Jun
02

Game 53: A battle of former teammates

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Tonight’s starting pitcher matchup features two former teammates, though they didn’t play together in the minors and certainly not the majors. Nope, Phil Hughes and Brad Bergesen were teammates at Foothill High School in Santa Ana, California some six years ago. Both graduated in 2004, and went on to be drafted by AL East teams, with the Yankees taking Hughes 23rd overall and the Orioles taking Bergesen 109th overall.

Hughes rocketed up the ladder, but Bergesen’s ascent was a bit more deliberate. It wasn’t until he reached Double-A at age-22 that he really made a name for himself, but here he is two years later starting in Yankee Stadium. If you want to read the article about Hughes from the picture above, click here.

Here’s the lineup, which features the very welcome return of a certain catcher…

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

And on the mound, St. Phil.

It’s a gorgeous day in New York, so this one will begun on time and under the sun at 7:05pm ET. The game will be broadcast on YES

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  1. Turd Bergesen.

    /good old days’d

  2. “Is Daniel Gibson the next Stephon Marbury?”

    They’re both irrelevant.

  3. bexarama says:

    Aw Phil looks adorable there.

    Also, today I learned the Yankees cannot design non-hideous shirts.
    http://shop.mlb.com/family/ind.....210_fb@MLB

  4. 28 this year says:

    Wow, two teammates from high school against each other in the bigs. What are the odds?

  5. Longo says:

    favorite team red sox eh? always wondered what it would be like playing for your favorite teams rivals one day

  6. vin says:

    I miss the mid-90s fonts. It really was a much simpler time.

  7. vin says:

    Check out some of the names from the “Baseball All-Americans page:”

    Greg Golson
    Phil Hughes
    Nick Adenhart
    Homer Bailey
    Gio Gonzalez
    Austin Jackson
    Matt Tuiasosopo
    Justin Upton

    Of course there’s more star power there than others, but still… decent collection of high schoolers.

  8. Adam says:

    I hate to kill the buzz on the story, but aren’t Hughes and Bergesen from different high schools in California? There are six Foothills HS in California alone, and according to *Wikipedia*, Hughes is from the one in Santa Ana and Bergesen is from the one in Pleasenton

  9. Expensive magazine. $3.50 in 2004 is like $87 nowadays.

  10. Slade batting lead-off for Charleston. AWESOME.

  11. Captain Jack says:

    Seems like a good night to give Cervelli the night off.

  12. Sheepmeister says:

    Not on topic, but how bout that ARI-LAD game, 0-0 in the 14th

  13. ahind says:

    did anyone just here ken.sing say 1000 % of phil hughes pitches are strikes? i love these guys

  14. zzzzzz says:

    phil hughes likes thrice, how could i possibly like this guy anymore??

  15. baby carlos says:

    Phil needs to control those pitches.

  16. Tank the Frank says:

    Good Lord Phil you’re hurting their feelings…

  17. Andy_C_23 says:

    So, this Hughes kid is pretty good.

  18. 28 this year says:

    strong inning but I guess when so much is going right, I can’t help getting annoyed at how many foul balls Hughes gets. His stuff is great but just a little less than what he needs. Probably will learn how to finish hitters quicker with experience.

    • 28 this year says:

      8 foul balls that inning.

    • Tank the Frank says:

      I think that will come with experience and continued development of the changeup. To me, Hughes is the kind of pitcher that anything he tries he’ll have success with.

      The Yankees taught him a curve and now it’s his out pitch. He picked up the cutter so well that it’s now his 2nd most used pitch. I think by next season his changeup is a real weapon.

  19. Weird. Jesus was batting fourth for SWB according to Gameday, then I went back and looked again and he wasn’t in the game at all.

  20. Tank the Frank says:

    This could (should) be one of those games where their starter doesn’t get into the 6th…finally.

  21. baby carlos says:

    So new night… same Tex…..

    did you know the Mariners keep track of how fielders get their PO’s. Mark Reynolds leads the league in throwing out runners from his knees. That play made me think about that.

  22. Pete says:

    c’mon a-rod

  23. Tom Zig says:

    shouldnt the count be 3-1 on Arod?

  24. Sheepmeister says:

    Wow, all three of those strikes were inside.

  25. Tom Zig says:

    none of those 3 pitches were strikes according to gameday

  26. SouthernYankeeFan says:

    yeah Arod got hosed.

  27. Guest says:

    It seems that pitchers get inside strikes on pitches of the plate, but they don’t get low strikes or high strikes (especially on breaking balls). I guess its a wash.

  28. Kyle says:

    Has anyone else seen these shirts designed by Yankees? Were they required to make them hideous?

    http://shop.mlb.com/family/ind.....8;view=all

  29. Pete says:

    ok seriously Kay, this is like the 38th year in a row that the Blue Jays have been right up there the first two months of the season. It’s not surprising anymore. If they’re still there in august, it’ll be surprising.

  30. ROBTEN says:

    For those watching on MLB.tv…should they really be advertising a camp for umpires that will help people “learn how the ‘Big Leagues’ do it!”? Really?

    (Thinks a minute…)

    Really?

  31. baby carlos says:

    what the fuck is the point of having a strike zone?

  32. baby carlos says:

    cant believe they chose Phil over Joba…

  33. Carlosologist says:

    Hughes is my man.

  34. ShuutoHeat (Igawa > Logan) says:

    just plain Philthy..

