World Series Game Three: Yankees @ Phillies


It wouldn’t be a Yankee playoff game without crappy weather, so of course the forecast tonight calls for a chance of rain. Eh, whatever, it’ll be fine.

As for the game, the Yanks will get their second crack at 2008 World Series MVP Cole Hamels this year, after he held them to just two runs in six innings. Hamels has gotten rocked so far this postseason, who has put 20 runners in base in just 14.2 IP over three starts, including 6 (!!!) homers allowed. The Bombers have hit just .222-.258-.349 in the World Series so far, so hopefully they can get back on track tonight.

Andy Pettitte will get the ball on five day’s rest, working for the first time since he sent the Angels back to SoCal will their halos between their legs. Charlie Manuel says Pettitte’s stuff is dwindling, so I’m really hoping lefty makes Manuel eat his words tonight.

Here’s the starting nine(s):

Derek Jeter, SS
Johnny Damon, LF
Mark Teixeira, 1B
Alex Rodriguez, 3B
Jorge Posada, C
Robinson Cano, 2B
Nick Swisher, RF
Melky Cabrera, CF
Andy Pettitte, SP (14-8, 4.16)

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, SP (10-11, 4.32)

Categories : Game Threads, Playoffs


  1. Jay says:

    What are the odds this series goes 7? I think pretty good

  2. V says:

    Wow. Rosenthal just told the MLB Network that CC on 3 days rest is a good idea.

    Fucking two-face.

  3. Salty Buggah says:

    It”s too bad I have to write an essay by 11 tonight while watching the game.

    And this Philly version of Empire State of Mind sucks ass


    • Jay says:

      You seem to always have essays to write or books to read on the night of Yankee games.

      And what teacher would make an assignment due at 11 on a Saturday? I think you have a right to not write it on principle…

      • Salty Buggah says:

        Well, he assigned it on Monday but being me, I like to procrastinate. Yea, I always usually have an essay due Tuesday or Thursday (and only twice Saturday so far) and Yankees games are usually on on those days.

  4. Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster) says:

    These Phillies are such cocky, overarrogant bastards that I hope we EMBARASS them.

    They’ve een talking shit all series. Let’s kick their ass.

    • Salty Buggah says:

      I know huh?! The players, their fans, and even their newspapers are arrogant and unclassy. Apparently, their fans waited for the Yanks team bus to give them the on-finger salute.

      • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster) says:

        I mean, really. Pettite has diminishing stuff (cough 87 MPH fastball Pedro cough)? Thjey can hit Mariano Rivera because they’ve hit other closers? What kind of shit is that?

        I didn’t know they were that they were such arrogant sons of bitches.

        • Salty Buggah says:

          And Mr. 97 Career OPS+ one-time bullshit MVP overrated Rollins talks a lot of shit for being an average player.

          • Joe D. says:

            Gosh, I wish we could get Yankee fans to chant “Two-Ninety-Six” (Jimmy’s OBP) when Rollins comes to plate in Yankee Stadium.

            Since we’re gonna knock this baby out in Philly, may have to wait until 2010.


      • Riddering says:

        Accosting the Dodgers after the Phillies secured their place in WS was even worse. What a collection of douchebags. I hope we get to see some tears in Philly. Girls, grown men, green men…whomever.

  5. Ellis says:

    So Matsui’s not playing LF i see. probably a good call, I read Girardi was considering it.

  6. Jersey says:

    Let’s hope Hamels doesn’t choose tonight to regress to his mean.

  7. Souter Fell says:

    anybody just see vascergen make an ass of himself on mlb.tv with phil coke

  8. Z says:

    Just a hypothetical question:

    Under what circumstances would you concede a WS game, intentionally using a lesser SP or RP because you want to save the better ones for future games?

    • V says:

      When the opposing pitcher has a 50-0 record with a 0.00 ERA over 450 innings in his previous 50 starts.

      Or something like that.

    • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster) says:

      If I were manager, never.

