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Postgame notes: “You guys can feel it”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Aug 20, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Alfonso Soriano, Brett Gardner, Jayson Nix, Robinson Cano

Alfonso Soriano was hitless. Alex Rodriguez struck out three times. Mark Reynolds took an 0-for-3. It’s easy to look at tonight’s doubleheader finale and say it was won by the guys who have been here all season. It was, after all, Phil Hughes who pitched well and Jayson Nix who came up with the big hits. Come to think of it, the first game was a win because Ivan Nova pitched well, and Robinson Cano and Chris Stewart — more of the familiar crowd — came up with big home runs.

Jayson Nix, Brett GardnerBut that might be simplifying it a little bit.

“I think in the first game, we saw the home run Robbie hits,” Nix said. “They had a base open right there. All season he’s been getting pitched around, but he’s got some protection to get some pitches to hit there. It’s a huge home run. Yeah, I think it makes everybody better, definitely.”

The Yankees are better. That’s the takeaway from today’s doubleheader sweep, from the current four-game winning streak, and from the fact they’ve won eight of 10.

“You guys can feel it,” Austin Romine said. “When you come in here it’s loose; it’s fun. We’re not out of it until we’re out of it, and that’s every game. We’re scrapping. We’re getting big hits from guys when we need it. Case in point tonight with Nixy coming up huge with that line drive to left. It’s fun. We’re having fun.”

The lineup is deeper, and given some run support, some of the pressure has lifted from the pitching staff. Nova struggled early, settled in, and the Yankees were able to come back. Hughes delivered his best start in more than a month and the Yankees didn’t waste it.

“We’re a different team offensively than what we’ve been,” Joe Girardi said. “For those guys to come up big, it’s good to see because you can’t rely on the other guys all the time. You think about Romine, he had three hits tonight, as well. On a night where we didn’t get too many hits, we made them count. … It’s a good day.”

Ichiro Suzuki, Mariano Rivera• Although he warmed up briefly tonight, Adam Warren will make the start tomorrow. Girardi initially said Warren wouldn’t be the guy — sounded like either David Huff or Andy Pettitte would get the ball — but Girardi came into the clubhouse postgame to announce that Warren will make his first start of the year. He made one spot start last year.

• Nothing huge on Derek Jeter except to say he played the simulated game as expected and ran the bases after putting the ball in play. Everything went fine and he’ll do a workout tomorrow before taking the next step, whatever that is. Girardi wouldn’t get into specifics except to say there’s no sim game tomorrow, only a workout with more running.

• Huge moment tonight with Ichiro Suzuki pinch running and stealing third base. “I went in as a pinch runner, and I thought I need to do something today,” Ichiro said. “This is my chance to do something. I had a good opportunity to do that.” It helped set up the game-winner.

• How did Ichiro’s steal change that final at-bat? “It changes a lot,” Nix said. “It makes my job a lot easier. I really wasn’t trying to change my thinking too much once he did. Obviously I know I’ve just got to hit a fly ball but with the infield in I was just trying to get a good pitch to hit over the middle and not trying to do too much. It makes my job a lot easier when he takes that bag. It’s huge.”

• This was Nix’s first career walk-off hit. … Romine had his second three-hit game in less than a month. Before that he’d never had one in the big leagues. … Cano moved ahead of Tommy Henrich for sole possession of 17th place on the Yankees all-time RBI list with 796.

Phil Hughes, Austin Romine• This was the second consecutive encouraging start for Hughes who did not allow a home run at Yankee Stadium for the first time since June 19 snapping a stretch of six home starts with at least one homer. “Extremely better than I have been,” Hughes said. “I feel like I’m making progress in the right direction. … It all starts with my fastball. I was able to get ahead a lot, throw a lot of strikes and force guys to swing the bats. It worked out alright.”

• The slider was big for Hughes tonight, but he said it was lack of execution on a pair of them that led to the triple and the wild pitch. He also seemed to be throwing a lot of effective changeups early. “It was something we had discussed maybe just incorporating that pitch just to give guys another look,” Hughes said. “It’s really something I wanted to do, and make sure I threw it down in the zone and maybe get some quick outs with it.”

• Girardi’s take on Hughes: “I thought his fastball was down better today. I thought his slider was pretty good. I think of some of the hits he gave up, they weren’t hit too hard. I thought he stayed off the barrel of the bat for the most part tonight.”

• This was the Yankees sixth walk-off win of the year, their most in a season since 2009 when they had an absurd number with 15. … The Yankees have won eight in a row against Toronto. … They have won 22 one-run games this season, matching their total from 2012.

Ichiro Suzuki, Lyle Overbay• The Yankees have split or won each of their past 19 doubleheaders. According to Elias, that’s the longest such streak in the Majors and the longest for the Yankees since playing 30 consecutive doubleheaders without being swept from June 21, 1996 to September 16, 2006.

• Alex Rodriguez was mostly cheered before every at-bat today, especially before his first at-bat of each game. But at the end of second of his Game 2 at-bats, he was booed as he went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts and a crushing double play. “Just a bad day,” Girardi said. “I wasn’t sure what we would get the second game, in a sense. It’s the first time he probably had to play two times in the same day.”

• Rodriguez didn’t speak today, so he didn’t address the Ryan Dempster suspension or any of the many story lines that developed yesterday. As far as I know, he did not file suit against anyone today, so it was a pretty slow day on that front.

• From the AP, here’s Dempster on accepting his suspension without appeal: “I thought about appealing. At the end of the day, I think Major League Baseball does a really good job of thinking through punishments before they hand them out. I thought it was in the best interest of us as a team to go ahead and serve my suspension.”

