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Postgame notes: “Not a whole lot different from what we’ve seen”

Posted by: vmercogliano - Posted in Misc on May 17, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

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On the same day that Andy Pettitte was placed on the 15-day DL, Hiroki Kuroda reminded Yankee fans that injuries are no big deal in the Bronx these days. Pettitte isn’t expected to miss significant time, but if there was any concern that the mounting injuries might soon become too much to handle, Kuroda didn’t allow it to last long.

“He’s been so good for us,” Joe Girardi said. “Just the innings that he’s given us, the bullpen a lot of times gets the night off to where you can use them in the other games, the quality starts that he’s given us – he’s been outstanding. The way he left us last year, he’s just picked right up and continued to impress us.”

The 38-year-old right-hander has gone at least seven innings without allowing more than two runs in four consecutive starts, and this may have been the best of the bunch. Kuroda pitched eight brilliant innings, allowing just two hits and one walk while striking out five in a 5-0 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday night. Simply put, he was in complete control.

“All of my pitches were pretty good today, and that led to a good outing,” Kuroda said. “I felt good all along, but especially in the first inning when I struck out (Jose) Bautista and (Edwin) Encarnacion.”

Hiroki Kuroda• Kuroda gave up leadoff double to Melky Cabrera to begin the game, but as he said, he struck out the two most dangerous hitters in the Blue Jays’ back-to-back following that. From there, he was in cruise control. “Every once in awhile, you can feel it out there when a pitcher goes out there, and no matter what you put down, it’s going to be a good pitch,” catcher Austin Romine said. “It made my life a lot easier. He pitched to the glove all night, and we were on the same page. It was smooth out there.”

• I was talking with a few writers, and although CC Sabathia is considered the “ace” of the staff, it’s hard to deny that it’s Kuroda who has been the Yankees’ most consistent starter. Just look at the numbers. He is the stopper for this team, and he prevented the Yankees from losing three in a row for the first time this season. No pitcher on the team has been as consistent. “I think he takes each start individually and expects to do very well. He expects to really give us an opportunity to win,” Girardi said. “He’s pitched well every start, so tonight’s not a whole lot different from what we’ve seen.”

• Everything seemed to be working for Kuroda tonight, but according to Romine, it all started with the sinker. “He wanted to throw that sinker, and the slider was clutch tonight,” he said. “It kept guys off of the fastball. He got some funky swings all night… He can throw a slider anytime. He threw heavy doses to Bautista, but his splitter was there, too.”

• Romine was asked about the language barrier with Kuroda, and whether it makes it more difficult to catch him. “It wasn’t tonight at all,” he said. “Even with the guys that speak Spanish and different languages, there’s like a baseball language and it’s very easy for them to get across what they want to do. When he had something, he was able to tell me what he wanted pretty easily.”

• It’s hard to read too much into Kuroda because everything that he says goes through a translator, but he comes across as a real low-maintenance guy. He never gets emotional, and he’s usually all business. But Girardi said that he’s learned that Kuroda does enjoy himself and what he does. “I think the one thing that you learn about players is their personality, and he’s pretty calm,” Girardi said. “He does smile a lot, and he does laugh a lot, and that’s the one thing that you really don’t know about a player, is his personality. I can do all of the preparation that I do and understand what a guy’s got. I have not been surprised by his stuff, because we looked at him and when we played against him, I was prepared with what he had. His personality is easy to be around, and that’s the one thing that I really didn’t know.”

• Kuroda was asked if he felt any extra pressure due to the news of Pettitte going on the DL: “You may want to think about that, but that’s not easy to do.”

• Kuroda was also asked if, at 38, he sees himself pitching for a few more years after successful outings such as this one. “I don’t really have the luxury to think ahead,” he said. “I treat the next outing as if it’s my last. That’s my mentality.”

• Jays’ starter Mark Buehrle hung with Kuroda through the first six innings, but the Yankees got him in the seventh. David Adams sparked the rally with a ground-rule double to leadoff the inning, and Romine came through two batters later with an RBI double. Both guys had two hits apiece tonight, and Adams now has a hit in each of his first three Major League starts. “That’s what you want these kids to do when you think about the runs we got,” Girardi said. “It was kind of between seven and one (in the lineup) that did a lot of the damage, and (Jayson Nix) had the two sac flies. Those guys provided a lot of support for Hiro tonight.”

Austin Romine• Romine hasn’t hit much since joining the big league club, but he finally got a couple tonight. If he shows that he can contribute offensively, he has an opportunity to earn playing time even when Chris Stewart returns. “I felt real comfortable at the plate tonight,” he said. “I tweaked a little something before the game to get more rhythm. I was dead at the plate – my upper half was dead. I wasn’t generating anything. My hands were still, so I tried to create more rhythm, and it felt good. I took some swings that I haven’t been taking in awhile.”

• Romine also seemed to feel more comfortable now that he knows he’s going to play for at least a few days in a row. “It definitely does,” he said. “You know what to expect. You know when you come to the field, you can get your mind right, rather than wondering if you’re playing or not. I can go home early and study now, and just have that mental mindset when I come to the field that I know I’m in there.”

• While the story early in the season was grizzled vets such as Vernon Wells and Travis Hafner turning back the clocks, we’re now seeing some of the young guys mix in nicely. Adams looks like he has the ability to stick in the big leagues, and doesn’t seem overwhelmed at the plate. He’s one of the better offensive infield prospects that we’re seen from the Yankees since Robinson Cano came up. According to Romine, this should be no surprise. “Not at all,” he said. “I’ve played with him for five years, and he eats, sleeps and breathes baseball. When he comes to the field, nothing gets to him. Even his first start, I looked at him and was like, ‘Are you excited?’ And he was like, ‘Yeah, it’s just baseball.’ I was like, ‘Wow.’ You know, some guys say that, but when he says it, he means it. He’s comfortable. He’s a big leaguer.”

• Girardi was asked if he’s made it clear to Adams and Romine that this a chance to prove themselves. “Not necessarily,” he said. “We talk about the game with them. After the game, I told David Adams, ‘Tremendous job.’ I told Austin Romine, ‘Tremendous job. You’re catching tomorrow.’ That was the extent of it. I think they understand what’s in front of them, and I don’t want to make too much of it. I tell them, ‘Just go out and play, and be who you are.’ I don’t want them to think that it’s going to be their only opportunity. I think they’re pretty talented kids, and they’re going to get plenty of opportunities.”

• Don’t look now, but Brett Gardner seems to be heating up in the leadoff spot. He’s hit safely in six of his last seven games, and he’s been more aggressive on the base paths with four steals in that span. He was responsible for the Yankees’ first run after leading off the game with a triple.

