"A New York Treasure" --Village Voice

Firing Squad

Season is on the line once again tonight for the Yanks. Win, and they force a Game 7, lose, and they go home.

Here’s the line up:

Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Robinson Cano 2B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Lance Berkman 1B
Nick Swisher RF
Jorge Posada C
Marcus Thames DH
Brett Gardner LF

I say Berkman is the hero should the Yanks win.

Nothing else to add but the usual (this time with feeling):

Let’s Go Yan-Kees!

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1 rbj   ~  Oct 22, 2010 5:30 pm

Heard this statistic: Home teams are 8-17 this post season.

2 omarcoming   ~  Oct 22, 2010 5:40 pm

Inger Stevens (rest her soul) committed suicide. Hope that the Yanks go out fighting.
I still want a look at that cap if tomorrow ever comes.

3 Mattpat11   ~  Oct 22, 2010 6:56 pm

Have a real bad feeling

4 The Hawk   ~  Oct 22, 2010 7:03 pm

Everyone keeps saying they're not looking past this game ... as they look past this game. As words upon words unspooled over the last two days about facing Cliff Lee in Game 7, I started imagining them from the perspective of a Game 6 loss, all that wasted breath. As a mental exercise, it was pretty convincing. As I have a feeling the Texas win tonight will be, should it happen.

It reminds me of that Lee game where the Yanks were down 2-0 and I was thinking shit he's up to 124 pitches or whatever, we still have a chance, and as it turned out it never came to pass because before the team could even get its last licks in versus Lee, the book was closed on Game 3. Looking ahead, looking ahead. It can be a sad thing!

That being said, let's go Yankees blowout! I mean blow those Rangers the **** out!

5 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 22, 2010 7:24 pm

I also think Berkman will have a moment in tonight's game, but ultimately, it will come down to Arod. Like last year, the Yankees will go as far as Arod takes them.

For those looking for a good omen, in game 5, Alex walked twice. During the regular season, he worked at least two walks in six games (only six?). In the games immediately following, he went .429/.577/1.286.

6 RIYank   ~  Oct 22, 2010 7:24 pm

[3] Hey, that's usually a good sign!

7 seamus   ~  Oct 22, 2010 7:28 pm

[3] [6] i've lost track. except somebody needs to be at Leos.

8 Mattpat11   ~  Oct 22, 2010 7:28 pm
9 monkeypants   ~  Oct 22, 2010 7:30 pm

Game 7, here we come.

10 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Oct 22, 2010 7:32 pm

Grrrr...got to pop out for some work..hope to be back by the 5th. Go Phranchise! Go Go Yankees!

11 Just Fair   ~  Oct 22, 2010 7:35 pm

I've been geeked up all day. All I ask for is a good. game. And then enjoy game 7. : )
Go Yankees!

12 randym77   ~  Oct 22, 2010 7:36 pm

I'm nervous, but I think they can do it. C'mon, Phil Phranchise.

13 Mattpat11   ~  Oct 22, 2010 7:39 pm

[6] Frankly it is. I felt real good about games 2-4.

14 Diane Firstman   ~  Oct 22, 2010 7:50 pm

UMMM ... we have rain :-(

15 Diane Firstman   ~  Oct 22, 2010 7:51 pm

Oh .... and MLB Network is now on channel 489 on Time Warner in Brooklyn and Queens (it used to be on 783)

16 monkeypants   ~  Oct 22, 2010 7:53 pm

[14] Ah...verging-on-November baseball.

17 rbj   ~  Oct 22, 2010 7:54 pm

[14] Game delayed?

18 seamus   ~  Oct 22, 2010 7:58 pm

ugh, i so just turned on the game and it's raining! booo! booo!

19 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Oct 22, 2010 7:59 pm

IT'S FUCKING RAINING??

You have GOT to be kidding me!!

In TEXAS?

Wtf?

Like my nerves need THIS??

20 rbj   ~  Oct 22, 2010 7:59 pm

Agony extended!

21 seamus   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:01 pm

oh tarp coming off already? sweet

22 Professor Longnose   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:01 pm

Hello, everyone. I don't know whether to be positive or negative.

23 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:02 pm

Hmm . . . a rainout could be VERY useful. Instead of having CC for just an inning or so tonight, the Yanks could have him on short rest in Game 7 the minute Andy needs help (if he does).

Let's see what happens.

24 Professor Longnose   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:02 pm

Wouldn't rain help the Yankees? They could then skip Hughes and have Sabathia and Pettitte going.

25 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:02 pm

[21] [23] Nevermind. I've got some work to do, so I'll be back later . . .

26 rbj   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:08 pm

Great, game will get started, then there will be a 45 minute rain delay after 4 innings, leading to a Mitre or Javy appearance.

27 Just Fair   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:08 pm

It. Is. Time.

28 mjpucci   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:10 pm

Evening, everyone! Got a good feeling about tonight...hope it doesn't rain too much.

29 RIYank   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:10 pm

[26] No, a CC appearance.

30 RIYank   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:11 pm

[28] You and Mattpat [3] should get together. You'll merge and turn into Prof. Longnose [22].

31 monkeypants   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:12 pm

Come on Jeter. : (

32 seamus   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:12 pm

just win. just win.

33 seamus   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:13 pm

nice at bat grandy!

34 Just Fair   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:13 pm

Good take.

35 Professor Longnose   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:13 pm

Run!

36 monkeypants   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:13 pm

[26] Good (good?, "good") news is there is a 60% chance of rain tomorrow. Maybe Lee's start will get fouled up...if the Yanks make it that far.

37 Professor Longnose   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:14 pm

[36] Interesting possibility: 2-hour rain delay in the 4th inning.

38 RIYank   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:14 pm

[36] Interesting. So, Lee and Pettitte get replaced by...? CC for us?

39 seamus   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:15 pm

not a good at bat from robbie.

40 seamus   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:15 pm

time to step up clutch-rod!

41 Professor Longnose   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:15 pm

Someone needs to break out...

42 mjpucci   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:16 pm

I guess he's due for a couple lousy ABs, but I really wish Robby had given Granderson a chance to steal there.

43 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:16 pm

I'm a fucking nervous wreck already.

44 monkeypants   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:16 pm

A-Rod is jumpy, again. Send Grandy!

45 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:18 pm

FUCKING FUCK!!!!

46 randym77   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:18 pm

Dammit.

47 seamus   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:18 pm

bull. he was safe.

48 monkeypants   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:18 pm

Ummm..he looked safe.

49 mjpucci   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:18 pm

Fuck that, he was safe.

50 Just Fair   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:18 pm

SAFE!

51 Professor Longnose   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:18 pm

Man, he looked safe.

52 RIYank   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:19 pm

Fuck.
I blame you, mjpucci.

I hope this isn't going to be one of those Chessmaster days.

53 mjpucci   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:20 pm

[52] See, I had a good feeling only because I wasn't curled up in the fetal position before the game. After that call, I've taken my shoes off.

54 Mattpat11   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:20 pm

Not even close, really.

55 monkeypants   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:21 pm

[52] Come on, we all know you LOVE plays.

56 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:21 pm

Let's go, young Philip.

57 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:22 pm

Good curve.

58 Mattpat11   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:22 pm

[55] We don't do plays.

Waitaminute...

59 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:23 pm

Good 1-2 pitch.

60 RIYank   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:23 pm

Oh, good, Ron Washington is also going to play chess. Unless Elvis is allowed to bunt on his own.

61 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:23 pm

NOOOOO!!

62 rbj   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:23 pm

Fuck!

63 Just Fair   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:23 pm

Good Phil. Outside location and you miss by a foot.

64 mjpucci   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:23 pm

Was Granderson in right field or something?

65 seamus   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:23 pm

um, phil. you missed your location by two feet.

66 randym77   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:23 pm

Uh, boy. Come on, Phil.

67 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:23 pm

Wasn't a bad pitch.

68 RIYank   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:24 pm

He's a little nervy. He'll calm down.

69 Professor Longnose   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:24 pm

I've been reading how Hughes can't put away guys with two strikes, but no one says why.

70 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:24 pm

That one was right over the dish.

Fuck.

I feel ill.

71 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:25 pm

Just awful early signs. Yankees too aggressive and missing hittable pitches and then Hughes/Posada continuing to make mistakes with the fastball. In other words, game 2 all over again.

The outcome of this series could wind up coming down to the decision to have Hughes pitch twice.

72 yankintexas   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:25 pm

Hughes is up. Yanks better score a lot in this game.

73 RIYank   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:25 pm

[69] Yeah, I've wondered that myself. It has something to do with the fact that he relies so much on his fastball.

74 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:25 pm

Young was right on that curve.

Get the pen started.

75 mjpucci   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:25 pm

I dunno, some of these curves are a little too juicy for my liking.

76 yankintexas   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:26 pm

Any chance for a rain out?

77 Professor Longnose   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:26 pm

[73] He needs an out pitch.

78 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:26 pm

If Hughes isn't going to throw inside fastballs, pack it in now.

79 seamus   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:26 pm

they just foul his strike two pitches off pitch after pitch.

80 seamus   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:26 pm

YES!

81 Just Fair   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:26 pm

Michael Young's ab's drive me fucking nuts! Nice K!

82 Professor Longnose   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:27 pm

Hey, no bunt? Is Washington asleep?

83 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:27 pm

Reached back, got to 94 to put him away, from 92. Ok.

He's gone, thank God.

Vlad...

84 RIYank   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:27 pm

[79] Excellent reverse jinx!

85 seamus   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:27 pm

94 on that last pitch. a little extra.

86 Professor Longnose   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:27 pm

Walk him.

87 seamus   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:28 pm

[84] practiced it all day! oh fuck

88 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:28 pm

Jesus.

GET.

THE PEN.

UP!

89 mjpucci   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:28 pm

Pray for a ground ball here.

90 Just Fair   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:28 pm

Easy dp for Bad Vlad. FUCK Hamilton.

91 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:28 pm

Hughes location is brutal. He is going to last long in this game.

92 randym77   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:28 pm

We need another GIDP from Hamilton.

93 RIYank   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:28 pm

Oof.

94 mjpucci   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:29 pm

Almost guaranteed the Rangers will try that double steal again. Will Posada bite again?

95 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:29 pm

FUCKING COOKIE!

GET HIM OUT OF THERE!

96 Professor Longnose   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:29 pm

Throwing strikes to Vlad?!?

97 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:29 pm

[94] Posada should come up firing...right to Hughes. Maybe they could get Andrus to break.

98 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:30 pm

Hughes can't come close to the target.

99 seamus   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:30 pm

[97] was just thinking that.

100 RIYank   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:30 pm

[97] I remember when they did that with Roger. Uh, can't remember against whom.

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101 Professor Longnose   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:30 pm

Nice curve. Finish him off.

102 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:30 pm

Pfew.

Ok.

One more.

103 Professor Longnose   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:31 pm

Shit.

104 rbj   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:31 pm

fucking shit

105 RIYank   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:31 pm

Hell yes.

106 seamus   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:31 pm

well, one run is no big deal. gotta keep them there though.

107 Professor Longnose   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:31 pm

Should have walked Hamilton. Or at least pitched around him.

108 Professor Longnose   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:31 pm

They have to hit.

109 RIYank   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:31 pm

I'll take the out. Long game.

110 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:31 pm

More awful pitch selection. If they keep living on the outer half, this game will be over by the third inning. It's incredible that they could make the same mistakes on both sides of the ball.

111 Professor Longnose   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:32 pm

Get the damn curve down.

112 seamus   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:33 pm

got him. good job phil!

113 Professor Longnose   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:33 pm

CHBW.

114 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:33 pm

Man, that could have been so much worse.

And it will be if he doesn't straighten his shit out but yesterday.

115 monkeypants   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:33 pm

That could have been.

Just get through five and keep 'em close, Phil.

116 Just Fair   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:33 pm

1st pittch jitters out of the way. Let's go O!

117 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:33 pm

*exhale*

118 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:33 pm

I really wish this Andy Pettitte going tonight. I can't see how Hughes gives them a quality start.

119 monkeypants   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:33 pm

[115] That could have been worse.

120 mjpucci   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:33 pm

On the one hand, things could be worse. On the other, how many times have we seen Hughes give up a run here, a run there, and before you know it it's the 5th inning and it's 6-1?

121 seamus   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:33 pm

[110] it wasn't pitch selection. Andrus had the big hit and on that one Hughes missed his location big time which was critical. Hamilton's hit I don't recall the pitch though. But nothing else was hit well.

122 randym77   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:34 pm

All right, that could have been worse. Could have been better, but could have been a lot worse.

Runs, please.

123 cult of basebaal   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:34 pm

Only 1.
Coulda been worse.
Now let's score some FUCKING runs.

124 wcyankee   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:34 pm

[117] I think I'm still waiting to! I can't be a wreck this early!

125 seamus   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:35 pm

[119] funny thing is i read that and thought you said "worse". I knew what you were going to say so i totally missed that the word wasn't there.

126 RIYank   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:35 pm

Hm, I made a mistake -- for some reason I thought 1st and 3rd with one out was a higher run expectancy than it is. The run-scoring groundout was a good result for TX, not a bad one.

Well, anyway, he got out of it without any more damage.

127 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:36 pm

Anyone seen the crack pipe? Or the valium? Or something?

Jesus, I'm a nervous wreck.

128 RIYank   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:36 pm

No, william, Hughes really did throw a lot of inside pitches. Maybe they got too much of the plate, but they weren't "living on the outside".

129 wcyankee   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:36 pm

[127] Ditto.

130 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:37 pm

OH, COME ON!!!!

Can't we even catch a fucking BREAK?

131 seamus   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:37 pm

damn. nice catch as alex strokes that nicely.

132 monkeypants   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:37 pm

OK, they might just be snake-bit this series.

133 Just Fair   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:37 pm

BIg Fucking Deal.

134 randym77   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:37 pm

Damn. Robbed.

135 cult of basebaal   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:37 pm

I'm really starting to dislike that Anus feels ...

136 seamus   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:38 pm

berkman swinging at everything?

137 RIYank   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:38 pm

[132] Get serious. What you mean is: good, they're hitting hard enough, those will start going through for sure, Texas can't stay lucky for long...

138 RIYank   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:38 pm

[135] You dislike what???

139 cult of basebaal   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:39 pm

Uh, that should be ANDRUS FELLA.
STOOPID android auto-substitution ...

140 seamus   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:39 pm

i guess i'll ignore the strike zone box.

141 monkeypants   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:40 pm

[137] ...got 'em right where the Yanks want 'em...

That sort of thing?

142 wcyankee   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:40 pm

FUCK A DUCK

143 Professor Longnose   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:40 pm

OK, I've made up my mind. I'm going with negative.

