Mar
05

Spring Training Game Thread: Hughes & Joba battle it out

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Photo Credit: Kathy Willens, AP

Two games, two walk-offs so far for the Yankees. Of course, they were on the wrong end of it yesterday, losing to the Roy Halladay and the Phillies. If people in Philadelphia want to consider that revenge for the World Series, then be my guest. Whatever helps you sleep at night.

The battle for the fifth starter’s spot will resume today after Chad Gaudin, Sergio Mitre, and Al Aceves stated their case on Wednesday. Phil Hughes will start this afternoon and toss two innings before giving way to Joba Chamberlain and his two innings. Next time out, Joba will start and Hughes will relieve. Apparently they’re just going to alternate each time out.

Here’s today’s starting nine, which isn’t far off from what we’ll see on Opening Day…

Jeter, SS
Granderson, CF
Teixeira, 1B
A-Rod, 3B
Posada, DH
Thames, LF
Cano, 2B
Swisher, RF
Cervelli, C

Scheduled Pitchers: Phil Hughes, Joba Chamberlain, Jeremy Bleich, Grant Duff, Dustin Moseley, Hector Noesi, David Robertson, Kevin Whelan

Also scheduled to play: Reegie Corona, Greg Golson, Reid Gorecki, Juan Miranda, Jesus Montero, Eduardo Nunez, Kevin Russo, Jorge Vazquez, Jon Weber

First pitch is scheduled for 1:05pm ET, and you can watch on either YES or MLB Network. Also, make sure you join in on our live chat, which you can find after the jump.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

    Phil Hughes will start this afternoon and toss two innings before giving way to Joba Chamberlain and his two innings. Next time out, Joba will start and Hughes will relieve. Apparently they’re just going to alternate each time out.

    This deliberate spring training arrangement obviously means something incredibly important, and we should read shitloads of information into it and extrapolate it to mean several theories we’ve long held about the 2010 Yankee roster configuration are totally true.

    Sincerely,
    Idiots

  • Dela G

    not a good start so far

    yanks down 1-0

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

      not a good start so far

      You’re doing it wrong. Spring Training = stuff + process + approach. One home run is bound to happen. The swing-and-a-miss on the change to Zobrist is what the Yanks are looking for.

      • mryankee

        The change to Zobrist was nice, the hanging curve to Longoria was not and the fastball topping out at 90 is a little short.

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

          You’re overanalyzing the first four hitters of the year Hughes is facing. Do you really expect him to be throwing 94/95 in inning one of his Spring Training appearance?

          I don’t even know why I’m engaging in this discussion really.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

            You guys sound like crazy morons to me.

            /HanSoloPeterGriffin’d

            • Charlie

              I thought you were supposed to stop with the stupid inside joke stuff?

              /RABStaff’d

        • http://www.teamnerdrage.com dr mrs the yankee

          Oh gosh starters in spring training not blowing it all out in their first appearance I am shocked

        • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

          the fastball topping out at 90 is a little short.

          Have I been asleep, what day is this? My calendar says March 5th, have I been in a coma???

          • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

            Dude, check this out: We just traded for Casey Kelly and his 90-mph fastball. Huzzah! Huzzah!

            • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

              ::falls back into coma out of sheer delight::

              • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

                Kramer: I didn’t know you could come out of a coma!
                Jerry: I didn’t know you could possibly not know that.

        • http://none Michael

          It’s March 5th. What do you want?

      • Dela G

        ha i’m just saying not a good start to the game

        haha im not trying to put much stock into spring training, as i couldnt care less about how people do in spring training :)

        • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

          Don’t lie to me, traitor!

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

      Meh, it’s ST. Scores don’t matter. I’d rather see him throw lots of changes and curves than really try to mow guys down.

  • The Evil Empire

    Highes gives up a HR; Joba wins.

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      Semicolon and an period? Who are you trying to fool?

  • mryankee

    Highes did not look great in terms of velocity and command in the 1st, the home run was wind aided by 3-4 sharp hit balls. Of course its his 1st start in spring training.

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

      *Hughes. Guy’s been on the team for three years.

      • mryankee

        Oh yeah Huges did not look great in teh first, of course we will reserve judgment.

        • mryankee

          spelled it wrong again Hughes.

          • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

            You are a comedy God.

  • BigBlueAL

    First game thread of 2010 for me baby yeah!!

    • Bob Stone

      Same here – Love it!

  • BigBlueAL

    Price has been 95-97 with his fastball so far in the 1st inning, jeez.

  • bexarama

    No, Michael Kay, A-Rod didn’t do so well in the postseason because of that last game in Tampa. (facepalm)

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

    A strikeout? More like DFA-Rod.

    • http://none Michael

      Booooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

  • The Evil Empire

    Look at David Price’s fastball, now that’s a guy who belongs in the rotation.

