Jul
23

Game 96: Ichiro!

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Is this real life? (Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

So that was some afternoon, eh? The Yankees upgraded their fifth outfielder situation by acquiring maybe the biggest global star in baseball in Ichiro Suzuki, certainly the biggest who wasn’t already employed by the Bombers. He’s not the Ichiro of old and the Yankees are treating him appropriately — Joe Girardi said he’ll back Ichiro in the bottom third of the order going forward. I would expect him to sit against tough lefties as well. The day-to-day monotony of baseball can be a drag this time of year, but the Yankees really spicing things up for at least one night. Here’s the lineup…

SS Derek Jeter
CF Curtis Granderson
3B Alex Rodriguez
2B Robinson Cano
1B Mark Teixeira
DH Raul Ibanez
LF Andruw Jones
RF Ichiro Suzuki
Russell Martin

RHP Hiroki Kuroda

Tonight’s game starts a little after 10pm ET and can be seen on YES. I’m guessing there will be a few more New Yorkers staying up for this one, at least the first few innings. Enjoy.

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668 Comments»

  1. Brian S. says:

    Hurry up clock!

  2. Banzai Kid!!!. says:

    BANZAI !

  3. Ro says:

    Ichiro!!!

    Can’t wait for the signs from the New York crowd when they get back home. Japanese media is going to go nuts.

    • Ro says:

      ..and it would cool, perhaps even more ideal, to have Ichiro bat 9th, essentially taking over what Gardner did. Speed and slap hitting back to back before the big bats come up. Let’s keep in mind the Yanks suck with RISP this season. Some of that directly has to do with Gardner and even Nunez being out of the line-up in that bottom three.

  4. The Real Greg says:

    Orioles lost so we are not moving back today

  5. forensic says:

    Wonder how many Japanese media members are going to be on planes to the U.S. in the next couple days to meet with him in Seattle and then to meet up with him in NY for the Red Sox series starting Friday.

  6. Kempire Strikes Back says:

    Ichiro better get a standing ovation when he comes up to bat. He deserves that much from the Mariners fans.

  7. Brian S. says:

    The Mariners lineup actually looks good on paper. But then you realize that Smoak and Ackley suck.

  8. Brian S. says:

    Pirela with another double and triple so far today. But Mike still hates him.

    • Brian S. says:

      Turley and Tracy each pitched 7 inning complete games.

    • pat says:

      LOL I love how if Mike doesn’t gush over a prospect he automatically hates him. Besides Eduardo Nunez I don’t think there’s any players in the system he hates with a deep seeded passion.

    • YanksFanInBeantown says:

      I’m at the game. Adams’ homer was a line drive over the 40 foot wall in left and Segedin has been ripping the ball all night.

      And the fastest pitch I saw Nuno throw was 87 on the stadium gun.

  9. nsalem says:

    Average age of players starting tonight is over 35.

  10. Rocky Road Redemption says:

    You don’t think Yu Darvish is a bigger global draw than Hiroki?

  11. Arya says:

    Ichiro is going to add something we lacked in that Oakland series, someone who can scratch together a good AB, get on base and manufacture a run. He’ll be an upgrade defensively over the aging Ibanez and lackadaisical Jones. Great pickup. Now get us a catcher, Cashman.

    • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too) says:

      What makes you think he’ll get on base? He’s barely done that all year. Martin has gotten on base more frequently than Ichiro this year.

    • Knoxvillain says:

      No catchers worth a shit are available. I don’t think Ichiro is that great of a pick up. Five years ago, absolutely. But if he plays over here like he did in Seattle, he won’t be getting on base. I hope he just needs a change of scenery. It would be great to see him hit .280 with the Yankees and maybe get a one year deal for 4m from them to replace Swisher.

      Gardner
      Granderson
      Ichiro

      No doubles for you!

      • JobaWockeeZ says:

        Ichiro is on pace for more than 3 WAR which is a little less than everyone’s favorite player in Nick Swisher.

        • Knoxvillain says:

          But Swisher is still a much better player than Ichiro right now. Putting aside how much the fans love Swish, he is still a great player.

          • JobaWockeeZ says:

            Ichiro played 10 more games and has a .01 WAR advantage. Swish is still better but Ichiro with his defense still makes him valuable.

            And seriously do you know how epic it’ll be having someone with an actual cannon in the outfield?

            • Knoxvillain says:

              Absolutely. The defense is why they made this trade. And some speed as well. Gardner has a decent arm, don’t forget that.

              Talk about some great f’n defense in 2013 if they choose to resign him assuming Gardner comes back the same.

      • David N says:

        He’s not what he used to be, sure, but considering what we gave up for him, how could you not like this move?

        Plus, he’s hitting a lot better outside of Seattle this year (.297), so maybe a change to a more hitter-friendly ballpark will help get the average into the .270-.290 range. That’ll be more than enough considering the other things he brings to the table.

        • Knoxvillain says:

          That’s what I’m hoping. I don’t think it’s a great pick up, but I still think it’s a good one. I’m not overly excited about a guy who probably won’t produce but hopefully he proves me wrong.

      • Jacob says:

        NO POWER FOR YOU!

  12. Betty Lizard says:

    1. Just got home from work. Or “work”. Dinner is cashews and diet Pepsi. Doesn’t seem very celebratory.

    2. Russell Martin will hit better now that Ichiro is on the team. :-)

  13. Darren says:

    Wow. Girardi’s pure dickishness/tonedeafery never ceases to amaze me.

    Ichiro should be batting 1st tonight and that’s not even a legitimate question.

    let him get the first cheers of the game, they should be huge.

    See how he does. If you want to take a one game sample and decide that’s the only time he’ll ever bat leadoff for you, fine. But I fail to see the harm, and I see all the good in the world. Ichiro’s biggest problem is energy (it’s bad).. DO most to inspire, not remind of bad things.

