Game 123: Baseball for the fun of it

2008 Draft Signing Period passes
The Jason Giambi market

This afternoon, when the Yankees play the Royals in an afternoon affair at the Stadium, the Yankees will be in a distant third place in both the AL East and the Wild Card. They’re 10.5 games behind Tampa Bay, closer to last place than to first. Boston finds itself with a seven-game lead over the Yanks as well.

So from here on out, we’re just going to sit back and enjoy baseball for it is: our favorite sport played during the dog days of summer. It’s time to remember what’s great about the game and why we all love watching and spending so much time thinking, writing and talking baseball.

In the end, the Yankees may yet make the playoffs. Perhaps this team can overcome the odds and make an improbably late-season run toward October. Perhaps they can send off Yankee Stadium with a run for the ages. But if even if they don’t — even if, by New York standards, the Yanks fail this year — we’ll still be there, watching the game, loving (or hating) the players and remember why baseball is our National Pastime.

The Yanks face Zack Greinke and the Royals today at 1:05 p.m. Enjoy it.

Damon DH
Jeter SS
Abreu RF
A. Rodriguez 3B
Giambi 1B
Nady LF
Cano 2B
I. Rodriguez C
Gardner CF

Ponson P

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2008 Draft Signing Period passes
The Jason Giambi market
  • LiveFromNewYork

    I really wish they would have given Yankee Stadium one final playoff season. Every time they left RISP or played with lackluster performances, they were so unaware (or don’t care) about the history they are leaving behind at each game.

    If half the team was injured and the other half was playing its heart out, I would not be angry…but they’re not and I am. Half the team IS injured and the other half act like it’s not big deal. Just slog through and enjoy the off season. Shame on you guys.

    Girardi has made a bunch of stupid managing decisions and though I think (hope) he can get better, I want Meachem fired at 3rd base. I think Girardi is overthinking things sometimes and the pinch hitting Melky decision is the single worst decision I’ve seen by an MLB manager in any game that I’ve witnessed (I’m sure there were dumber but I didn’t get to see it first hand). And now he’s calling for bunts when maybe that could have saved us at other times this season. It boggles the mind. Still I think he can be a good manager. I think he has what it takes. It also takes a team and his tends to not show up.

    I am convinced they could have played better even with the injuries. There are stories here this year….Moose’s extraordinary play…the last year at Yankee Stadium…that cannot be overlooked but the rest of the team has managed to NOT do them justice.

    It’s just sad and unfortunate and the Stadium and the fans deserved better.

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

      How can you say they don’t care because they don’t hit w/RISP? What kind of philosophy is that? Just because someone is not performing the way you want them to, the reason behind it is the belief that they don’t care? Isn’t that highly unfair and irrational? Who are you, or anyone to say whether these guys are caring? How does one player show you they care and another doesn’t? What do you base that one?

      You think the Minnesota Twins care about baseball more than any other organization in baseball just because they are excelling in some fluky ass stat like hitting with RISP?

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

      Also, the Stadium has been a part of thirteen straight October seasons, what more do you want? How can people be so spoiled? THIRTEEN STRAIGHT appearances in the playoffs, yet people are complaining that they are missing one year? Are you kidding me? In those thirteen straight appearances the Yanks have won four titles, in the Braves’ run of fourteen straight appearances, they won one title. One.

      Can people put things into perspective for a change? Seriously, just once can people appreciate what the Yankees have done instead of whining about one God Damn unfortunate season.

      Unbelievable.

  • jose

    as much as i want them to make the playoffs, i think that if they won the wildcard and played the angels and lost the first round, fans would be just as dissappointed as if they werent to make it

    ben hit it on the head though so lets just sit back and enjoy the game regardless

  • Ivan

    It has been a very dificult season for the yankees. Regular season has been below average, bad luck, the 08 draft wasn’t good and even the scandal with the dominican players and stuff didn’t help either.

    Hey maybe 08 may bring some tears and fustration but remember guys we have seen playoff baseball since 95 and sometimes some things must come to an end. I still think the yanks can make a run but each day/lost is a shot to my confidence with this team.

    All I gotta say is LETS GO YANKEES.

  • Andy In Rainy Daytona

    Everyone who is under 25, be happy at what you have been able to witness in these last 14 years.
    The Yankees will be back, and unlike 1982, it will not take 13 years.

  • Scott of 3 Kids Tickets

    I sat there at the stadium last night and when the wild pitch went by I said, “that’s the season” – and it was. That game is the season in a nutshell, a good bounce here, a timely hit there and we’re going to the playoffs. A wild pitch here, an error there, another choke by Alex and we’re not. (I am no longer calling him Arod, because only clutch players get kewl nicknames – not players who pad their HR total when it’s 10-1).
    When it was over, I said I never want to go back – I’ll see you guys at the new stadium. I need a fresh start. Bring on football.
    They won’t, but should release/put on waivers/give a pink slip and cab fare to all players whose contract runs out this year (like they should have done for Alex last year), and bring up kids in their place. It’s all about next year and the new stadium. This is from a guy who has alot of tickets left to sell for this year.

