Apr
13

Game 13: Changing things up

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As the Yankees and the Red Sox prepare for a battle amid the cold and the rain tonight, both teams are going with some lineup changes. The Yankees, mercifully, have pushed Jason Giambi down in the order while David Ortiz is on the bench for the Sox tonight.

The big story, of course, as is the case every five days is Phil Hughes. The 21-year-old is the youngest Yankee pitcher to face the Red Sox since Jose Rijo in 1985, and Peter Pascarelli in previewing the game sees big things in the future for young Mr. Hughes.

The Red Sox counter with Daisuke Matsuzaka. In three starts this year, Matsuzaka has been the pitcher the Sox thought they were getting last year. He’s 2-0 in 18.1 innings with a 1.47 ERA. He’s struck out 22 and walked nine while giving up just eight hits. The Yankees in the past have hit Matsuzaka hard. So we’ll see if the Sox’s expensive import has turned a new page or simply enjoyed facing the A’s a few times.

Game time is at 8:05 p.m., and we are stuck with the ever-talented Joe Morgan.

Yankees
Johnny Damon CF
Robinson Cano 2B
Bobby Abreu RF
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Hideki Matsui LF
Jorge Posada DH
Jason Giambi 1B
Jose Molina C
The Former Attorney General SS

Phil Hughes P

Red Sox
Jacoby Ellsbury LF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
J.D. Drew RF
Manny Ramirez DH
Kevin Youkilis 3B
Sean Casey 1B
Jason Varitek C
Coco Crisp CF
Julio Lugo SS

Daisuke Matsuzaka P

Game Notes: The loser of this game will land in sole possession of last place in the AL East but just 1.5 games behind the first place teams. How’s that for a tight division after two weeks of the season?

Categories : Game Threads

340 Comments

  1. Ivan says:

    If Hughes can give us a quality start which is obviously 6IP of 3 run ball, then I would certainly take that.

  2. Manimal says:

    WHAT THE HELL, wheres Melky!

  3. i’ll be listening to the boston station, i’m stuck in western mass.–at least there’s no joe morgan!

  4. mustang says:

    What’s ESPN going to cut to tonight in the 8th inning with the base loaded the National Collegiate Women’s Bowling Championship in Omaha,Nebraska ? LOL

  5. George says:

    Knowing that Joe Morgan will be breaking down everything that is wrong about the Yankees, one can only hope for a rain out.

    • Mike A. says:

      “Phil Hughes has great stuff, but as great as his stuff is, that’s how inexperienced he is. He’s gotta learn to be more consistent, and to consistently locate his pitches – especially his fastball – more consistently. He need to get ahead of hitters and not pitch behind in the count because this Red Sox team can hurt you with Big Papi and Manny Ramirez if you let them. There’s no question Hughes can be a great pitcher, he’s just got to learn how to be a great pitcher.”

      There’s your free preview of Morgan’s expert analysis.

  6. Manimal says:

    It hasn’t rained for hours, I just went for a bike ride.

  7. Jamie says:

    I know this is probably a stupid question.. but does anyone know if I can watch MLB.TV for this game tonight? I’m guessing its a no…

    • Jake S says:

      No MLB.TV, it’s a national game. You can proxy it though.

      • Jamie says:

        Proxy? What’s that? I’m a n00b.. i know.. i’m usually not in the situation where I have so much work to do that I cant watch the game on Espn..

        • Ben K. says:

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          The game is on ESPN tonight. If you’re an American-based subscriber to MLB.tv, you are unfortunately out of luck.

  8. Ivan says:

    Well even tough Hughes is young, the last rookie pitcher that face the sox gave up 4 HR and Hughes is better than Wright. That’s good news.

  9. Ivan says:

    Yo whats up with the Tigers?

    • Mike A. says:

      Well, everyone on their pitching staff not named Verlander sucks. That’s a good place to start. Their lineup just isn’t hitting right now, but it won’t last forever. Every team stuggles at some point in the year, they’re just getting theirs out of the way early.

      • Mike R. says:

        A couple of notes:

        1- I am watching the game on ESPN with audio provided by my screaming new born daughter. It actually much more enjoyable.

        2- Joe Morgan is a boob.

        3- How is the wild card stacking up? How many games back would the loser of this game be? LOL

  10. Ben K. says:

    Melky is out of the lineup tonight because he’s 0 for 7 in his career against Matsuzaka, says Ed Price.