  • BigBlueAL

    Anyone read the what I thought was a really stupid, annoying article today in the Daily News by Bob Raissman about Arod??

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

      I read Jason’s take on it and told him that the next time Raissman makes a good point will be the first time that has ever happened. Amongst him and Harper and Lupica, the Daily News runs some mind-numbing sports writing.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

      What is this “Daily News” thing that you speak of?

      • http://www.teamnerdrage.com dr mrs the yankee

        I haven’t decided if the Yankees are going 0-162 or 1-161 yet

        • http://www.teamnerdrage.com dr mrs the yankee

          I have no idea why that showed up as a reply instead of a new thread. Boo.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

            I laughed anyway.

            • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

              But were you laughing with him, or at him?

              • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

                With her.

                • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

                  Ahh, I thought the name was a play on our friend mryankee.

    • Robbir rips one

      The article wasn’t so much about Arod but about YES and the Yanks hierarchy and their perceived backhanded stabs of Arod.

      Raissman doesn’t write about sports. He writes about the media coverage of sports.

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

      Semi-fun autobiographical fact: During college I produced a one-man news publication called The Daily Booze, modeled after Lupica’s inane ranting. Predictably, it failed until the school propped it up.

  • bexarama

    It was stupid, but he also had a decent article a little while ago about how the whole steroid overkill thing actually put the fans on A-Rod’s side.

    • Mike HC

      Yea. A-Rod was getting so ridiculously vilified that you kinda had to sit back and be like, he can’t be that bad.

    • bexarama

      reply fail.

  • bexarama

    If anyone’s listening to Francesa while watching the game (yeah yeah I know, but he’s interviewing Yankees), Mo rules. /obvious statement’d

  • theyankeewarrior

    Did Hughes seem to be nibbling/missing his spots to Navarro or did he just have a good AB?

    • bexarama

      I doubt he’s nibbling in Spring Training.

      • theyankeewarrior

        Yeah, especially to Navarro. I can’t see the game, so I’m just wondering if his control/command looks like it’s there overall.

  • BigBlueAL

    Robbie smoked that one.

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

    Lazy Nick Swisher walks again. He must really hate running!

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      Base clogger.

  • dkidd

    re the picture above:

    i wonder if dave eiland practices his “watching pitchers throw” pose in the off season

  • BigBlueAL

    Hey Ben, who usually does the Yankee book reviews, you, Mike or Joseph?? I only ask cause I was just checking stuff out on Amazon last night and I came across the new book about the 1995 ALDS series between the Yankees and Mariners and the few people who reviewed it at Amazon said it was a great book especially for Yankee fans so I was curious if any of you have/plan on reading it and writing a review about it.

    Looks like an interesting book maybe worthy of purchasing.

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

      I’m doing the review for that one, but the book’s still in the mail. It should be waiting for me at home when I get back tonight.

      • BigBlueAL

        Cool. Looking forward to it.

  • Paul Canales

    I can’t get over how skinny Swisher now is.

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

      An all-grit diet does wonders for the Swishabody.

  • Aj

    LMAO

  • Paul Canales

    Did Swisher even get tagged? I’m not even sure.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

    OH SHIT IT’S GRUNT-AND-FART TIME!!!!!

    • bexarama

      He’s pitching out of the bullpen so all is right with the world.

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

    Tino is Damon-ian in his speaking.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

      Nah, Tino’s a little stilted, but Damon’s just in another class.

  • Mike HC

    I am oddly too excited to have seen Joba and Hughes pitch

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

    Of course he threw harder out of the bullpen! Just…what?!

  • Reggie C.

    Damn. I thought Thames was fast enough to cut it off.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

      Not remotely. Thames is basically an OF in name only.

  • Aj

    That’s it! It’s over! Joba back to the pen!

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

    Thames looked like he was lightly jogging.

  • Bill R

    Joba and Hughes to the Pen!!!! They both suck! I want Gaudin!!!!

    • Bill R

      WOOOOOOOOWWW!!!!

      • Rose

        LOL. What about the “Midnight Mitre”?

        • Bill R

          hahahaha Great nickname!

  • BigBlueAL

    Joba getting rocked.

  • Reggie C.

    CRUSHED.

  • Paul Canales

    Woah, back to back triples. Cool.

  • Jose

    So does this game mean that Mitre will become the fifth starter?

  • Rose

    Francesa: If you’re the owner what would have Joba be? Starter or Reliever?
    Mariano Rivera: If I were the owner or manager?
    Francesa: Owner first…starter or reliever for Joba?
    Mariano Rivera: If I were the owner? He would be my 8th inning guy.
    Francesa: What about if you were the manager?
    Mariano Rivera: 8th inning guy.

    On WFAN just now.

    Note: Mariano Rivera isn’t the owner nor manager and probably never will be.

    • Gor

      If Mariano was the manager and Joba is his set-up man, then who is his closer?

