Game 132: Hanging in the balance


When last they met, the Yankees were 24-30, 12.5 games behind the Boston Red Sox in fourth place. The Yanks now find themselves 13 games over .500 and in second place, but that 8-game deficit still looms large.

Today, the Yanks face the Red Sox for the first time since A-Rod hit a bomb off of Jonathan Papelbon to deliver the Yanks to a 6-5 win. Today, the Yanks need another win like that.

After a disastrous 2-5 West Coast road trip, they remain 2 games behind the Mariners and have fallen 8 behind the Red Sox. If the Yanks want to make a last-ditch run for the crown, a sweep is in order. If they want to get that Wild Card, wins are needed.

It’s never really a good time for these two teams to face off. The hype and attention paid to these series has gotten well out of control, but here we are again. Andy Pettitte will try yet again to be the stopper as Daisuke Matusaka goes for the Red Sox. And finally, with Chris Britton arriving, I miss Sean Henn already. Don’t you?


1. Johnny Damon LF
2. Derek Jeter SS
3. Bob Abreu RF
4. Alexander Rodriguez 3B
5. Hideki Matsui DH
6. Jorge Posada C
7. Robinson Cano 2B
8. George A. Phillips 1B – I kid you not. His name is George.
9. Melky Cabrera CF

Discuss away.

Categories : Game Stories


  1. Jake S says:

    Clearly Chris Britton will lead us to victory.

  2. Tom O. says:

    Looking forward to Joba’s first game in there against the Red Sox. Gotta believe he’ll be in unless it’s a blowout of some type, he hasn’t pitched in a few days. I’m hoping he does well.

  3. Mike A. says:

    I kid you not. His name is George.

    I knew that! Really, I did!

    I wonder how many people know what Alan Horne’s real name is…

    • dan says:

      im pretty sure its william a. horne. you’d be surprised what you find when you look at past draft results….

      Jeffrey S Fortenberry
      David S Duncan (shelley)
      and probably others that i just didnt notice.

      a few notes: they drafted bardford halsey twice (’00, ’02), and….
      2001 draft, round 29, yankees select RHP Philip G. Humber, and 2003 draft, round 20, yankees select RHP Daniel Bard.

      • Mike A. says:

        Yeah, they also took Mark Prior in 1999 and Dan McCutchen for the first time in 2003. Clint Preisendorf is a 2-time Yankee draftee as well (’05 & ’06), he’s nothing special as a player, but his dad owns Rusty.

    • D says:

      William…thebaseballcube is full of fun information…

  4. zack says:

    If you want to be consistent, Abreu is, funny enough, Roberto Kelly Abreu

  5. dan says:

    it is william, i just checked to make sure. whats my prize?

  6. Mike A. says:

    Damon’s given name is Johnny, not Jonathan or anything like that. I thought that was pretty neat.

  7. Mike R. says:

    BJ Upton’s name is Melvin Emmanuel!! Anybody know the story behind that?

  8. dan says:

    hank blalock’s full name is hank blalock.

    not a name issue, but Mr. Texas, Roger Clemens, was born in Dayton, Ohio.

  9. ShawnT says:

    Albert Pujols name is Jose Alberto Pujols

  10. zack says:

    Buddy Groom is Wedsel Gary Groom, Jr.

  11. zack says:

    By the way, what the heck kind of name is Wedsel??

    And Roger Clemens is, after all, William Roger Clemens

  12. zack says:

    And fitting his hickish self, Chipper Jones is really Larry Wayne Jones

  13. Mike A. says:

    7 pitch inning by Pettitte AND a leadoff hit by Damon? Nice to come home to that…

  14. zack says:

    Nice AB by Bob Kelly there

  15. Mike A. says:

    Pedroia cracks me up; he’s such a little guy and he swings with all his might…only to hit little nubbers that stay in the infield.

    • zack says:

      He’s the prototypical Red Sox fan favorite. Hes small, white, makes sure everyone knows how hard he plays, and consistently plays over his talent level…

  16. Mike A. says:

    Is it just me, or does Ken Singleton laugh like Dr. Hibbert?

  17. dan says:

    good call

  18. Mike R. says:

    Too many Yankees are swinging at the first pitch. most of the hits have come late in the count. Why not lay back a bit and make this guy work.

  19. ShawnT says:

    One more good inning by Andrew Eugene Petteite, The two more by Justin Joba Chamberlain, Hand it off to Mariano Rivera and Yankees Win The aaaa Yankees Win, if only it were that easy

  20. Mike R. says:

    Any ideas on when Jeter will get out of that slump of his?

  21. ShawnT says:

    Could be Thanks to us?;c_id=mlb

    “Britton, who learned of his promotion Monday after Scranton/Wilkes-Barre completed its 11-2 victory over Ottawa, had been the subject of much discussion among fans on Internet message boards and blogs, citing his solid Triple-A numbers as a reason to consider his promotion”.

  22. Mike R. says:

    Great game by Andy. /it’s hard to ask a guy for more than that.

  23. Adam says:

    Giambi not in the lineup?

    That’s pretty sad.

    He’s only like our 3rd best hitter, and that’s just because Posada is having the Contract Year.

  24. Mike A. says:

    8th inning . . . 2 run lead . . . 2-3-4 hitters coming up . . . you know what time it is

  25. zack says:

    Joba! Joba! Joba!

  26. Adam says:

    That was kind of disappointing.

    Papi vs Joba only lasted for 1 pitch. Ah well.

  27. Mike A. says:

    You see the look on his face? Oh yeah, we’re gettin’ a fist pump.

  28. Julie says:

    Oh my god, I am in love. Getting out of a jam on the world’s biggest stage with a 100 mph fastball? Chicks dig that.

  29. Mike A. says:

    Did Mo just break out the changeup for that 2nd strike to Varitek? I do believe he did…

  30. zack says:

    Great game!

  31. Mike R. says:

    That was exciting. Now time to root for the Angels and hit the sack.

  32. Ramadan says:

    kennedy will start on saturday

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