Apr
09

Game Four: Javy Returns

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Photo Credit: Elise Amendola, AP

The season is just three games old, but the Yankees’ new additions are already paying huge dividends. Nick Johnson and Curtis Granderson have driven in the go-ahead runs in the team’s two wins, albeit with methods found on opposite ends of the offensive spectrum, and Chan Ho Park delivered three shutout innings of work Wednesday night.  The team’s’ fourth big offseason pickup will take the field tonight, when new-old Yankee Javy Vazquez takes the mound in Tampa for his first start of the season.

As Joe reminded us this morning, Javy’s first first start in pinstripes went as well as possible. Six years later, the Yankees hope from more of the same from the guy no longer being counted on as a front-end arm, but a back-of-the-rotation workhorse who only has to soak up innings and keep the team in the game. This older and wiser version of Vazquez is more than qualified to do just that, but for now he just has to go out and prove his inability to handle New York is nothing more than narrative.

With another lefty on the mound tonight, Joe Girardi goes with the same lineup that faced Jon Lester on Tuesday. That means Marcus Thames in left and Granderson in the nine-hole. Of course, David Price has a long way to go before he’s in Lester’s class, but he’s got just as much talent and is capable of going into Beast Mode on any given day.

Will Nick Johnson get his first hit of the year? Will Mark Teixeira? Will Derek Jeter hit a ball in the air? Answers to all that and more, tonight in Tampa.

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

And on the mound, the best fourth starter in the business, Javy Vazquez.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:10pm ET and can be seen on YES. Enjoy the game.

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537 Comments»

  1. As long as it doesn’t go to short off of Jeter’s bat, I’ll be happy.

  2. Really, YES? Do we really need to do another feature on Jeter/Pettitte/Rivera/Posada?

  3. Jake H says:

    I wonder how bad Thames will look in the outfield tonight.

  4. ultimate913 says:

    If the Yanks get to the Rays bullpen quickly, things should start looking good. The Rays have played 3 straight games where in their last game(yesterday), their SP(Niemann) was knocked out(shoulder scare) after only 1.1 innings, thus forcing their bullpen to go a combined 7.2 innings. While the Yanks only used Park(3 IP) and Mo(1 IP) during the Sox game 2 days ago. Kinda reminds me of the Twins vs Yanks matchup in the ALDS last year.

  5. V says:

    Love the BEAST MODE reference.

  6. Steve H says:

    It’s funny that Javy isn’t being counted on to do as much this time around, but with his refined style of pitching, he’s probably more equipped to succeed this time around (not that he necessarily failed last time). The AL East is a bitch, but if he’s throwing 4 solid pitches at least 10% of the time, he’s likely to have success.

  7. ultimate913 says:

    http://cdn0.sbnation.com/playe.....p.4866.gif (safe)

    That is an amazing pic of Vazquez.

  8. Tank the Frank says:

    I don’t know about Teix, but I think Jeter will definitely get a few line drives off of lefty Price and I also think we’ll see an A-Bomb before the night is done. He loves hitting at the Trop.

  9. vtbando says:

    Anyone know why the game isn’t on MLB.TV? I had a subscription last year and don’t recall not being able to watch any game that wasn’t on one of the national networks.

  10. Tank the Frank says:

    Can someone tell me why Rosenthal is referred to as “sucka got no juice?” And don’t give me the Google link I checked and couldn’t find it. :-)

  11. I can’t say I’m thrilled about seeing Marcus Thames again. Really bummed he made the team over Don’t Hassle The Hoff, even though I understand the move (hits lefties).

  12. vtbando says:

    Strike that – they just added it!

  13. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Over/under 10 times they talk about how Javier is the “fourth” starter and isn’t expected to be great?

  14. Guys, if you didn’t know, Evan Longoria is a player.

  15. Tank the Frank says:

    I don’t know if anyone else sees it, but I love the ad for CougerLife.com on here. Classic.

    Remember you’re high school cheerleaders? They’re all GROWN UP!

    All I can think of is I do remember them and half of em couldn’t leave high school without giving birth. I can’t even imagine how many puppies they have now.

  16. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Is Yankeeography 2009 showing on ESPN 2?

