Game 85: Another crappy righty we’ve never seen


Many teams have rocked Luis Mendoza this year. The Yankees have, in theory, a powerhouse offense. So can we please just knock this guy around? I don’t think it’s asking too much.

MLB.com has a a piece on Talib Kweli, a life-long Yankees fan. Says the emcee: “I collected every baseball card, I had season tickets to Yankee Stadium, but baseball is a great metaphor for life.” I loved his stuff with Mos Def in Black Star.

To keep the game thread filled with randomness, here’s evidence that Joe Buck should no longer be calling baseball games:

by bsap11

Couple of notes from Chad Jennings. Chris Stewart has cleared waivers, of course, and is back with Scranton. Alan Horne is on the DL with what’s being called a tired arm. It doesn’t sound serious. But Shelley Duncan’s shoulder injury does. He could miss the rest of the season.

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. Robinson Cano, 2B
8. Wilson Betemit, 1B
9. Brett Gardner, CF

And on the mound, number forty-seven, Sir Sidney Ponson

Categories : Game Threads


  1. A.D. says:

    Below Avg Texas pitchers unite Ponson v Mendoza

    Maybe, just maybe tonight is the night the Yankee offense hits someone they haven’t seen….though Texas will also probably hit someone they have seen.

  2. daneptizl says:

    I like them too. But I like Gangstarr even more.

  3. McCaff says:

    Yeah get Joe Buck out of the booth and put Mike Joe and Ben in there for this weekend. I figure even you guys couldnt even be more one side than Joe Morgan and Jon Miller.

  4. mustang says:

    The Yankees New Kids on the Block are going down faster then the singing group.

  5. Wally Pipp says:

    No constant footage of a spoiled rich kid watching the game, instead, shift the camera to the sulking number 28.

    • UNION YES. says:

      Are you kidding me? You’re going to rag on a 5 year old kid?! The kid looked like he was having a wonderful time. Not to mention, he did something that most adults wouldn’t even think of doing by giving a foul ball to another kid sitting nearby… all on his own mind you.

  6. McCaff says:

    Bring back Bernie

  7. A.D. says:

    Ponson DOMINATES teams that cut him…with his recent bouncing around he might be able to make a career out of that

  8. batty says:

    Ugh – here comes the sweep. Our only hope is Sidney gets so shelled he doesn’t come back.

  9. E-ROC says:

    Joe Buck is an @sshole, but I’m jealous. He gets paid millions to half @ss his job. Imagine what happens when a military member half @ss his or her job while in Iraq. An utter disgrace!

    The Yankees need to pound this SOB into submission. I think Jeter will have a great game because he’ll be pissed about not getting into the last night.

  10. A.D. says:

    Jeter vs Gardner hit watch is on!

    See how many games we see Gardner in CF, or if they’re just giving Melk “the day off”

  11. UNION YES. says:

    Joe Buck is lame

  12. Yankees=warriors says:

    Seems like the Sox fans are voting as hard as we are.
    Pedroia is still leading in the AS voting…

  13. A.D. says:

    Joe Buck interview is redic for at least these reasons:

    1. No one I have ever talked to likes him as an announcer in football or baseball
    2. He doesn’t even work at his job, that like if your a trader not really paying attention what happens to your sector each day, because so many stocks are traded all the time and it’s hard to keep up…that’s how people get fired
    3. Says how people don’t have time to watch all the games during the week, but thats because they work….if he watched them it would be work
    4. You think if people can’t watch the weekday games then it would be more like “when he was a kid” so Saturday would be more exciting and you would hope the announcers would prepare well and fill you in for the week, but alas, no we have Joe Buck.

  14. batty says:

    Not to be completely negative but after watching Gardner last night I predict he will give up a run on a weak throw tonight in the field.

  15. A.D. says:

    Classic Ponson, using the whole field to get guys out

  16. Wally Pipp says:

    BG! Melky would have made that look interesting….

  17. Wally Pipp says:

    1st Melky shot of the night on YES…

  18. A.D. says:

    Kay loves to mention the monuments used to be in play

  19. A.D. says:

    A hit with RISP & 2 outs…am I watching the correct game?

  20. E-ROC says:

    Go Robbie!!

  21. Yankees=warriors says:

    Great, they have to choose the day Ponson’s pitching to get on the board first!

  22. Yankees=warriors says:

    Did Kay just say OH-YAY?!

  23. A.D. says:

    Not good

  24. Manimal says:

    Is it just me or does gardner throw too low.

  25. E-ROC says:

    C’mon Ponson!

  26. LiveFromNewYork says:

    Part of me is going to be pissed if they give Sidney a win and didn’t give one to Joba or Moose. They both (esp Moose) deserved one. I’m just so pissed at this offense.

  27. Jim Leyritz says:

    I’m afraid that Gardner is just a glorified Bubba Crosby. I hope I’m wrong.

    • Chip says:

      But faster

      • batty says:

        A little faster maybe – Bubba was pretty quick. I think Gardner has much better plate discipline though – he ran up a full count almost every time which was great to see (as opposed to the swing at the first pitch thing the vets have bought into lately).

