Sep
02

Game 134: Get off our mound

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When the Yankees visited the Athletics earlier this season, Alex Rodriguez sparked a little mini-controversy when he casually jogged across the pitcher’s mound on his way back to first base following a foul ball. No one would have even noticed Alex’s mishap if not for A’s starter Dallas Braden, who opened his yap and told him to get off his mound, referring to an old school rule that hasn’t been enforced in a lifetime. Braden then added fuel to the fire by running his mouth a few weeks later, saying something about taking care of business the way they do in the 209, and then there was the perfect game that extended his 15 minutes of fame just a little longer.

Unfortunately for Mr. Braden, he isn’t in Oakland or the 209 anymore, he’s in the Bronx, and he’s on CC Sabathia‘s mound. He’s going to face the Yanks this afternoon for the first time since yelling at A-Rod, and even though Alex is on the shelf, there’s going to be 40,000+ strong in the stands making sure that Braden understands he’s not welcome here. The best payback is a win, exactly what the Yanks have been doing against Braden all week. Can they make it six in a row?

Here’s the lineup that’ll back CC…

Jeter, SS
Swisher, RF
Teixiera, 1B
Cano, 2B
Thames, DH
Posada, C
Kearns, LF
Nunez, 3B
Gardner, LF

And on the bump, it’s CC Sabathia.

Get away day today, with first pitch coming a little after 1pm ET. It’ll be on YES for those watching at home and not heckling Braden from the Stadium. Enjoy.

(Big thanks to T-Dubs for the graphic)

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

    Also, the last game before the big bad hurricane of dooooom

    • CBean

      I’m so bitter. I finally have a client who wants to go to the game so I can get the company seats and it’s supposed to rain.

      • http://www.yankeenumbers.com Mr. Sparkle

        I’m thinking they MIGHT move it to a night game. The worst is supposed to be over by Friday night…particularly regarding the rain.

  • Ross in Jersey

    That picture is awesome.

  • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    Get off my mound you stupid kids with your stupid electronics!

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

    I’d love it if Nyjer Morgan could get traded to the AL West. Morgan v. Braden would be enjoyable to watch 19 times a year.

    • SK

      Just like Brandon Phillips vs all of the St. Louis Cardinals

  • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    Every time the Yankees get out I want them to step on his mound. Let’s see him go apeshit outside his stupid 209.

  • Pat D

    OK, my post isn’t coming through.

    ESPN has an article where ARod says he’s not sure about coming back Sunday, wanting to make sure he’s 100%. Then Wally Matthews tweeted that after he took BP and grounders, there was fist bumps all around.

    • Mike HC

      Drama Queen. He sensed there was not enough drama surrounding his triumphant return.

    • mikebk

      did Arod hit from the mound during BP today just for Braden?

      • Mike HC

        haha

        • Mike HC

          ARod should pull a TO a run out to the mound with a sharpie and sign his name on the rubber right before Braden takes the mound.

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

            this would be perfect

          • Pete

            I would die.

  • Klemy

    If there is any type of good in this world, the Yankee offense will show up in merciless fashion today. Please…do this for us.

  • Rosco

    Any reason Gardner’s not in leading off?

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

      Because Derek Jeter is Cal Ripkening the Yankees?

      • Pat D

        You could also say he’s Ken Griffey Jr’ing them.

        • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

          Or Ozzie Smith’ing them but LaRussa had the stones to make a change (not a shot at Girardi).

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

            Let the slaughter begin.

      • Mike HC

        Jeter has a .866 OPS against lefties this year. As tsjc channeling Jay-Z would say, “he has 99 problems but a lefty ain’t one.”

        • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

          He has a .304/.370/.444 batting line home. My mind is blown. Well we now know when to give Jeter a day off.

          • vin

            Good to know.

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

            I feel like Derek Jeter’s stats against righties on the road might make me cry

            • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

              .601 OPS on the road
              .630 OPS against righties

              Don’t know what it is combined but it’s not pretty.

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

        At least Cal moved to 3rd.

        • Chris

          Why would Jeter move to 3B (even ignoring the A-Rod issue)?

          He’s been a basically average defensive SS for the last few seasons. Moving him to 3B will just reduce the value of his bat even further.

          • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

            I don’t think Jeter should move to 3rd. I do think he needs to consider moving off of SS in the future, and so far he has been extremely resistant to that (as was Cal in the beginning).

            • Chris

              There is no benefit to moving Jeter off SS (from the team’s perspective) until his defense declines. So far, he’s basically been holding steady.

              If Jeter played any other position besides SS or C, then his performance this year would be horrible. As it stands, it’s just bad for his standards, but he’s still one of the better SS in baseball.

      • larryf

        DJ is hot. 3 for 36 and a pirouette throw from short center to just miss the runner at first last night.

        Guy’s got an edge…

    • mikebk

      because it’s a lefty?

    • Mike HC

      lefty

  • http://www.yankeeist.com Matt W

    It’d be hilarious to see the Yankees hitters step on the mound everytime they have an opportunity, but I’m sure they’ll end up taking the high road and downplay the whole incident (which will probably be brought up excessively throughout the game). Persoanlly, I’d settle for a convincing win.

  • http://twitter.com/AnthonyMartins Anthony

    Hilarious picture.

    • Klemy

      Indeed. Would be an awesome shirt to wear to the game today.

  • Hall and Nokes

    Welcome to the 718, my friend.

    • Esteban

      too bad the Yankees have to share 718 with the Mets.

      • Jon in CUO

        I always thought it’d make more sense for territorial tough guys like Braden to use the ZIP+4 postal code. Area code just seems a little too inclusive.

    • DCBX

      BX getting it’s own area code this fall. Welcome to the 989, son!!!

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    For some reason, the game on YES HD is blacked out today. I have to watch the Non-HD game on MLB Extra Innings. But FSN Oakland is available in HD. Anybody else?

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

    Why do I keep seeing this stupid commercial that more or less calls Longoria a hall-of-famer in the making? Dude’s a good player. Best one on the Rays. But he’s not even close to being Hall-of-Fame-good.

    • JM

      Are you talking about the “He’s got my cap” commercial which is on all the time?

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

        Probably not because there’s no way that commercial basically calls him a HOFer. Are you talking about those Beyond Baseball commercials?

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

          I think so, I’m trying to find it on youtube but no luck. It’s definitely not the cap commercial.

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

            That’s my cap!

            That’s not my cap.

    • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

      Marketing.

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      He probably has Hall of Fame talent, but in major league history there have been a million guys who had talent who didn’t come close to the Hall.

      There are around 10 3B in Cooperstown now, so certainly calling Longoria a future HOF is just a tad* irresponsible.

      *by tad I mean extremely

    • Chris

      George Brett through his age 24 season: .308/.353/.453/.806 125 OPS+ (in 603 games)

      Mike Schmidt through his age 24 season: .247/.366/.472/.837 130 OPS+ (in 397 games)

      Longoria through his age 24 season (so far): .283/.360/.522/.882 131 OPS+ (in 411 games)

      So, Longoria has been slightly better than George Brett or Mike Schmidt through a similar stage in his career. Obviously you can’t predict HOFers at age 24 since he would have to maintain his production for 10 more years, but Longoria is off to a great start and saying “he’s not even close to being Hall-of-Fame-good” is just wrong.

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

        There’s also a ton more guys with relatively similar stats through that age who won’t sniff the Hall though.

        • Chris

          Per BaseballReference, there are 7 third basemen that had 500+ PA by age 24 and had an OPS+ greater than Longoria’s 131. That’s a pretty exclusive group.

          Interestingly, Jim Thome is right behind Longoria on the list. I had forgotten that he came up as a 3B and didn’t move off of 3B until his mid 20s.

          • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

            Yeah, but a 125 is pretty close to a 131. Troy Glaus had a ton of HR’s and a 121 OPS+ including a horrible mid-season callup. Eric Chavez had 100+ HR’s an OPS+ of 119 and on the rise. Bob Horner was at a 130 OPS+ with 138 HR’s. Again, Longoria has plenty of talent but it’s way too soon to say he’s going to be a HOF. Way too much can happpen. If I had told you at 29 that Darryl Strawberry wasn’t going to come close to the Hall you’d laugh, and he had 5 years on Longoria now.

            • Chris

              Of course you can’t anoint anyone a HOFer this early in their career, but he’s off to a good start.

              Also, there’s a huge difference between 120 and 130 OPS+. That’s basically 75 points of OPS. For Longoria to have a 120 OPS+, then he’d have an OPS of about .807 instead of .882.

  • http://twitter.com/AnthonyMartins Anthony

    I hate day games while I’m at work, unless it’s a really slow work day and I need something to do.

  • http://twitter.com/AnthonyMartins Anthony

    Has anyone here watched a baseball game on a 3d tv? If so, how is it.

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

      Yes, it was pretty awesome.

      • http://twitter.com/AnthonyMartins Anthony

        Is it worth spending the money for? I’m thinking of getting one, but not sure if it’s worth the price tag.

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

          I wouldn’t yet. They still have quite a few kinks to work out.

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

          I’d wait. It’s new technology, which is always overpriced at first. Give it 6 months and you’ll probably save yourself a thousand bucks.

          • http://twitter.com/AnthonyMartins Anthony

            Well I was thinking after christmas to get it with money i got from my birthday and christmas. Also I don’t think the price will come down that much.

