Game Six: After the rain

The RAB Radio Show: April 7, 2011
After five games, Jeter goes back to old mechanics
That kid is up to no good I tells ya. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

In a lot of ways, the Yankees lucked out with last night’s postponement. They can skip not only one Freddy Garcia start but two, and the core bullpen pieces get some much needed rest. The regular position players also get a day of rest without missing an actual game, which is always a good thing. The less Gustavo Molina, the better.

New York will wrap up its first home stand of the season this afternoon, then they’ll head up to Boston for a quick three-game weekend series before returning home for another six game homestand. It sucks that 14.8% of the home schedule will be played in the first 9.3% of the season, but that’s the card they drew. Hopefully they can squeeze out a W and win their second straight series under some overcast skies today and leave town on a high note.

Here’s the lineup that’ll face lefty Francisco Liriano…

Derek Jeter, SS
Nick Swisher, RF
Mark Teixeira, 1B
Alex Rodriguez, 3B
Robbie Cano, 2B
Jorge Posada, DH
Andruw Jones, LF
Russell Martin, C
Brett Gardner, CF

A.J. Burnett, SP

It’s a 1:05pm ET start today, and the game can be seen on YES. Enjoy.

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The RAB Radio Show: April 7, 2011
After five games, Jeter goes back to old mechanics
  • Cy Pettitte

    Let’s hope Gardner gets going today, SSS, but he’s 3/10 with a triple off Liriano

    • Mister Delaware

      Screw SSS, if Gardner spent an entire season facing Liriano, he would have 60+ triples. Book it.

  • Undertaker’s Dong

    THIS GAME IS A MUST WIN…

    • Cy Pettitte

      lol, Red Sox fan site is that way —–>

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

      This will end badly.

    • JerseyDutch

      Dong, where is my automobile?

      • Undertaker’s Dong

        ITS IN MY YARD…
        NO snox, GO YANKS

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

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dFLggqjddKM (Safe for work, not safe for life)

    • http://twitter.com/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

      Sad part is some record exec actually said “Hey this is really good lets subject to world to this.”

      • Marshall Brown

        you give them too much credit. They knew they could sell this crap and make a ton of money, They were right.

        No coincidence that Lou Pearlman, Lou Pearlman, who founded commercially successful acts such as the Backstreet Boys and ‘N Sync was later convicted of running a 300 mil ponzi scheme.

        This song and these bands were artistic crimes, cultural frauds.

  • Tank the Frank

    Love to see a clean game today. Yanks hammer Liriano early and tack on throughout the game. Bartolo and Ayala finish it out. No drama.

  • http://twitter.com/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

    The stadium is really REALLY empty today.

    • Francis

      As has pretty much every stadium so far this season.

      Note: Cleveland, Wrigley

      It’s the cold weather home slice.

      • Mister Delaware

        Fenway hasn’t drawn a single fan yet.

      • Poopy Pants

        But it’s not col in nyc.

  • Total Dominication

    I really want to go in to Boston over 500.

  • Erica

    Am I being ridiculous or is the game not broadcasted on 880AM? I’m trying to get audio online (and I’m all empty-pocketed so I can’t afford the MLB membership for game day audio).

  • Cy Pettitte

    One plus side of empty stadium: you can hear roll call clearly, lol

  • Pat D

    Another record low attendance today?

  • gio

    Why’d the Twins skip Pavano?

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

      A.) Because he got rocked last start
      B.) Because Liriano is always a much, much, much better option

      • gio

        If they weren’t playing the Yankees, though, I don’t think they would have flip-flopped. Agreed?

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

          Perhaps. The handedness was probably a big factor, too; suppress that lefty power to the short porch.

  • Pat D

    Matt Holliday and now Adam Dunn felled by appendectomies already this year. Odd.

    Lastings Milledge DFA’ed by White Sox. Gotta think he’s had his last chance, right?

    • Francis

      Can you say hello to your newest Long Island Duck Lasting Milledge?

      Off to the Atlantic League he goes. The guy is toast.

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

        He’d look badass in a Newark Bears uniform.

        • Francis

          Ah, I was going to use that one as an example too until I realized that they no longer play in the Atlantic League.

  • IRF

    Hello Good AJ

  • baravelli

    Wow, Martin really stole a strike there.

  • Mister Delaware

    Wow did Martin steal that one.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Curve looks good today, I like April AJ

  • Greg

    I dont know if Mauer tipped that.

  • Pat D

    That ball was tipped by Mauer, wasn’t it?

  • Total Dominication

    Nice.

  • Tank the Frank

    I DON’T BELIEVE WHAT I JUST SAW!

  • JerseyDutch

    Jeter?

  • mike_h

    finally a decent hit by Jeter

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

    There you go, Jeets. Prove us all wrong. Silence our doubts. Defy the odds.

  • jon

    is that deadmau5 i hear in the stadium?

    • mike_h

      yea its Swisher’s first and third AB music I think

  • Cy Pettitte

    Swish got away with that, but Liriano did completely miss his spot

  • mike_h

    hahahaha Swisher screamed right in the mic

    • jon

      a little angry at that pop up eh

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

      SON OF A BEE-STING!

  • Justin

    Kay: “Swisher angry with himself…”

    /understatement, haha.

  • IRF

    Swish was just a little frustrated there

  • AndrewYF

    Always fun to hear the player’s foul language get picked up by the microphones.

    ‘Fuck, man, FUCK!’

    • AndrewYF

      And from Mark on the HBP: “Ah…SHIT”

    • Pat D

      Who said that, Swisher or Teix? Or both?

      • AndrewYF

        Swisher, when he popped up. I would have much worse language in that situation.

      • mike_h

        Swisher said “Fuck man FUCK” after popping up and you could clearly hear it. Tex got hit and you can see him mouth “Ah Shit” but you couldn’t hear it. I guess they lowered the mic

  • Cy Pettitte

    stop fucking hit Teix, fuck

  • JerseyDutch

    Teix is like a HBP magnet…

  • baravelli

    Phew, it didn’t hit Tex right on the kneecap. I was scared for a second there.

  • jon

    thank god it wasnt his knee

    time for arod to make him pay

  • CBean

    come on Alex, get them back for plunking Tex.

  • http://twitter.com/karcotte karcotte

    Gameday has Alex batting left handed.

    Hott

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

    I can’t even be mad, those pitches were filthy.

  • Total Dominication

    damn

  • Cy Pettitte

    AJs not even close to the strike zone

  • Pat D

    Need a DP here.

  • Tank the Frank

    Aaaaaand away we go.

  • mike_h

    AJ missing his spots…this aint good

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

    Exhale. Okay, AJ, you’ve got an out, now keep it going.

  • Mister Delaware

    “You can go all the way over there?” – Jorge Posada

  • Pat D

    Jeez, don’t kill yourself, Russell!!!

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

    (fistpumps)

  • Yank the Frank

    AJ bouncing back.

  • Cuso

    Now just don’t avoid going all Soriano and walk Valencia

    • Cuso

      should read “now just avoid….”

  • JerseyDutch

    Nice.

  • Mister Delaware

    He’s a fighta!!!

  • Cy Pettitte

    lukewarm AJ

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

    (tips cap to AJ)

  • Justin

    Nice pitching.

  • CBean

    phew! good job getting out of it, AJ!

  • mike_h

    nice comeback by AJ

  • Pat D

    Really? That was a strike?

