Game 39: The Start of Something Big

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Game 39 Spillover Thread

CC SabathiaSo the Yankees kinda have a good thing going right now. They’re coming off a four-game sweep of the formerly first place Twins, and have won their last six overall. But wait, it gets better.

On the mound tonight is CC Sabathia, who has a 2.84 ERA, 0.92 WHIP, and a .552 OPS against in his last four starts (31.2 IP). After a rocky start, it’s safe to say that CC is pitching just like the Yankees expected him to when they forked over $161M over the winter. The last time Sabathia faced the Orioles he twirled the best start of his Yankee career, throwing a four-hit complete game shutout. Eleven days later, the Yankees are looking for the same kind of performance out of their ace.

With Sabathia on the mound there’s a good chance the Yanks won’t need to dig to deep into their bullpen, but in case they need too they’ll have the services of Brian Bruney for the first time in exactly four weeks. Bruney’s return couldn’t have come at a better time, because it looks like Phil Coke will be unavailable tonight after throwing 36 pitches last night. To make room for Bruney on the roster, the Yanks … have done nothing yet. They’re going to make a decision after batting practice, so stay tuned for an update.

Here’s the starting nine:

Jeter, SS
Damon, LF
Teixeira, 1B
A-Rod, 3B
Matsui, DH
Swisher, RF – .148 BABIP in May
Cano, 2B
Melky, CF
Cervelli, C

And on the mound, the sensational southpaw, CC Sabathia.

Update (6:43pm): Edwar Ramirez has been optioned to Triple-A Scranton to make room for Bruney.

Photo Credit: Mitchell Layton, Getty Images

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Game 39 Spillover Thread
  • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

    Obviously they are taking so long with the roster decision because they dont know how to tell Mo that he has been sent down so that Coke can close.

    • Tank the Frank (formerly just “Frank”)

      Coke: You’re better at this than me.

      Mo: I know. Get the fuck out of my way.

      Coke: Yessir.

  • Tank the Frank (formerly just “Frank”)

    What in God’s sweet, sweet name are they waiting for? Designate Veras and be done with it. Let him be someone elses problem.

    • whozat

      I mean…I guess I can understand if they want to decide between DFAing Veras and optioning Edwar, but what does BP have to do with anything?

      • zs190

        Maybe they are using those guys to throw BP? Edwar’s fastball is well-suited for BP.~

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      Edwar has options. You send him down first. DFAing Veras should be done at the expense of finally getting one of Robertson/Melancon here full time.

      • whozat

        Can’t…can’t it be both?

      • Tank the Frank (formerly just “Frank”)

        Yeah, thinking rationally, that makes more sense. Edwar has options to use. No sense is losing Veras for good just yet when he still can have some use in a mop up role or something.

  • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

    It’s taking so long because Girardi likes Veras, while Cashman likes Edwar as one of his “finds.”

    • whozat

      Hey, he found a couple months of serviceable relief pitching for free. Aces. Now get him out of here.

      And Joe…you can invite Jose over for Thanksgiving if you like him so much. I’m tired of watching him come in and walk people. Next.

  • Mike R. – Retire 21

    Coke’s save yesterday really took me back to 1996. Those were “exciting” saves.

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

      John Wetteland? I remember him as being pretty good.

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

        He was good, but he had a tendency to walk the tightrope.

        • thurdonpaul

          indeed, i remember he got the job done, but it seemed like it was always interesting

  • Brooklyn Ed

    RHP Edwar Ramirez has been optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

    http://bombersbeat.mlblogs.com/

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

      Is there a particular reason “optioned” is in bold?

      • Brooklyn Ed

        nahs no reason. just felt like bolding it.

      • Tank the Frank (formerly just “Frank”)

        It just…. just feels good, doesn’t it?

      • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

        Because it was a bold move, of course.

  • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

    Edwar optioned per Hoch.

  • james

    I like this lineup.

