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Postgame notes: “There are issues that you have to figure out”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Aug 28, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Hiroki Kuroda; Edwin Encarnacion

Lots of talk tonight about Hiroki Kuroda, who’s gone from untouchable staff ace to infinitely hitable veteran. He’s seemed to defy his age all year, but in the past month, Kuroda’s looked every bit of 38 years old. He’s allowed nine hits in four of his past five starts. He quite literally never did that in the first four months of the season.

“(His command) hasn’t been as sharp,” Joe Girardi told YES Network. “For whatever reason, it hasn’t been as sharp.”

Kuroda never says much. Maybe it’s something about the language barrier, or maybe it’s his personality, it’s really hard to tell, but he’s not one to get into much detail. Tonight, he told reporters in Toronto that the movement of his pitches hasn’t been the same, and he might be rushing through his delivery.

“This time of the season, you have a lot of innings in you, a lot of innings thrown, so there are issues that you have to figure out,” he said. “I have experienced this before, so I think I’ll be able to regroup.”

Said Chris Stewart: “Could be mechanics. Could be he’s dropping his elbow. It’s late in the year. His body could be getting tired. He’s not able to physically repeat what he was doing early in the year. Maybe he’s more conscious of it now. … He’s just making bad pitches every once in a while, and they’re not missing them.”

Stewart did note that he thought Kuroda was better today than in his most recent starts, but the Yankees have really come to count on Kuroda being terrific every five days. There are 29 games to go, and the Yankees need Kuroda back on track; they need CC Sabathia back on track; and they need Andy Pettitte to stay on track.

“It’s going to make it really, really hard (if the starters can’t get on a roll),” Girardi said. “But every starter has got to pitch well throughout. That’s kind of the bottom line. And when they don’t, we’ve got to be able to pick them up offensively.”

J.P. Arencibia, Alex Rodriguez• Girardi said that Eduardo Nunez will get an MRI tomorrow. Nunez told Bryan Hoch that he’s worried this knee injury could cost him two weeks or more.

• Nunez was in the lineup initially, but he was pulled because “he couldn’t run full speed” during warm ups, Girardi said.

• Unusual replacement at second base, but Mark Reynolds actually looked alright from what I could tell. The Yankees are still hopeful that Robinson Cano will be able to play second base on Friday. “In my heart, I think he’s going to be in there,” Girardi said. “But if he’s not, we’ll have to deal with it.”

• Stewart on the passed ball in the first inning: “I called a slider and he threw a fastball. … I tried to force the issue after that. Probably should have just eaten the ball and gone after the next hitter.”

• Girardi on the decision to send Alex Rodriguez in the fourth: “It’s just a read, and unfortunately it didn’t work out and kind of put a halt to our inning. … I didn’t have a problem with (Rob Thomson’s decision).”

• Final word goes to Stewart: “Any loss at this point in the season is rough on us. Time is ticking away and we don’t really have much room for error.”

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67 Responses to “Postgame notes: “There are issues that you have to figure out””

  1. blake August 28th, 2013 at 11:15 pm

    6 games back in the LC for a playoff spot now……not good

  2. Captain Clutch August 28th, 2013 at 11:16 pm

    3 moves that have to be made…

    1. Reynolds is the everyday 1st basemen

    2. Romine is the everyday catcher

    3. Huff takes Hughes’ place in the rotation

    The Yanks are most likely done this year but there are some moves that they can make to help them win as many games as possible. It’s time for Girardi to do what he has to do to put them in the best position to win.

  3. Captain Clutch August 28th, 2013 at 11:23 pm

    I am really tired of hearing about Stewie messing up a play or a ball getting by him. His defense is soooo bad and he has no business being the everyday catcher. If he could hit somewhat fine but he can’t so it’s time to actually give Romine a real chance. Only the Yanks would be ok with going into next year not knowing what they have with Romine. It’s ridiculous already.

  4. tucker August 28th, 2013 at 11:24 pm

    It doesn’t look good for a playoff birth. Though I am thankful to team showed heart and fight and have me a reason to tune in the past three weeks. Otherwise, it’s been a rather boring season.

