Game 65: Is anyone out there?


Ah, our first 10:05 game time of the season. Hey, we even forgot to throw up the game thread until just about the first pitch!

Your lineup,

1. Johnny Damon, LF
2. Derek Jeter, SS
3. Bobby Abreu, RF
4. Alex Rodriguez, 3B
5. Jason Giambi, DH
6. Jorge Posada, C
7. Wilson Betemit, 1B
8. Robinson Cano, 2B
9. Melky Cabrera, CF

And on the mound, number forty, Chien-Ming Wang.

Categories : Game Threads


  1. Newman says:

    Haha, I was totally refreshing the page thinking my internet was down

  2. dan says:

    Who do you think you are, Ramon Castro?

  3. A.D. says:

    Why is Abreu trying to stretch that

  4. E-ROC says:

    Well, I live in Mountain Home, ID so I’ll be here.

  5. Newman says:

    The Giambino is becoming master at fisting balls through the shift

  6. A.D. says:

    Giambi the other way????

  7. E-ROC says:

    Wow, the Yanks are scoring first.

  8. E-ROC says:

    Is Betemit batting left or right?

  9. bostonsucks@life says:

    Love watching giambi go the opo

  10. Joey says:

    I’ll be in and out all night watching the game/RAB and studying for financial accounting test tomorrow… sounds fun, I know

  11. E-ROC says:

    What is Shelley Duncan good for if he’s not in the lineup against a left hander?

  12. Joey says:

    first pitch HBP– that takes talent

  13. Jamal G. says:

    Who would’ve thought that coming into the games on June 10th that Johnny Damon would have a better OBP, SLG, OPS (duh), as many HRs and just five less RBIs than Miguel Cabrera? Amazing.

  14. E-ROC says:

    The first two pitches to Jack Cust weren’t strikes?

  15. Jamal G. says:

    Clean inning after the odd start but you can’t like the three air-outs.

  16. Joey says:

    those last 2 flyballs- were they sinkers Wang was throwing? If so thats not good, lots of air under those

  17. Joey says:

    I think Stuart Scott’s googly eye is staring at me… or maybe the guys sitting next to him. I can never tell

  18. E-ROC says:

    What? Cabrera is taking pitches? I wonder if somebody gave him the “riot act” after the last game.

  19. pete says:

    i think you may be overreacting about the flyballs – ppl know to swing under the sinker, and sometimes they’re successful. what will be much more telling will be whether or not he has control issues like last time and/or is leaving too many pitches up
    wow great inning offense. always good to give your opposing pitcher a nice confidence boost like that

  20. BigBlueAL says:

    I actually think sometimes Wang, and all of us, get too obsessed with his sinker. He can throw in the mid-90′s, when his sinker isnt working stop forcefeeding that damn pitch and throw 4 seamers and sliders, along with splits vs LH.

  21. A.D. says:

    Nice work around the 2B

  22. pete says:

    wow travis buck belongs on a beach somewhere
    playing acoustic guitar for like 6 girls

  23. Newman says:

    very nice bounceback after the leadoff double

  24. Tripp says:

    Wang is so boring when he’s not on. It’s just sinker after sinker.

  25. Alan says:

    You know, its so much more peaceful watching the game without Michael Kay blabbering about Robinson Cano’s poor hitting or Papa John’s Pizza.

  26. Wally Pipp says:

    I love playing the A’s…gives me a chance to reminisce about the multiple times in which I find two Bob Geren baseball cards in the same pack.

    Betterman to play 2nd, give Robbie a wakeup call?

  27. Jamal G. says:

    I think Derek Jeter just sent a message to Ed Montague.

  28. A.D. says:

    I mean Jeter obvi swung there, but why not let the 1B umpire make the call?

  29. Joey says:

    I’m not sure if it’s safe for umpires to work Yankees games anymore, they always seem to get injured

  30. Wally Pipp says:

    I didn’t know Bobby Savoy from the New York Knights was an A’s fan…

    - bad baseball movie joke.

  31. BigBlueAL says:

    Any pre-game news words by Girardi talkin about if Mo is available tonight????

  32. bostonsucks@life says:

    I keep zoning out cause the kat williams comedy special is on hbo comedy and that is some funny shit…

  33. bostonsucks@life says:

    And for the nba finals enough of the boston songs.

  34. Wally Pipp says:

    Dive, lay out…one time. Betterman to 2nd, Gardener to CF, give it a shot.

