Jun
19

Game 70: Father’s Day

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Happy Father’s Day to all you dads out there. Most of us wouldn’t care about baseball if it wasn’t for the old man. Let’s go Yankees.

Brett Gardner, LF
Curtis Granderson, CF
Mark Teixeira, 1B
Alex Rodriguez, 3B
Robinson Cano, 2B
Nick Swisher, RF
Russell Martin, C
Eduardo Nunez, SS
CC Sabathia, SP

It’s an ESPN Sunday Night Game, so first pitch is scheduled for a little after 8pm ET. Enjoy.

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676 Comments»

  1. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Any word on Hughes’ velocity in his rehab start?

  2. Ivan says:

    So far, so good Phil Hughes eh.

  3. Xstar7 says:

    CC is going to jack one today. I’m calling it.

  4. aRX says:

    Take your time Phil. The scrap heap/waiver wire All-Stars can hold down the fort until the ASB :)

  5. Kiersten says:

    Most of us wouldn’t care about baseball if it wasn’t for the old man.

    Love you Mommy!

  6. Jimmy McNulty says:

    Where’s a list of all the top draft picks that signed?

  7. mbonzo says:

    Assuming Hughes and Colon can come back healthy, I really like this rotation without any additions.

    1. Sabathia
    2. Burnett
    3. Hughes
    4. Colon
    5. Garcia/Nova

    I wouldn’t be surprised if the Yankees started giving Colon some days off toward September, running with Garcia and Nova in the rotation. I would still love to see the Yankees target a pitcher to replace Garcia/Nova incase of injury or that Garcia’s numbers return to earth. Despite this, Burnett and Colon have been front of the rotation pitchers, and if they’re still dominant in September I think they’ve got a World Series caliber team, without any trades.

    • Zanath says:

      If we are assuming Colon continues to dominate when he comes back, Id actually put Colon 2nd and Burnett third. But I suppose it’s splitting hairs.

      • mbonzo says:

        I completely agree, but I bet Girardi feels that making Burnett the #2 guy from the beginning of the season has helped him. He’s into stupid stuff like that, and like you said its splitting hairs, so if theres a chance he’s right he’ll probably roll with that.

        • Urban says:

          Is it “he” who is into stupid stuff, or is it “we” who are into stupid stuff. Seriously, who cares where these guys sit in the rotational order as we go through the season? CC is #1 and will get the most opportunities. Everyone else falls behind.

          Now if you mean when it comes to the playoffs, I don’t agree. He liked the lefty Pettitte in the third position, but that won’t hold this year. He’ll go with Colon as his #2 in the postseason if he continues to pitch solidly.

          • Urban says:

            BTW I should add that it’s pointless to figure out the postseason rotation now, if that’s what you were referring to. There’s a lot of road ahead. He’ll go with who is pitching best, and if that’s AJ, great. If it was today and Colon was healthy, he’d be the #2.

  8. dkidd says:

    my opinion of father’s day before becoming a father: b.s. holiday invented to make $$$ for hallmark

    my opinion of father’s day since becoming a father: an important and necessary recognition of my own father’s awesomeness

    /still bored by golf’d

  9. mbonzo says:

    I know the season just started, but I have a really good feeling about Mason Williams. One of the few players I was unwilling to trade in my franchise league, the guys can rake. 3 for 4 today.

  10. Urban says:

    Unrelated to anything but the fact the games have been on ESPN today and FOX yesterday, I’m glad they haven’t generated a single extra rating point by having Jeter get his 3,000th hit in one of these games. He was on track for one of the three games in Chicago.

  11. Xstar7 says:

    Anyone else hear about Albert Pujol’s wrist injury today? That’s a real shame. The guy has been killing it lately.

  12. Nuke LaDoosh says:

    Thinking about going to SI at Brooklyn on July 3 and home Vs Brooklyn on July 4. These easy ballparks to get to from Manhattan? I’ve never been to either.

  13. mbonzo says:

    I know its a long shot, but I’ll be ecstatic if Bobby Valentine gets the job with the Marlins so I don’t have to listen to how the Yankees do everything wrong. “Too many homeruns”

  14. Nuke LaDoosh says:

    Can’t believe this dope is already making the point that Girardin had to “defend” all the HR’s.

  15. Mike Axisa says:

    Heh, the ESPN3.com feed is ahead of the one on TV.

  16. Karl Krawfid says:

    Big CC is gonna hit into a double play.

  17. Zack D says:

    You look down. ‘Why aren’t they bunting’ You smile.

    Noooooooooo

  18. Prediction: CC hits a homer.

    Here, in the top of the first.

  19. mbonzo says:

    BRETT GRITNER!

  20. Cy Pettitte says:

    BRETT!!!!!!! THE POWER!!!!!!!

  21. Karl Krawfid says:

    Hell yeah lil Rickey!!!

  22. Nuke LaDoosh says:

    Power + Grit = 1-0

  23. Urban says:

    So, ummm, the wind blowing out today?

  24. Joey says:

    Heh. Gardner. The power!

  25. Xstar7 says:

    HOLY SHIT! Surely you jest BG

  26. Ivan says:

    Wow that was crush! Go Brett Gardner.

  27. Hummingbird S. says:

    Niiiice!

  28. FIPster Doofus says:

    Gardy is a fucking boss.

  29. Upside: he can’t get thrown out at second on that play.

  30. Greg says:

    All he needed was a little encouragement…

    (kidding)

  31. Wait, D.J LeMahieu is in the bigs already?

    :: head explodes ::

  32. Jerome S. says:

    wait… less walks means a lower average?

    This guys a fuckin genius.

  33. Greg says:

    Dan Sculman infuriates me sometimes.

  34. Nuke LaDoosh says:

    After losing The Big Man last night, I’m glad the Yanks have their Big Man on the mound tonight…

  35. In all seriousness, though, Cubs fans should be thanking ARod, not booing him. It’s his market-setting contracts that have created a situation where Albert Pujols might be available to them this winter as a free agent, thus strengthening their team and weakening their primary rival.

  36. Xstar7 says:

    Reed Johnson has a scrapzone.

  37. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Get the bullpen going.

  38. Greg says:

    Hard out

  39. Greg says:

    Schulman’s so happy

  40. Urban says:

    I know CC fell apart in the 7th inning against the Sox, but he was also iffy his last start. He has stretches of a few games where his command is slightly off. I wonder if this is one of those times.

