NLCS Game Five: Dodgers @ Phillies

More Heyman, more Holliday
Curtis homers out in the desert

2009 NLCSMuch like their SoCal counterparts, the Dodgers are down 3-1 in the League Championship Series and have their backs to the wall. I know some fans enjoy seeing Joe Torre and his club thisclose to elimination for whatever reason, but if the Yanks do move on to the World Series, it would be in their best interests for the Dodgers to mount a comeback and push the Phightin’s to seven tough games.

Philly will send last year’s ace and new father Cole Hamels to the mound for the second time in the series tonight. He allowed nine baserunners – including a pair of homers – and four runs in five and a third innings pitch, although his team walked away with a win. The Dodgers will counter with former Phillie Vicente Padilla, who was excellent in Game Two.

Here’s the lineups:

Los Angeles
Rafael Furcal, SS
Ronnie Belliard, 2B
Andre Ethier, RF
Manny Ramirez, LF
Matt Kemp, CF
James Loney, 1B
Russ Martin, C
Casey Blake, 3B
Vicente Padilla, SP (12-6, 4.46)

Philadelphia
Jimmy Rollins, SS
Shane Victorino, CF
Chase Utley, 2B
Ryan Howard, 1B
Jayson Werth, RF
Raul Ibanez, LF
Pedro Feliz, 3B
Carlos Ruiz, C
Cole Hamels (10-11, 4.32)

Chip Caray will fist the call on TBS; first pitch is scheduled for 8:07pm ET.

If non-Yankee baseball isn’t your thing, you could always check out the Islanders taking on the Hurricanes at home. But it’s the Isles, no one cares about them. Feel free to talk about whatever you want, just be sure to follow the guidelines and be nice to each other.

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More Heyman, more Holliday
Curtis homers out in the desert
  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    I’m bored. This game better be a good one.

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

      I’m tired. This game better be long and boring, so I can catch up on some sleep.

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

        I’m high. This game better be full of bright colors and cool visual special effects.

        /Pawlikowski’d

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

          I’m horny, This game better have some beer commercials with hot chicks in it.

          /Pat’d

          • slappy white

            Im Steve Phillips .There better be a fat ugly chick here

            • Accent Shallow

              He’s taking the Moneyball approach — attractive mistresses are more expensive, so it’s more efficient to take one like Miss Hundley.

              • ansky

                …that chick looked more like Todd Hundley.

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

                Like I said when Steve McNair got killed:

                Rule #1 of the mistress is NEVER, EVER PICK THE UGLY GIRL. Pretty mistresses are always the smart move, because when you break up with her to go back to/stay with your wife, she won’t go all stalkerish and refuse to let you go and do something dumb/career-ruining/homicidal.

                Pretty girls can deal with rejection because they know they’ll find someone else.

                • SmittDogg

                  So true. This was her one shot at a happy life born with a face/body like that. The silver fox setting her adrift ruined that one glimmer of hope of being able to marry/glom off of a man:

                  a) who owns a home
                  b) under 300 lbs
                  c) has no convictions (that we know of)
                  d) is respected at work (and virtually nowhere outside of work)

                • Salty Buggah

                  Hmmm, I think you also added that you’ve said too much.

                  (Why do I remember that but forget everything for tests and stuff to do?)

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

                  Hmmm, I think you also added that you’ve said too much. (Why do I remember that but forget everything for tests and stuff to do?)

                  Because I’m always on your mind.

                  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v3DXyfL3HX0

                • Salty Buggah

                  Nah, I remember the weirdest shit.

              • http://imgur.com/NMNVd.jpg Joba Powers (all I needs is a jheri curl mullet)

                He’s taking the Moneyball approach

                Actually, she looks like she doesn’t walk a lot.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bm61weFrK4c JobaWockeeZ

    Maybe Chip Caray in a non Yankee game will be better than those Fox idiots.

    • JMK aka The Overshare

      That’s like choosing between Pol Pot and Idi Amin.

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

        Pick Idi Amin. His wives are sexier.

        http://concreteloop.com/wp-con.....9/fwm4.jpg

        • Accent Shallow

          Apparently it took Forrest Whitaker months after filming to shake the accent.

          Movie wasn’t great, but he was fucking terrifying in that role.

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

        Oh come on. Idi Amin was a much better brutal dictator than Pol Pot. Idi was always good for a laugh, like when he declared himself ‘Conqueror of the British Empire’ after Great Britain broke off diplomatic relations with Uganda. That’s some first rate comedy right there.

        Pol Pot was a paranoid Communist, which is about as much fun as reading the Federal Tax code.

        • JMK aka The Overshare

          I think I love you (not no-homo, but low-homo levels are present).

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

            Hmmmm. I see why you got the “Overshare” tag attached to you.

            (BTW-If that’s your thing, talk to Pat. You didn’t hear this from me)

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

              Bring wood-grain alcohol and barbiturates.

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

                Oh, and make sure you settle on a safe word ahead of time.

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

                  Well, someone has to watch the highway bathroom stall. A cop could walk in at any minute.

                • JMK aka The Overshare

                  Safe word(s) is “Halos Heaven.”

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

    Chip Caray will fist the call on TBS

    (golf clap)

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

      Yeah, when McCarver started talking about choking last night I damn near lost it.

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

        Did you notice how he kept leaning over toward Joe Buck in those studio shots, the approving looks he gave him and how he had his arm on the back of Joe’s chair?

        He obviously has a very deep affection for the man. We can only imagine the origin of such admiration.

  • Johnnyboy

    Hey, Mike. I wasn’t able to ask this in the chat so I’ll ask it now. King Felix for Mauer. Who hangs up first?

    Anyone can feel free to drop their opinion too.

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

      The biggest issue here, even if the Twins would part with Mauer (and they won’t), is that while the Mariners can afford Mauer, the Twins can’t afford Felix.

    • JMK aka The Overshare

      Hmm…that’s a good one. I’d be inclined to think the Twins hold on to Mauer and the Mariners let go of Felix, so I’d say the Twins, even though King Felix provides more value than Mauer.

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

      Mariners hang up. Mauer only has one more year left on his deal.

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

      That’s interesting. I think the Twins would hang up soon. Felix seems pretty determined to hit free agency in two years, Mauer’s a hometown boy they actually have a chance of retaining.

  • Ivan

    Phillies are one win away from 2nd place.

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

      One win away from third place.

      There will be no second place behind us, we’re that awesome. It goes right from first place (us) to third place (everyone else).

      • Johnnyboy

        ietc

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

      I think the Phillies will be a very tough series, much tougher than the Twins or Angels.

      • Camilo Gerardo – your inception? fuck perception, go with what makes sense

        karma…

      • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bm61weFrK4c JobaWockeeZ

        I really don’t see them being better than the Angels. I think they’re about equal.

    • thurdonpaul

      ietc

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

    “If non-Yankee baseball isn’t your thing, you could always check out the Islanders taking on the Hurricanes at home. But it’s the Isles hockey, no one cares about them that.”

    Fixed.