  17. Did one of the Chipmunks just yell “Play ball”?

  18. Tank the Frank says:

    I wanna see a leadoff line drive double by Jeter here.

  19. AJ says:

    God I hate Mike Gonzalez….destroying my fantasy team. Anyone have a problem with Granderson 9th?

  20. At least it didn’t go to the shortstop.

  21. theyankeewarrior says:

    Why is Price starting????? He was sooo electric out of the pen! He should be setting up Soriano!

  22. Reggie C. says:

    Man… David Price makes 95 look effortless.

  23. Tank the Frank says:

    Beast Mode it is…

  24. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    Let’s go Tex get a hit!

  25. To anyone who knows: what’s Sean Rodriguez’s season?

  26. Missed the half inning. How did Price look?

  27. Randy A. says:

    Those new YES Network graphics…easily the best in the business.

  28. He didn’t strike out the side? This guy clearly can’t handle the A.L. East.

  29. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    Couldn’t find the zone that well, but got out of the inning easily!

  30. Andy_C_23 says:

    These teams take too long to play. What a disgrace to baseball

  31. Tank the Frank says:

    Doesn’t Vazquez sit 93, 94? Could’ve sworn I saw him there at Spring Training. Not complaining or worried…just wondering.

  32. Tonight’s Trivia Question: Hey fans, did you all know that Dioner Navarro was an All Star?

  33. Matt-Pitt says:

    Thought that was inside to A-Rod

  34. Wow, I did not think that got the corner. The overhead showed that it did, though.

  35. Tank the Frank says:

    Good Lord. The last thing the AL East needs is Price to start pitching like this. I was hoping it would take at least another year or so. 97mph on the black. Locating with ease. Back-leg slider. Just nasty.

  36. Holy shit; Price is on fire right now.

  37. Andy_C_23 says:

    This guy is wheeling and/or dealing

  38. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    Price is gooooood

  39. JobaWockeeZ says:

    As a positive I have Price starting for one of my teams today.

  40. Matt-Pitt says:

    Price just looks dominant right now.

  41. W.W.J.M.D. says:

    I’m watching the game on FNRays :( they aren’t bad I just would prefer YES. On a different note, I’m looking at starting up a blog, would you suggest I keep the name as short as possible or not to stick with a long one if it sounds good. Thanks.

  42. Damn, how far over was Cano playing on that?

  43. Souter Fell says:

    I so Javy works out. I’ve made sure I’ve snagged him for three years straight in FB. Just cure the “bad inning” thing.

  44. pete says:

    another example of Cano being an average defensive 2B

  45. Tank the Frank says:

    Make up call.

  46. dark side of the goon says:

    Well TB has to take the AL east this year because the Yanks and Red Sox are disgraceful teams who have no business in baseball.

  47. Why the hell would it be on purpose? I know Kay’s just trying to start conversation, but there’s no way that was intentional.

  48. pete says:

    O’Neil’s pretty good. I’d like a Leiter-O’Neil-Singleton booth, please!

  49. Odds Pena is traded?

  50. Upton did not mean to swing at that.

  51. Nice pitch, Javy. Finish off the inning.

  52. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    Sweet K, now may I have another?

  53. C’mon, Kay. You know you want to say it. Say how he was in 2008. Just do it. YOU CAN’T RESIST THE URGE!

  54. Tank the Frank says:

    WHAT A DISGRACE!!!

  55. Mike Axisa says:

    Nice job getting out of it, Javy.

  56. Souter Fell says:

    That’s getting out of trouble. Go Javy!

  57. oldman says:

    nice work javy!

  58. If the Rays were to trade Crawford, what teams are logical spots for him to land? I’d think they’d prefer to send him to the NL.

  59. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    Montero with an RBI Double!

  60. Andy_C_23 says:

    Not sure if you guys were aware, but Price is perfect so far. Six up, six down. Jinxity jinx, jinx, jinx.

  61. Tank the Frank says:

    This is what I was hoping for…a long half-inning, make Price sit a while, maybe he’d lose his location.

  62. Mike Axisa says:

    Nice hustle, Thames.