  35. SouthernYankeeFan says:

    Wow gameday had that second pitch to Cano WAAAAAAAAAAAY outside.

  36. Guest says:

    If he only swings at strikes, you cannot get him out consistently. Its just not possible.

  37. Carlosologist says:

    Wow, Robbie is just mashing at this point.

  38. bexarama says:

    Ken Griffey Jr. retiring tonight. Wow.

  39. Dante says:

    Hughes is throwing smoke with good location tonight.

  40. Dante says:

    Let’s put these chumps away early tonight.

  41. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Grandy! I missed you too!

  42. Accent Shallow says:

    Surprised Jones didn’t get out there.

  43. Carlosologist says:

    JoPo’s foot is fine. Look at that hustle there! Also nice hit by C-Grizzle.

  44. bexarama says:

    Awesome! And Posada scored from first ahahaha!

  45. poster says:

    2-0, bitches.

  46. JobaWockeeZ says:

    I love you Cano but Jorge almost aught up to you on the basepaths. Yikes.

  47. mike c says:

    looked like CG just dinked it and it ended up carrying pretty well, yankee A-lineup ftw

  48. Guest says:

    Why is Cervelli bunting? This guy can’t get outs right now. Why give one to him?

  49. ShuutoHeat (Igawa > Logan) says:

    time to light Bergesen up and chase him out of here

  50. Dante says:

    He we go….a Grandy 2 base dandy

  51. Tom Zig says:

    be patient, bergesen is already at 40 pitches. Just make him throw pitches.

  52. Dante says:

    I don’t understand how a guy pulls the ball with no outs and a man of second. Geez Cervy hit it the other way. Move him to 3rd at least.

  53. ShuutoHeat (Igawa > Logan) says:

    Heh, we’ll take a bloop any day.
    Time to cause some 2 out chaos on the base paths with all this crazy speed.

  54. Kenny with The Clash reference.

    Not really.

  55. poster says:

    I can’t tell if that was bad baserunning or not.

  56. Across the pond says:

    Grandy’s back to his babip killing ways, nice.

  57. Carlosologist says:

    Smart play by C-Grand. Everybody took another base.

  58. SouthernYankeeFan says:

    WTF did gardner do?

  59. Carlosologist says:

    Swisher you are on fire now.

  60. ShuutoHeat (Igawa > Logan) says:

    HOME SWISH!!!!!

  61. poster says:

    Swishalicious.

    Word.

  62. Ivan says:

    Swish, all net baby…

  63. poster says:

    Bad fucking luck.

  64. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Heh Jays are beating the Rays again. 1-0.

  65. Accent Shallow says:

    Teixeira wuz robbed.

  66. Tom Zig says:

    if we can get him to 50+ pitches before the end of this inning, i’ll be satisfied.

  67. ShuutoHeat (Igawa > Logan) says:

    damn you Wigginton!!!

  68. Carlosologist says:

    What did Tex do to BABIP? Is it payback or something?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eAYfIzQpja0 (I had to)

  69. Dante says:

    SWISHER..SWEET!!!

  70. vin says:

    Did you know that there were only 9 guys in the last 2 years to have a BA/OBP/SLG of at least .310/.390/.550?

    That’s Swisher’s stat line this year(rounded down a bit). I doubt he can keep it up, but if he can come close then he will be a MONSTER in the 2-hole.

    • poster says:

      I doubt he comes even close to keeping that up. My guess is that he’ll end up with perhaps slightly better stats than last year.

  71. ShuutoHeat (Igawa > Logan) says:

    Bex, would you wear that Pettitte camo jersey?

  72. bexarama says:

    The patterns on the Pettitte-designed shirt, with the camo and the design on the 46, make my eyes bleed ;_;

  73. FIPster Doofus says:

    Maybe it’s just me, but I like the Swisher shirt: http://shop.mlb.com/product/in.....cp=4253295

    • vin says:

      It’s just you. But I respect you going out on a limb. Cool graphic, but I don’t see it looking in a t-shirt format.

  74. That breaking ball was so tight. Great pitch.

  75. Tank the Frank says:

    Time to go easy on that cutter. It’s just sitting up there in the zone tonight.

  76. bexarama says:

    Damn, Hughesy, don’t hurt ‘em

  77. Johnny VanDerMeer’s (sp.) 2 straight no-hitters.

  78. Griffey actually announced his retirement from bed.

  79. PaulF says:

    8 straight multi-hit games? that’s pretty cool.

  80. bexarama says:

    Cano > baseball right now.

  81. FIPster Doofus says:

    It’s so great having Grandy back. Love that dude.

  82. Oh, Curits. How did I miss thee? Let me count the ways.

  83. Kristen says:

    Ouch.

  84. YankeeScribe says:

    RBI the hard way for Cevelli

  85. Cerve is a ball magnet!

  86. Time for a Gardner grand!

  87. Carlosologist says:

    Cervelli has been pitched up and in for the past couple of weeks and this is the only time he’s been plunked.

  88. Haha, I love when the SP is gone after 2 1/3.

  89. bexarama says:

    Cervelli gets pitched up and in a LOT eesh

  90. rek4gehrig says:

    Everyone is hitting, Yanks are winning, Life is good

  91. vin says:

    Suzyn gasped so hard on the Cervelli HBP I initially thought someone had been shot or something. That crazy lady is trying to give me a heart attack.

