Oct
03

Game 162: HIROKtober

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Feels like Spring Training just ended. (J. Meric/Getty)

Things are very simple today. If the Yankees win, they will clinch not only the AL East title, but also the best record in the league. They can also clinch the division with an Orioles loss, but I’d rather not count on the already eliminated Rays for help. So after six months and 161 regular season games, all the Yankees need to do is win one more game. Controlling your own destiny is neat. Here’s the starting nine…

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

RHP Hiroki Kuroda

The weather in New York isn’t all that great, but doesn’t seem like anything that should delay or (worse) postpone the game. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm ET and can be seen on YES locally and ESPN nationally. Enjoy.

Categories : Game Threads
  • Kramerica Industries

    Hope that there’s nowhere near the drama of last night’s game, or today’s Texas/Oakland game.

  • The Real Greg

    This game scares me for two reasons.

    1. Kuroda has not pitched well in September
    2. The reverse lock is glaring at me.

  • Chip

    Man, the Rangers look helpless. How bad is it going to be if they get knocked out before the LDS despite looking like the best team in the league for half of the season?

    • CS Yankee

      Umm, not bad for me.

    • Laz

      I think it’s funny. The A’s traded their best players and still won the division.

  • goterpsgo

    Git ‘er done, boys!!!

  • Joe F

    At the game!!!

  • Kramerica Industries

    You can wrap a bow on this one now.

  • Get Phelps Up

    Rocky Road Redemption, to answer your question you asked last night, overcoming a 13 game deficit to win the division (which the A’s are about to do) has happened 2 other times in MLB history. The Yankees overcame a 14 game lead in 1978 and the Boston Braves overcame a 15 game lead in 1914.

    • The Real Greg

      That Braves team was 4-18 on May 20th. They then preceded to go
      90-41 to win the division and then swept the World Series

    • Kramerica Industries

      Also the 1951 NY Giants and the 1995 Seattle Mariners, who overcame a 13 game deficit from as late as August 1.

  • Joe F

    Idk why but Granderson is funny on the armitron. Excuse my typing I’m using mobile.

  • Joe F

    Idk why but Granderson is funny on the jumbotron.

  • Joe F

    No one’s here.

    • jjyank

      Yo, I saw your post last night, but well after the fact. Let me know how I can get a hold of your email and I’ll shoot you mine.

  • Ellis

    What happens if the Yanks lose and O’s win? How do they resolve tied records?

    • Joe F

      Game tomorrow at Camden for the division.

    • The Real Greg

      We go to Baltimore for game 163 tomorrow night.

    • OMG! Bagels!

      They play a one-off

  • ThrillHouseMD

    The A’s fans antics are pretty obnoxious.

    • Big Members Only (formerly RI$P FTW)

      Yanks fans are so classy.

  • NYYank55

    Finally Girardi has put up a lineup that makes sense. He showing some signs of brain activity. I thought he was already given the DNR.

    • OMG! Bagels!

      Considering he hasn’t played to win all season with some of his best guys out for weeks or months at a time.

      • The Real Greg

        SMH

  • Joe F

    Dice-BB.

  • DERP

    We should just win the division and watch Joe Saunders get killed by this Texas lineup.

  • DERP

    I wonder if the Yankees are going to complain that Maddon is sitting Desmond Jennings.

    • Big Members Only (formerly RI$P FTW)

      Girardi can’t complain. He admitted he tanked it a few years ago.

      • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

        Really? When was that, and what did he do to tank? Don’t remember that.

  • The Real Greg

    A’s win the west

  • Austin Aunelowitzky

    Brutal error by Hamilton today.

  • Ethan

    unreal, un-fuckin-real

  • Anthony

    I can’t seriously cant believe the Rangers are going to play the WC. Kudos to the As for winning the West (which they’re about to do)

  • Joe F

    Hiroki said “Sank you fans.” Hahaha

  • flamingo

    Your AL West division champs, the Oakland As. It’s amazing.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Back on 6/30, the A’s had a 1.1% chance of winning the West.

    After 10/03, it is 100%.

  • DERP

    This is the first day the Athletics have spent in first place.

  • The Real Greg

    A’s are the first team ever in the divisional era to erase a 5 game lead with 9 to play.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Alright, no hijinks tonight Yankees.

    Nice, easy W. Suffocate those motherfuckers.

  • Cy Pettitte

    blow out win please so we can sit back and watch Darvish vs. Saunders on Friday.

    • CS Yankee

      That sounds like Godzilla vs. Bambi

      • DERP

        Look at the Rangers numbers against Saunders:

        Soto 4-6, 2B, HR
        Kinsler 10-24, 2 2Bs, 4 HRs
        Hamilton 4-10, 3B, HR
        Andrus 2-5
        Young 10-28, 2 2Bs, 3B, HR
        Cruz 6-20, 2B, 2 HRs
        Beltre 7-25, 3 2Bs
        Murphy 0-4

        • CS Yankee

          Well, I’ll change my comment to;

          That sounds like Godzilla vs. a Buffalo

          …since Murph will be an easy out and Cruz/Hamilton will blunder a ball in the OF.

  • Zack

    Rangers lost C.J. Wilson to free agency,Colby Lewis and Nefali Feliz to TJS and the farm system that was supposed to have a ton of pitchers because Nolan Ryan works magic didn’t have any.
    They had to trade for Ryan Dempster who has no business being in the AL. That and their offense went to sleep. That’s how you blow a 13 game lead.

    • CS Yankee

      Did you say blow? ’cause Ron Washington wants to know.

  • Anthony

    I seriously cant believe the Rangers are going to play the WC. Kudos to the As for winning the West (which they’re about to do).

  • DT

    This feels like a huge trap game.

    • Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

      How? People realize how huge this game is, I don’t think anybody in that dugout/on that field wants to play tomorrow.

  • Big Members Only (formerly RI$P FTW)

    It’s a good thing those April – July games don’t count, or else the Yanks might be in a tight situation tonight.

    RAB Logic FTW

    • Rocky Road Redemption

      I would like to know at one point did the majority of our posters ever say or believe this.

      Seriously, people say this all the time and I don’t ever remember anybody saying anything like that.

      • Rocky Road Redemption

        Sorry “what point”, not “one point”

      • Big Members Only (formerly RI$P FTW)

        It’s one of Axisa’s main theories. Look through the game threads.

        • Rocky Road Redemption

          No, you said it. Go ahead. Prove it.

          • Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

            You’re unclear on how debates with guys like RI$P FTW work. They say something, and it’s up to you to prove them wrong, not up to them to prove that they’re right.

      • The Troll

        Dude, were you simply not here during that stretch? Even more so, the games during the miserable July and August? The homers on this site could not have reiterated that point a fraction more.

        • Rocky Road Redemption

          I’ve never seen it. What I HAVE seen are people saying that losses with a ten game lead earlier in the season aren’t as important as losses later in the sense with fewer games separating you. Which is true. NEVER have I ever seen the majority of the “homers” say that April-July doesn’t count.

          • The Troll

            It was common practice, treating games of that time with little importance or value. People would say, “it’s May, whatever, who cares if they lose X out of Y, so long as they bring it in the postseason.” I’ve always gone under the practice of seeing every game as important. Every game should be entered with the intent of winning. Not all games can be won, of course, but the intent should never change.

