Game Thread: The VT Memorial game

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This afternoon, the Yankees will face off against the Virginia Tech baseball team in a seven-inning game. The game is part of a community-building event memorializing those who died during the campus shooting almost a year ago. As others have detailed, this game and the Yanks’ presence on campus means a lot to the Virginia Tech community.

Baseball-wise, the Yanks are bringing their A lineup but their B pitchers. Mike Mussina stayed back in Tampa to get in some work against the Blue Jays’ AAA team. The game today will feature Jeff Karstens as the starting pitcher. It’s available for free on, and it’s airing on YES. I would guess this to be the Yanks’ Opening Day lineup had the suspensions not come down.

Damon LF
Jeter SS
Abreu RF
Rodriguez 3B
Giambi DH
Posada C
Cano 2B
Duncan 1B
Cabrera CF


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  • Jamal G.

    Is there any player on the VT roster that we should pay close attention to concerning the upcoming 2008 Draft or even the 2009 Draft?

    • Mike A.

      No, VT isn’t exactly a baseball powerhouse. Their best player (and prospect) is LHP Andrew Wells, the kid that started the game for them. He’s not exactly a blue-chipper either. VT has lost their last 8 games, being outscored 68-27 in the process.

  • Jamal G.

    Ben, you said you expect this to be the Opening Day lineup w/o the suspensions, so does that mean you really believe Hideki Matsui will lose his everyday job to Shelley Duncan?

    • Ben K.

      The three of them will platoon through two lineup positions.

      • Jamal G.

        No I know about the three-man platoon but I would assume for the most part that Matsui and Giambi will be playing the most, especially on Opening Day vs. RHP Roy Halladay.

      • Jamal G.

        Especially since we’ve hearing things like Girardi wants to play Giambi about 5 games a week.

        • J.R.

          Yeah and Shelley and Cabrera will probably not be allowed on the field… Which makes opening day roster much easier to fit in.

  • Bruno

    I agree that that would probably be their opening day line-up, but it won’t be long before Giambi is on the DL and Matsui is the everyday DH.

  • Manimal

    Giambi CRUSHED that but its windy.

  • Cam

    Is it just me or is Bob doing a really good job with Kay? Maybe a replacement for Kay in training?

  • It’sMeSNITCHES!!!

    This is probably me being overprotective of the team, but does anyone think that there are any downsides to facing VT in terms of throwing off timing at the plate or anything?

    • Kanst

      Thats why the pitchers didnt go, also I doubt many of the hitters will take more then a few at bats. There is some potential to throwing off their timing but they have done as much as possible to limit that. That’s why they are playing with wood bats and MLB baseballs

    • Mike A.

      I’d be shocked – SHOCKED – if the players were worried about this game affecting their timing. Facing Tim Wakefield for 5 innings is worse for their timing than facing a bunch of college kids.

    • Manimal

      I dont know if you noticed but There were alot of opposite field fouls(Jeter hit quite a few.

      • Ben K.

        The college kids aren’t throwing any slower than, say, Wakefield, as Mike mentioned, or a junk baller like Jamie Moyer. I’m not at all concerned that two at-bats are going to mess up anyone’s timing. The Yanks did manage to eke out 11 runs in 7 innings.