Game 127: A very merry Halladay to you

Pavano to start Saturday
Tight rope wins for all

It’s a match-up for the ages. One man is a fat Aruban; the other is a nasty sinkerballer from Colorado. One of them will emerge victorious.

Okay, so perhaps tonight’s Yankee game — pitting Sidney Ponson against Roy Halladay — isn’t quite the dramatic match-up for the ages, but this game could be closer than anyone would expect. On the season Ponson is 7-3 with a 4.19 ERA, and in his middle age (for a baseball player), he’s become a ground ball specialist. Call him Chien-Ming Wang Lite. Roy Halladay meanwhile is 14-9 with a 2.64 ERA. He too is a ground ball specialist.

The rub here is that Roy Halladay has not allowed a run to the Yankees since the first inning of a start he made on June 3. That’s a streak of 14 scoreless innings. Yikes.

As it is everyday, tonight’s game is one the Yankees need to win. Tampa and Boston enjoy a night off, and the Yanks have to make up ground whenever they can. Easier said than done.

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

Ponson P

Game Notes: In case you missed the news, Carl Pavano is starting on Saturday. Pavano has made two starts since June 27, 2005 and is in the final year of a four-year, $39.95-million contract.

Pavano to start Saturday
Tight rope wins for all
  • bill

    The Yankees have to work the count to get Halladay out of the game. If he’s on, it could be a repeat of last time: 9IP, 2H, 0R, 8K.

    • giselle

      this time we’ve got hot bats w/ jeter, abreu, cano, and damon. we’ll get more than 2 hits tonight i bet.

      • bill

        Yeah, I guess, but Halladay could shut anyone down, hot or cold. But I have a little more confidence in the Yanks this time around.

  • Rick in Boston

    Wang Lite? More like Wang Heavy.

  • Marc

    You have two Leftfielders with no starting CF in your lineup.

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

      Johnny Damon has the range to be an average CF, you just worry about the arm with him. As a LF, only Cal Crawford got to more balls than Johnny Damon did in the American League.

      • Capital T

        His arm cost us a R in the 1st. No way Lind tags and goes to 3rd if the CF has any thing resembling an arm

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

      Thanks. It’s been corrected.

      • giselle

        peter abraham made the same mistake. hmm….

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

          Shhhh ;)

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

      Oh, my bad. Did not know you meant that literally.

      • r.w.g.

        It’s kind of like that for Johnny these days.

  • bill

    AJax is not in the lineup tonight for Trenton. Is this an injury or a simple day off? I’m about to have a heart attack

  • D.B.

    Chris Garcia is finally healthy! Im happy

    • bill

      Where do you think he’ll end up next year? Do you think he can finish the season in AA if he dominates High A, like he’s doing now? I’m excited about Garcia. He has the stuff.

      • D.B.

        Yeah, I think he’ll start in Tampa for the warm weather but if he can string together a few good starts in April, he should be in AA by May or June.

  • mustang

    “Ponson is 7-3 with a 4.19 ERA, and in his middle age (for a baseball player),”

    Middle age he is 31 !!!!!
    Sometimes you can be a cold, cold man Ben K.
    LOL

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

      Well, it’s the middle of his career. I’m just tellin’ it like it is! :)

  • Nady Nation

    Anyone else see that YawkeyWay Store ad above? I almost threw up in my mouth

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

      If anyone else sees it, screencap, note the URL and e-mail it to us. We’ll make sure that doesn’t happen again.

      • Jack

        What was it?

      • http://www.workwithpete.com Pete

        Supposedly there was one on Bronx Banter today too. Someone’s idea of a cruel joke, I suppose.

  • Andy in Slightly Flooded Daytona

    Just watched the NBC National News, and the last story ended

    …..”This is Tiki Barber, NBC News, Beijing”.

    Well, good for him.

    • Nady Nation

      Hahaha. I prefer “This is Eli Manning, Super Bowl MVP and Champion, New York.”

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

      ”This is Epic Fail, NBC News, Beijing”.

      Fixed.

    • Gary

      Tiki Barber is a jackass. An egotistical jackass. You can see how much he and the tattoo boy that was the Giants’ tight end were missed once each was gone from the huddle. I am an Eagles fan who’s very happy for Eli now that Mr. Manning doesn’t have to listen to two non-team players sniping at him and finally got to call the plays for his team. Tiki can stay in Beijing for all I give a shit. And he can keep Al Roker and Matt Lauer with him too for company because they are almost as annoying as Barber.

  • Ivan

    Lets Go Yanks

    • Nady Nation

      Touche

  • Andy in Slightly Flooded Daytona

    A Brooklyn woman died in Daytona Beach today swimming in the ocean.
    Just a tip for anyone coming down here….when there is a Tropical Storm, battering the coast, don’t go swimming.

  • Ivan

    DJ why bunt?

  • bill

    Nice start for the Yanks. Please dont ground into a double play!

