Game 156: North of the Border


(Hannah Foslien/Getty)

Only one road series left to go, and it begins tonight in Toronto. The Yankees open this four-game set against the Blue Jays with a two-game lead over the idle Orioles for the AL East, and a four-game lead over the Angels for the second wildcard spot. You’ve got to clinch a playoff berth before you can clinch the division though, and there’s a chance the Yankees will secure a postseason spot as soon as tomorrow if things break right. I hope they do. Here’s the starting nine…

SS Derek Jeter
RF Ichiro Suzuki
DH Alex Rodriguez
2B Robinson Cano
1B Nick Swisher
CF Curtis Granderson
Russell Martin
LF Raul Ibanez
3B Jayson Nix

RHP Ivan Nova

Tonight’s game is scheduled to start a little after 7pm ET and can be seen on YES. Enjoy.

Categories : Game Threads


  1. DJ4K&Monterowasdinero says:

    When is Gardy gonna get some playing time?

  2. Nice Scheister of Doom says:

    I like Ichiro in the two hole, he’s gonna go 5-5 tonight. I got a feeling.

  3. dkidd says:

    i’m required by Internet law to make a twss joke about “liking Ichiro in the two hole”

  4. Nice Scheister of Doom says:

    If Nova shits the bed today I recommend he be done till next year, his terribleness isn’t a SSS anymore.

  5. Zack says:

    DOes anyone think the Red Sox will just roll over for the O’s in order to try and screw the Yanks?

    • Nice Scheister of Doom says:

      If Bobby V’s job wasn’t on the line, he would prob manage with less urgency, at the same time if he players want him gone, finishing in last place will help that cause.

    • jjyank says:

      No. The O’s are division rivals too, how many of the players on that roster really give a crap about the Yankees?

    • Umbrelladoc says:

      Bosox starters versus O’s Cook, Doubront, Stewart.
      Vs Yankees Buchholtz, Lester, Dice-K

    • Pasta Stumbling Sojo says:

      After last year, I think the Red Sox really hate the O’s and would love to prevent them from winning the division. They may not hate them as much as they hate the Yankees, but I don’t think they’d enjoy losing to the O’s at all.

      Not that the fans reflect what the team thinks, but when the Nick Punto trade was made, many fans were talking about knocking the Orioles out of the playoffs as the only thing left for them to play for this season. (This was before the Yankees had blown their division lead, but still.)

    • umbrellaman says:

      Red Sox rotation v. O’s Cook, Doubront, Stewart
      Red Sox rotation v Yankees, Buchholz, Lester, Dice-K
      We get the has-beens, they get the never-was.
      Still more worried about the guys we are facing.

  6. Big Members Only (formerly RI$P FTW) says:

    Posada + Montero = Piss (hands) Christ???

  7. Nice Scheister of Doom says:

    No C-Dick?! I call BS!

  8. Nice Scheister of Doom says:

    Strike zone already looks awful.

  9. John Sterling- “I’m not going to bore you with the numbers, but that’s mostly because the Yankees don’t hit Morrow well.”

  10. Jose Bautista: 4th outfielder, until he gets to Toronto and becomes Superman.

    Edwin Encarnacion: Average 3rd baseman until he gets to Tornto…and goes on to become Superman.

    Now I’m not saying…I’m just saying what Skip Bayless said about Derek.

  11. The Real Greg says:

    I can see what Nice meant by the ump.

    Nova’s not getting the border calls that Morrow is so far, according to gameday.

  12. Get Phelps Up says:

    Kay referenced WAR???

  13. Christopher says:

    They must be using Canadian microphones in that YES booth. The voices sound strange. Or maybe it’s my ears.

  14. The Real Greg says:

    Morrow so far is feasting on the outside border.

  15. EDDARD says:

    He slowed down and could have got that. Let’s make them pay.

  16. Pat D says:

    Did everybody hear the good news today???

  17. jjyank says:

    Off-Yankee-topic, but still baseball related.