• Final word goes to Nix: “I think we talked about it a few weeks ago. We’re in the playoffs now. We need to win all these games and come to the field every day to win the game. I think we’re kind of creeping a little bit but we’ve got a long way to go, we’ve got a lot of games. I think each game is very important and we know that.”

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174 Responses to “Postgame notes: “You guys can feel it””

  1. JobaTipsHisCap August 20th, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    Nice wins today.

  2. tucker August 20th, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    Gardner may have the thickest neck on the 25-man roster … He’s been huge for this team.

  3. yankeefeminista August 20th, 2013 at 11:54 pm

    That was big of you, Dempster, to not appeal, considering how totally bogus your suspension was.

    We face a knuckleballer tomorrow. I guess Dickey’s been better in the second half and on the road. Here’s hoping we can hit him. Last time around we didn’t have this lineup, but only Overbay got hits off of him. Warren might have his hands full vs. the Jays lineup. Is Bautista expected to play?

  4. J. Alfred Prufrock August 20th, 2013 at 11:59 pm

    Nothing huge on Derek Jeter except to say he played the simulated game as expected and ran the bases after putting the ball in play. Everything went fine and he’ll do a workout tomorrow before taking the next step, whatever that is. Girardi wouldn’t get into specifics except to say there’s no sim game tomorrow, only a workout with more running.
    ///

    This :D

  5. UnKnown August 21st, 2013 at 12:00 am

    Well that was fun! Let’s do it all again tomorrow. I’m staying jazzed. :grin:

  6. UnKnown August 21st, 2013 at 12:00 am

    We need the Captain back if we are going to pull this thing off. No Doubt!

  7. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 21st, 2013 at 12:00 am

    YF – I responded to you in the previous thread.

  8. yankeefeminista August 21st, 2013 at 12:01 am

    Thanks, trish.

  9. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 21st, 2013 at 12:02 am

    Thank you.

    :)

  10. UpState August 21st, 2013 at 12:02 am

    just buckets full of crap here post-game.

  11. UnKnown August 21st, 2013 at 12:04 am

    “That was big of you, Dempster, to not appeal, considering how totally bogus your suspension was.”

    Yeah no kidding right. What a farce, ha. Whateves, we’re are just going to keep on playing. All this other stuff is really just completely at this point white noise. Keep it between the lines and let it ride!!

  12. J. Alfred Prufrock August 21st, 2013 at 12:05 am

    UnKnown August 21st, 2013 at 12:00 am

    Well that was fun! Let’s do it all again tomorrow. I’m staying jazzed. :grin:
    ///

    Let’s :D. Jete running the bases, won’t be long now. Keep winning.

  13. yankeefeminista August 21st, 2013 at 12:05 am

    I do believe (hope!) we get the Captain back for the Rays weekend series. It’d be nice to have his bat in the lineup especially against the lefty David “3000th hit” Price, who I assume will pitch on Saturday.

  14. njsketch August 21st, 2013 at 12:05 am

    jose bautista placed on 15 day DL

  15. tucker August 21st, 2013 at 12:05 am

    Dempster should have been suspended 10 games and fined a bit more. That said, I don’t mind that he won’t miss a start because he’s rather mediocre at this stage of his career. So, if he’s on the mound, the Sox are somewhat vulnerable … Every game counts.

  16. J. Alfred Prufrock August 21st, 2013 at 12:07 am

    Keep it between the lines and let it ride!!
    ///

    I’ve stopped reading/listening to the other stuff. I’ll suspend for the time we’re fighting for our lives.

  17. yankeefeminista August 21st, 2013 at 12:08 am

    “UnKnown August 21st, 2013 at 12:00 am

    Well that was fun! Let’s do it all again tomorrow. I’m staying jazzed. ”

    I’ve been jazzed since Alex played in Trenton, and anticipating the Boston weekend while I was up in New England was crazy. Like Jeet, I like going on the road with everyone booin’ us and hatin’ us.” Especially when I get to rock my Yankee gear. :twisted: The Evil Empire is back!

  18. J. Alfred Prufrock August 21st, 2013 at 12:08 am

    That’s too bad about joey bats. Sorry jmills.

  19. yankeefeminista August 21st, 2013 at 12:09 am

    tucker, I think they should have made Dempster penalty be that he has to start every 4th game for the next couple of weeks. That would be much fairer. :)

  20. yankeefeminista August 21st, 2013 at 12:10 am

    Bummer for Bautista.

  21. J. Alfred Prufrock August 21st, 2013 at 12:10 am

    I’ve been jazzed since Alex played in Trenton, and anticipating the Boston weekend while I was up in New England was crazy. Like Jeet, I like going on the road with everyone booin’ us and hatin’ us.” Especially when I get to rock my Yankee gear. :twisted: The Evil Empire is back!
    ///

    That Trenton game was incredibly surreal. I had no idea if that was the last time I would ever see that kid play.

  22. tucker August 21st, 2013 at 12:13 am

    YankeeFem, good compromise!

  23. igotid88 August 21st, 2013 at 12:14 am

    Even though Alex didn’t have a good 2nd game. I like the way he was running. Almost beat out a play at first.

  24. UnKnown August 21st, 2013 at 12:14 am

    “Like Jeet, I like going on the road with everyone booin’ us and hatin’ us.” ”

    Oh my I love it. That is my fav quote from Jeet. AL thrives on it too, but Jeter he is on a different level with how cold blooded he can get. I love that feeling too where everyone is glaring at me when I wear my Yankee garb. Just love it. So sweet going to road games and coming out of there with a win. It’s such a high.

    Lots of fun watching AL the other night, just how possessed I guess he looked after he got hit. And then to hit a bomb. Had to feel great for him. It sure is fun again that is for sure.
    ———–

    Joey Bats must hate playing in the Bronx. Guy ends up on the D.L. afterwards. Too bad for him. He is a good player.

