Game 25: Rain rain, go away

Yanks recall Al Aceves
Game 25 Spillover Thread

It’s raining in the Bronx, and the radar doesn’t look too promising. They say they want to get this game in tonight, but expect a lengthy delay first. Feel free to use this post as an open thread while we wait for first pitch.

In injury news, Will Carroll at Baseball Prospectus noted that because Xavier Nady has already had Tommy John surgery once before, his elbow ligament is actually a tendon. That could affect how much the experimental platelet-rich plasma procedure actually helps him. Hopefully there’s no issues and Nady comes back sooner rather than later.

Anywho, here’s the lineup should this one ever get underway:

Jeter, SS
Damon, LF
Teixeira, 1B
Swisher, RF
Cano, 2B
Posada, DH
Melky, CF
Molina, C
Berroa, 3B

And on the mound, number sixty-five, Phil Hughes.

Yanks recall Al Aceves
Game 25 Spillover Thread
  • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt ACTY

    I missed Phranchise’s last start, glad I’ll be able to see this one.

    • http://9thinning.blogspot.com VO

      That’s the optimism we need.

    • andrew

      Doesn’t look like anyone will be seeing this one.

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Aunt Becca-Optimist Prime

    I love pretending to be a weatherperson. It’s funny.

    You know what’s weird? I get less work done without baseball than I do with it.

    Then again, writing a paper on Burchard of Worms isn’t terribly appealing.

    • Alex

      same here for some reason.. I think I just get way too bored when there’s no baseball to watch and fall asleep without working.

  • Dan2

    ugh, why is Berroa in the lineup?

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Aunt Becca-Optimist Prime

      Lefty pitching.

      • http://161stStreet.wordpress.com Chris A

        But Pena is a switch hitter…I don’t get it.

        • whozat

          I really don’t either. I guess maybe they feel better about his offensive potential against Lester than they do about Pena. I thought maybe Pena faced him last time and looked like shit, but it seems Lester has never faced Pena at all, so that’s out.

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

    Don’t know if it’s been mentioned in another thread but here ya go, if anyone cares:

    http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/news?slug=ap-jobasmomarrested&prov=ap&type=lgns

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt ACTY

      Ouch.

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Aunt Becca-Optimist Prime

      kinda a miracle joba turned out ok, no?

    • Drew

      Man, she looks like Joba too. That really sucks. I’m not familiar with the type of relationship he has with her but hopefully he’s doing okay.

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

        She left Joba and Harland right?

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

          She left Joba and Harland right?

          Oops.

      • Jeremy

        She looks more like Baba Yaga.

        • UWS

          +1

  • manimal

    Rain delays are pointless if the games are guaranteed to be 4 hour

  • Drew

    Just to clear up some confusion from the last post, I’m pro-Joe. Love what he does, coming to the defense of Alex was great in my book. Even his BP moves, I blame them on our ineffective pitchers, not Joe. Hopefully we’ll get the performance we need from our guys and Alf won’t be needed and Dek sitting won’t be an issue. I just hope we get this one in!

  • Hi, I’m Jerry, this is my associate Cornelius

    I hate the Red Sox. I really, really do.

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Aunt Becca-Optimist Prime

      I hate rain delays, the Rangers, roller coasters and brussel sprouts, I really, really do.

      • Hi, I’m Jerry, this is my associate Cornelius

        I hate the Eagles, bad drivers, and any movie with Ben Affleck (minus the Kevin Smith ones). I really, really, do. congrats on becoming an aunt. (I’m a little late to the party).

        • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Aunt Becca-Optimist Prime

          Thanks =)

          And I’m with you on bad drivers…though as a Jets fan I can’t say the Eagles bother me too much.

        • cult of basebaal

          you hate Dazed and Confused?

          • Hi, I’m Jerry, this is my associate Cornelius

            Wow. Good call.
            Let me change that previous post.
            I don’t hate any movie with Ben Affleck…I just hate Ben Affleck.

      • UWS

        I’m with you on three of the four. I don’t think I ever had a brussel sprout.

