Jul
18

Game 91: Gettin’ Away

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The six-game homestand to open the second half has been a success so far, pretty much like every homestand or road trip these days. The Yankees will wrap up their three-game set against the Blue Jays this afternoon and hopefully finish off the sweep before heading out west for a seven-game trip through Oakland and Seattle. The weather in the Bronx isn’t supposed to be great, so there’s a chance we may have a rain delay at some point. Here’s the starting nine…

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

RHP Hiroki Kuroda

This afternoon’s game starts at 1:05pm ET and can be seen on YES. Enjoy.

Update: We’re in a no-rain rain delay at the moment. No word on a start time, but stay tuned.

Update Part Two: The game is scheduled to start at 1:50pm ET.

Update Part Three: And they’re underway.

Categories : Game Threads
  • VT Yankee Fan

    Today is the 13th anniversary of the David Cone perfect game. I remember listening to the game on the radio while camping.

    • Paul VuvuZuvella

      I followed that whole game, combination of TV and Radio, ran some errands during the rain delay and was in my car for a good bit of that game.

      • eephus_pitch

        Losing pitcher: Javy Vazquez,

    • RetroRob

      I remember being there. Hot as blazes. Great game.

  • Paul VuvuZuvella

    Strong up the middle.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      TWSS

  • Eddard

    We crush lefties and now we get them back to back. Andruw should get a hold of another one and the 3+ runs streak will continue at least one more game. Kuroda with the bounce back game against the Bautista less lineup, Yanks win easily.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    A game so winnable, even a poli sci major could pull this off.

    *ducks*

    • Jim Is Bored

      Haah you did not wait long for that one to percolate.

    • jjyank

      Haha. It’s a touchy subject for me, so many science/math people look down on Poli Sci unnecessarily.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Didn’t mean to go there at all. Really sorry. It was exclusively a comment on the guy who won’t shut up about MIT.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Also, everyone looks down on the guy with the social work degree.

        • jjyank

          No worries man, I was speaking generally. I just don’t like it when people say you can only teach or go to grad school, because I feel like the many options really aren’t hard to figure out.

          • Jim Is Bored

            Yeah I just spoke incorrectly. I literally did not know what you can do with it. But of course I spent 0 hours researching the answer.

            • jjyank

              Its all good man.

            • TomH

              What can you do with it? What can you do with it? J#@!RW”c, man it’s what you can’t do WITHOUT it! Education isn’t some damned vocational school.

              • vicki

                this.

              • VT Yankee Fan

                That kind of thinking is why so many people complain about not being able to pay their student loans.

                • TomH

                  Stop thinking with your wallet! “That kind of thinking,” as you simple-mindedly call it, is what made the country great. Education ain’t some damned set of factory requirements. It isn’t the POliSci departments or humanities departments that drive up the cost of American universities. They’re in hock to Big Sci and Big Tech. That sucking sound you hear is coming from their insatiable mouths.

                • Ted Nelson

                  That’s pretty ignorant, VT.

                  • VT Yankee Fan

                    If you guys are independently wealthy then knock yourself out. Thinking that you can study whatever you like and somehow be able to make a living out of it is truly ignorant.

                    No one owes any one a living.

                    • TomH

                      The student-loan problem is not a problem of education and its correct understanding (which, by the way, includes science!). It’s a problem of national character and its decline. It’s also a problem of economics: let the government provide, and you can bet that the universities will jack up the tuitions to chase the loans (and to pay for all those useless equity officers they hire).

                • Jim Is Bored

                  this.

                  I love education. But education for educations sake, if you can’t afford it, is a terrible plan.

        • http://www.twitter.com/JoeRo23 The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

          Whoah, just perused that thread.

          Just for shits and giggles I looked up the MIT poli sci department, since everyone seems to want to bash it because the name of the college has the word “technology” in it, and…

          http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/.....-0406.html
          “MIT’s Political Science Department was ranked 10th in the nation, along with Columbia University and UCLA.”

          http://grad-schools.usnews.ran.....ogy-166683
          “#9 in Political Science”

          (I did not go to MIT, just thought it was a bit silly to think their humanities/social sciences departments would not be good because it’s called a school of technology. Don’t judge a book by its cover, etc.)

          • Jim Is Bored

            Fair enough.

          • Jim Is Bored

            Although those are grad school articles. Can’t find anything quickly on undergrad.

            Also have no idea whether the guy Robinson was talking about was referring to a grad degree or undergrad.

            Anyway, this was an enlightening if silly thread of conversation, I’m gonna root for the Yankees for the next 4 hours.

            • Robinson Tilapia

              It was grad school. Point taken. This is why we keep the congressman around after all these years.

        • Deep Thoughts

          For all we know, this guy could be a graduate of the Montana Institute of Truckdriving.

          • Ted Nelson

            Seems more likely given the caliber of his comments…

  • thaaaaaayankeeswin

    Grandy?

  • Mike HC

    Being that it is about 1000 degrees outside, getting away with no injuries will be a win enough for me.

    • Paul VuvuZuvella

      Imagine if Freddy was going this afternoon.

      • LiterallyFigurative

        They would have to mop off the pitcher’s mound every half inning.

      • jjyank

        Yankee Stadium would be a swimming pool.

  • DERP

    This was part of a piece by Dave Cameron on ESPN.com:

    Trade No. 5: Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Juan Pierre to New York Yankees for right-hander Kevin Whelan

    http://insider.espn.go.com/mlb.....trades-mlb

    Thoughts?

    • Jim Is Bored

      Lateral move?

      Pierre has only had 2 years above average in wrc+ since 2004, and this is one of them. Grades out poorly on defense, but YMMV on fangraphs’ defensive rankings.

      Just don’t think he’s worth giving up even a C prospect.

    • Strat

      Looks like you need an insider subscription, no?

    • Dan

      Another problemwith this move is that without Rivera and with Wade struggling, the Yankees don’t have that much bullpen depth. Whelan might end up being called up if either Soriano or Robertson go down as Whelan is the closer at AAA.

  • jjyank

    Man I know it’s a get away day, so it needs to be a day game, but I really wish I at least had a half decent internet connection at work to watch on mlb.tv.

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      Do you have the MLB At Bat app? It’s sublime.

      • jjyank

        I do, and it’s awesome, but I also only get 1 bar in my building, so it lags like crazy.

      • Erica

        Best app, wish it didn’t eat my battery so fast.

      • Deep Thoughts

        Oooooooo. I’m gonna have to go ahead and disagree with you there. That app is a memory hog, a battery hog, and the Alternate Audio track makes it sound like Suzyn Waldman needs hormone replacement therapy. It can’t buffer for shit and constantly drops connection. It’s just a tiny audio stream for pete’s sake – it shouldn’t be that hard to provide continuity.

    • Erica

      Forrilz.

  • Get Phelps Up

    Hey guys, do a google search for Cliff Lee. Pretty funny.

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      lmao

    • Pinstripes In Cali

      ?? I see nothing out of the ordinary.

      • Get Phelps Up

        Really? there’s a picture of him in a Yankee hat off to the side.

    • Yankeefan
  • Erica

    GOOD GOD, it is effin’ BRUTAL outside. I just took a 15 minute walk round trip to Whole Foods and thought I was going to die. Actually die. I have no idea how the team is playing in this, but Hiroki likes the hot weather, right?

    Yikes.

    • Paul VuvuZuvella

      Myth Number 402:
      Asian players like playing in the heat.

