Game 160: A rainy weekend

Yanks reveal plans for new Vacation Stadium
Yanks plate 19 in Boston drubbing

The forecast isn’t brilliant for the Boston area this weekend. As you can see by the radar, at 6:15 p.m., the entire area is blanketed in different shades of green, and the rain isn’t expected to let up for a few days.

So here’s your obligatory game thread. If the game gets called, just turn it into an open thread. Anything goes here.

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

Aceves P

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Yanks reveal plans for new Vacation Stadium
Yanks plate 19 in Boston drubbing
  • gg

    can we talk more about the yankees arod “uneasy marriage” thread? A-rod should definitely retire a Yankee and I think he will. I was so suprised by the poll results on that article almost 70% of readers thought he wouldnt last 5 more years in the bronx?

    AM I THE ONLY ONE WHO SERIOUSLY BELIEVES A-ROD WILL WIN MULTIPLE WORLD SERIES WITH THE YANKEES?

    maybe as soon as next year but obviously no gaurentees, the thought of him on another team I really dont like however. You CANNOT replace that kind of production so unless we got like three players we could use and didnt have to pay for AROD’s salary why would we make a deal???

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

      Amen brother. The people that think the team would be better off without him are morons.

    • Steve

      I believe Alex will win some WS with the Yanks, but I also believe the rest of the team will carry him to the promised land once or twice before he ever carries them.

      They will win their next WS with PITCHING like they did in the late90s.

  • http://knickerbockerchatter.blogspot.com Bruno

    When’s the next live chat?

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

      Freaky, I was just thinking about doing another one. I’m going to shoot for Monday, say 2pm. I’ll post an update with the definite time before then.

  • E-ROC

    Rain delay.

    Let’s watch the Mets lose.

  • Ivan

    Pelfrey with a tough 1st inning.

  • Ivan

    Chris Volstad reminds of Halladay alot.

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

      That was the first big leaguer that came to mind the first time I saw him pitch. He doesn’t have Halladay’s top-of-the-line command or the four-pitch mix, but they’re very similar physically.

      • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

        When correct, how would you rate IPK’s command on the scouting scale (I know you hate using that thing, but entertain me)?

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

          I dunno, 60-65 command? That’s above-average but not Halladay-esque.

  • Manimal

    8 pm start time.

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

      They’re now saying 8:35 p.m. start time, no?

  • Ivan

    I don’t know about you guys but, Im gonna watch the Met game to root for them to lose.

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    Age aside, Chien-Ming Wang or Mike Pelfrey?

    • Ivan

      Wang.

    • greg

      gotta go Wang, he has done it in the AL East for multiple seasons, Pelfrey has had a few good months in the NL, he’s not near Wang’s level yet.

    • Mac

      Wang. Hands down and then some. Wang’s a beast.

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

      Wang, he actually has a second pitch. A novel concept when it comes to starting.

      • Ivan

        Not to take anything from Pelfrey but even though he has had a good season, his secondary pitches are average at best and haven’t really improve.

  • Ivan

    How aobut Volstad or Pelfrey?

    • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

      Volstad, I like the breaking stuff better.

      • Ivan

        agreed.

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    Logic and reason cry every time Hanley Ramirez is penciled into the #1 spot of a batting order.

  • gg

    If we miss out on Sabathia, which I think is very very possible, even with the biggest offer on the table, what should the plans be? Burnett is very good but 5 years would be another big FA mistake, speaking of which, Pavano’s option? overpay for a guy whose better than Ponson/Rasner and can help the back end perhaps? Aceves staying in the roto? What are peoples thoughts on Joba? I was really discouraged by Jorge’s comments but Mo will need a replacement eventually anyway. That brings up a different issue, will Posada catch? Hes got so much pride I think hes going to bounce back in a big way.

    INK TEX.

  • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

    Ah, the dulcet tones of Michael Kay. Nice vest/corduroy blazer combo, douche.

  • Steve

    Just to follow up on the Mussina thread, Moose was on WFAN today and did not sound at all like somebody wanting to retire. He said the 300 wins stuff would require 3 more years, which is daunting at his age, but he was very much open to coming back with the Yankees OR giving a close look at any OTHER OFFERS that came his way. Though he made it clear the Yanks are his 1st choice.