  • pat

    Why didn’t you eliminate him Albert?.. hahaha

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

      Guys, I not a machine, okay? I just Albert.

      • whozat

        ??

        What is this meme?

      • pat

        I was seconds away from being rather unimpressed with that commercial until the copy machine started talking.

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

          It really pulls it together, doesn’t it?

          • pat

            yes, yes it does.

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

    I can work with this.

    Feels like such a long time ago the Yanks had lost five straight…but I like these new Yankees.

    Now, if we can win tonight like, say, 12-0 or 14-2, I’ll feel much better. My heart could use the night off.

    • whozat

      I’d take 6-3, even. CC gives up 2 in 7 innings, relievers combine to give up one over the last two innings. Yanks score three early, then one every couple innings til the game is over.

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

      Yeah, a blowout would be nice, but I would take a 3 or 4 run lead going into the ninth at this point.

      • MattG

        How’s about a game where they do not trail?

        • whozat

          Last night they trailed for a whole half inning.

          • MattG

            It’s still a come from behind win.

  • Bill R

    See ya later Edwar! Hope the bullpen door doesn’t hit you on the way out! 1 down 1 to go! Give Veras the boot and let Melancon develop in the Bigs!

    • whozat

      When you say “develop”, what do you mean? Would you actually be ok with him failing and still getting to go out there, or is “develop” code for “dominate completely, or else I’ll be disappointed”?

      • JobaWockeeZ

        As in be like Joba and strike out the side every time you pitch.

        A grounder will result in a shower of boos!!

      • Bill R

        Well I mean he’s not going to get better pitching to AAA hitters so if he’s one day going to be Mo’s Heir to the Throne then He needs to start facing big league talent every day. If that means he fails then so be it but we will never know until he gets a few months worth of big league work and not just a few weeks. He walked 5 batters and only struck out 2 in 3.1 IP so he clearly needs some work. He’s destroying the Minor league guys but he needs to be up here and working, I mean if we could tolerate Edwar and Veras and Marte why not give Melancon a few months of work even if he struggles at first.

    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

      I understand that sentiment as a fan, but the guy did everything we asked of him and never said a bad word about anyone. The fact that he didn’t pitch well this year is unfortunate, but he doesn’t deserve the ass kick on the way out. I’m sure he’s pretty bummed out at getting the news.

  • Tank the Frank (formerly just “Frank”)

    I hope we’re winning this game by as much as we should on paper so Bruney can get some low-leverage work in tonight. Nothing too taxing.

    • whozat

      I picture him lounging on a chaise, lobbing 65 MPH softballs up to the plate, being fed grapes by Ramiro Pena and Brett Gardner.

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

        So Bruney = Hedonism Bot?

        • whozat

          Possibly less fueled-by-booze than Hedonism Bot

      • Linnea

        Aaaaaand now that’s what I’m picturing too.

        Pardon me while I cast this little fantasy differntly.

  • Patrick

    I wonder how long Tomko will stick around. I wonder if he will be next when the Wanger comes back. I also wonder how long Berroa sticks around. I guess they’re fine with the Damon/Gardner/Melky/Swish OF for now, but when the X-Man comes back, there are even more roster issues. I guess Berroa packs his bags with Nady and maybe Veras packs his bags once Wang comes back with Phil Hughes going to the pen.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Phil Hughes is going to AAA when Wang is ready. He will not be used as mop up duty. He needs to develop.

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

      They’re not going to send Hughes to the pen. They’d send him down to AAA if need be but he’s a starter all the way.

    • MattG

      Nady being only able to DH, and Matsui maybe also being only able to DH, definitely creates roster problems. I wonder what the DL czars (aka Jayson Stark) would say if the Yankees activated Nady, then wanted to DL him again later on because they need another outfielder. In my mind, that would be totally fine, but probably its not.

  • MattG

    I did not realize that Swisher has a .148 BABIP in May, but I did realize he has struck out in about half his at bats (because Michael Kay might have mentioned that once or twice).