    Got some cool news at work today. Apparently PNC is holding a little regional competition among branches in the DC area for the next two weeks, starting Monday. To celebrate the Nationals bringing the postseason back to DC, we are allowed to decorate our branches with baseball/Nats stuff for two weeks. The best decorated branch wins a night in a luxury box for a Nats playoff game for the whole branch.

    Needless to say, I am leading an all-out effort to make this happen.

  18. Wait, how did Hawkins lose the no-hitter, but the 8IP CG remains a stat?

    There’s a double standard.

  19. Chilango says:

    Nova has a hellacious curve tonight.

  20. Christopher says:

    That was easy.

  21. I was just thinking: If you guys could be Alex during his Rangers years (an all time great making shit-tons of money but on a last place team) OR a healthy Brett Gardner (serviceable player, making a decent amount of money compared to a non-pro athlete, but a chance to be on a World Series contender every year) which would you choose?

  22. Karl Krawfid says:

    This has Yankees gon’ lose written all over it.

  23. Cuso says:

    Is Kay calling Morrow, “Tomorrow?”

    It’s stupid…..and annoying

  24. I love how every pitch is “little” for Flaherty.

    “Showing a little slider, there’s a little change-up”. What constitutes a big pitch for him?

  25. Cuso says:

    Pitchers shouldn’t be allowed to wear “23″

    It’s disrespectful to Donnie Baseball

  26. Cy Pettitte says:

    why are you nibbling against Gose.

  27. Karl Krawfid says:

    Yep I was correct.

  28. Rocky Road Redemption says:


  29. The Real Greg says:

    Great hitting by Lawrie. That ball was out of the strike zone and up.

  30. Nice Scheister of Doom says:

    Squirt. Shit the bed.

  31. Tom Q says:

    The home run you could live with. It’s walking the guy he was 1-2 on just ahead of it that really burns.

  32. Chilango says:

    Up up and away…

  33. The Real Greg says:

    Don’t blame Nova for either. Gameday had 3 of those balls in the strike zone to Gose.

    Lawrie just hit the ball well for a ball that was out of the strike zone up and away.

    • Tom says:

      Enough with the justifications!

      Which one’s were in the zone again? Point them out. Please. MAYBE one was borderline.

      It’s not the umps fault, it’s the guy on the mound who has the #9 hitter with no power and great speed 0-2 and walks him

  34. That’s a hilarious sentence:

    “…since being suspended for having a homophobic slur on his eye black.”

    If someone didn’t know any better, they would be flabbergasted at the insanity of that phrase.

  35. Cuso says:

    3-2 curve against the 9 hitter. I mean, really? Deserve that 2-run shot

  36. The Real Greg says:

    This strikezone is out of control. Nova didn’t get those pitches.

  37. Pat D says:

    I think the answer to the trivia question is 7.

  38. Chilango says:

    Nice bit of hitting Robbie.

  39. Karl Krawfid says:


  40. Rocky Road Redemption says:

    What a terrible job by Cano on the basepaths. Come on dude, if you make it to third base even you can go home on a sac fly, and if that ball isn’t caught and you’re in between first and second you’re STILL probably going to make it home anyway.

  41. Pat D says:

    Yea the replay confirms that Cano is a terrible baserunner.

  42. EDDARD says:

    There was a post earlier that said Robbie was still productive amid slump. And then he runs right into an out.

  43. Karl Krawfid says:

    Yes network is trying to give me a seizure.

  44. stuart a says:

    cano never could run the bases well.

    as i say all the time and am ridiculed Cano is a overrated piece of blank… 80 rbi’s end the friggin story.

    arod had a especially good last AB. I especially like the 0 and 2,watch a strike right down the middle without swinging… Ooops. I cannot say anything bad about the great arod… another 5 years of watching him play at $25 + mill a year will be a unbearable site…..

  45. Hummingbird S. says:

    just got home… watching the boxscore, Nova still sucks, right?

  46. WhittakerWalt says:

    This anecdote on the radio is so astonishingly boring I can’t even repeat it.

