Apr
06

Game One: Opening Day

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This offseason seemed to be a little longer than usual, perhaps because the Yankees got knocked out of the playoffs a little earlier than expected. Or maybe it’s because they didn’t get down to any serious hot stove business until the middle of January. Either way, it’s all in the past now. Baseball’s back.

The Yankees open the 2012 regular season at their home away from home today: Tampa, Florida. They didn’t even have to travel after Spring Training ended two days ago. The lineup is relatively unchanged but the pitching staff certainly is, we’re just not going to get to see it this afternoon. CC Sabathia is on the bump for his seventh consecutive Opening Day start and fourth as a Yankee. Here is your lineup…

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

LHP CC Sabathia

Today’s game starts at 3:10pm ET and can be seen on YES locally or MLB Network nationally. We’re going to chat for the first few innings, so join in the fun after the jump.

Categories : Chats, Game Threads
  • Havok9120

    Its…its baseball….

    *cries*

  • http://twitter.com/#!/czm26 Craig
  • gageagainstthemachine

    “Have you seen my baseball!?!”
    (oh…nevermind….here it is, finally!!)

  • Joe

    LOL at Jeff Keppinger batting cleanup

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

    Gonna start the chat in a minute.

  • The Guns of Navarone

    YAY

  • Avi

    F*ck Cashman and all of you that liked the Montero deal.
    Happy opening day everyone. Go Yanks!

    • Pat D

      Seems to be two disparate sentiments there.

  • CANO FAN #1

    GO yankeesssss

  • Mike HC

    Jeter line drive up the middle. Everything else this season is just gravy now.

  • Monteroblows

    Love this lineup

  • jon

    who is in the booth? I do not like that guys voice at ALL

    • Mike HC

      It is Kay, Cone and Piniella

      • TCMiller30

        Piniella is brutal.. I don’t know if I can handle this all season..

  • Andy

    YES online isn’t working for me. Anyone else having an issue?

  • RetroRob

    Hmmm, a shift against grandy. The Teixeira shift first started against the Rays and other teams began to deploy it. Just saying.

  • Mike HC

    Granderson, please meet the shift … Teix will console you in the corner now.

    • RetroRob

      No team shifts more against opposing players than the Rays. It’ll be interesting to see if other teams start shifting against Granderson. As I mentioned above, the Rays were the first team to really start an extreme shift off Teixiera, and then other teams followed. I was very concerned when I saw it since I figured they had discovered something about Teixiera, something that turned out to be true.

      Yet not all teams follow the Rays shifts against all players, so remains to be seen if we’ll start seeing more shifts against Grandy.

  • Yank The Frank

    Lou sounds like Buck Martinez, bummer…

    • RetroRob

      My guess is he’ll do any games when the Yankees are in Tampa and maybe for a few select series.. I don’t think he’s going to be used too much this year. It didn’t sound like it when they announced he joined the team.

  • Eirias

    Is anyone else having issues with the PS3 MLB.tv app? The score/time bar at the bottom won’t go away.

  • http://www.thisyearcollection.org Johnny

    Granderson had no idea about anything that Shields was throwing unless it was inside.

    • Greg

      That’s why he has bad numbers against Shields

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    God. Listening to these TB announcers is about as bad as it gets.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Not a great omen for the season if you buy into the symbolism of first abs.

    • RetroRob

      The Captain disagrees.

  • RetroRob

    Pena destroys the Yankees. I’m hoping the Sabathia effect overrides that.

    • http://www.thisyearcollection.org Johnny

      Low numbers against CC though.

      • RetroRob

        Yeah, I know, but Pena turns into George Brett against the Yankees. He did again.

        I really wonder if Giradi would have made that same move in mid-season. It seemed like extreme overmanaging, even for him.

  • lance bass

    is this a playoff game?

  • Needed Pitching

    so that strategy worked well

  • smurfy

    Holy bombs!

  • Alex S

    Wow that was deep!

  • Dino Velvet

    Fire Girardi

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-u9qh.....herman.jpg

    And that’s why…you don’t intentionally walk the bases loaded in the first inning.

  • V

    Joe Girardi – Intentional walks are stupid. Kthxbai.

  • flamingo

    God, I hate the intentional walk.