  • Ivan

    Hit and Run here?

  • Marc

    HAHAHA stupid twat!

  • Ivan

    Alright, lets get a big hit here.

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

    Can’t hit it much harder than that.

    • mustang

      Yes he can.

    • Ivan

      Yes you can, outta the ballpark.

  • Marc

    For the love of god, Arod don’t look lost at the plate or strike out!!!!!

    • Marc

      Atleast he got good wood on it

  • mustang

    “THE BLACK HOLE” and friends.

  • Ivan

    at least he some balls hard off Halladay.

  • bill

    I thought that was at least in the gap

  • bill

    lets go Sir Sidney

  • Ivan

    Sindey Ponson AKA Russian Roulette.

  • Old Ranger

    Bobby pulled off that pitch. 27/09?

  • Ivan

    I guess the Bluejays started to know that Eckstein suck.

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

    no range…

  • Ivan

    that hit is on the defense right there.

  • Old Ranger

    Where is Brett? 27/09?

  • bill

    Abreu is terrible out there

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

      He didn’t see the ball. If you watch the replay closely, you see him say that.

      • bill

        He’s still terrible range-wise. So is Damon

  • Ivan

    Pudge just smoked that ball to second.

  • MJM

    Not that it was entirely Damon’s fault, but his play out there is almost making me miss Melky. Almost…

  • mustang

    Can someone please tell what the fuck is wrong with Yankees outfield?
    DAMN

    • bill

      No range, old legs

    • Old Ranger

      No Brett/Justin with good legs and glove. 27/09?

    • Gary

      The Yanks are a bad team. The Yankees brass allowed the team to get old and basically disintegrate on or about 2003. The team grew old, Giambi without the juice is pretty ordinary; ARod is just not a true Yankee in the sense that he cannot come up huge in October; Damon got old; in short, it’s a team of DH’s playing aginst younger, faster teams that are better than they are. The attitudes of Cano, Melky, and Kennedy are a case in point. Compare their collective attitudes with that of Paul O’Neill and Bernie Williams. That’s a huge difference as well. All is not lost if the Yanks are wise and dip into the free agent pool and come up big. But in his prime, George Steinbrenner would have a better chance of diving off the Throgs Neck Bridge than ever allowing the Mets to grab a sexy free agent such as Johan Santana over them. That Hughes and Kennedy did not win ONE GAME ALL YEAR is actually hard to believe.

  • Ivan

    DJ playing that hard D.

  • bill

    Nice plays by Jeter this inning, especially the last one. We’re seeing vintage Jeter lately

  • Ivan

    Rios hits a lazy flyball that was a hit, while A-Rod hits on the button and he’s out, go figure.

  • D.B.

    igawa or pavano?

  • r.w.g.

    Jason really cant do that more often?

  • Ivan

    Giambi opposite field hit.

  • Ivan

    This won’t be easy.

  • mustang

    It’s like watching the Bad News Bears, but not at all funny.

  • Chris

    Why on earth did Halladay throw a sinker down and away to Giambi when the entire infield is on the right side? There was no way that Giambi could have pulled that pitch.

  • bill

    They look so pathetic against good pitching

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

    Man, Ponson is getting TATTOOED. That laser by Rios, now that rocket by Overbay.

  • Old Ranger

    This could turn on us real fast. 1st & 3rd 1 out Ouch! 27/09?

    • Joe

      Nah, This is where our big cuddly Aruban settles down and it’s light’s out from here.

  • bill

    Oh god, Damon has a spighetti arm. I could throw harder than that

    • Gary

      No, just call him Fusilli Johnny.

  • Ivan

    I betcha Lind wouldn’t of ran if that was Melky but I can’t complain.

  • bill

    2-0 for Halladay. Doesnt look good

    • Ivan

      the game just started, a bloop and blast and it’s a new game.

  • Ivan

    Yanks are down 2 runs and Toronto are not even scortching the ball.

  • Old Ranger

    What say we get 3 in the 3rd? And put someone in CF that can catch/throw. 27/09?

    • Steve H

      Melky can catch and throw…………..

  • Marc

    Whats halladays numbers against the yanks??

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

      Lots of wins, not many losses, low ERA. That about sums it up.

  • Ivan

    didn’t Beckett win 20 games last year.

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

    What the fuck is Kay talking about? Beckett won 20 games just last year.

    • bill

      Kay and Sterling never know what theyre talking about

    • Ivan

      and he said Beckett won 20 games in 05. When he was with the Marlins.

    • r.w.g.

      You should e-mail him and correct him. That way he can then tell us about the time he forgot Josh Beckett won 20 games during every game for the rest of time.

      • Ivan

        Has he corrected himself yet.

  • E-ROC

    Man, what is up with all these famous people dying this year?! Bernie Mac, Isaac Hayes, Gene Upshaw, Heath Ledger…..Damn!

