Jul
25

Game 97: Is today the day?

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(AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

The Yankees head out on the road for the seven game road trip after today’s game, so if Alex Rodriguez wants to hit his 600th career homer in front of some friendly fans, he better get it today. Personally, I’d just like to see him get a curtain call and cheered and a video montage and all that jazz when he hits it, so I’m pulling for him to hit it today. I don’t want to see A-Rod get this milestone homer in front of 16,000 people in Cleveland, half of whom have no idea what just happened.

Today’s pitching matchup is a rematch of Tuesday’s, before Sean O’Sullivan was traded from the Angels to the Royals. According to Kim Jones on the pregame, he’s the first pitcher to ever start against the Yankees twice on the same homestand for two different teams. Remember guys, he’s probably throwing a changeup. Here’s the lineup…

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

And on the bump, it’s Phil Hughes, who could really use a dominating start.

First pitch is set for 1:05pm ET, and YES will carry it. Apparently there might be a rain shower in the mid-afternoon. Enjoy the game.

Categories : Game Threads
  • Ken

    “Apparently their might be a rain shower in the mid-afternoon.”

    PLEASE – We are the New York Yankees – “Apparently THERE might be…”
    Let’s Go Yankees!!!!!!

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      Please email the post author with typos and corrections.

      Thanks.

      • Jose the Satirist

        Still think it should be added to the commenting guidelines to reduce the above post frequency.

        • Tom Zig

          I don’t think that’ll change, but it will give us something to link to.

    • boogie down

      Come on, man. When you write as often as they do, you’re bound to have these simple typos pop up every now and then. Ease up.

      But yes, let’s go Yanks!

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime-Jesus & Maquinito FTW

    Today’s the day.

  • Drew

    Finally saw the RAB commercial!

  • Will (the other one)

    Tex in July: .389/.489/.806. 806.

    I know the BABIP’s a little (ahem) high, but…damn, man.

    • Jose the Satirist

      Meh. An .806 OPS? Oh wait, that is his SLG?!?!

      • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime-Jesus & Maquinito FTW

        That’s his slg

  • Mike Pop

    His first at-bat, crushed to LF and he will watch and enjoy it.

    • Sweet Dick Willie

      Welcome back. Haven’t seen you around these parts in a while.

      • Mike Pop

        Hah, yeah. Thanks. Full-time jobs suck.

        • Sweet Dick Willie

          On the other hand, probably better than being unemployed.

          • JMK

            I dunno, my brief period on unemployment was great. I did nothing but hang out and drink whiskey for a few weeks.

            Then the bills came…

            Tough call.

  • Poopy Pants

    I’d rather watch a commercial than segment 2.

  • Not Tank the Frank

    I couldn’t stand the ESPN headlines from the last two days:

    A-Rod Whiffs At 600 As Yanks Pound Royals

    A-Rod Stuck At 600 For 2nd Straight Day

    Two whole days without a HR!! OMG!! It’s like they’re STILL trying to facilitate this idea of A-Rod as a choker. But then again I hate ESPN and fully admit I’m ultra-sensitive.

    • Poopy Pants

      How could he be stuck at 600 if he didn’t hit 600 yet?

      • Johan Iz My Brohan

        WINNER!

    • soda popinski

      Makes you almost rather watch NESN than ESPN.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        BTW, “soda popinski” is a plus-plus name.

  • Carlosologist

    I wonder if A-Rod hits a HR just to get it over with.

    • Jack

      No, he’s too much of an attention whore to do that.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        MOO PSI MOO
        milk it milk it milk it
        MOO PSI MOO
        milk it milk it milk it
        MOO PSI MOO
        milk it milk it milk it
        MOO PSI MOO
        milk it milk it milk it

  • Jack

    Is today the day?

    Tonight’s the night Tonight’s the night Tonight’s the night Tonight’s the night Tonight’s the night Tonight’s the night Tonight’s the night Tonight’s the night Tonight’s the night Tonight’s the night Tonight’s the night Tonight’s the night Tonight’s the night Tonight’s the night

    /Papadakis’d

    • nathan

      who?

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    “I don’t want to see A-Rod get this milestone homer in front of 16,000 people in Cleveland, half of whom have no idea what just happened are still in shock from watching their formerly beloved LeBron James cut off his own testicles on national TV.

    Fixed.

    • Carlosologist

      Isn’t that a little bit macabre?

      • boogie down

        Things didn’t work out with Mom. It was utterly macabre.

        /Arrested Development’d

        • FIPster Doofus

          “Zip me up.”

        • Jack

          Curtis Granderson is the bustiest bust that ever did bust.

          • Jack

            How did this get up here?

      • Accent Shallow

        If autocastration is macabre, I don’t want to be right.

    • Jose the Satirist

      This comment is written in Comic Sans in my mind.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        That could work.

      • Jack
        • Jose the Satirist

          You’re my hero.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

            /BetteMidler’d

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

    TSJC in the last post you said that Joba>>>>>>>Man-Ban which I totally agree with. However, if the Yankees are resigned to keeping Joba in the pen, who would you rather trade then? I understand Joba as a reliever is still more likely to outproduce Man-Ban at the major league level, but if he’s resigned to the pen, Man-Ban’s upside>>>>>Joba, no? Tough call for me.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      I’d still rather keep Joba and move ManBan. Joba’s talent is obviously still there, and if he pitches better down the stretch or next year, even in the bullpen, there’s a chance he reestablishes himself and provides more value.

      ManBan is awesome but his slight build and non-elite stuff lowers his ceiling considerably, IMO. He’s never been an untouchable in my book.

      • Steve O.

        Exactly. Joba’s value is significantly higher than ManBan’s.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          Now, having said that, I get the people who are saying we should make Joba the centerpiece of the deal instead of ManBan because that would enable us to include lesser secondary pieces (since Joba’s worth more). I have no quibble with that.

          My quibble was with the people who wanted to trade Joba instead of ManBan in an otherwise identical package. Saying you’d rather deal Joba + Nova + crappy prospects instead of ManBan + Nova + better prospects, that makes sense. Saying you’d rather deal Joba + Nova + identical prospects instead of ManBan + Nova + identical prospects, though, that’s ludicrous.

          If all other things are equal, we should include ManBan and not Joba. Because Joba’s better; always has been, likely always will be.

          • Steve O.

            Of course, all excellent points TSJC. I can understand people souring on Joba, but he’s in the majors and has a lot of potential. Now whether said potential is utilized correctly, well that’s another story.

            Joba >>>>>>>>>>>>>>> ManBan. Joba was a top prospect in all of baseball. You don’t and shouldn’t give up on guys that easily.

    • smurfy

      you guys need to get over your prejudice against bullpen value.

      • Steve O.

        In all actuality, bullpen guys just aren’t that valuable. That doesn’t mean GM’s value them that way. A guy pitching 50-70 innings is not that valuable unless it’s Mo-like.

        • Jose the Satirist

          Mo still only adds on average 2.5 WAR a year. A good starting pitcher is much more valuable.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

            Mariano Rivera, career WAR (1995-2010): 36.0
            Jaime Moyer, WAR from 1995-2010: 37.9

            Shit, a slightly above average starting pitcher is worth more. A “good” starting pitcher is worth MUCH more.

            • smurfy

              glad you brought that up! Mo was credited withy a 2.5 WAR last year, just less on the Yankees roster than Brett, who subbed for Melky and was out for 4 weeks. There is something wrong with the WAR measurement!

              • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

                There is something wrong with the WAR measurement!

                Why, because it says something that you personally disagree with?

                • smurfy

                  yeah, I’m not versed in WAR measurement, but this is prima facie evidence (though neither am I a lawyer). Go in the wayback machine and review Mo’s and Brett’s contributions.

                  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

                    I did review Mo’s and Brett’s contributions. They both were excellent last year, and I have no problem with a value over replacement player metric that says they both contributed equal value to the 2009 Yankees season.

                    Mo was lights out, but he only pitched like 5% of the total innings thrown by the club last year. Brett Gardner played about 40% of the CF innings last year.

                    Mo’s brilliance in a really, really small portion of the Yankees season = Gardner’s solid production in a much, much larger portion of the Yankees season.

                  • Jose the Satirist

                    I smell an appeal to belief fallacy somewhere in your line of thinking.

                    • smurfy

                      Did Sophocles invent that? In his mother’s basement? Brett hit little, Mo pitched BIG!

            • Mike Pop

              That’s only because of the innings though.

              For example – If Joba turned out to be only a pitcher as valuable as Jamie Moyer in the starting rotation, wouldn’t teams be smart to keep him in the pen? Because then he could probably be just as valuable in the pen as the rotation and they could bring in another SP who could provide the same value Joba was giving in the rotation but not another pitcher who could provide the same value Joba would give in the bullpen?

              Does that make sense? At all? I’m rusty in talking baseball with smarter, more intellectual fans.

              • Jose the Satirist

                Yes. You are describing maximizing value of players due to a limited number of positions.

                • Mike Pop

                  So then it is not fair to compare starters and relievers when it comes to WAR? The reliever has a WAR of so much less just because it is all based on opportunity.

                  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

                    That’s kinda the point, though. A reliever has a much lower WAR potential due to diminished opportunity, so if you have a player that can handle both starting and relieving, you’re better off having him start and finding someone else to handle the relieving.

          • Steve O.

            A starting pitcher would have to be above replacement level(or average) to equal that elite value from such reliever.

            Clearly, good starting pitching >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Good relief.

      • boogie down

        Well, starter value>>>>bullpen value. Bullpen value’s great if the pitcher doesn’t appear to have the capacity to provide even greater value by being a starter. Nothing wrong with bullpen value, it’s just that Joba shouldn’t be ruled out as a viable starting option, if he’s kept, since he’s never been given the proper time to develop as a starter.

        Plus, I think Steve H is of the opinion that Man-Ban in a starting role (should he make the majors)is more valuable than Joba in a relieving role.

        • http://lh4.ggpht.com/_NPaCuwJ_TTk/TEXzMBKSX_I/AAAAAAAAAPk/HMuWr2Ipz14/arod.jpg ROBTEN

          (should he make the majors)

          This is the key. While we might speculate about Man-Ban’s future value, there’s so much that could happen between now and when he might make the majors that even as a reliever Joba has more value than Man-Ban. I really think TSJC put it most clearly in the above post:

          My quibble was with the people who wanted to trade Joba instead of ManBan in an otherwise identical package. Saying you’d rather deal Joba + Nova + crappy prospects instead of ManBan + Nova + better prospects, that makes sense. Saying you’d rather deal Joba + Nova + identical prospects instead of ManBan + Nova + identical prospects, though, that’s ludicrous.

          If all other things are equal, we should include ManBan and not Joba. Because Joba’s better; always has been, likely always will be.

          • Gonzo

            It’s all about value. Joba’s value is going to decline because he is in his arb years. If you think both ManBan and Joba both have a 15-20% chance of starting for the Yanks, you make the deal. If you think ManBan can become a good LOOGY in his pre-arb years, it’s a decision, but you might want to make the deal based on value alone.

          • boogie down

            Yup, totally agree. It’d be nice to keep Joba and still get Haren, though I don’t know if that’s possible. Either way, I really want to see Haren in pinstripes come 4 PM Saturday.

  • Mike Pop

    Glad they have Gardner and Swisher back today.

  • smurfy

    woo! Phil pitched well. Posednik maybe did him a favor, stirring up the adrenalin. But he pitched it smartly!

  • Carlosologist

    I’m just thinking out loud here, but if the AZ economic situation doesn’t resolve itself in say nine or ten years (the rest of ManBan’s development (3 years) + his six years of team control) couldn’t we just sign him as a finished, successful product when he is 28?

    • Mike Pop

      Assuming he will get to that point, won’t be traded before he reaches FA and sign a long term deal with the team he is traded to. Or he could take a discount to stay with them, who knows. I think that’s getting a little far ahead, considering the rotation will be full of all the farmhands that will turn into nothing but aces. ;)

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      I was thinking about this in a different vein:

      If we traded Joba for Dan Haren, three years from now when they both hit free agency, would Joba consider resigning with us?

      I mean, I know that if we wanted him back we could offer him more than anyone else, but I see the definite possibility of Joba Chamberlain the Arizona Diamondback saying “fuck you” to the New York Yankees and refusing to return here. There’s a little bit of a burnt bridge potential there where Joba would hold a grudge about how haphazardly he was treated while here and would eliminate us from contention.

      • Gonzo

        I totally think Joba will trash the Yankees’ handling of him if he gets shipped out.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          Yeah.

          Now, I’m not saying that’s a reason not to make the deal, just spinning it forward for potential future ramifications.

          • Gonzo

            I can totally see ESPN eating that crap up and splashing it everywhere.

            • boogie down

              There would be more discussion about that than what Haren’s addition does to the Yanks push towards October. Never mind that acquiring an excellent pitcher and having him under team control for the next few years at a reasonable salary would be a coup.

