Jeter, A-Rod & CC lead Yanks to Game One win

NLDS Game One Thread: Cardinals @ Dodgers
Jeter's hard work led to defensive improvement

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It’s been nearly two full years since the Yankees last played a playoff game (two years tomorrow, actually), but the bad taste left in everyone’s mouth was washed out tonight. Many questioned what CC Sabathia and Alex Rodriguez would bring to the table after such brilliant regular seasons, and the pair answered those questions with authority.

Sabathia started the game off with two quick strikes to Denard Span, but the count eventually ran full and Span dumped a well-placed double into the left-centerfield gap. CC rebounded to strikeout the annoying Orlando Cabrera with a series of heaters and a two strike slider, then did the same to imminent MVP Joe Mauer. The molten hot Michael Cuddyer (.325-.398-.675 since mid-September) lofted a broken bat pop up to center that landed comfortably in Melky’s mitt. It took 22 pitches, but CC and the Yankees escaped the first inning unscathed.

Derek Jeter, as he did so often this year, led off the bottom of the first with a first pitch single through the 5.5 hole. Johnny Damon followed with a 2-2 pop up just beyond the infield, and Mark Teixeira ripped a tailor made inning ending GIDP ball, except Jeter was running on the play and made it to second safely. Twins starter Brian Duensing quickly got ahead of A-Rod 0-2 before the third baseman spoiled a few high fastballs. He fisted the next one into right, but the wind didn’t give enough of a push, and the inning was over.

The second inning came and went without much fanfare, but Nick Punto led off the third inning with a single back up the middle after taking what should have been called strike three. The speedy Span grounded right to A-Rod for a rally killing 5-4-3 DP,  setting up a nice and easy two outs, none on situation. Or at least what should have been nice and easy. Orlando Cabrera somehow singled after getting seven (seven!) pitches out of the zone, then moved to third on a Mauer double. Michael Cuddyer Jetered a nice outside pitch into the opposite field for a quick 1-0 lead, but the real damage was done when Jorge Posada allowed his second passed ball of the game, then made it worse by lolligagging it when he went to retrieve the ball. Mauer scored from third on the play, and Minnesota had a 2-0 lead. Sabathia rebounded to strikeout Kubel to end the frame, but the Twinkies were on the board and CC’s pitch count was already up to 64 pitches.

After beating out an infield single with one out, Melky moved over to third on a Joe Mauer passed ball. After taking a fastball out of the zone, Jeter did something we don’t see him do often: he pulled a ball for a homerun. The game was tied, the New Stadium was alive, and all was right in the universe. The score stayed that way until the fourth when Posada reached by dunking a single into no man’s land. He was out at second on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Robbie Cano, but exchanging an out for a faster runner would soon prove beneficial. Duensing drew a quick 0-2 count on 4th outfielder Nick Swisher, but Swish worked the count even, then drove Cano in from first with a double down the leftfield line. Expletives were yelled, high fives were had, but most importantly, the Yankees had the lead.

Perhaps just as important as the runs scored was the shutdown work by Sabathia in the next frame. After the Yanks tied the game in the third, CC went out and retired the next three Twins in order on just 12 pitches. When the Yanks went out and took the lead the next inning, Sabathia again tossed up a scoreless frame, this time with 11 pitches. Shutdown innings after scoring runs like those embody an ace pitcher, and Sabathia certainly qualifies as that.

A day without learning is a day wasted, and today we learned that A-Rod is able to pad his stats even in October. His RBI single in the 5th gave the Yanks a two run lead and little breathing room. After Ron Gardenhire replaced his lefty starter with a lefty reliever to face the lefty hitter with a reverse platoon split (got it?), Matsui dropped a bomb over Baghdad the centerfield fence, and the Yanks had a four run lead. It was all they’d need.

Even though he was somewhat rocky in the early going, Sabathia squashed the “he can’t pitch in October” meme by allowing two runs (one earned) in six and two-thirds innings. He struck out eight, including the uberhot trio of Joe Mauer, Jason Kubel, and Delmon Young a combined five times. 71 of 113 pitches were strikes, but he was getting squeezed a bit, particularly on that Punto pitch in the second. Sabathia retired 12 of the final 15 batters he faced, throwing 58 fastballs, 21 changeups, and 26 sliders while topping out at 95.3 mph. It certainly wasn’t his best night stuff-wise, but the Yanks ace battled and gave his team a quality start.

