Hughes steals the show as Yanks win again

Game 14: Going for a half-dozen
Yanks rotation is earnings its pay

We’ve seen this movie before. Three years ago, in a road game against an AL West club, a 20-year-old Phil Hughes flirted with a no-hitter in his second start of the season before having to exit the game with a hamstring injury. It was the mother of all letdowns, because not only was the no-no gone, but the best young Yankee in years was going to spend a significant chunk of time on the shelf.

Wednesday night, a now 23-year-old Hughes again flirted with a no-hitter in his second start of a different season in a different road game against a different AL West club, and even though he wasn’t able to finish it off, the young righthander turned in the best start of his career and reminded everyone who thought he was only the second best option for the fifth starter’s job just what he is capable of.

Happy Phil is happy.

Hughes the man?

The night started out in rather ordinary fashion. Hughes was having trouble with his fastball early, as it was flying high and away to lefties, but he managed to get leadoff man Cliff Pennington to swing through a cutter for the first of what would be many strikeouts on the night. Daric Barton reached base when Hughes threw four straight pitches out of the zone, but that was pretty much all they would get off him the rest of the game.

Photo Credit: Ben Margot, AP

Down went Ryan Sweeney on a broken bat ground out to short, down went Kurt Suzuki swinging at strike three. The A’s wouldn’t get much else off of Hughes, who sat down 18 consecutive batters from the 2nd through 7th inning. He struck out a career high ten along the way, eight of them swinging. The no-hit bid came to an end on the first pitch of the 8th inning, when Zombie Eric Chavez took a fastball right back through the box, ricocheting off Hughes’ left arm and landing on the grass in the front of the mound. It was an uncommon way to end a no-hitter, but Hughes knows all too well about that.

Hughes threw 101 pitches on the night, a whopping 70 for strikes. Oakland batters swung and missed at 13 fastballs, which were averaging 92.55 mph on the gun. Barton was the only batter to face a three ball count before Gabe Gross walked to end Hughes’ evening, and frankly there weren’t even that many balls put into play that threatened to fall in. There was no great defensive play, no bang-bang plays at first, nothing. The 12 non-strikeout outs were all very routine.

The Yankees’ young righthander was very much in control Wednesday night, spotting his fastball(s) to all quadrants of the strike zone, and dropping his curve in for strikes seemingly at will. The front four starters in the Yanks’ rotation are pulling in a combined $62.75M this season, but it’s the dirt cheap 23-year-old that was seemingly a forgotten man at this time last year that has become the must-see every five days. Hughes was simply incredible all night. Bravo young man.

Photo Credit: Ben Margot, AP

Biggest Hit: Alex Rodriguez‘s triple

As good as Hughes was, Ben Sheets matched him zero for zero for the first few innings of this one. A-Rod stepped to the plate to lead off the 4th inning, and started off his at-bat with a half-hearted swing over the top of one of Sheets’ patented eyes-to-toes curveball. Two fastballs missed inside for a 2-1 count, but the fourth pitch of the at-bat was a curveball that didn’t fall far enough, hanging up long enough for Alex to drive it into rightfield. Sweeney dove after it but fell just short, and the ball scooted by him and back to the wall.

Running hard as usual, A-Rod chugged around first and second, and slid into third with a leadoff triple, setting up the Yankees to get on the board first just perfectly.

Biggest Out: Cliff Pennington’s ground out

Once Hughes was out of the game, the A’s threatened the Yanks’ long-standing two run lead when Jake Fox singled in a run to cut the lead in half and put the tying run in scoring position. Joba Chamberlain, now officially the 8th inning guy, had replaced Hughes earlier in the inning, and instead of talking about no-hitters we were suddenly worrying about maintaining the lead. These things tend to happen all at once, you know. No hitter gone, shutout gone, lead gone. Or at least almost gone.

Joba started Pennington off with a 92 mph piece of cheese that just missed on the outer half for ball one, and things looked to be going from bad to worse. After a failed pickoff attempt, Joba went to his trademark slider, catching Pennington out in front. He rolled the ball over to first, to the Yanks’ surest handed defender in Mark Teixeira, who took it to the bag himself to end the inning. Threat: neutralized.