  25. tucker August 21st, 2013 at 12:14 am

    Hoping for some Buster Posey or Hunter Pence magic …

  26. UpState August 21st, 2013 at 12:17 am

    According to “a source”, the resurgent Yankees are “back in” on Justin Morneau….

    Baltimore’s interest in him also just increased…

    Rental.

    Not signed for 2014.

  27. yankeefeminista August 21st, 2013 at 12:19 am

    tucker, what is the score?

    unknown, it is great fun to be in enemy ranks when you win. And yep, Alex had “the look” in that game. You knew that he’d deliver.

  28. UnKnown August 21st, 2013 at 12:20 am

    Got the MLB Game Mix going on the Extra Innings package. All three of these games out west with Yankee implications are going to be great down the wire here. We need a couple at least to break our way.

  29. yankeefeminista August 21st, 2013 at 12:20 am

    Ok, but get Morneau after Overbay hits Dickey’s knuckler. And I fear big time what we would have to give up for Morneau.

  30. J. Alfred Prufrock August 21st, 2013 at 12:21 am

    Lots of fun watching AL the other night, just how possessed I guess he looked after he got hit. And then to hit a bomb. Had to feel great for him. It sure is fun again that is for sure.
    ———–
    ///

    That look was what told me we couldn’t lose that game, no way were we losing it, and no way was he not going to dramatically respond. Once the ball left the bat, the sound that came from me was not even a human sound. It was like something primeval that had been building and building…..we are going to win the division.

  31. tucker August 21st, 2013 at 12:22 am

    2-1 sox

  32. yankeefeminista August 21st, 2013 at 12:22 am

    Are Sox still 2-0? I wish we still played Oakland, so we could have some control over them.

  33. UnKnown August 21st, 2013 at 12:22 am

    2-1 Boston starting the top of the 8th
    1-1 Tribe v Halos starting top of the 8th
    YES M’s 1st and 3rd M’s down 4-3 top of the 8th with NO ONE out.

    This is the life.

  34. yankeefeminista August 21st, 2013 at 12:23 am

    Pruf, I too knew we would win Sunday night. One of the best nights of the summer. It is a blue moon tonight, btw. Lots of huge Yankee energy in the air.

  35. tucker August 21st, 2013 at 12:24 am

    Giants top of the order due up in the 8th … Pablo Sandoval not in the lineup, so maybe he’s available off the bench.

  36. yankeefeminista August 21st, 2013 at 12:24 am

    Thanks for updates.

  37. UnKnown August 21st, 2013 at 12:24 am

    Franklin with the double ear flap ties it up for the M’s. 1st and 2nd still nobody out! YES

  38. G. Love August 21st, 2013 at 12:28 am

    While seeing Mo retire a champion is the way I pictured this season ending in my dreams, seeing Arod be handed the WS MVP by Selig might be one of the all time incredible moments in sports.

    I don’t know if it can happen, but if it does? Hoo boy…

    You can’t write this stuff. Believe me, I know.

  39. UnKnown August 21st, 2013 at 12:28 am

    Pruf – Yeah man, I was spitting flames when that ball went what I think 459? to deep center. If you watch certain players long enough like you and I do, you get a sense of what is going to happen etc. You can just feel it.

    Division Title you say, Sure Let’s Get It!! I really think this team is capable of anything right now.

  40. J. Alfred Prufrock August 21st, 2013 at 12:29 am

    YF – I felt it, too. Yeah the moon was crazy bright, Alex’s eyes were the eyes of a wild animal after getting beaned…everything was heightened… Girardi’s right hook through the air…Gardner slamming his hands together after the triple….Cano having to restrain him…C missing all night inside to RHB but then just digging way way way down to gut out that K for the last batter he faced….

    Savage beauty.

  41. UnKnown August 21st, 2013 at 12:31 am

    G. Love – Another great Yankee fan! JAP said something similar to that earlier today. I mean I really wouldn’t know what to do if that ever happened. I don’t know if I can feel that much emotion. It sure would be fun to find out though. And I would be partying till I couldn’t party no more.

    How you feeling about the club? I know it’s still a long road, but man it’s doable.

    M’s Take the Lead.

  42. J. Alfred Prufrock August 21st, 2013 at 12:34 am

    If you watch certain players long enough like you and I do, you get a sense of what is going to happen etc. You can just feel it.
    ///

    Unknown – Absolutely. You watch these guys and you know them so well, know their bodies, etc. Jeter, you can always tell when he’s not feeling good. He tries to hide it, but he can’t fool me. In your case, you must just have a keen eye and be extremely observant. For me, it’s all the years of seeing these guys live, going to all these games.

  43. G. Love August 21st, 2013 at 12:35 am

    Unknown,

    You add a healthy Jeter and possibly Morneau to this group and we win the division.

    I’m frankly stunned at the level Arod has come back playing at and anyone who doesn’t realize his presence has jump started what was the worst Yankee offense in 20+ years doesn’t know jack about baseball.

    Right now, I think we can take a wild card. I think we’re the team no one wants to play in our division right now.

  44. yankeefeminista August 21st, 2013 at 12:35 am

    Pruf, bravissimo. And C. fittingly getting the K on that slider. High drama. Being in New England added to the allure for me, and doing it on ESPN was sweet. Just have to keep it going now!

    We just need to keep pitching, now that we have the O. Need Warren to be good tomorrow. I admit, he makes me a little nervous.

    Unknown, we have to get you at here for a game!

  45. yankeefeminista August 21st, 2013 at 12:35 am

    *out here

  46. yankeefeminista August 21st, 2013 at 12:37 am

    I’m in playoff mentality. I am all abuzz; hard to even think about sleeping.

