Change of plans: Hughes to start tonight

2010 Instructional League Roster
Game 156: Win, dammit

Per the various beat writers, the Yankees will start Phil Hughes instead of Dustin Moseley tonight. I guess they remembered that they haven’t clinched anything yet.

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2010 Instructional League Roster
Game 156: Win, dammit
  • http://www.twitter.com/TomZig Tom Zig

    Who hit the panic button?

  • Matty

    Does this mean that the game tonight means something?

  • http://fmylife.com Bryan

    Um, ok?

    /Confused’d.

  • http://uclabruins.playitusa.com/ Luca10

    From 1 to 10 how much is stupid Girardi? I’do go with 100 and nothing less.

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

      To recap:

      If Girardi rests his players and doesn’t go all out for a win: he’s a moron
      If Girardi decides to not rest his players and attempts to decrease the magic number and clinch: he’s also a moron.

      Everybody got that? Good.

      http://www.culturazzi.org/revi....._cover.jpg

      • http://www.twitter.com/jordan_smed JGS
      • http://www.twitter.com/TomZig Tom Zig

        All I ask is for a rational explanation for most things, and if there is one, then it’s not a dumb move.

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

          Here’s the explanation: We pushed Hughes’s start back because we figured there was a good chance we’d win one of the first two games and make the rest of the season a formality. We didn’t, so now we might as well take advantage of the Dice-K matchup (and the fact that the Sox probably aren’t good enough to beat us three times in a row) to win one game of this series and make the rest of the season a formality.

          It’s bizarre that people equate “changing your mind” with “bad leadership”. Bad leaders are ones who never admit that they need to reevaluate the strategy and possibly change their mind.

          • http://www.twitter.com/TomZig Tom Zig

            Well I wasn’t literally asking for an explanation for this move, but that is quite sufficient Mr. SmithJohnCarlos.

          • Dalelama

            This…adapt or die.

          • AndrewYF

            Dude, Kerry voted for the bill (BEFORE THEY CHANGED IT) before he voted against it.

          • Sal

            Well if he was smart he wouldn’t have pulled Phil till we won one of the 1st two games. If I was a redsox I’d be really pissed the the yankees felt the redsox season was over. after all if 1/2 the Redsox team wasn’t on the DL most of the year we”the yankees” would be in 3rd place.

            This coming from a Yankee fan since 1968. I sure hope Joe going home to the Clubs after this season.

            • poster on another computer who happens to be a deuce bag

              Can it be…THE Sal? The almost mythical Sal of legend?

              • Cecala

                Nah, he showed proper grammar.

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

                  (More or less.)

                  • Sal

                    hummm how rude, I happen to read a write good ole American TYPO

                    And there’s no crying or grammer in baseball

            • Accent Shallow

              if 1/2 the Redsox team wasn’t on the DL most of the year we”the yankees” would be in 3rd place.

              My Magic 8 ball says “Outlook not so good.”

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

        Let’s go back to 2009:

        If Girardi goes against the grain and goes with a 3 man rotation that includes the 72 year old Andy Pettitte and the schizophrenic A.J. Burnett, he’s a moron.

        If Girardi goes with a 4 man rotation that includes Chad Gaudin, he’s a moron.

        • AndrewYF

          I fully agree on that second point. Good thing he’s not a moron.

      • Hughesus Christo

        I don’t complain about going all out OR resting. I complain about the splitting the difference garbage that has not done either. They’re losing and still burning their roster out. Nick Swisher’s knee is screwed and he’s still playing. CC is showing signs of burnout. Gardner’s wrist is fooked. Yet these guys are still playing now?

        Complete botch job in September.

        • http://www.twitter.com/jordan_smed JGS

          From LoHud:

          Given basically a week off to deal with a sore left knee that had shown no structural damage, Nick Swisher returned to everyday duty last Saturday and had two hits. He’s hit .303 since coming back to the lineup and has two home runs during this home stand. Of his nine strikeouts since coming back, five came in his first two games.

          • Hughesus Christo

            Do you have eyes? He’s limping around.

            • http://www.twitter.com/jordan_smed JGS

              And yet, for the entire Tampa and Boston series, he is OPSing over 1.000 with two home runs and four strikeouts. I haven’t noticed him to be nearly as gimpy as he was before, and as long as he can hit (and clearly, he can), then I don’t care. Would you rather have Greg Golson in there?

