Game 119: I’m going going, back back, to Cali Cali

Lack of lefties makes Matsui's loss easier to stomach
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The Yanks are making their second trip to California this season, yet somehow they still have one more to make after this. This time, they’re in the East Bay playing the A’s, but this isn’t the same team the Yanks faced earlier in the year – Orlando Cabrera is gone, Matt Holliday is gone, Jason Giambi is gone, and Russ Springer is gone.They’ve been replaced by guys named Everidge and Cunningham and Gray, among others.

The Yanks hopefully got their clunker out of the way yesterday and will start another winning streak tonight. They’ll be faced by ex-mate Brett Tomko, whom the A’s are starting out of desperation. Tomko had his moments in pinstripes, but ultimately it wasn’t enough to keep his job. He had been working in relief with Oakland’s Triple-A club, and I don’t think he’s stretched out. Hopefully they put this one to bed early.

Here’s the starting nine:

Jeter, DH
Damon, LF
Teixeira, 1B
A-Rod, 3B
Posada, C
Cano, 2B
Swisher, RF
Melky, CF
Pena, SS

And on the mound, AJ Burnett.

Oh, and make sure you vote in this week’s Fan Confidence Poll. It kind of got buried underneath all of our draft coverage this morning, so you might have missed it.

Lack of lefties makes Matsui's loss easier to stomach
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  • Ant

    Lane Meyer says the the Yanks have reached their limit on the draft budget and the last to be signed with be Talerico.

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

      …That’s actually kinda awesome. Means they signed a lot.

    • Accent Shallow

      Definitely a bummer. What can I say, I’m greedy — the more arms in the system, the better.

    • BklynJT

      But but but I haven’t seen any offical word on the Stoneburner signing.

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

    Strasburg is an idiot.

    Just saying.

    • Accent Shallow

      Isn’t that something we have to wait ’til 12:01 to make a judgment on?

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

        It’s all bullshit. Boras will sign him.

      • VO

        Listen if the dude takes a 10 million dollar offer he’s set for life but he’s sitting here without 1 major league pitch under his belt demanding money like he’s proven veteran.

        • VO

          I want to make it clear though I do think he will sign I just don’t think that draft picks should be able to demand this type of money.

          • Zack

            They should definately have slotted salaries. The draft is meant to help crappy teams; when you let a Rick Porcello (and others) slide to the late 20s just because of their demands, then something is wrong

          • V

            I don’t see why not.

            Here’s the way I think it through –

            If Strasburg signs, starts pitching next year, blows his elbow, and never plays again, his skillset is probably rather limited. Work at Wal-Mart?

            I’ve got a nice gig – $75k at 23, straight out of college, doing something that not everyone knows how to do/can do/wants to do/etc., and requires a rather specialized skillset, but hardly as specialized as that of an MLB pitcher.

            I can be making $300k (in current dollars) by 40 if all goes well, and that’s pretty much the ceiling (plus inflation), unless I get into an executive position (not common in my field). On a cash basis, if everything goes well enough, I’ll make $10M in my career. Doing a rather basic PV calc, I should be worth about $2M in pure income on a present value basis (ignoring other benefits, retirement plan, etc.).

            Is Strasburg worth 5x me? I don’t see why not.

            • Jose

              What field are you in? Very nice starting salary for a kid straight out of college.

            • cor shep

              Can i has job?

              But seriously, I’m finishing up my last year of a math degree. What’s your job?

              • V

                Math degree is what I got ;-)

                I originally went into an actuarial consulting position.

            • Accent Shallow

              The big difference between you and Strasburg is that you’re not subject to a draft, you were a free agent upon graduation.

              • V

                Kind of. The number of employers for what I do that would have been willing to pay me more than $50k is rather limited, and I was restricted to NYC.

                • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

                  He blows out his elbow and takes his 10M to college and is one year behind you.

                  I know an actuary making 500k. Good field if you’re smart enough.

                  (1…2…3…not it!)

                • V

                  500k? Nice.

                  I’m shifting out of pure actuarial work to move into more general consulting, but the credentials are something worth falling back on.

        • Accent Shallow

          And amateurs have been doing that as long as there have been bonuses. I can’t fault Strasburg for not signing quickly. What I can fault him for is failing to sign if the Nats have indeed offered him a record bonus — it’s unlikely his stock will ever be higher.

          • VO

            And I agree.

        • Drew

          He’s going to be with the organization for the next 6+ years. That’s a large chunk, if not the whole chunk of his professional baseball career. His agent should demand what he can, while he can.

          • V

            Agreed.

            I wouldn’t be surprised if part of his decision is the fact that he wants to play in San Diego.