  41. Xstar7 says:

    Fucking small ball

  42. Sheepmeister says:

    so from what I understand from ESPN, the Cubs run counts more than the Yankees run since it was manufactured better with 2 outs.

  43. Mike Axisa says:

    Hooray for shutdown innings.

    /rolls eyes

  44. Hummingbird S. says:

    CC doesn’t look good, everything is up.

  45. Greg says:

    SChulman again jumping for joy

  46. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Bobby V is an idiot. Of course the play could have been made, and Cano is at fault. The end.

  47. Karl Krawfid says:

    CC will hit a slam and get that run back.

  48. Xstar7 says:

    For those of you who can’t stand Bobby V and Co., there’s always the spanish broadcast.

  49. King George says:

    Organ = annoying as fuck

  50. Mike HC says:

    Once again with the Yankee hating on a national televised game. The evil loud mouth Yankee fan was taunting Cub fans, and the Cub fans were so gracious and friendly. Gimme a break.

  51. Mike Axisa says:

    I’m not sure if you guys have heard, but the Cubs haven’t won the world series in a while.

  52. Guy Montag says:

    What is ESPN’s fascination with the behind the plate camera? Every 1st pitch they use that camera. You can’t see the location of the pitch so it’s a meaningless angle and yet they do this every game.

  53. Greg says:

    HAve I mentioned that Dan Schulman, a Canadian, is anti-Yankee?

  54. Greg says:

    His location’s off again

  55. first time lawng time says:

    CC is going to throw a shitty game. Book it.

  56. Ivan says:

    Wats up CC?!?!

  57. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    I love Orel Hershiser: CC only needs to win 15 games a season until he’s 40 years old.

    Should be easy!

  58. Hummingbird S. says:

    When it’s against the Yankees, the tie always goes to the runner.

  59. Nuke LaDoosh says:

    Bobby V just said he likes Big guys with Soft hands…

  60. Ivan says:

    No chance.

  61. Greg says:

    The ump has not called the iside strike tonight. Could be important.

  62. FIPster Doofus says:

    I’m actually yearning for Joe Morgan at this point. And Miller > Schulman, by far.

  63. Urban says:

    Yes, Bobby. Cliff Lee is the highest paid pitcher in the game. Someone (read the Yankees) will give him a raise.

  64. first time lawng time says:

    If a pitcher spends half of one season in the AL then the other half in the NL and pitches very well, which Cy Young Award is he eligible for?

  65. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    I really hope Yankees fans don’t turn on CC when he opts out of his contract. We’ve all known it was coming since day 1, and we all know that the Yankees will spend what it takes to keep him around.

    It’s common sense for CC to get himself a better deal, let’s not pretend that he’s being greedy and unreasonable when the time comes.

  66. James A says:

    CC gets to swing away, honestly I get almost as excited for him hitting as I do for opening day

  67. Greg says:

    Dissappointing

  68. mbonzo says:

    Kudos to Wrigley for not letting the ESPN desk into the stadium.

  69. jon says:

    CC showing off the power

  70. Xstar7 says:

    Dammit CC. I wanted an evil home run.

  71. first time lawng time says:

    Thanks, ESPN, for your shitty camera views.

  72. Cy Pettitte says:

    BG is on fire, love it.

  73. Xstar7 says:

    Brett is on FIYAH

  74. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    I’d love to see a replay of that play at first

  75. Xstar7 says:

    there’s our obligatory double play for the day

  76. Greg says:

    Too early to ask wwhy we arent hitting Randy Wells?

  77. Pastadivingnunez says:

    Can espn get over the jerking off of wrigley already

  78. Mike Axisa says:

    I will not miss Starlin Castro after this series.

  79. Greg says:

    He’s getting hit hard for the most part, even some of the outs

  80. Dino Velvet says:

    Valentine saying Jeter will be moved to 9th in the line-up after he reaches 3000 hits. I wonder who in the front office told him that.

  81. Greg says:

    Told you

  82. King George says:

    WOW. CC FUCKING BLOWS. 4 straight shitty starts.

  83. King George says:

    WOW. CC FUCKING BLOWS. 4 straight shitty starts.

  84. Ivan says:

    CC just looks like he has nothing today.

  85. Mike HC says:

    Damn, Alfonso Soriano has gained a nice amount of weight since I have seen him last. His days of being “wiry” seem to be over.

    • Urban says:

      We all become less “wiry” as we get older…sadly.

      • Yankonymous says:

        And also a genius at human physiology (and a little bit of psychology to boot). It’s great to know we have a single, definitive source on the human condition in Urban, perhaps our generation’s Hemingway?

  86. Pat D says:

    Well, we’re doomed.

  87. Guy Montag says:

    And that’s it with the way our offense has been hitting. Just 6 RS against 3 pitchers with 5 ERAs and the worst pitching staff in the NL. CC pitches to the one guy that’s destroyed him over his career. Way to throw meatballs to Pena and Soriano all weekend.

  88. Ivan says:

    Alright guys, time to start kicking Randy Wells ass. Pick up your ace.

  89. mbonzo says:

    Nasty play.

  90. King George says:

    Man…CC has gotta have like what, a 8+ ERA in his last three or four starts? Does anybody know?

  91. Xstar7 says:

    Wow, the Yankees caught a break there. Let’s see if they can capitalize.

  92. Jerome S. says:

    Finally the game we wanted.

    Wrigley is not the place for low-scoring affairs, on either side.

    If it’s a shoot-out they want, it’s a shoot-out they’ll get.

  93. Mike Axisa says:

    Good do something, Nunez. Can’t count on CC to get a hit.

  94. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Told you guys the second time through the order would be more fun

    Let’s blow this sucker open

  95. Xstar7 says:

    This is Nunez’s moment of truth.

  96. Mickey Scheister says:

    Cmon Nuney!!!

  97. Jerome S. says:

    Yes… I’m sure it’s Eduardo’s defense that’s keeping him from being an everyday player… no elephants in the room…

    • AaronGuielWithASmile says:

      It’s Eduardo’s defense that’s keeping him from being an everyday player somewhere

      If he could play the field at all, he’d be a very nice trade chip. In fact, he’s probably got some decent value as is.

