Apr
01

Game One: Opening Day

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Opening Day 2013I’m not quite sure I can come up with one single word to describe the last six months. The embarrassing ALCS exit was following by a few great moves (yay pitching!) but also a whole bunch of puzzling decisions. Spring Training was an injury-filled nightmare that resulted in some more puzzling decisions, but finally all of that is in the past. Opening Day is here.

For the first time in I don’t know how long, the Yankees are legitimate underdogs. Yes, it’s silly to say a team with a $200M+ payroll is an underdog, but it’s not a $200M+ roster — there are over $90M worth of players on the DL. The Yankees are not just being picked to miss the postseason — that happens every year — they’re being picked to finish in last and lose like, 90 games. And for the first time in I don’t know how long, it could actually happen. Other clubs in the division got better while the Yankees got worse. Add in some injuries to key players and you’ve got the formula for missing the postseason.

I have no idea what the next six months have in store and neither do you. That’s just the way baseball is, weird stuff happens all the time. Players surprise, players unexpectedly perform poorly … it’s all part of the mystery of baseball. All I care about right now is that baseball is back. The Yankees are back and CC Sabathia is back and Robinson Cano is back and Mariano Rivera is back and even the players I don’t like are back too. It’s Opening Day and everyone is cool with me. A new season and a fresh start, that’s all that matters right now.

Just for the record, the Yankees are 63-46-1 all-time on Opening Day, a .572 winning percentage that is essentially identical to the franchise’s .568 overall winning percentage. Funny how that works out, no? No, no it’s not. Here’s the first lineup of the season…

  1. CF Brett Gardner
  2. SS Eduardo Nunez
  3. 2B Robinson Cano
  4. 1B Kevin Youkilis
  5. LF Vernon Wells
  6. DH Ben Francisco
  7. RF Ichiro Suzuki
  8. 3B Jayson Nix
  9. C Frankie Cervelli

And on the mound is the big left-hander from the Bay Area, CC Sabathia. He’s making his tenth career Opening Day start, tying Roy Halladay for the most among active pitchers. Only nine pitchers have started more Opening Days since 1919.

This afternoon’s game is scheduled to start a little after 1pm ET and can be seen on YES locally and ESPN nationally. Pre-game festivities will begin around 12:30pm and I’m sure YES will carry at least part of them. Baseball’s back, so enjoy the game.

Categories : Game Threads

675 Comments

  1. dkidd says:

    just win, baby

  2. Pseudoyanks says:

    Here we go…

  3. trr says:

    It’s been a long, cold, lonely winter (thanks GH)
    Now it’s time to see what we got – LET’S GO YANKS!!!

  4. Kramerica Industries says:

    Today is the day of foolish optimism?

    Ok. The road to #28 starts today.

  5. jjyank says:

    Let’s do this.

  6. dontchaknow says:

    dontchaknow

  7. jjyank says:

    Jeez. ESPN poll has like 95% of voters saying the Red Sox will have a better record than the Yanks in 2013.

    • Kramerica Industries says:

      I am frequently amused at how many people think Victorino, Napoli, and Dempster are going to turn a 93 loss team around.

      It’s because it’s the Red Sox. No other reason can exist.

      • jjyank says:

        Yeah, pretty much. I know the Yanks of their own problem, but the final tally was 97% of the vote went to the Red Sox. That’s insane.

    • Pat D says:

      Nothing bad happened to the Red Sox this offseason. Meanwhile, everything bad happened to the Yankees.

  8. A.D. says:

    Gotta say didn’t have Vernon Wells slotted in as the #5 hitter for opening day this year

  9. Pseudoyanks says:

    LOL, they’re introducing the Red Sox staff…they announced an “athletic trainer” and I swear the guy came jogging out with at least 30 lbs of belly fat jiggling.

  10. Pseudoyanks says:

    …and Pedroia is now more gruffy than gritty

  11. forensic says:

    Hooray for actual baseball!!!

  12. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    Hello, everybody. Nice to be back. Also, shut up, Greg.

    • Pat D says:

      A bit harsh. Give him a chance.

      • Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

        Missed ya, Pat.

        • Pat D says:

          I hate to admit this, but so much happened this offseason that I didn’t realize you were gone. I blame the troll outbreak, amongst all the other stuff that happened in real life between October and today.

          • Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

            As long as you, jj, and Tilapia are still here it’s all good.

            • Robinson Tilapia says:

              You get me briefly today, mainly because 1) I took the day off of work, 2) I’m probably watching about 1/3 of this game at the gum.

              Thanks for the kind words, though. You ain’t so bad yerself.

    • jjyank says:

      Hahaha. I missed the game thread rivalries.

  13. Mike HC says:

    Just laid down my bet on the Yanks to win over 84.5 games. Can’t wait for the game to start already! Baseball is back.

    • Rick says:

      Obviously, this would only be if gambling were legal. We know what you mean though.

      • forensic says:

        It’s totally legal near me. I can see one casino from my windows and walk to several others if I wanted to. And those aren’t even the most famous ones. :-)

      • Mike HC says:

        ha, yes of course I was talking in hypotheticals …

  14. Barry says:

    They should play the empire music for the Yankees. They have it backwards.

  15. forensic says:

    Guess they decided against announcing A-Rod.

  16. Mike HC says:

    Man, Ben Francisco is the designated “hitter.” Career .743 OPS against lefties and .661 OPS last year … fuck it, nothing is bringing me down today.

  17. Pat D says:

    My dad just asked me if the team set a date for Mariano Rivera day. I’m all like, “Every day this year is Mariano Rivera day!” Classy by the Red Sox players to applaud Mo, too.

    OMG, that’s the first time I’ve seen Joba’s mustache. Whoever it was that asked if his is worse or if Cody Rhodes’ is worse……yea, it’s Joba by a light year.

  18. Stratman9652 says:

    Seriously hate blackout restrictions on mlb.tv. I guess I’ll remember to cancel it before it renews next year.

  19. forensic says:

    Nice to see Cervelli in there instead of Stewart. Maybe Girardi isn’t quite as head-over-heels in love with Stewart as I thought (nah, I’m sure he still is).

    Nunez over Ichiro, and once again you learn to never listen to what Girardi says publicly.

    Here’s hoping CC actually pitches well on opening day for a rare time!

    • Mike HC says:

      Nunez over Ichiro might be a lefty/righty thing.

      • forensic says:

        Of course, but he said he was playing around with the 3 lefties at the top because he might do it in the regular season. Which of course he won’t. It’s not a big deal at all, they’re pretty close to each other as players now, more just reminding myself not to listen to him again…

  20. CS Yankee says:

    Hopefully CC starts strong today.

  21. Dan says:

    No Jeter or Arod announced? I understand Arod but not Jeter? Cmon now

    • Preston says:

      He’s not there, he’s in Tampa, why announce him. Also makes it look like less shady when they don’t announce A-Rod.

  22. Preston says:

    The Yankee hate is getting out of control. A BBTN poll just had 97% of fans thinking the Red Sox will have a better team than the Yankees. I just don’t see it. I find it hard to argue that the Yanks don’t have the better rotation and bull-pen, and even if we expect none of our injured players to return I’m not sure their opening day line-up is better than ours.

    • jjyank says:

      Yeah, I said the same thing above. 97% is ridiculous.

    • Kramerica Industries says:

      Seriously. It’s not exactly as if the Red Sox aren’t loaded with their own problems even now. Yankees may not have a stellar season, but I’d be shocked if the Red Sox made any playoff push. That’s not a good roster.