144 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:41 pm

[139] hahahahah!! Anus Feels. Good old Anus Feels at shortstop.

145 rbj   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:41 pm

No hitter after 2 innings.

146 monkeypants   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:41 pm

Big inning for Hughes.

147 seamus   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:41 pm

what i worry about is that the bad breaks of hitting balls right at people will get the guys to "try harder". aka press.

148 wcyankee   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:42 pm

Swish wants to punch anyone who talks about Lee in the fucking mouth...how about getting a fucking hit off someone named NOT Lee Swish. I love ya guy but crimeny!

149 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:42 pm

[128] According to my count, nine were on the outer half, including three that were put in play. That's way too much. After game two, they should have adjusted. After one inning, it doesn't seem so.

150 yankintexas   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:43 pm

Too bad the Yankee hitters don't bat against Hughes. He could use the confidence boost like the one they are giving Lewis.

151 wcyankee   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:43 pm

Okay I'm tense...who here isn't. *breathe*

152 cult of basebaal   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:43 pm

Although, frankly this game has got an 'anus feel' to it going already ... and I don't like that either.

153 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:43 pm

Did someone at TBS pop in a tape of Game 2?

154 randym77   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:43 pm

Anus Feels! A new nickname!

155 Diane Firstman   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:43 pm

Elvis Andrus anagrams to ANUS DRIVELS

(you're welcome)

156 Just Fair   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:44 pm

C'mon, Phil. 1,2,3, baby!

157 wcyankee   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:44 pm

[152]Agreed

158 mjpucci   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:44 pm

[151] I've got the Maalox at the ready.

159 seamus   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:44 pm

i'm pretty sure andrus has heard the anus jokes before.

160 wcyankee   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:45 pm

[158] I need more than that!

161 seamus   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:45 pm

btw, if it weren't for the obvious grade school humor it brings out, i like the name andrus. when said correctly it has such a cool ring to it.

162 RIYank   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:46 pm

[149] The Andrus double was inside. The Hamilton single was outside. Cruz flied out on a low cutter, near the middle.

163 Diane Firstman   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:46 pm

[159]

and when he faces Pettitte, its Anus and Andy ...

(groan)

164 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:46 pm

NIce pitch, Phil.

165 seamus   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:47 pm

[163] haha. groan worthy for sure. :)

166 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:47 pm

[163] Hi, Diane. :)

167 yankintexas   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:47 pm

Wow. What zip code was that?

168 Just Fair   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:47 pm

Yeesh. Nice work, blue. That'll be called about 1 in 10 times.

169 RIYank   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:47 pm

[161] Which was is correctly? All the announcers just say it as if it were "Andrews".

170 seamus   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:47 pm

nice and easy inning!

171 Just Fair   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:47 pm

ClappityclapClappityclapClappityclapClappityclapClappityclapClappityclap

172 randym77   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:47 pm

Nice job, Phil.

173 monkeypants   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:47 pm

Nice work. Let's go, O.

174 Diane Firstman   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:48 pm

I for one welcome our new robot umpire overlords, whenever they arrive.

175 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:48 pm

What was that?

One-two-three?

Praise Jesus.

Now let's get the ol' Truck revved up!

176 RIYank   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:48 pm

I knew he'd settle down.

177 seamus   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:48 pm

[169] you know, good question. i say it An-Druce. But maybe that's not right.

178 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:49 pm

[174] Kiss ass.

179 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:49 pm

[162] The Vlad groundout was away too. Hughes needs to be on the inner half, which is dangerous for him because his location is iffy. If he lives outer half, they'll take him to the opposite field and he'll always be leading them right to the curve ball.

It must be tough for a young pitcher to execute a game plan under such pressure, but again, that's why Andy should be pitching tonight.

180 mjpucci   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:49 pm

If Hughes can keep the game in line, hopefully the bats will spring to life second time around.

181 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:49 pm

[176] I'm relieved you were right.

182 RIYank   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:50 pm

[179] You know what's odd, is that the Andrus double was straight to CF. Not the opposite field at all -- Granderson was playing Andrus to hit the other way, which is why it went for a double.

183 Just Fair   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:50 pm

Howz about this no-hitter?

184 Professor Longnose   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:50 pm

Gotta put some hurt on this putz.

185 mjpucci   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:50 pm

[179] You're taking the stance of 'You can't lose Game 7 until you win Game 6 so go with your best,' but if we used Andy now who would you then start tomorrow?

186 Professor Longnose   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:51 pm

They're not even making him work.

187 wcyankee   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:51 pm

First pitch shit is fucking maddening.

188 yankintexas   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:52 pm

Lewis isn't Lee. Take some damn pitches!

189 seamus   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:52 pm

ok we're making this too easy

190 monkeypants   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:52 pm

Complete game shut out on 73 pitches?

191 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:52 pm

I need to stop harping on Hughes. This offense's approach has been awful, so it may not even matter who is pitching.

192 wcyankee   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:53 pm

Dear God

193 Just Fair   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:53 pm

booooooooooooooooooo Fucking Colby Louis.
NEEEEERRRRRDDDDDDD!!!!!!!!!!!!!

194 RIYank   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:53 pm

[185] I think he means the rotation should have been set up differently, with CC going three times, short rest.

195 seamus   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:54 pm

message to yankees: all pitches on outside corner are strikes. no matter how far outside. unless we throw them.

196 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:54 pm

I'm slowly drifting from nervous wreck to demoralized.

197 RIYank   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:54 pm

[195] Even if we throw them (cf. strike three to David Murphy).

198 Mattpat11   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:54 pm

Brett Gardner should just have the umpire put two strikes on the board before he comes up. It would save everyone a lot of time and me a lot of angst

199 monkeypants   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:55 pm

Gameday had one and two on the corner, and strike three off the plate. This could be a long night if Cy Lewis gets call off the corner, what with his untouchable stuff.

200 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:55 pm

[185] I am referring to the same point I was harping on since before the series. Andy should have gone in 2 and 6 on full rest, with C.C. going 1, 4 and 7.

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201 wcyankee   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:55 pm

[198] No shit. Cripes!

202 randym77   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:55 pm

The good news is this ump has a really wide strike zone.

The bad news is this ump has a really wide strike zone.

203 seamus   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:55 pm

[197] you're right. i was just being pissy.

204 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:55 pm

[198] Would they be added to the pitch count?

205 cult of basebaal   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:55 pm

Brett Gardner, playing Carl Crawford back into his job.

Seriously, here's a tip Slappy, SWING THE FUCKING BAT.

206 seamus   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:57 pm

nice pitch. wow

207 Mattpat11   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:57 pm

[204] Sure, why the hell not.

208 RIYank   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:57 pm

Folks, that's just Brett Gardner. He can't hit those pitches. So he watches them, and if he thinks strike three is in the zone he tries to foul it.
It works pretty well for him.

209 Professor Longnose   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:58 pm

[205] A guy with no power has to take pitches to get walks. Gardner's been great at working counts this season.

210 monkeypants   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:58 pm

[205] The first two batters took about three pitches between them...Gardner should have been taking until he got to two strikes. Now, whether he should have swung at "strike" three off the plate (which the ump seems to be giving tonight) is another story.

211 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:58 pm

GET THE MOTHERFUCK OUT OF HERE????

WHAT????????????

212 seamus   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:58 pm

why did the strike zone suddenly change for hughes?

213 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:59 pm

If Hughes implodes again, I hope it doesn't set him back. He also must be dead tired. He has never pitched so much.

214 Diane Firstman   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:59 pm

In 2010, Gardner set the record for highest pitches per plate appearance since they began keeping the stat (true!).

215 mjpucci   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:59 pm

Hughes doesn't get the 1-2 pitch that the ump was giving earlier.

Uh-oh, we have a Rudy G. sighting...

216 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:59 pm

But that was strike three before!

Fuck you, blue.

Just fuck you.

217 monkeypants   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:59 pm

grrrrrrrrrrr

218 rbj   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:59 pm

0-2 to a walk? ugh.

219 RIYank   ~  Oct 22, 2010 8:59 pm

[212] He got a call on the curve, strike one. I think the curve will get called out there, the fastball not. There's some kind of optical illusion or something.

220 Just Fair   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:00 pm

Phil's location sucks. It has sucked all year. FUCKING BULLSHIT.
0-2 for fuck's sake! Don't be a shithead.

221 wcyankee   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:00 pm

[216] Yep

222 seamus   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:00 pm

[219] i'm pretty sure lewis is getting the fastballs off the plate on that side.

223 RIYank   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:01 pm

Yow. That was right in the spot that Elvis drilled it in the first. The pitch was, I mean, obviously not the hit.

224 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:01 pm

God, he's getting away with a LOT of mistakes.

225 Mattpat11   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:01 pm

[210] The goal should be about getting base runners and then runs. "Working the pitch count" should be the secondary goal, not the primary.

226 Just Fair   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:02 pm

He's missing by a TON. ; (

227 RIYank   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:02 pm

[222] Yeah, maybe. But I believe his fastball breaks differently from Phil's.

[225] But he does get on base as well as almost any Yankee.

228 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:02 pm

Fuck.

Another lucky break.

Two out.

229 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:03 pm

Another crappy outside fastball. It's time to take Hughes out now. We've already seen this approach doesn't work.

230 mjpucci   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:03 pm

Whoa. Exhale. Rinse. Repeat.

231 seamus   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:03 pm

[225] a hitter can't just change his approach and expect to succeed. You are good at what you are good at.

232 Mattpat11   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:03 pm

Its time to start warming someone up. You can't pitch with one pitch.

233 wcyankee   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:03 pm

OH MY GOD

234 Diane Firstman   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:03 pm

who couldn't see that coming .... sigh

235 randym77   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:03 pm

Crap.

236 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:03 pm

JESUS CHRIST ALMIGHTY!!!

FUCKING JUST SHOOT ME.

237 rbj   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:03 pm

Finding new ways to lose.

238 RIYank   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:03 pm

Oh, fuck. Are you kidding me? Fuck.

239 yankintexas   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:04 pm

Was that a strike?

240 Mattpat11   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:04 pm

Of course.

241 monkeypants   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:04 pm

[225] He led the team in OBP. Clearly he gets on base by working the count.

242 Just Fair   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:04 pm

Rich Ankiel.

243 seamus   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:04 pm

kid is jacked up. settle down hughesy

244 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:04 pm

Fuck if he didn't almost throw it away again.

245 wcyankee   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:04 pm

Jiminey Christmas Hughsie, cut a fart or something to relieve the pressure!

246 randym77   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:04 pm

You know he's rattled when he can't even IBB someone.

247 mjpucci   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:05 pm

Too dramatic to say this is the game?

248 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:05 pm

God, don't throw that pitch again.

249 Just Fair   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:05 pm

Just keep him in the park for Mo's sake.

250 Professor Longnose   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:05 pm

[247] Nope. It could be.

251 RIYank   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:06 pm

Fuck. I blame Girardi for that. IBB to Hamilton is just fucking stupid. (Though I admit it's not stupid because of the high frequency of IBB WPs.)

252 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:06 pm

Up and in.

253 joe   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:06 pm

I was feeling optimistic about this game until Phil started pitching. He's gotta be tired or something.

254 yankintexas   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:06 pm

Hopefully the result of this game will facilitate Girardi's exodus

255 rbj   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:06 pm

Thank Mo for Robbie.

256 Professor Longnose   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:06 pm

Cano scared me, keeping his back to the infield.

257 Just Fair   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:07 pm

Word. Still in it. This is torture.

258 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:07 pm

PFew.

This can't keep up.

Another bullet dodged.

259 RIYank   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:07 pm

Great pitch.
Go get 'em, Phil!

260 seamus   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:07 pm

phew. can someone find my heart? i'm having trouble breathing without it.

261 randym77   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:07 pm

He escapes.

But he really looks nervous. Can't blame him, but jeez, the kid is in over his head here.

262 monkeypants   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:07 pm

And once again, the ol' IBB/WP play works out, just like they drew it up.

263 Mattpat11   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:07 pm

[241] I just think that going up there with a game plan of "no matter what, I'm taking the first two pitches. I'll work from there" is faulty in the playoffs when theoretically you're facing the best pitching in the league. The pitchers are now throwing meatballs for strike one because they know he won't swing. Maybe if he does he'll hit a double.

264 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:07 pm

[257] Sheer and brutal agony.

265 Just Fair   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:08 pm

So. Howz about this no hitter?

266 RIYank   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:08 pm

[264] I FEEL GOOD!

267 Just Fair   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:09 pm

Does anyone you know acutally watch Lopez?

268 rbj   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:10 pm

How about we break up the no hitter (& shut out) this inning, Cap'n.

269 randym77   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:10 pm

[265] A no-hitter? Wow, the guy whose Mom named him after cheese has a no-hitter?

270 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:10 pm

[266] I don't know whether to laugh or punch you in the face so, seeing as how I like you and all, I'll opt for the former.

271 wcyankee   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:11 pm

Well that sucked.

272 monkeypants   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:12 pm

[263] I'm not going to question the approach of the guy who led his team in OBP, and scored 97 runs (fourth on the team, despite having between 130 and 160 few PAs than the guys with more runs scored).

And those were NOT meatballs. All three pitches were on the corner or off the plate (check Gameday).

273 Just Fair   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:12 pm

What other park are you going to see some a-hole swinging the state flag? Ugh. Jeter hit the shit out of that one.

274 RIYank   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:12 pm

Here we go. Curtis will break the spell.

275 seamus   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:12 pm

no hitter. no hitter. no fucking hitter.

276 RIYank   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:13 pm

[273] No other states even know what their state flag is. Can you imagine a New Yorker waving a state flag??

Come to think of it, I do know what the RI state flag looks like. But I've never waved it.

277 monkeypants   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:13 pm

[275] I like your style!

278 seamus   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:13 pm

better at bat robbie? please?

279 monkeypants   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:14 pm

Do NOT send Grandy. (I'm changing things up.)

280 wcyankee   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:14 pm

Take this Fucker deep Robbie

281 Mattpat11   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:14 pm

[276] I did a report on NY in school so I know the flag. Have never waved it

282 RIYank   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:14 pm

Patience, please, Rob!

283 seamus   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:14 pm

i'm heading out for a bit guys. gonna pick up some pa state flags.

284 Professor Longnose   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:14 pm

[267] Nope.

285 monkeypants   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:14 pm

[276] I live in a place where the "state" flag is ubiquitous.

286 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:14 pm

I'm going to cry.

287 mjpucci   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:15 pm

Holy shit. This is brutal.

288 Just Fair   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:15 pm

[269] I had to use the google machine for that one. Never heard of it. Learn something new every day at the BB ; )
Oh, Christ.

289 Mattpat11   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:15 pm

The perfect way to end this post season would be a 27 batter no hitter.

290 rbj   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:15 pm

Fucking damnation.

