Jul
26

Game 103: Restoring order to the universe

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Man is it a good time to be a Yankees’ fan, or what? The team is winning, the brain trust is swinging deals to fill some holes, Joba Chamberlain is becoming a top-of-the-rotation force right before our eyes, but most importantly (and this is worth repeating) the team is winning.

Just a few short weeks ago people were writing this team off. “Admit it, this is a transition year” and “time to start looking towards 2009″ were two common phrases we saw, and now when you watch the team you expect them to come through and pull out a win. They’re winning playoff type games, games that are won with pitching, defense and timely hitting against good pitchers, not games that are won by bludgeoning mediocre starting pitching. Been a while since we’ve been able to say that.

The trade has been made official, and the new guys are in the house. They take on Tim Wakefield, who’s been unbelievable for two months now.

1. Damon, DH
2. Jeter, SS
3. Abreu, RF
4. A-Rod, 3B
5. Giambi, 1B
6. Cano, 2B
7. X, LF – look, now there’s only TWO blackholes in the lineup!
8. Melky, CF
9. Molina, C

And on the mound, Andy “2.36 ERA in my last 7 starts” Pettitte.

Notes: There’s been a flurry of roster moves, so get caught up here … Manny’s in the lineup for Boston because they’re going to discipline him if he isn’t … we play today, we win today, das it

Categories : Game Threads
  • dan

    In a few hours there may be only one black hole in the rotation, according to honest Abe.

    Nady’s gonna go all Wilson Betemit (and Marcus Thames) and hit a home run in his first at bat.

  • martin

    Off-topic, but cn8.tv will broadcast portland @ trenton at 7.00 pm.

  • pat

    according to yankees depth chart nady is wearing igawa’s #29

    • pat

      marte wearing 34 (hughes number)

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

        Hughes is going back to 65 when he comes back. I haven’t posted it because I was told he was still on the fence about it, but I guess this is a sign that he’s switching back.

        • A.D.

          Good

        • dan

          Wow, good thing I didn’t get rid of my 65 jersey. That shit’s expensive.

        • Alan

          Argh! Why Phil, why. In a positive light, I’ll be the first guy at Yankee stadium with a Damaso Marte jersey..

  • McCann

    Is it me or does Wakefield look like the Milfhunter?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      A slightly older version, yes.

  • DP

    The AAA rotation is down to 2 pitchers. What are they gonna do?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      IPK, Aceves, Igawa … Horne’s coming back soon. Jason Jones? Maybe Marquez is close?

      • A.D.

        Phil Coke, actually helps gives some of the AA guys performing a chance to move up

  • TheLastClown

    Wow, I had to work all day yesterday, from about 10AM-2:30AM, so I missed checking up on my Yanks for that time. I get home, fall asleep to Joba throwing that 7IP shutout gem, and wake up to all this trade news. WOW.

    Good time to be a Yankee fan indeed.

  • Whitey14

    Looks like Meacham took public speaking lessons from Joe Morgan….;-)

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      “Robinson Cano, the best second baseman in baseball.”

      The guy in Philly says hi.

      • andrew

        and the guy in texas. or boston. or florida. or cincy. did i miss anyone else?

  • andrew

    wow, meachem cant read…

  • http://www.blogtalkradio.com/baseballdigestdaily Eric SanInocencio

    Is this game on Fox or what?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Yep, Fox.

  • http://www.blogtalkradio.com/baseballdigestdaily Eric SanInocencio

    Such bullshit here in Alabama. We are getting the Atlanta-Philadephia game.

  • http://www.blogtalkradio.com/baseballdigestdaily Eric SanInocencio

    Who cares about this game? Atlanta is out of it.

    • Realist

      Here on the Florida Panhandle it is the same BS………….I am ready to throw a blanket party for the dope who arranged that!

      • http://www.blogtalkradio.com/baseballdigestdaily Eric SanInocencio

        Fox screws up Saturday baseball for me every week. Because of their stupid window, I can’t watch any early game on the Extra Innings package. So unless teams play at night, you can kiss afternoon baseball goodbye.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    Two hard hit balls in that inning. Although no runs were scored, hopefully this is a precursor of things to come today.

  • John

    Wow…Fox and MLB.tv suck.

    I live in Harrisburg and Fox is showing Atl vs. Philly and Mlb.tv is blacked out. Needless to say, I’m pissed.

    • http://www.blogtalkradio.com/baseballdigestdaily Eric SanInocencio

      Join the club John. I got screwed out of this one too.

      • John

        You pay $20 a month for Mlb.tv and are forced to watch it on gameday. Not to mention I’ll be blacked out for the entire next series against baltimore.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    Dustin Pedroia and “Slugger” in the same sentence? ROFLMAO!

    • Whitey14

      That was a bit much, but then again, all he had to do that time was hit hard enough to eat Arod up ;-)

      • Realist

        Hey Whitey, how ya been?

        • Whitey14

          Embarrassed by the bullpen, but otherwise okay. How about you?

