Game 15: North of the Border

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Over the last few years, the Blue Jays were a team that was annoying tough to play against but ultimately inconsequential in terms of the AL East race. Their busy offseason suddenly turned them into the division favorites though, and tonight the Yankees will get their first look at their new-look competitors.

Moreso than the actual game, the most important thing tonight is Andy Pettitte‘s health. The veteran southpaw is making his third start of the season and first in ten days due to back problems. He’s thrown a few bullpen sessions these last few days and says he’s fine, but we really won’t if his pitching will be impacted in any way until he gets on the mound. These two teams play each other seven times in the next ten days, and you know Toronto is looking to make a statement. Here’s the lineup that will face right-hander Brandon Morrow…

  1. CF Brett Gardner
  2. 2B Robinson Cano
  3. 3B Kevin Youkilis
  4. DH Travis Hafner
  5. LF Vernon Wells
  6. RF Ichiro Suzuki
  7. SS Eduardo Nunez
  8. 1B Lyle Overbay
  9. C Frankie Cervelli

And on the mound is the ol’ reliable lefty, Andy Pettitte.

Tonight’s game is scheduled to start at 7:07pm ET and can be seen on YES. Enjoy.

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  • Eddard

    Can someone please tell me why Ichiro continues to play, let alone bat 6th? Last night’s near hero, Frankie Cervelli, gets demoted to 9th. Doesn’t make any sense. At least Hafner is back in the lineup.

    I don’t have any worries at all about Andy. He’ll pick up right where he left off because he’s Andy.

    • Noah Poser

      Ichiro is a lefty facing a righty and anyways he hit the ball kind of hard last night. A couple hits I believe and he got unlucky with a line drive or 2.

    • Winter

      Who would your rather see in RF against a righty? Boesch? Francisco???

      • Bob Buttons

        Actually at this point Boesch may actually be an okay alternative to Ichiro.

        • forensic

          Boesch is 0-5 with 5 K’s against Morrow, for what it’s worth. And, in my opinion, it’s much more likely that Ichiro starts to hit a bit than Boesch. Though I acknowledge I’m higher on him than most.

          As for batting order, it’s against the Girardi-rules to have back-to-back lefties if you absolutely don’t have to, so Ichiro is either batting 6th or 8th. I’d rather see him up than Overbay, so 6th works for me for now. It’s just unfortunate that if he does reach base, it quite possibly has a really slow guy in front of him and completely erases his speed.

          • vicki

            tonight’s the night ichi kicks off his foretold little hot streak.

      • Eddard

        I’ve been saying play Boesch for as long as I can remember. Boesch at least gives you a chance of hitting it out of the infield. Ichiro is just as inept against righties as he is against lefties nowadays.

        • Get Phelps Up

          You must have a really short term memory then.

  • Havok9120

    I got lost in reading various descriptions and accounts of the Franco-Prussian War and totally forgot it was game time.

    FOR PRUSSIA!!

    • Winter

      Hopefully we play the part of Prussia and not France in this game.

      • Havok9120

        That would be preferable, yes.

        I wonder what that would translate to in baseball terms. A 29-4 win? I’d take it.

  • Vern Sneaker

    What did John Franco have against the Prussians?

    • Havok9120

      They gave him a funny look so he punched them.

      Then they dropped a car on him. Then lit the car on fire. Then detonated the nuke they’d hidden in the trunk.

    • vicki

      hmm, i always thought it was julio franco who fought the prussians.

      • Havok9120

        Definitely John. Julio was still stuck in a Mexican prison after the end of the Franco-Mexican War.

  • Vern Sneaker

    So — did he get the save?

  • forensic

    Morrow is working on 16 straight scoreless innings against the Yanks and has a habit of pitching really well or dominating them.

    Hopefully that doesn’t last long into this game.

    He is the only guy in that Gardner has hit 2 homers against in his career.

  • Mykey

    Robby Cano: Good at baseball.

  • Wheels

    Best swing in baseball.

