Sep
28

Game 158: FTW

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Say a prayer, Joe. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press,Nathan Denette)

It’s obvious that the fact that the Yankees have yet to clinch a playoff spot with five games remaining in the season is starting to wear on Joe Girardi and the front office. They’re pulling out all the stops to make sure that they go home with a win tonight, including starting CC Sabathia despite throwing his schedule off for the playoffs. All I know is that this better work, otherwise it might get ugly in Yankeeland. Far uglier than it already is.

Here’s the lineup…

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 Cy Sabathia.

First pitch is scheduled for a little after 7pm ET, and this one can be seen on My9 locally or MLB Network nationally. Is it just me, or have the Yanks been on national television a whole lot lately? Meh, whatever. Try to enjoy the game.

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956 Comments»

  1. Carlosologist says:

    You’re always on national TV when you win. :D

    Anyway let’s try and buck the dumb trend of losing to pitchers we haven’t seen before.

  2. Carcillo says:

    They’ve never faced Kyle Drabek.

    Uh-oh.

  3. JerseyDutch says:

    They’re gonna win tonight. I’m wearing my lucky underwear.

  4. Guest says:

    Here’s what I keep telling myself:

    The Yankees, like the other teams who will make the playoffs, are a very good baseball team. But even very good baseball teams have a hard time mainting hot streaks. Essentially, very good baseball teams will win about 60% of the time. So if a very good baseball team is going into the playoffs on an incredible hot streak, the law of averages dictates that they might come back down to earth during the playoffs, which would suck.

    Conversely, if a very good baseball team goes into the playoffs on the heels of a slump, the law of averages would likely dictate that they start winning games during the playoffs in order to get back to its expected level of success.

    It’s thin gruel, I know. But it’s what I’m banking on.

  5. Daniel says:

    I live in New Orleans and i have seen almost every yankee game for the last few weeks. MLBN is amazing

  6. Jerome S says:

    I would rather see Gardner in front of Granderson – Gardner gets on base, Grandy drives him. Would probably produce tons of runs over the course of a season.

  7. Let’s wrap this up please, I don’t know I can take another night of panic around here!

  8. All Star Carl says:

    I want to see some velocity from CC.

  9. Chris says:

    Why would it be ‘pulling out all the stops’ to start your #1 pitcher on his normal day? Maybe it’s being aggressive, but certainly not pulling out all the stops – it’s not like he’s starting on short rest.

  10. Carlosologist says:

    A HIT?! what is this madness

  11. Dirty Pena says:

    Why is nobody flipping shit about the fact that Price is making his last start tonight? Or that Halladay made his last start last night?

  12. bexarama says:

    That was so hot, Berkman.

    #grossnonotatall

  13. All Star Carl says:

    Wooo Swinging at everything! Great approach swish!

  14. Cbean says:

    Dear Sterling, I don’t think it’s the rain keeping folks from attending the Blue Jays game tonight in their domed stadium.

  15. Mike Axisa says:

    Wow, great acoustics tonight. Must be all the empty seats. Sounds like a high school game.

  16. Let’s end it early and make everyone feel really dumb for doubting this team, shall we?

  17. All Star Carl says:

    Small ball folks.

  18. Mike Axisa says:

    Alright CC, now make that lead stand up.

  19. To radio listeners: were John and Suzyn creaming themselves over the sac fly?

    • Sir Not-Appearing-In-This-Blog says:

      see above comment.. basically yes.

    • Cbean says:

      Nah, they just kept talking about how it would be interesting if Bautista made a better throw, though mostly, I was still distracted by Sterling’s earlier declaration that Jeter would never score.

  20. poster on another computer who happens to be a deuce bag says:

    Hold on a moment guys. We’re…winning?

    In the first inning?

    Faints in shock

  21. Henry says:

    Anyone know what Escobar did to get traded from Atlanta? They called him a cancer.

  22. first time long time says:

    you know what really is not the greatest stat? team’s average with risp. now i know if you have risp, you wanna get a hit. Now which is better though, having a runner on third and getting a single? or having a runner on first and hitting a homerun? exactly. and just because you get a hit with risp, doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll score any runs, as we all saw against the sox on saturday.

  23. Call Bautista out for being ugly so we can get the rare 2 pitch inning!

  24. first time long time says:

    tight zone early.ugh

  25. Big Stein says:

    Start chilling the bubbly!

  26. Big Stein says:

    I wanna she Kim Jones soaked and dripping wet before the night is over!

  27. charliechoochoo says:

    Let’s remain optimistic tonight folks. A little less bridge jumping would be appreciated OR jump in silence. Thank you.

  28. All Star Carl says:

    How many of you are gonna skip some of the game to watch the 10th inning?

  29. Anthony Murillo says:

    Is there really no chance we win the division? Because I want to win the division DAMN IT!

  30. Sheepmeister says:

    so, random question, would you rather score one run in the first inning on 15 pitches or less or zero runs but the pitcher throws 20+ pitches. This only works for one run, since 1+ run is obviously much more important, but with 8 other innings, that first inning can help get the starter out early.

  31. nathan says:

    Well, I hope the 2010 Yankees morph into the 2006 Cards once the Yanks hit the playoffs.

    On Sep 1, I would not have expected Arod to be at 26 HRs, but here he is again closing on another 30 HR season, amazing.