  • Marc

    You may dislike Kay, but havin to listen to the opposing teams announcers on mlb.tv reallllly sucks ass! I’d take Kay or Sterling over opposing teams boring ass announcers any day!

    • barry

      Haha you’re right, I had to watch a Nationals game a couple weeks ago when I was in O.C., MD and they didn’t even talk about baseball because the team sucks so bad. It was like watching a talk show.

  • Ivan

    Yes Damon, walk and let Halladay work and get his pitch count up.

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

    So let’s say Johnny Damon gets caught stealing that base right there. What would people be saying?

    Now, same situation, but it’s A-Rod you gets thrown out. What are they saying then?

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

      So true.

    • mustang

      If the same play as before it still a stupid play.

  • Ivan

    Man Halladay is on right now.

  • mustang

    Jeter is catching whatever A-Rod has he shouldn’t sit next to him.

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

      Not succeeding against a former Cy Young Award winner and potential 2008 Cy Young Award winner?

      • mustang

        Good one.
        LOL

      • Joe

        Moose’s Cy Young acceptance speech “It wasn’t until a good friend suggested that I throw like the old bastard that I am, you know a real Jamie Moyer type…”

  • Ivan

    What the fuck man, that’s like the third soft hit in this game.

    • Ivan

      again.

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

    Another rocket given up by Ponson.

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

      And another!

  • bill

    Damon is an AWFUL centerfielder. No range, no arm

    • r.w.g.

      The team doesn’t really have a choice. Matsui is getting at-bats right now because all year the team has hit poorly w/ RISP.

      There’s nowhere to play Damon outside of CF if you’re getting Matsui in the line-up. His arm isn’t major league anymore, but maybe if he can just hang for a couple games out there he will get his feel for the position back somewhat.

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

    “See Ya!!”

  • Nady Nation

    This could get outta hand quickly

    • E-ROC

      Already did.

  • Joe

    Maybe these outfielders should think about catching some of these balls?

  • Nady Nation

    Game over

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

    Ow.

  • Smitt Dog

    Well, goodnight, I’m watching the olympics.

  • Ivan

    To be fair, this has been a pretty lucky night for the Jay’s O.

  • bill

    Its over. Another .5 game lost in the standings to the Sox

  • Ivan

    Yes Kay, Ponson is struggling, when he’s giving up soft ass hits.

  • Joe

    Ponson is gotta eat this game, who the fuck is pitching long relief?

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

      That’s good to hear. Though 9 strikeouts doesn’t sound like the outing was all that bad. Some things were at least going in a positive direction.

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

      Oh my goodness, are you kidding me? What kind of comments are these, he’s FRUSTRATED??? How can he pitch in the big leagues if he gets frustrated? He doesn’t have the stuff to succeed, we should have traded him for teh Johan when we had the chance!!! Brian Cashman is a reatrd!!!

      • mustang

        Ok, that made me LOL

    • mustang

      That minor league resume is looking better everyday.
      LOL

    • Chris

      So people are happy when he lies and makes the bland statements that everyone wants to hear, but get pissed off when he’s honest. Why even bother with post game interviews. Just reuse the same quotes for every game.

  • NYFan50

    OK, my curiosity has finally gotten the better of me. Can someone fill me in on what “27/09” is supposed to mean?

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

      Think of the Yankees’ history.

    • Joe

      It’s a code for those who have given up on this year, it means call me when the team is actually going to win something. Cause basball isn’t fun without the possibility to win the world series

      • NYFan50

        I see. That’s a silly line of thinking.

  • D.B.

    Finished.

  • Ivan

    And yo, did any read that article that Joel Sherman wrote today? Just kicking the yanks while were down.

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

      That guy is a dick in every sense of the insult.

      • Ivan

        Daniel Murphy is now Wade Boggs.

        • Steve

          After 19 games.

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

        Yeah, let’s conveniently neglect to mention Mike Pelfrey’s struggles during the first two years of his career, while simultaneously ignoring Cano’s success during his first three years.

        • Nady Nation

          My favorite part of the article is that the word “Joba” was not found once

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

            Or Wang, Veras, and Edwar.

          • Ivan

            That’s one of those again, “lets kick the yanks while there down” article.

            • Steve

              Guess which team the “objective news journalist guy” roots for?

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

      I just read it. I now want to commit quintuple homicide.

      • Ivan

        it’s funny cuz hey they can sure use David Robertson for their Bullpen.

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

          Heh, talk about a jinx.

          • Ivan

            yea fuck that one up, fuck it, they can still use a guy like him.

    • Steve

      Look at the 2008 organizational rankings by Baseball America.

      1. Rays
      2. Red Sox
      3. Reds
      4. Rangers
      5. Yankees
      6. Dodgers
      7. Rockies
      8. Braves
      9. A’s
      10. Nationals

      BPs Ken Goldstein has the Yanks at 6, Mets near the bottom.

