Game 156: Mariano Rivera Day

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G.O.A.T.
G.O.A.T.

Unless the Yankees make a surprising run to the postseason, Mariano Rivera‘s playing career will come to an end one week from today. He announced his plans to retire before the season and has been on a year-long farewell tour, receiving gifts from opposing clubs and in turn spending time with fans, stadium workers, and team employees at every opportunity. I highly recommend this Ian O’Connor story on Rivera’s interactions with those people this season. Truly inspiring stuff.

The Yankees have chosen to celebrate Mo with a pre-game ceremony on this day. The exact details are a mystery, but the team has announced that Monument Park will not be open to public before this afternoon’s game. That’s unusual. Perhaps they’re unveiling a plaque or re-retiring #42. Or both. Dan Martin reports Metallica will be at Yankee Stadium — something we first caught wind of last month — so I have to think a live rendition of Enter Sandman is in the works. Joe Torre, Jorge Posada, Bernie Williams, and Jeff Nelson are among those who will be in attendance according to Mark Feinsand. Other than that … who knows? It’s a great big mystery.

Today is going to be a very bittersweet day. Rivera is my all-time favorite Yankee and I can’t wait to see what the team has in store this afternoon. They always knock these celebrations out of the park. Just think back to Hideki Matsui‘s retirement earlier this year or the final game at the old Yankee Stadium. I’m totally bummed out that Mo is retiring but I’m glad he’s walking away on his own terms. Most players are forced out, unwanted by all 30 clubs. Rivera is anything but. He’s a historically great player and a first-class person. There will never be another like him. It’s been a pleasure watching him for the last 19 seasons.

The pre-game festivities are scheduled to start at 12:30pm ET and YES will indeed carry them. They might also be broadcast on MLB Network and/or MLB.com, but don’t hold me to that. First pitch for the series finale between the Yankees and Giants is scheduled for 1:05pm ET and can be seen on YES locally and TBS nationally. Here’s the lineup that will face right-hander Yusmeiro Petit:

  1. RF Ichiro Suzuki
  2. DH Alex Rodriguez
  3. 2B Robinson Cano
  4. LF Alfonso Soriano
  5. CF Curtis Granderson
  6. 3B Eduardo Nunez
  7. 1B Mark Reynolds
  8. SS Brendan Ryan
  9. C Chris Stewart

Oh, and by the way, Andy Pettitte is making the final Yankee Stadium start of his career this afternoon. He announced that he will retire after the season a few days ago. It’s very fitting that he and Rivera will both walk away from the game together given their career-long connection. What an amazingly awesome and sad day. Enjoy all of it.

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  • Cliff

    Will mlb.tv carry the ceremony or is it like Extra Innings where it starts with the game broadcast? If so, it looks like the prorated cost of mlb.tv is $3.99

    • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

      I highly doubt it. I don’t think it’s like what probably happened in 2010 when the Yankees honored George Steinbrenner, since that “delayed” the game from it’s originally scheduled start time. In other words, the broadcast window was already open for MLB.tv (don’t hold me to this – they played TB that night, so I was blacked out entirely, and Sun Sports didn’t air the ceremony, which really, really pissed me off).

      • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

        Actually, scratch all of that. MLB.com says it will air on MLB.tv.

        • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

          or not. Dammit. I am all off today. Totally misread what MLB.com said.

        • dory

          I think it is a disgrace that ut won’t be covered by espn or the station airing the fame. he us a legend and every yankees fan should have the option to watch it!

        • BrienTaylor’sRookieCard

          Does that mean I should just leave open the game window or will it be somewhere else?

        • Brendan

          Big fuck you to MLB for blacking out the ceremony for Bay Area users and not showing it on MLB Network.

  • JGYank

    Is anyone else wayyyy too excited for the game and ceremony today? I know I am.

    But why does the Giants game have to be on at the same time as the Yankees game? #first world problems

    • trr

      Deep into middle age, I’m as excited as a kid!

      “….Here was (a closer)…When comes such another? ”
      – Shakespeare (almost)

    • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

      But why does the Giants game have to be on at the same time as the Yankees game?

      Because the Giants are playing the Yankees, duh!

      :)

      • JGYank

        I see what you did there. Nice one. Can’t wait for the ceremony. ????

  • Stephen

    Any place I can stream the ceremony?

    • yankeeTX

      ^^ This ^^

  • JGYank

    During this pregame seeing all of his saves and all of the players in them is amazing. There are many different players in those saves but only one closer. Shows you how long he lasted on the biggest stage in baseball.

  • Winter

    Ugh. MLB.com says it’s available to stream through MLB.tv, but when you click the link it says “this game will begin shortly.”

    • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

      Apparently WCBS isn’t doing anything for the ceremony, either. Awful.

      • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

        Well, now they are.

        • Winter

          Video’s working now! It’s a bit behind the radio though.

      • Winter

        Actually, it seems like you can the radio stream through MLB.com.

  • Pat D

    Boston actually gave Mo a bunch of nice gifts.

    • Widget

      No they didn’t. They made the whole ceremony about themselves and the 2004 team. In fact it was insanely insulting but to be expected from such a low class organization.

      • Pat D

        I didn’t see the ceremony, and won’t watch it for the comments I’ve heard.

        But that doesn’t change the fact that the gifts are nice.

        • SDB

          Nice gifts, but with all the class and elegance of Mike Napoli’s beard.

  • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

    Now MLB.tv is in on it as well.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek/ Roadgeek Adam

    Going to miss you Mo, but Monument Park has the greatest gift anyone could give a player.

  • Mike

    They have just GOT to win today. Mariano saving it would be the cherry on top.

  • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

    I hate the “Core Four” thing just because it so inherently excludes people like Bernie and O’Neill.

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

      The idea is that the Core Four played together longer with each other than any of the other players.

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

    All rightie, number retired, great. Now I’m bored. Game please?

  • SDB

    Anyone else having trouble keeping their eyes dry?

    • wow

      you’re not alone

  • forensic

    I’m stuck on a small screen thanks to the delay of the ceremony and the blackout, but I’m sorry this kind of sucks right now. What is this? Old timer’s day part two? Do something good or move on.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek/ Roadgeek Adam

    What a list:

    Michael, Nelson, Cone, Wetteland, Matsui, Tino, O’Neill, Bernie, Posada, Monahan, Torre, and the Robinsons.

  • JGYank

    With Jeters ankle Mos family had to escort him.

  • The Real Grege

    Metallica doesn’t really work in the pinstripes do they?

  • Pat D

    Well, the NY Giants are looking like utter dog shit so far.

    For those who are interested.

    • forensic

      1. Not exactly surprising considering what they’ve done all season so far. At least Eli hasn’t thrown 6 more interceptions yet.

      2. I guess it’s good I can’t watch today’s game then.

      • Pat D

        The offensive line has played like shit. The defense was good on the first series, not on the second series. Couldn’t stop anything on the ground.

  • Pat D

    This is why I always prefer studio versions to live versions.

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek/ Roadgeek Adam

      Yah.

      • HateMclouth (formerly I’mVernon)

        Agreed.

  • PsiFighter37

    Wonder if it cost the Yankees much to get Metallica to show up…nice touch though.

  • The Real Grege

    Oh too bad the Twins beat the Yankees to the punch on the rocking chair

  • PsiFighter37

    Pretty jealous of all that Metallica swag, though.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek/ Roadgeek Adam

    The Giants deserve a lot of credit for that.

  • Chris

    Comcast Bay Area is not showing any of the ceremony just their boring pregame. Someone brought up Kuiper and Krokow the other day and to confirm they are a couple of jackasses. Kuiper just proclaimed this Yusmeiro Petit day.

    • SDB

      Wow. That could make the Red Sox look classy by comparison.

  • JGYank

    Great ceremony. Great speech. Really touching. Hope this rallies the troops.

  • Pat D

    Giants Touchdown!!!

    Called back by a penalty.

    And Eli’s been sacked six times already.

    • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

      …and then a missed field goal.

  • JGYank

    Imagine if Andy and Mo combined for a perfect game?

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek/ Roadgeek Adam

      What hell does Joe do if Andy goes 8 perfect?

      • JGYank

        Tough call. Depends on how much Andy has left in the tank. Maybe Andy goes 8.2 and Mo finishes it.

        • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek/ Roadgeek Adam

          I’d almost have to let Andy pitch all 9 if it worked out that way. I’m sure Mo wouldn’t mind.

          • JGYank

            Yeah I guess you’re right. It is his last home start. But otherwise Mo has to get into this game.

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

          Sorry, but you HAVE to let Andy go all 9. No question. Sorry, but I don’t think there’s even a debate.

          • JGYank

            Yeah I guess but you got to admit it would be cool on Mo day. Andy still has a no hitter…

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

              Well, now we know Mo is coming in.

  • YankeeTX

    Thank You TBS! I don’t have MLBtv this year and I live nowhere near NY
    . They picked up the ceremony when they came on the air and showed the whole thing commercial free.

    Completely awesome !

  • laurs

    Will there be any rebroadcasts of the ceremony?

    • YankeeTX

      As I don’t often get to watch a lot of games in their entirety I see what all these posts about Ryan are about. Guy looks like a vacuum cleaner. I’m praying to the baseball Gods that the bat could do any kind of damage whatsoever. Or, at least in lieu of a decent average and power, come up with timely hits and situational hitting. (And the ability to bunt, which no one else seems to possess.)