  • http://www.thisyearcollection.org Johnny

    BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.

  • MannyGeee

    OK, someone told me thaat the Rays had no offense… awesome

  • Karl Krawfid

    Joe Girardi folks.

  • Nathan

    Walks (IBBs included) are never good.

    And boom.

  • Ethan

    Terrible move by girardi. He’s to blame for that one IMO

    • Needed Pitching

      ummm, I think CC deserves the lion’s share of the blame for that one

  • smurfy

    I meant unholy grand slamming bombs! Duck!

  • Kostas

    That was one of the worst calls and it is only game 1. Seriously an intentional walk. Giardiasis you got what you deserve for making a boneheaded call. Awesome.

  • The Guns of Navarone

    Didn’t take long to remember how bad Joe Girardi is at in-game management. He has no business going tit for tat with Joe Maddon, a manager totally out of his league.

    • Kostas

      Girardi isn’t qualified to wash Madden’s jock. Sorry Yankees win inspire of Girardi not because. He never learns from his mistakes .

      • Typical MIT Nerd

        I beg to differ. Girardi has five rings.

        • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

          4

        • Kostas

          Um girardi has one as a manager and as I said, IN SPITE of his presence… And getting one as a player, Charlie Hays has one, Ramero Pena has one…difference? Exactly, luck of being there only.

  • Hall and Nokes

    If we miss the playoffs by one run I swear…..

  • Slappy White

    Hey Joe….Carlos Pena > Sean Rodriguez

    • Ethan

      >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    • Needed Pitching

      not against LHP (not that that should matter in the first inning)

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Cocka inning

  • smurfy

    right Rod!

  • http://www.thisyearcollection.org Johnny

    Yay A-Rod!

  • Sean A

    Don’t IBB anyone when your ace is on the mound

  • Typical MIT Nerd

    Carlos Pena > Raul Ibanez

    That was a choice this season. The reason they didn’t? Because Ibanez can “play” LF? Silliness.

    • Havok9120

      I’m glad that Ibanez spit in the eye of this argument an inning later. People need to breathe.

  • smurfy

    We loads ‘em one way, they another, oops.

  • David N

    Did Girardi actually IBB the bases loaded in the first inning of the first game? Someone tell me that didn’t happen. Please.

  • Kiko Jones

    You see CC a bit unstable and you decide to walk the limp hitting Rodriguez to load the bases for a dude who, admittedly, has a low avg vs CC but his hits have all been bombs. What part of that did Joe G. miss?

  • RetroRob

    I waited a long, cold (okay, not so cold) Winter to watch Sabathia give up a grand slam in the first inning? I’m pretty sure Sabathia has never given up a grand slam as a Yankee…until now.

    And I hate Carlos Pena. He’s a .220 hitter who hits .330 against the Yankees. Okay, I made up those numbers. I don’t know what he hits against the Yankees, but he has hurt them too much for the level of hitter he is.

    • smurfy

      what do you want, bad competition? I like good competition, including thos who rise to our occasion. As long as we’re good enough to fight back, ah 4 – 2. Brett’s on. Good on!

      • RetroRob

        I love good competition. I hate Carlos Pena! There is a wee bit of humor here I hope you’re not missing.

  • http://www.thisyearcollection.org Johnny

    Are the Rays employing the shift against everybody today?

    • Kostas

      Yankees = pull hitters who don’t learn about going the other way.

      • RetroRob

        The Rays shift against all teams, far more than any other team.

        • Kostas

          You are correct. So why should the Yankees adjust, right.

          • RetroRob

            I’ll let you answer your own question. Why do you think the answer might be?

            • RetroRob

              *What*

  • Guest

    I’ve always wondered…what if we could play a season where the manager makes no moves whatsoever (other than the necessary evil of pitching changes)?

    No bunts, no hit and runs, no IBBs, no pinch runners, no pinch hitters, etc. Would the team do better or worse?

    Obviously, there are sometimes when each of this moves would be helpful. But I think we have a wealth of information showing that, for the most part, most of these “hero” manager moves end up reducing a team’s chance of winning a game.