              • Hughesus Christo

                Swisher fell down on a throw and then stood in the OF talking to Grandeson and pointing to his knee YESTERDAY. Are you a radio guy?

                I’d rather have Swisher resting his knee than anything at this point (unless its something that can’t be “rested to health,” lol at you thinking the Yankees tell the media everything about their players’ health)

                • ryan

                  he may have done that, but as you said, it was AFTER he fell down on it

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

          Sabathia is showing signs of burnout? Come on, he had one bad start. He closed last season with a brutal start and was fine in the playoffs. He ain’t burning out.

          • Hughesus Christo

            Actually, he had two bad starts. I’m not “worried” about him, but this is happening in a year where they aren’t going to be able to give him extra days down the stretch like they did in 2009.

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

              But he’s had three great starts in September, so burnout wouldn’t explain two bad ones. Great pitchers have bad starts.

            • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

              It’s not like he’s pitching at an abnormally high rate. He’s like 6 innings from equalizing his 2009 IP total. No biggie.

              • OldYanksFan

                Equalizing?

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

                  We’re just conversating here. No biggie.

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

          Splitting the difference and trying to rest and win at the same time is EXACTLY what he should be doing.

          • Chris

            This. And more of this.

            Why do people want an all or nothing strategy? That would be stupid.

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

              Because simple is easier to understand than complex?

              • http://twitter.com/firstheart42 seimiya

                Runs are the most valuable statistic in baseball.

                • Gonzo

                  Give me RBI’s and Wins!

                  • http://twitter.com/firstheart42 seimiya

                    HELL YEAH WINS.

      • http://161stStreet.wordpress.com Chris A

        I completely agree. People need to pick a side, I’m okay with Girardi resting his players, and while I’m happy we don’t have to watch Moseley tonight, I do not think it’s the right decision to start Hughes. Not that I think it makes a huge difference either way.

        • Sal

          The fact is Joe is a lot like Pete Rose,he got 9 to 5 odds on the game with Moseley starting this morning. So he flip it to Phil and he’s a good as gold. lmao

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

        He also both doesn’t care, and is panicking. At the same time.

  • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

    Just say Mosely’s back flared up and Hughes is the only option who’s stretched out.

  • Hughesus Christo

    Waiting for more people to tell me Girardi needs to be back next season.

  • http://twitter.com/cephster Ross in Jersey

    I can’t even blame anyone who wants to panic now. This move just screams panic and playing scared. The Yankees are bringing this attitude down upon themselves and just increasing the pressure on all their players. Pick a plan and stick to it already.

    • bonestock94

      You make it sound like the rotation of the earth needed to be changed. It’s not that serious.

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

        That. Hughes was already lined up to pitch today. Panicking would be if we started CC today on short rest.

        • http://ballcraft.blogspot.com Zanath

          This.

        • http://twitter.com/cephster Ross in Jersey

          And if CC starts in Toronto instead of Boston like was planned? I mean, what kind of message does this send to the players? Some games are more important than others? I guess the Yankees expected to take one of the first two games, and this was their contingency plan?

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

            I mean, what kind of message does this send to the players?

            You know who cares about “what kind of message this sends to the players”? Speculative pundits, bloviating talk radio loudmouths, and hypercritical fans.

            You know who doesn’t give a shit about “what kind of message this sends to the players”?

            The players.

            • http://twitter.com/kschmidt2 Kiersten

              What he said. Plus, yes, some games are more important that others. A win tonight lowers the magic number by 2, a win in Toronto only lowers it by 1. So yes, this game is more important than the three in Toronto and I think the players realize this as well.

          • Chris

            CC should start whatever day lines him up best to start game one of the playoffs. I don’t care the opponent or the location.

      • http://twitter.com/cephster Ross in Jersey

        And you act like there’s nothing to changing the rotation. Once Hughes got pushed back, his whole schedule likely changed. His bullpen sessions were probably altered to spread out his work. Hughes probably woke up today expecting to maybe do a side bullpen session, not to start. If you think there’s nothing wrong with going to him and saying “Hey, you’re now starting today” then I don’t know what to tell you. Pitchers have a very specific routine they follow prior to a start.

        • bonestock94

          No I don’t, but I do trust the staff not to injure him. I’ll take a potentially ineffective Hughes over Moseley any day.

