Game 9: Game Thread II


Discussion of the Yanks/Rays rubber game continues here. A third run would be nice, but don’t expect more from Pettitte. This is what he is right now, and if he can give up the hits while limiting the damage and going innings, the Yanks will take it.

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  1. handtius says:

    Swish at the dish.

  2. Mike says:

    damn it teixeira

  3. Manimal says:

    You have to wonder if these deep fly balls would be HR’s in the new stadium.

  4. Drew says:

    Let’s see a hung change.

  5. handtius says:

    I know they don’t “need” this game, but it would be nice to go home with a winning record…and a better record then the Rays.

  6. Tom Zig says:

    come on JoPo.

  7. The offense doesn’t look great today…missing Nady really doing that much?

  8. Tom Zig says:

    Giambi wouldn’t have caught that.

  9. Mike says:

    As long as it stays close we have a chance right up until the 9th. They don’t exactly have a very overpowering or intimidating closer. Hopefully it won’t come to that though

  10. Smitt Dogg says:

    Nice Andy

  11. Drew says:

    I really wish Kay didn’t laugh.

  12. handtius says:

    Andy getting nicer as the game goes on.

  13. radnom says:

    third run would be nice, but don’t expect more from Pettitte. This is what he is right now, and if he can give up the hits while limiting the damage and going innings, the Yanks will take it.

    Um, what? This what Pettite has always been.

    Today – 6 innings 6 Hits.
    Carrer – 9.4 Hits/9.

    That’s how he rolls.

  14. Smitt Dogg says:

    Here comes the all grit-no hit black hole 7-8-9 yankees….


  15. Tom Zig says:

    David Cone is in Gardner’s head

  16. Drew says:

    Yes’s gun is so bad. Was that pitch a minute ago really 60 mph.. give me a break.

  17. Manimal says:

    Was anyone else laughing their ass off when Michael Kay said “It’s not comparing apples to oranges, it’s like comparing apples to ducks!”

  18. Who was that who just gave Joe Nelson credit for daring to throw a strike to big bad Brett Gardner? Good grief.

  19. Drew says:

    I didn’t know they made cowbell Necklaces.

  20. Jamal G. says:

    Eh, if anything, this ensures the top of the order leads off next inning.

  21. Mike says:

    nice job laying off that pitch. though he would have swung

  22. handtius says:

    can we get a genetics company to splice molina and po together?

  23. Yankee1010 says:

    What harm would Molina walking into the batter’s box without a bat really do?

    • handtius says:

      Molina should dive into the plate every time and try to get hit by a pitch.

    • timrandle says:

      takes away the threat of HBP…

      • Yankee1010 says:

        How? He could still be hit by a pitch without holding a bat. It does bring a walk into play.

        I think Molina might be the perfect case study. It’s not like he’s going to beat out any balls in the infield and a fair amount of his hits are singles anyway. If he actually made a pitcher throw more than 2 or 3 pitches, he might have a shot at getting on base more than a glacially slow, poor-man’s Tony Womack.

        Sadly, this isn’t entirely in jest.

        • timrandle says:

          Which part isn’t in jest, Molina isn’t really glacially slow?
          I would say he really should just take every pitch…(with a bat)…run up counts, get an occasional walk…

          Went to college with Tony Womack. Really nice guy.

          He ranks up there with World B Free for us :)

  24. Mike says:

    another brilliant comment from Kay. No, you can’t get better at catching…it is strictly hereditary.

  25. Drew says:

    Oh no not Veras!!

  26. pat says:

    99 MPH!!!!!!

  27. Drew says:

    One more for Pettitte?

  28. Tony says:

    Guys, I just got an idea. Since we dealt Jose Tabata for an 89 win season and a season of part-time RF play (or so we thought), let’s try the whole “trade prospects for short-term roster patching” thing again to replace Nady!

  29. Brendan says:

    Ok top of the order. It WILL be done.

