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)

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

  2. Ross in Jersey says:

    That picture is awesome.

  3. JobaWockeeZ says:

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

  4. 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.

  5. JobaWockeeZ says:

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

  6. Pat D says:

    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.

  7. Klemy says:

    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.

  8. Rosco says:

    Any reason Gardner’s not in leading off?

  9. Matt W says:

    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.

  10. Anthony says:

    Hilarious picture.

  11. Hall and Nokes says:

    Welcome to the 718, my friend.

  12. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    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?

  13. 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 says:

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

    • Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

      Marketing.

    • Steve H says:

      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 says:

      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.

      • Steve H says:

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

        • Chris says:

          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.

          • Steve H says:

            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 says:

              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.

  14. Anthony says:

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

  15. Anthony says:

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

  16. Cy Farnsworth says:

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

  17. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Bucknor? Great this zone will suck.

  18. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    Perfect game still in tact.

  19. JobaWockeeZ says:

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

  20. Cy Farnsworth says:

    Derek Jeter?

    That guy’s got an edge.

  21. Anthony says:

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

  22. Anthony says:

    The Perfect game is broken up!!!!

  23. JM says:

    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

  24. JobaWockeeZ says:

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

  25. Cy Farnsworth says:

    Nice play by Thompson off the ricochet

  26. 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.

  27. Cy Farnsworth says:

    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

  28. Klemy says:

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

  29. Dela G says:

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

    i figured someone on the rays staff could hit that…

  30. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    Why is Flaherty louder than Kay?

  31. Steve H says:

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

    .216/.286/.247

    Give that man a blank check.

  32. JobaWockeeZ says:

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

  33. CBean says:

    OHNOES Swisher?

  34. The Infamous Irondequoit says:

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

  35. Kit says:

    Whoa, whoa, what’s wrong with Swish?

  36. Cy Farnsworth says:

    Swisher hurt?

    I hate everything.

  37. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Don’t be hurt Swish.

  38. 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.

  39. JM says:

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

  40. Kit says:

    People have jobs…how about that one?

  41. boogie down says:

    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 says:

      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.

  42. ShuutoHeat (Passion>all) says:

    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?

  43. Anthony says:

    Nooooo. The perfect game is gone :(

  44. bexarama says:

    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?

  45. Greg says:

    CC really doesn’t look comfortable right now

  46. Esteban says:

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

  47. JM says:

    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…

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

    #waytoofixatedonthatcutehospitalityserverinthehomedugoutLegendsseating

  49. Dela G says:

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

    dang you guys are right about her looking good

  50. T-Dubs says:

    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.

  51. Esteban says:

    Kay’s corniness FTL

  52. Cy Farnsworth says:

    Jorgie juiced one

  53. bexarama says:

    Posada pretended the ball was Dana Demuth’s face

  54. Will (the other one) says:

    Eject this, BITCH.

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

  56. Esteban says:

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

  57. Jeremy says:

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

  58. Anthony says:

    Looks like Thames’s hot streak is over.

  59. Cy Farnsworth says:

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

  60. 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.

  61. Austin says:

    Anyone else having trouble with mlb.tv?

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

  63. bexarama says:

    Posada giveth and Posada taketh

  64. Kit says:

    At least he got that one.

  65. Joe says:

    Stuck at work…any word on Swish yet?

  66. Erica says:

    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.

  67. Dela G says:

    smart bunt there by the A’s by crisp

  68. Kit says:

    Nice, CC. Good job.

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

  70. bexarama says:

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

  71. Kit says:

    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*

  72. Cy Farnsworth says:

    Jeter?

    Has an edge.

  73. Anthony says:

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

  74. Anthony says:

    What was the on field delay?

  75. pat says:

    And that is why Jeter does the jump throw.

  76. Esteban says:

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

  77. Joe says:

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

  78. Cy Farnsworth says:

    Answer was Wang.

    Should’ve known. Good question.

  79. boogie down says:

    Wow, completely forgot about ol’ Chien-Ming.

  80. bexarama says:

    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.” :/

  81. Cy Farnsworth says:

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

  82. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

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

  83. Anthony says:

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

  84. Erica says:

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

  85. Cy Farnsworth says:

    Haha, Flash is getting a little antagonistic with Kay.

