Game 156: Mariano Rivera Day



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, 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.

Categories : Game Threads


  1. Cliff says:

    Will 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 is $3.99

  2. JGYank says:

    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

  3. Stephen says:

    Any place I can stream the ceremony?

  4. JGYank says:

    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.

  5. Winter says:

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

  6. Pat D says:

    Boston actually gave Mo a bunch of nice gifts.

    • Widget says:

      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.

  7. Now is in on it as well.

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

  9. Mike says:

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

  10. 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) says:

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

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

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

  12. SDB says:

    Anyone else having trouble keeping their eyes dry?

  13. forensic says:

    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.

  14. What a list:

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

  15. JGYank says:

    With Jeters ankle Mos family had to escort him.

  16. The Real Grege says:

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

  17. Pat D says:

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

    For those who are interested.

    • forensic says:

      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 says:

        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.

  18. Pat D says:

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

  19. PsiFighter37 says:

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

  20. The Real Grege says:

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

  21. PsiFighter37 says:

    Pretty jealous of all that Metallica swag, though.

  22. The Giants deserve a lot of credit for that.

  23. Chris says:

    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.

  24. JGYank says:

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

  25. Pat D says:

    Giants Touchdown!!!

    Called back by a penalty.

    And Eli’s been sacked six times already.

  26. JGYank says:

    Imagine if Andy and Mo combined for a perfect game?

  27. YankeeTX says:

    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 !

  28. laurs says:

    Will there be any rebroadcasts of the ceremony?

    • YankeeTX says:

      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.

  29. JGYank says:

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

  30. Pat D says:

    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) says:

      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.

  31. YankeeTX says:

    The Astros are like a cheap pinata.

    The Astros are like a heckler in the audience of Greg

  32. JGYank says:

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

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

    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.

  34. JGYank says:

    When do we see Mo in center?

  35. SDB says:

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

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

    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.

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


  38. JGYank says:

    Dam. Well it’s still tied.

  39. JGYank says:

    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.

  40. Kosmo says:

    that a way granderson do what you do best.

  41. Pat D says:

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

  42. SDB says:

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

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

  44. Need Pitching & Hitting & Defense & Baserunning says:

    Well done, Vern.

  45. Long-Past-His-Day-Rod says:

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

  46. Need Pitching & Hitting & Defense & Baserunning says:

    May as well try to steal home.

  47. Vernon destroyed that rally with his thorough shittiness.

  48. Kosmo says:

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

  49. Thanks for everything, Andy.

  50. Luis Castillo says:

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

  51. Karl Krawfid says:

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

  52. Kosmo says:

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

  53. Karl Krawfid says:

    Fuck this team.

  54. Steinbrenner Ghost says:

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

  55. chris says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

        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 says:

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

        • chris says:

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

        • Need Pitching & Hitting & Defense & Baserunning says:

          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 says:

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

      • chris says:

        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 says:

          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 says:

            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 says:

              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. says:

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

  56. Karl Krawfid says:

    Holy shit Grandy

  57. Wheels says:

    Way to start it off A-Rod.

  58. Need Pitching & Hitting & Defense & Baserunning says:

    Mo circa 1990.

  59. Wheels says:

    Atta boy Robbie

  60. Winter says:

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

  61. Karl Krawfid says:

    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. says:

      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…..

  62. OldYanksFan says:

    Terrible play!!!!!!!!!

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

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

  64. Itsallhowuseeit says:

    Worst base running ever

  65. Need Pitching & Hitting & Defense & Baserunning says:

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

  66. JGYank says:

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

  67. Karl Krawfid says:




  68. JGYank says:

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

  69. Karl Krawfid says:

    Another bad fucking send.

    Jesus Christ.

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

    Watching the 2013 Yankees sucks.

    Watching the Giants sucks.

    Watching sports sucks.

  71. PsiFighter37 says:

    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.

  72. Pinkie Pie says:

    Fuck everything and everyone.