  • Urban

    That’s a strike on Posada, but similar pitches from AJ are balls?

  • Cy Pettitte

    Andruw Jones sporting some slick glasses

  • Mister Delaware

    Covered a lot of ground there, Denard.

  • Klemy

    $%#*ing MLB Mobile isn’t working! GAH Why am I shocked at this?

    • Klemy

      Bah, something odd with caching their mobile page, once you logout during a session and go back, you’re logged in and it works without entering any information. Game on…

  • Rey22

    What the hell is that thing in Casilla’s chin?

  • Kostas

    Jeter to his left – old.

  • Jimmy McNulty

    LEster has nine Ks through six. Jesus Christ, he’s good at baseball. Also the game on Saturday is at noon, so that means it’s not on Fux right?

    • Klemy

      It’s scheduled to be on Fox.

    • Monteroisdinero

      I thought it was 1 PM. Did they change? Noon is unusual for Saturday Fox.

      • Cy Pettitte

        schedule says 1:10 on Fox

        • Jimmy McNulty

          I thought the Fux games were at three?

  • Jonathan

    Both changeups have been FILTHY

  • Pat D

    This umpire is starting to get on my nerves.

  • Pat D

    Jeez, now he calls that a strike? I’d be mad if I was Mauer.

  • mike_h

    AJ got Mauer lookin

  • Jimmy McNulty

    Is it just me or is AJ the most stressful pitcher to watch on the team?

    • Cy Pettitte

      Hughes, I can’t deal with all the 10 pitch at bats because of all the foul balls

    • Tank the Frank

      Hughes gets to me. I love him and want him to succeed so bad. Plus all the foul balls are frustrating.

      • Jimmy McNulty

        Yeah, Hughes is probably the guy…simply because I want him to be so good. Even he’s doing well, I’m still nervous. When he sucks I go to make excuses, but when AJ sucks it’s easier to just get mad at him.

  • Tank the Frank

    Got the call when he needed it. Great pitch. Nice changeup today as well.

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

    Way to be, Allan James.

  • Greg G.

    Tell you what, I think Russell Martin just got that strikeout for AJ.

  • http://twitter.com/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

    So nice to have a catcher frame pitches and get the strike.

    • Jimmy McNulty

      Especially nice because Martin sucks way less at the plate than Cervo did.

  • Rich B

    0-9 red sox by weekends end?

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

      Hope so.

      The homer-happy Yankees lineup vs. the homerprone Red Sox pitching staff. It’s like the irresistible force meets the utterly and totally movable object.

      • Rich B

        dark knight quote nice

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

          Um… you do realize that the irresistible force/immovable object phrase predates The Dark Knight by, oh, say, a few thousand years, correct?

          Please tell me yes.

    • Urban

      As much as I’m enjoying their slow start, I recognize they’re a good team, and good teams playing and hitting poorly have a tendency to explode offensively all at once. Hoping that doesn happen until after Sunday.

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

      Well we get to miss Lester. So … maybe

  • Tank the Frank

    Make shit happen Gardy!

  • Jon in CUO

    Moar changeup, please.

  • Pat D

    It’s nice that they’re going to do a Yankeeography of Joe Girardi, but are we ever going to get one for guys like Bill Dickey, Red Ruffing or Lefty Gomez? I mean, they’re all HOF’ers, you’d think they’d have enough material for them.

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

      Amen, brother.

      #retire11and15now

    • Francis

      Meh, while they are all great players, I don’t think even the die-hard Yankee fans even knows who Bill Dickey is.

      • Jonathan

        Is that sarcasm..?

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

          I think it’s more a comment on the lack of historical knowledge possessed by this younger generation of Yankee fans which we are a part of.

          • Francis

            The reason is that Dickey was overshadowed by Ruth, Gehrig, and DiMaggio despite being one of the most consistent players of his generation. The guy was a great player and a Hall of Famer, but is a victim of playing on Yankee teams with three of players who are more well-known to the casual fan.

  • Yank the Frank

    Walking double.

  • Tank the Frank

    He’s got one hell of an eye.

  • China Joe

    GRITTTT

  • mike_h

    Gardner better steal a damn bag now!

  • Cy Pettitte

    best walk ever

  • Jimmy McNulty

    Awesome AB Gardner.

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

    I’m praying for a 15 inning affair in the Sox/Cleveland game with a soul crushing walk off home run by Shelley Duncan

    • Yank the Frank

      I’ll buy into that.

  • Rey22

    Random thought that just hit me. Gardner goes at the trade deadline in a package for a good #2-3 starter and Dickerson and Jones platoon in left for the rest of the year. He seems like he’s a good trade chip.

    Don’t mind me. Just thinking out loud.

    • Pat D

      Don’t see that happening.

    • Tank the Frank

      I think the Yankees want to keep Gardner. They’re going to need someone to bat leadoff in the coming years. Plus the minor league system is so deep they could pull a deal for a #2 starter without messing with the major league roster.

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

        That, and I doubt the team is at all keen on the idea of being forced to play one of Jones or Dickerson every day. They’re great as 4th/5th outfielders, but not as a platooned starter.

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

    No chance.

    /wheelz

  • Pat D

    Mauer’s worst throw ever.

  • Rich B

    that guys is quick (just in case no one noticed)

  • Rich B

    jeter just looks old

  • Yank the Frank

    Thank God for that steal.

  • alittleblackegg

    Classic Gardner walk / SB sequence. Love it.

  • Jimmy McNulty

    That’s a strike? WTF? It was a shitty pitch that should have been hit, but still.

  • China Joe

    an RBI for Swish, an RGI for Gardner (run gritted in)

    • Cuso

      because he’s white, right?

      • murakami

        I don’t care what color he is, the guy gets lousy jumps on balls hit to the wall in CF.

        When Granderson doesn’t play out there, we take a hit. Awful play off the wall, too. Amazing this guy has a rep as being an elite defender. Not in CF.

  • Jimmy McNulty

    How many HRs has the wind stolen from the Yanks this year?

  • Urban

    Fun game with a chance to win $5.6 million. For some reason, I decided to start my streak with today’s Yankee game, believing Cano will get a hit off of Liriano. Probably “easier” match-ups around MLB to try and start a streak.

    http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/fantasy....._index.jsp

  • Klemy

    “Only the New York Daily News gives you the exciting writing of Mike Lupica…”

    I don’t know if “exciting” is the adjective I would use there.

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

    Jarrod Saltalamachhia is so bad that if for some reason he got 10 PAs in one day and managed to get one hit, his BA for the day would be higher than his current batting average.

    • Cy Pettitte

      it’s still amazes me they didn’t outbid Cashman for Martin

      • Urban

        For all we know, they might have made a similar offer, or could have even bid a little higher, but Martin was concerned about playing time since they seemed committed to give Saltawhatevermajig and Varitek playing time, too.

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

          Don’t you think Martin would like his chances of beating out Saltalamacchia and Varitek more than his chances of fending off Jesus Montero, though? There’s a much greater chance that he does well here and we still don’t give him a long-term job.

          That Red Sox C position was (and is) ripe for the permanent taking.

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

            Don’t you think Martin would like his chances of beating out Saltalamacchia and Varitek The Reanimated Corpse of Captain America more than his chances of fending off Jesus Montero, though?

            It makes no sense that Martin wouldn’t go to Boston. (insert Boston is racist joke)

    • Greg G.

