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Bird Watchin’

New town, new team, new day.

Derek Jeter, SS
Nick Swisher, RF
Robinson Cano, 2B
Alex Rodriguez, DH
Mark Teixeira, 1B
Curtis Granderson, CF
Andruw Jones, LF
Rusell Martin, C
Eduardo Nunez, 3B
Ivan Nova, P

Get ‘em, boys.

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

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1 RIYank   ~  Apr 9, 2012 3:35 pm

Raul and Brett get the day off, huh?

We're a lot better against righties. Although if the lefty is Brian Matusz, maybe we're better against lefties. I sure hope so.

2 Ara Just Fair   ~  Apr 9, 2012 3:58 pm

I think Nunez should get the nod over Cano. How the hell is Robbie supposed to see May by playing four games in a row early season?
Go Yankees!

3 Alex Belth   ~  Apr 9, 2012 4:04 pm

I think Mr. Martin will have a couple few big hits tonight.

4 Greg G   ~  Apr 9, 2012 4:07 pm

This Derek Jeter kid seems like an up and comer. I am going to keep an eye out for him.

5 Chris in Sydney   ~  Apr 9, 2012 5:31 pm

[3] Coltrane!

6 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Apr 9, 2012 5:33 pm

This meredith person seems fine, but she's no Kim.

And who the hell walks away from a job like that, anyway?

7 Chris in Sydney   ~  Apr 9, 2012 5:35 pm

This Girardi quote should make some Banter heads spin: "For this team to be successful, I think he [Nunez] has to play well."

Hear that? Nunez success is a precondition for '12 Yankee success.

So, I'm thinking we shoot for the 2nd wild card.

8 RIYank   ~  Apr 9, 2012 5:51 pm

[6] NFL Network, apparently. Nothing has been announced though.

9 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Apr 9, 2012 6:02 pm

[8] What could be better in the sports reporting world than covering the Yankees on YES?

10 RIYank   ~  Apr 9, 2012 6:06 pm

[9] No accounting for tastes.
Also, the Red Sox lost their Heidi Watney -- for the Lakers, I believe. So, a lot of that going around.

11 Ara Just Fair   ~  Apr 9, 2012 6:07 pm

[6] She was required to talk to Michael Kay both pre and post game. I'm sure that took its toll. : )

12 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Apr 9, 2012 6:13 pm

Stop with the weak-ass 4-3's, Rob.

13 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Apr 9, 2012 6:17 pm

Oh, Teix.

14 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Apr 9, 2012 6:17 pm

Good, that's a nice hit.

15 RagingTartabull   ~  Apr 9, 2012 6:17 pm

Hey look! A lead!

16 Ara Just Fair   ~  Apr 9, 2012 6:17 pm

Oppo rbi from Teix. Holy smokes!

17 Ara Just Fair   ~  Apr 9, 2012 6:19 pm

That's not the swing you want on 3-1. Bleh.

18 RIYank   ~  Apr 9, 2012 6:36 pm

I was about to compliment Ivan.

19 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Apr 9, 2012 6:37 pm

Wilson Betemit is still playing?

Jesus.

20 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Apr 9, 2012 6:41 pm

He's getting some feckless swings with that slider inside to lefties.

That's encouraging.

21 RIYank   ~  Apr 9, 2012 6:42 pm

Not bad, Ivan.
[19] Yeah, I mean, he's only 30.

22 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Apr 9, 2012 6:45 pm

[21] Wow. So he was what, 25 when we let him go for washed up?

23 rbj   ~  Apr 9, 2012 6:47 pm

Just missed, Nick.

24 RIYank   ~  Apr 9, 2012 6:50 pm

[22] I guess. Seems more recent.

Felix Dubront tears through his first two batters of the year in a mere 16 pitches. (Up in Toronto.)

25 Ara Just Fair   ~  Apr 9, 2012 6:50 pm

That's a beaut!

26 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Apr 9, 2012 6:50 pm

Gorgeous hitting, Rob.

27 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Apr 9, 2012 6:53 pm

Jesus, you idiots.

28 Ara Just Fair   ~  Apr 9, 2012 6:53 pm

Ohferfuck's sake!

29 RagingTartabull   ~  Apr 9, 2012 6:53 pm

Well innings don't end much uglier than that

30 RIYank   ~  Apr 9, 2012 6:54 pm

No plays.
Joe Girardi is not allowed to put on plays.

(Don't tell me that was Jeter's idea.)

31 rbj   ~  Apr 9, 2012 6:55 pm

A plan! By a hands on managing manager!
I hate that.

32 RIYank   ~  Apr 9, 2012 6:57 pm

Oy.

