Jun
16

Game 69: Win And Come Home

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Novel idea: Hand Mariano Rivera a lead this afternoon. (Victor Decolongon/Getty)

Novel idea: Hand Mariano Rivera a lead this afternoon. (Victor Decolongon/Getty)

The road trip along the Pacific coast has been a nightmare. The Yankees scored six runs in the third inning of the trip, but have been held to just 18 runs in the 87 innings (!) since. That’s a 1.86 ERA for opposing pitchers, and I’m not even going to bother to go back and look to see if any of the runs were unearned. It’s too depressing.

The ten-game trip mercifully ends today with one last game against the Angels in Anaheim. The Yankees have lost five straight but they could head home tonight on a relative high note with a win this afternoon. It won’t be easy with Jered Weaver on the bump for the Halos. Here’s the lineup Joe Girardi is running out there against Jeff’s younger brother:

  1. CF Brett Gardner
  2. RF Ichiro Suzuki
  3. 2B Robinson Cano
  4. DH Travis Hafner
  5. LF Vernon Wells
  6. 1B Lyle Overbay
  7. 3B Jayson Nix
  8. SS Reid Brignac
  9. C Chris Stewart

And on the mound is left-hander CC Sabathia, who finished second to Ichiro in the 2001 AL Rookie of the Year voting.

As you might expect, the weather is perfect in Southern California. First pitch is scheduled for 3:35pm ET and can be seen on YES. Try to enjoy.

Injury Updates: Alex Rodriguez (hip) ran the bases for the first time since surgery yesterday. It was only 75% effort, but it’s still a step forward … Frankie Cervelli (hand) could begin swinging a bat sometime this coming week … Curtis Granderson (hand) will see the doctor at some point in the next few days, but it’s unclear if he’ll have the pin removed from his hand at that time.

Categories : Game Threads
  • Eddard

    If CC is still the ace that we hope he can be he’ll have to stop the bleeding today. He may only get 2 runs support and he’ll have to make them stick. Sox are down right now. Just win and get back home within a couple games of 1st.

    • Pat D

      He’s the ace we need, not the ace we deserve…

      • Dalek Jeter

        I feel like this season he’s the ace some Yankee fans deserve, not the one we all need.

  • Dalek Jeter

    I’m feeling a 3-2 victory. Come on guys, For Prussia!!!

    • jjyank

      I fucking hope so. Work is keeping me away from the games of late, so I’d like to be treated to a W today.

    • Get Phelps Up

      No 2-1 so even Greg can be happy.

  • forensic

    Four straight lefties at the top of the lineup? Wonder who’s the acting manager from now on since Girardi’s head must have exploded after writing that down.

  • trr

    I’m sure it would be easy for the team to pack it in today, the last game of a long, bad trip.
    How about they show us something , show plenty of hustle, plenty of desire and grind out win.
    C’mon guys. Show us something.

  • mustang (The Has Been & Wannabes Bunch 2013)

    Hope every dad is having as nice a day as I am. Lets hope the Yankees can give us all a nice win for a gift.

    PLEASE!!!!!!!!

  • Dalek Jeter

    For such a genius, Mike Scioscia is an idiot. How is Kendrick not hitting anywhere 1-4? I refuse to believe his OBP is lower than .700 against us, and that his average is below .600. If I had a player on my team that killed the opposition he’d absolutely be batting either lead off, 3rd or clean up.

  • jjyank

    Wait. Why is the Yankee game not showing on my MLB.TV app on my xbox?

    • Dalek Jeter

      The radio also isn’t working for Gameday…wtf?! I paid good money for this!! (Or at least I think I did)

      • Dalek Jeter

        Never mind, I’m an idiot. I left the radio plugged into the computer from when I was playing music from it before.

  • Pat D

    I have to go to the store. If when I get back something terrible has happened……I’m gonna blame it on you, jj.

    • Dalek Jeter

      It’s partially his fault, the rest of the fault lays at the feet of you and R-Tills and the 3 of your’s false sense of superiorty

      /troll’d

    • jjyank

      Why? The Yankee losing streak has coincided with me not watching the games or being in the game threads. If anything, I represent the harbinger of change :)

      • Pat D

        Just because.

  • Henry Krinkle

    That Elvis Andrus’ contract may be an albatross if he doesn’t improve his offense.

    • jjyank

      I’m surprised they extended him, honestly. I thought for sure they’d trade him and stick Profar at short.

  • jjyank

    Okay, seriously though. MLB.TV on my xbox app is only listing 9 games today. There are 15 games today/tonight, what the hell?

    • jjyank

      Weird. I can watch it just fine on my laptop. Which sucks, because I’d obviously rather watch it on my LED TV than my little laptop screen. So lame.

      • Dalek Jeter

        What you do is get an HDMI cable. Problem solved.

        • jjyank

          Why would I? My xbox is connected to my TV with an HDMI cable and I’ve never had an issue getting the Yankee games on the app there before today. I have no idea why 6 of the games being played today aren’t listed there. It’s very strange.

          • Dalek Jeter

            Just unplug your Xbox and plug in your laptop lol.

            • jjyank

              Yeah I could do that. Means I can’t comment, though. Just pisses me off that it’s not listed. There’s no reason that it shouldn’t be. First time it’s happened in several years I’ve been doing this.

              • Dalek Jeter

                Your laptop doesn’t have the two screen option? When I watch a movie on my laptop I can drag the movie to the TV and then still have my laptop screen as normal…

                • jjyank

                  Yeah, it does. My TV is far enough away from my couch that I wouldn’t be able to use my computer if I plug it in though.

                  • Dalek Jeter

                    Oh, my room is very…very small.

        • robert

          Does anyone know why todays game isn’t on the mlb extra innings tv package?

          • forensic

            It’s showing up on mine.

            • robert

              Forensic,

              The game is on your TV extra innings mlb package? not your computer or xbox?

              • forensic

                Yeah. Though I’m (according to MLB at least) in the LA TV market so it’s their broadcast. I don’t know if that means something is up with the YES one or not.

                • forensic

                  Although, even though I can’t watch the YES broadcast, it is on the channel guide. I have DirecTV’s MLBEI, so maybe that’s different from what you may have.

          • OldYanksFan

            Not showing up for me either. Bummer. Is the game on a National channel?

  • Get Phelps Up

    Wow, I sure didn’t know Michael Kay had kids.

    • forensic

      They had their baby just a couple of months ago.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Apparently Gameday’s WCBS feed has been replaced by their spanish feed. Not sure if this diminishes or improves the quality of the broadcast. ( I speak only the most rudimentary spanish)

    • SDB

      Strange. Seems to be working fine at my end.

      But at least you don’t get Ma and Pa.

  • jjyank

    Yay Gardner!

  • 28 this year

    Gardner is basically the only hitter in the lineup

  • forensic

    Ugh, and again they’re bunting one of their only guys actually hitting. I hate this crap…

    • forensic

      Wow, look at that. If you don’t give away free outs, hitters might actually reach base safely.

      Woulda thunk it…

      • forensic

        *Who’d a…

  • jjyank

    Huh. Ichiro walks. Alright.

  • Wheels

    Would it be too much to ask to get some runs out of this?

    • Wheels

      And the answer is yes.

  • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

    Dalek, that was a very Greg-like comment from you about Kendrick. Kendrick has batted well against CC in his career across… 19 at-bats. And do you really think his performance against other Yankees pitchers over the years is relevant to this game? Maybe Kendrick should be batting in a top spot in the lineup for other reasons, but I don’t think his previous success against the Yankees should be one of them.

    • Dalek Jeter

      I meant against the Yankees this season, his career, his last couple weeks, and his numbers against CC.

      • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

        Yeah, all those things seem like things that are not very predictive. His past performance against the Yankees seems irrelevant unless it was against CC or the relievers he’s likely to face, against whom he’s had too few at bats to see anything meaningful. And performance over the past two weeks also isn’t predictive of anything, as study after study has shown that streakiness either doesn’t exist or is a really small effect.

    • forensic

      Kendrick is 10-25 (.400) against CC.

      And frankly, the way he hits every pitcher who wears pinstripes, I would almost make it relevant. Sometimes hitters just do better against certain teams.

      • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

        The stat I looked up said 19 at bats, but either way, that’s not enough to mean anything. And I’m not sure exactly what you mean by “almost relevant,” but that kind of sounds like “not relevant,” which is what I think it is. I disagree that sometimes hitters just do better against certain teams, other than the normal random fluctuation you would expect to see.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Yeah, so apparently its gotten so bad that the MLB Extra Innings package that I pay for doesn’t even have the Yankees/Angels game today.

    This is only the second game they haven’t covered this year (excluding blackouts and make-up games). The other game was a Padres-Brewers affair on a get-away day in late April.

  • forensic

    Yay, now Cano can’t GIDP.

  • pop

    cano needs to bring the puddin’

  • Anderson Silva

    it seems like they will score the customary 2 runs early in this game

  • Dalek Jeter

    Why should Wells be hitting, John? He’s been terrible for legitimately a half decade now. By all logic he should be doing exactly what he’s doing now, not what he did in April. And that’s be borderline replacement level.

  • Anderson Silva

    that 2-1 pitch wasn’t even close.. nice umpiring as usual

  • 28 this year

    Great job cano.

  • forensic

    Way to go Cano!

  • Anderson Silva

    middle of the plate, Cano is a joke

  • teddy

    perfect pitched on cano, unfortunel hafner will walk and they won’t score

  • 28 this year

    Well now wells can GIDP.

  • bobtaco

    Who wants to bet Wells hits into a DP?

    • bobtaco

      He couldn’t have hit that more perfect for a DP if he tried.

  • forensic

    I don’t understand why Angels fans are booing Wells now.

    Shouldn’t they be cheering that he’s playing against them for free outs after some other team was dumb enough to trade for him?

  • 28 this year

    I would say I am shocked but I am not.

  • forensic

    I want to be surprised, but I’m just not…

  • Wheels

    Almost getting numb to this at this point.

  • teddy

    a fly ball pitcher, wells grounds into a double play. it’s pretty clear the yanks don’t care about winning

    • trr

      If that’s true, then it’s time to back the truck up.

      Wells may be cooked

  • Anderson Silva

    LOL

  • 28 this year

    A contending team should not have Vernon wells batting fifth at all.

    • forensic

      A contending team should not have Vernon Wells on the roster at all.

  • SDB

    Magnificent. This team is the picture of consistency right now.

    I am looking forward to reading Mike’s recap of the 0-3 loss tonight.

  • fabricio

    wow Wells please take a seat on the bench there has to be someone else to use he’s really atrocious at the plate

  • SDB

    Cano’s really pushing for that giant contract here.

    • forensic

      Single-handedly trying to disprove the myth that players have better seasons in contract years.

    • Wheels

      He’ll still get huge money, sadly.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Who wins in a race: Pujols, Jose Molina, or Vernon Wells?

    • Mouse

      Jeter with a bad ankle

  • DavidAdamsIsGod

    I know I’m not the only one who hates when Kay says “4-4-3″ or “6-6-3″ am I?

    • Chris

      I hate everything right now

  • Dalek Jeter

    How has Adams played his way into the dog house, but neither Ichiro or Wells have?

    • Mouse

      It’s the vets vs. young player thang with the Yanks don’t you know already?

    • forensic

      He’s a righty, so obviously he’s not allowed to play against righties.

      Wells is a veteran, so no rules apply to him.

      There’s nothing wrong with Ichiro right now considering all the other issues the team has.

      • Dalek Jeter

        If Granderson, Jeter, Tex, and A-Rod were here with Robinson Cano actually being Robbie Cano I’d agree that Ichiro not playing well isn’t a big deal, however when everybody else is playing like garbage and he’s being portrayed by the team as an everyday player he has to get grief for not being an everyday player.

        • forensic

          Ichiro is playing well, that’s the thing. One of the few guys actually producing something at the plate, and he can actually play defense and run the bases.

          • Dalek Jeter

            Wow, he’s actually done pretty well the last month .313/.345/.361…I mean that’s a bit of an empty average. However that speaks to how badly he performed at the beginning of the season because his average is still in the .260s on the season…and the only time he was benched was when Granderson came back for 4 days and Joe was doing a “rotation.”

  • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

    As frustrating as it is to watch the offense, I would rather both teams get out of jams than both teams score runs in that inning, so I guess there’s something to be happy about. Plus CC threw 8 fewer pitches than Weaver.

  • teddy

    thats a run if overbay in wells spot

    • Wheels

      Eh, Overbay isn’t all that.

  • Chris

    I had a dream last night they were down 5-0 in the second. I can’t even escape this team in my sleep.

  • forensic

    LOL! Thanks guys!

  • Dalek Jeter

    Ma and Pa are completely clueless they’re going on and on about how Jered Weaver is a “different pitcher” than he was last year, even though he’s always been a high 80s to maybe 91.

  • Anderson Silva

    this is the type of team that’s going to sweep the Yankees. Pathetic.

  • The Doctor

    As someone who lives in Southern California (some of the year anyway, college in NYC), I find the comment about perfec weather a bit funny. It’s honestly foggy more often than not here, our weather reputation is hardly deserved.

    • Dalek Jeter

      If you study in NYC but you grew up in Southern California, then compared to NY winters how can you say fogginess isn’t great?

    • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

      Really? Where do you live? I lived in LA for a while, and it was rarely if ever cloudy or foggy from around April through October, and even in the other months it was mostly sunny.

      • Mouse

        It does get foggy during the morning but burns away during the day.

  • forensic

    Nix is now 0-9 with 7 K’s against Weaver.

    Gardner was about there too, but he’s obviously on a different level than Nix ability-wise.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Hey, we got Howey Kendrick out. That means we win right?!

    • Roadgeek Adam

      That just means next at bat, he won’t miss.

    • forensic

      If he played for the Yankees, would he be Howieie? Kendrie?

      Sorry, grasping at straws here with this team…

      • Dalek Jeter

        Dricky.

  • Anderson Silva

    Seriously, why keep pitching him outside? It’s hard hit ball after hard hit ball when they pitch him outside.

  • OldYanksFan

    Well, at least the O’s are ahead of the Sox by 3, 7th inning.

  • forensic

    Hey Dalek, Strasburg lost again today in his return. He’s only 3-6. I can’t believe how badly he’s pitching.

