Game 96: Ichiro!

Monday Night Open Thread
Austin & Camarena return in GCL win
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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Monday Night Open Thread
Austin & Camarena return in GCL win
  • Brian S.

    Hurry up clock!

  • Banzai Kid!!!.

    BANZAI !

  • Ro

    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

      ..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.

  • The Real Greg

    Orioles lost so we are not moving back today

    • forensic

      “The Real” Greg?

      • The Real Greg

        There were two Greg’s in the Ichiro thread.
        Had to do it.

      • Kempire Strikes Back

        Greg is the realest motherfucker I know.

        • The Real Greg

          Shut yo mouth!

          • Kempire Strikes Back

            Bite me.

            Naaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah, I keeeeed, I keeeeed.

            • The Real Greg

              I was going for Shaft. It wasn’t an insult.

              • Kempire Strikes Back

                Oops, didn’t get the reference at first.

                Carry on.

  • forensic

    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.

    • Brian S.

      *Roid Sox

      • eephus_pitch

        Roger Clemens. Jason Giambi. Alex Rodriguez.

  • Kempire Strikes Back

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

  • Brian S.

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

  • Brian S.

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

    • Brian S.

      Turley and Tracy each pitched 7 inning complete games.

    • pat

      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

      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.

  • nsalem

    Average age of players starting tonight is over 35.

  • Rocky Road Redemption

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

  • Arya

    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)

      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.

      • Laz

        At least Ichiro won’t ground into so many double plays as Ibanez.

    • Knoxvillain

      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

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

        • Knoxvillain

          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

            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

              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.

              • MannyGeee

                Better be Mays-ian x 3 for the combined 10 home runs you are gonna get in your COF spots…

                • Laz

                  But Grandy more than makes up for them.

      • David N

        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

          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

        NO POWER FOR YOU!

  • Betty Lizard

    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. :-)

    • Brian S.

      What do you mean by “work”?

      • Betty Lizard

        In my studio (artist). Classes don’t start until August 20 (teaching).

  • Darren

    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

      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

        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

          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?

          • Darren

            The good news is that honor and respect aren’t that important in Japanese culture.

    • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

      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

      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.

      • Bubba

        If light can’t even escape a Black Hole, what chance do you think Ichiro has?

    • Robinson Tilapia

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

  • Cy Pettitte

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

    • Knoxvillain

      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

      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…

  • Knoxvillain

    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.

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

      He’s about the only catcher I wouldn’t take over the Martin/Stewart tandum.

      • jjyank

        Yeah, Kurt has been terrible.

        • JobaWockeeZ

          I know you’re a gamer so I’m asking you an OT topic. Have you played Portal 2?

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

            I’ve played it, I haven’t played through it. A lot of fun, best puzzle game I’ve ever played. It’s Portal but with perfect graphics, and slightly less dark.

            • JobaWockeeZ

              I got both in the Steam sale but I’m wondering if there’s a story to it. I’ve played a lot of levels of the first game but I’m awaiting on an actual plot.

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

                It’s odd…there is a story…and there isn’t. It’s really hard to explain. Make sure you look around, like seriously, check out every nook and cranny of the game. And remember, always remember the cake is a lie.

          • Brian S.

            I beat it. Very fun game.

      • Knoxvillain

        A few years ago this guy was one of the catchers of the future. Now the only reason he has a job is because of his contract.

  • vicki

    aw, dewayne. we hardly knew ye.

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

    Nice start Cap’t.

    • Monterowasdinero

      Jeter will finish in top 5 all time for hits.

  • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

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

    • Brian S.

      Can’t frame pitches like Russ

      • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

        How bout compared to Stewie? I was thinking Russ/Jaso platoon.

        (I know it’s never gonna happen)

      • JobaWockeeZ

        Can actually hit unlike Russ.

  • Howie

    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

      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

        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

      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

        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

          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

          I say retire Bernie, not O’Neill.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          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

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

    • David N

      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.

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

      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.

  • whozat

    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!!!!

    • Monterowasdinero

      They are dinosaurs who entertain themselves but paint a HORRIBLE picture for the radio listener.

    • mt

      They are an embarassment – loathe them. How do Yanks put up with it?

  • Brian S.

    Why can’t Jeter steal bases anymore?

  • Banzai Kid!!!.

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

    • Cy Pettitte

      too bad Youk was traded

  • rogue

    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.

  • flamingo

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

    • AaronGuielWithASmile

      The Mets bullpen is truly tragic.

      • Kempire Strikes Back

        They’d probably be 10 games over .500 if they had even a somewhat decent bullpen.

      • Knoxvillain

        No, it’s tragic if you’re a fan of the Mets. It’s entertainment if you’re a Yankee fan.

  • CBean

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

  • Monterowasdinero

    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!