    That last line really opened my eyes. Anyhoo, here’s the link

    http://www.wfan.com/pages/744503.php

    Talk about his future is about halfway through

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    Josh Willingham FTW.

  • Steve

    MLB Trade rumors has us heavily involved in McLouth according to Heyman, who to be honest I don’t think that highly of. But lets say its true.

    What do you give up for him?

    What will PITT want?

    Does watching Brett Gardner affect how much you give up or whether you pursue him at all?

  • http://img.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2008/02_01/burressDM0402_468x305.jpg Nady Nation

    OK, here’s the big question tonight. For all the Met haters (which I am undoubtedly one of), what would be your ideal ending for their season?

    Option A: Lose tonight and tomorrow with the Brewers winning both games, so Sunday’s Shea finale means absolutely nothing.

    OR

    Option B: Go into Sunday tied for the wild card but are eliminated with a loss.

    Keep in mind the celebratory Shea ceremonies are scheduled for AFTER the game on Sunday. Knowing this, to me the answer is simple: Option B.

    Thoughts?

    • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

      I’d rather strip them of all hope. Option A FTW.

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    What is Jacoby Ellsbury doing? Hitting Home Runs is too masculine for him.

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    It must be a pain in the ass watching games in Fenway Park or Citizen’s Bank Park. Every fly-ball is greeted with gasps, and rightly so.

  • Ivan

    Great.

  • Ivan

    Whe did Ramon Martinez became Robinson Cano.

  • Ivan

    Great play by the Marlin catcher missing on the foul ball out.

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    Damonic! OK, let’s eliminate these pricks tonight.

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

    I prefer watching the debate than this meaningless game.

  • Ivan

    By the way, right now, the presidential debate is on.

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    Jesus, Aaron Heilman fails at life.

    • Ivan

      walks Jacobs with his less than .300 OBP.

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    Elimination night, bitches.

  • gg

    rotation next year?????? CC very verrrrry far from a lock; dudes gonna go back to cali unless we can convince him to be part of sport’s greatest franchise

  • Pedro

    I don’t care if the game doesn’t mean anything, it’s still nice to pound the Sox.

    • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

      Ditto.

      How about Ray Durahm? Just hit his 34th double.

      • Pedro

        Is he still alive? And playing? Crazy world.

  • donttradecano

    i hope they dont trade for mclouth….hes been average every year except for this one.

    • Pedro

      Even if he were to be average here, he would still be a big improvement over our choices (assuming Gardner doesn’t pan out).

      But wasn’t Mclouth a bad defender? I remember hearing something about that. If it’s true, that’s what concerns me about the possible trade, we should be looking for ways to shore up our D.

  • Jake K.

    Gardner’s up to 16 rbi. Melky for the season: 36. Not a great stat, I know, but still.

  • E-ROC

    Sean Marshall is nasty!

  • gg

    melky is illlll…as a fourth outfielder

  • E-ROC

    Prince is a big, big guy. Is he even 6′ tall?

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

      no. 5’11”

  • E-ROC

    I’m not sure if Jeff Samardzija chose the right profession. He had the ability that would’ve translated well in the NFL. #1 receiver type of ability. ‘ol well. C’mon Brewers!

  • Pedro

    Ranson: 2 pitches, 2 HRs.

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

      again.

  • Pedro

    Man, why not play through it? It’s just one more inning.

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    PeteAbe says the game has been suspended, does that mean they continue tomorrow from the top of the fifth inning with the same score; or do they restart the game?

    • E-ROC

      ESPN hasn’t declared anything, but they did say if the Yankees don’t play again tonight, they’ll start at 0-0 tomorrow or whenever. It is ESPN, so I don’t know.

    • IvanS

      This game has NOT been suspended or called. The current rain band is supposed to last about 20 minutes and they will finish at least the necessary inning to make this game official.

  • E-ROC

    If they restart this Yankee game gets rained out, I’ll be pissed.

  • E-ROC

    Rickie Weeks!!! Go Brewers!

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    Rickie Weeks, awesomeness.