              ESPN blows.

              • Gonzo

                Couldn’t you see some jerk from ESPN saying this hurts their image to potential draft picks and IFA’s?

        • http://lh4.ggpht.com/_NPaCuwJ_TTk/TEXzMBKSX_I/AAAAAAAAAPk/HMuWr2Ipz14/arod.jpg ROBTEN

          Well, it will probably be something like:

          “I’m appreciative of my time in New York, but I am very excited to be here in Arizona since gives me an opportunity to start. I’ve been a starter my entire life and I’m glad that the Diamondbacks are giving me the chance to return to the role that I am most comfortable with.”

          or, perhaps, it might be something like:

          “grunt, fart, fart, grunt, grunt, fart.”

          But we will all know what it means.

          • Gonzo

            Olney seems to thik AZ want him as their closer. So it might go something like this. Grunt, fart, charges anything red and moving, pees on the podium, grunts.

          • Steve O.

            Joba: I’m appreciative of my time in New York, but I am very excited to be here in Arizona since gives me an opportunity to star-

            Josh Byrnes: We’re keeping you in the bullpen.

            Joba: grunt, fart, fart, grunt, grunt, fart.

            Josh Byrnes: Excellent.
            /Mr.Byrnes’d
            /Simpsons’d

            • Gonzo

              Josh Byrnes was fired earlier in the season.

      • Steve O.

        I can see this, but although he may seem like a headcase, he seems to like it here in NY. Eventhough the media jumps all over him, I think he would come back for a combination of media, money, and winning.

        It seems very likely that they will keep him in the bullpen if the trade does happen, and I think he’ll grow sick of watching Arizona lose 90 plus games a year. This is all conjecture, so don’t kill me on this.

      • Reggie C.

        I’d think Joba would be grateful that he would have a shot at starting, which just doesnt appear certain if he stayed in pinstripes. Joba would most definitely consider re-signing with the Yanks if the price is right.

        • Gonzo

          I don’t think it’s automatic he becomes a SP if he’s traded. I think too many people are assuming that.

  • Jonathan

    The Royals announcers have already called Betemit a good 3 hole hitter and talked about how O’sullivan leads the majors in run support….in ONE start….FOR THE ANGELS..as we know. Off to a good start boys.

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

      Because run support is a repeatable skill.

      • Jose the Satirist

        tRA. It’s science.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          /ScottFeldman’d

      • Jonathan

        hey mike, if you don’t think O’Sullivan can make the Royals score 8 runs a game for him without ever even getting an AB, well I’ve lost every bit of hope for this website. You would think it would be almost impossible to lose when your top 3 hitters are Jeter/Swish/Tex vs Podsednik/Kendall/Betemit.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          DUDE YOU SHOULD RESIGN FROM BLOGGING AXISA!!!!!!!

          /RABislocoese’d

          • Jonathan

            I agree. Axisa should quit and become the Royals announcer, hahahaha.

    • Steve O.

      I can’t believe he’s batting third. I don’t get the obsession with subbing the bench guy in the same lineup spot as the starter.

      I guess they are the Quarter Pounders.

      /Axisa’d

  • Jonathan

    They also just said Ankiel held his arms out to tell the crowd it was a routine out…I’m sure it had nothing to do with calling for the ball.

  • smurfy

    Boy, that 89 mph staight fastball at the thighs tex took at 3 and 0 was a prize he should have jumped on.

  • Ross in Jersey

    Okay so O’sullivan no longer falls into the “oh no a rookie” category, so can we please try to make him throw more than 10 pitches in an inning?

  • JV

    here comes that lethal change up again

  • Jobamania

    too many foul balls

  • Not Tank the Frank

    A-Rod is not trying to hit his 600th HR. Oh no. It’s a QUEST for MAGIC!!

    – Michael Kay

  • Kevin in Delectable Princeton

    Two loud outs last inning, let’s keep it going A-Rod!

  • xnyles

    Hughes needs a change up or a splitter , keep hitters unbalance.

    • Accent Shallow

      He has the change, just needs to refine it/actually use it.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    Personally, I’d just like to see him get a curtain call and cheered and a video montage and all that jazz when he hits it, so I’m pulling for him to hit it today.

    Even Rocky had a montage.

    • Jose the Satirist

      I’m hoping it is like Rocky IV and Arod fights a Commie.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        We could change Ruben Tejada’s name to Rasputin Tedorovich.

      • Gonzo

        A commie that is using steroids….wait a minute.

    • FIPster Doofus

      In anything if you want to go from just a beginner to a pro, you need a montage.

  • Accent Shallow

    Would be nice for the Yankees to make this guy look like the scrub that he is.

  • BigBlueAL

    The Yankees should forget about Haren and trade for Sean O’Sullivan. lol

    • Zooboy

      KC is probably going to trade him to Cleveland so the Yanks have to face him again next week.

      • BigBlueAL

        Nah to Tampa so he can face the Yankees next weekend.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        That would actually be hilarious. If the other 13 AL teams colluded to keep trading a single non-elite pitcher so that all his starts line up against the Yankees.

        I want this to happen. I want all 33 of Kyle Davies’s starts to come against NYY.

  • Kevin in Delectable Princeton

    O’Sullivan looks so smug in that gameday picture.

    • smurfy

      I call it devilishly sly. One of the best I’ve seen.

      • smurfy

        Was probably still in post-victory glow when they took it.

  • boogie down

    Yeah, PAUL’s upset that there’s no Kim Jones segment, right, Kay? Liar.

  • Carlosologist

    No, not Hughes!

  • Ivan

    Wow Hughes, hope you are ok.

    • Hughes

      Thanks! I’m fine!

  • JV

    is he ok?????

    • Carlosologist

      Looks like. It didn’t hit his pitching arm but it did bounce off his ass.

  • Poopy Pants

    Back in business.

  • Accent Shallow

    Nice eyes there, blue.

  • Dave

    ROBOTS

  • Accent Shallow

    A bomb to Podsednik? What the hell.

    • Accent Shallow

      Hughes just has to put these scrubs away.

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

      I wouldn’t call that a bomb.

      • Accent Shallow

        Oh, it was definitely cheap, but still, what the hell.

      • Reggie C.

        It was a definite screaming line drive though.

        That ball would’ve gone over any fielder’s head. Nobody would’ve played Posednick that deep.

    • smurfy

      that wasn’t a bomb: more like a blooper grenade shot.

  • Ivan

    WTF!!!!

  • Mike Pop

    What the shit, Scotty Pods?

  • Carlosologist

    Wait wait wait what the fuck just happened?

  • Jonathan

    wow…we just got hosed TWICE in like 5 seconds…

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

    What the hell just happened?

    • rek4gehrig

      Madness

  • JV

    wow hughes…wow

  • BigBlueAL

    The Yankees should trade for Podsednik.

    • Carlosologist

      Why would we need a glorified singles hitter? We already have Jeter.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        That’s cold.

        • Carlosologist

          I was kidding.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

            I know.

      • Doug

        but podsednik gets singles

  • Doug

    can’t put guys away…again and again and again

  • Jonathan

    Jeter and Tex hit balls 70 feet farther than that and have nothing to show for it

  • Wes

    “Paging…Dan Haren”

  • GermanYankee

    are these umps from KC or why are they ruling everything in favor of the Royals? Just SICK!!

  • Pete

    robots.

  • Reggie C.

    C’mon Hughes. Get out of this inning.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    Damn you, Scott Posdednik. STOP HITTING DUSTIN PEDROIA HOMERS!

    • Pat D

      “LASERSHOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!”

      /Orsillo orgasm’d

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        I can’t remember where I read it, but I do remember reading that every single one of Dustin Pedroia’s career homers hit all are shorter than the average length MLB homer.

        • Pat D

          I don’t know/care about that.

          I do know that when he hits one, Dan Orsillo is worse than Michael Kay or John Sterling ever are on a Yankee home run call.

          Seriously.

        • Gonzo

          He hit his FIRST opposite field homer this year againt the Yanks at the stadium.

  • Pat D

    Just an extreme amount of unluck on that Podsednik ball.

  • Jonathan

    http://www.philly.com/philly/s.....timid.html

    anybody read this article that was on MLBTR? The moral of the story is to try and get an entirely new 25 man roster by the end of the trade deadline.

  • Poopy Pants

    Why are people mad? Was that not a HR?

    • rek4gehrig

      Should’ve been a solo

      • Poopy Pants

        That play at 2nd was VERY tough to tell even in Yes-Mo, imho.

  • rek4gehrig

    That being said this is the 2nd time Yanks are seeing Cy Sullivan in a week. They should get to him soon

    • Gonzo

      Or trade Joba for him!

  • Accent Shallow

    Hughes has to put away horseshit hitters when they get two strikes. Too many foul balls and two strike hits.

  • Doug

    can’t put guys away and lots of fly balls. not a good recipe

    • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

      can’t put guys away

      That, alone is a bad recipe for success. :(

      • Doug

        yeah, but there are a lot of successful pitchers who aren’t big strikeout guys. have to induce a lot of groundballs.

  • JV

    come on offense!

  • Mike Pop

    Curtis!

  • Ross in Jersey

    Gardner would have hit a run run homer there.

  • xnyles

    Grandy man can !!!!

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

    Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaa Granderson. Teh A-Jax woulda hit a three run homer.

    • Accent Shallow

      I was in the LF bleachers on Thursday, and some drunk moron started chanting “Austin Jackson” for no reason. Oy.

      • Poopy Pants

        NO reason?

        • Accent Shallow

          Yeah. It’d be one thing if Granderson had flubbed a fly ball or made an out the previous inning, but that wasn’t the case.

      • http://lh4.ggpht.com/_NPaCuwJ_TTk/TEXzMBKSX_I/AAAAAAAAAPk/HMuWr2Ipz14/arod.jpg ROBTEN

        It’s so frustrating that there now seems to have to be one person on the team that is reviled throughout “Yankeefandom.”

        • Accent Shallow

          DFA Chan Ho Park, and I won’t have this problem. ;)

  • rek4gehrig

    Here we go

  • Accent Shallow

    So someone realizes that Sean O’Sullivan kinda sucks. Hope the rest of the lineup follows suit.

    • rek4gehrig

      Even Pena is getting hits off him

  • Carlosologist

    Grandy!

  • Reggie C.

    Finally! We’re on the board.

    time for O’sullivan to come back to reality.

  • Not Tank the Frank

    That’s what a home run looks like.

  • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

    Teh Granderson??!!?!

    He can’t do that, he sucks. The Yankees should trade him when his value is lowest!

    /stupidfan’d

  • JV

    there you go grandy!

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    Positive regression to the mean, meet Curtis Granderson. Curtis, positive regression to the mean.

    Well met.

    • Not Tank the Frank

      Positive regression? I feel like those are conflicting ideals.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        I didn’t make up the nomenclature. Don’t blame me, I voted for Kodos.

      • boogie down

        In the case of statistics, “regression to the mean” does not necessarily indicate a negative adjustment. It simply denotes a reversion to the mean from the current position.

  • Sweet Dick Willie

    That would have tied it if we had robots.

  • Jonathan

    And now we’ve hit 3 balls way past where Podsednik hit his. Too bad Tex didn’t hit a grounder to short that he beat out or we had someone on to steal and get thrown out but called safe (Podsednik/Getz) so we could have had a 2 run HR.

  • FIPster Doofus

    Gardner will one up that by hitting two home runs and catching a fly ball in his hat.

  • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

    The auto-out is at the plate.

    • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

      I stand corrected!

  • Not Tank the Frank

    Really? Pork Grizzle Gardy??? You can’t take the trailer park out of him I guess.

    • http://lh4.ggpht.com/_NPaCuwJ_TTk/TEXzMBKSX_I/AAAAAAAAAPk/HMuWr2Ipz14/arod.jpg ROBTEN

      What would gutty gritty Gardner guzzle but grizzle?

      • Not Tank the Frank

        That and the fur off a Grizzly’s hide.

        After he wrestles it to the ground with his bare hands.

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

    I want to like Ramiro Pena, but he makes it so damn hard. That hit notwithstanding.

    • rek4gehrig

      He plays good defense though :-)

    • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

      Agreed

    • Kevin in Delectable Princeton

      Remember when Pena had the only hit against Halladay last year when he one-hit the Yankees? And his defense is okay. At least better than Jeter and A-Rod. And just look at him! He looks like a ten-year-old you just can’t help but love.

      • Poopy Pants

        Like Enrique Wilson vs Pedro!

    • rek4gehrig

      ..and he can run

  • smurfy

    woo, pena! and with a rolled up newspaper, too!

  • Accent Shallow

    If Ramiro freakin’ Pena can hit you that hard . . . yikes.