• I’ll give the final word to Girardi, who devoted most of his press conference to Kuroda. “You don’t really have to worry a whole lot about him. When I think about Hiroki, the one thing that we do pay attention to is some of his pitch counts because he’s not 25, either. But he goes out there and sometimes acts like he is, so we have to make sure that we don’t get confused and forget how old he is, and that we take care of him and make sure that he can bounce back every start, because that’s what you want.”

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155 Responses to “Postgame notes: “Not a whole lot different from what we’ve seen””

  1. Nick in SF May 17th, 2013 at 11:25 pm

    “I don’t really have the luxury to think ahead,” he said. “I treat the next outing as if it’s my last. That’s my mentality.”

    If he could treat his next outing as if it’s Ben Francisco’s last, that would be nifty.

  2. Bo knows May 17th, 2013 at 11:34 pm

    For those who missed it the first time.

    http://www.grantland.com/story.....ina-others

  3. Nilsson May 17th, 2013 at 11:37 pm

    I gotta say, it’s funny to see Kuroda stroll back to the dugout after ending the half innings. He’s got a bit of a swag in his walk. He’s a pimp. And pitching like one too. He’s becoming one of my favorites.

    Very nice to see Adams get off to a quick start. So far he’s justifying his rep as a doubles machine. Hope he takes this opportunity and fly with it. Force Girardi’s hand.

  4. Rich in NJ May 17th, 2013 at 11:41 pm

    mick May 17th, 2013 at 10:52 pm
    Pitching is his mantra as told by the Cash man.
    _

    I think it’s a passing fad. Being known as the Bronx Bombers has worked out pretty well for them.

  5. ObviousMan May 17th, 2013 at 11:53 pm

    Well done, nick. Lets cry about ben Francisco some more, why don’t we? That’ll be very original.

  6. fantasygame101 May 17th, 2013 at 11:54 pm

    I would like to believe when romine was called up, he thought he will play more than stewart. Then he sits and then the andy debacle in which either girardi or andy did not support him. then he sits more. Yeah, you can get into rhythm like that specially if you are young.

  7. Rich in NJ May 17th, 2013 at 11:57 pm

    Obvious Man should change his name to Angry Man (or Angry Stone, if you prefer).

  8. UnKnown May 18th, 2013 at 12:07 am

    Awesome time tonight. Fun times.

    And the Yanks are back on track. Take one more this weekend.

    Of course STANDING O for Romine. WOOHOO!!!

  9. Nick in SF May 18th, 2013 at 12:15 am

    You can change your name but you can’t change your brain.

  10. luis May 18th, 2013 at 12:40 am

    Good eveing guys,

    Missed the final two innings from the game… Kuroda is the ace of this rotation or co-ace at worst… He didn’t have command of his FB or the slider in the early going… But he managed to navigate a very tough Jays lineup…8 shut out innings Wow!!

    Adams is a bsaeball player… I think he should be slide in to the 2 spot of the lineup… Very good fielder, but it seems that not enough arm for 3B… Still he holds his own in there.

    I think we gained a game on both the Sux and O’s, so all is good

  11. Barry May 18th, 2013 at 12:48 am

    Why would anyone on this board be either down on a player or celebrating someone totally unknown. We are all Yankee fans and the team under its current ownership, general manager and field manager are doing well, have done so for an awfully long time. Unless someone has a pipeline into the future it is simultaneously confused and naïve to seriously believe that amateurs watching at home know as much about baseball as Mr. Girardi and Mr. Cashman. That you might fantasize so is forgivable in the romantic heat of the moment, but to keep selling the line for publication day after day is discouraging. It drives people, other fans, away. Could be we should all be required to used full and real names. What a concept. Responsibility for ones words.

  12. luis May 18th, 2013 at 12:58 am

    Barry,

    This forum is to express opinions… It is a given that we are all fans, therefore amateurs… Good or bad, that’s what this forum is all about… If not what is this forum for?… To repeat what the beat writters say time and time again? or to just nod at every move or decision made or if we don’t agree, say that they know best?

    This would make this place a very dull place to be around… Part of the allure of this place is precisely that you get to debate and opine over different areas of the game and the team ( good or bad )… It is a way to get away from real life.

    By the way, Luis is my name in real life.

  13. UpState May 18th, 2013 at 1:05 am

    It’s a forum…it’s a blog….sheeeesh.

    I live in UpState NY …. you can easily find me there.

  14. luis May 18th, 2013 at 1:15 am

    By the way,

    Mustelier was 3 for 5 with 3 RBI’s… Batting 438 in his last 16 at bats

  15. El Yanki May 18th, 2013 at 1:19 am

    Kuroda is the Main Man..what a classy pitcher! And great for Yankees young guns..Keep it up Adams ad Romine

  16. luis May 18th, 2013 at 1:21 am

    Con ese user name, tienes que hablar espanol

  17. UnKnown May 18th, 2013 at 1:22 am

    Soriano blown save. 2 run blown save at that.

    Guy can’t hold MO’s jock. Glad we are done with his pull out the jersey circus act.

  18. luis May 18th, 2013 at 1:28 am

    Oops… We didn’t gained a game on the Sux

  19. luis May 18th, 2013 at 1:28 am

    Well I am going to bed… have a good one

  20. Tar May 18th, 2013 at 1:31 am

    “Unless someone has a pipeline into the future it is simultaneously confused and naïve to seriously believe that amateurs watching at home know as much about baseball as Mr. Girardi and Mr. Cashman. That you might fantasize so is forgivable in the romantic heat of the moment, but to keep selling the line for publication day after day is discouraging. It drives people, other fans, away. Could be we should all be required to used full and real names.”

    The beauty of baseball is at its core its the same game regardless if its a little league or MLB game. The principals and fundamentals are all the same.

    Yet on every pitch the amount of variables is incredible. Stretch that over an inning, a game, a season then add in the human element and it’s easy to see why no one person or organization has figured this game out with any degree of certainty.

    Many of us here on Lohud have watched, studied, played or coached this game for decades. It Doesn’t mean we are as experienced as Joe is, especially in regards to elements of the game we are not privy to (ex: who’s nursing an injury). But it also doesn’t mean that Joe is correct 100% of the time.

    In fact Joe makes what I would say are mistakes frequently, but I still consider him a good manager. He is not however infallible. I think you are “simultaneously confused and naïve ” to think otherwise.

    Because we are all basically fanatics here on Lohud, we are driven to dissect the strategy and minutiae of the game. Sometimes ( I was very tempted to write oftentimes) we get it right.

    BTW whats wrong with the name Tar

  21. Bo knows May 18th, 2013 at 1:31 am

    Things are working out. No need for knee jerk reactions. The kids are playing, all is good. Romine is gainig valuable experience, each game.