      So what you’re saying is: he’s batting less than .100?

    • boogie down

      You mean AB’s, right?

      /Pedantic’d

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

        bahhh yeah ABs whatever.

  • mike_h

    damn, got lucky on that one, that was 2 feet shy of a HR

  • Jimmy McNulty

    The unraveling begins.

    • Greg

      Burnett hasnt been that bad

      • Cuso

        it’s approaching…

        • S

          and its been denied.

          Good AJ is fighting bad AJ and Good AJ is winning

          (someone get this man some tiger blood!)

  • Tank the Frank

    One thing that frustrates me more than most in baseball: when you get the lead and the pitcher gives it right back in the next inning.

  • Greg

    Thats on Tex

  • Jonathan

    Wtf just happened there…you have to knock that down Tex

    • Rich B

      for all the plays that tex makes that he has no reason making you can give him a bad one every now and then

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

    Damn Tex.

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

    Oof.

  • Greg

    Thats two outs Mike

  • http://www.repairmycomputer.com Marc

    Michael Kay pulling a John Sterling

  • Greg G.

    Just keep it together, AJ.

    • Greg G.

      Down 2-1, no big deal.

  • Yank the Frank

    Get in the game Kay.

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

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

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9bWVb46uXk

  • Cuso

    Michael Kay has bitch-tits

  • Yank the Frank

    Ok no deal. AJ can get us through 6.

  • IRF

    Lirano is throwing some nasty change ups to A-rod

  • Cy Pettitte

    Big inning please

  • Jonathan

    I’m grateful for the hit…but doesn’t it seem like Robbie is swinging at EVERYTHING?

  • Pat D

    Stupid trivia answer lies again.

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

    Strikeout is inevitable for Jorge now…

    • Tank the Frank

      A true guess hitter.

  • Cy Pettitte

    lol Bard comes on and walks the 9 hole hitter to start the 8th, who then promptly steals second

  • Greg G.

    Wow, that pitch was nasty.

  • Greg

    Indians pull a suicide squeeze off now lead 1-0

  • Jonathan

    Did Michael Kay just say teams don’t like to make lopsided trades in their favor…because the other GM won’t trade with them anymore…holy shit. Maybe I won’t buy Extra Innings….

    • aRX

      Are you serious?! o.0

      Also, Yay Andruw!

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

      That’s not exactly what he said. There was a whole lot of nuance you’re leaving out.

      Teams want to win the trade, but sometimes it’s helpful to only win slightly rather than win embarrassingly, because it discourages the other team from trading with you again.

      Like, for example, the Santana trade with the Mets. The fact that none of the guys the Twins got back amounted to shit makes it harder for the Twins to sell a Mets deal to their fans, because of a potential PR nightmare.

      • Mister Delaware

        Right, like Boston likely won’t send another prospect to Florida any time soon because of how badly they got ripped off.

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

          Boston and New York are probably exceptions to that rule.

      • Jonathan

        so stealing Santana for nothing is bad because it’s possible years later the Twins might not make a deal with you? That’s ridiculous. So the Indians shouldn’t have taken Lee/Phillips/Sizemore because maybe in a few years the Nationals won’t want to trade with them? That’s insane logic. Take the best offer you can get and worry about something possibly happening later. Plus with all the turnaround at the GM position it’s very possible the GM would be gone by the time the trade is decided. Especially if he’s giving away lopsided deals.

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

          I’m not saying I agree with his hypothesis, just objecting to your inaccurate strawman characterization of what Kay actually said.

          • Jonathan

            C’mon man get real. You’re just doing what you always do. Patrolling comments and starting unnecessary arguments. You are hands down the worst when it comes to this.

            How is anything I said not accurate? Him saying teams don’t try and dominate trades, for ANY reason is completely stupid. Sorry I did quote his exact phrase. I just used the part that was relevant. Adding in any info doesn’t make the statement any more ridiculous.

            But seriously, what is your problem that you have to do this? it’s beyond unnecessary and annoying. This is what I’m talking about Mike. It happens way too often with the regular crew. If you want this to be a website for just your friends, that’s fine. But if you want to incorporate new fans to be involved in the conversation something has to change. I know tons of people agree with me.

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

              Him saying teams don’t try and dominate trades, for ANY reason is completely stupid.

              It is, which is why it’s not what he said.

              • Jonathan

                he said some teams don’t like to necessarily destroy the other team in a trade. they just like to win the trade. Saying teams should or do take less in trades for any reason is stupid. You are completely nitpicking just to be argumentative. You must have loved debate in high school.

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

                  Saying teams should or do take less in trades for any reason is stupid.

                  He didn’t say that.

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

                (goes back with DVR)

                Kay called the trade “outstanding” and “a really great trade”. He then said, “A lot of GM’s don’t like to make lopsided trades, because you’ll never get that team to trade with you again.”

                Look, I’m on record as saying that Kay is a regular dunce, but you’re changing what he said to make it sound even dumber than it was. Kay’s actual statement can be logically assailed, but you’re arguing against a strawman position of his argument.

                That’s all.

                • Jonathan

                  Dude…seriously? what is your problem? What else would he mean by not liking to make lopsided trades? If you don’t like to make lopsided trades the only way to avoid it would be to take less. And even if you don’t think they mean the same thing, saying teams don’t like dominating trades is also ridiculous. Getting a giant return or stealing a star player for nothing is so much more important than the other GM MAYBE not wanting to deal with you as much later. He said something completely stupid. I pointed it out and you just started an argument because you like to argue.

                  All i like to do is come to RAB to talk to like-minded people during the games, but it’s impossible to enjoy the chat when people just troll for arguments that are 100% unnecessary. Mike, I’ve eliminated the name calling because that too was completely unnecessary. I know the inner circle doesn’t understand how annoying it is but there must be countless others on here who just don’t even comment because of bull like this. I see it happen tons of times every day.

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

                    For the record, I didn’t start an argument, you did. I told you what you said was inaccurate. It was. That’s not starting an argument, that’s correcting the historical record.

                    It’s great that you like to come to RAB to talk to like-minded people. So do I. Many of those like-minded people I like to talk to also prefer to talk about things based on the actual historical record of what people actually said.

                    If you’d like to have a conversation about what Michael Kay actually said and whether or not we agree with it, I’m more than willing to.

                    • Jonathan

                      the crazy thing is I know you truly believe that. No way were you extremely nitpicking at what you think is a difference. when you responded were you not arguing that you thought he said something different? how is that not an argument? You agree what he said was stupid but because you interpreted what he said differently than I did, you still started the argument. Let me get this straight. I make a statement, and you argue he meant something else. Then I argue he meant what I said in the first place but I started the argument…You’re ridiculous. You are obviously addicted to arguing if you’ll start this over the tiniest of differences in perception. I won’t be responding to this anymore as you obviously view yourself as completely infallible. Get your arguing jones somewhere else.

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

                      Let me get this straight. I make a statement, and you argue he meant something else.

                      No.

                      I’m not arguing he meant something else.

                      I’m telling you he SAID something else, and you’re mischaracterizing HIS argument.

                      Because you are. In fact, you’ve not only argued against strawman positions of what Kay said, you’ve argued in this very exchange against strawman positions of what I said.

                • Ted Nelson

                  ““A lot of GM’s don’t like to make lopsided trades, because you’ll never get that team to trade with you again.””