      • Rose

        I think it’s in the hypothetical situation where there is somebody just like Mariano Rivera closing out the game already…

        Unless you meant that to be a joke. In that case – “tee hee hee”

    • Jose

      I’m not surprised. Isn’t Posada also a huge Joba to the pen guy? Posada and Mo are good at baseball, but they don’t make team decisions for a reason.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

      I like how Mo asked for clarification… and then gave the same answer to both questions.

      Hilarious.

      • BigBlueAL

        LMAO, i was thinking the same thing.

    • bexarama

      I wanted to cry when I heard that. I’m just gonna pretend Mo never said it.

    • Aj

      Heads up cano

  • The Evil Empire

    David Price = future ace

    Joba = 5th starter

    Hughes= 3rd starter

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

    Jeez, this is ugly.

  • JackISBACK

    WHAT HAPPENED TO THE BULLDOG MENTALITY FOR JOBA OUT OF PEN!!1!!1!!

    Obviously Joba can’t handle pitching out of the pen either, SEND HIM DOWN!!

    Ok realistically, Joba looks pretty decent today. His fastball seems decent (90-92), but his slider isn’t there.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

      And frankly, Joba’s slider is the pitch we’re all least worried about. It’ll come around, and it’ll be filthy.

      • JackISBACK

        Yeah, he didn’t look too bad otherwise to be honest. His curve seemed allright, I didn’t follow too much if he threw a change or not.

        Should be fine as he builds up velocity.

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

    These three make for a dreadful booth. TV=muted.

    • Jose

      Does it make me a masochist if I enjoy listening to them?

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

        Jose likes it rough.

    • The Evil Empire

      Tino always sounds like he has a stuffed nose.

    • BigBlueAL

      I thought Tino was pretty horrible the year he was on Baseball Tonight so Im not surprised that he is pretty bad in the booth, although it is just his 1st game.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

      WHO BUT?!??!

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

    Holy cow Cano.

    • Big Juan

      What?? Cano doesn’t hustle!!! He’s lazy!!1!!?

    • ShuutoHeat

      Cano+Hustle+Spring Training=Enigma

  • Paul Canales

    Maybe Cano should come in relief of Joba

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

      Maybe we should just trade Cano for Matt Cain, straight up.

      /ThatOneGuy’d

      • bexarama

        I didn’t say Matt Cain, I said a guy LIKE Matt Cain.

        /that one guy’d

        • Rose

          You probably meant Dean Cain…

      • Dirty Pena: The Triple Entendre

        Wasn’t that the infamous Jake?

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

          Perhaps. I didn’t feel like checking… whatevs.

  • Salty Buggah

    Haha, some dude just told me that Hughes should be a starter because Joba, while eating innings, cannot pitch well and had a 5 ERA going into June 09. I told him he had a 3.62 ERA going into August. People love to talk while being uninformed

    • Rose

      Did you notice this guy drooling a little bit when he was talking?

      • Salty Buggah

        Haha, no. It was on Twitter

  • theyankeewarrior

    Where was Joba’s fastball sitting today? And what did it top out at?

    • JackISBACK

      I saw a 92 on the Yes gun, and a 90. So 90-92 is what I saw. I didn’t notice one higher to be honest, but I did see 92 for sure.

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

        Casey Kelly was jealous.

  • bexarama

    Cervelli is just looking for vengeance against the Rays for ’08.

  • Reggie C.

    Very nice play by Cervelli. Good speed too. Makes up for swinging through that gimme-92 mph FB earlier.

  • Paul Canales

    Nice one Cervilli!

  • Salty Buggah

    Cisco!

  • ShuutoHeat

    My man crush on Cisco continues to grow.

  • Paul Canales

    Wow, that kid is something else.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

    Jeremy Hellickson is a very solid young SP prospect. I’m impressed.

    • Jose

      So was Michael Kay when Hellickson struck out his idol.

  • JackISBACK

    Is Jesus Montero going to bat in this game? Thats like my biggest reason to watch ST games to be honest.

    • The Evil Umpire

      That’s like asking “is Jenna Jamison going to have a sex scene in her next movie?”

      • JackISBACK

        Didn’t she retire?

        I might even buy Milb.tv this year because of Montero.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

          Have you seen Jenna Jameson recently? She looks like a cat.

          If she hasn’t retired, she should. Watching her have sex with someone would be decidedly unerotic. She’s damn near Joan Rivers.

          • JackISBACK

            A little anecdote: Somewhere in December, I went to the car dealership to have my car serviced, and I’m sitting in the waiting room, and the TV in there has Oprah on. And I’m basically the only one sitting in there. On comes Jenna Jameson on Oprah, and some old guy who works there comes by, notices it, and literally runs to some other guy to tell him about it. 2 minutes later, pretty much EVERY guy from the dealership is there in the waiting room watching, it might have been the most male watched Oprah ever.