That four run lead became a five run lead late in the game, when Alex Rodriguez, he who can not hit in the playoffs, ripped a hard hit single off reliever Jon Rauch, scoring Derek Jeter, who was on base four times. A-Rod came to the plate with runners on base in three of his four plate appearances, and twice he drove home a run. It was exactly what we all wanted to see from A-Rod … from A-Rod and Sabathia really, two high priced imports with October demons, no matter how unfounded they may have been.

The relief corps of Phil Hughes, Phil Coke, Joba Chamberlain, and Mariano Rivera made the late innings a breeze, and the Yanks took Game One in relatively easy fashion. Game Two of the best-of-three series won’t be played until Friday, when AJ Burnett and his personal catcher Jose Molina take on Nick Blackburn and his AL worst 240 hits allowed and AL worst 4.29 K/9. Talk about polar opposites.

Minnesota AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Span, CF 5 0 2 0 0 1 3 .400
Cabrera, O, SS 5 1 2 0 0 2 5 .400
Mauer, C 4 1 2 0 0 1 2 .500
Cuddyer, 1B 4 0 1 1 0 1 2 .250
Kubel, RF 4 0 0 0 0 2 2 .000
Young, D, LF 4 0 0 0 0 2 1 .000
Harris, B, DH 4 0 1 0 0 2 0 .250
Tolbert, 3B 3 0 0 0 0 1 1 .000
Punto, 2B 3 0 2 0 1 0 0 .667
Totals 36 2 10 1 1 12 16
BATTING
2B: Span (1, Sabathia), Mauer (1, Sabathia).
TB: Span 3; Cabrera, O 2; Mauer 3; Cuddyer; Harris, B; Punto 2.
RBI: Cuddyer (1).
2-out RBI: Cuddyer.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Cuddyer; Kubel; Mauer; Cabrera, O 4.
GIDP: Span.
Team RISP: 1-for-9.
Team LOB: 9.

BASERUNNING
SB: Cabrera, O (1, 2nd base off Sabathia/Posada).

FIELDING
E: Cuddyer (1, fielding).
DP: (Tolbert-Punto-Cuddyer).

NY Yankees AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Jeter, SS 2 3 2 2 2 0 0 1.000
Damon, LF 4 0 1 0 0 0 2 .250
Teixeira, 1B 4 0 0 0 0 0 5 .000
Rodriguez, A, 3B 4 1 2 2 0 1 2 .500
Matsui, H, DH 3 1 1 2 1 0 0 .333
Posada, C 4 0 1 0 0 1 2 .250
Cano, 2B 4 1 0 0 0 1 1 .000
Swisher, RF 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 .250
Gardner, CF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Cabrera, Me, CF-RF 4 1 1 0 0 2 1 .250
Totals 33 7 9 7 3 5 13
BATTING
2B: Swisher (1, Duensing).
HR: Jeter (1, 3rd inning off Duensing, 1 on, 1 out), Matsui, H (1, 5th inning off Liriano, 1 on, 2 out).
TB: Jeter 5; Damon; Rodriguez, A 2; Matsui, H 4; Posada; Swisher 2; Cabrera, Me.
RBI: Jeter 2 (2), Swisher (1), Rodriguez, A 2 (2), Matsui, H 2 (2).
2-out RBI: Swisher; Rodriguez, A 2; Matsui, H 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Rodriguez, A; Cabrera, Me; Posada.
GIDP: Teixeira.
Team RISP: 3-for-8.
Team LOB: 5.

FIELDING
PB: Posada 2 (2).
DP: (Rodriguez, A-Cano-Teixeira).

Minnesota IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Duensing 4.2 7 5 5 1 3 1 9.64
Liriano 2.0 1 2 1 1 1 1 4.50
Rauch 0.1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0.00
Mahay 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.00
NY Yankees IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Sabathia 6.2 8 2 1 0 8 0 1.35
Hughes, P 0.2 1 0 0 0 2 0 0.00
Coke 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Chamberlain 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Rivera, Ma 1.0 1 0 0 1 2 0 0.00
WP: Duensing, Sabathia.
HBP: Tolbert (by Sabathia).
Pitches-strikes: Duensing 79-59, Liriano 35-19, Rauch 9-3, Mahay 14-9, Sabathia 113-71, Hughes, P 24-16, Coke 1-1, Chamberlain 2-1, Rivera, Ma 23-14.
Groundouts-flyouts: Duensing 6-5, Liriano 3-2, Rauch 1-0, Mahay 1-1, Sabathia 5-7, Hughes, P 0-0, Coke 0-1, Chamberlain 1-0, Rivera, Ma 1-0.
Batters faced: Duensing 22, Liriano 8, Rauch 3, Mahay 3, Sabathia 28, Hughes, P 3, Coke 1, Chamberlain 1, Rivera, Ma 5.
Inherited runners-scored: Liriano 1-1, Rauch 1-1, Hughes, P 2-0, Coke 1-0, Chamberlain 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Tim Tschida. 1B: Chuck Meriwether. 2B: Mark Wegner. 3B: Paul Emmel. LF: Jim Joyce. RF: Phil Cuzzi.
Weather: 62 degrees, cloudy.
Wind: 24 mph, Out to RF.
October 7, 2009
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NLDS Game One Thread: Cardinals @ Dodgers
Jeter's hard work led to defensive improvement
  • Dela G

