"A New York Treasure" --Village Voice

A.J.’s Turn

Game One of this ALDS couldn’t have gone much better for the Yankees. CC Sabathia was sharp, every starter but Mark Teixeira and Robinson Cano got a hit, including Alex Rodriguez who had a pair of RBI singles, the key end-game relievers (Phil Coke, Phil Hughes, Mariano Rivera, and the re-purposed Joba Chamberlain) got their postseason spikes dirty with a big lead and a day off to follow, and, most importantly, the Bombers extended their regular season dominance of Minnesota with a 7-2 victory. Yesterday, however, gave the exhausted Twins, who in the 25 hours before the first pitch of Game One had played 12 innings to save their season then flown half way across the country, a much-needed day of rest, and Game Two brings another Yankee starting pitcher with a lot to prove.

I was an outspoken opponent of the five-year, $82.5 million contract the Yankees signed A.J. Burnett to in December. With one of those five regular seasons in the books, Burnett has exceeded my expectations in just one way: he stayed healthy and took every one of his turns throughout the season. That’s no small thing, but the net result of Burnett’s 33 starts wasn’t quite what you’d expect from a $16.5 million pitcher, and there are still four more years in which Burnett could well validate my concerns about his injury history.

The contract doesn’t matter tonight. All that matters is how well Burnett pitches in his first postseason start, which is why Joe Girardi has opted to start Jose Molina behind the plate despite the huge drop in production he represents at the plate compared to Jorge Posada. Opposing batters have hit just .221/.307/.352 against Burnett with Molina behind the plate compared to .270/.353/.421 with Posada receiving him. Supposedly the difference is due in part to Burnett’s lack of confidence in Posada’s ability to block his sharp curve in the dirt, which results in Burnett failing to break the pitch off properly when throwing to Posada. Burnett led the league in wild pitches, and one would assumes a certain percentage of those were pitches Burnett thought Posada should have blocked.

Burnett’s breaking point seemed to come in his August 12 start, when, with Posada catching, he uncorked three wild pitches then refused to talk about the issue after the game, saying bruskly, “I’d rather not talk about the wild pitches.” Up to that game, Posada caught 13 of Burnett’s starts while Molina, Francisco Cervelli, and Kevin Cash caught the other ten, five of them coming when Posada was on the disabled list. After that August 12 start, Posada caught just three more of Burnett’s starts, while Molina caught seven. Burnett didn’t thrown another wild pitch after August 12, but two of the three times he pitched to Posada he was rocked, giving up nine runs in five innings to the Red Sox on August 22, and six runs in 5 1/3 innings to the lowly Orioles on September 1. Those were the last two Burnett starts caught by Posada.

That’s why Joe Girardi is sitting a .285/.363/.522 hitter in a playoff game in favor of a man who has hit .217/.273/.298 in 406 at-bats over the last two seasons. I believe Posada himself said it best when he said, in reaction to the news that Molina would be starting, “I just hope we win that game.” Burnett’s need for Molina behind the plate only adds to the pressure he’ll be feeling tonight in his first career postseason start (he was out following Tommy John surgery when his Marlins beat the Yankees in the 2003 World Series). The contract may not matter tonight, but Burnett will by trying to live up to it.

As for how he did in the regular season, Burnett’s aggregate line was actually no better than the no-name Twins sophomore he’ll face tonight:

A.J. Burnett: 4.04 ERA, 1.40 WHIP, 2.01 K/BB, 33 GS, 21 QS
Nick Blackburn: 4.03 ERA, 1.37 WHIP, 2.39 K/BB, 33 GS, 19 QS

Those lines are damn similar, with Blackburn holding the edge in the three key rate stats, which just goes to show how overrated Burnett really is. As for the 27-year-old Blackburn, his final 2009 line is almost an exact match for his 2008 rookie campaign, which means the Twins can now expect this sort of production from him. Blackburn’s WHIP is high because he led the league in hits allowed. Burnett’s is high because he led the league in walks with a career-high 97. That is also why A.J.’s K/BB is so low (because of all those walks, Burnett’s WHIP and K/BB this year were his worst since 2003, when he made just four starts).

Of course, Burnett and Blackburn are far from similar pitchers, as their strikeout and walk rates reveal:

Burnett: 8.5 K/9, 4.2 BB/9
Blackburn: 4.3 K/9, 1.8 BB/9

Better all those walks and strikeouts than all those hits, but you’d rather see a pitcher keep his opponents off the bases altogether.

Both pitchers finished the regular seaosn strong. In his last four starts (all with Molina catching), Burnett posted a 1.88 ERA, struck out 28 men in 24 innings, and allowed just one home run. In his last four starts, Blackburn posted a 1.65 ERA and walked just one man in 27 1/3 innings.

Blackburn last faced the Yankees on May 16. He took a 4-3 lead into the eighth inning of that game only to let the Yankees tie it up in that inning (and ultimately win it in extras). Burnett faced the Twins twice this year, both times allowing just two runs in six-plus innings, but walking ten in those 13 frames.

The Twins have made one tweak to their lineup tonight. Jason Kubel is DHing, Denard Span is in right, and Carlos Gomez is in centerfield and batting in place of the team’s no-name DH platoon. Alex suggests this is because the Twins want to run on Burnett, but while A.J. allowed 23 steals on the year, he and his catchers caught 34 percent of attempting basestealers, that compared to a 25 percent league average and Jose Molina and Jorge Posada’s matching (yes, matching) 28 percent throw-out rates.

Since I left them out of my initial preview, here are the ALDS rosters:

Minnesota Twins

2009 Record: 87-78 (.534)
2009 Pythagorean Record: 86-77 (.528)

Manager: Ron Gardenhire
General Manager: Bill Smith

Home Ballpark (multi-year Park Factors): Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome (93/93)

1B – Michael Cuddyer (R)
2B – Nick Punto (S)
SS – Orlando Cabrera (R)
3B – Matt Tolbert (R)
C – Joe Mauer (L)
RF – Jason Kubel (L)
CF – Denard Span (L)
LF – Delmon Young (R)
DH – Jose Morales (S)/Brendan Harris (R)

Bench:

R – Carlos Gomez (CF)
R – Mike Redmond (C)
S – Alexi Casilla (IF)
R – Brendan Harris (IF)/S – Jose Morales (C)

Rotation:

L – Brian Duensing
R – Nick Blackburn
R – Carl Pavano
R – Scott Baker

Bullpen:

R – Joe Nathan
R – Matt Guerrier
L – Jose Mijares
R – Jesse Crain
L – Francisco Liriano
R – Jon Rauch
L – Ron Mahay

Key injuries:

1B – Justin Morneau (stress fracture in lower back)
3B – Joe Crede (herniated disc in lower back)
RHP – Kevin Slowey (wrist surgery–bone chips)
LHP – Glen Perkins (shoulder tendonitis)
RHP – Boof Bonser (labrum and rotator cuff surgery)
RHP – Pat Neshek (TJ)

Typical Lineup:

L – Denard Span (LF)
R – Orlando Cabrera(SS)
L – Joe Mauer (C)
L – Jason Kubel (DH)
R – Michael Cuddyer (RF)
R – Delmon Young (LF)
S – Jose Morales/R – Brendan Harris (DH)
S – Nick Punto (2B)

* * *

New York Yankees

2009 Record: 103-59 (.636)
2009 Pythagorean Record: 95-67 (.586)

Manager: Joe Girardi
General Manager: Brian Cashman

Home Ballpark (multi-year Park Factors): Yankee Stadium 2.0 (93/93)

1B – Mark Teixeira (S)
2B – Robinson Cano (L)
SS – Derek Jeter (R)
3B – Alex Rodriguez (R)
C – Jorge Posada (S)
RF – Nick Swisher (S)
CF – Melky Cabrera (S)
LF – Johnny Damon (L)
DH – Hideki Matsui (L)

Bench:

L – Brett Gardner (CF)
L – Eric Hinske (4C)
S – Jerry Hairston Jr. (UT)
R – Jose Molina (C)
R – Francisco Cervelli (C)

Rotation:

L – CC Sabathia
R – A.J. Burnett
L – Andy Pettitte

Bullpen:

R – Mariano Rivera
R – Phil Hughes
L – Phil Coke
R – Joba Chamberlain
R – Alfredo Aceves
L – Damaso Marte
R – David Robertson
R – Chad Gaudin

Key injuries:

RHP – Chien-Ming Wang (shoulder surgery)
OF – Xavier Nady (TJ)

Typical Lineup:

R – Derek Jeter (SS)
L – Johnny Damon (LF)
S – Mark Teixeira (1B)
R – Alex Rodriguez (3B)
L – Hideki Matsui (DH)
S – Jorge Posada (C)
L – Robinson Cano (2B)
S – Nick Swisher (RF)
L – Melky Cabrera (CF)

Categories:  Cliff Corcoran  Game Thread

Tags:  2009 Playoffs  A.J. Burnett  ALDS

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1 Raf   ~  Oct 9, 2009 4:20 pm

Alex suggests this is because the Twins want to run on Burnett.

That, and the Twins want to play a couple of defensively sound players in the OF?

2 thelarmis   ~  Oct 9, 2009 4:24 pm

iirc, Blackburn was the pitcher who boBBy accidentally hit in the face last year with a line drive. that was scary. i remember boBBy jogging to first base with his head in his hands. thankfully, the pitcher (nick blackburn, methinks), was OK!

Jeter SS
Damon LF
Teixeira 1B
Rodriguez 3B
Matsui DH
Swisher LF
Cano 2B
Cabrera CF
Molina C

3 Cliff Corcoran   ~  Oct 9, 2009 4:25 pm

[1] Indeed. Blackburn throws a sinker, but he's a fly ball pitcher. (and yes, thelarmis, same guy)

BTW, my look at the postseason roster on Sept. 22 pretty much nailed it: dig.

4 tommyl   ~  Oct 9, 2009 4:28 pm

Via PeteAbe errr....well Sam Borden maybe, A-Rod is not likely to need a second surgery. That's very good news methinks.

5 Just Fair   ~  Oct 9, 2009 4:30 pm

[0] Good stuff. I am sick and tired of the Molina/Posada/A.J. talk but I heard something fresh today. For me anyway. Flaherty on The Fat Man's show said Posada has to know when AJ is throwing either his four seam or two seam fastball. Molina on the other hand doesn't care b/c he can simply react to either fastball. Meaningful? Who knows. Just new. Let's go Yanks. Go on with your best bad-ass self tonight there Burnett and match C.C.'s performance. : D

6 ms october   ~  Oct 9, 2009 4:30 pm

good stuff cliff.

[1] flyball pitcher (as cliff points out [3] combined with gardenhire seeing a dropped ball last night ,perhaps?

[2] that's the only i can think about when i hear nick blackburn's name
what's up with that blackhole batting 9th :}

7 ms october   ~  Oct 9, 2009 4:32 pm

[4] just saw that too. does sound good

8 OldYanksFan   ~  Oct 9, 2009 5:24 pm

This is such outstanding new, I thought it warented a cut and paste. From SamB of Lohud:
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Today his doctor, Dr. Marc Philippon, in town for a meeting, watched Rodriguez take batting practice. Afterward, Dr. Philippon said he now doesn’t expect A-Rod to need another surgery this offseason.

“(Not) at this point in time, based on my clinical exam and what I saw in batting practice,” Dr. Philippon said. “I need to do more tests, but so far I don’t think he will need surgery.”

Philippon said Rodriguez has recovered more rapidly from surgery than other baseball players. He estimated the third baseman at 95 percent. He believed Rodriguez was no better than 75-80 percent back in the spring. Dr. Philippon also said a patient of this surgery will continue to recover for up to a year after surgery, meaning Rodriguez will continue to improve from now through spring training.
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Just how cool is that!

9 OldYanksFan   ~  Oct 9, 2009 5:25 pm

[8] This is such outstanding newS, I thought it warRented ...

10 Just Fair   ~  Oct 9, 2009 5:27 pm

[9] Time to git that borken keybored ficksed. : ) @ 45 minutes!!

11 The Hawk   ~  Oct 9, 2009 5:27 pm

Here's my dream scenario.

At some point tonight, Posada is brought in to pinch hit, and stays in the game. Tie game, bottom of the ninth, and Posada gets the game-winning hit.

Here comes AJ with a weighty pie!

To be continued ...

12 ms october   ~  Oct 9, 2009 5:34 pm

[9] oyf you always keep things lively, warrented?

[11] cool scenario - i don't know if i could handle it for most of the game, but that would be a helluva way to end it

13 The Hawk   ~  Oct 9, 2009 5:36 pm

It would just be funny, after all this "controversy", for AJ to smack Jorge with a pie. I suppose it would be a different scene depending on how AJ pitches. Posada breaking up a 3-3 tie and it's easy for Burnett to pie him. 6-6, not so much.

14 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Oct 9, 2009 5:48 pm

Air is heavy, heavy, heavy and dark, dark, dark in in New Haven, but no rain as of yet!

15 OldYanksFan   ~  Oct 9, 2009 5:50 pm

warrented? Jeez, 8 years of Bush has had its impact...

16 OldYanksFan   ~  Oct 9, 2009 5:52 pm

Hey... wouldn't it be better for AJ to have an outstanding game, get the post game interview, and have Jorge pie AJ?
And then, when we think it's over, Molina pies AJ again!!!!

17 OldYanksFan   ~  Oct 9, 2009 6:02 pm

Oh oh. Now that the Twins are rested....
THEY ARE SCRAPPY!
We are in deep shit now.
(If they get gritty tomorrow, we are doomed.)

18 rbj   ~  Oct 9, 2009 6:07 pm

That tie is messing with my tv

19 RIYank   ~  Oct 9, 2009 6:10 pm

How come everyone shuts up when the game starts?

20 RIYank   ~  Oct 9, 2009 6:11 pm

Two of the four called balls were in fact in the strike zone.

21 thelarmis   ~  Oct 9, 2009 6:13 pm

AJ looked great to those 1st 2 batters. i think he was just careful w/ Mauer, and i'm cool with that. he was pretty close on most of them, just like Ball 1 to Kubel. let's get 'im right here!

22 thelarmis   ~  Oct 9, 2009 6:13 pm

[20] i agree.

way to start off AJ!!!

23 ms october   ~  Oct 9, 2009 6:13 pm

nice inning aj

24 rbj   ~  Oct 9, 2009 6:13 pm

Good start. If he keeps this up, he can have Molina catch all his games.