      I have no idea what other people think, but I’d never do it.

    • Tom Q says:

      For historic reference: Billy Martin did more or less that in the ’77 World Series.
      Yankee pitching had been severely scrambled, as the ALCS with KC had gone 5 games, with Guidry starting Game 5 on three days rest, knocked out by the 4th or 5th, replaced by Mike Torrez, on two days’ rest, who pitched till the 8th. (Prior to the Ynaks’ 9th inning comeback win)

      So…Don Gullett pitched Game 1 of the Series, and, once the Yankees won that, Martin had Catfish Hunter throw Game 2. Cat hadn’t pitched in about a month (and had got bombed when he last had). He got bombed in the Series game, too — multiple home runs, gone early. But the Yankees, now better set, won three of the next four games behind Torrez and Guidry, and took the Series in 6.

  9. UWS says:

    To while away the time, my pics from Game 2:


  10. Hey Philly, We Ain't the Rays says:

    I would really really like to see a little kid from Philadelphia with good seats cry tonight. I would like the cameras to linger. They can be wearing a halloween costume or not, I don’t mind.

  11. The Artist says:

    Apparently, all 3 of the Yankee starters have been lobbying to pitch on short rest. According to Dave Eiland (who was interviewed on Ryan Ruoco’s 1050 ESPN radio show today) CC, AJ AND Andy all went into the manager’s office and told Joe they want the ball. He said that they would consider that, along with how they look in their side sessions. If they show any signs of fatigue, they’ll keep them on their regular 5 days schedule. But if they look good, they’ll consider starting them.

    CC’s numbers on short rest are excellent (2+ ERA) Aj’s are even better (1+ ERA) and Andy’s are about the same as his regular rest numbers(4.15 ERA).

    This changes things a bit for me. I thought Gaudin would go game 5, since Girardi would shy away from making his 37 year old veteran lefty starter who just got over a bad shoulder go on short rest. But if he’s lobbying to pitch Game 7, you go for it. Given AJ+CC’s previous success and Andy’s willingness to go, I’d take advantage of the fact that Manuel is only pitching Lee twice and get my three top guys pitching as much as possible.

  12. Bob Stone says:

    Ugh – It’s raining hard in Philly.

  13. Salty Buggah says:

    Damn, tarp is now on the field

  14. slappy white says:

    Tarp on the field….It looks like another 5 hour Saturday night game

  15. Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster) says:

    I hate the fucking rain during the World Series.

  16. Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

    Rosenthal just drowned in a raindrop.

  17. slappy white says:

    what the Fuck did Ozzie just say ?

  18. Mike bk says:

    did cliff lee take his bullpen session today?

  19. Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

    Is it just me, or does Chase Utley seem like he’s been touched by the Idiot Fairy?

  20. mustang says:

    I want NY to Slam Dunk Philly this weekend.

    Go Yankees !!!

    Go Giants !!!

    • Tom Zig says:

      Go Knicks?

      • mustang says:

        Yes them too the losing pain in my ass. The only team I follow that I have not seen win a Championship.

        Yankees, Giants, even the Rangers.

        The Knicks nothing but bad memories of Starks and Smith.

  21. ShuutoHeat says:

    Ugh, the more I see Victorino’s mug…the more I hate him.

    hey Ozzie…slow down…

    • slappy white says:

      no shit, is ozzie on the meth ? Slow down and try to make some sense…..nice choice FOX

      • Drew says:

        He makes sense it’s just hard to understand. English is not his first language obviously.

        • slappy white says:

          I could have swore he insulted Yankee fans ,and then said “come on Yankee fans prove me right”

      • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster) says:

        You kidding? GREAT choice. I LOVE Ozzie. I’m a huge Ozzie fan. He is the best soundbite manager in the game.

      • ShuutoHeat says:

        I think Grace just took a bit of what Ozzie had….

