Apr
06

Game 2: Burnett seeks redemption at Fenway

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Photo credit: Ben Margot/AP

When the Yankees signed A.J. Burnett in December, 2008, they knew what they were getting into. They had seen him pitch 71.2 innings against them as a member of the Blue Jays from 2006 through 2008, striking out 72 along the way. His ERA, 2.39, dazzled, and it looked somewhat in line with his FIP, 3.03. It’s no wonder that the Yankees players lobbied Brian Cashman to pursue him that off-season.

Not only did Burnett dominate the Yankees as a Blue Jay, but he also had a fine time with the Red Sox. He threw only 56.1 innings against them, but produced excellent results, a 2.56 ERA. His FIP was a bit higher, mostly due to the 13 walks the Red Sox drew in 27.2 innings during the 2008 season. Burnett managed to avoid trouble with those, though.

Last year, however, Burnett fared worst against the Sox than any other team*, allowing 22 runs, 20 earned, over 20.1 innings. The six homers he allowed matched his total from the past three years against the Sox. He also struck out 16 to 16 walks, the dreaded 1:1 ratio. It certainly left a sour taste in Yanks fans’ mouths. Wasn’t this guy supposed to kill the Sox?

*Excluding the other Sox, against whom he pitched just 4.2 innings.

Burnett gets his chance at redemption tonight. There’s plenty of perceived pressure on him in this one. Not only does he have the weight of his poor performances against the Sox last season, but he’s also coming off something of a rough spring, in which he tried out a changeup, and then couldn’t find his curveball. Chances of him throwing a single change tonight? I’d say pretty close to zero. Also, he’ll be working with Jorge Posada, his apparent nemesis last season.

Opposite Burnett is Jon Lester. The 2008 breakout lefty struggled to open the 2009 season, but recovered to post another excellent season. He faced the Yankees four times, and save for the final outing he pitched pretty well, allowing just six runs over 20 innings before giving up five in 2.1 on September 25. He also pitched very well against the Yankees in 2008, something I’m sure endears him to Red Sox fans. Well, that and his really awesome pitching against other teams.

Lester actually improved last year despite a slight uptick in his ERA. Most notable was his strikeout rate, which went from 6.50 per nine in 2008 to 9.96 per nine in 2009. In better analytical terms, Lester struck out 17.4 percent of batters faced in 2008 and 26.7 percent in 2009. That’s an astronomical jump, and perhaps Lester can’t sustain it. But from what I’ve seen, he’s just that good. He also has decent ground ball rates, which bode well for a lefty at Fenway Park. In an early season prediction regarding Lester, I bet he finishes top five in the Cy voting.

We get our first taste of a platoon tonight, as Marcus Thames gets the start in left over Brett Gardner. It’s too early to determine how Girardi will handle this going forward. Lester is, after all, one of the premier lefties in the AL, so this arrangement might just be for the tougher lefties. Also, having the small left field at Fenway might have influenced his decision. Granderson moves all the way down to last in the lineup as Swisher moves up a peg.

Lineup:

1. Derek Jeter, SS
2. Nick Johnson, DH
3. Mark Teixeira, 1B
4. Alex Rodriguez, 3B
5. Robinson Cano, 2B
6. Jorge Posada, C
7. Nick Swisher, RF
8. Marcus Thames, LF
9. Curtis Granderson, CF

And on the mound, number thirty-four, A.J. Burnett.

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

    When the Yankees signed A.J. Burnett in December, 2008, they knew what they were getting into.

    He was who we thought he was.

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

      And he throws a mean hook.

      I’m here all night folks.

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

        TAKE MY WIFE, PLEASE!!!

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

          /BrianGiles’d?

        • http://yanksgoyard.com Andy_C_23

          Scott Schoeneweis?

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

            Frank McCourt?

            • http://yanksgoyard.com Andy_C_23

              Scott Peterson?

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

                Jose Tabata?

                • http://yanksgoyard.com Andy_C_23

                  Rae Carruth?

                • dkidd

                  brad pitt?

            • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy in NYC aka the Other Oofys

              The other Frank McCourt, the author, was my English teacher in High School, at Stuyvesant, back before it moved.

              Or was that his brother? Never can remember. Also had one of their sons in my class.

              • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Your Favorite Pundit’s Favorite Pundit

                Fun Fact: My guest editor, who sometimes comes in in italics to clarify/refine/correct my posts?

                Thomas Pynchon.

                [Ed. note: I'm not really Thomas Pynchon. Or am I?]

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

                Nice, that’s pretty cool. Peter Doocey (his father is Steve Doocey on Fox and Friends) went to high school with me.

                Not exactly the same level.

    • http://yanksgoyard.com Andy_C_23

      Crown his ass

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

    Granderson moves all the way down to last in the lineup as Swisher moves up a peg.

    I can’t say I like this. I hope it’s not a trend.

    Don’t put the lefty-lefty matchup in Granderson’s head any more than it already is. Keep Grandy in the same spot in the batting order, regardless of who is on the bump. Show faith in him.

    • Poopy Pants

      Isn’t it more of a circular lineup thing since speedy Gardner isn’t batting 9th today?
      It makes sense to me.
      Grandy hit a HR in his first game. I’m assuming they’re not giving up on him yet.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Your Favorite Pundit’s Favorite Pundit

        I don’t think Joe’s giving up on him. I just hope he doesn’t get shifted up or down the lineup based on lefty-righty crap. That’s silly.

      • Cult of Basebaal

        Girardi says it was in part because he wanted to keep double up on speed with Granderson 9th and Jeter leading off.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Your Favorite Pundit’s Favorite Pundit

          … meh.

    • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy in NYC aka the Other Oofys

      Marcus Thames gets the start in left over Brett Gardner.

      I was afraid of this.

      I shed a single tear when I read that.

  • YankeesJunkie

    Hopefully AJ can take out the Red Sox and the Yankees even up the record. If they lose then the season is over.

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

      If they lose then the season is over.

      (continues tying noose)

    • Tom Zig

      The outcome of today’s game doesn’t matter. The season ended two days ago. Everyone is a bust.

    • ultimate913

      Silly. The season was over after Opening Night’s game. Yankees will go all Met-I mean Net(Sorry, Nets for mistaking you for them) on everyone this season and get a nice 1st overall pick in next years draft. I mean that is why they lost the 1st game, right?

    • bexarama

      I would respond to this except I am floating in a river after jumping off a bridge after game 1

      • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy in NYC aka the Other Oofys

        (Throws Bex a life preserver)

      • ultimate913

        Win.

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

    I’m predicting he throws four changeups tonight. Hit me!

  • Mike HC

    Lester has the largest head in the game. I’m excited to see if his head is still that large this year.

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

      Bigger than Kevin Mench?

    • Tom Zig

      I don’t think peoples’ heads change that much in size. Unless you’re Barry Bonds.

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

        Ha. It grew with his OBP.

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

        I laughed.

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

    Whoops, almost forgot to change my name when the season started as promised…

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Your Favorite Pundit’s Favorite Pundit

      There, that’s better.

      • Tom Zig

        Fancy pants

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

        Does that name even fit on Twitter?

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Your Favorite Pundit’s Favorite Pundit

          TWEET TWEET BIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIITCH TWEET TWEET

        • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy in NYC aka the Other Oofys

          I bet Tommie counted the letters first.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Your Favorite Pundit’s Favorite Pundit

            My Twitter abbreviation will be “The Tastemaker”.

  • http://stateofmlb.blogspot.com/ Hangoverologist

    Over/under 5 IP for AJ? I think goes six, 2 BBs, 6 H, 5 Ks.

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

    I think we may have touched on this before at some point (open thread, maybe?), but obviously the Boston D-bag level is off the charts. But of the Yankees, would anyone but Posada and A-Rod qualify?

    I could see Joba, too.

    But really, despite what other teams’ fans and mediots say, almost everyone is really likable. Not just take or leave.

    • bexarama

      Definitely Joba

      A lot of non-Yankee fans think Swisher and Teixeira are douchebags. Swisher, I can see, I guess. Teixeira, though???

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

        Meh, I haven’t heard about Teix not being liked at all. I’d bet most view Swisher as just a fun, exuberant guy. I guess Cano could also be another one because of his supposed laziness.

        • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ pete

          Nah I can see people thinking Swisher is annoying.

