"A New York Treasure" --Village Voice

Lazing on a Sunny Afternoon

Yanks go for an unlikely four-game sweep against the Rangers this afternoon on a beautiful day in the Bronx. Ivan Nova–will he deliver a solid performance or will the Rangers beat him about the face and neck?

Robbie sits for a second straight game

Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Andruw Jones LF
Casey McGehee 3B
Russell Martin C
Jayson Nix 2B
Ichiro Suzuki CF
Chris Stewart C

Never mind the sunshine: Let’s Go Yank-ees!

[Photo Credit: Luis Rodriguez via Zeroing]

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1 Dillon   ~  Aug 16, 2012 12:03 pm

I feel like this dead horse has been beat so long the bones are gone but, what is wrong with Girardi and his rest policy? Yes, Chavez is notoriously injury-prone. He's also gotta be the hottest player in baseball right now. Can't we sit him, you know, when we're not playing for a sweep against the second best team in the AL??

2 monkeypants   ~  Aug 16, 2012 12:06 pm

[1] Well, you simply have to get Martin's bat in the lineup.

3 thelarmis   ~  Aug 16, 2012 12:13 pm

that's some lineup...

4 monkeypants   ~  Aug 16, 2012 12:14 pm

Why do I have a feelingI am going to regret staying home to watch this game?

5 Alex Belth   ~  Aug 16, 2012 12:15 pm

Nova picking up where he left off I see...

6 thelarmis   ~  Aug 16, 2012 12:16 pm

and there it is...

7 ms october   ~  Aug 16, 2012 12:16 pm

[1] [2] this is the rest policy meets the handedness policy, thus martin > chavez.

8 Jon DeRosa   ~  Aug 16, 2012 12:17 pm

Girardi rested his way to the 2010 Wild Card, and that was annoying. But keeping Eric Chavez on the field through October, which now obviously must be done since he's vital to the offense, is going to take a friggin miracle. There's probably no amount of rest for him I wouldn't endorse.

9 Alex Belth   ~  Aug 16, 2012 12:27 pm

And while were' kibbitzing, this is an interesting quote from Bobby V no the Sox:

Valentine was asked about the distractions and drama of his first summer as Sox manager.

"From what I gather it's common, it's what happens here," he said on WEEI. "One of the things I was discussing with one of the players was that all this noise is one of the reasons players don't like to sign here. You know, they don't have to deal with it in other markets. They don't have to worry about the drama of the day; they can just go out and play baseball."


10 Jose Sarduy   ~  Aug 16, 2012 12:35 pm

I wonder how a veteran baseball person like Bobby V. keeps putting his foot in his mouth?

And is he managing the club the same way?

Will he back next year?
I hope so. lol

11 rbj   ~  Aug 16, 2012 12:39 pm

[9] Is he forgetting the time he spent playing for & managing the Mets?

I had actually a modicum of sympathy for him in this mess, but that's gone right out the window.

12 thelarmis   ~  Aug 16, 2012 12:46 pm

great. load 'em up, no one out, hamilton up.

good job, nova...

13 monkeypants   ~  Aug 16, 2012 12:46 pm

[8] The conundrum being, of course, that the more rest he gets the less vital he can be, necessarily, to the offense.

Resting Chavez today is fine. DHing Martin is asinine. Whatever, this is as much the product of absurd contemporary MLB roster construction (12+ pitchers) as it is Girardi's rest obsession and binder determinations.

Anyway, Nova is about two batters from sending me to nap time.

14 thelarmis   ~  Aug 16, 2012 12:47 pm

wow. struck him out!

now, a DP please, to erase those 2 damn walks...

15 ms october   ~  Aug 16, 2012 12:48 pm

[11] from a resident's perspective (which is obviously different than a ball-player or manger's perspective) of both boston and nyc - the media scrutiny in the two places is different.
both media certainly like drama but there is a more negative almost sinister quality to it in boston.

but with that said bobby v is not improving the situation. i wonder if he just doesn't give an f at this point.

16 monkeypants   ~  Aug 16, 2012 12:48 pm

[11] How does his time with the Mets contradict what he says in that quote?

17 monkeypants   ~  Aug 16, 2012 12:51 pm

Oooh..maybe nap time waits a little longer.

18 thelarmis   ~  Aug 16, 2012 12:54 pm

wow. the kid got out of it!

and we got a hit!

19 rbj   ~  Aug 16, 2012 12:55 pm

[16] That there isn't drama in NY? If he'd said most markets, I'd agree, but you can't lump NY in with Kansas City or even St. Louis. So what free agents has Boston lost out on to smaller, tamer markets?

[15] Is there any sinister quality to coverage of the Bruins, Celtics or Patriots, or is it simply a Red Sox thing?