  98. Greg says:

    Got the job done.

  99. Xstar7 says:

    I’ll take that.

  100. Monteroisdinero says:

    Nunez speed-thank you. Better than nothing for sure.

  101. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Great slide by Swisher.

    Wells looks pissed.

  102. first time lawng time says:

    An observation: Robinson Canó has very big hands.

    Anyone else ever notice that?

  103. Nuke LaDoosh says:

    arrgh

  104. Greg says:

    Need to throttle them from here on out.

  105. Mike Axisa says:

    Hurry back to AL parks, please.

  106. tom says:

    You get two back immediately, in the inning where the pitcher hits, you really can’t complain.

  107. Yanks99 says:

    Why do they use that stupid camera angle from behind the catcher. Does ESPN really think people want to watch the catchers back? You can’t see anything.

  108. Ivan says:

    At least they got 2 runs back

  109. first time lawng time says:

    Can’t believe Sabathia has hit a triple. He’s a fat pitcher, so that’s gotta be a Gardner ITPHR

  110. King George says:

    God damn it.

  111. Greg says:

    Get him out he has nothing

  112. Mike Axisa says:

    Alright, get the bullpen up. Giving up doubles to pieces of shit like LeMahieu isn’t going to get it done.

  113. Monteroisdinero says:

    Easy to take second on Swish’s arm.

  114. Pat D says:

    Don’t fight over the ball, boys.

  115. Urban says:

    Well, that as almost a disaster.

  116. Ivan says:

    Where was that pitch?

  117. FIPster Doofus says:

    That’s a ball?

  118. Mickey Scheister says:

    That was a strike.

  119. Greg says:

    Here’s that guy again

  120. FIPster Doofus says:

    Nunez!

  121. Greg says:

    Nunez learning

  122. Nuke LaDoosh says:

    Nooony!

  123. King George says:

    Huge inning to get out of scoreless.

  124. first time lawng time says:

    WTF? That was a good throw from Nuñez.

  125. jon says:

    jeter does NOT make that play

    • AaronGuielWithASmile says:

      Neither does Nunez 4 times out of 5

      He’s young, he’ll get better though.

    • Urban says:

      Actually, Jeter probably would have made that play. His speciality. It wasn’t that too far to the right. Jeter has more problem going to his left.

  126. Pat D says:

    Great time for a perfect throw, Nunie.

  127. Monteroisdinero says:

    Noony! Nice to not have to do a jump throw from short left field.

    Derek who?

  128. Xstar7 says:

    Nicest play by Nunez the entire year?

    • Urban says:

      Easily his nicest play since he came up last year. I can’t think of a single nice play he’s made, until that one.

  129. Ivan says:

    Wow what an amazing throw by Nunez.

    By the way, Jeter doesn’t even get to that ball.

  130. jay h says:

    i think nunez’s throws are bad when he tries to baby it. When he tries to throw hard they seem to be more accurate

    • Monteroisdinero says:

      This. It will come. You can’t coach a strong arm but you can improve accuracy with confidence and experience.

  131. Adam says:

    It’s almost as if Nunez is a young player and going to be inconsistent in his fielding.

  132. Pat D says:

    I miss when Wimbledon was on HBO. Many fond memories of watching during summer vacation back in the ’90′s.

    • CMP says:

      If you like tennis, watch “Fire and ice” on HBO about Borg and McEnroe back in the glory days of tennis. It was really outstanding.

      • Pat D says:

        I saw that on today in its last 3 minutes. I’ll have to try and catch it.

        HBO’s sports documentaries like that are pretty uniformly excellent. I love the Brooklyn Dodgers one. Brings tears to my eyes, even though I generally hate the Dodgers.

  133. CMP says:

    It amazing after his miserable start that Gardner is hitting .294 with a .373 OBP. He really has been on fire.

  134. first time lawng time says:

    IDK about you guys, but I sure hope Boston slows down the second half. Their lead might be insurmountable.

  135. Pat D says:

    I really do dislike the in-game manager interviews.

    Thanks for that, Fox.

  136. Ivan says:

    Exciting inning by the bats there.

  137. Karl Krawfid says:

    So A-Rod is playing hurt.

    This is great news.

  138. Greg says:

    Still not hitting Randy Wells extremely well. third time through the order.

  139. Mickey Scheister says:

    That was uneventful.

  140. Guy Montag says:

    An ace will get us through 7 holding them where they are. CC needs to step up and become that ace. The offense can get a couple more vs Wells.

  141. first time lawng time says:

    Girardi is a little crapface. I hate him.

    • Xstar7 says:

      I hope you’re joking

      • Pat D says:

        No, she’s on record as anti-Girardi.

        • Xstar7 says:

          Personally I don’t mind him. He’s not a great manager but isn’t a bad one either. Seems like a genuine guy too.

          • Pat D says:

            Great managers are so rare.

            And most great managers are only great because of the talent they possess.

            • Mike Axisa says:

              I’ve recently come to the conclusion that there are no such thing as great managers. Some just suck less than others.

              • Pat D says:

                I see what you mean, because the guys generally regarded as great managers recently (Torre, Cox, LaRussa) have been pretty obviously flawed in their later years.

                But I never got to “see” guys like Mack, McGraw, McCarthy, Stengel, Alston, etc., manage, so I’m not going to go that far.

                • AaronGuielWithASmile says:

                  Keep in mind that guys like Mack, McGraw, McCarthy and Stengal all managed in an era where sportswriters earned and kept access by turning sports figures into larger than life demigods.

                  If Stengel managed the Yankees today, I guarantee that 20% of this site would think that he’s a moron.

            • Xstar7 says:

              Exactly. I’d like to see how Connie Mack would fare with a mediocre team like the 2010 Florida Marlins.

          • AaronGuielWithASmile says:

            Agreed. He wins games, he does a good job managing the bullpen and the players don’t hate him.

            Good enough for me.

  142. Monteroisdinero says:

    CC looking like Nova out there tonight. Hopefully it will be one of his gritty/non-dominating wins.

  143. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    I’m feeling a Cano shot here…

  144. Monteroisdinero says:

    Swish is gonna do something big this inning. Tonight he breaks through and crosses .180 from the left side. .200 is next.

  145. King George says:

    Interleague is stupid.