            But yeah, I’m pretty sure she’s retired.

            Speaking of losers no one wants to touch, Kei IGAWA is on!

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

    We’re doomed to be bottom-dwellers in the AL East this year.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

      (reaches for cyanide capsule)

    • http://twitter.com/riddering Riddering

      Pfft. Did you see Boston’s “ace” pitch? BUST.

      • bexarama

        what happened?

        • http://twitter.com/riddering Riddering
          • bexarama

            Wow.

            So, using the transitive property of Joba and Hughes (young starters have a bad start in ST, therefore they suck) because Lester apparently sucks so much, can they release him???

            • http://twitter.com/riddering Riddering

              Mitre for the shell of Jon Lester, straight up.

              • bexarama

                iwett (i would enjoy this trade)

                It’s totally fair and all. I mean, did you see Mitre in that ST game? LIGHTS OUT.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

            My new favorite name:

            “Randor Beird”

  • BigBlueAL

    Damn, how the hell did Jeter not catch that??

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

      (thinks)

      I’m going to go with the ol’ Roger Dorn “I’m not messing up my investment for this meaningless play”.

  • bexarama

    Am I allowed to say this is an ugly game while recognizing that the game means absolutely nothing and it’s better to lose like this now rather than on August 17th?

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

      AREN’T YOU PANICKING??!?!??! WHY AREN’T YOU PANICKING??!?!??! WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH YOU, WOMAN?!?!??!?!

      • http://twitter.com/riddering Riddering

        This is divisional race preview! If we don’t take this seriously, we’ll see 2008 all over again.

      • bexarama

        Whoops, my bad. Let me correct that.

        AHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OMG WE LOST TO AN AL EAST TEAM. JOBA AND HUGHES GOT ROCKED THEREFORE THEY SUCK. DOOOOOMED!!!!!!!

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

          That’s better. We should start a suicide pact or something.

    • Paul Canales

      Ehh, no different than a regular season blowout. And coincidentally once again to the Rays.

    • http://twitter.com/riddering Riddering

      It’s fun. I popped popcorn and everything.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

        (munches some of Riddering’s delicious popcorn)

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

        I hope that’s a euphemism for something dirty.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

          My reply was.

          • http://twitter.com/riddering Riddering

            You’ve got a little something on your chin. Let me take care of that.

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

              (fights urge to quote a lyric from Redman’s Soopaman Luva song)

          • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

            Whoa there.

      • bexarama

        I would have done that but I’m too busy writing an angry message board post about how we should DFA Hughes and Joba and kill Eiland.

        (Kei Igawa looks the best of any Yankee pitcher in the game so far. THIS IS CRAZY TALK.)

  • ShuutoHeat

    we’re doomed!!! doomed I say!!!
    /jumps bridge

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

      /safely lands on pile of dead bodies already at foot of bridge from last year

      • ShuutoHeat

        LOL, I don’t think there is enough distance between the bridge and the pile of corpse for me to fall from. I wonder how many bridge jumpers we’ll see this year after this ST game.

      • thurdonpaul

        Climbing atop pile of bodies so I can jump onto bridge.

  • BklynJT

    Put in Montero!

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

    Whelan might make a good handball player. He seems good at wildly bouncing balls.

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

    Igawa sighting! Yes! Our Hiro is here!

    • http://twitter.com/riddering Riddering

      The Sensei of Scranton!

      • ShuutoHeat

        lol

  • bexarama

    Bringing in Igawa with the bases loaded is just hilarious.

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

    See, what did I tell you guys?

  • Reggie C.

    BJ upton looks kinda scrawny. I understand sinewy strong … but he just looks skinny.

  • theyankeewarrior

    Sean Rodriguez for MVP

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

      Dude’s gonna be Josh Hamilton without the drug problem.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

        But with or without the injuries?

        • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

          Without. They don’t call it rehab for nothin’.

  • ultimate913

    Igawa for Cy Young.

  • JackISBACK

    Is there a player more over-rated than Upton? Really, all the talent in the world, and he keeps sucking except some spurts that keep giving people hope. He’s the Jason Giambi of athletic players.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

      Wait, Jason Giambi sucked?

      • JackISBACK

        Well I was referring to his older days, where he’d go on a tear for a couple of weeks, then disappear for some time.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

          Meh, I’d say 2008-2009 are the only years where you could really say he kinda “sucked”, and even 2008 was pretty solid all things considered.

          • JackISBACK

            Yeah, maybe Giambi was bad comparison.

            The Cody Ransom of the Rays (all the tools in the world…), hmmm how about the Fausto Carmona of hitters?

    • Mike HC

      Does the fact that BJ Upton is an inconsistent player, make you think Justin Upton might be the same. Flashes of brilliance, but rarely puts together full great seasons? Or am I selling both of them short?