      The Mets have one of the worst farm systems in Baseball. I don’t care what Daniel Murphy has done for 19 games, its statistical noise. Look at their bullpen. They Yanks have 3 guys in AAA who would be closing for the Mets right now, not counting the guys on the MLB roster. Thats the clearest sign of the utter lack of depth they have.

      The Mets don’t even TRY to get good talent past the first few rounds, and even in the early rounds they have insisted on drafting players for will sign for slot money and have consistently over drafted as a result. In other words, they take players who will sign cheap instead of those they think will be really good.

      For example, the Yanks took Brett Marshall with their 6th round pick this year, and signed him to an over four times the slot figure (200K) bonus of $850,000. What did the Mets do with their 6th round pick? Signed a 24 year old who had shoulder surgery player named Joshua Satin for $25,000. Not because they thought he was any good, but because he would sign cheap.

      Every time you read a Joel Sherman article, brain cells die. You can feel it.

  • Ivan

    Great, it’s either Ponson is really Good or really bad.

  • E-ROC

    Where art thou Hughes Phil?

    • Ivan

      to be fair, Ponson was pitching well, and it’s not like the Jay’s were hitting BB’s off him.

      • E-ROC

        True.

    • mustang

      He was going to have one of these it’s been like 4 good outings in a row or something.
      The MIN game he gave up 4 runs, but went 7.2 innings so maybe 3.

  • D.B.

    Lassiter 2 for 4 today
    avg is .625

    • Ivan

      that’s good.

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

      It’s been two games. In rookie ball.

      • Chris

        but when I do a major league equivalent projection, he projects to be better than A-Rod!

      • Steve H

        If he was 0-8 all of the people giving up on Kennedy would be giving up on him though. So at least his hot 2 game start will keep those people off his back.

    • Steve

      And I thought Chris Smith was Mr .700.

  • dkidd

    does it make me a bad person that i root so hard against the mets? i live in queens, but i just hate that team

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

    Larry Walker was a decent player.

    • r.w.g.

      He’s a borderline Hall of Famer. A little better than decent. Power numbers are Coor’s inflated, but the 7 gold gloves was all Larry.

      • Nady Nation

        Pretty sure he was being sarcastic

        • r.w.g.

          I’ll wait for confirmation.

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

        I was joking. Larry Walker was all sorts of awesome. I can’t recall ever seeing a player that was just so instinctive and “baseball smart.” If he hadn’t had those few years where he battled injuries, he’d be over 3,000 hits and 500 homers.

        • Capital T

          Baseball instincts like when he gave the 3rd out to a fan only to realize that there were only 2 outs

          • Joe

            So your discounting the guys career because of one play?

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

            Yep, exactly.

        • r.w.g.

          He was always the first player I took in a fantasy draft for MVP Baseball. He would always retire after one season because he was like 37, but I would just start a new season.

    • http://riveraveblues.com D.B.

      so was eric duncan

  • Ivan

    Close but no cigar D-Rob.

  • Ivan

    So what ya guys wanna talk about?

  • Marc

    Pitcher shoulda caught that one

  • A.D.

    basically Ponso gives us a quality start, or gives up 7 runs

    • mustang

      Yes, sir he does.

  • Ivan

    Yo one Met fan said that Eddie Kunz is just as good if not better than Melancon. Wow.

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

      That Mets’ fan is an idiot. Sorry if it’s a girlfriend or family member of yours.

      • Ivan

        nah some fucking blogger.

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

          Link? I need a laugh.

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

            I will bet you a Prospect Profile that it came from John Sickel’s site of dumb asses.

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

              Eddie Kunz sucks so bad that his college coach didn’t even have him warm up during the College World Series in 2007. He used his long reliever/emergency starter as a closer instead.

              That’s all you need to know about how trustworthy of a pitcher Eddie Kunz is.

              • Ivan

                LMAO, seriously that’s true. Newspaper people were writing shit like he was the next Joba. People on TV and radio were wanting him to close games. LOL.

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

            my friend said it to me. He was on the Comp, and some fucking Met Blogger said it and call me to tell me.

  • Nady Nation

    Random side note: I can’t believe they produce Pudge t-shirt jerseys and NOT Nadys. How is that even possible? Nady has come here and raked, plus he is under contract for next year. Meanwhile Pudge is on the downside of his career, is no longer on ‘roids, has sucked ever since being here, and has basically no chance of being here next year. I’m gonna attribute it to the fact that Pudge is just a big name and the Yankees are trying to cash in on that.

    • A.D.

      people will buy Nady shirts next year, only have a few mlnths for pudge

      • Nady Nation

        I guess. I’m just bitter cuz I really want a freekin Nady shirt

    • barry

      Bingo. If Nady keeps this up he’ll be in pinstripes for more than a year I would think.

  • Ivan

    Charleston games were PD. Great.

