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Wet and damp in the Boogie Down today. Yanks look to win the series.

Go git ‘em, boys!

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1 seamus   ~  Aug 22, 2010 12:51 pm

I'm sad to see sweet lou retiring. But good for him at the same time. Or something like that.

2 Andyroo   ~  Aug 22, 2010 1:13 pm

Well, that was a bit more relaxing than the 1st yesterday.

3 Andyroo   ~  Aug 22, 2010 1:31 pm

[1] Nbc's site has a blurb about it, accompanied by a picture of Zambrano

4 monkeypants   ~  Aug 22, 2010 1:36 pm

yay! Jays-Sox rain delay = bonus Ms-Yankees coverage for me!

5 OldYanksFan   ~  Aug 22, 2010 1:36 pm

Good day...
Quiet here on the Banter,
Bases juiced, one out.
Score truck nyone?

6 monkeypants   ~  Aug 22, 2010 1:37 pm

1, 3) he says his mother is extremely sick, so he is retiring earlier than announced to go to Tampa to spend time with her.

7 OldYanksFan   ~  Aug 22, 2010 1:38 pm

Ouch. 2 weeks without ARod. Will we survive? (re: stay in 1st)

8 monkeypants   ~  Aug 22, 2010 1:40 pm

6) I shouldn't have gotten so excited...that was quite sub optimal.

9 Andyroo   ~  Aug 22, 2010 1:41 pm

[7] 10 and 0 without him this year, and i swear i read they averaged 8 rpg . Kind of a wonky stat

10 Diane Firstman   ~  Aug 22, 2010 1:45 pm

That's a GREAT story about Jason Phillips ...

11 monkeypants   ~  Aug 22, 2010 1:51 pm

7) well, the last time I checlked the calendar, it's still 2010.

12 JeremyM   ~  Aug 22, 2010 1:55 pm

I see Jeter has seen two pitches total today (granted, he had a hit on one of those two). I know there's a line of thinking that if a guy has just walked someone then he'll groove one on his next pitch, but it never really seems to work that way.

13 Evil Empire   ~  Aug 22, 2010 1:57 pm

gotta hope CC and (hopefully) the score truck are big today; @ Toronto and Chicago will be kind of tough.

14 Evil Empire   ~  Aug 22, 2010 1:58 pm

[11] Did you actually check the calendar? I got in a debate about that cliche with someone the other day. People always preface an irrefutable point with, "well the last time I checked..." but, of course, they didn't actually check....Sorry, just a pet peeve of mine.

15 Andyroo   ~  Aug 22, 2010 2:05 pm

Meh. They keep this up and Luke French will throw a 60 pitch complete game.

16 Andyroo   ~  Aug 22, 2010 2:06 pm

and you're welcome

17 Just Fair   ~  Aug 22, 2010 2:08 pm

Yeah, Baby!

18 monkeypants   ~  Aug 22, 2010 2:10 pm

14) well, that's the weird thing...the last time I checked the calendar was about three years ago, but it was still 2010. Go figure.

19 Andyroo   ~  Aug 22, 2010 2:13 pm

Swish!

20 Alex Belth   ~  Aug 22, 2010 2:15 pm

He missed the tag!

21 Alex Belth   ~  Aug 22, 2010 2:15 pm

YES is asleep! It took them 8 replays to catch it.

22 Alex Belth   ~  Aug 22, 2010 2:17 pm

The PC RIchard whistle is the ultimate adding insult to injury...

23 monkeypants   ~  Aug 22, 2010 2:18 pm

20) even worse, or weirder, than missing the tag, he tagged him without the ball. The Ms announcers are saying that Jorge did a good job selling the play...I'm not entirely convinced Jorge did that on purpose. With Po, you never know.

Yay, official game.

24 Just Fair   ~  Aug 22, 2010 2:23 pm

Ichiro IS human.

25 Andyroo   ~  Aug 22, 2010 2:24 pm

Is it me or does Derek look a little gimpy?

26 monkeypants   ~  Aug 22, 2010 2:24 pm

Ichiro misplayed that...he didn't need to jump that high. I wonder if the wind knocked it down and fouled up Ichiro.

27 rbj   ~  Aug 22, 2010 2:24 pm

Tough error.

28 Just Fair   ~  Aug 22, 2010 2:25 pm

[23] That's the 2nd time Jorge has done that this year iirc.
I think he does it on purpose. ; )

29 Just Fair   ~  Aug 22, 2010 2:26 pm

I LOVE Robbie. He's fucking awesome.

