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Postgame notes: “Worst thing that I could have possibly done”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jun 29, 2014 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

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Two outs in the ninth, the count was one ball and two strikes, and Brian McCann wanted something offspeed. He called for a splitter. He called for a slider. Masahiro Tanaka shook off each suggestion. That’s why tonight’s decisive pitch was a 96-mph fastball that Mike Napoli deposited just over the wall in right field.

“The sign was for a breaking ball,” Tanaka said. “But I actually wanted to go hard outside with my fastball. That’s why I shook him off and threw another pitch. The fact was that I missed my spot, and it just kind of got into a spot where it was rather easy for the batter to hit. … Wanted to show the batter a fastball there, even if it was not in the strike zone.”

Rather than waste a pitch off the plate to setup — perhaps unnecessarily — a 2-2 breaking ball, Tanaka gave Napoli just enough to hit.

“There is no wrong pitch with Tanaka,” McCann said. “Every pitch he throws is the right pitch. He throws it with conviction. It was the right pitch, (Napoli) just barreled it up.”

Really need to setup Napoli in that situation?

“Absolutely. One hundred percent,” McCann said. “At the end of the day, it was 96 on the black. It was behind (Napoli) and he clipped it, and he barreled it. There is no wrong pitch for Tanaka.”

Of course, Tanaka struck out the next batter — and did so with a fastball — but that was Stephen Drew. Napoli had homered two times in his past four games. He came into this game with the second-best batting average and second-most RBI in the Red Sox lineup. Even down in the count, he was a threat in a one-run game, and he made Tanaka make for a rare mistake in an otherwise brilliant start. Nine innings, two runs, and one easy to second-guess decision.

“Just the fact that I gave up the home run,” Tanaka said. “It was the worst thing that I could have possibly done.”

Red Sox Yankees Baseball• Plenty of postgame attention — online, not in the Yankees clubhouse — on the fact Napoli was caught on television saying “what an idiot” as he high-fived his way into the Red Sox dugout after the home run. If it were in an interview, or if it were directed at the Yankees, it might have been a legitimate issue in my opinion. But in that scenario — when pitch selection was a significant issue for everyone watching, and Napoli was celebrating with teammates — it just doesn’t strike me as a big deal. If you’re looking for some reason to get indignant, have at it, but a guy telling his teammates than an opponent was an “idiot” for throwing a certain pitch is far, far, far from the most offensive thing that’s said or done in the course of any given baseball game.

Napoli to Ken Rosenthal about his “idiot” comment: “Nothing toward him. I thought he was going to throw me a split in the dirt. He had been getting me out all night on it.”

• When Tanaka shook twice, did McCann think about going to the mound to discuss the next pitch? “No,” McCann said. “He’s in full control of what he’s doing. It was a great pitching performance, it really was.”

• Tanaka has now lost consecutive starts. Of course, this time he managed to do that while actually improving on his league-best ERA which went down from 2.11 to 2.10. He’s is the first Yankees rookie to have three complete games in a season since Orlando Hernandez in 1998. Hernandez also had three, so Tanaka still has three months to pass him.

• Although these haven’t overwhelmingly felt like rivalry games, Tanaka was well aware that he’d made a mistake in his first home start against the Red Sox. “It was against Boston, obviously, and a lot of fans came to the stadium,” Tanaka said. “Wanted to go in there and try to contribute for us, but I think I came up a little short today.”

Red Sox Yankees Baseball• Joe Girardi said he never seriously considered making a pitching change in the ninth. “I liked the way he was throwing the baseball,” Girardi said. “That was just if he got into some long at-bats we were going to bring in Robby, but he had been excellent all night.”

• Although the ball barely cleared the wall, both Tanaka and Girardi acknowledged that they realized quickly that this stadium might help the ball get out. “We know that that short right field can be dangerous,” Girardi said. “I’m not so sure how much it got out but I was worried when he hit it.”

• Jon Lester has been awfully good this season — he has a 2.92 ERA — and he was certainly good today. He had a no-hitter through five and the only Yankees run was unearned. Last time a Red Sox starter went at least eight innings without an earned run at Yankee Stadium was July 3, 2008 when Lester himself did it at the old Yankee Stadium.

• Jacoby Ellsbury was the only Yankees player to have more than one hit. Brett Gardner broke up the no-hitter in the sixth and is hitting .349 in his past 22 games at Yankee Stadium. Of course, Gardner was also caught stealing for the third time this season, which seems to have cost the Yankees a run since the next two batters singled and surely would have brought Gardner around to score.

• In his rehab start with High-A Tampa, CC Sabathia went 2.1 innings with two runs on three hits and a walk. The two hits in the second inning — when the two runs scored — each went off a fielder’s glove. “Couldn’t be happier with the way I felt physically out there,” Sabathia told our great friend Adam Berry.

• Speaking of guys throwing in Tampa, the Yankees announced that Michael Pineda made his scheduled 25 pitches from 60 feet and reported no issues.