  63. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    Damn it Marcus Lames

  64. Wow, Granderson was so late on that 1-1 pitch.

  65. Souter Fell says:

    i cant understand how the split can be soooo bad

  66. Please hit the ball in the air, Derek.

  67. Souter Fell says:

    say derek has an off year that becomes his norm for the next 3 or so, is that better or worse for the contract?

  68. Salty Buggah says:

    Well, even if Jeter’s still hitting grounders, at least they’re going to the opposite side. Progress!

  69. Am I the only one who never liked Zimmer much?

  70. AndrewYF says:

    I’m kind of conflicted, because I have Price on my fantasy team. So when he strikes out Yankee batters and looks great I’m initially frustrated, but then I realize that he’s a guy who can make a difference for my team.

    So I’m rooting for him and Vazquez to go 7 scoreless and the Yankees rally off the bullpen in the 8th and 9th.

  71. oldman says:

    javy is dealing

  72. The ump must be happy. This has been a pretty quick game.

  73. I know it’s easy to keep piling on Tino but…who underrates Crawford’s defense?

  74. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    That was a good inning for Javy.

  75. WOO! FIRST HIT FOR OBP JESUS!

  76. Rob H. says:

    Holy crap, NJ swung at the first pitch.

  77. AndrewYF says:

    And just like that, Nick Johnson’s OPS just went up by .100.

  78. Was the question 1,000 Yankee hits after 1,000 or 1,500 w/another team?

  79. Is there any player in the major leagues who looks more like a 45-year-old couch potato than Nick Johnson?

    It’s amazing how effective he is.

  80. Hummingbird S. says:

    Tex, oh man.

  81. I really think Sean Rodriguez is going to break out this year.

  82. The answer to the trivia question is Dave Winfield.

  83. Tank the Frank says:

    B.E.A.Utiful.

  84. Hustle all around. Love it.

  85. andrae HINDS says:

    whats the answer to the trivia question, im thinking boggs but i dont know jack.

  86. oldman says:

    HhaHAhahHAhahHAHa

  87. AndrewYF says:

    That was….awesome

  88. That shit was an inside the parker right?

  89. Alex S says:

    almost a HR but I’ll take it

  90. Not The Rays says:

    OMFG Awesome

  91. Said in best Austin Powers voice:

    Yeah baby! Yeah!

  92. Doug says:

    haha EAT SHIT NAVARRO

    I’m sorry. That was unbecoming of me.

  93. Hummingbird S. says:

    just as the rays announcers were saying NJ wouldnt be able to score on a double he does just that!

  94. Johan Iz My Brohan says:

    ARod!

  95. Upton played that beautifully off of the wall and his throw was very nice. Too bad it got fucked up at the end.

  96. pete says:

    Holy shit, BJ has a GUN

  97. Souter Fell says:

    God it feels good to feel good about Arod

  98. Hughesus Christo says:

    Pops Johnson out there clogging the bases…

  99. Vinny the Bull says:

    I like how Jorge made no attempt to run out that pop up.

  100. Mariano's Pimp Hand says:

    Nick Johnson, speed demon on the bases.

  101. Is there a bigger enigma in baseball than BJ Upton? Ironically, I’d say the most talented underachiever out there besides him is Delmon Young.

    • Tank the Frank says:

      And you could put former Ray Elijah Dukes on that list.

    • pete says:

      I dunno. Delmon Young doesn’t have the HR power (or rather, the swing) nor the plate discipline that BJ has. Plus he sucks defensively. I could easily see BJ being a top-10 player in baseball year after year. Delmon Young, no way. I could see young hitting .300+ with 20+ HRs, but I don’t think I can picture him with an OBP over .350.

      • In terms of raw talent, Young certainly has the capability. His swing is too long and he refuses to walk. It’s mental and mechanical. But the pure talent is unquestionably there.

        If he would stop listening to his dumbass father and start listening to professional instructors, he might actually hit his ceiling.

        As far as the defense goes. Yeah, his defense is bad. It’s funny because he has good skills and a powerful arm. He shouldn’t be that bad. Again, it’s mental.

