2013 All-Star Game Thread

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Update: X-Rays on Cano negative following hit-by-pitch

2013 All-Star GameAs of right now, things aren’t looking all that good as far as the Yankees making the playoffs this year. They sit in fourth place in the AL East and three back of the second wildcard spot. It’ll be an uphill climb in the second half, that’s for sure.

That said, just in case they do qualify for the playoffs and manage to make it to the World Series, I want them to have homefield advantage. It’s dumb that the All-Star Game determines that, but it is what it is. Those are the rules they have to play by.

The NL has won three straight All-Star Games and, not completely coincidentally, they’ve won the last three World Series at well. Homefield advantage had to help a smidge. It’s time for the AL to get back to dominating this thing, which they did for a long time before these last three years. Here are the starting lineups:

American League

  1. LF Mike Trout
  2. 2B Robinson Cano
  3. 3B Miguel Cabrera
  4. 1B Chris Davis
  5. RF Jose Bautista
  6. DH David Ortiz
  7. CF Adam Jones
  8. C Joe Mauer
  9. SS J.J. Hardy

National League

  1. 2B Brandon Phillips
  2. RF Carlos Beltran
  3. 1B Joey Votto
  4. 3B David Wright
  5. LF Carlos Gonzalez
  6. C Yadier Molina
  7. SS Troy Tulowitzki
  8. DH Michael Cuddyer
  9. CF Bryce Harper

Max Scherzer (AL) and Matt Harvey (NL) are your starting pitchers, and the full rosters are right here. Manager Jim Leyland confirmed yesterday that Mariano Rivera will pitch in the game even if the AL doesn’t have a save situation, so that’s neat. Hopefully they give him a lead to protect in the ninth inning, however.

The game is scheduled to begin at 8:00pm ET and can be seen on FOX. Enjoy.

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Granderson resumes hitting in the batting cage
Update: X-Rays on Cano negative following hit-by-pitch
  • Pat D

    All-Star Game.

    I’d watch it, but BuckCarver.

    Besides, I’m down to the two most recent seasons of Hell’s Kitchen, so I’d rather knock those out and actually resume watching stuff from Netflix since I’m incredibly behind on that.

  • Tyrone Sharpton

    so, who’s the AL LF? jones?

  • The Lime

    Why do you guys think that home field advantage matters? Sleep? Familiarity? Crowd support?

    There is a theory (that I buy into) that claims that it comes down to the umpires favoring home teams based on thousands of games across several sports and that there is zero data that support the three other “effects” that I mentioned.

    If you’re curious, google “home field advantage moskowitz.” He also looks at accountability based on QuesTec – he came up with some pretty funny results.

    • sangreal

      I don’t understand why it matters in other sports, but in baseball rosters are built around the home field. eg lefty pull hitters in NYS, fly ball pitchers out west

      • Bo Knows

        For a lot of guys there is a rush that comes from having your own people cheering you on. There is a huge psychological component, Although you always try your hardest having people cheering for you, can make you forget about your screaming muscles, or your exhaustion.

        Also there is a physical component, atmosphere, weather, etc that you might be accustomed too but the opponent might not be

    • Hall and Nokes

      What is the league wide W/L record for home teams? What is it since the 1960s (expansion era, reliable air travel, etc.)?

      • Hall and Nokes

        Nevermind, I figured it out on B-R. 54% from 1960-2013. That’s an arbitrary date but I think a logical one.

        So more than nothing, but hardly something to get too worked up about.

    • jjyank

      I’m sure there are several reasons, however subtle they may be. Familiarity with the ballpark, , adrenaline from the crowd, etc. And like most human beings, I think people perform better “in their element” so to speak. For example, I feel like I do my job better at my normal place of employment. But on the occasion that I’m sent elsewhere to fill in for someone, it’s mildly awkward and I’m not as efficient as normal. There may be some of that at play when players are using facilities that are not their own and sleeping in a hotel instead of their primary residence. Plus the outfielders are more familiar with where the walls are, the infielders probably know where the edges of the stands are to a greater degree, pitchers and catchers might know where the jet stream is, etc. There are probably a lot of little things.