  92. I like the MLB.co SHop commercials, they’re mildly amusing.

  93. I almost jizzed at that stat line.

  94. Batting-eye Brett is so fun to watch.

  95. Uhhh, that wasn’t hitting Kenny.

    /Dick’d

  96. rek4gehrig says:

    It’s raining runs….

  97. A six run lead? Uh oh.

    /Saturday’d

  98. Whatever, hard to complain about Jete’s offensive performance as of late.

  99. baby carlos says:

    galaraga for detroit perfect through 6 1/3

  100. 16 runs over the past 11 games by the Phil’s offense. That’s just abysmal. No major injuries either. It’s just a lot of slumps at the same time.
    REPLY

  101. T.J. says:

    Great to see the Yankees jump all over Bergesen.

  102. Trivia answer: Eckersley. Kenny had 25 hits vs. Eck.

  103. That’s a very lenient umpire.

    • Tank the Frank says:

      Yeah I was thinking the same. I wonder if the umps had a talking to or a memo was sent out after all of the recent ejections. Umps have been catching some heat lately.

      • Yeah, but swing a bat at someone? That’s a threat of physical violence. If a kid did that to me when I’m umpiring a LL game, I’d throw him out of the game.

        • Tank the Frank says:

          No I agree he should’ve been tossed. That’s pretty automatic IMO. I was thinking maybe the reason is that umps have been told not to have such quick triggers.

  104. Managers simultaneously receive too much blame and credit for the success (or lack there of) their teams.

  105. Tank the Frank says:

    I wonder if Trembley still has a job Saturday.

  106. SouthernYankeeFan says:

    Back to back change ups from Phil?

  107. T.J. says:

    That was a pretty weak call on Wigginton. I don’t think he went around.

  108. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Singleton was a really good player. If he was on a certain team he’d make instant Hall of Fame.

  109. poster says:

    If that Tiger pitcher pitches a perfect game I’m going to laugh and laugh.

  110. WTF Kay, that wasn’t close to the track.

  111. Tank the Frank says:

    Michael Kay needs to check his pants.

  112. bexarama says:

    OMG Kay that call was a mega fail…

  113. baby carlos says:

    Anyone see how Vlad got hurt in batting practice? Ball hit the top bar on the cage and ricocheted back and struck him in the head/face. Um helmet?

  114. Michael Kay cannot read a fly ball.

  115. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Seriously it’s like every 2 games we get a non watch or a PG watch…

    I mean the Yanks had two this year with Hughes and CC.

  116. Carlosologist says:

    Galarraga’s perfect game is happening. Three outs to go.

  117. So…where did the first pitch miss?

  118. Carlosologist says:

    I like Granderson’s range.

  119. JobaWockeeZ says:

    I don’t know what to think of ANOTHER perfect game.

  120. Perfect game against Cleveland should count as a 4-hitter at best.

  121. Kay has three words for fly balls:

    1. Served.
    2. Driven.
    3. Lofted.

  122. Miguel Cabrera is going to get fucked up tonight if Gallaraga can finish this off.

  123. SouthernYankeeFan says:

    Wow look at the strike zone with bergson in the game. Its like the plate was shifted 6 inches over.

    http://www.brooksbaseball.net/....._type=.gif

  124. That’s the second time in as many nights that Jones has unnecessarily jumped into the wall.

  125. Ivan says:

    Wow potentially 3 perfect games already this season? Singleton was talking how pitching #’s have gone up this season. Has this been the year of the pitcher this year?

  126. rek4gehrig says:

    WOW!!!!!!!!!! Crazy month for PGs

  127. Carlosologist says:

    What’s impressive about Galarraga’s perfect game thus far: He has Johnny Damon and Magglio Ordonez playing LF and RF in Comerica.

  128. rek4gehrig says:

    The longer they bat….

  129. Across the pond says:

    Here we go!

  130. poster says:

    3 outs.

    This is just so absurd.

  131. SouthernYankeeFan says:

    What station is showing the perfect game?

  132. Carlosologist says:

    Gardner struck out on a big breaking ball in the middle of the plate. I think he should be more aggressive when he sees a breaking pitch like that. I’ve seen him strike out on at least two occasions on pitches like that.

  133. rek4gehrig says:

    MLB Network

  134. Cabrera wanted to get out. That was the slow swing there.

  135. No, Mike, he does not look good. At all.

  136. Alex S says:

    mlb.com has the free live look in to galagraggas game

  137. AndrewYF says:

    Who would you rather have: Hughes or Price?

    I’m guessing Price gets the edge for being left-handed, but wasn’t a big part of his appeal was that he could throw upper 90s? Fangraphs says he’s averaging just under 92mph this year.

    • Accent Shallow says:

      Hughes, but I’m a huge homer. Price’s MiLB record doesn’t jump out at you the way Hughes’ does.

  138. rek4gehrig says:

    What a catch

  139. vin says:

    Anyone know why Kelly has replaced AJax in center? Does he do a mean Dewayne Wise impersonation?

    • vin says:

      Gameday said Kelly replaced AJax. 5 seconds later AJax makes a miraculous catch? I hate being stuck at work. I’m so confused.

  140. Jack says:

    Holy shit.

  141. Carlosologist says:

    Holy shit, A-Jax saved the perfect game with a play at the wall. Two to go.

