Jul
28

Glory Days: Jeter and Soriano lead Yankees to walk-off win on Matsui’s day

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The afternoon started with a celebration of Hideki Matsui‘s career and ended with Derek Jeter and Alfonso Soriano teaming up for a turn-back-the-clock walk-off win. It was like 2003 all over again. The Yankees salvaged the series with a 6-5 win on Sunday.

It’s So Good To Be Back
Boy Jeter sure does have a flair for the dramatic, doesn’t hit? In his (second) first game back from injury, the Cap’n sent the first pitch he saw from Matt Moore over the right-center field fence for a solo homer and a quick 1-0 first inning lead. It was one of those “is this real life?” moments, the kind that would be cheesy if you saw it in a movie. And yet, here we are. Again.

The first inning scoring did not stop there, thankfully. With the help of some shoddy defense, the Yankees tacked on two more runs on Vernon Wells‘ sacrifice fly and Ichiro Suzuki‘s two-out, two-strike single. Robinson Cano and Soriano scored after reaching on what amounted to two infield singles that deflected off defenders. Good to see the club capitalize on those opportunities. They’ve squandered enough of ‘em this year.

(Jim McIsaac/Getty)

(Jim McIsaac/Getty)

Blown Leads
In what may have been (and unlikely was, in my opinion) his final appearance in pinstripes with the trade deadline looming, Phil Hughes blew that first inning three-run lead and was booed off the field as he failed to complete five innings of work. The Rays answered back with a run in the second before Wil Myers clobbered a hanging slider to left for a three-run homer in the third. It was a moonshot. No doubt it was gone off the bat.

At one point from the second through fourth innings, eight of 13 batters reached base against Hughes, who allowed a second homer to Myers in the fourth to blow another lead. That was only a one-run lead, however. Tampa tagged the right-hander for five runs on nine hits, two walks, and one hit batsman in four innings and two batters of work. It was the second straight and seventh overall time Hughes failed complete five innings of work this season, tied for the most in the league with Scott Diamond. If it was indeed his final outing as a Yankee, Phil didn’t exactly endear himself on the way out the door.

Unsung Hero
What a freaking job by the bullpen in this game. After Myers hit his second homer off Hughes to tie the game, four relievers combined to retire 15 of 16 batters faced. Preston Claiborne chipped in two perfect innings, Boone Logan one perfect inning, David Robertson one scoreless inning (allowed a single), and Mariano Rivera one perfect inning. The foursome allowed four balls out of the infield in five innings against one of the best offenses in the game. Just a stellar, stellar job.

Victory
Thanks to that bullpen work, the game was knotted at five into the ninth inning. Professional leadoff man Brett Gardner, who has shown a knack for brutally long at-bats of late, lead off the bottom of the ninth with an eight-pitch walk against the hard-throwing Jake McGee. He fouled off three of those eight pitches, and not a single one was clocked at lower than 96. Gardner had his team in business.

(Jim McIsaac/Getty)

(Jim McIsaac/Getty)

Jeter came to the plate fully intending to bunt Gardner to second, and I know that because he squared around to bunt the first pitch before it came inside and nearly hit him. It was so far inside that catcher Jose Lobaton missed it and the ball went to the backstop, allowing Brett to advance to second. The winning run was in scoring position without an out being sacrificed, and the Cap’n was in position to be the hero on a storybook day …

… except Rays manager Joe Maddon intentionally walked Jeter following the wild pitch. He went against the book and decided the left-on-left matchup against Robinson friggin’ Cano was a safer bet than McGee against a great narrative. And you know what? He was right. Robbie struck out on three pitches, the third of which was a called strike three on a fastball right down the middle. The double play was in order and McGee was a ground ball away from escaping the jam.