        • pete says:

          Well he sorrtof has the skills defensively. I think his arm is one of the strongest in all of baseball, but his speed is average at best. I agree he has the baseball-hitting ability to turn himself into an all-star caliber player. Actually I think he’s a similar type to Cano, albeit with more natural power, of which his awful mechanics have deprived him.

          But BJ Upton, he is not. There is literally not a single mechanical/physical flaw in his game. Not one. It’s ridiculous. He’s got early-90′s A-Rod type talent.

          • Agree on all of this. Upton’s at another level. I simply included Young because he probably has the next highest in terms of unrequited potential (I like that phrase).

            • pete says:

              heh. Yeah I suppose. If he were to ever fix his swing (and swing a smaller bat, fucking retard) and just take a feeew more pitches, he could be a Cano-type hitter, potentially with more power (maybe 30-35 range). The only reason I think it is even remotely possible, though, is because he has always had unbelievable hand-eye coordination/contact ability.

            • Yeah, but-

              You keep using that word “unrequited”. I do not think it means what you think it means.

              It means “not returned” or “not reciprocated”.

              “Unrealized potential” perhaps is more along the lines of what you’re thinking.

  102. Tank the Frank says:

    I hate guys with prettier girlfriends than me.

  103. So that was…awkward.

  104. I hope it’s not true that Tino was an academic All-American. It would greatly sadden me.

  105. whozat says:

    Is Javy really being this wild? Or is he getting squeezed?

  106. Playing golf with O’Neill must be fucking terrible.

  107. Not The Rays says:

    LMAO @ Michael Kay not invited to the party

  108. Nigel Bangs says:

    Sigh.

  109. Tank the Frank says:

    Couldn’t see that one coming. Vazquez had no idea what he was doing this inning.

  110. AndrewYF says:

    So, Brackman is currently getting clobbered. 5 hits, 6 runs, 5 earned, 1 homerun. But at least he didn’t walk anyone!

  111. Dela G says:

    i hate pena

  112. B.J. promptly telling Kay to STFU.

  113. Reggie C. says:

    Javy getting tired?

    Pitches are staying up.

  114. Souter Fell says:

    Javy’s got a dark brown mitt. Seems a slightly rare color.

  115. Dela G says:

    man javy needs a GIDP

  116. Nigel Bangs says:

    I would not like to see Upton play up to his potential this year, that’s for certain.

  117. Dela G says:

    well there goes the DP

  118. I am all that is man.

  119. Dela G says:

    good out there

  120. Dela G says:

    hey kay, even i guessed that it was dave winfield. not that hard to do…

  121. The Navarro as All-Star comment is surely coming.

  122. oldman says:

    looks like hes getting tired

  123. trueblue says:

    Welcome back Javy

  124. He’s up and his stuff doesn’t have much movement. Looking like it probably won’t be a great game.

  125. Hummingbird S. says:

    terrible pitch. it was an 0-2 count

  126. CubanC says:

    Dioner Navarro? Seriously?

  127. Rough inning; end it now, Javy.

  128. Hummingbird S. says:

    Everything is belt high.

  129. Dela G says:

    yikes this is not a good inning

  130. Jorge, stop embarrassing yourself.

  131. You’re Girardi: Do you pull Vasquez and go to Ace for the 5th, 6th? Or leave Javy in no matter what for the 5th?

  132. Nigel Bangs says:

    This is an ugly inning.

  133. Reggie C. says:

    Start stretching Sergio!

    What a disastrous inning for Vazquez.

  134. oldman says:

    playing thames really paying off

  135. Alex S says:

    Gardner makes that

  136. trueblue says:

    What a chump

  137. Andy_C_23 says:

    Nice dive by Thames

  138. So painful to watch. Yep, my fantasy week is over. Vazquez was the death knell.

  139. Tank the Frank says:

    Don’t blame Thames. Vazquez has been atrocious this inning. That ball was smoked.

    • Al says:

      I don’t think anyone is blaming Thames for being big, slow, and poor at defense. They are blaming Joe Girardi for putting him in the outfield.