      • Erica

        What are myth numbers 1-401? Please list them.

        • Paul VuvuZuvella

          I may need a lifeline, I’m going to call a Poli Sci major.

          • Erica

            The ones at MIT cannot help you.

            • Cris Pengiucci

              A Sociology major may be better in this instance. How’s MIT’s Sociology dept?

            • Paul VuvuZuvella

              They can help me count them.

              • Erica

                Can they count past 10?

  • DERP

    Is this also the competitive balance lottery thread?

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    Horse shit.

  • jjyank

    Rain delay? Lame. It’s sunny in DC, but I suppose that could change quickly.

    • LiterallyFigurative

      More of a lightning delay.

    • Erica

      It’s sunny here in Nueva York, but I’m also 135ish blocks south, SO… different weather patterns?

      • LiterallyFigurative

        Yeah, basically.

    • Paul VuvuZuvella

      The sun is shining in Chicago. That is all.

    • Zooboy

      Hopefully won’t change too quickly, or I’m likely to be without power for six days. Again.

  • Brian S.

    Rosenthal said Boston is trying to trade Crawford for Reyes. It would be bullshit if they could just escape their worst contract like that.

    • jjyank

      Why the hell would Miami do that?

      • Brian S.

        Because they want to help Boston I guess?

        • Get Phelps Up

          The Marlins may have done some stupid things in the past, but I doubt they are THAT stupid.

          • Brian S.

            The Red Sox could trade Crawford and TOP PROSPECT Jose Iglesias for Jose Reyes and Anibal Sanchez. You can’t make this shit up.

            • Dan

              I would rather take Boegarts than Iglesias, if I am the Marlins, he has a much higher ceiling and in all likelihood Iglesias will never hit much at the major league level.

            • Reggie C.

              Kenny’s bowtie must be curtailing the flow of blood into his brain. That’s about the most ridiculous trade speculation i’ve seen from a professional sportswriter.

              Yeesh.

      • Dan

        Maybe the Marlins are also getting Xander Boegarts

    • LiterallyFigurative

      Jose Reyes?

      Why would the Marlins look to take on a WORSE contract, trade a SS (who are hard to find) for a LF (who aren’t as hard to find)?

      • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

        Apparently the deal would involve Hanley Ramirez, not Reyes. (and Heath Bell)

    • JobaWockeeZ

      I’m convinced the Red Sox either drug other GMs or have their own people infiltrate other teams. It’s fucking ridiculous this is even being considered.

      Thankfully the all mighty demigod Casey Kelly isn’t there or otherwise they’ll be able to get Josh Johnson, Annibal Sanchez, Hanley and Stanton.

      Fuck Boston.

    • BrooklynRats

      This has been a rumor since Reyes signed with Miami (Crawford for Ramirez)
      Interesting it now includes Bell.

  • Pinstripes In Cali

    Hey someone update me. I’m in Madrid and desperate for some baseball- day games are the only ones I can watch live because night games start at 2AM here. Do we have Yankee baseball commencing soon? Please please pretty please.

    • Erica

      Weather delay right now.

    • Erica

      First pitch at 1:50pm Eastern.

      • Pinstripes In Cali

        THANK GOD. endorphin rush. baseball. aaaaaaaaaaahhhhh

  • spectra
  • Chris

    They are in a non-weather delay??

  • Erica

    Quick game, please – we need this rain real BAD.

    • Paul VuvuZuvella

      Hiroki likes the rain, right?

      • Erica

        Hiroki likes to win, dangit.

  • Pat D

    So during David Schoenfield’s chat on ESPN yesterday, he answered a question of mine. I put to him the trade proposal I saw someone tweet to Gordon Edes, saying that Bard, Kalish, Doubront, Lars and Lavarnway would be enough for Boston to get King Felix.

    His response was it would be what Bill Simmons calls the poo-poo platter. Yay.

  • Paul VuvuZuvella

    This song they play during rain delays on MLB Extra Innings is KILLING me…and it’s a slow death.

    • LiterallyFigurative

      Makes you want to slit your wrist.

      • Crosetti32

        I’m sure that’s what Hal thinks when he signs Arod’s paycheck.

  • http://aol amanda

    wow is it really that bad in ny people have no power ? its only 75 in florida today 5 homer day for yanks go bombers !!!

  • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

    Nice throw.

  • CUYanks

    Gose and Nyger Morgan have to be the same person.

  • Dewayne is Wise

    Whats with all the ink on the bluejays players. Is it a baseball team or a MC

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

    What is this meme going that PoliSci majors are useless, especially ones that go to MIT? I feel lost.

    • jjyank

      From the thread before this. But Poli Sci majors are most definitely not useless.

  • Stuart a

    Nice throw but Error-roid.

  • Rey22

    Ricky Romero, “True Ace” apparently. If the threshold is a 5 ERA, there’s a *lot* of true aces in baseball.

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

      He’s a True Ace™, not a Real Ace™.

  • thaaaaaayankeeswin

    it is high it is far it issssssssssssssssssss off the wall. EFFFFF you Sterling

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

      To Sterling’s defense I kind of thought it was gone of the bat. Just not high enough.

      • thaaaaaayankeeswin

        I know and I love Sterling, but the dude lately just seems to have lost all depth perception

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

          I hate Sterling, I’m just saying.

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

    Nice start Derek. Terrible fielding by that RFer though.

  • Eddard

    lol, I’m at work so I have to listen to Sterling. 1st batter and we’ve already had a THAT BALL IS HIGH IT IS FAR IT IS….off the wall.

  • Mike N

    JEET!

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

    Garbage. Time.

  • Mike N

    SWISH!

    BTW, is that a new thing the criss-cross taping of his bat handle? I only first noticed that a few games ago.

  • Mike N

    HAHAHAHAH!!!!!!!!!!!!! WOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • thaaaaaayankeeswin

    THAT one is gone….lol. and now 42 games?

  • Eddard

    The streak lives! What an offense.

  • Paul VuvuZuvella

    Bam. That’s 3.

  • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

    I love it when they get the 3 run thing out of the way early.

  • Cy Pettitte

    man if Teix keeps hitting like this…

  • Get Phelps Up

    TEX!!!

    Awesome start so far!

  • Bunt Gardner

    42 games!

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

    42 Straight. That’s pretty impressive.

  • http://aol amanda

    theres one go tex 4 more to go at least bombers !!!!!!!!!!

  • Nathan

    Ahhh good game to be working from home!

    Just got off a conf. call to see Swish bring home Jeets and Tex hit one out.

    And they come to Oakland tomorrow.

  • DERP

    July Tex!

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

    That’s an odd shift they had for Alex. I’m usually listening, were they using the same shift yesterday?

    • Mike N

      I think so, yeah. He hit a bunch of hard balls right at infielders.

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

        It’s not even that his last out was hard hit, it was actually really weak, but instead of having to hustle over from where a second baseman usually plays. instead he was standing right there waiting for the ball.

  • thaaaaaayankeeswin

    21!

  • Mike N

    Wow! This is unbelievable!

  • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

    lol Davis

  • Nathan

    Hit or error?

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

      hit. Kay just said they called it a double.

      • Nathan

        Nice.

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

    Robinson Cano is a strong man.

  • Dewayne is Wise

    We are in bluejays heads lol

  • CUYanks

    This offense is particularly dangerous against lefties, it seems.