McGee got that ground ball, but not where he wanted. Soriano jumped all over the first pitch fastball down in the zone and chopped a seeing-eye ground ball single back up the middle for the walk-off win. The Yankees brought him in because they desperately needed more production against lefties, and that’s exactly what he gave them on Sunday. Soriano swatted a two-run Yankee Stadium cheapie homer off Moore in the third before picking up the walk-off single against McGee. Just like they drew it up.

LOL Strategy
Two minor grievances. First, the shift on Matt Joyce in the second. I’m actually fine with the initial decision to shift — yes, Hughes is a fly ball pitcher, but Joyce tends to pull his ground balls to the right side (spray chart) — but the problem is that he showed bunt on the first pitch of the at-bat, which he took for a called strike on the corner. Joyce pretty much told them he was going to bunt to beat the shift, but they went ahead with it anyway. Did no one pick up on that? He bunted for the hit on the second pitch.

Second, the hilariously bad sixth inning. Ichiro Suzuki led off with a single and never once attempted to steal. Instead, Brent Lillibridge tried to bunt him to second to get to … David Adams and Chris Stewart? I suppose they could have pinch-hit Eduardo Nunez and/or Melky Mesa against the left-hander Alex Torres, but doesn’t Ichiro have to try to steal there? Or at least try a hit-and-run? Speed is his thing. To make matters worse, the exact same thing happened in the eighth inning, except Lillibridge managed to get bunt down. The end result was the same though. Very odd.

(Jim McIsaac/Getty)

(Jim McIsaac/Getty)

Leftovers
Jeter’s homer wasn’t just the team’s first long ball of the second half — a span of nine (!) games, their longest homer-less streak since April 1984 — it was their first homer by a right-handed batter since Jayson Nix took Yu Darvish deep on June 25th. That’s a span of 477 plate appearances. Incredible.

Ichiro had himself a helluva day, going 4-for-4 and seeing 25 total pitches. Soriano went 4-for-5 with the two-run homer and walk-off hit while scoring two runs. After two straight hitless games to start his second tour of duty in the Bronx, Soriano showed everyone he can still deliver at the plate.

The bottom three spots in the line did nothing (combined 0-for-11 with the sac bunt), so those top six spots did all the damage. They were 12-for-24 (.500) with three walks and a sac fly (.536 OBP). All of a sudden, with Jeter back in his customary two-hole, the Yankees have a competent Major League lineup for the first time pretty much all season.

At 39 years and 32 days, Jeter became the oldest shortstop in Yankees history in this game. Phil Rizzuto was the previous oldest at 38 years and 325 days. Jeter looked fine at short but wasn’t really tested with any tough plays.

And finally, congrats to Matsui. It was a great ceremony for a truly great career. There aren’t enough players like him.

Box Score, WPA Graph & Standings
MLB.com has the box score and video highlights, FanGraphs some other stats, and ESPN the updated standings. The Yankees are seven back of the Rays and Red Sox — they’re tied atop the AL East — in the loss column and two back of the second wildcard spot. There are four teams within three games of that spot. Gonna be a fun stretch drive.


Source: FanGraphs

Up Next
The Yankees are going going back back to Cali Cali. They’re off on Monday and will open a quick little two-game set with the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday night, when Andy Pettitte gets the ball against the Zack Greinke.

Categories : Game Stories
  • Andrew

    Having a few guys capable of hitting lefty pitching makes a big difference. Nix coming back should also help the lineup vs. LHP a bit (.670 OPS vs. them, OBP-inflated). If A-Rod ever gets back that could hopefully reduce their southpaw deficiencies quite a bit.

    • trr

      Would still like a RH hitting 1b-man

      • Andrew

        Yep definitely agree. Really a RH at either corner would help immensely, just in the case where A-Rod is limited in terms of games he can play in the field in a row, or if he does get suspended and loses appeal before the season ends.

      • your mom

        Cashman should try to trade for Mark Trumbo. He’d be a great p/u. He’s got 3 years of team control too.

        • Mr. Roth

          This. I think that would really be an awesome move, I just wonder how much LA would want for him.