  32. pat says:

    Looks like we’re watching FB’s go down the middle of the plate.

  33. Zooboy says:

    Lance is a big cat without stripes. Yet.

  34. charliechoochoo says:

    Do you think that anyone on the Yankees coaching staff can say don’t swing at a 3-0, 3-1 pitch?

  35. Mike Axisa says:

    Drabek has an 85 pitch limit? Praise be to Mo.

  36. Juuuuust the way Grandy planned it.

  37. pat says:

    Heh, wonder if Grandy was intentionally running on the inside part of the line? I’m guessing yes.

  38. Even Granderson’s strikeouts look good these days.

  39. Kit says:

    I’ve been gone for a few days, so hey guys! Has the universe imploded yet?

  40. The Yankees 00Z for the last two games is like 94.6%.

  41. charliechoochoo says:

    Did Kay say 1-0 Jays? Can he not even call a score right? It’s NOT THAT HARD.

  42. All Star Carl says:

    Man what the hell happened to BG? He was our best player. Been downhill for a while now for him.

  43. Kiersten says:

    Dilemma.

    I want to go to Tampa for game 1 of the ALCS if the Yankees are in it, obviously. If I get tickets before I know they’ll definitely be in it and then they’re not, I’ll probably be stuck with the tickets because, let’s be real, no one’s buying Tampa-Minny tickets off StubHub. If I wait til the Yankees win the DS, the ticket prices will probably go way up cause of all the Yankee fans in Florida, and the game’s on a Friday night.

    What to do, what to do…

    • Sir Not-Appearing-In-This-Blog says:

      fF you buy the ticket now and they don’t make it to the ALCS, I will blame you.

      /superstition’d

      • Kiersten says:

        I know, I’ll blame myself too.

        But we can get tickets for $72 a pop on StubHub right now, once the Yankees win the DS, those prices are going to at least double.

        I’m going to at least wait until we find out who has home field cause I can only go if the Yankees get the wild card.

        • Sir Not-Appearing-In-This-Blog says:

          Tell you what, we’ll get 15 RABers to promise to send you $5 if the Yankees don’t make it. But you would have to burn the ticket so that Longoria and Price will be angry that there is an empty seat.

          Deal?

        • Chris says:

          Buy the tickets. Even if it’s Tampa-Minny or Tampa-Texas, you’ll be able to sell them. Maybe you’ll only get $60 each for them, but you should still get most of your money back.

  44. Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF) says:

    #4 for a pitcher? Is 16 our lowest pitcher #?

    /Whitey’d

  45. Speaking of The Tenth Inning (as mentioned above), I was watching Morning Joe this morning. It was a den of stupidity iniquity of Sox fans: Burns, Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Mike Barnicle, etc. etc. And Willie Whatever-his-name-is, the lone Yankee fan.

    They talk baseball for like 20 minutes, and snatchurally, 2004 comes up and they start slobbing each others’ knobs about Dave Roberts and how awesome it was and etc. etc. Willie Whatever-his-name-is starts protesting that “You don’t have to relive it with the blow-by-blow detail”.

    Burns responds with “I had to endure the Williams collapse of ’42, and the collapse of ’67, and the collapse of ’75 with Fisk, and the collapse of ’86 (I’m paraphrasing, he didn’t use “collapse” each time) and the Boone Homer of ’03 — the day before I got married, mind you — and you Yankee fans can’t even deal with listening to one heartbreak!?!”

    Willie Whatever-his-name-is said nothing.

    I wish I was there; my comeback would have been “No, I can’t deal with listening to one single defeat, because I’m not used to losing. You know who’s used to losing? Losers.”

  46. All Star Carl says:

    Jorge doesn’t want the camera man to steal the signs. I like it.

  47. charliechoochoo says:

    Zee Zee

  48. Chris says:

    The 2000 Yankees were 5-15 in their last 20 games. They had a 7.71 ERA in those 20 games.

    Of course, that team had heart and grit so they were guaranteed to win the world series.

  49. Mike Axisa says:

    The funny part about that commercial with the map flying out of the car window is that it happened to me in real life once. Not nearly as funny then.

  50. vin says:

    OK, who here knew that Felipe Lopez signed with the Red Sox 3 days ago? He’s hitting 9th today.

  51. Cbean says:

    ok these sweet millions radio commercials are even worse than the tv commercials.

  52. vin says:

    These Jays radio guys are loving themselves some Kyle Drabek. How does he look?

  53. keith says:

    ………

  54. Mike Axisa says:

    Just shoot me. Bunting in the third inning?

  55. JGS says:

    Bunting in the third inning with Swisher? That wasn’t called from the dugout…was it?

  56. Slappy White says:

    Pitchers wearing single digit numbers , I dont know

  57. Anthony Murillo says:

    I don’t want to see a Yankee bunt ever again…

  58. Sir Not-Appearing-In-This-Blog says:

    Sterling likes the thinking there. In case you were wondering.

  59. pat says:

    Pelota pequena!!!!!! AY DIOS MIO!

  60. Slappy White says:

    “That is what they call ABC baseball”

    Sterling’d

  61. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    You guys didn’t hear? Girardi was fired. Scioscia is managing tonight.

  62. I’m so glad there are no runners on base with two outs now.

    /I’m glad they scored the run, of course, but still.

