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Sunday’s game between the Yankees and Rangers was tedious, filled with fielding errors and bone-head base running. Can’t anybody here play this game? No matter which team you were rooting for, it was a long, frustrating afternoon. Here in New York, the only relief was the steady pleasure of hearing David Cone call the game with Michael Kay.

The Yanks were down 4-0 but crept back into the game and it held a 6-5 lead in the eighth thanks in large part to four hits by Derek Jeter and three by Curtis Granderson. Two of Jeter’s hits went over the fence, his first two home runs of the season. Now in the eighth, the bases were loaded for Francisco Cervelli who worked the count full and then hit a fastball on the sweet spot of his bat to dead center. I thought it was a sacrifice fly and then maybe a double but the ball cleared the fence. Whadda ya hear, whadda ya say, indeed! It was the first grand slam of Cervelli’s career and the first homer he’s hit since June, 2009. Mark Teixeira added a two-run moon shot and the Score Truck was in full effect.

Final Score: Yanks 12, Rangers 5.

Bombers tied for first with the Rays. Applaud, exhale, digest.


1 Mattpat11   ~  May 8, 2011 5:52 pm

Last time Cervelli hit a HR the Yankees went on a run that ended with a World Title

2 a.O   ~  May 8, 2011 5:53 pm

Yep, better bench Jeter. LOL

3 Mattpat11   ~  May 8, 2011 5:59 pm

[2] Well, like I said the other day, how can you *not* play Eduardo Nunez?

4 RIYank   ~  May 8, 2011 6:04 pm

[3] He got to play a little DH today. That might work out for him.

Jose Iglesias was called up from Pawtucket today, because Marco Scutaro is hurt. Iglesias came in as a LIDR, no AB.

5 rbj   ~  May 8, 2011 6:07 pm

And I've got a an Omaha Steaks steak grilling.

6 a.O   ~  May 8, 2011 6:17 pm

Once he figures out how to throw to the bases, he's the everyday guy.

7 Boatzilla   ~  May 8, 2011 6:41 pm

Are Jeter and Posada now yen and yang? I don't think either has had a good day on the same day.

8 joejoejoe   ~  May 8, 2011 6:47 pm

Nothing beats living in a tractor cab that smells like diesel and monkey.

9 Bama Yankee   ~  May 8, 2011 7:16 pm

Nice choice of the "old school" BJ and the Bear Score Truck...

I loved that show as a kid. But, of course, I'm sure part of the reason was that the chimp was named after Alabama coach Bear Bryant (the chimp even wore a houndstooth hat like Coach Bryant).

Speaking of my home state, please keep those down here who were hit by those devastating tornadoes in your thoughts and prayers. An EF-4 tornado missed my house by a couple of miles. The destruction in this area (and other parts of the state) is surreal...it looks like a war zone. On a positive note, I saw where the Yankees donated $500k to the relief efforts.

10 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  May 8, 2011 7:32 pm

[9] Good luck Bama Yankee! This year been too crazy everywhere..New Zealand quake, quake&tsunami here, tornados in the South..and big shout out to my Syrian friends, Fight the Power!!

Sounds like a god win but tedious game to watch..may just check the highlights.

Oh, and to the Lakers..Eff You. That's a disgraceful performance!

11 Evil Empire   ~  May 8, 2011 7:53 pm

[0] isn't there a bit of double entendre with "BJ and The Bear"?

[9] awful storms. They missed my house and neighborhood but we were lucky. Other folks not so much.

12 Just Fair   ~  May 8, 2011 8:09 pm

I caught the last 2/3 of this game in an empty restaurant. Sadly my wife did not enjoy the 2 holy shit Jeter moments as much as me. I was looking around but no one else was soaking in The Captain's first 2 homers of the year. And Gazoo Brains' salami. It's gotta be the pink.

13 Alex Belth   ~  May 8, 2011 8:14 pm

12) True, except Gazoo was using a black bat!

14 kenboyer made me cry   ~  May 8, 2011 8:22 pm

My heart goes out to the tornado victims, and now the Mississippi is at historic flood levels. If you can, make a donation to the Red Cross.

I've been tied up with stuff so not been able to be on the Banter. But today I heard a few innings in the car and even John Sterling asked Suzyn "Have you ever seen a more poorly played game" when the Yanks were giving up a run to make the score 6-5. He said score at that time should have been around 8-2. Pretty harsh words from Mr. Broadway. What was that play by Alex all about when he held the ball too long to get the out at the plate nor at first? Did he have a little league moment?

Every team gets lucky and when talented, the luck is mostly good. This team has been fundamentally lacking lately but can still win games...play like this will not work in the post season.

Nice to see Jeter break out and drive the ball. I hope it continues so the focus is off him, and he actually contributes consistently to the team success.

Maybe the heat of Texas is just what he needed to get started hitting?

15 Mattpat11   ~  May 8, 2011 8:24 pm

[7] Posada was 1-3 with a walk and a run.

Not fantastic or anything, but do it every day and your the MVP.

16 Mattpat11   ~  May 8, 2011 8:25 pm


17 Alex Belth   ~  May 8, 2011 9:08 pm

14) Yeah, it was a little league moment for Alex. He got the ball, fumbled it a sec, looked home, decided not to throw, and by that time it was too late to go to first. Caught in between, as he has been at the plate.

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