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Call of Duty: The Pleasure Pain Principle


From Chad Jennings comes this from Hiroki Kuroda today:

“To be honest with you, I never enjoyed playing baseball,” Hiroki Kuroda said. “I never enjoyed pitching, to be honest with you. Whether it’s a spring training game or a regular-season game, I like to put a certain amount of pressure on myself to be as normal as I can, even in that kind of atmosphere.”

…“I’m not saying this because I’m with the Yankees,” Kuroda said. “This has been all throughout my professional career. There’s a lot of responsibility as a starting pitcher, so rather than enjoy myself out there, I feel that I must fulfill my responsibility and that’s my priority.”

Kuroda pitched in the playoffs for the Dodgers so it’s probably an exaggeration to call this the biggest game of his career but it is his most crucial start in pinstripes.

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

Never mind the raindrops or the bollocks: Let’s Go Yank-ees!

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1 OldYanksFan   ~  Oct 3, 2012 4:29 pm

My God. I turn of the A's/Texas games and the score is 5-1 Texas, bottom of the 4th. And soumofabitch, 15 minutes later it's tied 5-5, when what looks like the 3rd out, a high fly to short CF, is missed by Hamilton (off his glove), and its now 7-5 A's.

I still don't know anyone on the team execpt for that Reddick kid they got from Boston, the pinch runner from Boston, Crsp, and that famous Internet star, Yoenis Cespedes.

Honestly, I have idea how they are doing this.

15th of 30 in RS
15th of 30 in SLG
24th of 30 in OBP
28th of 30 in BA
and 5 rookie pitches.

Honestly, I have idea how they are doing this.

(And how do you name someone Red-Dick?)

2 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 3, 2012 4:36 pm

Meanwhile, out west, its Oakland 8, Texas 5 through 5 innings. Both starters gave up 5 runs in less than 3 innings of work, but Derek Holland came on in relief of Dempster and gave up 3 runs (1 earned). Meanwhile, whoever Evan Scribner is, he's given up no runs to Texas.

Seems to me that Ron Washington is doing whatever he can to win this game - Holland relieved just once this year before today. A depleted Texas team might have trouble in the play in game, if they lose this one.

3 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 3, 2012 4:42 pm

[1] You beat me to the recap punch, OYF! ;)

Its all about run prevention in Oakland, and decent enough offense.

Oakland is 9th in the AL in runs/game, 9th in SLG.

In advanced stats, they are 7th in VORP, and in a 3-way tie for 5th in True Average. Their home park masks some of their ability.

4 OldYanksFan   ~  Oct 3, 2012 4:46 pm

"In a move that will be seen as anticlimactic at this point, Red Sox upper management intends to remove Bobby Valentine as manager soon after the season ends, people familiar with the situation say."

5 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 3, 2012 4:47 pm

Since it seems that (shocker, I know) Bobby V. is managing his last game for the Red Sox tonight, I wonder if he'll do anything to make it memorable:


Besides saying his coaching staff wasn't loyal and undermined him, of course.

6 Greg G   ~  Oct 3, 2012 4:52 pm

I was looking at all the scenarios on ESPN for who wins what, and best record, home field. Oy!!!

This is a mus win for the Yanks tonight if the A's hold on to win. I would hate for the Yanks to have to face Detroit in the first round and go up against Verlander again.

The Yanks got to take the skin boat to tunatown tonight and drub the Red Sox.

I have agita imagining the possibilities for the next rounds.

The wild card game looks to add quite a bit of excitement. It is like a game 7 built in 2 times a year.

7 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 3, 2012 5:19 pm

Through 7 in Oakland, A's still up 8-5.

8 rbj   ~  Oct 3, 2012 5:20 pm

[4] Shocking move of the year.

probably only 1 more AB for Hamilton. He needs 2 homers to pass Miggy.

9 rbj   ~  Oct 3, 2012 5:22 pm

[5] Wow, anyone want to coach for Bobby now? Even if there were problems you keep them behind closed doors.

10 rbj   ~  Oct 3, 2012 5:25 pm

Josh strikes out! Barring a big comeback by Texas, or an incredibly offensive night by Trout, Miggy has the triple crown.

11 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 3, 2012 5:34 pm

[10] Well, Trout could go 4-4 and Miggy could go 0-4 still, right? I don't think that's likely, but it is possible.

After a Derek Norris HR, A's now up 9-5, in the bottom of the 8th. Two on, one 1 out, Cespedes up.

12 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 3, 2012 5:40 pm

Cespedes walks, bases loaded, still 1 out, Moss up.

Gosh, I wish the Yanks had signed Cespedes. .291/.353/.506 with power, speed, and by all accounts, excellent defense. And just 26. There would be no worries about replacing Swisher if he really does want a Jayson Werth-type of contract.

Of course, until Gardner got hurt, they wouldn't have had any room for him in the OF . . .

13 rbj   ~  Oct 3, 2012 5:44 pm

[11] From David Pinto's site:
If Trout goes 4 for 5, Miguel needs to go 0 for six.


Miguel is only going to get a couple of ABs, I bet. Leyland is going to let him go 0 for 6

14 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 3, 2012 5:45 pm

Holy smokes! Moss singled in two runs, and Cespedes scored another when Nelson Cruz made an error in right. Now 12 to 5, A's over Rangers.

I think we have a genuine story for the ages here - even though the Rangers still get in via the 2nd Wild Card, they were up 13 games in the division over the summer. 13 games!

15 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 3, 2012 5:45 pm

8th's over.

3 outs, and Oakland wins the AL West. You really can't predict baseball.

16 RIYank   ~  Oct 3, 2012 5:47 pm

[6] On the whole, I agree, but I think it's a close call. The wild card winner is going to be a distinctly better team than the Tigers, and Verlander doesn't exactly dominate the Yankees.
But, the Wild Card winner will have the significant disadvantage of having just thrown their best pitcher in the Wild Card game.

17 RIYank   ~  Oct 3, 2012 5:48 pm

Also [1] the A's have extraordinarily good defense. It looks like Billy Beane's guys may have figured out how to measure it better. If so, damn, that's amazing.

18 OldYanksFan   ~  Oct 3, 2012 5:50 pm

Texas down 12-5 in the 9th.
To me, this is almost like the '69 Mets.
They have absolutely no right be here where they are... but they are.
And they look scary.

19 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 3, 2012 5:54 pm

[18] Oakland, you mean? Possibly. They don't scare me too much.

[16] Remember, too, the ALDS format this year is 2 games away, 3 games home. That, to me, gives the lower seed a little advantage.

20 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 3, 2012 5:55 pm

And its done! The A's won the West! Texas goes to the play in game!

21 OldYanksFan   ~  Oct 3, 2012 5:55 pm

So... with a Win tonight in NY, the O's play the Rangers in Texas for the wildcard, and we play the winner in the ALDS?

