Game Two: The Grind Begins

Yankees set all-time record with $230.4M payroll
Updates: Kuroda day-to-day with bruised middle finger after line drive
(Presswire)
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All the pomp and circumstance of Opening Day is over. We’re beyond the base line introductions and we’ve already seen all the new faces in pinstripes, now it’s time to get back to the day in, day out grind of baseball. One game after another, day after day. The everyday schedule is both beautiful and without mercy, caring not about bad timing or injuries or anything else. As the old saying goes, playing everyday is both the best and worst thing about baseball.

After facing left-hander Jon Lester on Opening Day, the Yankees will be able to trot out their A-lineup against right-hander Clay Buchholz this evening. Well, at least what’s left of their A-lineup anyway. I don’t think I’m alone in saying I’d much rather than Travis Hafner and Lyle Overbay in the lineup than Ben Francisco and Jayson Nix. Either way, it’s time to #HIROK. Here’s the lineup…

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

And on the mound is number eighteen, Hiroki Kuroda.

It is brutally cold in New York and I’m not sure how that will impact the game. Maybe the pitchers will have trouble gripping the ball or maybe the hitters will be in agony when they make contact. Who knows. The game is scheduled to start a little after 7pm ET and can be seen on YES locally and ESPN2 nationally. Enjoy.

Derek Jeter Update: The Cap’n did some strengthening exercises and played long-toss in Tampa today, but he hasn’t done any running or hitting since receiving a cortisone shot and being shut down with lingering soreness in his surgically repaired left ankle.

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Yankees set all-time record with $230.4M payroll
Updates: Kuroda day-to-day with bruised middle finger after line drive
  • dkidd

    over/under:

    how many at-bats for jeter this year?

    • Manny’s BanWagon

      400

      • trr

        less

  • dalelama

    The Bataan Death March resumes.

    • Hall and Nokes

      The NoBataan death march begins

    • WhittakerWalt

      Are you typing this with David Wright’s nuts in your mouth?

    • DC

      You’re dying? Awesome.

  • jjyank

    Gonna miss the game tonight. Mom’s in town for a conference, so yay expensive restaurant. Hirok is on the ol’ fantasy team though, so I have double the reason to hope he kills it. Go Yanks!

    • Pseudoyanks

      Get a Ribeye.

      • Manny’s BanWagon

        I’m partial to the porterhouse.

        • Pseudoyanks

          Now you’re talking.

    • Manny’s BanWagon

      Hirok is on my fantasy team too. Got a save from Addison Reed today and a win from Ogando who I picked up after the draft as a free agent.

      Let’s go Kuroda!!!

      • jjyank

        Hah, I have Reed too. Best of luck!

      • Govin

        Thats funny I also have Ogando,I was pretty pleased when I saw the ten strikeouts and no runs allowed. My only Yankee is CC and we all know what he did monday.

        • Manny’s BanWagon

          I think Ogando is a major sleeper since they apparently have stopped screwing around with him bouncing from the pen to the rotation.

          I usually have few Yankees on fantasy because their players seem to get drafted a few rounds too early due in these parts IMO.

  • Pseudoyanks

    Brutally cold in Chicago too.

  • Eddard

    I love the 3 lefties at the top. Putting Nuney in the 8 hole lengthens the lineup. Hiroki should pitch good enough to win.

    • Manny’s BanWagon

      Let’s hope that this lineup doesn’t make Buchholz look like Cy Young tonight.

    • WhittakerWalt

      This would be true if Nunez wasn’t terrible.

  • DERP

    Is there any reason why Boesch isn’t playing over Wells tonight? He made the team, right?

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      They’ve said Wells is the everyday LF.

    • Manny’s BanWagon

      The binder must say $12 million vs. $1.5 million means Wells starts even though he can’t hit righties.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

        Boesch didn’t hit righties either last year (Wells was actually slightly better). And Boesch can’t field either.

        • Manny’s BanWagon

          If Boesch isn’t gonna start against righties and he can’t field or add value on the bases, then why is he on the team?

          • Mike HC

            Just as a straight back up and pinch hitter.

          • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

            I have no idea. I was surprised he made the team. I’m guessing he’ll give Wells an occasional day off, PH occasionally, and then get demoted as soon as one of the injured position players returns.

            • Manny’s BanWagon

              Seems to me that they’re giving way too much respect to Wells who’s had a sub .300 wOBA vs. righties the last 2 seasons. With the short porch and Boesch’s lefty power, I’d like to seem him get some ABs against righties at least in YS3.

              • Ruby Rich

                Agree. There is no logic behind the idea that Wells should be an everyday LF right now, absolutely none.

            • Tom

              Iglesias on deck, first base open, I don’t think you have a ROOGY pitching to a lefty.

  • Mike HC

    I would have stuck with Cervelli. I’m guessing Girardi already had this planned out before the season though. Also happy to see Hafner.

  • Luis Castillo (Not the one who dropped the ball)

    I love me some Coney.

  • Mike HC

    Am I the only one paying extra attention to Stewart’s now infamous pitch framing?

    • Dalek Jeter

      No, I’m keeping a close eye on it.

  • Bo Knows

    Can the announcers wait a couple months before jerking off Farrell and Bradley Jr. and proclaim them the greatest thing since sliced bread

  • Bo Knows

    that was a lucky hit,

  • Anderson Silva

    is it me or is this strikezone really tight?

    • Dalek Jeter

      Hirok seems to agree, he didn’t look happy coming off the mound.

