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Thank You Sir, May I Have Another?

Curious to see how Hiroki Kuroda pitches tonight. He left his last start early after being hit in the foot by a batted ball.

Good news:  David Robertson is back (and will be activated for Friday night’s game).

Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Raul Ibanez LF
Nick Swisher RF
Russell Martin C
Hiroki Kuroda RHP

Never mind the moronic Atlanta chant: Let’s Go Yank-ees!

[Photo Credit: Associated Press]

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1 rbj   ~  Jun 13, 2012 6:12 pm

Good start Derek.

2 rbj   ~  Jun 13, 2012 6:17 pm

A hit with RISP and Yankees take a lead!

3 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Jun 13, 2012 6:37 pm

Does Kay really think the book Moneyball was about guys taking walks? I didn't even like the book but at least know that it was about way more than high .OBP guys! How is there no YES producer to tell Kay something so basic?

4 RIYank   ~  Jun 13, 2012 6:38 pm

[3] The TBS discussion of Moneyball was even worse.

5 RIYank   ~  Jun 13, 2012 6:40 pm

Sorry, I meant ESPN. Dave O'Brien, Nomar, and Mark Mulder (who was of course in the book! but hasn't read it).

6 Mattpat11   ~  Jun 13, 2012 6:40 pm

So yeah, what was that?

7 RIYank   ~  Jun 13, 2012 6:41 pm

[6] That, sir, was what they call a play.

8 Mattpat11   ~  Jun 13, 2012 6:46 pm

I'm convinced the only time Joe Girardi will use a hit and run is situations where they're doomed to fail so he can stick to his bunts only philosophy

9 RIYank   ~  Jun 13, 2012 6:55 pm

The Braves return the favor with a play to avoid scoring.

10 Evil Empire   ~  Jun 13, 2012 6:56 pm

Folks Yankee stadium at Dixie is hopping tonight.

11 rbj   ~  Jun 13, 2012 7:01 pm

No problem with that out.

12 RIYank   ~  Jun 13, 2012 7:06 pm

ESPN just showed the Jeter flip (Mulder was in the dugout for that one) and then the dive into the stands (Nomar was nursing an injury in the dugout for that one). Nomar wasn't fazed, but man that was one dismal day for him.

13 rbj   ~  Jun 13, 2012 7:09 pm

[12] Thing was, he was ordered to sit, Boston never really came to his defense on that.

14 RIYank   ~  Jun 13, 2012 7:11 pm

[13] I'm not blaming him. I'm just saying it must be one of his least favorite games/days in history.

Rob seems a little sluggish today.

15 rbj   ~  Jun 13, 2012 7:16 pm

[14]I was just getting in another dig at the Red Sox.

16 RIYank   ~  Jun 13, 2012 7:18 pm

He's pitching very well. Last inning that walk-then-single was his only problem so far.

17 RIYank   ~  Jun 13, 2012 7:20 pm

[15] Oh, far be it from me to get in your way!

I just remember it as the day RSN turned on him. Before that day, Nomah was bettah than Jetuh. After, no, they conceded, Jetes was #1.

18 rbj   ~  Jun 13, 2012 7:32 pm

[17] Yeah, very unfair to him.

19 RIYank   ~  Jun 13, 2012 7:38 pm

Oh, that must truly suck. Damn.

20 RIYank   ~  Jun 13, 2012 7:45 pm

Biiiiiiig AB here.

21 RIYank   ~  Jun 13, 2012 7:45 pm

Wow, the Mets are helping us out, huh?

22 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Jun 13, 2012 7:46 pm

Apparently there is a whole twtter phenomenon devoted to Fredi Gonzalez' bad managing...thelarmis, are you there? you watch more Braves games than the rest of us I imagine..any comments?

23 RIYank   ~  Jun 13, 2012 7:46 pm

Wow, Kuroda is just money today. Good man.

24 cult of basebaal   ~  Jun 13, 2012 7:46 pm

Nice done, Hiroki!

Greetings all ... free Yankees baseball is teh awesome!

25 rbj   ~  Jun 13, 2012 7:46 pm

He's dealing tonight. I guess the foot is o.k.

26 rbj   ~  Jun 13, 2012 7:49 pm

[21] Who knew they had a use?

27 RIYank   ~  Jun 13, 2012 7:52 pm

Seven Mets Earned Runs charged to David Price.

28 cult of basebaal   ~  Jun 13, 2012 7:58 pm

Man, Nomar and Mulder are a perfect storm of inane jock banality, aren't they?

29 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Jun 13, 2012 8:00 pm

[28] Examples, please? I'm on Gameday but am always up for some juicy jock cliches.

Oh, and 久しぶり, Cult! (Long time, no Banter!)