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

  86. Joe says:

    Nice at bat from the MVP there

  87. Cy Farnsworth says:

    “GET OFF MY FIRST BASE!!!”

  88. Erica says:

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

    /fangirl’d

  89. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Thanks for the view YES.

  90. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    Cano…nice one, artard.

  91. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

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

    Because he pitches in the AL West?

  92. Cy Farnsworth says:

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

    /seriouslyjohnflahertylookslikewbmason

  93. Yankee1010 says:

    Gameday says Swisher injured his knee.

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

  95. JobaWockeeZ says:

    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?

  96. Dela G says:

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

  97. Anthony says:

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

  98. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    There’s one…there’s two.

  99. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    WICKED COLD, GUYS…WICKED COLD.

  100. Anthony says:

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

  101. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    Hollywood swinging > First pitch swinging

  102. Erica says:

    *pushes up nerd glasses* Pitcher’s duel!

  103. Mike Axisa says:

    I’m surprised the text poll was that close.

  104. Yankee1010 says:

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

  105. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    CC could go 11 innings if need be.

  106. mike c says:

    CC
    that is all

  107. Cy Pettitte says:

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

  108. 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.

  109. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

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

  110. Kit says:

    Ouch! You okay, Derek?

  111. JobaWockeeZ says:

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

  112. Erica says:

    OW JETER!!!

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

  113. bexarama says:

    Jeter shooing everyone was pretty funny

  114. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    Nyjer would have charged.

  115. Anthony says:

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

  116. Someone needs to clothesline Braden, Gaby Sanchez style.

  117. Cy Farnsworth says:

    What, do they not stay hydrated in the 209?

  118. CS Yankee says:

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

    /toallthejeterbashers’d

  119. Chip says:

    GET OFF MY MOUND BRADEN!!!!!

  120. Erica says:

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

  121. Greg says:

    Braden… OUT OF THE GAME!

  122. CBean says:

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

  123. mike c says:

    where’s your mound now dallas?

  124. bexarama says:

    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.)

  125. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

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

  126. ShuutoHeat (Passion>all) says:

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

  127. CBean says:

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

  128. Joe says:

    What happened to Braden?

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

  130. Anthony says:

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

  131. boogie down says:

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

  132. Cy Farnsworth says:

    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.”

  133. 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.

  134. Chip says:

    Damn it Jeter

  135. Dela G says:

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

    and of course Kay would pick the guy with the wins

  136. Andrew says:

    Off a lefty. Curtis Granderson: Cured

  137. Cy Pettitte says:

    that Jeter CS hurts now

  138. Erica says:

    THE GRANDYMAN!

    /Sterling’d

  139. Cy Farnsworth says:

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

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

  141. Chip says:

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

  142. Kit says:

    Sweet! Well done, Curtis.

  143. Dela G says:

    Great job grandy man!

  144. Anthony says:

    Are you serious 2 pick offs in 1 game.

  145. Frigidevil says:

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

  146. Anthony says:

    Granderson HR off a LEFTY!!

  147. Esteban says:

    Ohhh the Grandy man can.
    Power

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

  149. bexarama says:

    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 says:

      The iced tea must be getting to you!

      Heh.

    • 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 says:

      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.

      • bexarama says:

        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 says:

          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.

          • bexarama says:

            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 says:

              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.

  150. Cy Pettitte says:

    lucky break for Cano, I feel a big inning coming

  151. Dela G says:

    a’s defense FTL

  152. Chip says:

    Alright Berkman, time to chase that Mendoza line!

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

  154. CS Yankee says:

    A hit here should bring out the push broom.

    (a 4 game sweep covers more)

  155. bexarama says:

    Posada looked unamused

  156. Cy Pettitte says:

    Lance Berkman picking off true yankees one at a time

  157. Dela G says:

    lol flaherty comes off as an ass sometimes

  158. Erica says:

    SHIZZ IS GETTIN’ CRAY CRAY.

  159. pat says:

    Setting up Kearns to earn his true stripes

  160. Erica says:

    UUUUGGGGHHHH

  161. Anthony says:

    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.

  162. bexarama says:

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

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

  164. CBean says:

    Braden has cramps.