  35. Joey says:

    Must see movies coming out this summer:
    Dark Knight
    Hulk (only because Ed Norton)

    Any others I need to add to my list?

  36. bostonsucks@life says:

    the happening, I’m just a big m night fan
    And agreeing cano really shows no heart

    • Joey says:

      on defense he looks fine, but on offense even when he grounds it right to short you’d still like him to hustle and he just jogs to the bag which is what bothers me

  37. Wally Pipp says:

    Step Brothers, featuring Cal Norton and Ricky Bobby together again.

  38. A.D. says:

    So far looking more like the Wang we know & love

  39. E-ROC says:

    Thanx Cano!

  40. Joey says:

    did anyone just hear the A’s announcer compare Jack Cust to Babe Ruth? “They got Babe Ruth we got Babe Cust (laughter)”

  41. A.D. says:

    Lord, Betemit

  42. Newman says:

    Wait to get your body AWAY from the ball Wil Bet…how is that a base hit?!

  43. Jamal G. says:

    Wilson betemit played that like he was scared of the ball.

    God Damn do the Mets suck.

  44. bostonsucks@life says:

    Why do grown men paint their face ? I would never let a buddy live that down. It aint cool to paint your face if your older than 10. Man Law

  45. Jamal G. says:

    BTW, when I said the Mets suck, they really, really suck.

    • Newman says:

      I love watching the Mets lose, don’t get me wrong, but the Yanks aren’t exactly mowing everyone down themselves

    • A.D. says:

      Doesn’t look like Willy is making it out of this season after all

    • Alan says:

      I don’t understand how Willie Randolph and, more importantly, Omar Minaya still have jobs. The Mets have an old team (their 40 man roster is the oldest, or one of the oldest, in the majors) and they’re extremely fragile. That sound you hear, Mets fans, is your window closing. Enjoy Santana though.

  46. pete says:

    Hit list:
    1. Jose Guillen
    2. Mark Ellis

  47. Wally Pipp says:

    Hell of a throw by Gardener’s eventual backup.

  48. pete says:

    what the hell is that honking noise? it should be illegal it makes me want to incinerate villages in central america

    • Jamal G. says:

      Hey! I’m from Central America. :P

      • Joe says:

        He’s talking about the county below us, not the middle of the country

      • Wally Pipp says:

        Mo and JoPo, both Central Americans…choose a village preferably in Europe, soccer sucks, all of this Euro coverage makes me sick.

        • Joey says:

          totally with you

          • Joe says:

            Do people really think that soceer will catch on? Is there really room for another sport?

            • Wally Pipp says:

              No, and whoever used “Take Me Out to the Ballgame,” in that last add campaign, should be shot by firing sqaud, hung, or sent to the guilltoine.

            • BigBlueAL says:

              Being that i live in Miami and have MANY South American friends, ive grown to like soccer a bit. Problem is, i can only watch the higher levels of soccer, like the European championships and the EPL or La Liga. But trust me, its tuff to watch an entire game if u dont understand the game. Ive learned alot about soccer and strategy and stuff, so i understand the game more and appreciate it more. But it is certainly an acquired taste thats for sure.

              • Wally Pipp says:

                Similar to the NHL, increase the offense and maybe I’ll watch. I’d rather watch Soccer Hooligans fight after the game (match).

                • BigBlueAL says:

                  Trust me, i felt the same way as u did. It helped that i have friends whom soccer is their religion, and ive learned to like soccer. But trust me, it aint nothing to me compared to MLB, NBA, and the NFL. Also it doesnt hurt, for videogame players, that FIFA is one of the best sports games you can play!!!!

              • Joe says:

                That’s sort of my point, It’s by no means a bad game, but I can only follow so many teams and games

              • Joey says:

                One of my friends is a huge soccer fanatic and I tried watching it, its just so damn boring. Huge field, 800 players on it, gigantic net but not much scoring. Never got the attraction to it and I tried, I really did. But then again I’m a hockey/football guy playing wise, and of course my Yankees are always #1 in my heart :-)

                When I was a kid I played one season on T-Ball and the freakin coach put me in the outfield and nobody could hit it past the pitching mound, so I never really got into baseball. My love of the Yanks was always there, but my dad still reminds me how I used to sit in the outfield and come back to the dugout with pocket fulls of rocks because I was so bored out there I would just sit there are pick rocks.

