Memories of Pettitte’s Game 6s past

Yankees have won the World Series with struggling key players
A.J. ready for pen work, just in case

As we tick off the hours, minutes and seconds until Andy Pettitte‘s first pitch to Jimmy Rollins tonight shortly after 7:57 p.m., we have ample time to reflect upon tonight’s starter. On Sept. 28, Andy Petitte got the win when the Yankees clinched the AL East with a victory over the Red Sox. On Oct. 11, Pettitte earned himself a W when the Yankees eliminated the Twins in the ALDS and secured themselves an ALCS berth. On Oct. 25, Pettitte won again as the Yanks downed the Angels to move on to the World Series.

So tonight, Pettitte will go for what is, in horse-racing, termed a superfecta. He’ll try for the chance to win all four clinching game for the Yankees this year. That would be some feat for a pitcher who perennially can’t decide whether to keep pitching or just retire.

For Pettitte, tonight will mark his 40th playoff start. If all goes according to plan, if he can last 6.2 innings or more, he will throw his 250th playoff inning tonight as well. Those are gaudy numbers, Pettitte is no stranger to Game 6. Tonight will mark his fifth Game 6 start. In three of those starts, the Yankee needed a clincher but got it from Pettitte just once. In the fourth, the Yanks were averting a World Series loss, and although Pettitte was masterful, Josh Beckett was better. So let’s review.

November 3, 2001: World Series Game 6
After two dramatic come-from-behind wins in New York City, the Yankees returned to Phoenix to face the Diamondbacks with the World Series hanging in the balance. The Bombers had a 3-2 lead with Andy Pettitte lined up to pitch in his first career Game 6. Just two innings and 14 batters later though, Pettitte’s night would be over.

The Diamondbacks were merciless that Saturday night in Arizona. They scored one in the first and three in the second. Pettitte put the first two runners on in the third, and Jay Witasick, in one of the World Series’ most disastrous relief performances, came in. Witasick allowed two inherited runners to score and six more that inning. The Yanks were down 12-0 before anyone realized what just happened.

On the night, Pettitte threw just two innings and gave up six runs on seven hits and two walks. He struck out just one. Later on, word emerged that Pettitte may have been tipping his pitches. Even if he was not, that’s one game YES watchers will never see on Yankee Classics.

October 15, 2003: ALCS Game 6
Considering the outcome of Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS, Game 6 is often overlooked. In it, Joe Torre gave Pettitte the ball; Andy pitched well enough to win; and Torre and the bullpen gave this one away as the Red Sox won 9-6.

Pettitte’s final line in this outing wasn’t terrible, but it wasn’t great. He struck out five in five innings and allowed four earned runs on eight hits and two walks. The damage, though, was limited to one inning. In the third, a home run, two walks and two singles gave the Red Sox a 4-1 lead, but that would be all for the scoring against Pettitte. He left this one with the Yanks up 6-4, but Torre gave the ball to Jose Contreras, Jeff Nelson, Felix Heredia and Gabe White. Nine outs away from the World Series, Mariano Rivera never pitched, and the rest is Aaron Boone-inspired history.

October 25, 2003: World Series Game 6
Ten days after a mediocre ALCS Game 6, Pettitte got the ball with the Yanks’ backs against the wall. Heavy favorites to win the World Series, they split two games in New York against the Marlins before losing two of three in Miami. The Yankees returned, then, to Yankee Stadium needing a home sweep to win, and Pettitte, masterful in throwing eight shutout innings in Game 2, would get the ball.

Pettitte was great that night. He threw seven innings and allowed two runs, one earned, on six hits and three walks. He struck out seven and threw 71 of 106 pitches for strikes. He should have been hailed as a hero, but Josh Beckett was just better. Beckett threw a five-hit shutout and struck out nine as the Marlins stunned everyone to win the World Series.

Little did we realize at the time, but that Saturday night affair would be Pettitte’s last start in pinstripes until 2007. The Yankees assumed he would just resign with them, but the Houston Astros offered more. For three years, the Yankees had little in the way of shut-down starting pitching, and Pettitte would be missed. I’ll take another Game 6 similar to that one tonight.