        I had the same thought last night actually. Don’t get me wrong – his AAA stats are incredible but I just don’t get a good feeling. Same not good feeling I got from Hawkins and everyone jumped on me here before clamoring for him to be DFAed.

    • Jon says:

      He has a cult of personality around here.

  28. dkidd says:

    pedroia would’ve had that

  29. Matt M. says:

    the best chance they have at scoring is giambi drawing a walk…

  30. Matt M. says:


  31. Bill N says:

    Beast mode

  32. alex says:

    grand salami

  33. batty says:

    Well that was sorely needed!

  34. dkidd says:

    i’m growing a moustache

  35. Manimal says:

    Hamilton really likes new York… anyone know when his contract is up? I guess with this past year his salary will spike and the Rangers won’t want anything to do with him. I’d rather have him than abreu.

    • TurnTwo says:

      he’s not going anywhere. he’s got years to go in Texas, and i think all three arb eligible years to go yet.

  36. Dave P. says:

    I think Jamal is Giambi.

  37. E-ROC says:

    Giambi is my homeboy.

  38. alex says:

    nice DP by cano

  39. E-ROC says:

    Good quick inning by Ponson.

  40. Yankees=warriors says:

    If only Cano could have hit better earlier in the year.
    He definitely has an all-star glove (when he’s paying attention).

  41. E-ROC says:

    Hold the lead Ponson!

  42. E-ROC says:

    Rather be lucky than good is Ponson’s motto.

  43. Jim Leyritz says:

    Joba Sunday nite versus the Red Sux! I’m chillin’ my beers now!

  44. Jim Leyritz says:

    …. and I’m not in Florida, so I can drive!

  45. yanks99 says:

    c’mon Giambino, take advantage of another error!

  46. E-ROC says:

    The Yanks should bomb Benoit.

  47. Manimal says:

    Cano is hitting and his luck still sucks

  48. claybeez says:

    Disregard. Hoping posting gets me off mobile version.

  49. Steve says:

    Hank told Mussina to start “pitching like Jamie Moyer” and Moose turned his season around right after that.

    Hank was quoted yesterday as saying “This is getting ridiculous” with the Yankee offense, and they break out in a big way tonight.

    Hank is a genius.

  50. Ivan says:

    Take out ponson Girardi.

  51. Yankees=warriors says:

    Wow, the blow finally came…

  52. ansky says:


  53. Ivan says:

    Why wouldn’t just go to your bullpen Girardi? ugh.

  54. E-ROC says:

    Too little too late, Mr Girardi.

  55. whozat says:

    Literally no excuse for Ponson still being in this game.

  56. Flynn says:

    Thanks for stopping by Ponson, your parting gifts will be waiting outside the clubhouse.

  57. Manimal says:

    WHY IN THE WORLD would you leave him in for that long.

  58. Manimal says:

    You gotta wonder some times, thousands of baseball fans would have taken him out while only Joe Girardi would keep him in.

  59. Ivan says:

    Well it just seem all year can’t get two things right. good pitching bad offense, good offense bad pitching.

  60. Yankees=warriors says:

    Girardi looks worse as the day passes…
    Ponson was already winning the game, why not take him out?

  61. Steve S says:

    When are they seriously going to get involved in the trade market. If they are going to make Kennedy earn a spot again, and Hughes is a month away, I wouldnt mind seeing something done. I know the big names might not be there until July 31 but Cashman needs to get moving on something. They cant have Ponson Geise and Rasner in this rotation. And all that being said why has Bedard (only according to rumors) been ruled out, he seems to be the perfect buy low/high reward candidate.

  62. Manimal says:

    The only thing I can think of was Giese and Robertson already pitcher yesturday and he didnt trust latroy.

  63. E-ROC says:

    Gardner finally drew a walk.

  64. Ivan says:

    GIDP Jeter strikes again.

  65. Yankees=warriors says:

    Everytime Jeter comes up with runner on 1st, I always think DP.
    So sad it has come to this.

  66. Dave P. says:


  67. LiveFromNewYork says:

    Hankenstein is going to be one unhappy puppy.

  68. UNION YES. says:


  69. Yankees=warriors says:

    Hope this shuts Pete up about Edwar for at least one day.

  70. UNION YES. says:

    I think I went deaf.

  71. Ivan says:

    Also one more thing, Matsuzaka is a lucky bastard. This guy every time I look at his #’s the guy has 3-5 BB a start. Yet people get mad when I said Pettitte is better than Matsuzaka right now.

  72. Bill N says:

    I know I’m just a pissed off fan but seriously does Girardi have a clue ? I know its the players job to perform but they have to be put in a postion to and with that said the skipper hasn’t done much of that thus far.
    Lets see if we can get this run in

  73. BigBlueAL says:

    If they dont score this inning, im shooting myself…

  74. Newman says:

    The juice is loose

  75. Bill N says:

    Thank you 25

  76. Yankees=warriors says:

    Giambi continues to amaze me!!!
    And I actually suggested he shave a few days ago.

