Game 83: Derek’s Back

Cano will participate in Homerun Derby
Mariano Rivera day-to-day with a sore triceps

Here’s the starting nine…

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

A.J. Burnett. SP

The game starts at 6:35pm ET and can be seen on YES locally or MLB Network nationally. Enjoy, and have a happy and safe Fourth of July.

Roster News: Chris Dickerson has been optioned to Triple-A Scranton to make room on the roster for Jeter. I guess Eduardo Nunez‘s hamstring is still acting up and want to keep Ramiro Pena around as a spare infielder.

(h/t to Anthony for the link to the video)

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Cano will participate in Homerun Derby
Mariano Rivera day-to-day with a sore triceps
  • nunez fan

    the good old days

  • The BIG 3

    Nice editing but holy crap, why not NWA or worse. Borderline inappropriate.

    also, get off my lawn.

  • first time lawng time

    http://www.fannation.com/truth.....appearance

    LMAO if you read some of these comments.

    CC Safatass did not make it because he cannot get by a box of dunkin donuts without stuffing himself. Texeira did not make it becasue he sucks

    • The BIG 3

      “when I was a kid they played this game Twice a Summer”

      I didn’t know that but it’s true: “There were two All-Star Games played each season from 1959 to 1962″ -Wiki

      • CP

        A four year childhood? Those were the good old days…

        • The BIG 3

          That was nothing. So tough back then, a teenager had but one year of angst before he had to grow up and get a job.

    • Pat D

      Yea, I spent about 5 hours on ESPN.com last night arguing with people.

      Not a shining moment for me.

      • first time lawng time

        Lol a lot of those commenters, you can’t argue with them. Probaby better off not wasting your time, for your own sanity.

        • Pat D

          Some people were suggesting Rivera didn’t belong, someone said Jeter juiced, others disagreed with me saying Jeter is the 2nd or 3rd (at worst 4th) best shortstop in history, stuff like that.

          • first time lawng time

            Jeter juicing? Now? Oh god that HAS to be a joke. He has ZERO power. In what universe does it appear he is juicing? If anything, he is deteriorating lol

            • Pat D

              I think they meant earlier in his career, when apparently all of the Yankees were juicing. Some bullshit like that.

  • Operation Slade

    Poor Dickerson…Pena needs to go, his defense is getting weak

    • whozat

      What’s more likely:

      1) Young player makes a couple of bad plays, or
      2) Young player who has always been excellent defensively at multiple positions suddenly starts to suck for no reason

  • Monteroisdinero

    Nunez hammy tightens but nothing major. How timely! Must have been running the bases on his HR last ab Saturday. Girardi covering all the bases for Derek’s return.

    • Mojo

      It’s a conspiracy. Anything to lessen the commotion when ol’ man Jetes comes back. Between Jeter leading off, Nunez’s “tight” hamstring, and Ramiro’s continued presence in the dugout . . . This, ladies and gentlemen, is NOT how our Founding Fathers would have liked to celebrate the nation’s birthday. John Adams, Alexander Hamilton, and John Jay were all notorious Jeter haters. Only James Madison was an active supporter of the aging shortstop, which is why I never voted for him.

      • Monteroisdinero

        I wonder what made Girardi choose the “tight hammy/nothing major” over the “Jonesy rolled the ankle/nothing major” injury.

  • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

    Classic Jeter

  • Crime Dog

    If Jeter can somehow post a .725 OPS or more the rest of the way, this lineup is very DEEP and THICK

  • Nuke Ladoosh

    Cap’n is back

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    How’s that not a hit? come on…

    • Monteroisdinero

      because he would have been out by 10 feet?

      • mike c

        if the fielder was able to scoop the ball up he would to have had to make the throw across his body while charging, it would have been a tough play either way

  • #24!!!!

    Never been so happy to hear the sound of Michael Kay’s voice. That’s what being in Florida visiting family for a week can do for you. Thank God they have the mlb package!

  • Mojo

    Will the Yankees score with men on 1st and 2nd with no one out? Yes or No?

    • first time lawng time

      No.

      • Mojo

        Yeah, haha, color me surprised. (Not)

        • first time lawng time

          Lol

  • first time lawng time

    Lol FAIL!

  • Monteroisdinero

    Austin Kearns AND Shelly Duncan in the lineup against a righty?

    We are doomed.

  • mt

    Doesn’t Travis Hafner look a lot thinner?

  • first time lawng time

    I totally forgot AJ is pitching! How exciting! He’s going to pitch a good game.

  • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

    Nice try, Asdrubal

  • Pat D

    Bad decision, Asdrubal. That’s why you’re not starting the ASG.

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

    Yay Russ.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Nice throw Russ

  • mt

    AJ throw strike 1 please

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

    Throw some strikes please.

  • Greg

    Glad we got the caught stealing because it seems that AJ is up to his old tricks.

  • mt

    Here we go – not good.

  • pete

    Pete’s eastillectualitist 4th of July dinner:

    Sauteed chickpeas with leeks, feta, garlic, cumin, oregano, lime, wild rice.

    Does that qualify as light treason?

    • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

      Yes. But I hate chick peas, so I’m biased.

      • pete

        really? I LOVE them. I depended on them for the month and a half that I lasted as a vegetarian.

        • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

          I don’t like them because of their texture and somewhat bitter taste. And I can’t imagine ever becoming a vegetarian.

    • boogie down

      minus the leeks, sounds excellent

  • Pat D

    What the fuck is with this umpire? Are we going to have a replay of Roger Clemens in the 1990 ALCS??

    • whozat

      What? AJ is, unsurprisingly, missing the zone a lot. why are we angry at the ump?

      • Pat D

        Here:
        http://www.baseball-reference......0100.shtml

        Roger Clemens was ejected in the 2nd inning of this game. After he walked Willie Randolph, he barked a little at the umpire and the umpire just threw him out immediately. No warning, nothing, just GTFO to Clemens. It was pretty ridiculous, especially when the A’s were up 3-0 in the series.

  • whozat

    Watching AJ pitch is like pulling teeth. Slow to the plate, can’t throw strikes, and now he’s bitching at the ump?

    • Pat D

      All he did was raise his arms. This umpire obviously has a short fuse to not be able to ignore that.

      • whozat

        Seriously??? I can’t think of a single ump that would stand still for a guy obviously arguing balls and strikes like that on TV. If you’re jawing, fine. But if you start gesticulating, especially about calls that were actually RIGHT…

        • Pat D

          Umpires aren’t supposed to be overreactive idiots with quick fuses, that’s the point.

          • whozat

            Right, which is why they’ll let you get away with yelling at them without reacting.

            But once you, as a player, start making obvious gestures questioning ball/strike calls…that’s never been acceptable at any level of baseball, and it’s not at all a “short fuse” to tell the player to shut his damn mouth. Especially when the calls are good.

            • Pat D

              A good umpire would let it go the first time it happens.

              Now if the player keeps griping and doing that stuff, then, yea, the umpire has to do something.

              • whozat

                I think you’re holding the umps to an impossibly high standard, because it was AJ who did the gesticulating. If it was Josh Beckett, I’m sure you’d be calling for him to be tossed from the game for his impertinence.

                I think it’s pretty well-established in the game that non-abusive verbal stuff without curses gets ignored by the umps, but that cursing or obvious gestures cross the line.

    • first time lawng time

      I’m watching on gameday; there have been a few questionable calls.

      Anyway, I personally fin watching AJ an enjoyable emotional rollercoaster. I look forward to every 5th day.

  • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

    You’re not helping your own cause AJ.