  165. Yankee1010 says:

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

  166. bexarama says:

    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.

  167. 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.

    • JGS says:

      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.

    • bexarama says:

      That was annoying to me too :/

  168. Erica says:

    I like that Nunez kid.

  169. mike c says:

    the tex suit commercials are a bit much

  170. Anthony says:

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

  171. Erica says:

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

    <3

  172. Dela G says:

    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

  173. Kit says:

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

  174. Erica says:

    Brett “Fake Bunt” Gardner

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

  176. pat says:

    Yay Jeter.

  177. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    Jeter…the guy’s got an edge.

  178. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    DATS GAWN.

  179. Cy Farnsworth says:

    The Grandy Man does.

  180. Andrew says:

    Jeter owes Granderson like 3 dinners after today

  181. Kit says:

    Haha…Grandy does not care for you at all.

  182. Guest says:

    The Grandy man can. Again.

  183. CBean says:

    CURTIS!!!!

  184. Greg says:

    Grandy saves the day!

  185. Cy Pettitte says:

    Grandy stole Thames’ mojo

  186. Esteban says:

    Granderson is one BMF

  187. pat says:

    Pornographic!

  188. bexarama says:

    Granderson wasn’t even supposed to play today!

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

  190. Will (the other one) says:

    He’s no A-Jax.

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

  192. ShuutoHeat (Passion>all) says:

    Holy Batman, Granderson!

  193. Dela G says:

    The grandy man can!!

  194. Zanath says:

    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.

  195. Chip says:

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

  196. Mike Axisa says:

    Grandy now has a higher OPS than Austin Jackson.

  197. CG says:

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

  198. Kit says:

    Almost, Tex.

  199. Steve H says:

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

  200. Zanath says:

    What happened? Was that almost out?

  201. Dela G says:

    damn, rodriguez hit 101 on the gun

  202. 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)

  203. mike c says:

    tex really needs to break out of this slump already

  204. Newbie says:

    Wow CC just got 2 for 1.

  205. Erica says:

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

  206. Guest says:

    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 says:

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

      • Guest says:

        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.

        • #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 says:

            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 says:

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

          • rbizzler says:

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

          • Guest says:

            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 says:

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

    • ROBTEN says:

      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.

  207. Erica says:

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

  208. Cy Pettitte says:

    sit down Joba, CC’s got this

  209. Steve H says:

    CC is not in Lincecum’s league.

    /Neyer’d

  210. Esteban says:

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

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

  212. Zanath says:

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

  213. JGS says:

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

    -Suzyn Waldman

    facepalm

  214. Dexception32 says:

    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…

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

  216. Tom Zig says:

    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

  217. Erica says:

    Kearnsy!

  218. pat says:

    Damn, Puma was galloping.

  219. Cy Pettitte says:

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

  220. Klemy says:

    Albie sighting.

  221. bexarama says:

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

  222. tc says:

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

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

  224. Zanath says:

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

  225. Joe De Pastry says:

    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 says:

      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.

  226. Klemy says:

    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

  227. Captain Jack says:

    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.

  228. bexarama says:

    That looked friggin’ painful

  229. Captain Jack says:

    I always hated Suzuki anyways.

  230. rbizzler says:

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

  231. 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.

  232. Yank the Frank says:

    That’s gonna leave a mark.

  233. Klemy says:

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

  234. Joe De Pastry says:

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

  235. 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.

  236. 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.

  237. Erica says:

    NICE GAME YOUSE GUYS. NICE GAME.

  238. Kit says:

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

  239. bexarama says:

    Four game sweeps are pretty cool

  240. 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.

  241. Erica says:

    Curtis is so polite.

  242. Dela G says:

    great fucking win

  243. bexarama says:

    I guess Oakland : New York :: Anaheim : Boston

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

  245. larryf says:

    Sweep. Albie damned!

    DEJO….DEJJJJJJJJJ-O

  246. Jerome S says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

        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.

  247. drill me deep says:

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

  248. Yankeescribe says:

    Sexy win

  249. Kiersten says:

    That magic number photo is perfect.

  250. UncleArgyle says:

    One hit? They got one goddamn hit?

    Harry Doyle’d

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