Apr
17

Yanks win first in the House that Derek Built

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If anyone learns that his or her favorite team went 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position, that person generally expects to learn that the team in question lost.

Somehow, though, improbably enough, the Yankees did just that today and emerged with a win. Powered by an unearned run and five home runs into what is quickly becoming the right field power alley, the Yankees escaped a terrible start by Joba Chamberlain to record their first win at new Yankee Stadium. The team, by the way, is now 1-for-20 with runners in scoring position over their last two games.

Of course, as the Baseball Gods would write it, Derek Jeter was the man responsible for the win. In the 8th inning, he lifted a Jensen Lewis offering into the right field seats for the Yanks’ fifth home run — and sixth run — of the day. It would be just enough as the Yanks, in front of a less-than-full house, escaped a rough ninth inning by Mariano Rivera to win 6-5.

The story of the game in the early going was Joba Chamberlain. While Chamberlain five days ago was efficient with his pitches, today, he was woefully off his game. He needed 93 pitches to get 14 outs and threw 47 of them — more than half — out of the strike zone. His release point was, as this pitch f/x graph shows, widely inconsistent. (Here is Sunday’s for comparison’s sake.)

By the time Joe Girardi mercifully yanked Joba from the game, he was on the wrong end of a 5-3 score. He had given up six hits and five walks over 4.2 innings, and Yankee starters have now issued 10 walks in their last 10.2 innings while racking up just eight strike outs.

The bullpen though did its job this time. One day after getting shellacked in a 10-2 drubbing, the pen responded with 4.1 scoreless innings. Phil Coke, Jonathan Albaladejo, Brian Bruney and Mariano Rivera combined for three hits and five strike outs over the final frames of the game. Once again, the pen performed the better half of its Jekyll-and-Hyde act the day after a poor outing. Bruney threw BBs again, throwing eight of 11 pitches for strikes and K-ing two.

Offensively, the Yanks couldn’t get much going today, and it didn’t seem as though Rivera would have that chance to close it out. They left two on in the first, the bases loaded in the fifth, two on in the sixth and two on in the seventh. At no point did any member of the Yanks hit with a runner in scoring position. It was shaping up to be a futile offensive effort.

But the Bronx Bombers showed why they earned that nickname. Johnny Damon and Mark Teixeira became the first duo to hit back-to-back jacks at the new park. The much-maligned Melky Cabrera hit his first home run of the season; Robbie Cano added a blast; and Derek Jeter sealed the game with a solo shot with two outs in the 8th. Chicks — and fans looking for a W — dig the long ball.

These two teams will do it again tomorrow afternoon as the winless Fausto Carmona (0-2, 9.00) takes on the winless Chien-Ming Wang (0-2, 28.93). The Yanks’ sinkerball will need a very solid start to quell a skeptical fan base. Hopefully, more of that fanbase than the 45,101 who saw today’s game will be there but more on that later. For now, we’ll just enjoy what should be the first of many Derek Jeter-inspired victories at the new Yankee Stadium.

Categories : Game Stories
  • dkidd

    the bullpen that everyone was freaking out about:

    4.1 3 0 0 0 5

  • Drew

    17 LOB = No Bueno.
    17 LOB + Win = Bueno

  • ceciguante

    was at the game today, great time. i’m warming up to the place, but it’s going to take time.

    i’m wondering if anyone knows if the yanks have ever hit 5 HR to RF in one game. i’d figure the team record for HR in a game can’t be much more than 5 (6 or 7, maybe?), but who knows.

    it was really tons of fun to see half the lineup launch bombs towards my long time love, the utz girl.

    • HolyGhostClaw

      I’m pretty sure the Utz girl is only like 6 years old…

      {Scared}

  • Mike

    That sinker is going to have to be on even more so after seeing balls fly out of this new park on a daily basis. I really hope he turns it around. I haven’t even got to wear my new ’09 Wang jersey yet.

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

      I haven’t even got to wear my new ‘09 Wang jersey yet.

      Well, now we know why Wang’s not pitching well this year. You’ve jinxed him by not embracing him.