25 RIYank   ~  Oct 9, 2009 6:14 pm

Nasty breaking ball. I thought curve; was it really a slider?

26 tommyl   ~  Oct 9, 2009 6:16 pm

Well, we know he's going to walk people, and if you're gonna walk someone, Mauer seems like the way to go.

27 ms october   ~  Oct 9, 2009 6:16 pm

[25] gameday called it a curve - who said slider, caray?

28 51cq24   ~  Oct 9, 2009 6:16 pm

[25] does he throw a curve and slider? i thought he just throws an offspeed pitch that you could call either.

29 ms october   ~  Oct 9, 2009 6:17 pm

well at least jorgie got to catch reggie tonight

30 thelarmis   ~  Oct 9, 2009 6:17 pm

damn, he was hustling. i think they shoulda just let the game start w/ Jeter on 1st and pitch to Damon. : )

31 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Oct 9, 2009 6:18 pm

[19] I'm in and out--kidlet duty.

[30] I was afraid he'd injure himself, actually.

32 thelarmis   ~  Oct 9, 2009 6:19 pm

[29] damn, i missed it. wish i saw it. maybe it'll be on the highlights. i might be on stage by that time.

crap.

c'mon Tex!

33 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Oct 9, 2009 6:20 pm

「26」Missed the top of the 1st..so it's mildly good AJ then? No problem walking Mauer, the guy is the Twins only great hitter..

Ron Darling is not so bad, btw..

34 ms october   ~  Oct 9, 2009 6:22 pm

[33] yeah darling is not so bad
i thought you were going to go back to normal brackets and #s for the postseason!!

35 OldYanksFan   ~  Oct 9, 2009 6:24 pm

[31] Making another?

36 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Oct 9, 2009 6:24 pm

[34] Ah sorry, bit early here and still groggy..coffee and mueslix first, then pointless Banter entries for me..

37 thelarmis   ~  Oct 9, 2009 6:25 pm

yeah, both AJ and Darling are pretty good.

well, 'cept for that single...

38 ms october   ~  Oct 9, 2009 6:26 pm

[36] :}
though banter entries are NOT pointless

39 thelarmis   ~  Oct 9, 2009 6:27 pm

beautiful !!!

40 ms october   ~  Oct 9, 2009 6:27 pm

well chippy is convinced that pitch is a slider

41 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Oct 9, 2009 6:27 pm

AJ's slider looks seriously unhittable..

42 Yankee Fan in Boston   ~  Oct 9, 2009 6:27 pm

[37] No Morgan, no McCarver, no complaints.

43 ms october   ~  Oct 9, 2009 6:29 pm

that's a good point - gomez was completely rushed because of the santana trade

44 thelarmis   ~  Oct 9, 2009 6:29 pm

nice play. 2 outs.

45 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Oct 9, 2009 6:30 pm

[35] Har har!

NO!

46 51cq24   ~  Oct 9, 2009 6:30 pm

[43] aren't all met prospects rushed?

47 RIYank   ~  Oct 9, 2009 6:30 pm

Yeah, Caray said that pitch (last inning) was a slider.
A slider is thrown quite differently, though I suppose the action might be somewhere between a normal curve and a normal slider.

48 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Oct 9, 2009 6:31 pm

Twins were fleeced in the Santana deal..

49 thelarmis   ~  Oct 9, 2009 6:31 pm

me likey!!!

50 RIYank   ~  Oct 9, 2009 6:32 pm

Excellent.
AJ looks good -- not his absolute best, but in control.

51 ms october   ~  Oct 9, 2009 6:32 pm

[46] seems like it - then the twins probably felt they needed to play him with the big club instead of letting him develop in aaa

52 ms october   ~  Oct 9, 2009 6:32 pm

29 pitches for aj - 21 of which are strikes - can't complain about that

53 thelarmis   ~  Oct 9, 2009 6:37 pm

a baserunner! well, actually a baseclogger... ; )

54 RIYank   ~  Oct 9, 2009 6:38 pm

[53] Let's see a rally-killer now!

55 thelarmis   ~  Oct 9, 2009 6:38 pm

i would love for Swish to hit one out here

56 thelarmis   ~  Oct 9, 2009 6:38 pm

[54] i'm on it!

57 51cq24   ~  Oct 9, 2009 6:38 pm

i love that avocados are a major sponsor

58 ms october   ~  Oct 9, 2009 6:40 pm

[57] i thought was imagining that :}

59 ms october   ~  Oct 9, 2009 6:40 pm

tough pitch to k on

60 thelarmis   ~  Oct 9, 2009 6:40 pm

damn it!

61 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Oct 9, 2009 6:40 pm

That was *not* a strike!!!

62 thelarmis   ~  Oct 9, 2009 6:41 pm

i want that high pitch for AJ

63 Yankee Fan in Boston   ~  Oct 9, 2009 6:41 pm

Let's hope A.J. gets that pitch, too.

64 51cq24   ~  Oct 9, 2009 6:41 pm

[62] i'd prefer he keep the ball down anyway

65 thelarmis   ~  Oct 9, 2009 6:42 pm

christ. nuthin'...

66 Yankee Fan in Boston   ~  Oct 9, 2009 6:43 pm

[64] Chuck missed a low strike when Rodriguez was up.

I agree with what you're saying, though.

67 JeremyM   ~  Oct 9, 2009 6:44 pm

Tough umpiring against Swisher- I like how the announcers are to busy fawning over the strike 3 pitch to mention that it was high.

68 51cq24   ~  Oct 9, 2009 6:45 pm

i'm not convinced it really was high though. it looked pretty good to me, and i don't trust the up and down on that strike zone.

69 ms october   ~  Oct 9, 2009 6:46 pm

check - the nick punto can't be judged by his numbers statement

70 Yankee Fan in Boston   ~  Oct 9, 2009 6:46 pm

[69] BFOG

71 JeremyM   ~  Oct 9, 2009 6:47 pm

Ugh, you can't walk that chump.

72 thelarmis   ~  Oct 9, 2009 6:47 pm

wait...piranha's can't walk!!!

73 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Oct 9, 2009 6:47 pm

Umm..AJ, throw the ball down the middle at 80mph until Punto proves he can hit it!!

74 ms october   ~  Oct 9, 2009 6:47 pm

alright aj bear down (and don't walk fucking nick punto again)

75 Diane Firstman   ~  Oct 9, 2009 6:48 pm

[72]

Dinsdale!

76 thelarmis   ~  Oct 9, 2009 6:48 pm

uh-oh, Fish released EDSP !!!

77 ms october   ~  Oct 9, 2009 6:48 pm

shit - nice try though

78 Yankee Fan in Boston   ~  Oct 9, 2009 6:48 pm

[69] "Headsy."

79 51cq24   ~  Oct 9, 2009 6:49 pm

bad call but very close

80 thelarmis   ~  Oct 9, 2009 6:49 pm

who does he think he is, CB Bucknor?!

feh!

81 RIYank   ~  Oct 9, 2009 6:50 pm

God, I hate it when Nick Punto walks. I mean, I can understand it. It's like trying to thread a needle.

Whew. Damon adds excitement!

82 ms october   ~  Oct 9, 2009 6:50 pm

whew jd caught it and the runner didn't advance - double whew

83 JeremyM   ~  Oct 9, 2009 6:50 pm

[79] Yeah, close, but he was out. Stupid umps.

84 thelarmis   ~  Oct 9, 2009 6:50 pm

whew! that was carrying.

damon really does field like a girl. (sorry Diane & Ms. O !!!)

85 Diane Firstman   ~  Oct 9, 2009 6:50 pm

I'm so used to seeing our pitchers throw those comebackers over the SS/2B's head.

86 RIYank   ~  Oct 9, 2009 6:50 pm

[79] Was it wrong? I missed the replay -- thought he was out on the live shot.

87 Yankee Fan in Boston   ~  Oct 9, 2009 6:50 pm

Whoa... Who's the "boss" in the Twinkies' dugout?

88 rbj   ~  Oct 9, 2009 6:51 pm

[76] Invite him to Spring training? I think the Yankees owe him at least a month of meals.

89 ms october   ~  Oct 9, 2009 6:51 pm

[85] that's just sergio's bad luck -- feeling any better?

90 Diane Firstman   ~  Oct 9, 2009 6:51 pm

[84]

no prob ... I bake/cook like a guy. :-)

91 RIYank   ~  Oct 9, 2009 6:51 pm

I was really hoping not to see Mauer up with men on base, at all.

92 51cq24   ~  Oct 9, 2009 6:51 pm

why do they keep going outside on mauer? pound him in!

93 51cq24   ~  Oct 9, 2009 6:52 pm

ok but that was nice

94 JeremyM   ~  Oct 9, 2009 6:52 pm

Great pitch!

95 Yankee Fan in Boston   ~  Oct 9, 2009 6:52 pm

That pitch was gorgeous.

96 RIYank   ~  Oct 9, 2009 6:52 pm

Ah.
Okay, I underestimated AJ. That was *very* good.

97 ms october   ~  Oct 9, 2009 6:52 pm

nicely done aj

time to get a hit - this inning - no need for a nother inning of no hit ball - okay hit hit hit

98 thelarmis   ~  Oct 9, 2009 6:52 pm

[75] did i tell you that Neil Peart's old Rush drumkit sold for a little over $25,000 on ebay pretty recently? it's the kit on which he recorded Fly By Night, Caress of Steel, 2112 and was featured on the cover of All The World's A Stage.

he had given it away through a Modern Drummer solo contest like 25+ years ago. it eventually made it to a store in Brooklyn and they turned it around...

wasn't in great shape, or anything, but i guess it's cool to some rich collector...

99 RIYank   ~  Oct 9, 2009 6:52 pm

I see we're all agreed on that strike-out pitch!

100 Yankster   ~  Oct 9, 2009 6:52 pm

That wasn't a strike, but it was pretty.

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101 thelarmis   ~  Oct 9, 2009 6:53 pm

Electric Stuff !!!

102 rbj   ~  Oct 9, 2009 6:53 pm

Oh, I think we got the good AJ tonight.

crosses fingers, knocks on wood, throws salt over left shoulder.

103 51cq24   ~  Oct 9, 2009 6:53 pm

[86] yeah it looked like he was just out

104 Diane Firstman   ~  Oct 9, 2009 6:54 pm

Astro Boy .... that doesn't look like Biggio ... hmmm

105 RIYank   ~  Oct 9, 2009 6:54 pm

[100] You're right, it was outside. I couldn't tell live, but Pitch f/X says it was outside.

106 ms october   ~  Oct 9, 2009 6:55 pm

i think this ump has a pretty generous zone

107 Diane Firstman   ~  Oct 9, 2009 6:56 pm

[98]

wow ... I hadn't heard/read that ...
youtube is full of people who do GREAT note-for-note drumming of Rush songs.

108 ms october   ~  Oct 9, 2009 6:57 pm

nice lines cut in the side of aj's head

109 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Oct 9, 2009 6:58 pm

Not listening to closely, have there been any "team full of ballplayers" mentions yet? And, er, why have we not scored yet??

110 ms october   ~  Oct 9, 2009 6:59 pm

damnit that part of the park is too deep for that hit

111 tommyl   ~  Oct 9, 2009 6:59 pm

C'mon Jose, time to break up the no no

112 RIYank   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:00 pm

[109] I was just thinking that Darling really isn't bad tonight. I wonder if I've changed perspectives or if he's really better.

And more important, why don't we have a hit???

113 RIYank   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:00 pm

[111] Whoa, dude. You are way behind.

114 thelarmis   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:00 pm

damn. close...

[107] i'll try to get you the link in a little bit...

i transcribed "Cinderella Man" from A Farewell To Kings, note for note. I recorded Spirit Of Radio - note for note - when i was in the 9th grade! : )

115 Yankster   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:01 pm

[113] should we tell him what happened...

116 thelarmis   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:01 pm

[112] Darling generally isn't that bad. and he's a nice guy, in person...

117 ms october   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:02 pm

can't say i was expecting a serious pitcher's duel through 3

118 Yankee Fan in Boston   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:02 pm

What is the over/under on George Lopez commercials tonight?

119 Diane Firstman   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:03 pm

[116]

I rode in a Shea Stadium elevator with him a few years ago ... (sorry if its name-dropping)

120 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:03 pm

[116] And he dated Madonna!
AJ looks great, we'll win this game for sure. Twins can't shut us out...

121 Yankee Fan in Boston   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:03 pm

Nice. I love it when the other team is muttering to themselves as they walk back to the dugout.

122 thelarmis   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:03 pm

my brother took my nephews to Nassau Collesium to see KISS tonight! they're there right now. my younger nephew called me before, he was soooo excited. he's 8. when i was 8/9, my pop took us to see The Who and The Police at Shea Stadium and Pete Seeger/Arlo Guthrie at Carnegie Hall.

123 ms october   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:04 pm

ron i think a more apt way to describe po is he is a take no shit puerto rican (not a blue collar mine worker) and aj is an emotional country guy (not a surfer)

124 RIYank   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:04 pm

[119] Did he say, "Who let that DARN GIRL ON?"

125 thelarmis   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:05 pm

[119] it's not name-dropping. i've known Ron for most of my life.

[120] did he really?! last time i saw him, he was taking a skanky hooker (Keisha!) back to his hotel in downtown Atlanta. this was about 2 years ago...

126 Diane Firstman   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:05 pm

[122]

I wonder if Chaim will sing to Lois Pewterschmidt at the concert?
(obscure "Family Guy" reference)

127 RIYank   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:05 pm

Don't like Alex way in like that...

128 thelarmis   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:06 pm

[118] i mute all the commercials, rendering them moot : )

129 ms october   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:06 pm

fuck c'mon aj

130 RIYank   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:06 pm

Huh. That's not good.

131 Yankee Fan in Boston   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:07 pm

That looks like it hurt.

132 rbj   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:07 pm

Um, back-to-back HBP?

133 thelarmis   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:07 pm

he was swinging. we better not get drilled. AJ is NOT doing this on purpose. fuck.

134 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:08 pm

Awesome!!! Swisheroooooooooooo!

135 Raf   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:08 pm

Wow!

136 51cq24   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:08 pm

YES

137 Yankee Fan in Boston   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:08 pm

AWESOME.