    Great Fucking Win

    11 10 more to go

  • steve (different one)

    Joe Girardi and AJ Burnett will now be accepting apologies from the RAB faithful who lambasted their decision to use Molina on Friday.

    Great game, but Posada was brutal behind the plate. brutal.

    • Salty Buggah

      One fuckin game. Relax.

      • steve (different one)

        i am relaxed.

        but it’s not “one game”. Posada has been pretty bad all year behind the plate.

        not looking to start the argument again, just saying that these decisions are never as simple as everyone makes them out to be.

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

      Also, the two passed balls were cross ups. Posada called the pitch, Sabathia threw something else.

      • steve (different one)

        was the second one a cross up? first one seemed like it had to be.

        • Frigidevil

          It was, Posada had to move his glove over, and it barely nicked it before getting away. Granted, he still should have caught it

          • Russell NY

            Yea, that pitch was like inches from the target. Even though he threw a different pitch, that’s BS he couldn’t catch it.

            Can’t complain, 2 runs in 6.2 innings against a scrappy team.

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

        One of the two. Posada admitted that that one of them was totally his fault.

      • dan

        Come on guys, Posada had a really bad game, it’s okay to admit it. The Molina move is the right thing to do and the lack of offense we get out of the 9 hole in that one game will not be as detrimental as Jorgie’s bad night last night. How many total bases did he surrender through poor play anyway? 4? 5? It’s not like we’re going to miss too much offensively that won’t be made up with a better defensive catcher. You shouldn’t need numbers to figure that one out.

        And how are you so sure that Posada didn’t get crossed up on the signs? It’s just as feasible to assume that he put down curve but set-up for a fastball by mistake or whatever.

        • Rob in CT

          I still disagree with the move to start Molina, but certainly Jorge had a bad game last night. He did NOT help his case. It just looks bad, even though we can say it was “just one game” the fact is that he struggled last nights with things he’s struggled with intermittently his whole career. Bah.

      • Klemy

        It just seemed like they were catchable by placement. At the very least, he could’ve moved his ass with a little more gusto to get the one Mauer scored on.

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

      Yeah, I miss 2008.

      Those were good times.

      • Lanny

        We get it. posada isnt a Gold Glover or have the Molina genes. But that still doesnt replace his HOF bat. It’s not like Burnett hasnt thrown two 1 hitters with Posada catching him.

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

        Replacing Darrel Rasner/Sidney Ponson/Jason Giambi with CC Sabathia, AJ Burnett and Teixeira has much more to do with this years success than whether or not Jorge catches. You might recall that when Jorge was on the DL in May this year, the team rolled off its first big winning streak. He was irreplaceable last year, but that wasn’t a very good team.

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

          I wasn’t trying to make the point that Jorge is the biggest reason for a much different season this year.

          It’s just very annoying how quickly fans like to turn on Posada after one mishap. I know he had more than one last night, but the commentary started with the first and just went from there. On another board, fans were calling Girardi a genius for choosing to play Molina after Mauer scored on the passed ball.

          Noteworthy: Molina was out as well during Posada’s DL stint this year and it was Cervelli and Cash who helped the team while they were absent.

    • mustang

      “Posada was brutal behind the plate. brutal.”

      So agree nice statement game after you open your mouth and I love Posada.

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph Pawlikowski

        I totally agree. I actually backed Jorge yesterday — thought he had a right to be upset. But if you’re going to be visibly upset with a decision, you’d better bring it. Jorge did not.

        • Lefty

          Yea, and here lies my problem with Posada, is that he is arrogant and always has something to say, but then when it comes time to back up what you say, he is a no show. (More often than not though, not all the time)

          • Lefty

            That and the fact that he seems to me that he doesn’t really have too much of “baseball smarts” as he makes many bonehead mistakes be it running or defensively. But that’s a whole other topic…

          • Klemy

            I don’t really agree with that. he’s come up big for his team many, many times over the years. I don’t see where you get that idea?