      • radnom

        Agreed.

        You’d better rock that shit tomorrow.

  • dkidd

    won’t be a lot of 1-0 games this year. hope it plays hitter friendly but not arlington/coors/philly/no pitcher will ever want to sign with the yankees again hitter friendly

    • Chip

      Another reason CC is such a huge addition because left field is still death valley

      • Whozat

        Another reason is that he is very tall and weighs a lot.

        Get it?!?! Zing!

        • Chip

          Your mom is a huge addition

    • Drew

      To be fair, the opposing teams haven’t had the HR’s like we’ve had.

    • Mike

      lol well i’m at college in FL right now and it’s too damn hot for those things so I didn’t bring down any of them. i only have my nike drifit tshirts which couldn’t be any more comfortable.

      • Mike

        wtf definitely didnt post this here haha my bad. should be up one.

  • Paulie

    A friend of mine said he was listening to the Michael Kay Show this afternoon and that they said Posada left the clubhouse before the media arrived. My friend said that they said he was upset about being taken out of the game and that he left because he, “Didn’t want to say something stupid.” I can not find any source, but my friend usually does not make things up. Has anyone else heard this or found a source?

    • Drew

      If it’s true, I don’t blame him.

      • steve (different one)

        why? Molina is far superior defensive catcher. tough shit Jorge, the team comes first.

        and i say this out of love, Jorge.

        • Drew

          Word. It’s the first save in the Stadium though. It’s Mariano. Girardi of all people knows how much it would’ve meant to Jorge. Hey, Jorge did the right thing, he left without speaking out of anger.

          • Paulie

            Oh big deal, if he is going to be upset over that then that is just stupid. Molina is a much better catcher (in my opinion he handles the pitching staff better as well) and it was the bottom of the ninth. I like Posada but his attitude is just annoying. It is not like this sour attitude is something new, he has had it for quite a while.

            • Drew

              No one disputes that Molina is one of the best defensive catchers in the game. JoPo being upset about it is not “stupid” though. He’s been catching Mo for 10+ years, Mo got the first save in the stadium, if you were his catcher, wouldn’t you want to have been calling for the cutter?
              As for his attitude, get over it, not every one is rolling around in daisies out there. Swisher does, that’s cool and it’s fun to watch. Just to be clear here, Jorge left to avoid answering questions about it because he was pissed. He handled it the right way.

    • LiveFromNewYork

      No but Jorge has been a sour sam lately.

    • southernyankeefan

      geez jorge cant even be happy when they win he needs to lighten up a little.

  • anonymous

    Arod is probably depressed he missed solo home run day.

    • whozat

      He’d probably have had an un-clutchy run-scoring hit in the early innings, depriving Jeter of the opportunity to have a dramatic game-winning homer in teh eighth!!!!

      What a jerk.

  • Drew
    • Tom Zig

      Guthrie sucks against non-Yankee opponents.

      • Drew

        Actually he’s getting unlucky, Varitek got a single on a bounce off second base, the Tacoby Bellsbury got a pop up to rain in front of Adam Jones.

        • pat

          icwudt.

          • Drew

            I thought the Pacman reference would get more of a reception.

    • radnom

      7-4?

      Why do I think it was 7-0 when you first posted this….

      • Drew

        Because you are a smart dude. Penny is at 73 pitches in the third though.

        • radnom

          I noticed that. Glad to see he isn’t doing well. A healthy effective Penny would be huge for the Sox.

          • Chip

            Didn’t you hear? The Smoltz, Baldelli and Penny signings were much much more intelligent than the CC, AJ and Tex signings

            For Diamond Cutters, I’m Peter Gammons

            • radnom

              Don’t forget Saito.

              I all seriousness I would really wanted the Yankees to have picked up Baldelli this offseason, but the Swisher deal sort of made that unnecessary. It would be nice to have him now though.

