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Rivera: “There’s always going to be a first time”

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Mariano Rivera

Shortly after Mariano Rivera had blown a third consecutive save for the first time in his career, Yankees manager Joe Girardi was asked about the level of concern for his 43-year-old closer.

Girardi simply held up his hand in the shape of a zero.

It’s hard to blame the skipper for his response. He’s been spoiled by Rivera since taking over in 2008, and he’s seen him bounce back from the occasional poor performance.

“It’s not like you forget how to pitch in a week,” Girardi said. “It’s not possible. My buddy Paul O’Neill would ask me, ‘Can a guy forget how to hit in a week?’ And my answer would be, ‘No.’ And you’re not going to forget how to pitch in a week. He just had a bad week.”

Rivera’s teammates have the same type of confidence.

“Things like that happen,” Brett Gardner said. “Not many times when you’ve got a three-run lead going into the eighth, and (David Robertson) gave up a run and Mo gave up two. Those guys aren’t perfect. Both of them have a 1-something or low 2-something ERA, and in my opinion, they’re still the best eighth and ninth inning guys in the game.”

With just a month and a half left in Rivera’s storied career, no one is going to hit the panic button. He’ll get every save opportunity down the stretch, with each having special significance because it’s one save closer to his last.

Rivera repeatedly acknowledged that his pitches have been “up” and “flat” during this unprecedented skid — a rare indication that he is, in fact, human. His command has been impeccable throughout his career, but perhaps it’s a bit more difficult to maintain as you creep into your mid-40s. Surely, he will convert a save again sometime soon, but maybe this latest hiccup will serve as an important reminder that what he’s been doing for the last 17 years isn’t quite as easy as he’s made it look.

“There’s always going to be a first time,” Rivera said. “I don’t pay attention to that stuff.”

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111 Responses to “Rivera: “There’s always going to be a first time””

  1. Jesus Bustero August 12th, 2013 at 10:19 am

    The Yankees have to get in the businesses of holding a player until the very last minute.

    Phil Hughes has become the poster boy for it.

    I have to credit Blake and MTU. Both advocated trading Heathcott before the start of this year when he was coming off a very successful 2012 campaign and AZ Fall League.

  2. Mike in Harrisburg August 12th, 2013 at 10:19 am

    http://hardballtalk.nbcsports......tm_medium=

    Youkilis still hoping to play this season. …

  3. Jesus Bustero August 12th, 2013 at 10:19 am

    edit: have to get out of the business

  4. blake August 12th, 2013 at 10:20 am

    Mike in Harrisburg says:
    August 12, 2013 at 10:19 am
    http://hardballtalk.nbcsports……tm_medium=

    Youkilis still hoping to play this season. …

    Lol

  5. MTU August 12th, 2013 at 10:21 am

    Buster-

    I advocate(d) trading Heathcott also mainly because I do not believe he can stay healthy.

    Let someone else have the DL time.

  6. MTU August 12th, 2013 at 10:22 am

    And also because we have 2 or 3 others who have similar talent.

  7. Mike in Harrisburg August 12th, 2013 at 10:23 am

    At $6 million per homer is Youkilis in fact the Yanks’ worst value player this year?

  8. MTU August 12th, 2013 at 10:26 am

    As the Yankees MiLB players ripen a bit more they will have more trade bait to wrok with.

    Keep the best and trade off the rest.

  9. I Am Winning August 12th, 2013 at 10:28 am

    “There’s always going to be a first time”

    Good attitude. Lets make this a first time in history and blow every game until the season ends.

  10. MTU August 12th, 2013 at 10:34 am

    I’m with Girardi.

    Zero worries about Mo.

  11. blake August 12th, 2013 at 10:38 am

    “He and I both propose trades and normally reasonable ones. I first suggested Cano for Matt Kemp several years ago and ever since then I’m the guy who wanted to dump Cano”

    Correct….you can come up with reasonable trades for anybody. It doesn’t mean you want to give them away…..

    Btw congrats on your daughters wedding….sounds like have have good reason to be proud of both of them

  12. blake August 12th, 2013 at 10:39 am

    Mo does this every year…..I’m not worried about him at all

  13. MTU August 12th, 2013 at 10:42 am

    3 pronged plan for improvement.

    same as the one I’ve had all along.

