World Series Game 1: Phillies at Yankees


It is finally here. After 2,195 days, the Yankees have finally returned to the World Series. I’m so excited that I can hardly contain myself. It was so hard to do work today that I had a hard time focusing on writing a World Series preview! Damn. But, before long we’ll see the first pitch, and then the second, and then maybe it will feel like the Yankees are back in the Series. Until then it will continue to seem a bit surreal.

There’s nothing I can write here that we haven’t discussed in the past two days. So, in case you’re looking for some pre-game literature:

And if you’re still looking for something to do before the game, make sure to check out the RAB World Series prediction thread. It’s a great time killer, I promise you. Also, if you want to bask in some glory, check out the Fan Confidence Poll. For the first time ever, the 10s won.

Ok, so by the time you get through all that, it has to be game time. Awesome. In case you missed it, Brian Bruney and Eric Hinske have been added to the active roster, replacing Francisco Cervelli and Freddy Guzman.

Ready to play ball?


1. Derek Jeter, SS
2. Johnny Damon, LF
3. Mark Teixeira, 1B
4. Alex Rodriguez, 3B
5. Jorge Posada, C
6. Hideki Matsui, DH
7. Robinson Cano, 2B
8. Nick Swisher, RF
9. Melky Cabrera, CF

Pitching: Number fifty-two, Carsten Charles Sabathia


1. Jimmy Rollins, SS
2. Shane Victorino, CF
3. Chase Utley, 2B
4. Ryan Howard, 1B
5. Jayson Werth, RF
6. Raul Ibanez, DH
7. Ben Francisco, LF
8. Pedro Feliz, 3B
9. Carlos Ruiz, C

Pitching: Cliff Lee

Categories : Game Threads


  1. Tampa Yankee says:

    Lets do the damn thang!!!

  2. Yanks21 says:

    Come on boys~!

  3. Mike Axisa says:

    Ozzie on the FOX pregame? That will not end well.

  4. We’ve waited for this.

    Make this moment last forever.

  5. ShuutoHeat says:

    hey look, it’s Rollins the genius!

  6. Drew says:

    haha. Fox really got Ozzie Guillen? I like Ozzie, but I mean.. C’mon.

  7. donttradecano says:

    no jayz? lame

    • ShuutoHeat says:

      Not tonight due to the rain screwing up the field, it got postponed for tomorrow. I’m sure HOV wanted to do it tonight.

  8. Quikksand says:

    LET’S GO YANKEES!!!!!!

  9. Jackson says:

    Who’s pumped for the new episode of Gary Unmarried tonight?

    What? There’s a game on…

  10. Arman Tamzarian says:

    You take a minute and read this article, it’s very funny, and would be wild to watch. http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs.....e-elephant

  11. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    I can’t wait… 20 more minutes until i glue myself to the tv (with industrial strength glue might i add)

  12. ShuutoHeat says:

    Let’s do this shiet, let’s lock it in and bring it home!

  13. Souter Fell says:

    Work is done, nap was taken, I’m ready to go. 4 = 27.

  14. Bryan says:

    So Ozzie picked the Phillies in 6 because “they know how to play the game”, you know Ozzie, I’m pretty sure the Yankees know something about this game you call baseball too.

  15. Charlie says:

    From Lohud:
    Girardi said he hasn’t ruled out using Posada to catch Burnett, but it sounds like he’s leaning more toward sticking with Molina. “It’s something that we’ll discuss,” he said. “But as I’ve said all along, it’s worked pretty well. And in the course of the season you go with two catchers all the time. I’m still comfortable using Molina, and if I have to, pinch hit Jorge.”

    MOTHER FUCKER. I really thought we were past this idiotic atrocity of a managerial decision

  16. Mike Z aka "The Instant Classic" says:

    4 more till #27.
    CC is a horse and the Yankees will ride him to the promise land.

  17. Drew says:

    Cairo get an applause?

  18. Mike Axisa says:

    Love the Star Wars music during the Phillies intros.

  19. Jackson says:

    The Yankees should be playing the imperial march for themselves, not the Phillies.

  20. Mike Z aka "The Instant Classic" says:

    LOL. That would be great. Boggs can jump on also if he wants.

  21. Eirias says:

    The Imperial March for the Phillies? Odd.

  22. Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

    Oh, does the Series start tonight? Shit. I was hoping that “Glee” was on.

