Game 134: The Return of A-Rod

9/3-9/5 Series Preview: Tampa Bay Rays
Injury Updates: Tex, Granderson, Pettitte, Nova
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The Yankees are scuffling in the worst way right now, but they’re getting a bit of a boost this afternoon as Alex Rodriguez returns to the lineup after 36 games on the DL with a broken bone in his hand. They went 18-18 in those 36 games, though obviously there’s a lot more contributing to that than A-Rod being out of the lineup. The Bombers have scored just 45 runs in their last 14 games (3.2 per game), so every little bit helps. Getting even a rusty Alex back into the cleanup spot adds some much needed depth and left/right balance to the lineup. Here’s the starting nine…

SS Derek Jeter
1B Nick Swisher
2B Robinson Cano
DH Alex Rodriguez
3B Eric Chavez
LF Raul Ibanez
Russell Martin
RF Ichiro Suzuki
CF Chris Dickerson

LHP CC Sabathia

For those of you who care about such things, Brian Cashman is here in Tampa with the team and so am I. Hooray original reporting. Anyway, happy Labor Day everyone. This afternoon’s game starts a little after 1pm ET and can be seen on YES locally and MLB Network nationally. Enjoy.

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9/3-9/5 Series Preview: Tampa Bay Rays
Injury Updates: Tex, Granderson, Pettitte, Nova
  • Luisergi

    Please win for me, stuck at the office!!!
    A-Rod goes deep today, i’m calling it.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Did you hear that, team? WIN IT FOR LUISERGI!

    • Pat D

      Working on Labor Day? Ugh. I remember my first year at Notre Dame having to go to class on Labor Day. I thought it was extremely unfair to the professors.

      • TomH

        Do the Irish have any serious BCS hopes this year? How I’d like to see them get a NC in the same year the Yankees get a WS ring. I don’t think it’s happened since 1977.

        • Pat D

          They have an absolutely brutal schedule.

          Purdue, at Michigan State, Michigan, Miami (I believe that game is being played in Chicago), Stanford, BYU, at Oklahoma, Pitt, at BC, Wake Forest, at USC.

          I would think they should beat Purdue, Pitt, BC, Wake and probably Miami, but those other games are going to be really tough.

          I’m so accustomed to them being a disappointment, I really don’t expect them to be BCS contenders. I’m thinking 8 wins at most.

      • upstate yank

        Yea it must be tough to come in on labor day after having the summer off…

    • jjyank

      I feel ya man. I’m off today (all week, actually), but I worked on Labor Day last year. Shit sucks. Hope they win it for ya (and all of us).

  • Pat D

    If ARod doesn’t go deep in his first AB, DFA his ass!

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

      pft. I’m demanding 5-4 with 5 grandslams.

      • Pat D

        Due to the current state of the team, I have lowered expectations.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Why hasn’t he hit one already? #camebacktoosoon

  • Robinson Tilapia

    I don’t know if I have the stomach for game threads right now. I may successfully reach through the computer screen and strangle someone who mocks the Yanks’ misfortune right now, Scanners-style. The key to September is self-preservation.

    Besides, it’s Labor Day. Get out there and grill something and, by “something,” I mean Big Game James.

    BTW, whoever “Julius” is who is showing up on my FB plugin on this page? That’s quite the head of hair, buddy. You should sing lead with that hair. Much better looking than Havok two pics away.

    • jjyank

      I’m probably only one of a few people who got a chuckle out of that last sentence.

      For the record, I have started to back away from the game threads as they have gotten uglier as well. I still watch the game, but some of the comments get out of hand when they are losing. Yesterday I mentioned something about a “potential” Yankee collapse, and I got a response from someone who said that they already collapsed and mocked my use of the word “potential”. Like the season was over and the Yankees already missed the playoffs. Which is funny, because if the season ended today, the Yankees would still win the division. Oh well.

      Baseball is my hobby, and I will enjoy watching it even if the Yankees play poorly over an extended stretch. Even if that means abandoning the painful game threads of late.

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

        My favorite is when people argue that injuries shouldn’t be talked about as a reason for the collapse, then complain that guys like Ibanez, Chavez, Pearce, and Jones are getting regular time.

        • Pat D

          Clearly those guys are being played because they’re the best players on the team.

        • jjyank

          True that. The whole “team of platoons” crap is getting very old. This team was drawn up to have ONE platoon at a time, and that would either be at LF or DH, depending on which vets needed rest. Injuries are really the only reason it’s gotten out of hand.

      • Kramerica Industries

        I apologize if I ever seem over-the-top (I’m sure I do at times). I guess my logic comes back to a very basic idea – I don’t know you, you don’t know me, and I really don’t care what anyone thinks of me. This place, kinda, becomes a venting ground.

        And when the Yankees are playing shitty baseball, I don’t think anyone is all that pleased around here. May today be the start of a turn around that doesn’t end until the end of October. This year’s unpredictable AL does still breed an air of optimism.

        • jjyank

          That’s a fair take on it. And for the record, I’ve never really had a problem with your comments. Negativity itself doesn’t bother me (I’m not Greg, after all), just irrationality. It’s perfectly rational to be concerned with the team and their chances. I just happen to be an optimist.

          • Pat D

            Greg went from being super negative to loathing all things negative. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a more dramatic change in someone.

            • Robinson Tilapia

              I don’t know Greg, but my gut feeling is that he uses this site for a very different purpose than just bullshitting. I don’t like seeing that.

        • Pat D

          The whole internet is a venting ground like that.

          Well, not so much a venting ground as a place where people love the anonymity because they think it means they can say anything they want and get away with it. Which they can. What it really means, of course, is that it just reveals how everyone is basically an asshole. Some people add on things like racist, sexist, bigot, etc., to being an asshole.

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

            This is why, regardless of where I am (internet or IRL) I try to act exactly the same. I mean, I am an asshole, I will admit that. I laugh at racist and sexist, and Hellen Keller jokes, and I have no problem admitting that anywhere but a board room.

            • Pat D

              I don’t consider myself an asshole. I don’t find most racist or sexist jokes funny. I generally don’t post things on internet sites. Every time I do, other than here, I find that I get extremely angry. Happens on Yahoo, ESPN, IMDB, Ain’t It Cool News. There are some really ugly people out there.

              • Robinson Tilapia

                What about Helen Keller jokes, though? I mean…C’MON!

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

                See, generally those people are just being racist/sexist not making stupid, immature jokes. That’s why I generally avoid them. (ESPN and Yahoo comments) I never really ‘hung out’ on IMDB I just check it for stuff so I never noticed they were bad there.

                • Pat D

                  Well, I’m not so sure about IMDB anymore because it’s been ages since I’ve posted anything. I think they’re policed a lot better than those other sites.

              • Kramerica Industries

                Like most things with me, I’m an enigma.

                Such as, I have no problem being a total asshole about things, but I’m always trying to be wary enough that I don’t actually risk offending the masses. As such, I’m not so much a fan of using racist jokes myself – I just resort to some serious deadpan sarcasm. Often times, layering it on thicker and thicker and thicker.

                The more annoyed I am, the drier it gets.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          There’s “venting,” and there’s the bullshit you see here. This “fuck this team” type shit that borders on gloating is just stupid.

      • Jamey

        It’s amazing how many fans are just spitting ticked that the Yankees aren’t dominating the AL East with all of the players injured, and that isn’t limited strictly to players on the shelf. It sucks but what can they do? It’d be awesome to have a Mike Trout, Bryce Harper or Shelby Miller waiting in AAA to balance things out but it’s just not the case. No impact bats or arms are coming Cashman’s way over the waiver wire unless George’s ghost takes over Hal’s body & he decides taking someone’s financial burden on is a good idea.

        I get annoyed at things that would bother me even if they were playing .900 ball since July, like Hughes giving Mark Reynolds the only ball he CAN hit twice in the same game & Girardi-things, but life is too short to be miserable that a team forced to have Steve Pearce bat cleanup isn’t playing well.

        • jjyank

          Agreed with pretty much all of this. Well said.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          If everyone had a Trout or Harper in their system, Trout and Harper wouldn’t be all that impressive.

  • Kramerica Industries

    You’re in Tampa St. Pete, Mike?

    Well, too bad I didn’t spring for tickets today.

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

      I’m here all three days.

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

        All three games, I should say.

      • Kramerica Industries

        Yeah, but this was probably the only day I could go for tickets. For most this season, I haven’t been able to get home and watch Yankee games ’till about 7:30-7:40, and that’s probably the case tomorrow and Wednesday s well.

        And I’m not buying tickets to start watching a game in the 3rd or 4th inning. I may be a scam artist with Tropicana Field tickets, but I could never get full value for a partial game.

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

    Oh god, the ford commercial with the shitty Train song is a tv commercial too? I thought it was only a radio one.

    • Pat D

      What song is that? Is that the one where it’s like “this is not a drive by” or something like that?

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

        yeah, that’s the one. I thought it was just a stock stupid commercial song till I borrowed my mom’s car about a week ago and the song was on the radio station she listens to.

        • Pat D

          I think that commercial is the main reason I’ve been avoiding watching games for the last few weeks.

          That commercial plays at least 5 times a game.

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

            It plays every other commercial break on the radio, and I just want to bash my head against a wall when I hear it.

            • Anthony

              Me and my cousin laugh whenever it comes on. Its funny, random Derek Jeter plays interspersed with Fords driving on the road… but no actual mention of NY or the Yankees. Haha

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Train IS one big stock stupid commercial song, soul sister.

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

            Touche.

  • EDDARD

    CC has to win this against a division rival like Verlander did last night. That’s what aces are supposed to do.

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

    First game I’ve gotten to watch since their last west coast trip and Lou’s in the booth. Fuck.

    • TomH

      I’m watching on MLB Extra Innings and stuck with the Rays’ team. I’ve opted for Ma and Pa, but there’s an enormous delay between picture and broadcast.

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

        I’ve never noticed that…anytime I’m listening to the game and something positive or negative worthy of commenting happens I’m usually among the first to comment.

        • Pat D

          Radio is always ahead of satellite TV.

    • Mike N

      Lou is the best!

  • Kramerica Industries

    Lovely.

    I hope it’s not another one of those “line drive outs > line drive hits” games.

  • Anthony

    I don’t know why, but I can’t help but feel like A-Rod was rushed back up. It just seemed like he’d take longer to heal.

    • jjyank

      Very possible. I think it’s fair to say they would have taken things slower if the team wasn’t struggling. I hope that this is incorrect, though.

      • Anthony

        Yeah, I’d wager the recent struggling played a big part in Alex coming up today. Its easy to harp on A-Rod for “unclutchness” during the season when everyone is healthy. But clearly the Yanks miss him if he is up today. Hopefully he can help, lets just hope for no setbacks.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Playoff crunch time. You play.

      • Anthony

        Wow that was quite the scare

        • Anthony

          Not sure how this ended up here. Hm. But if you want me to play, I’m sure you’d get more production from me than say, Andruw or Martin….heh

  • TomH

    Cano does take his good old time going down the line, as if God has whispered there will be no error on this play.

    • Pat D

      It’s just those Latin players.

      /Salty’d

      • jjyank

        I thought you didn’t like racist jokes? :P

        • Pat D

          I consider it a Salty joke. I don’t particularly share his attitude.

          • jjyank

            Because his attitude is racist, not joking about it. There’s a big difference between an actual racist and say, South Park.

  • stuart a

    cano with another 1 pitch ab. he is such a hack it is unbelievable.

    he sucks…

    • jjyank

      I will try to find the willpower to ignore your asinine comments today.

      • stuart a

        yep like not only does Cano get out but he has bad AB’s. does not make the pitcher throw any pitches etc..

        71 rbi’s cano, SUCKS

        • jjyank

          Well at least you figured out that there is a reply button. Continue your trolling, I won’t be feeding the trolls today.

        • Pat D

          I’m with you on his bad AB’s, but he also seems to have good results in short AB’s, though not recently, seemingly.

          But you keep harping on his RBI total and I couldn’t give a shit about RBI’s.

        • Kempire Strikes Back

          Justin Turner is infinitely better right?

  • stuart a

    cc gave away the blue jay game. cc is not verlander sorry to say…

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      nobody said he is…..

    • Pat D

      What tipped you off? Their weight differences?

      • Rocky Road Redemption

        Ha, that made me laugh.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    SunSports caused me to throw up in my mouth three times in just a half-inning.

