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What Kind of Fool Are You?

Brett Gardner LF
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Jorge Posada DH
Russell Martin C
Eduardo Nunez SS

Bombers vs. Brewers. Cliff has the Preview. Bottom’s Up.

Let’s Go Yank-ees!


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1 William J.   ~  Jun 28, 2011 5:13 pm

Likely because of the era during which I grew up as a baseball fan, there are three jersey's I've always wanted to buy if (a) I wore jerseys and (b) would wear a non-Yankee jersey:

1) A Mike Schmidt maroon and light blue Phillies road jersey: http://tinyurl.com/3jcj9kf

2) A George Brett powder Royals road jersey: http://tinyurl.com/3ct97lg

3) A Robin Yount Brewers home pinstripe jersey with accompanying ball in glove cap: http://tinyurl.com/3ks8u62

2 Just Fair   ~  Jun 28, 2011 6:25 pm

For some reason I had one of those miniature plastic Brewer helmets with the coin slot on top when I was a kid. As for the game, I hope Prince hits an inconsequential upper deck shot in one of these games.

3 Sliced Bread   ~  Jun 28, 2011 6:44 pm

1) I almost bought a Marlins cap when the franchise launched, and one of my sons got one on a recent trip to Florida, but that's the extent of my non-Yankees gear curiosity.

I like soccer jerseys, but not baseball ones, but if I were to wear the jersey of a non-Yankee I admired growing up it would be a Carew road jersey.

4 monkeypants   ~  Jun 28, 2011 7:22 pm

Kay sooo wanted that to be intentional. Tell us about LaRussa's two-for-one dictum, Michael, we want to hear it again.

5 Just Fair   ~  Jun 28, 2011 7:23 pm

Well that's something.

6 Just Fair   ~  Jun 28, 2011 7:23 pm

Oh, and an E8 for the the love of Mo!

7 cult of basebaal   ~  Jun 28, 2011 7:23 pm

LINE DRIVE in the box score!

8 monkeypants   ~  Jun 28, 2011 7:23 pm

Wow, the first inning and already we get...


9 cult of basebaal   ~  Jun 28, 2011 7:24 pm

[6] Straight triple.

10 monkeypants   ~  Jun 28, 2011 7:24 pm

[7] Well, it was a line drive in reality too, but it should have been an error!

11 cult of basebaal   ~  Jun 28, 2011 7:25 pm

Damn, Alex just missed that one ...

12 cult of basebaal   ~  Jun 28, 2011 7:25 pm

Huh. Weird shift they had going on Alex there.

13 monkeypants   ~  Jun 28, 2011 7:26 pm

Hey, that was the rarely seen extreme shift against a RH batter.

14 cult of basebaal   ~  Jun 28, 2011 7:28 pm

[10] That play'll get scored a hit 10 times out of 10.

15 monkeypants   ~  Jun 28, 2011 7:28 pm

[14] Of course it will, but it really should be an error.

16 cult of basebaal   ~  Jun 28, 2011 7:29 pm

[13] What's weirder is that Alex isn't a strict pull hitter, though I wonder if the hit charts show he pulls on the ground and only goes the other way in the air ...

17 cult of basebaal   ~  Jun 28, 2011 7:31 pm

[15] We'll compromise and agree that in any case, it was certainly a moral failure on Morgan's part ...

18 Just Fair   ~  Jun 28, 2011 7:32 pm

Yikes! Glad Alex came through unhurt.

19 cult of basebaal   ~  Jun 28, 2011 7:32 pm

Just tag the bag, nitwit.

20 monkeypants   ~  Jun 28, 2011 7:32 pm

Why in the name of all that is Holy would you try to tag A-Rod rather than throw out Jorge "Wheels" Posada?

Again: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8vINCq_IAI

21 Alex Belth   ~  Jun 28, 2011 7:34 pm

Way to lay off that 1-2 pitch, Russ.

22 Alex Belth   ~  Jun 28, 2011 7:34 pm

Zach, he no look too happy.

23 cult of basebaal   ~  Jun 28, 2011 7:35 pm


To medium RF.

I wonder if Uecker is calling the game over on the Brewers' feed ...

24 Just Fair   ~  Jun 28, 2011 7:36 pm

[17] It's a moral failure on the official scorer's part. ; )

25 cult of basebaal   ~  Jun 28, 2011 7:40 pm

Nice inning for Fat Freddy.

26 Alex Belth   ~  Jun 28, 2011 7:41 pm

Hey, Freddy, that was...nice.