    • Joe

      Tampa too, really dissapointing

  • giselle

    that shit was low.

  • mustang

    Ok that was just plain nasty.
    WOW

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

    I see A-Rod is supposed to swing with a golf club now.

  • bill

    I didnt know the ankles were part of the strike zone. I hate when umpires fuck us like that. This team will go quietly into the night like the bunch of pussies they are

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

      Dude, time and time again this team has showed balls of steels. The Independence Weekend series with the Red Sox, they lost the first two and bounced back to split the series with a walk-off win against Jonathan Papelbon. In Texas where both Joba Chamberlain and Andy Pettitte loss the first two games, they bounced back to split the series. The same with the Angels, loss the first two and bounced back with a win against John Lackey in the series finale to split the four game set.

      • bill

        Time and time again theyve also been shut down without a whimper.

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

          It’s Roy Halladay.

  • bill

    I think Ponson is a better knight than pitcher

  • bill

    JOHNNY DAMON CANNOT FUCKIN PLAY CENTER FIELD! I WOULD MAKE THAT PLAY! HE IS AWFUL!

    • giselle

      stop internet yelling at us.

      • bill

        I CAN’T TAKE IT ANYMORE. YOU WOULD HAVE MADE THAT PLAY! MY MOM WOULD MAKE THAT PLAY!

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

        :D

  • bill

    WHY IS TRABER FUCKIN HERE? HE SUCKS! PHIL COKE IS BETTER! I HATE TRABER.

    • Nady Nation

      You already gave up the season. Why are you even commenting on the game? Shouldn’t you just be shutting it down til next year?

      • bill

        I forgot about the Sox series coming up

        • Nady Nation

          Haha, That just sounded funny to me when I read it out loud, not really sure why. How do you “forget” that multiple series’ with our biggest rival exist?

          • bill

            I knew the last three games of the season are against them, just forgot about the one coming up. And are they really selling Pudge jersey’s? They must be selling like hotcakes.

            • Nady Nation

              It’s unbelievable. I work a few blocks from the Yankees clubhouse and I go in there all the time hoping the Nady shirts have arrived. I haven’t seen one Pudge shirt purchased since they hit the rack

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

      Stop with the caps please.

  • Joe

    I’m gonna go to the record store, anyone have any reccomendations for new music. I mostly listen to rock and/or roll, but want some new hip-hop. Anyone got any new records that are decent?

    • http://riveraveblues.com D.B.

      Stroke it by Michael Jackson

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

        we know he likes to that…

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

          he being michael jackson

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

      If it’s hip-hop you after, it is mandated that you buy Lupe Fiasco’s last album, “The Cool”.

      Check out Cobra Starship’s “Viva La Cobra”, Tokio Hotel’s “Scream”, and Paramore’s “Riot!” for some really, really punk-pop albums.

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

        *…really, really good punk-pop albums.

      • Joe

        Thanks, I don’t want any of that “I’m gonna shoot a mutha fucka in the face, while I play with my bling” type hip hop, just can’t identify with that type of stuff.

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

          Just for the record, I prefer that “I’m gonna shoot a mutha fucka in the face, while I play with my bling” type of hip hop.

          ;)

          • Joe

            I prefer the hardcore “I’m gonna smash the system, while I drink a six pack” Black Flag type stuff overall, but to each his own, LOL

          • Ivan

            You like Soulja Boy Mike.

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

              No, I can’t stand hip hop. You can’t spell crap without rap.

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

                Listen to a couple Lupe Fiasco songs and tell me you don’t like hip-hip.

                “Intruder Alert”, “Little Weapon”, and almost anything from his albums, “The Cool” or “Food and Liquor” will make you a fan of the genre.

              • Ivan

                Hip Hop is fucking great.

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

              Hey now, “YAH TRICK YAHH” was the shit. I love that damn song.

        • Ivan

          You bought “Tha Carter 3”

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

            Yeah, I got it. Still haven’t really listened to it, just kinda put it on.

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

          That’s not hip-hop, that’s rap. Two very different things.

          For example, you would never purposefully classify a punk song as metal, or vice versa.

          • Joe

            Amen, I’ll be back

          • Ivan

            who’s ya fav artist in hiphop/rap?

            You gotta see this Jamal

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CPqMLmZIWGA&eurl=http://www.celebully.com/game-accepts-takes-shots-at-bow-wow-p1061.html

            Yo that was fucked up what he said about ciara.

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

              Lupe, Kanye, Lil Wayne, Common, Hova, The Cool Kids, and The Pack I can remember off the top of my head.

              • Ivan

                Mines is Hova, Jada, Fab, Lupe, Luda and a couple more but those are my heavy hitters.

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

              Damn, he killed Ciara.

      • Ivan

        “The Cool” is just plain sick.

