Spring Training Game Thread: For those lucky enough

Scranton drops spring opener
Gammons sees Yanks in on Holliday

Today’s game on MLB Network is blacked out in the New York area because YES is a bunch of fascists exercised their contractual right to keep it off the airwaves in their market, but for those that live outside of NY, here’s your game thread for today’s action. CC Sabathia is pitching in a minor league game, while this squad will face David Price and the rest of the AL Champion Rays:

Gardner, CF
Melky, LF
Nady, RF
Swisher, 1B
Cano, DH
Ransom, 2B
Berroa, 3B
Pena, SS
Cash, C

Scheduled Pitchers: Al Aceves, Kei Igawa, Damaso Marte, Steven Jackson

First pitch is scheduled for 1:15. Enjoy the game, lucky bastards.

Scranton drops spring opener
Gammons sees Yanks in on Holliday
  • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

    Damn, and I was hoping you guys would do 900 word piece on Alex and the hooker.

    • John

      The hooker part seems kinda true. However, the part where she said the A-rod told him he took ‘roids just pushed it and I doubt that’s true.

      Just more media-driven crap against Alex.

      • Peter Lacock

        Is there something wrong about the worlds oldest profession?

        • Steve H

          Only the price.

      • John

        *told her
        not told him

      • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

        If Alex had half a brain, he wouldn’t put himself in these situations over and over again.

        Plus, I don’t think these stories are an accident, I think they’re a pre-emptive strike because the Selena Roberts book is rumored to have stuff about him being sexually confused. So his PR people are leaking all sorts of stuff to the press making him look like Hetero-Superman. Don’t forget, his PR people generally deal with Hollywood types. Both of the two stories leaked yesterday appeared in the gossip, not sports sections. Those are the reporters they would know.

        Here’s the other one:


        • Frank

          You think his PR people are purposely leaking these kinds of stories????

          I think it’s the opposite. I think these stories are being leaked by connections in the media to generate interest in the book. I’m sure Alex’s infatuation with hookers is well documented there. They’re trying to make sure the A-Rod controversy doesn’t go away and people don’t lose interest while he’s injured. You have to keep stories like this out there until the book comes out. It’s just stirring the pot before it boils.

          Plus if his PR people wanted to imply how Super Hetero Alex is… they could point to his smoking-hot ex wife, well publicized relationship with Madonna (even though she’s broke), cheating on his smoking-hot ex wife with a smoking-hot stripper, and other rumored relationships like Kate Hudson…. who is smoking-hot.

          You don’t have to take the illegal hooker route.

          • Yankeegirl49

            Gee, a pro athlete using high priced hookers, what a shock, no f”ing way (rolls eyes)

  • Steve H

    This Price guy looks pretty good, but what I can’t figure out is, why isn’t he in the 8th inning? Get ESPN on this asap.

    • anonymous

      Only the Yankees should make smart moves like that. ESPN only wants the best for us.

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

    Facsist? Don’t you know YES is a bunch of socialist totalitarian dictators, just like RAB?

    • Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve



      • Mike Pop

        Public Enemy Number ONE!

      • Peter Lacock

        Yah but I’d rather get all the regular season coverage that someone like me that gets todays game, doesn’t get.
        Gardner got CS because he slid head first and Kennedy blocked his hand from the bag. Good learning out.

  • Austin

    I live in MA, I may get the game today but I hardly consider myself lucky.

    • http://nyfaninboston.blogspot.com/ Manimal

      you do on MLB Network, I’m in MA as well.

  • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

    MLB.tv, ftw!

    • Steve H

      How is it this year? I bought it last year and canceled after a day, it sucked. Any better this year?

      • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

        It seems alright to me; I’ve had it since the ’07 season and I’ve liked it. What’s funny, though, is in ’07 I wasn’t blacked out from Yankee games, but all last season I was.

      • Moshe Mandel

        Much better, in my book. They also are going to be unveiling a new player, non-silverlight, before the season. They tried it out for some WBC games, and it was excellent. great quality, easy to use PIP to watch multiple games.

        • Steve H

          Nice, thanks. I had it in 07 and enjoyed it, but last year couldn’t stand it so I went with extra innings, but I’m going back to mlb.tv this year.

  • rafael

    Enjoy the game, lucky bastards.

    At least you don’t have to buy Extra Innings to catch games throughout the year.

  • MikeD

    So my options are to watch a replay of Tampa Bay in the World Series in 2008 on MLB, or watch the Yankees in the World Series in 1998 on YES?

    Thanks YES. I think I’ll go turn on the Mets so they get my viewing dollars today.

  • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt

    Berroa w/a GIDP, doing his best DJ impression.

    I kid, I kid.

    • Sweet Dick Willie

      Kidding or not, that was a shot at Jeter.

      • John

        more like a nuclear missile at DJ

  • Mike Pop

    Anything good happening?

    • http://nyfaninboston.blogspot.com/ Manimal

      Nope, Price is doing very well and Steven Jackson walked in a lot of runs.

    • Steve H

      Swish just made a great play at 1st.

  • http://nyfaninboston.blogspot.com/ Manimal


    We dont need no Texiera

  • Ben B.

    Does someone understand YES’s thinking, here? They don’t want us to watch another team’s announcers covering the game?

  • Arman Tamzarian

    How many times can I watch the replays of the the late ninties world series before it becomes repetitive. It’s kind of taking the magic out of it.

  • dan

    Not missing much… bottom 6th, losing 3-0, Gardner caught stealing, bad defense on the DP, OF assists by Melky and Nady, and Kei Igawa just may end his streak of scoreless innings. Igawa’s throwing strikes though, hardly recognize him, oh wait, there’s those God-awful teeth.

  • Eirias

    It is late to post this, and I really feel bad, but I’m going to be out of the country, with spotty internet at best, for the month of April. I’m in the RABAL cabal, but I don’t want to compete in a league when I’ll be AWOL for a month.

    I’m withdrawing from the RABAL. Is there any way someone who didn’t get in the first time can take my place?

    • Eirias

      Team = Columbus Cisplatins

  • J.R.

    Igawa looks like he is affraid of contact.

    And he walks in his first run of the spring.

  • Yankeegirl49

    My daughter made sure to rub it in to me today that she gets the game, its a rare occasion that she gets it and I don’t.
    I made sure to point out that I will be at the first game at the new stadium, while she will not. :)

  • Rob S.

    I could see YES blacking out MLB Networks broadcast if they were also carrying the game. Since YES isn’t carrying the game it sucks pretty bad.

  • http://evilempire20.com Ryan S.

    Yo someone dropped out of the RABAL league, we need a fill in ASAP.

    • Drew

      i’d fill in when’s the draft?

      • http://evilempire20.com Ryan S.

        6:15 eastern tonight. I think you’ll need to stay on call because the league manager isn’t around right now to invite anyone.

        • Drew

          Crap, I sent Ben an email but i’ll be on my way to monmouth at 6:15. Damn group projects!

  • Drew

    Poor Alex.. I bet if he was building that house in Tampa that Jetes is, it would be headline news across America: A-Rod builds 30,000 SF compound to conduct his prostitute and steroid business in a family town of Tampa Isles.