Yanks blow out Seattle 10-1

Game 149 Spillover Thread
Yanks face age discrimination suit

Because it’s 2:30 a.m. on a Sunday morning and the Yanks won a September game against the Mariners, here is the season’s shortest recap:

  • Mark Teixeira is good at hitting.
  • Hideki Matsui is making it really hard for the Yanks not to resign him.
  • CC Sabathia is good at pitching.
  • I’d put money on the Yanks facing the Twins and not the Tigers in the ALDS.

The worst part of this game was CC’s taking a liner off his chest. I was at a bar with the game on tonight, and half of the crowd there went dead silent until it was clear that the Yanks’ ace was okay. Other than that, this was a breeze of a win, and the Yanks’ Magic Number is now Graig Nettles. I’m sure these guys are going to champion Roger Maris, but tough for them.

We’ll be back in the morning with a post or two before tomorrow’s 4 p.m. Joba-mania affair.

Game 149 Spillover Thread
Yanks face age discrimination suit
  • http://blog.hurlman.com Greg Hurlman

    Don’t be surprised if CC misses his next start – and no, it won’t signal the end of the world.

    • Tom Zig

      I kinda would be surprised to be honest.

    • Bob Stone

      I would be VERY surprised.

    • Salty Buggah

      Yea, I doubt it. Maybe he’ll be skipped for rest but that unlikely, especially since he’s vying for 20 wins and a CY Young.

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

        This. That 20 wins mark is a big one. CC has two starts and needs two wins to get there. No way he’s missing a start.

        Also, he won’t go again until Friday because of Thursday’s off-day. So he gets an extra day off that way.

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


        • Zack

          Plus he stayed in the game. They’re not leaving him in a meangingless game for extra innings if something is wrong. Oh wait, it’s a playoff preview!1 nevermind

    • crawdaddie

      CC isn’t missing his next start against the Red Sox on Friday. He has one more start after that against KC which will probably be an abbreviated one.

  • Bob Stone

    I was a great recovery from a tough loss the night before. Let’s get the magic number down to Yogi Berra later today.

    • Sweet Dick Willie

      Would be sweet just to skip Yogi and go straight to The Mick.

  • Salty Buggah

    Good win.

  • ARX

    “I’d put money on the Yanks facing the Twins and not the Tigers in the ALDS.”

    $10 on the Tigers putting the Twins away when then meet again in Detroit next week.

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

      Disagree. Baseball is especially tough to play as pressure mounts, and the Tigers have to not only beat their opposition but also fight the idea that they’re sinking like a rock. If there was more time for them to recover, I’d agree. But a losing streak this late in the season is very tough to overcome.

      • Sweet Dick Willie

        You can’t predict baseball. You just can’t.

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

          I know people tease Sterling for repeating that line ad nauseum, but it is true.

          BTW-Someone tell spell check “Nauseum” is a word, and its spelled correctly.

          • Tomer Guez

            > BTW-Someone tell spell check “Nauseum” is a word, and
            > its spelled correctly.

            Btw, a good spell check program is spell check anywhere (SpellCheckAnywhere.Com). It works in all Windows programs.

  • Salty Buggah

    The recap is missing one thing:

    Robbie Cano is good at hitting also.

  • http://tomorrowsnewsyesterday.wordpress.com/ JMK

    Not to take anything away from Nettles, but c’mon, you gotta go with Maris.

    • Salty Buggah

      No, I’m sure you want this instead:


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

      Nah, Nettles is a great choice. I’m a huge Nettles fan and he is still to this day my favorite all time player. He always gets a big hand at Old Timer’s day, among the loudest from his era, so it’s not just me.

      Plus, Maris’ number NEVER should have been retired. That was done for a bunch of factors that have nothing to do with his qualifications as a player. He was A)Ticked off at the Yanks for releasing him B)Sick and didn’t have long to live C)George used the number retiring to bring him back and have a day for him.

      George was retiring numbers like crazy from the mid-80s to the early 90s, and it got a bit out of hand. The team wasn’t winning, so that was his way to generate interest and raise their credibility a bit. Poor substitute for a good team.

      • Sweet Dick Willie

        Plus, Maris’ number NEVER should have been retired.

        Agreed, but he did break baseball’s most hallowed record, so IMO, he was more deserving than Reggie. But neither one should have had their # retired.

        I don’t supposed there is any chance of un-retiring #44?

        • http://steves steve s

          Reggie brought swagger to the Yanks at a time no one ever thought the Yanks would win another WS and to this day he remains a tremendous positive influence on the current players. He also chose to go into the HOF as a Yankee. Maris basically gave the finger to NY fans and chose a Budweiser distributorship as his baseball legacy.

          • Sweet Dick Willie

            The Yanks went to the WS the year before Reggie came (and unfortunately ran into the buzz saw known as the Big Red Machine).

            What he brought to the Yankees was an oversized ego, which, when combined w/ Billy’s alcoholism, created several years of dysfunction.