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

      Hey now, I care a mighty bit bout my Devils!

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

        Are you talking about Duke Blue Devils basketball, or Arizona State Sun Devils baseball, or Missisippi Valley State Delta Devils football?

        • Camilo Gerardo – your inception? fuck perception, go with what makes sense

          Sens are coming back this year!!!

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

            They have to, they only get a month of August recess and they still have to sort out the healthcare reform bills in committee.

    • Salty Buggah

      +1

      And this is coming from a guy who goes a university that basically only plays AND loves hockey.

      • Andy in Sunny Daytona

        Didn’t U of Denver have a big win in basketball once?

        • Salty Buggah

          Yea, but it’s still a huge Hockey song.

          • Salty Buggah

            WTF? How’d that happen? Damn iPhone.

            I meant school.

    • http://dinosaursneverexisted.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/melky.jpg Drew

      The only hockey I watch is NHL 10. That shit is legit.

      • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bm61weFrK4c JobaWockeeZ

        +100000
        Same with me.

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

        I saw hockey lowlights highlights on ESPN the other day, and I was all, “They made that mildly enjoyable NES videogame “Blades of Steel” into a real, live-action game played by real men? How do you like that shit? This is just like when they turned “NBA Jam” into SlamBall.”

        http://upload.wikimedia.org/wi.....n_2008.jpg

        • Andy in Sunny Daytona

          Obviously a sport invented by a pissed off white guy who wanted to jump high.

    • thurdonpaul

      i agree, whats hockey ?

  • Salty Buggah

    Our bench in the WS in NL games is going to be amazing. Matsui, Hinske, Jerry, Cervelli, and Gardy = awesome.

    • Salty Buggah

      I forgot Molina.

      So in any game in which AJ pitches in the NL park, we’d have 2 pitchers in the lineup? Ugh. Matsui and Posada on the bench doesn’t sound good.

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

        Here’s the plan:

        Burnett starts Game 2 in YS3, and Molina doesn’t bat thanks to the DH. CC starts Game 4 and clinches. No need for Burnett + Molina in Game 5.

        Done, and done.

        • Evil Empire

          Watching CC crush a pitch and send it into the seats is going to be so much fun.

      • http://dinosaursneverexisted.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/melky.jpg Drew

        CC>>>>>JoMo

      • vin

        Yikes. The rotation has to be set up with AJ pitching games 2 and 6 at NYS.

        Would Hinske be really necessary, since Matsui would be the first bat off the bench? Both lefties, zero speed. Seems a little redundant.

        Not to get too far ahead of ourselves or anything (we’re just begging to piss of the baseball gods).

        • Salty Buggah

          Thought the same thing. Then I remember that PH’s get replaced by a reliever and you might need a bat later again.

    • Camilo Gerardo – your inception? fuck perception, go with what makes sense

      aceves, gaudin, MR or Guzman for Hinske?

      • Camilo Gerardo – your inception? fuck perception, go with what makes sense

        iiiDIGAME!!!!

    • http://dinosaursneverexisted.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/melky.jpg Drew

      But who will be the 4th starter! We’re doomed!

      /weakness’d

      • vin

        Girardi will outsmart everybody and start Brian Bruney!

        • http://dinosaursneverexisted.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/melky.jpg Drew

          /Lucky’d

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

    We all assume that the Yanks are on a collision course with the Phillies, but this isn’t necessarily true.

    The Yankees could still play the Dodgers.

    Theoretically.

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

      Yes, but the Phillies manager is still alive. That’s a big plus.

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

    I bet MLB would love to see a Dodgers-Yankees WS. Not only are we talking about the two main markets, but there’s also the drama filled scenario of Joe Torre-—bringing along Donnie Baseball, for good measure—-facing his old team, now managed by his protégée and namesake Joe Girardi; and Manny returning to face his Bronx archrivals, which he has frequently punished in the past. Man…

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona

      Donnie Baseball is coincidenced into never participating in a World Series.

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

        Thank you for using the word “coincidenced” and not some other, dumber word for things that don’t exist. I appreciate the effort.

  • http://dinosaursneverexisted.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/melky.jpg Drew

    Steve Phillips, really?

    Now, I don’t condone cheating on a significant other, but at least do it with some class. This chick looks like a right-outside linebacker.

    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_PlJT.....esteve.jpg

    • vin

      Saw a comment somewhere that called her a “slump buster.” That made me chuckle.

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona

      There must be some slim fucking pickins in Bristol, CT.

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

      They had a Quarterback-Center kind of relationship.

    • Accent Shallow

      This isn’t going to help Philips’ reputation as a poor evaluator of talent.

      Snark aside, you’d think there’d be scores of moderate-to-extremely attractive women lining up to screw Steve Phillips, solely because he’s on TV

      Sheesh.

      • http://dinosaursneverexisted.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/melky.jpg Drew

        This isn’t going to help Philips’ reputation as a poor evaluator of talent.

        haha ietc

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

        Snark aside, you’d think there’d be scores of moderate-to-extremely attractive women lining up to screw Steve Phillips, solely because he’s on TV

        “So, I’m banging this hot chick, right… What, why are you laughing? I get pussy, I’m on basic cable.”

        -Patton Oswalt

    • vin

      Today in the chat, I asked Mike:

      “Who is worse: Steve Phillips the analyst, or Steve Phillips the husband.”

      Still waiting for an answer.

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

        Steve Phillips the husband >>> Steve Phillips the GM >>> Steve Phillips the analyst >>> Steve Phillips the lothario

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

      Don’t condone cheating either but I always tell my married friends who like to stray, “If she’s not hotter than your wife, why bother?

      I’m a broke nobody and the ugliest chick I’ve been with is Heidi Klum compared to Phillips’ paramour. So, how is it that so many dudes w/money, looks and fame choose to cheat w/such unattractive women? Ugh.

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

        I’m a broke nobody and the ugliest chick I’ve been with is Heidi Klum compared to Phillips’ paramour. So, how is it that so many dudes w/money, looks and fame choose to cheat w/such unattractive women?

        http://media.ebaumsworld.com/p.....pidity.png

      • JMK aka The Overshare

        Bill Clinton frowns on your shenanigans.

    • Omg!Zombies!

      I didnt know there was a 4th Molina brother

    • JMK aka The Overshare

      It goes without saying, but I’d hit that. I doubt I’d even need to bring my van and the “Free Candy!” bumper stickers.

      • JMK aka The Overshare

        Also, as someone who had an ex become a lesbian (I’ve long decided to not speculate how/we that happened; I simply have too many flaws), I can tell you that Phillips should be commended for convincing a lesbian to get with him.

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

    So I picked up the Best American Sportswriting 2009 because Todd Drew’s got a piece in it, but then I ended up reading a Michael Lewis piece about Cuban baseball, and the entire thing is kind of crazy.

    It also makes me want to move to Canada, gain Canadian citizenship, and then work in in Cuba as a covert scout.

    Just sayin.

  • Andrew

    i hate writing cover letters. so much.

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

      You and me both, kid.

