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Yanks aim not to suck and give us indigestion this afternoon when they host the O’s at the Stadium.

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

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1 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 1, 2012 11:30 am

Oh fuck. As if things weren't bad enough, Nunez and Cervelli are back

2 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 1, 2012 11:34 am

Oh, and Casey McGehee is coming back! Yay!

3 rbj   ~  Sep 1, 2012 12:12 pm

Not good start.

4 rbj   ~  Sep 1, 2012 12:26 pm

Stop doing that, Oriole outfielders.

5 rbj   ~  Sep 1, 2012 12:39 pm

Guess it could have been worse.

6 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 1, 2012 12:44 pm

This game already sucks

7 monkeypants   ~  Sep 1, 2012 12:46 pm

Nunez at DH? Seriously?

Does Girardi understand the general concepts behind the DH? I don't mean the basic rule--that another player must bat for the pitcher---he seems to get that. I means grasp for what the DH is supposed to do.

8 monkeypants   ~  Sep 1, 2012 12:48 pm

Oh, and I'm glad having Russell Martin under contract made Jesus Montero expendable.

9 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 1, 2012 12:49 pm

[7]Would you rather him in the field?

10 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 1, 2012 12:50 pm

This team is fucked

11 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 1, 2012 12:51 pm

A lineup with Nunez AND "Steve Pearce" now!

12 monkeypants   ~  Sep 1, 2012 12:52 pm

[11] What happened to Granderson? Does it really matter?

13 monkeypants   ~  Sep 1, 2012 12:53 pm

[9] I'd rather have a player who can hit play the Designated Hitter position. This concept seems to have eluded the Yankees for sometime.

14 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 1, 2012 12:54 pm

[13] I'd rather they just cut Nunez, but the Yankees are too stubborn to do that

15 mhoward120   ~  Sep 1, 2012 12:57 pm

Phew - at least Steve Pearce is in there. By the way, who the fuck is Steve Pearce (other than the answer to a future trivia question)?

16 monkeypants   ~  Sep 1, 2012 12:58 pm

[14] Well, that too. I mean, I liked Nunez well enough when he was the alternative to Ramiro Pena (who was just DFA's today...finally), but that's a pretty low bar. Nix seems OK as the all purpose sub, so long as he is not used as the DH (see: last night's game).

17 mhoward120   ~  Sep 1, 2012 12:59 pm

Is Clemens pitching against the Rays next week?

18 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 1, 2012 1:00 pm

[15] You think Steve Pearce is going to be important enough to be a trivia question?

19 mhoward120   ~  Sep 1, 2012 1:04 pm

(18) Well, isn't that the essence of trivia , e.g., who's playing first for the Yankees now?

20 garydsimms   ~  Sep 1, 2012 1:04 pm

So did grandy just enter Joe's doghouse?

21 RIYank   ~  Sep 1, 2012 1:04 pm

Is Dickerson not on the 40-man roster?

22 rbj   ~  Sep 1, 2012 1:05 pm

Sigh.

23 RIYank   ~  Sep 1, 2012 1:05 pm

He is. So... isn't he... a better hitter... than...

Nah, I don't know what I was thinking.

24 monkeypants   ~  Sep 1, 2012 1:06 pm

[21] Yes, they released Pena to make room for him.

25 monkeypants   ~  Sep 1, 2012 1:07 pm

Seriously, I don't have the game on up here in the great white north---what's the deal with Granderson?

26 RIYank   ~  Sep 1, 2012 1:09 pm

I dunno, he looks the same to me. He still swings very hard, only now he doesn't swing where the ball is as much.

27 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 1, 2012 1:09 pm

[23] HE'S LEFTHANDED.

We've covered this. Joe would prefer a lineup of human beings that happen to e righthanded over better lefties

28 thelarmis   ~  Sep 1, 2012 1:09 pm

wow. now grandy's hurt. my god.

chen's throwing a *perfect* game.

rays up big already.

wheels are falling off fast.

i'm out. let's hope for a big comeback... (not tooptomistic.)