October 25, 2009: ALCS Game 6
This one — the ALCS clincher — is still fresh in our minds, and every Yankee fan would take this outing and outcome from Pettitte. Facing a feisty Angels’ club and with the Yanks just 27 outs away from the World Series, Pettitte came through in a big way. In 6.1 innings, he allowed just a run on seven hits and one walk. He struck out six and threw 64 of 99 pitches for strikes. He could locate his curveball, spot his fastball and keep the Angels off balance. With Mariano Rivera in for the final six outs, the Yanks found themselves back in the Fall Classic.

And so we arrive at tonight’s game to see if a tried-and-true formula can deliver a win. Mariano Rivera has saved more wins for Andy Pettitte than any other duo in baseball history. We want one more. As we sit 27 outs away and a few hours from first pitch, Andy Pettitte, number 46, the man with the stare, will be on the mound, ready to deliver.

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Yankees have won the World Series with struggling key players
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  • http://kyivpost.img.com.ua/img/forall/a/355/5.jpg Rose

    As we tick off the hours, minutes and seconds until Andy Pettitte’s first pitch to Jimmy Rollins tonight shortly after 7:57 p.m., we have ample time to reflect upon tonight’s starter. On Sept. 28, Andy Petitte got the win when the Yankees clinched the AL East with a victory over the Red Sox. On Oct. 11, Pettitte earned himself a W when the Yankees eliminated the Twins in the ALDS and secured themselves an ALCS berth. On Oct. 25, Pettitte won again as the Yanks downed the Angels to move on to the World Series.

    I don’t get a hat tip for this??? lol

    • http://kyivpost.img.com.ua/img/forall/a/355/5.jpg Rose

      I also added the note that Mariano Rivera had saved each one of these wins for Pettitte as well! Not nearly as important relevant…but still a neat fact.

      • JobaWockeeZ

        That’s been said on YES a lot of times over the course of the season.

        • http://kyivpost.img.com.ua/img/forall/a/355/5.jpg Rose

          That’s been said on YES a lot of times over the course of the season.

          Huh? The YES Network, a lot of times over the regular season, talked about how Pettitte clinched the 2009 AL East game, ALDS game, and ALCS game???

          Well what did they say about the World Series clinching game??? LOL

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

      You don’t get a hat tip for something that’s been mentioned all over the place. Stop asking.

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

        Why won’t you love me, Ben? I just want to be loved by you.

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPoWaJPEgxc (safe)

      • http://kyivpost.img.com.ua/img/forall/a/355/5.jpg Rose

        Stop asking.

        I asked once. “Stop asking” is usually a request to somebody who has been constantly asking.

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

          Yeah, but I was about to say something on your two comments from this morning. We’ve been talking about the Pettitte thing for days now.

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

          Hmmm… was he saying to stop asking for this hat tip in general, or stop your repeated practice of asking for hat tips generally? Because, speaking totally hypothetically, of course, if you had a habit of begging for hat tips (or, to phrase it differently, attention) that was sizable and noteworthy, say, one that stretched back over multiple months and several different iterations of your various avatars/personas, then this specific begging for a hat tip could, in fact, be denied on the grounds of your repeated and incessant begging for other hat tips in the past as yet another singular violation in a larger and more problematic pattern of violations that could be small and innocuous when viewed individually, even if this specific instance is the first time that this version of you has, in fact, asked for a hat tip.

          Just something to consider. I’ll move along now.

          • http://kyivpost.img.com.ua/img/forall/a/355/5.jpg Rose

            TSJC,

            What are you talking about? I’ve asked for one hat tip since I’ve been here. And it was jokingly (as noticed with the “lol” added on to it). Then all hell broke loose so I pleaded my case. That’s about the jist of it.

            Begging for attention?? You make it a point to respond with smark allecky comments on a constant basis perhaps to gain attention yourself. Anybody on this message board, who is posting anything at all, is in some way or another looking for the attention of a response or some form of acknowledgement perhaps.

            But whatever…let’s move on please.

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

              I’ve asked for one hat tip since I’ve been here.

              Right, sure you have.

              *winks*

          • http://kyivpost.img.com.ua/img/forall/a/355/5.jpg Rose

            AND by the way…the only reason there are various avatars/personas is because it gives me some breathing room.

            I understand you may not notice as much as I do to peoples responses to my posts…but they DRASTICALLY went up once people found out who I was previously.