  • Karl Krawfid

    I love Youk.

    Crazy.

  • Reuben Sierra’s Chains

    2nd Suspect Bomber Dead. Time to watch the Yanks.

    Nice 2 on already. Let’s go Boyz

    • Wheels

      Where did you hear that?

      • flamingo

        It hasn’t been confirmed, but there are reports of gunshots and the suspect down in Watertown. Definitely a massive police presence.

        • nycsportzfan

          I hope they shot his cock and balls off first, oh wait, hes a nutless clown..

    • DC

      False.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Man we crush righties

  • Mykey

    Pronk, where have you been all my life?

  • Eddard

    And that’s what Hafner brings, a big extra base threat in the middle of the order.

  • jjyank

    Great start. Three hard hit balls and a HBP. Let’s do this boys!

  • Wheels

    Ichiro looks frail.

  • jjyank

    Ah shit, stop it thunderstorm! My lights have been flickering and my power dipped enough to stop my computer and phone recharging, and my printer is now restarting. Yet my internet, xbox, and TV keep brining me the Yankees. There is justice in the world! (for now).

    • Havok9120

      Nicely done to recover from that triple.

      • Havok9120

        Hmm. Stupid reply fail.

        • jjyank

          You wanted to reply to me. Freudian slip of sorts.

          • Havok9120

            I hope your power dies.

            • jjyank

              That’s really just mean. I live by myself, what the hell am I supposed to do without power?

              • Havok9120

                Fine. Keep your power.

                Just don’t be drawing any more links between me and Freud. -_-

                • jjyank

                  Some bad blood there, I take it.

                  • Havok9120

                    Guy was a looney.

                    Plus, you know, asylum.

                    • jjyank

                      Fair enough.

                      But know this: I have some ammo in my back pocket the next time you reply fail me.

                    • Havok9120

                      …..

                      Damn you, Eggs Benedict.

      • flamingo

        Agreed.

    • trr

      well, if you live anywhere near NY there’s always John and Susan on the radio…a different kind of justice

  • Noah Poser

    Wow a hitter’s umpire for a change! Very small zone but I’m not complaining because Yanks had it too.

  • Mykey

    Nice Frankie.

  • Havok9120

    Ooof. Closer than that needed to be. Nice hitting Frankie.

  • Eddard

    Cervelli should have hit 6th, not Ichiro. Even Overbay and Nuney almost had HRs. They can at least hit it out of the infield.

    • nycsportzfan

      Ichiro is gonna have a Multi Hit game before this ones over, bet!

      • nycsportzfan

        Theres 1 hit for Ichiro.. Like i said, by games end, he’ll have a multi it game, bet!!!!lol

  • nycsportzfan

    And yet another extra base hit for Cervelli.. Ya, good thing we dont’ have Russell Martin, his one hit every 20plus at bats is surely missed..lol

  • nycsportzfan

    Come on Robbie, lets keep ur rake, raking!

  • Eddard

    Kay thought Youkilis spiked the ball into the turf on purpose.

    • Mykey

      Not all that crazy a thought if he was afraid he’d sail it, but who knows?

    • Wheels

      That was weird. I think Kay was wrong.

  • jjyank

    That…was an interesting throw. Nunez, you better not be taking notes.

  • Havok9120

    I like the feigned indignation. Good stuff.

    Especially the “I don’t Twit,” line.

  • Eddard

    She’s gone! It’s good to have you back in the lineup, Travis.

  • forensic

    Nice Hafner!

    This doesn’t sound like typical Morrow, which is awesome!!!

    • jjyank

      Indeed. Even a few of the outs have been pretty hard hit. I’m liking this a lot so far.

  • Mykey

    God I love you Pronk.

  • mustang

    Cashman is the man!

  • Havok9120

    Daaaaaang Hafner. That’s some oppo-field power there.

  • jjyank

    Yeaaaah Pronk!