138 RIYank   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:08 pm

Oh, what a play. That was just fantastic.

I'm stunned.

139 ms october   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:08 pm

wow yes - nice throw swsih ans way to get the tag fast

140 thelarmis   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:08 pm

HELL MOTHERFUCKIN' YEAH!!!!

beautiful !!!!!

good karma, too !!!! : )

141 51cq24   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:09 pm

[124] i think you're thinking of hernandez

142 rbj   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:09 pm

Tag before the score! Yes.

Heads up play, Nick.

143 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:10 pm

Let's get some runs now!

144 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:10 pm

[141] Well, but you know he loves the ladies...

145 ms october   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:10 pm

well i feel bad for gomez since he just got drilled but he doesn't have baseball instincts (yet)

146 thelarmis   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:10 pm

[126] i get the Chaim/Gene Simmons part, but i don't watch Family Guy. i didn't get your earlier reference to one of my comments, either. can't remember which one.

i'll have that Neil Peart link for you shortly...

147 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:12 pm

I am normally a patience advocate, but Blackburn is throwing pitches down the middle. It's time to start being aggressive.

148 thelarmis   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:14 pm

Cy Blackburn. sigh.

149 ms october   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:14 pm

get a HIT alex

150 RIYank   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:14 pm

I can't believe we've put eleven balls in play and got no hits. Sure, the balls in play have not exactly been bullet liners, but only one little tapper (I think).

151 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:15 pm

The quality of the ABs have been very poor...they are swinging at balls and taking pitches right down the middle. Yankees really need a lead.

152 thelarmis   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:15 pm

aaarrrggghhh!!!

153 rbj   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:15 pm

Is that score line correct, the Yankees have no hits through 4 innings?

154 Diane Firstman   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:16 pm

MAN PURSE anagrams to SUPERMAN ...

155 ms october   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:16 pm

[153] yep thankfully matsui walked or nick balckburn would have a perfecto going

156 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:17 pm

thelarmis, just watched the Holliday error on J-tv here as the do all the highlights..that was crazy!!

157 ms october   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:17 pm

[154] i guess the answer to my earlier question if you were feeling better has been answered

158 thelarmis   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:17 pm
159 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:18 pm

Why can't the Yankees throw strikes to Nick Punto?

160 thelarmis   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:18 pm

[156] yeah man, i ended up seeing it a bunch last night. was crazy!

161 rbj   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:19 pm

I wonder if Punto will challenge Eckstein's career grittiness factor.

162 ms october   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:19 pm

[159] cause he is the 2nd best athlete on the twins

163 thelarmis   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:19 pm

gorgeous, AJ!!!

164 RIYank   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:20 pm

Another beautiful pitch.

165 rbj   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:20 pm

[159] Your wish is AJ's command.

166 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:20 pm

[162] Mo and AJ walked him...CC was behind 2-0 at least twice...I was starting to think the gameplan was to pitch around Punto.

167 ms october   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:20 pm

that curve has a ton of movement tonight

168 RIYank   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:20 pm

[159] I explained this earlier. It's like threading a needle.

169 thelarmis   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:21 pm

just a little off, i guess...

170 thelarmis   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:22 pm

another nice play

171 RIYank   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:22 pm

Good job, AJ. Way to work at it.

172 ms october   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:23 pm

alex seems to be playing in at 3rd on a lot of batters

173 RIYank   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:24 pm

[172] Hey, you're right.
Well he's playing at Grit Depth.

174 Diane Firstman   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:24 pm

[158]

SWEET ...

175 Yankee Fan in Boston   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:25 pm

Just missed.

176 ms october   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:25 pm

damnit - alright let's get mauer again

177 thelarmis   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:25 pm

what was THAT?!?!

don't do that w/ Mauer on deck. : /

178 51cq24   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:25 pm

i like that call he just blew it

179 RIYank   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:25 pm

Huh. Have to agree with Darling and...
No, I can't say it.
But he really needed to throw a strike with Mauer coming up.

180 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:25 pm

Not the time to be fancy...AJ should have been pumping fastballs. Big mistake. This is a huge batter in this game.

181 ms october   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:26 pm

get that stupid fuck with lights for legs off the screen

182 rbj   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:26 pm

[179] Don't worry, that's like agreeing with someone that the Earth is round.

183 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:27 pm

This inning is going to get scarier...

184 Diane Firstman   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:27 pm

QUIZ TIME ...
4 players have as many as 50 plate appearances against Burnett lifetime. One of them has a .313 batting average against him ... the others are .256, .205, .135. against him.

Which batter is hitting .313?

Hint: he COULD face Burnett at some point in a later round of the playoffs.

185 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:28 pm

3-0 down the middle to Mauer, but 3-2 curve to Cabrera?

186 Raf   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:28 pm

Don't leave that 3-1 ther e again AJ

187 51cq24   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:28 pm

abreu?

188 ms october   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:28 pm

that's par for aj's course chippy

189 RIYank   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:28 pm

[184] Chone?

190 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:29 pm

This is why AJ is an uncomfortable pitcher in a close game. Even when he is pitching very well, he can just have a lapse at a moment's notice.

191 thelarmis   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:29 pm

4 walks, 2 HBP : /

192 Diane Firstman   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:29 pm

[187]

ding ding ding .... correct.

193 Raf   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:29 pm

[185] Yeah, dunno what was up with that. Especially since Cabrera was chasing the high fb

194 RIYank   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:29 pm

Now this is definitely the key batter of the game...

195 OldYanksFan   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:30 pm

[185] This should be multiple choice.

196 RIYank   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:31 pm

[195] Just like your question!

197 RIYank   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:32 pm

Goooooood AJ. Good AJ.

198 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:32 pm

Huge out...MUST get runs now.

199 Yankee Fan in Boston   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:32 pm

Phew!

200 thelarmis   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:32 pm

awesome!!!

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201 ms october   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:32 pm

yes -

202 rbj   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:32 pm

AJ is driving me to drink tonight.

203 Raf   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:32 pm

Blackburn has a no-no going?

204 RIYank   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:33 pm

So, only two hits, and one of them was also an out -- didn't result in a base runner... but four BB and two HBP. That's a very unbalanced diet.

205 rbj   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:33 pm

[203] Confirmed. Blackburn is pitching a no hitter.

206 thelarmis   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:34 pm

we really need a freakin' hit. this is simply reedikulous, couzin larry!

207 ms october   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:35 pm

[203] [205] where's mk when you need him - maybe the fake one will do

208 JeremyM   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:35 pm

Anyone notice Blackburn is throwing a no-hitter? Wow.

209 thelarmis   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:35 pm

[202] have one for me. i have a late gig tonight, so no brew for me. i get mine tomorrow night...

210 RIYank   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:35 pm

I have to go drive for about an hour, dammit. John and Suzyn for me. Argh.

211 ms october   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:36 pm

i was about to say he is throwing a ton of strikes - but of 59 pitches 35 are strikes - good but nothing outstanding

212 thelarmis   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:36 pm

oh, christ.

213 Yankee Fan in Boston   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:36 pm

That was a nice pitch.

214 OldYanksFan   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:36 pm

We ain't losing, but we sure is getting beat.

215 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:36 pm

This is the worst the Yankees have looked against a pitcher not exactly throwing particularly well.

216 rbj   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:37 pm

[209] I can certainly make that sacrifice.

217 JeremyM   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:37 pm

That was pretty filthy. Easy to see why he has yet to give up a hit, in case no one has noticed.

218 thelarmis   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:37 pm

[210] drive safely! : )

219 Yankee Fan in Boston   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:37 pm

Swish is going to come through. I have a good feeling.

220 Chyll Will   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:38 pm

Runs, please and thank you...

221 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:38 pm

At what point do the Yankees start changing their approach and swinging at those early strikes?

222 NickL   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:38 pm

everything he's throwing is on the edges--only mistake so far was that pitch for Jeter that he hit to center.....

223 Yankee Fan in Boston   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:38 pm

[217] Blackburn hasn't given up a hit?

224 thelarmis   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:38 pm

this is fucking pathetic. my god. : /

225 JeremyM   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:39 pm

[223] No sir, he has not given up a hit. Thought I was the only one that noticed.

226 NickL   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:39 pm

215--could not disagree with you more, William--fastball has late movement, everything right around the edges....

227 ms october   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:39 pm

attention yankees, attention yankees - nick blackburn, yes nick blackburn is NO-HITTING you, there is no need for this

228 Yankee Fan in Boston   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:40 pm

Boom goes the dynamite.

229 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:40 pm

[225] Really? Cano just pulled a whaddayaknow!

230 ms october   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:40 pm

wait to break that shit up robbie

231 thelarmis   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:40 pm

hooray!!!!

finally!!!!

thanks, robbie : )

232 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:40 pm

Oh my God, that was our first hit???

233 Raf   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:40 pm

[221] The 5th inning apparently.

234 thelarmis   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:40 pm

that was a sweet swing!

235 rbj   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:40 pm

Yes! Robbie!

BTW, Blackburn still has a shutout going. Just sayin'

236 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:40 pm

[226] From my standpoint, I've seen a lot of 90mph fastballs early in these counts that look very hittable. I think the shutout is more the result of poor ABs than good pitching.

237 BuckFoston   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:40 pm

Is this guy pitching a no-hitter? Oh well "mute" now.

238 Yankee Fan in Boston   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:41 pm

[235] Wow. A shutout... Wow...

239 ms october   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:41 pm

how ironic that robbie was not the aggressive one

240 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:42 pm

Again with the fisted, Chip??

241 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:42 pm

That's a flat 86 mph slider (I think). That ball has to be crushed.

242 thelarmis   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:42 pm

jesus.

243 ms october   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:43 pm

shit melky

244 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:43 pm

That was pretty pathetic...sucks to have Molina leading off the next inning (unless AJ only goes 6).

245 NickL   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:43 pm

Maddux and Glavine did fine with 90 mph fasballs; I think his location's been just outstanding--when guys are looking fastball, they get one they can't do anything with....

246 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:44 pm

[245] Maddux and Glavine did...Blackburn is not Maddux and Glavine.

247 NickL   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:45 pm

velocity, stuff: once you get over a certain minimum level NONE of that matters as much as location, location, location. move it around and get guys guessing, you will do well. this guy is not a replacement level pitcher.

248 51cq24   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:45 pm

blackburn looks pretty good to me, mixing his pitches well and locating. but i do think they should be doing a little better than this. not a problem as long as aj dominates.

249 ms october   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:46 pm

[248] i agree - he is a good pitcher, but not someone with unhittable stuff

250 Raf   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:46 pm

This "Men of a Certain Age" program seems interesting. I liked Scott Bakula's work in "Quantum Leap" and "Murphy Brown" and I liked Andre Braugher's work in "Homicide: Life on the Streets."

251 51cq24   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:47 pm

[247] NONE??? i guess that's why curt schilling was the best pitcher ever!

252 ms october   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:47 pm

[250] i may give it a chance myself, i need some new shows - i really liked ab in homicide too

253 Diane Firstman   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:48 pm

[250]

Yes ... its always good to see Braugher on the screen ...

254 ms october   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:48 pm

oh aj i was hoping for a quick inning

255 Yankee Fan in Boston   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:48 pm

Just missed. Again.

256 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:48 pm

Burnett can be so damn frustrating.

257 thelarmis   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:48 pm

jesus, another fuckin' walk...

258 Raf   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:49 pm

[249] But given pitchers who have thrown no-hitters, I don't think having "unhittable stuff" matters sometimes. Blackburn is doing a pretty good job of moving the ball around and has good movement and is changing speeds.

259 51cq24   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:49 pm

when i was watching game 1 at my friends' house, no one knew what homicide was. what a shame, it was a pretty good show.

260 NickL   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:50 pm

we've hit one ball hard (Jeter's), and have one hit. we're a little unlucky, BABIP wise, but.....

261 51cq24   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:50 pm

however i have no interest in some sappy show about middle aged men with ray romano

262 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:50 pm

[259] Was Homicide a prequel to The Wire?? Havn't seen TW but isn't it also in Baltimore with the same characters? Always like Homicide, with Braugher, Yaphet Kotto, etc

263 ms october   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:50 pm

[258] yeah i thought about that as i was typing - his stuff is not overwhelming tonight, but he certainly has the yanks off kilter

264 Raf   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:51 pm

[259] To be fair, it really didn't do well in the ratings. It's to NBC's credit that they stuck with it as long as they did.

265 51cq24   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:51 pm

oh come on robby that was a great throw

266 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:51 pm

Cano usually makes that tag.

267 51cq24   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:51 pm

nevermind

268 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:51 pm

Ewww..cricket swing there by Gomez..

269 ms october   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:52 pm

[262] no- david simon wrote the book that homicide was based on and the guys who made oz made homicide; david simon and ed burns wrote and produced the wire and they used a lot of stuff they gathered from homicide in the wire

270 Raf   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:52 pm

[262] Both programs were based on works done by David Simon. But they weren't related. The only thing they really had in common was Baltimore.

271 51cq24   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:53 pm

this should be aj's last inning i think

272 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:54 pm

[269][270] Cool, thanks! Will get to the Wire one day, Sopranos too (my pop-in-law has the whole thing on DVD here). But only in the offseason.

How many times can AJ get out of trouble? The dangerous Punto on deck...

273 NickL   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:54 pm

AJ, by contrast, throws everywhere EXCEPT the black--infuriating, though often awesome....

274 ms october   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:54 pm

let's get out of this - the dangerous punto is up next

275 thelarmis   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:55 pm

goddamn motherfuck.

276 ms october   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:55 pm

fucking shit - bound to happen

277 rbj   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:55 pm

Crap!

278 51cq24   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:55 pm

do not re-sign johnny damon!!!

279 Raf   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:55 pm

damn, misplayed that one...

280 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:55 pm

Disgusting...awful to give up a bomb to Harris...and awful to have Damon impale himself on the wall.

281 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:55 pm

At least it stayed in the park.

282 bartap   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:55 pm

Carp.

283 Yankee Fan in Boston   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:55 pm

Ugh. Johnny face-planted the wall there.

284 NickL   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:56 pm

NOT a "nice try"--a catchable ball, Damon overran it......

285 Diane Firstman   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:56 pm

Is it me, or does Damon crash into a lot of walls ?

286 51cq24   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:56 pm

send jorge up

287 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:56 pm

Ok, now can we hit this guy?

