Jul
23

Headley walks off in 14th, Yanks beat Texas 2-1

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Just when I thought these Yankees couldn’t get any worse, they go and do something like this … AND TOTALLY REDEEM THEMSELVES! Seriously, that was the worst best game of the year. I loved it and hated it at the same time. The Yankees won but really, we all still lost in a way. The final score was 2-1 in 14 innings.

Poor Meredith. (Presswire)

Poor Meredith. (Presswire)

The New Guy
Just as we all expected when we woke up Tuesday morning, Chase Headley delivered a walk-off single to give the Yankees the win over the Rangers in the second game of their four-game series. New York acquired their new third baseman from the Padres in the afternoon, he joined the team after flying in from Chicago, arrived at Yankee Stadium in the second inning, pinch-hit in the eighth, and still managed to get four at-bats. Pretty hectic day, I imagine.

Before Headley could earn his True Yankee status, his new teammates had to rally to tie the game in the bottom of the 13th. Catcher turned first baseman J.P. Arencibia took David Huff deep for a solo homer in the top half of the inning, and it really did feel like the end of the game. The Yankees looked so inept for 17 innings dating back to Monday that scoring a run felt like impossible. Naturally, after struggling against no names all night, they pushed across the tying run against Joakim Soria, the best available pitcher on the Rangers’ staff.

Brett Gardner led off the 13th inning with a pure hustle double to right, using his speed to barely beat out Shin-Soo Choo’s throw. The play was really close. Derek Jeter bunted Gardner up to third and, for whatever reason, Texas elected to pitch to Jacoby Ellsbury with first base open. He singled to right to knot the game up. Ellsbury’s come up with a ton of huge hits this season so far. At least it feels that way. He advanced to third on Carlos Beltran‘s single but was stranded when Brian McCann banged into an odd 3-6-3 double play. It appeared Arencibia let the ball drop in rather than catch it for one out.

Anyway, the 14th inning rally started with another double, this one a one-out ground-rule job by Brian Roberts. I’m not sure if he would have gotten to second base on the play without the ball going over the wall. Thankfully it did. Frankie Cervelli followed with a ground ball single to right, though it was hit hard enough that Roberts had to hold at third. Headley followed up with the walk-off single, a nice little piece of hitting the other way on a sinker on the outer half. This game felt like it was never going to end. Pretty awesome that the new guy got to show off some #hitvelo and contribute directly to the win.

(Presswire)

(Presswire)

Nick, Not Pedro
One day after getting shut down by someone named Miles Mikolas, the Yankees managed three singles and one walk in 5.1 innings against rookie Nick Martinez. He retired 14 of the final 16 batters he faced and took the ball into the sixth inning despite being on a 65-ish pitch count in his first start off the disabled list. I imagine Headley was probably sitting in the dugout hoping he could go back to the Padres to play with a team that could score runs. (I kid, I kid.)

The Yankees didn’t get their first base-runner to second base (!) until Derek Jeter doubled to left with one out in the ninth. He was stranded after Ellsbury was intentional walked and Beltran hit into a 6-4-3 double play. Two two-out walks (Gardner and Jeter) were wasted in the 11th when Ellsbury grounded out. Two singles (Beltran and McCann) and an intentional walk (Roberts) loaded the bases with one out in the 12th, but the Rangers escaped the jam when Cervelli lined out to Adrian Beltre at third and Headley grounded out. It was remarkable. They were finding new and interesting ways to not score each inning.

Before Soria blew the save, the Yankees managed only six hits and five walks in 12 innings against a parade of mostly replacement level arms. Between Martinez and some relievers, 23 of 25 Yankees made outs from the first through ninth innings. That’s unbelievable. There was some hard contact against Martinez in the first two innings but nothing after that. The Yankees rolled over on a lot of weak grounders or popped up hittable pitches until Jeter doubled in the ninth. This offense, man. It makes you want to pull your hair out sometimes.

The Return of Ace Whitley
The pitching line is fantastic — 6 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K 8/2 GB/FB — and Chase Whitley was far better than he had been in his previous four starts, but the Rangers definitely bailed him out with some shoddy base-running. Whitley put the leadoff man on base in the first, second, third, fourth, and seventh innings, though Texas had a man thrown out at third trying to advance on a ball in the dirt in the third, then had another runner thrown out at home in the fifth. It was a soft ground ball back up the middle that Roberts fielded but was unable to throw to first for the out, yet for whatever reason Robinson Chirinos chugged on home after rounding third. He was out at home by a mile.