      • pete says:

        eh, if Gardner were hitting against price it’d be a joke. People would be saying “where the fuck is Thames”. It’s a no-win situation. Which makes sense, considering the fact that we’re facing David Price (although he does appear to be tiring)

        • BklynJT says:

          No because we hve no faith in Thames anyway and we would obviously see the value provided by gardners defense.

          • The Three Amigos says:

            There is a hybrid, his name is Randy Winn, switch hitter.

          • pete says:

            Thames hits lefties. The yankees have historically sucked against price. Vazquez is a good pitcher and strikes out a lot of guys. Why not try to get a couple good ABs out of Thames and maybe get a big double or a HR, and hope his defense doesn’t hurt you. Chances are, over 5 innings, a left fielder’s probably only going to have 1 or maaaybe 2 plays that an elite LF makes and a bad LF doesn’t. Honestly it’s just taking a chance. Long haul, gardy’s defense gives you a ton of value, but there’s absolutely no guarantee that he even gets a chance to make a good play in the innings that Thames played in. At least you know Thames/Gardner’s gonna get a couple ABs.

        • V says:

          Disagree. Gardner was better against lefties than righties last year. His defense makes it STUPID to replace him for someone who’s not a top notch hitter.

          • pete says:

            gardner’s SS was sooo small last year though, and there’s just no way to expect a guy with that kind of swing to be able to catch up to david price. I think it’s a perfectly defensible move.

  140. warren says:

    I hate thames. why should u ever play him

  141. Not Thames fault, per se. It was well hit. Still, even an average player probably gets to that.

  142. Dela G says:

    holy jesus

    man i wish grit gutner was there

  143. When is Thames going to be lifted for Gardner? I don’t think I can see this horrible D in left any longer.

  144. Klemy says:

    Smoked or not, Gardner catches that ball on a trot. Thames is an abomination in LF.

  145. Nigel Bangs says:

    I understand the thinking, but does Thames have much of a better chance hitting off “tough lefties” than Gardner? I can’t imagine it far out-weighs what he gives up on defense.

  146. Dela G says:

    thank god

  147. Fanta says:

    And this is why we got rid of this bum

  148. JeffG says:

    Gardner just hit a two run HR… nice.

  149. Nigel Bangs says:

    Well, if a line-up can score 6 runs, it’s the Yankee line-up. Let’s get to their pen!

  150. I think the key for the Yankees is to just keep it close and work Price’s pitch count to get to their bullpen.

  151. Bartlett doesn’t have Jeter’s hops.

  152. pete says:

    we’re winning this game. book it.

  153. Dela G says:

    good job by swishahouse

  154. Hey ZZ says:

    There is very little chance Thames offense makes up for the 2 runs he cost by being the LF as opposed to Gardner. He is simply not good enough offensively to make up for his defensive shortcomings.

    • ThatGuyGreg says:

      Given Thames’ .000 avg/.250 OPS – I think that you’re right on the money.

      • pete says:

        small. sample. sizes.

        The chances of 5 innings of Thames actually costing the team 2 runs were not very high. The chances of him hitting a 2-run home run were probably just as good. The chances of Gardner doing anything offensively against price in the first two innings were very low. The chances of Gardner having a significant enough amount of time to appreciate defensive value in 5 or 6 innings, also not very high.

        This is called reactionary analysis, and it’s bullshit.

        • V says:

          I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but Thames’ swing = slow. He ain’t hitting any homeruns.

          • pete says:

            Thames has what, 100 career HRs? I can guarantee you that he, in a bench role, will hit more HRs, and in general hit better against LHP than Gardner will this year.

  155. Dammit, I thought that was heading to the gap.

  156. Tank the Frank says:

    Jeter panic threat level: Orange

  157. Nigel Bangs says:

    It’s nice to see Jeter softly ground out to 2nd base for a change. Spray those outs around the infield.

  158. daneptizl says:

    Womack > Thames.

  159. V says:

    Ok, I wasn’t on the anti-Thames wagon earlier today, but I am now. WTF was that LF defense?

  160. Bright spots of game:

    *A-Rod clobbers a ball
    *NJ gets a hit!

