Game 59: Bragging Rights


(AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)

The Yankees have already won the series and while that is always the goal — two out of every three is a 108-win pace — it’s time to get greedy and finish off the sweep. There are bragging rights are on the line and in this age of the internet, bragging rights are worth more than ever. Here’s the lineup…

DH Derek Jeter
CF Curtis Granderson
1B Mark Teixeira
3B Alex Rodriguez
2B Robinson Cano
RF Nick Swisher
LF Andruw Jones
Russell Martin
SS Jayson Nix

LHP Andy Pettitte

Today’s game starts a little after 1pm ET and can be seen on both YES and WPIX locally as well as TBS nationally. Enjoy.

Freddy Garcia Update: Garcia is back with the team after going home to Venezuela following his grandfather’s death. He’s been activated off the bereavement list and Ryota Igarashi has been sent back to Triple-A.

Hiroki Kuroda Update: Kuroda (foot) threw his regular between starts bullpen this afternoon. He’s expected to be good to go for his next start, but we won’t know for sure until Joe Girardi speaks after the game.


  1. Greg says:

    So…. is Bob Arum a crook?

    • Manny's BanWagon says:

      Of course he is.

      That fight was probably fixed to get Manny another multi-million dollar payday against a safe opponent leading up to the superfight with Mayweather sometime in 2013.

      • RetroRob says:

        It’s one of the problems with boxing overall. As much as I like boxing, I have no level of trust in it.

      • DM says:

        Arum’s a gangster — and boxing is probably the most corrupt sport — maybe horseracing as well.

        But I don’t think this sets up a fight with Floyd in 2013; I think it’s Manny generating PPV interest in a trilogy with Bradley since he and Floyd can’t reach an agreement. Manny will win next time and the time after that.

    • Pat D says:

      Part of me would like to think that the guys who favored Bradley on their cards were punishing Pacquiao for his anti-gay comments.

    • RI$P FTW says:

      Their Athletic Commission is garbage. It goes beyond one sport.

  2. pat says:

    Wow, two games in a row on public TV for us poor people? AMAZING.

  3. OMG! Bagels! says:

    Who calls the game on WPIX?

  4. can we just fast forward ten minutes into the future and get this game started.

  5. pat says:

    When the opponent is starting Scott Hairston in the effing cleanup spot you need to win the game.

  6. pat says:

    Wow, I’m loving the zoom in for Roll Call. Take note YES.

  7. Kramerica Industries says:

    Well, the ball’s not carrying today.

  8. What happened to Mike “He’s going to be better than Hughes(Francesa)” Pelfrey?

  9. pat says:

    To me it looked like he was trying to front door the curve, not backdoor it.

  10. RetroRob says:

    Looks like this game will be done by 2:05.

  11. Greg says:

    See what I mean. Hairston kills lefties

  12. pat says:

    Of course.

  13. Hummingbird S. says:

    nice to see we have an UTL infielder that cant field..

  14. Greg says:

    Pettitte not as sharp as he was last time out

  15. Pat D says:

    Not liking this strike zone.

  16. Greg says:

    This is feeling like a loss already. Early but so far nothing has gone Andy’s way

  17. Kramerica Industries says:

    Groundballs of death this inning.


  18. Hummingbird S. says:

    bad luck + bad D = big innings..

  19. wow says:

    between the ump and the shoddy defense, I don’t know what’s worse.

  20. Ethan says:

    Sigh, I know it’s still very early in the game but I only get to watch 1, maybe 2 games a week. Would be nice if they didn’t get blown out. C’mon Andy!

  21. pat says:

    Ugh, this is the National Leaguiest of rallies. Soft ground balls, errors, blah.

  22. Kramerica Industries says:

    Now I can see why the Angels canned the Fizz.

    Decided to take the easy way instead of watching Kay and YES today – wow this guy is terrible. No voice or feel for the game at all.

  23. jjyank says:

    Jesus this is a really obnoxious inning.

  24. Cuso says:

    This is gonna get ugly.

  25. Athenian says:

    Well you knew Pettitte was due for an average outing. Now lets see if the offense can pick up a pitching staff that has been saving their asses. Return the favor.

    • Hummingbird S. says:

      I still think this hasnt been his fault.. strikezone is awful and the defense was even worse.

      • Athenian says:

        Agree. But he can’t rely on a friendly umpire all the time. Offense needs to show up again like Friday night…

  26. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Huge pitch to Wright.

  27. jjyank says:

    Okay Andy. One more. The Yanks can score more than 3 for ya, just get out of this here.

  28. Ethan says:

    Good work Andy! Holding it to 3 runs! Well done! Let’s go now offense!

  29. Teh sky iz falling!!! OH NOES WE GONNA LOSE!!!

    Or it’s the bottom of the second inning and we’re down by 3.

  30. RetroRob says:

    Looks like this game will be done by 7:05.

  31. jjyank says:

    Thank you Andy.

  32. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Tim McCarver would like to point out that leadoff walks are bad.

  33. Hummingbird S. says:

    lets hope the offense was paying attention.. take pitches because the strikezone is really small

  34. Crime Dog says:

    Robbie really needs to stop making it blatantly obvious when he’s taking all the way, unless he’s baiting the pitcher (which he easily could be, but I have never seen him swing after obviously taking a ball all the way the pitch before)

  35. pat says:

    Let’s go Swish. Just pass the baton, no need to try and get wild.

  36. Mike Nitabach says:


  37. Difference between now and earlier in the season, after a four pitch lead off walk to A-Rod Robbie waited for a strike. Earlier in the season after four pitch walks it seemed like who ever was up was flailing at the first pitch.

    SWISH WHAT THE FUCK?!?!!?!?!?!?

  38. Kramerica Industries says:

    What in the world was Swisher thinking?


  39. Hummingbird S. says:

    really? what a fucking awful idea..

  40. Mike Axisa says:

    Anytime you can give an out to a pitcher struggling to throw strikes, do it.

  41. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Man I hope that Girardi didn’t call that bunt. Ridiculous decision.

  42. FIPster Doofus says:

    What the fuck was that, Swisher?