291 randym77   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:15 pm

Christ on a cracker.

292 seamus   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:15 pm

oh bullshit. look, a lot of bad luck here. i'm concerned about that.

293 RIYank   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:15 pm

Not patient.

294 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:15 pm

Just might not be there night or series.

295 monkeypants   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:15 pm

[279] OK, that didn't work either.

296 The Hawk   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:15 pm

Just wanted to pop and say what the FUCK is up with the bats? I guess the same thing that's been up with em most of the series

297 yankintexas   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:15 pm

Looks like we need to sign some luck in the off season

298 rbj   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:15 pm

And now a fucking talking baby ad.

299 Just Fair   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:16 pm

[285] But I like the Maple Leaf.

300 RIYank   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:16 pm

[285] That's right. The fleur de lis.

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301 cult of basebaal   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:16 pm

Yeah, definite 'anus feel'.

302 wcyankee   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:16 pm

[286] I'm damn near at that point. Fuck.

303 seamus   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:17 pm

i broke up with my girlfriend for this?*

*slight distortion of actual events...

304 thelarmis   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:17 pm

colby fucking lewis. really? again?! : /

and fuck this little elvis fucker.

oh, and this claw & antler business is crap. total bullshit.

305 RIYank   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:17 pm

I'm oddly confident. I believe we're going to win this game.

306 Just Fair   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:17 pm

I teach the NY flag to my students. Lady Liberty and Lady Justice, Baby!

307 Professor Longnose   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:17 pm

[297] That nails it.

308 seamus   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:18 pm

[305] oh put that reverse jinx away. i don't like that one!

309 monkeypants   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:18 pm

[305] I'm with you...we just need Phil to keep his act together for another two or three innings.

310 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:19 pm

[298] LOL

311 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:19 pm

From my experience visiting the state, they are Texans first. Never saw the state flag flown so much. Can't say I think that's a bad thing though. It's kind of the principle upon which the union was based.

312 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:19 pm

[303] And again, LOL!!

313 seamus   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:19 pm

that's ok. we'll pick him off.

314 thelarmis   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:19 pm

gotta love the 4-pitch walk.

FUCK!

315 monkeypants   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:20 pm

[309] Of course, a four pitch walk doesn't help.

316 Just Fair   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:20 pm

Phil's gassed. That's my take. But I don't think he's been all that this season despite his numbers. Oy (Oi!) But I like OY better.

317 thelarmis   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:21 pm

i'm still weirded out seeing the confederate flag and i've lived here for over 14 years. it's ubiquitous, and very very odd. me no likey...

318 RIYank   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:21 pm

I think three of those four pitches were in the strike zone.

319 seamus   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:21 pm

[314] [315] none were wild pitches so i consider it a success!

320 Professor Longnose   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:21 pm

All right! Myman doesn't blow a pop-up.

321 seamus   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:21 pm

[316] i actually say Oy slightly different than i say oi. weird i know.

322 monkeypants   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:21 pm

[319] To be fair, though, he was not attempting an IBB.

323 rbj   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:22 pm

Ruh roh, a Molina sighting.

324 seamus   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:22 pm

[317] odd fact, you see the confederate flag here a lot too. stupid western pennsylvania has never quite figured out how north it is.

325 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:22 pm

That fastball was 88?

326 mjpucci   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:22 pm

Watching this game in work clothes was clearly a mistake. I've now moved into more casual wear, Score Truck to follow.

327 seamus   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:22 pm

molina thumping his chest is so incredibly unimpressive.

328 RIYank   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:23 pm

I dislike flags of all kinds. Not the way they look, just the whole idea of a flag for a geographical entity. It's... tribalistic. Or something like that.

329 Just Fair   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:23 pm

FINISH HIM!

330 monkeypants   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:23 pm

Bengie Molina pounding his chest in slow motion...there is something wrong about that image.

331 yankintexas   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:24 pm

Do you IBB Molina with a man on first? - Girardi's thought process

332 seamus   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:24 pm

[330] we seem to be on the same page right now...

333 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:24 pm

Agony.

334 RIYank   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:24 pm

[325] A cutter, I think (if I know which one you mean).

335 monkeypants   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:24 pm

[328] But surely you like Championship Flags?!?

336 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:25 pm

[334] Ah. Cheers.

337 RIYank   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:25 pm

[331] Good thought. If that doesn't clog the bases, nothing will.

338 Just Fair   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:25 pm

If there's a game 7 I'll let my freak flag fly.
Whatever that means. ; )

339 mjpucci   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:25 pm

Ron Darling just said nothing slows down a game like speed. Look like someone's been listening to the Michael Kay Lecture Series.

340 thelarmis   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:25 pm

[328] what about flags that are on single eighth & sixteenth notes and rests? (32nd & 64th, too!) those flags are fine! : )

341 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:26 pm

Godddd, pitch the baseball!!!

342 monkeypants   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:26 pm

[337] OK, you're the math guy. Here's a question:

Is it better to IBB Molina to clog the bases, or let him hit a HR to kill the rally?

343 RIYank   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:26 pm

[335] Mmmmmmm.
Yes. And pennants. And the ship kind.
As long as it doesn't lend itself to flag-waving, I'm fine with it.

344 Professor Longnose   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:27 pm

[328] We can get by with good old whole notes very well, thank you.

345 RIYank   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:27 pm

[340] Oh, man, those are the best of all. HEMISEMIDEMI baby.

[342] I'll have to check my Clutch Expectancy Grit Chart.

346 monkeypants   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:27 pm

Pitch count doesn't matter. Phil is gone after six anyway.

Please finish off Bengie Molina. Please.

347 thelarmis   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:28 pm

YEAH!!!

348 seamus   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:28 pm

that'll do.

349 monkeypants   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:28 pm

Thank you.

350 Professor Longnose   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:28 pm

[342] Split the difference. Walk him, but then overthrow the first baseman on a pickoff move and let him get to third.

351 mjpucci   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:28 pm

Thump that, asshole.

352 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:28 pm

WOW!

Well that turned out well.

*EXHALE*

353 Mattpat11   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:28 pm

Thats one way to counter the stolen base.

354 Just Fair   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:28 pm

Dear Yankees,
Phil's pitching his guts out. Get a fucking hit. Then another. Then some fucking runs.
Sincerely,
The BB Gang

355 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:29 pm

Mr. OK Jazz is back from work now, everyone needs to calm down, you all sound like this guy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9KyBdPeKHg

Yanks are going to mash up the Cheese-man on the mound and whup some Texan ass. Feeling confident!!

356 Professor Longnose   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:29 pm

[345] Wish I had one of those charts.

357 thelarmis   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:29 pm

[345] crotchets, quavers and semi breves!

358 Mattpat11   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:29 pm

Come on Alex, launch one

359 monkeypants   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:30 pm

I hear the score truck comin'
It's rollin' 'round the bend...

360 Professor Longnose   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:30 pm

[354] Where do I sign?

361 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:30 pm

[354] Damn effing straight!

[359] I think its flight to Texas was a little delayed, but I expect it will arrive any moment now . . .

362 thelarmis   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:30 pm

[345] RI - you'd love this book i have. it's called: HEMIDEMISEMIQUAVERS...and other such things. [A Concise Guide to Music Notation]

good stuff!

363 monkeypants   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:31 pm

[350] I like your style, too.

364 RIYank   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:31 pm

[357] And the dots. Don't forget the dots. Double dots whenever possible.

365 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:31 pm

RUNSSSS!

366 seamus   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:31 pm

[355] good timing! do you have the score truck keys?

367 randym77   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:31 pm

Y'know, if the Yanks put up a bunch of runs, I bet that would settle Phil's nerves a lot.

368 rbj   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:32 pm

End this no hitter, A-Rod.

369 Just Fair   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:32 pm

WALK HIM!

370 wcyankee   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:32 pm

HIT THE FUCKING BALL!

371 Professor Longnose   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:33 pm

[367] Mine, too.

372 Diane Firstman   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:33 pm

With regard to flags, I'd like Michael Kay to announce all Yankee games by semaphore.

373 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:33 pm

Can Lewis throw anything but junk that's out of the zone?

374 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:33 pm

[366] 100% Japanese efficiency Score Truck technology! Go Go Yankees!!

375 RIYank   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:33 pm

[369] [370] Could we coordinate the screaming a little better than that, please?

376 Professor Longnose   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:33 pm

I shot a man in Reno...

377 seamus   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:33 pm

[374] woo zoom zoom!!!

378 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:33 pm

A-ROD!!!!!!!

379 mjpucci   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:33 pm

YES!!!!

380 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:34 pm

Yaaaayyy!!!

Ok, do this thing, fuckers!

Do it!!!

381 Just Fair   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:34 pm

One handed that sucker. Whoo-hooo.

382 Professor Longnose   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:34 pm

Haleblinkin'lujah

383 monkeypants   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:34 pm

Yay!

Damn, A-Rod looked like he hit that off the end of the bat.

384 RIYank   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:34 pm

HA!

385 rbj   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:34 pm

[372] That reminds me of the Monty Python skit of Wuthering Heights by semaphore

A hit! And in scoring position.

386 randym77   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:34 pm

Nice hit, Alex.

387 wcyankee   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:34 pm

[375] My bad

388 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:34 pm

[372] I would pay to see the extra feed of that.

As long as he couldn't talk.

389 Professor Longnose   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:34 pm

Come on, Berkbonk.

390 RIYank   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:35 pm

[362] I must have that book, thelarmis.

391 thelarmis   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:35 pm

[364] ah, augmentation dots aren't so cool. tough to teach, too. students have a hard time fully gripping the concept. a few years ago, i finally came up with an easier way to teach them.

don't forget minims!

392 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:35 pm

Goddamn it!

393 seamus   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:35 pm

oh damn i thought that was gone at first.

394 Just Fair   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:35 pm

My Name is Lance. How do you do?

395 mjpucci   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:35 pm

Damn, I thought he had that. Got the job done, though.

396 yankintexas   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:35 pm

No!!

397 RIYank   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:35 pm

I'm really glad Berkman is up. I'm afraid Girardi would call for a bunt with anyone else.

398 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:35 pm

Sigh. Thought it was gone. But I'll take the runner on 3rd.

399 rbj   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:35 pm

OK, sac fly, I'll take it.

400 Mattpat11   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:35 pm

Alright. IN THE AIR

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401 Professor Longnose   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:35 pm

GOTTA get this run in. Please....

402 monkeypants   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:35 pm

Just not enough to get it out.

Ah, Man-on-Third-Less-That-2-Outs, we meet again.

403 mjpucci   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:36 pm

WOOO!

404 Just Fair   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:36 pm

Now what?

405 wcyankee   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:36 pm

YES!!

406 Professor Longnose   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:36 pm

HBP? Looked like.

407 randym77   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:36 pm

Almost...

No-hitter's gone, and now so is the shutout.

Or is it?

408 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:36 pm

Wow!

A run!

A run!

Kick their asses out!!

409 monkeypants   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:36 pm

OK, that's one way to jump start the Score Truck.

410 mjpucci   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:36 pm

Hmmm...do we take that trade?

411 Just Fair   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:36 pm

The umps will fuck this up royally, somehow.

412 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:36 pm

Nope, it hit the ground first.

Wait - does that even matter?

413 rbj   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:36 pm

Molinas are a danger to everyone. Even teammates.

414 Professor Longnose   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:36 pm

Fortunately no replay for that.

415 RIYank   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:37 pm

What happened? I just went to pour a drink.

416 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:37 pm

What the fuck ever, if that's what it takes.

417 Just Fair   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:37 pm

Tough fucking shit. Payback's a bitch!

418 RIYank   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:37 pm

Oh, I get it.

419 Professor Longnose   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:37 pm

Maybe th eump thought Swisher was faking!

420 mjpucci   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:37 pm

[412] No.

421 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:37 pm

[411] Two men on, even with no run, is not a bad thing.

Anything that rattles Molina up is also not a bad thing. Let him get pissed and make some mistakes calling pitches.

422 monkeypants   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:37 pm

They can't review this, can they? Do the Yankees have a special acting coach, who teaches them how to react when they are/are not hit by the pitch?

423 Mattpat11   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:37 pm

Why would Swisher have gone down like that if he wasn't hit there? The umpires are awful.

424 seamus   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:37 pm

[412] doesn'tmatter. second time in this series swisher has been hit and they missed it.

425 Diane Firstman   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:37 pm

[385]

Yes ... that what I was going for ... :-)

426 Professor Longnose   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:37 pm

Makes up for the stolen base they took away from Granderson.

427 Professor Longnose   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:38 pm

Would that have scored the run?

428 Mattpat11   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:38 pm

[422] Swisher went down like he was shot.

429 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:39 pm

Small Ball runs = Mini Score Truck... i'll take it!

430 thelarmis   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:39 pm

[376] i'm playing that song on sunday.

[390] i got it in college. penn state bookstore. $12.50. dale wood is the author.

you could always just pick up the pocket dictionary of Music Notation. Alfred publishing. your local Border's should have it. $6.95 and worth every freaking penny and then some. essential. but it's all USA, so no mention of the incredibly strange, pointless, useless - yet fun wording - by the brits (minims, crotchets, quavers...).

431 Professor Longnose   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:39 pm

THAT would have scored the run.

432 Diane Firstman   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:40 pm

Please Joe ... don't pinch-run here

433 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:40 pm

Fair fair fair RUN RUN RUN!

Damn shame Swisher didn't beat that throw to first . . .

Bring him home, boys!

434 seamus   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:40 pm

[429] thanks for bringing the keys! we were lost without them.

435 Just Fair   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:40 pm

2 out Rally!

436 rbj   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:40 pm

[415] Whatcha drinking?

437 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:40 pm

RUNS!

CASH IN, CASH IN!!!

438 monkeypants   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:40 pm

[427] With the Yankees luck, it would have been a DP.

Wait, actually, it would not have scored the run because Swisher should have been on 1B...to score on Posada's double!

439 RIYank   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:40 pm

The WP was better than a HBP would have been. Run in, nobody on, one out, that's better than corners, no runs in, one out. (Better run expectancy.)

440 randym77   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:40 pm

Luck's turning our way now.

441 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:40 pm

Hit it out, hit it out!!

442 mjpucci   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:40 pm

Marcus has gotten some big hits here in Texas this season. We need one more...

443 yankintexas   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:40 pm

I'm guessing the media will focus on that one play which is now hurting is.

444 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:40 pm

He's late.

445 RIYank   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:41 pm

[436] Gin and tonic. (As long as it's still baseball, it's still summer, despite the chill outside.)

446 Professor Longnose   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:41 pm

[430] You a singer?

447 Just Fair   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:41 pm

Again I have to ask. Why is the 1st base ump and right field ump 20 feet away from one another? Just stupid.