  30. timrandle says:

    How much would it hurt for Andy to pitch a 9 inning loss here giving up only 3 runs?

  31. Joey H says:

    If they’re going to do it, now is the time. top ‘o the order.

  32. desus says:

    I heard Jeter’s got an edge.

  33. Drew says:

    Jeter has really started this year with power

  34. Joey H says:


  35. Christopher says:

    Captain clutch, but can Damon get him over to third?

  36. Mike says:

    Beautiful! Another ball over their heads.

  37. Mike says:


  38. Brendan says:

    Watch Damon lay down a bunt and piss off 98% off the RAB comment crew.

  39. Jamal G. says:

    I love Joe Girardi for not bunting.

  40. Drew says:

    Weeehooooo! NO BUNT!

  41. JobaWockeeZ says:

    DAMON! Good thing I didn’t bench him today.

  42. Jamal G. says:

    Not bunting = Good baseball.

  43. Jasper says:

    Damonnnnn!! Big hit.

    C’mon Tex, this is the time to step up with a big at bat here.

  44. pat says:

    I kinda like these yankees.

  45. Mike says:

    wooooo yes johnny! I love howell

  46. Doug says:


    It’s nice to have RISP this season.

  47. A.D. says:

    Howell regression to mean continues

  48. Doug says:


  49. JobaWockeeZ says:


  50. handtius says:

    Come on Tex. Time for some goods, just hit it deep. get jonny to 3rd.

  51. Joey H says:

    I love these 09 Yankees. Working the count productively.

  52. Mike says:

    lol wtf…tex shows bunt

  53. Joey H says:

    What happened to let loose on 3-0 Tex? lol

  54. Joey H says:

    Gotta love them f’n catwalks.

  55. Haha. Thank you, Tropicana Field.

  56. desus says:

    Got to love the catwalk.

  57. Drew says:

    I loved the bench’s reaction to Tex showing bunt.

  58. pat says:

    That was fortunate. Now tex goes yard.

  59. Confidence level = 10.

    *clap-clap clap-clap-clap*
    *clap-clap clap-clap-clap*

  60. Mike says:

    gotta love the catwalks

  61. Christopher says:

    3rd strikeout looking?

  62. Mike says:

    teh bust

  63. Joey H says:

    A clean cut man with waxed eyebrows doesn’t exactly look scary screaming. But lets go Swish.

  64. pat says:

    OMG please walk swisher to pitch to posada.

  65. Joey H says:

    Look at this, this really shows the strength of multiple legit switch hitters in the heart of the lineup.

  66. dkidd says:

    i’m getting a kick out of the girl behind home reading harry potter

  67. Joey H says:

    Gotta expect something outside over the plate here.

  68. Drew says:

    Sick change…

  69. Christopher says:

    Did I just hear a Nelson Muntz ‘ha-ha’?

  70. Mike says:

    son of a bitch

  71. Joey H says:

    Doesn’t the pitch by pitch annoy you people too? I mean if the sequence and result sucked the first time around, it won’t be any better the second.

  72. Mike says:

    come on jorgeee

  73. Joey H says:

    And if Joe wants to kiss this game goodbye he’ll put Veras in there.

  74. handtius says:

    I am looking forward to Cano blasting another ball. maybe not a homerun, but something good.

  75. Joey H says:

    How far do we think Cano is from becoming elite given his apparent work ethic and improvement(and yes wise asses I do understand we are 9 games in)

  76. timrandle says:

    Walk Cano to pitch to Gardner…

  77. Joey H says:

    Now Look at this, In less than a week we won’t have to be like SH*TTTTT Ransom and Gardner up next when we are looking to rally. When this lineup gets longer it will be fun to watch.

  78. Mike says:

    mother fucker. real clutch hitting with a guy on 2nd no outs

  79. Christopher says:

    Urgh, now the offensive black holes are due up in the 9th, and Jose Veras is in all probability pitching the 8th. I don’t know which of those is the scariest.