    • Xstar7 says:

      At first I liked it because of the novelty. But it gets old fast.

      • Pat D says:

        I’d actually like it better right now if they didn’t play the Mets 6 times each year.

        I like being able to play teams they don’t normally play, so that I can see other parks in action and stuff like that.

  146. FIPster Doofus says:

    Great AB by Swisher.

  147. Xstar7 says:

    Good job Swish. Now let’s get a sac fly at least.

  148. Mike Axisa says:

    Alright Russ, ball in the air.

  149. mbonzo says:

    Bobby Valentine… Ex-Manager who can’t get a job in the MLB telling a player making $27m a year how to play.

  150. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Memo to Bobby V:

    A-Rod isn’t at 3rd because he was running in the basepath. A-Rod is at 3rd because the 3rd base coach held him up.

  151. Mike Axisa says:

    Get greedy Russ, drive in two.

  152. jon says:

    lol martins wanted the RBI so he holds arod up

  153. Mike Axisa says:

    Scoreless game, bitches. Bullpen vs. bullpen now.

  154. King George says:

    Ok, not the most desired play but certainly will work.

  155. mbonzo says:

    One thing I like about ESPN is the shots they get. I despise the shot from behind the catcher, but I like the dugouts and when they go to YS and get the bleachers.

  156. King George says:

    Do we pinch hit for CC?

  157. Mike Axisa says:

    Pinch hit please.

  158. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Bobby V. wants Nunez vs. Jeter to be a thing SO badly

    I’m sorry, but Nunez’s throw from the hole was not one of the best plays of the year. Come on.

  159. mbonzo says:

    Tank one CC.

  160. Josh says:

    Valentine is a moron. His comments about A-Rod’s baserunning are completely off-base. (No pun intended.)

    • mbonzo says:

      I’d be thrilled if he got the job managing the Marlins, just so I don’t have to listen to this nonsense.

    • King George says:

      Not to be an annoying bitchy antagonist, but his points were actually entirely correct. That’s the correct route to run if you want the runner on second to score. Always, always, always take the wheel run to third and then you have less distance to cover going home.

      • Brad says:

        It takes the same amount of time to score from second regardless of the wheel run to third or to home. The point is that you still have to make the turn. In fact, you can make the argument that the wheel run to home is better because the runner can aim for the backside of the plate.

        • Urban says:

          The other issue with the entire discussion is they “assumed” he would have been sent home and would have scored if he lined up as Valentine was blabbering on about.

  161. King George says:

    Fudge.

  162. Greg says:

    Made him earn it though. Cant exppect the pitcher to get a hit there.

    • mbonzo says:

      Yea, I don’t think it was the right move to PH for CC there either. I think he’s got at least 2 more innings in him.

      • Monteroisdinero says:

        He was at 75 pitches. Nothing for him. Might have been a higher percentage play to take that 3-2 pitch.

        • Evan3457 says:

          CC does have 3 career HRs, and a lifetime BAVG over .250.

          He also had a career K/BB ratio of 26/1 coming in.

  163. Ivan says:

    Fuck the NL.

  164. wow says:

    and that was the biggest out of the game?

  165. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    What is it with these national broadcasters not knowing the score?

  166. Monteroisdinero says:

    So if ARod’s shoulder only bothers him when he dives for a ball-should we expect no diving for groundballs? Something to look for.

  167. Ivan says:

    Range Baby!!!!!!

  168. Urban says:

    Nice catch by the “4th” outfielder.

  169. FIPster Doofus says:

    Brett Godner.

  170. mbonzo says:

    If Brett Gardner keeps hitting he might win a Gold Glove this year.

  171. Monteroisdinero says:

    Andruw should never put on a glove for this team.

  172. Cy Pettitte says:

    Brett’s defense is the best, love watching him in the outfield

  173. BklynJT says:

    Which LF in MLB has better metrics than Gardner? I didn’t catch what Bobby V said.

  174. Xstar7 says:

    Looks like Randy Wells is done. But whether this is good or bad has yet to be seen.

  175. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Bringing in a pinch hitter to try and drag bunt his way on.

    Catch the excitement of NL baseball!

  176. Esteban says:

    So much range from Gritner.

  177. Pat D says:

    Uh oh, my dad is ranting about them talking about how great it is that the fans are close to the action at Wrigley and Fenway.

  178. Guy Montag says:

    Alright, let’s get a couple here with the top of our lineup and get through one more with CC then Robertson and Mo. Their bullpen is not any good and we can’t continue to get 2-3 men on base and score 0 runs.

  179. Xstar7 says:

    Is it just me, or does this Marshall guy pitching for the Cubs seem REALLY tall?

  180. Greg says:

    This is the problem with having two lefties at the top of the lineup, even if Grandy is good against lefties this year.

    • mbonzo says:

      This is more of a problem with facing a guy who’s a really good reliever.
      Gardner is hitting .273/.385 against lefty relievers this year.
      Granderson is hitting .277/.337 with a .988 OPS.

      • Greg says:

        According to Guy Montag. their bullpen is awful

        • FIPster Doofus says:

          He’s right. The Cubs bullpen is toward the bottom of the NL in ERA, FIP, xFIP, HR rate and BB rate. The only positive is their relievers get a lot of strikeouts.

        • mbonzo says:

          Marshall- 2.25 FIP, 9.09 K/9
          Marmol- 2.46 FIP, 11.97 K/9

          Aside from Kerry Wood, the rest of their bullpen is pretty awful.

  181. King George says:

    Wow, Curtis hasn’t been so sharp lately. Lot of looks.

  182. Pat D says:

    Teix is under .250? I know BA isn’t everything, but I really don’t want him to turn into Darrell Evans so soon.

  183. King George says:

    Easily the most garbage top part of an inning I’ve seen this game.

  184. Urban says:

    Is this team really only going to hit one HR in a three-game series at Wrigley. Somebody Yankee to CF, damnit. The Babe is angry.

  185. Esteban says:

    I probably would give Big Papi a pound or something. Not sure about a hug.

  186. Pat D says:

    I’d hug Ortiz if he just admitted he took some kind of PED’s. And then agreed to gate raped in the media the way ARod was.

  187. Karl Krawfid says:

    Who would have thought Brett Gardner would be getting all the ass kissing on a Sunday Night baseball game.