    • Barry says:

      Well when Ortiz comes back they’ll have a better anchor than Cano. I think even considering age, Ortiz is still the better hitter.

      • Preston says:

        Well he only played 90 games last year, and is starting on the DL this year. So even discounting defense I’d rather have Cano. Even if Ortiz is his productive self when he plays.

      • MannyGeee says:

        “Well when Ortiz comes back they’ll have a better anchor than Cano”

        Well, he is heavier.

      • Deathstroke Heathcott says:

        Disagree, at his age you never know when he’s gonna start a sharp decline. Much rather have Cano even if you disregard his defense and durability.

  23. Eddard says:

    So good to hear Suzyn again. Her and John were born to be the the voices of the Yankees. I like Nuney in that 2 hole. He’s going to do some damage with Cano hitting behind him. This lineup will surprise.

    • Barry says:

      Are you serious about her? She’s like needles and nails being pounded into my eardrums by a sledge hammer.

  24. Chris says:

    This is really happening? Nunez, Nix and Youkilis starting in our infield. Oh how times have changed. Lets go Yankees I guess.

  25. The Real Greg says:

    First of all, thanks for the welcome Wil.

    This season doesn’t have the appearance of a good one. But as Yankee history has shown us, even when they go through a dry spell, they will rise again to dominate.

    For now we will have to take our lumps and see what we have coming for the future.

    Have fun, everyone.

  26. dkidd says:

    little pitchy, dog

  27. TomH says:

    The worst rendition I have ever heard of the national anthem.

    • Mike HC says:

      I was going to let it slide, but damn was that … interesting

    • forensic says:

      It’s horrible when they go nuts and try to make it their own. Just sing it as it’s meant to be. Proper and dignified, it’s the National Anthem, not some random tune at a concert.

  28. Barry says:

    Interesting anthem, sure put a ton of emotion in it.

  29. Robinson Tilapia says:

    I never bought into the “dumpster diving” sentiment…….until I saw Constantine Maroulis get up to sing the National Anthem.

    Nowhere to go but up.

    LET’S DO THIS! LET’S BEAT THE ODDS! LET’S BRING HOME #28!!!

  30. Anthony says:

    Baseball!!!

  31. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    Is it me, or is Kay’s audio really loud?

  32. The Real Greg says:

    I didn’t know the budget cuts extended to finding the singer to sing the national anthem

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      I mean….I think he finished FIFTH his season of American Idol? Was Bo Bice not available?

      • Mike HC says:

        I didn’t even realize he was on American Idol. American Idol is on Fox. Makes a little more sense now.

        • Robinson Tilapia says:

          He’s done well for himself on Broadway. He was lead in “Rock of Ages,” and I believe is in “Jeckyll and Hyde” right now. He’s not a nobody. He just will always carry this “loser” vibe to me.

  33. Alkaline2.0 says:

    I am so excited for this!

  34. Adam says:

    “The beginning of the end begins today.”

    Gulp.

    I also hope this isn’t a larger metaphor for the season.

  35. Cuso says:

    Hello.

    It begins again. And I don’t have the excuse of bitching about Swisher this year.

    Let’s get it started….HAH……let’s get it started in here.

    and the bass keeps runnin, runnin and runnin, runnin….

    (someone shoot me)

  36. jjyank says:

    I just wish I wasn’t stuck with ESPN announcers today. Boo hiss.

  37. Get Phelps Up says:

    I’m so ready. Let’s do this.

  38. DSF says:

    OK. I’m home receovering from surgery, ready to start the season. Enough with the pessimism. The Yankees cannot possibly be as bad as all the haters hope. Let’s go.

  39. Hoss says:

    Yankees will finish ahead of the Red Sox (last place).
    Yanks will finish in 4th place, with record around 82-80. Sorry, but I called this last fall/winter. Cashman did nothing to improve the team, and injuries just happen.
    I really hope that I’m wrong and they pull a monster trade for Stanton or Heyward and the young guys get a chance. But Francisco, Overbay, Boesch, Wells et al do not a playoff team make.

  40. Get Phelps Up says:

    Hey, YES has a new intro this year.

  41. sjferrari says:

    I remembered to bring my radio to work to listen to the game and discovered just before the pregame that the batteries were dead (after all, it’s been more than six months since I’ve used it to listen to John and Suzyn). Thankfully I got back in time for the start.

    Great day for a ball game! Let’s go Yankees!

  42. Barry's Gift Basket says:

    Shit, the 4G conection in my cellphone is strugling… NICE FUCKING TIMING!

  43. dkidd says:

    sweet lou

    good omen

  44. mustang says:

    WHATEVER!!!!!!

    LETS GO YANKS!!!!!

  45. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Youkilis did get the full “YOOOOOUK” when introduced, right? That’s what it sounded like.

    Ichiro got a nice little True Yankee ovation there.

  46. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Sorry, folks. That Sox line-up is still about a toss-up with our injury-depleted lineup. 97% my fucking ass.

  47. dkidd says:

    like christmas morning…

  48. Mike HC says:

    “Chips Ahoy” … YES couldn’t resist slipping in a fat joke

  49. Robinson Tilapia says:

    First pitch strike. Always great.

  50. Kramerica Industries says:

    And a strike to start things off.

  51. Dale Mohorcic says:

    You guys seen this New Yorker cover this week?

    http://hardballtalk.nbcsports......d/related/

    Over $100M in payroll right there.

  52. Alkaline2.0 says:

    Nunez watch: 1 play, no errors. Woohoo!

  53. Eddard says:

    And I thank you Suzyn, and once again Good Afternoon everyone. Such a great voice. I really hope they keep these two. When you’re stuck at work and can’t watch the game there’s nothing like listening to John and Suzyn.

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      I, for one, want to know what Eddard’s work surroundings look like. Not even being sarcastic.

      • Pat D says:

        Sterling does have that soothing voice. At least I’ve always thought so.

      • Hoss says:

        Cubicle, padded walls, likely white.

        • Robinson Tilapia says:

          I’m sure that’s what some think mine looks like.

          Mine’s a pretty nice-sized office. L-shaped desk, PC, lots of chairs for meetings, and a big Ikea cubby-hole looking bookshelf.

          Not there right now, though.

    • forensic says:

      I can’t stand Suzyn. John actually does have an ok radio voice and he might be able to get back to a useable announcer if they were to get someone good with him.

  54. The Real Greg says:

    Was everybody a little scared where that ball was popped to?

  55. mustang says:

    Nunez caught the ball that’s good sign..LOL

  56. Alkaline2.0 says:

    Opening Day Perfect Game!

  57. Robinson Tilapia says:

    CC!

  58. Wil Nieves #1 Fan says:

    LOL that change up.

  59. Get Phelps Up says:

    First K of the season!

  60. Kramerica Industries says:

    In any case, the last five-six months of being more-or-less a free will at night are, well, kinda not going to be there for the next six months.

    I hope it’s worth it.

  61. Mykey says:

    Guys! CC’s Veeeee lowwwww!

  62. Mykey says:

    There goes the perfect season.

  63. Pat D says:

    One thing that doesn’t change: I fucking hate Pedroia and his scurvy fucking face.

    Yep, I hate him more now. Blows CC’s perfect game already.

  64. Cuso says:

    dirty Pedroia

  65. hogsmog says:

    Is CC’s 4-seam really sitting at 90?