Happy Moments

Photo Credit: Ben Margot, AP

Back to back triples. How can you not love that? Is it just me, or does it seem like the Yanks are hitting far more three-baggers this season? It’s probably just a sample size thing, but it sure is fun. Also, congrats to Brett Gardner for slapping a ball into left in the 9th, I can’t remember the last time he hit a ball out of the infield before that. Sarcasm aside, it was a big insurance run. It also kept the Yanks’ streak alive of scoring at least three runs in every game this season.

Oh, and Phil Hughes. He was pretty good tonight.

Annoying Moments

I’m not sure what was going on with all those runners being sent on 3-2 counts in the first two innings, but it was rather annoying. On the other side of the coin, why didn’t Gardner tag up on that fly ball to the wall by Nick Johnson in the 5th? A runner that fast needs to be on third after a ball is hit that deep, no excuses.

Derek Jeter needs to stop swinging at so many first pitches. I know he had a .483 wOBA on the the first pitch last year, but damn dude. It’s okay to take something once in a while, especially as the leadoff hitter.

Randy Winn. The dude is toast. Greg Golson can provide the same (or better) defense and baserunning, and at least offers a chance at being a non-zero with the bat for close to one-third of the cost.

After throwing 26 pitches in this game and working for the third time in four days, Mariano Rivera won’t be available tomorrow and maybe not Friday either.

WPA Graph

The individual batter breakdowns are available at FanGraphs’ box score.

Next Up

These same two teams finish up the series with a get away day tomorrow. First pitch is scheduled for 3:35pm ET, CC Sabathia vs. Dallas Braden. We’re going to have our weekly game chat for that one.

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Game 14: Going for a half-dozen
Yanks rotation is earnings its pay
  • Senor A. Boy

    Hughes is, in fact, the man.

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime (Optimovelist Primus)

    I can’t get over the fact that the A’s still have to face CC tomorrow.

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

      It’s karmic payback for Duchscherer’s comments before the series.

      • Esd

        What did he say?

        • Dirty Pena

          Basically that the A’s aren’t afraid of the Yankees, the Yankees aren’t as good as everyone makes them out to be, the A’s are filled with great players who would be superstars in NY.

          • Dirty Pena

            He got pissy with some reporter who suggested they’d be testing themselves by playing the Yankees.

            • dkidd

              in duch’s defense, this was the reporter’s question:

              “when you think about facing the yankees, do you shit your pants?”

              • Tom Zig

                ICWUDT

      • bexarama

        Is Duch (feel free to pronounce that as you would like) pitching tomorrow? I hope we absolutely murder him if so.

        • Dirty Pena

          First pitch is scheduled for 3:35pm ET, CC Sabathia vs. Dallas Braden.

          Somebody got to the graph and skipped the rest.

          • bexarama

            yes…. yes, I did. It’s late/early. ._.

        • Salty Buggah

          No, I think it’s Braden

  • Sam

    1st star: Hughes

    2nd Star: The dude behind Hughes’ parents during the interview

    • Klemy

      HAHAHA! I couldn’t stop looking at him during the interview.

  • Dirty Pena

    I’m glad we’re calling out Randy Winn. He does look awful. Unfortunately, due to his extremely limited role, I feel like it’s gonna be weeks or months before he gains the scorn of anyone important.

    • swo

      Zombie Randy Winn.

      I see no need to call on the dark powers of the undead when Colin Curtis and Greg Golson are very much alive.

    • A.D.

      He’s essentially the 25th man, and he can play defense just fine, not that big of a deal.

  • DSFC

    Bit early to close the door on Winn, no? Especially for dreck like Golson. I know he’s started out hot, so everyone likes him now, but the guy’s career OBP is .309.

  • Salty Buggah

    Not so outlandish predictions:

    Phil Hughes will throw a no-hitter in his career.

    The Yankees will have a pitcher throw a no-hitter 2010.

    Both of these things were so close to happening today and the 2nd one was close several times already.

    • Ivan

      I agree that one these days Phil Hughes will throw a no-no, heck even a perfect game.

      • Klemy

        Also agree. He flashes some nasty stuff when he’s on. I really look forward to his starts.

  • Dirty Pena

    According to coolstandings, the Yankees are now a 76.2% chance to make the playoffs. Only the Twins (73.6%) are better than 63.5% (the Cardinals.)

  • Salty Buggah

    Via Sweeny Murti: In 30 major league starts Hughes has pitched at least 6 inn and given up 4 or fewer hits 10 times already.