  • bill

    You gotta admit Mike A, Traber sucks and Johnny Demonic (to quote Steve Somers) cant play center

    • Nady Nation

      It’s 7-0, who the hell else do you want to pitch?

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

      It’s 7-0, why does it bother you that Traber’s pitching? And besides, I never defended him.

      Damon might not be a great CF, but Melky can’t hit water if he fell out of a boat.

      • bill

        I know, but Phil Coke would do a better job. They should DFA that bum after the game

  • Ivan

    You thought the Sherman article was pathetic here’s another “lets kick the yanks while there down” article. Ya guys read the article by Wallace in Newsday. The yanks owe Torre an apology, fuck that.

    • Steve

      Isn’t it amazing how it all goes one way (Joes) with the Torre supporters?

      Torre had 12 years of being the highest paid manager in Baseball, 200 mil payrolls to manage, championship caliber teams every year, the toast of the town in the greatest city in the US, movie stars visiting his clubhouse, commercials, etc, etc.

      The Yankees made him rich, famous, and gave him teams (built by Buck and Stick) that won him 4 rings. The rings he could never win anywhere else, despite numerous other gigs.

      And the Yanks OWED him a contract. And now an apology, for not offering him a 13th season. Amazing.

      Where do I sign up for the Torre deal? These people live in a dream world.

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

    Traber has terrible, terrible mechanics

    • bill

      He’s trying to be deceptive to make up for an 80 mph fastball. That is why he’s a rancid pitcher

  • E-ROC

    A lefty specialist that can’t get lefties out. Sounds familiar.

    • Ivan

      God he’s awful.

  • Nady Nation

    Aight, lets sweep the O’s and maybe the Sawx will lose the series in Toronto. Go into the big one next week 4 back. How’s that sound?

    • Charles

      Easier said than done. The O’s have given us fits all year long.

      • Nady Nation

        Obviously, just lookin for reasons to hold out hope

      • Steve

        Guthrie vs Pavano on saturday.

        Guthrie is one of the best young pitchers around.

  • Smitt Dog

    “10-0, with Roy Halladay on the mound, can’t like the Yanks chance much in this one” – Michael Kay

    I’ve never heard something more understated in my life

    • Nady Nation

      No Olympics?

      • Smitt Dog

        Flipped back to catch that.

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

    OK, I’m about to hit the PS3.

    I’m so pissed, I led 16-9 with a little over 1:00 left in the fourth quarter (after an improbable Ahmad Bradshaw TD run, where he broke a tackle and was gone) and ended up giving up the game-tying TD in the final seconds. I then threw an INT in the first pass of overtime and loss on a FG. Ugh (it was an online game).

    BTW, Lars and The Real Girl is a really nice movie.

    • Ivan

      Don’t blame ya.

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

      Yeah, Madden it is for me too.

    • D.B.

      u mean a real freaky movie

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

        Please take RAB out of your URL field. That’s for your site (if you have one), not ours.

  • bill

    Why does Cashman want our staff to suck?

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

      Yes, I’m sure the Yanks’ GM wants their staff to suck.

      • mustang

        Yes why else would he have trade for Nady, I-Rod and Marte.

    • Charles

      Oooh, so now it’s Cashman’s fault?

  • mustang

    I don’t know about you guys, but that 2 to 1 lost on tuesday hurts a little more right now.

    • bill

      Exactly. Why cant the Yanks hit Burnett. His Era is approaching 5

      • mustang

        Because the 4th and 5th spots had Ooh 7 strikeouts, but I’m just guessing.

  • bill

    You can tell the game is over when they start talking about sports phychology

  • D.B.

    If the yankees are gonna suck they need to get into the bottom 15 to have their pick protected.
    hey Mike,
    Lets say Pettitte retires, do the yankees get compensation?

    • Steve

      No, another team would have to sign him AND the Yanks would have to offer arbitration.

      He’s already said he wants to come back. Pettite’s going nowhere.

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

      What Steve said.

  • Steve

    Hey Mike, has the sites traffic been down with the Yanks falling out of it?

    I would bet it is.

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

        Really? Shows you what I know.

        I always assume half the Yankee fans out there are under 25 and have never seen a bad Yankee team. You know, the guys with the A-Rod jerseys. . . .

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

          Wow, what’s with the shot at A-Rod? I’m only 26, I remember the bad Yankee teams.

          • Steve

            It was a joke.

            You wouldn’t happen to own an A-Rod jersey, would you?

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

              Actually, no. But that’s neither here nor there. ;)

              • Steve

                Oooohhh! We have smileys! I didn’t know that!

                That will make my weak attempts at humor a little easier to pick up!

  • bill

    Traber is just throwing batting practice out there

  • bill

    This is getting uglier by the minute. The only suspense left in this game is to see if Traber can hold them under 20

  • bill

    They should make this bitch finish the game and blow out his arm so we never have to see him again

  • Ivan

    Traber, why you suck so bad?

