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Postgame notes: “We don’t allow people just to get plunked”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Aug 19, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Alex Rodriguez, Rob Thomson

Whatever message Ryan Dempster was trying to send, it served as a sort of wake-up call for the Yankees. Who would have guessed that the rallying point for one of the biggest games of the year would be Alex Rodriguez?

“Honestly, I had like 15 of my teammates come up to me and said, ‘Hit a (freaking) bomb and walk it off,’” Rodriguez said. “They were pissed off and so was I.”

And so was Joe Girardi, who gave one of the finer on-field arguments I’ve ever seen.

“It can’t happen,” Girardi said. “You can’t just start taking pot shots because you disagree with the way the system is set up. … I want (the players) to come out (of the dugout). As I’ve said all along, you may not agree with the way Major League Baseball is handling this or that — that’s everyone’s opinion, and I respect that; I’m OK with that — but that’s your teammate, and we don’t allow people just to get plunked.”

Of course Ryan Dempster said it wasn’t intentional, but as Brett Gardner said: From the moment that first pitch went behind Rodriguez, everyone knew what was going on. Rodriguez hasn’t been a unifying figure, but he was tonight. He also delivered the line of the night when asked whether Dempster should be suspended.

“I’m the wrong guy to be asking about suspensions,” he said, prompting laughter all around.

Things felt easier after this one. The Yankees clubhouse was lighter. At one point, while ESPN’s highlights played on the clubhouse TV, Vernon Wells walked by and said to no one in particular: “Drama!” It was as if the whole scandal had mildly transformed. It still has its dark side, no question, but for a night it became an unexpected way to unify the Yankees.

Rodriguez was hit, and the team stood up for him.

“To me, it all starts with Joe Girardi,” Rodriguez said. “His support has been incredible. I love the guy. He has always been there for me. His reaction is another example of how much he supports me, and all my teammates. But we’re really focused right now. We have to win every game, every series, and just play with a lot of urgency. But I think Joe set the tone for us today.”

Joe Girardi, Brian O'NoraGirardi’s opening statement about the hit by pitch:

“Ryan Dempster has hit six guys in the last 320 innings. He threw the first ball behind (Alex Rodriguez), intentional. He threw the next one inside, he didn’t hit him, intentional. At some point Brian O’Nora has got to give him a warning. And he should’ve thrown him out of the game is the bottom line. Everyone knows it was intentional and I don’t understand why he’s left in the game and then to give us a warning? Brian and I have a long history together back in A ball, Double A, and I respect him. But that was wrong.

“And the one thing you can’t do is you can’t start changing the system because maybe you don’t like it. Ryan Dempster has been a player rep and has been very involved in the union. He knows these guys, this is what they decided to do, so you can’t change it just take your pot shots. And you’d have to have your head in the sand with the comments that came from the other side not to know that something might be up. I thought it was handled very poorly and I was upset about yesterday because calls went against us that changed the complexion of the game. Then you have this. It’s just flat wrong.”

Alex RodriguezOther reactions from the clubhouse:

CC Sabathia: “I thought it was bootleg, but Alex went deep and we won the game. … I don’t think that’s up to him to determine (whether Rodriguez should be punished). To throw a guy because he’s going through what he’s going through. Maybe it was something different, but I don’t think it’s up to Dempster to police that.”

Brett Gardner: “The first pitch went behind him, and then obviously after the first pitch goes behind him, Alex knows what’s going on. The next pitch is waist-high and in and Alex just stood there. It almost hit him. Then the next pitch hit him. It was obvious what was going on. … I’m not sure how I would feel if I was on a different team, but Alex is my teammate and obviously I’m glad to have him back in the room.”

Alex Rodriguez: you like me or hate me, that was wrong. It was unprofessional and silly. Kind of a silly way to get somebody hurt on your team as well. … Especially when (the first pitch) is behind me — this guy has pretty good control — I thought it was over at that point. I thought the umpires would handle it at least, make sure no one gets hurt in that situation.”