  • jon

    all 4 of those pitchers were in the strike zone

  • mt

    He better get a lot of swinging strikes – this ump is not going to help.

  • Greg

    That was a strike Nick

    • whozat

      yeah, there’s a lot of griping by the Yanks about calls that really don’t seem very egregious to me, if they’re even wrong at all.

  • CBean

    Dear Batters, please give AJ some run support. He’s going to need it.

  • CBean

    Stop bunting please.

    • whozat

      Maybe the visibility is just awful up there. Then I could understand some of this griping, and Martin choosing to bunt because he just had no confidence in his ability to see the ball and hit it

  • whozat

    that was a terrible inning.

  • wow

    let’s not be a hero there, Rus.

  • Nuke Ladoosh

    And for a July 4 commercial break..
    What did one flag say to the other flag? Nothing. It just waved.

    • Pat D

      One of the flags praised Rick Monday.

  • first time lawng time

    How’s the offense looking so far? I’m can’t actually watch.

    • Pat D

      Poopy.

    • Greg

      Non existant so far.

  • Mojo

    As if Jeter’s return weren’t omen enough, this will be one of those games . . . (But also because AJ’s pitching)

    • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

      AJ will pitch better if you believe in him. Right FTLT?

      • Mojo

        I meant that the offense consistently fails to show up when AJ’s on the mound. Conspiracy. CONSPIRACIES!!!!!

        • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

          They do it just to piss off the fans. Those bastards.

      • first time lawng time

        Xstar, just believ in him. It will all work out in the end.

        Trust me. What could go wrong?

  • Pat D

    FTLT, please start willing AJ to throw some strikes.

    • first time lawng time

      Guys, he’s having a rough inning. He’ll limit the damage and be fine. After thus inning or the next, he’ll find the strikezone. Just believe in him.

      I know I do.

  • Greg

    AJ better lower his pitch count. It is very important not for one loss to become two.

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      Seriously?

      • Greg

        Seriously. Look at the Marlins last month. Now it wont go that far with the Yankees but still it is important to not get on losing streaks.

        • CP

          The problem wasn’t loss #2. It was losses 5-11.

          • Greg

            But the chain reaction begins

            • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

              So you’re thinking about a losing streak in the 3rd inning of a 0-0 game that would only be loss 2 if we lost?

              • Greg

                I was thinking about it yesterday.

                • whozat

                  I think that tells us a lot about you, and not a lot about how important today’s game is to the Yanks’ chances this season.

                  • Greg

                    As I said yeesterday in the whole scheme of the season, it will probably mean bery little. But we live in the reality of the moment and must go through these bad games.

    • CP

      He’s at 16.5 pitches per inning. That’s 116 pitches to go 7 innings. That’s not too bad.

  • wow

    can someone make the same type of highlight reel as above but with Jeter GIDPs?

    Seriously, that video was friggin awesome.

  • CP

    It sucks that the Pitch f/x seems to be on the fritz for this game, since there are so many questions about the umpire.

    • whozat

      What?

      The strikezone map is right here:
      http://www.brooksbaseball.net/.....revDate=74

      it updates in real time. He’s doing a great job.

      • CP

        Pitch f/x is only picking up about half of the pitches (possibly a glare/visibility issue?). So either those don’t get included or they get included with estimated locations. Either way, those plots aren’t useful.

        For example, Hafner’s at bat in the first only one pitch was caught by Pitch f/x.

        Looking at the data, it looks like those pitches are excluded. In the link you posted (after the second inning) there are 11 called pitches for the Yankees, but in the first AJ had 14 pitches called (strikes or balls).

        • whozat

          I don’t think it includes swinging strikes, though. Did you take that into account?

          • CP

            In my counting, yes. I only counted called strikes and balls.

        • CP

          Just looking at it, it looks like it got better in the second. I’m not sure if that’s a visibility thing (they’re just camera’s after all) or they recalibrated something between innings.

  • Monteroisdinero

    Martin makes the allstar team batting .220? Is he another of our “legacy” selections?

    • whozat

      The players picked him, so no. He probably got in because he had an absurd April and most of them don’t really know how he’s done since then.

      • whozat

        And, furthermore, if you’d like to discuss the offensive contributions of a player, please use something more indicative of his ability to create runs than batting average. For example, Martin has a wRC+ of 105, so he is a strong defensive catcher that’s 5% better than average at creating runs. Probably not allstar-worthy, but good. He’s not Victor Martinez with the bat, but he’s actually a catcher, so he’s got that going for him :)

  • Nuke Ladoosh

    Looking at radio team, so happy no volume on this pub’s TV

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Oh God, 4 in Toronto…

    • whozat

      ? That game is over, isn’t it?

      • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

        I was talking about the 4 game series there after the ASG.

        • whozat

          OH

          I thought you were talking about the sox’ 4 run inning in that game or something. my mistake

  • Nuke Ladoosh

    I wish Duncan was still on the team to be the shitkicker first Guy out of the dugout when Texeira gets HBP

  • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

    AJ has officially settled down.

  • wow

    man…

  • Jonathan Harker

    And look how quick these guys go up there to make outs. AJ’s gonna lose again 1-0.

  • lily

    this feels like yesterdays game

  • mt

    Offense disappears – no hits for first four innings again.

    Bring back Nunez :-)

  • Crime Dog

    I know its off topic but holy crap Pujols wants to come back tomorrow?!? What a mad man

    • Greg

      All he had to do was to go to the factory and get a new wrist installed

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Nice play by Tex

  • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

    Giambi with a better glove

  • Nuke Ladoosh

    You watch that replay. I just don’t know how Tex makes that play. beautiful.

  • nsalem

    4 innings in 1 hour

    /oldschool’d

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Lolkey

  • Mojo

    Good game.

  • Greg

    He’s like a Cliff Lee type pitcher

  • first time lawng time

    WTF is this offense? PAst 14 innings they’ve scored 2 runs off shit pitchers.

    Score some effing runs for AJ, please

    • Greg

      Did you not hear the stats that Michael just said about Josh Tomlin? He’s a good pitcher. As for R.A. , he’s a knuckleballer.

      • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

        He may be a good pitcher but we pounded the shit out of him last time.

        • Greg

          I think that was at Yankee stadium, not here where he is 11-2

  • CBean

    Ok how about next inning we just try to get a hit at least. Baby steps.

  • Greg

    They are making contact with the ball. They are just hitting it at people.

    • tom

      I’ll agree here. It’s one of the less impressive no-hit bids I’ve seen. You’d think eventually one of those hard hit balls would fail to find a glove.

  • Your Mom

    Blame Jeter!!!!!

    • Mojo

      Sadly, haha, I do.

  • tom

    Sure hope that missed DP doesn’t prove decisive. Because it was tailor-made, till ARod hesitated.

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

      I think he fumbled the transfer. A-Rod is usually very decisive.

      • Zooboy

        Defensive indifference.

  • lily

    just hope aj can keep them from scoring

  • Ivan

    Pretty amazing that CC is that much better than the guys they showed who was contention for the CY Young in 07.

  • Ivan

    See AJ, do not throw Shelly Duncan a FB.

  • Dino Velvet

    Lackey got boooooooed off the mound in the 3rd inning.

    Brilliant signing, Theo.

    • Ivan

      The Lackey Signing makes the Burnett signing look like the Yankees sign CC lol.

      • Dino Velvet

        the thing is Lackey never had AJ stuff, while lackey is just as much of a head case.

        Theo spins the rotten signing, saying, he needed to sign Lackey so he could trade future first ballot Hall of Famer Casey Kelley for AGon. And the suckers buy into it.

