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.
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
You forgot the TM thing.
Raul Ibanez-True Yankee TM
There ya go, the profit from the trademark can also be put towards that statue.
RAUULLLL! SO COOOLLLLL!
The Yankees are so winning the World Series this year.
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.
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.
Lets hope you’re right.
Great job A’s! Could tonight be any better? Verlander has to tomorrow now! YES!!!!
Raul Ibanez….True Yankee.
Great pitching and Raul.
What else do they need?
I don’t care if Saunders is a lefty. START HIM TOMORROW
.197/.246/.246 vesus lefties this year. NO Homeruns. And he hits his first one off Matsuz in the play offs. HOLY FUCKING SHIT.
“i came to complete Raza Goul’s Destiny”
*Ra’s Al Ghul.
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.
My sweet dick, it’s magic!
Oh my god I got home just in time to see it RAUL MOTHER FUCKIN IBANEZ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Your handle went from funny to annoying to EPIC throughout the season. Never change it. Ever.
Ha, I was wondering what you decided to do, and whether you were missing this incredible shit with your non-baseball friends.
Hahaha, I got home, closed the door and turned around just in time to see the ball go out.
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…
Why would you be sleeping while the yankees are playing?
I want to have your baby, Raul! FYI, I’m a dude.
Ibanez is good and all — but I wish he was better in the clutch.
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!!
lolz.. the first offensive closer?
See the game thread pre start where I called for ibanez to dh…ride the hot hand
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.
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.
Torre watching teh game: “I would have pinch hit him, too!!!”
LOL epic comment
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.
Have a feeling Jeter may be DH’ing tomorrow.
if we’re lucky
I’d be shocked if he doesn’t play. (unless something is broken)
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.
NO. IBANEZ IS DHING. PERIOD.
Raul Ibanez=TRUE YANKEE
I remember at the beginning of the season, thinking how useless Ibanez was.
Although in our hearts we all knew that Johnny Damon would have hit the walkoff HR in the 9th inning and spared us extras.
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.
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.
Silly silly silly. Haven’t you learned anything about the yankees
Raul has just been silly. I love me some Voldemort.
You have to admit. Girardi nedded balls to make that move.
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.
Honestly, he would have needed just a big of balls not to.
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.
Good thing the Yanks have all the ingredients they need to win this year, which are apparently two aging lefty outfielder/DHs.
True Yankee? Serious question. Dude’s hit some HUGE homers for us.
Sadly this is the closest A-Rod comes to being clutch!
Respect to Girardi for sitting him down.
A-Rod had his clutch moments in 2009. He knows what it feels like, albeit only rarely.
Nope I just remember the vast majority of his Yankee career.
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.
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
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
Thank you joe for having the guts to put Raul in there! Thank you! Thank you!!!!!
All of this. My opinion of Joe has changed after tonight. That took man sized balls I didn’t know Girardi had.
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
A rod secretly pissed?
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.
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)
He seemed pretty happy in the dug out.
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.
Huh? How do you know what way he meant it? You’re being a hater.
Smoltz is a dick.
Word. 1996 called and said, “Suck it, Smoltzy.”
Amazing. Absolutely amazing!
So fucking cool. Seriously, so fucking cool.
Damn, it’s too bad those home runs didn’t count since you can’t hit them in the postseason.
Jim Johnson is the new Joe Nathan.
this thread needs a like button
I’d add Jonathan Papelbon and Huston Street, but relative to NYY yeah.
1. Let’s not forget how good Kuroda was tonight.
2. Cross your fingers for Jeter’s foot. Broken bone would be devastating.
Ohhh…you beat me to it about Kuroda.
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.
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.
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.
I have nothing else to add. I agree with this post 100%
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.
This cannot be stated more perfectly.
THANK YOU. So well said.
Also, let’s not forget that awesome start by Kuroda. Dude was absolute money tonight.
Everyone who has pitched for the postseason thus far has been very good. The offense needs to kick it up!
Oh hell yea Kiruoda was pure BEAST tonight
All Hail Joe! All Hail Joe! All Hail Joe! Raul!!!!!
That is all.
Saunders starting Game 4. Yankees offense has a chance to get healthy tomorrow.
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).
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!!!!!
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.
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.
Any link to the Sterling call yet?
His heart might have given out. I mean he loves the role player type guys like Raul.
They just played it on MLB Tonight. Epic.
He’d have preferred if Jayson Nix won it.
