From Roy Ayers to Teix, Cano (all the hitters, really) and the Big Fella.
It’s on you.
Go git ’em BOYS!
I have a late meeting, so I'll be a bit late getting home for the start of the game. Fortunately, I too am confident.
The series will not return to NYC.
"The ‘genius’ Mike Scioscia was warming up his Game 5 starter last night, because that’s the only pitcher left who he had available. Say what you want about Girardi’s bullpen use, he has every one of his relievers available for tonight’s game and Scioscia doesn’t. If that becomes a factor tonight, Girardi will get zero credit from many fans and sportswriters, who assume everyone will be available and effective every day. But of course, that’s not reality."
So even as Girardi makes mistakes, he just has to be better than his counterpart.
 Errr....I fail to see how Scoscia taking an all hands on deck approach facing a possible 3-0 series deficit is a mistake.
 When you and your buddy are being chased by a bear, you don't have to be able to outrun the bear...just your buddy. ;-)
 Also, Gaudin was the last man standing, so I don't know how Girardi has his pen men ready, and Scioscia doesn't, when they've had about the same amount of rest.
 He was contrasting the "burn the bullpen" approach to Girardi who used certainly his but didn't burn it.
In a game where CC is starting on short rest and relievers will probably be necessary, we will still have Hughes, Rivera, Robertson, et. al available today.
 yeah i am going to miss the beginning of the game but i expect to get home by about the middle of it, and am very nicely requesting a big lead
good thing mo's spitball didn't hit kramer- unless he wanted to end up scorned like keith hernandez
 while i do think girardi's strategy in these games (what some call overmanaging) is underappreciated because people don't realize that it leaves all of his relievers relatively rested, this doesn't answer why he would go to aceves when robertson had faced 2 batters.
but let's move on to tonight. 6-2 yanks.
 This isn't about "all hands on deck" as much as who is on deck.
Their top three guys:
Oliver -- 28 pitches, 1.2 innings
Jepsen -- 31, 1.1
Fuentes -- 13, 1
Our top three guys:
Robertson -- 11, .2
Hughes -- 19, 1.2
Rivera -- 17, 1.0
 The spitball thing is ridiculous. GoHalos.com is still mystified as to why ESPN isn't talking about it. I saw the video and it looked to me right away that he was spitting away from the ball. Deadspin shows that the spit travels past the ball.
Besides, if Mo is going to use the spitter, why spit from 2 feet away? Is his spitter as accurate as his splitter?
 Heh heh heh heh heh heh eh!
 Besides, if Mo is going to use the spitter, why spit from 2 feet away? Is his spitter as accurate as his splitter?
Dammit I already made that joke!!! : o
Mo's control is so good, even his spitter misses the ball.
how can you not feel confident with CC going? I'm pretty stoked. If we hit, we win. please.
can someone give me a brown paper bag to breathe into please?
Joe Buck just said "Yankee Nation"
Here we go...
let's get 4 runs in the 1st
Don't sliders have downward movement by definition?
I think of tilt as left to right.
This game begins with a very different feeling from yesterday. I think it is a must win for both teams. I also think this will not be a close game. One of these teams is going to jump out to a relatively big early lead...either by the end of the first or second inning.
So I guess flipping Matsui and Posada in the order means we'll see the PH/DH/PR rotation without having an empty spot behind Rodriguez?
Kazmir Sweaters ...
 i think it's a must win for us as fans more than anything else
LET'S GO YAN-KEES !! !!!
good start, Jeter!
 oh Diane...thats pretty bad
Good start, now we just need some HWRISP.
terrible start, Jeter. : /
Wow...inexusable early mistake. You can't get picked off there.
 I was thinking Led Zeppelin
Jeter picked off, and so it begins...
That was one of the names of my baseball roto teams a few years ago ...
looks like this is gonna be another one of those games.
i really can't handle that... : (
 oh well as a team name thats pretty good. we go for obscure historical puns in our league, my personal favorite was "The Beer Hall Putz". I was briefly "The Madson Purchase"
Teix looks terrible up there.
looked like a strike
straighten that out, Tex and we'll be in business...
Good cuts, good cuts.
damn, so close. a little straighter...
Ok, maybe he's turning things around before our eyes. That's three good swings.
Oy vey iz Kazmir ...
someone there actually has an Adenhart jersey??
Not exactly the start I was hoping for...I'll be absolutely holding my breath with Sabathia in the bottom of the first.
I didn't care much for that half inning.
At least his swings are good, that's gotta help. Now he just needs to work on pitch identification.
 Oh, right, like the rest of us can.
When a pitcher goes on 3 days rest, I always think about Al Leiter in game 6 of the 1999 NLCS (I think). He didn't get out of the first inning.
 I'm apprehensive. I feel like it's gonna be feast or famine here, with a feast still being sub-par.
CC on pace for a CG (shutout!) and 27 pitches! ; )
 and which random game do you think of when a pitcher starts on regular rest?
The early returns will be about fastball command, not velocity.
I wonder how Sabathia is feeling right now. I hope he feels very well
 I don't because, as you well know, that would not be a rare occurence.
and so it begins...
Awful sign...four fastballs and no command...eerily similar to the Tampa start at the end of the season.
 hopefully not as nervous as me
 As you were saying...
The fastball is all over the place...
 and you wouldn't put together a composite stat of all pitchers who ever pitch on regular rest in part because every pitcher is different.
 none of those pitches missed by more than 2 inches.
Right out over the plate and up.
I'd like to see Swisher get a base on balls. I think that would be somewhat comforting.
Vlad could have hit that thing out.
Another one up...
Dangerous business, that.
 If I was doing a scientific study, I would. Of course, the image of Al Leiter comes to mind without prior consent...I need to train my brain to only recall composite stats.
 Which is why they call it a game of inches.
ugly out, but i'll surely take it
Tex hasn't driven in many, but he sure has saved a few ...
As much at Teix's bat frustrates me, it's those plays that give him a pass.
No damage, but that inning leaves me with an uneasy feeling. Two hard hits out, a four pitch walk and less then optimal location on the fastball. That's not what you usually see from Sabathia. Hopefully, things fall into place going forward.
 right, but it's a bit early to declare his control to be way off.
ok, it isn't al leiter's start. did anyone lose it in the 2nd inning on short rest?
Imagine if Giambi were out there, tongue sticking out of his mouth.
 If you use B-R.com's game finder, you can look that up.
 No it's not, is it? No one said he'd not have command next inning, simply that he didn't ' have it this one.
Just an observation.
that was a queasy inning, but lets see if he can get into a little bit of a rhythm before going nuts
 How nice would it be to have Giambi off the bench though...I didn't think of it at the time, but that could have been a nice addition.
anyway, i'd worry more about changeup command right now, as both hunter and vlad made outs on high and down the middle changeups.
 It's not Al Leiter's start ... But you can still think about Al Leiter's start.
What I miss What I miss???
 (although they're really just 2 seam fastballs)
i love LA ; )
 It's a power change, which he throws off the fastball. Everything Sabathia does is based on his fastball. If he locates it, he is usually dominant. This wouldn't be the first time he was a little off in the 1st inning, so hopefully he'll have things fall into place now. Some runs would help.
Arod just missed that!!!
 Strangely, that is an appealing idea.
 I think you're thinking of The Valley
good job A-Rod. now DON'T get picked off!!!
Good job laying off that. I guess. He could just as easily been rung up there.
 He didn't.
so I'm guessing the book on Kazmir is to go on first move??
This inning gas to be about the bottom of the order coming through...I really think this inning could set a tone for the game and the rest of the series.
 i'm usually thinking of Nicole Eggert, circa 20 years ago! ; )
good job, Alex!
plate him Po!!!
 That definitely beats Al Leiter!
that one wasn't close
 If it's a positive tone, I'm down with that. If not, let's dial expectations back a little.
Pipe down, Scoscia.
These pitches are not strikes...they aren't even close.
 Indeed. He'd be the perfect bench guy.
this is good.