  63. Carlosologist says:

    The New York Yankees: best offense in baseball

    Bunting with the New York Yankees lineup: BATSHIT INSANE AND I CANNOT TAKE ANOTHER MINUTE WATCHING OUR BEST HITTERS TRY AND MOVE UP A RUNNER BY WASTING OUTS

    • first time long time says:

      i feel the same, but with the way their offense has been lately and same the pitching’s inability tohold a lead, i’ll take. FOR NOW at least.

    • Slappy White says:

      Relax, young one, we’re trying Bizzaro Yankee Ball. Nothing else has been working. Once we finally make playoffs its back to bashing the ball like the Yankees of old

  64. Henry says:

    If the Yankees need to play small ball to produce a run and stop me from bitching about their trouble with RISP then so be it.

  65. first time long time says:

    i have a question about this site. im new here, well ive been reading for a long time, commenting for only a short while (hence the name lol) but how do you know if you’ve been banned? and if you are banned are you allowed to come and read the articles but just not comment, or are you banned from actually coming to the entire site. i know its a stupid question, i just find this site pretty insite (the comments are pretty entertaining too btw lol) and if its the latter then, if prefer to not get banned so i can still read the articles. so if i become a “troll” or already am id like to be let known right away that way i can still read the articles. this is a dumb post and im sorry everybody. just something ive been wondering.

  66. pat says:

    Kyle Drabeck is three years older than Manny Banuelos.

    • JGS says:

      And five years older than Gary Sanchez

    • Carlosologist says:

      Fun fact indeed. Another fun fact: Phil Hughes, future ace, is two years younger than established* superace Clay Buchholz.

    • vin says:

      Which makes me wonder why the Jays had him spend the entire year in AA. He made 13 starts in AA for the Phils last year. Why not call him up to AAA midseason? I doubt they have 5 arms better than his at that level.

      Just wondering if its an organizational philosophy or something. Maybe they want to let the kid dominate AA then call him up to the bigs rather than get smacked around a bit in AAA.

  67. JerseyDutch says:

    Small ball today.

  68. Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF) says:

    So back to pitcher’s #’s and Drabek wearing Gehrig’s #: Whitey’s #16 is retired and I think Guidry’s 49. Mo will be next. Any other pitcher?

  69. seimiya says:

    We’re smallballing the everloving shit out of this game. It would be funny if I didn’t want to win so bad.

  70. Late, but I see we’re bunting now in the 3rd inning. No panic!

  71. JGS says:

    Yeesh, Encarnacion with the lollygagging

  72. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    Swish looked like he was running pretty well there.

  73. Henry says:

    Lets just say Girardi leaves. Is Willie Randolph someone the Yankees would consider?

  74. Holy hell that got out fast.

  75. cjc says:

    seriously this fucking guy again

  76. pat says:

    That was my fault. I was just thinking to myself, I bet Snider hits a HR here.

  77. Cbean says:

    Ok, let’s avoid any more of those.

  78. charliechoochoo says:

    Quick! pick out your spot on the ledge! Ledge spots are going fast!

  79. pat says:

    Ardo just wanted to pad his fielding stats on that last GB.

  80. cjc says:

    maybe ts just me and all the frustration of the last month but everyonr seems very comfortable especially inside against our pitchers

    like I said its probably just the circumstances of this past month

  81. vin says:

    How big was that bunt now?!

  82. All Star Carl says:

    First pitch fastball and he got it. Inside too. Make him go opp field. Or have him show you he can he can hit a breaking ball.

  83. Henry says:

    I wish the there was wind to make it go foul.

  84. Mike Axisa says:

    Doug Drabek’s wife is a total MILF.

  85. first time long time says:

    top 5 least favorite mlb teams:
    1. red sox
    2. phillies
    3. angels
    4. mets
    5. blue jays

    agree/disagree?

  86. Jorge’s speed pressured the defense there.

  87. Dela G says:

    wow that ball posada hit bounced up and down like an overinflated basketball

  88. Anthony Murillo says:

    Sado = Henderson

  89. pat says:

    Robbie makes that play blindfolded.

  90. Wow, Hill really needs to know who’s running there. Maybe he saw that Jorge has a career high in steals this year or something…

  91. All Star Carl says:

    Cano can make that play on the run Michael Kay.

  92. Dela G says:

    holy shit that sucked ass

  93. Henry says:

    Was posada chatting with the second baseman?

  94. Hummingbird S. says:

    What the hell was that Posada? Just run towards second next time..

  95. seimiya says:

    Oh Posada, you speed demon. Swoon.

  96. Dela G says:

    ZZ looks untouchable right now

  97. charliechoochoo says:

    I remember Jorge doing that multiple sign thing during the season

  98. I love watching CC vs. lefties.

  99. JerseyDutch says:

    Dear CC,

    Please teach AJ how to pitch a 1-2-3 inning.

    Your friend,
    JerseyDutch

  100. first time long time says:

    ok. 5 favorite yankees from last years team: (i find this entertaining btw lol)
    1. matsui
    2. teixeira
    3. melky
    4. pettitte
    5. jorge

    agree/disagree?

  101. Mike Axisa says:

    Has to be A for the text poll. Halladay’s scared me for life.

  102. Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF) says:

    The signs were being stolen by the Giants in 51. Confirmed by an old time Giant and acquaintance of mine. Gale Boyd Harris. Look it up. He hit the last HR by a Giant in the Polo Grounds also.