• Final word goes to McCann: “You’re facing Jon Lester. It’s a marquee pitching matchup. These games happen all the time. This game was won late, but to be disappointed, he pitched as well as you can possibly pitch. The ball he hit out was 96 on the black. You move on. You tip your hat and move on. I can’t say enough about how good Tanaka is.”

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110 Responses to “Postgame notes: “Worst thing that I could have possibly done””

  1. bigdan22 June 29th, 2014 at 12:04 am

    Re-post:

    I’ll go further now. If I were George and if he were alive of course, I’d go down to the clubhouse and I say to Beltran, “hey I can’t tell you to go have surgery because that’s not in my power. But I will say this, until you do, you’re on the bench. So I hope you enjoy the view.”

    Beltran is hurt. He knows it. Girardi has always known it. Now someone just needs the guts to tell it like it is.

  2. Barry June 29th, 2014 at 12:04 am

    Brian McCann is a gentleman. Nuff said.

  3. ScottinSJ June 29th, 2014 at 12:06 am

    ScottinSJ June 29th, 2014 at 12:05 am
    I don’t have a horse in this “game” about playing youngsters or acquiring veterans. But I do know that you can only cover a pile of cow sh*t for so long before it starts to reek. And it’s reeking something awful right now from 3 spots in the lineup.

    Great team construction. I don’t have to name the impotent trio. Actually, to be frank, only Tanaka was a very good acquisition. Even Ellsbury, who’s a fine player, hasn’t set the world on fire . . . unless you think a .289 singles hitter was a steal.

    Years of failed planning by the world’s most successful sports franchise.

  4. Barry June 29th, 2014 at 12:06 am

    Bid Dan Re Beltran.
    Of course.

  5. bigdan22 June 29th, 2014 at 12:08 am

    Tanaka got beat by a better pitcher tonight. Next time he beats Lester. That’s how it goes.

    Tanaka is the real deal. So is Lester. Put them together and watch out.

    In the mean time, this offense sucks. So get off your ass and do something.

  6. NYY_Girl_Penny June 29th, 2014 at 12:10 am

    Unnamed June 28th, 2014 at 10:23 pm
    FIRE KEVIN LONG

    and Girardi and Kehlerman (however you spell it) Also demote McCaan to backup catcher and Soriano DFA or Big Roo Sierra like PH only.

  7. ScottinSJ June 29th, 2014 at 12:13 am

    More Beltran: “I have my days where it’s good & I have some other days where it’s tight or sore, but it’s nothing that I cannot tolerate”

    —————————-

    Wish you, yourself, would have good days, Carlos. We all rue the day you were acquired. Now please go away.

  8. NYY_Girl_Penny June 29th, 2014 at 12:13 am

    Barry June 29th, 2014 at 12:04 am
    Brian McCann is a gentleman. Nuff said.

    —-

    and also a very crappy hitter. and a terrible signing.

  9. NYY_Girl_Penny June 29th, 2014 at 12:16 am

    BTW, I heard Giancarlo Stanton is available .. at an extremely ridiculous cost.. if i were the nyy id pay double that ridiculous price! take the entire farm system and a blank check!

  10. austinmac June 29th, 2014 at 12:20 am

    Beltran is playing because the Yankees expect him to. It can’t be easy to swing a bat at the speed required with a painful elbow. But, Soriano seems to be the only option they would consider to replace him. That’s why he is put out there.

  11. bigdan22 June 29th, 2014 at 12:25 am

    I think his elbow is cracked. And I think if he has surgery he’s out a very long time. I think they think they are trying to make the best out of a bad situation. But they are kidding themselves. Because sometimes you just have to face the music.

  12. Captain Clutch June 29th, 2014 at 12:26 am

    I understand that Beltran wants to be out there and try to help the team and I respect that. But this is where the gm and manager come in and it’s their job to know when a player isn’t helping the team and it’s time to make a move. I keep saying it but 30% of Beltran isn’t better than 100% of another player. I know that they think a hurt veteran is better but it’s time to call up Almonte and Ref and give other guys a chance.

  13. Captain Clutch June 29th, 2014 at 12:27 am

    Sitting around another month and waiting for these guys to hit isn’t going to change anything. It isn’t a small sample size anymore.

  14. pete22 June 29th, 2014 at 12:27 am

    I would clean out the farm for Stanton, and then trade Gardner for a SP’er like Hammell (sweeten the deal by eating some salary)

  15. ScottinSJ June 29th, 2014 at 12:33 am

    austinmac June 29th, 2014 at 12:20 am
    Beltran is playing because the Yankees expect him to. It can’t be easy to swing a bat at the speed required with a painful elbow. But, Soriano seems to be the only option they would consider to replace him. That’s why he is put out there.
    —————————
    Consider this: Our team leader in RBI (Tex) has 40. Forty. That means our best run producer is on pace for about 82 RBI. It’s nearly impossible to have three worse bats than Beltran, Soriano and McCann in RBI slots. And, the best of this pathetic trio has on OBP of .283. The other two are at .267 and .251. So, not only are they not driving in runs, they can’t get on base.