  23. JobaWockeeZ says:

    The Yanks aren’t the Rebellion!

  24. dkidd says:

    step on their throat
    break their spirit
    set the tone

    no mercy

  25. JMK aka The Overshare says:

    Is that the Johnny Damon look-alike from the game?

  26. Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

    Cut your hair you hippie soldier.

  27. Mike Axisa says:

    I already hate this guy singing the anthem.

    • ShuutoHeat says:

      He’s running out of breath…. EVERY phrase. Annoying asshat.

    • Doug says:

      He is a former Army Ranger and risked his life to serve our country in battle why do you hate America

      • JMK aka The Overshare says:

        2/10. Should have mentioned real amuricunz, Sarah Palin and why it’s Obama’s fault. Reptile Hillary would also be accepted. Also, never capitalize or punctuate. That’s key.

        • Doug says:

          this was my first post of the game thread. I haven’t gotten warm yet. I went with brevity over thoroughness LEAVE ME ALONE YOU JACKALS

    • Camilo Gerardo - your inception? fuck perception, go with what makes sense says:

      this guy preserved your freedom. do you still have the same sentiments?

  28. Eirias says:

    Is it that hard to sing the song without melisma?

  29. Doug says:

    lol, voice crack

  30. JMK aka The Overshare says:

    I want auto-tune for the National Anthem.

  31. Tampa Yankee says:

    That was the best they could get to sing the national anthem at game 1 of the WS? Really?

  32. e mills says:

    CC! CC! CC! CC!

    I like that chant

  33. Dela G says:

    Let’s go Yankees!!!

  34. The Artist says:

    OK, describe your emotions as a fan right now:

    2-Slightly Nervous
    4-Super Confident

  35. Camilo Gerardo - your inception? fuck perception, go with what makes sense says:

    yogi, you pimp

  36. Mike Axisa says:

    Check out Yogi with a broad on each arm.

  37. Ivan says:

    “We Play Today, We Win Today” GO YANKEES!!!!!!

  38. Sam says:

    Will there be any way that I can get the image of Yogi with Michelle Obama and Jill Biden in poster form for my wall?

  39. slappy white says:

    I was afraid Michelle Obama was gonna chew Jeters face off when they hugged

  40. Lefty says:

    Confidence level: 28…

    We’re gonna fucking kill ‘em… Let ‘em know TJSC!!!!!!!

  41. charlespoet says:

    Damn, Tim McCarver did make his flight.

  42. Drew says:

    In baseball you’re only as strong as the middle. Remember that.

  43. pizzajohn says:

    Michelee Obama is a F.L.I.L.F.

  44. Camilo Gerardo - your inception? fuck perception, go with what makes sense says:

    quiero el beisbol iiahora!!

  45. Alex S says:

    FINALLY! lets play!

  46. Camilo Gerardo - your inception? fuck perception, go with what makes sense says:

    big poppa waming up meow

  47. Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

    Bean Ball. SET THE TONE!!

  48. ShuutoHeat says:


  49. Arman Tamzarian says:

    Good start

  50. JobaWockeeZ says:

    LOL, thanks for the out.

  51. Doug says:

    Bunting on the first pitch? YOU PUSSY.

  52. Mike Axisa says:

    Jimmy tried to get his Juan Pierre on.

  53. Mike bk says:

    26 more of those would be lovely.

  54. Dela G says:

    lol at rollins

  55. Quikksand says:

    Rollins bunts and gets tagged out!

  56. e mills says:


  57. Alex S says:

    take a seat you punk ass bitch….phillies in 5. smmhh

  58. Hall and Nokes says:

    we’re going to sit through five, maybe six games of weak sh*t like that?

  59. ROBTEN says:

    Bunting on the first pitch: Phillies surrender already!

  60. pizzajohn says:

    I bet Pedro drills Jetes or Arod tomorrow, in fact i guarantee it

  61. Mike bk says:

    jorge got jeweled

  62. Camilo Gerardo - your inception? fuck perception, go with what makes sense says:

    does anybody else get a tiny bit annoyed at chan ho park and victorino’s double earflaps? o-hudson too i think

  63. JMK aka The Overshare says:

    Where was Rollins running? Toward the seats?

  64. Quikksand says:

    popped up, 2 outs, GO YANKEES

  65. Tampa Yankee says:

    So thru 2 batters, the “AL-like” line-up hasn’t gotten the ball out of the infield… nice!

