"A New York Treasure" --Village Voice

All is Not Yet Lost


Our man Hiroki tries to help the Yanks avoid getting swept in Baltimore.

Never mind any hard feelings:

Brett Gardner CF
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Robinson Cano 2B
Travis Hafner DH
Zoilo Almonte LF
Lyle Overbay 1B
Jayson Nix SS
Chris Stewart C
David Adams 3B

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

[Photo Credit: Corriette Schoenaerts]

Categories:  1: Featured  Game Thread  Yankees

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1 rbj   ~  Jun 30, 2013 7:06 pm

Those aren't hard feelings, it's nausea.

2 garydsimms   ~  Jun 30, 2013 7:09 pm

Oy, those ESPN guys make me gag. Esp. Kruk.

3 Ara Just Fair   ~  Jun 30, 2013 7:16 pm

The Yankees went 1 and 5 while I was on vacation. Also, the Pirates moved into 1st place and now have the most wins in baseball. WTF.

4 cult of basebaal   ~  Jun 30, 2013 7:24 pm

Oh well, that's likely the game ...

5 Ara Just Fair   ~  Jun 30, 2013 7:27 pm

That was a helluva play by Nix.

6 garydsimms   ~  Jun 30, 2013 7:27 pm

Nice dive nixy

7 rbj   ~  Jun 30, 2013 7:28 pm

Ouch, Chris.

8 Alex Belth   ~  Jun 30, 2013 7:37 pm

Oh boy Machado is the goods.

9 Alex Belth   ~  Jun 30, 2013 7:40 pm

Man, Adams is due to do...something, huh?

10 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Jun 30, 2013 7:40 pm

[2] Japanese tv feed handy on the Sunday night games. Though lots of praise for sac bunts from these guys too.

[8] Love that he wears #13 to show respect to A-Rod!

11 Alex Belth   ~  Jun 30, 2013 7:42 pm

Bases loaded, 2 out. We've been here before.

12 garydsimms   ~  Jun 30, 2013 7:42 pm

Bases loaded... teasing??????

13 cult of basebaal   ~  Jun 30, 2013 7:42 pm

A walk is something!

14 cult of basebaal   ~  Jun 30, 2013 7:44 pm

C'mon Brett, make this one count.

15 Ara Just Fair   ~  Jun 30, 2013 7:44 pm

C'mon, Brett!

16 rbj   ~  Jun 30, 2013 7:45 pm

Come on, wild pitch

17 rbj   ~  Jun 30, 2013 7:45 pm


18 garydsimms   ~  Jun 30, 2013 7:45 pm

We'll take it.

19 Ara Just Fair   ~  Jun 30, 2013 7:52 pm

For fuck's sake!

20 monkeypants   ~  Jun 30, 2013 7:53 pm

[8] Described by the announcers as "one of the best young talents in the game today." A combination of words that had me pretty confused.

21 garydsimms   ~  Jun 30, 2013 7:53 pm

Anyone know if he's under led suspicion?

22 garydsimms   ~  Jun 30, 2013 7:53 pm

Sorry led.

23 garydsimms   ~  Jun 30, 2013 7:55 pm

Damn auto correct... ped

24 cult of basebaal   ~  Jun 30, 2013 7:56 pm

Ok, now *that* was the game ...

25 Ara Just Fair   ~  Jun 30, 2013 8:09 pm

I hate the orioles.

26 garydsimms   ~  Jun 30, 2013 8:10 pm

No, THAT was the game. Is Hughes wearing Kiroda's uni?

27 garydsimms   ~  Jun 30, 2013 8:21 pm

Please, Joe, walk Davis.

28 Boatzilla   ~  Jun 30, 2013 8:29 pm

[2] These announcers have their noses so far up the Orioles butts, you'd think they were on payroll.

During the last Almonte AB they never mentioned his name once. Then the inning was over.

29 monkeypants   ~  Jun 30, 2013 8:31 pm

[28] To be fair, can you blame them? And Yankee half-innings do tend to go by quickly.

30 rbj   ~  Jun 30, 2013 8:39 pm

Starving kids in Africa feel sorry for the Yankees offense.