    :-)

  • ExitCashman

    Epic battle between the NY Yankees’ Generic White Guy Replacement Team versus the LA/California/Anaheim/LA aka Disneyland Underachievers.

    Will the White Guys score 2 again? Or will the absence of Tex spur “The B Team” to greater heights?

    “I pity the fool…” Mr. T

  • forensic

    Nice Gardy!

    They can’t really screw this up again, can they? Can They???

  • Eddard

    Here’s their shot to get CC’s 2 runs. He has to make them stick.

  • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

    Fighting against prostate cancer is great, but Mike Milken was a massive criminal who made over a billion dollars through his illegal activities that defrauded other people (and got to keep most of it because they couldn’t catch him on everything he did). What he’s done since then has been great, but we shouldn’t forget what he did or the fact that his net worth is still in the billions because of it.

    • Wheels

      Can’t they stop the interview during this potential rally? Like anyone is paying attention to what’s being said

  • Anderson Silva

    they can’t blow another opportunity like this one, can they?

  • ExitCashman

    Michael Milken is being interviewed? Who is singing God Bless America, Bernie Madoff?

    • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

      They have him on from time to time. Obviously never any mention of his past.

    • Pat D

      I don’t care what he’s campaigning for, I have it on mute. Same thing I did yesterday.

      Is Ivan Boesky still alive?

  • Robert

    They rushed back Tex and Youk. Hafner,Wells and Ichiro are tired old vets.
    The farm system is the Sahara desert of position players.
    When you go from 1 owner to 5 owners(Geoge’s wife and 4 children)this is what we get.
    Come September the Stadium will be lucky to draw 20,000.

    Hal will get booed on Mariano Rivera day and hopefully sell the Team over the winter!!!!!
    Now they are spinning Jeter and AROD to the rescue……

    Just very frustrated right now!!!!

  • The Real Greg

    And they are on their way

  • Dalek Jeter

    smh…swing the fucking bat. That’s the second time taking a strike 3 right down the middle.

  • Anderson Silva

    Another one right down the middle.

  • forensic

    What is with this team seemingly always striking out looking? It’s like they’re either too aggressive going after the first pitch or too conservative trying to take too much.

    I know how obvious that sounds, but it’s like they can’t find the happy medium.

  • Eddard

    They’ll pitch around Robbie and attack Hafner.

    • The Real Greg

      There was no need to.

  • The Real Greg

    It’s gonna happen.

  • robert

    Again, does anyone know why this game isn’t on the extra innings package? Tues isn’t either btw

    • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

      At least Tuesday iis national game on MLBN

  • ExitCashman

    This team would fold without Cano…

    • Oy

      Yes, the team will burn in flames with out his .295 OBP vs LHP during the last 2 years

      • Get Phelps Up

        They may miss his 144 OPS+ overall in the last 2 years a bit more…

  • forensic

    Thank you for proving my point about swinging at the first pitch one AB after a batter was too conservative.

    Nicely done as always Cano! Way to step up and really be the best player on the team!

  • Anderson Silva

    Cano is a joke

  • John

    They’re going to not score again, aren’t they?

  • Dalek Jeter

    Man…when did watching (or in my case listening) to baseball stop being fun?

  • John

    BETTER

  • Eddard

    SHE’S GONE! HAFNER HAS BROKEN THE LID OPEN!!!!!!!

  • Dalek Jeter

    PRONK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • forensic

    Wait, the ball went over the wall in play. What does that mean???

    • John

      “In play, run(s)”

      WHAT IS THIS?!?!?

  • The Real Greg

    KKEP MILKEN IN THE BOOTH! KEEP MILKEN IN THE BOOTH!

    • Pat D

      Uh, no.

      • The Real Greg

        He gave us runs. He called a home run with this offense and it happened

        /kiddingmaybe

  • Wheels

    About fucking time, Hafner.

  • Ethan

    Keep the Cancer guy in the booth for the rest of the game!!!

  • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

    Wow. I can’t believe they called that one. And after everyone was ready to give up again.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Thanks, Pronk.
    Desperately needed that.

  • Ron

    Omg life. Is this a dream or a replay of April.

  • Get Phelps Up

    Be honest, who thought Pronk was going to make an out there?

    • Dave M

      Yeah, I thought he’d make an out.

    • forensic

      Everyone?

  • flamingo

    #toomanyhomeruns

  • Anderson Silva

    ABOUT FUCKING TIME

  • ExitCashman

    OMG!!!! Tom Petty said it best “Even the losers get lucky sometimes.

  • Pat D
    • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

      Lol. Wouldnt a 2 minute loop have been just as effective?

      • Pat D

        Probably. But that’s what came up when I searched.

  • Dave M

    Thank God for the Pronx Bomber and his $20,000 homer!

  • Jacob the OG

    Best thing about that homerun? It was worth 20k for cancer research

    • Pat D

      Yea, which Milken could have donated ten times over back when he was swindling people.

      • RetroRob

        True, but the current doesn’t forgive the negative of the past, the past also doesn’t negate the positive of the present.

        • Pat D

          I’m entitled to my opinions.

          Oh, and the guy is being investigated by the SEC right now.

          • RetroRob

            Of course you are. I wouldn’t suggest otherwise!

            My point is people want to categorize other people and make them fit in buckets. Good bucket. Bad bucket. Some people exist in both.

            • Pat D

              Hey, his philanthropic work is great and all, but he stole millions and millions of dollars, didn’t serve much jail time, got off on the racketeering and insider trading charges, and probably only fronts this foundation because he had the disease himself. He had foundations while he was a big shot, but still.

              And like I said, he might have violated his securities ban, hence why the SEC is investigating him. How deliciously ironic it would be if they found he did and they dragged him back to jail.

              Oh, that’s right, we don’t actually prosecute white collar criminals. Thank you for that, Presidents Reagan, Clinton and Bush II.

  • RetroRob

    Rally Killer.

    #TooManyHRs2012

  • Dalek Jeter

    What is this number in the runs column?! I’m confused!!!

    • Dalek Jeter

      And Vernon Wells is allowed to get on base?!?!

  • Eddard

    Now CC has to make those 3 runs stick for at least 7 innings. Stop the bleeding.

  • forensic

    Weaver gave up a hit to Wells after giving up a hit to Hafner?

    Might as well just bring in the bullpen, clearly he’s got nothing.

  • The Real Greg

    KEEP HIM IN THE BOOTH

  • Dalek Jeter

    LYLE!!!!

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    So I guess Michael Milken hasn’t paid any attention to Yankee baseball since early April.
    Or he thinks 229/273/383 is a great comeback from 230/279/403.

  • Wheels

    The bats are awake!

  • forensic

    Thank you Mike Scioscia for being so brilliant as to play Bourjos in CF instead of Trout.

    • Pat D

      Trout’s been pretty bad defensively this year.

      • RetroRob

        I did notice his defensive ratings, if correct, shows him below average. Since he was an exceptional defender in CF, to me it confirms they never should have moved their star player to LF. I’d have put Bourjos there.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

          fwiw, the DRS and UZR both have Trout being well above average in LF this year, but horribly below average in 386 CF innings.

          Obvious defensive metric SSS issues apply of course.

          • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

            *nevermind, only UZR has him above average in LF, and only slightly

        • Pat D

          He’s been rated bad in both positions.