    • VO

      +50

    • V

      The Nationals are idiots too. They knew he wanted the $$$ – EVERYONE and their brother says he’s worth $20M, except the Nationals.

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

        If Kasten ‘just gives him 20 mil’ he EXPLODES the long established bonus structure and Bud Selig will have a coronary. That will cost ALL teams more for the top picks, starting next year.

        Oh, and BTW-He’s bidding against himself. Unless you believe Boras’ college/Japan threats, which are laughable. When the top bonus was around 10, and you give the guy 20 when there are no other bidders, that means you’re an imbecile. I doubt Kasten made enough money to buy a Baseball team by being an idiot.

        • V

          That $10M was a while ago. The bonus landscape has already changed.

          Strasburg’s going to get at least $18M, or he’ll wait a year and sign with the Padres.

          The Nationals, as a franchise, will not be competitive within the decade if they don’t get Strasburg and Harper. Of course, the owner is probably quite happy making $$$ fielding a shitty team, but whatever.

          • Zack

            because the Padres are going to pay him 18m? That owner is selling off everyone because hes getting divorce and has money problems

            • Chris

              He already sold the club – there’s a new owner.

              • Zack

                oh alright. still doubt he’d get 18m+ from them

                • Chris

                  Probably true, but would he get $10M from the Padres (vs $12.5M from the Nats)? The question isn’t necessarily whether or not he would get more from the Padres, but more how much less Strasburg would be willing to accept.

                • Zack

                  Well if he accepts $1 less didnt his plan backfire? Had to wait another year for his payday, and another year away from arb/FA?
                  And could Boras ever let him accept less? Turn him to independent league to get drafted for a 3rd time by a big market team?

                  IMO, 99% chance that his value is at its peak for an amateur player. I’m all for him getting every dollar he can get; but you’re already getting more than anyone, you’re never getting that 20-50m pipe dream, so if they offer 12m are you going to wait another year, or maybe two, for maybe 2-3m? All while risking injury, ineffectiveness, and pushing yourself further away from arb/fa

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

            1-The draft rules were changed after the crazy $ that was handed out to Prior, Tex and others. So while it was a long time ago, it’s apples and oranges in terms of how the draft was run.

            2-The Nats won’t be competitive WITH Strasburg and Harper anytime soon. You could make a very good argument the money would be better spent improving your MLB club with proven major leaguers. As good as both are, neither one’s a sure thing. I’m not saying they should play hardball, but if Boras insists on FIVE times the top draft bonus, I tell him to go scratch his ass. I’ll be better off spending 50 mil on free agents this off season.

            • V

              True, ain’t no way he’s getting $50M. But I think $18M-20M is better than breakeven to the ballclub. Heck, I don’t think he walks away from $15M. I do think he walks away from $12.5M.

              This ain’t some Joe Schmuck. This kid is already rather polished, with high 90s heat.

              • Chris

                The problem isn’t his performance. The problem is that he could blow out his shoulder on his first pitch in the minors and never make it to the majors. His value is significantly diminished because of the injury risk (not specific to him, just in general for pitchers).

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

                  Bingo. His value will never be higher than it is today, and pitching is always fragile. Boras kicks, screams, and then signs the deal. Just like he did with Dice-K, which was another situation with a pitcher and one team bidding.

    • Drew

      Eh, it’s easy for people like us to say that.

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

        Yeah, imagine it’s your money for one minute. Put yourself in the owner’s shoes and things look very different. If owners ran teams like fans, every team would have a 450 million dollar payroll.

        • Drew

          See: George Steinbrenner. :)

        • V

          I’m just glad there are SOME owners out there who aren’t happy fielding a shitty team on a shoestring budget and pocketing the Steinbrenners’ money (see: Royals).

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

            And the Rays.

            And the Marlins.

            And the 2000-2006 A’s

    • Jose

      You could make a strong argument that he is the exact opposite of an idiot.

      Let’s wait to see what he gets before we pass judgment on his or the richest most powerful agent’s decision making skills.

      Remember how we all said that Arod and Boras were idiots for opting out. How they would have to come crawling back. Look at the contract Arod ended up with. Scott Boras knows what he is doing.

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

        uhhh A-Rod did come crawling back. He had no other offers. Hank was just a fool to give him that contract.

        • Chris

          But Boras read the situation well enough to know (or believe) that Hank was going to be a fool.

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

            Actually, Alex publicly distanced himself from Boras in order to get the Yanks to even talk with him. I’m sorry, but using that as some stroke of genius by Boras just doesn’t hold up. According to Alex, Boras wasn’t even involved in the negotiations. Remember the stories about how humiliated he was when Boras announced his opt out during the World Series?