    Agree on Adams minus average arm but how much would it be a factor in game. He at the very least has twice the range of Youk. his only valid opposition. If he gives up the odd single due to arm – no biggie. The alternatives are not promising. I really like his swing and approach at the plate.

  22. Tar May 18th, 2013 at 1:35 am

    Adams seems to me to be “aiming” his throws. Its obvious to me he’s thinking about it. I ‘m not sure why but thats the feeling I get watching him throw.

  23. 4TrainNorth May 18th, 2013 at 1:36 am

    Hiro: One of my all-time favorite Yankee pitchers. Actually, all-time favorite Yankees. Wish this guy had found his way to town sooner. Unreal. And no BS whatsoever. Please let him rub off on the young guys.

    Cano: OK, it’s time to wake up the bat again. Stop shufflin’.

    Mariano: Countering the Untuck with a move of his own… the Unsuck.

  24. bardos May 18th, 2013 at 1:47 am

    We’re going to see lots of use of the verb “to Wally Pipp” this year. As in the passive voice “be Wally Pipped” or “was Wally Pipped”. What an amazing way to go down in history, your full name converted into a verb. Amazing.

  25. UnKnown May 18th, 2013 at 1:56 am

    Why people on here get so offended when someone dares suggest to do something different than how Girardi and company wants to do it is beyond me. It’s just talking baseball, relax. Yeah Yeah, we all know that we’re not as smart as the people making the final decision. But it’s fun to talk about so sue me.

    I still think it’s those who really don’t know the game worth a crap that just freak out when someone DARES goes against the FO and Girardi. :evil: They feel intimidated because they won’t be able to contribute anything to the conversation. I mean you can only say “Yes Joe” and “You’re the greatest Brian” so many times before you don’t matter. And that scares the hell out those people.

    Here’s a hint, learn the game better and you might find out that not everything the Yankees do is perfect. Cash and Girardi would even be the first ones to admit that. It’s not the end of the world if someone would do something differently. It’s a freaking baseball blog to talk about different baseball ideas. No need to get all in a tiffy over suggestions.

  26. Bo knows May 18th, 2013 at 1:58 am

    Cano is totally an enigma. I look at his at bats and go “It must hurt to be so stupid”.

    As the famous quote on Leno to Hugh Grant “What the hell were you thinking?”

  27. Bo knows May 18th, 2013 at 2:03 am

    I have absolutely no problem with people disagreeing with Girardi and Cashman.

    It’s when there are comments like “Binder Joe is hurting to play Romine” or some such that the first response is – Dumbass. Make a comment that contributes.

  28. UnKnown May 18th, 2013 at 2:24 am

    I agree. I very rarely disagree with Girardi and Cash, they do a very good job. I do however like reading people talk about different ways to do things. I think it is very interesting.

    Baseball is the most strategic game in all of sports. That is why I love it so much. Lots of different ways to look at things and discuss. I’m just saying by agreeing with everything the Yankees do you are really missing out on all the strategy and different ways to view the game. Which is the best part. Oh well.

    I’m out.

  29. Frankg May 18th, 2013 at 7:48 am

    I see where Mustelier has started to hit at Scranton and has his BA up to .240, so he looks more likely as a replacement for Francisco.

    Also, its appears that Overbay may be more valuable to the team than Hafner. Overbay hits lefties good, can back up Tex, and isn’t injured as much. If they let Overbay go and Tex gets hurt again, it would be good to have Overbay on the team. I don’t think that Youk is a reliable replacement. How do you guys feel about it?

  30. blake May 18th, 2013 at 7:54 am

    I see Joe is sticking to his (“I’m gonna hit francy 5th until Cashman releases him” plan.

    They really need to give Adams a chance to win the every day 3b job IMO…. He can hit and thenywonother options they have coming back from injury really shouldn’t be playing 3B…..Arod because he’s 37 and coming off two hip surgeries and Youk because he’s a bad defender there and cause it also probably contributes to his constant run of boo boos.

    If Adams keeps hitting then just play him and let Youk work in at DH and 1B

  31. Doreen May 18th, 2013 at 7:55 am

    I think the Yankees have a dilemma.

    They had Adams play some games at first in AAA; I wonder if they give him a game there soon to see what their possibilities are.

  32. blake May 18th, 2013 at 8:01 am

    Either way ….we are seeing why many of us were moderately outraged when Adams got released earlier this year. I’m assuming Cash had that planned out from he start….

  33. blake May 18th, 2013 at 8:07 am

    Doreen,

    I think whatever they do they have to keep Adams up just for his bat vs LHP…..he hits righties too but he mashes lefties and would be a big upgrade over Francisco for a roster spot. I think they should DFA Francisco and bring Musty up now

  34. pat May 18th, 2013 at 8:11 am

    Wasn’t Adams released so he could become a free agent and refuse being picked up by other teams instead of DFAed and claimed by another team?

  35. Tar May 18th, 2013 at 8:27 am

    Pat

    Yes.

    I think Cashman had a deal in place with his agent that Adams would be called up asap. It was both a smart move and a dumb move.Smart because at least we didn’t lose him. Dumb Because it probably would have been to call him up in the first place. And we certainly could have used him earlier.

  36. blake May 18th, 2013 at 8:29 am

    My understanding was that Adams could be claimed but he could refuse the claim and elect free agency…..I’m guessing Cashman had talked to him before the move and thougt he had a good chance to re-sign him or he wouldn’t have released him in the first place

  37. blake May 18th, 2013 at 8:31 am

    However in the end….it was kinda pointless and instill think should have just released Eppley from the start as here we are with Adams back on the 40 man and in the big leagues and Eppley gone anyways

  38. MTU May 18th, 2013 at 8:31 am

    Good Morning.

    Trying to get caught up after my trip.

    Looks like Nunez and AP are on the DL.

    Nelson released ?

    Adams up.

    Nova still out ?

    Any other interesting moves of note ?

  39. randy l. May 18th, 2013 at 8:32 am

    “mick May 17th, 2013 at 10:31 pm
    yeah where’s randi?”

    i try to answer my fan clubs at all times :)

    the real answer is i was driving at 4 am from maine to get to cape cod by 8am for a verizon install dedicated business internet line, so by game time last night, i was ,shall we say, a little sleepy. not only that , but i was a little “stupid” form lack of sleep. and one thing i’ve learned is never come on the blog a little “stupid”, something mick has no choice with because you have to go with what you got. :lol:

  40. blake May 18th, 2013 at 8:32 am

    If Cash didnt have a deal to re-sign him in place before releasing him then that was a risky move to protect bad relievers

  41. blake May 18th, 2013 at 8:33 am

    MTU,

    How was your trip? You forgot Stewies strained groin

  42. Doreen May 18th, 2013 at 8:34 am

    This all goes to the “stuff that goes on that we can only speculate on, but maybe the Yankees aren’t entirely clueless” category. Lol

    Question: Was he still dealing with the back issue when he was released? So they probably figured they wouldn’t have him right away anyway. Plus, while you can absolutely figure Youk for a stint on the DL, who would expect it three weeks or less into the season?