        • http://mphotos.live.com/e3a022289d65b5c0/d.aspx?rid=E3A022289D65B5C0%21400&mkt=en-US Andy in NYC

          This is wrong. Hughes said he was told Saturday night: “It was fine[…]I was told yesterday. It wasn’t a shock.”

  • http://twitter.com/kschmidt2 Kiersten

    Hallelujah.

  • bonestock94

    Ha, I bet that came from upstairs.

  • Reggie C.

    People who hate this decision are definitely in the minority. I think we all mostly want to win tonight and who can argue that having Hughes starting over Moseley doesnt improve that goal. We gotta clinch, and then you rest ‘em.

    • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

      People are mad at the process, not the actual fact that Hughes is starting.

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

        People are overreacting to the process, because people overreact to everything.

  • Rey22

    I approve.

  • http://www.twitter.com/TomZig Tom Zig

    Hughes gives us a better chance to win today. Win today and the magic number drops to 1. That makes life that much easier.

  • Dream of Electric Sheep

    Hughes beats Moseley as an option , that’s good enough for me.

  • http://ballcraft.blogspot.com Zanath

    He shouldn’t have been skipped in the first place. Rotation changes shouldn’t have been made until we clinched.

  • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    I’m perfectly fine with this.

  • BigBlueAL

    Thank Mo.

  • http://www.twitter.com/deanezag Zack

    I guess we’ll know what ESPN will be talking about ALL GAME LONG tonight

    • http://twitter.com/kschmidt2 Kiersten

      2004?

  • Pat D

    Joe Girardi should adopt this persona when answering all questions from now on:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5TLLejOdi4

    (Don’t worry about the context, just listen for the tone and the manner in which the questions are answered)

    • Hughesus Christo
      • Pat D

        No, because that would be what he does now: answer questions without answering questions.

        What I posted is much more sinister, devious and basically “shut the fuck up, I’m in charge.”

      • http://www.mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK

        Rasheed is my favorite basketball player ever. Guy’s a fucking riot.

        I really hope someone lets him be an announcer someday soon.

  • Dream of Electric Sheep

    Way too much paralysis by analysis , Hughes is >>>>>>> Moseley is on his regular rest. You can call it panic or prioritize in light the relative significance of winning this game in comparison the none quantifiable benefit of resting him.

    However the decision is reached , you can’t really argue that Hughes is a better option as a starter in this relative significant game.

    • http://twitter.com/cephster Ross in Jersey

      Oh, definitely Hughes is the better option. I just hate that this plays into the whole “Yankees are panicing!” narrative that’s been getting way too much attention recently.

      • Dream of Electric Sheep

        I see what you saying Ross, my advice is to fuck the narratives, and enjoy an ass beating by us tonight.

  • Kevin in Delectable Princeton

    This is perfectly fine with me. As TSJC said earlier in the thread, panicking would be starting CC on short rest. This doesn’t feel panicky to me, just Girardi and co. wanting to clinch a playoff birth soon. After that, Hughes can rest.

  • James

    So playing to win = playing scared? I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone say that before. Let’s wrap this up before we start resting guys. Win tonight and we have all week for R&R before the playoffs. As it is, Boston players are already fielding questions from the media about whether they think they can pull this out. Let’s just get this over with and put them out of their misery already.

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

      So playing to win = playing scared? I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone say that before.

      See above.

      Whatever we do or do not do, it means Girardi and Cashman are morons and what we’re doing is wrong, and we’re going to lose.

      • first time long time

        i just think girardis a moron, because he should have been playing to win on the road vs texas and tampa, that way he could rest his players now. [assuming they did win more games on the road]

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

          But pushing his players all out in Texas and Tampa would have made rest virtually impossible, because you don’t want to overextend older guys who need rest badly in the Texas heat or on the Tampa turf.

          We have to play it both ways and pursue both goals simultaneously. It is what it is.

          • first time long time

            i agree, however i believe the bullpen should have been used better. ie not using mitre in tampa, or using robertson for 36 pitches when he clearly had nothing and was, as a result, unavailable the next day

      • James

        Sorry, I meant to second Ross’s sentiment that there’s some narrative that because the Yankees try to win they’re panicking, or playing scared.

        You’re right; it won’t matter what Girardi and Cashman do because 90% of New Yorkers think they can do a better job.