    When you combine those two things, I think that leads to a negative batting average. See, Nick can do anything–even bat under zero!

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

      More power to him.

  • Rene

    im stuck at work, anybody have a game link

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

        a free link

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

          Dude, you’re asking on an official YES network blog where one of the writers is in law school?

          Bad move.

          MLB.tv is worth the purchase.

        • pat

          espn.com

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

    Game 39: The Start of Something Big

    … hahahahahaha, Holy Bartender, I get it, that’s a GREAT ONE!

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

      Thank you, thank you.

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

    We’re being overrun by cell phone wavers behind the plate tonight.

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

    I can’t decide whether or not I like the new “Baltimore” road unis.

    I feel like it’s a good concept, but poorly executed. It tapers too much; the “B” is too big and the “e” is too small…

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

      Yeah, it’s just too long of a word to pull that off with.

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

        Here’s the old ones from the 70’s:

        http://farm2.static.flickr.com.....0b.jpg?v=0

        I feel like they over-tapered the wordscript this time and made it more triangular.

  • Tank the Frank (formerly just “Frank”)

    Jesus.

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

    Ayayay CC, you gotta make that play.

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

      I think he thought it was hit harder than it was, and Cano had a shot to get two.

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

        Quite possibly.

  • Linnea

    Whoa, CC, what’s going on?

    • JobaWockeeZ

      It’s two singles. TWO SINGLES.

      • Linnea

        And now it’s a run.

        • JobaWockeeZ

          We can easily overcome that and you do know that we’re not getting a complete game shutout every time he pitches right? I’m not sure you know this but if he keeps 1 run throughout the game, it’s actually considered good.

          • Linnea

            Yes, that would be nice. I am hopeful.

            • JobaWockeeZ

              o_0
              +1.

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

    I have no idea why CC didn’t reach down for that ball. That was his.

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

    Hey, Roberts and Jones led off CC’s last start against the O’s with singles, and we all know what happened next.

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

      SHHH

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

    Meh, what can you do. Brian Roberts is good at baseball.

  • pat

    bust.

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

    And that’s part of the reason why Cervelli needs to go back to the minors when Jorge comes back. Roberts had a clear path to the plate, you gotta get in his way.

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

      True.

      Hopefully our former big league catcher manager and former big league catcher bench coach are pointing that out to him right now.

    • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

      He’s looked very polished behind the plate since getting here. That one play does not really convince me otherwise. I dont know what the right thing to do is, but I know looking at one weak play after a week of very good plays is not really fair.

  • Tank the Frank (formerly just “Frank”)

    Ok fine. 1-0. Bergesen shouldn’t last 9 batters.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    CC Gave up a run?!?!?!?!? BUST!

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

    Man, I miss when Jeter had some speed.

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

    Nice recovery there by Bergesen.

  • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

    Ortiz walks in his first PA.

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

      BANGWAGON.

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

        Whoops! That was ARod homer related, not Ortiz walk related.

        Walking David Ortiz would be epic FAIL. How you don’t challenge him is beyond me.

        • Tank the Frank (formerly just “Frank”)

          Especially since Brian Tallet is a lefty that can throw pretty hard.

          • Tank the Frank (formerly just “Frank”)

            Errrr…no he can’t.

    • pc69

      While I will miss the great battles, LOVE that Papi has to rely on a bloop single or walk to get on based. Oh how the mighty have fallen.

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

    FOUR straight games.

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

    So bad for chemistry.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Unclutch bastard!
    I wouldn’t take it any other way!!!

    • Linnea

      We all know A-Rod’s home runs don’t count this early in the game ;)

      • JobaWockeeZ

        Of course not. He took steroids so his HR’s do not count. he is a disgrace to baseball and I want him gone from the MLB.

        /LoHud

  • http://9thinning.blogspot.com VO

    Awesome

  • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

    He is back. What an AB.

  • Tank the Frank (formerly just “Frank”)

    GOOOODNESS! Don’t hurt ‘em Alex. That was just plain mean.