        • AaronGuielWithASmile

          To be fair, Lackey used to have great stuff.

          Unfortunately for the Sox, it’s not 2005 anymore

    • AaronGuielWithASmile

      It’s funny how nobody ever mentions how Epstein spent $180 million on Dice-K and Lackey

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

        And another $70M+ on Renteria and Lugo.

        • AaronGuielWithASmile

          Yet you still hear Carl Pavano cracks every time Cashman makes a move.

          Sometimes, you can predict baseball. Or at least you can predict the fans.

  • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

    I don’t like where this is going.

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

    Robots.

    • Greg

      He gave that call to AJ too.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Good fucking lord

  • Greg

    Well…

  • http://notanevilempire.com Steve O.

    My favorite part of the video: “money a’int everything”

  • Ivan

    Anytime now offense, anytime.

  • wow

    just get a friggin hit

  • CBean

    Being no-hit is not acceptable

  • Jonathan Harker

    This is downright embarrassing. The offense never scores for AJ. Get it a hit somebody.

  • http://notanevilempire.com Steve O.

    Does anyone know the best place to get some tix? I’m going to Baltimore soon, and I want to catch the Sox game. Stubhub is usually where I go, but is anyplace better?

    • mike c

      I buy my tix on ebay usually… stubhub charges 10% fees on top of the ticket price

      • http://notanevilempire.com Steve O.

        ebay? How does that work? I’ve never used ebay before.

      • http://notanevilempire.com Steve O.

        Reliable?

  • Ivan

    I hope Mike doesnt go all Hollywood since his site on commercials now lol…

    • nedro

      Been ads for RAB on YES for a year now…

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Someone explain to me how the last pitch to Grandy was a strike but the first one to Kearns was not

  • Ivan

    I know Swisher can be an adventure but his range compared to other Rfer’s is better than most.

  • http://hardballtimes.com Dan Novick

    Sweet commercial…

    Now when is Axisa bobblehead day?

  • tom

    So, what’s at work here?

    Two pitchers kicking ass?

    Generous plate umpire?

    Odd start-time sunfield?

    Yanks faced a knuckler yesterday (which many say causes more problems in succeeding days)?

    Some combination thereof?

    • Monteroisdinero

      Regression from the last July 4th game between these two teams at Cleveland.

  • Greg

    There was the pitch that got Granderson.

    • AaronGuielWithASmile

      And it shouldn’t have been called a strike for AJ either.

      Whatever, at leaset the umpire is consistently shitty.

  • Ivan

    Come on AJ, gotta bury that curveball there.

  • Ivan

    I personally would IBB Hafner here.

  • Jimmy McNulty

    Getting no hit through six, awesome.

  • Eirias

    I live here in Cleveland and I was driving for the start of the game. Such unbelievable whining about the Yankees from a normally skilled radio announcer, Tom Hamilton. He was griping about salary, about All-Star selections, about the mean-spirited nature of Yankees fans, even about how Yankees players “expect all the calls.”

    I may actively dislike John and Suzyn, but at least they don’t bitch about better teams.

    • nsalem

      there are no better teams.

      • Eirias

        Good point.

  • Your Mom

    Cano will break up the no-no next inning. GUARANTEED!

    • Your Mom

      I mean, Tex.

  • first time lawng time

    Yankees getting not hit by a piece of shit pitcher. What a joke.

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      Well you know, Suzyn…

    • nsalem

      not exactly true

    • whozat

      Yankees have hit their share of liners today, and hard-hit grounders, and they’re just going at people.

      That said, THANK you, Tex :-)

    • Monteroisdinero

      He’s good at home and pitched well against us here last year.

    • bonestock94

      Joke over

  • wow

    it ends here.

    • wow

      yessssss.

  • bobtaco

    finally

  • Brent

    There we go.

  • Greg

    And there’s the base hit

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Accomplishment.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Yay! A hit.

  • CBean

    Thank you Teix!

  • mike c

    mark tuh-sher-uh

  • Karl Krawfid

    Wake up and the first thing I see?

    Tex breaks up a no hitter yeah baby.

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    Clearly Mark doesn’t want his average dipping into the .230s

  • Ivan

    Well there is some victory in finally getting that 1st hit of the game.

  • Jimmy McNulty
  • first time lawng time

    Maybe the Yankees should get some hits this time. That usually helps to score runs.

    But I could be wrong.

    • Greg

      THey did get a hit dummy.

      • first time lawng time

        I typed that before I saw that he got a hit on gameday.

  • CBean

    Now how about a run, Yankees?

    • CBean

      Or 2!!! Thank you Swish!

  • Ivan

    Bullet single there by Cano.

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

    Woooo Swish.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    3rd time through the order baby

  • Ivan

    Swisher!!!!!!!!

  • Karl Krawfid

    SWISH!!!!!!

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    SWISH!!

  • Greg

    Swisher!

  • bobtaco

    Sick Nwisher!

  • Jonathan Harker

    That’ll do. You can only keep us down for so long.

  • Jimmy McNulty

    Nick Swisher has something deep inside of him, courage is the thing that keeps us free.

  • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

    Hooray for Swish

  • Monteroisdinero

    Swish hit a changeup? Good piece of hitting.

    • whozat

      So did Tex, for the record.

  • Nickel

    Remember when the Yanks were being no-hit? Thank goodness that’s over.

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    Nick Swisher loves freedom.

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    It would be cool if Martin got a hit.

  • Greg

    Now we cant complain about run support

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      Dude, you so know AJ is gonna walk the lead off hitter and give it right back.

      • Greg

        Then it’s his fault and his fault alone.

      • Greg

        So far incorrect.

        • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

          …so where do we go from here…?

  • Nuke Ladoosh

    Cheer up Swish.

  • Nuke Ladoosh

    A dude named ass drool has 2hits? Really?

    • whozat

      You mean All-Star Asdrubal Cabrera? He’s having one of the best years at SS in the AL. Not hitting quite like Peralta, but he’s actually a good SS and just entering his prime.

  • http://deleted Total Dominication

    I suspect it is a good thing I wasn’t following this thread.

  • Ivan

    Somebody has to take Charge on that play. Besides that’s Gardner’s ball anyway.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Brett Gardner and aggressive do not coexist.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Lonnie Chisenhall sounds like a Jazz singers name.

  • Nuke Ladoosh

    D r o I d battery d..I..e..I..n..g
    . Farewell. RAB friends.

  • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

    Please don’t let that misplayed flyable escalate AJ.

    • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

      *fly ball

  • Greg

    Meltdown immenent?

  • Karl Krawfid

    Dammit AJ, man the hell up.

  • Ivan

    AJ, just throw Breaking balls to Duncan.

    • whozat

      now is the time to bury one in the dirt, and then follow it with high heat

  • Crime Dog

    Duncan keeps missing hangers. Don’t throw another hanger please

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

    throw nothing but curveballs to duncan

  • nedro

    This shit is giving me agita

  • first time lawng time

    I believe. Just believe.

  • CBean

    Come on AJ just get out of this.

  • whozat

    Gotta BURY that!

  • nedro

    Fuck Me

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    Of course.

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

    grrreat… giving up a basehit to shelly effing duncan

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Jesus, it’s like watching Phil Hughes out there. When did AJ lose his ability to put guys away??

  • Greg

    That at bat goes to Duncan

  • Karl Krawfid

    AJ you suck.

  • whozat

    BOOOOOOOOOOOO

    That was the easy out, AJ.

  • nedro

    that was a nice hit. ugly fucker.