    , Derek 2nd, Grandy 4th, Alex 6th, the rest you can figure out.

    • Knoxvillain says:

      Is this a joke? He doesn’t get on base at all. Baseball is about winning, not letting someone get claps because he had a good career with an ex-team.

      • Darren says:

        You realize that you’re arguing over one AB, max. One.

        Would you agree that it’s a small enough sample size to maybe, you know, pay a tiny bit of respect to one of the best hitters in baseball.

        History.

        • Knoxvillain says:

          Personally I think it’s stupid because they have one job: to win. Ichiro hitting lead off decreases their chances of doing so.

          Are you implying he won’t get an ovation if he bats 8th instead of lead off?

    • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too) says:

      It’s pure dickishness to not give one of the least productive hitters in the lineup more AB’s? Isn’t Girardi’s job to try to put the Yankees in the best position to win games?

    • forensic says:

      Girardi and the Yankees owe him nothing at this point. Really, he could be batting 9th to put more speed at the bottom in front of the better hitters rather having his times on base often erased by Martin.

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      You’re half right. There is nothing legitimate about what you are saying.

  14. Cy Pettitte says:

    I don’t even know why because it’s 38 year old Ichiro but I’m really excited.

    • Knoxvillain says:

      Same here. I never even cared for him that much when he was in his prime and I expect nothing more than .265 with a .290 OBP like he was doing in Seattle. It’s the name that makes you feel excited even though he won’t produce.

    • forensic says:

      It’s something new, that’s often exciting in itself. It also helps their defense and gives them a little speed element again. Now, if he could only figure out how to steal first…

  15. Knoxvillain says:

    I got home from work and put on MLB Network and right when I turned it on all I saw was “Suzuki batting 8th for NYY.” I almost killed myself because I thought it was Kurt Suzuki they traded for. Thank God.

  16. vicki says:

    aw, dewayne. we hardly knew ye.

  17. Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too) says:

    John Jaso …. while they’re in Seattle …. Ninja?

  18. Howie says:

    Ichiro wearing #31, Dave Winfield’s old number that’s been used by a cast of dozens since. So no worries about him taking Bernie’s number.

    What are folks’ thoughts around retiring Bernie’s number? If they retired Guidry’s, you’d think Bernie’s would be too.

    • JobaWockeeZ says:

      IMO it should only be HoF players that should get it retired. It’s tough to be a player like Bernie but this is the Yankees, there’s a long list of those guys.

      But since Bernie is a homegrown star I wouldn’t mind it.

      • jjyank says:

        Nah, getting a number retired should be looser than the overall HOF. It’s the team’s personal HOF. Bernie was so good for so long, that’s the harm? So nobody else wears #51? Plenty of other numbers out there for players to wear.

    • Knoxvillain says:

      I think they might. Posada, Pettitte, Jeter, and Rivera although it’s already technically retired will all get retired without a doubt in my mind.

      I’m kind of on the fence about O’Neill and Bernie, but personally I’d retire them both. If it wasn’t for Griffey, Bernie would have been the best CFer in the 90s.

      • Darren says:

        And Torre.

        It’s amazing, but ALL of those guys deserve to have their numbers retired. Each one really deserves it and not just out of sympathy or good feelings.

        guys who miss the cut:
        Tino
        Wells
        Clemens

        • Knoxvillain says:

          Forgot Torre. The other guys are on the fence but I wouldn’t retire any of their numbers. Plus you can’t retire Tino’s number when they will retire it for Cano, right?

        • AaronGuielWithASmile says:

          I say retire Bernie, not O’Neill.

        • Robinson Tilapia says:

          You absolutely retire Torre’s number. I’m more inclined to retire Bernie’s number than O’Neill’s, but there’s certainly an argument to be made for both.

    • AaronGuielWithASmile says:

      Absolutely Bernie’s number should be retired. He was a top hitter for four title teams.

    • David N says:

      Hasn’t Bernie not officially retired yet? It would be a bit weird to retire the number of a player who is still technically active.

    • I think that Pettitte, Bernie, Jeter, Jorge, and Mo are all going to have their numbers retired on the 4th of July the year after Derek retires.

  19. whozat says:

    God, I hate, hate, HATE Jon and Suzyn.

    They’re expounding on how Ichiro HAS to play right field every day and HAS to hit up in the lineup! And how NOTHING could go wrong! And how Ichiro has had his numbers go down because he didn’t want to be the center of things!

    Ugh. It’s like listening to your casual fan great-aunt and uncle tell you how the game is going over the phone.

    I have no idea what’s happened since Jeter hit that single because they HAVEN’T BOTHERED to talk about it!

    What’s the count? No idea! What pitches has he been throwing? NO IDEA!!!!

  20. Brian S. says:

    Why can’t Jeter steal bases anymore?

  21. Banzai Kid!!!. says:

    Joba hit 100mph the other day
    I think hes ready to join us for the redsux series.

  22. rogue says:

    A great trade with the potential to be awesome!

    With the short porch at the Stadium, it wouldn’t surprise me if he out slugs Alex from now to the end of the season.

  23. flamingo says:

    What just happened in the Mets game? The Nationals are suddenly leading 8-2 in the top of the tenth!

  24. CBean says:

    I’d forgotten we’d see Jesus this road trip

  25. Monterowasdinero says:

    8 months ago if you said Montero would be batting cleanup and Ichiro would be playing rf in a game at Safeco I would have said……

    Great!

  26. rogue says:

    Ichiro’s career slash at the new YS:

    .380/.400/.560

  27. Kramerica Industries says:

    Ackley reminding me why I dropped him yesterday, after a season of putting up a putrid .629 OPS.