    5 pitches!

  188. Greg says:

    That should decide homefield for the WS. Results of the interleague.

  189. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    A better fielding Jason Giambi

  190. Ivan says:

    Tex is the best….

  191. Karim Garcia says:

    Please score in the top of the 8th. I can’t take much more of this nonsense.

  192. Monteroisdinero says:

    I’m feelin’ good about Swish tonight even though I usually bash him. A big hit coming up this inning (from either side of the plate) and he has a 3 hit game! Has he had one this year?

  193. King George says:

    I feel a rally in my bones!!!!

  194. Pat D says:

    6 hits by 3 guys.

    Come on, Robbie.

  195. Monteroisdinero says:

    Arod doesn’t look as thin as he did in ST. Bobby V is right about the baserunning but ARod scored anyway.

    Enough already!

    • Nuke LaDoosh says:

      Bobby will keep pounding this horse until it’s in a bottle of Elmers

    • Urban says:

      Nunez or Golson would have taken the right path.

      • Monteroisdinero says:

        On a night I back Swish correctly? Cheap shot. But yes-each of those guys would have scored on that play-thanks for pointing that out.

    • Brad says:

      No he’s not right. You still have to make the damn turn regardless if it’s before or after reaching third. I don’t know who’s a worse announcer, Valentine or McCarver?

  196. Karim Garcia says:

    Robbie with a laser!

  197. Ivan says:

    Back in business.

  198. Greg says:

    The Cubs got Chris Carpenter? How?

  199. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    It would’ve been nice to, you know, see that base hit.

    But no, keep using that behind the plate cam. Please, I insist.

  200. Mike Axisa says:

    Swish could GIDP for all I care, just get the run in.

  201. Greg says:

    Swisher!

  202. Pat D says:

    BUH BYE!!

  203. FIPster Doofus says:

    BOOM

  204. Nuke LaDoosh says:

    Bravo

  205. Cy Pettitte says:

    Swish!!!!!! thank you.

  206. Ivan says:

    God Damn Swisher!!!!!!!

  207. Guy Montag says:

    GOODBYE NICK SWISHER!!!!! FINALLY!!!

  208. Mike Axisa says:

    Once again, Nick Swisher kills a rally.

  209. mbonzo says:

    So I think Swisher figured it out from the right side tonight.

  210. Stratman9652 says:

    Nice Swish, very nice.

  211. Esteban says:

    SWISH! Batting lefty!

  212. Urban says:

    Nice, Swish!

    I guess no Golson.

    • Monteroisdinero says:

      Another cheap Golson shot! I am happy Swish is approaching .200 from the left side. Guy got a 2-0 meatball from a scrub pitcher. Whatever-I am happy for him.

      Now get Swisher’s crappy arm out of RF for the 8th and 9th.

  213. Mickey Scheister says:

    Take whatever route u want Nick, u earned it!

  214. Dino Velvet says:

    listen to the crowd! – it’s louder than YAnkee stadium

  215. IRF says:

    Best game of the season for Swish? Best Game of the season for Swish.

  216. Bob Stone says:

    Just beautiful. Just beautiful.

  217. Nuke LaDoosh says:

    Swishcago

  218. Karl Krawfid says:

    Swish maine

  219. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Sick Nwisher.

  220. mbonzo says:

    All I’ve heard from people on Castro’s defense is that he’s phenomenal. I know he’s young, but he’s looked awful in the majors.

    • AaronGuielWithASmile says:

      He’s got all the raw tools to be a great defender. He just doesn’t have the footwork or the mental side of the game down quite yet.

      • Urban says:

        Are you talking about Nunez or Castro?

        We’d be lucky to have Castro, though. I’ll take the growing pains from him.

  221. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    I wish they’d give Robertson a night off with the 3 run lead. Let Ayala pitch the 8th.

  222. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    I don’t invest much in pitcher wins, but I’ll admit that I take a bit of pride in having my ace included in the league leader categories. A 9th win for CC would be mighty nice.

  223. Ivan says:

    I wouldnt stop smiling too if I hit a homer like that.

  224. Kostas says:

    All right, Swish gets an apology, for now.

  225. Pat D says:

    I knew the Marlins were terrible this month, but I didn’t realize they had played 9 1-run games and lost all of them.

    Kinda feel sorry for Edwin Rodriguez. I also feel sorry for whoever takes over that job because I’m convinced that the front office of that team are idiots and I know the owner is what Kevin Kline would call a “dickhead fuckface asshole.”

    • Urban says:

      Being the manager of the Marlins is a thankless job, filled with endless headaches, even when the team is doing better than expected.

      • Pat D says:

        Yea, for the reasons I said.

        Just ask Joe Girardi.

        Even with all the shit going on with the McCourts and the Wilpons, Jeffrey Loria will always get my vote for worst owner in baseball.

  226. BklynJT says:

    The Yankee fans in Chicago make the local Yankee fans look bad

  227. Mickey Scheister says:

    Let’s go Jorgie!!!

  228. mbonzo says:

    How does Michael Jordan get away with Hitler mustache?
    http://www.bestweekever.tv/bwe.....Stache.jpg

  229. Matt says:

    Another unnecessary overmanaging move by Joe Girardi that puts a needless strain on the pen.

    CC has a 3 run lead and is at 89 pitches. He’s thrown up 4 straight zeroes and has looked much sharper the next few innings. Robertson is pitching a lot lately. Why can’t you leave him in to throw another inning and have him take another at bat?

    If it’s a 1 run game, or a tie game, this move makes sense. But after Swisher’s 3-run home run, you have more than enough breathing room to send him back out there. With how much you are going to have to rely on Robertson this season, you give him nights off as often as you can.

    • mbonzo says:

      While he only had 89 pitches, he had few real rough innings where he had to work hard. He’s been getting tagged the last few games, so I don’t mind letting him go early and hoping the fewer pitches gets him a better start next time.

      • Mickey Scheister says:

        This.

      • Matt says:

        I see what you’re trying to say here, but I think the numbers are a bit misleading tonight in terms of the situations.

        In the first, it took only 6 pitches to get the double, the fly ball, and the groundout. Then he’s pitching with 2 outs and the bases empty again.