30 OldYanksFan   ~  Jun 13, 2012 8:01 pm

Nomar's first 4 year's OPS: .875, .946, 1.022 and 1.033.
Then he hurt his wrist and was never the same.
But those years he was closer to ARod than to Jeter.

31 rbj   ~  Jun 13, 2012 8:05 pm

Phew, foul.

32 RIYank   ~  Jun 13, 2012 8:05 pm

[28] They are hideous. And Dave O'Brien is not a bad play-by-play guy, but they turn him horrible.

33 rbj   ~  Jun 13, 2012 8:07 pm


34 cult of basebaal   ~  Jun 13, 2012 8:07 pm

[29] Long time no Banter, indeed! Right back at ya! Got a new job ... that doesn't let me work from home, so I'm usually not back in time to catch the games. Plus, because of that, I haven't gotten mlb.tv, so I don't get the games anyway, unless they're on ESPN3.

Meanwhile ... FUCK.

35 RIYank   ~  Jun 13, 2012 8:08 pm

Yeah. That couldn't hold up, huh?

Now we need the weather to improve.

36 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Jun 13, 2012 8:10 pm

[34] Ah right, home gamnes would be a 4pm start for you on the west coast..man, I'm so used to morning baseball now that when I was ni NYC recently it felt odd to watch at night with some beers.

Kuroda can keep it at 2, feeling confident with the O these days to come back!

37 cult of basebaal   ~  Jun 13, 2012 8:11 pm

[29] They're just so blandly generic and cliche, I don't know if they've said anything that stands out. They just literally have nothing insightful to add. Not notes, not stats, not analysis, not anecdotes.


Though, as hard as it is to believe, they're still better than Kasey Keller has been on ESPN's Euro 2012 broadcasts.

38 cult of basebaal   ~  Jun 13, 2012 8:13 pm

[36] Yeah, I'm now living about 10 miles from Rally-Monkey-Silly-Rocks-Park, though annoyingly, I wasn't able to get to any of the games the Yankees just played there ...

39 rbj   ~  Jun 13, 2012 8:14 pm

Get those runs back.

40 cult of basebaal   ~  Jun 13, 2012 8:15 pm

Did everybody see the frickin' BOMB that Bryce Harper hit last night.

Lawdy, that was crushed.

41 cult of basebaal   ~  Jun 13, 2012 8:17 pm


42 RIYank   ~  Jun 13, 2012 8:19 pm


God I love him.

43 rbj   ~  Jun 13, 2012 8:19 pm

Curtis! He reads this blog.

44 cult of basebaal   ~  Jun 13, 2012 8:20 pm



45 Evil Empire   ~  Jun 13, 2012 8:20 pm

THIS place just erupted. The Grandy Man can!

46 RIYank   ~  Jun 13, 2012 8:20 pm

I'll give some examples of the banality of Mark and Nomar in a minute, but can someone explain what the hell the ATL crowd is mooing about? It's bizarre, and ESPN is pretending it isn't happening.

47 cult of basebaal   ~  Jun 13, 2012 8:21 pm

It's a good thing that Curtis is nothing but teh fucking awesome, because otherwise, what the Yankees gave up in that trade would make me a sad, sad man ...

48 OldYanksFan   ~  Jun 13, 2012 8:22 pm

[40] Yes. SCARY! And on a lowish pitch. I said before, he is the second coming of Mantle.

49 RIYank   ~  Jun 13, 2012 8:23 pm

Evil Empire, are you at the Ted?

So one thing was, they were talking about Moneyball, and Mulder kept rambling about why exactly it was that his guys couldn't win in the playoffs. He would start down some stupid cliche path, and keep talking until it was obvious what he was saying made absolutely no sense, and then he would start over. "We were young guys, I think we didn't know how good we were, we didn't have that established veteran presence that you need to win in the postseason. It wasn't that we'd all freak out, I think we just didn't know how to finish off a team..."

50 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Jun 13, 2012 8:24 pm

I love Curtis!!

[48] Harper, Trout and Stanton (don't forget him)..some amazing young talent out there now.

51 cult of basebaal   ~  Jun 13, 2012 8:28 pm

[48] What I thought was impressive was that it was not a straight muscle shot, although, obviously, you have to be strong to hit a ball 450 feet (BTW, over on BBTF today people were trying ... and failing ... to find a ball hit further by a teenage (Hittracker era only)).

But that was a *math* shot (well, physics, but math sounds better), perfectly centered in the sweet spot and perfect contact with the lower half of the ball to generate backspin and thus the kind of lift that makes a ball carry and carry.

52 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Jun 13, 2012 8:28 pm

[49] That sounds excruciating. Basketball is really the only sport where that "veteran presence" nonsense has any validity.

53 Evil Empire   ~  Jun 13, 2012 8:29 pm

Yep RIYank I'm here.