  • bill

    Juan Miranda: 2 jacks tonight. September callup? I hope so

  • mustang

    I guess no one is voting for Traber as Chevy Player of the game.

  • giselle

    i hope girardi leaves traber’s sorry ass in there until his left arm falls off. he’d be doing billy a favor.

    • bill

      Giselle, I think you can hit Traber

  • bill

    Quietly into the night ….

  • bill

    I TOLD YOU THAT TRABER SUCKS DICK. HE SOULD BE OUR NEW BP PITCHER

    • E-ROC

      Dude, chill with the caps lock.

      • bill

        What, do caps hurt your eyes or something?

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

    I just missed an extra point kick. Wow.

  • Stephen

    Stick a fork in them folks. I hope they prove me wrong but really don’t think they will.

  • Peedlum

    Guess its time to buy a big bag of candy

    http://snoopy.com/comics/peanuts/archive/peanuts-20080729.html

  • bill

    Girardi is a fuckin moron. Why is he using Ramirez in a 13-0 game? Use Britton

    • Ivan

      he hasn’t use him in a while.

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

      Unless you want him to throw him in a meaningful game after a per longed rest, chill out.

  • D.B.

    michael kay needs to chill out

  • Ivan

    At least it ended early.

  • bill

    Who’s pitching for the Yanks in the Sox series? I hope no Ponson

    • D.B.

      I think Moose Pettitte Rasner

      • bill

        I’ll take that any day

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

    Damn, I just won 28-0 on a mercy quit. I beat the Packers.

  • bill

    The Blue Jay fans need to chill out. Their team sucks and theyre in fourth place. Its funny when Blue Jay fans chant “Yankees Suck”

    • D.B.

      After tonight, the jays will only be one game behind the yankees

      • bill

        Theyre still the Blue Jays

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

          Just like the Rays are still the Rays?

          I’ve always hated that argument. Just because a team has been bad in the past does not mean anything for their future and vice versa when talking about a team’s past success.

          • bill

            Okay but theyre still not very good. The Rays are very good

  • D.B.

    yeah baby!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Chris

    And the comeback begins!

  • bill

    At least Matsui is back

    • Steve

      Can we bat him 5th now?

      Please pretty please?

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

    Sweet.

  • D.B.

    at least jacksons not hurt…

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

      Can you please take RAB out of your URL field?

  • D.B.

    yes sir

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

      Thank you. It’s just that we don’t people confusing you for one of us. Nothing personal.

  • D.B.

    no problem

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

    When it comes to video game injuries, I have to be the unluckiest mofo on the planet. Just lost Thomas Jones for 10-12 weeks.

    • Ivan

      HA HA

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

      I signed Cedric Benson. I now have four RB;s with ratings over 80. I am going to run that ball down the fucking throat of every opponent.

      To be honest, I’ve never been a real comfortable passer in Madden. Running the rock has always been my thing.

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

        Same here. With Faneca and Mangold I’m guaranteed like, 7 yards minimum whenever I run it up the middle. I might sign Shaun Alexander, but Jesse Chapman played well after Jones got hurt, so I’m going to stick with him or at least another game.

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

          Not a big fan of Leon or he just can’t shoulder the #1 load?

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

            He can’t handle full-time duty. He’s best used for play-action, screens and runs to the outside. I like to jam it right there throats.

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

              Also, the Jets have like, $200K of cap room, so I really can’t sign anyone.

  • Ivan

    At least we got some runs.

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

    What happened to Edwar? Only 1 batter?

  • D.B.

    Hey Mike,
    Who is a better breakout candidate for next year Garcia or Angelini?

    • Steve

      Betances

      • bill

        I cant believe Betances wasnt on BA ‘S TOP 50 PROSPECTS

        • Steve

          There were injury concerns last year, the Yanks shut him down with what was called an elbow problem. But that looks like a false alarm now.

          Plus, the Yanks use DL stints for all sorts of things and are very guarded about what the injury actually is, so its hard to tell what real and what isn’t.

          Anyway, look for him next year. They put him on the top 100 last year on potential alone, saying “He has one of the highest ceilings in all of baseball”.

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

      I’ll say Angelini. Garcia is the minor league Pavano.

  • bill

    Garcia

  • A.D.

    Douchebag beach on you tube is halarious

  • bill

    How is Matsui a POTG candidate? His team is down by ten

  • Ivan

    We get em next time but with the way the season is going more like next year.

  • bill

    I have a bad feeling the Yanks will get shut down by Liz. He throws in the mid-90s and “its the first time they faced him”

    • A.D.

      plus the ERA over 7 usually means trouble for the yankees

  • RustyJohn

    Just got done with work and saw the score….ouch.

    Question…why are Robertson and Traber even on this team? I thought NYY solved their leftie obsession with Marte.