    • vicki

      unfortunately we will not face any lefty pitching in the postseason.

  • CountryClub

    I’m stating the obvious here, but the Yanks are on fire.

  • Mike N

    PILE IT ON!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Kramerica Industries

    Fun game right now.

    Lets keep it that way.

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

    Jones w/ an RBI single off the wall lol.

  • Jim Is Bored

    What in the world happened to Romero? Man.

  • Erica

    I LOVE THIS TEAM

    • Paul VuvuZuvella

      There are no likable players on this team.

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

        Really? Are you being sarcastic? I’m confused, because Derek, CC, Wise, Granderson, Swish(to some people), Robertson, Andruw, and Kuroda all seem like likable guys…

        • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)
          • Paul VuvuZuvella

            TY.

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

            If I keep reading will I find out why PoliSci students from MIT are useless.

          • Anthony

            Too funny.

        • Mike N

          Who doesn’t like Swish???

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

            I personally like him, but i can completely understand those who think he’s “too much.”

          • PJ

            Nick Swisher was 3rd in Men’s Journal MLB player poll for most hated players. I found that shocking, because he just seems like a fun dude.

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

    “Nix is such a good player. He’s a baseball player, you know that’s it. HE’S A BASEBALL PLAYER.”-Probably John Sterling after Nix beat out that DP.

    • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

      Glad they finally got rid of all the cricket players on the team.
      They were really dragging the team down.

      • Mike N

        If they only had some rounders players, they’d be thirty games over five hundred.

    • crosetti32

      Followed by suzyn: “You know, he just looks like a ballplayer.”

  • The Guns of Navarone

    God bless this team.

  • Nathan

    Today would be a good game for Martin to get it going: 4-0 lead and less pressure to get a big hit.

  • CUYanks

    Nix: smart play to spare the team from the heat

  • Paul VuvuZuvella

    Worst part about that was not clearing Martin.

  • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

    Nix continuing to do everything right on the baseball field.
    Right John and Suzyn?

    • eephus_pitch

      Whether it’s barely beating out a DP grounder, making the first out at 3rd base, or getting picked off 1st base, he always does something to help the team win!

  • FachoinaNYY

    Well its pretty awesome to get all the streaks out of the way in the first

  • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

    My first time listening to the game at work. I decided to try out Sterling instead of the opposing radio feed like I usually do. Despite 4 runs scored, I’m more annoyed than happy because of the way Sterling calls the game. Moviefone guy voice, stupid home run calls. Time to switch back to the Toronto feed.

    • crosetti32

      Don’t understand why the flagship team of MLB, most championships, storied history, etc., has those two in the radio booth. Why?????

      • CUYanks

        You can ask the same about Michael Kay

      • Mike N

        Contract with CBS880. As I understand it, the Yanks might not renew.

        • crosetti32

          Let’s hope not. Contract will probably go to highest bidder, no?

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

    Nix’s TOOTBLANing is really fucking annoying.

  • CountryClub

    Nix isn’t going to enjoy Kangaroo Court this yr. 2 silly mistakes on the bases in back to back games.

    • CUYanks

      Not to mention what he did to Mo…

  • http://aol amanda

    almot 3 homers in the first jones is actually younger then arod if he had as many at bats as arod he would have at least 20 homers i love this team

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

    Wait the Yankees are giving away something of value (water on a hot day) for free at the Stadium? That doesn’t seem like their MO.

  • Nathan

    Sori has got to be in the dugout asking for a 12 or 13 run lead so he Joe won’t be tempted to bring him in today. HAHA.

    • CUYanks

      There’s always the 3-inning save. Gotta pump up that saves count!

      • Anthony

        Lmao. This.

  • Will (the other one)

    Arencibia’s one of those guys I’d love to see in pinstripes someday soon. Just sayin’.

    • CUYanks

      If D’arnaud didn’t get injured for the season, they might be aggressively shopping him.

    • TomH

      He’s not bad at commercials either.

  • Greg

    So I’m late to the party and the Yankees have kept the streak going.

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

      Yep and they’ve been hitting with RISP, both homers and non homers, so everybody is happy.

      • The Guns of Navarone

        Not me. Too many strikeouts from Kuroda. You can’t rely on strikeouts in the postseason. The hitters are too good.

        • CUYanks

          Yeah, plus they need to learn how to win by scoring fewer than 3 runs, like in the postseason. They just don’t’ get it.

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

        oh and Nix got TOOTBLAN’d again.

        • eephus_pitch

          That’s because he’s a baseball player.

    • captain kiwi

      robbie’s kept up the hit streak as well

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

    That change or split what ever it was was just mean.

    • Mike N

      Srsly. This is the Kuroda I love. (And I think it was a splitter.)

  • CUYanks

    There’s something really nice about the way Kuroda just throws so many strikes. Kinda like when Bartolo Colon was pitching really well last year.

  • CUYanks

    See, Nix got Martin that new count so he could get a hit and boost his confidence.

    • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

      nice of him to take one for the team like that

    • Get Phelps Up

      He’s such a team player.

  • Rocky Road Redemption

    Pfffft, ONLY four runs in the first inning against a last place team? They should be ashamed of themselves. Any semi-intelligent baseball fan knows that if you don’t score ten runs per inning against a last place team it doesn’t really count.

  • OMG! Bagels!

    I was out of town last night in some place in Ohio. You can fill in anything derogatory about Ohio that you would like because it would fit this place. Not in the mood to be there but the boss’s wife is pregnant and he was worried about her in this heat. Were it not for that I would have said, “Are you f’ing kidding me? This is your crazy ass client in some backwoods place in Ohio and your right hand guy that screwed up the thing that requires a personal visit. Why do I have to go?” Worked. Listen to client scream (and rightfully so but didn’t have to be at ME). Missed the game and driving back to the airport some flunky local radio doing sports (not a sports radio show just the sports segment of a regular radio program).

    Statement after reading the scores: “sports” guy 1: Yankees have a big lead in the AL East but they shouldn’t get too cocky about it. When other teams get healthy, they’ll have much better competition. “sports” guy 2: Getting too comfortable and thinking you’re too far ahead for other teams to catch up will come back to haunt them. “sports” guy 2: As it should.

    I didn’t even know what that was supposed to mean, but I wanted to rip the radio out of the rental car and throw it on the godforsaken highway of hell.

    • OMG! Bagels!

      last comment “as it should” was made by first guy.

    • The Guns of Navarone

      Haha yeah but what happens when the Yankees get healthy? They’re still down a starting pitcher, a starting outfielder, a late inning bullpen arm, and they lost their HOF closer.

  • Greg

    They aren’t canceling this game. They already waited an hour to start it.

  • CUYanks

    Smart, quick outs so we can get the 5 innings in.

    • Jim Is Bored

      Jeter’s a team player.

    • Mike N

      It looks from the radar map like the storms might stay to the North and South of NYC as the afternoon goes on.

  • Nathan

    I hope the Yankees bring back Kuroda. He’s been as advertised.

  • Dewayne is Wise

    Francessa doing a great interview with victor cruz.

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

      Cruz was on the Daily Show last night to plug his new book. Outstanding, outstanding interview. He’s a really down to earth guy. I’m proud that he’s on the Giants.

    • The Guns of Navarone

      Yeah I’m listening to it. Had no idea his father committed suicide and Francesa opened up and said his brother committed suicide! Crazy stuff.

