Game Two: The Grind Begins



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.

Categories : Game Threads


  1. dkidd says:


    how many at-bats for jeter this year?

  2. dalelama says:

    The Bataan Death March resumes.

  3. jjyank says:

    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!

  4. Pseudoyanks says:

    Brutally cold in Chicago too.

  5. Eddard says:

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

  6. DERP says:

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

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

      They’ve said Wells is the everyday LF.

    • Manny's BanWagon says:

      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) says:

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

        • Manny's BanWagon says:

          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 says:

            Just as a straight back up and pinch hitter.

          • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

            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 says:

              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 says:

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

            • Tom says:

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

  7. Mike HC says:

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

  8. Luis Castillo (Not the one who dropped the ball) says:

    I love me some Coney.

  9. Mike HC says:

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

  10. Bo Knows says:

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

  11. Bo Knows says:

    that was a lucky hit,

  12. Anderson Silva says:

    is it me or is this strikezone really tight?

  13. Dr Van Nostrand says:

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

  14. Brian Cashman from another dimension says:

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

  15. trr says:

    Got Kuroda starting for my fantasy team tonight.

    Blame me, sorry everyone!

  16. And in merrie olde England says:

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

  17. Mykey says:

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

  18. Mike HC says:

    Damn, that was basically a perfect bunt too

  19. Dalek Jeter says:

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

  20. Jimmy@Hotmail.com says:

    Ich just walked folks.

  21. Mike HC says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

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

        • Dalek Jeter says:

          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.

  22. jdp says:

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

  23. Bo Knows says:

    Robbie is an all fields hitter, this could be fun

  24. Dalek Jeter says:

    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.

  25. Brian Cashman from another dimension says:

    Bradley’s fiancee is hot.

  26. Anderson Silva says:

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

  27. dkidd says:

    twins walk off after a-jax misplays a fly ball

    we won the trade!

  28. dkidd says:

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

  29. Anderson Silva says:

    comon Hiroki, settle down and get the DP

  30. Brian Cashman from another dimension says:

    That going to hurt in the morning.

  31. mannycruz says:

    Is this the saddest play in recent yankee history? Or the Luis gonzales hit?

  32. Brian Cashman from another dimension says:

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

  33. Ruby Rich says:

    Iglesias crushing balls, as usual

  34. dkidd says:

    the braves are good

  35. Bo Knows says:


  36. Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

    It’s getting ugly early.

  37. jdp says:

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

  38. Stratman9652 says:

    Something is up with that hand.

  39. Eddard says:

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

  40. Mike HC says:

    Wow … tack another injury on

  41. Dalek Jeter says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

        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 says:

          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

  42. Ruby Rich says:


  43. Eddard says:

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

  44. Well this sucks.

    (does shot)

    It’s going to be a looooooooooong season.

    (does another shot)

  45. oldmanalex says:

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

    • sangreal says:

      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

  46. Luis Castillo (Not the one who dropped the ball) says:

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

  47. HH says:

    Burn It Down.

  48. Dalek Jeter says:

    Cody Eppley? Wtf? Where is Phelps/Warren?

  49. jdp says:

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

  50. Bill R says:

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

  51. Ruby Rich says:


  52. Raymond Freemont says:

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

  53. HellHammer says:

    Dumpster Fire. Fucking comical.

  54. ClayDavis says:

    Get the hell out of here

  55. Kuroda: injured and ineffective.

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

  56. Vern Sneaker says:

    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.

  57. Anderson Silva says:

    nice job Eppley, nice job.

  58. HellHammer says:

    Pedroia looks like a hobo.

  59. Dalek Jeter says:


  60. Ruby Rich says:

    atta boy Epp!!!

  61. dkidd says:


    let’s generate some positive vibes here

  62. Anderson Silva says:

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

  63. heismanziel says:

    Wells will go Yard in this game.

  64. Dalek Jeter says:

    Wow, Vernon Wells got fat.

  65. Jimmy@Hotmail.com says:

    Veteran Magic.

  66. Ruby Rich says:

    Loving the “shot-clock” on Bucholz.

