"A New York Treasure" --Village Voice

Stop the Pigeon

At least that’s how these two see it. Our cats in the Bronx, waiting for the boids to show up.

The Yanks gun for the sweep today as well as their ninth win in a row. Phil Hughes will toe the rubber for the Bombers. Let’s hope he can put away hitters when he’s ahead of them and have a strong outing. Alex Rodriguez returns, Robinson Cano sits.

Fresh direct from the Lo-Hud Yankees oven, here’s the line-up:

Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Marcus Thames DH
Jorge Posada C
Curtis Granderson CF
Greg Golson RF
Ramiro Pena 2B

Dudes, it is drop dead gorgeous in New York. Hope you all are enjoying it.

Let’s go Yan-Kees.

Categories:  Bronx Banter  Game Thread  Yankees

Tags:  Alex Rodriguez  moe green  Phil Hughes  tashi

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1 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 5, 2010 12:34 pm

Why on earth would Greg Golson be playing?

2 Alex Belth   ~  Sep 5, 2010 12:35 pm

Who should play instead of him?

3 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 5, 2010 12:41 pm

Oh Christ. What happened to Kearns?

4 Alex Belth   ~  Sep 5, 2010 1:08 pm

Good question...

5 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 5, 2010 1:08 pm

The way the Yankees have been playing, House Money seems like it will still work out. With Kearns and Swisher down, I have no problem with Golson in RF. Berkman and the Ripper on the bench, and both could have big ABs before the end of the game.

6 monkeypants   ~  Sep 5, 2010 1:08 pm

3) HBP on the hand a couple of games ago, right?

7 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 5, 2010 1:10 pm

[3] Kearns has been battling a bruised thumb.

8 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 5, 2010 1:10 pm

The left field sun looks real bad today

9 monkeypants   ~  Sep 5, 2010 1:10 pm

Damn, Gardner came way in to catch that popup.

10 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 5, 2010 1:11 pm

Great slide by Hill, but Gardner's arm has really been a revelation.

11 monkeypants   ~  Sep 5, 2010 1:11 pm

Baaaaadddd curve ball...bad call at second?

12 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 5, 2010 1:11 pm

What the hell was that?

13 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 5, 2010 1:11 pm

Hopefully Hughes doesn't let one bad breaking ball scare him away from the pitch. He really needs to get that pitch working.

14 Just Fair   ~  Sep 5, 2010 1:12 pm

Put the glove in front of the bag next time, Ramiro!

15 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 5, 2010 1:13 pm

I don't know who told Phil Hughes that anytime he goes 0-2 he must start throwing awful waste pitches until he gets to 3-2, but that man needs to dealt with

16 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 5, 2010 1:14 pm


17 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 5, 2010 1:15 pm

[13] There was an article in one of the papers today about how Mussina really worked with him on the curve when they were together. Maybe the Yankees should ask him to drop by.

18 monkeypants   ~  Sep 5, 2010 1:16 pm


19 Just Fair   ~  Sep 5, 2010 1:16 pm

Nice fucking location.

20 monkeypants   ~  Sep 5, 2010 1:16 pm

15) of course, the guy who told him to groove an 0-2 pitch is no genius either.

21 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 5, 2010 1:17 pm

That's how Lyle Overbay runs?

22 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 5, 2010 1:17 pm

If Hughes is just going to stand there throwing fast balls all game, just shut him down and get ready for 2011. The Yankees have not done a good job with his development.

23 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 5, 2010 1:18 pm

[20] No, in fact he is not.

But I think I still might take it over the pitch high and outside, the pitch in the dirt, and the pitch over the head. Usually in that order.

24 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 5, 2010 1:20 pm

I'll take that

25 seamus   ~  Sep 5, 2010 1:20 pm

speed get that hit?

26 monkeypants   ~  Sep 5, 2010 1:21 pm

22) you mean putting him the BP as the fastball-only-throwing-eigth-inning-guy last season didn't help him develop his repertoire?

27 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 5, 2010 1:21 pm

[25] Yeah. It was a dribbler.