  47. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Alesmith IPA, in case anyone’s wondering.

    Score some runs. I don’t care how you do it. The stretch run is no time for intracacies.

    Wife and child are out of town, yet I am here with you. That’s the kind of loser, er, guy, I am.

    • jjyank says:

      Never had Alesmith. Micro brew in NYC?

      • Robinson Tilapia says:

        San Diego. I’d never heard of it either. Came well recommended. Very good.

        My three favorite IPAs are still:

        1) Dogfish 90 Minute
        2) Ithica Flower Power
        3) Cigar City Jai Alai IPA

        • jjyank says:

          You ever had Riverhead’s IPA? It’s a small brewery in Lambertville, NJ. One of my personal favorites. Also Magic Hat’s IPA. Love that stuff.

        • The first two on that list are incredible. Never had the third.

        • jjyank says:

          In response to your selections, I’ve never had 2 and 3, but I love me some Dogfish.

          • Robinson Tilapia says:

            Cigar City’s out of Tampa. Only good beer I have EVER seen come out of Florida, and they are VERY good.

            I *think* I’ve had Riverhorse. Lagunitas would have made the list.

            • jjyank says:

              I prefer Riverhorse’s Lager personally (if that’s your thing), but their IPA is really good to.

              I do prefer lagers myself. Hefeweizens might be my favorite though. Magic Hat Circus boy is still my favorite.

              R-Tils, if you ever go to Vermont, do yourself a favor and go to a bar. Any bar. Get a tall glass of Sidewinder. It’s a pale ale brewed in Vermont, and they don’t bottle or distribute at all. You literally can only get it on tap in Vermont bars, but it’s one of my all time favorites.

              • Robinson Tilapia says:

                Next time I go camping, I’ll check it out. Lots of great stuff up there.

                I don’t know when it was when IPA’s just starting clicking with me, but they’re absolutely my favorites.

                Just finished a six pack of Bar Harbour Blueberry Ale from Maine which tasted more like fresh blueberries than it had any right to.

              • jjyank says:

                Jesus I’m an ass. Sorry R-Tils, long day. I have no idea why I said “Sidewinder”. The name of the beer is Switchback.

                • Robinson Tilapia says:

                  Good thing I’m not heading to Vermont anytime soon.

                • Robinson Tilapia says:

                  Brooklyn Local 1 is still my favorite beer of all time, period.

                  • jjyank says:

                    Never had it, but my dad did one time when he and my mom went into the city to see the Botanical Gardens. He raved about it.

                    • Robinson Tilapia says:

                      Brooklyn Botanical Gardens? I’m a walk from there.

                      It’s great beer. I think I’ve told the story of how I spent the ’09 WS, but I had a double version of Local 1 that was literally the best beer I’ve ever put in my mouth.

  48. Chilango says:

    Longest and hardest hit single of the year.

  49. Hummingbird S. says:

    this offense

  50. Playing against Brandon Morrow in Toronto really is Mission Impossible.

  51. Rocky Road Redemption says:

    Seriously, this game is as boring as fuck.

  52. your mom says:

    Glad the offense showed up tonight.

  53. Pat D says:

    I hate these playoff promos. That Springsteen song keeps making me think I’m about to hear “This is our country.”

  54. Cy Pettitte says:

    CGSO is inevitable.

  55. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Can I be a post-team control Brett Gardner?

  56. CUYanks says:

    Casey Janssen was pretty shaky against the O’s. If it comes to that, I’m hoping it’s the same thing.

  57. WhittakerWalt says:

    Sterling is paying even less attention to this game than he usually does.

  58. Hummingbird S. says:

    about to blow the game

  59. Rocky Road Redemption says:

    Well fuck. This doesn’t look good.

  60. Need Pitching & Hitting says:

    Bad Nova, Bad D.

  61. This is just a lovely game being played tonight.

    Fucking lovely.

  62. Cy Pettitte says:

    Encarnacion with the kill shot, this game is toast.

  63. Karl Krawfid says:

    Yeah like I was saying.