  • Get Phelps Up

    Who needs Tex?

    /mick taylor

  • Pat D

    Just one more run and they’re guaranteed to win.

  • Anderson Silva

    hey there, they look like a real offence

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

    Go Generic White Guys go.

    • ExitCashman

      I’m trying to land us Brooks Conrad to complete the set…

  • forensic

    That was among the least graceful baserunning trip from 2nd to home in history.

  • Get Phelps Up

    Even the Baseball Player gets in on the action!

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Runs!
    And more Runs!!!!!

  • Dalek Jeter

    WHAT IS HAPPENING WHY IS JOHN STERLING YELLING THINGS LIKE RBI AND BASE HIT AND RUNS SCORING I DON’T GET IT?!?!?!?!?!?

    • Roadgeek Adam

      He and Suzyn aren’t drooling over Jayson Nix?

    • Jacob the OG

      Turrets

  • Anderson Silva

    the Angels are awful defensively! I’ll take it

    • The Doctor

      What? I mean they’ve had their issues in the infield but the fact that Bourjos even touched that ball was impressive.

  • Pat D

    Don’t worry. This game is over. The Yankees have won.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Oh, what the fuck Nix?!

  • ExitCashman

    Every game, Nix does something noteworthy.

    • Jacob the OG

      +1

  • forensic

    What the fuck was that Nix???

  • The Real Greg

    I could care less that Nix got picked off. THEY SCORED 5 RUNS

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      You should care. Reid Brignac was about to MAKE IT 7 RUNS.

  • Wheels

    What was that Nix?

  • Anderson Silva

    Nix lol.. what a professional ball player

  • The Real Greg

    Really you’re all complaining about Jason Nix when this moribund offense gives you 5 runs. WOW

    • Jacob the OG

      You complain when they get infield singles?

      • The Real Greg

        No.

    • Wheels

      Shit man, you gotta strike while the iron is hot. We had momentum

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      Scoring runs doesn’t excuse dumb ass baserunning.
      The Yankees aren’t nearly good enough to get away with playing dumb baseball.

      • The Real Greg

        Usually not. But this is a very special case.

        • The Real Greg

          I’m not saying it excuses it. But it shouldn’t warrant verbal hatred. It’s just a “meh” kind of thing.

          • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

            Doesn’t really matter when it happens. It’s equally stupid and equally worthy of derision whenever it happens.

    • Get Phelps Up

      And you were complaining about pitchers not being able to hold a 2-1 lead in the 3rd inning! You sir, have some odd standards.

      • The Real Greg

        If the offense isn’t going to show up, then the pitching has to be exemplary. Otherwise you are going to go down the tubes.

        And the Yankee pitching staff could not do that.

        They don’t have to throw a CGSO, just get it to the bullpen guys.

        • Get Phelps Up

          As good as Andy and BGDP have been it’s unreasonable to expect them to hold a good Angels offense to 1 run in 6 or 7 innings. The Yankees needed to score more than 2 runs.

      • jjyank

        We had Yooboo Land (RIP). Now we have Eddard World. Should Greg have his own entity? I feel like it would be appropriate.

        • Get Phelps Up

          Greg Country.

          • jjyank

            I approve.

            • Robinson Tilapia

              The Our Lady of Greg Inpatient Psych Wing?

  • Jacob the OG

    What is that funny looking symbol on the scoreboard next to the “NYY”? Greek? Latin?

  • fabricio

    yessss offense!!!!!!!!

  • forensic

    They scored more runs in that one inning than they had in any GAME in a week and a half.

  • Jacob the OG

    FUCK I JUST REALIZED THAT I HAVE JARED WEAVER ON MY FANTASY TEAM FML

  • Get Phelps Up

    I just saw that the Rangers have scored 2 runs in 31 innings against the dreadful Blue Jays pitching staff. At home too!

    • forensic

      Currently being shutout by Wang.

      Cashman failed…

      • Duh Injuries

        Cashman is an overrated twit.

        Worthwhile players who are currently big club Yankees developed under him by part of the team:

        Rotation: No one. Hughes is an overpaid fifth starter and Phelps has barely pitched.

        Bullpen: Robertson. Chamberlain has been by and large a disappointment, the bullpen equivalent of Hughes. Clairborne has barely pitched for the Yankees.

        Bench: No one

        Starting Nine: Cano, Gardner

        So if he traded Robertson, Cano, Gardner in a mega-trade, he’d have NO players developed by him who’d make an impact on the big club.

        He was definitely preoccupied with his psycho-bitch ex-mistress stalker and the legal beatdown his wife gave him in divorce court.

        Cashman looks like the guy John Candy and Jim Belushi had in their paddywagon in “Only The Lonely” LOL.

    • TomH

      It’s possible that the Jays may be putting themselves together.

      I think Wang is pitching for them today.

  • Pat D

    Since I’ve already posted one long YouTube clip, here’s another that is sure to make GOT viewers smile.

    But you’ve probably seen it already, too.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qYNeT2nzEgA

    • Dalek Jeter

      This is awesome. The music is…meh, and I’m upset they didn’t include the like three or four other times he slapped Joffrey, but beggars can’t be choosers.

      • Pat D

        Well that video was made back in 2011, so wasn’t that pre-other slaps?

        Also, you have an issue with Zeppelin?

        • Dalek Jeter

          Just that it doesn’t seem to fit, and yeah 2011 is pre-other slaps.

          My favorite is when he says something threatening to Joff after Joff becomes King and when Joff says I can have you killed for that he slaps him across the face and says “Now I’ve struck a king.”

  • Jacob the OG

    Who is this Travis Hafner and why did he run home during an at-bat?

  • Wheels

    Has Brignac ever done anything at the plate?

  • Pat D

    Yay, my first guess for trivia was right!

  • Pasta Stumbling Sojo

    The Milken Institute spends something like $15 million per year (http://think-tanks.findthedata.....tute-spend). If Mike Milken just used his own money instead of doing fundraising, it would take around 60 years for him to spend what he made with his illegal activities. And he wouldn’t need to interrupt baseball games to do it.

  • Duh Injuries

    “5-0 on the Benjamin Moore scoreboard…the Yankees are painting a 5-0 lead.”

    - Michael Kay a few moments ago

    He is insufferable. When oh when is YES gonna get rid of him?

    • TomH

      Why would they do that? He’s only unpopular around here.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

        False. I know plenty of fans who’ve never heard of RAB who can’t stand Michael Kay.
        Personally, I don’t have a big problem with him, but I know many who do.

    • jjyank

      To be fair, Kay literally has to say those things. And replacement of his would also have to say things like that. It sounds to me (based off this comment) that it’s the world of advertising that you don’t like.

    • Pat D

      Never.

    • The Real Greg

      Could be worse.

      We could have Mr. “DANG GUM IT”

      • Pat D

        Greg, if you make reference to that entity one more time, there will be trouble between us.

    • Wheels

      He’s told to say that. There’s a difference.

    • Get Phelps Up

      If you listen to other teams play by play announcers (like the Yankees opponent’s) you’ll appreciate Kay a lot more. He’s a pretty good announcer in the grand scheme of things.

      • forensic

        Completely agree. I like Kay regardless, but there are a ton of worse announcers out there. And I’m just talking about other TV announcers, let’s not even get into other radio announcers.