    1) Strategic acquisitions of FA’s

    2) Trades of fungible MiLB or ML players

    3) Supplementation thru the Farm system

  14. MTU August 12th, 2013 at 10:46 am

    I’d absolutely love to see at least 2 people gone.

    Levine and Newman.

    Levine because he’s a meddler in baseball ops.

    And Newman because he is in charge of overseeing the development of players at the Farm level.

  15. blake August 12th, 2013 at 10:47 am

    The Yankees either have to spend their way out of this or rebuild with bold decisions …..

  16. MTU August 12th, 2013 at 10:48 am

    This winter the Yankees need to acquire a 3b for the future, and a better Catcher.

    At a minimum.

    They will have the money to do so and should make those things a must do.

    ;)

  17. Niblick August 12th, 2013 at 10:49 am

    It’s time to face the fact that Mo has, at the age of 43, become an average closer.

    Mo has converted 87.5% of his save opportunities this year; the average of the top 30 closers (one for each team) is 88.2%.

    Mo’s ERA is 2.44. That ranks 14th out of 30.

    Mo’s BAA is .257. That’s 28th out of 30. Only Jim Johnson and Heath Bell are worse.

  18. Jesus Bustero August 12th, 2013 at 10:49 am

    They need to cut ties with Kuroda and Granderson, add McCann and Choo and trade for someone like Prado who can cover 3B and SS. I actually like him better as a SS option. Prado will become available at the winter meetings because Davidson will be ready and obviously AZ didn’t want to risk it during a playoff chase.

  19. MTU August 12th, 2013 at 10:49 am

    Blake-

    I think there is a 3rd way.

    A re-tool.

  20. Ys Guy August 12th, 2013 at 10:51 am

    ” Mike in Harrisburg August 12th, 2013 at 10:23 am

    At $6 million per homer is Youkilis in fact the Yanks’ worst value player this year?
    —————————————–
    that would be no

  21. blake August 12th, 2013 at 10:51 am

    Prado isn’t a SS….he can play there in a pinch but he’s not a SS

  22. MTU August 12th, 2013 at 10:51 am

    Buster-

    One of Zimmeran or Rendon might be available too.

    Along with Headley or Moustakas.

    And if you really want to go for it you see if you can get your hands on a guy like Castellanos.

  23. blake August 12th, 2013 at 10:52 am

    MTU,
    Retooling is the spend money route

  24. Ys Guy August 12th, 2013 at 10:52 am

    im with dumping levine and newman as the best FO moves.

  25. Jesus Bustero August 12th, 2013 at 10:52 am

    Zimmerman is an interesting name. I don’t see them trading Rendon.

    Headley I love.

    meh on Moustakas.

  26. Jesus Bustero August 12th, 2013 at 10:54 am

    But the one thing Prado brings that the rest don’t is versatility to play SS.

    Plus Prado would come cheaper than any of those names.

  27. MTU August 12th, 2013 at 10:54 am

    Blake-

    Yes but in a more limited fits the budget way.

    They will have plenty of extra money next season.

    especially due to the A-rod windfall.

    That gets them at least 2 quality FA’s with multi-year contracts.

    That will help a lot.

    The following year the money spigot can open and the process continues with even greater
    momentum.

  28. Ys Guy August 12th, 2013 at 10:55 am

    zimmerman’s probably available but he misses alot of games. he’s got a shoulder problem for years now that limits his games and has ruined his throwing motion. but he can still rake when he’s in there.

  29. MTU August 12th, 2013 at 10:56 am

    Should we make a push to steal McCann away from the Bravos ?

  30. blake August 12th, 2013 at 10:56 am

    If love to buy low on Prado but they’d have to be sellin low and I doubt that happens

  31. Jesus Bustero August 12th, 2013 at 10:57 am

    The Braves have locked up an OF long term with Upton, Upton and Heyward. Plus they have Shafer.

    That means they should make use of Gattis and use McCann’s money for a starting pitcher like Garza.