22 Greg G   ~  Oct 3, 2012 5:58 pm

(16) I hadn't even considered the best pitcher being used in the Wild Card game. If it is close and heated they might also burn up the bullpen quite a bit too.

23 OldYanksFan   ~  Oct 3, 2012 6:00 pm

Damn! The debate is on at 9:00 EST tonight, 2 hrs into our game. Can we get off to an early 10-0 lead please?

24 RIYank   ~  Oct 3, 2012 6:02 pm

[19] Hm, I doubt that's an advantage.
[21] Correct.
[23] I know. And my wife will commandeer the tv for sure.

25 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 3, 2012 6:04 pm

[23] Its possible with how bad Dice-K has been this year.

I wouldn't turn on the debate unless I was laying in a Nigerian-flagged supertanker's worth of Jameson's (h/t the wonderful Charlie Pierce), and as that seems an unlikely event, I will be sticking with baseball.

26 RIYank   ~  Oct 3, 2012 6:06 pm

Actually, huh, the Orioles are using their best pitcher today. At least I think so. Chris Tillman.

27 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 3, 2012 6:07 pm

[24] My thought is, home field advantage might result in a 2 games to none lead for the lower seed, and then they need just 1 more win to advance. Its probably more likely they'd "steal" that 1 win on the road than lose 3 in a row. I could be wrong!

28 kenboyer made me cry   ~  Oct 3, 2012 6:08 pm

Kind of exciting. If all goes as expected, a 95 win team, who would expected that in August?

Did anyone hear about the internet dust-up over Cone's comparing Ichiro's bat to a chopstick during one of his plate appearances? If he compared it to a fork, no issue. If he compared Arod's bat to a tortilla, no issue. I don't know David Cone personally, but my perception of his public face is that he does not have prejudice bone in his body. I'm not Asian, but is this an issue?

29 RIYank   ~  Oct 3, 2012 6:08 pm

[27] Yeah, but think of it the other way: if you have the first two games at home and split them, you're in real trouble.

(Actually, the way I think of it, each game is a separable event, so the order really doesn't matter.)

30 RIYank   ~  Oct 3, 2012 6:13 pm

Are they chanting what I think they're chanting?

31 OsRavan   ~  Oct 3, 2012 6:13 pm

people being too sensitive imo. I doubt he meant it the way some are implying. Should he have said it? probably not. Did he mean anything by it? no. Is it worth an internet hoopla? nah.

32 rbj   ~  Oct 3, 2012 6:13 pm

Crowd is into it.

33 RIYank   ~  Oct 3, 2012 6:15 pm

Orioles down harmlessly in the first.

34 Alex Belth   ~  Oct 3, 2012 6:16 pm

Oh, Nuts.

35 rbj   ~  Oct 3, 2012 6:17 pm

Thanks for the out Boston.

36 RIYank   ~  Oct 3, 2012 6:17 pm

Well, good work, Russell.

I can't wait to see what Daisuke looks like...

37 Alex Belth   ~  Oct 3, 2012 6:19 pm

28) I think it just came out strange. He meant that Ichiro just chopped at the ball with his swing. The ball was outside and he sort of chopped at it. That it came out chopstick I think was one of those subconscious unintentional things that may have sounded wrong but I think was trying to be descriptive and when you are calling a game you aren't exacting with your words and things can just fly.

38 Boatzilla   ~  Oct 3, 2012 6:20 pm

[28] I didn't hear that, but I would give the benefit of the doubt to Cone. Unfortunately, it doesn't make sense. Chopsticks are always used together. A wand, a tennis racket, a spatula...these are better Ways to describe is bat control.

Uh, however, I don't think they eat tortilla's in The Dominican. Perhaps in the Bronx. That would be a silly choice of words for A-Rod.

39 kenboyer made me cry   ~  Oct 3, 2012 6:20 pm

I likey how Russell throws the ball a few feet down the line towards first. The throw is a little shorter, and the tag is made before the runner is at the bag. Traditionally, didn't catchers throw the ball directly to the base?

40 Alex Belth   ~  Oct 3, 2012 6:21 pm

Longoria homers.

41 Alex Belth   ~  Oct 3, 2012 6:23 pm

Well that fucking sucked.

42 RIYank   ~  Oct 3, 2012 6:25 pm

[38] Dominican food includes arepas, which are kind of tortillish. (I wonder if 'tortillish' will get my comment held up in moderation.)

43 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 3, 2012 6:25 pm

[27] [31] What you guys said. I don't think its a big deal.

Score truck, score truck, where are you score truck?

44 rbj   ~  Oct 3, 2012 6:26 pm

Oh, nothing about the Red Sox season has been disappointing. I've thoroughly enjoyed it.

45 kenboyer made me cry   ~  Oct 3, 2012 6:27 pm

[38] They do eat tortillas in the Dominican, but i was just doing my usual Arod bashing (sorry) comparing his bat to limp tortilla. I look at chopsticks as precision implements.

Dice-K dominating, 6 pitch inning?

46 Chyll Will   ~  Oct 3, 2012 6:29 pm

[28] Just a poor choice of words or a poor attempt at a humorous allusion. Given that people are for the most part rightly sensitive about stereotypes of their heritage in this country and the steps we all have taken to address those issues, it was a poor choice made disproportionately large by the fact that it was made within the realm of a large, diverse media market. Cone is not an idiot by any means and I am loathe to make an issue of it, but you have to be a little more aware of your environment and your audience.

47 RIYank   ~  Oct 3, 2012 6:30 pm

Orioles down quickly again.

48 kenboyer made me cry   ~  Oct 3, 2012 6:33 pm

{46] Well said. Can we call the Red Sox bean eaters?

49 RIYank   ~  Oct 3, 2012 6:34 pm

Nice, Rob.

50 Ara Just Fair   ~  Oct 3, 2012 6:36 pm

Cone should have said Teixieria handled his bat yesterday like a limp chouriço.
(Full disclosure: I had to look up Teix's heritage b/c I had forgotten and had to google Portugeuese food) : )

51 kenboyer made me cry   ~  Oct 3, 2012 6:36 pm

Dice-K getting squeezed, he's should be in for a long night. Ball 3 was definitely a strike.

52 RIYank   ~  Oct 3, 2012 6:37 pm

Now we're talking.

53 RIYank   ~  Oct 3, 2012 6:39 pm

[50] Just the right food choice, I commend you. (Rhode Island has a lot of ethnic Portuguese and Cape Verdeans.) Chouriço is great on pizza. And, it has a cedilla!

54 Ara Just Fair   ~  Oct 3, 2012 6:40 pm

The Grandyman can, oh, the Grandyman can. That was one HIGH homer.

55 rbj   ~  Oct 3, 2012 6:40 pm

Woo hoo!

56 randym77   ~  Oct 3, 2012 6:40 pm


57 kenboyer made me cry   ~  Oct 3, 2012 6:40 pm

Granderson, pleasing the crowd!