  • Jonathan

    Royals announcers are making fun of the fact that we don’t leadoff Gardner, even though we did lead him off Friday. Their reasoning is the OBP, even though their leadoff Podsednik has a career .341 OBP…

    • xnyles

      when was the last they went to the post season ? Who’s laughing now

    • Not Tank the Frank

      I’m annoyed and I’m not even watching it.

      • Jonathan

        The entire states of kansas/missouri have that sort of baseball intelligence. And me being a lifelong diehard Yankee fan…the let me know it. Of course there is no sense in arguing since logic is the Royal’s fan’s natural enemy/predator.

  • xnyles

    Jeter ahhhhhhhh

  • boogie down

    Yay Jeter.

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

    Whaaaaaaaaaaaa they can’t hit Sullivan.

  • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

    Pena with the hussle!

  • Carlosologist

    Jeterian double!

  • smurfy

    oh, yeah, I likes that Pena!

  • Jonathan

    We’re squaring up baseballs like Mitre was pitching…

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    Nice sign, Joe and Tony.

    What, does the entire Yankee organization not own a single Sharpie? You’re writing it in tiny pencilmark that the camera can’t possibly pick up on a huge sheet of paper?

    jsbrendog would have made a better sign than that in a couple of minutes. Oaktag, homie.

  • Reggie C.

    Those were 2 damn fine throws. Good thing Pena motored all the way!

  • Doug

    almost missed the plate

  • Alex S

    jason Kendall did not even bother blocking the plate

  • JV

    wooo tie game baby!

    atta boy jete!

  • Jonathan

    Nick’s struggled with runners at 3rd will less than 2 outs lately….I think he gets it done this time.

    • Jonathan

      obviously i was wrong…he goes for the 500ft home run…for a guy that gives himself up with a bunt so often….you’d think he’d cut down for the run…it’s just a bad approach.

  • xnyles

    Guess those couple of days hurt his timing

  • xnyles

    tex will walk and arod smacks it

  • smurfy

    O’Sullivan showed a good curveball to Tex, it’s just that puny fastball that’s gonna kill him.

  • Doug

    looks like a line drive in the scorecard

  • Mike Pop

    Nice break, nice break.

  • Poopy Pants

    Sexy bunt

  • smurfy

    man, nothing like a cheap run for payback!

  • Vinny “The Bull” Scafuto

    Dear BABIP,

    Thanks.

    Love,

    Big Teix

  • JV

    texy!

  • Carlosologist

    Tex is blasting line drives all over the yard and all he can is hit a little nubber? bust

  • Mike Pop

    Atta boy, Alex.

  • xnyles

    AROD hahahahaha scott u suck

  • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

    Alex is pretty good at baseball.

    • Carlosologist

      Heard this: Oxygen is necessary to all life on this Earth.

      /Olney’d

  • Jobamania

    i was really hoping that turned into a inside the parker

    • Poopy Pants

      wow! that’s a cool thought!
      (seriously)

      • Jobamania

        i had slight hope when it kicked away from pods

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

    Tex was so far out in front of that changeup it’s not even funny.

    • Vinny “The Bull” Scafuto

      Actually, I laughed pretty hard when I saw the replay.

  • smurfy

    Tex was motoring like a Mack truck.

  • BigBlueAL

    Arod with a double instead of #600. He is pressing too much….

  • JV

    damn so close!!!!!

  • rek4gehrig

    Hey Sull, welcome to the Big Leagues

  • Not Tank the Frank

    I love it. He’s just keeping his swing level and not getting caught up in trying to kill the ball (other than the 3-1 pitch Bannister threw in the first game).

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    Mark Teixeira running always makes me laugh.

    • boogie down

      Oh, definitely. However, I love that he always runs hard.

      • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

        Remember Luis Castillo making that error?

        Good times.

    • http://lh4.ggpht.com/_NPaCuwJ_TTk/TEXzMBKSX_I/AAAAAAAAAPk/HMuWr2Ipz14/arod.jpg ROBTEN

      It’s like how Cano makes everything look so smooth and easy, but the exact opposite of that.

    • rek4gehrig

      He has nice cheeks, though

  • Jobamania

    how many runs over replacement(meacham) has robbie thompson been worth?
    love the guy

  • boogie down

    No #600? I’ll happily take #470.

  • smurfy

    Hey, remember once a week Pena started it!

    • smurfy

      oops! it was once a month Grandy! nice hit, Mssr Curtis.

  • FIPster Doofus

    If waterboarding existed in commercial form, it would be that Ben-Hur ad.

  • Mike Pop

    Bonds, Willie Mays, and Dawson.

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

      Question?

      • Mike Pop

        Players with 400 bombs and 300 steals.

  • boogie down

    Kay’s never had soup? That’s crazy talk.

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

      He said in a previous broadcast that he doesn’t eat cereal either. He doesn’t like slurping things off spoons.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        He doesn’t like slurping things off spoons.

        … not gonna touch that one.

    • Across the pond

      The man is just plain WEIRD.

    • Poopy Pants

      He’s severely mentally ill. He’s very wierd about foods.

    • http://lh4.ggpht.com/_NPaCuwJ_TTk/TEXzMBKSX_I/AAAAAAAAAPk/HMuWr2Ipz14/arod.jpg ROBTEN

      I think that he’s also never had ketchup and the story may have been that he’s never had any condiments. But I find this and the soup story really hard to believe. Really? Never? Not even as a kid?

  • Carlosologist

    The answer: Barry Bonds, Bobby Bonds, and I can’t think of the other.

    • swisher’s fauxhawk

      Mays?

      • Carlosologist

        Yeah it is. All of them were Giants at one point in their careers. There’s an interesting tidbit.

        • swisher’s fauxhawk

          Wasn’t the poll 400 HR and 300 SB?

          If so, Bobby Bonds wouldn’t fit.

          Mays, Bonds, Dawson.

          A-Rod also joins the club with one more stolen base.

  • Jobamania

    holy fuck that was a BOMB

  • Carlosologist

    pzzzz Ankiel

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    Damn.

    I’m not even mad. That’s amazing.

    • Accent Shallow

      See, I am mad. You throw a fastball middle-middle to a dead fastball hitter? That’s basically what you should expect to happen.

      • rek4gehrig

        Me too. That ball was right down the middle and belt high (I could’ve hit that…although, not that far)

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

        He didn’t throw that pitch on purpose, he missed his spot. Watch the replay, Posada wanted the pitch down and in.

  • nathan

    Does any site have a running link that tracks the # of Fastballs, curves and other breaking balls. I want to see if Hughes has featured any Changeups this start.

    • Jonathan

      mlb gameday tells you what each pitch is after it’s thrown…
      http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/gameday.....b_nyamlb_1

      • nathan

        Right it gives you inning by inning, i mean aggregate.

    • Zack

      Brooksbaseball.net – click pitchfx, select the date, game, and player

      • nathan

        Wow, great link. Thx.

  • Accent Shallow

    *shakes head*

  • Reggie C.

    ANKIEL DESTROYED THAT PITCH.

    Mammoth shot.

  • BigBlueAL

    Kay gets 500X more excited for other team’s HR’s than the Yankees.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      Meh, any announcer (non Hawk Harrelson division) would have been excited at that homer. That was impressive.

      • Pat D

        Orsillo never gets excited when someone on the other team hits one.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          Fair enough. I suppose I should say “Non-Sox division”.

          Perhaps years of being pathetic laughingstocks have turned all Red Sox and White Sox announcers into vindictive sourpusses.

    • http://lh4.ggpht.com/_NPaCuwJ_TTk/TEXzMBKSX_I/AAAAAAAAAPk/HMuWr2Ipz14/arod.jpg ROBTEN

      Really? Every flyball a Yankee hits now sounds like a home run.

      • BigBlueAL

        Right, but then when he notices it is actually a HR he sounds letdown. lol

  • Mike Pop

    Moonshot.

  • Jobamania

    terrible pitch by hughes

  • JV

    damn hughes
    you have been getting bombed way too much lately

  • smurfy

    I hate it when Michael Kay almost comes over long homers, but Ankiel is impressing me today.

  • cjc

    that might be the hardest hit ball I ever heard god damn

    • smurfy

      did you hear a good bat-crack? Maybe it’s my TV, bbut it sounded like “plap” on the replay.

  • MikeD

    No soup? I love soup. I’ll have soup on a blistering hot day. Kay’s eating habits are truly odd. I remember the CenterStage show where he told Emeril Lagasse that he’s never even had a condiment, even on a burger.

    • Poopy Pants

      He said crazy things to Bobby Flay, too.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      Agreed. Soup is the bomb.

      Lobster bisque FTW.

      • boogie down

        Yadda, yadda, yadda.

    • Pat D

      Guess he never goes to fast food joints or really annoys the people working there with his special orders.

    • Accent Shallow

      As much of a weirdo as Kay is, I prefer to avoid ketchup/mustard/mayo. They just make stuff soggy.

      • http://lh4.ggpht.com/_NPaCuwJ_TTk/TEXzMBKSX_I/AAAAAAAAAPk/HMuWr2Ipz14/arod.jpg ROBTEN

        That’s fine. But you’ve tried them, correct? I mean, is it possible to grow up in the Bronx and somehow avoid all condiments your entire life? Is there a single (fast) food that is not drowned in some sort of condiment in this country?

        I now hate myself for talking about Michael Kay’s eating habits.

  • Jonathan

    ankiel just hit a pitch 200 ft farther than Podsednik’s HR.

  • Pat D

    Hughes just can’t seem to stand prosperity. Don’t think he’s going more than 6.

  • B-Rando

    Damn…Hughes having some trouble finishing guys off again

    I’ve seen a decent amt of change ups, and curves thrown. He’s thrown a few curves in 3-2 counts so he’s trusting his pitches…theyre just not putting guys away

  • Jonathan

    his curve is like a slurve today, he’s getting around it and not on top and extending to finish…it doesn’t have that late sharp break to put guys away.

  • Jonathan

    Frank White just called Yankee Stadium a small stadium…not the porch..not the lines..the entire park.

    • Pat D

      I’m discovering he’s a pretty terrible announcer. And I haven’t actually listened to him.

      Further proof that just because you were a good player doesn’t mean you can be a good announcer.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      Well, we don’t have the room to build a massive open ringed ballfield with spacious parking lots like they do in Kansas City.

      Because there’s less room in New York, because people actually want to live here, Frank.

      • Jonathan

        It is so nice to be among like minded Yankee fans. Royals fans hear the shit they spew every game and nod along.

  • Carlosologist

    Tex’s moonshot in May was so much better than that one. That one bounced into the luxury level. http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play......id=8032107

  • smurfy

    Washout rain in Budd Lake, but it’s 40 miles to the stadium.

    • Pat D

      Hey, my family always used to go to the Budd Lake Diner!

      But I live in PA now and it’s pouring here too.

      • smurfy

        Good fried chicken. Hmm, my cholesterol needs a boost.

    • MikeD

      Hmmm, I’m hearing thunder and I live about fifteen miles from the Stadim as the crow (or pick your bird) flies.

    • B-Rando

      I grew up in Budd Lake…lived in Boston the past 5 years cause thats where I went to school. Still come home every month or so to see the family.

      • smurfy

        Did you play Little League behind the school? Field is in great shape!

        • B-Rando

          Behind Budd Lake school? absolutely. I loved playing there, especially at night. I umpired there quite a bit as well after I was done with little league.

  • Jose the Satirist

    Arod has gone 12 PA without a HR. What is Michael Kay talking about? He needs to chill with the HR going to his head business.

    • Ross in Jersey

      Granderson is so bad. So so bad. Jackson and Coke would have each hit 3 run homers today.

      • Ross in Jersey

        GDAMN REPLY FAILS ARGH!

        • Jose the Satirist

          I like how the majority of your reply fails are to me. Muhahaha

    • MikeD

      He went 28 ABs between HR 499 and 500, like somehow that was a lot of ABs. So far this year, he’s averaging a HR about once every 21 ABs.

  • smurfy

    Grandy for Ankiel, quick, before they leave town!

    • Pat D

      You were saying?

      • rek4gehrig

        LOL

      • smurfy

        Well, I don’t mind an argument like that atall.

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

    Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa I want A-Jax.

    • rek4gehrig

      I want Melky

    • nathan

      Yeah 1 game changes everything !! FTR I dont hate the trade i just think we gv too much qty.

    • Poopy Pants

      Sell now at his highest value.

  • Mike Pop

    Curtis.

  • smurfy

    Grandy says, oh, yeah?

  • Carlosologist

    Yay Grandy!

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    CURTIS MUTHAF#$%IN GRANDERSON

  • Wes

    GRANDY!

  • swisher’s fauxhawk

    Curtis is a bust.

  • Ross in Jersey

    Where is muffindick!

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

      He’s in a happier place. For us, anyway.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        You finally banned him? What was the straw that broke the camel’s back? The incessant need to start every post with “Hey Moron” or “Hey Idiot” or “Hey Asswipe”?

