NLDS Game 1: Two familiar faces square off


The last time Joe Torre and Lou Piniella met in the postseason, Sweet Lou guaranteed a six-game series while the 2001 Yankees dispatched the 116-win Mariners in five. Piniella again has the superior team, record-wise, and Joe Torre is attempting to regain some of the playoff mojo that has deserted him over the past few years. Game time is at 6:30 p.m., and free agent-to-be Ryan Dempster (17-6, 2.96) will face free agent-to-be Derek Lowe (14-11, 3.24).

Categories : Asides, Game Threads


  1. Ivan says:

    How many Frank Caliendo commercials were gonna see during the game? Any guess.

    • A.D. says:

      well a least one per break, sometimes 2. So 2 per inning played, would be 18, plus pitching changes, looks like 20-24

  2. Mike A. says:

    Ah memories. Fonsy swinging at everything.

  3. Ivan says:

    Like this quote by Cashman:

    “For a long time we have been old and everybody knows it. When we fix it, people say `Oh my God, you missed the playoffs, off with his head,”’ Cashman said at a news conference at Yankee Stadium. “I plan on sticking to a vision.”

    Good Cashman.

  4. Mike A. says:

    The Cubs have this game in the bag. Dempster grew a GritBeard.

  5. Mike A. says:

    One year in, and teh Johan has his first surgery.


    People would be flipping the fuck out if he was on the Yanks and that happened.

  6. Ivan says:

    And Ethier swings at ball 4.

  7. Ivan says:

    This is the first time since becoming a yankee fan in 96 that I am experiencing a postseason without the yankees. It’s tough but o well.

  8. Ivan says:

    5BB from Dempster in less than 5 IP.

  9. Mike A. says:

    I am so glad Manny can’t have at-bats like that against the Yanks any more.

  10. A.D. says:

    Is Dempster harnessing the power of the grit-beard to get out of this jam??

  11. Ivan says:

    Hey Mike, I was trying to ask you in ya chat earlier, but if the yankees have a full commitment to Romine and have him in their plans and think he can be a core player, wouldn’t it be better to move Montero to 1ST base to learn the position and get aclimated with it. His Bat is really his calling card.

    And Romine is the better all-round catcher and his bat is pretty good albeit not at Montero level.

    • Mike A. says:

      Nah, no reason too yet. If Montero can catch, you put him there. His bat is far more valuable at that position.

      In the highly unlikely event that both Montero and Romine make it to the bigs as legit catchers, then they’ll figure it out then. It’s a good problem to have.

    • A.D. says:

      Obv I’m not mike, but you can always move montero, they can commit to Romine all they want, it doesn’t mean he’ll pan out, and there’s no reason to move Montero and essentially count on a 19 year old who has played one year of A ball to become an everyday major league catcher

  12. UWS says:

    Ryan Dempster, ladies and gentlemen.

  13. Ivan says:

    James Loney Grand Salami.

  14. Mike A. says:

    Wow. James Loney FTW.

  15. Steve says:

    Amazing. They really are cursed.

    . . . . . or when a pitcher walks 7 guys, sooner or later something bad is going to happen.

    . . . . nah, they’re cursed.

    • Ivan says:

      Nah Dempster just stunk up the joint.

      As for the curse, well I never really believe in curses with the cubs or the Sox. The one time I kinda believe it was in 03 in the infamous “Steve Bartman” game. That game was one of those “OMG, God hate the cubs”

  16. A.D. says:

    how many pitches did Dempster have?

  17. A.D. says:

    ohh Soriano on the slider

  18. Mike A. says:

    Three straight sliders away. Heh, now they’re booing Soriano.

  19. Ivan says:

    Wow it is amazing that Soriano K’s on the same pitch over and over and over. It’s like clock work.

  20. A.D. says:

    Not a gritty play by Blake there, he’s a gamer, he’ll do something insignificant and random later in game and someone will say how he made up from the error

  21. Ivan says:

    While Cano plate disipline isn’t good, it’s better than Soriano.