    • bill

      Robertson has some promise. He is young and was striking out almost 2 per inning in AAA. I agree with you on Traber, he sucks

      • Steve

        He was death on lefties in AAA, I heard he had a nasty cutter and I’ve yet to see it in the bigs.

        • bill

          I like his curve and hist fastball is sneaky

  • D.B.

    the yankees suck call up all prospects

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

    Did you guys know that the guy that does the voice-overs for those NFL Films videos is the same dude that announces the Phillies games on T.V.?

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

      That I did not know.

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

        Yeah, just watching the Phils game on MLB.TV and I knew I heard his voice before. It finally hit me. His voice is so fucking cool.

  • r.w.g.

    hopefully the team can get some momentum going against baltimore. got to take at least take two of three to give themselves a shot with boston.

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

    At least the Mets’ game is competitive.

  • Nady Nation

    We are gonna win 5 out of 6 starting tomorrow night. Mike, I expect a shoutout in next Friday night’s game thread after we’ve taken 5 of 6.

  • Ivan

    Yo you guys know that show on ESPN with those people playing Madden and having an tournament. You think you guys can beat those guys?

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

      Hells no. Not even close. I can barely beat the computer on Pro.

      • Ivan

        Those players are absolute crack fiends with the Madden.

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

    Jesus Philadelphia, how do you lose to the Nationals during a pennant race? I get the fact that they were “due” since they were on a 12-game losing streak, but damn.

    Pretty good pre-season game going on over at FOX. 27-20 49ers in the early part of the third quarter. “Starters” are still in. I put starters in quotes because I think Kyle Orton is still in the game.

    • Nady Nation

      Sexy Rexy just entered

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

        It’s not a good thing when your backup QB is not much of a drop-off from your starting QB. That is, when your backup QB is one Rex Grossman.

        • Nady Nation

          God the Bears are horrible. They might be the worst offensive team in NFL history this year

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

            Devin Hester, meet Barry Sanders.

            • Ivan

              You know ya offense sucks when ya kick returner is ya best offensive player.

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

    Omar Infante: maximum failure.

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

    It ain’t over till its over.

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

    Omar Infante. Worst. Outfielder. Ever.

  • bill

    Mets win 5-4. Ugh. I wish we could play Atlanta

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

    Rex Grossman sucks at anything worthy. You know you suck when you get booed in a preseason…at home.

    • Nady Nation

      Yo Jamal, any good G-Men blogs to suggest? I like Vachiano’s blog on NY Daily News website. He updates a ton, and he’s very credible IMO

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

        I just started reading blogs last October/November and I’ve only found Yankee stuff.

        I visit this forum for anything other than baseball (if you decide to join, my name there is DonPadr1no):

        http://www.sportsgamer.com/forums/forum40/

        Those guys are really funny, some knowledgeable, and pretty good overall.

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

    Wait, why is Alex Smith in a position battle? San Fran is not going anywhere, let your number one pick fully develop for a second year.

    • Ivan

      Joe Montana is turning over his grave.

    • Steve H

      “O’Sullivan completed seven of eight passes for 126 yards and a touchdown.

      Alex Smith, in contrast, has completed six of 15 passes as of this posting. Though he has thrown a touchdown pass, several of his throws have simply been off the mark.”

      Guys that didn’t draft him are in control now, they must not think he’ll ever develop into much.

    • A.D.

      because ALex Smith isn’t that good, and if SF was a trendy pick for the playoffs this year, then they have expectation for it

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

        I love me some Vernon Davis and Frank Gore, but who exactly can get them to the playoffs with that offense?

        • A.D.

          I dont know, i didnt pick them, but I doubt it will be alex smith

        • Ivan

          I picked the Cardnals to win that division. People sleeping on Lienart He’s gonna breakout watch.

      • A.D.

        trendy pick last year

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

    Seriously, what is funnier or more pathetic than a guy getting booed in a preseason game at home? I just can’t stop laughing.

    • Ivan

      The NFC North division are loaded with sucky QB’s. The best one is Kitna. Yikes.

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

        I really like Jon Kitna though. But yeah, when he is the best QB in an entire division, yikes.

  • Andy in Slightly Flooded Daytona

    Well, there goes that theory about track athletes not diving at the finish line.

  • bill

    Melancon allowed two runs in an inning

  • Nady Nation

    Somebody shoot him

    • bill

      I wasnt criticizing him

      • Steve H

        Somebody will

  • Ivan

    As An Eagles fan, I just tellin ya, watch the fuck out. Im really liking this team.

    • bill

      They suck. They cant compete with the Giants. The Eagles have NO receivers

  • Old Ranger

    The lions are going to make the play-offs this year. This is the 2nd year of the cover 2 defence, there entire defence is faster…and has better depth.
    The offence has changed to a gap running attack, with 3-5 step drops for QB. They should be able to run very well this year. The QB has two very large/fast WR, with quick outstanding slots. It is about time for them to make it to the play-offs. 27/08?