Game 114: Welcome Home?

(Jonathan Daniel/Getty)

(Jonathan Daniel/Getty)

The Yankees are finally back in the Bronx after a nearly two-week road trip, and that’s a good thing because they need every little bit of help they can get right now. Even if that’s just sleeping in their own beds for a change.

Of course, tonight’s game isn’t so much about the Yankees coming home. It’s about Alex Rodriguez‘s first game in Yankee Stadium since his hip surgery being suspended a record 211 games for his part in the Biogenesis scandal. I’ve seen an awful lot of people wondering how we will be received by the home crowd, but isn’t it obvious? He’ll get booed with a smattering of cheers mixed in. Remember, we’re talking about a guy who was booed during MVP-winning seasons and the year after playing a huge role in a World Series championship. How will be be received? C’mon now. Has anyone been paying attention?

Here is the lineup that will face the New Jersey born and raised Rick Porcello:

  1. CF Brett Gardner
  2. RF Ichiro Suzuki
  3. 2B Robinson Cano
  4. DH Alfonso Soriano
  5. 3B Alex Rodriguez
  6. LF Curtis Granderson
  7. 1B Lyle Overbay
  8. SS Eduardo Nunez
  9. C Chris Stewart

And on the mound is right-hander Ivan Nova, who has pitched exceptionally well since rejoining the rotation five starts ago. He’s got a 1.66 ERA (2.57 FIP) in 38 innings during those five starts while holding opposing batters to a .182/.248/.263 batting line. Nova has turned batters into something slightly less than David Adams (.194/.257/.271) over the last month or so.

The weather forecast is not great — cloudy with rain later — and I have Bill Murray saying “it’s gonna be cold, it’s gonna be gray, and it’s gonna last you for the rest of your life” stuck in my head. The rain is supposed to hold off until later tonight, so let’s hope that’s the case. These two teams don’t meet again this year, and no one wants a doubleheader or to lose an off-day. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm ET and can be seen on YES locally and MLB Network nationally. Enjoy.

Update (6:43pm): The game will not start on time due to the weather. A tentative start time has not been announced.

Update (7:18pm): They’re saying it’ll be a 7:50pm ET start time. Tarp is coming off now.

Categories : Game Threads


  1. Former ACE MannyGee says:

    I would like to see an A Bomb from A Rod tonight, like old times. That said, I have more interest in the pre season games than in this team not scoring more than two runs and making Porcello look like Cy Fucking Young…

    Please don’t force my hand, Yankees. I still got some Breaking Bad to catch up on too…

  2. dkidd says:

    watch out for that first at-bat, alex

    it’s a doooozzzyyy!

  3. Pat D says:

    Love that Groundhog Day quote. Frankly, it might be the funniest movie of the last 30 years.

    In other news, I was supposed to go to the game but woke this morning feeling utterly like shit, so I decided not to go. It was probably a good decision since I’m still not feeling much better and I wasn’t relishing the bus ride to and fro.

  4. Eddard says:

    Tonight is their only chance to steal a game in this series and Nova will probably have to pitch a shut out to do so. Ain’t no way they beat Sanchez or Verlander.

  5. Leg-End says:

    This is pitiful, 50,000 people freezing their butts off to worship a rat(ty team).

  6. fat jeter says:

    I feel good about tonight and I feel good about this series. Get the damn tarp off the field and let’s go!

  7. trr says:

    Rain delay!
    Close da roof

  8. Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores says:

    Groundhog Day, if comments like yours are the norm, might be one of the most overrated movies of all time. Okay at BEST. I wouldn’t re-watch it for sure.

    • Pat D says:

      Some people just don’t have a sense of humor.


      • Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores says:

        Favorite all-time comedy is “The Producers”. I can appreciate the genius of “Animal House” and “Vacation as well, though sometimes they’re a little TOO over the top to me.

        • OldYanksFan says:

          You mean the original with Zero Mostel?
          Even seen Where’s Popa with George Segal and Ruth Gordon?

          • Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR) says:

            I try and cleanse the re-make from my mind. The original is worlds better. Like, they’re not even remotely close in quality.

            And nope, never have.

  9. Mike N says:

    What reason was there to delay the game? There was no rain to speak of.

  10. Wheels says:

    7:50 start time, from Lorenz himself.

  11. Al says:

    Yankees’ A-Rod hires private-detective firm used by DSK in rape case: report
    Last Updated: 5:09 PM, August 9, 2013

    Charles Wenzelberg/New York Post
    Alex Rodriguez.
    Alex Rodriguez could not be more serious about his war with Major League Baseball.
    The Yankees third baseman has enlisted the help of the same private-investigation firm Dominique Strass-Kahn did to successfully contest a 2011 rape allegation, according to New York Magazine. Earlier this summer, Rodriguez hired Guidepost Solutions, a New York firm run by former federal prosecutor Bart Schwartz, a source told the publication, and the sleuths there have been working closely with A-Rod’s lawyers in recent weeks.
    On Monday, Rodriguez was suspended by MLB for 211 games for his ties with anti-aging clinic Biogenesis, which has allegedly distributed performance-enhancing drugs to professional athletes in multiple sports. While 12 other players accepted 50-game suspensions, Rodriguez could not reach a deal and MLB and commissioner Bud Selig hit him with a suspension that would go through the 2014 season.
    A-Rod has decided to appeal the penalty and he’ll be able to play with the Yankees until that process is over – likely not until November or December when an arbitrator finishes with the case. Rodriguez will make his 2013 Yankee Stadium debut Friday night against the Tigers after playing three road games against the White Sox earlier this week.
    Both Guidepost and A-Rod’s lawyers declined to comment on a relationship between the two. Some have questioned the means in which MLB acquired the evidence against the players.

    Dominique Strauss-Kahn leaves Manhattan Criminal Court in 2011.
    Two years ago, Guidepost was able to dig up damaging information about Strauss-Kahn’s accuser, Nafissatou Diallou. Prosecutors dropped all charges against the former International Monetary Fund chief quickly after.
    Schwartz said “old-fashioned detective work” was the key to the DSK case in an interview with New York Magazine earlier this year. Surveillance footage from the Sofitel hotel where Strauss-Kahn was staying spurred suspicions, he said.
    “It was evidence that something was wrong with the story being told,” he said.
    DSK lead lawyer Ben Brafman said Guidepost’s “breathtaking speed and vast resources they were able to bring to such an assignment was nothing short of extraordinary.”