          • Realist

            Good, I wish you well except against the yanks, of course ;-)

            You are a knowledgeable fan of the game and I respect that and glad we are passed the stupid SuperBowl argument that I took too far, due mostly to booze ;-)

            • Whitey14

              I sincerely apologize for shooting my mouth off that week. I’m certainly glad we got past it as well.

              How did you know I was drunk at work that week ;-)

              • Realist

                Lol, so was I…I won’t tell if you don’t :-)

  • http://www.blogtalkradio.com/baseballdigestdaily Eric SanInocencio

    Mike and Jamal,

    Did you guys get a chance to hear the AJax interview yet? I thought it went really well, he gave some in depth answers on how is maturing as a ballplayer.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Yeah, I listened to it early. I thought it went well too, I enjoyed when he spoke about not just relying on talent, but having a plan.

      • http://www.blogtalkradio.com/baseballdigestdaily Eric SanInocencio

        Dayton Moore was also pretty cool. It was interesting to pick the brain of a major league GM the week of the trading deadline. It was lots of fun.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

      Nah, didn’t hear it yet. What was he talking about mainly?

      • http://www.blogtalkradio.com/baseballdigestdaily Eric SanInocencio

        Just his evolution as a player. I also asked him about what it was like from his perspective to see Tabata traded. They’ve been playing with each other for a long time. Check it out when you get the time.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

          A-Jax does seem to give great interviews. Can’t wait to hear it.

  • http://www.myspace.com/lincolnsworld Link

    I wanted to thank the RAB guys for that great photo it is now my main pic lol..click on my name to see it in its glory…let’s go Yank-ees!

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Heh, I just found it via Google images.

      • http://www.myspace.com/lincolnsworld Link

        cool lol…and thanks Jamal I’ll be able to switch it up come football season hehe.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

      They have that picture for a lot of teams. Giants/Cowboys, Giants/Eagles, Packers/Bears, etc.

  • Manimal

    It is going to be a long day.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Nah, just a rough first inning.

    • Mac

      Was just thinking that. Feeling a 5 hour marathon game here…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    Wasn’t that the same guy with the sign that said “Sox Are Hearing Footsteps”?

  • Manimal

    Why is andy so wild today? He can’t handle pressure anymore?

  • Jake H

    I hate Fenway.

  • http://www.myspace.com/lincolnsworld Link

    nice play by our no range ss…lol

  • A.D.

    How far Manny has quickly fallen in the nation

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

      I get a peptic ulcer every time I hear that term.

  • Mac

    Ugh.

    Joe Buck and Tim McCarver + Losing at Fenway = Broken TV.

    I wish they’d talk about the game. A little bit. Just a little bit.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    So Rich Harden … good at pitching.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

      10-K in every start as a Cubbie.

  • Manimal

    5 IP, 10 K’s? I’d say so.

  • A.D.

    Kevin Cash is actually a better all around catcher the Tek this year, so it makes it easy for him to look good

  • A.D.

    Yeah Wake is an auto club option every year, which vests to another if they pick it up

  • Manimal

    Robinson Cano. On Fire.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Let’s go X.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Bust. What a terrible trade. This is a transition year.

      • Chip

        Yeah the guy can’t even GIDP, what a loser

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    Brian Cashman always looks like the man.

    • Whitey14

      I would make fun of Nady for that swinging bunt, but it’s an awfully hard pitch to hit when it’s working. Better hitters than him have looked foolish against it thoughout time..

  • Manimal

    Lamest debut ever?

  • A.D.

    Nady blows, DFA him

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      And trade Melky for Bay. Give them Ponson if we have too.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Wait as long as you can to call the knuckleball? What?

    • http://www.blogtalkradio.com/baseballdigestdaily Eric SanInocencio

      That’s the only plus of being shut out of this game. I don’t have to listen to the guy that would rather watch the Bachelorette than the game that pays him millions to announce.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    Joe Buck, shut the fuck up.

  • Chip

    Phew, PeteAbe saying there may be no Washburn trade, I sure hope so! We don’t need another overpriced, aging starter

  • Manimal

    It makes me giggle how stupid announcers are.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    Mike Hampton has topped out at 92-MPH so far (Bottom of the 2nd), that’s encouraging.

    *BK Steakhouse sucks. I’m not a big burger fan by any means but still, this burger was lacking.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    Tight zone galore!

    • Mac

      Yeah, Andy’s getting screwed a bit here…

  • A.D.

    Why did they sign Lugo for 4 years when they had a young switch hitting SS coming up

    • Whitey14

      They don’t really project Lowrie at shortstop due to lack of range…Theo always had a hard on for Lugo for some odd reason…

  • Manimal

    joba just struck me out on DunkinDonuts.com.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.
    • Manimal

      Is that a valuable source?

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

        No confirmation yet. And, of course, Melky is playing the game.

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

          Although Dave Cameron has some good sources.

    • A.D.

      Bad deal if they trade melk or bg

  • keith

    mcarver is absolutely painful.

    the red sox are 36-12 at home this year. that means they’ve won 3 of every 4 games played!