      I’m thinking like the Rush brothers in basketball, just more talented. Everyone thinks the next Rush will be better, but they are all busts for the most part. Not to say the Uptons are busts, just that everyone thinks they both should be better than they actually are.

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

        Because they’re related? No. Look at Justin’s numbers.

        • Mike HC

          Serious question. When trying to project a players future, ultimate talent level, scouts many times look to comparable players to see how they turned out. I know the Upton Brothers skill sets are a little different, but the fact they are brothers has to be a pretty solid source of comparison. Should that play no role in the projection?

          • Hughesus Christo

            Only after Justin has a labral reconstruction.

          • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

            It depends how closely their skill sets are aligned, not the fact that they are related. Perhaps you can use it as anecdotal character information and a bit of (presumptuous) genetic projection, but generally speaking, non-related players with more similar skills are better comparisons.

            If the two siblings are near exact in their skill sets, it’s a more apt comparison, but not strictly because of their parents being the same.

            • Mike HC

              fair enough. You may be right.

      • Hughesus Christo

        Justin Upton is God.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

        The Upton brothers’ baseball talent and ability >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> the Rush brothers’ basketball talent and ability

      • JackISBACK

        I’ve thought of it, but Justin just seems to be more talented and just better at baseball. I think of Justin and BJ as Peyton and Eli Manning. Where Justin would be Peyton, that great talent that can put it together very early. While BJ is sort of like Eli, where there is potential, but the results are just never there, always inconsistent. Similar to Eli, he could go out an put up a top performance next year, and no one would be surprised, and at the same time he can be horrible, and no one would be surprised.

        But having owned BJ in fantasy leagues the last two years, this guy just doesn’t seem to have any consistency.

        • Hughesus Christo

          How dare you besmirch the name of young Elisha.

        • Mike HC

          yea. you very well may be right. Justin might be a monster next year.

          • Spaceman.Spiff

            He was arguably a monster last year too.

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

        No. What about the Giambi’s? Or Dimaggio’s? Or Ripken’s? Or Griffey’s? Or Arnold and Danny Devito in Twins?

        • Mike HC

          Yes, but as I wrote above, the Uptons are far closer, and comparable as players as those brother combinations. So when looking at comparable players, BJ Upton’s career trajectory should be a pretty close comparison in my opinion, even though their skill sets are off.

          Maybe Justin is better than BJ Upton, but can still be inconsistent and never really put it all together, but still be better than BJ

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

      You can make a good argument that Giambi was underrated. As for BJ, yeah, he might be. He has the physical skills but hasn’t quite put it all together. Giambi is not a good comparison.

  • Rose

    Does Sean Rodriguez have a shot at the cycle?

    Sean Rodriguez > Alex Rodriguez

    Sincerely,
    Pudge Rodriguez

    • ShuutoHeat

      All the other “Rodriguez”s that you didn’t mention are crying in the corner.

      • Rose

        “Let’s play…”

        - Robert Rodriguez

  • ultimate913

    A-Rod is the suxxor. He K’d when he is supposed to hit a 7-run grand slam. Dere is no wai he can be da centaur of centaurssssssssssss,s.

    • bexarama

      I was actually shocked that he didn’t hit a home run there. After all, a ST game where the Yankees are down by 7 runs is pretty much the definition of meaningless and we all know A-Rod only hits HRs when it’s meaningless!

  • Rose

    Chamberlain: 1.1 innings, 3 hits, 3 walks, 5 ER = http://www.heyculligan.com/holding%20nose.jpg (SAFE)

  • bexarama

    Kei Igawa for the fifth starter!!!!

  • Andy

    Anyone know why can’t we get updated box scores during spring training games?

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

    I think Igawa is now the dark horse favorite for the 5th spot.

  • BigBlueAL

    Definitely agree with a couple of comments above, Igawa has the inside track for the 5th starter’s spot. Or at the least as the 8th inning guy.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

    I love you, Robbie Cano.

    • http://twitter.com/riddering Riddering

      Well, Cano’s not going to miss Melky much then.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

        I’m already pre-cringing at the inevitable volume of stories like this we’ll be subjected to this year.

        • http://twitter.com/riddering Riddering

          If Cano goes into any kind of offensive or defensive slump–it’s ’cause of the evil Melky trade.

        • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

          According to one blog, Melky was so distraught, he attempted suicide.

          I cannot attest to the credibility of the blog. I bet it’s dubious.

          • http://twitter.com/riddering Riddering

            The depression is so serious he can’t even shave properly in the morning.

            • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

              He’s been unduly influenced by college kids with popped collars.

  • http://twitter.com/riddering Riddering

    Dammit, Cano, that should have been a triple.

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

    Cano’s swing is just gorgeous.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

      My favorite lefty swings to watch of the past half century (non-Bonds division, in no order):

      Cano
      Strawberry
      Helton
      Griffey

      • Rose

        What about Garrett Anderson? (Same exact swing as Griffey’s less the talent)

        • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

          Anderson crouches more and uses his back leg a bit more prominently.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

          Meh, perhaps. Those four just stick in my memory as solidly beautiful strokes, more so than others.