288 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:56 pm

Was that ball misplayed? I will gladly take 1 run in 6 innings from AJ, that's a solid performance. This one is on the O..so O, wake up please!

289 Raf   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:56 pm

[284] Damon battled it all the way to the wall

290 bartap   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:56 pm

That would have been a lot less painful if the Yankees weren't getting completely shut down by Sandy Kou.....er......Nick Blackburn.

291 Yankee Fan in Boston   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:57 pm

[286] Yes. Seconded.

292 thelarmis   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:57 pm

we're lucky it's only 1-nothin'. but we kinda suck for not doing a blessed thing against nick fucking blackburn. it's time to turn it up. we gotta take it here!!!

293 rbj   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:57 pm

Still, if you told me AJ would only give up 1 run through 6 innings, I would have signed up for that. I wouldn't have expected Blackburn to be shutting out the Yankees.

294 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:57 pm

Have to pinch hit for Molina here.

295 Diane Firstman   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:57 pm

Braugher has an impressive resume (even if it DOES include the 2nd Fantastic Four movie, and the remake of Andromeda Strain)
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0105672/bio

296 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:57 pm

[290] :)

297 BuckFoston   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:57 pm

It's all part of the plan, Twins have to take the early lead before the Yankees crush them.

298 Raf   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:57 pm

[288] Damon should've been the primary, with Melky backing him up. The ball got by Melky, which is why Harris was able to make it to 3b

299 thelarmis   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:58 pm

[286] yes, definitely!

300 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:58 pm

AJ, while not really sharp, did his job. The offense, however, has been sleepwalking through this game. Hopefully, they'll wake up before they let the Twins in this series.

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301 Raf   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:59 pm

I wonder why more pitchers don't go to the no windup delivery.

302 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:59 pm

[298] Yes, exactly. Melky should have been there.

303 Yankee Fan in Boston   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:59 pm

Here we go.

304 Simone   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:59 pm

The ball was not misplayed.

305 thelarmis   ~  Oct 9, 2009 7:59 pm

damnit, don't block Lady Liberty w/ your stoopid logo. move it to the other side of the screen. fuck you tbs!

306 thelarmis   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:00 pm

fuck. that woulda RULED!!! : /

307 51cq24   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:00 pm

gomez is too fucking fast

308 Diane Firstman   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:00 pm

Burnett at 95 pitches ....

309 rbj   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:00 pm

Damn. Missed it by that much.

310 Raf   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:01 pm

[304] Yes it was, or else Harris wouldn't have been standing on 3b.

311 51cq24   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:01 pm

[304] maybe not, but a decent lf catches it easily

312 thelarmis   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:02 pm

yeah, Jeter!

now, steal 3rd and let's tie this bitch up!

313 Raf   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:02 pm

Not bad. Let's see if Damon can atone.

314 Yankee Fan in Boston   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:02 pm

Turn the key, start it up. Let's take this thing for a spin.

315 thelarmis   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:03 pm

JD can make up for it here...

316 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:03 pm

This series is eerily starting to feel a little bit like the 2005 ALDS against Detroit. In game 1, the Yankees bats exploded and it looked like they would cruise to victory, but then the bats went silent thereafter (with the exception of Jeter).

317 51cq24   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:03 pm

[314] what does a truck key look like? is it just like a car key, or is it much bigger?

318 Raf   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:04 pm

Ah, I should clarify, the misplay I refer to is the ball getting past Melky. I had no problem with Damon going after the ball, and it would've been a hell of a play had he caught it.

319 51cq24   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:04 pm

[316] i thought you said you were relaxed in the postseason

320 Diane Firstman   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:04 pm

Truck key ... got my chips cashed in ...

321 Yankee Fan in Boston   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:04 pm

[317] Beep beep beep. The score truck is getting into position.

322 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:05 pm

[319] "More" relaxed. Besides, I do feel pretty relaxed. I just haven't like the vibe of this game.

323 Raf   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:06 pm

wow, Swish was called out on that pitch

324 Yankee Fan in Boston   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:06 pm

Beep beep beep.

325 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:06 pm

Tex message, anyone??

326 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:06 pm

This is where Tex needs to make his Mark!

327 thelarmis   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:06 pm

nice AB!

double steal, haha!!! ; )

alright Tex - time to become a "True Yankee" !!!

328 Raf   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:06 pm

Ok, it's on you Teix

329 Yankee Fan in Boston   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:07 pm

[325] I'd settle for a tex memo.

330 Diane Firstman   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:08 pm

Texual Healing ...

331 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:08 pm

[330] Got to Give It Up...

332 Diane Firstman   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:08 pm

Blackburn fading in the dead of night ...

333 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:09 pm

Damnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn

334 51cq24   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:09 pm

oh i really hate chip carey

335 thelarmis   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:09 pm

ah man... : (

336 Yankee Fan in Boston   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:09 pm

I just pooped in my pants.

Figuratively.

...

Yeah.

Figuratively.

337 Raf   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:09 pm

[330-331] Cute

338 rbj   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:09 pm

Missed it by that much.

339 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:09 pm

Missed another one!

340 Yankee Fan in Boston   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:10 pm

[331] [332] quality

341 Raf   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:10 pm

cutter in?

342 ms october   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:10 pm

yuck

343 Yankee Fan in Boston   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:11 pm

A-Clutch.

344 thelarmis   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:11 pm

goddamn motherfucking bullshit!!! : /

345 rbj   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:11 pm

Nerts. Come on, A-Rod.

346 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:11 pm

Three pitches to hammer! I really don't want to go through another post season waiting for a superstar to get a big hit.

347 Raf   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:11 pm

Whelp, it comes down to Mr. Rodriguez

348 thelarmis   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:11 pm

please, A-Rod. i'm begging you!!!

349 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:11 pm

All comes down to A-Rod...

350 NickL   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:11 pm

& it comes down to the Rod.........

351 51cq24   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:11 pm

very gutsy to throw those fastballs right down the middle

352 ms october   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:11 pm

relax alex, any hit will do here

353 Statler   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:12 pm

Scared the cat, my roomie and probably the neighbors.

354 Yankee Fan in Boston   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:12 pm

Blowing bubbles. Loose. A good sign, right?

355 thelarmis   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:12 pm

i'm holding his 2009 Upper Deck baseball card

356 51cq24   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:12 pm

[347-50] you guys know it's the 6th inning right?

357 ms october   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:12 pm

theere you go alex

358 thelarmis   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:12 pm

YAY-ROD !!!

359 Raf   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:12 pm

:D

360 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:12 pm

A-Clutch!!

361 NickL   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:13 pm

yep. he's money.

362 Yankee Fan in Boston   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:13 pm

"And A-Rod has come through again."

363 rbj   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:13 pm

Clutch-Rod!

364 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:13 pm

What a difference A ROD makes.

365 51cq24   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:13 pm

still, that's very nice

366 Simone   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:13 pm

Yeah, Alex! Derek ran like the wind!

367 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:13 pm

YAYYYYYYYY!!

Bravo, Alex!!!

Bravo!

368 Diane Firstman   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:13 pm

You hang around with Madonna ... bad things happen.
You hang around with Kate Hudson ... good things happen.

369 Simone   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:13 pm

[353] LOL! My dog looked at me as if I was crazy.

370 Chyll Will   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:13 pm

[220] Thanks again, Alex. More, please...

371 OldYanksFan   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:13 pm

Wow... when I saw that pitch come in, I thought 440'.
But I'll take it!

372 thelarmis   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:14 pm

cy blackburn OUT. thank god...

373 ms october   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:14 pm

alex just told mick that it was a fastball - i like that exchange for some reason

374 rbj   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:14 pm

[368] Heh.

375 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:14 pm

(Hopefully) Arod is providing to Teixeira, what no one provided to Arod in 2005-2007...someone to follow-up on his failure with a big hit.

376 Yankee Fan in Boston   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:15 pm

[368] Hilarious.

377 Raf   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:15 pm

ok, who gets the 7th? Joba or Hughes?

378 thelarmis   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:15 pm

awww, a Thurman clip! : D

379 Raf   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:15 pm

Reggie lookin kinda sharp there :)

380 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:16 pm

[377] Aceves, I would guess.

381 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:16 pm

Go Go Matsui!!!

382 ms october   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:16 pm

haha reggie sporting the fresh hat

[377] joba - lohud said he was up last inning and hughesy is the 8th

383 Raf   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:16 pm

At least the Yanks got to the Twinkie bullpen. Guys like Rauch and Mijares could be had.

384 Diane Firstman   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:16 pm

I think Hideki goes boom here ..

385 thelarmis   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:16 pm

[377] not Hughes. he's 8th...

386 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:17 pm

[382] Something tells me the lefties will be involved next inning.

387 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:17 pm

Great...now only Arod hits in the clutch!!

388 Yankee Fan in Boston   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:17 pm

Is Rodriguez 3 for 3 w/RISP and 2 outs this postseason?

389 Raf   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:17 pm

[380] Really? Even with the off day tomorrow?

390 ms october   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:17 pm

alright now that the goose egg is off the board i feel better about this game

391 thelarmis   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:17 pm

well, at least it's tied up...

let's keep it there. i'd really like a nice, easy 1-2-3. i'm down w/ going with Ace here.

392 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:18 pm

[389] I was assuming he would want to have Aceves start the inning and go to Coke or Marte for Mauer and Kubel.

393 Chyll Will   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:19 pm

Again, I am not worried.

394 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:19 pm

[392] Just to be clear...that's what I think Girardi will do...not what I would do.

395 Diane Firstman   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:20 pm

Nick Punto trying to emasculate the Captain ... :-(
http://www.nytimes.com/

396 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:20 pm

So it's Jobamania? I like it! Blow them away, kid. You can do it!!

397 ms october   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:20 pm

joba time

398 thelarmis   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:20 pm

it's Joba

399 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:20 pm

NOW...I am nervous.

400 Raf   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:21 pm

[392] I'd rather not futz around with those guys

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401 thelarmis   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:21 pm

good job. i like the "Atta Boy" from Jetes

402 thelarmis   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:21 pm

how was that not a strike?

403 ms october   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:22 pm

sager's baseball suits are so tame compared to his basketball suits

404 NickL   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:22 pm

WHOA, JOBA!

405 thelarmis   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:22 pm

another good play.

406 OldYanksFan   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:22 pm

[395] Yiles... along with everything else, Derek has the world's most animated penis!

407 Diane Firstman   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:23 pm

[403]

They're from the Lindsey Nelson collection :-)

408 NickL   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:23 pm

(yeah, I had to leave for 5).....if I'm Aceves or Robertson I'm a little pissed right now....

409 Raf   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:23 pm

[403] Perhaps because baseball is more conservative than basketball? :D

410 thelarmis   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:23 pm

[403] tame is NOT the adjective i'd use! ; )

411 thelarmis   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:23 pm

ouchie. please still give us strikes! ; )

412 51cq24   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:24 pm

ouch

413 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:24 pm

Joba hasn't seen 97 since Fenway last year.

Jorge's catching skills have really declined.

414 OldYanksFan   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:24 pm

Home plate umpire allowing Molina to come back in the game and catch.

415 ms october   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:24 pm

[409] that's my thinking too

[410] watch one basketball game on tnt right around halftime and you will see

416 thelarmis   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:25 pm

you'll have that...

417 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:25 pm

That's it for Joba? WTF? A hit to Mauer is on shame..

418 Raf   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:25 pm

wait, what? leave him in!

419 ms october   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:26 pm

uh chippy tell us who the hell is coming in

420 thelarmis   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:26 pm

[415] no thanking you! (i've actually seen 'em before. yuch!)

421 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:26 pm

This is a bad decision now...Joba looks so sharp and now he is going to leave this in the hands of Coke or Marte (I am assuming because TBS can't be bothered to let us know).

422 joe   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:26 pm

Seems like a waste of a starting pitcher

423 Diane Firstman   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:26 pm

Girardi over-managing here?

424 Raf   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:27 pm

[399] NOW *I'm* nervous

425 51cq24   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:27 pm

should leave him in unless this is hughes

426 Diane Firstman   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:27 pm

C.B. Bucknor is behind the plate tonight for Sox/Angels ... should be IN-TER-ES-TING ...

427 rbj   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:27 pm

Giving up a hit to Mauer is no sin. At least it's with 2 outs and he's in no better position than a BB would give him.

428 thelarmis   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:27 pm

i'd have kept Joba in. but it's Cokey for the lefty...

429 Chyll Will   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:27 pm

I thought you guys wouldn't like this move. I certainly don't.

430 ms october   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:27 pm

cokey it is, i hope this works out

431 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:28 pm

Tony La Russa move here..I do not agree. Joba is better than Coke in every way..screw lefty/righty, leave the better pitcher in, I say...

432 NickL   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:28 pm

I HATE this Phil Coke for the 3rd out lefty shit, HATE it.....

433 Raf   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:28 pm

[425] agreed

434 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:28 pm

Maybe it makes sense from the lefty splits perspective, but I simply can not accept losing a playoff game with Phil Coke on the mound.

435 thelarmis   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:28 pm

[426] yeah, Neyer had a big post about it.

i hope we don't regret this decision. Joba coulda handled this just fine...

436 OldYanksFan   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:28 pm

[429] BUT COKE IS A LEFTY!!!!!!

437 ms october   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:29 pm

fuck cokey settle down

438 Raf   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:29 pm

[429] Don't like it either

439 thelarmis   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:29 pm

careful coke. c'mon kid!!!

440 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:29 pm

2-0...damage pitch.

441 NickL   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:29 pm

after the walk we better see Phil...

442 thelarmis   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:30 pm

actually, Chip - he was ahead at 1-0, also. jackass.

443 joe   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:30 pm

Lucky umpiring

444 thelarmis   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:30 pm

nice pitch. get 'im out!

445 Raf   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:30 pm

[434] Yep...

446 ms october   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:30 pm

good job cokey - brilliant joey joe joe

447 Yankee Fan in Boston   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:30 pm

Hot damn.

448 Raf   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:30 pm

*whew*

449 thelarmis   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:30 pm

COKEY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

girardi's a genius, haha!!!

450 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:31 pm

Huge out for Coke...I would have stuck with Joba, but Girardi can certainly defend it regardless of the outcome.

451 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:31 pm

But it works out! Good Job, Coke-y!

452 NickL   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:31 pm

ahhhhh! I never trust Coke until I feel that initial high....