            • Rocky Road Redemption

              No, what was said was that people were saying that losses from April-July didn’t matter. They weren’t, probability wise, as important, and many people pointed that out, especially after the ten game lead, but never did I ever see anybody say losses didn’t matter.

            • Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

              I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I actually agree with the troll. The difference is, Troll, it’s always easier to brush off a loss in May because there are so many more games to make it up. I’m not saying that their intent shouldn’t be to win, but that if they happen to not win a game on May 2nd it’s much easier to say “Oh well, it’s only May, there’s plenty of time to make that up.”

              • Rocky Road Redemption

                Who ever said that they didn’t matter? No big deal, yes, but didn’t matter?

                • Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

                  Oh, I’m not agreeing about that, just on the bit about the intent everyday should be to win.

                  • Rocky Road Redemption

                    Well yeah, of course that much is true. there was a thing going around at the time that we shouldn’t be resting veterans yet or something. The thing is, I remember everybody here being very critical of the idea (I don’t remember ever actually saying anything either way, actually).

            • Need Pitching & Hitting

              Which game did they enter without the intent of winning?

    • jjyank

      Nobody says that.

      • The Troll

        This guy. In my comment above . . . he’s one of the homers.

        • jjyank

          lulz

        • Rocky Road Redemption

          If you can find one post where I said this without being sarcastic or joking I promise you that I will never, ever argue with you again.

          • jjyank

            Dude, just ignore him.

  • jim p

    Dice’s last game for Boston. Maybe in the Major Leagues.

    • Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

      Dice’s last game for Boston. Maybe in the Major Leagues

      there I fixed that for you.

  • Widget

    They better pound Matsuzaka. I want the orioles to look at the scoreboard and realize they have no chance. Screw Peter Angelos and Buck Showalter.

  • Captain_Turbo

    He blew the no-hitter.

  • Big Members Only (formerly RI$P FTW)

    There go those classy Yanks fan again!

    • Captain_Turbo

      They were shouting “boo-urns!”

  • Hummingbird S.

    no command of the FB so far.. that’s been the problem for at least the last 5 starts

    • DERP

      lol

      • Hummingbird S.

        he’s going almost exclusively with that 84-86mph pitch, the splitter probably. Forgive me for being concerned that our #2 pitcher can’t throw strikes with his FB.

  • TampaYankee

    Not that is matters much at this point, but tonight especially that blown call on Tex against the O’s really annoys me right now. We should be division champs and being able to rest some guys.

    • Laz

      It’s fine. They don’t have to play again till sunday if they win. 3 days should be enough time to relax for the regulars.

  • The Real Greg

    A cheap blooper. What else is new?

    • The Troll

      Apparently the Yankees are only beaten by bad luck, bloopers, and of course, Satan. Sucks to a Yankee, and fan for that matter.

      • The Real Greg

        You know I was half kidding about the Satan thing, right?

        • Rocky Road Redemption

          Are you seriously saying that you were only “half” kidding? Really?

          • The Real Greg

            Can you prove otherwise?

            • Rocky Road Redemption

              You can’t possibly be this stupid.

      • Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

        HAIL SATAN!!! oh..wait..I mean BOO SATAN!!

      • CS Yankee

        You seem to live up to your name.

    • Hummingbird S.

      He can’t locate his FB yet again. Stop blaming everything on bad luck.

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

        He’s thrown like 15 pitches. Chill out.

        • Hummingbird S.

          on top of over 500 in his previous 5 or 6 starts that he has sucked as well. Today, that’s a concern. Come the playoffs it will be a lot worse.

  • Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

    That’s not the start that I wanted to see :(

  • Widget

    Oh for the love of all that doesn’t suck. Pathetic.

  • Captain_Turbo

    He blew the shut-out.

  • Havok9120

    That was a heck of a throw.

  • Get Phelps Up

    “I need a raise” Kenny must have been reading RAB…

  • Chip

    Are we really going to cry about him giving up one run?

  • Captain_Turbo

    “And that one, he’s got a gun.”

  • Havok9120

    What’s with the big band and swing on the ESPN feed? I mean, I don’t mind it…but where’d that come from?

  • The Real Greg

    Rays up 1-0 in the first

  • Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

    Tampa up 1 already!!

  • Hall and Nokes

    I believe we were owed that one by Mr. Longoria.

  • Austin Aunelowitzky

    Kind of like game one of the post season tonight since…wait for it…you move on if you win and play again if you lose. It’s already tournament style.

  • Cy Pettitte

    great inning guys

  • Chip

    Man, what an ugly first inning

  • The Real Greg

    I knew it would go like this. Nothing easy

  • flamingo

    A six-pitch inning. Seriously?

  • Kramerica Industries

    Well, that’s an underwhelming start.

  • Widget

    6 pitches? Really?

  • Captain_Turbo

    They’re trying not to peak too early…

  • Zack

    six pitches…this guy should be getting his clocked cleaned.

  • Terry Bollea

    Offense obviously isn’t even trying, just planning on letting Raul bail them out in the 9th.

  • UncleArgyle

    I like the approach. Dice-K is a strike throwing machine, better swing early and often.

  • Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

    Go Tampa! Cause apparently we’re going to make Dice-K look like the second coming of Cy Young today.

    • The Real Greg

      This has reverse lock written all over it.

      • Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

        I hope you’re right Greg. I’m not a huge believer in jinxes but Sterling spent the entire pregame thing going on and on about how Dice-K can turn it on at anytime.

        • The Real Greg

          I hope I’m wrong.

    • VT Yankee Fan

      Dice-K’s last 4 starts: 0-4, 13.50 ERA, .400 BAA

      Hopefully the real Dice-K will emerge.

      • Captain_Turbo

        He’ll keep us shut down for two more innings and then they’ll start hitting the cover off the ball the second time through the order. That’s my prediction.

  • Pasqua

    Yanks played the first inning like THEY were the ones who has a tee-time in the morning.

  • Matt

    That bottom of the first can only be described by one word: pathetic. They better show up for the rest of this game.

  • Rocky Road Redemption

    Ladies and gentleman, Negative Greg has returned.

    • The Real Greg

      I can’t help what I feel or sense.

      • Rocky Road Redemption

        Your views of the team fluctuate wildly every few weeks.

        • The Real Greg

          Because I expect less of them.

          • Rocky Road Redemption

            Or more of them. Depending on the week.

  • The Real Greg

    Dont blame Kuroda for that. That 2-0 was a strike

  • CS Yankee

    Looking at Tampa’s lineup and they have their 5th hitter being the weak 2Bman batting just North of the Mendoza line, followed by Pena at…wait for it….batting .198.

    This is why they are hitting the small white ball tomorrow in Tampa.

  • Get Phelps Up

    They had a poor offensive inning against a bad pitcher…let’s all overreact!

    • Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

      TO THE LEDGES!!!!!!! seriously though, I’m leading the way.

    • Captain_Turbo

      Fire Girardi!

    • jjyank

      Pretty much.

  • The Troll

    Damn. Glad I was away for the 6 pitch bottom first against the immortal Dice-BB.

    • CS Yankee

      He must have saved his “Gyro ball” for his last game as a Red Sox in honor Bobby Valentine.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Well, get some runs here.

  • Mike N

    Hi, peeps! Let’s win this motherfucker!