    Danny Espinosa, come on down!

  28. Banzai Kid!!!. says:

    Faquk casper wells Faquk da Diaz brothers.

  29. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Unfortunately, I kind of get the feeling that John Sterling and Suszyn Waldman are real believers in the theory that Ichiro could hit 30 home runs (but just preferes to be a slap hitter.)

  30. Cy Pettitte says:

    heads up play by Kuroda to not just take the easy out

  31. Kempire Strikes Back says:

    Good play by Kuroda! Took a chance instead of taking the sure out and it paid off.

    • AaronGuielWithASmile says:

      I love that he just got rid of the ball ASAP — pitchers fielding the ball make me nervous (call it the Rapada effect.)

  32. Monterowasdinero says:

    Montero shaves the goatee pleading for the Yanks to bring him back.

  33. David N says:

    I actually like Sterling, but that rundown was not the pinnacle of his announcing career.

    And that’s all I’ll say about that.

    • whozat says:

      I started listening to the Seattle broadcast in the first, after my post above…I had NO problem figuring out what happened on the rundown. Because these guys aren’t an egregious sham of an announcing team.

    • Darren says:

      That was the radio equivalent of a drunk chasing a butterfly.

  34. Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too) says:

    Fucking Arod

  35. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Alex, kill yourself.

  36. Banzai Kid!!!. says:

    Wtf arod not even close.

  37. Nathan says:

    Alex is like “eff this man…if today is about any ex-Mariner, it’s me! ERROR…NOW!”.

  38. Tom says:

    That’s two throws this inning that could have ended the inning (Jeter had a tougher throw, but I think a good throw would have gotten Jaso at first on the rundown play)

  39. your mom says:

    I see Arod is starting off nicely.

  40. Banzai Kid!!!. says:

    Seeger
    Turn the page

  41. Banzai Kid!!!. says:

    Banzai

  42. RetroRob says:

    I was so focused on Kuroda getting out of that inning that when the ball was lined to right and the camera followed it’s flight, my first reaction was “wait, who the hell is that playing right tonight?”

  43. Dino Velvet says:

    I can’t believe they gave Dave Winfield’s number to Ichiro!

  44. your mom says:

    LOL, Red Sox getting manhandled by Texas. I think they need to trade for JJ.

  45. RetroRob says:

    Ichiro’s greatest achievment:

    6) Being traded to the NY Yankees.

  46. jjyank says:

    Man it’s weird to see Ichiro catch fly balls in a Yankee uniform.

  47. Does anybody else still think it’s kind of bullshit that Ichiro won the ROY but Matsui didn’t?

    • Knoxvillain says:

      Yep. Yankee haters. It’s okay.

      WS rings for Ichiro: 0
      WS rings for Berrora: 0
      WS rings for Matsui: 1 (and the MVP)

      He’s winning right now.

  48. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Anyone ever been to Safeco? It looks beautiful on TV.

    • RetroRob says:

      Yes. Great park.

    • Banzai Kid!!!. says:

      Was there about ten years ago great site lines, but the trains that go by are anoying. Food was good. The retractable roof is great to see to.

    • Nathan says:

      I was there last August. I didn’t get a chance to see a game (they were on the road somewhere) but I did the stadium tour.

      I have to say that it is a VERY nice ballpark and the tour staff were knowledgeable. I wouldn’t mind taking a trip up the pacific coast and watching the Yankees in Seattle.

  49. Kempire Strikes Back says:

    There’s how you beat the shift.

  50. Banzai Kid!!!. says:

    Fire sale in miami
    How much would gianncarlo cost?

  51. back to back inning ending double plays…not a fun way to start the game.

  52. JobaWockeeZ says:

    A DH upgrade would be nice too.

  53. your mom says:

    Great it’s DP night.

  54. TampaYankee says:

    Still not a huge fan of making a trade that doesn’t change much, unless Ichiro turns out to play alot better the rest of the year.

    We made the trade for the name basically, which is no longer a scary name.

    Wise is the same thing, but we already had him. Average hitting with speed and a solid fielder. I think Wise got the raw end of the deal here, I knew this was coming, but I wasn’t looking forward to it.

    I kept reading we were looking for OF help, but I didn’t want it. I was really content with Wise, Jones, and Ibanez so far. And aside from this last series against Oakland, things had been going great.

    Ichiro better find his bat again, otherwise this was a waste of money and a semi-decent prospect.

  55. Jacob says:

    FUHKK MY FATHER FOR MAKING MY MOTHER MOVE ME TO THIS SHITTY STATE WHERE I CANNOT GET YES NETWORK AND HAVE TO USE MLB.TV THAT WILL NEVER FUCKING WORK ON MY LAPTOP AND HAS SHIT CONNECTION ON THE DEVICES

    Thank you that was my complaint a more spicy version of the “gawd we need an outfielder relieer starter hitter manager bull pen coach bat boy”

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

      Where did you move to?

    • jjyank says:

      Is your internet connection that bad? I used mlb.tv in college (on my computer) and again right now (on my xbox). Never had an issue. Look into your ISP if it doesn’t work, because my experience has been very good.

      • Jacob says:

        My connection is amazing but on the laptop it freezes to much and the picture quality on the xbox fuzzes up

        • jjyank says:

          Dunno what to tell you. I live in DC, have mlb.tv Premium, run it on my xbox (HDMI connection) and it’s perfect. Ditto with my laptop, I occasionally watch on my laptop if there’s something else I want to see on TV, and it’s HD quality there too.

  56. The Troll says:

    Bring me the body of Justin Upton or I declare war on Yankee Universe. (I suddenly have a massive hard-on for that man, by the way)

  57. your mom says:

    Wow Colby Lewis out for the rest of the year. I guess we’ll be seeing them trade for a big arm shortly.