[97, 98] yeah but did you see that video of her a few weeks ago?? oooph, the years have not been kind to the girl who lives upstairs from the new boy in the neighborhood
 Probably more useful than Freddy Guzman.
ホームラン松井！！頑張れ！ (Home=-Run Matsui, You can do it!!)
No turn over on an outside pitch trying to pull it MATSUIIIIII
There is a gorgeous winning sitting behind the Yankees on deck circle.
I smell a pop up
Is this gonna be another early exit for the Angels' starter? Hmmmm?
 Make that woman, Dr. Freud.
 you have winning on the mind! i knew you were secretly optimistic.
Hang in there!
Scott Boras is judging me
Scott Boras really does seem like Satan lurking back there
I called it! Sadly. 
That out is huge! Now it's time for the bottom of the order to do something. If the Yankees squander another opportunity, well...
1st and 2nd with no out is our toughest situation to score.
Cano won't come through here. He can't take the pressure.
And yes, that would be UNACCEPTABLE.
a 3 lefty weakness!
 No, he can't.
Maybe Boras can flash signs to Arod?
 I'll try not to do that again
william - that was awesome, man! i hope i get to see her. but i loved your freudian moment.
What Kazmir's never had to pitch with a guy at second this year?
What ARE you looking at, Robbie?
That's your fucking pitch1
 what made you think something other than grounder to 2nd?! ; )
 c'mon Hawk... I, for one, have faith in him. Line drive to left center...
damnit, robbie. : /
Yanks making their own "Pop-up Video" :-(
So he watches a perfect fastball, low and away, he could have drilled it into left and pops up the junk.
well at least we're making him work
Shit I called it again! I'm trying a negative reverse jinx but the fact is, I believe what I'm saying too much. I'm affecting reality!!!
bang's head against wall
Cano has been deadly...this team can't survive the futility from the bottom of the order. If they don't score here, it's going to have a carry over effect.
dammit. Faith. No. More.
Swisher is tight as a drum. Tight as Girardi. He will come apart at the seams here.
I said it yesterday, but I really think Cano should have been given a seat for this game. He often responds to a kick in the pants.
] I know, it's palpable.
Looks all amped up.
i hate that dumb look at dough boy's face
There ya go Swish. Take pitches. Get on base. Let Melky be the goat this inning.
Wasn't that a Spinal Tap album ... Smell the Bat ????
Look at this. As feckless as we are, they're still nervous to pitch to us.
 95 cents for a transfer man?! fuck you. i'll skate to the beach...and i'll look better gettin' there!
Swisher is done...you can see it in his body language...he is an out waiting to happen.
Don't whine, Swish. Loosen the fuck up. Get a hit.
I feel a strike out deep within my bones.
 i've got a drum key, can loosen him up!
that strike was bogus...
 that's because they've seen what this lineup can do. Seems like it doesn't happen against the Angels, mind you, but they've seen it, nonetheless.
looked like he should have run harder at that to me
That was the most joyous foul ball I've seen in a while
Don't let Kazmir get his confidence back. Just a single here Swish.
I'm going to be ill.
You can't win this way.
that was a hanging slider or something and should have been crushed
 I know!
Shit. It's all Girardi's fault (and a little bit Hawk's).
 And Robbie should have smoked that fastball to left field.
It's not like we're not getting pitches to hit.
That's about discouraging as you can get. Cano and Swisher are not even having good ABs. The sad thing is, I don't think it's a random. In the playoffs, it seems like hitting becomes even more of a mental game, and thinking has never been a strength for Swisher and Cano.
So, lets sum up. Jeter gets on, gets picked off. A-Rod and Posada reach base with no outs, and then the rest of the team proceeds to do absolutely nothing. Way to go guys, way to go.
Maybe they ought to mix up the batting order if things don't get going tonight. Too bad they don't have Hinske then they could play him in right and give Swisher a day off.
LOB for the Yankees in this series: 11, 12, 10, 2 so far this game. WTF?
And another fastball up and out over the plate.
CC going to the breaking ball earlier than he did last time out...I don't think he threw many until later in Game 1.
you guys are crazy that you are thinking of benching some of our regulars in the playoffs. give them a fucking chance. it's frustrating right now, but would you really rather see hairston and hinske in the lineup than cano and swisher?
I think the Yankees still have the momentum in the series, but obviously a loss tonight would change all that. I still think they could win but the narrative will have changed.
Arod has to cut over and take that.
(That was a good pitch, btw.)
he was OUT!!!
fuck you, timmay
 Yes...because it's not only a matter of results...it's a matter of having plain awful ABs.
 Flaherty anticipated that and said it was likely due to the cold weather in Yankee stadium affecting his feel for the breaking stuff.
 I think the Angels have it and the Yankees need to take it back soon or they may never get the chance.
ok, he was safe. but still :
goddamn mutherfuk cocksucking shitbag!!!!
 I think I'm the only one that suggested that and I'd rather see Hinske for a game at least. Swisher looks lost. Cano looks hopeless.
 Good point...I hope it's not a sign of his lack of faith in the fastball.
Dodged another bullet...
that coulda been troublesome.
Shut up, Timmeh. He was out. Superframebyframeslomo on the TiVo says out.
 Agreed. And it sends exactly the wrong message - panic.
 You know what they say - they can't be left on base if they don't get on base first. Eventually those runs will come in.
Dear Joe Buck,
THERE ARE NO SUCH THINGS AS PRODUCTIVE OUTS.
Please quit your MLB broadcasting duties,
Baseball fans everywhere
Sucks that the Angels got a man on 2nd with one out via two shitty grounders
That was a break for us. Rivera shoulda made it to 3rd on that fly ball.
 If Cano and Swisher could hit shitty ground balls, the Yankees would be up 3-0 with a lead in this game.
  i just think that the best way to get them out of their slumps is to let each hit through it. i'd much rather take that chance than take a chance on 2 bad hitters, hoping that embarrassment or whatever will pay better dividends than practice.
some loud outs, but shit I'll take it right now
Ok, that's two innings.
He needs to sharpen up or we're in serious trouble.
I think I'm going to watch the rest of the game at my sister's. I haven't been watching these games at home, but yesterday I watched the second half - so to speak - at home and look what happened.
 Hear Hear! (and I am only following on Gameday today, but the thought of JoeBuck gives me chills..)
 Godspeed, Hawk!
 I agree. Plus, every game counts so much more in these, the playoff games. Can't waste a run or 2 just to prove a point. This team can gel - we've seen that.
 I don't care about their slumps so much as I care about getting more productive hitters in the lineup. You can't really get much less productive and Hinske can hit the odd home run. I don't really think Cano will come out of it, to be honest. A day off could help Swisher. It's academic anyway since Hinske aint on the roster.
To protest, I am going to wait until the Yanks get a hit with a RISP before I have a beer. I fucking hate teetotaling. But I like making up words. Let's go boys!!!
OK, this has nothing to do with the game, in which CC is so far the only highlight. But I haven't been to this blog since it moved from Baseball Toaster, and I forgot how great the comments here happen to be. Makes the LoHud comments look like, well, a bunch of morons.
Good to be back, now win, Yankees, win.
Way to go Melky!
I don't believe my eyes!
if you GOTTA try bunt hit leading off, thats the way to do it
oh melky, that was a beaut!
nice head fake and everything.
hopefully that'll get him started...
Ok, Derek, you know it's all on you.
 You must be referring to my comments, so thank you. I mean, you're welcome.
I love Derek Jeter.
That was close.
 welcome back!
jetes has been driving the ball. it's no consolation, but...
let's go JD!
2IP, 19 pitches..CC is a rock!
 I had an enjoyable weekend in Cleveland, so I'm on the wagon for a few days. Hard to do in the post season.
 if you read between the lines, he was saying no one curses as well as i do. thanking you very much. ahem.
 enjoy your brew! i've got 48 hours til i'm in the clear. gotta teach tomorrow...
