Oct
10

Raul Ibanez! homers twice in Game Three walk-off win

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At +.827 WPA, Raul Ibanez just had the fifth biggest playoff game in baseball history. He saw three pitches. The game recap will be up … eventually.

  • Winter

    RAAAAUUUUUL!

    • http://www,riveraveblues.com GT Yankee

      Let me be the first to offer my $5 to erect a statue after this guy! Native New Yorker and voted along with Jim Thome the nicest MLB player when 290 players were polled. Nice guys don’t always finish last! Does it get better than this? Raul Ibanez-True Yankee

      • Bob Buttons the Cat

        You forgot the TM thing.

        • http://www,riveraveblues.com GT Yankee

          M’bad

          Raul Ibanez-True Yankee TM

          • Bob Buttons the Cat

            There ya go, the profit from the trademark can also be put towards that statue.

    • Mark

      RAUULLLL! SO COOOLLLLL!

  • Get Phelps Up

    The Yankees are so winning the World Series this year.

    • MannyGeee

      If you believe this, Ive got about 2200 posts between monday night and about 39 minutes ago to show you….

      But seriously, I feel 2009 confident about this team. I said it today, and I will say it tomorrow.

      • Jim Is Bored

        That game thread was embarrassing. I mean for real. It was a one run game and people were acting like we were down by 10.

    • Chris

      Lets hope you’re right.

    • http://www,riveraveblues.com GT Yankee

      Great job A’s! Could tonight be any better? Verlander has to tomorrow now! YES!!!!

  • JFH

    Raul Ibanez….True Yankee.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Great pitching and Raul.

    What else do they need?

  • Cy Pettitte

    Raul….my god.

  • The Real Greg

    I don’t care if Saunders is a lefty. START HIM TOMORROW

  • DT

    .197/.246/.246 vesus lefties this year. NO Homeruns. And he hits his first one off Matsuz in the play offs. HOLY FUCKING SHIT.

  • Psy

    RAhhhh Ouullllll

    • camilo Gerardo

      “i came to complete Raza Goul’s Destiny”

      • Mikhel

        *Ra’s Al Ghul.

  • forensic

    Ibanez says screw you Girardi for benching me!!!

    That went from the most boring game ever to an incredible game.

    If only there weren’t so many bad things still there, but at least it’s better to have those in a win than a loss.

  • BJ

    My sweet dick, it’s magic!

  • Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

    Oh my god I got home just in time to see it RAUL MOTHER FUCKIN IBANEZ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Nice Scheister of Shrooms

      Your handle went from funny to annoying to EPIC throughout the season. Never change it. Ever.

    • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

      Ha, I was wondering what you decided to do, and whether you were missing this incredible shit with your non-baseball friends.

      • Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

        Hahaha, I got home, closed the door and turned around just in time to see the ball go out. :D

  • OxFredEagle

    Woke up in bed, opened up game cast on my phone. Caught it just going into mid 12th, and saw blip about Raul hitting ninth inning hr. Then he’s at bat, and before pitch even registers online, the score updates to 3-2. Seriously considered that I might be dreaming…

    • Laz

      Why would you be sleeping while the yankees are playing?

  • Jim Ross

    I want to have your baby, Raul! FYI, I’m a dude.

  • DM

    Ibanez is good and all — but I wish he was better in the clutch.

    • http://www,riveraveblues.com GT Yankee

      ROFLMAO!

  • Nice Scheister of Shrooms

    Retire his number. He shouldn’t start, ever. He should close all the games, with his bat. Beyond clutch. ALL his homers look the same, beautiful. I said the Yanks would plate the last run, and it happened. Awesome victory!!

    • Adam P

      lolz.. the first offensive closer?

  • Dan

    See the game thread pre start where I called for ibanez to dh…ride the hot hand

  • Eddard reboot v.1.0

    There’s something special about this team. Martin in Game 1, Raul in Game 3, both off Jim Johnson. Girardi making all the right moves, outmanaging Buck. Who would have thought that he would PH for A-Rod? Great move. Phil tomorrow for the series win. Raul should be DHing, A-Rod plays 3rd only because it’s a LHP.

    • Dan

      never in a million years did i fathom he’d pull arod in that spot. i swore he’d go down with the ship before he “disrespected” a vet like that.

      • camilo Gerardo

        Torre watching teh game: “I would have pinch hit him, too!!!”