448 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:41 pm

[441] The more runs, the better!

[436] Hmm. A drink. Good idea, rbj. I have some Saranac Pumpkin ale in the fridge.

449 thelarmis   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:42 pm

[415] i can't drink til next thursday (too much work). cult had a beer for me before. go ahead and have a drink for me, too! : )

450 monkeypants   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:42 pm

At least they made the fucker work some this inning, even if Thames can't deliver.

451 rbj   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:42 pm

[445] Vodka tonics for me.

452 seamus   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:42 pm

[448] how is the saranac pumpkin? my favorite of late is the southern tier pumpkin. my god it's amazing.

453 mjpucci   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:42 pm

No chance.

454 Diane Firstman   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:42 pm

I had a Boylan's Sugar Cane Cola ...

455 Just Fair   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:42 pm

Rats.

456 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:42 pm

[448] Yum. (FUCK.) I have some Long Trail.

Good idea.

Time to hit the bottle, Team!

457 Professor Longnose   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:43 pm

Hughes and Cheese are both pitching two-hitters.

458 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:43 pm

Son of a fucking bitch. Could they stop swinging at Lewis's slop out of the zone?!?!

ARGH!

459 yankintexas   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:43 pm

Even when we get a break it ends up bitin us in the ass.

460 rbj   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:43 pm

[448] [452] Had a pumpkin beer once. Just once. Course, I also don't like pumpkin pie.

461 Mattpat11   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:44 pm

Now we need Phil to hold them down

462 Professor Longnose   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:44 pm

And they've both thrown 67 pitches.

463 thelarmis   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:44 pm

[446] good god, NO!!!! professional percussionist and drummer. classical symphonic percussion, not hand drumming. i did have to pass a vocal proficiency in college. i've got loads of funny stories about that one. yeesh! : ~

464 OldYanksFan   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:44 pm

Did he say 2 for 21 with RISP this series? Amazing we are still playing. We are hitting just as badly without Teix as we were with him.

465 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:44 pm

[452] Its really good. I haven't tried the Southern Tier pumpkin, but I usually like their stuff.

Saranac also has some kind of new Oktoberfest-style beer; I might have to get one of those too!

[456] I do feel like we were all drinking a lot more last year in the postseason - or at least, discussing it more. To the fridge!

466 randym77   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:45 pm

I'm having a Josh Hamilton special. Ginger ale.

I'm too freakin' nervous to be drinking.

467 Professor Longnose   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:45 pm

[463] I'd love to hear 'em. Send me some at sesquipedalian@mindspring.com any time you want.

You doing a symphonic version of Johnny Cash?

I'm an ASCAP member, and a proud mediocre ukulele player.

468 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:45 pm

I am conflicted. I wanted the ump to rule WP, but that's kind of like playing small ball. Having the extra runner would have had much more potential.

469 seamus   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:45 pm

[465] i'll have to check it out. thanks

470 Diane Firstman   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:45 pm

I myself am a great air drummer ...

471 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:46 pm

[460] I hate pumpkin, won't eat pumpkin pie - but pumpkin beer is great.

My wife made pumpkin cupcakes the other day, and those were good too. Tasted more like carrot cake than pumpkin, IMHO - and I don't like carrot cake either! ;)

472 thelarmis   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:46 pm

[454] i had barq's root beer! now, i'm onto brita water...

[460] i don't like pumpkin pie, either. of course, i've never actually had pumpkin before... : )

473 Professor Longnose   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:46 pm

I love pumpkin pie.

474 seamus   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:46 pm

now if only we had a first basemen or something.

475 Diane Firstman   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:46 pm

I miss Teixeira ...

476 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:46 pm

Jesus Christ!

Thank God Jorgie was there.

477 monkeypants   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:46 pm

That was...interesting.

478 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:47 pm

You can't have a play like that in a game like this.

479 Just Fair   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:47 pm

Just think how good Phil will be when he remembers he used to have good control. Heal by spring, Teix.

480 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:47 pm

[465] Maybe we've all matured a bit.

481 mjpucci   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:47 pm

Mitch Moreland has really turned into a pain in my ass.

482 The Hawk   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:47 pm

Right now I'm thinking about the fact that it's a bye week for the Jets. That is bad timing ... for me anyway.

483 Mattpat11   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:48 pm

Where was Berkman there?

484 Diane Firstman   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:48 pm

ANUS DRIVELS at bat

485 seamus   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:48 pm

[480] WOAH! drinking less means being more mature? i'm never going to mature...

486 Professor Longnose   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:48 pm

Can't give the run back.

487 thelarmis   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:48 pm

[467] ha! my jazz trio backs up a pop-country band. we're playing a very country version of Folsom Prison Blues.

i, too, am an ASCAP member. both as a publisher & writer.

i hope to release my solo percussion cd by the years end. just waiting on the finalized artwork...

488 monkeypants   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:49 pm

Interesting: Darling (or was it Smoltz) just said that as a pitcher you hope they sacrifice and "give you an out."

489 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:49 pm

[480] Or, as [466] randym said, too nervous.

490 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:49 pm

[485] Heehee!

491 Boatzilla   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:49 pm

Welcome Jazz. You brought us some luck.

492 Diane Firstman   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:49 pm

Ummm ... Ron .... Berkman has 717 games at 1B in his career .. he KNOWS how to field a bunt.

493 monkeypants   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:49 pm

[484] Ranged to hole but could not make the play. Hughes was slow covering 1B.

494 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:50 pm

[489] Definitely. Seriously, I would have poured myself a beer earlier but I've just been sitting here in nervous paralysis.

495 RIYank   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:50 pm

[488] Yes, exactly! Pitchers know.

496 thelarmis   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:50 pm

the new Sierra Nevada seasonal is called "Tumbler". it's their autumnal brown ale. it's rather dark and very very tasty. i highly recommend it. good cold weather beer.

497 monkeypants   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:50 pm

[492] But Diane, there's not too much bunting in the NL.

498 The Hawk   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:51 pm

Come, on HUGHES

499 mjpucci   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:51 pm

Boy, you can see how this inning will play out: after Young makes out, another Hamilton IBB and another Vladdy showdown.

500 monkeypants   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:51 pm

Keep it together, Phil.

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501 Diane Firstman   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:51 pm

[497]

ROFL!

502 seamus   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:51 pm

[488] i missed that comment. good to hear that coming from the broadcast team.

503 Professor Longnose   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:51 pm

[487] Sounds interesting. How do I find it?

504 The Hawk   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:51 pm

[498] That was an unfortunately placed comma hahaha

505 Boatzilla   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:52 pm

[483] The shitty international announcers were saying that Hughes was way too slow to the bag. It looked it. They keep saying he looks tired.

506 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:52 pm

Nice, Phil.

I swear to god I thought he was going to fire to third.

507 Just Fair   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:52 pm

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm......Beeeeerrrrrrrrr.
2 outs!

508 RIYank   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:52 pm

Okay.
They won't really IBB Hamilton, right?

509 seamus   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:53 pm

oh, drinking PBR. since we're all sharing.

510 randym77   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:53 pm

Dave Robertson warming.

Maybe they should get him to IBB Hamilton.

511 monkeypants   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:53 pm

Did Girardi flash the "IBB sign", or the "No WP-IBB sign"?

512 thelarmis   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:53 pm

[503] i saved your email addy. when it's out, i'll prolly have a website put up and i'll link to it here with my name. least, that's the plan...

513 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:53 pm

[505] Boat! I got back from the morning バイト to catch A-Rod's 2-bagger. Talk to you later about the jazz, etc?

514 RIYank   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:53 pm

Oh fuck me.

515 seamus   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:53 pm

i have no problem walking hamilton. but he scares me.

516 Just Fair   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:53 pm

Big Expectations. Please keep him in the park.

517 Professor Longnose   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:53 pm

Anyone have anything to settle my nerves?

518 mjpucci   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:53 pm

It's deja vu all over again.

519 Diane Firstman   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:53 pm

These IBBs are giving me IBS ...

520 PickNY   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:53 pm

Smart walk!

521 monkeypants   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:54 pm

So, do you stick with Hughes v. Vlad, or go right to Robertson now?

522 thelarmis   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:54 pm

[509] hopefully, we'll be drinkin' together next summer in state college. but goddamn, i'll NEVER be drinkin' a PBR, yo! : )

523 Professor Longnose   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:54 pm

[512] Happy to be on your mailing list.

524 rbj   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:54 pm

Go after the hitter. There are two outs.

525 seamus   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:54 pm

[515] but i just remembered that vlad scares me too.

526 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:54 pm

Shit. Didn't Girardi learn his lesson?

INTENTIONAL WALKS ARE BAD BAD BAD.

527 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:54 pm

WHERE WAS THAT?

528 thelarmis   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:54 pm

OMG, how was that not a strike???????

529 Just Fair   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:54 pm

That's a fucking strike!

530 Diane Firstman   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:54 pm
531 PickNY   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:54 pm

That should of been a strike!

532 RIYank   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:54 pm

[521] Stick with Hughes. He looks fine.

533 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:55 pm

fuck

534 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:55 pm

And another IBB crosses the plate. Just went too long with Hughes.

535 Mattpat11   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:55 pm

Had a real bad feeling about putting that run on for Vlad.

536 randym77   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:55 pm

Crap. Crap. Crap.

537 rbj   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:55 pm

Motherfucking damned shit to hell!

538 monkeypants   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:55 pm

That was...predictable? Sub-optimal?

And NOW Girardi pulls Hughes.

539 Just Fair   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:55 pm

FUCK ME. Thought that was an F8. MoDamnit!

540 thelarmis   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:55 pm

goddamn motherfucking cocksucking bullshit!!!!!

stoopid IBB.

and missed strike 1 by the ump.

: (

541 seamus   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:55 pm

oh fuck.

542 RIYank   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:55 pm

Jesus Christ.
Fucking, fucking IBB. Fucking Joe Girardi.

543 mjpucci   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:56 pm

So if Joe's going to D-Rob now, why not before the double? I guess the binder told him to stick with Hughes.

544 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:56 pm

[499] You called it.

GOD FUCKING DAMN YOU JOE GIRARDI. I hope your ass gets canned.

DON'T INTENTIONALLY WALK ANYONE you bitch fuck person!

545 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:56 pm

*deflated*

546 Diane Firstman   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:56 pm

DOUBLE(CF)***

(for those Strat players)

547 Mattpat11   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:56 pm

[543] I'm worried that he's going to start mixing and matching.

548 monkeypants   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:56 pm

I have to admit, I don't understand why you pull Hughes now. If you think he's out of gas, pull him BEFORE Vlad bats. Otherwise, he gave up a dribbler and was ordered to IBB Hamilton. One hard hit ball to Vlad.

549 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:56 pm

Girardi continues to show an unfortunate lack of feel for when to remove his starter. Another big factor in this series.

550 Boatzilla   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:56 pm

Jazz go back to work. You're killin' us.

551 joe   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:56 pm

How many times are they gonna get punished by IBB'ing? Well... that might be the last time

552 PickNY   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:57 pm

We suck! I hate to say it! They ought to know this guys swing at everything so why give him a decent pitch! What a dumbass pitch. Inside or away this guy wants to hit something and we obliged him! Dang! I guess kicking off in their a$$ for years finally caught up wit-us!

553 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:57 pm

Fuck you and your meatballs.

FUCK YOU AND YOUR MEATBALLS!!!

554 monkeypants   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:57 pm

Hmmmm...Meatball Truck. I might like that even better than Score Truck.

555 RIYank   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:57 pm

The judgment about when to pull Hughes is not obvious. Not putting Rangers on base for free is obvious.

556 Boatzilla   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:57 pm

Correct me if I'm wrong, but hasn't Robertson had a shit series?

557 PickNY   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:58 pm

Damn how do you suppose to eat a meal that comes from your opponent moms. Man, she put their already bats back to sleep! This is unheard of! Wow!

558 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:58 pm

*wincing*

559 Matt Blankman   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:58 pm

Here's the thing - even in 2010, you don't IBB someone, even Josh Hamilton, to pitch to Vlad Guerrero.

560 joe   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:58 pm

[556] 5 ER, 3 IP I believe

561 yankintexas   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:59 pm

I don't know why Girardi pulled Hughes. His batting practice stuff is just as good as in the first inning

562 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:59 pm

Ok, third curve ball was good.

First two were practically on a tee.

563 Just Fair   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:59 pm

The Yankees will score more than 4 runs this game.

564 rbj   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:59 pm

[557] Nah, Yankee bats entirely capable of going to sleep by themselves.

565 Professor Longnose   ~  Oct 22, 2010 9:59 pm

[563] ?!

566 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:00 pm

According to reports, Girardi is already coming back, so apparently the new Yankee brass is happy with second best.

567 Diane Firstman   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:00 pm

sigh sigh sigh

568 mjpucci   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:00 pm

[563] It won't matter anymore.

569 Mattpat11   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:00 pm

Oh well.

570 thelarmis   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:00 pm

wow. season over.

i really thought we'd pull this out...

: (

571 seamus   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:00 pm

look, both hughes and robertson need to be capable of getting those outs. fact is if the players we need to perform don't perform we can't win.

572 Mattpat11   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:01 pm

[566] Fourth best

573 PickNY   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:01 pm

Well its a full moon and I hoping for something crazy and as I'm writing this a hr and listen to the music is CRAZY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That's cold! Well we had this comin NY! HA!

574 RIYank   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:01 pm

Yeah. Bringing in D-Rob for Hughes: not obvious.

575 rbj   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:01 pm

I . . . I . . . I . . . I've run out of curse words.

When's spring training?

576 thelarmis   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:01 pm

fuckin' intentional walks...

577 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:01 pm

...

578 Boatzilla   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:01 pm

Well, I guess I can go for my usual Sunday run tomorrow morning.

579 Professor Longnose   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:02 pm

And I have to watch the rest of it because it's the last game of the year.

580 wcyankee   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:02 pm

TBS announcers are having a jizz fest. Damn, damn, damn.

581 Mattpat11   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:02 pm

I hope the Yankees know how to fix this for next year.

582 thelarmis   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:02 pm

sure, why not...

583 Boatzilla   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:02 pm

I can't believe he couldn't trust Hughes to get one more out.

584 RIYank   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:02 pm

Damn. The one thing I knew I couldn't take would be Girardi over-managing the game into oblivion.

Fuck.

I have to go be miserable by myself. Check with youse tomorrow.

585 monkeypants   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:02 pm

What can you do when every move backfires? And no, I am "blaming" Girardi or anyone else at this point. It's just that every move, every tactic, every play, every non-play seems to blow up in the Yankees faces.

Ron Washington >>> Chess Master.

586 Diane Firstman   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:02 pm

ummm ... is anyone else warming up?