453 Evil Empire   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:34 pm

As much as I feel like a guy who comes to church on Christmas and Easter exclusively, I couldn't not come to the Banter in the postseason. nice pitch by Coke

Kubel was 0-5 against Coke before that.

Incidentally, I get a really cool PDF in my in-box every morning for FREE - "The Bill James Daily Matchup" from Acta Sports. It shows all Yankee pitchers against all Twins hitters and vice versa in a 2 page PDF which I've printed and I'm using to follow the game.....

If anyone wants it I'll post the email address and what you need to put in the Subject and body of the email to subscribe. Again, it's free and it's for whatever team you designate.

454 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:34 pm

Regardless of score, it has to be Hughes for the 8th, Mariano for the 9th (and 10th if he has an easy inning) and then Aceves for 10th to 12th.

455 Yankee Fan in Boston   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:34 pm

Where exactly did Blackburn stick his nose?

456 Chyll Will   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:35 pm

(erk) what the hell is C.B. Bucknor doing behind ANYTHING in a postseason game? Is there an umpire strike??

457 Raf   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:35 pm

[450] I would've rather stayed with Joba in case the Yanks don't score this inning.

458 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:35 pm

[456] I thought the same thing last night. He is really a bad umpire.

459 Diane Firstman   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:36 pm

[454]

and Fernando Rodney for the 13th till whenever ... :-)

460 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:36 pm

[456] He also has a history with the Red Sox...I recall a game over the last year or so in which he had a very animated 9th inning, punching out two Red Sox on pitches way off the plate and doing it with glee.

461 RIYank   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:37 pm

You guys have no faith.
Love that Cokey!

462 Evil Empire   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:37 pm

Jolly Old Saint Nick has never faced Rauch before, BTW. Tex and Hinkske hit him in tiny samples..

463 thelarmis   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:37 pm

[459] hysterical !!!

464 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:37 pm

That pitch is a killer...definitely outside.

465 51cq24   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:37 pm

what kind of bullshit call is that? merryweather has NOT been calling that pitch all night.

466 Evil Empire   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:38 pm

[461] Just no Coke against Mr. Mauer....I don't think we need to worry about that matchup occurring.

467 thelarmis   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:38 pm

[461] welcome back!

[462] thanks man, keep it comin'!

468 ms october   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:38 pm

[459] unfortunately rodney is still at the metrodome - we may see him sunday though

469 Diane Firstman   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:38 pm

[453]

actually, you can go to mlb.com and print out the actual press notes package prior to each game ...

http://presspass.mlb.com/pp_teamselect.asp

470 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:38 pm

[465] If he calls pitches that far off the plate, Mariano can pitch three innings.

471 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:39 pm

Hi everybody!

Does anyone feel like they've lost about 5 years off their life tonight, besides me?

472 Chyll Will   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:39 pm

Just because he's been consistent with a call doesn't make it a good call. That's a consistently high and out of the strike zone pitch he's been calling strike. Not a good game, guys... same with yesterday as well!

473 51cq24   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:39 pm

[460] i thought that was laz diaz

474 thelarmis   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:39 pm

dammit! : /

475 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:39 pm

Damn it, damn it, damn it!

476 Chyll Will   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:40 pm

[471] Nope. I am not worried. I am annoyed by the high strike calls, but that's about it.

477 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:40 pm

[473] Maybe...but for some reason, CB Bucknor's grin stands out.

478 RIYank   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:40 pm

So, I told youse I was going to be getting the game from John and Suzyn for an hour. On Teix's loud foul I got an "It is high... it is far..."

479 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:40 pm

[469] That's awesome - thanks Diane! Are you feeling any better?

[465] [470] Chuck Merryweather? Why do I know that name?

480 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:40 pm

why "Damn it!"??

481 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:40 pm

Must take a strike here Melky.

482 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:41 pm

[480] Cano hit what looked like a gapper (and would have been if Kubel was in LF).

483 51cq24   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:41 pm

dangerous pitch on 3-0 to melky?

484 thelarmis   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:41 pm

jesus christ that was HIGH!!!

485 ms october   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:41 pm

get your head in the game blue

486 51cq24   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:42 pm

goddamn that's just terrible umpiring

487 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:42 pm

Bad umpires are death to the Yankees because they know the strike zone.

It's really shameful that MLB continues to accept such poor quality umpires.

488 rbj   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:42 pm

Too much speed in the Twins outfield. We need Carl Spacker to cut some Achilles tendons.

489 Evil Empire   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:42 pm

[469] good info Diane....Only one thing. We have a sonic wall at work and I can't get it there and print it (and I'm one of those people that have to have a piece of paper in my hand). BUT I circumvent that, a bit, by getting a daily email feed from James, River Avenue Blues and MLB Trade Rumors.

Gee I wish we'd get a Bronx Banter email everyday....cough cough....hint hint....LOL

490 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:42 pm

[476] Like that last one? Cripes!

I thought Joe West was retired. Is this why Blackburn pitched so well?

491 thelarmis   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:42 pm

and "strike" 2 was outside. total fucking bollocks!!! : /

492 RIYank   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:42 pm

I thought those pitches were close. Maybe just nipped the edge of the zone.

493 Raf   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:42 pm

jeez... Took them right out the inning

494 thelarmis   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:43 pm

my stomach and i need a very easy, quick inning here.

495 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:43 pm

[492] The TBS box showed them to both be well off the plate.

496 Diane Firstman   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:43 pm

[479]

Thanks Shaun ... feeling a little better ... but its always worst during the night and first thing in the morning ...

497 Evil Empire   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:44 pm

[469] Hey Diane, oddly enough the MLB press pass is from 10/7/09

498 ms october   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:44 pm

[488] yep, they run down just about everything

499 RIYank   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:45 pm

[495] Pitch f/X on Gameday shows Strike Two just wide, but Strike One maybe a real strike (can't really tell high and low accurately on that thing).

500 51cq24   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:45 pm

and where the fuck was that one then????

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501 thelarmis   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:45 pm

i just took out my Topps Hughes 2004 Draft Pick and 2005 Prospect cards!!! : )

502 Yankee Fan in Boston   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:45 pm

[494] Try bourbon. It is helping me out.

503 Raf   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:45 pm

And that was a ball... perfect

504 Diane Firstman   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:45 pm

[489]

What about the Banter RSS feed?

As for NOTD, I *hope* to be back in action early next week.

505 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:45 pm

This team's inability to hit some very mediocre pitching in this game has sapped a bit of the over confidence I had in this series.

506 RIYank   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:46 pm

"Bridge to close", is that a drink for everyone?

507 Statler   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:46 pm

5 balls and a strike counts as a K, right?

508 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:46 pm

The JobaPhilPhilMo pen is going to win us the World Series..I'm calling it now...

509 Yankee Fan in Boston   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:46 pm

[504] I really miss NOTD when it doesn't appear, for what little that is worth.

510 RIYank   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:47 pm

What were the speeds of Joba's fastballs, by the way? Suzyn was orgasmic.

511 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:47 pm

[496] Good to hear! (The feeling better part, not the other part.)

512 51cq24   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:47 pm

[510] tbs had him around 95

513 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:47 pm

[510] 95 to 97mph.

514 Evil Empire   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:48 pm

I wonder if Phil has a quick inning if he might start the 9th....right now we've got Aceves, Marte, Robertson and Mo.

515 Diane Firstman   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:48 pm

[509]

Aw shucks .... appreciated ...

Speaking of orgasmic Suzyn ...
http://tinyurl.com/ygu3qv5

(safe for work)

516 thelarmis   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:48 pm

[502] i can't. i still have to go to work tonight!!!

517 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:48 pm

[514] Sounds good to me. Especially with the off day tomorrow.

Kid is going his part.

518 thelarmis   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:49 pm

beautiful, Phil !!! one more ...

519 RIYank   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:49 pm

Woooooooosh.
Love that slider.

520 ms october   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:49 pm

[510] like oh my goodness gracious level?

sitting about 95 - af ew 96-97

521 Evil Empire   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:49 pm

[508] I second Mr. Jazz Tokyo!

522 Raf   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:49 pm

[514] I was kinda hoping for that. Joba for a couple, Phil for a couple, depending if they are able to score

523 51cq24   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:49 pm

[514] if he gets gomez now i'd keep him in if it's still 1-1

524 Evil Empire   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:49 pm

[515] ok now, let's not talk about Suzyn that way...got me in trouble a couple years ago!

;o)

525 Yankee Fan in Boston   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:50 pm

[502] Fine. I will pick up your slack. Break a leg.

526 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:50 pm

That same pitch was a strike to Melky. Can't walk Gomez here.

527 51cq24   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:51 pm

oof how can you walk this clown?

528 RIYank   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:51 pm

I was thinking about whether Hughes could go two, but I'm confident that we can score in the last couple innings and it would be good to have Hughes available tomorrow.

529 ms october   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:51 pm

shit man - alright get harris

530 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:51 pm

I don't get why Posada was asking for a low fastball? Just throw it down the middle!

531 rbj   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:51 pm

Mo for two innings tonight, if it goes that long, with the off day tomorrow?

532 Evil Empire   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:51 pm

[523] Yeah it's a big game and they get a day off...we need quality out there...Gotta get Harris here.

Harris is 0-1 against Hughes.

533 thelarmis   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:51 pm

[525] thank you, but NO borken legs - or anything else - please!!!

534 ms october   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:51 pm

[528] sunday

535 Yankee Fan in Boston   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:51 pm

[528] We have tomorrow off.

536 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:52 pm

Gomez can fly..danger, danger Phil Hughes..

537 Raf   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:52 pm

[528] Travel day tomorrow

538 Evil Empire   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:52 pm

[528] Ah, but we have a day off tomorrow.

539 Chyll Will   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:53 pm

I don't worry about Gomez. He could get himself picked off while playing CF...

540 Raf   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:53 pm

[536] Screw it, let him concentrate on Harris

541 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:53 pm

That walk to Gomez is going to give me nightmares if the run scores.

542 RIYank   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:53 pm

[535] Oh, so we do. Woops.
Never mind. Hughes for two, then, yes. Or anyway four or five outs...

Uh oh.

543 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:53 pm

Shit.....

544 thelarmis   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:53 pm

fuckin' hell

545 rbj   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:53 pm

Gulp.

546 NickL   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:53 pm

shit, no two innings for Phil tonight....

547 JeremyM   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:53 pm

Seems to me they wanted to strike Gomez out too badly.

548 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:53 pm

That's the result of stupid baseball.

549 joe   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:53 pm

Fuck... C'mon Hughsie

550 thelarmis   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:54 pm

can't give them the lead with Nathan looming...

551 Evil Empire   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:54 pm

well, now I don't want Phil to pitch anymore.

Punto is 1-5 against Phil with 2 BB's

552 ms october   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:54 pm

get nick punto out god damnit

553 NickL   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:54 pm

And of course it'd be Punto now....

554 51cq24   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:54 pm

[548] ?

555 Raf   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:54 pm

Same thing here, blow Punto away

556 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:54 pm

The Yankees shouldn't be in this position for so many reasons.

557 RIYank   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:54 pm

Not worried.

558 Yankee Fan in Boston   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:54 pm

Gritty. Gutsy. Headsy.

559 ms october   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:55 pm

jorgie do not get cute back there please

560 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:55 pm

[557] Ditto.

Harris usually doesn't hit RHP (I had him on my Banter fantasy team out of sheer necessity for a while). Small samples and all that . . .

561 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:55 pm

[554] They had Gomez set up and the tried to get cute instead of just making him hit the ball.

562 thelarmis   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:55 pm

[557] that makes one of us!

563 51cq24   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:55 pm

so merryweather only expands the strike zone for the twins pitchers

564 OldYanksFan   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:55 pm

[515] Based on that mess on her head, I don't think I want to see the centerfold.

565 Raf   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:56 pm

and that's not a strike.. beauty-ful

566 51cq24   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:56 pm

maybe not

567 Chyll Will   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:56 pm

WTF Chuck!

568 RIYank   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:56 pm

Finally.

569 rbj   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:56 pm

I think Merriweather is using a Magic 8 ball to decide balls & strikes.

570 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:56 pm

Ball two was in the same place as what Meriwether called strike two for Melky.

And now he makes up for it. Cripes I hope this clown doesn't call another postseason game behind the plate, he sucks.

571 Evil Empire   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:56 pm

this is just awful...I can't take it.

572 Yankee Fan in Boston   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:57 pm

[569] HA!

573 Diane Firstman   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:57 pm

that tbs graphic is deceiving, because its not 3-d ... not tracking the ball as it crosses the plate, right?

574 JeremyM   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:57 pm

CRAP

575 ms october   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:57 pm

fucking shit nick punto

576 RIYank   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:57 pm

No way.

DAMMIT.

577 OldYanksFan   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:57 pm

It's like the Ump is making calls to counter bad calls he made last month.

578 rbj   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:57 pm

Shite!

579 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:57 pm

Dammit.

580 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:57 pm

I cannot accept losing this game to a clutch Nick Punto

581 Raf   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:57 pm

makes sense, not catching up to the fb so they throw a breaking pitch

582 thelarmis   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:57 pm

oh no. fuck you, chip caray.

this sucks ass.

totally deflated.

583 Chyll Will   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:57 pm

bleah. Get it back.

584 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:57 pm

[571] Awful isn't the word! Going to a curveball is criminal there. Fucking awful. I am ready to see Molina full time.

585 Evil Empire   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:57 pm

FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCCCCCCCCCCCCCKKKKKK

586 Yankee Fan in Boston   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:58 pm

Here comes Mo.

587 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:58 pm

You know what? All good hitting. Short swings.

FUCK!!!

588 OldYanksFan   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:58 pm

Punto couldn't catch up with the FB. Mistake to 'speed up his bat'.

589 ms october   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:58 pm

horeshit all the way around

590 unmoderated   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:58 pm

punto.

591 RIYank   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:58 pm

Wow. Mo in the eighth trailing!

592 51cq24   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:58 pm

[584] agree with you there

593 rbj   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:58 pm

Well at least four outs for Mo.

594 NickL   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:58 pm

unfuckingbelieveable. this is how you don't win the world series--
small sample size, your best reliever fails against the bottom of the order,
fails ONE TIME--you can't afford that. that's on Hughes.

595 JeremyM   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:58 pm

Just terrible pitches. That was Hughes the starter, not Hughes the reliever. Nibbling, nibbling, nibbling.