  43. teddy says:

    bench swisher now moron

  44. wow says:


  45. Greg says:

    Only thing I can think of that Swisher was bunting for a hit

  46. RetroRob says:

    Really? A bunt?


  47. Seriously that was the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard of happening on a baseball field. Ever.

    • RetroRob says:

      Trying to think who I’d be more annoyed at. If Girardi called it, or Swisher did it himself. I think Girardi, because it would reinforce that he believes in bunting so much he’s taking it to a new level. That had to be Swisher’s doing.

  48. jjyank says:


  49. jjyank says:

    Even Michael Kay didn’t get the bunt!

    • AaronGuielWithASmile says:

      Haha, I was thinking the exact same thing. When even Kay isn’t down with your ridiculous small-ball, you know you messed up.

  50. RI$P FTW says:

    Everyone’s being too harsh on Swisher. Give him a break. He was probably practicing his wacky moves in front of a mirror all night.

  51. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Yanks need a run here.

  52. RI$P FTW says:

    When did the Mets pick up Dallas Braden?

  53. Brandon says:

    I wasnt sure Girardi could get any dumber with all the dumb decisions he has made over his tenure. Then that just happened. What the fuck?!?!?!?! Is Joe serious with that?

    If that was all Swisher’s doing, he needs to be taken out of the game immediately. I dont care if it leaves us short handed. That was just about the dumbest possible thing someone can do.

    • Cuso says:

      There’s no way in hell Girardi called that. He did that on his own, without question.

    • jjyank says:

      Pretty sure that was Swisher’s call, and I’m pretty sure taking him out of the game would also be stupid. This isn’t little league, where benching a player to make a point can help. Swisher in the game gives the team the best chance to win going forward, bad bunt decision or not.

      • Brandon says:

        It does give us the best chance to win, but you can’t excuse that type of decision though. Theres stupid decisions, and then there are unexcusable stupid decisions. Calling a bunt in that situation was past unexcusable. That could have possibly been the dumbest decision I have ever seen in baseball..

        • jjyank says:

          It was stupid. I hope Swisher got bitched out by Girardi in between innings. But making the line up weaker to prove a generally meaningless point (in the scheme of things) is also stupid.

    • pat says:

      I’d have to say taking him out and leaving the team shorthanded would be dumber.

  54. Hummingbird S. says:

    yankees formula – get a runner in scoring position, do nothing after..

  55. Cuso says:

    Swisher single-handedly torpedoed that inning.

  56. Kramerica Industries says:

    Swisher fucked up the entire inning.

  57. wow says:

    idiotic. it’s amazing how unwatchable this team can be.

  58. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    I didn’t know Niese could dial it up to 94.

    Swisher gave him a freebie, but that was still a nice job by the Mets starter.

  59. Greg says:

    Should I put this in the loss column yet? Its feeling like it.

    I know Girardi is not that stupid to pull that.

  60. teddy says:

    mets get three, yanks get nothing, bench swisher, he ruined the inning .

    • jjyank says:

      Stupid bunt, yes, but benching him accomplishes nothing.

    • AaronGuielWithASmile says:

      What’s the point of benching him? Nothing positive comes from replacing a good hitter with Wise/Nix.

      Tell Swish that it was freaking moronic when he comes back to the bench, and move on.

    • Mike Nitabach says:

      As has been pointed out above, this isn’t little league, and you don’t bench a guy in the middle of a game to make a point.

  61. Mike Nitabach says:

    This Mets pitcher has an interesting throwing motion. There is something compact or abbreviated or whatever. (Not a pitching expert so I’m not sure how to describe it.)

  62. Brian S. says:

    If Girardi called for that he should be fired immediately.

  63. cjc says:

    Honestly i will not miss swisher

  64. stuart a says:

    shrewd move by swisher. that was on his own. he is a real scholar. what a joke, clown…the baseball iq of a dog.

    cano error cost them 2 runs not 1…

    this team cannot hit with RISP, it is staggering…..

  65. Jamey says:

    I hope Girardi finally gets what he’s always wanted for Christmas this year, a time machine to take him back where he can manage a NL team in the late 1970′s.

  66. Brian S. says:

    Remember when Swisher bunted against Boston last year when there was already one out? That was just as bad.

  67. Athenian says:

    Too many 3-2 counts.

  68. Greg says:

    Yep its that kind of day for the Yankees. We should all turn off the game now

  69. stuart a says:

    swisher is so avg. hitting 250 for him is good…..

    i will enjoy the day that clown is gone. bunting on his own in that spot is inexcusable for the level of stupidity…

  70. pat says:

    Apparently you don’t fuck with the Hairston. I apologize everyone.

  71. RI$P FTW says:

    Maybe Swish can replace Millar or Sean Casey as MLBN’s resident wacky guy.

  72. First time lawng time says:

    The Yankees always seem to do poorly whenever I watch them.

  73. AaronGuielWithASmile says:


  74. Dela G says:

    that was funny

  75. Mike Nitabach says:

    I love that play.

  76. Cuso says:

    Kiss him on the cheek? Coney, were you out partying again last night?

  77. Kramerica Industries says:

    The balk premise doesn’t make sense to begin with.

    “Not allowed to deceive the baserunner.”

    WTF do you think pitcher’s are trying to do in pick-off situations? No deception will ruin the whole point.

  78. mike_h says:

    Hairston TOOTBLAN

  79. Dela G says:

    that’s crazy that cone didnt even play full time high school baseball

  80. pat says:

    54 pitches through 3. Pretty much back on schedule. Yay AP.

  81. Mike N says:

    That was a better inning for Pettite.

  82. Greg says:

    Swisher saying “I thought the third baseman wouldn’t charge…”

  83. RetroRob says:

    If Jeter decides to bunt…

  84. wow says:

    Man on first!. Bunt him over NOW!!!!11!!

  85. Hummingbird S. says:

    very predictable

  86. Greg says:

    Well done Cone, well done

  87. Cuso says:

    Jesus Jeter, come the frick on.

  88. Kramerica Industries says:

    At long last, Jeter finally seems to have fallen back into that shell-of-himself version that we saw until June of 2011.

    Another instance of idiocy.