  • Sean C

    Well, now I’m definitely watching more baseball than football tonight. Even if Hughes sucks it up, he’s a better option than Moseley. One of my friends said, “But Moseley pitched so well against Boston last time.” Yeah, and look at what he’s done since. Starting Hughes tonight feels like the right thing to do, since it gives the Yanks a better opportunity to close the magic number to 1, while simultaneously shutting everyone up about a “Yankee Collapse.” And, if the Yankees need another mop-up man, maybe Girardi will use Moseley instead of pitching Gaudin (however, I certainly wouldn’t bet against Gaudin’s chances of getting into the game).

  • Matty

    Panic move or not, I am very happy that Hughes is pitching tonight over Deputy Dog.

  • first time long time

    lol watch this be the turning point in the season where they finally start to play better, destroy toronto and boston and clinch the division. then everyone will be laughing about how everyone was panicking the week before.

  • ArchStanton

    My only worry is that they’ve been kind of playing with the kid’s head with this rest stuff. He has made remarks that he’s not really a fan of having his normal routine messed with, so hopefully he will be ready to go tonight.

  • JohnathanCold

    8-3 Yanks… book it.

    Since Boston is never going to lose another game ever again after tonight, we’re still doomed, but they got this one tonight.

  • Betsy

    I don’t know if I’m happy or not. This doesn’t make any sense if they skipped him purely for innings purposes. Now, I didn’t like that move, but they presumably thought long and hard about it. This does smack of a panic move………..Plus, how did Phil prepare for his start? Did he have a bullpen session or was it pushed back because he was supposed to start Wednesdsay. The decision to skip him was bad, but I think this is worse.e

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

      It’s probably an innings wash, because whether he started today or later in Toronto, it’s his last start of the year regardless.

  • Betsy

    http://www.nypost.com/p/blogs/…..LbRgFVgNeJ

    Wait, Brian, you just decided a couple of days ago to push Phil back – and that was about his innings limits. All along, Brian has said that Phil’s health/career is more important than this particular season, so if they are that concerned about his innings, then they should have stuck with that plan. Clearly they are concerned about his innings, but now they are showing they are more concerned with getting into the playoffs. Which is it?

    • Adam

      Well, both…when they clinch, they can then re-adjust and skip Hughes’ last scheduled start.

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

        Yup. Hughes’s next start after today will be in the ALCS.

        • http://ballcraft.blogspot.com Zanath

          Man, I wish I could watch games with people who are optimistic :(

          • http://www.twitter.com/TomZig Tom Zig

            Just ask him, Im sure TSJC won’t say no. He needs a life. Brett told me so.

        • Hughesus Christo

          CC-AJ-AP-???

          Oh… I get it.

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

            Even if we don’t sweep, the ALDS sets up for Games 4 and 5 to be pitched by CC (on 3 days rest) and Andy (on a full 4 days rest).

            • first time long time

              cc and andy won’t pitch twice cause we’re probably gona get swept.

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

                failpost is fail

                • first time long time

                  i was just joking actually. they’re not gona get swept. they’ll lose in four.

                  /just joking again, but kinda assuming the worst just in case’d

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

                    /just joking again, but kinda assuming the worst just in case’d

                    That sounds like a “you” problem.

                    • first time long time

                      lol sorry my bad

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

                    Hah, okay, that’s pretty funny.

                    • first time long time

                      lol thanks. i try. unless if you’re being sarcastic. then my bad. im sorry. im an idiot

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

                      Noooo, I thought going “okay, we won’t get swept. We’ll lose in four” in a tongue-in-cheek way was indeed very funny.

                    • first time long time

                      daww thanks.

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

                Heh.

  • Adam

    Call me crazy, but isn’t it, say, Girardi’s job to adjust to things on the fly and best manage his team depending on the circumstances? Sentiment above is right…Joe G. is damned if he do, damned if he don’t.

  • nsalem

    I agree with Girardi’s decision. I am also amazed that Buccholz is not starting tonight. He is on 5 days rest also and their backs are up against the wall. I will only believe Buccholz is not pitching tonight
    when I see the starting line-up posted. Tonight’s game is twice as important as the games both teams will play tomorrow.

    • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

      Actually no we shouldn’t be surprised. Tim McCarver has said all day that he’s starting. If he said that then the opposite is true.

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

      Silly nsalem… Boston doesn’t need to alter their rotation, they have FIVE ACES.