28 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 5, 2010 1:21 pm

Oh jesus

29 monkeypants   ~  Sep 5, 2010 1:21 pm


30 Just Fair   ~  Sep 5, 2010 1:22 pm

Water is wet.

31 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 5, 2010 1:22 pm

Jeter should never get the chance to ground into a double play with Gardner on base.

32 seamus   ~  Sep 5, 2010 1:23 pm

[27] thanks

33 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 5, 2010 1:23 pm

[26] He has had an entire spring and season to develop his other pitchers, but the Yankees have let him regress as the season has gone on.

34 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 5, 2010 1:23 pm

[26] I'm horribly frightened by Girardi insisting that they're now not going to skip him. It suggests to me that they've got something creative in mind.

Which almost never ends well.

35 monkeypants   ~  Sep 5, 2010 1:24 pm

Now i defend Jeter a lot. That being said, before last season Girardi moved him into the leadoff spot explicitly to avoid Jeter grounding into DPs. So why this season is he now back in #2 hitting more grounders thaever? And if he is to bat #2, couldn't they try to avoid the DP with a hit and run or something?

36 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 5, 2010 1:25 pm

[31] You have to remember that Yankee baserunners aren't allowed to run before there are two strikes.

I have no idea why, but its been like that for three years, so I've just accepted it.

37 monkeypants   ~  Sep 5, 2010 1:25 pm

31) agreed.

38 Just Fair   ~  Sep 5, 2010 1:26 pm

[35] Well he did show bunt on the first pitch. So he's got that going for him.

39 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 5, 2010 1:26 pm

[35] We don't do plays.

40 Alex Belth   ~  Sep 5, 2010 1:26 pm

Decent swing by Alex...

41 The Hawk   ~  Sep 5, 2010 1:27 pm

That HR pitch from Hughes was just a mistake ... You could see how it was supposed to be outside corner ran back over the plate. It's annoying but in some ways a 10 pitch foul ball filled AB would have annoyed me more.

42 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 5, 2010 1:27 pm

[35] Girardi is in a tough spot because, let's be honest, he has to bat one his worst hitters atop the lineup. I can see wanting to use Gardner's OBP and speed atop the lineup, but then I do think you have to treat Jeter like an NL-style #2 hitter. Of course, against righties, he should really be batting 8th or 9th, but we all know that will never happen.

43 Raf   ~  Sep 5, 2010 1:28 pm

[10] The play wasn't helped by the phantom tag attempt by Pena.

44 monkeypants   ~  Sep 5, 2010 1:29 pm

42) oh sure, no doubt. But that is why we should be seeing more hit and runor even straight steal attempts...or even bunts...all of which fit within the traditional arsenal of plays to run with a number two hitter, so there would be little chance of giving offense to Jeter.

45 monkeypants   ~  Sep 5, 2010 1:31 pm

Now, I think we may need to give Hughes...or maybe Girardi...credit for luring Toronto into the reverse first inning two run HR jinx.

46 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 5, 2010 1:31 pm

[44] I agree 100%, but Girardi has an established track record of not managing the offensive part of the game. Hopefully, the team keeps hitting like they have so it wont matter much.

47 Raf   ~  Sep 5, 2010 1:31 pm

[35] Don't think Jeter stays in the box long enough to run a play; I don't see Girardi calling a hit and run within the first couple of pitches in an at bat.

48 Alex Belth   ~  Sep 5, 2010 1:31 pm

That's more like it, Phillip...

49 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 5, 2010 1:33 pm

McDonald is really one of the best SS in the game.

50 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 5, 2010 1:35 pm

[47] Maybe he should try every once in a while, honestly. If I can watch the same and see that if the Yankees do anything at all, its not until two strikes, I'm sure Cito Gaston has figured it out. Maybe if you were to run a play or steal a base on the second pitch, you'll catch the other team asleep at the wheel.

51 JeremyM   ~  Sep 5, 2010 1:36 pm

Defensive and baserunning shortcomings aside, Posada has quietly put together another one of his typical years. Well, I guess the shortcomings are part of his typical year too....