    Of course, because Tony Larussa has managed to win 3 World Series titles and 6 pennants making more of the “hero” manager moves than anyone else, we’re not likely to see a manager brave enough to try this out over the course of a full season…

  • smurfy

    Swish was one tick early on getting three.

  • http://www.thisyearcollection.org Johnny

    QUIET EVERYBODY, HERE’S RAUL

    • http://www.thisyearcollection.org Johnny

      Okay, we’ll take that.

      • Havok9120

        Mighty generous of you.

  • Kostas

    Not sure who deserves a bean ball very time they are at bat, Upton or Pena.

  • RetroRob

    Ibanez on pace to break all-time Yankee RBI record.

  • Sean A

    ok who had ibanez in the first rbi pool

  • Guest

    FIRST you can’t predict baseball, Susan of the year!!!!!!!!!

    • Dropped Third

      LOL

  • MannyGeee

    YCPBB Watch… Everyone drink!

  • http://www.geeks2you.net Marc

    Games not over folks. Even after retarted IBBs

  • Kronk

    and there’s the first “Well Suzyn, You can’t predict baseball” of the year.

  • lance bass

    he choked!!

  • Karl Krawfid

    Granderson is up there sitting fastball and he rarely gets one.

    Jeez man. It’s change up down and it. Or Slider.

  • smurfy

    ah, shit! shields sure has a nice changeup. They got time to react, but not to catch up with that divy bastard.

  • RetroRob

    So Pena, who can’t hit Sabathia comes up with the bases loaded, hits a grand slam; Granderson, who can’t hit Shields, comes up with the bases loaded and strikes out.

    Have I mentioned yet that I hate Pena?

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Shields came through with a huge curve on strike 1.

    Tip your cap. If that pitch misses the strike zone – entirely different AB

  • Hall and Nokes

    I’m enjoying the fact that Joe West has to preside over this.

  • Kostas

    Love Grandy but like Tex cannot hit the change. Will chase it all day. You just knew short of seeing a fastball that was going end just like it did.

    • Karl Krawfid

      Feels like the same at bat with him and Shields every time. I would try to hit one of those get me over slide/curves.

    • The Guns of Navarone

      Shields could throw that changeup all day to Granderson and get the same result. Players have limits… and that’s one of Granderson’s. He’d swing through that pitch all day.

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      He wouldn’t have chased strike 2 that time if Shields didn’t hit with the first curveball of the game on strike 1. If Shields missed Brandy would have seen a fastball at some point with a 1-0 count and the bases loaded.

      bad luck

  • Avi

    Anyone else having trouble watching the game on MLB.com? I have the MLB subscription..

    • Dino Velvet

      give me your password and I’ll double check for you

  • Sabathiasgut

    Thank you Arod

  • smurfy

    hah, thanks, Conie. Cerrone, sponge boy, used to say “Sit me or trade me.”

  • Monterowasdinero

    I think moving up in the box against Shields and his junk would be a decent strategy for Grandy//Swish etc.

  • smurfy

    which team, in ST,had a blonde in red hot pants as the ball boy in left? Major Leagues! Major Leagues!

    • smurfy

      Tampa, with the bullpens where they are, she probably wouldn’t make it to September. (away on medical leave)

  • Sabathiasgut

    Wow cat like

  • Monterowasdinero

    Cano-here we go.

  • Karl Krawfid

    A-God baby!

  • Monterowasdinero

    Alex locked in.

  • Sean A

    A rod with the hot stick

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Man. AROD looks good doesn’t he?

    • RetroRob

      Yup. He looked good from Spring Training through mid-June last year until the knee issue.

      Pray for a healthy year.

    • Dino Velvet

      he must be seeing Kate Hudson, again.

  • MannyGeee

    Wow, new knees FTW!!!!!

  • lance bass

    AROD MVP !

  • Karl Krawfid

    Tex is still garbage.

  • RetroRob

    Hmmm, a pop up from Tex. Haven’t seen that in a while. ; -)

    • Reggie C.

      How retro of tex

  • Sabathiasgut

    Tex right back to the pop up

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Tex got caught in between. He was thinking bout going the other way then gave up on the swing mid dtride

  • Sabathiasgut

    Come on swish

  • RetroRob

    Nice slide.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Why thank you Pena.

  • Monterowasdinero

    Wow. I was starting to have RISPiratory failure before that play.