Joe Girardi: “You can’t start throwing at people. Lives — people have had concussions — lives are changed by getting hit by pitches. Whether I agree with everything that’s going on, you do not throw at people and you don’t take the law into your own hands. You don’t do that. We’re going to skip the judicial system? It’s My Cousin Vinny.”

Brett Gardner• Rodriguez acknowledged after the game that he’s begun the process of filing a grievance against the Yankees. He also spoke for a while about yesterday’s comments from his lawyer. “What my lawyer says, he said,” Rodriguez said. “I’m going to stand behind it.” I’ll have more on Rodriguez’s take on his fight with the Yankees in the morning. For this moment, the important takeaway is the grievance. We’ll focus this post on the game itself.

• Eduardo Nunez has a tight right hamstring. It essentially happened on that sixth-inning single when the ball hit off the Monster and Nunez slid awkwardly into first base. “It was tight before, but on that play, I felt it more,” Nunez said.

• It’s still hard to tell whether this is a serious injury. Nunez said he hopes to play on Tuesday, but also said his hamstring was still “very tight” after the game. He’s hoping a day of treatment tomorrow will be enough to get through it. “Probably know a lot more tomorrow and Tuesday,” Girardi said. “Even in here, he said he could still play. He stole two bases, he said, but a lot of times that’s adrenaline and you’ve really got to see. I don’t think it’s something real, real serious, but could it be a Grade 1? I guess. We’re not going to know for a couple of days.”

• Rodriguez acknowledged — how could he not? — that he might have given a little extra to his home run celebration. “I was just really excited,” he said. “Maybe a little bit.” He gave a big hand clap at first base, seemed to be talking as he rounded the bases, and then stood for a while when he got to home plate. Rodriguez said he wasn’t really saying anything to Dempster during his trot. “He couldn’t hear me anyway, as loud as they were booing me,” Rodriguez said.

• Sabathia said his biggest problem was getting the ball in against righties. “I felt pretty good,” he said. “Throwing the ball pretty well and I felt good. I just got behind some guys and wasn’t able to make pitches, but I’m glad we got the win.” I’ve heard Sabathia much more down on himself in the past than he was tonight.

CC Sabathia• Did the warning affect the way Sabathia pitched? “Not at all,” he said. “It never does. It’s up to the umpire to make the judgment if the thinks that I’m throwing at a guy, but it never really affects the way I throw.”

• Huge triple by Gardner to score three runs and put the Yankees in front against a lefty. “He’s come up with big hits for us,” Girardi said. “I mean, Gardy’s a gamer. He’s been that way ever since we’ve had him. He plays hard and runs into walls and steals bases and gets beat up, but he doesn’t shy away from the moment.”

• Gardner was also the most aggressive Yankee on the field after Rodriguez was hit. Did any of the Red Sox saying anything back to Gardner? “I don’t think they’re going to say anything,” Gardner said. “Their guy was in the wrong.”

• Girardi said he had no problem with there being no ejections for the other three Yankees who were hit tonight. Those were clearly unintentional. I believe all three came on breaking balls.

• Girardi said he’s hoping Dempster will be suspended, and suspended in a way that forces him to miss a start. If there’s not punishment, it seems to open the door to pitchers being able to take shots at Rodriguez. “You can’t allow it to happen,” Girardi said. “People have talked about, you don’t allow people just to be thrown at because you don’t like them or you disagree with something. You can’t do that.”

• The ejection was the 23rd of his career, 20th as a manager and 19th as a Yankee. He’s been ejected twice this season, both against the Red Sox.

• Final word goes to Girardi: “Extremely proud. They rallied behind (the hit by pitch). It got us going. We scored runs, we ended up getting big hits by a lot of guys. Alex hit a home run, Gardy has a big triple. It’s a great win for us.”

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66 Responses to “Postgame notes: “We don’t allow people just to get plunked””

  1. BD (Boston Dave) August 19th, 2013 at 3:03 am

    Hey, whatever it takes to rally a team… hope they can keep the momentum rolling… and really hope CC and Phil can improve.

    If the pitching holds up, it appears this offense can score some runs. Make it an interesting final 40 games at least.

  2. BIG AL August 19th, 2013 at 4:26 am

    Great win for the Yankees.