  32. Ys Guy August 12th, 2013 at 10:57 am

    as of now, arod will be on the 2015 roster. don’t the HR bonuses hit the LT in the years they are earned? so if he does play, the $6M for passing mays is likely to get charged, too.

    assuming he can still play.

  33. Jesus Bustero August 12th, 2013 at 10:58 am

    Why do you doubt it Blake?

    AZ’s top prospect plays 3B and is ML ready.

  34. blake August 12th, 2013 at 10:58 am

    “That means they should make use of Gattis and use McCann’s money for a starting pitcher like Garza.”

    Braves don’t really need pitching ….

  35. Jesus Bustero August 12th, 2013 at 10:59 am

    Not true Blake.

    They have young pitching but no real veteran anchor now that Hudson is a big question mark.

  36. Jesus Bustero August 12th, 2013 at 11:00 am

    The Braves were hot for Peavy and they were probably in on Garza.

  37. blake August 12th, 2013 at 11:01 am

    “They have young pitching but no real veteran anchor now that Hudson is a big question mark.”

    They could use a true #1 but they have a lot of guys like Garza….I can’t see them spending big on pitching

  38. blake August 12th, 2013 at 11:02 am

    Jesus Bustero says:
    August 12, 2013 at 10:58 am
    Why do you doubt it Blake?

    AZ’s top prospect plays 3B and is ML ready.

    Why would they? They just got taken to the cleaners in a trade for Prado…..givin up on him a year later would make it look even worse

  39. Jesus Bustero August 12th, 2013 at 11:02 am

    They don’t have any guys proven like Garza. They have a bunch of young guys who project to maybe become Garza, but nobody proven.

  40. blake August 12th, 2013 at 11:04 am

    The braves have minor, Teheran, Beachy , Medlen already there for 2014……that’s a good rotation as is and should only get better. I could see them going after Price if he came available

  41. Jesus Bustero August 12th, 2013 at 11:04 am

    Blake, are you seriously asking me why AZ would promote their ML ready top prospect? Are you saying they won’t do that because they don’t want to look bad?

    The stupid thing wasn’t trading for Prado so much as it was compounding the error with a bad contract. If they can undue the second part of the error and dump his money and promote a new prized prospect then why not?

  42. blake August 12th, 2013 at 11:05 am

    Jesus Bustero says:
    August 12, 2013 at 11:02 am
    They don’t have any guys proven like Garza. They have a bunch of young guys who project to maybe become Garza, but nobody proven.

    They have 3 guys as good as Garza now…..Garza is ok but he’s been hurt a lot and isn’t anything special….he’s a good not great starter ….

  43. Jesus Bustero August 12th, 2013 at 11:05 am

    My targets remain:

    McCann
    Choo
    Prado

  44. Ys Guy August 12th, 2013 at 11:05 am

    the braves didnt have beachy back yet and there are innings limits on teheran so they wanted another starter going into a WS run.

    i dont think they will look for anything more than pitching depth this offseason then maybe add at the TD if they need to next year.

  45. Jesus Bustero August 12th, 2013 at 11:06 am

    Blake I’m not arguing the talent of their young pitching. I’m saying they have to prove the talent consistently and until they do, the Braves need to hedge and bring in an anchor.

  46. blake August 12th, 2013 at 11:06 am

    “Blake, are you seriously asking me why AZ would promote their ML ready top prospect? Are you saying they won’t do that because they don’t want to look bad?”

    I’m asking you why they’d sell low on him?

  47. blake August 12th, 2013 at 11:06 am

    Jesus Bustero says:
    August 12, 2013 at 11:06 am
    Blake I’m not arguing the talent of their young pitching. I’m saying they have to prove the talent consistently and until they do, the Braves need to hedge and bring in an anchor.

    Well they have the best record in baseball ….isn’t that proving it?

  48. Jesus Bustero August 12th, 2013 at 11:06 am

    Why would they sell low?

    Ummm….

    Have you looked at his contract?

  49. blake August 12th, 2013 at 11:07 am

    Minor and Teheran are studs…..Beachy should be back next year….

  50. Against All Odds August 12th, 2013 at 11:08 am

    The chances of Levine getting dumped is like telling a batter he can no longer step out of the batters box

  51. Jesus Bustero August 12th, 2013 at 11:08 am

    Their record proves they have a good TEAM.