  • smurfy

    sweet! Lou, you’re right. Godd aggressive running, Robbie!

    • smurfy

      kinda looked like Molina swiped him, on the replay.

  • Karl Krawfid

    RBI MACHINE!!!

  • RetroRob

    Best signing of the off-season!

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    BAUL IRANYEZ!!!!

  • Vegetable Lasagna

    What a horrible signing. RAULLLL!!!!!!!

  • Sean A

    Ibanez just became a true Yankee

  • velocitee

    So wait, we want to cut Ibanez, right?

  • Dino Velvet

    BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!

  • Monterowasdinero

    Mr. April!!!

  • swishers fauxhawk

    Rauuuuuuuuuul.

  • Needed Pitching

    Release this bum. He has no business getting MLB AB’s this season.

  • Hall and Nokes

    Ibanez: True Yankee

  • flamingo

    This game isn’t too bad after all :)

  • TCMiller30

    He was saving it for the regular season.. I get it.. Sorry Raul.. I thought you were just washed up

  • smurfy

    Not bad, old man!

  • Ivan

    Just came inside my home and wat do I see, a 3 run homer from Ibanez….nice!!!!

  • Joe Lupo

    What was Sterling’s call for Raul???

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      I-bomb-nez? Just my guess.

      • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

        Apparently it was “Raul’s So Cool”

        • Joe Lupo

          What a Lame-O call

    • Rick Bladt Attack

      RAUL BE SEEING YOU!

    • http://www.thisyearcollection.org Johnny

      “Raul’ll be seeing ya!”

      • RetroRob

        Is that his call?

  • lance bass

    rays suck

  • http://www.thisyearcollection.org Johnny

    I’m sorry I ever doubted you Raul.

  • Monterowasdinero

    Going going Gandhi! Sterling?

  • lance bass

    lol shields is mad

  • http://www.retire21.org/ first name only male – Retire 21

    Way to trash the momentum Raul!

    #H8er

  • Sabathiasgut

    Sterlings call?

  • Kostas

    Looks like Raul was reading RAB comments and decided to give the haters an FU

  • Raul’s dead carcass

    Still got some bad speed bitches

  • mustang

    He is too old and STILL blocking all those young bats in AAA.

  • Holy Ghost

    RAUL IBANEZ!!!

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Steal early tardy!

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      Ha! Autocorrect made that oxymoron. GARDY not tardy

  • Karim Garcia

    lol how pissed was Shields when Martin tried avoiding the tag

  • Sean A

    They had to give Gardner a hit on that; He is neck and neck with A-Rod for the batting title

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      Guarantee it had more to do with Longos GG candidacy

  • mustang

    Where is Mr Pistol Pete?

    Because the dinosaurs just woke up.

  • smurfy

    Zobrist was in anything’s good for a strike mode. CC saw that.

  • Dino Velvet

    they shoulda walked him. ;)

  • smurfy

    oh, Longo saw too much air on that one.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Don’t understand the pitch in.

  • Sabathiasgut

    CC already looks exhausted

  • flamingo

    So CC’s not quite there yet.

  • Manny’s BanWagon

    CC looks like dogshit today.

  • Sean A

    If we win this game= 1st place to start the season. Gravy= New episode of Yankees Classics

  • RetroRob

    The rest of MLB is playing baseball 1968 style; the Yankees and Rays are playing 1998.

  • Dino Velvet

    They shoulda let CC opt-out.

    • flamingo

      Definitely. I can’t believe they’ve let CC play so poorly for the past five months; they should just release him.

  • jon

    So how long do we keep CC in there if he just keeps giving it back?

  • El biberon

    Does anyone else wanna mute the game right now? Pinella has to be the shittiest analyst I’ve ever heard on Yes

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Almonte, right?

  • Sabathiasgut

    The shift has taken 2 away from Grandy

  • Karl Krawfid

    Gj sitting on something other than a fastball this time Grandy.

  • Tyrone Sharpton

    Pinella and Kay shutting out the others…not a good thing

  • Sabathiasgut

    Let’s go pop up

  • Sabathiasgut

    Molina talked him into calling that

  • smurfy

    way to bunt, Swish!