(Presswire)

(Presswire)

Whitley was a little shaky but ultimately he kept runs off the board and that’s all that matters. Given all the injuries, there are no style points for the team’s rotation. Get outs however you can. Six relievers held the Rangers hitless for six innings (only one walk) after Whitley until Arencibia homered leading off the 13th. Adam Warren (two outs), Dellin Betances (three outs), David Robertson (six outs), and Shawn Kelley (three outs) were all pretty awesome. Jeff Francis, who I had totally forgotten was on the roster, pitched a scoreless 14th for the win. I have to think the Yankees will bring up a fresh arm tomorrow. I’m just not sure who.

Leftovers
Jeter’s double was the 535th of his career, passing Lou Gehrig for the most two-baggers in Yankees history. He went 1-for-4 with a walk on the night. Gardner (two hits, two walks), Ellsbury (two hits, one walk), Beltran (two hits), and Roberts (two hits, one walk) all reached base multiple times. Kelly Johnson went 0-for-4 before leaving the game with a groin injury.

McCann had a weird night at the plate. He went 1-for-6 but there’s a story behind it. McCann hit a ball to the wall in his first at-bat that Leonys Martin caught and re-caught on the way down after it plopped out of his glove mid-jump. Next time up he smashed a line drive that Arencibia robbed with a leaping catch. Later in the game, he lifted a jam shot bloop into the triangle in left field that fell in because three Rangers defenders had communication issues. McCann hit two balls on the screws and got nothing. Then he got jammed and got a hit on a weak bloop. Baseball, man.

And finally, I was disappointed to see Questlove leave the game after the 13th inning, though I can’t say I blame him. It looked like he was going to hang around all night. The B-list celebrity who turned the season around?

Box Score, WPA Graph & Standings
MLB.com is the place to go for the box score and video highlights. FanGraphs has some other stats and the updated standings are at ESPN. The Orioles won and the Mariners lost, so the Yankees remain four games back of the top spot in the AL East and climbed to within 1.5 games of the second wildcard spot.


Source: FanGraphs

Up Next
The Yankees and Rangers will continue this four-game series on Wednesday night, when David Phelps squares off against Yu Darvish. That should be fun. (I’m not sure if that’s the right word.) Head over to RAB Tickets if you watch to catch that game or any of the other four games left on the homestand.

Categories : Game Stories
  • Dan

    #hitvelocity

  • willie w

    good going Chase,,,
    now whip those other Yankee hitters into shape

    • Deep Thoughts

      Off-topic but I wonder if Eppler had anything to do with this trade, in terms of scouting or negotiating, or even as an unspoken bargaining chip.

      • lightSABR

        Interesting thought. I mean, I doubt it, but I don’t even know who signed off on the trade from the Padres’ side, so… who knows?

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      Doesn’t rhyme.

  • Dalek Jeter

    *orders number 12 Jersey*

    • Winter

      It’s really nice of you to honor Soriano’s contributions over the years even though the parting was rough.

      • Dalek Jeter

        Two birds with one stone, Soriano was my favorite player to watch as a kid (I actually hated A-Rod his first season because we traded Sori for him) and my favorite rental player.

        • Mikhel

          pffft I just thought about Clay Bellinger, at least I think that was the number he wore (or Matt Howard by any chance?).

          Come to think about… Boggs, also wore #12, same for Álvaro Espinoza (part time SS and part time 3B), aaaand… carlos rodriguez?

          • Darren

            Don’t forget Jim Spencer. And didn’t A rod wear #12 for a bit?

  • hogsmog

    Like watching two slugs wrestle

    • DMN

      I can’t think of a better way to describe this game than that.

      • New Guy

        My high school football coach once described watching a bad game as “Two rats pissing on a cotton swab.” If you can figure that one out, more power to you.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    ARod broke his TV tonight

  • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Dr. Martin van Nostrand

    The Yankees won but we all still lost.

    Yeah, this is way too true.

  • nycsportzfan

    It sucks showing such frustration during a game you win but it was so hard to hold back at times during that one.lol So thankful we didn’t waste that Whitley start.

  • forensic

    Headley wins it for the Yankees and breaks RAB (for me) at the same time. Impressive.

    • ropeadope

      Same here.