        • Dan

          LOL epic comment

      • Laz

        I think that it only became a big deal because in 2006 the yankees only managed to win 1 game and advance. When the team wins nobody really cares. Jeter wasn’t even in the game for several innings.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      Have a feeling Jeter may be DH’ing tomorrow.

      • dkidd

        if we’re lucky

        • Need Pitching & Hitting

          I’d be shocked if he doesn’t play. (unless something is broken)

      • forensic

        With Saunders starting, it won’t happen but either Swisher or Grandy needs to sit with Ibanez and Ichiro in the OF. They have great numbers against him, lefty or not, and Swisher and Grandy don’t, on top of not hitting overall now either.

      • http://www.nesn.com/2011/01/2011-red-sox-will-challenge-1927-yankees-for-title-of-greatest-team-in-major-league-history.html wilk

        NO. IBANEZ IS DHING. PERIOD.

  • TheSaint

    Raul Ibanez=TRUE YANKEE

  • http://twitter/TheRealJeromeS Jerome S.

    I remember at the beginning of the season, thinking how useless Ibanez was.
    Now… tears…

  • Get Phelps Up

    Although in our hearts we all knew that Johnny Damon would have hit the walkoff HR in the 9th inning and spared us extras.

  • Eddard

    If Detroit finishes this off it just makes tomorrow’s game 4 all that more important. Our chances vs Detroit are severely diminished if they can throw Verlander in Game 1, Fister in Game 2 and we have to throw Pettitte in Game 1, Phelps in Game 2. Our rotation matches up with theirs starter for starter but only if we can line it up.

  • Mike

    There is one person I”m mad at a right now, and that’s myself. Why did I sell my tickets to this game!!!!!! GRRRRRRRR.

    • Rek4gehrig

      Silly silly silly. Haven’t you learned anything about the yankees

  • Alkaline

    Raul has just been silly. I love me some Voldemort.

  • The Real Greg

    You have to admit. Girardi nedded balls to make that move.

    • Eddard

      Absolutely. I’m often critical of Girardi but he took a risk there and it worked. How many #3 hitters ever get PH for? Ever? Amazing managing job by Joe.

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

      Honestly, he would have needed just a big of balls not to.

  • Eddard

    Ichiro is Johnny Damon, Raul is Hideki. It just has that feel of 2009. If we can win tomorrow and set our rotation for the ALCS I like our chances against Oakland or Detroit. But we have to win tomorrow.

    • hogsmog

      Good thing the Yanks have all the ingredients they need to win this year, which are apparently two aging lefty outfielder/DHs.

  • Rek4gehrig

    Rah ooooolllllll

  • Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

    True Yankee? Serious question. Dude’s hit some HUGE homers for us.

  • Coolerking101

    Sadly this is the closest A-Rod comes to being clutch!

    Respect to Girardi for sitting him down.

    • Jim Is Bored

      A-Rod had his clutch moments in 2009. He knows what it feels like, albeit only rarely.

    • Laz

      Forget 2009?

      • Coolerking101

        Nope I just remember the vast majority of his Yankee career.

        • DT

          Other than 2009, did you forget when he carried a mediocre team to the play offs in 2007? his 1.000+ OPS in the 2004 play offs before the entire team choked? his 2005 MVP year? Yeah he has done nothing or the team in his career.

        • YanksFanInBeantown

          So what you’re saying is that you don’t forget 2009.

          You know, the year he almost single-handedly carried us to a World Series Championship

          • Joe Girardis Braces

            What happens with a-rod from here, he said all the right things after the game but u know hes hurt by this, I know most people hate him but this has to be a personal low for him and a team high for him all in the same night. U know hes mad at girardi, does he start hitting from here or is he mentally done

  • Edmond

    Thank you joe for having the guts to put Raul in there! Thank you! Thank you!!!!!

    • Nice Scheister of Shrooms

      All of this. My opinion of Joe has changed after tonight. That took man sized balls I didn’t know Girardi had.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    i was one of the biggest ibanez haters ever during the season. I apologize to all yankee fans for that. i still don’t want to see him in the outfield, but man dude can hit when it counts.

    cano, arod, grandy, swish, and tex are pressing. they all blow right now, really hoping this wakes them up so they go back to their normal approaches

  • mlbtv stranded

    A rod secretly pissed?

    • http://www,riveraveblues.com GT Yankee

      I think and hope A-Rod has matured into a team player. He vaulted his hands above his head when it happened. Perhaps he was even a bit relieved. I’m giving him the benefit of the doubt.