            • Jose

              Boras didn’t expect so much backlash for sure, but he had to figure it would work out for his client in the end. You seem to believe the contract was made more of idiocy on some peoples’ part rather than any type of clever tactics of Boras.

        • Jose

          No, Boras just maneuvered the situation correctly. All he did was apologize and boom he gets a contract that could be worth $305 million at the end. If you consider getting that type of contract a result of “crawling back” then you and I have very different definitions of the terminology. It’s all part of the agent business.

  • Accent Shallow

    I’m eagerly anticipating this offense getting to face Tomko.

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

      Yeah, I have a feeling I’ll get to bed early tonight.

      • pat

        I have a feeling this rag smells like chloroform, care to check for me?

        • handtius

          smells more like formaldehyde.

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

          That’ll do the trick.

  • Bob Stone

    The Yankees will start a new win streak tonight.

  • jim p

    I really need a 17-0 lead by 11:30 at the latest tonight. They should move all those California teams east.

    • http://www.workwithpete.com Pete

      See, every time I *think* this may be the case, someone like Tomko will go out and hold us hitless through 5. Never underestimate the power of a bitter victim of a DFA.

  • V

    This umpire in the Staten Island vs. Bernardsville LLWS game has been ROBBING the Bernardsville kids all night by calling outside curveballs AND inside curveballs for strikes.

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

      The plate umpire has been AWFUL on breaking balls.

    • Zack

      12 year olds throwing curves? Well, gotta keep Doc Andrews busy I guess

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

        I umpire for the Cal Ripken League and every so often a kid would drop one in there. It’s silly, really. When you’re 11-12, all you need is fastball/changeup.

        • Zack

          sad, even AJ Burnett says no curveballs til you’re 16!

      • V

        They were throwing curves on practically EVERY pitch.

      • Chris

        Actually, Andrews contends that a properly throw curveball isn’t a problem. The issue is that as a kid tires from throwing too many pitches, his mechanics suffer and that’s when injuries occur.

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

    Wow, Josh Gibson died on the day Jackie Robinson broke into the bigs? I didn’t know that.

    http://scottsimkus.wordpress.com/2009/08/17/josh-gibsons-greatest-hits-vol-1/

    A little piece of Baseball poetry right there, if true.

    • Accent Shallow

      The sources I saw state that Gibson died in January of 1947, too early for Robinson to have broken into the bigs.

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

      ….Whoa.

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

        Age 35, too. He was known to have a major drinking problem.

    • pat

      Writing was so much better back then, so poetic.

      Josh Gibson then greeted a Bennett pitch with a hidden dynamo and it sailed far, wide and handsome, over the railroad tracks…..(and then later) Gibson was the first at bat in the third, and the rugged receiver almost duplicated his smack, for the second home run in two tries.”

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

    Wow, talk about grinding your axes in your journalism, which Klapisch does a lot of (unfortunately). This was in the middle of what was otherwise a pro-Girardi piece:

    “But an uptight and overly anxious manager can still undermine the talent in his clubhouse. Why else would Sabathia have included an opt-out clause in his seven-year contract? He’d heard about the coup that took down Torre after 2007, heard that Girardi was trying (too hard) to be his own man. In fact, Sabathia had one question for GM Brian Cashman before deciding he could be a Yankee:

    “What’s your clubhouse like?””

    http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/9937164/Looser-Girardi-deserves-credit-for-surging-Yanks

    For a little background, Klapisch was a HUGE Torre supporter (like most of the Mets-friendly media). At Torre’s press conference after he left the Yanks, Klap asked him a question which went something like “Will you ever return to the stadium after the way they’ve treated you?” Not exactly a glittering example of unbiased journalism there.

    Sabathia’s a west coast guy, most observers took the opt out clause as his way of testing the waters on the east coast, and seeing how he liked it here. That’s the first I’ve ever heard anyone inject “Girardi’s clubhouse” into his decision.

    • Bugsy

      What a bunch of stupid journalism (can you even call it that? it’s just speculation).

    • Drew

      lol.. He’s just being a dick. It’s not an opt-out(in case Girardi’s an ass)clause.

      “Girardi deserves credit for surging Yanks” and I suppose, if we go on a 7 game losing streak, this same writer will say, this is unacceptable, the manager is to blame, blah blah blah. I guess there just isn’t much to write about in NY sports when the Yanks are kicking ass and the Mets are a joke.

    • Pasqua

      Ahhh, conjecture. A journalist’s best friend.