  5. tucker August 28th, 2013 at 11:25 pm

    I wonder what Hal will be more angry about at the conclusion of the season. That his team did not make the playoffs or that the Houston Astros earned more profit than the Yanks.

  6. mnmboys August 28th, 2013 at 11:38 pm

    Maybe easier to win division than wildcard now. No easy path though….. Do they have one more big win streak in them?

  7. blake August 28th, 2013 at 11:51 pm

    tucker says:
    August 28, 2013 at 11:25 pm
    I wonder what Hal will be more angry about at the conclusion of the season. That his team did not make the playoffs or that the Houston Astros earned more profit than the Yanks.

    Certainly the latter

  8. jacksquat August 29th, 2013 at 12:22 am

    Due to injuries or slumps, this team just can’t get everything going at the same time, not for long anyway. It’s always something.

  9. yankinvegas August 29th, 2013 at 1:00 am

    Agreed that it is ridiculous not to play Romine in 75% of the remaining games. Stewart will not be on the team next year, he tries his best but at best he is a backup.
    We desperately need someone from the system to play next year and Romine is a good place to start.
    No more than 6 years for Cano – bring back Grandy for 2 and hope that Tex bounces back. I feel good that Jeter will have a good year and then retire, so we need a 3b. Trade for Headley or on a bigger scale see what Texas would want for Beltre. I know he’s in his mid thirties but I think he has 3 or 4 good years left. Grandy, Beltre, Sori, Tex and Cano will provide enough power and there will also be good D

  10. sammiejohnson August 29th, 2013 at 1:56 am

    yankinvegas August 29th, 2013 at 1:00 am

    No more than 6 years for Cano – bring back Grandy for 2 and hope that Tex bounces back.

    _________________________

    Although I agree with you in principal, there is absolutely no way Cano signs a six year deal with anyone. When the rubber meets the road this winter there will be an eight year deal out there for him. He will take the most money. This will be his last contract in all probability.

    Granderson is a little different story. He may very well take a Qualifying Offer of $14M for one year to rebuild his value, especially in NYS which was seemingly built for his swing. And then hit the Free Agent market next winter. But I doubt he signs for two years with any team. He (and his agent) will likely have to decide between a one year $14M QO from the Yankees (and chance the FA market again next year) or more likely a three to four year deal worth an AAV of probably around $10M/$11M. Both Chicago teams seem a likely fit for Grandy. But I do not see him signing for two years anywhere.

    As for Tex, I have given up on 2/3 of him. He simply is not the same player he was when we signed him, especially against RHP. He plays good to great defense at 1B and hits well against LHP. But he only faces LHP 1/3 of the time. For an AAV of nearly $23M he is simply not worth the money. We could have signed two or three good players for that same money and be a better team. Not superstars. But good, solid players. And Tex’s contract runs through 2016. Three more years after this. And he has a full No Trade Clause. (I am now debating which contract is worse, Tex’s or CC’s.)

    Bottom line, someone has to fix this team this winter. I am not sure that you can fix it with the $189M mandate in place. But come November and December, we are going to find out what this Front Office and this Ownership is made of.

  11. yankinvegas August 29th, 2013 at 3:16 am

    You are probably right about Grandy. I think he very well may accept the 1 year qo. As for Cano, I think the Pedroia signing hurts him. If the rumors that the Dodgers won’t be involved are true, I just can’t see him going to a Chicago team. He has a chance to be a career long Yankee and I don’t think he will forfeit that for an extra year on his contract. Plus I believe that NYY will be more than fair with him.
    I hope that you’re wrong about Tex.
    And I never give up thinking that the 189 might go by the wayside given the down year we are going through now.

  12. joeman August 29th, 2013 at 6:11 am

    that’s a bad Blue Jay team

  13. joeman August 29th, 2013 at 6:18 am

    BTW…Kuroda is a .500 pitcher who they are paying a lot of money to …39 before the start of next season and right now is making 15 mil. Prob looking for more money next year

  14. Melkmanisinhotlanta August 29th, 2013 at 6:43 am

    Rumor has it that a fleet of golf carts are at the ready to pick up the NYY for the long, warm Florida off season?