            I was still quite cordial with the amount of replies I was getting before people knew…but now that people know…they coincidentally increased by a large margin…and what-do-ya-know…they’re more negative as well LOL.

            But whatever. That’s why the avatars/personas changed anyway. I wasn’t purposely doing it to try to trick people.

            • http://kyivpost.img.com.ua/img/forall/a/355/5.jpg Rose

              Again, please don’t take this as me “crying for help” or thinking everybody is against me. I’m not saying that. I was just trying to explain the avatar situation that’s all.

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

                Will do. Just a word of advice, though:

                Try not to use the “It’s the first time I’ve ever done it” defense. It doesn’t work, in your case. You may want to pretend like parts of the past didn’t happen, and we’re actually willing to put them to bed (for the most part), but when you say “But I’ve never done that before” and you have, or when you say “I never said that” and you did, it’s dishonest and drags us all back into a referendum on your past again.

                In order for us all to move forward amicably, you can’t attempt to alter the past. Okay? Cool.

                (shakes hands)

                • http://kyivpost.img.com.ua/img/forall/a/355/5.jpg Rose

                  You’re saying I did demand hat tips on several occasions in the past? If you remember that then I guess I’ll just have to forward a tip of my hat to you, sir. lol

                  (shakes hand)

                • Bo

                  At least hes still not posting about starting Gaudin.

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

                  I hate to say it, but I have to:

                  A web-argument between Bo and Rose would be hilarious.

                  The Many Faces of Eve-style.

                • http://kyivpost.img.com.ua/img/forall/a/355/5.jpg Rose

                  Bo says:

                  November 4th, 2009 at 3:42 pm
                  At least hes still not posting about starting Gaudin.

                  LOL. You haven’t posted anything BUT this same thing all day…

                  Keep up the good work…

  • dkidd

    twenty years from now, tonight’s start will be the one all of us remember

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

      Let’s hope so.

    • Tank Foster

      For good, I hope.

  • http://kyivpost.img.com.ua/img/forall/a/355/5.jpg Rose

    When was the last time the Yankees were up 3-2…lost a Game 6 and then won a Game 7?? 2003 against the Red Sox in the ALCS??

    • UWS

      Let’s not go there.

      • http://kyivpost.img.com.ua/img/forall/a/355/5.jpg Rose

        Wasn’t meant to be a knock…I was just thinking about it. Don’t know why I put so many question marks…

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

          MULTIPLE INTERROBANGS?!??!?!??!??!??!?

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

    I feel quite relaxed about Pettitte, really. I think it’s because he’s got the full offense behind him, he’s at home (where he’s been improved of late), and despite the three days rest, he is still well rested (no outings above 105 since August) and I’m 100% confident in him.

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona

      No Melky.

      Yankees postseason record with Melky: 10-4.
      Yankees postseason record without Melky: 0-1.

      Statistics don’t lie.

      ;)

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

        OMG!!!

        The series is O-V-E-R.

        • Hey Philly, We Ain’t the Rays

          Sho ’nuff. Parade time. Pettitte is going to make Pettitte’s ALCS Game 6 look like AJ’s WS Game 5 (To AJ’s credit, tho, I was at Game 2 and it was rediculous.)

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

        Statistics don’t lie.

        Sincerely,
        Congressman Joe Wilson

      • Tank Foster

        But I saw it with my own eyes, Gardner was BETTER. Jeter just choked in the clutch.

        ;-O

    • Jose
      • JMK aka The Overshare

        Well played.

  • Jose

    This could be the last game that Andy Pettitte ever pitches. Hopefully he gives everyone a pitching performance that will never be forgotten. He has been such a great Yankee, he deserves to go out with a bang.

    • Tank Foster

      …he deserves to go out with a bang.

      I know what you mean, but “bang” isn’t the word that comes to my mind when I think about how I want a good Yankee pitching performance to go. I’d rather think of a whimper, as in whimpering Phillies’ bats.

      We’ll leave the bang part for Mrs. Pettitte and the post-WS celebration.

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

        We’ll leave the bang part for Mrs. Pettitte and the post-WS celebration.

        Hiyoooo

    • http://kyivpost.img.com.ua/img/forall/a/355/5.jpg Rose

      We all remember Mike Mussina’s last pitching performance!