        Ozzie really looks like he’s hopped up on something, the way his eyes are drifting all over the place…

      • Girardi out to the mound says:

        I do not know if you know this or even if you care, but you sound a tad bit ignorant right now. Instead of just sitting in your chair and saying thanks fox this guy who does not speak English perfectly, you could just listen a bit more carefully. It would be a shame for FOX to just not let a guy on TV who knows a ton about baseball just because he has an accent.

  22. Alex S says:

    thanks for the props ozzy but i hardly understood a word you said

  23. Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

    Good to see Eric Karros is letting his hair free again. Taming his hair is like trying to control a wild mustang.

  24. Mike Pop says:

    Let’s go Yankees let’s go !

  25. mustang says:

    “Waldman makes World Series history
    Becomes first woman to broadcast Fall Classic game”

    Success in male-dominated field and fighting cancer to boot. I know lots of people make fun of her, but you have to handed to her.


  26. slappy white says:

    more hateable face, Aybar or Victorino ?

  27. Salty Buggah says:

    JackCurry: It’s raining lightly, tarp is on and pitchers haven’t warmed up. It’ll be at least 45 mins before 1st pitch.


  28. Salty Buggah says:

    Hah, that Hamels new era ad was kinda funny.

    • bonestock94 says:

      I’ve seen it a billion times, I’m gonna say “C’mon Cole, keep pounding the corner!” a lot tonight

  29. yankee brazil says:

    Anyone knows what time the game will start?

  30. mustang says:

    rain delay or rain out ?


  31. bonestock94 says:

    MLB.com still has it as a delay

    • Mark B says:

      Per mlb.com:

      Commissioner Bud Selig went into the umpires’ dressing room at 6:55 and conducted a lengthy meeting about the weather that included other baseball officials and the umps. Among the group was Yankees manager Joe Girardi and general manager Brian Cashman. When the two exited the room at 7:15, Girardi said that he anticipated the game would be played.

      That doesn’t look or sound like they have any plans on postponing game 3 until tomorrow

  32. NatalMike says:

    All stadiums should be covered. Then we wouldn’t have to put up with this bullshit.

    • Drew says:

      Yeah, baseball is meant to be played indoors.

    • JMK aka The Overshare says:


    • Marcus says:

      Yeah, and while we’re at it, they should cover all roads so we don’t have to plow that shit when it snows.

      Damn, now you got me thinking, why don’t they cover Florida, then they don’t have to evacuate when a hurricane comes.

      I wonder why they haven’t done it already?

      • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster) says:

        Because covering all roads in the country and covering Flroida is clearly on the same level of ridiculousness as covering baseball stadiums.

    • Keanu Reeves says:

      I would really like to see more teams build retractable roofs. It makes too much sense not to do it…imo.

  33. Drew says:

    Ugh.. I leave for the keys around 6 am tomorrow. The baseball gods want me to get no sleep I guess… At least daylight savings gives me an extra hour.

    • JMK aka The Overshare says:

      So to recap: you’re going to spend some time in the Keys while most of us are here in the lovely, sunny tri-state area AND we’re supposed to sympathize with your alarm clock troubles?


      /Sounds like fun, man. Business, pleasure? Both?

      • Drew says:


        Strictly pleasure. Going with the fam, doing some fishing. Rented a boat and a nice little house near Marathon.

        • JMK aka The Overshare says:

          Good deal. My father has a vacation house in Kissimmee, FL (right next to Orlando) but he refuses to go anywhere near Disneyland due to his fear of “communist ideologies masquerading as utopian capitalism.” He’s a lot of fun (and a serial adulterer, to boot) on these trips since, you know, there’s nothing to do around there. It is pretty funny though watching a 59-year old Larry David look-alike try to convince young black kids to sell him weed.

  34. Riddering says:

    Just what the world needs: another Favre interview.

  35. JMK aka The Overshare says:

    Jimmy Lee Solomon, Reggie Jackson’s long-lost brother?

  36. bonestock94 says:

    The game is definitely happening tonight, it’s just a matter of when.

