Game 40: Hello Goodbye


(AP Photo/Mike Carlson)

The Yankees just got to Tampa yesterday but they’re already on their way out, flying up to Baltimore following tonight’s finale of the two-game set. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, the Yanks are just 2-5 at Tropicana Field in their last seven games there dating back to last season. Hooray for cherry picking. Here’s the latest group of guys that will try to get out of this funk…

Derek Jeter, SS
Curtis Granderson, CF
Mark Teixeira, 1B
Alex Rodriguez, 3B - shakes fist … give the guy a day or two off
Robinson Cano, 2B
Russell Martin, C – wow, five games in a row
Jorge Posada, DH
Brett Gardner, LF
Chris Dickerson, RF – he was called up and Rafael Soriano was placed on the DL, in case you missed it.

Ivan Nova, SP

Another weird 6:40pm ET start, but whatever. No YES tonight, the game is on regular old My9. Try not to throw the remote at the TV.

Categories : Game Threads


  1. Levi says:

    **Looks at tv with giant crack in it from last night**


  2. T-Dubs says:

    For those interested, there’s a new design at the RAB Store ( ) that adequately describes the sentiment towards bunting.

    • jetrer says:

      love it … is that Gardner?

      • T-Dubs says:

        It’s a silhouette of an unnamed, perhaps generic, baseball player who may happen to resemble the one you mentioned.

        /RAB Legal Dept.’d

        • jetrer says:

          Everyone here should chip in and send one to Girardi and one to Gardner. I’m in for $1. Anyone else??

    • Guest says:

      Love it. What is an organic fitted t-shirt?

      • T-Dubs says:

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        Size-up for a looser fit

  3. A Gritty Dude's Gritty Dude says:

    Gotta wonder how long Jorge’s leash is at this point.

    • chuck says:

      longer than anyone else who is currently hitting .160 and doing nothing else to contribute to the team, thats for sure

  4. bexarama says:

    It’s on My9 too, baaaaaarf

  5. Pat D says:

    I hate My9 games. I have to find the game in the Extra Innings channels.

    And, once again, R.I.P. Harmon Killebrew.

  6. Daniel says:

    having a harder time not throwing my TV out the window.

  7. jdp says:

    Swish is hurt or benched?
    If the latter, bet he handles it better Posada.

  8. Xstar7 says:

    For all those gloom-baggers out there (if they’re still here) this video is for you.

    Don’t let a few games in May make you forget why we love this team. (you’re welcome in advance for the awesome video link.)

  9. Pat D says:

    Love how they had the wrong pictures for the lineup.

  10. Nefarious says:

    Ok here we go.

    /I’ll get this out of the way… We’re doomed.

  11. pat says:

    Did they just show a picture of Nunez and say it was Dickerson?

  12. Rob Thomsen's Chili Farts says:

    What’s the difference between MY9 games and YES games? Is this a running joke or just another RAB invented snark-ism?

  13. A Gritty Dude's Gritty Dude says:

    Really hard to get things going in the first when your leadoff man hardly ever gets on.

  14. first time lawng time says:

    Last night I dreamed (dreamt?) that i got 2400 on my SATs and the Yankees won.

    Which one is liklier to happen right now?

  15. Karl Krawfid says:

    Shows you how bad Tex and A-Rod have been when you have to green light Grandy 3-0 in the first.

  16. Chairman Mao says:

    Here’s the lineup Giradi should be using-


  17. Ivan says:

    R.I.P. To Harmon Killebrew aka the baseball logo.

  18. Cy Pettitte says:

    ARod + a new stadium for Longoria

  19. Matt says:

    Would be nice to see Arod and Tex start hitting tonight.

  20. Rob says:

    I have given up on nyy, at swb yanks game. Vazquez just hit a deep two run bomb off Worley, maybe he should be brought up?

  21. Cy Pettitte says:

    Posada + a new batting cage for Damon

  22. Esteban says:

    Ummm, why have these games been starting early?

  23. Cy Pettitte says:

    Glad to see that heart to heart with Long had some effect on Robbie

  24. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Jorge will hit one out.

  25. jdp says:

    Playing a table-top dice baseball game with my cousins when I was a teenager [LONG time ago] at my house. My aunt comes into the room to tell the cousins that they need to leave cause it’s getting late. Game is tied going into the bottom of the 9th. Senators/Twins all-time all-stars team coming up to bat, Killebrew is first up. I say to my aunt, “The game will be over as soon as Killebrew hits this home run.” Roll the dice, comes up a 31 or whatever, which on Killebrew’s card is a homer. My cousins still bring it up when I see them once every year couple of years.

  26. Cy Pettitte says:

    Nova’s fastball looks pretty good tonight

  27. Xstar7 says:

    Damn. A-Rod’s got a cannon.

  28. forensic says:

    So obviously Posada’s bitch fit worked, though in fairness tomorrow’s lineup will be the real test based on pitcher/batter history.

  29. klingy94 says:


  30. Cy Pettitte says:

    BG swinging first pitch – mind = blown

  31. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    For the text poll I’d say Mo breaking the saves record

  32. jetrer says:

    here comes the bunt

  33. Cy Pettitte says:

    a bunt? wonderful.

  34. Lily says:

    y is he bunting??????????????

  35. cjc says:

    oh good a bunt

  36. JerseyDutch says:

    Oh good lord, the damned bunt again.

  37. 101010 says:

    At least he didn’t pop it up.

  38. V says:

    Joe Girardi = fucking imbecile. Ship that asshole to the Cubs please.

  39. Chairman Mao says:

    Dickerson is Girardi’s kind of player, he knows how to bunt.

  40. wow says:

    they call that play the anti-GIDP bunt.

  41. Mike Axisa says:

    Bunting in the third inning? Give me a break. $200M still doesn’t buy common sense.

  42. Zooboy says:

    Why not try and steal and then bunt?!?!?! (If you absolutely insist on giving up an out in the 3rd frickin’ inning–which is flat out dumb.)

    • Lily says:

      only cuz gardner hasn’t been good at stealing this year…i still hate the fact u brought him up to bunt

  43. IRF says:

    Well, at least Dickerson knows what the Yankees are all about now

  44. cjc says:

    yeah derek nice job swinging at a pitch that would have hit you in the face

  45. Chairman Mao says:

    I don’t know why everyone acts surprised. Girardi has been trying to play small ball as early as the 2nd inning in some games. And it always sets up Derek Jeter for the strikeout.

  46. pat says:

    Don’t know how I’m going to watch that garbage for 2.75 more years.

    • jetrer says:

      When is the last time the Yankees have played a clean game on defense? Seems like it has been a very long time.

  47. A Gritty Dude's Gritty Dude says:

    Love how Jeter swings at pitches he can’t possibly do anything with and watches fastballs down the middle go by

  48. Dean says:

    If they lose tonight, somebody has to pay the piper and I say it’s Kevin Long. Now, before the Long Lovers jump all over me. Think about it. They suck! Other than Grandy, this lineup is absolutely pathetic. It is a 200 million dollar AAA team at best the way they are hitting. We have 8 guys performing below average and if you’re in charge of the team’s hitting, than you should be the one to go. It happens very often that one, two or even three guys go into small hitting slumps. But this is out of control.