    • Pat D says:

      They probably employ Sam Spade, Phillip Marlowe, Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot.

    • itsallhowuseeit says:

      Good, everyone has skeletons. Selig wanted this to be his legacy? You always have to be careful when your taking people on who have money. A Rod has made more than enough in his career to take on Mlb. Its gonna get ugly and the light will shine on everyone.

  12. Amanda says:

    Ten game win streak we are back in it ! never give up !

  13. TomH says:

    Hit one into the monuments, Alex.

  14. Amanda says:

    let me just say this , for the last 18years we have been blessed to be yankee fans, be humble, like they say yo cant win em all

  15. forensic says:

    Two Girardi’s in the stadium? Yuck, as if one wasn’t already enough…

  16. dkidd says:

    question for groundhog day fans:

    how long do you think he was stuck there?

  17. forensic says:

    That Alex Rios trade is kind of frustrating. He would’ve been a MUCH better pickup than Soriano, and it looks like the Rangers were able to work it out for a nearly-nothing prospect. Yeah, things are different now due to waivers, but it still sucks.

    • Manny's BanWagon says:

      He had the yanks on his no trade list.

      • forensic says:

        According to one report.

        Then according to another one he said he would’ve accepted a trade to the Yankees.

        • Manny's BanWagon says:

          I’m sure he would have wanted another year tacked onto his deal though before agreeing to come to NY.

    • Former ACE MannyGee says:

      And the Yankees got Soriano for a almost nothing prospect.

      • forensic says:

        Yes, but Soriano is a worse and older player than Rios, in my opinion. I want nothing to do with Soriano being a starter on this team next year. The last thing they needed to add was another sub-.300 OBP (hell, right now he’s not even at .280 as a Yankee).

        • Manny's BanWagon says:

          Yep. Pretty much all of this.

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

          I wouldn’t particularly want Rios for $12.5M next year either. He’s definitely better than Soriano, but also much more expensive.
          They need to find an OF who is a legit, well above average bat.
          Rios isn’t that. Neither is Soriano, but they’d be more likely to seek a corner OF upgrade with “just” $11.5M committed next year than with $19M already committed.

        • Former ACE MannyGee says:

          Meh, Fangraphs doesn’t particularly agree that Rios is that much better this year or over the past 3-5… That said, neither makes me excited for next season.

  18. SDB says:

    I won’t care if Fielder, Torii and of course Miggy rack up hits/runs in these games. But if Iglesias goes back to blooping singles and driving in runs, I’m going to break something.

  19. Former ACE MannyGee says:

    “And in case I have not mentioned it in 15 seconds, the Tigers are awesome and A Rod is satan spawn….”

    Matt Vasgersian

  20. fat jeter says:

    what’s with the hats?

  21. trr says:

    Team is wearing BP caps?
    What is this breach of protocol???

  22. sangreal says:

    So what is the excuse for the ugly hats this time?

  23. Wheels says:

    I like the hats. Just don’t make it a regular thing

  24. trr says:

    Nunez is terrible. He looks positively spastic out there

  25. itsallhowuseeit says:

    Booing A Rod? Boston never booed Ortiz or Manny…both steroid users.

    • Former ACE MannyGee says:

      Nah, Manny only used after he left Boston. He got handed a syringe at LAX when he landed.

      And Ortiz is out looking for the real killer, he did it on rice and beans. How dare you accuse the Red Sox of having dirty players…

  26. Kramerica Industries says:

    those hats wtf?

  27. Cy Pettitte says:

    finally got the curve going after the first few batters

  28. itsallhowuseeit says:

    Silly me

  29. Al says:

    Harold Reynolds and other baseball analysts have said time and time again stated that Brian Cashman wants to rebuild the New York Yankees farm system with younger people and that the upper management has been the one that has slowed him down so it’s starting to look like now there might be some power struggle as it to rebuilding. If the Yankees put a claim in for Mark Reynolds and may be pressure from upper management because in all honesty this might be a year that he blows it up at the end of the year or the end of August and sort really trading off people

  30. forensic says:

    Nice job, Nova.

    Last year he implodes there and allows 4-5 runs.

  31. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Now that’s a Houdini act.

  32. Pat D says:

    Yankees imitating the Red Sox with the “special” home Friday hats now?

  33. Eddard says:

    CC and Hughes could learn a lot from the young Nova. He got in a jam but got out of it with no damage. That’s how you pitch.

  34. Manny's BanWagon says:

    I’m pretty much somewhere between agnostic and atheist but if Arod gets struck by lightening in the on deck circle before his first AB, I’d be pretty much convinced that there is a god and he’s a Yankees fan too.

  35. Nova’s breaking ball is getting nasty…

  36. OldYanksFan says:

    From our friend Wallace Matthews:

    “So if you’re heading to Yankee Stadium to boo Alex Rodriguez on Friday, just remember this: He’s no longer the problem, and he’s hardly the person to blame.

    The truth is, for the past couple of weeks, Rodriguez’s continuing soap opera has served to divert attention from how bad the Yankees have been.”

    Unfortunately, the Asshole is correct.

  37. handtius says:

    Still don’t understand why Romine isn’t catching most games.

  38. Wheels says:

    Jeter has the regular hat on.

  39. mustang says:

    At game section 208
    Please win.

  40. Eddard says:

    Now we’ve got our own rally. Push those runs across and get Nova the lead he deserves.

  41. By the way, umpire lineup:

    Will Little at HP (rookie)
    Nineteenth Inning (Tex’s) Nightmare Jerry Meals (1B) – People better be ready to start hustling down that line.
    Ejected Brett Gardner Unfairly in 2010 Paul Emmel (2B)
    Chris Conroy (3B)

    I fear 1B.

  42. handtius says:

    what are the percentage chances of the yanks scoring here? (in your opinion)

  43. forensic says:

    Sorry Kay, Mariano’s blown save did not mean Cano’s homer didn’t win the game. That’d be Warren.