587 rbj   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:02 pm

[581] In two words: Cliff Lee.

588 Mattpat11   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:03 pm

[583] Well, he had shit all night.

589 thelarmis   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:03 pm

at least i won't be freaking out on stage tomorrow nite. recording a live dvd/documentary and i was worried i'd be preoccupied with the score. no need to worry now...

590 OldYanksFan   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:03 pm

Giving IBBs is bad.
Pitching to Hamilton is worse.

591 PickNY   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:03 pm

Is coach gonna give his team a chance? Dang, pull his ass whether somebody is ready or not!

592 Just Fair   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:03 pm

Fuck Texas with a rusty chainsaw.

593 yankintexas   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:03 pm

Can you fire a manager before the series is over?

594 Mattpat11   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:03 pm

[585] Its the opposite of last year when the Yankees won in spite of all Joe's bad moves.

595 Mattpat11   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:04 pm

[587] if they don't get him, they're in a shit ton of trouble.

596 wcyankee   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:04 pm

Fucking monkey shit! Can't win them all. FUCK!!!

597 thelarmis   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:04 pm

i hope andy comes back next year...

598 Just Fair   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:04 pm

You'd think an ump would know a curveball for a strike.

599 randym77   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:05 pm

Kerry Wood is warming.

600 PickNY   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:05 pm

Man I gonna watch the movie Predator! Holla atcha next year ladies and gents! Still had an al-ight season!

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601 RIYank   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:05 pm

[590] Uh, no. That's wrong. IBB is worse than pitching to Hamilton.

602 thelarmis   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:05 pm

d-rob has been brutal in this series.

603 seamus   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:05 pm

please get robertson out of there. he;s awful.

604 Diane Firstman   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:06 pm

Robertson isn't fooling anyone ....

605 Professor Longnose   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:06 pm

They just weren't good enough. They've been a .500 team for two months.

606 rbj   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:06 pm

Pull Robertson now. Mid batter.

607 Mattpat11   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:06 pm

[603] The binder says he's pitching well.

608 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:06 pm

[556] Yes, but the real reason NOT to go to Robertson there is he gives up too many home runs. Yes, he strikes a lot of guys out, but in a flyball park like this place, you don't go to a flyball pitcher, even if he strikes guys out. You go to a GROUNDBALL pitcher.

A single sucks, but far less than a homer or double or triple or whatever.

I can't believe Robertson is still in this fucking game. I have never been angrier with Girardi in my whole life.

609 monkeypants   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:06 pm

D-Rob has NOTHING tonight. Pull him now, middle of the AB.

610 thelarmis   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:06 pm

still within a grand slam.

and wouldn't that be grand...

611 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:06 pm

So after all that, we go up hacking at slop, right?

612 Just Fair   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:06 pm

Yanks will tie this is up shortly.

613 seamus   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:07 pm

[607] i know you're being hyperbolic but no it doesn't. he was lights out the last time he pitched which somehow makes it more frustrating.

614 monkeypants   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:07 pm

The only thing potentially working in the Yankees' favor is that the umps suck. It is POSSIBLE to score four more runs on blown calls.

615 Professor Longnose   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:07 pm

Hughes' ERA for the postseason: 11.42. Robertson's: 20.25.

616 seamus   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:08 pm

mount eerie rally cry

617 The Hawk   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:08 pm

I actually don't think he should've taken Hughes out there. Whatever.

The Yankees are just playing poorly. The pitching sucks for the most part, so does the hitting. The managing too. Not a good combination.

618 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:08 pm

Again, the real crime is setting up the rotation so AJ/Hughes pitched as much as CC/Andy. How anyone could justify that is beyond me.

619 Mattpat11   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:09 pm

It really is a shame. I'm not as angry as I was on Tuesday when Joe gave away the game though. Just kind of sad.

620 wcyankee   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:10 pm

Do I dare to wtach the end, PRAYING for a miracle?

621 Professor Longnose   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:10 pm

[619] Yeah. They can't win every year, but I hate to see them lose like this.

622 mjpucci   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:10 pm

When Gritner's second at-bat comes in the 6th inning, you know it's not going well.

623 OldYanksFan   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:10 pm

I don't believe you guys. If he pitched to Hammy, and Hammy hit one, you would all be calling for Girardi's head for not IBBing Hammy. That's the right move there.

Bottom line is when the Yankees fail, it's Girardi's fault.

624 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:11 pm

[611] That's what they did for the first four innings.

Sadly reminiscent of Game 6 in '04 . . . Dealing with junk shouldn't be this hard.

625 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:11 pm

Gardner has been a zero. Next year, Yanks need to make him the 4th outfielder and get themselves Crawford or Werth.

626 mjpucci   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:12 pm

Looks like Derek Jeter has a wedding to plan.

627 thelarmis   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:12 pm

pathetic.

628 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:12 pm

Jeter's AB just look awful.

629 Professor Longnose   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:12 pm

[623] Most of us had no problem with the IBB. Girardi's been bad, but so has the team.

630 The Hawk   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:12 pm

The team is just playing atrocious. Credit to the Rangers but let's face it the Yankees have been a joke in this series

631 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:13 pm

[623] No it was not. Not with Hughes having iffy command all night. Not with Vlad "I can hit a ball in the dirt over the wall" up after Hamilton.

The intentional walk is NEVER a good idea, but it especially wasn't here. If Hamilton hit a home run, c'est la vie. It happens. At least it was Hughes going after him, instead of just giving him first base.

632 Mattpat11   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:13 pm

Well, like I said if the Yankees got completely shut down by Colby Lewis twice in a week, they just weren't good enough.

633 mjpucci   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:13 pm

[623] I don't blame him for that. If he did it the once, you're going to do it again.

I just don't understand: if you're warming someone up, why wait until after the biggest AB of your season to do it? And why make it someone who's struggled all series long?

634 randym77   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:13 pm

I'm never going to criticize the manager for not IBBing someone. I don't think the IBB is a good idea, unless it's to get to the pitcher under NL rules. Even the best hitter makes outs more often than he gets hits.

635 Professor Longnose   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:13 pm

[631][ Who says the IBB is NEVER a good idea?

636 monkeypants   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:14 pm

[623] To be fair, RIYank is consistently against IBB.

I was ambivalent about the IBB. My only complaint is the decision to pull Hughes only after Vlad hit the double. If Hughes was on the short leash, then pull him sooner. If not, it doesn't seem right to pull him when he gave up only one hard hit ball all inning. Also, if you are willing to warm Wood in the fifth (which he was), and he is currently your best not-Mo reliever, then go straight to him.

637 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:14 pm

Garbage.

Absolute garbage.

638 Just Fair   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:14 pm

boooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

639 seamus   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:14 pm

man these announcers get so excited when the rangers do well. it's nauseating.

640 thelarmis   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:14 pm

colby fucking lewis. he'll prolly get destroyed in the WS...

641 rbj   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:14 pm

I'm not even so upset about Joe's pitching decisions, as the offense has gone totally dead.

642 yankintexas   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:15 pm

Jeter is symbolic of this Yankee team. Just keep doing the same thing over and over hoping for a different result. Insane and annoying

643 thelarmis   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:16 pm

RI is most agains the IBB when it's to load the bases...

[639] i think it's every announcer on every station in every series - everyone's just happy to see the yanks lose. i really and truly hate it. makes me sick.

644 Professor Longnose   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:16 pm

[642] Baseball is statistical. You get all kinds of different results doing the same thing.

645 OldYanksFan   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:17 pm

ALCS - Up to this game:
Hammy: .316 .458 1.000 1.458 - 4 HR
VladG::: .273 .273 0.318 0.591 - 0 HR

So (and with a RHP on the mound) you guys pitch to Hamilton instead of Vlad?

646 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:17 pm

[623] You pitch to Hamilton with Sabathia or you bring in Wood to get Vlad. Those are the only two options. Instead, we get Hughes to Vlad and then DRob for the white flag. Girardi's bullpen management has been putrid, but Hal and Cash "like" him, so next year we'll have more of the same. Judging by how long it took to figure out Torre was past his better days, Joe G's bumblings should be an October tradition throughout the decade.

647 mjpucci   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:17 pm

[639] [643] Which is weird, because from a television perspective, the Yankees always do well ratings-wise.

648 randym77   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:17 pm
649 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:17 pm

Now Kerry Wood comes in.

650 seamus   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:18 pm

[645] i agree with you and said so at the time.

651 monkeypants   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:18 pm

So here is Kerry Wood, probably for two innings...AFTER the game has been blown up. Someday some manager is going to use his bullpen differently.

652 Professor Longnose   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:19 pm

[646] Don't count on it. With Rodriguez and Jeter guaranteed playing time for the next few years no matter how bad they might wind up, Octobers are not guaranteed.

653 seamus   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:19 pm

[647] I think what television has figured out that the yankees might have more fans than any other single team, but they also have more haters than fans (because overall there are more fans of other teams combined than of the Yankees).

654 seamus   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:19 pm

[653] and what that means is good ratings by basically rooting against the Yankees.

655 jjmerlock   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:19 pm

Well, fuck this and fuck them.

I think blaming Girardi is the easy route tonight.

They made Lewis look like Cy fucking Young and their run was horseshit.

656 Professor Longnose   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:20 pm

[651] Can't argue with that.

657 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:20 pm

[649] Let's hope its not too little, too late!

[646] Not sure about CC vs Hamilton, but "you bring in Wood to get Vlad." is exactly right. You use the strikeout/GROUNDBALL pitcher, not the strikeout/FLYBALL pitcher.

No sense in saving Wood for the 7th or the 8th - the game might have gotten away by then.

658 thelarmis   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:20 pm

so, does kerry kome back next year?

certainly not with his $11mil option. maybe a cheaper 2-year deal? or does he look to close elsewhere next year?

659 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:20 pm

...No one here gets, out alive.

660 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:21 pm

Think that inning could have come in handy in the fifth? Bringing in Wood after the damage is done is an indictment.

661 rbj   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:21 pm

Ya know, when 40% of your rotation going into the season is A.J. Burnett and Javy Vazquez, it's amazing the Yankees made the post season and made it to the ALCS.

662 Professor Longnose   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:21 pm

[655] Yes, they haven't been good enough to win. Girardi hasn't helped, but he was just another factor.

663 OldYanksFan   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:21 pm

But Matt [632] has the bottom line.
We have not hit a lick.

664 seamus   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:21 pm

[657] and you can do that because you have CC out there for the 7th and 8th now. You couldn't do that otherwise without waving the white flag later in the game.

665 jjmerlock   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:21 pm

Hughes got squeezed on a clear strike, but he'd gotten plenty of gifts up until then, and no one told him he had to throw a fucking cookie on the next pitch to Vlad.

At least we're spared the sight of Cliff Lee abusing them tomorrow night. I have other things to do. This year has been unpleasant throughout. I always knew it would end shitty.

666 Professor Longnose   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:22 pm

[658] They say he can probably get better money to close somewhere else.

667 Mattpat11   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:22 pm

[655] I agree. Girardi almost singlehandedly lost game four. He's not been helpful tonight, but you have to be able to hit Colby Lewis.

668 Diane Firstman   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:22 pm

Everyone in this Liberty Mutual commercial needs to .....

669 wcyankee   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:22 pm

For the love of God, go down with everything you got. Don't pussy out and lay down. If they get this, that's all they'll ever get. 27 is waiting to turn into 28 before they ever get 1, let alone 2. (that's the booze talking).

670 jjmerlock   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:23 pm

[661] Exactly.

AJ Burnett is a fucking piece of shit. Nice number 2.

They didn't hit for shit this series. Some of the guys are hurt, some of the guys have no excuse.

You're not winning scoring one run on a bad call.

671 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:23 pm

[661] Girardi made 50% of his playoff rotation AJ/Hughes when it could have been 65% CC/Andy. That's the issue.

672 The Hawk   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:23 pm

I had a bad feeling when Jeter grounded out on the first pitch of the game. Stinkin' thinkin'.

673 rbj   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:23 pm

[668] die?

674 Professor Longnose   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:24 pm

[671] That's AN issue. Their hitting is another.

675 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:25 pm

[658] Wood has been very good, but if its at an inflated price, I see no reason to bring him back.

The Yanks have plenty of kids who could come up and throw gas out of the pen, if they'd just let them (Albaladejo comes to mind, among others . . .)

79 pitches through 6 innings. That's just over 13 pitches/inning. Why oh why oh why, no matter who the players are, does this team built on taking and raking, hack its way through postseason games against shitty pitchers?

676 The Hawk   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:25 pm

Look at this **** pitching into the seventh giving up one dubious run. The Yankees can't fucking hit!!! Jesus Christ, hit the fucking ball!!!

677 Just Fair   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:25 pm

Colby Lewis is simply too good. (puking)

678 jjmerlock   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:26 pm

[667] Girardi has sucked too, all series. But yeah, tonight, come on folks, these guys simply did not execute.

Hughes pitch to Vlad was fucking pathetic. And it wasn't even the first pitch after the IBB. It was cause Phil gets all freaked out by a single bad call.

The number of guys hitting below .200 in this series says it all.

This team had too many parts that sucked all year, or were a threat to suck all year, and the extra parts were, with few exceptions, sucky throughout, as well.

679 thelarmis   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:26 pm

[659] nice doors reference!

680 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:26 pm

[671] I put that one on the list, but far down it. The offense, the poor bullpen usage, and the offense are all ahead of it, at least.

681 seamus   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:26 pm

wait, berkman hit a triple? wow

682 The Hawk   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:26 pm

I want to kill A Rod right now. Just because I know how awesome he could have been

683 Just Fair   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:27 pm

Score. Fucking. Him.

684 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:27 pm

Fat Elvis with the triple!

PLEASE PLEASE . . . RUNS!!!!

685 OldYanksFan   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:27 pm

[671] You think Girardi made that decision ALONE? Without Cashman, Eiland and others? Are you dreaming? Or are you just on your Girardi hatefest?

686 Mattpat11   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:27 pm

"The Natural" mys ass. The Natural should be able to pass a piss test

687 monkeypants   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:27 pm

This could be the last game of the year, so I am here 'til the bitter end. So let's see some fight. Come on, Swish.

Or not.

688 mjpucci   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:27 pm

It was nice enjoying that Yankee rally for 3.5 seconds.

689 The Hawk   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:27 pm

[678] That WAS an awful, awful pitch to Vlad. Though he'd thrown it a few times before

690 Just Fair   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:28 pm

What a fucking joke. The hitting sucks. I don't care what Girardi has done.

691 Diane Firstman   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:28 pm

they're playing like they have a plane to catch ...

692 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:28 pm

Got to love the Yankees going up there ready to hack.

693 Boatzilla   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:28 pm

I think Hamilton is drunk.