      • mlbtv stranded

        He can be happy for Raul and the team win, and at the same time, the fiery competitor in him may feel upstaged.

        Having the spotlight shine on his short-comings is nothing new, so I’m hoping it just shakes things up a bit in a positive way, and unleashes the player we need him to be. (assuming he’s healthy)

    • DT

      He seemed pretty happy in the dug out.

  • ANSKY

    Funniest comment came from Smoltz when they zoomed to the dugout celebration:
    “Look at CC. He’s thinking he’s guaranteed another start.”

    Yeah in Game 1 of the ALCS…dick.

    • Now Batting

      Huh? How do you know what way he meant it? You’re being a hater.

      • Adam P

        Smoltz is a dick.

    • Deep Thoughts

      Word. 1996 called and said, “Suck it, Smoltzy.”

  • Ethan

    Amazing. Absolutely amazing!

  • thenamestsam

    So fucking cool. Seriously, so fucking cool.

  • ItWasaThing

    Damn, it’s too bad those home runs didn’t count since you can’t hit them in the postseason.

  • BigBlueAL

    Jim Johnson is the new Joe Nathan.

    • Dan

      this thread needs a like button

    • goterpsgo

      I’d add Jonathan Papelbon and Huston Street, but relative to NYY yeah. :D

  • Rey22

    RAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUULLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Holy.Fucking.Shit.

  • CountryClub

    1. Let’s not forget how good Kuroda was tonight.

    2. Cross your fingers for Jeter’s foot. Broken bone would be devastating.

    • Get Phelps Up

      Ohhh…you beat me to it about Kuroda.

  • Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

    Favorite part about this: nobody in the dugout looked happier than Alex. Dude knows he’s struggling, and knows the team is more important than him.

    • Eddard

      Yeah, he looked lost against Johnson so I’m sure he understands. Alex needs to be ready to go tomorrow. LHP with a chance to win the series. Jeter might be down so everyone needs to step up, including Alex.

    • TomH

      Of course he’s happy about the result.

      The thing is that Ibanez is old too. I don’t buy this crap about ARod being finished. He busted a hand. We saw him during the season hit some real monster shots. People his age, great hitters have had considerable success. The hand will heal over the winter, and the hand is the simplest explanation for what’s happened to him this month: therefore the explanation of choice. It will affect both bat speed and power–and timing and confidence too.

      And yet Girardi did make the right move to pinch hit for him, embarrassing as it must have been for Alex.

      The violence of some of these insults during the game thread are appalling. They can only come from people who haven’t lived long enough to know how difficult life is.

      • Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

        I have nothing else to add. I agree with this post 100%

      • DM

        The only thing I’d add is that Raul has been a career overachiever — so making adjustments, cheating and guessing were always a part of his game. The challenge for a natural super talent like A-Rod is to embrace making significant adjustments after not needing them for 17 years.

      • Rocky Road Redemption

        This cannot be stated more perfectly.

      • gc

        THANK YOU. So well said.

  • Get Phelps Up

    Also, let’s not forget that awesome start by Kuroda. Dude was absolute money tonight.

    • Anthony

      Everyone who has pitched for the postseason thus far has been very good. The offense needs to kick it up!

      • WHIPunk

        Oh hell yea Kiruoda was pure BEAST tonight

  • CUYanks

    All Hail Joe! All Hail Joe! All Hail Joe! Raul!!!!!

    That is all.

  • BigBlueAL

    Saunders starting Game 4. Yankees offense has a chance to get healthy tomorrow.

    • forensic

      Based on history I’d rather they face Tillman, but hopefully it’ll work out well. Need to sit Grandy or Swish and play Ibanez and Ichiro in the OF (assuming Jeter has to DH).

  • goterpsgo

    All my 0’s-rooting friends are booing me but what can they say?!?! This year leading after 9 innings, 0’s are now 76 AND ONE!!!!! :D

  • Cy Pettitte

    Best part about this series so far has definitely been beating the O’s where they’re strongest. So sick of hearing about their 7whatever-0 record when winning after 7 and their extra inning games winning streak.

    • Eddard

      Yes! And it’s our bullpen that got the job done tonight. All 3 games have really came down to the Os pen. They held in Game 2, blew it in Games 1 and 3. The starters for both teams have been phenomenal. Unbelievable baseball these past 3 games.