  142. baby carlos says:

    Former Yankees Austin Jackson just saved the PG

  143. Across the pond says:

    WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW

  144. Willy says:

    WOW! Ajax just made a sick catch to preserve the perfecto.

  145. poster says:

    HOLYSHITHOLYSHITHOLYSHIT

  146. Kristen says:

    A-Jax with the UZR

  147. Alex S says:

    A-Jax!

  148. Angelo says:

    Wow. Austin Jackson just made a really nice play to save the perfect game.

  149. bexarama says:

    Nice play by A-Jax there.

  150. Angelo says:

    one more out to go.

  151. BigBlueAL says:

    Which catch to save a perfect game was better, AJax or Wise last year??

  152. Carlosologist says:

    One out to go. This is ridiculous.

  153. WOW, AJAX WHAT A CATCH!

  154. poster says:

    1 more out.

    A-Jax’s catch just got me completely into this game.

  155. rek4gehrig says:

    Oh noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

  156. Angelo says:

    OH MY GOD!!!!

  157. Across the pond says:

    OH WOW

  158. Alex S says:

    WTF!!!

  159. BigBlueAL says:

    HOLY SHIT the ump called him safe!!!!

  160. HAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    Blown call.

  161. Carlosologist says:

    Bullshit call to end everything. Bullshit, absolute bull.

  162. Accent Shallow says:

    HOLY SHIT!

    That’s a worse loss of a PG than Moose’s!

  163. bexarama says:

    Oh my God are you kidding me????

  164. Jack says:

    /Mussina’d

  165. Marcus says:

    What a joke.

  166. Angelo says:

    WHAT THE FUCK, HE WAS OUT!!!!

  167. Across the pond says:

    Oh not even close!!! I seriously hope that ump gets fired

  168. Alex S says:

    He’s fucking out!

  169. poster says:

    NO WAY…

    The single worst call I’ve ever seen. Ever.

  170. JobaWockeeZ says:

    He was out by a MILE.

  171. SouthernYankeeFan says:

    Leyland needs to get tossed if it was that bad.

  172. BigBlueAL says:

    He was out by a mile, just WOW.

  173. Tackaberry says:

    OH MY GOD. Perfect game ruined by an umpire. What a surprise!

  174. Kristen says:

    Robot umps!

  175. cjc says:

    umm yeah so that sucks terrible call costs him a PG just a total disgrace

  176. T.J. says:

    Holy fuck.

    /blown call

  177. Alex S says:

    robot umps now!!!!!!!!!! who is that clown of an ump?

  178. Jairus says:

    umpire steals the show!!!!!

  179. rek4gehrig says:

    Did that Ump just make a horrible call? Guy was out

  180. Ivan says:

    OMG, OMG, if that had happen in Yankee Stadium with a Yankee pitcher, I would personally go there and slay that umpire….

  181. dkidd says:

    ROOOOOBBBBBOOOOTTTTTSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  182. If they win, that should be overturned.

  183. AndrewYF says:

    This is the last fucking straw.

    Well, obviously it isn’t. But holy fucking shit, the umpires have NO EXCUSE. INSTANT. REPLAY. FOR EVERY FUCKING THING.

    Absolute fucking travesty. Honestly? One of the biggest non-illegal travesties in the sport’s history. Simply embarrassing. I don’t think there’s enough hyperbole in the world to explain this.

  184. Across the pond says:

    He HAS to get in serious shit for that. Seriously.

    I have no idea how he did not lose the head with that ump

  185. Guest says:

    This might be a big enough F-up that MLB will have to do something about it.

  186. Kristen says:

    That was some bullshit, right there. I feel so bad for Galarraga.

  187. poster says:

    Worst call in the history of baseball, yes or no?

  188. dkidd says:

    how does the crew chief not go to instant replay?????

  189. Willy says:

    Selig should fix this.

  190. panicattack says:

    umpires suck

  191. cjc says:

    hope Joyce didn’t plan on eating out ever while in Detroit

  192. AndrewYF says:

    Man, if I were commissioner, I would just call it a perfect game anyway, and forever shame the umpires. What an embarrassing group of officials. One of the most embarrassing in all of sports. Something clearly, CLEARLY needs to change, and the players’ union needs to exert some of its considerable leverage. Because this is utter bullshit.

    Talk about murdering baseball history.

  193. rek4gehrig says:

    That was the most horrible call or non-call I’ve ever seen

  194. That was the most horrible thing I’ve ever seen on a baseball field, non Huff division.

  195. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Selig should grow some balls an put in replay. And he should make this a perfect game.

  196. Alex S says:

    Selig will have to reward the kid the PG. There will be a huge shitstorm from this

  197. Across the pond says:

    This kid needs some serious credit for how he’s handling this.

    I can say without doubt.. I would have assaulted that ump.

  198. bonestock94 says:

    I just can’t believe it, watched it live on mlb network. Unfuckingbelievable.

  199. Jack says:

    If only there was some way to fix that call, some way to instantly replay it and see that he blew it.

  200. Angelo says:

    Umpires are amazing.

  201. vin says:

    Is Gallaraga the only pitcher to get 28 outs in a perfect game?

    • Accent Shallow says:

      I look forward to someone losing a perfect game on a dropped third strike, and keeping the no hitter.

  202. bonestock94 says:

    WTF, even if it’s close give it to the pitcher.

    • Angelo says:

      This.

      Seriously the guy worked so hard for it.