    (sigh) It’s gonna be a long day on Rays TV

    • YankeeDave

      You could mute the TV and listen to John and Suzyn on the radio, not great either, but may decrease vomit by about 20%.

    • Kramerica Industries

      Hah.

      I know Sweet Lou is nothing fun to listen to, and he’ll always be on YES when the Yankees come to Tampa because he lives here, but I’ll take a YES booth of Kay, Piniella, and fricken Flaherty before I voluntarily choose the Rays booth over them.

      Dewayne Staats passive-aggressive style irritates me to no end.

    • Hall and Nokes

      MLBN has the Yankee feed, if you can take advantage of that.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Step up please CC

  • Pat D

    Has Casey McGehee been recalled yet?

    • Cy Pettitte

      today is the River Dogs last game of the season so I think he’ll be back tomorrow.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      Charleston’s last game is today, so he should be back tomorrow, I would think.

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

      He’ll be back tomorrow, Charleston is playing their final game of the season today. There’s a locker already setup for him.

      • Pat D

        OK, thanks for all the info. I misremembered that he went to Charleston.

  • Rocky Road Redemption

    With the talk about optimism/pessimism up there, I’ll give my take. I’m a cynic. This means I’ll bitch about the team and act disappointed and depressed but in actuality all this means is that I believe they could do better.

    As an example, let’s use politics (no parties/controversial issues mentioned). The pessimist just believes that the economy won’t turn around. The optimist believes they will. The cynic complains because he knows it CAN improve, but only if everybody gets their act together.

    So, I’m going to complain when they lose and bitch and moan, but only because I believe we CAN win. Make sense?

    • Pat D

      I hear ya. I find I’m pretty cynical. I actually enjoy being a cynic, too, because I generally don’t like people, and it’s fun to expect nothing but bad things from people.

      • Rocky Road Redemption

        It’s more like I look at humanity as a whole and I’m pissed at them, but only because I think humanity CAN be better than they currently are. Cynics yell and complain because they want everybody to WAKE UP.

        • Pat D

          I’m with you on that. Unfortunately I don’t think humanity will wake up until a true disaster takes place. Like nuclear World War 3 or something.

          • WHIPunk

            World War 3 won’t matter, did World War 1 or 2 solve anything? No, humans will be humans and fuck everything up yet again.

    • jjyank

      That’s a fair take. My comment above about all that was really more in regards to the trolls that show up in the 6th inning when the team is losing, and proceed to make the game thread from there on out insufferable thanks to posting the same one-line crap over and over and over again. Stuart a is a good example of the type of stuff I’m talking about. I don’t mind commenters like you at all. Everyone has a different take on how things will/could play out. It’s irrationality that bothers me, not cynicism.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Of course it makes sense.

      And I’m going to support and openly cheer on the team even though I’m pretty cynical about the next month. What’s the worst that could happen? I’m wrong? I’m wrong every day.

  • Kempire Strikes Back

    CC can’t afford another clunker. C’mon big guy, earn that extension.

  • Nathan

    Come on Yankees…we need our ace to get a much needed win today!

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

    A-Rod’s already failed, he’s not going to hit a grandslam in his first AB.

    • Pat D

      He could always have an AB like Tom Selleck did in the opening scene of Mr. Baseball.

  • Nathan

    It’s funny how when A-Rod went down with the injury, I was lamenting how average he’s been offensively and on a slide yet here he is today and I’m actually excited he’s back.

    That’s how bad and desperate the offense is right now.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      I mean, I agree there’s other things he adds to the lineup besides hitting home runs, and even a declined A-Rod is better than the alternatives, but I hear ya.

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

      Well, there isn’t exactly a whole bunch of even “average’ major leaguers in our line up right now.

  • JonS

    Not even warning track power. lol

  • EDDARD

    Don’t bring Sweet Lou back, please. Give those games to Coney or Leiter.

    • Hall and Nokes

      Why do I get the sense that Lou ambushed the production crew at Perkins this morning and talked them into putting him in the booth this week?

      • Robinson Tilapia

        I very, very much appreciate the Perkins reference.

  • Cy Pettitte

    we got lucky Russell only made one out

  • EDDARD

    I would go with Cervelli tomorrow. Martin is a liability.

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

    Ichiro really hates walking.

  • Kramerica Industries

    There’s a wasted opportunity.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Ichiro “I refuse to walk” Suzuki

  • EDDARD

    Another liability is Ichiro. When Granderson returns I’d go with Dickerson.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      yes please

    • jjyank

      Didn’t you proclaim that one of Cashman’s best trades a couple weeks ago?

  • stuart a

    shocking a RISP fail. never happens on this team of clutch operators…..

    • Pat D

      Time for them to switch to automatic.

  • Cy Pettitte

    probably should of kept Wise

    • Pat D

      Definitely should of.

    • The Troll

      *should’ve

      • jjyank

        Thank you!

        • Pat D

          You don’t know the “should of” meme?

          • jjyank

            Apparently not. I do like correct grammar, though.

            • Pat D

              Yea many moons ago so many of us correct people who used “should of” that we just gave up and adopted it as a meme. To me it pretty much signifies sarcasm.

              • Pat D

                Corrected, not correct.

      • Hall and Nokes

        Languages evolve over time, at what point does “should of” actually become correct?

        • Pat D

          Hopefully never.

          I’ll really start to lose faith in people if it becomes “correct.”

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

            I agree, when I got into an argument on here over the use of the word irregardless and I found out it’s a relatively accepted term I got a little sick.

            • Pat D

              I find I accidentally say “irregardless” every once in a while.

            • Rooting for U.S. Steel

              Five hundred or so years ago the flatness of the Earth was relatively accepted as well. Wasn’t correct. Stick to your guns on irregardless.

  • Kempire Strikes Back

    I wonder if all the revenue the Yankees are getting from Ichiro merchandise is worth his subpar play on the field.

    • Pat D

      I’d never buy anything Yankees Ichiro.

      Because I’ve never particularly liked Ichiro, but also because he’s wearing 31. I can’t stand other people wearing 31 for the Yankees.

      • jjyank

        I bet a lot of Japanese people living in NYC did, though.

        (no, that wasn’t a racist joke!)

      • Need Pitching & Hitting

        Big Steve Karsay fan, eh?

        • Robinson Tilapia

          ietc

        • Pat D

          Grrrrrrrrrrrr…………………

      • Kempire Strikes Back

        The novelty of having Ichiro on the team faded pretty fast. The trade has much in common with the Yankees acquisition of Ivan Rodriguez in 2008. Replacing a key injured started with an over the hill, past his prime superstar for the name value.

  • Mike N

    What’s with all the Lou hate??? LOUUUUUUUUU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

      He sounds boring, doesn’t add anything interesting, an speaks in nothing but cliches.

      Example of being boring and not adding anything interesting: When asked what he would do with Strasburg he avoided actually answering the question.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      I fucking love Lou. I just feel like he’s sounds like an old guy who walks the aisles at Home Depot for fun at this point.

      • Mike N

        Yeah. I am not listening for deep analysis, but for him to say something where you’re all like, “What the fuck did he just say?”

  • herby

    Those cowbells from the lamest fan base in the country are just pathetic…I think they’re just trying to get lucky. Maybe we can give them Russell…he does look a bit bovine…

  • Kramerica Industries

    Story of Jeff Keppinger’s season.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    It’s my favorite time of stretches where nothing is going right: dinky dunk single time.

    • Luisergi

      I know. I think, though, that i get angrier reading about it (here, gameday), than watching them on TV.

      It is just so fucking annoying. Tampa and their damn midgets dunking granades and running all over the place.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Wow.

    Another inning of Sabathia getting victimized on chicken-shit hits. Not this again.

  • jjyank

    I hate when potentially rallies start that way. So freaking annoying.

  • Pat D

    Pastanotdivingjeter.

  • EDDARD

    CC’s really pitching like an ace today. 3 hits already. Find a way to get out of this.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      dammit CC, stop inducing weak contact!

    • jjyank

      Two of those hits aren’t exactly indicative of the way he’s pitching.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      *flush*

    • The Troll

      He hasn’t pitched like an ace this year. I think we can all agree on that. Hopefully he’ll turn it around for the playoffs should the team actually progress.

  • The Real Widget

    At least Sean Rodriguez isn’t out there to be intentionally walked.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      +1

      There was a fake Widget?

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

        I think this is a play on Greg.

      • The Real Widget

        Someone was posting as me yesterday. I figured I’d go the Greg route. You could tell it wasn’t me because the post was positive.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          I laughed.

  • Mike N

    That dude’s neck tattoo is fucking disturbing.

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

    He’s got a giant tattoo on his neck. I love ink, and have a few tattoos myself, but I dont understand how you get a tattoo on your hand, neck, or face. At some point you might need to get a real job, and you’d be surprised how quickly the job market shrinks if you have a face/neck tat.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      I know a mother of three who tattooed a giant marginal cartoon character on her lower back. Equally as criminal.

      • Pat D

        Marginal cartoon character?

        • Robinson Tilapia

          The internet is a small place.

          • Pat D

            I’m just wondering who the character is.

    • jjyank

      Agreed, though I doubt that applies in his case.

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

        Idk, Roberts isn’t exactly a star, and for all we know he’s terrible with his money.

    • Pat D

      I’m not a fan of tattoos. Mainly because I can’t think of anything that I’d ever want to be permanently etched on my skin. The only thing I ever though of was the Yankees cap logo, but this stretch of play has reminded me that I’d just get disgusted every time I looked at it.

      One thing I will never understand is hot women who cover themselves in tattoos.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        But I think women covered in tattoos are, um, kinda hot.

        • Pat D

          Agree to disagree.

          • Kramerica Industries

            Seriously agree to disagree, myself.

            I tend to think ink is underwhelming in the first place, but especially on women.

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

        I look at it this way: you like to hang your art on walls, I like to wear mine on my skin. I also disagree, I love a hot woman covered in tattoos. It’s such a turn on for me :)

      • Nathan

        I few tattoos are OK but a lot like tattoo magazine type is too much.

        A friend of mine I knew in college had a few and was hot but she’s now WAAYYY inked up and too much, IMO.

        But hey, she’s on MTV and a bunch of magazines so good for her.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          There’s a limit, of course. Who was that porn star that Sandra Bullock’s husband banged? That’s a bit too much.

      • The Troll

        OMG, I know. There’s a certain breed of beautiful women that somehow find it necessary to cover their bodies in colorful “art”. Two words: daddy issues.

    • Luisergi

      Sometimes those guys with tatoos, piercings, and all that stuff, think of those “real jobs” you mention as evil. They think they are too smart and cool for “real jobs”. Until they get ungry and have to beg for a “real job”.

      Professional Athletes, and Rockstars and shit, being like the obvious exceptions.

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

        Like I said, I have a few tattoos(and want more), and a few piercings as well. However, all of my tattoos are(and will always be) covered easily when I go to work, or for a job interview, and my piercings are removed and no longer stretched.

  • Nathan

    I don’t remember the Yankees having to deal with so many injuries in one season before.

    I mean I hate that the Yankees are fielding a crap lineup and are in a tailspin but I have to believe that the injuries are to blame.

    – Mo out for the year (bad but not terrible, Sori has stepped up)
    – Gardner out for the year, which forces the Jones/Ibanez to play more than expected…both are flaming out.
    – Pineda out for the year (Freddy into the rotation, my Sunday arch-nemesis)
    – Various injuries to ARod, Tex, Granderson, Swish.

    And random thought: If Jose Molina were still on the Yankees, does he start over Russell?

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

      No way.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      The Molina I remember couldn’t handle starting every day. I bet they’d be splitting duties an awful more.

    • TomH

      Probably not since 1949, although I don’t know where one finds such data.

    • Pat D

      So many injuries? 2008 leaps to mind.

  • jjyank

    Alight peeps, some family is here for Labor Day celebrations. I’ll be in and out from here on, so don’t take offense if I don’t respond to something.

    • rick

      Oh no how will we go on. The world is over.

      • jjyank

        You know, if you don’t know me or have a commenting history, you can just ignore that, no need to be a dick.

        • Pat D

          This.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    fucking weak ass hits

  • Kramerica Industries

    And some MORE chicken shit bloop stuff.

    You gotta be fucking kidding me.

  • Nathan

    Going to be one of those games I think.

  • EDDARD

    This is our ace, folks. A .200 hitting catcher gets an RBI.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      I thought i had flushed. Let’s try this again.

      *flush*

      Anyone got a plunger?

  • Ron

    If we didn’t have bad luck we wouldn’t have any luck.