  • Rocky Road Redemption

    Here we go.

  • Kramerica Industries

    There’s a Dice-K walk.

  • Mike N

    Good situation here! Now capitalize!

  • Cy Pettitte

    they have the pen up already? wow. why even start Dice-K

  • dkidd

    no double play, please

  • Earl Powell

    If Boston were playing the O’s right now instead of the Yankees, I really really doubt that they would have someone up in the pen already.

  • The Real Greg

    Right by him.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Well, at least it wasn’t a double or triple play.

  • Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

    GRANDYMAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Cy Pettitte

    GRANDY!!!!

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Grandyman!!!!

  • Mike N

    YAHOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GRANDY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I LOVE THE YANKEES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • The Real Greg

    The GRANDY MAN!

  • Rocky Road Redemption

    Fuck yeah!

  • Kramerica Industries

    Well done, Curtis.

  • Get Phelps Up

    Career high in HRs for the Grandyman!

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

    Really sucks that Granderson strikes out so much. How could he contribute like that???

    • Captain_Turbo

      He hits too many homers.

    • The Troll

      Ooo. The Snark attack . . . ouch. Hey Mike, maybe you can answer this for me, or at least provide some input. This season has switched on my mental Mark Teixera light bulb and I’ve realized that I don’t particularly like the fellow. Nothing personal, it’s just that I expected the world out of him when they signed him nearly 4 years ago. Based upon what he’s done since coming off the DL (which is clearly the smallest of sample sizes, but is nevertheless quite horrible and still somewhat indicative of his overall play of late) would you, Manager/GM Mike Axisa, put Teixera on your postseason roster? I also ask because my memory of his performance in mid-late October is quite excruciating. I think he adds nearly nothing but a glove (in the PS at least) and the Yankees got along just fine with Swisher at first. Perhaps I should also note that I am indeed an Eric Chavez fan. All said, I don’t think Teixera adds much of anything on the road to 28 . . . That’s my opinion. I’m sure he’d be fine off the bench, but I’m just not comfortable with the thought of him starting, and subsequently sucking, through each and every AB ’til the end of the season.

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

        Oh yes, definitely on the postseason roster. He’ll play awesome defense and work the occasional walk, at the very least. Casey McGehee can’t do that.

        • The Troll

          Yeah. I suppose I’d definitely put him on the bench, but I’d just have the hardest time putting him in the starting lineup. I might even go as far and insert him as the late-inning defensive replacement.

  • AnthonyD

    too many HRs

  • VT Yankee Fan

    Fuck yeah!

  • Havok9120

    DOOOOMED!!

    Oh…wait…

  • Earl Powell

    At least it wasn’t a double play.

  • McLovin

    Yay, less go!

  • http://www.g6tec.com Jedile

    Hopefully Granderson can play spoiler for miggy. ;)

    • Get Phelps Up

      I was hoping Hamilton would hit one one in garbage time today to tie him.

      • Mike N

        I kind of want to see Cabrera do it.

      • http://Fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

        Would’ve needed 2

  • Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

    KURTIS K’S TO MUCH, SOO UNCLUTCH…NEEDS MOR SINGLES!!

  • jjyank

    Man this MLB.TV delay is bad haha. I’m late to the party, but GRANDY!!!

  • Captain_Turbo

    MLB.tv must be on a ten-second delay. You guys were talking about it before I saw it.

    • jjyank

      It’s always on a delay. More like 2-3 minutes though, at least for me.

  • VT Yankee Fan

    HR #42 in honor of Mo.

  • Rocky Road Redemption

    So, in the final two and a half weeks we have two Yankees classics, correct? The A’s ridiculous comeback and yesterday’s game?

  • Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

    Coltrane picked the right time of year to come to life :)

    • VT Yankee Fan

      .256/.340/.535/.875 since September 1.

  • Mike N

    woo!

  • AnthonyD

    Need 3 more HRs from Grandy to lower Miggy’s value

  • Cy Pettitte

    at least guys like Ibanez and Martin are getting hot, that compensates somewhat for Teix’s suck.

    • VT Yankee Fan

      Give him a bit of time to get his timing down. The guy would be doing rehab games still if it were earlier in the season.

      • The Real Greg

        I agree.

  • Hummingbird S.

    fuck, missed all the fun..

  • Get Phelps Up

    Zach Stewart > Dice K.

    • Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

      Andrew Brackman> Dice-K lol.

    • jjyank

      And Buchholtz, apparently.

  • Joey Stark

    Is it me or is that a beard on Russell Martin’s face?

  • The Real Greg

    Cone breaking out the WAR

    • Chip

      No, he’s breaking out the “Wour”

  • Get Phelps Up

    TBS should hire Cone to do the playoff games. He is just the best.

    • jjyank

      If only. Easily the best broadcaster I have heard. At least as the color guy, Cone needs someone else to do play by play for him.

      • Get Phelps Up

        Singleton can do that!

        • jjyank

          Absolutely. Best booth IMO is SIngleton, Cone and Leiter/O’Neil. I would love that every game.

  • Rocky Road Redemption

    Coney talking WAR. Gotta love it.

    • Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

      apparently he’s gotten through to Kay with it, cause Kay’s referenced it a few times today.

  • AnthonyD

    Singleton’s response to defensive value in WAR was incredible.

  • The Real Greg

    Right now Kuroda has to be our number 3. He’s not pitching well.

    • Chip

      Yeah, I hate it when our starter only allows one run through three

      • The Real Greg

        He’s been working around it by getting big outs. But he is falling behind hitters.

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

        I stopped caring about how they hit or pitch. Just win. Style points don’t count for anything.

  • VT Yankee Fan

    Anyone watching the Bal-TB game? It looks like Hellickson is man handling the Os.

    • The Real Greg

      No O’s baserunners through 3.

    • jjyank

      Bah. I want the Rays to win, but Hellickson is the only pitcher my fantasy opponent has going tonight, and the matchup numbers are REALLY tight. And it’s the championship game. My lead on the ERA category is really thin.

  • jay

    Cone – my favorite announcer by FAR. WAR references on TV, again? An statistically-educated announcer?

    I don’t deserve this!

  • jay

    Cone – my favorite announcer by FAR. WAR references on TV, again? A statistically-educated announcer?

    I don’t deserve this!

  • jay

    Cone – my favorite announcer by FAR. WAR references on TV, again? A statistically-educated announcer?

    I don’t deserve this!

  • Austin Aunelowitzky

    I just need a 5 run lead by the time the debate starts.

    • Dan in Athens

      Not to delve into politics, but apparently the latest polling has Robbie Cano winning Conn., NY and New Jersey in the presidential election.

      • Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

        He’s got my vote.

  • Dan in Athens

    Adam Jones just made a ridiculous catch to save a run. Still 1-0 in Tampa

  • rconn23

    Crap. Adam Jones just saved a run from scoring with a great catch.

  • Mike N

    Hell, YEAH!!!!!!!!!!! Jacked that motherfucker!!!!!!!

  • Cy Pettitte

    is Cano even human?

    • Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

      Nope, android.

  • Get Phelps Up

    only 2 rbis….throw a parade….

  • Hummingbird S.

    DAMN ROBBIE!!

  • Kramerica Industries

    Pounding Dice-K just as they should be.

    So far, so good.

  • Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

    ROBBIE!!!!!!