  • Mykey

    C’mon now Ichiro, break out of it. It’s so much more fun to root for you to succeed than to point out your failings…

    • Mykey

      Yes!

    • mustang

      Ladies and Gentlemen your Winter Champions Blue Jays.

      • mustang

        wrong spot

  • JonS

    Wells runs like it hurts. lol

    • Havok9120

      It probably does. Turf is fun like that.

  • forensic

    It’d be so nice for the weekend to put a little dent in their bullpen right away tonight.

  • nycsportzfan

    Haha, what a break!!! Both runs scored!!! Awesome!!!!

  • Mykey

    Hehehe

  • forensic

    HAHAHA!!!

    I wish I was home watching this right now. Just gonna have to settle for watching much later on…

  • Eddard

    Way to go Nuney, driving in 2 runs and giving us a four run lead!

    • Havok9120

      Surely you jest. Not even you can be this insufferable.

      • jjyank

        Now you’re just giving him a challenge.

      • vicki

        it’s shtick. ignore him awhile; it’ll get weirder.

  • JonS

    Damn that has to suck. Oh well. Works for the Yankees.

  • Havok9120

    That’s good stuff. Death by AstroTurf and bad catching.

  • jjyank

    Hahaha!! This is awesome. It’s really too bad the Jays won the World Series back in January, or this would be even more fun.

  • mustang

    Ladies and Gentlemen your Winter Champions Blue Jays.

    • RkyMtnYank

      2013 Hot Stove champs!

  • Wheels

    There is some chemistry brewing this year. Very early still, of course.

    • mustang

      Your not allowed to use that word on this site. :)

      But I agree.

      • Wheels

        Noted.

  • nycsportzfan

    Ichiro over 200 at 205BA by the way, and his avg is slowley coming up and hes hit in 8of 14 games hes had a At bat.. Like i said, and will stick to, by seasons end, he’ll be at least in the 280’s with double digit hrs and 60plus ribs

    • Mykey

      Well that would be very nice.

    • Havok9120

      Double digit HRs?

      There’s bullish and then there’s BULLISH.

      • forensic

        Glad you apparently don’t remember my best case scenario predictions for him from the off-season. ;-)

        • Havok9120

          Oh, I remember you being…on the aggressive side. I even backed you up to a less excitable degree.

          And then the season started. :P

    • mustang

      But if that happens there will be no old guy to point to as an example of what happens after 30.

      What would RAB do?

      • JonS

        There will ALWAYS be Arod. haha

        • mustang

          Well played Sir, well played.

      • mustang

        sorry the decline after 30 and they basically dead after 35

  • Havok9120

    That’s a pretty great quote.

    • Mykey

      The one about drinking beer and yelling at the players? Because that’s great.

      • Havok9120

        “Baseball should be fun: everyone should just come to the ballpark, drink beer, and yell at the players.”

        Awesome.

        • Mykey

          I will now root for him.

  • Mykey

    God I wish you were ten years younger Andy.

    • And in merrie olde England

      So do I!

  • forensic

    So, sounds like Pettitte had no control in the first inning, somewhat predictably. But seems to have settled down very nicely in the last two. That about right?

    • Havok9120

      “Settled down” is underselling it. It’s quite something.

  • Eddard

    Andy picked up right where he left off. People keep betting against this guy and he keeps proving them wrong. 40 years old and still going strong.

  • Havok9120

    God, Andy. You couldn’t get that sixth straight K? What kinda weaksauce is that?

  • JonS

    Think back 10 years ago. Who would’ve imagined that you’d hear Youkilis, Overbay, Hafner, Wells, and Ichiro playing for the Yankees.

    • Mykey

      Pretty ridiculous. Just throw Eric Chavez and Andruw Jones in there too, make it real fun.

    • Havok9120

      I bet if you did hear that you’d think the team was going straight to the Series.

      Until you heard that the year would be 2013.

    • And in merrie olde England

      Youk/Overbay were still in the minors/a rookie so I’d have shrugged them off. The other three, it was the Yankees with the boss in charge so you never ruled anything out.