  47. UnKnown August 21st, 2013 at 12:41 am

    YF – I know it needs to happen.

    Playoff feeling in August is not exactly how I would want to draw it up, but that is where we are at, so I’m embracing it and I have to say it’s been a ton of fun. Especially because I truly believe we NOW have a really good team and the optimism is truly warranted.

  48. G. Love August 21st, 2013 at 12:42 am

    yanksfem,

    I hope it happens. I would hate to actually make October plans that didn’t involve the Yankees.

  49. tucker August 21st, 2013 at 12:43 am

    Giants threatening in the bottom of the 8th. First and third, One out. posey at the plate.

  50. J. Alfred Prufrock August 21st, 2013 at 12:44 am

    G. Love August 21st, 2013 at 12:28 am

    While seeing Mo retire a champion is the way I pictured this season ending in my dreams, seeing Arod be handed the WS MVP by Selig might be one of the all time incredible moments in sports.

    I don’t know if it can happen, but if it does? Hoo boy…

    You can’t write this stuff. Believe me, I know.
    ///

    If it actually were to happen – and I have to say, I think we are dangerous again and can win the division and then…you just never know…but: we’d have our work seriously cut out for us – but if it did, I would suspect some kind of cosmic intervention that served some larger purpose….or something…..right now though, I’ll just settle for winning tomorrow’s game :D

  51. tucker August 21st, 2013 at 12:45 am

    Posey sac fly, Giants tie it 2-2 in bottom of the 8th. Go Gigantes!

  52. J. Alfred Prufrock August 21st, 2013 at 12:46 am

    tucker August 21st, 2013 at 12:43 am

    Giants threatening in the bottom of the 8th. First and third, One out. posey at the plate.
    ////

    Go Buster!

  53. J. Alfred Prufrock August 21st, 2013 at 12:46 am

    ALRIGHT

  54. tucker August 21st, 2013 at 12:47 am

    Would love to see Posey in pinstripes.

  55. Tar August 21st, 2013 at 12:48 am

    Sea broke it open 7-4 . Bottom 8

  56. UpState August 21st, 2013 at 12:50 am

    Baseball here at Lohud again…!

    (Too much idiotic pissy stuff before)

  57. UnKnown August 21st, 2013 at 12:50 am

    “For me, it’s all the years of seeing these guys live, going to all these games.”

    Yeah YF and I touched on this. You just get so much more out of watching live than on TV. You just do. That’s what makes it so fun, you feel like these players and this team is like family. That’s why emotions run high etc. You sure have a great feel for the dynamics on the team and throughout the organization. I enjoy that.

    G. Love – I hear ya. Morneau would be fine, I think the platoon between Lyle and Mark will work out though if we don’t get him. Jeter is the one we need back for sure. And AL well yeah I mean I was just hoping for the best with an optimistic approach that he would be a very positive addition. He has blown that away. He has excellent AB’s (yes even when he K’s) he is working the count and he just makes the lineup so much longer. It’s fun to watch. He has really been a big difference maker. If nothing else we’re going down fighting now.

  58. yankeefeminista August 21st, 2013 at 12:50 am

    Fist pump re: Posey. I’m tuning in.

    G. Love, October and Yankee playoff baseball are synonymous. Fingers crossed.

  59. Tar August 21st, 2013 at 12:52 am

    Mourneau kills at YS and against the AL East, monster career numbers. Too lazy to post :D

  60. UnKnown August 21st, 2013 at 12:53 am

    Giants tied it. This has been an awesome day of baseball. Thanks to some really good games and some really good baseball talk without the fluff. You guys know your Yankee baseball. Thanks everyone!

  61. Tar August 21st, 2013 at 12:53 am

    Angels first and third 2 outs 8th

  62. UnKnown August 21st, 2013 at 12:54 am

    Yeah JM absolutely sees beach balls at YS. That is a Fact!

  63. Tar August 21st, 2013 at 12:54 am

    CLe-LAA top 9 tied at 1

  64. UnKnown August 21st, 2013 at 12:55 am

    Freaking Halos. One time come on. Another rally squelched.

  65. UpState August 21st, 2013 at 12:55 am

    DICE K:

    Here’s some math.

    33-15 3.72 BEFORE 2009 WBC.

    17-22 5.53 AFTER 2009 WBC.

    He ditched his responsibility to the Red Sox, over-trained, got hurt, and was never even close to being the same pitcher after hurting his shoulder and hip.

    I say CUBS (Theo) pick him up; new training rules from Theo for him.

  66. Tar August 21st, 2013 at 12:56 am

    Hopefully walk-off time for the Giants. Bottom 9th

  67. J. Alfred Prufrock August 21st, 2013 at 1:00 am

    Unknown, I have thought, even though the outcome never really seemed in doubt, that we were fortunate Morneau missed those ALDS’s against us, because we were in some tight games even though they failed to win any games.

    But Morneau’s problem is, he always gets hurt.

  68. UnKnown August 21st, 2013 at 1:01 am

    Ernesto is shakier than me on a roller coaster ride. Come on Ernesto.

  69. J. Alfred Prufrock August 21st, 2013 at 1:01 am

    Thanks for updates, Tar, Tucker, Unknown.

    SF with a one-out single.

  70. UnKnown August 21st, 2013 at 1:02 am

    Really fortunate…

  71. tucker August 21st, 2013 at 1:10 am

    Bases loaded, two outs, Scutaro at the plate …

  72. Tar August 21st, 2013 at 1:12 am

    Two weeks ago I would not be up at 1 watching baseball. :D

    Angels with a chance for walk-off bottom 9th

  73. Nick in SF August 21st, 2013 at 1:14 am

    This chump can’t throw a strike.