    :S

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      Doesn’t this happen every season with him?

      • hogsmog says:

        I mean, I remember the first few games are usually rough for him, and I’m not actually worried. I just don’t remember him starting there.

        • Robinson Tilapia says:

          I think his velocity always tends to really pick up around the end of the month.

    • forensic says:

      Yup, 1st inning of the season is never too soon to be concerned… ;-)

    • Mike HC says:

      About the same as where he was at his last Spring Training start. His velocity was down a bit last year, might be down a bit again this year. Time will tell. Either way, his control and smarts are so good he should be fine either way.

  66. dkidd says:

    napoli scares me

  67. dkidd says:

    total domination

  68. jjyank says:

    ‘Atta boy, CC. Looking good.

  69. The Real Greg says:

    CC has his offspeed stuff working

  70. Alkaline2.0 says:

    Does anyone else have trouble refreshing the thread sometimes? I’ll hit the refresh buttons, but no new comments will show even though there were some. I’ll check on a different browser and will see them. It’s just odd and a tad annoying to follow the conversations.

  71. Pat D says:

    Hmm. A few people seem to be missing from this thread.

  72. forensic says:

    Nice 1st inning!

    Better than a not nice 1st inning!

  73. mustang says:

    All right CC now repeat that kind of inning 220 more times and life will be real good.

  74. Pat D says:

    I can’t decide if 1991 or 1992 was the last time their opening day lineup looked so unimposing.

  75. Jim Is Bored says:

    I don’t know how to react, Boston didn’t score 400 runs and the Yankees didn’t cancel the season after the top of the 1st.

  76. Mykey says:

    Brett no!

  77. Pat D says:

    Glad to see Gardner still can’t bunt properly.

  78. Pat D says:

    Why did I think Bradley was an infielder?

  79. Pat D says:

    Hughes with the bulging dics in his back.

  80. Mike HC says:

    Time to start earning that next contract Robbie! MVP

  81. Pat D says:

    33 home runs and only 94 RBI’s. Completely unclutch.

  82. Anthony says:

    Who says Robbie don’t hustle?

  83. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Cano hustles to first.

    Youkilis gets…….a rap song?

  84. jjyank says:

    Whatever, at least he’s on base. Gonna have to lay off that shit though Robbie.

  85. Get Phelps Up says:

    Does that help Cano’s OBP? I’ve always wondered that.

  86. Pat D says:

    ARod hiding in the dugout, eh?

    • forensic says:

      Hate that they didn’t feel comfortable announcing him. Gotta cater to the lowest common denominator though unfortunately.

  87. Mykey says:

    God it would be sweet if Youk put one in the short porch.

  88. Mandy Stankiewicz says:

    sounds like cano can hustle this year #meme

  89. forensic says:

    Already tired of this Lee’s Toyota commercial again…

  90. The Real Greg says:

    Bryce Harper hits a homer off Nolasco to score the first run of the season

  91. Pat D says:

    I’ve missed some of these YES commercials. Especially Roscoe.

  92. mustang says:

    A-Rod at the game, but didn’t get announced during the introductions best Yankees move in 6 months.

    LOL

  93. JLC 776 says:

    Phew… good to see the slingbox I left setup at my mom’s house in CT still works!

  94. Get Phelps Up says:

    Jayson Nix the Baseball Player makes his presence known.

  95. JLC 776 says:

    Nice toss there by Nix.

  96. forensic says:

    Yuck, how do you walk him of all people???

    • The Real Greg says:

      Couple of close pitches. And Nix just saved a double or at least a runner at third

  97. dkidd says:

    just when you thought the red sox couldn’t be douchier…

    jonny gomes

  98. Pat D says:

    Dalek Jeter would like me to pass on the first “Suzyn-ism” of the year: James Shields is now “Jamie” Shields.

  99. mustang says:

    Ok. I’m starting the unofficial Wells bandwagon he will get the first Yankees RBI.

  100. forensic says:

    Youk woulda had that!

    or is it

    A-Rod woulda had that!

    So confused now…

  101. Pat D says:

    ARod would’ve got that.

  102. dkidd says:

    bradley sounds like a great kid. too bad the media slobbering has made me hate him already

  103. Kramerica Industries says:

    Jackie Bradley Jr. helped South Carolina beat Florida in the 2011 College World Series final, including the first game that involved enough shenanigans that have still yet to heal.

    So, he’s already long on my bad side before becoming a Red Sock.

  104. jjyank says:

    Shut up, ESPN. I’m already tired of Bradley Jr.

  105. jjyank says:

    Fuck CC. Settle down.

  106. Pat D says:

    I smell an inning ending DP.

  107. forensic says:

    Ugh, come on CC. At least don’t let Iglesias be the one who starts beating you up today…

  108. FIPster Doofus says:

    Fuck.

  109. Pat D says:

    Yea, it figures this .210 hitter hits a chopper like that.

  110. Kramerica Industries says:

    Sigh.

  111. dkidd says:

    youk! great play

  112. Karl Krawfid says:

    GJ Youk.

    Getting out of this would be huge man.

  113. FIPster Doofus says:

    Victorino’s a lefty masher. I’m scared.

  114. Jim Is Bored says:

    The walks hurt. The infield hits, whatever. Might as well get used to those kind of breaks early.

  115. FIPster Doofus says:

    Fuck x2.

  116. jjyank says:

    Damn it.

  117. Kramerica Industries says:

    Oh boy.

  118. Pat D says:

    Poop.

  119. forensic says:

    Ugh, and CC’s opening day woes continue…

  120. The Real Greg says:

    That could be game with our offense.

    • Rudy says:

      IT’S THE SECOND (2!!!!!) INNING OF THE FIRST (1!!!) GAME OF THE YEAR.

      How would you know anything about the offense already?

  121. Karl Krawfid says:

    Well N/M

    Opening day CC just sucks.

  122. dkidd says:

    89 mph
    no bueno

  123. JLC 776 says:

    Big Guy needs to skip a few April starts in the future…

  124. Starks says:

    Our ACE is awesome.

  125. sjferrari says:

    My coworkers are starting to be concerned with my yelling at the radio…

  126. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Our first “people get cheap shit off CC until he finally starts giving up real hits” big inning of the year.

    Argh.

    • forensic says:

      Not really much cheap shit. Ripped line drive off a glove, couple of walks, solid hit grounders.

  127. Kramerica Industries says:

    Geez. C.C. isn’t sharp at all.

  128. Mykey says:

    Well, this sucks.

  129. King George says:

    Man, CC is blowing this game. This isn’t the start we all wanted.

  130. forensic says:

    And of course Pedroia gets another hit.

    Trying for 1.000 against the Yanks this year…

  131. Eddard says:

    It doesn’t matter who you have on offense if you’re ace is going to pitch like this. And we can’t even warm up Phelps because we need him to start.

  132. VCR1111 says:

    Just curious…is gameday’s gun accurate? CC’s fastball is at 89-91 and his change is at 84?

  133. BigBlueAL says:

    When was the last time the Knicks were the best team in NY??

    • Pat D says:

      1994?

      • Cuso says:

        i think that was the year the Rangers won the cup, right?

        • Kramerica Industries says:

          And the Yankees had a stellar season until the strike.

        • Pat D says:

          Jeez, how’d I forget that? I just remembered the Knicks in the finals, which they should have won.

          I didn’t count the Yankees since the NBA season ended long before the MLB season did. Well, actually, not long before that year.