    Things need to be shaken up and they obviously can’t trade everybody so the lowest common denominator here is Kevin Long. Does anybody have any confidence at all in this lineup?

    Am I overreacting? Maybe, but I see nothing positive about this lineup other than Grandy. Maybe a new set of eyes and ears can help get these guys moving. The guy in charge of doing that now obviously is not doing the job effectively.

    Long and Girardi should both thank God that George isn’t around anymore because they would both be emptying their offices. I’m not saying that’s good or bad, but he sure as hell would not stand for this crap.

    Rant Over……Obviously a very frustrated Yankee fan. Ugh…….

    • pat says:

      Pretty sure we’ve led the league in runs or been close every year Long has been the hitting coach. Not to mention we’re 4th in MLB this year.

      • Dean says:

        So…just sit back and do nothing? That sounds like a plan.

        • pat says:

          And firing the hitting coach accomplishes what? We don’t hold players accountable anymore?

          • Dean says:

            Like I said, maybe another set of eyes and ears would make a difference. Based on your theory, every manager would have a job for life. Where can I sign up for that?

            • pat says:

              Lead MLB in runs and you’ll have your job for a long ass time.

            • jerrynyg says:

              I would think that if you look at the guys who have sought out Long’s help and actually made the adjustments at the plate he told them to, you will see he is a damn good hitting coach.

              Not Long’s fault that some players head up to the plate and do whatever they feel like, as opposed to following the plan Long works out with them (Granderson v. Jeter)

        • Mike Axisa says:

          There’s a lot in between “do nothing” and “fire the hitting coach.”

    • cjc says:

      honestly though what does that acomplish do you think Arod or Tex or Jeter is going to go home to their $100000000 homes and say oh Long got fired now I’m going to hit.

    • V says:

      Cool story, bro.

    • Jerome S. says:

      K-long is the man. I cite the one good man in the lineup as evidence.
      If every team fired the hitting coach for every offensive slump, they’d just have to start listing it as a temporary position.

    • JohnnyC says:

      I think some of your rant is perceptive but I don’t think there’s a hitting coach out there who would be able to do much better. The Yankees are a power-hitting team fundamentally and off-speed stuff is going to wreak havoc on the the timing of power hitters. There’s little you can do about it unless you want the team to become 9 Ichiros and neither you nor I or any Yankees fans want to see that. Long is a very good swing mechanics technician. What you’re asking for is a change in philosophy. Just like pitchers who feature a lot of off-speed stuff are said to pitch backwards, you’re asking hitters to hit backwards, i.e., sit off-speed and adjust to the fastball. That would sacrifice almost any power in their approach.

      • The BIG 3 says:

        There’s little you can do about it unless you want the team to become 9 Ichiros and neither you nor I or any Yankees fans want to see that
        That got me wondering. I think a team of 9 Ichiros would score a shitload of runs. .325/.359/…, 52 SB’s, great baserunning.

        Ichiro9 would have many pitchers quitting before they even hit the mound. 900+ runs

    • Pasqua says:

      “Think about it. They suck!”

      Well, since you put it THAT way…

    • Pasqua says:

      The more likely reality here is that you are frustrated (rightly so) and want blood. If the Yanks were a couple of games over .500 during this stretch, do you think you’d be demanding Long’s head? Perspective is determined by context…they are losing, we are angry, we want retribution. Natural, but not necessary.

  49. Lily says:

    great at bats boys

  50. Cy Pettitte says:

    next time just let Dickerson try to hit a HR

  51. pat says:

    Shields should just throw changeups to us the entire game. No way the Yankees adjust.

  52. IRF says:

    Oh look, a changeup. No one saw that coming

  53. Kostas says:

    Those must look awful good to make our hitters looks so normal, I mean awful. Still think this will continue until Friday as the day this all ends, until then losses tonight, tomorrow and Thursday

  54. Zooboy says:

    Well. If Gardner did absolutely suck at stealing maybe they would at least be trying to bunt him to third. That dudes got to learn how to utilize his speed. What a waste.

  55. Lily says:

    oh great

  56. 101010 says:


  57. forensic says:

    If only the yankees had access to video, or the Internet, or experience, or even word of mouth to know that Shields throws changeups. I’d love to see these so called scouting reports they have that are so near and dear to their hearts, according to Girardi.

  58. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Wow who could’ve guessed that?

  59. IRF says:

    What are the chances we see Noesi tonight?

  60. Nefarious says:

    Well it was a nice game while it lasted.

    /not serious… yet

  61. cjc says:

    Elliot Johnson sure of course why the fuck not

  62. Karl Krawfid says:

    Like watching the same game over and over again.

  63. Lily says:

    lmao omg again DEFENSE

  64. Xstar7 says:

    The man, the myth, the legend, Sam Fuld.

  65. pat says:

    That’s it. Fire the fielding coach!!!!

  66. King George says:

    “This week in bad fielding…”

  67. Cy Pettitte says:

    this team is beyond pathetic

  68. Kostas says:

    Well at least the punch line to the joke called NY Yankees continues. Comedy is much better when the joke can be extended. Good clean family fun.

  69. Lily says:

    same game every night, pitching meltdown, horrible defense and no hitting with risp. it seems like it will never end

  70. A Gritty Dude's Gritty Dude says:

    Is Joe really not going to do any major lineup changes anytime soon? Grandy to cleanup, Jeter to the bottom third, JoPo to the bench.

    • jetrer says:

      In that scenario who hits first and second? Unfortunately you can’t have six hitters in the bottom third.

      • A Gritty Dude's Gritty Dude says:

        Something like:


        Might do some damage

  71. Kostas says:

    Seriously, when a team performs this poorly for this long, isn’t it up to the coaches/manager/gm to do some things to motivate this team. Clearly this team takes the field with a semi defeatist attitude otherwise there would be more of a visible effort rather than the “laying down” as they did last night after the 5 run 6th.

    • Dean says:

      I agree. Girardi had the team meeting 5 games ago and that obviously did nothing. Something needs to happen.

  72. Karl Krawfid says:

    Can we get Noesi up and pitching?

    This game is over.

  73. NJ_Andy says:

    People, the score is 1-0. Nova has two outs. It is the third inning. The game is not yet over.

  74. Jerome S. says:

    You guys know we’re only losing 1-0, right?

    • Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

      They don’t

    • first time lawng time says:

      LOL, right?

      I just think people are frustrated that we haven’t won in a week and with the pitching/defense we’ve been watching, more runs seem likely. Also, our offense has been up and down lately.

      I just think that with the way things have been lately, any lead seems insurmountable.

  75. Lily says:

    in my father’s words, “sheh lo holech hakol chara” thats hebrew for when nothing goes right everything is shit

  76. Cy Pettitte says:

    looks like we’ll get to see Noesi finally, Nova’s throwing a ton of pitches

    • Kostas says:

      You know there has been no explanation other than what Mike has written about on why this guy is on the team but never plays. You’d think he totally sucks.

  77. Kostas says:

    Even Johnny Damon is dishing out the ass whipping. So there is that.

