Yankees lose Mo, game to Royals

Girardi: Rivera 'appears' to have a torn ACL
Mariano Rivera's post-game comments

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)

Girardi: Rivera 'appears' to have a torn ACL
Mariano Rivera's post-game comments
  • I’m sexy and I Cano it


    • Dan


  • Tim

    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.

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

      Teams are never as good as they look when they’re playing their best and never as bad as they look when they’re playing their worst.

      • Greg

        Face it, Mike. This team is not good. If your cleanup hitter has 4 RBIS in 25 games, you have a problem.

        • Greg

          Plus the rest of the division has stepped it up in terms of developing players and getting pitching. Even the O’s have found something.

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

            They found a good April, that’s all. They’ve done it before and they’ll do it again.

            • Greg

              Fair enough, but what about the Rays and Jays?

              We are one loss away from being at the cellar in the division. When was the last time we were there this late into a sesson?

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

                Who knows, but they’re 4.5 games back in the division. That’s one game a month they have to make up. Hell, they were six back in June of 2009.

                • sangreal

                  and they looked just as terrible in May 2009 as they do right now

                • Cappy

                  When has it ever been this bad, this “late”? Where were you May 2007?


                  “…at the end of the month, the Yankees were tied for last place with the Devil Rays and were 22-29, 13½ games behind the Red Sox in the AL East.”

                  They still made playoffs, btw.

  • OldYanksFan

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

    • jayd808

      Will the MLB even allow them to play? Not to over react but when is RAB going to close down?

  • http://twitter/TheRealJeromeS Jerome S.

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

    • Dan

      OK, what’s the least relevant/factual thing I could say . . .

      Oh, I have it! Let’s put Soriano as the closer instead of Robertson!

      • ROBTEN

        Gary Sanchez for Pavano!

  • Dan

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

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      Scotchy Scotch Scotch. I love Scotch.

      Isn’t Anchorman 2 coming soon?

      Like may 4th or something?


      • Ethan

        Isn’t that the avengers?

  • http://www.teamnerdrage.com dr mrs the yankee

    Arghhhhhhhmmmmmmmffffff :(

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    I’m going to cry during sex tonight.

    • ROBTEN

      It’s always good to stick to a routine at times like this.

      • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

        Haha! Well played.

      • Darren

        That made me smile. It was funny. Thank you.
        /darkness in my soul/JK MO WILL BE BACK!!!

    • NYinTX

      Sprained wrist? :P

      • forensic

        I laughed. That was good.

      • Jesse

        I laughed as well. Good one.

  • scott

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

    Thanks for it all Mo…a true gentleman

  • Who’s Your Daddy?

    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

      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.

  • PFOJ

    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.

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      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

        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

        Bet your life?

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

          This isn’t life or death, Greg. I will bet you money if that makes you happy.

          • Gonzo

            What’s the action? If PFOJ watches games by Independence day? or if they make the playoffs?

            What are the odds?

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

              What did he say, a reason to watch by Independence Day?

              • Gonzo

                I’m not sure.

          • Greg

            First off: Yes Please!

            Second off, I know that. I used it as a metaphor to ask him if he’s sure. Given what has happened to this team, that is a bold statement to make

    • Dan

      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

      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.

  • Manny’s BanWagon

    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.

  • stuart a

    close your eyes..you 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.

    • LiterallyFigurative

      My God, take it easy.

      Your last paragraph made me laugh.

  • CUYanks

    Maybe we can get Mariano in the booth for awhile?

    • forensic

      I see no appeal in that.

  • Jesse

    Well, this day sure fucking sucked, no?

  • Who’s Your Daddy?

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

    • forensic

      Heh, my wife called their pitchers the Bad News Bears earlier tonight. It’s fitting pretty well right now.

    • Jesse

      Fuuuuuuuuuuck. Just a shitty day all around.

    • Gonzo

      Wait till Pineda is being touted as the Heir to Mo when rehabbing.

      That’ll really get your troll senses tingling.

  • Jimmy McNulty

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

  • Who’s Your Daddy?

    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.

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

      Looked alright. Lots of deep counts and ground ball singles.

      • Who’s Your Daddy?

        thank you Mike

      • forensic

        Yup, hopefully with all the extra stuff going on around him with this game they still give him another start.

    • Dan

      I’m too sad and tired to give a full recap, but he was halfway decent. He fell behind a lot of guys but managed to get out of innings without falling apart. In other words, he was fifty times better than Fredward.

  • Kevin

    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.

  • pistol pete

    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.

  • Gonzo

    Win one for the Gipper.

    • Dropped Third


  • Jesse

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

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

      He’s on the 7-day DL. I spoke the PR people there and they have no update.

      • Jesse


  • Nathan

    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

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

      • Nathan

        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.

  • yankees died today

    it’s all over guys, it’s all over

  • Jonathan

    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.

  • Plank

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