      Hopefully all of these irrelevant nonsensical facts add up together for something special! lol

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

    He’ll try for the chance to win all four clinching games for the Yankees this year. That would be some feat for a pitcher who perennially can’t decide whether to keep pitching or just retire.

    Those guys drive me nuts.

    Sincerely,
    Brett Favre

    • pat

      What did the pirate with a steering wheel in his pants say?

      ARRR IT’S DRIVIN ME NUTS

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

        Connery: I believe you’ll find that in the R’s section.
        Trebek: No, not in the “R’s”.
        Connery: Oh, that’s not what your mother said, Trebek.

      • http://kyivpost.img.com.ua/img/forall/a/355/5.jpg Rose

        And what letter comes after “Q”???

        AAARRRRRRRRRR!!!!!

        Sincerely,
        One Eyed Willy

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

    Game 6 in 2003 was probably his best IMO. I agree with everything said, back against the wall and he delivered.

    For everyone over reacting about Pettitte say “he had nothing” on Halloween night has anything to do with tonight, is crazy.

    It was mentioned in the last few days, about pitchers having 10 good, 10 bad, and 10 grid-it-out starts. Andy just didn’t have it that night.

    He was able to recoup, I’m sure he worked on mechanics, looked at video and I have full confidence in Andrew Eugene Pettitte.

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

      I have full confidence in Andrew Eugene Pettitte.

      Me too. I also have full confidence in Pedro Martinez not being able to shut us down for another 6 innings. His luck shall run out.

      Pedro’s toast. Ever since Reagan fired the air traffic controllers, he’s been completely senile.

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

        Riddle me this:

        Who’s better? Andy on short rest (not since 06) or Pedro on reg rest (not in a month, mostly went on extended rest).

        • http://kyivpost.img.com.ua/img/forall/a/355/5.jpg Rose

          Do either of them matter that much? I would say they are both equally as minimally relevant to how they pitch tonight.

          If they are ineffective…it won’t be a majority reason of days of rest. It will have to do with adjustments, mistake pitches, anything else. These are two VERY good offensive teams here.

    • http://kyivpost.img.com.ua/img/forall/a/355/5.jpg Rose

      I just hope he doesn’t make the same mistake with Werth that CC and company have been making with Utley.

      Don’t be afraid to throw inside or plunk one of them with 2 outs!! Utley is so relaxed up there…I don’t know why we haven’t done anything…

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

        If no one is on base when he’s batting, Chase Utley should not see any pitch in the strike zone tonight.

        • dkidd

          keep him from breaking reggie’s record. let’s get all joe maddon on him!

  • http://www.sportsfrog.com/2009/10/23/the-2009-mlb-delawards/ Mister Delaware

    No comment on the post, just wanted to commend you guys on some outstanding articles today. The amount of research and (gasp) facts/stats you’ve put up are a very nice, much needed contrast to the “momentum” based predictions supported with nothing other than the phrase “three days rest” the likes of ESPN are putting out. So thanks.

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

      You would think the momentum arguments would go away after a while. Someone should ask ESPN if they remember who won Game 5 in Anaheim? Hint: It wasn’t the Yankees.

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

      The Phillies are gonna win tonight, I can feel it in my gut.

      All five of them.

      Sincerely,
      John Kruk

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

        haha, seriously, how biased has Kruk been? He doesn’t even try to hide it.

        At least Mitch Williams is decent over on MLBN.

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

          I guess you could say Kruk has swallowed a lot of aggression… along with a lot of pizzas.

          • http://www.sportsfrog.com/2009/10/23/the-2009-mlb-delawards/ Mister Delaware

            What’s great was Perez stating (paraphrased) “the Yankees should have known that Burnett wouldn’t be good on 3 days rest, despite being good in the past, because they hadn’t asked him to this year”. Except, Eduardo, that 2 of the 3 prior times Burnett had gone on short rest, it was the first time that year (OMG!) that his team had asked him to. And the other time was 2 months after the last. Shouldn’t people paid to talk baseball know about Good and Bad A.J.? He’s not exactly an unknown commodity.

  • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

    “We want one more. As we sit 27 outs away and a few hours from first pitch, Andy Pettitte, number 46, the man with the stare, will be on the mound, ready to deliver.”

    I don’t get a hat tip for this? I’ve been saying that I want the Yankees to win one more with Pettitte on the hill all day!!!