  78. Rob says:

    2nd homerun for Vazquez, how do we not give him a shot?

    • Karl Krawfid says:

      Joe G said he likes guys that can Bunt and play defense. Yes he actually said that.

      I mean, we all know this team doesn’t need to score runs!

    • Cy Pettitte says:

      wow he is destroying AAA, too bad he strikes out so much

    • Pasqua says:

      Probably the lack of a position.

      • Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

        Make him the DH.
        Posada isn’t doing anything.

        • Pasqua says:

          So you take up two spots with guys who can’t move? That’s my point. He has no defensive attribute, and neither does Posada. You can’t have two guys like that on the team, because it hamstrings you defensively (and, since this ain’t fantasy baseball, that matters).

  79. Karl Krawfid says:

    Joe G sticking with a starter too long again.

  80. Chairman Mao says:

    These guys need to be held accountable for their errors. Robbie Cano should be on the bench for tomorrow’s game.

  81. Xstar7 says:

    There is no excuse for the Yankees not to get back in this game. Ivan gave up ONE run. Not five.

  82. pat says:

    I wonder if the guys will attempt to take a few pitches next inning and maybe give Nova a breather? I didn’t think so either.

  83. MikeD says:

    Nova maintaining his 22-pitch-per-inning average in this game. He won’t be able to give more than five at this pace. I know he’s a rookie and he really is supposed to be the #5 starter, but…

  84. Jerome S. says:

    fuck longoria and his gold glove.

  85. Lily says:

    nice robbie getting an earfull…. if course longoria makes the play

  86. Pat D says:

    Enough with the infield pop ups, Teix.

  87. Cy Pettitte says:

    final fucking ly

  88. Karl Krawfid says:

    Thank you Jesus

  89. Lily says:

    boy did the whole team need that

  90. Kevin G. says:

    Hey, look at that. A-Rod woke up :D

  91. inpinstripes says:


  92. Esteban says:


  93. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Normally on fantasy I’d bench pitchers against the Yankees. Now I’m going to pick every one left that’ll go against the Yankees.

  94. Xstar7 says:

    That’s an A-Bomb if I’ve ever seen one

  95. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Maybe he’s out of the slump??

  96. Pat D says:

    Of course I’m not watching when ARod bothers to make solid contact.

  97. Cy Pettitte says:

    Robbie: 2nd time swinging first pitch

  98. pat says:

    And that’s why you don’t usually throw a RHB a changeup from a RHP. That baby floated through the srike zone.

  99. Nefarious says:

    But the game was already over… that HR can’t possibly count.

  100. Chairman Mao says:

    It’s about time, Alex. Now if someone else besides Granderson could do something.

  101. Erica says:

    I actually didn’t think that just happened. And then it did. YAY A-Rod.

  102. Kostas says:

    Fucking Cano has seen 2 pitches tonight… TWO… ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME???? He should be fined $1000 for ever AB he does not see 3 pitches or more.

  103. Pasqua says:

    Now, say something NICE Karl Krawfid. C’mon….you can do it.

  104. Xstar7 says:

    Russell smoked that one. Just missed a belly to belly.

  105. Nigel Incubator-Jones says:

    Crikey, is this what passes for an RAB game thread these days?

    It’s not even entertainingly depressing.

    I never thought I’d say this, but it seems that Axl, Lanny, Sal, Bo, Grant, Dalelama, Rose.. et al, have won.

  106. Karl Krawfid says:

    And lets all watch Nova give it right back!

    • NJ_Andy says:

      Seriously, must you post this? I get it. You have no joy in your life. That’s cool man, but do you have to share? I know, I know. Misery loves company. But, really, the trolling is just boring. The rest of us are hoping to enjoy a good ball game, leave us in peace.

  107. first time lawng time says:

    I see Arod has ditched the seeds for gum…and he hits a HR…

    Disclaimer: this narrative may have no factual basis as he chewed gum yesterday and went 0-4. But we can ignore that for the sake of entertainment.

    • Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

      Expect a big story on ESPN tomorrow

      • MannyGeee says:

        Gammons will instinctively report on how A-Rod has compromised the integrity of the game by foregoing the seeds…

    • Monteroisdinero says:

      At least he doesn’t sniff the skoal like Swish and Freddy G. Any other guys gonna get mouth cancer on our team?

      • first time lawng time says:

        Yeah that’s true. Seeds are actually healthy. They have some nutrients or antioxidants or something in them.

        I just think it’s funny how he chews on them and has a huge mouthful lol.

  108. NJ_Andy says:

    Nova’s doing ok. Pitch count’s a bit high, but just one run? I’ll take it. As long as the bats get going this is a fine start for your #5.

    • pat says:

      Plus, if Cano doesn’t boot that ball he doesn’t have to fuck around with Fuld on 1st for 20 minutes. I feel like the defense always screws Nova over. There’s always one or two miscues that extend an inning and make him work more.

    • YanksFan in MA says:

      Yet Axisa manages to blast him on Twitter 10 min ago. Baffling. Kid is learning. Not his fault the rest of the team is playing like shit and they need stoppers.

  109. Chairman Mao says:

    1-2-3 inning from Nova. He’s done his job. Someone besides Alex has to do something. And no more bunts for Dickerson, they’re going to give him pitches to hit so let the kid hit.

  110. Guest says:

    I know the game threads can get pretty ridiculous when the Yanks are in the midst of a losing streak, but things are venturing on the absurd recently.

    Frankly, I don’t think these game threads are anywhere close to consistent with the quality of this blog or the commentary in non-game thread posts.

    Game threads are meant to capture “in the heat of moment” comments, so its absolutely understandable that they are not as rational as others.

    But can we step it up above the level of an angry 7th grade boy with 3rd grade writing skills?


    • Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

      Just wait until we win the WS!

    • JobaWockeeZ says:

      It’s easy to ignore.

      • Guest says:

        I know its easy to ignore, but it would be nice if we didn’t have to.

        This site is incredibly well run and puts out smart, thought provoking content every single day.

        The commenters on this site are, for the most part, brilliant and witty.

        Obviously the gamethreads aren’t going to be nearly as high quality as the rest of the site, but it would be nice if the comments in the game threads didn’t make me feel like I was at a completely different site. (Cough *LoHud* Cough).

    • A Gritty Dude's Gritty Dude says:

      I 80% agree with you.

      A lot of absurd things are being said which you would’nt expect at RAB. I’m trying to avoid going down the route of suggesting a game is over at 0 to 1 but some changes should be in order.

      The other side of the coin is that the Yankees brand is that of a superior product. It is also one that involves superior a greater cost of entry on the part of the fan (ticket prices, everything else at the ballpark). It’s very reasonable to be really pissed off at seeing this team go 3-10 over the last 13.

  111. Xstar7 says:

    That Derek Jeter commercial was laughable. “It’s not all about power.” No kidding

  112. A Gritty Dude's Gritty Dude says:

    Given the way he’s looked so far this year, the Jeter commercial that starts out “its not all about power, its about where you place it…” made me laugh

  113. Cuso says:

    Nova looks comfortable on this mound. Not like i’d know.

    but it appears that way

  114. NJ_Andy says:

    Maybe they should just never greenlight Jorge. 3-0? Wait for a ball. 3-1? Wait for a ball. Dude’s still got a good eye, works walks.