  11. Jamal G. says:

    Would Joe Girardi really rest Melky Cabrera on just a small sample size of seven ABs? I was thinking he is just periodically resting his players, OFers especially, because of the brutal April schedule. We all saw how Melky Cabrera broke down last year due to fatigue – I believe – so maybe Girardi has this in his plan throughout the season. Or maybe he really did bench him for his 0-for against Daisuke Matsuzaka.

  12. LiveFromNewYork says:

    We need Giambi benched and Shelley brought back up. That’s what we need.

    • Realist says:

      I must agree LFNY….

      I am suprised Melk is out due to an 0-7 against Dice K ??? Hopefully that is all there is to it?

  13. barry says:

    I probably would of went with Cano batting 3rd and Abreu 2nd but thats just me.

  14. Ben K. says:

    See? No stolen bases. That’s why we have no contest winner yet. Get on it. Steal some bases.

  15. Batty says:

    A-Rod is great at clearing the bases.

  16. Mike A. says:

    Way to swing at the first pitch when Dice-K’s had no control, A-Rod.

  17. Ben K. says:

    So Dice-K can’t buy a strike tonight and A-Rod swings at the first pitch. Forget the double play; that’s just bad baseball.

  18. Sam says:

    What is with the first pitch swinging crap these days? So frustrating …

  19. Manimal says:

    WOW, 4 pitch walk to Abreu you would think a smart hitter would take a pitch.

    • Jamal G. says:

      Actually a smart aggressive hitter would swing at that first pitch because Dice-K walked two in the inning including a 4-pitch walk. A-Rod following hat 4 pitch walk assumed like most would that he would throw a FB over the plate to get his control back.

  20. Jamal G. says:

    93 MPH, now all the haters can stfu. LoL.

  21. Mike A. says:

    First three pitches for Phil: 93 mph. Hopefully everyone shuts up about this now.

  22. RichYF says:

    “He threw like 80…8 out of 20 first pitch strikes” What is he doing? Chatting with his buddies at the bar?

  23. Manimal says:

    GOOD NEWS= Phil Hughes threw 2 fastballs to start the game, both at 93.

  24. Joe says:

    I would really appreciate it if anyone out there could help me find this game on my computer. It’s blacked out on mlb.com and sopcast does not have any functioning channels. I really don’t want to listen to it on the radio. Any help would be greately appreciated. Thanks in advance

    • Ben K. says:

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  25. Ben K. says:

    Is anyone having problems with refreshing the game thread and seeing new comments? Let me know, if so. I’m keeping an eye on something tonight in an effort to improve site performance as the game moves on.

  26. AndrewYF says:

    94!!!!!

  27. RichYF says:

    Holy crap, he threw 94MPH…

    You know, what if Phil read all that crap about his velocity and is now overthrowing? If he hurts himself I’m going to be PISST

  28. how is the fact the he played 3rd base “ironic” at all. omg they’re retarded.

  29. dan says:

    Gameday doesn’t work on my computer (it sucks, i deal with it, life goes on), so can someone verify the velocities? Not that 93-94 vs. 91-92 matters at all, but I’m just wondering.

  30. BobMikki says:

    Joe Morgan’s commentary makes me want to blow my brains out.

  31. Joe says:

    Sorry about that, I wasn’t aware.

  32. cjc says:

    its nice to see those numbers on the esopn gun but let us remember that last season in Minn they were clocking both pavano and ponson in the mid ninties

    hughes control is what matters

    shit great job on the pitch out

  33. RichYF says:

    Alright I need to mute this guy or I’m going to /wrists.

  34. Manimal says:

    I just posted a comment and it dissappeared…wtfhaxxx

  35. Mike A. says:

    It doesn’t matter if he’s 3 for 43, he’s the same person. Remember that.

  36. Manimal says:

    HOLY SHIT, Nasty.

  37. Jamal G. says:

    This strike zone is tight as hell but it is consistent so it’s cool.

  38. Manimal says:

    DANG his heat has zipp today.

  39. Manimal says:

    Sometimes an overpowering pitcher throws a pitch that you just can’t hit.

    Well Durr, maybe its because hes overpowering.

  40. JT says:

    i like how they go nice and tight into manny.