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

          Pretty much all of that. I wasn’t around much of yesterday so I couldn’t do it sooner.

          • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

            Ah, we all saw it coming…

            It’s too bad.

          • Jack

            I wasn’t around much of yesterday so I couldn’t do it sooner.

            Rule Number 76: No excuses, play like a champion.

      • Ross in Jersey

        Aw, well I hope you archived his comments for the 2010 edition of “people who thought this wasn’t a championship team”

        • http://lh4.ggpht.com/_NPaCuwJ_TTk/TEXzMBKSX_I/AAAAAAAAAPk/HMuWr2Ipz14/arod.jpg ROBTEN

          What is he, a career AAA catcher?

      • Kevin G.

        Wait, what did I miss?

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          You missed the angry rantings of Cookiepuss, the surliest ice cream cake in RAB history.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      FUDGIE THE WHALE, WHY HAST THOU FORSAKEN ME?!?!??!

  • Accent Shallow

    AUS-TIN JACK-SON

    Oh . . . wait.

    • Jose the Satirist

      In fairness, so far Jackson has been more valuable this year. 2 HR in a game don’t change that for Granderson.

      • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

        I still think Granderson will be more valuable over the next few years than A-Jax

      • Accent Shallow

        He definitely has. But it certainly doesn’t look like that is likely to continue.

        If the Yankees don’t make the Granderson trade, I would think that he’d start 2010 in Scranton.

        • Jose the Satirist

          I was in favor of the Granderson trade. I just posted my comment because it seems like lately every time Granderson does something impressive people feel the urge to bring up Austin Jackson.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

            I just posted my comment because it seems like lately every time Granderson does something impressive people feel the urge to bring up Austin Jackson.

            That’s because other people bring up Austin Jackson whenever any of the following things happen:
            1.) Curtis Granderson doesn’t do something impressive
            2.) Curtis Granderson is mentioned
            3.) Curtis Granderson is not mentioned
            4.) The sun rises

        • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

          Plus A-Jax’s BABIP is still inflated. He’s gotten lucky this year.

      • Ross in Jersey

        Sure, that’s true. But Granderson getting hot for a month and Jackson’s continued BABIP could change that in a hurry.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        In all fairness, by the end of the year I bet they’re roughly equal.

        • Poopy Pants

          Well, I’m glad we took on the $. Makes sense.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

            I didn’t say they’d remain equal for the life of the Granderson contract.

            Grandy’s 2011 >>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Grandy’s 2010

        • Jose the Satirist

          I bet you’re right. Especially b-ref WAR.

  • ZZ

    Grandy’s hands are incredibly fast on the inside part of the plate.

    It’s why for someone who is really not that big he can generate a ton of power.

    • The Infamous Irondequoit

      TWSS

      • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

        ietc.

      • Jonathan

        excuse the ignorance what does TWSS mean?

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder
        • http://www.retire21.org Mike R. – Retire 21

          TWSS = That’s what she said

          • Jonathan

            for as ofen as I say that….even while alone, I should have known that.

  • Adam

    Encouraging stuff from C-Grand…

  • Jack

    Lets try this again:

    Curtis Granderson is the bustiest bust that ever did bust.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      Curtis Granderson = Morgana the Kissing Bandit

    • boogie down

      As Ray Parker, Jr. would say, “Bustin’ makes me feel good!”

      • Ross in Jersey

        hahah IETC

  • Reggie C.

    C’mon Ken. Pena a .270 hitter? Dont see it.

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

      He hit .270 once in his life. Last year in the big leagues. His highest single season AVG in the minors was .266 in 2008.

    • Accent Shallow

      Hey, if someone calls the Yankees asking about Pena, I’d imagine that Cashman drives him to JFK himself.

      • smurfy

        well, we didn’t want to pay Mark DeRosa $6? mm, so find another guy who plays three positions REAL well plus can sub in the outfield. Need to work on the hitting.

    • GG2010

      Maybe Kenny meant SLG.

  • smurfy

    The home plate sounds are suffering again. When Ankiel smacked it big, it clearly sounded like a rubber band smacking the old used cardboard box.

  • swisher’s fauxhawk

    Let’s go to Ollie Williams for the Blackuweather forecast.

    ITS-GON-RAIN!

    Seriously though, check out the weather radar.

    • Mike Pop

      Hah.

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

    Three outs, then it could rain.

    • Ross in Jersey

      You’d think with Hughes not having his best stuff and the impending weather, they’d take a few pitches. Then you remember they’re the Royals.

  • Dave

    Plz 5 inning Hughes Win.

  • boogie down

    Wait, does Kay not like milkshakes either? It’s been established that his eating habits are weird but I don’t think I can handle his oddities anymore.

    • Jobamania

      Kay’s milkshakes bring all the boys to the yard
      damn right.

      • boogie down

        :: shudders ::

  • rek4gehrig

    Let it rain

  • Dave

    Wow at the FB-GB ratio.

  • Accent Shallow

    Would be nice if Hughes could get through the 6th without giving up anything further.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    Air Traffic Controller: This fog’s getting thicker.
    Johnny: And LEON’S getting LAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARGER!!!!

  • boogie down

    My prediction: A-Rod will hit #600 and the heavens will open up. It will be The Natural-esque.

    • Jobamania

      giambino style HR in the rain
      i like

      • Adam

        Or home run, skies open up, downpour and the game gets canceled before inning over, and reverts to the stats at the top of the inning.

        • Adam

          It would be Alex’s stat padding strategy of hitting #600 two times.

        • boogie down

          Don’t you put that evil on me, Ricky Bobby!

  • Accent Shallow

    So, what’s Jeter’s OBP by the end of the season? .360? .370? .325?

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      .658

  • Jobamania

    Gardner/Jeter leadoff platoon makes so much sense, why can’t we see it regularly? Gardner crushes rightes, jeter crushes lefties

    • Ross in Jersey

      They’re clearly wary of putting Gardner higher in the lineup. They point to that stretch earlier (around inter-league time) where they moved him up to 2nd and he had his worst stretch of the season as evidence of him not being ready.

  • Adam

    Ahh, Wilson…thanks again for your indomitable trade value.

  • Pat D

    I swear, if I miss ARod hit a home run because it’s raining and the satellite went out…

  • Jonathan

    Now the announcers are making fun of John Sterling…

    • Poopy Pants

      Everyone should. He stinks and wants it all to be about himself.

    • Pat D

      Wait, the KC announcers are?

      Hmm. I know he’s an easy target and all, but I just thought that was something you didn’t do.

    • boogie down

      You know, Sterling deserves some of the lumps he takes but I think it’s REALLY unprofessional for fellow announcers to bash him. What a shame.

      • Poopy Pants

        I agree. Honesty is bad.

        • Pat D

          Look, I agree he deserves criticism, but other announcers should not be making fun of him.

          It’s called professionalism.

        • boogie down

          Can’t tell if you’re being serious or not…

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        Do I come to your job and knock the cock out of your mouth?

        /KathyGriffin’d

        • Jonathan

          well ya Sterling sucks…but this is coming from guys that sound like they’re on a local TV commercial the entire time they talk, and they make the Hawk seem unbiased without a warped sense of his team.

  • Jobamania

    lets go alex! bring em home

  • Dave

    Lol of course my YES feed cuts out.

    • Jobamania

      live lookins online

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

    Going to swing out of his shoes 2-0.

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

      Meh, O’Sullivan screwed it up.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      Going to swing INTO his shoes, apparently.

  • Poopy Pants

    Mine too.

  • Jobamania

    oh god hope arod is okay

  • Jonathan

    Anyone else notice that O’Sullivan shaves or nairs his arms????

    • pat

      Less drag, more velocity.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        Pat, you sick fucko.

        • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

          Haha +1

  • Total Dominication

    Thank god!

  • Jobamania

    oh damn that was a perfect pitch

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    JUST MISSED THAT ONE

    • Jose the Satirist

      SO CLOSE

  • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

    Ahhh, Alex was right on that!

  • swisher’s fauxhawk

    Ahhh, just missed it.

  • Jobamania

    did Kay just said “blow the lead” ?

    • Jobamania

      say*

  • Jobamania

    why is jeter stealing -.-

    • Dave

      To keep alex focused on driving in the run, not hitting it out.

    • Jobamania

      damn

      oh well alex, still got more at bats

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    Nice play by Derek. If you get thrown out, Alex gets to start his AB over.

    • JLew

      but there might not be another inning looking at the forecast. And opening up first opened a possibility of a BB.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        Meh, with Alex at the plate there’s a constant possibility of a BB whether first is open or not.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    NO ALEX YOU SUCK SO MUCH WHY DON’T YOU GIVE ME WHAT I’M ENTITLED TO AS A FAN AND HIT A HOMER ON MY COMMAND!?!??!??!

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

    Another complete and utter failure by Alex.

  • Ross in Jersey

    HIS BAT LOOKS HEAVY, ONCE A CHOKER ALWAYS A CHOKER

    /postsfrom2009

    • Jack

      He looks like a first baseman.

  • Jose the Satirist
    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      /BisonDele’d

    • Poopy Pants

      It IS AOL Fanhouse, so they might have just made up the entire story.

      • Pat D

        Saw this on Yahoo two days ago.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        Good point.

    • Gonzo

      It’s a shame. Hopefully he just went Governor Sanford on everyone.

  • boogie down

    Boy, the “Solid to the Core” part of the Yankees-2010 commercial is mighty cheesy.

  • Pat D

    People in the boogie down will soon be scurrying around.

  • Carlosologist
    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      Hardball.

      Daddy likes.

    • Dave

      Heard this: Yanks reluctant to give up anything at all in trade for Dan Haren.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        Senator, you can have my answer now if you like…

        My offer is this: nothing. Not even the fee for the gaming license, which I would appreciate if you would put up, personally.

      • Gonzo

        I heard from my best friend’s sister’s boyfriend’s brother’s girlfriend heard from this guy who knows this kid who’s going with the girl who saw Cashman at 31 Flavors last night. I guess it’s pretty serious.

        • http://lh4.ggpht.com/_NPaCuwJ_TTk/TEXzMBKSX_I/AAAAAAAAAPk/HMuWr2Ipz14/arod.jpg ROBTEN

          Heard this: Abe Froman just sat down to eat at Chez Quis on Rush Street.

          • boogie down

            Lol, excellent.

      • MikeD

        I understand they’re playing hardball since that’s part of the negotiating process, but when they drew the line and said, “No we will not trade you Kei Igawa,” I think they went a bit too far.

    • Pat D

      I wouldn’t trade Betances. Noesi? Eh, he’s a 4 or 5, he’s tradeable.

      • http://lh4.ggpht.com/_NPaCuwJ_TTk/TEXzMBKSX_I/AAAAAAAAAPk/HMuWr2Ipz14/arod.jpg ROBTEN

        I would depending upon the terms of the deal, particularly given how far away he’s from being ML ready, but, as was said earlier in the thread, if you want Joba then you’ll get nothing else and like it.

    • Jobamania

      thank god, do not want to include dellin for haren.

      I’m not sold on haren being ace-like in the AL east

      • Carlosologist

        H/T to Artisteve for pointing this out in his TYU article:

        Haren in AL East parks:

        W-11 L-6 ERA-3.92 GS-20 IP-126.1 H-116 HR-18 BB-23 SO-106 WHIP-1.10

        • Accent Shallow

          Those are nice numbers, with one exception — 18 HR in 126 IP? That’s ~1.3/9, which is right in line with his career numbers.

          Eek. Doesn’t mean Haren isn’t a useful pitcher (he absolutely is), but I’m bearish on guys with those sort of rates.

      • http://lh4.ggpht.com/_NPaCuwJ_TTk/TEXzMBKSX_I/AAAAAAAAAPk/HMuWr2Ipz14/arod.jpg ROBTEN

        TYU made a good case why Haren can succeed in the AL East, but to add to that:

        1. He’s wouldn’t be asked to be the ace on this team.
        2. He’s not being paid “ace-type” money.
        3. He doesn’t seem to require an “ace-like” return for a pitcher under team control for several seasons (i.e. Montero+Joba/Hughes)

        But, of course, it might not work out.

  • bonestock94

    I’m half hoping that Arod doesn’t hit a hr for a couple of days just to see the NY rags go crazy.

  • Jobamania

    So in other news, what is Magglios contract like? isn’t it something around 500 at bats and his pricey option becomes guaranteed? Did the tigers catch a slight break?(although he was a very valuable player this year)

    • Accent Shallow

      It was 135 starts this year, so the Tigers absolutely dodged a bullet.

    • Pat D

      Neyer blogged today that it’s pretty much a guarantee it doesn’t trigger now. Said that it’s good for the 2011 Tigers, not so good for the 2010 Tigers.