      Also, awesome story about Strahan walking into the store where Cruz was working in 2007 and told him to keep his NFL dreams alive, that it didn’t matter what school he goes to, if he was good enough, the NFL would find him.

  • Nathan

    Can’t believe Vizquel is still playing. I remember him back in Cleveland…man, him hitting behind Lofton was trouble.

    • Greg

      HOF?

      • thaaaaaayankeeswin

        thats a stretch.

        • CUYanks

          Actually, I think the prevailing thought is he will get in after a few tries, based on his defense and decent hit total.

      • Nathan

        Fringe…really fringe IMO.

        HOVG (Hall Of Very Good)? Yes.

      • RetroRob

        No. Good fielder who played for a long time. That’s not a HOFer. The Ozzie comparison gets made, but Ozzie is probably the greatest defensive SS ever (Belanger might have been his equal or better but for shorter period), while Omar is nowhere near in his class.

        • eephus_pitch

          But does being almost as good as Ozzie defensively and MUCH better offensively make for a strong case?
          It might.

          • RetroRob

            I don’t believe he was almost as good as Ozzie defensively. The gap between the two is actually quite large. Based on one measure, Ozzie is nearly 80% better on runs saved than Omar, who was Ozzie-like, but Ozzie-lite, eary in his career, but for most of the past twenty years he was been a plus defender, but not an elite defender. Omar has even had seven defensive years where he rated as a negative defender, although three of them were in the past three years when he’s been a reserve and just old. Makes you wonder why a team would hire a former defensive specialist who can’t hit. As for Ozzie, he never once had a single season where he rated in the negative, even as he got older.

            Offensively? Ozzie, 87 OPS+; Omar, 82 OPS+ or Ozzie, 94 wRC+; Omar, 84 wRC+. It’s actually Ozzie who is the better offensive player and that ten point gap in wRC+ in favor of Ozzie isn’t minor.

            Ozzie was a substantially better fielder, a better hitter, a better baserunner. That’s why Ozzie’s career fWAR is 70+, certainly HOF territory, while Omar’s down in the upper 40s. Nice, long career, but a bit overrated with the glove for most of it, and not a HOFer.

            That all said, I have a feeling he will eventually make it because many people think he is like Ozzie. He’s not.

            It won’t be bad if he makes the Hall. There are certainly lesser players in, but he just doesn’t make my cut.

    • vicki

      little vicki was madly in love with omar. still get butterflies.

  • thaaaaaayankeeswin

    how many pitches that inning?

    • CUYanks

      Looks like the Blue Jays just want to get away. Kuroda might go very deep in this game.

  • RetroRob

    I’m guessing there’s no chance Michael Kay has ever had a cheese steak wedge.

    • Paul VuvuZuvella

      I bet he got plenty of wedges.

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

    Why would you do that for one out?!?!?!?!

    • Nathan

      He pretty much dove for it…he wasn’t holding anything or really gave himself anyway of keeping himself from flying in there.

      • Get Phelps Up

        He probably thought there was something to break his fall. Maybe it’s like that in Toronto?

  • Nathan

    OUCH.

  • Greg

    Oh my goodness

  • RetroRob

    That doesn’t look good.

  • thaaaaaayankeeswin

    geez, another injury for these guys?

  • Kramerica Industries

    Is Brett Lawrie a gamer, or just stupid?

    That’s not a fun tumble to make.

  • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

    Nice effort. That’s got to hurt.

  • Get Phelps Up

    Yikes.

  • Pat D

    He killed himself. Wow.

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

    Definitely broke his ankle on the railing. That’s terrible.

    • Mike N

      Srsly? It looked like maybe he just got the wind knocked out of him.

      • Chad Gaudin the Friendly Ghost

        I think he’s right. That replay looked fucking gross. If he doesn’t have a broken ankle, I will be amazed.

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

        no, go back and watch the replay, as he’s going over he slams his ankle on the railing that separates the dug out and the camera well. As he get’s up, you can also see he’s doing everything in his power to not put any weight on the ankle.

        • Mike N

          Oh, yeah. You’re right.

      • Greg

        As soon as he tried to get up, he limped badly. He hurt something

  • dontchaknow

    this team is fucking cursed or something holy hell

  • Pat D

    I think he thought the camera pit was even with the field surface, and obviously it isn’t.

    • RetroRob

      Normally when diving into the stands or the dugout there is something there to break the fall, be they fans, or the players (even opposition ones) who will catch the player after he catches or doesn’t catch the ball. He went into the photo area which is lower than the field and all the guys are carrying equipment and getting out of his way. Bad area.

  • captain kiwi

    oh wow, poor guy…

  • vicki

    i honestly feel bad for toronto’s eleven fans. rough, rough year.

  • thaaaaaayankeeswin

    anyone have a breakdown on Tex since he got over the viral infection?

    • Paul VuvuZuvella

      I’m still waiting on the breakdown on Nettles since he got over the hepatitis. They’re way backed up.

    • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

      Since he got the Cincinnati series off, he’s 272/383/592 13 HR, 41 RBI in 48 games(not including today)

      Not sure when he officially got over the infection.

      • thaaaaaayankeeswin

        thanks

  • Kramerica Industries

    Shit.

    The rain’s about come in a big, big way.

    • Greg

      They are not going to cancel the game. Why would they wait an hour just to cancel the game.

  • Greg

    Now I think the Blue Jays are gonna be like. “Lets just get out of here.”

  • Frank

    Too bad for Lawrie. Love the player, though.

  • jjyank

    All I got is gameday…I saw how they scored, but how does Kuroda look? I obviously see the zeroes, but that only tells you so much.

    • Greg

      I think He’s been efficient and the Blue Jays want to get out of here.

    • Get Phelps Up

      Kuroda looks good and threw some nasty splitters, but also the Jays look they just want to get out of town. Also, Lawrie seriously fucked himself up trying to catch a foul ball.

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

      dominant, the one hit he allowed was a ball that Robbie turns into an out 80% of the time at least.

  • Kramerica Industries

    When I think of these rain games that ultimately got killed before reaching official status, I remember a game last year where Mitch Moreland lost a grand slam and, I think, 6 RBI, when an A’s/Rangers game didn’t quite make it.

    Also a sombering reminder that any and all games can get killed. So, if nothing else, hope that Kuroda work’s quickly this time, and can get this game to the bottom of the 5th.

  • Paul VuvuZuvella

    I’m really starting to think Levine getting Soriano was his Nixon-goes-to-China moment. Do we have any PoliSci majors in the thread?

    • RetroRob

      I certainly understand the only-Nixon-can-go-to-China comment, but I’m not sure how that fits with Levine.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      The honorable congressman already correctly shot my initial comment now. I will now let that die as peaceful a death as Mick Foley and counting trolls.

  • RetroRob

    Johnny Rocket’s sucks at the Stadium. Really wish they had done a better job on the food at the new place.

    • Paul VuvuZuvella

      My Go To is the Noodles next to the Sushi place.

      • RetroRob

        There are far more choices at the new place, and some places with good food, but the lines there can get long. I think they messed up on the burger choice, which should be a basic. They also should have grabbed Shake Shack before the Mets.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          YS3 chose to go corporate vendor instead of really trying to give the visitor a true taste of what NYC is like. With the amount of money which went into the stadium, they could have absolutely nabbed some sort of agreement with Danny Meyer, Brooklyn Brewery, etc. It’s a completely wasted opportunity. Why do I want Johnny Rockets? I’m in New York City, for Christ’s sake.