      • cult of basebaal

        brussel sprouts are damn tasty:

        pan fry a little pancetta in a little olive oil

        halve brussel sprouts

        toss sprouts with pancetta/oil

        broil sprouts on foil until exterior is browning/crispy

        sprinkle with pepper flakes and sea salt to taste

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

          …and BAM!

        • Accent Shallow

          To be fair, pancetta fired in olive oil will improve just about any food, no?

          • cult of basebaal

            well yes, but the real trick is broiling/roasting the sprouts, gives them an almost nutty flavor, unlike the flavor disaster that comes from boiling them, which is the experience that leads most people to decide that they hate them …

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

            Yeah, its like when people say “HGH may have little effect on its own, but when used in conjunction with Steroids is very effective.”

            Right, and Rice Crispies when used with steroids are very effective as well.

  • KP

    What are the chances we get to get a chatroom/live blog rather than sifting through 1,000 posts during games?

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

      Dude. 0. It is not happening.

      • KP

        Why not. :(

        • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Aunt Becca-Optimist Prime

          Trust me. It’s a bad idea.

          • KP

            I take it you’ve tried it?

            I just get bored flipping through the pages, to be honest…

            • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Aunt Becca-Optimist Prime

              I’ve participated in them.

              • KP

                but but but I’m bored. :( Constant refreshing = pain

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

                  I agree it would be nice….. but that would be before it started. It would be an Aol chat room in no time, especially when the trolls come around. Becca, Yankeegirl, and UWS would be asked to cyber every minute. Plus, it would be no conversation. Just saying “did you see that”, “wow”, “nice play Pena”. No convo because it would move too fast.

                • UWS

                  Mike: a/s/l?

                • pat

                  Becca, Yankeegirl, and UWS would be asked to cyber every minute.

                  STOP STEALING MY THUNDER POPOVICH

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

                  Oooo. I like this. IM me. MiKeDaStUdWhOgEtSaLoToFcHiCs69!

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

                  HEY. I brought it up after that JoeyH chat maynne. You just made that awesome reply that said “I asked to cyber”.

                • pat

                  Heh, no I meant, don’t blow up my spot. I was planning on asking them to cyber. Now they’ll know its coming and my one chance at finding true internet love has been vanquished.

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

                  Fuck man. I was all up in your kool-aid. My bad, yo.

                  But that was a pretty funny reply you had that day. Pistol Pat, you’re quick with the draw man.

                • pat

                  Hahah it also leads to lots of foot in mouth, embarrassing mistakes, as well as the one fight* I ever got in in my life.

                  *I use the term fight loosely, getting rocked in the face a few times before the cops inexplicably showed up shouldn’t really count.

        • Chip

          That would be an absolute mess, you can’t liveblog with 100 people constantly adding things

    • pat

      How would a liveblog accomplish more than the normal comment format?

  • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt ACTY

    Ugh. Since I’m watching on NESN, I really don’t have anything to entertain me during the delay. I never thought I’d say this but…I’d kill for a Yankeeography.

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

      Can’t you watch another game on mlb.tv right now?

      • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt ACTY

        True, true. Let’s see what we’ve got….The Zack pitches at 8 so I’ll throw that on. For now, though, I’ll go with Gallardo vs. Maholm.

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

          I’m jealous man. It’s so stupid the Yanks games get blacked out. Should of used a cousin’s address or something. Think Matt!!!

          • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt ACTY

            What’s funny is during the ’07 season, I got the games. I don’t know how, but I got them. Whatever, just six more days of this–is it odd that getting back the ability to watch Yankee games is so high up on my list of reasons I’m happy to graduate?

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

              I would expect that to make you laugh. Considering your comedy skills, I would expect pretty much anything to make you laugh.

              My impression of Matt:

              “Well, umm ya man. You used a colon when it was supposed to be a semicolon. You suck, and I am more of a man than you are”.

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

                But you’re still my boy, Matt! You’re in my 5 for the RAB.

  • Rene

    how long do you think the delay will be, or do you think its no game tonight????

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Aunt Becca-Optimist Prime

      I’d say 80:20 no game.