      Assuming he comes back of course. Although I am sure I am asking for too much.

  • JGYank

    We have to win today for many reasons. Mo has to pitch. Pettitte should get the win.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek/ Roadgeek Adam

    Jorge :D

  • Pat D

    I’m not sure if it’s possible to suck more than the NY Giants currently suck.

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

      Seriously. This is the worst single game I’m seen them play in YEARS. Maybe only matched by the infamous Vikings game from their 07′ Super Bowl Season.

      • Pat D

        This is beginning to make me long for the Ray Handley years.

        And I didn’t think that was possible.

  • YankeeTX

    The Astros are like a cheap pinata.

    The Astros are like a heckler in the audience of Greg
    Giraldo.

  • JGYank

    Andy is on today. This could be really special if things go well.

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

    Right, I think we can safely say this is game over for the Giants.

    Not a good year for NY sports so far. And no, I’m not giving the Jets credit.

    • Pat D

      Woo hoo! Another Eli INT!

  • JGYank

    When do we see Mo in center?

    • Winter

      Only after the Yankees are eliminated.

      • JGYank

        Maybe in a blowout.

  • SDB

    Why does everyone seem to be swinging at the first pitch, regardless of where it is?

    • Mike B.

      Ask Kevin Long…. What sort of player was Long?

      Mike

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

    The bright side of this fiasco is that my Sundays are freed up.

    And the fucking Devils don’t even have Kovalchuk, so they’ll have zero offense and are probably going to suck too.

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

    Naturally.

  • JGYank

    Dam. Well it’s still tied.

  • JGYank

    Holy shit!? What happened to the Giants? I spent all this time watching the Yankee game. 0-3 pretty much screws over our chances of the playoffs. The score says we didn’t even show up to this game.

    • Pat D

      Yea, they suck major ass.

  • Kosmo

    that a way granderson do what you do best.

  • Pat D

    I have more faith in the remainder of the Yankees season than I do in the rest of the Giants season.

    • JGYank

      When you’re 0-3 and lose, no get their ass kicked, by the Panthers your team isn’t going anywhere unless they win like 4 in a row.

      • Pat D

        With a trip to Kansas City and a Thursday game against the Bears coming up, they have no chance of doing that.

  • SDB

    Please don’t let Stewart bat here. Please don’t let Stewart bat here.

    • Mike B.

      Yeah, he i sort of a joke at the plate.

      • Mike B.

        I meant “is”! Sorry!

  • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

    In the equivalence of three entire games worth of innings, the Orioles have scored ONE run.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting & Defense & Baserunning

    Well done, Vern.

  • Long-Past-His-Day-Rod

    I am sooo sick of watching these pathetic, weak whiffs at both slow fastballs and garbage breaking balls. Strikeout after strikeout after strikeout.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting & Defense & Baserunning

    May as well try to steal home.

  • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

    Vernon destroyed that rally with his thorough shittiness.

    • Winter

      Ichiro didn’t really help, either. Why is he leading off again?

  • Kosmo

    wells can´t put the ball in play and Ichiro Ks. They both suck.

  • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

    Thanks for everything, Andy.

  • Luis Castillo

    Andy, Mo and we don’t deserve this piece of shit offense… Ichiro, Wells, Stewart and others shouldn’t be a part of this.

    • Mike B.

      I agree with you, Luis.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Gonna be the worst loss in a long time right here man.

  • Kosmo

    Why oh why does Girardi let Pettitte start off the 8th inning ? Dumb

  • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

    Fucking hell, David.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Fuck this team.

    • Luis Castillo

      Fuck Cashman, Levine and the Steinbreners, I’d say

      • Karl Krawfid

        Yep.

        • Mike B.

          I add my “yep” to the chorus.

  • Steinbrenner Ghost

    Are you watching Andy in the dugout, he’s taking this really hard.

    • Mike B.

      What a shame.

  • chris

    I can’t understand batting ichiro leadoff in these meaningful games. sub 300 obp. It’s just unreal to me how stupid managers are. I guess cause he’s somewhat “fast.” I thought joe was smarter than stuff like that

    • Winter

      I know batting order is not very important in the scheme of things, but it just seems like a bad decision through-and-through.

      • chris

        It’s not like there are a lot of better options in that lineup probably, but I just can’t stand ichiro and the fact he was given a two year deal. he is awful.

      • Kosmo

        who else do they have? granderson has shown he can´t bat leadoff to save his life.

        • chris

          Granderson would be better than Ichiro. It’s trading a turd for boogers, but it’s an upgrade.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting & Defense & Baserunning

          300/364/733 batting leadoff this year.
          271/344/485 batting leadoff career.

