Game 83: Let’s Play Two

Start Your Trade Engines: D'Backs could deal Justin Upton
Yanks take early game behind Garcia, homers
It’s actually 8.5 now. (REUTERS/Brian Snyder)

Because one Yankees-Red Sox isn’t grueling enough, the two teams will play a pair of games today. We’re looking at eight total hours of eight-pitch at-bats, pitching changes, balls on the Monstah … the stuff that makes these games so drawn out and intense in the first place. So find a comfy chair and settle in, this won’t be a typical Saturday of baseball. Here’s the lineup…

DH Derek Jeter
1B Mark Teixeira
3B Alex Rodriguez
2B Robinson Cano
RF Nick Swisher
LF Andruw Jones
SS Jayson Nix
CF Darnell McDonald
Chris Stewart

RHP Freddy Garcia

This afternoon’s game starts at 12:30pm ET and can be seen on YES locally and MLB Network nationally. Enjoy.

Roster Notes: Cory Wade has officially been added as the 26th man for today. He must do back to Triple-A tomorrow per the new Collective Bargaining Agreement. The Yankees do not have any minor leaguers waiting at the team hotel for a potential between-game roster move, so it’s these 26 fellas and no one else.

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Start Your Trade Engines: D'Backs could deal Justin Upton
Yanks take early game behind Garcia, homers
  • Cy Pettitte

    there’s like two legit bats in the Sox game 1 line up. please win this.

    • The Guns of Navarone

      Freddy Garcia laughs at the lineup as he carves through the Red Sox hitters all afternoon resulting in a CG, 3 hit shutout.

      This and more fairy tales available in Hans Christian Andersen’s Book of Mermaids, Marvels and Magic.

    • http://www.twitter.com/tomzig Tom Zig

      Their lineup looks like its from a September game

  • Ro

    Dang. Darnell McDonald again. Mark me down as not being excited about this acquisition. Put’s the Qualls acquisition in Felix Hernandez category compared to McDonald.

  • Tyrone Sharpton

    ESPNNY reporting that Hughes is starting the day game…makes more sense for matchup reasons. Maybe they’re wrong?

    • The Guns of Navarone

      I could’ve sworn I saw Garcia warming up in the YES pregame show.

  • Paul VuvuZuvella

    You go to War with the Fellas you got.

  • BK2ATL

    Any idea on how many more minor league options Wade has left?

    • Paul VuvuZuvella

      No but I believe this 26th man rule doesn’t cost/waste one.

      • BK2ATL

        Good to know. Thx.

        Would love to see Wade go back to his pre-June effective self and get recalled later in the year, not that Eppley or Qualls have been ineffective or anything.

      • forensic

        They already used an option by sending him to the minors a couple days ago, so whether this one would count or not doesn’t matter. Each year is an option, not each trip up and down.

        • Paul VuvuZuvella

          Ah.

  • Pat D

    Death Penalty!!!!

  • RI$P FTW

    Why wouldn’t they have any minor league guys waiting at the hotel? Is that smart?

    • Paul VuvuZuvella

      $mart? They’re dummie$ with bat$ and ball$.

      • RI$P FTW

        True. I guess the managers are as dumb as the players.

  • Pat D

    Oh, Kay, you moron.

  • Pat D

    That story about the Yankees almost acquiring Morales last year reminds me of NCAA recruiting scandals since I was just watching the ESPN SMU documentary.

  • jjyank

    Holy crap that Sox lineup looks pathetic.

    • forensic

      It’s still Freddy Garcia. I’m not getting my hopes up.

      • jjyank

        Oh I know. I’m not implying the Yankees will win because of that, but I bet many Sox fans never thought they’d see a lineup like that.

        • Get Phelps Up

          On Over the Monster: “To put it simply: this may be the worst Red Sox lineup to play in a meaningful game in a decade.”

        • forensic

          Yeah, but many Yankee fans wouldn’t like to see a Jones-Nix-McDonald-Stewart half of a lineup either (was going to mention Swisher’s 0-fer streak, but sounds like he just solved that). Hopefully the Yankee half wins out, but I don’t have much faith in Garcia, even against that lineup.

  • The Guns of Navarone

    In this ballpark, any time can put up double-digit runs. This park is a pinball machine. That’s all I was thinking last night as flyballs scraped off the wall and balls in the gap bounced around in a triangle 420 feet away.

    • The Guns of Navarone

      Any lineup**

  • Paul VuvuZuvella

    Classic DJ.

  • Mike N

    I was at the Stadium last night for Roger Waters’s The Wall. It was really strange to be at Yankee Stadium without a game going on. Of course, I wore a Yankee cap and t-shirt! It was also hilarious that the entire Stadium was filled with weed smoke.

    And after an awesome concert, as we were exiting, one of the Stadium employees said to me, “And the Yanks beat the Socks tonight!” I cheered.

    • OMG! Bagels!

      With that Jumbotron there wasn’t a bad seat in the house was there?

      • Mike N

        The huge Wall screen was unbelievable. They must have some kind of serious cutting edge projection system: the combination of the size–probably thirty feet high and two hundred feet wide–and the resolution was staggering.

  • The Guns of Navarone

    Sure, why not.

  • MannyGeee

    Yikes sounded like that ball got the bat… I thought I heard a plunk.

  • MannyGeee

    Jery Remy and Don Orsillo are now conversing about how bad a name is ‘pinky’ for an athletes finger…

    So I miss micheal Kay now

    • jjyank

      Haha so are athlete’s fingers supposed to have different names than other people’s?

      • MannyGeee

        They’re not exactly what you’d call ‘analysts’.., more like chimps with microphones…

        • Pat D

          I loathe Orsillo with every fiber of my being. Remy is back and forth. Some times he’s quite astute, other times he’s a Hawk Harrelson clone.

  • jjyank

    Please be okay Robbie.

  • Pat D

    0 for 17? Jeez, Swisher has been streaky as shit this year.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Swish!

  • Pat D

    Garbage time, bitches.

  • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

    Garbage Time!!!

  • Mike N

    SWISH!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HAHAHAHAHAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

    Alright alright.

  • MannyGeee

    Wow, swisher still sucks…

    /yesterday on RAB’d

  • Widget

    Damn. That was sick.

  • Will (the other one)

    Garbage time!

  • Hummingbird S.

    swish!

  • jjyank

    Garbage time is my favorite time!

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      GT

  • Mike N

    Did anybody catch who they said the Yanks brought up for the extended double-header roster?

    • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

      Wade

      • Mike N

        Yeesh. Why not give someone else a shot?

        • Pat D

          Such as?

          • Mike N

            Some other minor leaguer?

            • forensic

              Normally I would like giving someone else a shot, but in this case it’s just someone to soak up some innings if needed in both games and then just go back down. Wade is fine for that.

  • Mike N

    Man, I don’t think I’ve ever heard a quieter ballpark…

    • MannyGeee

      Wait until the sixth inning. The pink hats don’t know what to do between the first pitch & Sweet Caroline if the Sawx are losing…

      • OMG! Bagels!

        Is pink hats a Boston expression? I only hear it during RS games.

  • MannyGeee

    Wow Andruw gave that hanging curve ball a ride… Oly it was foul

  • CUYanks

    Bobby Valentine is a genius for bringing Morales in on relief in between starts.

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

    Boo hoo Andruw Jones crew.

  • Pat D

    Muhahahahahahahahaha.

  • Monterowasdinero

    Cody Ross will pitch today!

  • Get Phelps Up

    Andruw!!

    Pretty good start.

  • Will (the other one)

    Whoops. Sorry, Frankie.

  • Paul VuvuZuvella

    Alright, but don’t make Freddy sit too long, fellas.

  • Mike N

    ANDRUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUW!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    How hilarious that those poor Red Sock fans are already trapped in a bottomless pit of despair and it’s only the first inning.

    • Paul VuvuZuvella

      Did you see yesterday’s game?

      • Mike N

        Nope. I was at the Stadium for Roger Waters’s The Wall.

        • Mike N

          Oh, just checked the box score. lolz

        • Paul VuvuZuvella

          Well, it appeared “the wall was too high” yesterday, but somehow they did “tear down the wall” in the bottom of the first (only to lose of course.)

          • Mike N

            Hahahah.

  • Hummingbird S.

    Andruw! heating up!

  • BK2ATL

    Now this is how you start a double-header. Swishdog and Andruw going back-to-back.

    4-0 Yanks. Let’s keep the pressure on and demolish this pitching staff.

  • jjyank

    Andruw still got some power left in that bat!

  • Monterowasdinero

    Both HR’s on changeups or very crappy fbs?

    • MannyGeee

      FB to Swish, Andruw saw a hanging change.

  • Cy Pettitte

    now Freddy with a shut down inning, please.