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Aunt Becca-Optimist Prime

    *watches hockey*

    • whozat

      *becomes disgusted with Rebecca for lowering herself so much as to watch hockey*

      • UWS

        Dude, don’t knock it until you try it. Hockey is awesome, especially if you get go to a game.

        • whozat

          I’m just kidding. I used to go to Islanders games with my dad when I was a kid, and they were fun. It’s the only major pro sport I’ve been to other than baseball.

        • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Aunt Becca-Optimist Prime

          Agreed. Hockey is by far my favorite sport after baseball.

        • Hi, I’m Jerry, this is my associate Cornelius

          sorry, meant for whozat.

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

          Ya, have to admit. My friend got me into it and I have enjoyed watching ever since. Not a hardcore fan yet but go Islanders!!! DiPietro, baby!

          • Steve H

            DiPietro…..and people think A-Rod’s contract is an albatross!

            • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt ACTY

              Isn’t it like a 20 year contract or something?

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

              Lol….15 years.

      • Hi, I’m Jerry, this is my associate Cornelius

        you watch the NBA don’t you?

        • whozat

          Not really, no…

        • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Aunt Becca-Optimist Prime

          Not normally.

    • UWS

      Woohoo, Devils hockey!

      …What’s that, you say? The Devils choked like Chokey McChokersons against Carolina? Nevermind then.

      /still bitter

      • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Aunt Becca-Optimist Prime

        Hey, I’m watching the Caps, who beat the rangers :-D and the Penguins.

        I would not watch the Canes. I spit upon the Canes.

      • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt ACTY

        …What’s that, you say? The Devils choked like Chokey McChokersons against Carolina Hartford? Nevermind then.

        Fixed.

        And, yeah, hockey’s pretty cool but I can’t get into it on TV, only live.

    • whozat

      *consumes yogurt and granola*

  • Spaceman.Spiff

    If this game ever happens today, I have a bad feeling Ortiz is gonna bust out.

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Aunt Becca-Optimist Prime

      Don’t be so negative. It doesn’t accomplish anything.

      • Spaceman.Spiff

        Haha, I’m usually not. But I’ve got a hunch (that I’m trying to jinx by voicing my concern).

    • pat

      I was thinking the same exact thing. All this hullabaloo about how he hasnt done shit so far this season, it’s set up perfectly for him to come to Ny and wreck us.

    • Steve H

      Highly doubt it. He can’t catch up to a halfway decent FB anymore, and he cheats on everything else, which still isn’t working for him. There will be no breakout for him this year, he’ll hit a few HR’s and have a few decent games, but he won’t put much together in the way of a good season. He’s not even driving the ball in batting practice.

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

        Agreed. STICK A FORK IN EM, HE’S DONE!!!

      • Chris

        People were saying the same thing about Delgado last year, and he turned out ok. Of course, it’s more likely that he’s done, but anything is possible.

  • Will

    So I’m in Delaware right now, and it was raining here about 20 minutes ago. Now its already past Philly (looking at the map). I’d guess they can be playing by 8pm.

  • Eirias

    Goddamn it Kazmir, stop mailing it in.

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Aunt Becca-Optimist Prime

      He on your fantasy team, then?

      • Steve H

        Yeah, shouldn’t we be rooting against Kazmir?

        • Eirias

          He is (a) indeed on my fantasy team and (b) Rick Peterson’s nemesis.

  • UWS

    I’m watching Mets-Braves: Santana vs. Vasquez.

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

      Santana, eh? Boy, that John Maine sure did get a serious tan. ;)

      • UWS

        Yeah, not to mention throwing with the wrong hand. I fail at life.

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

          But, you’re a girl. Women are less intelligent so it is understandable.

          • UWS

            *Beats Pop about the head and neck with a trout*

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

              IETC

  • Mr. Rodriguez

    Do you think the arrest of Joba’s mother will affect his pitching?
    Somtimes off the feild events do affect practice,game execution.

    • UWS

      No, because Joba doesn’t any sort of meaningful relationship with his mother, AFAIK.

      • Mr. Rodriguez

        Yeah, I wasn’t really sure what his relationship was like with his mother.