  • MB923

    “Just when I thought these Yankees couldn’t get any worse, they go and do something like this … AND TOTALLY REDEEM THEMSELVES! ”

    HAHAHAHAHA. Nice one Mike

    Still not a big fan of the trade due to him being a rental basically, but at least it’s off to a nice slow start and let’s hope it continues to go well.

    Here’s a nice (well really, Ugly) stat:

    Walk off wins in the New Yankee Stadium
    Headley – 1 (1 game, obviously, as a Yankee)
    Jeter – 0 (354 games)

    Hey I love Jeets like everyone else, just thought it’s worth pointing out. Hope he gets one this year in his last year.

    • Dalek Jeter

      I’m curious, are you against rentals as a rule? Because this is about the lowest you can get a rental for: A Journeyman minor leaguer who has at least as much chance of being DFA’d as he does being a starter next year and a B/C prospect who is only in High A.

      • MB923

        Not all rentals, no. For instance, I liked the McCartchy trade because we got the much better pitcher and it’s obvious Nuno wouldn’t cut it in NY

        This was about the 2014 season and it’s hard to argue that Headley is better ON OFFENSE than Solarte, and the Yankees had to throw in Depaula.

        It wasn’t so much about what we lost, it is about what they got return. This isn’t and we probably won’t ever see the Chase Headley of 2012.

        Again, in no way shape or form am I saying that Solarte is very valubale and that he’s more valuable than Headley, but this is a well below average offensive team and they picked up a well below average offensive player for this season.

        “Because this is about the lowest you can get a rental for”

        I guess that’s fair to say.

        So again before you (or anyone else) rips on me on it, it wasn’t about losing Solarte, it was about getting a below average hitter (in 2014). And yes again I know Solarte was terrible since May.

        Anyway, we hope for the best and this offense needs to wake the F up again.

        • Dalek Jeter

          I guess I understand your view, I’m more optimistic on Headley…he’s so much better defensively than what we’ve run out there this season that even if he can get back to what he was last season (.250/.347/.400) I feel like this trade is a steal at twice the price.

          • MB923

            Agreed on the defense, though Wheeler made some nice defensive plays the other day, but obviously he ain’t no Headley lol

            Been a long night, off to bed, have a good one man (and everyone else).

          • nycsportzfan

            I didn’t really care either way if they got Headley, assuming they didn’t overpay. They obviously didn’t, so it was well worth the risk.. DePaula has had a few hiccups this yr and is getting older fast it seems, and just hasen’t taken that next step and is still a question mark in my mind. Sure its not great hes gone, but to give up only him and 2 undrafted fa’s that meant very little to the club for McCarthy and Headley is pretty impressive.

            People forget, Headley now gets to play in a hitters park instead of that monster sized one out west. Even if he keeps a low avg but belts more dingers, its prob worth it, as we lack power so much. And then theres the hope of change of scenery revitalizing him , and being in NYC the last half of yr before FA’cy for him, will keep him going hard as possible rest of the yr.

            • Mikhel

              Did you know that PetCo park’s walls are closer to home plate in the majority of the stadium than in YS III?

              People don’t seem to notice that because most just have watched PetCo on TV, but I regularly attend PetCo and besides for a few feet in LF, from there all the way to CF-RF gap, PetCo is closer to home plate than YS III.

              Adrián González knew how PetCo was laid out, he knew that the wind blows from RF to LF because the sea is a few kilometers to the west (RF) thus pulling the ball would be insane because the ball carries towards LF.

              An overlay:
              http://i.imgur.com/pFqkUGl.png

        • Cool Lester Smooth

          Actually, it’s quite easy to state the fact that Headley is much better ON OFFENSE than Solarte. They haven’t been particularly close since the start of June (Solarte’s put up a .154/.267/.192 line over that time, to Headley’s .259/.307/.385;

          Further, we don’t need him to be the Chase Headley of 2012. The Chase Headley of 2011 and the Chase Headley of 2013 would each be massive improvements upon our current 3B situation.

          And post-back injury Chase Headley’s .298/.330/.405 line since June 24th looks rather similar to 2011 and 2013 Headley, which is a 3-4 win player.

          • Mikhel

            “post-back injury Chase Headley”

            UGH

          • MB923

            Fair points you make sir.