        • CountryClub

          The passed ball that cost the yankees a run was CC’s fault. And it wasnt even a “mix up”. Posada went to the mound and verbally told him what to throw and then CC threw a different pitch.

    • Joe D.

      Posada “guided” Sabathia to 8 strikeouts and one earned run in 6 and 2/3 innings…Superb pitch-calling by Posada is obviously the reason CC pitched so well.

      /Molina Supporter Imitator’d

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    “An A-Bomb from uhh, uhh……Matsui-san”

  • Salty Buggah

    Jeter, A-rod and CC lead us…just the way I want it (though I want Tex in there too)

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    I’m so excited that I just ordered $500 worth of Derek Jeter Half Dollars.

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

      They’re still worth more than Sacagawea dollars.

    • pat

      For the low low price of $1000!!!!

  • Ivan

    Great win, but alot of work is still to be done. Lets hope the yankees continue the great work.

    1 down, 10 to go.
    “We Play today, we win today”

    Thats my motta for the entire playoffs.

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

    For being left out of the headline, HazMat cries a single tear.

  • Salty Buggah

    ESPN.com’s MLB page: “Like Riding a Bike” for the Yanks win. It’s a big change from what they said earlier.

    • Zack

      “we never doubted them”

  • Mike Jones

    Can Derek Jeter be any more predictable?

    • Klemy

      Oh, hey Chandler. Welcome to RAB.

  • Pasqua

    Wasn’t A-Rod’s second hit a single as well? He’s waaaay too unclutch to get an extra-base hit in the postseason.

    • Salty Buggah

      A single off the RF wall though

    • steve (different one)

      yeah, he hit it “too hard” for a double.

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

      Yeah my bad, I fixed the post.

      • CountryClub

        Mike,

        He also came up with a man on base in all 4 of his appearances.

  • Free Mike Vick

    Anyone not expecting a Walkoff Grand Slam in game 7 of the World Series this year for A-Rod??

    • JMK aka The Overshare

      It won’t get that far.

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona

      Anyone not expecting a Walkoff Grand Slam in game 7 4 to complete the sweep of the World Series this year for A-Rod??

      Fixed

      • pat

        No walkoffs in game 4 :(

        6 or 7 only.

        • Andy in Sunny Daytona

          Andy = Scheduling FAIL

          • pat

            Andy’s heart was in the place so pat forgives andy.

            • steve (different one)

              don’t you mean “in the RIGHT place”?

              /Lanny’d

              • pat

                Hahaha shit I didn’t even realize I fucked that up. You lanny’d the shit outta that one.

  • pat

    CC’s change was diiiiiiiirty tonite.

    • Lanny

      Dont you mean slider?

      • pat

        Nah, he got lots of swings and misses against righties with the changeup tonight. Slider was good too, but the change stood out for me. He actually threw the change for a better % of strikes than the slider.

  • The Evil Empire

    Why is the stadium in L.A. so alive and enthusiastic.

    Come on N.Y.

    • http://kierstenschmidt.com Kiersten

      They have towels. No thank you.

    • http://www.teamnerdrage.com leokitty

      Yankee Stadium was pretty awesome tonight.

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

      They left early, tho. Typical L.A.

  • Sleepy Carl

    Sadly that game will only briefly quiet the “CC and Arod choke in the playoff” critics as they will nitpick every single thing they do…

    Just imagine if CC had fastball command tonight.

    • Lanny

      You do realize only a title will silence that right?

      • Sleepy Carl

        Yeah. It’s like when Arod’s critics overlook his postseason when he hit .400+ or the fact his postseason OPS is in the.800’s. Nothing great, but far horrible as he is described.

        • CountryClub

          The bottom line is that the best RBI man in all of baseball had 1 rbi over his last 3 post seasons.

          Last night was huge for him. I think he’s going to do big things this year.

  • For Lack of a More Creative Name.. Alex

    When I opened this page, it had 27 comments.

    /Foreshadowing. (hopefully)

  • http://twitter.com/hopjake Jake H

    10 more.

    • Moshe Mandel

      Can’t believe you survived the game, I thought you would have a heart attack in the first.

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

        Oh I did. I was yelling and screaming but made it. Wife didn’t like all the cursing but once Jeter hit that HR everything was fine.