    • Tank the Frank

      Cover letters are great. Just think of it as an opportunity to tell someone how badass you are.

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

        But… I have not yet been to college.

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

    http://www.nypost.com/rw/nypos.....15;380.jpg

    I think Steve Phillips and Bill Clinton should go out clubbing together.

    • Salty Buggah

      Heh, she’s wearing a Denver Cutler jersey.

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

        Hot.

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

          She’s only a small step above Nick Mangold’s sister.

          http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10.....ngold.html

          • Evil Empire

            Wow… Nick Mangold is The Man and apparently, so is his sister, heh.

          • Andy in Sunny Daytona

            Depends if you like blondes or not.

          • http://dinosaursneverexisted.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/melky.jpg Drew

            I laughed… and laughed.

          • JMK aka The Overshare

            She has sharp knees. WOULD NOT HIT!

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona

      Are you sure that’s not HER jersey? She was one of the last cuts in August.

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

        *golf clap*

      • Salty Buggah

        Could be. Cutler did get traded way before that. And the Broncos needed a lot of LBs, D-linemen, and Casey Weigmann wanted a better contract or he said he would retire.

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

    I really need to stop going to bed at 5 am. It’s doing me no favors at all.

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

      Tell me about it. Had a headache all day.

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

        Sorry to hear. I hope it gets better soon.

        What happened with me was that I had an appointment at the Career Center at my alma mater to check over my resume. I made corrections to it, left it in the counselor’s box and made an appointment for next week to discuss it. Turns out I was supposed to come in today. Now I’m just kicking myself. I am already hurting myself with this fouled up sleep schedule to the point that I don’t leave myself enough time to go out to search for work and do other chores. It also didn’t help that I was a pansy and forewent career advice until recently.

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

      I want to say something here, but I probably shouldn’t. Yeah, I definitely shouldn’t.

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

        “Quit your job as a male gigolo?”

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

          Close, but not really.

    • Accent Shallow

      I worked the night shift for ~6 months. It gets to the point where all you can think of is sleep.

  • Ivan

    Well as the baseball year winds down, the NBA season will begin, and my lovable Knicks will begin their quest for a playoff spot and you know what, they will make the playoffs. By the way Danilo Gallinari is gonna shut down some doubters this coming season (Yes im talking to you Tommie) if he’s healthy.

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

      He damn well better.

      Seriously, though, he did play nice in the small spurts between back injuries last year.

      • Sleepy Carl

        76 pitches through 4. Not good to have to go to that pen early.

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

    Wow, have I missed Bon Jovi.

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

    http://farm4.static.flickr.com.....1e2725.jpg

    Now THAT’S a well trained dog.

    • JMK aka The Overshare

      Looks taxidermied.

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

      They have mistakes like that all the time.

    • Accent Shallow

      Link don’t work.

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

        But it did!

        • Andy in Sunny Daytona

          Doesn’t work for me either.

    • ColoYank

      For me either.

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

    What Craig didn’t mention:

    It’s Jeter’s cologne that Manny was using.

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

      and he was driving a Ford Edge.

  • Ivan

    I wonder what time Manny is gonna leave this game tonight?

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

    Andre sends one into the ethier.

    • JGS

      /Sterling’d

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    There is NO FUCKIN WAY I would ever throw back a home run ball.

    • JGS

      agreed–how often are you ever going to catch a game ball?

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

      Kevin Youkilis hits a walk off at Yankee Stadium.

      • Andy in Sunny Daytona

        Oh well. Guess I have a Kevin Youkilis home run ball.

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

          I’d sell it to Ben Affleck in exchange for the secret to how to be rich and famous despite not having any discernible talent.

      • JGS

        you can’t walk off on the road

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

          New rule, only applies to Kevin.

      • PaulF

        No walkoffs at on the road.

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bm61weFrK4c JobaWockeeZ

      I’d sell that shit if it was against the Yankees but no way I’ll throw it back.

  • Evil Empire

    Attaboy, Andre.

    Not that I really care who wins the quest for 3rd place, but I would like to see the Dodgers win this game simply so that there is more baseball to watch between the world series and Yankees clinching tomorrow.

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

      About the only thing to root for is for the Dodgers to somehow make this thing go 7, so the Phillies would have to use Lee.

      • Accent Shallow

        Agreed. No reason for this series to reach a speedy conclusion.

      • Evil Empire

        True, that would indeed be a tangible benefit … plus a game 7 would just be really fun to watch. But I honestly don’t care who wins, neither opponent looks like they will be as challenging as the Angels.

  • Salty Buggah

    Anyone see those Jorge Posada McDonalds ads on some sites? I think he just looks funny in those.

    If you havent seen those, I downloaded the flash video and uploaded the video:
    http://www.zshare.net/video/67302509769320c9/

    He looks so goofy. This is only one of those, the other ad is funny too but it doesn’t show up anymore on any site.

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

      OMG is that link spammy.

      • Andy in Sunny Daytona

        That link is so spammy, that Hawaii loves it.

        /Henny Youngman’d

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

          Spammy! How I love ya, how I love ya, my dear old Spammy!

          /Al Jolson’d

          • ColoYank

            My thunder us completely stolen.

    • Accent Shallow

      Yeah, I laugh every time I see those.

      He looks better in them than he did running the bases last night, though.

  • Accent Shallow

    How overrated is Rollins?

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

      He’ll have a bounceback year next year, get one last moderately large contract, and then wither away into Varitekian suckiness by 2012.

      • Evil Empire

        I could see that happening too. I can see him signing with the Red Sox, actually … I would enjoy that.

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

    The Phillies are the best-looking team in baseball, and I’m not referring to them playing well.

    Well I am.

    Sorta.

    • Accent Shallow

      Really? Werth?

      You have a thing for horrendous facial hair or something?

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

        Actually, sorta.

        Hamels is better than Werth but Werth ain’t bad.

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

          Two words:

          Matt Stairs

        • Evil Empire

          You just dig the long ball

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

        Well, you have to like his mom at least, right? http://willdo.philadelphiaweek.....rthmom.jpg

        The pic doesn’t do her justice.

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

      Don’t make me break this down position by position to prove the Yankees have the edge, Rebecca.

      • Andy in Sunny Daytona

        Look at Melky’s dimples! They’re adorable!!

        /Drew’d

      • Salty Buggah

        What’s on the inside is what counts…

  • Accent Shallow

    Vicente Padilla: stopper.

    WTF?

  • Evil Empire

    The the hell is it with DirecTV and dead actors? First the little girl from Poltergeist and now Chris Farley. What’s next, one of the kids in Moonwalker breaking the 4th wall to talk about DirecTV while Michael Jackson is dancing?

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

    Utley now shares a place in the books with Boog Powell.

  • Accent Shallow

    Padilla throws 96? The fuck?

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

      Hell, Chan Ho Park was throwing 96. The TBS gun is jacked.

      • JGS

        gameday has him at 96 too

      • Accent Shallow

        Gameday has him 94-95 as well.