    NO F*CKING SH*T HORSEFACE!

    sigh.

    • A.D.

      “The al east has changed over the past few weeks”

      Hard hitting journalism

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    This zone is annoying me.

  • Jake H

    My god Pettitte is getting squeezed!!!

  • Manimal

    Cousins is a piece of shit. Terrible umpiring.

    • Whitey14

      I don’t think the yanks can complain today after some of the calls they got last night

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

        They got two calls in two different Mike Lowell AB’s, if I remember correctly. You have to agree, Andy Pettitte has had about four pitches today that were easily questionable.

        • Whitey14

          I don’t mind the questionable ones, but I hate the blatantly wrong ones.
          Pettitte deserves some leeway I think based on his veteren status, but we’re not talking Greg Maddux leeway here…

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    “Joe, the bullpen has been you’re right”

    Heh.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    From Ca$hmoney, per PeteAbe:

    * Dealing the prospects opens up space in terms of who they can protect in the Rule 5 Draft.

    Chris Garcia, FTW!

  • Casper

    Strike 8, Cash is out.

  • NYFan50

    44 pitches so far for 5 outs. Pen better start getting ready.

  • Manimal

    Seriously, Name any sport and I can guarantee that they have a better officiating crew than MLB. Even those Gambling NBA Refs.

  • http://www.myspace.com/lincolnsworld Link

    Is anyone else feeling like not wanting to mess up a good thing? Like we’ve been playing well and now with the trades it may change the dynamic of the team?…maybe it’s just me

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

      Chemistry=Grittiness=Gamer=Overrated, stupid crap.

      • http://www.myspace.com/lincolnsworld Link

        I’m just saying….I dont think it’s a huge deal I guess I’m just always scared of things changing but it happens…

  • KW

    wow andy is getting squeezed heavy

  • E-ROC

    “He’s 5’9″ but he’s closer to 5’8″.” There is a real big difference there, Mr McCarver. Oh yeah, “his heart is 6’9″.”

    I wonder how Joe Buck prepared for this game.

    • Jersey

      Jim Beam.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

      Jack Daniels took care of any and everything.

    • A.D.

      Because being 6’9” makes you better player ??

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

        Duh, ask Dick Lock Sexy.

  • Jersey

    Nothing better than an ump making himself the focus of the game. Just call the gaddam strike zone, blue.

  • Manimal

    Anyone want to see Pedroia with his big swing and Lincecum with his big stride. Both under 6 feet.

  • A.D.

    Oh the lack of control the is the Knuckler, Molina BB

  • A.D.

    Right now, as in if the game was tomorrow, I’d take CC to win 1 game for me, he’s been locked in

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Yeah, gotta be CC.

      137.1 IP, 105 H, 30 ER, 28 BB, 140 K, 1.97 ERA, .567 OPS against since April 22nd

      Yikes

      • Whitey14

        I’ll take Beckett over Sabathia not because he’s a better pitcher per se, but because he has earned his stripes in the big games already and Sabathia has been rocked in postseason play. Just my opinion.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

          I agree.

  • A.D.

    Trivia question answer:

    Andrew Brackman

    Oh wait its not 2010 yet

  • E-ROC

    LOL, Molina was running hard to third, but he was still slow.

  • Bill N

    Worst day ever, live in philly so option 1 gone, baseball package nope cause fox sucks the life out of saturday baseball, so goto get on my computer and nothing it crashed so I have to comment and pay attention via my sidekick lx. Nothing like getting all the house stuff done hoping to watch the game and nope.

    • John

      I feel your pain, Bill. I live in Harrisburg.

  • Manimal

    Yanks got to start hitting for Gaps, not swing for HR’s.

  • Cy Farnsworth

    While we all complain about the ridiculously tight strike zone today, let’s not forget Mike Lowell’s little hissy fit last night. It definitely had a part to play in Pettitte being now unable to get an calls on the black.

  • Manimal

    Cousins is High.

  • Chofo

    Fox in Spanish is reporting that Arod is going to play for the Dominican Republic at the WBC next March

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

      Finally. LoL, a lot of us really did not like what happened a couple years ago.

  • Manimal

    Nice approach by Abreu.

  • A.D.

    Ahh gotta love Abreu’s .450 w/risp & 2 outs

  • Josh K

    Go bobby!! Nice hit!!

  • Manimal

    Lazer.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Another unclutch hit by A-Rod.

  • Cy Farnsworth

    Wow did A-Rod smoke that pitch.

    And Manny…yeah, good luck getting that Gold Glove…

  • Realist

    Abreu!…..let’s hope this is the start of him heating up!

  • A.D.

    This is where Cano should be batting instead of big G

  • Josh K

    Nice ball bounce for A-Rod…who-hoo!

  • http://www.myspace.com/lincolnsworld Link

    i think that strike 1 to giambi hit the ground lol

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Please just draw a walk Giambi, let Cano hit with men on.

  • Realist

    ARod hitting when it counts….see Joe P. my jinxes work ;-)

  • Manimal

    Giambi needs to cool it. No HR’s. Just line drives.