  115. MannyGeee says:

    holy shit Posada got a hit!

  116. Pat D says:

    Up to .171!

  117. MikeD says:

    Father Time smiles at the futile attempt.

  118. NJ_Andy says:

    Hip hip! And Brett hasn’t squared to bunt yet!

  119. Kevin G. says:

    Lets go YANKEES!!!

  120. MannyGeee says:

    helicopter swing FTW!

  121. Pat D says:

    I didn’t see Gardner’s AB, but if the strikezone on ESPN Gamecast is to be relied upon, I’d kick his ass.

    • YanksFan in MA says:

      Just awful. Strike 3 was in the dirt about 9 inches outside and strike 2 was a curveball that was dead middle of the plate. Of course he looks at strike 2 and swings at pitch 3.

    • MannyGeee says:



      BAAAAAD. I mean, it was closer to you and me than it was to the plate. that bad

    • A Gritty Dude's Gritty Dude says:

      Strikezone on gamecast is in no way reliable

  122. JobaWockeeZ says:

    I see no reason why Shields shouldn’t throw a changeup with every pitch.

    • NJ_Andy says:

      Alex crushed one. Absolutely crushed it.


      • JobaWockeeZ says:

        First of all I laughed but ARod and Grandy should be the exceptions here. Mix it up but he could get away with a changeup to everyone else.

      • Monteroisdinero says:

        This. Arod and Jeeter can powerfully turn on 83 mph changeups. Neither one of them can do the same right now on a 93 mph fb.

  123. MikeD says:

    Jorge has been on base seven out his last twelve. Maybe…

  124. Lily says:

    was dickerson the best choice? i swear u hear about all the good young guys we have in the system and then they call up a dickerson…. someone needs to remind the hitters that shields out-pitch is his changeup he throws it 95%

    • pat says:

      Yet Dickerson was late on a 89 mph cutter. Weird.

    • MikeD says:

      Outside of Montero (not an OFer), all good young players are pitchers. Vazquez, for example, I believe is older than Dickerson, or right about the same age.

    • V says:

      Yeah, I’m sure everyone knows. It’s not like he throws a high school fastball though.

      Do you people realize this guy has been DOMINATING in 2011?

    • Cy Pettitte says:

      Dickerson is a lefty bat, on the 40-man, and plays a position they could use

  125. jerrynyg says:

    Dickerson should have bunted!


  126. Cy Pettitte says:

    Jeter looks sooooo bad

  127. V says:

    I’m so tired of Granderson leading off innings.

  128. swishers fauxhawk says:

    Derek makes me sad.

  129. Chairman Mao says:

    Jeter just continues to flail away at the same pitch. He better be hitting 8th or 9th tomorrow.

  130. BigTimeBartolo says:

    Jeter = useless

  131. Cuso says:

    The same guy that does the concessions at Legends Field works the regular season at the Trop.


  132. MikeD says:

    Is it my imagination, but just as Jeter gave us a game of hope, he then went into the biggest slump of the year for him?

    • Cy Pettitte says:

      he had a great road trip hitting over the hill pitchers with 88 mph fastballs, back to reality now.

    • NJ_Andy says:

      Jeet’s a tease.

    • Mike Axisa says:

      That two homer game was the worst possible thing that could have happened. Tricked everyone into thinking he was improving.

    • Chairman Mao says:

      It was a fluke game for Jeter. He needs to be hitting 8th or 9th from now on, Gardner back up to lead off. It’s pathetic having a guy at lead off that will soon have an OBP less than .300, absolutely pathetic.

  133. Cy Pettitte says:

    yay Dickey

  134. Pat D says:

    Oh, and just because of the title of this post.

  135. pat says:

    I love Swishies, but I think he plays that off the wall.

  136. MannyGeee says:

    hey man… times is tough.

  137. Simon says:

    Was that a curve Dickerson caught? Didn’t see.

  138. JobaWockeeZ says:

    2 hard hit balls over here…

    Let’s not pull an AJ here.

  139. Lily says:

    can we get some runs???? is that to much to ask for???

  140. first time lawng time says:

    Lol remember in 09 when Melky and Damon collided in the OF and Melky caught the ball but they needed to give him smelling salts?

    He’s so cute.

  141. MikeD says:

    Wow, just to stick it to me (because everything is personal), Nova went from low efficiency to high efficiency the last two innings. 66 pitches the first three innings, 18 the next two.

  142. Chairman Mao says:

    Jeter will soon have an OBP of less than .300. There is NO reason to keep him hitting lead off and he should volunteer to move down or at least not make a big stink about it. It needs to happen soon.

  143. pat says:

    Shields is scurred of teh Grandyman.

  144. Guest says:

    So John is talking about Soriano bad mouthing the offense. First I’ve heard of it.

    This Soriano thing…not working out well so far.

    Maybe giving a reliever (not named Mo Rivera) a ton of money over multiple years isn’t a good idea? I thought we learned this lesson after Karsay. Then I definitely thought we learned it after Farnsworth.

    Apparently not.

    (Note, I’m hoping that Soriano makes me look foolish. That would make me much happier than being right about the crappy-ness of his contract).

  145. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    can you put the fucking ball in play????

  146. MikeD says:


  147. Cy Pettitte says:

    damn you shift.

  148. swishers fauxhawk says:

    You got to be fucking kidding.

  149. pat says:

    Hahaha lol.

  150. NJ_Andy says:

    Dannnng. Props to Zorilla for that one. Great play.

  151. V says:

    Jason Giambi 2.0. Only have yourself to blame for the shift.

    • Mike Axisa says:

      I wish Tex would hit like Giambi over the life of his deal. It’s amazing how so few people appreciate .400 OBP, .500 SLG on an annual basis.

      • MikeD says:

        Agreed. The only problem with Giambi was his defense. Not a problem with Tex.

      • MannyGeee says:

        Giambino = Beast Status… not to mention, he had 1.5 SHIT seasons in that contract and STILL managed .400/.500…

        loved that dude, horrible defense aside…

      • CP says:

        The problem was that he had 2 crappy years of injury and sub-par hitting. (but I generally agree that he’s under appreciated for his time in NY)

    • Guest says:

      I agree whole heartedly with this.

      I HATE bunts.

      But…when a guy is facing a ridiculous shift, they make sense.
      A couple of push bunts that get by the pitcher down the third base line for hits and teams will stop employing the shift.

      This is important because the shift takes away hits from guys like Texeira.

      Teams stop shifting, more balls that are pulled will drop, Tex gets more hits.

      I think it would take like three-four successful bunts would be all that it would take.

  152. Xstar7 says:

    The BABIP curse has returned.

  153. Chairman Mao says:

    We just have the worst luck, right at him.

  154. MannyGeee says:

    Zobrist! whaata play!

  155. swishers fauxhawk says:


  156. NJ_Andy says:

    A-Rod is done with this shit.

  157. Lily says:

    who woulda thought another hr

  158. Cy Pettitte says:

    ARod #cured?