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

            Looking at it more, yeah. He’s a bit over-the-top.

        • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy in NYC aka the Other Oofys

          “Meh, I haven’t heard about Teix not being liked at all outside of Baltimore and possibly Bahston.”

          FTFY!

          • bexarama

            nah, non-Oriole and Red Sox fans were bitching about him during the All-Star Game last year. It was weird. He’s so totally inoffensive.

            • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy in NYC aka the Other Oofys

              Bitching, maybe. But douche-bag calling? I haven’t heard that outside the 2 “B”-places.

              • bexarama

                I’ve seen it. “He’s such a douchebag! Just look at his douchebag horseface!”

                • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy in NYC aka the Other Oofys

                  Well…you do go to some positively Neanderthal sites.

                  I’m reserving judgment.

            • Guest

              I think that might be precisely why people don’t like him: he’s too inoffensive. Teix is uber-clean cut and gives of a goofy-preppy vibe. Not the kind of guy the Deadspin crowd would want to chill and have a beer with.

              In other words, he comes of as the kind of guy “cool dudes” would give wedgies too in high school…if he wasn’t huge, jacked, and the best athlete at the school.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Your Favorite Pundit’s Favorite Pundit

        A lot of non-Yankee fans think Swisher and Teixeira are douchebags. Swisher, I can see, I guess.

        The only reason that fans of other teams don’t like Nick Swisher is because he slept with all of those fans’ wives and/or girlfriends.

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

          Swisher’s pimp hand is strong. He can’t stop, won’t stop.

          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....re=related
          (sfw)

        • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy in NYC aka the Other Oofys

          Yeah, I had Swisher’s same problem a few years ago, before I settled down. ;-)

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Your Favorite Pundit’s Favorite Pundit

      If I was a Red Sox fan, I’d hate Curtis Granderson. I’d also hate CC Sabathia, Marcus Thames, Randy Winn, and Greg Golson. I’d similarly hate DeAngelo Mack and D.J. Mitchell, even though I wouldn’t really know who they were.

      I’d half hate Derek Jeter, but I’d half like him as well.

      • Steve H

        Heh.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Your Favorite Pundit’s Favorite Pundit

          I’d probably also hate Nick Swisher, because he’d remind me of that gay-ass Nancy Drew, who sucks and is horrible and is a huge homo.

          • Mike HC

            hahaha. Your best bits are when you are being extremely racist/offensive under the guise of sarcasm. Love that shit, ha.

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Your Favorite Pundit’s Favorite Pundit

              Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go have sex with my unwashed sister.

              Sincerely,
              Tawmmy from Woostah

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

                Mmm…clams.

            • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ pete

              is that a shot at middle-schoolers?

          • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy in NYC aka the Other Oofys

            /Ironhorse’d?

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Your Favorite Pundit’s Favorite Pundit

              That too.

      • Jose

        I’m picking up what you’re putting down.

        • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy in NYC aka the Other Oofys

          Are you catching his drift, then?

          Following his innuendo?

      • Mike HC

        Oh, I get it. So they would love Jorge, Cano, Jesus, A-Rod, Mo, Marte …

        Oh wait, maybe I don’t get it

    • Tom Zig

      almost everyone is really likable

      Gary Sheffield, Albert Belle, and Barry Bonds don’t say hello.

      But seriously I do agree. I’m sure they just didn’t like the media members, which I can’t blame them for.

      But as for the other possible d-bags on the Yanks…

      I can see some people thinking Swisher or AJ are D-Bags.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Your Favorite Pundit’s Favorite Pundit

        Gary Sheffield, Albert Belle, and Barry Bonds don’t say hello.

        Ironically, I really, really like all three of those players.

        If MTV ever brought back the show “Bromance”, I’d totally be in a reality TV bromance with Raekwon the Sheff.

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

          I would love to see a reality show with a Big Brother format featuring Belle, Clemens, Wells, Manny, Bonds, Sheff, Canseco and Pedro.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Your Favorite Pundit’s Favorite Pundit

            I do not watch Big Brother, but if that happened, I’d start watching it.

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

        You know who I hear is a major douche? Tex. I’ve heard about it since his Texas days, and I can believe it.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Your Favorite Pundit’s Favorite Pundit

          He certainly was rocking a douche haircut all spring long.

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

          Huh, that’s interesting. Mind elaborating, Mike?

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

            Oh there’s not much too elaborate, I just remember reading some stuff to that affect back in the day. Apparently he’s prone to big league-ing clubbies and what not.

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ pete

      I think the general non-yankee fan semi-rational hate levels go something like this:

      1. A-Rod
      2. Posada
      3. Joba
      4. Swisher
      5. Teix?
      6. Burnett?

      But yeah, i can’t think of any reason why anybody would hate/dislike any of Jeter/Cano/Granderson/Gardner/Winn/Sabathia/Pettitte/Vazquez/Hughes/Rivera/Aceves/Robertson/Marte/etc

      • bexarama

        I’d say there’s an equal number of non-Yankee fans that hate Jeter as those that respect him. For whatever reason. He’s “smug.” Television announcers babble about him. Etc.

        • bexarama

          also I’ve seen people call Mariano, Pettitte, and Cano arrogant. Which… no?

          • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ pete

            well that’s just yankee haters hating yankees.

          • Jose

            People hate Mariano? I have never met a fan of any team who didn’t think he was a good guy. They don’t like that he puts up amazing numbers, but never any hate of the person.

            • bexarama

              some Sox fan on NYYFans said that he was arrogant and never took any responsibility when he failed. Huh?

              • Jose

                Really? I couldn’t find anything searching their website. Random side fact, the terms “mariano rivera is arrogant” have 0 results on Google. “mariano is arrogant” has 4 results and they don’t actually say that he is. In fact they say the opposite.

        • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ pete

          actually I can understand that. He’s objectively not as good as he’s portrayed to be, won a bunch of gold gloves while sucking at defense, etc. etc. I don’t know if he himself has done anything to merit any hate, but I can see being annoyed by his laurels

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca from FLORIDA

    Still have not seen a pitch of Major League baseball this season.

    Oy.

    Can’t wait to be back guys…

    • ultimate913

      Neither can we, Rebecca. Neither can we.

      • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca from florida

        You sound so serious =P

        (I’m not in florida for anything fun)

  • http://www.bomberbanter.com/ BomberBanter.com

    I thought the Yankees would get rewarded for winning the world series and get to host the MLB opener at home – not on the road – and at Fenway of all places… I dont get it.

    • bexarama

      the schedule was designed before the Yankees won the WS

    • Slappy White

      they also go to that dump to end the season……It IS a conspiracy

    • YankeesJunkie

      Agreed, you would think the home team would be given to New York since they won the WS. Whatever, three less away games when the Yankees play poorly just wait til June when the Yankees kick everybody around especially the Sox.

  • Poopy Pants

    What the hell would Sterling’s HR call be for Thames?

    • bexarama

      Marcus Marks It!

      Or some reference to a musical from the 1930s or something.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Your Favorite Pundit’s Favorite Pundit

      THAMES AND HOOD CHECK!!!!!

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WcIt2F6TNOo (NSFW-profanity)

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

      “Marcus ‘Over the River’ Thames hits a shot. It is gone!”

      • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy in NYC aka the Other Oofys

        Just switch it:

        “Marcus hits one over the Thames river!”

        No less douchey and bizarre than the Grandy call.

        PS: I know it’s generally referred to as “The River Thames”, not the other way around. But I don’t think Sterling does.

    • CS Yankee

      …Thames thrashed that one!

  • Tank the Frank

    Alright let’s do this. Let’s get that first W out of the way.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Your Favorite Pundit’s Favorite Pundit

      WE’RE GOING STREAKING!!!!!!!!!

  • bexarama

    Michael Kay looks really old right now

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

      Yeah, he looks awful. He looks like Michael Keaton became a total alcoholic or something.

  • charles poet

    If Thames doesn’t get a hit but plays great defense, what is the NY stir up then?

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

      He won’t play great defense, though. I mean, it’s possible but it’s also possible the judge will give me restitution. Neither are likely to happen.

      • charles poet

        Restitution… now that was funny! Where is the tip jar?

        • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy in NYC aka the Other Oofys

          No! Don’t ask that! You don’t want to know!