52 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 5, 2010 1:36 pm

Cecil has a knack at making the Yankees swing at bad pitches.

53 JeremyM   ~  Sep 5, 2010 1:37 pm

[52] Yes he does, not sure why they struggle so much with this guy. He basically stinks against everyone else.

54 monkeypants   ~  Sep 5, 2010 1:38 pm

47) remember when jeter got all bunt crazy a few years back...maybe 2006? I bet he'd be willing to play the game the right way and lay down a bunt early in the count. At this point I'd like to see some bunt and run plays with Gardner on base.

55 Just Fair   ~  Sep 5, 2010 1:38 pm

Not to mention Jeter in his hayday used to drop down sac. bunt attempts a lot. And everyone would howl, "You're batting over 300 what the hell are you bunting for?" Now he's struggling and he's not doing it as much. WTF!

56 Raf   ~  Sep 5, 2010 1:40 pm

[50] IIRC, Gardner has the green light, that he doesn't steal more is on him.

57 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 5, 2010 1:42 pm

[54] I wonder why he hasn't taken it upon himself to bunt more, just as he has done in the past (ironically, when it didn't make any sense). It's almost like he is trying to hit himself out of the slump. Over the last week, Flaherty has repeatedly talked about how Jeter is not a mechanical hitter who really prefers to just "go up there and hit, but that's not a good thing if his skills are eroding. Aging players need to make mechanical adjustments to compensate for their declining ability, and from what everyone says, Jeter is not used to doing that.

58 Raf   ~  Sep 5, 2010 1:42 pm

[54] Jeter usually bunts on his own, don't know why he hasn't done it more.

59 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 5, 2010 1:43 pm

[56] Exactly...can't blame Girardi for that. However, realizing that he is tentative, Girardi should try something like a hit and run more often.

60 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 5, 2010 1:43 pm

[56] Then you physically throw up a steal sign. Don't give him the choice.

61 monkeypants   ~  Sep 5, 2010 1:43 pm

50) that's Girardi's line. But i'm not talking about the green light, which is not a play so much as leaving it up to the runner's discretion. i'm talking about a straight steal: head down, going on fist move no matter what.

62 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 5, 2010 1:44 pm

[56] And it was more than just Gardner. I really noticed it last year with Damon and Jeter. They almost never budged until there were two strikes.

63 monkeypants   ~  Sep 5, 2010 1:45 pm

57) i heard when Flash said that...actually one of the more interesting and insightful things I had heard on a Yankee broadcast in a long time.

64 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 5, 2010 1:45 pm

Oh boy

65 The Hawk   ~  Sep 5, 2010 1:46 pm

Ugh, just painful.

66 monkeypants   ~  Sep 5, 2010 1:47 pm

This Blue Jays team really is a sort of three true outcomes carnival act...except they don't really walk much. So, I guess they are a two true outcomes carnival act.

67 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 5, 2010 1:47 pm

You could live with Hughes getting beat, but he is making the same mistakes over and over again. It's time to just shut him down and send him to Tampa or somewhere they can get him to start throwing more than one pitch again. The Yankees really need to evaluate how they develop young pitchers over the off season.

68 The Hawk   ~  Sep 5, 2010 1:48 pm

Two HR on 2 strike counts, it's like he is so afraid of getting into the foul ball shenanigans, he grooves one.

69 monkeypants   ~  Sep 5, 2010 1:52 pm

67) it would be silly to shut him down with only a month left in the season, especially whehe would be replaced by Javy or Moseley. Now, leaving him off the PS roster once he hits his innings limit, that I could see.

70 rbj   ~  Sep 5, 2010 1:53 pm

So should I just go about my errands and not worry about today's game?

71 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 5, 2010 1:54 pm

[69] If Pettitte is really on track to return in about 10 days, you could use the off day to skip Hughes once and then slot Andy in his spot. Besides, it's not like Hughes is pitching well. If he is going to continue being mediocre, I'd rather shut him down, save some wear on his arm and use the last month to figure out why his curveball has become a non-factor.