33 Ara Just Fair   ~  Apr 9, 2012 6:58 pm

Girardi is the anti-Midas.

34 RIYank   ~  Apr 9, 2012 6:58 pm

Oh, come on. Come on.

35 RIYank   ~  Apr 9, 2012 6:59 pm

Hm, if he let's Jeter take it, is it an out? Not sure.

36 jfdrums   ~  Apr 9, 2012 6:59 pm

and here come the pretzels.....

37 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Apr 9, 2012 7:00 pm

He's really having good results with that slider.

38 RIYank   ~  Apr 9, 2012 7:01 pm

[37] He is. And, he doesn't rattle, does he?

39 Ara Just Fair   ~  Apr 9, 2012 7:03 pm

Nova has good stuff. No doubt.

40 rbj   ~  Apr 9, 2012 7:03 pm

Yes, tailor made d.p.

41 RIYank   ~  Apr 9, 2012 7:04 pm

Hey, my feed is behind! Just noticed. That means I can't refresh until between batters.

42 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Apr 9, 2012 7:05 pm

[38] No, he doesn't.

43 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Apr 9, 2012 7:07 pm

And speaking of rattling, I kind of miss Mussina's visible look of aggrievement when his defense would bobble balls behind him. He'd roll his eyes, sigh demonstratively and throw his arms up to the heavens. God, that was a hoot.

Alternatively, he'd bite down real hard on his lip, desperately trying to exercise self-restraint.

44 RIYank   ~  Apr 9, 2012 7:10 pm

[43] Honestly, that was not his most endearing trait.

That 15-year-old on the mound does seem a tad rattled, on the other hand.

45 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Apr 9, 2012 7:10 pm

Hahahahahah!! Dumb-ass bobbler!

Nice hit, Martin!

46 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Apr 9, 2012 7:11 pm

Good work, NunE5.

47 RIYank   ~  Apr 9, 2012 7:11 pm

[3] Cigar for Belth! Well, half a cigar. Russell will need another for full cigar.

48 rbj   ~  Apr 9, 2012 7:12 pm

[42] And to think he came up without any special rules. How did he survive?

More runs!

49 RIYank   ~  Apr 9, 2012 7:12 pm

[46] Dammit I haven't seen that yet! Can't wait to see it now.

50 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Apr 9, 2012 7:12 pm

[44][48] Hhahahahahahah, on both counts.

51 RIYank   ~  Apr 9, 2012 7:13 pm

Oh, okay. Fine. Not exciting. But, yeah. (Nuñez' productive out.)

52 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Apr 9, 2012 7:14 pm

Yayyy, Derek!

53 Ara Just Fair   ~  Apr 9, 2012 7:14 pm

[43] Mooooooose! One of my JV kids was pitching last week. He's a little southpaw and a big Yankee fan. He holds his glove in front of face so you can't see anything but his eyes. I said to the other other coach, "Think he's a Pettitte fan?" ; )
Captain!

54 RIYank   ~  Apr 9, 2012 7:14 pm

[48] So true.
Funny, isn't it? Ivan, Rob, and Brett. Utterly unheralded, but they're all miles ahead of the more touted Yankee prospects. Hard to see how everyone failed to notice Rob, especially.

55 rbj   ~  Apr 9, 2012 7:15 pm

Derek!

56 RIYank   ~  Apr 9, 2012 7:16 pm

Okay that does it, I have to stop reloading the Banter page except between innings. Had to hold my breath until I saw what "Yay Derek" was for.

57 rbj   ~  Apr 9, 2012 7:18 pm

Buck does look annoyed. Figure it out, kid.

58 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Apr 9, 2012 7:19 pm

[53] That's very cute. :)

59 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Apr 9, 2012 7:19 pm

Oh, you fucker!

You motherfucker!

60 Ara Just Fair   ~  Apr 9, 2012 7:19 pm

FUCK! Smashed that one.

61 rbj   ~  Apr 9, 2012 7:20 pm

Wow, what a catch.

62 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Apr 9, 2012 7:23 pm

Nunez made a play!

63 Ara Just Fair   ~  Apr 9, 2012 7:23 pm

Standing O for Nune5!

64 RIYank   ~  Apr 9, 2012 7:24 pm

Hat tip to Eduardo.

65 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Apr 9, 2012 7:27 pm

Man, he's eating them up!

They're not just missing that slider, they're looking like little leaguers doing it.

66 Ara Just Fair   ~  Apr 9, 2012 7:27 pm

NUNEY!

67 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Apr 9, 2012 7:27 pm

Damn, Nunez!

Look at him go!

Fuck, that was incredible.