  58. Knoxvillain says:

    Amsinger talking to R. Howard on MLB Network. “Forget your record, you know how to win.” Can people stop kissing the asses of bad teams? They are in last place because they don’t know how to win.

  59. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    And Pedro Cerrano strikes out to end the inning.

  60. Kempire Strikes Back says:

    Kuroda looking good thus far.

  61. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Calling an Ichiro bomb or something.

  62. Banzai Kid!!!. says:

    Has girardi called him
    Ichy yet?

  63. Alkaline says:

    Heh.

    Was not expecting Ichiro Suzuki for a birthday gift!

    Thanks Yankees!

  64. Kempire Strikes Back says:

    Standing Ovation time

  65. Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    Classy

  66. your mom says:

    Wow, who didn’t see that K coming????

  67. RetroRob says:

    This shouldn’t be allowed. Mariners fans distracting Ichiro from focusing on his AB.

  68. Cy Pettitte says:

    Ichiro!!

  69. Kempire Strikes Back says:

    Ichiro, baby!

  70. Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    And that’s what he does

  71. Knoxvillain says:

    There we go!

  72. Brian S. says:

    Ichiro!

  73. The Troll says:

    Is it me or has Andruw Jones struck out a whole damn lot of late?

  74. Wow says:

    Can someone give me Ichiro’s numbers as a Yankee?

  75. Tom says:

    Cashman wins another trade with Jack Z!

  76. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Ichiro could have hit a homerun there but he wanted to hit a single because that’s the way he plays the game.

  77. David N says:

    HELL YES. *fistpump*

  78. Monterowasdinero says:

    Suzuki- hall of famer- batting 8th!!!!

  79. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Already a more successful Yankee than Pineda.

  80. Banzai Kid!!!. says:

    BANZAI,,,,,,,,!

  81. Knoxvillain says:

    Sorry about Martin being up, Ichiro.

  82. vicki says:

    millwood grooved that.

  83. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Retire his number.

  84. Reggie C. says:

    SuzukiSAN !!

  85. Alkaline says:

    Well. There we go. Enjoy it folks!

  86. jjyank says:

    Good start for the new acquisition!

  87. Kempire Strikes Back says:

    Damn look at this guy!

  88. Monterowasdinero says:

    Ichy does it all baby!!!

  89. your mom says:

    We r going to win the WS bitches!!!!!

  90. Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    Boom

  91. Knoxvillain says:

    THIS IS WHAT I LIKE TO SEE. Thank God my girlfriend is out with her mother, she’d think I’m gay because of the wood in my pants.

  92. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    O hai Gardner.

  93. Banzai Kid!!!. says:

    I love this guy!

  94. Brian S. says:

    Ichiro is trying to manufacture us runs.

  95. your mom says:

    At least there won’t be a DP.

  96. David N says:

    And there’s the stolen base, which negates the double play Martin would have just hit into.

    I may be getting way too giddy about this guy.

  97. jjyank says:

    Man, maybe I should pick up Ichiro in fantasy :P

  98. Monterowasdinero says:

    Welcome to being stranded at 3rd Itch.

  99. The Troll says:

    It’s nice to see Ichiro and all, but when can we be rid of Martin? Is there seriously no better option? Like, why not boost Sanchez up to the bigs? Could he really be any worse?

    I miss Posada?

  100. The Real Greg says:

    Only a good play by the second baseman could deny Ichiro

  101. Nathan says:

    I hope that’s a preview of things to come…more Ichiro hits/steals, not leaving men on base (what else is new?).

    • The Real Greg says:

      That wasn’t Jeter’s fault. That was a good play by Ackley.

      • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too) says:

        It was a weak ground ball. Does that normally lead to good results?

        • The Real Greg says:

          The velocity doesn’t matter. The placement is what counts. Ackley had to range a long way to his right to get it.

          • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too) says:

            It was a tough play, but if Jeter actually hit the ball hard, he would have a better chance at a good result. You absolutely can fault Jeter (or anyone else) for making weak contact.

        • RetroRob says:

          Actually, yes. Behind line drives, the second best way to get a hit is on a ground ball. Worst way is a fly ball. Jeter has made a career off of line drives to the OF and slowly hit ground balls, hence his high BABIP.

          • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too) says:

            I’m pretty sure hard ground ball has a better chance of finding a hole than a weak ground ball. Just guessing though. Runner on second, IF hit doesn’t get the job done.

  102. whozat says:

    Ok…M’s announcers…”[The Yankees] have lots of players into their late 30s”

    That’s false. Sigh. Why can’t any of these announcers know as much about the game as I do? It’s only their damned job!

    • RetroRob says:

      Well they’re right that it’s an older team. They are a younger team. The older team is better than the younger team…by a lot.

      • whozat says:

        Most of the team is like…31. Is that really old? Yes, there’s jeter and ARod. And Kuroda. I think everyone else is 32 or younger. Not young, but really not old.

        I guess narrative is more important than reality :-)

        • forensic says:

          Chavez, Ibanez, Jones, Ichiro. Tex is nearing that area too, at the 32 you mention. Do they all not count?

        • sangreal says:

          everyone else is definitely not 32 or younger.

          Ibanez – 40
          Pettitte – 40
          Jones – 35
          Garcia – 35
          Chavez – 34
          Ichiro – 38

          wouldn’t call them all late 30s either, however

  103. Jacob says:

    When did gardy change his uniform number? oh wait.

  104. TampaYankee says:

    Too bad we couldn’t have gotten Jaso out of them too.

    We need a catcher.

  105. Ichiy and scratchy says:

    He tried but martin and jeter suxity.

  106. Reggie C. says:

    I got chills watching Ichiro bow twice to the crowd’s cheers. Pure class all around!