  66. JobaWockeeZ says:

    I’d take the Cards being better than the Phillies everyday of the week and twice on Sundays. Shitty luck with Carpenter not being veyr sharp and Holliday dropping the 3rd out of a game they should have won screwed them over.

    I’m sure you thought so too before they got eliminated Joe.

    • Camilo Gerardo - your inception? fuck perception, go with what makes sense says:

      yea, they would have def been tougher pitching. they don’t have the power of phil’s though

  67. Stadium Garlic Fries says:

    Hi guys..checking in …happy ws

  68. ShuutoHeat says:

    Victorino looks high and all wide eyed……

  69. Dela G says:

    damn, utley is very very patient

  70. Alex S says:

    damn you utley

  71. Quikksand says:

    utley walks, go yankees

  72. Tampa Yankee says:

    Cant do that CC

  73. AJ says:

    You can’t give this lineup free baserunners. They’re too good to give opportunities.

    I’ve got faith in CC to shut it down here.

  74. Mike Axisa says:

    Ryan Howard has a GritBeard!

  75. Alex S says:

    damn howard looks chunky!

  76. charlespoet says:

    good sign, CC’s pants are blowing away from 1st base, no jet stream to right

  77. Alex S says:

    shit settle down CC

  78. TJ says:

    2 out hits!


  79. Mike bk says:

    come on CC. get out of it here.

  80. AJ says:

    This is why walks can kill you. C’mon CC, get out this two out situation and get our offense out there.

  81. JMK aka The Overshare says:

    Really missed on that one.

  82. Camilo Gerardo - your inception? fuck perception, go with what makes sense says:

    meh, missed spot. bear down big guy!

  83. Dela G says:

    damn it, why the hell throw him a fastball??

    the guy can’t hit non fastballs :(

  84. Quikksand says:

    oh no

  85. Dela G says:

    cmon zz, you got this shit


  86. southernyankeefan says:

    Come on CC lock it up.

  87. Tampa Yankee says:

    I met Werth when he was at Syracuse in the Jays org… he’s as big of a f’n prick as he looks

  88. AJ says:

    The Phillies have really been patient and waiting for CC to make the mistakes in the inning. If anything about this team scares me, it’s their lineup.

  89. Ivan says:

    Come on CC. Just Chill.

  90. Dela G says:

    please throw strikes


  91. Quikksand says:

    what’s cc doing!

  92. Yanks21 says:

    FIND IT…

  93. cmart332 says:

    Werth looks like a child molester. I bet he has a large van filed with candy.

  94. Mike bk says:

    here we go. battle back and get him.

  95. Alex S says:

    fuck fuck fuck

  96. Yankeefan91 Arod fan says:

    Come on CC Get out of this inning.

  97. Mike Axisa says:

    Just missed there.

  98. Dela G says:


    cmon cc, you have to get out of this

    this is crazy

  99. Camilo Gerardo - your inception? fuck perception, go with what makes sense says:

    why’d jorge stand up? digame?

  100. Reggie C. says:

    Okay CC … wtf ??

  101. TJ says:

    Dear CC,

    Settle down

  102. southernyankeefan says:

    FUCK dont let em score big guy.

  103. AJ says:

    C’mon CC, shut it down now.

  104. Ivan says:

    Get out of this CC.

  105. Mike bk says:

    just throw strikes.

  106. Lefty says:

    C’mon CC, just relax here big guy…

  107. Souter Fell says:

    CC’s kinda all over

  108. Alex S says:

    this could get ugly quick, you got this CC!

  109. Dela G says:

    gotta stop throwing the changeup away, they aint fallin for it

  110. Arman Tamzarian says:

    He’s not sharp, hopefully it’s just first inning jitters

  111. Alex S says:

    ohhhh boy…….

  112. Tampa Yankee says:


  113. Dela G says:

    oh god, i can’t watch

  114. Mike bk says:


  115. e mills says:


  116. Dela G says:

    thank you jesus

    thank you jesus

    thank you mo

  117. Mike Axisa says:

    No worries, the big guy got this shit.

  118. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Alright, good job CC.

  119. TJ says:

    Oh thank Mo

  120. Jackson says:

    Ibanez with the bailout. Thanks.