    This game had Yankee loss written all over it.

    Nova isn’t good. Morrow owns the Yankees. Take the next 3 please.

  64. Chilango says:

    Here we go. A little small ball, Nova gets rattled and hangs one and the ballgame is ova. Fuck

  65. EDDARD says:

    And that’ll be it. Thanks, Joe. Os within a game now. Why wasn’t Phelps brought in? There is no room for error! Nova has to go!

  66. Hummingbird S. says:

    Nova is garbage.. joe should have walked the only above average hitter they have.

  67. The Real Greg says:

    And the game is virtually over.

  68. your mom says:

    Wow, fuck Ivan Nova. Please don’t given him another start this season and keep him off the postseason roster.

  69. WhittakerWalt says:

    Gah, Nova is horrible.

  70. Cy Pettitte says:

    It’s such a joke that Nova is starting important games over Phelps

    • The Real Greg says:

      Really? David Phelps has shown himself to lose it in key moments. The Orioles game that he pitched comes to mind.

      • And then Phelps threw two excellent outings after that against the Sox and Jays.

        Inferior opponents? Yes. But those were big games for the Yankees, they were fairly close games, and Phelps made sure he didn’t put the Yankees in an untenable spot in either case.

        He couldn’t be worse than Nova’s general shittiness.

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      I get the sentiment. He looked awfully good that first start back, though, enough to buy him some goodwill. I’d lean towards not giving him another start but, really, do you trust Phelps THAT much?

    • WhittakerWalt says:

      Neither pitcher is what you’d call a sure thing. Don’t over-value Phelps.

    • Mike Axisa says:

      Having Phelps available for the next six games will help more than having him make one start against a bad team.

  71. Pat D says:

    My dad thinks Nova lacks mental toughness. Anyone have an opinion on that?

  72. The Real Greg says:

    The regression of Ivan Nova might end up being a key reason if the Yankees don’t win the division. Remember that game against Baltimore when we scored runs off Tillman and then Nova gave them right back.

  73. Hummingbird S. says:

    there’s no point in going to the pen now. Morrow always dominates the Yankees, especially at home. They might as well leave Nova’s sorry ass in the game to throw 130 pitches and save the pen for tomorrow.

  74. Chilango says:

    Doesn’t it say in the binder to always have someone up when Ivan the terrible is pitching? Good news is Nova won’t be out there again.

  75. Joe F says:

    Nova to the pen come October.

  76. Wow, Nova’s set the Yankees single season record for extra base hits allowed.

    Hell, there’s two shockers there:

    1) Worse than AJ each of the past two seasons, and we all know AJ Burnett got hammered a number of times in 2010 and 2011.

    2) Nova missed three-four weeks with the shoulder injury, and still broke the record.

    Tip of the cap, Ivan.

  77. Pat D says:

    Jeez, I flipped over to the football game to see if the fans would give a positive ovation to the real referees. What do I see? That fucking Cee-Lo song which is the loudest piece of shit I think I’ve ever heard.

    Why does every primetime NFL game have to have an intro song? Just because of fucking Hank Fucking Williams Jr.? That Faith Hill (or whoever the fuck it is) song on NBC is shit, and this Cee-Lo song on NFL Network is infinitely worse!

    Stop the insanity!!!!!!!!!

    Rant over. Maybe.

  78. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Smart move, Joe. Ain’t no time to fuck around.

  79. Christopher says:

    A Nova explodes and turns to dust. We just witnessed it. Ta ta for now, Ivan.

  80. Rocky Road Redemption says:

    You have no idea how much it would amuse me if the real refs blow a huge call tonight.

  81. Joe F says:

    Kay explaining WAR. Boom.

  82. your mom says:

    Offense needs to show some life here. Even one run would be helpful.

  83. Hummingbird S. says:

    it’s one awful AB after another.. dude works the count full and pops out in foul territory on a weak hack. Pathetic.

  84. Now it’s shit like that which drives me crazy.

    Down 4-0, leading off the inning, WHY is Nix swinging 3-1? That’s insanity, and in this case bailed out Morrow, who already doesn’t need any extra help out there.