    Great way for Alex to get back at that scumbag Dempster. Pitchers are brave when they don’t bat, but, if I were a teammate of Dempster, I’d be worried down the line he’ll get one of his star players hurt by an “accidental HBP”.

    This team has pulled together, and are now able to score enough runs to cover a shaky start by their SP.

    Let’s hope they can look back on this series and say this is where the great comeback got started! :)

  3. BIG AL August 19th, 2013 at 4:28 am

    Time for sleep, later.

  4. RhapsodyInBlue August 19th, 2013 at 6:47 am

    Dempster is an idiot but thanks for making Arod out to be a martyr and rallying the Yankees.

    As much as I dislike Arod you CANNOT plunk our ballplayers.

    Joba gets ejected and suspended without warning for throwing over Youkilis but then again we’re the Yankees.

  5. Madrugador August 19th, 2013 at 7:04 am

    Nice win for the Yanks but unless they continue to win 3 of 4 and the teams in front of them falter, they are relagated to the role of spoiler. Would be real nice to knock the Sox out of the playoffs.

  6. 86w183 August 19th, 2013 at 7:21 am

    Really bush league ploy by Dumpster, but no one should be surprised.

    Was hoping they’d bury ‘em by about ten runs so Joba could pitch the ninth and take out the Mayor of Munchkinland or Big Sloppy.

    Still, good to win this series. Yanks can catch KC (already tied), Cleveland (1 1/2) and Baltimore (3) without help, but they really need Tampa Bay or Oakland go on a little 3-9 run for a coule of weeks.

  7. jpb173 August 19th, 2013 at 7:30 am

    Nunez’ injury is a bit troublesome. He was really hitting and running the bases well before the hammy. The Yankees have a doubleheader tomorrow and will need the extra pitcher adding a position player without DL’ing him is problematic. The other question is, Is Derek Jeter ready to play SS?

  8. 86w183 August 19th, 2013 at 7:44 am

    No indication Jeter will be ready.

    Guess that could make Nix the # 1 SS for a week or so. He had a good day yesterday.

    Amazing that after the A-Rod HBP theatrics the Sawx hit three more Yankees… guess it takes a firearm to get a Red Sawx thrown out.

  9. tomingeorgia August 19th, 2013 at 7:48 am

    blake,
    How did Gramma’s ribs turn out?

  10. randy l. August 19th, 2013 at 7:50 am

    “Who would have guessed that the rallying point for one of the biggest games of the year would be Alex Rodriguez?”

    trisha would have guessed it :)

  11. pat August 19th, 2013 at 7:52 am

    Tacopina on Today Show……. MLB blindsiding Tacopina by sending Matt Lauer a release that Alex’s side can discuss the case without jeopardizing the CBA agreement. Tacopina providing Today Alex’s MRI taken by the Yankees in October that he says shows the tear that the Yankees doctors never diagnosed. Today is sending the imagining to an independent radiologist for a read.

    If there is a tear on the MRI, Yankee doctors are guilty of negligence for not seeing it but it would require more facts to take the leap that they knew and played Alex to scapegoat him.

  12. Hassey August 19th, 2013 at 7:56 am

    You think Eric Plunk gets any royalties when people nowadays just throw around the word “plunked” so thoughtlessly?

  13. randy l. August 19th, 2013 at 8:01 am

    but seriously ,isn’t that what we’ve been arguing about the past few days. didn’t i said rooting for the yankees agains when alex came in, gave hal the finger, and still got to play third base. didn’t we know that alex coming back somehow changed the energy of the offense?

    a few of us did. more than a few really.

    so i don’t think it’s any surprise alex was the rallying point for one of the biggest games of the year.
    i think he’s been a rally point for the team since he came back.

    now do i support the PED s use. of course not ? is it wrong. sure. should player be suspended for it? of course.

    does this make players evil and the worst humans on earth? i don’t think so. plus i don’t see any one going to jail. so some perspective please on the evil stuff.

    anyway back to alex.
    i have to say i’m impressed with him how he focuses and grinds out each at bat. i think it’s safe to say it wasn’t just physical talent that got him to being the best player in the game at his peak. he’s got some mental and inner skills going too.

    anyway, thank you alex for coming through and leading the yankees last night and validating what i’ve been saying about you being a rallying point for the yankee offense.