      • nsalem

        McCarver aside, don’t you think it would make sense for the Sox to start Buccholz? They are trying to stave off the inevitable for another day and this would be their best chance. He’s not on short rest. Why wouldn’t they start him?

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

          Indeed. Buchholz (it’s two Hs, not two Cs) is by far a better option than Dice-K and should be starting. But, their loss=our gain.

          • first time long time

            unless if our bats are asleep, dice-k is excellent, Hughes can’t finish batters and is homer-prone. then it’s their gain because all of their starters are on extra rest.

      • http://fmylife.com Bryan

        “Silly nsalem… Boston doesn’t need to alter their rotation, they have FIVE SIX ACES.”

        Fixed.

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

          I sit corrected.

          • http://www.yfsf.org AndrewYF

            I can’t believe everyone is forgetting about Kyle Weiland.

    • http://www.twitter.com/TomZig Tom Zig

      Boston won’t alter their rotation because unlike what NESPN, LOLHudders, et al keep saying, they know they are done. Buchholz is vital to the future, Dice-K is not. Why not throw Dice-K out there and hopes he has a decent outing to end the year and perhaps boost his trade value?

      • nsalem

        Dice-K has a no trade clause and nothing he does in his last two starts can change his dismal year.

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

          That. Nobody’s taking the 20M left on Dice-K’s deal for 2011-2012.

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

            Unless it’s for Carlos Zambrano.

        • http://www.twitter.com/TomZig Tom Zig

          i said perhaps…

  • http://www.twitter.com/TomZig Tom Zig

    Phil Hughes will throw a no hitter tonight. And then in the post-game press conference, Joe Girardi will say “SEE!?! SEE!?! Disregard females, acquire currency!”

    • Adam

      Or will pull him with a no-hitter with two outs in the 9th, and replace him with Chad Gaudin because he “likes the matchup.”

      Ok, sorry, I’m a big Girardi fan, but I couldn’t resist.

      • Jerome S

        HA

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

      “Disregard females, acquire currency!”

      I laughed.

      “Voiced postalveolar affricates skyward, trowels precipitating.”

  • Jerome S

    Perfect game tonight, four homers by both A-Rod and Teixeira, and Derek Jeter hits for the cycle. And Brett Gardner steals home. Amiright?

    guys?

    • first time long time

      phil hughes perfect through 9, but its 0-0 going into the 10th. all those things happen in the bottom of the 10th but it theyll lose with the tying run at the plate, because girardi will have gone to gaudin in the top of the inning to make it a 12-0 deficit

    • http://www.twitter.com/jordan_smed JGS

      Two triples and three stolen bases from Posada

    • http://twitter.com/firstheart42 seimiya

      I would trade all of that for Jeter’s second grand slam, honestly.

      Not that I don’t REALLY, REALLY, REALLY want to see Gardner steal home.

      • icebird753

        TWSS

        • http://twitter.com/firstheart42 seimiya

          Yeah, I said it.

  • mustang

    Good because I just watched the Giants play one of the worst games I ever seen while watching the Cowgirls roll over Houston.

    I can’t take anymore suffering.

    I NEED THE WIN TONIGHT!

    • Matty

      Pre-game speech by Joe will end with this classic line, “win it for Mustang.”

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

        “I don’t know where I’ll be then, Doc,” he said, “but I won’t smell too good, that’s for sure…”

      • mustang

        LMAO…

        Seriously after the first two games of this series and watching that horrible football game I need the win more they do.

    • mustang

      Its a ESPN game so if they are losing I have to hear how the Yankees are choking and the Sox have so much heart playing with nothing on the line. And you know someone will bring up 2004.

      I swear I will go Discovery Channel on their ass.

  • first time long time

    why is everyone panicking that we won’t make the playoffs? why not look at it this way?: we’re only 1.5 games behind tampa. we could still win the division. its unlikely, but its lilier that we make the division than completely not make the playoffs at all.

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

      We’re (or they’re for people that get offended) are making the playoffs.

    • FIPster Doofus

      Because many people get a strange enjoyment from freaking out fearing the worst.

      Luckily, Phil Hughes will restore order, honor and sanity tonight, and knock the magic number down to Billy Martin territory.

      • FIPster Doofus

        *and fearing the worst

      • first time long time

        unless if he’s home-prone again and can’t finish off batters…

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

          I dunno if you’re trying to be funny again but it’s not… really… working?