  107. The Real Greg says:

    The Yankees have not been getting any breaks all trip. That play by Ackley was another one.

  108. OMG! Bagels! says:

    Just got in. Did Seattle give Ichiro a standing O when he came to bat?

  109. Jacob says:

    I have a crush on meredith <3

  110. Yankonymous says:

    Imagine if we resign Ichiro next year. Gardner/Granderson/Ichiro would be the greatest defensive outfield, ever.

  111. Brian S. says:

    Is Kuroda going to get into a 3-ball count against every hitter?

  112. Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    Loves walks to guys hitting .225

  113. The Real Greg says:

    Well since the Orioles and the Red Sox lost tonight, this game is an insurance policy. You want to break the losing streak but no more damage will be done tonight.

  114. The Real Greg says:

    Nothing going the Yankees way right now.

  115. CBean says:

    This game is going to be annoying isn’t it?

  116. Ichiy and scratchy says:

    Martin washed up

  117. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Well I hope Cashman ain’t done dealing.

  118. Kempire Strikes Back says:

    Well fuck. Would have been awesome if Ichiro had thrown Ackley out.

  119. forensic says:

    Misfire from the ‘arm cannon’ there.

  120. Cy Pettitte says:

    John Jaso just stole a base….

  121. Kramerica Industries says:

    Jeez…

  122. Brian S. says:

    Fuckin Teixeira needs to dive for that. And Russ fucking sucks at throwing out runners.

    • whozat says:

      Kuroda and Hughes are both really slow to the plate, as is Robertson. Freddy’s pitches are all slow and he relies on a lot of breaking balls.

      In short, except for CC and maybe Nova, Russ is usually fighting an uphill battle. Even the Seattle guys were pointing out that the M’s are stealing these on Kuroda, not Martin.

  123. Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too) says:

    Nice throw Russ. Way to continue to be useful.

  124. Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    Of course it’s his first stolen base

  125. JobaWockeeZ says:

    They’re running on Martin now?

  126. The Real Greg says:

    That’s more on Kuroda than Martin with the slow delivery.

  127. Ichiy and scratchy says:

    Martin and stewart worst yankee catcher combo ever.

  128. David N says:

    Trading deadline is in 8 days, and we need a catcher. Badly. I’m not looking for Posada-type production here – just a guy who can hit .240 and throw people out trying to steal will suffice.

  129. Jacob says:

    Wow hate russel martin more than burnett now, I think…

  130. Ichiy and scratchy says:

    Can we steal Buck from Miami?

  131. your mom says:

    Well, at least Jesus sucks.

  132. Cy Pettitte says:

    man has Montero taken some ugly swings tonight

  133. The Real Greg says:

    Get David Ross from the Braves.

  134. Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan says:

    Dude’s killin it this season with a 32% CS.

  135. your mom says:

    I wish we could get a clutch hit once in a while.

  136. Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    Dear Yankees, can you please get to the business of beating the breaks off of a 37 year old with a 4 era

  137. Kramerica Industries says:

    Ichiro, Gwynn, Boggs, and Jeter?

    The last two are more guesses than the first two.

  138. The Real Greg says:

    It actually makes sense that the Yankees are struggling with offense right now because they had just gone on an historic run in terms of scoring runs. Now they are coming back to the median.

  139. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    Yikes, A-Rod got really unlucky…then really lucky.

  140. Alex, with the season you’re having, you should be hustling till it lands in the seats.

  141. Jacob says:

    Cashman: So John how would you like to be the catcher for the New York Yankees?

    Martin: What about me? I don’t want to be a Mariner!

    Cash: Pleaseee! You suck so bad they wouldn’t take you I am sending you down to short season so Tejada can teach you how to catch and the rest can teach you how to hit!

  142. The Troll says:

    Where the f*** did the offense go?

    And, well, not to necessarily agree with Stuart A but . . . y’know . . . he does make a pretty decent point. He’s an idiot to the Nth degree, but he’s right. You can’t keep batting ARod at 3, 4, and 5 . . .

  143. your mom says:

    What is that? Our 2nd walk in 5 games?

  144. Athenian says:

    Gotta love the Cashman trade. Brilliant. Got some quality, didn’t give up anything of real value. But if the Yankees lose tonight I am sure it will be his fault. Shameful.

  145. The Real Greg says:

    Are you happy, your mom?

  146. Cy Pettitte says:

    Teix has been doing some serious under the radar mashing lately

  147. Kramerica Industries says:

    More of that against this hack.

  148. your mom says:

    Aww shit, man on 3rd with one out. . . . . .

  149. Kempire Strikes Back says:

    RISP win

  150. Lord Voldemort, going the other way. I approve.

  151. jjyank says:

    RISPSUCCESS

  152. CBean says:

    Everyone gets an RBI!

  153. Brian S. says:

    Rodriguez has the worst luck. How many warning track flys and doubles off the top of the wall has he hit this year?

  154. AaronGuielWithASmile says:

    I like this inning.

  155. Nathan says:

    Random thought: How good would an outfield featuring prime Andruw & Ichiro have been? I think you could throw just about any left fielder with the other guys covering the other spots.

  156. JobaWockeeZ says:

    So is Ichy his Girarid nickname?

  157. CBean says:

    oh noes, trade is now a bust

  158. Kempire Strikes Back says:

    Fuck those rally killing home runs. This is how I want the Yankees to score runs.

  159. Ichiy and scratchy says:

    Ichy break it open now come to the darkside

  160. pat says:

    BUST!!!!!!!

  161. The Real Greg says:

    To be honest I dont think an Ichiro hit would have scored Ibanez anyway.

  162. Ichiy and scratchy says:

    Well we got hosed again on a trade with seattle.

  163. Wow says:

    Russ is kinda slumpin’

  164. your mom says:

    Fucking useless.