        I figured him as more a 90-92, maybe a 94 on the high side.

    • Evil Empire

      He stole a flower from Mario so he can throw the heat

    • Salty Buggah
    • Scooter

      That doesn’t sound right…. maybe Manny hooked him up with some “GNC supplements”

      Not to kvetch, but I am so tired… the last two days I’ve been working on slides being shown to THE big cheese – not that I’m showing it to him, of course. This other director comes over at 6:30 and bends my ear for 45 mins about the change in option valuation methodology, then walks away saying “hey you should implement this”

      So I’ve got an hour of work ahead – or 2 if I keep watching the game. Heh

    • vin

      I guess that explains why everyone hates getting hit by him.

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    That lady was excited.

  • Accent Shallow

    Preliminary results are in: this series is not going 7.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bm61weFrK4c JobaWockeeZ

    Funny, for a second there I thought Chip had emotion.

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

    Ibanez Matsui’d that one.

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

      “Tries to pull an outside pitch.”

      /Kay’d

  • Accent Shallow

    Bandbox!

    Disgraceful!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bm61weFrK4c JobaWockeeZ

    Bandbox!

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

    I hope Pedro gets a start in the WS. That would be very cool to face him, given all the history.

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

    Solo home runs?

    The Dodgers are not playing the Right Way.

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

      You know who really wasn’t playing the right way last night? CC. When up 5-1, he should’ve let two more runs score because he could. He should’ve pitched to the score like true aces do. What a failure.

      • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bm61weFrK4c JobaWockeeZ

        /GhostofAlexGonzalez’d

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

        Jack Morris’s moustache >>>>>> CC’s non-caucasian gangsteresque off-center hat tilt

  • Rey22

    Slugfest coming right up.

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    Casey Blake or Carlos Santana?

    • Salty Buggah

      Grit Beard>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Talent

      • anon

        Thats not a grit beard. Blake has a gentlemans beard.

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

          I actually don’t mind Blake’s beard.

          • JMK aka The Overshare

            It does have a collegiate pot-smoker look, though.

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

              Eh, I grew a beard kind of like his back in ’07 (didn’t shave from January to Easter) so I’ve got a softspot for his.

    • vin

      I’m a big Casey Blake fan… but come on, Colletti. Really?

  • Rey22

    So the Phillies pitching staff for the World Series is Cliff Lee and….uhhh….ummm…yeah.

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

      I’ll take CC over Lee in Game 1 in a good pitchers duel ending in Yankee victory. After that, we can demolish whatever sacrificial lambs they throw out there for Games 2-4.

      • Ivan

        Even Hamels? I understand he struggled through out the season but he’s still dangerous.

        • Rey22

          My initial thought would be to agree with you, but he just has not looked sharp at all this postseason. Against the Rockies and Dodgers. Now replace that with the Yankees and it looks a bit grim for him.

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

          He is still dangerous… to a NORMAL team.

      • Evil Empire

        Yeah, it almost seems like a waste throwing Lee vs. CC in game 1. CC will not allow his team to lose when he pitches.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bm61weFrK4c JobaWockeeZ

    A YS3 is a fucking bandbox? WTF.

    • Brooklyn Ed

      oh A-Rod and Teixiera will love playing there, if and when the Yanks makes it.

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

    No more worries. If we play the Phillies, Molina’s going to have another grand slam.

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

    The umpire just got really excited about punching out Hamels.

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

      /EnricoPallazzo’d

    • JMK aka The Overshare

      He didn’t like Cole’s makeup tips, apparently.

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

    And yet we can’t make comments about a bandbox?

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

    Did Darling just say Furcal was “drunk trying to do too much”?

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

      He’s been silent since this supposed line. Am I the only one that heard it?

      • JMK aka The Overshare

        It’s official: you’re going crazy. (I had the TV on mute. Sorry.)

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

          Well, they’re not talking about tires so I wouldn’t expect you to have much interest in the sound.

          • Pasqua

            I heard it too, for what it’s worth (twenty minutes later).

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

              Thanks, Pasqua.

  • Ivan

    I,ve said it before, I will say it again, call me crazy, I think the yankees will sweep the Phillies in the WS. Maybe 5.

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

      3 games + 1 forfeit. Book it.

      • Ivan

        Have those bastards tapping out like UFC fight.

      • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bm61weFrK4c JobaWockeeZ

        Really? If I were the Phillies, I’d forfeit after the Yanks crush Cliff Lee.

    • Accent Shallow

      I sure hope so (if the Yankees do manage to finish off the Angels), but the Phillies are a dangerous team with a stacked lineup, and not a bad pitching staff.

      (Yeah, the pen is messy, but there’s guys in there with good stuff.)

      • Evil Empire

        The Phillies bullpen has one really big problem though: Charlie Manuel.

      • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bm61weFrK4c JobaWockeeZ

        Ehh the Angels IMO have a better pitching staff than the Phillies.

        They have Cliff Lee, sure, but I don’t know if Hamels will be effective and then it’s either Happ or Pedro.

        Their offense is great sure but no better than the Yanks.

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

          Their offense is impressive, though. They’re basically an A.L. team in terms of offense. I fully expect them to DH Ibanez in games 1/2 and put Francisco in LF if that’s what it comes to. That would give them good OF defense and a stronger than usual lineup.

          Regardless, the Yankees lineup is better.

          Posada over Ruiz
          Tex = Howard
          Utley’s over Cano
          Jeter over Rollins
          Rodriguez over Feliz
          Damon = Ibanez
          Victorino = Melky (maybe a bit better on power)
          Werth over Swisher (slightly more power, it seems)

          That’s how I see it.

          • Evil Empire

            I agree, but I mean “Rodriguez over Feliz” … that’s just not doing justice to the ridiculous advantage we have in 3B.

          • Ivan

            I have Victorino over Melky, however, I have Teix over Howard.

            • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bm61weFrK4c JobaWockeeZ

              Yeah agreed. The difference is small however.

  • JMK aka The Overshare

    Joe Torre: Has anyone seen my car keys? ANYONE?! I CAN’T FIND MY CAR KEYS!

  • Accent Shallow

    Ump looked like he was sucker punching someone there.

  • Evil Empire

    Who wins in a bare knuckle brawl:

    Joe Buck vs Chip Caray

    I say Chip Caray because I think he’d use his teeth.

    • JMK aka The Overshare

      A fist fight?

      • Evil Empire

        Yes.

        Which gives Caray another edge, he’s the master of fisting … eww.

    • Greg G.

      Joe Morgan. He’s a Hall of Famer, you know.

  • JMK aka The Overshare

    What happened to Russell Martin? Wasn’t he supposed to be the next great catcher?

  • Reggie C.

    Chad Billingsley >>> AJ Burnett ?

  • Accent Shallow

    Was hoping that’d be a big inning for the Dodgers.

    Life goes on.

  • JMK aka The Overshare

    Dane Cook was considered one of Time Magazine’s Most 100 influential people? Really?

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

      What….?