  • Kramerica Industries

    At least if the Yankees offense sucks this week, we can just fall asleep instead.

    • Havok9120

      That’s the spirit!

  • trr

    Ichiro , Jeter, Soriano, Rivera, Mo,….and Matsui! A day for the old guys. As an “old guy” myself, hell I can dig it-

  • Cool Lester Smooth

    Don’t forget that Ichiro’s huge day helped him get back over that pesky .300 wOBA hump! If he keeps this up, he’ll not only continue to avoid Eric Young’s title of “Worst offensive qualified RF in baseball,” he might even pass Josh Hamilton and only be the third worst. Drew Stubbs is probably still out of reach, though.

    • Deathstroke Heathcott

      As bad as he is offensively, his fielding and baserunning still have him 4th on our team in WAR behind Cano, Kuroda, and Gardner. Which really says a lot about our team more than anything but I don’t really have a problem with the contract the Yankees gave him.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

        Total value-wise, his contract is not too shabby, but for a team starved for offense, a glove first starting corner OF with an 86 wRC+ is far from ideal.

      • Preston

        I’m sure he’ll earn his contract in terms of WAR value, the problem is that we’re settling for below average production at a position where it’s relatively easy to find good players. When you look at how bad the team has been offensively it’s easier to stomach Wells and Overbay when you know they were plan B, and that the guys who’ve been playing SS and 3B were all plan C-Z. But Ichiro was our plan A for RF, and that’s why it’s bothersome.

        • Cool Lester Smooth

          Exactly.

        • OldYanskFan

          WAR wise, for all OF’ers with 200+ AB, Ichiro is 31st out of 105. He has already been worth $10m. Granted, I’m not saying he’s special, but these numbers don’t lie. He has been above average.

          • LK

            Fangraphs pegs him at $5.4M in value so far.

          • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

            That’s based primarily on his +11 DRS, a number that very well may lie.
            He’s definitely above average defensively, but +11 with 2 months to play seems a bit unrealistic, especially since by DRS, he’s on pace for his best defensive season by far since 2004.
            By fWAR, for all OF’ers with 200+ AB, he ranks 58 of 114, fwiw.

            • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

              and 54 of 93 with 250+ PA, which is probably a more accurate quantity of starting OF’s.
              And 36 of 47 with 350+ PA’s, which is probably a more fair comparison based on playing time.

            • DT

              He’s playing in a smaller field though. His DRS will likely see a boost.

        • Deathstroke Heathcott

          WAR is position-adjusted though. It already accounts for the fact that RF/LF is more abundant with good hitters.

      • Cool Lester Smooth

        I don’t want a glove-first RF in YSIII, that’s what Brett Gardner’s for.

  • Steinbrenner’s Ghost

    It was one of those “is this real life?” moments, the kind that would be cheesy if you saw it in a movie. And yet, here we are. Again.

    My eyes teared up when the stadium demanded a curtain call. So many glorious memories came flooding back.

  • SeventhAce

    Love that the captain is back, maybe his mojo will right this ship?

    Love that last AB from Gardner, he hasn’t wreaked havoc on the base paths like he was supposed to but the amount of pitches he fights off/sees is a plus for that lead off hitter resume.

  • Steinbrenner’s Ghost

    Seems like old times.

    http://a.espncdn.com/combiner/.....to%2F20137\28\174719103.jpg

  • Eddard

    Phil Hughes has to go. I don’t care where, he just can’t stay in this rotation. We already have one bad pitcher who gives up too many HRs in CC, we don’t need another. Phelps and Pineda are waiting in the wings. Nova has taken over #2 starter. If CC can turn it around vs an NL lineup and the White Sox then we’ll have a #3 and Andy as 4.

    • Crime Dog

      Well, Pineda just threw 55 pitches in 4 innings for “innings management” so I doubt he’s coming up any time soon.