    Shit like that already makes a tough game to win, even tougher.

    • The Real Greg says:

      Isn’t that what you’re supposed to do?

      Get to 3-1 and look for a pitch.

      • In that situation, I would think taking a pitch would suffice.

        You don’t need extra base hits there. You just need baserunners, period, and a 3-1 count has all the pressure on the pitcher.

        Morrow’s biggest weakness is that he’s never been an impeccable strike pitcher. He’ll give up his fair share of walks. Bailing him out 3-1 just makes it tougher to get any of those walks.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting says:

        Get to 3-1 and look for a GOOD pitch.

        Nix swung at a pitch that probably wasn’t even a strike.

    • WhittakerWalt says:

      Even John and Suzyn criticized him for that.
      Of course, Jeter did the exact same thing and they didn’t say a word about it.

  85. Hummingbird S. says:

    Ichiro could not have gotten 2 better pitches to hit..yet he took both

  86. Christopher says:

    Okay, as long as they’re talking about this on TV – I think the playoff system is crap. They should just seed the teams to give the two best teams a chance to meet in the World Series. The leagues mean nothing to me. Does that make me a bad person?

  87. Karl Krawfid says:

    Nova shouldn’t be in the rotation.

  88. At least Jays pitchers ease up after tonight.

  89. Rocky Road Redemption says:

    Well this game ain’t looking so hot.

  90. Cy Pettitte says:

    “base hit through the left side” get used to hearing that for a while with Lowe and the artificial turf.

  91. Effthisnoise says:

    Offense has looked weak so far, but lets remember 4 runs for this offense is nothing, one inning and this will be a different ball game. Have faith

  92. Christopher says:

    Nice. Now some runs, si vous plait.

  93. Rocky Road Redemption says:

    Boy is Cano a bad baserunner. Slide, dude, slide.

  94. Cy Pettitte says:

    If Cano got thrown out there it would have been the epitome of lazy Dominican.

  95. Christopher says:

    Cano has got his scary side,

  96. Chilango says:

    Robbie WTF is wrong with you chief?

  97. Hummingbird S. says:

    2-0, swing at a pitch way out of the strikezone.

  98. EDDARD says:

    I like how Robbie just saunters into 2nd. Try sliding and diving like Nix.

  99. WhittakerWalt says:

    Come on, Swish.

  100. Guys…what the fuck happened to this year. I feel like the trade deadline was like a week ago and now my birthday is in like 3 days…

  101. Tom says:

    Sit fastball Swish. Everything else is a take 3-1

  102. Christopher says:

    Wow, harsh strike call.

  103. Chilango says:

    Nice AB Swish. Took Ball 4 twice

  104. RetroRob says:

    Gose is a CFer playing LF. His scouting reports rate him as 7 or an 8 arm wise. When a pitcher in school he threw in the upper 90s. Robbie really should know this.

  105. Leg-End says:

    Justice walk. Now knock them in Grandy.

  106. JMK says:

    I’m not saying Nova was great shakes out there, but I don’t think he was as bad as some of the comments here suggest. Frankly, the Encarnacion hits were just examples of straight up great hitting. I didn’t think the pitch to Lawrie was bad, either.

  107. WhittakerWalt says:

    That’s weird, Curtis struck out.

  108. Rocky Road Redemption says:

    Wow, Granderson. Three pitches? Really?

  109. Hummingbird S. says:

    can’t wait for Granderson to be gone.

  110. Chilango says:

    Why the 200 Ks are not compensated for by the 40 HRs

  111. Native born Torontan, but raised in Montreal?

    Poor bastard.

  112. teddy says:

    should keep jackson, another trade cashman made that hasn’t worked, granderson is trash

  113. Hummingbird S. says:

    they are going to squander a 2 on, 0 outs opportunity, what’s new?