  • http://eemack.blogspot.com Jackson

    That was a great at bat

  • pat

    Haha too bad it only counts for 1 run because its the first inning of the game.

  • Tank the Frank (formerly just “Frank”)

    Where is the crowd? These fans are spoiled.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      I very much agree. Yankee fans are the hardest to please.

  • pc69

    Ok, one thing that is different this year about this team is they seem to be having more fun and are not as tight as in the past. Best thing to happen to them was ARod missing the first part of the season, let the team develop while keeping media hounds from rehashing a dead story. (Insert Selena Roberts)

    • Linnea

      Could be that, could be the Burnett & Swisher factor. Whatever it is, I’ll take it.

    • whozat

      It’s funny. A week ago, there were all sorts of people posting about how “tight” the team looked, and how Girardi needed to be fired because he was keeping them all cranked up.

      Really, folks, it’s just about winning. When a team is winning, they look loose and like they’re having fun. When they’re not, they look tight and cranky. We just crave some kind of narrative, so the media puts one together for us, and projecting our own emotional state onto the team confirms it for us.

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

        We just crave some kind of narrative, so the media puts one together for us, and projecting our own emotional state onto the team confirms it for us.

        THE MOON IS EATING THE SUN! THE GODS ARE MAD AT US!!!!

  • pat

    Where do I sign up to be Justin Tuck’s dorky white friend? I have collared shirts, I like to drink beer.

    • Tank the Frank (formerly just “Frank”)

      Yeah if you find out let me know what the waiting list is like cuz I’m plenty dorky and hella (yes hella) white.

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

      Heh. Is it wrong that my first thought was “That’s probably his agent. Or his personal assistant.”

      It’s probably wrong.

      • pat

        Haha well he did go to Notre Dame so his chances of having dorky white friends is alot higher than most.

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

    I like Nolan Reimold’s approach at the plate. Very well centered, good hacks.

    • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

      Yeah, he looks very comfortable up there.

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

    I guess I’m the only Yankees/Nets fan out there, aren’t I?

    • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

      Yup. Knicks need to win the lottery and get either Griffin (and let Lee go) or Rubio (and let Nate go). that way they replenish with improved talent, plus leave cap space for next year. It’s about time they had some luck.

    • Nathan

      There are a few of us…

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

      No, there’s got to be others pathetic Jersey fans.

      Speaking of basketball, as a Knicks fan, I’m hoping we win the draft lottery, Blake Griffin is a beast. But, I only want to win the #1 pick and take Griffin, I don’t want the second or the third picks, because all of the consensus next four guys (Ricky Rubio, Hasheem Thabeet, Jordan Hill, James Harden) scare the crap out of me, I think all of them have serious limitations.

      If we’re not getting Griffin, quite frankly I think the guys who will be there at #8 (Stephen Curry, DeMar DeRozan, Tyreke Evans, Brandon Jennings, Jrue Holliday) may be better than the guys who go #2 and #3. I want no part of Thabeet or Rubio.

      • Tank the Frank (formerly just “Frank”)

        Yeah the draft is incredibly weak this year. There’s Blake Griffin and then there’s everyone else.

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

          I actually think the draft is very deep. The problem is, at the very top, it’s littered with some serious bust potential. But, between #6 and #20 I wouldn’t be surprised to find a good 10 or so guys who will all be good NBA players.

          • Tank the Frank (formerly just “Frank”)

            Oh well. When in Rome.

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

              Yes, go on…

  • pat

    I think I’d be alright with watching Blake Griffin play for the Knicks.

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

      I’d rather he play for the Nets.

      • http://www.YouTube.com/kevyyankees Kevin G.

        Seconded.

      • pat

        bah.

  • http://eemack.blogspot.com Jackson

    I see four seats open in the first row behind the plate. Any chance we can get two guys to dress up as umpires and demonstrably ring guys up?

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Oh man, when we get Nady and Jorge back, we’ll be virtually unstoppable.