  14. randy l. August 19th, 2013 at 8:07 am

    when is jeter back?
    there’s 7.5 games to make up.
    he could be the final piece if he’s healthy.

  15. Hassey August 19th, 2013 at 8:09 am

    Though I’d like to see the O’s stumble, it’s good to see how well new dad Brian Roberts is hitting now that he’s healthy

    Adding his 50 doubles a year to that offense doesn’t help us

  16. yanks61 August 19th, 2013 at 8:10 am

    Great win last night – a must win. It’s great to see them fighting to the end – even if their chances are extremely slim. If you have to go down, go down fighting.

    However if CC is going to continue to pitch like this, it’s going to be very hard to keep this up, to keep the pressure on teams in front of them.

    As much as I’ve come to dislike Alex, after once having been an ardent supporter, Dempster’s actions were pathetically stupid and obviously wrong. He really should be suspended for this blatant demonstration of vigilantism.

    Alex remains very talented and certainly capable of helping the Yanks down the stretch. Then I want him to disappear – for good, if possible. It’s hard to believe after what’s transpired that the organization will not be open to some kind of settlement – and I think that’s what Arod’s legal team is shooting for. Of course, after all I’ve seen through the Bronx Zoo days, anything is possible. Dave Winfield continued to play for them after George tried everything possible to get rid of him, didn’t he?

  17. Hassey August 19th, 2013 at 8:13 am

    I am gonna be having some serious lawbstah for the next two weeks. Lets hope for good weather, waves and wind. And a few more Gardner triples. Can we not pitch to Encarnarcion please?

  18. J. Alfred Prufrock August 19th, 2013 at 8:13 am

    Chad – we all want to know what is up with Jeter?

  19. J. Alfred Prufrock August 19th, 2013 at 8:14 am

    I woke up
    Grinning

  20. Hassey August 19th, 2013 at 8:14 am

    Mr Dempster- I have met Charles Bronson, and you, sir, are no Charles Bronson

  21. Hassey August 19th, 2013 at 8:15 am

    JAPAN – were your boxers wet?

  22. randy l. August 19th, 2013 at 8:16 am

    so yanks 61, am i still an idiot for saying something happened to the team when alex gave the suits the finger and still got to play first base?

    i’m glad you’re on board with alex’s defiance leading the team though. better late than never :)

  23. yanks61 August 19th, 2013 at 8:17 am

    Alex is going to now file a grievance? Really? That’s wonderful if it means that all his medical records will be released. We’ll finally be able to judge for ourselves the truth in that particular matter. Which of course has nothing to do with the PEDs business.

    The Yankees didn’t tell Alex to go to that clinic, they didn’t tell him to use PEDs or advise others to use them or to try to cover up or interefere with an investigation (if any or all of these charges are true.) So this business his lawyers are attacking on now is clearly for obfuscation purposes. Anybody can see through that – so obviously so can an arbiter.

    And then there is this in todays’ DN:

    http://www.nydailynews.com/spo.....-1.1430552

  24. J. Alfred Prufrock August 19th, 2013 at 8:19 am

    Alex gives the finger
    To more than just Hal Levine ;)

  25. randy l. August 19th, 2013 at 8:19 am

    j.a.pru-

    you and yankee feminista have always been alex’s biggest supporters. i’m coming around to the guy.
    i’ll tell you , it’s sweet taking all the crap on this blog for my alex/catalyst theories and then seeing alex come through.
    kind of makes you like the guy :)

    OFFENSE is back in style.thank you alex.

  26. MaineYankee August 19th, 2013 at 8:21 am

    Hassey August 19th, 2013 at 8:13 am
    I am gonna be having some serious lawbstah for the next two weeks. Lets hope for good weather, waves and wind. And a few more Gardner triples. Can we not pitch to Encarnarcion please?

    ——————————————————————————————————

    Are you coming to Maine?