    • Manimal

      Like I said. I prefer Sexson to start today.

    • A.D.

      He needs Timlin to come in

  • Josh K

    Damn…these umps suck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    Would any of you had tried a called steal of home there? Mike Lowell wasn’t even attempting to get back to the bag.

    • A.D.

      And Wakefield’s pitches take some time to get there

  • Jake H

    Just missed that one

  • Cy Farnsworth

    Just a little under that one.

    BTW, you gotta love Tim McCarver–“The Yankees can score 2 runs on a wild pitch here.”

  • Josh K

    home plate ump…sorry :)

  • Josh K

    I hate youk…what a jackass

  • http://www.myspace.com/lincolnsworld Link

    another is it just me…is it just me or does everyone look smaller this year? Ortiz, et al…

  • A.D.

    alright high strike…finally

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    I love the new Jeter commercial where Roger Federer looks like he doesn’t get the joke at the end.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    Just above the belt is considered a “high” pitch?

  • Realist

    I am watching via gameday, for those who can see the action…..is Pettitte pitching that poorly or is he being “squeezed” as some of your comments imply?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Little of both.

    • Manimal

      Absolutely squeezed.

      • Realist

        Thanks guys! I see ARod’s error has contributed to the 2 runs being unearned. Though pettitte’s pitch count is over 60 after 2 2/3….

    • A.D.

      both, squeezed, and throwing a fair amount in the dirt, probably a combo, but gameday should be able to actually answer the squeeze issue

      • Realist

        66 pitches, 36 strikes 30 balls

  • Jake H

    Anyone think that Bobby would have scored if they sent him?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      The throw went to second, he would have scored rather easily

    • A.D.

      Most likely,with 2 outs, a struggling big G up next, and Manny fielding, should have sent him

  • Whitey14

    He doesn’t know he’s not running anymore? What the hell does that even mean? He knows he’s not running you idiot! He’s not running on purpose because he’s a lazy fucker!

  • Jake H

    This guys zone blows

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    Brian McCann, Joe Mauer, and Russel Martin. Rank ‘em.

    1. McCann, McCan’t get to it (You MLB: The Show fans will appreciate that one)
    2. Joe Mauer
    3. Russel Martin

    • Manimal

      I got to agree with you.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Martin-Mauer-McCann

      Speaking of the show, I’m right at the trade deadline in my franchise, and I need a starter to replace Peavy. Greinke or Jamie Shields?

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

        I was going to go for Hughes, but he’s injured.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

        I never got a clear scouting report on Russel Martin, what is his ceiling? I thought McCann’s power bat dwarfed all these guys.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    Owned.

  • Manimal

    CANOOO

  • E-ROC

    En Fuego!

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    That was a shot.

  • http://www.myspace.com/lincolnsworld Link

    Robbie Cano…en fuego!!!!!

  • Josh K

    Cano!!!!!!!!!! Sweet!

  • A.D.

    Cano, just proving why he should be hitting 5th

  • Cy Farnsworth

    Robbie Cano…don’t you know!

  • Jake H

    Robby!!!!

  • Realist

    Cano can feel the heat!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.myspace.com/lincolnsworld Link

    amazing what happens when Melky doesn’t slide lol

  • E-ROC

    That’s probably the only way Cabrera will get a base hit.

  • Manimal

    Melky needs to run with his head down and full speed. He can see the bunt on Sportscenter, he doesn’t need to turn around to see it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    From this comment (http://riveraveblues.com/2008/.....ent-118342) to this one (http://riveraveblues.com/2008/.....ent-118350), that has to be the most comments in RAB history in the span of sixty seconds.

  • Manimal

    I changed my mind. >WTP. Less than warning track power.

  • Manimal

    Is Cash that much better than Veritek.

  • A.D.

    Melk doing his best BG impersonation this inning

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Run baby run.

  • Manimal

    Damon needs a tighter helmet. It jiggles when he runs.

  • Jake H

    Hell ya!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    Mike, go with Zach Greinke.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      That’s what I’m thinking, depends on what I have to give up though. I might go Danks too.

      I also need to get a lefty OF that can actually drive the ball on occasion in the deal too.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

        Teams seem to go ga-ga over relievers at the deadline, shop around some guys and see what you can get.

  • http://www.myspace.com/lincolnsworld Link

    McCarver is a genius…the Yankees have guessed right on knuckleballs from a guy who throws knuckleballs 85-90% of the time…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    Cole Hamels is getting pwned, nine-run fourth inning gives the Braves a 9-3 lead over the Phillies.

    • Manimal

      Expect Tex to stay put for now.

  • Bill N

    Hopefully fox switches to the yanks game, cause watching phils/braves is like having sex with a cinderblock

    • http://www.myspace.com/lincolnsworld Link

      ouch…lol

    • Manimal

      Cant say I tried to fornicate with a cinderblock

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    Girls shouldn’t play hardball.

  • Manimal

    Taste dirt, little bitch

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    If Pedroia was 5’11” instead of 5’6″, that all would have hit the shin guard.