  • Guest

    If anyone is drinking for each YCPBB, I wish your liver well.

  • Monterowasdinero

    Glad Swish didn’t pull a groin.

  • Monterowasdinero

    Rauooool-take Shields to school.

  • smurfy

    Raul hit that hard, but they had him guessed right. Lot of that today.

    Still 6 -5, but we shoulda scored.

  • Slappy White

    John Sterling “You Cant Predict Baseball ” Update: 5 times in the first 3 and a half innings of the season……Im starting to be able to predict when he’s gonna say it…eeeeary

  • Dela G

    ZZ looks a little off today, as if i’m not already pointing out the obvious

  • lance bass

    walk molina to clog up the bases. what a genius.

  • Sabathiasgut

    C’mon cc it’s effing Molina!!!

  • Countryclub

    Is anyone watching the game on the MLB channel? I have the Yes broadcast but Spanish announcers.

    • Sabathiasgut

      I’m stuck with the douche Tampa broadcast

  • smurfy

    David Phelps anyone?

  • Countryclub

    Joe west is awful

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Not sure why they’d add an older guy to the booth. Pinella sounds like a granny (woman that became a man – not the reverse).

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      Tranny dammit

  • Dela G

    Swisher with the extreme range!

  • Sean A

    SWISHA

  • Needed Pitching

    Swish showing off his Field tool

  • smurfy

    Swish turned on the afterburnes!

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    How do you walk Molina?

  • Monterowasdinero

    Ibanez hitting, Swish on D. I’m ready for Jeter’s range up the middle!

  • Karl Krawfid

    I want fat CC back. Now.

  • Havok9120

    SUN Sports is so, so bad. They’re getting somewhat more bearable as the game progresses though.

    You people can complain about Sweet Lou all you want, but I’ll call you spoiled when you do.

  • Karl Krawfid

    2 bloop hits man.

    • Havok9120

      Yeah, that last one was dug out with a Sand Wedge.

  • Brent

    Story of the game: A Rod’s defense.

  • I’m sexy and I Cano it

    Crisis averted

  • smurfy

    good reaction, A-rod. Whew, CC can retire honorably. Nice slider to get Pena.

  • CS Yankee

    Is it time for: LoSoRoMO?

    • smurfy

      I’m a little slow on Lo. I’d start off with So.

  • Countryclub

    I’m glad they’re warming Wade up. He looked great in ST. Wait…what?

  • Needed Pitching

    Gardy!!!!!

  • Havok9120

    I guess these two women being interviewed is our reward for dealing with the SunSports broadcast?

    There are certainly worse rewards.

  • flamingo

    That was nice.

  • smurfy

    Lou is showing the years, not very good synch, but he has had some good comments. Mainly Coney is getting plenty airtime, to balance him out.

    Wow, great play by Gardner and Cano, what a tag! Balancing out CC.

    • smurfy

      oops, again. Thanks, 2cd base ump.

  • Hall and Nokes

    Shame on Jennings for thinking no left fielder could get to that in time.

  • jay destro

    i love baseball, you guys.

  • I’m sexy and I Cano it

    (cough) Gardner should have won a gold glove award last year (cough)

  • RetroRob

    I just love it when the Yankees take advantage of the Rays’ overly aggressive nature on the bases, and it seems to happen just about every game

    Maddon’s a good manager, but he gets a free pass that other managers don’t.

    • smurfy

      but Jennings was right that time. That was fantastic coverage and throwing, and tagging.

      • RetroRob

        He was safe, but he was out. Close plays have to be factored into the equation because on the bang-bang play, the call can go against you.

        My point has more to do with Maddon’s management style. The opinion is whatever he does is great, and it’s not. He runs his teams into outs, and a team only gets 27 of them.

        • smurfy

          yeah, I knew you were speaking more macro. But bad example, since (against a lesser fielder, but even test Gardy) and three times out of four, he’d have been in there easy. But the whol premise of aggresive on the basepaths is a gamble between shake-up success and depressing flop. Seems to usually play their way, like earlier to stay out of double play, men on 1st and 2cd, tailor made, but Jeter to first. The bunt , men on 1sr and 3rd: didn’t work, not well done, but didn’t hurt rally toomuch, coulda scored the tying run.