    It feels and looks like a long march in the desert for this organization as the long term effects of buying players takes hold. 10 years of pain to start.

  15. blake August 29th, 2013 at 7:00 am

    joeman says:
    August 29, 2013 at 6:18 am
    BTW…Kuroda is a .500 pitcher who they are paying a lot of money to …39 before the start of next season and right now is making 15 mil. Prob looking for more money next year

    Dude Kuroda is probably the #1 reason they are even above .500 …..he’s still got a sub 3 Era and has been fantastic all year.

    King Felix gave up 9 runs in 3 innings last night…..it happens and Kuroda is gassed……he needs a rest

  16. blake August 29th, 2013 at 7:02 am

    Joh Lester was pitching like crap……John Farrell thought he looked fatigued and essentially just gave him a vacation…. I think he skipped him two starts and he’s been lights out ever since

  17. blake August 29th, 2013 at 7:19 am

    Have to win 2 of 3 or sweep Baltmore

  18. Doreen August 29th, 2013 at 7:35 am

    Morning Blake.

    It’s getting late early. :(

  19. MG August 29th, 2013 at 7:35 am

    After reading last night’s game thread (briefly) this is one of those mornings I wish most Lohud posters would go take a remedial course in baseball knowledge

    blake, you make it worthwhile to at least check in most days.

    they need at least 2 games this weekend, anything less and the season is most likely over but a sweep is really the goal.

  20. MG August 29th, 2013 at 7:37 am

    Kuroda is tired, he thrown a ton of innings this year mostly under pressure without runs.

    The problem is that they only have 30 games left and don’t have the luxury of resting him, what is the alternative, TBA?

  21. MG August 29th, 2013 at 7:38 am

    good morning, doreen, you are another reason to continue reading the blog in the mornings, when it’s mostly sane.

  22. blake August 29th, 2013 at 7:46 am

    “The problem is that they only have 30 games left and don’t have the luxury of resting him, what is the alternative, TBA?”

    Yup absolutely true…..he needs a rest…..but they really can’t afford to rest him. Maybe they could try and give him an extra day or something and hope he gets better…..but they don’t have the luxury of muh more.

    Morning Doreen.

  23. blake August 29th, 2013 at 7:47 am

    I don’t even bother with game threads much anymore because 1) I’m very busy at night and usually watch the games on DVR after they are over 2) because the game threads are just bad

  24. Doreen August 29th, 2013 at 7:52 am

    Good morning MG

    Thanks. :)

    Mornings have always been the best here. I enjoy the coffee club.

    It’s hard to be mad at Kuroda. You’re right that not only the number of innings but the stress of the innings was bound to catch up to him. They don’t have the luxury of starting TBA, but they also don’t have the luxury of status quo. And they’re already contemplating skipping Hughes (though they won’t say so out loud). Phelps and Nuno being injured (and Pineda hitting a rehab wall) have hurt. They anticipated that those guys would be reinforcements down the stretch.

    This has been a year where as soon as things start to look like they coud be straightening out, something else happens. Injuries have killed them. Perhaps a lesson will be learned that you can’t cut your margin for error so thin. The baseball gods just don’t like the hubris.

  25. MG August 29th, 2013 at 7:55 am

    blake August 29th, 2013 at 7:47 am
    I don’t even bother with game threads much anymore because 1) I’m very busy at night and usually watch the games on DVR after they are over 2) because the game threads are just bad
    ——————————
    I agree but my problem is that the game threads are what originally attracted me to Lohud, it was a way to talk about live baseball while the game was being played and was both informative and fun.

    Now it’s become just a morass of complaining and bad takes, mostly, from people who have no clue what they are looking at.

    Unfortunately, most of the knowledgeable people have left the building, particularly during games. I think Pat M said bye bye last night-I bought a new computer yesterday and was transferring files all night so didn’t look until after the game was over.