          Trust me on this!

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

    I honestly don’t care what happens tonight, but I’m really really really hoping Granderson takes Lester deep. Twice.

    That’s all I ask.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Your Favorite Pundit’s Favorite Pundit

      I want Paul O’Neill to hit two homers. That’s all I ask.

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

    How do you all feel about Al Leiter?

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

      I like him in the booth. He’s better away from Kay’s idiocy, but so is everyone.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Your Favorite Pundit’s Favorite Pundit

        I’m still a little reeling from the Sunday night broadcast when both Leiter and Singleton were rank, illogical buffoons and Kay was the voice of reason (on the instant replay topic).

        Unsettling.

    • bexarama

      I really like him. His argument against instant replay on Sunday was pretty terrible but he’s generally not an idiot. He is fair and generally knowledgeable. When he’s on MLB Network he’s definitely the best player-turned-analyst, IMO.

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

        Over Kruk?

        • bexarama

          Kruk’s not on MLB Network… thank God

    • charles poet

      Would rather have seen him on Seinfeld than Keith Hernandez. Other than that, he his good, even if he is Paul O’Neils bitch.

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

      He’s probably my favorite guy in the booth now that Coney is gone.

      • Mike HC

        Coney was my favorite as well. Singleton is also always very good.

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

          Agreed. Love Kenny in the booth. I was referring specifically to color commentators, however.

    • Mike HC

      He is rather boring, but I agree with Axisa that he will probably be better away from Kay. They do not mix well.

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

    A.J. is going to dominate tonight.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Your Favorite Pundit’s Favorite Pundit

      Fugghetaboudit.

  • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

    What was Granderson’s home run call for Sterling?

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

      “Something sort of Grandish.”

      Terrible.

      • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

        Out of all the possibilities for Granderson? Ugh.

    • bexarama

      “Curtis, you’re something sort of grandish!”

      It’s a reference to a musical from like 1960.

      OH MY GOD I HAVE HEARD WAY TOO MANY REFERENCES TO JON LESTER’S MOUND PRESENCE STOPPP ITTTTT

  • http://www.mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

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

    No idea if that’s real or not, but if so that’s pretty damn cool

  • Tank the Frank
  • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

    Too bad Gold Gloves don’t mean shit.

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    • Jose

      Mondesi you are a spam bot now?

      • http://twitter.com/JoeRo23 The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

        A spam-bot with a good cause, yeah. Guilty as charged.

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

      I don’t drink soda.

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ pete

    ugh can’t watch the game. Im gonna listen to it while watching the rays game on mute. Gahh James Shields is soooo boring

  • Accent Shallow

    Lester hit 97? And PitchFX confirmed it?

    Madre de Dios!

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

      He’s been doing that for two years now.

      • http://www.mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

        It’s strange, but he certainly threw harder after chemo. Must have gotten the same stuff as Lance Armstrong.

  • charles poet

    Angel Hernandez behind the plate… that is good for Burnett, just throw it up there close.

  • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

    Just get Lester out of there ASAP.

    • Accent Shallow

      We only get one game a year like his last start of 2009, where he had nothing before getting hit with a liner.

  • Tank the Frank

    Shit. 96 on the black and then drops in a curve. Again…shit.

  • charles poet

    On a serious note, would you all pay Lester or Beckett the 4 yr/68 mil ?

    • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

      Lester by far. Even if they were the same age Lester be FAR.

    • bexarama

      Lester, no freaking question. He’s younger and he’s just better.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Your Favorite Pundit’s Favorite Pundit

      Lester >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Beckett

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

      Lester. Younger, better, lefthanded, not a douche.

  • bexarama

    Lester: one of about, eh, six, Red Sox that I don’t hate.

    • Mike HC

      gets a pass for cancer, eh?

      Other than that, he is kinda annoying in my opinion, ha.

      • bexarama

        why do you think that? Not being accusatory, just wondering. In every interview or whatever I’ve seen of him he’s totally not annoying.

        • Mike HC

          No reason at all. Don’t know the guy from at all, not even from interview or anything like that.

          He just annoys me how well he pitches against the Yanks.

          • bexarama

            haha, that’s fair. I don’t appreciate that either. ;)

    • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

      Yeah this. You hear nothing from this guy. No typical Red Sox complaining AKA “grit.”

      • Accent Shallow

        Well, Beckett is the “ace”, so Lester gets no press.

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ pete

      I don’t hate Lester, Drew, Buccholz, Delcarmen, Cameron, Ellsbury, or Beltre.

      • bexarama

        That’s about the list that I don’t hate. Oh, and I have nothing against either Ramon Ramirez. Believe it or not, I don’t mind Pedroia either. He whines a lot but I dunno, it’s a short person comraderie.

        Used to not hate Ellsbury, now I despise him. Guess why y’all.

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

          I’m guessing it has to do with that terrible-thing-that-shall-not-benamed that he did to Andy last season.

          • bexarama

            yes.

            Poor Andy’s face, to boot. :(

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Your Favorite Pundit’s Favorite Pundit

        I hate Ramon Ramirez. Both of them. For not having two separate, American-sounding names.

        One of them should change his name to Doug Smith, and the other one should change his name to Todd Jones.

      • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy in NYC aka the Other Oofys

        You guys have nothing against the Laptop Larcenist®, eh?

  • http://stateofmlb.blogspot.com/ Hangoverologist

    The guys are working the count. I’m liking this so far.

    • Mike HC

      Yea. Get Lester out of the game as soon as possible. This guy is fucking good.

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

        Easier said than done.

        • Mike HC

          Truer words have never been spoken.

  • http://www.yfsf.org AndrewYF

    Lester is actually one of my favorite pitchers in MLB. A LHP who sits mid-90s, and has 4 pitches he can throw for a strike. Obviously he’s my favorite Red Sox.

    That said, I hope he gets destroyed tonight. But looking at the stuff he’s got early, that’s not likely to happen.

  • http://www.mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    Tommie, Jermaine Gresham a good pick for the Pats at 22?

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Your Favorite Pundit’s Favorite Pundit

      Meh, I’d pass. I like Dustin Keller, but I personally think all TE’s are kinda a reach in the first round, even the low first round; I’d have rather used the Keller pick on a DeSean Jackson or a Kenny Phillips. Tight ends just don’t impact the game enough to be worth the gamble. Take one in the second, tops.

      If I were you, I’d much rather have a good passrusher or 3-4 DE than a tight end in the first round. JMHO.

    • A.D.

      There’s other decent TE to be had in the 2nd+ round, and likely lots of defensive talent to be had at their spot

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Your Favorite Pundit’s Favorite Pundit

        That.

        Gresham is probably better than a Rob Gronkowski/Aaron Hernandez/Dorin Dickerson etc., but not so much better that he’s worth using a first rounder on.

        • A.D.

          That and it doesn’t appear other teams are dying to have him, so the Pats don’t take him at 22, he almost surely falls into the 2nd round, which they can always look to trade up if they want to.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Your Favorite Pundit’s Favorite Pundit

            I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Ravens take him if he’s still there, though. But I bet they go CB.

            And yes, if he gets past #25, he’ll fall all the way to the next time the Pats are on the clock at #44.

  • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

    I hope we get Good AJ. Someone kill the Bad one.

  • bexarama

    oh my God I cannot deal with hearing anything else about AJ and Posada any more please stop it

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

      Kay didn’t even wait until he threw a pitch.

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Let’s go AJ!

    I hope we can take this one tonight!

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

    It’s a line drive in the box score.

  • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

    That was incredibly lucky.

  • A.D.

    Gardner in the game probably catches that, that said someone should have here anyways

  • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy in NYC aka the Other Oofys

    God, Thames SUCKS.

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

      Time to end the experiment. Get Jamie Hoffmann back.

      • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy in NYC aka the Other Oofys

        Heh.

        I wish we’d never sent him back to Torre. :-)

    • Johan Iz My Brohan

      I’m following Game Day, how bad was it?

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

        It was pretty ugly. Basically dropped right in front of him.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Your Favorite Pundit’s Favorite Pundit

          I love Marcus Thames… the DH.

      • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

        Pretty bad. No range at all.

    • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy in NYC aka the Other Oofys

      Oops:

      GodMo, Thames SUCKS.”

