Game 151: The A-Team

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Five-run first powers Yanks to second straight
Hopefully Jamie Shields will follow Matt Garza's lead tonight. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

Injuries, ineffectiveness, and plain old rest have gotten in the way of Joe Girardi fielding his best team in any given game in quite some time. That all comes to end tonight though, even if it’s just for one glorious game. No reserves, no injury subs, it’s just the best the team the Yankees can field, and I’m certainly not alone in saying it’s about time. This is the starting nine we’re going to see in the postseason, and frankly, I love it. Here, check it out…

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

And on the bump, it’s Phil Uuughes.

Amazing, ain’t it? The game starts a little after 7:00pm ET and can be seen on My9. Enjoy the game.

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

    Yay for My9 games!!

  • CBean

    I want us to absolutely destroy them tonight.

  • ZZ

    I didn’t want to mention this yesterday, because I did not feel it was appropriate during the ceremony, but what the Steinbrenners have done to Monument Park is very sad.

    It is hard to even put into words what they attempted to do by giving George a plaque that overshadows and sits over the legendary members of Yankee history. They have tried to take over Yankee history. They not only want George to be remembered as owning the Yankees, but as owning the great Yankee history and tradition. The Steinbrenners may own the team, but they do not own that.

    It is a lie and an attempt to reconstruct history.

    I hope younger Yankee fans continue to learn the entire history of this franchise. I hope they are not misled by this plaque when they walk in Monument Park for the first time.

    If Yankee fans really want to be honest with themselves, he was not even the most important owner in this franchise’s history, let alone the most important figure as the size of the plaque portrays.

    • Guest

      The Yankees were the Yankees well before George came on board. You are certainly correct in that, ZZ.

      But the Yankees were moribound by the time George entered the picture. They were a shell of their former selves. And George came in and everything changed pretty damn quickly. While there were many losing seasons during his tenure/years in suspension induced exile (Did someone mention the early 90’s? Did that happen or was it just a bad dream played to a Vanilla Ice soundtrack? I’m going with a bad dream), he helped bring back winning.

      More importantly, he turned the Yankees into a cash cow that will help to increase the chance of consistent prolonged winning. Mystique and Aura may have resided at Yankee Stadium before George, but George found a way to monetize them. He created the Yankee empire, and we, as Yankee fans, all benefit.

      So while the others in monument park are clearly much more important figures in terms of the history of baseball and will hold much larger places in the hearts of the fans, I think the oversized plaque might actually accurately represent Big Stein’s impact on the power and future of the franchise.

      • ZZ

        I agree that George was a huge figure in Yankee history and had a huge impact. But, this plaque overstates his impact in my opinion.

        I don’t think many people realize, but the late 80s and early 90s were even worse than when George took over the team. It was one of the 2 or 3 worst times in the history of the franchise.

        I am not saying this is you, but also many Yankee fans really don’t realize how bad the bad was with George.

        Finally, while he was a great owner as you describe, I don’t think he was the most important.

        If any owner in this team’s history is going to get a plaque that big, Jacob Ruppert deserves it.

        That is when the Yankees as we know it were really created. Under Ruppert’s watch.

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

          If Jacob Ruppert wanted to make a big-ass plaque for himself in YS1, the stadium he built, I’d be fine with that.

          George Steinbrenner built this stadium. He can have the biggest plaque in his stadium. There’s nothing wrong with that.

          The Yankees and Yankee Stadium are not the same thing.

          • ZZ

            He already has a statue in the stadium.

            The Steinbrenners did not create Monument Park. They inherited that part of Yankee history and took it over.

            I am not going to argue that the family has the right to do whatever they want with their stadium. Of course they do.

            But what they did is misleading and distasteful in my opinion.

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

              And in my opinion, it’s not misleading or distasteful in the least.

              Agree to disagree.

              • ZZ

                Sounds good.

    • Avi

      That’s what you get to do when your the Boss (or his family). It’s the house the George built. It’s definitely VERY big but i don’t think anyone is going to confuse an owner with players. They each have their own functions.

      • ZZ

        Of course that is what you get to do.

        It doesn’t mean it is right.

        • Dream of Electric Sheep

          ZZ , I see your point. Cooperstown isn’t putting up an extra large plaque for GMS. The NY Yankees are just that and not the GMS Yankees. It’s not that big of deal if he has bigger monument in a stadium that he built.

        • Avi

          I understand your purist view. It just doesn’t bother me though. In a way it says a lot about George and his personality. Egotistical,Headline hungering, having to always to be the center of attention and on the back pages etc

          • ZZ

            A big part of George’s personality was also that he respected and loved the Yankee tradition as much as anyone.

            His plaque swamps the people who created that.

            • thurdonpaul

              That is an excellent point.

        • Poopy Pants

          It doesn’t really matter when the Stadium is filled with rubes watching babied millionaires throwing, catching and hitting balls.
          It’s really not important in the scope of real life.

    • Big Stein

      5 feet by 7 feet, weighing 760 lbs.

      I thought it would be a simple granite slab like the one for the players or for Jacob Ruppert, not a billboard.

      • ZZ

        That is what I thought also. Very disappointing.

    • Thomas

      I agree 100%. I thought by giving him such a large plaque, it is showing he is bigger than anyone else who has ever played/worked for the team. This is obviously a lie since you can ask any 5 year old American who Babe Ruth is and they likely know him, but I suspect few would know who Steinbrenner is.

    • MikeD

      The Steinbrenners own the Yankees.

      The Colonel, Jacob Ruppert, created the mythic Yankees as we would eventually know them, was instrumental in building the original Yankee Stadium, and his ownership of the Yankees changed the game forever.

      The Boss, George M Steinbrenner, revived the mythic Yankees, was instrumental in building the Yankees new home, and his ownership of the Yankees and changed the game forever.

      As I said at the top, the Steinbrenners own the Yankees. If George was my father, I’d erect a huge, bad-ass monument for him too.

      It won’t bother me at all the next time I walk through Monument Park.

    • Dalelama

      I agree, money can’t buy class.

    • hornblower

      ZZ I’m with you. I always hoped to outlive the GS craziness. No disrespect to the family but the Yankees to me are Mantle, Joe D. etc. GS was just an owner.

  • Guest

    As I stated in the off-topic thread after I saw the lineup on LoHud:

    Double Rainbow!!!!! It’s so beautiful (sobs uncontrollably)

    Also, please someone make the appropriate Mr. T related A-Team joke. I don’t have the comic chops.

    • Sir Not-Appearing-In-This-Blog

      What you talkin’ about Willis?

    • Sir Not-Appearing-In-This-Blog

      Mr and Mrs. T’s Bloody Mary Mix, buy it or I’ll kill ya.

      /closer?

    • Sir Not-Appearing-In-This-Blog

      Wait wait, I got it…

      I feel really bad that we are going to have to score more runs than you, Tampa Bay.

      With love,
      Mr. T

    • I am not the droids you’re looking for

      You ain’t got no skills Phil. (save that one for the WS)

  • ShuutoHeat (Don’t Trade GGBG Pl0x)

    LOL someone come up with the caption for the picture, too damn funny looking to not have a caption.

  • Big Stein

    Bill Simmons on PTI called Torre an “attention whore”.

    Gotta agree with him. Digya see Torre already start his campaign to join the Mets. http://sports.espn.go.com/new-.....id=5601334

    • Nice

      Torre is the Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton of managers – constantly in front of the cameras. I understands he sleeps in a television studio, just in case someone wants to interview him.

      • Thomas

        Luckily we haven’t seen an exposed crotch shot.

      • Hughesus Christo

        Speaking of attention whoring managers… I think Mattingly better watch his back, TLR knows a guy.

  • Pete

    I kinda wish Thames was starting tonight against Shields. I think the change would be less effective against him than against a LH Berkman. Just a hunch, though. Lance has been hot lately and that’s his better side, so it’s probably a wash

  • Dream of Electric Sheep

    A lineup for sure. You could make a case for Thames over Berkman as Shield is generally more effective against LH (870 OPS vs 757 RH) this season. Perhaps tonight is the night for a big Puma fly.

    • Dream of Electric Sheep

      Oops, 870 OPS vs RH

  • Nice

    Why isn’t Grandy bating 2nd? The way he’s hitting, he’s earned the number #2 spot.

    • pat

      Swish has been doin it all season. Gotta reward the consistent consistency.

  • Not Tank the Frank

    That A lineup is crazy with a capital nuts.

  • NYY-SWISH

    Still, while I’d rather see Gardner lead off, this lineup makes my pants tight.

  • Jerome S

    Berkman, eh? is he gonna be spun over to the right side for this one? Cause if so, then this is like the 96/100 Lineup. Which I guess is still an A.

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

      shields is a righty, so why would berkman bat from the right side??

      • Carlosologist

        Because Berkman sucks so bad he forgets from which side to bat.

        /dumbass yankee fans’d

      • Sir Not-Appearing-In-This-Blog

        See above other comments about Thames and change-ups.

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

          eh, i love berkman, and the fact that he’s batting a zillion this month, i have no problem playing him

          • Sir Not-Appearing-In-This-Blog

            I’m with ya, just pointing out that a few people have been bringing up the same point.

            It would be interesting to see if a manager at some point played same-handed hitters against really good change-up pitchers.

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

              Joe Maddon did it earlier this year.

              • Dream of Electric Sheep

                See Shawn Marcus. It makes sense. Plus when Thames is hot , he has hammered everyone this year.

                • Dream of Electric Sheep

                  Marcum, fuck , can’t type tonight.

  • U Thant

    This lineup is good.

    • Carlosologist

      That is a severe understatement.

      This lineup is deep and thick.

      • U Thant

        Correction. This lineup is good, deep, and thick.
        Thanks Carlosologist.

        • Big Stein

          Correction. This lineup is good, deep, thick, and uncut.

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

    hmm kim jones is looking good tonight…

    • Big Stein

      Yankees need to upgrade her position this offseason with JEts bombshell Ines Sainz. http://i10.photobucket.com/alb.....ainz-3.jpg

      • Carlosologist

        (jeans get tighter)

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

          D:

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

            Not that I should really talk considering I’m all like ZOMG PETTITTE just you’re 12!

            (Yeah I know you’re 14/15. :p )

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

        She doesn’t speak English well, so she’d be a very poor sideline reporter.

        Hire her at once.

        • Thomas

          There is a website or a website post dedicated to getting Heidi Watney fired from the Red Sox claiming she fills neither of the two sideline report requirements: 1. being informative or 2. being attractive.

          In conclusion, Red Sox fans are unintelligent.

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

            I’d say that Watney is attractive, but it’s not a slam dunk, I can see why some people wouldn’t be into her.

            I have no idea if she’s any good as a reporter.

            • Thomas

              She’s an average reporter she says the normal stuff, nothing spectacular, but nothing bad.

              I’ve always thought she was undeniably gorgeous, but I guess everyone is different.

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

                Yeah, I’d say “pretty” or “above average”, but not “undeniably gorgeous”.

                But, to each his own.

  • Pat D

    Wanted to leave work early today, didn’t have time available to do so.

    Let’s kick some ass!

  • Carlosologist

    Fun fact: The Yanks are the first team to reach 800 runs. Now imagine if we didn’t have that fail of a road trip. We’d be well on our way to 900 runs!

    • Avi

      Imagine if Cashman didn’t sign Nick Johnson. And had a backup catcher and utility player that produced better than 20% the league average. We’d hit 1000 runs this year.