    It was a nice run, old Yankee Stadium. You deserved MUCH better, and I’m sad and sickened about it.

    -Scott

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

      He carried this team to the playoffs in 2007 by his God Damn self. Or does that not matter? He has been one of the big reasons we are even in a sniffing spot of the postseason. Look at his numbers, he is the most productive player on this fucking team.

      • Scott of 3 Kids Tickets

        “He carried the team to the playoffs in 2007″…
        Can you say contract year?

        …and what has he done ALL the other years he’s been here?

        Is little ol Madonna distacting Alex…wahhhhh!

        ‘Nuff said….

        -Scott

      • Babe’s Ghost

        I’ve always been supportive of Alex, mostly because I try and be supportive of all the Yankees. But you have to admit that he’s been pretty bad post ASG.

        Derek on the other hand, appears to have stepped it up, like he’s trying to will the team into the playoffs.

        Yeah, it looks terrible and if I were going to bet money on it, there’s no way I’d say they’re not making the playoffs. But if there’s one thing about this team, they always seem to jump back up the minute everyone starts counting them out.

  • Ellis

    Best post of the season, I completely agree! Let’s not forget why we love this game, amen. Thanks for reminding me, a 21-year-old spoiled yanks fan, that winning isn’t everything.

  • Shane

    SIGN THE BIG 3……

    ….HUNDRED POUNDER

    CC baby.

  • Ivan

    I think this season shows how important Jorge Posada is. We an all complain about the contract but his presence in the lineup is huge as well as his leadership. I’ll admit I took Posada for granted at times but he really is a significant part of this team. If it wasn’t for A-Rod crazy season Posada was the MVP of the yanks last season.

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

    Zack Greinke sucks … at not striking guys out.

    • Baseballnation

      for the season? Grienke actually been pretty good all season and has 137 K’s in 151 innings. And outside of the K’s he generates great movement on his pitches…

  • Ivan

    Yo did ya guys saw what Team USA basketball team did to Spain? Just absolutely crush their asses. I told people before this team might be best team since 92.

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

      Do they have an exact schedule when the team will play? I don’t want to keep flipping back and forth to check for hit.

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

    If anybody other than A-Rod did what he did in the ninth inning last night, would Michael Kay be a little bitch about it like he is now?

    • Stryker

      can anything happen with this team that WOULD make Michael Kay STOP being a little bitch about it like always?

      can’t stand him. he’s stuck in that “the yankees need to win the world series every year mentality” like many fans and 20 somethings out there.

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

    “Mitch Maier, we should mention that he’s no relation to Michael Bloomberg, rich mayor.”

    That was the lamest Kay joke of the year.

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

    Michael Kay: “We should point out that Mitch Maier has no relation to Michael Bloomberg, Rich Mayor.”

    Oh Michael, there isn’t enough insulin in the world…

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

    Just so everyone knows, my Madden IQ is 528. That’s like, a 110 ERA+.

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

      I hate ordering games online, the wait is annoying. Especially since I, like an idiot, waited until Friday evening to place the order. Probably wont get here until Tuesday (ordered it via overnight shipping).

      How’s those Fav-ruh to Coles connections coming along?

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

        Aight. I’ve haven’t played the game since 2007, so I’m a bit rusty.

        David Harris & Vernon Gholston are a beast LB combo.

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

          Yeah, I was playing the demo last night and I could tell that I better stay clear of online for a couple weeks.

          BTW, check out IGN’s preview on NBA 2K9, that game is absolutely gorgeous. And I mean gorgeous.

          • Ivan

            I can’t wait for 2K9. I thought 2k8 was superb especially with the ball handling and asortment of shots.

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

              Haven’t owned a basketball game since NBA 2K5.

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

                Never owned one. Just not a big fan of the sport.

  • Ivan

    It’s been a slow day today.

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

      It’s kind of like the wake of the season. Everybody is not ready to say their ultimate goodbyes on the year, but it’s basically recognized this shit is over.

      • Stryker

        part of me wants the team to keep losing so they can get a better spot in the draft order, albeit the 09 draft is projected to be considerably weaker.

        if i ran the yankees and they were still closer to last place than to first place when the rosters expand, i’d ask for all the hotter talent from the minors and just do some talent evaluating. give the regular starters a half day – maybe 5 innings or so, and let the kids play the rest and see what they’ve got to offer.

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

    Peter Gammons told this story on BBTN. The ChiSox owner back in the day didn’t want to pay for all the extra pine tar his guys were using, so he pushed the league to make a rule that limited how much pine tar players could put on their bats.

    And the rest is history…

    • Ivan

      I learn something today.

  • THE Dread Pirate Roberts

    i’m afraid i’ve gone over to the dark side

    if this team isn’t going to make the playoffs … and i’d say that probability is less than 5%, then i want losing and *lots* of it

    i figure we’ve got to finish below .500 to be guaranteed a bottom 15 finish … which is where we’ll need to be to secure a protected 1st round pick

    we play today, we get one step closer to a high draft pick today

    c’mon everybody … say it with me!