  37. ShuutoHeat says:

    Fuck you Rollins… you’re a fucking cocky mofo that needs a swift kick to the teeth.

  38. Salty Buggah says:

    J-Roll wishes he was half the player Jeter was.

  39. Riddering says:

    Wait, shortstop is the most demanding position next to….FIRST BASE?!

    When did that happen?

  40. The Artist says:

    According to Accuweather, the rain should stop around 10PM.


    • bonestock94 says:

      I’m expecting the game to go on in between 9:15 and 9:30 based on what the MLB guy said on FOX.

  41. Sam says:

    Gotta leave for work at 3 AM tomorrow. Let’s try and play this one soon…

  42. Girardi out to the mound says:

    Are Jimmy Rollins statistics hidden from the MSM or something? Dude has gotta be the most overrated player in baseball because he had on great year and has a big mouth. His lifetime OBP is freaking .329.

    • JMK aka The Overshare says:

      Yeah, but if you round that to .370, he’s pretty good.

      /didn’t do so hot in Stats in high school

    • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster) says:

      Honestly, let’s just say it-Rollins sucks.

    • Drew says:

      Dude had a sick season a couple years ago. That’s why people love him. I’ve always liked him but now that I’ve heard his bullshit over the past week I’ve grown to hate him.
      Shut your mouth and play you douche. He’s like the antithesis of everything that is Yankee.

      • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster) says:

        Exactly. Shithead.

        Like or hate Girardi, for the most part he’s actually kept his clubhouse under control, wven last year. For a season where the Yanks didn’t even make the playoffs, last year was pretty tame.

        • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster) says:

          YOU’RE not the shithead, Rollins is…just to be clear…heh heh…

  43. Mark B says:

    Looks like this one will be starting in October and ending in November!

    • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster) says:

      Remind you of another game?

      • Mark B says:

        Hmmm….a few short years ago perhaps?

        When the scoreboard clock in Yankee Stadium passed midnight, World Series play in November began, with the message on the scoreboard “Welcome to November Baseball”. Derek Jeter hit an opposite field walk-off home run on a 3–2 pitch count from Kim. This walk-off home run gave the Yankees a 4–3 victory and tied the Series at two, making Jeter the first player to hit a November home run and earning him the tongue-in-cheek nickname of “Mr. November.”

        • Rocky Road Redemption (formerly RAB poster) says:

          I believe that’s the game…and it produced my favorite call of a baseball game EVER: Michael Kay calling Jeter’s HR. It was just beautiful. Michael Kay’s voice started cracking as the ball went over the wall.

  44. Kevin in CT says:

    Weather.com shows rain clearing up at 930

  45. mustang says:

    yes just what I wanted to see Cole Hamels picking his nose

    FOX is great

  46. NatalMike says:

    This never happens in Tampa Bay or Toronto. Cover your damn stadiums.

  47. Brazilian Yankee says:

    Will they play this one tonight? Any chance they postpone it?

  48. Hova says:

    Why does God hate baseball?

  49. charlespoet says:

    MK aka The Overshare says:
    October 31st, 2009 at 8:21 pm
    Your consistent level of failure over such a long period of time is kind of…impressive.

    Really? It is halloween, who gives a fuck if I am right or wrong.

    It amazes me that you even know what level of failure I have or do not have… you stocking me ?

  50. Joe D. says:

    Yay! The Rollins Show!



    My name is Jimmy Rollins,
    and I am proud to be,
    an annoying bigmouth,
    and a cheap MVP…

    Wait, The Cleveland Show?

    Ah, I like that one too.

  51. swisher's fauxhawk says:

    Tarp being pulled off per ESPN.

    Expected start 9:15.

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

    aw, no more cleveland show?

  53. Riddering says:

    Good thing Phillies fans bring towels to wipe off with.

  54. Hey Philly, Yankees ain't the Rays says:

    odd… 2 hrs ago ESPN’s accuscore projections had us with a 52-48 edge. now it’s 55-45. Was there a lineup change? Or does Accuscore factor in Cole Hamels’ bedtime?