    Blind Spots of game:

    *Granderson against a nasty lefty
    *Jeter weakly hitting everything on the ground
    *NJ running
    *Thames’ defense
    *Javy Vazquez looking shaky after the second inning
    *Cano playing some sort of weird shift that has him playing right near second base

  161. V says:

    Ok, this is nice to see. Something had to have been mechanically off.

  162. EB says:

    I think Jorge Vazquez came out to pitch last inning

  163. If Javy can get out of this inning 1-2-3, I think you can at least send him out there to start the sixth, then you go to Mitre or Ace.

  164. Night and day for Javy. But he got lucky on the slider. That should have been hit to Jacksonville.

  165. Alex S says:

    Javy settled down nicely

  166. Salty Buggah says:

    Great bounceback inning Javy! He now knows not to trust the outfield defense, mostly Thames.

  167. Now can we please DFA Thames and pick up You Dead Dawg?

  168. Hey ZZ says:

    Girardi must be hazing Javy or something.

    He escapes from Jermaine Dye and puts up a great season in Atlanta.

    Then he comes to NY and Joe sticks Thames out there.

    That Girardi is a cruel bastard.

  169. Zooboy says:

    Thames is the Cody Ransom of 2010. I’m guessing he too will be long gone before the champagne flows.

  170. Is it just me or does Alex look a little off on breaking balls?

  171. V says:

    Well, Price is on a CG pace right now.

  172. I love watching Upton, but I hate that he’s on the Rays. Great swing.

  173. Nigel Bangs says:

    :(

  174. Reggie C. says:

    Home Run Javy officially makes his debut.

  175. You’re not going to shake the Home Run Javy nickname if you keep doing stuff like this Javy.

  176. Doug says:

    FUUUUUUCK.

    Just take Javy out. Shut it down.

  177. Oh and who’s gonna write the article tomorrow about how the Yankees look old, dead, tired, etc. while the Rays look youthful, energized, etc.?

  178. trueblue says:

    Once a chump, always a chump

    • pete says:

      as you’ve so eloquently demonstrated for us today

      • trueblue says:

        My line is better than Javy’s

        • poster says:

          I’m going to play Captain Obvious and say that you’re comparing apples and oranges here. Javy had one bad start, you’ve been acting like an ass. Kind of different, and your lines have nothing to do with it.

        • pete says:

          no it wasn’t. you said “once a chump, always a chump”, which doesn’t apply to Vazquez. If you wanted it to, you’d have been better off saying:

          “once a guy who had a bad second half because of injury but has enjoyed an otherwise excellent career, always a guy who had a bad second half because of injury once but has otherwise enjoyed an excellent career”

  179. Oh fuck. Can you guys imagine what the papers and media will say tomorrow? “Oh this is just like 2004, blah, blah, blah.”

  180. Yay for Mike and Tino! They can do math!

  181. Baseballnation says:

    Eso no bueno Javy,Mentira! lol

  182. poster says:

    This is the first game I’ve really been disappointed with the outcome.

    Obviously we could still win, which would be cool, but I SOOO wanted Javy to do well. It would have been a victory for objective analysis and a triumph over everything illogical.

    Ah well. Next start, then.

  183. Joe D. says:

    Ah, this start is just gonna make it extra sweet when Javy snags the Cy.

  184. Johnny says:

    So Javy NOT ONCE lets up 7 runs last year!

    He comes to the Yanks and gets crushed in his first start?

    How does that happen? The NL must SUCK!

  185. Tank the Frank says:

    Thanks for comin’ Javy. Better luck next time.

  186. I’m actually pretty psyched to see how Mitre looks. Does that make me crazy?

  187. Zooboy says:

    How old is Randy Johnson now?

  188. AJ says:

    Anyone wanna guess the title of the cover of the NY Post?

  189. I will be shocked if Jorge throws out a runner all year.

  190. oldman says:

    this is UGLY! Yuck

  191. Hughesus Christo says:

    If we’re gonna lose tonight, at least we can get this idea that Mitre is good out of people’s heads.

  192. Reggie C. says:

    Alright Serge, get your work in. Pitch like a Mexican is ready to take your job.

    • Wouldn’t it be more apt to say that he should pitch like he’s trying to get the job a Mexican (Aceves) already has?