          • RetroRob

            Totally agree.

        • Jimmy

          I always thought that a Jimmy Buff’s stand would make a killing at the new stadium.

    • Mike N

      Lobel’s roast beef sangwiches are KILLER!

      • Robinson Tilapia

        I’m not a fan. Overpriced. Soggy.

        I stick with the BBQ for the most part.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          When I go back before the end of the season, though, I expect that to change to Parm.

          • Mike N

            Parm’s meatball sangwiches are no good. The meat itself is ok, but it is shaped into a single flat patty and served on a round bun, instead of multiple round balls served on a sub/hoagie roll.

            • Robinson Tilapia

              I still want to try it. They’ve got quite the pedigree if they’re from the owners of Torrisi’s. The write-ups for the main location are very good.

      • RetroRob

        Yup, but everytime I go there the lines are a killer, and that’s because it’s so good. Add a few more places in like that and the lines would be more manageable.

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

      agreed. the only good food in the stadium are NYY Steak (If you take a second mortgage out on your house) Hard Rock (If you want to pay for tickets then watch the game at a bar) or Lobel’s Steak Sandwich, which is 15 bucks for a relatively small, albeit incredible, sandwich.

    • OMG! Bagels!

      It does. I thought they had Mike’s Deli last year or the year before and they were decent. But the vendors are all kinds of suck for the most part. They should have some good and cheap NY food and not these chains.

    • RI$P FTW

      The Stadium’s food is embarrassing.

      • Mike N

        They have awesome food at the Phillies ball park: hoagies, BBQ, cheesesteaks, etc. And it’s all by really good local stalwarts. (Or at least they did a few years ago when I was last there.)

        Anyone been to Citi Field?

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Shake Shack’s great, but it’s not the full menu. No shroom burger, for example. Definitely better than YS3.

          AT&T Park. *sigh*

          • RetroRob

            Giants home park is the best in the majors in my opinion. Haven’t been to all of them, but most of them. I do hear PIttsuburgh is great and I might make it there in the next month. Camden remains excellent.

            • Robinson Tilapia

              Loved AT&T. It’s what CitiField wishes it was, instead of being a bigger Keyspan Park/Dodgers Musem, which is what it actually is.

              AT&T Park was the perfect match between the hi-tech feel of Yankee Stadium and a small-town ballpark. Bonds made an appearance (post-retirement) when I was there, and it felt like he was ten feet away from me in the lower level. Food was magnificent. Had a dungeness crab sandwich and garlic fries which will never have you saying YS3’s one are good ever again.

              It’s been almost 20 years since I’ve been to Camden. I remember liking it.

              • RetroRob

                Camden set off the explosion of new parks, and has been matched and maybe eclipsed in some ways, but it’s still one of the tops.

                Giants home park (I refer to use the corporate name!) is great for the reasons you mentioned. My first visit there was when Bonds broke Aaron’s record. Whatever you think of Bonds and the record, it was a fun night and was glad I was there.

                Mets new home is much, much better than Shea, but it could have been so much more.

                • RetroRob

                  *refuse* to use the corporate name.

      • BrooklynRats

        Lobel’s is a small 15$ sandwich, with a line longer than space mountain.
        Citi field has a shake shack.

        • Mike N

          Shake Shack is awesome! I ate there in the City last weekend for lunch and it was outstanding. I had the SmokeShack.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Are we in a rain delay?

    • Greg

      No.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      We will be if they don’t hurry the fuck up. The clouds are coming.

  • FIPster Doofus

    Kuroda is kurolling.

  • Will (the other one)

    Kuroda’s absolutely pounding the zone – over a 75% clip throwing strikes. Wow.

  • Greg

    Heard about this Crawford to the Marlins for Ramirez and Bell. This makes no sense at all. Where is Hanley Ramirez going to play? Mike Aviles has been a good player for the Red Sox. And you bring Heath Bell, a guy who has struggled into the AL East. Makes no sense.

    • FIPster Doofus

      Mike Aviles is terrible. All of his value this season has come from the defensive side, and we all know advanced defensive stats are questionable for small sample sizes.

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

      Lol, Hanely>>>>>Aviles. You bench an Aviles for a Hanely. To me it makes no sense for the Marlins in my mind.

      • FIPster Doofus

        It would be an awful trade for Miami, no doubt.

        • Get Phelps Up

          Agreed. Trading a bad contract in Bell with 2.5 years left for a terrible contract with 5.5 years left in Crawford, and then “throwing in” Hanley too??? I hope the Marlins tell Cherington to go fuck himself.

          • FIPster Doofus

            Yep. Crawford’s contract should be a non-starter. Bell’s is bad, too, but at least it’s short. Hanley isn’t his old self; however, he’s still a decent player who might just need a change of scenery. Plus, his contract is OK – two years left at roughly $30 million after this season.

        • BK2ATL

          This idiocy had to originate out of Boston. Only there would anyone even remotely think this makes sense.

          They become sellers, so they trade one of their best young players for Carl Crawford and his contract?????

    • RI$P FTW

      According to MLBTR it’s not happening anyway.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      As in Carl? There’s no way that happens. People need to get off the Marlin fire sale thing.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    My cousin is at the game and he’s right behind Swisher in right. He just video-messaged me him yelling “Hey, Swish, Ozzie Guillen sucks ____” and Swish turned around and gave him a thumbs up.

    Neither my cousin nor Swish have any class.

    ….nor Ozzie.

    • Mike N

      hahahahah

      Gotta love Swish!

      • RI$P FTW

        Would you be laughing if Swisher gave a thumbs up to ‘Ozzie is a N-GG-R?’
        Why is it ok to bash gays?

        • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

          Alright, easy now. It’s my cousin that’s the ignorant one. And i just outted him on the RAB board. It’s not Mike N’s fault.

        • jjyank

          One is racist and one isn’t? Big line there.

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

            He some how construes that as homophobic.

            • jjyank

              I sure don’t. That’s just one of those phrases in today’s vernacular that doesn’t have a literal meaning.

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

                I, and most sane people agree.

                • Robinson Tilapia

                  I think that most sane people realize that we’ve come a long way with this type of vernacular, but still have a long way to go.

                  20 years ago, how much casual use of the word “fa**ot” was there? At least to me, it’s absolutely jarring to hear the word now.

                  We’re probably on the road to “you suck dick,” or whatever, not having a negative connotation, but we’re not there yet.

        • Mike N

          Actually, I read it as “Guillen sucks ass”.

          • Mike N

            Or “Guillen sucks shit”. It didn’t occur to me that he said “Guillen sucks dick”. If he did, yeah, not cool.

        • Strawman

          You rang, RI$P FTW?

    • Will (the other one)

      In Swish’s defense, it’s tough to hear down on the field. He thought your cousin said “I’m a huge fan of your numerous charity efforts.”

      • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

        Perhaps that’s it.

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

        It’s easier than you think lol. I went to a game last year and sat in the short porch vs. the Angels, and Tori was in right field. All game guys were making small jokes like “What’s the matter Tori, to old to play CF?” and Hunter would grab his back and make motions that said “I’m too old for this shit.”

    • RI$P FTW

      So Swisher approves of anti-gay language?

      • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

        Like I said: I don’t approve of anyone in this circumstance

      • Chris

        Oh you….