 Surely it's the high-quality music commentary that has brought Felix-san back. In any case,  Welcome back!
 cano has gotten big hits in the playoffs, and is valuable even if you actually believe he can't be a clutch hitter
fuck. that was close. it was also ball 4...
Why isnt the runner going?
jerry layne is a HUGE man, since he practically dwarfed dough boy
Quit being a whiny priss, Soscia.
we need you to come alive here Tex
Sure enough, the ump will be now giving Lord Scioscia the inside strike. A-Hole. Throw him out. : D
 i hate musik.
I get the sense that the Yankees are actually seeing Kazmir's pitches well, just not seeing results yet. And by Yankees I mean the first five mean in the batting order.
Have the Yankees attempted a hit and run this series?
kaz klearly doesn't have it. make him pay!!!
OHHHHH, BULL FUCKING SHIT!!
 damon has 7 ks in 36 abs against kazmir
key word of the evening is "squirt"
Please get Alex up to bat. Let's go Teix!!
chip fists, joe squirts. they both suck. i guess timmay swallows.
i think these are the types of comments felix was speaking about in 
 So Melky can't steal on a 3-2 count, especially when you consider the liklihood of a breaking pitch?
Listening to McCarver make excuses for the WP makes me want to gouge pencils in my ears.
 It's not that I believe he CAN'T be a clutch hitter, just that he ISN'T one.
As for Cano's hits in the playoffs, right now I'm more swayed by his lack of hits in these playoffs going on right now.
I can't take this shit.
bah that was actually a good pitch
Tex, at the dish, is really starting to grate my nerves.
I think the umpire shouldn't require the catcher to move for him. If the umpire can't get a good look, get a different umpire.
Teixeira has been worse than anything Arod ever was...Cano, Damon and Swisher have been worse, but you can't have your #3 hitter completely spit the bit.
I fear Tex is circling the drain here.
 the likelihood of a breaking pitch in a full count after bouncing the previous one? pretty low, which i think is why teixeira got so fooled just now.
 Teixeira has been worse than anything Arod ever was…
I don't know that that's technically true, but it is getting damn close, if only in spirit.
 That's completely untrue, william. Worse? Alex was really, really bad, as you well remember. I'm not willing to say Teix has actually been worse.
 It's like when my painting professor said I wasn't producing enough work for him to do his job properly. I said, "It's not about you dickhead!"
When the Devils score some bullshit manufactured run before the Yanks push one I across I will be anti-happy.
 Tex looked pretty good in the previous ab. He also got 12+ pitches out of Kazmir's arm.
 Kazmir relies on the breaking pitch and off speed ALOT more now. If the Yankees are sitting fastball, they aren't going to have success.
that traffic could be a shot of Atlanta.
good job, Tex. at least he's not bringing his crappy AB's to the field with him...
Damn, Teix. You could have knocked Snoop into the 10th row. He can't hit anything this series. : )
And A-Rod gets to lead off yet another inning. Guys, this is a team game, not the "watch the A-Rod game".
 Teixeira is a rock defensively, and you know he'll turn the at-bats around. I think the Angels just get in the Yanks' heads. Fuckers.
where's seamus, RI and Ms. O ???
 i agree with that, i just don't think it was a situation where you definitely start the runner
It would be ironic if the two major Yankee newbie bats - Tex and Swish - who made such an impact during the regular season were the ones whose lack of production sunk the Yanks' playoff battleship.
Posada and Abreu having a nice chat ...
 Tex' OPS in the first two series is .647 and .327 (not including his two outs tonight). Only Arod's 2006 ALDS against Detroit was worse than that.
Angels not even trying to up CC's pitch count..very odd..
That was a good pitch.
huh - so Manny was in the shower last night when the Phils came back. typical...
 You lie!
well i think he looked pretty sharp that inning, definitely better than the 1st and 2nd
that was the first inning where he REALLY looked like CC
lets get some runs here boys
great third of a game CC !!!
untie this bitch, A-Rod!!!
 A Rod had an extended bout of impotence that I can only pray Teixeira doesn't equal. He's definitely on the path though.
 With MannyB, you take the good, you take the bad, you take them both and there you have...
I just arrived after yet another mass transit adventure. I'm not liking what I;m seeing (on offense at least), but I remain confident. Yanks in five.
Go Score Truck!
Thank you, Big Fella. Alright you lazing, pathetic, comatosed bats. Do something before Kazmir puts it together for a few innings.
 I checked out so miserably after the game last night that I knew nothing about the end of the Dodger-Philles game until 7:30 tonight.
Okay, I'm going to move the Bernie Williams bobblehead around until I find a spot in the apt that has some hits in it.
well apparently appeasing the umpire gets some ridiculous strike calls
I have some advice for all of you.
If you don't already, mute your TV during commercials. It helps a lot.
laced it. good leadoff hit, Alex.
Right on, A-rod.
The MAN is in some sort of groove. WOW.
 and miss that beautiful version of all you need is love?? "it's eeez-uh"
Ok, at least one player is trying on offense. Can Napoli throw? Maybe it's time to start sending runners?
A Rod really just sat on that.
 And during the game.
Okay we need to get a run in via Posada and Matsui, or else it shall languish on the bases forever.
Two hits in one inning? Is that allowed?
let's go Mats!!!
Looks like my timing is good, huh? >;)
Oops - ill-timed interview!
Juan Rivera ain't no ballerina....
I'm so nervous...
i want a double Score Truck !!!
C'mon wild pitch. : )
 Good lord they play that ad a lot.
 Me too, in a way I haven't been since... yesterday.
Hit a deep-ish fly ball, buddy
that is NOT a good pitch, it's a hanging slider!
 Do not worry...
Oh, come on!
Ok, lets go bottom of the order, do SOMETHING
so, dough boy talks to the ump, catcher squats lower and they get every fucking call?! fuck you
0-25. Cool That must be some kind of record.
Aw nerts, Godzilla.
that's the worst matsui's looked in a while
Cano, master of hitting with RISP... do something for the love of god.
WHAT the FUCK is Robbie looking at???
Oh my FUCKIN' GOD. Zero for TWENTY FIVE with RISP, How are we not playing golf now?
Thank you, Alex.
I'll fuckin take it
I'm not worried. >;)
get Jorgie home
Well, still 0-fer W/RISP, but at least a run!
Zero for 26 now.
hey we broke the fucking ice!
Idiot for not taking the out at first.
Okay! The Bernie bobblehead is staying under the bed, then. THERE ARE HITS UNDER THE BED.
I wonder if Matsui is feeling the pressure cause of the black hole batting behind him.
One man fucking show out there.
hope that didnt hurt him
Good but still garbage. Atta boy, Alex. Now go check the spike mark in your heart.
Cano is GARBAGE. I feel like it's May again
A run..my precious...
Cano needs to be at second now.
What is everyone looking at???
What the fuck is Swisher waiting for?
Oh yeah - great job by A Rod.
 Heh. Not sure what I should make of that.
Please lay off that shit in the dirt once more.
Kaz is over 70 pitches
Ok, that's something.
For the love of Jesus Christ in heaven, let's bust this thing open.
just NO DP, please!!!
John Franco and Al Leiter's nemesis is not long for this game
a melky hit would be awesome
Come on....so close...someone has GOT to break this open.
(Almost) anything other than a DP and we're cool, Melky. Otherwise it's your ass.
My fridge is calling, Melky. Do something FUCKING good.
Right over the dish.
No one's ready to hit.
Huge spot for Melky. Just a decent fly ball here would be cool, and I do not want to see him bouncing into a DP.
Got to get that run in from third. Patience, Melky!!!
we don't need a home run Melk...
just a base-clearing triple
I'm gonna go rev the Score Truck...
i like the patient approach against kazmir, but taking these meatballs is killing me
Good cut, Melky.
shit. don't strike out, kid.
fly ball, kinda deep. oppo field
Good take, Melky.
Ugh. 0-2. Don't like the looks of this
If they get a run here, I bet it's on a wild pitch...
 Truly a double-edged sword
If the Yankees don't score, they're gonna drive me to drink.