  • Ivan

    Ugh made a solid pitch, just well place basehit.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Is AJ only in this because it’s not the fucking 8th so therefore not yet DRob’s turn?

  • Jonathan Harker

    We cannot be beat by our castoffs. Strike out this scrub, AJ.

  • Greg

    That wasnt Aj’s fault. He buried a curveball and Duncan didnt swing. He took a good pitch out the zone and served it the other way

  • Ivan

    Gotta get Kearns out.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Well, damnit.

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

    wow

    holy shit are you serious?

  • Ivan

    Are you fucking kidding me smfh….

  • Karl Krawfid

    AJ fucking sucks

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Austin fucking Kearns. Good job Girardi.

  • Greg

    Meltdown.

    Gardy gets all of the blame

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Gardy and Girardi.

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

    All because the fucking pop-up wasn’t caught.

    • Karl Krawfid

      No because the gutless scrub on the mound walked 2 in this inning.

      • Greg

        Incorrect. Gardy catches the popup the inning’s over.

        • Karl Krawfid

          Who cares. He had 2 strikes. Get the batter out. Anyone else on the staff gets the hitter but this headcase.

  • Jonathan Harker

    Kearns is a nobody scrub and AJ just lost it. Joe once again left him in too long. Atrocious.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    Yeah give one up to Austin fucking Kerns

  • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

    Classic AJ.

    I blame A-Rod and Brett for not catching that routine fly ball.

    • SteveD

      Damn fucking right. Should be out of the inning. assholes.

      • Pat D

        That one was on ARod, imo.

        • Fognorn Leghorn

          OF always should take over…gardner should’ve called him off…still a tough catch.

        • JobaWockeeZ

          Gardner is running forwards where the infield is going backwards. But Gardner has the aggressiveness of a new born pussycat so he didn’t go for it.

          • Pat D

            He catches it easy if ARod isn’t there.

  • wow

    unbelievable… just unbelievable.

  • CBean

    well we all saw that coming didn’t we?

  • bobtaco

    Binder?

  • Greg

    Now one loss has become two. And then two can become three ad so on

    • Pat D

      Wow, the game’s over?

      • Greg

        Indian bullpen is very good and our offense hasne been stellar of late

        • Pat D

          So the game’s over. OK, great, thanks for telling me so I can go do something else.

      • Cuso

        yep

    • StanfordBen

      Just to be clear, do you believe that you’re more likely to lose your next game if you’ve lost recent games than if you’ve won recent games? Because there’s no evidence for that. Not to mention the obvious, which is that this game isn’t over. And the Yankees are a very good team that is unlikely to lose several games in a row.

      • Greg

        I’m waiting for them to prove me wrong.

        • It’sATarp

          we’re on pace for a 100 wins…but obviously the yankees will never prove you wrong since you might be nuts

        • StanfordBen

          The Yankees winning today or tomorrow won’t prove you wrong. The entirety of baseball history proves you wrong. A team’s recent history does not impact the likelihood of it winning its next game.

          You really need to read about the Hot Hand theory (which this is a version of) to understand why people overestimate streakiness, and why it either doesn’t exist or has a very very small effect.

    • It’sATarp

      so not only are you saying we’re going to lose today…you’re predicting we lose tomorrow? how bout you quit being a fan while you’re ahead and we go on a 80 game losing streak in your mind.

    • bonestock94

      Even amazing teams lose like 60 games, chill out dude

  • http://www.repairmycomputer.com Marc

    Why oh why was AJ allowed to keep pitching? He had a good night, started to lose his stuff, and shoulda been yanked!

    • Pat D

      Classic second guess.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      It’s not t3h 8th so the good relievers can’t be used.

    • V

      And if the reliever blows it, AJ should have been left in.

  • Pat D

    I blame ARod.

  • Monteroisdinero

    I knew we were doomed. Duncan and kearns. What a joke.

  • Patrick

    I blame Girardi more than AJ–111 pitches–Joe has to know AJ’s limit!

    • whozat

      I don’t think AJ was gassed. I think he just, as he often does, got thrown off by walking Sizemore, and then the uncaught popup and fucked up.

  • Fognorn Leghorn

    i quit you AJ Burnett…

    • http://www.repairmycomputer.com Marc

      6 Innings of 0 ERA ball. I still can’t quit him… Girardi’s leaving him in? Yeah, I can quit that lol.

      • Fognorn Leghorn

        AJ just craps all over himself…in most of his games he has one bad inning that ruins his decent to very good starts..

  • pat

    I would have signed up for 7 innings 4 ER. Oh well.

  • Jonathan Harker

    AJ clearly didn’t have it against Shelly as he threw some meatballs. Joe should have taken out AJ right then and there. Wade is available if Robertson and Mo aren’t. You do not leave in a tired pitcher time and time again, Joe.

    • Bob Stone

      Extra outs. The Yanks gave the Indians an extra out in that clusterf@#k non-catch between Arod and Gardy. Gardy has to call him off. If he did, ARod has to back off.

  • OldYanksFan

    Our D has on us many games. Today, it loses us one.

  • It’sATarp

    Meh tough Break for AJ. Girardi has a tendency for leaving him out too long…like last year in the ALCS

  • Fognorn Leghorn

    this is not Girardi’s fault…AJ should’ve gotten Duncan out…the yanks know him better than anyone – he’s a hack.

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      Or at least don’t give up a homerun to AUSTIN KEARNS.

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    Leave it to AJ to shit on his own great game.

    • mike c

      sometimes your gold glove LF can’t catch a fly ball, and sometimes you give up a homer to kearns. get over it

  • rek4gehrig

    Unreal…both Duncan and Kearns

  • Matt

    Disgraceful.

    All they had to do was catch the most routine pop up in the world down the third base line and the inning would have been over with the score still 2-0.

    Why in the world would you leave in Burnett to face Kearns? He’s hit the ball as hard as you can hit it twice off of Burnett and his control was fading as he tired.

    If they lose this game, it’ll be yet another game that they gave away unnecessarily. It doesn’t matter that they are in first place, they have a 1.5 game lead on July 4th, nothing is set in stone. You CANNOT KEEP GIVING AWAY THESE KINDS OF GAMES.

    If they lose this game, it will be at least the 6th or 7th EASILY winnable game this season that they have totally given away. It’s not just one loss if they don’t salvage this one, it’s part of a disturbing trend that is keeping teams like Boston right on their heels while they don’t deserve it.

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      once again, you should be manager. You must be better than that scrub Girardi.

      • JobaWockeeZ

        Appeal to authority. Yes he’s the manager and smarter than us but that does not fucking mean he is 100 percent right.

        • mike c

          you’ll always be 100% percent right when you’re commenting on the game in hindsight, not to mention incredibly annoying

          • JobaWockeeZ

            So ignoring what the manager did/not did is the way to go unless they succeeded?

            Can we also ban cheering?

            • mike c

              pointing out the obvious doesn’t make you look smart, anybody who is watching the game is well aware of what has just transpired… I don’t need somebody to point out why I should be PO’d, I was watching the game too

              • Matt

                Now you’re just making up your arguments to cover up the fact that you’re failing miserably here.

                If it was so obvious, then why did Girardi leave him in?

                By your logic, why should anyone even post on the blog? Everything that someone says regarding what happened on the field must clearly be obvious to someone else who is reading. Why even try?

          • Matt

            Hindsight? Are you kidding?

            Have you watched any part of this game?

            Kearns flew out to the warning track in left his first AB, and then Swisher made a nice running catch at the warning track in RCF against him in his 2nd AB.