                  Maybe I’m wrong, but I think that this is exactly what Jonathan said…

                  That this is stupid and that no decent GM thinks this way. Perhaps it is a drawback of lopsided trades, but there are 28 other teams besides that one to deal with, and if it’s a lopsided deal it’s worth it. Since so many trades in MLB are essentially salary dump for prospects… most teams know they are entering into a potentially lopsided deal.
                  Basically, it is so marginal a consideration that it probably doesn’t even enter a GMs mind when making a trade. If the other GM thought at the time it was unfair or not the best offer out there, they don’t make the trade in the first place. You just take care of your side and let them take care of their side…

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

    Hah, Adam Everett just did in the Sox. Hilarious.

    • Pat D

      Sacrificed home from third.

      That’s just a kick to the nuts.

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

        I also love the fact that the only XBH of the day came from… Shelley Duncan.

      • Tank the Frank

        Not gritty enough to steal home like the Sawx do. Unimpressed.

  • rek4gehrig

    I’m diggin Andruw

  • Greg G.

    Sweet!

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

    Andruw’s mad at Joe for saying he’d take an 0-fer on the podcast today.

  • http://twitter.com/#!/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    Andruw!

  • Cy Pettitte

    YEEEEAAAA BUDDY Andruw Jones!

  • Tank the Frank

    I really don’t understand this because he sucked in Spring Training…

    • Tank the Frank

      sarcasm of course

  • Cuso

    Did Sterling just say “Mary Andrew?”

    I don’t get it..

  • Erica

    Yeayuh Andruw! I love him.

  • Tank the Frank

    Let’s go Russell don’t expand just put something in play. Preferably a fly ball.

  • Yank the Frank

    Russell the Muscle

  • Cuso

    bingo

  • Greg G.

    I’m starting to like this Russell Martin fellow.

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

    Russell Martin: instant fan favorite.

  • Cy Pettitte

    one out from 0-6 for Sox

  • aRX

    On the one hand, I’m probably gonna lose my fantasy matchup this week for lack of wins (3 leads coughed up by bullpens), and if I can’t get a win from a 7IP 3-hit SO from Lester…

    On the other hand, HAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHA 0-6 swpet by the fucking INDIANS. So I don’t feel so bad :D

  • Cuso

    9th inning:
    Adrian Gonzalez grounds out
    Kevin Youkilis grounds out
    David Ortiz………..walks

  • JerseyDutch

    Finally some BABIP on our side.

  • http://twitter.com/#!/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    Heh a Gardnerian hit.

    • Greg G.

      0-6 for our Northern friends.

      • Greg G.

        Ah crap, reply fail.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Yea BG! they’re finally dropping for him

  • Cuso

    That’s a bomb for Gardner

  • Cy Pettitte

    someone who was watching explain this:

    J Drew reached on infield single to third, D McDonald out at third.

    • Teh Comp Pick

      Out at second, not third, he aggressively rounded and slipped past second and than got thrown out on his dive back in.

    • Mister Delaware

      Liner off Perez, trickled to 3B, McDonald turned too wide, slipped, got picked off heading back. It was hilarious.

  • Tampa Yankee

    “J Drew reaches on an infield single to third, D McDonald out at third.” to end the game

    LULZ

  • Cuso

    0-6?

    Yanks better not dick around. Protect this lead

  • Greg

    The end of the Indians Red Sox game perfectly sums up the Red Sox season so far. Mcdonald pinch running. Drew hits one off the pitcher and it bounces to the third baseman. But McDonald went around second too aggresively and slipped and was tagged out trying to get back

  • Yank the Frank

    Boston lost.

  • Erica

    Whassup Boston?

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

    Hey look, a starting pitcher suddenly came apart at the seams, and it wasn’t AJ. Nice.

    • JerseyDutch

      I’d tell you not to jinx him but you don’t believe in jinxes.

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

        I also don’t believe in voodoo… but I do believe in this.

        (starts shooting)

  • A-Rod’s Hip

    Boston sucks. LOL

    What a horrible way to make the final out.

  • Tank the Frank

    It’s so weird that the Sox are 0-6 because I know they’re just as good if not better than the 1927 Yankees.

    • JerseyDutch

      Their final record this year will be 156-6. Book it.

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

      Maybe they’re lulling the league into a false sense of security.

      Like how they secretly instructed all of their minor league prospects to have bad years last year to deflate the value of their farm system and make the league think they weren’t any good, which they actually are.

      • http://twitter.com/#!/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

        OMG. You’re absolutely kidding but I saw this EXACT argument on Sox blogs.

  • Justin

    Swisher curses again!

    • mike_h

      hahaha yea its funny

  • Greg

    Swisher is pissed again

  • AndrewYF

    Wow, Swisher has quite a mouth on him.

  • Jonathan

    hahah Nick is dropping some massive F bombs today.

  • Teh Comp Pick

    Swish is very angry today, don’t remember seeing that before.

  • http://twitter.com/#!/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    0-6!

  • Monteroisdinero

    We sweep in Boston. They are 0-9. Clubhouse implodes. Pedroia breaks his leg in dugout fight-falls on Youkilis who breaks his toe. Ultimate grit.

    • http://www.blogs.thetenthinningstretch.com the tenth inning stretch

      They both refuse to go on the DL.

  • Teh Comp Pick

    Has anyone else read the Gammons piece over at MLB.com about how Boston was hoping they could start the season exactly like this?

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

      Meh, no need to read it, I’ve already read that Gammons article a jillion times in one form or another the past 25 years.

    • BavarianYankee

      did he also say that they hope to be swept by the Yanks? XD

    • Tank the Frank

      Gammons needs to take his pills.

      Also, the lack of negative coverage their start is getting is astounding. I know there are the generic “Should Boston Be Worried?” articles but there would be nothing but straight vitriol coming from the media should this have happened to the Yankees – in any season nevermind one where they were such heavy favorites.

      • Russell NY

        That’s because no one gives a crap about the Red Sox and their purchased team.

      • Ted Nelson

        It’s 6 games… If the media condemned the Yankees after 6 games that would be a mistake, just like if they do it to the Sox it would also be a mistake. I think there’s plenty being written about it, but anything you write has to have the disclaimer that it’s 6 games attached. If you thought they were the best team in baseball coming into the season, a 6 game sample absolutely should not change your mind. Most journalists did think they were the best team around going into the season, so they are correct not to change their opinion.

    • Jimmy McNulty

      I can’t help but to think that this is the calm before the storm. Gonzo is a great hitter and even if Youkilis’ body can’t hold up at third and it effects his bat I’d have to think that they’re still a great team, and a 95+ win team on paper. Buchholz is due for a regression but both Beckett and Lackey had better peripherals than you’d think last year. Maybe I’m just a paranoid pessimist but I still can see October glory in their future. Starting the year. The whole team is due for a regression, and going into their house when they’re due for a series is discomforting thought.

  • Jimmy McNulty

    Shelly still thanking the Yankees. Always liked the guy, doesn’t hurt that we share the same last name…I hoped he’d have a career on the Yankees Bench…sort of a Marcus Thames last year type. Glad to see him sticking somewhere.

    • Mister Delaware

      Shelley McNulty would be a great name.