    /
    Rose’d

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

        Thank you, thank you, I’ll be here all week. Try the veal. Anyone here from Jersey?

        • Zanath

          *raises hand*

        • dkidd

          what is the DEAL with charlie manuel? i mean, have you HEARD this guy?

          • Andy in Sunny Daytona

            Take my Phanatic, please.

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

              A man bursts in through his front door with a big smile and gleefully screams to his wife, “Honey, pack your bags, I just hit the lotto!
              She replies, “That’s great, honey, but, should I be packing for the beach or packing for the ski slopes?”
              He says, “I don’t care, just GET THE FUCK OUT!!!”

              • Andy in Sunny Daytona

                A naked lady walks into a bar with a poodle under one arm, and a two-foot salami under the other. She puts the poodle on the bar and says…

                I never got the punchline. Stupid Bender fell through the ceiling.

                • http://kyivpost.img.com.ua/img/forall/a/355/5.jpg Rose

                  If you met two guys named Flippy and Hambone, which one would you say liked dolphins the most? I’d say Flippy, wouldn’t you?

                  You’d be wrong though…it’s Hambone.

          • larryf

            redneck and alcoholic. No degree from Northwestern….couldn’t even spell it

        • http://kyivpost.img.com.ua/img/forall/a/355/5.jpg Rose

          Apples and Oranges.

          I listed stats that had not been listed on the site before. People replied saying “Wow, those are interesting stats” (not verbatim)…then AFTERWARDS…almost everything I had just written before (seemingly verbatim) was written in a new thread almost immediately after. I ask for a hat tip. People get delusional and think I’ve been asking constantly when I jokingly asked once. Then you compare this actual story of what actually happened to people rooting for the Yankees to win.

          /oh well…

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

            Gold Jacket, Green Jacket…who gives a shit?

    • http://kyivpost.img.com.ua/img/forall/a/355/5.jpg Rose

      Yawn…

      • http://theyankeeuniverse.com Moshe Mandel

        Eh, I was just poking fun at the exchange between you and Ben above. Hope you don’t take it personally.

        • http://kyivpost.img.com.ua/img/forall/a/355/5.jpg Rose

          Haha I don’t.

          I have a bad rap around here that’s all. And it’s not anybody’s fault but my own. Just a misunderstanding there that’s all.

  • ansky

    I wonder who wants Andy to close it out more? Us (Yankee fans) or Cole Hamels?

    • dkidd

      anyone else remember john tudor in the 1985 series? cards were up 3-2 and he was slated to pitch game 7 and he kept saying he didn’t want it to go 7 and when it did, he gave up like seventeen runs. cole hamels doesn’t want to pitch tomorrow night (cc, however, wouldn’t mind)

  • Sal

    Brett Gardner will be the star of the game, how many times have you seen a plater get hurt and the guy the replaces him comes up big .

    Brett Gardner Brett Gardner Brett Gardner

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

      How many times have you seen a plater get hurt and the guy the replaces him comes up big .

      Yup. Remember when Paul O’Neill pulled a hamstring in 1996 and missed the whole World Series, and we bought Hensley Meulens’s contract back from the Chiba Lotte Marines? And he played RF in Paulie’s absence and hit .678/.890/1.485 (2.375) against the Braves, singlehandedly winning Game 6 with four grand slams off of Greg Maddux? Man, that was amazing.

      It’s a shame that he hurt his back rescuing that busload full of nuns and orphans during the offseason and was never the same again. We’ll miss you, Bam-Bam.

      [Ed. note: this may not have actually happened.]

      • Zanath

        Don’t forget about his steal of home.

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

          Which one?

          • Zanath

            Oh yeah, I forgot he did it 7 times in the series. I was referring to his third one in Game 6, after his lead off triple.

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

              No, all his hits in Game 6 were homers.

              You’re thinking of Game 5, where he stole home three times after those famous leadoff drag-bunt triples in the 2nd, 4th, and 6th innings. That’s the same game where he closed it out in the 9th for the one-run save after Wetteland walked the bases loaded with no outs.

              • Zanath

                Oh damn, how could I forget that. I guess my memory ain’t what it used to be.

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

                  Hensley forgives you.