72 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 5, 2010 1:55 pm

[69] We want Javy or Moseley pitching in the playoffs?

73 monkeypants   ~  Sep 5, 2010 1:55 pm

Golson Pipps Swisher?

I kid, of course.

74 Just Fair   ~  Sep 5, 2010 1:55 pm

Logger Song!

75 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 5, 2010 1:55 pm

A bunt?

76 Just Fair   ~  Sep 5, 2010 1:56 pm

Send Pena, I say.

77 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 5, 2010 1:56 pm

[72] Yikes...good point...forgot about that. Maybe then, shut Hughes down for two weeks so they can reteach him the curve ball and then get him ramped for the playoffs?

78 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 5, 2010 1:57 pm

I would have loved another bunt there.

79 jjmerlock   ~  Sep 5, 2010 1:57 pm

3 innings, 60 pitches, 2 HR's, two grievous mistakes on 0-2 counts -

same shit, different game.

I guess the trick is just don't watch when Phil pitches.

I have no doubt it's worse for the kid, but it is utter torture watching him.

As in [67], there doesn't seem to be the opportunity to skip him twice in a row or the like, but the predictability of his futility is maddening.

80 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 5, 2010 1:57 pm

Aw hell. Here comes the DP

81 monkeypants   ~  Sep 5, 2010 1:58 pm

71) i would argue that Hughes is pitching better than Javy or Moseley, one of whom has to go in the rotation if Hughes is shut down.

72) neither would need to start if they go with a three man rotation. Also, there is the Ivan Nova wildcard.

82 Raf   ~  Sep 5, 2010 1:58 pm

[77] Any particular reason they can't or couldn't re-teach him the curveball between starts?

83 Raf   ~  Sep 5, 2010 1:59 pm

Hit and run would be nice here.

84 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 5, 2010 2:00 pm

[82] I don't know, but if that was possible, wouldn't they have done it by now? Maybe he can't throw has much or often between starts to make the tutorial effective.

85 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 5, 2010 2:00 pm

[81] Who would be the third starter?

86 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 5, 2010 2:00 pm

Jeter's swings are so bad...it's really dramatic.

87 Raf   ~  Sep 5, 2010 2:00 pm

At least he got it in the air this time...

88 Just Fair   ~  Sep 5, 2010 2:03 pm

I don't think "nubbed' is even a word.
Tie it up, Alex.

89 Raf   ~  Sep 5, 2010 2:03 pm

[84] I'm sure they have been working on it.

90 monkeypants   ~  Sep 5, 2010 2:05 pm

85) you and I both know that CC, Andy and AJ are the top three starters in the playoffs, whether we want to see AJ or not. The team will then have to pick the best of Hughes, Javy, Moseley and Nova for the fourth starter.

91 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 5, 2010 2:05 pm

Cue the Yankees can't hit with Arod stories.

I wonder though if it would have more sense to bat Arod a little lower at first, considering this is almost like a rehab game?

92 jjmerlock   ~  Sep 5, 2010 2:06 pm

Maybe I should just put a sign up on my door for the neighbors:

(there will be screaming)

of course, I'd need another for Javy, at least, and one for AJ...

93 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 5, 2010 2:08 pm

2-0 O's

94 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 5, 2010 2:10 pm

[89] Working on it, yes, but fixing it, no. I would think the task would require a lot of repetition that you realyl can't do between starts.

95 JeremyM   ~  Sep 5, 2010 2:16 pm

That inning went down the crapper fast.

96 Raf   ~  Sep 5, 2010 2:17 pm

[94] Then they have to do it during game conditions, like they're doing now. It really isn't that difficult to work on the curve in between starts. As with anything else, he's going to have days with a good curve, and days with a bad one.

97 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 5, 2010 2:23 pm

[96] You can't work on the curve when you only throw 10-15 per game. Also, he has had a bad curve all season, so working on it in a game means a bad outing. I am not sure if it is difficult or not to work on a curve between starts, but I don't see how you could do any extensive level of "work" between starts when you have to adhere to a routine.