              • Chip

                I agree, Baldelli wouldn’t have been a bad decision but when you look at it, they already had too many OFers. It would have necessitated either Gardner being sent down (in which case Melky would be the starting CFer) or Melky being optioned (and almost certainly claimed)

    • Drew

      Nice, Penny pulled in the 4th.

  • Tom Zig

    Hopefully we can bury Boston early in the season. They aren’t looking so hot these days. They kind of look like us from years past.

    P.s. It might just be my computer, but what happened to the comment preview box?

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

      It was slowing down my work computer so I disabled it. One sec. I’ll bring it back online.

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

      You were, by the way, the first to notice its absence, and it’s been off for about seven hours. I’m not sure how useful a feature it is.

      • Steve H

        It’s useful when attempting HTML

        • Tom Zig

          Same here

      • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

        I like it.

      • radnom

        I use it maybe once out 25 comments – randomly estimating.

        Every once in a while I’ll glance at it and notice I clearly forgot to close a tag. Really not used that often though.

  • A.D.

    At the game today, new place was beautiful. I think any lack of “energy” is fans just getting used to & checking out the new place.

    • A.D.

      Also LF Bleachers in the new stadium >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> LF bleachers in old stadium

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    So I was in class and missed the entirety of this game.

    However, I do remember last year it wasn’t just the Yankees that had trouble with RISP. The trend is not encouraging but the season is still young.

    The important thing is we are, once again, and hopefully for good, above .500.

    • steve (different one)

      but last year i was assured it was A-Rod’s fault. how is that possible?

  • A.D.

    Hopefully Wang gets in his groove tomorrow

    • Drew

      Double entendre?

      • radnom

        Hopefully my Wang gets in your moms groove tommorow….

        • radnom

          …….and by groove I mean ass.

      • A.D.

        Hopefully Wang just puts his stuff in the money hole tomorrow.

    • Chip

      I sure hope so, that’d be one mystery I’d like to not deal with. At least this season we have very admirable backup. Hughes is mowing hitters down through four thus far

      • Tom Zig

        I really wish we could get some of these minor league games played on TV. I’m sure a Phil Hughes start would garner some decent ratings on YES. Probably more than the Nets or Yankee Classics.

        • BigBlueAL

          They show Nets Classics??? Isnt that an oxy-moron or something????

  • Rich

    *obligatory sample size disclaimer*

    Jeter:

    RISP: .556/.636/1.222/1.859 (9 AB)

    RISP w/2 Outs 1.000/1.000/2.500 3.500 (4 AB)

    Of course, if A-Rod had these stats, the anti-A-Rod segment would be pointing out that he has sucked in low leverage situations.

    • radnom

      Nah. You gotta think like them. It would be more like this:

      Yeah, he can drive guys in in April against the Royals and Orioles, but where is he down the stretch when we really need him?

  • http://8thinning.blogspot.com VO

    If anyone was unable to watch the game, I write a pretty complete game wrap-up (if thats what you’d like to call it) it has every run scored, how it was scored, which pitcher etc. (It’s all in the link on my name)

    • radnom

      He’s lying. Its a rickroll.

      • http://8thinning.blogspot.com VO
        • Chip

          That………….is………….amazing

          • http://8thinning.blogspot.com VO

            Thank you for showing you that I think I deserve a couple views on my blog every now and then don’t you?

            • Sal

              Every mope blogs recaps now. U need a new angle fella

              • http://8thinning.blogspot.com VO

                I’ll take your comment more seriously when “u” learn to write proper english.

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    Dude, since when is Vlad Guerrerro hurt?

    If you want a team decimated by injuries, check out the Angels.

    • http://8thinning.blogspot.com VO

      Yea there just getting killed by them.

      • Sal

        Injuries?? They had a guy die! They need some good news

        • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

          Yeah, it’s not just Adenhart. Their entire starting staff is decimated.

      • http://www.blogtalkradio.com/pics/hostpics/5e4be77c-8e57-4d7a-8533-add8ed030ad5JerkStore.jpg Slugger27

        ironically, u criticized someones english earlier, and now youre writing “there” when it should clearly be “they’re”

        • http://8thinning.blogspot.com VO

          My apologies it was supposed to be a quick type I messed up. I hate when I do that.