30 rbj   ~  Aug 22, 2010 2:26 pm

Robbie!

31 Andyroo   ~  Aug 22, 2010 2:26 pm

Good Lord Robbie Cano can hit

32 Diane Firstman   ~  Aug 22, 2010 2:26 pm

Ummm .... no doubt!

33 seamus   ~  Aug 22, 2010 2:26 pm

yeah, walking tex to let cano hit off a left hander is an invitation for a grand slam. YEAH ROBBIE!

34 Andyroo   ~  Aug 22, 2010 2:27 pm

Joe Morgan says he might win a batting title some day

35 Evil Empire   ~  Aug 22, 2010 2:27 pm

Robby Cano dontcha know!

36 Alex Belth   ~  Aug 22, 2010 2:27 pm

Notice how Robbie gave it the ol A Rod stare of approval in the dugout?

37 Diane Firstman   ~  Aug 22, 2010 2:28 pm

bleacher shots aren't that easy in the new stadium .... that was smoked

38 Just Fair   ~  Aug 22, 2010 2:28 pm

[36] He definitely styled that one.

39 Alex Belth   ~  Aug 22, 2010 2:28 pm

23) Also, the ump was shielded from being able to tell if he had the ball or not. Lucky play. Still, good throw by Nick, in spite of the short hop, and nice pick by Jorge.

40 monkeypants   ~  Aug 22, 2010 2:29 pm

My wife just asked me why you would walk the bases loaded to get to Cano. She's not a baseball fan, and apparently not a chessmaster. But you know, if she gets that it was a dubious strategy, why not MLB managers?

41 Evil Empire   ~  Aug 22, 2010 2:30 pm

question: Has anyone checked on the homerun totals this year at the stadium compared to last year and the old stadium? It was such a big issue last year and I haven't heard a peep about Yankee Stadium "cheapie" homers this season.

42 OldYanksFan   ~  Aug 22, 2010 2:31 pm

I'll bet when ARod is back, he's batting 5th.
Jeter needs to be batting 10th.
It's also time for Gardner to be in CF and Grandy in LF. My guess is Gritner will play more games then Grandy.

43 monkeypants   ~  Aug 22, 2010 2:33 pm

42) so, if Jeter is battinf tenth, does that mean Cervelli and Peña (when they get their two starts a week) should bat eleventh and twelfth?

44 Chyll Will   ~  Aug 22, 2010 2:36 pm

[1] Hmm, kinda interesting that Hendry made a point of saying that Trammell would not be the interim manager and was not a candidate. Is he greasing the wheels for Ryne (or Girardi) maybe?

45 rbj   ~  Aug 22, 2010 2:39 pm

Ok, time to run some errands.

46 monkeypants   ~  Aug 22, 2010 2:40 pm

41) i don't know about HR totals, but according to espn.com, NYS once again has the highest HR park factor in the league, by a long ways this year over #2 Coors Field.

http://espn.go.com/mlb/stats/parkfactor/_/sort/HRFactor

47 Diane Firstman   ~  Aug 22, 2010 2:49 pm

"Operation Crossbow" is on AMC ... sounds like good rain delay theater

48 jjmerlock   ~  Aug 22, 2010 2:59 pm

[40] I just did not get that move to load the bases for Robbie.

I was thinking, "I don't care what happens, that is just straight dumb."

Yes, Robbie struck out his first at bat, but he centered the ball very nicely when he hit into the double play. Crummy result, but it was hit hard, and meant that I didn't look at the two at bats and think, "gee, French has got him confused."

I'm usually very against Manny-style styling, but I think Cano was PISSED.

He's an easygoing dude, but I think he was like, "Do you SEE my numbers? How am I not past the point in my career where anyone would even think of walking someone to pitch to me?"

On the home run, he was like, "it's the life that you chose."

The Jorge thing - not that it's anything new - is a mess. He's had two reasonably high profile phantom tags - you have to think that umpires will be all over plays at the plate from here on in, and opposing teams will mention it before each game. Like I've always said about Jorge - they taught him how to hit from a very young age, and they taught him well, but over thirty years of watching the game, he has some of the worst baseball instincts of any player I've ever seen.

What his mind commands, Jorge does. And when it comes to baseball, that thing is usually a very, very stupid thing. Only Jorge. It's incredible. I hope it doesn't cost us in a big spot.