  26. tbone1570 August 29th, 2013 at 7:57 am

    MG August 29th, 2013 at 7:35 am

    After reading last night’s game thread (briefly) this is one of those mornings I wish most Lohud posters would go take a remedial course in baseball knowledge
    ****************************************

    Agreed, it’s amazing to see some people throw around a word or a phrase they know and think they know everything about baseball. Although, it does make reading thru the thread very entertaining!

  27. yanks61 August 29th, 2013 at 8:02 am

    MG, we could almost be twins – in age and opinions! I’ve said it before, as well – Blake, Doreen you and a few others make it worthwhile to check-in every morning. Game threads are usually no problem to miss – I’m asleep, thankfully!

    Well, things just got tougher after last night. It’s not too late but the Yanks have to really to turn it on in the next couple of days.

    By the way, I see that Reynolds went 3 – 4. Out of curiosity, how did he look at second?

  28. MG August 29th, 2013 at 8:05 am

    tbone1570 August 29th, 2013 at 7:57 am
    MG August 29th, 2013 at 7:35 am

    After reading last night’s game thread (briefly) this is one of those mornings I wish most Lohud posters would go take a remedial course in baseball knowledge
    ****************************************

    Agreed, it’s amazing to see some people throw around a word or a phrase they know and think they know everything about baseball. Although, it does make reading thru the thread very entertaining!
    ————————
    all of the chest pounding about Cano being hit by Happ and the need to retaliate immediately is a perfect example.

    The Yankees knew it was unintentional and because of that would pick their spot to send Gibbons a message about having guys like Happ throw inside too much

    I said yesterday morning that Kuroda knew how to hit guys and would pick a spot to miss inside and send the message-that is exactly what happened in the 1st inning last night.

    It went right over the head, I’m sure, of 90% of Lohud and they will continue to yell about the Yankees not retaliating the next time it happens.

    This isn’t a sandlot or playground, first you win games and then, when appropriate, you send messages.

  29. blake August 29th, 2013 at 8:07 am

    “I agree but my problem is that the game threads are what originally attracted me to Lohud, it was a way to talk about live baseball while the game was being played and was both informative and fun.”

    I feel ya there and at their best its still the best time to post because you can share with other fans some live interaction and feedback…..it’s become just so tedious though …..

  30. MG August 29th, 2013 at 8:07 am

    61, I think we have similar outlooks because we are of the same generation and, if I remember, you also played baseball growing up and pitched as well.

    We learned the game in the same ways and it hasn’t changed that much in 50 years.

    Are you based in Europe now?

  31. Against All Odds August 29th, 2013 at 8:09 am

    What’s your solution?

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

    At least three moderators on the blog because not everyone can be here all day every day. Make me a mod I would ban these trolls the minute I see the post.

  32. austinmac August 29th, 2013 at 8:12 am

    Reynolds had a few plays at 2B and looked fine. He can handle in in a pinch. He probably lacks range.

    It is getting late. The O’s have been playing badly. We really need a sweep.

  33. MG August 29th, 2013 at 8:14 am

    I never know if I will continue to post or read this blog but would like to keep in touch with some of you-I’ve created a separate email account for this, it’s lohudmg@gmail.com, anyone who wants the same send me an email, I don’t share email addresses with anyone else.

  34. tbone1570 August 29th, 2013 at 8:15 am

    MG August 29th, 2013 at 8:05 am

    all of the chest pounding about Cano being hit by Happ and the need to retaliate immediately is a perfect example.

    The Yankees knew it was unintentional and because of that would pick their spot to send Gibbons a message about having guys like Happ throw inside too much

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

    Exactly! And the fools who were calling for someone to get beaned were the same people complaining when Trisha wished an injury on Arod! I guess do as I say not as I do lives here on LoHud.

  35. Yankee Trader August 29th, 2013 at 8:16 am

    Good morning
    Didn’t get to watch the game last night 2 for 8 with RISP, 5 hits, 13 strikeouts. If it”s going to take 92 wins to get into the show, the Yankees cannot lose more than 7 of the 29 games left.