      • CashmanNinja

        Exactly. Solarte was nothing special. He wouldn’t have even made it to the majors if A-Rod hadn’t been stupid enough to try to fight Selig and the suspension the way he did. Solarte was great early on, but he hit the wall hard and didn’t recover from it. DePaula has lots of talent, but the guy may not even stick as a starter. I’ll make that trade 10 times out of 10. At this time last year it would have taken a few of our top prospects to get Headley from the Padres so yeah…I’ll take the chance on 2 good months from him. He made a good defensive play and had the game winning hit…so far so good. Plus who says it’s just a rental? Cashman says that now, but that doesn’t mean they may not re-sign him in the off-season.

        • MB923

          “At this time last year it would have taken a few of our top prospects to get Headley from the Padres so yeah”

          Which proves my point of how much value he has dropped on offense. That’s all.

          Good point that he might not be a rental. They may re-sign him, but that leaves the Yankees with another $27 Million problem.

          • RetroRob

            That $27 million problem is going to be there no matter what.

          • Cool Lester Smooth

            It also proves that Chase Headley has been a very, very good player as recently as last year (and has in fact been an above average player this year, thanks to his stellar defense) and is therefore far more likely to be an average or better player for the rest of the season than any other third baseman in the Yankees’ organization.

    • Yankeefan91

      hope he hits a walk off in the world series to win it.

    • forensic

      Yup. If I remember correctly, Jeter was the only guy who played even semi-regularly who didn’t get a pie in the face during the Burnett years.

  • MP

    Not that the offense deserves any credit, but…

    Ready for the stat nobody will remember tonight? We were 4-for-9 with RISP.

  • vicki

    and jeff francis gets the W. perfect.

    • mustang

      THIS!!!
      LOL

    • ropeadope

      Another pitcher with two first names. Like Tommy John (and both southpaws). Now if he’ll pitch as well as Tommy …….

    • lightSABR

      That was the first time in quite a while that I saw someone warming up in the bullpen, heard the announcer say his name, and still wondered, “Who?”

  • MB923

    3 runs in 23 innings against this terrible pitching staff. Now the Rangers ace goes tomorrow. Who’s ready for 10 Yankee runs in 3 innings against Darvish?

    • Dalek Jeter

      #reverselock

  • RetroRob

    Never had any doubt who would drive in the winning run tonight. Me and Gerry McIlroy placed a bet on Headley and we’re off to collect our winning.

    • Dalek Jeter

      Called it on Faceook at 9:58

      • Havok9120

        ‘Tis true.

        • lightSABR

          Awesome. Yeah, the story was just too awesome not to come true.

        • Jorge Steinbrenner

          Only it wasn’t on Faceook.

  • ropeadope

    Sterling: Meredith is now talking with Headley, and when Meredith finishes her great interview, Susan will have her crack at it.

    ___________________

    He probably would have settled for a normal welcoming committee, but okay.

    • WhittakerWalt

      Imagine going from Meredith to Suzyn.

      • ropeadope

        I’ve imagined it many times already. It’s all good (different strokes for different folks).

        Glad to see you remained with the game after thinking of leaving.

  • mustang

    MLB is just bad right now. These last 2 series just show how bad I was totally against PED, but if this is the kind of ball with no or less PED please, please bring the shit back.

    • ropeadope

      And pardon A-Rod (we can play him at 2B)

    • Terry

      It’s not as simple as that.

      You’re not accounting for the fact that PED use or non-use would effect pitching as well; in fact pitching is effected more than batting, due to its effects on stamina.

      The term Performance Enchancing Drug isn’t even accurate, since many pharmaceutical agents are legal in the civilian world and the sports world including MLB.

      One of the more famous legal drugs that enhance performance right now are Texeira and Beltran’s Cortisone shots (which are steroids). In fact, the only reason they’re named “Cortisone” is to fool ignorant fans into believing they’re not steroids. Mark Mcgwire was famously vilified for using a legal steroid over the counter – it was only made illegal post facto so politicians could make up something to hang him with an illegal substance label, a tactic which any lawyer can tell you is a crock, but it it made great theater.

      The “PED” issue is more complex than that, in part because it involves bureaucrats being able to skim off the top and pick winners and losers in a billion dollar industry (and not just baseball).

      • Terry

        The actual name of the class of hormones used in Texeira and Beltran’s shots used to be Corticosteroids BTW. MLB’s media policy is never to use that name, of course, and you will never hear a journalist or even a team doctor on the record call it that; it’s ridiculous, almost Orwellian.

      • Rick

        The majority of this post is incorrect. Creatine is NOT a steroid and has never been classified as such. Major difference between PEDs and steroids. As someone who worked on the NFLs drug policy, there is a very clear distinction.