        He’s had some incredibly easy innings as this game has gone along and has gotten sharper. I don’t think he was fatigued, this was a fairly easy effort for him after the 3rd or 4th inning. It was more about Girardi being “by the book” rather than doing what is logical.

        • mbonzo says:

          I agree that Girardi overmanages way too much, and there is a case to be made for CC pitching the 8th, but I agree with the move here. Despite the short innings, for example the 7th, he’s been getting some lucky BABIP. Hard hit balls are being robbed by Gardner, Tex, and Swisher. He’s only had 3 strike outs tonight. He could go further, but by making the move you’re getting a better batter up, a better pitcher up, (at least Robertson by the numbers would be a better option) and you give CC a break during a bad stretch. Thats all worth it to me to cash in one of Robertson’s innings.

    • Monteroisdinero says:

      Agree Matt. Joe had to grease his binder fingers at least once in this game. Stupid move unless CC said he was done/tired.

  230. Cy Pettitte says:

    I would have been fine with CC in the 8th at 89 pitches but whatevs.

  231. Bob Stone says:

    Jack McKeon to manage the Marlins at 80 years old? Incredible.

  232. Karl Krawfid says:

    CC wasn’t sharp at all. Made one mistake. Could have been an amazing outing.

  233. Nuke LaDoosh says:

    anyone think DRob can evolve into a closer?

    • mbonzo says:

      Not right now. Although he’d be better than a lot of closers out there, he simply throws too many pitches and walks too many people. If he can figure out his control issues, I think theres a legit shot he takes over a closer job one day.

    • JobaWockeeZ says:

      If he can stop walking some people then yeah.

    • Bob Stone says:

      He’s been making it look like a much stronger possibility this season.

    • Nuke LaDoosh says:

      this is why I used the word “evolve”, he’s definitely got to cut down on the walks…

  234. Ivan says:

    Come on Robertson.

  235. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    I’m cool with pitching around Soriano. The dude can still get around on a fastball, that’s for sure.

  236. Mickey Scheister says:

    Robertson to the rotation! If he can K 50 in 25IP, he’d have like 400K’s per year!

    #kidding

  237. Greg says:

    Ump is squeezing him a bit

  238. Cy Pettitte says:

    #toomanywalks

  239. Guy Montag says:

    And he walked Soto! Unbelievable! And here come their pinch hitters.

  240. Esteban says:

    No! Bad Robertson! No Walks! Bad!

  241. BklynJT says:

    No regression, please!

  242. Ivan says:

    Robertson, I love ya but these BB’s have to stop please!

  243. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Remember what I was saying about giving Robertson a night off?

    I don’t like the way this is going…

    • Greg says:

      You think Ayala would do better?

      • AaronGuielWithASmile says:

        Do I think that Ayala is a better pitcher than Robertson? No way.

        Do I think that Robertson has been getting a little overworked? Yes.

        I think that a 3 run lead was a nice opportunity to get Robertson a night off, instead of making him throw 20 more pitches. And by the way, Ayala’s been lights out as of late.

    • Mike Axisa says:

      No way, he’s got them right where he wants them.

  244. Karl Krawfid says:

    0-2 count

    Why not bounce a breaking ball?

  245. Monteroisdinero says:

    2 in the wagon. C’mon DRob.

  246. Karim Garcia says:

    Terrible on my blood pressure!

  247. NHYankeesFan says:

    Please tell me that Girardi is warming up Boone Logan as a very unfunny joke

  248. Mike Axisa says:

    Boone Logan, you sit your ass down.

  249. nsalem says:

    No worry Dave will now do what Dave does best

  250. Matt says:

    This is why Girardi is nothing more than an average manager in terms of in-game decisions.

    He manages like he expects every relief pitcher to be at their utmost best every single night when he brings them in.

    CC is cruising along in this game the last few innings, and keeping the lefty hitters like Pena and Fukudome on the bench. You don’t HAVE to bring in Robertson, and he’s thrown in 2 of the last 3 games.

    Who is more likely to be sharp? The guy who is already sharp, or the guy coming out of the pen who is inconsistent with his control?

    They’ll likely still win this game, but now Robertson will probably be unavailable tomorrow. What if tomorrow night is a 1 run game? A 3-run lead in the 8th is still a pretty good chance of winning the game even with a lesser reliever.

    • Greg says:

      I’m a pessimist. ANd I think you’re overdoing it.

    • Nuke LaDoosh says:

      I agree

    • Bob Stone says:

      Totally agree.

    • Monteroisdinero says:

      I agree with you Matt. have CC at least pitch until someone gets on base. Still not having to face the tying run at the plate for whoever comes in after him seems reasonable.

      Only way I take CC out is if he tells me he is gassed.

      Not a big fan of Joe G in-game managing.

      So is Swish still in RF?

    • mbonzo says:

      Theres a case for CC pitching the 8th, but despite the short last few innings by CC, the Cubs have been getting robbed on line drives. So its been far from easy innings. Robertson was a better option in the 8th, Posada was a better hitter, and CC needs a break during this stint where he has little command and no cutter. It was worth using Robertson for an inning.

  251. Monteroisdinero says:

    We must not get Fukudome’d this inning.

  252. Greg says:

    Robertson is like John wetteland right now. Gets into trouble and gets out of it.

  253. Esteban says:

    Robertson just isn’t comfortable without men on base.

  254. Mike Axisa says:

    See? Right where he wanted them.

  255. NHYankeesFan says:

    Good job Robertson. Im glad you got out of the inning but you will kill me with the stress you put me through

  256. Cy Pettitte says:

    strand rate approaching levels that are just silly

  257. rek4gehrig says:

    Houdini strikes again

  258. Cy Pettitte says:

    ridiculous double, damn.

  259. Greg says:

    Just needed a little encouragment…

  260. Bob Stone says:

    Love that speed!

  261. nsalem says:

    you 4th outfielder you

  262. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Note to A-Rod/Jorge: THAT is how you do it.

    Note to Valentine: shut the fuck up about rounding the bases. You are worse than McCarver with this stuff.

    • Brad says:

      Note to Valentine: shut the fuck up about rounding the bases. You are worse than McCarver with this stuff.

      +1

    • nsalem says:

      I thought what he had to say was quite insightful. One might suggest that others should STFU
      but that wouldn’t be polite,

      • AaronGuielWithASmile says:

        Maybe it was insightful when it happened (though even that is debatable.)