      • Now Batting

        How has no one said the home team gets to bat last?

  • OldYanksFan

    From ESPN:
    Robinson Cano’s father expects his son to re-sign with the New York Yankees this offseason instead of leaving for free agency.

    When asked about his father’s comments, Robinson declined to elaborate about where he is leaning. He said he had no reaction. “Next question,” Cano said. “I’m not saying anything about my contract.”

    The Los Angeles Dodgers, Philadelphia Phillies and the Chicago Cubs are among the teams that could be interested in Cano, whose price tag is expected to fall in the six-to-eight-year, $175-$225 million range.

    If that is really the case…. PASS!

    At $175m, Cano would need to post 35 WAR over the length of the contract. The odds of that happening are historically low.

    It looks like Robbie is not interested in giving a Home Town discount.
    I hate to see him go, but ARod, Teix and CC were enough.

    • Pat D

      Guys never earn the money they get in new contracts. They get paid for what they did before the signed the contract.

      That’s the way it’s always been, and probably the way it always will be.

    • jjyank

      He already gave a home town discount. It’d be naive to expect it again. I also still don’t believe that Cano will get $200 mil, regardless of what ESPN says.

      As far as Cano’s comments…please tell me that you’re not surprised. What the hell is he supposed to say? If he says “Yeah, I’m probably going to stay in New York.”, he loses leverage. If he says “Nah, I’m gonna let the Dodgers get drunk and write me a massive check instead.”, that serves no purpose either. Don’t we as fans want Cano to focus on playing baseball right now, and not his next contract? I sure as hell do.

    • The Real Greg

      I actually would take a 5-6 year deal with Cano. Anything 7+ is stretching it.

  • Wheels

    Wow, was Cliff Lee for real there during his introduction?

    • Pat D

      What did he do? Flip off the New York crowd that mistreated his wife?

      • The Real Greg

        No he just stood there looking intense and didn’t crack.

        • Pat D

          Dipshit.

          • Wheels

            It was ridiculous.

      • WhittakerWalt

        Is he under the impression that Phillies fans aren’t assholes?

        • Pat D

          Well that’s who he chose to sign with, so I’m guessing that’s the way it’s been.

          • jjyank

            Philadelphia fans are the worst in general. Boston fans are better, and I hate the Red Sox. I’ve actually found that Boston fans are pretty cool.

  • trr

    Just wanna see Mo.
    That’s it. Nuthin’ else

  • The Real Greg

    Want the NL to win. We’re not likely to go to the WS and the 09 Yankees are the last AL team to win the WS. Let’s keep it that way.

    • Pat D

      I was about to say “No” to that and then I realized that the only AL teams I could conceivably root for in the WS are Oakland and Kansas City. But I think I could only really root for Washington and Pittsburgh in the NL.

      So it’s finally got to the point where I really hate whoever wins.

      • The Real Greg

        I would root for Colorado, Pittsburgh, Washington, Cincinnati, Milwaukee, and the Cubbies (if they ever get there).

        I don’t think I could rot for any team in the AL. Maybe Cleveland.

        • The Real Greg

          root

        • Pat D

          I can’t stand Dusty Baker, and the Big Red Machine hype always angers me even though it was before my time, so I couldn’t root for the Reds unless they played someone even worse (like Boston). I could root for Colorado, Milwaukee and the Cubs, too, but they aren’t contenders this year.

          I still have this base feeling that the NL beating the AL is bad, but it really comes down to the teams. I mean, I definitely preferred the way the last 3 WS played out, despite my distaste for St. Louis.

    • jjyank

      That reasoning is terrible. It’s mid-July. What if the Yankees do go to the World Series? They very well may not, but actively rooting for the NL because they probably won’t just seems dumb.

      But then again, we are now in #GregCountry

      • The Real Greg

        We might have to institute another “hat” bet.

        • jjyank

          …what?

          And yes, I know about the Kabak thing. I didn’t guaruntee anything, so I don’t get the reference.

          • The Real Greg

            I was talking for myself., in a way

            • jjyank

              You were talking in Greg Country. That’s okay. Just don’t try to bring anyone else into it.