      • Cool Lester Smooth

        Or he is coming up soon and they don’t want him to waste his allowed innings in AAA.

      • Kramerica Industries

        Mike’s snark about that was so fucking hilarious.

        Paraphrasing – “it’s code for ‘we’re making it up as we go'”.

    • Preston

      David Phelps season ERA is 5.01 and Pineda’s ERA in AAA is over 4, and they are keeping his starts short (he went four innings today). Phil Hughes isn’t great, but he’s a solid number 5 and he isn’t going anywhere.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

        I don’t think we’ll be seeing Pineda anytime soon.
        Phelps is lined up so that he would be on normal rest for Hughes’ next start after a rehab start on Tuesday, and I doubt that’s a coincidence.
        I don’t think they’ll trade Hughes unless they get something useful for this year’s team in return though, and I don’t think that’s very likely.

      • DT

        Pineda’s ERA is more due to shorter outings than terrible pitching. He has 12 Ks per 9 to 2 walks per 9. That is amazing actually.

    • your mom

      Hughes is trash, I agree. CC definitely needs to get his shit together if this team is to make a legitimate run at the playoffs. What the fuck is up with him anyways? Sadly, we can’t expect Phelps or Pineda to be any better than Hughes though, despite Phil being a totally useless piece of steaming human excrement.

    • Yankee Fan by Marriage

      I never liked Hughes. He’s a big, spoiled baby. Can’t be gone soon enough for me. Trade him for the first team-controlled rosin bag that gets offered?

      • jjyank

        Sad little man, NO!

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Are you flirting with his wife?

          #orherhusband

      • Pat D

        Shows that you know no nothing. Hughes never acts in such a manner.

  • Tim

    While it has been widely reported that Jeter became the oldest Yankee to play SS today replacing Rizzuto, if the numbers by Mike above are accurate wouldn’t Jeter have been older than that on the last game of last season when he started at SS?

    • JohnnyC

      Buy a new calculator.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

        In fairness to Tim, I think Mike edited that info after Tim’s post. By the original info presented, I think Tim was correct.

      • Tim

        That’s the best you got JohnnyC? It said 38 years 40 days at the time I posted. Glad that was the best you have to offer.

  • ropeadope

    Ichiro’s post game comments (through his interpreter) of “a new team being born today” really resonates with me. With The Captain back, Soriano settling in, and the returns of Granderson, Cerveli, Nix, (A-Rod?) etc. on the horizon, this can turn into a fun final two months of the regular season. Greinke and Kershaw won’t be easy (we counter with Pettitte and Kuroda – not too shabby), but get past those two games and make hay against the Padres and White Sox before returning home.

  • Mikhel

    “He went against the book and decided the left-on-left matchup against Robinson friggin’ Cano was a safer bet than McGee against a great narrative.”

    I am sorry but to decide to have left-on-left is not going against the book, the book pretty much says it is a preferred confrontation.

    From 1916 to 2013:

    LHB vs LHP = 0.246 AVG, 0.315 OBP, 0.678 OPS, 13217 HR
    LHB vs RHP = 0.259 AVG, 0.343 OBP, 0.754 OPS, 74019 HR
    .
    .
    RHB vs LHP = 0.264 AVG, 0.332 OBP, 0.738 OPS, 49988 HR
    RHB vs RHP = 0.251 AVG, 0.313 OBP, 0.696 OPS, 85556 HR

    • ropeadope

      I believe Mr. Axisa is referring to the decision to pitch to Cano as opposed to trying to retire Jeter and then intentionally walking Robbie. Do not think he’s addressing same side pitching vs. hitting in this thought.

  • Zach A

    Just for fun, if we had a time machine and could go back 9-10 years… Our lineup would be pretty sick.