58 Alex Belth   ~  Oct 3, 2012 6:41 pm


59 OsRavan   ~  Oct 3, 2012 6:41 pm

If mark keeps on going this poorly i wonder what they will do with him in the post season.

Also nice work granderson!

also also... how do i do that cool thing where I have the number of the person im responding to in my post?

60 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 3, 2012 6:41 pm

[54] Took the words out of my mouth . . . err, off my keyboard?

Score truck! Score truck! More runs from the score truck!

61 Alex Belth   ~  Oct 3, 2012 6:42 pm

46) One thing about Cone. I know the guy is a big drinker. I wonder if he has a drink while he's on the air? I have no idea if that's the case. But at times he seems like a guy who is THIS close to saying something unprintable on the air.

62 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 3, 2012 6:42 pm

[59] Put the number of the post you want to reference in square brackets (i.e., [X] where X is the number of the post).

I'm guessing Tex will keep playing, because the only way to get him right to keep playing him. The Yanks have won the Serious without contributions from everyone before.

63 RIYank   ~  Oct 3, 2012 6:42 pm

[59] You put the number in square brackets. Like [number].

64 Alex Belth   ~  Oct 3, 2012 6:43 pm

Bring him in, DJ.

65 Alex Belth   ~  Oct 3, 2012 6:43 pm


66 Ara Just Fair   ~  Oct 3, 2012 6:44 pm

And thanks to last night I had this sniglet running through my mind last night.
Runnersinshittingposition. (RISP) When to take care of your personal business b/c Teix is up to bat. Sorry, Mark. You were that bad yesterday.

67 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 3, 2012 6:44 pm

[61] I think that's probably unlikely, for liability purposes if nothing else. I was thinking Cone is just hyper, the residual of knowing what those kinds of games feel like but not being able to play in them anymore.

68 RIYank   ~  Oct 3, 2012 6:45 pm

[62] I think he'll keep playing because he's valuable in the field. And, yes, he could come around even if he struggles in the ALDS, say.

69 RIYank   ~  Oct 3, 2012 6:46 pm

Orioles continue their silence at the plate in the third.

70 RIYank   ~  Oct 3, 2012 6:47 pm

[68] And there ya go.

71 Boatzilla   ~  Oct 3, 2012 6:47 pm

[61] I would doubt that. I imagine he's professional about his work. He certainly is a breath of fresh air in that booth.

72 kenboyer made me cry   ~  Oct 3, 2012 6:47 pm

[62] Tex has to play. Is there really a better alternative on the team? I guess if Gardner is ready, Swish could play first, but is that better?

73 Boatzilla   ~  Oct 3, 2012 6:48 pm

Daisuke is looking like day old sushi tonight. ;>)

74 seamus   ~  Oct 3, 2012 6:49 pm

hello for game 162! let's go yankees!

75 seamus   ~  Oct 3, 2012 6:50 pm

[72] i'm with you. tex has to play. it's tough because he'll hurt us short term. My only concern is that Girardi puts him too high in the lineup while he's working out his swing.

76 Ara Just Fair   ~  Oct 3, 2012 6:51 pm

No more 2 out runs, Kuroda.

77 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 3, 2012 6:55 pm

[76] Ask, and ye shall receive!

Kuroda is doing fine results wise, but half his pitches have been out of the zone. For those with the TV in front of them - is he missing a lot, or is the strike zone crazy tonight?

78 OldYanksFan   ~  Oct 3, 2012 6:56 pm

[28] This 'Politcally Correct Speech' thing is just nuts. In reality, women, pregnant women, gays, undocumented workers and most minorities are still fighting for basic rights and fair treatment. So we treat this majority unfairly, but.... we will get all upset if someone says something that references your race or ethnicity

People need to listen to an hour of Lenny Bruce and George Carlin every night.

There are no dirty words... just dirty thoughts (or intentions).

(OK.... I getting ready for the bedate tonight).

79 RIYank   ~  Oct 3, 2012 6:57 pm

[77] It's not crazy, but the strike zone is a little tight. For both pitchers.

80 RIYank   ~  Oct 3, 2012 6:58 pm

Alex is looking pretty good. Not scary, but good.

81 Alex Belth   ~  Oct 3, 2012 6:58 pm

Let's go Robbie!

82 OldYanksFan   ~  Oct 3, 2012 6:58 pm

[72] Teix did hit a Moonshot the other night, so he is still s threat to make an impact.

Gritner hasn't held a bat for a lot longer then Teix. Why would he be better?

And another ground ball single by Powerless ARod.

83 Chyll Will   ~  Oct 3, 2012 6:58 pm

[61] I have the notion that what he doesn't think is a problem now will be acknowledged at the least opportune time; he'll eventually say something that he wish he didn't under those circumstances as most people do. C'est la vie.

84 RIYank   ~  Oct 3, 2012 6:58 pm

Oh sweet Robby baby.

Love this game.

85 Ara Just Fair   ~  Oct 3, 2012 6:58 pm

KABOOM! Atta boy, Robbie!

86 OldYanksFan   ~  Oct 3, 2012 6:59 pm

I asked for 10-0.... bit 10-1 will do!

87 rbj   ~  Oct 3, 2012 6:59 pm

I'll take that over a stolen base.

88 kenboyer made me cry   ~  Oct 3, 2012 6:59 pm

[78] Getting ready for the bidet?

Mr. Robinson can be seductive.

89 Alex Belth   ~  Oct 3, 2012 6:59 pm


90 OldYanksFan   ~  Oct 3, 2012 6:59 pm

How many upper deck shots have been hit in YSIII? 3?

91 Boatzilla   ~  Oct 3, 2012 7:00 pm

FYI: there is an annual (American) football championship game in Japan called the Rice Bowl. That's not a joke.

92 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 3, 2012 7:00 pm

Score truck! Score truck! Score truck!

OK Kuroda, its in your hands with a 5-1 lead.

93 Alex Belth   ~  Oct 3, 2012 7:02 pm

Way to go Nick!

94 Alex Belth   ~  Oct 3, 2012 7:02 pm

92) Exactly.

95 seamus   ~  Oct 3, 2012 7:02 pm

i just want a blow out so there is no doubt when i switch to the debates.

96 RIYank   ~  Oct 3, 2012 7:02 pm


97 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 3, 2012 7:04 pm

[95] Do you have a Nigerian-flagged supertanker's worth of Jameson's handy, seamus? [25] If so, can I come to your place?

98 kenboyer made me cry   ~  Oct 3, 2012 7:04 pm

Do you think this the last time we'll see Dice-K in a MLB game?

99 seamus   ~  Oct 3, 2012 7:05 pm

[97] i have about 4 shots worth. so only if it's a matchbox scale tanker.

100 seamus   ~  Oct 3, 2012 7:06 pm

[98] i have to admit, i have no idea why he only pitched 40 innings the last two years. hurt, bad or both?