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

        Imagine if Cashman didn’t sign Nick Johnson stayed healthy.

        • Avi

          Bex, That would be like expecting ramiro pena to pop 40 dingers.
          that was an AWFUL signing – one of MANY awful moves by Cashman. and im not monday-morning quaterbacking. I couldn’t believe they signed nick johnson.

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

            It wasn’t an AWFUL signing. It was a signing that didn’t work out.

            An AWFUL signing was Jaret Wright. The Nick signing wasn’t awful because Nick Johnson had a good chance to play at a high level and contribute.

          • Kit

            What “many” awful moves did Cash make? I get the argument for Javy even though I disagree wholeheartedly, but Nick just didn’t work out. As far as I’m concerned, with the exception of Javy and Austin (who is still a useful player in a bad slump), everyone picked up during the off season/trade deadline has been useful, so I don’t know where this “many” came from.

            • Slappy White

              Chan Ho and Randy Winn sucked but other than that hes built a Deep And Thick roster

              • Kit

                Whoa, completely forgot about Chan Ho Park. His existence was erased from my memory. And yeah, Winn did suck. But I don’t see those as “many”. Park was a decent pick up that didn’t work out.

                • Slappy White

                  I agree. I figured you forgot those two

            • Avi

              Carl Pavano, jaret wright, kei igawa, letting Pettitte go after ’03 in favor of Kevin brown; Vazquez part one (trading for him over curt schilling and giving up MUCH more than the Red Sox did in the process), Vazquez the sequel, Randy Johnson’s two year extension, trading ted lilly for jeff weaver, AJ burnett just to name a few.
              Cashman has a nearly UNLIMITED payroll from year to year and we don’t have even a quality third starter, never mind fourth.

              Roy Halladay, Roy oswalt and cliff lee all change teams in the last nine months (Lee was traded TWICE) and we end up with VAZQUEZ!
              Something is VERY wrong with that picture. That’s very poor judgment on Cashman’s part.

              Cashman is paying out $20 MILLION to Vazquez, Nick (wheel chair) johnson, Chan ho park and Randy Winn this year.
              I know Twelve-year old kids that could’ve spent that money more effectively!

              Any VP, President, or CEO to make as many high cost mistakes as that would have been out of a job LONG ago.

              ANYONE WHO THINKS BRIAN CASHMAN IS A SHREWD GM NEEDS THEIR HEAD EXAMINED!

              Again I’m not Monday morning quarterbacking on ANY of these. These are all moves that put me in a terrible mood on the days that they were each made.

              I’m sorry to state my opinion harshly. It’s the years of frustration watching this talking.
              Thanks for listening.

              • Kit

                Too long and I don’t care enough to read it. Cashman is actually one of the better GM’s in MLB, and if you don’t like his decisions, you can’t do anything about it but deal, like the rest of us. At least he tries to bring in good players.

                • Avi

                  Kit, I stongly disagree. By what measure is he one of the better GM in MLB? Other than trading for Swish where are the smart/shrewd moves in the last decade that show ANY creativity?
                  Cuz on top of the bad moves i just listed there are MANY more i could go through.
                  The fact the we can’t do anything about it makes it so frustrating. But what’s even more frustrating is this perception by most yankee fans that he’s a good GM. The media apparently also thinks so. He NEVER gets taken to task in the papers,radio or web for any of these terrible moves. At least if people would realize how inept he is there would be pressure for change.

        • Slappy White

          But that NEVER happens

      • Avi

        Meant Utility infielder – ramiro pena would make an EXCELLENT bat boy.
        Not sure same could be said about cervelli. Maybe an effective parking lot assistant for frankie? He’s obviously in the wrong line of work.

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

          Cervelli’s actually better than the league average in offense for catchers, while being a backup. He needs to work on his defense though.

        • Carlosologist

          Pena and Cervelli aren’t supposed to be superstar everyday guys. They’re bench players. They exist to give the superstars some rest and for defense. That’s why we’ve all grown to expect very little out of our backup guys.

          • Avi

            They’ve given less than very little.

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

              Cervelli and Peña have combined to produce +0.5 WAR.

              That’s actually damn good for a backup catcher and a backup shortstop. Without looking, I’d bet that most teams in baseball don’t break even on WAR from those two backups combined.

              • Avi

                If you could let me know where that ranks compared to the rest of MLB i’d appreciate it Tommie.

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

                  Since you’re the one you wants to claim they suck and Cashman’s a moron, no.

                  Do your legwork for your flawed argument yourself.

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

                Shoppach has been worth 0.3 bWAR. The Rays don’t really have a comparable player to Pena, as Sean Rodriguez and Reid Brignac have both gotten way more playing time. The closest playing time comp they have is Kapler, who is at -0.5 bWAR

              • Slappy White

                Dont you go again trying to confuse us with your fancy facts :)

          • Avi

            Pena and Cervelli combined:
            400 AB’s, ZERO homers, 50 Rbi’s and a VERY low BA, OBP and slugging line. didn’t do the math..
            for a team that speant almost $3 mil on Randy winn and Chan ho (out of the) Park that’s INEXCUSABLE. Never mind the fact that the no hit catcher CAN’T THROW!! – sadly comical.
            Only one way to explain such ineptitude: BRIAN CASHMAN

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

              Poll: Is “Avi” a male name?

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

                Yes

              • Thomas

                The author Avi is male, but I needed to check wiki and always though Avi was female.

              • Kit

                Applying the first name rule?

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

                  Yes’m

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

                    Let’s name the “Male First Name Only Rule” the “Bo Corollary”.

              • Slappy White

                First name only rule ?

              • Avi

                Yes. It’s a Jewish nickname for Abraham. I’m a 29 YO dude..

              • Avi

                Better idea: how about just ask me.

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

              A.) the 3M spent combined to get Park and Winn probably wouldn’t have bought a single backup catcher or backup shortstop better than Cervelli or Peña, because players better than them wouldn’t sign on to play only 30% of the time backing up a future HoF franchise cornerstone. The players better than Cervelli or Peña all went elsewhere to get legit starting chances.
              B.) Ramiro Peña has 159 plate appearances this year. That’s 2.6% of the team total. No big whoop.
              C.) Frankie Cervelli, as bad as he has been, is the 31st best catcher in all of baseball by WAR. Of all the big league backups, he’s probably the best.

              Your mind: BLOWN.

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

                Pffft, he’s no David Ross.

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

                  Ramon Castro is having a pretty good season too

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

                  Fine, we don’t have the best backup, we have one of the best backups.

                  • Avi

                    Cervelli has played in more than HALF the yankees’ games this year. Being that he’s the “31st best catcher in baseball” this means we have WORSE than the WORST CATCER IN BASEBALL playing HALF our games.
                    Ha! leave it up to Cervelli to be worse than the worst.
                    Great job Cashman.
                    Didn’t realize cashman was a family member though Tommie – it’s nothing personal.
                    Just wondering: if there’s 30 teams in baseball how can you be “31st BEST” at anything?

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

      Fun Fact #2: The Yankees were the first team to 50, 60, 70, 80, and 90 wins.

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

        But you stats people keep telling us wins don’t matter? Well, who is right?

        /BBWAA member’d

      • Thomas

        Fun Fact #3: The Yankees were the first team to win 27 WS and will be the first to 28.

      • Carlosologist

        Will we be the only ones to reach 100 again? I think so.

      • Sir Not-Appearing-In-This-Blog

        Whatca think, any 100 win teams this year?

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

          We need 9 more wins with 12 left to play?

          I’ll say… no. We finish with the best record in the bigs at 99-63.

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

          Need 9 wins in 12 games. I’m going to go with no, but without much conviction

        • Hughesus Christo

          The Rockies will find a way

          #whycanttheyplaybeforeaugust

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

            If the Rockies could get their shit together before September they’d blow away the 1998 Yankees in terms of the regular season, seriously

    • Carlosologist

      I love a little tidbit I shared sparked a huge Nick Johnson debate. Again.

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

        dalelama shows up to make some really dumb comment in 3…2…1…

        • Dalelama

          You are beautiful….

  • Kit

    Loving that line up. No mercy for Shields. Kick ass, boys.

  • Avi

    This is our BEST lineup against Right handed pitchers. I’m referring to the players. The actual order can be debated.

  • All Star Carl

    Come on Hughes beat the Rays

  • All Star Carl

    Nice change up

  • Sir Not-Appearing-In-This-Blog

    Sterling reads RAB?!? “This is the A-Team”

    “Pity the fool” jokes to ensue?

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

      Sterling reads RAB?!? “This is the A-Team”

      “Pity the fool” jokes to ensue?

      • Sir Not-Appearing-In-This-Blog

        Thanks for FTFM.

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

    good inning for huuuuuuuughes, but would love the pitches per A/B to go down plz

    • Sir Not-Appearing-In-This-Blog

      He turns everyone into, uh, that guy who is known for hitting a lot of foul balls that I can’t think of right now nor find by using google.

      • Sir Not-Appearing-In-This-Blog

        Carlos Baerga?

      • Sir Not-Appearing-In-This-Blog

        I couldn’t let it go. Apparently I was thinking of Luke Appling.

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

        David Eckstein?

  • Slappy White

    I knew Hairston was a warrior. Played 2 months with a broken leg….DAMN

  • iYankee(next generation from Apple)

    I am sure that I missed this earlier in the thread, but Philly has to stop this 22+ pitch stuff. Dude your killing your arm.

    Now, I would like to see a 5 spot by the 3rd inning

  • Across the pond

    Anyone got a scouting report on this Shields guy? What pitches has he got?

    *I amuse myself and that’s all that matters

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

    SWISHAHOUSE!!!

  • ShuutoHeat (Don’t Trade GGBG Pl0x)

    Swish!!!

  • iYankee(next generation from Apple)

    Hey Shields, here is your Cortisone shot

  • CBean

    SWISHALICIOUS!!!

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

    I might be able to hit double digit homers in the number two spot of this lineup.

    • Carlosologist

      To be the number 2 hitter for the New York Yankees… that is a dream I will achieve.

  • Big Stein

    BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!

  • Kit

    Swish!

  • Ben

    Anyone know the last time the Yankees had their full lineup out there (or one with Thames instead of Berkman)?

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

      Someone was saying it was like August 4.

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

    passing the baton

    i like

  • Across the pond

    Question:

    What is the circular thing that batters have on their thumbs (i think). Just seen Swish with one and seen one the other day at a baseball game.

    Couldn’t get a good look to see what it’s for though.

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

      I think it’s just called a “thumb guard”.

      It’s padding.

      • Across the pond

        Ahhh. Much obliged.

  • Kit

    I would like a productive 3-4-5 today, guys. Liking it so far, get them in, Robbie.

    • Slappy White

      TWSS (or, in this case, what you said)

  • Hughesus Christo

    I’m pretty sure I would hate Jason Heyward if he weren’t on my fantasy team. Best player ever, or best player ever?

    I’m anticipating 10 HRs from him in this year’s the World Series, despite a Yankees sweep.

    • Dream of Electric Sheep

      You thnk ATL will come out of NL ? My money goes to the Phils.

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

        I think Atlanta holds on to win the WC. But yeah, the Phillies are terrifying right now.

        • Kit

          I would prefer they not make it so they can’t be the post-season three-peat team, but they’re on a serious tear.