  • Pete

    Any link to the Sterling call yet?

    • Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

      His heart might have given out. I mean he loves the role player type guys like Raul.

      • The Real Greg

        They just played it on MLB Tonight. Epic.

      • SammySosasBleachingCream

        He’d have preferred if Jayson Nix won it.

  • Total Dominication

    I’ve never experienced a moment quite like that walkoff blast. The closes I can remember is A-rod’s 16th inning homer, but this was the playoffs. I was literally jumping up and down and hugging people. All Hail Lord Voldemort!!!!!!!!!

  • Get Phelps Up

    Although O’s fans can take solace in the fact that Johnson lowered his postseason ERA in the last 2 games from 135.00 to a much more manageable 13.50.

  • DM

    Mike, if we release Ibanez today then sign either Damon, Matsui, Vlad, Branyan, Cust to replace his bat — would any of them be eligible for the post-season roster?

  • Ethan

    anyone just see that Oak-Det play by Drew? Man what a dumb play!

  • Raul is so cool

    High on this game! So good raaaaauuuuullll!!!!

  • mustang

    I THINK THEY SHOULD DFA RAUL IBANEZ RIGHT NOW OF HIS SPRING TRAINING NUMBERS!!!

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

    Does anyone else notice the funny whiplash like thing Raul has going on at the end of a home run swing? The way his head and shoulders snap back is really odd looking,

    • DM

      Yeah, but it happens b/c he opens his hips so much his front foot rolls enough that he’s a little off balance at the end.

  • DT

    Raul pulling some of that 2009 ARod shit tonight.

  • http://www.nesn.com/2011/01/2011-red-sox-will-challenge-1927-yankees-for-title-of-greatest-team-in-major-league-history.html wilk

    Game 4 Lineup
    Jeter SS
    Suzuki LF
    Cano 2B
    Teixeira 1B
    Swisher RF
    Ibanez DH- I DON’T CARE IF SAUNDERS IS A LEFTY
    Rodriguez 3B
    Martin C
    Granderson CF- not coming anywhere near the ball

    • rogue

      Nunez should be playing at 3B. Alex needs to be shut down for the remainder of the year.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting

        Nunez shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near 3B.

  • mustang

    Anyone know where pistol Pete is at?

    LOL

  • I am not the droids you’re looking for

    Homers ftw. No, seriously.

    Homers.

    For. The. Mother. Fucking. Win.

  • Mike c

    yankee magic never gets old

  • Bob Buttons the Cat

    Random thought: 2 of the top 4 +WPA in post season history belong to the very same team in the very same game.

    Freese and Berkman in WS game 6 last year.

  • youngmanalex

    question, (as usual). looking into next year, I think AROD is done. Done being the #3#4, he is just done, today’s benching was a testament to that.. do you guys agree?

    • youngmanalex

      basically what im saying is that, I think he’s lost his leash as being a middle of the line up threat. as much as cashman was pushing it.

      • Eddard

        I’d probably give him one more game tomorrow vs the LHP to show something before I move him down. If he does nothing again I’d move him down to 6th. Bump Cano up to 3, Teix and Swish 4 and 5. The thing is, nobody outside of Jeter, Martin and Raul are swinging the bat that well. Pick your poison.

        • Deep Thoughts

          Mark Shapiro and the Cleveland front office must be kicking themselves for jumping the gun and hiring Tito when they did, thus missing out on all the awesome managerial talent posting on RAB tonight.

    • Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

      Yes. I’m a huge A-Rod fan, he WAS great. Now when it comes to his peers he is simply very good. When I say that I think he’s done as a middle of the order hitter I don’t mean that I think he’s ‘done’ as a baseball player. Alex still has very good on base skills when at 100% as well as an above average glove defensively, with great baserunning awareness and some power (20-25 hrs if healthy). I think he would be an ideal 2 or 6 hitter personally.

  • JRod

    That was a Reggie level performance.

  • pistol pete

    Just listened to ARod and he was extremely gracious, couldn’t have handled it better.

  • asdf

    He-who-shall-not-be-Arod

  • Dino

    Why is the media acting like Girardi pinch hit for the 2007 version of Alex Rodriguez?

  • Joe F

    I was there section 203! Nuts. I was on tv!

    • Betty Lizard

      Wow, Joe F! I’m happy you were there! Perhaps you magically tipped the walk off scales in the Yankees’ favor . . . .