    Although playing early season series in turf made that likelihood greater, probably.

    Anyway, as soon as Adams was available he was up. That says a lot.

  43. MTU May 18th, 2013 at 8:35 am

    Blake-

    It was just about everything we could have hoped for.

    Thank you for asking.

    Yes Stewart. Forgot that one.

    Who’s the replacement ?

  44. Tar May 18th, 2013 at 8:37 am

    “It was kinda pointless and instill think should have just released Eppley from the start as here we are with Adams back on the 40 man and in the big leagues and Eppley gone anyways”

    If he stayed on the 40 man would the deal for Nelson have even been necessary? And we are not even mentioning Francisco.

  45. Doreen May 18th, 2013 at 8:38 am

    Adams has said only that he and his agent both came to the decision that his surest path to the majors was to stay with the Yankees.

    I believe he said this in one of his interviews the day he came up. I don’t remember if it was the pregame or the post game interview.

  46. Tar May 18th, 2013 at 8:41 am

    “Adams has said only that he and his agent both came to the decision that his surest path to the majors was to stay with the Yankees.”

    Guess he was a fan of the Youk signing then. :D

  47. blake May 18th, 2013 at 8:41 am

    It worked out in the end but if Cash didnt have a deal in place to re-sign him then I think it was risky to release a useless guy like Adams instead of some of the relief pitchers they had at the time…..it did work out though and without knowing exactly how it all went down its not fair to criticize I guess

  48. Doreen May 18th, 2013 at 8:43 am

    In the meantime, Adams got to play everyday in AAA instead of warming the bench waiting for Youk to get hurt. And he got to play a little at first, which may help him get even more time when Players start coming back. Plus he can spell Robby at second.

  49. MTU May 18th, 2013 at 8:45 am

    Free Ronnier !

    ;)

  50. Doreen May 18th, 2013 at 8:46 am

    Blake, exactly. I’d venture a guess that if a deal was in place, it can’t be made public anyway.

    Of course I’d love to know all the conversations that took place to get to the point where it was decided they could have their cake and eat it too. Meaning, that in the end they didn’t lose any players in that move.

  51. Tar May 18th, 2013 at 8:46 am

    “It worked out in the end but if Cash didnt have a deal in place to re-sign him then I think it was risky to release a useless guy like Adams instead of some of the relief pitchers they had at the time it did work out though and without knowing exactly how it all went down its not fair to criticize I guess”

    I think he definitely had a deal in place. I also think what he overlooked was needing him as soon as he did.

    And what fun is it if we can’t speculate :twisted:

  52. mick May 18th, 2013 at 8:46 am

    They had Adams play some games at first in AAA; I wonder if they give him a game there soon to see what their possibilities are.
    ======================
    This should happen. Overbay is 0-20 vs Buerhle, last night was the spot for it.

  53. MTU May 18th, 2013 at 8:46 am

    He’s versatile and he can swing it.

    Adios Ben. We gave you your shot.

    ;)

  54. Doreen May 18th, 2013 at 8:49 am

    Tar,

    Overlooked isn’t quite fair. Didn’t anticipate it, certainly. But in the end he still has all the players he wanted to end up with in that circumstance.

  55. mick May 18th, 2013 at 8:50 am

    and one thing i’ve learned is never come on the blog a little “stupid”, something mick has no choice with because you have to go with what you got. :lol:
    ===========================================
    Randy…
    True. You usually come here with chronic stupidity, not that there’s anything wrong with that.

  56. MTU May 18th, 2013 at 8:51 am

    Just how good is Hiroki Kuroda.

    Wowza.

    :)

    By the way, who is getting the starts while Ivan and AP are out.

    Happily Phelps is one replacement.

  57. Tar May 18th, 2013 at 8:51 am

    “Meaning, that in the end they didn’t lose any players in that move.”

    I see your point, but not necessarily. Because by making the Adams move they were subsequently forced to trade for Nelson for a PLTBNL or cash. Has that player been announced yet? SO there was a cost associated with not doing what Blake suggested and just DFA EppLy from the start.

  58. Tar May 18th, 2013 at 8:53 am

    “Overlooked isn’t quite fair. Didn’t anticipate it, certainly.”

    Ok didn’t anticipate Youk’s back acting up, better?

    J/k kidding Doreen. :D

  59. mick May 18th, 2013 at 8:53 am

    If Musty ever gets here, who would have to get injured, Nix?
    He or Adams could try 1st with Adams at 3rd vs leftys. Or vice versa.
    It has taken injuries to give these guys their shots…
    Now it’s Nuno’s turn.
    The Baseball Gods are running this team.

  60. blake May 18th, 2013 at 8:54 am

    “Meaning, that in the end they didn’t lose any players in that move.”

    They ultimately lost Eppley who they should have just released to start with :)

  61. mick May 18th, 2013 at 8:54 am

    Has that player been announced yet?
    ====================
    It will be Nelson.

  62. MTU May 18th, 2013 at 8:54 am

    The Yankees 40 Man has gone thru more changes than Lon Chaney.

    Looks like a car after the demolition derby is over.

    :(

  63. mick May 18th, 2013 at 8:56 am

    Wrong on an injury to Nix, wouldn’t wish it on anybody.
    Just DFA Benny asap for Musty.

  64. jmills May 18th, 2013 at 8:56 am

    It was a beautiful night for a shutout and for wondering if that video of a crack smoking Toronto mayor not yet gone to tender is for real. I think they want 100 000 for it; all we have is the Star’s word on it at this point. So much for contemplating new subways and roads. I think they’re just going to toll us to death and that includes your little dog too.

  65. Doreen May 18th, 2013 at 8:58 am

    I suppose they thought they’d like to keep Eppley at that time, or at least not have to make that particular decidpsion at that time.

    If the deal for Nelson is cash, that’s no big deal. The PTBNL, depends on the player they name later.

    But that deal was also partly because Nunez ended up on the DL.

    I do think the most interesting part of this is what we’ll never know – how they internally moved the pieces on the chessboard and the discussions leading to those moves.

    Also, what they would have done if they didn’t think (or know) Adams would come back.

  66. Doreen May 18th, 2013 at 9:00 am

    Tar,

    It’s all Youk’s fault. He’s still a Red Sox at heart, you know. Sabboteur!!!

  67. Doreen May 18th, 2013 at 9:01 am

    Decidpsion??? This is a word?? Autocorrect really thinks this is a word????