        • ExitCashman

          I disagree. Kay is among the worst. He’s loud, egotistical and annoying. He models himself after Ted Leitner in San Diego obviously. A professional ZERO.

  • Jacob the OG

    I guess Gardy thinks 5 runs is enough to not hustle

  • nsalem

    mel and todd

  • OldYanksFan

    Boids beat the Sox 6-3. Now 1 1/2 games out. Toronto ‘only’ 5 games under .500. The AL East will be really tight.

    • The Real Greg

      The Red Sox had this division in their laps and they couldn’t get away.

      • Get Phelps Up

        It’s June. Nobody has any division in their laps.

        • The Real Greg

          Maybe not but they could have a comfy 5 or 6 game lead by now.

  • Jacob the OG

    This is too good to be true! In about 5 minutes some troll will pop up and rant about how we are doing this against a terrible angels team etc, etc…

    • Some Troll

      You rang?

      • Pat D

        Exactly five minutes.

        Well done, creature.

      • Jacob the OG

        +1

  • jjyank

    Say what you will about A-Rod and his contract, but I think I’d rather have that than Pujols and his contract.

    Not that they’re in any way related, just the thought that popped into my mind watching his at bat.

    • The Real Greg

      You should see him run. That’ll change your mind.

      • Pat D

        Wouldn’t that make you more inclined to want ARod’s contract?

        Pujols looks like he runs about as well as I do right now. (Hint: I basically can’t.)

        • The Real Greg

          Oopsie. I misread his quote. My fault. Sorry.

    • forensic

      A-Rod’s is MUCH closer to being done than Pujols’. That alone puts it in his favor.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

        idk, Pujols has an extra 4 year’s, and his contract is backloaded.
        I think I’d almost rather ARod’s deal, even if he never plays another game.

        • forensic

          I agree, that’s part of what my comment was saying. I was saying it being almost done puts it in A-Rod’s favor.

          • jjyank

            I understood your original comment, and I agree. But even if the contracts happened side by side chronologically, I think I’d still take A-Rod. Year two of A-Rod’s contract is a lot better than year two of Pujols’ contract by a long shot.

      • RetroRob

        Closer to being done as a productive ball player, or closer to his contract being done.

        If forced to choose, I would take A-Rod’s bad contract over Pujols’ now.

        • forensic

          Sorry, A-Rod’s contract…

          Maybe that’s where I confused NP&H too.

          • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

            yep. My bad.

      • jjyank

        True. I guess my point is that A-Rod at least had a few elite years after signing and basically carried the Yankee offense to a championship in the first years of his contract. Pujols is declining and dealing with injuries much earlier into the contract. And at a less premium positions, too.

        • forensic

          I was agreeing with you.

          Obviously, I completely failed at phrasing it by leaving out ‘contract’…

          • jjyank

            See my above comment. I got your original comment. I was just expanding.

            • forensic

              Ah, I agree with that too.

  • Get Phelps Up

    Big props to the Royals for taking 3/4 from the Rays.

  • The Real Greg

    When did Jered Weaver become R.A. Dickey?

  • Dalek Jeter

    This is a game to remember. Not only are the Yankees scoring runs off of a very good pitcher, and walking against a guy who doesn’t walk people…Ichiro has walked. Not once, but twice!!!!

    • Pat D

      This will be a day long remembered. It has seen the end of Kenobi, it will soon see the end of the Rebel…………..I mean, yea, what you said.

  • The Real Greg

    Kay either just slurred the name Girardi or called him Torre

  • forensic

    Ichiro’s legs must be feeling good lately.

    Or the Angels just suck at holding and throwing out runners.

    Or both…

  • Pat D

    Don Mattingly: Most Overrated Yankee?

    • The Real Greg

      Meh. Kind of. But that’s only because of his back.

    • Wheels

      No way! Maybe Jeter?

      • Dalek Jeter

        No way, Jeter is a top 10 all time shortstop offensively by any statistic.

        • Wheels

          Don’t get me wrong, I think he’s great. Just not Ruth, Gehrig, DiMaggio, and Mantle great though.

          • jjyank

            That doesn’t mean he’s overrated, though.

            • Wheels

              Just a smidge.

    • Dalek Jeter

      I never saw either play, but off the top of my head (regardless of what he did for race relations and the Yankees) I’d say Elston Howard.

    • Jacob the OG

      Depends on what you mean by overrated

    • forensic

      Depends on how you shape it.

      If you’re going for anyone who’s worn a Yankee uniform, you could even go for someone like Maris or Jackson who didn’t spend long in NY but is treated as if they did.

      If you’re going for the real longtime Yankees, then it brings a different group into it.

    • trr

      Billy Martin. His number is retired why? Because he killed himself in a drunk driving accident?

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Interesting pick. I can run with that more than I can run with some of the picks I’ve seen above. It does feel more like notoriety than anything else if you really stop and think.

        I don’t Mattingly was overrated – at all – for what it’s worth. His peak was ridiculous, and he was the defining Yankee of his era.

        • Wheels

          Mattingly was insanely awesome at his peak.

    • RetroRob

      Whenever a player becomes idolized he’s almost a sure lock he will be overrated. Based on that, players like Mattingly, Jeter, Munson and, yes, even Mo are overrated by segments of fans and the media. As great as Mo is, there are people who suggest he’s one of the greatest pitchers ever. He’s not simply because he’s limited by being a reliever.

      Paul O’Neill is also in the overrated category. He was a fine ballplayer, but nowhere near as great as fans want to make him out to be.

  • forensic

    The first good thing the Angels announcers have ever said:

    “Ichiro with a Willie Mays Hayes slide there. Never got back to the bag.”

    • ExitCashman

      That is an awesome reference. They are a good team. What’s the problem?

      • trr

        People like you posting here.
        Next question please

  • Dalek Jeter

    Even though I’ve all but wrapped up a 13-3 victory I keep refreshing the match-up page because I’ve had such an awful season I’m expecting bad things.

  • The Doctor

    Not the best of luck there. Oh well. CC just needs to keep on dealin and it’ll be fine.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    TOOTBLAN, TOOTBLAN, TOOTBLAN

  • The Real Greg

    Yankees need to pitch Kendrick inside. All of his hits have gone the opposite way.

  • RobA

    Hey guys, Jays fan here, just wanted to pop by and thank ya’ll for that Wang guy.

    Havent been following the Yanks too much, but wow, your rotation must be doing great if a guy like that couldnt even fit on the 40 man.

    Congrats! ;)

    • The Real Greg

      It actually is doing okay. Pineda’s coming back so we had a surplus.

    • The Doctor

      Give him back! Haha, hope he does well there, really wish nothing but the best for Wang.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      You still have shit pizza.

  • Anderson Silva

    here we go, no command CC

  • Dalek Jeter

    HE’S SUCH A SPECIAL PLAYER!!!!

  • forensic

    He looked safe by a mile at 2nd. Don’t like that decision by Nix. You’re up 5, just take the easier play at 1st.

  • The Real Greg

    ANOTHER BAD CALL

  • ExitCashman

    Making up for the bad call at 3B yesterday?

  • Anderson Silva

    what a blown call.. those umps really suck

    • The Doctor

      They owe us for that call yesterday, but yeah that’s just awful. Think the umps are getting too old or something? It’s really a league wide.