    CF, ’04 Suzuki .372 BA, 262 H, 8 HR, 60 RBI, 36 SB
    SS, ’04 Jeter .292 BA, 23 HR, 78 RBI, 44 2B, 23 SB
    RF, ’03 Wells .317 BA, 33 HR, 117 RBI, 49 2B
    3B, ’03 Rodriguez .298 BA, 47 HR, 118 RBI, 30 2B, 17 SB
    DH, ’04 Hafner .311 BA, 28 HR, 41 2B, 109 RBI
    2B, ’03 Soriano .290 BA, 38 HR, 91 RBI, 36 2B, 35 SB
    1B, ’04 Teixeira .281 BA, 38 HR, 112 RBI, 34 2B
    LF, ’04 Overbay .301 BA, 16 HR, 53 2B, 87 RBI

    • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR)

      Tex isn’t currently on the team, you gotta take him off the list.

      But anyway, if only.

      • jjyank

        It would be ’03 Giambi instead. That’d be pretty sick.

        • forensic

          Giambi’s not on the Yankees now. He’s talking about current Yankees when they all used to be good.

          But if RRR is taking Tex off, then you have to take Hafner off too. You’re gonna start running out of guys to fill these roles eventually.

          • jjyank

            Yeah, I misunderstood. I realized it shortly after I hit submit.

            But I still had some fun looking at Giambi’s numbers :)

    • ropeadope

      Lol, they’d score 20 runs a game which would probably be enough to compensate for Overbay patrolling left field. You’ll probably need to add a catcher (remember Casey Stengel explaining the rationale for the Mets drafting Hobie Landrith with their first expansion pick in ’62 – “You gotta have a catcher or you’re gonna have a lot of passed balls.”)

  • BigBlueAL

    Yankees are amazingly still only 2 1/2 games out of the 2nd WC (2 games in the loss column). Granted they have to pass 3 teams but still its not that hard at all to see the Yankees actually getting that spot.

    Fun part is the WC game would be most likely at Tampa or Boston, would be pretty damn epic to pull that off.

    • Mike HC

      Still 57 games left to play. Plenty of time to make a run. I’m still holding out hope with Jeter, Soriano and Granderson back in the fold. Although I certainly see the Yanks in an underdog role and have no expectations.

      • BigBlueAL

        Yup, probably makes it a bit funner too. Last year we were all dreading losing the division and having to play in the WC playoff, this year I would be thrilled to have to go to Boston or Tampa for the WC playoff. Kind of nice to be the underdog for once lol.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      “Yankees are amazingly still only 2 1/2 games out of the 2nd WC (2 games in the loss column).”

      But they should sell because that’s what teams 2 1/2 games out of a playoff spot do.

      • Deathstroke Heathcott

        If we don’t have a 10 game division lead then it’s absolutely hopeful and we must sell off everyone!

        • Robinson Tilapia

          We’re teh Yankeez. We don’t DO one-game playoffs. We’d rather sit home and thumb our noses at the concept.

  • J12

    He was the dh

  • stuart a

    lillibridge only bunted on the 1st pitch. the count was 2 and 1 when he swung away. he should have bunted until he had 2 strikes…

    on the stats above here. those are not even close to jeters and soriano’s best #’s.

    the pen was awesome, yanks still given up less runs the the rays on the season.. the lineup is still not competent. with jeter it is better but with grandy it will be a ton better…

  • forensic

    Nice to see them get a win, but they REALLY need to start putting groups of wins together, and I’m just not quite sure there’s enough there to do it.

    The Dodgers series will be really tough, but after that there are 6 games against bad teams that they absolutely have to do well against. Some tough games again after that then.

    Time will tell.

  • Oy

    Best win of the year, just in time for fan confidence polls.

    If Yankees have asked Giants about Pence, I don’t understand why they wouldn’t ask about Sandoval. He shouldn’t cost much in terms of prospects since he’s expensive. Would be a nice if a three team Sandoval-Pence-Lincecum / Hughes deal is in the works.

    • jjyank

      Yeah, but there’d be a lot more given up than Hughes. Just so you know.