      • Marcus says:

        Yanks were pretty good that year…it was only the strike that did them in.

      • VCR1111 says:

        Don’t forget about the Rangers! They were pretty good in 93-94…better than the Knicks. Think further back. Probably 1972.

        • Cuso says:

          The Rangers were definitely better in 94.

          You might be right about ’72, but I think the case could be made that in 1993, the Knicks were the best team in NY

      • BigBlueAL says:

        Yeah 1993, cant really say 1994 because the Yankees did have the best record in the AL by the strike (of course the Knicks were 1 win away from winning it all that year).

        As a Knicks fan this is pretty great that the Knicks are finally very good again and not a freaking joke but as a Yankee fan this seems pretty weird lol.

  134. Starks says:

    I have always said this and will continue to say it. CC is a very good pitcher but he is not a true Ace. A true ace to me is verlander, king felix, pedro martinez in his prime. CC is far from that group. The fact that he pitched around Bradley jr especially on a favorable count is disgusting. Opening day first game of the year and you walk that bum. Smh.

  135. Cuso says:

    nibble, nibble, fat pitch. nibble, nibble, fat pitch

  136. JLC 776 says:

    Now the serious question is whether our lineup can come close to overcoming a 4 run deficit.

    I’m glad it only took 1+ innings for the deep-seeded doubts that everyone has about this team to start to bear fruition. [/s]

  137. Gonzo says:

    CC strikes out Jackie Bradley Jr. on an 0-2 count later in the year. Not concerned about the big fella.

  138. forensic says:

    No more opening days for CC please. Just give it to someone else. Maybe then he’ll actually pitch well for his first game…

  139. The Real Greg says:

    The complaints about the farm system and Cashman and Hal and Hank are starting to pile up and churn within me.

    It’s game one I know, but it’s just the vibe you get from this atmosphere. It’s so negative and caustic.

    And it’s a shame for Mariano Rivera to have to bow out in a season that has this vibe about it.

  140. mustang says:

    Hope meant reality.

  141. Anthony says:

    Just curious, how many times does a team play each division rival this year? 18?

  142. Jimmy McNulty says:

    Is this line up some sort of twisted April Fools Day joke?

  143. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Off to the gym. An inning and a half into the first game of the season. If you already think the sky is falling, I suggest wearing a nighttime diaper during the daytime this season. More absorbent. You should hold up one of those things after a long night of peeing. You could do curls with them.

    • Pat D says:

      I’ll ask my sister what diapers are best.

    • mustang says:

      LOL

      Yet your off the gym after an inning and a half on opening day?

      Its Ok I’m right there with you off to do chores I think we both realize the reality of the situation.

    • Jimmy McNulty says:

      Well I thought the sky was falling when I saw they’d lose Swisher and Martin yet replace them with Vernon Wells and Cervelli. When I saw that A-Rod would spend the rest of his contract alternating between being worthless and injured I became pretty sure the sky has fallen. Then when I saw Mark Teixeira, Curtis Granderson, and Derek Jeter would all miss significant time and I discovered that Michael Pineda is this decade’s Carl Pavano I became convinced that this season would be a shit show.

      You’re lying to your self and us if you’re optimistic about this team. There’s several legitimate ways that they finish in last place. Any good draft prospects for this year and next though? I don’t believe for a second they spend much time under 189 after 2014.

      #AllInFor2015

      • Jim Is Bored says:

        Man, I can’t imagine being as negative as some people are.

        What a terrible way to live.

    • Goat says:

      I thought you said everything was going to be fine this year, nothing to worry about, remember?

      Now you’re off to the gym, typical…

      • Jim Is Bored says:

        The ability of some people to tell the difference between one game and an entire season is apparently lacking.

        And not participating in a game thread != not paying attention to the game.

        I guarantee you RT is going to have one eye on the score the entire time.

  144. Pat D says:

    The thing I don’t like about 42? That line where Pee Wee Reese says “maybe someday we’ll all wear 42.” Seems like totally unnecessary foreshadowing.

    • Gonzo says:

      Didn’t Buster say there was a scene where Jackie Robinson flips a bat? I think Hollywood does what it wants.

      • Pat D says:

        There appears to be a shot like that in the trailer. There’s also a shot where he gets hit in the head. I wonder which one happens first.

    • dkidd says:

      terrible line. no one would ever ever ever say that except in a movie

  145. Aubrey Graham says:

    When does the minor league season start?

  146. jjyank says:

    Well at least Anthony Rizzo has my fantasy season off to a good start.

  147. theskyisfalling says:

    CC since debut
    Innings pitched 2nd
    K’s 1st
    wins 1st

    If he was on another team, this board would be saying we need to sign him. Its game one folks

  148. Tyrone Sharpton says:

    If they really wanted to be under the threshold, with this roster, I wish the yanks traded cano for a bevy of prospects. whatevs, too late now

  149. Big Member says:

    wow yanks nice april fools prank…i did not realize that its actually hughes we have on our mound wonder how he got so tanned

  150. Dela G says:

    Man this lineup is so fucking depressing

  151. CapitalT says:

    Are we sure that the batting order isn’t and April fools joke and the season starts tomorrow?

  152. Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores says:

    The Hell? Ijust got in to put on gameday, and this sucks.

    The thread is surprisingly calm though, relatively. Not happy, mind you. Just calm.

  153. FIPster Doofus says:

    Inauspicious.

  154. Cuso says:

    Wow. Not even at attempt at that pitch, huh?

  155. The Real Greg says:

    It’s game one but I am going to get this off my chest. Axisa wrote a good article earlier about old thinking applying in new reality. The business of baseball has changed and we are still stuck in the past way of doing things.

    We need to get new brains into this organization who understand and can work within the new realm of baseball.

    In other words, it’s time to let Cashman go.

    • Jim Is Bored says:

      lol

      • The Real Greg says:

        Really? You can’t see this. The reason the lineup is what it is today is partly because the organization has not embraced this new reality. Now to be fair the two injuries are not the Yankees’ fault, but you see what I mean.

    • Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores says:

      Wow, Greg. For once, I agree with you.

      I like Cashman. A lot. I really do. But he’s been with the team forever. Now, he’s done a great job, but the Yankees have reached a point, with the Steinbrenners’ new style of management, where we’ll have to change our approach to managing things like free agents and prospects. It might be the time to try somebody new.

      • Jim Is Bored says:

        Ok, this opinion pisses me off.

        The Yankees have made a distinct effort to focus on the minors the last 2-3 years. This is a complete switch from the 90′s.

        People here either want George back, or they want something new, or they want both, and you can’t fucking have all of them.

        Either you want business as usual(George style) or you want something new(which is what cash is doing).

        Get your damn stories straight.

        • The Real Greg says:

          I want what the Rays are doing combined with the money we have.

          • Get Phelps Up says:

            The Rays built their core by finishing in last place and getting top draft picks.

            • The Real Greg says:

              Which is what the Yankees did in the late 60s (Thurman Munson) and in the early 90s (Derek Jeter).

              • Jim Is Bored says:

                Then guess what, you might get your wish. If we finish in last this year, we can be the rays from the late 90′s, early 2000s.

          • Jim Is Bored says:

            That is what every team in baseball wants.

            What an original opinion.

            • jjyank says:

              Hah, yeah pretty much. Everyone wants to be the Rays With Money. A lot easier to say that on the internet than do it, of course.