          Also, yes, Phil Hughes is homer-prone and sometimes doesn’t finish off batters. I’d still rather have him than Moseley.

          • first time long time

            no i wasnt being funny this time. my bad, again. im just saying it because this has been a problem for him lately and its frustrating especially since not a single pitcher has been reliable lately. i still would rather have him than moseley though. you’re right

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

        Luckily, Phil Hughes will restore… honor… tonight,

        /GlennBeck’d

        • FIPster Doofus

          That’s sort of what I was going for. Glad someone got it.

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

            I’ve got a feeling there’s a shitload of Yankee fans who are eagerly anticipating Stephen Colbert’s March to Keep Fear Alive.

            • WaRRioR86

              Hilarious… Beck jokes insulting his person as dumb and wrong- how original and true!!! /Sarc off

              still waiting to see your genius find the time time and make some fine pointed jabs at the left wing media and entertainers’ stupidity, lies and hate; but that will never happen, huh, right TSJC.

              Haven’t been here for awhile because of constant cheap shots at conservative folks and ideals, but keep up your hypocrisy RAB. How hard is it to keep politics away from this great Yankee blog?

              Here’s a clue to you, tsjc, I’m a proud Beck fan and I get tired of reading the same stupid jokes based off what damning evidence? I know you think the man only spouts hate and lies (your source would be very revealing) but, for me Glenn has developed into dear friend and source of common sense in these troubling times. I know you’re laughing your butt off that statement but, I feel no shame of it because I watch his own words everyday and know who the man is- a friend. And I dare you to study him and discover that you may disagree with him but he is a genuine good figure who is trying to help this country out.

              Seriously, do you never find anything pathetic or vile that the left ever promotes as simple humor against the right? Of course not- because that would mean you were a fair and independant thinker. Unfortunately, you are just a typical lefty that thinks the Right is pure evil or idiocy and can’t compare with the superior progressive agenda.

              So, if this comment gets be banned then so be it… but I come here with a purpose- to read up on some of the smartest Yankee thought, research and discourse. And frankly I can’t stand the double-standards anymore. Why can’t we keep it to movie/tv references or just mock everything and not what suits our idealogies.

              Can’t wait how far you non-biased bloggers will be with Montero’s addition to the team- all the Christ jokes will just be lovely. I know for some of you non-religious folks must get a kick that I find Jesus jokes not hilarious but Faith is something that defines me and I just can’t stand the utter disregard my Lord’s name will become as Montero’s career escalates.

              and please no prude jokes that I can’t handle any Religious jokes because I know its more likely that a post lampooning Obama or his terribly “successful” Progressive Democratic Congress would get shot down with a fury of hate and judgment the likes you would think I was mocking their Lord and/or heroes.

    • tom

      I noted this myself this morning. Freaked fan’s attitude (with 7-8 games remaining):

      Tampa lead over Yanks for division: 1.5 games; unreachable.

      Yanks lead over Boston for Wild Card: 5.5 games; almost sure to disappear.

      • first time long time

        thats because its easier to assume the worst. if you assume the worst and the worst happens, you know you’re right. if you’re optimistic and the worst happens, you feel like a jerk.

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

          thats because its easier to assume the worst. if you assume the worst and the worst happens, you know you’re right. if you’re optimistic and the worst happens, you feel like a jerk. not think and simply panic when the mediots tell you you should panic.

          Fixed.

          • http://twitter.com/firstheart42 seimiya

            thats because its easier to assume the worst. if you assume the worst and the worst happens, you know you’re right. if you’re optimistic and the worst happens, you feel like a jerk. not think and simply panic when the mediots tell you you should panic.

            /tsjc’d

          • first time long time

            “mediot” lol i like that

      • Big Stein

        This!

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

        What is with these random dudes with first name only male handles showing up and being sane out of nowhere. STOP BREAKING THE RULE!!!!

        • tom

          sorry. I actually felt a little hurt last night when I saw you mention the rule; I thought maybe one of my posts had been read wrong.

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

            Every time I see a poster with a Male First Name Only who is sane and not moronic complain about being lumped in with the stupid and the inept, I think of this:

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2OBPaenkxdg (NSFW – profanity)

  • Chris

    Dang.

    Now I have a dilema on what to watch tonight – the Jets or Yankees.