      • Alex S says:

        Fact- he only threw 88 pitches. would have been 83 if not for the blown call

      • poster says:

        No, you don’t do that. If the guy really is safe, you can’t lie and give it to the pitcher, that’s just as unfair.

        • Tank the Frank says:

          I think what he’s saying is that if it’s a “bang-bang” play, and you’re not sure, you give it to the pitcher. He must have seen him safe though. I don’t know how…but he did.

          • bonestock94 says:

            Yea, what tank said. Maybe the bobble. This a controversial call in a normal detroit – cleveland game, let alone this.

          • poster says:

            I still disagree. If it’s bang-bang and you think the guy is safe, call it honestly.

            This play wasn’t even close.

            • bonestock94 says:

              All I’m saying is if it’s one of those “could go either way plays.” which this wasn’t, I think the pitcher should get it.

              • poster says:

                Yeah,, if it’s a tie, give it to the pitcher. Tie goes to the runner was never a real rule anyway.

  203. Carlosologist says:

    The same shit happened to Kerry Wood when he threw that one-hitter way back when.

    • Accent Shallow says:

      The 20K game against the Astros? Not really. You can make the case the one hit should have been an error, but . . . it’s not quite like this.

  204. poster says:

    All credit to Gallarga, he took it exceptionally well.

  205. T-Dubs says:

    If that happened to Phil Hughes, I’d be in the car from CT driving to Joyce’s house to punch him in his fat handlebar mustache.

  206. baby carlos says:

    Jim Joyce is a fucking douche bag. He should be fired. PISS FUCKING POOR.

    This blame is on the owners and MLB for not allowing more Instant Replay…

    • poster says:

      I wouldn’t call him a fucking douche bag, or even necessarily a bad ump since I haven’t seen enough of him to judge. All I know of him was that he made one of the worst calls in the history of baseball.

      • baby carlos says:

        On a non emotional level I agree, but this is history. That play wasn’t even close. He is paid to get that call right. If it were bang/bang, I would understand.

        It is the equivalent of calling a mid thigh pitch down the middle a ball.

        Sorry, but this is bullshit because nothing will be done to Joyce. Umpires get off free from any errors, regardless of what you are told.

        • poster says:

          You’re right; he needs to be reprimanded. But without knowing anything about Joyce I can’t say he’s a douche or that he deserves to be fired or anything like that. I don’t know him sell enough to make that call.

      • Captain Jack says:

        Stop being a fucking pussy. Umpires are, by breed, incompetent. He blew a call of a perfect game against my second least favorite team in all of baseball. Fuck him, he should be fired and held in stocks in front of Commerica park until Galaragga gets another perfect game.

  207. rek4gehrig says:

    Back to Yankee baseball…this is so awful

    • Carlosologist says:

      MLB has to do something right? Just call it a perfect game because of that blown call. Also, lol at Miggy. He was going nuts, then he saw the ump’s call.

  208. phughesisgod says:

    Was Jim Joyce the umpire that blew that stolen base call a few years ago when the guy was tagged out way before the base by Jeter I think, and they called him safe? I wanna say it was against the Mariners…

    I dont know, but I seem to remember him being an epic fuck up as an umpire even before tonight…

  209. Bob Stone says:

    Enough is enough! Technology has progressed. But are favorite game hasn’t. We are seeing the foibles of the umps ever more closely in Hi Def. Get RID OF THE UMPS. Bring on the robots.

    I am fed up with how poor the umping has been this year and last. I am serious . . . I want robots.

    • the209 says:

      totally.

      while we’re at it, half these fucking players are overrated, too.

      i’m seriously hoping i live to see all-simulated games

      • V says:

        Ah… scarecrows are so weak nowadays.

      • Pete says:

        yeah, because we like to see the human element involved in all parts of the game, including the ones that are supposed to be perfect and only haven’t been thus far because there was no way to engender such a system. Now, however, we could pretty easily install such a system. So why not do it? There is absolutely nothing whatsoever that is even a tiny bit not horrible about blown calls. They fuck up the game wayyyyy more than replacing the sacred “human element” of the game-calling with perfect officiation ever could.

      • JobaWockeeZ says:

        Dude are you psyched for tomorrow’s game? Which umpire is starting?

        How ridiculous does that sound? Only thing more ridiculous is supporting having umpires fail time and time again.

        • the209 says:

          Don’t worry about writing letters guys … there’s a huge movement among current MLB players to go robo-ump.

  210. phughesisgod says:

    If Jim Joyce did this at Yankee Stadium or Fenghey, I dont think he would have survived to see the next pitch.

  211. There have been 21 perfect games says:

    I don’t think I have ever been so upset by a non-yankee game in my life.

  212. Tank the Frank says:

    Honestly though, if someone else screws up at their job as bad as Jim Joyce just did, they would be fired.

  213. T-Dubs says:

    My big problem with Joyce is how he was barking back, especially at Cabrera during the 3rd out. He better apologize at the very least.

  214. Kristen says:

    I love the way Hughes walks off the mound after he strikes someone out for out 3.

  215. Jeff Karstens, Male Model says:

    Robots = Robots +1

  216. Pete says:

    Andres Galarraga…first man to ever retire 28 consecutive hitters in a 9-inning game?