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Robbie!!!!

    On fire. throw him a parade…….

  • The Troll

    Cano in the 4 spot . . . who woulda thunk?!

    • jay

      Because everybody knows you can’t hit a homer from the 5 spot!

      • The Troll

        Apparently you weren’t around last night. Cheers!

  • jjyank

    I love you Robbie.

  • Get Phelps Up

    I think the announcers in the playoffs should be like how it was in the World Series a long time ago – the home team’s Play announcer with a color commentator from the road team. They would be able to provide much more insight to the team than those other announcers.

  • Cy Pettitte

    I guess Bobby V. gave up, leash is off Dice-K.

    • Cy Pettitte

      and just as I type that he takes Dice-K out

  • Yankeefan

    Have Ya Noticed How Great The Lighting Is When Espn Broadcast A Game ? I Just Noticed How Lighter It Is Then The Yes Networks Broadcast.

    • Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

      Is there a reason that the first letter of every single world of your post is capitalized?

      • Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

        word*

        Well, that’s embarrassing.

        • jjyank

          They might be very important worlds.

  • Kramerica Industries

    One last time, pounding Dice-K.

  • Souter Fell

    Somebody explain to me which scenario would allow the yanks to play their first playoff game at home

    • Get Phelps Up

      Hosting the wild card game.

    • Dan in Athens

      Lose tonight, Os win, Yanks then lose tie breaker, would play the one game wild card at home.

    • Dan in Athens

      Lose tonight, Os win, Yanks then lose tie breaker game, would play the one game wild card at home.

    • Dan in Athens

      Lose tonight, Os win, Yanks then lose tie breaker game, would play the one game wild card at home.

    • Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

      I think if they lose tonight, Os win, Yanks then lose tie breaker game, would play the one game wild card at home.

      I heard it from Dan in Athens.

      • Dan in Athens

        Well played. Tech fail for me.

      • Souter Fell

        so if win tonight, first home game is wednesday?

  • Dan in Athens

    2 ours for os, 1 and 3rd, 3-2 count in 4th

  • Bo Knows

    Who do you guys want to see win MVP?

    I’m in the Trout camp

    • Dan in Athens

      Agree.

    • Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

      Trout as well.

    • jjyank

      Trout. The Triple Crown is cool and all, but it’s a random selection of stats made up by a reporter. Miggy is probably the better pure hitter, but Trout does just about everything else better.

      • Bo Knows

        That’s my feeling, Miggs is hands down the best hitter in baseball but Trout is both an elite offensive player and elite defensive player in addition to being a constant threat while on the basepaths.

        I don’t even care about WAR all that much either, and if you consider that since the Flying Fish has been in the Bigs, no team has won more games than them.

    • Rocky Road Redemption

      Cabrera. Technically Trout deserves it but I think the Triple Crown is such a significant achievement that awarding somebody the MVP based on them winning it is a pretty legitimate vote.

      • jay

        How is the Triple Crown a significant achievement? Simply because of its rarity? RBIs are hardly significant and batting average is somewhat significant so…

        • Rocky Road Redemption

          If you have all three of them you have had one Hell of a year. That’s why it’s so rare. Batting average and RBIs are overrated but they’re certainly not valueless.

    • Get Phelps Up

      Trout is only slightly worse of a hitter than Cabrera and does everything else (defense, baserunning, etc.) much better.

    • EmVeePee

      I’m for The Big Mig. I like the extra 60 PA’s he gave his team through playing the whole season. Cabrera put up at least equivalent offensive rate stats in 23 more games, and though people are frothing to dismiss counting stats like RBI, Miggy was there in more games for his team and he delivered in those games to drive in 56 more runs than Trout. That’s, like, almost 6 wins right there. But ok, Trout scored 20 more runs than Miggy, so even if you do rough math and net those out against Cabrera’s RBI’s you’re still looking at 36 more runs produced for Miggy over Trout.

      There’s no wrong answer, imo. Both these guys deserve it. I just like the Best Hitter in Baseball who raked for his team all year and won the Triple Crown over the Young Up-And-Comer who has alrdy arrived with a monstrous bang.

  • Dan in Athens

    ground out, still 1-0

  • ThrillHouseMD

    Longo!

  • Hall and Nokes

    We were owed that one too.

  • The Real Greg

    Another homer for Longo. 2-0 Rays

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Tillman might want to start pitching around Longo.

    • Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

      Nah, keep serving up cookies. If these scores keep up does Texas go to Baltimore or vis-versa?

      • DC

        O’s go to TX.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting

        Texas is 5-2 vs. Baltimore so Texas.

      • The Real Greg

        No. Orioles need to win to get the WC home game. Otherwise they go to Arlington.

  • Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

    I love that Tex never brings his offense into the field.

  • Get Phelps Up

    Longoria saves his best for Game 162.

  • Mike N

    I got up to go pee. How’d the DP happen? Line out to first and step on the bag?

    • Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

      nope, grounder right to the bag, so tex stepped then threw to 2nd.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      Grounder to first. Tex stepped on base and threw to second.

      • Mike N

        Thanks, guys!

  • jjyank

    Hiroki settling down very nicely. Awesome.

    • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

      Time to do a shot.

  • Cy Pettitte

    lmao anyone see Mclouth just now? that should be a gif.

  • Get Phelps Up

    Ryan Roberts with a catwalk HR! 3-0 Rays!

  • The Real Greg

    Now Ryan Roberts has homered. 3-0 TB

  • VinRae

    If we win tonight, does CC start game 1 of the ALDS?

    • jjyank

      Of course.

    • The Real Greg

      Yep.

    • Get Phelps Up

      Yes.

    • Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

      No. It should be Phil Hughes.

      /sarcasm (before I’m taken seriously)

      • Need Pitching & Hitting

        not Big Game Phelps?

        • Get Phelps Up

          that’s Big Game Dave Phelps.

          • Need Pitching & Hitting

            oops. My bad.

          • Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

            that’s Big Game Dave David Phelps show some respect.

        • Tom

          Nova on long rest would be dominant.

  • Kramerica Industries

    So, assuming the Yankees win, here’s a game:

    Overanalysis time!

    An Orioles win means the play-in game is in Baltimore.

    An Orioles loss means the play-in game is in Texas.

    What do we want more?

    • Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

      They’re both hitters parks, but both teams play much better at home, and as much as I HATE playing Baltimore, Texas is the better team so I’d rather the game be in Baltimore.

      • The Real Greg

        I agree. I would rather play Baltimore than Texas.

    • Cy Pettitte

      I don’t think it really matters, assuming it’s Darvish vs. Saunders I think that the Rangers win either way. That works out well for us because,I believe, for game 1 of the ALDS the only pitcher Texas will have on regular rest is Martin Perez so they’ll probably have to throw someone on short rest and Dempster, Holland and Harrison certainly aren’t unbeatable.

    • Hall and Nokes

      Dunno, but it sure would suck to get your first playoff appearance in forever and. Never get a home game.

    • jay

      Whatever means playing Baltimore ultimately, so I want the game in Baltimore.

    • jay

      Whatever means playing Baltimore ultimately, so I want the game in Baltimore.

    • Rocky Road Redemption

      I want Baltimore OUT, just out of spite, so I want it in Texas. Fuck the Orioles.