  • Tank the Frank (formerly just “Frank”)

    That’s more like it. Fuckin’ shinebox….

  • e mills

    What’s CC’s velocity on gameday? MASN has him hitting 95 mph tops…just seeing if that’s correct

    • http://eemack.blogspot.com Jackson

      Gameday agrees

      • e mills

        thanks!!

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

    Nice K.

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

    Alex Rios got caught trying to steal on Tim Wakefield. Wow. Just … wow.

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

      You cannot be serious. Was Varitek behind the plate? How do you get caught stealing on a pitching-catching battery with an aggregate age of 80?

      • whozat

        maybe he tripped? Or was shot on the way to 2B?

        • Zack

          Pedroia tackled him because it was the gritty thing to do

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

            Maybe he tripped over Pedroia.

            Think about it.

            • Whitey14

              Even IETC ;-)

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

        Kottaras is catching. But still, he’s a knuckleballer. Jason Giambi used to steal off him.

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

          Damn. I was hoping to work in some free jabs at the SuperCaptain®©™ as well.

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

      o_O

  • pc69

    CC is heating up. Good for us, bad for opponents. Just the way it should be….Yankees pounding everyone…

  • pat

    There’s alot to like about that avis commercial.

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

    Alex Rodriguez does the little things to help you win, like wipe his hand before throwing the ball so he gets a good grip.

    He’s also very sanitary. Cleanliness is next to Moliness.

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

    CC is cruisin’.

    • pat

      ccruising.

      • whozat

        Ha!

        Nice.

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    I saw Angels & Demons today.

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

      Your thoughts? I enjoyed the book. Much better than The DaVinci Code.

      • Andy In Sunny Daytona

        I didn’t read this one. I’m glad I didn’t because, it left some suspense in what was to happen. That being said, it was still pretty predictable.

        I did like it though. Rebecca, they showed a lot of ancient swords and weaponry.

    • Tank the Frank (formerly just “Frank”)

      I went and saw The Da’Vinci Code so that precludes me from seeing it no matter what the reviews are.

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

    Who the fuck has Dave Burba as their favorite pitcher? Seriously?

    Although, if you asked me for my favorite baseball, football, and basketball players, I may well tell you Gerald “Ice” Williams, James Hasty, and Trent Tucker…

  • Tank the Frank (formerly just “Frank”)

    Shinebox.

  • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

    ” YANKEES slugger Alex Rodriguez seems to have traded in a vintage Madonna for a late-model Kate Hudson.

    The blond, Los Angeles-born actress — who met A-Rod at the reopening of the Fontainebleau hotel in Miami Beach last November — was photographed at Friday’s game, cheering on the Bronx Bombers at the new Yankee Stadium.

    But the real action came later that night at Mustang Grill on Second Avenue. Our source said a bartender at the Southwestern joint at 85th Street “was asking patrons not to go in the back room around 1 a.m. because A-Rod and Kate Hudson were back there making out.” ”

    http://www.nypost.com/seven/05.....169914.htm

    Guess that explains her being in the Legend Seats the other night.

    • Dave

      Well at least it’s a serious upgrade from Skeletor/Madonna

      • Tank the Frank (formerly just “Frank”)

        Big time. I put her half-naked scene in Almost Famous on pause. I don’t care what you think of me.

        • Mike Pop

          Heh. Awesome.

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

        I liked the fact that Madonna was having a sweet 16 birthday party in the 1600’s/1700’s in Sunday’s Family Guy episode.

        And, coming up next, Shoving Buddies!

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

      Our source said a bartender at the Southwestern joint at 85th Street “was asking patrons not to go in the back room around 1 a.m. because A-Rod and Kate Hudson were back there making out.”

      That’s awesome and yet depressingly pathetic at the same time.

      • pat

        sounds like a highschool party.

      • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

        Well, I’m sure the bartender drops names like that because its good for business. As far the Mother of one and Father of two acting like teenagers . . . well, you’re right.