  • Dr Van Nostrand

    Zone is incredibly tight tonight. Better be that way for both sides

  • Brian Cashman from another dimension

    I have Middlebrooks on my fantasy team. I feel conflicted.

  • trr

    Got Kuroda starting for my fantasy team tonight.

    Blame me, sorry everyone!

  • And in merrie olde England

    Good to see Ichiro scaring people away from running but wtf is going on with Salty?!

  • Mykey

    In hell, every Yankee game is on ESPN, and Curt Schilling is the color commentator.

  • Mike HC

    Damn, that was basically a perfect bunt too

  • Dalek Jeter

    1st pitch bunt after a 24 pitch inning w/ a very tight strike zone…not a huge fan of that play.

    • Mike HC

      Good point

    • Cy Pettitte

      agreed, especially when Middlebrooks was on top of him expecting the bunt

  • Jimmy@Hotmail.com

    Ich just walked folks.

  • Mike HC

    I like how nobody is quite sure if Jay-Z is an agent or not. I’m still unclear on this as well.

    • Dalek Jeter

      From what I’ve understood, Jay-Z’s marketing firm is representing Robbie’s image to the public while CAA represents his baseball interests.

      • Mike HC

        Is that a yes, he is Robbie’s agent? Not trying to be sarcastic or anything.

        • Dalek Jeter

          Not in the baseball sense. He’s his “agent” in the sense that he represents Robbie’s interests in appearing in non-baseball related activities, meanwhile the sports agent firm CAA is representing him in the traditional sports agent sense.

          • Mike HC

            Ok, I think I got that.

  • jdp

    A BB for Suzuki! What’s next, a HR from Stewart?

    • trr

      whoa, slow down there jdp, LOL!

  • Bo Knows

    Robbie is an all fields hitter, this could be fun

    • Bo Knows

      I’m starting to really really dislike Bradley

      • dkidd

        me, too

        trying to remember it’s not his fault

        • Bo Knows

          He’s robbed Robbie of extra bases twice already, it’s his fault

          the media’s collective bukkakke on him just makes it worse

  • Dalek Jeter

    Usually Micheal Kay has no idea what he’s talking about when it comes to spray charts and shifts…but I just looked up Robbie’s spray chart from opening day last season through today, and yeah… Kay has a point. The shift on him seems kind of silly.

  • Brian Cashman from another dimension

    Bradley’s fiancee is hot.

  • Anderson Silva

    why is it so damn hard for this team to score a run?

    • Mike HC

      No Jeter, Tex, Granderson and ARod?

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

      Because they thought replacing good hitters with shitty hitters was a viable strategy.

      • WhittakerWalt

        BRING UP THE KIDS!!!!

    • trr

      RISP fail, as always
      This team’s about as clutch as an automatic transmission

    • Ruby Rich

      They’ve only played 10 innings!

      • Mike HC

        Just objectively looking at the lineup, I don’t think the sample size is the issue, although we should average better than two per ten innings

        • Ruby Rich

          I mean I get it, but one can’t sit here and whine all night long everyday they don’t get a hit.

          • Ruby Rich

            time*

            • dkidd

              watch us
              :)

          • Mike HC

            hahaha … good one

  • dkidd

    twins walk off after a-jax misplays a fly ball

    we won the trade!

    • Mike HC

      haha

  • dkidd

    please please please stop talking about this kid like he’s carl yastrzemski

    • Anderson Silva

      my feed (ESPN international) said in the first inning that middlebrooks looks like Scott Rolen..

      • dkidd

        middlebrooks and bradley are good young players, but the hyperbole is out of hand

  • Anderson Silva

    comon Hiroki, settle down and get the DP

  • Brian Cashman from another dimension

    That going to hurt in the morning.

  • mannycruz

    Is this the saddest play in recent yankee history? Or the Luis gonzales hit?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NNnqbf2Vpv0

    • Bill R

      Easily the Gonzales hit, that ended the WS.

  • Brian Cashman from another dimension

    Damn that second base ump is way in. His he playing for us too?

  • Ruby Rich

    Iglesias crushing balls, as usual

  • dkidd

    the braves are good

  • Bo Knows

    sonofabitch

    • Bo Knows

      Not another injury, fuck fuck fuck fuck

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    It’s getting ugly early.

  • jdp

    What do you call Rothschild’s child’s child?

  • http://twitter.com/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

    Something is up with that hand.

  • Eddard

    Wasn’t the pitching supposed to be the strength of this team? Kuroda is giving this game away!

  • Mike HC

    Wow … tack another injury on

  • Dalek Jeter

    I hate to be that doom and gloom guy…but god this feels a lot like a slippery slope I’m sliding down.

    • Bo Knows

      Yeah, I know how you feel, I’m a glass half full kind of guy but this is getting seriously f’d up to the 9th degree.

      I’m worried Kuroda fractured his finger

      • Dalek Jeter

        W/ this teams luck I’m sure his finger was straight up ripped from the hand and the only thing holding it on is the skin.

        • Bo Knows

          The bright side is that the way this is going with guys dropping like flies, we’ll be seeing Slade, Austin, Williams and Sanchez…..but then they will all trip on a wet plastic bag and break every bone in there bodies

  • Ruby Rich

    welp….

  • Eddard

    When it rains it pours. Now the pen has to empty to finish this ballgame.

  • http:/www.twitter.com/_swarlesbarkley Mark Teixeira – Ghostbuster (formerly Drew)

    Well this sucks.