    • Knoxvillain

      I would have become a Mets fan if the OTC pills didn’t kill me.

  • rogue

    Ichiro’s career slash at the new YS:

    .380/.400/.560

  • Kramerica Industries

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

    Danny Espinosa, come on down!

  • Banzai Kid!!!.

    Faquk casper wells Faquk da Diaz brothers.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    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.)

  • Cy Pettitte

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

  • Kempire Strikes Back

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

    • AaronGuielWithASmile

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

  • Monterowasdinero

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

  • David N

    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

      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

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

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

    Alex…god damnit man.

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

        I see Pitbull, and bass boosted. I’m not even hitting play.

        • Kempire Strikes Back

          I don’t blame you. I’m not even a Pitbull fan, just thought the song was appropriate.

  • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

    Fucking Arod

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    Alex, kill yourself.

  • Banzai Kid!!!.

    Wtf arod not even close.

  • Nathan

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

  • Tom

    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)

  • your mom

    I see Arod is starting off nicely.

  • Banzai Kid!!!.

    Seeger
    Turn the page

  • Banzai Kid!!!.

    Banzai

  • RetroRob

    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?”

  • Dino Velvet

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

    • Knoxvillain

      I think you mean Javy Vazquez, MORAN!

  • your mom

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

    • jjyank

      Please don’t trade me to them!!

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

        Pull a Jake Plummer, just retire if we do.

    • Cy Pettitte

      just what the Sox need, another injury prone player.

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

    Text pole has to be 1,2,or 4.

  • RetroRob

    Ichiro’s greatest achievment:

    6) Being traded to the NY Yankees.

  • jjyank

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

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

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

    • Knoxvillain

      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.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

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

    • RetroRob

      Yes. Great park.

    • Banzai Kid!!!.

      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

      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.

  • Kempire Strikes Back

    There’s how you beat the shift.

  • Banzai Kid!!!.

    Fire sale in miami
    How much would gianncarlo cost?

    • JobaWockeeZ

      The entire farm.

    • Knoxvillain

      Banuelos, Sanchez, Betances, and Nova. At least.

    • Kempire Strikes Back

      Everyone worth anything.

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

      To start? A healthy Banuelos, Nunez, Nova, Austin, Williams, Warren/Phelps and they might take your phone call.

    • Banzai Kid!!!.

      But would he be great at YS3 and in RF.

      • JobaWockeeZ

        Yes and who cares.

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

        So would Bryce Harper. Just because you want a player doesn’t mean 1. He’s available or 2. He’s worth the price needed to get him.

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

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

    • The Real Greg

      Well Millwood is a ground ball pitcher nowadays so it is to be expected.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    A DH upgrade would be nice too.

  • your mom

    Great it’s DP night.

  • TampaYankee

    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.

    • Darren

      Are you kidding? The trade was worth it for his arm alone. Stop trolling bro.

  • Jacob

    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

      Where did you move to?

      • RetroRob

        Newark.

      • Jacob

        Redneckville, it makes me sick to look at these people or hear them talk *Shiver goes down spine* bleh

    • jjyank

      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

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

        • jjyank

          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.

          • Jacob

            My preference would be the laptop because the xbox is far behind

  • The Troll

    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)

    • JobaWockeeZ

      He has a no trade clause to the Yankees.

      • The Troll

        It shall be for naught. By order of I his transfer to pinstripes shall be imminent.

      • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

        I’m sure $$$ would fix that.

        • jjyank

          Isn’t that the entire point of a no trade clause? To create leverage for big market teams in the event you’re traded?

          Maybe not the ENTIRE point. AJ clearly didn’t want to go to the West Coast. But that’s true for the most part.

  • your mom

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

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

      I could’ve sworn I read in the comments here that Texas had the right idea, not babying their young pitchers, cause look they’re all fine and haven’t gotten hurt…Lewis, Feliz, Lowe and I feel like a couple more have all gotten hurt this season.

      • your mom

        Well, to be fair, Colby played in Japan for a little bit and Lowe came from the M’s.

    • Reggie C.

      The brewers might collect a ransom for greinke now.

  • Knoxvillain

    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.

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      Amsinger is a tool and so is Howard.

      • Knoxvillain

        He seems like the kid who was always picked on in high school.

      • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

        Actually Howard isn’t a tool he’s just a fat slut.

        • Kempire Strikes Back

          ietc

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    And Pedro Cerrano strikes out to end the inning.

    • The Troll

      I say, fuck you Jobu.

  • Kempire Strikes Back

    Kuroda looking good thus far.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Calling an Ichiro bomb or something.

  • Banzai Kid!!!.

    Has girardi called him
    Ichy yet?

    • Cy Pettitte

      Suzuky

      • jjyank

        That’s already how his name is pronounced though! Should be Suzuki-ey.