          He’s not a perfect option.
          But he’s a much better option than Ichiro.

    • nsalem

      If you would lead off Granderson you would have Nunez or Reynolds batting 5th and that may be even worse.

      • chris

        you want the better hitter getting the most at bats. As the lineup is currently constructed, you are agreeing that maybe letting Ichiro hit one more time than Granderson would be a smart move. I disagree.

        • nsalem

          Well I guess if thats your only consideration you are totally correct. There are others who may think that protecting a Soriano with someone better than Mark Reynolds may be more important.

          • Need Pitching & Hitting & Defense & Baserunning

            In that case, just move everybody up one spot. Arod, Cano, Soriano, Grandy, …
            Still get the same protection, and the better hitters get more PA’s.

            • nsalem

              If A-Rod was able to run that might be a possibility. Also A-Rod would be getting up with very few runners on base considering he would be behind Stewart and Ryan. With such little offense we are in a lose lose situation. I was only commenting because I believe Girardi has no good options at this point and shouldn’t be criticized for his line-up situation.

    • Mike B.

      He’s either dumber than we thought or just out of good players. Which doesn’t make Cashman look too smart, either.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Holy shit Grandy

  • Wheels

    Way to start it off A-Rod.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting & Defense & Baserunning
    • OldYanksFan

      Dude is a twig.

  • Wheels

    Atta boy Robbie

  • Winter

    Mo can’t get the save in this game. Let’s give him the win.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Clusterfuck

  • Karl Krawfid

    Again, way to shit the bed on the only game these sorry ass fucks should have won this year since we aren’t making the damn playoffs.

    • Mike B.

      I agree with you, Karl. On Mariano Rivera Day–we wind up losing. That’s the sort of year it’s been. What a sad shame. At least the pregame ceremony was nice, despite a few slow spots near the end. Man–how nice it would have been to win today…..

  • OldYanksFan

    Terrible play!!!!!!!!!

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

    Just a little reminder that even on Mariano Rivera day the Yankees still aren’t that good.

    • Mike B.

      Amen….

  • Itsallhowuseeit

    Worst base running ever

  • Need Pitching & Hitting & Defense & Baserunning

    Fucking awful baserunning.
    If he goes, Cano absolutely has to move up.

  • Wheels

    ugh

  • JGYank

    Grandy down 0-2 and the bottom of the order coming up. Not good.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Really?

    REALLY?

    WTF!

  • JGYank

    Good job Arod and Cano. Have to get the lead here.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Another bad fucking send.

    Jesus Christ.

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

    Watching the 2013 Yankees sucks.

    Watching the Giants sucks.

    Watching sports sucks.

  • PsiFighter37

    That was atrocious baserunning. Run on contact or stand on the bag…Jesus.

    Why did they even take A-Rod out, that fucking clown didn’t even score on a double.

    • Winter

      Because A-Rod can barely move right now.

      • PsiFighter37

        But he’d have more brains than to do something that stupid (I think). Seriously, Almonte waited until the 3rd baseman had fielded it cleanly before breaking for home.

      • Mike B.

        Pray that we’ve seen the last of this creature…..

  • Pinkie Pie

    Fuck everything and everyone.

  • PsiFighter37

    Pretty sure that’s a sign from the FSM upstairs that this year is not our year.

  • JGYank

    Are you kidding Almonte? Go on contact or stay.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting & Defense & Baserunning

    Second and third with no outs and they’re going to find a way to not score at all, aren’t they?

  • Kosmo

    I see granderson brought his A game today I mean his K game.

    • Mike B.

      What else can we expect. Where will he be next year?

  • chris

    sums up the season well….poetic for it to end this way

  • The Real Grege

    That inning kind of sums up the 2013 Yankees in a nutshell. Mistakes, no clutch hits, and just outperformed by other teams.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Wow that sucked

  • Wheels

    fuck

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

    The team should truly be ashamed of themselves for losing this game. Mariano Rivera day and you guys are just pathetic.

    And now Cano is hurt.

    That inning was so emblematic of the 2013 Yankees.

    • Mike B.

      You’re so right in many ways.

  • chris

    glad they tied, but wow they don’t deserve to win this game

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

      They didn’t tie.

      • Winter

        I think he meant “tried.”

        • chris

          no I don’t know why, but I was half paying attention and thought they had a runner on third

      • chris

        brutal

    • Pat D

      Tied what? What game are you watching?

  • Need Pitching & Hitting & Defense & Baserunning

    Well fuck.

  • Itsallhowuseeit

    Even with a 2 out hit. Not meant to be

  • JGYank

    This is pathetic. A sac fly or grounder to short would have gotten the run in. Didn’t even need a hit.