  89. Hummingbird S. says:

    Jeter could use a week off..

  90. flamingo says:

    Jeter’s BA has dropped by what, a hundred points in the past month? There’s unsustainable production and then there’s a terrible slump and way too many ground balls.

  91. Pat D says:

    Jeter and Granderson are getting on my nerves.

  92. Greg says:

    Problem is that the Rays are kicking the crap out of the Marlins and they will be further ahead in first place. If Orioles win, they pass us too.

  93. Mike N says:

    I’m not worried about the Os.

  94. Pat D says:

    Willie Mays, Duke Snider…

  95. Mike N says:

    All right. Let’s get something going this inning!

  96. Cuso says:

    Pettitte has righted his ship. Now let’s see if the offense can wake up from their Sunday drive mentality.

  97. pat says:

    My goodness this new Adam Sandler movie looks horrific. When you start quoting random Twitter users in your previews that doesn’t bode well.

  98. Athenian says:

    Ok, now time for some offense. Make this hack work, tired of seeing his cocky stroll off the mound between innings. Dude, you play for the Mets, that’s B league.

  99. RetroRob says:

    Am I the only one who wants the lions to be sent to the bank in the Chase commercial?

  100. jjyank says:

    Hopefully Andy is pulling a CC “THAT’S ALL THEY GET!” and the Yanks come back and score some runs.

  101. Ethan says:


  102. Hummingbird S. says:

    warning track power.. 2012 alex

  103. Mike N says:

    Crap. Is the wind blowing in today?

  104. pat says:

    Not anymore, Alex. :(

  105. Greg says:

    Balls not carrying today anywhere

  106. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    I think it’s time to call up Dickerson.

  107. Hummingbird S. says:

    theres Cano.. hacking his way into a shitty AB

  108. Greg says:

    Cant blame Swisher on that at bat. The 3-1 pitch was a ball called a strike.

    This is just one of those games where nothing is going the Yankees way

    • RetroRob says:

      …so far.

      I have faith they’ll have at least one big inning here.

      Pettitte’s control issues in the 2nd hurt, although three of the four hits he’s give up were bleeders, including one by Jeter I think most SS’s would have had.

      • Hummingbird S. says:

        It’s Nix on the field. But he looks like he has the same range as Jeter going to his left

        • RetroRob says:


          Watching the game with the sound off. Didn’t realize Jeter wasn’t in the field. But, yeah, I don’t think Nix has any great range out there either.

        • JohnnyC says:

          Worse. Can’t believe Cashman would leave the team without a real shortstop on the bench. Send down Nunez if you want but bring in a viable shortstop. Even Ramiro Pena.

      • Ethan says:

        Nix you mean?

    • RI$P FTW says:

      It’s a conspiracy.

      • Brian S. says:

        Pettitte didn’t get the outside corner in the second inning. But Niese gets up and away. That pisses me off.

    • Hummingbird S. says:

      strikezone has been awful, and it’s hurting the Yankees a lot more than the Mets

    • Kosmo says:

      it ain´t over till it´s over

    • Mike Axisa says:

      This is just one of those games where nothing is going the Yankees way

      Except for when Niese gift-wrapped the Yankees two base-runners to lead off the second. Hard enough to beat the other team, don’t need to beat your own stupidity as well.

  109. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Those Braves jerseys are sharp.

  110. Mike N says:

    LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!

  111. Kramerica Industries says:

    Pettitte’s a maniac today.

    Time for the O to follow suit.

  112. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Andy in fine form.

  113. RetroRob says:

    Pick-offs #100 and 101 today.

  114. Crime Dog says:

    Seems like the Mets’ book on Andy is run, run, run

  115. pat says:

    While he has stymied us so far, I feel like Neise has been on the verge of imploding.

  116. Crime Dog says:

    Side note: does it bug anyone else when Jeter DH’s? It leaves little wiggle room for late in the game when you may want to PH for Nix, because nobody else on the bench can play SS and you don’t want to lose the DH

  117. pat says:

    Oof, I bet that freaking kills.

  118. The 2-2 Struck-no no he foul ti *pause* no he struck him out.

    John Sterling at his best everybody. Also, if I didn’t know Jeter was DHing, I’d think he’s at short with the amount of time He’s called Nix Jeter.

  119. 718 (Bronx) says:

    Offense is dead and so is this game. Yankees won 2 of 3, that’s good enough.

  120. Dennis says:

    Cone coming with that ether.

  121. Greg says:

    Just feels like a fait accompli. 2 of 3 is alright.

  122. Dan in Atlanta says:

    Anyone know who is doing the YES broadcasts for the Atlanta series?

  123. Ivan says:

    Cmon offesne lets go..

  124. Brian S. says:

    Niese looks like Cliff Lee out there

    • JohnnyC says:

      He was far more handsome before Carlos Beltran paid for his nose job. This is true. I’m not making this up.

  125. Will The Thrill says:

    Yanks can’t get even a damn single and capitalize on a RISP opportunity early, then the opposing team’s pitcher gets his confidence back and settles in. How many times must we go through this?

  126. Mike N says:

    OH, SHIT!

  127. Pat D says:

    Oh, for the love of something…

  128. Andy, if you’re not ok I’ll kill you.

  129. pat says:

    Looks like he’s in a lot of pain. Trying to gut it out. Andy is a warrior.

  130. Ivan says:

    you guys are really conceeding this game?!?!

  131. Greg says:

    I cant understand how that can injure a person. He caught it clean in the hand. IT would sting yes, but it shouldn’t break anything

  132. RI$P FTW says:

    Another genius athlete.

  133. flamingo says:


  134. any winces or anything while throwing? I mean don’t get me wrong, I know that hurt, but your inner hand is the most padded part of your hand..so I’d think he’s ok if he didn’t bend a finger the wrong way/to far back.

  135. Ethan says:

    We continue to miss Gardy

  136. Mike N says:

    He’s in pain.

  137. Pat D says:

    This guy should nickname himself “The Pasta.”

    But I guess that’s too obvious.

  138. I hate John Sterling. so much. That went from being caught by granderson, to being gone, to being caught by Swisher.