    (does shot)

    It’s going to be a looooooooooong season.

    (does another shot)

  • oldmanalex

    obvious question… is he hurt? If this dude is hurt….. I don’t even know.

    • sangreal

      Took a comebacker off his fingertips and hasnt hit the strike zone since. Yeah, I’d say he is hurt. Hopefully not enough to miss any games

  • Luis Castillo (Not the one who dropped the ball)

    I know we are two games into the season, but geez this shitfest ain’t getin’ any better…

  • HH

    Burn It Down.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Cody Eppley? Wtf? Where is Phelps/Warren?

    • Luis Castillo (Not the one who dropped the ball)

      The binder says that they must come to start an inning, not in the middle of one.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

        There is some logic to not bringing Warren into a bases loaded jam.

        • Luis Castillo (Not the one who dropped the ball)

          Yep. nobody said the Binder was always wrong.

    • Bo Knows

      Phelps has to start on Saturday, Warren will probably be next man up after

      • Raymond Freemont

        I’d rather they go with Wang.

  • jdp

    What channel are the Mets on? Maybe rooting against them will be more fun tonight.

  • Bill R

    Someone needs to layoff the voodoo doll! We get it already!

  • Ruby Rich

    Bartender!

  • Raymond Freemont

    Oh so it’s going to be one of THOSE years. Awesome.

  • HellHammer

    Dumpster Fire. Fucking comical.

  • ClayDavis

    Get the hell out of here

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

    Kuroda: injured and ineffective.

    This season has been a fucking dandy, and it’s only been two games. Unreal.

  • Vern Sneaker

    Fantasy: Eppley gets out of inning with no runs, Warren goes five scoreless, Drob and Mo close it out. we win 4-2, momentum shifts, we win six straight.

    • Mike HC

      Phase one: complete

    • Dalek Jeter

      Step 1. Accomplished.

  • Anderson Silva

    nice job Eppley, nice job.

  • HellHammer

    Pedroia looks like a hobo.

  • Dalek Jeter

    ALL HAIL EPP!!!

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

    Well done, Eppley.

  • Ruby Rich

    atta boy Epp!!!

  • dkidd

    huge!

    let’s generate some positive vibes here

    • Bo Knows

      Sadly Positive Vibes was hit by a broken bat and had to be taken out the stadium

  • Anderson Silva

    Also, kudos to Girardi. Nice job bringing in Eppley, and it worked.

  • heismanziel

    Wells will go Yard in this game.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Wow, Vernon Wells got fat.

  • Jimmy@Hotmail.com

    Veteran Magic.

  • Ruby Rich

    Loving the “shot-clock” on Bucholz.

  • oldmanalex

    Doubles machine…

  • Anderson Silva

    I have a hard time seeing how can they score more than 2 runs per game right now. This is beyond bad.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Just as I was starting to feel a little positive. Line drive single by Wells, and that ball was right down the middle. But nope. DP.

  • oldmanalex

    Is it me, or this feels like a sad extension of the 2012 Playoffs…..

    • Bo Knows

      slight difference, that squad could hit but didn’t

      this squad just can’t

      come back healthy Capt, GrandyMan, Tex, Pineda and everyone else

    • Anderson Silva

      that team would at least hit some solo HRs

  • SeventhAce

    Red Sox, ugliest team in baseball.

  • Bo Knows

    Tex would have had that

  • MannyGeee

    Wellp, tried to eat dinner while watching Hirok stick the bear hand up (don’t know how you NPB fellas do it, but here in the States we use a glove…)

    Went to wash my dish when Wells got his hit, got back just in time to see Overbay fuck the duck…

    Needless to say it has been a bum out. Bright side, gonna get some Adam Warren time tonight… So that’s something.

    Also, Jery Remy says ‘inside cah-nah’ a lot. I guess it’s pandering to his audience.

  • I Collect Brett Gardner Cards

    dd the ny teams switch this season? lol

  • Anderson Silva

    Stewart’s great D is simply great

    • Mike HC

      Nice pitch frame on that next pitch though

      /half joking

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Well at least he can hit….

  • Mike HC

    Stewart pulling a Posada there

  • Mickey Scheister

    This game sucks so far.

  • Bo Knows

    its a 162 game season….a 162 game season…..162….162…..

  • MannyGeee

    Chris Stewart. Defensive. Catcher.

  • Dalek Jeter

    teh defense 1st catcha!

  • dkidd

    what does girardi do when a player’s first and last names ALREADY end in “y”?

    • MannyGeee

      Rule 1: Add a Y
      Rule 2: if it already ends in a Y, drop the Y

      • dkidd

        attaboy, cod!

        • WhittakerWalt

          And if that doesn’t work, call them by their initials.

  • MannyGeee

    Outside of the meatball to Saltalamaccia, Eppley has been pitching a solid outing so far…

    • MannyGeee

      No fucking sooner do I say it.

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

    Yay for more two out bullshit.

    • Bo Knows

      Almost like a Roogy shouldn’t be pitching against lefties (every hit has been against a lefty)

  • Jimmy@Hotmail.com

    Sox are just using all fields.

    Wish the Yanks would do that.

    • MannyGeee

      Oh FUCK Chris Stewart

      • MannyGeee

        Reply fail, my bad

        • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

          Fuck Chris Stewart works for any reply.

  • Vern Sneaker

    God Wells is slow!

  • Dalek Jeter

    Chris Stewart: Defensive Catcher!

    Also, why has Eppley faced 3 lefties as of the time of this post?