31 Boatzilla   ~  Jun 30, 2013 8:49 pm

[29] Well, yeah, they are professionals. And his is the kind of broadcasting that really sounds silly when things don't play to script.

I can appreciate the excitement for Chris Davis and Machado, but a love-fest for the sour-face Showalter is more than any man should be have to suffer though.

32 Ara Just Fair   ~  Jun 30, 2013 8:53 pm

Yay, Robbie!

33 rbj   ~  Jun 30, 2013 8:53 pm


34 garydsimms   ~  Jun 30, 2013 8:54 pm

Here's to you Mr. Robinson.

35 cult of basebaal   ~  Jun 30, 2013 8:54 pm


36 monkeypants   ~  Jun 30, 2013 8:55 pm

[31] There are no professionals any more. ESPN broadcast are always frontrunners, so of course they're going to suck up to the O's. I mean, what are they going to do, go on and on about NIx and Romine?

As for Showalter, the dude is a good manager even if he is a sourpuss.

And hey, look at that, Robbie hits a HR and slobber over him for a few minutes ("I don't know if there's a better LH swing in baseball...").

37 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Jun 30, 2013 9:02 pm

[36] Good manager but has an isufferable public persona. There's nothing that gets my goat more than 'genius' coaches who show nothing but hostility and arrogance. (Showalter, Belichick, etc.) It's a game, chill the feck out.

38 monkeypants   ~  Jun 30, 2013 9:07 pm

[37]an insufferable public persona.

Doesn't bother me much at all, because I don't by and large care what athletes and coaches say or think. They can show hostility and arrogance because the press gives them the opportunity, because the fans have an insatiable appetite for things said (hence millions of fans following athletes on Twitter). The problem is solved when we fans stop caring about persona and just watch them play the game. Of course, the biggest stars will always attract more attention, but otherwise, why do most of these guys even *have* a public persona?

39 rbj   ~  Jun 30, 2013 9:08 pm

[37] In his defense, it is his job. To us, at the end of the day a 100 loss season doesn't affect our lives outside of how much emotion we wrap up in the team. But to a manager, it's getting a paycheck next year. And he did turn around the Yankees.

40 monkeypants   ~  Jun 30, 2013 9:09 pm

[36][37] et al.

All that being said, Showalter is no Chessmaster™.

41 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Jun 30, 2013 9:11 pm

[38] It's not about caring, it's about the absurd self-importance these guys project (aided by the media and fans, of course.) You can be a great manager/coach without acting like you're dealing with the Cuban Missile Crisis..

42 rbj   ~  Jun 30, 2013 9:13 pm

Jeez, home town fan, let your guys get the ball. I hate this.

43 monkeypants   ~  Jun 30, 2013 9:14 pm

[41] But how would we even know that's how they acted if it were not the attention we give them? All we would have are occasional shots of the sourpuss in the dugout, were it not for endless postgame interviews, etc.

44 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Jun 30, 2013 9:20 pm

[43] Not sure I follow you..as fairly serious Yankee fans, we are interested in hearing what the manager says over the course of the season. My point stands; guys like La Russa and Showalter may be the bees knees when drinking a beer in the club house but their 'persona' is terribly off-putting. It's baseball, they can lighten up a bit, that's all.

45 cult of basebaal   ~  Jun 30, 2013 9:21 pm

Obviously, Bucky doesn't have a binder; binder calls for a LHP here.

46 Alex Belth   ~  Jun 30, 2013 9:22 pm

C'mon Ichi. (I wish I had faith.)

47 rbj   ~  Jun 30, 2013 9:23 pm

C'mon Ichiro

48 Alex Belth   ~  Jun 30, 2013 9:24 pm

1-1 pitch was his. Now O'Day will go off-speed and get him.

49 rbj   ~  Jun 30, 2013 9:24 pm

Make up call.

50 Alex Belth   ~  Jun 30, 2013 9:25 pm


51 cult of basebaal   ~  Jun 30, 2013 9:27 pm

Wait, a RHP just got 2 LHB out?

That's unpossible!