            • Apollo22237

              They are working on glasses free 3D so I would wait.

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

                Are they going to implant microchips directly in our retinas?

              • http://twitter.com/AnthonyMartins Anthony

                They said that would be out in a years away and they would be much more expensive then 3d tv’s are now though.

                • Apollo22237

                  I guess it just depends on how bad you want it. Getting one after Christmas would probably be a good choice, like you said.

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

                    Wait for the January pre-Superbowl sales.

                    /FormerRetailManagerTip’d

                    • http://twitter.com/AnthonyMartins Anthony

                      Or Black Friday.

          • http://twitter.com/AnthonyMartins Anthony

            Yeah, just read an article that said that the price of almost all 3d Tv’s will drop $400 in the next 3 months. I guess just wait for that to happen then.

        • Pete

          Give it a couple years. Shit will be way better

  • Cy Farnsworth

    I think it would be fair to say that Coco was a little overmatched there…

    • larryf

      I like it when CC gets off to a Crisp start. Working so I am relying on some good RAB updates this afternoon….

  • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    Bucknor? Great this zone will suck.

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    Perfect game still in tact.

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

      JINX!!!!
      (kidding, kidding, I know jinxes and etc. do not exist)

    • Apollo22237

      You jinxed it… It is all your fault.

    • JM

      JINXED IT!!!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    Too many starts to be coincidental? Too bad this is a day game or I would have started drinking.

  • Cy Farnsworth

    Derek Jeter?

    That guy’s got an edge.

    • http://www.twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

      i say its the vista roof

      [/yes, i’ve used the joke the past 4 days and i dont care’d

  • http://twitter.com/AnthonyMartins Anthony

    At Least Jeter can’t hit into a douple play here.

  • http://twitter.com/AnthonyMartins Anthony

    The Perfect game is broken up!!!!

  • JM

    Jeter just did an inside-outer that I’ve seen for the first time in what feels like an eternity. Looks so much better than a soft grounder to short

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

      He’s done it plenty of times, usually just ends up with a grounder to second.

  • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    It’s okay Braden, you had your period. It happens.

  • Cy Farnsworth

    Nice play by Thompson off the ricochet

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

    http://i51.tinypic.com/2a94nip.jpg

    That is what I have to say to Braden.

    • Kit

      I loved that dismissive “Go. Away.” gesture.

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

        ARod’s internal monologue:

        Bitch, please.

      • ShuutoHeat (Passion>all)

        Arod was only doing it for Braden’s sake. If it had gone down to fisticuffs, Arod would’ve crushed his tiny little skull with his centaur power.

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

          A-Rod’s a really big strong guy.

          …I’m not sure what the point of saying this is.

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

    Remember how Yankee haters used to give David Cone shit because his perfect game was against the Expos?

    Yeah… Dallas Braden’s perfect game was against the Rays. Blech.

    • Andrew

      Thank goodness the A’s lineup has Rajai Davis in it.

  • Cy Farnsworth

    It still just seems unfair that a great guy like Gallaraga gets his perfect game taken away, but Dallas Braden got his in the 209

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

      I’m still angry that Moose lost his perfect game to Carl freaking Everett with two out in the ninth inning and Andy lost his last year on a stupid error but Dallas Branen has one >:( Stupid baseball gods.

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

          Meh, my example was more like baseballsuckssometimes.wordpress.com (I don’t know if that’s an actual website…).

      • boogie down

        I remember being so excited for Moose only to have Everett bloop his way on. As agonizing as being perfect for 8.2 must be, to lose it because of what I’m going to call an illegitimate hit must REALLY sting. Hell, it STILL gets under my skin.

    • putt

      He didn’t. He got it in the 510.

      -Putt from the 925

  • Klemy

    Sterling and Waldman are just fawning over Braden since the broadcast began…

  • http://www.twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

    how did he throw a perfect game with an 86mph fastball?

    i figured someone on the rays staff could hit that…

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    Why is Flaherty louder than Kay?

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

      He’s proud of his voicebox.

      • Klemy

        rather than his fastball? I think I see where you were going with that.

      • Apollo22237

        He has taken his voice to Another Level.

        • Cy Farnsworth

          Ha, beat me to it.

    • Cy Farnsworth

      He’s on Another Level ™

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    On the road, vs. RHP Derek Jeter is hitting:

    .216/.286/.247

    Give that man a blank check.

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

      FWIW, emphasis mine:

      Home: .304/.370/.444 (.342 BABIP)
      Away: .230/.294/.307 (.257 BABIP)

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

        Considering his GB% that might mean he’s getting lucky at home as opposed to being unlucky on the road.

      • http://www.wiredtowns.com Short Porch aka Master of the Obvious

        A day game (.843 OPS) against a lefty (.814 OPS) at home (.866 OPS) and already 1 for 1. I like the Captain’s chances today.

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

          He probably hits better in day games than night games because he’s just old so he’s ready for bed by 4:30pm.

          A 7pm start? Exhausting.

  • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    If 80 percent of fans don’t pick for Strasburg I don’t know what I’ll do.

  • CBean

    OHNOES Swisher?

  • The Infamous Irondequoit

    Someone at YES has been reading MLBTR based on that question.

  • Kit

    Whoa, whoa, what’s wrong with Swish?

  • Cy Farnsworth

    Swisher hurt?

    I hate everything.

  • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    Don’t be hurt Swish.

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

    I’m going to say it now, before something happens to make this statement sound reactionary.

    The fact C.B. Bucknor still has a job as a major league umpire is an absolute joke.

    • Klemy

      Noted.

    • boogie down

      Aren’t he and Angel Hernandez a part of the same umpire crew? Players recently rated them as the two worst umpires in all of baseball…Yeesh.

  • JM

    As of right now, Chapman just because of the fact that he doesn’t need TJS.

  • Kit

    People have jobs…how about that one?

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

      “jobs” what are those.

      • Kit

        Wouldn’t be able to tell you. I don’t have one. =(

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

          Awesome unemployment club FTW :/

          • Esteban

            Yay! Or not, it kinda sucks at this point.

            • Kit

              It’s awesome until the bills come in…and the loan payments. Those suck.

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

        Jobs are for the rich.

  • boogie down

    For the text poll, I’d go with Strasburg; much more polished pitcher and those who undergo Tommy John Surgery have an 85-92% chance of making a full recovery. As scintillating as Chapman has been thus far, I don’t know if he will develop the control that Strasburg already has.

    • Chris

      Not to mention that the chances of Chapman needing TJ surgery (or even worse, shoulder surgery) is still pretty great. The Human body is not designed to throw a baseball that hard.

  • ShuutoHeat (Passion>all)

    I’m not watching the game or listening on the radio. But have they spun the whole his parents weren’t around and his grandmother raised him blah blah blah Dallas Braden touching story yet?

    • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

      You got it.

      • ShuutoHeat (Passion>all)

        Is it now mandatory for the broadcasters to bring those few things up when Braden is pitching? I have a feeling this will continue for at least 1 more season.

  • http://twitter.com/AnthonyMartins Anthony

    Nooooo. The perfect game is gone :(

    • Kit

      It was gone anyways, he walked someone in the 1st.

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

    Yikes, I hadn’t heard that about the wee one. Glad he’s out for the year, but hope he’s okay. A screw in your foot just sounds…painful?

    • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

      i wish nothing but a massive losing streak for the red sox

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

        Ditto. I want to hear more stories about the miserable clubhouse. MOAR!!!!!

        • Kit

          They’re not miserable, they have FIVE. ACES.

          • ShuutoHeat (Passion>all)

            and run prevention.

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

              Run prevention, pitching and defense, bridge year, epic depth. The Red Sox have a lot of memes.

    • Apollo22237

      You have to be careful too. I mean, I am sure the doctors for Pedroia will be great and do it perfect. One of the kids who used to play on my team broke his ankle and had surgery. It healed wrong so now his right foot is kind of turned inward, making it very awkward for him to run smoothly. Slowed him down a ton on the bases.

  • Greg

    CC really doesn’t look comfortable right now

  • Esteban

    I’ll protect you from the bats Mrs. Hot Waitress

  • JM

    ESPN boldly has the Yankees at a 59 percent chance to win, so I’m guessing they’re not using WPA the way we know it…

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

      They don’t use WPA, they use that stupid “Accuscore” thing which I think is just a glorified video game simulator.

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

    Oh my Mo, that was close. My heart skipped a beat. I was afraid something had happened to my pretty little angel.

    #waytoofixatedonthatcutehospitalityserverinthehomedugoutLegendsseating

    • Esteban

      I already called dibs, sorry, you’re a little late.

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

        I’ve been on that shit since Opening Day.

        • Esteban

          The Yankees know what they’re doing putting her behind homeplate.

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

            Rule #1 of retail: Customers buy more shit from attractive people.

  • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

    wow i just finally saw that legends seats server lady (the sista)

    dang you guys are right about her looking good

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder
      • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

        haha preach!

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

            She might be a little too mature for Kells

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

              I’m talkin about me. I’d pee all over her.

  • http://janeheller.mlblogs.com/yank_c.jpg T-Dubs

    Thanks for the kind words on the picture folks. It’s free to a good home so if any industrious fellow or fellette wishes to make a t-shirt out of it (or whatever) go ahead.