      I always imagined the opt out was just means of making more money (thought the East Coast / West Coast thing might have something to do with it). Screw the mood of the clubhouse, all CC and his people had to do was look at the contract ARod got after HIS opt out. I’m guessing he’s hoping that the economic climate has rebounded by the end of ’11 and he can add more dollars to his bank account (courtesy, even, of the Yanks).

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

        ..and dirty lil secret here, Cash would L-O-V-E if he exercised it. He would have got 3 prime years of CC, get rid of him at the age when he’s likely to start breaking down, and King Felix (coincidentally cough cough) becomes a free agent that very same year.

        • V

          +100. If CC gives us a few good postseason starts this year, a couple sub-3.5 ERA seasons, and opts out, I’ll be happy.

    • PinstripesForeverDougie

      It’s amazing the way Torre owned the media around here, makes some forget how all these “supporters” called him Clueless, among other names, when he got there. I can only imagine the relationship Girardi will have with the reporters, who hate him so much now, after he starts winning. Gotta love the New York media, huh?

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

      I can’t let these 2 lines pass

      “He’d heard about the coup that took down Torre”

      Torre had a contract in his hands, that he declined. Some “coup”.

      “Such reflection doesn’t exactly fit with the Girardi’s public profile. To those who deal with him on a daily basis — specifically, the media — he’s seemed guarded, often combative, forgetting that diplomacy-challenged managers don’t last long in New York.”

      Diplomacy challenged managers don’t last. . . . ever heard of Bobby Valentine? Classic ‘tail wags the Dog’ journalist, who thinks sportswriters are bigger than the stories they cover. Sorry Bob, nobody cares about you. Especially nowadays.

  • Bugsy

    This Slade guy kinda looks like a dope (like moe and curly) but then again I really dont give a shit as long he can play ball.

    • PinstripesForeverDougie

      Oh, he can play {5-tool and all} and with a name like that no one will mess with him!! Of course, don’t be fool with goofy soundy names, I learned the hard way after heckling R.A. Dickey ;)

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

      Does Nick Swisher look like a guy that has a master’s degree in molecular biology?

  • PinstripesForeverDougie

    Hey was that Mo’s kid running with him in the outfield? Seems like Mo has adjusted out of that “cranky” mood he was in & into a happier one.

    • Bugsy

      how can you tell?

      • PinstripesForeverDougie

        He seemed like he was laughing & smiling, Bugsy

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

    Okay, Burnett is starting tonight. Flaherty’s definitely going to reopen the “Proud of his fastball” can tonight, right? Over/Under: 2.5. I’m taking the under because of recent trends.

    • Zack

      ill take the over- per inning

    • Pasqua

      I’ll allow the “proud of his fastball” remarks tonight so long as Flash gets to read the “Inglorious Basterds” promo again.

      • Bugsy

        I’d rather have Kenny read it. He’s more avuncular.

    • VO

      That’s the first time.

  • http://twitter.com/Hopjake Jake H

    I wish that the Yanks would sign a few more guys.

    • JSquared

      Yeah, Couple more would’ve been sweet. I’m not upset though, very good job by Opp.

      • http://twitter.com/Hopjake Jake H

        I wouldn’t have minded a few more. I do like the draft. It will be interesting to see what Lane grades the picks.

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

      it is pretty horrible. i had seats a few rows behind the dugout (bought 10 minutes before game time at the window) and all i kept thinking was why the fuck do they have a greeen tarp on the upper deck? and then I asked myself why I was at an A’s/Royals game, and had no answer

  • Drew

    I liked Tomko while he was here. Then, he bitched about not pitching enough as he left. I hope he doesn’t last an inning. Tool.

  • cor shep

    wow the grass looks like shiiit.

  • Bugsy

    This stadium is as big as yellowstone!

    • Bugsy

      and just as empty

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

    I went to a football stadium and a baseball game broke out

    • Bugsy

      i smiled.

  • Bugsy

    wow. did you guys see that bat boy run to damon for a replacement bat.

    Talk about Hustle!!

  • southernyankeefan

    anyone elses mlb.tv not working?

    • Little Bill

      It’s working for me.

      • southernyankeefan

        guess ill try another computer.

    • baravelli

      Yeah, I’m having problems too. It keeps telling me that it’s having technical difficulties processing my request. I’m pretty peeved.

    • Luthien

      Not workin here either. Something bout a technical error and to try again later. :(

    • Riddering

      Mine’s not working either. It keeps telling me my requests will be processed in greater and greater sums of seconds. Grrrr.

  • Drew

    OHHHH proud of his fastball.

  • JSquared

    M-TEX!