    • CBean

      goddammit now you got that in my head

  • Alkaline

    Heh.

    Was not expecting Ichiro Suzuki for a birthday gift!

    Thanks Yankees!

    • Betty Lizard

      Happy birthday! It was the least the Yankees could do for you.

  • Kempire Strikes Back

    Standing Ovation time

  • Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    Classy

  • your mom

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

    • forensic

      6 straight AB’s now. He caught something from Granderson.

  • RetroRob

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

    • The Real Greg

      What distraction?

      • RetroRob

        You’re right. They should give him a standing O every AB now.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Ichiro!!

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

    We win the trade.

  • Kempire Strikes Back

    Ichiro, baby!

  • Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    And that’s what he does

  • Knoxvillain

    There we go!

  • Brian S.

    Ichiro!

  • The Troll

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

    • RetroRob

      Yes. He’s streaky. Not in a good one now.

  • Wow

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

    • Kempire Strikes Back

      1.000/1.000/1.000

      100% fielding percentage

      100% in stolen base attempts

      /retire#31

  • Tom

    Cashman wins another trade with Jack Z!

    • Darren

      Um, you realize Montero is playing this year and Pineda is not? Trade won, Mariners (so far)

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

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

  • David N

    HELL YES. *fistpump*

  • Monterowasdinero

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

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Already a more successful Yankee than Pineda.

    • Banzai Kid!!!.

      I laughed.

      • Reggie C.

        I cried.

  • Banzai Kid!!!.

    BANZAI,,,,,,,,!

  • Knoxvillain

    Sorry about Martin being up, Ichiro.

    • forensic

      Reminds him of the Seattle offense…

  • vicki

    millwood grooved that.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Retire his number.

  • Reggie C.

    SuzukiSAN !!

  • Alkaline

    Well. There we go. Enjoy it folks!

  • jjyank

    Good start for the new acquisition!

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

    definitely win the trade.

  • Kempire Strikes Back

    Damn look at this guy!

  • Monterowasdinero

    Ichy does it all baby!!!

  • your mom

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

  • Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    Boom

  • Knoxvillain

    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.

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    O hai Gardner.

  • Banzai Kid!!!.

    I love this guy!

  • Brian S.

    Ichiro is trying to manufacture us runs.

  • your mom

    At least there won’t be a DP.

  • David N

    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.

  • jjyank

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

  • Monterowasdinero

    Welcome to being stranded at 3rd Itch.

  • The Troll

    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?

    • RetroRob

      I miss Posada!

      Corrected.

    • jjyank

      Not only could Sanchez be worse, they could completely torpedo his future development. That would be monumentally stupid.

    • your mom

      Next trade will be for a catcher. Book it!

      • The Troll

        Here’s an idea. Convert Justin Upton to catcher. Done. They’ll make it happen. Just watch . . .

        • RetroRob

          I’m thinking Ichiro. Imagine having a speedy catcher and that arm behind the plate.

          He’ll be CC’s personal catcher.

          • The Troll

            I can live with that.

  • The Real Greg

    Only a good play by the second baseman could deny Ichiro

  • Nathan

    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

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

      • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

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

        • The Real Greg

          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)

            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

          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)

            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.

  • whozat

    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

      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

        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

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

        • sangreal

          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

          • forensic

            You also have Kuroda and Mo (if you count him) if you’re including pitchers too.

  • Jacob

    When did gardy change his uniform number? oh wait.

  • TampaYankee

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

    We need a catcher.

  • Ichiy and scratchy

    He tried but martin and jeter suxity.

  • Reggie C.

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

    • Kempire Strikes Back

      That was pretty cool to see.

  • The Real Greg

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

    • your mom

      meh, most MLB 2B make that play.

  • OMG! Bagels!

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

    • Betty Lizard

      Yes indeed, and Ichiro bowed to the fans, then got a hit and stole second. And I yelled so loud, twice, the cats ran for cover.
      Awesome first at bat.

    • whozat

      Oh boy, in a big way. Thunderous cheers.

      • JobaWockeeZ

        The same way how democracy dies. IYWIM.

    • sangreal

      Yes, and when he took the field

  • Jacob

    I have a crush on meredith <3

    • Ichiy and scratchy

      8======> Me too.

  • Yankonymous

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

    • Brian S.

      Except Granderson is an awful, awful centerfielder.

      • jjyank

        “Awful, awful”? You lost me there. Very much disagree. He’s not great, but “awful, awful”? No.

      • Darren

        If by awful, awful, you mean takes lots of bad routes but is extremely athletic and often makes up for bad plays with great ones, then yes, he is awful, awful.

    • whozat

      Nah, the Mariners had the best defensive OF ever last year, with Ichiro, franklin gutierrez, and…really anyone else at all in LF.

      Of course, they couldn’t hit. At all. And they were terrible.