  • gxpanos

    Hey guys, just got here.

    Did you hear about Lil’ Dusty’s heart? It told McCarver that Pedroia was 6’9″!

    Does that disqualify him from being called scrappy, or does his lack of shaving offset his new height?

    • Whitey14

      I expect a little natural dislike of Pedroia because he plays for Boston, but I never hear the guy say a word about himself, just the announcers. Why the extreme hatred? I’m just curious….

      • Manimal
      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

        It’s just nauseating hearing about the utter love fest that the mainstream media has over this guy. It’s the same with Red Sox fans and Derek jeter, you don’t necessarily hate Jeter, the man, you just hate Jeter, the perfect human being, nephew of Jesus.

      • gxpanos

        I think it was in an Olney article that I read that said Dusty was pretty arrogant. Kinsler totally hates him because he was kind of a dick after he won the job at ASU.

        Maybe none of it’s true. Corroboration, anyone?

        Either way, I hate him because announcers love him (scrappy, small, white).

    • Manimal

      McCarver was just secretly coming out of the closet. He loves Pedroia.

    • Cy Farnsworth

      I’ve always thought it was a hilarious double standard that little white guys like Pedroia and Eckstein are “scrappy” while little hispanic guys like Alberto Gonzalez or Omar Infante are just untalented.

      • Whitey14

        You’ll need to find a better comparison…neither of those guys holds a candle to Pedroia and most everybody knows that .

        It’s not his fault he’s been tagged as scrappy. I’m guessing he hates it as much as you do. Facts are, he’s a good hitter, a good defender and he’s not afraid to get his uniform dirty.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Coco Crisp’s hair reminds me of Bo Derek in her prime.

    http://www.repmanblog.com/phot.....y_main.jpg

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Milwaukee wins tonight, and they’re tied for first. Wow.

    What a difference a CC makes.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Let’s go X-man.

  • Cy Farnsworth

    X gonna give it to ya

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    First big AB for Xavier “If I had two more X’s it would be such a cooler name” Nady.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      He certainly doesn’t get cheated up there.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Thankfully, I don’t have to get upset by people who can’t pronounce “Tabata” anymore.

    • http://www.myspace.com/lincolnsworld Link

      count me in that number I thought it was ta-BA-ta…

  • Manimal

    Leg kick isn’t the greatest thing for a knuckleballer. Nady should adjust.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    Too risky there.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Eh, looked safe.

    • Josh K

      oh yeah…looked safe indeed…

  • Jake H

    Damn

  • Manimal

    Why would you steal there, makes no sense.

  • Cy Farnsworth

    Deep in the count with 2 outs, I think you have to let Nady hit there…it was a smart play by Cash going to 2nd though.

  • A.D.

    double steal was unnecessary, let X hit

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    Big inning here for Andy. If he can notch a zero here then for the next couple of innings he can feast on the bottom of the order.

  • A.D.

    Actually the trail runner gets a worse jump, since he’s watching the lead runner, and Cano is slower than A-Rod

    that’s why the trail runner made sense

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    What did they just say? 41-6 when leading after 6?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

      Whatever the record is, we have only one loss in games after six innings.

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

        Brian Cashman can’t build a bullpen. We need a real GM.

    • zs190

      46-1 I thought

  • Cy Farnsworth

    haha way to run out that double play ball manny

    • Cy Farnsworth

      Cano actually seemed surprised to have so much time to make the throw, he was ready to fire on to first and saw Man-Ram struggling to beat Jose Molina’s time down the line.

  • Jake H

    Manny runs so hard.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    Heh, anybody noticed that hesitation by Cano? Looked like he was shocked that Manny wasn’t closer to first base.

    • A.D.

      quite the delay on the turn

  • A.D.

    alright X, first time on base as a yank

  • Manimal

    Can Nady run?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Well, physically, yes he can. Fast? Uh, no.

    • zs190

      He’s a tick below average running I think.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Nice Fenway Park double or Melk.

  • Manimal

    1-9 the yankees are hitting. amazing. Its beautiful when things work.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    Jose Molina is so clutch.

  • Manimal

    Lame retaliation.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

      :D

    • Whitey14

      Just trying to set up the double play ;-)

  • Cy Farnsworth

    heh, I guess Molina’s learned that there’s only one way he’s getting on first

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Time to put this one in the bag. Give Mo and Marte the night off, let D-Rob and Edwar wrap this one up.

  • Jake H

    Could bust it open right here

  • Manimal

    We finally get a good look at Masterson. We can put away this game right now.

  • BigBlueAL

    Sorry but I had to say it, where are all the Brett Gardner lovers outraged that he was sent back down to AAA and Melky is still the starting CF?!?!

    • Manimal

      Yes, but he struggled, let him get his act together and we will take it from there.