  44. Former ACE MannyGee says:

    I have to take a piss, but I refuse to leave until A Rod gets bood… errr goes up to bat…

  45. Former ACE MannyGee says:

    And heeeeeeeeeere…. We…. Go!

  46. Wheels says:

    The cameramen are probably under strict orders not to show the anti A-Rod signs.

  47. Mixed crowd. Very mixed crowd.

  48. HateMclouth (formerly I'mVernon) says:

    Yep, definitely 50-50. Better than I expected for sure.

  49. forensic says:

    Wow, way more cheers than I thought. Wonder if people are almost starting to be a little sympathetic to him after this sort of witch hunt.

    • itsallhowuseeit says:

      Selig had started to turn fans off period. Baseball is quickly loosing interest. The A Rod story was the most exciting thing to happen all season and his debut on Friday doubled the YES ratings for the season

    • handtius says:

      I’d be cheering him. He’s still wearing a yankee uniform and you’re innocent until proven guilty in the country. Even if he is guilty, you think people are going to be booing Braun to the same extent? I doubt he gets booed at home.

      • itsallhowuseeit says:

        Like I said earlier, if this was Ortiz, the sox fans would stand and cheer and throw a parade

        • handtius says:

          I agree with that. I also think the media wouldn’t be nearly as hard on Otriz, the media darling who breaks phones, throws curses around in interviews and also got caught doing peds before 04.

          • forensic says:

            Could you imagine if it was A-Rod who threw a tantrum like that and destroyed a phone? Every writer in the country would crush him for it (like they already do) and he certainly would’ve been suspended. But since Ortiz did it, they laugh, enjoy his teammates making jokes about it, and give him a joke of a $5,000 fine.

    • fat jeter says:

      funny how the cheers turned quickly into boos once he K’d

  50. Former ACE MannyGee says:

    Obligatory ‘mid-season form’ comment….

  51. If I remember correctly, someone mentioned that and I am paraphrasing here: “If you are a Yankees fan, what are you going to think? One you want him to help the team or two you hate what he did.”

    Not surprised we have a mixed reaction.

  52. OldYanksFan says:

    Question for the die-hards:
    When M.Kay screams “THAT’S THE GREATEST GAME YOU MAY EVER SEE!!!!!!”

    What game was he talking about?

  53. itsallhowuseeit says:

    A Rod homerun to tie off pap…thames blast to win it

  54. fat jeter says:

    “ivan nova has a ceiling that’s pretty good”

    Are we talking sistine chapel good?

  55. fat jeter says:

    good arm grandy

  56. forensic says:

    Tex has a statue at Georgia Tech? I knew he was a terrific college player, but didn’t know he had a statue.

  57. Former ACE MannyGee says:

    Just so that were all on the same page… If Ivan Nova was on ANY other team in the league, we would all be collectively jizzing our pants for him. Young power pitcher with great composure, mid 90s heat and a power curve that hasn’t hit his stride yet? And his biggest knock is repeatable mechanics?

    Sure, Cashman failed I guess…


  58. forensic says:

    During that Heineken commercial, when the guy is standing on the elephant’s truck they put up the “Don’t try this at home” line.

    So, all of you with elephants at home, you can’t sue Heineken if you try it and something bad happens.

  59. Former ACE MannyGee says:

    Any time Nuñez’ helmet stays on, I am disappointed

  60. Captain Turbo says:

    A bay hit for Overbase.

  61. Former ACE MannyGee says:

    Woah… Where the fuck was that pitch?

  62. Wheels says:

    That wasn’t a strike.

  63. itsallhowuseeit says:

    Last two calls of that ab were garbage

  64. Leg-End says:

    Hell of a play Ichiro!

  65. forensic says:

    Wow! Great catch, Ichiro!

  66. SDB says:

    Ichiro’s been fantastic all year in right field.

  67. itsallhowuseeit says:

    Wow defense

  68. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Two stellar plays. wow.

  69. Wheels says:


  70. forensic says:

    Two nice plays this inning. Do we hear three?

  71. Former ACE MannyGee says:

    It’s a sad day when Prince Fielder hustles down the line more than Cano, Amirite?

    /last weeks narrative’d

  72. Mickey Scheister says:

    “I’m not gonna listen to it, let it go!”

  73. Leg-End says:

    Even the wall wanted that awful hat off Ichiro’s head.

  74. Michael, Will Little debuted June 24, 2013. Already has an ejection to his name (Manny Machado).

    • I should add I’ve watched Will Little on a Mets game before, along with his other hire, Adam Hamari twice. (If you think Little has a strange K-zone, Hamari’s is a nightmare.)

  75. Eddard says:

    Another rally from the 1-2 spots. Push both runs across this time and Nova will do the rest.

  76. 3991, two more from a palindrome win.

  77. SDB says:

    Nice hustle, Robbie.

  78. trr says:

    Wish we had Ichiro 10 years ago

  79. Former ACE MannyGee says:

    Don’t look now, but 2 bloops? In need of a blast right muthafuckin here

  80. trr says:

    I bust Cano for not hustling, so now I gotta give him props for getting to third

  81. Eddard says:

    Robbie Cano comes alive! An actual 3 run lead!

  82. Captain Turbo says:

    We can haz offense?

  83. Rolling Doughnut says:


  84. forensic says:

    Love having speed on the bases.

    And how often can an announcer say “a hustling Cano” and actually be right?

  85. trr says:

    Soriano gone in the blink of an eye

  86. trr says:

    Infield in, just need a GB

  87. Former ACE MannyGee says:

    A rod is straight FLAILING right now….

  88. peterose says:

    I’ll give you 3 to 1 odds ichiro doesnt break my record

  89. handtius says:

    He just wasn’t seeing that pitch at all.

  90. Why are we continuing to swing at that?

  91. Former ACE MannyGee says:

    Goddammit. I mean seriously.

  92. forensic says:

    A-Rod’s not enjoying facing Porcello.

    He gets booed out of the stadium, but complete silence after Soriano’s strikeout…

  93. Wheels says:

    Fans seem a bit hostile.

  94. Eddard says:

    Some 4-5-6 hitters. Where are Wells, Overbay and Hafner when you need them to drive in a run from 3rd with no outs?