  165. The Real Greg says:

    Well this is a lead that the Yankees should hold.

  166. Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too) says:

    3 runs and clear the pitchers, nice inning.

  167. Nathan says:

    I’m starting to think I’d prefer Jorge’s bat and crappy defense over Russell’s crappy bat and meh defense.

    • flamingo says:

      Oh, it was never a question for me. And while part of it is sentimentality (he was the catcher my entire childhood) mostly it’s that I can’t stand having a near auto-out in the lineup. A few passed balls I can deal with.

    • Kempire Strikes Back says:

      In this game offense >> defense

  168. Ichiy and scratchy says:

    Girardi/leyritz > martin/stewart.

  169. The Troll says:

    God I do hate Martin this year . . . I nominate myself as the Yankee’s new backstop. You done, Russ.

  170. Havok9120 says:

    There’s a Tex play.

  171. Kramerica Industries says:

    Lance Johnson and Darin Erstad, two forgettable names.

    And Molitor’s season came 16 years ago.

    Oh well.

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      I don’t know if I’d call Erstad a forgettable name. Dude played a hell of a CF for a mighty long time.

  172. your mom says:

    Red Sox, Rangers and Angels scouting Josh Johnson. I hope they fuck themselves over and make the winning team overpay big time.

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      Contract the Marlins. Seriously.

      And bring back the damn Orange Bowl. What a disgrace to sports it is that a historic site like that would get torn down to placate such a shit franchise.

    • The Real Greg says:

      Even if they don’t, those teams wont get much. Josh Johnson is having a crappy year.

      • Robinson Tilapia says:

        Perfect example of not knowing what to expect after shoulder issues. Let’s see if he can recover. I’m a fan. Would love to NOT see him on any of those teams.

    • Ichiy and scratchy says:

      Cash should ask what they want for Buck.

  173. Kempire Strikes Back says:

    HIROK!

  174. The Scheister of Doom says:

    I am still am in awe of Cashmans ninja-ness. Amazing. Just when you thought the team couldn’t get older and faster in one move, BAM!

    • Kempire Strikes Back says:

      Ichiro is just a rental and they didn’t have to give up much to get him unless you consider DJ Mitchell the cream of the Yankee farm system’s crop. And it’s not like they’re gonna resign him after the season. He brings to the team everything that they’ve been missing in the absence of Gardner short of on base skills: speed, base stealing proficiency, and great defense.

  175. Robinson Tilapia says:

    It’s going to take a while to get used to Ichiro in pinstripes. Hope to get more of shutdown Hiroki tonight. I want to wake up tomorrow morning to a big W.

  176. Tom says:

    Kuroda looking pretty good early on. Just two mistakes
    - Walking Ackley
    - Pitching to the only major league hitter in the M’s lineup with a runner on 2nd (Jaso)

  177. Christopher says:

    Damn, that’s a good looking ballpark.

  178. So I was thinking of the nicknames we have for the back end of the bullpen…the Jo-So-Mo’s and Ro-So-Mo, as well as the once used Lo-So-Ro and when chanted they sounded familiar. But I couldn’t place it. Then it hit me. Robinson Talapia, you’re going to appreciate this. It reminded me of when the 10th Doctor goes before the Shadow Proclamation in The Stolen earth. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=llb4_dSUvIs

  179. forensic says:

    Nancy Newman: “Mike Napoli has been hitting a lot of homeruns lately.”

    He has 3 homers in his last 20 games and 4 in his last 28 games. I will never understand how she got and keeps that job.

  180. JobaWockeeZ says:

    I remember when I wanted a Russel extension. Ha.

    • Nathan says:

      He has got to be kicking himself so hard right now. What did Cash offer? A three year deal for something like $20M?

      Oh Cash dodged a bullet on that one.

  181. Brian S. says:

    That two-seamer is nasty. Phelps kind of reminds me of Kuroda in regards to the type of pitches he throws.

  182. Ichiy and scratchy says:

    Hiroki has a great 2 seamer tonight. Looks like Colons from last year.

  183. Jacob says:

    Felix hernandez chose look up to freddy garcia vs johan santana…. wow what a dumb child

  184. Christopher says:

    I was at the Batman movie. Man was I surprised when I turned on the TV and checked on the board.

  185. The Real Greg says:

    Dammit Jones.

    He is in a slump.

  186. Kempire Strikes Back says:

    Oh good, I was hoping they would hit into another double-play.

  187. your mom says:

    Yeesh, it is DP night.

  188. your mom says:

    So I guess Jaso is going to play the role of “Pain in the Ass” this series.

  189. Cy Pettitte says:

    Hiroki!! so good.

  190. Kramerica Industries says:

    That’s the proper way to throw to second.

    Take notes, Mr. Rapada.

  191. Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too) says:

    Thank Jesus for the double play.

  192. Kempire Strikes Back says:

    Can Kuroda field his position or what?

  193. Brian S. says:

    I love everyone

  194. your mom says:

    Yay! A DP the other way.

  195. Christopher says:

    Wow.

  196. Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too) says:

    Double play coming in 3,2,…

  197. CUYanks says:

    David Cone is Nostradamus.

  198. JobaWockeeZ says:

    I’ll give Martin props.

  199. Cy Pettitte says:

    I don’t know what I liked more, Martin stealing or Coney calling it.

  200. Kempire Strikes Back says:

    Way to stick it to Jaso, Coltrane.

  201. Christopher says:

    Something you don’t see everyday,

  202. Jacob says:

    OH MY GAWD MARTIN GOT A HIT!

  203. Chop It Up says:

    Loving this Cone/Singleton crew, cant say it enough.

  204. Kramerica Industries says:

    Ah, the train sirens of Seattle.