  • joe

    Who would have ever thought sidney ponson would be remotely useful?

  • THE Dread Pirate Roberts

    ummm. WTF just happened there? jeter never moved from the box. i thought interference mandated the runner being out?

    • A.D.

      that wasn’t interference

      • THE Dread Pirate Roberts

        actually it was. batter’s interference.

        • THE Dread Pirate Roberts

          well, guess not … “unintentional contact” … michael kay stands corrected.

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

    Let’s go A-Rod!

  • beezr

    Strike followed by a double play.

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

      Nice call.

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

    Two Sliders in the first three pitches with the bases juiced and nobody out in the fourth inning? Shenanigans!

  • A.D.

    Bobby Meacham has gotten gun shy

  • A.D.

    Not a strike, but pretty damn close

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

    Put it this way, if you’re not going to give him credit for coming through early in the game, you can’t be a bitch about him not coming through early in the game.

  • A.D.

    these are your 2008 yankees

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

      It’s kind of sad to see, you just feel these guys putting these two ton weights on their chest.

  • CJ

    I’ve defended A-Rod forever, but I can’t hold out any longer. He’s a choke artist.

  • Stryker

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_BV-js9OtLY

    this is why i hate michael kay. add this to the “when you get hit by a pitch, don’t you just want to cry?” line and i’m gladly putting the game on mute.

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

      Classic.

  • Mulls

    why bat giambi and arod back to back they kill us in these big rbi situations..its clear now that we have to sign manny ramirez this offseason if only to usurp arod from being ”the guy” this lineup has to count on

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

      We counted on him last year, how did that turn out?

  • THE Dread Pirate Roberts

    we play today … we get one step closer to a protected draft pick today

    i see alex and jason got the memo …

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

    Sidney Ponson: “Fuck you doing getting two doubles off of Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera?”

  • Ivan

    Well that’s the 08 yanks this year.

    Watch next season they hit like .290 in RISP.

  • A.D.

    Figure all the “unclutchness” could turn around in a big way last year

    • A.D.

      next year

  • A.D.

    Ponson, back as a Yankee next year?

    • Ivan

      no.

  • Ivan

    Yo who’s the top players in the 09 draft.

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

      Stephen Strasburg, RHP, SDSU
      Alex White, RHP, UNC
      Kyle Gibson, RHP, Missouri
      Dustin Ackley, CF, UNC
      Grant Green, SS, USC

      That’s in no particular order, don’t know much of anything about the HS class right now.

      • Ivan

        Which player you would like the yanks to have? I would love to have a top notch position player.

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

          Gibson, he’s a stud amongst studs. Electric stuff, big long rail thin frame that oozes projection. Neither Green or Ackley is cornerstone type player, although they’re very good.

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

            The 2009 draft class is looking very thin, probably the worst since 2000.

            • Ivan

              yeah 2000 was awful, just like NBA 2000 draft.

            • http://yankeesfuture.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

              that means it’s a terrible class

              • http://yankeesfuture.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

                as in WOW THAT’S FUCKING TERRIBLE!

          • Ivan

            It seem that Ackley is not projected to be a CF by some reports.

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

              He’s been playing 1B, but his best position is CF, that’s where his tools fit best. He’s a waste of athleticism on a corner spot.

              • Ivan

                Ackley intrigues me, he may not be a cornerstone player but the tools are really good right.

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

                  Yes, OBP freak, not much power. He’s very Damon-esque, with less power, more OBP and a better arm.

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

            How could Gibson possibly fall to us? Is he a DES?

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

              No, he’d have to ask for a ton of money. I’m think he’s a Boras guy, I know Strasburg is.

              • Ivan

                Boras always plays a factor in these drafts all the time.

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

                  I really don’t think it was he who was behind the Gerrit Cole situation. I truly believe Cole’s father has a very good reason in his mind on why he didn’t want his son to sign.

                  Seriously, why would Scott Boras not even entertain an offer when he would have to wait three years to hear another offer?

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

      http://www.saberscouting.com/2.....09hshot30/

      Those are thirty of the top prep stars.

      For college players, I only know of likely number one pick, Steven Strasburg, and Kyle Gibson.

  • Ivan

    when ponson pitches well and you still lose, you must really suck on offense.

  • A.D.

    5 spots away from a protected pick! that would be redic

    • THE Dread Pirate Roberts

      i figure we’ve got to drop below .500 to lock it up …

      we play today … we get one step closer to a protected pick today

      Pudge got the memo!

      • A.D.

        Houston holds lucky 15 right now, and they’re 2 games over

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

          Yanks are holding the 20th pick right now. I can’t remember the last time their true pick fell that low, maybe 1995?

  • Ivan

    Nah come on. While the yanks may not make the playoffs, we still have to root for them to win man.

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

      I still haven’t given up yet. I damn sure haven’t felt this bad about a potential postseason spot before, but I still think it’s not over. There’s still about six weeks left, a lot can happen. I know the 2007 Rockies and Mets don’t happen every year, but they do happen.