  95. yankeespowerhouse2013 says:

    Mike you idiot,
    Yankee Powerhouse is about to break bad..

    This team will start to destroy anybody who gets in the way.. very soon

  96. forensic says:

    Well, that was a big of a downer after having Cano at 3rd with no outs.

  97. Eddard says:

    Even though they didn’t get that 4th run I think Nova can take us home. He’s not going to cough up a lead like this as CC has done repeatedly this season.

  98. Former ACE MannyGee says:

    I actually hate Soriano/2013 A Rod/Granderson batting 3-4-5… There is a non zero chance you can get out of that inning with 9 straight swinging strikes. I would need a guy who can get some contact in there…

  99. SDB says:

    I still hate Iglesias. Please fucking regress already.

    • forensic says:

      He’s fully into his regression already. .450ish OPS since the beginning of July.

      • Manny's BanWagon says:

        How the hell did the Red Sox turn him into Peavy?

        • Kramerica Industries says:

          Apparently Cherington is even better than Theo.

          This team is on pace to win 97 games, which would be more than any Theo team ever won. It makes no damned sense.

        • forensic says:

          We seem to be stuck asking questions similar to that after a lot of Red Sox trades. If I didn’t know any better, I’d almost think there’s something going on there…

          • Manny's BanWagon says:

            I can’t wait till Xander Boegarts is promoted to tear up the AL no doubt. Fucking red sox didn’t stay down for long.

  100. Leg-End says:

    A spawny little hit, theres the Iglesias I know.

  101. Former ACE MannyGee says:

    In other news, Tim Tebow still blows incredible amounts of cock.

  102. Cy Pettitte says:

    Nova’s getting BABIP’d a lot

  103. ExitCashman says:

    It’s Austin Jackson. I’m SOOOO glad that the Yankees don’t have him. Unlike Granderson, he strikes out too much, he’s paid too much, he’s old and has no future. Weird that if you asked the Tigers to swap him for Gardner, they’d hang up in a second.

    • Manny's BanWagon says:

      He’s on my fantasy team and he’s having a pretty disappointing season so far.

      • SDB says:

        Right now I’m glad I dropped him when he got injured earlier in the season. Ended up grabbing Leonys Martin soon after, who has been killer (and might ensure I win on SB for the first time this week!) -see if he’s available.

  104. Manny's BanWagon says:

    IMO, Nova’s resurgence has been about the biggest positive for the team this year. If he can pitch close to this level moving forward, it would be a huge boost.

  105. itsallhowuseeit says:


  106. Hall and Nokes says:

    Did they ever explain those hats? They better be to cure cancer or something because they ugly

  107. Oakland tearing into Toronto, 5 home runs, 3 by Josh Reddick.

  108. Kramerica Industries says:

    I’m trying to work with some contract numbers, but none of these sites are helpful enough for me.

    Is there a simple way to find out how much $$$ is on the Yankees’ books for 2014?

  109. 103 mph? That’s Chapman territory…

  110. True Pinstriped Blue says:

    Super Nova in the house.

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


  112. HateMclouth (formerly I'mVernon) says:

    Nova putting up 0s against a team like Detroit is very encouraging. I was very skeptical but it really looks like he’s putting things together.

    • SDB says:

      Really impressed by tonight’s showing – in the past I remember him struggling a lot when runners got on base, or when he gave up a couple of base hits – but he’s looked a lot more calm and mature when pitching with RISPs.

      • HateMclouth (formerly I'mVernon) says:

        Agree. I remember him pitching in relief against the Rays a few months back, and I was sitting there waiting for the walk-off whatever, but he actually got out of the jam (forget how many outs). Then Loverbay hit the go-ahead HR.

    • Pseudoyanks says:

      Agree. I am very excited about his future.

  113. Anderson Silva says:

    just got home, how are we doing tonight?

  114. Captain Turbo says:

    Sori walks, A-Rod hits a salami. Book it.

  115. Manny's BanWagon says:

    Afraud does it again.

    At least he put this one in play though.

  116. Anderson Silva says:

    I see the fail is still present in this offense.

  117. HateMclouth (formerly I'mVernon) says:

    I really want A-Rod to do something good so that the crowd (or at least his supporters could) cheer for him. So far no good.

  118. Eddard says:

    Soriano, A-Rod and Granderson. Even Wells, Overbay and Hafner didn’t fail this much.

  119. forensic says:

    This game feels a lot like their last game. Early lead, many failures to add on, pitcher hanging in there but not looking terrific.

    Hopefully it ends differently though.

  120. Wheels says:

    There you go, the hats are for a good cause.

  121. Eddard says:

    Nova’s not going to cough up this lead like CC did. He’ll go 7 strong, Drob and Mo to close out the W. This is the only game in this series they had a chance to win so it’s good that they got it.

  122. Kramerica Industries says:

    Phil Coke.


    What a worthless schmuck.

  123. Captain Turbo says:

    A broken bay hit for Overbat.

  124. forensic says:

    I really think that if a pitcher walks Chris Stewart then he should be released on the spot.

  125. Manny's BanWagon says:

    A non decrepit 3rd baseman might have caught that.

    • Mike Axisa says:

      I don’t know if A-Rod kicked your dog or something, but I hope he did.

      • Manny's BanWagon says:

        He took a giant shit on baseball without any remorse and he’s a disgrace to the pinstripes. Other than that, he’s just wonderful.

        • forensic says:

          I hope you have the same vitriol for all the other guys who were suspended too, especially Braun and Melky.

          • Manny's BanWagon says:

            All of them are disgraces. If you’ve read comments from other players, they have no use for them either.

            • forensic says:

              How come you never call Pettitte a disgrace (that I know of)? And really, what else are the players supposed to say?

              • Manny's BanWagon says:

                Pettitte admitted his mistake, apologized and never used again. That’s far, far different from what Arod did

                I supported Arod the first time around.

          • Manny's BanWagon says:

            Braun is worse than Arod for that holier than thou act last year throwing that collector under the bus.

        • Stanislaw says:

          I’d be willing to bet my earnings for 2014 that you didn’t think that way of him in 2009.

          In other words, get off your soap box and get the fuck over it.

          • Manny's BanWagon says:

            Had I known he cheating in 2009, I’d have felt the same way.