      • Oy

        Of course, SF would have no interest in Hughes, hence three team deal. Maybe something like Pence and Hughes to Pirates, Gaby Sanchez and Sandoval to Yanks and a Yankees B- prospect + Pirates prospects to SF. Bah.

        • jjyank

          Three team trades are always insanely hard to construct, especially from our couches. Bottom line is the Yankees give up Hughes and a B- prospect for Sandoval and Gaby Sanchez? I don’t see it.

          • Oy

            Sandoval has been worth 0.9 WAR this year, his .313 wOBA and 103 wRC+ is not impressive. He’s owed 8.25 mill next year. I don’t think he’s worth more than a B- prospect like Jose Ramirez.

            I don’t think you’d argue Sanchez for Hughes.

            • Oy

              Oh my, Sanchez is under control until 2016. Wow, feels as if he was around since forever, was sure that he was going to be a FA next year. Never mind, Hughes is not nearly enough for him.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      “He shouldn’t cost much in terms of prospects since he’s expensive.”

      And expansive.

      Tip your waitress.

  • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR)

    This gave me vivid flashbacks to A-Rod’s first game back in 09′ when he did basically the same thing.

  • Mike HC

    This was definitely my favorite game of the season. With a distant second being Jeter’s first, first game back.

    • Improbable Island’s Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR)

      This may just have bumped that awesome bottom of the ninth, two out, no men on, two strike, 2 run comeback on the road vs. the Rays into second place.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        I heard “Half Blood Prince” was better.

        • jjyank

          The prisoner of Azkaban, bitches.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            Always and forever.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Top four in the lineup just sound super to me. Sori finally broke out and just looked stellar today. In a strange way, I’ve snapped back into place as if he never left. Add Curtis in the five spot, get Ichiro to bat 9th, and you’ve got a solid six bats in a row. Makes the search for a competent third baseman these next couple of days important.

    Maybe it’s just a one-night high, but I’m liking the way we look.

  • mt

    Getting Grandy back and trading for a RH complement to Overbay would really lengthen line-up. I assume others will outbid us for Michael Young – not sure of others who we could target.

    I am impressed with Lillibridge at 3B defensively with several sparking plays over the last week but it’s hard to have both Adams and Liilibridge in line-up offensively – no longer an issue now that Adams has been sent down.

    Hopefully we can split with Dodgers (Greinke and Kershaw will be tough) and then win 2/3 from Padres – then hopefully going into ChiSox series we will have Grandy and Arod back.

    On arod front, I fully expect him to appeal since it seems they are ecdrtainly giving him more than 50 games – why wouldn’t he appeal? The worst that can happen is that abitrator upholds MLB and there is same suspension he would have gotten. But in all likelihood there will be a reduction, especially since MLB may add games to Arod’s penalty for the fact that he lied to MLB before and supposedly tried to obstruct the Bosch investigation – the arbitrator may feel those transgressions, although major, may be more worthy of a fine rather than a huge games suspension. Even a hefty $1 million fine would be around than the equivalent of 6 games at Arod’s AAV of 27.5 million and Iam sure Arod would prefer something like that.

    Also I don’t understand why people feel that if Arod somwhow gets suspended so that he misses all of 2014 that he won’t come back in 2015 – of course at that point he may be a terrible old player who hasn’t played for 2 years – but as long as he can get on field I would imagine he would do it to get that 61 million for 2015-2017. Also he has shown he really has no love lost for Yankees so why would he look to give up money coming to him that would benefit Yanks?

    Also what about a Cervelli Biogenesis suspension? I read he recently had a setback with his injury so maybe he is one of the ones (like it’s been speculated for FAs Perlata and Cruz) who will take the 50 game suspension.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      I’m starting to be pretty convinced it’s the end of Alex. A season in a half is a long time for a lot to get worked out. I can’t imagine he can come back at 40 and be anything resembling effective, or even want to subject himself to what’d be coming to him. I don’t see the petty retribution being worth it.