        • Terry

          That’s where things get murky, and I obviously didn’t want to get into it with mustang which might have confused him.

          Nobody ever knew whether Mcgwire was forced to “admit” to steroidal use or whether he even used anything more incriminating than steroidal precursors (Androstenedione) and endocrine stimulants.

          I consider the entire process by which he and the rest of the players were persecuted as tainted, little more than a witch hunt by outside interests like Congress and European pharmaceuticals and sports industries, who had no interest in “fairness” or “Save the children from steroids”.

          Sports in the United States used to be a field where limits were tested for the health and medical industry, in the same way that the military is a field for engineering boundaries, and the financial world is a field for the IT industry. Heck, even the computer graphics and renderings we’re looking at on our screens has been advanced in large part due to the test-tube field in – of all things – Computer Gaming.

          The overall effect of this is to improve the human condition, but now these politicians and their enablers throw a wrench into the works which has caused untold chaos and red-tape in Pharmaceutical research surrounding anything falling under the ridiculous label of “Performance Enhancing Drugs” or “Illegal substance” which is just another way of saying that the Pharmaceutical business can’t sell anything without bowing and paying a bunch of lobbyists and politicians billions in bribes and “donations” to their constituencies (which many medical professionals believe was the point).

          If you want to know why we don’t have affordable health care, just look at all the people doctors, chemical engineers, biochemists, etc have to pay off just to get through a day’s work.

          Professionals of every stripe know the type of people who say “Nice business you have here, shame if we had to shut you down for the good of the children”

        • lightSABR

          Right. I think I posted this already, but it’s not showing up. The term “steroid” just refers to the chemical structure of a molecule, not to any particular effect on the body.

          Corticosteroids like cortisone fight inflammation. They don’t build muscle mass (though they do increase appetite and may make you gain weight.)

          Anabolic steroids do build muscle mass, which they accomplish by mimicking male sex hormones. (Testosterone is also a steroid.)

          Cholesterol is a steroid. Is lobster a performance-enhancing drug?

          • Terry

            I partially responded to that above to Rick.

            Yes, I know the difference and about the structural aspects of chemical interactions (reactions) at the molecular level ;). I have an engineering background where parts of my field necessarily overlaps with medical personnel.

            The complaints we share are – well – part of business.

            I just didn’t want to have to say something vague and long which would have inevitably confused mustang.

            I guess my added point was that having bureaucrats dictating the boundaries of “PEDs” has either transferred resources to people who have nothing to with developing safe drugs and medicine for people, and quite frankly, they don’t care. They just cash the checks.

            It’s similar to a company being told they’ve been contracted by the government to build a useless wind-turbine, and the constituents in the politican’s district are being paid millions in a useless “job” to study the effects on the local bird population out of concern for the environment. Oh by the way, the engineering company won’t get paid for supplying the funding and resources for this, but their lease for a research site on the other side of the country will be approved if they play along.

            Needless to say, none of this makes anybody actually better or safer, and the resources siphoned off and the arbitrary rules by non-engineers (or non-medical professionals vis-a-vis medical research) on serious fields has only made things less safe, less efficient, and inevitably more expensive.

            The EPA, like the FDA, are corrupt beyond redemption.

    • lightSABR

      It’s not just PED that’s changed in the game. The shift, improved analytics behind pitching, the increasing quality of relievers and the increasing number of innings pitched by relievers… there are lots of reasons offense is down everywhere.

  • W.B. Mason Williams

    When they’re hoisting #28 in October, this is the game we’ll all look back on…

    • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

      Ugh. Stop.

      • Spaceman Spiff

        Yeah. How dare he.

      • W.B. Mason Williams

        Your joke-dar is broken.

  • RetroRob

    Great pickup by Cashman at a low cost. He contributed big in his first game.

    Yes, Jeff Francis.

    BTW I expect nothing less than Cliff Lee on the Yankees tomorrow, traded for Chase Whitley.

    • FIPster Doofus

      Keep Whitley and find a way to get Utley in the Lee deal. I want Chase Utley, Chase Headley and Chase Whitley on the same team.

      • RetroRob

        Cash is chasing it down.

        • ropeadope

          And pursuing JPMorgan Chase as a sponsor.

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

            And Chase Anderson in AAA.

            • Deep Thoughts

              Chase d’Arnaud for infield depth.