    I don’t want to hear about Beltran’s health anymore. He simply shouldn’t be playing. As Kenny would day, he’ll soon be on the interstate with a B.A. below .200. He’s at .209 now, so the Mendoza line should be breached before the ASG.

    Now I know why everyone and their uncle are getting monuments: The bar for achievement has been lowered beyond limbo level in this organization.

  16. SweetSpot June 29th, 2014 at 12:38 am

    Those who call for Kevin Long’s firing only show they have no clue what a hitting coach does and have even less of an idea as to how much KLong is respected.

    A hitting coach’s primary job is to disseminate information to the players and when a player is struggling to look for anomalies and changes in a ballplayers swing. If there are none, if a hitter is just not hitting the ball, there is nothing a hitting coach can do.

    Read what Nats third baseman Ryan Zimmerman says.

    “When you get to this level, it’s your job to hit. We get paid a lot of money to hit and do our job, and when we don’t do our job it’s nobody’s fault but our own. A hitting coach is here to give you information . . . .”

  17. NYY_Girl_Penny June 29th, 2014 at 12:38 am

    pete22 June 29th, 2014 at 12:27 am
    I would clean out the farm for Stanton, and then trade Gardner for a SP’er like Hammell (sweeten the deal by eating some salary)

    drooling… i wanted Miggy Cabrera so bad! Ever since he destroyed us in the WS i knew he was talent. when we let him go to detroit i was so heartbroken and now look.

  18. Barry June 29th, 2014 at 12:39 am

    ScottinSJ

    …the bar for achievement has been lowered throughout our society.

  19. ScottinSJ June 29th, 2014 at 12:42 am

    Barry June 29th, 2014 at 12:39 am
    ScottinSJ

    …the bar for achievement has been lowered throughout our society.

    ——————

    Not entirely true, Barry. Stanford and the Ivies are rejecting more high school seniors than ever before. With the NYY, the lowering of the bar would be akin to Harvard admitting kids with a 2.5 GPA and middling SAT scores.

  20. NYY_Girl_Penny June 29th, 2014 at 12:44 am

    SweetSpot June 29th, 2014 at 12:38 am
    Those who call for Kevin Long’s firing only show they have no clue what a hitting coach does and have even less of an idea as to how much KLong is respected.

    A hitting coach’s primary job is to disseminate information to the players and when a player is struggling to look for anomalies and changes in a ballplayers swing. If there are none, if a hitter is just not hitting the ball, there is nothing a hitting coach can do.

    Read what Nats third baseman Ryan Zimmerman says.

    “When you get to this level, it’s your job to hit. We get paid a lot of money to hit and do our job, and when we don’t do our job it’s nobody’s fault but our own. A hitting coach is here to give you information . . . .”

    ——

    you are so locked inside a tiny little box it’s amazing.. i’m not gonna waste my time teaching you about it since you so obviously are an expert. Nor am I going to tell you what Long actually is known for emphasizing and ignoring.

    here’s a clue, “many hitting coaches have been fired!”

  21. SweetSpot June 29th, 2014 at 12:45 am

    You know nothing about baseball.

  22. NYY_Girl_Penny June 29th, 2014 at 12:47 am

    ScottinSJ June 29th, 2014 at 12:42 am
    Barry June 29th, 2014 at 12:39 am
    ScottinSJ

    …the bar for achievement has been lowered throughout our society.

    ——————

    Not entirely true, Barry. Stanford and the Ivies are rejecting more high school seniors than ever before. With the NYY, the lowering of the bar would be akin to Harvard admitting kids with a 2.5 GPA and middling SAT scores.

    Yeah and the kids in Greenwich CT (and many other wealthy counties) talking like and inspiring to be rap artists while increasingly dropping out of school are excelling faster than superman trying to save louis lane.

  23. SweetSpot June 29th, 2014 at 12:48 am

    When Kevin Long noticed issues with Granderson’s swing and approach he fixed it. When Kevin Long noticed an issue in Ellsbury’s swing this season he fixed it. Both had dramatic turn arounds. If a players skills deteriorate due to age, physical ailments, confidence, etc., there is nothing a hitting coach can do.

  24. ScottinSJ June 29th, 2014 at 12:48 am

    Now I wish to turn my attention to this blog.

    I haven’t seen a teenage girl’s sleepover as full of vitriol and cat fights between “differing” camps. Why is this so? I have no idea, but it’s tiring to watch it play out night after night.

  25. Barry June 29th, 2014 at 12:48 am

    ScottinSJ

    If you have found an exception, fine, but we live in a time of parity and where children are taught not to keep score. A formula for government control, personal failure and bureaucracy. Can’t blame the Yankees for any of this, only for accepting the new reality.

  26. NYY_Girl_Penny June 29th, 2014 at 12:50 am

    SweetSpot June 29th, 2014 at 12:45 am
    You know nothing about baseball.