  77. Ivan says:

    Remember when people actually thought that Duncan was a better option than Giambi.

  78. BigBlueAL says:

    Thank you Ron Washington, tonight you are actually managing worse than Joe Girardi as hard as that is to do. Actually let me re-phrase that, managing just as bad..

  79. Yankees=warriors says:

    Seeing this, I appreciate Robertson’s performance against the Mets the other day even more.

  80. Ivan says:

    Cano maybe not hitting likehe should but after watching Kisler not make that play, it shows how Cano is better defensively than most second baseman.

  81. E-ROC says:

    Gardner’s first hit is an RBI single. Clutch!

  82. BigBlueAL says:

    Congrats Gardner.

  83. billybob says:

    Wow, the Texas pitcher, Madrigal, has an ERA of 135.00. No that is not a typo. 135!!!!!

  84. daneptizl says:

    Gardner doing everything at once: H, RBI, R.

  85. Bill N says:

    Well it wasn’t a double play

  86. Yankees=warriors says:

    Jeter… that would have been another DP…

  87. daneptizl says:

    It’s Latroy Hawkins for 2 innings time.

  88. E-ROC says:

    The Yanks offense was due for something like this.

  89. Stephen says:

    anyone else just see that confrontation between melky and Arod? What was going on there?

  90. BigBlueAL says:

    I dont know if I should be happy Boston is gonna get swept vs Tampa or scared that all this does is give Tampa even more confidence and allows them to remain a whopping 8 games ahead of the Yankees in the loss column.

  91. pete says:

    i hope a-rod goes on one of those ridiculous tears from last year where he hits 7 hrs in 5 games.

  92. daneptizl says:

    What are you guys talking about. They’re tight with like a mentor/trainee relationship.

  93. E-ROC says:

    Farnsdearth walks the first batter. Shocking!

  94. Manimal says:

    Yankees score 9 as red sox choke.

  95. Yankees=warriors says:

    What a great day!
    Gardner gets his first hit, Edwar performs well, and now Red Sox loses!!!

  96. LiveFromNewYork says:

    Brett Gardner. Stay strong buddy.

  97. LiveFromNewYork says:

    He frigging went .

  98. LiveFromNewYork says:

    Farnsworth didn’t make it interesting. That idiot ump made it interesting.

    and now comes the commercial I hate.

  99. Manimal says:

    7-4 rays!

  100. Yankees=warriors says:

    FINALLY, Jeter gets his hit.

  101. Manimal says:


  102. Yankees=warriors says:

    This is nice, but I hope they save some for tomorrow.

  103. LiveFromNewYork says:

    87 runs tonight. What do they save it up and give their shitty pitcher a win and screw the good guys.

  104. Rich says:

    I hope this isn’t an anomaly.

  105. Chip says:

    I love late-inning defensive downgrades

  106. Manimal says:

    A good day for Karstens

  107. Chip says:

    So, the Yankees take 3 out of 4 from the Sox this weekend and are right in the thick of the wild card race? I like it!

  108. whozat says:

    The Sox’s pen is pretty weak. That’s the key…get in to that pen. That could really be a difference maker in this series. It would also help if Jeter could stop hitting grounders to 2B.

  109. NC Saint says:

    Kweli has let his Yankee love show in the past:

    “As far as days go this look like an amazing one, I feel more normal in the summer than saying the Yankees won, it’s like: ‘Of course! what, you expect less?’”

    Buck is far from perfect, but to be fair, he is the only thing keeping that duo more or less in the neighborhood of planet earth.

  110. tommiesmithjohncarlos says:

    My kudos to Dustin Pedroia for having 4 XBH tonight against the Rays. He’s turning it on and making his selection over Kinsler less and less of a travesty (although it still is).


    Karl Ravech on ESPN Baseball Tonight, 12:16 am EST:
    “Dustin Pedroia, up again, needs only a single for the cycle, but he’s not thinking about his stats, he gets the double instead…”

    What a goddamn selfless, classy, gritty, gutty, hard-nosed, all-american super-gamer Dustin Pedroia is. He could have had the single, but, NO, he’s going to say “Fuck my own stats, I’m going to get a double because it will help my team more… DAMN, I’m such a great guy! No selfish Yankee would ever do something like this, especially that assbag Derek Jeter… he’d stop at first. I’m the MAN, but that’s not important… Only the team is important.”

    I’m with you, Ravvy… Pedroia is awesome. Put him in Cooperstown, Canton, and Springfield right now, no point in waiting. I’d let him fuck my mother, but he probably wouldn’t because he’s not interested in his own stats.

  111. Gary says:

    I’d trade John Sterling, Micheal Kay and Melky Cabrera for a Hoss Clarke jersey. Even that would help the Yanks: addition by subtraction. And maybe they could get that annoying, “Hey! It’s Derek Jeter!” kid to throw out the first ball sometime. None of this makes sense, I just think I’m funny right now but maybe I’m not. This season is such a drag.

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