Spring Training Game Thread: A Brave New Wang

CC Sabathia in action
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Chien-Ming Wang in STDid you know that last night’s win was the Yanks’ first win since February 26th, a span of seven games? Is it a coincidence that they won when A-Rod was away from the team? I THINK NOT!1!!!1!

Chien-Ming Wang will be making his second start of the preseason this afternoon, and the Braves will counter with young Jair Jurrjens. Wanger is scheduled to throw between 35-40 pitches, and if the sinker’s working that could mean as many as five innings. I doubt it though, three is more likely. Here’s his backup:

Damon, LF
Melky, CF
Teixeira, 1B
Matsui, DH
Nady, RF
Ransom, SS
Leone, 3B
Pena, 2B
Pilittere, C

Scheduled Pitchers: CMW, Brett Tomko, Phil Coke, Mike Dunn, Wilkins DeLaRosa

The game is on YES, first pitch is scheduled for 1:15. I look forward to hearing Michael Kay say the A-Rod injury is a blessing in disguise. Derek Jeter and Team USA will be taking on Team Canada in the WBC at 2:00; the game can be seen on ESPN if you’re interested.

Photo from the AP

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  • Memo

    “Is it a coincidence that they won when A-Rod was away from the team? I THINK NOT!1!!!1!”

    I agree!! *gives up trying* Dammit, no I don’t but I tried to believe it. LOL

    I listened to a Jane Heller interview on the radio in the car and then walked in the house to watch baseball…even if it is the WBC.

  • Steve O.

    Today I’m going to get either an Xbox 360 or a PS3, which one should I get and why?

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

      PS3. They don’t make The Show for 360.

      • Steve O.

        I know, I was thinking the same thing, but is 2K9 comparable? Does it have arbitration, etc.

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

          No idea. I’m not a fan of the 2K series at all.

          • Mike Pop

            The Show’s gameplay>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>2K’s gameplay.

      • Mike Pop

        Whichever you get. Skate 2 is a must.

  • neil

    is this game available online on WCBS88.com?

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

      Yeah, I believe so.

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

      It shouldn’t be. You can buy the MLB Gameday Audio for Spring Training coverage, but otherwise, the audio feeds online will disappear within a few weeks.

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

    What a play by Wang.

    • Brooklyn Ed

      what a nice gold glove play by Wang.

      -correction made. :D

    • Thomas

      Looks like he is moving well and that the foot is OK. And a strikeout.

  • Corey

    I know this is more of an open thread type nugget but anyway: What are the odds that Pavano starts the opener for the Indians?

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

      You mean at the New Stadium? That would be kinda funny.

      • Corey

        Yeah I just think that would be perfect

        • Mike Pop

          He is penciled in as thier 3rd starter, but he will probably get injured after 3 or 4 innings of work or falling onto his couch too hard.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            With our luck, Pavano will make 34 solid starts for the Indians with a 14-7 record and a 3.18 ERA.

            • Mike Pop

              Heh. He’ll probably throw a CG shutout against the Yanks at the new stadium.

              • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                And hit Mark Teixeira in he hand, breaking his hamate bone.

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

                  Losing Tex would be devastating, but not as devastating as losing A-Rod. If Tex gets hurt, he’s replaced by Swish, who’s a damn fine player.

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                  Yeah, but my Doom Bunker scenario of Pavano breaking Tex’s hand would be in realtime; ARod’s already gone. So now, we’d be out BOTH Tex and Nails Krzyzewski.

                • Mike Pop

                  In that scenario, a trade for Beltre would have to be worked out. Like you said though, they could only give up so much and nothing crazy. IPK+ would be ideal but would that get it done with them being so desperate? Who would you look to then, Clint Barmes, Chad Traxy, Mark Reynolds?

                  Then as Mike said, Swish to 1st and Nady becomes an everyday OF.

                  Either way, losing the 2 biggest bats in our lineup would suck balls.

              • Thomas

                Reporter: “Carl what contributed to your success today?”
                Pavano: “I think the key to this game was having a good team behind me that has supported me no matter what.”

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

            Is he the three? I thought they had him set to be number five behind Lee, Fausto, Reyes and Laffey. Could be wrong, but that would make sense.

            • Mike Pop

              I don’t really know. Their website has him at the 3 but it is really all semantics right.

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

    ‘Twas a hanger.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      IT IS HIGH!!!

      IT IS FAR!!!

      IT, IS GONE, SEE YA!!! A HANGER, BY THE WANGER!!!

  • Brooklyn Ed

    Mike, what would be a proper number for Melky’s fielding for the Show? 40(F grade) is way to low.

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

      60-ish I guess, maybe 65. Tex’s D sucks in the game too, apparently.

      • Brooklyn Ed

        Agree. probably the early verison is the problem but who knows.