  74. Tar August 21st, 2013 at 1:15 am

    Walk-off walk HAHA Boston loses!

    Good night all :D

    And yes I had this post ready to go!!!!!

  75. tucker August 21st, 2013 at 1:15 am

    Scutaro walks, Giants win … Yanks inch closer.

  76. Nick in SF August 21st, 2013 at 1:15 am

    And he never did! :grin:

  77. UnKnown August 21st, 2013 at 1:15 am

    Baseball here at Lohud again…!
    ———-
    It sure is fun.

    Sox lose! Walk in the winning run. HAHAHAHA

  78. tucker August 21st, 2013 at 1:16 am

    Good night everyone … Good day for the Yanks …

  79. Nick in SF August 21st, 2013 at 1:16 am

    Ump has resos at 10:30, had to go!

  80. UnKnown August 21st, 2013 at 1:16 am

    Isn’t that the dude from the Tigers they got in their trade.

    The Eck is just livid that last pitch wasn’t called a strike. “Are You Kidding Me”

    Oh what fun.

  81. yankeefeminista August 21st, 2013 at 1:16 am

    LOL footsteps…

  82. Gish August 21st, 2013 at 1:16 am

    Red Sox lose.

  83. UnKnown August 21st, 2013 at 1:17 am

    Tar – You had the post ready Chad style. :lol: Later man.

  84. Nick in SF August 21st, 2013 at 1:18 am

    A’s lose too.

  85. tucker August 21st, 2013 at 1:18 am

    Nick, can you blame the ump? Plenty of good dining options …

  86. UnKnown August 21st, 2013 at 1:19 am

    Yup, pitter patter pitter patter. We a comin’ :grin:

  87. yankeefeminista August 21st, 2013 at 1:20 am

    5 back in the loss column. Nice talking baseball with you too, Unknown, and everyone else. Have a good night!

  88. UnKnown August 21st, 2013 at 1:21 am

    A suppose a clean sweep on the late games plus a Y’s sweep of a DH is just too much to ask.

    Angels can you hear me? Let’s make it 5 for 5!

  89. UnKnown August 21st, 2013 at 1:22 am

    OK YF – Get some rest. We got ourselves a baseball season!

  90. Nick in SF August 21st, 2013 at 1:23 am

    Can’t blame him at all, I just hope he did his research ahead of time to find someplace good that stays open late. This isn’t the best late-night dinner town.

  91. njsketch August 21st, 2013 at 1:24 am

    is this possible:

    gardy
    jeter
    cano
    arod
    morneau
    sori
    grandy
    ichiro
    stew / romine

  92. Nick in SF August 21st, 2013 at 1:25 am

    If he’s staying near Union Square he has a lot more options, of course.

  93. tucker August 21st, 2013 at 1:26 am

    I’m partial to Tommy’s … But maybe I’m just reliving my college days.

  94. Nick in SF August 21st, 2013 at 1:28 am

    Tommy’s on Van Ness? If he’s staying at the Holiday Inn, maybe.

  95. tucker August 21st, 2013 at 1:33 am

    On Geary in the Richmond …

  96. Nick in SF August 21st, 2013 at 1:38 am

    Corner of Geary and Van Ness. I haven’t been there in years, but I cold see a big beefy umpire waddling in. Giants fans will probably buy him drinks.

  97. tucker August 21st, 2013 at 1:47 am

    Giants fans are a friendly lot, so free Anchor Steams for the ump …

    Indians about to cough up this game to the Angels.

  98. Nick in SF August 21st, 2013 at 1:51 am

    Thanks got nothing once again, Chris Nelson.

  99. Nick in SF August 21st, 2013 at 2:01 am

    Angels. So awful.

  100. UnKnown August 21st, 2013 at 2:03 am

    Wow Halos. That is poor.

  101. yankinvegas August 21st, 2013 at 3:04 am

    If we can get this done, especially if Boston blows it, this year would have to rank with any of the championships we won.
    What do you think?
    0 and 7 against White Sox and Mets will hopefully not prove fatal!!

  102. Nick in SF August 21st, 2013 at 3:13 am

    Championships! First let’s get to 10 games over .500.

  103. joeman August 21st, 2013 at 5:54 am

    Safety is a full time job – don’t make it a part time practice

  104. blake August 21st, 2013 at 6:58 am

    5 back in the WC now…..just keep winning

  105. MG August 21st, 2013 at 7:18 am

    blake August 21st, 2013 at 6:58 am
    5 back in the WC now…..just keep winning
    ———————-
    blake, when you are chasing 4 teams and you win it’s almost always a good day because at least one of them lost :)

    Last night was even better with A’s and Sox both losing.

    But they have to win and keep winning

    As Al Davis (Erasmus HS, 1947) always said-’Just win, baby’

  106. MTU August 21st, 2013 at 7:25 am

    Good morning.

    Thank goodness the all A-Rod all the time talk has died down.

    And been replaced with something a lot more positive.

    :)

  107. Doreen August 21st, 2013 at 7:26 am

    Both wins yesterday felt very satisfying!

    Come from behind in the first, walk-off fashion in the second, feels like a team determined not to be irrelevant, on a mission. I hope it continues.

    That Gatorade shower looked like it would not only be cold but a little painful – it was very heavy on the ice component!!!

  108. MTU August 21st, 2013 at 7:26 am

    No matter what happens it’s nice to see this Team make some sort of a run and string together a whole bunch of wins.

  109. MG August 21st, 2013 at 7:27 am

    MTU August 21st, 2013 at 7:25 am
    Good morning.

    Thank goodness the all A-Rod all the time talk has died down.
    ————————
    Who is that guy?