  139. Cuso says:

    By the way, Ibanez is a much better defender than Andruw in this point in their careers. And it’s not even close.

    That’s saying something. Jones may have the instincts and the Gold Gloves, but he’s less than a shadow of what he was. No arm, no range, no hustle.

  140. Kramerica Industries says:

    Smoltz talking about Game 5 in 1996 just reminds me of this:


  141. Hummingbird S. says:

    What a horrible swing

  142. Brian S. says:

    Time for Phelps? Or is he not allowed to pitch anymore?

  143. Jesus, if you were to just listen to Suzyn Waldman you’d think that Andy was shot in the hand with an RPG.

  144. RetroRob says:

    I remember looking at only one doubleplay for Jeter through April and thinking regression is coming. Okay, regression has swung too far thee other way.

  145. pat says:

    Grandy is all sorts of crossed up right now. Could probably use a blow.

  146. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Great piece of hitting by Granderson.

  147. Kramerica Industries says:

    Uh oh.

    1/2, 0 out, 3/4/5 due up.

    Oh well. It was worth a shot.

  148. Hummingbird S. says:

    Great AB by Grandy..

  149. Will The Thrill says:

    A double steal would be nice here.

  150. RetroRob says:

    Disappointed. No bunt attempt by Tex.

  151. Tex definitely swings at that 0-2 pitch earlier in the season.

  152. Officially like the Mets booth, they just made a Harry Potter reference.

  153. Hummingbird S. says:

    WHY? why swing at that shit over your head?

  154. Brian S. says:

    Oh Teix…

  155. Mike N says:

    OK. Bring in Jeter from third. Do this.

  156. Greg says:

    Would they walk ARod to face Cano?

  157. Will The Thrill says:

    Arod a single or a walk would be fine. We don’t want you to fly out to the warning track again.

  158. Mike N says:


  159. Kramerica Industries says:

    Oh fuck me sideways…

  160. Dennis says:

    God he sucks.

  161. C says:

    6th DP this series…

  162. Hummingbird S. says:

    great run producers we have..

  163. Pat D says:


  164. wow says:


  165. Well…there’s still a chance we win this game. But, it’s almost statistically impossible to win every game.

  166. Arya says:

    Aren’t these RISP numbers supposed to improve? They’ve done nothing but go down even further today. Two situations where we had 1st and 2nd and no outs. One idiotic bunt and a DP, just terrible.

    • Athenian says:

      Actually they are improving. They are now failing more with bases loaded than just with runners at second and/or third.

  167. Greg says:

    That was a base hit without the shift. Nothing going their way

  168. Brian S. says:

    There really is no hyperbole extreme enough to describe our hitting with RISP.

  169. Ivan says:


  170. Hummingbird S. says:

    its automatic, if there’s a runner on 2nd or 3rd, they start hitting like Cody Ransom..

  171. Athenian says:

    The combination of old age, bad luck, and “well that sucks”.

  172. Dennis says:

    Yankees should offer anyone who convinces arod to retire 10m.

  173. Cuso says:

    Takes the pitch he should swing at, swings at the pitcher’s pitch because he’s afraid to get in a strikeout count. A-Rod is just about the easiest guy in the lineup to pitch to right now.

    He “guesses” and “hopes” during his ABs.

  174. Will The Thrill says:

    These defense shifts will be the death of me. Yanks have to be the unluckiest team ever. Almost everything the Yankees seem to hit is right at someone. I’d become homer happy too after constantly seeing my grounders and line drives caught.

  175. Crime Dog says:

    In other news, Nova will be attempting to tie the AL league lead in wins tomorrow going for his 8th. WIth a 5+ ERA. Yeaaaa…

  176. Mike N says:

    Good job, Rapada!

  177. AJ no hitter against KC through 5.

  178. Greg says:

    Its difficult with ARod. On the one hand, we don’t win in 2009 without him. On the other hand, we’re saddled by his contract. Its almost 50/50

  179. jjyank says:

    Heyyyyy good LOOGY

    *gives cookie*

  180. Brian S. says:

    What did Phelps do to Girardi to make him hate him so much?

  181. Cuso says:

    John Smoltz with the “Baseball Stars” reference.

    Pure awesome.

  182. 718 (Bronx) says:

    Tex and A-Rod, two of the most unclutch players in baseball!

  183. Crime Dog says:

    With the rare appearances of Phelps, I’d rather they send him down to make starts and bring up another short reliever. This is silly

  184. stuart a says:

    arod is on pace for under 80 rbi’s. he has been horrible…

    this team will be 0 and 13 if they lose and do not hit a homer.

    there issues with RISP are beyond ludicrous….arod is horrible plain and simple. throw in swisheer, cano, tex, etc and you have a all or nothing team. when ibanez at 250 with RISP looks good you know this team has huge issues..
    jeter with 10 GIDP in a month!!!!that is hard to do if you tried……

  185. Mike N says:

    Should Girardi be fired for leaving Rapada in that entire inning?

  186. Ivan says:

    this game is killing me…

  187. Ethan says:

    I think Niese is blinding them with his nose.

  188. RetroRob says:

    Burnett with a no-hitter through five.

  189. Kramerica Industries says:

    And another double play.


  190. pat says:

    Fucking smoked it right at 3B. Of course.

  191. Mike Axisa says:

    The Yankees really don’t ground into enough double plays. Fuck.

  192. Hummingbird S. says:

    what a game by the offense.

  193. flamingo says:

    It’s just this kinda day.

  194. Greg says:

    Just not their day. He hits it hard right at somebody

  195. Mike N says:

    Swisher is making an awfully high leg kick. Is that typical for him?

  196. RetroRob says:


    Bunt Swisher, bunt!

    Run, Forrest, run!

  197. Brian S. says:

    Cannot wait until Swisher is off the team.

  198. Will The Thrill says:

    Yup. Nick Swisher isn’t going to be on the 2013 New York Yankees. What a bum!

  199. Hummingbird S. says:

    a homer here to make them pay for this error would be awesome.

  200. Jon says:

    Man what’s the record for gidps seems like it happened every inning

  201. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    It’s a brand new ballgame!