  36. yanks61 August 29th, 2013 at 8:19 am

    MG – Yes, my wife is French and I’ve lived and worked here for nearly 30 years (retired a little over three years ago.)

    I’m sure you’re right about age factoring into how we view the game.

    Austinmac – thanks for the bit about Reynolds. He’s looked a lot better defensively than I expected based on what I read. SSS, of course.

  37. randy l. August 29th, 2013 at 8:21 am

    “But come November and December, we are going to find out what this Front Office and this Ownership is made of.”

    i don’t know why but using a giant plastic grocery bag to pick up after our great dane made me think of what they’re made of.

  38. Against All Odds August 29th, 2013 at 8:22 am

    There is a difference between wishing your own player gets hurt and wanting a pitcher to retaliate. That has been a part of the game forever.

  39. tbone1570 August 29th, 2013 at 8:26 am

    Against All Odds August 29th, 2013 at 8:22 am

    There is a difference between wishing your own player gets hurt and wanting a pitcher to retaliate. That has been a part of the game forever.

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

    AAO,
    They didn’t just want retaliation, they wanted someone to get beaned. Maybe they didn’t realize they were calling for someone to get hit in the head, but that’s what they (repeatedly) called for. IMO, way out of line for a HBP that obviously wasn’t intentional.

  40. randy l. August 29th, 2013 at 8:27 am

    mg-

    getting hit by a pitch in the body is no big deal. it hurts a bit , but no permanent damage. hands and elbows and ankles and knees are a different story.

    the kind of retaliation i was talking about involved pain , but not broken body parts.

    it’s water over the dam anyway. i believe you should do it right away or move on.

  41. MG August 29th, 2013 at 8:28 am

    yanks61 August 29th, 2013 at 8:19 am
    MG – Yes, my wife is French and I’ve lived and worked here for nearly 30 years (retired a little over three years ago.)
    ——————————-
    tres bonne, mon ami

    that’s about it for my French, when I was in Paris in the late ’80s for a week I tried using my high school French about 2X before reverting to hoping someone spoke English :)

  42. Yankee Trader August 29th, 2013 at 8:29 am

    Attaching an “innovative” article on allowing PED’S into the game with these caveats.

    An example

    The first steps should be to clearly differentiate drug users from non-users. At the start of each game, after the national anthem, players who are using performance-enhancing substances would be clearly announced. This would be reinforced by making it mandatory that drug users wear the outline of a syringe embroidered on their sleeves.

    http://www.nj.com/times-opinio.....hat_i.html

    Read this one if you want a few laughs

  43. blake August 29th, 2013 at 8:34 am

    Jayson Stark ?@jaysonst 4m
    Today’s @MikeAndMike trivia: Andy Pettitte is up to 16 seasons w 10+ wins. Name the only 3 other active LHPs with at least 10 seasons of 10+

    1 is easy….the other 2 require a little extra thought.

  44. Against All Odds August 29th, 2013 at 8:37 am

    tbone1570 August 29th, 2013 at 8:26 am
    Against All Odds August 29th, 2013 at 8:22 am

    There is a difference between wishing your own player gets hurt and wanting a pitcher to retaliate. That has been a part of the game forever.

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

    AAO,
    They didn’t just want retaliation, they wanted someone to get beaned. Maybe they didn’t realize they were calling for someone to get hit in the head, but that’s what they (repeatedly) called for. IMO, way out of line for a HBP that obviously wasn’t intentional.

    ——————————

    Well I was someone that wanted a player on the Jay’s to get hit but not in the head because that’s playing with someone’s life. Whoever wanted that is a sick person.

  45. Yankee Trader August 29th, 2013 at 8:42 am

    Sabathia, Lee and CJ Wilson?

  46. Against All Odds August 29th, 2013 at 8:43 am

    UnKnown August 28th, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    Yeah Mick what Mike is doing is really funny. Can’t figure out why no one is laughing.

    By all means keep encouraging it though. Now he is threatening Chad’s family, yup Mick keep on being his buddy.

    ———————–

    Maybe mick is in on it if so ban him too.