      • BigBlueAL

        Just teasing the Gardner lovers, honestly if we make the postseason he should definitely be on the 25-man roster because his speed could certainly be useful.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

      The backup QB is always the most popular man in town. Sometimes you get Tony Romo (Booo!) and sometimes you get Kyle Orton.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    After being down 9-3 after four innings, the Phillies now have the tying run at the plate down 9-6 with one out in the bottom of the fifth.

    • BigBlueAL

      How long did Hampton last??

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

        4.0-IP, 8-H, 6-ER, and topped out at 92-MPH with 91-pitches for 55-Strikes.

        • BigBlueAL

          Couldnt expect much better in his first start in the majors in 3 years and having to pitch in Philly against that lineup.

  • http://www.salarydump.wordpress.com Joltin’ Joe

    I laughed when Bobby Meachem called Cano “the best second baseman in the game.” Good but come on, you heard of Utley? Or Uggla?

    • BigBlueAL

      Utley is the only 2B I would take ahead of Cano.

  • Manimal

    Captain Clutch to the rescue.

  • Cy Farnsworth

    surprisingly lucid, sane commentary by tim mccarver there

    that said, very nice piece of hitting by the captain

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Outstanding.

  • Manimal

    Oh Baby baby BABY.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    Justin Masterson, ” ZOMFG, TEH NEXT JOHBAR!!!111!!1numero uno!!”

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      His stuff is really playing up out of the bullpen.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Someone’s going to get hit in retaliation for Youk later in this game with the big lead.

  • http://www.myspace.com/lincolnsworld Link

    i feel 9-2 coming…

  • Manimal

    Thats why the strikezone was wack. Hes been having a stroke the whole time.

    • Josh K

      Haha….great comment.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    Phillies lead 10-9 on three-run shot by Gregg Dobbs, wow.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      That was no cheapy shot either.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    2-0 fastball over the plate to A-Rod? Welcome to the bigs, rook.

  • BigBlueAL

    If only we had Wang going tomorrow for the sweep……..

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Tomorrow’s starter was changed from Ponson to TBA…

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

        Jarrod Washburn would be pitching on a comfy five days rest.

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

          Last start was against the Sox too.

        • BigBlueAL

          Still doesnt change my original post, if only we had Wang going tomorrow for the sweep……(although Id take Washburn in a nano-second over Ponson or Rasner)

  • Manimal

    Dick.Lock.Sexy.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Totally.

    • Manimal

      Oh Come on, he didn’t bring him in?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    Micheal Phelps is to competitive swimming as Lance Armstrong is to competitive cycling, before they were here and after they leave the sport will become a myth.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Lance Armstrong’s cameo in Dodgeball was great. “You know, I could have given up when I had testicular, lung and brain cancer, all at the same time, but I didn’t.”

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    What the hell was that? Run home Bobby! Run home!

    • A.D.

      didn’t look like he got the tag

    • Manimal

      Marte for Cy Young?

  • Josh K

    Hope those idiots in Fenway aren’t thinking that Bobby was trying to take out Lowell.

  • Cy Farnsworth

    While we all praise our gold glove winning overlord Youk at first, let’s not forget that he could’ve just fired to second base for the tag on A-Rod…

  • BigBlueAL

    Holy Shit that was a bomb by Dobbs. And now by JD Drew.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    Well someone guessed right.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Heh.

  • Cy Farnsworth

    oh god….

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    That’s right Sox fans, cheer that solo homer when you’re down by 5 and plummeting out of contention.

    • BigBlueAL

      Plummeting out of contention???? Your the man Mike but cant say I agree with you there, although I would love too :)

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

        Heh, the knife was in already, I just felt like twisting it a little.

        • BigBlueAL

          I cant imagine how this blog wouldve been during and following the 5-game sweep in Fenway in 2006.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

            Speaking of which, when was this blog (“In George We Trust” also) started?

            • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

              I started that in February 2006. Didn’t last very long, Blogger’s a piece of shit.

          • Whitey14

            Glad I/it wasn’t here yet, wish I/it had been in 2004 though ;-)

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Cat like reflexes by Big G.

  • Jake H

    Good outing by Pettitte

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    LoL, why is that kid in the Dodge Caravan commercial such a prick? He slapped the ball out of his little brother’s hand for no reason, jeez.

  • giselle

    is it true that nady’s first game as a pro was in the majors? did the fox announcers mention that? i was listening to the game on the radio. they said he played for the big league club in september after getting signed and then started the next season in the minors.

    does that happen?

    • John

      Yeah, his wikipedia page talks about it I think.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      He had it written into his contract that he had to be a September call-up that year when he signed out of the draft. He spent the next few years in the minors.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    On-base is on-base.

  • BigBlueAL

    This is getting out of hand with the retaliation!!!! lol

    • giselle

      i think veras should hit youkilis in the head.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    Really, Joe Buck? “Bullpeners”?

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Jose Veras – best stuff on the team (non-Joba division)?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

      Kyle Farnsworth for me, especially with that new Cutter he features against LHB.

  • giselle

    why does marte have phil hughes’ #34?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Phil’s going back to 65.

      • giselle

        what? i liked 34. i hope hughes goes back to wearing the high socks, though. love the high socks.