  • Chilango

    Jusr got here. How did the scoring go? Is Andy lights out?

    • Havok9120

      Leadoff triple in the 1st, a bit shakey for the rest of the inning. Lights out the last two innings.

    • Mykey

      Andy’s been mowing them down since the first.

      Hafner doubled scoring Cano in the first. Then Wells grounded out and Youk scored.

      Hafner hit an opposite field homer in the third, and a throwing error by Rasmus plated two more.

    • jjyank

      Control was a bit off at first, but Andy’s settled down nicely. Hafner doubled in Cano, and hit a homer, Wells and Ichiro had hit and both scored on a sac fly by Nunez thanks to some less-than-stellar defense by the Jays.

    • Chilango

      Thanks. Four runs early for Andy. Nice.

      • jjyank

        Well, 5. Even nicer.

        • Chilango

          Four run lead I meant.

          • jjyank

            Ah, got ya. It is nice indeed.

  • mustang

    The most important part is that they score more then 4 runs and yeah that Andy guy is doing ok to.

  • jjyank

    I love how when Encarnacion called time, Andy didn’t step off the rubber like most pitchers would. He just stood there, poised, and in prime “stare” position. I love this guy.

    • mustang

      Tear running down my face.

  • BigBlueAL

    CC losing velocity while openly admitting and accepting it while saying he can learn from Pettitte how to deal with it is looking like a pretty smart plan lol.

  • Dalek Jeter

    I have legitimately spent all day doing homework or helping customers, I put the radio on for the Yankee game at like six o’clock so I wouldn’t forget…and I had it playing in the background…I now look up and it’s 5-1 and it’s like 8:25. I cannot wait till the semester ends.

    • jjyank

      You may not need to ride the bus all night! Bongs for everyone!! :D

      • Dalek Jeter

        Haha, I wish that were the case…I still have to spend ~40 minutes on it to get home at 9:15. Thank god the Yankees are winning, because outside of sports when it comes to real life I’m like Greg X 1000 and one of the semester long assignments I just started is a “Personal Futures Workbook.” Lets just say I wish I had a handle of liquor and an eight right now.

        • jjyank

          Well I can’t help you out with the slice any time soon, but I do have a handle of rum :P

          Good luck dude. I’m not so far removed from that life that I don’t remember the stress.

          • King George

            Same here. I feel your pain, but it will all be worth it in the end!

          • Dalek Jeter

            I’m done for the night, My brain literally can’t handle anymore future prep/it’s own negativity. I finished all my regular weekly assignments, and got halfway done this ridiculous 72 page “Futures Workbook” now spread across four classes I should only have 7 more homework assignments(2 long term ones I haven’t started), 1 non-cumlative math test, and 2 final in class projects.

            • jjyank

              Eeesh. That sounds like more work than my Masters program.

              • Dalek Jeter

                No way. The 72 page workbook really only has work on it every 5 pages or so, the other long term assignments are work out of the text book for the class, and a 700 word interview article. The homework is all basically short articles and such….I might be selling myself short…because it feels like an asston of work because I’ve saved these long term assignments to the last minute.

                • jjyank

                  Ah, okay. I guess my program was a lot of work if you’re not good with writing papers. If you can handle a 40 page paper over a semester, it’s not bad. That was my wheelhouse, I’d write that bitch in about 3 days and be done. When you said 72 pages, I wasn’t sure how to take that haha.

            • Havok9120

              I’m a bit short at the moment, but my handle of bourbon, half handle of rye, half handle of vodka, and handle of brandy are at your disposal should you decide to hop on a plane on a whim and come to NOLA.

        • Havok9120

          It’s for times like this you need a suitable stockpile of booze laid in ahead of time.

  • Havok9120

    Holy crap. Andy with the moves twice tonight.

    • forensic

      From Sterling, it actually sounded like a bad throw and that play was all made by Nunez. Not that many people here (not necessarily you) would give Nunez extra credit for much defensively.