  73. PsiFighter37 says:

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

  74. JGYank says:

    Are you kidding Almonte? Go on contact or stay.

  75. Need Pitching & Hitting & Defense & Baserunning says:

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

  76. Kosmo says:

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

  77. chris says:

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

  78. The Real Grege says:

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

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

    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.

  80. chris says:

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

  81. Need Pitching & Hitting & Defense & Baserunning says:

    Well fuck.

  82. Itsallhowuseeit says:

    Even with a 2 out hit. Not meant to be

  83. JGYank says:

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

  84. chris says:

    oh they didn’t tie..woops

  85. JGYank says:

    No!!!! But good job Nunie.

  86. SDB says:

    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.

  87. Need Pitching & Hitting & Defense & Baserunning says:

    This game is turning into an all out shitfest.

  88. ArchStanton says:

    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.

  89. SDB says:

    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…

  90. Leg-End says:

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

  91. Chris says:

    That inning was a shitshow.

  92. chris says:

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

  93. JGYank says:

    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.

  94. OldYanksFan says:

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

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

    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.

  96. Karl Krawfid says:

    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.

  97. PsiFighter37 says:

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

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

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

  99. ArchStanton says:

    Oh come on.

  100. Steinbrenner Ghost says:

    The Keystone Yankees

  101. Itsallhowuseeit says:

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

  102. Karl Krawfid says:

    Man mo is a god.

  103. Long-Past-His-Day-Rod says:

    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 says:

      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

  104. JGYank says:

    Yeah great play… and the MVP is up.

  105. Karl Krawfid says:

    Reynolds Ryan and Murphy?

    Season over.

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

      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.

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

    Nice DP, guys. Now lose.

  107. chris says:

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

  108. Pasqua says:

    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 says:

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

      /not really

    • chris says:

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

    • Mikhel says:

      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.

  109. JGYank says:

    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.

  110. Karl Krawfid says:

    This loss hurts like no other.

  111. JGYank says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

        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 says:

          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).

      • Mike B. says:

        I agree.

  112. JGYank says:

    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) says:

      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 says:

        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) says:

          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 says:

            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. says:

          They do indeed blow opportunities.

  113. Winter says:

    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.

  114. chris says:

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

  115. Wheels says:

    The party’s over.

  116. The Real Grege says:

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

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

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

  118. chris says:

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

  119. Karl Krawfid says:

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

  120. Winter says:

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

  121. chris says:

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

  122. Winter says:

    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.

  123. Itsallhowuseeit says:

    This blows

  124. JGYank says:

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

  125. Rolling Doughnut says:

    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!

  126. chris says:

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

  127. Need Pitching & Hitting & Defense & Baserunning says:

    That was just an embarrassing performance by the offense.

    For shame.

  128. Leg-End says:

    And that is probably the season.

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

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

      • JGYank says:

        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) says:


          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 says:

            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) says:

              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 says:

                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. says:

                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 says:

          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) says:


            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) says:

              Over not other

            • JGYank says:

              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 says:

              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) says:

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

              • Mike B. says:

                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).

              • JGYank says:

                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) says:

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

                  • JGYank says:

                    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 says:

            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) says:

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

          • JGYank says:

            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 says:

              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 says:

                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.

  129. SDB says:

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

    • Mikhel says:

      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.

  130. chris says:

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

  131. PsiFighter37 says:

    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) says:

      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 says:

      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).


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


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


      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 says:

        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.

  132. mustang (The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013) says:

    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.

  133. Long-Past-His-Day-Rod says:

    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.

  134. jmpnyy says:

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

  135. nsalem says:

    He is active.

  136. mustang (The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013) says:

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

    • Mikhel says:

      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).

  137. BigBlueAL says:

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

    • mustang (The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013) says:

      The Knicks!!

      Thank you for making me feel even worse.

      • BigBlueAL says:

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

        • mustang (The Has Beens & Wannabes Bunch 2013) says:

          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

  138. Mike B. says:

    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) says:

      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!!!

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