A-Rod takes to the basepaths

Holliday willing to play in NY
Bullpen, Melky deliver a sweep

The Yankees used light-hitting Brett Gardner to pinch hit for Cody Ransom today in the 7th with one out and the bases loaded. That tells us all we need to know about the importance of A-Rod to the team, and to that end, there is good news out of Tampa. A-Rod took a big step forward in his rehab today as he started running the bases. A-Rod, according to Bryan Hoch, ran from 1st to 2nd ten times, twice with a trainer offering resistance. He also charged slow rollers for the first time. The Yanks continue to say that May 15th is their target return date, and I continue to believe A-Rod will be back sooner than that.

Holliday willing to play in NY
Bullpen, Melky deliver a sweep
  • Thomas A. Anderson

    First popout with a man in scoring position, and the fans will boo him. Well, the few that are there, anyway.

  • BJ

    Who needs aroid when you have the melk man?

    • tim randle

      Who needs aroid when you have the melk man nick swisher?

  • kunaldo

    Reasons to be excited:

    1) CC is not CC yet.
    2) Joba is not Joba yet.
    3) Wang really should bounce back, barring any actual injury.
    4) Cody Ransom will soon be replaced with Arod.
    5) We’re 9-6 with all the above solutions not coming to fruition yet.

    Woo!

    • Drew

      6) Teix is not Teix yet.

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

        7) Melky’s just getting warmed up. He’ll be hitting a Bondsian .423/.583/.892 by June.

        • Andy In Sunny Daytona

          You need that hug too, don’t you Tommie?

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

            I don’t need a hug because I never rooted against Melky.

            I doubted Melky. There’s a gigantic difference.

            Nobody is happier about Melky producing than me.

            • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/00mwbIM15ofMv/340x.jpg Mike Pop

              I’ve always said Melky would turn it around this year.

              But, it is good to hear A-Rod is on track to be back. Average 6 runs a game!

              Get your money out, RABers that donated, you will be paying large sums. I need to join that, though.

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

                Get your money out, RABers that donated, you will be paying large sums. I need to join that, though.

                Jesus Christ, man, you gotta get on that!!!

                http://swatley.myparknspot.com/files/2009/03/mooj.jpg

                • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/00mwbIM15ofMv/340x.jpg Mike Pop

                  “But, I’m a Joe Torre hating numbnut. If it was the Jorge Posada foundation, I would surely join.

            • Drew

              I’m happier! I’m the president of his fan club!

              • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/00mwbIM15ofMv/340x.jpg Mike Pop

                Heh, you’re floating on clouds right now.

                Jorge interview now. He said he didn’t like when Jeter smiled on that throwing error.

                But good to hear A-Rod is coming back. Hopefully he produces at high levels all year.

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

                  Jorge interview now. He said he didn’t like when Jeter smiled on that throwing error.

                  Derek Jeter is bush league.

            • Andy In Sunny Daytona

              oh, I still doubt Melky. But there is absolutely no denying the fact, that he has been a different ballplayer since last years demotion.

              • zack

                Well good Lord people, can we at least wait until after April until making anymore judgments on Melky. Remember how he looked at this point last year? year, just how as he looks now.

                • Drew

                  Remember how he looked 3 years ago, and 2 years ago.

                • Andy In Sunny Daytona

                  You’re right Zack, let’s just ignore the fact that he’s in a LOT better shape than last year. Let’s pretend that he didn’t play really well in the Winter League and Spring Training and let’s just focus on last year.

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

                This is true.

                And yes, I’m still doubting Melky too. But, if he can at least play himself into a good 4th outfielder (rather than just a passable 4th outfielder), it’s a great addition.

                For now, though, I’m just riding the lactose sugar high…

                • Andy In Sunny Daytona

                  I’m with ya. I’m not holding out for him to be the next Roberto Clemente.

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

                  I’m with ya. I’m not holding out for him to be the next Roberto Clemente.

                  Yup. I’ll settle for just the next Carlos Beltran, that’s fine.

    • LiveFromNewYork

      Number 4 should be number 1

      And we’re grinding it out and even though we get caught stealing at least we’re running and making the pitcher think, “These bastards are going to run on me.”

    • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/00mwbIM15ofMv/340x.jpg Mike Pop

      8) A.J. will be this A.J. for the WHOLE year.

      • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/00mwbIM15ofMv/340x.jpg Mike Pop

        Wow, that was supposed to be 8 )

        Heh 8)

        • dudes

          8)

  • Infamous

    I cant wait to see this offense with Arod in the line-up. Yikes.

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

      Who needs him. We have Melky.

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    Thank Mo that Arod will be back soon.

    • LiveFromNewYork

      Mo be praised. Can I have a hallelujah?

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

        Mosanna, Mosanna, Mosanna in the highest.

  • http://www.freewebs.com/ps3tf2/ Double-J

    Melky > Gardner.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Benjamin Kabak

      Just FYI: This is not the game recap thread.

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

        When MELKY FREAKING CABRERA wins a 14-inning barnburner with a walk-off jimmy-jam, all rules are off, my friend. It’s freakin’ international waters out here, we can have all the monkey knife fights we want.

      • http://www.freewebs.com/ps3tf2/ Double-J

        Sorry, my bad.

  • pat

    I hope the open thread is Ben on TV.

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

      (fighting the urge to say something…)

      • pat

        YOU GOT SOMETHIN TO SAY??? SAY IT TO MY FACE

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

          Good god, no.

          I don’t know where that face has been, you degenerate fucko. Probably crawling with disease.

          • pat

            HA JOKES ON YOU!! My face has many leather bound books and smells of rich mahogany.

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

              NO, BULLSHIT, ‘CAUSE I WASN’T WITH A HOOKER TODAY, HA-HA!!!

  • Drew

    Yo Ben, was it you that said once Al starts running the bases he would return to action after a week or so? Also, should we expect his rehab games to be in Tampa or a higher level?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Benjamin Kabak

      That was my guess. I’m sticking with May 1. We’ll see.

      As for the rehab, I’d have to believe he’ll be in Tampa because it’s close to the Yanks’ facility and the weather is better and more predictable down there right now than it is in the Scranton/Trenton/New York area. He needs his ABs, and the Yanks can’t afford a rainout with him.

      • usty

        I got tickets to the Thunder game next thursday because it’s $1 draft night to celebrate opening the picnic area. It would be badass to see A-rod and get $1 beers for 12.50 ticket. But i’m pretty sure I got a better chance of getting struck by lighting next week than that happening.