  68. blake May 18th, 2013 at 9:02 am

    “Also, what they would have done if they didn’t think (or know) Adams would come back.”

    That’s the thing….if Cashman knew he could get Adams back then it was a sneaky move to get him off the 40 man and lose no players…..in that case kudos……if he didnt know he could get him back and took the gamble then it was a risky and bad maneuver IMO to release a useful guy with upside like Adams over some of the other guys they had ok the 40 man……again it all worked out but it’s impossible to judge without knowing the answer to that question……I tend to think he knew

  69. randy l. May 18th, 2013 at 9:04 am

    doreen -

    i read quickly through that pitch framing article at grantland that was posted last night. i have a lot of early thoughts. some positive and negative towards it. one thing that strikes me is that i personally worked really hard at pitch framing when i was bullpen catching.
    this catcher’s mitt looks like this from catching in the bullpen.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/1.....hotostream
    in other words from repetition.

    so i get it that the more a catcher catches the better he will likely be, that an older stewart should be better than a younger stewart. i spent incredible amount of time simply learning to keep my left elbow in (on pitches to the glove side) and rotating my mitt counter clockwise with a flick to go get that ball and bring it back. it was of course pitch framing , but i didn’t call it that. it was just trying to be smooth. the catchers teaching me probably had about a hundred years between them of game experience. one of them , paul casanova, caught a phil niekro no hitter. because of us also having a knuckleball pitcher at that time, casanova spent a lot of time with me on catching the knuckler. you have to get really refined hand, mitt and body positions to catch it.

    so a lot of this stuff is preaching to the choir with me. at the same time, i am skeptical of nerdy types latching on to something and possibly making it out to be more than it is. at the same time i’d probably measure out well in pitch framing techniques. i can see their value.

    one thing i don’t like with montero ( posada used to get lazy and do it too)is that he rides the mitt down to the ground to often without flipping mitt to catch ball. when no one is one base i think the mitt still should be flipped because it builds good habit. plus if you set up low enough you don’t have to go down as much to get the low pitch.

    a lot of the stuff about setting up where the pitch is going to be so your body is centered is just routine to me. of course you should do that. i said the other day that intelligence comes into play too.
    yeah it’s just plain smart to center you center of gravity where you want the pitch.

    yeah some catchers are too lazy to do it, but of course they should. there’s a lot going on here.it’ll take awhile to digest , but it’s a great blog topic.

    on a humorous note, isn’t trisha is going to hate it because pitch framing is really just cheating.
    what else would you call making something look like what it isn’t and stealing a strike? :lol:

  70. jmills May 18th, 2013 at 9:06 am

    In my books at this point, decidpsion is close enough; plus, anyways, Doreen, its a sign of a great writer! :D

  71. Tar May 18th, 2013 at 9:11 am

    All this press about pitch framing has to be a little upsetting to the umpires. It’s basically talking about deceiving them.

    I’m with Randy on that you want to get on the umpires good side. Winning the award for the best deceiver is not going to gain you any friends with the men in blue.

    Who knows maybe there will be a backlash to the pitch framers.

  72. jmills May 18th, 2013 at 9:11 am

    Randy, I bet Houdini would’ve had a career behind the plate. Should either of Bill Freehan or Ted Simmons or both be in the hall? ( This question is contingent upon Thurman already being there )

  73. austinmac May 18th, 2013 at 9:14 am

    Is there any word on Youk? He went from day to day to gone.

    Adams looks like he can hit. I love a guy who can drive the ball to the opposite field gap.

    Musty is heating up. I think we will see him soon.

  74. jmills May 18th, 2013 at 9:15 am

    Tar, don’t you think framing is a subtle art that slow umps already accept? Its not like Bill Barber diving in a Flyers uniform or Bobby Clarke getting the butt end of the stick in your eye after the icing call was well over.

  75. MTU May 18th, 2013 at 9:15 am

    I prefer the kind of “framers” who build houses.

    You generally know when they haven’t framed something correctly.

    ;)

  76. jacksquat May 18th, 2013 at 9:15 am

    Free Musty!

  77. MTU May 18th, 2013 at 9:19 am

    Mac-

    Guys like Adams, Romine,and Musty are just what this aging Team needs.

    Geritol can do just so much.

    Too bad it took an act of Congress to get them promoted.

    But as Mick says, the baseball Gods must favor it.

  78. jmills May 18th, 2013 at 9:21 am

    House framers? Leave it up to you to contribute a positive connotation, MTU :)

  79. MTU May 18th, 2013 at 9:23 am

    Mills-

    We’d all be living in tents w/o them.

    :)

  80. randy l. May 18th, 2013 at 9:23 am

    “I’m with Randy on that you want to get on the umpires good side”

    tar-

    this was one of my favorite approaches when i had a pitcher that didn’t throw strikes.

    me to umpire while catching,” that effing pitcher is pissing me off. one more ball and i’m going to go tell him to throw effing strikes.”.

    after one more ball , i say to umpire, ” that’s it. i’m going to tell that ass hole to throw strikes”.

    then out to mound: me to pitcher, ” that effing umpire is squeezing you, just hit my mitt. if he calls one more strike a ball , i’m going after him.”.

  81. jmills May 18th, 2013 at 9:23 am

    MTU, favor looks more sexy when its favour; its all about slightly pulling in the audience with one’s wrist.

  82. Doreen May 18th, 2013 at 9:24 am

    Randy,

    Thanks.

    It’s nothing new, just has a name and now quantifying data attached.

    Sometimes numbers can get you in trouble, too.

    I think it’s good to look for an edge wherever you can find it. I suspect the Yankees weighed the financial cost of the available FA catchers against all sorts of data, and their numbers probably showed that because of the financial side of it, they’d do as with better defensive catchers than wreck available. It’s the eWorld they’re living in right now, their choices being dictated by a stricter budget.

    My hope is that in the long run, the Yankees will be an efficiently run team that spends more wisely, taking advantage of every variable they can, but still look for the best offense possible. They’re not there yet.

    Ha ha about the cheating angle. I think baseball has always been about finding an advantage, wherever you can. Is creating the illusion of a strike cheating? Or is it capitalizing on he human element that umpires aren’t perfect and it’s really hard to see a ball cross the plate in real time at speeds of 85 to 100 miles an hour? Is it cheating to use a defensive shift? Basically, fielders are playing out of position in some of them.

    I think introducing foreign substances is where I draw the line. As long as the pine tar is made in the USA, right?

  83. MTU May 18th, 2013 at 9:25 am

    Mills-

    I wish those Brits would finally learn how to spell.

    :)

    Time to walk the mini-dobermans.

    later.