        It is certainly not insightful when Bobby V brings it up for the 20th time, 5 innings later.

        Bobby V is seriously reminding me of McCarver, who is the master of predicting a bunt in the 2nd inning then continuing to talk about it in the 9th.

        • nsalem says:

          These games are telecasted for the consumption of the casual baseball viewer and your knowledge is superior to those of the general public. It is interesting and insightful to the casual viewer as it was to me. Bobby V did repeat himself several times as he tends to do, but to say it was 20 times is a major exaggeration on your part. By the way which announcers would you consider informative and you enjoy listening to.

          • AaronGuielWithASmile says:

            Just to name a few: David Cone, Mike Krukow, Mark Grace

            • nsalem says:

              I like Krukow and Cone also. I understand why people get frustrated with the national broadcasters, but I do believe it’s their job to cater to an audience that is much different from you. If Cone was on national TV he wouldn’t be allowed to do what he does on YES.

      • Brad says:

        Valentine makes it sound as though a runner on second has to make the turn before he reaches third. Assuming only one turn, the fact is that it will take the same amount of time to score from second if a runner makes the turn before or after reaching third base.

        By the way, Bobby, the quote should be “Down goes Pena!” not “Pena’s down!” So shut the, uh, hell up, please.

  263. Mickey Scheister says:

    He wasn’t even moving when the camera shift, Gardner, wow your fast.

  264. Esteban says:

    Woohoo, Brett up to .294/.372/.446.

  265. Cy Pettitte says:

    BG at .294 BA, one more big night and he’s a .300 hitter. How insane is that after his atrocious start?

  266. Nuke LaDoosh says:

    there goes the save for Mo

  267. Mike Axisa says:

    Speeeeeeeeeeeeeed.

  268. Bob Stone says:

    Bye bye save opportunity for Mo.

  269. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    AND JUST LOOK AT HOW NICELY GRANDERSON ROUNDED SECOND!!!

  270. Karl Krawfid says:

    Sit ya ass down Mo!

  271. Greg says:

    Now we can save Mo for tommorow.

  272. Ivan says:

    The Grandyman can!

  273. Urban says:

    Strangely, Gardner was lining up he same was as A-Rod. In fact, every runner tonight who made it second base, on both teams, lined up exactly as A-Rod did. Go figure, Bobby.

    Once again, A-Rod, 1801 runs scored. Valentine, 179.

  274. Monteroisdinero says:

    Gardy is 6 jeterian singles to right from being our everyday leadoff hitter.

    Hey look Joe-I can hit lefties too!

  275. whozat says:

    Wow, great camera work, ESPN. I’m glad I could watch the backside of that pole while Granderson steamed into third.

  276. mbonzo says:

    Gardner inching closer to earning a gold glove.

  277. mbonzo says:

    Nick Swisher taking over for Gene Monahan.

  278. Ivan says:

    Time to blow it open boys.

  279. Esteban says:

    Is Jeter really gonna be leadoff when he’s off the DL. Gardner and Granderson 1-2 is pretty good.

    • mbonzo says:

      I hope its Gardner, Jeter, Tex, Arod, Cano, Swisher, Granderson, Posada, Martin.

      Granderson deserves to bat higher, but this is a damn good lineup, and Jeter won’t bat far back. I also don’t want Cano and Granderson batting back to back.

      • Esteban says:

        Jeter shouldn’t be batting that high, certainly not higher than the best hitter on the team this year.

        • mbonzo says:

          If we were going by who deserves to bat where, Jeter would be 9th and Granderson batting 3rd or cleanup. Realistically, Girardi is not batting Jeter anywhere other than first or second.

      • TCMiller30 says:

        “Hey Granderson, you’ve been our best hitter all season so far so we’re gonna remove the protection you’ve been thriving with and put you 7th in front of Posada”

        Thing is, I bet Curtis wouldn’t even really complain because he’s the man, but that’d be a HUGE slap in the face

        • mbonzo says:

          Huge slap in the face is an overreaction. If you want to compare who deserves to bat where, we’re talking about Curtis Granderson this year and Jeter over his career. Girardi is not putting him anywhere other than 1 or 2.

  280. Bob Stone says:

    Now the Yanks can bring in Swisher to pitch the 9th.

  281. Monteroisdinero says:

    Back in his day, Pete Rose got a ton of doubles on outfield singles for most hitters. Gardy should have tons of them too.

  282. Pat D says:

    The Cubs threw in the towel on this one.

  283. Esteban says:

    Cubs OF fail. Wow

  284. NHYankeesFan says:

    Cubs are showing off their fielding skills

  285. Cy Pettitte says:

    how did that not get out?

  286. Urban says:

    Hmmm, thought that was gone.

  287. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    It is high! It is far! It is…huh?

  288. Mike Axisa says:

    Heh, what the hell was that?

  289. Nuke LaDoosh says:

    Soriano is such a joke

  290. Karl Krawfid says:

    Could be another 12 runs in a CC start.

  291. Monteroisdinero says:

    ARod doing what no young player should do. Nice hustle dude.

  292. NHYankeesFan says:

    Now Soriano catches it

  293. mbonzo says:

    Doesn’t it seem like Cano is getting robbed lately?

  294. Esteban says:

    Boy this really escalated quickly. I mean this really got out of hand fast

  295. Bob Stone says:

    That’s okay Swish. You earned your salary tonight.

  296. Monteroisdinero says:

    Swish should have been out of the game last inning. Dickerson please.

  297. Urban says:

    Yankees, suddenly concerned that A-Rod can’t run the bases and score from second after listening to tonight’s broadcast, replace him with Pena.

    A-Rod never starts again.

  298. Greg says:

    Looks likes Ayala’s coming in.

  299. Monteroisdinero says:

    So how many WALKING steps out of the box did ARod take before he trotted into second? I hate that. The guy has hit 625 HR’s. Act like you’ve done it before. Put your head down and run.

  300. Guy Montag says:

    Gardner needs to be hitting leadoff even when Jeter comes back. He won’t though. Hopefully it’s just until Jeter gets to 3,000. Then if he’s still struggling they move him down to 9th where he belongs. Jeter should not take offense to hitting 9th, this is a damn good lineup and he’s lost a step.