Stay foul Posada. You're the one dude I could see getting hit in fair territory off third.
Nice, Melky, nice!
I can't believe he made contact on that one.
Melky having a good at-bat at least.
THE STREAK IS DEAD
Beer Me YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS
OH, HOT DAMN!!!!!
HOT FUCKING DAMN!!!!!!
thank you LECHE!!!!!!!!!
Well whaddya know, vroom-vroom!
The Melk Man delivers...in the Score Truck!!!
Yay Melky!!! Melky comes through! Sweeeeeeet!
'Bout time we got some of those ducks home! The score truck had been stalling for way too long!
Here comes the Melky Man! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KNzilDmPpCg
didn't look like he ever tagged him
sounds like theres a decent amount of Yankee fans there
good running Robbie.
i'm glad Thomson sent him.
When's the last time you saw the Yanks beat 2 plays at the plate in the same inning? (the same game?)
YES YES YES! GO YANKEES!
Well done, little Melky.
Love seeing the emotion from Melky too!
Melky the talisman grows in legend.
little fucking bingo!
 So true!
double steal !!! ; )
 I don't the Yanks to get me to drink. ;)
Great ab by Melky. Obviously. Swish was out. Douche.
He was out.
caught a break there
careful, Swish. goddamnit
we got lucky there...
 I believe our dear friend cult is at the game.
Swisher was out. Wow, that would have been really dumb.
Hey and how come the Angels get the replays in stadium?
can't get mad folks, thats a neighborhood play
Derek's totally getting a hit here.
Hey, we benefit from bad umpiring!
Christ how did the ump miss that call???
I don't understand, with runners on base aren't the Yankees required by law to strikeout or hit into a DP?
Wowzers, another blown call; whowuddathunk it...
aren't they NOT supposed to show that replay at the stadium?!
 really? i'll text him, find out for sure...
Yes, green light!
A nice single or double here Derek.
The best part of this rally? All the negative people have nothing to say.
gotta pull him here
Come on Johnny...two more runs and the Yanks can drive away on the Score Truck!
No DP No DP No DP
Hey Damon, remember game 7, 2004 ALCS? (I sure would like to forget.) How about some of that?
step on their necks Johnny
 That's what I thought. Maybe it's the suite crowd? Did they show on the jumbotron?
I want to hear McCarver explain how Swisher was safe just for shits and giggles.
heh.. Kazmir spelled backwards is Rimzak.
fuck you Rimzak
 But you just had to pipe up, didn't you?
I'll take that
Alright, I'll take that too.
That was hug
oh fuck you
oh not this shite again. fuuuuuuuuuuck
WHAT A FUCKING MAKE UP CALL BULLSHIT
i guess their evening out that call at 2nd...
hold em here CC
Bad umping giveth, bad umping taketh away.
GOD DAMMIT SWISHER!
Wait a second, you fucking ump - HE DIDN'T!!
How much you want to bet that was for the guy screwing up the call at second. Sigh.
What the fuck?!?!
Wow that's a fucked up way to even the scales
So... the 3rd base ump makes up for the 2nd base umps mistake.
 yeah, that's just not very cool...
Wow, Swisher gets nailed again for the same dumb mistake. And once again it's how it looks rather than what it is.
Awful. He needs to stop swinging his arms before his feet move.
I suppose someone here will blame Girardi...
...aaaand there's the Make Up Call. Marvelous umpiring, just like expected from this crew.
Fuck you Tim McClelland.
I really hope Girardi is on the field arguing when they return from the break. That is a HUGE blown call.
Make up call.
 Not bad. I believe the ump made that call on purpose.
eh, free run.
we move on.
fuck you Rimzak
do you think that's it for Kaz?
 It doesn't look like Swisher did anything wrong..
Details for us Gameday people please!
That is fucked. These umps are taking their cues from the NBA this postseason.
From the benches, black with people, there went up a muffled roar,
Like the beating of the storm-waves on a stern and distant shore;
"Kill him! Kill the umpire!" shouted some one on the stand;
And it's likely they'd have killed him had not Casey raised his hand.
All right. good luck everyone. I may check back in later but I'm going to watch this elsewhere, hopefully to good results.
 Swisher was called out for leaving too early on the tag, but he didn't.
I guess that play wasn't important enough to argue?
Christ, it's only the bottom of the fourth?
Fuck you again, Tim McClelland.
I go to the kitchen and...wha' happened??
Yep, definitely a makeup call. Tim wasn't even looking.
I've only seen two successful appeal plays during my 30 years as a baseball fan. They were both this season, both involved Swisher, and both times, the replay showed the ump was wrong. Unbelievable.
Wow! McClelland wasn't even looking. I am not being dramatic when I say he should be fired after this series.
that's a total fucking bullshit makeup call. he was staring out at CF. his peripheral ain't that good. FUCK YOU, blue!
 Here's where he said it in the last thread.
 Swisher was out on a pitchout/throw to second base. But the second base ump blew the call.
So the third base ump made up for it, when Damon singled, but saying (after the Angels appealed) that Swisher had left third base too early (ie before Hunter caught the fly ball).
 Swisher was called out for leaving 3B too soon on the sac fly. Problem is, he starts swinging his arms before his foot leaves the base.
And McClelland wasn't even watching the runner. Awful.
Still can't be too upset. Swisher was picked off 2B.
 Ryan Church?
Oh, that was a nice pitch.
GReat high heat.
 There you go. All sound and fury, signifying nothing.
i hope everyone is ready for an arbitrarily expanded instant replay system next year
 Make up call?
OH HELL YES!
CC on fire!
Yeah, Tim M. is being mentioned for the HOF and they're going to fire him. Sure.
Girardi needed to protest that.
CC will not let the Angels win this game.
50,000 people in that stadium, umps included, know that Swish really got picked off 2B and never even should've been on 3B to begin with. So Girardi wouldn't have too much of a leg to stand on in an argument
 then we lose one of the only good umpires in baseball, that call notwithstanding
 Thanks...the umpiring contniues to be awful it seems..when are they going to do something/anything about it??
IF these booth a-holes had any balls they'd simply say the Angels got screwed with Swish at 2nd so the Yankees got screwed to make up for it. Duh.
But if CC keeps dealing it won't matter.
Wait a minute, McCelland wasn't even LOOKING at Swisher. How is this not an embarrassment?
Angels not even getting out of the infield right now.
I absolutely love CC. Love him. Love. Him. Great guy. Great pitcher. Great athlete.
The umps have been as good as the baserunning by all the teams in the playoffs.
 Extra extra extra large and in charge!
 however, teams can't be allowed to only replay bad calls against themselves in order to influence the umpiring. it has to be fixed.
How the fuck can MLB defend that, when ALL camera angles show the up not even being able to see both events happening?
It's one thing to miss a bang bang (or not so bang bang) call, but quite another to make a deliberate game changing decision without remotely having the ability to have observed it.
 Yankees need to make it a...(ahem) mute point.
Carsten Charles. large and in charge
38 pitches through four
C.C. looks really good, so I guess I lose my complaining privileges
38 pitches through 4 inning for CC. Yeah, the questions about him were REALLY worrisome.
I heart CC.
 He probably didn't want to rock the boat after the call at second, which I think is an acceptable mindset
 Good ump or not, that was clearly a makeup call. He knows he didn't even look at Swisher, so it can be explained away as a mistake. He flat out took matters into his own hands, which is beyond the responsibility of an umpire. That's an offense that warrants termination.
 I could understand people wondering if he'd pitch well, but I never figured out the people who didn't want to at least try.
Meanwhile, this series with these umps isn't over. You have to choose your battles wisely. And with Swisher's 2B mistake, there's no argument.
Not worth protesting now, since the YAnkees will blow it open this inning. Just let CC cruise.
the umping this whole postseason, in all the series, has really been a farce and needs to be addressed after the season.
I'm sure Jerry Layne is a nice guy and everything, but if he's too rotund to squat and see the strike zone...thats a problem.