          (TWSS)

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

        Phil Plantier.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

          John Mabry?

  • Rose

    The best is this line:

    Whelan: 0.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, — ERA

    Hilarious. The guy was so bad his ERA isn’t even calculable.

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

      Well, he didn’t record an out.

      • Rose

        LOL I know. It’s still funny…

  • bexarama

    Longoria sucks defensively! Why didn’t he make that play!
    /if Rays fans were Yankee fans’d

  • Hughesus Christo

    JOBA DIDN’T STONE HIMSELF ON CAMERA DURING HIS INTERVIEW. CUT HIM.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

      Why Jack Curry didn’t just beat that little insolent shit within an inch of his life is beyond me.

      • http://twitter.com/riddering Riddering

        I’m going to treasure this comment for a long time.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

          I give because I love.

  • ShuutoHeat

    Cervelli!! /swoons

  • JackISBACK

    Thats a bloop hit in Comerica!

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

    K-Rob sighting!

  • ultimate913

    You’re Cashmoney. Cano has a .350(avg)/.440(obp)/.610(slg) during the 2010 season. Do you listen to offers? If so, what would it take for you to consider it? Or do you try to extend him right then and there? Or do you continue with your “rules” and let the contract expire?

    • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

      he’s signed for next year and we have two club options through 2013.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

        Heh. I like how moot that question instantly became as it was being written.

      • ultimate913

        Worth how much for each year?

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size
          • ultimate913

            Cool. I knew there was an option involved but I didn’t know it was for 2 years. Good call by the Yankees. I guess now I don’t have to cancel my season tickets.

            /you know who’d

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

              No problemo. Like I always say, catch a fish for a man, and he eats for a day.

              Teach a man to fish, and you can screw his wife while he’s out fishing.

        • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

          10 next year, then the option years are for 14 mil and 15 mil.

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

      Of course you listen to offers, but you certainly don’t extend him then. It sets a bad precedent, undermines the importance of the rule in bargaining, and would certainly create some unrest. You’d also be locking him up when his value is at its absolute highest. You can afford him when his contract is up and renegotiate then if need be. You may be able to get him for cheaper then, too.

    • Reggie C.

      You dont do anything. I’d want Cano to do it again.

      • Spaceman.Spiff

        You definitely trade him before he turns into Carlos Baerga.

  • bexarama

    Yankees on Deck talk? YES!!!

    • bexarama

      also, I know it’s ST, but you rule, Dave Robertson.

  • Hughesus Christo

    Jack Curry isn’t cool enough for these ST interviews. He should be wearing a suit at all times. I’m looking forward to the return of sexual tension theater with Lil’ Kim.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

      Heh.

      Kim should be the designated Robinson Cano interviewer. That’d be hilarious.

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

      I think we should get some intellectual tension with Emmitt Smith asking the questions. Sure, he may be legally retarded, but he is damn funny, even if it is unintentional. All the answers are canned cliches anyway.

      • Hughesus Christo

        Sorry, man. I’m going to have to steal “intellectual tension.”

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

        Don’t give up. Don’t even give up.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

          (golf clap).

  • Hughesus Christo

    I have waited long enough. WHERE THE MITRE IS JESUS?

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

      WHERE THE MITRE IS JESUS?

      ICWUDT.

    • http://twitter.com/riddering Riddering

      I really want to see him behind the plate soon in a ST game.

    • Hughesus Christo

      HE IS RISEN!

      And in an upset, no passed balls or popups deflected into home runs, or whatever “team sources” would have you believe.

      • Hughesus Christo

        OH MY GOD MICHAEL KAY JUST SAID ROMINE IS THE TOP PROSPECT IN THE SYSTEM

      • bexarama

        popups deflected into home runs

        IETC.

  • BigBlueAL

    Im gonna miss David Cone on YES this season.

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

    Furkmaniak? Hah. He must be a furry.

  • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

    The Melkman delivered two hits today. Nice

    • Teix is the Man

      (sniffles with his back to the wall)

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

      I wish we still had Melky and Gardner was gone. Oh well…

      • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

        You and me both brother. But we can’t complain with the return we got.

        • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

          Not at all. You make that trade eight days a week.

  • ultimate913

    Did anyone notice the “ICWUDT” moment?

  • bexarama

    “bowels of the stadium”? ew.

    Bring the smart please, Curry.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

      It sounds dirtier than it actually is.

      Sincerely,
      The planet Uranus

  • bexarama

    JESUS!!!!

  • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

    Oh shit teh Jesus is in!

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

    HE LOOKS SO HUGE HE CAN’T POSSIBLY STAY BEHIND THE PLATE!!!