  80. Tom Zig says:

    Well at least its tied.

  81. Joey H says:

    Now after this put Bruney in there, Give them a totally different look. Up 8-10 MPH on the fastball and a Look from a different side.

  82. Joey H says:

    I wander if in those picnic areas they have a eat at your own risk policy. For example, if a fly ball lands in your cheeseburger, hot dog or what have you they will not refund.

  83. Mike Axisa says:

    I heart this version of Brian Bruney. That heater is explosive.

  84. Joey H says:

    Question: How deep in the park in terms of the Cat Walk must the ball hit before it’s considered a HR?

  85. A.D. says:

    Bruney, filthy

  86. Drew says:

    TEH JOBA 8TH!!1!1

  87. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Bruney! That should shut up those annoying B-Jobbers.

  88. Tom Zig says:

    Bruney really has some giddyup on that fastball eh?

  89. pat says:

    Bruney is so selfish, just out there to pad his K totals.

  90. Cy Farnsworth says:

    When exactly did Bruney become so freakin’ good?

  91. Joey H says:

    Let’s butcher boy here. Steal a base. Start the rally all over.

  92. Doug says:

    Brian Bruney -#38 RHP
    0-0, 3.60 ERA
    8 Pictches – 7 Strikes, 1 Balls

    Average fastball – 94.1 mph

  93. A.D. says:

    Brett should have taken one for the team there

  94. cuponoodles says:

    BRUNEY!!! Muoy caliente!

  95. Andy In Sunny Daytona says:

    Bruney is as nasty as Gardner’s swing.

  96. A.D. says:

    Percival is in, excellent

  97. Drew says:

    I still laugh at that Avis commercial. The awkward silence at the end is the best.

  98. timrandle says:

    AGH! Gardner…game day pitch spot looks like a frickin’ sparkler…why won’t they just blow fast balls by him and get it over with???

  99. A.D. says:

    WTF why no Matsui

  100. Joey H says:

    Now, Do they throw Bruney back out there? Supposing the Yankees don’t score.

  101. Drew says:

    Cmon CO-Dog

  102. Joey H says:

    Wow. Alex who? Haha.

  103. Andy In Sunny Daytona says:

    Cody “FUCKIN” Ransom

  104. Brendan says:

    Let’s love Ransom again!

  105. Tom Zig says:

    Its about time handsome cody ransom

  106. Mike Axisa says:

    Cody Ransom, not completely useless.

  107. Just got this trade offer:

    BCOP trades Nick Swisher, NYY 1B to Connection
    CONY trades Emilio Bonifacio, Fla 2B to Optimists Prime

    I’m BCOP. I really really love Swisher but I know he’ll probably regress.

    I know nothing about Bonifacio except that he’s doing really well right now

    What do I do?

  108. Mike says:

    attaboy ransom! get him in now you fucks

  109. Christopher says:

    Great hitting by Cody Ransom, unfortunately the worst hitter in the history of baseball* is up behind him.

    *This may be an exaggeration

  110. Joey H says:

    You guys remember that walk off HBP against I think Oakland last year?

  111. southernyankeefan says:

    now i have seen it all.

  112. …we’re gonna have Rivera in a tie game, aren’t we?

  113. Mike says:

    damn nice pick by the catcher

  114. manimal says:

    The captain, EL CAPITAN.

  115. A.D. says:

    Yankees should have retired numbers day where player wear a retired number of a Yankee that played their position.

  116. pat says:

    enter sandman

  117. Tom Zig says:

    Jeet just skeeted all over Perci

  118. Mike says:


  119. El Generalissimo says:

    Jeter is getting his pimp stroke back!!!

  120. A.D. says:

    Thank you captain

  121. Smitt Dog says:

    So Jeterian….

  122. Christopher says:

    Jeter comes up big again.