  84. blake May 18th, 2013 at 9:25 am

    Randy,
    You need to include pictures in that one post
    If you want me to read it :)

  85. Doreen May 18th, 2013 at 9:26 am

    Randy,

    I hope you can decipher (translate) the new language I’m using: AUTOCORRECT

  86. jmills May 18th, 2013 at 9:26 am

    Randy, you can be our new mayor up here!

  87. blake May 18th, 2013 at 9:28 am

    jacksquat says:
    May 18, 2013 at 9:15 am
    Free Musty!

    Please!

  88. randy l. May 18th, 2013 at 9:29 am

    then when getting back to home plate to ump:
    ” i told him one more walk and he’s out of the game “.

    the point is that a catcher has an ump to get along with, a pitcher to encourage and be on same page with , and a manager who has a game plan he wants you to execute.

    oh yeah, and you just got hit by a foul ball in the baseballs and you’re seeing little stars while doing all this :)

  89. Yankee Trader May 18th, 2013 at 9:29 am

    Good morning Breakfast Club-

    MTU- Welcolm back. Just fantastic!

    Vidal Nuno will probably get the start. I believe they want another lefty in the rotation.

    Mustelier is hitting now. 3-5 last nght, double to forge a lead and knock in two, and a single to win the game in extras. Lately he’s playing third. I do see where he had an error at 3rd last night and 3 overall. Don’t know if any are OF errors.

    Still……………..Free and Play Musty for US! :)

  90. blake May 18th, 2013 at 9:30 am

    Autocorrect really should be its own language

  91. jmills May 18th, 2013 at 9:31 am

    Yes, Tar is not going to be removed as a foreign substance, and I’m close enough to stay as well.

  92. Doreen May 18th, 2013 at 9:31 am

    Tar, as a matter of fact, the article talked about the idea that if they start to put a value on pitch framing (a public one), then it could hasten the move to ball and strike robots. I can’t imagine this would make the umpires union very happy at all.

    I think it could put umpires on their guard and the end result in a perfect world is umpires calling a better game overall.

  93. PittsburghYankeeFan May 18th, 2013 at 9:33 am

    The framing article was good, and explains a lot.

    It also explains a lot of moves the Yankees have made for the last few years that we fans cannot understand.

    Cashman and Hal have moved the Yankees culture away from dumb spending to smart spending. It took a long time, it isn’t perfect, and moves are made that look really bad and really stupid from the fan perspective.

    Why do you think the Yankees have had such success lately with vets off the scrap heap? Luck?

    No way–they must have some statistical analysis that nobody will talk about, like this pitch framing stuff. It gets them an advantage for a few years, someone finds out about it, everyone does it, and they move on to something else.

    Vernon Wells is example A right now. They must have some metric that told them he would succeed on their club where he didn’t in LA. Same thing with Lyle Overbay. Girardi has bought into it as well. His “book” is a lot more complicated than anyone is letting on.

    The phrase is market inefficiency exploitation, I believe. By the way, where do the best and most ambitious statheads who practice this art gravitate? Where do they make the most money?

    Yes, that’s correct. About 1 mile south of Yankee stadium. The money spent on these guys doesn’t count on payroll, and if you dig deep enough I’m sure there are some Wall Street connected stat heads buried and hidden deep in the Yankee organization where they would like them to stay hidden and unknown.

  94. jmills May 18th, 2013 at 9:33 am

    Randy, you should run a daycare facility, you’d be perfect between the kids and parents.

  95. blake May 18th, 2013 at 9:33 am

    I wouldn’t want robots to call balls and strikes because I do think that “human element” between pitcher and hitter and catcher and umpire is totally part of the fabric of the sport and it would change the game negatively if you took that away……

    However….I’m pro robots for virtually everything else

  96. randy l. May 18th, 2013 at 9:34 am

    “You need to include pictures in that one post
    If you want me to read it ”

    blake-

    think of it as a stream of consciousness thing. just keep moving through it. whatever sticks sticks :)

    but seriously, the pitch framing thing is learned in the dirt. down in the brown stuff. there will be sweat,dirt, blood,etc to get that skill.

    …and then a bunch of nerdy types in a clean computer room are going to “own” it and have the final word.

    i don’t think so :)

  97. blake May 18th, 2013 at 9:37 am

    “Vernon Wells is example A right now. They must have some metric that told them he would succeed on their club where he didn’t in LA”

    Honestly I think that one was old school scouting…..I’ve read their scouts saw better bat speed this spring and thought he had something left in a fresh start.

    The yanks are a combo organization (which is the way it should be)…..they use both metrics and scouting to make decisions.

    Nice to see you Pittsburgh…..good post ….I think that Cashman makes mistakes like any GM but ultimately he’s showing this year why he’s probably gonna have a plaque in Cooperstown one day

  98. jmills May 18th, 2013 at 9:37 am

    Doreen, I think the umpire’s union wants dinosaurs, not, robots.

  99. blake May 18th, 2013 at 9:38 am

    Randy,
    I think you need nerds and salty old school guys both for a good front office…..and that they need to discuss and argue and find the answer by pooling their knowledge

  100. jmills May 18th, 2013 at 9:41 am

    I liked Vernon, the money wasn’t his fault and he got hurt along the way. Strong charity guy.

  101. randy l. May 18th, 2013 at 9:41 am

    “.I think that Cashman makes mistakes like any GM but ultimately he’s showing this year why he’s probably gonna have a plaque in Cooperstown one day”

    blake-

    you been getting into the dentist happy pills?

    cashman will be lucky if he has a job when this year and next is over.

    he’s spending $230 million right now. not exactly ninja like :)

  102. jmills May 18th, 2013 at 9:43 am

    Randy, forget the pills, go straight to the potentially euphoric nitrous.

  103. Yankee Trader May 18th, 2013 at 9:44 am

    “Nik Turley: An offseason addition to the 40-man roster, Turley, 23, made his Triple-A debut Monday with a six-inning, two-hit, four-strikeout beauty. The 6-foot-4 left-hander is back at Trenton, where he was having an uneven campaign (4.98 ERA, 37 Ks/19 BBs in 34 1/3 innings).”

    http://www.nypost.com/p/sports.....J8si2ykWlO

    Nice to see some of the AA starters are now getting the chance to move up to AAA, albeit due to injuries, and get playing time. Always good to have a lefty, at YS, in the rotation!

  104. blake May 18th, 2013 at 9:45 am

    Randy,
    Scoreboard man…..5 titles, made the playoffs what 17 out of the last 18 years…..has a bunch of retreads in first place this year ……

    The payroll is 230 but a big portion of that money has been on the DL all season…..a lot of clubs spend money and stink or have stunk…..look at the Angels , Dodgers, Mets, cubs, etc……despite the narrative you can’t buy playoff berths or titles

  105. jmills May 18th, 2013 at 9:46 am

    Damn this long weekend, I have to see if the lawnmower is going to start. I pickled the gas so I’m hoping for the best.