    One of my favorite features when the Yankees play out there.

  205. Christopher says:

    Just missed it.

  206. Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    Millwood owning Granderson

  207. All well..at least we’re winning lol.

  208. Cy Pettitte says:

    Curtis Dunn

  209. The Real Greg says:

    Well Millwood only gave up 2 runs in his last start against the Yanks so a slight improvement.

  210. teddy says:

    3 k’s against millwood is a joke. granderson perormance has been pathetic

  211. The Troll says:

    Granderson strikes out a lot. Fact.

  212. Ibanez would have hustled and got that.

  213. CUYanks says:

    If Ichiro’s in left that’s probably caught, right?

  214. Jacob says:

    What is the chance grandy beats derek to the club strike out record?

  215. Ichiy and scratchy says:

    Andrew runs like batman in TDKR

  216. stuart a says:

    Yankee offense is inept. 3 double plays. granderson has to move down in the order if he is going to strike out so much….ichiro 1 and jeter 2, cano 3, tex 4, etc….

    andruw jones cannot run any more at all….

  217. Cy Pettitte says:

    KKKKKKKKKuroda!

  218. CUYanks says:

    Hiroki with a ton of Bartolo Colon-esque looking K’s today.

  219. stuart a says:

    Kuroda should start the 8th and go batter to batter…

  220. captain kiwi says:

    hiroK

  221. Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    Kuroda dealing

  222. Christopher says:

    Love this booth.

    “Ten years ago he would shave made that play.”
    “Would have been tough because he would have been playing center field.”

  223. Brian S. says:

    Hiroki really got it together the last three innings. Fantastic outing.

  224. Kempire Strikes Back says:

    Great performance by KurodaSan. Dare I say Ace-like(tm)?

  225. FIPster Doofus says:

    Kuroda is so smooth. I love watching him pitch.

  226. Christopher says:

    Oh yeah.

  227. Kempire Strikes Back says:

    Are my eyes deceiving me????

  228. The Real Greg says:

    Oh Stuart…

  229. Cy Pettitte says:

    a double and HR? A-Rod is the worst.

  230. Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    Warning track power

  231. captain kiwi says:

    a-bomb!

  232. BK2ATL says:

    HeatRock is on fire tonight. I know it’s just Seattle and all, but it still counts.

    Even though he’s at 107 pitches already, I think Girardi should leave him out there. They aren’t coming close to him and he doesn’t appear tired. He’s got the bottom of the lineup coming up. They’re a combined 0-6 with 1 BB against him.

  233. stuart a says:

    wow he hit a home run lets throw a parade…that was one one rbi he sucks…its his fault there werent any baserunners on for his double or home run…

  234. David N says:

    Take that, Mariners fans.

  235. BK2ATL says:

    Hahahahaha!!!!! A-Rod in garbage time. The narrative.

  236. ARod-3k (129 to go) says:

    Yankees are looking for a monopoly on 3000 hit players. Need to acquire Johnny Damon ASAP.

  237. mt says:

    I was looking at how a reliever with a WHIP below 1 and a 4 to 1 K/BB ratio could have a ERA of 4.15 – well, AROD’s homer is 9th Delabar has given up in 34 innings.

  238. Christopher says:

    Tex on the move

  239. OMG! Bagels! says:

    Are the Japanese interpreters in the dugout?

  240. Kempire Strikes Back says:

    Tex esta en fuego

  241. RetroRob says:

    So did the Mariner fan throw A-Rod’s HR ball back? Still ranks as one of the most stupid things fans do at baseball games.

    http://www.latimes.com/news/na.....7261.story

  242. Christopher says:

    This club is like that Clint Eastwood movie, can’t remember the name, where all the old timers get togther and go to the moon or something. Love these veterans.

  243. CUYanks says:

    Do you think Girardi is going to platoon Ichiro or play him everyday? Generally, he hasn’t had much of a platoon split throughout his career.

    • mt says:

      Every day but rest against key lefties, I would assume. Lester and Doubront start back to back this weekend – should be interesting if Ichiro starts both.

      • mt says:

        Although given Lester’s collapse and Doubront’s (crappy) last start, there might be hand to hand combat among Yank players to get into the line-up on both days.

    • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too) says:

      Hopefully mostly platoon, though Nix is the RH option right now, so I’m not sure it matters much.

    • forensic says:

      He’ll play him everyday. He shouldn’t face many lefties, but when it’s a choice between him and Nix, and at least you keep his defense in there and his speed if he does happen to get on base.

  244. Darren says:

    Stupid Sterling. He just said A-Rod got a home run. Nice try Sterling.

  245. Huge hole in Jones’ swing. He will constantly chase that sinker down and away and try to pull it. If I was a pitcher I’d throw it constantly.

  246. OMG! Bagels! says:

    Fans on Mariners blog wishing Ichiro well. Thinking it’s good he’ll have at a ring. I always liked Seattle.

  247. Christopher says:

    I’m still trying to wrap my head around when the Yanks leave town they take Ichiro with them.

  248. Is Logan hurt? I seriously do not remember the last time he pitched.

  249. Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    Drob not effing around tonight

  250. Christopher says:

    Okay, so the seagull cam is working.

  251. Christopher says:

    uh-oh

  252. CUYanks says:

    I for one am pleased that our LF platoon might have turned back into the DH platoon (that can occasionally fill in in the field)

  253. Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too) says:

    God dammit.

  254. RetroRob says:

    Shit. We need a reliever. Where’s DJ Mitchell?

  255. Kempire Strikes Back says:

    YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

  256. Kramerica Industries says:

    Oh God.

    Ken’s talking about a game in September 2008, one of those games where you just knew it wasn’t the Yankees year.

    Oh shit DRob.

