Game 141: Killing Meche

It’s been a busy couple of hours, so a few posts may have been buried. Make sure you check out the story of Troy Glaus receiving steroid shipmens and of outrageous prices for parking at the new Stadium. If you want some positive thoughts before the game, check out some words of encouragement for Andrew Brackman and the continued attendance growth at the Stadium. With 2008 being its last year, you can be sure it will only go up.

That said, here is tonight’s lineup:

1. Johnny Damon, LF
2. Derek Jeter, SS
3. Bobby Abreu, RF
4. Alex Rodriguez, 3B
5. Hideki Matsui, DH
6. Jorge Posada, C
7. Jason Giambi, 1B
8. Robinson Cano, 2B
9. Melky Cabrera, CF

Pete Abraham notes that Royals starter Gil Meche has an ERA over 8.00 in two starts against the Yankees this year.

Ron Villone, sadly, has been activated from the DL. I understand that Joba is young and inexperienced, and thus the Yankees want to keep him under close watch. But I just don’t get why Ron Villone is allowed to come into games with runners on base and Joba isn’t. It goes against logic, really. That rule will hopefully be lifted later in the season, when the playoff field starts to unfold more and we know exactly what we’re playing for (and against whom we’re playing it).

Recently DFA’d Kevin Thompson has been traded to the A’s for cash considerations. He could get some playing time there this month, as the A’s are riddled with injuries.

Should the AL Wild Card end in a tie between the Yankees and either the Tigers or Mariners, the Yanks would host the tie-breaking game. There were a bunch of other coin-flips held today. This was clearly the only one of interest.

Melky is hitting .256/.301/.295 since August 15. His approach has looked terrible lately, kinda like it did back in April. He’s swinging at the first pitch far too often, and is hitting weak choppers and infield pops at a rate you’d expect from a September call-up.

Here’s the pre-game question: If Melky continues to slide, do you play Minky at first, Giambi at DH, Damon in center, and Matsui in left later this month and, God willing, in the playoffs?

What he said

I was all set to write a post looking at the Mariners’, Tigers’ and Yankees’ remaining schedules this morning when Peter Abraham beat me to the punch. So since he did all the work, I’ll just summarize. The Yanks have a very easy schedule; the Tigers have a harder-but-still-somewhat-easy schedule; the Mariners play a lot of good teams and are struggling. Basically, with a three-game lead, a post-season appearance is in the Yankees’ hands. If they win games, they’re in. And they should win these games.

With $25 parking, take the train instead

A report released on Thursday has dropped a bombshell on everyone who likes to drive to Yankee Stadium: It’s going to cost $25 to park in the new lots when the new stadium is open.

The Real Estate, a blog run by The New York Observer, has more:

If you must drive to Yankees games, you might as well stash your car in the bleachers. A city economic development official said today that it would cost $25 a car to park in one of the official garages at the new Yankee Stadium. The estimated cost of building new, more and better parking spaces to accompany the new stadium went up 13 percent to $295 million just since April, when the tax-exempt bond issue first appeared before the city’s Industrial Development Agency for approval, according to application materials.

The city’s economic development agency thinks that patrons will nonetheless pony up. While officials had been modeling revenues based on $20 to $23 a car this spring, they modeled $25 to make the higher cost pay for itself, according to the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. Currently, fans pay $14.

According to the report, this increase is due to inflation and an increased demand on behalf of the investors for the construction company to cover debt payments. Risings costs and inflation, eh? That’s fairly unsurprising.

This news also bodes ill for those of us holding out for affordable tickets at the new Yankee Stadium. If parking is going to cost $25, how much will bleacher seats cost, let alone anything else in the stadium.

Meanwhile, when 2009 rolls around, my suggestion is to utilize the new Metro-North stop or take the subways. It sure beats paying for gas, tolls and $25 parking.

Jays’ Glaus received anabolic steroids

Man, when this steroid news comes, it comes in waves. I woke up this morning to hear that Rick Ankiel was connected to HGH. The news saddened me, as it did much of the baseball world. Ankiel’s story is unique, and save for Cubs fans, nearly everyone has wished him the best in his comeback. I’m not quite sure how this will affect his future, but since the drug wasn’t banned at the time Ankiel was linked to it, he could walk away with little or no penalty.

Troy Glaus surely won’t get off that easy. The Blue Jays slugger has been linked to performance enhancing drugs. This wasn’t HGH like Ankiel — which, incidentally, might not enhance one’s ability to play baseball much. Rather, Glaus has been linked to nandrolone and testosterone, both anabolic steroids, both banned by baseball at the time they were shipped to Glaus: September 2003 and May 2004.

Glaus’s 2003 campaign ended in late July as he suffered from shoulder woes. He came back for the beginning of the 2004 season and tore the cover off the ball, keeping his OPS healthily above 1.000 until he went down again in mid-May, missing most of the next three and a half months, returning in late August.

So let’s recap. Glaus has season-ending surgery in July ’03. So you figure he started rehabbing in, oh, I don’t know, September. Then he suffers another injury in May of ’04. What were those shipment dates again?

Now, the Sports Illustrated article assures us that they can only confirm that the steroids were shipped to Glaus’s home, not that he actually took them. Whew! Sigh of relief. You know, because I know plenty of meatheads who buy steroids all the time and don’t use them. The syringes make great wall decorations, and the drugs themselves are great for training your Doberman to kill on command.

So it appears that Glaus was likely on the juice during the Angels’ 2002 World Series run. You know, the one where he knocked three homers against the Yanks? Then again, we have little room to talk. No doubt our resident Juicer shot himself up before knocking two homers off Pedro Martinez in Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS.

I’m willing to bet that Selig jumps on this opportunity and attempts to levy a 50-game suspension on Glaus. And we sure as shit know that the players’ union will have a thing or two to say about that.

NoMaas on Brackman

NoMaas’ Lane Meyer lays the smack down on all the Brackman haters. His last paragraph sums up everything I’ve been trying to say since he was drafted:

The truth is, none of us know what’s going to happen, and in a vacuum there is every reason to cast doubt on his signing. In reality though, the Yankees weren’t taking Andrew Brackman as the foundation upon which to construct the future, and then building atop and around him with subsequent draft picks. The foundation had already been built, and despite his status as the “first-round pick” Brackman was actually the last addition to the plan; the new wing to a well-built mansion. He is going to be the single most fun prospect to follow in the coming months, regardless of the ultimate outcome of his career. If he fails it’s not because the Yankees made a terrible decision, it is because the flaws that every prospect has prevented him from developing. It is for the same reasons that the majority of first-round picks never amount to anything significant. However if he succeeds…oh man if he succeeds…

Word.

Yanks, with assist from A-Rod, to enjoy record-setting attendance

As hard as it is to believe, the Yankees have just one more homestand left in 2007. Only seven games lie between the Yankees and the end of their 81-game home schedule.

We can wax poetic as much as we want about the end of the season and the tight race for a spot in October. But for the Yankees, business is booming. For the seventh year in a row, the Yankees are going to break their single-season attendance record. And they owe it all to Alex Rodriguez.

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