      Apologies to the Almighty Hammer:
      http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.sk.....Hammer.gif (safe)

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

    I’m pretty sure I could have outrun Thames on that play.

  • andrae HINDS

    does a.j. have new tatts?

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

      Yeah.

  • http://www.mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    AJ Burnett:Strike throwing machine?

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

      This inning.

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Game Day says that was a KNUCKLE curve… woah! Last year it was just a curveball.

    • Accent Shallow

      I’m sure they’re trying out new pitch classification algorithms. I’m hoping Wakefield is brought in so they can misidentify all the knuckleballs.

  • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

    It doesn’t prove anything but it was interesting what this article had to say about AJ and the catchers who caught him.

    http://www.i-yankees.com/?p=19398

  • bexarama

    pitch counter is gone :(

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    He should throw that changeup he was working on during ST.

  • baravelli

    Hey Andy in NYC, I also went to Stuy – a bit later than you, I think. I didn’t have Frank McCourt, but he did speak at my graduation.

    • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy in NYC aka the Other Oofys

      :: thumbs-up ::

    • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy in NYC aka the Other Oofys

      At least when I went, even though the old building on 15th street was falling down, it was WAY after they finally allowed girls.

      MY HS years were bad enough without having nothing to look at other than future-mother’s-basement-dwelling geeks. :-)

  • Dr. Van Nostrand

    team’s looking real good so far

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Yucky throw.

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

    Yay defense.

  • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

    I hate Ellsbury.

  • cjc

    this is just a defensive clinic in beantown

  • slappy white

    Posada well on his way to the gold glove

  • Tank the Frank

    Bad play all around. Bad throw…no backup.

  • The Sheepmeister

    What sucks is I’m listening to the radio, but I have a satellite radio so its the red sox home broadcast. I don’t think they could glorify Boston anymore than they are.

  • Dr. Van Nostrand

    AJ is hitting his spots pretty well though aside from those few chin high fastballs. His hook looks pretty solid too if we could field a simple popup or learn to eat it when a guy has the base stolen

    • The Sheepmeister

      so is this a good or bad AJ night?

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

    Did Kay just say that Ellsbury is coming up when it was really Victor Martinez?

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    V-Mart is rather pigeon looking.

    • Johan Iz My Brohan

      Now, since you said that… every time I look at him he will remind me of a pigeon =(

      but you are totally right, he does.

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

    Was that a good stop on a ball in the dirt by Posada? Number of articles that will be written about that tomorrow: 0.

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

      And again? That’s two in one at-bat!

    • Tank the Frank

      Pretty standard stop don’t you think? Meaning stops he should make. I wouldn’t expect an article if he had caught Marte’s fastball either.

  • smurfy

    good save Posada

  • slappy white

    is Joe West the Yankees “personal Ump” ?

  • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

    K him!

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Your Favorite Pundit’s Favorite Pundit

      FINISH HIM!!!!!!!!

      • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

        /MortalKombat’d

      • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy in NYC aka the Other Oofys

        /MK’d

        • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

          Beat Ya!

          • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy in NYC aka the Other Oofys

            Yeah, but I FINISHED you!

            :-)

  • cjc

    do jacoby and v-mart have to pay a grit fine for not having a beard?

    • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

      Jacoby steals because that’s the only thing he can do so he gets a pass.

      V-Mart also gets a pass because Varitek is HOLYSHITAWFUL.

  • Nick87

    Why is mlbtv not letting watch the Yankee game any else having this problem

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Your Favorite Pundit’s Favorite Pundit

      Local blackout restrictions.

      • Nick87

        Im in England

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Your Favorite Pundit’s Favorite Pundit

          … I got nothin.

          • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy in NYC aka the Other Oofys

            :: confused ::

            His point is that the blackout restrictions shouldn’t apply, right?

            Did the Apostrophe Monster™ throw you?

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Your Favorite Pundit’s Favorite Pundit

              No, I’m saying that, now that he shared the fact that he’s in England, I don’t have any idea why he’d be blacked out. I got nothing else.

              • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy in NYC aka the Other Oofys

                Ah.

                I didn’t get the cause of your lack of data.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Roll one, A.J.

  • dkidd

    there’s no one in mlb i hate/respect more than youk

    • V

      Agreed.

      Really, I almost get that feeling I got when Ortiz came up in 2004. Just… if you blow a pitch, it’s gonna hurt.

      • dkidd

        for example, i consider that sac fly a positive outcome

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Your Favorite Pundit’s Favorite Pundit

      there’s no one in mlb i hate/respect more than youk

      … and there’s no one I feel sorrier for than that poor dead squirrel he stapled to his chin.

      • dkidd

        he died for a noble case: grit

        • dkidd

          cause

      • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy in NYC aka the Other Oofys

        No, no, that’s Hot Glue, from a Hot Glue gun.

        Can’t you tell? There’s only swelling, not swelling AND blood.

  • The Sheepmeister

    Gameday calls that ball 4 a strike.

  • Dr. Van Nostrand

    well that was strike 3 – gameday agrees

  • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

    Bullshit run is bullshit.

    • A.D.

      Its a model for the value of going with run prevention

      • bexarama

        I was told the Red Sox would win every game 1-0 on a walk, SB, groundout, and sac fly.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Meh.

    That’s fine in the first.

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

    Grandy does have a great arm.

    • A.D.

      More arm then I realized

  • cjc

    and that goes as an earned run shame

  • bexarama

    oh God my mom is like crying CALM DOWN

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Your Favorite Pundit’s Favorite Pundit
    • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy in NYC aka the Other Oofys

      Break out the Valium, Bex.

    • bexarama

      now she’s making a bunch of steroid jokes which are actually pretty funny. Crazy lady.

      • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy in NYC aka the Other Oofys

        Yeah, but is she HOT?

        /creepy-Internet-guy’d

        • bexarama

          hah. No way. (sorry mom)

          I should read her that Zen Baseball article…

          • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy in NYC aka the Other Oofys

            Yeah, but DON’T show her the comments.

            She’d have a cow, getting so worked up from the memories.

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

    The throw got there, just a little off the mark. Impressed.

  • dkidd

    nice arm, c-grand

  • http://TheSportsShowLive.com Joey H.

    What an arm Grandy has.

  • vin

    Does that run get charged to Thames or Posada?

    • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

      Can they split it?

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Your Favorite Pundit’s Favorite Pundit

      It gets charged to Burnett because it’s his fault. He should have rallied his teammates to play better.

      Sincerely,
      The Ghost of Alex Gonzalez

      • Jose

        Good old tRA.

    • baravelli

      It depends on what Ortiz does. Ellsbury is earnedly still on base, so if Ortiz gets a hit, he’s still earned.

      Aha, there we go, now it’s an unearned run, because he would have been stranded.

  • V

    Burnett needs to stop overthrowing his fastball.

  • Shdw

    So….BS hit by Ellsbury and then strike 3 walk to Martinez = Red Sox lead

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

    Ortiz can’t touch AJ’s heat, just throw it down the middle. Take something off, even.

  • Accent Shallow

    David Ortiz: toasty

  • Andrew what?

    Looking at gameday and Burnett is actually throwing the ball well. His velocity is around 95-96 and his curveball is down in the zone. Hopefully he avoids the bad inning syndrome tonight though.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    He finished w/99 RBI, Michael, because he played for the Boston Red Sox. You could knock in 50 in the middle of that lineup.

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

      Eh, that doesn’t negate the turn around he had. He was dead for a while there.

  • Rudy

    Credit Thames for that run

    • slappy white

      Posada had a big hand in it too

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Okey doke. Time to get the run back.

  • http://TheSportsShowLive.com Joey H.

    Remember when we used to shit ourselves when Ortiz came up? Heh.

    • Tank the Frank

      Youkilis has taken his place for me. Doesn’t have the HR power but he’s an impossible out sometimes.

      • bexarama

        Youkilis is more a really really tough out than absolutely terrifying, Ortiz/Manny style.

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Ortiz is toast, time to buy some milkshakes big poopi.

  • ShuutoHeat

    I’m a bit sad Gardner isn’t in the game…

  • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

    Wrigley. Not even close.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Don’t roll over on that, Al!

  • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

    That .350 OBP looks ugly next to the .320 AVG. Robbie must walk more.