  159. Chairman Mao says:


  160. Monteroisdinero says:

    jeter is like the coach’s son now in little league. He ain’t moving.

  161. Karl Krawfid says:

    This is what we need.


  162. Simon says:

    “It’s an AAAA-bomb, from AAAAA-rod”

  163. Mike Axisa says:

    Mo could go four innings, right?

    Love you, Alex.

  164. JobaWockeeZ says:

    ARod – 2
    Rays – 1
    Rest of ‘offense + Granderson’ – 0

  165. jetrer says:

    Heeeeeeeee’s baaaaack!!!

  166. MikeD says:

    Nice! Maybe A-Rod can have a 3-HR game like he did in KC last August to come out of his slump.

  167. Guest says:

    So…I guess he didn’t need that day of after all?

  168. MannyGeee says:


    A Rod is ‘back’…. 2 HR game = he won’t hit a thing for a month

  169. wow says:

    love the low leg kick

  170. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    ARod = win

  171. Sean C says:

    I desperately want this to be the game that breaks his slump. GO A-ROD

  172. swishers fauxhawk says:

    Good grief that at-bat was miserable.

  173. V says:

    Nice curve. This guy is a damn good pitcher.

  174. Foghorn Leghorn says:

    i’m a big fan of the home run..its clean..its simple…and 80% of the time…they work all the time!

  175. Lily says:

    it would be nice to hold on to this 1 run lead, but u just never know. our pitchers tend to have meltdowns

  176. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Back to the HR part of HR or bust.

  177. Xstar7 says:

    Let’s hold this lead Ivan.

  178. Cuso says:

    Solo shots. We fine people for thise in the bar league.

    :) If A-Rod played in Tampa, he’d still hit 50 jacks a year.

  179. adam says:

    Is it just me or does Cano look like he could care less at the plate today?

    • Lily says:

      since that error and mick kelleher saying whatever he did , seems to not have his head in the game. i’d sit him out a game but nunez isn’t any better

  180. MikeD says:

    If we could somehow remove Sammy Sosa from that list, I would feel much better. BTW How’s Sosa’s transformation into a white man going? I think he was shooting for more grit factor. Haven’t seen a picture of him in a while.

  181. Erica says:


    Seriously. This is AWESOME.

  182. Hate The Haters says:

    A-Rod needed a day off???? Good call Mike…..

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

      /Hate The Haters’d

    • jerrynyg says:

      To be fair, even if he hits 4 home runs today, we do still need to ensure A-Rod gets enough days off scattered throughout the schedule to put this oblique thing in the rear view mirror.

      Some time at DH wouldn’t hurt, either.

    • Guest says:

      I actually agreed with the call at the time. Definitely looked like he could have used some time to clear his head.

      Guess that was wrong. Good for A-Rod, and good for us!

  183. Erica says:


  184. Cy Pettitte says:

    can someone on this pitching staff please hold a lead?

  185. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Nova = AJ

  186. swishers fauxhawk says:


  187. Chairman Mao says:

    We never should have let Johnny go. Could have used him at DH this year.

  188. Cuso says:

    Goodnight, Nova

  189. Xstar7 says:

    Jeter should’ve dived for that

  190. MannyGeee says:

    the wheels are gonna come off here…

  191. Guest says:

    Time for D-Rob, right?

  192. Nefarious says:

    The intentional walk is only a good move if it works.

  193. Lily says:

    oh great another meltdown! what else is new. when things r bad it gets worst. and ofcourse upton is batting. this is not a good thing, there goes the lead and game AGAIN!

  194. Cuso says:

    wow, ballsy by Joe G.

    If it works, it looks genius.

    If it’s 5-2 in 30 seconds, RAB is going nuclear.

  195. Karl Krawfid says:

    No leg kick for A-Rod btw

  196. Kostas says:

    the 6th…pitchers kryptonite

  197. first time lawng time says:

    DP would be clutch…

  198. Cuso says:

    Greetings, Professor Falken

    How about a nice game of chess?

  199. MikeD says:

    Speaking of David Robertson, I saw Scott Proctor pitched today.

  200. Lily says:

    i guess its time i mentally prepare my self for, error,pass ball,and the lead

  201. Monteroisdinero says:

    Was Zobrist really a threat to steal 3rd? Should have been a dp.

  202. Caps says:

    Heh just got offered A Rod for LoMo and Aramis in fantasy earlier today but said I’d sit on it. Do I go for it now or is tonight fool’s gold?

    • MannyGeee says:

      honestly, i think you keep A Rod… those other 2 guys are ‘relatively’ replaceable to me, A Rod is gonna hit… eventually

      • Caps says:

        No no, I got offered A-Rod for those two. but I guess from your response I should pull the trigger before he has the chance to rescind eh?

  203. The209 says:

    General question: can you add a “don’t feed the trolls” line to the commenter guidelines?

    The only real negative on the comments here — besides maybe ‘tommies” constant telling people “what you really meant to say here was __________________ — is all the troll-feeding.

    One jackass “THE SKY IS FALLING! DFA EVERYONE!” comment is bad enough. Worse still is when 2, 5, or 10 otherwise smart people pile on and engage.

    Just a thought.

  204. Nefarious says:

    Strikeout then the next batter pass ball/homerun

  205. swishers fauxhawk says:

    Keep bitching, BJ.

  206. IRF says:

    D-rob is so fucking money, but he doesn’t even know it

  207. NJ_Andy says:

    D-Rob = heir to mo?

  208. swishers fauxhawk says:


  209. Karl Krawfid says:

    D-Rob baby!

  210. Guest says:


  211. Erica says:


  212. mbonzo says:

    D-Rob is the new Mo.

    • A Gritty Dude's Gritty Dude says:

      There is no “new Mo” and there ain’t gonna be. Enjoy what we have left…another 6-8 yrs or so.

  213. Xstar7 says:

    He’s the fireman, that’s his name.

    • DCBX says:

      no, no, no, let’s let that stay with Johnny Murphy…

      How about “The Wolf”?

      “Shit, Negro, that all you needed to say!”

  214. jetrer says:

    Houdini strikes again

  215. Chairman Mao says:

    What a magician, Robertson fired up.

  216. Monteroisdinero says:

    DRob going all Joba on us!!!!!!

  217. BigTimeBartolo says:

    Absolutely brilliant.

    David Robertson for President!

  218. Mike Axisa says:

    That’s it, I’m sending a hooker to Robertson’s hotel room, courtesy of RAB. High-end.

  219. Cy Pettitte says:

    DRob is a god amongst men

  220. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Clutch K’s by DRob!!!!

    Now bring Mo in for 9 outs.

  221. MikeD says:

    Robertson, our most important bullpen pitcher outside of Mo. Costs a lot less than Soriano and seems to be able throw lots, has a healthy arm, and cares.

  222. Nefarious says:

    I’ll be damned. It’s about time the Yanks catch a break.

  223. BklynJT says:

    Robertson cant start an inning.
    Joba cant enter in the middle of an inning.

  224. BklynJT says:

    Robertson cant start an inning but is awesome when entering in the middle of an inning.