  • Anderson Silva

    Eppley over 20 pitches and facing a lefty. Why is he still in there? I guess Girardi has given up on the game

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      It’s Eppley or Warren. Not sure it makes a huge difference.

      • MannyGeee

        I might roll the dice with Warren now.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

          I would too. I’m just not sure it would make much of a difference.

          • MannyGeee

            Oh it absolutely won’t… Just sayin… At least the element of surprise might help out.

  • aarpyanks

    mlb.tv 119 dollars

    being a yankee fan and not getting it…seems priceless right now.

    • Bill R

      try 130, and trust me it hurts right now…

  • BigBlueAL

    Halftime of the Knicks game so Im forced to have to watch the Yankee game right now. This is depressing.

  • Nathan

    I knew early season was going to be tough to watch.

    Man, I hate being right. This game is tough to watch.

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

    Fuck.

    This team is in serious trouble if they keep falling behind 4-0 in games.

  • dkidd

    sutcliffe just said jeter would have had that

    • MannyGeee

      Sure, circa 2002

      • And in merrie olde England

        You serious?

  • MannyGeee

    Oh Jesus. Let the JB jr celebration parade begin.

  • Vern Sneaker

    Why he came out for a second inning at all is beyond me. A short man in a clear long reliever situation. Huh?

  • Dalek Jeter

    3 Lefties have come up this inning…3 people have gotten hits…it’s almost like there’s a pattern there, I can’t be certain though. Let’s try it some more.

  • Mike N

    This is heinous.

  • Anderson Silva

    this team is unwatchable right now.. guys like Wells, Overbay, Stewart and all the other shit and even Girardi leaving Eppley to face more lefties than righties, what a fucking terrible team

    • DC

      Then stop watching.

  • Chilango

    Should have stayed at work. Just got here and it’s already painful what happened to Kuroda? Flat slider?

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      Took a line drive off the finger tips and then struggled to throw strikes.

    • Mike N

      Got hit on his hand by a batted ball.

  • http://twitter.com/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

    For a manager who is so keen on matching up righties and lefties, he sure loves to ignore the fact that his right handed specialist can’t get lefties out.

    • http:/www.twitter.com/_swarlesbarkley Mark Teixeira – Ghostbuster (formerly Drew)

      Epply can throw “multiple innings”

      Bone headed manager making bone headed decisions.

    • MannyGeee

      In fairness, it’s hard to start binder bouncing when your starting pitcher gets hurt in the 2nd inning

      • http://twitter.com/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

        This is a pretty consistent thing though. He did it a million times last year with Eppley and Rapada even going so far as to say in interviews he believes they can get opposite hand batters out when the numbers and results say otherwise. Its baffling how a guy so in love with match ups one minute ignores them the next. I’ve never been a Girardi hater but this drives me nuts.

  • Hans Moleman

    A-Rod would of had that.

  • http:/www.twitter.com/_swarlesbarkley Mark Teixeira – Ghostbuster (formerly Drew)

    Yankees are making all glove no bat Igelisis look like a HOF right now.

  • Bo Knows

    Joe its been two games, and I already want your head please please improve….thanks

  • Leg-End

    Keeping him in there basically JG has given up on this one already.

  • Eddard

    Eppley is trash. Shouldn’t even be on the club but since Hughes is hurt he is. They need to get Hughes back and Phelps back into that long man role. The Sox offense is playing the small ball that the Yanks should be playing but refuse to do so. Girardi is waiting for the 3 run HR with nobody to hit HRs.

  • Mykey

    I am sad.

  • Tom

    Looks like ST results sometimes do foreshadow things.

    Eppley looks a lot like Corey Wade. Good one year, 2nd year he reminds you why he was available on waivers.

    • Bo Knows

      He’s fine as long as he’s only used against righties….he faced 3 lefthanders for 3 hits

  • Dalek Jeter

    I like Girardi, I think he’s a decent manager…but sometimes he’s just so fucking infuriating. Where was Warren to start this inning? Where was Warren when the first runner got on? I mean, he knows just as well as we do (if not better) how much Eppley struggles against lefties, and how much he’s a short reliever…so why in gods name was he allowed to face 3 LHH’ers AND throw ~30 pitches?

    • MannyGeee

      Careful what you wish for dude.

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

    Just fucking miserable.

  • Vern Sneaker

    Well, Rangers scored three goals vs. Pittsburgh, 3-0 after first. Something to hold on to besides the Grey Goose bottle.

  • Mykey

    Alright. My mental health demands turning this off.

    We’ll see if I obey.

  • Bo Knows

    160 more games 160 more games 160 more games

  • dkidd

    might as well get as ugly as possible

    all we need is ellsbury to steal home

  • Eddard

    They can’t pitch, can’t hit, can’t defend. Looks like it’ll be up to Andy to save the day yet again.

    • DC

      Nope, you said Nunez would be the gritty savior.

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

    I’m also glad the Red Sox will improve on that 14-9 record they have at Yankee Stadium dating back to August of 2010.

    It doesn’t even feel like home field when the Red Sox are in town. And that pisses me off to no end.

  • Jimmy@Hotmail.com

    Man this is ugly.

  • Jimmy@Hotmail.com

    We need to hire Mike Rice to fire the Yankees up.

    • Ron

      thanks for lol. I needed it

  • Jason

    Holy shit this team is terrible

  • YankeesJunkie

    The pain of the inning is over….the game still has a long and likely painful conclusion to game, hopefully Warren can at least impress.