694 jjmerlock   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:28 pm

This year has been headed for a wall for a long time, and when Tex, after sucking enormously, pulled a gasket, this shit was done.

My last fucking statement - fuck the Rangers for this: I hate EVERY team that used ballgirls. It's the stupidest, shittiest, easiest, corniest, shtickiest garbage a team can pull.

I hate those teams even more when the girl goes giggling out into right field because she couldn't field yet another wall ball.

So fuck the Rangers.

695 mjpucci   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:28 pm

The upshot here is I won't have to worry about the Fox/Cablevision dispute resolving itself.

696 rbj   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:29 pm

[671] I think there are times when a manager is sending a subtle message to the GM -- you've given me crap players, and I'm going to demonstrate that by playing the fucking piece of shit players you've given me. I think Torre did it at times, and I think Girardi is doing it. Phil should be in the pen right now. With a real #3 in the rotation. Javy should never have been signed. A.J. was enough of a risk.

Muthafuckingdamnit, even a gift triple can't be converted.

697 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:29 pm

[691] Its just unreal.

[687] I, too, am here to the end.

Can someone look up how many times Swisher swung at the first pitch he saw all year? WTF?!?!

698 Boatzilla   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:29 pm

Of course, Swish swings at the first pitch with a man on 3rd to eliminate any chance of a WP.

699 thelarmis   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:29 pm

i like Puma. an all-time great switch-hitter. hope he gets an everyday gig somewhere next year. i'm sure he will...

it's miss texas, show her the whole time, dammit.

this game sucks ass.

700 seamus   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:29 pm

did they really just come back from commercial just to show nolan ryan clapping and go back to commercial?

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701 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:30 pm

[685] I'd imagine that Girardi had the final say. Managers usually do on how rotations are setup. If Cashman was in agreement, shame on him too.

702 seamus   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:30 pm

[694] dude, i don't get the ball girl hate at all. what the frack is wrong with ball girls?

703 Matt Blankman   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:30 pm

Wow, if the Giants don't win, this might be one of those years I barely watch the WS.

704 monkeypants   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:31 pm

[671] Last year, as I recall, you were highly critical of Girardi's (?) decision to go with a three man rotation.

705 Mattpat11   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:31 pm

You know, part of me is going to be relieved when this season is over. It has been overly stressful and not all that fun for almost two full months

706 jjmerlock   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:31 pm

Kevin Long ain't looking too genius right now, btw.

This team pissed me off all year. A few nice moments, a few good rallies, a couple guys it was easy to like, and a bunch of guys it was easy to hate.

This year is a missed opportunity, and that sucks, but this was simply not a World Championship caliber team.

707 thelarmis   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:31 pm

[693] i wish i was.

won't be drunk til next thursday. [i'm off next friday, so i can sleep it off...:) ]

708 The Hawk   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:31 pm

The Yankees stunk it up this series. Maybe they'll stage a ridiculous comeback and upend Lee tomorrow, but as of right now - they just brought nothing besides a great inning in Game 1, a great Pettitte performance, a gritty Sabathia in game 5, and Robbie Cano, in general. That's it. At a certain point you gotta divorce what you want from what is or has been. It's tough.

709 Mattpat11   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:31 pm

[702] i think the old people is far schtickier

710 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:32 pm

[700] I missed that, and am I'm glad I did. I've never hated Nolan Ryan more than during this series. At least he doesn't have company tonight - THAT would be just perfect.

711 Matt Blankman   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:32 pm

[706] Agreed fully.

712 seamus   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:32 pm

[706] I was just going to post about Long. He's done miracles at times, but you can't ignore the fact that much of this team hit below par this year and especially in this series.

713 Just Fair   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:33 pm

Texas is making it look might easy.

714 thelarmis   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:33 pm

[702] yeah, i have zero problems with ballgirls. oh, and the braves girls that dance on the dugout - ooh la fuckin' la!!!! : o

715 Diane Firstman   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:33 pm

I'm actually going to be in SF next Wednesday through the following week ... if Yanks aren't in Series ... WS tickets might be easier to come by out there

(rationalizing)

716 thelarmis   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:33 pm

well, at least it wasn't a leadoff walk. ; )

717 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:33 pm

sigh

718 thelarmis   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:33 pm

oh, just fucking hit him in the ribs then...

719 Diane Firstman   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:33 pm

WTF ....an IBB with no outs?????????????????????????????????

720 seamus   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:34 pm

[714] ha yeah, well those girls are probably in a league of their own. :)

721 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:34 pm

YOU HAVE GOT TO BE SHITTING ME.

AGAIN with the IBB?!?!?!

AGAIN!!!!

Die in a fire, Joe Girardi. Die in a fucking fire.

722 mjpucci   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:34 pm

Give Girardi credit...he really doesn't give a fuck what any of us think.

723 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:34 pm

[704] I questioned the wisdom of going with AJ and Andy on three days rest in the ALCS because they had a 2-0 lead. In this series, the only guy who needed to go on three days rest was C.C., so it wasn't a similar issue.

724 yankintexas   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:34 pm

[685] Does it matter? It doesn't solve the hitting problem but it would have given us chance in this series. Don't you think having Lee available in games 3 and 7 didn't give the Rangers some confidence in this series?

725 Professor Longnose   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:35 pm

[719] Girardi doesn't know what else to do.

726 joe   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:35 pm

Man, Girardi is scared silly of Hamilton

727 thelarmis   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:35 pm

now, THIS is what RI hates more than anything...

728 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:35 pm

Texas going to beat TB and the Yankees to make the WS...impressive.

Yankees just don't have it this year...

729 jjmerlock   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:35 pm

[702] Keep in mind I hate LOTS of things.

Ball girls are shtick. Stick some kid out there who's going to hustle his rear end off all night. If you show me a ball girl who busts it, fine. But I guaran-motherfucking-tee you 96% of ball girls out there do more giggling than hustling. It's a cheap play.

A bunch of them are a fucking hazard to themselves. And that just sounds sexist because I've actually watched the ones they put on the field - they're there for shtick and for nothing else.

It's SUCH a Red Sox thing to do, btw, so, it shouldn't be a surprise that I despise it everywhere else.

730 Professor Longnose   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:35 pm

What the record for most IBBs in a row?

731 joe   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:35 pm

I hope they hit a grand slam. I dont even want the Yankees to win anymore

732 Just Fair   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:36 pm

Kinsler's going to hit a salami.

733 seamus   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:36 pm

[726] aren't you? the dude has creamed us all series.

ok, another IBB? actually, I definitely support this at this point. Look, ANY more runs puts this out of reach. so why the frack not IBB and create a force? if they hit a double we're fucked anyhow.

734 rbj   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:36 pm

[708] And we may have seen the last Andy Pettitte game.

Seriously? Your team is about to advance to the WS and you're chanting "Yankees suck?" No "pro our team" chants?

735 Mattpat11   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:36 pm

You know what would be great? if they brought in Tubby Chamberlain to ice this.

736 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:36 pm

[705] Don't want it to end for obivous reasons, but this was not a fun year, mostly because of how Girardi turned September into the equivalent of killing the clock. We shouldn't be surprised that this Yankee team couldn't rise to the occassion in October after playing September to not get hurt.

I'd like to think this team will be in line for significant changes, but I think Hal is happy with the four playoff gates and the increasing revenue.

737 yankintexas   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:37 pm

At this point I hope they jack one here so the camera can pan to Girardi's blank stare.

738 thelarmis   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:37 pm

out of grand slam reach...

739 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:37 pm

How come we keep getting routed?

740 Bronx Boy in NC   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:38 pm

Remember how we used to talk about "WHEN" we went to the World Series?

741 Just Fair   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:38 pm

Wait. You're allowed to score when there are guys on base. What the duece?

742 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:38 pm

[733] No. No one has a 1.000 OBP. Every time you walk a guy you take the chance of getting him out, whether its a 7 in 10 chance, a 6 in 10 chance, a 3 in 10 chance, and make it a ZERO in 10 chance. Its just stupid. I don't care about the force, I can about not putting runners on base for nothing.

743 mjpucci   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:38 pm

Why aren't we walking Murphy? There's a base open....somewhere.

744 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:38 pm

[734] Don't say that.

Andy's coming back.

No one's allowed to even suggest such things.

745 Professor Longnose   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:38 pm

I think we've collectively gotten irrational.

746 thelarmis   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:38 pm

[729] i always figure the girls are from softball teams and are real players. generally seems that way to me and they hustle and try to catch it. i think it's definitely better than the old guy schtick....

747 Mattpat11   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:38 pm

[739] Its really not all that good of a team?

748 joe   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:39 pm

[733] Hamilton is good but it doesn't do much good to give him a free base every time either. This whole team seems dickless

749 thelarmis   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:39 pm

oh god, please come back, Andy. please please please come back!!!

[pretty please.]

750 rbj   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:39 pm

[715] Root for the Giants for me. I got to watch Cody Ross when he was with the Mud Hens in 2003.

751 jjmerlock   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:40 pm

[709] I've never seen old people ball people. I don't know what I'd say about that. Sounds stupid, as well.

I hate that I'm praying so hard for Jeter to take a reasonable contract if he comes back.

Crapping out here could save us for years if it lessens the millstone that a Jeter contract could be - but if we get both... that's going to hurt.

752 thelarmis   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:40 pm

yes, go Giants. beat the phils, then beat tex-ass.

i'm down.

753 Diane Firstman   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:40 pm

Girardi has already ordered his NEXT IBB of Hamilton ...

754 Professor Longnose   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:40 pm

[749] I think he will.

755 Professor Longnose   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:40 pm

You don't win a lot of games when you get 3 hits.

756 thelarmis   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:41 pm

coupla loud outs.

i can't believe it's teh 8th inning.

i hope texass trots joba out there to pitch to the yanks. we'd grab the lead in no time!

757 Mattpat11   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:41 pm

[751] One of the west coast NL teams have them The Giants or the Padres or someone

758 randym77   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:41 pm

Bottom of the order coming up.

759 thelarmis   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:41 pm

[754] me too. : )

760 seamus   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:41 pm

[733] But why care about OBP with that guy? You're not IBBing the lead off hitter. You're trying to prevent the OBP guy from scoring because he's already on base. your goal here is primarily to prevent a hit. And you can change those odds by creating a force situation. Just my opinion I guess but I stand by it.

761 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:42 pm

[706] [712] Before lame-ass calls for another IBB and I throw my computer through the wall - I don't think you can hold the Yanks' crappy ALCS with the bats against Long. Anything can happen in a small sample - and on the whole, he did fantastic work this year. Cano is a big success. Swisher's walk rate went down a bit, but he had his best year at the plate. And Granderson after the re-worked swing has been unreal. Pre-thumb injury, Gardner hit well too.

Tex had a not great year - but I'd chalk that up to injury. Jeter is old and was due for a downswing. A-Rod's hip probably wasn't 100%. I don't think you can blame Long for those.

I think Long is an asset and the Yanks would be wise to keep him around.

762 jjmerlock   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:42 pm

[752] Certainly who I'm rooting for.

Goodnight, Banter. Thanks for being there all season.

I think we all knew how this one would end. I hope they can fix some things for next year. There's some things that sure need fixin'.

763 rbj   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:42 pm

[744] I've got my fingers crossed for him to come back. There will be no Javy, and maybe make A.J. a luggage carrier for road trips. Maybe convince Nova that he can pitch 6 innings instead of 4?

764 Professor Longnose   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:43 pm

[761] You sold me. Sign him up.

765 Bronx Boy in NC   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:43 pm

Things I've learned from the 2010 ALCS:

I gotta buy a 3D TV from Mr. Sulu and watch Conan on it.

If I grab some guy to keep him from walking in front of a truck, I'll set off a chain of selfless acts that culminates in my grabbing some guy to keep him from walking in front of a truck.

Derek Jeter has seen 0.89 pitches per at bat this series.

Age has caught up to Scott Bakula, Ray Romano and Andre Braugher. Not "a certain age," just plain old age.

It's football season.

766 seamus   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:43 pm

[761] I think those are all valid points.

767 jjmerlock   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:43 pm

[761] Fair points, and I'm not saying he's not an asset. But genius is probably a lot too strong.

768 thelarmis   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:44 pm

colby fucking lewis.

goddamn scumsucking cockhead piece o' dogshit.

769 seamus   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:44 pm

i feel better now that i've turned the volume down and let the music take over.

770 Just Fair   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:44 pm

I can't fucking believe Colby Fucking Lewis is still standing on the mound and he's give up one fucking run. And it was a gift. Epic Disaster.

771 Professor Longnose   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:45 pm

Anyone remember Charlie Lau?

772 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:45 pm

Go Go Giants, hope they take down Philly and sweep Texas.

773 Matt Blankman   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:45 pm

[736] I don't think the team really needs significant changes - this team does perpetually win 95 games and won a WS last year. It does need some change, but let's come back to Earth. Most fans would kill to have a team this good to root for year in and year out.

And I have killed Girardi non-stop, but really, if the team hits and the starters pitch better, Joe and his binder wouldn't hurt us.

774 monkeypants   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:46 pm

[760] your goal here is primarily to prevent a hit. And you can change those odds by creating a force situation.

You goal is to try to prevent runs, not to prevent a hit. Even though it goes against baseball wisdom, you increase the chance of giving up runs by issuing IBB. It's a high-risk/high-reward strategy (if you get lucky, you get a force play at home) that hurts you more often than it helps.

775 Professor Longnose   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:46 pm

[773] It was a different team from April to July than it was from August on. But which was the real one?

776 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:46 pm

You Banterers may think you are upset, but I 'm watching the loss while listenint to Sutcliffe go on about "These Rangers really make productive outs, they're all about TEAM under Ron Washington.."

I feel ill...

777 monkeypants   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:48 pm

[776] Ouch. I feel for you, man.

778 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:48 pm

[776] A swig of the Pumpkin Ale for poor Mr OK Jazz - you have it far worse than us.

779 thelarmis   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:48 pm

steal all the bases.

780 Just Fair   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:48 pm

That's something.

781 Professor Longnose   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:49 pm

Hey, monkeypants, your zipper's open!

Sorry, been wanting to yell that for a week.

782 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:49 pm

Oh look - a Yankee runner on base. OK Jeter, make sure you swing at the first pitch you see from Lewis! Gotta catch that plane!!!

783 Boatzilla   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:49 pm

Here comes Derek Jeter to swing at the first pitch and beat it into the ground.

784 Bronx Boy in NC   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:49 pm

[779] Then go around again.

785 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:49 pm

[773] By significant, I mean the manager and two guys who have become major distractions: Joba and AJ. Cashman has to try and get something for Joba, but I would just eat as much of AJ's contract as needed. Yankees really need a big time pitcher, so if they don't get Lee, things could get dicey next season.