  • Accent Shallow

    No hitter broken up!

  • PinstripesForeverDougie

    Did Kenny just call A-Rod Mr. August?

    • Bugsy

      quite the wit, that Ken Singleton.

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

    A-Rod is slugging only .503 coming in to tonight. Interesting. His IsoP (.245) is also below his career norm of .271.

  • Salty Buggah

    Tomko’s bringing the heat. I really want us to bomb him.

  • Salty Buggah

    I hope we get to him 2nd time through the order.

  • Bugsy

    What if he’s not proud of his fastball and just throwing it out of shame?

  • PinstripesForeverDougie

    And Kudos to Mike Axisa for the Biggie reference in the thread’s title. Although, I can think of when I hear that song is Butters saying the same words. Lepold Butters Stotch is very gangster, Mr. Axisa I’m not so sure ;)

    • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

      I don’t think so

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

    Peace, Adam.

  • Bugsy

    Can he be proud of his curveball as well? that was one hell of pitch.

  • Salty Buggah

    Davis is not really a .300 hitter, right?

    • JSquared

      no…

  • EB

    I’m hoping the real Bombko makes an appearance

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

    Line drives right at you = annoying.

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

    Incomplete pass! Cano drops it in the end zone!

    • Bugsy

      that lazy fuck!

  • Accent Shallow
  • PinstripesForeverDougie

    Cano wouldn’t have dropped that ball if Eli threw it too him.

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

    Peace, Kurt.

  • cjc

    nasty curve that inning

  • Karl

    Can they not get the yard-marking paint out of the turf or what?

  • Salty Buggah

    I love it when AJ has control of his curve

  • PinstripesForeverDougie

    Quick, what’s more sad?

    The Raiders offense
    The A’s Offense
    the Colliseum field
    Al Davis

    • cjc

      e. all of the above

    • JSquared

      Al Davis

      I’m a raider fan, you will be surprised this year by the offense, O-Line is wayy better, Darren McFadden is healthy, and we have WR’s who are willing to play hard including Heyward-Bey.

      But Al Davis hurts my feelings everytime he wakes up in the morning.

      • Drew

        That’s not very nice.

        • JSquared

          Tell me about it…

  • http://twitter.com/Hopjake Jake H

    Does the struggle of Brackman and Dellin give the Yanks pause when looking at big pitchers?

    • pat

      it shouldn’t.

      • PinstripesForeverDougie

        but it will

        • Jersey

          And you base that assertion on…?

      • Accent Shallow

        +1

    • A.D.

      Nah, maybe just reminds them of what a project projects can be.

      • http://twitter.com/Hopjake Jake H

        I hope not but they have to be concerned with Brack this year.

        • A.D.

          Because he’s a major project, partly because he’s tall, and partly because he doesn’t have a ton of experience

        • handtius

          Not really. First year back from TJ. I’d reserve judgment till the end of next year.

        • pat

          Not at all. First pro season, first season back from TJ. he needs to stay healthy and log innings. Control is always the last thing to come back after surgery, especially when it wasn’t that great to begin with.

  • PinstripesForeverDougie

    Flaherty not proud of his age.
    /Flaherty’d

    Happy 38th Birthday Jorge!

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

      Aren’t we supposed to drink every time he says that?

      • PinstripesForeverDougie

        {hiccup} yup

  • cjc

    did you know tomko is proud of his fastball? he’s also shit lucky to not be down 4-5 runs already he is giving up rockets

    • Bugsy

      i think he’s proud of his curveball and ashamed of his fastball.

  • A.D.

    Tomko and Burnett have similar stuff..

    Um, no they don’t

    • Chris

      They both throw baseballs.

      That’s pretty similar. It’s not like one is bowling.

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

    Over/under on football references tonight is set at 45

    • Bugsy

      you opened the floodgates

  • PinstripesForeverDougie

    which pennigton has a stronger arm?

    Cliff or Chad

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

      Honestly, I’d go with Cliff

  • southernyankeefan

    YAY MLB.tv is working!!!

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

      Here’s hoping his stuff isn’t all the way back.

    • Salty Buggah

      Damn, I thought so. When he got traded they were saying he might face us. I was hoping it wouldn’t happen but oh well, I hope we hit/beat him like we did last time we played him.

    • Jose

      I’m excited to see how he performs during the AL transition. Hopefully he doesn’t return to 2007 Jake Peavy right away.

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

        Yeah, we did pretty well against him in interleague when he was healthy last year. And us Yankee fans have seen what can happen to pitchers with foot injuries this year.

        • Jose

          Wow, somehow I completely forgot that we faced him during interleague play.