  • thenamestsam

    Guys, look on the brightside. It’s ony like 300 days until pitchers and catchers! (Kidding) (Sort of)

    • dkidd

      next year will be worse

      • thenamestsam

        Only like 700 days until spring training 2015!

  • dkidd

    the mets are stealing our runs

  • Ron

    At least the Astros have payroll flexibility.

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

    Starting to rain here in St. Pete.

    Man would I love some torrential downpour in the Bronx right about now. Wash this shitfest right out.

  • Anthony

    OMG… this game thread is like the threads back during the stretch run last year!! I’m as pissed as anyone but people have to chill. And realistically with a finger contusion how much time are we looking at?

    • Tom

      Depends on if the finger is broken or not… he’s getting X-rays

      Contusion could mean just a missed start (or maybe not even a missed start), broken finger a lot longer

      • Anthony

        Thanks, really hoping for the former.

    • WhittakerWalt

      It’s live reactions to a game thread. You expect what, exactly?

      • Anthony

        There’s always some doom and gloom (even I’m guilty) but 2nd game of the year was not expecting this much.

  • Anderson Silva

    they can’t MLB teams with this roster

    • Anderson Silva

      beat

  • http://twitter.com/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

    Great ESPN is wanking over Pedroia’s hopping before each pitch again. I pay how much for MLB.TV and still get stuck watching a shitty ESPN feed because of blackouts. Shoot me.

    • Tom

      If you have cable, you probably are getting a free MLB Extra innings preview (and can watch the YES feed)

      • http://twitter.com/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

        No cable, hence the shitty feeds.

      • TomH

        I have “Extra Innings,” but have had to put up with the Sox announcers yesterday and today. It’s always a crap shoot with my provider as to whether or not YES will be selected on any given night.

  • Luis Castillo (Not the one who dropped the ball)

    Sterling just makes shit up, AJ pitched decent the THIRD game of the season, CMW was the one who got his ass handed to him in the second game.

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

    Keep taking shots, drunkards.

    Just don’t go broke with all the alcohol you’ll need to get through this season.

    • And in merrie olde England

      Want to clue me in on the rules? I’m so in on a structured way of trying to forget.

  • Eddard

    The best team that $230 million could buy. I was willing to give this team a chance but it’s been 2 games. I just don’t see how this team of misfits and castoffs can be competitive in this division. And the pitching was supposed to be a strength and all we have to show for it is an ace throwing less than 90 mph and an injured #2.

    • Pat D

      Of course you’ve made up your mind after two freaking games.

      • Mykey

        Well, he did give them 12 whole innings.

    • WhittakerWalt

      I was willing to give this team a chance but it’s been 2 games.

      Trolling Level: 1,000,000

    • Bo Knows

      you know $100 million of that Payroll is on the DL right

      • Steve

        So yeah, only a $130 million. Much better!

  • Chilango

    This was easy to see coming. They should have started planning for it a few years ago. And getting guys like Wells, Overbay, Boesch, etc isn’t exactly building the team. Next few years could be brutal.

  • Pat D

    It is so comforting to get out of class and see all of this. I mean it’s not enough my midterm is going to take forever to do but now I have to look at this shit. But it’s a long season am I right?

    • Kramerica Industries

      Depends on how you interpret “long” in this case.

    • Anthony

      Basically in the same boat as you. Taking a 3 hour online class. Can’t watch the game but I’m following on here…needless to say I know its not going well.

  • YankeesJunkie

    BABIP gods are with the Red Sox.

  • Mike HC

    Michael Kay going for the Sherlock Holmes look, I see

  • Leg-End

    Kay is dressed like my grandfather and hes 72.

    • TomH

      Just so long as he isn’t dressed like you.

      What the hell do you care how he’s dressed?

  • Mike HC

    Best time to struggle is definitely in the beginning of the season, and reinforcements are on the way, but damn does it put a damper on the excitement of a new season.

  • pistol pete

    Hal’s going to be busing fans in to sit behind the plate by June. Who is going to pay 1500 to watch this bunch of misfits. The Yankees simply don’t have enough good players. Worse they’ll likely lose Cano and Granderson and have zero healthy everyday players next year. It took 16 years to happen but it has, the Yanks are going to have to hit bottom for a couple of years before bouncing back.

    • TomH

      In the 2 down periods since 1920, it has taken them a hell of a lot longer than a “couple” of years to bounce back.

    • Mike HC

      By June we should have Jeter, Tex and Granderson back though, and be ready to go on a nice little run to get us out of the hole we might dig ourselves in April.

  • YankeesJunkie

    Nice inning by Warren.

  • oldmanalex

    If AROD did a smoker’s quitline ad….. people would clamour: “he needs to stop helping people to quit smoking, and FOCUS ON BASEBALL”

  • Frank

    Many of you who are in your 20’s and never experienced bad Yankees teams are in for a long disappointing and painful transition period.

    • Daiello18

      I’m 23, and im scared to embark on this transition period… In positive news, good to see Pronk hit.

    • Kramerica Industries

      My experience as a Bucs and Lightning fan has already allowed me to get a grasp on how multiple seasons of extreme futility tend to go.

    • Bo Knows

      2008 really sucked

      I mentally prepared myself for a possibility of them being flat out bad earlier, doesn’t make it any less frustrating and I still will hold out hope they’ll turn it around once everyone starts coming back.