  202. Mike Axisa says:

    Love this stadium.

  203. Arya says:


  204. Mike N says:


  205. Will The Thrill says:

    I miss Melky.


  206. Greg says:

    Has Lady Luck begun to turn?

  207. YS3 SPECIAL!!!!!!

    Just enough Mussel, Mr. Martin.

    1 run game, but this game is over everybody =P

  208. Mike N says:

    I wonder what Girardi just told the bullpen? Sit Phelps back down?

  209. pat says:

    When that went out Hernandez made the most disgusted sound I’ve ever heard a broadcaster make.

  210. jjyank says:

    Wooo! One more boys! I had a good feeling after the Wright error.

  211. Kramerica Industries says:

    Of course, the downside is that I’m still haunted by images of Jeter’s dying flyball in Game 5 last year to RF.

    Two more feet and the Yankees win that series. The time when the short porch was not short enough…

  212. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Can any French speakers tell me what Sterling’s ramblings after Martin homers means?

  213. pat says:

    I love homeruns, but I love them more when they end an opposing pitchers day on a sour note.

  214. Cuso says:

    Mike Trout is absolutely freaking unconscious. If Darvish gets ROY over him, the sportswriters should be drawn and quartered.

  215. Pat D says:

    Hmm. Really do wonder where that would have landed, but, too late to worry now.

    • RetroRob says:

      What do you mean? It seemed to hit the top of the wall. Did he get his glove on it and deflect it?

      • Mike N says:

        Question is whether the ball would have bounced back into the field and been in play had the fan not reached out for it.

      • Pat D says:

        He didn’t get his glove on it. But from the one replay the guy reached forward, so it was hard to tell if he reached over the wall.

        Then they showed the replay even with the wall, and the ball bounced straight up, so it looks like he did not.

    • Brian S. says:

      As long as Mets fans are mad it doesn’t matter.

  216. Hummingbird S. says:

    shut them down Wade. Please!

  217. Mike N says:

    Am I remembering correctly that 53 was Matsui’s number?

  218. pat says:

    Freeze him with a bender inside, plz.

  219. RetroRob says:

    Everybody on their phones. Ray Bradbury alarmed.

  220. RetroRob says:

    I don’t understand the controversy. Why would there be a review and why would they overturn that HR? The guys didn’t reach over. Hit the top of the wall and went into the seats. HR.

  221. Mike N says:


  222. Mike Axisa says:

    Best double ever.

  223. Mike N says:


  224. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    GREAT baserunning by Jeter.

    Let’s go!

  225. Kramerica Industries says:

    Oh Derek…

    Time to waste this RISP opportunity.

  226. Hummingbird S. says:

    just like we imagined!

  227. pat says:

    The essence of Jeter.

  228. Good Job taking the extra base there Jeets.

  229. Arya says:

    Don’t bunt Grandy. Joe’s probably going to give the bunt sign and he’ll bunt it right back to the pitcher.

  230. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Nick Swisher suggests a bunt in this situation.

  231. Pat D says:

    Wow, can’t believe Girardi won’t bunt!

  232. RetroRob says:

    So help me if he bunts, I’ll cut a body part off.

    No I won’t. I’ll cut someone else’s body part off.

  233. Pat D says:

    I cannot believe they held him up!

  234. Mike N says:


  235. Hummingbird S. says:

    a DP drives in a run! I like our chances here..

  236. Kramerica Industries says:

    That hit was too perfect!!

    Hah, Now what happens?

  237. pat says:

    Perfect. Time for a Tex popup followed by an Arod DP.

  238. Cuso says:

    Ugh. I know there’s no outs, but that was soft enough to send him given their RISP futility

  239. If Jeter doesn’t score this run now, I’m going to kill Robbie Thompson. I’m only listening to the game but Second base is called “scoring position” for a reason.

  240. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Dear Tex: no pop ups!

  241. YankeesJunkie says:

    Gotta get one run in this situation, no question.

  242. Brian S. says:

    We can’t seriously fuck this up can we?

  243. Athenian says:

    If Grandy keeps going opposite, look out. That will really open up things.

  244. YankeesJunkie says:

    Hell yeah!

  245. AaronGuielWithASmile says:


  246. Kramerica Industries says:

    Oh it’s about fucken time.

  247. Greg says:


  248. TEX!!!! w/ the sustainable ground ball rally lol

  249. Mike N says:

    WOO! HOO!!!!!

    This is fucking great!! I love baseball!

  250. Cuso says:

    A single!!!!!!!!!! HOORAYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!

  251. Robinson Tilapia says:

    This is awesome.

  252. flamingo says:


  253. Greg says:

    That was the same ball A Rod hit an inning before except the second baseman was not shifted towards the bag

  254. Hummingbird S. says:

    comon Alex, dont choke

  255. Pat D says:

    Wow, Kay just forgot that Jeter DH’ed today.

  256. Brian S. says:

    All we need is a sac fly A-Rod…

  257. jjyank says:

    Love that Mets bullpen!

  258. Mike Axisa says:

    That … looked like strike three.

  259. pat says:

    Easily looked like strike 3.

  260. HAHAHA ALEX W/ THE BLOOP!!!!!!!!!!!!

  261. Mike Axisa says:

    And the Yankees take the lead.

  262. Hummingbird S. says:

    great rally!

  263. Mike N says:

    HAHAHAHAH!!!!!!! YAY-ROD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  264. Cuso says:

    Smile. Big smile.

  265. Dennis says:

    Hahaha all the luck has turned

  266. Greg says:

    Yep the luck has turned. Now we are getting the bloops and bleeders

  267. Kramerica Industries says:

    After all the Mets luck today, it’s time the Yankees got some in return.

  268. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    When did the Mets become the Bad News Bears?

    This is the funniest rally ever!

  269. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Ladies and gentlemen, The New York Mets in a nutshell.

  270. swishers fauxhawk says:

    The dreaded bloop single

  271. flamingo says:


  272. Pat D says:

    That’s what you call an infield in hit.

  273. Frank says:

    Mr. Clutch comes through

  274. Kramerica Industries says:

    Meanwhile, Danny Espinosa just put Washington ahead with a two-out, two-run Monster freebie.