  49. Kyle D. says:

    Jeter GIDP? Color me shocked.

  50. Joey says:

    Nice Cap’n GIDP

  51. BigBlueAL says:

    I think Jeter might have a bonus clause in his contract if he leads the league in DP’s.

  52. Joey says:

    Who the hell this guy think he is, Matsuzaka? Walks 5 and is pretty much getting away with it

    • BigBlueAL says:

      Thats the great Yankees lineup this season. Typical game so far, score a couple early, threaten but not score more, and watch the lead slowly evaporate.

  53. BigBlueAL says:

    smart move ARod forcing a balk!!

  54. Newman says:

    Keep gettin those GBs Wanger

  55. Jersey says:

    I would love love LOVE to see this Daily lineup:


    Not that it would ever happen. But in a meritocracy, El Capitan should be El Hitter Numero Siete until he got his ish together.

    • Newman says:

      Wow, are you serious? You’re right actually, take the best number 2 hitter in the game over the last decade plus and stick him in the 7 hole b/c of 2 average months. Very rational

      • Jersey says:

        Sure I would. Dude needs to remember how to take a pitch. Dropping him down might wake him up. If dropping Jetes results in an extra run here or there, I would do in a heartbeat. Ten years of awesomeness doesn’t make him any less mediocre now.

        • Newman says:

          Thankfully you’re not the manager

        • Joey says:

          I love the “outside the box” attempt, but dropping our Captain would not be motivation to him, it would be insulting. He is a proven veteran that will get himself out of his “slump” if you want to call it that

          • pete says:

            i would do it simply b/c i don’t believe in (cloggin the basepaths), and if you have your best onbase guys first, you have more chance to score runs
            not that its necesssary, but it might work

  56. BigBlueAL says:

    Say what u will about his offense this season, which has been pathetic, but u cant complain about Cano’s defense this year. He turns the DP exceptional for a 2nd baseman.

  57. Jamal G. says:

    LoL, Jeremy Giambi still looks like he’s on steroids.

    Thinking about it now, why is Jose Canseco still on steroids?

  58. BigBlueAL says:

    Giambino with heads up baserunning!!!

  59. Wally Pipp says:

    If I get one more voicemail from an automated John Sterling I will stubhub the celebrity softball tickets…and the Giamburner takes second…come on Betterman.

  60. Jersey says:

    Giambi flashing the wheels!

  61. Joey says:

    did Giambi just tag from first? Wait, did the sky fall earlier today?

  62. BigBlueAL says:

    Am i the only one who just cant stand watching this offense anymore???

    • BigBlueAL says:

      10 baserunners thru 6 innings, 2 stinking runs. 6 bb, 4 hits against a pitcher who hadnt pitched past the 5th inning in each of his last 2 starts.

      • Joey says:

        If he ends up winning it has Matsuzaka written all over it… and shows how pathetic our offense has been most of the season

  63. Wally Pipp says:

    the almost helment toss…finally some sign of emotion.

  64. Jamal G. says:

    Lakers look like they’re about to make the series 2-1. I dislike both teams but my hatred for anything Boston causes me to root for the Lakers.

  65. BigBlueAL says:

    Wang has thrown 60 pitches thru 6 innings. Lets score a couple of more damn runs and let Wanger pitch a complete game hopefully!!

  66. Wally Pipp says:

    Phil Jackson ruined my childhood, but Boston ruined my Seinor year of HS…Go Lakers.

  67. Ben K. says:

    If he doesn’t stop fucking sliding into first base…

  68. Wally Pipp says:

    Sliding into first IS not faster, i.e. Ripken in 96.

  69. Newman says:

    Wow Melky will never learn, where are the coaches?

  70. Jamal G. says:

    You could tell Tony Pena was pissed at Melky sliding into first base…again.

  71. A.D. says:

    WHY does Melky slide head first

  72. Brandon says:

    Para tirando te bruto !

  73. Chucky Smooth says:

    someone needs to smack melky with a bat….why does he slide?!?!?!

  74. A.D. says:

    Ugh, how does Jeter swing through that

  75. Ben K. says:

    Derek’s really not handling the bat too well this year. It happens.

  76. Wally Pipp says:

    I don’t mind the aggresiveness, Damon should have broken his wrist.

  77. BigBlueAL says:

    I LOVE Jeter more than any other athlete ive ever rooted for, but its getting to a point where anytime he comes up, i just hope he walks or gets hit by a pitch because if he makes contact its a DP. Hell even thisn past at-bat, he didnt put the ball in play and still 2 outs were made during his at-bat!!