98 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 5, 2010 2:27 pm

I'd really prefer that Posada not block the plate, but he doesn't even seem to feign an effort.

99 jjmerlock   ~  Sep 5, 2010 2:30 pm

Apparently, Posada is afraid to block the plate even against JOHN FREAKING MCDONALD.

The guy weighs a buck sixty.

Good Lord, Jorge.

100 Raf   ~  Sep 5, 2010 2:37 pm

[97] Hughes may have had a bad curveball all season, but he was doing well the first half of the season. As for routine, I don't think throwing bullpens count towards the innings limit.

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101 JeremyM   ~  Sep 5, 2010 2:39 pm

I understand the thinking behind swinging at the first pitch after a walk (the pitcher will groove one), but it never seems to work out.

102 rbj   ~  Sep 5, 2010 2:42 pm

I come back from errands for this?

103 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 5, 2010 2:42 pm

Another fastball, another HR. Talk about flying blind.

104 williamnyy23   ~  Sep 5, 2010 2:45 pm

What the hell are Kay and Flaherty watching? Hughes has been fantastic? Really? Besides the fact that he can't throw a consistent breaking ball or locate his fastball when ahead in the count? Mind boggling.

105 The Hawk   ~  Sep 5, 2010 2:50 pm

[104] He's been fantastic at giving up a run per inning today, you can't deny that

106 RIYank   ~  Sep 5, 2010 3:13 pm

What a stinker. Perfect day for a meat tray.

107 thelarmis   ~  Sep 5, 2010 3:18 pm

[106] P.U.!

108 RIYank   ~  Sep 5, 2010 3:22 pm

[107] Good to get all of the stinking done at once. I guess.

109 thelarmis   ~  Sep 5, 2010 3:24 pm

fuck. rays coming back on the oreos. 4-3 Hydrox.

i'm watching a good game of braves vs. marlins. heading over to tbs during the breaks to watch a pair of sox - pale vs. shit.

110 RIYank   ~  Sep 5, 2010 3:27 pm

[109] The Soxes game isn't pleasurable.
Beckett isn't pitching as well as the score makes it seem. The Chicagoans have lots of hits, including several doubles, but they can't bunch them together.
There's a double now.

111 Just Fair   ~  Sep 5, 2010 3:27 pm

I hope the Catain does not go all "Falling Down" anytime soon.

112 Eirias   ~  Sep 5, 2010 3:27 pm

[109] The cookies?

113 thelarmis   ~  Sep 5, 2010 3:28 pm

[110] i saw the vizquel "fall down." that was funny. i'm glad he wasn't hurt!

114 thelarmis   ~  Sep 5, 2010 3:29 pm

[112] yeah! a lot of folks call the boids the oreos. so, i go with hydrox. i liked them better as a kid. i know i'm in the minority with that. what else is new... : )

115 RIYank   ~  Sep 5, 2010 3:31 pm

And the Rays take the lead.

116 thelarmis   ~  Sep 5, 2010 3:31 pm

[115] oh, fuck.

117 thelarmis   ~  Sep 5, 2010 3:35 pm

ooh, Mr. Tims can make this a 1-run ballgame.

118 RIYank   ~  Sep 5, 2010 3:38 pm

[117] Or that.

119 thelarmis   ~  Sep 5, 2010 3:39 pm

[118] Stinky Le Pew

120 RIYank   ~  Sep 5, 2010 3:50 pm

Tito wants this game. Bard in the seventh! Presumably to get five outs.

121 RIYank   ~  Sep 5, 2010 3:51 pm

Hey here come the Hydrox!
The other games are more fun that ours.

122 RIYank   ~  Sep 5, 2010 3:53 pm

A string of RBI singles for the Orioles!

123 thelarmis   ~  Sep 5, 2010 3:53 pm

[121] yes, it's true. and the bravos/fish are in the 10th.

swisher sighting!