        • LK says:

          I thought the renewed emphasis on the minors happened when Cashman got increased authority in the mid-2000s. If so it’s been much longer than 2-3 years.

        • Guns says:

          Speaking of getting stories straight, Cashman began focusing more effort on the farm system when he gained autonomy in 2007. This hasn’t been a new development of the last 2-3 years. So far, these efforst have led to little to no impact players. You might count Robertson because he is a dominant reliever. But first round picks like Brackman, Culver and Bichette Jr. were widely questioned and have so far proved to be poor decisions. The Yankees player development is very sub par in my opinion.

          • Jim Is Bored says:

            It’s been 6 years.

            6.

            People act as if that’s an eternity.

            Is Cash all of a sudden responsible for injuries? The only possible point that follows is he needs to hire new player dev guys in the minors, and I’d agree with you there.

            But we’ve been drafting at the bottom because of the success of our MLB team. There aren’t any Jeters hanging out in most drafts around 32-35.

            • Steve says:

              Some people act like it’s an eternity. Others outright lie and say that it’s 2 or 3.

          • jjyank says:

            All, all rankings have the Yankees at an above average farm system. So I wouldn’t say sub-par.

            • Guns says:

              Where talent evaluators rank a farm system and what the Yankees actually produce from that farm system are two different things.

              The Yankees get very little from their farm in comparison to other teams.

          • Jim Is Bored says:

            Bichette had one great year and one bad year. Patience.

            Who am I kidding. No one here is patient.

            I’m going to follow suit with RT and remember why I avoid game threads like the plague.

        • Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (Formerly RRR) says:

          No, I wish we still had George, but since we don’t I’d like a new General Manager who is ready to adjust to the new management style. Cashman might be, but he’s been here for a long time and he’s used to working underneath George, not Hal.

          It’s not difficult, you don’t need to be a dick.

      • jjyank says:

        I think I’d really like to see what Mike and Joe discussed on the podcast. Yanks let Levine go, give Cashman his job, and promote Eppler to GM.

  156. Jim Is Bored says:

    For real, I can’t believe people are complaining about the lineup as if it’s a surprise.

    • The Real Greg says:

      It’s not a surprise. But it could have been prevented partly with smart business decisions.

      • Jim Is Bored says:

        Don’t care. The surprise means people weren’t paying any attention in the off season.

      • Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores says:

        Okay, today really IS weird. Two times on the same thread where we agree.

        • Jim Is Bored says:

          My annoyance at people being surprised at our lineup literally has nothing to do with whether this lineup could have been prevented.

          Greg’s response was completely irrelevant to my comment. Which surprises no one.

          • Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (Formerly RRR) says:

            I think Greg was trying to point out that part of the complaining isn’t from surprise, but from the fact that we have this lineup at all.

  157. forensic says:

    Full count, two outs, runner on first, good history against a pitcher…

    Nah, no need to swing at a fastball right down the middle.

  158. whocarestom says:

    For once, I’m glad to be at work.

  159. Jeff Karstens, Male Model says:

    I haven’t felt this bummed watching the Yanks since the last time they played a game that mattered. That sucks.

  160. FIPster Doofus says:

    Middlebrooks strikes out? Shocking.

  161. Anderson Silva says:

    This team has a legitimate shot at being the worst in the division. This is sad.

  162. Guns says:

    Bryce Harper. He’s so hot right now. Harper…

  163. Leg-End says:

    Much better inning from CC, now lets get some hits.

  164. Pat D says:

    Future Yankee Bryce Harper.

    • The Real Greg says:

      Not with the business of the new MLB. He isn’t getting out of Washington until he is in his 30′s.

      • jjyank says:

        How do you know? Nobody knows what the composition of the Yankees or the Nationals, or the rest of the MLB will look like in 5 years.

        • The Real Greg says:

          It’s the trend of the game. Did you read Axisa’s article?

          • jjyank says:

            Yes, I have. And that was Joe, by the way. Just because other players have been getting locked up doesn’t mean Harper will. He might, but he doesn’t have an extension yet. Let’s wait and see what happens.

            • Jim Is Bored says:

              Don’t you remember? A trend means it happens 100% of the time, dummy.

            • LK says:

              I think we have enough information at this point that in the current environment it’s unlikely that Harper makes it to free agency, as the Nationals will likely either sign him themselves or trade him for a cache of prospects to a team that will.

              • FIPster Doofus says:

                Indeed.

              • jjyank says:

                I’m not saying they won’t. I just don’t like speaking in absolutes. Maybe Washington signs him. Maybe they don’t. Maybe they trade him. Maybe the team that trades for him in 3-4 years in the Yankees. Maybe he hits free agency. Nobody knows what anyone’s situation will look like in 5 years, is all I’m saying.

                • LK says:

                  I don’t think anyone’s saying that we know for sure. However, just because you don’t know for sure doesn’t mean that you can’t say anything about the probabilities of various things happening, and Bryce Harper becoming a free agent after 6 years of service time is an unlikely proposition.

                  • jjyank says:

                    Projecting anything 5 years into the future is an unlikely proposition. For the record, I was responding to Greg’s statement “He isn’t getting out of Washington until he is in his 30?s.”

                    We don’t know that, is my only point.

      • Pat D says:

        I’m remaining optimistic.

      • FIPster Doofus says:

        Yeah. Elite free agents are becoming a thing of the past.

      • Guns says:

        They already gave Zimmerman a huge deal. Do they have the money for Strasburg AND Harper?

  165. dkidd says:

    nice comeback inning

    let’s break their hearts

  166. FIPster Doofus says:

    The first hit of the season goes five feet. Unsurprising.

  167. jjyank says:

    We missed that speed, Brett. Unfortunately, that seems to be the best way for you to bunt.

  168. forensic says:

    Woohoo!!! Won’t be no-hit all season!

    Line drive too!

    /boxscore’d

  169. Tank Foster says:

    Regarding the original post….I’m not worried. The sooner the Yankees clear out the older players, the dead wood, the sooner they can rebound. The fact that it looks bleak this year only means that we are getting close to the bottom, and things will go up from here. A bad record every few years isn’t so bad. There is a new order, with teams locking up talent at younger ages, yes, so the Yankees will have to adapt. Part of that means drafting well and developing good young players, and while the Yankees are certainly not the worst franchise in this regard, they are definitely not the best. We are at the end of the free agent model of Yankee Dynasty, and now they must go back to the drawing board and figure out a new way.

  170. forensic says:

    What a horrible side camera angle. Shows you literally nothing with how high it is compared to the batters lower body.

  171. JLC 776 says:

    Fuck that.

  172. jjyank says:

    Fucking damn it.

  173. FIPster Doofus says:

    Jackie Tebow Jr.

  174. Preston says:

    well crap

  175. Kramerica Industries says:

    Oh boy.

    The Jackie Bradley bullshit is only going to grow now.

  176. Get Phelps Up says:

    So is Bradley this year’s Ciriaco?

  177. Cuso says:

    How much was ESPN on “Jackie Bradley, Jr.”‘s nutsack for drawing a walk the first time up.

    He’s gonna take ball one and they’re gonna lick his taint next.

    • jjyank says:

      I hate the kid already, and it isn’t even his fault. The amount of slobber on his junk is staggering.

      • MannyGeee says:

        This. trying not to hate him, but ESPN is really making this guy into the second coming.

  178. Pat D says:

    No mention of Trump going into the WWE HOF this weekend, Michael?