  106. blake May 18th, 2013 at 9:47 am

    Look how much money Jerry Dipoto has spent since taking over the Angels…..he was supposed to be the next young genius GM…..they have nothing to show for it so far and are like 12 games out right now.

    Look how much Ned Colletti has spent

  107. Doreen May 18th, 2013 at 9:47 am

    I’ll tell you, though, I think that the really good catchers will now be able to use the quantifying data to negotiate better contracts for themselves and then it’s a different ball game. Right now, it’s an advantage defensively and financially. But it won’t stay that way to the same extent. It also ends up giving really good defensive catchers their due. Of course the ideal is to have a catcher or catchers who can do both very well. Those are a very rare breed.

  108. blake May 18th, 2013 at 9:49 am

    Cashman’s track record at developing starting pitching isn’t great…..(a good but of that is where they draft IMO) but his track record if solving problems and winning games is excellent

  109. randy l. May 18th, 2013 at 9:50 am

    “I think you need nerds and salty old school guys both for a good front office…..and that they need to discuss and argue and find the answer by pooling their knowledge”

    blake-

    i actually agree with you.

    i don’t so much think they come to an agreed upon answer as much as they’d come to an answer that wins in the idea marketplace.

    i also want to say there are different kinds of salty old school guys. when you get one with an over 135 IQ it’s a little different situation. i think that’s when you get one who can talk with the “nerds”.

    i think that’s a francona type or even a maddon. girardi is obviously a bright guy too. he just has a lot of psychological damage from “ALL THOSE M$%$FUK$%ING SLUGGER CATCHERS PUTTING HIM ON THE BENCH.” :)

  110. ObviousMan May 18th, 2013 at 9:54 am

    Randy,

    If Cashman is terrible and fills the team with terrible players, abd Girardi has no clue how to manage those players, why do the yankees win consistently year after year? Can’t use the money excuse any more because you said that money has been spent on terrible players.

    So why all the winning, Smart Randy?:)

  111. Doreen May 18th, 2013 at 9:55 am

    David Cone is great for being both current upin his fluency with the new metrics, but also very old school in his analyses as well.

  112. blake May 18th, 2013 at 9:55 am

    “i also want to say there are different kinds of salty old school guys. when you get one with an over 135 IQ it’s a little different situation. i think that’s when you get one who can talk with the “nerds”.”

    Very true…

  113. blake May 18th, 2013 at 9:56 am

    Doreen says:
    May 18, 2013 at 9:55 am
    David Cone is great for being both current upin his fluency with the new metrics, but also very old school in his analyses as well.

    I don’t know why YES doesn’t make him full time…. Maybe Cone doesn’t want to do full time

  114. randy l. May 18th, 2013 at 9:57 am

    “Scoreboard man…..5 titles, made the playoffs what 17 out of the last 18 years…..has a bunch of retreads in first place this year ……”

    blake-

    that whole theory of yours won’t work when in another fifty the games , the yankees have regressed to who they are.

    91 wins may or may not get them to the playoffs. no way this team plays at or above a.600 rate.

    a long losing streak will come and reality will set in. like what happened to the red sox.

    we’ll see, right . that’s part of the fun of it. i’ve taken a position by rooting for implosion that i can actually enjoy :)

  115. blake May 18th, 2013 at 9:57 am

    If we can’t clone vin sculley then I wish they’d make Singleton and Cone the primary duo

  116. randy l. May 18th, 2013 at 9:58 am

    “David Cone is great for being both current upin his fluency with the new metrics, but also very old school in his analyses as well.”

    cone is excellent. and smart.

  117. austinmac May 18th, 2013 at 9:58 am

    MTU,

    Welcome back. The young guys did most of the hitting last night. I love that. Romine at least looks like he has a pretty good swing. Adams can not. When asked the other day about his best position, he said hitter. I agree. It does look like he aims his throws. So far the aim is good, but not great on style points.

    Has anyone ever done less than Francisco with an opportunity? He is hitting under .100 of lefties. Musty time.

  118. Yankee Trader May 18th, 2013 at 9:59 am

    2013 MLB League Attendance by Teams:

    http://espn.go.com/mlb/attendance

    Yankees down 6000/game at home. However it appears almost all teams have had a drop in home attendance from last season, and what’s up with Cleveland, last in attendance? Weather?

  119. austinmac May 18th, 2013 at 10:00 am

    Sometimes I put the Dodgers game on late just to hear Scully. No one else comes close, but Cone and Singleton are our best pair. I miss Kaat.

  120. randy l. May 18th, 2013 at 10:00 am

    “So why all the winning, Smart Randy?:)”

    “Smart Randy” doesn’t talk to trolls .

    whoops :lol:

  121. blake May 18th, 2013 at 10:00 am

    “that whole theory of yours won’t work when in another fifty the games , the yankees have regressed to who they are.”

    What if they don’t? If their rotation stays healthy then I don’t see that happening. I don’t think this team as is is a title team (the offense isn’t good enough) but i do think if they can keep their pitching healthy that they’ll make the playoffs and if they add a bat at the deadline then they could win it all maybe or have a chance to

  122. Doreen May 18th, 2013 at 10:02 am

    I think Kenny likes having his down time. and Cone apparently has a young family as well.

    In a way, I’m glad that YES has “flextime.”. Sure, some of the pairings aren’t great, but you do get a lot of different types of analysts.

  123. Doreen May 18th, 2013 at 10:04 am

    Also, it makes it an attractive change of pace for a guy like O’Neill who,you know would not do this full time.

  124. austinmac May 18th, 2013 at 10:04 am

    YT,

    I liked Turley in my brief view of him this spring. His stuff looks good enough for a lefty. I think we will see him next year in some role.

    Cone always reminds us he came up and relieved. There is no one way to do things. Phelps seems to be doing well after getting his feet wet as a reliever.

  125. blake May 18th, 2013 at 10:05 am

    Those who saw the office finale…. What’d you think? I haven’t watched the show a ton this year but I thought the finale was really good.

    I was glad Michael came back despite the rumors that he wasn’t although I do wish he had been more involved.

    I liked how the relationship between Jim and Pam sorts became the main theme of the show and how Dwight and Jim ultimately became good friends …..I just thought they tied it all together really well

  126. austinmac May 18th, 2013 at 10:07 am

    Attendance looks very down from watching on TV. Are there a lot of no-shows?

    I mentioned this winter the off-season can create enthusiasm. George knew that. The Dodgers and their miserable record lead in attendance. I hope it will pick up or else Hal has another reason not to spend.