27 Just Fair   ~  Jun 28, 2011 7:44 pm

That guy in the third row drinking white wine in a tall glass just made me throw up a little in my mouth. ugh.

28 cult of basebaal   ~  Jun 28, 2011 7:44 pm

Man, I'm really digging the recent surge in bunt hit attempts from Gritner ... just a great addition to his game.

29 Alex Belth   ~  Jun 28, 2011 7:44 pm

Man, Prince is a wide hombre.

30 Alex Belth   ~  Jun 28, 2011 7:45 pm

28) Hey, it adds "excitement"! Just enough to keep all you sabermetric fatheads furious. LOL

31 monkeypants   ~  Jun 28, 2011 7:45 pm

Are the Brewers still a major league team?

32 Alex Belth   ~  Jun 28, 2011 7:45 pm

28) Wait, now I don't know if you were being serious or not. I was clearly joking.

33 Alex Belth   ~  Jun 28, 2011 7:46 pm

31) Yeah, these in first place n everthang.

34 cult of basebaal   ~  Jun 28, 2011 7:49 pm

[32] Dead serious (though I knew you were joking). There's nothing in the sabermetric canon that looks down on a well timed bunt base hit attempt, just sacrifices ...

35 Alex Belth   ~  Jun 28, 2011 7:49 pm

Gritty, gutty AB

36 Alex Belth   ~  Jun 28, 2011 7:49 pm

34) Agreed and with his speed it's just something he should absolutely employ.

37 Alex Belth   ~  Jun 28, 2011 7:50 pm

Man, Cutis keeps beating himself up tonight.

38 monkeypants   ~  Jun 28, 2011 7:50 pm

[33] First place in the local beer league? Cuz' they're flailing around the field like a little league team.

39 monkeypants   ~  Jun 28, 2011 7:52 pm

Ooooh, Grandy was vying for another "triple"!

40 monkeypants   ~  Jun 28, 2011 7:55 pm

That's what Teix is paid for: morally upright and unselfish groundballs to the right side with a man on 3B!

41 Alex Belth   ~  Jun 28, 2011 7:57 pm

Way to go, Robbie.

42 monkeypants   ~  Jun 28, 2011 7:57 pm

Zack is not long for this game, methinks.

43 cult of basebaal   ~  Jun 28, 2011 7:59 pm



44 monkeypants   ~  Jun 28, 2011 7:59 pm


45 cult of basebaal   ~  Jun 28, 2011 8:12 pm

[42] You done thunk'd right!

46 monkeypants   ~  Jun 28, 2011 8:19 pm

And now a balk. Cue [20].

47 Alex Belth   ~  Jun 28, 2011 8:20 pm

Pour it on Teix.

48 Alex Belth   ~  Jun 28, 2011 8:28 pm

Okay, double play now.

49 Alex Belth   ~  Jun 28, 2011 8:28 pm

Nice scoop, Tex but no cigar.

50 Alex Belth   ~  Jun 28, 2011 8:30 pm

Two runs. M'eh. Not terrible. Time for more runs.

51 Just Fair   ~  Jun 28, 2011 8:30 pm

Pre-grilling. 4-0.
Post-grilling. 7-2.

52 cult of basebaal   ~  Jun 28, 2011 8:31 pm

Hmmm, looked safe to the naked eye

53 Alex Belth   ~  Jun 28, 2011 8:35 pm

No soup for Alex....Robbie?

54 Alex Belth   ~  Jun 28, 2011 8:36 pm

Swish's OBP is 370. Not bad.

55 Alex Belth   ~  Jun 28, 2011 8:37 pm

like lambs. Losers.


56 Just Fair   ~  Jun 28, 2011 8:39 pm

Eat shit, Beckett.

57 Alex Belth   ~  Jun 28, 2011 8:40 pm

They are starting to pound Freddy.

58 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Jun 28, 2011 8:44 pm

What i miss? Loading mlb.com now..

Heat kicking in here, making everyone loopy..Boatzilla if you're out there, beer garden time soon..

59 monkeypants   ~  Jun 28, 2011 8:44 pm

Wait, so Kay just argued that AL teams are at a disadvantage in NL parks, and NL teams are at a disadvantage in AL parks. And this shows, argues he, that interleague play is unfair? Huh? Doesn't that (if true) indicate the basic fairness of the interleague play ruls?

Meanwhile the obvious way that IL play is unfair---that teams in teh same division end up often playing different schedules---is not addressed.

60 Just Fair   ~  Jun 28, 2011 8:45 pm

If Garcia comes out for the 6th the L-screen may be necessary.

