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The Yanks are on the brink of clinching a playoff spot. Why not tonight? Yeah, I know Chad Gaudin is pitching but the Yanks have to pick it up one of these nights.

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Why not tonight in the land of light and sun?

Go git ‘em, dudes.  Let’s Go Yan-kees!

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1 Rich   ~  Sep 22, 2009 8:29 pm

I have no less confidence in Gaudin than I do in Joba or Mitre right now.

2 Just Fair   ~  Sep 22, 2009 8:32 pm

Fire Francona. 5-0 Royals in the first. : O

3 RIYank   ~  Sep 22, 2009 8:41 pm

[2] Awesome.
I was planning on getting a little work done this evening. I'll let Joe Castiglione distract me.

4 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 22, 2009 8:43 pm

I think MLB Network was saying that the pitching matchup tonight favors the As, so that could do it too

5 OldYanksFan   ~  Sep 22, 2009 8:46 pm

[2] Z Greinke pitching for KC. Let's hope this one stands up.

6 RIYank   ~  Sep 22, 2009 8:49 pm

Edwin Jackson so far tonight: 6 IP; 0 R; 6 H; 2 BB. 45 strikes, 41 balls.

Hm. He certainly appears to be back in form, but on the other hand a little patience at the plate might undo him again.

7 Diane Firstman   ~  Sep 22, 2009 8:50 pm

5-0 Royals middle of the 3rd. Greinke 1 hit allowed so far.

8 RIYank   ~  Sep 22, 2009 8:54 pm

[7] I think we're all transfixed. (Although I can't see it, actually -- I'm in the blackout area for my mlb.tv so I can't ever see Red Sox games unless they're on Fox or something.)

9 The Hawk   ~  Sep 22, 2009 8:57 pm

I wish I could witness the Hand of Greinke descend upon the Red Stockings, but alas I cannot. Perhaps it's for the best though - I'd rather stay in my current not-a-pillar-of-salt form, thank you very much.

10 The Hawk   ~  Sep 22, 2009 8:58 pm

[1] I think I have more, to be honest.

11 Diane Firstman   ~  Sep 22, 2009 9:00 pm

[8], [9]

I have the Extra Innings package .... I'll try and keep you updated.

(and yes, Greinke is nasty)

12 Diane Firstman   ~  Sep 22, 2009 9:00 pm

3 innings complete, 5-0 Royals.

13 RagingTartabull   ~  Sep 22, 2009 9:02 pm

is anyone here a Mad Men watcher??

because I finally just caught this past Sunday's episode, and umm...wow

14 RIYank   ~  Sep 22, 2009 9:05 pm

[11] Oh, well, I'm listening to the Sox' crew on the radio. But I do wish I could see the dude. Though not that walk.

How can anyone have an ERA that low nowadays? It's amazing. It's Pedroesque. And he has 8 No Decisions, over which he's had an ERA of 1.95.

15 The Hawk   ~  Sep 22, 2009 9:22 pm

[13] I ****ing love that show and I loved that episode. the one that preceded it was the first this season I found to be less than awesome, but this recent one is back on track. So. Much. Good. Stuff.

16 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 22, 2009 9:28 pm

I think on top of everything else wrong with Captain Facemask, he's starting to get fat

17 Diane Firstman   ~  Sep 22, 2009 9:28 pm

Scott Boras negotiates ESPN Scott Van Pelt's next contract:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SIcV6I7GiPo

LOL

18 RagingTartabull   ~  Sep 22, 2009 9:30 pm

[15] that scene...and you know exactly what scene I'm talking about...was true "OMFG!!!" television. Amazing.

19 RIYank   ~  Sep 22, 2009 9:31 pm

[16] He's getting a jump on next year's Color Commentator Spread, maybe. (I know, he's under contract. To preserve a little self-respect he should walk away from it.)

Those two walks were kind of a 'threat' for the Sox. At least they've got some chance of facing a different pitcher in the late innings -- Greinke is running at 15 pitches/inning.

20 The Hawk   ~  Sep 22, 2009 9:34 pm

[15] Yeah and as surprising as it was, the groundwork for the moment was laid so beautifully. And the result (I was concerned about certain characters coming or going) was satisfying too.

21 The Hawk   ~  Sep 22, 2009 9:37 pm

You know, I think I could watch this Royals/Sox game on my phone but I was dicking around with my network set up and now the phone isn't behaving properly with it.

22 RagingTartabull   ~  Sep 22, 2009 9:41 pm

[20] the whole contrast of the conversation about Vietnam "not being that bad" followed by that was great...and Betty is a terrible human being.

23 Diane Firstman   ~  Sep 22, 2009 9:45 pm

Greinke: 6 IP, 2 H, 3 BB, 5 K, 91 pitches.

24 OldYanksFan   ~  Sep 22, 2009 9:50 pm

[23] 0 Runs

25 RIYank   ~  Sep 22, 2009 9:51 pm

Greinke's out after six! Hmmm. Break for the Sox.

26 RIYank   ~  Sep 22, 2009 9:51 pm

Oh, because they're worried about the injury from that line drive that slammed him on the elbow last week.

27 The Hawk   ~  Sep 22, 2009 9:52 pm

[22] About that, there's been great debate on the message boards of Slate. Try this for starters.

28 The Hawk   ~  Sep 22, 2009 9:53 pm

[22][27] I meant the latter statement btw - though some have mentioned the same thing vis a vis Vietnam. You're more on the ball than I!

29 RIYank   ~  Sep 22, 2009 9:57 pm

How about that? Roman Colon, Soxkiller.
Well, that game has turned boring, and I will not be joining the bantering for the Yankee game this evening. Have fun!

30 Diane Firstman   ~  Sep 22, 2009 9:57 pm

I really do think I will have to renounce any association I ever had with my alma mater ....

First ... they choose "Red Storm" for their new, culturally-sensitive nickname ... now .... they've re-done the mascot ...
http://redstormsports.cstv.com/genrel/091809aab.html

(sighing heavily)

31 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 22, 2009 10:06 pm

Greinke's line doesn't tell you how good he looked for six innings. If he isn't the Cy Young, they should stop giving out the award. Hopefully, the Royals pen has 2 good innings left. According to the KC broadcast, Soria might not be available tonight.

32 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 22, 2009 10:09 pm

If nothing else, this zone should keep Gaudin's walks down.

33 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 22, 2009 10:10 pm

What does Varitek have to hit over the last ten games to fall under .200? That would bring me so much joy.

34 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 22, 2009 10:13 pm

The Angels must practice voodoo.

35 RagingTartabull   ~  Sep 22, 2009 10:16 pm

I feel like I've been watching this inning on a continuous loop since 2002

36 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 22, 2009 10:18 pm

That felt familiar

37 randym77   ~  Sep 22, 2009 10:18 pm

Dammit.

38 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 22, 2009 10:18 pm

This team can't do anything in Anaheim.

Let's Go Royals.

39 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 22, 2009 10:21 pm

Uh oh...Ramon Colon walking batters.

40 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 22, 2009 10:21 pm

[39] And a balk

41 ms october   ~  Sep 22, 2009 10:22 pm

[8] riyank, you don't get nesn?

42 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 22, 2009 10:22 pm

5-1 KCR

43 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 22, 2009 10:22 pm

5-1 Royals

44 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 22, 2009 10:23 pm

I'd swear Pedroia is shrinking

45 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 22, 2009 10:23 pm

I hope Soria is available...I hope Soria available...

46 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 22, 2009 10:24 pm

KC out of the inning!

47 ms october   ~  Sep 22, 2009 10:24 pm

nice catch gardner

48 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 22, 2009 10:24 pm

Royals get out of the inning

49 ms october   ~  Sep 22, 2009 10:25 pm

[44] how would you be able to tell?

50 randym77   ~  Sep 22, 2009 10:25 pm

Abreu stares in disbelief. Dive? You're allowed to drive in the outfield?

51 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 22, 2009 10:27 pm

[49] He seems to be lower than usual next to the umps and coaches

52 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 22, 2009 10:28 pm

I love Swisher bunts.

53 tocho   ~  Sep 22, 2009 10:29 pm

when I start to lose faith in Joba and/or Phil, the starter, its good to look at Greinke's numbers, he took a while to figure it out, but with the stuff those two have, I'll be happy if they're half of what Greinke has been this season.

54 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 22, 2009 10:29 pm

This game is going to test the limits of the frustration meter.

55 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 22, 2009 10:30 pm

If Gardner was an Angel, they'd make him bunt once a game.

56 ms october   ~  Sep 22, 2009 10:32 pm

[51] pretty soon he won't have a strike zone

[53] very true

57 BuckFoston   ~  Sep 22, 2009 10:32 pm

I don't know what the Angels are doing but the results speak for themselves. They are second only to the Yankees in runs scored, so they're doing something right.

58 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 22, 2009 10:34 pm

These swings make me sad.

59 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 22, 2009 10:34 pm

Just putrid.

60 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 22, 2009 10:34 pm

What an awful inning.

61 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 22, 2009 10:35 pm

Jamey effing Wright is in another game and he walked Big Fatty on four pitches

62 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 22, 2009 10:35 pm

I wish it wasn't true, but the Yankees are psyched out by Anaheim.

Meanwhile. Jamey Wright can't throw a strike.

63 Raf   ~  Sep 22, 2009 10:35 pm

Jeez, Santana has a nasty hook. Jetes looked pretty silly that AB

64 tocho   ~  Sep 22, 2009 10:35 pm

no soria....yet

65 51cq24   ~  Sep 22, 2009 10:36 pm

it's not really fair to say from here, but sometimes it's incredible how long it takes a lineup to figure out what a pitcher is gonna throw

66 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 22, 2009 10:36 pm

that was a strike!

67 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 22, 2009 10:36 pm

Bay Ks.

68 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 22, 2009 10:36 pm

Bay down

69 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 22, 2009 10:37 pm

Rangers losing 2-0, BTW

70 Yankster   ~  Sep 22, 2009 10:38 pm

Sterling is NUTS. He's absolutely gone. After the leadoff cano double, sterling says no fewer than eight times about swisher, "don't get a hit, your job is not to get a hit, just advance the runner, just make an out, just play small ball, you don't need hit..." This drives me absolutely batty. Am I the crazy one? Isn't it nuts to only want a chance at one run over getting three tries at a hit? I know the win expectancy says this, but what about you grit and gutters? Don't you agree? Man on second in the second inning no outs (pitcher has a 5.7 era) you let your boys swing away, right?