    • A.D.

      of course, especially since they probably won’t get the 15th pick and loose the pick from FA signings

      • THE Dread Pirate Roberts

        well. besides that 8 game run to start the 2nd half, this team is 2 games under .500.

        we’re going to play a lot of teams still fighting for the post-season. i can very easily see us slipping below the 15th spot.

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

    I dunno about you guys, but I’ll be rooting my ass off for Moose to get 20 wins this year. The season looks bleak, but that’s a bright spot.

    • Ivan

      and Hughes pitching the rest of the season.

      Think about this Hughes at 22 would be his senior season or the end of it.

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

        If he went to school and was drafted last year as a junior, he’d be in AA right now. Instead he’s already got 19 ML starts under his belt. See that, Gerrit?

        I kid, I kid.

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

          I kid, I kid.

          No you don’t. ;)

        • Ivan

          Speaking of that honestly, if he went to college, and was drafted last season, where would he been ranked or drafted?

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

            Hughes? Assuming he developed the same way (a stretch given the workload he would have endured in college), he would have been a candidate for 1st overall. Hughes, Price and Wieters would have been the top guys on draft day.

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

      Fuck what everybody says, this team is still one of the best in the Major Leagues. A fluky stat like hitting w/RISP should not determine that.

      • Ivan

        No Mass has been saying that all season.

        Again next season watch them like .295 in that department.

        I said it before it’s been somewhat of a fluky season.

  • Ivan

    If the yanks don’t make the postseason, anybody gonna watch the postseason? I still might.

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

      I will, without a doubt.

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

      Yeah, as much as I hate him, Josh Beckett is a beauty to watch in October. Also, I want to see what the Rays have to offer in October. Also want to see if the Twins can continue their bullshit w/RISP throughout October. The Cubbies will be an interesting story and I’m rooting for the Brewers.

      My dream World Series will be the Rays and Brewers.

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

        My dream World Series will be the Rays and Brewers.

        That would be FOX’s nightmare.

      • THE Dread Pirate Roberts

        i think the WS i least want to see is Sox vs Cubs … though i’m sure that Fox execs jerk off at least once a day in anticipation

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

    Ponson’s been rather impressive the last few weeks.

    • A.D.

      Pitching himself to a nice contract somewhere last year

      • A.D.

        next year, why the hell do i keep writing last

  • A.D.

    BG!

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

    Heeeeeeeey, XBH for Gardy!

  • Mike Pop

    If Ponson keeps this up will he be in the rotation next year ?

    • THE Dread Pirate Roberts

      no.

  • Ivan

    Hey Jamal since your Blazers fan what are your expectation this upcomming year?

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

      Jeez, have no idea. I want to see how Greg Oden’s body reacts in the preseason. LaMarcus Aldridge needs to cut down on those damn turnovers, a forward does not need to be turning the ball over on the wrong side of 1.50 per game. Brandon Roy is a fucking stud, but that chemistry between he and Oden needs to be created before anything can truly come to fruition.

      I don’t expect us to have a lottery pick next draft, but I don’t think we’ll be serious contenders for the playoffs either.

      I just want Oden to have a Dwight Howard type pace. Get used to the league, adjust for a couple years, then blow the fuck up. :D

      • Ivan

        I think the Blazers are gonna be good, maybe not as good as people want to expect but good nevertheless. The is cleary Greg Oden. I,ve said before he’s the most physically gifted C I,ve ever seen. Not just athelticism but the skill set (playing with a broken hand in Ohio State still killing with the left yikes)

        Brandon Roy is just terrific. Hey may not be flashy but does everything extremely well especially his ball handling and passing ability which are very good.

  • THE Dread Pirate Roberts

    does that mean i can’t call gardner Slappy McGirlyswing anymore???

  • Mike Pop

    We freaken suck I cant defend our lineup anymore

  • Mike Pop

    It really is pathetic to watch

  • A.D.

    Paul Byrd was the last SP to make type B free agent last year, is Ponson potentially in that territory if he finishes this season strong?

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

      No way. Innings count for a lot.

    • THE Dread Pirate Roberts

      i was just thinking about that … i really kind of doubt it … pontoon’s last couple of years have been AWFUL, AWFUL, AWFUL.

      i don’t think 1 good year would be enough to negate that …

      i’m no expert though …

  • Mike Pop

    My hope for the resst of the season is cano picks it up hits well and Hughes comes back and pitches well and the same with joba.. also i would lik to see gardener show he is major league caliber…

    • A.D.

      Gardner, chance to give him a leg up on the starting CF job next year

  • Mike Pop

    worst baseball team they had in years

  • Ivan

    While there’s gonna be changes to this offense and should be, I thnk if you stay with the same players next season, their gonna put up much better #’s next season.

    • A.D.

      Yanks and the Tigers….watch out next year

      • Ivan

        Not with that pitching the Tigers aren’t especially if Verlander is not having an very good year. Can anybody see CC going to the Tigers?

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

          I can see it, but the Tigers are better off spending the $25M per to fill other holes. The can have all the aces they want, they aren’t winning with that pen.