29 rbj   ~  Sep 1, 2012 1:12 pm

[28] I don't think this would count as a perfect game. We've only got three hitters in the lineup.

30 RIYank   ~  Sep 1, 2012 1:13 pm

Oh, Granderson is out. I wasn't watching -- I thought you meant what's wrong with his game these days.

31 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 1, 2012 1:17 pm

I just hope we get a hit

32 rbj   ~  Sep 1, 2012 1:18 pm

There goes the perfecto, no hitter and shutout!

33 RIYank   ~  Sep 1, 2012 1:18 pm

Okay.
Floodgates: open! Right??

34 Ara Just Fair   ~  Sep 1, 2012 1:19 pm

First pitch I saw today was a Robbie homer. OI!

35 RIYank   ~  Sep 1, 2012 1:20 pm

[34] Please watch more pitches.

36 garydsimms   ~  Sep 1, 2012 1:23 pm

Grandy has a tight hammy

37 Ara Just Fair   ~  Sep 1, 2012 1:26 pm

For the Love of Mo! I just read the rest of the comments. Granderson's hurt. Fucking A!

38 RIYank   ~  Sep 1, 2012 1:28 pm

[36] Thx.

39 Ara Just Fair   ~  Sep 1, 2012 1:30 pm

That is not an easy catch. Thanks for not sucking on that one, Andrew.

40 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 1, 2012 1:36 pm

hmm

41 Ara Just Fair   ~  Sep 1, 2012 1:37 pm

6 walks in 4.2 for Phelps. Maybe tailgating for the 9 am ND kickoff in Dublin was not such a good idea.

42 RIYank   ~  Sep 1, 2012 1:41 pm

Thanks for getting that over with quickly, Russell.

43 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 1, 2012 1:41 pm

Okay, this isn't funny anymore. Who the fuck is Steve Pearce and why is playing for the New York Yankees?

44 monkeypants   ~  Sep 1, 2012 1:44 pm

Are they pitching around Nix to get to the DH?

45 Simone   ~  Sep 1, 2012 1:45 pm

I promised myself that I won't freak out, but it is the freaking Orioles!

46 garydsimms   ~  Sep 1, 2012 1:46 pm

Pierce, nix, nunez, jones, martin, in lineup.... how can we win?

47 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 1, 2012 1:46 pm

I wonder is Joe notices the irony that as he stacks the lineup with bad right handed hitters, the only hit came from a lefty

48 Ara Just Fair   ~  Sep 1, 2012 1:48 pm

Why is Wieters playing? He's too big to catch.

49 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 1, 2012 1:49 pm

[46]The almighty Joe Girardi rule of "any righty can hit any lefty"

50 OldYanksFan   ~  Sep 1, 2012 1:54 pm

Matt Wieters had a career MiLB OPS of 1.014, 147 pts higher than Montero's .867. So far , his career MLB OPS is .739 OPS. Meanwhile, Jesus is just under .700 with Seattle.

It just goes to show....
you just can't predict Baseball!
(Although the O's have to be disappointed in Wieters).

51 OldYanksFan   ~  Sep 1, 2012 1:57 pm

[49] And which lefty slugger would you prefer Girardi use instead? Maybe Raul, and his .495 OPS against lefties this year?

52 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 1, 2012 2:02 pm

[51] Or roughly Jones, our cleanup hitter, has done in the second half?

Actually, exactly what he's done.

53 rbj   ~  Sep 1, 2012 2:02 pm

OK Robbie, you know what we need here.

54 Ara Just Fair   ~  Sep 1, 2012 2:04 pm

sigh...

55 rbj   ~  Sep 1, 2012 2:04 pm

Dang, just missed it.

56 The Hawk   ~  Sep 1, 2012 2:10 pm

"You don't realize how much you miss Mark Teixeira ... until Mark Teixeira is not there"

57 RIYank   ~  Sep 1, 2012 2:12 pm

Oh, good, now the game is a success for me. A tactical IBB.