    • Mike bk says:

      maybe 2 hrs ago it was figuring a start, then delay and andy having to be taken out, while now that might not happen.

  55. Drew says:

    haha I should have been Greenman last night.

  56. C says:

    That’s a big flag

  57. Jay says:

    Did I hear something off or did the classy Phillies fans boo the cast of ‘Glee’?

  58. slappy white says:

    Who sang the National Anthem and why did their shirts say “stand up to Cano”….I might not have read that right

  59. Jake H says:

    We play today, we win today. WE got this.

  60. Jay says:

    Man those towels are teh gay.

  61. Brazilian Yankee says:

    Huge zone for Hamels. This better be the same for Andy.

  62. Jake H says:

    So I guess there will be the high strike.

  63. Pasqua says:

    Hamels retired Jeter? You may officially begin your “he’s-got-his-A-game” discussion, Mr. Buck. I know how much you want to use it.

  64. baka nakamura says:

    philly phans…clASSy.

  65. Mike Axisa says:

    Not one of those first three pitches to Jeter was a strike according to PFX.

  66. JSquared says:

    Phillies fans are really ugly…

  67. southernyankeefan says:

    The first pitch to jeter wasn’t a fast ball Mccarver.

  68. Pasqua says:

    So, McCarver’s “Key to Victory” for the Phillies is to be victorious?

    Thats why they pay you the big bucks, Timmy.

  69. Jay says:

    Good lord that pitch wasn’t even close!

  70. Jake H says:

    So lets see here. 1 Ump has a terrible zone, check. 2. Philly fans booing every Yankee and showing how classless they are, check.

  71. whozat says:

    Did Damon stroll down to first? It really didn’t look like he was running hard. THat’s pretty much completely unacceptable, unless he’s injured. In which case, it’s stupid that he’s playing. It’s not like he’s done anything well on the field in the last two months.

  72. Brazilian Yankee says:

    Now watch the zone shrink as Andy goes to the mound. With these umps we should definately expect the worst.

  73. Jay says:

    And exactly what “statement” is a pitcher making by setting down the order 1-2-3 in the FIRST inning?

    My brain hurts listening to Joe Buck.

  74. Riddering says:

    The Yanks just have to adjust to the strike zone.

  75. Brazilian Yankee says:

    A-Rod is shitty during this WS.

  76. whozat says:

    ARod, what the fuck?

  77. Pasqua says:

    Buck wants the game to be called right now. Phillies win!

  78. It wasn’t the glove’s fault, Alex.

  79. danny says:

    arod c’mon u gotta get that

  80. JackC says:

    A-Rod. My goodness. Ouch

  81. ShuutoHeat says:

    Here comes the ratty Victorino…

  82. Drew says:

    Haha my boy went to pick up a “Free” black jack taco tonight after 6 and they told him he had to buy something to get the free taco.

  83. slappy white says:

    Come on Andy,pick that smart ass off

  84. Ghost of Scott Brosius says:

    not a good series for alex so far…

    • whozat says:

      True, but he’ll get some hits. His defense…well, he needs to make those plays that he gets to. He’s missed two in the last two games, which is not ok.

      • Ghost of Scott Brosius says:

        Yeah I’m not so worried about the offense, the defense is annoying though, makes me wonder if struggles at the plate get into his head. It often seems like there’s a correlation with him.

  85. ShuutoHeat says:

    Here comes the whole Pettitte balks every time he throws to first…..STFU already

  86. Drew says:

    It is not a balk. Get it through your thick fucking skull Douche.

    • ShuutoHeat says:

      Every fucking time Andy pitches these two assclowns bring it up. Seriously, every fucking post season start Andy made…these assclowns brought it up.

  87. NYTraveller says:

    Lopes is still crying about 77 and 78

  88. Pasqua says:

    I hate to say it, but when the away crowds scream “HA!” at A-Rod on a pop up, it makes me laugh.