124 thelarmis   ~  Sep 5, 2010 3:54 pm

run(ning) prevention at its best!

125 thelarmis   ~  Sep 5, 2010 3:55 pm

dammit. paulie k K's on a 99mph gasball.

126 RIYank   ~  Sep 5, 2010 3:57 pm

[125] Yeah, Bard is having some control problems, but his pitches are nearly unhittable.

127 RIYank   ~  Sep 5, 2010 3:57 pm

Luke Scott has a chance to break open that game...

128 thelarmis   ~  Sep 5, 2010 3:59 pm

oh, that was awesome! grounder hits bard, terrible throw to first. lowell can't handle it. 2 runs score.

Pale 3, Shit 2.

oopsie! melky misplays a leadoff double in the bottom of the 10th. runner on 3rd. next pitch, a long flyball to - melky, of course. ballgame. braves lose.

129 RIYank   ~  Sep 5, 2010 3:59 pm

Hm, that was kind of a 'control problem' single, I'd say!

130 thelarmis   ~  Sep 5, 2010 4:00 pm

CHOATE!!! let's hope Great Scott is well, great.

131 RIYank   ~  Sep 5, 2010 4:01 pm

Can you believe V-Mart threw someone out? On a pitch-out, but still.

132 rbj   ~  Sep 5, 2010 4:03 pm

Well that was nice.

133 thelarmis   ~  Sep 5, 2010 4:06 pm

crazy 8's. rays and oreos each score 4. of course, it was in the 6th...

134 thelarmis   ~  Sep 5, 2010 4:09 pm

wow. vizquel's glove is still very golden. kalish with another really hard slide...

135 Just Fair   ~  Sep 5, 2010 4:11 pm

Anyone know if the baseballs used in AAA are different than the ones used at the Big League level?

136 JeremyM   ~  Sep 5, 2010 4:13 pm

Well, Martinez hit that one pretty well...

137 RIYank   ~  Sep 5, 2010 4:13 pm

[136] Kind of makes you forget about his throwing problems.
I wonder if they'll re-sign him.

138 Just Fair   ~  Sep 5, 2010 4:15 pm

My wife's friends husband is a fan of the O's. I feel really badly for him. I'll be seeing him shortly so I'll be sure to give him the business. I HATE Baltimore. The O's, Cal, Ravesn, the heat, the city.....I like crabcakes and the Aquarium, though.

139 RIYank   ~  Sep 5, 2010 4:15 pm

Rocco Baldelli (the only Rhode Islander in MLB) brings the Rays close.

140 Just Fair   ~  Sep 5, 2010 4:16 pm

Paging Vintage Captain. Vintage Captain. You're wanted at home plate.

141 Just Fair   ~  Sep 5, 2010 4:18 pm


142 thelarmis   ~  Sep 5, 2010 4:19 pm

ugh. boston winning, rays coming back and the captain with another ofer... : /

143 thelarmis   ~  Sep 5, 2010 4:21 pm

why isn't gritner on 3rd yet???

144 RIYank   ~  Sep 5, 2010 4:24 pm

[143] Uh, you want him to steal third in the bottom of the ninth trailing by four runs?

145 thelarmis   ~  Sep 5, 2010 4:24 pm

manny mania in beantown.

146 thelarmis   ~  Sep 5, 2010 4:25 pm

[144] uh, sure. why not. get off my mound!!! ; )

147 RIYank   ~  Sep 5, 2010 4:25 pm

[145] Yeah, this should be good.

148 thelarmis   ~  Sep 5, 2010 4:26 pm

tito asking papelbitch for the five out save.

manny vs. papsmear

149 RIYank   ~  Sep 5, 2010 4:27 pm

[148] Tito really wants to win. And if Papelbon just gets two out, that will be a job well done, right?

150 thelarmis   ~  Sep 5, 2010 4:29 pm

2 straight fastballs at 97. one looking, one fouled back. pinch stand there...

151 RIYank   ~  Sep 5, 2010 4:30 pm

Manny appears to be enjoying the battle.