    • Carlosologist

      Per Cot’s:

      2011 option guaranteed at $15M if Ordonez has:

      * 135 starts or 540 PAs in 2010, or
      * 270 starts or 1,080 PAs in 2009-10″>

  • swisher’s fauxhawk

    Don’t be mean to the clouds, Kay. They have feelings too.

  • Adam

    Umm, is it an Otis Nixon cloud?

    • Pat D

      IETC.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    1.21 JIGAWATTS!!!!!!

    • boogie down

      Tom, how am I going generate that kind of power??

  • Accent Shallow

    Nice pitch from Hughes, there. Tough to lose a guy you start off 0-2.

  • boogie down

    Back to the Future = GREAT movie

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      Speaking of which, did you see this Joe Posnanski post “The 100 Best Movies I’ve Ever Seen”?

      http://joeposnanski.com/JoeBlo.....ever-seen/

      Interesting. I’m compiling my own personal 100 now (since I’m bored).

      • Pat D

        Here’s mine, if you’re interested.

        http://www.everyonesacritic.ne.....serid=7750

        I still haven’t been able to decide on #’s 95-100 though.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          Nice. I’m only 33, so my list skews much younger (I know Casablanca and Citizen Kane are great movies, and I’ve watched them, but they just don’t resonate with me personally the way movies of my era do).

          I started just listing movies with the intent of culling the list to 100 later, but I haven’t done that yet, so my list is currently at 116. And I’m sure I left out some movies. stupidly.

          2001: A Space Odyssey
          48 HRS.
          A Beautiful Mind
          A Clear and Present Danger
          A Clockwork Orange
          A Few Good Men
          A Fish Called Wanda
          A Serious Man
          Airplane II
          Airplane!
          American Beauty
          American History X
          Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
          Animal House
          Apocalypse Now
          Attack of the Clones
          Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery
          Back to the Future
          Beverly Hills Cop
          Blazing Saddles
          Boogie Nights
          Boyz N The Hood
          Braveheart
          Caddyshack
          Catch Me If You Can
          Clerks
          Coming to America
          Defending Your Life
          Do The Right Thing
          Dogma
          Donnie Brasco
          Dr. Strangelove
          Duck Soup
          Enter the Dragon
          Farenheit 9/11
          Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
          Fight Club
          Fletch
          Forrest Gump
          Full Metal Jacket
          Gangs of New York
          Ghandi
          Ghostbusters
          Glengarry Glen Ross
          Glory
          Good Night and Good Luck
          Goodfellas
          Harlem Nights
          History of the World, Pt. 1
          Hotel Rwanda
          Il Postino
          Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
          Inglorious Basterds
          Jackie Brown
          Juice
          Kill Bill
          King of New York
          L.A. Confidential
          Life is Beautiful
          Lost in Translation
          Malcolm X
          Michael Clayton
          Monty Python and the Holy Grail
          New Jack City
          Night Falls on Manhattan
          No Country for Old Men
          Office Space
          Philadelphia
          Planes, Trains, and Automobiles
          Pulp Fiction
          Raiders of the Lost Ark
          Rain Man
          Reservoir Dogs
          Revenge of the Sith
          Roger and Me
          Saving Private Ryan
          Schindler’s List
          School Daze
          Se7en
          Spaceballs
          Star Wars
          Stir Crazy
          Stripes
          Taxi Driver
          Team America: World Police
          Thank you for smoking
          The 40 Year Old Virgin
          The Bourne Identity
          The Dark Knight
          The Departed
          The Empire Strikes Back
          The Godfather
          The Godfather Part II
          The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
          The Hudsucker Proxy
          The Hunt for Red October
          The Hustler
          The Jerk
          The Matrix
          The Naked Gun
          The Natural
          The Princess Bride
          The Shawshank Redemption
          The Sixth Sense
          The Sting
          The Usual Suspects
          There Will Be Blood
          There’s something about Mary
          This is Spinal Tap
          Trading Places
          Training Day
          Up in the Air
          Waiting for Guffman
          Wall-E
          Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
          Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

          • boogie down

            One of my all-time faves is Dial M For Murder. 99% of it takes place in an apartment(literally in it, with a view outside here and there, unlike Rear Window which has several shots of the courtyard and other apartment buildings) and you know the whole story very early on, but it’s STILL suspenseful. Far better than Psycho, IMO.

            Also, I really like Chinatown. Nicholson in his prime. I wonder how much better The Departed could have been if Nicholson had his mid-70’s chops with him during filming. I absolutely love The Departed, btw.

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

              Never seen either one, I’ll check ‘em out.

              • Pat D

                You have to watch Chinatown.

                Dial M for Murder is worth checking out, too, but IMO there are other Hitchcock movies which are more essential.

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

                  Thanks. Recommendations? I have “The 39 Steps” in my Netflix queue.

                  • Pat D

                    Well all Hitchcock movies are worth watching, but the ones I’d start with are Vertigo, North by Northwest and Psycho.

                    Beyond that, I’d say Notorious, Rebecca, Dial M, Frenzy, The Wrong Man, Spellbound, The 39 Steps, The Lady Vanishes, Shadow of a Doubt, and in a lighter vein, To Catch a Thief and The Trouble with Harry.

                    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

                      Gracias.

                    • http://lh4.ggpht.com/_NPaCuwJ_TTk/TEXzMBKSX_I/AAAAAAAAAPk/HMuWr2Ipz14/arod.jpg ROBTEN

                      Rope is another interesting Hitchcock film; it is filmed to appear as a single, un-cut shot.

                    • Pat D

                      Rope, yes, very interesting idea that didn’t totally work, but still worth watching, of course.

                  • boogie down

                    Rear Window. Jimmy Stewart + Grace Kelly + a chubby Perry Mason all being directed by Hitchocck = gold

                    • Pat D

                      OMG, how did I forget that?!?

                • boogie down

                  I get that feeling (maybe Vertigo, North by Northwest). Unfortunately, I haven’t seen them yet.

            • Not Tank the Frank

              Chinatown is an AWESOME movie.

              • Pat D

                IMO, better than The Godfather II, which won Best Picture that year, but that’s purely opinion and Best Picture is not always a good measuring stick.

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

                  That’s high praise.

                  The Godfather II might be my personal all-time favorite movie. #1.

                  • boogie down

                    Yeah, I think The Godfather Part II is better than the first one.

                    Also, check out The French Connection, if you haven’t already. While not a contender for best ever, it’s definitely a great movie. In fact, it was the first thriller to win the Best Picture Oscar (1971).

                    /Argumentum ad verecundiam’d

                • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

                  Oscar voters are frequently as bad as HOF voters but I don’t know how I would have chosen between Chinatown and Godfather II that year. Good lord, that’s a difficult choice.

                  • Pat D

                    You also had The Conversation which is another very good movie featuring a supporting performance by a young Harrison Ford.

          • Reggie C.

            Nice list.

            I would’ve added GLADIATOR (2000).

            You’re not much of a horror fan though. I think there’s always room for a horror movie or two on such an exhaustive list. The Exorcist? Alien? Gigli?

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

              Yeah, horror, action, and superhero genres don’t really do it for me. No Terminator, no Die Hard, no X-Men, no Exorcist, no Blair Witch, no Spiderman, none of that stuff. They’re fine movies, just not my personal faves.

              • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

                The Dark Knight is like the only exception, because it’s exceptionally well done, IMO. Most superhero movies aren’t.

              • Not Tank the Frank

                The Exorcist was truly groundbreaking and ahead of it’s time. Not to mention competely terrifying. It’s on my list (that doesn’t exist).

                • Pat D

                  One of the few horror movies I’ll tolerate. I’m not a horror movie fan either. But The Exorcist, Rosemary’s Baby and Halloween (the 1978 original) are all worth watching.

          • smurfy

            You gotta look back a little more. My favorites didn’t make your list: Little Big Man and Cool Hand Luke.

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

              Like I said, the list is simply “The best movie’s I’ve seen”. There’s fewer older movies on there because there’s fewer older movies I’ve seen.

          • Pat D

            Hey, I’m only 29! What are you trying to say???

            JK.

            I like a lot of the movies on your list, I could never put them in a list of “Best 100,” though. Favorite 100, maybe.

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

              Yeah, the point of Joe’s post isn’t to attempt to make an all encompassing “Best 100″, just a personal best 100.

              • Pat D

                Indeed, that’s what all lists of this sort are. There is never going to be an all encompassing Best 100 because it’s always subjective and there is no movie that is universally liked.

                The IMDB top 250 is a good list to examine for recommendations, though there are plenty of overrated movies on that particular list (Donnie Darko leaps to mind).

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

                  Yeah, a friend of mine used to go on and on about Donnie Darko, that it was the best thing since sliced bread and it was a crime that I hadn’t watched it.

                  I watched it. Meh.

                  • smurfy

                    A lot depends on your mood. I found I rarely enjoyed Friday nite date nite movies because I was too tired from the week’s work.

                    I agree on Chinatown & Hitchcock’s. Loved Blade Runner, and a quirky favorite was The Gauntlet.

          • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

            You love Lost in Translation, therefore I love you, tommie.

            • Pat D

              I like that movie and own it, but feel some people overrate it. I probably need to watch it again.

              I think that’s also a case of director career peak.

              • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

                It’s my favorite movie. It just kind of speaks to me in a way I can’t really describe. Plus I think it’s both hilarious and really touching.

                I really liked Marie-Antoinette too but it’s not as good as LoT.

                • Pat D

                  Haven’t seen MA, or Virgin Suicides either, but MA didn’t seem to get that critical love that Lost in Translation did. I know she had a kid recently, but it just seems like she’s not a hot commodity in Hollywood after MA.

                  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

                    Agreed. MA got a lot of “she’s just riding her daddy’s coattails” criticism, which seemed like bullshit to me. I thought it was quite good. It’s kind of a frivolous movie but it captures MA pretty well, you know?

                    Saw it a while ago and don’t really remember it but I know I didn’t like VS that much.

              • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

                To be fair, once I start cutting down towards 100, Lost in Translation is one of the early favorites to not make the cut.

      • Pat D

        Austin Powers 2 being on JoePo’s list really, really hurts it for me.

      • boogie down

        I’m compiling a list of movies I need to see. Extensive, as you can imagine, but any suggestions would be much appreciated.

        • Pat D

          I’ve seen over 2000 movies. What do you need to see?

          • boogie down

            Generally older movies like, say Dog Day Afternoon, Midnight Cowboy, etc.

            • Pat D

              Yea, definitely worth watching.

              Check out Roger Ebert’s Great Movies list, that’s a good start for classic recommendations. The various AFI Top 100 lists are also good for that.

              • dalelama

                Surprised The French Connection hasn’t made any of the lists. A great NY locale movie.

                • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

                  Holy shit I agree with dalelama on something

                • Pat D

                  On my list, the movies that are ranked are ones that I voted 10/10 on IMDB. The French Connection is one of 261 movies that I’ve rated 9/10 on IMDB. I’ve never been able to complete a task of settling on which 6 of those complete my Top 100.

            • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

              Both of those are amazing, especially Midnight Cowboy.

    • Ross in Jersey

      (Marty) – Doc, you’re not gonna believe this! We have to go back to 1955!

      (Doc) – I don’t believe it!

  • Poopy Pants

    I hate the YES sad music.

    • Dave

      I actually kinda like it in some weird way.

    • Pat D

      I talked about this the other day.

      It’s similar to the FOX football “there’s an injured player” music.

  • Ross in Jersey

    Ever since George passed, there have been some of the craziest thunderstorms ever around here. He must have found Billy….

    • Gonzo

      HILARIOUS and heartwarming. Two thumbs up.

      • boogie down

        Compelling and rich.

  • Jobamania

    weathermap not looking good
    freebie CG win for hughes?

    http://i30.tinypic.com/2zeh353.png

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      freebie CG win for hughes?

      /HoFStatPadding’d

  • Poopy Pants

    Nancy Newman trips over words worse than Tim Meadows on SNL.

  • Ross in Jersey

    Oh no, the Mets lost John Maine. Who would have thought going into the season with him and Ollie as your number 3 and 4 starters wouldn’t work out?

  • ZZ

    I think a little bit too much is being made of how much Hughes struggled today.

    He didn’t walk anyone and the only really hard hit ball was Ankiel’s HR.

    That SB was an awful, awful call and then Podsednik was late on a pitch and sliced a HR that happened to catch the foul poul.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      Who is making a big deal out of Hughes’s struggles? I didn’t even know people were saying he struggled until you mentioned it.

    • Accent Shallow

      He wasn’t cover-your-eyes bad, but he continues to have issues with putting hitters away — lots of foul balls, two strike hits, and full counts.

      • B-Rando

        I agree with this.

        He is getting ahead of hitters, and then letting them linger and continuously finding himself giving up two strike hits, or throwing several pitches in a full count.

        To me that is the one area he can really make great strides to improving.