    • Cuso

      …..phone hommeeeeeee

  • BavarianYankee

    lol, Boston lost again XD

    They thought they already won the WS in the offseason but obviously they just overrated themselves XD

  • mike_h

    wow Red Sox 0-6 thats too funny

  • http://twitter.com/#!/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    Greatest thing is we don’t have to face the only legit ace Boston has. #winning.

  • Greg G.

    I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Trevor Cahill for single-handedly saving my craptacular Fantasy pitching staff today.

  • Mister Delaware

    God I love when AJ has the inside tail working.

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

      TWSS

      • Pat D

        Who is “she?” Why does “she” keep saying that?

        • Greg G.

          And why does TSJC know so much about “her”?

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

            Ladies Love Cool Tommie

            • Greg G.

              Well, there it is, then.

          • Jimmy McNulty

            That’s what she asked.

  • FernandoP

    Dead Sox are now 0-6 on the season! Smellsbury, PEDroia, Big Crappy, Just Disabled Drew, Crappelbon, Drek, Jon Mo Lester, Lacking, Lice K and the Pukester are gonna be killed by the chowderheads.

    • Greg G.

      I think this comment qualifies as “self-parody”

      • FernandoP

        Nope, I’m just posting what will surely be the typical overreaction by Red Sox fans. It’s still a solid team, but a lot of them will ask when football season begins or did the Yankees at least lose?

    • I am not the droids you’re looking for

      I think it’s actually Rice K in common parlance.

  • YanksFan77

    In the Russell Martin at bat, when Cano scored, what an excellent play.

    And yet, Martin doesn’t get an increase in OPS, and Cano only gets a lousy RUN, that doesn’t really matter anyway, so really a no net gain. It’s as if the play didn’t happen. What a bad play.

    • NJ_Andy

      /doesn’t actually understand what stats measure

    • http://twitter.com/#!/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

      Right because it’s so common that the majority of times that someone makes an out that a run is scored.

      Please.

  • http://twitter.com/tjamato T.J.
    • http://twitter.com/tjamato T.J.

      That’s SFW btw

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

      Adam Everett, yo.

    • JerseyDutch

      That’s some real Swisher-esque base running.

      • http://twitter.com/tjamato T.J.

        Someone needs to set that clip to the Benny Hill theme.

  • JerseyDutch

    Solid inning, AJ.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Jeter in the OF where he belongs

    • http://twitter.com/#!/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

      And boom goes the dynamite…

      But in all seriousness no. His bat makes him a tolerable SS. His bat in left will likely be worth negative WAR.

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

        What if his defense is worth positive WAR there?

        • whozat

          so he’d maybe get back to 0 or 1 WAR? Meanwhile, the team can’t deploy a real plus LFer?

          • Ted Nelson

            He’d probably be above 1 WAR with a .320 wOBA and plus defense. Still, though, it’s a matter of the opportunity cost… Jeter also keeps them from deploying a real plus SS. They just don’t have one he’s blocking and do have Gardner in LF.

        • http://twitter.com/#!/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

          You think he could be above average is left? Granted it’s much less demanding than what he would regularly do but it might take a while getting accustomed to.

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

            I think it’s a definite possibility. Jeter’s athletic skillset (fast but not quick, good overall footspeed range but poor lateral reaching movement, strong but not accurate arm) probably plays much better in the OF than the IF nowadays.

            • whozat

              I think it takes a while to learn how to read the ball off the bat. And Jeter brings neither pop nor stolen bases, and his OBP is pretty AVG-dependent…

              I just can’t see him being much more than a 1 win guy or so.

      • Ted Nelson

        I think it would still be positive in LF, actually, though not as much as SS. Assuming he hasn’t regressed further than his 2010 level, he was about even with Brennan Boesch last season in terms of wOBA. Boesch was a negative defensively and still was 0.6 WAR. It’s fairly marginally above replacement, but above nonetheless.

        Really comes down to who you have in LF and SS instead of him. With Gardner/Jones and Nunez/Pena being the options… I’d keep him at SS until his defensive gets even way worse than it is or the situation changes.

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

          Really comes down to who you have in LF and SS instead of him. With Gardner/Jones and Nunez/Pena being the options… I’d keep him at SS until his defensive gets even way worse than it is or the situation changes.

          That. I personally think Jeter’s total offense + defense would be just fine in LF, but I’d only switch him if we had a better option at SS, since his WAR capability total is more almost always more scarce at SS.

          • Ted Nelson

            Yeah. If we assume it’s unlikely the Yankees bench Jeter (assuming both that they don’t want to and that he’s not going to be a total unmitigated disaster hitting) then they have to maximize their SS + LF production. Right now I’ll take Jeter + Gardner > Nunez + Jeter…

  • JerseyDutch

    Andruw pulls a Swisher… except he makes the catch.

  • Pat D

    Robertson warming up again.

    Does that mean it won’t be Joba/Soriano/Mo?

    • whozat

      nah, it will be. DRob just needs his daily dry-hump. He didn’t throw at all yesterday!

    • http://twitter.com/#!/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

      It’ll be RoSoMo today.

      • whozat

        Sigh. Nope.

        What was the point of warming Robertson?

        • http://twitter.com/#!/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

          To pitch the 9th if we’re lucky.

          • http://twitter.com/#!/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

            Damn it 8th*

  • whozat

    Wow, I can’t believe the Rays haven’t even led a game yet.

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

      7 runs in 5 games, yo.

      Bananas.

  • Jimmy McNulty

    AJ didn’t even hit 100 pitches? Solid start…lets hope the bullpen holds it this time.

    • Cy Pettitte

      99

      I’ll gladly take 6IP 2ER from him

      • Jimmy McNulty

        Oh yeah…good start from him. I’m glad he was able to make it through six only throwing 99 against a team with three killer lefties. This will definitely fall under the “positive” category on my recap in the recap thread.

  • Cuso

    Let’s get Soriano there NOW.

    You know, because he’s our 8th inning guy.

    And it’s “close” to the 8th inning.

    //self-destructive tendencied

  • theyankeewarrior

    I just gots to get in on this party.

    Gameday at work: Sox lose, Yankees looking good. AJ K’in bitches and hittin 94.

    Live Masters Feed: Tiga Tiga Woods yall.

    JoSoMo… lets go!

  • Cuso

    Jeff Manship

    what a name.

    Jefferson Starship

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

      Jeff Manship… what a name.

      If only he’d have been a sailor.

  • Spectra

    Just a quick stat

    (AVG/OBP/SLG)

    Boston .190/.275/.301
    Tampa Bay .136/.218/.260

    The Rays are nearing the Mendoza line in OBP!! OUCH

  • Cy Pettitte

    they’re gonna need to add some more mounds out in the bullpen so Joe can have everyone warming up

  • Jimmy McNulty

    Martin got hosed on that second strike.

  • theyankeewarrior

    I hope this isn’t another game where our offense flames out after we get a lead.

  • theyankeewarrior

    AJ on a pitch count?

    • whozat

      Cold in April, not really worth sending him out there for one more batter in the 7th.

  • Yank the Frank

    Rays down 3-0 in the 4th.

  • Cy Pettitte

    so Robertson was only warming up in case AJ went into self destruct mode in the 6th? ok

    • Devil In A Blue Cap

      When can we start the rumor that Girardi hates David Robertson?

      • http://twitter.com/#!/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

        Girardi hates DRob! Rumored to be in a King Felx trade.

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

        “When can we start the rumor that Girardi‘s binder hates David Robertson?”

        Fixed.