  • The Real Widget

    blooped and bleeped to death. what a joke. Still though, CC should be striking out some of these bums.

    • TomH

      Yeah I know what you mean. He doesn’t seem this year to have that kind of routine knockout punch this year.

  • JonS

    I wonder what it feels like to be a Tiger fan when Verlander pitches….sigh

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Go root for them and see.

      • JonS

        Go live with your mother in law and see. right. Oh wait.

      • JonS

        Sorry for wanting to see a pitcher pitch like he’s paid.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Brilliant play by Chavez.

  • The Real Widget

    Man I hate the Rays. Go win me something clowns.

  • stuart a

    cc giving up a hit to ben francisco and gimenz. the guy is not a dominating starter… say all you want that is the bottom line…

    on the injury front cry me a river alreadsy… mo is 40 + expecting him to never get injured is a joke……this team has age everywhere and old guys get hurt more then younger guys…..

    the yank big bats are no longer big that is the bottom line..cano, tex, arod, grandy. etc… nice players, scare no one…..

    this offense should dominate not even close……….

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      do you have to frequently replace your keyboard because you wear out the “.” key………

    • Anthony

      stuart….as much as I find your posts amusing…do you actually like ANYTHING about the Yanks? Why even root for them?? Or are you just a masochist?

      • stuart a

        i am a yankee fan for a long long time. this team is not likeable. almsot no overachievers and many underachievers. I of course like Jeter and I think Granderson is a great guy. I like robertson and others also. I just live in the real world, this team is overrated and the supposed stars are not stars. You new favorite to harp about is Cano who ha done crap the whole season and is not a team player. He does not take pitches, and never changes his approach…..he is in love with the homer like the rest of the crew. get on the back leg and whale, the yankee way..

        cc coming up small again…great…..who comes up big on this team? name anyone? Jeter a little over 300 with RISP is near miraculous…..

        • Anthony

          Lol alrighty. A rare view into the world of stuart a. I’ll agree that when Cano is cold, his ABs are pretty horrible. But he did just get a double!

  • Mike N

    The Jose Molina story I love best is when he came back to Yankee Stadium after leaving (at least I think it was a home game) and came up to the plate with a man on first. Kay (or maybe someone else in the booth: Cone?) was all like, “Jose Molina is a double-play waiting to happen”. First pitch, he jacked the motherfucker! Hahahahahah.

  • Kempire Strikes Back

    Great play by Chavez. I might have had a conniption if that had found a hole.

  • Hall and Nokes

    Apparently in this game you’re better off barely making contact.

  • TomH

    Those last two weren’t so dinkily hit.

    • Pat D

      Dinkily?

  • Cy Pettitte

    “Andruw Jones can hit a HR against lefties”

    I’d like to see him prove that again at some point.

  • 15 Day DL

    Going through the motions again today….really hard to watch

  • The Real Widget

    nice job of really making Shields work.

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

    …those cowbells are the most annoying thing in the history of sports. I’d rather constant waves.

    • Pat D

      Need I remind you of the vuvuzela?

      • Anthony

        Beat me by a microsecond haha

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

        Better than the cowbell: the vuvuzela died with the world cup essentially. The cowbell has been going strong.

        • Pat D

          Only because you watch baseball and not soccer.

          Still heard enough vuvuzelas during the Olympics.

    • Anthony

      No way. Remember the vuvuzelas from South Africa????

  • 15 Day DL

    Somebody tell Girardi not to hold any more team meetings…this team is in a downward spiral.

  • JLC 776

    A fanbase that requires cowbells to make noise because they can’t get more than 20,000 to show up at their shitty stadium is pathetic.

    • The Troll

      That’s actually a brilliant explanation for the cowbell.

      • Pat D

        It especially works in a dome.

  • Anthony

    Frustratingly weak contact..

  • The Troll

    That inning went by quickly . . .

  • Roadgeek Adam

    So, no-hit after 3, again. (3rd time in last 4 games). We have a 50-50 record right now in those. Hopefully tonight it becomes 66.6-33.3

    • mt

      I know – this team seems to take a while to wake up. Getting no-hit for first few innings is such a strange phenomenon.

  • oldmanalex

    i think brian cashman needs to go into the locker room after this probable loss (way Shields is pitching) and rip everyone a new one. I don’t see the point of having a team meeting once we are down a few games.

    • oldmanalex

      - down a few games or even tied, i think it just adds way too much pressure to suceed

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    fuck you CC

  • Cy Pettitte

    great job CC.

  • Kramerica Industries

    You gotta be fucking kidding me, C.C.

  • EDDARD

    That’s our ace

  • Kempire Strikes Back

    #Not an Ace

    #Not Justin Verlander

    #Fat

  • TomH

    Something’s the matter with CC. He’s too young for such a sudden falling off. They’ve really got to press him on the shape of that elbow.

  • The Real Widget

    Yeah they are getting swept by the Rays. The shitgrounds of Tropicana are their new Anaheim.

    CC coming up soft again in a must win game.

  • Roadgeek Adam

    I have an idea. Can we go 2 innings without forecasting utter doom? Yes, we’re frustrated. But the fact that we have a ton of people bringing the entire talk down is causing everyone else to want to avoid these threads. Simple as that.

    You don’t need to think positive. You don’t need to think negative either. Naturally you can question. Just please try to be somewhat respectable.

    (Yes I was writing this before Upton hit the home run. Still only 2-0.)

    • Pat D

      Utter doom is a fun concept.

    • TomH

      It’s not the mere 2-0 that’s unsettling. It’s the recurrent shakiness of Sabathia, coupled with the comatose offense. Sure, in principle, they can win this game and this race, but every day of this makes that probability less likely.

  • Kramerica Industries

    I think that’s the sixth hit C.C. has allowed.

    In 2.1 IP.

    Stellar.

    • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

      Two of them were broken bat bloopers. The homer was bad obviously, but 2 K’s and 0 BB’s in 3 innings is good otherwise.

  • The Real Widget

    Should have traded him to the Dodgers.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      While CC isn’t good in this game, the front office’s lack to get any real pitching stability makes CC a must stay.

      The only way is to throw money at it and with this lowered budget that probably won’t happen.

      • The Real Widget

        It was more in tongue and cheek, but the lack of pitching stability is a massive problem and this budget thing is going to suck.

  • Anthony

    I’m not flipping at CC yet, because 2-0 is still a manageable ball game (even with our offense right now), but…assuming we make it to the playoffs…. does CC start Game 1? Or Kuroda?

    • stuart a

      CC was more dominating last year… he is a grinder and gives you innings but a top 10 starter not a top 5 starter..

      • JobaWockeeZ

        Do you think we have a good player that isn’t Caucasian?

        • JobaWockeeZ

          Oh you like Granderson. Move along then.

        • Ron

          Lol caucasian how politically correct of u. Does joba count he is native. Oops u said good. Nevermind.

      • Anthony

        I have a feeling that Joe’ll start him Game 1 regardless… nevermind the fact that Kuroda is pitching better this year. Honestly, I can’t make my mind up about who should start. Hopefully we’ll get to see..

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

          If you start Sabathia in G1, he can start G4 and G7 on short rest. Then you have him and Kuroda potentially starting five of seven games. No idea if Kuroda can go on short rest.

          • Anthony

            Ah good point Mike. Kuroda going on short rest would help a lot. Or maybe Pettite can, depending on how he does once he comes off the DL

  • Kempire Strikes Back

    2 runs isn’t insurmountable even for this inept lineup.

    • stuart a

      let’s hope you are correct…

      • Kempire Strikes Back

        .

    • JobaWockeeZ

      Not at all, you just have to hope for some nicely timed errors.

  • TomH

    Is it possible simply to subscribe to the MLB tv games (alleged to be in hd quality), then plug ‘em in via laptop to an hd tv without losing quality of picture? I can’t stand the thought of another year of having to endure 50% the other team’s broadcasting team.

    • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

      I’m pretty sure that works. I’ve done it before but don’t remember the quality, but the HD quality should transfer to your TV if you have the right connection.

    • C

      Yeah, if you get an HDMI adapter you can do that. Or buy an Apple TV, PS3, or Xbox and you can stream MLB.tv from that.

      • jjyank

        That’s what I do. My xbox has an HDMI port, and the mlb.tv package is most definitely legit HD quality.

        • TomH

          Thanks very much fellas.

  • Pat D

    Graig Nettles, me thinks.

  • The Troll

    Uh oh. Leadoff double. Bad news for Yankee fans.

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

    So apart from Upton’s homer and Longoria’s following single, how many hits have been actual hard hits?

    • Pat D

      There was one hard hit out to the wall.

    • The Troll

      That’s not how baseball works, though. A hit is a hit is a hit is a hit is a hit. Hard or soft, dinky or dart . . . This has become a rather sad excuse for CC. If CC were “on” those dribblers wouldn’t be “falling” for hits.

      • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

        Really? Why do you say that? You don’t believe in BABIP despite all the overwhelming evidence?

        • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

          Oh, this was probably sarcasm. Never mind.

  • Kempire Strikes Back

    That what I like to see from Robbie.

    Now c’mon A-Rod, do your best Ike Dais impression.

    • Kempire Strikes Back

      *Davis

      sorry, stewey

  • Marcy

    Look, the Yankees may come back and win this game but they have not just a problem but problems. And CC is 1 of them. He’s here for – I don’t know how much longer but a long time. I have a lot of feelings that I won’t express because I don’t want the negative feedback but I do believe they can win this game.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Little bloop help for the Yankees.

    I guess that’s nice.

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

    Lol, interesting hit/baserunning there.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Glad Cano is aware of where the defense was playing…smh

  • The Real Widget

    I’ll take the bloop. hahahaha.

  • jjyank

    I’ll take it. Do what you can, A-Rod.

  • mt

    Is Cano’s brain in this game?

  • EDDARD

    Robbie Cano isn’t only lazy, he’s stupid as well.

    • Marcy

      Don’t even joke (and I will assume you’re joking) like that again.

  • Kramerica Industries

    At least they won’t get shut out.

    Was hoping that would get over Jennings’ head.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Eric Chavez for hitting coach (eventually). he is so good at using the whole field.

  • IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.)

    A-Rod gets a hit with RISP, doesn’t score a run. He sucks because he didn’t get the RBI.

    • Pat D

      Flawless logic.

  • Pat D

    And ARod’s chase to 3000 will not get nearly as much love as Jeter’s.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Raul!!!!!

  • Kramerica Industries

    Big hit Raul!

  • Cy Pettitte

    oh man if Francisco caught that I would have turned off my TV.

  • Roadgeek Adam

    RBI TRIPLE IBANEZ. :D

  • Mike N

    YAYAYAYAYAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Kempire Strikes Back

    Yeah, Ibanez! You go, girl!

  • jjyank

    Thank you, Voldemort.

  • EDDARD

    Alex Rodriguez is single handidly trying to will this team to a W.

    • IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.)

      He’s selfish! He’s a terrible teammate!

      /Joe Torre’d

  • The Real Widget

    Thank you Francisco for being terrible.

    This next inning is huge for CC. They need a shutdown inning.

  • IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.)

    Ibanez has really killed the Rays this year. Am I the only one that has noticed that?

  • Anthony

    RAUUUUUUUUL

  • Kramerica Industries

    Russell Martin needs to step up here and get this run in.

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

    Lord Voldy w/ a triple :)

  • Roadgeek Adam

    VOOT!

  • Cy Pettitte

    finally some luck goes our way

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Raul w/ the baserunning!!!

  • Nathan

    That’s the first time I’ve seen a slide into first work.

    It always brings back memories of Kenny Lofton dislocating his shoulder.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Yankees get both benefits.

    Sweet. Get some more, and buckle down C.C.

  • Kempire Strikes Back

    HEADS UP BASEBALL! BABIP SUCCESS! CONFIDENCE LEVEL SURGING!

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

    Coltraine is PUMPED!

  • EDDARD

    Martin finally did something. An infield single.

  • Pat D

    I can’t decide if that head first slide was good in that situation or not.

    • jjyank

      Me either. I’m usually against it, but I don’t think he’s safe otherwise in that situation.

      • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

        You think he got there faster by diving? I thought that slows you down. I think the only reason to dive there is to avoid a horrible collision at first.

        • jjyank

          It usually does, which (aside from injury potential) is why I’m usually against it. But in rare situations, I think it might be possible to get the hand in there after a forceful lunge before the foot would.

          Granted I am not basing this on anything, I could be wrong. My initial reaction, thought, was that Martin might have been out without the dive.