  • Pat D

    Curse you, Nix. Was supposed to go back to back to back and witness the mass suicides that would result.

  • MannyGeee

    29 pitch inning…. Wos their long man? Please say Padilla. I could see him again today, that would make me happy.

    • Get Phelps Up

      Mortensen?

      They might want to call up another arm for the nightcap…

  • The Guns of Navarone

    Freddy gives ____ runs back in the bottom of the inning.

    I say 2 runs.

    • Andy Pettitte’s Fibula (formerly Manny’s BanWagon)

      I’d take the over on that one.

    • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

      0

    • Pat D

      Cut it with those negative vibes!!

    • MannyGeee

      Under. I say 1

    • jjyank

      0. Why not?

  • Wow

    Sterling had to work incredibly hard to get through that homerun call. lol

  • forensic

    Awesome first inning. Hopefully Garcia won’t give it all back this time.

  • Mike N

    C’mon, Freddy!

  • Hummingbird S.

    comon freddy, please dont give it all back in this inning

  • MannyGeee

    Let the sweat fly, baby!

  • Karl Krawfid

    Take Freddy out now.

  • MannyGeee

    Woah…. Too many infielders there…

  • Karl Krawfid

    We’ll go batter to batter with Freddy today.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    good ba, bad obp for this dude

    • MannyGeee

      That dude made Freddy work for that K

  • MannyGeee

    LOL, the Pawtucket Sox have 4 all stars this season, the Red Sox have 1.

  • Pat D

    Yikes, Freddy. This guy squared to bunt a few pitches ago.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Shouldn’t Iglesias and Lavarnaway be in this lineup?

    Lotta no-names…

    • The Guns of Navarone

      I think Lavarnaway will force his way up soon and Shoppach might be available.

    • Brian S.

      Iglesias is a no-name. And Lavarnaway might be too.

  • Monterowasdinero

    A good outing by Freddy and he may not mysteriously slice his finger in the kitchen in 2012.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    with freddy in, im fine with walking ortiz everytime

    • Bartolo’s Colon

      unless of course agon goes deep here

    • Mike N

      Yep.

    • Paul VuvuZuvella

      Absolutely. I’d give him the Tyler Austin treatment for sure.

      • jjyank

        Haha nice one.

        But seriously. A-Gon’s power is weak sauce so far this year, so I’d rather face him than Ortiz. I hope he gets nothing to hit all day.

  • bobtaco

    Never should give Ortiz anything with the rest of this lineup…

    • forensic

      Yup, walk him and let him clog up the bases every other inning or so…

  • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

    Shutdown inning!!!

    • jjyank

      Who’d a thunk it would be Garcia, not Kuroda? YCPB, Suzyn.

      • Mike N

        Ugh.

  • Hummingbird S.

    great 1st inning

  • Andy Pettitte’s Fibula (formerly Manny’s BanWagon)

    and in other news, Carl Crawford tweaked his groin in AA and is being shut down for several days.

    That signing keeps getting better and better.

    • MannyGeee

      Fan tast tic!

    • jjyank

      Heh yeah I heard that. Crawford has done like literally nothing positive since signing.

      • Andy Pettitte’s Fibula (formerly Manny’s BanWagon)

        I disagree.

        I think he’s done everything I could have hoped for since he was signed.

        • jjyank

          Haha true that!

        • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

          ietc

      • Get Phelps Up

        He’ll be forever remembered for botching Andinos liner in game 162 last year…

    • forensic

      Suzyn was attempting to inform the public about that and while talking about Crawford she threw in something about needing Tommy John surgery and then mumbled her way into talking about Morales. Is someone on the Sox also possibly being scheduled for TJ now, or is it just typical Suzyn drivel?

      • Andy Pettitte’s Fibula (formerly Manny’s BanWagon)

        Probably talking about Carpenter who had elbow surgery already

  • Get Phelps Up

    Good job there, Freddy.

  • The Guns of Navarone

    Well done! Crafty righty!

  • MannyGeee

    Soooooo, can someone let me know when we can start calling the A Gon deal a bust? Will there be a bell or an email or something?

    • Andy Pettitte’s Fibula (formerly Manny’s BanWagon)

      Would you trade Teix for Agon straight up right now?

      • RetroRob

        Good question.

        No. Considering Gonzalez’s contract is just starting and I’m not sure what’s causing Gonzalez’s issues, I’d hold Tex. Might be related to his shoulder.

        • jjyank

          Yeah, he did have shoulder surgery, could be that.

          I’d stick with Tex as well, for the same reason you mentioned.

      • Havok9120

        Definitely.

        He’s younger, defense is about as good, contract is better, and I really think he’s still hurting and the power will come back.

        • Havok9120

          Wait….his contract IS better right? I assumed it was, but my whole thought process revolves around that.

          As a lot of you know, I’m one of Tex’s biggest defenders on here.

          • jjyank

            It is, but Tex’s is closer to being over because it started sooner, so he’d be off the books sooner. If the question is Tex and his remaining contract for Gonzalez and his remaining contract, I’d take Tex. But I’d probably take Gonzalez is the contract were to hypothetically start at the same time.

            • Havok9120

              Yeah, after looking at actual facts, I’d stick with Tex.

        • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

          contracts not really better though
          Tex 4 years left, 22.5M AAV
          AGon 6 years left, 22M AAV

          Seems to me the extra 2 years would be a lot to risk on hoping Agon can turn things around.

          • Havok9120

            If that’s the contract, you’re absolutely right.

            I’ll stick with Tex.

      • MannyGeee

        Today? No way. Give me 2 years less of tex, thank you very much.

    • The Guns of Navarone

      A bust for the Padres, maybe.

      Kelly, Rizzo and Fuentes? Eek. And Rizzo’s on the Cubs… but they got Cashner for him right? Either way, not looking too good.

      • BK2ATL

        Cashner’s now got an elbow problem.

        I’d trade A-Gon for Tex in a heartbeat. A-Gon’s offense will pick up in a hurry. He’s currently on a 16 game streak.

        • RetroRob

          I wouldn’t be surprised if Gonzalez outperformed Tex, but I wouldn’t do the deal in a heartbeat. His power has been down since the shoulder surgery, and we’re at the half way point of this year and he has an OPS+ of 95.

          His contract could make Tex’s look great if he’s suddenly league avereage. Even declining Tex is OPS+’ing at 120 plus the last couple seasons. Seven years of Gonzalez would scare me right now.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    dfa him

  • Brian S.

    I know this isn’t the proper thread but do you guys think that this offseason Gardner, Robertson, Banuelos, and Austin would get Justin Upton?

    • Paul VuvuZuvella

      Very possibly, but I wouldn’t do it.

      • Brian S.

        Why not?

        • Paul VuvuZuvella

          The more I think about the $189m 2014 goal/target, the more I think trading a few players who can help you get to it for 1 player who can help you get it would be unwise.

        • Havok9120

          For a rental we won’t be able to resign with the budget, you’re trading a pretty big cog in Gardner, our CotF, a guy we want in RF in 2-3 years, and our biggest lottery ticket.

          That’s why.

          • Havok9120

            I’m thinking BJ. Christ. Darn swing shift.

            I’m losing my mind.

            I still wouldn’t do it. Too many pieces we kinda need to work out for 189.

          • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

            Upton’s signed through 2015 – not really a rental

            • Havok9120

              See above.

              • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

                yeah, I figured you might be thinking BJ

      • OMG! Bagels!

        Me either.

        • Brian S.

          Really? I think it’s fair. They get a good centerfielder and late inning arm and two top top prospects and we get a MVP candidate that will turn 25 soon (or is he already 25?)

          • RetroRob

            As I noted in the prior thread, while Upton has great skills (just like his brother), he hasn’t quite lived up to them in six seasons (just like his brother), and his production during his best three-year set (2009-2011) is not that much differnt than Swisher. That’s good, but what price do you want to pay for that?

            I certainly want them in on Upton, I just haven’t figured out what price I’d want to pay.

      • The Guns of Navarone

        I think it’s Gardner, Nova, plus Williams and Banuelos… if they even want Banuelos. He’s gotta come back healthy and effective.

        You have a mid rotation starter (or better in the NL)and a starting outfielder, Gardner’s a FA in 2015 and Nova in 2017 so they’re still relatively cheap, a top 50 prospect and the Yanks’ top pitching prospect. That sounds about right.

        • RetroRob

          I don’t see the Yankees giving up Nova. Part of Cashman’s plan (and one of the key reasons he traded for Pineda), is he envisions a low-cost pitching staff that includes Nova, Pineda and Banuelos to counter the high-priced position players. With Pineda now a question mark, and Banuelos yet to pitch more than 110 innings in any minor league season, Nova is a pretty key pitcher for the team. He’d be harder to replace than finding someone else to play RF. Worse, Upton’s contract ups to over $14M in 2014. Stripping the young talent and bringing in a more expensive player doesn’t seem to fit the current plan.