  103. Mike Axisa says:

    It’s called pine tar, Brett.

  104. Pine tar: Brett needs it.

  105. Chris says:

    Why is Gardner bunting?!?!?!?!? There’s no one on base!

  106. Mike Axisa says:

    Love it. Very nice Brett.

  107. JerseyDutch says:

    Nice three bagger, GGBG.

  108. pat says:

    Sooooooolid hit.

  109. Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF) says:

    The great Grittsky!

  110. RalphieD says:

    wow big time opposite field power for gardner…nice

  111. All Star Carl says:

    BG reads RAB :)

  112. Carlosologist says:

    Fastest Yankee since Soriano.

  113. Infield in, I hope this backfires on you bigtime, Jays.

  114. RalphieD says:

    LOL NICE SLIDE

  115. pat says:

    I hope Jeter is running around the bases right now.

  116. Mike Axisa says:

    Hah! Gaston just said “the ball beat him there so he’s out!”

  117. JerseyDutch says:

    Nice!

  118. Sheepmeister says:

    How can jeter reach on a fielder’s choice if gardner scores?

  119. Adam says:

    There is just something wrong about looking at a pitcher with number 4 on his back. Just…odd.

  120. All Star Carl says:

    Tagged BG’s right side. Buck lifted his foot up too early. BG was safe.

  121. Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF) says:

    Tie goes to Brettsky but he was in there by a few inches.

    instant replay not convincing enough to overturn…

  122. All Star Carl says:

    Hey lets take a strike up 2-0 on the rookie!

    Stupid at bat.

    • Mike Axisa says:

      You don’t take on 2-0 just because, it’s the best hitter’s count there is. The Yanks are hitting .382/.379/.791 in 2-0 counts this year. If it’s a pitch to hit, swing away.

      • All Star Carl says:

        Just because you’re up 2-0 doesn’t mean you have to swing though. Get a ball in your zone that you like. He wasn’t going to do anything with that pitch.

    • Chris says:

      The AL is hitting .359/.357/.640/.996 on a 2-0 count. It’s the best hitters count.

  123. cjc says:

    I will really not mis Overbay next year by all means sign in the NL

  124. Carlosologist says:

    Can Kay please stop fellating Overbay? It’s almost as if he forgets Teixeira is there…

  125. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    Third base ump looking for attention.

  126. lol, did anyone see that kid in the blue spandex suit?

  127. Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF) says:

    Aaron Hill and his .120 avg against lefties. Ridiculous.

  128. Adam says:

    Lost in all of the talk back and forth of Granderson at the plate this year is the fact that he has played a heck of a centerfield.

  129. Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF) says:

    53 pitches in 5 innings. Does he go 7, 8 or 9?

  130. 53 pitches through 5. Incoming BACK IN THE CY YOUNG RACE retardness from writers if he pitches 8 or 9 innings tonight.

  131. Is it said that I get all excited when I see my year’s Accord in that Honda ad?

  132. first time long time says:

    you know what would be really funny? is if the yankee players read this website daily, read the comments, and actually commented lol.

  133. pat says:

    Cito is really gonna scrape every pitch outta the kid that he can.

  134. Cbean says:

    I’d really like Alex to get to 30 tonight. I don’t want this to be a long drawn out thing.

  135. Dela G says:

    that pitch looked outside

  136. All Star Carl says:

    30 please A-God

  137. Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF) says:

    Tex was framed!

  138. Pat D says:

    ARod hasn’t homered yet?

    DFA!

  139. All Star Carl says:

    Again, you’re not gonna do anything with that pitch. Just take it.

  140. HotCarl says:

    Doesn’t Drabek kinda look like a utl infielder pitching as he doesn’t look big and he is wearing number 4?

  141. Avi says:

    Cano expanding the zone there. Too low

  142. New game plan : stop hitting it to Overbay

  143. Jerome S says:

    3 Inning-ending double plays?

    Thank God CC is pitching a gem.

  144. Hmm… if he’s out how was Granderson safe? Just saying…

  145. Erica says:

    Uhhh… that was an interesting out.

  146. Dela G says:

    that was a good call, even i knew that rule about being inside the basepath

  147. Avi says:

    Wow! how much did the yanks payoff the umps tonight?

  148. Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF) says:

    C ya C toe

  149. Adam says:

    Cito deciding to get his exercise in tonight before riding off into the sunset…

  150. JerseyDutch says:

    How long has Kay waited to use the word “penultimate”?

  151. Chris says:

    I wonder if the ump ever says, “the rule is stupid, but I still have to follow the rule?.”

  152. Avi says:

    I don’t like the name Cito.

    (over drafting a 10th rounder)

  153. poster on another computer who happens to be a deuce bag says:

    CC is just dominating tonight. Holy shitballs.

  154. If my late-grandfather was Latino rather than Italian and kept his mustache, he’d be Cito Gaston in terms of looks Eerie.

  155. Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF) says:

    ARod doing the Nettles imitation.

    #9-retired but not for Nettles…

  156. I wish Brad was a high ranking officer so his name could be General Mills.

  157. Dela G says:

    ZZ brought the damn good stuff tonight

    • Well yeah, but Girardi still deserves to be fired for keeping him on his turn, which is clearly a sign of panic, shortsighted and shockingly bad decision making. Having your ace pitch on his turn reveals a stunning lack of foresight and planning.