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

    i know it’s extremely difficult, but the yanks have got to stop swinging at those pitches out of the zone against sheilds. Those low and away pitches are going to be the death of the righty

  • Yankeefan91 Arod fan

    so is anyone going to the last game at home im exited im sitting in section 130

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

    That strike one pitch was almost on the ground!

  • Carlosologist

    that was a strike?

  • ShuutoHeat (Don’t Trade GGBG Pl0x)

    LOL gotta love the guy singing “Ole Ole” with “Jorge Jorge”.

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

    HIP HIP!

  • Kit

    I love you, Jorge.

    • CBean

      So much.

  • Carlosologist

    Is this what you call… offense

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

    Hip fucking hip!

  • swisher’s fauxhawk

    Come on Puma. Your Yankee pinstripes are still waiting.

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

      Come on Puma. Your Yankee pinstripes are still waiting.

      Fixed.

    • Sir Not-Appearing-In-This-Blog

      Sorry I’m listening on the radio, what is he wearing?

      • ShuutoHeat (Don’t Trade GGBG Pl0x)

        A golden thong.

        • Sir Not-Appearing-In-This-Blog

          I’m glad I’m just listening then.

          • ShuutoHeat (Don’t Trade GGBG Pl0x)

            LOL

      • swisher’s fauxhawk

        A Roman toga, circa 100 BC.

      • Kit

        He means the spiritual ones you earn when you become Alex Rodriguez in 2009.

  • Thomas

    88 AB without a HR, put in Miranda.

    /sarcasm

  • Dream of Electric Sheep

    Come on PUMA ! Time to pounce !

  • ShuutoHeat (Don’t Trade GGBG Pl0x)

    PUMA!!!

  • swisher’s fauxhawk

    Puma!

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

    PUMA TIME!!!

    upton looked so lost

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

    Lance fucking Berkman’s in the house!!!

  • CBean

    Big Puma!

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joe Pawlikowski

    Hey, where’s the Berkman troll from this morning?

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

      I apologize for subtly implying that he’s an idiot.

      (Not really.)

  • Kit

    Puma!

  • Thomas

    And Fat Elvis says, “Thank you very much.”

  • Dream of Electric Sheep

    Aight , I take that. Some XBH oomph!

  • iYankee(next generation from Apple)

    1 run to go.

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

    circular lineup is circular

  • JD

    Big Game James

  • All Star Carl

    Puuuuuuma

  • U Thant

    in play, (runs)

  • Guest

    I love it when you call me Big Puma

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

      Tell your friends, to get with my friends, and we can be friends–

      Shit, we can do this every weekend! Aaaight? Is that aaight with you?

  • Sir Not-Appearing-In-This-Blog

    Is that all he has? Warning track power?

  • Slappy White

    I guess James doesnt consider this a big game

  • Carlosologist

    Damn it would have been impressive for Berk to go out of the Stadium with a dead center shot.

    • CBean

      I”m still at work so I’m on the at-bat and they were doing a live look-in. And they cut it out just as Berkman hits that ball. I was all AHHHHHHHH what happened to it and hoping for his first HR as a Yankee.

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

    Lance Berkman: True Yankee™, or Truest Yankee™?

    • Dream of Electric Sheep

      I will wait for him to tee off Pavano and his stache to crown the ‘truest’ part.

    • Sir Not-Appearing-In-This-Blog

      FOR A DOUBLE???

      Maybe “Not the most False Yankee”

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

        It was a trick question.

        They were all Twix.

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

    Grandy Man!!

    Yes he can!

  • Guest

    The A-Team…Niiiiiiice, I like.

  • Dream of Electric Sheep

    FU Joe Maddon!

  • ShuutoHeat (Don’t Trade GGBG Pl0x)

    Grandy! Yeeaaaaaaa!

    Big Lame James has NOTHING tonight.

  • Sir Not-Appearing-In-This-Blog

    Suzyn. “Shields is a human being, and you can’t predict baseball”

  • iYankee(next generation from Apple)

    And there is my 5 spot before the 3rd inning. Thank you very much boys.

    Now I can have a drink in peace.

  • Kit

    Hell yeah! No mercy, Shields.

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

      NO COMMERCIALS… NO MERCY!!!!!!

  • swisher’s fauxhawk

    I absolutely adore Puma running the bases.

  • Jose the Satirist

    Let’s destroy their bullpen tonight.

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

      (puts on tuxedo, prepares to fuck shit up)

  • CBean

    After the roadtrip last week, it’s so good to seeing the Yankees playing like this.

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

    Big Game James’ ERA is, as of this moment, over 5.

    • Thomas

      In the playoffs he’ll post a -5.00 ERA, because that’s when its the biggest.

  • ShuutoHeat (Don’t Trade GGBG Pl0x)

    I hate that move he does before he gets into position, the whole twist around to look at 1B shit.

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

      His windup makes my eyes fucking bleed

  • swisher’s fauxhawk

    Made that ass work.

    Good job, boys.

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

      TWSS

  • Carlosologist

    I predicted a blowout sweep yesterday. We’re halfway there now.

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

      are you trying to predict baseball? Because you can’t predict baseball.

      Also, this game is very very very very very very very far from over.

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

        well, that didn’t work

  • Sunil

    the yanks have the A squad out tonight. swisher has a decent shot at 100 rbis this year. if he did that, the yanks would have 2-3-4-5 hitters with 100 or more rbi.

  • JD

    Good job looking at strike 3, Brett. This team does not have the killer instinct.

    • Sunil

      are you serious?

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

        He’s not.

    • swisher’s fauxhawk

      Not gritty or gutty enough.

      Dustin Pedroia, now there’s a man who personifies grit.

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

      They didn’t hit a sac fly or have a suicide squeeze there, so I do believe their KI went down, sadly.

      • JD

        You can’t expect to win by just outscoring teams. You have to play small ball.

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

          That makes sense.

    • swisher’s fauxhawk

      Jeets.

  • Jon in CUO

    There’s no way they can keep up this pace and score 45. Prepare yourselves for 8 innings of frustrating, scoreless Yankees baseball.

    /irrationalnegativenancy’d

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

      You know what would be awesome? Scoring 45 runs this game.

      /irrationallyhighexpectations’d

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

    that was a filthy curve

  • Kit

    Ah fuck you, Matt Joyce. You and your attractiveness.

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

      He looks really bad with the scruff now though, it’s a bummer

      • Kit

        I didn’t notice he was scruffy. =(

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

          He is and he looks way different and way less hot, I do not approve at all. Some guys look a lot better with scruff (hello Mr. Pettitte), he does not.

          • Kit

            That’s unfortunate.

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

            Video evidence that Andy Pettitte looks nice with scruff

            http://web.yesnetwork.com/medi.....d=12249527

            (There’s no reason for me to post this, I just am. La la la)

            • Kit

              I will not complain about Andy Pettitte pictures/clips, and he always looks good.

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

    Shake it off, Hughesy.

  • Carlosologist

    Jeez, I wonder why Phil gives up so many HR?

    • Slappy White

      Dont worry young man, The Great John Flaherty will explain it to us all

    • Guest

      Lots of fastballs. Not afraid to challenge hitters. Kind of a recipe for giving up HRs. Of course, I would guess a part of it is he is getting unlucky with his FB/HR ratio.

      BTW, nothing wrong with giving up a lot of homeruns. Lots of great pitchers gave up HRs. The key is to make a lot of them solo HRs.

    • Thomas

      IIRC a bunch came off cutters to lefties that just didn’t move much (rather than moving hard inside).

  • Slappy White

    Wipe that cocky smirk off your face Joyce , its still 5-1

  • CBean

    Ok Phil, no more of those.

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

    Homer’s fine, shake it off and get the next guy.

  • phughesisgod

    Ohhhhhh 3 changeups in 2 innings, all strikes???? Me likey!

  • ShuutoHeat (Don’t Trade GGBG Pl0x)

    Good shit, time to widen the gap some more!

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

      … too easy.

      • Jon in CUO

        /sortofVader’d ?

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

          Now you realize that evil will always triumph, because good is dumb.

          /DarkHelmet’d

          • Sir Not-Appearing-In-This-Blog

            Yankees playing tonight at Ludicrous Speed.

      • Sir Not-Appearing-In-This-Blog

        TWHS.

      • Slappy White

        Oh come on, its right there. Show no Mercy

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

          Oh come on, its right there. Show no Mercy

          TWSS

          #humorousjuxtaposition

          • Slappy White

            Slappy with the assist

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

    Dear Flash:

    please never ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever mention pitching to the score again.

  • Copperhead65

    So annoying that guys like Johnson and Joyce hitting Hrs

    At least with Pena you expect it

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

      IsoP:

      Carlos Pena: .216
      Matt Joyce: .222

    • Pat D

      Eh, Johnson’s always had power. So has Joyce for that matter. They’re just mediocre, 4A-ish type players, and that’s what is annoying.

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

        I can’t prove that Carlos Peña, Matt Joyce, and Dan Johnson aren’t all the same player.

        /GlennBeck’d

        • Pat D

          Yea, especially since he can’t see very well.

      • Copperhead65

        Thats what I mean, but it always seem to be against the Yankees

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

          a. it’s called confirmation bias
          b. I know that Dan Johnson murders at least the Red Sox too. Does that make you feel vaguely better?

          • Kit

            If he doesn’t then there’s nothing we can do, because we all know about Boston’s five aces and how great they are.

  • ShuutoHeat (Don’t Trade GGBG Pl0x)

    JETERIAN!

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

      SHIELDSIAN!!!

  • Jon in CUO

    Prediction: Jeter gets 8 AB’s this game, without extra innings. Make it happen!

    • Thomas

      If the Yankees score that much, Jeter would likely be subbed out.

  • Dream of Electric Sheep

    Keep on and keeping on boys.

  • Guest

    If I hear the phrase “Jeterian swing” one more time…I probably wouldn’t do anything about it.

    But still.

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

      GOB: Let me ask you something. Is this a business decision, or is it personal? ‘Cause if it’s business I’ll go away happily. But if it’s personal, I’ll go away… but I won’t be happy.

      • ShuutoHeat (Don’t Trade GGBG Pl0x)

        Good ol’ Gob.
        Good to see he is getting a new show.

      • Sir Not-Appearing-In-This-Blog

        C’MON!

  • Kit

    I know you’re banged up, Mark, but I miss you being productive. Get well soon.

  • swisher’s fauxhawk

    Ahhhhhhh. So close.

  • Kit

    Damn! So close!

  • CBean

    Goddammit Sterling.

  • vin

    I hate Sterling.

  • Hummingbird S.

    damn, so close. Tex crushed that.

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

    Tex hit a home run three innings after the toe injury. Stop saying he has been homerless since getting hit.

    • vin

      That’s not as good a story though.

  • Sir Not-Appearing-In-This-Blog

    I hate when Sterling get’s me excited?

    /do it Tommie
    /twice’d

  • vin

    Sterling (after talking about the position of the press booth and being able to call HR’s fair/foul): “I can never tell. I just wait for the umpire to call it.”

    Do you really?! Then what is all this “It is high, it is far…” business? Just treat it like every other announcer – with uncertainty regarding fair/foul.

    • Thomas

      He’s just describing the travel of the ball.

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

    Poorly worded text poll

    • Kit

      What was it? I just heard all the choices.

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

        Who should Joe Girardi “tap” to pitch the 8th inning in the playoffs?

        Yeah. Tap.