71 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 22, 2009 10:38 pm

I jate pitchers named J. Wright.

72 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 22, 2009 10:39 pm

Drew down

73 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 22, 2009 10:39 pm

Drew down swinging!

74 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 22, 2009 10:40 pm

Billy Butler with an error. Runners on first and second

75 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 22, 2009 10:40 pm

OH NO!! Butler muffs a game ending grounder that a 5-year old could have fielded!

76 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 22, 2009 10:41 pm

And that's why the Royals are the Royals.

77 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 22, 2009 10:41 pm

Soria's coming in

78 RagingTartabull   ~  Sep 22, 2009 10:41 pm

seriously Butler??

79 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 22, 2009 10:41 pm

[75] He was spooked by Casey Kotchman's speed.

Christ

80 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 22, 2009 10:42 pm

Soria coming in, which makes in unvailable for the last two games in Boston, I'd imagine.

81 tocho   ~  Sep 22, 2009 10:42 pm

here comes my compadre Soria. viva mexico

82 51cq24   ~  Sep 22, 2009 10:43 pm

[80] to get one out?
anyway it's worth it. each loss makes it more impossible for them to catch up.

83 OldYanksFan   ~  Sep 22, 2009 10:43 pm

Sox lose. 2 hitter.

84 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 22, 2009 10:43 pm

One pitch...Royals win!!

85 RagingTartabull   ~  Sep 22, 2009 10:43 pm

Rex Hudler is incredibly irritating

86 RagingTartabull   ~  Sep 22, 2009 10:44 pm

Magic Number: 7 Constanza

87 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 22, 2009 10:44 pm

Sox lose

88 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 22, 2009 10:45 pm

I hate to be greedy, but if the Royals can take one more game, at least the loss column lead will be more than games left against Boston.

89 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 22, 2009 10:47 pm

[88] IF the Yankees can win tonight, I think we're in good shape.

90 The Hawk   ~  Sep 22, 2009 10:48 pm

I had an internet issue so I couldn't pipe up at the time but MAN Jeter looked awful in that last at bat.

91 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 22, 2009 10:48 pm

[89] I am trying not be outrageous.

92 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 22, 2009 10:49 pm

[90] I am sure he appreciates your adding that comment to the record ;)

93 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 22, 2009 10:49 pm

[91] If its close late, and we don't trot out the mop up crew again, I feel pretty good

94 The Hawk   ~  Sep 22, 2009 10:49 pm

[53] This is quaint, but also a little crazy. Which makes it more quaint, I guess.

95 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 22, 2009 10:50 pm

Watching Mathis work with Santana makes me think of AJ and Posada.

96 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 22, 2009 10:50 pm

WHOO!

97 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 22, 2009 10:50 pm

That is a bomb!

98 ms october   ~  Sep 22, 2009 10:50 pm

arod with a big fly

99 BuckFoston   ~  Sep 22, 2009 10:50 pm

88 with Beckett and Butthole pitching the next 2 games I don't think the Sox are going to lose. If the Yankees can't take 1 game from the friggin' lala's they don't deserve home field or the division.

100 monkeypants   ~  Sep 22, 2009 10:50 pm

Early Score Truck!

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101 ms october   ~  Sep 22, 2009 10:51 pm

[95] or aj and molina

102 monkeypants   ~  Sep 22, 2009 10:51 pm

Swinging 3-0? What's wrong with Girardi???

103 The Hawk   ~  Sep 22, 2009 10:51 pm

Y'know, I was mulling throwing out a comment about A Rod's recidivist ways of late ... Well shut my mouth.

Thanks, Rod.

104 RagingTartabull   ~  Sep 22, 2009 10:51 pm

the foundation for our 9th inning collapse has been laid

105 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 22, 2009 10:51 pm

Going to the fourth in Oakland

106 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 22, 2009 10:52 pm

When was the last time a Yankee reached on Catchers Interference?

107 ms october   ~  Sep 22, 2009 10:52 pm

could this be the start of the angels fucking up?!??

108 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 22, 2009 10:53 pm

[99] True...I mean to imply that the worst case scenario was a 4 game lead. If I was handicapping, I'd predict 1-1 for the Yankees and 2-0 for Boston, which leaves us where we are right now.

109 The Hawk   ~  Sep 22, 2009 10:53 pm

[92] Yes Jeter respects it when we "keep it real", I just know it.

110 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 22, 2009 10:54 pm

[102] Are you giving Girardi credit for green lighting Arod 3-0? I'd be shcoked if he didn't have it in all but the most obvious situations.

111 ms october   ~  Sep 22, 2009 10:54 pm

po!!!!

112 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 22, 2009 10:54 pm

Posada with a blast!

113 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 22, 2009 10:54 pm

Abreu had me fooled on that one for a while.

114 RagingTartabull   ~  Sep 22, 2009 10:54 pm

YAHTZEE

115 BuckFoston   ~  Sep 22, 2009 10:55 pm

I was just rewinding that shot by Arod, man that had to be 450-475ft.

Hip Hip Jorge!

116 monkeypants   ~  Sep 22, 2009 10:55 pm

Yankees totally psyched out by Anaheim. Look at how Posada just killed another rally--the second one this inning.

117 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 22, 2009 10:55 pm

It took a few innings, but nice to see the hitters realize you have to attack Santana's fast ball instead of flail at his curve.

118 The Hawk   ~  Sep 22, 2009 10:56 pm

All this scoring is liable to put a stop to the only benefit thus far of the Yankees' Anaheim struggles - namely, Michael Kay's on-air sulking about their inability to score.

119 BuckFoston   ~  Sep 22, 2009 10:56 pm

116 I know. Now we have to get another man on and hope the next guy doesn't kill the rally.

120 ms october   ~  Sep 22, 2009 10:56 pm

man i thought arod was going to start making out with kevin long there

121 monkeypants   ~  Sep 22, 2009 10:56 pm

[110] I'm not blaming or crediting anyone. But I strongly suspect---though of course it's not provable---that if A-Rod grounded out, certain folks 'round here would have bitched that Girardi did not have A-Rod taking all the way, losing the patient approach, etc.

122 The Hawk   ~  Sep 22, 2009 10:56 pm

[116] You ought to be ashamed of yourself.

123 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 22, 2009 10:57 pm

[116] I know your not new to this, so I don't think I need to say that it's the third inning and Gaudin is on the mound. The Yankees have never been unable to take leads in Anaheim; they've been unable to keep them. Before the ASG, they actually had two 4-0 leads before blowing both games.

124 The Hawk   ~  Sep 22, 2009 10:57 pm

[120] Crikey! What a thought!

125 BuckFoston   ~  Sep 22, 2009 10:58 pm

120 Not that there's anything wrong with that;)

126 monkeypants   ~  Sep 22, 2009 10:58 pm

Yikes, that WAS a rally-killer.

127 monkeypants   ~  Sep 22, 2009 10:59 pm

[122] I usually am.

128 The Hawk   ~  Sep 22, 2009 11:00 pm

[127] More than usual, then.

129 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 22, 2009 11:00 pm

Why doesn't YES/My 9 have a K Zone?

130 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 22, 2009 11:00 pm

[121] I think you are exaggerating. It was the 3rd inning with one of the games best HR hitters up at the plate. Now, if it was the 9th inning and the Yankees were down by three runs, that would be another story.

131 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 22, 2009 11:01 pm

Rangers down in the fourth.

132 monkeypants   ~  Sep 22, 2009 11:01 pm

[123] You're not new to this either, and you know I don't put much stock in the psychological mumbo jumbo analysis. But mostly, I'm just having fun with you and with a game that has started out more promising than the last few.

133 RagingTartabull   ~  Sep 22, 2009 11:03 pm

[132] this is baseball, it isn't supposed to be fun.

134 BuckFoston   ~  Sep 22, 2009 11:03 pm

131 Rangers are dead men walking. They're done.

135 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 22, 2009 11:04 pm

[132] I know you don't, which is fair (although I think misguided), but the fact that the Yankees have taken a 4-0 lead would not prove or disprove anything. If this was game wasn't in Anaheim, I might be more in a fun mood. Now, I'll go back to watching this game through my hands.

136 The Hawk   ~  Sep 22, 2009 11:04 pm

[132] So you lied to me. I don't appreciate that.

137 monkeypants   ~  Sep 22, 2009 11:04 pm

[130] Maybe I am exaggerating, maybe not. But hyperbole is not foreign to these discussion threads...like implying that the game is over after the first inning (at least that's the way I took [38]).

138 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 22, 2009 11:04 pm

[131] Of course they are, but I'd still like to officially clinch the playoff spot tonight

139 BuckFoston   ~  Sep 22, 2009 11:05 pm

138 I'm sorry I forgot about that. I thought you were referencing them as far as the wild card race.

140 monkeypants   ~  Sep 22, 2009 11:06 pm

[133] I always forget that!

141 ms october   ~  Sep 22, 2009 11:06 pm

[134] put them out of our misery. they completely folded in the wild cared race and then had the nerve to win last night

142 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 22, 2009 11:06 pm

[137] Hyperbole...never...besides, what do you have against the Royals?

143 monkeypants   ~  Sep 22, 2009 11:07 pm

[142] Nothing...I'm their biggest fan...tonight.

144 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 22, 2009 11:07 pm

[139] I gave up on the Rangers in August when they blew that game against Toronto. Largely been rooting for them to lose since.

145 ms october   ~  Sep 22, 2009 11:08 pm

let's not throw the ball into the dugout chad

146 BuckFoston   ~  Sep 22, 2009 11:08 pm

Lohud has a good story about Mickey Mantle and Billy Martin in the game post.

147 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 22, 2009 11:08 pm

How about we concentrate on the batter?

148 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 22, 2009 11:10 pm

This is how the Angels kill the Yankees. Even with a 4-0 lead, they allow speed on the bases to become a distraction. This exact scenario played out in the Friday and Saturday games before the All Star break.

149 JeremyM   ~  Sep 22, 2009 11:10 pm

Freaking Figgins. The inning was going so nicely.