  114. Pat D says:

    I forgot to mention this earlier. Seeing that CenterStage promo for Selig was annoying. He said something about not wanting to change the game. I wonder what he meant. Because, ya know, he’s added a 2nd wild card and he’s moving a team to the American League for a reason I can’t remember. So was he talking about replay? Because if so it proves what an out of touch idiot he is.

    • Rocky Road Redemption says:

      I can’t believe Mike thinks he might be the best commish in MLB history.

      I mean, I more or less understand why he said it, but I really don’t see it even slightly.

      • jjyank says:

        Mike thinks he is because of how he grew the game abroad (I think). As far as I’m concerned, he’s handled the game here at home terribly. I hate the guy.

      • Pat D says:

        Look at the history of MLB commissioners. A lot of shit there. Chandler, Giamatti and Vincent were probably the only decent ones. Landis was a racist; Frick, Eckert and Kuhn were largely ineffectual nothings; and Ueberroth presided over collusion.

        • Pat D says:

          I should add that Giamatti would have been a good commissioner had he lived. Did everyone know that he was Paul Giamatti’s father?

    • Christopher says:

      We should have a fan app where we can vote on the disputed calls. Now that’s in touch and modern!

    • Winter says:

      Moving a team to the American League makes sense so the leagues/divisions are more balanced. Compare the current AL West to the current NL Central. Next step should be a balanced schedule…

      • Pat D says:

        I also think that it’s so that when they decide to expand again in a few years they won’t have to put 2 new teams in the same league.

  115. Cy Pettitte says:

    leadoff double and he doesn’t even get to 3rd. great job guys.

  116. Hummingbird S. says:

    what an offense.

  117. WhittakerWalt says:

    Wow, this offense looks flat. Pop-ups and the weakest of strikeouts.

  118. Karl Krawfid says:

    Yankee Baseball.

  119. The Real Greg says:

    Given Morrow’s numbers against the Yankees, I don’t know why all of you are so surprised?

  120. Athenian says:

    I am truly shocked that the Yankees did not score and that Granderson struck out. They must be in a slump.

  121. Leg-End says:

    That folks is bad baseball right there.

  122. Robinson Tilapia says:

    If ever something needed to be mercy-killed after an episode and five minutes, it’s “The Office.”

  123. your mom says:

    Hopefully Girardi just lets Lowe finish the game so that at least the high leverage guys get another day off.

  124. Chilango says:

    Let Lowe be Lowe. Tomorrow’s another day.

  125. I Collect Brett Gardner Cards says:

    after sitting on it for a few innings, Phelps needs to take Novas next start.

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      If I had to make the choice, I’d probably agree, but that’s not a slam dunk by any stretch of the imagination.

    • Christopher says:

      Nova’s next start is meaningless. We’ll have clinched by then, or it is critical, in which case he doesn’t get the start. I just don’t expect to see him again. The way Joe took him out, it looked to me like the end of the run for the young fellow.

    • RetroRob says:

      It would depend on other factors, including how much he’ll be needed prior to that start. If they make that decision, they pretty much have to make him unavailable out of the pen until that start.

      I thought the Yankees would take three of four in Toronto, with tonight’s game being the biggest risk, simply because of Nova and Morrow’s record against the Yankees in Toronto. Hopefully my guess turns out correct. Unfortunately the first part is!

  126. RetroRob says:

    I guess this is Morrow’s obligatory well-pitched game against the Yankees in late August/September.

  127. Tom says:

    At this point I kind of hope Aardsma makes an appearance just to see what he has (assuming the game is out of hand).

    Maybe the 8th?

  128. Robinson Tilapia says:

    I will admit that having both “The Office” and “Project Runway” DVR’ing at the same time turned me away from being able to watch the game. I don’t think I mind too much.

    Still, though…..this final season (and, really, last season) are just BRUTAL. There’s always Tim and Heidi waiting on the DVR.

    Yes, I love “Project Runway.”

    • R-Tils I know you’re wifed up..but I’m starting to think I’m not the only person of questionable sexuality on this board. On that note, time to leave work. G’night gentlemen.