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101 OldYanksFan   ~  Oct 3, 2012 7:06 pm

[95] See [23].

102 Ara Just Fair   ~  Oct 3, 2012 7:07 pm

Yay, Teix! : /

103 Alex Belth   ~  Oct 3, 2012 7:07 pm

Passed ball on a third strike put Chris Davis on first with two out in the 4th. Davis moved to third on Adam Jones' base hit.

104 rbj   ~  Oct 3, 2012 7:07 pm

Tiex looked good running there.

105 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 3, 2012 7:08 pm

[100] Hurt, Tommy John surgery IIRC?

[98] I don't think so. I figure some team with nothing to lose would offer him a contract. The question is, would he sign here or does he want to go back to Japan?

106 RIYank   ~  Oct 3, 2012 7:08 pm

[100] Both.

[103] Yeah, the dropped third strike was their first base runner! Helickson is dealing.

107 Chyll Will   ~  Oct 3, 2012 7:08 pm

[97],[99] Can I have the Nigerian flag when you're done? You can keep the whiskey...

108 kenboyer made me cry   ~  Oct 3, 2012 7:08 pm

Oh, did anyone hear some saying that last night, Ibanez' game winner ground ball hit grazed Cervelli on the base path before going through to the outfield?

109 Alex Belth   ~  Oct 3, 2012 7:09 pm

Full count to Matt Weiters...

110 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 3, 2012 7:10 pm

[108] I have not heard that.

[106] I would like if he continues dealing a shutout, instead of walking the bases loaded with Thome due up.

111 Alex Belth   ~  Oct 3, 2012 7:10 pm

Hellickson gets out of it.

112 OldYanksFan   ~  Oct 3, 2012 7:11 pm

[98] Interesting. Does a West Coast team give him $2m for a year?
If we Win this game, am I correct in saying that Baltimore is playing for Home Field in the WildCard? They would have a better record then Texas, which I assume gives them home court.

And man, did Texas get kicked in the ass or what?
They went from the #1 seed to a 1 game elimination in 3 days.

113 RIYank   ~  Oct 3, 2012 7:11 pm

[105] Yes, Tommy John surgery. You could see that his arm slot has dropped compared to past years (if you were looking for it), and I think that's a result of the surgery. Velocity down, too.

114 rbj   ~  Oct 3, 2012 7:13 pm

Nice round of applause for Miggy in KC.

115 kenboyer made me cry   ~  Oct 3, 2012 7:13 pm

Where was that pitch, if not a strike?

116 rbj   ~  Oct 3, 2012 7:13 pm

And he flies out.

117 seamus   ~  Oct 3, 2012 7:14 pm

[105] and [113] thanks. [101] glad i'm not alone in wanting to watch. i think.

118 RIYank   ~  Oct 3, 2012 7:14 pm

[108] No. It looked kind of close -- Frankie jumped a little. But I am pretty sure the ball had already passed the third baseman (was it Ciriaco? can't remember who was playing there), so it doesn't really matter anyway.

119 mhoward120   ~  Oct 3, 2012 7:15 pm

OK - I'm calling it. This is the game right here.

120 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 3, 2012 7:15 pm

[112] I don't recall, so I looked it up.

If the Yanks win and the O's win, the O's host the Rangers on Friday.

If the Yanks win and the O's lose, the Rangers host the O's on Friday.

121 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 3, 2012 7:15 pm

Longoria does it again!

122 kenboyer made me cry   ~  Oct 3, 2012 7:16 pm

[117] I'll be watching, but my vote is decided and NY is not in play.

123 RIYank   ~  Oct 3, 2012 7:16 pm

Yep, Teixeira is still valuable.

124 seamus   ~  Oct 3, 2012 7:16 pm

oh and btw, was valentine's bike accident today not the funniest thing??? sorry if it's already been discussed on detail which i'm sure it has. i thought it was satire for sure at first.

125 seamus   ~  Oct 3, 2012 7:17 pm

[122] yeah my vote is decided and PA is not in play either. at least not in the Presidential race.

126 RIYank   ~  Oct 3, 2012 7:18 pm

[122] Rhode Island is even more out of play. And I'll give huge odds that this debate doesn't swing any significant number of votes. But I'll watch...

127 RIYank   ~  Oct 3, 2012 7:19 pm

[124] Hysterical.
I'm still not absolutely sure it's true.

128 RIYank   ~  Oct 3, 2012 7:20 pm

So, if you were Buck Showalter, would you just pull Chris Tillman now? Your chance of winning the Division is pretty low, and you might want to start Tillman on short rest if you can get past the Rangers...

129 seamus   ~  Oct 3, 2012 7:20 pm

[127] you think valentine made it up? that'd be even more hilarious in a way.

130 RIYank   ~  Oct 3, 2012 7:20 pm

Red Sox trivia question (for dummies):
Who is the only player to begin his career with the Red Sox and have his number retired by the Yankees?

Careful, it might not be the obvious...

131 cult of basebaal   ~  Oct 3, 2012 7:20 pm

Greetings all, great scoreline to get back from work to find.

132 RIYank   ~  Oct 3, 2012 7:21 pm

[129] I think he may have... misdescribed what happened.

133 seamus   ~  Oct 3, 2012 7:21 pm

[128] hmm maybe. or do you play for the home field in the wildcard? i know winning games matters most but that guarantees the first home playoff game in baltimore in a while if you can get it.

134 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 3, 2012 7:22 pm

[131] Indeed, both in the Bronx and further south.

[129] Did you hear what Bobby V. said about his coaching staff on the radio today?

135 kenboyer made me cry   ~  Oct 3, 2012 7:22 pm

So if the game in Tampa holds up, The Orioles will play in Texas, and the Yankees will go to either Baltimore or Texas depending on who wins? What's better? At least Baltimore will be doing a lot of flying.

136 seamus   ~  Oct 3, 2012 7:23 pm

[134] yes. wtf is he thinking? noone will hire him again after this year and shit like that. throwing everyone under the bus. players, coaches, etc.. It suggests to me a guy who i don't want to play or coach for.

137 rbj   ~  Oct 3, 2012 7:23 pm

[130] Bucky Bleeping Dent?

138 RIYank   ~  Oct 3, 2012 7:24 pm

[131] Greetings, divine baseball Being.

139 RIYank   ~  Oct 3, 2012 7:26 pm

[135] Right.
You mean, would we rather play Texas or Baltimore?
Texas has not been good since the All Star break. Mediocre.
I dunno. I still can't quite believe the Orioles are for real.

140 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 3, 2012 7:26 pm

[133] Knowing Showalter, he's playing to win. They'd love to host the play-in game.

[135] I think that's right. Both may be tired out by the play-in game. I think the O's would be more pumped up, though, given it would be their first ALDS since 1997. I'm not sure who I'd rather the Yanks face.