The blown calls with Swish that inning, both of them, are problems.
someone called it earlier... the Angels are makin it easy for CC - swinging early and hacking.
 i agree that it was bad, but i've seen worse, and mcclelland is one of few umps who call a good game behind the plate
Lets tack some on here. Make it a laugher.
wow, still Kaz. drill him this inning. stake thru the heart
4 more. Ahem. I mean 3 more, please.
WHY IS EVERYONE WATCHING THESE MEATBALLS!
Guys... the umps just righted a wrong. Swish was out at 2nd. They can't let him score. So..... Chyll out!
I really hope Girardi doesn't pull CC in the 6th to bring in Aceves.
 What is it with you wanting to fire people for any mistake? Have you ever had to fire someone? Have you ever run a business?
Thank you, Teix, thank you!
ok well that is definitely a great sign
Finally! Way to go, Teixeira.
Teix with a rip. The tide is coming in, boys.
 Just what I was saying. They took and gave away. No need to show them up.
good contact, Tex.
keep it up, Alex !!!
 The simplest explanation is that it was intentional? What else is there? He couldn't even see Swisher! Eggregious!!! I have never thought MLB needed replay unt now. McClelland is a disgrace
on an unrelated mote, I see the automatic out has his second hit of the PS.
Leave him in! Leave him in!
 On second thought, I can see that. No reason to knock CC out of rhythm either.
People get ready there's a score truck coming, you don't need good umpiring, you just get on board......
 I really hope he does just to read the drama here.
Actually, I hope he does...because they're up 8 runs. Even then I'm sure some people would still bitch.
so Scott Kazmir...whats the deal? I mean we can all agree this dude was a STUD when he came up. Injuries rob him of his effectiveness ya think? or did he just kinda "lose it" Dontrelle style?
I mean I know he's had injuries, but do we think he's hurt or just not all that good?
 Score truck's-a-comin'!
 i agree with that sentiment, but i have a problem with how it happened. the angels are only going to replay calls that go against them. so an umpire can't use that to influence how he calls the game.
still, i don't think it's that big a deal.
 The blown call at 2B was bad, but it's an honest mistake. McClelland's blown call was a blatant disregard for how an umpire should conduct himself. The fact that he feels empowered to rectify a previous mistake is very troubling. At what point do you stop trying to clear the ledgers?
I think it's a product of their game plan. They want to make him work and be patient.. and I imagine that to do that, they have to turn off a little bit of the swing or not brain signal to accomplish. That being said, it could all change here with Bulger coming in.
 i think he has bad control, which you can sometimes get away with for small stretches and sometimes cannot (like ollie perez)
 How do you know any of this? At what point do you stop mind reading?
i wonder why Torii called for the appeal so assuredly. he couldn't see Swish while he was catching the ball. did he really think it was gonna get overturned like that. did the umps gesture to the outfielders after the missed call at 2nd? the whole thing is fishy? and bollocks...
AN A-BOMB! woooohooo!
 RIP, Curtis :(
Arod is just being silly now.
They're still pitching to ARod... kewl
HOLY FUCKING WOW!!!!
 You called it!
McClelland is gonna say A-Rod didn't touch third.
Selfish, unclutch, stat padder!!!!!!!!!!
the man is unfuckingstoppable!!!
So what inning do they pull CC? ;-)
That was NOT a bad pitch!
DUDE is AWESOME!
i really wish seamus, RI and ms. october were here with us...
Climb on my back, boys.
Oh A-Rod!!! Damn Gameday delay, I'm always a beat behind!
 Oh, and you too. With the nice Love Train reference. +2
Is this how you know who felt watching you know who you know when? FUCKING AWESOME
Its nice to see Jeter run out of the dugout first to celebrate the homer ...
He does it AGAIN!!! Unbelievable.
 Yeah, fair enough.
did they show Kate?
 i think it's more likely because swisher has that weird fake move right before he starts to run
I like this Posada fella...walks, hits for power. Must be nice to have a catcher who can do that.
No, Mr Buck, Rodriguez is a good player, always was a good player. A handful of bad at-bats in the playoffs doesn't negate that.
 Actually, if CC keeps this up, he gets the belt tonight.
 we've been playing that tune on friday nights. everyone loves it.
A-Rod sure does hit great at the Big "A" !!!
I think we'll be ok as long as we don't bring Wohlers in
 I think it was pretty obvious that he was going to call him out no matter what since he didn't bother to watch the play.
 Anything for the cause. : D Just FUCKING awesome. I seriously can't get over Alex. Comfy as he's ever been at the dish. Not offering at any bullshit out of the zone. And if he does happen to miss his pitch. BIg deal. He'll foul it straight back and reload for the next one. WOW.
 unfortunately, not. if so, i unfortunately missed it...
Arod has performed like this before...in fact, in 2007 he did it for an entire season.
 This is the first year that it really seems like they've put everything behind them. Not surprisingly, this is the first year they seem like they're on the same team. I saw the same thing last night with both of their homeruns.
 i think you mean WHOAlers ; )
still nobody out. let's score more!!!
Early but..how about watching A-Rod and Ryan Howard in the WS??
posada made it to 2nd???
Jorge Posada stolen base.
Another meatball taken.
Excuse me...did Posada just steal??!!??
Po made it in. great job and good - correct!!! - call.
Well that's one to tell the grandkids, Jorge. Don't break your ankle.
 Not in October. Since that's all anyone remembers, it's all that matters.
Now if only Tex-Mess can get his head straight.
Alex is like a caged predator.
well, i guess that was our 1st hit-and-run attempt...
 I was thinking if, IF IF IF, we are in the WS and playing the Phillies it would really be a lot of fun to turn back the clock and go for one more heavyweight fight with Pedro.
oh, robbie. that was pathetic.
base hit, kid
WOW! Even Robbie joins the party!
CC going to the showers early. :-)
Posada is the world's worst baserunner. Horrible.
one play after stealing 2nd base, posada gets to 3rd on a double!
...but then he's deked badly by Toriiii...
Posada is embarrasingly bad on the bases. b double o
great hit, cano.
FUCK on not scoring. damnit. bad, jorgie.
we gotta get at least 1 more here...
swingin earlier in the count, boys.
A Posada stolen base is like a Susan Boyle song ... not that great to look at, but still admirable and surprisingly effective.
Well... I guess it does take a triple to score Po from 2nd base.
Moral rbi for Cano.
Well, he would have been on third if he didn't steal.
I really wish they played tomorrow. The Angels pen is on fumes.
posada is a fucking moron.
That was ugly.
wait..Po stole 2nd but then only got to 3rd on a Double?? Damn you Gameday, I cannot compute this!
well now I'm just confused
Um, neither was on the base.
 That's part of the problem, a lot of people seemed to forget that he played in the playoffs before 2004
WTF is going on here?
OK, only Posda could manage to make that into a DP. Cano was out, and so was Po.
What the hell is Cano thinking?
You know what. That's the worst fucking play I've ever seen.
It's our turn to get McClelland's bona fide, right?
This is so funny.
I've now seen it all...the combo of Swisher, Cano and Posada are quite the think tank.
Meanwhile, McClelland manages to fuck up again.
little league play... jeez
What the fuck is going on?
 full disclosure - i love jorgie. but, OMG, terrible on the bases.
both of them. actually, every team this postseason.
score 1 more run. just score.
Po is the worst baserunner. But Cano gets honorable mention for standing off the base. Why, why, why?
So wait a minute. What is the ruling?
Okay, McClelland needs to retire. That's embarassing.
I can't even argue because I don't think I've been this confused since physics class
Now is that a make up for a blatant make up call?
McClelland may need a police escort leaving the park tonight
Cano should have been on the base. Jorgie was the sure out.
Jesus F. Christ, McClelland should try watching this game.
Meanwhile, what the FUCK is wrong with Robbie?
boooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo I joing th Angel fans
booooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo to the Umps and Cano and Posada.
what a joke.
 Little league umpiring.