20 kenboyer made me cry   ~  Aug 16, 2012 12:56 pm

I love lunch hour baseball! Nova has been a little less than a confidence builder lately, but I still believe he is just a little maturity away from being really good consistently.

Not to compare our children, but do you think Hughes could have gotten out of that bases loaded no outs situation with no runs scoring?

21 ms october   ~  Aug 16, 2012 12:58 pm

[19] i would say the undertones are there for the other teams but it is more pronounced and focused on the red sox.

22 Alex Belth   ~  Aug 16, 2012 1:10 pm

Okay, Nova has settled down...now, we's need some runs.

23 thelarmis   ~  Aug 16, 2012 1:10 pm

is nova injured?

24 rbj   ~  Aug 16, 2012 1:14 pm

[21] Thanks. I'm just remembering back to the 1970s & 80s when the media, especially the Daily News (we didn't get the Post) seemed to delight in hammering the Yankees. Plenty to expound upon, but they added their own fuel to the fire.

25 kenboyer made me cry   ~  Aug 16, 2012 1:14 pm

[23] Could be. He twinged something in his leg when he fielded the last put out. We don't know, but we'll find out at the start of the inning.

26 thelarmis   ~  Aug 16, 2012 1:15 pm

[25] thanks, kb.

let's hope he's alright. if not, d-lowe.

27 thelarmis   ~  Aug 16, 2012 1:18 pm

well, he's still out there, so i guess he's alright!

28 thelarmis   ~  Aug 16, 2012 1:26 pm

holland is going all king felix on us...

29 Alex Belth   ~  Aug 16, 2012 1:26 pm

Holland is dealing.

30 kenboyer made me cry   ~  Aug 16, 2012 1:28 pm

Jeez, It's like Holland owns NY again. Hopefully the New Amsterdam Yankees can score some runs at some point. Can the "B" line-up come through?

31 Ara Just Fair   ~  Aug 16, 2012 1:30 pm


32 kenboyer made me cry   ~  Aug 16, 2012 1:30 pm

Today is a kind of game where many in the stands do not want to be seen on camera, I suspect neither does Andruw Jones want to be on camera either on that lost in the sun fly.

33 kenboyer made me cry   ~  Aug 16, 2012 1:32 pm

Nova getting squeezed.

34 Alex Belth   ~  Aug 16, 2012 1:34 pm

What we need here is a double play...

35 kenboyer made me cry   ~  Aug 16, 2012 1:37 pm

Can it be more unlucky for the Red Sox to be coming into NY whilst in the middle of their drama? Sandpaper and salt in the wound.

36 Alex Belth   ~  Aug 16, 2012 1:41 pm

Dag, Nova is shitting the bed.

37 kenboyer made me cry   ~  Aug 16, 2012 1:48 pm

[36] Not to give him excuses, but it all started this inning with Jones' lost in the sun miss. WIth Eppley getting the last out, four runs against this team in six innings is not a horrible outing.

If the Yankees can't score any, does it matter?

38 rbj   ~  Aug 16, 2012 1:53 pm

Hey, a run!

39 ms october   ~  Aug 16, 2012 1:53 pm

2 runs!

40 kenboyer made me cry   ~  Aug 16, 2012 1:57 pm

Hey! The universe is back on kilter! Yay Andruw Jones!

41 Alex Belth   ~  Aug 16, 2012 1:58 pm

Fuckin A!

42 thelarmis   ~  Aug 16, 2012 1:58 pm

fuck yeah, andruw!!!

way to make up for it : )

43 kenboyer made me cry   ~  Aug 16, 2012 2:02 pm

McGehee must have been loafing out of the box, he probably should have been at third after that error.

44 rbj   ~  Aug 16, 2012 2:02 pm

What an awesome comback I'm missing.

45 kenboyer made me cry   ~  Aug 16, 2012 2:04 pm

I am really playing hooky watching this game, I hope the Yanks pull it out to make it worthwhile.

46 kenboyer made me cry   ~  Aug 16, 2012 2:06 pm

Even Russell gets in the act! He might be over .200 now.

47 Ara Just Fair   ~  Aug 16, 2012 2:07 pm

Muscle reads the BB for motivation.

48 kenboyer made me cry   ~  Aug 16, 2012 2:10 pm

Holy cow! Did you just see that on camera in the stands?

49 BobbyB   ~  Aug 16, 2012 2:12 pm

Now don't give it back. I smell sweep.

50 kenboyer made me cry   ~  Aug 16, 2012 2:17 pm

That was a big SO on Hamilton. Hamilton seems a little bratty, I wonder what type of team mate he is?