  47. Yankee Trader August 29th, 2013 at 8:44 am

    New rule changes for drug users: :)

    The following rule changes would also be considered to level the baseball playing field:
    • Drug users would be called out after two, not three, strikes. They would not walk until five balls were thrown to them.
    • As an alternative, there could be two sets of bases. The first set of bases for non-drug users would be set at the traditional distance, while the distance for bases set for drug users would be three feet farther out, increasing the likelihood that they would be thrown out on ground balls.
    • Pitchers who were drug users would be required to pitch from a rubber three feet farther from home plate or be required to throw four strikes for a strike-out or three balls for a walk.

  48. yanks61 August 29th, 2013 at 8:45 am

    MG, it takes lots of time and energy to feel completely comfortable with a new language and ideally you really should start learning it a young age. I’ve always been blown away by the fact that Conrad and Nabokov actually wrote such gracefully constructed BOOKS in the English language – though it wasn’t their native tongue (though I believe Nabokov did have an English speaking nanny while growing up.)

    By the way, it’s “tres bon, mon ami” since you’re addressing me (a male.) If you were addressing a woman, it would be “tres bonne, mon amie.” That’s just one more complication that we don’t have to deal with in English – masculine and feminine forms!

  49. Yankee Trader August 29th, 2013 at 8:46 am

    Blake

    Have to go soon.is the 3rd lefty Santana?

  50. randy l. August 29th, 2013 at 8:47 am

    on the troll issue, i think that troll behavior gets encouraged by the intensity of dislike some regulars have for each other.

    one way to tone down the trolls is to tone down our debates with the people we don’t like.

    for example, trisha and i clearly don’t see eye to eye. we can discipline ourselves to stay on topic baseball wise or not. if we choose the latter it opens the door for the trolls to get a foothold.

    what they’ll do is jump on one side or the other and pour gasoline on the fire. i make it a point never to respond when one of them jumps on my side. i think it’s important to never respond to them.

    i’m saying in addition to a lack of responsible moderation by lohud ( yeah they could do a better job), we brought it on ourselves by the way we often debate issues.

  51. MTU August 29th, 2013 at 8:50 am

    Good Morning.

    Shame about the game threads.

    I swore them off long ago.

    I too would like to say how much I have always enjoyed “the Breakfast club”.

    It an example of how good the blog can be.

    :)

  52. Yankee Trader August 29th, 2013 at 8:50 am

    Have a great day. Until later.

  53. randy l. August 29th, 2013 at 8:55 am

    mtu-

    it used to get bad in the early days too. i remember looking forward to sunday mornings back then because it was a quiet good time to talk baseball with murphydog, doreen , you, etc.

    the blog is back to pick your spots when to come on. there’s still a few windows like now.
    on thing that i think is a bad sign is the good young posters are on less and less. lgy and jerk face as examples.

    you need the young perspective to keep things in tune with the times.

  54. MTU August 29th, 2013 at 8:56 am

    It seems like I have “known” Blake, Doreen, YT, Randy, Mac and others forever.

    I miss people like Erica and Erin who so nice and really quite hilarious.

    So many good people have been driven off.

    Haven’t seen Rich in NJ in like forever.

    I have practically begged Chad for an “ignore” feature.

    He has told me that the software platform that LoHud uses will not support it.

    I guess “moderation” would be the next best alternative.

    Chad cannot be a babysitter and beat writer at the same time.

  55. Shame Spencer August 29th, 2013 at 8:56 am

    i’m saying in addition to a lack of responsible moderation by lohud ( yeah they could do a better job), we brought it on ourselves by the way we often debate issues.

    —————-

    Yeah, this is way more our responsibility than LoHuds. I’m not sure if many people have noticed but there are definitely people eying this comments section and lots of vulgar/violent/threatening posts have been removed almost immediately.

    They can’t just remove stuff because it’s posted by someone with a particular handle (though depending on the situation they do ban the handle immediately).

    Here is what the problem is: people avoid the game threads because of certain issues and the few remaining posters that do still want to talk baseball don’t have many options in terms of people to discuss that with. If we could get more legit posters to continue coming in and ignore the noise, we’d be better off.