    /notserious’d

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      Notseriousd?

      I believe it’s spelled Nostradamus.

  • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

    Ice Cold, Weber then Jesus?

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

    I still don’t get why Corona is on the 40-man. Anyone care to explain the rationale?

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      I’d prefer a Pinstripe IPA/DFA to a Corona any day of the week.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

        (cracks open a tasty Pinstripe Aceves Cerveza™)

  • JackISBACK

    Honestly, does Jesus look huge or not? I mean the top of his helmet when he was crouching was at like shoulder height of the batter.

    But from catching standpoint, he looked good. I was half hoping the guy on first would steal, just so I could see his arm, and how fast he is with his release.

    • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

      He’s big, and he’ll get bigger. You can tell when he crouches that his legs are pretty long for a catcher.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

        He’s big, and he’ll get bigger.

        Not necessarily.

        • Hughesus Christo

          Oh, he’ll get bigger. Especially after Kim Jones gets back… wait.

        • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

          I’d be shocked if a 20 year old doesn’t fill out a bit.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

            Meh, I grew a ton at ages 16-17-18 and then stopped. Not everyone grows in their 20s.

            • http://twitter.com/riddering Riddering

              Not vertically at least.

              • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

                That.

            • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

              True. Still though, between weight training and what not, I fully expect him to put on at least some poundage.

    • Hughesus Christo

      I hear YS3′s construction was delayed because they had to reinforce the area behind home plate in anticipation of Montero’s arrival.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

      Large? Yes. Impossibly huge? No.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

    ALMOST CLOBBERIN’ TIME!!!!

    • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

      Woot!

    • JackISBACK

      OH NO HE DIDN’T!!!!

      $500 bounty on Ecktron, RIGHT NOW!!

  • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

    Are you shitting me. I don;t give a shit about an interview right now.

  • Hughesus Christo

    I don’t know about you guys, but Jesus looks pretty small IN THE TOP RIGHT OF MY SCREEN BECAUSE THEY’RE INTERVIEWING CERVELLI.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

      He’s actually quite large. Medical-health-risk-large, in fact. He’s so big he might die of acute bigness at any moment.

      Sincerely,
      The MSM

      • Hughesus Christo

        Did you feel that? I thought it was an earthquake, but it was just Montero coming in from 3rd base.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

          You remember those earthquakes in Chile and Haiti? What do you think caused them?

          /alittleoffensive’d

          • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

            You remember those earthquakes in Chile and Haiti? What do you think caused them?

            I’m told it occurred when Nate Robinson and Al Harrington actually passed the ball. The magnetic waves were disrupted and all kinds of shit happened. Earthquakes, typhoons, pregnant men, etc.

    • bexarama

      ietcvvm

  • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

    He’s got a little Swisher bit wiggle.

    • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

      bat*

  • BigBlueAL

    Damn, Montero just turned 20 this past Nov?? Shit.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

      Fun Fact: The day David Dinkins was elected the first black mayor of NYC, Jesus Montero was not yet born.

      Your mind: BLOWN.

      • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

        Everyone in the city should wear nametags.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

          Heh.

          Other things that happened before Jesus Montero was alive:

          -F.W. DeKlerk’s election as Prime Minister of South Africa
          -Hurricane Hugo
          -Pete Rose’s ban from baseball by A. Bartlett Giamatti
          -Lyle and Erik Menendez murdering their parents
          -The Sega Genesis’s and Nintendo Game Boy’s initial North American releases
          -The first episode of Seinfeld
          -Jack Nicholson plays The Joker in Batman
          -Tiananmen Square
          -The Keating Five scandal
          -The Exxon Valdez oil spill
          -Salman Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses is published

          • Rose

            What about this…

            Jesus Montero has never seen life without The Simpsons

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

              That too.

  • Alex S

    darn i wanted to see Jesus pick up a hit

  • bexarama

    Don’t you dare hit the Jesus!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

    EKSTROM YOU PUNK BITCH!!!!!

    (wanted to see Zeus shed some Tampa blood there)

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

    If that guy managed to injure Montero, I would personally find a way to set his family on fire.

    • ShuutoHeat

      Everybody here would hunt them down…I call dibs on his pets.

    • http://twitter.com/riddering Riddering

      Joe Maddon has a bounty on all Venezuelan Yankee catchers.

  • ShuutoHeat

    ….Even Cerve was trying to speed up the interview so we can see Jesus in his all glory. But Curry kept up with his onslaught of questions.

  • http://www.richardiurilli.com Richard Iurilli

    Yo, don’t kill the Jesus.

    • Hughesus Christo

      He would just come back again. Duh.

      • http://www.richardiurilli.com Richard Iurilli

        Sure, but no one wants to go three days in Spring Training without being able to watch the Jesus.

  • bexarama

    That tumble on the bag was almost as funny as Sean Rodriguez’s fielding earlier.