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

      Not gonna happen. It’s just not in his DNA.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Your Favorite Pundit’s Favorite Pundit

        You don’t walk off the island.

        /OldBaseballSaw’d

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    A Stuffy Stirnweiss reference is just nowhere near as fun w/o David Cone.

  • dkidd

    i love stuffy stirnweis

    • dkidd

      snuffy’s lesser-known brother

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

    Yay Robbie.

  • nathan

    If Hughes can reach 3/4th the ceiling of Lester… i will take it.. this guy is G-O-O-D

    • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

      More like G-R-E-A-T.

      Clearly the best pitcher on that staff.

      • nathan

        true that

        • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

          If Hughes can be 2/3rd of Lester I will be happy.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Your Favorite Pundit’s Favorite Pundit

            I’d also accept 5/7ths.

    • Tank the Frank

      Hughes was a much higher-touted prospect than Lester no?

      • nathan

        I think just abt a little… but at that time Laptop-stealer was touted to be better… i think the Twins were smitten with him during the Santana trade talks

        the twins went from wanting Hughes/LaptopStealer to Carlos gomez…

  • The Sheepmeister

    according to the red sox announcer, robbie just fisted that hit.

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Posada hit another HR!

    • Jose

      Is this a command or is this post from the future?

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Your Favorite Pundit’s Favorite Pundit

        OH SHIT JOSE IS ON TO US HIDE THE FLUX CAPACITOR!!!!!

  • A.D.

    How many games in till Kay stops talking about the graphics?

    • baravelli

      I kinda like the new graphics.

      • A.D.

        Agreed, but Kay will bring them up every game for the first month.

  • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

    Get a K-Zone and YES is set.

    • Jose

      Get a K-Zone and YES is set heading in the right direction.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    I’m surprised he sent Cano. Oh well, it paid off. Bring ‘im in, Swish!

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

    C’mon Swish.

  • JeffB

    Swisha!

  • Shdw

    Thank God that was a walk. Cano ran on that pitch. When will he learn that he is a walking out on the bases when stealing?

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

    Business … they’re in it.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Your Favorite Pundit’s Favorite Pundit

      Big money, big money, no whammies, no whammies, aaaaaand, STOP!

  • V

    SWISH!

  • Tank the Frank

    Nice! This is what they need. Get that pitch count up at least.

    Site running terribly slow for anyone else?

    • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy in NYC aka the Other Oofys

      That happens when the number of comments gets high, especially on IE and, to a lesser extent, FireFox.

      Try Opera, it’s running fairly snappy so far.

      (If you’re on a Mac, you’re on your own; mine blew up a couple months ago. Literally, blew up; I hit the power switch and BOOM! Flash! A big noise, a flash/spark, a smell of ozone in the air, and the power supply died.)

  • JeffB

    SWISHA!!

  • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

    SWISH!

  • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy in NYC aka the Other Oofys

    SWISHA!

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

    Way to be Swish!

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Aw Swish!

  • bexarama

    Posada: slow.

    (I still love him.)

    • dkidd

      but kay said he “danced” to third!

      • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy in NYC aka the Other Oofys

        Ellsbury’s first-inning “hit”:

        Fisted.

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

    Swish!

    Time for Thames to prove he should be in the lineup.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Your Favorite Pundit’s Favorite Pundit

      Let’s get that run back, Marcus.

  • Andrew what?

    I know its early in the season but Posada is looking at at the plate already. Hail dipping hands in urine!

    • ShuutoHeat

      All hail the almighty golden shower!

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Lester for teh Cy Young. Oh wait, wut just happened?

    Swisher!!!

  • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy in NYC aka the Other Oofys

    I was just saying on the previous pitch: “He could’ve easily taken that to Right”…and then he does it!

  • http://www.yfsf.org AndrewYF

    You know, I actually like the NESN announcers. How’s Kay ‘n Co. doing?

    • bexarama

      I like them a good amount, actually. The NESN announcers, I mean.

      Kay ‘n Co. are… Kay ‘n Co.

    • Shdw

      They’re bit bad. I just can’t stand listening to them on the pregame or late in the game since that’s when they break out their sox lovefest crap

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Make up for the lack of range, Marcus.

    Oh my Mo. Kay has been harping on this point ALL DAY.

    • bexarama

      IT’S GOING TO KILL HIS CONFIDENCE ZOMGGGGGG

      I don’t hate Kay like most, really. But he can be really gossipy and it’s annoying.

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

    WTF was that Angel? Fucking douche.

  • dkidd

    kevin long ftw!

    /narrative’d

  • Andrew what?

    pitching around thames huh? hit a grandy grandy!

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Your Favorite Pundit’s Favorite Pundit

      Jon Lester: scurred.

      • bexarama

        Marcus Thames: feared.

  • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

    Hm…good job Thames. Let’s go Grandy!!

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

    I can has Granderslam?

    • Accent Shallow

      I’ll take any sort of non-out, preferably of the non-K variety.

  • Alex S

    OMG Granderson up with the bases loaded………..with a lefty on the mound

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Your Favorite Pundit’s Favorite Pundit

      Nowhere to put ‘im.

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

    Grander-slam?

  • dkidd

    stay out of granderson’s head, joe

  • bexarama

    steal home Posada!!!

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Thames wtf, you’re supposed to hit homeruns, not walk… now we are screwed with Granderson up against a left with the bases loaded. Thanks.

    Let’s Go Granderson!

  • charles poet

    cmon curtis

  • http://www.yfsf.org AndrewYF

    I smell a squander coming up. C’mon, Grando.

  • poster

    Ugh, Grandy not the guy you want up.

  • smurfy

    Bunt, Grandy!

  • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

    Price? The Yankees seem to want to fuck the shit out of my fantasy pitchers.

  • Tank the Frank

    He looks lost up there. He really doesn’t seem like he’s seeing the ball.

  • V

    Gawd I hate Angel Hernandez. Granderson probably went, but d00d, appeal to the effing 3rd base ump.

    • charles poet

      Second that.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Your Favorite Pundit’s Favorite Pundit
  • smurfy

    He woulda held up if he had.

    • dkidd

      he shouldnta hadnta oughtnata swang

      /lucy van pelt’d

      • smurfy

        well sayd

  • charles poet

    Jetes with a single

  • bexarama

    yo Derek Jeter I hear you are good at this hitting thing please do that.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Johnny Damon would’ve hit two homers in that situation.

  • cjc

    hope klong can help him recognize that pitch better because right now any slider in the dirt is a swing

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

    No side angle on the check swing?

    YES fail.

    • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy in NYC aka the Other Oofys

      Or better yet, Top view. The only way to tell if the barrel crossed the front of the plate.

  • Dela G

    man i have lester and AJ going tonight for my fantasy team

    sucks to be me

  • Salty Buggah

    Ugh

  • dkidd

    i hate that season ticket-holder behind home plate in the blue windbreaker. evil robert redford

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Your Favorite Pundit’s Favorite Pundit

    ZOMG HIDEKI MATSUI/JOHNNY DAMON WOULD HAVE NEVER EVER STRUCK OUT IN THAT SITUATION EVER!!!!!!11!!!!!!!1!!

    /boverreacted

    • Jose

      If Austin Jackson was still here the Yankees would of blown it open on Jackson’s granny. Instead Granderson struck out.

  • http://www.theyankeeu.com/ Nostra-Artist

    Grandy just doesn’t see the ball well against lefties. That was a bad AB.

    • http://www.theyankeeu.com/ Nostra-Artist

      He flat out missed the inside cut fastball, and had to hold up his swing when Lester threw the breaking ball.

  • V

    30 pitch innings are a good thing, even if they only score the 1.

    • http://www.theyankeeu.com/ Nostra-Artist

      Nah, Lester has these innings. He can settle down and be fine the rest of the night. Or get knocked out by the 4th.

      • poster

        Is this a joke? You just said that this mught be a good thing unless it isn’t.

        • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy in NYC aka the Other Oofys

          No, he’s saying it’s either one thing or the other. No in-between.

          • poster

            Oh, gotcha.

            My badski.

        • http://www.theyankeeu.com/ Nostra-Artist

          I’m channeling my inner Joe Morgan.

  • poster

    Ugh, this game can get that typical Red-Sox in Fenway-beat-the-Yankees feel if Jeet doesn’t do something.