      • http://danielslifka.wordpress.com Jerome S.

        D-Rob slept with his wife.

      • Cy Pettitte

        rumor: Dave Island ruined D-Rob, that’s why he was fired

  • Devil In A Blue Cap

    Joba really needs to cut his hair.

  • NJ_Andy

    Damn it Joe, did D-Rob insult your mother?

    • whozat

      I don’t really mind him not using Robertson, but getting him up every single day is risky for his health :-/ At a certain point, it’s like…look, he’s up and ready, just use him! Joba’s not so much better than him that it makes sense to dry hump him 4 days in a row.

      • NJ_Andy

        Yea. Joba and Robertson should be interchangeable.

  • CBean

    I had to go into a meeting. how did AJ look after the 3rd?

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

      Right-handed.

  • Jimmy McNulty

    Can Robertson get an appearance before the game hasn’t been all but blown?

    • whozat

      He’s not good enough to start the 7th, but he is good enough to try to hold the lead when the game is on the line. After warming up twice already.

      • Urban

        It’s not as if he was good the other night. I don’t blame him for that bloop hit, but he was all over the place. Command is off.

    • Ted Nelson

      Robertson has not been as good as Joba, Soriano, or Mo on their respective careers, so I don’t really see calling for him to pitch over them. His innings will come.

      • whozat

        Then why are they getting him up every day? I’m not saying “zomg, he’s so good! pitch him!” I’m saying “take logically consistent actions”

        • Ted Nelson

          It was one time when Soriano imploded and Robertson had to come in. I really don’t think Girardi intended to use Robertson after sitting him down in that game, the situation just arose. Once.

          As far as getting guys up and not putting them in games… That happens to every single team in a whole lot of games. Just because someone warms up, it doesn’t mean they have to or are entitled to get into a game.

          As far as I’m concerned, Girardi’s approach is fairly logical. He’s using the 3 guys he feels are his best relievers as often as he can. If those guys are available, why turn to someone else? If for whatever reason(s) Girardi begins to think Robertson is his 3rd best reliever, he might take the same approach.

          Robertson also got rocked by lefties last season, and is not necessarily the guy to bring in against the Twins.

      • radnom

        Seriously.

        Plus for all we know his arm strength isn’t 100% or his feel isn’t quite there yet and having him prepare each night as if he was about to come into the game could be their way of helping him work through it. Who knows. Its certainly not as bad for him as anyone is making out, nor is he by any means ‘interchangable with Joba’.

  • http://twitter.com/#!/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    Has Incarcerated Bob been right on a breaking rumor ever?

  • Tank the Frank

    Please no bullpen implosion today.

  • Xstar7

    Is that another late inning collapse I hear?

  • whozat

    you know Jon and Suzy, I’m sorry that teams started reporting player injuries more accurately and that the words “oblique” and “intercostal” weren’t used back in the 60’s when you started your careers, but please stfu about it. The rest of us are fine with understanding.

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

      Maybe they think those muscles didn’t exist back then.

      • radnom

        To be completely fair:

        a.) Its not just a matter more accurate injury reporting as its also more accurate diagnosis and understanding by doctors as well.

        b.) I actually think its quite likely that rapid advances in conditioning, training etc have lead to certain injuries being a lot more common than in the past. Particularly strains on muscles which in the past may have been overlooked during normal baseball training.

  • baravelli

    Joba-lushi.

    • Devil In A Blue Cap

      It gets more brilliant every time you see it.

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

        I was picturing the Little Chocolate Donuts commercial watching Joba run to first.

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

    Joba: deceptively fast.

  • Jimmy McNulty

    Shoulda been Robertson.

  • Urban

    Joba seems to be gaining weight by the week.

    • Jimmy McNulty

      Mike Harkey can probably hear him getting fatter when he’s sitting in the bullpen.

      • Erica

        *Facebook Like*

    • Esteban

      By the second, even. He’s determined to actually become Jabba the Hut.

  • Yank the Frank

    2 more Yankee runs would be nice. Thank you.

  • Urban

    So Soriano in the 8th? That’ll be fun.

    • mike_h

      he’ll bounce back

      • Urban

        Oh, I’m sure he will. It just sets up for an interesting 8th either way. If he pitches well, all well and fine, but if he has a second straight bad game, well, this is NY, and you know what will happen…

  • jiffy

    thank God we went to our seventh inning man

    • http://twitter.com/#!/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

      How the hell is this Joba’s fault?

      • http://www.workwithpete.com Pete

        Well, all the balls he threw in the dirt didn’t help.

        • Ted Nelson

          Yeah, but every time a pitcher gives up a run that doesn’t mean it was the wrong decision… If Robertson had come in and given up a run people would be on Girardi for not going with Joba.

      • jiffy

        Calm down buddy, just a bad joke. More of a jab at Joe than Joba.

        • Jonathan

          don’t worry, i got it.

  • Cuso

    Jeter is right at the Mendoza line

  • Yank the Frank

    Jeter swung at ball 4 but legged out a hit.

  • Urban

    It seems like the hardest balls Jeter’s hit this year have been outs, and the weakest ones have gone for hits.

    • Esteban

      YCPB!

  • Ted Nelson

    Just a subjective observation, but Jeter seems to be having better at bats this season… seeing more pitches than last season. Somewhat encouraging if that’s even true.

    • Cuso

      He may be looking at more pitches. I think you’re right about that.

      Of course, that gets away from his natural aggressiveness. Hopefully he’ll adapt well.

      At least there won’t be as many of those one-pitch outs that killed us last year.

      • Ted Nelson

        I wasn’t all that correct… it’s a fairly marginal difference so far this season. Back to in-line with his 2009 number in this tiny sample, though, so maybe there’s something there… probably not though.

  • Xstar7

    Jeter scorched that one.

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

    Holy crap, Edwin Jackson has struck out 11 Rays, and it’s only the 6th inning?

    #manthatTampaoffensesucks

    • Tampa Yankee

      Wait.. so you are telling me that Damon and Manny don’t make up for the loss of Pena and Crawford? GET OUTTA HERE! That’s what the talking heads told me all offseason!

      • Cy Pettitte

        they make up for him in terms of # of strikeouts

      • Tampa Yankee

        Also, when Sam Fuld is your leadoff hitter that’s sad…

        • Tampa Yankee

          Well, Sam Fuld is 1-2 with a walk. The rest if the team is 0-17 with 11 k’s

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

        Both the Rays and Yankees patched holes this winter by signing over-the-hill guys who were in their peak from 2002-2006.

        Looks like only we picked the right ones.

        • radnom

          Let’s wait to gloat until Garcia/Colon have a couple appearances under their belt.

    • Yank the Frank

      Johnny Damon is hitting a solid .059.

  • Esteban

    What kind of name is Manship anyway. And nice, the Yankees are playing DeadMau5 at the stadium

  • Cuso

    I hope his 3,000th isn’t a weak-ass leg hit. He deserves better.

    I know, I know It would be “apropos” because he’s a hustler.

    I’d just like a nice double or triple for the Cap.

    Or at least a sharp line drive to RF, a la his modus operandi.

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

      I hope his 3,000th hit is a weak infield single to break up a perfect game in the bottom of the 9th, and there’s controversy over whether or not he beat the ball to the bag.

      • Zack

        Can he dive headfirst too?

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

          What is he, Melky Cabrera?