    • BK2ATL

      Probably too much. Robertson alone was an All-Star last year.

  • OMG! Bagels!

    When did double headers stop being a regular part of baseball?

    • Mike N

      Maybe because games have gotten longer and longer and longer?

      • OMG! Bagels!

        Maybe. I remember reading about a Yankee Red Sox game where Babe Ruth both pitched and slammed the game-winning homer and it took under 2 hours.

        • Paul VuvuZuvella

          I was at that game. It was Epic.

        • jjyank

          Might have something to do with the increased emphasis on OBP and patience at the plate in today’s game.

          • MannyGeee

            Or the fact that every time someone grabs their dick we get to hear about the Tri State Ford dealerships or John Sterling visiting the Hebrew Home at Riverwalk…

            • jjyank

              And the Josh Becketts of the world who take 10 minutes to throw a damn pitch.

      • RetroRob

        …and teams wanted to make more and more money. Double bills used to have a half-hour break in between. Now they empty out the ballparks to increase revenue, and players don’t like the long days, so the only time we get them is to make up for rainouts.

    • Andy Pettitte’s Fibula (formerly Manny’s BanWagon)

      When the owners got more greedy and players salaries became obscene

  • Mike N

    Teixeira is money at first.

  • BK2ATL

    I think Fredy might go 7-8 innings against this lineup. Hope’s to hoping.

  • Will (the other one)

    Lovin’ it, Freddy.

  • Hummingbird S.

    Im digging 2011 Freddy

  • RetroRob

    Thanks you Mike Aviles for helping get Freddy’s pitch count back in order.

  • Get Phelps Up

    As long as he doesn’t give Ortiz anything good, I think Freddy will be perfectly fine.

    • Mike N

      He certainly looks good so far!

      • Andy Pettitte’s Fibula (formerly Manny’s BanWagon)

        Good thing Cashman didn’t cut him when he was sucking at the start of the season.

        • jjyank

          Almost makes you think that the GM of a successful sports franchise knows more about it than a group of blog commenters :P

          • MannyGeee

            HOW DAAAAARE YOUUUUUUUUU!!!!

        • The Guns of Navarone

          Seriously. I like how they maneuvered the roster and held on to a veteran starter until they inevitably needed him. Lesson learned: even when you have too much pitching, you don’t have enough pitching.

          • MannyGeee

            AJ Burnett is not sure how to feel about that.

            • Mike N

              I have to say, I’m glad Burnett is doing well somewhere else. The guy just didn’t have a robust enough psyche to handle being a Yankee.

              • RetroRob

                He’s also in the NL. I’ll leave it at that.

  • OMG! Bagels!

    Chances under/over Teix charges the mound if Padilla plunks him again.

    • Andy Pettitte’s Fibula (formerly Manny’s BanWagon)

      60%

      If they were gonna have a brawl though they should have signed Mitre for the day

    • MannyGeee

      Nope…. Not in his nature

      • OMG! Bagels!

        I’ve seen him ready to kill him before last night.Too close to the head and you might see it.

    • Paul VuvuZuvella

      Just throw the bat at him.

  • The Guns of Navarone

    Would winning the MVP only make it more expensive to keep Cano? I feel like he’s gonna get what he’s gonna get anyway whether he wins MVP or not.

    • OMG! Bagels!

      They’re going to keep him no matter what.

    • Havok9120

      Of course it would. Further differentiation from Ian Kinsler.

  • forensic

    Sterling and Suzyn are going on and on about people sitting in the batters eye with dark shirts and wondering how they convinced them all to wear them and why they would sell those tickets for this game.

    Apparently it’s too difficult for them to understand that this is a makeup of a night game which means the seats were already sold and they had to give all those people dark shirts to wear in order to sit out there.

    • OMG! Bagels!

      They share their own little world. Must be nice.

      • forensic

        And just now, it takes some schmuck in LA emailing John to tell him what the deal was. And they both go OOOOOOOOOhhhhhhhhhh…

        • Mike N

          hahahahahahah

  • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

    dumb ass

  • The Guns of Navarone

    Nice play by the Red Sox.

  • Hummingbird S.

    baserunning mistakes… cant happen

    • MannyGeee

      Stupid mistake. Getting a little too cute with a 4 run lead…

  • Brian S.

    Cano needs to remember how to hit left handed pitching.

  • Countryclub

    Starting to look dark at Fenway. For the pen’s sake, I hope we don’t get a rain delay. They need Freddy to throw 6+.

  • Mr. Pink

    Four runs are not enough but luckily the Yanks are making Morales work super hard.

  • Darren

    Did the game just slow down like Tricky on heroin?

  • The Guns of Navarone

    Loving this pitch count no matter what else happens this inning.

  • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

    WTF?

    Dumb ass #1 and Dumb ass #2

  • Cy Pettitte

    two outs on the bases is pathetic. they could have run his pitch count up even more…

    • MannyGeee

      Well they still can… andruw gets a ‘fresh set’ at the top of the inning

  • forensic

    Well, that inning sure went down the shitter quickly…

  • Hummingbird S.

    wow, thats a pathetic inning… inexcusable mistakes

  • Get Phelps Up

    2 pickoffs? sheesh.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    And when Swisher does good he still does bad.

    • RI$P FTW

      He was busy thinking about all the interviews he’s going to do afterwards.

  • Brian S.

    Why are we helping the Red Sox out so much on the basepaths this series?

  • The Guns of Navarone

    I guess the Yankees had no video of this guy’s pick off move?

  • MannyGeee

    2 pick offs in the inning, huh guys?

    Sloppy. Just Fucking sloppy.

    • Mr. Pink

      That could’ve been a huge inning too. A-Rod and Swisher need a reality check. They’re as slow as they come and shouldn’t be taking any kind of lead on the bases.

      • jjyank

        A-Rod’s not really that slow. Agreed about Swisher, but A-Rod essentially stole 3rd three times in the last few days.

      • The Guns of Navarone

        A-Rod is STILL one of the best baserunners in the game. Even if he’s lost a step, he’s still one of the smartest baserunners in baseball. He was 9 for 9 in SB before that nice pick off move by the Red Sox. A-Rod’s fine.

        Swisher’s pretty dumb though.

  • Mr. Pink

    Wow. Yankees giving away outs on the bases. Not good.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Fucking Swish.

    Can’t wait til his stupid ass is gone.

    • jjyank

      Unless they actually do swing a trade for Upton, who exactly is a better option next year? His stupid ass did hit a 3 run homer already, relax.

    • Will (the other one)

      That’s a stupid-ass thing to say.

  • TommyBoy

    damn that was a pathetic inning.

  • Monterowasdinero

    Swish with the swagger. Jerk. Get your head in the game.

  • Jag

    They should hopefully scored there, and I don’t know what that slide from Swish was… that was just bad. Let’s hope Freddy has another good inning.

  • Tom

    Yankees should just play little league rules and not leave the base until the ball crosses the plate.

    Morales is probably at 80+pitches if the Yankees don’t donate 2 outs to him. The ARod one was especially bad as did he not notice AGon talking to Morales earlier in the inning?

    • forensic

      I’m on the radio so I can’t see these conversations, but based on circumstances Swisher’s is much worse as he has zero speed and it’s with 2 outs (I assume with Gonzalez holding him on too). A-Rod was with 1 out and not being held on.

  • jjyank

    I’m a big Swisher supporter, but damn. At least A-Rod can steal a base (hence the big lead perhaps), but Swisher cannot, so he really needs to be closer to the bag there.

  • Mr. Pink

    I’m so happy Salty isn’t playing today. I dunno what Bobby is thinking not playing his hot bat. But good for us.

    • jjyank

      Day game after night game. Salty will probably play tonight.

    • Get Phelps Up

      Day game after a night game, doubleheader. He could have hit 5 homers last night and he would have likely still not played.

    • forensic

      He’s thinking he’s a catcher who will only catch one of the two games anyway.

  • MannyGeee

    Whole big conversation on NESN about Kelly Shoppach’s new pet hedgehog…

    Like I said before, chimps with microphones

    • jjyank

      Please tell me it’s named Sonic!! Otherwise, hedgehogs are not acceptable.

      • forensic

        Doesn’t it have to be named Wally? Like that weird green thing they keep up there.

      • Kramerica Industries

        Found the greatest website EVER in terms of Sonic.

        http://www.vizzed.com/playonli.....p?id=32241

        Plenty of other games, original and hacked. Enjoy.

    • Mr. Pink

      I don’t know about you but a hedgehog is a badass pet. I kinda want one now.