            If Ortiz was in Arod’s position, you’d no doubt feel a whole lot different.

        • Captain Turbo says:

          Drama queen.

        • Mike Axisa says:

          Who cares? Ty Cobb stabbed a guy in a wheelchair and he’s talked about as one of the best players ever. That’s far worse than anything A-Rod has ever done.

          • Captain Turbo says:

            Exactly. Does anyone talk about kicking Whitey Ford out of the Hall of Fame because he admitted to doctoring balls?

            • forensic says:

              Gaylord Perry too. The double standard from today’s media (and even fans) is absurd. How about all the guys who did amphetamines decades ago? That’s doesn’t matter, but all of today’s players are just evil because of what they do.

          • Manny's BanWagon says:

            He’s also talked about as one of the most despicable human beings to ever play baseball.

            No one is saying Arod wasn’t great,,just a lying, cheating scumbag.

  126. Anderson Silva says:

    stewart is terrible. WHy is he still playing for this team?

  127. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Defensive catcher.

  128. forensic says:

    What a gift strike call that was.

  129. We just got some sort of break.

    That is not a strike.

  130. Anderson Silva says:

    thank you ump! Awesome call lol

  131. stuart a says:

    we going to blow this game?

    we got 1 hit with RISp???

    who looks worse Soriano or afraud???\

    girardi just loves stewie….

  132. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Holy shit. Worst strike call of the year.

  133. trr says:

    Somebody got tossed

  134. SDB says:

    I feel bad for Hunter there. One of the nicer guys in the game.

    Those are the calls I wish would be saved for people like Pedroia and Rollins.

  135. itsallhowuseeit says:

    Thank god we didnt trade Hughes for a catcher

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

      Which catcher did you think they were going to get for Hughes?
      It wouldn’t be an upgrade over Stewart.

      • itsallhowuseeit says:

        Braves called about hughes…sure they could of got mccan. And yes hes better than stuart

        • forensic says:

          I would’ve laughed my ass off if the Braves had traded McCann for Hughes (which they never would).

          • itsallhowuseeit says:

            Well Hughes and some other pieces obviously. Point being catcher was a need that was not addressed. More obvious Stewart is horrible

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

              The Braves would trade their starting C and one of their best players because…?

              • itsallhowuseeit says:

                Splitting time with Gattis free agent end of year…maybe get something for him before he bolts in off season. Meanwhile stewart 1st pitch double play. Again my point he sucks

                • forensic says:

                  Nobody is disputing that he sucks. But there’s no way the Braves would want to trade McCann for anything involving Hughes.

  136. forensic says:

    This ump needs to be MUCH less sensitive (and shitty). He seems like he really enjoys inserting himself into the action.

  137. Kramerica Industries says:

    No offense at all to him, but Scherzer is just a weird looking dude. That eye thing is whack.

  138. Anderson Silva says:

    great play by Robbie

  139. trr says:

    Wow almost!!!

  140. trr says:

    Know what? Nunez is awful

  141. itsallhowuseeit says:

    Dammit nunez

  142. Manny's BanWagon says:

    That’ll do Nova, that’ll do.

  143. stuart a says:

    nova is friggin good. at this point it is a new reality.

    not saying he is this good but he can pitch…

    that was not Nunez’s fault btw…

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

    Well done, Ivan.

  145. Kramerica Industries says:

    Looks like the Tigers finally broke the Indians.

    5-2 loss to the Angels, and now 0-5 on their current homestand. I mean, holy crap, I can’t even remember the last time a half-way decent team went 1-9 (or thereabouts) at home against another opponent. Frankly, the closest I get is the 2011 Yankees and their dismal 2-7 home mark to the Red Sox.

  146. stuart a says:

    3 runs for the yanks is a explosion.

    man there offense is beyond words…

  147. Hall and Nokes says:

    Yanks 9 outs away from another dispiriting loss

  148. Manny's BanWagon says:

    When Drew Smyly is your long man, you know your rotation is damn good.

  149. 3992. We’re getting closer.

  150. Here comes Mr. 103. Hope he can’t find the strike zone.

  151. Wheels says:

    Son of a bitch. Nice catch

  152. If D-Rob gets Pena and Perez, Mo gets Iglesias, Jackson and Hunter, ew.

  153. Manny's BanWagon says:

    If this guy harnesses his stuff, he’s gonna be just filthy.

  154. Don’t we normally burn the bullpen when we’re winning, Jim Leyland?

  155. forensic says:

    Well, not such a good first night at home for A-Rod.

  156. forensic says:

    Was that a 93 mph changeup? Or does he maybe throw some sort of 2-seamer?

    • forensic says:

      Guess it was a changeup since Singleton also just said it.

      That’s insane, though it doesn’t give him a ton of separation between it and the 4-seamer.

  157. nsalem says:

    Low baseball IQ that one

  158. Stewart better work the count here.

  159. forensic says:

    So glad Stewart is still starting…

  160. Manny's BanWagon says:

    Chris Stewart is the perfect elixir for a pitcher about to go off the tracks.

  161. dick m says:

    Free Romine.

  162. Dro413 says:

    I really think I can strikeout A-Rod myself! This dude is garbage!! LoL

  163. Kramerica Industries says:

    Prince Fielder has a .786 OPS.

    That’s jarring.

  164. OldYanksFan says:

    Tough row to hoe here for Rivera.
    Well… I guess we’ll see if Mo is a true Yankee or not.

  165. stuart a says:

    stewart should have bunted.

    he sucks.

    I think there risp is 1 for a bunch…

  166. Cuso says:

    I don’t know if I’m feeling these hats. The brims can get dirty too easily.

  167. OldYanksFan says:

    Rah roh

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

    Nice play Mo, but why even bother with the runner?

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

    That looked catchable.

  170. Manny's BanWagon says:

    Mo doesn’t catch that, he’s picking his testicles out of his teeth.

  171. OldYanksFan says:

    Mo had 3 balls in his glove there….

  172. Kramerica Industries says:

    No Miggy bullshit, please.

  173. nsalem says:

    Miguel 0 for 5 vs Mo

  174. Cuso says:

    Overbay you HAVE to catch that!

  175. forensic says:

    Ugh, gotta catch that Overbay.