  41. Mike A. says:

    Huuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuughes!!!!

  42. cjc says:

    23 pitches already awful

  43. Ivan says:

    Phil throwing alot of pitches

  44. Batty says:

    Doh!

  45. BobMikki says:

    I hate all the ESPN , red sox dick sucking.

  46. Manimal says:

    Ugh.

  47. mustang says:

    same old same old. well at least he throwing 93. too bad its not for strikes.

  48. Realist says:

    Too many pitches already….

    I hope this doesn’t continue as he won’t make it past the 4th again.

  49. Mike A. says:

    He’s a professional hitter. He swings with a bat, wears a helmet, and runs to first, not third like some little leaguers.

  50. Jamal G. says:

    His pitches are filthy tonight, hopefully during the top of the second Dave Eiland and Mr. Hughes can get everything straightened out because his stuf is dominant tonight.

  51. cjc says:

    this is disgusting time for hockey

  52. Jamal G. says:

    Anybody noticing an extreme lack of changeups?

  53. ansky says:

    come on phil!! Get it together!!

  54. Ben K. says:

    Bobby Abreu really has to stop being so afraid of the wall. He was pulling up on that one, catchable or not.

  55. Pedro says:

    Hughes doesn’t have his best location, yet again. I know it’s cold and it’s still early, but for a pitcher that was known by his command, he looks really bad.

  56. stylez says:

    He’s struggling mightily with his control…but he has been consistently at 92-94

  57. BobMikki says:

    Hughes, just keeps throwing fastball after fastball he needs to mix it up.

  58. Ramadan says:

    give sean henn is number back

  59. Pedro says:

    Look, a changeup!!

  60. Number 27 says:

    what the fuck. this is ridiculous.

  61. Pedro says:

    Command and now communication?? A lot of mistakes so far.

  62. mustang says:

    Bad News Bears again

  63. cjc says:

    so thst was great

  64. ansky says:

    i dont think giving up 3 runs every inning is going to do it, not with slushy Yanks hitting. They need to get on track fast.

  65. Ivan says:

    Well that was good.

  66. Jamal G. says:

    So just one hard hit ball but horrid control. I think we have to take the positive from the first inning in that the only ball that was squared up was the Sean Casey 2B. So if he can get his stuff over the plate tonight he can be great.

  67. Mac says:

    What the hell was that? Nerves? Overthrowing?

  68. Pedro says:

    What a horrible first inning. First we had Matsuzaka on the ropes and A-Rod swings at the first pitch way out of the zone and ends the inning. Then we have Hughes with good velocity but with Farnsworth’s command. This sucks.

  69. Patience fellas. There are going to be nights like this when you throw a 21 year old out in Fenway Park. It’s the first time he’s ever thrown in this rivalry, so I imagine he’d be a little pumped up.

    The key, like it has been all year, is teams taking advantage when our pitchers struggle. Problematic for our offense is again we leave runners on base and can’t score when the starter issues two walks in the opening frame. That’s the difference in this game right now.

    Manny took advantage, ARod did not. Now we are losing.

  70. Jamal G. says:

    This is the third game in a row where the station has documented their travels. WTF, we get it!

  71. mustang says:

    Another night of this rookie garbage.

  72. Mike A. says:

    Ugh, enough with how much the Sox had to travel. Boo hoo.

  73. Dice-K’s command is subpar right now as well. Hopefully they can cash in this inning.

  74. ansky says:

    Got to take more advantage of these walks by Matsuzaka(i refuse to call him Dice-K BTW), especially when they come to the leadoff batter 2 innings in a row

  75. Ivan says:

    I betcha after every ball Dice-K throws A-Rod is telling himself stupid

  76. It amazes me how afriad Daisuke is of challenging hitters. He has a good enough fastball to attack more, yet he chooses to throw tons of offspeed pitches.

  77. Jamal G. says:

    Looked like Ball 4, dammit.

  78. mustang says:

    Ok. He played in the PLAYOFF AT YANKEE STADIUM. Just do your damn job.

  79. Pedro says:

    Nice approach there Posada. 3-1 FB right donw the middle and you do nothing.

  80. When did Torre ever walk Manny Ramirez? Am I wrong in this? I remember pulling out my hair because he never did this either.