      • jjyank

        It wasn’t a good throw, no. But it was a nice grab on the catch. Nunez did do a nice job staying with the throw to turn it though, for sure.

  • jjyank

    Stay awesome, Andy.

  • forensic

    No John, they don’t have to hope Youkilis, Hafner, and Wells stay healthy.

    They have to hope Youkilis and Hafner stay healthy. And that Wells can avoid fully turning back into a pumpkin before some help is back or current guys start really going.

    • Dalek Jeter

      +10000, also you seem to listen to the radio broadcast regularly. I know you’re not the biggest Hughes fan, but I’ve never heard the guys from the Daily News speak fondly of him, even during his really good stretch last year…what did they have to say about him last night.

      • forensic

        I’m forced to listen to them during my work week.

        I think they were saying he was good last night. Nobody really saying anything bad about him.

        • Dalek Jeter

          Same, last year it was legit 6-7 days a week. This year it’s a much more reasonable/merciful 3.

          • forensic

            Yeah, I have 4 nights to cover, though usually the Saturday games are over before I go to work (but sometimes I still have to listen because of the bastards at FOX).

  • Cervelli is the Man

    Andy can really field his position.

  • vicki

    damn, andy. 13 pitches per inning.

  • Cervelli is the Man

    Overbay!!!!!!!!!!

  • Mykey

    Nice Overbay.

    Should shut up some of the fans.

  • jjyank

    Loverbay!

    Or Overbuy! Whatever the meme is now.

    • Dalek Jeter

      I perfer Loverbay since it came from a ROVP member.

      • jjyank

        It is decided.

      • Pat D

        What’s the ROVP?

        • jjyank

          Shut your whore mouth.

          • Pat D

            If only I was a whore…

            I’d probably have more self-confidence.

            • jjyank

              And have a job.

              BOOM goes the troll dynamite.

              Sorry, Pat. That was like a flat slider down the middle.

              • Pat D

                The not having a job thing isn’t bothering me. The cut in unemployment benefits because of idiots in Washington bothers me. I’m probably going to try and find a part time job now.

                What also bothers me is that I got a letter today saying that I’m going to get called into a mandatory meeting to make sure that I’m searching for a job so I keep collecting my benefits. Don’t these idiots know I’m in the program where I’m in school? I’m not supposed to have a full-time job if I’m considered a full-time student in this program!

        • Havok9120

          Hey, HEY. You just calm down Mister Man.

  • vicki

    love is strange!

  • Now Batting

    It’s still early but my god Cashman and his MLB scouts are great at what they do.

  • JonS

    Overbay wanted some fun too.

  • JonS

    Cervelli is really playing, huh.

    What’s the chances he outplays Martin for the entire year?

  • Cervelli is the Man

    Cervelli has really improved his hitting. Now he just needs to keep his glove back.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Cervelli is up to a 1.000 OPS, is this real life?

    • forensic

      Is this just fantasy?

    • Dalek Jeter

      Or is this fantasy? Caught in a landslide…no escape from reality…

      sorry, not sorry

      • Pat D

        Dammit, man! Open your eyes! Look up to the skies!

        AND SEE!!!

      • forensic

        I was tempted to keep going, but I already used that one early in the season when they were landsliding into their 1-5 record…

        • Robinson Tilapia

          So many other underrated songs in the Queen canon to quote as well.

          • Pat D

            Flash! Ah-a! Savior of the universe!

            • Robinson Tilapia

              Oof. The dark 80’s.

  • Cervelli is the Man

    I think Andy and Cervelli work well together as well.

  • Cervelli is the Man

    Thunderbolts and lighting very very frightening me

  • Karl Krawfid

    Man this team is so damn fun to watch so far.

    • Mykey

      8 extra base hits. That’ll do it.

  • vicki

    ggbg: “bring me your lefties.”