    It indicates nothing about the existence of a proven extended track record of success of a staff made up of kids. Hudson was leading that staff most of the year.

  52. Against All Odds August 12th, 2013 at 11:10 am

    Jesus Bustero August 12th, 2013 at 11:05 am

    ———————

    I think McCann is a must.

  53. Can of Corn August 12th, 2013 at 11:10 am

    Zimmerman ? No way, he is too expensive and too often injured

  54. Ys Guy August 12th, 2013 at 11:10 am

    the braves have stayed committed to a sub $100M payroll for a long time. in the past 15 years, they have gone over that # (barely) twice. they will very likely stick right there and make tough choices rather then blow up the budget.

  55. blake August 12th, 2013 at 11:10 am

    “Have you looked at his contract?”

    Yea…looks bad this year….if he bounces back to what he normally is next year though then it’s reasonable.

    Look they clearly liked him a lot when they traded for him….I don’t think they’ll give him away after 1 year

  56. blake August 12th, 2013 at 11:11 am

    “It indicates nothing about the existence of a proven extended track record of success of a staff made up of kids. Hudson was leading that staff most of the year.”

    Hudson has struggles this year ….plus I bet he will be back next year

  57. blake August 12th, 2013 at 11:12 am

    They’ll re-sign Hudson cheap rather than sign Garza to a big deal….they are smart like that

  58. Can of Corn August 12th, 2013 at 11:12 am

    blake August 12th, 2013 at 11:07 am
    Minor and Teheran are studs…..Beachy should be back next year….

    ========

    Medlen and Wood aren’t going anywhere either

  59. Ys Guy August 12th, 2013 at 11:14 am

    beachy pitched a gem vs. miami this w/e. 8IP/3H/0R

  60. blake August 12th, 2013 at 11:14 am

    If the Braves ran the Yankees they’d actually have an efficient 189 million dollar payroll and the team would be really good most likely

  61. Shame Spencer August 12th, 2013 at 11:16 am

    McCann is clearly the best of the C options this off season but what about AJP who will be available again? Napoli’s strikeout rate and splits haven’t been great or I’d throw him in the mix of options.

  62. MTU August 12th, 2013 at 11:18 am

    The point is that the Yankees will have the money to improve themselves significantly next Winter.

    And they should do so.

    No more band-aides. That is not necessary any longer.

    If you can’t buy 4 new tires. start with a pair.

  63. blake August 12th, 2013 at 11:19 am

    Wouldn’t shock me at all if Stewie is back pitch framing is to victory again next year

  64. Chip August 12th, 2013 at 11:20 am

    Randy Levine’s not getting fired – he runs the business side too well. I would like to see the team’s presidency split so that Levine could maintain control over the Yankee business interests while someone like John Hart was brought in to run the baseball side.

  65. blake August 12th, 2013 at 11:21 am

    @JeffPassan: A fascinating debate: Should salary matter when considering an MVP candidacy? There is plenty of logic in doing so: http://t.co/GUJ0OtNxyA

  66. blake August 12th, 2013 at 11:21 am

    Why do you like John Hart so much?

  67. Chip August 12th, 2013 at 11:22 am

    blake August 12th, 2013 at 11:19 am

    Wouldn’t shock me at all if Stewie is back pitch framing is to victory again next year
    ——————–

    Wouldn’t shock me either – though I think that between Cervelli, Romine and Murphy the Yankees have plenty of other options.

    Again, I can’t fault Chris Stewart this season – he’s done a far better job than I thought he would given this amount of playing time. He’s just not a ML caliber starting catcher. He should never have been put in this position in the first place.

  68. Chip August 12th, 2013 at 11:23 am

    blake August 12th, 2013 at 11:21 am

    Why do you like John Hart so much?
    ——————

    1. Good at internal scouting

    2. Good at external scouting

    3. Track record of bringing in good front office people

    What’s not to like?