152 thelarmis   ~  Sep 5, 2010 4:30 pm

high curve. bad throw. stolen bag.


153 thelarmis   ~  Sep 5, 2010 4:31 pm

ooh. really close. inside fastball.

count even.

154 thelarmis   ~  Sep 5, 2010 4:31 pm

99mph straight gasball. not what victor put down w/ the fingers.

155 RIYank   ~  Sep 5, 2010 4:32 pm

Papi isn't quite sure who to root for here.

156 RIYank   ~  Sep 5, 2010 4:33 pm

Oh, Paps hit him.

157 RIYank   ~  Sep 5, 2010 4:34 pm

Yeah, it got him. Seriously, Manny doesn't have the presence of mind to fake like that.

158 thelarmis   ~  Sep 5, 2010 4:34 pm

hit him. huh. inside. not a super fastball. manny was checking his swing and it hit him on the underside of the forearm, not far from the wrist. pinch runner.

that was a good matchup & AB.

1st & 2nd, 1 out.

2 pinch runners. i'd love a double steal here!

159 thelarmis   ~  Sep 5, 2010 4:35 pm

[157] oh yeah, it definitely hit him. it woulda been ball three. he didn't swing.

crowd silenced.

160 thelarmis   ~  Sep 5, 2010 4:36 pm

alfredo simon shut down the rays in the 8th. hyrdox still up a run...

161 RIYank   ~  Sep 5, 2010 4:36 pm

I guess Manny "won" that AB, but not really. Papelbon just busted him inside and got a little too close in.

162 thelarmis   ~  Sep 5, 2010 4:38 pm

yeah, paps is throwing smoke.

beckham frozen. 2 down.

163 RIYank   ~  Sep 5, 2010 4:38 pm

[162] He is, but he's walking the tightrope, too.

164 RIYank   ~  Sep 5, 2010 4:40 pm

Juan Pierre sucks.

165 thelarmis   ~  Sep 5, 2010 4:41 pm

not an easy inning for papelbitch, but he got thru it...

166 RIYank   ~  Sep 5, 2010 4:42 pm

I wonder who pitches the ninth for Boston, though.

167 thelarmis   ~  Sep 5, 2010 4:42 pm

cliff lee will miss his next start. i'm not sure i wanna throw several years and umteen million dollars at him in the offseason. but that's for a later post and for folks here smarter than moi...

168 thelarmis   ~  Sep 5, 2010 4:43 pm

[166] i'll get my cleats...

169 thelarmis   ~  Sep 5, 2010 4:45 pm

wall ball. bel-TRAY is having a crazy good year. that little league field surely helps...

170 RIYank   ~  Sep 5, 2010 4:46 pm

[169] Another guy I wonder if they'll sign.

171 thelarmis   ~  Sep 5, 2010 4:48 pm

rays have 3 outs left. uehara has been good as the closer. (hope that doesn't jinx it!)

172 thelarmis   ~  Sep 5, 2010 4:49 pm

oh, bollocks.

wild pitch/passed ball. runner on 3rd, 1 down.

173 RIYank   ~  Sep 5, 2010 4:49 pm

Scott Linebrink.

174 RIYank   ~  Sep 5, 2010 4:51 pm

Go get 'em, Koji!

175 thelarmis   ~  Sep 5, 2010 4:53 pm

papelfucker gets a geico run...

176 RIYank   ~  Sep 5, 2010 4:53 pm

Cheapie insurance run for the BoSox.
Well, let's just remind ourselves: it doesn't matter.

177 thelarmis   ~  Sep 5, 2010 4:53 pm

koji knocks 'em down in order!

rays lose!!!

178 thelarmis   ~  Sep 5, 2010 4:54 pm

[176] true dat!

179 RIYank   ~  Sep 5, 2010 4:54 pm

But the Rays lose.

Well, the other games salvaged a little baseball enjoyment from the day.

180 rbj   ~  Sep 5, 2010 5:09 pm

[179] Best part: 'nother game tomorrow. Even if they're under Showalter's tutelage, Yankees should feast on the birds.