  81. Jamal G. says:

    And you Joe Morgan have a track record of being an illiterate dumb fuck.

  82. mustang says:

    THROW STRIKES !!!!!!

  83. Ben K. says:

    Uh oh. Joe Morgan and I agree on something. The world just ended.

  84. Batty says:

    I’ll call it – Molina will deliver the winning run in this game.

  85. Pedro says:

    So, when do we sign Bonds to help carry the load offensively?

  86. Jamal G. says:

    As odd as it sounds this second inning can be the turning point for tonight. If Hughes can bounce back and have a 12-15 pitch 1-2-3 inning this will be a game. However, if he falters any bit more Girardi already had Ross Ohlendorf up so it could be a long night if he can’t get his control in order.

  87. ansky says:

    so its that kind of night eh blue?

  88. Realist says:

    He was out!

    • Bruno says:

      If Giambi had his right foot on the bag instead of his left,he could’ve stretched for the throw and it wouldn’t have been a close enough play for the ump to fuck it up.

  89. Pedro says:

    And he migth have been out, again.

  90. Jamal G. says:

    He was safe, and come on Hughes, pull out of this.

  91. Manimal says:

    This is miserable. No excitement. I want Joe Girardi to SPRINT to first base to argue the call. Giambi needs to go. Gardner needs to boost the yankees.

  92. Realist says:

    Molina must be tired from starting too many games in a row? His two throws have been uncharacteristic for him?

  93. bostonsucks@life says:

    This is fucking terrible

  94. Pedro says:

    Nice play that AG!

  95. Realist says:

    OUT!

  96. JT says:

    hughes calms down on the velocity and now is throwing strikes.

    Probably trying to calm all the damn critics and throw harder, which contributed to his bad command.

  97. Jamal G. says:

    Pedroia is getting molested by Uncle Charlie.

  98. Realist says:

    Phil looked good there!

  99. Pedro says:

    Pedroia, what a little bitch.

    • Mike R. says:

      That just shows that he’s fiery. Pedroia puts passion in his at bats. He is, as McCarver would say, plucky. :s

  100. Manimal says:

    Pedroia is a fucking cunt I would shove that bat up his ass and roast him over a fire.

  101. mustang says:

    Thank you Mr Hughes !!!!!

  102. dan says:

    Pedroia looks so cute in his big-boy clothing. He needs a time out after that little tantrum.

  103. bostonsucks@life says:

    Rat boy pedrioa crying like the bitch he is

  104. Number 27 says:

    that was a great strike out. pedroia is such a scrub bitch.

  105. Ramadan says:

    if he throws 90-91 and Kennedy throws 88-90 they are essentially the same guy. Phil has the better curve and IPK the better change.

  106. Joey says:

    that slide was unnecessary showboating that joe fuckin morgan liked, they should both (lugo and morgan) be taken out back and put down

  107. Pedro says:

    At some point tonight we gotta get a hit with men on base. Screw that, just get a hit, period.

  108. Jamal G. says:

    Hey Tek, hey Tek, you fucking suck :)

  109. Joey says:

    did you guys know that it’s unusual for a good hitter to miss a fastball over the plate? I know I sure didn’t… okay, where’s that mute button

  110. dan says:

    does anyone else dislike the microphones on the bases? when damon stole second it sounded like everything in my garage falling on top of me at the same time

  111. Pedro says:

    How many FBs right down the middle can we take?

  112. Manimal says:

    Why is bobby looking at EVERYTHING, jesus right over the plate.

  113. Joey says:

    Miller: “Amazingly [Matsuzaka] has thrown 55 pitches and only 25 of them have been strikes” Morgan: “well a lot of that has to do with location…”

  114. JT says:

    good job abreu.

  115. Manimal says:

    Man does abreu really hate right field at fenway that much?

  116. Pedro says:

    That’s an out everywhere else, but hey, I’ll take it!

  117. Joey says:

    dammit A-Rod

  118. Manimal says:

    LMAO, I told my dad Alex was expecting a child this week like ESPN said and he was like”Atleast he can hit home runs with his wife”
    I laughed so hard

  119. Pedro says:

    Well, we broke the no-hitter and we got a run. That can be considered a good inning.

  120. AndrewYF says:

    Matsuzaka is pitching worse than Hughes, but the Yankee offense is playing worse than both of them.