  69. DONNYBROOK August 12th, 2013 at 11:24 am

    - MONDAY MORNING MUSINGS -

    Yanks should have bunted the hobbled Cabrera up the ying-yang the last couple games, especially with a runner at 2B. He can’t play up, because he is unable to retreat and cover 3B. DUMB. If I was the opposition, I would also bunt on A-Rod, and especially the combo of A-Rod and Pettitte. A-Rod charges a bunt like The Tin Man.
    That blown call at 2B saved the Yankees bacon. Sure, Gardner made a great catch. But if that call is made properly, Gardner ain’t getting a Gatorade shower.
    Nunez continues to grow both as a player and as a leader with each game. Jeet sees it, and is in his ear often.
    Cano continues to make his Yankee presence in 2014 a debate instead of a proclamation.
    Having Wells on the 2014 Yankee roster continues to look like another Cashman Boner.
    Extremely tough for the Yankees to put together a long winning streak with both Hughes and Pettitte in the rotation.
    HP Ump shoulda tossed Verlander for that vocal outburst. Of course, star players get away with murder, and the rank-and-file are forced to walk a fine line.

  70. Ys Guy August 12th, 2013 at 11:25 am

    no huge problem with levine running the buisness side except that he steps all over the baseball side.
    i dont think any gm can do their job right with that going on.
    and once a guy like him grabs that power, he is never going to give it up.
    he has to go.

  71. Chip August 12th, 2013 at 11:26 am

    Shame Spencer August 12th, 2013 at 11:16 am

    McCann is clearly the best of the C options this off season but what about AJP who will be available again? Napoli’s strikeout rate and splits haven’t been great or I’d throw him in the mix of options.
    ——————-

    Napoli hasn’t played catcher at all this season.

    For me it is McCann or a tandem of Romine and Murphy.

  72. pkyankfan69 August 12th, 2013 at 11:28 am

    Grow some balls Hal…. Screw the budget

    CF – Gardner
    SS – Jeter
    2B – Cano
    DH – Abreu
    1B – Tex
    C – McCann
    LF – Soriano
    RF – Grandy (QO)
    3B – Nix (Cuz we know he ain’t goin anywhere… Arod takes over when he returns)

    SP – Kuroda
    SP – CC
    SP – Nova
    SP – Pineda
    SP – Phelps

  73. Ys Guy August 12th, 2013 at 11:29 am

    if you have a good hitting team wells would be an excellent bench bat, P/T OF. he has little to no impact on the LT and payroll. having him on the roster is only a problem if he’s a starter.

  74. MTU August 12th, 2013 at 11:30 am

    If Hal revamps the GM and baseball ops spots in a bold way it will signal positive change, and the desire to really improve.

    If OTOH, they promote a stooge from within like an Eppler, and don’t wall Levine off from baseball decisions then we know little will change.

    The worst thing that could happen would be to have Levine having to much say in baseball decisions much like a Lucchino in Boston and have him simply appoint a yes Man.

    They need to bring top quality baseball people now. Stick Michael types.

    Guys who are sharp evaluators of talent and who really know the game.

    I’ll be watching to see what happens.

    Most likely Cashman just finishes his last year.

  75. DONNYBROOK August 12th, 2013 at 11:32 am

    Wells eating up one of the 25 Man roster spots IS a problem in 2014. He’s good with the media and all that rot, but when the rubber meets the road, he’s really no better than Neal.

  76. pkyankfan69 August 12th, 2013 at 11:34 am

    Wells eating up one of the 25 Man roster spots IS a problem in 2014.
    ———————————-
    Isn’t all of his money on the books for the Yankees this year?

    I think that’s the case…. Give him the boot after the season.

  77. Kelvin August 12th, 2013 at 11:34 am

    I’m all for promoting Cashman to Levine’s spot and Eppler to GM. Eppler is a young, smart guy. If he had control I would like to see some of his moves.

  78. MTU August 12th, 2013 at 11:34 am

    Wells can be cut w/o penalty.

    He is basically free for next season.

    He should either be a 4th OF’er type or bench guy at most.

    Almonte can hit righties. He can be their 4th OF’er and can platoon with either Soriano or Ichiro.

  79. DONNYBROOK August 12th, 2013 at 11:36 am

    Cashman should be 86′d, both for his countless boners, and for his off-field conduct. The guy is an absolute laughing stock.

