Yankees lose Mo, game to Royals


There’s little use for a recap tonight. The Yankees lost their third game in a row and stranded the tying run on third base to end the game. They hit but not with ducks on the pond and pitched just poorly enough to lose. That’s the ball game. It happens and it feels completely irrelevant right now. (WPA Graph) (Box Score)

Categories : Asides, Game Stories


  1. I'm sexy and I Cano it says:


  2. Tim says:

    This team is headed for non playoff season, may even finish last in the Eastern Division. No spark, Cano/Tex/Arod are horrific this season, huge hole at C, no pitching depth now. This is not a playoff team.

  3. OldYanksFan says:

    Yeah…. you’re right. They WILL finsh last in their Division. Maybe last in the AL. MAYBE LAST IN ALL OF MLB!!!!!!!

  4. Jerome S. says:

    Total emotional free-fall. Anything said on these boards over the next 48-72 hours have immunity from fact/relevancy.

  5. Dan says:

    Welp, I think I’m going to take a break from sports. Anybody got some good scotch on hand?

  6. Arghhhhhhhmmmmmmmffffff :(

  7. Cuso says:

    I’m going to cry during sex tonight.

  8. scott says:

    To Mariano and a healthy recovery…regardless of returning to the mound…

    Thanks for it all Mo…a true gentleman

  9. Who's Your Daddy? says:

    I love Mo like everyone else but the closer role is replaceable. With the way Girardi was using Rivera (almost exclusively for save situations), Rivera wasn’t as productive as he would have been if he was in a fireman-type role coming in for high leverage situations. This definitely isn’t an OMG THE YANKEES ARE SCREWED situation. The ninth inning isn’t harder to pitch than the seventh or the eighth.

    The reason this hurts is because we love Mo dearly and because he is super respected and super loved by everyone… it doesn’t hurt because the team has taken a major hit, it hurts because the team has lost a major friend. :(

    I just wanted to say that beacuse Twitter is abuzz with “there’s no way the Yankees can win without Mo.” That idea is silly but this sucks nonetheless.

    • CUYanks says:

      You are right, but if Robertson is forced into the role you just described, then we, in effect, did lose a fireman-type role reliever. Also, I agree that over the regular season Mo is replaceable, but it will be harder to do so in a potential playoff run where managers are willing to bring him in for 2 innings at the end of games, etc.

  10. PFOJ says:

    I am 23. My first memory of major league baseball is watching the 1995 ALDS. My entire baseball related existence has featured Mariano Rivera as a dominant pitcher for the Yankees. I am not in a mental state to sum up why I felt this was important to share, but I do not know if I even want to watch the Yankees for a while.

    • Cuso says:

      It’s early May. They will give you reason to come back and watch by Independence day. Have faith.

      The Yankees find a way….

      • PFOJ says:

        Honestly, it’s not that I think the team is screwed without Rivera or anything. I still think this team probably makes the playoffs. It’s just that seeing Mariano Rivera pitch is probably my favorite thing in the entire world and Yankee games are just going to be a cruel reminder that I may never get to see that again.

        I’ll be back to enjoying Yankee games at some point because I honestly do not know what else human beings do with their time in the summer, but it just might never be as much fun.

      • Greg says:

        Bet your life?

    • Dan says:

      I’m 22, and Mo has been one of those guys who I just assumed was in the big leagues since the dawn of time. This is truly the end of an era.

    • JT says:

      I feel your pain. I’m 21, my first thought was, with Bernie, O’Neill, Posada, and maybe Mo gone….Jete’s all that’s left of the team I learned to love baseball with.

      It’s not like I’ll be any less of a fan, it’s just sobering to think that people you spent such a significant time looking up to eventually won’t be around.

      Just sad. Really really sad.

  11. Manny's BanWagon says:

    As huge of a loss as this is, I still rank it 3rd behind the lack of decent starting pitching and the complete lack of production from our 3-4-5 hitters as biggest Yankee problems.

  12. stuart a says:

    close your can see cano with a weak ground ball to 2nd. tex doing the same or maybe popping up to short center and arod hitting a ball weakly somewhere.

    trade or send down garcia. soriano and robertson share the 8th and 9th however the proffesor wants to do it.

    bring up an addtl bench player. if cano does not pick things up quickly move him way down in the order.

    4 rbis…

    4 rbi’s… close to impossible to only have 4 rbis after 25 games. tex has 13 and he sucks. tex what happended to those bunts to the left side????????????what a overpaid piece of crap with his 265 obp…….what a clown.

  13. CUYanks says:

    Maybe we can get Mariano in the booth for awhile?

  14. Jesse says:

    Well, this day sure fucking sucked, no?

  15. Who's Your Daddy? says:

    Mike just tweeted that Jose Campos is now on DL (don’t know why). We’re just being trolled at this point, right?.