        • Billy

          My god people relax. No he didnt have his best stuff but he continued to battle and kept the Yanks in the game all day. Pitcher arent going to have his best stuff everyday just like CC didnt his last start. He battled with mediocre stuff and won the ball game for us. That’s all we ask for. Jesus.

          • B-Rando

            Can you please explain what I said that is such a grotesque overreaction? I was simply pointing out an observation I’ve noticed with Hughes as he has progressed as a pitcher. I don’t think I said anything that was unwarranted, or even really insulting about Hughes at all.

            Talk about needing to relax…

            • JMK

              A MAN IN BRAZIL IS COUGHING!

              (Personal favorite.)

              • http://lh4.ggpht.com/_NPaCuwJ_TTk/TEXzMBKSX_I/AAAAAAAAAPk/HMuWr2Ipz14/arod.jpg ROBTEN

                Shut.
                Down.
                Everything.

            • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

              You tellem!

              On a serious note, I agree with you.

      • nathan

        I think he is a good pitcher who has the ability to become a great one. The next big step that will make him take that leap is developing the ability to put hitters away — here I need to point he is not Joba in putting people away, but he can get better — if he does that while improving his changeup, oh wow do we have an ace on our hands.

        • smurfy

          that changeup might be just what he needs: more variety to “put ‘em away,” though it’s pretty rare to find control of that pitch to throw it on 3 and 2, and have it break a lot. I don’t get why he doesn’t get them with his curve. On a good day he can throw a fine hammer-strike.

  • Carlosologist

    I think there are two suitors left for Haren: Us and St. Louis. Detroit could be considered out because now apparently they’re trying to acquire Adam Dunn to replace Magglio’s .375 wOBA.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      If the Cards crumble and surrender Shelby Miller, Arizona should leap all over that like LeBron James jumped on Dwyane Wade’s coattails.

      Miller is the single best prospect mentioned in any of these rumored packages. Yes, better than Joba.

      • Reggie C.

        Yep. Cashman can’t control what other teams offer, especially if someone like Shelby Miller becomes available. St. Louis is in win-now mode as Pujols could be leaving down the line and Chris Carpenter is already 35 yrs old.

        Pujols upcoming extension can be a big roadblock though if Arizona doesnt want to pay any of haren’s money.

    • nathan

      I dont think we are getting Haren. We are more likely to get a decent bullpen arm and a moderate-to-good bench player. Frankly, thats all we need.

      • phughesisgod

        Agreed. But we need more than 1 bullpen arm and more than 1 bench bat. I would love to acquire Ty Wiggington and someone else like Peralta or someone for the bench and then get like 2 bullpen arms like a Scott Downs and a Leo Nunez or Joakim Soria.

        • Pat D

          Soria is not going anywhere.

        • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

          We’re not getting Nunez or Soria. No way.

        • Carlosologist

          The Marlins and Royals will want the moon for Nunez and Soria. I’d be happy keeping the top prospects instead of giving them away for a pair of relievers.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          But we need more than 1 bullpen arm and more than 1 bench bat.

          No, we don’t.

          • Pat D

            Yea, not only that, but since you always seem to have an objection over trading prospects, how do you suppose we’d get all of those guys?

            • Steve O.

              Steal them, or trade for the other Jesus Montero and hope Moore blinks?

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          I would love to acquire Ty Wiggington and someone else like Peralta or someone for the bench and then get like 2 bullpen arms like a Scott Downs and a Leo Nunez or Joakim Soria.

          Sure, you would. You know what you wouldn’t love?

          The price tag for all those guys. If we traded for Ty Wigginton AND Jhonny Peralta AND Scott Downs AND Leo Nuñez, it’s possible we’d be able to get all of them without surrendering Jesus Montero. But it would take Romine, ManBan, ZMac, Nova, Phelps, Betances, Laird, Joseph, Ramirez, etc. etc.

          We’d basically be clearing out most of our farm for four marginal upgrades of 4 bench positions (because middle relievers are equivalent to bench players). That’s stupid.

          • Pat D

            This x 1000.

  • mbonzo

    So I knew the Met game was on at 4 and I went to put it on but I can’t find any broadcast for today. Their schedule just says its available on MLB.tv. I knew they wwere playing bad, but SNY won’t even pick up this game.

    • mbonzo

      I take that back, looks like CW picked it up. It wasn’t listed on my Guide or on the Mets website. Weird.

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

      I’m shocked the Mets haven’t scored yet!!

  • pat

    Word on the street is 5:45.

    • FachoinaNYY

      In a sick way I kind of like these rain delays… it feels like I get to watch a double header/enjoy the yanks all day.

      • Steve O.

        I don’t, I mean it’s still nine innings.

        I’m glad it came when it came, so that Hughes didn’t have to pitch just a few innings, then leaving it up to the long man. That would also mean the Royals long man would probably come in also, but the drop from Hughes to Gaudin/Moseley >>>>> O’sullivan and the crap that is the royals bullpen(Outside of Soria).

        • FachoinaNYY

          Thus why I said a SICK way.

          I know all the negatives are there…

    • Pat D

      LoHud blog is now saying 5:30.

      • FachoinaNYY

        Same with YES

      • boogie down

        Yeah, 5:30.

  • Pat D

    Logan, Park or Robertson?

    • boogie down

      I don’t think he’ll go with Robertson just yet. Therefore, God help us.

  • Pat D

    Looks like Logan.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    With Magglio and Carlos Guillen hurting, the Tigers seem like the perfect match for trading for Jose Guillen. He provides them with the thump they lose, and wouldn’t cost a real prospect (if they absorbed his salary), enabling them to continue their pursuit of Oswalt or Haren.

  • Carlosologist

    And it’s back. Logan looks like he has stuff today.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    I like this new Boone Logan. Since coming back up from the minors, he’s up to a K per inning and only a walk every other inning. .263/.349/.395 against and a 2.70 ERA.

    Not great, but not horrible.

    • Not Tank the Frank

      I know it’s cliche but he’s got the ability and he throws left-handed so he’ll keep getting a shot.

    • Carlosologist

      I agree. If Marte comes back strong, we’ll have not one, but TWO, solid LOOGYs come the playoffs.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        What ever happened with George Sherrill? It’s been 10 days since he was placed on outright waivers… did he elect to become a free agent? I don’t see any info on the intertubez.

        He’d be nice Marte insurance/Logan replacement.

        • Tom Zig

          didnt he pitch in the Mound meeting-gate game?

          • Apollo22237

            Yea, he was the one they had to put in with the bases loaded.

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

          They never sent him down. He did clear waivers though.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

            That’s bananas. Only Joe Torre would waive a veteran reliever and NOT demote him.

        • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

          He’d be nice Marte insurance/Logan replacement.

          Did you see his numbers? They are horrifyingly bad this season. I’d honestly rather have Logan, he has way more upside at this point.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

            Sherrill v. LHB, 2010: .195/.320/.341
            Sherrill v. LHB, career: .166/.235/.268

            Do I think George Sherrill sucks? Yes. Do I think George Sherrill can get out quality lefties? Also yes.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    Not even the ferocity of nature can stop Robinson Cano.

  • JLew

    Betancourt is a GOOD fielder, per Singleton

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

      That made me LOL.

      God, the booth is so quiet this inning.

    • Carlosologist

      Betancourt has a career UZR/150 of -8.6. That’s amazing.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        Yuniesky Betancourt ate the whole wheel of cheese.

    • Tom Zig

      Least valuable player that is a starting player?

      • JLew

        Nobody now but Jeff Francoeur always has potential.

  • pat

    What a terrible relay throw.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    Crawford? We don’t need no stinking Crawford.

  • pat

    Hahah shit, that was the definition of a hanger.

  • Accent Shallow

    Farthest Pena ever hits the ball?

  • Ross in Jersey

    That’s as far as Pena has hit a ball, ever.

  • JLew

    That Pena flyball was 70 feet longer than Scotty Pods.

    • Jonathan

      copy cat!!!

      • JLew

        Just emphasizing that the immortal Ramiro Pena outslugged the legendary Scotty Pods today. Somewhere Hawk Harrelson is crying.

        • Jonathan

          haha i was joking but right after Pods hit his HR, 9 hours ago, i said Jeter and Tex have hit two balls 70ft farther than Podsednik and they were outs. great minds…apparently.

  • Jonathan

    Royals announcers killing Pena for taking off early. Pena couldn’t get a hit by himself and didn’t think he could ever get a hit off the esteemed HOF bound legendary Dusty Hughes and he was trying to get to 1st as fast as possible. You don’t get any more bonus money or points that the Yankees like so much for getting to first fast. You should always wait. And they said Rick Ankiel just outran that ball…..Ladies and gentlemen….the announcers apparently got drunk during the rain delay. Drunk+Stupid=Royals.

  • Ross in Jersey

    If Logan keeps pitching like this he may never get DFA’d. Frankly, I’m shocked he’s doing this well. Granted it’s the Royals but… still.

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

    I’ve been hard on him all season, but very nice job by Boone Logan. Well done, sir.

  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

    Who is this person and what has he done with Boone Logan???

    • Carlosologist

      His name is Loone Bogan.

  • Total Dominication

    Boone Logan, being, good?

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    Logan, pre-demotion:
    13 appearances, 49 BF, 10.2 IP, 13 H, 7 BB, 6 K, 1 HR, 6 R (all earned), 4 inherited runners (none scored), .310/.408/.452 against, 5.06 ERA

    Logan, post demotion (entering today):
    6 appearances, 43 BF, 10.0 IP, 10 H, 5 BB, 10 K, 1 HR, 3 R (all earned), 6 inherited runners (one scored), .263/.349/.395 against, 2.70 ERA

    • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

      Sooo….less hits and more strike outs? That’s a good recipe for success.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        His strike percentage has also risen from 59% to 62%.

        Pound the zone, young man. You’re a lefty with good cheese. Pound the zone.

  • Hummingbird S.

    that’s some nice work by Logan..

  • Jonathan

    The royals announcers said the only reason Logan got the the majors was because of his arm angle. Now i know Logan isn’t our prize bullpen piece, but I think monster big lefties that throw in the mid 90s don’t need much help to get to the majors.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      Heard this: Royals announcers suck.

      /Olney’d

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

      If you change “because of his arm angle” to “because he is a lefty that throws 90+” I would actually agree with them.

    • Tom Zig

      Yeah if he ever learns to locate his FB consistently, he’ll be a deadly weapon out of the bullpen.

    • Chris

      Have you ever seen a righty throw with that same arm angle? I think they’d fall over. Thus, his arm angle was critical to his making it to the majors.

  • Ross in Jersey

    4 straight appearances in which Logan hasn’t walked a batter.

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

    Kanekoa Texeira is about to face Nick Swisher. Odds the YES announcers mention the connection between the two? Probably zero.

    • jddzip

      Whats the connection?

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

        Texeira was the other guy the Yanks got in the Swisher trade.

        • Chris

          Sterling mentioned it, but it was before Swisher came up.

  • Total Dominication

    Why is Joba up instead of Robertson?

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

      Teh 8th.

    • Tom Zig

      hold situation.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      He needs the work? He didn’t pitch in the past two games.

  • Tom Zig

    Jeter says eff yo couch

  • Total Dominication

    YUnuski Betencourt, not a terribly good baseball player.

  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

    I don’t think he actually avoided the tag. Yankee fan and all, but #robotumps

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      Yeah, Swish was out.

  • Carlosologist

    A-Rod gets 600 in Cleveland and no one will know it happened.

    • Poopy Pants

      It’s just a stat.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      This is my favorite new line.

      Guy #1: Hey, did you hear ARod hit his 600th homer in Cleveland?
      Guy #2: What the f#$% is “Cleveland”? Is that even a real word? You just made that up, didn’t you.

    • jddzip

      its really nbd. I like that he’s not just trying to bomb one everytime out. he’s thinking team first and he has 2 rbis today.

      • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

        its really nbd.

        THAT’S WHAT YOU THINK!!!!!

        /ESPN’d
        /NY press’d

  • Total Dominication

    Bust.

  • Jonathan

    I know Frank White played in a “different era” but don’t you think it’s a little much to retire a guys number and put him in your “HOF” who has a career .675 OPS and a 68% or so SB success rate? I know he had a smooth glove but that’s ridiculous. Career .255/.293/.393…

    • Ross in Jersey

      It lost its luster once Jim Rice went in.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        Andre Dawson isn’t helping, either.

      • Jonathan

        while that is true for the regular HOF, and Raines gets no love etc….I meant the more impressive and exclusive Royals HOF haha.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          The Royals HoF >>>>>>>>>>>>>>> The real HoF

          • Jonathan

            it is more exclusive….haha

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

              I don’t give a damn what anyone thinks, Dan Quisenberry was the greatest reliever of all time.

              Sincerely,
              Royals Fans

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      You can’t knock a guy for being really shitty at not making outs, because OBP wasn’t really valued back then.