  80. MTU August 12th, 2013 at 11:38 am

    Cashman is not held in high regard is my guess. He’s been neutered.

    His plans and promises have mostly flopped.

    He does credit for renewing interest in the Farm though but the development side has not gone well thus far.

    That’s one reason I point to guys like Newman who oversee it.

    Too bad Cashman couldn’t fire Newman.

    That would have sent a strong signal.

  81. Warning Track Power August 12th, 2013 at 11:39 am

    Good Morning-
    Nice series vs Tigers. 2 out of 3 is terrific. Just what the team needs to do.

  82. Ys Guy August 12th, 2013 at 11:39 am

    where are you going to find a bench guy of well’s ability for what they are paying him? you need a bench bat.

    i’d have him working at 1b/3b through the spring. you might decide you have a better choice by the time you break camp, in which case you could actually trade him for a something.

    you guys talk about making smart choices then want to cut wells when he’s not replaceable at his salary.

  83. MTU August 12th, 2013 at 11:40 am

    And Hafner should be sent back to work the oil fields of North Dakota.

    Youkilis should be made to clean toilets with his tongue for basically stealing over 10 million dollars from the Yankees.

  84. blake August 12th, 2013 at 11:40 am

    “What’s not to like?”

    His record is pretty mixed….his tenure in Texas wasn’t so great and he’s been out of the game day to day for a long time now.

    I’m not saying he’s not a good baseball guy…..he just wouldn’t be my first choice for somebody to run the Yankees

  85. DONNYBROOK August 12th, 2013 at 11:41 am

    Some of you posters have allowed Hal to brainwash you into putting Salary ahead of the on-field product. PITY

  86. MTU August 12th, 2013 at 11:42 am

    Blake-

    The position is already taken anyway.

    G. Love is gonna make a great head of Baseball ops.

  87. pkyankfan69 August 12th, 2013 at 11:42 am

    Youkilis should be made to clean toilets with his tongue for basically stealing over 10 million dollars from the Yankees.
    ————————-
    lol… I’d pay more to watch this than I would for a ticket to a game this year.

  88. DONNYBROOK August 12th, 2013 at 11:45 am

    Yeah, I know we are Not supposed to consider age and all that clap-trap, but Hart is just too old. The position requires a Ton of mental and physical energy.

  89. MTU August 12th, 2013 at 11:47 am

    Watch Levine stick his nose in again and force Cashman to hire another closer for 10-15 million dollars when D-Rob is the natural and inexpensive alternative.

    Thereby wasting a significant chunk of free capital that should be used for a 3b or C upgrade.

  90. MTU August 12th, 2013 at 11:50 am

    Hal has his eyes open but is likely still blind.

    Has his ears open too but just doesn’t hear.

    Reminds me of the three monkeys.

    See no evil. Hear no evil. speak no evil.

    :(

  91. Ys Guy August 12th, 2013 at 11:50 am

    agreed. levine is probably going to have more input on what happens this offseason than cashman.

    that would be really really bad.

  92. Tar August 12th, 2013 at 11:51 am

    “Too bad Cashman couldn’t fire Newman.”

    Newman!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k9_8YxDQYCo

  93. MTU August 12th, 2013 at 11:51 am

    Y’s-

    yes. REALLY bad.

    :(

  94. MTU August 12th, 2013 at 11:52 am

    Tar-

    I don’t like Newman and haven’t for quite some time.

    He’s part of the problem not part of the solution.

  95. Ys Guy August 12th, 2013 at 11:53 am

    whatever happened to ‘team greedy’ and their ‘sign every FA’ stuff?

  96. MTU August 12th, 2013 at 11:55 am

    Y’s-

    You have to have money to do that.

    You can’t be on a diet.

    I was never for that approach anyway.

    Just wanted to get quality FA’s to fill holes we couldn’t thru trade or from within.

    Still feel that way.

    ;)

  97. Can of Corn August 12th, 2013 at 11:58 am

    Why would anyone think the Braves are just going to let McCann walk ?