  • Ro

    Brett Gardner: “fuck UZR”

    • Dino Velvet

      TWSS

    • Dino Velvet

      maddon is wearing out his staff on the first day.

  • Karl Krawfid

    What a pathetic at bat by Swish

  • smurfy

    wow, Maddon figures to play seriously from the start. Another pitcher? Is it the 6th?

  • CS Yankee

    Maddon picking up the slack for LaRussa.

  • I Collect Brett Gardner Cards

    huge AB for gardy.

    i don’t feel comfy with a run lead for the SO portion of the SoRoMO connection

  • smurfy

    stupid to have a best player text poll now, the gam’e still at issue. oes YES get a cut on the text message rates?

  • smurfy

    the bases loaded for Jeter. Ooh, Maddon managed a bad split.

  • smurfy

    damn! McGee handled him well. Maddon gets a pass, good lefty there.

  • smurfy

    did you hear Bob Lorenz on the O’s – Twins, fly to right centerfield wall, where Do – mit missed it!

    • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

      He did that in a ST game against the Twins too.

      • smurfy

        he was hoping yo weren’t listening thattime, like I wasn’t.

        • smurfy

          on the other hand, maybe Doumit is that kind of rightfielder. I heard he was an offensive catcher. Can only hope the Twins’ announcer doesn’t catch the habit, or the pitching staff.

  • Dela G

    Stop throwing the damn slider

  • Dela G

    great great double play

  • aRX

    *breathes a sigh of relief*

  • Dino Velvet

    Pretty good game, huh?

    This is why the AL East is awesome.

  • Dela G

    is this new meredith girl hot? i haven’t seen her

    • I’m sexy and I Cano it

      http://www.mademan.com/chickip.....arakovits/

      Does this answer your question?

      • JMK

        Clear upgrade over Kim. Hopefully she can read and write, but if not, I won’t be too broken up about it.

        • I’m sexy and I Cano it

          She’s pretty much the only reason I’m checking out the post game show.

          • JMK

            Had I not had plans, I’d be right there as well.

  • smurfy

    ahooow! Foul, fie!

  • I’m sexy and I Cano it

    Ugh, foul home runs suck.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Just horrible man. Did the same thing in the ALDS against the tigers.

  • smurfy

    ouch, Swish. He out-patiented you. That was high.

  • Tom Q

    Not to complain too much on a day the team’s poised to win, but…they’re truly in mid-season LOB form, aren’t they?

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    New season; same story. Swisher stinks.

    • Havok9120

      Please be being sarcastic.

  • Johnny

    I’m worried about Robertson to Pena. We’ll see what happens.

  • smurfy

    Wow, Robertson just missed the corner twice.

  • Needed Pitching

    DRob getting squeezed

  • Karl Krawfid

    Bullshit right down the middle.

  • JMK

    How does Joe West still have a job? The Rays have had a shit-ton of calls go against them as well today.

  • I’m sexy and I Cano it

    Shift backfires, awesome.

  • smurfy

    man, Pena’s was right where Jete usually plays, but we had the semi-shift on. Out-guessing Maddon is maddoning.

  • smurfy

    great strikeout. I think Houdini lives.

  • JMK

    Wow, Maddon is ballsy as hell.

  • JMK

    WTF, Maddon? I don’t understand that at all.

  • Karl Krawfid

    2 dumb Joes in one game.

    This is amazing.

  • cjc

    umm Genius?

  • smurfy

    Molina just messed up Maddon’s strategy.

  • I’m sexy and I Cano it

    Thanks for the laughs, Maddon.

  • Hall and Nokes

    hahaha epic

  • mustang

    Wow that was stupid.

  • lance bass

    lmao

  • JMK

    Can you guys imagine what this thread would look like if Girardi pulled those two twisted ideas?

  • Karl Krawfid

    D-Rob chea!!!

  • smurfy

    Wahoo, Robertson!

  • I’m sexy and I Cano it

    There you go, D-Rob. That’s why you’re on my fantasy team.

  • Needed Pitching

    Harry F’ing Houdini

  • Sabathiasgut

    Grown effin man!

  • mustang

    Houdini lives with a little help from his assistance Mr. Maddon.

  • mustang

    Not a bad day for the old man.