        They’re both divorced and can do whatever they want, but two high profile types like that doing that in public is almost more of a business move more than it is a romantic encounter.

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

          two high profile types like that doing that in public is almost more of a business move more than it is a romantic encounter.

          Precisely. This “leak” smells like an unintentional/intentional gossip tidbit for the press.

          Think about this: If ARod was, say 7 years younger and dating a younger, hotter starlet, like Kim Kardashian, I could totally picture a scenario where a “leaked” sex tape hits the internets.

          • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

            Yikes. That’s all we need.

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      He’s using her to get to her mom.

      • Tank the Frank (formerly just “Frank”)

        +1

      • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

        POTD

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

          Post of the Day?

          But I already won today’s Axl Award!

          http://riveraveblues.com/2009/.....ent-390673

          • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

            Proud of yourself, aint ya?

            Just think of all the poor little rodents that have suffocated to death just so lil Richard could have a happy ending. Its almost as cruel as that Smoking commercial.

            (psst! *thumbs up*)

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    I love Cervelli’s enthusiasm.

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    That homer by A-Rod was a shot.

  • Mike Pop

    Wow. Shaved head for Bruney.

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

    Bruney looks better with hair.

    The bald guys in the bullpen…the three stooges? The three relievers that can actually get outs?

    • Mike Pop

      You’re not very optimistic.

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

        I like long(er) hair for guys.

        This is the raging female in me speaking.

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

          Not gonna touch that one.

          • pat

            I swear she does it on purpose sometimes…

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

              Or that one.

        • V

          I miss my long hair. Between the shoulder-blades, but had it chopped off at 21, as it ‘wasn’t professional’.

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    Cat like reflexes.

  • Mr. Rodriguez

    Aceves doesn’t really look mexican

  • http://9thinning.blogspot.com VO

    Huff 0-18 against CC, I just fist pumped.

    • Mike Pop

      I did the spin.

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

      Amen.

  • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

    Whoever said that when you should cook green beans they should still have a little ‘snap’ in the middle is clueless.

    Cook those sumbitches till they scream ‘Uncle’. CARMELIZE those motherfuckers along with the onions. Add the mushrooms last, though. I put them on after the heat is off.

    • thurdonpaul

      lol, wtf ?

      • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

        Hey, its an open thread.

        • pat

          The Steve dishes culinary advice WHEREVER HE DAMN WELL PLEASES

          • Mike Pop

            AND THAT’S THE BOTTOM LINE…..{insert “the Steve” saying here}

            :glass breaks:

        • thurdonpaul

          cool, as long as your cooking, you wanna make me some refried beans ?
          i loveeeee them

          • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

            I fry my beans ONCE.

            Anyone who refries beans is a Philistine.

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

              Anyone who refries beans is a Philistine.

              Ah, “Philistine”. The perfect ethnic slur, since there are no more Philistines around to bitch about it.

              • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

                Bingo.

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

    OMM, Arsenio Hall still has a television show?

    • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

      Apparently.

  • Mike Pop

    Come on A-Rod, we want another unclutch HR.

  • John

    Alex’s OBP is .409…damn that’s good cpnsidering average is .212 for now.

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

      The four walks on Friday probably help.

    • John

      *considering

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

    What, no homer ALEX YOU SUCK LOSER!!!!

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    Can we call this pitcher Turd Bergeson?

    • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

      Heh.

      Just give him a giant hat.

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

      Who is, uh, Pat Morita.

      • Mike Pop

        It’s funny. Ya, it’s funny.

      • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

        Pat Morita was not Chinese.

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

          Okay, where the hell did Burt Reynolds’s podium go? He was right here!

    • http://yankeesmtom.com steve

      Excellent

    • http://eemack.blogspot.com Jackson

      I’ll take “Catch the Semen” for $600

      • Mike Pop

        “Anal Bum Cover”

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

    I’m not sure the Yankees got the memo that Bergesen has a .411 BAA the second time through the order.

  • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

    These Cigarette commercials are getting cruel.

  • Mike Pop

    That commercial is crazy.

    Think it’s like a commercial, next thing you know, dude is bout to die.

    • Mike Pop

      MOVIE***

    • Brooklyn Ed

      I seriously thought it was a movie preview when it first came out. got me fooled. lol

  • Tank the Frank (formerly just “Frank”)

    The Yankees must really enjoy tight ball games.

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

      My heart can’t take a whole lot more of this

      • John

        TWSS….wait, she did say that.

  • Mike Pop

    Clubhouse cancer.

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

    And A-Rod’s lack of lateral movement hurts a bit there.

    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

      That’s what Kate said.

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    Flying V!

  • Tank the Frank (formerly just “Frank”)

    We really don’t do well against these nibbling type pitchers… Uehara, Slowey, Palmer etc.

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

      All three of those pitchers have actually pitched quite well against everybody this year.

      • Tank the Frank (formerly just “Frank”)

        Eh. But seemingly better against us. I know Palmer went the distance against the BoSox, but that’s about it. I just don’t want to add Bergesen – he of the .348 BAA – to the list.

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

          Matt Palmer currently is 4-0 with a 142 ERA+ and a 0.975 WHIP.

          He’s shut down everybody this year.

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    Ken Singleton: Ornithologist.

    • pat

      Nah, dude just likes birds.

    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

      Michael Kay: Ornery-thologist

      • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

        ICWUDT.

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

    Gregg Zaun looks a bit like Jeff Brantley.

    http://visitindiana.files.word.....j-reds.jpg

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      All Orioles look like Cincinnati Reds to you, don’t they?

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

        Now that you mention it, Chad Moeller looks a lot like Todd Benzinger.

        • http://eemack.blogspot.com Jackson

          Does Adam Jones look like Eric Davis or just play like him?

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

            Both.

  • John

    wtf? how do you walk zaun?

  • Tank the Frank (formerly just “Frank”)

    Shinebox Andino.

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

    Me likes CC.

  • Mike Pop

    CC says sit-down, punk.

  • http://theenlighteneddespot.com NC Saint

    Michael Kay: “now when they think of the future, they think of Franky Cervelli.”

    No offense, Franky, but yikes.

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    Bye, bye, Brian.

  • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

    Peter Abraham is on forced leave.

    NoMass is on vacation.

    Next thing you know, Mike A. and Joe P. will be in Vegas again.

    • eddie64

      now if only Trisha’s ISP would fail…

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

        I tried getting through to her one, and then I gave up. I think it’s oaktag on my part that I even tried.

        • eddie64

          discussion is great, meta-discussion is sometimes OK, her comments go way beyond even useful meta-discussion, and they are always so long. It is nice that you tried…what is oaktag?

  • Tank the Frank (formerly just “Frank”)

    How is Kevin Millar still playing baseball effectively.

  • e mills

    everyone seems to be trying to hit HRs

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

    Dude, Yankees, it’s okay to get another baserunner.

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

      sigh.

  • Tank the Frank (formerly just “Frank”)

    This is brutal.

  • Tank the Frank (formerly just “Frank”)

    13 in a row. But honestly, a lot of folks here saw this coming.

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

    Hmmm, they’re doing the draft lottery different this year.

    Balls on camera. (Yeah, I said it.)

  • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

    Ooooohhhhhhh. Just realized something.

    If the Sox take 2 of 3 from the Blue Jays, and we sweep the O’s then we’re in a flat footed tie with the Sox and we’re both are 1 game in the loss behind the Jays.

    How soon these things can turn around, huh?

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

      If only there was a way for both the Sox and Jays to go 0-3 against each other…

    • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

      Nope. This part of the season doesn’t count. Only April and September count.

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

      SHHHHHH!

  • Mr. Rodriguez

    I’d still hope for the Jays to take all 3 vs the sox

    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

      I’m in the camp that doesn’t buy them for one minute.