      • Dalek Jeter

        There’s no real oversight for Umps. Once they get into the league they are basically set for life.

  • Dalek Jeter

    He better not be hurt.

    • forensic

      Hit him in the ass?

      Plenty of padding, no problem.

    • The Real Greg

      Considering that he instantly waved Girardi back, I think he’s fine.

      I think it hit him in the stomach area.

      • The Real Greg

        Sorry, that sounded a bit biting. I apologize.

        • Dalek Jeter

          Not at all, I’m on the radio so all I got was “line drive right off of CC!!!!”

  • Dalek Jeter

    If CC could walk 2 more guys on his way to his CGSO while not striking out any more than 4 more my Fantasy team would be incredibly grateful.

  • The Real Greg

    Kay. come on that was basically a can of corn.

  • Andy

    Farthest Gardner has hit the ball in his career?

    • The Doctor

      You’re not watching many games this year are you?

    • The Doctor

      Just to follow up:

      http://mlb.com/video/27758591

      • forensic

        I click on that expecting to see an awesome Gardner homerun, but instead see an error message and a GIF with the ball going off of Jose Canseco’s head.

        I would say I’m disappointed, but that’s always a good one to see too.

        • forensic

          Then I get to see Matt Holliday have the ball hit him in the junk instead of catching it and then a Yankees pitcher (who’s face I can’t place yet) having a ball thrown back to him hit him in the head.

          I could click this thing all day…

  • Dalek Jeter

    Didn’t Gardner do the same to Burjos or Trout yesterday?

    • The Doctor

      I was siting righ in that area so you’d think I’d know that happened, but due to the awful design if Angel Stadium, I couldn’t see. Hell I thought Gardner had hit a homer yesterday but I didn’t see where the ball landed.

      • The Doctor

        Wow, my phone typing turns out just spectacularly.

  • TomH

    Line on Wang: 7 ip / 7 hits / 5 K / 2 bb / 0 runs

    Hmmmm.

    • The Real Greg

      Pineda coming back made him expendable

      • Robinson Tilapia

        That line’s not expendable.

      • RetroRob

        If he can pitch like that on the MLB level then he should still be with the Yankees. Yet one game is one game.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Exactly.

          I would have given him a start for sure.

          Maybe he’ll come cheap in the off-season. ;)

    • forensic

      It’s still just one game, and he wasn’t so good against the White Sox his first time out. Plus, the Rangers have been the worst scoring offense in the league this month.

  • Anderson Silva

    This game is very entertaining. I had almost forgotten what a win looked like.

  • Anderson Silva

    We even get a Cano double today.. great!

  • Get Phelps Up

    CC brought his ace costume today.

  • Wheels

    Good job Wells

  • Robinson Tilapia

    I’m not going to scroll up. Just tell me there’s been no reason for Greg to play the unhappy card today.

    I did notice Plouffy’s been listening to the Smiths today, though. Are the two related?

    • forensic

      Nope, not many Gregism’s today. Though he couldn’t believe people weren’t happy when Nix was picked off 2nd base.

      • The Real Greg

        Not happy just indifferent.

        • jjyank

          #GregCountry

          I had to take that for a test drive.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            Did you see my alternate option above?

            • Pat D

              Too busy, though clever.

            • jjyank

              Hah, I did, but it’s too long. I’m looking for two words here.

              • Pat D

                I like the sound of “Greg County” for some reason, as opposed to “Greg Country.”

                • Pat D

                  Or maybe “Greg Junction.”

      • Robinson Tilapia

        I like Nix. I’m not investing in the t-shirt, though.

  • Pat D

    OK, I literally fell asleep right after I posted my Mattingly/overrated comment.

    To follow up/respond:

    By overrated, I guess I mean, overall performance relative to actual contributions to the team and place amongst the greats of the game. I think.

    Elston Howard: yea, maybe. Somewhat hard to judge due to the unique/late start to his career, that he still had to split time with Yogi, and that he didn’t play a lot of games per year, relative to some others. Interesting fact. Howard had three 5+ bWAR seasons, Mattingly only had four (though three of those were over 6, so, not really saying much).

    Billy Martin: well his number was retired due to a combination of his performance as a player and a manager as well as due to his tragic end. So it’s a tough comparison. I think he’s remembered more for his managing than his playing. But he was damned good in the World Series (.333/.371/.566 in 105 PA).

    Roger Maris/Reggie Jackson: could very well make that argument. Both guys had their numbers retired for one thing: a record and a game, respectively. I’ll come back to these guys later.

    Derek Jeter: uh, no. Jeter will finish his career as the 2nd or 3rd best shortstop ever, depending where you rank Cal Ripken. Mattingly may not be Top 20 all time at first base, I’d have to think harder than I’m willing to right now.

    I guess I always think about this because I was a Dave Winfield fan. My older sister loved Mattingly, so for whatever reason I gravitated toward Winfield when I became a fan. I think this is a divisive question for people who followed the team in the 80′s. Supposedly the Mattingly/Winfield race for the batting title in 1984 divided the club house. Seems that fans are just as divided. That being said, I know Mattingly is much more popular. I think it’s because he was homegrown, to start with. Also, unlike Maris, Jackson, Paul O’Neill, Tino Martinez, other non-homegrown 90′s dynasty guys, Winfield never had that signature moment for the Yankees. Despite his consistency for all those years, he’s still most remembered for the 1-for-22 in the 1981 WS. And probably killing that seagull in Toronto. He was killed for not being as clutch as Reggie.

    So I’ve always had that slight grudge against Mattingly when he’s so beloved compared to my favorite player when their contributions to the team were roughly equal.

    Thanks for all the replies.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Billy and Reggie, and I only say Reggie because his time as a Yankee was so brief.

      Get Donnie Baseball out of here, Pat. I’m not going to stand for this.

      • Pat D

        Sorry, but I disagree with you assessment that his peak was “ridiculous.” He only truly had 5 really good years. I’m sure if I look hard enough, I can find plenty of guys with similar, brief peaks who aren’t regarded nearly as highly.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Zip it, Pat. I’m not having this kind of tomfoolery here.

          • jjyank

            Now, I’m a bit young for Donnie. But, correct me if I’m wrong, a lot of the high regards of his peak has to do with the fact that he was a bright spot in a dark time for the Yankees. Am I relaying history correctly there? Maybe Yankee fans do overrate him because of that.

            Again, I don’t remember seeing him play, as he retired when I was like, 7. But this is coming from the son of a father who designates Mattingly as his last “favorite player”.

            • Manny’s BanWagon

              Mattingly was magnificent. He was on the highway to the HOF until he injured his back. IMO, he wasn’t overrated in the least.

              • Wheels

                this

            • Robinson Tilapia

              I do strongly believe in the concept of “top Yankee of your generation,” which I believe Mattingly certainly was. I don’t think his career necessarily puts him in the top 10 Yanks of all time, or that he had a HOF career, but he defined the Yankees in 1980′s, as you could say a guy like Murcer may have defined the late 60′s and early 70′s. I think this offers players like this, who aren’t necessarily all-time greats, a different sort of status.

              The 80′s weren’t necessarily dark all the time, but they sure were silly and often annoying.