    Haters…….shhhhhh

  • Virgil Earp

    Spotted a 3-0 count and he just stands there. We need Gardner to be productive.

  • smurfy

    Reckon Mo’s got butterflies?

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Joe West is pretty much a dirtbag

  • Karl Krawfid

    lol @ that little kid

  • Karl Krawfid

    Turning this shit off.

    • JMK

      Good. You say stupid shit anyway.

  • Virgil Earp

    Mariano might not have it this year. What a way to lose.

    • JMK

      It’s the first game of the year. Christ almighty. We haven’t lost, by the way, however likely it seems.

    • mustang

      Just can’t take this seriously at all.

  • mustang

    ok that sucked

  • Hall and Nokes

    well…early start for WWWMW

  • Kostas

    Waste of a good game.

  • smurfy

    sheiss! The Yankees’ first big test: will they fight back?

    • Kostas

      Fail

      • smurfy

        yep. Shoulda scored in the 5th(?) with the bases loaded. Helluva game. Pena gets the best player prize.

        • Ethan

          they had the bases loaded 3 times and couldn’t score. LOB fail game

  • I’m sexy and I Cano it

    Mariano is appealing to the home crowd.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    All the LOB and Drob lettiing the lineup turn over inn the 8th led to this

  • Virgil Earp

    Here’s Girardi over managing again. Cost us in the 1st inning and wouldn’t be surprised if this blows up as well.

  • Greg

    If this division comes down to a game…

  • Pasqua

    Being this frustrated on Opening Day just feels so, so wrong…

  • Dino Velvet

    you. can’t. predict. baseball.

    • JMK

      Sadly, you can predict RAB threads when we’re not up 15-0.

  • Jimmy McNulty

    Am I to late to join the panic?

  • lance bass

    thats it, season over.

  • mustang

    oh well

  • Karl Krawfid

    Pena’s first career hit off of Mo.

    Fuck this game.

  • Ethan

    FUCK!

  • smurfy

    who do the Rays play next in the playoffs?

    • JoeG

      Well it wont be the Marlins, I can tell you that.. They were mathematically eliminated 2 games into the season…

  • Virgil Earp

    We’re in trouble

  • Adam

    Damn you thin CC. Where has fat CC gone?

  • Needed Pitching

    well that just sucks

  • Dave M

    well thats baseball for ya..un-freaking-believable

  • Pasqua

    Can I haz do-over, plz?

  • Greg

    Same thing that happened last year. Yankees failing to add tack on runs. Now I cant watch sports the rest of the day.

  • Dave M

    ahhhhh!!! Rivera is done! I want Robertson closing!

  • Ethan

    Waited 5 months for baseball, and first game like this. Seriously sucks

  • JMK

    Before everyone goes incontinent, may I remind you all there are still 161 games left in the season. Besides, this kind of stuff is going to happen from time to time – it’s baseball, there is no such thing as perfection. And there’s nothing to suggest the end is near.

    Now, please continue your mouth-shitting.

    • Greg

      I don’t care if there are 161 games left. We have to live through all of them.

      • Pasqua

        Oh, Greg. Greg, Greg, Greg.

    • Bo Knows

      We know that but you really have to say “the fuck was going on girardi’s head”

      • JMK

        Would I have issued intentional walks? No, definitely not. But what would you have suggested for the 9th? Not sending Mo out there? You had a lead runner on 3rd with no outs; loading the bases and increasing the chances of making more outs per play was really the only call.

        Mo wasn’t sharp, obviously. That happens. He blew five saves last year. He’ll probably do that again this year – maybe more, maybe less. Just because it happened on the first game doesn’t mean it’s a trend.

        Basically, shit happens – panicking after a single (!) game is just foolish.

        Go out, drink some beer, forget about it. There are tons more opportunities for you to celebrate beautiful plays, and depending on your fan vantage, just as many to be hopelessly incensed for no good reason.

    • Pasqua

      Bravo.

  • Kostas

    If you let Carlos Pena beat you, you should be embarrassed… Traditional Yankee style today. LOB FAIL.

    • Ethan

      +1. Can’t leave the bases loaded 3 times. It just can’t happen.