      • Reggie C. says:

        I dont think any role in the ‘pen has been defined aside of Mo’s role. Sergio has got to pitch to remain relevant , especially with Ace on the shelf.

  193. AJ says:

    Well I’m glad we let Gaudin go instead of Mitre. But then again it’s one inning.

  194. A “Yankees suck” chant in Tampa?

    Wow, I didn’t think they had a fan base that cared enough to chant that.

  195. AJ says:

    I went to Tropicana last year when the Yanks went and it was the most horrible stadium I’ve ever been in. Narrow hallways, only ONE gate to enter from, and those AWFUL cowbells enough to make you go INSANE. And then there’s stupid promos and “games” between innings because if you stopped for a minute to think you’d realize how disgraceful the structure is. Disastrous.

  196. Longoria is so pissed that he struck out against Mitre.

  197. Tank the Frank says:

    For God’s sake. This isn’t a “statement,” it’s one game. The Yankees got crushed early in the season here a couple times. They’ll lose over 60 games this season. Is each one a statement by the other team?

  198. yanksdefsux says:

    I understand that Rays can turn on an inside pitch, but the effectiveness of staying away is vastly diminished by ALWAYS staying away. I am beginning to doubt whoever is calling the shots. Mitre’s pitches are very well located but they are squaring on the outside pitch, because ALL pitches are outside. very poor.

  199. Man, this game is just all-around awful.

  200. I would love for one of them to say that West’s poor umpiring also extends the game.

    Also, Pena and Winn get more PT today?

  201. Though this game has sucked, it’s been nice to see Price pitch this well. He’s been fantastic tonight.

  202. Anyone want to start a Marcus Thames DFA pool?

    I have May 1st.

  203. bexarama says:

    I just came home and I see we should be in PANIC MODE!!!! I guess.

  204. Reggie C. says:

    A 3-run shot here would wipe away some of the “statement” commentary being made.

  205. Hey ZZ says:

    Fuck. Thames just got a hit. That shit is definitely going in the binder.

    • I know, Thames getting a hit just feels like delaying the inevitable to me.

      • Hey ZZ says:

        You live with Johnny Damon’s defense out there. You do not live with Marcus Thames.

        When he was signed I thought it was as a late inning pinch hitter. I really am shocked he is starting games.

        WTH is Winn’s role on this team if Thames/Gardner is apparently a platoon?

        Back-up to the LH hitting side of the LF platoon? Sounds like assistant to the traveling secretary.

  206. AJ says:

    In other news, Nelson Cruz just hit his 3rd HR in 4 games. Awesome fantasy value.

  207. So who’s excited for DOtF?!

  208. wtfman says:

    I wish Price blows his arm off.

  209. AJ says:

    Anyone gonna watch the Life and Times of Tim now?

  210. poster says:

    2 innings, seven runs? I’m not giving up!

  211. Salty Buggah says:

    Ok, time to save the run-differential if the game’s lost and go with the Paul O’neil theory.

  212. Tank the Frank says:

    Would’ve loved to see Hughes go up against Davis tomorrow. Last time I saw those two square off I think was when Scranton won the championship and Hughes struck out 11.

  213. poster says:

    Ladies and gentlemen, this thread is a perfect example of how NOT to practice Zen baseball.

  214. NYY626 says:

    you guys done worrying about jeter now?

  215. Andy_C_23 says:

    This ain’t over

  216. pete says:

    All I can say is thank god I love watching good pitching. If it weren’t for the fact that I genuinely enjoy watching price pitch, I’d be really effing ticked about this game

  217. pete says:

    Nick Johnson does whatever the FUCK he wants

  218. bexarama says:

    Is the crowd at the Trop really annoying or am I just pissed off because of people IRL?

    • pete says:

      they’re always annoying. The cowbells ugggh. Also the stadium has a weird amphitheater effect that amplifies sounds from around the stadium

    • Tank the Frank says:

      It’s the cowbells. I don’t think they should be allowed personally.

      • AJ says:

        They have signs around the stadium about not using the cowbells too much. They don’t listen…they never listen…

        • Tank the Frank says:

          So they allow cowbells…but have signs saying don’t use them “too much.” That’s just idiotic. What do you expect them to do? How would you enforce such a thing?