  121. Alex S says:

    *exhales deeply*

    that was tense, quick 2 outs to load the bases is not what we want

  122. Joey says:

    Okay CC, butterflies out. Cruise control rest of the way

  123. Camilo Gerardo - your inception? fuck perception, go with what makes sense says:

    Hey, what happened? I blacked out

  124. Rey22 says:

    Yesss!!! We got this shit!

  125. ShuutoHeat says:

    Phew, I need to change my boxers after that.

  126. Souter Fell says:

    all is well, get the “bad” inning out of the way

  127. Tampa Yankee says:

    Get it out of your system now CC and then shut them down for 8 more. Let’s score some runs!

  128. Hall and Nokes says:

    Okay CC, thanks for that reminder of what Yankee playoff games were like before you got here…

  129. southernyankeefan says:

    Phew. Lets not do that again.

  130. Lefty says:

    atta boy Raul!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  131. SF Yanks says:

    Aaaaand exhale…

  132. Marcus says:

    Damn, batter’s don’t have to swing unless it’s a meatball. Everything else is a ball.

  133. Ivan says:

    Good job CC.

  134. YankeeScribe says:

    Phew! looks like he was having a difficult time controlling his fastball. Hopefully he tightens it up next inning

  135. Mike Axisa says:

    Time to go to work, offense.

  136. JMK aka The Overshare says:

    I think it’s just nerves. He didn’t seem to want to throw his fastball, though. Maybe he doesn’t have a feel for it?

  137. Greg G. says:

    Hey, folks…it’s the first inning of Game 1…stay calm.

  138. Reggie C. says:


    Now lets make the Phils wish they scored.

  139. e mills says:

    just an assumption, but it looks like the Phightins scouting reports said to not go after the slider

  140. Alex S says:

    lets get some runs! jeter will lead off with a hit

  141. Craig says:

    Sabathia is nibbling. He has a good fastball, use it. What is he scared?

  142. Moshe Mandel says:

    Well, we knew that part of their order would be tough. They are not great 1-2 and 7-9, but very strong 3-6. He got through it, and hopefully he deals with them better next time.

  143. sunny says:

    Let’s make LEE WORK!

  144. Salty Buggah says:

    Ah, the Empire State of Mind sounds great in the background right now.

  145. Alex S says:

    let’s hope Lee isn’t on his game, this could be a very long night

  146. TJ says:

    3 run lead going into the 2nd?

  147. Way to work out of it, CC.

    Start it up, Derek!

  148. JMK aka The Overshare says:

    That curve is nuts!

  149. Holy crap that had good movement.

  150. Riddering says:

    I’m here. CC has got this. No fear.

  151. Arman Tamzarian says:

    That’s a nasty pitch

  152. Reggie C. says:

    Cliff Lee’s second strike “spike” curve is sick.

  153. Tampa Yankee says:

    Spiked curveball = knuckle curve?

  154. Mike Axisa says:

    Total crossup on that curve. Ruiz had no idea it was coming.

  155. Drew says:

    Isn’t that just like a knuckle curve?

    • ShuutoHeat says:

      It’s a spike curve, knuckle curve… call it what you like.

    • Camilo Gerardo - your inception? fuck perception, go with what makes sense says:

      i guess he needs/wants a second finger on the seam for leverage.. no idea

  156. Reggie C. says:

    Nice start Dj.

  157. Dela G says:

    damn, lee had that shit done

  158. Alex S says:

    damn he made Jete look foolish

  159. Mike bk says:

    really as good as you can do? i thought 1 pitch, 1 out was better?

  160. AJ says:

    I’m assuming that first inning was just nerves from the big guy. I would expect him to come out and pitch better in the remaining innings.

    But it would be great if the Yanks could score here. Lee has been lights out and he’s pitched well against the Yanks, but this team can rake.

    Let’s start it up Damon. Get the stadium rockin early!

  161. Riddering says:

    Derek Jeter is three times the man Rollins will ever be.

  162. Quikksand says:

    jeter whiffs on 3 pitches

  163. Mike bk says:

    what was that?

  164. Tampa Yankee says:

    Really JD?

  165. JobaWockeeZ says:

    What are you doing Damon?

  166. JMK aka The Overshare says:

    WTF Damon!

  167. Arman Tamzarian says:


  168. Dela G says:

    that bunt was atrocious

  169. What the fuck, Johnny? Please do not do that again. Ever.

  170. Souter Fell says:

    Damn Lee looks good.