150 BuckFoston   ~  Sep 22, 2009 11:11 pm

gift strike there

151 ms october   ~  Sep 22, 2009 11:11 pm

jesus chad just throw the damn ball and stop worrying so much

152 ms october   ~  Sep 22, 2009 11:12 pm

way to get out of it there gaudin

153 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 22, 2009 11:12 pm

3-0 Athletics

154 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 22, 2009 11:12 pm

[151] Good advice.

155 BuckFoston   ~  Sep 22, 2009 11:13 pm

Chad impressed me a little there. He regained his composure and Bobby's not an easy out.

156 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 22, 2009 11:13 pm

[153] I'd like to see Texas start winning so maybe they'll have some desire to beat the Angels when they play them next.

157 ms october   ~  Sep 22, 2009 11:16 pm

please do NOT be hurt jeter

158 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 22, 2009 11:16 pm

I want more scores

159 randym77   ~  Sep 22, 2009 11:17 pm

Jeez, Jete. Don't kill yourself at this point in the season.

160 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Sep 22, 2009 11:17 pm

Just saw A-Rod's tater, what a shot! And Captain with another 200-hit season, awesome job...

Gaudin looking good I assume?

Greinke brought it against Boston, BoSox lose a series to the Royals!! Panic in Beantown??

161 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 22, 2009 11:18 pm

I think the scouting report on Santana has to be jump on every first pitch fastball.

162 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 22, 2009 11:18 pm

[160] It's a 4-gamer, so they can still split the series.

163 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 22, 2009 11:19 pm

If Santana throws a fastball here, he is stupid.

164 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 22, 2009 11:21 pm

I hate when he does that

165 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 22, 2009 11:21 pm

[163] I guess not...can't imagine why Arod would take that.

166 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 22, 2009 11:22 pm

Rangers down in the fifth

167 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Sep 22, 2009 11:22 pm

[163] Good pitch there to get the K..can't win em' all, A-Rod..

Greinke now has a 2.08 ERA...amazing! Can he get below 2 in his next few starts...?

168 ms october   ~  Sep 22, 2009 11:22 pm

arod's guessing giveth and taketh away

169 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 22, 2009 11:22 pm

[165] Looking breaking ball.

170 BuckFoston   ~  Sep 22, 2009 11:24 pm

Can someone tell me why the commercials are 20 decibels louder than the program. It's not just YES. I watch TV with the damn remote, constantly clicking mute (or is it "moot"). My damn thumb hurts and I'm just about ready to write the FCC and my congressman.

171 BuckFoston   ~  Sep 22, 2009 11:25 pm

169 he should have been looking FB, and if he throws a breaking pitch for strike 3 you tip your hat.

172 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 22, 2009 11:25 pm

[167] Yes...at least 10 shutout innings; or 14 1-run innings. If he gives up 2 runs, he'd need to pitch 19 innings.

173 ms october   ~  Sep 22, 2009 11:26 pm

kenny just got some info from the truck about a game last year; however, he did not refer to it as the score truck, just the truck :{

174 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 22, 2009 11:26 pm

[170] That usually happens when the commercials come from the cable provider instead from the network.

175 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 22, 2009 11:26 pm

Hunter went there

176 51cq24   ~  Sep 22, 2009 11:27 pm

that's about as excited as i've ever heard kenny singleton

177 monkeypants   ~  Sep 22, 2009 11:27 pm

I must say, that I like Gaudin's luck better than Mitre's...at least so far.

178 ms october   ~  Sep 22, 2009 11:28 pm

[171] you get those arod and po specials sometimes

179 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Sep 22, 2009 11:28 pm

[172] Pretty quick with the old abacus there, William :)

Gaudin looking good! If the lead is 6 going into the Boston series then there is really nothing left to worry about..

Kay just said Joe Girardi stated "Joba simply has to pitch better"...well, yes Joe...

180 Yankster   ~  Sep 22, 2009 11:29 pm

[170] There's a bill in Congress (CALM) that is supposed to address loud ads broadcast on public frequencies:
http://blogs.consumerreports.org/electronics/2009/06/tone-it-down-consumers-union-supports-calm-act.html

181 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 22, 2009 11:29 pm

[172] Correction - at least 9 1/3 shutout innings; or 14 1-run innings. If he gives up 2 runs, he’d need to pitch 18 1/3 innings.

182 monkeypants   ~  Sep 22, 2009 11:29 pm

[179] Kay just said Joe Girardi stated “Joba simply has to pitch better”…well, yes Joe…

In Girardi-speak, that could mean that he has a career-threatening injury.

183 BuckFoston   ~  Sep 22, 2009 11:30 pm

174 Thanks, damn cable companies, this is what happens when you don't have enough competition.

177 NoMaas has a post up showing that although Gaudin's ERA is 3 runs lower than Mitre's his FIP is actually higher. Not sure how valid a stat FIP is though.

184 51cq24   ~  Sep 22, 2009 11:30 pm

[171] even when the pitcher has been throwing curve after curve?

185 BuckFoston   ~  Sep 22, 2009 11:31 pm

180 Thanks, and I love the fact that it's called the CALM Act.

186 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 22, 2009 11:32 pm

[184] But most of the curves have been out of the zone. If it was me, I would look fastball and tip my hat if he could put a curve in the zone, but then again Arod has a few HRs than I do.

187 monkeypants   ~  Sep 22, 2009 11:32 pm

[183] Well, according to FIP, Mitre has been Unlucky™ all year, but I don't buy it in his case. But Gaudin pitching well below his FIP is cause for concern.

188 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Sep 22, 2009 11:32 pm

[180] Thankfully no commercials here, the video stays on the field while the Japanese announcers chat between innings..occasionally you can hear the YES guys chat too..I'm sure that one time they were laughing at this really fat woman in the stands that the camera was zooming in on..not very nice of them, but kind of funny to hear...another time they showed Al Leiter stuffing his face with donuts, while the Japanese announcers laughed at him..beast commercials I guess..

189 BuckFoston   ~  Sep 22, 2009 11:34 pm

184 How consistently has he been throwing the curve for a strike. Also if you're looking fastball I would think you may be able to get a piece of the curve if its a strike. But what the hell do I know about hitting a ML pitcher.

190 ms october   ~  Sep 22, 2009 11:34 pm

[188] damn ok jazz, beast commercials is one of the greatest typos all-time on the banter

191 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 22, 2009 11:35 pm

Matsui has really been great this year...and every year he has been healthy.

192 ms october   ~  Sep 22, 2009 11:35 pm

matsui is all over these pitches

193 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 22, 2009 11:35 pm

Wow

194 BuckFoston   ~  Sep 22, 2009 11:35 pm

188 how do they pay the bills?

195 monkeypants   ~  Sep 22, 2009 11:35 pm

I really, really like this "Rally Killer Offense."

196 51cq24   ~  Sep 22, 2009 11:36 pm

[186] assuming most of his curves go out of the zone, if it were you you'd look fastball and swing through a curveball in the dirt. then tip your cap.

197 BuckFoston   ~  Sep 22, 2009 11:37 pm

Matsui is making it awfully hard to let him go next year. Cn they possibly keep him?

198 monkeypants   ~  Sep 22, 2009 11:37 pm

[192] If we can only figure out a way to work in "beast commercial" when Matsui belts one...

199 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Sep 22, 2009 11:38 pm

[190] Hahah..there actually are some of those on regular tv here..

[194] The MLB is shown on one of the government satellite channels (NHK-BS1) so no commercials ever..it does lead to some amusing program titles like BS News at 6...

Matsui is ON, ホームラン、ホームラン松井!!

200 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 22, 2009 11:38 pm

[188] MLB.com used to also let you hear the announcers between inning. I remember listening to a spring training game that Jeff Brantley was doing with a play-by-play man whose name I don't recall. Anyway, in between innings, Brantley starts scolding the play-by-play man about stepping on his analysis to which he responded something like "I think the people listening might actually want to know what's going on in the game". It was very amusing.

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201 ms october   ~  Sep 22, 2009 11:39 pm

[198] :] that would be great

202 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 22, 2009 11:40 pm

[196] What?

203 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Sep 22, 2009 11:41 pm
204 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Sep 22, 2009 11:43 pm

found it! the Japanese baseball commercial was looking for
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=smcqWxxZexs&feature=related

205 thelarmis   ~  Sep 22, 2009 11:43 pm

hey team!

jus' gettin' in. no time to catch up on comments yet, but - shall i assume the tenor is calmer than last night? what a difference a day makes!

yesterday, there was crazy flooding here in atlanta with people getting dead - including a 2-yr old little boy (sooo sad!!!) - and today, was like 90 degrees and sunny.

let's keep it bright on our baseball outlook, as well!!! : )

206 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 22, 2009 11:43 pm

3-1 As BTW

207 BuckFoston   ~  Sep 22, 2009 11:45 pm

20 My wife is there in Holly Springs and she says she's never seen it rain like that before (for that long).

208 BuckFoston   ~  Sep 22, 2009 11:45 pm

207 was meant for 205

209 51cq24   ~  Sep 22, 2009 11:45 pm

[202] you're saying he shouldn't be looking curveball there because it would likely drop out of the zone, so look fastball and tip your cap if the pitcher throws a curve for a strike. but that's ignoring that the pitcher is trying to deceive you. so if it looks like a curve in the dirt and you take it, it might be a low fastball. if you are looking fastball and it looks like a fastball, you might flail at a curve in the dirt.

210 ms october   ~  Sep 22, 2009 11:46 pm

[203] haha thanks - that was pretty funny - though the moving truck was not as good as our score truck

211 BuckFoston   ~  Sep 22, 2009 11:48 pm

203 funny. 204 mystifying.

212 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 22, 2009 11:48 pm

Eesh

213 ms october   ~  Sep 22, 2009 11:48 pm

that wasn't foul?

214 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 22, 2009 11:50 pm

Wheels are coming off

215 thelarmis   ~  Sep 22, 2009 11:50 pm

what? Chone?! ugh.

216 monkeypants   ~  Sep 22, 2009 11:50 pm

[213] Don't underestimate the mystical powers of Chone.

217 thelarmis   ~  Sep 22, 2009 11:51 pm

[214] now, now...

218 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Sep 22, 2009 11:52 pm

[216] "The Powers of Chone"..sounds like a Piers Anthony book..

[211] commercial at [204] I love the bit when they show the X-Ray image of his broken arm as he throws that final pitch.

219 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 22, 2009 11:52 pm

[209] I am pretty sure Arod can tell the difference between the two.