      • Pat D

        Those were my thoughts.

  • Anthony

    LIFE HAS BEEN RESTORED!!!!

  • Cy Pettitte

    Happ imploding in Toronto. yuck.

  • Chilango (en la chinga chamba)

    I’n not streaming the game but is CC injured? Two shitty starts since he came back.

    • IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.)

      His start in Cleveland was pretty good.

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

        Anything but a complete game 27 pitch no hitter w/ 20+Ks is unacceptable. Verlander does it all the time.

        • Kempire Strikes Back

          COMMENCING NITPICKING:

          In order to have 20+ strikeouts he would have to throw at least 60 pitches.

          • Need Pitching & Hitting

            Not if he was a True Ace. A True Ace gets strikeouts on one pitch.

    • Mike N

      He seems physically fine. Almost all of the hits he’s allowed have been bloops or grounders into holes.

    • Big Members Only (formerly RI$P FTW)

      He’s always shitty at first. Takes him a few starts to get going. Look at his yearly Aprils.

  • Mike N

    WOW!

  • AndrewYF

    Funny thing is if the first baseman didn’t slide either he would probably have beaten Martin to the bag.

    • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

      Yeah but there might have been a massive collision in that case.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Two K’s for Ichiro today.

    Still wondering where the contact-machine Ichiro is.

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

    Ichiro still terrible.

  • Big Members Only (formerly RI$P FTW)

    Good job by Ichiro to get the runner over.

  • Kempire Strikes Back

    Isn’t Ichiro supposed to be a contact hitter? Boy does he look like toast.

    • Big Members Only (formerly RI$P FTW)

      So did Jeter for a year and a half.

      • Kempire Strikes Back

        Well I’m not willing to wait a season and a half for Ichiro.

  • EDDARD

    I think Freddy Garcia could blow Ichiro away.

  • IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.)

    We need the Cock to work his magic.

  • Roadgeek Adam

    Tampa Bay seems to have a thing for frozen arms and not trying. Not sure I get why.

  • Marcy

    Does anyone else think that the book on the Yanks this year is that they all strike out on that high fastball? I know Mitch William said it’s the hardest pitch to layoff of but the Yankees are really struggling in that area.

    • Pat D

      Possibly, but you’re better off not listening to any “analysis” from Mitch Williams.

      • Marcy

        Come on, he is funny but even sans William’s comments watch Ichiro, Jeter, Cano, Swisher…

  • Kramerica Industries

    Are you kidding me with those last two strike calls?

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

    What the fuck? that 3-2 to C-Dick was like a foot of the plate.

  • The Real Widget

    CC come on man. Shut them down.

  • Cy Pettitte

    were both of those pitches strikes? looked like balls 4 and 5.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      they were outside

  • Frank

    Yanks better score more than 3 because the guy masquerading as an ace will not hold this lead.

  • EDDARD

    What are the chances CC gives us 7 strong, keeps them at two runs and hands the lead over the Robertson and Soriano? An ace could do it but I’m not so sure that CC can.

    • jjyank

      Your trolling has gotten worse.

      For awhile, I thought you were legit (crazy, but legit). You lost me a few weeks ago.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Ball 2 and strikes 2 and 3 that AB were all in the same place. All were outside.

  • The Troll

    Isn’t CC the one who’s been unable to strike back with the shutdown inning?

  • TomH

    An Ace who’s HEALTHY will not let them score here.

  • Hummingbird S.

    C-Dick got royally screwed there. Those pitches were not strikes.

  • Karl Krawfid

    CC just doesn’t have a great change up this year.

  • Effthisnoise

    Dear CC please shut down .240 .214 .245

  • Kramerica Industries

    I see Sun Sports trivia is as passive-aggressive as their lead Rays voice.

    “Last AL team to be in first place on Labor Day that did NOT win their division”.

    The Yankees are playing the Rays. The Rays won the division by one game in 2010.

    The answer smacks me in the fricken face. Assholes. I’m glad they enjoy touting that division title when all it did was enable them to get upset by the Rangers in the first round, losing all three home games in that series. Congratutions.

    • Big Members Only (formerly RI$P FTW)

      Why so angry?

      • Kramerica Industries

        The Rays in general annoy me.

        The irony is, if I ever try to get a job inside baseball, the Rays are my only option, at this point in time.

        I can’t wait for the NFL to begin, because things are much better for me when there’s an equilibrium of my two favorite sports.

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

    Off to a BBQ. Hopefully CC holds the Rays and the Offense mashes Shields the rest of the way

    • jjyank

      Have fun, bro.

  • Cy Pettitte

    just couldn’t have the 1-2-3 inning against the bottom of their line up, huh?

  • Marcy

    Ok, really – what’s wrong w/CC?

    • jjyank

      I don’t think he’s looked that bad.

      • The Real Greg

        Yeah. He’s been blooped and bleeded a bit.

        • jjyank

          I mean, the inning the Rays scored the first run, 3 of those hits were broken-bat bloopers and a seeing eye single past Jeter, right? Kinda hard to blame CC for those.

        • Marcy

          I thought there was an Upton sighting that was no bloop.

          • The Real Greg

            2 hard hit balls. That’s it.

            • Need Pitching & Hitting

              Not true. There were 3-4 hard hit outs as well.

            • Marcy

              Sorry, I meant the Home Run. And now a walk, ok…let’s see.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Fuck this umpire

  • Roadgeek Adam

    Tichenor’s K-Zone is driving me nuts.

  • Luisergi

    HAH i just heard for the first time; YCPB by Sterling!!!

    • jjyank

      Congratulations, my son. You are now a MAN!

      • Luisergi

        HAHA I know, it’s kinda cool.

  • The Troll

    Baltimore’s going to sweep Toronto aren’t they?

    • The Real Greg

      So? It’s their lucky year.

      • The Troll

        Your mother.

        • The Real Greg

          Your grandmother

          • The Troll

            Both dead. Thanks. You insensitive prick.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Joe Saunders with a perfect game through 5 against the Jays. wtf?

  • Mike N

    Lou saw some horseshoe crabs and they were scary.

  • The Troll

    Is it me or is Jeter being Old Jeter again?

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      He’s definitely in a slump now. Swisher too.

      • Marcy

        If Jeter were 35 and playing this many games he’d look old – at 38 — well, Cashman will make sure Jeter doesn’t…
        Sorry, not going there today.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting

          I don’t think it’s the number of games. It’s just a slump. Every player goes through them, regardless of age.

          • dkidd

            in a post-greenie world, i think the number of games he’s playing at his age is a bit bonkers

  • Cy Pettitte

    TB has the best giveaways, they had Zim bear and DJ Kitty bobble heads this year.

  • Marcy

    Those high fastballs -

  • The Real Greg

    Jeter and Swisher have now gone cold

    • Defensive Indifference

      Old Timer and Garbage Timer.

  • Roadgeek Adam

    Sterling catches a baseball. No Flaherty though.

  • EDDARD

    Wish that ball had broken Sterling’s mike.

    • Marcy

      Now that’s funny

  • The Troll

    Uh oh. Swisher’s getting a bit too amped up of late. His play always seems to suffer when his adrenaline is surging.

  • The Real Greg

    Now that Jeter and Swisher have gone cold and that the majority of the test of the lineup are made up of platoon players due to injuries, not much should be expected.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Quit letting Upton get on base.

    He’s not a good hitter.

    • Marcy

      He hit him for a HR so if he’s not good, what does that make CC?

      • Kramerica Industries

        Even a dead clock…

  • dkidd

    the blue jays are just terrible

    joe saunders (!!!) working on a no-hitter

    • The Troll

      They took 2 of 3 from the Yankees . . . But, then again, the Yankees are indeed worse than the Blue Jays.

  • Rocky Road Redemption

    Would it kill CC NOT to put the leadoff man on to start an inning?

  • Kramerica Industries

    Jesus Christ C.C.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Step it up CC

  • The Real Greg

    And there’s another bleeder.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      That’s a hard hit grounder on a pitch down the middle.

      • The Real Greg

        That found a hole.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting

          yes. Hard hit balls frequently have good outcomes.

        • The Troll

          Greg, enough with the excuses. Even MLB Gameday said it was “SHARP”. So, please, enough with this luck and bleeder horse shit.

  • Cy Pettitte

    CC needs to engage obese mode. this is ridiculous.

  • The Real Widget

    I guess back to back shutdown innings is too much to ask for.

  • IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.)

    2 on no out. Come the fuck on CC.

  • The Troll

    I know how old this has gotten, but seriously, he’s not an ace . . . . Not this year at least. Too many hits.

    You know what I do miss, though? “Too many homers” – Those were the days.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Are you fucking kidding me with this shit?

    COME ON

  • Karl Krawfid

    This is gonna get ugly.

  • EDDARD

    Martin’s a liability. Cervelli should be behind the plate tomorrow.

    • stuart a

      cervelli stinks newsflash

  • Luisergi

    FUCK!!!

  • Mike N

    Bear down, CC!

  • Frank

    CC. Right on cue.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Anyone else think Jeter would’ve had Upton at the plate?

    • jjyank

      Maybe, but if that throw was even slightly off line, he’s safe. Upton’s got good speed. I agree with the move, get the sure out.

      • Kramerica Industries

        Just an initial reaction.

        That was a one-hopper right to Jeter. Probably the only kind of grounder he could’ve had a chance on.

        • jjyank

          Yeah. If Jeter was playing like 5 steps further in, I think he should have went home with it. He was playing pretty deep though.

  • EDDARD

    And there was our double play ball, thanks Martin.

  • The Real Widget

    I hate the rays so very very much.

  • The Troll

    How does Girardi feel, you think, being out-managed by ol’ Crazy Ray Joe Maddon?

    • Cy Pettitte

      probably the same way he felt about being out-managed by Buck all weekeend

      • TomH

        In short, he’s getting used to it.

    • Marcy

      I don’t like Joe but he’s not getting out-managed – Maddon has a young fast team. You play the game w/the players you have.

    • The Real Greg

      He’s thinking about the piece of hardware that he has on his finger that Maddon does not have.

      • The Troll

        That was Cashman’s ring, not Girardi’s. That’s how I see it. You go out and get CC, an effective AJ, and the MT25 . . . . the odds of doing well will often be in your favor.

        • The Real Greg

          It doesn’t matter who gets the main piece of credit. Bottom line

          Girardi has won a WS as a manager. Maddon has not.

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

            Bob Brenly has a WS ring and might have been the worst manager in MLB history.

            • The Real Greg

              Worse than Grady Little?

            • The Troll

              Yeah. What he said.

            • Pat D

              I don’t think there was ever a worse manager than Maury Wills.

              Just check out Rob Neyer’s Big Book of Baseball Blunders for the evidence.

      • JonS

        So he’s living in the past…

    • Rich

      How is be being out managed when his “ace” has given up 8 hits in 5 innings?

  • JonS

    Yep, CC’s awesome.

  • stuart a

    cc dominating per the usual.. our ace cannot hold leads last 2 games…

    the ynaks with a lead and there inability to tack on runs…

    could be a nightmare ending, we are getting use to…

    • The Troll

      Nothing you’ve said is false, but, as usual, you will get crucified for some reason.

      Maybe it’s because of the lines and periods, though.

      • The Real Greg

        and spelling.

        • Hall and Nokes

          I think a ynak is a cross between a yak and a gnu.

        • The Troll

          What are you talking about? Are these not the New York Ynaks?

      • jjyank

        And because a lot of what he says is false. And because he ignores stats that disagree with his own narratives. And because it took him like 6 months to figure out there was a reply button. And because he repeats himself over and over like a homeless person asking for spare change. And because he never says anything that adds to a discussion, he just whines and complains like a bitter old man that frequently witnesses the neighborhood kids trespass on his lawn.

  • dkidd

    if jeter’s numbers are “suspicious”, what about keppinger’s?

  • Cy Pettitte

    Phil Hughes gets more whiffs than CC right now

    • The Real Greg

      As he strikes out Ben Francisco

  • Mike N

    YES!

  • IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.)

    I think we score two runs this next inning.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Onus now back to the offense.

    Get some more runs.

  • Marcy

    Anyone see the stats on Nix and Nunez vs Shields? Why aren’t they in there-

    • IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.)

      They aren’t left handed.

      • Marcy

        But they hit him – and not singles.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      Arod is DH. There is nowhere for Nunez to play.

  • IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.)

    Way to make him work assholes.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Nice inning, O. Three weak grounders.