      And if they don’t they could be in position for Carlos Rodon, Tooki Tousant, Tyler Beede…. (I’m joking)

    • Randi

      I’m 35 and remember my first Yankee game. The upper deck was barren.

  • General Confusion

    Can we play against Army again?

  • Mike HC

    There we go. A little offense.

  • Leg-End

    Hafner with the spark, now light it up!

  • Jimmy@Hotmail.com

    Pronk Baby.

    More Yankee Veteran Magic.

  • And in merrie olde England

    ESPN were talking about David Martinez the RS DH then?!

  • Eddard

    I thought Hafner would mash in YS. Wish the rest of the team would show up.

  • Hans Moleman

    What did Sterling say?

  • jtb013281

    Haha, this is what happens when Brian Cashman is your GM. What a loser. Hopefully, he gets fired sooner than later. What a joke of a GM. And, save it Cashman-lovers, this team is mediocre WITHOUT the injuries. $231m payroll and NOT one news media clown rigths bad things about Brian Cashman, gee I wonder why? We have alot going on like this in this country. I wonder, I just wonder what the common denominator is!

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      Paranoid blog commenters?

      • thenamestsam

        The Yankees haven’t won a game that counts since Obama was reelected! It’s Obama’s fault the Yankees suck! I knew it all along! #Nobama

    • Mike HC

      I’m actually curious. What is the common denominator?

    • DC

      Congrats on being a dumbass.

  • Mike HC

    Regardless of the outcome of these games, if Hafner and Wells can put together good years, along with our other players getting healthy, this offense can be pretty damn good.

    • Govin

      Hmm, a positive comment. Someone get rid of him hes ruining the awesome atmosphere all the other posters have created.

      • Mike HC

        I’m trying to take the long view. Finding some positives that could pay off when the team is actually healthy. You knew before the season started this first month or two was going to be struggle. Can’t deny that watching it play out is extremely frustrating though.

        • Govin

          Yep I agree, I hope people remember this line up we have will only last for a month or so.

    • YankeesJunkie

      This offense won’t really get going until Granderson, Jeter, and Grandrerson are back. Hafner has shown that he can contribute offensively, but Wells has really shown nothing, but maybe the dead cat will bounce once again.

      • Mike HC

        Wells looks like he has regained some bat speed and has already hit many line drives this season. Not claiming he is going to continue hitting .400 this year, but he doesn’t exactly look completely washed up.

  • Luis Castillo (Not the one who dropped the ball)

    Ok Sterling “Pronx Bomber” is cool

    • Dalek Jeter

      Heh, that’s actually not bad…much better than Nunez or Ichiro.

      • Luis Castillo (Not the one who dropped the ball)

        I’m want to hear what he does with Obervay (I bet he uses something like “Obervay the wall” or some crazy shit like that.

        I want to hear, also, ’cause that’d mean Obervay actually hit a HR, something that looks impossible right now.

  • And in merrie olde England

    Pronk!

  • dkidd

    just looked at pictures of hafner in 2006. i swear he was twice the size he is now

  • Athenian

    How soon before Girardi is fired? 1-5, 0-10? How bad does therefore have to get because you know none of this falls on Cashman or the douche brothers and their puppet.

    • TomH

      They’re not firing Girardi over this injury-driven fiasco. If they tried that, they would make themselves a national laughingstock.

      • Athenian

        I think they already have with the refusal to upgrade and the preference to sign players who should only be on a field for Old Timers Day.

        • TomH

          Nonsense. First of all, “national”: only Yankee fans are concerned with the upgrade issue. However, were they to fire Girardi, the entire country, Yankee fans or not, would laugh at them. Sooner fire God, or Nature, or Destiny for causing 4 of their key hitters to go down with serious injuries.

    • Manny’s BanWagon

      How is any of this Girardi’s fault?

      • Athenian

        Didn’t sat it was. But there is always a fall guy and it is never the executives. That is the point.

        • Manny’s BanWagon

          Gotcha

        • Robinson Tilapia

          I don’t see how Girardi would take the fall unless things take a turn for the unexpected here.

          I agree with the general sentiment. I don’t think it applies here.

  • pistol pete

    We got a run, only down 5 now.

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

    Shelley Duncan hit a three run home run.

    Unreal. That doddering douchebag was the quintessential worthless Yankee.

    • Dalek Jeter

      How dare you insult SLAM like that!

    • YankeesJunkie

      His career 1.5 WAR is not that enviable.

  • dkidd

    heart of the order coming up!

    /shoots self in face

  • Dalek Jeter

    On top of the Yankees struggling my fantasy team is a combined 1/18 tonight!

    • Govin

      Well Matt Harvey is on my fantasy team. of course Elsbury is on my opponents team.

  • Manny’s BanWagon

    So much for Stewarts superhuman pitch framing abilities.

  • pistol pete

    Not to worry, Nunez singles and now we have Chris Stewart and his lifetime 593ops up next. What more could you ask for 231m.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Gotta start Nunez here. He’s fast enough to steal and odds are Stewart hits a ground ball.

    • Randi

      You should manage this team

  • Vern Sneaker

    Re the two long dry periods: I went thru both of them and what I remember was always over-rating the team, getting way too excited at every new guy they added, and having silly optimistic fantasies when they’d win two in a row. It was strange, I was as into them as much as I am now and have been when they were winning — kind of like current Mets fans and just as grim in a gallows humor kind of way. I also remember the sadness of watching The Mick decline. That was terrible.

    • Manny’s BanWagon

      Yep. Every time they added a Steve Kemp or Roy Smalley or Butch Wynegar, that player was gonna be the piece to put them over the top.

