Yanks lookin’ to get greedy. AJ Burnett lookin’ to show and prove:
Go git ‘em, fellas.
incredible bongo band
whaddaya say, aj.i.am. throw some black eyed peas tonight!
W for the Yankees tonight.
 Off to a bad start.
All in all, I'll take that.
  1 run isn't too bad.
  Toooptimistic.
Hey, if Jonathan Papelbon gives up a run in his next 1-inning appearance, his ERA will be exactly 4. That would be cool.
Don't everybody talk at once.
Small audience considering how important this and tomorrow's games are.
 Gotta say, OYK, I'm not convinced these games are that important. I think it would be great if the Yanks won the AL East, but I haven't given much thought to whether it really matters or not. Either in terms of who they face (Rangers or Twins), and whether they are home or on the road more. Most of the stuff I've seen suggests, in the abstract, there is a small homefield advantage in the playoffs, but I haven't looked at anything in detail.
  And I have no idea how the K got in there. Sorry 'bout that, OYF.
 Sorry. Just been paying some bills.
The answer is that AJ is a headcase.
Hello, quiet tonight, quiet lately. When i started this year, commonly there would be over 1000 posts. Maybe in the playoffs...
The Yankee organization should want to win the division. The extra game revenue of ticket sales and concessions is worth 7 figures.
Just got here, how did the run score?
 That's a good point about the extra revenue - though of course it presumes the series goes the limit, which isn't a guarantee. I wonder if its worth more to have players rested and healthy(er)?
As for the run, a single, a walk, and a lllllooonnnnggg sac fly to CF.
rainstorm coming towards bronx .... in bergen county right now ... estimated 45 minute delay
RT @PeteAbe: In 325 career relief app., Papelbon has allowed 3 or more earned runs 6 times. Five of those games are this year.
I liked that "look what I found" stab by AJ. : )
 Ugh. 45 minutes will knock the starters out. Maybe Yanks can get 5 innings from AJ?
Then who's available in the pen tonight.
  I don't want the Yanks to go balls to the wall, but the Division would be nice because:
1) The extra revenue (not that we care)
2) The Twins have 2 lights out lefties, and have been 43-18 of late.
3) Hamilton might play, but he ain't 100%. I think we match up much better against the Rangers
4) Of course, Home field advantage.
Off to watch Mythbusters for a while
TB must have tons of young arms in the BP...
Probably cold cuts after the rain delay, huh?
I don't mind losing Burnett, but I'd be glad to see Davis go.
 I'm with you there on Davis, but who goes long for the Yanks? Not Javy, not Nova, Moseley?
 Probably Mitre
Ahem. . Cold cuts = meat tray.
 I'd rather see Brackman ...
 Ah, so!
Went over my head the first time, it did!
Is my numbering different from everyone else's??
I see my comment starting with "Ahem" as #27, but cult seems to be referring to it as 26. And Kenboyermademecry seems to be using  to refer to what looks to me like  (Mattpat's).
 Good thing he's pitched like 1x in the last month ... rest is ALWAYS better for sinkerball pitchers ...
 Odd. Your "Ahem" post is #26 to me, at least.
Your “Ahem” post is #26 to me too.
Wow, that's weird. And what you referred to as  is  to me. But I just looked and I see a comment for every number. So you must be missing one of the ones I'm seeing.
Oh, I see what's going on.
I submitted a comment, which I am seeing as #2, but it is "awaiting moderation". (It has a couple of anchor tag references to Deadspin, because I was letting everyone know that FJM Reunion is up there today.)
i'm so confused, and getting infused, and losing my enthuse for this game. Cold Cuts=Meat Tray=Mitre. Very clever.
 FJM are coming back?? I love those guys, is this only a one time thing? I don't like Deadspin at all but will check this out..
Rainy day here too...grumble grumble...riveting Mariners - Blue Jays on tv...
Checking the radar, ahem. The tail end of the rain is currently in Paterson, NJ. Another 30 minutes till baseball.
 FJM, Fire Joe Morgan?