            Again, this isn’t rocket science, nor is it hindsight. What it is rather is being proactive and not just going by the book. When a guy has swings like Kearns did against Burnett, you don’t leave him in to face him in a crucial spot!

            • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

              Look it’s Austin fucking Kearns. It’s not like he’s a respectable hitter. Gardy just fucked up on the popup. Nothing can be done.

            • mike c

              the book is right more often than you think you are dude

            • Matt

              I love the excuses on this blog.

              “You can’t possibly be right, because you aren’t the manager”

              “Oh how can you say that in hindsight?”

              You guys are acting like Kearns is a career AAAA player. Who cares what he did a week ago? He is a major league hitter who smoked two straight line drives to the warning track off of Burnett.

              Yes, Girardi screwed up. Nobody is perfect, but this wasn’t really one that could have been argued either way. Especially now that it was obvious that Cory Wade was available.

      • Matt

        This isn’t rocket science. Burnett had allowed 2 line drives to the warning track against Kearns in this game, and was visibly seeing his control fade to the last two hitters. What did you think was going to happen?

        Obvious mistakes, obvious bad results. It doesn’t take a brain surgeon to pull the trigger in the dugout. If they need Girardi to make everybody feel good, then he can be the bench coach and they can hire a MANAGER.

    • Fognorn Leghorn

      that was not a routine fly ball…

      • Matt

        Gardner was camped right under it… next weak response

        • Fognorn Leghorn

          Brett Gardner is gritty because he slides while camping under fly balls?

          • Matt

            Wow, are you serious? He slid because A-Rod was about to run into him. Both players were easily in position to make the catch if either called off the other.

            If you are going to flame, at least give me a good effort in the process.

            • Fognorn Leghorn

              you so crazy…

              • Matt

                I’m crazy, because you lost the argument and have nothing constructive to say? Awesome. Thanks.

                • Fognorn Leghorn

                  what argument? that Gardner was camped under the ball? that ain’t no argument, its a lie because he wasn’t. that ball was in a tricky spot…should’ve been caught, but its not the can of corn you are making it out to be…and its all on Gardner there b/c the OF should always call off the infielder.

                  and your arguement about Austin Kearns hitting two long balls off Burnett? AJ should’ve gotten duncan out, who is a AAAA player…and then he should’ve been able to get kearns out. Burnett’s pitch count wasn’t that high…he just has these innings where he craps all of himself and unfortuntatly it happened again tonight.

                  • Matt

                    Wow, this is priceless. So your response to my argument that Kearns is seeing the ball well off of Burnett is: “Kearns Sucks”

                    You’re making up arguments just so you can continue to fight for the sake of fighting.

                    No, it wasn’t the easiest play in the world for Gardner, but he was standing right there easily in position to make the play and nobody caught it. That was about as easy as a catch could be on that kind of ball.

                    Unless you have something to say other than to disagree to disagree, then stop.

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

          He was not and you know it. That ball has to be caught, but there’s no need to exaggerate.

          • Fognorn Leghorn

            the ball should’ve been caught…but crap happens and AJ should’ve gotten out of it.

    • It’sATarp

      Shit happens get over it.

    • mike c

      translation: WAAAAAHHHHHH

  • OldYanksFan

    ARod ran after that popup, but had no intention of catching it. He’s better off just yelling BRETT! BRETT! and hoping Gardy gets it… which he would have if ARod wasn’t in the way.

    • Pat D

      Yep.

    • Monteroisdinero

      This needs to be discussed more. ARod cannot catch foul pops towards lf over his shoulder. Better planning boys.

    • Bob Stone

      Exactly

  • Dino Velvet

    EPIC FAIL – all the way around.

    True team loss, from top to bottom.

    • bonestock94

      Not over yet, unlikely but doable

  • Pat D

    Wow, Kay just challenged Girardi on Gardner/Andruw Jones. Classic.

  • wow

    this is a joke.

  • mt

    Agreed – I heard once supposedly everyone in clubhouse laughs at AROD on the way he goes after those pop-ups – looks like he is walking on eggshells.

    Gardner needs to take charge.

    • OldYanksFan

      Yeah… but we can’t afford an ARod/Gritner collision. ARod needed to back off. He can’t catch popups hit right to him.

    • Bob Stone

      YESSSSS – Gardy has to take charge. Forget the big rep and huge salary of ARod and just take over.

  • Pat D

    Hey, Brett, anytime you want to start getting a few fucking hits again, that would be fucking terrific.

    • Greg

      So now you understand what I was saying when everybody was laughing at me about Gardner.

      • StanfordBen

        What you were saying then didn’t make sense then, and it doesn’t make sense now. You were saying that he’s a 4th outfielder despite the fact that he’s a very valuable player between his offense and defense.

        Also, you said were fine with Gardner once he got his batting average up a little, which showed how brittle your judgment of a player’s value is.

      • Pat D

        I have no idea what you’re referring to. I’m frustrated with his prolonged slump.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    I flat out laughed at that at bat. That was awfully funny.

  • Ivan

    Oh Great, who is managing the Indians, Tony Larusa.

  • first time lawng time

    Fuck Arod and Fuck Gardner. Fucking assholes can’t communicate on a goddamn fly ball. Hey assholes, catch the mother fucking ball you little pieces of shit. If one of those two mother fuckers caught that ball, AJ would have pitched a shutout.l and they would be winning.

    Fucking bastards. Go fuck yourselves. Useless pieces of shit cost the entire game.

    Their fault, not AJ’s

    • mike c

      gardner’s defense saves many runs, it’s baseball. sometimes you don’t get the break

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      This is one of my all time favs.

    • Monteroisdinero

      Delicately put.

    • CBean

      it was a costly miscue but in the end, AJ still has to make his pitches.

      • tom

        Not in FTLT’s world

    • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

      Although you’re right, AJ shouldn’t have let that inning escalate.

    • It’sATarp

      Where’s the fuck Girardi?

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    It seems kind of silly to use Sipp for only one batter, doesn’t it? No matter what Jeter does, you’re gonna want the lefty for Granderson and Teixeira.

    • AaronGuielWithASmile

      Yeah, I bet Acta wishes he had left Sipp in the game

  • Greg

    If they do end up coming back then they will prove me wrong. I hope they do that.

  • mt

    Burning a pitcher for Jete?? – hopefully that backfires although they do have Rafael Perez for Granderson – what a manger will do with multi-lefty bullpens

    • mt

      Although he actually leaves in Pestano for Grandy – WTF? I’m glad.

  • Dino Velvet

    I blame Soriano

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      I blame Javy

      • Pat D

        I still blame Randy Levine.

        Leave Javy alone!!! Leave him alone!!!!!

  • http://www.repairmycomputer.com Marc

    It seems silly that all these bridge jumpers have jumped when the Indians only have a 2 run lead. I didn’t realize the Yankees have never scored more than 2 runs in an inning before.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      There’s like 2 people saying the game is over but okay.

    • Mojo

      Look at their offense past the 7th inning. It’s nearly nonexistent

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    At least Jeter had a couple of nice swings in that AB.

    • Monteroisdinero

      Such high expectations for our HOF’er 3000 hit man.

  • OldYanksFan

    I just have absolutely zero faith in Jeter. He’s just about an automatic out.

  • Jonathan Harker

    Notice how now that we’re down by 2 Wade is warming. Why wasn’t he warming when we were still up by 2 so that he could come in to relieve a tired AJ? After that hit by Shelly there was no excuse for not pulling AJ.

    • tom

      Maybe that’s why.

      When things go sour, the thing you didn’t do always looks more appealing.