      • Andy Pettitte’s Fibula (formerly Manny’s BanWagon)

        Mel Hall’s cougars were more bad ass

    • The Guns of Navarone

      Did he name it Little Jerry?

      • MannyGeee

        Ha!

        What I have learned so far about the hedgehog:

        John Jaso gave it to him
        His three kids named it three different names, so they are trying to find a name for it
        It’s in a cage in the clubhouse
        It has an exercise wheel, and some sort of ‘home’…

        Fuck NESN

        • forensic

          Hopefully hedgehog doesn’t taste like fried chicken, otherwise he might want to make a run for it…

          • jjyank

            Hahaha, love it.

        • RI$P FTW

          YES is the beacon of integrity, right?
          Paul O’Neil talks about eating junk food for 3 hours.
          You’re watching dumb people talk about dumb people doing things.

  • MannyGeee

    Wow… sweaty Freddy doin his thing right now.

    • Mr. Pink

      I think keeping the lead off guy from getting on when you’re playing the Red Sox is huge. Luckily he’s been doing well with that.

  • jjyank

    The Sweat man is looking good! Pitching a no-no hahaha.

    • Paul VuvuZuvella

      No sweat.

  • Darren

    Quiz answer:
    Big George Scott and Doug Mankeiweicz

    • Pat D

      Nope.

  • Mike N

    NUMBER TWO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Cy Pettitte

    Andruw! beast.

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

    Second half Andruw the best Andruw.

  • Brian S.

    Jones smiles too much!

  • Paul VuvuZuvella

    DH Andruw tonight Joe.

  • captain kiwi

    ANDRUWWWW!!!

  • Karl Krawfid

    Swish’s fault.

    Yeaaaaa.

  • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

    DFA Andruw. He can’t hit lefties anymore.

  • Get Phelps Up

    Fenway’d

  • Mr. Pink

    Keep piling it on. Sweaty Freddy can’t pitch this well all game.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Yeah!!!!!!!!!

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

    Two sets of back-to-back homers? Haha.

    • Brian S.

      Hey Mike what did you think of my trade proposal above? Realistic?

  • Cy Pettitte

    back to back again! awesome.

  • Mike N

    NIX!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • MannyGeee

    This game is awesome.

    Batting practice FTW!

  • VT Yankee Fan

    No Sterlingism for Nix?

  • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

    Nix!!!

    lmao

    These aint the Mariners, Mr. Morales.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Nice to see Franklin Morales look like Franklin Morales, just in time for the Yankees.

    Six should be enough for Freddy. At least I would hope.

  • forensic

    Screw the damn fallacy, damn them for getting picked off twice last inning…

  • captain kiwi

    no words for this. lol. even if tonight is a shitfest, i’m very happy right now.

    • The Guns of Navarone

      Fuck that. Get greedy. Boston Massacre 3.0.

      • forensic

        All sorts of this!

      • captain kiwi

        oh, i’m greedy. but if it just turns out to be boston massacre 2.9, i won’t be mad.

        screw it, KILL ‘EM ALL YANKEES

  • jjyank

    Andruuuuuuuw!

    By the way, that was the weakest home run call I’ve ever heard Kay do. I guess that’s what this little league park will do to an announcer.

  • Get Phelps Up

    Morales finding out the hard way that the Yankees offense>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Cubs and Mariners offenses.

  • Reggie C.

    embedded Red Sox Darnell McDonald living up to the “embedded” title.

    • Mr. Pink

      Seriously. He’s always been good for scrappy at bats with the Sawx but he’s been rather swing happy with the Yankees so far in two at bats.

    • RI$P FTW

      It’s a conspiracy. Everyone’s out to get the good-hearted Yankees.

  • Mr. Pink

    It probably isn’t a good idea to start three consecutive lefties at Fenway, huh Bobby V?

  • Cy Pettitte

    lol at Bobby V’s reaction.

    • Andy Pettitte’s Fibula (formerly Manny’s BanWagon)

      I wish his head would explode like in that movie scanners

  • MannyGeee

    Might be a good game to get Mitchell in to. Unless, of course, Freddy runs the table, which is completely possible

    • The Guns of Navarone

      I think we’ve seen a six run lead is nothing at this ballpark. Hopefully they can keep tacking on. I wouldn’t mess around with Mitchell unless they were down big… which doesn’t look likely at least for this afternoon.

    • forensic

      No way, if Freddy can keep going let him. Save Mitchell in case Hughes gets knocked out early. Can’t take anything for granted.

  • Cy Pettitte

    that was such a Chris Stewart hit

    • MannyGeee

      Sooooo Chris Stewart….

  • Brian S.

    Gomez!

  • jjyank

    …and Nix! Man, no outs in the 4th and the Yanks have hit 4 homers and two pairs of back-to-backers. Awesome.

  • MannyGeee

    Hahaha!!!!! Miss Youk yet, fuckheads?????

  • Mr. Pink

    Chris Stewart with another off a glove hit. That just has to be a skill, no?

    • Paul VuvuZuvella

      I think we can expect his BAGIP to regress.

      • The Guns of Navarone

        I think he inherited Cervilli’s BABIP magic… along with his job.

  • Get Phelps Up

    Chris Stewart is the only player I’ve ever seen who can make an art out of hitting balls of infielders gloves.

  • Charles

    I’d love to see a good Red Sox beatdown today, empty their pen in game 1 and leave them vulnerable for tonight and tomorrow.

  • Stephen

    And now the Red Sox’ rendition of…Death by Bullpen!

  • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)
    • Pat D

      Classic.

      • The Guns of Navarone

        Also priceless.

    • The Guns of Navarone

      Priceless.

      • Pat D

        Also classic.

        • The Guns of Navarone

          But mostly priceless.

          • captain kiwi

            classless? wait, i think i did it wrong…

  • Will (the other one)

    Bye, Frank! We’ll miss you.

  • Get Phelps Up

    Red Sox trade Youk – Middlebrooks immediately gets hurt
    They trade Lowrie and Scutaro and their whole infield gets hurt/sucks, and Melancon goes to AAA.
    They trade Reddick and he becomes a monster and their whole OF goes on the DL and Bailey hasn’t thrown a pitch this year.

    too funny.

    • Andy Pettitte’s Fibula (formerly Manny’s BanWagon)

      Bring back Theo!!!!!!!!!

    • Pat D

      Karma for the Francona smear job.

      • jjyank

        Maybe it’s the new curse?!

      • Brian S.

        They smear everybody that did anything for them. Not just Francona.

        • Pat D

          I know.

          But to smear the guy who led you to your first two World Series titles in 3 generations is a capital offense.

    • jjyank

      I had a huge smile on my face reading this comment.

    • Mr. Pink

      I don’t know about you but I certainly don’t miss Youk, Lowrie, or Scutaro. And I’m certainly happy that Reddick isn’t a Red Sox. Let’s be thankful Ben Cherrington is making questionable moves. Hopefully his next ones will be trading Pedroia and letting David Ortiz go in FA (hopefully to us!).

      • jjyank

        As much as I’d like to see Ortiz go into beast mode in YSIII, it’ll never happen. The Yanks clearly want the DH spot for half-resting the older guys.

  • Mr. Pink

    I won’t feel safe until they have at least a ten run lead.

    • RetroRob

      I’ve been a Yankee fan too long and have seen way too many Yankee-Red Sox games at Fenway to ever feel comfortable, even with this Red Sox line up.

      In the 100-year history of Fenway, the Yankees have exactly a .500 record there. The Red Sox have played the Yankees tough there over the years and many big leads have disappeared.

  • Pat D

    Trivia answer is Buckner and Big Mo.

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

    This one?

    I know this isn’t the proper thread but do you guys think that this offseason Gardner, Robertson, Banuelos, and Austin would get Justin Upton?

    That seems fair, but would still leave you in need of an OF. If Soriano opts out, the bullpen is suddenly real thin.

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

      Bah, this is a reply to this:

      riveraveblues.com/2012/07/game-83-lets-play-two-71651/#comment-4519760

    • Brian S.

      Yeah that one. Melky Mesa could play good defense and provide good baserunning or we could sign Cody Ross for LF next season. And Joba, Aardsma, Mo is still a good back end of the bullpen.

  • Paul VuvuZuvella

    There’s that lucky at ‘em liner every no hitter pitcher gets.

    • Paul VuvuZuvella

      To think, at first I just wanted to delete this comment due to bad grammar.

  • Mr. Pink

    Freddy just give us a chance to build on the lead. Hold them off.

  • OMG! Bagels!

    Funny when White Sox played at YS and they plunked Jeter and then Kuroda plunked Youk. He knew exactly who to get. And the crowd went crazy.