  176. OldYanksFan says:


  177. Cuso says:

    Jermaine Dye flashbacks

  178. Wheels says:

    Tex would’ve caught that.

  179. forensic says:

    Maybe his leg will still hurt the next two days and he won’t play…

  180. OldYanksFan says:


  181. Cuso says:

    Overbay. Plain and simple. Overbay.

  182. Wheels says:


  183. Kramerica Industries says:


  184. Eddard says:


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

    wtf Mo?

    This season is just fucked all around.

  186. HateMclouth (formerly I'mVernon) says:

    This season blows.

  187. Cy Pettitte says:

    once Overbay missed the pop up I knew they’d get fucked

  188. Manny's BanWagon says:

    Holy fucking shit.

    Cabrera has become a right handed Barry Bonds.

  189. forensic says:

    Ugh, now I really regret this post from earlier.

  190. Rolling Doughnut says:

    Oh well.

  191. OldYanksFan says:

    That was a FAT pitch.
    I saw that HR as soon as I saw where that pitch was going.

  192. stuart a says:

    BA risp over and over and over.

    this team sucks…

  193. forensic says:

    Guess it’s the final WWWMW.

  194. Eddard says:

    Mariano’s finally lost it. It’s time for him to retire.

  195. The Real Greg says:

    Are we going to blame this loss on the offense too?

  196. Kramerica Industries says:

    So between Warren being a dumbass and now Overbay, two straight wins are now probable losses.

    Mo blowing the saves in both games after being at 0-2 and 2 outs sure isn’t helping, either.

  197. Pasta says:

    The curse of chris stewart
    Bases loaded 1 out gidp when a bunt wins the game

  198. Cuso says:

    Overbay, how do you not catch that ball?! Seriously!

  199. Dave M says:

    I hate this fucking team right now.

  200. SDB says:

    Gave up a HR to the best hitter in the game. I don’t think that’s reason to declare a crisis.

    • Captain Turbo says:

      Other than that they seem to find a way to lose a lot, you’re right.

    • David N says:

      Yeah, it sucks, but it is Cabrera. And Mo always does have that crappy stretch in August or early September.

      Still, the timing would be hard pressed to be worse.

  201. forensic says:

    So, you’ll intentionally walk Martinez but pitch to Cabrera? I know, I know, you don’t want to put the tying run on base, but he’s the best hitter in the sport.

  202. HateMclouth (formerly I'mVernon) says:

    All of this shit keeps happening with 2-outs. Wednesday. Today Unbelievable.

  203. OldYanksFan says:

    True is, every now and then, Mo throws a flat pitch. That one to Cabby had no movement.

  204. Cuso says:

    That looked like a Luis Gonzalez squib

  205. Kramerica Industries says:

    These last two games re-define the meaning of Murphy’s Law.

  206. Stanislaw says:

    WWWMW came late this year. I guess.

  207. Andrew says:

    The apocalypse is happening. Mo blew saves in two consecutive games.

  208. Eddard says:

    Mariano blew a W against the Os, the White Sox, the Mets and now the Tigers. If he converts those they’re in a lot better shape in this wild card hunt. Can’t blame everything on the offense.

  209. dick m says:

    Bad baseball. First Stewart who’s a glorified minor leaguer and should not be playin. Then the fly ball by Jackson which is just a ridiculous positioning of the outfielders. Then overlay doesn’t get to the wall first. And then mo throws a meatball. Bad baseball.

  210. Kevin G. says:

    Visions of Luis Gonzalez dancing around in my head

  211. HateMclouth (formerly I'mVernon) says:

    Now we’re all set for the walk-off, right? RIGHT?!?!?!

  212. itsallhowuseeit says:

    Time to push the restart button

  213. Pasqua says:

    Don’t like to pile on, but…

    Cabrera nearly put himself in a wheelchair swinging at two pitches in on his hands. So, you move outside with the next two pitches? I understand location variety, but holy shite!

  214. OldYanksFan says:

    Yes… to some extent it’s on the offense. Just because you have a 2 run lead, doesn’t mean you can throw away opportunities to step on their neck. Joe should have PH’ed for Stewie there.

    • stuart a says:

      with who? he should have bunted..

      adams, nix, romine, this team sucks.

      I walk cano here if I am Detroit!!!!!!

      just fooling…

    • forensic says:

      Girardi almost never PH’s or makes moves like that when he has the lead and it is very aggravating.

  215. stuart a says:

    can the losers score 4 runs?

    probably not with this potent offense.

    on ajax hit the ball was in the air a long time, granderson covers no ground what is up with him?

    painful loss after painful loss

  216. Dro413 says:

    Bottom of the 9th walk off! Come on man!

  217. BigBlueAL says:

    The Tigers should IBB Cano even with 2 outs and nobody on base.

  218. dick m says:

    Helluva an at bat by Ichiro.

  219. Cuso says:

    Cano, send us home.


  220. fat jeter says:

    kirk gibson’s got nothing on miguel cabrera. that was a pretty fucking fantastic at bat. I hate the result, but damn that was impressive.

    might wanna swing Robbie

  221. RkyMtnYank says:

    If your Gardner how do you not bunt to Cabrera after all that.

  222. Kramerica Industries says:

    I should’ve never waved my white flag.

    Somehow, that was the cue for the Yankees to make the losses extra painful.

  223. Pasta says:

    Poon loser warming up as girardi raises the white flag

  224. Kramerica Industries says:

    So there’s a Mets fan who I talk with regularly on-line and on Twitter.

    Dude was at the Orioles game Mo blew, and now back there tonight. Yankees are 0-6 with him attending home games.

    He’s a good guy, but at the same time, he fucking sucks.

  225. forensic says:

    Sure am glad Nix is on deck now (though yes, A-Rod had a rough game)…

  226. fat jeter says:

    good call by ownership on the soriano deal.

  227. Captain Turbo says:

    OK, statheads, how many extra innings games have they won this year?

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

    This is just setting up for an ARod walkoff HR.
    Any way they can get Leyland to bring in a lefty?

  229. stuart a says:

    yanks cannot score until cano gets up so there pen will need possibly 3 scoreless innings…

    at this time you can only laugh.

    they are that bad…

  230. Rek4gehrig says:

    Dear God is this really happening?