      • Mike Axisa says:

        Right, because they would have started him anyway if they hadn’t sucked for the last three weeks.

        • But why is “changing your mind” or “changing your strategy based on the now available facts/realities” automatically equal “ZOMG PANIC!!!”

          That’s the point. Yes, we changed plans. Every change of plan is not a panic move, it’s a change of plans.

        • Pure speculation on your part. Which is fine, we all do that from time to time. But lets not pretend you can prove that, because you can’t.

          Mike, your otherwise outstanding writing really suffers when discussing Girardi, who you clearly have an axe to grind with. You made a mountain out of a molehill today. Just my 2 cents.

          • Hughesus Christo says:

            I agree that he has an axe to grind. Of course, that axe is Girardi’s questionable managerial skills. Some may argue that that is an axe worth grinding on the reg.

            /kennypowers

  158. JerseyDutch says:

    OK boys, how about a little long ball just for fun? A couple dingers to make the fans happy…

  159. All Star Carl says:

    We score a lot of runs for starters who don’t give us length. The 5 we scored for AJ would be great for CC tonight or Hughes against Boston the other night.

  160. Dela G says:

    bautista swings at fucking everything

  161. pat says:

    CC just bitched Bautista.

  162. Avi says:

    You hear bautista yelling and cursing there?
    Roid Rage

  163. Henry says:

    Jesus. CC games 123 of ALDS.

  164. All Star Carl says:

    Please don’t slide step. No reason to do it.

  165. Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF) says:

    Overbay-Overmatched

    Aaron Hill against CC? beyond overmatched…

  166. Mike Axisa says:

    Another run would be marvelous.

  167. Slappy White says:

    Ole Joe West would love this one.

  168. I hope CC busts out the “PUNK MUTHAFUCKAS!!!” as he walks off the mound after a big inning-ending strikeout this postseason.

  169. JGS says:

    ZZ has only thrown 81. His first 9 inning CG perhaps?

  170. poster on another computer who happens to be a deuce bag says:

    1 more inning until Mo and then we’re in the playoffs (I have full, 100% confidence in Mariano Rivera).

  171. Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF) says:

    Golson to RF next inning.

  172. Erica says:

    I wish Michael Kay would sound more enthusiastic over Jeter’s base hits.

  173. pat says:

    Jeter CRUSHED that 85 mph heater

  174. Smart pinch-run there by Joe. Might as well shore up the defense going forward.

  175. Mike Axisa says:

    Do it Alex, #30 right here.

  176. Marc says:

    I want the Yanks to clinch before the Rays do. They needa speed up this game hah.

  177. Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF) says:

    Centaur rbi time. 4 would be nice

  178. Time for A-rod to drop the hammer and allow them to pull CC.

  179. All Star Carl says:

    Do it for the big man A-Rod.

  180. Carlosologist says:

    Grand slam?

  181. Erica says:

    Let’s do this A-Rod!!!

  182. JerseyDutch says:

    30! 30! 30!

  183. Bahhh swung at ball 3. Was definitely guessing fastball.

  184. Kit says:

    I’m not greedy, Alex. It doesn’t have to be a home run. Just something that will score several runs.

  185. Attaboy. That’s a hell of a take lol

  186. JerseyDutch says:

    Wow, walked him in.

  187. Carlosologist says:

    A-Rod still has the ability to take a walk.

  188. Hummingbird S. says:

    Just one pitch close to the plate. Pitcher was kinda scared.

  189. poster on another computer who happens to be a deuce bag says:

    BOOOOOOOO/non-capitalization

  190. Chris says:

    Dammit! Where’s the sac fly?!?!?!?!

  191. Marc says:

    He didn’t throw 1 single strike in that at bat. Scaredy cats!

  192. Marc says:

    Poll: With how things have worked out right now, would you go back a month ago and do the trade Montero for Lee?

  193. Kit says:

    Alright, Robbie, plate discipline. Make him throw you some strikes (and then hit them).

  194. Mike Axisa says:

    Former Yankee draft pick David Purcey on the bump.

  195. That was strike 3 but you know, whatever. We’ve gotten shafted on calls enough to deserve that one. http://www.brooksbaseball.net/.....8;s_type=3

  196. All Star Carl says:

    Wooo 5 runs for CC.

  197. Erica says:

    Yeaaahhhh sac-flies.

  198. Carlosologist says:

    sac fly is fine. The more runs we push across, the less need we have to send CC out there again.

  199. All Star Carl says:

    CC with the Jordan XI’s

  200. Bob Stone says:

    CC – Don’t pitch to the score. Blow away the Jays.

  201. Marc says:

    Rays gave away 20,000 seats, and the place still isn’t packed. Tough life down there

    • Mike Axisa says:

      They’re giving the tickets away tomorrow.

    • Big Stein says:

      Maybe they should start paying people to attend.

    • Sheepmeister says:

      The only issue is if they clinch tonight, if it was the yankees, i would be less motivated to go if it was golson, curtis, nunez, berkman, thames, gardner, pena and no chance of seeing any true starter.

    • Bob Stone says:

      The Rays are going to have to move to another city.

      They have a horrible stadium. It’s on the wrong side of town. The beautiful new stadium proposal on the water got shot down. They can’t give away seats for a great team in an exciting race. Ownership and management have done everything they can to entice people to the ball park.

      And nothing works.

      But where can they go?