    • Lukaszek

      I could root for Oakland, Cubs, Twins, Orioles, Blue Jays, Kansas City, Washington, Pittsburgh, Astros, or Milwaukee

  • Mouse

    I’m definitely rooting for NL to win since the Yankees doesn’t look like they’re going to WS but Sux might.

    • The Real Greg

      I didn’t want to bring the Sox into it, but that was part of my reasoning too.

  • BFDeal

    Shit.

  • Bo Knows

    Son of a bitch!!

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

  • Wheels

    jesus, no no no

  • The Real Greg

    NOT AGAIN!

  • forensic

    Heh, flip over to the ASG just in time to see Robbie get nailed in the knee. Just perfect…

  • HateMclouth (formerly I’mVernon)

    Yep. Just our luck.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Not cool Harvey.

  • Pasta

    Fuck matt harvey mother fucker

  • Shittyshittybangbang

    1 position all-star for the greatest organization in all of baseball ?! Cashman Must Go !!! Com’on guys, say it with me, Cashman Must Go !!! Pa, pa – pa, pa, pa ! Injuries schminjuries !
    Cano just got fucking pelted !!! WTF !

  • Kramerica Industries

    Fucking Harvey.

  • Dan in Athens

    You’ve got to be fucking kidding me.

  • The Real Greg

    He is clearly limping. This could make the second half moot.

  • BigBlueAL

    I almost had a heart attack.

  • Nobreaks

    Is it time to jump off the cliff now?

  • HateMclouth (formerly I’mVernon)

    I mean, did anyone really expect anything else given how the season is going. My god. Everyone start praying…

  • Mickey Schesiter

    God hates the 2013 Yankees and/or has a sick sense of humor.

    • ClayDavis

      I think it’s his way of telling Hal to sell

  • The Real Greg

    You can’t blame Harvey. He’s nervous. He might be overhyped for this start. Location is easy to get away.

    • Pasta

      Fuck him alstar game pitching inside

  • Pasta

    Fucking harvey hurt Cano mets loser

  • HateMclouth (formerly I’mVernon)

    Cabrera in the top 10 hitters of all time? Is that legit?

    • Jacob the OG

      Right now? No. In the future? 100% possible, if he can produce similar numbers for a few more years then yes. I think he is almost a lock to go in the hall already as well.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      Career? No.
      His career 152 wRC+ is tied with Joe D and Charlie Keller in the #26-28 spots all-time.

      • pat

        And frickin DiMaggio did it while playing an amazing CF AND without the benefit of his 28, 29 and 30 y/o seasons. Amazing.

        • Brian S.

          And he only struck out like 3% of the time. Dimaggio is definitely underrated in regards to best players of all time.

  • BigBlueAL

    As to the debate above about which team to root for since the Yankees arent likely to make the WS, I still want the AL to win so Mo gets to record the final out.

  • Pasta

    Fuch me !!!!!!

  • HateMclouth (formerly I’mVernon)

    No. No. No no no no no no no no no no no no.

  • The Real Greg

    Yep he’s going to the DL.

    • BFDeal

      Oh, you’re a doctor now?

      • The Real Greg

        Just the fact that he left the field and the way this year has gone.

  • Wheels

    Fuck!

  • Jacob the OG

    That really sounded like something cracked.

  • Bo Knows

    that was a 97 mph heater square on the knee, if Cano goes down…..fuck

  • Pasta

    Another reason to hate the Mets

  • Mykey

    I just hope Harvey gets roughed up now.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    I haven’t turned on the game yet. Can someone just calmly tell me what happened?

    • Steve

      Harvey threw a fastball that ran in, Cano’s leg buckled and it hit him square in the knee

    • The Real Greg

      Cano got drilled in the knee by a Harvey fastball. He was clearly limping and left the field after staying at first for one batter.

    • BFDeal

      Harvey plunked Cano in the right knee with a fastball.

    • forensic

      Cano got nailed by a 96 mph fastball on the outside of the right knee. Limped for a bit, then stayed in, then left the game during the AB.

      • Bo Knows

        97 mph….