  • BigBlueAL

    Michael Kay and his self-deprecating humor.

  • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

    So what exactly does Tino add to the broadcast that Kenny cannot? Makes no sense to me.

    • bexarama

      Hotness.

    • http://twitter.com/riddering Riddering

      A gorgeous head of hair. It’s written into his contract: anything goes but no touching of the hair or face. That’s it.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

        FACT: Tino does not look like a blueberry. FACT.

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      Could you set the women of RAB up any easier?

      Women of RAB=A great calendar idea

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

        Seconded.

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

    I think that ball was 50 mph.

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      Ok mryankee.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

    OH SHIT WE’RE BACK!

    • http://twitter.com/riddering Riddering

      What inning is it? It’s the Yankees’ inning, bitches.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

        (puts on tuxedo, fucks shit up)

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

    Furmaniak coughs up the (hair)ball.

    /lame

  • Hughesus Christo

    Mystique and Aura decided to head down to Tampa for spring training this year. They were tired of all the snow.

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

    Gorecki is going to ruin this because he has virtually no talent and is entirely composed of grit.

    I’m calling it.

  • JackISBACK

    TAKE THAT TAMPA FARM!!!

    I just want to see Jesus bat again.

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

    See, Joba was just pitching to the score.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

      /JackMorris’d

      • Rose

        TIME OUT!

        /ZackMorris’d

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

          Fun Fact: I believe I’m the only human being in North America who has owned a TV set for the past 30 years without watching a single second of Saved By The Bell.

          • bexarama

            You’re not.

          • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

            I still have yet to see an episode of Family Guy. That’s close, right?

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

              Meh, I don’t know if Family Guy has yet reached the zenith of ubiquitous syndication that Saved By The Bell did. That show was virtually on 24/7 back in the day.

          • Rose

            What about The Golden Girls though?

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

              Oh, there’s nothing wrong with the Golden Girls. That was a solid show.

              Betty White is the shizz.

              • dkidd

                my wife had to explain to me that the golden girls was secretly a show about gay men, a la “sex in the city”

          • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

            That explains why you’re such an ass.

            /That guy’d

    • pete

      ietc

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

    Damn, nice play by whoever that guy was.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

    CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF THAT WONDERFUL DUFF!!!!

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

    This Duff guy’s going to be a mainstay in our bullpen.

    /pat’d

  • JackISBACK

    He didn’t block that ball, BUST!!!

    • JackISBACK

      He blocked the next one. Quick learner, this Jesus.

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

    You walked a guy named “Furkmaniak”?

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura
  • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

    Grant Duff was impressive.

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

      I’m talking to myself at this point, aren’t I?

      • JackISBACK

        I thought about a Hillary Duff joke, but then figured, he wasn’t worth the effort.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

        Hello? …ello? …lo? …o?
        Echo! …cho! …ho! …o!
        PINCH HITTING FOR PEDRO BORBON, MANNY MOTA! …ota! …ta! …a!

        • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

          Striker, listen, and you listen close: flying a plane is no different than riding a bicycle, just a lot harder to put baseball cards in the spokes.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

    Bases empty grand-slam or you’re a bust, HeyZeus.

  • JackISBACK

    My day is ruined!

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

      /Stewie’d

  • Mike HC

    If Montero is mashing in AAA, and Nick Johnson gets injured, two things which are at least decently possible, will Montero become the Yankees DH for the foreseeable future?

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      Check a few posts back, there was a lot of good discussion this morning about that.

  • JackISBACK

    Obviously, a pissed off Jesus injured Swindle for striking him out! You don’t anger Jesus, RJ!

  • Tom Zig

    So I didn’t read all 350+ comments but are people actually freaking out? Or is it just you knuckleheads screwing around?

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

      We’re all screwing around but I’m sure some fans out there think it’s 2012 on the Mayan calender.

    • bexarama

      Some people are genuinely freaking out. It’s worse in other places, I’d think (I saw, on another site, someone saying Dave Eiland was the worst pitching coach in the majors and that there’s “no excuse” for what we saw from Hughes and Joba because of what Price and Hellickson did). But I think most people here have things in perspective.

    • Tank the Frank

      Personally, I’m not thrilled with where the velocity was at for both Hughes and Chamberlain, but I’m sure it will go up a few ticks as they build up arm strength. It’s hard to get upset at all no matter what happens when it’s this early.

      I’m sure no one’s really freaking out, just mocking anyone who might be freaking out.

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

        People here would never mock bridge-jumpers. Ever.

        • Tank the Frank

          Heck i used to be a bridge-jumper. But the good folks here at RAB have taught me better. Now i go from city to city to talk to bridge-jumpers at the local high schools, state fairs and such.

          I did jump off my trampoline today after the game though. Hurt my toe somewhat…

  • bexarama

    OMG the Yankees have a losing record. Fire everyone.