Horseshit call after horseshit call after horseshit call. The umpiring crew has got a lot to answer for.
Can't really disagree with the crowd.
I believe McClelland was responsible for counting ballots in Florida back in 2000.
These inept/crooked umps don't even know what to do anymore.
How they gonna even this one up- punch out the next batter after 2 strikes?
Posada needs to go to the Arizona Fall League and learn how to run the bases.
Crowd chanting "bullshit"?
terrible. total little league bullshit
It's all well and good that it's 5-0 and CC looks strong, but the Yankees absolutely forfeited at least one run in that inning. Embarassing.
Seriously, how fucking stupid s Cano? Stand on the goddamn base, moron!!!
Why did Robbie and Po let all the air out of the Score Truck's tires? I should have known that the cosmic wheel would turn when Po managed a SB.
 Hanging Chad Gaudin?? DAMMIT! now ya got me doing it
ok CC lets motor through this inning, don't give them any hope
OK, what the hell is going on? That's like 10^6 errors all in that inning.
 Posada? What the hell is Cano doing one foot off 3B? Who the hell could have ever taught him that? Even if Po comes all the way back, you both stand on the bag and the trailing runner is out.
po, cano and swisher all need to be fined big time in kangaroo court.
all proceeds can be sent to my account, via direct deposit
Actually, I am going to give the umps a pass on that one. They were so confused that it is cler in my mind that Po is so bad on the bases, he simply boggled their minds.
 not really fair to blame cano there, as his mistake was somehow excused. plus he should have had an rbi double.
Can someone PLEASE briefly explain what happend there??
The umpiring is now officially a sideshow, as, of course, is our baserunning.
I have no idea whats going on anymore.
Po was trying to buy time for Swisher to advance to 2nd, right? Why didn't he, then?
Also, the correct call should be "both safe". Then it woulda been 1 out, man on 1st, 2 on 2nd.
CC here to restore honor and dignity to the Yankees.
That's now two runs that have been forfeited (one taken away and one given away). Mistakes like that give me a very uneasy feeling.
 i mean 
Wow... there is no doubt about it. Both Yankee Stadiums must have lead water pipes. It should be illegal to have so many retarts on one team. Cano should be standing on 3rd, and Po should not hurt himself and just let himself be tagged.
Damn! Melky might not be the dumbest player in MLB.
 More like 6.02 x 10^23 errors. By darn near everyone tonight. But then again, I am including the announcers.
CC will make sure t stays right.
Unfckingbelievable. Yanks can't feel that good about winning this game. Freaking umps stole the fun out of this game...
 Another good point...Swisher had plenty of time to get to second base, and that came into play on the force out.
 if they win this game I'd be glad to take the responsibility of feeling good for them
I seriously want to get the hell out of this game before any more bizarre mojo occurs. Yeesh.
 something being taken away is vastly different than something being forfeited
. Totally fair to blame Cano. An inexcusible baserunning error.
 Thankfully we've learned not to trust your feelings. So should you.
That was nice hitting.
Whoops. That's OK. The Yankees are scoring three more next inning.
That's one run back...how nice would that 6th run be now?
well now I don't feel so good
Okay. Just stop it here.
 Po was caught in a run down when the IF threw home. Po ran back to third and sort of over ran the base. Catcher then tagged out Cano who wasn't touching third but right off it. Then tagged out Po who was off the base. Only Po was called out.
 And our lovely baserunning clinic.
Better a selfish homer than any other kind. Keep it there...
DON'T let them back in this. DON'T!!!
I hate the Angels.
 Swisher hit a FC which Posada tried to score on. He was dead to rights, but started running back up the 3rd base line (I thought in an effort to allow Swish to 2nd). Cano was at 3rd, but Posada ran ALL THE WAY back to 3rd, with Napoli chasing him. Cano took his foot off the bag (like, waaay off). Napoli tagged both runners (Po wasn't on the bag, either) for the DP. McClelland called Posada out and Cano safe. diggit?
 blame him for making a stupid mistake, not for the yanks not scoring
Bring in Aceves!!!!
Abbot and Costello, I mean Cano and Posada make me break radio silence.
It is 5-0 so I can JUST find it funny, but that is - on Robbie's part - about as brain dead as base running gets. Of COURSE he has to take the bag. For one thing he's there first, for another he's a faster runner, for a third ... that is what you DO!
But the umpiring at 2nd and 3rd has been beyond shoddy. I hate it when Fox announcers are right, but as they said 'that wasn't even a tough call'.
Make up for a make up of a make up?
And now back to our regularly scheduled admiration of Alex Rodriguez this month ...
Frakkity frak frak. All this bad baserunning has disrupted CC.
It had better not be the bullpen of the Yankees, Tim.
please get a DP here and be done with it...
 Brain dead play has pretty much done that.
 That's what happened, I can't explain it. I think it takes an understanding of quantum dynamics.
Has CC just lost it?
Now it is less funny.
This stadium sounds LOUD. I'd be rattled
CC hitting the wall at 50 pitches in the 5th inning. Heh.
get outta this CC. he's barely at 50 pitches...
CC has to stop it here.
Bring in Gaudin!!!!!
You know ... maybe homers are rally-killers, but they DO keep you from running yourself out of an inning.
Come on CC. Clamp down.
 My pop just emailed me a three-paragrpah description of what happened and it still seems impossible..Posada is a HOF player, how can he be such an awful baserunner? Don't they practice this in Spriong Training???
What the hell is Girardi doing!?
Let's go CC...dont be rattled.
why is he worried about napoli??
Is Mike Napoli really a stolen base threat?
 Don't sweat it. Trust in the great CC.
 McClellan's mind was still blown by the Posada SB
 I don't see how Po did anything wrong.
All these fouls scare me.
This fucker's locked in on CC.
Aybar is having way too good an AB for comfort.
Come on CC, put this chump away.
Why is that fan doing the tomahawk chop?
CC...you have to get Aybar!
Stadium is REALLY loud.
why is that idiot halo fan doing the tomohawk chop?!
Pettitte can't look
This is bad.
They sure do make it look easy.
Wheels falling off.
I wanna know how-a-come Swish didn't go to 2nd on the play? It's a win-win. If they attempt the throw, then Posada scores...
FUCKING ANGELS. Now Cho-an, that pesky prick.
When do we start blaming Girardi?
You could just sense it after last inning...when you play the game stupid, bad things find a way of happening. What a shame.
DON'T let them back in. for christ sake!!! : /
I'm annoyed as hell, but not worried.
We should take a lesson, that's what happens when you shorten up.
CC needs to get real here....
Everybody take a deep breath and relax
Double play double play double fucking play, please.
Chris Myers validating my concerns...which makes me feel worse.
CC will hold them..I have faith!
DP or strike his motherfukin' ass OUT!!!
Can they fire Girardi mid-game?
LETS GO CC!
speedy lil prick
Close...was he out?
UGGH< you fast fuck.
real close, but he was safe.
gotta get boBBy here.
Okay. One more.
 naaa, he was safe.
This AB to Abreu is gigantic. Instead of 7-0, it's 5-1. If the Angels add more...all bets are off.
 stop it, man.
I love it when Chris Meyers has an echo on internet message boards. When do we get the Steve Phillips and Joe Morgan clones?
that pitch rocked!
It's too high.
CC rules, but that girl was a fucking GODDESS!!! : O
Huge CC...bigger than the man itself!
hi team - 5-1 sounds good
63 pitches thru 5
CC hitting 97mph according to Gameday..
OK, I predicted three runs for the Yankees this inning, only slightly facetiously. They're gonna put it out of reach right here.
 Did you see her? The one behind the Yankee on deck circle?
Wow, CC really got rattled. That last inning really screwed the Yankees. Think if it were 6-1!
 Give him 8.
GREAT job right there
 Wait 'till he does something stupid first
 hey you! now, we just need seamus & RI ...
We are ahead by 4 runs. Why does my stomach feel like we are losing?
 william, i'm pretty sure you were right
 You have no idea what kind of horse manure you've missed.