  16. Jimmy McNulty says:

    Yeah it almost feels like what’s the fucking point now…man, talk about a devastating blow.

  17. Who's Your Daddy? says:

    BTW, since there will be no recap, how did Phelps pitch, how did he look etc? I couldn’t watch the game. I assume he got pulled after 4 innings because of the pitch count.

  18. Kevin says:

    We could hsve pulled off s 9th inning comeback and it wouldn’t have made a difference tonight.
    Seeing Mo the way he was tonight..I could care less about our last three games.

  19. pistol pete says:

    The greatest closer of all time, the greatest relif pitcher of all time, the greatest playoff pitcher of all time, a first ballot (should be unamimous) hall of famer, my favorite Yankee of all time. You can’t say enough about his remarkable career, the absurd high level of consistancy, ridiculous control, incredible durability all wrapped around a person with even better character than performance who did it with humility and durability. The greatest ever.

  20. Gonzo says:

    Win one for the Gipper.

  21. Jesse says:

    Does anyone have a twitter link regarding Jose Campos going on the DL? What did he injure, and how long will he be out?

  22. Nathan says:

    Is a torn ACL a career ending injury or are they saying it’s career ending because Mo said this might be his last season and this injury would basically end his season?

    • forensic says:

      The second one. It ends the season and he seemed to imply he’s retiring earlier this year.

      • Nathan says:

        Oh, OK. Everywhere I’m seeing on TV and reading online makes it sound like it’s a career ending injury, not an injury that would end his assumed last season. Big difference.

        I think Mo would give it his best try to come back and go out on his own terms. If anything, this will show the Yankees whether or not Robertson is Mo’s successor.

        Still sucks…going to bed feeling like someone stole my birthday cake or something.

  23. yankees died today says:

    it’s all over guys, it’s all over

  24. Jonathan says:

    I get 3-4 games a year to see the Yankees in person. At the start of the year I dreamed of seeing CC/Pineda/Kuroda/Pettitte and a dominant offense while Mariano Rivera finished it off. This was hands down the worst experience at the ballpark in my life. They refused to bunt Nunez twice with the tying run on 1st with nobody out and refused to run with runners on 1st and 3rd but sent Nunez with nobody else on. The pitchers CONSTANTLY nibbled and I have no fucking idea how many 3-0, 3-1, 2-0, 3-2 counts I saw but they just kept grooving fastballs on those counts and the Royals were all over it. Not to mention we had a billions hits a few walks and they turn that insane DP in the 9th and the pathetic Moustakas makes that great play to end the game (after he completely botched a much easier play earlier in the game). The entire team expect for Jeter looked exhausted and deflate by the Rivera injury which I witnessed.

    It was before they let people in the ballpark but I bought the early bird tour to get autographs (Thanks to the Grandy Man and Robbie for making SOMETHING go well tonight), and nobody could tell who was hurt. All I immediately thought was ANYONE but Rivera and Granderson….and sure enough it’s Rivera. My last image of easily my favorite pitcher of all time is him being carted off not 10 feet from me while the entire team just stopped living for 15 minutes. The only silver lining is maybe not playing will give him the itch and come back for several more years.

    Also, the wind was blowing like 25 mph out to left tonight and nobody could even hit the ball in the air. How the fuck did we get turned into a singles hitting team? And who out there thought Jeter would be DOMINATING while Cano/ARod/Tex/Andruw/Russell just fucking forgot how to hit? The top of the 9th was the perfect microcosm of our offense. Jeter has a great AB and fights a line drive single off to lead off the game. Then Grandy works a great AB and draws the 3-2 walk. 1st and 2nd with nobody out and down by one with your 3-5 hitters up is usually about as good as it gets…but I almost wanted Tex to bunt and said over and over ANYTHING but a double play. Tex wasn’t hitting right handed anymore, aka the only side he’s good at anymore, and a bunt would give you runners on 2nd and 3rd with 1 out where you don’t even need a hit to score the run. I know bunting your 3 hole is insane and just because the worst case scenario happened doesn’t mean it would have been the right call but damn. Tex is in a huge slump and one or ARod or Robbie (depending if they IBBed Arod to make a force at any base) wouldn’t need to do much just to tie it up. It’s also painful that I was thinking with two fast runners at 1st and 2nd at least they can’t play the usual shift and he has a chance to sneak a ground ball through. Then he hits that grounder up the middle which I thought was going through..only for disaster to strike. I was resigned to the fact that we were probably going to lose the first and last games of the series with Phelps and Hughes going but losing like this, and losing Rivera on top of it is just gut wrenching. I’m truly glad most Yankee fans weren’t there to see this day in person.

  25. Plank says:

    Im hoping Phelps stole his life essence like in a cheesy 80s movie and goes on to a 20 year HOF career

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