    • boogie down

      fellette…lol

  • Esteban

    Kay’s corniness FTL

    • ShuutoHeat (Passion>all)

      Please share, so that I can groan in disgust? I don’t have cable for the week…

      • Esteban

        At the start of the inning, Kay said “Well Dallas, you’re in for a mound of trouble”

        • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

          He read that off a sign.

          • Esteban

            Oh, I didn’t realize that.

          • ShuutoHeat (Passion>all)

            Oh so it isn’t Kay’s fault.

        • ShuutoHeat (Passion>all)

          …does he have these written in a small notepad somewhere? Someone take it away from him…

          • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

            It was a fan sign.

            • ShuutoHeat (Passion>all)

              Thanks, don’t have the game on.

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

    Hip fucking hip!

  • Cy Farnsworth

    Jorgie juiced one

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

    Posada pretended the ball was Dana Demuth’s face

    • Kit

      I laughed, and then nodded in agreement.

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

    BITCH, PLEASE

  • Will (the other one)

    Eject this, BITCH.

  • http://twitter.com/AnthonyMartins Anthony

    Hip Hip

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

    You wouldn’t like Jorge when he’s angry!

  • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

    attaboy hip hip!

  • Esteban

    Is Eduardo Nunez’s walkup song really Wait (the Whisper Song)?

    • Cy Farnsworth

      Is it? Because that’s absolutely awesome.

      • Esteban

        It was kinda hard to make out, though the bass definitely sounded like it.

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

          It was definitely Journey’s “Separate Ways” yesterday, but maybe they changed it?

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

      (rewinds DVR)
      (confirms)

      Yes. Eduardo’s walkup music was, in fact, The Whisper Song.

      Amazing.

  • Jeremy

    Anyone else notice that Braden has “209” stitched onto his glove? What a d-bag.

    • ShuutoHeat (Passion>all)

      So sick of his “representin'”…

    • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

      Tool.

  • http://twitter.com/AnthonyMartins Anthony

    Looks like Thames’s hot streak is over.

    • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

      Blasphemy.

  • Cy Farnsworth

    Note to high school kids: please don’t grow up to be like Dallas Braden.

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

    How I would have finished Michael Kay’s sentence:

    “Boy, this should send a message to the kids that don’t throw hard that if you work the strike zone, throw strikes, change speeds, you can get people out be an annoying douchebag.

  • Austin

    Anyone else having trouble with mlb.tv?

    • Will (the other one)

      Mine’s working great. What kind of trouble are you having?

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

      Fine here as well.

    • Austin

      Its getting hung up on verifying account, not really sure why the hell its not working

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

    When’s the last time a 38 year old catcher (who still catches) flirted with an .850 OPS? Posada is amazing.

    • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

      It’ll be a shame if he doesn’t make the HoF. Then one day there’ll be a new section called Jason Varitek.

    • larryf

      39

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

    Oof.

    • Esteban

      Take take the bad with the good with Jorge. Usually the good > bad

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

        Agreed. Nice recovery, too.

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

    Posada giveth and Posada taketh

  • Kit

    At least he got that one.

  • Joe

    Stuck at work…any word on Swish yet?

    • Kit

      Nothing yet.

  • Erica

    Hello fellow fans. I’m multitasking during this game! Not only am I doing a ton of schoolwork, but I am watching the game, commenting with you guys and drinking an iced tea ALL AT THE SAME TIME. It truly is crazy.

    Also: yay for Jorge’s home run.
    Also: not yay for that throw to first.

    • Esteban

      Calling bullshit on drinking Iced Tea on top of those other things.

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

        Pics or the iced tea didn’t happen.

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

      I actually miss school :( watching games from work stinks!

      That better be an Arizona iced tea, by the way. All others fail!

      • Erica

        I love Arizona, but nope! Today it would be diet Nestea with “natural lemon flavor with other natural flavors” which means I am ingesting chemicals most likely found in the gas tank of my car.

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

          Nestea, really? It tastes like soap. Snapple’s where it’s at.

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

            this sounds really snobby, I didn’t mean it that way. :/ But Snapple is totally awesome.

            • Erica

              Snapple is awesome but filled with so much bad stuff. Seriously, take a look at the label… I used to be a total Snapple freak until I realized I was basically drinking watered down Equal packets.

              Uhhhh… not like Nestea is that much better.

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

                take a look at the label…,

                I drink like five Snapples a day and I have accepted I will probably be growing tentacles out of my head by the age of 43, but I would still rather not O_O

                (Again, this sounds snobby. I don’t mean it! I’m a nice person I swear!)

                • Erica

                  I believe you!! :)

                  *raises poisonous iced tea* CHEERS!

              • larryf

                thousand or so grams of sugar. not good for you…

                /dad’d

            • Esteban

              Torre says drink Bigelow.

    • Apollo22237

      Haha, good luck. I am doing basically the same with the only difference being an Arnold Palmer instead of an iced tea.

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

        an Arnold Palmer would be so nice right now *_*

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

          TWSS

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

      I’m watching the game, writing a cover letter, working on editing an essay, Tweeting, commenting with you guys… AND DRINKING AN ICED TEA.

      Whoah.

      • Erica

        See?! That iced tea really is the icing on top of the cake of all this work.

    • Cy Farnsworth

      Erica’s a real inspiration to the kids. You don’t have to throw 99 mph to enjoy Yankees games. Not when you were raised by your grandmother in the 209.

      • ShuutoHeat (Passion>all)

        LOL

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

    Yeesh.

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

      Release the Moeller?

      • Greg

        No he cant hit

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

        Nah, I’m not one to get on Posada’s defense. His bat is too valuable. I only think Moeller should play over Cervelli.

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

          I’m just ribbin’ ya.

  • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

    smart bunt there by the A’s by crisp

  • Kit

    Nice, CC. Good job.

  • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

    fistpump ZZ

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

    ZZ :D

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

    Question: Before CC came to the Yankees, were the starting pitchers “not accountable” for what happened on the mound?

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

    That’s a pretty good trivia question. I have no idea.

    • boogie down

      What’s the question?

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

        CC is one of two pitchers to win 19 games twice throughout his career, but never 20 (yet). Who’s the other?

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

          active pitchers, not just pitchers

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

            just got in, but does Chien Ming Wang count?

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

              heh, I should have scrolled down further. I win!

    • Cy Farnsworth

      Could it be Kevin Millwood? I know he’s never won 20, but he’s been close a few times…

    • Greg

      My guess was Bert Blyleven. But according to wiki, he won 20 games once

      • Greg

        Wang! Of course

  • Kit

    My three year old niece just walked into the room and saw I had the Yankees game on and did her own version of roll call. I’m so proud. *sniffles*

    • CBean

      That child will go far in life.

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

      d’awwww someone’s trained well

    • ShuutoHeat (Passion>all)

      Lil nieces and nephews are awesome, I’m doing some catching with my 6 year old nephew and started watching the Yankees with my 4 month old niece last week.

      Making sure they don’t grow up to be Mets fans…

      • Kit

        Yeah, that’s my concern since my parents and grandparents are Mets fans. They tried to poison us with the Mets as children and failed.

        • ShuutoHeat (Passion>all)

          I have it a little easier, we’re a big Yankees family. Just that sometimes my nephew cheers the wrong team on because he feels everyone should be winners…

          • Kit

            My nephew plays little league, so he’s got this seriously competitive, ‘losers suck’ mentality (despite his team being hilariously bad). He scares me, but it makes it awesome when we’re watching the games. His trash talking is amazing for an 11 year old.

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

        Don’t worry, by the time they’re old enough to buy their own tickets, the Mets franchise will probably have gone bankrupt, placed in receivership, and moved to Las Vegas.

        • ShuutoHeat (Passion>all)

          LOL, I can see it now… the “Last Vegas Magicians”!

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

        http://i54.tinypic.com/17dbh5.jpg

        ANDREW HOW COULD YOU?!?!?!??!

        • ShuutoHeat (Passion>all)

          OMG, BLASPHEMY!!! Heathen!!!!

        • Kit

          I really hope that it was just his rebellious phase making an early appearance.

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

            I hope he just really, really is going through a “I like blue and orange” and he threw a shitfit until Laura and Andy relented and bought him the hat.

  • Cy Farnsworth

    Jeter?

    Has an edge.

    • Erica

      And he got it all with his cool panoramic vista roof.

  • http://twitter.com/AnthonyMartins Anthony

    How long would it take C.C. to bring his E.R.A. below 3 if he continues how he’s been pitching?

  • http://twitter.com/AnthonyMartins Anthony

    What was the on field delay?

    • Esteban

      Geren ‘argued’ over the call at first base.

    • Kit

      A’s manager questioning a call, I think.

    • Will (the other one)

      Geren arguing the call at first?

  • pat

    And that is why Jeter does the jump throw.

  • Esteban

    According the unwritten rulebook, all close calls go to Jeter.

    • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

      I know of that rule too. Stop complaining A’s.

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

      According to the unwritten rulebook, the Fish have the right to throw at Nyjer Morgan because he stole two bases against them.

      (makes wanking motion with hand)

  • Joe

    So far this has been like a slighly more instense bullpen session for CC.

  • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    Wow it’s CMW.

  • Cy Farnsworth

    Answer was Wang.

    Should’ve known. Good question.

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

    WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANG!!!

