner is flawed in the way that any top 25 position player is flawed. Gardner is an excellent baseball player, amongst the best. People need to realize that and stop criticizing his play
    ___

    I am only criticizing his base stealing instincts. He is a great OF and has a good eye at the plate. Wish he wouldnt do that one handed helicopter swing, but whatever
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    he has more K’s than runs scored in his career and it’s following that line this year too

  52. Rich in NJ April 23rd, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    Every hitter is “flawed.”
    _

    Some far more so than others, right?

  53. Rich in NJ April 23rd, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    Pat

    Is Melky a 4th OF too?

  54. yankeefeminista April 23rd, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    Gardner is a top 25 position player? If he is underrated by some (which he is), then he is overrated by others.

  55. ac1 April 23rd, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    he has more K’s than runs scored in his career and it’s following that line this year too
    ___

    In his defense, he mostly batted 9th and that is as much an indictment on who is hitting after him. He isnt a homerun hitter so his run total is dependent on others getting rbis.

  56. joeman April 23rd, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    back to that stiff did they think he was all of a sudden going to give them PT

  57. Pat M. April 23rd, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    Rich in NJ……I always thought Melky was the better ballplayer and is an everyday guy

  58. J. Alfred Prufrock April 23rd, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    yankeefeminista April 23rd, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    Gardner is a top 25 position player?
    ///

    Ho, boy. Give that fella a star for enthusiasm and loyalty.

  59. joeman April 23rd, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    ac1 April 23rd, 2013 at 5:04 pm
    he has more K’s than runs scored in his career and it’s following that line this year too
    ___

    In his defense, he mostly batted 9th and that is as much an indictment on who is hitting after him. He isnt a homerun hitter so his run total is dependent on others getting rbis.

    ————————————-
    so he needs to bat 1st with the 27 NYY to get more runs scored than K’s

  60. Pat M. April 23rd, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    Rich in NJ….Due keep in mind, I’m the guy who thought Randy Winn was going to be a contributor a few seasons back ….

  61. Rich in NJ April 23rd, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    Pat

    Well, we agree on that! Too bad the GM doesn’t and the president wanted an aging, declining Ichiro more.

  62. J. Alfred Prufrock April 23rd, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    I don’t think Gardner’s a 4th OF on this Yankee team, that’s for sure.

    As for Melky, he’s a starter on any team.

  63. Rich in NJ April 23rd, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    We all make mistakes, Pat.

    As I said last night, I once thought that Cashman could develop top of the rotation starting pitchers.

  64. yankeefeminista April 23rd, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    Yankeesource?@YankeeSource 12m
    Yankees interest in Masahiro Tanaka remains strong. Rangers, Dodgers also showing significant interest.

  65. Jerkface April 23rd, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    Arod, Mark Teixeira, Youkilis all have more Ks than runs scored, thats not a measure of anything.

  66. austinmac April 23rd, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    Top 25 player? Wow! Would he be the best player in baseball if he could hit .280 with no power?

  67. Jerkface April 23rd, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    You can score 100 runs in a season and strike out 120 times, thats a good year.

  68. charlestonchew April 23rd, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    Do you guys like statistics?

    If so, Gardner is at least a top 40 position player. Maybe 25 is a stretch until we see him repeat 2010′s results. But if he can perform like in 2010 (or even 2011) then he represents 4WAR at the least, and as high as 7-9. That’s a range from good to elite. Bad, average, those words are not even a part of the conversation. Gardner is our best value on the team (performance per salary).

  69. austinmac April 23rd, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    JF,

    You were likely being charitable saying three above average hitters. Gardner’s skills aren’t hitting. And what Wells are we getting? We don’t know yet. The one from the last two years was among the worst in baseball. Let us hope for a new short swing Wells.

  70. joeman April 23rd, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    Arod, Mark Teixeira, Youkilis all have more Ks than runs scored, thats not a measure of anything.