          • Ivan

            True but it’s much easier to fix a pen than a rotation. Your not winning with Robertson, Rogers and it kills the Tigers that Verlander fell off somewhat this year

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

        Hell no, the Tigers still suck next season. They probably did some damage to Justin Verlander by increasing his innings so rapidly. Joel Zumaya will potentially be a starter next season so that weakens an already putrid bullpen. Their offense (which got career years from Magglio Ordonez and Curtis Granderson, huge seasons from Edgar Renteria and Placido Polanco in 2007) just got a year older. Their farm system is almost baron.

        Also, they are committed to Jeremy Bonderman, Nate Robertson, and Dontrelle Willis for years. That team is going nowhere fast.

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

          Edgar Renteria was a Brave in 2007…

        • Ivan

          I would go that far in saying there going no where fast. They still have alot of talent. What killed there season was the pitching and having a mediocre season from Verlander especially the start of the season. That said they need to improve their starting pitching and bullpen. Maybe Bonderman breaks out like we say every year.

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

      I don’t think there should be any major changes to the offense. I do want Bobby Abreu and Jason Giambi to walk, but I can’t come up with a viable replacement for Giambi at First Base. Sign Rafael Furcal and put Derek Jeter at First Base? Play Juan Miranda in a platoon?

      • A.D.

        Miranda in a platoon might not be a bad idea, maybe try and get a Doug Mien… to be a defensive replacement.

        Else sign a Juan Rivera, and have him or Nady play 1B

      • Ivan

        I just don’t see Jeter ever moving even though he should.

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

    Another quality start for Ponson. Unreal.

    • A.D.

      pitching for his offseason bar tabs

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

    At least Girardi’s learned that Marte is best used as a LOOGY. It’s progress.

    • Ivan

      Marte has been awful since arriving here.

  • A.D.

    Did marte just yell to someone “Do you want to pitch”

  • http://deleted Randy

    i don’t trust bruney, who is allergic to strikes, in this situation.

  • THE Dread Pirate Roberts

    hey! it’s Baba Bruney.

    or perhaps his evil twin … BB Bruney

  • A.D.

    Just how you draw it up

  • http://deleted Randy

    let’s build on this!

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

    Whoops!

    Well they traded for a declining Edgar Renteria that had a huge season in 2007.

    The Tigers are like the A.L. version of the Mets, the window is inches away from closing for years to come.

    • A.D.

      that trade was aweful, just terrible

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

        Speaking of terrible, how about that Braves rotation. Smoltz and Glavine might be done, Hudson had TJ, and Mike Hampton is Mike Hampton. their rotation next year is going to be Jair Jurrjens and pray for 4 days of rain.

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

          Chuck James gave up 10-HR in 29.2-IP in the Major Leagues this year. Ouch Babe.

          Julio Teheran is having a nice stateside debut. He has given up a lot of runs but his peripherals look great (SSS alert).

        • Ivan

          Speaking of the Braves, they have just fallen off the last couple years. Texiera trade certainly didn’t help them in the future.

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

        I have to admit, I never thought Jair Jurrjens could be this good. Also, even if he was going to be this good, I didn’t think he he would get here so fast.

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

          Same here. I never though Adam Wainwright would be that good either.

      • Ivan

        Jair Jurrjens is a guy who is a breakout canidate next season.

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

          Didn’t he breakout this season?

          • Ivan

            Probably, but he can certainly pitcher better. His stuff is much better than I thought.

          • Ivan

            Then again after looking at his #’s he did broke out.

  • A.D.

    lets go X

    • THE Dread Pirate Roberts

      X Man got the memo …

  • http://deleted Randy

    i can’t believe this. i probably should but i can’t.

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

    You know things aren’t going right when even X(BH) can’t get it going.

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

    I said my dream World Series this year contains the Rays and the Brewers (no Yankee picks, I’m too superstitious). What about you guys? Remember, your dream picks, not your projected picks.

    • http://deleted Randy

      at this point because of what happened at the deadline, dodgers-sox with torre and manny sticking it to boston.

      • THE Dread Pirate Roberts

        dodgers v angels would be nice … i could go to the games

        otherwise, rays vs diamondbacks … just cause it would make Fox executives weep in their blow …

        • THE Dread Pirate Roberts

          or rays v brewers … same reason AND my mom’s family is from wisconsin

          of course, that is balanced by the small amount of joy it might bring to Seligula … so i’m torn …

          • Ivan

            TB and Florida WS.

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

      Dodgers vs Angels.

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

    If Cano cared that would have been a Home Run.

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

      He doesn’t have a passion for the game.

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

    Yay, tie game.

    • Ivan

      we have a game going on.

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

    Tony Pena Jr. continues to contribute to that -21.3 VORP, worst on the planet.

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

      Really, Andruw Jones is better? Wow. That is surprising.

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

        Jones and Wify Mo Pena are at -16.3, second worst. TPJ has himself a comfortable lead.

      • Ivan

        Boy talk about a guy wasting talent.

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

    If Brett Boone was the manager of the 2003 Red Sox instead of in the booth during the greatest Home Run of my lifetime, how do you think he would react at first? What about you guys?