51 ms october   ~  Aug 16, 2012 2:18 pm

i used to dread a boonie sighting but he is doing well.

52 Ara Just Fair   ~  Aug 16, 2012 2:21 pm

Good work, Boooooooooooooooone.

53 ms october   ~  Aug 16, 2012 2:21 pm

[51] shit - spoke to soon.

54 Alex Belth   ~  Aug 16, 2012 2:21 pm

Boone Logan: Fail.

55 Alex Belth   ~  Aug 16, 2012 2:24 pm

Never mind that shit: Here comes Joba (closing my eyes, plugging my ears).

56 ms october   ~  Aug 16, 2012 2:26 pm

the ibb!

57 Alex Belth   ~  Aug 16, 2012 2:27 pm

I have no faith right now...

58 Ara Just Fair   ~  Aug 16, 2012 2:29 pm

Crap. 7th inning fail.

59 Alex Belth   ~  Aug 16, 2012 2:30 pm

Fail. Fail. Fail.

60 rbj   ~  Aug 16, 2012 2:30 pm

Hmm, maybe I good thing I can't see the game.

61 ms october   ~  Aug 16, 2012 2:30 pm

damn it - the ibb is so maddening as is giving up a hit there.

62 kenboyer made me cry   ~  Aug 16, 2012 2:31 pm

Joba almost pulled it off. Couldn't he bounce one when he had 1-2?

63 Alex Belth   ~  Aug 16, 2012 2:35 pm

But I do have faith in the offense coming back and winning this bitch!

64 monkeypants   ~  Aug 16, 2012 2:40 pm

So, PH for Stewart with Ibañez immediately brings Washington out to switch his pitcher---to be expected. Let's see if DHing Martin comes back to bite him in the last innings.

65 Ara Just Fair   ~  Aug 16, 2012 2:45 pm

Yikes. C'mon Elvis. That's no way to honor the anniversary of the King's death! C'mon score truck!

66 Alex Belth   ~  Aug 16, 2012 2:49 pm

Dear Tex. Don't hit into a double play. Thank you.

The Management.

67 Alex Belth   ~  Aug 16, 2012 2:49 pm

Well, at least it wasn't a double play.

68 Alex Belth   ~  Aug 16, 2012 2:53 pm


69 monkeypants   ~  Aug 16, 2012 2:54 pm

oooh...Girardi just couldn't resist getting Ibañez into LF.

70 monkeypants   ~  Aug 16, 2012 2:55 pm

Then again, the RF didn't help on that one.

71 Ara Just Fair   ~  Aug 16, 2012 2:56 pm

You know Swish. That is just garbage. And somehow it'll be a triple instead of a single and 2 base error. Bollocks!

72 Alex Belth   ~  Aug 16, 2012 2:56 pm

Here's a thought. How about not keeping Joba in the game.

73 Alex Belth   ~  Aug 16, 2012 2:56 pm

Yanks--good enough to lose today?

74 monkeypants   ~  Aug 16, 2012 2:58 pm

[72] I know they want Joba back for the end of the season, but haven't they really rushed him back to the big leagues? I haven't gotten to see him pitch, but reading the boxscores, it doesn't appear like he's getting many people out.

75 Ara Just Fair   ~  Aug 16, 2012 3:00 pm

I had a better arm when I was 13. Fuck!

76 Alex Belth   ~  Aug 16, 2012 3:06 pm

Joba, Joba, Joba...

77 monkeypants   ~  Aug 16, 2012 3:18 pm

And now the ol' PH with two outs and no one on base gambit. I guess at this point it doesn't really matter.

78 Ara Just Fair   ~  Aug 16, 2012 3:22 pm

Robbie Thompson needs a vacation.

79 monkeypants   ~  Aug 16, 2012 3:22 pm

This is one ugly game.

80 Alex Belth   ~  Aug 16, 2012 3:27 pm

Frustrating game. But they keep battling. This is a game the Rangers really need but the Yanks aren't making it easy on them.

81 monkeypants   ~  Aug 16, 2012 3:29 pm

This is one really ugly game.

82 kenboyer made me cry   ~  Aug 16, 2012 3:33 pm

[81] Ugly games need love too.

83 Alex Belth   ~  Aug 16, 2012 3:40 pm

82) All you need is love! (All To-Get-Her Now)

84 kenboyer made me cry   ~  Aug 16, 2012 3:43 pm

Always something interesting in every baseball game, but feel guilty I wasted hours of productivity for this.

Bring on Boston!

85 Ara Just Fair   ~  Aug 16, 2012 3:44 pm

It beats a Torii Hunter cleat to the eye I suppose.

86 Jon DeRosa   ~  Aug 16, 2012 3:47 pm

Recap up top.

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