      • Marc says:

        Las Vegas would be pretty cool. First all-indoor stadium just above a casino floor? That would be pretty sick

      • Carlosologist says:

        I can see the Rays moving to New York or New Orleans. JMHO, I haven’t really thought this out clearly.

        • Kit says:

          New York might be tricky. Not really a lot of space to put a third stadium (The Jets and Giants having to play in Jersey says something, IMO). Unless it’s upstate NY, and that might just present similar issues because of the state parks and lonely towns. New Orleans, I honestly have no idea about.

          • Bob Stone says:

            I actually like the idea. Build them a stadium on the west side like the Yankees were trying to do. I think a move to NY would hurt the Mets but not the Yankees.

            Remember that NYC used to have three teams.

            • Kit says:

              Where in NYC would you build the stadium though? I don’t really know if there’s enough space in the city to build a large stadium with the necessary parking lots. Also, getting through the parks commission is a huge bitch. Preserving what little green space there is in the city is kind of their priority. And I remember that there were three teams here at some point, but those stadiums get torn down to make something else: case in point, Ebbets Field is now the Jackie Robinson apartments. My point is, you can’t build randomly, not that they shouldn’t move them here.

          • Chris says:

            Northern Jersey would be a good location. It would have to have convenient train access, but putting in the ‘burbs would allow people to drive to games.

    • Adam says:

      It would be interesting to see how many Yankee fans gobble up playoff tickets in Tampa if they play in the ALCS.

    • Bob Stone says:

      Interesting math. They give away 20,000 seats and total attendance tonight was 17,891.

  202. Chris says:

    Five Cy Young candidates shown and still missing two of the top 3 or 4 candidates….

  203. JGS says:

    A-rod is really really smart

  204. Old friend Eric Hinske with a go-ahead 2 run homer. Trying his best not to break his World Series appearance streak!

  205. Erica says:

    Awesome throw, A-Rod.

    *bats eyelashes*

    /fangirl’d

  206. Erica says:

    And Tampa won.

  207. Slappy White says:

    I hope we get the D- Lineup Tommorrow

  208. All Star Carl says:

    OMG CANO!

  209. Ray the Anti-Handle says:

    Looks like the Rangers are going with a 3-man rotation for the entire playoffs. This should be interesting.

  210. Big Stein says:

    Bring on the Twinkies!

  211. All Star Carl says:

    Let CC finish this.

  212. iYankee(next generation from Apple) says:

    WOOOOO HOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!

    You know how stress makes you irritable and lash out at things like the Yankees, well that stress is gone and I just got proof they are going to win number 28. YYYYYYYYYEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!

  213. Avi says:

    Has YES shown a shot of Jesus/Dellin/Brackman?
    I’m dying to see these guys!

  214. Henry says:

    I love how ESPN is already assuming the Yanks are going to face Texas.

  215. Avi says:

    How does thames not get to second on that hit?

  216. Is Joe really going to bring Mitre into this game? Why, so he can try to say “haha guys jk this never really mattered”? lol man

  217. pat says:

    Scouting the Sally gives his typical smackdown of a Yankee prospect-

    Slade Heathcott has the upside of a grinder who could start on a second division team, but not a juggernaut like the New York Yankees. Of course the same was said about Brett Gardner, but Heathcott just does not have the elite speed Gardner possesses and incorporates into his all-around game. If one must compare him to a Yankee (current or former), think of him more as a Melky Cabrera type from a statistical standpoint (early when he had some projection) with a a little less power and a little more speed.

    http://scoutingthesally.com/20.....rk-yankees

  218. U Thant says:

    If Mitre is backing up CC I’m gonna punch Joe in the baby-maker.

  219. Mike Axisa says:

    If Sergio Mitre comes into this game I’m going to flip my shit.

  220. Mike Axisa says:

    Girardi flashing the managerial skills. Love both pinch runners tonight.

  221. Mike Axisa says:

    What a freaking bunt.

  222. Erica says:

    THAT BUNT WHAT WAS THAT BUNT HOW WHY WHAT OKAY.

  223. Adam says:

    Ok that was seriously awesome.

  224. Kit says:

    Encarnacion fail.

  225. RalphieD says:

    gardner is as cool as the other side of the pillow

  226. bexarama says:

    Gardner really shouldn’t bunt, especially with two strikes, but goddamn that was fucking beautiful

  227. Dream of Electric Sheep says:

    RAB treats bunt like it’s a venereal disease.

  228. U Thant says:

    I might be late to the party, but has anyone commented about how these five runs came via 3 sac flies, a bb-loaded walk, and a fielder’s choice? P.S. Nice at-bat Derek.

  229. seimiya says:

    Brett Gardner deserves an engraved bunting award.

  230. Mike Axisa says:

    Greg Golson totally looks like one of those blue guys from Avatar.

  231. Adam says:

    “Who would have thought Greg Golson would hit a weak grounder and knock in a run in the 8th inning of a game in a pennant race?”

    –ARod in about a half hour–

  232. Pete says:

    Grownups shouldn’t bring mitts to the game unless they are going to play.

  233. Carlosologist says:

    Let’s go A-Rod!

  234. Guest says:

    30 *clap* *clap*

  235. Kit says:

    C’mon Alex. Again, I’m not greedy, but getting number 30 on the day we can clinch and making it a GS would be so awesome.

  236. pat says:

    Lets see if Arod passes the baton again. He’s totally scared of hitting in a big spot.