61 Mattpat11   ~  Jun 28, 2011 8:50 pm

[59] I thought he was going to start talking about the schedule problem

62 monkeypants   ~  Jun 28, 2011 8:53 pm

[61] You know, I just wish he'd pipe down about the so-called problems with IL play. I don't know about you, but I get chills thinking about, for example, tonight's historic matchup.

63 cult of basebaal   ~  Jun 28, 2011 8:56 pm


64 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Jun 28, 2011 8:57 pm

Phillies in control against the BoSox, Cliff Lee mowing them down..looks to be good results all around tonight!

65 Mattpat11   ~  Jun 28, 2011 8:57 pm

Tidbit: To this day, Bob Uecker's voice is on every WWE broadcast

66 Mattpat11   ~  Jun 28, 2011 8:58 pm

[62] Well of course, like even Kay himself said, how often do you get to see a once in a lifetime player like Ryan Braun?

67 Mattpat11   ~  Jun 28, 2011 9:00 pm

Does Cecil even talk to Prince? I thought they hated eachother.

68 Mattpat11   ~  Jun 28, 2011 9:04 pm

A-Rod's pop up follies are still funny

69 Alex Belth   ~  Jun 28, 2011 9:04 pm

Don't test the Swish.

70 cult of basebaal   ~  Jun 28, 2011 9:05 pm

Just a purty, purty throw.

Well done, Cornflake!

71 Just Fair   ~  Jun 28, 2011 9:05 pm

[62] It's baseball. It's the Yankees. It may interest the casual viewer along the way. I understand die hard fans may not give a shit but I can't find the energy for the interleague hate. I need that for all the other AL east teams and a mountain load of other irrational disdain. : )
Out out the plate!

72 monkeypants   ~  Jun 28, 2011 9:06 pm

Pretty nice game defensively for Swisher.

73 monkeypants   ~  Jun 28, 2011 9:09 pm

[71] It may interest the casual viewer along the way.

I suspect that the casual viewer doesn't care because he or she doesn't really know the difference. If anything, it's the die hards (or at least a subset of die hards) who are probably the biggest supporters of IL play.

For me it takes very little energy to poke fun at the contrived "history" of IL play.

74 Mattpat11   ~  Jun 28, 2011 9:09 pm

[71] I don't hate interleague play (although I think it may have run its course) as much as I hate that baseball can find a way to make this pointless and boring matchup, but still refuses to bring the Dodgers to the Bronx.

75 cult of basebaal   ~  Jun 28, 2011 9:10 pm

Mmmmmm ... padding.

76 cult of basebaal   ~  Jun 28, 2011 9:11 pm


77 monkeypants   ~  Jun 28, 2011 9:11 pm

HR > Groundball to right side

78 Mattpat11   ~  Jun 28, 2011 9:12 pm

[77] Yes, but only by one run

79 monkeypants   ~  Jun 28, 2011 9:13 pm

OK, it's after 3 am here and I have to get up early tomorrow (well, today really). Time for bed.

80 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Jun 28, 2011 9:13 pm

I wish interleague would go away.

And the divisional playoffs. One pennant, One WS. If you're going to have multiple playoff rounds then shorten the season. Being the best over 162 games used to mean something..I hate the Steinbrenner Doctrine of WS or nothing.

Oh, and bring back the bubbleballoon chest protector for umps too.

Grumbling finished. Continue with the game!

81 Just Fair   ~  Jun 28, 2011 9:17 pm

[73, 74] We'll agree to disagree. I like it. Playing the Jays, O's, Red Sox, and Rays 19 times a year becomes a real bore. And MP, what is all this contrived history you speak about. Is it just mentioning the last time or an important time any 2 teams played in the past?

82 Alex Belth   ~  Jun 28, 2011 9:19 pm

What I miss about Interleague is playing teams in the Central and AL West more often.

83 Alex Belth   ~  Jun 28, 2011 9:27 pm

C'mon A Hole, throw the ball!

84 Just Fair   ~  Jun 28, 2011 9:28 pm

Here's a way to jazz up IL. Allow the batter to interfere with any pop ups in foul territory. Swish could have easily taken out the catcher there to continue his ab. ; )

85 Alex Belth   ~  Jun 28, 2011 9:28 pm

Let's GO MEAT! You fucking dummy. Throw the ball!

86 Alex Belth   ~  Jun 28, 2011 9:29 pm

Good, you putz. Way to go, Jorgie!

87 Alex Belth   ~  Jun 28, 2011 9:34 pm

That guy should be fined for taking so long.