  • Urban

    Did the Red Sox lose again?

    • Zack

      Did the sun come up this morning?

      • Esteban

        This is so awesome while it lasts. C’mon 0-162!

        #thedreamneverdies.

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

        Is having a snowball fight with pitching great Randy Johnson a bad idea?

        • Urban

          +1

    • CBean

      I actually wanted to get their first goddamn win out of the way because if they win tomorrow, it’s going to be all about how they rallied together to defeat the Evil Yankees.

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

        Good thing they won’t win tomorrow.

        0-9, baby.

  • Cuso

    Chamberlain v. Mijares

    Jelly-Belly Grudge Match

  • Cy Pettitte

    lol Swisher just destroyed Nishi

    • Poopy Pants

      Will you be lol’ing when the Twins go after Jeter or Cano hard next time for revenge?

  • AaronGuileWithASmile

    I love it when Sterling and Waldman run out of stuff to talk about.

    Not that John Wayne isn’t interesting.

  • Esteban

    The Yankees offense has been some powerhouse these last few games. Yep, gotta complain about something.

  • swishers fauxhawk

    Now that’s a hard slide.

  • Mister Delaware

    Wow. His left spike nearly stuck.

    • Urban

      I think it did slightly. His knee took a lot of that slide. Didn’t look good. Hopefully it’s a sprain and nothing torn.

  • mike_h

    nice take down by Swisher

  • pat

    Welcome to America, bitch.

  • Urban

    He’s a SS by trade.

  • Cuso

    Payback for Pearl Harbor

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

      WAS IT OVER WHEN THE GERMANS BOMBED PEARL HARBOR?!?!

      • Cuso

        relaxxxxx

        i’m acting out. i’ll stop

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

          No, I liked that one. I knew you were goofing.

        • Tank the Frank

          Animal House reference fail.

    • pat

      Pretty sure the nuclear bombs were payback for Pearl Harbor.

      • Cuso

        Fine. Payback for the killing the hot Vietnamese chick in Rambo II

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

          You should have stayed done.

        • MannyGeee

          which was just on last night… very excited to have a fallback plan from the game.

  • CBean

    who’s injured?

    • Cuso

      chookiyama

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

        Meh, the first one was funnier… that one might have crossed the line.

        • Cuso

          ok, i’m done

    • whozat

      Nishioka, twins 2B

    • mike_h

      Swisher on running to 2B, slid to break up the throw to 1B and basically tripped Nishioka. Nishioka taken out the game limping

  • Esteban

    Classless Yanks will be the the headline.

  • Mister Delaware

    Oh cool, its xenophobia time here.

    • JerseyDutch

      Last night was homophobia so I guess we’re doing a phobia a day…

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

        I hope lupaslipaphobia is next.

    • Yank the Frank

      Xena’s on?

  • Jonathan

    Is John Flarety always this….snarky/douchey/jealous? I don’t usually get YES.

    • Jonathan

      Flaherty*

    • JerseyDutch

      That’s Flash for you.

      • Jonathan

        You can tell he’s jealous of everyone still playing and pretty much everyone that was/is better than him…aka 99% of baseball. He’s extremely petty and I’m trying to figure out what he brings to the broadcast. Is it always these two or do you guys have a rotation?

        • JerseyDutch

          There’s something of a rotation. Ken Singleton is usually there instead of Flaherty. He’s a lot more even-tempered.

          • Jonathan

            ah i think i saw him do a game on the MLB network last year. He was pretty good if I recall.

            • Jonathan

              Also, this is nitpicking but the way he says Mariano is nails on a chalkboard to me. MARE ee ahno.

  • Xstar7

    Why did A-Rod swing at that?

  • Russell NY

    If Soriano can go 1-2-3 here I’ll forgive him for 2 days ago.

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

      If not, let’s go stab him. You with me?

      • Esteban

        Better sharpen the knives…

        • Russell NY

          At least he is throwing strikes this time!

      • Cuso

        i am

        i have a shiv fashioned from paperclips and post-it notes in my desk

      • Urban

        Okay, I’m with you, but you take the lead. He looks kinda big and mean, but don’t worry, I’ll be right behind you.

      • Russell NY

        If by stab him you mean trip him on his way to the dugout, yes.

      • Urban

        Okay, never mind. He only gave up one hit. Just give him a paper cut (on his left hand) and call it a day.

    • Russell NY

      Not forgiven.

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

        NEVAR FORGET

        • Russell NY

          Thats the sound of me clapping excitedly for Soriano.

  • AaronGuileWithASmile

    Mauer-Morneau-Thome

    I guess MFIKY will have to earn his money today

  • Mister Delaware

    This is where Feliciano would be really nice.

    • Ted Nelson

      Twins line-up is definitely tough on RHPs. Span and then 3-5 can all put it out with one swing.

      • Ted Nelson

        I mean, I guess that’s how all line-ups are meant to be at the 1 and 3-5 spots… just all the lefties in the Twins case.

  • Esteban

    That was a poor jump by Cano. Looks like he thought MFIKY was gonna grab it

  • Esteban

    Really, Soriano wanted to throw that pitch right down the middle to Thome?

  • http://www.facebook.com/cecala Joseph Cecala

    Is it really a closer mentality or getting away with a mistake?

    • theyankeewarrior

      Getting away with three mistakes

  • Cuso

    Cuddyer’s going yard

  • Xstar7

    Redemption

  • JerseyDutch

    Good Rafi today.

  • mike_h

    Whew Soriano holds the lead

  • http://www.workwithpete.com Pete

    Nice, Raf. Heart of the order.

  • AaronGuileWithASmile

    Job well done.

  • Yank the Frank

    A step on the road to redemption.

  • http://twitter.com/#!/iiKeane JobaWockeeZ

    These fly balls are going to be great for the next 3 years.

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

      Just wait until the weather warms up.

  • Cuso

    insurance runs por favor

  • http://www.facebook.com/cecala Joseph Cecala

    He makes me so uneasy when he pitches. Everything is hit high and deep.

  • theyankeewarrior

    Soriano begged and pleaded for Thome and Morneau to hit those meatballs into the upper deck. Thank god they turned him down.

  • JerseyDutch

    Rays are continuing their staggering offensive output.

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

      12 K, 3 baserunners.

    • AaronGuileWithASmile

      Tampa is the Butler of the MLB. Poor, “scrappy,” “play the game the right way,” absolutely no offense.

    • rek4gehrig

      back to the Devil Ray days

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

    But the question that really matters is, will he address the media afterwards?

    • Esteban

      I think he should do his post game interviews dressed as The Gimp. That should get rid of the reporters quickly.

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

        This is possibly the best idea ever.

        If a gimp suit isn’t available, maybe he can assume costumed alternate personalities at his pressers, like Clinton Portis.

        http://images.google.com/image.....on+portis+

        • Esteban

          Wow I had no idea Clinton Portis did that. He was waaaay ahead of me on this one.

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

            He has names for them and everything.

            Southeast Jerome
            Dr. I Don’t Know
            Sheriff Gonna Getcha
            Dollah Bill
            Reverend Gonna Change
            Kid Bro Sweets
            Inspector 2-2 (possibly Inspector Tu-tu)
            Mr. Angel Southeast Romie Rome

        • Esteban

          On the other hand, who knows what sort of kinky stuff Joel Sherman is into.

  • Urban

    What kind of name is Dusty? How do you get the name Dusty?

