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Doin’ It and Doin’ It and Doin’ It Well

Bombers go for the sweep as C.C. guns for win number 20.

Sic ‘em, champ and:

Let’s Go Yanks!

 

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1 cult of basebaal   ~  Sep 21, 2011 6:05 pm

Heh, I'll put it here too!

Brett Gardner LF
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Jesus Montero DH
Eric Chavez 3B
Russell Martin C
Chris Dickerson RF
Eduardo Nunez SS

2 RIYank   ~  Sep 21, 2011 6:15 pm

From Gordon Eades:

"I don't know why you're standing here while I dress," said Crawford, who returned to the lineup and singled in four trips, "because when I'm dressed I'm leaving."

Questions? "Go ask the captain," muttered Crawford, directing reporters to Jason Varitek.

The press piranhas are chomping, and Crawford is their new Manny. The speculation is that Captain Facemask told Crawford to stop with the stiff neck crap and play. But it's just speculation.

3 Just Fair   ~  Sep 21, 2011 6:23 pm

[2] I've been listening to The Sports Hub from Boston via itunes radio. Good times. Good times.

4 thelarmis   ~  Sep 21, 2011 6:25 pm

[1] i left you a comment at the last thread! ; )

5 Just Fair   ~  Sep 21, 2011 6:32 pm

[4] Thumbs up to Full Sail Ale. I'd buy it again.

6 cult of basebaal   ~  Sep 21, 2011 6:33 pm

[4] =)

7 Chyll Will   ~  Sep 21, 2011 6:42 pm

I'm not a alcoholic beverage drinker of any sort, but I've seen people react surprisingly well to Porkslap Ale...

(I'm more of a chocolate milk and arsenic-laced apple juice kinda guy...)

8 RIYank   ~  Sep 21, 2011 6:51 pm

[3] Oh, the Sports Hub is much better than WEEI, good work. The afternoon guys are more interesting.

No drinking for me tonight. Have to be relatively clear headed later.

9 Marek   ~  Sep 21, 2011 6:53 pm

[3] Indeed!

[7] Porkslap OK in a pinch, but so far I'm enjoying Paulaner, Berkshire Brewing Co., and Blue Hills... all hefeweizens.

10 thelarmis   ~  Sep 21, 2011 6:57 pm

[5] oh, yay! that's really good to hear, man. i plan on buying sixers of the amber, both Friday and Saturday! : )

[7] don't forget root beer, chyll!

11 cult of basebaal   ~  Sep 21, 2011 7:03 pm

Hmmm.

Rain delay?

12 Just Fair   ~  Sep 21, 2011 7:05 pm

[8] Whoever was on an hour ago was touting the trade of Carl Crawford this off season. Ha. Good fucking luck with that!

13 RIYank   ~  Sep 21, 2011 7:12 pm

[12] Hm, I wasn't listening, but that should have been Tony Maserati, by the timing. Kind of a high, testosterone-deprived voice, very excitable?

14 cult of basebaal   ~  Sep 21, 2011 7:13 pm

From LoHud:


About 20 minutes before the first pitch of the second game of today’s doubleheader against the Tampa Bay Rays, Yankees GM Brian Cashman called a press conference to announce the results from Phil Hughes’ MRI earlier today.

“He’s been getting better, but today they decided to be move proactive because he wasn’t getting better quick enough for them,” Cashman said. “The MRI showed that he has inflammation coming from an old injury in ’04, which was a herniated disc. It’s not considered serious. It would normally resolve itself just with some more time, but because of the time of year, we decided to go proactive and hit it with an epidural.”

15 RIYank   ~  Sep 21, 2011 7:13 pm

[12] And as to the substance, right, they would have to pay half his salary or something. Similarly for trading Lackey. I know, they're really stuck with those two for years to come, it's awesome. And we knew Crawford was a white elephant! (Or is that the wrong metaphor?)

16 RIYank   ~  Sep 21, 2011 7:16 pm

[14] Hm.
What does that mean, exactly, hitting it with an epidural? I thought an epidural was an anesthetic. (That's what it was when my wife was in labor!) Are they giving him cortisone through the dura, or what?