  • Sal

    The pen was good. Why? No veras. No marte. No edwar

    • http://8thinning.blogspot.com VO

      This is a joke right?

      • Sal

        U think those guys r good? And have been good? That’s a freaking joke. Watch the games

        • Drew

          Patience is a virtue that most people don’t have.

        • http://8thinning.blogspot.com VO

          Damaso Marte- in his first 2 (3 overall) he let up 1 hit 1 BAD GAME!!!

          Jose Veras- Pitched in 5 games in the first 4 he didn’t let up a hit 1 BAD GAME!!

          Edwar Ramirez- 2.70 ERA 5 hits 1 run in 3.1 IP

          Where is your proof?

          • Drew

            He may not have given up a hit, but walks are worse when you’re brought in to challenge someone.

            • http://8thinning.blogspot.com VO

              True but you know they didn’t pitch terrible, thats all im saying.

              • Drew

                Yea I know, more importantly, giving up on guys after 3.1, 3.1, and 2 (Edwar, Veras, Marte) innings is the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard. If that’s the case we might as well throw Wanger on the scrap heap.

                • http://8thinning.blogspot.com VO

                  Along with Teixeira

        • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

          Proper English won’t kill you.

          • Sal

            Veras can’t throw strikes. Marte has been pitiful in ny. He’s bad in every big spot. Edwar is batting practice for good teams hence y the yanks never give him important innings as u can see. So throw out any stat. Won’t do any good to anyone who watches

            • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

              Proper English won’t kill you, as I’ve said.

              These types of posts make people cringe.

            • Jack

              What does that have to do with proper English?

              • Tom Zig

                It’s a requirement if you want to be taken seriously.

                • Jack

                  I know. I was just confused because his response had nothing to do with the comment he was responding to.

            • Lasoo

              I agree, non of those pitchers strike “fear” in the hitters. As you know, “fear” is the greatest measure of a players true value, and it can’t be seen in those stupid stats.
              GO BACK TO YOUR SPREADSHEETS NERDS!!!!

        • Tom Zig

          It really irks me when people say that

        • Drew

          Corrected
          “U think those guys r good? And have been good? That’s a freaking joke. Watch TEH games!!1!1″

          • Sal

            I guess some people don’t pay attention. Drew watch yest game again. Thanks slugger. And watch how girardi never uses edwar in a big spot. U can correct yourself after bud

            • pat

              They’ve played 11 f*cking games this season. You sound like an idiot bashing people if they had one bad game.

            • Drew

              I’ve been watching, everyday. I guess you missed the 50+ games he pitched in last year. But hey, 11 games have more credence than a FULL season. Slugger. Keep swinging, maybe you’ll make sense eventually.

            • A.D.

              Yeah majority of his games have not been high leverage, and he hasn’t done that well in high leverage.

              That said I still like his K ability, but dont really trust him

    • A.D.

      I mainly found it funny cause Coke has been a scape goat and he pitched well.

  • Drew

    Yikes, Nunez with another error.

  • Sal

    Bostons big problem is the fact that ortiz looks like matsui

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

      They’ve got more problems than just Ortiz. A whole host of their hitters are hitting under the Mendoza line, Dice-K is injured and Lester has not looked very good thus far.

      • Sal

        The other guys will hit. They have pitching depth. They can’t have a subpar ortiz in middle of lineup esp with no manny

      • Tom Zig

        Brad Penny blew up

        • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

          That, too.

          • Tom Zig

            Jason Bay also plays defense as well as Bobby Abreu.

            • http://8thinning.blogspot.com VO

              They said something about Abreu on mlb tonight the other day, not sure if you caught it or not, it went something along the lines of “that’s the first time Bobby Abreu has seen a wall in 5 years”

  • Drew

    YAY!! I <3 Ryan Braun.

  • A.D.

    Bliech dealing

  • p2

    This blog is right about one thing: That headline sums it up. Jeter is “The Man.” What position will he move to after his SS days are over? CF? like Biggio?