    • Cy Pettitte

      Dustin –> Dusty?

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

        I was hoping his name was “Dustus” or “Dustagnion” or something like that.

  • mike_h

    attendance is 41,512, but looks like 31,000 physically in the seats

    • Cuso

  • Cuso

    I vote for him to get his mother on speaker phone and for her to answer any and all questions. Including the 3-day forecast.

  • Cy Pettitte

    God damnit why is Kubel ALWAYS up in the 9th?

    • JerseyDutch

      Mo should bean Kubel the next three times he faces him. That’ll teach him.

  • Cy Pettitte

    awful day for Posada

    • Urban

      It’s funny. At this time of year, players can go from having a great start to a lousy start, or a lousy start to a great start, based on one or two games.

  • theyankeewarrior

    2011: The year of the insurance run.

    Wait, what?

  • Cy Pettitte

    Dust-K

  • tom

    So, apparently, getting into the Twins’ bullpen isn’t the way to beat them.

  • Esteban

    Dusty-K is like Angel Dust and Special K mixed together, right?

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

      That sounds absolutely delicious.

      • Esteban

        Jake Hoyt: What’s “wet”?
        Alonzo Harris: Butt-naked. Ill. Sherms. Dust. PCP. Primos. P-Dog. That’s what you had. That’s what you were smoking, you couldn’t taste it?
        Jake Hoyt: No, I’ve never done it.
        Alonzo Harris: You have now. I haven’t, but you have.

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

          THIS SHIT’S CHESS, IT AIN’T CHECKERS!

  • Esteban

    So Mo, Jobber, and MFIKY Are gonna be available for 2 out of 3 in Boston?

    • MannyGeee

      who neds those scrubs? we got this guy to mop it up…

      http://cm.evri-img.com/getty/X.....A/xxls.jpg

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

        Colon does belong at the end, you know.

        • I am not the droids you’re looking for

          Actually sometimes he comes between, you know?

    • http://www.facebook.com/cecala Joseph Cecala

      I missed the meme on MFIKY.

      • Esteban

        Supposedly Soriano’s nickname is Mother Fucker I Kill You.

  • Yank the Frank

    Kubel? We ain’t got to worry about no stinkin Kubel!

  • Cy Pettitte

    fuck too close for comfort

  • Cuso

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

    • Cuso

      Psych!

      lol

      Shanked em!

  • Urban

    What crap is Kay talking about?

  • rek4gehrig

    Ball game over Yankees win

  • JerseyDutch

    Whew, I can breath again.

    • JerseyDutch

      breathe

  • Cy Pettitte

    nice Teix

  • AaronGuileWithASmile

    Start spreading the news!

  • mike_h

    ball game bitches, Yankees win!!

  • MannyGeee

    seriously?

    0-6?????

    Peter Gammons must be ready to shoot himself!

    • Esteban

      and the Rays are heading there too.

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

    Great question, Kim.

    Kim: Andruw, How did you get to that ball?

    Andruw: I ran there.

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

      Old Lady: Nervous?
      Ted Striker: Yeah.
      Old Lady: First time?
      Ted Striker: No, I’ve been nervous lots of times.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cecala Joseph Cecala

    AJ Burnett is tied for the lead in Wins.

    • CS Yankee

      Jeter led the team today with 2 hits (actually 1.2).

  • Cuso

    AJ Burnett: League leader in wins

  • CS Yankee

    Mo down to 39 (s/b 38) i believe…just could happen this year.

    The kid knows how to close.

  • http://salarydump.com Joe

    Edwin Jackson has 13 Ks and 1 BB thru 8 innings against the Rays at home. He’ll be a free agent, entering his age 28 season, for 2012. He’s represented by Boras, meaning there’s no way he forgoes FA this winter.

    Anyone else see this happening? For better or worse?

    • Esteban

      Let’s see how this season goes first.

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

      I doubt it, but it’s possible. I have to think we either add another starter via trade this year, or one of the kids steps forward and grabs a rotation slot. I bet Jackson ends up not being in our plans because we have other internal options.

      • http://salarydump.com Joe

        Yeah you’re probably right. If he’s truly “for real” and puts up a big year, I’m sure someone else will throw a ton of money at him (i.e. the Cubs, Angels, etc.) and I don’t think the Yanks would want to take a chance like that on a guy who’s been inconsistent throughout his career.

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

          Pretty much. Basically, all of the worst case scenarios for us would have to happen, and Jackson would have to be dominant all year long.

      • Ted Nelson

        Jackson could potentially be the starter the Yankees trade for too, though, if the Sox don’t plan to re-sign him.

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

          That’s true, but the Sox probably wouldn’t fall out of contention in the AL Central enough for Kenny Williams to sell off pieces.

          It’s possible, though; he’s been a seller and a buyer simultaneously on a few occasions before.

          • Ted Nelson

            With Danks, Floyd, Buerhle, Jackson, and Peavy returning they might look to sell high on Jackson if they don’t think he’ll sustain it or at least aren’t confident enough to re-sign him to a big deal. Could get a veteran stop-gap or MLB ready prospect in return too… As good as Jackson’s been for Chicago, I doubt Arizona regrets moving him for Daniel Hudson.

    • Urban

      I have him on my fantasy baseball team, along with King Felix and Lester. He’s mecurial, though, as a pitcher. Can be great for a number of starts, and then really bad. Hmmm, kind of AJ like at times.

      • Urban

        *mercurial*

      • http://salarydump.com Joe

        I snagged him as a FA, he really did take off upon his arrival in Chicago last year though. He’s using a cut fastball much more and generally seems to have better control, but switching teams again would make me worry a bit.

    • Ted Nelson

      Could see it. Jackson would have to really dominate and be an upgrade the Yankees are willing to pay for and/or the in-house options will have to stink…

      White Sox could also be looking to trade a starter when Peavy’s back, and if they don’t want to pay Jackson he could be the one to go… so might not have to wait till FA.

  • Kevin G.

    Who is pitching for the Yankees during the Sox series?

    • CS Yankee

      thinking Hughes, Nova & CC

    • Esteban

      Hughes, Nova, CC

      • Tank the Frank

        vs Lackey, Buchholz, Beckett

  • I am not the droids you’re looking for

    Hughes, Nova, and CC (sorry had to do it)

    • I am not the droids you’re looking for

      Oh and a reply fail to boot! Serves me right…

  • Yank the Frank

    It’s annoying that despite Boston being 0-6 we are only 2 games up on them.

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

      Should be 5-1.

      But for THE EIGTH!

    • Tampa Yankee

      um… it’s 4 games

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

      They’re four games up.

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

        I was assuming Selig had just changed two of the Sox losses to wins, by commissioner’s fiat.

      • Yank the Frank

        Thank God for public education. Now I don’t feel so bad.

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

    I hope Baltimore loses today. That way you can say If you ain’t first, you last; and be accurate.

  • http://bigleaguewiffleball.com/ Jon

    Yankees better catch up to those Orioles in the standings.

  • Jenny

    Fire Girardi!

  • Jenny

    Check the back pages of the Boston Herald

    http://www.bostonherald.com/ga.....0&p=0

  • Total Dominication

    Yay Yanks, lolsox.

  • Thomas Tu

    For people who were at the game today, does anyone know the name of the song Russell Martin walked up to during his 1st plate appearance?

    It sounded like a mix of reggaeton and house.