    • poster

      Yeesh. I hate Fenway Park.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Someone’s gotta do a better job of letting Lester know time was called.

    • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy in NYC aka the Other Oofys

      But apparently Angel H. didn’t call it!

  • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy in NYC aka the Other Oofys

    Oh well..at least we’re getting his pitch count up a bit.

    /Always-look-on-the-bright-side-of-life’d
    /Monty-Python’d

  • cjc

    well that sucked

  • charles poet

    31 pitch inning… well done boys.

  • Accent Shallow

    Jeez, how many ground balls to the SS area is Jeter going to hit this series?

    • charles poet

      2 more

  • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

    …Oh shush Lester. You didn’t particularly pitch well.

  • Johan Iz My Brohan

    Inning Over

    //Run Prevention’d

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

    I hope Angel Hernandez takes a foul ball to the mask. I hate this douchebag.

    • Jose

      It will be okay, we don’t need to wish pain on anyone.

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

        Oh I wish it, I wish it hard!

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Your Favorite Pundit’s Favorite Pundit

          TWSS

  • V

    Ok, if I’m Burnett, next time the Red Sox have men on, I stand on the mound, let them step out, and just throw the ball.

  • http://stateofmlb.blogspot.com/ Hangoverologist

    What did I miss? I was out and all I saw was Jeter grounding out to short to end the inning.

  • http://www.theyankeeu.com/ Nostra-Artist

    Is it just me, or is Curtis Granderson one of the gangliest, most herky-jerky ballplayers you’ve ever seen? There’s just nothing smooth about his ABs.

    I’d love to see him dance, I bet he looks like Elaine from Seinfeld.

    • bexarama

      He runs weird

      • http://www.theyankeeu.com/ Nostra-Artist

        Yes! He has this weird high step thing that he does.

        • bexarama

          totally. It’s pretty hilarious.

    • Accent Shallow

      That depends on if his partner is left-handed.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Your Favorite Pundit’s Favorite Pundit

      Two words:

      Craig Counsell.

  • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy in NYC aka the Other Oofys

    KIMBERLY!

    /Joe-Piscopo-embarrasing-himself’d

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Nice job by Beltre to go down and get it.

    • nathan

      Who needs Mike Lowell…

  • cjc

    I feel that this game is going to frustrate the fuck out of me

  • charles poet

    Beltre reminds me of how Bay started out last year, on fire and then tanked.

  • bexarama

    WTFFFF is Kim Jones gonna say? “No they all hated it and they’re having a revolt against Girardi.”

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Is it just me or are they making Kim Jones up a little more thus far?

  • JeffB

    Thank God it’s Yankee season. Remeber February?

  • Mel

    I am hating the in-game commentary with Kim Jones.

    • The Sheepmeister

      Try having the red sox announcers

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        When I was at UConn, I thought they were okay. In ’06 and ’07, I thought they were pretty even keeled. In ’08 and ’09, though, they became reeeeallly bad.

      • Mel

        Fair point

    • nathan

      ur other choices are hearing Sweet Caroline and Kay singing take-me-out-to-the-ballgame….

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Wouldn’t they not have been able to bring him up until after the 15th if they optioned him?

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      Him = Hughes, obviously.

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

      Ding ding ding.

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        Is it sad that I understand the option system more than a man who covers baseball for a living does? If so, for whom is it sad?

        • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

          Scratch this.

          /DFA’d

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Your Favorite Pundit’s Favorite Pundit

            You have shamed us all.

            • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

              Are you really surprised, Tommie?

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Your Favorite Pundit’s Favorite Pundit

        Couldn’t they have backdated his option, though, so that he comes off the first day they need him?

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

          I don’t think options work like that. I think it kicks in once the season starts. I could easily be wrong.

    • Accent Shallow

      It’s 10 days down without an injury, so if they optioned him on or prior to Opening Day, he could have been able to be recalled on the 15th.

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        Ah, I thought it was 20 days.

    • http://www.theyankeeu.com/ Nostra-Artist

      Right, they’d lose him for 10 days. You’d think the guys that do this stuff for a living would know these things.

  • Tank the Frank

    That was a wicked googly!

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      /Seinfeld’d

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

    Oh my Mo. I can’t take Kay and it’s game two of the season.

  • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy in NYC aka the Other Oofys

    Ooh: Ken with the new synonym for SSS: “small cross-section”.

    Or not.

  • JeffB

    Kimberly needs to be sporting Under Armor in those interviews….

  • cjc

    beltre seriously Jorge

  • bexarama

    does Scutaro look really short or is it just his Red Sox grittiness?

    • Jose

      He is 5’10″ so he doesn’t exactly stack up to most baseball players.

  • Accent Shallow

    Good to get Cameron. He’s the sort of hitter you have to throw strikes to.

    • Shdw

      If only any of the pitches to him would have been a strike had he not swung…

  • nathan

    Posada roomied with Pennington??? tht was more a water pistol throw than a bullet.. where aer the Molinas when u need one

  • Accent Shallow

    Christ, Scutaro annoys the crap out of me by existing.

    • dkidd

      imagine if they’d signed figgins

      • bexarama

        Remember when Figgins got the go-ahead RBI in Game 2 of the ALCS and freaked out on 2B? Hilarious

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Your Favorite Pundit’s Favorite Pundit

    Another SB.

    I really hope that 2010 Jorge Posada behind the dish doesn’t become 2009 Jason Varitek behind the dish.

    • Jose

      If I was managing any other team I would send runners a lot against Posada. Press the issue.

    • nathan

      this is a bit freaky.. brett favre.. yes that one… is a grandpa

      • nathan

        reply-post-fail

  • smurfy

    The YES crew oughta focus on the game and the next pitch.

  • Esteban Loaiza

    Riveraveblues is doubling up in comments on lohud the past two days

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

      Nice of you to join us, Esteban. My fantasy team enjoyed your 2003 season.

  • bexarama

    “The team that loads the bases the most has the higher chance of winning the game.”

    OH MY GOD

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      IS YOUR MIND TOTALLY BLOWN, BEX?!

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Your Favorite Pundit’s Favorite Pundit

        Pitches slow down in velocity as they pass through the air from the pitcher’s hand to the plate. No, it’s true, I heard it from a scientist.

        Sincerely,
        Tim McCarver

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Damn; ball went right at Drew.

  • charles poet

    Scott Boras clients playing tonight.

    Adrian Beltre
    J.D. Drew
    Jacoby Ellsbury
    Daisuke Matsuzaka
    Scott Schoeneweis
    Jason Varitek

    Mark Teixeira
    Alex Rodriguez

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

    dang..

  • bexarama

    I went “YEAAAAH” a bit too excitedly. Whoops.

  • Tank the Frank

    Red Sox have been so lucky tonight.

  • http://sec42 Scott

    More Kim Jones = good if that means less Michael Kay

  • Hummingbird S.

    poor Tex, almost had it

  • Shdw

    Is anyone else watching the NESN broadcast? Wow, the Beckett contract conference footage really opened my eyes. If only I could have a job where I roll out of bed and pull on a sweater and meet the media for an interview with the suits

  • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy in NYC aka the Other Oofys

    We hatess those nasssty “foul home runsses.”

    Nothings good ever followses.

    /Smeagol’d

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    In a perfect world, Ken Singleton would’ve just started discussing tRA.

    Alex, stop trying to pull everything!

    /like he can really hear me’d

    • http://www.theyankeeu.com/ Nostra-Artist

      “In a perfect world, Ken Singleton would’ve just started discussing tRA pulled a .45 out of his pocket and blown Kay’s brains out, and shot Leiter once in the leg as a warning.”

      Fixed that for ya.

      • bexarama

        they ain’t that bad…

        • http://www.theyankeeu.com/ Nostra-Artist

          Comedy is all about exaggeration, my dear.

      • Jose

        Lots of violence in today’s thread.

        • http://www.theyankeeu.com/ Nostra-Artist

          Yanks are losing, go figure.

  • V

    So, um, ARod… you notice how everyone’s watching a lot of pitches, waiting for that one pitch they can clobber?

    What’s up, d00d?

  • Hummingbird S.

    that was a horrible pitch to swing at

    • http://stateofmlb.blogspot.com/ Hangoverologist

      Agreed. It looked like a ball and had he waited, he would have gotten a middle-middle fastball and been able to crush that shit over the monster.