  • nsalem

    I thought Kay was about to say is Matzsuzaka contemplating Hari Kari

  • Tex=gidp

    Espn talking football bunch of yankee haters

  • Captain_Turbo

    It wouldn’t be a game without a few good GIDPs.

  • Dan in Athens

    Well done sir.

  • Tex=gidp

    Arod 2013 fulltime DH arod has become Giambi

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

      A-Rod’s problem isn’t defense.

      • Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

        Lol, Mike. Look at his name. Why even bother?

      • MannyGeee

        Shhhhhh… The narrative!

  • Kramerica Industries

    I won’t miss this Ciriaco shit.

  • Tom Q

    This is the guy made a deal with Satan. Only applies against the Yankees.

    • The Real Greg

      I was half kidding about the Satan thing because all of the breaks were going the O’s way up til that point. I didn’t seriously think Buck actually made contact.

  • BENICIO DEL TORO

    Wouldn’t be a yankee-red sox game without a Ciriaco infield single

  • Rocky Road Redemption

    My thoughts on the playoff picture: I don’t really care. Once you’re in the playoffs the sample size is so short that a lot of your predictions won’t work out anyway. Ultimately we’ll win if we play well and lose if we don’t. It’s as simple as that.

    • Tom Q

      But I do like having the best league record. Oakland, for one, is clearly better at home, so I want the home field advantage.

      • Rocky Road Redemption

        Oh, I want HF advantage. I just don’t particularly care what team we get.

    • jjyank

      Agreed. There’s often a lot of talk about the best matchups, but those don’t work out all too often. Just get in, and it’s a clean slate.

  • Tex=gidp

    That was a strike

  • Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

    Don LaGreca(sp?) had a great point on the Kay show this afternoon. If Texas loses the Wild Card play-in game, of if the Yankees had for that matter, does it even feel like they made the playoffs? I mean it’s one game…it’s not a series, it’s one extra game?

    • Kramerica Industries

      I totally agree with this notion.

      • Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

        I think it’s slightly different for a team like the Orioles for example who haven’t even sniffed the postseason for almost 20 years. But for a team like Texas, who has been to the World Series for two consecutive years, or the Yankees who have made the playoffs every year but one since 1995, it really doesn’t seem like too much.

        • Tom

          To me it’s the equivalent of the 65th team that makes the NCAA tourney (or now 65-68)

          You can dress it up as part of the tournament, but noone will remember it like that

    • Rocky Road Redemption

      Of course. I figured this was understood.

  • Nice Scheister of Shrooms

    Lavarnway not good at baseball. Iglesias also not good at baseball. Pedro C just good againist the Yankees.

  • Get Phelps Up

    I really hope Ciriaco or Pedroia makes the last out.

  • Tex=gidp

    Hirok!!!!!!

  • MannyGeee

    Hey guys, what’s going on?? Any important games going on tonight or anything?

    • Nice Scheister of Shrooms

      According to ESPN some good football news they’ve talked about every 20 minutes being repeated.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Dan Johnson and Evan Longoria each have 2 HRs in their game 162s

    • Joe M

      So does Robinson Cano.

  • Souter Fell

    So if win tonight and take the division, when is our first home game?

    • Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

      Saturday or Sunday, I forget if it’s NLDS or ALDS first.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting

        1 v. WC series start Sunday (both leagues)
        2 v. 3 series start Saturday

        So if Yankees win, Sunday.

      • Get Phelps Up

        Sunday for both. Saturday is the 2 seed vs the 3 seed for both.

      • Souter Fell

        i thought for some stupid reason, the wild card team gets the first two home games

        • Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

          Oh, sorry, no you’re right I completely skimmed over the word “home” my bad. So if the series starts on Sunday it would be one week from tonight if there’s a travel day after games 1 and 2.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting

          yes. All division series have a 2-3 format this year starting @ the lower seed.

  • Mike N

    What they were saying about Valentine and his coaches was very disturbing and sad.

    • VT Yankee Fan

      What did they say?

      • Mike N

        Valentine said in an interview today that his coaches have been “undermining” him, and supposedly they have refused to even talk to him for much of the season.

        • VT Yankee Fan

          I don’t think anyone in the organization likes him.

        • Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

          Wow. I thought maybe they’d give him a second season, but if things like that are happening…there is no way that they can bring him back.

          • Mike N

            From what I have read, there is absolutely zero chance of him coming back.

  • Tom

    Completely off topic but what do folks think of the movie Argo that’s coming out?

    Looks like a potentially good flick but I’m still having a hard time with Affleck as a government agent after “the bomb is in play! the bomb is in play!”

  • pop

    Ichiroll! David Cone is playing games?!?

  • Pete

    The fact that we don’t get to see Beckett grimacing from the bench as his team drowns in last place makes this whole experience a bit less fun.

  • Cy Pettitte

    an ARod XBH, finally

  • MannyGeee

    A rod, no power….

  • Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

    ROBBIE EN FUEGO!!!!!!!!

  • Cy Pettitte

    christ save some for the postseason Robbie

  • Mike N

    YEAH!!!!!!!!!! ROBBIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • The Real Greg

    Cano AGAIN!

  • Hummingbird S.

    this guy… WOW

  • jjyank

    OMG ROBBIE!!

  • Bo Knows

    Love ya Robbie

  • Tex=gidp

    Robbie en fuago

  • Kramerica Industries

    Who didn’t see that coming?

  • BJ

    Cano again!!

  • MannyGeee

    And fuck yeah Robbie

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Careful with the posing Robbie.
    Don’t want to chance getting beaned.

    • MannyGeee

      You’re going on the assumption that any Red Sox pitcher not named John Lester could find the broad side of a barn right now

      • Pete

        Is Padilla eligible? :O

        • MannyGeee

          Funny, as soon as I hit send on my last comment, I had a night terror vision of Padilla coming in and head hunting…

          Fuck it, what does Bobby have to lose?

  • Get Phelps Up

    Poor stuart…

  • Captain_Turbo

    Robbie is a beast!

  • Bo Knows
  • jjyank

    Thanks, Robbie. I think I can now watch the debate. Yanks up by 6, O’s down by 3? Seems safe enough for me.

    • Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

      dude come on. This is more important, you know they’re just going to skirt questions, give their talking points and that’s it.

      • The Real Greg

        Yeah and Obama has a smooth approach so he will look better than BlunderMitt.

        I’d rather see the town hall debate.

        • MannyGeee

          I’d rather see to elderly Jewish men debating their sandwich choices at a local deli… At least you’ll get some semblance of truth and genuine intention from them.

          • Mike N

            PASTRAMI ON RYE WITH MUSTARD!

            • MannyGeee

              I can’t even argue against that.

          • Need Pitching & Hitting

            ietc

      • jjyank

        Oh I know. But I was a Poli Sci major, Plouffy :P As much as domestic politics pissed me off, I still love this shit. Besides, I have a facebook chat with a couple of friends going in which he can laugh at Romney. That should be just as (if not more so) entertaining than the game thread. I’m check back during commercials though, just so I don’t miss the last out.

    • Pete

      You don’t want to see the champagne?

      • jjyank

        There’s this wonderful thing on my remote called the “last” button. I can switch back and forth, but just focus on the debate.

        • Pete

          Better yet, picture-in-picture. Keep the Yanks in the little window. :-)

  • DC

    Stuart just crapped his diaper.