    —-

    aww, but it’s funny i am the first person on the blog to point out the problems with this team year after year while others deny it until it becomes so blatantly obvious even a caveman can do it, but i don’t require external validation like a certain somebody, nor have I ever cared to impress the blogosphere.

    Oh, and you know that I know that you are a sock puppet.. and who your old name was :)

  27. pete22 June 29th, 2014 at 12:51 am

    Beltran has a bone spur and a non floating bone chip in the elbow which is being called a crack by some. Beltran believes the chip became loose at one point and lodge in his elbow joint causing the pain that led to the DL. Surgery to deal with it has a recovery time of 8-10 weeks in the only credible reports I have read. Moot now since even that makes it season ending, but in mid May they could have cleaned it up and had him playing end of August

  28. ScottinSJ June 29th, 2014 at 12:52 am

    Barry — Parity is indeed alive and well. Where have you gone Joe DiMaggio and Lou Gehrig?

  29. Barry June 29th, 2014 at 12:53 am

    pete22,

    The problem with that is Beltran did not want the surgery. No once can force it.

  30. ScottinSJ June 29th, 2014 at 12:54 am

    Pete — Season-ending in this case would be a Godsend. I don’t wish poor health on anyone, but the team comes first. If Carlos won’t sit down, then someone needs to sit him down.

  31. SweetSpot June 29th, 2014 at 12:54 am

    How about we make a bet. I have no old name but you go ahead and say who you think it is and if I prove you to be wrong . . . you agree to never post here again? Deal?

  32. pete22 June 29th, 2014 at 12:56 am

    NYY_Girl_Penny June 29th, 2014 at 12:38 am

    drooling… i wanted Miggy Cabrera so bad! Ever since he destroyed us in the WS i knew he was talent. when we let him go to detroit i was so heartbroken and now look.
    =====================

    I would just tell the Marlins pick any 6 guys down on the farm. Any of them. They can have Pineda too if they want to take a shot he gets healthy.

  33. NYY_Girl_Penny June 29th, 2014 at 12:56 am

    SweetSpot June 29th, 2014 at 12:48 am
    When Kevin Long noticed issues with Granderson’s swing and approach he fixed it. When Kevin Long noticed an issue in Ellsbury’s swing this season he fixed it. Both had dramatic turn arounds. If a players skills deteriorate due to age, physical ailments, confidence, etc., there is nothing a hitting coach can do.
    ———

    LOLOLOLOL

    He fixed Granderson’s .238 BA by moving the RF fence in.. just look at that knowledge he’s taken with him to the Mets! ROTF

    When he noticed (insert player name) he fixed it.. LOLOLOLOLLOLOLOLOL to infinity.

    There is no point in telling you facts, because no matter what you will come back with some ridiculous and absurd reason why EVERYBODY who is affiliated with the Yankees org is the absolute most amazing, and awesome, top talent that has ever played baseball.

    your not a “i look at the cup half full” type person, your more like the cartoon character jumping 100FT into the glass and thinks they can swim in it. LMAO at myself for that one!

    Gotta admit that was a good analogy. Love you T.

  34. NYY_Girl_Penny June 29th, 2014 at 12:58 am

    pete22 June 29th, 2014 at 12:56 am
    NYY_Girl_Penny June 29th, 2014 at 12:38 am

    drooling… i wanted Miggy Cabrera so bad! Ever since he destroyed us in the WS i knew he was talent. when we let him go to detroit i was so heartbroken and now look.
    =====================

    I would just tell the Marlins pick any 6 guys down on the farm. Any of them. They can have Pineda too if they want to take a shot he gets healthy.

    —-

    I’d give up Robertson/Betances even. In fact, there is not anybody I wouldn’t give up for him along with the 6 down in the farm. Stanton is exactly what this team needs even if it means trading talent, money and much more for talent.

  35. NYY_Girl_Penny June 29th, 2014 at 12:59 am

    SweetSpot June 29th, 2014 at 12:54 am
    How about we make a bet. I have no old name but you go ahead and say who you think it is and if I prove you to be wrong . . . you agree to never post here again? Deal?

    you’re a bore, always have been and always will be. putting you on the ignore list. enjoy.

  36. pete22 June 29th, 2014 at 12:59 am

    Barry June 29th, 2014 at 12:53 am

    pete22,

    The problem with that is Beltran did not want the surgery. No once can force it.
    ==================

    I don’t think we know the dynamics here. Beltran has already said he is having surgery, its a question of when. How does it help him playing like this. he has a 3 years deal. He can have the surgery and rehab in Florida and save a half million on taxes. I think the Yankees have let him know they hope he can play through it.

  37. ScottinSJ June 29th, 2014 at 1:03 am

    Penny — Your responses are lunatic posts, full of horrible spelling and most likely the rants of a disturbed individual. But I admire you for your cojones.

  38. NYY_Girl_Penny June 29th, 2014 at 1:04 am

    Pete22,

    not that he is in the same boat as Giancarlo, but i thought Will Myers would be a monster. He was great last year but this year he is dreadful.. still, he is super young and will come around. I still can’t believe he was traded for Shields, we need to find a young gem like that and someone make a trade if we can’t trade everybody on the 40 man for Stanton!