596 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:59 pm

Alsmot two games in and the Twins have scored 5 runs..we lose this game and it's still on the O..Punto just "fisted" one with his ballplaying talent, it happens..but we should have more than one run!

597 Raf   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:59 pm

[587] Still... Punto wasn't hitting the fb, so they need to keep pounding him with it.

598 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:59 pm

The Yankees have played with their heads up their ass for most of this game. They are on the verge of giving a way a game in a series they should be dominating.

599 Evil Empire   ~  Oct 9, 2009 8:59 pm

[582] Chip Caray is a nepotistic dumbass, but I'll take him over Fox's nepotistic super dumb-ass or John Miller/ Chris Berman any day.

600 Evil Empire   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:00 pm

is it wrong of me to suggest that Gritner would have gotten to that ball Punto hit?

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601 thelarmis   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:00 pm

[585] i'm glad that doesn't extend the screen like it did at the Toaster...

this fucking blows.

602 ms october   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:00 pm

great a fucking ball player

603 Raf   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:00 pm

[600] Nah, it was a clean single.

604 Yankee Fan in Boston   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:00 pm

[600] The same thought crossed my mind.

Fisted.

605 ms october   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:00 pm

shit shit shit

606 RIYank   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:01 pm

Ugh.
Not our day.

607 joe   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:01 pm

Panic mode

608 JeremyM   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:01 pm

My nightmare is coming true. Pavano is going to Kenny Rogers us.

609 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:01 pm

[600] I too thought it was perhaps a mistake to sit Gardner against a RHP, given how blah Melky has looked lately.

[599] Somehow Chip is far easier to ignore.

ARGH!

610 Diane Firstman   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:01 pm

Too much fisting in prime-time tonight ...

611 Raf   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:01 pm

went against the defense there...

612 rbj   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:01 pm

&*#%!@*&~!@_)#!@##!!!!!! and *&$*&^@!$*($#$#@#@$!!!!

613 JeremyM   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:01 pm

How do you walk fing Gomez?!?!

614 Chyll Will   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:01 pm

Now Joe's genius is showing... >:'

615 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:01 pm

And that folks is how you lose series to inferior teams. Here it is that I thought Girardi was going to cost this team, but it turns out to be the stupidity of the players. Sad.

616 Yankee Fan in Boston   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:01 pm

[608] You take that back!

617 thelarmis   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:01 pm

i knew that was gonna happen. now we're gonna lose to Pavano and the Shit Sox are gonna run the table.

i think i'm gonna be sick...

618 Evil Empire   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:01 pm

Now that the game is over, check out the funny rant on the quality of Chip Caray as an announcer here:

http://deadspin.com/5377549/fisting-chip-caray

619 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:02 pm

[608] Like I said....this is the 2005 ALDS all over again.

620 Diane Firstman   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:02 pm

Are we absolutely certain Joba couldn't have gotten the 3rd out in the 7th?

Sigh ...

621 rbj   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:02 pm

[610] Not gonna touch that one. But hey, whatever floats one's boat.

622 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:03 pm

I'm ready to cry.

623 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:03 pm

Praise be to Mo.

Now let's go those runs back!

624 JeremyM   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:03 pm

It's not over, they can do this.

625 Evil Empire   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:03 pm

let me just remind everyone what's in the back of the Twins' heads right now....3 comebacks by the Yanks in this stadium against them....

626 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:03 pm

The Yankees are going to win this series, so maybe it takes 4 games..I am staying relaxed. Still two innings for the O to wake up.

(Note: bad-back condition Percocet pills aid in relaxation at times like this)

627 thelarmis   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:03 pm

you guys have to understand - i live in atlanta, i've been hearing Chip Caray everyday for over a fucking decade. i loathe him.

how did we not hit Blackburn????????????? : /

628 Raf   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:03 pm

[620] That curve to Punto hurt more, IMO

629 51cq24   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:03 pm

no excuse for throwing a curve to punto there

630 RIYank   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:04 pm

Okay, here we go.
Let's see if we can get A-Rod up this inning. They thought, if only A-Rod could but get a whack at that...

631 ms october   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:04 pm

[620] i am not putting this on girrardi because hughes did not get the job done, but it just seems to make sense to go as long as you can with a reliever who is getting outs

632 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:05 pm

These are the kinds of mistakes that the Yankees didn't make when they won playoff series. The smallest things can really turn the tide. I was hoping this team was more like the championship ones, but after a game like this, it really makes you wonder.

633 Evil Empire   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:05 pm

Just remember:

Arod v. Nathan, 6-12 1 BB
Tex v. Nathan, 6-10 1 HR 1 BB

I'm just saying....

634 Yankee Fan in Boston   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:05 pm

They won't pitch to A-Rod if they can help it.

635 JeremyM   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:05 pm

I agree with the curve, Hughes shook a curve off earlier to throw a nice slider.

636 RIYank   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:05 pm

[631] I generally agree with that. I dunno. I still don't fully trust Joba, so "Quit while he's ahead" didn't seem so bad.

637 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:06 pm

[631] I think Girardi has been near perfect so far. Hughes is a rookie, so I am laying this squarely on Posada, who once again has proven that he is a DH.

638 RIYank   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:06 pm

[634] I'll be very happy if they walk him and give Matsui a shot.

639 JeremyM   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:06 pm

[635] I meant, I agree that the curve was the problem.

640 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:06 pm

Guerrier is the key here, 'cuz he's not Nathan. Your numbers in [633] aside, Evil Empire.

641 Evil Empire   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:07 pm

Ok, let's be hypothetical...Jorge fists a single...do we pinch run Gritner? I say HELL YES. Let's have Mr. Cervelli catch the 9th and beyond.

642 ms october   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:07 pm

for chrissakes

643 51cq24   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:07 pm

bullshit call yet again

644 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:07 pm

[637] And apparently not very good at that either. Posada wear the goat horns for this debacle.

645 Diane Firstman   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:07 pm

[643]

nah .... that looked solid ...

646 RIYank   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:08 pm

Yeah, that was a very, very wide strike.

647 RIYank   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:08 pm

[645] No, definitely outside.

648 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:08 pm

mother fucker.

649 JeremyM   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:08 pm

So we're screwed. What a play.

650 rbj   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:08 pm

[645] Hard for a batter to decide with this ump.

651 Yankee Fan in Boston   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:08 pm

I hate Brendan Harris.

652 Evil Empire   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:08 pm

[640 True...I want Jeter and damon to get hits, but if they don't and Nathan opens against Tex and Arod it could be a big deal....Matsui is also .286 against Nathan.

653 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:08 pm

WTF is up with Brendan effing Harris?! Cripes!

654 RIYank   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:08 pm

Ahhh! Nice play.

655 NickL   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:09 pm

NOT. OUR. NIGHT.
the signs are obvious, obvious, obvious.
later....

656 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:09 pm

Oh,fuck.

657 Diane Firstman   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:09 pm

That was Nettlesque ...

658 thelarmis   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:09 pm

that shoulda been a double : /

659 Evil Empire   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:10 pm

Fun with sample sizes...Melky is 2-3 against Nathan

660 JeremyM   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:10 pm

THIS F--KING UMP!

661 Yankee Fan in Boston   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:10 pm

Jeepers creepers.

662 Evil Empire   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:10 pm

I still believe we can win this game....

663 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:10 pm

WHAT the hell is with this umpire?? He has NOT been consistent!!! TErrible!!

664 51cq24   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:10 pm

ok this is a joke

665 ms october   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:10 pm

get this asshole the fuck away from an ump's uniform

666 thelarmis   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:11 pm

that was really high you fucking cocksucker.

weak weak weak.

this is horrible.

if we don't destroy pavano, i'm afraid of what i might do... : (

667 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:11 pm

Merriweather has been awful, but why haven't the Yankees taken advantage? Had Posada been smart enough to call fastballs on the edge, it would still be tied.

668 Yankee Fan in Boston   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:11 pm

[662] I'm with you. If Mo can hold 'em, the heart of the order can do some damage.

669 thelarmis   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:11 pm

hey, at least i got #666 tonight!!!

670 51cq24   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:11 pm

[667] no, he wasn't giving hughes these same calls

671 Yankee Fan in Boston   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:12 pm

Avocado!

672 rbj   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:12 pm

[665] Don't be coy, tell us what you really thing about this umpire.

673 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:12 pm

[670] He gave him stike two to Punto for sure.

674 Evil Empire   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:12 pm

I'm telling y'all Tex and Arod are hard on Mr. Nathan....granted it's 11 and 13 plate appearances, so y'all can report me to the Sample Size police. BUT hell, they've faced him more than anyone else on the team.

675 ms october   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:12 pm

[667] it's not all on po - hughes made some horsehit pitches that were not located

676 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:12 pm

[662] Me too, but it doesn't matter. They are not going to lose this series to the Twins. This is a bad loss for the O and the pen, but that can happen when you play a team full of baseball players. We'll bomb Pavano and this will be forgotten.

677 thelarmis   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:12 pm

[667] we had a lot of innings, pre-posada, to do some damage...

678 Diane Firstman   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:13 pm

6.02 x 10 to the 23rd power

(that's Avocado's Number) :-)

679 JeremyM   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:13 pm

[676] God I hope you're right, but all I can think of is Kenny Rogers in 2006.

680 Evil Empire   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:14 pm

Kenny Rogers sprayed the crowd with Champagne....do y'all think Pavano will bring out a barrel full of money and toss a bunch into the crowd, all the while laughing at the irony.

681 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:14 pm

I'd love to blame the umps, but this game should not have been close. The Yankees have now put themselves in a situation for a big time choke. Losing this series would be absolutely awful, so hopefully that pressure doesn't seep back into the minds of Girardi and the players.

They blew this game big time...the Twins didn't beat them, they coughed this game up.

682 rbj   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:14 pm

I think I can sum up the Nick Adenhart "beyond baseball" ad in one word:

exploitative.

683 ms october   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:15 pm

nice pitch mo

684 Raf   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:15 pm

[680] That's a pretty funny image

685 Diane Firstman   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:15 pm

[682]

I second that sentiment ... yuck!

686 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:16 pm

[676] That's what was said after losing game 2 to the Tigers. Beating Kenny Rogers was a foregone conclusion, but the entire team sans Jeter played with a noose around their neck. I started getting that feeling watching this lineup pop up batting practice pitches from Blackburn and things only seem to be progressing further along that road.

687 Evil Empire   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:16 pm

[682] yeah it's a little disgusting.

688 BuckFoston   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:16 pm

I said it before the Yankees are setting the Twins up to crush their very souls. Who gets pie today?

689 ms october   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:16 pm

[682] amen - in fact most, if not all of those beyond baseball ads are exploitative - that one is especially sickening

690 Chyll Will   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:17 pm

I still have faith, but I can't tolerate the insufferable CowChip any longer. G'nite.

691 Yankee Fan in Boston   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:17 pm

Joe Nathan will cry tonight. On national television.

692 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:18 pm

Mo looks great, which means the only thing that prevented the Yankees from winning this game was Posada's incredible igorance when he called for that curve ball.

693 51cq24   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:18 pm

[686] rogers had a 119 era+ in 06. pavano's this year is 86. different situation altogether.

694 Yankee Fan in Boston   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:19 pm

[692] That curve looked like it was right over the plate.

695 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:19 pm

[693] I hope so...doesn't feel that way though.

696 51cq24   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:20 pm

[692] and lack of offense. but i don't know how great mo looks, he did give up an rbi single in the 8th.

697 thelarmis   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:20 pm

lucky hit

698 RIYank   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:20 pm

Cuddyer knows Mo. That's the way to do it.

699 thelarmis   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:21 pm

yeah, i mean...we have THREE goddamn hits. 3. i don't think this is all on Po's gamecalling...

700 Evil Empire   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:21 pm

Well, gents and gals, if the Yanks aren't allowed to lose a Game #2, which only ties the series, and then come back to actually win a game in the Metrodome (where the Yankees undefeated this year) then their goose has been cooked for a lot longer than any of us want to admit and they shouldn't even bother to make the trip.

while I really want to win this game, I'd also like to see us win Game #3 and prove that losing a game doesn't mean our team just cashes in their chips.

Plus I feel a LOT better about Andy Pettitte on the hill with our whole bullpen available in game #3 than I did in 2006 when we sent Randy Johnson out there with his gas can.

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701 51cq24   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:22 pm

[692] also, hughes is the one who hung it. if it had been in the dirt maybe it's still 1-1.

702 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:22 pm

[699] Maybe I am being harsh, but like with Holliday, Posada's mistake is simply unacceptable from a major leaguer.

703 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:22 pm

[699] 3 hits..that says it all. i can't join Williamnyy23 in killing Po & the pen. Giving up 3 runs is not an awful performance by any means. The bats are just cold...

704 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:23 pm

[703] I am not killing the pen...just Posada because his mistake was 100% avoidable.

705 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:23 pm

[702] William, Holliday's mistake is MUCH worse! Mo gave up a run after that curve, and the lineup had 6 outs left to score..that's a weak comparison.

706 Yankee Fan in Boston   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:23 pm

SWISH!!

707 RIYank   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:24 pm

Thanks be to Mo.

And thanks to Swish!

708 thelarmis   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:24 pm

very nice catch, Swish.

please score at least 2...

709 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:24 pm

That a boy, Swisher! C'mon bats!!

710 ms october   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:24 pm

[702] the two are not equal - his passed balls are closer

nice play swishy

711 Raf   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:24 pm

[700] Yeah, I don't think Pettitte's going to have an epidural a few hours before the game starts.

712 Evil Empire   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:25 pm

[593] what made me think we'd kill Rogers was that before the game I checked the stats for each player against him and they absolutely owned his ass. But he made it through the lineup, they got the lead and you could see his confidence grow.

PLUS, Mr. Rogers loaded his hand up with PINE TAR and Joe Girardi failed to do anything about it....Larussa did something about it! (kind of like Joe not taking the team off the field in 2007 during the midge game.). It's a manager's game to catch shit like that and Joe Torre let everyone down.

Imagine if Torre caught that, the umps made Rogers wipe it off and we get a couple of hits...maybe things turn around then.

713 rbj   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:25 pm

Swish!

And why does the Chipster seem a little too eager with the word "fisted."

Not that there's anything wrong with that.