      • vicki

        braves’ outfield is better.

  • Brian S.

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

  • Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    Loves walks to guys hitting .225

  • The Real Greg

    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.

  • The Real Greg

    Nothing going the Yankees way right now.

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      I’m confused…do I hate you or not?

  • CBean

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

    • your mom

      This whole fucking road trip has been annoying. Thank god the other AL east teams are losing too.

  • Ichiy and scratchy

    Martin washed up

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Well I hope Cashman ain’t done dealing.

  • Kempire Strikes Back

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

  • forensic

    Misfire from the ‘arm cannon’ there.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Meanwhile Swisher’s throw is still en route.

  • Cy Pettitte

    John Jaso just stole a base….

  • Kramerica Industries

    Jeez…

  • Brian S.

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

    • whozat

      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.

  • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

    Nice throw Russ. Way to continue to be useful.

  • Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    Of course it’s his first stolen base

  • JobaWockeeZ

    They’re running on Martin now?

    • The Real Greg

      Kuroda more likely

      • forensic

        Bouncing another throw didn’t help.

  • The Real Greg

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

  • Ichiy and scratchy

    Martin and stewart worst yankee catcher combo ever.

    • TomH

      I think we’re going to have to endure it for a year or two.

    • Kempire Strikes Back

      I’m sure if you looked hard enough you’d find a worse duo but yeah, they’re pretty fucking bad.

      • Ichiy and scratchy

        Wyniger / cerrone

      • forensic

        A week or two ago Steven Goldman wrote an article which had Martin as the (I believe) 4th worst starting catcher in the history of the franchise, in terms of TAv. Don’t know if he’s worked his way further up the list yet, but that’s pretty embarrassing. Of course, one of the worse seasons was from his manager.

        • Kempire Strikes Back

          Oh the irony….

        • Jacob

          Joe: Okay russel thius is how you fuck up eeverything,

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

    That looked fair but w/e…

  • David N

    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.

    • Jacob

      I would take a guy who could hit .200 and make an accurate throw to 2nd

  • Jacob

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

  • Ichiy and scratchy

    Can we steal Buck from Miami?

  • your mom

    Well, at least Jesus sucks.

  • Cy Pettitte

    man has Montero taken some ugly swings tonight

  • The Real Greg

    Get David Ross from the Braves.

    • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

      A team in the playoff race is trading a useful player because…?

      • The Real Greg

        Its a backup catcher. How much value is there in a backup catcher?

        • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

          Seriously?

        • Bunt Gardner

          The fact you want a playoff team’s backup catcher to replace your backup catcher gives him value.

        • Jacob

          -.- then why did you suggest him?

        • Robinson Tilapia

          There’s value in not wanting to a potential WS opponent any favors, and that’s not even the easiest argument I could make there.

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

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

  • your mom

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

    • The Real Greg

      Oh my lord….

    • your dad

      Bend over my knee while I spank you.

      • your mom

        Can I just bend over?

  • Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin

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

    • The Real Greg

      Tell that to the team he no hit.

      • Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin

        You mean in 2002?

        • The Real Greg

          I mean this year. The combined no hitter. He did most of the work.

          • Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin

            6 innings is not a no hitter. Not trying to argue, but many pitchers have gone 6 innings with no hit ball. My point, he’s old has a 4 era and the yanks should shell him

      • your mom

        Was that us?

        • Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin

          Nope against the phillies 9 years ago

        • RetroRob

          No, not unless he was on the Houston Astros for the bogus team no-hitter.. No pitcher has no-hit the Yankees in who knows how long.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Ichiro, Gwynn, Boggs, and Jeter?

    The last two are more guesses than the first two.

    • RetroRob

      Question?

      • Kramerica Industries

        Four players since 1990 to record 225+ hits in a season.

        Ichiro was a given.

  • The Real Greg

    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.

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

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

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

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

    • sangreal

      looked like he was hustling on the replay

      • RetroRob

        Of all the things to question about A-Rod, hustle is not one of them. He runs hard and instinct wise he’s probably the best runner on the Yankees.

        • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

          He frequently goes into HR trots on balls that don’t leave the park and then has to go into overdrive to make up for it. Other than that, he hustles.

          • Darren

            Aside from that, Mrs. Lincoln….

      • Brian S.

        He started jogging for a second going to first.

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

          This. Not saying he didn’t hustle once he realized it wasn’t out. but he should have been busting right out of the box.

          • sangreal

            Well I know what you’re saying — I assumed that is what happened when that play was inexplicably close but I just don’t see that in the replay they showed. Booth didn’t mention it either

  • Jacob

    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!

  • The Troll

    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 . . .

    • The Troll

      And, yes, he did just double as I posted this . . . That was my intent, naturally . . .

      Rabble, rabble, Stuart A’s an idiot, rabble, rabble.