  179. FIPster Doofus says:

    Fuck off, Iglesias.

  180. Athenian says:

    Microcosm of whats to come.

  181. Miami Yankee says:

    At least Nunez didn’t sky that one into the stands.

  182. Big Member says:

    great yanks…go with the fat man who is known for choking on opening day while you have a guy who knows how to pitch on opening days in AAA…wang better fill in for him next week.

  183. VernonWells says:

    Looks like Axisa was wrong about Bradley!

    And NYY fans jealous than Sox have a prospect that can play at MLB level.

    • FIPster Doofus says:

      “And NYY fans jealous than Sox have a prospect that can play at MLB level.”

      It sure would be nice, especially with the $189 mill mandate.

    • Get Phelps Up says:

      The guy’s had all of 2 plate appearances at the MLB level.

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      Are you willing to sit through the year the Sox had last year in order to have guys ready to take that step next season?

  184. forensic says:

    Woohoo! A hit to the outfield!!!

    Killin’ it, time to rally!

  185. jjyank says:

    Yay, a real hit.

  186. FIPster Doofus says:

    God fucking dammit.

  187. Get Phelps Up says:

    Who needs replay?

  188. JLC 776 says:

    Wells robbed.

  189. forensic says:

    Wow, that really looked like it went over the bag.

  190. Adam says:

    Wow, horrible call.

  191. JMK says:

    Definitely a hit.

  192. Ethan says:

    welcome back to baseball and blown calls.

  193. FIPster Doofus says:

    Great AB by Vern. Too bad he got screwed out of an RBI double.

  194. Starks says:

    That was a fair ball hit by wells. Awful call.

    • MannyGeee says:

      Don’t worry. Barry thinks we don’t need replay. Its all good, it adds to the human element.

      Stupid. Just stupid. If we really believe that “Too Many Homerz” is a plague, then maybe we should not make this the only reason to use technology to tell us the umps are wrong.

  195. Mike HC says:

    Would be nice to get on the board here. Ben Francisco does not inspire much confidence though

  196. JMK says:

    Ben Francisco, everyone.

  197. oldmanalex says:

    ben fucking fran cisco

  198. forensic says:

    That was far from ideal Francisco.

  199. Starks says:

    What a fantastic day by bradley jr eight folks? Nice defensive play, a Walk, and a strikeout. Wow!!! I wonder if the Angels would go for a Bradley Jr for Trout straight up? If not if I am Ben Cherington I am calling Mr Rizzo and tell him how stupid he would be if he wouldn’t do a Harper for Bradley Jr deal.

  200. Mike HC says:

    I thought we had a run there … not quite, but getting closer

  201. jjyank says:

    Please, please score here.

  202. Kramerica Industries says:

    It would be cruel to get zero runs out of this.

  203. trr says:

    Sam Francisco

  204. Mister D says:

    With Ellsbury and Victorino, we’re going to get some epic duel-misreads.

  205. oldmanalex says:

    Btw, AROD seemed pretty emphatic about proving people wrong. Never really herd him be so direct. Any thoughts? Can even be close to who he was or is he just being delusional?

    • Guns says:

      I’d go with delusional. Old age does crazy things to your mind.

    • Starks says:

      Any production we get from this joker is a bonus. I assume the yankees are thinking the same. If they just listened to cash a few years back ugh! When he opted out i was so happy and then got word that the yankees caved for no reason and voila.

      • FIPster Doofus says:

        Well, A-Rod was the main reason for a World Series title in ’09, so there’s that. His contract is abysmal and always has been, but people lose sight of the fact that he was the biggest factor in a championship. And isn’t winning it all the point?

  206. Starks says:

    I honestly ant remember the last time i thought a broadcast crew was as awful as this trio. Truly awful and i never complain about this but these guys are horrid.

    • Pasta Stumbling Sojo says:

      I just tuned in to the broadcast, what have they been saying?

      • Starks says:

        Well besides the all the Bradley jr squealing like teenage girls and all being anti yankees and making stupid comments non stop, awful tones and delivery, etc etc etc.

  207. Barry's Gift Basket says:

    Come on Nixy!!
    I can’t digest you’re playing OD for the yankees though.

  208. Stratman9652 says:

    If this ends up in a Francisco Cervelli grand slam I will shit bricks.

  209. FIPster Doofus says:

    That’s twice now, Nix. What the fuck.

  210. Mister D says:

    That’s a guess hitter guessing, huh?

  211. Guns says:

    He’s a ballplayer, he’s a gutty player and he’s gonna give you a professional at bat…

  212. forensic says:

    Two straight AB’s, men on base, full count, takes a fastball right down the middle.

    Absolutely pitiful.

  213. Starks says:

    Wtf are you looking at nix two straight at bats?

  214. Kramerica Industries says:

    Oh dammit. Clear strike, too.

  215. Karl Krawfid says:

    SOme shit never changes folks!

  216. Guns says:

    It really is shocking because this team was so good with RISP last season and all throughout the playoffs, I’m surpised they haven’t come through so far with all the great additions made in the offseason.

  217. Karl Krawfid says:

    Ok thats new.

  218. Eddard says:

    Cervelli! That’s why he’s playing! We finally have clutch hitting again!

  219. forensic says:

    Cervelli!!!

  220. jjyank says:

    FUCK YES!

  221. Miami Yankee says:

    Let’s go Frankie! Woo!

  222. JLC 776 says:

    TWO runs!!! I didn’t think we’d score two runs all year!!!

  223. Anthony says:

    Yea Cervelli!!

  224. Kramerica Industries says:

    Make-up call, at worst.

    We’ll take it.

  225. Mike HC says:

    Cervelliiiiiiiiiiiii … keeping that Spring Training going

    • forensic says:

      He was actually pretty damn bad offensively in spring training (started well, did nothing for quite awhile after that). Really don’t want that to keep going.

  226. Get Phelps Up says:

    Cervy!!!

  227. Barry's Gift Basket says:

    CERVIEEEEEEE!!!!

  228. Adam says:

    Cervy!

  229. Stratman9652 says:

    Seriously who didn’t see that coming.

  230. Preston says:

    Captain Fist Pump in the clutch!

  231. The Real Greg says:

    Ironically the first Yankee runs come from the position that people thought no offense would come from.

  232. Starks says:

    Cervelli will be a pleasant surprise this year just u watch. A better contact hitter then martin, you will see.

  233. forensic says:

    The third base ump is probably tired of this inning by now. Everything right on the line.

  234. FIPster Doofus says:

    Damn. Thought Gardy was gonna have at least a double there when it came off the bat. Nice inning, though. Back in it.

  235. JLC 776 says:

    Dammit, Gardner. Every time you hit the ball in the air, you owe me ten push-ups.

    (seriously though, solid line-drive).

  236. jjyank says:

    Alright, alright. Lead is cut in half. Really need a shut down inning here, CC.

  237. SeventhAce says:

    You got Cerved!!

    I think the brain trust at ESPN just had their minds blown up.

    • CS Yankee says:

      The Great Gazoo made this a ballgame again.

      The game isn’t half over and everyone is on the ledge or screaming on the way down..WTF?

  238. dkidd says:

    we’re winning this game

  239. Barry's Gift Basket says:

    Hey, not only homeruns (those stupid sons of bitches) can kill rallies, go figure.

  240. oldmanalex says:

    BENFRANSISCO CERVELLI

  241. Karl Krawfid says:

    This is a joke right?