  • Evil Empire

    So Rob Neyer wrote on his blog today about who has the better shot at getting into the HoF, Johnny Damon or Bobby Abreu.

    http://espn.go.com/blog/sweets.....n-vs-abreu

    He said the most common reply was “neither”, but I actually think both of them – by the end of their careers – will have put up good enough numbers to get into the HoF. Neither is likely to hit any 1 single automatic HoF plateau (though Damon has a very possible shot at 3000 hits), but both have put up very well-rounded offensive numbers by the end of their career, and it will be interesting to see what “clubs” they join when they retire. By clubs, I mean stuff like the 2500 H / 300 HR / 550 2B / 375 SB / 1500 RBI / 1500 R / 1500 BB club … because those are the numbers Abreu is likely to hit. I don’t know where to look up what other baseball players have met all of those criteria but I know that’s pretty damn balanced career. Johnny Damon will have similarly well balanced numbers, though more hits and less RBIs.

    What does RAB think?

    • Accent Shallow

      I think Abreu will be wildly underrated at the end of his career, because the media will continue to not acknowledge how impressive a lifetime .404 OBP is.

      • Evil Empire

        One would hope that by the time these guys are up for vote in 9 or more years, OBP and OPS will have grown in appreciation as the older baseball writers fade away and the younger, more stat-savvy voters become a larger influence in teh voting.

      • JMK aka The Overshare

        Underrated, sure. But Hall of Fame? Ehhhh.

        • Accent Shallow

          He’s been a much better player than Damon, although Damon’s been the better defender.

          I think Damon’s a lock if he gets to 3000 hits (although he’d be arguably the worst player with that many), and Abreu’s probably on the outside looking in — no huge counting numbers, although the HR/SB thing he has going may help.

          • Evil Empire

            That’s why I think its the combination of various counting stats that really demonstrates how elite these guys’ careers have been … and that’s the other thing – Johnny and Bobby haven’t ever really had insane years, they’re just incredibly consistent and have stayed healthy for a really long time, and both will probably play the game at an above average level for another 2 or 3 years and then … probably painfully fall off a cliff.

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

        I agree with this. By this time, I thought that the MSM would at least be trying to catch up with the times, but they seem to be resisting it tooth and nail.

    • JMK aka The Overshare

      Maybe this is a strange way of evaluating players (by which I mean incorrect), but I’ve never seen either as dominating players, and if I were given a vote, that would be the qualifier. Let me elaborate: The numbers suggest both have been very good players, but I just don’t see either as HoFers. They’re guys that are good at pretty much everything, but aren’t really great enough at anything of note. They’re just extremely well-rounded. If I were forced to make a judgment I’d say Damon because he primarily played CF (and not a bad one, either), and Abreu played a corner OF spot his entire career (and not well for a fair amount of it).

      My $.02

  • Accent Shallow

    I thought Ethier was supposed to be a good defender? He certainly hasn’t looked it.

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

      -13.1 UZR/150 in ’09, -9.1 last year, +7.6 in ’07 (RF numbers only).

    • http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v21/riddering/Baseball/reachforthestaaaaars.jpg Riddering
    • JMK aka The Overshare

      He has the athleticism but seems to make bad reads quite often.

  • Accent Shallow

    If my reflection in a shop window starts talking to me, I’m asking my doctor about schizophrenia, not ED.

    • Evil Empire

      IETC

  • slappy white

    How great is it that Bobby Valentine, of all people, took Steve Phillips chair on Baseball Tonight ? Its the killer Yankee karma paying him a visit for his preseason third place prediction

    • Reggie C.

      I’m a fan of Bobby V. Dude’s lived an interesting life.

      I just might restart watching Baseball Tonight.

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

        His bar in Stamford has bangin’ nachos.

        • JMK aka The Overshare

          He has a bar? I should make it out to CT some time.

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

          Bobby Valentine invented the wrap (as in, turkey wrap, or BLT wrap, etc.). (Seriously, he claims that he invented the wrap at Bobby V’s.)

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

            That I did not know.

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

            Wiki: “Since 1980, Valentine has owned and operated Bobby Valentine’s Sports Gallery Cafe, a sports bar located in his hometown of Stamford. He claims to have invented the Wrap sandwich. He claims that his restaurant was the first anywhere to serve a sandwich in a tortilla wrap. Valentine made this claim while his restaurant was showcased on the Food Network.”

            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B.....f_baseball

            I’m pretty sure it says something about it on the menu at Bobby V.’s.

    • Sleepy Carl

      Remember when Steve Philips said in 2006 that the Yankees have to trade ARod and he will never succeed in NY (despite the one MVP he already won there)?

      • Accent Shallow

        Apparently when Bobby V was informed he was being fired:

        “You’re firing me and keeping him?”

      • Steve H

        Clearly Philips enjoys downgrading.

      • Steve H

        Clearly Steve Philips is a fan of downgrading.

        • ansky

          I remeber when Steve Phillips said that the Yanks should trade Cano and Wang after their first seasons because they werent going to get any better. OK Steve I’m really going to trust your talent evaluation.

  • Accent Shallow

    Troncoso doesn’t exactly look like a shutdown reliever.

    And talk about short-arming the ball!

  • Reggie C.

    Phillies can blow this game open. Bases loaded for Victorino.

    I didn’t think the Dodgers would go out like punks.

  • JMK aka The Overshare

    Phantom strike 2.

  • JMK aka The Overshare

    Torre’s been asleep at the wheel for how long now?

  • Accent Shallow

    The Phillies are an incredibly unlikeable team.

    And what the hell are the fans chanting? Sounds like “U-S-A, U-S-A”, but that can’t be it.

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

      They’re saying, “Beat L.A.”

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

      “Beat L.A.”

      • Steve H

        I hate when beat L.A. is chanted when a team is playing L.A. The original Beat L.A. was Celtics fans, about to lose to the Sixers in the conference finals, chanting Beat L.A. to the Sixers in the Boston Garden.

        • Tom Zig

          The crowd at Fenway was apparently chanting “beat the Yankees” to the Angels, after the Sox got swept

    • Randy A.

      Im curious to hear other peoples opinions about this. Why do you think they’re an unlikeable team? Because I agree with you 100% about that.

      • JMK aka The Overshare

        I don’t think they’re unlikable, so I’m curious to hear what others think. Then again, I truly cannot stand the city of Philadelphia and they supposedly have some of the worst fans in all of sports (whatever that means, I’m not sure of the criteria used).

        I think the Angels are less likable, actually.

        • Steve H

          Yeah, at least the Philly fans don’t need thundersticks.

  • Dela G

    damn, the O-dog crushed that shit

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

      He also jetted around the bases.

      • JMK aka The Overshare

        Unlike Furcal, who took about 3 minutes to get to second on his double.

      • scooter

        Buck is funny – “this is how much respect Charlie Manual has for the Dodgers”

        I think it’s more “this is how much he’s worried about how Hamels is getting crushed”

        I’m sure the Phillies want Happ to get through the 7th

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

    So this game is getting interesting.

    • Dela G

      hey there you are mike!