        • forensic

          It was 96. I have it recorded and looked at it.

          • Winter

            Gameday confirms that it was 96.

        • Jacob the OG

          The hell does one little MPH matter?

          • Tom

            97 really hurts.

            At 96mph you just rub some dirt on it and carry on.

            • Jacob the OG

              And at 95 you don’t even get to take your base

          • Deathstroke Heathcott

            Dunno about you but I can take a 96 mph fastball to the kneecap. 97 mph would be devastating though.

          • forensic

            It’s just for the sake of being accurate.

    • Tom

      Cano got hit right above the knee with an inside fastball,(outside side of the leg)

      Took first base, but left the field one batter later

    • Jacob the OG

      You could hear a legit pop sound when it hit as well.

  • ClayDavis

    Can’t make this up. What a nightmare season

  • hogsmog

    ok well I have some fucks too guys here they are:

    fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck FUCK FUCK fuck FUCK

  • Jorge Brosada

    Fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck Harvey

  • Pat D

    So, I go to check the box score page on ESPN, see Pedroia listed as “PR” already, and then find these comments.

    I hope I have some alcohol in the house.

  • The Real Greg

    Now there is good news. If he’s out for any major length of time, it might give us contract leverage.

    • Tom

      Yeah… no.

      His price is what it is, unless they have to amputate his leg.

    • Jacob the OG

      I fail to see the good in that, he is getting 150mm+ injury or no injury and if he is out for a major length they are paying for damaged goods.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      If someone were to, in person, watch a game with you at a bar somewhere, would you say stuff like this out loud?

      • The Real Greg

        Probably not.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Thank Mo.

  • Frank

    I see the Yanks’ good fortune is continuing right through the All-Star break. Girardi will have no hair by the end of this season.

  • Jacob the OG

    Just what Cano needed — a reason not to run hard #Yankees— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) July 17, 2013

    Just to make light of the situation

  • HateMclouth (formerly I’mVernon)

    This pessimistic asshole can’t wait for this year to be over already.

  • J-Bird

    So that was a horrible start

    On a side note, how good looking is Erin Andrews

  • Jacob the OG

    Told Cano got hit more in the quadriceps than the knee – and that he should be fine.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 17, 2013

    Thank Mo

    • The Real Greg

      I don’t understand that. It looked like it was squarely on the knee.

      Anyway, I want to know what he feels like tomorrow.

      • pat

        Look again. He luckily turns his knee at the last second.

        http://img.gawkerassets.com/im.....xlarge.gif

        • The Real Greg

          I mistook that for an awkward buckle. OK.

          • pat

            Still hurt like a motherf*cker I’m sure, but back of the knee is a lot “better” than side or front.

          • Deathstroke Heathcott

            So did I at first but it definitely comes before the contact.

      • pat

        Fucking Harvey shouldn’t even be throwing inside in a fucking ASG. Bullshit.

        • Wheels

          I blame Bud Selig.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            No one’s going to say it? Fine. I’ll take the fall.

            Cashman failed.

  • Roadgeek Adam

    That clearly changed the mood here.

    Can’t really say much but that it happens.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Looks like he walked off on his own volition. It’s his knee. If it was that bad, he wouldn’t be walking off like that. Let’s calm the hell down.

    Also, really, bitching on Harvey? Biggest moment of his career so far. One got away from him. Shit happens. I hope the AL wins, but that’s a New York pitcher, and one many friends of mine are big fans of. I’m still glad he got his two solid innings.

    • The Real Greg

      The guy was clearly nervous and amped up. I lay no blame on him.

      I blame Mo for retiring and angering the baseball gods so that they would get revenge on the Yankees.

      /kidding

      • Robinson Tilapia

        I’m a New Yorker. I’m not holding ill will towards Matt Harvey. He’s been one of the best stories in this town in a while.

        • Pasta

          Fuck Harvey!
          -Roger Clemens

        • Deathstroke Heathcott

          Kinda wished he looked more apologetic or at least checked on Cano after he hit him though. Regular season game, sure don’t pay the guy you hit any attention and act indifferent but you drilled a guy in the knee with a 97mph fastball in an exhibition game, would be a good gesture to check on him or something. But I get it, I only feel this way because I’m a Yankee fan right now.