220 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 22, 2009 11:54 pm

Here we go again.

221 ms october   ~  Sep 22, 2009 11:54 pm

how many coaches does it take to pull gaudin?

222 monkeypants   ~  Sep 22, 2009 11:54 pm

Tough call here...I would probably let him face Vlad, last batter if he gets a hit.If he creams one, though...

223 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 22, 2009 11:55 pm

This is a classic example of a pitcher knowing he is one out away from qualifying.

224 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 22, 2009 11:55 pm

Out of the zone!!1

225 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Sep 22, 2009 11:55 pm

Halllooooooo Ace......

226 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 22, 2009 11:55 pm

I hate this fucking team.

227 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 22, 2009 11:55 pm

Could that have been a worse pitch? Are you kidding me?

228 ms october   ~  Sep 22, 2009 11:56 pm

the hell with gaudin's "win" - let's go ace

229 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 22, 2009 11:56 pm

Welcome to Yankees vs. Angels.

230 51cq24   ~  Sep 22, 2009 11:56 pm

[219] then why would he take a fastball down the middle? the whole purpose of having a deceptive delivery is to trick the hitter. pitch selection isn't the only trick.

231 thelarmis   ~  Sep 22, 2009 11:57 pm

[214] ok, maybe the back wheels have come off. : /

we're gonna see a lot of bullpen tonight. ace/coke/phil/mo

232 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Sep 22, 2009 11:57 pm

[227] Gaudi on his sixth team so far..and he is 26 yrs old..what does this tell you?

233 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 22, 2009 11:58 pm

[230] He took the fastball because he was sitting on the curve. When you do that, you can't react to the faster pitch. If you sit on the faster pitch, you might get locked up by the curve, but you shouldn't swing at it.

234 thelarmis   ~  Sep 22, 2009 11:58 pm

[232] Joe Girardi is about to tell you he's your FOURTH starter in the playoffs!

235 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 22, 2009 11:58 pm

Bad, bad feeling here

236 BuckFoston   ~  Sep 22, 2009 11:59 pm

231 how about: phil mo coke? ace!

237 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 22, 2009 11:59 pm

Gaudin did a solid job. Girardi left him in a batter too long, but you can't kill him for that. The bottom line is this team needs to learn how to close out games in Anaheim. Until they start doing that, you can't convince me the Angels aren't in the Yankees heads.

238 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 22, 2009 11:59 pm

Hunter went there too

239 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:00 am

In Ace we trust.

240 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:00 am

Good job Ace

241 BuckFoston   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:00 am

I love Ace!

242 thelarmis   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:01 am

sweet. let's have some more o' dat Score Truck, thank you please!

243 ms october   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:01 am

clocking out - i tried my best to bring some more luck to gaudin - he did okay enough - now close it out in my absence

244 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:01 am

Rangers losing mid-7

245 monkeypants   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:02 am

Wheels back on....

Generally well-pitched by Gaudin, before he ran out of gas in the 5th against the middle of a tough lineup. If the Yankees actually needed a fourth starter in the playoffs, they would take this sort of performance evry time, methinks.

246 thelarmis   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:02 am

[241] is your wife okay here? where is holly springs? i wanna say i heard of it, but it's gotta be at least a half-hour outside of here. maybe West on 20, or something...

247 thelarmis   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:03 am

[245] Wheels back on….

you didn't know the Score Truck driver doubles as a mechanic, didjya?!

248 thelarmis   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:03 am

[244] what else is new? : /

249 51cq24   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:04 am

[233] when's the last time you faced real pitching? it isn't a video game. you are crazy if you think hitters don't get fooled by good curveballs. why do you think jeter looked so silly in that at bat earlier? it isn't just a question of guessing pitch selection. you then have to recognize it out of the pitcher's hand.

250 thelarmis   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:05 am

and here we go...feebly into the night.

251 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:06 am

Why does that 1-2-3 inning give me a sick feeling?

252 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:06 am

4-1 Athletics

253 monkeypants   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:07 am

[249] This is one of those futile arguments. I tend to think that most every batter, including the great ones, guess and/or sit on certain pitches in certain counts. My assumption is that the really greats simply guess right more often (and have far superior recognition skills and reaction speed).

254 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:08 am

[249] I face real pitching about three times a week. I am down to fastpitch softball, but the fastballs are still around 65-70 mph with knuckle balls and curves. I don't play video games.

255 monkeypants   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:08 am

[251] Because you have been predicting doom since the first inning?

256 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:09 am

[249] And yes, hitters do get fooled by good curve balls, but not when they eliminate the pitch from their mindset, which is what I suggested Arod should have done in that AB.

257 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:09 am

[255] Well, here it comes.

258 thelarmis   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:09 am

how long til Kendry gets the "professional hitter" tag?

259 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:09 am

I've heard this song before

260 thelarmis   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:10 am

double-plus un-good.

261 thelarmis   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:10 am

[259] style: Doom Metal

262 BuckFoston   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:10 am

246 She's fine. It's north of Atl off of 575.

263 monkeypants   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:11 am

[257] Perhaps.

264 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:11 am

6-1 Athletics

265 thelarmis   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:11 am

[259] band: Death Angels

song: Yankee Killer

266 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:12 am

How good can the Angles really be if they are pinch-hitting with Gary Mathews Jr...??! C'mon Ace, strike this bum out!

267 BuckFoston   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:12 am

266 No K, DP.

268 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:12 am

7-1

269 thelarmis   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:13 am

[262] oh, that's right! It's Exit 14 off 575 - Canton, GA. i've been there a bunch and passed it just the other week. i knew it was familiar. it's about 40 miles north of me and i'm right in the heart of the city.

what's she doing there of all places? (you don't have to answer that!)

270 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:14 am

The pitch selection is brutal. This team is imploding again.

271 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:14 am

Do the Angels take the lead this inning or next?

272 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:15 am

[271] I got that Abe Beame-New York-going-bankrupt kind of feeling...

273 thelarmis   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:15 am

jeezus kriste! we really need a DP here...

274 51cq24   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:15 am

[256] fastpitch softball credentials aside, you seem to be arguing that the only reason a hitter would ever swing through a curve in the dirt is that he is either worried that the pitcher might throw a curve or is actually expecting a curve but not one that low or with that much bite. you don't think that hitters (who i agree [253] all have to guess to a certain extent) ever sit on fastball, think they see fastball out of the pitcher's hand, then flail through a deceptive curve? or, in this case, sit on curve, think they see curve out of the pitcher's hand, then take a fastball down the middle? or even sit on fastball, think they see curve out of the pitcher's hand, then take a fastball down the middle?

275 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:15 am

Wheels have completely fallen off and the bus is careening towards a cliff.

276 BuckFoston   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:16 am

269 We're moving there. Will have to be long distance Yankee fan soon.

277 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:16 am

We see it every time and yet it still feels so helpless.

278 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:16 am

8-1

279 monkeypants   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:17 am

Marte warming...which makes sense, I guess, against Abreu. I would love to see Girardi go to Hughes early here.

280 BuckFoston   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:17 am

Figgins is up again already?

281 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:17 am

game tying double

282 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:18 am

[279] That's a good one..knee-slapper in fact..

283 randym77   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:18 am

Um...anyone warming?

284 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:18 am

[274] That's not what I am saying at all. I would say that in a great majority of cases, a hitter can tell the difference between a fastball and a curve out of the hand if he is explicitly sitting on the fastball. If the pitcher is particularly deceptive, he might swing anyway, but in most cases, he should be able to layoff.

285 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:18 am

At what point does Girardi realize Aceves is completely missing his spots?

286 51cq24   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:19 am

oh what the fuck

287 randym77   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:19 am

Crap.

288 BuckFoston   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:19 am

WTF was that?

289 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:19 am

So yeah, winning the division doesn't matter

290 BuckFoston   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:20 am

Just like a batter HBP gets first, a fielder hit by bat should mean the batters out.

291 randym77   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:20 am

Looks like he's okay.

292 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:21 am

In my mind, this game counts for two because if the Yankees blow this game, the have no chance to win tomorrow.

293 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:21 am

Is that Bruney?

294 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:21 am

Jorge is a tough sonuvabeetch, he will be fine... PLEASE don't bring in Bruney!!

295 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:21 am

Why is Marte warming if you don't use him here? And why is Bruney up!

296 BuckFoston   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:21 am

292 I don't understand.

297 thelarmis   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:21 am

[276] no way! a bandleader i used to work for lives off that exit, in Canton. i played a Blues gig at a club there last August, but i think it closed down (or, at least, doesn't have music any longer).

well, you'll have company! i'm down 75 about 45 mins, depending on traffic. will you guys be working in Cherokee, Cobb, Dekalb or Fulton?

let me know if there's anything i can do to make the move easier for you guys. i've been here 13+ years now...

298 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:22 am

Exactly..why is Marte warming up if not to face BoBBy..(hat tip 2 thelarmis)...??

299 joe   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:22 am

Not sure how far behind my feed is... But would it be crazy to use Hughes vs. Abreu?

300 51cq24   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:22 am

i prefer aceves to marte here myself

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301 thelarmis   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:22 am

why is Ace pitching to boBBy???? : /

302 Yankster   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:22 am

gameday has second pitch as a clear strike. Against Abreu, that's a killer

303 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:23 am

Aceves has gotten away with two awful pitches.

304 51cq24   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:23 am

[302] didn't get it cause he missed his spot by about a foot

305 BuckFoston   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:24 am

297 Thanks for the offer. My wife doesn't have a job down there yet. I will be working for my current company for now, at least thru the end of the year.

306 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:24 am

I feel sick

307 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:24 am

[302] He completely missed his location...as he did with the 2-2. Leaving Ace in is crazy.

308 Yankster   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:24 am

oh krikey.

309 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:25 am

Unbelievable. The Yankees just cannot win in this building. Vlad slammer here.

310 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:25 am

What the hell is Girardi doing in the dugout? Is he watching?

311 monkeypants   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:25 am

Phew.

312 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:25 am

Good enough. Now score some fucking runs. Joe wants to bring Bruney in.

313 randym77   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:25 am

I dunno if the Halos have gotten into the Yankees' heads, but they've gotten into mine.

314 monkeypants   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:25 am

[309] Or not.

315 joe   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:25 am

Watching runs walk in is the most painful experience

316 BuckFoston   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:25 am

Arod just kills the Angels!