  27. Hassey August 19th, 2013 at 8:21 am

    Can you imagine what Winfield’s stats would look like if he played in the heart of the era of PEDs, small parks and (until recently) watered down pitching staffs?

  28. randy l. August 19th, 2013 at 8:21 am

    “obfuscation ”

    good word :)

    yanks 61-

    with a username like that ,come on, jump on board the alex as catalyst bandwagon. you know you want to :)

  29. randy l. August 19th, 2013 at 8:23 am

    rhapsody in blue

    guess what i had for dinner last night . yup bluefish.

    how was the crow?

  30. joedep August 19th, 2013 at 8:24 am

    Stupid Dempster! Hit Rat Roid in the :($&@ hip!!!!

  31. randy l. August 19th, 2013 at 8:25 am

    “Can you imagine what Winfield’s stats would look like if he played in the heart of the era of PEDs, small parks and (until recently) watered down pitching staffs?”

    that leap/climb the wall thing he used to do to rob home runs was pretty amazing as it was with no PEDS.

  32. Hassey August 19th, 2013 at 8:25 am

    Maine – was there in June

    Probably wont go that far up the coast this time

    We are leaving out of CT but decided to pitch around Hurricane season

  33. J. Alfred Prufrock August 19th, 2013 at 8:27 am

    Randy – he’s always been an odd
    Kid but his ability to feed off the antipathy towards him is
    Uncanny. He probably feels safest on the field.
    I think in a
    Way that’s
    Maybe the only place he has
    To be the real Alex, so when he says he’s
    Fighting for
    His life, he really is.

  34. Hassey August 19th, 2013 at 8:27 am

    Yes winny is one of the best athletes this country ever produced, or any country

  35. randy l. August 19th, 2013 at 8:29 am

    i am looking forward to reading yankeefeminista’s overall take on the aled drama because she’s kinda been laying in the weeds and has always been alex’s biggest supporter.

    i think the perspective she’ll bring when she talks about the biogenesis stuff and alex the baseball player and what he means to the yankees will be the right take on this whole saga.

    i’ll be reading when it comes.

  36. MaineYankee August 19th, 2013 at 8:32 am

    Hassey August 19th, 2013 at 8:25 am
    Maine – was there in June

    Probably wont go that far up the coast this time

    We are leaving out of CT but decided to pitch around Hurricane season

    —————————————————-

    If you do get this far Trenton will be in Portland the end of the month.

    ray(red sox fan) and I may go to one of the games.

  37. J. Alfred Prufrock August 19th, 2013 at 8:32 am

    Not to be
    Taken the wrong way but some who post here Are like
    The people who show up in the Bronx and
    Try to get the wave started. In the Old Stadium that would get you booed. SOme of us are
    The people who boo the wave while the others try to start one. Never will fly in real Yankee Stadium.

  38. randy l. August 19th, 2013 at 8:34 am

    j.a.pru-

    and you wre right there with her as far as support. i never was. alex has never been a favorite of mine. he’s showing me something now though. and it wasn’t just last night. ever since he’s been back he’s been grinding each at bat. not easy to do with the circus around him.

    look at how dempster choked like a dog when he put that pressure on him. when alex came back up you could see him freaking out realizing hat he now HAD to get this guy out. he couldn’t do it because dempster doesn’t have what it takes to do what alex does.

  39. J. Alfred Prufrock August 19th, 2013 at 8:35 am

    Randy – I think Yankeefem may be too busy today wearing an Alex jersey to taunt New
    englanders :)

  40. randy l. August 19th, 2013 at 8:38 am

    yes , you can bet yankee feminista is making life difficult for bostonians this morning.

    her smile will be like looking into the sun for die hard red sox fans

    they won’t even be able to look right at her.

  41. J. Alfred Prufrock August 19th, 2013 at 8:40 am

    Randy – Alex may have a
    Screw loose and that with talent he has is a dangerous combo. Manny had a
    Screw
    Loose but in a
    Different way and it worked for him. Maybe Alex has finally given up on being liked, but remember he put the team on his back in 2009 as well.’