    :)

  110. MG August 21st, 2013 at 7:28 am

    MTU, just don’t read last night’s late thread-the Arod stuff was replaced by the usual ‘it’s all about me’ crap that is even more annoying…

  111. MTU August 21st, 2013 at 7:29 am

    “A journey of a thousand miles begins with just one step.”

    ;)

  112. MTU August 21st, 2013 at 7:30 am

    MG-

    Thanks for the head’s up.

    :)

  113. ken tats August 21st, 2013 at 7:32 am

    can anyone imagine if we had league average players for most of the year, if brian cashman had tried to upgrade the offense early in the season rather than sitting on his hands?

    i can think of 2 games in particular, the 2 blown saves by Rivera in Hiroki starts that Hiroki had pitched so phenomenally.

  114. MTU August 21st, 2013 at 7:54 am

    Extra. Extra. Read all about it.

    “Dewey wins.”

    “The Yankees are eliminated from the 2013 playoffs.”

    What might these 2 headlines have in common ?

    ;)

  115. MTU August 21st, 2013 at 7:56 am

    “Play today. Win today. dassit.”

  116. blake August 21st, 2013 at 7:56 am

    “But they have to win and keep winning”

    yup……they lose today and it could be right back to 6. That Rays series this weekend is gonna be huge.

  117. MG August 21st, 2013 at 7:58 am

    blake August 21st, 2013 at 7:56 am
    “But they have to win and keep winning”

    yup……they lose today and it could be right back to 6. That Rays series this weekend is gonna be huge.
    ——————–
    they need the next two games plus 2 out of 3 at the Trop, that will put them in a good position, particularly if the Dodgers win the series against the Sox.

    I’m thinking about going to the game on Saturday but every time I go to the Trop, the Yankees lose, unfortunately :(

  118. MTU August 21st, 2013 at 7:58 am

    Blake-

    In some ways I think the Rays will be tougher than the Sux.

    Why ? Because they actually have really good pitching.

    You can bet Maddon lines up his 3 best for us.

  119. blake August 21st, 2013 at 7:58 am

    “can anyone imagine if we had league average players for most of the year, if brian cashman had tried to upgrade the offense early in the season rather than sitting on his hands?”

    well there wasn’t much he could do early in the season…..teams won’t really trade much before the 1st of July……in the offseason is perhaps where they could have done some things but even then there wasn’t a ton available that could have helped them. They are where they are and were earlier because of decision made a couple of years ago……but after the season started they have done about all they could I think.

  120. blake August 21st, 2013 at 8:00 am

    I’m not sure how the pitching matchups line up for the Rays series…..but that’ll be a big factor.

  121. MG August 21st, 2013 at 8:01 am

    Has anyone noticed that Swish is having a pretty bad year?

    The Yankees definitely seemed to have ‘bought low’ and ‘let go high’ on him…

  122. MTU August 21st, 2013 at 8:01 am

    Romine has really turned it around with the bat.

    Same with Nunez.

    Maybe winning is contagious too.

    ;)

  123. MTU August 21st, 2013 at 8:04 am

    Blake-

    My guess is that we face both Price, Archer, and whoever is their 3rd best guy.

    Maddon would love to drive a stake thru our heart just like the Sux wanted to.

    I’m hoping we get to counter with our 3 best.

  124. MG August 21st, 2013 at 8:07 am

    blake August 21st, 2013 at 8:00 am
    I’m not sure how the pitching matchups line up for the Rays series…..but that’ll be a big factor.
    —————-
    Archer, Price and Cobb are in rotation for the weekend, that’s probably how they will go since Moore has been on the DL.

    Hellickson and the former Fausto Carmona haven’t been pitching very well, if they don’t get Moore back soon they could have some problems.

  125. MTU August 21st, 2013 at 8:10 am

    Looks like we’re set up with AP, Kuroda, CC.

    I’d swap CC and Nova.

    AP, Kuroda, Nova.

  126. tbone1570 August 21st, 2013 at 8:10 am

    MTU August 21st, 2013 at 8:04 am

    Blake-

    My guess is that we face both Price, Archer, and whoever is their 3rd best guy.

    Maddon would love to drive a stake thru our heart just like the Sux wanted to.

    I’m hoping we get to counter with our 3 best.

    **********************************

    Kuroda, Kuroda & Kuroda?

  127. MTU August 21st, 2013 at 8:12 am

    Sounds like a Japanese Law firm.

  128. MTU August 21st, 2013 at 8:14 am

    Here’s a radical thought.

    If Warren pitches well I’d consider skipping CC a turn.

    Let him take mental health day. Maybe work on some things on the side. Clear his head.

  129. blake August 21st, 2013 at 8:14 am

    “Archer, Price and Cobb are in rotation for the weekend, that’s probably how they will go since Moore has been on the DL.”

    hey nothing has been easy about this season so why start now

  130. blake August 21st, 2013 at 8:16 am

    “If Warren pitches well I’d consider skipping CC a turn.”

    I don’t think we have that luxury…..they need to get CC right and they need to win every single game…..who would pitch instead?

  131. MTU August 21st, 2013 at 8:17 am

    This is no time for auditions or underperformance.

    Anyone who is not producing should be replaced with someone who is in so far as they able.

    Put the best Team on the field each and every day.

    Every game counts now.

  132. tbone1570 August 21st, 2013 at 8:20 am

    MTU August 21st, 2013 at 8:14 am

    Here’s a radical thought.

    If Warren pitches well I’d consider skipping CC a turn.

    Let him take mental health day. Maybe work on some things on the side. Clear his head.

    ************************************
    Interesting idea, but would you want Warren on the mound if we split the first 2 games of the series?