  • Ivan

    1 run game bitches!!!!

  • Karl Krawfid

    My man

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    yay Grandy!!

  • Pat D

    Too bad that run doesn’t count because the game is over.

    • tom

      I was going to say, apparently the Yankees haven’t given up quite as easily as the fair-weather fans here

      • Greg

        I want them to prove me wrong.

        • Pat D

          No, you’re just a doom-bagger.

          • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

            You mean gloom-bagger.

            • Pat D

              Whichever.

          • Greg

            No, I’m serious. THe reason I’m so pessimistic is because I don’t like getting dissappointed. If I put my belief into something and it doesnt happen, then what’s the point? If I dont believe in something and it happens, its a pleasant surprise.

            “Me” problem, but its true.

            • Pat D

              Serious question, but how old are you?

              • Greg

                I’m not going to tell you that.

                • Pat D

                  I’m only asking because I’m curious to know if you’ve gotten to that point in life where you should know that you aren’t going to get most of the things you want.

        • It’sATarp

          The Team is in first in the AL, they have nothing to prove to you even if they lose two in a row.

          • Pat D

            They have to beat the Red Sox.

            /Buck’d

  • cjc

    thx Manny

  • bonestock94

    Fuck yea! One more to go. Too bad that Jeter liner wasn’t elsewhere

  • CBean

    thank you Curtis.

  • boogie down

    The Grandyman can, ohhhhh the Grandyman can.

  • Bob Stone

    Way to go Granderson. Keep us in the game.

  • Greg

    For record I want them to prove me wrong. I want to see the grittiness of the 09 team

    • Pat D

      Please get over your Red Sox fixation and stop referring to non-sensical, imaginary things like “grittiness.”

      • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

        This x 1000

      • Greg

        I know that. I meant “Determinataion” “never give up”

        • Pasqua

          Still as meaningless as “grit.”

      • JobaWockeeZ

        Lolwut. It’s not ‘non-sensical’ or ‘imaginary.’ It’s overrated but it’s not nonexistent.

        • AaronGuielWithASmile

          It’s completely non-sensical. The media lauds players who get their uniforms dirty because they remind them of an imaginary moral code of baseball that is a relic of a time where sportswriters had to deify ballplayers to get access.

          I’ll take “ungritty” guys like A-Rod or Manny over “gritty” David Eckstein and Eric Byrnes any day of the week thank you very much.

          • Pat D

            Eric Byrnes is actually entertaining on MLBN.

            • AaronGuielWithASmile

              Now that I’ve seen him tackle the shit out of Harold Reynolds, I agree.

    • AaronGuielWithASmile

      Who doesn’t wanna see a team of 9 David Ecksteins?

      /grittiness means nothing

    • It’sATarp

      I’m pretty sure the 09 team lost a lot of one run games…i mean they started 0-8 vs the sox and had a long losing streak mid season. I bet back then you were saying they weren’t a WS caliber team and should be more like the 2000 team.

      • Greg

        In the second half, they were unbeatable. I actually had faith that that team could come back from any deficit.

        Most of those losses occured in the first half.

        Now you might say. “we are in the first half” but again we are living the reality. We cant simulate over it like a video game. We have to live thorugh it.

        Amd it’s fucking difficult.

        • It’sATarp

          I bet you were about to left from a cliff in the first half. In 2009 we ended the first half by losing 3 straight to the Angels if you didn’t selectively forget that.

          • Greg

            No, I knew that. But we live in the reality of the moment.

            • It’sATarp

              And int he moment we lost two games but are still in first…That totallllyyyy sucks right?

        • Sweet Dick Willie

          Even a 100-win team loses 62 games, and some of those 62 losses will be of the frustrating variety.

          That’s the nature of baseball. If you can’t deal with that reality, perhaps you shouldn’t follow baseball.

          • It’sATarp

            he should try Basketball or Football…oh wait..

    • It’sATarp

      wow can;t blame wade for that…that wasn’t a bad curve…

  • mt

    Let’s hope that Grandy home run propels us to a win – otherwise, just another one-run game that we lose.

    • CBean

      not a one run game anymore

      • mt

        Yes, problem solved unfortunately.

        That Santana has great opposite field power.

  • rek4gehrig

    Hey, if the Mets can do it, so can we

  • Dino Velvet

    If only Steinbrenner was alive to remind Girardi it’s no longer spring training and you pull a pitcher who has lost command.

  • cjc

    shift fail

  • Karl Krawfid

    Man what the hell was that

  • Karl Krawfid

    Game over.

  • Dino Velvet

    happy 4th!

  • rek4gehrig

    Ball game over…time to watch fireworks

  • Fognorn Leghorn

    well, this has gotten out of hand quickly

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    It’s (probably) over

  • bonestock94

    Ok, NOW it’s over. At least Santana is on my fantasy team.

  • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

    Not cool Cory, not cool.

    Can I jump off the cliff now?

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    Nice job, Greg. Now ESPN is going to talk about this game all night long.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    That stupid asshole Girardi should’ve known to take out Wade exactly one pitch before he made a mistake!

    THE SEASON IS OVER!!!!!!!!!!

    • bonestock94

      looooooool, such an accurate portrayal of the idiotic Girardi bashing

      • JobaWockeeZ

        Yup. He’s never wrong, he never made a mistake and if you as much as doubt one decision of his RAB shall cut off your head and stone you for your insolence.

        • JohnnyC

          If the bullpen was short tonight, whose fault is that? Not the Mets…the first two games featured 4+ run leads going into the 9th inning (7 pitchers were used in Friday’s game).

        • bonestock94

          I said idiotic Girardi bashing not all Girardi bashing. Subjective shit here, but I find the bashing of leaving a pitcher in too long stupid, especially when it’s a rapid decline.

    • Fognorn Leghorn

      I blame Gardner for not scaling the wall on that one…

      • It’sATarp

        I blame Arod for distracting him from scaling the wall

      • Pat D

        Yea, the Japanese guy did it in Major League 2. Swisher could have done it on Kearns’ homer, too.

  • JohnnyC

    It’s o.k. It’s only July.

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    wurst 4th of july evurrrr

    • cjc

      I think the debacle in cle a few years ago when they gave up like 19 was worse

    • CBean

      why do the Yankees hate America?

      • Pat D

        They oppressed the south.

      • Dino Velvet

        Yankees Go Home!

  • It’sATarp

    NOW THAT WE LOSE THIS GAME IT JUST MEANS WE’RE GOING TO LOSE THE NEXT ONE THEN A NEXT UNTIL THE END OF THE SEASON. IT’S SCIENTIFICALLY PROVEN…THIS TEAM HAS NO GRIT AND HEART. UGHHH

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      Greg’d

    • Greg

      Look at the Marlins last month.

      Now it will not be that drastic but it stil shows.

      CC’s going tomorrow, so we can look forward to that.

      • It’sATarp

        You know we got swept by the Angels going into the All star break in 2009 and we fell out of first place. So how did that work out?

        • Pat D

          The Phillies won their second straight World Series, I believe.

        • Greg

          Once again, we cant simulate through that. WE had to live it. And that’s tough to do.

          • It’sATarp

            I bet you were every bit as insufferable back then as well.

          • Pat D

            I’m reading the words and missing the point.

  • first time lawng time

    Also, clearly AJ was tiring. Where the fuck was Robertson?

    First two assholes can’t catch a goddamn pop up, then the shitface from Noethwetern can pull a tiring pitcher.

    Also, offense could have scored more than three runs.

    Fucking joke.

    • pat

      Ugh.