  • Anthony

    ROBBIE!!!! I’m so pumped about everything that’s happened today, I don’t know if I’m gonna sleep tonight. Miggy basically assured the Crown, looks like we clinch best record, Texas loosing to the A’s. So awesome, all of it.

  • jay

    Perfect. 6 run lead so I feel comfortable switching over to the debate coverage.

    I really hope I didn’t jinx it.

    • Captain_Turbo

      The debate?

      • jay

        The 6-run lead and the Rays lead

  • The Real Greg

    All the sudden Robbie’s RBI total has reached respectability. 93 RBI.

    • Anthony

      stuart will be pleased

      • Get Phelps Up

        He’s finally surpassed Ike Davis!

        • Anthony

          how about we….throw a parade!!!

  • your mom

    Me likey this game.

  • Get Phelps Up

    I think Jeter will hit #245.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      That would be perfect.

  • Austin Aunelowitzky

    Woo hoo, I got a 6 run lead before the debate.

  • oldmanalex

    so whats the optimal lineup for game 1 of the ALDS?

    anyone think tex/arod do their 3-4 thing again?

    • Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

      If it’s a RHP the exact line up we have tonight, if it’s a LHP put Nunez in as the DH and maybe knock Grandy down another line up spot.

  • Tex=gidp

    Tampa pulled hellboy out so its up to the pen now

  • MannyGeee

    Don’t know if anyone has mentioned this yet… But I want ZERO part of Oakland right now. Talk about getting hot at the right time, man…

    • stanley a

      “Talk about getting hot at the right time, man…”

      I know right? The Yankees are totally kicking ass right now and at the perfect time heading into the postseason.

      • MannyGeee

        This too. Hard to argue against “hot hand” in October.

        • oldmanalex

          oakland or the rangers? i rather play the rangers for cause for some reason I feel they’ve really lost their confidence and are on the down swing.

          • MannyGeee

            Texas has completely fallen off a cliff this month. Give me the Rangers please.

  • oldmanalex

    they should fire Bobby V on the spot. after he takes the ball from his scrub pitcher, cherrington intercepts him and takes the ball out of bobby’s hand. that would be a yankees classic for me.

  • Captain_Turbo

    So basically the score right now is Red Sox 1 Cano 4

  • Cy Pettitte

    Longo with another HR, wow.

  • MannyGeee

    Logo just went Longo. 4-0 Maddon

  • The Real Greg

    Damn. Longo with another homer.

  • Tom

    Longo with his 3rd HR 4-0 Rays

  • Rocky Road Redemption

    So what was this about the Rays giving up when they were eliminated from the playoffs again? Francesa was making a pretty huge deal of this.

    • Tom

      I never understood that argument.

      As hot as the Rays were I wanted no part of them winning in Chicago (which also would have helped push Detroit down the stretch) and having even a chance at the playoffs.

      For some reason folks thought they would stop pitching apparently? The O’s have 3 hits in these last 2 games combined

  • MannyGeee

    Swish doing his best goofball dive impression. I love that dude, in the straightest way possible

    • Captain_Turbo

      No homo

      • Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

        2% homo
        whole homo
        low homo
        homo free
        soy homo

        • MannyGeee

          Almond homo?

          • Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

            Yes. You are my new favorite.

  • Captain_Turbo

    I do despise that little munchkin.

  • Tex=gidp

    Gritty double there
    Swisher was out of position big surprise

  • Mike N

    Kuroda has been so efficient today.

  • MannyGeee

    Ha, they just showed a shot of the ESPN booth… Tito has just the most smug little shit-eating grin on right now… He might be enjoying this a hair more than us.

    • The Real Greg

      That smirk will be gone when he finds out what the Indians have.

    • Rocky Road Redemption

      Ha. Good for him.

    • Anthony

      lmao!

  • Mike N

    That would be something if Kuroda finished this game.

  • Tex=gidp

    I hope after this win tonight the stadium blasts Frank like they did in the dynasty years. Make the redsox listen to it at full volume.

    • pat

      They play Sinatra after every game win or lose.

      • Tex=gidp

        Loud like they did in 2001

        • Mike N

          Dude, they play it loud every time, and over and over and over without stopping. The purpose is to be annoying and get the fans to leave the Stadium.

      • Mike N

        And any real Yankee fan would know that.

        • Tex=gidp

          If i am not a yankee fan test me

      • TomH

        Yeah, but there’s nothing like hearing Frank after a victory.

        • Get Phelps Up

          +1

  • MannyGeee

    Wow, which one of you geniuses concvinced me to go to the debate? These two assholes ain’t sayin shit.

    • Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

      That’s why I’m recording it, most likely they’re going to say a whole bunch of nothing, so after I leave work in a few minutes I’ll go home, watch the rest of this, watch South Park(also recording), then Daily Show and Colbert, then the debate if i’m still awake enough.

      • Mike N

        I’m not gonna watch any of it. I’m just gonna read blogs tomorrow that make fun of it.

        • Pat D

          The SNL debate sketches are usually always pretty funny.

      • MannyGeee

        Obama has literally said the same thing 3 times, and Mitt has actually just proved he’s trying to fleece the middle class by ‘lowering the tax rate for american middle class while simultaneously reducing deductions so the Govenrment does not lose revenue…’

        Ummmm, I’m no math major, but less income plus less deductions is still a net zero, right?

        • jjyank

          Yep. You pretty much summed it up so far, and nothing has really surprised me.

          • MannyGeee

            Pure jackassery… Exactly why I am never voting again.

            Its actually insulting to someone with an advanced education and a career to be told by people who I know that never graduated high school how voting for anyone but *insert non-Obama candidate here* will ruin our country…

    • Captain_Turbo

      “It’s time someone had the courage to stand up and say: ‘I’m against those things that everybody hates.’”

    • Pat D

      You expected something substantive?

  • Joe M

    Thank god that the Rays aren’t the Wild Card team. They’re so much better than their record.

  • Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

    Big man…

  • Tex=gidp

    Joba needs to bean pedroia tonight.

  • Jersey Joe

    If Casey McGehee makes the playoff roster, would we see any of him at 2nd base with Cano getting a rest at DH and Nunez’s horrid d?

    • MannyGeee

      Don’t think McGehee does middle infield.

    • Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

      …you’re joking right?

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      no

    • Get Phelps Up

      Cano DHing in the playoffs?

  • VT Yankee Fan

    Jeter’s second highest season for hits. At 38.

  • Tom

    I agree with Tito… I think Ichiro might be looking to launch one here.

    • Tom

      Or ground out to short.

  • Tex=gidp

    ICHIBANNNNNNN

  • Tom

    They should just walk Cano here… Barry Bonds style.

    • VT Yankee Fan

      The Babe was IBBed with the bases loaded 20 times in his career.

      • Rocky Road Redemption

        Wow, I can’t believe I never knew that (I love old baseball history and made a point of researching Ruth). I mean, I knew about Bonds but never Ruth.

        • forensic

          Intentional walks weren’t officially tracked until 1955. You could make up any number you wanted for that and assert it as true.

      • Mike N

        Srsly? That’s amazing.

      • Tom

        Good stat – I knew he had a few, but 20 is ridiculous (but then again most of his stats are ridiculous)

  • Mike N

    C’mon, Robbie. Jack another one.