              This is fun.

              • FIPster Doofus

                OK, but Anderson and d’Arnaud would need to legally change their names to Andersonley and d’Arnaudley for it to work. I’m going for Chase -ley synchronicity. That sounds like a lyric.

                • Deep Thoughts

                  What does Girardi do with the “-ey” at the end of the nickname? Andersonley-ie?

                  • FIPster Doofus

                    I’d pay money to hear that.

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

                      Should we re-sign Chase Wright to a MiLB deal and add -ley to his name? Several members of this site might barf.

                    • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Dr. Martin van Nostrand

                      remember when that jackass Steve Lombardi comp’d Chase Wrightley to Erik Bedard?

            • ropeadope

              Introducing the new official coffee of the Yankees …. Chase & Sanborn.

      • Cool Lester Smooth

        No way Utley comes here. He’s got his 10-5, and he’s gonna be a Philly for life.

        • FIPster Doofus

          I know. ‘Twas tongue-in-cheek.

      • Deep Thoughts

        I enjoyed and probably will plagiarize this comment.

      • vicki

        utley’s the case chase. (that one’s for all you poker players.)

      • Mikhel

        Can I Chase… my big boobied 19 year old girlfriend naked running in circles while… ok ok ok ok ok enough.

    • nycsportzfan

      Still hoping for Jorge De La Rosa. Hes pitching really well and less risky in my opinion. I like that he’s not only a LHP, but also never pitched in the AL. Hes been pretty consistent the last 3-5 yrs, outside of one total injury prone season.

      See if Warren and Cave can get it done.

      • FIPster Doofus

        You want to trade Warren for De La Rosa? Gross.

        • Jorge Steinbrenner

          There’s no way in hell I’d even do that one-up.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    This game was a major pain in the ass. But that was a cool moment for Headley. If he can provide league average offense and play every day at 3B, I’ll take it.

  • Yankeefan91

    wow did they even interview Headley in the postgame that was quick ?

    • forensic

      They interviewed him on the field. When they do that they don’t do it again in the clubhouse for the postgame show.

  • nycsportzfan

    Wow, just watched Headleys walkoff hit like 10times on MLB.COM, and Jeters smile and reaction almost had me weep a bit.lol Just hit me this is the Caps last yr, and how freaking happy he was , was awesome. Man, I love that dude.

    • RetroRob

      This is totally unrelated, but your mention of Jeter and his smiling, which almost made you weep reminds me of something that occurred to me watching the All-Star Game. Some ballplayers, in fact most, get very emotional as their final days as a player become a reality. We saw it with Mo last year in the great final game at the Stadium, and we’ve seen many ballplayers break down and cry giving their final press conference, etc.

      I’d be stunned if we ever see Jeter shed a tear, now or when he delivers his HOF acceptance speech. As we saw when he delivered his impromptu speech to close Yankee Stadium, or when he is ever asked a question, he is never flustered, always has an answer, yet rarely says anything with his answers. It annoys people, yet I know how difficult that is to do. It takes a sharp mind, from someone who is very self aware and someone who is very confident.

      Joe Torre is going into the Hall this weekend. I suspect he’ll have his misty-eyed moments. Nothing wrong with that, it’s actually great to see. Yet we’ll never see that from Jeter. He’ll walk off the field smiling and he’ll walk into the HOF smiling. I think he just processes the world differently than most of us, including other athletes.

      • Yankee Fan 1

        He’s gotten choked up before, but he hides it well. Go watch his on field post game interview with Kim Jones after his 3000th hit. He had to stop for a minute and his voice cracked a little bit.

      • Kiko Jones

        “…he is never flustered, always has an answer, yet rarely says anything with his answers. It annoys people, yet I know how difficult that is to do. It takes a sharp mind, from someone who is very self aware and someone who is very confident.”

        Um, stock answers that aren’t very deep and only answer questions on a perfunctory level are “difficult” and are evidence of “a sharp mind”? Nah. More like someone who can memorize a script.

        This is just another example of Jeter deification. Any other player who did the same would NEVER praised in this manner. Ugh.

  • ropeadope

    Unofficially, I count 411 pitches in the game. Texas (209) and NY (202). Texas used nine pitchers; NY used eight.

    • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

      San Fran/Philly had over 500 pitches tonight

      • ropeadope

        Wow, how many innings did they go?

        • Dalek Jeter

          14, but the score was 9-6

          • ropeadope

            Thank you, sir.