  • I’m sexy and I Cano it

    On the bright side, MEREDITH MARAKOVITS POST GAME!!!!

    • Pasqua

      If there was a “Like” button connected to this comment, I would click it.

  • Adam

    Last year I didn’t start getting upset about losses until August. It was so much better. I highly advise that for anyone who is pissed about today.

    • Greg

      Again, if this division comes down to a game…

      That’s the difference year. We have to win the division.

      • Pasqua

        If the division comes down to one game, it’ll be just as easy to point to any one of the 60+ losses that are still to come this season, Greg. Holy shit.

        • Greg

          Technically true, but this is one that should have been in the win column. WE need to steal game that we shouldn’t win to even it out.

          And its not just that we lost. It’s that we looked like the same team from last year. We didn’t have a hit past the fifth inning? No tack on runs.

          • lance bass

            its baseball lol. 6 runs isn’t good enough? doesnt matter when the runs come. 6 runs should be more than enough to win.

          • smurfy

            You’re right, Greg. That seems a weakness. They did big work, but then the fire went out.

    • Dave M

      exactly..thats what I always do..its a long season no need to get worked up over every game until it truly matters

      • Ethan

        Every game matters, you just don’t realize they matter until august.

        • Dave M

          yea no kidding…but august is when they matter most..those are the absolute “must win” games, those are I the ones I get worked up over

  • forensic

    Retiring one year too late…

  • cjc

    Pena must be so stoked to be back in the Al east he has no career if he can’t face the yankees 19 times

  • Dante Bichette rules

    Just 4 thinks to say about todays game. 1. Girardi sucks. 2. CC is our ace? 3. Granderson and Texeira can you please bunt sometimes just to avoid the shift? 4. Mariano looks like 42 years old today.

    • Kostas

      Tex is to hitting what Giambi was to defense.

  • Kostas

    Hard to say. He manages with it up his ass 90% of the time. Maybe the next game he will start the game off with an IBB. Jackass move, that was.

  • your mom

    Fuck the Rays.

  • Virgil Earp

    There’s just no excuse for Girardi demanding that his ace intentionally walk Sean Rodriguez in the 1st inning just to set up a lefty lefty matchup. We need to dump that clown and his binder. Hire David Cone as manager.

    • Kostas

      No way. Best manager in baseball was on the other team today.

      • Kiko Jones

        Please tell me you don’t mean the guy that put on the bunt/suicide squeeze?

  • forensic

    Zobrist is now 3-3 with 1 double and 2 triples against Mo. What the hell?

  • http://twitter/TheRealJeromeS Jerome S.

    I can finally catch the game! What’d I miss?

  • Mykey

    Well that was the most absurd game I’ve ever seen. I’m not even mad. Just confused.

  • Fred Flinstone

    let me hit behind arod

    • smurfy

      off a T

      • Fred Flintstone

        thank you, sir

  • Captain Gift Basket

    Looks like the Yanks begin the season just like they ended last year’s with terrible situational hitting.

    Still dumbfounded how they could trade a young hitting talent like Montero when their lineup has Captain Groundout and Private Popup up to their ol’ ways again.

    Let’s bring out the “It’s only a loss in April” trolls. New season, new rules. Yanks can’t afford to “throw” the division in hopes of a weaker opponent anymore.

  • Zack

    Sounds cold but as putrid as the offense was..Mo was given a lead to protect..and failed to do so.

  • Ethan

    It’s pretty incredible how annoyed i get over one of these games. Especially since the actual players are already over it i’m sure.

  • Zack

    Mo is the fourth closer to blow a lead and the game so far this opening day weekend.

    • Dino Velvet

      I blame global warming.

  • depressed joe

    This loss ruined my day.

    I finished all my work early just so I could watch the game. And for it to end that way. My god, I’m so depressed.

    I don’t think I should watch baseball anymore if it makes me feel like this.

    • Dino Velvet

      The game of life is hard to play
      I’m gonna lose it anyway
      The losing card I’ll someday lay
      so this is all I have to say.

      That suicide is painless
      It brings on many changes
      and I can take or leave it if I please.

  • jayd808

    After watching the Sawks lose their opener, the thought had occurred, well nothing that bad could happen to us. Watching Mo lose is never easy, maybe more shocking.