[136] Yep. Of course, he could blame everything on the Red Sox and the environment, but I think you're right. He's done as a manager.

I'm sure ESPN will welcome him back with open arms, especially if Francona becomes the manager in Cleveland.

141 cult of basebaal   ~  Oct 3, 2012 7:27 pm

So ... as it stands now, who would we get in the 1st round?

Detroit, or the winner of the Wild Card play-in?

142 RIYank   ~  Oct 3, 2012 7:28 pm

I see Ryan Roberts also homered. So three solos for the Rays.

143 RIYank   ~  Oct 3, 2012 7:28 pm

[141] Winner of the WC play-in.

144 rbj   ~  Oct 3, 2012 7:29 pm

[140] Noooooo! Seeing that smug face on BBTN, I don't want to think about it. MLBN it is then.

145 Alex Belth   ~  Oct 3, 2012 7:29 pm

142) Roberts' was hilarious. Rain maker but landed in the first or second row. Longoria's second one was a fucking BOMB.

146 OldYanksFan   ~  Oct 3, 2012 7:29 pm

[130] Yogi Berra?

147 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 3, 2012 7:32 pm

Through 4 and a half innings in Tampa . . .

I almost forgot how much I enjoyed game threads.

148 OldYanksFan   ~  Oct 3, 2012 7:33 pm

[139] Interesting. My kneejerk was Texas was better, but over their last 81 games, they are 43-38, so indeed, the O's may be a better team now.

149 kenboyer made me cry   ~  Oct 3, 2012 7:33 pm

Congratulations to Miggy. I know it's not popular here, but I think he gets the MVP. He's going to the Post Season, Trout is not, first Triple Crown in decades. He's had a body of work that ranks him amongst the top 30 all time. I believe the writers will be sentimental about it and give him the award.

150 Alex Belth   ~  Oct 3, 2012 7:34 pm

146) Wasn't it one of those pitchers that came over around the Babe Ruth time? Red Ruffing, maybe?

151 Alex Belth   ~  Oct 3, 2012 7:35 pm

149) I would give it to Trout, personally. But there is just no way he'll get it. I'd be shocked if Cabrera doesn't get the award. And he sure has had a monster season with the bat.

152 seamus   ~  Oct 3, 2012 7:35 pm

[149] he'd have my vote.

153 rbj   ~  Oct 3, 2012 7:37 pm

4 innings to go.

154 Alex Belth   ~  Oct 3, 2012 7:37 pm

Hiroki might not be enjoying himself but we sure are enjoying his performance so far.

155 Ara Just Fair   ~  Oct 3, 2012 7:37 pm

[149] I agree. I didn't think I'd ever see a Triple Crown in my lifetime.

156 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Oct 3, 2012 7:39 pm

Yawn...just sitting down here at ACME, Inc. Anything going on today in the baseball world?

157 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 3, 2012 7:39 pm

[154] Yep, and throughout the season. He was a heck of a pickup.

158 RIYank   ~  Oct 3, 2012 7:40 pm

The triple crown is awesome, but I think that should be enough of a reward for Cabrera. Trout was more valuable. But, I won't be upset when they give it to Miggy.

159 RIYank   ~  Oct 3, 2012 7:41 pm

Time for the answer to the trivia question!


It was the obvious.

160 Sliced Bread   ~  Oct 3, 2012 7:43 pm

Good show so far, Banterers.
My wife will be home with my son the swimmer in a few minutes (I'm with the other two) and she'll want to watch the debate on the big screen.
Out of deference to the bigger game, I'll retreat to the smaller set in the bedroom to watch the rest of (what will hopefully be) the Division clincha.
Oh fuck yes, let this be true!

161 rbj   ~  Oct 3, 2012 7:43 pm

[130] Wait, isn't it Bryce Harper?

162 Alex Belth   ~  Oct 3, 2012 7:43 pm

Nice rip, Alex.

163 RIYank   ~  Oct 3, 2012 7:43 pm

Centaurs are better than ponies.

164 Alex Belth   ~  Oct 3, 2012 7:44 pm


165 Sliced Bread   ~  Oct 3, 2012 7:44 pm

Arod's playing possum, by the way.
Oh, fuck yes, Robbie!

166 RIYank   ~  Oct 3, 2012 7:44 pm

Oh, baby. Oh man.

Rob and Alex, both finding the groove???

167 Alex Belth   ~  Oct 3, 2012 7:45 pm

Robbie: Peaking.

168 cult of basebaal   ~  Oct 3, 2012 7:45 pm

Man, it sure would be sweet if RIPPER stayed this red hot into the playoffs.


169 rbj   ~  Oct 3, 2012 7:45 pm

Robbie! Score truck is in the stadium.
I want double digits

170 mhoward120   ~  Oct 3, 2012 7:46 pm

I really think this is concrete proof that Robbie has been fucking with us all year

171 Mattpat11   ~  Oct 3, 2012 7:46 pm

We needed this game to be like this.

172 seamus   ~  Oct 3, 2012 7:46 pm

[168] that's my dream. just wow lately. and it's september. not even august for mr i like hot weather.

173 Ara Just Fair   ~  Oct 3, 2012 7:47 pm

But he was loafing around the bases! ; )

174 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 3, 2012 7:47 pm

'Tis a shame Cano keeps having great years that are surpassed by others. He ought to have won an MVP award by now. But for Trout and Miggy, he'd have a great argument this year.

Well OYF, 3 more runs and the Yanks are at 10. Or is 7 enough for you? ;)

175 kenboyer made me cry   ~  Oct 3, 2012 7:47 pm

I guess Arod toasted his tortilla and it was crisp, and Robinson's bat was like the native mahogany.

Yay, we can safely switch back and forth from the debate.

176 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Oct 3, 2012 7:48 pm

I have a growing man-crush on Robbie's post-tater smile. Only the Jazz Princess has a better smile!

177 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 3, 2012 7:48 pm

And does anyone think Pedroia is the better second baseman anymore? No? OK. Just checking to make sure.

178 RIYank   ~  Oct 3, 2012 7:48 pm

[172] It is?

In Rhode Island, it's October. I can never get the hand of this time zone thing.

179 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Oct 3, 2012 7:49 pm

Whoa! Is that Bobby V bike story true?? What else can happen to this guy this year, maybe lighting srtikes as he makes a pitching change?

180 RIYank   ~  Oct 3, 2012 7:49 pm

[178] Yes, that's an actual expression in RI: "get the hand of it."

No, it isn't.

181 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 3, 2012 7:51 pm

[179] If Bobby V. called down to the bullpen to get Aceves up, would Aceves start warming up? Would the bullpen coach even deliver the message?

What percentage of Red Sox fans have turned their TVs to something else by now? 50%? 60% More?

182 seamus   ~  Oct 3, 2012 7:51 pm

[178] oh right, it's october. actually i still haven't accepted that.