68 rbj   ~  Apr 9, 2012 7:27 pm

Nunez!

69 RIYank   ~  Apr 9, 2012 7:29 pm

Dang.
So how many games does he get a pass on now?

70 Ara Just Fair   ~  Apr 9, 2012 7:30 pm

[69] 0 because he's got a few more innings for another botch job.

71 RIYank   ~  Apr 9, 2012 7:40 pm

There were three 0-3 teams today, but the Giants won.

72 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Apr 9, 2012 7:40 pm

Robbie's arm just never ceases to amaze me.

73 RIYank   ~  Apr 9, 2012 7:41 pm

Nova is very easy to like.

74 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Apr 9, 2012 7:42 pm

He really is.

75 Ara Just Fair   ~  Apr 9, 2012 7:43 pm

Sweet!

76 Ara Just Fair   ~  Apr 9, 2012 7:46 pm

Take that Banter!

77 RIYank   ~  Apr 9, 2012 7:48 pm

Well that makes sense. It's not as if Derek's been hitting the ball well.

78 Ara Just Fair   ~  Apr 9, 2012 7:49 pm

Time to make hay, Robbie.

79 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Apr 9, 2012 7:51 pm

Gooooood Morning! I got mlbTV on my cell phone going, is it behind thwe action? Jeter just sac bunted (D'oh!)

80 rbj   ~  Apr 9, 2012 7:52 pm

Dang, just foul!

81 rbj   ~  Apr 9, 2012 7:54 pm

Nerts

82 RIYank   ~  Apr 9, 2012 7:54 pm

Argh!
Well pitched, I must say.

83 Ara Just Fair   ~  Apr 9, 2012 7:54 pm

Or roll over for a pathetic 4-6-3.

84 Ara Just Fair   ~  Apr 9, 2012 7:57 pm

Nova needs to take Hughes under his wing.

85 RIYank   ~  Apr 9, 2012 8:02 pm

Freaking Matt Wieters. What's up with that?

86 RIYank   ~  Apr 9, 2012 8:03 pm

Red Sox get runners on second and third with one out, but strand 'em. 2-0 Jays, bottom of the fifth.

87 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Apr 9, 2012 8:03 pm

Thanks for special post, Alex!

Yanks should hold on to this one. Just keep Wieters from swinging the bat again, he's really become one of the best C's in the league.

88 rbj   ~  Apr 9, 2012 8:04 pm

Nova!

89 RIYank   ~  Apr 9, 2012 8:04 pm

Well done, young Ivan! Excellent.

Hi Mr OK.

90 Ara Just Fair   ~  Apr 9, 2012 8:04 pm

Ivan throws an enticing slider. And then jams him on a 94 mph fastball. Nice.

91 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Apr 9, 2012 8:08 pm

[89] What up, RIYank? I'm a proud papa as Alex honored me with the Jazz Sensation post preceding this one, check it out!

While walking this morning I couldn't get good reception for the video feed onmy phone so had Ma & Pa Sterling coming out the iPhone..even the J locals on the street around me were apalled at Suzyn's word play..and they can't even speak English...

92 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Apr 9, 2012 8:10 pm

Ouch, Yu Darvish lit up by the Mariners...that's going to be HUGE news here today.

93 RIYank   ~  Apr 9, 2012 8:13 pm

[91] Oh, I saw it, I saw it! I was going to suggest that you tell the kids, "There is no Japanese word for IBB, it is untranslatable because it is unthinkable."

94 RIYank   ~  Apr 9, 2012 8:14 pm

Hey, Curtis and Brett, I love those guys!

95 Ara Just Fair   ~  Apr 9, 2012 8:14 pm

Yay, Brett! [92] If he doesn't succeed it could be the last straw for Japanese pitchers.

96 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Apr 9, 2012 8:18 pm

[93] Haha, no, in Japan the pitchers just nibble endlessly so that every count goes 3-2!
[95] I really want him to do well, and think he will. But Seattle..yikes..

97 RIYank   ~  Apr 9, 2012 8:21 pm

My Little home run; Sox close to 2-1.

98 Boatzilla   ~  Apr 9, 2012 8:22 pm

Wilson Bettemit?

99 Ara Just Fair   ~  Apr 9, 2012 8:24 pm

Back to back horseshit plays.

100 RIYank   ~  Apr 9, 2012 8:25 pm

Rob! What???

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101 Boatzilla   ~  Apr 9, 2012 8:26 pm

[96] I was watching the game. Ichiro had two hits. One bloop and a solid double Darvish is having serious control problems. But his K pitch is working.

Noesi hasn't been much better.