17 cult of basebaal   ~  Sep 21, 2011 7:19 pm

[16] From Wiki:


The term epidural is often short for epidural analgesia, a form of regional analgesia involving injection of drugs through a catheter placed into the epidural space. The injection can cause both a loss of sensation (anaesthesia) and a loss of pain (analgesia), by blocking the transmission of signals through nerves in or near the spinal cord.

The epidural space is the space inside the bony spinal canal but outside the membrane called the dura mater (sometimes called the "dura"). In contact with the inner surface of the dura is another membrane called the arachnoid mater ("arachnoid"). The arachnoid encompasses the cerebrospinal fluid that surrounds the spinal cord.

All-in-all, doesn't sound fun ...

18 Chyll Will   ~  Sep 21, 2011 7:21 pm

[10] Ha, that's why I didn't say I wasn't a beer drinker >;)

19 Chyll Will   ~  Sep 21, 2011 7:26 pm

[15]

And we knew Crawford was a white elephant! (Or is that the wrong metaphor?)

Albatross!! (Get em on a stick!)

20 RIYank   ~  Sep 21, 2011 7:28 pm

[17] Makes sense. So anesthesia for labor, analgesic for sore back.

Probably not a lot of fun, but if it's effective then hey, simple procedure, feel better, everybody's happy (and everybody likes to play baseball).

21 RIYank   ~  Sep 21, 2011 7:29 pm

[19] What flavors do you have?

22 RIYank   ~  Sep 21, 2011 7:37 pm

Boom. Mark Reynolds takes Beckett deep. 1-0.

23 rbj   ~  Sep 21, 2011 8:04 pm

yay, baseball!

24 rbj   ~  Sep 21, 2011 8:23 pm

Sign him up!

25 cult of basebaal   ~  Sep 21, 2011 8:27 pm

Oh, Robbie.

26 Chyll Will   ~  Sep 21, 2011 8:27 pm

[21] Whaddaya mean, it's a Red Suck; it only comes in one bloody flavor!

27 Alex Belth   ~  Sep 21, 2011 8:27 pm

CC looks good early and then, Oh! Robbie Cano, right through the wickets.

28 RIYank   ~  Sep 21, 2011 8:58 pm

[26] Oh all right. You don't have peanuts or something?

29 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Sep 21, 2011 9:00 pm

[12] Someone wrote in to boston.com proposing a straight up Crawford for V.Wells trade, said "I'm sure the Angels would take him". Hahaha!

Back later, following some other news at the moment..

30 RIYank   ~  Sep 21, 2011 9:09 pm

[29] Crawford has three extra years on his deal. Aside from that, sure, the Angels would probably take him, don't you think? Wells is older, and they're probably fairly similar players otherwise.

But those extra three years, no way. The Red Sox are stuck with him.

31 RIYank   ~  Sep 21, 2011 9:14 pm

Mark Reynolds has Beckett's number.

32 RIYank   ~  Sep 21, 2011 9:17 pm

Wow! To load the bases! Wow!

Rob is getting mucho respect.
Okay, Jesus, go get 'im.

33 RIYank   ~  Sep 21, 2011 9:19 pm

I can't believe that IBB. I actually believe Maddon is a good tactical manager.

And, it worked out. But it's a dumb move. I guess Maddon likes to do things, put his mark on the game. That's not a good trait.

34 RIYank   ~  Sep 21, 2011 9:20 pm

So what's going on, anyway -- where the hell is everyone?

35 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Sep 21, 2011 9:22 pm

[34] Some rather dramatic news going on elsewhere.. check democracynow.org

36 RIYank   ~  Sep 21, 2011 9:26 pm

[35] I know, my wife is following it and keeps updating me.

37 Chyll Will   ~  Sep 21, 2011 9:28 pm

[34] You're in the Banter's 5th Dimension, where commentors who defy the "3 posts in a row" rule end up. It's a lonely and disorienting place where you usually end up talking to spherical objects called Rawlings. To get out of this dimension, you just wonder out loud where everyone else is and pay the root beer float.

38 Alex Belth   ~  Sep 21, 2011 9:30 pm

Yeah, it's the post-clinch playoff spot night. I've had shit to do around the casa tonight. But I'm sure the threads will be thinner than usual until Game One of the ALDS.

39 RIYank   ~  Sep 21, 2011 9:30 pm

[37] Whew. Cheap out. Not even one of those wheat beer things?