Of course, all the weirdness at the plate stems from him being chickenshit about blocking the plate. And I know he has his reasons, but I've never understood how you can be so confident in your identity as "the catcher" - which we all know is very important to Jorge - and still be afraid to block the plate.

49 RIYank   ~  Aug 22, 2010 3:28 pm

I didn't think they'd get the game going, so I headed out for some fun in the rain. Got to hear the fifth inning in the car. I think IBBs are stupid even when most people here like them, so yeah, for me walking Teixeira was a real forehead-slapper.
Luke French: "This guy will destroy my limp fastball, so I'll start him with a slider, but I really can't get behind in the count with the bases loaded so it has to be a strike...... uh oh [half second later] Fuck."

I don't think it's any insult to Rob, though. Moron managers walked Teixeira to load the bases for A-Rod, too.

50 Diane Firstman   ~  Aug 22, 2010 3:39 pm

they're back ....

51 RIYank   ~  Aug 22, 2010 3:42 pm

[50] Hey, look at that, so they are. I'm a little disappointed, I must say!
But, nice for Nuñez and Brett.

52 RIYank   ~  Aug 22, 2010 3:43 pm

By the way, what do we call Nuñez? He needs a nickname.

53 Diane Firstman   ~  Aug 22, 2010 3:47 pm

[52]

No Pena, All Gainya?

(ok ... its a reach)

54 RIYank   ~  Aug 22, 2010 3:51 pm

I think it's fair to say that Chris Seddon is in over his head.

55 RIYank   ~  Aug 22, 2010 3:53 pm

[53] Oh, not bad, but I'd rather see him get a name 'in his own right', if you see what I mean. How about El Niño? Or El Nuño?

56 thelarmis   ~  Aug 22, 2010 4:04 pm

[55] or, El Newno. i can't place the ~ over the letter, 'coz i'm not that cool...

57 thelarmis   ~  Aug 22, 2010 4:07 pm

hip-hip!!!

58 rbj   ~  Aug 22, 2010 4:07 pm

Sado!

59 thelarmis   ~  Aug 22, 2010 4:07 pm

ooh, now i want double digits. (greedy, i know ...)

60 RIYank   ~  Aug 22, 2010 4:10 pm

[59] This is a good game for your obsession with arbitrary statistics!

61 RIYank   ~  Aug 22, 2010 4:11 pm

Oh, on my Mac I do option-n, which sticks in a tilde, and then the next character I hit goes under the tilde. I imagine it's something similar with a Windows computer, but you don't have 'option' keys. Maybe it's CONTROL?

62 thelarmis   ~  Aug 22, 2010 4:16 pm

guess it was too much to ask for ichiro! to go ofer four...

63 thelarmis   ~  Aug 22, 2010 4:18 pm

uh-oh, here's goes the shutout...

64 RIYank   ~  Aug 22, 2010 4:19 pm

Ridiculous. All three singles were pitches at the shins!

65 rbj   ~  Aug 22, 2010 4:21 pm

Swish!

66 RIYank   ~  Aug 22, 2010 4:26 pm

Brandon League???

Choose:
(i) The Mariners' bullpen is so good they can use Brandon League to mop up.
(ii) Daren Brown doesn't really know what he's doing.
(iii) Other

67 rbj   ~  Aug 22, 2010 4:30 pm

Ha, Figgy.

68 RIYank   ~  Aug 22, 2010 4:31 pm

Someone told Rob it's August.
Also, can't complain about our 3basement today, huh?

69 rbj   ~  Aug 22, 2010 4:32 pm

[59] Your wish is the Yankees command.

70 thelarmis   ~  Aug 22, 2010 4:32 pm

double. digits.

YAY!!! : )

71 thelarmis   ~  Aug 22, 2010 4:34 pm

[68] "3rd basement" is sooo awesome. i always forget about it, so whenever it's brought up, it makes me to laughing!

72 thelarmis   ~  Aug 22, 2010 4:36 pm

league hadn't pitched since the 17th, so i guess he was "getting work." or getting worked...

73 RIYank   ~  Aug 22, 2010 4:36 pm

[71] I just turned to the Braves/Cubs game.
But yeah, Peña and Nuñez do kind of make it particularly appropriate, huh?