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona

      Hughes is going back to #65.

  • Jake H

    Terrible zone

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    Would you stay at a nice hotel that had Miller High Life stocked in the mini-bar?

    • A.D.

      nice hotels don’t stock miller high life, thus it is impossible

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Damaso time.

  • Cy Farnsworth

    alright, let’s go new guy!

  • BigBlueAL

    Helluva spot for Marte to make his Yankee debut.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      He’s been closing in Pittsburgh. He knows what pressure’s like. ;)

      • Joey

        LOL

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    We have four guys in our bullpen with the ability to hit mid-90’s (Mariano, Farnsworth, Veras, and Marte). Nasty.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Why is McCarver saying that Girardi shouldn’t leave Marte in there to face Manny under any circumstances? Does he realize that he’s better against RHB than LHB this year?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

      You know damn well he doesn’t realize that.

    • Alan

      McCarver doesn’t understand anything, I don’t even think he watches the games sometimes.

  • A.D.

    great trade

  • Cy Farnsworth

    haha, i like this lefty specialist stuff!

  • Manimal

    Whats his repertoire? Shows Pretty good heat and a slider.

  • BigBlueAL

    What a waste having a lefty in the bullpen.

  • Joey

    This Marte kid ain’t so bad, huh?

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    David Ortiz is like “Man, I don’t remember Mike Myers throwing that hard.”

    (I intended to use that if he faced Manny, but alas…)

  • A.D.

    Just leave Marte in there, hes not a LOOGY

  • Jake H

    Lots of faith in Edwar

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    BTW, this does not prove the Yanks needed a LHP in the bullpen. Damaso Marte has damn good stuff and his a good reliever, that’s it.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      The difference is that Marte can actually get out righties. A guy like Mike Myers or Javy Lopez is a waste of a roster spot.

      • Manimal

        Hes like Venditte with one glove.

        • http://www.myspace.com/lincolnsworld Link

          Venditte uses one glove lol.

          • Manimal

            you know what I mean. A normal glove.

    • A.D.

      without a doubt, he’s an excellent luxery, especially since he took Hawks place.

      Outside of Giese most teams would take any one of our pen guys to be their 8th inning guy…if they could

      • Manimal

        but they cant ;)

    • BigBlueAL

      They didnt need a shitty lefty like Traber in the pen. But having a lefty like Marte is pretty huge and makes this bullpen I cant believe Im saying this after the first couple of months but maybe the best in the league.

  • usty

    Hell of a debut!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    Jimmy Kimmel and Sarah Silverman recently split up. Silverman is one of those ugly chics that doesn’t look any better no matter what she’s wearing.

    • Joey

      annoying as hell too, don’t forget that

  • Whitey14

    Things definitely looking good in yankee land right about now (frizzle frazzle fricken fracken)

    • Joey

      you one of the few Sox fans we love Whitey ;-) lol

      • Whitey14

        I’m very impressed with how they hung around just long enough to begin getting healthy and as usual, bring in a few pieces to help out. They’re in a very good spot…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    Craig Hansen has a 6.04-BB/9 coming into today’s game. Eww.

    • Manimal

      I cringed at his 5.09 ERA. I threw up when I saw that.

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

        Completely fucked him up by rushing him to the bigs. ML deal runs out this year, no more options to use up…

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Yikes, looked like Johnny got hurt there…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    If Dustin Pedroia was 5’11” he would’ve made that tag.

  • Manimal

    SHIT NO, DAMON RUINED EVERYTHING.

  • A.D.

    BG might be back tomorrow

    • Joey

      go figure… ugh Johnny, come on

  • BigBlueAL

    Shit Damon limping, but laughing in the dugout. WTF

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Amen McCarver. How is Marvin Miller not in the HOF?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    Maybe just a cramp?

    • Manimal

      yeah, he was inactive for about 10 days, it happens

  • BigBlueAL

    ARod could get drilled this at-bat.

    • Manimal

      Props to you for calling it.

  • A.D.

    there it is

  • Joey

    Put in Farnsworth for 1 pitch

  • Manimal

    FUCK shit FIGHT.

    • A.D.

      nah we’re up 4, should be going for the sweep tomorrow, let the sleeping dog lie.

      A-Rod made that mistake a few years ago, don’t need to wake up the sox

  • A.D.

    funny bone shot

  • Cy Farnsworth

    this is gonna get ugly

    i’m glad to see that got his arm, my heart almost stopped when i saw a-rod reach for his hand

    • Manimal

      It was the elbow. I thought it was the hand too.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    Ha, no warning to the Yanks, freebie!

    • Joey

      The way Mo’s cutter has been cutting, I think it’s very possible it cuts someone in half if he intends to do so

    • Joey

      Burying them. Love it. Don’t throw at them, just make ‘em feel like shit.

  • BigBlueAL

    I called it. Although it didnt take a genius to see that one coming.

    • giselle

      yea as soon as i saw hansen pitching, i knew something was coming. he’s a guy they wont miss if he gets suspended. i figured it would be jeter or alex.

