GIFs: Masahiro Tanaka’s Spring Debut

Spring Training Game Thread: Tanaka Time
Open Thread: 3/1 Camp Notes


As expected, Masahiro Tanaka made his Grapefruit League debut this afternoon, allowing a pair of bloop hits (on 0-2 fastballs) in two scoreless innings. He struck out three, including one on that nasty splitter above. Considering it was his first outing of the year, Tanaka looked pretty good. I’m not kidding when I say you could hear the camera clicks with every pitch.

Bunch more GIFs after the jump. Sorry about the quality, HD was in and out on for me.


Spring Training Game Thread: Tanaka Time
Open Thread: 3/1 Camp Notes
  • Captain Turbo

    He allowed two freakin’ hits? It’s like Kei Igawa all over again.

    • vicki

      on 0-2 counts. it’s like phil hughes all over again.

      • lightSABR

        And 0 groundouts to 3 flyouts. Yup. Hughes.

        Hopefully Philthy Phil. I saw him live once, and it was a blast. It’s just more fun watching a guy ahead in the count like that.

  • forensic

    Still not a huge fan of these big GIF posts, but I’ll take this one since I still have some of the excitement of that game going.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      It’s really tough on his Apple 2E. ;)

      • forensic

        Commodore 64!

        • Kenny

          Was that CP/M?

        • Jorge Steinbrenner

          You lie. It’s a Vic-20.

          I loved my C64.

    • pat

      Then don’t click on them?

      • forensic

        When I’m on my iPad or phone, I don’t. But they still slow them down and don’t really let them finish loading pages very well.

        Calm down, it was a simple, harmless statement. I didn’t say they’re stupid or a waste or Mike shouldn’t do them, just that I’m not a big fan of them.

        • Wheels

          People are such dicks.

        • lightSABR

          Man, you’re getting picked on this weekend. Everybody, give forensic a hug.

    • Mike Axisa

      We’re working on something so that the GIFs are still images and only animate when you mouse over them. Hopefully will be done soon.

      • forensic

        That’d be pretty cool. Thanks!

        Any idea how that would work for portable devices that run the desktop version of the site? Would we just have to touch it to turn it on and off?

        • Mikhel

          Or a mobile version of the blog displaying just a JPEG of every GIF and maybe (if possible) a floating button to take people to a mobile version with the animated images (or directly to the desktop version).

          The hard thing would be to code the button and retain the post capability on the mobile version (I’ve seen pages with two different mobile versions, one for android other for apple or something to that regard).

          I use the RSS feeds to have my daily fix of Yankee news from here and other NYY blogs but the bad thing is I can not opine (not that my opinions are very good but nonetheless I sometimes want to post something).


      • Slu

        Thank god. I too am not a gif fan.

      • JetersTacoHole

        You should use the system they use at:

  • Betty Lizard

    Filthy one-on-one GIF action! My favorite!

    • Alkaline

      This should be marked NSFW.

  • NCS

    Slightly cleaner, slowed-down look at that splitter. Nasty:

    • Alkaline

      Me likey.

    • Yankeefan91

      That Was Beautiful in slow mo

  • JonS

    “I’m not kidding when I say you could hear the camera clicks with every pitch.”

    Yea, when Michael Kay said that, I was thinking “bullshit”. Then I listened and was like “holyshit.” lol

    • nycsportzfan

      Oh my! Dudes got game!

  • dkidd

    that splitter is filthier than a briefcase full of porn

    • Mike

      Depends on the porn

  • Mountain Yankee

    CC and Kuroda looked pretty good too. Man, CC looks pretty thin! Good for him. I’m looking forward to Tanaka’s first “real” start. Hopefully it’ll be a complete game and a no-hitter.

    • Bryan

      I’m very nervous about CC. I understand that he will likely add velocity as ST progresses, but jeez louise…he had trouble hitting 90!

  • TWTR

    I can’t wait until his next outing.

  • jim p
  • Jason

    I am viewing the GIFs on a windows computer and there is no lag, the GIFs are perfectly fine. I don’t know what the fuss is about. I guess Apple still likes to screw their users not only with prices but with content too.
    That being said, Tanaka had a good outing today, looking forward to seeing more from him.

    • Betty Lizard

      Bless your heart.

  • yankee empire

    Cc looked bad. He could have easily been lit up. He should be 5 starter. Sign santana now. Order should be karoda, tanaka, santana, nova, and cc. With pineda and warren waiting in wings. Cc is kidding himself if he’s ok with 88. 88 means its my last year and I retire.

    • Mikhel

      Plus Santana would fit it nicely with the last-name-ending-in-A-rotation.

  • Larry Love

    Man that is some nasty stuff!!