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I like to think I follow the Yankees very closely. I know all their prospects and most of their minor leaguers.  That’s not uncommon around here, but I wonder if any of you found yourselves in the same spot I did when checking the box score today. The game was started and finished by two pitchers I had no idea were on the team. And I had never heard of Brian Gordon before he threw a pitch.

I did not get to see any of the game, but following along I hoped Cano’s and Granderson’s failures to get runners from third home with less than two out would not prove fatal. Granderson I felt especially bad for, since he could have won the game by just keeping the bat on his shoulder on ball four in the ninth.

Brian Cashman had been on an insane gambling roll with the successes of Bartolo Colon and Freddy Garcia. But when Colon’s hammy crapped out, it looked like the luck had run dry. Instead of taking his chips to the cashier, he went right back to the table and put cast-offs Cory Wade and Brian Gordon onto the team and thrust them into prominent roles in today’s 3-2 extra inning victory over the Rangers.

Say what you will about his decisions, right now the man is on fire.

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1 Chyll Will   ~  Jun 16, 2011 7:41 pm

We've seen this from him before, though. Cash has proven he's got good sense, if not always good info on the supporting cast he signs up to be available and they have more often helped than not, plus he has the good sense to let go of the ones that have provided that short-term support rather than sign them to long term contracts as part of the regular cast (again, more often than not.) However, he has not in my opinion been able to provide a bench capable of supporting the team throughout a full season. That's understandable to a degree in that none of the benchwarmers can be expected to be capable of sustaining, duplicating or even outperforming the starter they are subbing for, but you would sort of expect your BUC or first utility man to be consistent throughout.

That hasn't happened for a while now, and none of the first-off-the-bench options (minus regulars who platoon) inspire much confidence in sustaining a modicum of continuity. A strange blind spot for an otherwise very good, if not excellent (or lucky as some might say) general manager.

2 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Jun 16, 2011 9:03 pm

Wow..Brian Gordon.
[0] Never been to Las Vegas and not really interested..unless you can play craps and really have those women on your shoulder, would that really happen?? :)

3 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Jun 16, 2011 9:05 pm

C'mon Tampa, score some damn runs already!

4 a.O   ~  Jun 16, 2011 9:12 pm

[2] Yes, if you go with me it will.

5 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Jun 16, 2011 9:29 pm

[4] Thing is, gambling has zero appeal to me. Either cards, craps, slots machines or sports bettting..so can we just get the women and head over to Siegfried&Roy's show? Or Wayne Newton On Ice or whatever is currently the hot show?

6 cult of basebaal   ~  Jun 16, 2011 9:41 pm


I HATE watching Aceves pitch for the Red Sox.

Cashman has been right a bunch this year, but he was wrong to let Aceves walk ...

7 a.O   ~  Jun 16, 2011 9:46 pm

[5] Sorry, I'm strictly a hookers n' blow guy.

8 a.O   ~  Jun 16, 2011 9:47 pm

[6] You said it, man. Ace was great.

9 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Jun 16, 2011 9:52 pm

[7] Both legal in Vegas I suppose?
Hope Tampa can stick it to Bard and Riverdance!

10 cult of basebaal   ~  Jun 16, 2011 9:55 pm

[9] The streets of Vegas may be lined with porn ... but hookers are technically *not* legal there.

11 cult of basebaal   ~  Jun 16, 2011 10:02 pm

technically ...

12 RIYank   ~  Jun 16, 2011 10:02 pm

[6] [8] Uh, did you actually see him pitch? He was terrible. He got very lucky and gave up only one run, but Matt Joyce crushed one that McDonald ran and leaped and picked off the top of the wall, and then Longoria scorched a line drive directly at Carl Crawford. And then Kotchman homered.
I liked Aceves while he was on the Yankees, but he's no big loss. Really.

13 cult of basebaal   ~  Jun 16, 2011 10:11 pm

I'd rather have "The Vulture" than Lance Pendleton or Amaury Sanit or Kevin Whelan or Buddy Carlyle or Jeffrey Marquez or Boone Logan, quite frankly ...

14 cult of basebaal   ~  Jun 16, 2011 10:16 pm


C'mon Rays!

15 cult of basebaal   ~  Jun 16, 2011 10:18 pm

Oh, c'mon what a fucking HORRID bunt attempt.

Jesus, that was fucking PATHETIC.

16 Boatzilla   ~  Jun 16, 2011 11:26 pm

[9] [10] Go to Costa Rica. Prostitution is legal, the blow is plentiful and the babes are stunners.

17 cult of basebaal   ~  Jun 17, 2011 1:00 am

[16] More of a Venezuela fella myself, truth be told ...

18 RIYank   ~  Jun 17, 2011 7:15 am

Man, the Sox just can't lose.
On the other hand, the Mets lost on a walk-off balk.

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