  • donttradecano

    and wont trading for mclouth create a logjam if gardner produces and when ajax is ready? lets say you trade for mclouth and in 2010 ajax is ready. you then have gardner, mclouth, ajax and nady

    • Mike Pop

      well nady will be a free agent after 09 i for one wouldnt mind seeing an outfield with mcclouth and a jax in it… than sign holliday to man right or something idk… Mclouth Ajax and Brett might be solid.. three fast dudes that would be pretty good defensively

    • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

      Just a couple of points… Nady doesn’t enter into that discussion – I don’t think too many people envision Nady in CF. My second point is a lame cliche, but still… Having too many good CFers is a problem I would love the Yankees to have. Neither Gardner nor A-Jax is a sure thing, but if Gardner exceeds expectations and A-Jax pans out, fantastic. I don’t think the Yankees can disregard the CF position based on a reliance on Gardner/A-Jax (and you can always move players if you wind up with a few good players at one position).

      All that being said, I’m undecided on whether I want McLouth. So I’m not disagreeing with you, I just think those two points are important in this discussion.

      • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

        Maybe I misunderstood… I thought you meant a logjam in CF with McLouth, Gardner, A-Jax and Nady. Although my point still stands even if you meant the OF in general.

  • E-ROC

    Poor Marc Bulger and Steven Jackson. Scott Linehan is done.

  • Mike Pop

    Id take mcclouth if kennedy could be the main prospect in the deal.. nady is gone after next season. mcclouth could be a solid leadoff man with more power than damon but a lower avg.. I still wish we had Tabata tho =[

    • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

      lol. i know you love tabata (and we all had high hopes, obviously), but let’s see what he turns into before we cry in our beer over losing him.

      • Mike Pop

        well “he is the next manny”

      • Mike Pop

        you know we messed up tho.. we shoulda looked at bay not nady… we overpaid for an average player in my opinion.. i really liked dan mccutchen even tho i know he prob wouldnt of made it with the yanks.. he was one of my fav prospects tho i was os pist when they reannounced it with him in it lol.. i was like fuck that trade

    • donttradecano

      i think itll take more than kennedy to get that deal done

  • Manimal

    What happened to Matsuzaka?

    • IvanS

      They scratched him because it wasn’t worth risking him in this weather.

      • Manimal

        What it doesn’t rain in Japan?

  • Mike Pop

    what bout if we miss out on cc aj sheets etc giving brad penny a 2 yr deal for like 6 mill if he would take it,,. i know he isnt that great but he has alright stuff i mean las year he was great. itd be a low risk high reward type deal but he’d have to be healthy.. im jus putting it out there now saying we should od it

  • gg

    i love mclouths speed and power, but realistically what would this dude hit in the AL .210? .220?

    • Steve H

      And what has he done in the 2nd half? 90+ OPS, below average player. The guy has had one good 1/2 season. And what would we have to give up? Without even knowing, it’s too much. He’s way too far from a sure thing.

  • Manimal

    This game just turned into Scranton vs Pawtucket

  • Manimal

    Phil coke and Joba both gave up their first runs vs the Sox

  • donttradecano

    i know its off topic but this has been floating around some giants pages….a seahawks fan decides to make a joke of 9/11

    http://74.125.45.104/search?q=cache:2STjQRXkBEsJ:www.seahawkshuddle.com/v1/viewtopic.php%3Ft%3D19

    • JeffG

      That’s pretty ridiculous. I’ve never been too PC and I like when people go against the grain but, shit, that is just not cool any way you look at it.
      Hope someone writes to all the site’s sponsors and inform them of what they are sponsoring. I don’t think Stub Hub or any of the others would want to be associated with that type of shit.

  • JeffG

    See what just happened? … I remember doing a quiz that was posted on this site during the offseason where is said that a hit batsman wasn’t out – right? That was one I got wrong and I was petty sure that wasn’t the case.

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    A black guy at Fenway? Now I’ve seen everything!

  • Ivan

    LOL @ at the idiotic Sox fan sitting by himself in the stance in the rain.

  • Brian
  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    Bueller? Bueller? Bueller?

  • Accent Shallow

    Michael Kay inadvertently made a Pixies reference.

    (“Bailey walks”)

  • J.R.

    So maybe there isnt a “Brittongate” conspiracy, maybe he just isnt that good. I didnt see the game on tv tonight, but he couldn’t have looked sharp.

    Then again, 8 days will do that.