Apr
10

Game 10: Big Mike vs. Boston

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BIG MIKE IS HERE

The Yankees got their second look at Masahiro Tanaka last night, so now it’s Michael Pineda‘s turn. The big right-hander — Big Mike, if I may — held the hard-hitting Blue Jays to one run in six innings, striking out five and walking zero. More importantly, his fastball averaged 93.8 mph and topped out at 95.6 mph according to PitchFX. That’s a great sign following major shoulder surgery. Velocity is important for a guy like Pineda, who needs to speed up bats to keep hitters off his slider.

Because he is coming back from surgery, the Yankees lifted Pineda after those six innings last week even though he had only thrown 83 pitches. He’s too important to the present and future of the organization to push him hard this early in the season. I’m guessing Pineda will be allowed to throw 90-95 pitches tonight, though that probably depends on the intensity of those pitches. If he’s cruising, maybe it’ll be 100 pitches. If this start is a grind, they might cap him at 85. We’ll see.

The Yankees have lost their last two games, one a blowout and the other a close, late-inning defeat. Far too much will be made of this series against the Red Sox, that’s always the case, but that doesn’t mean these games aren’t important. I think the AL East will be crazy tight all year, so these head-to-head matchups are imperative, even looking at simple tie-breaker scenarios come the end of the season. Plus, you know, beating the Red Sox is always fun. Here is the Boston lineup and here is Joe Girardi‘s lineup:

  1. LF Brett Gardner
  2. SS Derek Jeter
  3. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  4. RF Carlos Beltran
  5. C Brian McCann
  6. DH Alfonso Soriano
  7. 1B Kelly Johnson
  8. 3B Yangervis Solarte
  9. 2B Dean Anna
    RHP Michael Pineda

It is just a lovely day in New York. Wish I had spent more of it outside instead of in the dentist’s chair. Blue sky, temperatures in the high-50s/low-60s, no clouds, no threat of rain … just a wonderful night for baseball. They should all be like this. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm ET and you can watch the game on YES locally and, depending on where you live, MLB Network nationally. Enjoy.

Categories : Game Threads
  • vicki

    hulk smash.

    • Looser Trader Droids Kenobi FotD™

      +1. Beat me to it!

  • your mom

    I would be happy with a series split and some signs of life from McCann’s bat.

  • Dalek Jeter

    Zu Ehren von König Friedrich der Große, gewinnen wir das für Preußen.

  • The Guns of Navarone

    I’ve only actually been able to sit down and watch one of the Yankees’ four wins. I’ve watched all the losses. Love to see a win tonight.

  • Lukaszek

    Alright lets go, wanna see some big bats tonight

  • Lukaszek

    David Ortiz’ jimmies seem rustled tonight

  • Dalek Jeter

    That highlight of Ortiz’s homer just reminded me of why I hate him so much.

    • The Guns of Navarone

      I hate him because he’s been doing shit like that his whole career and nobody cares or seems to call him out. Biggest hot dog in the game.

      • Dalek Jeter

        I hate him for a whole host of reasons, that being one of the larger ones.

  • WhittakerWalt

    Oh, look. Big Papi already bellyaching about called strikes.

    • The Guns of Navarone

      Saw that too

    • vicki

      death and taxes.

    • Widget

      He’s been do it for years yet never gets called out for it because he’s just so darn lovable. Biggest fraud ever.

      • WhittakerWalt

        It was the first freakin’ pitch!

  • Widget

    Surprised Ortiz made it to the game, I assumed he was still staring at his homer yesterday.

    • Dalek Jeter

      Seriously. I don’t understand how he wasn’t hit next AB, or at least buzzed up and in.

      • Mr. Roth

        This is the thing I started looking forward to the most when we signed McCann. It still blows my mind that Ortiz has only been hit by a Yankee pitcher twice in 844 plate appearances. ONLY TWO TIMES!

    • WhittakerWalt

      This wins.

    • BFDeal

      Love it!

    • Lukaszek

      Lmao

  • hogsmog

    A scoreless first?

    SORCERY.

  • The Guns of Navarone

    Buchholz needs to get roughed up tonight. Heard he’s been throwing in the upper 80s.