      Sincerely,
      The Idiot Brigade of the BBWAA

      • Jonathan

        I don’t think you can knock them. If i played in the 70s/80s I would try to get out a little more often myself. “oh that’s ball 4 in the dirt? I’ll swing, it’s the 80s.”

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          Exactly. Was that shit on the scoreboard? No. Thus, it’s not important.

          The defense rests.

          Sincerely,
          J. Brendan Francouer, Esq.

          • Jonathan

            lol on the Esq

  • jddzip

    Can Ankiel play 3rd/ss?

    • Carlosologist

      Nah, he’s a lefty.

    • pat

      As a lefty?

  • Frigidevil

    Bold prediction: Arod will hit 600 on Wednesday against Fausto Carmona, because Fausto is among the best baseball names of all time.

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

      I’d be surprised if he did. Fausto owns A-Rod.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        My Justin Masterson prediction is still in play, and it’s the last bullet in my gun.

        • Accent Shallow

          I’d be ok with this. I loathe Masterson.

      • Frigidevil

        That would make it that much better. Masterson would also be nice.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    Is it wrong for me to wish that Joba tweaks a hammy or something here to miss a month or so and scuttle the possibility he gets traded?

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

      Yep.

      But you knew that.

      • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

        That said, if it means we get Haren for Nova, oh my goodness yes have this happen

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          LOOKS LIKE JOBA’S HELPIN’ OUT THE CAUSE, BABY!!!!!

    • Kevin in Delectable Princeton

      Is it bad that I want Joba to give up 4 runs to A-Rod can hit a walk-off homerun?

      • boogie down

        was this before or after the homer?

  • Ross in Jersey

    And Joba walks the leadoff batter with a 4 run lead. Infuriating.

  • Jonathan

    DAN HAREN….FIRST…(I don’t want him traded bu geez…lead off walks to Chris Getz?

  • Ross in Jersey

    Welp, can’t use bad luck as an excuse there.

  • Tom Zig

    Joba you are worthless.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      Blessing in disguise.

      Kill the trade value now to prolong your career in pinstripes with the glorious bounceback later. Joba’s a genius.

      • ARX

        If only prolonging his pinstripe career meant being a starter…but frankly at this point I think his best shot to be a starter long term is to get traded, so I’m kinda hoping for that.

        • Chris

          Yankee Relievers ranked by FIP this season:

          1. Mariano Rivera (2.21)
          2. Joba Chamberlain (2.67)
          3. David Robertson (3.72)
          4. Sergio Mitre (4.26)
          5. Boone Logan (4.56)
          6. Chan Ho Park (5.12)
          7. Damaso Marte (5.26)
          8. Dustin Mosely (5.73)
          9. Chad Gaudin (5.92)

          Yankee Relievers ranked by xFIP:
          1. Mariano Rivera (3.08)
          2. Joba Chamberlain (3.33)
          3. David Robertson (3.86)
          4. Chan Ho Park (4.09)
          5. Boone Logan (4.56)
          6. Dustin Mosely (4.70)
          7. Sergio Mitre (4.99)
          8. Chad Gaudin (5.44)
          9. Damaso Marte (6.03)

          AL Relievers with at least 30IP ranked by BABIP:
          1. Joba Chamberlain (.405)
          2. Bobby Jenks (.402)
          3. David Robertson (.388)

          The bottom line is that Joba has been pretty good this year, but he’s gotten very unlucky on balls put in play.

    • Poopy Pants

      But the Yanks are selling high on him!!!!

  • swisher’s fauxhawk

    Joba.

  • Alex S

    jeez Joba, man up!

  • ARX

    :sigh:

  • Kevin in Delectable Princeton

    SCOTT POSEDNIK. WHY GOD, WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!?!?!?! I’m okay now.

  • smurfy

    Podsednik’d

  • Jobamania

    wat the fuck?

  • Pat D

    Yikes.

  • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

    This Podsednick guy can really hit some homeruns! Light tower power.

  • Carlosologist

    Aww, we can’t make fun of Podsednik anymore.

  • All Star Carl

    Why is this guy still in the Majors?

  • xnyles

    TRADE HIM

  • V

    Ladies and gentlemen – the player the Yankees REFUSE to trade to Arizona for Dan Haren. Joba Chamberlain.

    • pat

      Is that how it went down? Or is that the version you’re sticking with?

  • mike

    How much longer??

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

    I’m pretty sick of Joba.

    • Jonathan

      there has to be a confidence/drinking/weight/mind/arm issue right???? I mean he’s 24…how can it go away that fast? I still say his shoulder isn’t right.

      • V

        He can’t repeat his mechanics. At all.

        You usually have those guys in the minors, working on things.

        But not on the Yankees. :shrug:

        • Jonathan

          ya but don’t you think it’s possible he can’t repeat his mechanics because he’s put on too much weight or his shoulder is bothering him. I was a pretty good baseball player before a brain injury and 11 surgeries including 6 on the should/shoulder blade and before i had the surgeries…you have to throw WAY different to not have your shoulder explode.

  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

    Seriously? Sigh. Just get the next three guys please.

  • pat

    lol

  • Mark

    HE’S A RELIEF PITCHA!!!

  • The Infamous Irondequoit

    Quick. Trade him before the D-Backs don’t want him anymore.

    /Joking

    Or am I?

    • Slappy White

      thats exactly what I was thinking…..and im pretty sure im not joking

      • The Infamous Irondequoit

        Neither was I, but I didn’t want to get killed by the few pro-Joba guys left.

  • Pat D

    Anyone hear what they were chanting? Was it “throw it back” or something pertaining to Joba?

    • xnyles

      I heard “We want Haren”

    • nathan

      “throw it back”

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        I could be wrong, but I think they were saying “Jeter’s half black”.

        Sincerely,
        Raekwon the Sheff

        • nathan

          lol

        • boogie down

          hahaha IETC. “Raekwon the Sheff”… clever.

        • baby carlos

          God I just love your sense of humor. Awesome!!!!

      • Pat D

        Weak. Throwing the ball back onto the field is both uttery stupid and potentially dangerous.

  • Dave

    Joba. Sigh.

  • Apollo22237

    Robertson to teh 8th!!!

  • ZZ

    Joba lands in a different spot on almost every pitch he throws.

  • Accent Shallow

    1/3 on retiring shitty hitters thus far.

  • Carlosologist

    IMO, what the pen should look like:

    Long RPs: Moseley and Gaudin
    Mop Up RP: Park
    7th: Albaladejo
    8th: Robertson
    Closer: Mo

    • Pat D

      Except Albi’s back in Scranton.

    • Dave

      +1 with maybe romulo worked in there somewhere

    • Accent Shallow

      Three questions:

      1) You only have six relievers — the Yankees typically carry seven
      2) Where is Joba in all this? The minors? Some other team?
      3) Why is Chan Ho Park still here, over Logan and Joba? At least those two have a non-zero chance of not sucking the rest of the year.

      • Carlosologist

        I forgot the LOOGY. I’m of the belief Joba can achieve his ceiling out west in the desert. You’re right, I should get rid of him.

        Stretch run pen:

        Long RP: Mitre and Aceves (assuming Ace makes it back with no complications)
        Mop Up RP:
        LOOGY(s): Marte and Logan
        7th: Albaladejo
        8th: Robertson
        Closer: Mo

    • The Infamous Irondequoit

      I really like the way you think.

  • pat

    Hey, Posada didn’t that that one away. Progress!

  • JLew

    SCOTTY PODS FOR DH!

  • Tom Zig

    Yup keep Joba out in the 8th inning. Great idea.

  • The Infamous Irondequoit

    You know you’re bad when my mother who knows little of anything about sports shouts at the TV saying:

    “Why didn’t they trade him?!?!”

  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

    After that HR, he was really good. I rarely say stuff like this but the dude is utterly infuriating.

  • Jonathan

    Royals announcers: A RARE hitless day for Wilson Betemit…..Also, Royals can beat Rivera.

    I think after this series I’m going to keep the Royals announcers like a character and just make up what they WOULD be saying if we were still playing the Royals, and you guys can guess if it was made up or something they’ve said before. thoughts?

    • The Infamous Irondequoit

      I like it.

  • BigBlueAL

    Well at least Joba feels honored for being mentioned in trade rumors.

  • Pat D

    I really think it’s got to be a mental thing with. They twisted him around so long and so often that he doesn’t know if he’s coming or going.

    Maybe he needs a change of scenery. Whatever the Yankees are trying with him doesn’t seem to be working. A walk and a home run to a pair of weak hitters is on no one but him.

    • Pat D

      Forget the key word of “Joba,” obviously.

    • baby carlos

      I agree with the mental thing but I don’t think you can put the entire blame on the yo-yo antics of the front office. They were using him to fill a need and win championships.

      As of this spring training, and I would guess starting in the off season, Joba knew what the deal was going to be. It is his responsibility to adjust if things don’t work out to his liking.

      Time to grow up if you want those millions and to be the center of attention.

  • Billy

    Damn. Why did the front office give up that bomb to Scott Podsenick. Idiots.

  • BigBlueAL

    WTF, Haren traded to the Angels for Joe Saunders and 3 prospects??

    • Pat D

      You’re getting this from where exactly?

      • BigBlueAL

        Twitter of course. lol

      • http://lh4.ggpht.com/_NPaCuwJ_TTk/TEXzMBKSX_I/AAAAAAAAAPk/HMuWr2Ipz14/arod.jpg ROBTEN
      • baby carlos

        mlb rumors via mercury news.

      • Poopy Pants

        RAB

      • Jonathan

        mlbtr…that has to be a joke…that’s like the james dolan buyin the yankees april foolks joke

        • Ubu

          No, joke. It’s for real!!

    • ARX

      I’m sure the Rangers are quaking in their boots now…

      • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

        To be fair, Haren’s a quite good pitcher and will be for the next few years. It’s not necessarily about just this year. Good trade for the Angels, especially considering they got rid of Saunders, who is so so bad.

    • Accent Shallow

      Joe Saunders is hilariously garbage.

  • baby carlos

    had to finally make a comment and see what all the defenders of Joba were saying.

    But clearly, he is not right and may never be more than a sensational(maybe limited) relief pitcher. His mechanics are not right but moreso his mind set is not that of a reliever.

    Personally, he reminds me of LaLoosh wanting to do what he wants to do. I think he is still hung up on being a starter. Remove him, send him to AAA, do something if the Yanks think he is part of the future. Otherwise, other considerations should be given – Yanks have spent lesser time with better talent that couldn’t perform.

  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

    Bah. Haren to the Angels for Saunders + prospects.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      Hah.

      • Pat D

        Wow, really curious to see what “prospects.” Saunders blows.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          Some people on Twitter are speculating that the PTBNL is Mike Trout.

          Uh… no. Not remotely.

        • http://lh4.ggpht.com/_NPaCuwJ_TTk/TEXzMBKSX_I/AAAAAAAAAPk/HMuWr2Ipz14/arod.jpg ROBTEN

          This comment on mlbtraderumors made me laugh:

          “Joe Saunders has trade value…is this real life?”

    • The Infamous Irondequoit

      That sucks.

      We should’ve just given up Joba.

    • Tom Zig

      yeah sounds like they sold Haren for crap

  • ARX

    …and this was the defense that was diving all over the place yesterday? pfffft.

  • Frigidevil

    2 more hits please

  • Poopy Pants

    That Joba HR really blew the Haren deal.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      I like it. Seems like a plausible cover story that the idiots will buy, let’s run with it.

  • Nikhil R.

    Bye Bye Danny

  • Ross in Jersey

    So much for Haren… sigh.

  • Jobamania

    Angels? saunders? LOL

    oh well im relieved to be hoenst

  • The Infamous Irondequoit

    The AL West keeps stealing our pitchers!

  • pat

    Haren to the Angels? FUCK!

  • Jobamania

    getting haren without trading trout has to be considered a win though, saunders is a 5th starter in the AL at best

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      I’d walk him if I’m Wood.

      Intentionally.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    OH SHIT GRAND SLAM FOR THE BIG ROUND NUMBER

  • ARX

    LMAO what were the odds of arod getting another AB? Cmon man, gotta hit a GS now.

  • Jobamania

    jeter so shocked to be held up

    but you gotta love the hollywood story here, must have been in the mind of thompson

  • http://www.retire21.org Mike R. – Retire 21

    Here we go!

  • boogie down

    Grand Salomi for #600!

  • The Infamous Irondequoit

    The year of the Grand Slam continues?

  • baby carlos

    ARod chokes under pressure and is not a true Yankee, which is why he didn’t hit #600.

    Sincerely,

    Lupica, Sherman, Madden, Abraham, et all

  • BigBlueAL

    Apparently the prospects are pitchers Patrick Corbin and Rafael Rodriguez.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      And a PTBNL as well.

      • BigBlueAL

        Right. Also dunno the cash considerations in terms of how much of the salary Dbacks paying if anything.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          For that mild of a package, I bet the DBacks aren’t paying a penny of Haren’s deal.