  • Coach6423

    Greg Paulus just named starting Quarterback at Syracuse….

    • Jersey

      Not the same Greg Paulus from Duke…??

      • JSquared

        Yes.

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

        The same.

      • southernyankeefan

        Yep it is

      • Coach6423

        One in the same…he is from Syracuse…

    • Bugsy

      could that mean he’ll be on the basketball team as well?

      • A.D.

        no, he’s out of eligibility in basketball

      • Coach6423

        Boeheim did offer him a spot as a Student Assistant Coach though..

  • I hate Tom Gordon

    This is lame.

    • pat

      Tom Gordon = Joba Chamberlain. You should love Tom Gordon.

  • Salty Buggah

    37 pitches…I hope we get some runs next time through the order

  • southernyankeefan

    Melky has had some ugly hacks lately

  • Bugsy

    I do like their kicks.

  • PinstripesForeverDougie

    damn, those white sox jerseys were…. unique ;)

  • pat

    HOLYSHIT DX IS BACK SUCK ITTTTTTT

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

    Maybe Mike A can explain this one to me.

    http://waswatching.com/2009/08/17/yanks-unlikely-to-sign-10th-round-selection/

    Why would you select a signability case with a decent pick (10th rd) and then let him walk over a bonus of 500K total? They gave Betances a mil in the 8th rd a few years ago, and I think Brett Marshall was a 6th rd who got a mil as well.

    It just seems like a wasted pick if you let a guy walk over such a small amount. If Lombardi is right and BA calls him a borderline 2nd round talent, you’d have no trouble giving 500K to a 2nd rounder.

    • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

      Obviously the Yankees did not like what they saw in the Cape, at least compared to some other guys. They gave their 16th rounder 850K that could have gone to Lyons.

      • A.D.

        Or potentially valued his lackluster regular season more than playoffs + cape

        • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

          Then why pick him in the first place? I think they saw something at the Cape, either mechanics or injury wise, or they decided they liked some of the other guys better and used up their budget.

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

        Yeah, either the Cape or the workouts. Still, if the talent is there I take him for that price. You let him walk, and he could very well be a high pick next year that you miss out on. The Baseball draft is full of this ‘borrowing from the future’ stuff, and usually the real long shot signability guys are taken at the end of the draft. A highly thought of 10th round pick for 500K seems like a good bet to me.

        • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

          Right, but you need to have a budget, and they took loads of signability guys. 500K doesn’t seem like much, but then what is the point of a budget- you can say that about every guy and sign everybody. they needed to choose between players, and Lyons got left out.

          • Chris

            50 Rounds x $500k per pick = A-Rod

          • http://twitter.com/Hopjake Jake H

            We have no idea that his bonus demands didn’t go up. While Callis believes that his bonus was 500k that doesn’t mean that it was actually that. Also they might have concerns about mechanics and don’t believe that they could fix him enough or there might be an injury.

  • Salty Buggah

    damn 1-2 hits

  • Bugsy

    molina who?

  • Salty Buggah

    he got him

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

    Wow, I thought Hairston was safe.

    • Salty Buggah

      I thought so initially but after replay, I think he was out.

  • Salty Buggah

    Can I get a DP?

    • Salty Buggah

      Heh that works

    • Bugsy

      yessir!

    • Jersey

      Wow…Yankees flashing some leather that half inning.

  • pat

    AWESOME!!!

  • Bugsy

    jejejeje

  • JSquared

    Johnny Damon… OUTFIELD ASSIST!!?? GET SOME!!

    • JSquared

      Hilarious.

  • southernyankeefan

    Damon with the D

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

      Broke in on a ball he should’ve gone back on AND when he did go back, he turned the wrong way. Awesome, Johnny. Awesome.

    • Bugsy

      he misread the ball then backtracked. i dont know if it was that nice but i’ll take it.

  • handtius

    that was a funny.

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

    Did that promo really just say what I think it did? A West Side Story reference? Way to be, YES. Way to be.

  • sam

    bonhead
    thanks for the free out
    i realized ump not calling the curveballs for strikes on the bottom of the zone

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

      Eh, I think they’re missing low anyway.

  • Salty Buggah

    I honestly thought Damon wouldn’t catch that

  • ShuutoHeat

    Jerry: “Hey bro! Make sure you run on Jorge, he’s not that good.”
    Scott: “Thanks bro for the info.”
    Jerry: “No prob dude.”