  • BigBlueAL

    Too bad Pavano aint pitching on Friday. Wouldve loved beating his brains in at Yankee Stadium and hearing the fans let him have it as he gets pulled from the game.

    • Lanny

      Wouldnt it be better to beat him in a clinching game?

      • steve (different one)

        it really is amazing how you can disagree with anything anyone says.

        • V

          Shouldn’t that be ‘It is really amazing how you can disagree with anything anyone says.’?

        • V

          Shouldn’t that be ‘It is really amazing how you can disagree with anything anyone says.’?

          • scooter

            Shouldn’t it be “Shouldn’t it be ‘It is really amazing how you can disagree with anything anyone says?’ ?” ?

  • Nady Nation

    Just got back from the game. Tonight was the first time I really missed the old Stadium. The place tonight just didn’t seem as loud or intense as it did in playoff games at YS2. I don’t know if it was the weird start time or just the first playoff game there or what, but the crowd was kind of ho-hum for a playoff game, IMO. Anyone that went to the game feel the same way?

    • Moshe Mandel

      I wasn’t there but I’m not sure why that would be. I was at the Damon/Tex game against Boston, and it was as loud as the old place ever was.

      • Nady Nation

        Yea, I don’t really know what it was. Maybe it was my section, maybe it was just my perception since there were a bunch of empty seats throughout. Just curious what others thought.

        • UWS

          I was there and I definitely got the same vibe as you. I mean, there were some loud moments, but overall the atmosphere wasn’t quite as…alive as I’d expected. My friend and I even remarked on it during the game.

          • Mike Pop

            Agreed. I was just standing in section 128-129, there were the loud moments – like Jeter’s home run and A-Rod’s hits.

            But overall, wasn’t too loud. Still was an awesome freakin’ game though!

    • Esteban

      I was at the game, in the upper deck. It was my first playoff game so I can’t say how it was compared to YS2, but I thought it was very loud for the big moments in the game. Nevertheless, there were some open seats around me.

      • acb

        i dont think it will ever be as loud but alot of it might have to do with the fact that were playing the twins? also it was a weekday and a wierd start time.

    • BigBlueAL

      It could just be that its playing the Twins in a series that quite frankly shouldnt go more than 3 games.

      The ALCS and hopefully the WS Im sure will feel alot different.

    • mustang

      “Anyone that went to the game feel the same way?”

      Not me. The compete opposite I thought the crowd was great and for the first time all year it seem just like the old park. The place was jumping.

    • http://www.newyorkjets.com/image_assets/8997/052109_coach_rex_ryan_presser_320.jpg The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

      Eh, I thought it was pretty loud. It didn’t feel all that intense to me, but that could just be because it was Game 1 and, for the most part, the Yanks cruised. I’m not sure… I’m one of the people who misses the old stadium, but I thought it was pretty loud tonight. It’s just a different place… It’ll never have that look and feel of the old building. I think a lot of us identify certain feelings (playoff excitement and intensity, etc.) with our experiences in the old building, and it’s just a different feeling in the new building. I bet as the years go by and we have more memories in the new building we’ll start to identify those feelings with being in the new building and our perceptions will change.

      Also… As far as intensity goes… That Twins lineup just isn’t very intimidating, and I think that factors into this. It’s not like the Yanks are dealing with Ortiz and Manny every couple of innings. It’s a little tougher to get that hyper-intense feeling when you’re dealing with the Jason Kubels and Nick Puntos of the world.

      /hoping that made some sense

      • Raf

        i thought it was fairly loud at the moments when the crowd picked up. the start time could have something to do with it plus facing the Twins in a game everyone expected them to win as well. the new stadium design also could be partly responsible for that, the open concourses dont seeem like they would echo the crowd noise as much as across the street.

        /does not work with acoustics. just stayed at a Holiday Inn.

    • The Lodge

      I think a lot of it has to do with the energy of the section you are in. I was there and it seemed very energized to me – especially after Jeter’s dinger.

  • mustang

    At the game tonight and this game was lifeless until Jeter woke everyone the fuck up. Jeter had the Yankee Stadium yelling MVP.

    Whatever he gets in his new contract he worth every penny.
    Great game.

  • bonestock94

    How did Jobber look?

    • ROBTEN

      …like Posada pissed on his cap

      In reality, there’s not a lot to say. He threw two pitches to one batter: a slider off the plate and a 4-seam fastball down that got a ground ball…

      but, then again, it was “teh eight!!!” and he looked gritty–or at least his cap does–so that ground out to end the inning was probably the most important out of the entire season.