        • Kit

          …wtf. Who comes up with those.

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

          Tappa Kegga Dei?

      • Thomas

        Who would you want Girardi to “tap” as the 8th inning guy?

    • Thomas

      I’d “tap” Wood.

      TWSS

  • Dream of Electric Sheep

    I like Sterling personally. He is seldom accurate and very emotional like a normal fan.

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

      After reading this comment, I realize the following two things:

      1.) I still don’t like Sterling
      2.) I don’t like normal fans

    • yungsta

      I can do his job for less money and more accuracy. But last I knew, “normal fans” don’t get paid for saying silly crap.

  • Slappy White

    I DONT WANNA SEE JOE GIRARDI TAP ANY OF THOSE GUYS….THIS IS A FAMILY SPORT

  • pat

    Doesn’t the ump know if Phil throws a change up anywhere near the plate it needs to be called a strike?

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

      Q: Doesn’t the ump know if Phil throws a change up anywhere near the plate it needs to be called a strike?

      A: No.

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

        I laughed.

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

          If there was a “interrupt ” button here at RAB, I’d use it so much you’d have to turn it off.

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

    Stop talking about lust, Michael Kay

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

      PLEASE STOP CALLING YOUR ARMS “GUNS”!!!!

      /Corningstone’d

  • Kit

    C’mon, Phil. Uno mas.

  • Jon in CUO

    Folks watching My9: were they just discussing the Carl Crawford/Cervelli dustup from last night?

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

    Get this Phil. Stop screwing around.

  • Copperhead65

    Uh oh

  • iYankee(next generation from Apple)

    Ok, Phil is either gassed or his mechanics have gone to shit. Perhaps a Javier sighting tonight, unless he is still in Joe’s doghouse.

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    Hey, Phil. Can you like…not do that. kthxbye.

  • yungsta

    How does the most storied franchise in sports history have such tools for announcers?

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

      We don’t have enough Killer Instinct.

      • Thomas

        Well played.

  • http://fmylife.com Bryan

    Teh 3-Man Rotation?

  • Kit

    Try to keep the walks to a minimum, Phil. Get the runs back, offense.

  • Copperhead65

    Does Flaherty work for the Yanks

    Dude is so negative

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

      Does Copperhead65 root for the Yanks

      Dude is so negative

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

        Flaherty and Kay not being huge Yankee homers >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> having an announcer like Hawk Harrelson or the Red Sox boys

        • bonestock94

          If you can get past the Boston accent, the NESN guys are less biased than ESPN in Yankees @ Sawks games.

          • Kit

            When he said “Boston boys” I thought “ESPN,” actually.

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

            If you can get past the Boston accent, the NESN guys are less biased than ESPN in Yankees @ Sawks games.

            If you can get past the filth, inbreeding, and bestiality, Boston is a lovely place to spend a weekend.

            • http://www.yfsf.org AndrewYF

              If you can get past Boston, the Atlantic is an upgrade.

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

            I kinda like the NESN guys. At the very least, Jerry Remy is entertaining

      • Copperhead65

        I respect that

  • Hummingbird S.

    I miss good Phil. It looks like we might need more than 5 runs tonight.

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

      It looks like we might need more than 5 runs tonight.

      Good thing we’re playing the Rays tonight.

      http://www.hiyoooo.com

      • Hummingbird S.

        Good thing we are facing james shields

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

          Bingo.

    • Donny

      no sh!t. are we AGAIN going to say, “Oh, he pitched great… Just made a coupla bad pitches that cost him”… I’m sick of that.

  • CBean

    Come on Yankees, get some more runs for your Hughes.

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

    who took a dump in john’s cheerios this morning?

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Looks like I missed the beginning of a good game.

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

      It was awesome.

      Brick killed a guy.

      • Nick

        Yeah, there were horses, and a man on fire, and I killed a guy with a trident.

        /Tamland’d

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

    hahahahahaha that didnt even hit him

  • Cy Pettitte

    Jorge WHAT A CHEATER

    DISGRACE

  • Kit

    Does anything in Jorge’s name rhyme with “cheater”?

    • Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF)

      Posada fake alotta?

      • Kit

        That is terrible. Rejected.

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

          That is so bad we should adopt it

          • Kit

            I don’t think adopting that and raising it to be a respectable member of the meme society, will erase all the terrible.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Bronx School of Acting.

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

      Bronx School of Acting.

      The first words that came to mind were “Dean Steve Schirripa” and “Professor Emeritus Vincent Pastore”.

  • ShuutoHeat (Don’t Trade GGBG Pl0x)

    LOL against the same team.

  • Zooboy

    Jeter should run out and hand Sado a pair of crutches.

    • Kit

      That’s Gino’s job. The man is an excellent supporting actor.

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

    ZOMG THE YANKEES R SUCH CHEETERS

    No seriously, I’m laughing really hardcore

  • NYY-SWISH

    This has bothered me a tad before the season even started, but does anyone else find it bogus that the Yankees start and end the regular season in Fenway Park?

    • Kit

      Why is it bogus?

      • NYY-SWISH

        I don’t think I really have to explain that.

        • Kit

          No, you kind of do because otherwise, it makes no sense to bring it up.

          • NYY-SWISH

            Well hello Miss Sassy Pants, I didn’t know attitude was in this season. Anyway, I don’t really care anymore. I just hate the Red Sox and being in New England only augments such sentiments.

            • Kit

              That wasn’t meant to be rude at all, I was asking you a serious question and then you completely blow me off like you have no idea why it’s bogus, you just wanted to use the word.

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

              I’m not Mr. Sassy Pants, but I also would like to know what “bogus” means as you’re using it, NYY-SWISH. It’s quite ambiguous.

              We can’t intelligently respond to your point until we understand what you’re trying to say.

    • Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF)

      extra pain for the Sawx. Very nice…

  • Little Bill

    Jorge Posada just cheated the fans and the entire game of baseball. He should be suspended 50 games for that.

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

      He’s murdered baseball history, again.

      /JaysonStark’d

  • Jon in CUO

    Rays broadcaster/former Red Sox manager/massive crybaby Kevin Kennedy: “This is a joke. This is getting out of hand. If you can act, you can get to first base.”

    • swisher’s fauxhawk

      The Yankees are cheating the competitive spirit of baseball with their vaudeville shenanigans.

  • Pat D

    Wait, did Posada just pretend to get hit?

  • pastadivingarod

    shame on jorge he has a sick kid and he cheats (sarcasm off)

    • ShuutoHeat (Don’t Trade GGBG Pl0x)

      really?

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Texas and…someone else.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      Toronto.

    • Thomas

      Texas and the Rockies

      • Kit

        I think it was AL teams only.

        • Thomas

          Oh I missed the question.

      • Thomas

        That actually wasn’t supposed to be a reply.

  • pastadivingarod

    The rays anouncers are harping on it and that madden pointed it out

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

    No 100-win seasons:

    Texas and Toronto?

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

      thats exactly who i was thinking

  • Copperhead65

    Not sure but I thought MLB said Maddon could not wear sweatshirts

  • Jon in CUO

    More Kennedy: “Carlos Pena had to hold on Posada at first when he shouldn’t have even been on base. That Berkman line drive was a rocket, it could’ve struck him in the face.”

    • pastadivingarod

      And you guys thought the Hawk was a cheerleader

      • Pat D

        There is no greater cheerleader than Hawk.

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

          Paula Abdul?

  • Kit

    C’mon, Phil. Keep the walks down.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Carlos Pena still has a .331 OBP, .332 wOBA, 15% walk rate, and .216 IsoP, as well as 27 homers. Batting average aside, Pena is still having an okay year.

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

      Why, it’s almost like batting average doesn’t tell you the whole story

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

      BUT THE BATTING AVERAGE

      AND THE STRIKEOUTS

      CLEARLY USELESS ERGLEBERGL.

      (capslock. And sarcasm alert.)

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

        Kent Brockman: Tonight on Smartline: The power plant strike — Arglebargle or Fooferah? With us tonight are plant owner C.M. Burns, union kingpin Homer Simpson, and talk show mainstay Dr. Joyce Brothers.
        Dr. Joyce: I brought my own mic!

    • Hughesus Christo

      It’s not so much that he hasn’t sucked as it is that you’re mildly surprised that a certain set of numbers place him as “kinda shitty” rather than “OMFG, HIDE YA KIDS KIDE YA WIFE”

      He has been in the bottom tier of 1Bs.

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

        BUT TEH CONTRACT YEAR PUSH!!!?!??!

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

    lets go phil

  • charliechoochoo

    What a crazy team this is.

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

    Mmm Carlos Pena pouting

  • Dream of Electric Sheep

    Gaudin , Javy or Moseley, any preferences in who is coming out BP first tonight?

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    I don’t get what speed has to do with batting average, Mike.

    • pat

      More infield singles?

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      Also, Upton still has a .337 wOBA, a .185 IsoP, an 11% walk rate. Again, decent year when not just looking at batting average.

    • Thomas

      I can see it helping for picking up some infield hits, but obviously in Upton’s case it is problems making contact.

  • Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF)

    Carlos Pena worse than Ramiro Pena?

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

    does kay know that 80 speed =/= great batting average??

    look at corey patterson…

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

      Look at Homer Bush.

      (Yeah, I said it.)

  • Pat D

    What’s his pitch count at?

  • swisher’s fauxhawk

    Get coordinated, boys.

  • Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF)

    AJax threatening rookie strike out record?

    Stats please.

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

      Record: 185, Pete Incaviglia, 1986
      Ajax: 159, coming into today

      I say he doesn’t get there.

  • Kit

    They really wanted that out.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Communication, please.

  • Kit

    One more out, Phil.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Yeah, guys, it’s lack of veteran leadership that has made Upton “underperform.”

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

    Wow, this whole conversation about BJ Upton and the Rays and their motivation or whatever is really pissing me off.

    • Thomas

      Hire Bowa to bust his ass.

  • CBean

    Ok Yankees, no sloppy playing.

  • Hummingbird S.

    Great. Giving them free outs. This is getting ugly.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Home run Javy loosening up

  • Kit

    But they have Javy…not really an improvement given his struggles, but it probably won’t kill the bullpen.

  • Sheepmeister

    So thats a strike on 3-0 but not on 0-0

  • Ray the Anti-Handle

    Ummm, where were pitch 1 and 2?

  • Copperhead65

    Comon Phil

  • Pat D

    Gotta love it when your starter puts himself in trouble.

  • Dream of Electric Sheep

    Come on Hughes, you can do it. I rather see Moseley than Javy if Hughes gets out this inning.

  • ZZ

    It is hard to believe how little BJ Upton has gotten out of his talent. What a waste of such great gifts for a player to have.

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

      /ABronxTale’d

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      He’s still having an okay year and he’s got plenty of time to have many more good years. It’s not like he’s 30 and has stalled out.

  • Thomas

    Alright Hughes.

  • Kit

    Come on, offense, give Phil some help.

    • Kit

      *more

      • Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF)

        wow Kit, you’re tough on Kit…

        • Kit

          I’m tough on everyone. NO MERCY!

          /unnecessary

  • cjc

    what a god awful job by Hughes just terrible

  • Cy Pettitte

    close one….can we add 10 more runs and make this an easy win please

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    I know Zobrist had a great year last year, so this year is technically a “down year” for him, but last year was the first time he had more than 227 PA. Isn’t it possible–probable?–that we don’t quite know what an up and down year is for him? I doubt he’s this “bad” but I also doubt he’s as good as 2009 showed.