  • JeffB

    How come no ugly people are on the Ford swap your ride commercial?

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Your Favorite Pundit’s Favorite Pundit

      Why would I want to buy a car that ugly people drive?

      • ShuutoHeat

        TSJC has a point there.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Your Favorite Pundit’s Favorite Pundit

          When I was a retail manager, the employees at my store were all hot.

          People buy more shit from attractive salespeople.

          • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

            This is true. They get me all the time.

  • dkidd

    ken singleton just quoted c&c music factory

  • nathan

    James Shields is getting tattooed by the O’s… them O’s r gonna b a pain in the rear

  • Hummingbird S.

    Red Sox are too lucky for us right now

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

    Ugh, AJ’s fastball is all over the place.

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

      How is that different than any other start?

      • nathan

        Its Posada’s fault… lol

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

        Word.

  • http://www.mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    Looks like Lattimer is finally going to make the NFL.

    http://www.kentstatesports.com.....ID=1146616

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      You get 100 points for this reference.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Your Favorite Pundit’s Favorite Pundit

        Snotbubbles.

        • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

          …lost my ball.

  • JeffB

    Black hole sucking in the balls by that foul pole.

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

    Keebler Killer almost took that for a ride. Burnett looks like he’s unraveling a bit.

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

    Nice, Curtis.

  • dkidd

    grand central station

  • Sean Serritella

    Uh oh.

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

    Bah.

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

    Dammit.

    Bad A.J.

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

    Hmmm…well that wasn’t wholly unexpected. Disappointing, yes. Unexpected? No.

  • JeffB

    Hate that music!

  • bexarama

    uh oh.

    Nothing we can’t get back though.

    • Sean Serritella

      True.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Totally Jorge’s fault.

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

    I hate when Jorgie calls for the homerun. Where’s Molina when we need him?

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

      Hanging out with Phil Coke playing “Spot the Flyball”.

    • http://www.mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      This. AJ’s mostly a fastball/curve guy, why would Jorgie call for the HR pitch?

      • Jose

        Shit, I just checked fangraphs, AJ has thrown 3 HR pitches this game, what is Posada thinking? We are lucky they have only gotten one.

  • Alex S

    /enter bridge jumpers stage right

  • Vinny the Bull

    Wonder if AJ knows that lefties like it down and in.

  • Dave G

    Keep it at 3, AJ.

    • http://www.theyankeeu.com/ Nostra-Artist

      Have you ever seen the Yanks-Sox play at Fenway before? You have a better chance of finding Elvis, Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster dancing together at a Beatles reunion.

      • bexarama

        I was gonna say, you know what would be cool, just once? If the Yankees had a nice big comeback against the Sox at Fenway.

        (I’m sure it’s happened before but let me be irrational)

        • http://www.theyankeeu.com/ Nostra-Artist

          Very tough. It’s happened, off the top of my head the Alex HR off Paps in the rain would be one example.

          But the problem is that Fenway’s such a bandbox, and they get the last 3 AB’s.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Your Favorite Pundit’s Favorite Pundit

        Counterpoint:

        http://www.baseball-reference......5010.shtml

        Here, look. A game at Fenway where AJ kept the Sox to 0.

        • bexarama

          AJ was ridiculous against the Sox in 2008

        • http://www.theyankeeu.com/ Nostra-Artist

          Yanks-Red Sox.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Your Favorite Pundit’s Favorite Pundit

            I know what you said. I ignored it.

            If it makes you feel any better, though:

            http://www.baseball-reference......7250.shtml

            There. You’re welcome.

            • bexarama

              that ain’t gonna make anyone feel better

            • http://www.theyankeeu.com/ Nostra-Artist

              That only happened due to an obscure ruling by the official scorer where every inning was the 8th inning.

  • bexarama

    oh look it’s a mosaic of ugly

  • Omar

    This is getting pretty lame.

  • Omar

    Yeah at least AJ is throwing hard and making some good pitches…he’s fine as long as he stays healthy.

  • Vinny the Bull

    Things discussed two nights in a row, and most likely counting: pitch counter on the new graphics, and David Ortiz’s option.

  • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

    Talk about a lazy run. But no the walking corpse is loved by all.

    • bexarama

      I was gonna say, holy crap, got hustle David?

  • Alex S

    man i wonder how many hits Ortiz has lost due to the shift the past few years

    • charles poet

      not as many since he stopped using steroids.

  • http://www.mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    The shift is unfair, Ortiz would hit .350 if it wasn’t allowed.

    /Shit I’ve heard in the past

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Your Favorite Pundit’s Favorite Pundit

      Ichiro would hit home runs if he wanted to.

      • Vinny the Bull

        Much like Ty Cobb.

    • bexarama

      yeah but how many times has that shift allowed his teammates to steal second and then third ;)

  • Omar

    Loving the new YES graphics.

  • http://stateofmlb.blogspot.com/ Hangoverologist

    I don’t understand why the shift was on for Ortiz. He’s not nearly as feared as he was three or four years ago.

    • bexarama

      because if you can prevent the guy getting a hit you prevent it.

    • JeffB

      Unitl he jits to left…

      • http://www.theyankeeu.com/ Nostra-Artist

        Waht eh siad.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Your Favorite Pundit’s Favorite Pundit

      You don’t shift against dead pull hitters because they’re feared, you shift against dead pull hitters because they’re dead pull hitters and their spray charts indicate they’ll almost always hit the ball into your shift.

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

        I do the same thing with pedestrians in the crosswalk.

      • http://www.theyankeeu.com/ Nostra-Artist

        Speaking of spray charts, where’s the jizzmopper? I have to film my second to last scene for the night and the floor’s getting sticky.

    • Jose

      Yeah but he still pulls the ball as much as he always had. The shift has worked in the past against him, why change it if his overall production has dropped?

      • http://twitter.com/JoeRo23 The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

        … Not to mention, it’s worked twice already tonight. Why are we questioning the shift when Ortiz has hit the ball directly at Cano, positioned in the shift, twice?

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Your Favorite Pundit’s Favorite Pundit

          If anything, the shift works even better once the aging dead pull lefty slugger gets old and slows down, because he’s more prone to cheating and starting his bat earlier and ending up way out in front of an offspeed pitch, weakly lining it towards the 1B-2B hole.

          • http://twitter.com/JoeRo23 The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

            Somewhere a solitary tear rolls down Jason Giambi’s cheek.

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

    Cool Story, Kay’d.

  • JeffB

    A walk???

    • Accent Shallow

      He walked on Opening Day last year as well, IIRC.

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

    Did Robinson Cano just walk? Am I hallucinating?

  • TJ

    OMG Robbie walks

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

    A leadoff walk by Cano? Booya. Now make it count.

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

    Robbie walked!

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Orlando Cepeda.

    And the Yanks got fuckin’ roped that day. 15-5.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Al’s poppin’ greenies!

  • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

    He read my comment. Go Cano! You too JoPo.

  • William

    The world keeps getting weirder, Cano walks!

  • William

    Ugh

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

    Jorge … he’s not very fast.

    • Vinny the Bull

      Sad part? I thought he had a chance to beat it out, he hit it so slow.

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

        Me too. Then I laughed at how silly I was being.

  • http://stateofmlb.blogspot.com/ Hangoverologist

    Blah. DP.

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

    Hmmm…well, at least that was a familiar sight. It was too jarring to see Cano with a leadoff walk.

  • cjc

    this first 4 innings won’t be on Jorge’s highlight tape

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    OBP machine!

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

    It’s the weirdest thing but I can’t figure out who I dislike more: Thames or Gardner.

    Seriously. I think I actually now like Gardner by comparison.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Your Favorite Pundit’s Favorite Pundit

      Thames is gonna hit a homer tonight, just to cause you more moral angst.

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

        I really don’t know what I’d do. I’m about ready to drive to his house and beat up his kids.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Thames = frozen. Great pitch by Lester. They’re making him work but not capitalizing at all.

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

      Word.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Your Favorite Pundit’s Favorite Pundit

    Spillover thread?

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

      Just about to say it.

    • Jose

      Yesterday the one thread got to 800 posts.

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

      Next half inning, I’m trying to wolf down dinner.