  22. Mike A. says:

    Fukudome is my homey.

  23. Manimal says:

    about 45 milliseconds after he hit the Grand slam my mom changed the channel. Wicked cool.

  24. Mike A. says:

    Okay, I have no idea who the hell Caliendo is supposed to be this year. Last year it was easy to recognize the impersonations, but this year not so much.

  25. A.D. says:

    Wow they get a Frank Caliendo ad in and its for DirectTV. Someone at TBS probably got promoted for that

  26. Ivan says:

    Can I ask ya a question, if Caliendo didn’t have his trademark impersonations, would he be considered funny?

    • Steve says:

      Let me ask you a question. If Jim Carrey couldn’t do those outrageous gyrations with his face and body would he be funny? Or Kramer from Seinfeld? Or Jim Brewer?

      • Ivan says:

        No no no, Jim Carey had alot more talent than Caliendo. I admit you do have a point though but Carey is alot funnier though.

        • Steve says:

          Fine. You like Carrey, substitute late 70′s-early 80′s Robin Williams.

          Point being, its a style of comedy and there’s nothing wrong with it. If it makes people laugh, it works. Everybody isn’t George Carlin or Mitch Hedberg.

    • steve (different one) says:

      i think this is a trick question. he is not considered funny with his impersonations.

      • Steve says:

        I’ve heard him kill on radio shows, so I know he can be funny in the right environment.

        Its tough to be funny in 10 seconds or less. I can’t say I’ve seen his TV show, and no I don’t find the commercials all that funny. But that doesn’t mean he isn’t a good stand up. Some great stand ups never do well on TV for a zillion reasons.

        • steve (different one) says:

          yeah, i’m just being a smartass. i only know the commercials. which suck.

          those commercials last year, especialy during the Joba bug game, drove me up a wall (go figure).

  27. UWS says:

    Cubs pitchers apparently have a severe strike zone phobia. WTF?

  28. E-ROC says:

    Derek Lowe, a future Yankee?

  29. Ivan says:

    Lowe putting up a good audition for the yanks.

    • Steve says:

      No thanks.

      How soon we all forget he was booted out of Boston’s rotation in 04. I know he had a great post season, but he was hideous the last year he was in the AL East, and he’ll be 36.

      The Yanks have said they want guys with AL experience. He has it, but it was too long ago and he’s too much older now.

  30. 27'Yanks says:

    How much do you think it would take the Steinbrenners to get the Yanks moved to the NL? They would be in the WS every year

  31. Nady Nation says:

    Edmonds as a stopgap CF next year? Good D, serviceable bat

  32. Steve says:

    Manny goes boom!!!

  33. Mike A. says:

    How the hell did Manny hit that pitch out? It was practically at his shoe tops.

    • UWS says:

      Somewhere in Pennsylvania, Mike Mussina just experienced a flashback.

      • Steve says:

        Something tells me Mike isn’t watching this game.

        I picture him at home doing something nerdy, like dressed up as Captain Kirk playing “Flight Simulator” on his computer.

    • Steve says:

      Manny has been eating good breaking pitches forever.

      He especially likes them now that his bat is slower and he can’t hit tough righties as well anymore.

      • Ivan says:

        He’s been considered the best breaking ball hitter from the right side for years whether it’s Cle or Bos. I always felt to try get manny out was to challege him with high fastballs. Much easier said than done.

  34. E-ROC says:

    How in the blue hell did Manny hit that homerun? That shit was at his ankles.

  35. E-ROC says:

    Oh wait, I know how Manny hit that homerun: Joe Torre magic.

  36. Manimal says:

    With talent like that, who gives a fuck Manny is GOOD.

  37. Ivan says:

    Manny Ramirez is amazing. That dude is fun to watch to hit and he’s gangsta with the way he carries himself.

  38. E-ROC says:

    The sound in Wrigley is deafening. “The sky is falling” is probably the feeling that the fans have, which will probably rub off on the players.