    So that’s a nice little side-note.

  275. meanwhile in Boston, Washington is up 3-2 and looking for the sweep as well.

  276. jjyank says:

    Finally cheap hits go our way!

  277. Robinson Tilapia says:

    I will never understand Met fans. You are given the choice between a Rolls Royce and a hunk of shit and what do you, year in year out, choose?

    I do love my Met fan friends, though.

  278. Brian S. says:

    Remember everyone, we should all turn off the game in the third inning because we are definitely losing this game.

  279. Kramerica Industries says:

    Seeing a Mets lefty just reminds me…

    is Pedro Feliciano still alive?

  280. Brian S. says:

    Swisher is closing in on that 100 wRC+. He wants to be league average so bad.

  281. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    So is Rafael Soriano’s entrance music his own personal theme song, or what?

  282. Time for Rafeal “John Wettland” Soriano, MFIKY.

  283. Brian S. says:

    Ibanez hasn’t been good since Anaheim.

  284. Kramerica Industries says:

    Insurance would’ve been nice.

    I look forward to Soriano finishing this game off (hopefully).

    I don’t look forward to his continued disrespect to the pinstripes if/when that happens, though. George rolls in his grave every time that happens.

  285. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Oh crap

  286. RetroRob says:

    WTF is Kay talking about? Mo is scheduled to be back in April. It doesn’t take a year from surgery.

  287. damnit MFKIY. Mother fucker, I WILL kill you.

  288. Pat D says:

    I thought Granderson only made misreads on balls hit in front of him.

  289. Karl Krawfid says:

    Why the hell would you be that shallow?

  290. Pat D says:

    Well this is fucking awesome.

  291. Are you kidding me Soriano? Seriously?

  292. Kramerica Industries says:

    Lack of insurance runs FTL.

  293. Karl Krawfid says:

    Who didn’t see this coming?

  294. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Right down Broadway.

  295. Crime Dog says:

    This is where the Proven Closer (TM) will kill you. Would’ve rather seen Logan vs. the lefty brigade here

  296. Brian S. says:

    Soriano is garbage.

  297. Cuso says:

    Ugh. Had a feeling this was set up well for Ike.

  298. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Oh fuck you with the miracle stick, Soriano.

  299. flamingo says:

    A walk-off would be nice, Yanks. Since the save is now out the window.

  300. jjyank says:

    Damn it I miss Mo so much.

  301. RetroRob says:


  302. pat says:

    Nix you sneaky dog!

  303. Mike Axisa says:

    Some play by Nix.

  304. Widget says:

    I’m not as mad at Soriano as I am with the offense today. They shouldn’t have even had to use soriano today.

  305. Mike N says:

    Huge play!

  306. Kramerica Industries says:

    Pleasantly surprised that worked.

    Get out of this without further damage, then finish these fuckers.

  307. 718 (Bronx) says:

    Nix might have just saved the game.

  308. Dela G says:

    what a throw

  309. Brian S. says:

    Also, getting an insurance run when we had 1st and 2nd no out would have been cool or something.

  310. Greg says:

    And to be fair to Soriano, Granderson screwed him with the misread in center

    • Mike Axisa says:

      Don’t blame the rocket hit on the outfielder.

    • RetroRob says:

      Ball hit at the CFer is tough. I know he likes to play shallow, but late in the game he should be moved back. Single in front is better than double or triple over the head. Would also give him more time to react on the line drive at him. But, whatever…

  311. Life with a normal closer sucks. I want Mo back.

  312. jjyank says:

    Wow ballsy play by Nix! Very awesome.

  313. Athenian says:

    Guess the Yankees are in need of a walk off. But will there be pie?

  314. Dan in Atlanta says:

    Jayson Nix >>>>>>>>>>>>> EEEEEE Nunez

  315. Kramerica Industries says:

    Suck harder, Raffy.

  316. Mike N says:

    Uh, oh.

  317. Karl Krawfid says:

    Why didn’t you just start the inning with Logan Joe?

  318. Widget says:

    Now I’m mad at Soriano. He has nothing.

  319. pat says:

    Loone Bogan 1 pitch win. Calling it now.

  320. Hummingbird S. says:

    Bad D and bad pitching.. thats how you lose the game. Granderson and Soriano blew this inning and possibly the game.

  321. Brian S. says:

    Soriano needs to opt out meow.

  322. Mike N says:

    That is really lame that they’re booing Soriano. Every closer blows saves, and I can’t ever remember Mariano being booed when he’s blown them.

  323. Crime Dog says:

    Yea, letting Soriano face Duda, Davis, Quantanilla and Murphy’s cool but Jordany Valdespin is where we draw the line.

    Amazing that all 30 managers are subject to the same groupthink that the closer needs to pitch the 9th inning every single time.

  324. Widget says:

    Logan should have started the damn inning. I hate losing to the Mets.

    • Greg says:

      Is Logan the closer? WOuld you have said the same thing if Rivera was the closer?

      • Crime Dog says:

        No obviously not. You’re beating this drum that Soriano should be given the same respect as Mo and it makes no sense.

        If Cano went down tomorrow, and Corban Joseph was brought up to replace him. Late in the game, if Andruw Jones were to pinch hit for him, would you say that’s a bad move because you wouldnt have pinch hit for Cano? No.

        • Greg says:

          He’s the closer. That’s his job. My god, how fickle

          • Crime Dog says:

            I’m just saying, in extreme circumstances (less than extreme, ideally), you’d want your manager to be more flexible with what pitcher pitches what inning.

            If I have 3 lefties in a row, and 4 out of the next 5 hitting and two very good relievers pitching (Soriano is better, but not against lefties), I’d want Logan in. I guess there’s an argument to be made either way, but there should be some flexibility, IMO.

            And this isn’t hindsight, I was saying I’d rather see Logan vs the lefties at the start of the inning.

        • Robinson Tilapia says:

          I like Rafael Soriano less than you do. He rubs me the wrong way. He is the closer on this team, and I will rally the hell behind him because I want the team to win. He is on my team. He is a Yankee.