  • WhittakerWalt

    Can’t catch up to 87 mph, Gardy?

  • Wheels

    Jeter swinging the bat pretty well.

  • Winter

    Missed the first inning. How’d Big Mike look?

    Are we really calling him Big Mike now?

    • The Guns of Navarone

      Big Mike is cruisin! Looking better with every batter.

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    Had some good swings in that 1st inning. Keep hitting it like that and it could be a good night.

  • NCS

    Yikes, a lot of empty seats out there.

    • Mykey

      It’s pretty amazing.

    • vicki

      better crowd at the riverdogs game.

    • RkyMtnYank

      All of the empty seats behind home in the tv shots is pretty normal though, unfortunately.

      • Mykey

        Yeah that’s for sure, but the rest of the stadium looks pretty empty as well. This is Yankees Red Sox, no less.

  • Wheels

    Pineda is awesome.

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    Blows it right by him. Mike Pineda looks real good so far. Looks like our ace.

    • RkyMtnYank

      Mike Pineda doesn’t really work, “Big Mike” ok, but Mike Pineda just doesn’t fit him.

  • Widget

    It’s still early, but I’m enjoying Daniel Nava turning back into Daniel Nava, short career minor leaguer.

  • TheRealGreg

    Joe Madden started all of this.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Man, I don’t want to get excited. I don’t want to get excited. I don’t want to get excited.

    Please give us 30 starts, Big Mike.

    • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

      “29 is not 30, Eddie.”

      What movie?

      • The Guns of Navarone

        I’ll guess “Eddie.” Isn’t it that Whoopie Goldberg movie where she’s a basketball coach? Shot in the dark…

        • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

          No, sir.

      • Wheels

        Eight Men Out.

        • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

          You got it

    • The Guns of Navarone

      I know it’s tough, but try and save it for next season. If he develops that changeup next season… sky’s the limit.

      • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

        Yeah. Reality.

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    Balkin Bob Davidson

  • WhittakerWalt

    So is McCann just going to be another slow, lumbering guy who hits it into the shift for the next 5 years? Because that sucks.

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    CC should be doing this. Mike Pineda looks like an ace.

    • The Guns of Navarone

      I freaking LOVE Pineda’s little srikeout skip he does

  • vicki

    first boston at-bat that hasn’t started with a strike one looking.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    Jelly-leg Special: table 4

  • al

    Pineda walks Jackie, just to see how a walk feels like!

  • hogsmog

    Oh god, please please don’t fall apart from the stretch.

  • Mike Myers

    Big mike missing the bats!

    Jesus Who?

  • Captain Turbohiro Tanaka

    Pineda looking sharp. #futureyankeeace

    • Cool Lester Smooth

      Future?

  • vicki

    but seriously. 45 pitches, 29 strikes, 9 swing-and-misses in 3ip.

  • WhittakerWalt

    I miss runs.

  • TheRealGreg

    Unfortunately for the Yankees, the bullpen will be exposed later in the game.

    And I thought this offense would be better.

    • The Guns of Navarone

      You should play the lotto more often with that kind of foresight.

    • WhittakerWalt

      So glad you reverse jinxed everything.

  • Cool Lester Smooth

    So, this Pineda guy is fairly good at baseball.

    • TheRealGreg

      Yes, but the offense is moribund. AGAIN

      • Wheels

        Maybe this will be a good inning.

  • Cool Lester Smooth

    Sox guys bitching about the sweat on Pineda’s palm.

    • Captain Turbohiro Tanaka

      That’s racist!

  • BrianMcCannon

    Lookin’ good Pineda.

  • Capo

    Watching on NESN, because I’m unfortunately in Assachusetts. They showed a screencap of Pineda’s palm with a smudge and were speculating about his use of pine tar to help the slider.

    Great time to discuss cheating, too, while Ortiz was batting.

    • Deathstroke Heathcott

      Also trying to jinx Pineda with everything short of a voodoo ritual.

    • Cool Lester Smooth

      Yeah, they won’t shut up about it (I’m in Atlanta, and the only stream is NESN)

    • The Guns of Navarone

      Whatever you do, don’t show the incredible amount of grease and all-around grossness Buchholz pitched with last season. I legitimately thought he should’ve been reprimanded.