    You’re right : Dempster under estimated
    lAlex and put himself in Oh Sh!t mode. Majestic shot

  42. MG August 19th, 2013 at 8:45 am

    randy l. August 19th, 2013 at 8:34 am
    j.a.pru-

    and you wre right there with her as far as support. i never was. alex has never been a favorite of mine. he’s showing me something now though. and it wasn’t just last night. ever since he’s been back he’s been grinding each at bat. not easy to do with the circus around him.
    ———————–
    randy, I’m not an Arod fan either but last night he showed me something, doing what guys like Frank Robinson and Reggie did enough times to keep pitchers from knocking them down.

    I’m a big believer in retaliating by knocking the pitcher out as opposed to simply drilling someone on the other team-they will do that in the next series, you can count on that as well.

    You’ve been talking almost non-stop about Arod bringing the team together, something I don’t agree with-l think last night’s game could very well be the catalyst for a big run and the Arod story is certainly the central part of it. It’s the event, rather than the guy, though, that accomplished that.

    I think we can agree to disagree (at least I hope so) and see if the Yankees can add 2013 to Yankee lore alongside years like 1978 and 1964 as well as the ALCS of 2003.

  43. comnsnse August 19th, 2013 at 8:45 am

    Two Arod questions. First how does the official scorer give him a hit on the ball a Little Leaguer could have handled unless Pedroia is going for a defensive record, outrageous.

    Second, doe anyone know if Arod is being tested while awaiting the appeal, perhaps Chad can find out?

    Nunez, with the extended playing time his offense has perked up and he is a very good base runner. I believe his defense is still lacking for a SS and his range or jump on the ball is a question mark.

    The problem as with other positions is the organization doesn’t seem to have a legitimate prospect who is near ready.

    And with Jeter’s age and injury concerns Nunez seems to be the only alternative, however if Jeter does come back with no problems ,then what do you do with Nunez who does deserve a real shot?

  44. randy l. August 19th, 2013 at 8:48 am

    “Oh Sh!t mode”

    j.a.pru-

    good one
    i like that :)

    dempster has to be waking up today feeling like last night was a nightmare.
    last night is going to stay with him a while.

  45. 4TrainNorth August 19th, 2013 at 8:49 am

    “Bootleg”?

  46. pat August 19th, 2013 at 8:49 am

    Tacopina is saying on ESPN that Ahmad’s report of the October MRI says Alex had a tear in his left hip labrum and Alex was never told of that finding.
    It wasn’t until ALex went to see Dr. Phillipon a few weeks after the season ended that he was told about the MRIs findings.

  47. pat August 19th, 2013 at 8:50 am

    “….. doe anyone know if Arod is being tested while awaiting the appeal, perhaps Chad can find out?”

    According to Michael Kay, Alex is being tested 5 times a week until the appeal is heard.

  48. Madrugador August 19th, 2013 at 8:52 am

    Beginning to think Nunez will never stay healthy long enough to get a good look at this level.

  49. randy l. August 19th, 2013 at 8:54 am

    “I think we can agree to disagree (at least I hope so) and see if the Yankees can add 2013 to Yankee lore alongside years like 1978 and 1964 as well as the ALCS of 2003.”

    mg-

    absolutely.

    hey, i’m telling j.a.pru and yankeefeminista how right they were and how late i am for jumping on the alex bandwagon.

    i’ve been watching the yankees for a long time. it seems like different lifetimes it’s been so long. but i’ve developed a few instincts about the yankees over the years and there was something about alex giving hal the finger that somehow seemed so right.
    and then the runs came in those games.

    it had to be alex.
    and last night validated it.
    it’s alex.

    we all might a well ride it.
    i had to do a turn around to get on the alex bus.
    i’m sure others will too.

  50. comnsnse August 19th, 2013 at 8:57 am

    Pat, @8:49, and how many times has anyone had to see more than one physician to get to the bottom of the problem?

    This is another smoke screen in an attempt to influence the arbitrator.

    The public has already made up it’s mind, guilty on all counts, and most Yankee fans feel likewise not with standing the few who value wins over integrity.

    Yes there is the “process” but like most indicted criminals the system wins out the vast majority of the time.