    Did that make sense?

    • Kevin in Delectable Princeton

      Like you said, the truth is probably somewhere in the middle.

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

      Career BABIP: .283
      2010 BABIP: .281
      2009 BABIP: .326

      I tend to think of hitter BABIP as much more variable than pitcher, but every player finds their baseline eventually.

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

    thank god

  • cjc

    watch him pitch into the 6th after that first inning ridiculous

  • Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF)

    RISP failure by our opponent? Not possible.

  • Ray the Anti-Handle

    http://www.brooksbaseball.net/.....type=1.gif

    The Jaso walk. I’ll give the ump the first pitch, but that second one…

    • Kit

      Ouch. That second pitch is kind of brutal.

  • Copperhead65

    Well there you have it Michael Kay just called the game

    Yanks have no momentum

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

      What did he say?

      • ShuutoHeat (Don’t Trade GGBG Pl0x)

        Said the momentum is slowly shifting towards the Rays.

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

          He has also been saying that every 22 seconds since the end of the second inning.

      • Copperhead65

        Saying Momentum has shifted in Rays favor

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

      Michael Kay, known genius.

    • Dream of Electric Sheep

      momentum is the next Home run up his …. that and ‘swagger’ is all BS talk.

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

    How many fucking times have they talked about the momentum shift?

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

      it shifted 4 times in the last inning according to kay

    • ShuutoHeat (Don’t Trade GGBG Pl0x)

      Enough times for you to curse while asking how many times they have talked about it.

  • Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF)

    Jeets having a Gardnerian ab…

  • Kit

    No more walks, Phil, an easy inning would be cool.

  • Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF)

    Back to House Of Steinbrenner on espn

  • Copperhead65

    All I want for Christmas is 3 straight outs

  • ShuutoHeat (Don’t Trade GGBG Pl0x)

    Ugh… Flaherty just STFU…

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Derek Jeter’s HOF speech will be full of cliches, no? It will–as most of his interviews–say a lot without saying anything.

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

      Both teams played hard, my man.

      • Kit

        Don’t forget to tip your cap.

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

          I’ll set the over/under on “Mr. Torre” references at 2 and take the over.

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

      We took it one game at a time, gotta play for today. A stitch in time saves nine. You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink. Thank you.

  • Jon in CUO

    Jimmy Fallon is wearing a Yankees cap. Wha-wha-wha?

    • ShuutoHeat (Don’t Trade GGBG Pl0x)

      Fuck, his unfunny ass needs to take it off.

      • Jon in CUO

        As far as I’m concerned, he’ll never be on TV late enough.

        • ShuutoHeat (Don’t Trade GGBG Pl0x)

          Screw that, he shouldn’t be allowed to be anywhere near a recording studio or a TV.

    • Slappy White

      Im Fuckin Confused

    • Hughesus Christo

      Jimmy Fallon is from Brooklyn. Fever Pitch wasn’t a documentary.

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

    Speaking of (Dumb) S#$! Michael Kay Says:

    On TMKS today, Kay said that the Jets would be “hypocritical” to suspend/discipline Braylon Edwards for his DUI arrest because “his character issues are the reason they acquired him.

    No, seriously.

    • Kit

      I know absolutely nothing about football, but that sounds stupid as hell. I expect nothing less out of Kay.

    • Carlosologist

      I don’t listen to radio, but that must have sounded more batshit insane in verbatim.

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

        It was. I can’t even do Kay’s dumb justice, I’m too smart to be able to mimic it.

        • Pat D

          Is Kay’s dumb justice like Judge Goombah’s Freedom Watch?

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

            ZOMG FREEDOM WEEK

    • swisher’s fauxhawk

      There’s no way he could have seriously made that argument without completely choking on his laughter on-air.

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

        Nobody even called him out on it either. I never call in to talk radio, but I got on the phone. They weren’t taking calls (since the rest of the hour was booked for the Mark Sanchez/Andy Pettitte interviews).

    • Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF)

      I heard that and if that wasn’t the most juvenile comment by a “homer” announcer I’d like to hear what was.

      /Put it on the Booooaaaarrrdddddd’d

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

      I know nothing about football but goddamn that is so dumb

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

        It would be akin to saying that the Yankees would be hypocrites to want Nick Swisher to play well because we traded bad players to get him.

        Asinine.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      Yeah, I heard that. What was he saying? You can’t get mad at a guy for having character issues when you knew he had them when you got him. Ridiculous.

  • Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF)

    The momentum is slowly shifting back

    /KayFlash’d

  • ZZ

    Great change ups by Hughes tonight. Very encouraging start.

    • Pat D

      Not really.

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        I think he means in terms of the changeups, not the results.

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

      He had no command at all. I love Hughes and I liked that he busted out the other pitches, but it’s hard to call this that encouraging.

      • ZZ

        This is an incredibly encouraging start from a young pitcher. Hughes had no control at all tonight, yet so far he has limited the Rays to 2 runs. He had no control of his offspeed pitches, but he stuck with them, because he knows he needs to work with those pitches to be successful in the playoffs. He is tired tonight and instead of folding like many young pitchers, he battled through it and has pitched a solid game.

        He learned from how some of the Rays got to him last start. He saw how Dan Johnson beat him and this start he made a huge adjustment. 3 great changeups in one at bat to Dan Johnson who beat him on mistake fastballs the last start out. Beautiful.

        This start was a great sign going forward and in the playoffs.

        • Carlosologist

          He’s developing the ace mentality.

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

          My rebuttal:

          While Hughes establishing his changeup is a good thing going forward, for this start and the rest of this year, the more critical thing for the 2010 Yankees is not the establishment of his changeup/secondary pitches, it’s his ability to deal with fatigue and make it through 6 innings as a starter as he pitches above and beyond 146 innings for the first time in 4 years and 170 innings for the first time in his life.

          For 2011, this start is great. For 2010, I’m much more concerned with how much gas Hughes has in the tank than with how effective his 4th pitch is, and thus this start is less than great.

          • ZZ

            The changeup is not just for next year. It is for now.

            The Rays hitters are so much more off balance than most lineups have been recently. They can’t sit on his fastball anymore.

            The advanced scouts are scribbling down notes and they don’t know what to expect from Hughes now. His mixing of his pitches could pay huge dividends in the postseason.

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

              Agreed. He hasn’t fully hit the wall yet… let’s hope he doesn’t at all.

  • Pat D

    98 pitches after 5? Hmm, I hope the B bullpen is ready to get some outs.

  • pat

    Wow, you can’t throw a more perfect change up than pitch #4

    http://www.brooksbaseball.net/.....type=3.gif

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

      Everytime I see a BrooksBaseball strikezone chart posted and available on the internet mere seconds after the pitch happens, I think of this FJM line:

      If you could go back in time and take Nap Lajoie into a room after Rube Waddell K’d him on three pitches and show him a glowing box with a video replay of the at bat, he would call you a demon, slit your throat, tear out his eyes, and generally freak the fuck out. It’s a different game, these days.

      http://www.firejoemorgan.com/2.....uuuce.html

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        Haha, that’s one of my favorite FJMs ever.

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

          Ditto. I love that.

      • Dream of Electric Sheep

        It’s a different world , Tommie.

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

          Different era. No way to compare it.

          /GhostOfAlexGonzalez’d

  • JMS

    Well, well now, it seems there is a bigger idiot out there than the Yankees Joe G, and it is Joe Maddon…How did all those loudmouth pants work out for ya Joema? Too busy coddling players, and creating road trip clothing to actually manage a team. Rays will fall, not because they can’t play, but because they have a worse manager than the Yankees. Keep using those graphs without common sense, and see how long that lasts, especially when the Rays already announced tonight they are slashing payroll even if they win the World Series…that will make them run to the game to watch…

    http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/.....n#comments

  • Dream of Electric Sheep

    Aight Offense , let’s get those two runs back. Javy Alert!

  • swisher’s fauxhawk

    How the frig is that a foul ball?

    • swisher’s fauxhawk

      Boo me. Good call.

  • Kit

    C’mon, offense, you really can’t keep giving him easy innings.

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

    For all complaining about Kay…at least you’ve been spared some Classic Sterling tonight. Nary an inning has gone by without him jumping a call…and I’m stuck with the radio until about 10:30.

    • MikeD

      I’ve listened to Sterling for years, even pre his doing the Yankee games. He used to be a decent announcer. Now he really sucks. All he cares about his setting up his HR call so that it’s as clean as can be when it’s replayed. So even if he doesn’t think it’s going to go out, he has to startstaging the call just in case it is a HR. So anything that’s possible sounds like a HR. Listening to that on the radio is very, very annoying…and disappointing. I keep thinking the Yankees have a HR, only to have it pulled back.

      Worse, he pays no attention to regular plays. A good announcer can pretty much tell the listner if a hit ball will be a hit right off the bat, or is slightly doubtful, just by varying the tone and tension of his voice. Sterling has none of this.

      Sorry for stating the obvious, but I had to listen to him a few times in the last week as I was driving and it was clear he’s gotten worse.

      Now back to the game.

  • swisher’s fauxhawk

    Bleh. Knock him out next inning.

  • MikeD

    So Shields tossed over 40 pitches in the first inning, and right now he’s only in the low 90s after five, throwing less pitches than Phil.

    Annoying.

    I’ll take the score, though.

  • cjc

    93 pitches unreal

  • Dream of Electric Sheep

    How to get 12 outs without Drob, Wood, Mo and Logan. Here we go…I am fully prepare to sweat it out the next 4 innings.

    • Dream of Electric Sheep

      scratch that LOL, 9 outs …

  • ShuutoHeat (Don’t Trade GGBG Pl0x)

    WTF was that lame ass attempt of a commercial for the Giants on My9?

  • cjc

    5 runs 40+ pitches in the 1st and yet more economical than Hughes bad job lneup after the first

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

      I was hoping this wouldn’t turn into one of those “settle down” games after that first inning. Especially since the Rays seem to be a late inning offensive team.

  • swisher’s fauxhawk

    One more, Phil.

  • kcm

    last thing we need is javy to warm up in the pen

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    One more pitch, then call it a night, Phil.

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    I hope you guys are DVR’ing this ESPN 30 for 30 piece on the Steinbrenner family. Very well done.

    • Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF)

      we are watching at every game commercial…

  • Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF)

    Depleted bullpen? Don’t these guys read RAB?

    /Sanchaladejo’d

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

      /Sanchaladejo’d

      Brilliant. I would have liked to see Ring and Moseley in there as well, though.

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

        /Roystin Sanchaladejo’d

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

          THAT’S GOLD, JERRY! GOLD!

      • Jon in CUO

        SanchaRiDejoMos?

        • Jon in CUO

          Sort of sounds like a verb, come to think of it..

  • Ray the Anti-Handle

    Nice finish, Hughes.

  • Cy Pettitte

    great finish from Hughes

  • swisher’s fauxhawk

    Mah boy. Nice.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Oh peace, B.J. Way to end on a high note, Phil.

  • CBean

    Good job Hughes!

  • Kit

    I think that was a nice, “Fuck you guys,” from Phil. Good job, babe.

  • kcm

    HUGHES!!!!!!

  • ZZ

    Yes. Beautiful. It really is such a great sight to watch a young pitcher develop. Have really missed this as a Yankee fan.

    So impressed with Hughes tonight.