    • Winter

      I’m not upset at all with Harvey, that kinda stuff happens. Can’t get upset at Harvey for losing control of an inside pitch in the first inning of the All-Star Game.

      On your other point, just because he walked of the field doesn’t mean it’s not serious. It looked like it hit him square on the knee and it didn’t sound so great. Hopefully Rosenthal’s tweet is accurate.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        *flashes fake doctor badge*

        • Winter

          What do you mean, “fake”? I am a leading sports physician, I’ll have you know.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            Hey, at least I took the time to flash you my fucking badge. Most of the amateur physicians on here don’t even take the time to do that. Jeeeeeeesus.

  • Wheels

    Well, I guess he’s fine then.

  • Winter

    X-Rays negative… that was fast.

  • Oldmanalex

    Cabrera top 10 of all time…. Rank prime arod vs prime pujols vs current Cabrera

    • Winter

      Pujols/Rodriguez/Cabrera, but it’s really close.

  • Pasta

    Cano xray negative
    So only dl stint will be girardi playing him every other game.
    Yeah nunez cruz gonzales .

  • The Real Greg

    Someone mentioned swelling. What are the odds of swelling in that type of injury?

    • Winter

      I get swelling when I stub my toe. I don’t think it’s that out of the ordinary.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        This is the proof we needed that Greg is a space alien.

        • The Real Greg

          “Well if you don’t need me, I’ll be in the house”- ALF
          “We won’t need you.” – Willie
          “I’ll STILL be in the house.”- ALF

          /ALF reference

  • Now Batting

    I don’t want Mo pitching in this game.

    • Winter

      What about shagging flies?

      • Robinson Tilapia

        *golf clap*

  • Wheels

    Thanks Robbie for chilling us out.

  • pat

    Hopefully Cano doesn’t have to speak in his new Pepsi ads.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Great interview with Robbie there. I especially liked the part where he told Pasta to chill the fuck out.

  • Pasta

    Leyland an idoit rivera deserves to save it. Not 8th inning shit

    • Winter

      He’s worried there won’t be an bottom of the 9th. If the NL takes the lead in the 8th inning, Rivera wouldn’t get a chance to pitch at all.

      • The Real Greg

        Yeah, that’s the rub

        • Tom

          So he couldn’t just have Rivera warming up to start the 8th?

          If the NL does take the lead, bring him in at that point (or bring him in if there 2men reach). I believe baseball rules allow you to bring someone during an inning.

          If Nathan or whoever shuts the door, then you wait until the 9th.

          • The Real Greg

            Of course if you brought him in in the middle of an inning, you couldn’t have the moment we just saw.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

        They could always get Rivera in later in the 8th if that happened.
        It’s not like 3 runs (now 4) would suddenly, magically occur. There would be some forewarning.

        • Winter

          You really would rather see Mo come in to the the middle of an inning and deal with someone else’s jam?

          • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

            No. But I also think it wouldn’t likely come to that. Most likely, he’d just pitch the ninth. Unlikely, worst case scenario, he comes in after the NL takes a lead in the eighth to make sure he gets an appearance.
            I don’t care much either way, but I don’t think doing it this way was necessary.

  • CashmanNinja

    Hopefully that extra run just provided enough cushion to let Mo pitch the 9th. He ends games. Let him end this one.

  • The Real Greg

    Let’s see what that run does.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)
    • The Real Greg

      “Shirsey”?

      Really?

      • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

        It is a real thing.
        http://shirseys.com/

        • The Real Greg

          I didn’t know they had a name for those.

      • Deathstroke Heathcott

        The shirsey is your takeaway from that article? What an idiot. But ma, I got 1000 retweets…

        • The Real Greg

          Well, we’ve seen so many dumb people run on the field that it has kind of lost its luster.

          • Deathstroke Heathcott

            Just the fact that his excuse to his ma was that 1000 strangers on twitter retweeted his tweet is the part I can’t get over. How asinine.