  • jjyank

    WOoooOOooo

  • CountryClub

    Someone on twitter made a comment about Pettitte’s velocity being interesting but he didn’t follow up. Is he throwing harder than usual?

  • Karl Krawfid

    2nd suspect in custody.

  • forensic

    The Blue Jays not having anyone warming up after Cecil has faced 1(!) whole batter is apparently taking your loss like a man, according to Sterling.

  • Cervelli is the Man

    they just apprehended that ahole bomber in Boston.

    • mustang

      Well done.

      Boston police, FBI, and everyone.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Indeed. Hooray for due process.

        • Planter

          Hooray for Death Penalty and burning in HELL

  • mustang

    Im having fun.

  • Cervelli is the Man

    Love that Andy still gets pissed about giving up a silly base hit when he is winning 8-1

    • forensic

      Well, that’s part of why. It’s not like the game is over already.

  • mustang

    Damn!!!

    Thats a shot.

  • Chilango

    Holy Shit what a bomb

  • mustang

    Does anyone know if the Jays are paying any of Wells salary?

    • forensic

      The Angels only got $5 million from the Jays. Not positive how that was spread out, but I would assume all the money they got by this point is just from the Angels.

      • mustang

        Thanks

  • forensic

    Nice, the crowd is sure gonna love that. :-)

  • mustang

    Booo that shit….

    LMAO!!!!

    • mustang

      Holy shit was so hoping for that.

  • Havok9120

    Garbage Time!

  • JonS

    hahah boo this.

  • Eddard

    Wells, Frankie, Hafner, Overbay all exceeding expectations. The RHP lineup is pretty good.

  • Havok9120

    Lotsa homers tonight for such a big park.

    Good stuff.

  • Cy Pettitte

    Even the Yankee outs are hard hit tonight

  • your mom

    What the hell is up with Cecil’s picture? Dude can’t even take his glasses off for the photo. Who does he think he is Cyclops???

  • forensic

    hmm, is this game Kelley-proof? Guess we’re going to find out.

    • Havok9120

      Have faith!

    • vicki

      fingers crossed. six runs, five outs. this is his roster destiny.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    A great show of unison between New York and Boston would be for us all to come together and take a giant dump on the Toronto Blue Jays.

    LOVING THIS.

  • Havok9120

    Whoa. Only other person I’ve ever seen swing like that.

  • JonS

    I don’t understand, why pull him there?

    • Havok9120

      Well, he did just get back from a stiff back that cost him a start and a half. Six run lead. Even our middle relief corp should be able to give up no more than 5 runs while getting 5 outs.

  • your mom

    4 one pitch outs in a row. At this rate we won’t see Kelley.

  • jjyank

    Just realized this. My fantasy opponent had Brandon Morrow, and I had Andy Pettitte going tonight.

    *dances while I enjoy my current 14-1 lead*

    • Havok9120

      Holy crap. That played out well.

      • jjyank

        Obviously I knew I had Pettitte going, but I never checked his roster today to see that he had Morrow. This makes a very pleasant game even more enjoyable.

  • your mom

    Nevermind.

  • Anthony

    Stuck at a school event, but game day doesn’t lie does it? Champions of the East my ass. Lets go Yanks!

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Did anyone else notice that someone showed up about six hours late to this morning’s mailbag thread to trash me? How….sweet. Buy a watch.

    • jjyank

      Hah, I just went back to see. Reminds me a lot of dalelama. He has an affinity of going back to an open thread to shit on people long after they’ve moved on.

      And Jim Is Bored has his handle mad fun of! Yay regulars…?

      • Robinson Tilapia

        The old guard would have never stood for this. TSJC would have shat on their skullfucked heads.

        • jjyank

          When people like that comment in real time, I feel like we do a pretty good job of collectively taking a dump on their faces. Hard to combat the type of troll that runs through a thread that everyone stopped reading 6 hours ago, though.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            I was also too busy being sodomized by Melky Mesa.

            • jjyank

              I hope he was gentle.