 Now I'm gonna have to keep my eyes peeled.
Time to get a fresh start. No more weird baserunning or bad umpiring. Lets start over again.
Mmm, that was close. This game should have been more fun, but here we are bitching about the umps with otherwise good reason. If the Yanks can just put a few more runs on the board with some mute-point hits, then it becomes a matter of one team being productive despite the umpires...
 Cause we should have about 2 more runs. If it weren't for baserunning brain cramps.
Can we get Aceves for the 6th inning?
 hey man
 uh oh - i don't like horse manure - am i better off being blissfully ignorant?
By the way... why is there an off day tomorrow? Is this more TV scheduling BS?
 really really long, straight blonde hair, white top,*perfect* face, porcelain skin, tall, thin. her? yeah man, i did. it's all i want in life. moreso than a great gig...
 i'm all about CC going 8 !!!
Oh Catain, Our Captain.
And I like this Jeter kid, too.
 yes tv scheduling bs
Come on Johnny!
 i'm right there with ya, man.
i love Derek Jeter!!!
santana really needs to grow his mustache out. he looks ridiculous...
Keep the pedal to the metal, Joe. C'Mon JD!!
McClelland is really having a banner night.
Hey, how about Gardner to pinch run this inning?
 Yes, but just allow me to say: Jorgie, Frosty, baserunning. That's all you need to know.
(And that's just the most putrid example.)
 paul's identity. earlier he pretended not to know who bum rush is, even though he's been told several times. and if it were me, i'd make a much bigger deal about NOT being br than he has. plus he seems to have made a concerted effort to not show up only for girardi-bashing. plus he seems to be targeting you specifically again.
WTF is wrong w/ Tim @ 3rd base tonight?! holy fucking bullshit!!!
Jorgie getting an LA manicure!
Something to sober us all up.
ARods current PS line: 5 Hrs, 11 RBI, .400 .467 1.000 1.467
Surprisingly, the correct call was made at 1B.
That was close. Come on Teix, crush one.
Posada's hopped up on white out. That's why he's so pathetic on the basepaths.
Ok Tex drive him in on the score truck.
Ump was nearly out of position to make that call at 1st.
 Sober me up? It makes me downright giddy.
 i agree. i'm really over it...
They have to stop taking these pitches.
Is Scott Boras heckling Teix?
 the baserunning skills of those 2 never cease to amaze
 that is just tremendous - i mean wow
Here's what I think of the 2nd and 3rd base umps tonight.
Tex is scuffling soooo bad with the bat. keep us alive this postseason and he'll come around.
here's SUPERMAN !!!
 Finer than the awesome Yonekura Ryoko, star of "The Negotiator", starting this Tursday night on TV-Asahi? I'll be watching!
Cmon Tex, send a Text Message!
Let's see you walk him now Sciosica. Ya' mope.
I need A-Rod to bail me out of my three-run inning prediction.
 thelarmis, forgot the link http://www.tv-asahi.co.jp/koshonin/
 He has been taking meatballs right down the middle for two weeks now.
why are they pitching to him?
anyone see somethig with tex - is he swinging at bad pitches?
Jesus, what a swing.
 They're stupid?
 good point matt you answered me in 
 that was still a pretty hard hit ball, and he hit a laser for a single his last at bat. he'll be fine.
 What the heck are you talking about?
 He's not swinging at good ones.
 He doesn't seem to have a plan. He takes where he should swing and vice versa. He has improved tonight a little, though. He's coming around.
Was that a strike? Looked low-away to me.
how much longer can the big man go?
 I don't think so. Sometimes he's swung at pitches I thought were balls, but I'm sitting in a chair, not up there, so what do I know? I think he's just going through a bad stretch. It happens, and I'm not worried about him.
In any case, A-Rod isn't. =)
Not a strike. Damn ump.
 the girl william and i are talking about - same girl, william?! - blows yours away, i'm afraid. she was absolutely unreal.
why'd Alex let that one go by?!
something tells me if we were playing Tampon, they woulda drilled him a coupla times already...
 Guess it's one of those meme things I hear so much about.
 I still don't see what Po did wrong. It was a hard hit ball right at a fielder. Then he stayed in a run down long enough to give Swisher a shot at second. How is it his fault both Cano and Swisher are morons?
 she's quite attractive, however! : )
 Ah...I was pretty sure about it. Luckily, it's easy to ignore.
63 pitches through 5. I'd like to see the Big Fella go at least 7, maybe 8. Bringing any reliever into this zoo of a game makes my stomach twitch.
 idk about that last part
1-2-3 here CC.
 i don't really care one way or another, but i think you should just not be rude and not provoke people
 Is this girl wearing a leather jacket?
Another big inning here for CC. Come on big man.
Ok, sorry to bring this nervous energy, but Joba's been suspect and we're only up by 4.
Hughes has had his problems, too...
 same girl?!
c'mon CC, don't lose it here. nice n easy. quick inning.
Stay agressive CC...walks are the only thing that can kill you.
 Not sure who you are talking about...too anxious to process anything right now.
 yeah, i don't agree that it's easy to ignore.
Foul balls scare me
stop fouling pitches off torii
Junk low and away, CC...
 well he should have scored on robbie's double
anyone know what IZ TWU means?
that's the text i just got from cult. i think it's a mistake...???
Baseball earrings are NOT cute ...
damnit - bear down big man
Hmm...that's a big walk.
the angels have gotten that pitch called every fucking time!
CC looks a bit off and he's having trouble putting away batters. I'm not sure he go eight tonight. Let's see if he can work through the meat of the order.
And how is that NOT a swing. This is bizarre.
Oh no. No.
 That Cubs fan in the Mastercard commercial dancing on the dugout begs to differ.
Now I feel sick.
Not good. Not good. Not good.
I can't take this.
I can't take it.
Does fox show check swing replays? Not that it matters but I need fuel for my angst. And here goes the nuthouse.
 go outside and smoke another cigarette! ; )
oh, this is not pleasant.
PLEASE get outta this unscathed.
Okay, is CC tired or has he been rattled by the bad calls/reaction?
Following this game on Gameday is much too nerve-wracking..
Walk...bloop single that maybe should have been caught...some nightmare innings have begun that way.
 should have been a swing - need him get through this inning
 ESPN did, and he swung.
Roll a double play CC. 6-4-3. C'mon.
I hate this right now....
Okay, Girardi-haters say now when you pull CC.
I say you live and die with him through this inning. 7th you start with Joba then Coke. 8th is Robertson. 9th is Mo.
SHUT the fuck up, Buck.
 they haven't been showing it from the proper angles to tell correctly.
what's with these idiot fickle fans. put your hat back on your head, schmuck
Come on CC!!!
hunter struck out. we need a makeup call !
timmay finally learned how to say "maicer" properly
The fastball command seems to be going...very worrisome.
 He's hitting 95, so I don't see how he's tired. He's just missing his spots. It happens.
I'm going to throw up.
 that'd be optimum
Let's GO ....CC!
oh, c'mon. bullshit.
another hot blonde...
 I can't possibly see that binder right now. I'll vomit.
This is baseball as farce tonight. C'mon.
thatta boy dp!!!
Okay. Needed that.
Fucking hell yes.
 Yeah, he's missing his spots, which often happens when a pitcher tires and his mechanics get thrown off. He might be fatiguing.
But nothing perks you up like a DP!!!
WAKE THE FUCK UP JORGE
More bonehead baseball by Posada....absolutely incredible.
Jesus Christ Jorge
just fair is right po is high on whiue out
GET YOUR FUCKING HEAD IN THE GAME, FUCKER!
goddamn. I thought Rivera was a relatively fast runner?
what in the world is going on with Jorgie?!?!?!
keep your head in the game, dude!!! : ~
That's not what I asked for. I wanted a 6-4-3. Fire Giradi. : )
Poada you have got to be fucking kidding me.
Let's GO CC!!!
 Sure, but tagging up wasn't the worst idea.
Now, leaving home unmanned....