    Joba cant enter in the middle of an inning but works well starting off an inning.

    Go figure…

  225. Erica says:

    It felt so good to cheer.

  226. Mickey Scheister says:

    D-Rob is NICE! The 6th Inning Guy.

  227. first time lawng time says:

    Robertson’s a cutie!

  228. 28 this year says:

    so D-Rob can’t get out of his own jams but he sure as heck gets out of everyone else’s jams. Dang!

  229. mbonzo says:

    Posada fixed? I hope

  230. Guest says:

    Hip hip!!!

  231. swishers fauxhawk says:

    Hip fucking hip.

  232. MikeD says:

    Posada update: 8 for his last 13 (on base).

  233. Monteroisdinero says:

    And Montero will be playing the rest of the year at Scranton as Jorge gets another hit.

  234. Nefarious says:

    Think Jorge just needed a few days off.

  235. yankes says:

    guess jorge finally “cleared his head”

  236. YanksFan in MA says:

    That was a classic Posada swing. He may actually be heating up. Of course when you are below freezing that ain’t hard.

  237. MannyGeee says:

    so the 800 pound gorilla in the room… both Jeter AND posada have been all kinds of shitty (save for Posada’s 2 hit night).

    Posada gets moved to 9th, sits out a game and gets swirled with “cut him” articles all over the interwebs….

    Jeter? still not hitting, still leading off…

  238. swishers fauxhawk says:

    Wow, great bunt.

  239. Cy Pettitte says:

    ooooooooo somebody’s been working on their bunting

  240. Erica says:

    A bunt that worked out for Gardy. HOLY shit.

  241. MikeD says:

    I don’t agree, but it worked.

    • BklynJT says:

      I think bunting for base hits are OK anytime, i.e. when the defense is caught off guard. It’s the sac bunt that should be used in moderation.

  242. Xstar7 says:

    I think that’s the first time that’s worked all year.

  243. Guest says:

    Brett Gardner doesn’t like the new riverave t-shirt…

  244. MannyGeee says:

    OMGOMGOMGOMG a good bunt!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  245. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Oh look THE BUNT WORKED!!!

  246. Chairman Mao says:

    Great bunt, Girardi ball works.

  247. Chip says:


  248. Mickey Scheister says:

    Gardner with a good bunt! Wowza!

  249. IRF says:

    Jorge doubling, Gardner bunting successfully…

    What the hell is going on?

  250. BklynJT says:

    Heh, a bunt that worked… now we can guarantee ourselves at least 2 more weeks of senseless bunting. At least in that case, it wasnt a call from the bullpen but based on player judgement of the fielders.

  251. yankel says:

    when was the last time gardner and posada both had multi hit games?

  252. Monteroisdinero says:

    Wow. What is more amazing-a 2HR Jeter game and a Cerv granny or a double and a successful bunt in the same inning by Jorge and Gardy?

  253. swishers fauxhawk says:

    Oh please just get something.

  254. Cy Pettitte says:

    Dickey ftw

  255. Chairman Mao says:


  256. MikeD says:

    A hit!

    Double steal set up.

  257. Karl Krawfid says:


  258. Sheepmeister says:

    There is a difference between bunting for a hit and sacrificing the bunt. Someone like Gardner should try to bunt for hits, its the giving away free outs thats the problem.

  259. Mike Axisa says:

    Dickerson delivers.

  260. Xstar7 says:

    Chris Dickerson just earned his True Yankee status.

  261. Guest says:

    I don’t understand why you take Jorge out there, but, meh, whatevs…

  262. first time lawng time says:

    In all honesty, Nova seems so cool and chill. IDK if it’s his posture or the way he carries himself, but he seems so cool and legit. He just has this air to him. I totally, TOTALLY would be his friend!

  263. yankel says:

    dickerson now has more hits than jorge

  264. swishers fauxhawk says:

    Anything but a double play, Derek.

  265. Mike Axisa says:

    Good grief, Jeter will swing and miss at that changeup until the world ends on Saturday.

  266. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Lovin those runs!!

    Also it’s nice to see Yankee fans take over the Trop

  267. Kevin G. says:


  268. Cy Pettitte says:

    here comes the Golden Sombrero

  269. first time lawng time says:

    Dikerson’s a cutie, too! =]

    Jeter on the other hand…ugh

  270. MikeD says:

    How I long for a Jeterian (the new Jeterian) slow tapper on the infield.

  271. Cy Pettitte says:

    good job jeter?

  272. swishers fauxhawk says:

    I’ll take that.

  273. Erica says:


  274. Guest says:

    Wow. Other teams can throw poorly as well.

    • MannyGeee says:

      see, these guys need a solid defender like Nunez….

      we’ll take that Longoria kid off your hands for ya, he’s gonna get expensive soon anyhow…

  275. MikeD says:

    I’ll take it!

  276. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Even DP balls get us runs!!!


  277. Mickey Scheister says:

    A break! Yes!

  278. jetrer says:

    Clutch Jeter … way to force the error

  279. Chairman Mao says:

    Jeter runs so slow down that line he induced that throw to 1st. So clutch.

  280. 101010 says:

    Thank you, shitty throw.

  281. YanksFan in MA says:

    Fuck. What a play. Got the run but that should be 1st and 3rd.

  282. Nefarious says:

    Just like they drew it up.

  283. cjc says:

    oh poor James

  284. yankel says:

    wow, jeter also deciding tonight that he wants to work. good job guys!

  285. Xstar7 says:

    I want that Ford Explorer.

  286. first time lawng time says:

    Soooo the Yankees have a lead in the 7th inning.

    This is refreshing, right?

  287. Chairman Mao says:

    And now the pitching needs to step up and hold a lead. They blew vs KC, blew it in the 3rd game vs Boston, and blew it last night. Do something Joba.

  288. NJ_Andy says:

    Looks like the Rays are catching whatever we’ve had over the past few weeks.

    • Xstar7 says:

      I didn’t know it was contagious. Who did we catch it from? The White Sox?

      • BklynJT says:

        That actually works out. White Sox transferred it to us. Now hopefully we can hand it off to the Rays.

    • MannyGeee says:

      this stuff is less like a cold or the flu and more like herpes…

      goes into remission for a few weeks, but bad hitting and ‘blah’ play flares up again. ESPECIALLY in the most inopertune times, like Spring Break in Cancun or the ALCS

  289. MikeD says:

    Not to be a buzz-kill, but we’ve had leads like this yesterday and Sunday against two good pitchers, Lester and Price. Slumping teams somehow find a way….

    But the slump must end eventually. Why not today?!

  290. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Too bad we couldn’t get anymore runs. Not to be negative or anything but as we saw last night, no lead is safe.

  291. first time lawng time says:

    Lol his ears are pink!

  292. Cy Pettitte says:

    DRob shouldn’t come in in a fresh frame

  293. BklynJT says:

    Why does he always walk the batter when he starts off an inning!!!!

  294. Chip says:

    You know what would be great? If Jesus rose (got called up) from AAA on Saturday

  295. Guest says:

    So, for 2011,…Gardner is better than Jeter at hitting right? They’ve both slumped, they’ve both been “hot.” We all agree that going forward its pretty much a lead pipe lock that Gardner will be better than Jeter going forward this year, right?