  217. Frigidevil says:

    That was probably the worst thing I have ever seen in baseball. Dude’s throwing a PERFECT GAME. You have to give him that if it’s close, and it wasn’t! Ok big deal, he may have snow coned the ball, but YOU CAN’T BLOW THAT CALL! I am disgusted. Props to you Mr. Gallaraga, for throwing the first 28 out perfect game in my book.

  218. Ivan says:

    Nice Hughes.

  219. Somewhere out there, Joe West’s publicist is smiling and nodding his head thinking, “Yes. Get your name out there Jim Joyce. There is nothing such thing as bad publicity.”

  220. T-Dubs says:

    The other real crime in it is the odds of Galarraga getting that close again are so slim. I was trying to explain to the girlfriend how some fat ump just took away the one chance the kid probably has at being remembered forever.

  221. Sheepmeister says:

    I have to say, although consistent, this umps strike zone being shifted 6 inches to the right is really annoying.

  222. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Selig better put this as a PG. How many times do we have to see his beloved fucking fail umpires screw up the game instead of being 100 percent correct?

  223. The ghost of JIm Joyce's career says:

    I used to be respected. But now, I’m immortal. I chose my own immortality over that of the deserving pitcher. People will talk about me forever. This is so much better than respect.

  224. T-Dubs says:

    Bill Simmons tweet: “Look out Detroit, Jim Joyce isn’t done. He just ran his rental car over Kid Rock and Bob Seger.”

  225. Pete says:

    2010…the year of the umpire? honestly the only thing pathetic and embarrassing about this game is the fact that we still let blown calls happen.

  226. Adam says:

    In related news, Jim Joyce just reversed the call of safe at the plate of Griffey in 1995. Congrats, the Yanks beat the Mariners and are heading to the ALCS!

  227. Tex was definitely safe on that play.

    /Jim Joyce’d

  228. Mike says:

    What if the blown call happened in the 2nd inning? Would anyone remember it?

    • SouthernYankeeFan says:

      Probably not. Probably if it was the only hit.

    • Angelo says:

      Yes. What type of question is that? Leyland wouldn’t have flipped on Joyce, but people would still be upset about it. And this is the modern era, everyone would know Joyce blew a call in a perfect game regardless.

  229. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Joyce will probably be commended for being a real baseball ump. He’ll probably get a damn raise or something. At the very worst a wag of the finger.

  230. Willy says:

    The Tigers should have celebrated on the field like it was a Perfect Game. Give the kid what he earned.

  231. JobaTheHeat62 says:

    If that blown call doesn’t bring changes to the instant replay rules then nothing ever will.

    Umpires strike yet again!

  232. Kenny’s wrong. The kid is a sophomore.

  233. SouthernYankeeFan says:

    What if the umpires could be retroactively charged errors.

    /farfetche’d

  234. baby carlos says:

    So disappointed in baseball right now. Embarrassing.

  235. JobaTheHeat62 says:

    Tim Welke took the fall for Jim joyce’s epic fail

  236. Ivan says:

    Wish dat ump was Joyce rite there…

  237. Angelo says:

    Did you see that? Another umpire trying to get attention.

  238. panicattack says:

    i bet all the other umps were pissed at joyce for ruining their chances at witnessing history

  239. Ivan says:

    Boring outing from Hughes, fucking typical 7IP of brilliant baseball…

  240. I set up a facebook group against the call. Join!!!!

  241. Bob Stone says:

    Screw more partial replay. Screw Manager’s Challenges. I want to see the umpires replaced by technology. Our HD TV’s are making a joke out of the umpires’ collective incompetence. The umpires just can’t keep up with technology. MLB already broke the Umpires Union. It’s time to finish the job.

    • YankeeJosh says:

      I think that’s the key point. the technology has outpaced the umps, and it’s so easy to spot their errors now where it wasn’t even 5 years ago.

      • Bob Stone says:

        The MSM never talks about that though. Very frustrating. I’m 60 years old and I keep up with technology. Why can’t Bud and MLB do the same?

  242. JobaTheHeat62 says:

    wow the umpires are sooooooo shitty this year

  243. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Amazing stuff? Kay this shit sucks.

  244. The umpires are just doing it on purpose now.

  245. V says:

    Wow. MLB Network is trying to make excuses for the blown call. Wow. Effing dumb.

  246. Yankeefan91 Arod fan says:

    wow i feel bad for Galarraga and lol its already on wikipidea

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Joyce

    • Bob Stone says:

      More support for how MLB is not keeping up with technology. Get rid of Selig and bring in someone who knows that fans have personal computers, HDTV, TIVO, Sling Box, Sabermetrics, Blogs Iphones, DROIDS, etc., etc.

  247. JobaTheHeat62 says:

    ok for like 30 minutes straight all we (YANKEE FANS) haqve been bitching about this blown call…Can you guys honestly imagine what is going on in Tiger’s blogs and fansites right now? good lord

  248. forensicnucchem says:

    How can you guys complain about that call in the Rays game? You couldn’t even see his foot with the bag to know if he was right or not.

    I understand everyone is fired up, but calm down a little…

    • Angelo says:

      Who’s talking about that? Are you an idiot or are you joking?

      • forensicnucchem says:

        Very mature. There were more comments posted when they showed that highlight. Stuff about what Kay said, stuff about the Umps doing it on purpose…

        • Angelo says:

          Yeah, but nobody cares about that. Nobody would be talking about that if it weren’t for the blown call in the Tigers game.

          Logic fail.