  219. Anyone else feel like shoving a pencil in their eye socket every time Tino opens his mouth?

    • poster says:

      Why would we put a pencil to our eye socket every time he opens his mouth? I’d think that we’d intentionally puncture our eardrums if we’ve been driven e been driven to such extremes.

  220. Hughesus Christo says:

    KAY. SHUT THE FUCK UP ABOUT THE PITCH COUNT.

    • poster says:

      Why? He has a point.

      Swisher’s eye is not looking sharp. Take a fucking strike.

      • Hughesus Christo says:

        No, he didn’t have a point. Price went into the inning at what… 90? Probably more life 85. They wanted to get him through 8. He ended up at 110, not 140.

        With all of that said, repeating the same sentiment ad infinitum until I want to bust a cap in my Toshiba isn’t cool. Hewas so impressed to be saying something related to the game that he felt the need to say it over and over again until his jock bros gave him a pat on the back. This isn’t Michael Kay’s Therapy Hour, it’s a Yankees game.

        What a dark day it was when Kay and Sterling got split up and were allowed to infect both sides of the broadcast.

        • poster says:

          Yeah, I disagree. It was opening day and Price is quite young. I was surprised Maddon let him hit 100, let alone 110.

          To be honest, I never hated Kay. He’s not good or bad, just there. If he were replaced with another generic broadcaster I’d barely notice.

  221. pete says:

    Honestly Maddon, wtf is your problem? Stop ruining my favorite non-yankee pitcher in the AL East’s arm!!

  222. Andy_C_23 says:

    C’MON SWISH DOG

  223. Time for a Swisher slam.

  224. pete says:

    I wonder if Swish would be better served batting right-handed after facing Price 3 times.

    • Zack says:

      Why does this come up every time there’s a switch hitter and he makes an out?

      It’s not going to happen, because its not a good idea. They are switch hitters for a reason. (Doing it against a knuckleballer is the exception)

  225. poster says:

    ???

    WTF? So Un-Swiher like. Awful AB. Didn’t work the AB at all.

  226. Reggie C. says:

    American Gangster it is.

  227. If he’s “Swish-a-licious” when he hits a HR, I’d guess you have to call that AB “Swish-gusting”

  228. Salty Buggah says:

    Nick Swisher just saved Marcus Thames’ life. Had he gotten a hit, Thames would’ve failed

  229. “When you open a new stadium, good things happen.”

    /ignoring the Mets’d

  230. Girardi needs to turn over a buffet table. That’ll fix things.

  231. Andy_C_23 says:

    You can’t win ‘em all

  232. bexarama says:

    It’s bad to have an ERA of infinity!! News!

    The YES booth is actually a lot better than what I dealt with tonight. Ugh nice play Crawford. GODDAMN IT BABIP

  233. Salty Buggah says:

    El Capitan = El Stat-Padder

    /Sarcasm

  234. bexarama says:

    Bob Lorenz: Don’t push the panic button on Javy…
    LoHud, NYYFans, Twitter, etc: OMG PUSH THE PANIC BUTTON AAAHHHH

  235. Bah. A warm glass of milk and a nice Dot-f will put me to sleep with a smile on my face.

  236. Matt Vereb says:

    Check out the post game.

  237. bexarama says:

    Whoah, David Ortiz got ejected.

    OMG WHY ISN’T JAVY KILLING HIMSELF ON THE POSTSHOW

  238. jbkx says:

    Javy, you’re a #4 but this crap won’t cut it. Head out of ass ASAP. You’re not in the NL East anymore.

  239. Javy will be fine. The only real concern from the game is the play of Thames. His defense has been so poor (and costly) that you really have to reconsider playing him against even the toughest lefties. It’s not like he is dominant hitter against lefties anyway.

    • bexarama says:

      I agree with this. I didn’t see the whole game, but I saw highlights, and Thames’ defense decidedly cost runs. If it’s Manny Ramirez, you deal with it. If it’s Marcus Thames, not really.

      AND WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT JAVY IS TEH WORST PITCHER EVER AAAAHHHHH!!

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