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

        I was watching Transformers 2, did I miss anything good? I don’t have the energy to read through the entire thread.

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

          THERE’S A NEW SHAKESPEARE PLAY!!!

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

          Yes, you missed two hours of your life spent on anything other than Transformers 2.

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

            Two hours of Megan Fox made up for the rest of it.

        • southernyankeefan

          Supposed to watch that movie….unfortunately my roommate bought the blu ray version…we dont have a blu ray player.

          FAIL

          How was it?

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

            Not as good as the first one.

        • Dela G

          haha nah you didn’t miss anything, its just that i hadn’t seen you then entire thread

        • Ivan

          How is the movie?

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

            Meh. Lots of action and stuff, but that’s it. I liked the first one better.

            • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bm61weFrK4c JobaWockeeZ

              Agreed. It was a decent action movie with of course the goddess Megan Fox but the first one was better.

        • JMK aka The Overshare

          Transformers 2? Really? The premise is slightly less believable than a My Little Pony movie.

          Okay, so we ripped on Steve Phillips’ escapades, discussed how irrelevant hockey is, discussed William S. and a new play, Bobby Valentine’s restaurant, how poor Andre Ethier is at D, the HoF chances of Damon and Abreu, and more Steve Phillips…

          But hey, at least we didnt see Transformers 2.

          • JMK aka The Overshare

            And Dane Cook, plus a Caray vs. Buck fight premise. I’m sure there are others.

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

            It’s a movie about giant robots that turn into cars, and you’re complaining that the premise isn’t believable?

            • JMK aka The Overshare

              Yes.

        • Accent Shallow

          You could just CTRL + F “Accent Shallow”, no?

  • scooter

    Ethier just missed it… wow…

    That could have been in the seats

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

      I was out of the room so when I heard it I thought, “why swing at the first pitch?” Then the replay came on. Good pitch to hit.

    • JMK aka The Overshare

      Could have hit the bell. That pitch should have been nailed.

      • scooter

        I remember Durbin with the Tigers – will Manny be Manny?

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

          Apparently not.

        • whozat

          Mmm…sadly not. Dodgers needed that.

          Hey, good thing Joe used Billingsley for about 50 pitches two days ago in a game that was well out of reach. Can’t imagine he’d like to have him fresh right now…

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

            He’s got Kershaw.

  • Yanks21

    SUCK IT MANNY!

  • scooter

    Great job by Durbin and by Charlie Manuel

    Would be nice if the Dodgers could extend the Phillies another game – will be interesting to see how the two pens perform

  • Dela G

    wow manny for the loss

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

    No, Ron, the Game 1 start was more important than this appearance.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bm61weFrK4c JobaWockeeZ

    Wow that looked like strike 3.

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

    Boy, when PeteAbe gets a hold of something to make fun of, he sure gets his money’s worth. He’s still yammering about Girardi’s pitching changes.

    • JMK aka The Overshare

      Linkage?

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa
        • JMK aka The Overshare

          That dude is a zero.

          • scooter

            The plusses
            – works hard
            – provides lots of info

            The minuses
            – snarky to excess
            – will club you to death with his opinion
            – will post items to stir up crap and arouse trolls and bozos, then proceeds to lament about same trolls and bozos among the fan base

            • JMK aka The Overshare

              True. He does provide good info. Terrible “analyst,” though.

          • Sam P.

            No kidding. He’s gotta pander to his Boston folks though, so I’m thinking we’re going to have some awesome things to talk about as the next few seasons go by.

            Or, possibly he’ll explode when the Yankees pull out a WS victory. One can dream …

      • scooter

        http://www.boston.com/sports/b.....tra_bases/

        PeteAbe – Manager without Portfolio

    • Evil Empire

      He’s just trying to cater to his audience of 10 people on the internets … all of them LoHudders who followed him before he moved on.

    • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

      He’s hated Girardi all along. Not a surprise. He has gotten really annoying.

      • Evil Empire

        Has he? I never really detected any disdain towards Girardi, he’s given him his due props when he was at LoHud. Pete really is becoming a tool though. I actually have always have thought that Pete is great during the regular season covering the day to day, but during the off season there’s too much empty space to fill where he can insert his ego into his reporting.

        • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

          He ripped Joe regularly last year, and took his struggles with the media personally. He accused him of lying many times, and blew things totally out of proportion.

          • Evil Empire

            Oh yeah…you are correct sir. In 2008 he really slammed him. He also overreacted like a bitch when Cashman signed Teixeira because Cashman said some shit like “We’re NOT getting 3 high profile free-agents”, and Pete preached that shit to LoHud nonstop, asking them to stop pining for Tex. PeteAbe felt Cashman made him look dumb cause he took a GM’s word during the hot stove.

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

    Well, the 3-2 curve was in the strike zone, Buck, but Hallion called it otherwise.

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

    Does Kershaw have a Kaballah bracelet on?!

    • JMK aka The Overshare

      It’s actually Madonna’s exoskeleton.

  • Ivan

    Kershaw or Hughes?

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

      Kershaw, for sure.

      • Evil Empire

        Its not even close.

        • Ivan

          Really? I still go with Hughes. Has the higher floor, and while Kershaw has the better stuff, Hughes isn’t no slouch.

          • Evil Empire

            Left handed. Couple years younger. Already succeeding as a starter for over a year.

            • Ivan

              Understanable, still think Hughes control is better and has better of reaching his potential than Kershaw. Plus, not to take anything away from Kershaw but the NL west kinda sucks at least from the offensive side of the ball.

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

            Kershaw’s two years younger and is already a rotation mainstay for the Dodgers. I’d take Kershaw easily.

            • Ivan

              I still go Hughes, however I might take Kershaw over Joba.

              • JMK aka The Overshare

                You might? Kershaw in a landslide. Over Hughes, too.

                • Evil Empire

                  Is not that that Hughes and Joba don’t have awesome potential, its just that Kershaw is much more of a proven commodity and succeeding at such a young age … and he’s a fucking lefty. That dude might be a special one.

                • JMK aka The Overshare

                  Agree 100%.

    • Accent Shallow

      Hughes.

      Oh, you were talking about pitching ability, not “which pitcher looks less like a chimpanzee”?

      • JMK aka The Overshare

        Ha!

  • JMK aka The Overshare

    Dodgers fail again.

    • Ivan

      Dodgers fail at everything.

  • Accent Shallow

    Think Torre misses Cano and Jeter after that?

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

    Who wins in a four way death match:

    John McLane
    Martin Riggs
    Indiana Jones
    James Bond

    • Sam

      McLane

    • Evil Empire

      Riggs

      • Evil Empire

        Riggs is the fucking crazy one in that group. He was born for a four way death match.

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

          +1

    • JMK aka The Overshare

      Joe Morgan.

    • Ivan

      Frank Drebin destroys all those guys.

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

        TCWA

        • Steve H

          +33 1/3

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

            Oh aren’t you a clever one.