    His respite is temporary and in the end if/when convicted his legacy will be tarnished even more than at present.

  51. J. Alfred Prufrock August 19th, 2013 at 8:57 am

    What
    Disappoints is that we didn’t take that winnable middle game. One thing – if we don’t make it all the way back somebody is overtaking Boston . Never for a minute have I bought their pitching and they are
    By no means the best team in our division. We need Jeter to pull this off.

  52. comnsnse August 19th, 2013 at 9:01 am

    Pat, Kay said this on a broadcast? Did he say this was in the CBA or that this almost daily testing is part of the suspension/appeal process?

    Certainly not every player is required to do this, maybe it’s only for proven cheaters and liars? ;)

  53. MG August 19th, 2013 at 9:02 am

    randy l. August 19th, 2013 at 8:54 am
    “I think we can agree to disagree (at least I hope so) and see if the Yankees can add 2013 to Yankee lore alongside years like 1978 and 1964 as well as the ALCS of 2003.”

    mg-

    absolutely.
    ————————-
    I’ll never be a real Arod fan for a variety of reasons (including watching him ‘ole a hot shot while playing for Seattle against the A’s that allowed the A’s to clinch the AL West, a play Jeter would never have given up on) and think he’s not only guilty of PED use but also of at least some of the obstruction charges last night’s bomb showed he has some guts.

    He’s entitled to play during the appeal, he may as well help the team.

    If his presence is helping guys like Cano, Grandy and Soriano that’s fine by me as well.

    Cano has really turned his season around and the presence of all 3 guys (plus now Reynolds) is not only helping him not try to hit everything out but also keeping the other teams from putting lefties on the mound without worrying about getting hurt.

    I don’t know if the Yankees make the playoffs but I will be really surprised if they don’t go on a pretty good run here, the comeback 2X last night showed they are playing with an intensity and confidence that hasn’t been seen since April.

  54. DONNYBROOK August 19th, 2013 at 9:04 am

    - OVERLOOKED IN ALL THE HOOPLA LAST NIGHT -

    (1) CC was Horrible. He just can Not hold a lead.

    (2) MARK REYNOLDS continues to get Big hits.

    (3) CANO continues to come up Small.

    (4) NUNEZ’s speed makes the Yankee offense Go.

  55. pat August 19th, 2013 at 9:06 am

    Pat, @8:49, and how many times has anyone had to see more than one physician to get to the bottom of the problem?

    Often.

  56. comnsnse August 19th, 2013 at 9:07 am

    MG, a reasoned position, but his current production is not reflective of his last few years so in every way it’s a temporary situation.

    Have you expressed an opinion on a possible change to the CBA relative to a “suspended” player being allowed to play during a far too long appeal process and possibly affecting a pennant race?

  57. pat August 19th, 2013 at 9:08 am

    Kay said it on his ESPN show. He made it seem like it was part of the appeal process.

  58. comnsnse August 19th, 2013 at 9:08 am

    Pat, thank you, case closed but doubtful this is the last we see of the “sales and marketing” team’s bonfires!

  59. comnsnse August 19th, 2013 at 9:10 am

    Pat, an enlightened pov by both MLB and the Union!

    Hope reigns eternal! ;)

  60. blake August 19th, 2013 at 9:12 am

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    August 19, 2013 at 7:48 am
    blake,
    How did Gramma’s ribs turn out?

    Fantastic….best ones I ever made

  61. comnsnse August 19th, 2013 at 9:19 am

    Blake you old pork puller, what brand of ribs do you favor?

    Isn’t Smithfield one of your local companies, are they the company being sold to the Chinese?

  62. J. Alfred Prufrock August 19th, 2013 at 9:25 am

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    And
    Make some adjusents
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    Up to .377. Of
    Course he is
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    To hit now that we have added in
    Guys who make you pay for walking him.

    Stewie
    Really soldiered it
    Out last
    Night

  63. blake August 19th, 2013 at 9:48 am

    That’s def the maddest I’ve ever seen Girardi….don’t know how much of it was real and how much for show but it did seen to spark the team.

    I haven’t seen Alex drive a ball to CF like that in a long time

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