  89. Jay says:

    I guarantee if the stats are checked we’ll find that Utley swings at a lot of first pitches the first time up. I doubt pretty much anything McCarver says.

  90. whozat says:

    Cole Hamels definitely got that corner.

  91. Jake H says:

    I’m curious how close that pitch was to Utley.

  92. Drew says:

    “You took steroids?” heh yikes

  93. danny says:

    oh original

  94. Pasqua says:

    “You took steroids!” Hey! They can read!

  95. Stadium Garlic Fries says:

    what is crowd chanting? who is your….what?

  96. Rob H. says:

    wow, they are giving Andy the “you took steroids” chant? He took HGH you idiots.

  97. Brazilian Yankee says:

    Strikezone is tiny now.

  98. Pasqua says:

    Pettitte balks SO hard that Rollins just ran halfway to 2nd before the pitch was delivered.

  99. JackC says:

    Very early, but Andy doesn’t look sharp

  100. slappy white says:

    come on andy….dont give up the big inning

  101. Mike Axisa says:

    The batter Andy, get the batter.

  102. Hova says:

    Jeter needs to stop blowing all the opponents. Getting really fcuking annoying.

    • Ghost of Scott Brosius says:

      I guess he thinks it shows confidence. They’re players are talking about how much better tha us they are, we’re just smiling, rising above it.

  103. Brazilian Yankee says:

    3-1 pitch = 0-1 pitch

    one was a strike, other one was a ball

  104. Ghost of Scott Brosius says:

    I fucking hate when we focus on the runner so much. And then the guy guesses right and we don’t even get a throw. There’s a very dangerous hitter at the plate, focus on him.

  105. brian paul says:

    did you guys know andy took steroids once? the informative philly fans just let us know.

  106. Esteban says:

    ehh Joe, replay shows Alex cold get there in plenty of time

  107. Ghost of Scott Brosius says:

    Pitch out? give utley the base and throw out rollins?

  108. Brazilian Yankee says:

    Huge K. Great pitch.

  109. swisher's fauxhawk says:

    Sit down.

  110. JackC says:

    Big K

  111. Doug says:

    Sit down Utley.

  112. JoeFromBayRidge says:

    There is a strike out pitch.

  113. JSquared says:

    Chase, you were cheating on CC’s fastballs, but how are you going to get out in front of the cutter and hit it? GET GOOD!!

  114. Mike Axisa says:

    Three breaking balls off the plate, Andy. Howard couldn’t hit ‘em with a tennis racket.

  115. ShuutoHeat says:

    McCarver you view is stupid…and even when you’re right…you’re wrong. SO STFU.

  116. JoeFromBayRidge says:

    Ryan Howard missed the pitch he should have destroyed when he took the first strike.

  117. Alex S says:

    did anyone catch Arod blowing snot out of his nose?

  118. swisher's fauxhawk says:

    Ryan Howard is not the catcher, Buck.

  119. Souter Fell says:

    Really, joe, ryan howard goes out to what? discuss the pitch?

  120. Pasqua says:

    1:20 rain delay and a molasses bottom of the first. I wish I drank coffee.

  121. Ghost of Scott Brosius says:

    Every fucking pitcher has different grips. Why is this interesting.

  122. Jay says:

    Buck got his jollies because Hamels looks relaxed. What does he expect him to be doing? Peeing in the corner?

  123. Pasqua says:

    Anybody else wincing at the fact that those changes are staying over the inside part of the plate?

  124. Stadium Garlic Fries says:

    Philly fans think they can get in Andy’s head by screaming, they don’t know he has lost his eardrums while pitching at Fenway since 96

  125. Pasqua says:

    What the fuck? Let’s pitch. Be confident.

  126. Brazilian Yankee says:

    Huge K. Great pitch.[2]

  127. Souter Fell says:

    alrights boys, lets put up some numbers

  128. Esteban says:

    That was pretty predictable.