            His lifetime 262/356/490 doesn’t seem HOF worthy. I mean, people bitch about Rice getting in (and IMO, rightly so) and he had a lifetime line of 298/352/502.

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

              500 home runs.

              • Sweet Dick Willie


            • steve (different one)

              can’t tell if this is sarcasm or not.

              are you serious about the Rice/Reggie comparison?

              10 best seasons OPS+:


              it’s not even close.

          • toad

            Maris basically gave the finger to NY fans

            They gave him the finger first, frankly. In 1961 the fans wanted Mantle, not Maris, to break the record, and they showed it.

      • claybeez

        Nettles! I was hoping he’d represent the magic #. My day has been made.

  • Michael Gwizdala

    Hi guys, love the blog. Would it have been too much to ask for someone to find a pic of one of the rare occasions that Joe DiMaggio wore # 9? ;) One could also make the case with Nettles that there be two # 9’s out in monument park, yes he was that good with the Yanks.

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

      Wow, I’ve created a monster, haven’t I?


  • http://kikojones5.blogspot.com Kiko Jones

    Props to Maris but yeah, Nettles. Yogi’s next.
    (Wait for the Bill Dickey-related complaints. Heh, heh.)
    And speaking of numbers, Bruney is going with 99 now and because of it David Cone poked fun at both Bruney and his fellow pitching brethren on the broadcast. Hope it continues to work for BB.

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

      Since his initials are ‘BB’, he should have went with 88.

      • AndrewYF

        Since his initials are “BB”, he should have changed his name to Kojax.

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

          You are a very silly man.

  • http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v21/riddering/Baseball/reachforthestaaaaars.jpg Riddering

    My favorite performance of the evening was Coney in the booth. He just gets better and better, with the Fangraphs and worthwhile commentary and stating that multiple homers > cycles.

    But the blowout was nice too.

    • Jersey

      I live in VA and only subscribe to the online audio – does Coney really refer to Fangraphs during the broadcast? That’s frickin awesome.

      • Stryker

        yessir. he was even talking about pitch/fx and hit/fx at one point. according to one of the beat writers he carries a copy of the baseball prospectus books every time hes around to announce a game.

        • whozat

          He talked about hitfx several times, actually.

          It’s cool that he’s so into this stuff.

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

      Love Coney. Didn’t like him at first, but he’s really found his voice as an announcer.

      • Sweet Dick Willie

        Definitely YES’s best analyst.

      • claybeez

        Coney’s been fantastic recently. I’ve very much enjoyed watching these games with just him and Singleton.

      • Zack

        He’s 10x better without Kay there egging him on about stupid shit.

  • mr yankee

    Great win tonight-to bad the Orioles are a bucnh of fing cowards when they play the Sox. Big start for Joba need him to assert himself today go five strong and win the series. I was thinking anyone think Bo Jackson could have made the hall of fame in baseball and football?

    • http://twitter.com/JamalG_BB Jamal G.

      Yeah, and everyone can argue that the Twins “are a bunch of fing cowards when they play the [Yanks].” Stop complaining – the Red Sox are a good team, and they are going to consistently beat shitty teams; relax.

    • Rick in Boston

      No, Bo wouldn’t know Cooperstown. Even if he never got hurt in football, I’m not sure his numbers would be that impressive – borderline at best. While he would have the home runs and the steals, the BBWAA would look at his low batting average, modern analysts would look at his low OBP. I’m not sure how much longer the wear and tear of the NFL would allow him to play both sports, regardless of his injury.

      He also wasn’t THAT great in the OF – he had 49 career OF assists, but somehow amassed 44 career OF errors. I’d be interested in what his UZR was – his speed did allow him to cover a lot of ground.

      Would I have liked him if the Yankees signed him in the ’82 draft. Sure, he would have looked great in center flanked by Elway and Buhner. But I doubt he’d make the Baseball Hall and Canton would be a possibility, but he would have had to play a couple of full seasons – his career high was 11 games and he never broke 1000 yards rushing or scored more than 5 TD’s.

      • Jersey

        The abbreviated playing time thing was why I always thought it was weird he was the best player in Tecmo Super Bowl.

    • Steve H

      He never would have made the baseball HOF, but if he stuck to football full time he likely would have been one of the all time greats. Despite coming into every season late due to baseball, he averaged 5.4 ypc in his career! In his 4 abbreviated years he averaged in yards per game, 79.1, 58, 86.4 and 69.8 despite not being a starter. For his career he only averaged 13.6 attempts per game, but 73.2 ypg, so he would have gotten over 1100 yards per season despite getting less than 15 rushes per game. He was a beast. Probably the best combination of power and speed as a RB that I have ever seen.

      • Sweet Dick Willie

        Probably the best combination of power and speed as a RB that I have ever seen.

        The best combination of speed and power I ever saw was Earl Campbell.

        Although I never saw him play, I heard that Jim Brown guy was pretty fast & powerful also.

        • Steve H

          I never got to see Campbell and Brown, though I did enjoy Brown’s work in The Running Man.