    • Tony

      How are we still on this? He hasn’t been a problem in the field AT ALL. This thing seriously got started based on 1.5 WBC games a month and a half ago. Is he Adam Everett in the field? Of course not. Is he a liability? Sure hasn’t been one so far. The offensive advantage at the position is immense.

      The imagined problems need to stop. Jeter isn’t costing them games in the field, and he’s giving them games at bat. Coke and Marte haven’t ruined the season. CC isn’t a bust. Matsui hasn’t been declared dead. Eleven Games. 11.

      • A.D.

        It was around way before the WBC, and sooner or later his SS days will be over.

  • Tom Zig

    Guthrie must really hate the Yankees.

  • p2

    Bruney is looking incredible, just incredible lately … the opposite of Marte (aka la mort).

    • http://forums.projectcovo.com/images/smilies/e6omir.gif Expired Milk

      6.2 Innings 12K Oy Vey

  • http://8thinning.blogspot.com VO
  • 27 this year

    Boy did the Twins get raped in the Santana deal. They DFA’d Humber and have really nothing but Carlos Gomez to show for that trade. Wow, they should have gotten F-mart. Sucks for them, Smith had two packages that were definitely better than what he got. He overplayed his hand.

    • A.D.

      Yeah, if they backed off the Yankees package and just wanted one of Hughes & IPK they’d prob be better off

      • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

        They seemed to ask for more from the Yanks than they did from anyone else. And when the Yanks finally included Hughes, who was the #1 prospect in all of baseball, they raised the price again. Right there, I smelled a rat.

        Many read that deal he finally accepted as Smith getting caught with his pants down, but I don’t. Santana was VERY popular in Minnesota, I think he was under orders to trade him out of the league, unless he got blown away by an AL team. That’s the only way what he did makes any sense.

    • pat

      Gomez and Pelfrey. They’d be happy campers. Un-fucking believable.

    • http://forums.projectcovo.com/images/smilies/e6omir.gif Expired Milk

      It royally pissed me of that the wanted Hughes or Wang and skittles from other teams.

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

      In fairness, Bill Smith was in a very tough position. New to the position of GM with zero experience, the first thing staring him in the face is “you have to trade the best pitcher in the game because we can’t afford him.” That’s tough.

      • pat

        Then he shouldn’t have had the job.

      • Tom Zig

        But also teams just hate trading with us. They always demand more from the Yanks than other teams. Remember when Texas asked Joba for Gagne?

        • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

          I remember when Gagne got the Yankees to within one game of Boston…it’s too bad we didn’t get the division, but dayum, that was fun!

      • steve (different one)

        i think the Santana trade has allowed him to fly under the radar for what might be a worse trade: Garza for Young.

    • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

      We don’t really know what Smith could have gotten, or what he turned down in favor of the Mets’ package, though. It’s all speculation.

  • Drew

    Sheff, # 500. I always liked him..

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

    Sheff just hit homer #500. Congrats.

    • http://forums.projectcovo.com/images/smilies/e6omir.gif Expired Milk

      HOF?

      I say definitely yes.

      • Drew

        I say yes. His numbers are ridiculous.

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

        I think so. I’m amazed that a guy with that kind of swing has walked 300+ more times than he’s struck out in his career.

        • Tom Zig

          That swing is a thing of beauty.

        • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

          I know, every time I look at his walk rate it surprises me.

  • Jake H

    Yanks win was good today. Alas I won’t be able to watch the Yanks play tomorrow since every time Fox has the Yankees, the Cubs play the Cards and they show that game around here. Ya!

  • Jake H

    Taylor Grote has had a good start this year. I would like to see him take off to give us another good OF prospect.

  • Tom Zig

    Boston burning through relievers like it’s going out of style.

    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

      Everyone seems to like their staff more than I do.

      If the Yanks signed one guy who is 42 and coming off shoulder surgery (Smoltz) and another guy who has a bad shoulder who is coming off a hideous season (Penny), plus our ace had to be shut down last year due to what many suspect was shoulder issues and our #2 guy walked 5 per 9 last year, all we would hear about are the question marks on our staff.