    They are a good team that can win multiple WS going forward, have talent aroung him and money to spend in order to keep him

    Plenty of money, well over $ 100 million in 2014

    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/pub?key=0Ah4PW47PiAi-dC1yU00xcXRTclZQeFIzdUpqMXdtTFE&output=html

  98. Tar August 12th, 2013 at 11:59 am

    MTU

    I can’t hear that name and not think of Seinfeld.

    In fact I will probably be imitating him saying Newman! for the rest of day! :mad:

  99. Warning Track Power August 12th, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    Really liked what I saw this weekend. Yankees could have lost the series yesterday, but
    even though Verlander was on the mound, the team fought hard and took an early lead
    against the very, very tough righty.

    Hoping Kuroda can grab some of that momentum and turn this season around with the
    Angels series beginning tonight.

  100. MTU August 12th, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    They probably won’t. Several have already expressed their skepticism.

    It’s more just wishful thinking unfortunately.

    There are other Catchers who would represent at least partial upgrades.

    I really don’t want to see Stewart again as our primary catcher.

  101. G. Love August 12th, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    MTU,

    Your faith in me will be rewarded. I’ll make you my special liaison in charge of turning the Legends seats into seats where fans can watch the games with their dogs. No more empty seats on TV.

    I’m always very jealous of fans in other parks when they have bring your dogs night so we’ll make Yankee Stadium bring your dogs every night.

  102. luis August 12th, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    Good afternoon guys,

    I hope they sweep the Angels… That would be a strong signal

    MTU,

    Thank you for posting the photos for me… I agree with your general approach of how to handle a team… It´s right out of Stick´s play book… The problem I see is the lack of talent in the FA class and the cap… I want them to start a rebuilding process ASAP

  103. MTU August 12th, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    Tar-

    I don’t think I’ve ever watched a single entire episode of Seinfeld.

    Nor shows like “Friends”, or “curb your enthusiasm.”

    I’m more of a George Carlin type, or a even a Peter Sellers.

    Probably a generational thing since I’m old.

    :)

  104. luis August 12th, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    I’m more of a George Carlin type, or a even a Peter Sellers.

    Probably a generational thing since I’m old

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

    I love Peter Sellers… The party, Inspector Clousseau, Mr Gardiner are among his bests

  105. MTU August 12th, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    G. Love-

    As long as the dogs are allowed to crap on the former owners shoes and they have to clean it up.

    Luis-

    I’m glad I could help.

    It’s not every baseball blog that has it’s very own “Indiana Jones”.

    What an unbelievable, over-the-top experience.

    Thank you so much for sharing.

    As far as my little plan. It’s been that way for quite some time.

    Change should begin ASAP.

    Some heads should roll. Hopefully the right ones.

  106. MTU August 12th, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    What I really dream of is a clean sweep.

    New from top to bottom.

    I know it won’t happen though.

    :(

  107. pulchritudinous August 12th, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    Thanks for all the help Youka

  108. MTU August 12th, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    proximo hilo amigos ——->

  109. pulchritudinous August 12th, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    :-[]

  110. luis August 12th, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    “Indiana Jones” minus the looks! ;)

    It was an amazing experience… Not only for the place itself, but for several things I learned during my stay… For example: No tribe ever lived on that land, because they thought it was so beautiful that it harbored evil spirits.. In fact, “Auyantepuy” means Mountain of the evil spirits in “Pemonese” ( local inhabitants ).. And the canyon where Angel Falls is located is called “Devil´s Canyon”, which I find ironic since it was Jimy ANGEL an american flyer that discovered the place

  111. Duh Innings II August 12th, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    How ’bout this?

    The Yanks offer Kuroda, Granderson, and Hughes qualifying offers they’ll reject ($1M paycut for Kuroda, the same for Granderson, only one year for Granderson and Hughes) and get compensation draft picks.

    Rivera and Pettitte do a solid for the Yanks by rejecting qualifying offers, signing with other clubs for $1M each, then retiring in spring training, for two more compensation draft picks and five total for the Yanks.

    The Yanks gives the team Rivera signs and retires with Suzuki for free and the team Pettitte signs and retires with Wells for free. They’d basically be paying $8.9M for a pair of compensation draft picks and freeing up two slots on next year’s roster in the process.


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