    • YankeeDJW

      Didn’t hear them complaining about Lester last October.

      Pineda’s hand does look a bit suspicious though. I hope for all our sakes he doesn’t get caught cheating.

    • RkyMtnYank

      Of course, if you are going to cheat like that the best place to do it would be a big spot right there on your palm.

    • Captain Turbohiro Tanaka

      Inbred yokels have to have something to talk about. Amirite?

    • UncleArgyle

      There’s no innuendo going on at NESN here. Remy is straight up accusing Pineda of doctoring the baseball. It’s probably just sun screen mixed with rosin. Which is perfectly legal from what I hear.

    • nycsportzfan

      what I don’t get is why Giardi dosent have him take it off. Someones gotta of let him know by now, its public, I would think? Someone should be watching this game keeping him informed if need be, about anything.

  • Wheels

    b.s.

  • vicki

    big mikkkkke.

  • Naved

    DAT pine tar tho.

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    That was a gift. Ells should be running here. Don’t count on McCann and Sori to drive you home.

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    Here we go. 1st and 2nd for tweedle dee and tweedle dum. Let’s see how they blow this one.

    • TheRealGreg

      Thank you

    • YankeeDJW

      Tweedle dum is alive and well.

  • Holy Ghost

    They’re alive! The offense is alive!

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    TAKE THAT SHIFT! MCCANN FINALLY EARNS HIS PINSTRIPES!

  • gageagainstthemachine

    Alright, McCann! Let’s keep it rolling along boys!

  • Rolling Doughnut

    crooked number let’s go!

  • BrianMcCannon

    That’s my boy.

  • The Guns of Navarone

    Yay McCann

  • The Guns of Navarone

    Now hows about a tater?

  • Rolling Doughnut

    well, fuck.

  • TheRealGreg

    Considering Soriano’s penchant for the K, you take that outcome

    • WhittakerWalt

      Sadly, yes.

  • hogsmog

    It would be so sweet if Pineda can come right back and shut them down.

  • The Guns of Navarone

    Make it stand up Big Mike

    • Rick

      That’s what she said

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    2 runs is more than enough for Mike Pineda, I just don’t think it’s enough for this pen.

  • Go Pineda GO!

    LoL Gordon Edes says Pineda is cheating

    https://twitter.com/GordonEdes/status/454407825662676992

    • The Guns of Navarone

      Good. The more butt-hurt they are the better. Let them bitch and moan like babies after all the shit they pull with Lester and Buchholz last season. Not to mention the antics Ortiz pulls just about every day.

    • Captain Turbohiro Tanaka

      What a loser. Can’t take it that his team is getting beat fair and square.

  • The Guns of Navarone

    Oh yeah… throw that changeup you big stud. I’m very aroused.

  • Wheels

    Hulkamania.

  • hogsmog

    Wow, nasty.

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    A true ace

  • BrianMcCannon

    I think we won the trade.

    • Captain Turbohiro Tanaka

      This

    • Cool Lester Smooth

      Yup. Imagine if we had him the last couple of years?

      • BrianMcCannon

        Ah, if only.

  • TheRealGreg

    Buster_ESPN Buster Olney
    Re: Pineda’s hand. Certainly Sox aware by now; if they don’t complain, it tells you (again) this is standard operating procedure for P’s.

  • Chip

    I’m loving all the complaining about the pine tar on his palm yet they haven’t come up with a screen cap of him ACTUALLY PUTTING IT ON THE BALL. If they want to keep complaining, just show them the picture of Buckholtz clearly doctoring last year.

  • Cool Lester Smooth

    ANNA!

  • Wheels

    Anna!?!?

  • Leg-End

    DEAN ANNA.

  • Chip

    Dean Anna has no power

  • vicki

    fifteen whiffs through five.

    • Cool Lester Smooth

      I’m in love with Big Mike.

    • Wheels

      fifteen?

      • Cool Lester Smooth

        Swings and misses, not Ks.

        • vicki

          right. “only” 7 k’s.