    *Scott gets thrown out stealing second*
    Scott: “you lil lying piece of…”

    Jerry: “HAHAHA”

  • baravelli

    So, I just waited on hold with MLB.TV customer service for a half hour, while it was giving me error messages and not letting me log in. Finally, someone came on the phone and told me they were aware of the problem and were working to fix it, but there was nothing else immediately I could do. Then, as soon as I hung up, I tried again, and it worked! So, I’m gonna go ahead and take complete credit for getting it fixed. You’re welcome, everybody!

  • pat

    Nino you are awesome.

  • Salty Buggah

    nice Ramiro…no DP Jeter

  • Giacomo

    Tomko’s Velocity is goin DOWN

  • Bugsy

    i would totally double steal here. oh wait, suzuki. Crap.

  • Salty Buggah

    nice Jete…no DP Johnny

  • pat

    All time Yankee career hits leader?

    That’s some serious shit.

    • Jersey

      What’s he got, 30 to go?

      • Salty Buggah

        32

      • pat

        Like 32 I think they said.

    • Bugsy

      Not to do a total dick here but i couldn’t resist. Why is it that Hits become legitimate stat that reflects a players worth over a career but not over the season?

      • Chris

        It’s a measure of durability. You can’t rack up that many hits unless you play at a reasonably high level for a long time. It’s like pitcher wins. To get to 300 wins you have to be very very good for a very very long time. You can’t do it just by being a decent pitcher on a good team like you could for 1 season.

      • pat

        huh?

      • Jersey

        Isn’t 200 hits still considered a pretty impressive feat in a single year? Wasn’t everybody on Ichiro’s junk for hitting 260+ that one year?

        • Bugsy

          yeah but that’s just case with traditional way of thinking that mystifies batting average. we’ve moved beyond that–what with stats like IsoP and BaBip.

          • Jersey

            I’m sorry, if a guy gets 200 hits in the season, he’s doing something right. Use of advanced stats doesn’t de-legitimize hits.

  • Salty Buggah

    damn, that’s a HR in YSIII

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

    Drive Ramiro in now, Tex.

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

    Damn, Damon hit that ball past the 50 Yard line.

    What a shot.

  • Giacomo

    This ballpark is playing like an Alaskan oil field in the middle of January

  • handtius

    Johnny with a yankee stadium homerun.

  • I hate Tom Gordon

    Yes. YESSS. I smell blood.

  • Salty Buggah

    no DP Alex

    • Salty Buggah

      damnit A-rod!

      we’ll get him next time

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

    Damn baton passing. Weak shit, Tex. Weak shit.

  • Jersey

    Alex gets back in the saddle right here.

    • Jersey

      Oh what the CRAP

  • JMK

    Oh A-Rod!

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

    That was a Melky at bat, A-Rod.

  • BigBlueAL

    Thats ridiculous.

  • southernyankeefan

    damin alex

  • I hate Tom Gordon

    DOH

  • JSquared

    Tomko misses his spot, and gets a double play… WHERE’S THE LUCK!!

  • handtius

    WHat the…did that just happen?

  • Accent Shallow

    DFA-Rod.

  • Reggie C.

    Jacob Turner’s signing bonus is sick … over 6 million.

    Detroit really has the get-front-line-starters-strategy down to an art.

  • Bugsy

    Maybe Alex should do a little DL stint. We can afford it.

  • Salty Buggah

    17 GS and 1 stolen this year….

    .341 with bases loaded. This seems to high for him ;)

    • Salty Buggah

      AND he crushes Tomko so that sucked

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

      refresh my memory…when did he have a gs stolen this yeaR?

  • jcjjdcd

    Arod’s has been pretty mediocre lately

    • Jersey

      His BABIP is .266 this year…so hopefully we see a correction.

  • sam

    Arod took a page out of Cano’s handbook:
    Swing at 1st pitch, GIDP

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

    Derek Jeter has no clue what to do with himself.

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

    Peace, Jack.

  • Giacomo

    PRAISE BRETT TOMKO

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

    5. Alex Rodriguez.

    • handtius

      +1

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

    Peace, Bobby.

  • JSquared

    Burnett is an Animal.

  • Giacomo

    TOMKO. BURNETT.

    A PITCHING DUEL LIKE NO OTHER.

    ONLY ON YES.

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

    Nick Swisher = range.

  • Salty Buggah

    nice AJ..cmon offense, time to score

  • Jersey

    AJ looking beast tonight.

    • handtius

      Tomko looking the beast tonight.

      • cjc

        more like the luckiest man alive this is ridiculous

        • handtius

          It was sarcasm.

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

    Stop. Swinging. At. The. First. Pitch.

    • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

      For the most part, he is throwing strikes. Posada should be swinging at FB down the middle.