  133. MTU August 21st, 2013 at 8:21 am

    Blake-

    Maybe the way to get CC right is to let him work on some things on the side.

    He stunk last time out. Can’t afford that sort of thing.

    Like I said. Warren.

    You pitch the guy who is performing.

    Just like you play the player who is hitting.

    Right now CC is performing at the level of a # 5 pitcher.

    I would have considered removing Hughes for a start or two as well.

    Fortunately he finally put together a good game.

    He is still not reliable IMO so I’d keep an eye on him.

    Too bad Phelps and Nuno are injured. Bad breaks there.

  134. MTU August 21st, 2013 at 8:23 am

    I don’t want CC on the mound the way he is pitching these days.

    Does that answer your question ?

    He’s been terrible.

  135. MTU August 21st, 2013 at 8:24 am

    The Team comes ahead of the individual player at this point in time.

    ;)

  136. MTU August 21st, 2013 at 8:26 am

    Of course Girardi will never do these types of things because he is loyal to the point of a fault.

  137. Hassey August 21st, 2013 at 8:29 am

    I’d guess the Sox locker room is starting to feel pressure to start winning again as they watch their ice sculpture start to melt

    On the other hand I’d also guess that doosh Maddon relishes the chance to throw his best guys against us this weekend

    This would be sweet corn but I still am not betting MTUs ranch on it

  138. J. Alfred Prufrock August 21st, 2013 at 8:31 am

    Hey just read we had a high level meeting in Tampa to address our scouting and develoPment issues, and that even Hank showed up for the
    Nonce!

    MTU – C is not getting replaced . I understand you concern because it is concerning but I would throw C, even as things sit, 10 of 10 times over Warren. That said, I hope he deals tonight. Get runs and everybody improves!

  139. MTU August 21st, 2013 at 8:31 am

    Hassey-

    I wish I had one.

    No Ponderosa for me.

    :(

  140. Hassey August 21st, 2013 at 8:33 am

    Ponderosa?

    I was thinking more Applebee’s

  141. MTU August 21st, 2013 at 8:34 am

    JAP-

    What if Warren pitches a gem ?

    Still want CC not to take a 1 or 2 game break to clear his head and work on things ?

    I would. I want the guy on the field who gives me the best chance.

    When CC starts looking a lot more like CC I’ll be glad to have him leading us.

    He needs to figure out what’s wrong in a non-critical situation.

    I say skip him a turn if possible.

  142. Hassey August 21st, 2013 at 8:35 am

    In the picture at the top
    Who is the headless guy behind nix
    And why is Gardner trying to pull nix’s shirt out of his pants?

  143. MTU August 21st, 2013 at 8:37 am

    JAP-

    Where did you hear about this meeting ?

  144. MTU August 21st, 2013 at 8:38 am

    The Yankees no longer have the luxury of poor pitching performances and slumping hitters.

  145. J. Alfred Prufrock August 21st, 2013 at 8:40 am

    MTU – If Warren throwsm gem I will be grateful and give him props, but overall I would
    Not
    Expect steady excellence from Warren and
    Soups
    Still think I have a better chance with C,
    Even a
    Compromised C.

  146. MTU August 21st, 2013 at 8:40 am

    I’m thinking when LR’s contract expires he gets replaced by Patterson or Aldred.

  147. MTU August 21st, 2013 at 8:43 am

    JAP-

    I’m not sure I agree unfortunately.

    CC has simply not been CC.

    I would definitely remove him for at least 1 start if Warren does extremely well.

    Maybe the rest time will help too.

  148. J. Alfred Prufrock August 21st, 2013 at 8:43 am

    MTU – I think it was CBS Sports.com. It was
    Tagged
    Onto game story about Nix walk off. Said Oppenheimer Cashman etc all in attendance as well

  149. Shame Spencer August 21st, 2013 at 8:44 am

    What a weird conversation last night…

    I’m feeling really good this morning.. two wins in one day can do that to ya. Can’t have a let down tonight. We need to give Warren runs. If we win tonight and have Andy going tomorrow we’re setting this thing up for a sweep. Win tonight.

  150. J. Alfred Prufrock August 21st, 2013 at 8:46 am

    If Warren
    Were Jo-Ram or Betances -’guys who
    May be green but who have shutdown stuff -’I might bite. Our best. Vance though is to have C pitch at least S good as he did two starts
    Ago

  151. MTU August 21st, 2013 at 8:46 am

    JAP-

    Sounds like a step in the right direction.

    Only thing is they should have someone objective coming there to make the assessments.

    Kind of like an outside auditor.

    These guys have a vested interest in patting themselves on the back and protecting each others relative incompetence.

  152. blake August 21st, 2013 at 8:47 am

    I think my Mocha Chocolate shame yesterday was good luck

  153. MG August 21st, 2013 at 8:48 am

    Since Warren goes today, Andy should be going tomorrow with Kuroda moved back to the 1st game in St Pete.

    After that it has to be CC, there isn’t anyone else on regular rest because of the twinbill yesterday. Warren isn’t an option for Saturday and neither is Nova or Hughes on 3 days rest.

    They probably go with Nova on Sunday…

  154. MTU August 21st, 2013 at 8:49 am

    JAP-

    At this point Warren’s overall stuff might be better than CC’s.

    At least the command of it anyway.

    We’ll see how Adam fares tonight.

    1st time out nerves got the better of him.

    Let’s see if he is ready to seize this opportunity and make people take notice ala Phelps.

  155. MG August 21st, 2013 at 8:50 am

    Shame Spencer August 21st, 2013 at 8:44 am
    What a weird conversation last night…
    —————–
    I scrolled quickly through it but it’s always like that when one poster makes it all about herself and nothing about the team or what happened on the field…

  156. MTU August 21st, 2013 at 8:50 am

    MG-

    I hate to say this but I am not happy when CC takes the mound of late.