  231. BigBlueAL says:

    Maybe Cashman was on to something in not wanting to trade for Soriano.

  232. stuart a says:

    aroid is out.

    no worries bafoon logan is in….

  233. Kramerica Industries says:

    Now? Now this game just feels like a totally lost cause.

    Fucking 0-2, two outs back to back games that have slipped away.

  234. BigBlueAL says:

    Pastalunging Nunez.

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

    Nunez is an awful, awful baseball player.

  236. YankeeFan says:

    As bad as the offense is, the combo of CC and Mo have really helped take the Yankees out of contention over the last few weeks.

    • YankeeFan says:

      Team is 0-6 in the last 6 starts for CC. You go a minimum 3-3 (which includes Mo’s blown save) and all of a sudden they are 60-53 & should be 8 games over after tonight. Instead, 57-56 and might become 57-57.

    • BigBlueAL says:

      Mo has had a bad last 2 games, dunno how you lump him in with the struggles of the past few weeks. The Yankees havent won a game that Mo didnt get a W or SV since July 11. Almost a month of not having a game where they didnt need to use their closer to get a win. Thats pathetic.

      • YankeeFan says:

        Tonight and Wednesday include the past few weeks, no? Two games that should have been won. We can hate the offense as much as we want, and it’s brutal, but our ‘ace’ and future HOFer have partaken in the fall from contention.

        • For CC, you’re right, there aren’t any excuses. But for Mo, I don’t see how a 1.70 ERA, 2.29 FIP, and 1.5 WAR helped put the Yankees out of contention.

          • YankeeFan says:

            He’s been fantastic no question but last 2 games, Yankees really needed him and was down to the final strike both times, hopefully they can pull this one out. Last game, as noted, really frustrates me due to being up 0-2 and that pitch was right there for Dunn to poke to left.

            • Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR) says:

              You sound like Greg. IT DOESN’T MATTER HOW GOOD HE’S BEEN HE GAVE UP A RUN THAT ONE TIME AND WE LOST. That’s not how it works.

    • rich says:

      Mo is the reason why we are even hovering near .500. Do you guys watch Yankee baseball? Every August, Mo struggles. If we had a first baseman that can catch a pop up the game would’ve been over.

    • Rek4gehrig says:

      Please leave Mo out of this

    • Pasqua says:

      If you’re going insist that Mo has a success rate of 100%, then your problem isn’t Mo.

      • YankeeFan says:

        It’s not about being 100%, it’s about having 2 outs, 2 strikes the last 2 games, and not executing. Chicago game is much more frustrating considering it was Dunn and a terrible 0-2 pitch. These past two games are crucial, they need to pull this out right here. Going into the 11th with the heart of their lineup will be tough. Get the W here.

      • YankeeFan says:

        It’s not about being 100%, it’s about having 2 outs, 2 strikes the last 2 games, and not executing. Chicago game is much more frustrating considering it was Dunn and a terrible 0-2 pitch. They need to pull this out right here. Going into the 11th with the heart of their lineup will be tough. Get the W here.

  237. trr says:

    Have I mentioned how much Nunez sucks tonight?

  238. Manny's BanWagon says:

    It surprises me that Logan has only pitched 30 innings more than 2/3rds of the way through the season.

  239. Rolling Doughnut says:

    This is going to end badly folks.

  240. forensic says:

    Nunez seems like he’s channeling Jeter’s range tonight.

  241. stuart a says:

    only way kuroda and nova can win is to pitch a shutout….

    nunez just seems to be a dope. no idea what he is doing out there…

    logan is not as good as his stats…that is my opinion…

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


  243. Kramerica Industries says:

    Logan had the shit squeezed out of him against Kelly there.

  244. forensic says:

    Seriously Logan? Walking Don freakin’ Kelly on four pitches???

  245. stuart a says:

    if girardi starts stewie tomorrow they should fire him..

    logan is a clown.. a classic choke job

  246. BigBlueAL says:

    Why isnt Kelley in the game right now??

    • forensic says:

      Jackson has a reverse split going this season (and for his career), but I agree it is a little weird to leave Logan in for him.

  247. trr says:

    (In Colonel Klink voice )

  248. fat jeter says:

    finally someone sits jackson down.

    p.s. in case everyone isn’t aggravated enough, we never should have done that trade for granderson

  249. Kramerica Industries says:

    This ump is clueless.

  250. Pasta says:

    Gino smith lol done

  251. Kramerica Industries says:

    Regular season + playoffs, the Yankees were 9-2 in their first 11 games at Yankee Stadium against the Tigers.

    That has changed entirely ever since then. 2-5.

  252. fat jeter says:

    nice catch overbay!

  253. rich says:

    Can Mesa play everyday, why is Stewart on the team, DFA him if it makes Romine play every day. Also, bring Betances up and send Warren down, he is the Tanyon Sturtze of the BP (run down version). If anybody has any prospect value bring him up, better to see youth than a washed up first baseman and a AAAA catcher play everyday

  254. Celerino Sanchez says:

    I really hate Chris Stewart. That DP to kill the eighth inning against that crazy Rondon really sucked. Then the 1-2 pitch call to Cabrera – way outside? WTF? He had just fouled two in a row off his leg. Go back inside against that MF.

    • BigBlueAL says:

      I mentioned this earlier when someone else complained about the pitch location. Stewart was setup inside, Mo just left it over the plate.

  255. HateMclouth (formerly I'mVernon) says:

    All I hear about is how Detroit’s bullpen stinks. Would be nice to have an example tonight.

  256. BigBlueAL says:

    Was Alburquerque the pitcher who gaveup the grand slam to Cano in Game 1 of the 2011 ALDS??

  257. forensic says:

    Nobody, including the ump, has any idea where the strike zone is at this point.

  258. Kramerica Industries says:

    Kill a human if you have to.

    Just score this effing run.

  259. SDB says:

    Please don’t fuck this up. Please.

  260. BigBlueAL says:

    Please dont bunt with Overbay.

  261. HateMclouth (formerly I'mVernon) says:

    Watch them someone fail here with 2 men on no outs. Just watch.

  262. Wheels says:

    Ok, win this bitch.