317 thelarmis   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:25 am

[305] you know where to find me. when's the big move?

well, there goes dinner... : /

318 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:25 am

Arod saves the Yankees bacon...for now.

If this inning doesn't illustrate Girardi's incompetence than I don't know what would.

319 JeremyM   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:26 am

Hughes for two and Mo for the save, right? Yeah right.......

320 51cq24   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:26 am

isn't it funny that the 2 teams that have "gotten into the yankees' heads" are the 2 other best teams in the league the last 5 or so years?

321 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:26 am

[319] Of course not. Hughes is an 8th inning guy.

322 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:27 am

[320] So that explains the Yankees playing about .200 baseball in Anaheim? The Angels are just that good.

323 BuckFoston   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:28 am

317 Wife will be settled in by next week. I'll be down by the end of the year.

324 thelarmis   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:28 am

big boys comin' up to the plate.

halos' "vulture" in.

325 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:28 am

I don't like where we're headed.

326 Rich   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:29 am

Girardi is awful. Awful!

327 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:29 am

[325] Nope...neither do I. Another 1-2-3 inning and you can pretty much write the script.

328 monkeypants   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:29 am

[325] That is striking, given your general optimism. ; )

329 thelarmis   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:29 am

[323] Georgia Welcomes You !!! : )

(that's the sign you see when you leave the airport...)

330 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:30 am

My goodness....the Yankees are just pawns in the Angels game.

331 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:31 am

[329] I thought they hated all Yankees down there... :)

332 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:33 am

Just great...three hard hit balls and three outs...now the Angels can continue their hit parade.

333 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:33 am

Well, here we go

334 monkeypants   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:34 am

I sooo wanted to shout Beast Commercial, but Matsui just didn't have enough power the other way.

335 thelarmis   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:34 am

well, that was an utter waste. and went waaaay too quickly...

336 BuckFoston   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:34 am

331 I'm trying to go incognito. I don't know if I can fake a southern drawl, but I can definitely lose the Joisey accent.

337 51cq24   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:34 am

[322] it helps to explain. but maybe it's just a curse.

338 thelarmis   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:35 am

[331] anymore, it's mostly northern transplants here. it's pretty rare to actually meet someone who's from Atlanta!

339 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:35 am

A perfect inning would do wonders for my stomach

341 Rich   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:35 am

Is Girardi well?

342 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:35 am

Nice move Joe, leave Aceves in. No reason to be worried by his horrendous location last inning. This is almost comical.

343 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:36 am

two more

344 51cq24   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:36 am

[342] i guess that answers [318] for you

345 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:37 am

[337] I don't believe in curses.

346 thelarmis   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:37 am

[336] no need for the drawl! i lost my Queens/L.I. accent many moons ago, for the most part, in college. it still comes out every now and then and with certain words.

not sure if you've visited your future home yet - i imagine you have - but it's rather different than here in the city of Atlanta. so, yeah, you might stick out a little, at first! ; )

347 monkeypants   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:37 am

Well, whatever happens here, the Yanks gotta face the Angels' big bats one more time. Hopefully with Hughes/Rivera.

348 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:37 am

9-1 Oakland

349 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:38 am

Stole and out, so it's time for Hughes, right?

350 thelarmis   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:38 am

wow, still with Ace. hmmm.

i guess Phil's title should be "8th inning ONLY" guy.

351 51cq24   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:38 am

[345] isn't curse the same as saying it's in their heads? i don't think many people actually believe in supernatural curses.

352 thelarmis   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:39 am

[349] try again. please see [350]. it's only the 7th. so...

Marte, of course! : /

353 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:39 am

Nope...it's Marte! Damaso Marte....why!!!

354 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:39 am

Of course

355 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:40 am

[351] No...human emotions are real. Curses are supernatural.

356 monkeypants   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:40 am

Hughes entering the game in the seventh...is the Apocalypse upon us?

357 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:41 am

Can someone please try to explain why you use Marte instead of Hughes to pitch to Morales? I know the splits, but Girardi must know the talent gap between the two, right?

Once again, in a close game, the Yankees have two opponents: the other team and their manager.

358 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:42 am

[355] After 13 years in East Asia...i 100% believe in supernatural curses!

[356] Monkeypants, go directly to your liquor cabinet, poor a dram of good Scotch and sit down..it will all be OK...

359 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:43 am

Okay. One more Phil

360 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:43 am

[359] But with no margin for error.

361 BuckFoston   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:43 am

356 That isn't supposed to happen until 2012.

362 Rich   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:44 am

[357] I could, but it wouldn't be rational.

363 monkeypants   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:44 am

[357] It's pretty obvious that Girardi did not wnat to use Hughes for 5 outs, and he hoped to turn Morales around by using Marte. Of course, I am not saying that I agree with the rationale, but it is certainly not all that surprising.

364 Paul   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:44 am

Wait, so Girardi gets criticized for:

a) sticking with Gaudin too long
b) sticking with Aceves too long
c) turning Kend to his weaker side with his only lefty

Doesn't the dead horse get old? Ever?

365 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:45 am

[363] It isn't surprising; it's just stupid. But that has been the problem with Girardi all season.

366 Paul   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:45 am

Hughes needs a shave.

367 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:45 am

[364] Nope...because Girardi enters a new horse in the race just abotu every night.

368 Yankster   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:46 am

[366] Hughes needs two outs

369 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:46 am

Two more outs in Oakland

370 Paul   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:46 am

Ah yes, some people wanted him to pull Aceves earlier...for who? Hughes in the 6th inning? That makes sense.

371 thelarmis   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:47 am

[361] i think it's 2112

: )

372 51cq24   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:47 am

[370] no, marte with the bases loaded! but definitely not marte with the bases empty in the 7th!

373 thelarmis   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:48 am

UUUUUGHES!!!

[366] i do, too.

374 Rich   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:48 am

Hughes puts a period at the end of Girardi’s run on sentence.

375 Yankster   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:48 am

[370] I agree. I thought Aceves was pitching alright and getting decent pitches hit hard and I don't think there was a better alternative at the time.

376 Rich   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:49 am

Ah yes, some people wanted him to pull Aceves earlier…for who? Hughes in the 6th inning? That makes sense.

It does make sense because if the lead is blown early, you don't need your best relievers to protect it late. Thank though.

377 BuckFoston   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:49 am

I think beating the LALA's in a close, tight game builds more confidence than blowing them out. But if we do that tonight I'll take blow outs the rest of the way.

378 Paul   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:49 am

[372] Yeah, that logic makes perfect sense. But when you twist any facts to preconceived biases, it's no surprise.

379 JeremyM   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:49 am

[370] Actually, using your ace reliever during that 6th inning when the game was likely on the line makes perfect sense, but that's neither here nor there.

380 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:49 am

Yankees are going to the playoffs

381 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:50 am

[370] Right, using your best pitcher in a huge jam would make no sense. Much better to get Bruney up.

382 monkeypants   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:50 am

[270] Hughes in the sixth would have made perfect sense--i.e., use your best relievers in the highest leverage situations. But this will only lead us down a path of debating the proper role of ace relievers.

383 monkeypants   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:51 am

[382] Grr..that was for [370].

384 JeremyM   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:52 am

[380] Awesome!

385 BuckFoston   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:52 am

LALA update from Pete Abe:

UPDATE, 12:38 a.m.: They just showed the shower scene from Psycho and when Janet Leigh opened the shower curtain it was the Rally Monkey. Funny stuff.

386 Paul   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:53 am

[381] Yeah, use Mo in the 6th inning. That's realistic.

387 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:53 am

[385] Watching the games against the Angels is like watching Psycho.

388 51cq24   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:53 am

[376] and if the lead is blown late because you've already used hughes, you might lose the game and then go a game or 2 without hughes available.

389 thelarmis   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:53 am

[380] yay!

when there, please win 11 games. thank you - thelarmis.

390 JeremyM   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:53 am

[385] That sounds like a horror film that would scare me. Interspliced with the Angels going first to third and spraying the outfield with singles.

391 Rich   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:54 am

[386] The "no one does it" defense. Sweet.

392 BuckFoston   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:54 am

380 Our long national (NY area could be its own country) nightmare is over!

393 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:54 am

[386] I think you know we are talking about Hughes, but you're right, it makes sense to use inferior pitchers with the game on the line. Girardi agrees with you, so you must be right.

394 Paul   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:54 am

[382] You still need someone to pitch the rest of the game. Who would that be?

395 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:54 am

Another 1-2-3 inning for the Yankees.

396 JeremyM   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:55 am

[388] Also known as the "Jeff Weaver philosophy." Not to be confused with the Earl Weaver philosophy.

397 monkeypants   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:55 am

[375] I would tend to stick with pitchers longer in most cases, but I thought Ace was a bit wild (missing his spots), so I would not have let him face Abreu (with his batting eye). Whom would I have gone to is a tougher question. In an ideal world, I would have used Hughes to get out of the jam, but that's not a realistic expectation the way BPs are handled these days.

398 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:55 am

[388] So, Hughes can't pitch two innings followed by Mo for 1 1/3. You really think that's outlandish?

399 Paul   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:56 am

Name one manager in the game that bring his closer into the 6th inning.

Hell, if you want to talk about an alternate reality Hughes is today's starter.

400 thelarmis   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:56 am

i just got an email. i was written up in some music article. here's the mention:

...(thelarmis), whose passion for drumming is matched only by his enthusiasm for the New York Yankees.

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401 51cq24   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:56 am

[396] also known as the "if you think this is true now you must also think it's true in the playoffs" fallacy

402 monkeypants   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:57 am

[396] Both result in three run HRs, which can be confusing...

403 Paul   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:57 am

Their best reliever isn't Hughes.

404 thelarmis   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:58 am

was Cokey available to pitch to boBBy? if so, why wasn't he summoned?!

good, it's Hughes again. please do this 1-2-3.

405 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:58 am

Here we go.

406 Rich   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:58 am

[399] Yup, it's the "no one does it" defense.

407 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:58 am

Oh boy...here we go. If it's not one thing, it's another.

408 BuckFoston   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:58 am

Ouch

409 51cq24   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:58 am

[398] i think it's outlandish a couple weeks before the playoffs when we're almost guaranteed the best record in the league

[400] nice

410 thelarmis   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:58 am

c'mon robbie! wha happened? : /

411 monkeypants   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:59 am

[388] I'd rather take the chance that my best pitcher doesn't blow the lead, than take that chance with my lesser pitchers.