183 OldYanksFan   ~  Oct 3, 2012 7:52 pm

Miggy didn't make the PS. The Tigers did.
Trout didn't miss the PS. The Angels did.

Trout(CF): .0961 OPS, .422 wOBA, 175 RC+, 13.5 URZ/150, 49 SB
Miggy(3B): 1.001 OPS, .417 wOBA, 166 RC+, -10.6 URZ/150, 4 SB

For a middle player to be within 40 OPS pts of a corner player is pretty damn good. And then Trout is better in all other individual categories. The difference in defense alone, is worth more then 40 OPS pts.

So if Miggy has a few less RBI and misses the Triple Crown, is he then NOT MVP.

If Granderson(CF) had Trout's exact numbers, that would be a lot more impressive then ARod(3B) having Miggy's exact numbers.

184 Ara Just Fair   ~  Oct 3, 2012 7:52 pm

[180] "Get a handle on it" I can get. "Get the hand of it" is just plain bizarre.

185 OldYanksFan   ~  Oct 3, 2012 7:53 pm

OOps. Trout(CF): 0.961 OPS

186 seamus   ~  Oct 3, 2012 7:53 pm

ok. i've got me a pennant ale in hand. switching to debates. have fun yankees fans!

187 Mattpat11   ~  Oct 3, 2012 7:53 pm

O's only have three more offensive innings.

188 kenboyer made me cry   ~  Oct 3, 2012 7:53 pm

[176] Sweet [177] If Pedroia played for the Yankees, we would love him. [178] Be nice.

189 Mattpat11   ~  Oct 3, 2012 7:54 pm

[188] I've always sort of disliked players who constantly make a point of showing you how HARD they play, even when they're on the Yankees.

See Bubba Crosby

190 OldYanksFan   ~  Oct 3, 2012 7:55 pm

Hey... I asked for 10-0.

191 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 3, 2012 7:56 pm

[186] Is that a delicious Brooklyn Beer pennant ale? I love that stuff. Sometimes hard to find in MA.

[188] Yes, because he's a good player and all - but he's not as good s Cano.

192 RIYank   ~  Oct 3, 2012 7:58 pm

[189] Hear hear.

193 Alex Belth   ~  Oct 3, 2012 7:58 pm

Also, Trout stole 48 bases and was only caught 5 times.

194 Alex Belth   ~  Oct 3, 2012 7:59 pm

Longoria just hit his third homer of the game!

195 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Oct 3, 2012 7:59 pm

[189] That made me laugh, where is ol' Bubba now anyways?
You would despise watching Japanese baseball then, every player is taught from a young age to go all out 100% on every single play. It's exhausting to watch and exfeedingly cruel to the young kids.

196 Mattpat11   ~  Oct 3, 2012 8:00 pm

Home Run Longoria.

4-0 Tampa

197 seamus   ~  Oct 3, 2012 8:00 pm

[191] yes yes. yummers.

198 cult of basebaal   ~  Oct 3, 2012 8:01 pm

[195] You gotta have Wa!

199 kenboyer made me cry   ~  Oct 3, 2012 8:02 pm

Have you seen the Gangnam Style Romney parody? Doesn't matter your political slant, it's funny!


200 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Oct 3, 2012 8:03 pm

[198] I just typed "exfeedingly". All this beer chat is making me drunk. Going to celebrate tonight though, the Division Title is actually more improtant to me than the WS..sacrilage I know.

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201 RIYank   ~  Oct 3, 2012 8:03 pm

Longoria goes yard again???

202 cult of basebaal   ~  Oct 3, 2012 8:05 pm

Alright Cornflake!

203 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 3, 2012 8:06 pm

[194] [196] [201] He's got a ways to go to take the Triple Crown away from Miggy. ;)

The Rays must be wondering where they'd be if Longoria had been healthy all year. 'Course they had a fine record without him, but still.

204 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 3, 2012 8:06 pm

Kuroda is at 70 pitches. One more inning, right?

205 Mattpat11   ~  Oct 3, 2012 8:07 pm

I want Kuroda back next year. Really badly.

206 cult of basebaal   ~  Oct 3, 2012 8:10 pm

Uh, Ken, Bodie isn't "thinking single" on ANY swing.

That's often the problem ...

207 Mattpat11   ~  Oct 3, 2012 8:10 pm

[201] Thanking us for Scott Proctor last year

208 Alex Belth   ~  Oct 3, 2012 8:12 pm

216 hits. Not bad for an old goat.

209 Alex Belth   ~  Oct 3, 2012 8:12 pm

By the way, Russell is a tough sombitch, ain't he?

210 Alex Belth   ~  Oct 3, 2012 8:13 pm

How about Ichiro gets on and then A Rod breaks the grand slam record?

211 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 3, 2012 8:14 pm

[209] Add 50 points to his batting average - two bloops hits a week for every week of the season - and he's got amazing numbers for a catcher. Add in the defense and wow.

212 Alex Belth   ~  Oct 3, 2012 8:14 pm

Maybe not...

213 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Oct 3, 2012 8:14 pm

Can we start celebrating yet or do the Sox have a comeback in them? I've got this cued up and am ready to start dancing:


214 Mattpat11   ~  Oct 3, 2012 8:16 pm

Two more offensive innings for Baltimore.

215 cult of basebaal   ~  Oct 3, 2012 8:16 pm

Hmmm ... stealing a base up 7-1?

Well, ok, it's against the Red Sox ...

216 Alex Belth   ~  Oct 3, 2012 8:17 pm

Slam? Maybe? Ya think?

217 Alex Belth   ~  Oct 3, 2012 8:17 pm

215) He just wanted to make sure he led the team in steals--was in a tie with Alex with 13.

218 cult of basebaal   ~  Oct 3, 2012 8:17 pm

"Enjoy" it while you can Bobby, each walk to the mound might very well be the last time you ever do that on a Major League field ...

219 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 3, 2012 8:19 pm

[217] Really? Wow. Ichiro! has been another heck of a pickup.

220 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Oct 3, 2012 8:19 pm

[218] It's ok, he has his community fire marshal gig back in Connecticut to return to.

221 Alex Belth   ~  Oct 3, 2012 8:19 pm

213) Oh, shit. Love that jam, dude. Thanks for sharing it.

222 Mattpat11   ~  Oct 3, 2012 8:20 pm

[218] Does that make anyone else irrationally happy?

223 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 3, 2012 8:20 pm

I don't know what Atchinson throws, but Bobby V. brought in a RIGHTY to face CANO?!

224 cult of basebaal   ~  Oct 3, 2012 8:21 pm

Oh, jolly good, Robbie, jolly good!

225 rbj   ~  Oct 3, 2012 8:21 pm

[213] Creeping closer. . .

226 RIYank   ~  Oct 3, 2012 8:21 pm

Attaboy, Rob.

227 cult of basebaal   ~  Oct 3, 2012 8:23 pm

[222] Oddly enough, I didn't have anything against Valentine before the season, but frankly, he's been nothing but a whiny, petulant, cowardly sack-of-bastards from the day he was hired.