        Gardner would be the same right?

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          Gardner’s D should be higher than Melky’s. He covers more ground.

          • Brooklyn Ed

            so like around 70s?

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

              Yeah that works.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    Ken Singleton: “He eludes the tag by Kotchman, and reaches base on the error.”

    Clearly, Ken, that was a shot at Damon and Jeter and you know it.

  • Brooklyn Ed

    I bet Cashman is scouting the Braves right now.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    I can’t remember what the name of the home plate ump is, but I’m glad to hear that he’s in midseason form.

    Singleton: “Here’s the pitch…”
    Home Plate Ump : “HUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUNNNNNHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!”
    Singleton: “Strike one…”

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    Oh, Nady, I so wanted to give you some love for your OF defense (since I’ve been pooh-poohing you all winter), but no, not quite. Nice effort, though.

  • pete

    swish woulda caught that

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

    Yo, all The Show owners, have y’all noticed that the schedules in Franchise Mode are incorrect? I’ve heard complaints but I haven’t cross-checked them myself.

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

      Really? That would suck. I have to check it.

      I just got around to starting my franchise today. I’m going to play three ST games just to get a feel for everyone, as well as sort out my fifth starter competition.

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

        Yeah, I heard people whining that all the non-Sunday games for the Cubbies are night games, but I just read that the schedules for some squads might be incorrect as well.

    • Brooklyn Ed

      yeah its true. like on 3/3, in reality the Yanks face Team USA but in the game, they face the Marlins.

  • The Evil Empire

    Marte just cruised through the 8th inning for D.R.

    • Drew

      He looked good

      • The Evil Empire

        Yup, Cano is 1-4 with a single too

        • Drew

          hardly a single.. it was hard bunt to third!

          • andrew

            A bunt single is still a single. Maybe he’s adding to his repertoire.

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

              A bunt single means you had to hustle down the line.

              Hence, a bunt single is >>>>>>>>> a regular single.

              And no, this time, I’m actually a little serious.

              • The Evil Empire

                haha Cano just grounded out, 1 – 5. Hanley at the plate in the 9th with an out and a runner on second, D.R. is losing 2-3

                • The Evil Empire

                  ha D.R lost after Hanley drew a walk, a caught stealing at third and a S.O
                  -_-

              • Drew

                Well TSJC, the third basemen didnt charge and the pitcher went to third with it. Hence my hardly a single comment.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    Was Cody Ransom’s walk-up music really “Get Back Muhf$%#a, You Don’t Know Me Like That” by Ludacris?

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

      His legend just continues to grow.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Suh-suh-so come on, come on
        DON’T!!! Get swung on, swung on

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

    ARod would’ve hit a meaningless, second-inning HR in that spot. Cody Ransom? He just grinds out a gritty single.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      And then gets his uniform dirty sliding into second.

      Cody Ransom is so much better than ARod, it’s not funny. This guy plays the game the right way.

      • Mike Pop

        Singles>HR’s.

  • Drew

    A rod is now responsible for ruining two teams! lol

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      ARod is now responsible for ruining two teams! lol baseball and all of humanity.

      Fixed.

      • Memo

        All A-Rod’s fault. :) Because we know the DR team had no other stars.

        Tommie…just humanity? Surely he’s done more damage than that.

        • Drew

          Yea.. he really let the World down on this one.

          • Memo

            And if the US loses to Canada thats A-Rod’s fault too.

            • Drew

              Obviously, I mean he turned his back on us.

  • Brooklyn Ed

    Johnson and Escobar would be awesome for the Yanks.

    • Mike Pop

      I’d take Cano over Johnson but that idea of Nady for Kelly Johnson swap looks much better ever since this A-Rod injury fiasco.

      • Brooklyn Ed

        I don’t think KJ could play 3B.

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

    Giambi could do that.

  • Brooklyn Ed

    holycrap, that is why we got Tex. :D

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

    God, that getting-your-uniform-dirty thing angers me to no end. Mike Fat-cesspool-a (it’s my last day as a 19-year old, fuck off) was saying the other day how Joe Girardi wants Brett Gardner and Nick Swisher to win their respective job battles because “he [Girardi] likes guys who get their uniform dirty.” No, he likes guys who play above-average defense and have exquisite on-base abilities, douche.

    • Mike Pop

      To Mike F, getting unis dirty=above-average defense.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        I never once saw Ken Griffey get his uniform dirty playing in the Seattle Kingdome. I can only conclude that he sucks defensively.

        Sincerely, Mike Francesa.

        • Mike Pop

          Yo Tommie, the Boys’ signed Igor Olshansky. What do you know of him, I read some stuff and talked to some friends who said he is just like Canty but could be better? I don’t know to much about him, just remember his interview before facing the Pats in the playoffs(“we aren’t scared, they are the ones who should be scared”).