  • boogie down

    Wow, completely forgot about ol’ Chien-Ming.

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

    Oh crap, now I feel bad for not getting that trivia question. To be fair, and I hate saying this, CMW is not who I think of when I think “active pitcher.” :/

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

    I want more blood.

  • Cy Farnsworth

    Braden’s grandma taught him not to be afraid of throwing inside to Cano.

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    Am I the only one who still has great love for Wang? I wish Houston never happened :(

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

      … too easy.

      • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

        If I wanted to say I love cock, I WOULD HAVE!!! because I do <3

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

          This comment is awesome.

        • Thomas

          I just got an email from a person named Catherine Cocks.

          I’ve also been sent this eamil: http://www.collegehumor.com/picture:1774188 (safe)

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

      Am I the only one who still has great love for Wang?

      You HAD to have done that on purpose. O_O

      And yeah, I wish it never happened either. It’s terrible to see someone’s career end like that, basically.

  • http://twitter.com/AnthonyMartins Anthony

    I’m suprised that Braden hasn’t gotten into a fight with C.C. yet for being on “his” mound.

  • Erica

    Yes M.Kay, we know Flaherty caught the ball that day. Calm your shorts.

    • http://www.yankeenumbers.com Mr. Sparkle

      It’s bad enough they run “Yankee Classics” like ARod’s 600th HR (not a classic game by the way.) Now, we’re going to get treated to “Yankee Announcers Booth” classics non-stop? Really, it’s not the first time an announcer caught a ball.

      • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

        How is that not a classic?

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

          I certainly enjoyed it.

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

          Mr Sparkle rated the 15-inning game last year against Boston a 2/10 and he thinks we’re awful. He’s made some interesting judgment calls.

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

          Because all the fun was over in the first inning. Once that HR is hit, why would you watch the game? It’s boring. Fun in real time but pointless to rewatch.

      • Erica

        Well every time Paul O’Neill is graced with an extravagant dish courtesy of NYY, that’s also a classic moment.

        But I like Paul, so it’s okay.

  • Cy Farnsworth

    Haha, Flash is getting a little antagonistic with Kay.

    I miss the old days when David Justice would freak out on him.

  • Joe

    Nice at bat from the MVP there

  • Cy Farnsworth

    “GET OFF MY FIRST BASE!!!”

    • Erica

      I wish there was a “Like” button so I could just keep clicking it for this comment.

  • Erica

    Oh hell no, you don’t pick off Cano.

    /fangirl’d

  • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    Thanks for the view YES.

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

    Durf.

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    Cano…nice one, artard.

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama
      • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

        “He was a ‘r’tard’.”

      • Esteban

        Ahhh I was just in Vegas. Sadly, no one got rufied, married, and we didn’t end up with a Tiger. Damn you, The Hangover, for giving me unrealistic expectations of what Vegas would be like.

  • http://twitter.com/AnthonyMartins Anthony

    Really Cano #lazy

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    “It’s easy to see why this kid has an ERA in the threes.”

    Because he pitches in the AL West?

    • Greg

      Hey the Rangers are in the AL West

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

        Yeah, but the Rangers are pedestrian on the road. They’re Boston West.

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

          To be fair, Dallas Braden did throw a CGSHO against the Rangers in Arlington in his last start. Yeah any one pitcher can have a good day, but that’s impressive.

          I like the As pitching.

          • ShuutoHeat (Passion>all)

            Ugh, you guys got it all wrong. He has an ERA in the threes because he was raised by only his grandmother in the 209!

          • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

            I happen to like As pitching too, but I don’t think Braden is as good as his ERA is. And I’m not just being a dick.

            8====D weiner

            • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

              If it makes you feel better, his xFIP is 4.27

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

              Oh, agreed.

              Also that smiley made me giggle a bit

  • Cy Farnsworth

    WB Mason just brought those guys’ coffee to Another Level ™

    /seriouslyjohnflahertylookslikewbmason

  • Yankee1010

    Gameday says Swisher injured his knee.

    • Greg

      Stiffness in the left knee

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

    If Cindy Adams was watching herself wear that up-do on television, she’d rip herself a new asshole in her column.

    • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy in NYC (who is not doing the work he should be today)

      Recursive Cindy Adams = world explodes

  • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    So is every reliever that isn’t a Yankee allowed to fistpump or do shit like that without getting shit talked form the media?

    Joba is a mockery to baseball but K-Rod, Papelbon, Valverde and Soriano are gritty and gutty?

    • Cy Farnsworth

      I don’t think anyone really cares about the fist pumping.

      Kay just really likes using the word “histrionics” so he brings it up all the time.

    • kmarx

      your horse is dead

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

      They’re just expressing the joy and emotion of playing the greatest game in the world.

      Joba, on the other hand, fistpumps to intentionall show up the competition and piss all over the legacy of fair play and clean sportsmanship. And he’s only about himself and his money.

      And he’s a socialist al-Qaida terror baby.

      • putt

        SSSSSSSSSavage!

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

      Soriano isn’t even close to K-Rod/Papelbon/Valverde a-hole celebration level. I’ll occasionally see him celebrate a bit after a save, but again, not even close.

  • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

    anyone know what happened to kim jones? i miss her 2nd/3rd inning reports

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

      She was definitely there yesterday and the day before IIRC.

      • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

        lol i must not be paying attention. damn

    • Cy Farnsworth

      Check Michael Kay’s trunk.

      • vin

        Read my mind.

  • http://twitter.com/AnthonyMartins Anthony

    Marcus Thames’s hot streak has come to a screeching halt. one for his last 10 with 5 strike outs

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

      Clearly he’s just making sure big Puma still has a spot on this team!

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      Just in time for the Puma to arrive.

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    There’s one…there’s two.

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    WICKED COLD, GUYS…WICKED COLD.

    • Greg

      My one problem with that commercial is why would the Boston guy want his name in the roll call? Would he get it?

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

        He’s from Boston. He thus has no higher brain functioning and doesn’t know any better.

      • Cy Farnsworth

        He doesn’t fahkin need his name in tha fahkin roll call with that dahrkie Michael Joyner!

        And Ally Baker can’t fahkin touch Dusty Pedroiah!

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

          I AM NAHT FAHKIN SHARIN A CUBE WITH THAT DAHKIE!!

      • Kit

        Roll call is awesome, why wouldn’t you want your name called? Also, not to analyze a commercial, but it’s always nice to be complimented and liked at work…and he is not.

      • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

        He must have gotten a promotion since the last “Boston guy” AVIS commercial. That coffee room in the previous commercial looked rather rinky-dink as opposed the new and spacious office, with new computers (probably running Windows 7). Also, why weren’t the other guys in the commercial too? They seem like they would be the ones shouting roll call. Is anybody bothered by the fact that I’m doing all this pointless analysis of a commercial that only airs in one region of the country?

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

        If a guy from Boston (the town, not the team) was on the Yankees, he’s still be in the roll call so…

  • http://twitter.com/AnthonyMartins Anthony

    If C.C. ends the season with a 2.90 E.R.A. and 23 wins he has to win the Cy Young, right?

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

      Yeah, that’d do it. Felix would, in all likelyhood, still have better numbers though.

      (He threw 7 shutout innings a couple days ago and got a ND. Poor guy)

    • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

      He doesn’t have to win it but if he gets those numbers he will.

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

      What if Felix finishes 15-10 with a 2.19 ERA?

      • CS Yankee

        Do the M’s have enough games to get him to 15?

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

          Do the Yankees have enough games to get CC to 23? Both those numbers are 5 wins more than they have now.

          The answer is yes and no. I’m sure Felix will make 5 more starts, but the M’s will probably get shut out in a few of them, resulting in some more no-decisions.

          • CS Yankee

            CC maybe 21 or 22 W’s…Felix maybe 12 (due to the M’s totally sucking) is my guess FWIW.

      • boogie down

        Then he should win, without a doubt. With Greinke winning last year, there’s hope yet, though I’m sure a .500 record will wrongfully discourage voters.

      • Chris

        That would mean that he would have to have basically a 1.25 ERA for the month of September. There are only 2 months in his career so far where he’s pitched that well – August this year and July last year.

        So, if he pitches that well then he’ll probably win the Cy Young, but he won’t pitch that well.

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    Hollywood swinging > First pitch swinging

  • Erica

    *pushes up nerd glasses* Pitcher’s duel!

    • ShuutoHeat (Passion>all)

      off topic but…
      nerd glasses are hot

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

        You know, I have glasses and no one has ever said this to me IRL. :/

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

          then again I’m also just flat-out not attractive so that could be it

          • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy in NYC (who is not doing the work he should be today)

            I REFUSE TO BELIEVE THIS.

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

              Seconded.

              I’d do bexy, if only I didn’t have to climb over Andy Pettitte first.

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

                D’awwwww. <3

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

              twitter.com/rebexarama

              That’s a decent picture of me (my hair looks awesome!!!) but… yeah.

              • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy in NYC (who is not doing the work he should be today)

                …can’t see anything past the glow!

        • Erica

          RIGHT?! I guess I have to wear my glasses more often. Oftentimes I feel mega dorky and all herp-derpy.

          SAY IT TO OUR FACES, GUYS.

          :)

          • Thomas

            Herp-derpy?

            Does that mean you feel like you have herpes? Because guys might not find that attractive.