58 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 1, 2012 2:19 pm

THE STEVE PEARCE ERA BEGINS

59 RIYank   ~  Sep 1, 2012 2:25 pm

Hey, look, Stevie Nix is on the bases for the Yankees.

60 RIYank   ~  Sep 1, 2012 2:26 pm

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you:
Eduardo Nu├▒ez.

61 rbj   ~  Sep 1, 2012 2:26 pm

How about that, Nunez comes through!

62 RIYank   ~  Sep 1, 2012 2:31 pm

I'm afraid to say anything.

63 Ara Just Fair   ~  Sep 1, 2012 2:31 pm

Little Bingo, Captain. Let's go!

64 Ara Just Fair   ~  Sep 1, 2012 2:34 pm

Grand slam.

65 rbj   ~  Sep 1, 2012 2:34 pm

Tied up!

66 Ara Just Fair   ~  Sep 1, 2012 2:34 pm

Or that. Wow that was close. Coulda been strike 3.

67 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 1, 2012 2:34 pm

woohoo!

68 RIYank   ~  Sep 1, 2012 2:35 pm

I can't believe it, I thought for sure he would throw the heater! Wow.

69 RIYank   ~  Sep 1, 2012 2:36 pm

No, it was inside. But when you throw 97mph, don't you just have to go with it on full count, two outs, bases loaded? I mean, maybe not if Cano is batting.

Anyway, let's go Swish!

70 RIYank   ~  Sep 1, 2012 2:38 pm

Oh, he can't locate the heater either.

71 Mattpat11   ~  Sep 1, 2012 2:38 pm

yeah!

72 Ara Just Fair   ~  Sep 1, 2012 2:38 pm

Nothing makes Michael Kay happier than a full count with a runner or runners on base!
E6! Eat shit, Buck!

73 rbj   ~  Sep 1, 2012 2:38 pm

Yes, I'll take an e-6

74 RIYank   ~  Sep 1, 2012 2:39 pm

Damn, I'm about 30 seconds behind, didn't realize that until just now.

75 RIYank   ~  Sep 1, 2012 2:40 pm

Oh, a lefty. Let's see, who do we have to pinch hit for Cano?

76 Ara Just Fair   ~  Sep 1, 2012 2:44 pm

That was one garbage rally.

77 OldYanksFan   ~  Sep 1, 2012 2:45 pm

AND THE YANKEES OFFENSE FINALLY GETS ON TRACK!!!!!!!
(with a broken bat single, 3 walks and an error).

78 garydsimms   ~  Sep 1, 2012 2:48 pm

One man's garbage is another's treasure

79 OldYanksFan   ~  Sep 1, 2012 2:49 pm

What many of you feel now is like what I felt rooting for the Yankees, 1965-1969 (1/3rd rooting, 2/3rds praying).

80 RIYank   ~  Sep 1, 2012 2:52 pm

[79] Joe Pepitone! Bobby Murcer! Clete Boyer! Elston Howard! Horace Clarke! Man, those guys could hit.

(I actually don't remember them, even though I was in the Stadium many times sitting on my dad's lap during those years.)

81 Ara Just Fair   ~  Sep 1, 2012 2:52 pm

Atta boy, Dave.

82 rbj   ~  Sep 1, 2012 2:57 pm

Some insurance please.

83 RIYank   ~  Sep 1, 2012 2:59 pm

Oh, man.
I thought that was an insurance sale.

84 RIYank   ~  Sep 1, 2012 3:02 pm

Rodney walks Torrealba to load the bases for Kelly Johnson, one out in the eighth (to follow up on what Michael Kay was saying).

85 OldYanksFan   ~  Sep 1, 2012 3:03 pm

Pepi was cool! Career OPS of .733, 105 OPS+.
By '65, Howard and Boyer were done, but still great fielders.
(Old YS just killed Elston, who hit more than 2/3rds of his HRs on the road).
Murcer.... love the man.
Horace Clarke? .621 OPS, 83 OPS+. But somwhat bow-legged, so if you squinted a lot, you could pretend he was Honus.