          • Cool Lester Smooth

            It’s love, I tell you.

  • vicki

    get.

    the fuck.

    out.

    • Rick

      Doesn’t sound like you’d be a very nice host.

      • vicki

        i have my moods, rick.

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    SANTA ANNA!!!!!!!!!! SEE YA!!!!!!!!!!

  • LitFig

    Quick, what was Sterling’s call for Dean Anna’s bomb?

    • Chip

      Anna is on the Dean’s list

      • Chip

        Well, that’s what it should have been anyhow

  • SevenAces

    They need to pound the crap out of that rat faced pitcher.

  • Deathstroke Heathcott

    Dean Anna! What was Sterling’s call?

  • John Sterling

    Anna get your gun! Dean creamed it!

    • Cool Lester Smooth

      Awesome.

    • YankeeDJW

      Ouch. Not his best.

      • fat jeter (John Sterling)

        That’s actually just what i imagine John Sterling would say. None of his home run calls are good, but there is a formula. They need to reference something vaguely understood by most listeners and they need to be simply god awful.

    • vicki

      that’s …. kind of dirty.

  • TheRealGreg

    “Anna is on the Dean’s List?????’

    • Cool Lester Smooth

      Not quite as good, but passable.

      • TheRealGreg

        Well that was it.

  • tom t

    It was something like Anna, you’re on the deans list. Instantly blacked out the specifics, sorry.

  • Cool Lester Smooth

    DE-REK JE-TER!

  • RkyMtnYank

    Buchholz keeps wiping his nasty ass wet hair with his pitching hand, guess that’s ok though.

    • Wheels

      yeah, have noticed that.

  • Wheels

    Jeter!

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    And this guy is retiring? Still looks like he can hit with the best of them.

    • Preston

      I’d rather he left when he looked that way. Watching Jeter become like what Ichiro has been the last couple of years would hurt my soul.

      • WhittakerWalt

        Totally agree. Maybe he can even hit .290 or so in his final year. So much better than limping across the finish line like Griffey did, or being forced out like Matsui and Damon.

        • Cool Lester Smooth

          .290? He’s already hitting .300! It’s only getting better from here, dammit!

          • Preston

            He’s going to outdo 2009, guaranteed!!!

            • Cool Lester Smooth

              2009? Try 1998!

    • nycsportzfan

      I knew he’d be fine offensively. How do you bet against a guy whos had as many hits as the Cap? Hes always gonna be able to hit.

  • BigBlueAL

    The crowd got alot more excited for Jeter’s double than Anna’s hr lol.

  • Cool Lester Smooth

    AND ELLS!

    • Cool Lester Smooth

      I can dig this lineup, even if Brett at 9th might be a bit better.

  • Deathstroke Heathcott

    I’m not afraid of the Red Sox.

    • WhittakerWalt

      I am. Always.

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    Tonight is Brian Cashman’s night – Ellsbury and McCann come through, Pineda dominates the Sox. 4 runs should be enough even with this depleted pen.

    • nycsportzfan

      I have a special feeling about this season.

  • Tom

    nice job by Ellsbury, but I hate the give up out on the bases – if it was going to be a close play at the plate and you are drawing a cutoff it’s one thing I understand it, but it seemed like Jeter was scoring on that pretty easily.

    Plus with AJ catching, he should be able to swipe 2nd anyway.

    • Cool Lester Smooth

      Yeah, I think he just thought the throw was going through and fucked up.

  • Wheels

    Pedroia looks so tiny compared to Pineda.

    • Deathstroke Heathcott

      Pedroia is so tiny compared to Pineda.

      • vicki

        Pedroia is so tiny compared to Pineda.

        somebody was going to do it.

        • YankeeDJW

          Hahaha.

      • nycsportzfan

        Pedroia can ball though, i’ll admit that.

  • UncleArgyle

    One thing I really like about Pineda is how quickly he’s on the mound ready to pitch. He doesn’t screw around out there

  • NCS

    MLB casters just talked about Pineda’s palm grease now, albeit not for as long as it sounds like the NESN crew was on about it. Any mention on YES?

    • TheRealGreg

      Not really, but the Red Sox would have complained about it by now.