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

              I’m surprised at “herp derp.” Either people use it all the time (like me) or they’re like, “Herpes?”

            • Erica

              Hahahahaha… no. It’s like, when you have a permanently stupid face. I don’t know. The internet made it up and I believe everything I read on the internets.

              Ev. Ery. Thing.

          • ShuutoHeat (Passion>all)

            …am I the only one around that thinks dorky/nerdy chicks are cute? I’m kinda sick of chicks that are all “glammed” up.

            • Kit

              Nerdy chicks don’t have to wear glasses. I mean, I do, and I am nerdy, but I’m wear contact lenses 90% of the time.

              • Kit

                *wearing

                • ShuutoHeat (Passion>all)

                  I agree that nerdy chicks don’t have to wear glasses, they can be hot without the glasses too.

        • ShuutoHeat (Passion>all)

          I’ve got a thing for “meganekos” which in Japanese means “glasses girl”, so I’m sure I would tell you your glasses are hot too.

          Come to think of it, all of my ex-girlfriends wore glasses.

          • Kit

            I thought nekos in Japan meant cat. I am confused by their language.

            • ShuutoHeat (Passion>all)

              Neko definitely means cat and Japanese is indeed a tough language. You’re confused because “meganeko” should be more like “megane ko” the “ne” and “ko” are from two different words.

              • Kit

                Ah. Okay. I enjoy Japanese culture, but I am easily confused by their language.

                • Kit

                  Not that I know much of it, but you’d think studying abroad would have helped.

                  • ShuutoHeat (Passion>all)

                    Have you studied in Japan? I’ve always wanted to learn Japanese and at the ripe age of 28 I’ve been teaching myself since I can’t afford the tuition. Luckily I’m good with the kanji, but I get slaughtered by katakana…

                    • Kit

                      I did. It was only for a short January term, but it was so much fun. I’m amused by the insanity that is Japanese culture, and I love manga and their food, but I was a total fail boat trying to learn the language. Luckily, I had really awesome teachers, who spoke questionable, but understandable English. I’d like to go back and teach there, actually.

                    • ShuutoHeat (Passion>all)

                      Japan must have been awesome, I’ve always wanted to go but it was either money or time that robbed my chance of going. I’ve always felt familiar with Japanese culture. Food and manga is always awesome.

                      My second cousin taught in Japan for a short period and she loved it there, it really pained her she had to come back to the states though.

                      On a sidenote, I have a friend who moved back to Japan and would love to visit him. Not to brag or anything, but he played Major Nagai in the movie “The Great Raid”.

                • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy in NYC (who is not doing the work he should be today)

                  All those silent “u”s in the middle of words threw me for a while.

      • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

        +1

        • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

          +1 because usually sluts wear nerd glasses.

      • Thomas

        Agreed

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

      Dark hair/eyes + nerd glasses = /swoon

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

    I’m surprised the text poll was that close.

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

      I’m not.

      Chapman pitches the 8th, Mike.

      THE. EIGHTH.

  • Yankee1010

    I’m not watching the game, but it sure seems like the A’s have some getawaydayitis.

    • Kit

      I’m sure there’s also some “crushing defeat for three days”-itis. Lets make it four, Yanks.

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    CC could go 11 innings if need be.

  • mike c

    CC
    that is all

  • Cy Pettitte

    Cy Cy averaging <11 pitches per inning, I'd like to see a CG shutout

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

    I refuse to acknowledge Braden as a good pitcher, so I’m going to chalk up the lack of offense to normal regression after scoring 24 runs in 3 days.

    • Erica

      Yeah, they’re just letting Braden think he’s all that.

    • CS Yankee

      thems arms and legs are tired.

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    I’m pretty sure I got the grasp of it, but can somebody explain to me where a decent FIP ranks?

    • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

      I think you treat it the same as ERA. League average is around the 4.40 mark.

    • FIPster Doofus

      It’s like ERA. Anywhere in the 3s and below is great, low 4s is decent, mid-4s is near league average (it was 4.40 in the AL last season) and 5-plus is poor.

  • Kit

    Ouch! You okay, Derek?

  • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    Fuck you Braden. I don’t care if you’re not doing it intentionally you’re a douche. Second only to Beckett.

  • Erica

    OW JETER!!!

    A-Rod, now’s your time to bust out from the dugout and lazily trot across Braden’s mound.

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

    Jeter shooing everyone was pretty funny

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    Nyjer would have charged.

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

      I would like to see Jeter charge the mound just once, that’d be hilarious. The pitchers’ mound, that is……

  • http://twitter.com/AnthonyMartins Anthony

    C.C’s probable remaining starts
    Baltimore
    Texas
    Baltimore
    Tampa
    Toronto
    Boston

    • Chip

      Wow, he very well could win four of those, that would be some impressive work

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

        Wow, he very well could win four six of those

        fixed

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

        We all know he’s guaranteed to beat Baltimore, that’s the only team he can beat.

        /memes from May’d

    • CS Yankee

      3-1 with a couple of ND?

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

    Someone needs to clothesline Braden, Gaby Sanchez style.

  • Cy Farnsworth

    What, do they not stay hydrated in the 209?

  • CS Yankee

    Remember when he use to get on base twice a day without a HBP?

    /toallthejeterbashers’d

  • Chip

    GET OFF MY MOUND BRADEN!!!!!

  • Erica

    Oh Braden, you know… when you hit Jeter like that, the Baseball Gods know. The Baseball Gods will come after you.

    • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

      /karma’d

  • Greg

    Braden… OUT OF THE GAME!

  • CBean

    Ok team, now we slap Braden around and show him how it’s done in the 718.

  • mike c

    where’s your mound now dallas?

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

    There has to be some kind of mound joke here. Someone more clever than me make it.

    (Errr, be okay, Dallas. You’re a douche but pitcher injuries freak me out.)

    • Kit

      Andy’s has left me scarred. I’m going to be sitting on pins and needles when he returns.

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    Must be David Price figurine day at the stadium because it looks like there’s only 10,000 people there.

  • ShuutoHeat (Passion>all)

    Ugh, I swear if we were any less civilized fans Braden wouldn’t be able to leave the stadium ALIVE and in one piece.

  • CBean

    Why did Braden come out? (i’m following on gameday as I’m stuck on a client call. Can’t listen to audio.)

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

      Threw the pitch, grabbed the inside of his left thigh. Was hunched over for a bit. Trainer/manager came out and pulled him.

    • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

      Braden cramped up after throwing a pitch. No details yet.

    • mike c

      he pulled his mound

      • http://www.twitter.com/vscafuto Vinny “The Bull” Scafuto

        +1

  • Joe

    What happened to Braden?

    • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

      looked like braden injured his groin

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

    That looked eerily similar to Pettitte’s injury when he suffered his groin injury. Is it something with the mound…?

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

      that’s what I thought, then I yelled at myself in my head for connecting Braden with Andy

    • mike c

      probably more to do with the heat

  • http://twitter.com/AnthonyMartins Anthony

    Braden is off our mound! Only 5 IP and no way to get the win.

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

    Well at least Braden is gone.

    oh and:

    http://riveraveblues.com/off-t.....nt-1084934

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

      Nooooo I miss reading crazy things about Stephen Hawking, oil rigs, and how you’re a virgin ;_;

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

        That was bizarre.

    • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy in NYC (who is not doing the work he should be today)

      #$^!&* spambots.

  • boogie down

    Thanks for playing, Kay. Glad you don’t have a vote.

    • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

      Same.

  • Cy Farnsworth

    I love that logic.

    “You can’t take anything away from Felix Hernandez.”
    “But he doesn’t have a ton of wins, so I’d take the Cy Young away from him.”

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

      I’m still waiting for the “logic” there.

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

    Come on, Kay. Look at Felix’s numbers and recognize that if he were with ANY other team he’d probably have 18 wins right now.

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

    Bitch.

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

      /Jersey Johnny’d

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

        Heh.

  • Chip

    Damn it Jeter

  • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

    wow, buchholz doesn’t really strike people out at all this year

    and of course Kay would pick the guy with the wins

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

      his K/BB is ummm

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

        Bob Welch, 1990. 1.64 K/BB
        Roger Clemens, 1990: 3.87 K/BB

  • Andrew

    Off a lefty. Curtis Granderson: Cured

  • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    GRANDY!

  • Cy Pettitte

    that Jeter CS hurts now

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

      It hurt already.

    • Greg

      Not really. You cant say he would have pitched him that way if Jeter was on base

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

        say it with me now…

        Fallacy of the pre-determined outcome!

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

        The fallacy of the predetermined outcome!

    • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

      eh, i dont assume a HR wouldve been hit if jeter’s on base

  • Erica

    THE GRANDYMAN!

    /Sterling’d

    • Apollo22237

      His singing today was very strong.

      • Erica

        Oh, that voice can sing babies to sleep.

        So happy that I’m not listening to him, but yet terrified that his voice is permanently IN MY HEAD.

  • Cy Farnsworth

    Austin Jackson would’ve put it in the upper deck.

  • http://www.twitter.com/vscafuto Vinny “The Bull” Scafuto

    Thanks for getting thrown out at 2nd, Derek. That wasn’t something sort of Grandish.