    Now it’s time for the hittable ace to try and hold down a 3-3 game. Maybe we can get lucky.

  • The Troll

    4 hits . . . What was that statistic someone brought up recently . . . about the Yankees not getting double-digit hits since August 23rd or some s-hit?

    • Hall and Nokes

      Yeah, once since August 20.

      Team BA may fall under .200 for the last 14 days once the 8/20 game is removed.

      • The Troll

        Ew. Just . . . Ew. I’m ashamed, or at least still ashamed.

  • Hoss

    Anyone know why we released Fukudome? I would think that the way this team is playing, you would want as many options as possible going into the last 4 weeks of the season.

    • The Troll

      WTF!!! Are you serious?! That infuriates me. What the F is with this season? Same goes for Wise . . . I thought that he and Musty would’ve been perfect September call-ups, but now they’ve let the FuckyFucky walk?! Who TF is running this organization?

      • Hoss

        I am always serious. I’d rather see Mustelier than F’Dome, but I have no idea why they got him if they dump him on 9/3. Maybe SF wants to sign him to major league contract? I guess you’d have to let him go if you have no plans for call up.

        • The Troll

          Major League experience . . . Why wouldn’t they have called him up? The transition between AAA and the Bigs this year has been extremely odd. Players that deserve a shot have not been getting it. It’s like there’s a massive level of stubbornness that’s taken hold under Cashman.

  • dkidd

    that half inning gave me the runs

  • EDDARD

    When CC gives up the lead someone is going to have to come up with a big hit. Why don’t we hit HRs anymore? Dickerson hit one and that’s about all we’ve had lately. Do something!

    • Marcy

      And Joe took him out of the game

  • Rich

    The way this team has been playing the past 6 weeks, I have this sense of inevitability of another loss. I hope I’m wrong.

  • The Real Greg

    I think if the Yankees don’t make the playoffs, I think it will be treated a bit lighter than the Red Sox from last year for a couple reasons.

    1. The injuries, obviously
    2. The fact that the Yankees hit the apez with 2 months to go, while the Sox hit the apex with 1 month to go. The Sox had less time to give their lead up.

    • Marcy

      So? They still won’t have made the playoffs

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      Who cares.

    • Rich

      I like how we are comparing choke jobs. A choke is a choke. We all make fun of Boston’s 1978 choke, but their biggest lead was in July that year.

    • Marcy

      So? They still won’t have made the playoffs

    • Marcy

      So? They still won’t have made the playoffs

    • TomH

      You’re being too rationalistic. The Yanks will probably be treated a bit harder than the Red Sox for one simple reason: Yankophobia. Yankophobes will love it and will dine out on the tale until deep into next season

      • Robinson Tilapia

        I once met a girl who was a yankophobe.

        *snare*

        Tip your waitress.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      That’s OK. The media will still be talking about Clint Eastwood anyway.

  • Kramerica Industries

    That was Chris freakin’ Gimenez, C.C.

  • Cy Pettitte

    second time he’s had 7-8-9 and couldn’t have a clean inning…

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    4 pitch walk to Chris Giminez.

    Good to see CC so sharp today.

  • The Real Widget

    Gimenez is the new Sean Rodriquez. Just sad.

  • The Real Greg

    To not totally absolve CC, this ump is not giving him anything

    • The Troll

      Excuses. Again. Just say it, Greg. CC has not pitched to his former self. Simple as that. He’s been hittable, at the very least.

      • The Real Greg

        I said to not totally absolve him. He hasn’t pitched really well. But he has given up bloops and bleeders and the ump has squeezed him. Those are the facts. The facts are the facts.

        • The Troll

          If facts are facts then hits are hits. You can’t keep excusing Yankee pitchers for letting up bloopers and bleeders. A good pitcher rarely allows that kind of sufficient contact. You also have to stop blaming the umpires. That’s just . . . well, trite. When Kuroda was on, he didn’t need any of your excuses. Why? Because he was getting his job done. CC, this season, has been hittable, and, based off today’s game, far less accurate than his historical stats. No more excuses. CC hasn’t been pulling his typical weight. And that, Greg, is the only fact one need to assert.

          • The Real Greg

            So Mariano Rivera isnt a great pitcher for allowing a blooper to Luis Gonzalez?

  • Frank

    Johnson is seeing the ball well.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    I see a MENSA convention broke out here while I was gone.

    • jjyank

      Save me.

  • Roadgeek Adam

    You know, for all you low morale people, that came out cleanly, whether or not you want to admit it.

    When are we going to try to let CC put a man on before doomcasting? I mean seriously?

  • Hoss

    Girardi and Rothschild look like Tom and Katie about this time last year…

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Xenu to teh 7th!

      • jjyank

        Best CNN headline I ever saw was during their break up:

        “Cruise To Disaster”

        • Hoss

          Ever gone through a divorce?

          • jjyank

            No, but that doesn’t change the hilarity of a major news network headline. Why do people need to ruin the fun?

  • The Real Greg

    And guess what CC has thrown? 6IP 3ER. You know what that is!

    • The Troll

      AJ Burnett? 4.5 ERA?

    • Cy Pettitte

      a 4.50 ERA?

    • The Real Greg

      Hint: Q.S.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Oh, Greg. I don’t disagree with you, but that’s a giant “kick me” sign right there.

        • jjyank

          Maybe he likes it rough?

    • jjyank

      One of the dumbest stats ever?

    • Kramerica Industries

      I’ll play Buzz Killington:

      A quality start!

    • Marcy

      Yes, non-ace like pitching; especially when his team needed ace-like pitching.

  • EDDARD

    One more run and one more inning out of CC is all we need. We don’t even need a full inning from CC, DRob and Soriano can combine for 2+ innings.

  • EDDARD

    Can Ichiro bunt? No, he’s useless.

  • Pat D

    Yes, Lou, Martin has a horrible BABIP.

  • JonS

    Martin’s numbers don’t back up his “swag”.

  • Roadgeek Adam

    I would support Martin getting another at-bat. He needs it, a chance to say F*** the Mendoza line.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Ichiro is such a buzz kill himself.

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

    When Granderson is healthy, Ichiro needs to sit. He’s useless.

    • Hoss

      Why doesn’t he bunt any more?

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

        He never bunted.

    • JonS

      I agree. They should f’n DFA him but they won’t.

  • Cy Pettitte

    right down the middle….

  • Mike N

    Terrible AB.

  • The Real Greg

    Well I don’t know why people are pissed at Ichiro. You all weren’t expecting much from him anyway.

  • Mike N

    DICK.

  • The Real Greg

    And you all wanted Dickerson over Ichiro

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      Your mom wanted Dickerson over Ichiro…

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

      Still do. On game doesn’t change that.

    • The Troll

      Who WOULDN’T want the Dick over Ichiro? Ichiro’s been almost entirely useless thus far.

      • The Real Greg

        So you want a career AAA player over a Hall of famer on the downside of his career?

        • Kramerica Industries

          Does anyone want Andruw Jones right now?

          • The Real Greg

            If it came down to him and Dickerson, I would reluctantly take Jones.

        • The Troll

          Yup. Downside of his career? This is merely a shell of Ichiro. The only things he’s brought to NY are a killer haircut, diesel poses, and name value. I can’t even guarantee that the Ghost of Ichiro Past has even delivered that much revenue to the Yankee’s front office.

        • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

          I still find it amazing how dumb you are.

          • The Real Greg

            I find it amazing that you still care.

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

          Well that’s the ballgame.

    • Kramerica Industries

      You said this two pitches after Ichiro’s latest 3-2 letdown.

      Just like a good comic, timing is kinda needed.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Runner on 1st, 3-2 count, no outs.

    Three pitches later…

    Inning over.

    I don’t think the Yankees have played enough frustrating games lately.

  • Marcy

    Then they’ll bring in a lefty and the Yanks are dooomed – joke — Yanks should win this one…please.

    I’m not sure I see Martin’s swag. All we hear is “how athletic he is” behind the plate.
    Anyone see the non-athletic behind the plate Montero hit another homerun against Weaver?

    • The Real Greg

      Against a righty and a switch. No, he won’t do that.

  • The Real Widget

    I blame Ichiro for all of that.

  • EDDARD

    When we have Granderson and Teixera back, Ibanez will play left and Chavy will DH. Ichiro should be relegated to pinch running and late inning defense.

    • JonS

      No. Dickerson will play left. Ibanez will sit or DH.

  • JonS

    Where are the idiots who normally protest using “God” in anything. How long until they take that song from baseball?

    • jjyank

      What? Most of that stuff was added in the 50’s as some bullshit way to discourage Communism anyway.

      I always said “under dog” in the pledge of allegiance in grade school. I don’t “protest”, but I am an atheist, and I resent being called an idiot.

      • JonS

        Do you protest “God” in anything? Then I’m not talking about you.

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      I agree!!! They also need to ban homosexuals from attending baseball games and read Bible scriptures in between innings!!!!

      Asshole.

  • stuart a

    the 3 run explosion looks like it for murderers row…

    can they get the ball to the outfield on occassion? ichiro is fitting in well. he is old, overrated, and overpaid. Join the club……

    ichiro never walks….

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      Commas. Atta boy.

    • The Troll

      In America, Ichiro Never Walks.

      Sounds like an epic tagline to an old school Jackie Chan movie.

  • Marcy

    Check out the O’s game

  • Roadgeek Adam

    100th or 98th? lol.

  • JonS

    Great breaking ball from Sabathia. Actually it was a change-up.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Finally got Upton out.

    • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

      Upton’s 1 for 3.

      • Kramerica Industries

        I was more or less referring to that lengthy AB, but two can play that game:

        1-3, HR, BB, 2 R

        In a 3-3 game.

        • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

          All I meant to say is that he popped out his first time up, I thought you might have missed that.

          • Kramerica Industries

            Fair enough.

            Apologies if I sounded too anal.

  • Marcy

    Mazel Tov

  • Roadgeek Adam

    Ok, that was a graphic win.

  • JonS

    So that’s what an ace looks like.

  • Mike N

    Nice job, CC!

  • Marcy

    Joe’s trying to give CC a chance for a win instead of thinking of the team — though the bullpen stinks.
    That was lucky.

    • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

      Are you saying he should or shouldn’t have left him in? I’m very strongly in favor of having left him in there.

    • jjyank

      I think you answered your own conundrum there. I trust CC more than any middle reliever.

  • IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.)

    Top of the lineup coming up and a tiring Shields. Let’s go!

  • Rich

    We all kill CC (myself included) yet he has pitched 7 innings of 3 run ball yet we say Hughes pitched not too bad (outside of Mark Reynolds) but he gave up 5 runs in 5+ innings. We do take CC for granted. He isn’t Verlander (who is), but he’s not tomorrow’s starting pitcher either.

    • The Real Greg

      Agreed 100%

    • TomH

      True enough

    • JonS

      True, but he’s not getting paid arb money either now is he?

  • EDDARD

    Joe isn’t bright enough to use Soriano in the 9th if it’s tied so we gotta score here. Someone get on for Alex.

  • Kramerica Industries

    I wonder if that’s a hustle problem with Longo.

    He jogs to first on routine grounders all the time.

    • jjyank

      Nobody cares because he’s not from Latin America?

      /Salty’d

    • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

      Not sure if you’re watching the YES broadcast, but they were saying he was told not to push it after coming back from the hamstring injury.

      • Kramerica Industries

        Alas, no YES for me in this series, but I’m not just referring to his return from the DL. I’ve seen a ton of Rays games over the years, and Longo has never been one of those always-hustling types.

        Not that he needs to be. The problems of “not hustling” have always been extremely overstated, and mostly only looked at for narrative purposes.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Fourth time through the order with a SP over 100 pitches out there.

    Get some runs, get the W.

  • EDDARD

    They took their best player out of the game? Who does Joe Maddon think he is, Girardi?

    • The Troll

      Hahahaha

  • Roadgeek Adam

    Mr. Pine Tar in the pen, should inspect the glove.

  • JonS

    Anyone want to win a special Yankee edition 2013 Ford Fusion?

    http://images.webmakerx.net/Si.....OP_800.png

  • Effthisnoise

    The jays have zero interest in winning any of those games against the o’s.

  • The Troll

    Between a cold Jeter and a cold Swisher, I’m not expecting much of anything out of this inning . . .

    (REVERSE JINX ACTIVATED!)

    • jjyank

      Hope you’re right. Or wrong. I’m new to the reverse jinx.