        • rek4gehrig says:

          Kay is just a trouble maker. Just watched Jim Leyland press conference. He had nothing but good things to say about Jim Joyce. He simply missed a call and agrees that it was easier to make call after watching the replay.

          • Jack says:

            . . . and agrees that it was easier to make call after watching the replay.

            Which begs the question, why don’t we have instant replay?

    • JobaTheHeat62 says:

      please tell me you are being sarcastic

      if not…epic fail

    • Jack says:

      Rays game?

    • Pete says:

      hahaha i’m pretty sure you’re kidding, and it was a good joke

    • Bob Stone says:

      NO. You are absolutely wrong. WE have been TOO CALM for too long. It is time to demand changes. Let’s channel this anger into an email/letter writing campaign to the MLB Commissioner and the press.

    • Bob Stone says:

      How can you NOT complain? We have to complain and stop being so complacent. It’s time for some serious changes with the unpires.

      People aren’t fired up enough. That’s what it takes to make change.

      You couldn’t possibly be more in error in your perception of the situation.

      I can’t think of another comment on this site that I have disagreed with more than yours on this issue.

  249. Chris0313 says:

    He is not human

  250. FIPster Doofus says:

    Rob Cano is not human.

  251. JobaTheHeat62 says:

    ok Cano is on another level right now…Jim Joyce coulnd’t even stop him

  252. Carlosologist says:

    Holy shit Robbie!

  253. Umpire just called Robbie out for missing 1st.

  254. Alex S says:

    the year of Ribbie

  255. Pete says:

    foul ball

    /jim joyce’d

  256. forensicnucchem says:

    Hey look, a Cano homer, if any of you are even watching this game…

  257. SouthernYankeeFan says:

    Good lord Cano is killing the ball

  258. bexarama says:

    Cano is really good at baseball.

    #thingsnoonecaresaboutrightnow,atall

  259. Bob Stone says:

    Way to go Robbie – working toward a possible MVP year.

  260. Adam says:

    Also…Jim Joyce must have really pissed off Joe West by extending the game time by another batter.

  261. Ivan says:

    Ok Cano is just destroying the baseball right now…

  262. CNight_UP says:

    I know it has probably been talked ab out ad nauseum, but i was walking my daughter, and I see that Don Denkinger snuck into a game in Detroit?

  263. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Granderson probably has more hits off the DL than before.

  264. mike c says:

    OH NO CANO, CURTIS DON’T HURT US

  265. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Cerv could use another break.

  266. Kevin says:

    Frankie came back to earth quickly.

  267. Old Hoss said it best:

    In my day, of course, we did not have the technology necessary for “instant replay.” We circumvented its need by hiring quality umpires.

  268. Captain Jack says:

    The Blue Jays are blowing the game in the 9th again.

  269. PaulF says:

    The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball
    Allan H. (Bud) Selig, Commissioner
    245 Park Avenue, 31st Floor
    New York, NY 10167
    Phone: (212) 931-7800

    Can everyone write a letter or give Bud a call tomorrow? MLB needs to know that people are pissed off and care enough to get off their butts and do something about it.

  270. FIPster Doofus says:

    Textbook

  271. That was the best throw Brett Gardner has ever made.

    • rek4gehrig says:

      Just watched Jim Leyland press conf.

      He said bottom line is that no-one in the dug out was sure guy was out until they saw the replay. JJ didnt have that luxury. He also said that we are all human and make mistakes. Also JJ is a class act and very good umpire.

      I thought he was very gracious. And he does make a point. Naked eye vs replay….

      • poster says:

        I knew he was out immediately. Just saying.

        No. I’m not giving him a pass. It wasn’t even CLOSE.

      • Pasqua says:

        Good for Leyland, but C’MON! Even if Joyce sees it as a bang-bang play (which is the only argument he could make and it’s a shady one at that) how do you not give Gallaraga the benefit of the doubt?!

    • Across the pond says:

      MLB’s homepage has it as “disputed” and “close play”…

      Call a spade, a spade. It was a fcuked up call

    • Bob Stone says:

      Great link – Thanks.

  272. bexarama says:

    Tejada…?

    For those of us watching the game.

  273. Captain Jack says:

    Tying runner on third for the D-Rays…

  274. Mike HC says:

    Sick relay throw by Pena. Got rid of it extremely fast and perfect throw.

    • Mike HC says:

      Also. That was Gardner to Pena to Cervelli. A minor league coach is smiling somewhere. And gritty players everywhere know they have a shot.

  275. Adam says:

    I probably shouldn’t but I think I feel bad for Orioles fans.

  276. Captain Jack says:

    Blue Jays blew the game on a safety squeeze.

  277. JobaWockeeZ says:

    And Jays blow the lead. Tie game.

  278. An ugly good inning their from Chad.

  279. FIPster Doofus says:

    3-2 Tampa now, and they have men on second and third with one out.

    Thanks for nothing, Toronto.

  280. PaulF says:

    MLB.com changes the headline from “Disputed Call” to “Missed Call”

    • Bob Stone says:

      Spin management.

      • How is it spin management when the change made it sound worse? “Disputed” isn’t a conclusion, but “missed” is. They went from not saying the call was wrong to saying it was.

        • Bob Stone says:

          They are proactively correcting a ridiculous statement with one that will, in their minds, take the heat off for allowing this travesty of poor umpiring, with no substantive response. That’s spin.