  257. Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    Nooooooooooooooooooo

  258. Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too) says:

    And big sigh of relief (hopefully not premature).

  259. CBean says:

    wow my heart went from zero to PANIC very quickly

  260. CUYanks says:

    Nice Job– I don’t think the hitter was expecting a non-fastball after the limping.

  261. whozat says:

    Pleasepleaseplease be OK, David…

  262. The Real Greg says:

    Cashman: “Hey Jack, do you have any extra relievers while we’re here?”

  263. Christopher says:

    Those are some classy fans.

  264. Kempire Strikes Back says:

    I’m still getting used to seeing Ichiro in grey and navy blue. So surreal.

  265. RetroRob says:

    Paging Mr. Chamberlain. Mr. Joba Chamberlain. Please report straight to the Bronx.

  266. Kramerica Industries says:

    I stepped aside and could only hear, but did Coney seriously refer to this as a weekend series, twice?

  267. CUYanks says:

    That’s a HR in Yankee Stadium.

  268. Kempire Strikes Back says:

    Only one hit but Ichy’s smoked 3 balls today. A good sign I hope.

    • CUYanks says:

      Yeah, and remember if you’re expecting a big jump with the trade when he gets out of Safeco to a smaller ballpark, these three games are still there.

  269. Karl Krawfid says:

    Don’t remember Ichiro hitting rockets like this.

  270. David N says:

    Three well-hit balls for Ichiro tonight. Only one ended up being an actual hit, but…I like.

  271. Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    Ichiro should have 3 hits tonight

  272. CBean says:

    Chad Qualls is just warming up because he’s bored, right? Right?

    • Cy Pettitte says:

      he’s warming up in case Jeter hits a 6 run home run

    • Tom says:

      I think in case they score 4 more runs. Have to think anything less than a 7 run lead and you might as well just bring in Sori.

    • forensic says:

      You know that if they make it a 4 run lead then it’s against the rules to use a good pitcher to finish it out, right? You have to bring in your worst pitcher to let the leadoff guy get on, then you can go to a good one again.

  273. RetroRob says:

    That’s weirdly dangerous. People with food and beer only inches from the field and opposition bullpen. Bad combination.

  274. Austin's Bat says:

    The Ichiro trade has me musing. Any chance Minnesota trades Mauer, eats some salary ($5-8mm) to the Yankees in the off season? I know its a stretch but Mauer plays 80 games as catcher and say 75 as DH/1B/RF combo. We could platoon another RF (Jones/Ichiro?) and live with a backup catcher. Its sort of salary neutral if we can’t resign Swisher and a decent catcher, offence neutral but makes the team pretty scary for the playoffs with Mauer as full time catcher. I don’t even know what sort of prospects we would need to send.

    Or maybe I need to go back to the beers…

  275. CUYanks says:

    Soriano, Ibanez, Ichiro, Arod— any other former Mariners on this team?

  276. Lol, was Philbert high? did anybody else see him playing with that bat?

  277. Christopher says:

    Is it necessary to replay that?

  278. CBean says:

    I really can’t imagine MFIKY hugging anybody.

  279. Darren says:

    Ichiro went GREY??? forget it, now I don’t want him. He’s old.

  280. Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin says:

    Streak over….Threat level back to Blue

  281. Tom says:

    Jesus to Ichiro…. nice

  282. Kramerica Industries says:

    In any case, welcome to the Yankees, Mr. Ichiro.

  283. BK2ATL says:

    Ichiro ends the game!!! Welcome to winning again!!!

    Yanks win!!!

  284. I was thinking, does Ichiro know about the outfield celebration before going in to everybody else?

  285. David N says:

    Untuck, fellow fans.

  286. Christopher says:

    Nice! Okay, need to brush up on my Japanese phrase book. Nite all.

  287. Nathan says:

    Ichiro seems happy…”So THIS is what first place feels like!”.

  288. CUYanks says:

    Another day off the calendar + a wider lead all around.

  289. your mom says:

    Wow, 1-2-3 innings by Ro and So?????

  290. nsalem says:

    Doesn’t look so introverted!!!

  291. RetroRob says:

    So Ichiro is 5’11″. Does that mean Meredith is like 6’1″?

    • Haha, if Ichiro is truly 5’11″ I’m over 6ft.

    • Nathan says:

      I was thinking the same thing trying to size up Meredith.

      She might have been in heels though.

      • RetroRob says:

        She used to be a competitive volleyball player in college if I remember her bio correctly. If so, she’s tall for a woman, but she might “only” be 6′ is she did have on heels. I have a female friend who is 6′, which is my height. As a guy, I’m not aware of the height of other guys who are around my height, give or take an inch, by a six foot woman is very noticable. Put on heels and they’re towering.

  292. CBean says:

    Man, from everything I read around here, I thought the Yankees were never gonna win again.

  293. captain kiwi says:

    nice game! relatively stress free. mostly spent wondering about the future with ichiro in the picture. auspicious beginning, dare i say.

  294. Jon J says:

    Since they’ve only really been scoring on home runs, which could hurt them against some great pitches in the playoffs, this is a great trade for them, and for Ichiro who wants to win something before turning 40.

    http://www.sportsfanhood.com/2.....nkees.html

  295. pistol pete says:

    I thought Ichiro looked great tonight. Still runs well and is solid on defense. He hit the ball hard 3 out of 4 times and got a hit. He’s going to be a big improvement in left field and take pressure off Ibanez and Jones who were playing too often. I still can’t figure where Joe will settle him in the lineup. I feel he’s either 1, 2, or 9 but I don’t like him at no. 8, it’s a spot where his speed may not be used best. If it were my choice I think I’d place him at 9 and use the double lead off philosophy. At 1 or 2 it might tweak Jete or Grandy and we don’t need to do that unless Ichiro gets real hot.

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