  171. Alex S says:

    this is the WS johnny….you don’t bunt in the 1st inning

  172. Drew says:

    Is there a new rule that says you have to bunt in the first inning?

  173. Reggie C. says:

    Somebody explain to me the virtue of bunting the pitch right back to the pitcher?

  174. TJ says:

    Why did he bunt?

  175. Mike bk says:

    ruiz crossed up again.

  176. Mr Feeny says:

    WTF Johnny. Your better than Jimmy Rollins. Stop with the bunt single attempts.

  177. Ruiz and Lee definitely seem crossed up.

  178. Mike Axisa says:

    Two crossups already between Ruiz and Lee.

  179. Arman Tamzarian says:

    Lee does work very quickly

  180. Mike bk says:

    that looked low.

  181. Salty Buggah says:

    Umm, CC better get that low call too.

  182. Rey22 says:

    Wow, they’re not kidding when they say Cliff Lee works fast.

  183. Well that was uneventful.

    Get it rollin now, Carsten.

  184. Reggie C. says:

    That was too frigging easy to Lee.

  185. Dela G says:

    holy shit he just blew threw that lineup like that was easy

  186. Quikksand says:

    not sure about this, cliff lee’s stuff looks NASTY

  187. southernyankeefan says:

    Well cliff lee looks good.

  188. Alex S says:

    Lee looks super fuckin sharp! CC beter have his A game for the rest of the night

  189. AJ says:

    Well, Cliff Lee brought his “A” game tonight. But it seems the Yanks start to see a pitcher better their second time around.

    Let’s see a less exciting inning CC. Maybe a quick one, two tree and back to the dugout.

  190. Ivan says:

    Oh well, they’ll get Lee soon.

  191. Cy Farnsworth says:

    i maintain that working quickly is the most underrated positive trait that a pitcher can have. lee’s stuff is enhanced so much because guys are off balance.

  192. Buddy says:

    Lee is crazy good… C.C. better have his good stuff tonight.

  193. mustang says:

    Has the bandwagon drop off started yet.

  194. Mike Axisa says:

    Sheesh, you people need to chill out. It was one inning. The Yanks always pounce the 2nd and 3rd time through the order.

  195. Souter Fell says:

    yeah . can’t let him work this quick or it could be a long (or quick) night

  196. Jay says:

    Well if we were to listen to Joe Buck, we can just hand the World Series MVP award to Cliff Lee now.

  197. Salty Buggah says:

    Aite, CC get that fastball control.

  198. charlespoet says:

    this umps zone sucks

  199. Dela G says:

    maybe cc can find his control very soon

    the yanks need him to

  200. TJ says:

    Come on CC

  201. Yankeefan91 Arod fan says:

    CC not looking sharp so far.

  202. The Artist says:

    CC needs to be throwing some strikes.

  203. cjc says:

    CC needs to settle down and find his control like now

  204. Dela G says:

    throw strikes

    like a lot please

  205. Cy Farnsworth says:

    cc getting squeezed…

  206. Moshe Mandel says:

    CC rackin up the pitches. C’mon big man.

  207. That rain does not look fun. At all.

  208. Hugh Jassman says:

    Hefty Lefty needs to figure it out soon.

  209. danny says:

    lets go CC!

  210. SJ says:

    Anyone else think that brown spot on Lee’s hat looks suspicious? It’s been on his hat all post season, and he rubs his fingers on it before every pitch.

    Not saying it’s a foreign substance, but it’s something to keep an eye on.

  211. Rey22 says:

    Is it raining slightly or is my TV that shitty?

  212. How many times between the ALCS and now has Joe Buck mentioned Sabathia’s $161MM?

  213. charlespoet says:

    I think baseball has done an excellent job by attempting to turn baseball into football. Thus riding the coat-tails of the current sport in season… Well done.

  214. Arman Tamzarian says:

    Much better

  215. Dela G says:

    great job ZZ

  216. cjc says:

    that’ll work

  217. Alex S says:

    quick turn around for CC awesome! A-rod comin up

  218. Doug says:

    Will C.C. pitch to contact for the rest of the game?

  219. Souter Fell says:

    nice comeback inning

  220. Salty Buggah says:

    Nice bounceback inning CC. Keep it up Big Poppa.