    —————————————————
    Arod and Tex are power hitters I would expect that from them … Youkilis ..really don’t care what he does, the guy is a accident waiting to happen

  71. Rich in NJ April 23rd, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    Gardner has played at a high level for stretches. He needs to stay on the field in full health, and play CF in order to truly test the proposition.

  72. Jerkface April 23rd, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    You were likely being charitable saying three above average hitters. Gardner’s skills aren’t hitting.

    Gardner gets on base at an above average rate, that makes him a good hitter. Hitters job is to not make outs, he avoids outs at an above average rate. Hence.

  73. joeman April 23rd, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    Come on…Gardner shouldn’t be a type of hitter that K’s as much as he does, you have to agree with that

  74. Pat M. April 23rd, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    Rich in NJ…..Over the pass few tears I’ve asked guys in the game about Melky & the Yanks. Not one person can say with a degree of certainity as to what went wrong other than the decision was made above Cashman……SJ, who has far more contacts ( especially agents ) heard that Melky was a Lou Reed character ” Walk on the wild side “

  75. joeman April 23rd, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    Pat M. April 23rd, 2013 at 5:17 pm
    Rich in NJ…..Over the pass few tears I’ve asked guys in the game about Melky & the Yanks. Not one person can say with a degree of certainity as to what went wrong other than the decision was made above Cashman……SJ, who has far more contacts ( especially agents ) heard that Melky was a Lou Reed character ” Walk on the wild side “
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    also heard as you must have that Melky was a bad influence on Cano

  76. austinmac April 23rd, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    Ultimately, a hitters job is to contribute to runs scored. Of course outs generally are non-productive, but non-outs come in far different types. Therefore, simply using OBP is not, in my opinion, the test.

  77. J. Alfred Prufrock April 23rd, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    Always thought Lou and the Velvet Underground were clutch :)

    I’ve said this many times, but it bears repeating: what the Yankees have effectively done is whittle down what “Yankee character” is supposed to be to such a narrow definition, they’ve gotten rid of players whose brashness is probably tied up, in some sense, to their ability to shine in the spotlight.

    Melky has a kind of brash, uncensored joie de vivre that may have rubbed the suits the wrong way, but it didn’t keep guys like Jorge and Derek from embracing him. It was also part of what he brought to the plate with RISP in 2009 (.298 BA, IIRC). He likes the big spot -what has caught up with his knack to rise to the occasion is his natural hitting talent, which Cashman and his scouts apparently missed.

  78. austinmac April 23rd, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    JAP,

    The Martin Yanks had plenty of characters(euphemistically). They did all right. There are many ways to accomplish a goal.

  79. Pat M. April 23rd, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    joeman…..that’s the thing, nobody that either myself or SJ spoke with ever said that for certain. However it’s not too hard to connect the dots I suppose. Pruf, when I saw Lou at The Rock and Roll HOF concert in 09, Lou forgot the words to Sweet Jane. The lyrics were on a teleprompter about 40 feet from the stage. Always dug Lou Reed

  80. Jerkface April 23rd, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    Ultimately, a hitters job is to contribute to runs scored. Of course outs generally are non-productive, but non-outs come in far different types. Therefore, simply using OBP is not, in my opinion, the test.

    -

    Gardner hits well with RISP, steals bases, and keeps rallies alive. Whats not to like? Compared to the AVERAGE hitter he is BETTER.

  81. groogas April 23rd, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    Lord, deliver us from Ben Francisco! Wow, I though the 2012 Andruw Jones was worthless, but he’s looking like Willie Mays in his prime next to this bum. Can someone please tell me why Ben Fran is on the roster and not one of Almonte, Mesa or other AA or AAA outfielder??

  82. Jerkface April 23rd, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    Chad Billingsley is going to have TJS. I wonder how often players who ‘rehab’ instead of get TJS when a tear is discovered end up having TJS anyways.

  83. J. Alfred Prufrock April 23rd, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    Pat M,

    Last time I saw him live was at the Ritz like a decade and a half ago it must be now. Saw him one night on 27th street and said hello, but I could see that he was hurting and was clearly “waiting for the man.” Too bad, he was supposed to be clean at that time.