          He also came to this team, whether we like how it happened or not, with quite a better pedigree than Corban Joseph.

          • Crime Dog says:

            The CoJo reference was a bit of a reach, I’ll agree. Just a quick reference point while trying to watch the game at the same time.

            My point is, just because he is the “closer” doesn’t mean he should be pidgeonholed in the 9th

        • Evan3457 says:

          You’re comparing a guy who’s actually succeeded at being a closer in the big leagues to the difference between Corban Joseph and Robbie Cano?


  325. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Let the record reflect that I’ve never liked Soriano.


  326. Athenian says:

    You have to hope Soriano continues to do well so he can exercise that opt out clause and leave.

    Another reason owners need to stay out of baseball decisions. Good job Mini Stein.

    • Pat D says:

      I hope you mean Randy Levine.

      • Athenian says:

        I thought it was the new George wannabe that did the signing, sending his minion Randy “I don’t even know how the game of baseball is played” Levine to do the dirty work?

        But if it was all Levine, further proof fancy titles in management structure are the definition of the Peter Principle, especially in his case.

  327. jjyank says:

    Good move by Joe. Go to the bullpen if Soriano doesn’t have it. Only Mo has earned the right to stay out there no matter what.

  328. Greg says:

    I agree. He’s 9/10 in save situations. Give him a break. We didn’t deserve to win this game in the first place

  329. Arya says:

    Soriano has been good and just had a bad game. It happens, even to Mariano. I blame the offense for having 1st and 2nd no outs three separate times this game, including last inning after A-Rod’s “single” and no runs were scored.

  330. Kramerica Industries says:

    Going back three years now, it seems like the Yankees blow an inordinate amount of saves in these damn TBS games…

    Hell, Mo blew one last year against the Mets. And I can recall blown saves against the Jays, O’s, and Twins as well.

  331. 718 (Bronx) says:

    Maybe clueless will learn a lesson. Soriano is not Rivera! You can’t just go to him in any save situation.

  332. Hummingbird S. says:

    hanger, got away with that slider

  333. Mike N says:

    If I am recalling correctly, Mariano has even blown two saves in a row.

  334. pat says:

    Looks like he’s been throwing the curve. Get him with the slide right now. MArty’s gotta block it though.

  335. Mike N says:

    Hell, YEAH!

  336. Pat D says:

    Thole should have been tossed. Made contact with the ump and gestured with his bat.

  337. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    What it Thole complaining about? That was a hanger!

  338. Crime Dog says:

    Oh MAN Thole should’ve gotten tossed there. That would’ve been great, no catcher left after him.

  339. Dan in Atlanta says:

    This is Soriano’s first blown save in 10 tries. That’s pretty much the same rate as Mo. Get over it.

  340. Hummingbird S. says:

    Logan has to get this hitter..

  341. pat says:


  342. Kramerica Industries says:

    Finish these fuckers.

    I don’t even care how.

  343. Hummingbird S. says:

    NICE! Robbie!

  344. Brian S. says:

    We haven’t had a walkoff home run since 2010. It’s time.

  345. RetroRob says:

    Let’s be honest. It’ll be even more enjoyable to break the Mets on a walk-off.

  346. Athenian says:

    Cano is just sooooooooooooooooooooo cool.

  347. Pat D says:

    So Logan was on the mound and licked his hand.

    Isn’t that supposed to be a balk or an automatic ball or did they relax that rule?

  348. forensic says:

    What’s with the clamoring for Logan over soriano to start the inning? Half of the lefties were pinch hitters and wouldn’t have been there if Logan was in. He blew the save, it sucks but that’s life.

  349. RI$P FTW says:

    holy shit.

  350. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Ballgame over! Yankees win!

  351. Arya says:

    SHE’S GONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! MARTIN!!!!!!

  352. Hummingbird S. says:


  353. Dan in Atlanta says:


  354. Greg says:


  355. RetroRob says:

    Russel the Muscle!

  356. Mike Axisa says:

    All aboard the Russ Bus.

  357. Mike N says:


    WHAT A FUCKING GAME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  358. Robinson Tilapia says:

    *Faces the borough of Queens and grabs his nuts*

    Take THAT.


  359. pat says:

    He fucking better not have just hurt himself.

  360. Cy Pettitte says:

    Russ! what a game

  361. Pat D says:

    And I was so ready to call Nix as the hero, figuring that the defensive play would be good karma.

  362. forensic says:


    Now let’s see some pie!

  363. flamingo says:

    NO WAY

  364. Dan in Atlanta says:

    Too many homeruns!

  365. Kramerica Industries says:


    First walk-off home run for the Yankees since September 2010!

  366. AaronGuielWithASmile says:


  367. Karl Krawfid says:

    Russ almost broke his leg

  368. Widget says:

    Suck it mets.

  369. Athenian says:

    WHERE IS THE PIE!!!!!!!!!!!!

  370. jjyank says:


  371. Brian S. says:


  372. pat says:

    Still not enough. Yanks needed to take 4 of 4 from the Mets to stay relevant in the Al East.


  373. Adam says:

    Wait…wait…I thought we lost the game already? That’s what people said above?

  374. Greg says:

    Oh well. Invisible pie vibes for Martin

  375. mustang says:


    AND BTW those of you had given up on Martin he now has more HR then Montero.


  376. Pat D says:

    Awww, no pie.

    Yea, he better not have fucked up his leg.

  377. Crime Dog says:

    Yeah I saw Russ rounding third and hoped to God he wouldnt pull and Kendrys Morales. And he did. But he’s fine thankfully.

    What a game. What a series. Yanks are officially on a roll

  378. Athenian says:

    Ok, NO PIE??? Yankees officially just ruined a great win. Lame, lame, lame!

  379. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Nothing like an anti-smoking commercial to celebrate a walk-off with.

  380. Betty Lizard says:

    It’s been a little rocky this year wiith my baseball boyfriend, Russell Martin. But now? My season, she is made.

  381. Kevin G. says:

    Hey Miami thanks for the help.

  382. Kramerica Industries says:

    It was time to finally sweep somebody.

    Not finishing on Thursday was frustrating. At least they finished today.