          • Bob Stone says:

            Or at the very least, damage control.

            • Chris says:

              Or reporting.

              You know, sometimes people correct mistakes.

            • Dude, they throw up those headlines and articles REALLY quickly. I’m certainly not one to defend the MSM often, but you’re kinda killing them for nothing here. For all we know the person writing the headline didn’t see the play, or at least didn’t know how people are reacting, when he/she first wrote the headline, then as a few minutes passed and the story developed he/she clarified it.

              • Bob Stone says:

                You are killing me here. I am so negative on Selig and MLB on the instant replay issue and for that matter, mosst things progressive, that I am exaggerating a little. But then again, I could be right.

                But I guess we know that I am just overacting because we don’t see the main issue being addressed. That issue is that technology has overtaken the umpires ability to do a credible enough job to satisfy serious fans. Heck . . . I am being kind. They can’t do a credible enough job to stop a lot of fans like me from going ballistic.

  281. Since the pitching performances of which we shall not speak, Yankee starters have gone 4 games in a row going at least 7 full innings while giving up no more than 1 er.

    • Bob Stone says:

      This team is just warming up. I said before the season that this team will win 105-110 games. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

      What I didn’t expect was for Tampa Bay to be this damn good this deep into the season. They look like they could be for real.

      • Captain Jack says:

        Could be for real? The best FIP and xFIP in the AL combined with a good young offense isn’t for real?

        • Bob Stone says:

          When a team has VERY young pitching like the Rays do anda very questionable bull pen – Anything can happen. Thus the “could be” about being for real.

    • forensicnucchem says:

      Yup, it’s been great, and based on what’s been happening to Cleveland, it shows how unfortunately inexcusable that game was.

      • Bob Stone says:

        Picky, picky, picky.

        • forensicnucchem says:

          I don’t think it’s that picky. You’re playing the dregs of the league and you give away two 5 run leads. This is a stretch the Yankees really have to put up some wins and even sweeps and they missed a chance there.

          They’re so far doing what they should against the O’s though, which is nice. Just need CC to not have another subpar start tomorrow.

          • Bob Stone says:

            My point was that every team has a really bad game now and then. I agree with you otherwise.

          • JobaWockeeZ says:

            Every team goes through this funk. Look at the Phillies for a prime example. Or the Sox two weeks ago.

          • forensicnucchem says:

            I don’t know how clear that was. A loss is one thing, it’s going to happen sometimes (though it shouldn’t much against those teams), but it’s the fashion they lost in which is inexcusable.

  282. T.J. says:

    Holy crap I never knew this site existed and now it’s too late.

    http://nymag.com/daily/sports/....._is_k.html

    • Bob Stone says:

      It’s a shame. Shame on Selig. Shame on MLB. Bud is hurting the game we love. He has no clue. He is not capable of keeping up with the times. He doesn’t know what it takes going forward to keep the game growing. He has to go!

  283. YankeeScribe says:

    Wow. Tex has no luck against Baltimore

  284. JobaWockeeZ says:

    6 run inning for Tampa. The Jays suck.

    • FIPster Doofus says:

      Toronto’s fast crash back to earth has begun. They’ll be totally irrelevant again soon.

    • forensicnucchem says:

      Yup, they’re really not enjoying playing teams with winning records this season. They and the Rays are tied with the 3rd easiest strength of schedule so far this season (I know, it’s an iffy formula). It’ll be interesting to see how they both do when the schedule picks up some (though clearly the Rays are much better than the Jays, who have really struggled against winning teams so far).

      If anyone’s interested, the Yanks have played the 6th hardest schedule so far.

      • JobaWockeeZ says:

        Will the Rays schedule get any harder? Hopefully because it’s tiring having them win every game. Yankees did have a hard schedule but their coming schedule looks so easy.

        • forensicnucchem says:

          Well, they haven’t played Detroit, Minnesota, or Texas yet. They also still have a bunch of games left vs. the Yanks and Sox. They’re a great team, no doubt, but hopefully they’ll slow down a bit.

  285. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Well the sane people didn’t give up on him.

  286. The Yankees have two of the top three era’s for starters in the AL.

  287. Bob Stone says:

    Another good win. Go Yanks!

  288. Adam says:

    In the middle of a weaker schedule and with injuries clearing up, I feel one of those big time runs of like 15 of 20 or something in the works.

  289. Man, the Dodgers are the 2009 Yankees of walk-offs this year.

  290. baby carlos says:

    This weak schedule couldn’t have come at a better time. Now if we can only get Tex going.

  291. forensicnucchem says:

    The Mets:

    Yesterday – Pelfrey 110 pitches, K-Rod 30 pitches
    Tonight – Santana 123 pitches, K-Rod 46 pitches

    Yikes, you’d think the manager was trying to save his job or something…

  292. Cano is currently at 373, Justin’s at 374. A 1 for 3 night, and robbie takes the major league lead in batting avg!

  293. Ribbie reclaims the major league lead in average!!!!!!!!

  294. Mike C says:

    The article from that mag mentions several times Phil’s devestating slider. As far as I know, Phil only throws, FB, Curve, Cutter, and the occasional changeup. What happened to this mythical slider? Why did he abandon it? Anyone?

    • Mike Axisa says:

      The Yanks had him stop throwing it in favor of his curveball. Less stress on the elbow. He sneaks one in there every so often, but it’s very rare.

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