  • Get Phelps Up

    RAB commercial!

    • Pat D

      Really? I hadn’t seen one all year.

      • Get Phelps Up

        I hadn’t either.

      • Rocky Road Redemption

        Oh yeah, there was a nice long one on yesterday (I didn’t see today’s). It’s a good commercial.

  • Cy Pettitte

    don’t even know what to say anymore, Robbie is just unstoppable.

  • The Real Greg

    That will do.

  • Mike N

    WOO!!!!!!!!!! Awesome!!!!!!!!!!

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    all these rbis…..it’s almost like he’s better than ike davis……..

    • Pat D

      needs more condescension…………and more ellipses…………and of course more parades……

    • Get Phelps Up

      …..give him a raise……..

  • Tex=gidp

    9-1 this game is nova proofed

  • MannyGeee

    Ok, it wasn’t a blast, but a dribbler and SIX RBIs will get us there. And yes Cano and Kuroda are in fact beating the Red Sox 6-1.

  • Tex=gidp

    I will miss those useless swisher at bats next year.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      Will you enjoy his replacement having even more useless AB’s?

    • MannyGeee

      I liked you better when you were stuart a or hummingbird

      • Plouffinator

        See if you can guess who i am now

        • MannyGeee

          Sensei? Is that you?

          /nomaas’d

    • Joe M

      Do you know which position player on the Yankees has the second most fWAR? Nick Swisher

      • Rocky Road Redemption

        Seriously? Wow.

      • Plouffinator

        He can not hit in big spots he is the most unclutch player we have. Sign ichiro bring back dickerson for Rf next season.

  • Tex=gidp

    Espn crew in mourning

  • Robert Heenan

    So…9-1…Joe G is using Soriano in the 9th, right? Need to get him some work…

    • Tex=gidp

      Bring in joba first to grunt fart and bean the rat first.

  • Get Phelps Up

    Remember that 6 pitch first inning?

    • Havok9120

      DOOOOOOOMMMEED!!

  • WhittakerWalt

    I wasn’t sure who deserved the AL MVP, but Sterling and Waldman have convinced me it should be Trout.
    The fact that they say “it HAS to be Miguel Cabrera” made my decision easy.

  • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

    If you think this is bad day for the O’s, think how bad it must be for stuart a…….

    • WhittakerWalt

      I’m pretty sure he won’t be around today.

  • MannyGeee

    You know, if longoria was healthy this year, the Rays would have a 5 game lead in the division right now…

    - one of the asshole ESPN announcers (JUST NOW!!!!!)

    • The Real Greg

      Sutcliffe.

      • MannyGeee

        Asshole… He obviously didn’t do the quick math to realize that Longo is not hitting 3 homers every night… And they would be winning 1-0 with no Longo…

  • VT Yankee Fan

    One hit for the Os thru 8 innings. This place would be wild if that happened to the Yanks in game 162.

  • Rocky Road Redemption

    I know I’ve been mentioning this a lot lately, but I can’t say it enough. The incredibly high quality of Portal 2 is incredible. I’ve never seen a game crafted with so much meticulous attention to detail.

    The developers went above and beyond with the co-op, which in some ways is better than the actual game. That game is EASILY my favorite game ever. Okay, maybe not EASILY-the original Portal is right there.

    This does, however, come with the caveat that I don’t really like first-person shooters, and while I like them more than first person shooters I’m not a huge fan of games that feature heavy fighting in general.

    I have a feeling though that even if I was the Portal franchise would rank incredibly high on my list of favorite games anyway. It’s just that good.

    • Havok9120

      Cave Johnson is among the greatest video game characters of all time. And he’s not even actually in the game.

      Good stuff.

      • Rocky Road Redemption

        Yeah, there’s the debate there-who do you like the most, GLaDOS, Wheatley, or Cave Johnson?

        Gun to my head I’ll have to say GLaDOS. She’s just too funny (and in some ways was even funnier in the original game). But I love Wheatley. I had mixed emotions about his fate at the end of the game. On one hand I was really happy that he apologized, but on the other hand he’s stuck in Spaaaaace!

        The climax is just pure insanity, the best finale of any game I’ve ever played.

        • Mike N

          This obviously dates me, but the last video game I ever played was Tank Battle on Atari.

          • Rocky Road Redemption

            Wow. I own an Atari TV game pack and I don’t even know that game.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Ciriaco.

  • Mike N

    Fucking Ciriaco.

  • Tom

    Last inning for Kuroda?

    • Mike N

      I think he’ll start the eighth, but on a short leash and get pulled if a man gets on.

    • Cy Pettitte

      the Rays game should be over before top 8, I would pull Kuroda.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Ciriaco. lol.

    can the O’s finish up losing so Joe can pull everyone already

  • MannyGeee

    They just said ‘goodbye’ to BJ Upton in Tampa. I guess theres no guesswork as to what TB is gonna do this offseason huh…

    • Tom

      I think the question is do they deal Price and/or Shields this offseason.

      ESPN was talking about them possibly listening to offers on Price, but I think Shields might be dealt first.

      • MannyGeee

        With the arms coming out of that system, I might say fuck it and try to trade both for some real firepower so Longoria isn’t the only guy with a stick on that team… Neither will retire with the team, so strike while the iron is hot.

  • Mike N

    Nice!

  • Plouffinator

    Thank you hirok
    We should sign this guy for the next three years

  • Plouffinator

    Who thinks we should sign melky next year to a one year deal. Better than andrew jones

    • MannyGeee

      Too many Melkyz!!!!

    • VT Yankee Fan

      If the price is right they should definitely go for it.

  • MannyGeee

    Uh oh… hardy in scoring position… It’s happening! Doomed!!!!!

  • Get Phelps Up

    Dan Johnson and Longo with 3 HRs. Haha.

  • Tex=gidp

    Hardy on third no outs in tampa top of the 9th

  • Cy Pettitte

    Curtis!

  • Get Phelps Up

    But…you can’t win by hitting homers!

  • Jersey Joe

    grandy needs 1 more bomb to tie Miggy

  • http://www.g6tec.com Jedile

    Grandy coming up on miggy! garbage timeee

    • MannyGeee

      Which would have been awesome. Needs one more to tie.

  • Tex=gidp

    Hell let Aardsma pitch the 8th

    • MannyGeee

      And swisher pitch the 9th

  • Mike N

    WOO! HOO!

  • Captain_Turbo

    Too many homers!

  • Rocky Road Redemption

    In the end, what a great season. It’s really a very good job by Joe managing around these injuries.

    • Jersey Joe

      THIS

  • Tex=gidp

    Os score but 2 out

  • Cy Pettitte

    ok start pulling all the starters.

  • Anthony

    Nice to see the Rays not rolling over! Not that we need the help :)

  • Jersey Joe

    WE WANT RODNEY!!!

  • MannyGeee

    Helicoptor swing FTW!

  • Joe M

    Gardner swung at the first pitch! And got a hit!

    (I’m all for him taking a thousand pitches. I was just surprised he swung.)

  • Tex=gidp

    Rodney in now with two outs man on 1st

  • Mike N

    I am feeling really good about the Yanks chances in the playoffs right now.

  • Rocky Road Redemption

    I almost hope the Orioles come back. It’ll make our win even more awesome since we know we had to get it.