    • forensic

      What a dumbass. The idiocy of what people do on or because of twitter will never cease to amaze me. What a waste (for the most part).

  • Bo Knows

    Those two Texas Rangers girls were hot, show them again and I’ll sing Sweet Caroline haha

  • Pasta

    Play enter sandman already

  • CashmanNinja

    Oh well…was hoping he’d get the save.

  • Bo Knows

    For the last time, in an allstar game, The Sandman Cometh

  • Petebest

    Mo pitching here is the dumbest shit ever

    • Bo Knows

      Not really, Leyland is trying to make sure Mo is in the game. I have no issues with it because the NL could very easily take the lead and we’d see no Mo

      • Jack P

        Very true, didnt even think about that.

      • Petebest

        I’d trust Nathan enough to get through the 8th

    • Deathstroke Heathcott

      Why don’t they save him for the 9th or just bring him in later in the 8th if the lead looks to be threatened?…

      • Jack P

        He wouldn’t have had the whole field for that intro if that were the case.

        • The Real Greg

          And that is the additional point.

      • Bo Knows

        then you don’t get that moment with his entrance music and the fans and other all-stars to show there respect like that.

      • The Real Greg

        Again, because then we wouldn’t have had the moment we just saw. There would be people on the field when Rivera would come on. This way, he has the spotlight to himself.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    See that moment right there? I don’t care how old or young you are. That is one of the greatest All-Star Game moments of all time, and one of the greatest moments you will witness in your lifetime as a Yankee fan.

    • HateMclouth (formerly I’mVernon)

      Pretty sure I almost started bawling.

  • Oldmanale

    Eighth inning???

    • sangreal

      I think they want to make sure he gets a chance. NL could come back

    • mike_h

      think of it as a Spring Training appearance….only this game counts for something

    • Deathstroke Heathcott

      This game is only going 8 innings. We’ve had a extra innings tie in the ASG before, we’re due for an 8 inning game.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Also, who gives a shit what inning this is? No one will remember what inning it was. They’ll remember him tipping his hat to the crowd right there in tears.

    • 4 Train

      Damn I never agree with anything you post. It’s freaking unreal man. You would think by posting 300 comments you make everyday I would at some point agree with one of them, but nope. Never happens. This is as usual an idiotic take on the issue.

  • Jack P

    Asshole Leiland pitching Rivera in the 8th, classless as shit. At least he got a riveting ovation, that was great

    • The Real Greg

      Again, if the NL were to take the lead in this inning, then you wouldn’t see Mo at all.

      • Jack P

        Very true, did not think about that. Very classy introduction on to the field as well.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Absolutely, man. It’s the moment, not the inning. It’d be every bit as touching if this were the fifth.

          • Oldmanalex

            Does he come back for the ninth.???

            • Robinson Tilapia

              Fuck no.

    • Johnny Wise

      Relax, Lee Harvey.

    • Winter

      He’s actually making sure Rivera gets into the game. He doesn’t want to bring him in in the middle of an inning, and the NL takes the lead there might not be a ninth.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    Mark Feinsand
    ?@FeinsandNYDN
    Overheard in press box: “I’m surprised Leyland even put Rivera on the team. He doesn’t have a single win.”
    —–

    #Tillman

  • Jack P

    Nice job Mo’ end this inning!

  • Jack P

    Lol the ump is giving Rivera some borderline calls here, he deserves it.

  • Winter

    How much you wanna bet they interview Perez about catching Rivera and he says something about not having to move his glove?

  • Bo Knows

    That’s awesome, Chris Davis is even trying to catch history recording it on his phone.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Without a doubt, the greatest to ever play his position in baseball history.

  • forensic

    Didn’t break a bat or K anyone?

    Mo sucks…

    • Winter

      Not a true ace.

  • The Real Greg

    If I’m Leyland, I might think about it if the AL scores another run here.

  • nycsportzfan

    Typical MO. No threat what so ever for the opposition.

  • Bo Knows

    Mo aka Sandman aka Slayer of Giants and Bats aka the Greatest of All Time aka the Right Hand of God

    I applaud him for all the memories, this will be another

  • Kramerica Industries

    Prudent or not, fuck it.