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

        God, as a bisexual and best friends with a lesbian, I find your touchy attitude towards any jokes even the slightest making fun of gays offensive.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          You read anything he says and it comes off as disingenuous. I’m with you.

          • jjyank

            Yeah, and I feel like he’s gotten worse lately.

            • Robinson Tilapia

              Bully pulpit. It happens. It’s the internet.

              I also read so much immaturity into what the dude writes, but whatever. We’re all very different people on him. He can be whoever he wants, I guess.

      • Mike N

        “Guillen sucks _____”–as typed by Cuso–was interpreted by me as “Guillen sucks ass” or “Guillen sucks shit”, not as “Guillen sucks dick”. I agree that the latter is a bigoted slur.

  • Mike N

    It still looks on the radar that the rain storms are going to stay to the North and South of NYC.

  • http://aol amanda

    awesome

  • OMG! Bagels!

    They don’t want to play in the lightening. And with the Blue Jays, they are not the luckiest team right now. Probably a good idea for them to stay out of the lightening. So let’s get this game in the books boys!

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Dude. Jayson Nix is Batman. I’m telling you.

    • Bruce Wayne

      *cries*

  • TomH

    On those food posts, above: you finicky guys should try what the Rogers Centre calls “food.” You would fall on your knees in gratitude to the Yankee Stadium.

    I saw a “cheese steak” place on camera yesterday. Oh for a real cheese steak in Toronto!

  • captain kiwi

    i know it’s only speculation, but any chance the mariner’s give up felix? that’s a real tough luck team right there.

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      no, it’s been reiterated by Jack Z. again as recently as last week. he’s going nowhere.

      • captain kiwi

        ah. well that’s my favorite part about approaching the trade deadline. all kinds of crazy shit just pops up.

  • vicki

    knock it off, statpadders; let’s see some first pitch soft grounders. trying to get it in the books.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Joe G could probably stick DJ Mitchell in as the DH right now and he’d go 3-4 with 2 doubles and 4 RBIs.

  • Chad Gaudin the Friendly Ghost

    Via the Blue Jay Twitter feed:

    Lawrie Update: removed due to right calf. Sent for a precautionary x-ray

    • Chad Gaudin the Friendly Ghost

      The Blue Jays spell ‘leg’ or ‘ankle’ weird. Nothing muscular will show up in an x-ray.

    • Chris

      If they weren’t a division rival I might pity them.

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

      At least they’re listing it as a “calf injury” and not a joint injury like “ankle” or “knee”

  • Greg

    Valentine said Ortiz is going to the DL.

    • Chad Gaudin the Friendly Ghost

      Fuck Ortiz.

  • FIPster Doofus

    Romero is probably tanking this inning on purpose so the rain comes.

    • Greg

      They are not canceling the game. They wouldn’t have waited an hour to start it if they were going to cancel it anyway.

      • FIPster Doofus

        I was being facetious. They’ll get it in.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Fat guy in a little coaaaat

  • CUYanks

    At least Lawrie avoided a head/neck injury. That could have been a paralyzing fall.

  • CountryClub

    Swisher just loves coming up with the bases loaded.

    BTW, I like Swish….but he’s been bad in those spots recently.

    • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

      He was heroically and unselfishly doing his part to make absolutely sure this becomes an official game.

  • Chris

    Good job, Swish. Getting that top half of the 5th is vital.

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

    The baconator has a son?!

    • Pat D

      It reproduces asexually.

  • Chris

    They really scored that a double?

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Wise’s miscue just made my one year-old burst out in laughter. Nice save by Jones…

    ….and nice catch there.

  • CUYanks

    Looks like X-rays came back negative on Lawrie. That’s good news.

    • Greg

      Jays are calling it a right calf contusion and he is day to day.

      • CUYanks

        It looked a lot worse. I wonder if they need to check for muscle/tendon damage besides bone breaks. MRI?

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Sorry, I should have been more specific on the above quote.

    The blank my cousin shouted was “off little boys.”

    • Jerry Sandusky

      mmmmmmmmmm…..

    • OMG! Bagels!

      That’s terrible. What sort of brain damage does your cousin have again?

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

    That ball goes to the wall if Ibanez was in LF, but at least he would have hustled after it.

  • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

    Tex makes some seriously goofy facial expressions whilst playing baseball.

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      Yeah, they don’t do him any favors by always Yes-mo’ing his face

  • thaaaaaayankeeswin

    official

  • Rooting for U.S. Steel

    It’s an official game! Bring on the lightning!

  • FachoinaNYY

    I know he has his quirks/annoyances, but I appreciate having Kay as our announcer, we certainly could do much much worse.

    I like the booth as a whole.

    I love the Yankees.

    • Mike N

      Troll!

    • Robinson Tilapia

      He’s not the greatest in the world but, like with John and Suzyn, they’re the voices I’m used to and I don’t want to see them go.

      • eephus_pitch

        John and Suzyn can go anytime. Kay isn’t great, but the other voices with him make up for it.

      • OMG! Bagels!

        People in mental institutions have voices in their heads that call games better than John and Suzyn

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Yes, but they’re OUR mental patients.

    • Paul VuvuZuvella

      There are plenty worse than Kay, but I can’t get over the quirks/annoyances.

      • Mike N

        I don’t mind how he calls the games, but his sense of self-importance gets grating after a while.

        • Randi

          I know what you mean… but he has NOTHING on Mike Lupica. I have officially stopped listening to Lupica’s hour of self-aggrandizement on ESPN radio. Its really, really over the top.

      • jjyank

        He’s never eaten an egg!!?

        • Robinson Tilapia

          This one I didn’t know. Are you serious? Someone had eating issues as a child.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            My wife just said that the whole O’Neill/banana thing yesterday was because Kay had never had one. Dear lord. Jodi must be a saint.

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

              He must be incredibly easy to cook actually. Plain frozen chicken nuggets and plain pasta. If he’s going to have all the eating restrictions of a finicky child, feed him like one.

              • Robinson Tilapia

                On the other hand, when you’re the voice of the Yankees and are married to a lead anchor, you probably go on tons of fancy dinners. Would you want to go to a fancy restaurant with Kay? Probably gets a pass from the chef because he’s a celebrity, but what a pain that must be.

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

          No…I’m calling bullshit. How can he have never eaten an egg?!

          • OMG! Bagels!

            Didn’t want to?

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

              Didn’t his parents try to like make him try things? I mean I was a picky eater when I was young, at least I thought I was, then my mom kept making me try things lol.

              • Robinson Tilapia

                Funny you should mention this, though, because teaching eating habits is a hot topic in this household right now. We’re tying to let my boy choose what he eats and not force things down his throat but my visiting mother from FL, for example, thinks we should be forcing all sorts of nasty purees down his throat. I was a terrible eater for most of my childhood, and I think it has a lot to do with my hating everything I was made to eat when I was younger.

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

                  I would never force my niece or my one day child to eat anything they wouldn’t like. For example today, I had my niece try a bite of my Blueberry Preserves, she spit it out and said “nuh-uh” and that was that. I personally think you should let your kid try everything you can, but never force them to sit and eat anything that they don’t like.

                  • Rooting for U.S. Steel

                    Sit and eat, no. But I’m a big fan of the “one bite” rule with things the kid hasn’t tried before.

                    Don’t have any of my own yet, but was a surrogate parent to an ex-girlfriend’s kid. I’d say that trick worked about… half the time.

                    If you’re serious about getting a kid to eat and like to cook, though, invite the kid to cook with you in a non-pressure environment.