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

      Heh, tough call. Is it possible to be pissed and happy at the same time?

  • THE Dread Pirate Roberts

    SLAPPY MCGIRLYSWING!!!

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

    Ramon Ramirez is guy the Yanks would like to have back right now.

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

    B-Ref says Ransom has played a grand total of 25 games at first in his career, all in the minors.

  • Ivan

    If LeBron James takes the GW shot 9 times misses 8 of them, you still give him the ball. So the fuck what if Mo is not doing well in non-save situations, you still give him the ball.

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

      I think Kobe is the better example, but I get your point and I wholeheartedly agree. You can apply the same logic to Alex Rodriguez. I want him up there when the Yankees need runs the most.

      • Ivan

        Why is Kobe a better Example?

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

          I love LeBron James, I think he’s easily the best player in the game. However, Kobe Bryant is a better shooter and he has hit the game winning shot time and time again. Kobe is closer to the Mariano Rivera equivalent in basketball than LeBron James is.

          • Ivan

            LeBron is a Beat. I love Kobe. I still think that he gets a bum rap with the Shaq crap. Sure he’s not as big as LeBron but Kobe’s skill set is still crazy especially his ball handling ability. It’s an amazing how people say dumb shit to put Kobe Down.

            And the same people trying the to put Kobe Down are the same people trying to put LeBron down. Just watch.

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

              I’m not a Kobe fan, but to say he has any flaws in his game is just wrong. Just that LBJ does everything better, except shooting.

              • Ivan

                It’s the people who suck off Jordan and thinks he’s god who put players like Kobe/LeBron down.

  • THE Dread Pirate Roberts

    uh oh. i think maybe veras got the memo …

  • Ivan

    You know I was a Jose Veras fan but he really impress me this year.

    • Ivan

      I was not a Jose Veras fan. fix that.

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

    Do they have a nickname for every type of ball put into play?

    My favorite one has to be when a batter tries to pull an outside pitch and he “rolls” his hands over. I think it’s Rex Hudler who says it in MLB 08: The Show, “Ham and eggs, roll ‘em over!” That one gets me every time.

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

    When’s the last time Mo had a save situation, last game in Texas?

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

      The second game in Minny, the one he blew. The one where A-Rod was “CLUTCH!!1!1!!!!111!”

      • Ivan

        You were not gonna forget that one lol.

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

        Oh yeah, the Delmon Young game.

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

          Yeah, the first of many with that title.

  • Ivan

    What ever happen to Wilson Betemit plate Disipline?

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

    That was Betmit’s first walk since July 19th, 45 plate appearances ago.

    • A.D.

      yikes

  • Ivan

    Royals got a good BP.

  • Ivan

    Nady got smoked.

  • Ivan

    Yanks do their job as usual.

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

    Wow, no Mo in a tie game.

  • TheFlip2k1

    watchin the yanks hit is like being trapped in a twilight zone… its like the whole world is playin a joke on me and im the only one that doesnt know… never been this frustrated in my life

  • Ivan

    somewhat surprise Mo is not in the game.

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

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....re=related

    Practice. Playoffs? Practice. Playoffs?

    Hysterical.

  • Ivan

    Good Job Edwar.

  • TheFlip2k1

    pudges mugshot on gameday is not very flattering…

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

      Fat guy in a little coat hat … fat guy in a little coat hat

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

    Wow, why did Pudge just take off?

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

    Eh, take a chance, why the fuck not with the way the team has been playing.

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

    Check out Brett Gardner with a .750 OBP today.

    • Ivan

      never saw that from Melky.

  • Ivan

    Bunt with Damon?

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

      Yeah, seriously.

  • TheFlip2k1

    for the sweet love of god can we score a run

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

    Why isn’t J. Christ in for Pudge?

    • NYFan50

      Punishment for yesterday?

    • Ivan

      he might slip and bust his ass.

  • Ivan

    I would have bunted but understanable call.

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

      Yeah, Johnny Damon is the Yanks’ best hitter w/RISP. I like the ballsy call with the run-and-hit with Gradner.

  • Ivan

    4-6-3 is up.

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

      I was supposed to be happy when he proved you wrong, but alas…

      • Ivan

        you did, he hit into a 6-4-3

  • TheFlip2k1

    come on captain!!

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

    Bonus baseball.

  • A.D.

    to be expected, gidp for jeter, on a pitch that probably was a ball

  • Ivan

    The rally killer Derek Jeter strikes again. it’s been a while since he hit into a DP so he was due.

  • bklynJT

    hhaaha… did anyone doubt that would happen??? I called it… strikeout followed by double play from Jeter. These yankees are so predictable.

  • Manimal

    Just got home and turns out the game is blacked out(stupid saturday afternoon games)

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

      Blacked out on MLB.TV? Why would a 1PM game on YES be blacked out?

      • Manimal

        MLB extra innings always blacks out saturday afternoon games here. Don’t really know why…

  • TheFlip2k1

    i swear im in a twilight zone… the whole world is playin a joke on me

  • bklynJT

    F this team. I hope they fall into the worst 15 records so that their first pick is protected.