412 BuckFoston   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:59 am

F&^%

413 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:59 am

Wow...this team is just coming apart at the seems. They are playing scared.

414 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:59 am

[400] Great!

415 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:59 am

I hate this.

416 joe   ~  Sep 23, 2009 12:59 am

Oh god...

417 Paul   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:00 am

Goddam it Girardi! If you were riding Cano like you're supposed to he doesn't make that error.

Nah, let's talk about alternate universes.

418 thelarmis   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:00 am

how is he on third???????????

fuckin' chris!!!

419 BuckFoston   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:00 am

418 bad throw to second

420 Rich   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:00 am

[417] That really strengthens your case. WTG.

421 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:00 am

[418] Because Gardner has no arm.

422 thelarmis   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:01 am

[418] i meam: chrisT!!!!

423 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:01 am

I really wish the manager didn't give up on last night's game,

424 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:02 am

Hey look. Cano fielded a ball.

425 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:02 am

[423] Or let the game get tighter tonight by fiddling around with lesser pitchers.

426 51cq24   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:02 am

[411] well we've debated this before. i think it's easier to say that you should use your best pitchers in the highest leverage situations than to actually figure out when the highest leverage situations are before a game or season is over. and given the fact that relievers can only pitch a certain number of innings, it's best to use them when their performing well will guarantee a win.

427 thelarmis   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:02 am

wait. what happened? went thru robbie's legs to garnder. dude guns for 2nd and gritner throws it where? man on 3rd. huh?!

428 Paul   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:02 am

Wow, what a scared way to catch a pop up.

429 thelarmis   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:03 am

oh, i see. stolen base. bad throw by jorgie. is that right?

please get outta this, Phil. please.

430 BuckFoston   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:03 am

Gardner never threw the ball. I thought he had a chance to get him at third but no throw.

431 JeremyM   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:03 am

Come on Hughes.

432 51cq24   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:03 am

[421] yeah why didn't he even attempt a throw there?

433 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:03 am

[429] That's right.

434 Paul   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:03 am

Got it. Turning Morales around is fiddling with lesser pitchers. Makes sense.

435 BuckFoston   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:04 am

Tie game.

436 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:04 am

And the Yankees complete their usual Anaheim collapse.

437 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:04 am

I hate the Angels..but feck it, we're going to the playoffs!!

438 Paul   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:04 am

Damn it, Girardi! If you had only brought Hughes into the 6th inning!

439 51cq24   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:04 am

why the fuck would you throw a fastball down the middle there?

440 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:04 am

It really is a shame that Joe Girardi didn't want to win last night. Because when this happens, two games are down the drain.

441 BuckFoston   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:05 am

Yankees think they are at home and are setting up the walk off.

442 thelarmis   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:05 am

holy hell.

this is on robbie. and jorgie. and, i guess, gritner.

keep 'em here, phil...

443 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:05 am

[437] And if we keep up on this pace, we're coming right back here.

444 monkeypants   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:05 am

[394] First of all, I subscribe to Bill James' notion that ace relievers (for the Yankees, Mo and Hughes) should generally, though not always, be used for two innings an appearance rather than one.

Second, my primary concern would be to put out the fire at that point and worry about the later innings after that. Maybe you maintain a three run lead instead of losing a couple of runs. Maybe that lets you steal the next inning with a lesser pitcher against the bottom of the lineup. Maybe you score a couple of runs and put the game out of reach.

But to trot out weaker relivers at what was very likely was to be THE key moment in the game is, I think, poor strategy.

Sooner or later, some manager will figure this out, but it will require organizational support, an organization that is willing to "experiment" with not-orthodox strategies promoted by James et al.

445 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:05 am

[439] That comment could apply to 3 or 4 batters in today's game.

446 Paul   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:05 am

I can't believe Girardi let the Yankees lose two playoff series to Anaheim. He's truly terrible.

447 JeremyM   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:05 am

[442] The way that play was unraveling, Gardner probably would've thrown it into the stands.

448 Rich   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:06 am

This guy Paul used to post under another handle. Same exact stuff.

449 monkeypants   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:06 am

[438] Indeed, if he had, then this is probably not a one run game in the eighth inning, where an error could erase the slender lead.

450 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:06 am

Jesus Christ. Leave the runner alone. Throw it down the plate so we can lose and I can go to bed.

451 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:07 am

[440] Make it three. If the Yankee complete this choke job, they'll have no chance to win tomorrow. This team is spooked by the Angels and its manager is running around like a chicken with its head cut off. Sabathia better be strong against Lester on Friday because if not, it wont be if, but when this team completes a historic collapse.

452 joe   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:07 am

[444] That bases loaded situation might only come up once. It might as well be with your best pitcher on the mound, no? You can worry about jams in the future, but since they haven't happened yet and may not happen, they aren't a big concern yet

453 51cq24   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:08 am

[444] if relievers were allowed to pitch more in general (and i think they should), it would be a different game altogether. but given their artificial limitations, lesser pitchers are going to be pitching in big situations no matter what. accordingly, i think there's a good argument to be made that you save your best relievers for situations that will lead to a win.

454 Paul   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:08 am

Wow, Posada sucks. We need Molina every day.

455 JeremyM   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:08 am

[451] Honestly, I don't think it can be a historic collapse if you still make the playoffs.

456 randym77   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:08 am

Not Bruney. Please not Bruney.

457 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:09 am

Human white flag coming in?

458 Paul   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:09 am

Yeah, Hughes for two innings would have worked really well. Girardi is an idiot.

459 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:09 am

The only consolation here is if the Yankees do blow the division and get bounced by the Angels, Girardi will be fired and maybe the Yankees can attempt to hire a competent manager.

460 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:10 am

[458] Yes, this is Hughes fault. That routine ground ball to second was just hit too well.

461 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:10 am

[453] Protecting a lead in the 6th inning against an awesome series of batters like Bobby, Vlad, etc..will this not lead to a win?? I agree with [444]

462 randym77   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:10 am

They're leaving Hughes in for now, but Bruney's warming.

463 Paul   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:10 am

[455] Why worry about that insignificant detail?

464 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:11 am

[455] It is still a collapse though...and in this case, the difference between who you play in the ALDS is huge.

465 Paul   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:11 am

Yeah, maybe Showalter is available. Or Pinella!

466 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:12 am

[463] If we blow a NINE GAME LEAD with 21 games left to play, we'll be coming back to this hellhole.

But yeah, making the playoffs is just dandy.

467 Rich   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:13 am

One more, Phil.

468 Paul   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:14 am

When did some Yankees fans turn into Sox fans? Unbelievable.

469 Rich   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:14 am

Great freakin' job. Now let's score.

470 BuckFoston   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:14 am

Well why didn't he just do that before, geesh.

471 Rich   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:14 am

[468] You're a troll.

472 joe   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:15 am

Yeah Phil! New ballgame now.

473 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:15 am

Yankees better score now because otherwise it's Bruney time!!

474 Paul   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:15 am

Yeah, I really hope they hire Pinella. Can't wait to see what he'd do to the bullpen.

Or Mattingly. He's surely a tactical genius.

475 BuckFoston   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:15 am

474 is that a threat?

476 monkeypants   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:15 am

[453] And, by extension, use your weaker pitchers in games where it can lead to a loss?

I see what you're saying, and in fact, I agree that it is silly to criticize Girardi for not doing what NO manager in the game would do. But I think that you approach this situation in a fundamentally wrong way. The way to look at it is with Win Probability or the like. I suspect that using your best relievers in key spots in the middle of game will create a greater increase in win probability, than saving him for the eight or ninth inning of a game when you have the lead, often a lead of 2 or 3 runs (that is, a game you will win 90% of the time anyway).

477 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:15 am

[471] Its Bum Rush's new ID. Best to just ignore.

478 BuckFoston   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:15 am

475 was for 473

479 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:16 am

[468] Sox fans want to win the division? And thats bad?

480 Rich   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:16 am

[477] Bum's Rush. That it. Thx.

481 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:17 am

That line score looks like every game in Anaheim over the past 10 years. Yankees jump out to a lead and then give it back.

482 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:17 am

runrunrunrunrunrunrurnrunrunrunrunrunrun

483 BuckFoston   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:17 am

Use the speed Joe!

484 monkeypants   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:17 am

Steal. Steal, steal, steal, steal. Steal.
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.
.
Steal.

485 thelarmis   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:17 am

[471] that's a MUCH nicer word than i would've used.

486 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:18 am

If Jeter bunt's, I'll vomit.

487 51cq24   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:18 am

[452] [461] during a season there are going to be a lot of situations that need good relief pitching. are you confident that the 6th inning of a 5-2 game in anaheim will be the only big chance the angels have? you can use hughes there and maybe it will work out. but if it doesn't because someone else has to pitch the 8th inning, then you not only lose the game, you also lose hughes for a day or 2.
maybe it would work out over the season. but i definitely think the idea of using your best relievers when you have the best chance to turn their performances into a win is somewhat lost when you abstractly look at which situations were actually highest leverage.

488 thelarmis   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:18 am

[484] that would score TWO runs!

YAHTZEE!!!

489 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:18 am

[484] I vote for that.

490 monkeypants   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:18 am

[477] Ah, you might be right. And I was sucked in.

491 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:18 am

Run.

492 thelarmis   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:18 am

do. not. bunt.

don't do it.

493 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:19 am

Run run run

494 Rich   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:19 am

Come on, Brett.

495 BuckFoston   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:19 am

Hit and run is better than a bunt.

496 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:19 am

[487] I think this game is big enough that you try to shorten the game by extending Mariano and Hughes, especially when they have had three days off and will get Thursday off as well.

497 monkeypants   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:20 am

[487] are you confident that the 6th inning of a 5-2 game in anaheim will be the only big chance the angels have

No. But it's the ONLY big chance that we can guarantee they will have. So best to deal with it, than to save pitchers for the big chances that may never come.

498 thelarmis   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:20 am

what's going on? pitching change?

499 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:20 am

Run

500 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:20 am

[498] Throws over to 1st.

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501 BuckFoston   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:20 am

498 lots of throws to first.