              • Robinson Tilapia

                In a very lazy Dominican kind of way.

                • jjyank

                  Did he at least give you a steak afterwards?

                  • Robinson Tilapia

                    Mofongo.

                    • jjyank

                      As long as it had the same sauce.

  • YankeesJunkie

    I honestly don’t get it…a pitcher as old as Andy should not being pitching this well yet he does when there a ton of more pitchers that have better stuff. Andy, Mo, and Mussina included are the most pleasant pitchers to watch.

  • TomH

    Don’t think I can watch Shawn Kelley. Not as young as I used to be.

    • Havok9120

      You can do it. I believe.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Let’s go Tom! Let’s go Tom!

        • TomH

          I had to leave the room and “watch” on the MLB scoreboard. Please, God, don’t let Joe send him out in the 9th.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            He’s out there. Come on, Tom. You’ve survived worse pitchers.

  • Wheels

    Nice ichiro

  • The Real Greg

    Nothing like going north of the border to reawaken Ichiro (hopefully)

  • JonS

    And the helmet comes off again…

  • Havok9120

    Off comes the helmet.

  • jjyank

    The game is just about over. So right now, my question is, WHERE IS MY FUCKING PIZZA?

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Same place Athenian’s fucking study is.

      • jjyank

        So I’m never getting my fucking pizza? But I’m really fucking hungry!! Like a hippo.

        • Havok9120

          See, if you were me, you’d have two steaks thawed out in the fridge for just such an eventuality.

          • jjyank

            I have grilled chicken in my freezer, but I don’t like thawing and re-freezing my meat. I prefer that my damn pizza just gets delivered.

            • Havok9120

              Oh, I never re-freeze. You gotta thaw it and then cook it at some point in the following days. I accidentally thawed two steaks today though, so I guess I’ll just HAVE to eat multiple steaks before Tuesday or so.

              • jjyank

                Different situations I guess. I work too much to cook 5 days of the week, so I have to cook a bunch on the weekends and freeze the left overs so nothing goes bad.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          I’m starting to get the feeling Athenian lied to me.

  • Now Batting

    Had a longgg and sleepless week, but being Friday night I’m getting that itch. Ah what to do?!

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Sorry, Tom.

  • TomH

    Oh my prophetic soul.

  • JonS

    Wouldn’t Montgomery be better than Kelly?

    • Havok9120

      Why are we trying to rush the guy? Is the last guy out of the pen so important that we need to rush our best relief prospect up just to replace him in April?

    • Robinson Tilapia

      He’ll get his chance at some point.

      We’ve barely seen enough of Kelley to form an opinion. Seems to run into trouble when he’s put out there for a second inning, but who knows. He made the team due to his being able to pitch more than an inning.

  • Havok9120

    I can’t begrudge that. That was a pretty nice pitch.

  • Mykey

    Nice win, Gents. Now off to drink some more whiskey. Have a good night.

    • Havok9120

      I’m celebrating with some Maker’s at the moment.

      • Mykey

        Very nice. I’m a big fan of Buffalo Trace.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Larceny.

        • Havok9120

          I’ve got a fifth of that floating around the apartment as well. As RT below says, I’ve been publicizing my love of Trace for some time now.

  • TomH

    Whew.

    • Havok9120

      Rest east, Tom. Rest easy.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Great win. Pick yourself up after last night’s shit and beat up on a team no one likes. Love it.

  • TomH

    This game is the most nerve-wracking of them all, or, at least, of the sports I’ve watched. God knows how many years it has taken off my life, from the Raschi/Reynolds era to the present. I’m beginning to understand Col. Jake’s hatred of close games (not to say this one was close), that story of he complained to Hoyt that the other pitchers were always winning 9-1 or 10-2 but that Hoyt’s wins were 2-1 and 3-2 (as if, perhaps, they didn’t count for as much).

  • nycsportzfan

    I told ya ichiro would have a multi hit game before this one was over, and i said it when he was 0for1… 2ex base hits might i add..