    • OldYanksFan

      Just a suggestion:
      1-800-ANG-ERMANAGEMENT

      • Pat D

        Wait a second……

        I keep counting the digits and…

  • Karl Krawfid

    I see Jeter/A-Rod/Posada/Martin all came to play today.

    • Karl Krawfid

      And Gardner

  • cjc

    big game alex big game offense defense total package tonight chief

  • JohnnyC

    I blame Jeter.

  • Monteroisdinero

    This is a regression game. Kearns/Duncan/Wade.

    Yankees being nice guests for July 4th post-game fireworks.

    Girardi would have pulled Nova before Duncan and Kearns.

  • Bob Stone

    The Yankees are still in first place at the season mid-point.

    I hate how they blew the last two games . . . BUT . . . who predicted the Yankees would be in FIRST F@#%ing place at the mid-point of the season. Not me, not RAB, certainly not the MSM. Basically nobody predicted it.

    SO . . . we have to be pretty happy overall. I’m a happy camper. You can’t get too upset over each loss. Let’s do some ZEN baseball, enjoy the fireworks and route for the Yankees to do exactly the same in the second half as they’ve done in the first.

    Seems to me that would get the AL East Championship.

    • Foghorn Leghorn

      right…in first place ahead of the Red Sox who where supposed to be 81-0 right now…and the Yanks have clearly done it with more pitching issues and injuries.

      • Bob Stone

        Yeah – Like no starting rotation after CC. And . . then losing Hughes. No way they can compete with the BoSox.

    • Monteroisdinero

      It has been because of great starting pitching that nobody could have predicted. HR’s have not been as surprising. I am happy but always greedy when we lose tough games. We have not lost too many games due to starters.

      • Bob Stone

        I hate erveryone I can blame and rant and rave and curse the TV, Girardi, the Yankees and everything else when the Yankees lose games like last night and tonight. But I like the end result. The Yankees in first place to celebrate the Fourth of July . . . What could be better than that?

  • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

    AJ’s melt down and A-Rod and Brett’s miscommunication aside, this loss is really all Jeter’s fault. When he returned to this team he brought his bad juju with him.

    • Pat D

      Naturally.

  • Dino Velvet

    Is Girardi good at any aspect of the game?

    The Front Office loves him because he’s low key and they don’t want another camera hog like Torre, but a monkey throwin darts could make better decisions than Girardi.

    • Pasqua

      Wait. Wait. I can roll with the Girardi dislike, but low key? Dino, Joe Torre used to fall asleep in the dugout. Now THAT is low key.

    • tom

      Translation: his team lost tonight.

  • Monteroisdinero

    Noonie doesn’t play, bad things happen.

    Jeter may have an edge but Noony’s got karma.

  • It’sATarp

    WS winnings teams are not allowed to lose two games in a row…that is unacceptable (unless you’re the red sox)

  • Monteroisdinero

    Curious to see if AJ threw any changeups tonight. He is a guy who can dominate with 2 pitches but oh to have a 3rd.

  • Foghorn Leghorn

    i can’t believe swish and Gardner didn’t catch those home run balls…they were just routine fly balls

    • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

      Fucking Progressive Field. Those would have been outs in Citi Field.

    • Bob Stone

      lol. +28

    • Pat D

      Now how could the referee call that. It was a perfectly clean kick to the face mask.

    • Matt

      You are embarrassing yourself even more with every post you make. You are the only person on this blog who thinks that the ball that A-Rod/Gardner let drop was a difficult play. Give it a rest.

      • Foghorn Leghorn

        ha! you’re the only one here who thinks that was a routine play

        • Matt

          It WAS a routine play. If he called off A-Rod, he would have caught that in a light jog standing up.

          You have no clue what you are talking about, give it up. Even your attempt at sarcasm was awful and completely off the mark.

          • Foghorn Leghorn

            ok..you win..it was routine.

  • Dino Velvet

    Girardi is more incompetent than Casey Anthony’s defense.

    • Bob Stone

      Unfair and inaccurate.

  • Matt

    The Yankees are 9-12 in one run games this year, and have had 8 giveaway games (in which they’ve had leads late into games and blown them). This is even excluding games like the 1-0 one against Cleveland which they probably should have won as well.

    People aren’t reacting to one game. They’re reacting to this disturbing trend of sloppy play in close games which is allowing Boston and Tampa to hang around when they should be buried right now.

    The Yankees have been pretty good on the whole this season, but people don’t realize that they’ve actually played much better than even their record suggests. Hopefully they won’t regret it by the end of this season.

    • Foghorn Leghorn

      in a long season with 162 games, every now and then there will be a game that the yanks lose that they should’ve won…and these are offset by games that they win but should’ve probably lost…it happens…tomorrow is another day.

    • Bob Stone

      I agree. I would add that the defense has cost more losses in the close games than any other factor. Tonight was a good example of that fact.

      • Foghorn Leghorn

        i could give a crap about the missed catch…AJ should’ve been able to get Shelly Duncan out…Duncan is a hack and the yanks know everything about him. One small thing happens and AJ doesn’t have the intestinal fortitude to forget about it and get the job done.

        • Pat D

          Armchair psychiatrist.

        • Bob Stone

          You have a point. As the at bat was taking place, I was thinking “AJ – DON’T give up a home run. AJ – Time to pick up your defense who should have had the third out. AJ – Throw high heat – Duncan’ll chase it”

          AJ did not do ANY of those things. Just one of those would have been enough to win the game.

          BUT . . . Gardy should have had that ball and ARod did not help him make that catch and Gardy HAS to get over ARod’s rep and JUST TAKE CAHRGE and catch that ball even if he had to run right over ARod and put him on the disabled list for a month.

          • JohnnyC

            High heat? He was past 100 pitches, it was his longest inning of the game and his FB velo was topping out at 93. He was gassed. I know the bullpen was short tonight but Girardi has to be able to see that.

            • Bob Stone

              Duncan chases high out of the zone. I know AJ was done but he might have gotten one past Duncan.

              • Matt

                Burnett was struggling to locate to those last few hitters. A high fastball is the wrong pitch there, because if you don’t get it high enough then Duncan might hit it out.

                Even when he was hanging curveballs, Duncan still was way out in front and pulling them foul.

                The pitch that Duncan hit wasn’t horrible location wise, but was probably the wrong pitch for the situation.

                Duncan has a lot of holes in his swing, but people need to stop pretending that he is no threat at the plate as a result. He’ll hit a mistake, and Burnett was hanging a lot of pitches in that last at bat.

        • Matt

          Duncan hit a pitch a foot off of the plate for a bloop single. Then the guy who has CRUSHED Burnett all night did it again.

          When you give major league teams extra outs, they will often make you pay for it. Burnett was approaching 110 pitches in the Duncan AB and was starting to tire- his location was deteriorating in the last few AB’s.

          The Yankees have made too many mistakes in the field this year, and it’s going to cost you when you play these kinds of games. You keep saying he SHOULD have been able to get a guy out. Well guess what, that’s not how it works. If they catch that ball, the inning is over, and no runs score. When you get chances to record outs, you have to take advantage, because most of these players have the talent to occasionally get it done.

          • Foghorn Leghorn

            yes..AJ should’ve been able to get Duncan out and then Kearns. He was rolling along…righty, righty match up against two guys that aren’t really that good. He didn’t attack Duncan like he should’ve. And the yanks have the complete book on Duncan so they should know how to pitch to him. he had an 0-2 count…complete control of that bat and he let it get away from him. I have no issue with Giradi leaving him in there….AJ is paid the big bucks to get out of those situations.

            you want to blame Arod and Girardi for this loss…when it was Gardner’s fault for not calling off arod and Burnett’s fault for not bearing down.