    Pitched like a seasoned veteran tonight and actually got stronger in his final two innings hovering around 100 pitches.

    Can’t wait to watch this kid in the postseason.

    • Dream of Electric Sheep

      Game 3 starter ?

      • ZZ

        Without question.

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

          You had me until “without question”.

          There’s still a question. He’s the frontrunner, but I wouldn’t be surprised at all to see AJ get the ball for Game 3.

          • ZZ

            That’s my opinion, not necessarily what would happen.

            Sorry for the confusion.

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

              Gotcha.

            • Dream of Electric Sheep

              Same here. I think it’s more likely he will pitch better than Burnett given all things status quo.

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

        If AJ can show anything at all I think I’d prefer AJ

        • Kit

          Agreed. But on the condition that he continues to look better/not a hot mess come October.

          • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

            That.

        • ZZ

          Why?

          • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

            Because he won’t have to start in the ALDS and he hasn’t been inspiring in his past few starts save today.

            • ZZ

              Why is avoiding starting him in the ALDS a positive?

              Hughes sure has looked inspiring to me his past 2 starts against the second best team in baseball. Two great starts in different fashions.

              • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

                His only two starts have been mediocre against the Rays. And saving Hughes innings that he doesn’t have to pitch is a positive to me.

                If Burnett and Hughes are both pitching meh to decent I’d rather go with Burnett.

                • ZZ

                  We will just have to disagree then, because I don’t think his two starts have been mediocre at all.

                  • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

                    Sure. His first start tough he pitched 6 IP and 3 ER tough with 6 runners on abse.

                    His other start he pitched 6.2 innings and let 6 runners on 4 hits.

                    He hasn’t been bad but this start now certainly is encouraging. And I have no memory of those two games so I don’t remember how his stuff has been and if he was unlucky so I can’t say for sure.

                    But if Hughes had no damn limits he’d definitely be my pick.

                    • ZZ

                      I am very encouraged by his past two starts in terms of formulating that for postseason success.

                      He doesn’t have limits once the month changes.

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

    Wow, that was awesome of Hughes.

  • Kit

    C’mon, offense, more runs would be cool.

  • Hummingbird S.

    Wheres the O?

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      Right there!

  • Cy Pettitte

    Albie and Joba should be able to get 9 outs between them

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

    Hip HiP!!!

  • Kit

    Yeah, Jorge. Bring him in, Puma.

  • swisher’s fauxhawk

    Puma getting respect.

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

    hmm, bringing in a lefty to face the guy shields has pwned his career?

  • kcm

    Hughes will only continue to get stronger through his career. He’s got the stamina, guts and attitude to become a strong 3 or 4 starter. Just gotta mix up his pitches more. I love his change-up and the 12-6 curve. If he’s slated to start a game 3 or 4 in a series, and if he’s got all of his pitches working and effectively, then goodnight Texas or Minnesota.

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

    Lance “Feared Jr.” Berkman.

    True Yankee™.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      136 career IBB.

      Jim Rice? 77.

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

        Joe Mauer–79. He’s 27 years old

        • Carlosologist

          No one will ever get the IBB record set by Barry Bonds.

          That record is: 688

          No, seriously.

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

            The second and third place guys (Aaron and McCovey) had 553 IBB combined.

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

            BUT TEH STEROIDS!!!

            Jim Rice never used steroids. All his homers came from pure fear, American power, and steroids.

            • Carlosologist

              IETC

              To be honest, I don’t really care if former players did steroids.

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

                You: preaching
                Me: the choir

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

            Yup–Hank Aaron is second with 293.

  • Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF)

    Intentional walk pitches should only count as 0.5 in the pitch count. No strain.

    Game must be getting boring to think about that…

  • Eirias

    What?

    Hughes’ Start is evolving!

    Congratulations! Hughes’ Start evolved into Quality Start!

    • http://www.yfsf.org AndrewYF

      Can I nominate this for the worst post of the year?

      • Eirias

        I’m sure I’ll manage worse.

  • charliechoochoo

    I left when Hughes sucked and came back and he’s a hero. What happened???

    • Kit

      Finished (?) off with a strong 1-2-3 inning.

    • Carlosologist

      He buckled down and didn’t give up the lead after he walked the bases loaded.

  • kcm

    The Grandy man, Oh the Grandy man can

  • kcm

    slap one to left gardy

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

    great inning by grandy/gardy…

  • ND Mike

    Gardner should’ve bunted.

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

    Obviously, Gardner should squeezed there. Granderson too, just to be safe.

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

      Our Killer Instinct is approaching replacement level.

  • kcm

    unfortunately gardner has only one blemish on his talents, that’s bunting. he’d be a legit .310 hitter if he knew how to bunt. hopefully next year, he’d improve….we hope

    • Zooboy

      I thought I read something in spring training how he spent the off season working on his bunting. If that’s the case, maybe he just can’t.

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

      unfortunately gardner has only one blemish on his talents, that’s bunting. he’d be a legit .310 hitter if he knew how to bunt.

      If he bunted better, those bunts wouldn’t count towards his batting average, meaning the effect on his BA would be minimal. If bunting better made him a .310 hitter, that means he’s probably basically a .310 hitter regardless of his bunting ability, and if he’s a .310 hitter regardless of his bunting ability, I want him trying to hit every time up and not bunting ever.

      I want Ramiro Peña and Frankie Cervelli to be ace bunters, because they’re not good hitters. Brett Gardner is a good hitter, he shouldn’t bunt.

      • Ellis

        I think he means bunting for a hit

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

          Bunting for a hit is still a fairly high-risk, low-reward play in most situations, even for the superfast guys like Gardner.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Hughes still in there? that’s surprising

  • Dream of Electric Sheep

    I am surprise that Hughes is still out there. Come on Hughes DP right here.

  • Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF)

    Phil Hughes-shower time.

  • Hummingbird S.

    Runner on in a close game, Gaudin time!

  • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    If Hughes needs an innings cap why let him go well above 100 pitches?

  • cjc

    the guy is hitting like 260ish you can probably throw him strikes

  • kcm

    why joe! why! get up robertson or albie! not javy

  • http://twitter.com/SteeeeveO Steve O.

    Should I trade Jamaal Charles for Calvin Johnson?

    I’ve got Felix and Thomas Jones, Jahvid Best, Michael Bush, Dez Bryant, Steve Smith(NYG), Frank Gore, Roddy White and Mike Sims-Walker. 2 WR and 2 RB and 1 RB/WR start for me.

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

      I’d say no.

      I’d try to deal Best for some other wideout instead. Gore/Charles/White/Sims-Walker are the best 2 RB and 2 WR you have, Best is the one I’d use to try to upgrade the WR core.

      But then again, my fantasy advice has been shit this year, so do the opposite of whatever I’d do.

      • http://twitter.com/SteeeeveO Steve O.

        Heh, I’m not so sure though. Charles probably won’t have a lot of monster games because of Thomas Jones. I’m trying to get Dallas Clark in the deal, though.

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

          Charles’s OL >>>>> Best’s OL

          • http://twitter.com/SteeeeveO Steve O.

            Best’s carries >>>>> Charles’ carries.

            He won’t bite on Clark though.

          • http://twitter.com/SteeeeveO Steve O.

            Actually, nevermind, you’re right.

  • Kit

    Get a couple of outs for Javy, Phil.

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

    cmon phil

    plz

  • MikeD

    I think it’s time for young Phil to experience a Dallas Green-inspired 200-pitch count game. Did wonders for the first five years of Al Leiter’s career.

  • cano is the bro

    why is hughes still in the game?

  • Little Bill

    Javy is warming up but Logan should be brought in to face Crawford. And I wouldn’t be surprised to see Gaudin brought in to face Longoria., Girardi said before the game he likes the matchup.

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

    man i forgot javy was even on this team

    ugh

    • Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF)

      Joe likes his cuppaJavy

    • Kit

      You weren’t the only one.

  • Jon in CUO

    Spotted: the Wave at Yankee Stadium. Sigh.

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

      lol that sounded like a gossip girl blast

      [/sigh, yes i religiously watch gossip girl and knew this

    • charliechoochoo

      If they do that during the playoffs I will seriously go crazy

  • Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF)

    Isn’t the wave a 1980’s phenomenon?

    /embarassing

    • Jon in CUO

      /winningnestteamofthedecade’d

    • charliechoochoo

      It’s a non-baseball fan phenomenon. Who the hell has time for this shit in September baseball? Go the hell home if you’re bored.

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

    Time for Javy to dazzle with his nothingball.

    • Dream of Electric Sheep

      2 outs Javy , 2 outs please.

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

        Or five, that works too. As long as IP > R, I’ll live.

    • Kit

      That’s mean, but I’d be a liar if I said I didn’t laugh.

    • Big Stein

      WHO?!?!?

      IS GONNA HIT?!??!?

      MY NOTHING BALL!?!??!?!

      /Bingo Long’d

    • Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF)

      69 mph curve/79 mph change/89 mph fastball

      /book it

    • Jon in CUO

      I feel like the term “nothingball” was coined exclusively for Javy Vazquez v.2010. It captures the essence of his stuff so perfectly.

    • Slappy White

      Same as the Gyro-ball ?

  • kcm

    i’d rather be stranded at the mall seeing my gf shop, than see javier “chokes” vazquez pitch

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

      This is both kinda not-the-most-gender-enlightened-statement and really dumb. At least you spelled “Vazquez” right I guess.

      • Jon in CUO

        “Steve Sax played the game like my wife shops— all day.”

        /MisogynistLasorda’d

    • Carlosologist

      This man loaded the bases and should have been left to get out of it himself: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/K.....pitcher%29

    • Jose the Satirist

      Spot on. Remember when he loaded the bases and allowed that grand slam against the Red Sox? Javy shouldn’t be near a team that actually competes.

  • ZZ

    Great start from Hughes.

    Doesn’t look like the Yankees are really concerned with any fatigue or workload with Girardi pushing him there.

  • Slappy White

    Im so glad they got Phil outta there so Kay will shut the fuck up about his innings limit. He says the same exact shit every fuckin time. God what an irritating sonofabitch

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

      The Yankees would be hypocrites for limiting Hughes’s innings, because they acquired him to pitch innings.

      /Kay’d

      • Pete

        hahahahahaha

  • Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF)

    I wish Gardy wouldn’t put his arms out to his side as if he can’t see the ball in the lights.

    • Kit

      Me too. My heart dies a little when he does it. Good thing he manages to catch them.

  • esteban

    This is terrible the bleachers have been starting the wave. Embarrasing

    • ND Mike

      Must be filled with Tampa fans.

  • ShuutoHeat (Don’t Trade GGBG Pl0x)

    Fucking bloops.

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

    :( i hate opponent bloop hits

  • LB

    i think garder could have thrown him out

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

      No way, keep Crawford at first. Much more important.

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

    Bah, cheap little hit.

  • ND Mike

    Does the tatoo on Carl Crawford’s neck look stupid to anyone else?

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

      It’s his zodiac sign, no?

      (And yes, getting your zodiac — or anything else, for that matter — on your neck is stupid.)

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

      I’m sure it means something very personally meaningful and blah blah blah to him but… yup

    • LB

      anyone not in a yankee uniform looks stupid

    • Slappy White

      I always think of a hook worm when I see it
      and I dont even know what a hookworm looks like

    • MikeD

      Yes. I really do not want Crawford on the Yankees next year. Hoping he runs off to the west coast.