86 RIYank   ~  Sep 1, 2012 3:04 pm

2-2 to Kelly, Rodney is throwing 100 mph.

87 OldYanksFan   ~  Sep 1, 2012 3:05 pm

.... and Monkeypants dances a jig....

88 RIYank   ~  Sep 1, 2012 3:05 pm

He struck out Johnson. Now Moises Sierra...

89 Ara Just Fair   ~  Sep 1, 2012 3:07 pm

Forget the curveball, kid, give 'em the heater.

90 RIYank   ~  Sep 1, 2012 3:07 pm

Rodney strikes out Sierra to preserve the lead, damn.

91 OldYanksFan   ~  Sep 1, 2012 3:08 pm

Edwin Encarnacion: .288 .386 .570, 36 HRs
When did this guy get this good?

92 OldYanksFan   ~  Sep 1, 2012 3:09 pm

I wonder which player Buck will torture to set an example....

93 OldYanksFan   ~  Sep 1, 2012 3:10 pm

[90] I thought you just did Sox games....

94 OldYanksFan   ~  Sep 1, 2012 3:11 pm

Praise Mo!

95 rbj   ~  Sep 1, 2012 3:11 pm

Yes! a win!!

96 Ara Just Fair   ~  Sep 1, 2012 3:11 pm

Untuck! It's going to be FUN September. : )

97 RIYank   ~  Sep 1, 2012 3:11 pm

Any W we can get, baby.

98 RIYank   ~  Sep 1, 2012 3:13 pm

[93] Right, that's my m.o., but Sox games are now irrelevant.

You didn't watch any of the one last night, did you? Holy shit, that was a beat-down. My god. Three ex-Sox prospects combined for 13 rbi against Aaron Cook. It was a nightmare.

99 OldYanksFan   ~  Sep 1, 2012 3:18 pm

[98] HOLY SHIT!!!!!!!!!
SEVEN!!!!!!!! Sox pitchers give up 19 earned runs!!!!!!!
And SIX HRs to the A's.
That's got to be historic.
The Sox aren't even pretending to play.

100 OldYanksFan   ~  Sep 1, 2012 3:22 pm

Jesus Christ!
How can that be legal?

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101 jjmerlock   ~  Sep 1, 2012 3:25 pm

That literally felt like a weight being lifted off my chest. Just one game, and mercurial Freddy goes tomorrow, so, yikes(?), but that feels like a big win that the team needed. Or that I needed, lol.

I spent the entire 7th muttering assorted incantations at the mlb scoreboard on espn, and that was a lot of awesome up until Robbie's 3-2 count.

Seems like a big time job out of some of our guys, although, of course, I couldn't actually watch thanks to Angelos. You know, if I actually lived in crummy Baltimore, the blackout wouldn't upset me nearly as much (or at all).

Sori seemed dominant from watching the scoreboard?

It just felt like I hadn't seen much of anything I *really* liked from the team since they drove Floyd out of the game in the first game of the Chicago series. Everything has felt badly off since that moment.

So nice to have a comeback win.

One question, which I swear I have had since long before that Chicago series - was it a justified decision to get rid of Wise? I always really liked the guy and his speed, will at the plate, and plus defense at all outfield spots? And even if there was a reason - and forget what happened with Curtis today - is there anyway to look at the Wise move as anything other than a brutal mistake?

Would like to hear some opinions/answers on this.

Mood is brighter this afternoon. Until tonight, which will be/could be very ugly for me.

102 jjmerlock   ~  Sep 1, 2012 3:27 pm

Oh, btw - I *continue* to believe in Nunie despite the hate around here and all logic that says otherwise! I like the guy and I always have! Check the record, I'm a Nunie supporter!

I just love his bat speed and like the look of his swing. I know there's a lot of counter-evidence to those visual observations, but I like the kid.

Looked like he came through big today. I'm sure he'll make a horrific error down the road, and get rightfully pilloried, but today - YAY NUNEY!!!!!

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