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!!!!!!!!!
Wasn’t that the 15th inning? Against the Red Sox right, Beckett and AJ started?
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.
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?
anyone just see that Oak-Det play by Drew? Man what a dumb play!
High on this game! So good raaaaauuuuullll!!!!
I THINK THEY SHOULD DFA RAUL IBANEZ RIGHT NOW OF HIS SPRING TRAINING NUMBERS!!!
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,
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.
Raul pulling some of that 2009 ARod shit tonight.
Game 4 Lineup
Ibanez DH- I DON’T CARE IF SAUNDERS IS A LEFTY
Granderson CF- not coming anywhere near the ball
Nunez should be playing at 3B. Alex needs to be shut down for the remainder of the year.
Nunez shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near 3B.
Anyone know where pistol Pete is at?
Homers ftw. No, seriously.
For. The. Mother. Fucking. Win.
yankee magic never gets old
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
That was a Reggie level performance.
Just listened to ARod and he was extremely gracious, couldn’t have handled it better.
Why is the media acting like Girardi pinch hit for the 2007 version of Alex Rodriguez?
I was there section 203! Nuts. I was on tv!
Wow, Joe F! I’m happy you were there! Perhaps you magically tipped the walk off scales in the Yankees’ favor . . . .
Probably been mentioned somewhere, but Saunders is starting tomorrow. I wonder why no Chris Tillman.
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.
Good points. Then I assume (and I hope this game does not happen) in Game 5 it’s Hammel/CC again.
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.
Ibanez has clinched his invitation to future old-timer’s days in my book.
Guys…lost in all this is what a game Hiroki pitched. Dude pitched a hell of a game. 2 ER in 8 IP.
Couldn’t agree more.
Hey guys, this win doesn’t count. You can’t win with home runs in the playoffs.
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.
And he pulled Jeter for Nix, who made the unassisted DP in the 10th.
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.
If you followed that link from axisa, you would see that a-rod is in the top 50 WPA swings 3 times. Interesting.
Play Gardner over Granderson.
Hoping for an A’s comeback in the bottom of the 9th.
You might get your wish. Tying run on second bottom nine, no out against Valverde.
Andddddddddd they’ve tied it!!
Even Reggie Jackson has to think that was an epic performance
You guys should already know this… Mystique and Aura only start to dance after 11.
They are professionals, ya know.
If I may add, Lets go A’s!
I was about to ask, is anybody watching this? Tying run just scored!!
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.
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.
Well, that didn’t take long. Love it!
A’s tie it up at 3 in the 9th!
Anyone watching the A’s game? Crazy day in baseball!
what a night!
with the exception of that total boneheaded baserunning play
wasn’t that Drew who got thrown out at third?
oh yeah it was. Nevermind.
Horrid AB there..hopefully Pennington can end this before the Daily Show re-airs.
Well Derek Norris, that sure was pitiful.
That was Kottaras, and still pitiful.
I thought he said kottaras the first time, then thought he said Norris the second time. I chose poorly.
that was Kottaras not Norris
Wow…generous strike call there.
Yes!!!!! Not as awesome as the Yanks game, but what a night of baseball.
Way to atone for your error, Coco.
What a day for baseball!
Terrible Defense there. I’m happy though I want these guys to play as many games as possible.
What a night for us. The Amazin As have forced a Game 5! Verlander cannot pitch Game 1 of the ALCS!
what a game
who would want to play the Al’s right now?
The Yankees-A’s ALCS is gonna be fun.
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.
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
have a great start tomorrow Justin.
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!
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.
Scherzer and Fister are nothing to sneeze at. Tigers pitching is still very formidable even if Verlander only pitches one game in the series.
Sure they are nothing to sneeze at, but neither is CC, Andy, Kuroda or some of the Orioles starters as well.
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.
He’d be able to pitch Game 3 and 7 on normal rest.
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.
So fucking awesome. I met Michael Kay, Merideth, and Bald Vinny.
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…
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.
Tonight may have been more remarkable than Sept. 28, 2011.
I am not kidding.
Lost amidst all of the truly epic whining, from regulars, optimists, and trolls alike, was this gem by Big Member:
…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 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.
Did the reporter on Jim Leyland’s post game press conf just ask him to comment on Valverde getting “raped”?
So what dance was Valverde doing tonight?
So does Valverde jump around and do all his antics when he blows a save? #sotired Great finish
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.
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