  • chris

    oh they didn’t tie..woops

  • JGYank

    No!!!! But good job Nunie.

  • SDB

    Runners on second and third, no one out, and no run.

    I can’t even begin to describe just how disgusted I am by this offense.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting & Defense & Baserunning

    This game is turning into an all out shitfest.

  • ArchStanton

    Wow, that was all kinds of painful. Almonte was horrible – he broke badly on the double, too, and looked like he was running in quick sand.

  • SDB

    Not the first time Almonte’s fucked up on the basepaths. Ugh. That was just fucking hideous.

    And now Ryan can’t make a play. Jesus. This is not the Yankees’ day, is it…

  • Leg-End

    Eh. Guess we just have to walk it off. JR Murphy will hit one.

  • Chris

    That inning was a shitshow.

    • chris

      Hi Chris, I’m Chris

  • chris

    Murphy does not frame like Roger Rabbit, that is for sure.

  • JGYank

    Well that was the opportunity to score and take the lead and they blew both. The bottom of the order is up so the chances of tying now are very low. The wrong Giants are going to win today. And Cano is limping great.

  • OldYanksFan

    And Robbie comes up lame. Was he running hard???

    • Wheels

      kinda

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

    I hope they lose but Mo doesn’t give up a run. then Andy pitches well, Mo pitches well, and the offense gets what they deserve.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Joe Girardi really fucked this game up like he’s been doing all year.

    Andy should not have started that inning.

    He needs to walk also.

    • The Real Grege

      Here we go….

    • OldYanksFan

      You are fucking crazy blaming Girardi. Andy was in control and was pulled the moment he let a baserunner on.

    • Gonzalo Hiram

      Andy should not have started that inning and Almonte should not have been running, f**k man, I don’t know how Girardi didn’t remember how bad Almonte runs, we already had seen horrible running from him

    • Mike B.

      I have run out of patience with Joe. Too bad.

  • PsiFighter37

    And go figure, we’re throwing away this inning on bad fielding. Unreal.

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

    I am watching right now in total horror. It’s like a train wreck – you can’t look away.

  • ArchStanton

    Oh come on.

  • Steinbrenner Ghost

    The Keystone Yankees

  • Itsallhowuseeit

    Lets just burn it all the way down to this shitty team

  • Karl Krawfid

    Man mo is a god.

  • Long-Past-His-Day-Rod

    Well that sucks, but I can’t think of a more fitting way to officially end the playoff pursuit. Sums up the season, close but not good enough. Now let’s see the kids a little bit in the last couple days. No more Stewart, Ichiro, or Wells for the rest of the year (or ever again preferably).

    • Gonzalo Hiram

      Let’s see the kids, look at what Almonte just did there.

      We don’t have one good kid, not a single one. Romine, Mesa, Almonte, Nunez, Adams, Joseph and Murphy all of them stink. I don’t see a good player for the future from them, hopefully we can get something from Sanchez, Austin, Williams or Heathcott

  • JGYank

    Yeah great play… and the MVP is up.

  • Karl Krawfid

    Reynolds Ryan and Murphy?

    Season over.

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

      It’s really taken you until now to see this?

      This isn’t even pessimism talking, I think it was pretty damn fair, and just common sense, to say for a few games.

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

    Nice DP, guys. Now lose.

  • chris

    Pretty ass turn..They are spoiling us with a real SS

  • Pasqua

    Minutes later, and I’m still trying to imagine a scenario in which a Major Leaguer, standing on third base, hesitates on a ground ball, sea the play made cleanly in front of him, and THEN breaks for home. Curious.

    • PsiFighter37

      Not sure, but I bet he’s getting paid pretty decently to run the bases because he knows better than us.

      /not really

    • chris

      Unfortunately, I think “major leaguer” will end up being the sticking point there.

    • Mikhel

      Not only that, the runner on 2nd base just stood there watching the play while it unfolded slowly and didn’t advance to 3rd base… moments later he got thrown out on home trying to score from 2nd on a single.

  • JGYank

    He just got like 5 outs and destroyed Posey’s bat. And didn’t even give up a run with terrible defense. We’re gonna miss him. The offense better not mess this up like last inning.

  • Karl Krawfid

    This loss hurts like no other.

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

      No way. that first Red Sox game stung like Hell.

    • Mike B.

      Itr does hurt quite a bit, Karl.

  • JGYank

    It is fitting that Mo kept us in this game. But this is all on the offense, Drob, and Almonte. And that play sums this up. So close but no cigar.