      • http://kyivpost.img.com.ua/img/forall/a/355/5.jpg Rose

        Good ol’ Hensley Meulens…they just don’t make them like they used to…

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

          Fun fact: The island of Curaçao intentionally added a diacritical mark to its name because they knew Hensley Meulens was way too awesome to be born in a country without one.

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona

      A “plater”? What year are you from? 1925?

      “Extry! Extry! Read all about it! Dateline: New York City. Fleet-footed South Carolinian Brett Gardner showed his expertise in plating runners today. All in all, he collected 3 dying quails while plating 3. He was successful not once, not twice but on all thrice of his base stealing attempts.. Quite a thief, indeed. Someone tell Al Capone that he has competion. Not to shabby for a player from the south.”

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

        GOOD EVENING MR. AND MRS. AMERICA FROM BORDER TO BORDER AND COAST TO COAST AND ALL THE SHIPS AT SEA!

      • dkidd

        “like the stock exchange, brett gardner has nowhere to go but up!”

  • Lance

    Nothing to worry about. Pettitte clinched the ALDS and the ALCS and now he’s just going for the Trifecta.

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

      I’m gonna go out on a limb and say that Lance didn’t read the whole post.

      • http://kyivpost.img.com.ua/img/forall/a/355/5.jpg Rose

        Give me a hat tip Lance!!! I want it right now!!!

        /hehehe

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

          Alright, that one was funny.

          • Lance

            FACEPALM, sorry guys.

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

              No problemo, happens to the best of us.

  • NatalMike

    Somebody please tell me that Andy is going to pitch a gem, Pedro is going to stink, A-Rod will hit 3 homers, Utley is going to get beaned, Gardner will steal 4 bases and we will live happily ever after and won’t have to face a 7th game. Or am I asking for too much?

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

      I hate to break it to you, NatalMike, but there’s a small chance Utley won’t get beaned.

      • Zanath

        However, there is an excellent chance that about twenty different replays, all from different angles and different speeds, will be shown of Shane–may his name be blessed–Victorino getting hit with the ball. Also, Joe Buck will be wearing a I <3 Cliff Lee tee-shirt in the booth.

  • The Iron Horse

    I’ve been supremely confident all year but I just don’t see how Pettitte can be good tonight. The guy gets into trouble (and works his way out of it, yes) on a good night. On 3 days’ rest in the cold, I’m just not feeling it. I hate to say it, but I think he wont get out of the 5th inning, 4 ER’s, 2 men on base. It’ll all come down to whether or not we can hit Pedro, which, aside from solo blasts game 2, we didn’t.

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

      Lou Gehrig is rolling over in his grave right now listening to you doubt the Yankees.

      For shame, sir.

      • The Iron Horse

        Did I doubt the Yankees? Or Andy Pettitte. Andy Pettitte. Now give me a logical answer as to why he will pitch well.

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

          A) He’s Andy Pettitte.

          • The Iron Horse

            Exactly

        • TheLastClown

          Andy Pettitte has won more postseason games than anyone else.

          Ever.

          Odds are he’ll do it again.

          /Logic’d

    • http://kyivpost.img.com.ua/img/forall/a/355/5.jpg Rose

      Andy’s not exactly a fresh face to all of this…

      Not only has he pitched 16 regular seasons…but he’s pitched more innings in playoff HISTORY!!! So if anybody knows how to pitch in all sorts of situations…it’s Andy Pettitte. That doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a guarantee…it just means that it being cold and 3 days rest…probably won’t be the major issues…

  • steve s

    For what its worth I think if you take a close look at Pettitte’s complete post-season history he rarely seems to be mediocre and if he is not very very good to great (most of his starts) he stinks (Division Series 1997 (both starts), 2002, Championship Series, 1998, 2003 (2nd start), WS, 1996 (1st start), 1999, 2001 (both starts). If he is showing signs of stink tonight get the bullpen merry-go-round started sooner rather than later; short leash is mandatory even if it’s first inning (3 runs in first is the stink limit for me).

  • Hi, I’m Jerry, this is my associate Cornelius

    I know I’m late to the Hensley Meulens party, but I actually met the guy when I was stationed in Japan and he was with the Chiba Lotte Marines. Pretty cool guy actually. We’d sit in the bleachers during batting practice and he’d come over and hang out for a little while. Real nice guy. Met Mel Hall too. Not a nice guy.