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph Pawlikowski

        Yeah man, that’s a downright Wetteland-esque cap.

        • thurdonpaul

          ietc, i have been thinking the same thing, wetteland-esque lol

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

    Pictures from tonight’s game for anyone interested are here

    • JMK aka The Overshare

      Nice. Looks like you had pretty good seats, too.

    • http://and-that-happened.blogspot.com Evan

      Cool pics. Thank you for sharing.

    • Tank the Frank

      Great pics. It looks like the atmosphere was a bit different at the game as opposed to watching it on TV. The Stadium looks amazing in those pics.

  • usty

    Guy in front of me vociferously booed A-Rod. I ask him, are you kidding me, it’s been 2 AB’s. He says, “That son of a bitch never earns his money in October…” I think I hate Yankee fans more than other teams fans do. That said, great win, awesome game. Loved every second of it.

    • pat

      I’m with u on that front. Love the Yankees HATE the fans.

    • Tom Zig

      I was at the game, I didn’t hear too many boos for a-rod. I was happily surprised.

      But people were chanting “Boston Sucks” on the way out, which confused me.

      • DSFC

        Ugh…..that is pathetic. The thing I always found most laughable about teh Nation was their silly obsession with the Yankees even when the two teams weren’t playing. Hate to see this replicated in Yankee Stadium,

        • Tom Zig

          Well in fairness it was only a group of pretty drunk people. And the rest of the crowd didn’t join in. So I guess there are a few positives to take away from that.

        • Russell NY

          I’m guilty. After ARod hit an RBI single, I screamed out BOSTON SUCKS at this bar.

          It felt good, esp cause I saw some kid in a Boston hat a few seats down.

          • SportsPat8

            Russell, nice work. I can’t blame you, only because someone in a Boston hat was in the bar as well.

            For me, I am actually rooting to play the Red Sox in the ALCS. As a true Yankees fan, I root for what is the easiest path to a World Series Championship. Which is why I rooted for the one-game playoff and an extra innings game (and got it!), and for the Red Sox to beat the Angels, since we don’t ever play well out West against the Angels.

            Also, don’t ya’ll remember the days when the Red Sox just didn’t matter and we really didn’t HATE them? I only HATE them now because of their fans and that the organization thinks they are so tough, and their players are classless. But not enough to root against them for a more difficult route to #27.

    • Mike Pop

      Ugh, guys all around me were like I hate A-Rod, come on A-knob!

      Grow the fuck up people, jeez. Bunch of a-holes if ya ask me.

      Sickening.

  • JGS

    anyone else think that Matsui’s home run was more than a little bit wind-aided? it looked like Span had a beat on it at first

    my playoff-games-attended record is now 14-4. good times

    • Ksturnz

      i thought the wind knocked it down a little bit.. at first, it looked like span was giving it a courtesy jog

      isn’t rule of thumb that fade/draw takes distance out of the ball, and don’t give me a boondock saints ref

  • http://kierstenschmidt.com Kiersten

    No Pavano at the Stadium? This makes me sad :(

    • pat

      Eh, beating him like a rented mule in front of his “home” fans ending their cute little Cinderella story while shutting down that parking lot they call a field is OK in my book.

      • KayGee

        Pavano vs NYY in 2009:

        13.1 IP, 11 H, 4 ER, 1 BB , 8K
        2.70 ERA, 0.90 WHIP, .224 BAA

        As much as I hate the guy, he has pitched very well against the Yanks this year….there is no sure “beating” if he pitches…although I sure would like them to get 1 more shot at him at home

  • dkidd

    i had just gotten back from seeing “dreamgirls” and was cranking shakira’s “hips don’t lie” to distract me from events in darfur when i turned on the game and saw liriano pitching and was scared until i realized it wasn’t 2006 and he sucks now

    total domination. forget about it.

    • Esteban

      I lol’ed

  • barbados

    favorite moment of the night was the Pfranchise with the 95 mph shit at Cabrera’s knees and the swing and miss…Just sayin..

    • Ksturnz

      i personally wanted to see a back-up CB/CFB for the >| , but that’s me

  • adeel

    is any1 here from new orleans? i am visitng here till sunday and we can chat about friday’s game. just reply to this message.

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

    Mike, I L-O-V-E the boxscore. I find myself going to ESPN constantly just to post comments, and having it right on the same page is terrific. Not sure if this is just a playoff thing, but if you guys could format that into your recaps I would absolutely love it.

