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Murphy behind the plate, Ichiro leading off

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

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Ichiro Suzuki RF
Alex Rodriguez DH
Robinson Cano 2B
Alfonso Soriano LF
Curtis Granderson CF
Eduardo Nunez 3B
Lyle Overbay 1B
Brendan Ryan SS
J.R. Murphy C

LHP CC Sabathia





26 Responses to “Murphy behind the plate, Ichiro leading off”

  1. Captain Clutch September 20th, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    Pettitte just said that he knew that he would retire when Cashman and Hal didn’t upgrade the team in the off season lol Jk!!

  2. Tackelberry September 20th, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    who’s to say though that thats not what he was thinking

  3. MTU September 20th, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    IMO those who might be expecting Hal Steinbrenner to exceed 189 next year are in for disappointment.

    I don’t see him having come this far only to turn back now.

    Just doesn’t seem in the cards to me.

  4. austinmac September 20th, 2013 at 3:58 pm


    Congrats on retirement and freedom. Enjoy the new adventure. You can park your RV at my place anytime.

  5. MTU September 20th, 2013 at 4:00 pm


    He can stop in your place on his way to Utah.


  6. Chambliss September 20th, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    I saw Mariano pitch in Spring Training three years ago, and I will never forget it. It was your typical spring game against the Twins at Steinbrenner Field. It was probably the 4th or 5th inning and a lot of the fans were half asleep. Enter Sandman came on the speakers and the place went nuts. In trots Mo to a standing ovation. It was his first outing of the spring, so I thought that he might be a bit rusty. Well-not really. Mo struck out the side on something like 11 or 12 pitches. Forget about broken bats-the Twins could barely touch the ball. It was amazing.

    I am really going to miss him. In a way, I already do. This team should be ashamed for going out without a fight. Mo deserved better.

  7. Chambliss September 20th, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    I am glad that Andy is retiring. For his own sake, I wish that Jeter would too. I don’t want to see him struggle again next year.

  8. MTU September 20th, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    I wish I could have retired at 40 or so.

    Damn nice.


  9. austinmac September 20th, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    I love Pettitte. We have been very lucky to have these guys. Solid people who work hard to go along with ability.

    It was always a pleasure to watch him pitch and compete. He showed his emotions and no one wanted it more. I miss him already.

  10. MTU September 20th, 2013 at 4:09 pm


    The best way to replace a lost love is with another love.

    We may already have the next AP in our system right now. Undiscovered.

    Let’s hope so.


  11. austinmac September 20th, 2013 at 4:15 pm


    That’s true, but I still miss Mickey swinging from the heels. We don’t lose our memories and Andy gave us many.

    For the future, keep an eye on Nik Turley. My crystal ball says he will be good. Either that or it said “ask again tomorrow”.

  12. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 20th, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    During the last game at YS, I ended up sitting in the bleacher section because we had gotten nosebleed seats and I actually got woozy walking up to them (I have a fear of heights) and so absolutely couldn’t sit there. I ended up trading off seats with someone who had a bleacher seat. I had never sat in the bleachers. Well one thing led to another and I ended up sitting in the front row, right behind the Ys bullpen. Because the attendants were being particularly nice that night, they let us go over to the rail and watch the pitchers warming up. I got to stand maybe 10 feet from Mo and watch him warm up. Then I got to see him run in while they played Enter Sandman. The whole experience, from going on the field to Monument Park, to confiscating grass and dirt from in front of the Babe’s monument while random fans hid me from the piercing eyes of security, to just being there on an absolutely beautiful night, to seeing Jose Molina’s homer go flying by, to seeing Jeter lead the entire team around the field – probably the best day and night of my life. But what an absolute head trip it was to actually stand there and watch Mo run to the mound while strains of Metallica filled the Stadium. Absolutely unbelievable.

  13. MTU September 20th, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    It is good that you all are comforted by your memories.

    No one can ever take that away from you.

    They are yours to keep.


  14. luis September 20th, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    Good afternoon all…

    I can’t tell you how sad this day is for me… I am almost in tears…I won’t say anything about the future… I think JAP is right, this is a time to enjoy our last days with this giants of the game… Time flies, it seemed like yesterday when I first saw a skinny Rivera set up for Wetteland and Andy had that kid face with no grey on his hair… I am going to miss them, nothing is ever going to be the same… The core four, the golden four are down to one… If I were him, I might head in to the sunset as well

  15. MTU September 20th, 2013 at 4:27 pm


    After an appropriate period of mourning you’ll find a new set of loves.

    Different from the others but good enough to begin to fill the voids.

    And then you’ll have some new memories to help keep you warm.