  56. astrocityfan August 29th, 2013 at 8:57 am

    Morning everyone. Someone threw out a yogi quote earlier so i thought id share these to brighten everyones day!

    1. Here are 25 Yogi Berra quotes that will make you shake your head and smile.
    1. “It’s like deja vu all over again.”
    2. “We made too many wrong mistakes.”
    3. “You can observe a lot just by watching.”
    4. “A nickel ain’t worth a dime anymore.”
    5. “He hits from both sides of the plate. He’s amphibious.”
    6. “If the world was perfect, it wouldn’t be.”
    7. “If you don’t know where you’re going, you might end up some place else.”
    8. Responding to a question about remarks attributed to him that he did not think were his:
    “I really didn’t say everything I said.”
    9. “The future ain’t what it use to be.”
    10. “I think Little League is wonderful. It keeps the kids out of the house.”
    11. On why he no longer went to Ruggeri’s, a St. Louis restaurant:
    “Nobody goes there anymore because it’s too crowded.”
    12. “I always thought that record would stand until it was broken.”
    13. “We have deep depth.”
    14. “All pitchers are liars or crybabies.”
    15. “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.”
    16. “Always go to other people’s funerals, otherwise they won’t come to yours.”
    17. “Never answer anonymous letters.”
    18. On being the guest of honor at an awards banquet:
    “Thank you for making this day necessary.”
    19. “The towels were so thick there I could hardly close my suitcase.”
    20. “Half the lies they tell about me aren’t true.”
    21. As a general comment on baseball: “90% of the game is half mental.”
    22. “I don’t know (if they were men or women running naked across the field).
    They had bags over their heads.”
    23. “It gets late early out there.”
    24. Carmen Berra, Yogi’s wife asked: “Yogi, you are from St. Louis , we live in New Jersey , and you played
    ball in New York . If you go before I do, where would you like me to have you buried?” Yogi’s answer:
    “Surprise me.”
    25. “It ain’t over till it’s over.”

  57. Shame Spencer August 29th, 2013 at 9:04 am

    If randy was a moderator no one would be allowed to post 3 times in a row! :D

  58. MTU August 29th, 2013 at 9:04 am

    Randy-

    I hope mornings remain civil.

    I have always enjoyed them.

    Many posters seem to be showing up less and less.

    Pat M. said he was leaving last night I believe.

    That’s a real shame because his baseball knowledge will be sorely missed.

    I actually hope he reconsiders.

    JF and LGY are very knowledgeable. I don’t always agree with them but I respect what they bring.

    And speaking of respect. That seems to be a key word to me.

    If everyone would just try to offer that to everyone this would be a better place.

    Things get very personal here at times. Too personal.

    Everyone who presents their voice in a reasonable way should be heard.

    It’s possible to disagree, and disagree strongly, without being disagreeable.

    Hopefully things will get better around here because if they don’t everyone loses.

    ;)

  59. MTU August 29th, 2013 at 9:05 am

    New thread ——–>

  60. Giuseppe Franco August 29th, 2013 at 9:09 am

    I haven’t commented on a game thread since 2010. It was unreadable back then so I can’t imagine how bad it is now.

    This season has been over for the Yanks for a month and a half. It was nice to see them show some fire for a stretch after A-Rod returned but they dug themselves in too big of a hole to climb out.

  61. joeman August 29th, 2013 at 9:10 am

    blake August 29th, 2013 at 7:00 am
    joeman says:
    August 29, 2013 at 6:18 am
    BTW…Kuroda is a .500 pitcher who they are paying a lot of money to …39 before the start of next season and right now is making 15 mil. Prob looking for more money next year

    Dude Kuroda is probably the #1 reason they are even above .500 …..he’s still got a sub 3 Era and has been fantastic all year.

    King Felix gave up 9 runs in 3 innings last night…..it happens and Kuroda is gassed……he needs a rest

    ——————————————-
    my main point wasn’t about this year …..it’s about a 39 year old lifetime .500 pitcher soon to be a FA and will be looking for more money next year & really Dude

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