  • Mike N

    YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!! ICHIBAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • MannyGeee

    Oh Ichiro just makes it look too easy

  • Jack

    Boom

  • The Real Greg

    Yankees win the East

  • http://www.g6tec.com Jedile

    It’s over. The O’s lost. And Ichiro!

  • Get Phelps Up

    And, the Yankees are now officially AL East Champs!!

  • MannyGeee

    It’s over in Tampa…

  • Captain_Turbo

    How many f’s in laffer?

  • Jersey Joe

    That scoreboard…Yankees win, DADAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA YANKEES WIN

  • Rocky Road Redemption

    I have such a huge grin right now.

  • Cy Pettitte

    awesome scene at YSIII

  • MannyGeee

    Ok that ovation just gave me goosebumps.

  • https://twitter.com/#!/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

    ARod is probably thinking, “Hey, I’ve heard cheering during an AB before.”

  • Mike N

    AL East Champions!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Tex=gidp

    Hes pulling Cano?

  • Pete

    Want to see Ibanez and Ichiro in the clubhouse, doused…

    • MannyGeee

      In semen…. Oh wait.

  • Jersey Joe

    NOW, lets watch the debate…JK

    • Jersey Joe

      Fun fact: My parents have the exact same anniversary as Obamas.

  • The Real Greg

    Let Cano hit and then pull him.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      Cervelli to 2B!!!

      • Jersey Joe

        McGehee actually had reps there….

        MCGEHEE FOR 2B!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        • Need Pitching & Hitting

          Not since 2009.
          Cervelli played 2 innings at 2B just last year.

  • MannyGeee

    Bobby V is getting his laps in tonight huh…. Prob knows its gonna be a long long time before he gets to walk back up to a mound again, so what the hell.

  • Tex=gidp

    Bobby V just leave now no one will care lol

    • Jack

      He should put on the mustache, just for old time’s sake.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Need 5 more runs to pass Texas for the league lead in runs scored.

  • RetroRob

    Kind of surprised Granderson didn’t bat there with a chance to tie for the HR lead.

  • dontchaknow

    fuck em

  • dontchaknow

    fuck em

  • captain kiwi

    i just got in and all i have to say is that I FUCKING LOVE THE YANKEES! 2012 AL EAST CHAMPS! BEST RECORD IN THE LEAGUE! WORLD SERIES OR BUST!

    • captain kiwi

      and as i say that, mlbtv shits out on me. great.

  • Laz

    CMon JOe, stop having pinch hitters, i want to get to 20 runs!

  • Laz

    CMon JOe, stop having pinch hitters, i want to get to 20 runs!

  • Jersey Joe

    Why did Joe take out Grandy?

    HE WAS 1 AWAY!

    • Tom

      And with the Boston bullpen he probably had a decent shot at hitting in the 8th again

    • DC

      If he tied Miggy, Miggy still gets the TC.

  • Tom

    This seems like the ideal time to get fist pump at 2nd base (he’s played 3rd before)

    And McGehee still can’t get in! Too funny.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      He’s played 2nd before also.

      • Tom

        Thank – Wasn’t sure…

        I remember Posada playing a Gold Glove 2nd base, but I only remembered Cervelli playing 3rd for some reason

  • Cy Pettitte

    put Cervelli at 2nd

  • RetroRob

    Will Rapada get to pitch. If he doesn’t, I can’t see him making the postseason roster because he’s either injured or Joe has lost all faith in him.

  • The Real Greg

    Cervelli is in the game catching.

  • Tex=gidp

    Can they please stop sucking off Pedroia his season is over and he helped destroy the team talk about that

  • Jack

    What’s Jorge up to these day? Let him play 2nd.

  • The Real Greg

    Here comes Rapada.

  • forensic

    14-2 with one basically meaningless inning left in the season. By all means, drag it out with some mixing and matching.

    • The Real Greg

      I love it. We’re gonna force Bobby V and the Red Sox to stay here in this miserable season as long as we can.

  • Kramerica Industries

    Rapada sighting!

  • Rocky Road Redemption

    IS Joe seriously taking out the pitcher for a favorable matchup? In a 14-2 game?

    • Cy Pettitte

      gotta get Rapada some work

    • RetroRob

      He might just want to get some of his guys work since they don’t play until Sunday, especially Rapada.

  • https://twitter.com/#!/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

    He’ll get criticized for it but Rapada needs the work.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      True. But it’s still a bit annoying. And poetic.

  • The Real Greg

    I;m surprised not more people are loving this. This is torture for Bobby V and the Red Sox. Plus Rapada needs the work.

    • forensic

      The whole season has been torture for them. I don’t give a shit about them sitting there. I just want the celebration to start.

    • RetroRob

      Maybe he can mix-and-match another three outs!

      Actually, Bobby V might be so pissed at Boston that maybe he purposely put that lame lineup in game one to screw the Boston.

  • The Real Greg

    Nice play by Podsednik

  • Tom

    Have to appreciate the effort by Podsenik there. (also nice to see the Yankee fans applaud it)

    If that was Pedroia, the ESPN booth may have climaxed.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Who did Casey McGehee kill?

    I assume this means there is 0 chance he is on the postseason roster.

  • Joe M

    What was the injury delay that Gameday showed?

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      Podsednik ran into the RF wall chasing down Cervelli’s drive.

  • Anthony

    Between facebook, the debates, and this game I can’t even keep track of anything anymore. HIROK complete game!!!!

  • Mike N

    WOO!HOO!!!!!!!

  • Hummingbird S.

    AL EAST CHAMPS! that sounds great!

  • Robert Heenan

    Can we get some love for Freddy Garcia? He had his bad spots – beginning of the season and the end of his run as starter. But he has been very solid as a reliever, and there was a period where he and Kuroda basically carried the rotation. Even when he wasn’t great as a starter, he was reliable — not a complete-game shutout, but not a Hughes/Nova meltdown either.

    • Tom

      +1

      He had some frustratingly rollercoaster starts but more times than not he would get at least 5 innings, 3 or less ER. It was never pretty and there would be men on base all game, but he would get through it.

    • captain kiwi

      def. every member of the team has done something to warrant my appreciation this year (save for maybe jones), and freddy is pretty high on that list. i pulled for him last year, and i was glad to see him on the team this year. he struggled, sure, but i feel he rewarded the FOs confidence in him, no matter which spot he pitched in.

      • forensic

        Even Jones had the huge series in Fenway, if nothing else.

        • captain kiwi

          which is why i had the qualifier “maybe”… jones was tough to bear for most of the season, but i wouldn’t dream of taking away that series in fenway.

  • forensic

    Way to go Yanks!!!

  • RetroRob

    Great regular season.

  • Pete

    Derek, you really *didn’t* have to win the game, but we understand your answer…

    • forensic

      In order to get home-field throughout, they did need to win.

  • captain kiwi

    i am so happy for everyone on the team, but moreso for the older guys. ichiro, hiroki, even raul. another chance for immortality. yankees keep playing like this and i don’t see anyone stopping them. let’s go #28!

  • Anthony

    So pumped!!!

  • RetroRob

    Watching Grandy being interviewed on MLBN. By his answer, I don’t think he really knew he could have tied Cabrera for the HR title.

  • Rocky Road Redemption

    Number 1 seed in the American League!