502 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:21 am

[498] About half a dozen pick offs

503 Paul   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:21 am

Hey, look at people gang up on the new guy. Thanks for the hearty welcome!

[479] SFs have an over riding need for paranoia. Why that's infected a segment of the Yankee fanbase is anyone's guess.

I suppose bitching about the manager makes some people feel better. But he's the best the Yankees are going to get. The alternatives were far, far worse.

Then there's Bobby V!

504 thelarmis   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:21 am

[500] thanks.

505 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:21 am

WHOOO!

506 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:21 am

He almost slid off that bag!

The Yankees have to score here.

507 Rich   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:21 am

Pitch out proof.

508 thelarmis   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:22 am

[501/502] ah, i see. hopefully, one will get away...

509 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:22 am

Yankees get a break...Gardner came off the bag.

Don't bunt!!

510 monkeypants   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:22 am

So, now bunt, huh?

511 thelarmis   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:22 am

[506] HAVE to.

512 Rich   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:23 am

Exploit the break.

513 joe   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:23 am

[487] Well, it's a tricky situation, especially when you have to consider using Hughes in future games. But that 6th inning may be the Angles biggest chance, and I think that is more important than saving Hughes for a situation he may not be needed in

514 Paul   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:23 am

[496] Since you missed it, Hughes was extended. Just not in the 6th inning.

515 monkeypants   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:23 am

Having broken my wrist before, I can't imagine what it must be like sliding into a base only a couple of months removed from a broken thumb, still wearing some sort of brace.

516 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:23 am

[509] Did Aybar push him off?

517 thelarmis   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:23 am

a bona fide threat!

i wish RI were here, so i could plug my "double steal" bit...

(i guess i just did, huh?!)

518 51cq24   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:24 am

[497] but the big chances do come, over the course of the season at least. in a short series this obviously all changes since it's more important to win and since the pitchers no longer need to be conserved. and maybe you can make the case for that now, this late in the season. but i don't think we're quite there yet.

519 thelarmis   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:24 am

is Mo stretching?

520 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:25 am

[515] Garnder is the fastest slider I have ever seen. It almost looks like he gains speed. Even before the injury, coming off the bag was a problem.

[516] No...his momentum (sorry monkeypants) did.

521 monkeypants   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:25 am

[516] It just looked like an over-slide to me, but the Yanks got away with it.

522 monkeypants   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:25 am

[520] Ha-ha.

523 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:25 am

I still say no bunt.

524 JeremyM   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:26 am

I so need to be in bed right now. But I just can't.

525 monkeypants   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:26 am

At least Damon is bunting, instead of Swisher!!

526 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:26 am

[523] He could beat one out

527 Rich   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:26 am

Don't bunt.

528 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:26 am

After seeing that attempt...I scream no bunt!

529 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:26 am

[524] ditto

530 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:27 am

Okay, stop that.

531 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:27 am

I don't get it. I don't get it. I don't get it.

532 Rich   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:27 am

Two wasted strikes.

533 monkeypants   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:27 am

[523] Damon doesn't look too comfortable bunting, does he? well, two strikes now...goodbye bunt, presumably.

534 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:27 am

FLY BALL

535 joe   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:27 am

Damon seems like he should be able to bunt, but he really looks like he has no idea what he's doing

536 monkeypants   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:27 am

You just can't predict baseball.

537 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:27 am

Oh my goodness...that was insane.

538 Rich   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:28 am

Oh well.

539 51cq24   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:28 am

very ballsy. i thought bunting was the right move, but with 2 strikes?? scary stuff.

540 BuckFoston   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:28 am

a little harder would've been a hit.

541 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:28 am

Of course, now we lose Teixeira's bat.

542 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:28 am

[526] I thought he was going to there

543 monkeypants   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:28 am

And it all comes down to A-Rod...

544 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:28 am

In the air, Alex

545 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:29 am

[540] Or it could have rolled foul.

546 thelarmis   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:29 am

stoopid ? - if he bunted foul for strike 3, the runners can't chance advancing...right?

547 BuckFoston   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:29 am

Arod they're dissing you man.

548 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:29 am

[544] Deep in the air. Not in the air to the infield.

549 joe   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:29 am

Extremely ballsy... Can't argue with the results though. Couldn't one of BB's resident sabermetricians prove that was a horrible play with 2 strikes?

550 thelarmis   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:29 am

c'mon A-Rod!!!

551 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:30 am

Like that

552 Rich   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:30 am

I love Alex...........

553 monkeypants   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:30 am

Well played!

554 Paul   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:30 am

Wow, Scioscia is a terrible manager letting Oliver pitch to A-Rod. Man, they should fire him.

555 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:30 am

Huge Sac-Fly, but I thought that was more off the bat.

556 BuckFoston   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:30 am

Gardner is fast. Bring in the Mo.

557 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:30 am

And what a throw by Hunter...Gardner needed all of his speed there.

558 thelarmis   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:30 am

Yeah!!!

559 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:30 am

[554] Wait until he starts outsmarting himself in the playoffs.

560 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:31 am

More runs please!

561 Rich   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:31 am

Tack on a run, Mat.

562 thelarmis   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:31 am

someone here needs to go post at LoHud.

563 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:31 am

Mark Teixeira runs like me. That was scary

564 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:31 am

Rare bad baserunning by Jeter.

565 JeremyM   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:31 am

[554] You would really argue that was a smart move? OK.

566 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:31 am

[564] Check that...Matsui put his hand up.

567 BuckFoston   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:31 am

How is it the Angels would advance on that, but the Yankees?

568 monkeypants   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:32 am

[549] Does anyone keep data on the success rate on 2-strike bunts? If bunting is clearly the right move (debatable), then bunting with two strikes is probably not as dangerous as it seems at first glance.

569 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:32 am

[546] A foul bunt there would be a dead ball strike out.

570 Paul   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:33 am

The Yankees are playing so scared. I bet Mo gives up a walk off just because his manager is running around without a head.

571 joe   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:33 am

[568] Depends on how good of a bunter the batter is, and there can be a lot of variation with tha

572 51cq24   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:34 am

i for one am glad to have a well rested mariano going out there to start the 9th now. apparently these situations do come up from time to time.

573 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:34 am

I'd feel a lot better if they had scored more runs.

574 JeremyM   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:34 am

[571] So Swisher shouldn't bunt with two strikes... :)

575 thelarmis   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:34 am

oh, boo.

let's go Mo. we need you to close this out and save our collective stomachs and fingernails!

576 Rich   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:35 am

An uneventful 9th, please.

577 Paul   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:35 am

[565] What was he supposed to do? His pen was burned out. And Oliver actually is better than his closer.

It's plain dumb to criticize a a very good manager for a bullpen move made in isolation from context.

578 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:35 am

[575] Too late

579 BuckFoston   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:35 am

I just want a win so I can go to sleep. C'mon Mo.

580 monkeypants   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:36 am

[571] Sure. I guess I was thinking that if the bunt is very clearly the right move, it is probably worth the risk of the dead ball strike three, over the risk of a DP. In that particular case, at worst, you end up with men on 1st and 2nd with one out, but no open base for Teix.

I'm not sure I would have bunted Damon to begin with, but that is another story.

581 Paul   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:36 am

[572] Stop talking sense. You're not welcome here.

582 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:36 am

Mariano and I had the same reaction to that Ichiro walkoff..."No, no, no".

583 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:37 am

[580] If the batter is someone like Molina, I think a 2-strike bunt is absolutely the better move.

584 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:38 am

[580] I actually said that for Sweeney. Ichiro's was gone so fast I didn't have time to react

585 51cq24   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:39 am

can mo still dial it up to 92-94?

586 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:39 am

Don't walk him

587 joe   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:39 am

[580] I was cool with Damon hitting, and with his speed he's less likely to GIDP
[583] Totally opposite situation with Molina, true

588 monkeypants   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:39 am

[572] especially when you allow lesser pitchers to fritter away the lead earlier in the game. ; )

589 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:39 am

[585] Rarely.

590 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:40 am

Damnit

591 BuckFoston   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:40 am

WTF

592 Paul   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:40 am

Mo is pitching scared.

593 Rich   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:40 am

BS

594 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:40 am

That looked good to me! Here comes the Angels version of Gardner. I feel sick again.

595 monkeypants   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:40 am

Uh-oh.

596 51cq24   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:41 am

clearly outside but the strike zone seemed wider earlier in this game (another reason you need your best pitchers towards the end?)

597 monkeypants   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:41 am

Come on Mo, ignore the friggin' runner...

598 joe   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:41 am

[585], [588]
fwiw, gameday has mo in the 92-94 range tonight, touching 95 on one pitch

599 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:41 am

Mariano doesn't look sharp at all.

600 thelarmis   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:41 am

leadoff walks. my favorite.

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601 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:42 am

[598] YES is showing 88-89.

602 Paul   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:42 am

Why is Girardi letting this guy pitch? Where's Bruney?

603 51cq24   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:42 am

why is posada still catching?

604 joe   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:43 am

[596] I think a combo strategy is ideal. Use your 2nd best reliever in tight spots like the 6th inning, but don't shoot your wad and save your closer for when you need him

605 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:43 am

[603] Becasue Girardi would have a mutiny on his hands otherwise.

606 monkeypants   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:43 am

[603] Hm. Interesting. I usually wouldn't want to lose his bat in a close gam, but a defensive switch might have made sense.

607 Paul   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:44 am

Gameday is more accurate than radar.

Posada is the only catcher to toss out Crawford twice this year.

608 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:44 am

Mo isn't Mo right now.

609 51cq24   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:44 am

[605] "jorge, you were hit by a bat in the shoulder tonight, i'm putting molina in"

610 51cq24   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:45 am

sorry jorge

611 Rich   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:45 am

Sweet.

612 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:45 am

Needed that

613 Paul   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:45 am

Posada sucks.

614 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:45 am

Way to go Jorge!! Take that 51cq24.

615 monkeypants   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:45 am

Take THAT!

Reverse Score Truck!!

616 BuckFoston   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:45 am

You all owe Po an apology.

617 51cq24   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:46 am

of all the times this season to throw a perfect strike to 2nd

618 Rich   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:46 am

I knew we'd win.

619 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:46 am

The Yankees win in LA!!!!

620 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:46 am

Good lord did we need this game

621 BuckFoston   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:46 am

Take that LALA.

622 JeremyM   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:46 am

Wow, nice. One more Mo!