  • Mike N

    Great at-bat, Jeet!

  • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

    Nice at bat so far for Jeter.

    • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

      Finished it off nicely. 10 pitch walk at this point in the game is great.

  • IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.)

    What a fucking at-bat.

  • oldmanalex

    swisher needs to get his head out of his ass this at bat.

  • Kempire Strikes Back

    Jeter is taking a lot of walks lately.

    • TomH

      He should take Ichiro out for a drink and convince him to do the same.

      • Kempire Strikes Back

        Jeter doesn’t always give advice to teammates over a beer, but when he does, he prefers Dos Equis.

  • EDDARD

    Jete’s walk won us the 2nd game vs Baltimore. That walk shows why he is MVP. Now bunt the struggling Swisher.

  • Mike N

    crap

  • Cy Pettitte

    Jeter has an amazing AB, Swish promptly GIDPs. lol.

  • Kramerica Industries

    How many fucking double plays has this team hit into these past few games?

    Unreal.

  • Kempire Strikes Back

    Oh good, a double play.

  • TomH

    Shields toys with Swisher.

  • Ron

    God I hate him. It will be the best day ever when he leaves.

    • jjyank

      Depending on who replaces him. And the options really don’t look good.

    • Rich

      Couldn’t agree more. All he does is runs around and jumps around like a clown. The next clutch hit he gets will be his first

      • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

        GARBAGE TIMMEEEEEE BABYYYYYY

      • jjyank

        So blinded by the narrative…wow.

  • IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.)

    SMFH

  • Hummingbird S.

    apparently, making one out is not enough for Swisher.

  • stuart a

    chance the yanks score again in this game almost nill. I hope I a mwrong but the losers cannot get it done late and close….

  • The Troll

    I think we all saw that GIDP coming . . . It’s just how baseball’s been since the ASB

  • Dale Mohorcic

    I try not to be one of the negative types, but I have a gut feeling about a ninth inning walk off in this one. Just seems set up for it.

    • Pat D

      If that happens it will be because the game is tied and Soriano never pitched.

  • JonS

    Chances Robertson gets tagged in the bottom of the 8th?

    • Hummingbird S.

      10% tops.. they will lose in the 9th with a lesser reliever because Girardi refuses to use Soriano

  • http://www.g6tec.com Jedile

    Just wondering. Any of y’all have interest in a size Medium Joba shirt? I got it the final year of the stadium. and I live in Florida so I don’t go to games.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/2008-J.....2575088278

    Also Cano has a full count ermerhgerd!

  • Roadgeek Adam

    Now that was a bad luck situation.

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    Cano should hang himself.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Unbelievable.

  • Cy Pettitte

    anyone besides Cano is probably safe

  • Mike N

    How did he not make it to first base on the booted ball!?!?!?!?

    • IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.)

      Laziness

  • Marcy

    Cuz he didn’t run – again! Time for Robbie to get the Rollins treatment.

    • stuart a

      Cano has done that consistently. again he is a terrible baserunner even when he tries. he is a moron. terrible baseball IQ overrated sack of cr-p. He gets no blowback from the fans also.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting

        so you’re admitting that you’re not a fan….

  • stuart a

    this team simply cannot score runs. they FU–in suck….

  • The Real Greg

    I want to see if he ran because it looked like he was running when he was tagged.

  • Hoss

    Hey, Robbie: Need any more proof that you need to run out ground balls?

  • The Real Widget

    I like Swisher, it was a steal of a trade for Cashman, but I won’t miss him if he leaves. Let some other team overpay him.

  • oldmanalex

    Cano needs to be benched. WHY THE FUCK IS HE NOT HUSTLING. thats the second time this game. he cost a run earlier and now a chance to get on base with AROD on deck

  • EDDARD

    That ball could have bounced into the dugout and he still could have thrown out Cano. Bench him, Joe.

  • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

    I’m pretty sure Cano didn’t hustle out of the box. They should show a replay of that.

  • The Real Widget

    Wow thanks for nothing Cano. He should be benched tomorrow.

    • IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.)

      Benching the second best player in the AL when your team sucks is always a good idea.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      Why should he benched now?
      It’s been allowed for years, why should today be different?

      • Need Pitching & Hitting

        *be benched now

  • The Troll

    I hope everyone is prepared for all Yankee hitters to swing out of their cleats the next inning . . . And that is just one reason why I have beef with BraceFace

  • The Real Greg

    Okay he thought it was caught on a line. He did hustle after that.

  • Mike N

    He stutter-stepped instead of running full-tilt right off the hit.

  • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

    Wow, that really isn’t cool, Cano. He does that a lot.

  • Kempire Strikes Back

    Shields got a little too excited about that putout…..

  • Roadgeek Adam

    So its a stutter step. Calm the fuck down people. You’re all acting like teenagers.

    • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

      Well he does that a lot, and it’s bound to cost you eventually. This is one of those times, and it makes sense to be annoyed by it.

  • EDDARD

    We better score next inning cause Joe isn’t smart enough to use DRob for multiple innings or Soriano in the 9th if it’s still tied. As soon as someone other than those two pitchers come into the game it’s over.

  • TomH

    According to Suzyn, Robbie “absolutely stopped” at the plate, watching the ball, before he took off. According to her, he could have made it.

  • Pat D

    Gotta say I am pretty fucking tired of Cano’s hesitation out of the box. Seems like it happens every time he makes a playable out.

  • stuart a

    cano is a losing player. he doesn’t run hard alot of times.

    he is bad news..

    he should be fined and stop coddling the joke.

    still with 71 rbi’s for the superstar…..

    • Kempire Strikes Back

      “A LOT” IS TWO WORDS GODDAMMIT!

  • Kramerica Industries

    Jeff Keppinger is such a pain in the ass.

  • Cy Pettitte

    I don’t like our chances with their bullpens vs. ours.

  • Steel

    Its not that Cano wasn’t running, he stopped temporarily when he first hit it because he thought the third baseman caught it.

    • The Real Greg

      Thank you

      • Pat D

        That’s no fucking excuse. It really is not.

  • Rich

    I know he’s our best hitter and all, but that’s absolutely inexcusable by Cano. If Girardi had any guts he would do what he did in 2008 and bench his ass again.

    • Marcy

      Yes – like Manuel did w/Rollins.

    • jjyank

      Yeah, let’s make our lineup worse! We need Nix back in the lineup!

      *rolls eyes*

      • Rich

        You are absolutely correct but there is no excuse for that and sometimes to get your point across you have to do something that makes no sense. What’s so hard for him to run hard. You do it four times a day that’s it

        • jjyank

          Sure, it’s its like April. But it’s September, it’s a pennant race, the team is struggling, and Cano is one of your most talented players. You’d be an idiot to bench him.

          • jjyank

            *if* it’s like April.

      • Mike

        You need to send a message that they need to hustle, and the one calling the shots IS the manager and not the players. If you don’t do that, what happened in Boston is bound to happen anywhere else (then again, I am of the idea that Valentine also should be fired to send a message from the front office that they are not gonna take it from players misbehaving, nor managers not taking action).

  • stuart a

    nightmares visioning the closer on tampa doings hit celebration…

    yanks cannot score runs….this is been going on for quite a while…

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      “nightmares visioning the closer on tampa doings hit celebration…”

      ummm yeah, what language is this…….

  • Kramerica Industries

    Got him.

    Phew.

  • Mike N

    Nice!

  • Marcy

    Something went right

  • Kempire Strikes Back

    HA! Eat your heart out Joe Maddon!

  • The Troll

    Maddon’s going for the win. Do it, Rays. End this misery once and for all.

    • The Troll

      REVERSE JINX ACTIVATED! – Just as I drew it up.

  • EDDARD

    Joe did something right!

    • Marcy

      That;s Tony Pena’s call.

      • The Real Greg

        Not according to Pinella.

  • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

    Awesome play. Barely got him. And Lou is pretty funny in the booth saying Maddon’s worked enough for Labor Day and just wants to go relax in the clubhouse.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Now Maddon thinks he’s motivating his players.

    Cheap bitch

  • EDDARD

    Maddon’s trying to fire up his club. He knows how big the game is. Wish Joe would so something like that.

    • The Real Greg

      It’s a weird place to do it though. 3-3 game in the eighth? If they were behind, I would understand it.

    • Kempire Strikes Back

      That fact that you don’t think he’s done that before shows how little you know about this team.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Ichiro gtfo. that was almost a disaster.

  • Roadgeek Adam

    Collision win. Talk about defense by Dickerson.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Talk about a break.

    Cripes. Where the hell was the communication?

    • Kramerica Industries

      That’s all Ichiro, by the way.

    • jjyank

      Replay shows Dickerson calling for it, and he has the right of way. Maybe the crowd was too loud?

      • JLC 776

        That’s a good one!

  • FIPster Doofus

    Ichiro needs to GTFO.

  • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

    Wow, what the fuck. Shouldn’t yelled “I got it!” in Japanese.

  • Pat D

    Yea, start playing comical baseball. Idiots.

  • The Real Greg

    Gotta blame the dome for that one.

  • EDDARD

    That’s the centerfielder’s ball. Ichiro almost got our 2nd best player injured.

  • Anthony

    That could have ended a lot worse than it did… phew

  • JonS

    WTF Ichiro.

  • The Real Widget

    Crap here comes Giminez. Game over.

  • The Troll

    The bottom of their order just has a knack for timely hits, eh?

    • The Troll

      Yeah, I called that ish.

  • JonS

    Dammit. Wish Ichiro was hurt. Yep I said it.

    • FIPster Doofus

      I can’t believe how much I miss Dewayne Wise.

      • JonS

        I think we all do.

    • DC

      That’s quite childish.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Don’t let Gimenez get another hit.

  • Cy Pettitte

    game over. great job guys.

  • Kramerica Industries

    ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME

  • FIPster Doofus

    So predictable. Fuck this.

  • Mike N

    Fuck me.

  • Marcy

    ACHHHHHHHHHHHH

  • Ron

    Ofcorse.

  • The Real Greg

    2012 Yankees: BAD LUCK THE MOVIE

    • Tom

      2012 Real Greg: BROKEN RECORD JUSTIFICATION MAN

    • The Troll

      IT’S NOT BAD LUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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      !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • TomH

    Damn it Robertson. Damn it.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Don’t fucking dive to prevent the run from scoring, Robbie, don’t want you to exert yourself.

  • The Troll

    Well that was obvious.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Dive for the fucking ball.

    Jesus fucking Christ.

  • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

    That sucks.

  • EDDARD

    LOL! David Robertson just let two of the worst hitters beat him. Maddon’s ploy works! Get off your ass Joe!!!!!!!

    • jjyank

      Maddon getting thrown out made that ball squeak by Cano? I really hope you are just a troll.

    • stuart a

      yep after all robertson was the wrong move. should have put in joba or 1 of the other studs in the pen.. seriously, robertson did not do his job. not girardi’s fault……………

    • DC

      Just when I thought you couldn’t become more of a dumbass.

  • Roadgeek Adam

    You all need anger management. This is despicable behavior in this thread.

    People never learn I see.

    • The Troll

      Excuse me, for I tend to avoid the F bomb, but seriously, you need to go FUCK yourself.

      • Roadgeek Adam

        That’s humanly impossible. Thanks for offering.

    • jjyank

      Agreed. And it’s not just this thread, it’s every thread that they’re losing. I shudder to think how some of these people react to bad things in life that aren’t just a leisure activity.

  • Anthony

    Well I guess we don’t have to worry about a walk off? Can’t help but be a debbie-downer with Rodney pitching next inning…

  • IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.)

    Fuck off Robertson.

  • Kramerica Industries

    And lets not absolve Robertson, either.

    Three hits this inning. He’s looked like shit.

  • The Real Widget

    everyone sucks on the yankees.

  • Marcy

    We can complain about Robbie not running to 1st but we can’t have him hurt. It’s beginning to look like one of those Mets years

  • Ron

    123 from Rodney incoming.

  • Mike N

    Sheeit!

  • Karl Krawfid

    Dive you lazy fuck jesus.

  • The Real Greg

    THEY”RE NOT WINNING THE WORLD SERIES THIS YEAR.

    STOP BITCHING AND ACCEPT IT.

    • The Troll

      Ok. I’ve got the petition all set up.

      10 signatures and you’re banned from game threads.

      • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

        Put me down for 20 signatures.

        • The Troll

          Done. You’re out of here, Greggers.