      Between the injury and the suspension, I also wonder if Cervelli’s one chance with the Yankees is about to dissipate into thin air. Will he really be in their plans next season?

      • Kramerica Industries

        It makes you wonder though. If it is the end of ARod, then the 10-year deal will have been a 6-year deal.

        And in that case, do we still view his contract as an out-and-out disaster, or are the effects mitigated enough by the terminated years that we are softer in our final analysis of it?

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Other than going to sleep at night knowing that one of the most infamous figures in the sport’s history wore your uniform for a big portion of his career, yeah, it’d be a very different situation.

          Also, some might consider it trite but, you know, 2009.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting)

          I don’t imagine there’s any realistic chance they get off the hook for the entire remainder of his contract. A long suspension might just make a buyout more likely. I’d be shocked if ARod just retired and didn’t get any money from it.

  • mustang (The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013)

    Jeter no words.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Has-been of the Millenium.

      He is simply the man. Who else would come back to a first-pitch HR? Who else would do what he did the day he got his 3000th hit? Who, when asked about his day today, immediately ceded the spotlight to Hideki Matsui?

      There is no other.

      • mustang (The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013)

        I’m just happy that Houston pass on him and that the Yankees didn’t. As a Yankees fan its been such pleasure watching him play from that first HR in Jacob’s to today its just so fucking amazing.

  • mustang (The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013)

    Jeter and A-Rod are the perfect example that life is not necessary about the cards given, but rather about how you play them.

  • Darren

    Fuckin Jeter man.

    It would be awesome if today finally shut up all the fools who keep saying he’s too old to be productive. I mean, even if you’re the most stats driven person in the world, don’t you have to throw your hands up at some point and give up the silly analysis. The man has defied every attempt at quantifying his career.

    Let’s just say how long the ride takes us. I mean, yeah, it could have been a swan song, or he could still pass Pete Rose.

    With Jeter, anything’s possible. If you try and deny it, you’re a fuckin’ dummy.

    • Pat D

      He’d need 5 more years of 200 hits to pass Rose. It ain’t happening.

      • Darren

        Thanks for making my case.

        • Pat D

          What was your case? Anything is possible? Way to go out on a limb.

          • Wheels

            Heh.

          • Darren

            Jesus Christ, are you dumb. Oy.

            • Pat D

              Oh, get over yourself.

              Maybe I’m dumb because I can’t understand what you’re saying, but maybe that’s on you, huh?

              As far as I can tell, you’re saying that his career defies expectation. OK, I don’t totally agree with that, but that’s subjective. Then you say this could be the end of his high quality of play or he could go on to pass Rose. I dispute the latter part, saying it won’t happen. You say that made “your case.”

              So, again, exactly what in the fuck was “your case?” That anything is possible? That seems to be the only thing I can interpret. If I’m wrong, please elaborate so that I might learn from your obviously superior line of reasoning.

          • Kevin G.

            Well, Kevin Garnett does play in New York now

  • Dalelama

    It was beautiful to see Matsui honored on a field free of cheats like Aroid and Cervelli.

    • LK

      Except Andy Pettitte was there…

      /ducks

      • Mike

        He didn’t cheat.

        • DT

          Taking HGH doesn’t count now?

    • Jim Is A (Bored) Peckerhead

      The King of back-handed compliments.

      You must be a joy in real life.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    I am going to catch the yanks out on the west coast. I will be going to the wed. game in la and the fri. game in San Diego. I actually decided to go to the angels/blue jays game on Saturday because I have never been there either. I am especially excited about dodger stadium, seems like a cool place. So anything I need to do/see/eat at either of the three parks?

    • Wheels

      I went to Petco Park last year, really nice ballpark.

    • dkidd

      dodger stadium is awesomely retro. it’s like watching a baseball game in don draper’s office. have fun!