  78. Jamal G. says:

    LoL, you know the YES people have an agenda against the Mets. The Red Sox lose a divisional game and yet YES shows the highlights of the Mets’ loss.

  79. Wally Pipp says:

    Get Joba up to pitch the 8th…oh wait…fuck.

  80. BigBlueAL says:

    Mark Ellis is 3 for 3. Im telling you, the best remedy for a slump is to face the Yankees (ask Jose Guillen).

  81. A.D. says:

    Living dangerously with the leadoff baserunners

  82. E-ROC says:

    I wonder if Jeter lost some strength this off-season as he tried to be more agile. His swing just looks weak. I don’t know.

  83. Chucky Smooth says:

    can he pull another d.p. out of his ass?

  84. A.D. says:

    really needs the DP now

  85. Joey says:

    Edwar warming, not Krazy Kyle. Love it.

  86. Jamal G. says:

    That’s how you fucking do it!

  87. Wally Pipp says:


  88. BigBlueAL says:

    I didnt know Jeter is hitting for both teams!!!! lol

  89. Chucky Smooth says:

    haha poor derrick

  90. Jamal G. says:

    Lighting Round: CURE Auto Insurance or AVIS Car Rentals, who has the better commercial? The cursing blue thing-y or the Bostonian in the New York workplace?

    My vote goes to CURE.

  91. Chucky Smooth says:

    alright lets give wanger some support

  92. A.D. says:

    NOW if we can only get some insurance, especially with Mos availability in question

  93. Chucky Smooth says:

    i like the avis one…simply cause i went to school with so many annoying boston bastards

  94. Yankees=warriors says:

    Wowow!!! What a miracle!!!
    Hope Girardi won’t push it and let Wang come out the next inning…

  95. Chucky Smooth says:

    gotta love bobby…contract year for him?

  96. A.D. says:

    Gaudin rocks similar facial hair as Dwight’s brother on the office

  97. Chucky Smooth says:

    haha alan embry you fuck…

  98. Jamal G. says:

    When was Alex Rodriguez ever an amateur free agent? I thought to be an AFA you have to be in the pool that gets signed out of the International Free Agent signing period or go un-drafted.

  99. Chucky Smooth says:

    is bobby in his contract year? does anyone know?

  100. iYankees says:

    is jorge okay? he seemed to be favoring that left collarbone.

  101. BigBlueAL says:

    Thats Clutch Yankees baseball.

  102. A.D. says:

    Wang coming back out…should be interesting

    And we’re seeing why sitting Cano down for Betemit may not really pan out

  103. Wally Pipp says:

    Trade his ass….bring up Eric Duncan…j/k…but seriously..haha

  104. BigBlueAL says:

    WHY take out Wang now?????

  105. Jamal G. says:


    Depending on how many girls were holding up that sign, that has to be the best sign ever.

  106. A.D. says:

    So was it because he gave up a decent fly ball? or what exactly was the point of bringing Wang out for 1 batter?

  107. Ben K. says:

    That “I heart Wang” sign is pure comedic gold.

  108. A.D. says:

    Vintage Wang line

    Veras…just step in the bag

  109. BigBlueAL says:

    I dont care if the Yanks still win this game, i just dont understand Girardi and his handling of the pitching staff.

  110. A.D. says:

    do we see Ohlendorf in the 9th?

  111. Jamal G. says:

    Please throw a breaking ball 3-1 here.

  112. Wally Pipp says:

    A lefty out of the Pen would fit just right in this situation, this could be Otiz in a few months if stead of Jersey Jack

  113. BigBlueAL says:

    Again, after 83 pitches and getting the 1st out in the 8th, WHY take out Wang????? Especially with Mo having pitched 3 straight days and i assume he isnt/shouldnt be available.

    • iYankees says:

      Why not? Wang had a strong outing after a string of terrible starts. I thought it was a good move to get him out after he went deep into the ballgame. Leave him feeling good about himself and his mechanics. If Girardi left him in there and if he gave up a few runs, everyone would be pissed.

  114. Jamal G. says:

    Mark Ellis is on-deck, ugh.

  115. Newman says:

    Good thing Veras pitched around him to get to Ellis

  116. BigBlueAL says:

    I cant believe Mo is warming up.