      • The Real Greg

        You know what? FINE! I come on here trying to socialize with other people and talk baseball. I get a house full of lunatics who can’t be rational. At least when I was whining, it was to the point and not majorly irrational. It’s a f***ing hellhouse in here.

  • stuart a

    cano has to dive for that ball. guess he did not want to get his uniform dirty…

    they simply suck… they cannot hit and there pen has been bad for a while…when gimenz and others are beating you then there is trouble.

    lucky downton freddy garcia is on the mound tommorrow.

    fatboy could not hold the lead. yanks hit about 4 balls out of the infield.. this is a collapse of staggering proportions.

    they are not making the playoffs.. they do not win the division they are toast……….

    yankees have to rally like they have done countless times this year in the 9th inning……………

    • DC

      GFY

  • Nathan

    This slide has been terrible.

    Baltimore and Tampa both surging while the Yankees just can’t seem to get out of their own way.

    Worst possible time to start sucking.

    • Kempire Strikes Back

      “start sucking”?

      This team has been playing like shit since that Oakland series. The only saving grace was that 5-2 stretch against the Rangers and Red Sox.

    • Mike

      19-24 now since that trip to Oakland. JoeG thinks this is recent, but it is not, even before Oakland they were struggling but “the baseball gods” gave them many many chances, but when a team doesn’t take advantage of those oportunities, it is doomed.

  • Hummingbird S.

    Not a single curveball.. why use your best pitch? Better to get beat on lesser pitches.

  • Cy Pettitte

    let’s enjoy out last day in 1st place now. all down hill from here.

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Can’t you at least try to dive for it?

    Something is not right with the morale of this team right now.

  • Kempire Strikes Back

    It fucking kills me to say this…….

    but Pedroia gets that ball…..

    • IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.)

      Easily. He gets an out on that ball.

    • The Real Widget

      Well yeah he dives when the cashier hands him back his Babies R Us credit card. Of course he gets that ball.

  • Rich

    I am so done with this team, we find ways to lose. It’s a collective team effort now. Just end the misery and lose the lead to both teams this week.

    • DC

      Good. I guess that means you’re so done commenting as well?

      • Rich

        Nope I will always comment…gotta get my frustration out somehow and this surprisingly helps.

  • Effthisnoise

    An even bigger glaring moment why yesterday was so important. The jays will lay down for the orioles and the rays are all geeked up for the yanks.

    • The Real Widget

      I wouldn’t even say it’s laying down, the Jays just aren’t a very good team and the Orioles have shown they are a very good team.

  • EDDARD

    Robbie Cano should sit tomorrow and now Joe can use the injury as an excuse if he doesn’t want it to go public. I don’t care if you hit .300, if you don’t run out of the box and dive for balls you ain’t playing.

  • The Real Widget

    Not making the playoffs. The teams chasing them are both better than the Yankess and have no problem beating up on the Yankees.

  • Kramerica Industries

    This L is all on Cano, if the Yankees don’t rally here.

    His lack of hustle torpedoed both halves of that inning.

  • Mike

    This Tampa Bay team are showing the Yankees what it means to be hungry of victories, they steal, bunt and do the small things.

    JoeG on the other hand, waits for the homeruns every single time. And after the game its the same thing in the interviews “ññññññaaaa…I think our guys did fine, they had good at bats, Shields is a good pitcher”.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Take advantage of this baserunner.

    A home run would sure look fucking nice right now.

  • Mike N

    Yay!

  • EDDARD

    A 10 game lead now down to just 1. If Joe can’t rally the troops this last month his job should be lost just like Francona.

  • captain kiwi

    holy crap. this is the first gt i’ve visited in over a week and there is some depressing shit in here. a month left to play and nearly everyone is counting the yankees out? c’mon.

    • Mike

      Maybe because you have not noticed the way they’ve been playing since July… LOL.

  • Mike N

    NUNEZ!!!

  • FIPster Doofus

    Noony

  • Roadgeek Adam

    Russell Martin will not see .200 today. Grandy on deck, Martin at .199.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Nunez made that work.

    Make this count, Raul.

  • lazy fuck

    I’m sorry, you learn in little league that with two outs and a guy on second you dive and at least keep the ball from going into the outfield. That’s lazy, bullshit baseball. And in the previous inning he didn’t run out of the batters box. Thank you all 3 announcers for not saying one fucking thing about it. NOt one of them called Cano out on either play. Biggest fucking game of the year to date – and they all are from here on out, and that lazy piece of shit doesn’t run out of the box and doesn’t dive to save a run from scoring. I’d say bench his ass but this lineup sucks as it is right now.

    P.S. I love how everyone is getting hurt and the big players that need to carry this team are shitting the bed when they’re needed most…namely Cano. Was batting .320 a couple weeks ago. Now down to .300. Get the fuck off the field and go get a God damn snack

    • DC

      So you would feel better if the announcers called him out?

      • lazy fuck

        That just adds to it. I’m wondering why they didn’t. Not sure what the point of your comment is, though.

  • Ron

    More Nunez please.

  • Kramerica Industries

    That was WORTHLESS, Raul.

  • The Troll

    I’m silently, serenely expecting the worst.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Granderson? lol come on, we need someone who can actually get a base hit.

  • Mike N

    C’mon, Grandy!!!! Get a motherfucking hit!

  • FIPster Doofus

    A passed ball/wild pitch is probably their only hope.

  • The Troll

    Oh boy. K-Man’s up.

  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    Please balk.

  • EDDARD

    We better see Eduardo Nunez penciled in at 2B tomorrow.

    • DC

      Or what?

      • Need Pitching & Hitting

        Or we won’t see three errors in the game?

  • The Troll

    99 MPH? Hot damn, Hot-Rod!

  • Ron

    Yankees favorite show: the walking dead

  • Mike N

    Hideous.

  • IPK for Tim Reddings (formerly Brian S.)

    That was a fucking ball!

  • Karl Krawfid

    This team is dead.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    awful

  • Cy Pettitte

    Granderson Ks of course. fucking loser.

  • Nathan

    Like watching a ship slowly sink…

  • Anthony

    Lmfao this is getting really old.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Fucking hell.

    One run ballgame, and they lose. Runner on second, less than two outs, and they don’t score.

    GO. FUCKING. FIGURE.

  • Chilango (en la chinga chamba)

    Granderson strikes out. Of course. Fuck this team.

  • The Troll

    Granderson struck out . . . WTF else was Girardi expecting?

  • Kempire Strikes Back

    KKKKKKKurtis

    What a surprise.

    We got beat by fucking Ubaldo Gimenez, and look at that, another one run loss.

  • The Real Widget

    1 game lead. Damn right we have a right to be fucking negative and complain. This is terrible baseball to watch and our favorite team is Boston Red Soxing it out there.

  • stuart a

    what a shocker they did not come back in the 9th ..SHOCKER. AFTER ALL THE YHAVE BEEN SO CLUTCH THIS YEAR.

    you cannot make this up. tampa took out longoria and another top end player late and it still did not come back to haunt them..

    NO ONE ON THIS TEAM COMES UP BIG, NO ONE… friggin unbelievable how tight and what a bunch of losers on this team..

    fatboy did not do his job again, robertson I think that is his 5th loss…gave up hits to the bottom of the order. and the offense is plain offensive… the level of incompetence is staggering…

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      i agree, punctuation, capitalization, and spelling errors all over the place….staggering level of incompetence……

    • DC

      what a shocker….you do nothing…..but whine and bitch…

      …..

      ….

    • Anthony

      These rants are the only thing still keeping me entertained. Another crappy one-run loss. Don’t know what happened with D-Rob, don’t know where Cano was on that play. And the orioles win again. Sigh.

  • EDDARD

    I just don’t know how you can watch this team and think they’ll make the playoffs. They don’t hustle. They don’t get the big hits when they need them. Their manager doesn’t do anything. Tampa hustles. Tampa got the big hits. Tampa’s manager fired up his club and inspired them to take the lead. We’re just dead fish, almost as dead as Boston.

    • DC

      Here’s a thought…how about you stop watching and commenting?

  • The Troll

    No point in having an ace on the mound if the offense can only muster up 5 hits . . .

  • Mike

    Granderson struck out? really?
    I did not see that one coming, besides the fact that he just bats 0.200 lifetime as a PH, but that’s not the point, JoeG brought the Yank’s king of the K because the only way to tie this game was with a homerun and… wait… a hit with men on third? is that legal? aren’t homeruns the only way to score? WOOOW I just learnt a new thing today.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      Who did you want to PH? Andruw Jones? Chris Stewart? Steve Pearce?
      Granderson was the best available option.

      • Mike

        Even Stewart was a better option, you don’t need a hit to tie it, a squeeze play had more chances to work than strikeout man himself.

    • Hoss

      The Yankee offense has been one dimensional for the entire season. Every hitter – even Ichiro now – swings from the heels for a HR. Whose fault is that? Why don’t we hit and run, squeeze, do anything but try for a 3-run homerun with no one on base?

      • Mike

        Yup, exactly my point, we don’t need a homerun hitter in a clutch situation with a men on third and two outs when a squeeze could work as well.

        Hell, that’s the way Baltimore and Toronto have beaten the Yankees at least 3 times each in the past 2 seasons: squeeze plays, a lost art for the NYY =/

  • Roadgeek Adam

    I hear blah blah blah here.

    We’ll win tomorrow. I have utmost confidence. We don’t have an ace on the mound for the Rays.

    • The Troll

      Talk about a Troll . . .

      • Roadgeek Adam

        I go into every game with utmost confidence. I rarely turn off a game unless you know its hopeless (some blowout.)

  • stuart a

    again ajaz is better then curtis not even close…

    this team cannot score…

    arod i thin kwent 4 pitches in the 9th so he is back to the usual..

    curtis, newsflash there closer lowes the changeup…look at a scouting report on occassion.. not only is this team bad, they are old, and extremely overpaid and many guys are unmoveable contract wise……….

    • Kempire Strikes Back

      Ajaz Ahmed plays for the Yankees? Cool!

    • Big Members Only (formerly RI$P FTW)

      At least they got a WS win out of Granderson.

      Wait. Wut?

  • mt

    I have seen Cano dive before (although rarely) so I think he still thought he could smoothly pick it and then throw runner out on first.

    • lazy fuck

      Doesn’t matter. With the go ahead runner on second with 2 outs, you at very least keep the ball in front of you. Dive. Knock it down. Then it’s first and third with two outs…and guess what happened. The next batter got out. It’s just another example of bad baseball all around. If they aren’t hitting home runs and pounding teams into submission they can’t win. No other dimension to this team.

  • I am not the droids you’re looking for…

    PANIC!!

    Okay never mind.

    Sigh.

  • stuart a

    the truth hurts… this team is bad. cano is a chump. never takes pitches, does not hustle, and should have dived on that play to keep the ball on the infield.

    they did not hit a homer today so how do you expect them to win??? happened about 5 times this season.

    the only team in baseball not to comeback to win a game in the 9th is the ny platooners.. the friggin houston astros have won at least 1 game from behind late… just the facts.

  • Frank

    Stick a fork in this team. They are done. This time next week, they’ll be fighting for a WC spot.

    BTW- How does Cano not dive for that ball? Inexcuseable. But I’m sure Girardi will come up with something like “we played hard, I like the effort” bullshit.

  • TomH

    On that sometime (and very academic) debate about whether all this is properly called a “collapse.” Injuries or no injuries, it’s actually a collapse. They’ve lost far too many games they should have won–against Cleveland and Toronto, for example–to permit them to avoid the embarrassment of collapse.

    Like Baltimore, TB is the better team. The Yankees play a kind of one-dimensional baseball that has finally caught up with them. Take those HR’s away–and where have they gone?–and there ain’t much left.

    If Suzyn’s account of Cano’s failure initially to run is true, he ought to be savagely grilled by the press. A humiliating benching wouldn’t hurt either.

    • Big Members Only (formerly RI$P FTW)

      Injuries don’t matter.
      The Sox had plenty of injuries and it was still called a collapse. Goose/gander blah blah blah.

  • Cy Pettitte

    hopefully this collapse is a Sox style wake up call to Cashman and he doesn’t pay these lazy overpaid turds to stay in NY when they hit free agency.

  • The Troll

    I rather be a Red Sox fan and watch meaningless baseball, pumping myself for a potentially eventful off-season.

    • DC

      What’s stopping you?

  • stuart a

    cano could not dive on that play, he was concerned he would choke on some sunflower seedss.

    cano is a clown. a typical day for him is 5 AB’s and about 13 pitches.. He got a hit with no one on base par the course.

    he is so overrated and the excuses for him a laughable.