  39. SweetSpot June 29th, 2014 at 1:04 am

    The fences??? LMAO! It’s so easy to prove you wrong it’s almost embarrassing.

    Daily News 2011 – “So why is Curtis Granderson suddenly such a lethal weapon against left-handed pitching? Granderson said it dates back to hitting coach Kevin Long tinkering with his mechanics last August during a road trip in Texas, and it continues with daily batting practice encounters with Long. It’s constantly battling, trusting what we’ve been working on, the changes that we made, definitely never second-guessing what Kevin Long and myself started on last August.”

  40. SweetSpot June 29th, 2014 at 1:05 am

    News Bulletin!!! KLong moved the fences in!!!

  41. sammiejohnson June 29th, 2014 at 1:09 am

    “News Bulletin!!! KLong moved the fences in!!!”

    That Arsehole! If he had not moved the fences in Napoli’s shot to right NEVER would have left the park!

  42. NYY_Girl_Penny June 29th, 2014 at 1:09 am

    ScottinSJ June 29th, 2014 at 1:03 am
    Penny — Your responses are lunatic posts, full of horrible spelling and most likely the rants of a disturbed individual. But I admire you for your cojones.

    i readily admit my spelling and typing skills are awful. especially when laying in bed typing on an iPad.. but thank you so much for the compliment. I can go to sleep well tonight.

    Give me a call whenever you want. 203.366.4242 and we can see who can do the NYT crossword puzzle faster.

    P.S. “There’s a fine line between genius and insanity. I have erased this line.” –Levant

  43. ScottinSJ June 29th, 2014 at 1:11 am

    sammiejohnson June 29th, 2014 at 1:09 am
    “News Bulletin!!! KLong moved the fences in!!!”

    That Arsehole! If he had not moved the fences in Napoli’s shot to right NEVER would have left the park!
    ———————————————————-

    LOL Great post. I haven’t smiled this wide in a long time. Thank you, Mr. Johnson.

  44. NYY_Girl_Penny June 29th, 2014 at 1:12 am

    sammiejohnson June 29th, 2014 at 1:09 am
    “News Bulletin!!! KLong moved the fences in!!!”

    That Arsehole! If he had not moved the fences in Napoli’s shot to right NEVER would have left the park!

    —-

    LOL –

    I like ham

  45. Hankflorida June 29th, 2014 at 1:13 am

    Last year, Napoli hit the same ball into the stands in right with two out in the ninth and tied the game which the Sox eventually won in extra innings. Rivera stood there in disbelief as he had made a great pitch on the outside corner. I wrote about that game earlier this year when I spoke about what kind of hitters that the Yankees needed like Moose Skowron who could get the ball out in right as a right handed hitter. This team does not move the line and still depends on the homer with a limited number of players who can deliver the long ball. We do not have the right offense for the Stadium. Our only salvation is to win with our pitching, and that was Cashman’s plan when he put the emphasis on pitching instead of power for this year.

  46. NYY_Girl_Penny June 29th, 2014 at 1:15 am

    Kevin Long has been moving fences in his entire tenure. It’s the only reason why he’s not been fired! Oh that and he puts a little motor inside certain baseballs so they calculate air density and wind direction, they dynamically make adjustments on the fly.

    He was Mensa’s best until he signed with the Yankees and didn’t have time to fool with genius clubs anymore.

  47. SweetSpot June 29th, 2014 at 1:15 am

    sammiejohnson June 29th, 2014 at 1:09 am
    “News Bulletin!!! KLong moved the fences in!!!”
    That Arsehole! If he had not moved the fences in Napoli’s shot to right NEVER would have left the park!
    ______________

    I knew it! It was KLong’s fault! Fire him!

  48. ScottinSJ June 29th, 2014 at 1:16 am

    I hear good things about People’s United Bank in the Nutmeg State. They are nice about updating the weather, too.

  49. jmills June 29th, 2014 at 1:18 am

    Hank, no offence to Tom Henke, the best stopper I ever had, and to this day, Duane Ward. Casey Jansen is topps all the same.

  50. NYY_Girl_Penny June 29th, 2014 at 1:18 am

    Hankflorida,

    “Cashman’s plan when he put the emphasis on pitching instead of power for this year.”

    Did he? I know he wanted Tanaka — who wouldn’t, but how else was the emphasis put on pitching? More specifically, how did Cashman emphasize it when he was in disagreement with almost every move the yankees brass made since he was overruled not wanting to trade for Soriano?

  51. NYY_Girl_Penny June 29th, 2014 at 1:20 am

    ScottinSJ June 29th, 2014 at 1:16 am
    I hear good things about People’s United Bank in the Nutmeg State. They are nice about updating the weather, too.

    —–

    I have it on speed dial. I miss the woman tho.. she was quite mellifluous and not as loquacious.