181 RIYank   ~  Sep 5, 2010 5:11 pm

[180] I hope! But they look like different birds.
Hah. Anyway, Paps is tagged for a run. Now let's see if he can blow the S.

182 RIYank   ~  Sep 5, 2010 5:12 pm

Oh, too sweet. Too sweet!

183 RIYank   ~  Sep 5, 2010 5:14 pm

Now let's see if he can get the L. Boston's in real trouble, no more reliable relievers. I guess they'd have to go with Felix D., if the game goes to extras.

184 RIYank   ~  Sep 5, 2010 5:30 pm

What a showdown between Robert Manuel (never heard of him) and Gordon Beckham! The Chicago dugout is enjoying it, though maybe not Oz.

Oooooh, the ChiSox grab the lead on a walk! And Papelbon is on the hook for the L...

185 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 5, 2010 5:43 pm

Papelbon loses. Playoff Magic Number is 16

186 RIYank   ~  Sep 5, 2010 5:43 pm

Sox sweep Sox. Papelbon absorbs the L.

187 RIYank   ~  Sep 5, 2010 9:10 pm

Hands, bullpen hands, throwing wild
Walking me, walking you!
Oh, sweep, Caroline
Good times never seem so good!

188 thelarmis   ~  Sep 5, 2010 9:21 pm

[187] god, i HATE that song! hated it before i knew they played it at the fens.

i used to play it with this pianist who would sing "this song sucks" or "fuck this song" at the "bom bom bom" section.

at least your lyrics made it bearable!

i watched jonathan give it up and get taken out before, but i had already logged offline...

189 RIYank   ~  Sep 5, 2010 9:48 pm

[188] I hate all of Neil Diamond. And I hardly hate any music. Dave Barry made Neil DIamond fun (that is, he made fun of Neil Diamond so beautifully that I always wanted to listen to the songs, just to experience the richness of their awfulness). But RSN made "Sweet Caroline" so disgusting that it causes me to be physically ill.

The local sports media can't stand the song and finds it highly embarrassing that it's associated with the Red Sox, by the way.

190 thelarmis   ~  Sep 5, 2010 9:52 pm

[189] there's this insanely amazing percussionist in the buffalo area. i studied with him some. came *this* close to doing my masters with him. i still wanna do some serious studying under his tutelage one day. anywho, i believe he toured as neil diamond's drummer for a spell...

yeah, that tune makes me physically ill, as well. i totally understand the local media there hating it. how long have they been doing that? is it in direct response to NY, NY at The Stadium? that song doesn't even make sense...

191 cult of basebaal   ~  Sep 5, 2010 10:02 pm

What up Nostra?

192 thelarmis   ~  Sep 5, 2010 10:06 pm

[191] hey bro! how goes it, pal?

193 cult of basebaal   ~  Sep 5, 2010 10:12 pm

Started to watch today's game on replay (though I knew what the final score was before I began).

Made it through the point where Hughes coughed up a SECOND homerun on an 0-2 count and decided to turn it off.

If you had told me that Hughes would a) pitch the entire year healthy b) win 16+ games and c) have around a league average ERA+, I'd have been fucking ecstatic.

But the 2nd half of this season has been really frustrating.

Balancing that is the logical and historical reality that Hughes is still very young and still doing very well (relatively) in essentially his rookie season as a starting pitcher in the toughest division in the tougher league in MLB.

But it's clear he has some changes to make in his pitch selection and his pitch execution.

However, as frustrating as it was to see Hughes continue to struggle, it's nothing but sheer joy to see Private Pyle blow the save with 2 outs in the 9th.

Ah, schadenfreude!

194 cult of basebaal   ~  Sep 5, 2010 10:16 pm

Just for *you* Nostra!

You'll need bleach to cleanse your ears after this one!



195 cult of basebaal   ~  Sep 5, 2010 10:22 pm

[193] Even better is being able to listen to the NESN announcers as it happened.


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