    Wow. The Yanks may have developed a (#1) starter after all.

    • The Big City of Dreams

      yea they have to bad they wrecked the other one

      hughes looked really good last night. It’s so good watching him attack hitters with his stuff

  • bexarama

    GREAT picture of Hughes.

  • Tommy S

    Why are the Yankees so nasty? I love being a Yankees fan.

  • Yankswin27

    Winn IS toast. Why not try Greg Golson?

    • DSFC

      The guy has completely sucked ass in the minors – why would you expect him to be an adequate major league player? .309 OBP and no power – awesome!

  • Hughesus Christo

    Hughes to Joba… so bittersweet.

    • KK

      I had no confidence when Joba came in… I just felt he’d blow Hughes’ shutout bid. Kind of a sad reaction.

      Still, the whole thing fell apart as soon as one of the announcers stupidly announced that Hughes was going out there to “try for a no hitter” – they (pretty sure I was watching the YES broadcast, but maybe I’m wrong) were hinting at it for a while, but as soon as one of them said it, that’s when they finally got a fluke single off of him.

      All in all, an amazing game pitched by Hughes. From what I’ve seen, he’s trying to turn into Mariano (all fastballs and cutters) and it’s working out pretty well for him so far.

  • http://kierstenschmidt.com Kiersten

    Best moment of the game – when the crowd was chanting “Yankees suck” and the A’s announcer goes “Oh yeah? I betchya they’re pretty good.”

    • bexarama

      That’s awesome. When I’ve heard the As announcers, they’re really good.

      • Ghost of Scott Brosius

        They were excellent last night. Even went out of there way not to jinx Phil. I broadcast so much more than I do YES.

  • Dirty Pena

    The starters since Javy’s night in Tampa:

    10 GS, 64.2 IP, 47 H, 15 ER, 25 BB, 68 K

    9-1, 2.09 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, 9.46(!) K/9, 2.72 K/BB

    • Devil In A Blue Cap

      Yankees’ starting pitching = good at baseball.

  • Salty Buggah

    Is it wrong of me to be greedy and get mad at Joba for allowing a run that was charged to Hughes? I REALLY wanted at least that 0 for Phil. Also, what’s wrong with Joba? He just doesn’t seem that lights out anymore (though he’s still pretty damn good). Maybe it’s his lack of control at times and diminished velocity but I didn’t trust him in that spot tonight. It feels weird to say this because it’s something similar to what SBGL says but that’s just my honest feeling. Again, it may be the spoiled and greedy Yanks fan in me but I want Joba to be like 2007 (did I just say that? lol).

    Also, while I agree Randy Winn looks toast, I think we need to give him a chance. His bat just looks slow and he runs like an old man, even though he still isn’t that slow, but it may just be the lack of playing time. He hasn’t really gotten a chance to bat much and get into rhythm, which is a good thing for the Yanks but it could be why he seems so late on fastballs. This is not an excuse for him, as he is a veteran, but he needs some more chances before we declare that he’s finished.

    • Dirty Pena

      I think in Joba’s case, he’s just getting used to being a reliever. I mean last 5 appearances: 5.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K. That’s pretty good. I know what you mean, it does seem like he’s lost some luster, and he’ll never be THAT good again. But I think he’ll be fine as teh 8th inning guy!!!11!!!11one1!

      Also, about Winn, when is he supposed to get these chances? I agree his problem may be a lack of playing time, but there’s no positive scenario that involves him getting more PT.

      • Salty Buggah

        Yea, I know Joba has been pretty good but I agree he won’t be THAT good again so I should lower my expectations.

        For Winn, like I said, it’s a great thing that he isn’t getting more playing time. Also, his contributions are almost negligible anyway since he’s the 4th/5th OF and if he’s the Yanks biggest issue, they’ll be in good shape.

        • ecksodia

          He doesn’t seem. Key word, I think. Maybe your perception of him is somehow misconstrued?

        • Templeton “Brendog” Peck

          when gardner cools off winn will get some abs. see what he does. it is WAY too early to cut ties with him. now thames on the other hand…..i just don’t like that guy

          • Tom Zig

            I’m guessing Thames kicked your dog or something.

            • Klemy

              Given a chance, I’d kick Thame’s dog. I’d rather kick Marcus, but he’s a bit bigger than me.

    • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=sgm Andy In Sunny Daytona

      Joba threw the exact pitch that Jorge wanted in the spot Jorge wanted. How come Jorge doesn’t get any of the blame?

      • The Big City of Dreams

        because joba is the whipping boy

  • Ivan

    I think that we can say that Phil Hughes inconcern with his stuff is back from his days when he was the top pitching prospect in baseball. Thats bad news…for all the other MLB teams.

  • http://thinkingoutsideofthebattersbox.blogspot.com/ W.W.J.M.D.

    Its bittersweet to admit that Phil is the better option to be the 5th man. I still have hope for Joba in the rotation!

    • MattG

      Q: Phil was pitching at 90-92 as a starter, and everyone was asking, “Where’s the 94 MPH fastball?” He regained it as a reliever. Chances the Yankees hope Chamberlain does the same (expect replace 94 with 97)?

      The bullpen role may have revived Hughes’s starting career. Maybe it will do the same for Chamberlain.

      • The Big City of Dreams

        Yea they may be thinking along the same line that putting joba in the pen may help him regain his confidence. It has definitely helped hughes and we have seen the affects so far. Joba has to find a balance….pace yourself but at the same time attack the hitters.

  • dkidd

    phil’s parents have surpassed derek’s parents as my favorite yankee parents

    i replayed the clip of his mom waving to him like 6 times

    /should sit the next few out’d

    • Jammy Jammers

      racist!

  • NYC

    Hughes’ FB was nasty

  • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=sgm Andy In Sunny Daytona

    Phil was absolutely philthy. It’s nice to see that he starting to phulphill all the promise we all thought that he had. He is quickly become a phan phavorite. I look phoward to his next start.

    • MattG

      way to phorce it.

      • Andy In Sunny Daytona

        It’s a new meme I’m trying out. When discussing Phil all “F”‘s are replaced with “ph”. It’s phun.

        • http://pda.88000.org/wallpapers/48/Pikachu_Dressed_as_Hitler.jpg Do Not Feed The Trolls!

          First rule of meme club

          Talk talk about making it a meme

    • http://kierstenschmidt.com Kiersten

      Don’t make it sound like he should be pitching for Philly and hanging out with the phuckin Phanatic.

      • Andy In Sunny Daytona

        I’m renaming that town “Filadelfia”. They can’t use the “Ph” anymore. They lost the World Series, not Phil Hughes.

        • Klemy

          haha. Good call.

    • http://twitter.com/Cnight_UP Cnight_UP

      What the phuck…

  • crawdaddie

    I don’t agree with Mike about Rivera not being available Friday. I can see today, but not tomorrow if he’s needed.

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

      He’s pitched three times in four days. He’s 40 years old. I think he won’t pitch until Saturday.

      • Klemy

        Yeah. He also threw a lot of pitches last night after all those appearances.

  • piiax

    Hughes was great last night, a no. 1, let’s hope, why not, he’s good!

    And I really enjoy watching ARod run those bases, usually my favorite part of the game because he does it so well, but not tonight.

  • Nelson

    Does Jorge get a day off tomorrow? Day game after a night game. If so, this only makes the Sabathia personal catcher rumors even more rumory…

  • Templeton “Brendog” Peck

    really? bailing on winn in SUUUUUCH a SSS?

    • Ghost of Scott Brosius

      Considering his age and horrible year last season, and the fact that he doesn’t even seem capable of making solid contact or any contact, there’s reason to believe that it’s more than just SSS. Still, i do think he needs a little more time before we give up on him.

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ pete

    i disagree about winn. It’s borderline impossible to have offensive success without regular ABs. He’s been coming in for defensive replacements a lot, but he has barely had any chance to hit. Let’s at least give him a chance before writing him off.

    • Tom Zig

      This.

  • MattG

    I do not recall seeing so many swings and misses on fastballs in the strike zone…ever. On the TV, the ball did appear to have a nice little tail to it–dare I say, a Mo-like late movement–but not so much to miss the bat completely. It was pretty surprising.

    Hard to make toast in 9 ABs. It looks like toast, and it smells like toast, but I would leave it in the oven for another month. Its not like Winn is actually hurting the team any.

    Why is Rivera unavailable Friday? I don’t see it. I’m not sure I even agree he is absolutely unavailable today–not that CC or the Yankees should need him.

  • http://twitter.com/YankeesGalaxy YankeesGalaxy

    Now I don’t wanna hear a PEEP about Joba being starter again.