I didn't see Rod Serling. That would have been a tip-off.

40 RIYank   ~  Sep 21, 2011 9:40 pm

Even Beckett can't stop the bleeding. They need Curt Schilling, or his doctor.

41 Chyll Will   ~  Sep 21, 2011 9:41 pm

Yeah, their pretty flexible there...

42 RIYank   ~  Sep 21, 2011 9:43 pm

[41] They're they're.

43 Chyll Will   ~  Sep 21, 2011 9:45 pm

Curt Schilling already wrote them off from even making the playoffs. I doubt he's waiting around for that phone call...

44 Alex Belth   ~  Sep 21, 2011 9:46 pm

43 Did he really?

45 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Sep 21, 2011 9:46 pm

[43] Too busy gaming and (comment removed dur to violation of Banter rules).

46 RIYank   ~  Sep 21, 2011 9:47 pm

Shut-up, Zobrist.

47 RIYank   ~  Sep 21, 2011 9:47 pm

[45] What, you can't say 'masturbating'? I think Alex is perfectly okay with masturbating.

48 RIYank   ~  Sep 21, 2011 9:48 pm

But yes, Curt did say the Sox wouldn't make the play-offs. And he said he was fine with that, because they needed a fire lit under them, or some bullshit like that. He's such a blowhard.

49 RIYank   ~  Sep 21, 2011 9:53 pm

Oh, I thought it was Beckett who gave up the go-ahead single to Vlad. It was Ace. But the base runners were Beckett's. Six ER for him tonight.

50 a.O   ~  Sep 21, 2011 9:56 pm

If only the Rays were playing someone else... This is my lament. Still, how demoralized will the Sux be in the ALDS?

51 RIYank   ~  Sep 21, 2011 9:59 pm

It's so comforting to see Brett jogging over to field a ball.

52 a.O   ~  Sep 21, 2011 10:01 pm

FUUUuuuu

53 RIYank   ~  Sep 21, 2011 10:01 pm

Goddam.
The gopher ball is CC's undoing.

54 RIYank   ~  Sep 21, 2011 10:01 pm

[52] But you have mixed feelings about winning this game, no? :-)

55 a.O   ~  Sep 21, 2011 10:02 pm

Coney said the Wildcard "is clenched."

-- Beavis

56 a.O   ~  Sep 21, 2011 10:04 pm

[54] I sincerely regret my previous statement. CC needs #20!

57 RIYank   ~  Sep 21, 2011 10:05 pm

[56] Well, he still has a shot. We have to score after America the Beautiful and the silent prayer and shit.

58 RIYank   ~  Sep 21, 2011 10:06 pm

Jim Johnson takes the hill at Fenway to close...

59 RIYank   ~  Sep 21, 2011 10:06 pm

I wonder if he comes from Wisconsin.

60 a.O   ~  Sep 21, 2011 10:08 pm

There are probably a double-digit number of crackas from Wisconsin named Jim Johnson.

61 RIYank   ~  Sep 21, 2011 10:08 pm

Crawford grounds out. Two to go.

62 RIYank   ~  Sep 21, 2011 10:10 pm

Scutaro grounds out. One to go.

63 RIYank   ~  Sep 21, 2011 10:10 pm

0-2 pitch to Jed Lowrie...

64 RIYank   ~  Sep 21, 2011 10:10 pm

Ballgame!

65 a.O   ~  Sep 21, 2011 10:11 pm

Fin

66 RIYank   ~  Sep 21, 2011 10:11 pm

Crawford, Scutaro, Lowrie. Not a fearsome bottom of the ninth. This is the team that was ripping the cover off the ball mid-season.

67 RIYank   ~  Sep 21, 2011 10:12 pm

Jeez, our guys are making it easy for Hellickson. So does CC come back out?

68 a.O   ~  Sep 21, 2011 10:15 pm

What's his count? He's setup for short rest for Game 1, right?

69 a.O   ~  Sep 21, 2011 10:16 pm

Sorry, 106, so hopefully he can finish the 8th

70 RIYank   ~  Sep 21, 2011 10:17 pm

[68] That fly out to Gardner was pitch #111.