  • V

    Um, guys? Why isn’t it 30-0 already?

    • handtius

      Becuase Tomko wants REVENGE!!!!!!!!!!

  • Tom Zig

    Its Brett freaking Tomko…

    what the hell

  • AJ

    Tomko!!!!

  • Salty Buggah

    WTF? 3 pitches 2 outs

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

    Swish…head down.

  • I hate Tom Gordon

    Ok this is bullshit. I am not amused.

  • Giacomo

    Anyone concerned that Brett Tomko is fucking ass-raping us right now?

    • handtius

      no.

  • AJ

    God the football lines are irritating.

  • JMK

    This is really frustrating.

  • Bugsy

    what the fuck was that half-inning?

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

    Okay this is getting to be ridiculous. Start hitting this fucker.

    • Little Bill

      They’ve been hitting some balls hard. Damon hit two rockets deep that were caught. Besides the last inning, they’ve had some good swings. Tomko is getting lucky.

  • Accent Shallow

    4 innings, no runs, Brett Tomko?

  • Jersey

    Christ, they’re not even running up his pitch count. I was really hoping for a good old-fashioned beatdown by this point in the game.

  • Salty Buggah

    Brett Tomko…lucky through 4 inningss

  • BigBlueAL

    Anyone really surprised by Tomko shutting them out so far??

  • ShuutoHeat

    I don’t believe this…but are we going to have the name “Brett Tomko” in the same sentence with “pitcher’s duel” ?

  • Giacomo

    Why don’t the A’s sign Ransom and let him play tomorrow…he’d probably go 4-5 with 2 HR and 7 RBI in his ‘revenge’ game…

  • sam

    Yankees feel bad for him so they are making him look like Cy Young.
    next inning they will tee off him like he is John Smoltz.

  • JSquared

    Gotta love the effort from Swish.

  • BigBlueAL

    Worst part is after the game listening to the Yankee players talk about how good Tomko’s stuff is and what a great game he pitched.

  • Giacomo

    belly flop

  • Bugsy

    did someone say range?

  • Salty Buggah

    nice try Swish

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

    Damn, Swish got to almost the exact same ball earlier tonight. That one was hit harder, though.

  • Reggie C.

    Swisher can track’em like nobody’s business.

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

      Yeah, like that fly ball that probably should’ve been Melky’s that he got to.

  • Bugsy

    Rajai Davis (fantastic first name) is the stockiest fast guy in baseball.

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

    That’s on Burnett; Jorge had no shot.

  • Reggie C.

    This upcoming run should count against Swisher’s ERA ..

    • Bugsy

      no it doesnt.

    • Salty Buggah

  • JSquared

    Wow…

  • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

    LUCKY LIKE THE GIANTS?!?!

  • Giacomo

    Maybe Burnett should take some pointers from the book of Tomko

  • BigBlueAL

    Bringing the infield in during a 0-0 game in the 4th inning. WOW.

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

      Against the A’s. With Brett Tomko pitching.

  • Salty Buggah

    ah fuck…cmon AJ, need a DP

  • JSquared

    What’s with calling 3 curves in a row…

  • Accent Shallow

    Burnett, please get your shit together.

    A scrub like Tomko doesn’t deserve the satisfaction of beating this team.

  • Giacomo

    Gotta love the piped in crowd noise.

  • BigBlueAL

    This is fucking ridiculous now.

  • JSquared

    Shitty Oakland field/Dirt, causes a balk.

  • Salty Buggah

    the fuck?

  • Bugsy

    what the fuck. noooooooooooo. no injurey please please please.

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

    I didn’t know Mike Pelfrey was pitching for the Yankees tonight.

  • AJ

    What a nightmare.

  • A.D.

    Jesus

  • Giacomo

    THIS IS FUCKING EMBARASSING!!!!!!!!

  • Karl

    This is starting to look bad

  • ShuutoHeat

    AJ is pissed..

    Enough joking around guys, kill these punks.

  • Salty Buggah

    ah man…cmon AJ.

  • sam

    we get burned so many times with these 2 out RBI’s

  • Bugsy

    thye’re hitting burnett like we should be hitting tomko.

  • Reggie C.

    Looks AJ didnt forget to bring his shinebox to the stadium.

  • Klemy

    what the hell… They are facing Brett Fucking Tomko…

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

      Yeah, but that has little to do with A.J. Burnett balking in a run.

  • cjc

    wtf there is really nothing else to say

  • Giacomo

    Is AJ drunk?

  • Salty Buggah

    What a bad inning

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

    Peace, Jack version 2.0.

  • JSquared

    Infield in… cost us 2 runs…