  127. Yankee Trader May 18th, 2013 at 10:12 am

    Doreen May 18th, 2013 at 10:04 am
    Also, it makes it an attractive change of pace for a guy like O’Neill who,you know would not do this full time.
    ——————————
    That’s Paul O’Neill in the booth? All this time I thought it was Woody Harrelson! :)

  128. jacksquat May 18th, 2013 at 10:13 am

    Could this be the lineup today?

    Gardner
    Cano
    Wells
    Hafner
    Granderson
    Adams
    Overbay
    Nix
    Romine

    If Hafner can DH it will be interesting to see what happens in the OF. If it’s Wells-Gardner-Granderson, who plays RF?

    I would like to get Nunez back.

  129. Doreen May 18th, 2013 at 10:16 am

    I didn’t mean good looking attractive. I meant a change of pace in his life activities is attractive for O’Neill. When Paul is focused, he is very good. Sometimes he is not focused. But at least he’s almost always a good foil for Kay.

    It’s a great set up. You can still be involved with the Yankees, but not be away from your family for an entire summer.

  130. jacksquat May 18th, 2013 at 10:16 am

    Oops, lineup already tweeted.

    Lohud Yankees Blog @LoHudYankees
    Yankee lineup vs. TOR 5/19: Gardner, Cano, Wells, Hafner, Overbay, Granderson, Nix, Adams, Romine w/Phelps.

  131. austinmac May 18th, 2013 at 10:17 am

    Wells needs to stop swinging at pitches a foot outside. Sometimes it looks as if he doesn’t see the pitch at all or decides to swing before it is thrown. Personally, I would never throw him a fastball.

  132. MG May 18th, 2013 at 10:17 am

    I like the way Adams swings the bat and he will probably stick but there will be the inevitable adjustments by opposing pitchers after some scouting reports get filed and then Adams will have to adjust in kind.

    As for his release and resigning, he had missed all of spring training with a back problem and had never played at AAA, it was really difficult to project that they would need him in April and early May with Youk on the team and Mustelier already at AAA.

    Most rookies get their shot because of an injury or really bad performances by the incumbent and then take advantage of it.

    It will be great if Adams and Romine take full advantage of their opportunities (as well as Nuno) but you can’t criticize the Yankees for taking the same approach with them that other teams have used for over 100 years-if Wally Pipp doesn’t have a headache, when would Gehrig’s consecutive game streak have strarted?

  133. Doreen May 18th, 2013 at 10:17 am

    Hafner in there makes a huge difference.

  134. austinmac May 18th, 2013 at 10:17 am

    JS,

    You were pretty close. I think I would prefer yours.

  135. Doreen May 18th, 2013 at 10:18 am

    You know, I don’t even remember what Nunez’ injury is.

  136. jacksquat May 18th, 2013 at 10:19 am

    I didn’t think Girardi would put 3 lhh in a row, or mine would be closer to his. I would have Adams above Nix.

    Granderson in RF, he doesn’t really have the arm, Wells’ arm might be better, and Granderson’s range better for LF, not sure.

  137. MTU May 18th, 2013 at 10:21 am

    Thanks YT and Mac.

    Good to be back.

  138. jacksquat May 18th, 2013 at 10:21 am

    Nunez had soreness in the rib area.

  139. MG May 18th, 2013 at 10:25 am

    MTU May 18th, 2013 at 10:21 am
    Thanks YT and Mac.

    Good to be back.
    ——————-
    MTU, you should stay away longer, Phelps had what was probably his best start while you were gone :)

  140. Doreen May 18th, 2013 at 10:25 am

    Off topic, but thought there might be interest here:

    http://www.nj.com/rutgersfootb.....rt_m-rpt-1

    Thanks about Nunez’ injury.

  141. MTU May 18th, 2013 at 10:26 am

    Today’s LU looks like it has some punch.

    :)

  142. Doreen May 18th, 2013 at 10:27 am

    The above article is about Eric Legrand. Btw.

  143. MTU May 18th, 2013 at 10:28 am

    MG-

    If that’s what it takes.

    ;)

  144. MG May 18th, 2013 at 10:30 am

    Ken Venturi, RIP

    Most people only know him as the lead CBS golf analyst for a long time but he most likely had the most courageous athletic triumph of all time when he won the US Open at Congressional (when they still played 36 holes the final day) by playing the entire final round in 90 degree heat while suffering from both dehydration and heat prostration-the doctor on site told him to withdraw and Venturi’s response was ‘I don’t have anything else to live for so what difference does it make’…

  145. blake May 18th, 2013 at 10:30 am

    @TheRock: I’m a 6’4 260lb man. Look at this visual.. now imagine being on the court vs Sir Charles & @SHAQ #GameOverSon http://t.co/HfjPMSr5nY

  146. MG May 18th, 2013 at 10:31 am

    MTU May 18th, 2013 at 10:28 am
    MG-

    If that’s what it takes.
    ———————-
    if he has a bad game today it’s back to the wilderness for you… :)

  147. blake May 18th, 2013 at 10:32 am

    Yea I’ll certainly miss Venturi’s voice . RIP

  148. MG May 18th, 2013 at 10:33 am

    blake May 18th, 2013 at 10:30 am
    @TheRock: I’m a 6’4 260lb man. Look at this visual.. now imagine being on the court vs Sir Charles & @SHAQ #GameOverSon http://t.co/HfjPMSr5nY
    —————–
    Barkley was only 6’4″ when he played, he hasn’t grown (except in width) since his playing days so that means Dwayne is a lot shorter than his advertised height…

  149. blake May 18th, 2013 at 10:33 am

    @McCulloughSL: Sleepers Awake Lineup: Gardner 8, Cano 4, Wells 7, Hafner DH, Overbay 3, Granderson 9, Nix 6, Adams 5, Romine 2, Phelps 1. #yankees

  150. MTU May 18th, 2013 at 10:35 am

    MG-

    That’s not really punishment.

    :)

  151. blake May 18th, 2013 at 10:35 am

    Barkley is listed at 6’6 on basketball reference…..

  152. blake May 18th, 2013 at 10:36 am

    I like the lineup….. Grandy in RF…. Ichiro sits

  153. MG May 18th, 2013 at 10:39 am

    blake May 18th, 2013 at 10:35 am
    Barkley is listed at 6’6 on basketball reference….
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    I know but he is shorter than that-no one would accept a power forward who is between 6’4″ and 6’5″…

  154. Against All Odds May 18th, 2013 at 10:43 am

    .I think that Cashman makes mistakes like any GM but ultimately he’s showing this year why he’s probably gonna have a plaque in Cooperstown one day”

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    That’s where he’ll probably end up and if this next wave of kids leads to a dynasty or a few champions then he’ll be a made man.

  155. blake May 18th, 2013 at 10:44 am

    New one….either way that pic does show just how massive Shaq is


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