    • The Real Greg

      The law of averages.

    • AaronGuielWithASmile

      There’s that offense you were looking for.

    • captain kiwi

      big inning guys!

  • your mom

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

  • Athenian

    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.

  • The Real Greg

    Are you happy, your mom?

    • your mom

      Very much so!

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

    Yay…goodness!!!

  • Cy Pettitte

    Teix has been doing some serious under the radar mashing lately

  • Kramerica Industries

    More of that against this hack.

  • your mom

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

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

      Both Ibanez, and Jones laugh at your fear.

  • Kempire Strikes Back

    RISP win

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

    Lord Voldemort, going the other way. I approve.

  • jjyank

    RISPSUCCESS

  • CBean

    Everyone gets an RBI!

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

      You get an RBI!!!
      And You get an RBI!!!
      And YOU!!!

  • Brian S.

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

    • Nathan

      A lot. I’ve seen a lot of balls that are barely missing.

      I wonder if A-Rod only has gapper/double power now.

    • Jacob

      Not bad luck it is declining bat speed not able to move his hips enough and other things

  • AaronGuielWithASmile

    I like this inning.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      You should introduce yourself to Ro tonight.

  • Nathan

    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.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    So is Ichy his Girarid nickname?

    • Havok9120

      God, I hope so.

    • your mom

      Not it’s Suzy

    • Ichiy and scratchy

      No its Scatchy.

  • CBean

    oh noes, trade is now a bust

  • Kempire Strikes Back

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

  • Ichiy and scratchy

    Ichy break it open now come to the darkside

  • pat

    BUST!!!!!!!

  • The Real Greg

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

  • Ichiy and scratchy

    Well we got hosed again on a trade with seattle.

  • Wow

    Russ is kinda slumpin’

    • The Troll

      Ha.

  • your mom

    Fucking useless.

  • The Real Greg

    Well this is a lead that the Yankees should hold.

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

    We lost the trade :(

  • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

    3 runs and clear the pitchers, nice inning.

  • Nathan

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

    • flamingo

      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

      In this game offense >> defense

  • Ichiy and scratchy

    Girardi/leyritz > martin/stewart.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Sadly yes.

  • The Troll

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

  • Havok9120

    There’s a Tex play.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Lance Johnson and Darin Erstad, two forgettable names.

    And Molitor’s season came 16 years ago.

    Oh well.

    • Robinson Tilapia

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

  • your mom

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

    • Robinson Tilapia

      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

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

      • Robinson Tilapia

        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

      Cash should ask what they want for Buck.

      • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

        Why?

        • Ichiy and scratchy

          Used to hit beter in AL way better defense than both our guys having off year but better than our tandem.

          • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

            Russell Martin used to hit better as well. Doesn’t mean he’s gonna do it again. (Buck is probably an upgrade over Stewart though)

  • Kempire Strikes Back

    HIROK!

  • The Scheister of Doom

    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

      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.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    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.

  • Tom

    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)

    • Brian S.

      Too many 3-ball counts. Very inefficient.

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

        67 pitches through 4 is efficient enough. He can get us to/through the 7th at that rate.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Agreed.

  • Christopher

    Damn, that’s a good looking ballpark.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Safeco? Didn’t go inside, but beautiful, with the football stadium right next door. Really an impressive looking complex between the both of them.

      Nice town. Hard to really get to know as a tourist as they really do funnel you into the tourist section, with a lot of nice neighborhoods outside the center of the city. Getting outside it all and into the Olympic Peninsula (“Twilight” country) is awesome.

      • Ichiy and scratchy

        Rains 5 days a week …..pass

        • captain kiwi

          not really. it rains a lot in seattle, but nowhere near that much. still one of the best/prettiest cities i’ve lived in.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            Didn’t rain once when I was there.

            I’ll take Portland over it, though. Love me some Portland. I’ll even take Portland over San Francisco.

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

              I really need to get out and see this country of ours. :(

              • Robinson Tilapia

                Your time will come.

              • captain kiwi

                avoid the southern states, save for florida.

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

                  Lol, I hear New Orleans is fun, and the Carolina’s are pretty nice, at least the parts along I95.

    • Brian S.

      I would have sex with that ballpark.

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

    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

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Hahaha.

      My wife is the big Doctor Who head. I’m just along for the ride.

  • forensic

    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.

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

      Do you really think she’s writing what she’s saying?

      • forensic

        Yes, you can tell from how screwed up and different it is than when Lorenz, Shearn, or Curry are talking.

      • RI$P FTW

        She has trouble speaking to begin with.

    • CUYanks

      He has 3 homers in his last 3 games, so it’s not AS bad as you make it sound.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    I remember when I wanted a Russel extension. Ha.

    • Nathan

      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.

  • Brian S.