    • MattG

      That’s right, because Hughes is better, and baseball teams only need one starting pitcher.

      • Templeton “Brendog” Peck

        duh

    • mustang

      I so wish it so, but I have a better chance of winning powerball.

  • Dave

    Edited by RAB: We have an off-topic thread. Use it.

  • Jonathan

    I have one question/observation about hughes last night just wondering what other people were thinking/saw?

    So it seemed to me that everytime they said “theres that cutter” it looked alot more like a true slider. It sort of backed up and dropped instead of have horizontal movement. It was a great pitch for him reguardless but what do you guys and girls think?
    I remember old scouting reports saying he had a true plus slider but they had him scrap it to reduce the torque on his arm. Whatever it was it was coming in at 86-88 and it was just nasty, late sharp break.

    • CS Yankee

      Don’t get what your throwing…a slider moves from right to left when thrown RH…

      Both have backspin and therefore will hold their plane (vertical) moreso than a hook or changeup. Cutter is similar to the slider but is “finished” to cut across and down versus just across like the slider. Both pitches can be hard on the elbow if the front shoulder opens up and creates arm drag.

      Not trying to rude, just trying to understand as I didn’t get to see the game…(confused)

      • Jonathan

        Ok, so my understanding of pitching which I dont pretend to be extensive is as such:

        -Slider: from a right handed pitcher would move from right to left on the horizontal plane, but can (and usually) also have significant and sharp vertical break causing alot of swings and misses (think jobas slider when it was really on)

        -Cutter: more velocity with a primary horizontal break, from a righty boring in on left handers.

        The pitch they were calling phils “cutter” had significant sharp vertical break down.

  • PaulF

    Does anyone know where I can find video of the interview with Hughes’ parents?

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

    First things first… The idea that Hughes’s performance last night means Joba should never be considered as a starter again is asinine. I’m sorry to be so harsh about it, but that notion just doesn’t make a lick of sense. ‘One of our young pitchers is a good starter, so the other should never be considered a starter?’ Really? That’s what some people are going with now?

    Ok, enough of that. Hughes was the freaking man last night. Just a word of caution though… He’s still a 23 year old starter getting his first real experience in the rotation, and he pitched last night against what I consider a pretty awful lineup in Oakland. Let’s just remember how good he is and not hold him to unrealistic standards all season. I’ve long had a huge prospect-crush on Phil – I’m certainly not trying to detract from his moment and I believe he’ll be a very productive member of this rotation for years to come. All I’m saying is, let’s not get too crazy off the highs, nor too critical when he hits bumps in the road.

    • Tampa Yankee

      “First things first… The idea that Hughes’s performance last night means Joba should never be considered as a starter again is asinine. I’m sorry to be so harsh about it, but that notion just doesn’t make a lick of sense. ”

      “All I’m saying is, let’s not get too crazy off the highs, nor too critical when he hits bumps in the road.”

      Your rational thoughts have no place on the internets Mondesi, haven’t you learned that yet?!

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

        Heh… Unfortunately, yeah, I kinda have.

    • http://enternight.mlblogs.com Ana

      I’m going to hope that those to whom your first part was a response to were joking. Because, even if Phil turns in into a no-doubt ace … which remains to be seen … and even if Joba isn’t as good as Hughes… which also remains to be seen… I can’t imagine anyone saying that, considering they both turn out to be above average, 1 > 2. That’s just wrong.

    • Nady Nation

      “The idea that Hughes’s performance last night means Joba should never be considered as a starter again is asinine. I’m sorry to be so harsh about it, but that notion just doesn’t make a lick of sense.”

      Harsh? Asinine is polite, if you ask me.

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

        Harsh? Asinine is polite, if you ask me.

        Repeated for emphasis.

    • http://twitter.com/riddering Riddering

      Hughes and Mondesi: both the men.

      You said it very reasonably re: Joba’s role not being dependent on Hughes’ success and to temper expectations. For all that Hughes is doing well now he is going to have bad starts and mediocre starts.

      • The Big City of Dreams

        true joba’s role shouldn’t be dependent on hughes but in a way the success of hughes kinda closes the book on joba being a starter because phil becomes a reliable starter in the rotation. Don’t get me wrong I still want joba to start and hopefully he gets the chance

  • http://enternight.mlblogs.com Ana

    Thing 1) Phil IS the man. Jeez Louise.