786 thelarmis   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:49 pm

[769] whachya listenin' to, pal?

787 seamus   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:49 pm

[774] I don't agree with the presmie that you increase the chance of giving up runs. You increase the chance of giving up an extra run, but you are trading that for decreasing the chance of giving up the other runs.

To know whether or not it hurts more than it helps (on average) you would need to do a fairly heavy statistical analysis that I haven't done. It depends too much on whose on base, what the score is, who is up, and who is on deck. Oh and who is pitching. Or might be if you make a pitching change.

788 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:49 pm

Sutcliffe: "Jeter set the tone in that first AB, he hasn't got the ball out of the infield tonight"...

sigh....

789 rbj   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:50 pm

[771] Yes. *takes a moment to remember Charlie Lau*

790 thelarmis   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:50 pm

omg, jeter - you look god fucking awful.

just terrible.

791 Bronx Boy in NC   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:50 pm

ooooofh

792 Boatzilla   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:51 pm

Great AB Jeets.

793 Just Fair   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:51 pm

boooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

794 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:51 pm

That swing by Jeter kind of symbolizes the end of era for him.

795 thelarmis   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:51 pm

i have that overwhelming feeling that we're never gonna win another world series. ever.

796 rbj   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:51 pm

I think that just took a million per year off Jeter's next contract.

797 seamus   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:51 pm

[786] it's a mix. my yankees playlist actually. coastal drag at the moment though.

798 Mattpat11   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:51 pm

I really, really hope the Yankees have some kind of plan this off season.

799 thelarmis   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:52 pm

[791] where in north cackalackie? i'm a Queens boy in GA...

800 Professor Longnose   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:52 pm

[773] I don't think Joba's been that bad. His peripherals are good, and they have a very high BABIP against him. I think he'll be OK. They can't get rid of AJ because of the contract. They'll probably start him in the rotation and give him a month. If he doesn't recover, bullpen.

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801 Diane Firstman   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:52 pm

I may cry .... I need a hug .....

802 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:52 pm

[798] Re-sign Jeter and Rivera.

?????

Profit!

803 Boatzilla   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:53 pm

The biggest mystery of baseball is hitting. How it can just come and go, regardless of the pitcher. How Hall of Fame players like A-Rod and Jeter can swing at the first pitch for almost an entire series.

804 thelarmis   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:53 pm

well, at least we get to watch Mo work. that's always a treat.

805 Bronx Boy in NC   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:53 pm

Let me just say out of pure, small-souled spite: Teams that play the theme from "The Natural" for home runs and have cutesy little fan things (antlers, monkeys, thundersticks) are completely bush no matter how thoroughly they humiliate us.

Ya know, playing the Giants would have been a treat.

806 Professor Longnose   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:53 pm

[789] When he was the hitting coach at KC, every Royal had the same batting stance.

807 yankintexas   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:53 pm

Jeter gets tied up on Lewis' hanger. My how the mighty have fallen. I think the mats would have roughedbup Lewis tonight.

808 seamus   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:54 pm

[802] I do think we need to re-sign jeter and rivera. It's just a good business decision, baseball success aside. Trying for Lee is a no brainer. Trying to see what Jesus can do at catcher would be smart too.

809 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:54 pm

[800] Agreed. I still would like to see Joba at the #5 starter next year.

[805] It might still happen!

810 yankintexas   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:54 pm

Mats=Nats

811 randym77   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:54 pm

It's Mo. I was expecting Joba.

812 Bronx Boy in NC   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:54 pm

[799] Chapel Hill, three years outta the UES.

813 thelarmis   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:54 pm

[801] aw. long-distance HUG!!!

814 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:55 pm

[801] Intercontinental hug-vibes sent!

Sutcliffe: "It's actually kind of embarrsing to see Marinao Rivera pitch in such a situation.."

815 Professor Longnose   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:55 pm

Forget signing Cliff Lee. I want another chance at beating him next October.

816 seamus   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:55 pm

[801] *HUGS*

817 Bronx Boy in NC   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:55 pm

When the team in your heart
Lays a post-season fart
That's statistics...

818 seamus   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:56 pm

[815] yeah i'd love to beat him too. but i wouldn't mind if he won for us either.

819 yankintexas   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:56 pm

Binder says bring in Mo.

820 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:56 pm

God Bless Mo. Seeing him on the mound always makes me smile, even in the worst possible circumstances.

Dear TBS, please don't ever show Ron Washington and his statute dancing ever again. Your announcers are bad enough. That was horrific.

Fondly,

All Baseball Fans Everywhere

821 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:56 pm

Just think about what happens if you move Wood and Mariano up one inning?

822 Professor Longnose   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:56 pm

[814} ???!

823 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:56 pm

Sutt: (dramatic voice) "And how appropriate for these fans to see...Alex Rodriguez make the final out..he bats 3rd next inning..."

824 mjpucci   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:56 pm

[812] I'm UNC class of '04. How's the Hill treating you?

825 Bobtaco   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:57 pm

[795] Maybe not the CoreFour™, but the Yankees will.

826 seamus   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:57 pm

[823] seriously? what a tool.

827 Just Fair   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:57 pm

A 7 run comeback in the 9th sure would be one for the ages. If not I have one more team to add to my most depised list. It's getting pretty long.

828 Professor Longnose   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:57 pm

I'm very, very tired. It's been a long season.

829 thelarmis   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:58 pm

[823] oh, goddamn. FUCK sut! dumbass motherfucking cockbag.

830 rbj   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:58 pm

[808] Maybe he could resurrect the Yankee bats?

831 Mattpat11   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:58 pm

[808] If they don't get Lee, I don't think they have a chance

832 Yankster   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:58 pm

[823] that's beyond obnoxious.

833 moismycopilot   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:58 pm

Oof. I just got home to this.

This series has been a craptacular end to a truly craptacular week.

834 yankintexas   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:58 pm

Girardi is like the morning after pil taken a month later.

835 The Hawk   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:58 pm

I'm not the only one, but karmically the ridiculous talk about what are they gonna do against Cliff Lee in Game 7 was diabolical. I could see this coming a mile away, much as I wished against it

836 OldYanksFan   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:59 pm

I like girls. Especially when they are running.

On paper, we had a very good team.
Jeter, ARod and Teix didn't live up to their papers.
That's why we have lost.

837 Bronx Boy in NC   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:59 pm

[824] Well, right now my TV's in Chapel Hill and it's killing me. :) But we love it here. My wife is a UNC grad and when it was time to leave Manhattan and get a backyard someplace in America, this was a natural fit. I'll give your regards to Franklin Street.

838 thelarmis   ~  Oct 22, 2010 10:59 pm

i'd love it if Mikey Moose came back next year! ; )

839 monkeypants   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:00 pm

[787] You increase the chance of giving up an extra run, but you are trading that for decreasing the chance of giving up the other runs.

I'm not sure I understand you here, but I think that you saying that you increase the chance of giving up multiple runs, but decrease the chance of giving up one run (i.e., increase the chance of giving up zero runs). That's more or less what I said: high risk, high reward strategy.

Plenty of computer simulation studies (someone cited an article about Diamond Mind, above) and historical studies have demonstrated that on average you give up more runs by IBB.

But, as you say, it *may* increase the chance that you give up zero runs (even though when it blows up, the strategy yields worse results). If that is the case, you should only IBB when it is absolutely necessary not to give up one run and additional runs are not relevant (i.e., tied in the bottom of the ninth on the road). But in almost all other circumstances, historically, it really doesn't pay off.

840 rbj   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:00 pm

[836] Heh. LOL. Me too.

841 Bronx Boy in NC   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:00 pm

OK, here we go

842 Diane Firstman   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:00 pm

OK .... which of you guys gave Sutcliffe a brewski ... you KNOW he can't handle his liquor.

843 The Hawk   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:00 pm

Mariano, padding his post season stats

844 thelarmis   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:01 pm

thanks Mo. i love you!

845 jensc   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:01 pm

Just got home to see Jeter's last at-bat. I want a hug from Ron Washington too. :(

846 OldYanksFan   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:01 pm

[836] And AJ and Javy sucked.... but that didn't surprise me.

847 mjpucci   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:01 pm

Just watching Mo one more time settled me down a little.

848 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:01 pm

And thus spoke MO: "Lo! I am MO, and you shall not score on me, or get on base, or show any kind of threat. Sit your asses down, motherfuckers."

849 rbj   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:01 pm

three outs to get five runs. Not tooptomistic.

850 Professor Longnose   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:01 pm

[834] OK, that's the comment of the game.

851 monkeypants   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:01 pm

[821] That's kooky krazy talk, man.

852 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:01 pm

[803] They didn't hit much in September either. I really believe the approach taken that month played a big part in how October ended.

853 Just Fair   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:01 pm

Colby Lewis should have had 8 shutout innings. I don't give a flying fuck about Girardi.

854 seamus   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:02 pm

AJ hating aside, I don't know what you can realistically do with him. I guess I would get him in a room with Eiland and say "For the next 4 months Eiland is your roommate, coach, brother, and priest" or something ridiculously stupid like that.

855 Bronx Boy in NC   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:02 pm

[843] Or getting in one last hurrah? I shudder at the thought, but it's there.

856 Boatzilla   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:03 pm

Jazz. It's sad but the Japanese team on NHK is worse. They called Berkman's triple a double. Then the obilgatory, "eh".

857 Just Fair   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:03 pm

BAT AROUND! AND THEN SOME!

858 Mattpat11   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:04 pm

[854] Eiland didn't do a bit of good the last three months.

Find whatever fool team will take him and run like you robbed a bank.

859 Professor Longnose   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:04 pm

8 walks in a row ties the score.

860 rbj   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:04 pm

[854] Oh, I thought you were going to say, get him in a room and break his fucking arm -- both upper and lower -- to place him on the 60 day DL and ensure he doesn't pitch in 2011 or take up a 40 man roster position.

861 Bronx Boy in NC   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:04 pm

Things I've learned from the ALCS, continued:

If I go to Taco Bell I just might get slapped on the ass by Joe Girardi.

I will always have a yule log/Barry White video cued up on my iPhone.

In commercials, Mo talks like a native New Yorker from the '50s.

You can by rum in the supermarket.

862 mjpucci   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:05 pm

Granderson's two walks came on pitches in exactly the same place.

863 monkeypants   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:05 pm

[854] Yeah, what to do about AJ. His numbers before this year suggest he'll rebound some next year. Then again, some of his peripherals have been trending the wrong way for three seasons and he's gonna be 34.

I guess you slot him in as the #5 starter next year and start looking for one or two (depending on Andy) arms for the rotation.

864 rbj   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:05 pm

[861] You can in Ohio. The rum that is.

865 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:05 pm

[861] Gotta say, I'm really enjoying this stuff. Keep 'em coming!

866 seamus   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:06 pm

how many of the players on the rangers are from texas?

867 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:06 pm

One fucking run.

One lousy fucking bullshit cheapo run.

868 Professor Longnose   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:07 pm

I'm not looking forward to the Girardi interviews after the game.

869 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:07 pm

Would it have killed to run hard one last time, Robbie? Oh well, guess I can't get on the one guy who did anything this series.

870 thelarmis   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:07 pm

here comes the solo blast....

871 yankintexas   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:07 pm

That was some great hustle by Cano

872 rbj   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:07 pm

Sigh. I'll hold my glass high in a mournful toast.

873 Bronx Boy in NC   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:07 pm

"I hope they do it on the next one. I really want them to win."

My five-year-old daughter (meaning, "next year") after I tried to turn this into a teachable moment about life, joy and disappointment. I love her. I love the Yankees. Thanks for the ride, boys.

874 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:07 pm

[867] I hope A-Rod hits the ball a mile.

875 Mattpat11   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:08 pm

I'd like to say this was fun, but...

Just no.

876 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:08 pm

The worst part of this series loss wont be felt until after learning Girardi is coming back because then I'll know we can expect more of the same in the future.

877 thelarmis   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:08 pm

[864] you go to kroger? that's the main place here. well, that and publix. but it's mainly krogers...

878 moismycopilot   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:08 pm

[852] I have to agree with you there. When the team takes their foot off the gas during the last month of the season, it doesn't seem to work out well. The sloppiness carries over into the postseason.

879 Professor Longnose   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:08 pm

[873] A nice thought.

880 Just Fair   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:09 pm

Go Steelers. Go Penguins. Go Sabres. Fuck the 6 months without baseball.
: (

881 Mattpat11   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:09 pm

[863] Any second pitcher they get is likely to be awful.

882 Professor Longnose   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:09 pm

Good night, all. A hot stove awaits.

883 Bobtaco   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:09 pm

I don't think that was a strike

884 seamus   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:09 pm

well, it's been fun folks. i guess we'll have an interesting off season. at least i'll spend less time watching tv for now. With that said, freaks and geeks is on...

885 Boatzilla   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:09 pm

This is a sad day for America.

886 monkeypants   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:09 pm

Well, the good news is everyone will be EXTREMELY well rested for the next game. In April.

887 rbj   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:09 pm

Good night all. And a pleasant sleep this winter.

888 thelarmis   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:09 pm

brutal. awful. terrible. upsetting. very very sad.

: (

889 yankintexas   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:09 pm

Ball called strike seems fitting.

890 The Hawk   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:09 pm

Utter domination

891 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:09 pm

[876] Are there any restrictions on manager contract language? I'd love to see some clauses like:

"For every intentional walk you call for, you are fined $100,000."

"For every dumb ass bullpen decision you make, you are fined $100,000."

And so on. I imagine he'd learn quickly.

Well, that's the season friends. C'est la vie. Go NL champion?

892 Bronx Boy in NC   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:10 pm

An addendum to my spiteful comment earlier about what's bush: Fireworks at a ballpark. What are you, fucking Disneyland? (I know, one of the teams actually is.)

893 thelarmis   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:10 pm

i hope tex-ass gets swept by the giants.

894 rbj   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:10 pm

[877] Meijers, actually.

895 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:10 pm

So, what were the 2010 Yankees? Nothing to hang your hat on this season. Kind of sad.

896 thelarmis   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:11 pm

[886] nice.

897 moismycopilot   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:11 pm

Sigh. It's going to be a long, lonely winter, isn't it?

898 Mattpat11   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:11 pm

[891] If you put in a pinch runner and don't run him a crazed 20 something from Long Island will hunt you down.

899 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:12 pm

Happy for Vlad, but Go Go Giants!

[895] Old team..

900 rbj   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:13 pm

[899] Very old team. Time for post mortem later. Good night all.

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901 Boatzilla   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:13 pm

[895] Yes. Now I become a National League fan. Go Giants. Actually they really are my NL team. I was born in San Francisco.