102 Ara Just Fair   ~  Apr 9, 2012 8:27 pm

Nasty!

103 Boatzilla   ~  Apr 9, 2012 8:28 pm

I like the Orioles' crew.

104 RIYank   ~  Apr 9, 2012 8:29 pm

Hell yeah.
Very nice, young Ivan. Even that one run was not really your fault.

105 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Apr 9, 2012 8:31 pm

[97] Is it wrong and childish of me to hope Cano always produces better stats than MyLittlePony?
[101] Must be on NHK, right? Will check the replay tonight.

106 Boatzilla   ~  Apr 9, 2012 8:35 pm

That was some pretty hitting.

107 Boatzilla   ~  Apr 9, 2012 8:35 pm

[105] Yes. It's on regular TV.

108 RIYank   ~  Apr 9, 2012 8:36 pm

Yeah, hm. I still don't want any plays.

109 Ara Just Fair   ~  Apr 9, 2012 8:36 pm

Nice to not get an updated hit list every time The Captain gets a freshie.

110 Chris in Sydney   ~  Apr 9, 2012 8:36 pm

[92] I'm watching Ms-Rangers. Tx is lighting up Noesi too.

111 Ara Just Fair   ~  Apr 9, 2012 8:37 pm

Like I said. O games. Nuney!

112 RIYank   ~  Apr 9, 2012 8:38 pm

Jesus christ. I mean, it doesn't matter, probably, but come on.

113 RIYank   ~  Apr 9, 2012 8:39 pm

Papi was just caught stealing.

I think maybe it was a botched hit-and-run?

114 Boatzilla   ~  Apr 9, 2012 8:40 pm

Would it have killed him to take a pitch?

I don't get it.

115 Chris in Sydney   ~  Apr 9, 2012 8:41 pm

[113] Or he has the green light from Bobby V ...

116 RIYank   ~  Apr 9, 2012 8:41 pm

Argh! That's twice, once for Rob and once for Alex.

Again, it's not exactly a crucial situation, but still.

117 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Apr 9, 2012 8:41 pm

[113] BIG Papi? I saw Bobby V order a sac bunt over the weekend too..Small Ball is back in BeanTown? How soon til Bill James quits?

118 Boatzilla   ~  Apr 9, 2012 8:43 pm

[110] Actually, after a shaky start Darvish has kept them in the game with some clutch Ks.

Is he still in there?

119 Chris in Sydney   ~  Apr 9, 2012 8:50 pm

TX-Ms is crazy. Slugfest. Noesi is gone. Hamilton goes deep straight away center. 8-5 TX after 4.

120 Ara Just Fair   ~  Apr 9, 2012 8:53 pm

Let's go, Dave. No need to make it interesting.

121 Boatzilla   ~  Apr 9, 2012 8:53 pm

D-Rob making it interesting.

122 Boatzilla   ~  Apr 9, 2012 8:54 pm

[120] Damn....data lag.

123 RIYank   ~  Apr 9, 2012 8:56 pm

Come on, Dave. Bring down the Hamma!

124 RIYank   ~  Apr 9, 2012 8:57 pm

Nailed!

125 RIYank   ~  Apr 9, 2012 9:03 pm

Lead off My Little double. Now A-Gon has a chance to tie the game with a hit...

126 RIYank   ~  Apr 9, 2012 9:05 pm

Passed ball, tying run now on third with nobody out. A-Gon, then Youk...

127 RIYank   ~  Apr 9, 2012 9:07 pm

Adrian ties it with a sac fly.

128 RIYank   ~  Apr 9, 2012 9:07 pm

Sergio Santos has two Save opportunities, two blown Saves.

129 Ara Just Fair   ~  Apr 9, 2012 9:07 pm

Put a tent on that circus.

130 RIYank   ~  Apr 9, 2012 9:10 pm

Hm, Mo got badly squeezed on that AB. First two pitches.

131 RIYank   ~  Apr 9, 2012 9:12 pm

Mmmmmmmm.
More like it.

132 Ara Just Fair   ~  Apr 9, 2012 9:13 pm

Every time I hear JJ Hardy I think of JJ Fad.
Hey, a win. Cheers all!

133 RIYank   ~  Apr 9, 2012 9:13 pm

Thanks be to Mo.

134 RIYank   ~  Apr 9, 2012 9:16 pm

Wow, the Sox' rally continues with two outs... they now have a lead in the ninth! Maybe every MLB team will have at least one W soon.

135 Alex Belth   ~  Apr 9, 2012 9:24 pm

What the hell set Andino off?

136 Alex Belth   ~  Apr 9, 2012 9:36 pm

Please don't tell me it was something A Rod said. LOL

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