      • scooter

        “Cigarette?”
        “Yes… yes it is”

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FLXyC1cuN3M

    • JMK aka The Overshare

      Also, it’s sad that I had to Wiki two of the characters (I didn’t grow up with a television, so I’m pretty slow with pop-culture stuff from before 2004).

    • Tom Zig

      Colonel Guile wins

  • JMK aka The Overshare

    I’m going to get shit for this, but Chris Farley wasn’t funny. Even a little bit. (And yes, I’ve seen some of the movies and the Best of SNL.)

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

      First you don’t think the premise of movie about robots that turn into cars is believable, and now you don’t think Chris Farley was funny?

      You’re dead to me.

      • JMK aka The Overshare

        But…but…the next time you neglect to have money in your wallet and lose your debit card, I won’t be there to save you!

        Think about the future!

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

          Think about the future!

          One of my favorite lines from Batman. If that was intentional, very well played. If not, well, it made me happy anyway. So, thanks.

    • Evil Empire

      This is shit and I am giving it to you. Farley was the fucking man.

    • Sam P.

      Even the Farley sketch with the hidden camera where he goes apeshit in the restaurant after learning the coffee he’s drinking was made from coffee crystals?

      • Sam P.

        Sorry, had a reply fail there:

        LINK

      • JMK aka The Overshare

        He’s just a loud, obnoxious guy who flops around and does physical comedy. He’s not witty, clever or original. Not funny.

        • Sam P.

          Disappointing my friend … but I respect your decision to not appreciate his efforts.

          • JMK aka The Overshare

            I think Dane Cook is a comedy God.

            • JMK aka The Overshare

              Kidding, of course.

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

    Victorino hit that ball very far.

  • Accent Shallow

    Well, that’s game. Time to find something else to do.

  • JMK aka The Overshare

    Holy Philly. This game is over. Phillies back in the WS.

  • Dela G

    well this one is over

  • Ivan

    Wow Victorino crush that one.

  • Sam P.
    • Sam P.

      Sorry, reply fail on my part. Was meant for above.

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

    Can someone explain to me what the appeal of “Secret Girlfriend” is supposed to be? I think I’m just missing the point.

    • JMK aka The Overshare

      She can’t call the police?

      /me and pat’d

      • Steve H

        /disturbed by that comment

  • Ivan

    Good thing the Phillies are going to the WS. If LA and NY were in the WS, it would be like another West Coast Vs. East Coast Beef between Biggie and 2Pac and “we” in “American” couldn’t stand that.

    /Rush Limbaugh’D

  • JMK aka The Overshare

    Okay, I’ll ask a new question:

    Everyone’s favorite beer? Having lived in Vermont for a while, I’ll say Switchback.

    Yours?

    • Steve H

      Natty

      • Arman Tamzarian

        Harpoon IPA, with Rouge Dead guy a close second

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

          Dead Guy is fantastic. All the Rouge brews are, actually. I love their Chocolate Stout. A few years ago I was at a place in Scranton that had their Nitro Stout, never found it again. I miss it.

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

      Anything that isn’t:

      Bud Light
      Coors Light
      Natty Anything

    • Sam P.

      Love an Otter Creek Stovepipe Porter when I can get one!

      • JMK aka The Overshare

        Nice. Those are good. Not usually a huge fan of Wolaver’s but their Russian Imperial Stout is wonderful.

    • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

      Killians Irish Red.

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

      If I had to pick one, I guess I’d go Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Love me some Magic Hat though, Fat Angel is great.

      • JMK aka The Overshare

        One of the Magic Hat beers has a horrible banana-like aftertaste. I’m thinking it’s Circus Boy. BTW, their brewery is really cool.

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

          I’ve been to the brewery, about six years ago.

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

          They also have some kind of apricot beer, if I’m remembering correctly. That was just gross.

          • JMK aka The Overshare

            Their most popular beer, the #9 is the apricot. It’s unbearably bad. I can’t believe people drink that garbage.

    • Joe D.

      Dinkel Acker

  • dkidd

    the phillies will be very very tough. hope coke and marte are ready for their close-ups

    /counting my chickens

    • Evil Empire

      Yeah, I’m scared too. Phillies might actually have a lead for a couple innings during the series.

    • Ivan

      Tomorrow the Rally Monkey will be executed, next the Philly Phanatic.

  • Ivan

    Yes Phillies, enjoy this ass kicking your giving the Dodgers, because when the WS begins, that will all end.

  • Mike bk

    the philly lineup is just as dangerous as ours, especially with some of our guys struggling as they are. the advantage we have is the pen and andy vs whomever they start game 3. i assume we go with 3 starters even though it would mean everyone has to go on short rest. philly would do that with lee and maybe hamels but they cant with their other guys so they might not do it all.

    • Evil Empire

      I’d say the Philly lineup is about equal to the Yanks when we play at their stadium, but whoever fills their DH role will not be able to equal Matsui (he’s also the best PH on either team for whatever that is worth)

      I’ll take Sabathia over Lee any day of the week. Burnett has also had a superior regular and post season compared to Hamels and seems to be on one of his “Good AJ” streaks, so I’d favor us in that matchup too.

  • Paul

    Well, we’re seeing the next Yankee RF (free in 2010). Got the O’Neill thing too and he loves the post-season.

    So sign Damon and throw a boatload of money at Werth. The only problem is he’ll be 32. But he’s a good fielder, got some speed (20 SB), and doesn’t have a lot of mileage.

    • Mike bk

      better and more complete due to his D and speed than Bay or Holliday certainly. crawford might fit a bigger need for speed and top of the order hitter, but then again could make swish a DH and sign both. lol.

    • Joe D.

      To hell with Werth. He’ll require a multi-year deal, and since he’ll already be 32 as you say, not worth it.

      I’d like to try and swindle Josh Willingham or Elijah Dukes from the Nats. They seem to undervalue both.

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

        Willingham is terrible in the outfield, and Dukes is just a nutcase. I wouldn’t touch that kid if he was free.

        • Mike bk

          i dont see willingham field enough but his D is rated higher than damon by fangraphs…is that wrong?

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

            No, it’s just that Damon is awful, and Willingham is slightly less awful.

            • Mike bk

              well less awful is by comparison an “improvement” not to mention we could get a rh bat added to the lineup.

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

                Yeah, but Yankee Stadium is death to righties not named A-Rod.

      • Mike bk

        well he was saying a year from now, not now.

        people for this year would be more like a willingham trade, marlon bryd if it could be only like 2 years or hawpe who can hit but is an awful fielder.

        • Evil Empire

          Marlon Byrd for 2 years … would be ok I guess. He’s really not that great. I’m pretty dead set on thinking Carl Crawford is the best long term solution to LF, either by trade for 2010 or by FA in 2011.

        • JMK aka The Overshare

          I always think Marlon Byrd is in his 70s. I don’t know why.

      • JMK aka The Overshare

        If Dukes isn’t in prison by then.

    • Evil Empire

      Werth is a FA in 2011 and we already have a right fielder, have you met Nick Swisher?

      http://mlbcontracts.blogspot.c.....-2011.html

      I say sign Damon for 2010 and the other CC, Carl Crawford, in 2011.