    • Chip

      Fallacy of the pre-determined outcome

      /Kay’d

    • Greg

      How do you know that he would have given up the HR if Jeter was still on base? You cant say that. He would have pitched more carefully

    • http://www.twitter.com/vscafuto Vinny “The Bull” Scafuto

      Hey, I’m allowed a stupid comment once every 35 days or so.

  • Chip

    Hahaha, Granderson making it happen against a lefty. I love it

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

    MY MAN, 100 GRAND!

    • Chip

      So much better than Sterling’s “Curtis you’re something sort of Grand”

  • Kit

    Sweet! Well done, Curtis.

  • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

    Great job grandy man!

  • http://twitter.com/AnthonyMartins Anthony

    Are you serious 2 pick offs in 1 game.

  • Frigidevil

    Haha I was just thinking how it would suck if Grandy hit a homer there

    • CBean

      I’m pretty sure it still doesn’t suck that Grandy hit a HR there. 1 run still better than none.

      • Frigidevil

        But…but it could have been 2!!!!! /fallacy of the predetermined outcome

  • http://twitter.com/AnthonyMartins Anthony

    Granderson HR off a LEFTY!!

  • Esteban

    Ohhh the Grandy man can.
    Power

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

    Granderson, he of the “please trade him after this year” variety is going to destroy Jeter in OPS+ by the end of the season.

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

      OPS+, entering today:

      Curtis Granderson: 104
      Austin Jackson: 105

      He’ll be back on top by the end of the year. Book it.

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

        I haven’t heard people wish for Gardner to play CF in awhile, either. Guess his defense isn’t so bad, after all!

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

        Strikesouts:

        Curtis: 89 in 108 games
        Jackson: 139 in 123 games

        Yes I’m aware that Jackson has played in 15 more games. Even if you add 15 games at the same rate to Curtis, his SOs are still lower.

        • Chip

          BABIP

          Curtis: .283
          Jackson: .418

          ISO

          Curtis: .189
          Jackson: .103

          Who would you rather have next season?

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

        Leads the league in strikeouts, has no power, and a .412 BABIP.

        He may well win the rookie of the year, but prepare for the sophomore slump of doom

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

    Of course they’re shutting Morrow down after he faces the Yankees. Stupid Canadian* hottie who’s really good at pitching.

    *yeah he’s not actually from Canada, whatevs.

    • Erica

      The iced tea must be getting to you!

      Heh.

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

      Stop pretending you’re a girl, Bexy. Rob Dibble assured me that girls who go to baseball games only go with their husbands and talk about shopping the whole time.

    • Andrew

      Hey silver lining, Morrow’s home/road splits are quite drastic for 2010. His ERA is 6.31 away from the Skydome (I still call it that). This year at Yankee Stadium he’s given up 10 ERs in 11.1 IP.

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

        huh, when did he pitch at YS this year? Didn’t he start that awful game where the Blue Jays scored like 1505000 runs in extra innings?

        • Andrew

          4th of July in the ritual of the Yankees and by proxy America beating Canada on Thames’ walk off single, then again on August 2 which was a Bad AJ performance.

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

            Ahhhh I missed the August 2 game entirely so I didn’t know he pitched that game. And I forgot he pitched July 4, because that game was so freaking long the starters were but a memory by the time it was over.

            • Andrew

              Even in spite of all the runs he gave up he still struck out a combined 16 Yankees in those 2 starts. That guy is a beast, glad they won’t have to face him in those late-September games at the very least.

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

                I really think Brandon Morrow is the pitcher I least like to face this year (even if, okay, he’s nice to look at).

  • Cy Pettitte

    lucky break for Cano, I feel a big inning coming

    • Greg

      If a righty comes in pinch hit Berkman for Thames

      • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

        amen

  • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

    a’s defense FTL

  • Chip

    Alright Berkman, time to chase that Mendoza line!

  • http://www.twitter.com/vscafuto Vinny “The Bull” Scafuto

    Ready for the 3-run bomb? Or killing Posada?

  • CS Yankee

    A hit here should bring out the push broom.

    (a 4 game sweep covers more)

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

    Posada looked unamused

    • Kit

      I was like “Oh shit, he’s going to punch you in the throat.”

  • Cy Pettitte

    Lance Berkman picking off true yankees one at a time

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

      Perhaps they should A.) remain alert while in the field taking grounders or B.) actually stand in the on-deck circle and not in the grass to the left of the on-deck circle, several feet closer to the dangerous action.

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

      Did you just call A-rod a true Yankee????

    • theyankeewarrior

      Just got here… What does this mean?

      • sangreal

        Berkman let his bat go on the swing and it narrowly missed Jorge’s head

  • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

    lol flaherty comes off as an ass sometimes

  • Erica

    SHIZZ IS GETTIN’ CRAY CRAY.

  • pat

    Setting up Kearns to earn his true stripes

    • pat

      Orrrrr not.

    • Greg

      cue Price is Right losing horn

  • Erica

    UUUUGGGGHHHH

  • http://twitter.com/AnthonyMartins Anthony

    One thing the Yankees have shown this year: Don’t intentionally walk someone to load the bases, or else the next hitter is going to be mad, and you don’t want that.

    • CBean

      It only seems to work with Tex.

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

    I was gonna say “summon your inner A-Rod/Cano, Austin” but he didn’t even give me time ;_;

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

    Now that he’s unemployed, Rob Dibble is gonna see that iO commercial and nod solemnly.

    • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy in NYC (who is not doing the work he should be today)

      Every time I see that name I misread it as “Rob Dribble.”

  • CBean

    Braden has cramps.

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

      That’s not going to feel good on his mound.

    • mike c

      must be that time of the month

  • Yankee1010

    Did CC’s first pitch to Kouzmanoff miss middle-middle?

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

    Kouzmanoff has a .293 OBP (now lower)? Whoah, really?

    The craziest thing about the As is that they aren’t even the worst offense in their division.

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

      Jeff Francoeur would kill for that OBP.

      • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

        But it’s not on the scoreboard! It’s not important.

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

    Every beat writer I have on twitter isn’t even putting Felix in their top 3 for Cy Young. 2 steps forward, one step back in the “wins are a stupid stat” debate.

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

      The saddest part is that each and every one of them knows that so much can happen outside the pitcher’s control that affects who gets the win and who gets the loss, and even acknowledges that on a start-by-start basis, but when it comes to full seasons they don’t seem to realize that it doesn’t even out, allowing the “true winners” to rise to the top. It just doesn’t. Over whole careers it kinda sorta maybe does, but even then you have to squint.

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

        Yeah, Sweeney Murti was saying something like “You play to win the game!” in regards to voting for CC. Sigh.

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

          but…it’s…but…ah, fuck it. I’m not going to preach to the choir

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

      That was annoying to me too :/

  • Erica

    I like that Nunez kid.

  • mike c

    the tex suit commercials are a bit much

  • http://twitter.com/AnthonyMartins Anthony

    Sabathia’s E.R.A. now down to 3.04 and still dropping.

    • mike c

      at the rate he’s going, CC’s ERA < what his scale says

  • Erica

    Jeter’s acting in this commercial blows me away. Blows. Me. Away.

    <3

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

      /eyeroll!

  • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

    So i got 5 tickets to go see tuesday’s taping of BET’s 106 and Park with BigBoi as the celebrity guest.

    look out for ya boy

    • pat

      Wait, 106 and Park is still on the air?

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

      That show is still on the air?

      #hasn’twatchedBETinyears

      • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

        lol i was shocked too, but somehow i won tickets

  • Kit

    The fact that Morgan got clothes-lined by the Marlins first baseman still makes me laugh.

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

      endless lols

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

        I give Morgan credit for actually charging against Volstad, though. Volstad is ginormous.

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

          Listed height/weight:

          Nyjer Morgan: 6’0, 175
          Chris Volstad: 6’8, 230
          Gaby Sanchez: 6’1, 225

        • Kit

          Yeah. That was ballsy as hell. Did his attempted punch even land? It looks like it grazed Volstad and then he got clotheslined. Must’ve been a blow to the ego.

          • ShuutoHeat (Passion>all)

            At least it grazed him? Remember when Youk got flipped by Porcello last year? That was total fail.

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

              I’m always gonna love Last Five Starts for that

            • Kit

              Haha…yeah. I just laughed because he tried to look so bad ass and then he got taken down. So funny.

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

            Volstad did a nice head lean to avoid the direct blow, but it would have been a beauty if it connected, it was a haymaker.

            I also give Morgan credit for getting clotheslined and hemmed up by the Marlins pitcher, first baseman, and third baseman (all much bigger than he is) before any reinforcements arrived and emerging from the end of the scrum totally unscathed.

            • Kit

              His shirt took his beat down, apparently.

            • seimiya

              I’m pretty sure Morgan was at least being slightly protected by his third base coach (!), Pat Listach, who was way in the center there with him.

  • Erica

    Brett “Fake Bunt” Gardner

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

    Nunez is going to be a World Series hero just to spite Axisa.

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

      Cervelli’s gonna get a really important eighty-five hopper up the middle at one point. AJ Burnett, ALCS MVP.

      • Chip

        You know Suzyn…..

  • pat

    Yay Jeter.

    • Erica

      Sigh.

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    Jeter…the guy’s got an edge.

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    DATS GAWN.

  • Cy Farnsworth

    The Grandy Man does.

  • Andrew

    Jeter owes Granderson like 3 dinners after today

    • CBean

      You kept it much cleaner than I was.

  • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy in NYC (who is not doing the work he should be today)

    GRAN-deh!

  • Kit

    Haha…Grandy does not care for you at all.

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

      IETC lol

  • Guest

    The Grandy man can. Again.

  • CBean

    CURTIS!!!!

  • Greg

    Grandy saves the day!

  • Cy Pettitte

    Grandy stole Thames’ mojo

  • Esteban

    Granderson is one BMF

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

    DEEP AND THICK.

  • pat

    Pornographic!

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

    Granderson wasn’t even supposed to play today!

  • http://www.wiredtowns.com Short Porch aka Master of the Obvious

    Trade Granderson now. If I hear Sterling sing ‘The Grandyman Can’ one more time, I WILL puncture my eardrums.

    • larryf

      It’s a Kurtis Blow-I want you to know!”

      • http://www.wiredtowns.com Short Porch aka Master of the Obvious

        IETC

  • Will (the other one)

    He’s no A-Jax.

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

    Marcus Thames sure looks like he lost some weight. (NOT RACIST)

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

      THAT’S RACI–

      Oh, wait, you said “Not racist”. My bad, then, carry on.

      /jedimindtrick’d

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

        My favorite internet arguments are the ones where a guy says he’s not doing something, and then proceeds to do it. As if the disclaimer absolves him.

        This isn’t an insult jsjc, but you FUCKING SUCK

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

          Harry: Man, you are one pathetic loser! No offense.
          Lloyd: Oh, no, none taken.

  • ShuutoHeat (Passion>all)

    Holy Batman, Granderson!

  • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

    The grandy man can!!

  • http://ballcraft.blogspot.com Zanath

    It’s so satisfying see that little “in play run(s)” when the Yankees are batting. Especially after it looked like we were going to waste a chance there.

  • Chip

    You know, maybe we should insert Granderson in the third inning everyday

    • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy in NYC (who is not doing the work he should be today)

      TWSS

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

    Grandy now has a higher OPS than Austin Jackson.

  • CG

    Curtis has hit as many HR today as AJax has all season….

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

    Bah.

    • Greg

      Still counts as a hit in the stats though

  • Kit

    Almost, Tex.

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    3 more scoreless innings for CC and his ERA is under 3.

  • http://ballcraft.blogspot.com Zanath

    What happened? Was that almost out?

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

      Laser off the bottom of the wall. Tex was out by a mile at 2nd.

    • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

      lol no it wasnt almost out, but tex hit the ball harder than he thought, and got caught out by about 5 or 6 feet before the bag

    • Greg

      Tex got a hit but it caromed right to Carson and Tex was thrown out going to second

  • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

    damn, rodriguez hit 101 on the gun

    • http://ballcraft.blogspot.com Zanath

      Pft, that’s nothing. Chapman hit 103-104.

      • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

        haha yes he did

        103.8 and 103.9 last night

        nuts

        • Tampa Yankee

          Some one better tell Dusty to not fall too much in love with Chapman and not use him EVERY day.

          • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

            we all know chapman will start tonight…

          • http://ballcraft.blogspot.com Zanath

            So don’t Kerry Wood him. Got it. Also, please don’t trade him to any team Joe Torre manages.

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

    Remember when people wanted Melky Cabrera back instead of getting Granderson?

    Me neither.

    (For the record, ‘ol Melkman is OPSing .691 with 4 home runs)

    • mike c

      melky for boone logan was the deal of the offseason

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

      I’ll never forget that just because it was so terrible. Remember when the bullpen was going through growing pains and everyone was whining about Phil Coke?

  • mike c

    tex really needs to break out of this slump already

  • http://www.thesubwayconnection.com Newbie

    Wow CC just got 2 for 1.

  • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy in NYC (who is not doing the work he should be today)

    Is it Two-for-One Thursday??

  • Erica

    I’m so pissed I missed that Grandy home run. THAT’S IT. I’m OVER this multitasking thing!

    • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy in NYC (who is not doing the work he should be today)

      :: ducks flying Nestea ::

      • Erica

        I think I’m flinging my pen across the room instead.

        • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy in NYC (who is not doing the work he should be today)

          …just don’t throw the TV remote! :-)

    • Esteban

      just stop drinking the Iced Tea, and you’ll be alright.

      • Erica

        Feelin’ a little woozy. So much fake sugar.

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

      All the iced tea’s fault!

      • Erica

        Beer would make this better!

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

          Beer makes everything better

          Except driving. /serious note’d

  • Guest

    Do you remember when we doubted the CC signing?

    Those were quaint days.

    I understand there are a lot of years left on his deal (should he not opt out), but he has been everything we could have asked for and more and shows absolutely no sign of slowing down.

    Rumble, big man, rumble.

    • Esteban

      I don’t remember too many people doubting it. Maybe giving him the opt-out, but that’s it.

      • Guest

        There were doubters (including myself, to some extent):

        1. He’s too big, he’ll breakdown.
        2. He’s thrown too manny pitches, he’ll breakdown.
        3. He’s pitched poorly in the playoffs. He won’t be “clutchy.”
        4. Never good idea to give a pitcher that many years and that much money.

        In fact, I remember the Sports Guy being gleeful at the signing because he was sure CC would become Bartolo Colon.

        There were doubts.

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

          #1 and #2 were leaps of logic, but not horrendous ones, just poorly reasoned. #4 is probably right, but it’s the price of the business model we’ve chosen (which is a successful one).

          #3 is just flat out idiotic. People who believed in #3 don’t understand either statistics or baseball history.

          • Guest

            Strongest ditto ever to all of this. (I was worried about the years too and the rest are either poorly reasoned or flat out wrong).

            My only point was these complaints did exist. And as ridiculous as 3 is, I specifically remember a lot of people (MSM people, not RAB peopl) talking about this before his first start in the playoffs last year.

        • Esteban

          I mean, I don’t really consider the Sports Guy the go-to source on baseball contracts.

          • rbizzler

            Or anything, except awful television shows that haven’t aired in a decade or so.

          • Guest

            True enough. But I think he is a pretty good arbiter of the conventional wisdom re: sports. I think then it would have been better for me to say ‘Do you when people thought the CC signing may not have been the best idea?’ rather than “we.”

            There was definitely a distinction between the CW and what people at RAB thought.

        • rbizzler

          That sounds like a you problem, not a we problem.

    • ROBTEN

      Do you remember when we doubted the CC signing?

      I remember the grumbling over Coke, Matsui, Damon, AJax, Melky, etc.

      But this one I don’t recall. Was there actual grumbling over CC?

      And, he will opt out. He may not leave, but he’s going to use the opt out.

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

        I only remember grumbling after his first few starts as a Yankee where he wasn’t that great.

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

        Yeah, in April/May last year. “Not an ace”-type stuff.

      • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy in NYC (who is not doing the work he should be today)

        He claims he won’t use the opt-out.

        We’ll see…

        • ROBTEN

          I find it hard to believe that he won’t use that leverage in some way. Although, I imagine it could all happen behind the scenes.

        • A.D.

          Well has to think Hal isn’t as dumb as Hal to outbid himself.

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

        Yes. Let me sum up:

        Every single ex-Yankee who left is awesome and we’ll regret sending him away. Every single new Yankee we’ve acquired either sucks balls or his horrendously overrated and in full-blown decline mode and will cost us a shot at the title with his horrible play. Brian Cashman is the biggest moron in captivity. The Red Sox are better than us at everything.

        You’re welcome.

        • Chris

          What’s amazing is that people will trash a Yankee for their entire time with the team, but then wish for him back once he leaves and the replacement isn’t completely outperforming him.

  • Erica

    M.Kay, stop with the Fallon comparisons. Tell us useless stats instead.

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

      To quote someone from my Twitter feed, it’s kinda refreshing that they’re saying white guys look like other white guys when they don’t , at all.

      • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy in NYC (who is not doing the work he should be today)

        I still think Thames looks like Kenan.

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

          I actually see that a little bit.

          • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy in NYC (who is not doing the work he should be today)

            …only a little? :-(

      • Erica

        I don’t even have a witty response. I’m just LOLing and almost choked on a grape.

        /over ice tea’d

      • Thomas
  • Cy Pettitte

    sit down Joba, CC’s got this

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    CC is not in Lincecum’s league.

    /Neyer’d

  • Esteban

    I think the Yanks might be on to something with this CC guy.

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

    CC CG SHO

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

    Too bad about that bleeder in the 2nd inning. CC had a legit shot at a no-no today with his stuff :/

  • http://ballcraft.blogspot.com Zanath

    CC was just getting bored, he wanted to make it a little more interesting.

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

    “I don’t think he ever made it to AA, because I see New Hampshire here, that’s the Eastern League”

    -Suzyn Waldman

    facepalm

    • Thomas

      You can’t expect her to have both beauty and brains.

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

        Now I’m even more confused.

    • Erica

      She knows so much. Let’s all get under the table in her presence.

  • Dexception32

    Fun fact, played little league with Davis, nicknamed “Rocket”, couldn’t really hit but if he got on base he would just stand in the middle of the base path until he got in a pickle, it must have been painful for parents to watch, he scored almsot every time he got on base and could catch anything hit to the outfield. Always thought a major leaguer would look way different from anyone playing wise, wasn’t the case with him through little and senior leagues…

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

    After years of HDTV and bright, shiny, fan-friendly stadiums, watching clips of ’80s baseball just seems jarringly primitive.

    • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

      completely agree. Hell, i watched replays of the 1998 NBA finals a couple of weeks ago and it looked like i was watching crap

    • larryf

      Jeter’s gidp’s do look sharper in 3D..

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

        I laughed (and cried a little too.)

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

    2 things:
    1. It would be nice for Joe to let CC finish this
    2. It would be nice for Twitter to reinstate my account

  • Erica

    Kearnsy!

  • pat

    Damn, Puma was galloping.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Joe not going to let CC finish this one off….

    • Erica

      I think CC is way more than capable of pitching a complete game. What is his pitch count up to?

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

        95 pitches. I’d give him 15 pitches to get it done.

    • Kit

      In my opinion, CG’s are useless stats, and on top of that, it’s hot as fuck, so it’s probably wise. It wouldn’t kill him to save CC’s arm for another day.

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

        CG’s can be very important. Every inning thrown by a starter is an inning not thrown by a reliever (non-Mo division) and that’s a good thing.

        • Kit

          Our bullpen is really not that bad. Also, it’s the A’s.

          • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

            Yeah I don’t mind if they don’t let him finish today, but in general CG’s definitely carry some value.

            • Kit

              Right, and in a general sense, I do agree, but I guess for a team like the Mariners, I feel that it carries more weight. With the Yankees and especially in this case, it doesn’t. Didn’t mean to sound all blah about what you said. Sorry about that.

              • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

                No problem, I kind of skipped the 2nd part of what you wrote too with regards to today’s game.

        • Chris

          In a general sense, you’re right. But particularly with the rosters expanded there’s no reason to push it. In a 4-0 game in the 9th inning against the A’s, there’s no need to have any potential post season pitcher throw the last inning.

          • Kit

            Right, in a general sense, I agree, but in this case, it’s not necessary.

      • Greg

        Kit

        I agree totally

      • Klemy

        Yeah, plenty of arms in our pen capable of getting 3 outs with a 5 run lead. Really no need for CC to be out there in the heat for one more today, unless he really wants to be.

  • Klemy

    Albie sighting.

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

    Just to echo Ross in Jersey from above, the number of beatwriters writing off Felix for the CYA really is quite frightening.

    • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

      yep. makes me die, a little inside…

    • Thomas

      I wonder how many of writers aren’t voting for Hernandez, because they think other writers won’t vote for him so don’t bother giving your 1st place vote for him.

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

        They’re all using the “You play to win the game” joke, shoot me plz :(

        • Thomas

          Fucking Herm Edwards; he infecting everyone. Herm is in the bloodstream!

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      At least they are talking about it though which can only help people associate Felix with the Cy. Then smart people can do the research and realize he’s a serious candidate, if not the best candidate at this point.

    • http://kierstenschmidt.com Kiersten

      If Felix was 10-10 on the Yankees (which would probably be mathematically impossible), they’d have an argument. But do they realize that he pitches for the team with the worst offense in the AL? Like, a historically bad offense? Come on.

      • http://ballcraft.blogspot.com Zanath

        Or epically bad, as the guy on Fantasy 411 said.

  • tc

    Jeter’s up with bases loaded 2 outs. I feel that ground out a-comin.

    • Greg

      Incorrect, but thanks for playing

      • tc

        He wants to keep me on my toes.

    • Chris

      A ground out is the most common occurrence during his career. He hits about 52% ground balls and has a .259 BABIP on them.

      Without checking, I would guess that it’s probably the most common end to an at bat in general.

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

    I enjoy that, against Oakland, the entire Yankee team hits like Albert Pujols.

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

      Except Jeter, of course.

  • http://ballcraft.blogspot.com Zanath

    Aww I really wanted to see CC get the CG SHO. Oh well, it’s not important.

  • Joe De Pastry

    But did you ever see one of those 1950s World Series games on ESPN Classic or MLB Network? Batters stayed in the box, pichers didn’t take walks around the mound between pitches. Games were played in an hour less than they are now, and it was almost continuous PLAYING, instead of messing around.

    • Chris

      And you know what, the most popular games today tend to be the longest games. Offense and tension sell. And offense and tension lead to longer games.

  • Klemy

    Hindsight, while I hate Swisher leaving injured, how about the difference Granderson made in a game that he didn’t start? You can’t predict baseball.

    /Sterling’d

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUvg7Empjfg Captain Jack

      /bexyandbecca’d

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

        \o/!!!

        /building the brand’d

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

        hey!

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

      Granderson still sucks because we would have won without him. He was just showing off.

      /NYY Fans

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUvg7Empjfg Captain Jack

    Hate the pitching change…let CC go for the SHO, but I guess you may as well let Albie show what he can do in a lower leveraged situation.

  • Kit

    Ouch.

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

    That looked friggin’ painful

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUvg7Empjfg Captain Jack

    I always hated Suzuki anyways.

  • rbizzler

    Oh noes, Flash must be so sad that his BFF just got drilled.

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

    And, you know, I remember FJM post that basically said if the “Wins” and “Losses” stats were referred to by another name, people wouldn’t care about them. It’s so true.

  • Yank the Frank

    That’s gonna leave a mark.

  • Klemy

    Albie is not inspiring me as much as he did warming up.

  • Joe De Pastry

    He needs to prove he’s more than just a 4A pitcher.

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

    It’s incredibly unfair to be judged by such small sample sizes, but if Albie wants to be on this team next year he can’t afford to blow up in this outings.

  • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy in NYC (who is not doing the work he should be today)

    Every time Cust comes up, I remember that time years ago in Baltimore when he fell down trying to score the tying run, and pathetically tried to crawl home before being tagged out.

    Good times.

    • http://ballcraft.blogspot.com Zanath

      That was Cust? I forgot that was him. I definitely don’t forget that play, though. I believe that was like, Aaron Boone’s first game as a Yankee.

  • Erica

    NICE GAME YOUSE GUYS. NICE GAME.

  • Kit

    Sweep, baby! Beautifully done. Good job, guys.

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

    Four game sweeps are pretty cool

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

      Bring out the Paulie picture for the magic number before it’s too late!

      • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy in NYC (who is not doing the work he should be today)

        Tommie’s gonna be so sad when he sees that pic up top…

        • Thomas

          They should put up Hawkins!

          • http://cid-e3a022289d65b5c0.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/Assorted/foul.jpg Andy in NYC (who is not doing the work he should be today)

            ‘s what I was talkin’ ’bout.

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

            Damn the RABbis are quick with that!

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

          I am.

          Not only did I not get Latroy Hawkins, they didn’t even give me my boy Dan Pasqua.

          http://danmahan.com/autos/uplo.....792881.jpg

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

      You know what’s better than a four-game sweep?

      A 10-0 homestand.

      /greedy’d

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

    Woohoo!

    Man, so happy there’s no game tonight. I am going to take such a great nap later. Feels like I haven’t slept in weeks.

    • http://ballcraft.blogspot.com Zanath

      Haha I know exactly what you mean.

    • CBean

      I think my friends are just happy that we get to go out and we don’t have to pick a place where the game is on.

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

        Amen.

        You know how hard it is to find a good strip club where they’re showing the Yankee game? Lemme tell ya: it’s not that hard.

  • Erica

    Curtis is so polite.

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

      I enjoy Curtis Granderson interviews.

  • http://twitter.com/stophamm3rtime Dela G

    great fucking win

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

    I guess Oakland : New York :: Anaheim : Boston

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

    The Yankees now only need to go 16-12 to win 100 games. Yum.

    • Tampa Yankee

      But everyone keeps telling me that they are not making the playoffs!11!onehundredandeleventy!

      • http://ballcraft.blogspot.com Zanath

        CC isn’t in the same category as Tim Lincecum

        Red Sox have a better bullpen than the Yankees.

        Yup.

  • larryf

    Sweep. Albie damned!

    DEJO….DEJJJJJJJJJ-O

  • Jerome S

    CC’s ERA looks like it’s still just a hair over three. He will almost certainly win twenty games, but it looks like he’s going to need some shutout appearances in order to lower that ERA and increase his odds for the Cy Young.

    • FIPster Doofus

      CC has six more starts; he should win at least three of those and end up with a minimum of 22 victories. Thus, regardless of what his ERA ultimately is, I can’t see anyone else winning the Cy Young if that happens.

      Would CC be the most deserving candidate? No. King Felix should be the guy. But I seriously doubt the voters wouldn’t give the Cy to a 22-game winner.

      • Jerome S

        Right; That’s the thing: I don’t want the ESPN pundits saying that Lee or Hernandez or anyone else got robbed just because CC had a phenomenal amount of wins. I want it to be obvious that CC is the winner, like a Ron Guidry.

  • drill me deep

    love it when they drill it deep….granderson is delicious, lip smacking yes.

    • http://ballcraft.blogspot.com Zanath

      Oh my.

      • drill me deep

        uh huh, jabbadibbadiaheez, when they drill it deep, you better hold on tight! sweet grandy hits you with waves of shock and awe.

    • Jerome S

      Is TWSS even even necessary anymore?

  • Yankeescribe

    Sexy win

  • http://kierstenschmidt.com Kiersten

    That magic number photo is perfect.

  • UncleArgyle

    One hit? They got one goddamn hit?

    Harry Doyle’d