 I think it's just a one time thing. I was at the reference desk while reading the Bill Conlin take down. Only made it half way through -- I was laughing too much. It's a winning piece.
Yes, Fire Joe Morgan. And yes, it's just a one-time thing, although I believe they did it last year so maybe it's an annual thing.
The Conlin one is good. And the Eckstein one is a classic. And the one entitled "Is this normal?" is also excellent.
yeah, this is the FJM re-reunion at deadspin. it's been going on every year for the past one years, as it states there.
great stuff, but really time consuming to read everything...
 For *you* Nostra!!!
 Oh, yeah ... LOUD, son, LOUD.
Neil Young has a new album coming out, produced by Daniel Lanois.
 oh, thanks bro! but my ears are shot right now. i'm in the midst of incredibly long recording sessions and i'm complete toast. back at it tomorrow. and the next day... : ~
that conlin piece was indeed hilarious...
 Well, listen to it afterwards then, *LOVE* that song ... you probably will too!
 The CHESSMASTER, baby!!!
 It's the CHESSMASTER, baby!!!
Kay seems more annoying post rain delay.
Hell, ick son, what smells?
I will give Girardi this. When I saw Ring called up, I thought he was going to do the stupid shit where we go through six relievers in four innings with regularity again.
Rookie phenom pitcher. Yankee trouble.
Did Royce Ring gain some weight?
You can't have a FJM get together without a "scrappy" David Eckstein takedown. Too funnny.
Rolls on Royce. Or something like that. : )
Okay. Now lets get a god damned hit
 1/2 Mike Mussina ... 1/2 Lance Berkman!!!!
Damn. Well positioned.
Not enjoyable to hear about the "good" Kevin Brown. Shouldawouldacoulda.
jesus fucking h. christ. goddamnit.
shut up, sut.
Blame it on the rain....
I just want a hit
 of what? ; )
Just get a hit
there ya go, matt!
Answer the phone, Lance!
 Bringing up Millie Vanilli titles?
Mark Feinsand declared Berkman this year's Aaron Boone.
Does that mean he'll do nothing from this point out, get on hit in the ALCS and be a huge reason we lose the World Series?
oh, fuck you.
and by you, and mean both mosely and dan fucking johnson.
fuck you both.
Sergio Mitre came in to lose a game just last week, Michael. Is that not enough?
 Girl.. I mean boy, you know it's true....
Oh look, Chad Gaudin.
Does one team really need Javy Vazquez, Chad Gaudin, Dustin Moseley and Sergio Mitre?
 Nobody deserves such an abundance of riches.
the home plate ump's strike call is as insufferable as listening to sutcliffe...
Tex is fucking amazing in the field!
I don't want to hear anyone opine that Posada doesn't make that tag at Home.
c'mon tex, pretend you're in the field!
also, calm down, sut.
I see that Banter is in Dr. Lao mode again >;)
 All or Nothing is what will be left after Gaudin is done.
I really, really dislike Chad Gaudin.
sut: "he'll probably win a gold glove because of his defense."
okay. i figured he'd win the gold glove because of his homerun and two stolen bases.
fuck you, chad gonad.
Is Gaudin a free agent after this year?
(Please say yes)
ooh, i hope grandy didn't hurt a rib on that. he winced...
The Yanks should have left Ring Lardner in.
 Seriously. Don't hurt yourself for this game,
I really don't like the use of Gaudin here at all.
 and by saying that i realize i'm just making a statement that could be said at any time of any game.
 I hope so too. Should he have risked injury in this game that the Yankees are no longer playing to win?
We've all been wincing.
Christ that was loud Nick.
Oh, this is fun.
poor alby has been rotting away out in the bullpen
lucky he swung at that.
Well this is horrifically boring.
 The Mitch Albom piece by the FJM guys is worth reading, cutting and hysterical.
Another two hits for Jeter
 Another 2 hits for Kevin Long!
This game has been going on for eight years
 Oh ... wait ... FUCK YOU, LONG!!!
Oh, well, tomorrow is another night ...
 Did you see that list of Red Smith Award winners? That must have been compiled by staffers on The Onion...
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