  237. Marc says:

    That was his cookie pitch right there

  238. Erica says:

    Grandslamgrandslamgrandslam

    …because why not.

  239. Bob Stone says:

    C’mon ARod. I need a home to stay ahead in my bet with my sister. She has Pena of the Pays and I’ve got ARod for most homers.

  240. I wish those two umpires were there just so the Yankees could celebrate in front of them.

  241. Erica says:

    And A-Rod angrily flips his bat to the ground. Oh well.

  242. Marc says:

    That situation wasn’t clutch enough for Nails. He decided to pass

  243. All Star Carl says:

    Man that was ugly

  244. ND Mike says:

    I got the kids tucked in and we’re half an inning from making it to the postseason. Yay!

  245. All Star Carl says:

    So does Billy Wagner choke the game away?

  246. Bob Stone says:

    Finish it off CC.

  247. Adam says:

    Wow, it is way past Travis Snyder’s bedtime…is he 12?

  248. Erica says:

    MKay, you jinxed CC! You jinxed him!

  249. Kit says:

    DP ball, CC. Get two outs quick and easy so you’re not overworked.

  250. Carlosologist says:

    Why is CC still in there?

  251. Bob Stone says:

    Great situation. CC needs three outs to finish it with a 5 run lead and Mariano as back up. It doesn’t get much better than that.

  252. Hughesus Christo says:

    RE: Sabathia in the 9th

    GIRARDI

  253. bexarama says:

    Aaaah why is it never easy.

  254. first time long time says:

    walking yunel escobar: unacceptable…time to take out cc

  255. Avi says:

    Straight to MO here.
    NOW!

  256. LB says:

    to rest the bullpen, but CC all the sudden forgot how to pitch

  257. Adam says:

    Really? A breaking ball with a 3-2 count and a 5 run lead?

  258. All Star Carl says:

    3-2 change up? What? Throw that 1-2.

  259. JerseyDutch says:

    And the Juice Man is up…

  260. Kit says:

    Can we get a triple play up in this bitch?

    /kidding

  261. ND Mike says:

    He’d better be done after this batter.

  262. Pat D says:

    I’m not watching. Has he not thrown a lot of pitches or something?

  263. ZZ says:

    There is absolutely no reason to leave Sabathia out there past Bautista

  264. ND Mike says:

    Roid rage whining by Bautista.

  265. LB says:

    should of “adjusted your swing” on that baroidsa

  266. Bob Stone says:

    Two outs to go.

  267. Ahhhhh… I wanted CC on the mound when they clinch. So much for sentimentality.

  268. Marc says:

    CC didn’t wanna come out

  269. pat says:

    CC looks like he’s biting his tongue.

  270. Erica says:

    Great job CC! Phenomenal, phenomenal.

    Now END IT, Mo.

  271. Adam says:

    Umm…wow, unhappy big fella.

  272. JGS says:

    Don’t love this, but it’s Mo. Can’t be upset with that

  273. U Thant says:

    LOL. Did anyone else notice CC mouthingg mother fucker at Bautista’s way?

  274. LB says:

    13 hr to 52…..hmmmmmmmm…..

  275. Slappy White says:

    Anybody else see CC call Bautista a “Muthafuckin Asshole” ?

    So Gangsta

  276. Mike Axisa says:

    Are people really complaining about CC this inning? Really?

  277. JerseyDutch says:

    Bring out Gaudin!

  278. Pete says:

    Great game by CC, but what was the point of having him pitch the 9th?

    Also I probably would have gone with Wood against Wells, seems like one of those guys who is randomly immune to Mariano

  279. Avi says:

    Love Mo coming in here. Get that Sandman feeling back Mo. It’ll also be good for him to be on the mound if the clinch. (hate getting ahead of myself)

  280. iYankee(next generation from Apple) says:

    tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder says:
    September 28, 2010 at 9:30 pm
    Your prior conduct has been noted in the permanent record. Keep that in mind.

    Fair enough. Would not expect anything less.

  281. ZZ says:

    This is absolutely the right move.

    Pushing Sabathia to 120 pitches would be idiotic given the context of this game and this stage of the season.

  282. pat says:

    Mo is still cut up as a motherfucker.

  283. Avi says:

    HUGE performance for CC tonight.

    WORTH EVERY PENNY!

  284. Dela G says:

    why the hell is mo here???

  285. Dela G says:

    oh and that pitch to wells was right down the middle.

    thank you luck!

  286. iYankee(next generation from Apple) says:

    Anyone know exactly what Eiland saw with Mo?

  287. first time long time says:

    uggh mo has no command

  288. All Star Carl says:

    YES!!

  289. UncleArgyle says:

    In the words of Johnny Drama: VICTORY!!!!!

  290. JerseyDutch says:

    Playoffs, baby!

  291. Carlosologist says:

    Ladies, gentlemen, this has been a hell of a season. I thoroughly enjoyed my first year here at RAB. Let’s hope the playoffs are as much fun as the regular season.

  292. Kit says:

    CLINCHED, BITCHES.

  293. PaulF says:

    Does anyone know why Mariano lost 2-3 mph last year and then got it back?

  294. Fucking finally.

    I’m excited to watch the SWB Yankees tomorrow night.

  295. Avi says:

    Yeah BABY! We did it boys!