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

  • Ichiy and scratchy

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

  • Jacob

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

    • Robinson Tilapia

      The younger Freddy was pretty badass.

      • Jacob

        I know I was kind of just thinking now and not realizing johan was not pitching when felix was really young

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

      Felix was already in the big leagues by the time Johan Santana turned into Johan freaking Santana.

      • Jacob

        You know what mike you are right that was just another exampple of me not looking to deep into things when they appear to obvious on the surface. Thank you for correcting me!

      • RI$P FTW

        Maybe he looked up to Johan the outfielder. Johan’s OF scouting report in the HOF is kind of cool. But it’s certainly no Batman movie.

    • RI$P FTW

      Another ignorant Yankee fan.

      • Jacob

        Ok man listen only 3 people can say something like that and me be okay with it and it is 1.MIke 2.RT and 3.RI AKA TMR so go fuck yourself

        • Kempire Strikes Back

          Don’t forget about TSJC. Don’t you ever fucking forget about TSJC.

          (single teardrop trickles down face)

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

            TSJC :( I wonder where he his right now, and wow I got put in a grouping with Mike, about baseball acumen…I feel proud right now.

  • Christopher

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

    • RI$P FTW

      Are you trying to brag?

      • Christopher

        About what?

        • Robinson Tilapia

          God I wish you hadn’t taken that bait.

          In all seriousness, when I saw the trade announcement, I actually looked at my calendar to make sure I knew what month it was. It felt like an April Fools joke.

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

        Wow you are a douche. Sorry, does that comment somehow offend the gay community I’m a part of?

        • RI$P FTW

          Sorry to hurt your feelings, Batman fan.

          • Christopher

            This is over my pay grade.

          • Kempire Strikes Back

            James Holmes? Or just a really lame troll?

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

            You didn’t hurt my feelings at all, you are just the embodiment of everything that’s wrong with the internet. You come to a board, never say any thing productive or constructive, you just say something to inflame some one or a group and watch or take part in the flame war. The internet would be a lot better place if people like you and rule 34 didn’t exist.

            • RI$P FTW

              You’re lying.

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

                About which bit?

        • Robinson Tilapia

          I was about to say I was going to sleep, but you’ve just provided quite the cliffhanger here.

    • Ichiy and scratchy

      How the hell did Batman get from the well of souls prison in the far east to gothem city that even the government could not get into?

      • RI$P FTW

        Leave it to the 8 year olds to figure out.

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

        I’m guessing Bat Boat? Plus he’s one guy, who wears black. At Night. All he had to do was get near the city, getting in from there was probably relatively easy.

        • Ichiy and scratchy

          How about this

          Limp 

          Bruce Wayne now walks with a cane. He goes to the doctor for a check up, who then tells Mr. Wayne his leg is fine for travel but not for alpine skiing. Later, Wayne straps on a robot brace, but then loses it when he’s trapped in the Lazarus Pit. Similarly, after he fucks Talia he gets up and walks away perfectly.

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

            I think the brace also helped heal the joint a little bit. I have no idea. Plus Wayne has incredibly high pain tolerance and is worried about other things at the time (I don’t want to spoil anything for anybody who hasn’t seen it yet) it’s completely logical that he pushed the pain in his knees to the back of his mind. Plus I think it was Helo-skiing =P

  • The Real Greg

    Dammit Jones.

    He is in a slump.

    • The Real Greg

      The RBI single not withstanding.

  • Kempire Strikes Back

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

  • your mom

    Yeesh, it is DP night.

    • captain kiwi

      i pray that my mom has NEVER said that ever in her life :(

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

        you sir are a funny man. But she has. =P

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

    Damn Kuroda looks good tonight.

  • your mom

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

    • The Real Greg

      He’s the Mariners best hitter right now. Hitting .294

      • your mom

        So the answer is yes.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Hiroki!! so good.

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

    Be any smoother Robinson.

  • Kramerica Industries

    That’s the proper way to throw to second.

    Take notes, Mr. Rapada.

    • Jacob

      I had almost forgot that and now you bring back the nightmares ohhhhh the nightmares!

  • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

    Thank Jesus for the double play.

  • Kempire Strikes Back

    Can Kuroda field his position or what?

    • Brian S.

      If he didn’t he wouldn’t be allowed to drink any water.

      • Kempire Strikes Back

        icwydt

  • Brian S.

    I love everyone

  • your mom

    Yay! A DP the other way.

    • Brian S.

      You’d watch.

  • Christopher

    Wow.

  • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

    Double play coming in 3,2,…

    • The Real Greg

      No.

    • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

      nevermind, nice job Russ.

  • CUYanks

    David Cone is Nostradamus.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    I’ll give Martin props.

  • Cy Pettitte

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

  • Kempire Strikes Back

    Way to stick it to Jaso, Coltrane.