    5-1 homestand. Off to Atlanta!

  383. Cy Pettitte says:

    Is there a reason why ARod always grabs the helmet of the player who gets the walk off hit right after he tosses it?

  384. jjyank says:

    I miss the pie. Oh well, nothing heightens my mood for the day like a walk off!

  385. FIPster Doofus says:

    Martin’s wOBA is nearing .350. He sucks!

  386. Frank says:

    Russell doing his best Kendry Morales imitation.

  387. Mike N says:

    What a great day!

  388. Robinson Tilapia says:

    I’m 5’7″. Jon Rauch is about 6’10″. This is God’s cruel joke. He could have given me a couple of those inches of height in order to at least make me taller than my wife.

    • jjyank says:

      You should try heels.

    • Haha, one of my keys when it comes to finding a girl is she must be shorter than me, and I’m 5’8″

      • jjyank says:

        So glad I’m 6’2”. If a girl is taller than me, that’s just weird.

        • Pat D says:

          I’m 6’4″, so I guess I’m lucky.

          • You have no idea how lucky you are.

          • jjyank says:

            Not when you have to fly on an airplane! I feel ya brother, sometimes being short is a good thing.

            • Pat D says:

              Oh, yea, it’s nice to be tall, but there are surely disadvantages.

              I always sit to the back in movie theaters, because I don’t want to block someone else’s view. But I always try for the handicapped row that most stadium screens have because my knees are apt to get sore very quickly and I need to keep them stretched out.

              I haven’t been on an airplane for 5 years, luckily. That was also the last time I was at a theme park. What I’ve found is that some rides don’t agree with me anymore. I don’t think I’ll ever go on Space Mountain again.

              • Really? The only reason I’ll never go on space mountain again is because it was a waste of time after an hour and a half spent online.

                • Kramerica Industries says:

                  waste of time after an hour and a half spent online.

                  No wonder. You’re doing it wrong.

                • Pat D says:

                  Yea, it’s kind of outdated in terms of roller coasters. The whole point of the ride is that it’s supposed to be dark and you can’t see where you’re going.

                  So it has a lot of twists and turns. Now I’m very overweight in addition to being tall, but it’s really just the height aspect that’s troublesome on that ride. The restraint only came up as far as the middle of my legs, so on every sudden twist and turn, my legs were quite uncomfortable.

                  So unless they increase the size of the cars, which is unlikely, I don’t think I’ll be on it again.

                  I went to Great Adventure when I was a senior in high school and found a bunch of the rides then to be uncomfortable, especially the Batman ride.

          • Havok9120 says:

            6’6″ and my body keeps sneaking centimeters. I think I finally finished up during the winter though.

      • Kramerica Industries says:

        Height isn’t an important factor to me.

        My supremacist views lie squarely in terms of age. Must be the older half.

        • Pat D says:

          I don’t know if I could handle someone obviously smarter than me.

          Someone who’s equal to me would be fine, but if I was with someone obviously smarter than me, I’d feel pretty emasculated.

    • mustang says:

      I hear you LOL. I’m also 5’7, but at least I’m taller then my wife.


  389. Jimmy McNulty says:

    Great weekend for the bombers. Bad day to bench Russell Martin in fantasy. At any rate we saw Soriano blow his first save, although I can’t imagine we’ll see his first 1-2-3 inning anytime soon. Way to keep pace with Tampa.

    • forensic says:

      Arguably he had a 1-2-3 inning on the 6th. It was just after nova was left in to start the inning.

    • RetroRob says:

      Not sure who you replaced Martin with at catcher, but I’d leave him active. He’s been hitting well lately, and he’s a streaky hitter, and he’s on the good side of the sreak at the moment.

  390. Greg says:

    Nationals just got to Aceves in the top of the ninth. 4-3 Nats going to the bottom

  391. Fernando says:

    No more Kendry-like jumps on homer celebrations!!!!!!!!!!

  392. Bobby V asshole just got tossed for arguing balls and strikes. The pitch was borderline, but way to close to take.

  393. Kramerica Industries says:

    Nats sweep the Red Sox.


    • forensic says:

      Their announcers said its their second sweep at home this season, with the orioles being the other one. I guess they decided to pretend the Yankees series didn’t happen, even though it ended up only being 2 games.

  394. Jimmy McNulty says:

    Wow. And the Nats Sweep.

  395. forensic says:

    Well, the marlins sure do suck, but at least the nationals took care of business this weekend.

  396. Greg says:

    And the Orioles walkoff against the Phillies. Double by Wieters, Jones scores

  397. JScott says:

    Surprised to read through this thread and see so much credence being given the JustThisSideOfMeaningless Save stat given so much love viz Soriano. I wasn’t nearly as down on this signing as were many here. But facts are still facts. Prior to joining the Yankees Soriano never had a WHIP worse than 1.06 in any season where he pitched at least 50 innings. Last year he was at 1.30; this season it’s 1.43 going into today and probably north of 1.50 given today’s atrocity. Pretty Save% notwithstanding Soriano hasn’t been much good and I, for one, am concerned.

  398. Dela G says:

    jon rauch looks like a scary man in that locker room

    he at least knows he’s been sucking this year

  399. SMK says:

    What I heard as Pedroia went down swinging to finish off the sweep for the Nats:


  400. JScott says:

    Continuing on this point, the Soriano/Wetteland comparison has become a common meme in the “Closers who live on the edge but get the job done” category. In 1996 Wetteland’s WHIP was 1.18. Detroit’s Valverde got a lot of notice for having one of those hair-raising but effective years last season. His WHIP was 1.19.

    Soriano is either gonna stop putting so many people on base or he’s gonna start accumulating blown saves on a semi-regular basis.

    • forensic says:

      Prior to today, he had a 1.0 whip since he’s been the closer. Not a big sample, but it’s something.

      • JScott says:

        forensic, how is that possible? The guy never pitches a “clean” inning. There are always people on base.

        • forensic says:

          He had one outing with no hits/walks, just a jeter error. Had another with a one batter dp to end a game. Had another retiring 3 straight after nova started the inning. 9 innings, 7 hits, 2 walks.

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