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

      BTW-Congrats to Joe and the rest of you guys on the YES gig. I had actually read it already after seeing it linked on Sportspyder.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph Pawlikowski

      Yeah, this is just a makeshift version of the box score. We’ll have slightly prettier versions at some point.

  • Lefty

    I’ve been telling everyone around me that CC and A-Rod are going to come up huge and if/when we win #27 it will be because those two horses carried us to the promised land. It’s funny how everyone thought I was crazy… Esp. my Sox fan father (longgg story)

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

    I don’t have YES but according to a comment from LoHud:

    on the YES postgame they did a preview of the pitcher for Friday’s game. I have to tell you that Singleton, Cone, (and I believe Flats was there) referred to Aj having better numbers with Molina and then they showed a cut of AJ pitching and the beginning of the cut had balls going all over the place and the end of the cuts had him throwing gas and striking out batters. I thought to myself that all the Ks were to Molina, and Singleton verified at the end that all of the balls not being caught were “not caught” by Posada.

    That montage has ‘political campaign’ written all over it. I’ve got to tip my cap to that kind of devious pandering.

  • beantownbosoxh8er

    So I am no math wiz, with this win and only one earned given up what does this make CC’s post season ERA down to?
    It was a small sample size to begin with and it was high, 7.92ish if i remember and dont look it up…anyone have the new number?

    • JGS

      6.54

      not there yet, but mayhaps by the end of the month

      • Zack

        how many times will we hear, ‘yeah but CC still has a 6.54 era in the playoffs!’ the next week?

  • EB

    Everyone chill. Molina will probably only get 2 abs, maybe 3 and Jorgie will PH in a big spot if that spot arises…. relax

    • Zack

      thats false logic.

      what if the big spot is in the 3rd or 5th? there’s no guarantee there’ll be an opportunity in the later innings

    • EB

      Yes true however, Girardi has made his call believing (rightly or wrongly) that the benefit of Molina catching AJ will positively effect say 25abs rather than 2 or 3. Now im not saying that this logic is perfect or even sound, but we have to take his decision for what it is.
      Going with the narrative that SP wins in the playoffs and his SP performs better with Molina, despite the huge difference in respective offensive prowess is reasonable.
      Hopefully im not getting all Joe Morgan but we have to respect Girardis feel for the game here. This decision was carefully considered.

  • Doctor J

    Now I know why I like this site so much….what other sports blog correctly incorporates “meme” into the post??? very nice

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

      You’re welcome.

  • steve s

    This series against the Twins is as big a mismatch as they come. There are at least 1/2 dozen AL teams who didn’t make playoffs that would be scarier to play than the Twins: Sea; Tex; Det; TB; Tor; White Sox.

  • crapulent aka I said good day sir

    Couple of observations. Worked late last night and could only catch a few innings at the deli downstairs. From what I did see of game and post-game:

    1. Crowd seemed very nervous in the beginning. I think the Yankees did too. Like the whole thing was going to turn to pumpkins and mice.
    2. Teix needs to calm the hell down and not swing at bad first pitches.
    3. Arod gave mad props to Jeter after the game. Kept calling him “our captain.” The bromance could finally be back.
    4. Swish..YES!
    5. How sucky do announces have to be to make me miss Michael Kay?

    • hal

      we would have been better off with Red Sox gabber Don Orsillo , who is doing the Angels/Sox series , Chip Caray is terrible.

      Can’t wait for Cards/Yanks WS with Buck and McCarver.

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

        They’re letting Orsillo call his own team’s games? That seems odd for the post season. In ’07 and ’08 I didn’t really mind Orsillo/Remy but this year, they were just unbearable.

        • Zack

          And Eckersly is doing the pregame on TBS too. Whatever could you imagine if Kay was doing Yankee games?
          It’s just like the complaining about the Yankees being able to pick the schedule, they’ve had it for what 2-3 years and just now it becomes a problem.

    • SportsPat8

      #5 – Agreed. Caray is a mess. “I truly believe they gave Girardi #27 for a reason, so he can lead them to their 27th World Championship.”

      No, you freaking mess, Girardi requested that number for that very reason.

      • Zack

        that’s pretty horrible, but thats why i hate out-of-market announcers and national broadcasts, they really have zero knowledge of the team and their only talking points are what they read in the headlines or what their eyes tell them.

  • Bo

    I dont think you will hear anyone complain anymore about Hughes being the set up man for the next 20 or so days. Or Joba for that matter.

    • Mike Pop

      Word.

      For the postseason, dominant bullpens are awesome to have.