  • Christopher

    Something you don’t see everyday,

  • Jacob

    OH MY GAWD MARTIN GOT A HIT!

  • Chop It Up

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

    • CUYanks

      Yes, it has softened the blow of the terrible roadtrip so far.

    • Kempire Strikes Back

      The only redeeming aspect of this West Coast swing.

    • forensic

      Kind of monotone and boring.

      • Betty Lizard

        Monotone? Boring?
        Cone’s voice is sexy as hell. Plus he’s smart and snarky and that makes him even sexier.
        And Singleton’s voice is as smooth as a single malt scotch.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Ah, the train sirens of Seattle.

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

  • Christopher

    Just missed it.

  • Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    Millwood owning Granderson

    • forensic

      9 for 45 with 15 K’s against him career.

      Tomorrow he has 18 K’s in 48 AB’s against Felix.

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

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

  • Cy Pettitte

    Curtis Dunn

    • your mom

      Curtis Reynolds

      • Kempire Strikes Back

        Curtis Jackson

        /I win

  • The Real Greg

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

  • teddy

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

  • The Troll

    Granderson strikes out a lot. Fact.

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

    Ibanez would have hustled and got that.

  • CUYanks

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

    • The Real Greg

      I think so.

    • Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin

      Easily

  • Jacob

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

  • Ichiy and scratchy

    Andrew runs like batman in TDKR

  • stuart a

    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….

    • The Troll

      I agree with Stuart. The Troll agrees with Stuart, bitches.

      • The Troll

        . . . About the batting order . . .

    • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

      Ichiro 1?

      You can’t be serious.

    • OMG! Bagels!

      I don’t know why JOe Girardi doesn’t consult with you on this lineup.

  • Cy Pettitte

    KKKKKKKKKuroda!

  • CUYanks

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

  • stuart a

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

    • your mom

      That worked well for Hughes the other day.

    • forensic

      Wow, two straight posts without mentioning A-Rod, and I bet you feel pretty lucky about that now.

    • Bunt Gardner

      Oh, stewieeeeeeeee!

  • captain kiwi

    hiroK

  • Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    Kuroda dealing

  • Christopher

    Love this booth.

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

    • captain kiwi

      haha, nice!

  • Brian S.

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

  • Kempire Strikes Back

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

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

    Kuroda is so smooth. I love watching him pitch.

  • Christopher

    Oh yeah.

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

    Stuart? donde estas buddy?

  • Kempire Strikes Back

    Are my eyes deceiving me????

  • The Real Greg

    Oh Stuart…

  • Cy Pettitte

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

  • Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    Warning track power

  • captain kiwi

    a-bomb!

  • BK2ATL

    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.

  • stuart a

    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…

    • The Troll

      Haha, c’mon . . . That’s not the real Stuart.

    • OMG! Bagels!

      I love a parade!

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

      Is this real life? It’s done perfectly, if this is a forgery…it’s a damn good one, and pat on the back to ever did it.

    • captain kiwi

      his fault there were no baserunners for his home run… please be trolling… lol.

      • OMG! Bagels!

        I think that’s pretty damn funny. Asshole Arod! No baserunners!

        • captain kiwi

          i definitely laughed. good trolling, i gotta say

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

      I warned you once already.

      • Havok9120

        So that’s a no then.

    • Havok9120

      Mike, we need a ruling….is this for real?

      • The Troll

        I say FAKE.

  • David N

    Take that, Mariners fans.

  • Jack

    BAMF

  • BK2ATL

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

  • Jacob
  • ARod-3k (129 to go)

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

    • Kempire Strikes Back

      AR3K is gonna get half the publicity as DJ3K.

  • mt

    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.

  • CBean

    Teix!

  • Christopher

    Tex on the move

  • OMG! Bagels!

    Are the Japanese interpreters in the dugout?

  • Kempire Strikes Back

    Tex esta en fuego

  • RetroRob

    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

    • The Troll

      I would NOT sell the ball. Work hard, wait, and pay off the debt in good time.

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

        Not even a question. You sell that baseball. Life is much easier w/o debt. It’s easier to work hard when all your worried about is your actual work, and not your pay check because you have your creditors plus your normal bills. When you’re a successful doctor 20 years down the road, buy the ball back.

      • RetroRob

        I agree. It’s an appreciating asset.

  • Christopher

    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.

    • The Troll

      The Right Stuff? Tommy Lee Jones was a Harvard man . . .

      • The Troll

        No, Space Cowboys, I believe

        • Havok9120

          You are correct, sir.

    • RetroRob

      Cocoon?

      • The Troll

        HAHAHAHA! Steve Gutenburg!

  • CUYanks

    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

      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

        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)

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

    • forensic

      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.

  • Darren

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

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

    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.

  • OMG! Bagels!