  • Nethanyahusuckshairydicks

    Whitley and Yankees’ relievers provided superlative pitching efforts tonight. Yankees still need to add another hitter or two . The Yankees could use a Right Fielder who is capable of hitting home runs and driving in runs ( ex. Dodgers’ Matt Kemp who might be made available and might not cost the Yankee their valuable prospects but $ as in assuming Kemp’s existing contract ). Yankees could also use another Shortstop who can hit balls beyond the depth of the infield and who does not skip throws to 1st base unlike Captain “Groundout Double Play.”

    • FIPster Doofus

      Assuming Kemp’s existing contract is an awful idea.

      • FIPster Doofus

        Let me add that Kemp, who you say is capable of hitting home runs and driving in runs, has played 164 games between last season and this one. He has hit a mere 14 home runs and driven in a so-so 70 runs in that time frame. Moreover, he has been worth a putrid -0.9 fWAR during those 164 games. Kemp’s a terrible defender whose offensive skills are only somewhat above average nowadays. He’s owed in excess of $100 million through 2019. If he’s this bad now, I shudder to think how useless he’ll be as he continues aging. LA can keep him.

    • Necklacing NelsonMandelaandArafat

      Matt Kemp is a good laugh as long as he’s the other team’s problem.

      I’m a natural San Diegan, so I’m not terribly pre-disposed to Los Angeles to begin with.

      But the honest truth is that the Dodgers are so full of Prima Donna head-cases, it’s hard to keep track of them all; lots of pricey talent, yes, but this isn’t a team full of class acts, aside from their Manager. Kemp and Puig are the ring-leaders of that circus.

      As I said before, the Yankees market their image. The recent trade acquisitions make sense in that regard, but Matt Kemp would be a surprise high-maintenance guy for Girardi to babysit.

      PS Jeter is the SS and the Yankees organization has made its decision and most of their fans are fine with that. It’s a dead horse, regardless.

      • Mikhel

        If it weren’t for Adrián, I don’t know how could the Dodgers survive more than a season with those players. Adrián has always been a quiet leader, which annoys some players who view themselves as leaders who need to be yapping all the time (**cough Pedroia cough**), and he has been able to keep Puig, Kemp, Uribe and Hanley calm, with two of them known to be headcases, and Puig quite a bit impulsive (from his time in winter ball it was already known how he rolls), and Kemp who was viewed by some as a leader.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      I don’t think this guy’s screen name is an attempt at political statement. Do you?

  • Captain Sensible

    Umm, why so quick to call Chase Headley a rental…methinks the yankees have wanted Headley for some time. Lets’s see how he does…would you rather have A-Rod next year?!

    None of us are doctors, nor do we have any insight to the specifics of his injury. Don’t be so quick to call him dunzo. Sheesh.

    Would you rather pay A-Rod 30 million to play for you, or to not play for you next year?

    • whozat

      He’s a rental in that his contract ends after 2014. They might choose to re-sign him in free agency, sure, but they acquired <1 year of contractual control.

  • Terry

    Seattle loses, so the Yankees are 1.5 games behind in the Wildcard race.

  • forensic

    Brian McCann banged into an odd 3-6-3 double play. It appeared Arencibia let the ball drop in rather than catch it for one out.

    3-6-4, which is what made it odd. I didn’t bother to go back and look at it closer, but the side angle they showed really made me think that he didn’t let it drop and that he actually caught it in the air. I’m still a bit surprised that Girardi didn’t come out to question it and have the video people look at it closer at that time.

    The B-list celebrity who turned the season around?

    It’s things like this that always make it worthwhile to stay around late for the recap.

    Well done on a very late night, Mike!

  • Jacques

    Kelly Johnson wen 0-for-2, not 0-for-4

  • Wayne

    It’s a good victory but Brett Gardner should think twice about dropping gatorade on top of the player cause it seems Meredith Marakovits ends up getting wet each time. Gardner should show some consideration . He is putting her in an awkward position. Brett should think of her she is also a full figured in the chest which by doing this makes it obvious and i am sure Meredith Marakovits does resent it even though she does not say anything.
    He may not have initially thought of this initially but after a while he should have. Brett should think before he acts!

    • Hugh Heffner

      I agree. In poor taste. Shameful.

    • YankeeFanInCanada

      I hope this is tongue in cheek.

      Meredith getting part of the Gatorade shower makes a walk off win that much better.