71 RIYank   ~  Sep 21, 2011 10:18 pm

Damn, so either we clinch the Division or the Rays get within a game of Boston! (And it would be two games in the W column, even in the L column, right?)

72 RIYank   ~  Sep 21, 2011 10:20 pm

No, I was a half game off. The Rays made up one of their games-in-hand today, of course.

73 Just Fair   ~  Sep 21, 2011 10:21 pm

Oi! That was close.

74 a.O   ~  Sep 21, 2011 10:22 pm

Still, they need this. And CC needs to come out.

75 Just Fair   ~  Sep 21, 2011 10:25 pm

Get him the fuck out of there. Duh.

76 RIYank   ~  Sep 21, 2011 10:26 pm

Good move.

Hammer time.

77 Alex Belth   ~  Sep 21, 2011 10:26 pm

Robertson is not going to get out of this one.

78 Alex Belth   ~  Sep 21, 2011 10:29 pm

The fuck do I know?

79 RIYank   ~  Sep 21, 2011 10:29 pm

HAMMERED.
Two nails with one blow.

80 a.O   ~  Sep 21, 2011 10:29 pm

[77] BOO-YA!!!!

81 RIYank   ~  Sep 21, 2011 10:30 pm

Belth, you have a really bad track record on this particular issue! You gots to have faith in The Hamma, my friend.

82 RIYank   ~  Sep 21, 2011 10:30 pm

For that, D-Rob deserves a W, wouldn't you say? So let's score four here.

83 a.O   ~  Sep 21, 2011 10:32 pm

I hope we can expect better out of you in CC's next start, LOL.

Seriously though, dude is amazing.

84 a.O   ~  Sep 21, 2011 10:33 pm

Nune again?!

85 Alex Belth   ~  Sep 21, 2011 10:33 pm

81) If he blows one in the playoffs I will blame you. In the meantime, I cop to sucking the big one on this one.

86 a.O   ~  Sep 21, 2011 10:35 pm

fastballs v. Swish = Win

87 Shaun P.   ~  Sep 21, 2011 10:36 pm

[85] No chance he gives up a run with the bases loaded. IIRC, that's where the magic of the Hammer began - in the 2009 playoffs.

As much as I want the Yanks to clinch the division, that's a foregone conclusion now, right? Am I wrong for wanting to see the Sox out of the playoffs, and thus would not mind (not desire but not mind) a Rays win in this game?

Not off the Hammer though, of course!

88 RIYank   ~  Sep 21, 2011 10:38 pm

Yahoo! Good move by Girardi. Joe's had some good games recently.

89 RIYank   ~  Sep 21, 2011 10:41 pm

[85] Hah! Yer on, AB.
D-Rob blowing one in the play-offs, like that could happen!

[87] Can't quite decide.
Yes, we will clinch the Division. But home field advantage is a step further. Still, it's almost done. And, it would be fun for the Sox to suffer more.

But I have to say, just from the standpoint of maximizing the Yankee victory chances, I think I would rather see Boston in the playoffs than Tampa! Those pitchers, they could mow you down three games in a row. How the hell are the Red Sox gonna beat us?

90 Alex Belth   ~  Sep 21, 2011 10:43 pm

87) and 89)

You guys are a pair of fuggin jinxes!

LOL

91 Just Fair   ~  Sep 21, 2011 10:46 pm

Make 'em pay, Robbie!

92 RIYank   ~  Sep 21, 2011 10:47 pm

Uh.
Pitching around Teixeira to face Robinson?

Maddon really likes to Make Moves.

93 Alex Belth   ~  Sep 21, 2011 10:49 pm

Lessgo Robbie

94 RIYank   ~  Sep 21, 2011 10:51 pm

Huh. The plan seems to be to pitch around both of them to face Jesus.

95 RIYank   ~  Sep 21, 2011 10:52 pm

Okay, babies, time to face Jesus! It's Judgment Day!

96 RIYank   ~  Sep 21, 2011 10:53 pm

Oh, let him hit. Come on.
Well, who do we have on the bench? No lefties, right? Posada I guess.

97 RIYank   ~  Sep 21, 2011 10:54 pm

Yep.

98 Just Fair   ~  Sep 21, 2011 10:54 pm

Hip-Hip!

99 Just Fair   ~  Sep 21, 2011 10:55 pm

FUCKE YEAH, JORGE!