714 RIYank   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:25 pm

I hope Alex gets base runners.

715 Evil Empire   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:25 pm

whoops...[712] is at [693] not [593]

716 thelarmis   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:25 pm

i'm gonna be subjected to staring right at a HUGE screen w/ the Shit Sox game on it while i play later. it's gonna be really distracting. plus, they're prolly gonna win like 12-2, or some shit. and there'll be all these faux boston fans in the house cheering. i'll try to just close my eyes and play blisteringly fast!

717 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:25 pm

[705] I didn't Holliday's wasn't worse...but both were mistakes that a major leaguer should not make. Great pitchers give up hits, and great hitters pop up strikes, but an outfielder HAS to catch a ball lined right at him and a catcher HAS to know you don't fool around with breaking pitches against awful hitters who can't get around on a fastball.

718 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:27 pm

Well, if Tex doesn't get on here he'll have to answer the questions Arod no longer does.

719 51cq24   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:27 pm

[717] and an umpire HAS to know where the strike zone is

720 Yankee Fan in Boston   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:27 pm

M.V.P. (runner up)

721 ms october   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:27 pm

nice start

722 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:27 pm

OK Evil Empire, now how about you get another one right!?! =)

723 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:27 pm

Please Arod....please....please....please....please!!!

724 OldYanksFan   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:27 pm

At bat this inning: $22m, $30m and $13m.

725 Evil Empire   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:27 pm

Did anyone around here mention that Tex was 6-10 against Nathan?

726 thelarmis   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:28 pm

very nice! wish he was on 2nd

727 Diane Firstman   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:28 pm

Is there a new patch of sod in RF these days?

728 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:28 pm

And a mini-Tex message arrives!!

Oh A-Rod..do not forsake me...

729 OldYanksFan   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:28 pm

I'm OK with ARod taking some big swings here

730 rbj   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:28 pm

Yes, Tex! Let's get it rolling.

731 Evil Empire   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:28 pm

We need to pinch hit for Tex...stay out of the double play...this is a mistake...

732 RIYank   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:28 pm

Now maybe they'll pitch around Alex...

733 thelarmis   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:28 pm

PLEASE, A-ROD!!!! PLEASE!!!!

734 Yankee Fan in Boston   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:28 pm

Joe Nathan will cry tonight.

735 51cq24   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:28 pm

mauer is fucking good

736 ms october   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:28 pm

relax arod - nothing to it

737 Evil Empire   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:28 pm

[731] I mean pinch RUN

738 Diane Firstman   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:29 pm

A-Rod looks so calm ...

739 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:29 pm

Laying off the down & away..great sign..

740 Evil Empire   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:29 pm

Arod would've swung at those the other night....he's locked in now.

741 Yankee Fan in Boston   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:29 pm

[738] I've noticed the same thing. I love it.

742 ms october   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:29 pm

nathan is looking perplexed out there

743 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:29 pm

Good, good - stay clear of the plate, Nathan. Plenty of big guns in this lineup after A-Rod.

744 51cq24   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:30 pm

GREEN LIGHT

745 Evil Empire   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:30 pm

Ok if Arod walks we gotta pinch run for Tex!

746 OldYanksFan   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:30 pm

Matsui is a walking DP. If ARod walks, do you PH Gardy and have him bunt?

747 thelarmis   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:30 pm

[738] i don't...

green light here?!

748 RIYank   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:30 pm

Yep, pitching around him.
Green light on 3-0???

749 ms october   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:30 pm

time warner can go fuck itself

750 rbj   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:30 pm

Green light, Alex

751 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:30 pm

That was low!

752 51cq24   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:30 pm

[745] huh?

753 Raf   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:31 pm

ok, the 3-0 was a gimme...

754 Evil Empire   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:31 pm

[746] I know I'm a lunatic, but if Arod gets on I pinch run and double steal...

755 Yankee Fan in Boston   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:31 pm

True Yankee™

756 Evil Empire   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:31 pm

TRUE YANKEE

757 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:31 pm

YES!!!!!!!!!!!!

758 ms october   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:31 pm

arod is the motherfucking man!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

759 RIYank   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:31 pm

Oh.
My.
God.

760 OldYanksFan   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:31 pm

HE'S DONE IT AGAIN !!!!!!!!!!!

761 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:31 pm

THAT A BOY A-ROD!!!! HA!!!!

762 Simone   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:31 pm

Yes! Alex!

763 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:31 pm

AROD AROD AROD AROD AROD AROD AROD AROD!!!!!!!!!!!!

764 Raf   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:31 pm

:D :D

765 rbj   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:31 pm

YES!!!!!!!

A-ROD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

766 Evil Empire   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:31 pm

Folks, I don't mean to be a bit of an "I told you so" guy.

BUT GIVE ME SOME DAMN PROPS!

767 51cq24   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:31 pm

i wonder if all the people who left last inning will come back now

768 Diane Firstman   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:32 pm

exorcising those demons I'd say ..

THANK YOU KATE HUDSON ....

769 51cq24   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:32 pm

[766] you deserve it

770 BuckFoston   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:32 pm

Is the Stadium loud? Cause it sounds loud. Do you think its loud?

771 ms october   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:32 pm

hell yeah b - soak it in

772 thelarmis   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:32 pm

HOLY FUCKING SHIT!!!!

I just played CHARGE! on my marimba : )

i'm shaking!!!!

773 Raf   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:32 pm

Ok, Mats

774 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:32 pm

HOLY MOTHER OF GOD!!!!!

WOWWWWWWWWWWW!!!!!

775 rbj   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:32 pm

[766] Props props props!

776 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:32 pm

One more run. ONE MORE RUN!

Your turn, Godzilla - make Evil Empire's forecasting come true!!

777 ms october   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:32 pm

[766] good work evil!!!!!!

778 Yankee Fan in Boston   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:33 pm

Joe Nathan will cry tonight. Really.

779 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:33 pm

Come on Matsui....FINISH THIS NOW!!!!

780 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:33 pm

Oh my God! I think I'm going to drop dead from excitement.

781 Raf   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:33 pm

[766] Propers!

782 Evil Empire   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:33 pm

Arod's such a stat padder huh?

And a TRUE YANKEE

783 51cq24   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:33 pm

chip caray is so fucking dumb, one pitch after nathan gives up a bomb on a fastball down the middle he says he "hasn't been close" to the strike zone

784 OldYanksFan   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:33 pm

I feel a tiny bit bad for Ron Gardenhire.
Just a tiny bit.

785 RIYank   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:34 pm

Good job, Evil E!

(I want some credit too: "I just hope A-Rod has base runners.")

786 thelarmis   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:34 pm

thank you Evil Empire!

i love you kate hudson (though that's a pre-existing condition!)

poor chip caray.

i missed the curtain call...

787 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:34 pm

He just missed a hanger!!

Come one now Swish...I can't take extras in this game.

788 thelarmis   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:34 pm

hey, there's the curtain call. alright!!!

789 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:34 pm

I just shared a high-five with my 2-yr old son, he joined me in jumping up and down and screaming..seriously, tears in my eyes to share that with him!

790 Simone   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:35 pm

Someone please score and end this game in this inning.

791 Raf   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:35 pm

Nathan throws that there again, Swish better park it

792 ms october   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:35 pm

[784] hell no i don't feel bad for gard

793 Yankee Fan in Boston   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:35 pm

[784] Gardenhire is a good man. No doubt.

That said, I am not concerned with his feelings at the moment. Perhaps I am a bad person.

794 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:35 pm

OK Swish, non-out event - any will do. Though a HR would be very nice.

795 51cq24   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:35 pm

[784] save your pity till the series is over

796 Evil Empire   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:35 pm

someone kept posting that Nathan would cry and they were right, but I am loving this Bill James sheet

By the way I was obviously dead wrong about pinch running Gritner there....we still have him

797 thelarmis   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:35 pm

[784] i don't. not one iota.

798 51cq24   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:36 pm

[795] ..., mom!

799 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:36 pm

[796] Evil Empire, a bottle of sake and some fresh squid will be airmailed special to you!!

800 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:36 pm

Mother fucker!@!!!!!!

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801 Raf   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:36 pm

damn!

802 Yankee Fan in Boston   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:36 pm

[796] ;)

803 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:36 pm

Fuck. Just missed it. Fuck.

804 rbj   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:36 pm

So close, Nick.

805 Evil Empire   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:36 pm

[785] PROPS man!

My son said to me, "Dad...why are you so excited? Geez"

806 thelarmis   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:36 pm

oh man. i was screaming for it to get out...

807 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:37 pm

Come on Robbie....No extras!!! Sit on a curve.

808 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:37 pm

Well, after all, Cano hits much better with no runners on base, right?

809 OldYanksFan   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:37 pm

Who's in for the 10th (if needed)?

810 Evil Empire   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:37 pm

Cano 0-5 against Nathan with, believe it or not, 2 actual walks

David Robertson next?

811 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:37 pm

Fuck. Extras, ladies and germs.

812 Raf   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:37 pm

Mo for another?

813 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:37 pm

Uh!!

814 rbj   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:37 pm

Extries it is.

Mo?

815 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:37 pm

They're not losing this game now, no way..

816 ms october   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:38 pm

[810] yeah i am betting robertson here

817 Diane Firstman   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:38 pm

[809]

Fernando Rodney .... not!

818 thelarmis   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:38 pm

Ace?

819 51cq24   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:38 pm

i'd go to aceves if not mo

820 OldYanksFan   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:39 pm

If ARod continues to rake...
and we win the WS....
I predict ARod will be a monster every post season.

821 seamus   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:39 pm

i am so happy for alex! hey folks. extra innings is intense. i thought i could sit and watch but now i'm too nervous.

822 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:39 pm

The only pitcher I want to see is Aceves. Need someone who has nerve and can throw strikes. No time for a rookie who walks a lot of guys.

823 Evil Empire   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:39 pm

We gotta win this one walk-off style in the 10th, pie in the face, Sterling pinching his nipples while he squeals, a "Yankees Classic", Suyzn going wild.

I kind of hate that Pete Abraham is missing this...

824 seamus   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:39 pm

[818] yeesh, i almost forgot aceves was out there. he is a perfect choice for extras.

825 51cq24   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:39 pm

[822] exactly

826 seamus   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:39 pm

[823] pete who?

827 Evil Empire   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:40 pm

[822] Yeah I think you're right about that. The Twins are so-so against Ace.

828 Raf   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:40 pm

Ace!

829 seamus   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:40 pm

ace!

830 ms october   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:40 pm

[820] similar to bonds - except bonds didn't have success once upon a time the way alex did prior to "mid 04"

831 51cq24   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:40 pm

aceves. it took them about 5 minutes to let us know.

832 thelarmis   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:40 pm

we need to win before too long. i can't go to work with all this anxiety and watch the end around all sorts of people...

833 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:40 pm

Easy inning please.

834 Yankee Fan in Boston   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:41 pm

[823] That is disgustingly hysterical.

835 RIYank   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:41 pm

Hm, I would have gone with Robertson. At home, I mean.

836 ms october   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:41 pm

ace is a good choice here - makes sense

837 OldYanksFan   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:41 pm

With tomorrow off, why not give Mo a shot here?

838 BuckFoston   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:41 pm

Ace scavenges the win as usual.

839 thelarmis   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:41 pm

i'm all about Ace here. excellent start!

840 Diane Firstman   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:41 pm

A tweet:
@keithlaw: Pretty sure A-Rod mouthed "that's for you, Selena" after he made contact.

841 rbj   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:41 pm

Aces. Let's just hope he doesn't need to go three.

Walk off in bottom of the tenth.

842 seamus   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:42 pm

[832] hey man, you have a gig tonight right? oh man.

ACE!!!

843 Evil Empire   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:42 pm

[826] I like Pete, but he wrote a bit of a disturbing article on Boston.com about Joba just being a bullpen guy...kind of an about-face from what he wrote all season.

I think all young pitchers have growing pains and Joba's having his....look at Verlander's first two years and then look at his third year..growing pains.

844 Yankee Fan in Boston   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:42 pm

I still hate Brendan Harris.

845 51cq24   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:43 pm

caray: "tolbert out, tolbert came in..."

846 thelarmis   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:43 pm

i'd love for him to "vulture" a win here.

2 down, 1 to go.

will Nathan come back out, or can we feast on crappier relievers?!

847 51cq24   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:43 pm

[845] not to belabor the point, but that kind of stuff is just plain stupid

848 seamus   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:43 pm

[843] yeah i was just kidding about the Pete who. I saw reference to that article but didnt' read it. I expect that as he integrates into boston-dom his biases will show.

849 OldYanksFan   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:43 pm

Today's thread brought to you by nipples, groins, animated penises and Kate Hudson.

850 Yankee Fan in Boston   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:43 pm

[846] Either way, he will be weeping.

851 Evil Empire   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:44 pm

[840] Diane -- I gotta tell you, I've seen interviews with that woman and there's something so paranoid about her.

852 seamus   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:44 pm

i feel like i haven't seen ace pitch in ages.

853 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:44 pm

[840] That's awesome. KLaw is the man.

I usually follow twitter closely during the day, but I can't bring myself to do it at night during these games.

854 thelarmis   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:44 pm

[842] yeah man, i've gotta leave at about 10pm...

855 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:44 pm

[840] Keith Law is pretty good, enjoy his articles.
There's no way we lose now,right? It's impossible..

Sterling and Suzyn, wonder what their call of the homer was?

856 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:45 pm

What the hell is going on with Nick Punto!!!

857 Raf   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:45 pm

another 3-2 count to Punto... Am I missing something?

858 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:45 pm

william, I have to say - I think you're exactly right about using Aceves here: throws strikes, no walks, goes after guys. That's exactly the way to get the Twins out.

If Leyland had someone like that on his staff, we might be facing the Tigers now.

859 seamus   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:45 pm

[854] we need to win soon for nostralarmis! c'mon ACE!!

860 ms october   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:45 pm

[847] chippy is a fucking moron

861 Yankee Fan in Boston   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:45 pm

Gritty. Headsy. Gutsy.

862 Raf   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:45 pm

Ok, that's not a strike anymore?

863 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:45 pm

How come we didn't get that call?

864 RIYank   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:45 pm

Jesus Christ.

865 Diane Firstman   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:45 pm

Was Knoblaugh more/less scrappy than Punto?

866 ms october   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:46 pm

aye aye aye - nick punto AGAIN!!