      • Chris A

        They’re all talking about it now

    • Tom

      They just talked about it now.

      And they mentioned what I thought was odd… it’s on his right wrist/hand.

      Normally if you were using it, it would be on your left arm (Buchholz) or in your glove (Lester) such that you can touch it with the fingers on your throwing hand. (Or as Buchholz now does, his hair)

      • nycsportzfan

        Pineda was lucky the ump didn’t go out there, as he’d of gotten taken outta game(I think is what happens?). It was pretty obvious. Dont know how big a deal it is, but it was obvious. Pineda is a beast though, hopefully he’ll here about this and we won’t see it anymore.

  • TheRealGreg

    Pineda got very lucky that that wasn’t gone

  • Cool Lester Smooth

    AYYYYY

  • Cool Lester Smooth

    Kissinger!

  • CountryClub

    MLB network just showed pine tar on Buchholz’s elbow. So it’s even.

  • nycsportzfan

    Dean Anna baby wit the pop! Pineda straight dealin!

  • CountryClub

    Assuming Pineda gets through the 7th, do they give the 8th to Betances?

  • WhittakerWalt

    Surprised Big Papi even made it to second on that hit. He must have only admired it a little bit.

  • Cool Lester Smooth

    Damn, that usually falls.

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    Pineda gets through the 7th. If there are lefties coming up in the 8th you go to Thorton. Righties and you go to BGDP. I don’t think you can put the ball in Delin’s hands and have him walk 2 guys, boom 3 run-HR and it’s tied. Thorton and BGDP are your only options.

  • Wheels

    There goes the shut out.

  • CountryClub

    Pineda’s velocity has been 89/90 the past couple of innings. He didn’t really lose it in his last start.

    • TheRealGreg

      The pine tar connection will surely be brought up

  • TheRealGreg

    You’ve seen Girardi go with the quick hooks with his starters. Here’s another

  • teddy

    shouldn’t they get more data on bogarts for shifting, seem like every righthande hits goes straight up the middle

  • nycsportzfan

    My buddy(sox fan) trying to act like no big deal, its early blah,blah,blah.lol Every game counts and every win vs division foe, could be critical in head to head at yrs end.

  • Frank

    Can Yanks’ BP get 9 outs? This could get very interesting.

  • vicki

    haha, all the balks you can eat.

  • WhittakerWalt

    Fucking Davidson.

  • UncleArgyle

    All NESN is talking about is the Pine Tar.

    • CountryClub

      I’m guessing they’re ignoring the tar that was Buchholz’s elbow….

    • BFDeal

      Pretty ironic considering Boston has Miss Hawaiian Tropic on the mound.

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    Balkin Bob strikes again.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    They are into the pen. Deep breaths.

  • nycsportzfan

    Sit the freak dowwn AJ Pierloser!

  • nycsportzfan

    Cabral is pretty dang good. I’d hate to face him if I was a Lefty hitter.

  • YankeeDJW

    Please tell me that wasn’t a “Boston Sucks” chant.

    • Captain Turbohiro Tanaka

      I’m afraid it was.

    • nycsportzfan

      yeah, the days of earning your smack talk is long over. Now, its just uneducated fans saying one or the other team sucks, regardless of anything.

    • WhittakerWalt

      I hate that shit.

    • WhittakerWalt

      Ugh.

  • Winter

    Good job Cabral, doing exactly what he’s supposed to: get lefties out.

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    It is time. BGDP.

  • Deathstroke Heathcott

    dat k/9

  • vicki

    i’m giddy-happy for stairs.

    • Winter

      So… why is Cabral’s nickname stairs? I’ve never quite understood.

      • vicki

        the joke is he threw drob down the stairs (twice now!) to move up in the bullpen hierarchy.

  • nycsportzfan

    Brian Roberts just get day off for rest?

    • CountryClub

      Yes

  • Wheels

    Ok Phelps.

  • Captain Turbohiro Tanaka

    Is it too much to ask for the Yankees to get a blowout? Just sayin’

  • nycsportzfan

    Nice inning by Cabral and Phelpsy!