88 monkeypants   ~  Jun 28, 2011 9:36 pm

[81] Among other things, it includes repeating how exciting and historic this or that IL meeting is when in reality it is a mundane series in the June. It is an attempt to make (or better market) something as historic by assertion. This attempt can be enhanced by bringing up the last time the teams played an important series. With IL play, though, this often leads to ludicrous comparisons.: "The last time the Cubs and Yankees met, a guy named Babe Ruth played right field...and with the win the Cubs come a game closer to evening the all time series against the Yankees...etc." Yeah, because a random IL series in 2011 is comparable to and reminiscent of a long ago WS matchup.

I don't see playing the same team 19 times a season a bore. I don't see it necessarily as exciting, either, but when the teams are competitive (like the Yankees and Red Sox of late) it tends to encourage a long, building tension over the course of the year. Plus, the competition tends to be "fair" inasmuch as over six series stretched over the season, both teams will face each others' best players, both will suffer injuries, etc.

I for one do not find the novelty of the opponent particularly interesting or exciting; I am not thrilled to see the Brewers because they are "different." Plus, I am bothered by the unfairness built into the current IL schedule: teams in the same division do not play the same schedule and , given that you face an IL opponent only once (usually), there is a good chance that the outcome of the series will be strongly dictated by chance (injuries, odd pitching matchups, etc). In addition, adding a bunch of IL games cuts into the number of non-divisional league games that each team plays.

[80] I do miss the big chest protectors!

89 monkeypants   ~  Jun 28, 2011 9:38 pm

Hm. Why pull Garcia? It doesn't really bother me..curious, though.

90 Alex Belth   ~  Jun 28, 2011 9:39 pm

Hey, I guess Cliff Lee is in a groove.

91 Alex Belth   ~  Jun 28, 2011 9:40 pm

89) I think he just labored all night even though he only gave up two runs. They were squaring it up all evening. Plus, got to save him for those big bad Mets on Sunday.

92 cult of basebaal   ~  Jun 28, 2011 9:43 pm

More nice D from Swisher.

93 cult of basebaal   ~  Jun 28, 2011 9:44 pm

[89] Also, it's a chance to get some work in for a couple of guys in the bullpen.

94 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Jun 28, 2011 9:44 pm

[90] Phils scary if they make the playoffs..Doc, Lee and Hamels..yikes..

95 cult of basebaal   ~  Jun 28, 2011 9:47 pm


96 Alex Belth   ~  Jun 28, 2011 9:49 pm

Couple of long as ab's here. Good job by Noesi hanging in there.

97 cult of basebaal   ~  Jun 28, 2011 9:50 pm

Nice to see Noesi sitting 93-95.

98 Alex Belth   ~  Jun 28, 2011 9:51 pm

Nicely done, son.

99 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Jun 28, 2011 9:53 pm

Wait, the Brewers pitcher's name is "Zach Braddock"? Are Ron Johnson and Bill Williams on the DL?

100 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Jun 28, 2011 9:54 pm

Yo AB, random tangent you will enjoy. The other day this young Japanese dude says to me "Yeah, I like jazz too, especially the Doobie Brothers".. I was so stunned I had no reply..(and I actually LIKE the Doobies..)

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101 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Jun 28, 2011 10:10 pm

Wow, I killed the game thread with the Doobie Brothers..oh well..

102 Just Fair   ~  Jun 28, 2011 10:12 pm

[88] I thought you went to bed. We are on opposite sides of this, but, "fair' enough.

103 Just Fair   ~  Jun 28, 2011 10:19 pm

pssssssttt, Michael Kay.....your big head is not a secret.

104 Chyll Will   ~  Jun 28, 2011 11:48 pm

[101] Hey I was diggin' on y'all funk for a while... sounds like it got a three on it though to me. Then I was down South and I heard some funk with some main ingredients like Doobie Brothers, Blue Magic, David Bowie.

It was cool... but can you imagine Doobie-in' your funk?


105 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Jun 29, 2011 12:02 am

[104] Damn Chyll, sitting down to my sandwich and you bring that nasty old funk in here?? I got some Sly on the iPod that may fit the mood now!

106 Chyll Will   ~  Jun 29, 2011 12:48 am

[105] Save that for a future Taster's Cherce... I kinda think the umm, "best" funk sandwiches can be found on the 2 train during rush hour. Like AB said, 'tis the season!

107 Chyll Will   ~  Jun 29, 2011 12:52 am

[106] Oh btw, thank you falettinme be mice elf agin...

108 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Jun 29, 2011 1:15 am
109 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Jun 29, 2011 1:21 am

[106] Haha, on the #2 train indeed. But the Chicken can be Funky, no?

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