  • dkidd

    if we signed werth would we switch him to left?

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

      It’d be a waste, he can play center every day in the big leagues. Such a great athlete.

      Also, he’s under contract next year.

      • dkidd

        i meant in 2011, assuming ajax has proven he can handle cf and swisher is still doing his thing

    • Mike bk

      i would stick swish is left i think. werth has an excellent arm, but with death valley maybe his speed is needed more in left.

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

    Does the Phillies’ bullpen ever not make it interesting?

    • Mike bk

      loney over-anxious there.

      • JMK aka The Overshare

        So Ronery.

  • Dela G

    ruh roh

    dodgers tryin again to come back

  • dkidd

    that bullpen + that stadium + that manager = no lead is safe

  • Mike bk

    come on casey a single here makes it a ballgame especially with lidge and 4 outs to go.

    • Mike bk

      oh wait, manny is at 2nd, a double makes it a game.

  • Mike bk

    wow, that was strike 3.

  • Joe D.

    Am I the only one thinking Thome should have pinch hit for Blake? It’s not a huge, diff, but looks to be a few points OBP and quite a bit of slugging advantage against a righty…

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

      Do they have anyone left who can play third?

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

        Yeah, they still have Loretta on the bench.

    • Joe D.

      (Posted that mid-AB, 2-2 count…)

      In that situation–season on line, best last shot, I take any little edge I can get no matter what lineup/fielding gymnastics I have to perform.

    • Mike bk

      they dont have anyone to play the field for blake i dont think if they hit thome there…hudson already ph. maybe loretta i guess.

      • Joe D.

        In that situation, I don’t care if Torre has to put Randy Wolf at third base. Thome should have been pinch-hitting there.

    • Joe D.

      Against RHPs

      .383 OBP/.498 SLG = Thome

      .340 OBP/.442 SLG = Blake

      Yah, that’s pretty obvious to me when your season is on the line.

      Bad non-move by Torre.

      • JMK aka The Overshare

        Shhh…you’ll wake him up.

      • Evil Empire

        You don’t bench a beard like that.

  • PaulF

    Yankees wOBA .378/.378
    .390 SS Jeter
    .376 LF Damon
    .402 1B Tex
    .405 3B A Rod
    .378 DH Matsui
    .378 C Posada
    .370 2B Cano
    .375 RF Swisher
    .331 CF Melky

    Phillies wOBA .356/.358
    .316 SS Rollins
    .354 CF Victorino
    .402 2B Utley
    .393 1B Howard
    .382 RF Werth
    .379 LF Ibanez
    .302 3B Feliz
    .337 C Ruiz
    .340 DH Francisco

    • JMK aka The Overshare

      I was told there would be no math.

    • Joe D.

      Plus, the Phils play in the sissy league.

    • PaulF

      I realize that Francisco won’t DH, but I listed him there since hes the player that will be added to the lineup( probably)

      Position by position makes the offenses look similar, but it ignores the huge advantages the Yankees have at Short and 3rd.

    • Mike bk

      more importantly…what are the playoff numbers?

      • PaulF

        I’d rather go with the larger sample sizes. I’m not sure how much numbers carry over from one round to another.

        • Evil Empire

          I tend to agree with you, but I cannot turn my back on Rodriguez’s ridiculous 1.469 post season OPS. That’s 246 points higher than Ryan Howard’s still scary 1.203 OPS.

          • dkidd

            i would argue that jimmy rollins is also a different player than his regular season numbers

            • Evil Empire

              Hey you’re right … he’s OPSing 100 points lower than he did in his mediocre regular season!

        • Mike bk

          is that because other than jeter, arod, posada we would be losing at every position in that case?

          Posada>Ruiz (has hit well in playoffs though)
          Teixeira<Howard (proven playoff performer and teix is funking though showed signs yesterday)
          CanoRollins
          ARod>>Feliz
          Damon<Ibanez (slight)
          Cabrera<Victorino
          Swisherphilly DH

          • PaulF

            Honestly I didn’t even look at the Phillies playoff numbers. If the Yankees were facing Dodgers pitching they’d have great numbers, but thats not my point. Going by regular season stats the Yankees win 5 positions and the Phillies 4 ( If you count DH which isn’t totally fair.) With all the days off and stuff there is no reason to think that players’ “hotness” will remain the same.

          • Evil Empire

            Umm…its probably because its a lot easier to tell how good someone is from a 162 game sample than a sample of less than 10 games.

            Don’t act so worried, chief … Yankees will kick the shit out of the Phillies and we’ll all be celebrating #27 together in no time.

  • JMK aka The Overshare

    That was some sweater…

    • dkidd

      cosby-esque

  • Ivan

    Phillies are hitting some bullets out there.

  • ansky

    And in case there was any doubt…there’s your ballgame right there.

  • Ivan

    Tired Darling? Gee why is that?

  • ansky

    These FLOMAX commercials are hilarious.

  • GoTerpsGo

    So looking forward to NYY stomping LAA tomorrow night… Are the AAAA playoffs over yet? *Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…………..*

  • JMK aka The Overshare

    I’m still not convinced that Brad Lidge is “fixed.”

  • ansky

    I think Manny just went to the showers

  • mustang

    I feel soooo sad for Manny and Joe T.

    Oh well next year !!!

    • GoTerpsGo

      I don’t. I just wanted to see this go 7 games and then the 7th game would go for 18+ innings and then the winner would be exhausted playing NYY. But alas it’s not to be.

      • mustang

        Does it real matter.

        • GoTerpsGo

          No it won’t – NYY in 4. :D
          (Doubt it but NYY will still win it.)

      • Evil Empire

        The Phillies will just have to lose with their best foot forward and no ridiculous excuses. Oh well.

        • mustang

          What do you mean we all know the Yanks have the WS umpires in their pockets already.

  • JMK aka The Overshare

    Picture of Phillies celebrating with Horatio: http://knowyourmeme.com/photos/14907 (SAFE)

  • JMK aka The Overshare

    It’s a good thing he’s good at baseball; Werth sounds like a moron. Maybe it’s his voice.

  • mustang

    What’s the over/under on HR if it’s Yanks vs Phillies with their parks being rank 1 and 2 for most HR?
    And those offenses?

  • JMK aka The Overshare

    Phillies fans booed Ernie Johnson (who is an asshat).

  • Evil Empire

    Hah, looks like Steve Phillips got caught with his hand in the cookie jar:

    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/.....id=4582846

    …except it wasn’t really his hand, was it?

    • ansky

      I said it in ealier post and I’ll say it again…wouldn’t Todd Hundley have been a better option than that Brooke beast? I mean…damn Steve damn.

  • ansky

    Damn, Charlie Manuel really needs subtitles!

    • Mister Delaware

      Ayup we just gonna do our best an we wanna win then we gonna do that when we are gonna to do alright.

  • Tom Zig

    Fox Sports added Ozzie Guillen to the broadcast booth…oh boy, I’m excited