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

        /O’Neil’d

      • http://www.theyankeeu.com/ Nostra-Artist

        What you get, big man?

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

          Pasta.

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

            Big fan of the Diving Jeter.

            • http://www.theyankeeu.com/ Nostra-Artist

              That’s not a bad idea for a dish at NYY Steak

              “Pasta Diving Jeter”

              …..wait a minute

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    I know we don’t like to jump on the SSS, but I think we can all agree it’s highly unlikely that Thames lasts all season.

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

      Inshallah.

    • http://www.theyankeeu.com/ Nostra-Artist

      But he’s great against Lefties!

  • ShuutoHeat

    *sigh* Thames the only “non-bright spot” of the lineup…

    • YankeesJunkie

      I really can’t see THames lasting the entire season especially if Winn starts playing well if he gets a shot.

      • ShuutoHeat

        I just want Gardy!

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Kenny as a DH:

    .257/.357/.385 in 1971 PAs.

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

      Ouch.

  • bexarama

    NOT THE WRONG GRAPHICS!!!!!

    Oh I seriously didn’t think Thames was gonna catch that and then I would have had a heart attack.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Worst. Catch. Ever.

    TWO. HANDS. MARCUS.

  • dkidd

    two hands, marcus

    kids are watching

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

    It was a breaking ball, shut up you maroons.

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

      So what? According to the YES gun, it was 95 mph.

    • Jose

      Gameday knows how to identify a “Knuckle Curve” now? I don’t ever remember that.

  • YankeesJunkie

    A DP would be really nice right now.

    • YankeesJunkie

      Donations will be taken.

      • Jose

        Should I write the check out to “Cash”?

  • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

    GIDP! Great job.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Nice DP.

    /not what pat’s thinking.

  • dkidd

    nice robbie

    lets do some hitting

  • Accent Shallow

    That’s why you throw strikes to Scutaro. He’s not very good.

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

    Offense, please.

  • YankeesJunkie

    Yankees are getting close to a rally I feel it.

    • bexarama

      … in your BONES?

  • Arman Tamzarian

    Anyone else trying to watch the game on mlb.tv? For some reason I can’t seem to get the game to come up, I can pick any other game. When I select this game, it tells me about the Yes stream and the at bat app. and won’t let me start the game. Any help would be appreciated.

    • YankeesJunkie

      MLB TV is probably still trying to work out bugs in their new viewing system.

  • bexarama

    Victory is ours!!!!

  • Alex S

    ZOMG!

  • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

    Progress.

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

    ZOMG he can’t hit lefties!

    And I forgot about the spillover. My bad, yo.

  • slappy white

    yeah Grandy, now steal that base

  • Vinny the Bull

    There we go. Set up.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Rally time, baby!

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

    Now we’re talking.

  • charles poet

    Granderson signing was horrible. Going from first to third on a single, unacceptable.

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

    Jeter should run. V-Mart throws like a girl, NJ’s a prime DP candidate.

  • Vinny the Bull

    Jeter should have the base easily, if he wants it. No way they’re going to throw down to second today.

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

    Someone will hit a home run this inning.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Oh snap!

  • kunaldo

    Stealing a line from TSJC..

    kunaldo: very aroused.

  • charles poet

    On purpose!

  • Vinny the Bull

    Or he could hit NJ.

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

    Oh Jesus. Last guy I ever want to see HJBP.

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

      Whoops. Typo. *HBP.

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

    Ugh, Lester probably broke Johnson’s back.

  • JeffB

    Oh Kay!

  • bexarama

    I just had a minor heart attack. Be okay Nick!!!

    • http://www.thenovablog.com Jamie

      My first words out of my mouth after seeing him get hit:

      “Oh God. Oh God. Oh God.”

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    FINISH HIM!

    /Mortal Kombat’d

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

    Strained fat, 15 day DL for NJ.

    • bexarama

      I laughed so hard I snorted.

    • charles poet

      Well done.

  • http://www.mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    Matsui would have done a better job of getting hit by that pitch.

    /dalelama’d

  • dkidd

    nj is bleeding internally

  • YankeesJunkie

    Johnson is out for the Year according to half of the YES Message board.

    • http://www.thenovablog.com Jamie

      I feel like that place you speak of is comparable to hell

  • Vinny the Bull

    Let’s see if Tex can keep one fair, this at bat.

  • http://www.theyankeeu.com/ Nostra-Artist

    Yankees Prospects, No’s 1 – 5

    1. Jesus Montero | C/1b | Age – 20 | Grade – A-

    2. Austin Romine | C | Age – 21 | Grade – B-

    3. Zach McAllister | RHP | Age – 22 | Grade – B-

    4. Manny Banuelos | LHP | Age – 19 | Grade – B-

    5. Slade Heathcott | OF | Age – 19 | Grade – B-

    http://www.baseball-intellect......ects-2010/

    Heathcott strikes me as high, but I’m not sure who I’d replace him with. Melancon, maybe?

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

      Eh, Melancon’s just a reliever. Go upside at a prime position, even if he is young and unproven.

  • William

    Bases loaded, no one out, 30 sb threats on 2nd and 3rd, and coming into the middle of the order=awesomeness

  • http://www.thenovablog.com Jamie

    So does Tex get an RBI on that?

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      Yes.

      • http://www.thenovablog.com Jamie

        thought so. knew it was probably a stupid question but wanted instant answer. knew he didn’t obviously if its a DP… didnt know if they’d perhaps call it an error but he wasnt pulled off the bag. oh well. thanks guys.

    • http://www.mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      Yes, because the ump screwed up.

  • Vinny the Bull

    Way to beat that out, big guy.

  • slappy white

    great hustle by Tex

  • JeffB

    A call of safe at first?

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

    Tex showing off the wheeeeeels.

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

    That works. Not ideal, but it works. A-Rod needs to bang one off the wall.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    He was out.

    • William

      Actually, I don’t think he was. In replay, he looked juuust safe.

  • William

    Thank god he ran it out, and the only guy out is the base clogger.

  • YankeesJunkie

    Nice hustle Tex.

  • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

    A call to the Yankees? Against umpiring rule number 3.

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

    Definitely out, yes?

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

      He was out, but Pedroia got a really generous neighborhood call at second.

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

        Gotcha. Thanks.

  • http://www.theyankeeu.com/ Nostra-Artist

    Can anyone get a call right at 1B?

    • bexarama

      Mark Buehrle

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

        Ha. Good one, Bex.

      • dkidd

        play of the year

  • http://www.mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    Make it hurt Al

  • Vinny the Bull

    Shut up, Kay. Shut. Up.

  • YankeesJunkie

    Either way it is 3-2 hope A-Rod can add to the damage.

  • spark

    Tie goes to the Yankees. It’s in the rule book.

  • bexarama

    Big fly, Alex.

    • bexarama

      eh, that’ll do

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    A-Rod’s not totally warmed up yet; he’s not getting around on the inside FB. In another week or two, he’ll pound those, regardless of the velocity.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      And by a week or two I mean one pitch.

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

        I laughed.

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

    I love this fucking guy!

  • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy in NYC aka the Other Oofys

    NAILS!

  • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

    TEH CLUTCH!

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

    Take that.

  • William

    A-rod my man!!!

  • JeffB

    Clutchiness!

  • Alex S

    big double

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

    But I thought A-Rod was unclutch!!!111

  • charles poet

    I can’t make out the ARod sucks chant at Fenway. Anyone else having audio issues?

    Way to go AROD!!!!!

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Steep decline.

  • YankeesJunkie

    Damon would have scored from first. It is not relevant but still dammit we did not sign Damon back.

  • Vinny the Bull

    Cano is Lester’s last hitter… but they should pull him now.

  • http://www.mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    uh oh, Cano with RISP.

  • slappy white

    who is announcing with Costas on MLB network ?

    • bexarama

      I think I heard it’s Smoltz. Not listening though.

  • bexarama

    yo YES Network: that’s because Jon Lester is an extremely good pitcher. Got nothin’ to do with the catcher.

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

    Alright. I feel much better now.

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

    Cano still can’t hit with RISP.

  • William

    Ribbie come through again, sort of. Its good enough.

  • ShuutoHeat

    Our Centaurian Overlord is so clutch.

  • William

    Sooo close.

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

    Hmm. Well hit, Jorge. What can ya do?