      But when Theo does it, he’s obviously must know something everyone else doesn’t. Sorry, that staff has explosion written all over it. Even the one guy who I consider to be a sure thing (Lester) showed up on Verduci’s ‘year after’ list.

      • Tom Zig

        You forgot Saito. He was injured last year and is almost 40.

        • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

          And Baldelli, though he’s likely a backup player.

          Again, if that was my team I would see question marks everywhere.

      • Accent Shallow

        The thing that worries me with Smoltz is that he’s always been effective when’s he able to pitch.

  • Drew

    haha, Youkilis HBP, up and in. Wish I could have seen it.

    • Whitey14

      You stay classy Drew….

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    So, today’s game was exciting. Sheff’s got crazy good numbers, would expect him to be HoF bound. Boston sucks and SWB may never lose ever again. [/on topic]

    Anyone else watching hockey?

    • Tom Zig

      Yeah the topics have been all over the place on this thread.

    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Artist formerly known as ‘The’ Steve

      The steroid thing will likely keep him and a lot of other guys out of the HOF from this era. Many voters have said they won’t vote for any admitted steroid users, and if McGwire’s any yardstick, they mean it.

      BTW-No.

  • Drew

    Luke Scott:
    Loves to Face- 4Seamer
    Hates to Face- Fastball
    (Courtesy of MLB Gameday)

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

      …There’s a difference?

    • Accent Shallow

      Yeah, MLB hasn’t exactly enticed me to pay for Gameday.

  • Tom Zig

    Baltimore bullpen pulling a Marte/Veras circa yesterday.

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

      Except they just got out of it with 0 runs

      • Tom Zig

        Yeahhh I posted that before they got out of it. It was bases loaded with 0 outs and Ortiz at the plate. Albeit, Ortiz has been sucking it up, I thought this would be when Baltimore awakens him.

    • Drew

      Adam Jones saying that their lineup is better than any team in the AL East. Eh…

      • Tom Zig

        Well we are missing A-rod and Teix is a notoriously slow starter. Maybe he factored that into his statement?

        • Drew

          I dunno, the quote was something like, “I think our’s is the best, throw us against any one of them and we’re better.”<– Not verbatim. I couldn’t find the quote, it was on BBTN.

      • JobaWockeeZ

        Not as bad as some guy on ESPN sayign the Yankees have the worst lineup in the Al. Then he whispered “Nick Swisher really?”
        I really want to kill that guy. If anyone knows this ESPN show its when Stephen A. King and some white dude argue about a range of sports topics. The white guy was an obvious Sox fan. Seriously he named CC Sabathia as Can’t Count on Sabathia becasue he gave up one run in 5 innings. ESPN is a joke!

        • southernyankeefan

          is this the show with Skip Bayliss. The “Can’t Count on” line sounds like his lame ass.

        • Whitey14

          You wanted to kill him? Really? Maybe you should stop watching ESPN if it brings out that much murderous emotion….

  • kSturnz

    rome was not built in a day. this is Alex and Tex and Robi’s house. and Jesus, too (on offense)

  • yankeeswisdom

    Hey guys just got back from the A’s- Jay’s game I got free tickets to from the pitcer. It was awesome Jeff Blevin (the relief pitcher that my dad ran into in toronto) saved me seats right above the bullpen so as soon as I got there I was able to yell outhis name. He came over and said Hi and told me my dads cool (very weird) and threw me a ball from the bullpen- WHICH WAS AMAZING. We also said bye to him before we left and to make things sweeter A’s beat the Jays.

    Thanks again everyone..I took a lot of pictures if anyones interested let me know. rchowdh7@uwo.ca

  • Drew

    Rowand would be a hell of a left fielder next year.

  • http://ryanhandt.blogspot.com/ handtius

    incorrect: “Bruney threw BBs again…”

    correct: “Bruney threw sharks with fricken laserbeams on there heads again”