    • TomH

      Exactly so. I had all but forgotten those delusional responses!

    • Chilango

      I remember when they beat the Washington Senators in a doubleheader once and I thought they’d be going to the series. Must have been 8 or so. Win or lose, your squad is your squad.

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

    That’s Chris Stewart’s peak power.

  • Eddard

    Eduardo Nuney is the spark that stirs the drink. They need to let him fly on the base paths. Stewart got a good rip on that one. Top of the lineup needs to start producing here.

    • MannyGeee

      This is funny. The spark that stirs the drink… Does that make him the straw of the clubhouse?

  • Luis Castillo (Not the one who dropped the ball)

    I wonder if Pros, like some kids in little league (including me), when the shitiest hitter (Stewey) comes to the plate with 2 outs everybody just goes to get their gloves.

    • Manny’s BanWagon

      Stewart is like Lupus from the Bad News Bears

      • Luis Castillo (Not the one who dropped the ball)

        If he parties with strippers at pizza hut, and those same strippers cheer for him at the games, he is cool in my book. Even if he sucks at baseball.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Wow…I just saw Bucholz’s full face for the first time in years…he looks like somebody took all the worst parts of Beckett and all the worst parts of Lackey and put them on the same face.

    • Mykey

      And then put some Clay Bucholz in there.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      and burned it.

  • MannyGeee

    So, after a short break, I got to say…

    Fuck yeah Pronk.
    NESN has officially become the Jackie Bradley Jr Campaign Headquarters
    And Lyle Overbay and Chris Stewart are going to be the death of me.

    • Mykey

      My hatred of Chris Stewart is largely irrational, but equally ferocious.

    • Mike HC

      I still can’t over the fact we DH’d Ben Francisco yesterday. Overbay and Stewart you can at least pretend are for defensive reasons.

      • Mike HC

        *get over the fact

  • sangreal

    Even with a facemask, Nunez can’t keep his helmet on

  • MannyGeee

    Damn, that Ichiro hit just hung in the air… Any other day that thing would drop.

  • Vern Sneaker

    Ichiro fouled off ball four there and with Robbie up we’d have had a shot at getting back into this.

  • Brian Cashman from another dimension

    Did Michael Kay say spanked?

  • Dalek Jeter

    It’s hits like that, that we give up to the Iglasias’ of the world that really piss me off. I don’t mind if the Pedroia’s of the world beat us…but giving up lead-off singles to Iglasias is infuriating.

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

      Iglesias is a high-rent Rey Ordonez, at best. That fucker needs to remember who he is.

  • Leg-End

    Jose Ciriaco……

  • Luis Castillo (Not the one who dropped the ball)

    Iglesias is the new Ciriaco… Fuck me if I expected that.

    There has to be a shitty player that just looks great against the yankees, like all the flippin’ time?

    • Mykey

      Fantastic.

    • Anthony

      Where is Ciriaco anyway?

      • Dalek Jeter

        I think he’s on the Oriole’s 40 man.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

        on the bench.

  • Dalek Jeter

    I know he had a rough inning, but if there’s any silver lining in this game it’s gotta be Warren.

    • Vern Sneaker

      Agreed. He’s looked decent.

  • Dan in Athens

    Eduardo Nunez should never play for the Yankees again. He is fundamentally the worst player I have ever seen.

  • Bo Knows

    Eventually those loud outs will start falling

  • Dalek Jeter

    So far it seems the Red Sox have 30 players in the field and all the Yankees are starting with an 0-1 count while the Yankees have 5 guys in the field and the Sox start with a 2-0 count.

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

    Strike three my ass.

  • Bo Knows

    Come on Yanks win it for that adorable kid in the stands, show some life

  • Dalek Jeter

    Chris Stewart: DEFENSIVE FUCKING CATCHER!!

  • Bo Knows

    The midget just prevented another major injury, thanks Pedroia (only time I’ll say that and not in a sarcastic manner)

    • And in merrie olde England

      Yeah, agree tip of the cap for that. Good guy Pedrioa is still easier to handle than the man on the tiny trampoline playing 3rd.

  • Dalek Jeter

    I usually hate bitching about this and feel like such a tool whenever I do cause it always feel like such a cop-out, but how come it feels like Bucholz has a strikezone the size of a small truck and Warren has the size of a postage stamp?

  • Kramerica Industries

    I really hope we get to see Kemp go for 62/64 again this season.

  • And in merrie olde England

    Out of interest how cold is it in YS3 tonight, looks polar, I never remember this much extra clothing?

    • Dalek Jeter

      Probably high 30s-low 40s.

      • And in merrie olde England

        Seriously?! That’s not much above freezing?

        Fun fact about the UK: When it’s cold we talk in C when it’s hot we talk in F.

        • Dalek Jeter

          Haha, no, it’s not much above freezing. It’s probably ~9 Celsius. It’s been freezing here in the NYC area since about November.

          • And in merrie olde England

            It’s topping out around that here, less at night. Has been for about the same time, totally unseasonal since March but we’re not trying to play Baseball (or Cricket!) in it.

    • Randi

      I attended the second game of the season during the last year of YS2 and it was FREEZING that night.