    • FIPster Doofus says:

      I don’t mind it. Gomes destroys lefties. Now you get the L-L matchup.

    • forensic says:

      Eh, it’s a fine move. It’s on CC at this point to do his damn job. Get one of Bradley or Iglesias. It he can’t do that it’s his own damn problem.

      • jjyank says:

        Agreed. Gomes hit lefties, and it was a rookie left hander after that. It’s on CC to execute.

  242. The Real Greg says:

    First Binder decision. Will it work?

  243. Barry's Gift Basket says:

    If CC doesn’t put that punk away this time I’m gonna puke… a lot.

  244. oldmanalex says:

    I like Girardi calling for the IBB on opening day. I think the AL east will come down to only a handful of games. I can’t see anyone running away with the division and this year more than ever, I feel there should be a sense of urgency from day 1 to accumulate wins.

  245. jjyank says:

    Fuck, CC.

  246. King George says:

    CC was scared to pitch to Bradley. Holy fuck.

  247. Karl Krawfid says:

    Way to go Joe!

  248. The Real Greg says:

    So far the binder has failed but the verdict will still wait

  249. FIPster Doofus says:

    At least Iglesias sucks.

  250. dkidd says:

    please do not walk the worst hitter in major league baseball

  251. Mike HC says:

    Will be interesting to see how many pitches the Yanks allow CC to go not only today, but all season.

  252. Starks says:

    What a great ace, you give up 4 runs vs this lousy redsox lineup and then the team fights for you gets back in the game and what do you do? Load the bases smh..

  253. Get Phelps Up says:

    Thank you CC.

  254. Starks says:

    Our ace has 102 pitches through 5 lol. Smh

    • FIPster Doofus says:

      He had a bad game. The Yankees should try to get out of his contract somehow. His career is over.

    • Get Phelps Up says:

      Shut the fuck up. Please.

    • thenamestsam says:

      This is classic “I only ever watch the Yankees” behavior. Try watching some other teams play baseball once in a while. You’ll notice that every team’s ace struggles sometimes. Might help you get a little perspective.

      • MannyGeee says:

        I would argue you can get the same information by watching CC pitch year over year. Some days he’s on, some days he’s off. He gets better as the season goes on. it is what it is.

        • thenamestsam says:

          Sure, but if your opinion is “CC Sabathia is not an ace because I’ve watched him for 4 years and some days he’s on and some days he’s off” then watching some other teams might give you a little perspective that other aces do the exact same thing.

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      One trick pony you are.

  255. forensic says:

    Whew…

  256. The Real Greg says:

    The Binder gets off with a technicality

  257. VCR1111 says:

    Felt like I was watching Dellin Betances for a sec there…keep chipping away guys! Let’s go Yankees!!

  258. Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (Formerly RRR) says:

    Seriously, people: I know that we’re worried about the trolls. That’s very fair. But when people say things like “I hope we get a new GM soon” or “Wow, this really is a bad lineup” it doesn’t mean we’re bridge jumpers or idiots. We’re allowed to express our frustration about the lineup. It doesn’t mean we didn’t expect it to be like this. It just means we’re frustrated.

    Saying we want a new GM, we think our minor league system could be better, or we’re not satisfied with Hal is not the equivalent of bridge-jumping. And I don’t even believe all of those things. But it doesn’t mean I think the team sucks. I don’t. IT doesn’t mean I think we’ll be bad forever. I don’t. It doesn’t mean I don’t think we have a shot to make the playoffs and, by extension, win the world series. I think we have every chance in the world. But pessimism doesn’t ALWAYS equal trolling.

    • MannyGeee says:

      Counterpoint… There is nothing factual about me calling someone a troll. If your opinion is “Fire Cashman. He sucks”, then that’s OK.

      If me saying that you are exhibiting a bridge jumper mentality with your opinion is solely my opinion, and I would appreciate you respecting that.

      Jus sayin’

      • Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (Formerly RRR) says:

        Right, but then you’re being a dick to somebody. Let’s not pretend that bridge-jumper isn’t meant as an insult. It’s fooling nobody. Also, “Fire Cashman, he sucks” is dumb. “Fire Cashman, I don’t think he should come back for x reasons” deserves either a real response or to be left alone.

        • MannyGeee says:

          Agreed. I would respond in kind to anyone who provides reasons 1, 2, & 3 for ANY argument they provide. But YOU and I both know that 90% of people aren’t doing that. I invite that conversation, to be honest. It could be fun.

          However, the last guy who tried that was just this morning… and he was mad Cashman didnt trade for Stanton or Heyward. So yeah.

          • Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (Formerly RRR) says:

            I mean, earlier Greg, a person who it is well known that I REALLY don’t like, made the comment that he thought Cashman should be replaced soon. I agreed with him. People RIPPED into him. He never said he hated Cashninja. He never said he ruined the team. He just thought it was time for a new GM-I believe the blogmasters came up with an idea for a reorganization of the Yankee staff in an earlier podcast, though I might be wrong.

            I didn’t think that was fair.

  259. Karl Krawfid says:

    Jorge!

  260. FIPster Doofus says:

    Random Jorge Posada commercial. I miss that dude.

  261. The Real Greg says:

    Nunez has not been good on offense today, but okay on defense

  262. Get Phelps Up says:

    The first of many base hits for Robinson.

  263. Mike N says:

    Hai, guys! Have we decided yet whether CC is a “true ace”?

  264. FIPster Doofus says:

    I like Youk a lot so far.

  265. The Real Greg says:

    the ball is not carrying out to right today. That was hit solidly and Gardner’s line drive last inning seemed to die in right field

  266. Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (Formerly RRR) says:

    I feel good that even though we didn’t score we still got a couple of hard fouls and a hit. It doesn’t feel like Lester is back in “shut-down” mode.

  267. Barry's Gift Basket says:

    Phelps? Wasn’t he supposed to start sometime this weekend or so??

  268. Kramerica Industries says:

    Hello, Sir Phelps-A-Lot.

  269. Mickey Scheister says:

    I’m sitting in an airport about to board, I’m praying my plane has wi-Fi. It’s a regional airport so prob not. Go Yankees! Even in Rapid City SD, I’ve had several people comment on the Yankees jersey! I’m gonna go out on a limb and say the Yankees demolish Boston’s pen.

  270. Mike HC says:

    Phelps brings back memories of Ramiro Mendoza for me.

  271. Barry's Gift Basket says:

    Phelpsy + Nuney = Eddard in ecstasy.

  272. Kramerica Industries says:

    Yay at ESPN briefly using a pic of C.C. from the 2009 season.

    Many good memories there.

  273. Mike HC says:

    Defense!

  274. FIPster Doofus says:

    NIXY

  275. forensic says:

    Nice job Cervelli!

  276. jjyank says:

    YEAAAHH

  277. Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (Formerly RRR) says:

    FUCK YEAH

  278. Cool Lester Smooth says:

    Baseball.

    Player.

  279. Mike HC says:

    Cervelli is kind of asking for his leg to be broken blocking the plate like that.

  280. dkidd says:

    lol girardi playing the infield in

  281. Get Phelps Up says:

    AJ with 10 K’s in 4.2 innings!

    /Should of kept

  282. MannyGeee says:

    One thing for sure… Nunez doesn’t make that throw. No fcking way in hell

  283. Mike N says:

    Nice play!