  121. Joey says:

    so did the Yankees meet their quota of runs for the night and could just skip the rest of the game?

  122. Clemson Rob says:

    Shouldn’t Theo Epstein go back to the tree with the rest of his buddies and make me some more Keebler cookies :)

  123. Pedro says:

    There we go again. Strike zone where did you go?

  124. AndrewYF says:

    What the hell happened to the strike zone? Jesus christ.

  125. Yankee1010 says:

    It’s nice to know that when Hughes is pitching, neither his catcher nor the fielders behind him seem all that inclined to help him.

  126. Pedro says:

    Damn A-Rod. Another one on you. You sure don’t like Hughes.

  127. Batty says:

    Aww crap – here’s the merry-go-round…

  128. bostonsucks@life says:

    Make a play a rod seriously. Listening to joe morgan is like having sex with a cinder block. Ahhhhhhhhhh

    • Joey says:

      Every time Joe Morgan talks I think of that king of the hill quote: Just when I think you say the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard you keep on talking”

  129. Batty says:

    I just hope this doesn’t turn into a blow-out.

  130. cjc says:

    back to back terrible starts

  131. Batty says:

    Bet the next time Hughes is at Fenway he pitches a gem – his first experiences get him a bit rattled.

  132. Jamal G. says:

    Hopefully Ohlendorf can get us out of this because Matsuzaka has been in the dugout for awhile yet again so that is going to make his control that much worse, I hope.

  133. beantownbosoxh8er says:

    does his red sox background mean anything?

  134. BobMikki says:

    It doesn’t bother me if Hughes struggles because he is going to be the next Roger Clemens , but you know …… without the steroids.

  135. Realist says:

    Well he doesn’t make it past 4 again , actually the 3rd….not good.

    • Mike A. says:

      21 years old, there are better and brighter days ahead.

      • Ivan says:

        Yeah there is better days ahead, all this hard work in the offseason, it’s not going to watse trust me. Besides, he’s 21, learning and he’s gonna get better as the season develops. I trust him.

  136. It’s looking that way. It happens. There will be better days for Mr. Hughes. He’s just 21 years old. That being said, I’d like to see him incorporate the change up a bit more. He got a bit predictable tonight.

  137. Ivan says:

    Well Hughes you get em next time trust me. I still think he will be a better pitcher when we get deeper in the season.

  138. Batty says:

    Ugh.

  139. Batty says:

    Wow – that’s ugly.

  140. mustang says:

    3 innings must be our negative energy.

  141. Ramadan says:

    sean henn stunk tonight

  142. Joey says:

    wow whats with the web traffic. couldn’t refresh the page or get onto RAB in general for a good 3 or 4 minutes there

  143. Ivan says:

    As for the offense, well for a offense that is right now last in baseball, 6-6 isn’t so bad uh.

  144. mustang says:

    I know it was cold,windy,mound was too high,the lights were on in Fenway,it was on ESPN.
    Seriously its going to be a long ass season if Hughes and Kennedy pitch like this.

    • Mike A. says:

      It’s going to be a long season if the offense keeps this up. That’s a bigger problem that Hughes and IPK having growing pains.

  145. Pedro says:

    5 walks in less than 4 innings and we have just 1 run. This is pathetic.

  146. mustang says:

    Oh !!! That’s it he is 21.
    I’m too damn old to wait to 28.

  147. Joey says:

    I’m falling in love with this Molina

  148. Pedro says:

    Who would have thought Molina would be our best hitter (arguably) through 13 games.

  149. Pedro says:

    Nice AB by AG. He’s such a scrappy little player!!

    • Whitey14 says:

      “I really love it when we get that little bitch out!”

      And we love it when he makes plays like that!! Way to go Dustin!!

  150. Joey says:

    I think the attorney general will be able to “recall” or “remember” that hit!!!!!!!!!!

  151. mustang says:

    At least someone young is doing his job GO GONZO !!!!!

  152. Joey says:

    oh god, damons up with runners on

  153. Batty says:

    Not bad for the guy who’s not supposed to hit ;)

  154. Pedro says:

    Poor Molina. He looks really bad running. But hey, at least he got there.

  155. Batty says:

    Wasn’t pretty but it was at least a productive out and the slowest guy is in. AG is pretty fast, should be able to score on a base hit.