    • Will The Thrill

      I hope Boras is ready to market Cano as a middle of the order hitter even though he’s hit horribly with RISP his whole career.

      • DC

        Three things you should do:

        1. Look up definition of “horribly”.
        2. Review Cano’s data for RISP.
        3. Establish a correlation of where you went wrong.

  • Will The Thrill

    I’m really hoping Cashman and Girardi get fired after this year. Their moves on and off the field are to blame for this team’s failures. They’ve out stayed their welcome. Girardi is such a crappy manager. He doesn’t manage to win, he manages by the book but sometimes you have to think outside the box to win. And Cashman makes shitty trades and has left our farm barren. Now this team is old and can’t put up a decent fight anymore.

    • DT

      Cashman hasn’t been terrible. The Farm is bottom heavy but that is not really Cashman’s fault. Montero would have been our only MLB ready prospect, and he has sucked this year as much as Martin. His trades aren’t horrible, and make sense at the time he does them. Every GM have some swings and misses and his track record thus far has been good.

      Girardi on the other hand can piss off.

      • The Troll

        To even mention Montero in the same breath as Martin is heresy. Martin has been HORRIBLE. Jesus doesn’t even compare.

        • DT

          Montero has a 87 wRC+ compared to Martin’s 84. So Montero is only slightly better offensively. The biggest difference however is that Montero has been rated far worse on defense (Even though Martin hasn’t been great at that either). Between the two it’s basically choosing between a older terrible catcher or younger bad catcher/1b/dh.

          • DC

            The Troll don’t care about your stats!

    • Anthony

      What about Cash signing Kuroda…?

      • DT

        Or Chavez

    • TomH

      Replace Cashman with whom? Is there someone decidedly better as a GM? I don’t really keep up with GM performance across the game. Who are these likely alternatives if they let Cash walk?

  • EDDARD

    Robbie Cano is pulling a Desean Jackson. He’s not going to exert himself or do anything to get himself injured until he gets that fat contract extension. Disgraceful.

    • stuart a

      that is the typical RObbie.. He is a loafer. not a good guy. smiles a lot but does not hustle that is the bottom line.

      • DC

        Oh, great…you two…found…each other….rbis

        perfect….match….fatboy

  • DT

    This might be a good excuse to get rid of Girardi

    • Will The Thrill

      And Cashman, K-Long and Rothschild too. Make Oppenheimer GM, Posada manager, Mike Mussina pitching coach and Bernie Williams hitting coach.

      • DT

        You have to be kidding me…

      • The Troll

        You may very well be making a sarcastic remark, but I would love to see that. Although, I’d like to see O’Neill and Cone somewhere in the mix as well. Make O’Neill the manager and Posada the bench coach.

      • DC

        LOL

    • lazy fuck

      Girardi isn’t the issue. You really want to see the Yankees do what the Red Sox did last year and fire a good manager because of a lousy finish? Where did that get the sox huh? We’ll end up with some bullshit manager just like they did. I’m not sure there are too many guys I’d rather have than Girardi. Maybe Maddon, but that clearly ain’t happening.

      Girardi has his issues, but it’s not his fault the Yankees’ best hitters are dropping left and right and Cano is a lazy fuck who won’t dive or exercise any plate discipline.

      This team needs other dimensions – Yes they’re among the league’s best in OBP and SLG, but they’re too damn inconsistent. They need speed (which they lost with Gardner) – look what speed did for the Rays in this game. In the 5th inning, a double steal led to runners on 2nd and 3rd with no outs. The Yanks had to play the infield back and a ground out got the run in. THen in the last inning, a stolen base got the go ahead run in scoring position so that lazy fuck playing second could allow the gw run to score by not diving…

      Enough of these old Lou Ferigno look alikes who bat .230 and hit 20-30 home runs but are utterly worthless during their other 550 at bats throughout the season.

      • DT

        Difference is that I think Francona is a good manager who got screwed by his team. I never thought Girardi was a good manager even when the team was winning.

        • DC

          And you’re an expert in the area of MLB management? Just because you think something is true doesn’t make it so.

      • Mike

        When was the last time you saw the Yankees do a squeeze play? Consistently bunting, stealing bases and playing with hit and runs? When was the last time the closer came into the game to protect a one run disadvantage in the 7th to try and tie it in the last third of the game?

        Yeah “good” managers don’t do that, they just wait for the homerun.

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

          When was the last time the closer came into the game to protect a one run disadvantage in the 7th to try and tie it in the last third of the game?

          I’ll bite. When was the last time you saw any team do that?

      • Mike

        Oh and by the way, if you check on baseball reference, you’ll see that the Yankees infield has thrown less than 5 runners at home plate, Girardi plainly doesn’t like them to risk an out in home and will rather tell them to get the easy out.

        • DC

          You love to quote stats without any context.

  • http://www.g6tec.com Jedile

    Too many homeruns!

  • The Troll

    With the way that Oakland’s been playing, the WC seems suddenly out of reach.

    • stuart a

      i have been saying that for 2 weeks. win the division or stay home.

      • The Troll

        And I’d agree with that. The division is their only hope and they’ll have lost it by tomorrow. What a shame . . . Hopefully the front office will use this as a wake-up call and infuse the team with youth and CONTACT hitters for the future.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting

          This makes no sense though. They are further ahead for the second wild card spot than for the division.

          • The Troll

            Yeah, but you know they’re not going to be winning too many games going forward. Once they fall out of first, it’s going to be quite the chore to get back into the Wild Card.

            • Need Pitching & Hitting

              They’ll still be in the wild card when/if they fall out of first.
              If they do fall out of both, I don’t see a comeback as at all likely though.

            • Mike Stanley

              Oh. Well you KNOW they won’t be winning games. You KNOW.

          • Mike

            Not really, the Yanks are just 2.5 games ahead of the Rays and will be tied with Oakland if they lose (0-5 vs Angels right now for them).

            For the Yankees to fall off first place in the division means they will lose the next two games, allowing Baltimore to take first all for themselves.

            With those two loses, the Yanks will be only 0.5 game ahead of Tampa, and depending on how Oakland does. They might as well be 2 games behind the A’s.

            So, nope, it is not much “further ahead”.

        • DT

          We’re going to suddenly find young stud players out of no where right?

          • The Troll

            With trades, yes. Package players for prospects. But, you know, you could always be a jackass instead.

            • DT

              They don’t have any big trade pieces right now, nor is there any certainty that prospects will work out. If we say trade Cano for a prospect package we’ll be worst off for the next 3 years, with no guarantee that any of the prospect will work out.

              • Mike

                Yeah, it is not like AJax and Montero worked for the Tigers and the Mariners… Oh wait, both of them are having a better season all around than the players they were traded for.

                The Yankees would kill right now for a young stud catcher that bats 0.300 away from Seattle (that’s what Ichiro batted away from Safeco this year and he’s batting 0.280 with the NYY, it is fair to assume that Montero would be at least batting 0.280 at Yankee Stadium, plus his 0.300 away).

                • DT

                  Right AJax has one good half of a season and he now a sure thing. He has been pretty average in the second half, only slightly better than Grandy. Montero is beasting with his .700 OPS. Obviously a game changer.

  • Big Members Only (formerly RI$P FTW)

    Kevin Long rules.

  • Kempire Strikes Back

    Some reporter asked Girardi how he’s still so positive and he responded by saying “I’m positive, sweetie. That’s just the way I am.”

    lol

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      Sweeny. He was answering a question from Sweeny Murti.

      • Kempire Strikes Back

        Oh, didn’t catch that.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting

          Sweetie would have been funnier.

    • The Troll

      You’ll never ever get an honest answer out of Joe Girardi. He doesn’t work that way and it’s been pissing me off since he was instated as the Yankees manager.

  • Boss

    OK, time to come clean. We need some new blood here:
    Cashman: out
    Girardi: out
    Long: out
    Rothschild: out

    New
    GM: Towers (We’ll give AZ a prospect…)
    Mgr: Chambliss
    Hitting Coach: McLendon
    Pitching Coach: Cooper

    • DT

      Whats with the crazy Major overhaul? I would not mind Girardi leaving but Rothschild has been good. If you compare the numbers of Yankee pitchers before and after Rothschild, you’ll see a huge spike in strikes out, decline in walks and overall better than they were with say Dave Eiland or whoever. Kevin Long has been fine too. And i already explained why i’d keep cashman up above.

      • Reverse Mormon

        Kevin Long? have you been watching the games and Yankee hitters this year.

        • DT

          Because long is the reason bad players are not hitting well? Grandy has been down this year, but his work with Long still is showing in his power numbers. His inability to make consistent contact is more to do with his plate vision.

    • Mike

      Kevin Towers is not the way to go, in San Diego he did a mess of the team, a few good seasons but most of it was pure luck, plus it won’t happen in NY as long as they keep having millions and millions in attendance.

    • DC

      Knee jerk, overreaction BS.

  • herby

    I wouldn’t mind seeing Cashman, Girardi and Long out…I’ve always thought Girardi and Long were overrated. He would’ve been out in 2009 if it wasn’t for all those amazing 9th inning comebacks that the manager has nothing to do with. Long has been deemed with being a genius on the basis of what precisely? He’s turned the Yankees into a pull happy team that can’t hit with runners in scoring position that good pitchers take advantage of. Cashman has been credited with being so great in picking up players off the scrapheap, but for all those players look at what he’s given away, or all the garbage ones’ he’s gotten back in return.

    • DC

      So many things wrong with this comment….smh

    • Squints

      The only the thing i agree with on that is about Kevin Long. Dead on, they cant get base hits and are very pull happy swinging for the fence.

      • Mike

        So you’re happy with the trades Cashman pulls?

        AJax, Kennedy and Coke for Granderson.
        Noesí and Montero for Campos and Pineda

        Did we need pitchers? YEP and he traded two starters and a reliever.
        Did we need a young catcher? YEP and he traded him

        What did we get back?
        A trigger happy CF with a weak arm and a 0.250 lifetime AVG and 0.320 lifetime OBP.
        A starter with a long history of arm trouble.

        How did it work out?
        The trigger happy CF bats 0.240 and has the new strikeout record for the Yanks, and will try to beat his record this season, he is just 10 Ks away with one month to go.

        The starter with a long history of arm trouble, got hurt and lost this season and maybe part of the next season.

        AJax was deemed “green” for the big leagues by the Yankees, and he is for the third season in a row batting over 0.300 with excelent range, a superb throw and he has not even hit 30 years yet.

        Kennedy had one good season, and one not so good.

        Noesí stunk.

        Montero is having a far far far better season when compared to Martin, who might as well be the worst full time catcher i have seen in the past 35 years with the Yankees. Yeah, as worse as Don Slaught.

        Then of course you have the second chance to Javier Vázquez, the acquisitions of Kevin Brown, Carl Pavano, Randy Johnson, Tonny Womack… et al.

        • DT

          Montero is not having a far better season than Martin. Montero has a .700 OPS which sucks, Martin has a .670 OPS which usck a bit harder. So you’re comparing two bad players.

          And our need for starting pitchers is the reason we got Pineda. His injury was not foreseen.

          Also are you high on Ajax? 3rd .300 season? If he ends this season with a .300 average it would be his first. in his first year he had a good first half and bad second. In his second year he was piss poor offensively with a barely .300 OBP. And this year he had a Monster first half, but look up his numbers int he second half, he has been below average. But good job on the revisionist history.

          Even moves like Javy and Pavano has rationale behind them. Pavano was the best pitcher on the market when he was signed. Javy was a young pitcher with Ace potential in his first stint, in his second stint he was a coming off a cy young season but suffered an arm injury with us.

          Also Granderson is not a .250/.320 guy. His career line is .263/.343/.493. His stat line when we acquired him put him comparable to Justin Upton right now. of course everyone wants to trade the farm for Justin Upton now, but Grandy is not worth it anymore.

          But of course all this required me to actually look up facts.

    • DC

      “He would’ve been out in 2009 if it wasn’t for all those amazing 9th inning comebacks that the manager has nothing to do with.”

      But he gets the blame for losses? LOL

  • Captain Gift Basket

    Another fine performance by the Yanks scouting department – first, big out Mark Reynolds destroys them, and now the mighty Gimenez beats them today. The organization better wake up and realize talent is no longer gonna carry the day with this has- been, washed up team and actually scout their opponents.

    • DC

      Maybe you should apply to be a scout.