      • Eric

        yeah, i know someone who knows joba and joba really doesn’t like his mom. when joba signed his contract out of college, she tried to get him to buy her a car, so joba bought her a hot wheels car. lol

        • pat

          Hahah if thats true thats effing awesome.

    • Albert = Machine

      Blame it on the crack,
      Got ya feeling wack

  • Hi, I’m Jerry, this is my associate Cornelius

    Hey Bill, did, did you ever kill anybody?

    What kind of asinine question is that?

    No I mean in Korea.

    What Career?

  • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt ACTY

    The Pirates announcers are so dull.

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

    I really, really miss Javier Vasquez.

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt ACTY

      I heard he misses you. Expect a greeting card.

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

      I’ve always like him. Remember that trivia question I got ;) BAM!

    • Accent Shallow

      You miss Home Run Javy?

      That’s one state that can stay unlocked. Yeesh.

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

        One-half season, dude.

        • Accent Shallow

          He’s the rare pitcher who consistently underperforms his peripherals.

          Fantastic stuff, but I can live without him.

          • andrew

            But his peripherals are so good, that even if he underperforms them… he’s so consistent, never misses a start, gives you 200 k’s, 200 innings, of very very solid pitching

            • Accent Shallow

              Oh, he absolutely has value, and the Yankees dumped him too soon. Still, who in the current rotation do you prefer Vasquez to? He’s more likely to stay healthy than Burnett, and absolutely has better stuff than Pettitte, but I don’t think adding him and subtracting Pettitte significantly improves the current rotation.

              Going forward, he’d absolutely add stability, but like I said, I can live without him.

              • steve (different one)

                Still, who in the current rotation do you prefer Vasquez to?

                it’s not that, it’s that we prefer Carlos Beltran to Melky Cabrera….

          • pat

            Is it possible to underperform your peripherals?

            • Accent Shallow

              Javier Vasquez, career ERA: 4.30. Career FIP: 3.90. That’s the kind of thing you’d expect over a season. But over his entire career?

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

                Burnett:

                FIP: 3.79
                ERA: 3.85

                He just underperforms his stuff. Should be so much better.

              • pat

                Wouldn’t a lower FIP indicate he has just played in front of shitty defenses his whole career? I’ll be honest I think I have a pretty good understanding of FIP, but if I’m wrong show me the way.

                • Accent Shallow

                  FIP is just a model, it’s not reality, so it’s not perfect. Still, Vasquez is a guy who strikes out a ton of guys (career 8.0 K/9), doesn’t walk all that many (career 2.4 BB/9), and gives up jacks at around the league average (1.2 HR/9).

                  Yet his career ERA+ is 105. He has borderline ace-level peripherals, and has had one season at that level (2007) since 2003.

                • pat

                  Alright I see what you’re saying, what then is the cause of his mediocrity? Inconsistency?

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

          I’m a big Javy fan too, but I understand why they felt like they had to get rid of him. It may have been only one-half season, but it was a really, really bad half-season, followed up by a really, really, REALLY bad playoff performance (during which the Yankees seemed to completely lose faith in Javy) that just happened to coincide with the darkest hour, as far as stuff happening on the playing field, that the Yankees have ever experienced. It was a terrible performance by Javy at the worst possible time. I wish they didn’t feel like they had to get rid of him, but I understand it.

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Aunt Becca-Optimist Prime

    No determination till 8 via ESPN

  • Ivan

    Remember when John Maine was gonna be the next great Met pitcher.

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Aunt Becca-Optimist Prime

    Man, the Mets are fucked if Santana or Pelfrey isn’t pitching.

  • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt ACTY

    I don’t know why, but I get angry when Nate McLouth gets a hit.

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

      It’s how I feel when Bronson Arroyo does anything successful.

      • whozat

        I wish there was some way to simulate a team in which Hughes was traded for Arroyo, Joba was in the pen, and the holes had been filled by like…having to trade for Jarrod Washburn and stuff. Or whatever Francessa says the Yanks should have done…just to show him how much worse such a team would be.

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

      Because somewhere, Francessa is rejoicing?

      • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt ACTY

        Probably. But every time Joba and Phil do well, I know he’s getting his soul crushed bit by bit so it’s all good.

        • whozat

          Nah, because every time Joba does well, it’s just more evidence of how much MORE valuable he’d be in the pen, and Hughes isn’t Johan Santana RIGHT NOW, so that also doesn’t matter.

  • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt ACTY

    Worse decision by the Pirates: Those awful unis of the ’70s or choosing Van Slyke over Bonds?

    • Hi, I’m Jerry, this is my associate Cornelius

      The 70s uniforms….Bonds couldn’t throw out Sid Bream.

      • cult of basebaal

        i love those unis!

        the “we are family” caps with the stars were the tits!

  • Ivan

    Man that video for “Love, Sex and Magic” by Ciara is just beautiful.

    • Albert = Machine

      She’s a babe, despite the whole hermaphodite thing……….BTW, Bob Lorenz makes a good weatherman.

      • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Aunt Becca-Optimist Prime

        What’s he saying?

        • Albert = Machine

          He showed the map with the rain forecast, and he made some pretty good hand gestures. The rain will clear in a few, but there might be some more scattered showers throughout the night.

      • Eirias

        Either way, he knows his way around sports bars.

  • Ivan

    If Phil Hughes turns into Javier Vasquez, would you guys accepted that?

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

      I would be dissapointed.

      • Ivan

        Really?

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

          I would love all those innings every year but Hughes should be a better pitcher than he is. I would love Phil to be the pitcher Javier was in Montreal his last 3 years or 07 Javy but overall…. I would be dissapointed if he was only a Javy Vazquez.

          • Ivan

            Javier Vasquez is a good pitcher. Everytime u look up, he pitches 200 innings with 200 k’s. could he betta than that sure, but if he turn into a Vasquez, I would settle for that.

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

              I’m not arguing that he isn’t a valuable pitcher. Surely I would settle for Hughes to become the pitcher Javy is but I just hope he is better than that. My key word was dissapoint ed/ing. Ya, I’d be good with him being that kind of pitcher but would definitely be upset that he wasn’t better.

              • whozat

                I think you need to learn to moderate either your expectations or what exactly defines “really good major leaguer.”

                If Hughes turned into Javier Vazquez and Austin Jackson turned into Mike Cameron, the Yankees would (and should) consider them complete successes as prospects.

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

                  Where did I say that Hughes would not become a good major leaguer? I just said I have higher hopes for him.

                  I don’t even think Austin Jackson will be as good as Mike Cameron is but I still think he would be a success. Same goes with Hughes if he turns out to be like Javy.

    • Accent Shallow

      It’s enough that Hughes isn’t Chinese, now he’s not Puerto Rican, too?

    • whozat

      A horse in the rotation that took the ball 33 starts a year and, despite never quite being all it seems he could be, is still quite good?

      Are you kidding? Hell yeah I’d take that.

    • E-ROC

      I’ll accept that.

    • Spaceman.Spiff

      I’d take it in a flash.

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

        Where would you guys settle for Joba? Obviously we all hope he is a clear cut 1/2 but what if he turned into a Josh Beckett?

        • Mattingly’s Love Child

          Id like to see him replace Mo…and be Mo….

          JK, I couldn’t even leave that bit of sarcasm hanging there.

        • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt ACTY

          I’d be pretty fuckin’ happy if Joba turned into Josh Beckett.

        • whozat

          What does “a Josh Beckett” mean? First of all, the book is FAR from closed on what Josh Beckett is going to be.

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

            A career like he has. A pitcher like Beckett, would you be happy or dissapointed. I know it’s hard to judge or w.e but I couldn’t think of anyone else right away that was comparable.

            • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt ACTY

              David Cone?

              • Mattingly’s Love Child

                That would be one hell of a career to be David Cone. I’d take that in a cocaine heartbeat!

            • whozat

              Yes, I know you meant “a career like he has. A pitcher like Beckett.”

              But what do you mean by that? A guy who’s kinda injury prone but above-average with flashes of brilliance that has one AMAZING season after a really mediocre one…and who knows what from age 29 on? Do you mean a guy with great stuff that’s kind of a whiny baby?