  52. jmills June 29th, 2014 at 1:20 am

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=PiZKJAdFi2s#

    Fernandez, enjoy!

  53. ScottinSJ June 29th, 2014 at 1:21 am

    jmills — You crack me up. I look at your postings and I wonder: Who are these directed to?? Obscure, off-topic comments about the Blue Jays. I wish I knew how/where they fit, but they’re fun nonetheless.

  54. NYY_Girl_Penny June 29th, 2014 at 1:22 am

    goodnight. gonna go do my best impression of William S Burroughs and pray for those that try to swim in a glass of water.

  55. ScottinSJ June 29th, 2014 at 1:23 am

    Yeah, I need to check out that bank. They’re not quite as bold as I like to see in an institution, but fearlessness only goes so far in the real world. I understand that.

  56. jmills June 29th, 2014 at 1:29 am

    ScottinSJ, the Blue Jays are my heritage :D

  57. sammiejohnson June 29th, 2014 at 1:31 am

    “Penny”
    Can you provide more insight into when Kevin Long moved the fences in? Perhaps a link? I must have missed that. Did he do it himself? Did he have permission from the Yankees to mess with their stadium like that? Did he hire a construction company to do it in the dead of night? Who paid for all this? Any info you could provide on this scandal would be welcome. Thank you in advance.

  58. ScottinSJ June 29th, 2014 at 1:32 am

    jmills June 29th, 2014 at 1:29 am
    ScottinSJ, the Blue Jays are my heritage :D

    Understood. I appreciate your passion. But are there no Blue Jay blogs that would allow you to converse with the like-minded? Sorry, my bad. That implies that people on this blog are like-minded. Never mind.

  59. ScottinSJ June 29th, 2014 at 1:35 am

    sammie — Your post was classic. Best of the night. It required no follow up. Besides, Penny has retired to bedlam, in the words of Ebeneezer Scrooge.

  60. sammiejohnson June 29th, 2014 at 1:38 am

    Scott,
    OK. Two minutes for piling on.

    BTW, jmills is a good Lohuder. A solid con so to speak. A Jays fan, yes. A gentleman above all.

  61. bbb51 June 29th, 2014 at 1:38 am

    Throwing a fastball up and away to a fastball hitter with power at Yankee Stadium is asking for trouble. I think McCann was being nice, Tanaka should not have shaken off the signs.

    But again, the offense scored only 1 run. Lester is good but not as good as Tanaka.

  62. bbb51 June 29th, 2014 at 1:40 am

    Napoli should get nailed his first at bat tomorrow.

  63. jmills June 29th, 2014 at 1:41 am

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=D.....del=watch#

    ScottinSJ, I always liked George Bell, what do you think? He hit singles off his ankles. Very talented hitter.

  64. ScottinSJ June 29th, 2014 at 1:43 am

    Wasn’t George once Jorge Bell? I remember watching an April game in Toronto when he was playing. We were putting hot dog wrappers on our hands, it was so cold.

  65. Hankflorida June 29th, 2014 at 1:44 am

    Penny, Cashman must have thought that Tanaka, Pineda, Kuroda, Nova and CC with the bullpen headed by Robertson surrounded by a band of banjo hitters sprinkled in with some power could at least get to the 2nd Wildcard. He probably hated the lineup of Murder’s Row and Cano with the pitchers like Burnett and Vasquez and Garcia because he got to the dance floor but not the ring. Cashman went against tradition of the Stadium of winning with power. He gambled last year with his new blueprint and lost, but continued it this year with a continuation of the power outage. I would like to see the Yanks try and make it to the end, and that is why I am hoping that Betances could be our Koufax to Tanaka’s Drysdale. I have seen the Dodgers to it from power to pitching when they went from a band box to a big park, and if that is what Cashman wants while remaining in a band box, then it is a must that he gets dominant pitching and soon!

  66. jmills June 29th, 2014 at 1:59 am

    It was, Jorge Bell, Pat Gillick stole it :)

  67. jmills June 29th, 2014 at 2:02 am

    Alan Trammel might feel ripped off, but back in ’87, George ( Jorge ) Bell, was the best, simply.

  68. jmills June 29th, 2014 at 2:08 am

    It was a difficult day for me in ’87, end of day. Tanana was amazing. On my part, Sir Mike Flanagan was right there.

  69. jmills June 29th, 2014 at 2:26 am

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=0W5nIUdfGrQ#

    Wendel Clark is never going to make it in the hall, and that’s where the problem starts. The guy belongs!

  70. jmills June 29th, 2014 at 2:55 am

    I might be wrong, but when I think Munson, I think, Wendel Clark, both have undying spirit.

  71. rocketfish June 29th, 2014 at 5:08 am

    Napoli is an effing idiot. Classless jerk and low class scumbag. Just like the rest of his team.