  • The Guns of Navarone

    Nice of RA Dickey to save his Cy Young start for the Yanks

  • nycsportzfan

    I thought Solarte got that! God dang it!

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    Damn. So close Soley.

  • Winter

    Careful there, Grady. Wouldn’t want to break a femur there.

  • BrianMcCannon

    Damn, I thought that was out.

  • The Guns of Navarone

    LOL ESPN.com has it 5-1 Yanks with a Solarte HR

    • The Guns of Navarone

      It’s corrected now. Good to see I wasn’t the only one fooled. Looked gone off the bat.

      • vicki

        swtp.

        solar warning-track power.

  • nycsportzfan

    Don’t know if i’d bring Phelps back out. Might of went with Betances. I hope it works though. If it does, it’ll give some confidence back to Phelps, which is important.

    • TheRealGreg

      Betances is too much of a wild card for this situation

      • Winter

        Betances is too much of a wild card for this situation

      • nycsportzfan

        He deserves a legit chance if you ask me, to be a real part of this pen. That said, Joe looks brilliant for his use of the pen tonight. Phelps is mowing em down! Huge confidence booster for Phelps.

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    And that’s why you don’t write a guy off after one or two bad games. BGDP is going to be a big part of this pen all season.

  • UncleArgyle

    Better check Phelps for Pine Tar…..

    • Captain Turbohiro Tanaka

      And steroids!

  • Wheels

    atta boy Phelps!

  • TheRealGreg

    Impressive Phelps

  • Rolling Doughnut

    The pen steps up, nice. 3 more to go.

  • http://404 JD Sailinher

    Rookie for the save. Only for the Bold Manager.

  • TheRealGreg

    Looks like Phelps will go for the 7 out save

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    The pen is empty. BGDP for the S.

  • nycsportzfan

    Wow, going with Phelps to close it out. Interesting.

  • Dan in Athens

    Girardi looking for the old school save. Goose is smiling somewhere.

  • nycsportzfan

    I like the whole “whatever the game brings you” type of approach for bullpens anyways. Never lets a team really know who they could face. Keepts teams alittle more off balance, I think.

  • Yangeddard Solarte

    Nasty 2 seamer. Close it out. BGDP!

  • http://404 JD Sailinher

    Phelps is channeling Goose!

  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!

  • Captain Turbohiro Tanaka

    Pine tar this, biyatches.

  • BigBlueAL

    What a great performance by Phelps. I think we are all back on his bandwagon now after jumping off it following his first 2 outings of the season lol.

  • CashmanNinja

    I love this approach because of several reasons:

    1.) it keeps Phelps stretched out as a long reliever instead of playing musical chairs with relievers depending on matchups while Robertson is out.

    2.) it gives him a confidence booster. Phelps has been roughed up; Girardi is showing faith in him and that can go a long way.

    3.) it saves the other guys. The last thing we need is for other guys who aren’t used to pitching with so little rest coming in and facing more and more guys — like Thornton for example.

    4.) old-school saves are downright bad ass and Phelps looked terrific.

  • Wheels

    nice win.

  • vicki

    wow.

    well done, phelpsie. and good on you, joe.

  • nycsportzfan

    Awesome game! Pineda was great, as was Phelps, and Anna went deep, and the cap had multi-hit game. Sweet!

  • RetroRob

    Why I remember just the other day when people were calling for Phelps to be DFA’d. It’s like baseball is new to them. Nice game.

  • Rolling Doughnut

    This shot of Don Julio is for the Pineda and the pen of bulls.

    • vicki

      salud!

  • TheRealGreg

    Girardi basically says “No comment” to the pine tar question

    • Wheels

      fuckin Pineda-gate.

    • RetroRob

      Pinetar? In a bar. What is the claim?

      • TheRealGreg

        Looked like Pineda had pine tar on his throwing hand. He has claimed that it was dirt and sweat

        • RetroRob

          Thanks. More Red Sox bull-shittery.

          • RetroRob

            I amend this now after seeing the details. The Red Sox ignored it.

            Just general mass media bull-shittery.

  • TheRealGreg

    Even Smoltz is saying that it is a non issue

    • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

      Well then it obviously is because everything he says is a lie.

      And he knows it.