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

                Heh, I guess it’s a bad choice to use a pitcher that his career is still on-going. Nevermind the question, too hard to judge.

                • whozat

                  Yeah, that’s kinda my point. I feel like you have to at least wait until a guy hits the normal decline years for a pitcher. Like, asking for a comparison to Pedro would be legit, or even Roy Halladay. We kinda know what they are. Beckett could get figure his shit out and reel off three straight years that approach his 2007 and I wouldn’t be really surprised. He could also cram his head back up his own butt and reel off years somewhere between his 2006 and his 2008 and I also wouldn’t be surprised.

                  Do I think Joba could be Pedro? Maybe, but probably not. Pedro’s walk numbers were just unreal, and I don’t know that I see Joba doing that. I could see Joba being kind of like AJ Burnett up to this point. Having those flashes of awesomeness, but also having a lot of those days where he can’t get out of his own way, and spending a good bit of time on the DL. I’d prefer it if he was healthier than that, though.

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

                  He better be healthier than A.J. But ya, my bad. Beckett was a bad comparison, I should have said “up to this point” like you did with A.J. you sneaky lil bastard. The slightest chance that Joba becomes as ridiculous as Pedro is a sexy thought though. Too sexy to contemplate.

              • Mattingly’s Love Child

                I could do without the whiny baby shit!

                But being Becket wouldn’t be a failure. I would hope for more consistent excellence. But I think that’s the difference between a very good and a great pitcher. A great pitcher is amazing every year.

        • Mattingly’s Love Child

          I’m completely flumoxed, I’ve never thought of Joba as anything less than a 1/2 in training….

  • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt ACTY

    They just mentioned Tony Womack on this broadcast. Ugh. Bad memories…

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt ACTY

      Okay…I know everyone says the YES guys are homers but they are NOTHING compared to most of these other guys. It seems every time I watch a game on MLB.tv, the team’s announcers are almost openly rooting for their team.

      • Mattingly’s Love Child

        It is so funny. The worst homers are the White Sox guys, Hawk is AWFUL!

        Worst….announcer…..ever.

        But at the same time, getting to listen to Vin Scully is the bomb.

        • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt ACTY

          Ugh, the CWS guys are AWWWWWFUL.

          • Mattingly’s Love Child

            It’s fun doing the Rays cus they have Dwayne Statz….brings back memories of my childhood when the Yanks really sucked. That poor bastard went from a terrible Yankees team to the friggin Rays…last year may have been one of his first winning seasons in his entire career as a broadcaster.

    • Jake H

      Come on. I say Wo you say Mack , WO-Mack, Wo-Mack!

      • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt ACTY

        I think I just threw up in my mouth a little bit.

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

    Why does Mo not want the Phranchise to pitch?

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Aunt Becca-Optimist Prime

      Huh? If he doesn’t want Phil to pitch tonight he probably just doesn’t want Phil to get hurt on the wet field.

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

        Mo as meaning “god”. Ya know, raining.

        • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Aunt Becca-Optimist Prime

          Holy crap I’m slow

      • whozat

        You missed the “using Mo as a proxy for G-d” meme.

  • Brendan

    I’m watching Tigers v Twins on mlb.tv because I’ve got Edwin Jackson on my fantasy team and I have to feel bad for the kid. He has been getting no run support all year.

  • Mattingly’s Love Child

    I’m enjoying the Yanks On Deck Shit….Joba called CMW Wanger…awesome….

    • whozat

      Don’t most of them call him that?

      • Mattingly’s Love Child

        They were horsing around at the Magic game….it just had more of a comedic tone, especially since it was clear he didn’t like being called that on camera.

  • Eric

    Prediction: game starts @ or around 8:50

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt ACTY

      From Petey A:

      UPDATE, 8:19 p.m.: Still raining, tarp still down, grounds crew no longer mulling around. At this point, it would take at least 45 minutes to get the field ready. So the game is not starting any time soon, if at all.