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

    By the way, in response to the whole “Kay is dressed like my grandfather” thing…

    umm…

    what exactly is he wearing? I’m not using MLB.tv yet, so I’m not watching on YES. If he’s wearing what I’m guessing would be grandfatherly wear (umm…heavy winter jacket with a herringbone or check pattern, differently colored vest, etc.), then on what planet is that something to be criticized? Too many men today dress like slobs and schmucks. I’m not advocating 19th century ways of dressing, but there is a nice middle ground to be found between 19th century attire and 21st century attire.

    • Randi

      He dressed kinda like Sherlock Holmes tonight, but Kay actually looks good in the outfit. I don’t know what everyone was complaining about earlier.

  • Bo Knows

    Bullshit call

  • http://twitter.com/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

    Get three balls on Gardner and you can throw BP fastballs down the center and he still won’t swing.

    • Bo Knows

      That second strike was BS

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      On 3-0?
      Down 6?
      He better not fucking swing.

    • Havok9120

      If he’d swung and missed you’d probably flip out, especially since there’s only so much the guy could do with it.

      And if you didn’t plenty of others would.

      • http://twitter.com/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

        Not at all. Brett isn’t really a guy you fear in a hitters count to begin with, but when you know the bat will be glued to his shoulder he pretty much hands control back over to the pitcher. His plate approach is pretty much “pray for a walk”.

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

    hahahaha.

    Fernando Rodney has already blown his first save of 2013.

  • And in merrie olde England

    Hilarious on ESPN, the’re talking about how Gardner should be more aggressive all the way through three clear balls.

  • Bo Knows

    So since the season is officially over and the Yankees are going to have a top 10 pick in the 2014 draft, who do you guys want them to take?

    (I’m kidding btw)

  • jdp

    The comments about the red sux hits all falling in and the Yankees’ hard hit balls always being in the wrong spot remind of when I used to wonder why when we hit grounders up the middle they always were just within the grasp of a shortstop, but when our opponents hit them they were just beyond Jeter’s reach. Thought we were the unluckiest team ever, until I woke up one day and realized that Jeter had no range to his left. Same deal here; our defense, with 1 or 2 exceptions, stinks.

    • Havok9120

      Yeah, except that’s almost as untrue as possible in the outfield, which is where a lot of the damage has been done. Wells is hardly a great defender, but Gardner/Ichiro is a pretty great center and left.

  • Vern Sneaker

    These two games argue strongly for getting Mustelier on the roster when he’s healed. Youk can play first, Musty third. These are not simply two ugly games — this roster will not produce runs and there’s no point in waiting to make an upgrade like Mustelier.

  • Pistol Pete

    Unwatchable,!

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      So don’t watch,!

    • DC

      Then don’t watch.

  • jdp

    If we lose three in a row we’ll be on the same pace as our 1998 championship team!

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Coming on here and reading this comment from early on in the thread probably saved this entire game for me:

    “WhittakerWalt says:
    April 3, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    Are you typing this with David Wright’s nuts in your mouth?”

    Well played, son. Well played.

    God bless you, Adam Warren. Prove me wrong.

    The rest? We’re in for an interesting few weeks, and I pray to God it’s just a few weeks.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Aceves was THAT shitty last season? Wow.

    • Bo Knows

      Well he also turned into fuckin psychopath too, hard to pitch well when your busy wasting energy starting brawls and having violent temper tantrums

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

    Andrew Miller is a fucking douchebag.

  • Dalek Jeter

    VERNON WELLS?!?!

  • Robinson Tilapia

    VERNOOOOOOOOOON!

    #ialwaysknew

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Bounce that dead cat!

    • Havok9120

      Hopefully we can dribble him like a basketball all the way into November…of 2014.

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

    Cut the lead in half. Nice.

  • Laz

    Ship Wells back. He is too good for this team.

  • Manny’s BanWagon

    His shittiness was exceeded only by his douche bag like behavior.

    • Manny’s BanWagon

      Reply fail.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Reply to me, I assume?

        • Manny’s BanWagon

          Yep. Aceves has to be one of the worst assholes in all of MLB

    • Bo Knows

      that was way past douche, he has become flat out insane

  • MickeyP

    Burn baby Vern?

    • Dalek Jeter

      Wells does well?

      You Do Wells?

      Anybody have Sterling’s Home Run call?

      • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

        The Bronx is Vernon… Wells’ rings the bells

        -according to Twitter

        • MickeyP

          Touché to you all. Well deserved.

        • Dalek Jeter

          …sigh…sometimes he just tries too hard.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          That’s…..not bad at all, actually.

      • sangreal

        The Bronx is Vernon… Wells rings the bells

    • Hans Moleman

      “The Bronx is Vernon… Wells’ rings the bells”

  • Dan

    Yanks are relying too much on the home run. We’ll never win playoff games that way!

  • Robinson Tilapia

    I blame Eddard for that.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    NunEE being NunEE.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Oh Nunie…

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    So who had Game 2 in the first Nunez error pool?

  • Chilango

    Stonehands Nuñez strikes again. I guess he’s a liability huh. Four (or more) in the ninth let’s go.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Axisa, will the Yankees bring the tying run up this inning?

    • Dalek Jeter

      I’m gonna step in for Axisa and say yes, The Yankees will bring the tying run up this inning.

      • Dalek Jeter

        In my defense, when I typed this, I thought the Yankees were all going to put good at bats on Hannerhan (like Cervelli) and not just swing like they’d given up.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          It’s the thought that counts.

  • HellHammer

    Went to HS with a guy named Shawn Kelley. He couldn’t throw strikes either. Weird.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    It’s not that cold, folks.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Start the runner? I start the runner.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Well, at least Warren’s career ERA improved tonight.