    What I missed out on was seeing him on stage with John Cale. That would have been something. I like your analogy with the Melkman.

  84. yankeefeminista April 23rd, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    “Kevin Youkilis is still having treatment on his sore back and is not expected to play until Thursday at Yankee Stadium. Joe Girardi said they won’t ask Youkilis to come to the bench during tonight’s game so he can keep receiving treatment, but Youkilis’ back is supposedly getting better. He did not appear in the clubhouse this afternoon.”

    Hoch (I can’t do links from this browser)

  85. J. Alfred Prufrock April 23rd, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    Gardner’s the least of this team’s troubles right now. He’s having good ABs ATM, driving the ball and hitting the ball on the ground to give his legs a chance.
    ///

    Amac – I don’t know why they get into this whole pigeon hole thing, but it does seem like there’s some sort of “Born Again” mandate in play or something.

  86. UnKnown April 23rd, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    “That would be foolish if I did,” Cashman said. “Sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good.”

    And there you have it.

    http://www.nydailynews.com/blo.....t-notes-on

  87. MTU April 23rd, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    JF-

    The majority of the time for sure.

    Campos might be the next victim.

    :(

  88. J. Alfred Prufrock April 23rd, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    And austinmac, I loved that about our teams in the late 70′s. Last night Rich in NJ was talking about Stick and George having their heated struggles.

    George was a tyrant but he was also recognized, even if it went unspoken, that a heterogeneous mixture is necessary for success. I think George respected you more if, when he pushed you, you pushed back.

    Those Stick stories are hilarious. Loved it when Stick told George you can’t fire me ’cause I quit! And then George called him up and was like ‘OK, sorry, you’re not fired…’

  89. MTU April 23rd, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    Unknown-

    Thanks. That’s a remarkably candid article.

    It does not reflect well on the Yankees.

  90. MTU April 23rd, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    Youkilis should be sent a Hot Spring to heal his back.

    They have quite a few in Yellowstone.

    :)

  91. yankeefeminista April 23rd, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    Yankeesource@YankeeSource 4m
    Dylan Bundy going to see Dr. James Andrews. A sentence no Orioles fan would ever want to see.
    ____
    Uh oh.

  92. J. Alfred Prufrock April 23rd, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    What Youk should do is see an Alexander Technique or Feldenkrais Awareness-Through-Movement practitioner.

    That would really help with back trouble.

  93. MTU April 23rd, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    It’s a amazing how many guys succumb to TJS.

    The stress on the arm due to the unnatural motion of pitching gets far too many.

    New one ——>

  94. J. Alfred Prufrock April 23rd, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    Crap, even a Yankee fan doesn’t want to see that. Hope he’s going to be alright.

  95. G. Love April 23rd, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    Whenever anyone tries to make a point about George trying to trade Bernie, Mo, Jeter, Andy, etc. they fail to emphasize that he didn’t trade any of those guys. He had it in his power to trade all of them for Felix Fermin, but he listened to his advisors even though the passionate side of him may have wanted to deal them.

    It seems like to me he’s condemned for trades he didn’t make on his watch and that’s just ridiculous. He never traded those guys. He may have came close, but he didn’t so talking about him in a negative fashion for shopping those players at times makes little impact for me since they were all retained.

    I’m sure we’d all be surprised what stars have been talked about by every team in sports. Franchise guys get traded all the time. What went right for the Yankees since 96 was they kept the right guys even though they may have wanted to deal them at times.

    I mean, Cashman was offering up Cano to everyone because he had no idea what they had.

    Why does that get glossed over but George wanting to trade guys who weren’t traded is focused upon?

    To me, George’s legacy was he kept the core of this team intact by paying these guys what they deserved. Something other teams shy away from doing.

    What I miss is an owner who could look at 4 steady years of decline or a guy who goes missing in the post season and spoke about it. At least then I thought the front office actually watched the games.

    Right now I think they watch the spreadsheets.


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