  72. Moschitto June 29th, 2014 at 7:44 am

    For a speedster, Brett Gardner remains the stupidest and most non instinctive base runner in baseball.
    If is entirely possible that Girardi called for a hit and run or for Gardner to steal in the 8th with Jeter at bat. Cement head Gardner always had other ideas about how to run the bases. It’s easy to blame it on the manager, but there’s likely more to it Many times when block head gets on base, he screws up.

  73. Villa Nova-Ya June 29th, 2014 at 8:01 am

    My impression from past interviews is that Gardner pretty much always has a green light to steal. He is too cautious most times.

  74. austinmac June 29th, 2014 at 8:02 am

    Tonight’s expected starting lineup will have five guys with OPSs well under .700. Circular lineup of weak hitters. But, let’s keep running the same players out there. They may return to 2008 form. You never know.

  75. austinmac June 29th, 2014 at 8:09 am

    Ichiro had a double on May 3rd. His last extra base hit. He is a corner outfielder. A team cannot win like this. It is impossible.

  76. Yankee Trader June 29th, 2014 at 8:12 am

    Good morning.
    I just reviewed the offensive Yankee highlights of last nights game. The only one I found was Jeter plating and unearned run on a soft ground ball out to Drew.

    There was absolutely no production from hitters four through seven. Lester had eight strikeouts last night , seven were against Tex,Beltran,Soriano and McCann.

  77. austinmac June 29th, 2014 at 8:23 am

    YT,

    We won’t replace Jeter or McCann for obvious reasons. Beltran is another high priced guy, but he tells us his elbow hurts and it looks like he is a rusty gate. They have four positions in which they are woeful, RF, DH, 2B and 3B. None will improve. They either have to trade or promote. Too many holes in a team without even one really good hitter.

    We praise Teixiera, but he is only hitting well in comparison to the .600 OPS club.

  78. austinmac June 29th, 2014 at 8:30 am

    Since May 3rd, Ichiro has a slugging percentage of .257. He and Soriano are the worst RF combination I have seen since the late 1960s.

    I don’t want to rag on Ichiro. He gives it all he has. I criticize the team for not acknowledging the offensive deficiencies. Not one inkling of a change. Incredible.

    People, the offense is not going to get any better as is. Put Pirela in right, Refs at second and see what happens. I guarantee you neither will have a slugging percentage south of .300.

  79. Unnamed June 29th, 2014 at 8:32 am

    Kevin Long

  80. Yankee Trader June 29th, 2014 at 8:32 am

    There’s an article this morning in NJ?com on 5 pitchers the Yankees could realistically get.

    Lee, Hammel, McCarthy, de la Rosa, Kennedy

    http://www.nj.com/yankees/inde.....y_get.html

    All pitch in the NL:
    Lee elbow issues
    Hammel- high ERA when he pitched in AL East
    McCarthy- gives up too many homers, likely to worsen in YS
    De La Rosa- with a 4.78 ERA, how could he win any games with this Yankee offense
    Kennedy-pitches in Petco

    The Yankees need to find middle of the order bats, then release Soriano, stop playing Beltran and let him get his surgery, and get McCann’s eyesight checked out, while helping him overcome the shift. With Tex, you have to hope he can avoid those tired legs, that aching little toe, bronchitis, etc.

  81. 86w183 June 29th, 2014 at 8:33 am

    Good morning all —-

    This does not appear to be a happy place today. Another bad day at the plate and another wasted performance on the hill.

    I don’t know what the medicals say, but Beltran is WAY too good and has been for WAY too long for him to be this bad. He should have the surgery and come back in August.

    Beltran was off to a great start… .307, 5 HR, 13 RBI in his first 21 games. Since that start (April 23) over 32 games he is 19-126 (.151) with 2 HR and 10 RBI.

  82. andrewmelillo June 29th, 2014 at 8:34 am

    We can evaluate the hitting intil the Ys grow some balls an get rid of Kevin Long I dont remember any free agents comeing here an improveing first thing to do is give Kevin Long walking Papers

  83. 86w183 June 29th, 2014 at 8:39 am

    I’d really love to see them make a move for Beltre and Rios.

    There would have to be significant talent involved, but it wouldn’t take a system mortgaging combo, I wouldn’t think.

    Gary Sanchez, Adam Warren, Kyle Roller, Jagielo/Segedin and Pirela/Dugas enough?

  84. Yankee Trader June 29th, 2014 at 8:41 am

    Mac-

    OK I’m with you. Promote Porela and Refsnyder, who I believe has an OBP north of .400.
    So now the lineup is:
    Ellsbury CF
    Refsnyder 2B
    Pirela RF
    Tex 1B
    Beltran DH
    Johnson/wheeler 3B
    McCann C
    Jeter SS
    Gardner LF

    Maybe better at getting runners on but who will drive them in?

  85. Yankee Trader June 29th, 2014 at 8:45 am

    86-

    You’re getting the Rangers only .300 hitters. I think that proposed trade is more than enough.
    Personally I’d rather get some of their younger talent.