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

    Damn. Downright Gardnerian from Crawford

  • Kit

    C’mon, Javy. Just one more out.

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

    Stupid Rays and their bloops

    • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

      Stupid Rays and their everythings! Bunch of sissy homos is what I call ‘em. Eh, Bexy?

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

        /IronHorse’d

  • kcm

    my point excatly. get him outta here

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

      …because of a weak bloop single?

      • ND Mike

        Probably more in general. He can take his 86 mph fastball too.

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

        MY NAME IS KCM AND I LIKE BOVERREACTING!!!!

    • FIPster Doofus

      Uh, he gave up a bloop hit.

  • Hummingbird S.

    Predictable. And now its a HR hitter against HR Javy. This lead might not last long.

    • Hummingbird S.

      Thankfully I was wrong. Still, lets not go to that matchup ever again

  • kcm

    because of 2004 game 7 alcs and all of 2010. disgrace

    • FIPster Doofus

      Fail.

    • Kit

      Let. it. go. It was a mistake pitch to a good hitter and he wasn’t the one who loaded the bases. This year is an entirely different story. But let it go for the sake of everyone who really thinks 2004 was just unfortunate and Boston will never be as good as the Yankees as a franchise and has learned to move on.

      • Carlosologist

        2004: Boston :: 1969: Mets

        /twobirdskilledwithonestone’d

      • Slappy White

        Years of counseling and 2009 helped me let it go

        • Kit

          Pfft. You needed counseling? Weak, Slappy. Weak.

          /kidding

          • Slappy White

            Sadly, believe it or not, there are issues yet to be resolved

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

        Javy Vazquez pitched every single inning of that 2004 ALCS and gave up 1,000,000 runs in the 7 games. I remember it like it was yesterday.

        • Kit

          Well the mistake that Torre made was obviously having Javy pitch at all. Why bring in a decent pitcher to try to get out of a jam? Can’t he predict the future like the rest of us?

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

            JOE TORRE NEVER MADE MISTAKES!!!! YOU TAKE THAT SHIT BACK!!!!

            • Kit

              I KNOW HE’S ALL ABOUT BEING THE EPITOME OF CLASS BUT BUNT, MOTHAFUCKAS!

          • ND Mike

            Now that I think about it I don’t know why Torre didn’t have Mo pitch 5 innings of relief.

            • Slappy White

              /Gossage’d

            • Kit

              Right? It’s not like he thinks arms are valuable…or useful for pitching in the future. You pitch with your feet or you GTFO.

  • Kit

    Alright, offense, help Phil and Javy out.

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

    good job javy

    battling back to get the 3rd out

  • Cy Pettitte

    bullpen Javy>Starter Javy

    • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

      Javier Bardem > all

      • FIPster Doofus

        “What’s the most you’ve ever lost in a coin toss?”

        • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

          lmao

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

            Laughing? That scene was super tense

  • ND Mike

    Yay Javy! Duplicate that over 6 innings and now you’ve got something.

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

      I think it’s too late for that.

  • MikeD

    …returning from hiding behind couch when I saw Vazquez pitching to Longoria with tieing run at plate.

  • kcm

    here comes 2 runs this inning

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

      You’re gonna be annoying, I can tell

      • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

        I was thinking the same thing, Bex.

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    I’ll start watching when they change the name to “How I Met Your Whore Mother.”

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

      I’ll start watching when… ah, who am I kidding, I’m never going to start watching.

      On a related note, the fact that “The Big Bang Theory” is a popular show that has won awards makes me lose faith in humanity.

      • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

        Yeah, that show is just awful. I’m not a big fan of those laugh-track lame-oh comedies. As of now, I’m just waiting for Conan to come back on.

      • Pete

        The Big Bang Theory sucks. How I Met Your Mother is actually kinda, like, awesome. Jason Segel and Neil Patrick Harris are hilarious

    • Jose the Satirist

      Porn parody name: “How I Did Your Mother”

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

        S#$! My MILF Eats

  • Sheepmeister

    Now the low strike is called?!?!?!

  • Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF)

    The G-men are anxiously awaiting Plexico’s getting out of jail so he can rejoin the team and display the character they liked in him when they first acquired him.

    /if Kay was a Giant fan

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

      (golf clap)

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    You cannot stop Nick Swisher; you can only hope to contain him.

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    Chad Qualls…Chad Balls.

  • Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF)

    Mark really toe-ing it down the line..

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

    damn, flaherty is such a damn stiff

  • Slappy White

    Its not that fuckin funny Kay….The mans a fucking doctor

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

    Nails.

  • China Joe

    Let’s get a couple of runs here…then Javy can pitch as long as he wants

  • Sheepmeister

    So, I never noticed this before but is joe maddon trying to be the baseball belichek with the disgusting hoodie.

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

      “What? Look, I cut the sleeves off because it looks awesome–GET YOUR HEAD IN THE GAME!!!!”

    • ND Mike

      No kidding. Use some of that Centrum vitamin commercial money and buy a nice pullover.

    • FIPster Doofus

      Belichick actually sent Maddon a hoodie: http://content.usatoday.com/co.....the-hood/1

  • MikeD

    You know, some businesses have to pay for commercials on the YES Network. Not Dr. Koco Eaton.

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

    hmm marv albert is at the yankee game? i’m shocked he isn’t dressed like a woman tonight

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

      I hope he doesn’t bite that cute usher girl who works the RF home plate Legends Seats on the ass… I wanted to do that first.

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

        hahahahahahahahahaha

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

          Champ: “I will say one thing for her, Ed. She does have a nice big ol’ bee-hind. I’d like to put some barbecue sauce on that butt and just berjbsdjbgkjskjer…”

          • Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF)

            and the Michelle Obama arms..

      • Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF)

        he won’t risk the blond toupee coming off

        well he might…

  • Kit

    C’mon, Robbie.

  • ShuutoHeat (Don’t Trade GGBG Pl0x)

    Gardner makes that play.

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

    woohoo cano!!!!!

  • Dream of Electric Sheep

    LOL, love it , take that blooper !

  • Kit

    BEAUTIFUL! Just beautiful.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Ribbie Cano strikes again

  • Carlosologist

    Dominican hustle!

    /oxymoron’d

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

      :: head explodes ::

      • ND Mike

        Ha.

      • Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF)

        it looked like Crawford’s head exploded.

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

    Yay.

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

    Robbie Cano >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> “matchups” and “platoon splits”

  • Copperhead65

    wow

    way to go mr. Cano

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

    Goddamn look at the shit-eating grin on A-Rod.

    • Kit

      I love it. He knew he was screwed but it worked out for him anyway. Love those smirks of his.

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

        I love his “goddamn I got away with that shit” smiles.

      • Slappy White

        Hes turned out to be one of the more likeable guys on the team. He seems like hes just having fun now. I love the guy

        /tearing up

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

          He seems like hes just having fun now.

          /Favre’d

          • Slappy White

            Its NOT about the money Bex

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

              “Sure, Alex got more money… But it’s not a matter of ‘he did this for the money’, he really did this for the love of the game.”

              http://riveraveblues.com/2010/.....nt-1045068

          • Cecala

            damn you

        • Cecala

          /BrettFarve’d

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

            Alex is comfortable in Wranglers.

        • charliechoochoo

          One WS ring will do that for you.

    • Cecala

      Good Ol’ Slappy McBlueLips

      • Kit

        They’re purple, not blue! Get it right!

        • Cecala

          It just doesn’t have the same ring though

          • Kit

            True. Blue is acceptable then.

        • Slappy White

          Is That Racist ?

          • Kit

            I hope not.

          • Cecala

            Didn’t mean for anything racist

  • China Joe

    Crawford?”That’s the way we play! we’re an aggressive team, we slide for balls we can’t possibly reach. You don’t understand!!!!”

    • ND Mike

      It’s the Ray’s way.

  • MikeD

    Crawford wasn’t even close to catching that. Should not have dived.

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

      It’s the RaysWay.

      /Crawford’d

  • ZZ

    What a fundamentally sound play by the Rays. They are so good at cutting the ball off that they do it even when the runner is probably dead at the plate.

    • MikeD

      Don’t question the Rays. That’s the way they play. Even f-ups are by design.

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

        They’re just feigning us into a false sense of security.

        In the playoffs, they’re going to reveal their secret weapon: they’re not left-handed.

  • Kit

    Hey Jorge, you know what would be awesome? More runs.

    • ND Mike

      Jorge, you’re loaded. Buy a cup.

  • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    See the amazing results of using the A team?

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

      It’s all Lance Berkman. He’s the key. He makes this engine purr.

      • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

        The key of deepness and thickness.

    • Cy Pettitte

      Mr. T coming in to close?

  • DallasGreen

    the baseball gods owed us that hit

  • Cecala

    Damn those 3-0 strikeouts are the worst

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

      Thanks for the 3-0 autostrike, ump.

  • Kit

    Ground balls, Javy.

  • Kit

    Get it together, Javy.

  • Cecala

    Javy is only lining things up for the triple play.

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

    Javy bb, c’mon.

  • Copperhead65

    Get somebody up Joe

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

    Never easy. Hopefully Joba’s up and ready to end this shit before it starts.

  • Jon in CUO

    How about a few nothingballs over to first so Joba has time to get ready?

  • Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF)

    Eiland: C’mon Javy, don’t get away from your nothing ball

  • China Joe

    I’m gonna let you in on a little secret…Javy Vazquez sucks ass

  • Pat D

    Javy pitching himself off the postseason roster, too.

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

      He did that about a month ago.

      • Pat D

        I figured they’d still take him over Gaudin, Mitre, Moseley. Assuming Nova is the long ‘pen men at this point.

  • Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF)

    Do not throw Pena a fastball Javy. Slow and slower time

  • Sheepmeister

    Javy isnt throwing changeups, they are fastballs slow enough to have the correct location.

  • http://twitter.com/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    I don’t think Javy is going to pitch an inning of importance in the playoffs. A shame.

  • Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF)

    Wow-Pena cannot even pull Javy. Major loss of dinero in next contract sir.

  • Dream of Electric Sheep

    Question : Is Joba hurt on any level ? Or rather, G and the Brass are just playing cautiously with his game appearances and innings accrued.

    • The Big City of Dreams

      Probably just playing it safe

  • Graig not Craig

    Thank you for the short leash.

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    Javy’s passion comes and goes.

  • Kit

    A DP ball would be awesome, Joba.

    • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

      Real question: when’s the last time Joba got a DP?

      • Kit

        No clue. It would still be awesome/useful especially after what just happened.

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

        three days ago

  • FIPster Doofus

    Well, that’s some shit luck

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

    can joba be any more unlucky??

  • Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF)

    Joba’s mechanics are always impeccable.

  • Slappy White

    Reflex Fail

  • All Star Carl

    Fat Joba doesn’t feel that.

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    Typical Joba horse shit luck in the 8th inning.

  • Copperhead65

    Flaherty the optimist

    What an asshole

  • Kit

    Question: Is Albie still around? And if the score holds would it be wise to go to him or is there something about him that I’m not aware of?

    • Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF)

      He is only effective against the Red Sox? The guy just took the all-time single season saves mark at Scranton. I don’t know why Joe hasn’t used him. This would be a good game for it.

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    12 ft. breaking ball.

  • Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF)

    The 55 foot slider fools no one.

  • ZZ

    What a play by Jorge.

    • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

      #ycpb

  • Kit

    Yeah! Uno mas, Joba.