  • The Guns of Navarone

    I’m sure David Ortiz will make an out at some point again this season. Just not this weekend.

    • Brian S.

      He made an out yesterday! That one time!

      • The Guns of Navarone

        Good thing I DVR’d it!

  • Reggie C.

    6-0 lead. 6-0 lead. ….

    Yeah. Our boys need to put up more runs. C’mon Freddy. Bend but dont blow it all.

  • jjyank

    Well we knew the no-no wouldn’t last, but Freddy has been looking good regardless.

  • Mr. Pink

    Argh. Don’t let them score!

  • Kramerica Industries

    Freddy not so good this inning…

  • Pat D

    Come on, put the lid on it, dammit.

  • Brian S.

    Settle the fuck down Freddy.

  • Get Phelps Up

    Where was Cano?

    • Tom

      Nearly every damn time either the SS(for lefties) or 2nd baseman (righties) is playing nearly behind the bag…

      Mauro is now an extreme pull hitter?

      I guess up 6-0 you have to keep Ortiz close as he may try to steal 3rd.

      • Tom

        Meant to say everytime with a man on 1st.

    • jjyank

      Holding the runner at 2nd.

      • Get Phelps Up

        Yeah, but with Ortiz and Gonzalez on the bases? seems a little questionable to me.

        • jjyank

          Maybe, but defensive positioning is usually on the manager. Even Ortiz can sneak a steal if they let him get halfway down the line.

  • Karl Krawfid

    This shit is never easy dude.

    • captain kiwi

      even after all that, just one run. still pretty easy.

      …. so far.

  • OMG! Bagels!

    Get it back Freddie.

  • Mr. Pink

    David Ortiz started this. He’s impossible to get out. He’s definitely drinking some of that “Magic Water”.

    • Chris

      His milkshakes bring all the boys to the yard

  • Get Phelps Up

    That’s better.

  • The Guns of Navarone

    That was a UUUGE double play.

  • Frank

    Way to minimize the damage.

  • jjyank

    Nice! Big DP there to make sure that rally doesn’t get going.

  • forensic

    “Swung on and drilled to right center… it’s in the triangle… and it’ll roll alllll the way to the wall… oh, it’s over the wall for a double.”

    Very helpful there John.

    • jjyank

      Heh. It short hopped the wall and ricocheted into the seats. Not really any rolling going on there.

    • OMG! Bagels!

      It goes up, it goes down, it bounces. You can’t predict a Robinson Cano double Suzyn

    • The Guns of Navarone

      Just another day at the office for Sterling.

      • OMG! Bagels!

        I wish I could be paid to talk like a crazy person.

        • Pat D

          Apply to any cable news channel. Fox is your best bet.

          • Kramerica Industries

            Well, at least you don’t hide your anti-conservative views or bias shown by the Republican News Network.

            • jjyank

              There are plenty of people on Fox that talk like crazy people regardless of your political leanings.

          • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

            Bazinga. If that doesn’t work, there are plenty of Sirius new channels.

  • The Guns of Navarone

    This has to be the best all-around hitters park in baseball.

  • OMG! Bagels!

    Does Robbie still live at home with his parents? I have a feeling they don’t let him go out at night. Mr. Cano makes him stay in and practice his swing.

  • jjyank

    At least it seems like Cano’s finger isn’t bothering him.

  • RetroRob

    I want another Andruw HR.

  • OMG! Bagels!

    Coney and Singleton. I like this conversation.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Don’t care if that was intentional or not but fuck you.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Pad it well 5 runs isn’t enough.

  • Pat D

    Dewayne Wise and Jayson Nix have combined to hit 6 more home runs in Yankee uniforms than I ever thought they would.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Lets hope this doesn’t hurt them later.

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

    I hate when my job requires me to actually work =/ just tuning in now, what have I missed. I like the 6-1 lead, how did we get it? How has Hughes looked?

    • Jag

      It’s Freddy pitching, 2 sets of back to back home runs.

    • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

      Hughes has done nothing all day. Absolutely atrocious.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      It’s Freddy.

    • jjyank

      A pair of back-to-back homers. Swish (3 run bomb) and Andruw for 1 and Andruw and Nix for the other. It’s Garcia, not Hughes, and he’s looked pretty good minus a few hard hit balls that scored a run in the 4th.

    • bobtaco

      Really sweaty…

    • Get Phelps Up

      Hughes was so bad that Freddy replaced him before he even threw a pitch.

    • Brian S.

      Freddy has been awesome.

    • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

      lol, my bad…but idk if Freddy has been knocked around and everything has found gloves…this is a lot better than I expected from him.

  • Mr. Pink

    Weird move to PH Wise there. If you’re going to pinch hit someone in that situation it should’ve been Ibanez. And the way Sox pitchers are pitching and giving up rockets off the monster I would’ve been perfectly ok with the righty McDonald hitting there too.

    • Anon

      Agreed. Not sure why Joe didnt PH with Raul there and then use Wise later in the game as a defensive sub

      • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

        He would have to use Wise immediately as a defensive sub. I don’t think Jones, Ibanez, or Swisher are capable of playing CF at this point in their careers.

        • RetroRob

          They’re capable in the sense they can stand out there with a glove. Beyond that…

    • jjyank

      Ibanez might be starting the next game, so I doubt they wanted to use him in the field for half of this game as well.

    • forensic

      If you PH Ibanez you’re using 2 players for one move. This way you still have Ibanez if the game gets closer later and you need him for Jones or Nix or Stewart.

    • Tom

      I’m guessing Girardi didn’t want to waste the extra player (PH Ibanez, and then bring in Wise for CF). Not sure why he would save Ibanez for later as bases loaded is fairly high leverage as they could have put the game away right there.

      He manages differently when the game is not within 2 runs in either direction.

  • Paul VuvuZuvella

    Nix can fake SS once a week and get the Captain half days off. Hope Joe does more of that in 2nd half.

  • Mr. Pink

    I love how Freddy is keeping the Red Sox hitters off balance. It seems like they’re pressing and frustrated. GOOD!

  • Pat D

    Let’s get this third out, please. Fucking Nava.

    • RetroRob

      He’s a legend. Red Sox media told me so.

  • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

    Joe: Get Rapada up. Quick!

    • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

      or Wade, because that’s who you want with 2 big lefty bats coming up.

      Thankfully Freddy made it a moot point.

  • Mr. Pink

    Swish’s weak outfield arm is cringe worthy.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Cory Wade?

    Oy vey. End this inning here, Freddy.

  • jjyank

    Wow, 30th straight game against teams over .500, and they’ve gone 21-8. Really impressive.

    • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

      They obviously can’t beat good teams.

    • Mr. Pink

      And all this with their RISP Fail Era which is hopefully over.

  • Brian S.

    There we go Fred. Now he can face Ortiz with no one on base.

  • forensic

    Whew, that was a must out there.

  • Get Phelps Up

    Thank you Pedro. The thought of Ortiz with a shot to make it a 1 run game scared the shit out of me.

  • captain kiwi

    does freddy go 6? he’s been getting hit these past 2 innings, but pitch count is still in the mid 70s yeah?

    • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

      I say yes, but short leash.

      • jjyank

        Agreed. You obviously don’t want to lose the game, but you want to save as many bullpen pieces as possible for the night game too. I say let him pitch until he allows 2 base runners.

        • captain kiwi

          yes and yes

    • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

      I honestly just tuned in, but it’s a pretty nice lead and he’s only at 73 pitches, and if you can you want to save as many guys in the bullpen for the night game, so I think you try to get 3-6 more outs from Freddy.

      • captain kiwi

        i’m thinking so too. freddy getting 6 more outs would be ideal, but i wouldn’t be surprised if girardi is still wary from last night and there’s a quick hook at the first sign of trouble.

    • Cy Pettitte

      I would. the worst Ortiz and Gonzalez can do in the 6th is make it 6-3. If he gets through 6 quickly he could pitch the 7th against the bottom of the order.

      • captain kiwi

        that would be HUGE. save the pen for tonight.

  • RetroRob

    I’m glad the Yankees DFA’d Freddy, ate his contract, and replaced him with Adam Warren several weeks ago as many here wanted.

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      He’s pitched well today. And while I was not among those calling for the DFA of Freddy, you have to admit he’s not just facing a weak lineup – but a weak lineup on a deflated team.

      • RetroRob

        Yup, but it’s still a MLB team in a bandbox.

        Hold onto pitching depth. It wasn’t like Freddy was pitching poorly out of the pen, and those calling for his DFA to replace him with an unknown rookie were going overboard. As we saw, injuries can happen quickly, so hold onto all options if possible.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    It’s really kind of startling how quickly the Red Sox lineup deteriorated.