      • OldYanksFan

        Honestly…. what would it take for Gardner to just dump the Gatorade directly on Meredith?

        #Hotwetteeshirt

  • Isaac

    He left because of his gig… Still dedication. “@questlove: Sorry for not rocking with y’all on the 14th inning #yankees, but my gig at marlonwayans bday party…”

    • Dan G

      Wyatt Cenac from the Daily Show (and apparently the Roots producer Steve Mandell too) was sitting right next to Questlove which they totally ignored.

  • OldYanksFan

    Whenever you get a player, whether it’s via trade of FA, you never know what you will get. Look at Prince and Hamilton…. and also (so far) McCann and Beltran.

    However, when you ‘Buy Low’, you have a better chance for return on your investment. Unless Headley is done, this was a GREAT trade. Not a great player per se, but a great trade. Remember Swisher? How bad he was looking at the time, and therefore what we ‘paid’ for him?

    It’s hard to blame Cashman when he gets a brand name (like McCann and Beltran) and they underperform. But Cash is great at dumpster diving and getting undervalued players. It would be nice if we could have picked up a Barry Bonds, but McCarthy and Headley were both Great pickups…. in terms of potential value versus what we paid.

    Again…. if Billy Bean had pulled off these 2 trades, people would bemoan…. “Why can’t Cashman do that?”

    • lightSABR

      Totally with you. These trades look like such steals to me that I find myself wondering what the other team knows that we don’t.

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        If I’m SD?

        Yangervis: Under team control. Two years younger. Struggling but, in the end, so was Headley.

        DePaula: Erratic, and not seeming to put it together, but with upside.

        You still have to squint a little, but it’s there.

        • lightSABR

          Yeah… and, of course, they’re losing him anyway at the end of the year.

          I guess the bigger question is why nobody beat our offer. A quick look through the 3B rankings on Fangraphs suggests that the Angels, the Brewers, and the Braves all should have been interested, plus maybe the Red Sox, the Blue Jays, and the Pirates. (I’d have to do more digging on those teams’ situations to be sure.)

      • OldYanksFan

        Honestly… I think sometimes teams just get fed up with someone. We held on to Nunez even though at a time, he was a trade piece. But he didn’t live up to the Yankees hopes, so they let him go. He could end up being a decent player…. but the Yankees had their fill of him. They ain’t looking back.

        I just think SD was ‘done’ with Headley.

        You know yourself when you no longer value something it’s easy for someone to take it off your hands. As fans, we just see the numbers (and what we believe is the associated value), but human beings often act on emotion.

        I mean, look at the Swisher deal. A historic steal. I think that deal was much more based on emotion than logic.

  • Kered Retej

    How much must it suck to be a Rangers fan this year though. They have the lead and their best RP on the mound and they end up losing the game and burning up their bullpen (plus a starter). As bad as things are, they could always be worse.

  • Pinedamaybegreata(formerlyMonterowasdinero)

    Love me some Pennant Chase.

    • lightSABR

      Nice. Here’s hoping we get to give that nickname to one of them by the end of the season.

  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    Worst best game of the season for sure. I hated hated hated hated this game until, actually, the entirety of what I saw since I went to bed after we tied it. I just assumed, by the frequency of my phone lighting up next to the bed, that good things happened rather quickly after that.

    Good on you, Chases.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ViN2bRGrBx8 (SFW, as well as 80’s tag team reminiscing)

  • fred robbins

    Hey there Trr and Forensic- thanks for the info and comments back to me last night.. hope you see this.

    You know- I kind of shuddered for a moment on that Gatorade shower… Isn’t the guy recovering from a lower back strain? I just thought- holy crap… that cold stuff makes a guy tense his back and tighten it and he could wake up in the morning unable to get out of bed…. hopefully the excitement of it all kept him warm.

    Speaking of cold showers, isn’t it some kind of horrible reality to play the worst team in baseball and barely be able to get a run or 2 in 23 innings and this after having the pure luck to win the last game against Cincy with a lost pop up… pretty scary.. But I guess it’s like a bloop single– in the morning it looks like a line drive in the box score

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      Yeah, but the electrolytes….. :)

  • http://theevilsquare.com handtius

    Questlove had to go on stage at 1am. That’s why he left. The Roots do a 1am show almost every week.

    • Mandy Stankiewicz

      Really, I assumed it was his Santos DJ gig he has ongoing there.