  • Dream of Electric Sheep

    Fist Bump !

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

    HUUUUUUUUGE K

  • Slappy White

    Sit your ASS down Hawpe

  • Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF)

    He missed that by 3 feet. Bad guess.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Cme on, Joba. One more out, dude.

  • Kit

    Beautiful! Good job, Joba.

  • Oneill21

    Thank you joba!

  • ShuutoHeat (Don’t Trade GGBG Pl0x)

    Good sheeeeeeeee-it.

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

    Huge. Thank you, Joba!

  • Pat D

    Alby for 9th?

    • Kit

      I asked that and got ignored. =(

      • Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF)

        no you didn’t.

        • Kit

          I hadn’t checked when I commented, but I did now, and thanks for answering me.

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

        The thread was kinda moving fast back then. I wouldn’t mind it though.

        • Kit

          Yeah, you’re right. I figured it got buried under other/more interesting stuff.

    • Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF)

      Yes. Good spot for him.

  • http://www.sbcimpact.net Dave Miller

    Am I the only one who has noticed that Yankees pitchers have been 3-2 to every stinking hitter tonight?

    • Kit

      Well, you had Phil Hughes who sort of lacked control/has a billion pitches fouled off of him, and then you had Javy who has a “Nothing ball”, and then an unlucky Joba. Not exactly pitchers who are lights out.

  • Kit

    Is that a BJ sucks chant? Hilarious.

  • Copperhead65

    Ok here is a vote

    Waldman/Sterling vs Kay/Flaherty

    painful either way

    • Slappy White

      Heres a better Vote
      Who’d You Rather
      A-Kim Jones
      B-Nancy Newman
      C-Suzyn Waldman

    • Graig not Craig

      I vote Rizzuto/Messer/White

  • Carlosologist

    Was the crowd chanting “BJs suck?”

    From people I know (ZZ’d), I’m told BJs do not suck.

    • Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF)

      “So much of life ahead of you young man”

  • Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF)

    He has been Lancing that boil tonight..

  • Copperhead65

    What about Albie?

  • Kit

    Run, Brett, Run!

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Insurance run, please. I want some Romulo.

    • Dream of Electric Sheep

      I am curious as well .

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

    Awesome.

  • ShuutoHeat (Don’t Trade GGBG Pl0x)

    Jeterian!!!

  • LB

    jete!!!

  • Slappy White

    Tack on runs are gooooood

  • swisher’s fauxhawk

    Derek’s been eating the Wheaties.

  • Carlosologist

    Jeter ripped that into the gap. Somebody is going to have a bounceback 2011…

  • Kit

    I love seeing you hit and look so much better, Derek.

  • Sick Nwisher

    Let the pigeons LOOSE!!!!!

  • Dream of Electric Sheep

    Brackman time ! Warm him up!

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

    Jeter l-l-lives???

  • Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF)

    Nova just told Joe: “Alby can hold this 5 run lead, no need to pitch Joba another inning”

    Joe: Let me check the binder young man.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    We want Romulo!

    /clap, clap, clapclapclap

  • pat

    OMG GIVE ME ROMULOOOOOOO

  • Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF)

    We win. Joe G pitching Joba makes no sense.

    Sigh

  • ZZ

    Good call by Joe leaving Joba in.

    No reason to mess around in an important game with a short bullpen.

  • Pat D

    Another guy with questionable control?

  • pat

    Btw, did anybody else here the “BJ SUCKS” chant at the end of the inning? Awesome.

    • pat

      Ignore this plz. Whoops.

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

      yeah what was that chant about?

  • pat

    Btw, did anybody else hear the “BJ SUCKS” chant at the end of the inning? Awesome.

  • Slappy White

    BREAKING NEWS
    RED SOX BRING IN CLOSER DOWN 5-1 IN THE NINTH

    • Kit

      Sounds like they have officially hit rock bottom.

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

        Nah. Hard to get him work when you are never winning.

        • Kit

          That’s a good point.

    • Pat D

      End of the season, can’t hold anything back now.

      /Dan Fouts in Waterboy’d

      • FIPster Doofus

        Dan: Boy, that foul tip really knocked the poop out of Posada.

        Brent: Poop?

        • Apollo22237

          These two comments are really funny.

    • Graig not Craig

      The O’s are knocking him around too. Gotta love “the Bot”.

    • Zooboy

      And he’s getting rocked.

    • MikeD

      …but Michael Kay told us yesterday the Sox just won’t go away. He wouldn’t lie to me.

      • http://ballcraft.blogspot.com Zanath

        They’re so gritty and full of heart.

        Also, 5 Aces.

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

    hahahahahahahaha swisher

  • Kit

    Oh fuck! You okay, Jorge?!

  • Carlosologist

    NO DON’T TAKE JORGE

  • pat

    Oh that’s not good.

  • swisher’s fauxhawk

    On the last freaking strike of the game this happens?

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

    oh no, that hit him in the nuts

  • Slappy White

    Worst pain there is

  • LB

    that one actually did hit him…yikes

  • Kit

    I had the same reaction as those kids, except my face fell way more.

  • pat

    Don’t worry Jorge, Lauren will take care of that for you.

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

    Yankees win!

  • Kit

    Yankees win!! Yay!!

  • LB

    thaaaaaaaa yankees winnnn

  • Carlosologist

    Let’s get a picture of the Babe up.

    • MikeD

      At this rate, the Yankees might clinch before the Sox show up in town.

      Just thinking positive thoughts.

      • Carlosologist

        WE.
        WILL.
        CLINCH.
        THURSDAY.

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

    Nicely done, boys.

  • MikeD

    Let’s take the next two!

  • FIPster Doofus

    So the Rays are guaranteed to leave the Bronx in second place. Excellent.

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

    Not to tempt fate, but because I think that magic number picture will change soon: just lovely. :3

  • Dream of Electric Sheep

    A very satisfying win consider what I seen from Hughes tonight.
    I will take a split in the next two games.

    • Jon

      We won the first two, theres no way you should be thinking lets split it. All or nothing baby!

  • ZZ

    Great game all around.

    Great game from Hughes, great job by the offense, great job by Joba, and great job by Girardi.

    Nothing for Yankee fans to complain about tonight.

  • Slappy White

    Pic us out a good pic of the Bambino. Looks like Magic number 3 in a few….if ole Paps can ever get Os out

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

    oh this is grrrrrrrrrreat! Paps can’t get anyone out

    • tom

      It’s almost like The Red Sox would rather be officially dead before they get to NY Friday, so they won’t have to experience the loss in person.

  • Kit

    Red Sox lose. Great night all around.

    • Kit

      Oops. I was wrong. Fail. I thought they were playing in Baltimore. Sorry.

      • http://ballcraft.blogspot.com Zanath

        They’re going to lose, though.

        • Kit

          Probably. I just didn’t want to misinform anyone who is tracking the game on their phone.

  • http://ballcraft.blogspot.com Zanath

    Missed all of this game except the end. Sounds like a real fantastic game all around (though the 8th sounded a bit scary). And good to see the Sawx getting beaten up.

    Saw the movie “The Town,” btw. Real great movie.

  • steve (different one)

    The problem with pulling Joba is that there is no “safety net” tonight. It would be one thing to have a 5 run lead and Mo or Wood available.

    If Albaladejo comes in and starts getting knocked around, who comes on to clean up?? Romulo Sanchez??

    They were short in the pen, the Rays had the heart of the order coming up, and this is still a semi-important game. It’s a little staggering to see Girardi ripped for not going to a ?? like Jon Albaladejo.

    • Graig not Craig

      I’m with you. There will be opportunities for Albie and Romulo – just not tonight.

    • Kit

      …Who is ripping him? Some of us were saying we would like to see him, not that Joba being there was OMG, THE WORST THING EVER. It was a good lead for someone who is used to closing, so some of us thought that would be his spot for him. That’s it. No one is ripping Joe at all. There is really very little, if anything at all, to complain about in this game.

      • steve (different one)

        We win. Joe G pitching Joba makes no sense.

        Sigh

        Does that qualify? I think it does.

        But whatevs.

        • Kit

          That’s one person, and as you may or may not have noticed, not everyone is insightful/understanding of why things are done the way they are. That’s their opinion, and if you think that’s “ripping” then you are really sensitive.

          • steve (different one)

            You are right, I didn’t notice the several comments “lightly criticizing” Girardi were all from the same person.

  • MikeD

    The Buck-driven Orioles keep powering along. The A.L. East next year is going to be sick.

  • MikeD

    Papel-bomb’s ERA is now 3.92. Not a good year for the man who thinks he’s Rivera.

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

      remember when he proclaimed that he should close over rivera in the all star game a few years back?

      good shit

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

        They asked him who he would pick to close, and he said himself. That’s not really the same thing.

        • MikeD

          It’s the same.

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

          lol thats exactly the same thing

      • Carlosologist

        Papelbon’s idea was even more batshit insane because:

        A) It was in 2008
        B) It was on our turf

    • Reggie C.

      It just gets easier for Theo to cut Papelbon loose. He’ll offer arbitration and Papelbon will turn it down. I’m just wondering if this guy is a Type-A free agent.

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

        He can’t turn it down, he can only make a counter-offer. He isn’t a free agent yet.

  • MikeJ

    I know it will be 3 soon, but the Iron Horse needs his time in the Magic Number box! :)

    • MikeD

      Did ol’ Biscuit Pants make it up, even for a few minutes?

  • http://ballcraft.blogspot.com Zanath

    Here comes the Babe!

    • Kit

      Yay!!!

  • Pat D

    I want to punch Mitch Williams right now.

    I mean, I want to punch Mitch Williams all the time, but now I just really want to punch him. Repeatedly. Until he bleeds.

    • Jon in CUO

      What’s he saying?

      • Pat D

        He was saying something about the Yankees starters having to deal with the Twins lineup, Delmon Young in particular. OBP doesn’t matter to him, apparently.

        And then I’m 99% sure he mentioned that Pavano pitched well against the Yankees this year.

        Oh, and of course he’s marveling about the Phillies not having Rollins right now.

        • Carlosologist

          Pavano didn’t pitch against us this season lol

          • Pat D

            Yep. You are correct, sir.

            And, really, the Twins only have 5 players with OBP’s of at least .340 and one of them may not play again.

  • Carlosologist

    The Minnesota Twins are the AL Central champs. And there wasn’t a 163rd game to decide it!

    • Pat D

      Well, not yet, but once the White Sux lose…

      • Carlosologist

        You can kind of tell that the White Sox have nothing.

        We’ll be celebrating on Thursday, so don’t worry about it.

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

    Not related to the game but ESPN’s 30 for 30 on the Boss was downright amazing.

    • MikeD

      When do they rerun these things on ESPN?

      They had one on Mariano earlier this year that I missed. I’ve never seen it pop up again.

      I’m used to YES or the MLB Network where everything is repeated like a bijillion times.

  • icebird753

    This isn’t related either, but there’s no thread…its a shame that Hamilton gets hurt all the time, if it weren’t for the drugs and crap in his life, imagine how great he would’ve been. I think we are only seeing a player without his full potential, as it has been slightly sapped from him over the years. He’s still great, but would’ve been otherworldly if he had a healthy, clean/sober career.

    • http://twitter.com/firstheart42 seimiya

      Posada was a PINCH RUNNER when his career started – who knows how many bases he could have stolen if he wasn’t an everyday catcher?