    • bklynJT

      Question, is our first round compensation pick for not signing Cole, protected in next year’s draft? ie. if we sign two Type A free agents.

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

        Yes, all compensation picks are protected, no matter how they are obtained.

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

    I really like what Girardi did that inning. Why automatically give up an out with your best hitter w/RISP at the plate? You would like to think Derek Jeter can be Jeter, but hey, shit doesn’t work out.

    Michael Kay, shut your fat fucking mouth.

    • bklynJT

      I’m not watching on Yes.. are you mocking Kay, cause that is normally the stance he takes.

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

        I wasn’t mocking him and you’re right, Kay does say that. I know why he changed his stance, his belief is that you shouldn’t do that early in the game.

    • Ivan

      persoanlly I would of bunted but I understand why he didn’t. Jeter has been bad this year.

  • Ivan

    Look at Cashman face.

  • Ivan

    Im calling it, A-Rod walk off HR.

    • Ivan

      I’d tried.

  • TheFlip2k1

    i like not bunting damon… i mean therye 4 for their last 685 with runner on 3rd and less than 2 outs… why would the 9th be any different? let ur best hitter hit… maybe he will ((gasp)) drive in a run!

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

    Betemit walked twice in the same game? Wow.

  • Ivan

    pinch run for Betemit with Christian. Try steal a base.

  • Ivan

    This offense sucks.

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

    That couldn’t happen on 2004 because?

  • Ivan

    Check out the line by Michael Felix. YIKES.

    http://web.minorleaguebaseball.....x_hicafx_1

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

      Oof. 55-72 K/BB ratio

      • Ivan

        you notice that in that game, his ERA had stars no #’s. YIKES.

    • A.D.

      so far not living up to a 2nd round pick

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

    ZOMG MO’S IN TEH TIE GAME!1!1!

    G.O.A.T. bitches.

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

      What’s “G.O.A.T.”?

      Also, what’s the theory behind TINSTAAPP? I know what it stands for, but I don’t get why people say that.

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

        G.O.A.T. = Greatest of All-Time.

        TINSTAAPP is retarded, it was created to draw attention. The theory is that a pitcher is either polished and knows what he’s doing, making him a “pitcher,” or he’s still learning and is just a thrower. TINSTAAPP says there’s no middle group, you’re either a pitcher or you aren’t.

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

          So it’s basically just a bunch of assholes being anal with word selection. Got it.

  • Ivan

    instead of John buck, it should be John Suck.

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

    55/63-K/BB…As a pitcher! Nice 2.71-GO/AO ratio though.

  • Ivan

    this ump sucks.

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

    These extra innings are really cutting into my Madden time.

    • http://yankeesfuture.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

      I feel your pain…

    • steve

      i know what you mean, this is killing my laying on the couch time

      i have mlb.tv so i’m stuck in my computer chair.

      • A.D.

        gotta rig it up to the tv, thats what I did before I moved back to YES territory

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

          How do you rig up your laptop to your T.V.? I can watch media files on my T.V. that are on my laptop via my PS3, but how can you watch stuff that aren’t saved to your laptop on your T.V.?

          • A.D.

            several ways depending on the TV/Computer that you have, regardless there’s usually a video out port or a s video cable on many computers, that can hook right into a tv (quality is a little less)

            Nicer/newer TVs/Computers have HDMI ports or the tv has a port which is generally used to connect the computer to a monitor

        • steve

          ya i want too but i have crappy tv in my room, i gotta get extra innings next year.

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

    Can some explain to me why we are are owning the shot out of the fucking Kansas City Royals?

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

      I understand they threw Zach Greinke at us, but damn, it’s a tad frustrating.

  • A.D.

    When did David Robertson get called back up?

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

      He never went down.

      • A.D.

        that explains it

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

      Was never sent down.

    • Ivan

      He was always here. He was never sent down.

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

    So one more inning out of D-Rob, then it’s down to Traber and Britton. Yikes.

    • A.D.

      could go to Rasner, bring Hughes up tomorrow, or someone else from the minors

      • http://yankeesfuture.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

        except that Hughes is going to start tomorrow even if hell freezes over…

  • Ivan

    Yo Brian Cashman looks mad piss.

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

    Brian Cashman (in his best Darth Vader impersonation): “The force is weak in these bitches.”

  • Ivan

    you could of did that last time Jeter.

  • http://yankeesfuture.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

    “Jeter, a threat to run…stole his 8th base yesterday.” Yes, a threat to run. That ‘s why it’s August and he has only 8 swipes and 11 attempts. That’s right Michael Kay. Idiot…

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

      Honestly, why the hell has Jeter been so reluctant to run these past two years? Are his legs that bad?

      • Ivan

        he’s old. Lotta millege in those legs.

  • Ivan

    Lets go Abreu.

  • Ivan

    Hit and Run?

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

      Wouldn’t be wise, not with A-Rod on-deck.

  • Ivan

    iight A-Rod.

  • Ivan

    just a solid single A-Rod.