  296. Mike R says:

    Thank god!! about time.. been waiting for this for wayyy toooo long!! Thank god

  297. bexarama says:

    PLAYOFFS MOTHERFUCKER.

    Where are all the bridge-jumpers? DON’T MAKE ME CALL PEOPLE OUT.

  298. Bob Stone says:

    Way to go CC and Mo. Great pitching.

  299. Dela G says:

    playoffs! thank you, playoffs!

  300. Hughesus Christo says:

    THe coach hug was the funniest thing I have seen all season.

  301. Erica says:

    YYYYYYYEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  302. Jon in CUO says:

    Great job, team. Looking forward to some meaningless games, unless of course Tampa decides to just give up.

  303. ND Mike says:

    Man they look EXCITED!

  304. UncleArgyle says:

    Nice. Now the real anxiety and complaining can begin!

  305. rek4gehrig says:

    Order restored in the universe

  306. Slappy White says:

    THANK GOD….I dont think my nerves could have taken another day of waiting….Slappys gonna sleep like a baby

  307. first time long time says:

    do they have a champagne party now like last year?? i enjoy watching those lol

  308. pat says:

    WTF kind of hats were those? 2010 Playoffs? Laaaaaaaame.

  309. Adam says:

    I love this team…I really do. Should be a fun few weeks.

  310. Anthony Murillo says:

    Where they wearing AL Wildcard Champion hats or just Division series hats???

  311. Dream of Electric Sheep says:

    Another year , another playoff berth. It’s amazing how I take that for granted now.

    Go Yanks!

  312. Greg says:

    Bring on the Twins

  313. Good job, everyone.

    *Swisher Salute*

  314. Let. Brackman. Start.

    /half serious

  315. Marc says:

    Fucking christ mlb.tv, why can’t you show the damn celebration?!

  316. Zanath says:

    Thank God. And judging by the White Sox score tonight, looks like they weren’t interested in helping us.

  317. Guest says:

    So rest everyone tomorrow, off-day thursday, play everyone friday, rest everyone saturday, play everyone Sunday? This way, people don’t play anymore back to backs, but also no one has so much time off that they get rusty.

    Thoughts?

  318. Zanath says:

    So I assume Petitte is still starting tomorrow, yes?

  319. JerseyDutch says:

    So do they throw all the rooks out on the field for the next four games and let the veterans rest?

  320. Pasqua says:

    [Opens door.]

    I just wanted to say, ‘good luck.’ We’re all counting on you.

    [Closes door.]

  321. Bob Stone says:

    Watching NESN. The BoSox announcers ae making all kinds of excuses for not making the play offs. I love it.

  322. Betty Lizard says:

    The rent in the fabric of the universe has been mended.

  323. Stratman9652 says:

    Watching on gameday, that’s right where I wanna see Mo again, cutters on the very edges of the plate.

  324. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    Congrats, friends. And CC with win #21. Yuhhhhh.

  325. Zanath says:

    Wait, is there a postgame on YES? Inquiring minds need to know

  326. seimiya says:

    TO THE POSTSEASON!!!

    (*TRUMPETS*)

  327. Kit says:

    Alex is doing the chicken dance…

  328. Dela G says:

    i love how joba is drinking like an alcoholic

  329. Anthony Murillo says:

    Atta boy, Romulo Sanchez! You really helped the 2010 Yankees reach the playoffs, you celebrate your ass off.

  330. UncleArgyle says:

    Somehow the celebration seems hollow with out Edwar Ramirez going overboard with the champagne…

  331. Guest says:

    ALL I DO IS WIN in the clubhouse right now. YES

  332. DallasGreen says:

    Wow. Glad that’s over. Time to rest the guys and get ready to kick some October ass. Can I hear 28?!!!!

  333. Avi says:

    Someone take the Champagne bottle away from Mitre. PLEASE!

  334. Dela G says:

    hahahahaha joba has 2 black eyes

  335. Avi says:

    CCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCC!!!!!!!!!!!

  336. Yo Quiero Montero (formerly LarryF) says:

    Tomorrow will be the first game in weeks that I won’t mind Kearns playing.

  337. Avi says:

    CC, Best Yankee pitcher of my life – im 29

  338. Bob Stone says:

    I don’t like the celebration. The wild card is a consolation prize. What happened to Yankee pride? Win the division and then celebrate.

    Georege must certainly be turning over in his grave.

    • Kit says:

      Wait a sec, we didn’t get awarded wild card and the Rays didn’t get awarded the division as far as I know.

    • UncleArgyle says:

      WTF can someone please pour some booze on Kim Jones? Its like the whole reason I’m watching the post game

    • Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

      You’re overreacting. This isn’t 2009. This division is much tougher. Obviously the Yanks are still “playing” for the division, but this celebration is definitely called for.

      • Bob Stone says:

        I’m really old school, not over-reacting. I am very happy to have the team make the play offs. it’s just that I’ve seen the Yankees go to 20 World Series and win 11. Yes – I’m spoiled.

        At least the Yankee players are saying they want to win the division.

  339. Adam says:

    And the dozens of Rays fans celebrate in Tampa.

  340. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Are you drunk already Cervelli?

  341. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    LOL JETER GOT RAPED!

  342. Adam says:

    Matsui and Damon would have celebrated better than Granderson.

  343. JerseyDutch says:

    If Mitre could pitch the way he wields a champagne bottle..

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