              • jjyank

                To be clear (and this is directed at MBW above as well), I’m not saying that Mattingly is the most overrated Yankee. Just trying to rationalize. It’d certainly name him over the guy that named Jeter, though.

                • Manny’s BanWagon

                  Looking at Mattinglys stat after the last 25 years of PED enhancement, juiced baseballs and bandbox ballparks doesn’t do them justice. He was a great hitter, an all time elite defensive 1st basemen and as much a leader and quality person and true Yankee as Jeter is today.

                  He was truly a joy to watch day in and day out.

                  • Pat D

                    One thing Mattingly and Winfield have in common: both won a bunch of Gold Gloves and both have pretty bad dWAR numbers on BRef.

          • Pat D

            Wait a second. We’re disagreeing about something?

            OMG. OMG! What are the trolls out there going to think? Are we making their heads explode?

            Gee, I hope so. :)

            • Robinson Tilapia

              It wouldn’t matter one bit to them.

    • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

      When he retired, he had the 2nd best Fielding percentage all-time among first baseman in the game. In 5 years when certain people retire, he’ll be back up to fourth. The only three people above him will be Garvey, Mientciwicz and Travis Lee. Mattingly’s offensives numbers dwarf Doug and Travis’ offensives numbers, plus Mattingly was a full-time player for 14 years and the best player in the AL for 5 years.

      Therefore, at a MINIMUM Mattingly is one of “the best 20 first basement of all time.”

      I liked Winfield, too. But your personal grudges against Mattingly render your coloring oof his career flawed.

      He’s not a HOF’er. But you’re not being objective at all on how good he was.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        In other words, Pat, we’re transferring the bag of dicks to your house…..and I know what town you live in.

        • Pat D

          No, you do……shit, yes, you do.

          • jjyank

            You also have his return address :P

      • Pat D

        You’re probably right that my preference for Winfield does hurt Mattingly in my eyes, I’m not going to deny that possibility.

        I think your assessment that his fielding percentage alone would put him in the top 20 all time, and I also don’t think he was the best player in the AL for five years. There were guys like Clemens, Boggs, Ripken, Murray, Trammell, Yount, Molitor, and a few others who could potentially lay claim to that.

        • Manny’s BanWagon

          You still pissed about Yankee fans booing Winfield when he and Mattingly were going head to head for the batting crown?

          • Pat D

            No. I wasn’t quite old enough to care yet. It’s one of those things that in retrospect bothered me when I learned of it. They played for the same team. Why are you booing one of them?

        • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

          Mattingly was the best player from 1984-1985.

          You’d have a hard time making the case for any pitcher making the claim to being the best player in the league for a 5 year period. I can’t think of any time peril in the history of the game where that consideration was given to a pitcher.

          Wade Bogged had the best batting average during that time. One dimensional.

          Yount and Ripken had 2 or 3 below average offensives lines during that time period.

          Molitor missed over 200 gamed due to injury between 84 and 89.

          Trammell was old and overshadowed by Fipken at that point in his career. After 1984, his offensives stats were near league average forshortstops.

          Frankly, the person you could’ve mentioned that would’ve made the best case would’ve been Kirby Puckett.

          • Pat D

            Actually, the best person I could have said is probably Rickey Henderson.

          • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

            Wow, my autocorrect severely sucks.

    • RetroRob

      I just replied above. I was a fan of both Mattingly and Winfield. I do remember there was an attempt by some to imply racism on Mattingly’s popularity compared to Winfield’s, or why fans were rooting for Mattingly during the batting race and not Winfield. Too simplistic and ignores the normal responses of fans to root for their own players (i.e. homegrown) compared to imported free agents signed for millions. As a fan, I loved both. Rickey Henderson, too!

      Reggie is an interesting case as an overall ballplayer, and his time as a Yankee. He was overrated when he played based on the press clippings he’d receive, yet eventually because of a counter reaction to that and his general douchebaggery, he became underrated as a ballplayer. Give me a free agent who produces a 150 OPS+ for five years on the team, and brings a couple World Series titles, with one of the most historic World Series ever while under immense pressure. He performed.

      Now if you’re talking about having his number retired, I’m with you. I would unretired multiple numbers, including Reggies, Martin’s (the worst of them) Guidry, etc. And Posada, Bernie and Andy would never have their numbers retired. Mo and Jeter, that’s it.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Nix! Nix! Nix!

    Greg, it’s you and me, baby.

  • Pat D

    Is there some kind of avocado lobby that has bought control of Subway or something?

    • jjyank

      No such thing as too much avocado.

      • Pat D

        Says you.

        • jjyank

          You don’t like avocados? Heathen.

          • Pat D

            They are one of my many “green eggs and ham” foods.

            • Dalek Jeter

              Oh man, you have to try them, just like that crumudgenness bastard from the story, you will love them.

            • jjyank

              Weirdo.

              • Pat D

                I’ll remember this…

                I’ll do to you what Stewie did to John Lennon.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    If we win today, is it REALLY a 4-6 road trip? Why would it feel like a 1-9 road trip?

    • The Real Greg

      Those 3 out of 4 in Seattle seem so long ago.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        They really do. Puts things in perspective, though.

  • Manny’s BanWagon

    Did Michael Kay sat Will Myers is definitely being called up this week because I didn’t read that anywhere else.

  • The Doctor

    No dammit hold him at 2nd. There’s something much more satisfying about a CGSHO.

  • forensic

    Angels announcers on Mo’s retirement: “Though he hasn’t really made it official yet, just sort of alluded to it.”

    “It’s official now,” Rivera said. “After this year I’ll be retired.”

    So, him saying it’s official doesn’t make it official???

    • RetroRob

      Did they actually say that?

      I mean, any player can say he’s going to retire and then change his mind. I was not surprised with Pettitte came back because he was torn. Yet I have no doubt Mo is retiring and will stay retired. Many players lack a purpose and don’t know what they want to do post their player careers. I don’t have any sense of that at all with Rivera. Just the opposite. He knows what he wants to do next with his life.

      • forensic

        Yup, they really did.

  • forensic

    And now they apparently have Preston Claiborne wearing a David Robertson costume…

  • The Doctor

    Is this really necessary? I mean yeah he looks tired but the 2 runs on are meaningless, I have no doubt he can finish the game, and this is a waste of bullets for Robertson.

    • The Real Greg

      Yankees need this win BADLY. Don’t mess around.

      • The Doctor

        I mean yeah I guess, I just don’t know if it’s the best idea. Granted this is going into an off day so it’s not big deal for Robertson, didn’t think about that. I just really wanted to see him close it out.

        And yeah that worked out great.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Agreed.

    • forensic

      Of course it’s not necessary, but it’s typical/predictable Girardi. And of course, he already has Mo warming before Robertson has even thrown a pitch.

  • Pat D

    Always love it when the TV can’t pixelate out a guy clearly saying “Fuck.”

    A decidedly non-ace like performance from the non-ace today.

  • jjyank

    Bummer he couldn’t finish it, but great job, CC. We needed to see that from you. I’ve only been watching in and out, but I saw him hit 94 a few times too. Good stuff. Close this out and enjoy the win.

  • The Real Greg

    OUCH

  • Dalek Jeter

    fuck god damnit mother fucker he better not be hurt.