    • fabricio

      drob sucks he wont make it as a closer and almonte is just shit he doesnt even have great speed he has like average speed

      • JGYank

        Drob doesn’t suck. He had a bad game. He’s our second best reliever. You have no idea how he fare as the closer. He didn’t even get an opportunity to close last year since he had like 2 save opps and happened to blow one. And who cares how fast Almonte is when he makes dumb decisions on the basepaths?

        • Mikhel

          DRob doesn’t suck but he’s sucking lately.

          Before today in his past 5 games:

          4 2/3 inn, 9 hits. Out of the 24 batters he faced, he put 10 of them on base (a bit over 2 per inning).

          • JGYank

            Yeah but he’s probably gassed and didn’t he just have some sort of injury he came back from?

      • Mike B.

        I agree.

  • JGYank

    Reynolds gave us the only run in this game against a bad team. Pathetic. Romo is a good closer so things are looking good. This could end everything they worked for all season.

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

      Dude, it’s been over for like a week or so now. This isn’t even pessimism, it’s just, you know, what’s happened.

      • JGYank

        Yeah I know but hey why not still try to win every game? I can see the odds and knew by the end of the deadline they probably wouldn’t make it. But they blow opportunities in the most frustrating ways.

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

          I’m sure they’re trying. They’re just not very good. But you have no excuses for missing opportunities like we did in THIS game in all games.

          • JGYank

            Which is why they could of made it. They had the opportunities. Plenty of them this season. They took advantage of very few. And that’s why they are where they are right now. They weren’t good enough. Just should of won today for several reasons and they just choked.

        • Mike B.

          They do indeed blow opportunities.

  • Winter

    Just in case everyone didn’t already hate last inning, the run expectance in 2013 with runners on 2nd and 3rd with no one out is 1.89 runs.

    • PsiFighter37

      Someone’s gotta drag the average down!

      Meanwhile, Brendan Ryan looking like the sub-Mendoza Line batter he is.

      • SDB

        Two hacks at pitches right in the center of the plate. Fucking hell.

    • Mike B.

      I’m SO surprised….. LOL

  • chris

    these hitters have no clue on Romo’s high 70’s breaking ball

  • Wheels

    The party’s over.

  • The Real Grege

    I feel so sorry for Mariano to have to go out this way in a game that has become too familiar this year.

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

    I’m glad they lost. Andy pitches well, Mo pitches two scoreless innings, and the offense gets what they deserve. Fitting.

  • chris

    Season comes down to 4th string catcher, JR Murphy. Fitting.

  • Karl Krawfid

    We won’t see this game played on Yes Network ever again.

  • Winter

    Okay Murph, chance for everyone to love you forever here.

  • chris

    Hey, but Metallica played and the Yankees made some money today!!!

  • Winter

    Going 3-3 against the Blue Jays and Giants really really hurts. The Yankees need to sweep the Rays and probably the Astros if they want to have any shot at making the wild card. Even then, they need Boston to beat up on Baltimore and Texas to keep losing.

    • chris

      Still? Really? I give you credit man.

  • Itsallhowuseeit

    This blows

  • JGYank

    Dam. That’s it. There goes their chances. They’re officially out of it.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    This game was a three hour summary of the season. Find a way, or ways, to lose. Tough season. Lastima. Adios Mo te vamos a extrañar!

  • chris

    damn he threw that pitch at least 90 percent of that inning

  • Need Pitching & Hitting & Defense & Baserunning

    That was just an embarrassing performance by the offense.

    For shame.

  • Leg-End

    And that is probably the season.

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

      I don’t get how everybody is saying this now. Seriously, weren’t we already below one percent?

      • JGYank

        We still have the TB series and if we won we could set ourselves up for a sweep and then take care of the Astros. But this makes it too much ground to make up in 6 games. Whatever shot we had is gone. Overall, this team overachieved with all of the injuries.

        • mustang (The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013)

          Yep,

          And really this team is just not playing well. This series is a perfect example they could of easily lost 2 out 3 to a team that they should be walking over.

          • JGYank

            They had to many of these types of series. The Mets, Padres, White Sox, now the Giants, and many others if I checked the schedule. If we won just some of those we would be in playoff position right now but this team is beat up, old, and in decline.

            • mustang (The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013)

              Agree.
              When this:

              Brett Gardner, CF
              Eduardo Nunez, SS
              Robinson Cano, 2B
              Kevin Youkilis, 1B
              Vernon Wells, LF
              Ben Francisco, DH
              Ichiro Suzuki, RF
              Jayson Nix, 3B
              Francisco Cervelli, C

              Is your opening day line -up things could of been a lot worse.

              • JGYank

                Yep. Hard to win at all with several scrubs and 5th string guys in the order.

                We didn’t do enough at the deadline either. The cavalry simply arrived too late, and when they did the pitching imploded and more injuries happened again.