                    Food fussiness in kids is often about control: Let ‘em take part in the preparation and (if the dish allows) you can give ‘em little tastes along the way. THAT works wonders. (Don’t push the tasting if they don’t want it — this is more about getting the kid comfortable with food.)

                    And, fwiw, it’s absolutely pouring with booming thunder and lightning in midtown right now.

                    • Robinson Tilapia

                      With a much younger kid, though, you really do learn a lot. My son eats better when eating with others and when people don’t fixate on him.

                      You’re EXACTLY right in that it’s about control, though. My son’s become much fussier, literally, in the past two weeks because he’s suddenly figured out he has options. We’re allowing him the flexibility to express himself and hoping he becomes a more open eater because of it.

          • RetroRob

            I used to call bullshit on it too, but after seeing him talk about it enough times, and piecing together other things he’s said, I believe it’s true.

            I mentioned this before, but several years back I ran across Kay sitting at a bar in Westchester with a female friend. (This was prior to meeting his current wife, unless I just didn’t recognize her!). He was eating food, but it was before I was aware of his odd issues with condiments. Not sure what he was eating.

            Beyond that, I talked to him briefly. No one seemed to notice him there, which was odd. He’s very recognizable. I didnt’ want to bother him too much, but for the few minutes we chatted he was pleasant. I’ve met enough celebs over the years to know many can be jerks. Kay wasn’t, so I’ll give him points for that.

        • Kramerica Industries

          Those too?

          Here I was only aware of condiments and bananas.

    • Chad Gaudin the Friendly Ghost

      Me too. I don’t get all the Kay hate. There are some truly hideous announcers out there, Kay seems pretty good.

      • eephus_pitch

        Kay’s about a C- as an announcer, but he embraces all the conventional wisdom bullshit that better announcers scorn.

  • Greg

    For anyone interested. Scully calling the Phillies and Dodgers on MLB network

    • eephus_pitch

      Has he given the score yet?

  • Greg

    Today, Mother Nature is a Yankee fan.

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

    The rains have started. Right on time too.

  • tyrone sharpton

    lawrie only has a knee contusion. good to hear; i need him this week

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

      I wouldn’t expect anything from him this week.

      • tyrone sharpton

        well, fuck. there goes $500. calf contusions…

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

    Peanut butter and Real Blueberry Preserves: fucking incredible.

    • Paul VuvuZuvella

      nice

  • CUYanks

    A little off topic, but on the Mo comeback. IF he does comeback, there’s definitely a chance he doesn’t play in 2013, so that might be another silver lining if he takes his time.

    • RetroRob

      He’ll be back. He already said so, and he basically said he was planning to come back even if hadn’t been injured. His comments in Spring Training set off an unnessary flury of speculation that he was going to retire, while it appears that wasn’t true.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Oh no no no. Mariano Rivera will be on the mound in 2013, barring act of Mo.

  • Pat D

    I’m getting a real bad storm in PA right now. Lots of lightning, wind, heavy rain.

    Yep, there goes the satellite.

    • RetroRob

      …and I’m guessing the game for you.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      I NEED IT TO GET COOLER.

      • Paul VuvuZuvella

        Was hot as hell yesterday in Chicago and today is 80’s easily 20 degrees cooler than yesterday.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          We walked two blocks to get some lunch and I couldn’t take it. Of course, it was the perfect excuse to get ice cream on the way back.

          • Paul VuvuZuvella

            I went to see an outdoor concert last night. Somehow danced my ass off for about 3 hours and it was still 90 degrees at 11pm

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

      Never understood the benefit of satellite…with the whole weather knocking it out thing, it doesn’t seem worth it.

      • OMG! Bagels!

        Oh comon. Going out in the blizzard and almost sliding off the roof is great fun.

      • Pat D

        It doesn’t get knocked out every time it rains, only when it rains really hard.

        It’s actually back up now, too. Satellite is the best choice for us. We wouldn’t be able to see the Yankees games if we didn’t have satellite because none of our local cable companies offer YES.

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

          Oh, see I’m from the NYC area…and really never plan on leaving unless I go start fresh in Cali…so that wouldn’t even factor in for me. Even then I’d rather pay for MLB.tv.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            We tried satellite for a little bit in the city. Hated every little bit of it. Just fine with TWC.

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

              Bergen County, NJ. Cablevision, content with it, but thinking about making the jump to verizon.

              • OMG! Bagels!

                Have verizon. Love it.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Anthony Gose looks kinda like Corey Patterson, just from his apperance.

    • pat

      DASS RAYCESS

    • OMG! Bagels!

      That’s usually what “looks kinda like” is based on.

      • Kramerica Industries

        Sometimes, I like to take a venture through the Department of Redundancy Department.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          +1,000

    • eephus_pitch

      TOOLS!

    • CUYanks

      He’s a dead ringer for Nyger Morgan.

  • Paul VuvuZuvella

    You know, just saying, but if Alex’s defense continues to decline, just may be time to move him to RF next year.

    • pat

      Continues to decline?

  • James A

    I wish David Stern was in charge of baseball. Not only would the Yankees have been eligible for this ridiculous Competitive Balance Lottery, they would have won it #baseballreasons

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

    bahaha…why do yankee fans hate him so much?

  • Tom Q

    Anyone not see that ARod play coming (the ground ball, not the subsequent popup)? Soon as it left the bat, I envisioned exactly what happened.

  • Nathan

    Seeing ARod’s natural decline is rough. Makes me think back and appreciate his monster years more. The past year or so I’ve been hoping he still had one more monster year in him but that’s a dream.

    Man does his contract suck.

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

      The last six years of Albert’s contract are going to make this deal look like a cake walk.

      • Nathan

        Very true.

      • jjyank

        This.

      • Get Phelps Up

        Especially seeing how he already showed signs of decline last year and how its continued this year.

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

          He’s still going to be incredibly productive for the next two seasons though…then even the most casual of fan will notice the decline.

      • eephus_pitch

        While I enjoy bad things happening to the Angels, this is still fairly cold comfort.

    • captain kiwi

      i’m still dreaming :/ i think i’ll keep holding out hope that he’ll bust out a monster season until the day he retires.

    • RetroRob

      A-Rod is still productive at a position that is not easy to find productive players. I’m hoping he can maintain being a 25-HR player the next few years. The Yankees can figure out the last couple years of the deal.

  • Chris

    Jayson Nix: Baseball player by day, vigilante superhero by night.

  • Mike N

    Wise is intellectually sound!

  • Eddard

    And for some reason people don’t think we can get by with Wise, Jones, and Raul platoon. They’ve been great and will continue to be great. No sense in trading the farm for a short term rental.

    • Chris

      Not to mention all the guys like Cust, Branyan, etc we have stashed in AAA if these guys start to suck. This team is deep and thick.

    • CUYanks

      I don’t necessarily think that the “and will continue to be great” part of your statement is a guarantee.

  • Pat D

    The Bench Bombers? Did Kay just give us a new nickname?

  • Greg

    Remember this stretch of play the next time Girardi makes a questionable move. He’s pushing all the right buttons.

    • pat

      LOL no chance. Good idea in theory, not applicable to Yankees fans anywhere.

    • jjyank

      People will still find something to complain about, no matter the situation.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Fighting the good fight, Greg. They’ll forget anyway……or they’ll remember, but remembering isn’t as fun.

    • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

      Girardi is an idiot.
      Dewayne Wise should be batting cleanup.

  • swishers fauxhawk

    Best catch of the day

  • FIPster Doofus

    Nobody stares at strike three in RISP situations quite like Nick Swisher.

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

    The Bench Bombers…lol that’ll do Kay, that’ll do.

  • vicki

    okay, try this on for size:

    “yankee leftfielder dewayne wise named 2012 alds mvp.”

    crazy?

    • FIPster Doofus

      World Series MVP: Chad Qualls

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

        If that happens I will tattoo his name across my forehead.

        • FIPster Doofus

          I’ll cut off both of my legs and eat them.

          • CUYanks

            Ok this is getting a little intense.

            • FIPster Doofus

              hahaha

        • captain kiwi

          cgso for hiroki?

    • Nathan

      Anything can happen in the postseason.

      • CUYanks

        Well not the Chad Qualls MVP thing, but yeah basically.

    • Mike N

      Yes, because–barring injuries–he’s not gonna get enough ALDS playing time to have a chance to be MVP.

      • Zach

        Also, I don’t believe they give out ALDS MVPs.

        • vicki

          of course they do.

          • vicki

            of course they don”t.

            *cs

      • Evan

        If he is even on the playoff roster I will be disappointed, he should get sent down when Joba gets back.

  • CUYanks

    Is Soriano available today?

    • FIPster Doofus

      I think he’s pitched four of the last five days, so probably not.

      • CUYanks

        Logan and then… DJ Mitchell if it’s a big lead and Robertson if its <5 run lead?

    • Mike N

      He only threw two pitches (I think) last night.

      • Get Phelps Up

        5 pitches. but hopefully with a 5-0 lead this won’t even become an issue.

        • Mike N

          6-0, and yeah, let’s hope not.

      • OMG! Bagels!

        He will have a MFIKY face on from here to Bayonne New Jersey if he has to come in.

  • OMG! Bagels!

    Mo doing opening bell at NYSE saying NYSE and NYY have always had a close relationship. I don’t know what that means.

    • RetroRob

      Huh? When is he doing that? They usually have people from public companies ring the bell.

      • vicki

        this morning. i was invited but, yknow. it was early.

    • Randi

      Of course they have a close relationship. Where do you think most of the season ticket holders work?

  • pat

    7 shutout? THAT’LL DO ROKI THAT’LL DO

  • Joe

    End-of-the-world storms in Manhattan right now. Can’t believe it isnt raining at the stadium yet

    • Greg

      Now it is.

      • Joe

        yup. Toronto is probably half way to the team plane already

    • Jag

      Yeah I’m in midtown and it’s been a massive downpour and thunder/lightning for a while now.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      *prays for no power loss when its still hot and ConEd is being locked out by management*

  • Dewayne is Wise

    Great job sensi
    Kuroda ninja.

  • Get Phelps Up

    Tarp coming on? Call the game and let the Yankees head to Oakland please.

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

    You let it start raining Kuroda?!

    RUN!

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Goodbye, heat wave. Don’t come back for a few weeks.

  • Paul VuvuZuvella

    Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, sometimes it rains.

    • OMG! Bagels!

      We still win.

  • BK2ATL

    Very nice outing by Hiroki!!!! 7 innings, 0 runs allowed, 0 BB, 5 Ks, 108 pitches. Can’t ask for anything more. Bullpen time!!!

    • Greg

      Maybe not. Rain time

      • BK2ATL

        Spoke too soon. Should’ve asked for it not to rain….

        • Robinson Tilapia

          No. PLEASE RAIN.

  • RetroRob

    I wonder if they factor in the score, the competition, and the fact the Yankees have to fly west in how quickly they’d call the rest of the game? They shouldn’t, but I wonder if they do.

  • Mike N

    This game probably will start again in a couple hours. There’s a line of storms, but it will move through. Sucks given the travel after the game to Oakland.

  • Dewayne is Wise

    Just call it.

    • OMG! Bagels!

      Yes, no sense in waiting 2 hours. That would be crazy.

  • Chris

    Oh goodie! Now we get to watch the Mike Francesa show!

    • Robinson Tilapia

      I think I’ll go indulge in my other hobby now.

      • Chris

        Ditto. Although listening to the WFAN caller’s stupidity is amusing at times. And the other times it’s just sad.

        • Mike N

          It’s pretty funny when Francesa totally misunderstands what some barely intelligible caller is saying and then gets all in the caller’s metaphorical face and rants and raves at him.

      • vicki

        macrame? or “macrame?”

    • eephus_pitch

      It’s not like they can wave a magic wand and get all new arms!

  • Mike N

    Forecast is that the line of storms will have finished moving through by about 6:45PM.

  • OMG! Bagels!

    What are the rules for the players in a rain delay? If it were me, I’d want to go take a shower in this heat.

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

      don’t leave the stadium, and don’t get hurt.

    • Paul VuvuZuvella

      no strippers. everything else goes.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      No potentially offensive comments in the presence of RI$P FTW.

  • Januz

    I don’t think either team feels like finishing this game or waiting several hours, particularly with a 6-0 Yankee lead. Lets see common sense and cancel the game.

    • Mike N

      I’m pretty sure that the teams don’t have any decisionmaking role at this point, only the umpires. And from the looks of the forecast, this is a moving line of storms that is definitely going to eventually move through and allow play to resume in a few hours. The only way I can think of to end it now would be for Toronto to forfeit, which they obviously aren’t going to do.

  • http://www.g6tec.com Jedile

    Team today:
    12/27 = .444 avg
    4/6 = .667 risp

    Where’s your narrative now???

    • FachoinaNYY

      apparently the same place as your small sample size

      ;)

      • http://www.g6tec.com Jedile

        Shhhh.

  • Mike N

    From the official MLB rules:

    “As soon as the home team?s batting order is handed to the umpire-in-chief the umpires are in charge of the playing field and from that moment they shall have sole authority to determine when a game shall be called, suspended or resumed on account of weather or the condition of the playing field.”

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Dark, but the rains haven’t come down in my part of Brooklyn too hard yet.

    • jjyank

      DC’s getting destroyed now.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Now we’re getting hit. Not too awful round my way. As long as it cools down…

  • Eddard

    They need to call this ballgame and let the Yankees get ready for their west coast trip. There’s no reason to sit here for another 2 hours just to finish out a game that is essentially over. The Jays have lost their best player, lost half their starting staff and lost another good player today. It’s over for them. Call the game.

  • Greg

    They just called it.

    • captain kiwi

      cgso!

  • Mike N

    CALLED!!!!!!!!! SWEEP!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Mike N

    Now one interesting question is whether the umps actually asked the Jays if they would object to the game being called.

    • Hall and Nokes

      Probably saved them 2-3 injuries.

  • CUYanks

    Rain: officially a better pitcher than Chad Qualls.

    • jjyank

      I hear Rain could fetch a steep price on the open market in the off season.

      • Get Phelps Up

        Rain could get more wins than Cliff Lee.

        • jjyank

          Rain is a startin pitchahhhh!!

  • BK2ATL

    Hirok with the CGSO. Yanks sweep!!! Luv it!!!

  • yooboo

    Home team leading game should be suspended instead of completed. Did Blue Jays gave it away? 6-0 is not that devastating. umm.

    • OMG! Bagels!

      What?

    • Randi

      No! If MLB had to complete every game that was suspended, the season would never end.