      • Eric

        bummer…maybe 9:50 : ) there’s a big window to get it in

    • Albert = Machine

      I’ll take anything. I can’t go 2 days(at least during the season) w/o watching some Yankees baseball.

  • Tarik

    Wow, the Mets moved Perez to the bullpen.

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Aunt Becca-Optimist Prime

    How long till they call it?

    I imagine they’d have to call it by 9.

    • Mattingly’s Love Child

      Well if it starts at 9, that would mean an end time somewhere around 1am. Do they still have the rule against starting innings after a certain time?

      • whozat

        did they ever have that rule?

        • Mattingly’s Love Child

          I thought I remember that being the case…..but I could very well be wrong.

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

            The AL used to have a rule that a game couldn’t start after 1am, but they got rid of that. There’s no time criteria now, they can start a game as late as they want and play until the wee hours of the morning if they want.

            • Mattingly’s Love Child

              Thanks Mike! I thought that was the case but was WAY too lazy to look it up and see if they ever got rid of it or if I imagined the whole thing!

          • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Aunt Becca-Optimist Prime

            AL had curfew, but given the Det/NYY game in 2007 that ended at 2.00 AM I’m guessing they don’t still have it.

  • Corey Nord-Podberesky

    Grienke just continues to blow ppl away. Biggest steal in my fantasy draft. 14th round

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

      12th round for me.

      BITCHES DON’T KNOW ABOUT ZACK GREINKE, amirite guys?

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

    Heh. Teix seems like an awesome dude on this show.

    • http://9thinning.blogspot.com VO

      Yea, I was just going to say the same thing.

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

    A-Rod as early as Friday, eh. I like that as long as he is ready.

    • Mattingly’s Love Child

      Yeah, something about going 1 for 6 in extended spring training every day doesn’t scream “ready to go”.

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt ACTY

      I’d prefer they just wait til the 15.

      • Mattingly’s Love Child

        That would give him some time to get some reps in the minors as well. I wouldn’t have a problem with that.

      • http://9thinning.blogspot.com VO

        Yea same here, were pretty much there already, might as well wait and have the best possible outcome.

      • Eric

        they do have pena ; )

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

    You guys ever seen “The Zen of Bobby V?” It’s on MSG, it’s pretty entertaining.

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

    Wow, that scene just now in House (with Amber singing) creeped me out more than any other show I can recall ever doing so.

    • Stryker

      amen. this episode has been crazyyyy.

      • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt ACTY

        Hooch is crazy.

        /Scrubs

        • kunaldo

          Hooch is SERIOUSLY crazy.

          series finale this week…sucks.

  • Albert = Machine

    What ever happened to YES’ Ultimate Road Trip. That was the best thin YES had

    • Albert = Machine

      thing*

    • UWS

      Besides the actual games, you mean?

      • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Aunt Becca-Optimist Prime

        +!

      • Albert = Machine

        Of course.

  • Corey Nord-Podberesky

    Whats up with HanRam?

    • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt ACTY

      Hurt wrist/hand from getting beaned about a week or so ago.

      • Mattingly’s Love Child

        Didn’t he go yard tonight?

  • http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/00mwbIM15ofMv/340x.jpg Mike Pop
    • Mattingly’s Love Child

      So not only did Gammons take it easy on him with the questions, but he also took it easy on him by giving him an actual break?

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

    This is probably the greatest non-Olivia-Wilde-making-out-with-hot-petite-chick episode in the history of House.

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

    LaPorta jack.

  • cult of basebaal

    is there a curfew at Yankee Stadium?

  • Eric

    Ok let’s go Indians

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Aunt Becca-Optimist Prime

    Matt LaPorta just hit his first ML HR.

  • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt ACTY

    UPDATE, 8:48 p.m.: They’re starting to pull the tarp. Get a Red Bull, its going to be a long night.

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

      Can I get a Mosanna?

      • http://actyankee.blogspot.com Matt ACTY

        Mooooooosanna in the hiiiiiiiiiiiiighest!

        • whozat

          Blessed is he who comes in the bottom of the ninth

      • whozat

        This is probably my favorite part of the Mo==God thing.

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

          Yep. Mine too.