    • Steve says:

      I think Pinella is such a cocky bastard that he will keep his players from getting down. Not just cocky, Pinella’s much smarter than he gets credit for.

  39. E-ROC says:

    Does anyone like the new Knight Rider series? The concept seems a bit dull, but that damn car, Mustang Cobra is off the chain.

  40. Manimal says:

    If Joba Chamberlain wasn’t an athlete he would look Identical to Frank Caliendo

  41. E-ROC says:

    Cal Ripken looks like he can still take a couple of grounders at the hot corner.

  42. Ivan says:

    After reading the quotes, and thinking about it, it was really a no brainer that Cashman was coming back. Knowing his personality, and being Loyal, he didn’t want leave the yanks in flux, and he cares about his legacy a great deal. Most of all, he really want to win a WS with HIS players. That’s why he didn’t trade Hughes for Johan and etc. He wanted to create a product that was 100% his and win with it. Alot of ways, this is personal to him. Like he’s on a mission to prove something.

  43. E-ROC says:

    In case ya’ll get bored with the game, here is a discussion question that I completed yesterday for homework:

    Post your response to the following discussion question by clicking on Reply. Your response should be between 200-300 words.

    What is the role of marketing in sports today? What is the value of sport marketing? Taking into account different levels of sports—including recreational, high school, intercollegiate, and professional—what would these sports look like without sport marketing? What benefits does marketing provide for these organizations? Are there drawbacks to sport marketing?

  44. Mike A. says:

    OMG where’s the grit Casey Blake?

  45. Mike R. says:

    Full disclosure. My comment is only loosly related to the game. This could be crazy, I just don’t see why. Is there any chance we could sign Furcal to play CF next year?

  46. Ivan says:

    Man Bronxton is nasty.

  47. Mike A. says:

    Routine fly power for Edmonds these days.

  48. Jamal G. says:

    Why do I continually get agitated by the crap?

    I want to win NOW. Not five years from now.

    Fucking LoHud.

  49. Ivan says:

    Yo this game sucks.

  50. Mike A. says:

    Greg Maddux coming on in relief. It’d be awesome if he was their closer this postseason.

  51. Jamal G. says:

    Torre is outmanaging Pinella.


    This is the exact reason why I am rooting against the Dodgers. I can’t take crap like this. Torre is “outmanaging” the Dodgers? How? By picking his spots on when to tell his players to swing for the fences? Is he guiding the ball into the stands? Assholes.

  52. Steve says:

    Maddux doing garbage time. One of the greatest pitchers who ever lived, in his prime he was comparable to Pedro at his best.

    Time to hang em up, Greg.

  53. Jamal G. says:

    Heh, my friend just sent me this text message:

    Is it weird when your hand soap smells worst than the scent you are trying to wash off?

    Always good to have interesting friends.

  54. Steve says:

    * The biggest thing that came out of it, I thought, was how combative Cashman was.

    “For a long time, we’ve been old and everybody knows it, right?” Cashman said. “For a long time people have pointed it out. So now when you start to fix it, people are ‘Oh my God, you missed the playoffs.’ Off with his head, right? That’s fair, that’s fine, that’s part of this town. I accept it. I’m not running from it.

    “I care about my name and I care about how I’m perceived and I care about this franchise. I need everybody that works for me who feels the same way to pull in the same direction. If I wanted something easy, I could do a hell of a lot of other things than run the Yankees.”

    He’s right about that. I know some people disagree with me, but I think Cash is the right man for the job. When I covered college basketball, coaches used to say they wanted to build a program, not just one team. That’s what the Yankees need to do. They need think about being good for 10 years, not one.”

    Just when I’m ready to give up on Peter, he writes something like this.

    Nice work, Pedro.

  55. Ivan says:

    Are we doing another game thread?

  56. But any flak Cashman would have gotten for being affiliated with Burgos will be minimal compared to the subtextual racist bullshit Minaya will get for bringing another “bad character Latin player” into the organization.

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