    • Batty says:

      There went that theory. 7-4 is at least still in the game…hopefully they haven’t hit their quota yet.

  156. Yankee1010 says:

    Nice to see Cano really coming alive early a season.

  157. cjc says:

    how many times will cano pop up his offense is a MAJOR issue

  158. Travis G. says:

    Hughes had trouble but the ump no doubt squeezed him in the 1st (he didn’t get the inside corner, fine, but then he didnt get the outside either!), and that set him back for the whole game…

    BUT he clearly has a great future (better than daisuke). both struggled with control and high pitch counts, but you could really see Hughes’ stuff tonight. what a nasty curve, and contrary to popular opinion, he sat 90-94. after that first batter (when the ump squeezed him), he got out of whack. he just hasnt been able to settle down the last 2 times out but will clearly be a great pitcher in the future. please just have patience with a 21-year-old’s growing pains.

    • Yankee1010 says:

      I agree Travis. Plus, even though some people will have you believe that an umpire can never affect the outcome of a game, reasonable people know that’s a load of BS. Hughes was definitely screwed by Wegner’s strike zone in KC (so was Bannister) and he certainly didn’t get any favors tonight.

      By the way, Ohlendorf sure has gotten a little squeezed this inning. Yes, Fenway, Ohlendorf is throwing at Manny with a slider. Yep. That’s logical.

    • Mike A. says:

      Yep. Look at Felix Hernandez. He’s going to rattle off a 25 win, 2.00 ERA season one of these years, but for now he’s merely very good. It takes time for these kids to develop, gotta be patient.

  159. Yankee1010 says:

    I meant early IN a season.

  160. gxpanos says:

    Wow manny. Were you dodging sniper fire or was it just a breaking ball?

  161. mustang says:

    There are 4 runs on score-broad and my starter is in the showers. Offensive was not the problem tonight.
    Thank you for a least being around to argue your point. I mean that.

  162. Joey says:

    don’t worry Ohly, even if ya hit manny in the head there’s nothing up there to injure, it’s empty

  163. Bruno says:

    Should’ve been strike 3 on Manny

    • Yankee1010 says:

      In all fairness, it was close, but I think it was outside. Of course, the exact same pitch was called strike 1 on Youkilis the very next pitch.

    • Travis G. says:

      yep, but no surprise with this ump i guess.

      how long before we have computers making all the calls? i cant wait. 100% impartial and consistent.

  164. Pedro says:

    Oh my god, throw fucking strikes dude. And Molina, pretty please, hang on the balls.

  165. Batty says:

    Does Betimite have a place on the team anymore? AG could fill in at 3rd I’m sure, probably even 2nd. I’d take AG over Wilson anyday.

    GREAT DP!!! Whew!

  166. Batty says:

    Any bets if this game will beat the longest 9 inning regulation game (also Yanks vs Bosox in ’05)? It’s not even regulation yet and we’re 2.5 hours in!

  167. Pedro says:

    That’s BS. That’s not a strike.

  168. Mike R. says:

    “That was the best pitch of the game…it wasn’t in the K-zone, but it was close.”

    WTF!?!?

  169. Deezer says:

    “F the Big 3″ T-Shirts on sale now!

  170. dan says:

    strikeout here for giambi

  171. Pedro says:

    Please Giambi, please get a hit. I know you have it in you.

  172. Bruno says:

    Giambi = warning track power

    I was saying all offseason just cut him.

  173. Travis G. says:

    re: Joe Morgan, he’s been calling him Matsuzakie. and he swears that sliding headfirst into a base is the best way to get there. Miller gave him a chance to back off it but he didn’t.

  174. Jamal G. says:

    Let’s see what our offense can do with 12 outs left against David Aardsma, Mike Timlin, Javier Lopez, and Manny Delcarmen.

  175. Bruno says:

    Residents of Red Sox Nation = PUKE!

  176. Whitey14 says:

    We’ll always love Dave Roberts in New England…even though he’s a fairly terrible player.

    • Travis G. says:

      totally overrated. without Mo losing control or Manny actually getting a hit, it doesn’t matter.

      with us, Aaron Boone homered, Scotty Brosius homered, Bucky Dent homered.