  123. Mark B says:

    Jetes coming through again….just when everyone was ready to write him off!

  124. timrandle says:

    Mo be praised!

  125. southernyankeefan says:

    Jeter is sooooooooooooo clutch.

  126. Joey H says:

    I mean, I’m a HUGE Yankee fan but for what ever reason, Jeter isn’t my favorite player but SHIT can the guy get it done when it matters.

  127. Jake H says:

    Jeter has been on these last 2 nights.

  128. Joey H says:

    Isn’t the wrong 42 out there?

  129. Tom Zig says:

    I was scared for a second that Bruney would be closing.

  130. Jamal G. says:

    It’s nice when your captain can actually hit baseballs well.

  131. A.D. says:

    Interesting putting Melk in for Swish, who is a solid defender.

  132. Drew says:

    Me love Melky

  133. Jamal G. says:

    I’m calling it right now: Dan Uggla for NL MVP.

  134. Expired Milk says:

    After last year I secretly hoped Rivera Mo didnt come in if it was tied.

  135. manimal says:

    Does anyone else play Enter the sandman during away games or is it just me…

  136. Andy In Sunny Daytona says:

    For all of you too young to remember the 90′s teams, that’s what it was like EVERY DAMN NIGHT!!!

    Now, time to watch Seinfeld on the VCR.

  137. Christopher says:

    Was there ever any doubt with Mo?

  138. Accent Shallow says:

    I love Mariano.

  139. 5-4 on the road trip. Awesome.

  140. Tom Zig says:

    Giambi would not have made that play.

  141. Jamal G. says:

    The 2009 Yankees are fucking awesome.

  142. All fucking right. Nice way to head home for the big home opener.

  143. Colombo says:

    yankees win…the-e-e-e-e yankees win

  144. Drew says:

    Hell of a win! too bad Andy didn’t get the win, he deserved it!

  145. manimal says:

    So, where are all you people that were bitching about the first game of the series?

  146. Mike says:

    5-4 solid start all things considered (9 straight on the road, TB 4-5, BOS 3-6)

  147. manimal says:

    Bruney:14 straight outs, 10 of them strike outs. Joba isn’t even that good.

  148. Alex says:

    “Start Spreading the news..”

  149. mko says:

    I love it. The Yanks have won the last 2 series against KC and TB. That’s what it takes. Let’s continue that streak and hope the home stand can be even better.

  150. El Generalissimo says:

    This team has some moxie to it… I like.

  151. Rich says:

    This team never quits. There’s nothing better that you can say about a team.

  152. dkidd says:

    love how happy everyone in the dugout was for ransom. this is a team

  153. Mike says:

    Now onto the Cleveland series. I cant wait til Pavano pitches in the stadium. I hope he is booed so loudly and mercilessly that he starts to cry

  154. Jake H says:

    Good win there. Good pitching and some timely hitting to win it. It’s only 9 games but Cano has looked on.

  155. Tom Zig says:

    Mark Teixeira says I have a laser for an arm.

  156. mko says:

    Not that it matters much with Mo (yet), but should we be concerned with his velocity? Every pitch in this inning was under 90mph.

    I’m usually not one to get into these velocity discussions, and it doesn’t seem like his cutter is any easier to hit with 5mph less on the gun, but maybe age is catching up to him after all.

  157. Drew says:

    An Oli Perez implosion would make this an even better day.

  158. Alex says:

    Andy’s losing it.. He’s starting to talk to the ball

  159. timrandle says:

    am i the only one still bitter about Mo not pitching four outs in KC?


  160. Alexa- #1 Yankee fan says:

    Lets not forget were another day closer to arod’s return . This is only a few weeks away . Good to be heading home too :)

  161. Jonathan says:

    Derek Jeter makes me want to be a better person.

    God, two fantastic games in a row, even if you weren’t a Yanks fan, it’s just great BBall drama and tension…totally makes up for the blowout.

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