  16. luis September 20th, 2013 at 4:32 pm


    As usual, you make a great deal of sense… And you are right, time will heal everything… But right now, I am as sad as I can be… I never expected it to be this hard… After all, this is only a game… I wish I can be there on Sunday… I’ll see if I can get a plane ticket…

  17. MTU September 20th, 2013 at 4:34 pm


    The Yankees are lucky to have fans such as yourself.

    Good luck with finding a plane ride.

    I would love to be there too.

    It should be magnificent.


  18. luis September 20th, 2013 at 4:42 pm


    Heading out to home….But thanks, you are a very good friend… I might make it, but I have to fly on the same day of the game, which means I’ll get late to the ballpark, but who cares?! right?

    later bro

  19. MTU September 20th, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    Got to run.

    Catch up with you later.

  20. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 20th, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    Isn’t it amazing that one man has been able to inspire and rivet an entire nation with just one pitch?

    Can you imagine what it must feel like to be MO and realize what an effect he has had on the game and everyone who loves it?

    Of course, it is so much more than his one pitch. What he embodies, his grace, his humility, his respect for all of the players and for the game itself, his love of his God, his gentility, his total class, his kindness, we will not see something like that again maybe ever in our lifetimes.

  21. YanksPats September 20th, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    Rivera does not use just one pitch. The lazy media continually refers to his use of one pitch to minimize the great pitcher that he is.

    He also features a 4 seam fastball and more importantly, a 2 seam fastball to RH batters.

  22. YanksPats September 20th, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    The media also specifies that he is the best relief pitcher of all time.

    In fact, he is one of the greatest pitchers of all time. There is great difficulty in having to pitch on a nightly basis in terms of arm health. Relief pitchers are more prone to injury than starting pitchers.

    His ability to remain healthy throughout his career, but for one freak injury, is astonishing.

  23. MG September 20th, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    I just got home after an all day meeting and read Andy’s announcement about his retirement.

    Andy is one of the great Yankees pitchers of all time and possibly the greatest competitor, he left nothing out on the mound and gave the Yankees and their fans everything he had and more.

    Anyone who has read this blog for any length of time probably knows I am as big an Andy-fan as anyone, I’ve also met the guy and spent some time with him and my respect for him and his approach to the game has only grown since that time (about 10 years ago).

    It’s no surprise to me that he has been the best Yankee pitcher over the past month, he, like Mo, had chosen to give his going away all that he had and let the chips fall where they may.

    It’s only fitting that Andy is starting on the day of Mo’s ceremony, the only other things that could make it better were if Jete could play SS and Jorge could be signed to a one day deal to catch both of them.

  24. YanksPats September 20th, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    I too have spent some time with Pettitte, a genuinely good person and a positive role model.

  25. Warning Track Power September 20th, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    So the Yankees could afford to lose maybe 2 games in the final stretch of the season
    and they chose to lose 2 games right away.
    That’s fine.
    Time for a winning streak like no other in 2013.


    Plus, Yankees ma have caught a break since Cain and Baumgartner won’t pitch in this weekend series

  26. justsaying September 20th, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    With the exception of most of the people here this morning, it often seems to me that it’s doom and gloom nearly all the time around here. So it’s not surprising that, as far as I can see, there has been no mention of Mike Axisa’s comments earlier today on the reasons why the Yankees farm season might very well be a lot better then this year’s performances would indicate. So here it is to lighten things up a bit; it is definitely reasonable to look forward to a very good system come next year – at least if you believe Mike, rather than many of the folks here who can’t believe or don’t want to admit that management has done anything right (apart, of course, from being in the playoffs 17 of the last 18 years, or whatever it is!) Spoiled, spoiled, spoiled!

    Kevin asks: As bad as the farm system was this year, doesn’t it seem just as likely next year could be a bounceback season? Say two of Mason Williams, Tyler Austin, and Heathcott bounce back, Sanchez stays steady, and Greg Bird and Rafael DePaula continue to progress, can’t you see next year we’re talking about a Top 10 system? This stuff seems to considerably vary year-to-year.

    Definitely. This was a bad year for the farm system but there is a lot of potential room for improvement. Literally every team has those “if this guy bounces back, if that guy stays healthy, etc.” prospects, but the Yankees have more than most. They’re adding what amounts to five first round talents into the system as well: 3B Eric Jagielo, OF Aaron Judge, LHP Ian Clarkin, RHP Ty Hensley, and LHP Manny Banuelos. The first three were this summer’s first rounders and will be playing in their first full pro season while Hensley (2012 first rounder) and Banuelos (2012 top prospect) will be returning from injury. Full years from SS Abi Avelino and RHP Luis Severino will help as well. A lot would have to break right — it all won’t, some of these guys will inevitably disappoint — but the farm system has a chance to take a major, major step forward in 2014.

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