  296. Lily says:

    here comes another meltdown

  297. IRF says:

    Drob cannot function unless there is a man on base

  298. first time lawng time says:

    Rays got a lot of white guys on the team.
    Not much diversity.

  299. Mickey Scheister says:

    Fuld struck himself in the face, why?

  300. Lily says:

    plz dont make it hard to watch! dont brin tying run to the plate! grest here comes damon

  301. Guest says:

    Zach Britton got bumped due to the rainout, so we see him tomorrow.

    Britton is on my fantasy team. Hard throwing lefty with extreme groundball tendencies.

    This could be problematic for those Yankees with…extreme groundball tendencies.

  302. jetrer says:

    I have a lot more confidence in DRob getting out of this than Joba

  303. Chairman Mao says:

    Robertson does not like being taken out there. Don’t blame him with how awful Joba has been lately.

  304. Mickey Scheister says:

    I woulda stuck with Robertson.

    DRob>Joba, per my eyes.

  305. Lily says:

    shouda left drob in there. joba gonna load the bases for longoria and kill us again

  306. jetrer says:

    especially with such a large sample size

  307. first time lawng time says:

    Is Joba’s tattoo new? What is it?

  308. MannyGeee says:

    LOL that swing looked a lot like Gardners when he almost left the ground in the 4th…

  309. Monteroisdinero says:

    Joba with a WHALE of a body-I mean job.

    • first time lawng time says:

      Haha Aa long as he gives up no runs, he can weigh as much as wants–600 lbs I don’t care.

  310. Lily says:

    i take that back! my bad phew.. sorry when ur goign bad like they r, i kinda expect the worst

  311. pat says:

    Someone needs to tell AL that Joba only knows how to throw his pitches as fast as hard as he can. None of this “take something off it” nonsense.

  312. MikeD says:

    Cano seems to have a plane to catch.

  313. Cy Pettitte says:

    5 pitches – 3 outs


  314. jetrer says:

    Amazing. Cano has seen six pitches today even with a K. In 4 ABs.

  315. Chairman Mao says:

    Way to work the count, Cano. Great advice you gave him, Kevin Long.

  316. MannyGeee says:

    how many pitches has cano seen tonight? I count 5. in 4 AB.

    he’s not right. I think something is getting to him mentally. he just seems……. mad

  317. outsider says:

    why in the hell the yankees call this guys from AAA to pitch in the bullpen, wants they here they dont get an apportunity to picht whats the fucking point of calling this guys.

    • Chairman Mao says:

      They’ll have to pitch tomorrow if Bartolo can’t go 8. I don’t anticipate Robertson or Joba will pitch. They’ve been used extensively with Soriano out. It’d be nice to not have to use them in the next two games with Bartolo and CC pitching.

  318. Hate The Haters says:

    For all of you “Derek Doubters” look up his numbers in 2004 and 2010 through this point of the season…..

    • JobaWockeeZ says:

      Ok. Back then he was 29 and today he’s 36.

      • Hate The Haters says:

        and Last year he was 35. 275 at this point of his career and in comparison with the rest of the SS’s in the American league that is more than sufficient….

        • jetrer says:

          not questioning whether he should still be in the lineup. as a SS he hits (barely right now) enough to play, but not to lead off (not against RH pitchers anyway)

        • JobaWockeeZ says:

          With a mediocre and no power? It’s fine but it’s not 20 million dollar worthy.

    • jetrer says:

      2004 he was seven years less ancient. Last year at this time his numbers were considerably better than they are now and he still went on to have the worst season of his career.

    • Mike Axisa says:

      2004 was half a baseball lifetime ago, it’s irrelevant. 2010 was the worst season of his career, not sure you want to compare him to that.

    • A Gritty Dude's Gritty Dude says:

      You are aware he’s being paid 15mil this year right?…and 16mil next year and then 17mil the year after that?

      Money well spent I guess.

  319. Jon says:

    Put Posada lower in the lineup. He needs to produce in order to be higher in the lineup. I know he is batting 7th, but 8th or 9th is more where he should be.

    • Chairman Mao says:

      He’s got two hits today. He obviously wasn’t go to hit 9th with Dickerson playing. With our normal lineup Jeter should be hitting 9th. Swisher is still struggling so it’s a tossup with him 7th or Jorge.

  320. Mickey Scheister says:

    Where did 1st pitch miss?

  321. MannyGeee says:

    wow, Jeter can’t hit worth a shit, but hot damn can he stil make that play

    • MannyGeee says:

      as soon as I say that… Jeter doesn’t dive for a ball within reach.


      • YanksFan in MA says:

        What would be the point? No way he’s getting an out there anyway. I don’t agree with just killing your body for no reason, especially in Tampa on the carpet.

  322. Foghorn Leghorn says:

    sterling just said “soft toss”…that has to be one of the dirtiest sounding term in baseball…

  323. Cuso says:

    I was pretty annoyed with the Wally Matthews of the world for making the Joba’s-weight issue such a big story in Spring Training.

    But I shit you not, he looks like he has gained an additional 30 pounds SINCE then.

    • Foghorn Leghorn says:

      i agree…i didn’t think he was that big in ST, but he’s friggin huge now. and with that hair, he looks like he should be working on my plumbing, not pitching ball..

      • jetrer says:

        Thanks for the horrible mental image of Joba with plumber’s crack

      • YanksFan in MA says:

        When they show him from any sort of side view he clearly is not fat. Dude is just thick. Guarantee he takes his shirt off and you would be surprised by how solid he looked.

        • Foghorn Leghorn says:

          agree with this…i met joba last year in spring training and he’s just a thick man…he’s probably got some fat on him now, but he looked solid as shit when I met him.

        • Cuso says:

          Again, that may have been true in ST. I’d wager on the ‘be suprised at what he look like with his shirt off’ commentary that Jack Curry and Andrew Marchand were feeding us on March 31st.

          He’s clearly gained at least 20 since then.

    • MannyGeee says:

      he’s waddling to the mound. loooks like John Goodman

    • A Gritty Dude's Gritty Dude says:

      ESPN NY: If your not unnecessarily sensational, clean out your desk.

  324. BklynJT says:

    oh here we go again…

  325. Monteroisdinero says:

    The bunt and run. Girardi is beyond Sabermetrics.

  326. BklynJT says:

    seriously… why are you playing for 1 run… i feel safer with Mo in for 3 run save than sanit in with 4 runs

  327. Guest says:

    ARRGGGHHHHH!!! Make the bunting stop!

    The goggles, they do nothing!

  328. Mojo says:

    Chances of Martin scoring after the Sac Bunt? Anyone have the statistic or success percentage of bringing in the run following a Yankee bunt?

    • BklynJT says:

      I think the chances of 1 run increases but the chances of multiple runs drop dramatically… RAB did a post on it a while back.

      • Mojo says:

        Yeah. I remember the article, I just can’t recall whether or not it was Yankee specific or not.

      • jetrer says:

        I think the post indicated that bunting runner from first to second decreases both chance for one run and overall run expectancy. I may be misremembering it though.