867 51cq24   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:46 pm

fucking christ throw this asshole strikes

868 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:46 pm

Why? Why doesn't this team throw fastballs down the f$%^ing middle to Nick Punto? What the f%^& is going on!

869 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:46 pm

WHAT is it about Punto? Really, it's horrifying..

870 thelarmis   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:46 pm

[849] i'll take Kate Hudson!

that ball 4 call coulda gone either way... : /

871 seamus   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:46 pm

[847] i know i'm real opinionated about this, but i can't help but think i'd sound like a complete moron if i tried to announce a game.

872 OldYanksFan   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:46 pm

ESPN Headline: A New Man
http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/

873 Evil Empire   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:46 pm

Damn those walks that turn into doubles

874 thelarmis   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:46 pm

[859] YES, thank you please!!! : )

875 BuckFoston   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:47 pm

855 It was probably an orgasmic scream and then a lotta heavy breathing, then Susan gave her 2 cents...

876 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:47 pm

Come on now Ace....keep it together here.

877 Yankee Fan in Boston   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:47 pm

[872] A-God

878 51cq24   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:47 pm

[862-3] well nathan wasnt getting it either

879 Evil Empire   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:47 pm

Girardi needs to visit the mound NOW.

880 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:48 pm

I am not getting the pitch calling at all.

881 seamus   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:48 pm

marte? we need ace to go multiple innings or we are going to lose.

882 51cq24   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:48 pm

[871] sure, but you have the good sense not to try

883 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:48 pm

Come on Ace!!!

884 ms october   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:48 pm

[871] i know you think some of us are too hard on announcers seamus - but you would probably not sound like a moron after years upon years of doing this- caray has been an "announcer" for years - it is not so hard that the standard should not be higher

885 rbj   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:48 pm

[871] But you don't have a decade's worth of announcing Braves games.

At a certain point, Chip has to learn to be a good announcer.

You know, I think Harold Reynolds would be pretty good.

886 51cq24   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:48 pm

there are 2 outs just get the 3rd!

887 51cq24   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:50 pm

shit same exact situation

888 Yankee Fan in Boston   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:50 pm

[885] I second Reynolds. I love the MLB network's night crew. They're pretty solid.

889 rbj   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:50 pm

Crappity crap crap.

890 seamus   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:50 pm

[882] i totally have the bad sense to try. :)
[884] i know i should just let it go. no harm in y'all complaining about it either. not sure why i let it bug me. and maybe you are right. anyhow, I do think it is a harder job than folks give credit for.

891 Evil Empire   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:50 pm

I'm going to vomit now

892 RIYank   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:50 pm

Ugh.
Let's go, Ace!!!

893 thelarmis   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:50 pm

oh no. : (

894 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:50 pm

Motherfucker!!! How you let Punto impact two innings now is ridiculous! What a damn f$%^ing disaster.

895 seamus   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:50 pm

Ace. why don't you listen to me?

896 ms october   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:50 pm

please get the 3rd out NOW ace

897 Evil Empire   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:51 pm

why does it have to be Cabrera.

898 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:51 pm

Don't call a first pitch fastball!!

899 Yankee Fan in Boston   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:51 pm

[891] Don't give up now.

900 Raf   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:51 pm

gnats... like a bunch of f'ing gnats

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901 Diane Firstman   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:51 pm

News alert: Obama has been voted Chevy Player of the Game ...

902 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:51 pm

This is not good..Cabrera is "clutch" and a "gamer"...very worried..

903 thelarmis   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:51 pm

1 more strike, please!

904 Yankee Fan in Boston   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:52 pm

ACE.

905 BuckFoston   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:52 pm

896 Since you asked nicely

906 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:52 pm

Yes!!!!!

907 51cq24   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:52 pm

WHEW

908 ms october   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:52 pm

thank you baseball gods

909 seamus   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:52 pm

[901] lol

910 RIYank   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:52 pm

Ace!
Swish squeezes it, we go to the bottom.

911 Yankee Fan in Boston   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:52 pm

[901] HA!

912 rbj   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:52 pm

Phew!

[901] I heard he's the MVP of the World Series too.

913 Evil Empire   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:52 pm

Nick Swisher > Matt Holiday

914 Bobtaco   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:52 pm

Jeter gets the pie.

915 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:52 pm

If the Yanks don't win quick, we are going to blow straight past 1000 comments.

916 RIYank   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:53 pm

[902] I know, Mr. OK, exactly my thoughts -- I had written the story in my head.
But, Sterling's Law rules.

917 seamus   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:53 pm

now i'm day draeming about calling a Yankees playoff game on TBS. I'd rock it!!

918 ms october   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:53 pm

well hawk predicted pie for po earlier today - let's see

919 Yankee Fan in Boston   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:53 pm

[914] Is that allowed?

920 51cq24   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:53 pm

[901] more of a rebuke of the yanks under bush's tenure

921 RIYank   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:53 pm

[915] Dude, 1000 is in the bag.

922 Yankee Fan in Boston   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:54 pm

[920] Best follow up ever.

923 Diane Firstman   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:54 pm

According to J.G. Preston: They gave us Jon Stewart AND Brendan Harris...let's hear it for The College of William & Mary!

924 RIYank   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:54 pm

So, bad we don't really have a great pinch hitter. Good: we don't really need one.

925 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:54 pm

[901] [912] I'm shocked Selig didn't come onto the field right now to announce it! =)

926 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:54 pm

Two major themes of this series so far: The Twins refuse to pitch around Arod...and the Yankees refuse to pitch to Nick Punto.

927 OldYanksFan   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:54 pm

I'd almost forgotten the joys of the post season...
the tsunami in the bowels...
the desire to crawl under the floorboards...
Ain't it grand!

928 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:55 pm

[916] Is Sterling's Law on the curriculum in Physics departments around the country?

I call a Melky walk-off..here comes the Melky-Man!

929 Diane Firstman   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:55 pm

[920]

Well-played .... well-played indeed!

930 RIYank   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:55 pm

If Melky gets on, we'll see Gritner. We'll grit the pants of the Gritesota Twins.

931 Yankee Fan in Boston   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:55 pm

Nathan has begun to pout.

932 ms october   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:55 pm

[917] you should!! we won't even call you a fucking moron or a jackass :}
- the fact that some people are really good (like singleton, cone) let's you know that it can be done if the networks would hire insightful people rather than blowhard clowns

933 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:55 pm

Damn it, damn it, damn it!!!

934 RIYank   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:55 pm

Oh, man. Thought he had it, good swing, Melk.

935 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:56 pm

I'm not sure that I wouldn't have pinch hit with Gardner there - though I suppose Girardi might want him to pinch-run . . .

936 BuckFoston   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:56 pm

920 Yankees started losing as soon as Bush took over, haven't won since. Coincidence...or Republican conspiracy?

937 Raf   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:56 pm

Ok, Sado

938 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:56 pm

So, let me see...now the only guy who hits is Arod?

939 RIYank   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:56 pm

Well, Gritner to run for Jorgie, for sure.

940 51cq24   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:56 pm

[922] thanks, it just so happened to make sense chronologically

941 seamus   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:56 pm

[932] thanks ms october! i'll remember that if i ever get the chance!! and you do have a good point there.

942 rbj   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:56 pm

C'mon Jorge!

943 Yankee Fan in Boston   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:56 pm

JoPo!

944 RIYank   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:56 pm

[938] Nope!

945 Bobtaco   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:56 pm

If Posada gets on, would Girardi have the balls to run for him?

946 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:57 pm

Get the grit up!

947 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:57 pm

Fisted single!

948 Raf   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:57 pm

Gardner?

949 seamus   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:57 pm

HIP HIP!

950 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:57 pm

A bloop! A bloop!!

And here comes the Grittiest Wheels you ever did see!

951 RIYank   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:57 pm

[939] Ahem.

952 Bobtaco   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:57 pm

[945] Yep. :-)

953 Yankee Fan in Boston   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:57 pm

Jorge!

954 Evil Empire   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:57 pm

Gents and Gals, so much for small sample size stats...Jorge was 0-6 against Mauer with 3 K's and a walk....

955 rbj   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:57 pm

Gritner it is. And Brains behind the plate.

956 thelarmis   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:57 pm

good thing we have 3 catchers!

run, gritner, run.

then score, so i can go to work. i have to leave. like...NOW!!!

957 ms october   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:57 pm

gritner time

958 Yankee Fan in Boston   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:58 pm

Pie, anyone?

959 RIYank   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:58 pm

[955] Brains won't get the chance, rbj. Just watch.

960 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:58 pm

Cervelli bats 9th or keep Gardner in and have Cervelli take over Melky's spot?

961 Evil Empire   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:58 pm

Oh and I turned down the geniuses on TBS and put on Sterling...He's 2 second behind but at least he's a homer in the opposite way of Chip Caray.

Sterling thinks Gardner is going to steal here.

962 Yankee Fan in Boston   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:58 pm

Cry, Nathan, cry!

963 rbj   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:58 pm

[958] Lemon meringue for me, please.

964 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:58 pm

From Will Carroll (@injuryexpert): "RT @amandarykoff: The Stadium is literally shaking. OMG."

I guess it really is like the old place. Do we have any Banterers there tonight?

965 ms october   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:58 pm

[960] it will be mute!!

966 RIYank   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:58 pm

[960] The latter -- double switch. But it's not going to come to that.

967 RIYank   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:59 pm

Nathan must be tiring, no?

968 51cq24   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:59 pm

[960] i would keep walk-off cabrera in. hopefully it will be mute

969 Yankee Fan in Boston   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:59 pm

El Capitán!

970 Bobtaco   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:59 pm

How many pitches before he takes off?

971 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 9, 2009 9:59 pm

OK Jeter, we could use another "Jeterian moment" here. Dial one up, would you please?

972 ms october   ~  Oct 9, 2009 10:00 pm

keep throwing over - let gardner warm up - i hear that helps a pinch runner

973 RIYank   ~  Oct 9, 2009 10:00 pm

Gritner's driving Nathan to distraction.

974 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 9, 2009 10:00 pm

Did Gardner not just take off there?

975 OldYanksFan   ~  Oct 9, 2009 10:00 pm

Hit and run time....

976 Raf   ~  Oct 9, 2009 10:00 pm

Gardner had a couple of decent sized leads on those two pitches

977 rbj   ~  Oct 9, 2009 10:00 pm

We need to emborken this tie.

978 ms october   ~  Oct 9, 2009 10:00 pm

there you go gritner

979 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Oct 9, 2009 10:01 pm

[972] Careful there...

980 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 9, 2009 10:01 pm

Great play by Cabrera!

981 RIYank   ~  Oct 9, 2009 10:01 pm

Gritner Vs. Mauer!
1-0!!!

982 seamus   ~  Oct 9, 2009 10:01 pm

sweet gardner!

983 Evil Empire   ~  Oct 9, 2009 10:01 pm

Does anyone think Gardner should steal third too?

984 thelarmis   ~  Oct 9, 2009 10:01 pm

good job, gritner!

can he get to 3rd w/ 1 out?

how 'bout a Jeterian inside out oppo field single?!

985 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 9, 2009 10:01 pm

That's a boy, Grittner!

OK Cap'n, its your turn now . . . inside out that puppy right to deep right-center field . . .

986 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Oct 9, 2009 10:01 pm

Single wins it..cmon Derek, show them whose house this is..

987 rbj   ~  Oct 9, 2009 10:01 pm

Steal? I didn't see nobody steal nuthin' Gritner always had second. I swear.

988 Raf   ~  Oct 9, 2009 10:01 pm

go for 3rd?

989 51cq24   ~  Oct 9, 2009 10:02 pm

[983] yes!

990 Yankee Fan in Boston   ~  Oct 9, 2009 10:02 pm

Nathan's lip is quivering...

991 RIYank   ~  Oct 9, 2009 10:02 pm

I think he'll walk Jetes.

992 Bobtaco   ~  Oct 9, 2009 10:02 pm

I'm worried if Jeter gets on there will be a DP.

993 Evil Empire   ~  Oct 9, 2009 10:02 pm

GRITNER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

994 RIYank   ~  Oct 9, 2009 10:02 pm

FUCK YES.

995 thelarmis   ~  Oct 9, 2009 10:02 pm

YES!!!!!

996 Yankee Fan in Boston   ~  Oct 9, 2009 10:02 pm

BRETT!!!!!

997 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 9, 2009 10:02 pm

Wow!

998 ms october   ~  Oct 9, 2009 10:02 pm

holy shit that was scary

999 seamus   ~  Oct 9, 2009 10:02 pm

oh phew. that ended up being close!

1000 Bobtaco   ~  Oct 9, 2009 10:02 pm

WOW!!!

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1001 Raf   ~  Oct 9, 2009 10:02 pm

*plop*

1002 OldYanksFan   ~  Oct 9, 2009 10:02 pm

HOLY SHIT THAT WAS TOO CLOSE!!!!!!!!!!!

1003 51cq24   ~  Oct 9, 2009 10:02 pm

that'll work

1004 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Oct 9, 2009 10:02 pm

OHHHHHHH!!!

1005 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Oct 9, 2009 10:02 pm

AHHAHAHAHHAHAHH!!!!!!! Joe Nathan..weep, you shall!!

1006 Yankee Fan in Boston   ~  Oct 9, 2009 10:02 pm

Tears! I think I see tears!!

1007 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 9, 2009 10:02 pm

Deep fly ball!! Deep fly ball!!!

1008 Simone   ~  Oct 9, 2009 10:02 pm

LOL! Nathan said fuck.

1009 ms october   ~  Oct 9, 2009 10:03 pm

[992] jd doesn't hit too many dps

1010 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 9, 2009 10:03 pm

Safety squeeze?

1011 rbj   ~  Oct 9, 2009 10:03 pm

Woot!

1012 Bobtaco   ~  Oct 9, 2009 10:03 pm

I can't believe he made it.

1013 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Oct 9, 2009 10:03 pm

[1002] Yes, it was.

Oh, God, I can't take this.

1014 51cq24   ~  Oct 9, 2009 10:03 pm

[1010] yes!

1015 thelarmis   ~  Oct 9, 2009 10:03 pm

C'mon Tex!!!

NO DP !!!

1016 RIYank   ~  Oct 9, 2009 10:03 pm

Well, I knew he's walk Jetes, but I didn't know it would be under this circumstance.