  67. oldmanalex says:

    Doubles machine…

  68. Anderson Silva says:

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

  69. Dalek Jeter says:

    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.

  70. oldmanalex says:

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

  71. SeventhAce says:

    Red Sox, ugliest team in baseball.

  72. Bo Knows says:

    Tex would have had that

  73. MannyGeee says:

    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.

  74. I Collect Brett Gardner Cards says:

    dd the ny teams switch this season? lol

  75. Anderson Silva says:

    Stewart’s great D is simply great

  76. Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

    Well at least he can hit….

  77. Mike HC says:

    Stewart pulling a Posada there

  78. Mickey Scheister says:

    This game sucks so far.

  79. Bo Knows says:

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

  80. MannyGeee says:

    Chris Stewart. Defensive. Catcher.

  81. Dalek Jeter says:

    teh defense 1st catcha!

  82. dkidd says:

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

  83. MannyGeee says:

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

  84. Yay for more two out bullshit.

  85. Jimmy@Hotmail.com says:

    Sox are just using all fields.

    Wish the Yanks would do that.

  86. Vern Sneaker says:

    God Wells is slow!

  87. Dalek Jeter says:

    Chris Stewart: Defensive Catcher!

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

  88. Anderson Silva says:

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

  89. aarpyanks says:

    mlb.tv 119 dollars

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

  90. BigBlueAL says:

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

  91. Nathan says:

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

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

  92. Fuck.

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

  93. dkidd says:

    sutcliffe just said jeter would have had that

  94. MannyGeee says:

    Oh Jesus. Let the JB jr celebration parade begin.

  95. Vern Sneaker says:

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

  96. Dalek Jeter says:

    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.

  97. Mike N says:

    This is heinous.

  98. Anderson Silva says:

    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

  99. Chilango says:

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

  100. Stratman9652 says:

    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.

    • Epply can throw “multiple innings”

      Bone headed manager making bone headed decisions.

    • MannyGeee says:

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

      • Stratman9652 says:

        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.

  101. Hans Moleman says:

    A-Rod would of had that.

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

  103. Bo Knows says:

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

  104. Leg-End says:

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

  105. Eddard says:

    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.

  106. Mykey says:

    I am sad.

  107. Tom says:

    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.

  108. Dalek Jeter says:

    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?

  109. Vern Sneaker says:

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

  110. Mykey says:

    Alright. My mental health demands turning this off.

    We’ll see if I obey.

  111. Bo Knows says:

    160 more games 160 more games 160 more games

  112. dkidd says:

    might as well get as ugly as possible

    all we need is ellsbury to steal home

  113. Eddard says:

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

  114. 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.

  115. Jimmy@Hotmail.com says:

    Man this is ugly.

  116. Jimmy@Hotmail.com says:

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

  117. Jason says:

    Holy shit this team is terrible

  118. YankeesJunkie says:

    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.

  119. thenamestsam says:

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

  120. dkidd says:

    the mets are stealing our runs

  121. Ron says:

    At least the Astros have payroll flexibility.

  122. 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.

  123. Anthony says:

    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?

  124. Anderson Silva says:

    they can’t MLB teams with this roster

  125. Stratman9652 says:

    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.

  126. Luis Castillo (Not the one who dropped the ball) says:

    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.

  127. 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 says:

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

  128. Eddard says:

    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.

  129. Chilango says:

    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.

  130. Pat D says:

    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 says:

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

    • Anthony says:

      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.

  131. YankeesJunkie says:

    BABIP gods are with the Red Sox.

  132. Mike HC says:

    Michael Kay going for the Sherlock Holmes look, I see

  133. Leg-End says:

    Kay is dressed like my grandfather and hes 72.

  134. Mike HC says:

    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.

  135. pistol pete says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

      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.

  136. YankeesJunkie says:

    Nice inning by Warren.

  137. oldmanalex says:

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

  138. Frank says:

    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 says:

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

    • Kramerica Industries says:

      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 says:

      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 says:

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

  139. General Confusion says:

    Can we play against Army again?

  140. Mike HC says:

    There we go. A little offense.

  141. Leg-End says:

    Hafner with the spark, now light it up!

  142. Jimmy@Hotmail.com says:

    Pronk Baby.