              • Mike B.

                I’m 58. I remember…oh…around 1965. We might very well be like that 1965 team. And I don’t have to tell you what happened during the rest of the 60s and early 70s, do I?

        • Jinx

          Stop with the too many injuries crap. Not like other teams didn’t deal with them. This team is old and the minors have nothing to offer. Injuries or not we had a crappy team this year.

          • mustang (The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013)

            PLEASE!!!!

            Other 52 different players!!!!

            Name me the teams that had this many injuries and stay it this far?

            They should had a losing season with all the injuries PERIOD!

            • mustang (The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013)

              Over not other

            • JGYank

              Agree. 52 players says it all. Several guys went on the DL several times. Jeter went on it like 4 times by himself. We played scrubs for most of the year and used like 5th string guys at 3rd and SS. Come on Jinx.

            • Mikhel

              Some of those injuries happened before the season began, the Yanks had holes and neglected to fill them with everyday players and instead opted to sign part-time players.

              They knew about Alex Rodríguez and Jeter since 2012. Teixeira’s injury happened a bit before the season started but with enough time so as to acquire somebody.

              Heck, during the season they could acquire players and decided to play the waiting game, Soriano helped them a lot as soon as he got to the Yanks, and Cashman decided to wait 2 weeks before going ahead with the trade, and just because he loves his minor leaguers so much he doesn’t want to trade them (nor promote them to the majors, because the Yanks have lost quite a few players who at first didn’t want to trade).

              They allowed:

              Ibáñez to sign elsewhere and acquired Vernon Wells to replace him, spending 7 times more (Ibáñez 2.7 MM, Wells 14 MM).

              Chávez to sign with Arizona and acquired Youkilis for 4 times Eric’s salary (Chávez 3 MM, Youkilis 12 MM).

              For a team who doesn’t want to spend, they were generous to give 26 MM for two players who contributed a bit in the season… and one of them still will play in 2014.

              They needed a catcher but opted for Stewart instead of AJ Pierzinsky because AJ was “too old” and “too expensive”. Needed OF and DH help and never pursued OF’s and allowed Swisher to walk away for less than what the spent in Youk+Wells.

              • mustang (The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013)

                Don’t forget Martin I still don’t understand that one.

                • Mike B.

                  Is it possible that Martin and Ibanez did not WANT to play for the Yanks? I wonder what they knew….

              • Mike B.

                You make some great points.

                I have noe liked Cashman for the last ten years or so, and I think it might time for Giradi to pitch his tent elsewhere. But….

                Did you see Hal during the pregame ceremonies honoring Mo? Hal looked like a lost child–a deer in the headlights. Our problems might run right up to the top, as they did in the mid-60s when CBS bought the club (and brought us Mike Burke).

                • Mike B.

                  “not”

              • JGYank

                Yeah terrible offseason. Wasted money on Youk and Ichiro. Should of kept Martin and maybe even Swish instead of Ichiro. Relying on crappy Cs and Wells/Ichiro was stupid. But this team was still probably good enough to grab a WC on paper before all the injuries this season. It just wasn’t as good as in past years like everyone’s used to. People talk as if this is a sub .500 team but it’s not.

                • mustang (The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013)

                  Agree, but Swisher was too much money they still could of used the money better.

                  • JGYank

                    Using that money on Ichiro and Wells is not as good as using the money on Swish. Wells costs even more than Swish for this year and Swish is better. Even Youk wasn’t worth it at all.

          • JGYank

            Agree with the old and minors had nothing to offer part, but we had far more injuries than any other team. The injuries exposed the lack of depth and led to us not winning a WC. The team wasn’t bad on paper at all at the beginning of the year besides at C and RF before the injuries. We could have been in a WC spot right now if we had more guys on the field and they had been fully healthy.

          • mustang (The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013)

            Just give me back half the injuries and they would have a playoffs spot.

          • JGYank

            A crappy team isn’t in the WC hunt until the end of the year. A crappy team doesn’t have almost all of it’s players except a few go down to injury and still finish above .500. We weren’t a great team like usual, but we weren’t crappy either.

            • Mikhel

              It helped a lot to be in a division with three good teams beating each other while the Yanks struggled to win, with TB beating the Bosox and the O’s beating the BJays, the Yanks didn’t lose too much ground.

              The bad thing is unless a team dominates, nobody can sit comfortable at first place.

              • JGYank

                Not really. If we were in the west or central we could beat up the Astros and Mariners or Twins and White Sox. We play in the toughest division in the league and played the most games against teams in our division. That never helps. We had a losing record against Bos, TB, and I think Bal as well. We struggled to win partially because of the teams in our division. But it is helpful that they beat each other up.