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

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

      good for them. I always understood that they disliked A-Rod, he straight dumped their asses for money.

      • forensic

        Their team didn’t want to pay him, that’s not his fault.

        And it’s even more absurd that they always cheered Griffey even though he begged for a trade to get out of town.

        • captain kiwi

          this. i remember the griping around seattle whenever a-rod left, but there was none such whenever griffey left and it just blew my mind.

  • Christopher

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

    • CUYanks

      I like the idea of taking players with them. Our next road trip is in Detroit. Let’s grab Verlander.

    • CBean

      you know when my roommate was in Seattle, all she brought home was a magnet

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

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

    • The Real Greg

      He was warming in the bullpen earlier in case Kuroda got in trouble in the seventh.

    • your mom

      Apparently he’s been used too much so far, it’s a good thing you don’t remember the last time he pitched.

    • Tom

      He worked the day before yesterday to I think 1 or 2 batters and the day before that as well.

  • Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    Drob not effing around tonight

  • Christopher

    Okay, so the seagull cam is working.

  • Christopher

    uh-oh

  • CUYanks

    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)

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

    I might cry.

  • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

    God dammit.

  • RetroRob

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

    • CUYanks

      I heard Ichiro has a nice arm.

    • Cy Pettitte

      Ichiro to the 8th

  • Kempire Strikes Back

    YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

  • Kramerica Industries

    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.

  • Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    Nooooooooooooooooooo

  • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

    And big sigh of relief (hopefully not premature).

  • CBean

    wow my heart went from zero to PANIC very quickly

  • CUYanks

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

  • whozat

    Pleasepleaseplease be OK, David…

    • whozat

      Well hey :-)

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

    I love that commercial.

  • The Real Greg

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

  • Christopher

    Those are some classy fans.

    • sangreal

      @ichimeterlady: Wow, #Ichiro just thanked me and jumped to high five me. #classact @Mariners

  • Kempire Strikes Back

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

    • CUYanks

      Pinstripes will be even crazier.

  • RetroRob

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

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

      also, please leave your trampoline at home.

  • Kramerica Industries

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

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

      Yeah, he fumbled that sentence terribly.

    • sangreal

      sure did

  • CUYanks

    That’s a HR in Yankee Stadium.

  • Kempire Strikes Back

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

    • CUYanks

      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.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Don’t remember Ichiro hitting rockets like this.

    • Tom

      Kevin Long re-tooled his swing prior to the game.

  • David N

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

  • Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    Ichiro should have 3 hits tonight

  • CBean

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

    • Cy Pettitte

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

    • Tom

      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

      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.

  • RetroRob

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

    • Christopher

      in New York.

    • Nathan

      The Asian girl was giving it to the guys pretty good it seemed.

      • RetroRob

        Is that a good thing or a bad thing?

        • Nathan

          Maybe if it was a prettier one and by giving it to them was something different.

          So no…bad thing.

  • Austin’s Bat

    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…

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

      That’s just silly.

  • CUYanks

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

    • CUYanks

      Of course I’m not including guys like Pineda/Campos

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

      Freddy…I think that’s it.

    • The Real Greg

      Garcia

    • sangreal

      Freddy Garcia

      • CUYanks

        Excellent call on Garcia. Seems like so long ago.

        • RetroRob

          Wasn’t Sweaty a minor leaguer who was traded along with Mike Cameron, another prospect then, for Griffey, Jr.? Or were they in the Johnson trade? Can’t remember.

          • Kramerica Industries

            Johnson trade with Houston.

    • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

      Sweaty

      • CUYanks

        I guess if he makes it back, there’s Aardsma to go along with Pineda.

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

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

    • DM

      bath salts

  • Christopher

    Is it necessary to replay that?

  • CBean

    I really can’t imagine MFIKY hugging anybody.

    • Nathan

      The previous series in Oakland, a month or so back, while warming up I yelled out “EM EFer I Keeeeelllll Youuuu”! and he sort of just looking at me and chuckled. So…he’s aware of his nickname. Whether or not he has the ability to smile, I don’t know.

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

        I’d be terrified if MFIKY smiled at me.

  • Darren

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

  • Thaaaaaaaayankeeswin

    Streak over….Threat level back to Blue

  • Tom

    Jesus to Ichiro…. nice

  • Kramerica Industries

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

  • BK2ATL

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

    Yanks win!!!

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

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

  • David N

    Untuck, fellow fans.

  • Christopher

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

  • Nathan

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

  • CUYanks

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

  • your mom

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

  • nsalem

    Doesn’t look so introverted!!!

  • RetroRob

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

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

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

    • Nathan

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

      She might have been in heels though.

      • RetroRob

        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.

  • CBean

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

  • captain kiwi

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

  • http://SportsFanhood.com Jon J

    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

  • pistol pete

    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.