    More Yankee Veteran Magic.

  143. And in merrie olde England says:

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

  144. Eddard says:

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

  145. Hans Moleman says:

    What did Sterling say?

  146. jtb013281 says:

    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!

  147. Mike HC says:

    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 says:

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

      • Mike HC says:

        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.

    • YankeesJunkie says:

      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 says:

        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.

  148. Luis Castillo (Not the one who dropped the ball) says:

    Ok Sterling “Pronx Bomber” is cool

    • Dalek Jeter says:

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

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

        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.

  149. And in merrie olde England says:


  150. dkidd says:

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

  151. Athenian says:

    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 says:

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

      • Athenian says:

        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 says:

          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 says:

      How is any of this Girardi’s fault?

  152. pistol pete says:

    We got a run, only down 5 now.

  153. Shelley Duncan hit a three run home run.

    Unreal. That doddering douchebag was the quintessential worthless Yankee.

  154. dkidd says:

    heart of the order coming up!

    /shoots self in face

  155. Dalek Jeter says:

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

  156. Manny's BanWagon says:

    So much for Stewarts superhuman pitch framing abilities.

  157. pistol pete says:

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

  158. Dalek Jeter says:

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

  159. Vern Sneaker says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

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

    • Chilango says:

      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.

  160. That’s Chris Stewart’s peak power.

  161. Eddard says:

    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.

  162. Luis Castillo (Not the one who dropped the ball) says:

    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 says:

      Stewart is like Lupus from the Bad News Bears

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

        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.

  163. Dalek Jeter says:

    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.

  164. MannyGeee says:

    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.

  165. sangreal says:

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

  166. MannyGeee says:

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

  167. Vern Sneaker says:

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

  168. Brian Cashman from another dimension says:

    Did Michael Kay say spanked?

  169. Dalek Jeter says:

    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.

  170. Leg-End says:

    Jose Ciriaco……

  171. Luis Castillo (Not the one who dropped the ball) says:

    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?

  172. Dalek Jeter says:

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

  173. Dan in Athens says:

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

  174. Bo Knows says:

    Eventually those loud outs will start falling

  175. Dalek Jeter says:

    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.

  176. Bo Knows says:

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

  177. Dalek Jeter says:


  178. Bo Knows says:

    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 says:

      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.

  179. Dalek Jeter says:

    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?

  180. Kramerica Industries says:

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

  181. And in merrie olde England says:

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

    • Dalek Jeter says:

      Probably high 30s-low 40s.

      • And in merrie olde England says:

        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 says:

          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 says:

            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 says:

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

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


    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 says:

      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.

  183. Bo Knows says:

    Bullshit call

  184. Stratman9652 says:

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

    • Bo Knows says:

      That second strike was BS

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

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

    • Havok9120 says:

      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.

      • Stratman9652 says:

        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”.

  185. hahahaha.

    Fernando Rodney has already blown his first save of 2013.

  186. And in merrie olde England says:

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

  187. Bo Knows says:

    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)

  188. jdp says:

    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 says:

      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.

  189. Vern Sneaker says:

    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.

  190. Pistol Pete says:


  191. jdp says:

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

  192. Robinson Tilapia says:

    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.

  193. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Aceves was THAT shitty last season? Wow.

    • Bo Knows says:

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

  194. Andrew Miller is a fucking douchebag.

  195. Dalek Jeter says:


  196. Robinson Tilapia says:



  197. Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

    Bounce that dead cat!

  198. Cut the lead in half. Nice.

  199. Laz says:

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

  200. Manny's BanWagon says:

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

  201. MickeyP says:

    Burn baby Vern?

  202. Dan says:

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

  203. Robinson Tilapia says:

    I blame Eddard for that.

  204. Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

    NunEE being NunEE.

  205. Dalek Jeter says:

    Oh Nunie…

  206. Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

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

  207. Chilango says:

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

  208. Robinson Tilapia says:

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

  209. HellHammer says:

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

  210. Robinson Tilapia says:

    It’s not that cold, folks.

  211. Dalek Jeter says:

    Start the runner? I start the runner.

  212. Robinson Tilapia says:

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

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