    • RetroRob

      True, although Gonzalez is hitting better, Pedroia will be back, Ellsbury is on a rehab assignment, as is Crawford. That’ll push some of these current starters to the bench, making them stronger there, too.

      In other words, it’s to the Yankees advantage to bury the Red Sox in this series if possible.

      • jjyank

        True, but Crawford has a set back.

        • RetroRob

          Good. : -)

          My point, though, is they will get better, so hit him while they’re down.

      • bobtaco

        Crawford’s rehab now on hold with a tweaked groin, announced earlier…

    • Mr. Pink

      Well Pedroia plays all out and wear down his body, Crawford now has chronic elbow problems, Ellsbury is made out of glass, and Adrian Gonzalez has chronic shoulder problems that are killing his power. So yeah.

  • Mr. Pink

    For being 6-4 Stewart doesn’t drive the ball at all. Kind of a waste of a big body.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Freddy has pretty much sewn up his rotation spot. Looks like Phelps is trade bait…

    • RetroRob

      ?

    • JobaWockeeZ

      The only real threat he had to face was Ortiz.

  • Brian S.

    YES slobbering all over Chris Stewart again.

  • Get Phelps Up

    Freddy’s last 16 IP against the Red Sox: 2 runs allowed.

  • Paul VuvuZuvella

    Game 2…what I would do.
    Jeter SS
    Granderson CF
    Tex 1B
    Cano 2B
    Swish RF
    Jones DH
    Ibanez LF
    Chavez 3B
    Martin C

    • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

      With a lefty pitching, I’d imagine it might be Nix 3B, McDonald LF

      • Paul VuvuZuvella

        Here ya. I have Swish, Tex and Cano playing both ends. Think you get Chavez and Ibanez in with freshness trumping handedness.

        • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

          entirely possible. Otherwise they both have a long layoff with another lefty tomorrow and then the AS break.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    I wish David Cone called every game.

    • jjyank

      Me too, I love him in the booth.

  • Pat D

    According to David Cone then, Jim Rice is no sabermetrician.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Never leave David Cone.

  • Brian S.

    Our hitters must think a 5 run lead is safe. They need to stop doing that.

  • Mr. Pink

    Kinda pissed at how Germano has cooled our bats down.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Fucking NESN and, by extension, MLB Network.

    McCarver in the booth for this half inning.

  • Mr. Pink

    Please just walk Ortiz. Better than giving up an extra base hit.

  • Mauro

    Its just sad to se arod hit a groundball every time he bats

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Ortiz knew that was pretty much intentional. Whatever Agon is overrated trash anyways.

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

    No problem, walk Papi every time.

    • jjyank

      Yup.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    What a play!

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Red Sox suck.

  • Cy Pettitte

    oh my fucking god that was the play of the year. Andruw!

  • Get Phelps Up

    Andruuuuuuuw

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

    Andruw. MOTHER FUCKIN. Jones.

  • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

    Better to be lucky than good

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    that was awesome

  • Kramerica Industries

    Awesome play, Andruw.

  • RetroRob

    Nice, Andruw. People wanted to DFA you too.

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

    Vintage 2005 Andruw Jones baby.

  • jjyank

    Adrian complaining about the travel schedule? Boo fucking hoo man.

    • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

      Deja vu. I swear he did that about the same time last year too.

      • jjyank

        I think they were actually talking about last year. But still, grow the fuck up.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Talk about turning back the fucking clock!

    Have yourself a day Jones!

  • Get Phelps Up

    Kay, they’re just booing their terrible team.

  • forensic

    Was that as great a play as Sterling made it out to be, regardless of Ortiz sounding like he was safe?

    • jjyank

      Yes. Ortiz was definitely out too.

    • Paul VuvuZuvella

      Great play, and he was out.

    • Get Phelps Up

      It was a terrific play, and Ortiz was out.

    • Pat D

      Pretty much. Jones caught it against the monstrosity. And Teix kept his foot on the base just barely, so Ortiz was out.

    • AaronGuielWithASmile

      Yes, and Ortiz was out.

    • Pasta Stumbling Sojo (formerly StanfordBen)

      It was a great play, and Ortiz was out. Teix kept his toe on the bag just long enough to make the catch and then came off.

    • forensic

      Ah, thanks. They keep saying he was safe.

      And now Suzyn says the Red Sox are going to be sorry because they’re going to get a letter from the league for showing the replay on the big screen in the stadium…

      • Pat D

        Jesus, that makes them both blind and stupid.

        • The Guns of Navarone

          Confirming what we’ve suspected all along!

      • eephus_pitch

        Yeah, Ma and Pa kept insisting the Yankees caught a break on that play and that the Sox were being petty by showing the play on the Jumbotron and embarrassing the umps.
        Ortiz looked out to me, from every angle. Just barely out, but still a good call.

  • jjyank

    I heart you Andruw.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Stretch Freddy into the 7th?

    • Cy Pettitte

      at 86 pitches and against the bottom of the order I would. maybe get 2 innings out of Cory Wade to finish the game off. That would save pretty much the entire pen for tonight.

      • jjyank

        I support this plan as well. At the very least they should let him start and go batter to batter.

    • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

      I would, but with the pen ready. Very short leash.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      I hate Freddy and I say leave him in. Save the bullets.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Fenway filled with boos is my favorite sound.

    • jjyank

      Man I love it. One of my friends from undergrad, who happens to live in Mass and is a huge Sox fan, is at the game today. I’ve been texting him smack talk all day, it’s wonderful.

      • Paul VuvuZuvella

        Tell him he’s a Mass Hole. (I went to school up there too.)

        • jjyank

          I had a friend named John, also from Mass, who we all lovingly called “Johnny Masshole”. He enjoyed it actually.

          I went to school in Vermont, but they’re still all Sox fans there.

  • Tom

    So watching the game on MLBNetwork and have to deal with the Red Sox TV crew.

    And just when you think things can’t possibly get worse, joining us this half inning… Tim McCarver. (Making it 3 people whining about whether that was a DP or not)

    • Pat D

      I suggest the mute button.

    • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

      bahaha, I’m sorry for you.

    • The Guns of Navarone

      Why not bring Joe Morgan in and complete the apocalypse?

      • Pat D

        You want the apocalypse to happen? You’re a sick man.

        • The Guns of Navarone

          An apocalypse would be pric… it would be classic.

  • Brian S.

    Why is everyone in Boston booing? Did they show a picture of Martin Luther King on the big screen?

    • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

      Wow. That is awesome. shock and awe laughing.

    • jjyank

      Nah, it was probably the President of Mexico or something.

    • AaronGuielWithASmile

      Comment of the year!

  • Pat D

    Robbie’s RBI streak is going to end, methinks.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    It’s not even the all star break and Cano matched his 2009 WAR. A year where he hit .330

    • jjyank

      He’s been in absolute beast mode for awhile now. He’s a damn fun player to watch when he’s hot.

    • Chris

      He hit .325 in ’09 but yeah.

  • Hall and Nokes

    Big ups to the guy wearing a Giants hat 5 rows back. When wearing a Yankee hat isn’t trolling hard enough….

    • Get Phelps Up

      I’d wear a Giants hat, Heat jersey and pinstriped pants.

      • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

        I’d rock an A-Rod jersey, unbuttoned with a Ray Allen jersey underneath, and Giants cap.

        • The Guns of Navarone

          Haha yeah you gotta have the Heat jersey be a new Ray Allen one!

        • jjyank

          Nah, Ray Allen jersey (more visible), Giants hat, no pants, and driving around in that pinstriped Ford Edge with several 2009 WS Champs sticks on it.

    • jjyank

      Hahaha true that. I know a lo of Sox fans turn their attention to the Patriots camp when things go sour, so that’s like pre-emptive trolling right there.

  • DM

    Good thing we didn’t release Garcia. He may have been pitching for Boston against us today.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    The Red Sox aren’t flat, they suck. There’s a difference.

    You can get guys like Lillbridge, Ciriaco, and Kalish as fired up as you want — it won’t make them good.

    • Get Phelps Up

      It’s amazing how fast the 1927 Yankees have faded…

  • Brian S.

    Why the fuck is Germano shutting us down?

    • Paul VuvuZuvella

      Players want to hit the lunch spread.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Defense!

  • Karl Krawfid

    Defense baby.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Wow I can get used to having a good defense.

  • Kramerica Industries

    NESN’s numbers are all wrong.

    86 pitches, 54 strikes for Freddy. Not 82/71.

    • RetroRob

      NESN wrong?

      Never thought it possible.

  • Chris

    Wow, the Yankees are doing everything right today. Just flat out dominating the Red Sox in every aspect of the game.

  • jjyank

    What a wise play.

  • RetroRob

    Uhh, Michael, the Yankees aren’t padding their home HR totals at Fenway.