  157. J. Alfred Prufrock August 21st, 2013 at 8:52 am

    MTU – there’s not
    Much one cAn
    Do when
    The same people aRe calling the shots. ExPecting much of a correction is Provably too much tO expect.’but having said that
    We have some exciting young Players a few years off plus some
    Good
    Arms. A little known promotion was
    Bryan Mitchell to Trenton. Can’t wait to see him start.

  158. MG August 21st, 2013 at 8:52 am

    MTU August 21st, 2013 at 8:50 am
    MG-

    I hate to say this but I am not happy when CC takes the mound of late.
    ——————————-
    I certainly don’t have the same confidence in him that’s been there for the last 4 seasons but he is needed.

    They don’t have anyone else for Saturday so it’s on him-he hasn’t pitched well in the Trop in quite awhile so it will be a tough game to win…

  159. Hans Davenport August 21st, 2013 at 8:53 am

    Chris Stewart OPS July .416; August .700

    Austin Romine OPS July .887: August 1.007

    Again, why is Stewart still playing 5 and 6 times a week and why aren’t the so called “Beat Writers” like he guy who does this blog asking Girardi about the black hole in the catcher’s spot in the order? Because I can assure you there will be snow in Miami before Stewart hits another home run.

  160. MTU August 21st, 2013 at 8:55 am

    JAP-

    Totally agree and that is why I said what I did.

    No question we have potential in a # of areas but we need the right people in place to guide them thru the development process.

    Without that talent gets wasted.

    I look forward to your take on Mitchell. Another kid with a big arm.

  161. Shame Spencer August 21st, 2013 at 8:55 am

    blake August 21st, 2013 at 8:47 am

    I think my Mocha Chocolate shame yesterday was good luck

    ——————

    Mocha chocolate shames for ALL!!!

  162. Shame Spencer August 21st, 2013 at 8:56 am

    All I can say is anyone not watching this team right now is missing the best baseball of the season.

  163. Shame Spencer August 21st, 2013 at 8:57 am

    And I see the A’s lost…. that makes me happy. I’m sure Compass had something to do with this! Good juju!!!!

  164. Shame Spencer August 21st, 2013 at 8:57 am

    I BROKE THE RULE!!

    :D

  165. MTU August 21st, 2013 at 8:59 am

    Hellfire and eternal damnation.

  166. MG August 21st, 2013 at 9:00 am

    Hans Davenport August 21st, 2013 at 8:53 am
    Chris Stewart OPS July .416; August .700

    Austin Romine OPS July .887: August 1.007

    Again, why is Stewart still playing 5 and 6 times a week and why aren’t the so called “Beat Writers” like he guy who does this blog asking Girardi about the black hole in the catcher’s spot in the order? Because I can assure you there will be snow in Miami before Stewart hits another home run.
    —————-
    You mean, since the game winner yesterday?

    Most of us agree that Romine should play more but your timing of this isn’t very good considering that Stewart is 7 for his last 20 with the HR and 7 RBI.

    If that is a black hole for the past week give me 9 of them in the lineup…

  167. MG August 21st, 2013 at 9:02 am

    Shame Spencer August 21st, 2013 at 8:56 am
    All I can say is anyone not watching this team right now is missing the best baseball of the season.
    ———————
    among other things, none of them that make any sense whatsover…

  168. MTU August 21st, 2013 at 9:02 am

    Oh no. Another A-Rod post ——–>

  169. J. Alfred Prufrock August 21st, 2013 at 9:06 am

    MTU – Mitchell is raw and has some
    Control issues but it’s all
    About potential at this point. Can
    Really dial it.

    Shame – to me this
    Stretch is
    The
    Most
    Exciting baseball in a
    Couple
    Of years!

  170. Hans Davenport August 21st, 2013 at 9:08 am

    Most of us agree that Romine should play more but your timing of this isn’t very good considering that Stewart is 7 for his last 20 with the HR and 7 RBI.

    You seriously are going to put up a weeks production by a lifelong career back up versus two months production by a kid with a future? Well you are a fan after Joe Girardi and Brian Cashman’s heart. As far as timing I have been saying this since they brought Romine up.

    You must be spending all your time reading posts by the “Pinstriped Princess.”

  171. Hans Davenport August 21st, 2013 at 9:11 am

    MTU August 21st, 2013 at 9:02 am
    Oh no. Another A-Rod post ——–>

    That’s all Yankee beat writers know to write about. They can’t intelligently write about baseball.

  172. cofuzz August 21st, 2013 at 10:16 am

    I’m also a long and strong member of the “Romine needs to play more” club.
    But I’d like to see a breakdown of CERA for the last month. I know it doesn’t paint a fully accurate picture of a catcher’s defensive value, but for the entire season Stewart’s CERA is 3.80 while Romine’s is 4.24.
    http://espn.go.com/mlb/stats/f.....rder/false
    That could simply reflect the fact that Kuroda pitches to Stewie, or it could say something about the two players’ respective defense.
    Just playing devil’s advocate to my own position… trying to give Girardi more credit than he deserves in this situation.

  173. ariel August 21st, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    Good to see that Cano has tied “Ole Reliable” in career home runs. Now if only Tommy’s ability in the clutch rubs off a bit on Robbie, it would be fabulous. I’m sure the greater majority, if not all of you, were not around in the late 40′s, but late in the game when a clutch hit was necessary, there was none better than Tommy Henrich. I would go so far as to say he had no equal in later years also. I might add that Cano is my current favorite Yankee but his performance in the clutch, as I see it, does leave something to be desired. His propensity for streakiness, does indeed contribute.

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