          • Chris

            I don’t really get all the talk of Haren’s contract. It seems pretty reasonable for a pitcher of his caliber.

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

              It’s reasonable to us, because we’re the Yankees with a 200M payroll and a full house almost every day.

              The contract was crippling to the D-Bags, though, which is why they moved him.

  • danny

    grrr good thing i left the game…..

  • Carlosologist

    Damn, no Haren. Angels now have a pretty good 1-2 punch in Weaver and Haren.

    • Tom Zig

      Who cares, they won’t make the playoffs.

      • Carlosologist

        I really don’t understand the move. Sure, the Angels will always be in contention, but they have to deal with a good Rangers club for the duration of Haren’s contract.

  • Jobamania

    lmao silly arod

  • Ross in Jersey

    Oh my god, if A-rod connected with that pitch it would have gone no less than 700 feet.

  • Jobamania

    wow what the fuck

    THAT DOES NOT LOOK GOOD

    AROD IS DOWN

  • pat

    FUCK!!!!!!!

  • http://www.retire21.org Mike R. – Retire 21

    That’s BS right there!

  • boogie down

    Didn’t like his reaction to that….

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    Hilarious. That entire AB was just hilarious.

  • Jobamania

    NO FUCKING WAY THIS IS NOT GOOD NEWS

  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

    Oh shitfuck be okay.

  • baby carlos

    Time to drill someone…

    • Ubu

      …oh it is time for Kim Jones 2nd segment ;-)

  • Dave

    Holy fuck

  • The Infamous Irondequoit

    Punish him Robbie!

    You can’t hit Alex like that!

  • Carlosologist

    Jesus I understand not wanting to give up a HR, but do you really have to drill him in the arm?

    • Jobamania

      twice he got buzzed inside today, and now he gets nailed

      • ShuutoHeat (GGBG > Crawford)

        IF I remember correctly Davies was throwing him up and in as well, fucking Royals.

  • Jobamania

    fucking shitty teams that like to pitch inside and don’t care about hitting out players

    who do we hit?

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      Let’s hit Lady Gaga.

      • ShuutoHeat (GGBG > Crawford)

        I second this, in fact lets beat the crap out of him.

    • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

      Billy Butler? With a bat. Not a pitch.

  • Poopy Pants

    At least Jesus-freak Mo will avenge this, right?

  • Dave

    Now I kinda wish Joba was still in, at least he knows how to retaliate.

  • ARX

    Robbie, time for the 600ft HR into the parking lot…make them pay.

  • xnyles

    royals better not fuck this season up

  • JLew

    Seems like Yankees got spurned twice by teams offering lesser packages.

    • http://lh4.ggpht.com/_NPaCuwJ_TTk/TEXzMBKSX_I/AAAAAAAAAPk/HMuWr2Ipz14/arod.jpg ROBTEN

      No team wants to make the Yankees better. They will try to get maximum value out of the Yankees, but will take less from other teams.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      Or:

      It seems the Yankees were correct to play hardball with the Diamondbacks and refuse to include premium prospects for a non-urgent need, since said non-urgent need didn’t have sufficient market value to command premium prospects.

      • http://lh4.ggpht.com/_NPaCuwJ_TTk/TEXzMBKSX_I/AAAAAAAAAPk/HMuWr2Ipz14/arod.jpg ROBTEN

        That too.

    • phughesisgod

      Umm, not really with the Lee situation. Seattle liked Smoak and prospects more than Montero, Adams, Z-Mac and possibly another prospect. Whats fucked up about that situation is that Cliff Lee was a Yankee pending a physical. But Zdrunciek was a tool and pretty much said “Screw you, Cashman. We want Smoak.”

      The Haren case was pretty much the D’Backs wanted Joba along with Nova, Z-Mac and possibly another prospect and also wanted the Yankees to take on all of Harens salary along with all of either Chris Snyder’s or Chad Qualls’ salary.

      • JLew

        The Mariners trade was a joke. They had an agreement and backed out of it. And Smoak is terrible right now. He can’t hit at the MLB level. Today against a struggling Dice-K, he popped out, hurting a rally. Montero is better already. In the Haren trade, Saunders is terrible. Unless Trout is in there, weak package.

  • Poopy Pants

    Hello Ty Wiggington

    • Jobamania

      ugh

  • Alex S

    Alex looks alright. seems they took him out for precautions

    • Accent Shallow

      I sure hope you’re a doctor, because I disagree.

      /limits of my medical training is lifeguarding experience

      • Alex S

        Not a doctor but he was walking towards first base w/o cringing and didn’t even realize they were taking him out of the game. Just protecting their $275m dollar man

  • nathan

    I think next homestand for arod now…

  • Brooklyn Ed

    FUCK YOU BLAKE WOOD. if you don’t want to pitch to A-Rod then walk him. not plunk him!!!

  • Accent Shallow

    Ten thousand profanities.

  • mike

    Keep Joba in to hit the first batter between the eyes. Get him suspended for a few weeks.

  • Total Dominication

    I turned the TV back on as A-rod walked off the field, wtf happened?

    • boogie down

      HBP on what they’re saying was his forearm. Looked like his hand on all of the replays, if you ask me.

  • phughesisgod

    Oh fuck no. How many of those pitches came up and in? More than enough to tell me that there is no way that was not on purpose.

    Oh how I would love to have Kyle Farnesworth back for situations like this and when Pukilis comes to the plate. Joba just cant throw hard consistently.

  • frank

    He’ll be fine. The ball skimmed off his arm; it didn’t hit him flush.

    • Jobamania

      didnt seem like it

      flush on his hand that was on the bat..

  • Jobamania

    take that blake wood you little sack of shit

  • ARX

    Meh…I wanted blood.

  • Mister Delaware

    Someone better have their numbers split in the top of the 9th.

  • Total Dominication

    Ribbie!

  • baby carlos

    blowing a bubble trotting in to second….

    Don’t act like your not impressed!

  • Carlosologist

    Robbie Baseball (this will catch on) has a K in the hit column!

    • boogie down

      I think it should have caught on already. I like it. I also like the nickname “Bob Cano.”

  • Jobamania

    holy shit podsednik? what the hell

  • Total Dominication

    Wow, great play.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    Jesus H. Montero.

    Scott Posdednik is freaking insane. He’s possessed by the ghost of Mickey Mantle.

  • Alex S

    in a game where we score 12…..Scott Posednik is the player of the game. wtf?

  • Jobamania

    The player to be named later is a top prospect, a source tells Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic (via Twitter).

    TROUT PLEASE

    • Jobamania

      Not going to be Mike Trout. Dbacks have a list to pick. Not sure when they have to decide. half a minute ago via TweetDeck

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        Yeah, Trout and Conger are probably not going to be on that list.

        Jordan Walden? Peter Bourjos?

    • http://soxandpinstripes.net Angelo

      It won’t be Trout.

  • Mark

    Podsednik thanks for helping me win in fantasy this week, but I get nothing for your defense : )

  • BigBlueAL

    Joba for Podsednik!!!!

  • Poopy Pants

    “One of the few Royals who showed up to play” ?

    Did the Royals win yesterday? I guess Pods did it alone.

  • pat

    The kid Colbrin looks legit, but the rest of that package looks pretty shitty. Unless the ptbnl is Troutmeister or Conger.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      I can’t believe it would be Trout or Conger. They’re big enough to not be a PBTNL, the DBacks would insist on those names being included up front.

      I think the ceiling of the PBTNL would be something in the Brandon Wood stratosphere (and that stratosphere is considerably lower now than it was before).

      • Chris

        When did Trout sign? They can’t officially be traded until 1 year after they sign. That’s why Trout (or basically any other 2009 draftee) would have to be a PTBNL.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          I see where you’re going, but I think you’re reading too much into it. I know the Angels need pitching, but they wouldn’t give away Mike Trout for Dan Haren, they just wouldn’t. Trout’s ceiling is way too high.

          Now, Randal Grichuk, that might be a candidate for that PTBNL.

  • nathan

    wheres Bartman?

  • Sean C

    Pods and Ankiel have been robbing the Yankees this whole series, it seems.

  • Accent Shallow

    So not only is A-Rod hurt, but I now have to watch this worthless sack of crap finish the game?

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      I put Chan Ho Park into ballgames to personally piss you off, Accent Shallow.

      Sincerely,
      Joe Girardi

      • Accent Shallow

        What I’m looking forward to most about passing the trade deadline is the inevitable Park DFA.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          Your fixation on him is so odd, IMO. It’s as if his presence on the roster is a personal affront to you.

  • Jobamania

    ankiel looks extra bronzed today

  • Dave

    Chan ho doesnt throw hard enough to plunk anyone

    • Poopy Pants

      He could run at them head-first Kamikaze style.

      • Accent Shallow

        Park is Korean. Kamikaze as suicide attack is a Japanese concept.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          Meh, same diff.

          /Rose’d

        • Poopy Pants

          I know.

      • Carlosologist
      • ShuutoHeat (GGBG > Crawford)

        Or shit his pants and then throw it at them, in hopes that they’ll contract something.

        • Poopy Pants

          That crossed my mind, too. Great minds…? LOL

          • ShuutoHeat (GGBG > Crawford)

            LOL, well your name also planted the thought in my head.

  • Dave

    I say walk the next two so we can plunk Pods.

  • Accent Shallow

    Park is lucky that Cano is good at baseball. DFA ASAP, please.

    • Brooklyn Ed

      calling Ivan Nova. show the D-Backs why they should have him instead of Saunders.

  • smurfy

    Can’t handcuff Robbie, baby.

  • boogie down

    How are Scotty Pod’s homers the drives of the game when there’s a player on the winning team who had two homers, as well? Or, if they want to be literal, the unequivocal drive of the game was Ankiel’s moonshot.

  • Brooklyn Ed

    wow the umpis are really out to get the Yanks.

    • Pat D

      That was such horseshit.

      Can’t wait to see MLB come out tomorrow and see the rule was incorrectly interpreted.

    • nathan

      i think that was correct call, i saw the same call in a Sox-Rangers game earlier. this one is not on the umps but on our catcher

  • All Star Carl

    I love the umps. Only Posada lol

  • boogie down

    What?? How was Jorge supposed to get the ball without touching his mask? The ball was live so he had to pick it up! Umps know what “spirit of the rule” means, right?

    • nathan

      u cant use ur equipment to trap a live ball

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      Umps know what “spirit of the rule” means, right?

      No.

  • Accent Shallow

    Hell of an arms race in the AL West — Rangers get Lee, Angels get Haren. I was hoping that one of those guys would go to the Reds, but so it goes.

  • forensicnucchem

    I sure hope Swisher came out just rest his achilles a little with a lead. Losing him and A-Rod in the same inning would REALLY suck.

  • xnyles

    TEXs lol thats was funny

  • pat

    TEX U SUCK BOO

    • Carlosologist

      Alcohol is a helluva of a drug.

  • phughesisgod

    Watch, just because Parks run was because of the umps bad call, he pitched good enough to stay in the bullpen past the deadline. Well that and the rediculous faith that the organization has in him.

    • Accent Shallow

      As completely worthless as he is (and believe me, he is completely worthless), I can see the logic in keeping him to the deadline. I’ll be surprised if he’s a Yankee for much past the July deadline, and I will be absolutely shocked (and irritated) if he’s on the team past the August deadline.

      If he’s on the playoff roster (should the team be fortunate enough to make the playoffs), I may just have to kidnap him, Celtic Pride-style. Of course, in that movie, Damon Wayans is actually good, and him not being there hurts his team’s chances of winning.

      • Sweet Dick Willie

        should the team be fortunate enough to make the playoffs

        You’re kidding, right?

        The Sux have 63 games to make up an 8 game deficit. Not happening.

  • xnyles

    DAMN Michael K is so annoying with the damn crime movies

  • Dave

    Wow do we need to drill this asshole.

  • Mark

    Good thing Alby is in the minors wouldn’t want a guy here that could get outs.

  • Brooklyn Ed

    sooo..Ivan Nova and Romulo Sanchez tomorrow?

  • Ross in Jersey

    Seattle has bases loaded, no one out against the Red Sox. Could be the beginning of the end for Boston if they lose today.

  • All Star Carl

    Mariners take the lead

  • Teix is the man

    Does anybody know Gardner’s walk up song? I can’t find it on google but it’s pretty boss.

    • Alex S
    • Poopy Pants

      ‘Elvira’ by the Oak Ridge Boys
      It’s a catchy one!

      • Teix is the man

        I dont think this is it lol…I was at the game friday and it sounded different.

        • ShuutoHeat (GGBG > Crawford)

          Does he have rotating walk up music? I remember he had the whole James Bond music once.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder
  • Pasqua

    It is rare to actually observe a pitcher struggling to THINK on the mound, let alone pitch; however, CHoP just gave us that opportunity.