  • Tampa Yankee

    So the talk down here in Tampa is that the Rays are looking around to trade Kazmir because, as the talking radio heads say, he’s done like “big papi done”. They say he’s only hitting 87-88 now and they should trade while he still has some value.

    I think its crazy to give up on him because of his history and age I think he might be in a similar boat as Cliff Lee, Greinke, Verlander where they have a bump in the road one year for whatever reason. I’m a little biased as I’ve always wanted to see him in pinstripes.

    This may not be the place to ask this but what are all your thoughts?

    • pat

      As soon as you list “talking radio heads” as your main source you gotta take a step back.

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

      Hmm. Something about that rubs me the wrong way. I’m not sure why, but I wouldn’t.

      I mean, what would we have to give up?

      • Mike Pop

        Too much.

    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

      “he’s done like “big papi done””

      Meaning steroids?

      I don’t know if there’s anything to that, but he’s a little guy who a power pitcher and they usually don’t hold up well. He had the elbow problem last year, I’ll bet its something related to that and he’s trying to pitch through it.

    • John

      I guess I’ll think about Kazmir for Veras, at least Veras has “upside”

    • Tank the Frank (formerly just “Frank”)

      Put him in TEH BULLPEN!1!!1

    • Nathan

      I donno, too much to give up.. and frankly he is not more than a #3… and health issues too

      The Mets got a bust in return… but Kazmir has been held back by a ton of injuries too… so buyer beware

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

        Kazmir’s career could end today, and it would still be a terrible trade, literally a franchise crippler.

        • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

          Think of where the Mets would have been had they NOT made that deal. Probably get to the WS in 2006, and the playoffs each of the past 2 years. They’d be the best team in town, and the Yanks would be playing catch-up.

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

            They probably don’t ever need to force feed Oliver Perez a rotation spot.

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

    Where did Cervelli get a bat?

    Seriously, I am kind of in love with this kid. I am definitley in love with the eyes.

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    Cervelli is unimpressed by your step off, Bergeson.

  • Luke

    Cy Bergesen?

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

    This Bergeson kid went to the same high school as Phil Hughes, drafted the same year too.

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

    That was a hit and run minus the hit.

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

    Allan Houston is one smooth, suave muthaf$#%ka.

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

      Kevin Love looks like he’s wearing a suit for the first time in his life.

      • Mike Pop

        Where is Joey H to bitch about you bringing up the NBA Draft?

        Like on NFL Draft day… how he made a big to do about it.

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

          Heh. Open threads are like international waters.

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

            …aaaaaand both the Knicks and Nets stay put.

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

              Heh. The Sacramento Kings are cursed. NO SOUP FOR YOU!

          • Mike Pop

            This is funny.

            So much suspense….

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    That was ugly.

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

    Not cool Kay.

  • pat

    BAh 8th

  • pat

    haha the kings got fooked.

    • Mike Pop

      Thunder has got to get it.

      Durant, Griffin, and Westbrook. Be nice.

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

      I’m a little nervous about the concept of Kevin Durant and Blake Griffin united…

      • Mike Pop

        No worries.

      • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

        I can’t wait for the disappointment someone will get when drafting Thabeet.

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

          Ironically, Thabeet on the Thunder works pretty well… He can’t score, but with Durant, Green, and Westbrook they’ve already got scoring galore.

        • pat

          Hahah I know right. He’s tall. Thats it.

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

      what’d the nets get?

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

        Stayed at 11.

        1-Clips
        2-Grizz
        3-Thunder
        4-Kings
        5-Wizards
        6-Wolves
        7-Warriors
        8-Knicks
        9-Raptors
        10-Bucks
        11-Nets
        12-Bobcats
        13-Pacers
        14-Suns

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

          danke

  • Mike Pop

    Freakin’ Clippers.

  • Sean C

    a 3-run jack from a-rod would certainly be nice right now. I’ll take a base hit just to not appear greedy.

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    In a month, A-Rod will drive that pitch to right for a double.