  • Mario Speedwagon

    Sure we had our Ace up against their 4th starter…but so what? This team is ridiculous. No holes what-so-ever. Posada certainly didn’t make any arguments for himself in regards to Girardi’s Game 2 decision that’s for sure though…

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

      I’d still rather have Jorge behind the plate.

  • Opus

    Listening to Susan Waldman (and Mike Francesa on his show before the game) talking about Joba’s quote (“I don’t have to think when I’m relieving”) and the suck-fest that was heard during his appearance as a reliever in this game (“I know it wasn’t against great hitters, but he looked like the old Joba! And I know he wasn’t throwing 99, but 95 is pretty good John!!!!!”) was vomit inducing.

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

      I’m raising the terriost threat level advisory to Red for the entire playoffs.

      • crapulent aka I said good day sir

        Skies are full of B-jobbers! Fleeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!

        • Raf

          The crowd blew up when he came in. horrible. some girl down my row just kept yelling “Joba’s pitching! Joba’s pitching!”

  • YankeeScribe

    Great game. Props to CC and Jeter.

    Passed-Ball Posada struck again last night but luckily, the offense was overpowering against Twins pitching.

  • SportsPat8

    Alex Rodriguez improved his career playoff batting average to .285 after last night’s 2-for-4 performance.

    It’s time to blast the critics, who don’t know shit!

    • http://www.twitter.com/MatthewHarris84 Matt H. :: Sec105

      The critics that say he, as a whole, doesn’t hit in the playoffs, yes.

      But the ones saying he finally got the monkey off his back with men in scoring position (0-29 since ’04), no, they were on target.

      • SportsPat8

        Agreed. The RISP O-for is not what I was referring to, but rather him being dubbed a “choke-artist” in the playoffs for his life. Its just not true. Look at his numbers outside of 2005-2006 you losers.

  • http://www.twitter.com/MatthewHarris84 Matt H. :: Sec105

    To anyone else that was at the game last night (and previous playoff games in the old stadium)…

    How did the noise level/energy/environment compare?

  • crapulent aka I said good day sir

    Does anyone remember or have read about Larry Holmes? Not a name you hear every day but the man was heavyweight champion for like 7 years or something (I think undisputed too).

    He agreed to fight Muhammed Ali and everyone said, “If he wins, he beat up on an old guy. If he loses, he lost to the ghost of Ali.”

    With all the press about the Yankees right now (not in NY but elsewhere, it feels like the same thing.) They’re never going to get the credit they deserve. Ever.

  • Tampa Yankee

    Did anyone else hear the bullshit email and subsequent discussion on ESPN’s Mike & Mike this morning about “the Yankees and MLB should be embarrassed that they made the Twins play yesterday”?

    So, because the Yankees took care of business and have the best record in baseball allowing them to decide which series they want, they should have been “nicer” to the Twins and give them a day of rest before the first playoff game because they had to go to a 163rd game to decide the division?

    Should non-sense!

    • crapulent aka I said good day sir

      Wait. Baseball is about niceness?

      5 game series are not nice. I say we ban ‘em. And that f’ing wildcard thing.

    • SportsPat8

      Wow. Greenie and Golic shared this opinion as well? This is unbelievable. You know what then – they shouldn’t have popped any champagne and partied for two hours after the game and done a victory lap like they just won the World Series.

      SHUT UP MLB AND ESPN

  • Mike Pop

    Game was awesome!

    When CC got out of the jam in the 1st, was Uuugge!

    When A-Rod made it 4-2. You knew that game was ours.

    • SportsPat8

      Mike, that base hit by A-Rod to make it 4-2 was not clutch because it was not in the 8th or 9th inning. What a joke of an argument that was between the Big Papi-A-Rod MVP race in 2005.

      A hit in the 8th or 9th is only a very small amount more valuable than in the 1st or 2nd inning, only because of the time/outs remaining in the game to score more runs. Critics always act like a “clutch hit” can only happen in late innings and are SO much more valuable than early inning hits.

  • mustang

    Some great stuff in the papers today:

    “Every year, there seems, a growing number of numerologists and nattering nabobs join the army that believes — that swears — that Jeter isn’t nearly the equal of his reputation. That he is a product of the New York hype machine, that the notion that he elevates his game is nonsense, is fiction, is product of a parochial press.
    And then . . . well, almost invariably, Jeter does what he does best.”

    Look familiar.

  • mustang

    “Once the lights hit the postseason, it’s Jeter Time,” Nick Swisher said.

    TRUE ENOUGH !!!!