  117. Jamal G. says:

    Looks like Jeckyl has made a comeback.

  118. BigBlueAL says:

    Brett Gardner couldnt hit a HR like that in Oakland!!!!

  119. Nefarious jackson says:

    take that Brett G

  120. E-ROC says:

    I guess Cabrera was hearing Gardner’s footsteps as he just hit a homer.

  121. devin says:

    anyone think melky reads RAB? lol

  122. Chucky Smooth says:

    its amazing how despite his hot streak, whenever johnny strikes out, he looks TERRIBLY confused at the plate

  123. BigBlueAL says:

    At least Jeter cant hit into a dp this at-bat.

  124. Chip says:

    Question, why does Melky even bother batting right handed? He looks more comfortable lefty

    • iYankees says:

      And his numbers definitely demonstrate that. Before tonight Melky’s line:

      VS. LHP AS RH……….206 BA // .609 OPS
      VS. RHP AS LH………..299 BA // .755 OPS

  125. Chucky Smooth says:

    good god jeter looks like a little leaguer

  126. Chucky Smooth says:

    so who thinks we will end up resigning bobby for WAY more than we should, and then regretting it for 3 years

    • Link says:

      I don’t think he’d get 3 years. But he obviously is far from finished so I don’t think re-upping him for 1-2 years would be a disaster.

      • Joey says:

        If 2 years is fine with Bobby I’m sure the Yanks would do it, but he’d probably want more and the Yanks probably won’t be willing to do that (hopefully)

    • Chip says:

      Pick me!!! I really hope A-Jax puts up a huge season this year so he can start next year in right

  127. Wally Pipp says:

    As a proponent of the BG for Melky lineup switch, I am hoping Melky reads RAB and knows we expect more from him. Clutch homer Melk Man

  128. Chucky Smooth says:

    how nice is it to not have to listen to Kay!!!

  129. Ben K. says:

    I’m glad Rivera’s pitching. He hasn’t gotten enough work the last three days.

    ….This is why he shouldn’t have been pitching from the get-go on Sunday afternoon. No need to run him out there four days in a row.

    • Jamal G. says:

      A total of 30 pitches in the three innings (10, 7 and 13). Is it really that much of an issue?

      • BigBlueAL says:

        Yes when u r dealing with a 38 yo pitcher.

        • Chip says:

          I think that gives them more reason to pitch him like they do. It’s not like he hasn’t done this sort of thing before. The guy will pitch until his arm falls off and it’s not like you’re banking on him for the next 10 years (and he’s been properly prepared for this sort of thing by pitching his entire career) so I think this usage is fine. K_Rod did something similar last week and nobody said boo

      • Ben K. says:

        And warming up four times in four days.

    • Chip says:

      I”m a big fan of Rivera pitching 4 or 5 games in a row. There are a few times during the season that he’s getting used so little that they have to put him in a blowout just to get work in, I’d rather have this. Besides, it means we’re either tied or ahead which makes my day!

  130. Jamal G. says:

    For all those outside pitches Daric Barton sure was quick on that inside Cutter.

    Well, he still got owned.

  131. BigBlueAL says:

    I still say Wang shouldve been given the chance for a complete game given his pitch count when he was removed.

    • Wally Pipp says:

      Anyone else think he may have had a blister?

      • devin says:

        i just think that joe saw wang tiring and not gettin on top of his sinker that paired with him wanting to get a look at veras in the eigth inning was wat caused joe to make the move.

  132. BigBlueAL says:

    Shit, Oakland brodacast had that 2-1 pitch to Suzuki at 97 mph!!!!!!

    • Joey says:

      with Mo I don’t think thats good, it means he’s overthrowing. His pitches lose movement if they go faster

  133. Link says:

    Yankees win..thee Yankees wiin! lol

  134. Chucky Smooth says:

    good way to start on the west coast, would love to see us get on a bit of a roll

  135. Jamal G. says:

    BTW, Mariano was 94-95MPH that 9th inning, seeing as how that’s his best velocity for the entire season I think we can stay quiet on his usage these past couple days.

  136. Joey says:

    Mo is GOD

  137. Yankees=warriors says:

    What a tense one!
    Glad to see some improvement from Wang, hope he’ll only get better.
    Can’t wait to watch Raz pitch another gem tomo…I mean tonight~

  138. Chucky Smooth says:

    off to espn to have basketball force fed to me for awhile…gnite

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