    Just one game. With a god damned win and no injuries that’s all I’m fucking asking!!

  • forensic

    That’s gonna leave a mark…

  • The Real Greg

    It’s actually a good thing that Girardi had Mo warming up immediately…

  • Jacob the OG
    • The Doctor

      The way guys pitch today is a bit harder on the arm than it was in 1879…

      • Pat D

        Yea, there are so many differences in the game.

        Which is why 19th century baseball is pretty much dismissed as some kind of alien sport.

      • Jacob the OG

        Hence the gaylord perry ref.

        • Jacob the OG

          Even look at the 80′s

  • Pat D

    Love that this guy’s name is Shuck. Not at all the name of a ballplayer.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    I’m actually glad Mo is warming up. Of course, a goddamn grand slam would still have the Yanks with the lead.

  • The Doctor

    Great. Love 3 strike walks.

  • forensic

    Want to measure Josh Hamilton’s impact this season? It took me until one out in the 9th inning to realize he’s not even playing today. And I only got it then because the announcers were talking about him getting a PH opportunity.

    • SDB

      Says enough that Brad Hawpe (sorry, but WHO?) was sent to pinch hit ahead of him as the tying run with one out remaining.

  • Pat D

    Still waiting for the Yankeeography’s of Bill Dickey, Red Ruffing, Lefty Gomez, Joe McCarthy, Miller Huggins (I think), Jacob Ruppert…

    • RetroRob

      I would love more Yankkography’s, or just some specials period, on old time Yankee players.

      • Pat D

        I guess they think they can’t produce an hour long special on those guys since they’ve been dead for so long? I have to think they could if they really tried.

  • RetroRob

    Rivera absolutely should be in this game.

  • The Real Greg

    The Cavalcade of Cash and Prizes!

  • SDB

    Aw jeez. This is not good for my nerves.

  • forensic

    I really could’ve done without this…

  • The Doctor

    A bloop.

    Just unbelievable.

  • The Real Greg

    THEY’RE USING BRAD HAWPE!

  • flamingo

    This game needs to end already.

  • The Doctor

    THE FIRST PITCH WAS DOWN THE FUCKING MIDDLE.

    I cannot take these umpires for one more minute.

    • Ethan

      Not quite down the middle but definitely a strike.

  • forensic

    Ok, one more out please, any time now…

  • Pat D

    Death by bloop is like death by tray in the Death Star canteen.

  • The Doctor

    ANOTHER BLOOP.

    I can’t deal with this anymore.

  • trr

    C’mon Mo!

  • SDB

    Enough of these bloops!

  • forensic

    Is this really happening???

    • The Doctor

      I have never in all my years seen this many bloop singles in a row to keep a game alive.

      Should’ve just kept CC in honestly. He would’ve been out of it just fine.

  • The Doctor

    Three straight bloops. What is even happening now?

    • TomH

      You’re seeing an older, less effective Rivera.

      • WhittakerWalt

        Yeah, gee he was really getting shelled.

  • Ethan

    GET ONE FUCKING OUT!

  • flamingo

    …This is not pretty.

  • Anderson Silva

    they are going to lose this game..

    • trr

      Shaddup

  • 28 this year

    I pray now to the BABIP gods. No more bloops

  • trr

    There is no one- and i mean no one – who is victimized more by cheap hits than Mariano Rivera

  • RetroRob

    Was Mo given presents today? Tell me he wasn’t given presents today by the opposing team!!

    • SDB

      He’s not getting presents from the umpires, that’s for sure.

      Heck, he’s not getting strikes that are in the zone.

  • SDB

    Oh christ.

    I do not believe this.

  • The Doctor

    Mo has thrown 4 strikes that have been called balls.

    You don’t do that when umping for a guy of this caliber.

  • Pat D

    I’m gonna walk away and see if that helps.

    • mustang (The Has Been & Wannabes Bunch 2013)

      Thank you it did.

      • Pat D

        Yes, yes it did. Next time I won’t ignore the dogs for so long when they have to go out.

        But in my defense, they’d been out maybe half an hour ago, so they’re being bad today.

  • Anderson Silva

    Mo looks like shit.

    • The Doctor

      He’s gotten weak contact 4 times in a row. He’s not even pitching badly, the complete lack of luck is just unbelievable.

      • Chris

        I’m just watching this inning an hour later, but the first hit to right wasn’t really a bloop to me. It looked like he just shortened up and tried to do that. The second bloop, yes. That was a trademark bloop. Bloop…Bloop

  • forensic

    That first pitch was a gift strike. Thank you.

    • The Doctor

      Ironically he was calling pitches a good 6″ closer to the center of the plate balls earlier. Just unbelievably inconsistent.

  • The Real Greg

    STRUCK HIM OUT

  • SDB

    WHEW.

    I need a drink after that.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Escape from the stadium immediately before they change their mind and score again.

    • forensic

      LOL

      • Robinson Tilapia

        If they’re not at the airport already, Cashman failed.

    • mustang (The Has Been & Wannabes Bunch 2013)

      LMAO

  • Get Phelps Up

    Wow fuck Anaheim. Thank god we won that.

  • jjyank

    Holy shit. Did not that expect that stress half an hour ago. But a win is a win is a win.

  • flamingo

    FINALLY.

  • Pat D

    See? Mo was just toying with everybody. He wanted to prove to everyone how far Pujols has declined.

  • forensic

    Thank you for that horrible AB Pujols. They needed all the help they could get apparently.

    I don’t believe that inning. So frustrating…

  • Anderson Silva

    damn that was close, thankfully they won

  • Rich

    Hey trolls. Maybe the outfield can realize its Mariano Fucking Rivera and he does not give up line drives. I am so tried of Vernon Wells running to get a bloop hit. PLAY SHALLOWER

    • Mads

      Can’t play shallow in that situation, just can’t allow a double, then it would have been a tie game.

  • trr

    Jesus H. Christ!
    A win is a win is a win

  • Ethan

    Wow and good riddance.

  • mustang (The Has Been & Wannabes Bunch 2013)

    GOD is merciful!!!!

  • Pat D

    Still undefeated when scoring 5+ runs.

  • RetroRob

    I feel like a need a shot of Jack now.

    Good to have a win.

    One final comment. Winfield was overrated!

    • Pat D

      Curse you!

  • Get Phelps Up

    I’m glad I don’t have to find another 2011 game thread to post. :)

    • forensic

      LOL!

      There are never too many of them though…

  • The Doctor

    My neck hurts just from watching that. I need Advil and a Xanax. AND a drink. I’ll be fine.

    • forensic

      I’m thinking if you mix advil, Xanax, and a drink you may not be fine. :-)

  • Ethan

    I’m surprised the strikezone was much better than I thought:

    http://www.brooksbaseball.net/.....vDate=0616

    • The Doctor

      Oh it was very good most of the game. He completely lost it in the 9th though. I understand it’s hard to call Rivera’s cutter but Jesus Christ.

  • The Doctor

    And that game was a perfect example of why modern sabermetrics are more accurate than traditional stats. Those 3 pathetic bloops count for a hit, the balls Gardner and Wells nearly smashed out of the park go as outs.

  • fabricio

    after that nail biter we all need a stiff drink

  • teddy

    rivera whip is like 1.30 and i bet 12 hits he gave have been bloop