          He any good?

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            Igor Olshansky is like Chris Canty in the way that Xavier Nady is like Nick Swisher.

            • Mike Pop

              Okay, so he’s getting better while Canty is getting worse? :)

              • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                ICWUDT.

                No, there’s nothing wrong with Olshansky, nor is there anything wrong with Canty. I’d describe Canty as solid but not quite great player, and Olshansky as a solid but just barely above a non-starter.

                It’s definitely a downgrade for Dallas, but Olshansky can still start capably… but he’s not the long-term answer.

                • Mike Pop

                  Ya, well Dallas needed depth there. The thing I have read with Igor is that he is consistent. Canty is the more talented player but you only see glmipses of his talent in my opinion. Igor is a run stopper-what the Cowboys needed.

                  Much less money, I’ll take the downgrade because I don’t think there will be that much difference.

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                  Probably true. Keep in mind, though, Olshansky wasn’t available because he was too pricy, he was available because the Chargers benched him.

                • Mike Pop

                  Yea, I agree.
                  I’m a bit torn on who I want the Cowboys to get in the draft. I would like to add Herman Johnson but I don’t think the Cowboys can go O-Line in the first round given other concerns like the d-line. Ron Brace or Dorel Scott would be nice if available. Maybe some Patrick Chung.

                • Mike Pop

                  But that is all for my Cowboys talk infesting this thread. Sorry bout that.

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                  Herman Johnson in the first round would be a massive mistake.

                  Herman Johnson in any of the first three rounds would be a massive mistake.

                  Herman Johnson = Aaron Gibson. He’s big, fat, and huge, but he has no technique and he’s slow as molasses.

                • Mike Pop

                  Well, some team is going to make a massive mistake then.

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                  Doubt it. I haven’t seen Johnson in any mock draft in months. What stuff do you read? Herman Johnson is a 3rd or 4th rounder, Dorrell Scott is 3rd at the highest. Ron Brace is the only name you mentioned likely to go in the first two rounds, and he’s probably top of the second at the highest.

                  Chung or Brace would both be good options for the Cowboys at #51. All those other guys would be huge reaches with tremendous bust potential.

                • Mike Pop

                  I read alot on Ranch Report(Dallas Cowboys forums and all), on Sports Outlaw, and Rivals. I remember reading projections for Herman to be a 2nd round pick. Where do you go for your info?

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                  NFLDraftCoundown, Ourlads, GBNReport. Scouts Inc, Kiper, Maycock… about everywhere.

                  Rivals is pretty shitty, IMO.

    • Brooklyn Ed

      well happy birthday dude.

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

    What type of people do we have in our organization? P.J. Pilettere having the Ying-Yang Twins’ “Wait (The Whisper Song)” as his walk-up song?

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      This is really getting enjoyable.

      I want Derek Jeter to break out the old school “Put It In Ya Mouth” this season.

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

        I swear, throughout that whole video (“Wait”) both of those guys had the ultimate “rape face” going; it was hilarious.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside
          • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

            What makes that one endlessly funny is the fact that I have seen countless people that look like that trying to talk to girls that were in my High School class.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=15305165&ref=profile Doug

            Yeah, I don’t really like that song.

            See you around.

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

        Heh, I can totally see Melky Cabrera with Bubba Sparxxx’s “Ms. New Booty” as his theme.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          What, no Don Omar?

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

            Yeah, but where’s the humor in that? That’s like Lastings Milledge walking up to some Ja Rule.

            • Mike Pop

              Melky will walk up to “Pa’ La Tumba” by Hector El Father.

      • Drew

        Mo will give way to Wagner and allow him to be the only Sandman in NY and he’ll change his song to this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xOvaCV6uQp8&NR=1

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          F$%# the Mets, I’m on the YANKS, MUTHAF#$%A!!!! (muthaf#$%a)
          F$%# Braves, I brave PLAYOFFS, MUTHAF#$%A!!!! (muthaf#$%a)
          I win rings with my BOYS, MUTHAF#$%A!!!! (yeah)
          These broken bats make NOISE, MUTHAF#$%A!!!! (yeah)

  • Eirias

    Are Spring Training games not blacked out on MLB.tv? I’m in New Jersey and it’s either that or MLB has decided to give me an extremely early Christmas present.

    • Brooklyn Ed

      its like that, spring training games doesnt get black out.

  • Brooklyn Ed

    Team USA vs Canada on ESPN classic now.

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

      On regular ESPN now too. Canada’s already up because Youkilis made an error. The announcers were saying that Youk was bitching about the turf. What a baby.

      • Drew

        Mo I can’t wait for Joba to throw at his head

      • kevin youkilis

        listen, that turf totally sucks. i have the nerve and grit to make any play, but the field at fenway is so much better than this craphole, you have no idea. it’s not my fault. you’ll see, the other guys will have trouble, too. they better not gimme that error, or i’m calling theo.