  • Whitey14

    ARod took that very well….

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

      If he doesn’t have any padding, that is a 95-MPH on pure muscle. That will leave a nasty, nasty bruise.

  • Greg G.

    I don’t have the game on TV (they’re carrying ATL-PHI here). Was there really a fight?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Nah. A-Rod keeled over in pain, then walked down to first.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    I don’t think that was intentional, I mean come on, Hansen does have a BB/9 over six!

  • Manimal

    Grand Salami?

  • Ivan

    Man Craig Hansen is just putrid.

  • A.D.

    Sox need pen help, I could see Marte to the sox for Buchholtz, Masterson, and Bowden

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    Hey, the guy who got HBP scored. Cheer that.

  • http://www.myspace.com/lincolnsworld Link

    I love that sound clanging off the wall…

    • Manimal

      I liek the ones off the pole better.

  • Cy Farnsworth

    robbie’s on fire

    7 run lead, and according to mccarver a-rod’s in pretty bad pain. i say retaliation is in order–let’s serve notice that you can’t throw at our star.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      The best retaliation is winning.

      • giselle

        then we’ll keep retaliating with your game thread write ups, mike. :)

      • Greg G.

        Even better is sweeping your opponent in their own house.

      • Geno

        Amen. Now let’s drill someone AND win!

      • Whitey14

        I couldn’t agree more. I would have much preferred the Sox had retaliated that way, but they opted to hit batters and get blown out instead..6 of one, half dozen of the other?

  • A.D.

    Man the Braves asked for Youk & Hansen for Tex, and Hansen is having a terrible year

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

      Tex doesn’t give you that much more than Youk that warrants Boston paying him close to $20M per. Couple that with the age, stuff and potential of Hansen, no deal for me as well.

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

        Yeah, there was talk of the D-Backs acquiring Teixeira. At the time, Tex and Connor Jackson had the exact same OPS.

  • http://www.myspace.com/lincolnsworld Link

    Nady sucks lol…

  • giselle

    i think the umps want the yankees to retaliate. only the rs dugout was warned, not both. i hope farnsworth is coming out to pitch…

    • Greg G.

      Did they really only warn one bench? That’s fairly unusual, no?

      • giselle

        yea thats what i thought. he only pointed to the rs dugout, and mccarver mentioned how only they were warned.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    32 pitches, 13 strikes for Hansen.

    • whozat

      He’s the greatest setup man in baseball. Part of a stunning young relief corps put together by the genius of the Sox, Theo Epstein. Cashman’s store-bought bullpen has NOTHING on that firing squad of awesoeness.

  • Manimal

    Giese in the 9th.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      With Ponson going tomorrow, I think it might be best to save Giese for what could be an extended outing tomorrow. Let D-Rob pitch the 9th.

      • Manimal

        I want D-Rob for tomorrow haha. Wheres Latroy when you need him.

  • BigBlueAL

    Thank God its only a cramp for Damon.

  • Ivan

    Just bring in Farnsworth to hit someone, Who on the redsox wanna hit Farnsworth. Matta of fact hit Varitek…..I forgot, Yanks don’t hit .200 hitters my bad.

  • Manimal

    The yankees have not lost with Sexson in their line up.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Edwar Ramirez has not allowed a hit this month.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    “What the, they can’t even hear me through this glass!”

    Classic.

  • Cy Farnsworth

    why’s tony gwynn taking all those people’s miller high life?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    Great comeback win for the Phillies. Brad Lidge, is there a better story in the National League (other than the St. Louis Cardinals)?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

    The Yankees can absorb an arbitration eligible player making $3.35M this year? Wow McCarver, thanks for that.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=594331910 Jamal G.

      “The Yankees can *afford…”

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Jose Molina has been on-base four times this game. Jorge who?

    • Manimal

      Hip Hip Jose!

  • Jake H

    Molina an on base machine

  • Cy Farnsworth

    I would be very upset if the Yankees keep Ponson in the rotation and send down Rasner, like Buck seems to think they will.

    • Manimal

      I’d give Alfredo a chance. Mexican gangster vs Cancer patient.

  • giselle

    i have a feeling washburn is gonna start tomorrow

  • Joey

    Eat it Hansen

  • Manimal

    With a win tomorrow we are tied. My neighbors ar having a barbecue but I’m staying till the games over. Whe I went to tell them the score in the 8th they seriously considered their season over. They were even saying that they might not even get in the playoffs. Music to my ears. I’m gonna go get food from their BBQ, Ill be back later. bye RAB’ers

    • giselle

      hahah, rub the win in their face and eat their food. steal some beer, while your at it. might as well go all out, right?

  • E-ROC

    The Yanks could be on the verge of another Boston Massacre weekend.

    • kris

      A 3-game sweep does not make a massacre, but anything to piss off the Boston area is sweet.

  • christopher

    hopefully it will at least prompt some suicides. lets not count our wins before they atch though

    wshburn deal not done yet – supposedly the M’s want a top prospect – for washburn they can take a hike