  86. andrewmelillo June 29th, 2014 at 8:45 am

    Getting Rios or Beltre is the solution an get rid of the farm. Dont you think theres enough good hitters on this team why are they sucking so bad is the question what is the solution get rid of Kevin Long.You can have Babe Ruth come through those doors an Long will make him hit like fre Stanley

  87. austinmac June 29th, 2014 at 8:47 am

    86,

    Rios is available, but it is doubtful Beltre’s is from what I read. Rios is an upgrade, but he only has three homers. I never really know what it would take to make a trade.

  88. Yankee Trader June 29th, 2014 at 8:51 am

    86

    But your trade fills a power bat in the outfield, plus a good defender, and another good bat in the other weak position-3rd, with a gold glove.

    Ellsbury
    Refsnyder
    Beltre
    Teixeira
    Rios
    Roller DH
    McCann/Murphy
    Jeter
    Gardner

    Do the deal! :)

  89. Unnamed June 29th, 2014 at 8:53 am

    Kevin Long

  90. andrewmelillo June 29th, 2014 at 8:53 am

    The Cardinals brought steroid Mcgwire as a Hitting coach why dont the Yankees hire the greatest hitter of all time as hitting coach Pete ROSE or Barry Bonds that would put some fire under those hitters ass

  91. austinmac June 29th, 2014 at 8:56 am

    YT,

    My oldest is in Paris right now. His cousin is French and lives there. Could I go too?

  92. andrewmelillo June 29th, 2014 at 8:58 am

    I vote for Barry Bonds For Hitting Coach Who Seconds It

  93. Yankee Trader June 29th, 2014 at 8:59 am

    Now the Rockies are sliding south.
    Trade the entire farm system for Tulo and Cargo?

  94. MTU June 29th, 2014 at 9:00 am

    That loss last night really hurt.

    One bad pitch.

    And once again a weak O in support of Tanaka.

    Bright side is that hopefully Tanaka learned a valuable lesson.

    You don’t try to overpower good FB hitters w your 4th best pitch.

  95. MTU June 29th, 2014 at 9:01 am

    YT-

    Very funny.

    ;)

  96. austinmac June 29th, 2014 at 9:03 am

    I understand trades are difficult and there is a lot of competition. What bothers me is the team’s complete disinterest in improving the offense. Ultimately, that is what kills the team.

    We could add Price and Samardzija and if we can’t score, we still lose. It is a fairly easy concept.

    Wake up management. You can’t say for the fifth straight year that the offense is fine and the players simply need to perform. No, it isn’t and no, they will not.

  97. Yankee Trader June 29th, 2014 at 9:05 am

    Andrew-

    What’s that old adage?- “you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink.”

    Too many old nags on the Yankees, to get them to change. Tex won’t change vs the shift. Maybe if the Yankees raise the wall 30 feet in RF and push it back another 30. :)

  98. austinmac June 29th, 2014 at 9:05 am

    MTU,

    The loss was not about one pitch. Other teams will get some hits and runs. It is our continued inability to hit for any power. Hank was on it months ago.

    Somehow, Nero comes to mind.

  99. 86w183 June 29th, 2014 at 9:06 am

    Now the Rockies are sliding south.
    Trade the entire farm system for Tulo and Cargo?

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

    Almost. I really wanna hold on to Refsnyder, Judge, Severino, Clarkin and Betances, though.

  100. andrewmelillo June 29th, 2014 at 9:06 am

    fire Kevin Long hire Barry Bonds stopp the trades get to the problem Kevin Long

  101. Yankee Trader June 29th, 2014 at 9:06 am

    Mac-

    Paris. Is there room for me too?

  102. jmills June 29th, 2014 at 9:07 am

    I can’t ” imagine ” losing 3 out of 4 to the White Sox, John. Maybe if I do a lot of yard work it won’t feel so bad?

  103. Yankee Trader June 29th, 2014 at 9:08 am

    New Post—->

    Glad you are feeling better CC. Now get some stem cells and PRP injected into that left arm too.

  104. andrewmelillo June 29th, 2014 at 9:09 am

    Yankee trader i agree with you can change the old horse but bring up the quater horse an put the old ones out to be euphanize

  105. MTU June 29th, 2014 at 9:11 am

    Mac-

    It’s true.

    Very hard for any pitcher, even a great one, to feel he has to go out there and be perfect every time.

    With this weak of an Offense that is what a guy like Tanaka has been forced to try to do.

    And he has done a pretty damn incredible job of it.

    You and I agree the Yankees need to get some help.

  106. 86w183 June 29th, 2014 at 9:11 am

    The Yankees have five position players on the active roster who were born in the 1970s. That about four (or five) too many. Jeter and Beltran aren’t going anywhere, but something should be done about Ichiro, Soriano and/or Roberts.

    Replace that trio with Pirela, Almonte and either Wheeler or Roller and you are better overnight, more athletic and about 45 cumulative years younger.

    Glad CC felt good after pitching last night. The numbers weren’t good, but apparently the balls were not hit hard and two of the three hits went off fielders’ gloves. Right now it looks like he’d replace Whitley not Nuno… maybe in two weeks.

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