      • Mike A. says:

        And, of course, we’ll need more than just our fingers and toes to count the number of WS titles the Yanks have…

      • Whitey14 says:

        As impressive, important and respectable as all those home runs were, none of them even comes close to overcoming a 3-0 deficit in the ALCS against our biggest rival and winning the World Series for the first time in 86 years.

        You can call it overrated if you want to, but it happened and you can’t change it now.

        • Whitey14 says:

          You can keep relying on those old titles if you want to, as they do mark the yankees as the greatest franchise in baseball history, but I believe the old adage goes “what have you done for me lately” ;-)

        • Travis G. says:

          a sb is not a game-winning accomplishment, plain and simple. a lot went right for the sawx to win that game.

          • Whitey14 says:

            Agreed, but Roberts doesn’t score from first on the hit. Millar, Roberts, Ramirez and Rivera all deserve credit for that win.
            To be honest, we wouldn’t have cared if it had come by forfeit, as long as it came.

            • Travis G. says:

              fine, and i’m saying that sb is overrated. many other things led to the yanks losing but you never hear talk about it.

              in a way it’s similar to the ‘Flee to Tyree’, only that Tyree’s catch was something never before seen (and involved great players from 2 players).

  177. mustang says:

    Its getting bad here so i think I’m out. The only thing I can say is a least some people got on tonight and argued their point while other seem to have forgotten how to type.
    I’m sure things will change when and if things get better.

  178. Mike R. says:

    When do the Alberto Gonzalez #12 jerseys go on sale?

  179. Travis G. says:

    that wasnt a strike for Hughes.

  180. Bruno says:

    AG has me forgetting about Furcal LOL. Bat him 9th, Melky 1st, Jeter 2nd in LF, Matsui DH, Duncan 1B, GIAMBI DL!

  181. Pedro says:

    Cano can’t get it together offensively. I sure hope Bobby drives some runs, because I don’t trust A-Rod right now.

  182. Jamal G. says:

    God Damn that hurt, that really hurt right there.

  183. mustang says:

    18-1

  184. Mike A. says:

    Bobby needs to take a better cut than that. It’s a 2-0 count and he takes a defensive swing.

  185. Bruno says:

    GREAT PLAY CANO!

  186. Jamal G. says:

    Silly little girl.

  187. Mike R. says:

    Pedroia is such a BRAT.

  188. Pedro says:

    I really love it when we get that little bitch out!

  189. Pedro says:

    It did wonders to get Hawkins away from Yankees ‘fans’

  190. Jamal G. says:

    I really hate those assholes at Yankee Stadium even more now. It’s a God Damn number you pricks.

    Anyway, that 6th inning is still hurting.

  191. Travis G. says:

    so apparently ‘grit’ means poor baserunning.

  192. Manimal says:

    man doing homework during a sox-yanks game takes forever. Can anyone hit with people on base today?

  193. Manimal says:

    Nobody warned Latroy about the number?

  194. Manimal says:

    Silly Joe Morgan, the yankees don’t have a heart of the line up.

  195. dan says:

    closing in on 300 comments for the first time in RAB history

  196. Manimal says:

    Latroy, by wednesday change your number. because you CAN pitch.

  197. BigBlueAL says:

    maybe from now on, when Wang and Pettite arent starting, we should just use the bullpen for all 9 innings (minus Farnsworth)…….

  198. Joey says:

    so Bonds #762* ball fetched 752k huh, not too bad for whoever caught it. wonder if that Ecko guy bought it (would love another asterisk ball in the hall, they could start a collection)

  199. Manimal says:

    Giambi just loves Timlin.

  200. Pedro says:

    Damn Giambino, I didn’t know you could do that.

  201. Jamal G. says:

    Warning track power, eh?

  202. dan says:

    see now giambi thinks he can still hit a home run every time. prepare yourself for another cold streak now.

  203. iYankees says:

    If Phil Hughes keeps it up, he could be headed back to Triple-A and we might see Kei Igawa back in the starting 5…

  204. doty says:

    giambino!!!

  205. BigBlueAL says:

    i say lets try to get enuff write-in votes so Molina could start in the All-Star Game!!!!!

  206. Mike R. says:

    Uuuuuummmm…Betemit is pinch running for Molina in the 8th???? Really?

  207. Pedro says:

    Who’s gonna do the catching? Anyways, I like the move

  208. Jamal G. says:

    So the Yankees just pinch ran for Jose Molina while Jorge Posada is the DH and still down 2 runs. So instead of discussing this interesting move, these assholes are talking about steroids.