        Sent from my Wireless Blackberry.

        • Mike Pop

          Hilarious.

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

    Steve Phillips: “If you had one guy to pick to come up with a big hit in the National League, this [Hanley Ramirez] would be my guy.”

    For fuck’s sake, Steve Phillips has to be the dumbest man on this planet. Only he can be wrong when complementing Hanley Ramirez. Seriously, how do you look dumb whilst complimenting Hanley Ramirez? How? How the fuck is that humanly possible?

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

    The only thing Willy Taveras does well is run. The only positive effect he can have on a baseball field is by running, yet he somehow manages to completely fuck his team by running.

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

    Oh, it was a called strike. I knew the ump signaled him safe at second. Wow, what a game.

    Hey, if the Nederlands can beat D.R., Panama has hope against Boriqua.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    Tex is a beast.

    Meanwhile, David Ortiz is already complaining of injury in the WBC, and Mike Lowell can’t run well yet.

    Cashman 1, Epstein 0.

  • ceciguante

    so the netherlands just elminated los dominicanos…great little upset in the WBC. who knew the dutch could play ball?

    big ups to that catcher who gunned down taveras at third. how DARE you run your team out of the tournament by trying to swipe third with one out in the 9th as the tying run, against a guy with a known cannon at C. baad, baad move.

    fwiw (hopefully not much), cano looked awful at the plate from what i saw.

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

      D.R. isn’t eliminated, they have to lose again to be so.

      • ceciguante

        thx for clearing that up, jamal. i was wondering why the dutch celebration was so fruity….figured it was a euro nightclub type thing or something (!!)

    • ceciguante

      correction, don’t think it was taveras who got caught at 3rd…

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

    Yeah, you sure can hit that high-and-inside heater, can’t you, Dustin?

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    That’s why he’s starting, son!

  • The Evil Empire

    Jeter is that guy, best hit i’ve seen from since 2007

    • The Evil Empire

      from him*

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

    Is there a reason why the announcers of the CAN-USA game took so long to get word of the final score of the NED-DOM game?

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      Sidney Ponson, 69 pitches, 35 strikes. Classic Sir Sidney.

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    Do you think Victorino can cover the entire outfield?

    • Mike Pop

      Almost. Orioles are going to have a ridiculous outfield defense if Pie wins the job.

      Jones, Markakis, and Pie. Yanks will be lucky to get a bloop in.

  • Memo

    I love it. Jeter gets an RBI assist sitting on the bench. “I wonder if batting practice with Derek Jeter had something to do with that RBI.”

    Did I imagine that or is that what was said in the US v. Canada game?

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    COKEFIEND!!!!!

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Damn, there goes my Coke high…

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

    Boy, all these solo homers by the Braves are unclutch.

    • Mike Pop

      I don’t even understand why they are counting them. I thought only clutch homers counted.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Hey, when you really think about it, we’re winning this game 1-0.

        • anonymous

          No Arod or Gardner. How can we be expected to win a game?

  • E-ROC

    LOL, Rick Sutcliffe just said that when Pedroia was batting clean up behind Big Papi, it sometimes look like a father and son game. I got a little chuckle out of that.

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      Sutcliffe tells that same story everytime he does a Sox game.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Rick Sutcliffe has been coming to the same party for the last 12 years, and that is in no way depressing…

        • Andy In Sunny Daytona

          “Captain Tek, I miss your scent”

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    LaTROY HAWKINS!!! He loves us!!!

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    Kanekoa Texeira looks like a douchebag fratboy with that stubble and Hawaiian necklace.

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

      And the 80-degree hat tilt.

    • ceciguante

      ok, but if your name is kanekoa, don’t you have a birth license to wear hawaiian shit whenever you want?

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

    WDLR time.

  • http://mantisfists.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/julius-carry-aka-shonuff.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

    I’m a little late to this party, but what the hell was that gigantic sandwich concoction they just showed as they went to commercial and why do we not have that in the Bronx?

    First time I’ve seen WDLR pitch. I saw Wang earlier then had to do some stuff. How did the other pitchers look?

    • http://mantisfists.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/julius-carry-aka-shonuff.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

      Forget it, just checked the box score. Doesn’t look like anyone did anything out of the ordinary today.

  • Mike Pop

    Where is the randomly passing Boston fan to say something bad about A-Jax?

    Maybe something like this:
    “A-Jax is suppose to be the future center fielder and answer for the long term. Ha, I laugh at you Yankee fans, I fart in your general direction.”

    • Thomas

      Bostoner: “Jackson good prospect?!?!?! But he’s not white!?!?!”

      • ceciguante

        ha