    It’s Mo final season. The Yankees owe it to him to make some deadline moves that can help push this team into the playoffs.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

      That’s my thinking as well. Probably not a good idea long term, but I’d really hate to see Mo go out not in the playoffs.
      Though I’m not sure they can realistically do enough to definitely make the playoffs,

    • forensic

      Eh, I still stand by my feeling that I don’t want them making decisions based on who is or isn’t retiring. There’s a bigger picture they should be looking at.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

        Rational thought isn’t allowed.
        Think with your emotions, man.

        • forensic

          If I thought with my emotions too much Phil Hughes might be in some trouble. ;-)

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Agreed. Mo will be fine.

  • Duh Injuries

    Leyland’s an idiot for bringing in Mo an inning too early cuz whoever he brings in after Mo will not be as good as Mo, I could care less what the guy’s ERA, WHIP etc. is. The NL has just let out a sign of relief now that Mo is out of the game and will think they still have a chance even down 3-0.

    If the N.L. somehow comes back to tie this game, this game would be a great Exhibit A for the best manager of the first half to be the All-Star Game manager of the league who lost last year’s World Series, not last year’s losing World Series manager (in this case Leyland.)

    • Robinson Tilapia

      This borders on EddardWorld.

      • Duh Injuries

        Hey moron you do know the game counts for homefield advantage in the World Series, right? Obviously not.

        Nathan was ONE PITCH AWAY from bringing the potential tying run to the plate and the potential winning run on deck.

        I seriously doubt it would’ve got to that point if Mo was in there.

        Mo should’ve closed the game period, end of story, case fucking closed.

    • Winter

      Leyland went to Rivera in the 8th because, if he brought in someone else and the NL took the lead, then there wouldn’t be a 9th and Rivera wouldn’t pitch at all.

      • Duh Injuries

        Oh shut the FUCK up.

        1. Joe Nathan would’ve been brought in the 8th and not given up three runs, he would’ve collected the hold, or a combination of two guys tops would’ve collected the hold. The NL bats looked dead out there like the AL bats were dead out there last year.

        2. Mo would’ve came in for the last out of the eighth if things got too dicey, it’s called no baseball tomorrow or Thursday and it’s his last game.

        3. If the NL blew the lead and it was 10-3 NL at 8th inning’s end, Mo would’ve come in the inning at some point (NL up 8-3? Whatever.) No way he wasn’t getting in this game even if it meant for one batter and the AL was tied or down.

        4. Shut up.

        BTW I didn’t realize you had to manage an All-Star Game so everyone could get in it instead of win it for homefield advantage in the World Series, thanks.

        IDIOTS.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Can I hand you a towel?

    • BFDeal

      Did you eat a lot of paint chips as a kid?

  • The Real Greg

    Prince with the motor!

    • Duh Injuries

      No, but you sure did for your 2013 thinking that Mo should’ve been brought in for the hold in a game where it was a save situation (three-run lead.)

      Defend Leyland some more, moron.

      Again, Nathan was one pitch away from bringing the potential tying run at the plate and potential winning run on deck. That doesn’t happen if Mo is in the game. The 9th inning is a totally different animal than the 8th – see Mo in the 9th since 1997 (since you obviously haven’t.) Nathan was better suited for the 8th based on achievement.

      And again spare me if the AL blew the lead Mo wouldn’t have got in the game when he would’ve.

      BTW if this game was about getting Mo in it why bring him in so late? Hey what if something acted up and he couldn’t pitch? All that time not in the game ya know.

  • Bo Knows

    That is something I never thought I’d see, a 300+ lb bowling ball legging out a triple

    • Roadgeek Adam

      Love to see Jonathan Broxton get a triple.

      If that was misplayed anymore, Fielder could’ve had an ITPHR

      • Bo Knows

        Be grateful it hadn’t, I’m pretty sure Hell would have frozen over and the fabric of space and time would rip apart.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          We save all that for Kruk.

    • Kramerica Industries

      When David Ortiz manages to peg the triangle at Fenway, he’s gotten a couple triples before.