  263. fat jeter says:

    having nix score the winning run would really bring a smile to my alex hating univerise

  264. Captain Turbo says:

    Two on no one out… so we’ll score no runs of course.

  265. forensic says:

    Why do they constantly believe that Overbay even knows how to bunt well enough to do the job???

  266. fat jeter says:

    bunt maybe? get that runner to 3rd

  267. forensic says:

    Geez Overbay, you fucking suck.

  268. fat jeter says:

    just as good as bunt. fuck it

  269. Wheels says:

    The hell is Overbay swinging at?

  270. BigBlueAL says:

    Screw it, pinch-hit with Wells.

  271. Cy Pettitte says:

    If Chris Stewart GIDPs I will throw my computer out the window

  272. Manny's BanWagon says:

    Here comes Stewart with a 4-6-3 DP.

  273. Kramerica Industries says:

    Chris Stewart to try and win it?

    Yeah, I don’t like this.

  274. YankeeFan says:

    You CANNOT go with Stewart. Oh my, if he doesn’t come through….

  275. SDB says:

    If Stewart comes out with a bat in hand, I’m giving up on this team.

  276. BigBlueAL says:

    WHY. Just WHY. For the love of God WHY.

  277. SDB says:

    No. No. Fuck no.

    This can’t be.

  278. Cy Pettitte says:

    hahaha thank god they didn’t PH for him. Great AB.

  279. forensic says:

    Chris Stewart makes me sad.

    How do you take that pitch?

    How do you not PH for him?????

    Screw it, fire Girardi now!

  280. The Real Greg says:

    That’s how bad Vernon Wells has been that he lets Stewart bat again

  281. trr says:

    Chris Stewart, FTW?

  282. rich says:

    I’m sorry that is horrible managing by Girardi. Wells at least may hit a fly ball, this catcher is so bad. He must have pics of Girardi

  283. YankeeFan says:

    Swung at ball 2.

  284. fat jeter says:

    c’mon a fucking fly ball wins this game

  285. Cy Pettitte says:

    thank god this bullshit is over.

  286. Pat D says:

    Well what a fucking miracle.

  287. SDB says:


  288. Wheels says:

    thank god.

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

    Thanks Brett.

  290. Manny's BanWagon says:

    Thank god Stewart can frame pitches because he hits like a bitch.

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

    Can’t make this shit up.


  292. Kramerica Industries says:

    Yeah, that was helpless from the get-go.

    A walk-off spot shouldn’t feel so helpless.

  293. The Real Greg says:

    But in the end, they win the game. So Girardi will get the praises

  294. Pat D says:

    The next person I see trying to defend Chris Stewart is going to have cancer wished upon him.

  295. forensic says:


    Stewart still sucks though.

  296. fat jeter says:

    just kill him. seriously, kill stewart immediately

  297. trr says:

    Christ Almighty!

  298. Kramerica Industries says:

    Gardner saves the day.

    Thank effing God.

  299. dick m says:

    Free romine

  300. BigBlueAL says:

    Cano and Gardner, the 2 best players this season. Good for Gardner.

  301. HateMclouth (formerly I'mVernon) says:

    Yeah!!!!!! It’s a frigin miracle!

  302. SDB says:

    Whew. But I still hate Chris Stewart.

  303. RkyMtnYank says:

    Stewart batting is like having an exposed tooth nerve!

  304. Pasta says:

    Atta boy joey
    Let the worst catcher in yankees history hit with the game on the line lol

  305. fat jeter says:

    jesus christ, i had no faith in that slow roller.

  306. fat jeter says:

    key to the game: taking alex out

  307. BigBlueAL says:

    Nice dress Meredith.

  308. Rek4gehrig says:

    Saved by the bell

  309. fabricio says:

    hoooooray fuck yes!!!

  310. trr says:

    Still doesn’t let Girardi off tithe hook

  311. Pat D says:

    Maybe it’s just me, but I think that’s the least excited I’ve ever heard the stadium following a walk off win.

    Did everybody leave?

  312. trr says:

    Sorry, I was looking at MM’ chest

  313. BigBlueAL says:

    The 2 best players for the Yankees this season are both homegrown players :-)

  314. iYankees says:

    2 things:

    1. Miguel Cabrera is amazing
    2. Brett Gardner (young John McCain) is having a good year

  315. trr says:

    Just can’ t get over letting Stewart hit…how, HOW, do you not PH there?

    • Rolling Doughnut says:

      It would have had to be Wells right? Although Stewart is awful and should not have been in the lineup at all.

      • forensic says:

        I would’ve even been ok with Romine hitting for him. Just can’t leave Stewart in there. It’s downright irresponsible to do that as a manager.

        • WhittakerWalt says:

          I only listened to the last three innings of this game. And in that time, Stewart played the worst three innings a major leaguer can play.

  316. fat jeter says:

    best worst game of the year?

  317. forensic says:

    With all the injuries that have happened to them this season, they really shouldn’t be beating the shit out of Gardner like that.

  318. goterpsgo says:

    For one night… WOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

    Finally a win!!!!!

  319. whitey says:

    Thanks Grit!!!! Please cut Stewart and Overbay

  320. YankeeFan says:

    On another note, can we get 3 more Ivan Nova’s? Much respect to him for another fantastic start & for dealing with adversity over the last couple of seasons and making himself into a better pitcher.

  321. stuart a says:

    wow. the losers pulled that 1 out. lucky stewart had another excellent AB in the 10th..

  322. Al says:

    It’s time to let Cashman blow up and rebuild this team. Trade off what you can . Let jeter and A-rod play first base / DH let Wells play third base and see what we got . Look for a catcher that can hit .dose joe stay or go ? Let him know be up front

  323. stuart a says:

    Yankees RISP: 2-15 (C Granderson 0-1, E Nunez 0-1, C Stewart 0-2, L Overbay 0-1, B Gardner 1-2, A Soriano 0-3, A Rodriguez 0-3, R Cano 1-2)
    Team LOB: 13

    not pretty……..

  324. M&M Boys says:

    A game like that is more of a loss than a win. 3-1 lead with 2 outs in the 9th. You have to close it out right there. Rivera is now as useless as the rest of the players on this horseshit team.

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