    Thing 2) Hughesday should be a national holiday.

    Thing 3) GREAT picture. Happy Phil is happy.

  • Nady Nation

    Not sure if this was mentioned in the game thread – if so, my apologies – but did anyone notice Hughes’ dad yelling “HUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUGHES” when Phil got taken out? I thought that was totally awesome.

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    I have to confess.

    I watched one pitch of last nights game. Just one.

    It was to Eric Chavez. In the 8th inning.

    I suck.

    • A.D.

      Wow, that’s just unlikely.

    • http://pda.88000.org/wallpapers/48/Pikachu_Dressed_as_Hitler.jpg Do Not Feed The Trolls!

      DIE

    • Klemy

      So it’s your fault!

      /stupity’d

  • JohnC

    Great game by Phil. Good chance for the sweep with CC going today. Actually glad today is a late afternoon game so I can watch the NFL Draft tonight. Hope LB Rolando McCain or RB CJ Spiller is there when the Giants pick at 15. Don’t know who the Jets could be targetting at #29.

  • DSFC

    Where is all this boosting for Greg Golson coming from? Because he’s had a nice two weeks in Scranton? Look at his career minor league numbers – they’re hideous. He had a .299 OBP in the freaking PCL last year. You know, the league that boosts offense to a ridiculous degree?

    Winn may be on his last legs, and he may need to be replaced, but Greg Golson isn’t the guy for the job.

    • JohnC

      Maybe its finally starting to click for him after all this time. I’d much rather see him off to this good start and ahve some hope than to be slumping in AAA and have no hope for him.

      • DSFC

        That’s understandable. But I’d like to see him do it for more than 11 games before we start thinking he might be legit.

  • YankeeScribe

    Best part about Phil’s performance is that he was getting swings and misses with a 92-94mph fastball. His fastball had lots of life and his control was sharp.

  • A.D.

    Randy Winn. The dude is toast.

    Bit harsh, given he has 10 at-bats on the season. Let Golson play everyday in AAA and see if his hitting continues.

    • mike c

      randy winn’s girlish swing is much more harsh than that statement

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

    Re: Randy Winn and small sample sizes:

    I’m certainly not calling for him to be DFA’d or anything like that, but just one quick response to those who are defending Winn based on criticism being based on a small sample size… The sample size is, I think to those who are worried about Winn, not just the beginning of 2010, but inclusive of Winn’s awful 2009 season in the NL, as well. Now to be clear I really don’t have such a big problem with Winn even if he doesn’t hit much, since I like having a capable veteran on the bench for defensive and running purposes at the very least and because the last guy this team needs offensive production from is Randy Winn. I just don’t think the criticism can be dismissed for being based on a small sample size, I don’t think it’s entirely unreasonable to worry that Winn is cooked at the plate at this point in his career.

    • mike c

      waste of 2 mill

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

        $2 million waste? I can find a lot more than $2 million wasted on every single roster in baseball. No harm/no foul.

        1% of the overall payrooll. To quote the immortal Derrick Coleman: “Whoop-de-damn-do.”

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

          I agree with you and was going to react the same way… But in all fairness, even though it’s not a lot of money to the Yankees, we should want every one of their dollars spent as wisely as possible. Now, we can keep this in perspective and realize that, even if Winn sucks all season at the plate, it’s probably not such a big deal… But at the same time there’s nothing wrong with pointing out when the Yanks maybe make an error in judgment.

          That’s all yet to be seen, of course.

          • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

            Agreed. And while it is worth pointing out when the Yankees make errors in judgement (Farnsworth/Igawa/Jobe to the pen/etc.), every team in baseball makes their mistakes to. So the “waste” is expected, it’s part of the business of baseball.

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

        Meh… If Randy Winn is the biggest problem people have with this team, I think we’re in pretty awesome shape.

        • mike c

          oh for sure, and looking at the red sox makes it that much better too

      • rbizzler
  • Klemy

    Phil’s start last night was just a blast to watch. I really thought he had a shot at the non-no. I was really disappointed when it was broken up.

    And I agree with previous posters, seeing his parents enjoying it seemed to make it more special. I like those story lines. It seems to make the experience watching the game more personal or real in some way. It’s a lot like watching Joba’s dad in his rookie year when he was dominating out of the pen. It’s really cool watching their parents realizing their dreams for their children.