  • daneptizl

    It’s a go.

  • cult of basebaal

    meanwhile, zack greinke is a fucking joy to watch right now …

  • Nady Nation

    Not sure if any of you guys heard or would be interested, but Boomer & Carton interviewed Selena Roberts this morning on the FAN and they really asked good questions. No powder puff interview like Costas. The audio is on wfan.com, it’s a good listen.

    • Hi, I’m Jerry, this is my associate Cornelius

      Thanks. I think I’ll take a listen…Even though it’s like a car accident…

    • UWS

      Details, por favor? A reader’s digest, if you will :)

      • Nady Nation

        They questioned her “unnamed sources” of the pitch tipping & steroids, her lack of apology for the Duke accusations, why she’d even write a book just to tear down A-Rod’s character, etc. But they really didn’t ease up on her, like most interviewers would.

      • pat

        They put the screws to her regarding the Duke lacrosse thing, saying how she was incredibly wrong about why should we believe her now about other accusations such as doing steroids in hs. They asked her why even write a book about Arod’s personal life, how she expects to be taken seriously when she uses only anonymous sources. They brought up how early reviews have compared the book to an 80,000 word blog post.
        They were pretty harsh. She held her ground though I’ll give her respect for that. She answered all their questions about duke lacrosse even when carton got a little antagonistic.
        It’s definitely worth a listen.

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

          “Let me ask you something. Did you ever apologize to the Duke kids and their families? They received death threats you know.”

          Fav part of the interview.

        • cult of basebaal

          well, depends on what you mean by “answered”.

          it’s not like she ever offered up a “my bad” when it came to what she wrote back then, preferring to pretend that she never actually wrote she did about the players’ presumed guilt and that she was only writing “generally” about the culture of the institutions involved.

          it is nice to see *somebody* take her to task, wish it would happen with more frequency …

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Aunt Becca-Optimist Prime

    Just got a text 9.20 start time

    • cult of basebaal

      SWEEEEET!

      Just enough time to make some brussel sprouts for dinner!

      =)

  • Nady Nation

    9:20 start

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

    Just a heads up, I’m going to post a spillover thread at 9:15 since it looks like we’ll have baseball tonight.

    • Tom Zig

      a spillover thread before a game even starts… nice

  • Albert = Machine

    Expect a lot of Spillover threads for this one

    • daneptizl

      All dedicated to HUGGHESSS

      • whozat

        Please…it’s “‘Uuuuuuuzzzzz!!!!”

        • Albert = Machine

          You sound like Michael Kay

  • KP

    House is awesome tonight…

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Aunt Becca-Optimist Prime

    Guys just pretend it’s a game on the west coast (I’m thinking Oakland or Seattle here) and it won’t seem like such a long night.

  • A.D.

    Watched How I Met Your Mother and now Yankees.

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

    House: “I slept with Cuddy… after she helped me detox.”

    Wilson: “Wow. Wow; one for each.”

    House: “That’s what she said.”

    That was legen…

    The Yankee game start yet?

    dary!

    • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

      Thanx for ruining it.

  • Mason

    Game on!!!!!

  • Mason

    The tarps off folks lets get ready for some baseball..

  • mike jones

    You think Hughes still gets the start?

    • A.D.

      100%, he’s warming up in the pen.

    • http://9thinning.blogspot.com VO

      Yes, he was just warming up in the pen.

  • KP

    Anyone else see the toilet in the bullpen? Bad ass..

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

      I thought everyone just pees on Mo’s tree.

      BTW-Did they move that thing over?

  • Hi, I’m Jerry, this is my associate Cornelius

    Looks it’s homer-happy Javy!!!!!

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

    Jim Rice: “…see the ball, hit it. As far as on-base percentage, I don’t, I don’t go for that.”

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

    Wow, they’re actually going to play this clusterfuck and there’s zero chance I’m still awake by the 4th inning.

    • Albert = Machine

      Word..lol

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

      Ya, I usually pleasure myself after the Yankees game. I don’t know how I’m going to figure this one out.

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Aunt Becca-Optimist Prime

    Chances the game finishes before 1.30 AM?