 He was trying to get into a rundown so Cano could cover home plate?
That was whew...
Holy shit, I'm glad Molina is catching tomorrow.
Jorge has gone senile far, far prematurely.
 That was for you, Ms. O. Jorgie was sad you'd missed the earlier circusry.
What did Posada do this time? Gameday wayy behind you guys now...
"Posada non grata" tonight
 Walked off the field with two out and a runner on third.
YES. CC for 2 more.
Right on Teixeira.
 that's new in his bag of tricks - i still love po though
Okay. I feel better.
Bring CC out for seven.
Tex on the spot....that was a huge comeback for CC...cancels out one of the Yankees missed opportunities that have been gnawing at me.
He's fucking solid gold out there.
Nice job, Ace!
 ran off the field after the dp. alex had to sprint in to cover in case hunter broke.
Love the Glove! Lovely, Glove!
I heart CC!!!!
 He probably was fast before he broke his leg
well that glove is something else
 thought there were 3 outs, started heading in... man on 3rd. ARod ran home like a banshee!
 I believe he has had his share of leg issues, which have completely sapped his speed. Now, he is pretty slow.
 yes, one more for CC..and...am I the only one here who does NOT want to see anymore Joba this series? He's making me very nervous...
 Hopefully my prediction is only delayed and the Yankees tack on those three runs this inning. Then you can go batter-by-batter with CC with a lot more peace of mind.
i'd let cc start the 7th but alert the bullpen
3 stooges make an appearance for digital cable commercial. Swish, Cano, and Posada?
 nah - he had one bad outing - i am pretty sure he was good in games 1 and 2
Po on the ball! Thankfully I like our guys flawed. Heck, I like people flawed in general.
When the old guard was being weened at the suckle of the Yankee system, I think Jeter hogged all the instinct. Bernie and Jorge were definitely pushed aside.
 you are not the only one. robertson is way ahead of him now for me.
Is the 4th picture in this series the gal you are all drooling over?
I say you keep Morales batting lefty then go to the pen for a righty for Napoli and Aybar.
Question is: Who?
I've got no problem with Joba. But I'd prefer Robertson.
 That's very Irish of you.
 did he roll three die 6s and have them all come up 1s?
If Posada hits/walks and races towards 3rd I'm going to bed.
 luckily i'm very irish.
 I only drool for my wife and only cause she thinks it's cute.
 That is a little boy... WTF?
Yanks could sure use another run or two.
 Send the big man back out there. If we're going to lose, I want to lose with our best, not because of that fucking binder.
 I figured, with the name and all. An labhraíonn tú Gaeilge?
That beard makes Santana looks like a leprachaun with a pituitary gland issue.
not by my count ...
 yeah i guess that makes it obvious. I play irish sports but i don't speak the gael though. what say you?
 She's gross.
 What? Bernie had no instincts? He was a fantastic CF.
cano, come the fuck on
is robbie playing putt-putt?
 Yeah, Po is frustrating...but he's also 1-2 w/2 BB tonight. And surely he gets credit for CC dominating, right? ; )
Wait, a team only needs to send 3 batters up to the plate before they're done?
hmm. thelarmis have a gig?
 I asked if you spoke Irish. Which sports?
Thanks for playing Robbie....
I really wish they could/would tack on another run.
well, that innings sucked balls.
cult of basebaal called me. he is indeed at the game and has most excellent seats! : )
 He was a worse baserunner than Posada.
 Slainthe Mhath !!!
glad you're here, bro
 ah. hurling.
 he's around - asked for you earlier
 Really, don't bother.
 Bernie did space out a few times on two outs though...
 there you are! glad to be here.
If the Yankees don't win this game/series...AND...I wind up with this annoying DirectTV commericial in my head for weeks thereafter, it wont be a Merry Christmas.
 They will...have faith, William!!
 Nice! You an American?
 ah cool i see that now. not even sure why i thought he was missing. lol
 I've given up on your predictions!
 nope! been here all night. was asking about your whereabouts. RI and Ms. O, too. she showed up. i missed the banter last inning when you arrived, 'coz Cult of Basebaal called me from the game!!!
 I met a hurler in Dublin (no, not a joke). He nearly broke my hand when he shook it. "A real MAN'S game" he said in a thick accent. It is wild to watch.
I may have said this before, but this is a big inning.
3 more, CC...are you listening, CC??
 I think this is the girl thelarmis speaks of... here
Please, God, let us not see Joba in this game.
 yep. I'm in Pittsburgh. I'm not too bad with the hurl either. I mean, all the irish lads i've played with are leagues better than me but that seems to be the way it is.
 see , and work back from there.
get robertson up
 my laptop is slow and still loading the photo gallery. i hope it's the same girl...
nope, that's not her. she wasn't wearing a Yankees hat and was standing next to a doofus dude in a white t-shirt and red zippered jacket...
 Hurling is a sport? Well hell, pass the mug! >;)
 you want a complete game from the man?
Oh get this lead off guy please. FUCK.
I'd have someone warming here, but with a fairly long leash on CC.
...and I apologize for my pathetic 27" 11-year-old standard def TV.
 That's the one I saw on my TV, but I didn't think she could be The One. She's hot but not a "GODDESS!!!!"
 I don't blame you! But remember my big prediction: Yankees in five.
Why is the cartoon CC white?
 the irish play a rougher brand on the island. We try not to over here, particularly since we have a hard time recruiting players. But welts and bruises are common fare. I have a black eye on my drivers license from taking a sliotar to the face in practice.
big k!! nice pitch
 Ummmm, she's about 16 years old....
Eight more to go...
Oh, FUCK YEAH!! Sit down Kendry!!
 Come on William, meet me halfway
 thank you, sir! she is special. i wish there was an even larger shot.
drop. dead. gorgeous
GREAT work, CC !!!
 never heard that one. ;)
Girardi will go four outs with Mo tonight, so all CC and friends need to do is get through four more.
I see ... and yes, she is drool-worthy ...
Oh, my, my, my.
god damn - big man
nice work CC!
That was fucking beautiful.
 I'll laugh about that after this game...hopefully!
 i have a 13" Sanyo tv/vcr combo. was on sale at Costco a decade ago!
did you really take a picture of your tv when she was on it? that's kinda kool !!!
how are the gigs going, fellow rhythm section mate?!
He's sooooo good. Quickly becoming my favorite current Yankee.
ok cc can go back out for the 8th
You guys are nuts. : O
CC for 8. Mo for 3.
CC Sabathia, ladies and gentlemen.
Have CC start the eighth.
tex is beautiful to watch at 1B
 Is it even a question?
 felix holt!! I just remembered where I heard that name before, awesome handle, man!!
OK, he starts the 8th, unless maybe the Score Truck makes a major delivery.
 Yes, he is.
I hate it when McCarver says nice shite about the Yanks. Cause then it makes me feel icky about him. Let's just be ourselves, Tim.
you earned that bump like a muthafucka / snoop
i hope one of those bonus checks hits the big man's account tonight
it feels great to have a pitcher like him
 yeah, i hear ya.
 the full, live shot of her standing up - she looked well older and was with a guy older than 16, too. prolly early 20's. which is fine... : )
 Thanks. I've found there's a place for Victorian English literature even on baseball blogs.
My FOX goddess is a brunette (all goddesses are) sitting behind the Yankee on deck circle. I am holding her responsible for distracting Jorge, Cano and Swisher. Luckily, Jeter has more goddesses than he can handle, and Arod doesn't like brunettes.
English-speaking Ninja Assassins!
OK .... let's start the debate .... best fielding 1B to play in NYC
 That binder is, as far as I know, still around.
 she's definitely front row-worthy
 I didn't see that shot. Earlier in the same inning?
 so you irish felix? irish-american?
 Right on with the brunette thing. I must keep open my eyes and still my heart...
 Still Donnie Baseball...whether it's true or not.
 I don't think Teix is in the same tier as those two.
My goddess is sitting next to me. And she got me World Series tix 15 rows behind the Yankee dugout ./bragging