      • Robinson Tilapia says:

        I love 80′s and 90′s britpop, Lady Gaga, “Project Runway,” and like to go clothes shopping. I’d wager to say that less than half my friends are heterosexual. I’m about as straight as can be, though. :)

    • Leg-End says:

      Is your husband a fan?

    • Pat D says:

      Yea, The Office was pretty mediocre last season. I thought that last week’s episode was a step in the right direction. I’m trying to retain my optimism since I know that this is the last year, as well as it being the last year for 30 Rock. And I kind of expect it to be the last year for Community, and for some reason, Parks and Recreation, too.

      • Robinson Tilapia says:

        Never got into the latter two, but “The Office” really was one of the last shows that could have me rolling around the floor laughing. I can’t stand the British woman. i REALLY can’t stand these two young guys who just joined the cast. This just isn’t funny anymore. I feel sad for Jim and Pam for still breathing the same air as the rest of them.

        Ever read Creed’s Wikipedia page?

        • Pat D says:

          Creed is my favorite character. I don’t like a few things they’ve done with some of the characters, but I’m just not going to bail on it.

          I agree that Catherine Tate can be grating, but I’m familiar enough with her to know what to expect. I watch Doctor Who, after all.

          • Robinson Tilapia says:

            I won’t bail either, but this is just such the classic “final season,” and not in a good way.

            • Pat D says:

              I don’t mind the two new guys so far, though this episode confirms that Clark Duke’s character is a creep. I just hope they don’t do another Andy/Erin breakup, which is the vibe I’m starting to get considering the other new guy.

      • I feel like I can only watch shows when they are long off the air.

        I can’t think of a single show that I watch these days that is in production. I suspect this is because of the fact that I watch sports more than anything else, and also because I like the freedom of not having time slots tied down every night on a weekly basis.

        I never watched Seinfeld, Frasier, Cheers, or other popular shows whilst they were in production. I’ve only watched them when they’ve been off the air for a solid decade or so by now.

        How does this relate? I’ll probably be more interested in The Office in five-ten years, than I am now. Besides, it’s way too late to get into it now, given that it’s the final season and the lead star is long gone from the show.

        • Pat D says:

          I get what you’re saying. It’s risky to get too invested in a show while it’s on the air because you never know when it will be taken off the air. For me, the prime example of that is Deadwood. Got killed before it was finished, for sure. The same thing is probably going to happen to Community.

  129. CUYanks says:

    This game is a good example of why calling a division lead by the number of games ahead in the loss column is silly. Yes, a good team will win more than 50% of its games, but nowhere near 100%.

  130. your mom says:

    Has Nix even done anything productive lately? Where’s Nunie?

  131. Christopher says:

    Nice catch. Nine times out of ten that ball falls.

  132. Betty Lizard says:

    Just got home. Are the Yankees playing tonight?
    (I’ll be here all week. Possibly not watching.)

  133. your mom says:

    What a shitty game. Glad it only wasted 2 hours of my life.

  134. Christopher says:

    I always thought Toronto was a dull little place. Can’t blame the team for feeling a little flat having to spend three days there. I haven/t a clue if that is true or not, but I’d like to find a reason for them playing this way in a game they really need. Or maybe I just have to give it To Morrow.

  135. Karl Krawfid says:

    Hey welcome back David

  136. Leg-End says:

    Aardsma spotted.

  137. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Welcome aboard, Aardsma. We rolled out the red suck for you.

  138. Christopher says:

    Okay, so maybe not so sharp.

    • Tom says:

      Good to see Aardsma on the mound at this point.

      While they will have spring training to evaluate him, it’s nice to see him facing ML hitters (though I assume they would exercise the 500K option even if he didn’t face anyone this year)

      Heck, he’s probably already jumped Logan in the bullpen rotation with his performance tonight!

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      It’s almost always more Dotel than Strasburg.

  139. EDDARD says:

    Texas won so that should put an end to best record. This is why it would have been nice if Joe didn’t blow that game in Minnesota as we still would have had a 2 game cushion. We cannot get into a 1 game play off for the division.