  • Mike

    Probably been mentioned somewhere, but Saunders is starting tomorrow. I wonder why no Chris Tillman.

    • forensic

      I would’ve started Saunders too. He’s been pitching regularly, helped them through Texas, is a lefty sinkballer in YS, and though he has bad numbers against the Yankees, Tillman has absolutely horrid numbers against them. Even this year he struggled against them, despite seemingly improving overall.

      • Mike

        Good points. Then I assume (and I hope this game does not happen) in Game 5 it’s Hammel/CC again.

  • Rocky Road Redemption

    For the first home run I jumped in the air, pumped my fist, and screamed very loudly.

    During the second home run my TV was on mute and I looked up and seriously considered for a moment whether or not the HR was a replay and I just remembered the spot it landed wrong. Then I took off the mute and started yelling.

    The Mysterious Force is good-very good. Mystique and Aura are better.

  • nick

    Ibanez has clinched his invitation to future old-timer’s days in my book. :-)

  • King George

    Guys…lost in all this is what a game Hiroki pitched. Dude pitched a hell of a game. 2 ER in 8 IP.

    • Mike

      Couldn’t agree more.

  • Rocky Road Redemption

    Hey guys, this win doesn’t count. You can’t win with home runs in the playoffs.

  • Hummingbird S.

    I gotta give credit when credit is due. Girardi PH for A-Rod, can’t say I expected that one, but it was absolutely the right thing to do. GREAT MOVE Joe.

    btw, RAAAAUUUUUL!

    • Deep Thoughts

      And he pulled Jeter for Nix, who made the unassisted DP in the 10th.

  • Mike

    Some Yankee writer tweeted that the media would have screamed and blamed this loss on Girardi had Ibanez get out in the 9th inning

    I’m sorry I just don’t by that at all. I can’t guarantee they wouldn’t have, and of course it’s something we won’t know, but do you expect A-Rod, who has like 1 HR in his last 60 AB overall and 0 HR in his last 65 postseason AB, would have done the same thing?

    Even if Ibanez had struck out, I’d call that an equal production of A-Rod.

  • bill

    If you followed that link from axisa, you would see that a-rod is in the top 50 WPA swings 3 times. Interesting.

  • 27 rings

    Play Gardner over Granderson.

  • Mike

    Hoping for an A’s comeback in the bottom of the 9th.

    • Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

      You might get your wish. Tying run on second bottom nine, no out against Valverde.

      • Mike

        Andddddddddd they’ve tied it!!

  • Dela G

    Even Reggie Jackson has to think that was an epic performance

  • Chris in NC

    You guys should already know this… Mystique and Aura only start to dance after 11.

    They are professionals, ya know.

  • forensic

    If I may add, Lets go A’s!

    • Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

      I was about to ask, is anybody watching this? Tying run just scored!!

      • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

        This is awesome.

        If they win this, Verlander is used for Game 5, plus I have tickets to the ALCS in Oakland and I’m hoping to be able to watch the Yankees there.

        • Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

          I hate picking match ups, because regardless of who the Yankees play we still have to execute, but just cause you’ve got possible tickets I hope the A’s win.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Hahahahahahahahahahaha!

    • forensic

      Well, that didn’t take long. Love it!

  • Get Phelps Up

    Go A’s!

  • anon

    A’s tie it up at 3 in the 9th!

  • Ethan

    Anyone watching the A’s game? Crazy day in baseball!

  • I Collect Brett Gardner Cards

    mr. smith!
    what a night!

    • Ethan

      with the exception of that total boneheaded baserunning play

      • anon

        wasn’t that Drew who got thrown out at third?

        • Ethan

          oh yeah it was. Nevermind.

  • Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

    Horrid AB there..hopefully Pennington can end this before the Daily Show re-airs.

  • forensic

    Well Derek Norris, that sure was pitiful.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      That was Kottaras, and still pitiful.

      • forensic

        I thought he said kottaras the first time, then thought he said Norris the second time. I chose poorly.

    • anon

      that was Kottaras not Norris

  • Get Phelps Up

    Wow…generous strike call there.

  • anon

    A’S WINNN!!!!

  • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

    Yes!!!!! Not as awesome as the Yanks game, but what a night of baseball.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting

    Way to atone for your error, Coco.

    LoLverde.

  • Ethan

    What a day for baseball!

  • Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

    Terrible Defense there. I’m happy though I want these guys to play as many games as possible.