            • Matt

              You keep digging yourself into a deeper hole with every post that you make. Amazing.

              First, you claim that I am blaming A-Rod for the loss? Are you serious? Have you read any of my responses to your posts?

              Then, you just simply assume that Burnett must retire Duncan and Kearns because he’s AJ Burnett and they’re, well, not all stars. THAT’S NOT HOW IT WORKS!

              You wonder why Burnett didn’t execute to Duncan? HE WAS VISIBLY STARTING TO TIRE. Which is what I keep telling you repeatedly, and you continue to ignore. His location faded on the previous hitter, and continued to fade to Duncan.

              Kearns had flown out twice to the warning track. One was in front of the wall in left, and the other a nice running catch by Swisher. He was seeing the ball well, and was squaring up his fastball well all night. Stop acting so surprised. He may not have done much this year, but he was certainly dangerous in that situation.

              Your irrational hatred for Burnett is blinding you from what is so obvious. Take a step back and try to think about this, instead of dumping it all on this blog’s punching bag.

              • Foghorn Leghorn

                i don’t hate burnett…in fact, I’ve always liked the guy…he has nasty stuff and is a dominant player when his stuff is one…but…and this is no surprise….he has these let downs that end up getting out of control. And these let downs have nothin to do with fatigue b/c sometimes they happen in the 2nd inning.

                Was AJ tiring…sure..but he should have enough left to dig deep and get Duncan out…Duncan is a career .228 hitter who strikes out 25% of the time. As other’s (and the announcers) have posted, he chases pitches out of the strike zone. AJ had an 0-2 count on him…he was in complete control of that at bat. He kept throwing curveballs…I don’t think he tried his nastly slider once.

                AJ should’ve never had to pitch to Kearns b/c he should’ve got Duncan out.

                AJ needs to man up in those situations and he never seems to…its maddening to watch him pitch.

    • Pat D

      Yea, but you really can’t lump all those losses in together, because they’ve been isolated throughout the season.

      I know what you’re saying, you never want this game or that game that gets away to be the one that costs you something significant, but it’s a 162 game season for a reason.

    • Matt

      It doesn’t need to happen, and you’re right, the defense has been a serious culprit in a lot of these kinds of games. They are beating themselves, and a team that has aspirations as high as this edition needs to make the plays.

      1-8 against Boston, plus an inordinate amount of games like tonight is putting them in a position with much less margin for error in the second half.

      Yesterday’s game definitely impacted tonight’s since many bullpen arms were unavailable that had pitched 2 or 3 of the last 4 days, so sometimes these games do end up strung together like this.

  • Monteroisdinero

    Love that River Ave commercial. Jesus!

    Only a matter of time before Michael A. takes over from Michael Kay.

  • Greg

    Look, even though that these games are all just small parts of a season, We have to live through each one, all nine innings, of ups and downs. And given the inconsistecies of the season, it can be very difficult. That’s what I mean by living in the reality of the moment.

    I homestly would like to know how to do this while being emotionally invested/ having a stake?

    • Pat D

      Don’t live and die with it.

      • Greg

        Usually in a few hours I’m ok.

        • Greg

          Maybe one hour.

      • Monteroisdinero

        Let Girardi deal with it-he’s getting 3M to do just that. CC will put things in order. It IS tough to lose a game like tonight when 2 scrubs beat you. Crap happens but Gardner needs to be more aggressive in almost EVERY aspect of his game.

        • Bob Stone

          AGREE, AGREE, AGREE. I couldn’t agree more.

          He has to take charge – on bunting for base hits, on stealing bases, on defense blowing off ARod and Jeter and catching the ball.

          He has to GROW INTO HIS talents and start using them more to be a difference maker. He can do it if he has the balls, guts, heart or whatever you want to call it.

    • JohnnyC

      Don’t invest more in an individual game than the players themselves do. They really do let a tough loss roll off their backs. They realize there’s a game tomorrow and the day after, etc. Get mad but turn the page. It’s over. The other thing is: don’t expect the Yankees to run away with the division. The 3 teams are awfully close in overall talent. If the Yankees win by 2 games it’ll be thrilling but not surprising.

  • Bob Stone

    Gardner seems to be developing into a pretty good major league outfielder.

    If you think about it, we’ve gone from a position of “he’s really only a fourth outfielder, no power, no batting average” to “great defense, great speed (yes those were always there), great Ichiro type on base threat, disrupter of the opponents pitching when on the base paths and hitting pretty well”.

    I like seeing that kind of progressive advancement in a young ball player.

    • Pat D

      He’s on my shitlist until he gets himself out of this 6 for 43 (with at least 2 bunt hits) slide that’s he in right now.

      • Bob Stone

        I understand the frsutration but every ball player goes through slumps. I like his longer term positive improvement.

        I am more upset about his inability to call off ARod on the ball that Gardy could have caught, and in fac,t a ball for which he had a FAR better line than ARod.

        • Pat D

          This is the second time since his incredibly slow start that he’s had a stretch like this. I’m starting to get concerned that he’s too streaky.

          • JohnnyC

            A lot of hitters are. In fact, the Yankees offense as a whole is streaky.

    • Monteroisdinero

      And he needs to realize that there are 2 old timers in front of him on popups and he needs to TAKE CHARGE!

      • Bob Stone

        I totally agree. I posted that same thought several times earlier in this thread.

  • Pat D

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G.....ity_trait)

    I think what scares me most about this article is all of the references. I mean really. All of these academic types have devoted so much time and energy to trying to define the undefineable? No wonder why we can’t achieve anything that is real.

    And anyway, everyone knows that this is the True Grit:
    http://img4.myrecipes.com/i/re.....4175-l.jpg

    • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

      I looked through that page on grit and didn’t find a single mention of the Boston Red Sox. This is why you can’t trust Wikipedia.

      • Bob Stone

        +27.5

    • Bob Stone

      +27

  • Evan3457

    …and the answer is:
    1. Mo unavailable, so Robertson being held to close.
    2. Ayala has pitched 3 of last 4 games (and he isn’t pitching well anyway).
    3. Logan brought in for righties? I don’t think so.
    4. And so we’re down to Wade, Pendleton, Mitre or AJ in the crucial Kearns AB in the 7th.

    Wade in the 7th? Then he has to pitch the 8th. And gives up a 2 run HR.

    So, is there a right answer tonight? Beats me.

    • http://johnsterling.blogspot.com/ Xstar7

      Almost makes you miss Soriano doesn’t it?

    • Matt

      If Wade gets Kearns with a lead, maybe Cleveland hitters aren’t as comfortable at the plate and they foul some of those hanging breaking balls off instead of hitting them out, because they are hunting a fastball to tie it up.

      Girardi had to try something there, because Burnett was tiring and Kearns had hit him well all night. Of course, your post hits it right on the head here. Girardi doesn’t have faith in anyone in the bullpen outside of their usual “roles,” and hence he doesn’t leverage these arms in the most important spots in the game.

      There was a lefty, switch hitter, lefty, switch hitter due up after Kearns, but he was too busy “saving” Logan for the lefty. Too much by the book, and it costs him.

    • JohnnyC

      They’re on the 25 man roster for a reason…to pitch. If you don’t trust them to do their job, they shouldn’t be on the roster. I can’t understand why you would have not 1 but 4+ pitchers on your staff you don’t trust.

  • Bob Stone

    Happy Fourth everyone!! Signing off to go watch the fireworks.