      • CP says:

        They both drop if the runner is on 1st and no one out. If there’s a runner on second no one out, then the bunt increases the chance of 1 run scoring, but decreases the average number of runs that would score.

        Of course, this assumes that the bunt happens as expected (give up an out for a base) and there isn’t an error or a failed bunt.

  329. Foghorn Leghorn says:

    what the hell…the rays trade Bartlett to the padres and get three in return and all three are on the MLB roster? yanks can never pull off something like that…they get a water cooler, and a pitcher that’s had 27 surgeries and some has been hack.

  330. Cy Pettitte says:

    the bunt is successful, Girardi is now bunting .160

  331. YanksFan in MA says:

    Sweeeet. And Gardner makes it to 2nd so we don’t have to sit here and curse that he isn’t running.

  332. Epy0n says:

    That was a really nice at bat by Gardner. BEAST MODE BABY.

  333. Geoff says:

    I apologize if this has been asked before but what is that wet, chalky, dusty-like substance that sprays up on the Tropicana Field infield when a ball bounces on it?

  334. Xstar7 says:

    Dammit! Now Mariano can’t get the save.

  335. Cy Pettitte says:

    Jeter is one lucky bastard tonight

  336. Kevin G. says:

    Noesi time?

  337. Chairman Mao says:

    I want someone to grill Girardi after the game and demand that he give an explanation as to why a man with an OBP of .300 is hitting lead off instead of a faster man with an OBP of .340. Posada was put in his place, Jeter should be too.

  338. Sean C says:

    Hits with RISP: Welcome Back. Now all we need is an evil rally-killing homerun to really top it off.

  339. Esteban says:

    Something for everyone tonight. ARod homers, god starting pitching, good relief pitching, small ball, RBI singles, clutch hitting, clutch pitching. If the Yankees can get through the 9th without giving up any runs to TB, I don’t think there’s gonna be much to complain about after this game.

  340. Mickey Scheister says:

    I’d love to finally see Noesi get an IP.

  341. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    So will Joe finally bring in Noesi?

  342. first time lawng time says:

    Timeout. The world is ending on Saturday? I thought it was supposed to end in 2012?

    If so, that really does not fit well into my schedule. I’m going to the game on Sunday.

    Not cool.

  343. Xstar7 says:

    Amaury Sanit is going to pull a Chan Ho Park.

  344. pat says:

    Glad we’re not seeing Noesi here. He had like 10 mins to warmup and hasn’t pitched in a week. No need to shake the rus0t off right here. The lead is only 5 not 15.

  345. Lily says:

    nice to see them tack on a couple of more runs and lets hope they take this into tomorrow. lets see them do what they havne’t done regularly and thats beat guys they haven’t seen before. in this case i think britton is pitching tomorrow..

    GO YANKEES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  346. Monteroisdinero says:

    The legend of Sam Fuld cannot beat us this time. Well-it would be legendary if he does.

  347. Kevin G. says:

    Apparently the YES pitch counter thinks that was a 26 pitch at bat.

  348. pat says:

    Lol, ump almost punched Johnson in the face.

  349. IRF says:

    Noesi actually murdered Girardi’s first born

  350. Monteroisdinero says:

    When the moon
    meets the sky
    like a big pizza pie
    That’s Amaury!

  351. mbonzo says:

    I know theres some question about Vazquez ability to hit breaking balls, but wouldn’t pitchers in AAA figure this out by now? He hit 2 more homeruns tonight. 16 homeruns!

  352. BigTimeBartolo says:

    The trop is such a joke

  353. Foghorn Leghorn says:

    i hate this friggin’ stadium…catwalks are a joke.

  354. mbonzo says:

    The video is inconclusive. I don’t think they’ll change the call.

  355. first time lawng time says:

    ThisThmusis is why you don’t play ball in a dome.

  356. MikeD says:

    I can’t follow what Leiter and Singleton are saying.

    • MannyGeee says:

      babble babble, C ring, grumble grumble, cat walk, blah blah blah, groung rule….

      • MikeD says:

        A-ring, B-Ring, C-Ring, if they got to O-Ring, I was running for cover.

        “Three engines now at 104 percent. Challenger, go at throttle up.”

  357. pat says:

    They’re gonna call this bullshit a fucking HR.

  358. CBean says:

    The catwalks are stupid. Get a better stadium.

  359. MikeD says:

    The rule, btw, says it has to be clear for the umpires to change the rule. Wasn’t clear to me.

    • Foghorn Leghorn says:

      you must not be an umpire.

      • MikeD says:

        It is the way the replay rule is written. It has to be clear that the initial umpire’s rule is wrong for the replay umpires to overrule it. If there’s any doubt, the original call stands. There was doubt. Call stands!

  360. Monteroisdinero says:

    Pinch hit for a legend?

  361. Cy Pettitte says:

    lol owned

  362. BigTimeBartolo says:

    The losing streak is finally over. Thank Mo

  363. MikeD says:

    She’s a Rays fan. He’s a Yankee fan. He gets the ball. That is a rule. The only way to overrule that rule is he was single and is trying to score, in which case she gets the ball. Very simple.

  364. Freddy Garcia's 86 mph Heat says:

    Time for Mo.

  365. pat says:

    Well, that defensive indifference actually bit us on the ass.

  366. BigTimeBartolo says:

    Alright Sanit. Just end this shit please

  367. first time lawng time says:

    Okay, one out. Just one out from a win. Let’s not eff this up.

  368. Chairman Mao says:

    You can never be too careful!

  369. Monteroisdinero says:

    Time for JoVa. 16 HR’s can no longer be ignored. He is hitting .300 too.

    Girardi is such a wimp. Let Sanit face another batter. 6-2 2 outs!

  370. Cy Pettitte says:

    over-managing 101. either bring in Mo from the top of the 9th or leave in Sanit

  371. wow says:

    don’t tempt fate, just end it.


  372. James A says:

    Put it on the left side!
    Fun Fact: The Yankees are undefeated when Chris Dickerson plays for them

  373. Foghorn Leghorn says:

    effin A!

  374. Erica says:


  375. CBean says:


  376. BigTimeBartolo says:

    Man a win feels nice. It’s like taking a Bartolo-sized monkey off your back

  377. MikeD says:

    Is there a regular post-game wrap on YES, or does My9 block that?

  378. Kevin G. says:

    What is this weird feeling? Feels like… a WIN!

  379. pat says:

    I like that Joe went up to Sanit. Probably said “No offense dude but we needed this, had to nuke the motherfuckers”.

  380. Foghorn Leghorn says:

    i wonder if Swish is nervous..he hasn’t done a damn thing all year. Dickerson gets one start and produces.

  381. Xstar7 says:

    Glad that Mariano was on the mound to seal the W. I really hope that A-Rod’s two HR day wasn’t a fluke.

  382. dennyneagleshooker says:

    i haven’t felt this way until i embarrassed denny in a press conference when he was wearing a yankees uniform. that was like 2000, thank god!

  383. Jeff Karstens, Male Model says:

    This comment is just to push the comment counter past 666, don’t want the hex on a winning game thread.

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