    Last year it wasn’t Verlander who did us in, it was Scherzer and Fister who struck out 9 today. Can’t afford to go into that series without being able to set up our rotation to match them.

  140. Stratman9652 says:

    Whats Aardsma’s repertoire? Is that a splitter or just a hard diving change?

  141. Tom says:

    Darren Oliver… so you’re saying there’s a chance….

  142. Christopher says:

    Doesn’t Yankee rule # 346 say they have to at least bring the tying tun to the plate in the 9th?

  143. Joe F says:

    Welke sounds like the lollipop guild.

  144. Christopher says:

    That ump is cranky.

  145. Christopher says:

    Lacking in vitality, force, or conviction; uninspired.
    (of the hair or the eyes) Not shining; dull.

  146. Robinson Tilapia says:

    They’re not going to make the stretch run easy, are they?

  147. stuart a says:

    nice effort. great AB’s, great baserunning, Nova as sharp as ever.

    Homeplate ump was awful and a dick.. GOse struck out before the 2 run homer early.

    i especially like the long tough ab’s, working Morrow hard…

    the softball team lost another game because they did not hit a homer, what a shocker.

    this team is doing zilch in the playoffs if they make it. just imagine another 5 years of Arod… That is a horror movie…..his smug face after he watches strike 3 right down the middle… the guy has lost so much speed on the bases so quickly the degradation in his performance in another 3 years should be scary…..

    • Stratman9652 says:

      I’m gonna ask you this once again… If you hate everyone on the team why do you watch? Seriously why are you a Yankee fan if you can’t say anything good about the team?

      • Rocky Road Redemption says:

        I’m being serious when I say that he’s actually a Mets fan. I’m pretty sure Mike outed him once. There are a couple of posts he has where he slips and sounds vaguely calculated-meaning, he’s deliberately trolling.

        • Robinson Tilapia says:

          I don’t think he’s that bad. He rarely interjects himself into other discussions, he’s kind of funny and, yes, he actually kind of sounds like my wife sometimes. He’s the butt of my jokes plenty of times, but I don’t mind his end-of-game-thread schtick not even near as much as I mind others.


    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      The smug face line has me in stitches, I must admit.

    • Get Phelps Up says:







    • Rocky Road Redemption says: favorite is clueless joe..great job getting in phelps before nova…ws days are over, get that overrated clown out of here..why don’t we throw a parade…

  148. Big Members Only (formerly RI$P FTW) says:

    Best Pitcher In The World

  149. Rocky Road Redemption says:

    Out of pure curiosity, I have on Elementary.

    Lucy Liu is “Jane” Watson.

    Holmes has tattoos.


    They STARTED OFF THE SHOW by showing him shirtless in front of Lucy Liu. Yeah, this show isn’t going to be about unresolved sexual tension.

    Oh, God. Shoot me now.

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      Sherlock Holmes has somehow become a “thing.” We’ve got the Robert Downey Jr. movies, which really aren’t bad as long as you treat them as their own thing, the awesome BBC show, the long-rumored Will Ferrell/Sascha Baron Cohen spoof, and now this.

      I’d give this a shot. Does it at least stick to the spirit of the characters in some loose way?

  150. ADam says:

    Nova has no business pitching in any meaningful games in late august or September… yet, there we go.

    • robert heenan says:

      for a four-game series in Toronto the offense was guaranteed to not show up for a game or two

      the offense is prone to sub-mediocrity in away games in dome games and in pitcher-friendly parks

      the offense is especially prone to sub-mediocrity when more than one of those variables are true

      so you might as well have a lost cause sap up those innings

      the derek lowe of the starting rotation

      good thing we didn’t win that game in minnesota we should have won that game didn’t matter being up 2 would make them cocky anyway

      baltimore didn’t win tonight so this game doesn’t matter

    • DC says:

      If the offense doesn’t score, it doesn’t matter who is pitching. Yeah, Nova was bad, but he was a nonfactor.

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