      • forensic

        Even Bengie Molina got a triple in Fenway.

        • Kramerica Industries

          It’s how he got a cycle!

          • forensic

            I still remember watching that game and him having to leave with a leg injury after getting that triple to finish off the cycle.

            Ironically enough, it was 3 years ago today.

  • Winter

    I’m pretty sure Prince Fielder is the most surprised person in baseball right now.

  • Pasta

    How long until Mo is back with the Yankees as a pitching coach? Teaching the cutter.

    • Winter

      For whatever reason, I can’t see it. I always figured it was only a matter of time before Mussina came back as a pitching coach for someone, but I see Mo staying out of baseball (except for Old Timers Day!) for a while.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        I don’t see either coming back. Then again, Guidry as pitching coach still surprises me.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

        I can see him as a spring training instructor.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Yeah.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Mariano Rivera: “I’m so glad I got to pitch the 8th. Now I get to check out all the awesome food at this stadium. Can you believe this place has a Shake Shack? Is that Blue Smoke over there? Why don’t we have this stuff?”

    • Winter

      Wait, Citi Field has a Shake Shack and a Blue Smoke? So does National’s Park in DC!

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Really? I didn’t know that. Danny Meyer’s spreading his wings.

        Citifield’s got both. It was glorious to sit in a luxury suit there last season and just get endless platters of both. Just glorious.

        I’ll never claim I’d make a better GM for the Yankees, but you’re damn straight I could have arranged better concessions.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          “suite,” not “suit.”

  • nycsportzfan

    I don’t get why MO woulden’t of been able to pitch the 9th? MO said “you know the game of baseball, anything can happen”, when referring to him pitching the 8th over 9th, but one things for sure, the Home teams gonna bat in the bottom of the 9th. I would’ve rather seen MO pitch the bottom of the 9th.

    • The Doctor

      Well I guess the concern was that whoever pitched the 8th instead could blow the lead and then Mo wouldn’t get in at all. Fair enough.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        I’m sort of floored that people are upset over this.

        • forensic

          Personally, it kinda sucks but I’m not too upset about it. Do think it’s a little too conservative/worried/over-managing though.

        • nycsportzfan

          I’m not upset. I’d of rather seen him in the 9th, weather it was a SV or non SV situation. As it is, he pitched a non SV situation anyhow. At least let em close the game out, and have his minute in the sun when no one else was worrying about entering the game possibly still.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Good. We’ll win the World Series right at Yankee Stadium now.

    #ohyouresuchapollyannasuckmynuts

    • Winter

      Nah, we’re winning in 4.

    • forensic

      They’re not gonna sweep and win it on the road???

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Every time I look at Ken Rosenthal, I think “how in the world do I trust a guy dressed like that to give me trade rumors?”

    • forensic

      At least he’s not Craig Sager.

      • Winter

        “Horri-awful.”

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Hard to separate the two. I’ll take Rosenthal’s attire over purple ties with pink monkeys on them with a yellow checkered suit any day, though. Sager’s an abomination.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

    The REAL reason Mo pitched the 8th.

    https://twitter.com/DRob30/status/357334966729834498

    • forensic

      heh, nice. And it’s even better that the guy actually believed him (assuming I’m reading that right).

  • The Real Greg

    An All Star edition of the Cavalcade of Cash and Prizes!

    • forensic

      I turned it off. Did someone give him something?

      • The Real Greg

        Got a car for the All Star MVP. Also I think the Chevy company is going to support baseball programs in Central America under his name.

        • The Real Greg

          Correction, they are going to build a baseball field under his name.

  • Duh Injuries

    Yeah, the #1 play of the first half of the season was a homerun by Angel Pagan, GTFO.

    Try the Yankees’ TRIPLE PLAY.

    ‘Love FOX’s Yankees’ double-hatred of the Yankees in the top five plays of the first half segment: Play #5 against the Yanks and Play #1 not the Yanks’ Triple Play. FUCK FOX. And fuck FOX for demonizing Trayvon Martin.

    • Winter

      The triple play was very cool, but not the number one play of the half. And let’s not get into politics.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      One of these things is not like the other.