    • RetroRob

      Okay, I was unfair to Kay there. He was talking about their total HRs. But what the heck. He deserves it!

      • eephus_pitch

        Too many homahs.

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

    Freddy’s doing an excellent job. Lets remember this is the same team that destroyed our best healthy pitcher yesterday.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Only in name.

  • Paul VuvuZuvella

    Does he take the risk and bring in Wade in the 8th?

    • Paul VuvuZuvella

      Or sooner?

  • whozat

    It’s incredible that Jon Sterling isn’t aware that Freddy’s on a pitch count around 85-90 today, given that it’s just his second start back out of the bullpen.

    Just spent a few minutes talking about what great shape he was in, pitchcount-wise, and was surprised the Yanks had someone up in the pen.

    It’s like he doesn’t even bother to do his job.

    • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

      He left at an even 100 but Sterling hasn’t been a good broadcaster since his Braves days. If that.

      • whozat

        Freddie pitched great and stretched his limit — which is awesome — but for the play-by-play man to not even be aware that a limit might be in play is inexcusable

        • The Guns of Navarone

          How often do you listen to his broadcasts? He usually has no clue what’s going on in the game. And if he does, he sure as shit doesn’t relay it to the audience.

          • whozat

            Sadly, all the time. Which is why I hate him :-)

            I live in California, so I mostly listen to the games while I’m at work. Sometimes I just listen to the other team’s broadcast — the Rays guys are pretty good, really — but I didn’t want to listen to the Boston guys.

      • whozat

        Now he’s telling us how awesome Girardi is at “just knowing pitching” for seeing that Freddie was running out of steam.

        Yes, Jon…it takes a REAL leap of intuition to see three well-struck balls off a pitcher pushing the limit you established before the game even started and know that he _might_ be out of gas.

        • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

          I know, trust me. I have to listen to him all the time…I live for weekday day games and west coast trips, it’s the only time I get to actually watch.

          • whozat

            I just can’t justify mlb.tv or the direct TV package for nothing but weekend games :-/ So I just have MLB gameday audio or whatever, so it’s always Jon and Suzy for me. Ugh.

  • captain kiwi

    blech. ball 2 was strike 1.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Big ups to the Chief.

    Yeah he faced a shitty lineup, but that’s not his problem. Dude did his job today.

    • whozat

      Hell yeah. Great job, Sweaty Freddie

    • Tom

      +1

      With a double header this day could have been a mess. Instead the pen should be in good shape for tonight and tomorrow if they can close this game out uneventfully.

  • Mr. Pink

    Did Shoppach just rudely slap away Jeter’s glove when he went to tag him? Did anyone else see that?

    • Jag

      He did.

      • The Guns of Navarone

        No gift basket for you, buddy.

        • Jag

          I don’t want a gift basket, I want a Yankee win. And hopefully another tonight, and tomorrow. :)

    • The Guns of Navarone

      Err… must have been Nix’s glove?

    • Brian S.

      I think he was just being playful.

    • Cy Pettitte

      down right ARod-ian

  • Jag

    Good job Freddy – let’s close this one out now.

  • Kramerica Industries

    They’re probably gonna try to Eppley/Qualls/Wade this game.

    Which is fine, provided they can maintain the lead. Save DRob and Soriano and the like for the nightcap.

    • Tom

      This is kind of where the baserunning blunders bite them a bit. If this is a 9-1 type game, Mitchell is probably closing this out and they have a full pen for the nightcap.

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      Doubt you’ll see Wade in this one unless we score like 8 more runs. He’s low leverage in the DH. 5 run lead in 8th and 9th isn’t low leverage enough. Wade will be emergency use in 2nd game.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Standing O, Freddy.

    Couldn’t ask for a thing more than that. Terrific job.

    • Jag

      Agreed

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Did anyone else see Garcia packing a monster lip on the bench?

    • jjyank

      I thought tobacco was against the rules. Was it gum?

      • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

        I think it was banned on the field for all players that came up the year it went into effect(affect?) older players were grandfathered in, and once on the bench you can pack as big a lip as you’d like. I remember Joba packing a gigantic lip after exiting a game a couple years ago.

      • AaronGuielWithASmile

        Not unless they sell brown gum out of round tins now.

      • The Guns of Navarone

        Yeah I completely forgot whether there is any kind of rule against it but I see players all the time with a lip full of chew.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Tex Defense.

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

    I’m confused…NESN,Gameday, and Sterling all had different pitch counts for Freddy.
    NESN:96
    Sterling:97
    Gameday:100

    • Chris

      YES had 97 pitches, so I’m going with that.

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      Everytime Freddy throws a pitch > 88 mph it counts as 2 pitches

      And corresponds to 1.21 jiggawatts

  • Dela G

    great job by sweaty freddy. Pretty proud of him

  • The Guns of Navarone

    Icing on the cake would be to knock Germano out of here and force them to use at least one more reliever.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    It’s tough to complain with the way that this game has gone, but it’s too bad that we couldn’t wear out the Sox bullpen.

    • Knoxvillain

      It’s fine. They are just waiting for game two.

  • Dela G

    Chris stewart is the king of bloop hits. Incredible

  • Pat D

    Another Chris Stewart BABIP hit.

  • Mike N

    Kay et al called it 97 pitches.

  • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

    Chris Stewart: owns nude photos of the BABIP gods

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

    Seriously. Broadcasters have to get of Stewart’s dick. he’s 1-3 with an error, and Sterling is still going on about how amazing he is.

    • Cy Pettitte

      well Yankees announcers are have been watching a lot of Martin lately….

      • Cy Pettitte

        “are have” lol. get rid of the are.

    • AaronGuielWithASmile

      I don’t know what it is with broadcasters and backup catchers.

      If you only listened to Sterling and Kay, you’d think that the John Flaherty Yankeeography must be coming any day now.

      • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

        Seriously, Girardi isn’t the only one who has a crush on shitty hitting catchers. Our booths love them.

    • whozat

      Narratives are built relative to expectations, and no one loves creating a narrative (out of whole cloth, if needed) like Jon Sterling.

    • eephus_pitch

      JS actually said “isn’t he AMAZING?”

      No. He’s not amazing.

  • Pat D

    Teix is 0 for 3? I thought they said he was getting locked in!

    • Pat D

      0 for 4 with a bunch of bad swings.

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

    Getting a live look in. wow… Tex looks awful against that curve.

  • Dela G

    Tex can’t lay off that slow curve to save his life

  • Dela G

    didnt tex notice that germano can’t throw that curve consistently for strikes?

    good lord

  • Brian S.

    Teix can’t even get a run in.

  • Mr. Pink

    Fuck you Germano. He’s single-handedly kept the Red Sox in this game. Five run lead in Fenway is nothing.

  • Brian S.

    Fuck you offense.

  • Pat D

    Jesus, ARod. Swing at something in the same time zone, please.

  • Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    These fails will come back to bite

    • Brian S.

      Doubt it. Now that Nava is out we only have to face two more good hitters.

  • Mike N

    Wait. We’re angry at the offense because the Yanks have a 6-1 lead?

    • Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin

      Nope, just the sox at home can score a ton quick like yesterday. Need to put up a big number and then hold them off

  • Frank

    Yanks may win the game, but hitting with RISP still an issue. Should easily have 10 runs. Keeping this team in a game.

    • whozat

      Didn’t they score 10 runs yesterday (6 off Josh Beckett) without a single homer?

      • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

        shh…teh narrative!!!

      • Frank

        What does yesterday’s game matter?

        • whozat

          How can you say something is “still” an issue when _just yesterday_ we had extensive examples of that very thing NOT being an issue?

          • Frank

            It’s one game. Look at the big picture. This has been a season long problem. It’s no longer a SSS.

            • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

              31 for their last 100 including today’s 1-8
              It was fine in April, awful in May, bad most of June, much better lately

            • whozat

              I am looking at the whole season, and noticing a trend back towards league-average performance on the part of several members of the team over the last month or so.

    • Goboh

      Duh? What is the expectation that a 6-1 lead in the bottom of the 8th becomes a loss?

      • Frank

        Not saying they’ll lose. Fact is a 5 run lead in this park is nothing.

        • Goboh

          I think you need to take a look at some box scores, lots and lots of them. Losing a 5 run lead in the last two innings does happen, but not very often, even in the bandbox known as Fenway.

    • Mr. Pink

      They’ve been doing better with hitting with RISP lately. It’s not like they haven’t scored runs today and yesterday. With that said A-Rod has looked horrible.

    • RetroRob

      Really?

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

    I know Girardi is a bullpen genius, but he didn’t use rappada yesterday, it’s a 5 run game…why not use Epply for Nava and Ciriaco then Rappada for Ortiz then any one of Mitchell/Wade/Qualls for the 9th?

    • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

      …nevermind forgot that Rappada was used already.

      • whozat

        No, you were right…he’s still out there. Was Garcia -> Eppley

        • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

          god damnit…they’re dopplgangers of each other…it’s so easy to get them confused.

      • Get Phelps Up

        No he wasn’t.

        • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

          see my reply for whozat. I get Epply and Rappada confused way to often.

          • Get Phelps Up

            Gotcha.

    • whozat

      BECAWSE YOU CAN JUST TELL HE WAWNTS THIS GAME, JAWN!

      • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

        Suzyn, “some obscure pop culture reference from the 50s that no one will get.”

        • whozat

          “Long story about a person who’s been dead for 27 years”

          • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

            “Let me tell you about how great this replacement level player is, he just plays the game the right way.”

            • whozat

              “Trite mockery of ‘stat people’ who ‘must never have played the game’ by laughing about precisely the kind of stupid, small-sample-size junk ‘stat’ that no self-respecting sabremetrician would ever reference, even in jest”

              • AaronGuielWithASmile

                Did you know that you can order a pizza with an iPad?

                • whozat

                  From Pawpa Jawns?

                • eephus_pitch

                  You can buy Ipads from ovahstawk-dawt-cawm.

  • captain kiwi

    wade/qualls for the 9th?

    • jjyank

      That’d be my guess. I’d go with Wade, seems like a nice, relatively low leverage way to try to get him back into the swing of things.

  • Carrots and leaks

    How far is Norfolk from Philadelphia?

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

    Don’t fucking walk him please.

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

      Ridiculous. Five-run lead with four outs to go, who gives a shit if he hits a solo homer.

      • The Guns of Navarone

        Is it silly of me to want one Yankees pitcher, at some point, to show some pride and try to get him out? Hoping Hughes will go after him tonight once the lead is big enough.

        • Mike N

          Yes, it’s silly.

      • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

        It’s not a huge deal, but at 4 runs I start leaning towards wanting to use the bigger guns in the pen. At 5 I still feel comfortable using secondary guys.

  • Dela G

    why are they being so cute with ortiz up 5? Throw damn strikes

  • Brian S.

    Nope. Not going to get Ortiz out anymore.

  • christopher

    There’s nothing like the RAB boards, where you logged in with the team playing some of the best ball of the year, with a solid lead, and a so far so good pitching, and the last several posts are filled with dread and cussing about the team. Weird, man. It’s like I’m watching a different team.

    • jjyank

      Ever read LoHud? There is enough rationality here to combat the doom and gloom (usually).

    • Carrots and leaks

      Agree. It’s like a window into darkness, insecurity and dread. Well, baseball is life.

  • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

    so why was Logan warming?

    • whozat

      Yeah, dry humps are almost as bad as using a guy. Why in the world would you leave the righty specialist in for the two big lefties when

      a) you have TWO LEFTIES in the pen
      b) you are already warming up one of them,
      c) YOU HAVE ANOTHER GAME TODAY

      • jjyank

        He shouldn’t have been warming. But, your c) is probably exactly why Eppley was left in there.

        • whozat

          Except that both Logan and David Robertson have now warmed up, and Clay Rapada has still not made an appearance :-/

          • jjyank

            Like I said, I agree that they shouldn’t have been warming. But I have no problem with Eppley facing Ortiz with nobody on and a 5 run lead.

            • whozat

              Sure. It’s more that I don’t understand why you’d have Logan up when you have Rapada for precisely this situation — lower-leverage lefty matchups.

              • jjyank

                Yeah I agree. Hopefully Logan can still pitch tonight though. I’d imagine he can. Warming up is not the same as pitching in a game. It has an effect if it’s done to a more intense level, but guys play catch before games regardless.

            • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

              I was fine with him facing Ortiz in that spot. But if they’re going to leave him in to face Gonzales with a runner on, why was Logan ever warming?

              • jjyank

                My reply above pretty much applies here too. I wouldn’t have been warming Logan if I was manager, but I don’t think it’s a huge deal.

  • The Guns of Navarone

    David Robertson?

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Why warm up Robertson with a 5 run lead?

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Don’t understand why you even have Boone up now. Because Eppley got 2 outs, you’re gonna stick with him? Now what happens if Gonzo gets on?

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      One of those situations where I have to shut my mouth because it worked, I guess

  • Mike N

    Just keep walking big papi.

  • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

    Very nice job by Eppley

  • Dela G

    great job, eppley. Now put in DJ Mitchell or qualls for the 9th?

  • Dela G

    great job, eppley. Now put in DJ Mitchell or qualls for the 9th?

    • jjyank

      I’d like to see Wade actually. Like I said above somewhere, seems like a nice, low leverage situation to try to get him right.

      • Mike N

        I don’t think we’re going to see Wade unless the Yanks are losing big.

        • jjyank

          They gotta try to get him back into a groove at some point, I don’t think waiting until the Yankees are getting blown out by 8 runs or something makes sense. They’re playing well, who knows when that will be.

      • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

        not sure 5 run lead in Fenway is ever completely low leverage.
        I’d rather they just leave Eppley in.

        • jjyank

          My original comment further above, I said “relatively low leverage”. I left that word out in this comment by mistake. I wouldn’t have a problem with it either way, I just want to give Wade an opportunity to get into a groove.

  • Countryclub

    To echo others, why is Robertson warming up? I would assume that makes him a no go for tonight now, right? He pitched last night, warmed up this aft. I’d be surprised if he’s available tonight.

    • jjyank

      I bet (or would hope) he’s still available tonight, but agreed that he should not have been warming.

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

      He didn’t warm up in earnest. Most pitchers play catch before games anyway.

      • Mike N

        Yeah. You can try to second guess the bullpen decisions, but they can’t possibly be so stupid as to have Robertson throw to a level where he becomes unavailable or weakens his effectiveness tonight.

    • RetroRob

      Soft tossing is not exactly warming up with intent. A five-run lead can disappear quickly at Fenway, so D-Rob was simply in his early stretch out phase. He’s available for tonight, or even the 9th if Qualls and company fall apart. Let’s hope not.

  • Mike N

    I like just continuing to walk Ortiz. That helps keep them demoralized for tonight’s game.

    • jjyank

      No O’Neil Effect for you, Red Sox!

  • tabbert

    This ALDS system is so flawed:

    Imagine that the Yankees are the team with the best record in baseball. They are sitting at home watching the ” Wild Card Game” this game goes from 7pm-11PM. The Yankees then have to catch a flight to LA, maybe Chicago, Maybe Florida, IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT. How on earth is that fair? Wouldn’t it make more sense if the winner knew they had to fly to new york? The yankees will have to wait around till midnight just to find out where they have to fly to.

    • Brian S.

      Just make sure Texas has a better record. Problem fixed. I don’t want to face LA or Tampa in the first round anyway.

    • whozat

      While that situation is supposed to only exist for one year (because they HAD to get the new format started this season, and had already set the dates of playoff games for TV :-P), it does totally suck. Even once they go back to the 2-2-1 format, I still think the extra wild card sucks. See: the last day of the 2011 regular season :-)

    • Get Phelps Up

      They’ll probably end up having the 2-3 seeds (who know who they’ll play) play on Fri and the 1-4 seeds play on Saturday to allow for the travel.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    “Is there anyone in baseball who has more fun striking out than Nick Swisher?”

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Cano’s RBI streak over. Damn.

  • jjyank

    “Kind of a Field of Dreams to it.”

    Ummm yeah, except for Pedro and Millar drunkenly babbling on top of the dugout at the end.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Is Swisher hurt or something? I thought this was Grandy’s day off?

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Anyone notice that Andruw only had one eyeeye-black strip on?

    He think he’s Nelly or something?

  • RI$P FTW

    Yeah, Girardi is kind of a fool.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    I say this every game, but no second baseman in baseball turns the double play better than Cano.

  • Mike N

    YES! Excellent game for pitchers and bats!

  • Get Phelps Up

    Let’s sweep this miserable team.

  • Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    Rest everyone tonight

    • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

      Why?
      They had an off day Thursday and the AS break after tomorrow.
      Step on their throats.

  • Brian S.

    Don’t stop now Yankees! Get the one tonight!

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    Great game.

  • Jag

    Nice Job Yanks! Let’s do it again tonight!

  • Tom

    So I wasn’t following too closely in the 9th, why did Granderson go in in the 9th?

    Was Swisher hurt or was he going in for defense?

    • whozat

      Haven’t heard anything bad, so hopefully it was just defense

    • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

      probably just for defense (hopefully)

  • RetroRob

    Nice game.

  • jjyank

    SWEEP! I’m greedy now.

  • Dela G

    great win. Qualls did some quality work