  301. Cy Pettitte says:

    Jeff Lolquez

  302. BklynJT says:

    Gardner is a great example of not giving up on a prospect. I slightly remember everyone saying that Gardner was an all glove no bat type propspect. Let’s hope his current progress continues and he enjoys a great career as a baseball player.

  303. BklynJT says:

    Gardner is a great example of not giving up on a prospect. I slightly remember everyone saying that Gardner was an all glove no bat type prospect. Let’s hope his current progress continues and he enjoys a great career as a baseball player.

    • Esteban says:

      I was certainly wrong about him. And I couldn’t be happier that I was wrong.

    • JohnnyC says:

      Interesting narrative but nobody gave up on him. It took him only 3 years to reach the major leagues – from Low A through High A, AA,and AAA. If anything, he was moved faster than any position player in recent memory for the Yankees.

  304. Greg says:

    Get him out

  305. klemy says:

    If this game ends up with Mo warming up in the bullpen…

  306. Urban says:

    Hopefully Mariano isn’t called in for the save tonight. That would be bad.

  307. Pat D says:

    Obviously we know who the next guy to be cut will be.

  308. Ivan says:

    Come on guys, get outs.

  309. Cy Pettitte says:

    they’re getting Mo up again? christ.

  310. Guy Montag says:

    Get Mariano warmed up again, Joe. You can never be too careful.

  311. Bob Stone says:

    Mo might get a save opportunity after all. I sure hope not.

  312. Cuso says:

    Typical Swisher. His cheery attitude is grossly on display because he FINALLY got a big hit this season. He’s gotta act goofier than fuck to let everyone know how proud of himself he is.

    Then he goes up to the plate immediately swinging for the fence again and looks like his normal flailing jack-ass self.

    I can’t wait til that jerk-off is gone.

    Good for you, Swish. You posed on a deep drive on a waist high 2-0 fastball from the 8th man in the Chicago Cubs bullpen.

    No, dude, really. You’re the man.

  313. lily says:

    a little irritating to have mariano warming up

    • BklynJT says:

      Are we overreacting on the effects of having a pitcher warm up and not be used, or warming up several times in a game. All they’re doing is playing catch.

  314. Greg says:

    If he’s casually playing catch that’s fine

  315. Monteroisdinero says:

    Joe G-ya wimp. Sit Mo’s butt down and have some confidence in a 6 run lead. Tex makes an error and a guy gets a ground ball single.

    jeez

  316. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Really, Kenny Williams thought this guy was worth Nick Swisher?

  317. Mike Axisa says:

    Haha, that was great.

  318. Esteban says:

    What the whaaaa?

  319. Ivan says:

    Holy shit, I hope Pena is ok.

  320. mbonzo says:

    Eduardo Nunez with the canon. Not the first time I’ve seen him do that.

  321. Nuke LaDoosh says:

    WTF was that ?

  322. whozat says:

    What the fuck is this keystone cops bullshit???

  323. FIPster Doofus says:

    lol wut

  324. Mickey Scheister says:

    WTF was that.

  325. boogie down says:

    C’mon Nunez

  326. lily says:

    omg!! wtf just happened there?

  327. Bob Stone says:

    That was really ugly.

  328. Urban says:

    Nunez. The words escape me.

  329. Karl Krawfid says:

    Sorry I’m dying laughing right now lol

  330. sangreal says:

    Nice ‘John Wall’ by Nunez

  331. jon says:

    lol classic Nunez throw

  332. Cy Pettitte says:

    looked like Pena got shot by a sniper while he was trying to field that.

  333. Stratman9652 says:

    LMAO! Nice throw Nunez! Hope Pena is OK.

  334. JohnnyC says:

    Boy, Nunez.

  335. Monteroisdinero says:

    Wow. Pena pathetic. Noony-loony.

  336. mbonzo says:

    We need a .gif of that play.

  337. BklynJT says:

    Actually, that might of been really smart of Nunez and his half arse attempt to eat the ball.

  338. Bob Stone says:

    Great game. Much more fun than yesterday, even though the result was the same. The Yanks really should have swept this weak team.

  339. Ivan says:

    Good win.

  340. Karl Krawfid says:

    Mike Ashmore is about to be on wfan to talk the minors.

  341. Esteban says:

    Two out of three and the Yankees still have the best run differential in baseball. Can’t be mad at that.

  342. Urban says:

    I was torn by the desire to laugh at Nunez, but wanted to make sure Pena was okay on that hop.

    Nunez has consistently been the worst SS I’ve ever seen.

    Please start Pena moving forward.

    • Karl Krawfid says:

      You don’t watch Jeter much?

      • Urban says:

        Jeter is Ozzie Smith compared to Nunez. Seriously, I have yet to see evidence of range and he messes up simple plays on a regular basis. It’s not like this is an 18-year-old kid.

        Send him back to AAA and hope he can get his head together. He is not a MLB player. I asked KLaw in one of his chat if Nunez was a starting MLB player and he gave me the equivalent of an online laugh.

  343. Pat D says:

    Shulman says it’s a good thing they got all those extra runs. Because Jeff Marquez would be pitching if it was still a 7-4 game, of course.

  344. BklynJT says:

    Many of us thought Nunez did that by accident while Valentine obviously noticed that Nunez was simply eating the ball while already in the motion of throwing it.

    The reaction on Nunez’s throw just goes to show how different us non-players view the game compared to someone who has actually played the game.

    • Esteban says:

      Even if you understand why that happened, it was still funny. I played baseball for 16 years and I definitely would have thought that was funny if it happened during a game I was playing in.

      • BklynJT says:

        It was quite hilarious, but for people to start saying he is the worse SS ever (as a response to this play) is a little misguided.

        Could he have been more graceful in that play.. absolutely.

  345. Jonathan Harker says:

    Any series win on the road is a job well done. I think we can pound Cinci like we did tonight. Problem is they have a good offense too and will be going up against our 3 worst starters.

  346. Esteban says:

    Love the “Yankees Suck” chant outside Wrigley. It’s pretty funny coming from a fanbase known largely for rooting for a franchise that’s been terrible for a century.

    • Evan3457 says:

      The chant was incomplete…it was actually “Yankees suck…up all the wins the Cubs want to hand them.”

      Or something like that.

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