  • SDB

    Just fucking awful. Worst loss of the season so far?

    • Mikhel

      Don’t forget those leads they had vs three weeks ago and blew them:

      On Sunday sept 1st the Yanks were winning 3-0 in the 7th, the Os scored 7 runs in that 7th inning and won 7-3.

      Four days later the usual blown save of Mariano vs Boston winning 8-7 in the 9th and lost it in 10 (in that series he blew another lead but won it).

      The next day they had a 8-3 lead in the 7th, and the Sox scored 9 runs to win 12-8.

  • chris

    Metallica is a perfect fit for the Yankees. Still living in the 90’s.

    • trr

      (grunting)

    • Mike B.

      Great point!!! Nicely stated!!

  • PsiFighter37

    Are we numerically eliminated yet, or are we at the point where it’s just a matter of time now?

    Either way – thanks for the memories Mo and Andy. Think the Yankees need to start thinking about tanking for a few years and hiring people who can actually evaluate and develop talent in the minor leagues.

    Time to blow it up and rebuild. Having to watch washups like Wells, Overbay, Hafner, and others comprise a ‘core’ part of our lineup is painful.

    • mustang (The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013)

      Its just matter of time now I guess. They can’t lose at all to even have a slim chance and they need a lot of help.

    • Mikhel

      It is just a matter of time.

      Yanks are 4 games back of the 2nd WC spot (Cleveland), 4.5 back of TB.

      Yankees HAVE to win every game (at least 4 of the next 6).

      AND

      The Indians HAVE to lose 4 of their next 6 against the 2nd and 3rd worst teams in the AL (ChiSox and Twins).

      AND

      Rangers HAVE to lose 5 of their next 6 games against the worst team in the AL (Astros) and the 5th worst (Angels).

      AND

      Orioles HAVE to lose basically every game against Toronto and Bosox plus their game tomorrow vs Tampa (which will push back the Yanks an extra half game).

      So yeah, today was one of the last nails on the coffin.

      • Mikhel

        Oh yeah I forgot:

        The Royals also HAVE to lose at least 1 more game than the Yankees because now both teams are tied. KC goes against Seattle and ChiSox.

  • mustang (The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013)

    Sometimes its just not meant to be.

    This and the Giants get Killed 38-0 another wonderful sport Sunday!

    I’m going to take up tennis.

  • Long-Past-His-Day-Rod

    Thank you for everything Mo and Andy. Glad I got to see you guys get a win/save combo at the Stadium one last time earlier this year.

    This offense doesn’t deserve to win another game this year.

  • jmpnyy

    Yankees f’d up not keeping Gardner active as just a runner. Geez the rosters are expanded.

    • Mikhel

      Gardner is not on the DL, I think.

  • nsalem

    He is active.

    • jmpnyy

      Showed him with no game jersey on. If true then a bigger fup.

      • Crime Dog

        If I remember his quote from the other day: “I can’t hit. I can’t throw. I can’t run”.

        • Mike B.

          Chide me if you must, but I’ve never liked this guy.

      • Mikhel

        Even if he doesn’t have a game jersey on, he is still listed in the 40 man roster and he has been available all the time since his injury.

  • mustang (The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013)

    They went 3 and 3 vs. the Giants and Jays nothing else needs to be said.

    • Mikhel

      0-4 vs Mets
      1-2 vs Padres
      3-3 vs ChiSox

      4-9 vs those bad teams is awful.

      And BY GOD!! 6-13 vs Red Sox, who basically killed the Yankees all season long.

      4-6 in their last 10 games and in this month alone, there were at least 4 games they could win but blew the lead or had a good chance and blew it (2 vs Bosox, 1 vs O’s, today).

  • BigBlueAL

    The Knicks are the best team I root for. I feel like Im in middle school again.

    • mustang (The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013)

      The Knicks!!

      Thank you for making me feel even worse.

      • BigBlueAL

        Knicks are good. No need to be embarrassed by them anymore lol.

        • mustang (The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013)

          If by good you mean maybe second round and out then your right…lol

          They are the only team I fellow that I haven’t seen win a championship. I been blessed to see the Yankees, Giants, and Rangers all win titles, but I still have nightmares of Starks missing 3 after 3… lol

  • Mike B.

    As I posted in a response earlier in this thread, did any of you guys notice Hal during the pregame festivities? He looked lost, like he had no clue. I’m being reminded of the late 60s here (but at least the cars in the late 60s were cool), when the Yanks went through a period of…let’s call it decline.

    • mustang (The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013)

      Lets see what happens IF they have a real bad or losing season and YS is truly empty.

      Because at the end everything in the Yankees empire revolves around what happens on the field. Lasting failure on the field means lower profits THE END!!!

      • Mike B.

        Right.