623 thelarmis   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:46 am

YES!!! now for the DP.

[613] please don't do this in the playoffs. it's very taxing on innocent readers here. thanks.

624 monkeypants   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:46 am

Oh cripes, I need to get some sleep. But perhaps a sweet, sweet bourbon first.

625 Paul   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:46 am

Giradi sucks. They should fire him for putting Marte in for one batter.

626 JeremyM   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:46 am

Thank God, good night all!

627 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:46 am

Pop some champagne, but not for clinching a post season berth, but for winning a game in Anaheim.

628 joe   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:47 am

AWESOME! I had a bad feeling about Mo today, but it turns out Mo was Mo :)

629 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:47 am

Great ending! Playoffs Ahoy!!!

630 Paul   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:47 am

Who knew a scared baseball team could win ballgames?

Best. Team. In. Baseball.

631 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:47 am

[628] Even when Mo isn't Mo, he is still the best.

632 thelarmis   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:47 am

YEAH!!!!

i had NO idea about the throw 'em out part of the strike 'em out/throw 'em out bit. that RULES!!!

whew!!!

we really did need that. this is MUCH nicer than last night. : )

breathe...

633 BuckFoston   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:47 am

After all that, if the Yankees win tomorrow they will be 5-5 vs the angels this year.

634 monkeypants   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:47 am

And I reiterate...the division race is over.

635 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:48 am

Jeter saying the mission is win the division...I love it!

636 thelarmis   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:48 am

[631] Cheers to that!

637 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:48 am

[634] Easy now...this weekend will determine that.

638 Rich   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:48 am

[635] Yeah, Jeter said all the right things.

639 Paul   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:48 am

They should have pitched Mo in the 6th inning.

640 Rich   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:49 am

[637] I agree again.

641 joe   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:49 am

not sure what you mean thelarmis

642 thelarmis   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:50 am

[633] nice! i think we'll win. i really do.

i'm now seeing it's a 3:35 game. i should be able to catch parts of the first 2 hours, before i go teach...

643 monkeypants   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:50 am

[437] I have said it for a month, and I will continue to tempt the baseball gods, the curse of Big Papi's jersey, and and anything else one might invoke. The division race is over.

644 Paul   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:50 am

The division is over and has been for three weeks.

645 51cq24   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:51 am

[632] as perfect a throw as you can make

honestly, a 5 game lead in the loss column is not going to be lost in 10-12 games.

646 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:52 am

[643] I know who to find if they blow it.

647 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:52 am

[645] Do you know any Mets fans?

648 Paul   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:53 am

Division "race" over. Homefield advantage determined. These games are meaningless...unless you want to bitch about Marte facing one batter.

649 51cq24   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:54 am

[646] i know you don't believe in curses, but if you did you'd know that they're only created by negativity. like "uh oh they should have a bigger lead here going into the bottom of the 9th of game 7 of the world series."

650 Paul   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:55 am

Paranoid Yankee fans. I never thought I'd see the day. Nervous Nellies.

Hey, at least !Chad Gaudin! solidified his rotation slot!

651 Paul   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:56 am

[649] The worst part is when a team plays scared because of a curse.

652 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:56 am

[649] Negativity is a bad mindset, but so is complacency. The Yankees have three games against a worthy opponent. If they treat them like tuneups, they will get swept and the division lead would be back down to at least 2 games, maybe 1. So, no, I don't think you can say this race is over.

653 monkeypants   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:57 am

[649] Are you blaming William for 2001 ?!?

: )

654 51cq24   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:59 am

[653] no, i'm blaming my ex girlfriend who actually said that to me

655 Paul   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:59 am

Have the Yankees gotten swept at home this year?

I'm especially scared of Paul Byrd. His stuff is filthy.

656 monkeypants   ~  Sep 23, 2009 1:59 am

[652] When I say the race is over, I assume the team maintains a more or less normal level of play (including resting the odd starter). Obviously if the team decides to staop competing entirely for the next ten games, especially the three against the Sox, then things will be different.

But realistically, the division race is over, even if the Sox manage a sweep.

657 51cq24   ~  Sep 23, 2009 2:00 am

the actual quotation being something like "hmm i think they need one more here"

658 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 23, 2009 2:00 am

[653] If anything, I was already celebrating a four-peat in 2001.

659 monkeypants   ~  Sep 23, 2009 2:00 am

[654] I thought curses were caused by hubris, i.e. "ha, it's over, we've got Mo" or "the division race is over".

660 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 23, 2009 2:02 am

[656] As we've seen this season, these two teams are more than capable of sweeping each other, so I don't think it would be abnormal if that was to occur. If the Yankees can win a game in that series and enter the final week with at least a three game loss column lead, I'll be confident.

661 Paul   ~  Sep 23, 2009 2:02 am

The division race is over.

662 Paul   ~  Sep 23, 2009 2:03 am

The division race is already over.

663 Paul   ~  Sep 23, 2009 2:03 am

The division race is still over.

664 monkeypants   ~  Sep 23, 2009 2:04 am

[660] I agree, a sweep is a possibility. The division race is over.

665 51cq24   ~  Sep 23, 2009 2:04 am

[659] i suppose the cause of a curse depends on one's own point of view. to me the curse was triggered by negativity, maybe to others complacency. one thing i know for sure is that complacency is easier to take for 3 hours than negativity.

666 Paul   ~  Sep 23, 2009 2:05 am

I really can't wait to see the Score Truck this weekend. Dice-k and Byrd? I'm setting the over/under at 15 runs.

667 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 23, 2009 2:05 am

[664] I'll take your word for it. I just hope the Yankees don't feel that way. I'd like division collapses to be the hallmark of only one team in this town.

668 thelarmis   ~  Sep 23, 2009 2:06 am

[654] HA! i blame my ex-g/f for a lot of things! : )

669 thelarmis   ~  Sep 23, 2009 2:07 am

Pete Abe has a freaking *hilarious* picture of for the Magic Number post. very clever! i bet he's been sitting on this one awhile now... : )

670 Paul   ~  Sep 23, 2009 2:08 am

How the hell does one guy get less than a year in the joint for killing tens of dogs while another guy gets two years for shooting himself?

671 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 23, 2009 2:09 am

[669] I love the Mantle pic he used for #7.

672 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Sep 23, 2009 2:09 am

[669] Aweseom pic! Yanks-Dodgers WS anyone?

673 Paul   ~  Sep 23, 2009 2:10 am

Wait, the magic number is 6!?

Hell, they're going to clinch this weekend. No doubt.

674 monkeypants   ~  Sep 23, 2009 2:11 am

[670] I imagine that Burress got two years not for shooting himself, but for carrying an unlicensed (un-permitted?) gun in a city with relatively strict gun laws.

675 Paul   ~  Sep 23, 2009 2:11 am

[672] Please no. The Torre stories would kill me.

676 thelarmis   ~  Sep 23, 2009 2:12 am

[671] yes, me too. Alex posted a slightly bigger version of that here the other year. i loved it so much, i sent it to my pop & brother and saved it on my computer! : )

[672] prolly Yanks-Cards, if we're fortunate enough to make it that far...

677 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 23, 2009 2:13 am

Damon bunted on his own.

678 monkeypants   ~  Sep 23, 2009 2:13 am

[672] There is a very good chance for a more or less "traditional" match up in the WS this year. If the POs started today, you would have the Yankees, Sox, Tigers in the AL and the Dodgers, Phillies, and Cardinals in the NL. The only "new" teams would be Colorado and the Angels (who are, after all, 40+ years old).

679 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Sep 23, 2009 2:14 am

[672] Easy to ignore from a distance..only thing is, last years WS games on tv here had Rick Sutcliffe doing color..twas a painful listen, my friends..

680 Paul   ~  Sep 23, 2009 2:14 am

What's the over/under on Yankee homeruns this weekend? I say 10.

681 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 23, 2009 2:16 am

[678] Too bad the Giants can't squeak in...I'd love a SF/NY matchup.

682 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Sep 23, 2009 2:18 am

[681] Molina vs Molina! Aaron Rowand's grit vs Derek Jeter's class! Lincecum vs. A-Rod! Bochy vs Girardi..ok, maybe not that one..

683 monkeypants   ~  Sep 23, 2009 2:19 am

[678] Nice. Yeah, that would be fun. When did they meet last? Before or after the Giants moved? (I could look this up, but I'm too lazy...something tells me they met in like 1963 or 1959?)

684 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 23, 2009 2:22 am

In 1962...when the Giants were in SF. In game 7, McCovey hit a line drive out to end the series with the tying run on base (it was 1-0). Willie Mays was on deck.

685 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 23, 2009 2:23 am

[684] No wait...I think Mays got a hit in that inning. In any event, McCovey hit a scorcher to Richardson.

686 monkeypants   ~  Sep 23, 2009 2:26 am

[684] Right, right. I knew the bit about McCovey and Mays, but couldn't remember what year it happened. I need to bone up on the late 50s-early 60s team histories.

687 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Sep 23, 2009 2:38 am

[685][686] I always knew you two were old timers.. :)

688 monkeypants   ~  Sep 23, 2009 2:39 am

[687] Naw, that was well before my time. But I love reading about the old days.

689 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Sep 23, 2009 2:41 am

A bit of trolling going on tonight it seems..that actually doesn't bother me nearly as much as it does some people, but oh well...

Yanks take 2 of 3 from LA and Boston, cruise to 102 wins...then it's bring on those Tigers!

690 thelarmis   ~  Sep 23, 2009 2:48 am

[689] i still have a feeling it's gonna be the Twins.

the troll thing wears on me after awhile. it's needless. and gets rather annoying.

robbie saw 9 pitches in 4 AB's tonight and made a costly error. he had 2 hits though, also. he's had a boatload of multi-hit games this season.

691 thelarmis   ~  Sep 23, 2009 3:29 am

from Petey:

A-Rod on Gardner: “He’s huge. Anaheim seems like they have five or six Gardners over there. He’s an absolute pain in the ass. We’re very glad to have him on our team.”

692 seamus   ~  Sep 23, 2009 8:39 am

trolling?

693 The Hawk   ~  Sep 23, 2009 8:56 am

Missed the second half of this game, saw the score, saw it was a nail-biter and had to come back and read these comments.

Some funny stuff, but little of it intentional. I call for a moratorium on sarcasm.

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