100 RIYank   ~  Sep 21, 2011 10:55 pm

Hip hip!!!!!!

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101 RIYank   ~  Sep 21, 2011 10:57 pm

Now, me, I'd leave D-Rob in for the ninth. But Joe will go to So, no?

102 RagingTartabull   ~  Sep 21, 2011 10:58 pm

now THAT was a cool moment!

103 Diane Firstman   ~  Sep 21, 2011 11:00 pm

i"m here for the champagne

104 RIYank   ~  Sep 21, 2011 11:04 pm

[103]

)-<.....

Damn, spilled mine.

105 Raf   ~  Sep 21, 2011 11:04 pm

[103] As am I.

Is it me or does Soriano look a little more animated in his windup & follow through?

106 RIYank   ~  Sep 21, 2011 11:07 pm

The Red Sox' best plan, I think, is: lose fewer games in any given day than the Rays lose.

107 Just Fair   ~  Sep 21, 2011 11:07 pm

Cheers to that!

108 RIYank   ~  Sep 21, 2011 11:08 pm

Yipee!

110 mhoward120   ~  Sep 21, 2011 11:10 pm

Fugliest caps ever!

111 RIYank   ~  Sep 21, 2011 11:12 pm

No way.
He thought it was the ninth!
Perfect. What a lughead he is. I love Jorge.

112 RagingTartabull   ~  Sep 21, 2011 11:13 pm

I love those caps! Snapbacks fo' life!

113 Diane Firstman   ~  Sep 21, 2011 11:14 pm

ooh ... "Kim will get sprayed with champagne" :-)

114 RIYank   ~  Sep 21, 2011 11:14 pm

D-Rob with the one-pitch Win. Kind of an in-your-face-Belth thing, dontchaknow.

115 RIYank   ~  Sep 21, 2011 11:15 pm

Damn, MLB.TV isn't covering the celebration. I'm going to look on ESPN. Later, Banterers!

116 Just Fair   ~  Sep 21, 2011 11:18 pm

[113] Never in my life will I forget Randy Johnson dousing her with a stupid grin on his face. I wish I could forget.....

117 jjmerlock   ~  Sep 21, 2011 11:20 pm

Caps are horrible, lol.

AL East Division Champs!!!

At least the t-shirts said that.

Jorgie, ever the space cadet, didn't know what inning it was - too funny.

He's never been my favorite of the guys, but any Yankees fan who is human had to feel good for him there. You want to feel *part of it*.

[113] That did sound like a promise...

Big time to win the division after a lot of ups and downs this season.

Robertson's houdini act is amazing.

118 Raf   ~  Sep 21, 2011 11:20 pm

ZOMG they didn’t trade for Cliff Lee!!!!
ZOMG they didn’t sign Cliff Lee!!!1
ZOMG Pettitte’s retiring!!1!!
ZOMG they signed Bartolo Colon, he’s teh suck!!!
ZOMG they signed Freddy Garcia, he’s t3h suck too!11!!1
ZOMG the rotation is CC-Burnett-Hughes-Colon-Garcia!!! No way the Yankees can contend with that rotation

Congratulations to the 2011 AL East Champs NY Yankees :D

119 RagingTartabull   ~  Sep 21, 2011 11:30 pm

this game reminds me a lot of the Bernie walkoff to clinch the East vs the Twins in 2004

120 Bama Yankee   ~  Sep 21, 2011 11:30 pm

I've got my goggles on and ready for a little champagne....

121 kenboyer made me cry   ~  Sep 21, 2011 11:41 pm

YIPPEE! Congratulations to the Yankees, and all the fans. They know there's more to do.
By a pole ringer, CC misses out on 20, but he'll have one more shot, if they let him go five.
With one mighty swing of the Hama's arm, he gets the clinching win.
Jorge has to be on the PS roster, he'll have a chance to rise again, and needs a proper send off from the fans. There's a place of sentimentality, it can pay.
Time for the team to heal, and relax.

And in response to the link in [109], "The Best Team Evah" will die by a thousand little cuts. It's going to be ugly in Boston, and if they don't make it to the PS...I can't imagine.

122 seamus   ~  Sep 22, 2011 12:45 am

[118] love this post!

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