54 rbj   ~  Jun 13, 2012 8:30 pm

[49] I'm on the YES feed. Kay doesn't sound so bad.

55 RIYank   ~  Jun 13, 2012 8:30 pm

So nobody knows what the crowd is rumbling about? Or is it some kind of illusion on ESPN? It sounds like they're constantly BOOing.

56 kenboyer made me cry   ~  Jun 13, 2012 8:31 pm

[43] If Curtis really reads this blog, I have a beautiful young cousin who would really like to meet you...

This will be Kurota's last batter.

57 Ara Just Fair   ~  Jun 13, 2012 8:32 pm

I've been catching this game on the porch via John and Susyn. Love me some more good pitching. [51] I was down on Harper before the regular season just b/c of all the negative press he received. Damn you media! But I have changed my tune. Dude is fun to watch!

58 cult of basebaal   ~  Jun 13, 2012 8:32 pm

Here's a money quote from that BBTF discussion:

After just 40 games, Harper is already #8 on the list for age 19 BB-Ref WAR.

Barring injury, he might end up with just about every significant age 19 hitting record in the book.

59 rbj   ~  Jun 13, 2012 8:33 pm

Now call the game on account of lightening.

60 cult of basebaal   ~  Jun 13, 2012 8:35 pm

[57] Yeah, he did catch a lot of shit before this season. But everything I've heard (and seen) has been positive. He's just an all-out baseball playing freak.

AND we've got Trout in the AL at the same time???

I can easily see those two starting the All-Star Game as rookies, which is fantastic for baseball ...

61 rbj   ~  Jun 13, 2012 8:36 pm

[56] Name and number. Now mind you I'm 47.

62 cult of basebaal   ~  Jun 13, 2012 8:40 pm

Also, anyone else catch this?

The slugger, who continued his assault on the record books Tuesday night, was voted by 100 big-league baseball players as the sport’s second-most hated star (10 percent) behind White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski (34 percent) in a “secret survey” by Men’s Journal.

And look who came in third with 9 percentage points: jovial Yankees outfielder Nick Swisher.

63 cult of basebaal   ~  Jun 13, 2012 8:41 pm

[62] Oops, "The Slugger" refers to none other than CentWAR himself: Alex Rodriguez.

64 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Jun 13, 2012 8:42 pm

[62] That's odd as I read the other day several players had commented on Harper as "he plays hard"..ultimate compliment from one ballplayer to another..

65 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Jun 13, 2012 8:43 pm

[62][63] Oh, I totally blew that one with poor reading comprehension..you meant A-Rod.

66 cult of basebaal   ~  Jun 13, 2012 8:46 pm


67 cult of basebaal   ~  Jun 13, 2012 8:49 pm

Hey, Mulder with an actual pertinent insight!

68 Ara Just Fair   ~  Jun 13, 2012 8:50 pm

I've heard old timers compare Bryce to Pete Rose. I fucking hate Pete Rose but I'll root for Bryce. I watched that kid's debut night and he rocketed a double and had a guy pegged at the plate if the catcher had not dropped the ball. Damn. I wish the Yankees were not missing Strasburg. He's damn fun to watch, too.

69 Ara Just Fair   ~  Jun 13, 2012 8:52 pm

If Glavine and Maddox didn't get that 3-2 pitch their careers would been have far different.

70 cult of basebaal   ~  Jun 13, 2012 8:53 pm


71 Ara Just Fair   ~  Jun 13, 2012 8:59 pm

Scary 3rd out.

72 RIYank   ~  Jun 13, 2012 8:59 pm


73 cult of basebaal   ~  Jun 13, 2012 9:00 pm

Well, no harm, no foul ...

74 Ara Just Fair   ~  Jun 13, 2012 9:07 pm

Good punch out. Not a strike. Asshole!

75 RIYank   ~  Jun 13, 2012 9:11 pm


Walk A-Rod to pitch to Rob? I understand, they're going to call on Venters, but still.

76 cult of basebaal   ~  Jun 13, 2012 9:11 pm

Time for The Ripper to make an appearance ...

77 cult of basebaal   ~  Jun 13, 2012 9:16 pm

Or ... not.


78 Ara Just Fair   ~  Jun 13, 2012 9:21 pm

Uh, when the hell did Cody Eppley show up?

79 Ara Just Fair   ~  Jun 13, 2012 9:27 pm

6-4-3. Put it in your pocket.

80 Ara Just Fair   ~  Jun 13, 2012 9:40 pm

Let's go, Sori!

81 cult of basebaal   ~  Jun 13, 2012 9:42 pm

Well positioned = Well played!

82 Ara Just Fair   ~  Jun 13, 2012 9:47 pm

Atta boy, Soriano! This is some run. Winning. It cures all ails.

83 cult of basebaal   ~  Jun 13, 2012 9:55 pm

Evening gents!

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