  209. BigBlueAL says:

    i assume now with all these moves Damon will be taken out of the game in the bot of the 8th since we will lose the DH with Posada catching.

  210. Manimal says:

    If our lefties can hit Lopez, We are winning this game. I almost guarantee it.

  211. Joe says:

    He’s still hitting about .092, it doesn’t get much colder than that, unless your David Ortiz and your hitting .070

  212. Jamal G. says:

    If Morgan Ensberg PH for Damon the move makes sense because Melky would take over for Damon in CF, Betemit would take over for Gonzalez at SS, and Ensberg would become the catcher.

    If not, then Posada would become the C and we lose the DH.

  213. BigBlueAL says:

    ok, thats nit, FIRE GIRARDI NOW!!!!!!!!! the guy cost us the game yesterday, and he doestn fuckin bunt now with Damon. Torre should be fuckin laughin right now.

  214. Pedro says:

    Fuck Damon. Why not bunt there?

  215. Manimal says:

    Joe Girardi needs to talk to Melky about stalling the second basemen to not tag you, second time he just walked into a tag.

  216. Jamal G. says:

    Why would you bunt with Damon when you have a dry ice cold Cano on deck?

    • Pedro says:

      You have to bunt with Damon, not because of Cano, but because Damon sucks at life and things other than bunting.

  217. Manimal says:

    FUCK cano! Jesus, Honestly I think AAA scranton and the real yanks should completely switch tomorrow. Have everone work their way back up.

  218. Ivan says:

    Especially on the road down two runs, bunting wouldn’t really make sense.

    As for Torre laughing, how are those Dodgers uh?

    • BigBlueAL says:

      hey, im just sayin, ALOT of people were sayin (not necessarily in this site) that the Yanks will be better with Girardi as manager than Torre because of their in-game managing. and so far, Girardi has been HORRIBLE with his in-game decision-making. i obviously STRESS SO FAR, i know its only the 13th game.

  219. Whitey14 says:

    That could be the first time he’s retired two lefties in a row since he joined Boston, he’s usually terrible against ‘em.

    Sox bats need to wake back up, yanks pen has been excellent tonight!

  220. Manimal says:

    WHAT THE FUCK?!?! FARNSWORTHLESS!

  221. BigBlueAL says:

    oh, and he moves Cano into the 2nd spot when he is our worse hitter right now, another great move by Girardi. obviously im bein a bit sarcastic, but honestly, countin tonight IF we lose, our last 3 losses u can be blamed almost entirely on Girardi’s moves (granted, we didnt score against KC in that loss). oh here comes another one, his continued MAN-CRUSH with Farsnworth……

  222. Pedro says:

    With Farnsworth in we are basically giving up on this game.

  223. Jamal G. says:

    I can’t imagine how bad it is to be Johnny Damon and my boy Robbie Cano right now. I feel sorry for them, they must be killing themselves right now.

    Anyways back to the move. OK nvm, I was writing my opinion on it but it turns out everything boiled down to putting the pitcher at the leadoff spot which comes up 8th in the order as it is. Still thought if you weren’t going to bunt with Damon then why not use Ensber as a PH. I really think Girardi feels Ensberg isn’t a PH type because there have been a few chances where that move could have been made and it wasn’t.

  224. Whitey14 says:

    That could be the first time he’s retired two lefties in a row since he joined Boston, he’s usually terrible against ‘em.

    Sox bats need to wake back up, yanks pen has been excellent tonight!
    Whoops, nice hit Crispy….hopefully I spoke too soon.

    They should run the hell out of posada right now….

  225. pete says:

    we should sit cano tomorrow and put agonz at 2nd he’s dirt mcgirt and apparently can hit too.

  226. doty says:

    this is bullshit! girardi is lost! damon has to be bunting in that spot! it would have given the yanks 2 cracks with the tying run at 2nd base! Also posada has not caught in a week and now you throw him in there? are you for real what is girardi thinking!

  227. Batty says:

    How much faith does Girardi have in Farnsworth now?

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  229. iYankees says:

    i remember when joe torre refused to bunt on curt schilling in 2004. now we sit here in 2008 and francona has the sox running wild on jorge. totally random, but i thought of that for some reason.