    I can choose to watch the young hurler try to develop his game in a meaningless September game, or I can watch the Jets and their tense game against a division rival with it’s significant playoff implications.

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

      I love the way you put that (about the meaningless game).

      I’m a Pats fan and I’m seriously considering watching the Jets game and following the Yankees game online.

      • http://twitter.com/cephster Ross in Jersey

        The NBC sunday games have the awesome (legal) online streaming now. I’m gonna watch that on the computer with the Yankee game on TV.

      • FIPster Doofus

        Pats fan, eh? My Bills gave your guys a surprisingly decent battle today. In the end, one step closer to the No. 1 pick – which is good. They need it.

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

          That was probably the most frustrating game ever to see my own team score 38 points.

          The offense will be fine as long as Brady doesn’t lock in on Moss, but the defense has a ton of growing to do.

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

          Do you feel Lucky, punk?

          Well, do ya?

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

          I’m just hoping you finish ahead of the Raiders.

    • http://twitter.com/kschmidt2 Kiersten

      I can choose to watch the young hurler try to develop his game in a meaningless September game, or I can watch the Jets and their tense game against a division rival with it’s significant playoff implications get mauled by the Miami Dolphins.

      FTFY

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

        The Dolphins fans are in for a rude awakening. They think their team is good; they’ve simply played bad teams thus far.

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

          Agreed. As a Pats fan there is no doubt I’m rooting for the Dolphins tonight.

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

            That’s telling.

        • http://twitter.com/kschmidt2 Kiersten

          As a Dolphins fan, I never expect anything. Therefore, I enjoy talking shit without having anything to back it up. Mainly cause I don’t know enough about the NFL to have a legit argument.

  • mustang

    I’m kind of happy that I will be on my way to work during the game with it being on ESPN a lost with those announces could send over the edge.

  • Pat D

    So I’m going to not be watching the game tonight.

    Turner Classic Movies is showing two movies that I can’t get from Netflix so rather than DVR them, I decided to watch them live. I’ll just rely on Gamecast and this site to keep me informed.

    /aren’t I a terrible fan?’d

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

      Which movies?

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

        The Usual Suspects and The Usual Suspects 2: I Figured It Out, Now Let’s Go Get Verbal Kint

        • Pat D

          Ha!

          No, “Viva Zapata!” and “Viva Villa!”

  • http://www.bigsportsballs.com Nick

    I think everyone is making way too much of a big deal about resting/not resting, going all out to win or not etc…There’s only so much Girardi can do or say. The fact of the matter is that the Yankees are 26-26 since August 1. That’s not a small sample size. That’s almost a third of a season of .500 baseball. And it starts with the rotation. They’ve had such mediocre starting pitching and that is the major issue. If their rotation pitches the way they’ve been pitching come playoff time, it won’t matter how Girardi manages. Word.

  • larryf

    Let’s hope Moseley doesn’t have to pitch tonight….

  • Slappy White

    Havent read any of the comments above, but I guess the only thing I would be worried about would be has Hughes done what he normally would to prep for a start

    • Ray the Anti-Handle

      From LoHud: http://yankees.lhblogs.com/201.....n-the-fly/

      The decision was made yesterday, and Hughes was told last night. He’d thrown his regular bullpen and done his normal flat ground work. He was prepared to make today’s start, just didn’t know he was actually going to make it until a little less than 24 hours ago.

      • Slappy White

        Thanks for the info. Im also happy to see the A lineup in there.

  • icebird753

    Prediction: Dustin Pedroia will also be coming off the disabled list, and his gritty, gutsy play on one leg will lead the Red Sox to the pennant. He hits 3 home runs tonight, and closes the game for Papelbum in the 9th

    • icebird753

      ^ Peter Gammons during the game, if he were still with ESPN

  • Bigdragos

    Good Evening

    Longest day of year it seems

    Giants get tortured and waiting for the Yankees to play tonight.

    The recent losses have been obvious dissapointments, but i think what is killing me at least is seeing two of our most reliable Pitchers (CC and Andy get rocked). Manager decisions are another, but seeing those two get knocked around is troubling.

    Hopefully they get the bad starts out of the way and they rock in the playoffs

  • Mickey Scheister

    I know that some claim you can’t predict baseball, I’m gonna go ahead and say…I predict the Yankees win tonight. Now I’m not gonna predict how, just that they do. Their due, no? Go Yanks!

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