74 thelarmis   ~  Aug 22, 2010 4:37 pm

[73] did you happen see soriano looking miserable in the field and the young shortstop botching the rundown? lou is glad to get out...

no reason for cox to send "everyday" venters out there in a 9-3 game...

75 thelarmis   ~  Aug 22, 2010 4:38 pm

[73] oh, your usage of "3rd basement" was absolutely brilliant! who invented that again? i think it was seamus...

76 Diane Firstman   ~  Aug 22, 2010 4:38 pm

Perhaps we can call our sub 3rd basemen .... Tildes?

77 thelarmis   ~  Aug 22, 2010 4:40 pm

[76] The Tildas, i like it! i always spelled it with an "a". i think that alternative spelling is accepted...

78 RIYank   ~  Aug 22, 2010 4:41 pm

[76] OMG, the sub-basement!!!
Tildes works for me.

Damn, I can't remember who invented 3basement. Certainly could be Seamus. I should have bookmarked it.

Oh, and no, I didn't see the rundown. I really just flipped over a few minutes ago.

79 Diane Firstman   ~  Aug 22, 2010 4:42 pm
80 rbj   ~  Aug 22, 2010 4:44 pm

Yes, let's make sure the shutout stays intact.

81 thelarmis   ~  Aug 22, 2010 4:46 pm

[78] it's now 13-3. cubs look like the bad news baby bears. it's pretty pathetic...

[80] i would very much like that!

82 rbj   ~  Aug 22, 2010 4:46 pm

Yay, 10-0 shutout. 30 games over .500.

83 thelarmis   ~  Aug 22, 2010 4:47 pm

10-zip! series win. very very nice. cc was nails.

god lord, the cubs look *horrible*. jeez....

84 RIYank   ~  Aug 22, 2010 4:47 pm

[80] Okay!
A K would have been nice and made me feel a little better about Joba, but hey, it's hard to complain when the Yankees win 10-0.

85 RIYank   ~  Aug 22, 2010 4:48 pm

[81] Aramis Ramirez isn't good, is he? That's not a good team.

86 RIYank   ~  Aug 22, 2010 4:50 pm

Oh, also, it looks like rain has squandered a Buchholz start. Laptop wasn't dominant (he walked the leadoff batter in each of the first three innings), but he was doing the job. But if they do resume (Buchholz had got two outs in the third) there's no way he could return now.

87 thelarmis   ~  Aug 22, 2010 4:51 pm

rays up 1-nil against 'get the fuck off my fucking mound'...

88 thelarmis   ~  Aug 22, 2010 4:53 pm

[85] not really, but i've always liked him for some reason. and he has prodigious power. which was on display today... no, terrible team.

89 thelarmis   ~  Aug 22, 2010 4:54 pm

and Rami with a leadoff single!

concrete glove award winner Sori at the dish right now. and he ropes a double. break up the cubbies!

90 RIYank   ~  Aug 22, 2010 4:55 pm

This would be a helluva comeback. One run in, ten to go.

91 RIYank   ~  Aug 22, 2010 4:56 pm

Hey, X-man! I forgot he was on the Cubs.

92 RIYank   ~  Aug 22, 2010 4:57 pm

Hey, thelarmis, I took two of my kids to see "Scott Pilgrim against the World" this weekend.
Hot drummer.

93 thelarmis   ~  Aug 22, 2010 5:00 pm

[92] 2 out of 3 kids?

i'm not familiar with scott pilgrim... sounds like you do lotsa fun stuff with your boyz! very very cool.

9-run game. yeah, nady not looking like d-lee at 1st base...

94 RIYank   ~  Aug 22, 2010 5:05 pm

The Sox resume, and Buchholz is out there! After an hour of rain!

Liner to left, diving grab by Bill Hall.

95 thelarmis   ~  Aug 22, 2010 5:09 pm

multi homer games for both heyward and (all-star) infante.

11-run game...

royales-pale hose in extras for the 3rd game in a row. doesn't say much for the chi-sox...

96 rbj   ~  Aug 22, 2010 5:21 pm

Not the way for Lou to go out, best of luck to him & his mom (though it doesn't sound good).

97 seamus   ~  Aug 22, 2010 7:11 pm

[75] [78] ha, this conversation was a joy! I did come up with that though I wish I could claim it was intentional... Oh, and sub-basement! i like. :)

98 jjmerlock   ~  Aug 22, 2010 8:04 pm

[49] That was a very funny, and I do not doubt accurate, summary of French's thought process on that pitch.

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