Frankly, even Red Sox fans deserve better ...

228 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 3, 2012 8:24 pm

Well Tex, here's a chance to do something positive with the bat.

229 cult of basebaal   ~  Oct 3, 2012 8:25 pm

Ball Saxbury!

230 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 3, 2012 8:27 pm

[222] No. I actually really pity the guy.

He caused a lot of his own problems, but Boston can be a vipers' nest, especially when things are going badly, and I'm not sure Bobby V. fully appreciated that before he took the job. I think he figured he'd win over the media with his charm, like he always has before. The same rules don't apply when its the Boston media, though. Even our old friend PeteAbe has changed some to succeed in the Boston market. This is a place where the CHB is still beloved and gainfully employed; where WEEI rules the airwaves over all else.

231 Mattpat11   ~  Oct 3, 2012 8:28 pm

[227] Bobby Valentine has been like that his entire adult life.

232 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Oct 3, 2012 8:28 pm

[221] Congolese dance music is so joyful. But for a real stanky-ass DEEP groove check this Nigerian tune out, maybe linked it here before but it's so killer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kEGe23iveBI

233 Mattpat11   ~  Oct 3, 2012 8:29 pm

One offensive inning left for Baltimore.

234 Alex Belth   ~  Oct 3, 2012 8:30 pm

Rays 4-0 through 7 and a half...three more outs.

235 cult of basebaal   ~  Oct 3, 2012 8:30 pm

[232] Oooh, gonna have to listen to that later. Noice!

236 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 3, 2012 8:30 pm

Friends, time for me to leave the office and drive home, so I'll be with you all in spirit the rest of the way. I'll check back in when I'm in front of a computer again.

237 cult of basebaal   ~  Oct 3, 2012 8:32 pm

[231] Maybe so, but for whatever reason I didn't remember him that way from his time with the Mets and, honestly, I had a ton of respect for the fact he managed to go to Japan and win a championship managing over there. Flat out, that's a hell of an accomplishment.

238 Mattpat11   ~  Oct 3, 2012 8:32 pm

Say what you want about RBIs, but its still pretty cool to see a Triple Crown

239 Alex Belth   ~  Oct 3, 2012 8:32 pm

232) Oh, shit. I know that cut. My man Steinski once sampled it but I didn't know what record he sampled. Cool, man.

240 Mattpat11   ~  Oct 3, 2012 8:34 pm

Jazz, how do you say "I'll have Hiroki Kuroda's babies" in Japanese?

241 RIYank   ~  Oct 3, 2012 8:37 pm

Jose Iglesias, .104, rbi.

Just sayin.

242 Alex Belth   ~  Oct 3, 2012 8:39 pm

Great job by Hiroki.

As the Rays and O's go to the 9th.

243 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Oct 3, 2012 8:39 pm

[240] Hmm..not sure they have that expression. Maybe better to just stick with, Kuroda-san, I love you! "黒田さん, 愛している!" (Kuroda-san, Aishite-iru!)

244 Mattpat11   ~  Oct 3, 2012 8:39 pm

[241] Eh. We're winning 18467584-2.

245 RIYank   ~  Oct 3, 2012 8:48 pm

[244] 18467585.

246 Bronx Boy in NC   ~  Oct 3, 2012 8:49 pm

Miles to go before we sleep, but tonight I'm feeling a dose of this. The old barn. The old man. The old feeling. How did it get to be so long ago?


A propos of nuthin but my mind went took a turn that way.

247 Alex Belth   ~  Oct 3, 2012 8:49 pm

O's down to their last out.

248 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Oct 3, 2012 8:49 pm
249 Bronx Boy in NC   ~  Oct 3, 2012 8:50 pm

went AND

250 Alex Belth   ~  Oct 3, 2012 8:50 pm


251 cult of basebaal   ~  Oct 3, 2012 8:51 pm

Oh, that's nice to see.

Way to go, GGBG!!!

252 Alex Belth   ~  Oct 3, 2012 8:51 pm

Hey, nice job Grittner.

253 RIYank   ~  Oct 3, 2012 8:51 pm


Welcome back.

254 Alex Belth   ~  Oct 3, 2012 8:52 pm

With a man on, Rodney's coming in to get the last out in Tampa.

255 RIYank   ~  Oct 3, 2012 8:54 pm

Robinson and Curtis have had a very selfish game. Out of all those runs, they didn't leave any rbi for anybody else. (Six for Rob, four for Curtis.)

256 Alex Belth   ~  Oct 3, 2012 8:54 pm

Nice Wheels GRITTNER!

257 Mattpat11   ~  Oct 3, 2012 8:54 pm

Down goes Baltimore! Yankees clinch!

258 cult of basebaal   ~  Oct 3, 2012 8:54 pm


259 Alex Belth   ~  Oct 3, 2012 8:55 pm

O's lose.

260 RIYank   ~  Oct 3, 2012 8:55 pm

Congratulations, Division Winners!!!!

261 cult of basebaal   ~  Oct 3, 2012 8:57 pm

Congratulations, guys ... Jebus knows I thought you weren't going to make it, a time or two, but you fought through everything and came out on top.


262 Alex Belth   ~  Oct 3, 2012 8:57 pm

Jeter not smiling makes me love him.

263 rbj   ~  Oct 3, 2012 8:57 pm

Icing on the cake!

264 rbj   ~  Oct 3, 2012 8:58 pm

Pull all starters now.

265 kenboyer made me cry   ~  Oct 3, 2012 8:59 pm

Here's to the 2012 American League Eastern Division Winners! The NY Yankees.

In 1st place since June!

266 Alex Belth   ~  Oct 3, 2012 8:59 pm

Better late than never, right? Great job Yankees.

267 RIYank   ~  Oct 3, 2012 9:00 pm

By the way, in case you guys are wondering what you are missing on NBC:


It's all about families.

You're welcome.

268 Alex Belth   ~  Oct 3, 2012 9:00 pm

That look from A Rod was hilarious.

269 kenboyer made me cry   ~  Oct 3, 2012 9:01 pm

[262] He knows, the team really hasn't won anything of significance, yet.

270 cult of basebaal   ~  Oct 3, 2012 9:01 pm

I'm greedy ... I want more RIPPER!!!

271 Alex Belth   ~  Oct 3, 2012 9:01 pm

267) Best political commentary this year.

And for the rest of you, this is not an invitation to discuss the debates further...at least not in this space. Let's not ruin the mood...

272 Alex Belth   ~  Oct 3, 2012 9:02 pm

Now that the Yanks are in the clear, let's enjoy this: ending the Red Sox year, slowly and painfully in a blowout.

273 cult of basebaal   ~  Oct 3, 2012 9:03 pm

[267] Is it: one guy lying about what he has done and one guy lying about what he would do? That's what I had things down for ...