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

    I would issue the pass to A-Rod here if I was Trey Hillman. I know that sets you up for the sac-fly, but Wilson Betemit is a major strikeout threat.

  • Ivan

    Please A-Rod don’t strikeout.

    • Ivan

      GIDP.

  • http://yankeesfuture.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

    He’s taken some good hacks

  • Ivan

    So far A-Rod is having a tough A-Bat.

  • http://yankeesfuture.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

    eh, not the worst thing ever…

  • A.D.

    At least it wasn’t a DP…chances are Betemit doesn’t come through

  • http://yankeesfuture.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

    Ideal situation for me: Betemit walks again and the X-man gets the walk-off.

  • Ivan

    I gotta say this, Fuckin Albert pujols would of gotten a hit there. I love A-Rod but’s true.

  • Babe’s Ghost

    Aparently Arod’s strategy for avoiding the DJ_GIDP syndrome is to not hit the ball hard. Show’s he’s thinking

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

    Walk-off balk?

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

    Kay is hilarious. “I don’t get it, why let him take second? Diving stop by a middle infielder and it’s an easy force at second.”

    If only diving stops were routine plays.

  • http://yankeesfuture.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

    long lay-off–does D-Rob come back?

  • Ivan

    Betemit patience has been good in this game.

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

    Don’t tell me Betemit is going to walk 3 times in one game…

    • http://yankeesfuture.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

      jinx

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

    Joel Peralta is an asshole.

    • http://yankeesfuture.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

      no, he just has balls

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

    Man, 2-2 and 3-2 changes … oof.

  • Stephen

    I’ve realized that the best thing is to expect failure from the Yankees. That way, they can only meet or exceed my expectations.

  • Ivan

    It was too good to be true for Betemit.

  • steve

    i think the whole world knew betemit was striking out there … no way hes walking 3 times in 3 at bats

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

    Michael Kay, I intend to kick you in the nuts.

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

    This game was 20+ innings written all over it. I just had to plug in my laptop for the second time during this game.

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

      I keep mine plugged in all the time when I’m home, is that not wise?

      • A.D.

        overcharges the battery, should take the batt out if you do that

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

          My laptop is built so that the battery is external. Actually acts as an ass sort of, the laptop rests on it.

          • A.D.

            yeah got that on mine, then I can just pop it out when its 100% charged

            sony vaio?

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

        I dunno, but I do know that if you keep your cell phone plugged in all the time, the battery life will deteriorate quicker. Not sure if that applies to laptops.

        I unplug mine because I tend to move around the room and sit in various spots depending on how the Yanks are doing. If the left side of the couch isn’t working, I’ll try the right, if that doesn’t work I’ll move over to the love seat, and so on.

        • A.D.

          it applies to laptops also, all batteries

  • Ivan

    Yo this ump strikezone is awful.

  • Ivan

    Nice Chnage ups by Robertson.

  • Ivan

    Im really impress by Robertson.

  • http://yankeesfuture.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

    Imagine if Jose Molina comes in and hits a pinch-hit walk-off HR. It would remind me of Bubba Crosby c. 2005

  • steve

    please end this game. i’m hung over as balls.

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

    According to BA, the Royals have also spent in excess of $10M on their 2008 draft picks. They join the Red Sox as the only other reported club.

    I was one of those that believed the Royals drafted Tim Melville as a compensation plan if they were unable to sign Eric Hosmer. The fact that they signed both is nothing short of “UUUUUUGE”.

    • A.D.

      nice to see these organizations spending some of their revenue sharing, and general revenue, better for the game

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

      Glad to see the Yanks revenue sharing dollars hard at work.

      • http://yankeesfuture.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

        hey, that’s why socialism is a great idea. just look at it in baseball!

  • http://yankeesfuture.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

    game over?

    • http://yankeesfuture.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

      naw

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

        This game has gone so long that I see you’ve gone insane and have started talking to yourself.

        • http://yankeesfuture.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

          haha

  • http://yankeesfuture.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

    Soon I’ll have to watch the Favre and the Jets…damn

  • http://yankeesfuture.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

    hey kay, wanna bunt pudge too?

  • http://yankeesfuture.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

    Let’s go Brett!!

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

    Brett Gardner, the only man who can win this game.

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

    Walk-off infield double by Gardner?

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

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/.....nso-c.html

    Damn yo. I wonder if Votto is available, Jocketty loves trading kids for veterans.

    • A.D.

      move him to the outfield

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

    I love Gardner’s Plate Appearances.

  • http://yankeesfuture.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

    GARDNER!!!!!!!!!

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

    Brett Mother Fucking Gardner!!

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

    Melky who?

  • A.D.

    BG defines clutch!

  • http://yankeesfuture.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

    Now THAT is clutch, bitches.

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

    Gardner got on base 4 times that game.

  • A.D.

    BG making his case to be the CF, very nice game today

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

    That’s awesome, Justin Christian was the first one out of the dugout to congratulate Gardner.

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

    Hey, Seattle took the lead against the Twinkies. Things are looking up.

  • Ivan

    It feels damn good that the yankees won today.