902 Bronx Boy in NC   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:14 pm

Now my five-year-old is doing a Freddy Patek in our family room. As much as I hate this game outcome, it's really something to see this through her eyes. I just told her about the thing called "next year," and it's amazing to think that for her, it's a new idea.

903 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:14 pm

[898] Nice one! How about we change it to, If you put in a pinch runner and don't run him, a crazed 20 something from Long Island gets to whip your ass?

904 Boatzilla   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:15 pm

Cue up, "How am I supposed live without you. After I've been lovin' you so long." Jeez, I guess I can concentrate on work and life now.

905 Bronx Boy in NC   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:16 pm

And yes, Tejanos, we still ARE the evil empire. Booga Booga. And we're coming for your ace.

Someone put some of that Ohio rum in Hamilton's ginger ale. How's THAT for evil?

906 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:16 pm

[902] That's fantastic. Hope springs eternal, especially in the young.

[900] Good night to you, rbj, and to everybody else. It was a fun ride, sometimes.

907 mjpucci   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:16 pm

It's been a lot of fun bantering with y'all this season. It's going to be a busy, intriguing offseason with all the moves that need to be made and contracts signed. Thanks to Alex for hosting this, and I'll see you guys further on up the road.

908 Mattpat11   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:16 pm

I really don't feel as bad as I thought I would. I think I just knew this team simply wasn't good enough.

909 Mattpat11   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:17 pm

[907] The one thing I will say is the Banter has no offseason. I'd like to hope we'll all be here tomorrow morning bantering about how the Yankees should fix this.

910 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:17 pm

Drink up, Team!

Drink up!

911 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:18 pm

Flash talking about coming out swinging rather than working counts.

We need a new leadoff hitter.

912 Boatzilla   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:18 pm

[908] But when they smoked the Twinkies, you had to be thinking World Series. I was.

913 monkeypants   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:18 pm

[895] So, what were the 2010 Yankees? Nothing to hang your hat on this season. Kind of sad.

weird year. started with such promise. some fun players to watch. but a lot of frustration and disappointment. Successful, more or less, on paper, but the total seems like less than the sum of the parts.

And so much of the season was a bummer: the old stadium came down, some great players looked really old, deaths in the yankee family. Lastly, it was the first season in as long as I can remember where I did not attend a single game in NYC.

Just feels like a weird, surreal, lost season to me.

914 Bronx Boy in NC   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:18 pm

Thank you all for letting me join the gang here and there. See you later for "Jets Jocularity."

I'll leave you with this:

"People ask me what I do in winter when there's no baseball. I'll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring." - Rogers Hornsby

915 Boatzilla   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:19 pm

[911] Well, the Captain should not be leading off anymore. That's for sure.

916 thelarmis   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:20 pm

[909] i was just about to type that. for those who are somewhat new 'round these parts, we're here every single day. stick around and we'll get thru the championship-less winter together.

bad ending to the season for the yanks. another winning season here at the banter!

917 monkeypants   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:20 pm

[912] I was still thinking WS, despite all the ups and downs, until the game against Lee got out of hand.

918 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:20 pm

Fucking hell.

I can't believe we didn't even get to see Andy pitch Game 7.

This all just sucks.

919 monkeypants   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:21 pm

[911] Yes we do.

But no one should take seriously anything Flash says about hitting.

920 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:21 pm

[914] Like Mattpat said in [909] - the offseason doesn't exist here.

C'mon back tomorrow, and we'll all be bantering about what the Yanks should do if they don't sign Cliff Lee; what they should do if they DO sign Cliff Lee; etc etc etc.

921 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:22 pm

How the Yankees retool in the offseason is open to debate, but for me personally, I really hope they make it fun to watch again. This is the first team in a while that I found hard to enjoy. Again, most of that was the dour Girardi and his Machiavellian approach, so I guess I am out of luck.

922 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:22 pm

[911] [915] [919] Our boys have him already. He bends time and space.

But that's for another day . . . for now, good night all. weeping, we'll see Andy pitch again, I just know it.

923 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:23 pm

[920] I say NO to Cliff Lee. I want this team to finally get younger...

Game 6 SanFran-Phils anyone?

924 mjpucci   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:23 pm

I think the Teixeira injury was a microcosm of the whole year: running hard out of the box, grinding it out, then slowing down a bit before collapsing at the end in writhing agony at the finish line.

925 mjpucci   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:24 pm

[921] Really? I found many of the mid-00s Yankee teams rather joyless and workmanlike.

926 Boatzilla   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:25 pm

[924] Brilliant!

927 thelarmis   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:26 pm

jesus had nothing to do with it, josh. thank your wife. your grandma. and your family...

928 Boatzilla   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:26 pm

[923] Yeah there is something unsavory about being teammates with a guy who kicked your ass all over town.

929 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:28 pm

[925] I think the biggest difference is I never got the impression that those teams were treating the season as a prelude to the playoffs. I've always been a big proponent of division titles, and those teams always one one. This year...the Yankees won nothing, and the worst part is that was probably by design.

930 Mattpat11   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:29 pm

[923] This team wins 85 games next year without Lee.

931 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:29 pm

[927] Ugh, I can't stand it when athletes go on and on about their religion...(except for Mo of course!)

932 Boatzilla   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:30 pm

As Charlie Brown would say, "My stomach hurts."

So I'm signing off. Thanks guys, gals, Alex and the Banter Team. I can't tell you how much joy this site gives me.

933 Bruce Markusen   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:30 pm

I don't want to hear one Yankee talking about how he's "proud of this team."

I hope, for once, that this loss hurts the Yankee players half as much as it hurts the fans here at the Banter.

This should sting--badly. Maybe that's the motivation that's needed to avoid some of the sloppiness that we saw over the last two months.

I hope the players realize that some work needs to be done.

934 monkeypants   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:31 pm

[931] I have no problem with it. Someone sticks a microphone in his face and asks vapid questions, you gotta be ready to get their answers.

935 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:31 pm

[930] The Yankees enter 2011 with one reliable starting pitcher guaranteed in the fold, so you could make that argument.

A side effect of losing this series is it could make Lee more likely to return to Texas. There is no one else available on the market, so the Yankees could be forced to make a trade. If the bait winds up being Montero, Cashman could suffer a reverse of his Johan decision.

936 Boatzilla   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:31 pm

[931] Dude. Why are you still watching? OK. That's really it for me. Ja na!

937 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:32 pm

[933] Along those lines, I would have loved to hear Girardi just flat out say he managed poorly in the series.

938 monkeypants   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:35 pm

I hope they do not sign Lee, partly because I believe he will not live up to the kooky krazy kontract that he will inevitably get, and partly because (I admit) that I sometimes get a bit turned off when the Yankees sign the obvious FA crown jewel. I prefer to see a few deft, interesting moves and, ideally, one or two farmhands being integrated into the mix.

Of course, I won't complain if they sign him and go out and win 105 games next year...

939 Iyasu   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:36 pm

[931] Mr. OK Jazz, I never managed to visit the shops you recommended but Thank You nonetheless. Masani, Rivera shi wa me no hoyou.

940 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:37 pm

Kay's apologizing to the listeners for declaring the series over after Game 1.

941 Mattpat11   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:38 pm

[935] I think 85 wins for a team without Cliff Lee is very fair. I think when you factor in that Pettitte is very likely retiring, you need to replace *two* spots. And the free agent group is wretched.

942 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:38 pm

[938] Agreed about the crown jewel thing. Also agreed that if we win 105 games...

943 Mattpat11   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:40 pm

[938] I just don't see how the 2011 Yankees are any good without Lee.

944 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:40 pm

Oddly, this has been the least "devestated" I've felt at the end of a season, but again that's because the Yankees kind of sucked the life out of me in September, which I regret more. The Yankees basically lost twice: at the end of the regular season and the postseason.

945 thelarmis   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:41 pm

[941] i don't know that andy is 'very likely' retiring. ooh, i sure hope he's not! i want him back. bad...

946 Mattpat11   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:41 pm

[944] I'm totally fine right now. I wonder how much winning last year has to do with this.

947 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:42 pm

Andy coming up in the interviews...

948 Mattpat11   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:42 pm

[945] I'm just reading the tea leaves here. I'm getting that impression way more than I was when Mussina was on his way out.

949 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:42 pm

Apparently, the Rangers win was written in Scripture, so I feel much better now. So it is written, so it shall be.

950 OldYanksFan   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:43 pm

This year was weird for a very plausible reason....
We just witnessed the changing of the guard.
Now, our best player is 'the Kid', not the veteran.
A guy who stepped up was a newer Yankee, Betemit Swisher.
We were all pleasantly surprised to Gritty, gutsy Gardner.
Granderson's 2nd half gives us something to look forward to next year.

We have seen 3 of the Core 4 contracts expire, and while they might be back, there is no doubt that their ends are near. Posada will hopefully close his career off next year with a good year.

This is the beginning of the transition. Like one day waking up and realizing your parents have gotten old, we are approaching a new day.

951 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:44 pm

[949] Joshua, to be precise.

952 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:45 pm

[946] You can't underestimate what last year did. It put to bed the bad taste from the 2004 ALCS, the departure of Torre, the Angels jinx, the Arod jinx, etc. Before game 6 of last year's ALCS, I had a pit in my stomach all day. Tonight, I don't think my heart skipped a beat at all. That doesn't mean it's not disappointing, but last year still resonates.

953 Mattpat11   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:46 pm

[950] I think its very possible that next year is going to be a total disaster

954 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:46 pm

No, Andy, you pitched just fine your last time out!

Dear man.

955 thelarmis   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:47 pm

[952] i-eye!

not to mention the new stadium, missing the playoffs and todd drew...

956 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:48 pm

"I'm just not sure. The only thing I know right now is I love taking the mound every fifth day. Unfortunately there's a lot of other stuff at this age at this stage in my life that I don't like so much about baseball...family...don't want to make any rash decisions...I wish I knew, I just don't."

957 monkeypants   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:48 pm

[953] All things are possible. That said, we needn't overreact here. Any team with a core of CC, Teix, Cano, A-Rod (even diminished), Granderson, Swish and Mo is going to be pretty competitive.

958 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:49 pm

I'm going to weep my eyes out if he retires now.

I can't bear that right now.

I'm not ready for that.

Please, Andy. One more year.

959 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:49 pm

[955] Yep...all that too. This season just wasn't much fun.

960 OldYanksFan   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:50 pm

Montero may be up next year.
That could be VERY exciting.

961 Mattpat11   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:50 pm

[957] I'm just don't think we have the starting pitching unless we sign Cliff Lee. I think not signing Lee would be compounded by signing one or two bad free agent pitchers. I'm also operating under the assumption that Pettitte is done.

962 Mattpat11   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:50 pm

[956] He's gone

963 jensc   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:52 pm

[918]. That. :(

964 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:52 pm

[962] Doesn't sound good, does it?

965 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:53 pm

I am also worried about Hughes. His last 5 months weren't very good, and I don't think he really developed much. He still doesn't have an out pitch and didn't develop his second and third ones. If the league adjusts to his sneaky fastball, will he really get much better?

966 monkeypants   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:54 pm

[961] I have a hard time believing that the *only* way a team can have starting pitching is by signing the best starter on the market. But you tend to be more pessimistic even than me.

967 moismycopilot   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:54 pm

[956] I do not like the sound of that one bit. I don't want to see him go.

968 monkeypants   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:56 pm

[965] It was his first full season as a starter, after all. He'll improve, even if the improvement is limited to stamina/providing more innings.

969 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:56 pm

[966] If Pettitte retires, what exactly do they have? C.C., Hughes and?

970 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:59 pm

I like Washington. At least there's that.

971 monkeypants   ~  Oct 22, 2010 11:59 pm

[969] They'll have holes like most other teams. If he retires, then my guess is they push hard for Lee. But not getting Lee will not necessarily doom the team.

972 Mattpat11   ~  Oct 23, 2010 12:00 am

[966] Sabathia and pray for a blizzard(-athia)? The Yankees can fill the spots with warm bodies, but thats about it.

973 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 23, 2010 12:00 am

Exhibit A on why baseball postseason ratings mean nothing. With an empty feeling from the Yankees season, and no team that I dislike enough to really root against, I can see myself missing a few games of the World Series...and I love baseball more than anyhting.

974 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 23, 2010 12:02 am

Cashman "absolutely" wants Girardi back, according to Bryan Hoch. That hurts more than tonight's loss.

975 Mattpat11   ~  Oct 23, 2010 12:03 am

[971] Like I said, i think the combination of not getting Lee and the bad moves they make to compensate for not getting Lee would be too much

976 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 23, 2010 12:04 am

Did this Yankee team miss Matsui and Damon? As things turned out, it seems like they definitely did.

977 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 23, 2010 12:06 am

[971] I think it might...filling three slots is tough...and if AJ is coming back, then they are really in trouble.

978 OldYanksFan   ~  Oct 23, 2010 12:07 am

[976] Nope. They missed ARod, Jeter, and to some degree Teix.

979 Mattpat11   ~  Oct 23, 2010 12:08 am

[976] Like I said at the time, the summarial dismissal of Matsui and the pissing match with Damon seemed almost spiteful.

That being said, I'm not sure that not signing them was as much of a problem as not replacing them, and even then, I'm not sure that caused the bomb in the ALCS.

980 thelarmis   ~  Oct 23, 2010 12:09 am

[976] well, damon's on record saying he'd "love to play for the yankees next year"...

981 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Oct 23, 2010 12:09 am

[974] Yup. "Absolutely. Oh yeah, absolutely."

982 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 23, 2010 12:09 am

[978] All the more reason they missed Matsui and Damon. Swisher, Gardner and Thames were so bad, they put all the burden on Arod and Tex. Last year, much of the offense was Arod and Matsui and Damon at times. This year, Cano took over for Arod, but no one filled the shoes of the departed.

983 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 23, 2010 12:10 am

[980] I'd love to have him back. Damon is one of the those players who makes it fun.

984 Mattpat11   ~  Oct 23, 2010 12:11 am

[977] For arguments sake, does anyone think

Sabathia-Hughes-Garland-Bonderman-Burnett is a competitive rotation?

985 monkeypants   ~  Oct 23, 2010 12:12 am

[976][978] I agree with OYF...not have Damon 2010 and especially Matsui 2010 mattered not at all this season.

Now, did they miss having Damon 2009 and Matsui 2009? Sure. But they also really missed A-Rod 2009, Teix 2009, Jeter 2009...

986 Mattpat11   ~  Oct 23, 2010 12:14 am

Matsui 2010 was still pretty damned good.

987 williamnyy23   ~  Oct 23, 2010 12:15 am

[984] No...I doubt that would be the Yankees alternative. If Lee slips through, they likely dangle blue chips for an established pitcher. Maybe a Matt Cain trade winds up making sense, or something along those lines. Carlos Zambrano for AJ Burnett would sure be nice.