274 RIYank   ~  Oct 3, 2012 9:03 pm

Sorry sorry sorry sorry!

275 cult of basebaal   ~  Oct 3, 2012 9:04 pm

C'mon Cornflake!

276 cult of basebaal   ~  Oct 3, 2012 9:05 pm


277 Mattpat11   ~  Oct 3, 2012 9:05 pm

Harold Reynolds has declared that the Yankees were never challenged like this. NEVER

278 Bronx Boy in NC   ~  Oct 3, 2012 9:06 pm

[Alex] (Can't see post numbers on my phone) indeed. In other circumstances I'd have mixed feelings about the excess, but with Valentine in the dugout, this is delicious.

BTW way, Bobby, in case no one gave you this reply back in the spring: The Yankees hate you back. Sit there and stew.

279 Alex Belth   ~  Oct 3, 2012 9:12 pm

278) Stew and screw...Bobby V.

280 kenboyer made me cry   ~  Oct 3, 2012 9:16 pm

Jeebus, Bobby V is more a victim than villain. Have some compassion everyone.

Yeah maybe if he could have hired his own coaches, they would not have undermined him.

The Sox were destined to lose, it's easy to make him the fall guy, start all over with a new team next year, and pretend this ridiculous hatchet job never happened.

281 Alex Belth   ~  Oct 3, 2012 9:17 pm

280) In theory I'd have compassion--this disastrous year is far from his fault-- \but from everything I've heard Bobby V was and remains an insufferable son of a bitch. Fug him.

282 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Oct 3, 2012 9:18 pm

Great way to end the regular season! I'm planning on drinking my lunch today :)

283 Alex Belth   ~  Oct 3, 2012 9:22 pm

Andruw Jones in some extended Herb Williams style Garbage Time.

284 JeremyM   ~  Oct 3, 2012 9:22 pm

Gotta assume (hope?) this is the last at-bat of Jones potential HOF career....

285 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Oct 3, 2012 9:24 pm

[283] Hahaha, excellent!
[284] Waiting for him to hit 30-dingers here at tiny Jingu Stadium next year. From the looks of it Andruw could use some light&healthy Jpaanese food..

286 kenboyer made me cry   ~  Oct 3, 2012 9:25 pm

[281] Then at least respect an elder, lifetime baseball man, who puts his foot in his mouth often..let him go. Remember this debacle happened to our hated rivals, give thanks for that.

287 Bronx Boy in NC   ~  Oct 3, 2012 9:26 pm

Nice bit of juice, Frankie, and props to Podsednik. Always weird seeing him - I covered him when he was a Hudson Valley Renegade. His manager was Bump Wills.

288 rbj   ~  Oct 3, 2012 9:27 pm

[281] They deserve each other.
Good night all, just going to enjoy the end of the regular season.

289 mhoward120   ~  Oct 3, 2012 9:27 pm

About time we can sit back, take a deep breath, have a drink or 6 and just smile

290 RIYank   ~  Oct 3, 2012 9:28 pm

Hey, according to Buster Olney, Jeter is now managing.

291 Alex Belth   ~  Oct 3, 2012 9:28 pm

281) I can live with that.

287) Bump Wills! Jeez, you ever read his father's autobiography? The first few pages, involving father, son and a woman they were both sleeping with is major league creepy.

292 Alex Belth   ~  Oct 3, 2012 9:29 pm

Wow, just dawning on me how stressful--and random--this one-game wildcard playoff is going to be. Whew.

293 RIYank   ~  Oct 3, 2012 9:30 pm

[292] And imagine if the O's had caught us, and we had to do a one game playoff to see who had to do a one game playoff...

294 JeremyM   ~  Oct 3, 2012 9:31 pm

So what was it again that I've have been worried about for oh, the last month or so? :)

295 Alex Belth   ~  Oct 3, 2012 9:32 pm

How did your season end? Freddy Garcia stuck my ass out.

296 Bronx Boy in NC   ~  Oct 3, 2012 9:33 pm

Debate ended just in time to see the final out live.

297 Mattpat11   ~  Oct 3, 2012 9:34 pm


298 RIYank   ~  Oct 3, 2012 9:34 pm


299 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Oct 3, 2012 9:34 pm

[297] フレーーーーー!!!

300 Ara Just Fair   ~  Oct 3, 2012 9:34 pm

Perfect timing. Cheers, gang!
Go Yankees!

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301 seamus   ~  Oct 3, 2012 9:35 pm

[295] Boom!

302 cult of basebaal   ~  Oct 3, 2012 9:36 pm

Congratulations everybody, this one came with an added degree of difficulty!

303 Bronx Boy in NC   ~  Oct 3, 2012 9:37 pm

Happy kets, if Alex doesn't mind my saying. But I have to admit I dislike the merchandise part of these celebrations. Would love to see a guy or two say "Get that shit away from me, I'm a Yankee and I'll keep my Yankee hat on, thank you very much."

304 OldYanksFan   ~  Oct 3, 2012 9:40 pm

Man... this team really sucks.
I knew they would Win the Division all along!

305 Alex Belth   ~  Oct 3, 2012 9:40 pm

Cheers to the Yanks and cheers to us!

306 OldYanksFan   ~  Oct 3, 2012 9:41 pm

RI... you watching the NESN wrap-up?

307 Alex Belth   ~  Oct 3, 2012 9:41 pm

303) Classic!

308 Chyll Will   ~  Oct 3, 2012 9:41 pm

[283],[285] Sheed's back.

309 kenboyer made me cry   ~  Oct 3, 2012 9:41 pm

On to Texas? Maryland? Lots of hotel rooms on hold.

What a gut wringing regular season, often difficult for us fans. Feels good now.

Here's to the deeeeeepest possible post season!

310 garydsimms   ~  Oct 3, 2012 9:47 pm

Anyone know what time the game is Sunday?

311 RIYank   ~  Oct 3, 2012 9:47 pm

[306] I am.
I wish I was watching YES.

312 Alex Belth   ~  Oct 3, 2012 9:49 pm

308) Well, somebody's got to twist the white owls...

313 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Oct 3, 2012 9:50 pm

One more time: 2012 NYYankees, best record in the AL. Can't ask for anything more!

314 Shaun P.   ~  Oct 3, 2012 9:52 pm

Home at last and quite happy. What a game!

Is ALDS game 1 really Sunday? And is it too early to ask who starts it?

315 RIYank   ~  Oct 3, 2012 9:54 pm

[314] Well, there's no question who starts it... is there?

316 OldYanksFan   ~  Oct 3, 2012 10:31 pm

I believe, right now, our 4 man rotation, in order is:
CC, Hiroki, Andy, Hughes.
The first 2 games are on the road, so Phil and Andy pitch at YS.

317 thelarmis   ~  Oct 3, 2012 10:44 pm


wish i could've been here at the banter. can't wait to watch this on the dvr!

: )

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