  284. Barry's Gift Basket says:

    Attaboy Nixy, sorry about before and the “fuck you” stuff.

  285. Mickey Scheister says:

    New York Nix!

  286. Starks says:

    Let me ask all of your cumgurglers this question that think CC is so great. What ace fails to pitch past 5 innings on opening day vs a line up as poor as this? I can see if this is the first time this has happened but how many times have we seen a piss poor start from Cc in big spots? Too many for a true ace. He is a very good pitcher but not a true ace end of story. Smh.

    • FIPster Doofus says:

      O:S

      • Robinson Tilapia says:

        If I “+1″ this, does it go against O:S?

      • Mike HC says:

        Unfortunately, I hear this “CC is not a true ace” line not only on blogs, but by family members and friends as well. And those people I can’t O:S.

    • Get Phelps Up says:

      What about him almost single handedly winning the ALDS last season? You’re an idiot.

      • jjyank says:

        Also he was the 2009 ALCS MVP.

        Do you have anything else to say, Starks, or are you really just that single minded?

        • Starks says:

          You guys are idiots. He had a very good alds last year, what happened in the alcs? He was very good in the 2009 playoffs but ace quality? Dont think so. What about the rest of his career? Lets look at the numbers and see if he is a true ace in the same breath as verlander and price or kershaw? There are only a handful of true aces in mlb and the comes the second group of guys thwt Cc certainly belongs too.

          • jjyank says:

            I’m an idiot? Go ahead and click the link I posted below. Look at the numbers. Then get back to me.

      • Barry's Gift Basket says:

        Yeah he comes of like an idiot becasue there are many other aspects about this team that somebody can complain about, and he is picking on CC after 4 years of ace-like performances.

        That’s not too smart, even for a troll.

        • Starks says:

          4 years of ace like years? 3.22+ era is ace like? Lol please.

          • Barry's Gift Basket says:

            Name 10 pitchers you’d rather have this last 4 years instead of CC?

            If the bar to be called an ace is to be “Pedro-in-his-prime” like, you won’t find many, because that is like probably the highest peak in history.

          • Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (Formerly RRR) says:

            This has to be one of the dumbest comments I’ve ever seen. You’ve literally defeated your own argument in an attempt to make the opposite point.

    • Barry's Gift Basket says:

      “What ace fails to pitch past 5 innings on opening day vs a line up as poor as this?”

      Many.

      Now drop it, CC is cool.

    • Long-Past-His-Day-Rod says:

      Jon Lester?

    • MannyGeee says:

      Hey Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores (Formerly RRR)….

      Can I call this dude a troll, or is all of this his opinion too that he’s entitled to?

      • jjyank says:

        Better question: does this land him on The List?

      • Mike HC says:

        People are entitled to not love CC, but a dozen comments on it kind of gets grating.

      • DC says:

        He hit troll status after the third time he voiced his opinion in one game.

      • Barry's Gift Basket says:

        Haha, Jesus, now we need an authorization to call a troll “troll”?

        Too bad I already did. Didn’t know, sorry.

      • Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (Formerly RRR) says:

        Now THIS, this is a troll. Exhibit A.

      • Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (Formerly RRR) says:

        Wow, you people are seriously being dicks. How about instead of mocking the comment you all use common sense?

        I mean, seriously. Authorization?

    • Alkaline2.0 says:

      Yes. CC’s ace status has been revoked due to this game.

      Also, please name these too many blown big game starts. I would take CC in a big game every single day.

  287. Barry's Gift Basket says:

    Good job kid, but about giving up leadoff triples; don’t do that.

  288. forensic says:

    Great job Phelps!!!

    /resistingcommentaboutmovinghughesoutofrotation

  289. Mike N says:

    Way to get out of that jam!

  290. Cuso says:

    Flaps out, Sori

  291. forensic says:

    Ok guys, it’s a hitter’s park but you need to hit it a little farther than those.

  292. dkidd says:

    uehara’s k/bb is insane

  293. Kramerica Industries says:

    What a worthless inning.

  294. FIPster Doofus says:

    Uehara was a sneaky good signing by the Red Sox on a one-year deal. I’ve gotta hand it to them for that move.

  295. BigBlueAL says:

    Holy crap that was one pathetic inning offensively.

  296. MannyGeee says:

    yuck. wow. how about more than 5 pitches guys

  297. TomH says:

    Haffner, Overbay, et al., have to learn the Yankee Way of taking pitches.

    • BigBlueAL says:

      To be fair throughout their careers both Overbay and especially Hafner have been very patient hitters who draw walks.

  298. dkidd says:

    hypothetical exercise:

    you get to pick 5 yankees to have their “best case scenario” season, everyone else you take your chances. who are your 5?

  299. FIPster Doofus says:

    Don’t walk an undisciplined hitter to start the inning. Damn.

  300. Mike N says:

    Uh, oh.

  301. Get Phelps Up says:

    Can we please stop walking Salty?

  302. forensic says:

    Yuck, this is no bueno…

  303. forensic says:

    Here’s hoping Logan’s horrid ST doesn’t rear it’s ugly head here…

  304. dkidd says:

    FHOFJBJ versus Left Fat

  305. forensic says:

    Geez Logan…

  306. Barry's Gift Basket says:

    I hate that punk.

  307. RBC says:

    In another world….

    Mets 11, Padres 2

    Go figure.

  308. Kramerica Industries says:

    This Iglesias bullshit is already long tiring.

  309. forensic says:

    Geez, this is getting really annoying.

  310. Evan says:

    What happened on that play: Cano miss the bag?
    Jackie Bradley grounds out, pitcher Boone Logan to second baseman Robinson Cano to first baseman Lyle Overbay. Will Middlebrooks scores. Jarrod Saltalamacchia to 2nd. Two out.

  311. JMK says:

    This “God Bless America” rendition is horrible.

  312. Barry says:

    Holy terrible God Bless America. Broadway must really be a fraction of its reputation.

  313. Rizi Walnuts says:

    Wow, Cervelli standing in against chaos

  314. forensic says:

    Anybody else suddenly lagging big time here?

    Methinks it’s time for a rally spillover thread.

  315. dkidd says:

    we are winning this game

  316. RBC says:

    I’m at work so I’m can’t watch or listen… What happened with “God Bless America”? Who sang?

    • JMK says:

      I don’t know who the singer was, but she did the whole warble-y voice thing where she goes high to low and stretches notes that shouldn’t be stretched. The voice wasn’t very powerful either, so it just sounded amateurish. I get that performers want to add their spin to the song, but it was a disaster.

  317. Get Phelps Up says:

    Tie this up Nooner.

  318. forensic says:

    Joe’s going to bunt Nunez to give up Cano…

  319. JLC 776 says:

    Time to SHINE!!!

  320. dkidd says:

    overmatched

  321. JLC 776 says:

    Wow. What a terrible AB.

  322. Karl Krawfid says:

    Every strikeout has been right down the middle right?

  323. jjyank says:

    Took two pitches right down the middle. Damn it Nunez.

    Cano, let’s start your MVP campaign right now.

  324. Ruby Rich says:

    Alright, Robbie….

  325. Big Member says:

    wtf nunez you were supposed to be my fantasy teams secret weapon

  326. teddy says:

    nunez you are awful

  327. JMK says:

    Look on the bright side, Nunez has been pretty good in the field today.

  328. teddy says:

    cano missed a cookie

  329. FIPster Doofus says:

    Way to justify that 12-year extension, Robbie. Jerk.