  • Eddard

    What a night for us. The Amazin As have forced a Game 5! Verlander cannot pitch Game 1 of the ALCS!

  • dkidd

    what a game

    who would want to play the Al’s right now?

  • Get Phelps Up

    The Yankees-A’s ALCS is gonna be fun.

    • forensic

      I have concerns about facing either team. I’m just thrilled that no matter what they’re both going to have to use their game 1 starters again.

  • anon

    Nice job CoCo atoning for your FB error earlier in the series. Glad to see the Tigers will waste Verlander in game 5 tomorrow prior to the ALCS

  • I Collect Brett Gardner Cards

    have a great start tomorrow Justin.
    :)

  • forensic

    Yeah A’s! Thank you for forcing Verlander to pitch again. Nicely played Garcia!

    Now the Yanks need to keep CC off the mound on Friday!

  • Mike

    Do you guys realize what this A’s win does to the Tigers if in fact the Tigers end up winning the 5th game?

    It means Justin Verlander is only going to be pitching ONE game in the ALCS (and that would be Game 4). He has never pitched on 3 games rest, ever, and Leyland still refuses to the day to do it.

    Imagine facing Verlander ONCE in a 7 game series.

    Whoever wins this series betweeen Yankees and O”s just caught a HUGE break if the Tigers in fact win game 5.

    • anon

      Scherzer and Fister are nothing to sneeze at. Tigers pitching is still very formidable even if Verlander only pitches one game in the series.

      • Mike

        Sure they are nothing to sneeze at, but neither is CC, Andy, Kuroda or some of the Orioles starters as well.

    • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

      A Yankees/A’s ALCS would be a shitload of fun to watch. Two teams that would bludgeon each other to death.

      I’m hoping for it.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      He’d be able to pitch Game 3 and 7 on normal rest.

      • Mike

        You are right, sorry for that all. I thought for some reason Game 3 was on Monday. It is in fact on Tuesday and with tomorrow being Thursday, then that makes Verlander on normal rest.

  • http://yanksgoyard.com/ Joe F

    So fucking awesome. I met Michael Kay, Merideth, and Bald Vinny.

  • forensic

    As an aside, could you imagine a booth of Ernie Johnson and buck Martinez? Even separate their voices almost buzz kill some of the wins/celebrations tonight. Imagine if they were doing the same game…

  • Eddard

    I have been critical of Bud for this horrible scheduling fiasco but this really has been a great postseason thus far. Os-Yanks is so close. The other 3 series are too. Two Game 5s tomorrow. Gonna be another great day of baseball.

  • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

    Tonight may have been more remarkable than Sept. 28, 2011.

    I am not kidding.

  • Rocky Road Redemption

    Lost amidst all of the truly epic whining, from regulars, optimists, and trolls alike, was this gem by Big Member:

    http://riveraveblues.com/2012/.....nt-4937571

    …BTW, that game thread was horrible. I DEFINITELY made the right decision to avoid game threads in the playoffs (at least until the game ends). Seriously, almost every single person in that thread was ludicrously over the top with the criticism-before the game was over!

    I’m not saying I wouldn’t be as bad if I was on the thread, but honestly that’s because it’s hard to be positive with both the team playing badly AND everybody on here crying for the dismemberment of various players (yes, I’m exaggerating).

    If you guys find yourself getting too emotionally negative, get up and watch the game away from any sports blogs. Trust me, it makes a HUGE difference. That’s not to say it isn’t depressing, but at least you don’t need to hear a gazillion different people saying it all the time.

    • I Collect Brett Gardner Cards

      Yep.
      I avoid the game threads outside of a post game hurrah.
      Not sure how many of those peeps have hit puberty yet the way some of them act.

      no guys, a strikeout in the 5th is NEVER the end of the world.
      :)

  • anon

    Did the reporter on Jim Leyland’s post game press conf just ask him to comment on Valverde getting “raped”?

  • David N

    So what dance was Valverde doing tonight?

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      heh

      David Aardsma
      ?@TheDA53
      So does Valverde jump around and do all his antics when he blows a save? #sotired Great finish

      https://twitter.com/TheDA53/status/256261080576294912

      • http://www,riveraveblues.com GT Yankee

        HEHE….DA has only been with the Yankees a short time and he already gets that the team does things professionally and largely without fanfare. Once Soriano opts out they’ll be no over the top celebrating.