52 monkeypants   ~  Jun 30, 2013 9:28 pm

[44] as fairly serious Yankee fans, we are interested in hearing what the manager says over the course of the season.

In fact, I'm not. The vast majority of what managers say is gobbeldegook, filler to answer endless inane questions during postgame interviews ("so tell us, how did it feel to have Kuroda pitch a complete game?"). Only rarely does the press pose a serious question about strategy or tactics, and most of the time the managers respond with pat answers. Only occasionally does the mask slip and a real nugget is revealed. So no, I don't really care about the vast majority of what managers say. Thus, I don;t pay much attention to their words---and even then, almost always in print---and therefore I am not subject to their "public personae."

I am more interested in what they *do* than what they say, at least in most cases. For example, Joe Girardi's fascination with starting Vernon Wells in the cleanup spot. I can analyze that decision. I don't pay much attention to whatever bullshit reason Girardi might give ("he's a real pro out there, taking good hacks..."), and I certainly don;t pay much attention to how he says it.

53 monkeypants   ~  Jun 30, 2013 9:30 pm

[46][47] I've actually reached the point where I don't even notice what the game situation is. I get somewhat excited when Gritner and Cano bat, so peak up at the screen now and again to see if they are up. And I take note of any interesting individual play or at bat I happen to notice. But otherwise, the innings are something of a blur.

54 Ara Just Fair   ~  Jun 30, 2013 9:35 pm

Oi! Things are about to get worse.

55 monkeypants   ~  Jun 30, 2013 9:37 pm

So, when did the White Stripes riff become a widespread stadium chant?

56 cult of basebaal   ~  Jun 30, 2013 9:39 pm

[55] It's been in heavy circulation at soccer matches for at least a couple of years now, guess it's broken out into other sports ...

57 monkeypants   ~  Jun 30, 2013 9:42 pm

[55] Ah, according to my wife, its origins are international soccer. Hmmm.

58 monkeypants   ~  Jun 30, 2013 9:42 pm

[56] Another reason to love the beautiful game?

59 monkeypants   ~  Jun 30, 2013 9:43 pm

Not a real strong throw by Gardner there.

60 Ara Just Fair   ~  Jun 30, 2013 9:44 pm

Horseshit throw, Brett. C'mon!

61 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Jun 30, 2013 9:48 pm

[58] Brazil when they are moving like they did tonight..a joy to watch. I'm sure you were watching, Cult?

62 monkeypants   ~  Jun 30, 2013 9:50 pm

[61] And not a sourpuss to be found!

63 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Jun 30, 2013 9:51 pm

[62] Brazil's coach famously looks like Gene Hackman. It's a cool sidebar.

64 monkeypants   ~  Jun 30, 2013 9:53 pm

The announcers now pondering Girardi's tactical options, which boils down to "should he pinch hit Vernon Wells."

And here he is! I feel fulfilled.

65 cult of basebaal   ~  Jun 30, 2013 9:54 pm

[61] Oh yes. Funny thing is, the final two games could have easily been reversed, as I thought both Italy and Uruguay were the better teams in the semis. Still, tremendous performance from Brazil and a fun match (though it probably would have been better with at least a goal from Spain).

66 monkeypants   ~  Jun 30, 2013 9:55 pm

This is awesome. Girardi PHs for one of his few marginally credible hitters (Hafner) with...Vernon Wells. Because right handed. And then Showalter responds by changing pitchers, bringing in someone specifically to face...Vernon Wells.

Is like a parody chess match.

67 monkeypants   ~  Jun 30, 2013 9:57 pm

.629 OPS...er, at least it was. Fucking amazing.

68 Ara Just Fair   ~  Jun 30, 2013 10:03 pm

Machado is going to kill the Yankees for many years to come.

69 cult of basebaal   ~  Jun 30, 2013 10:04 pm

[67] Frenchy Francouer, come on down!

70 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Jun 30, 2013 10:09 pm

[69] Hahahahah! Perfect.
And with that I'm out, time to spend the afternoon doing some record-hunting!

71 monkeypants   ~  Jun 30, 2013 10:10 pm

[69] That would be perfect. I mean, it would keep with the organization's strategic approach for the season AND he would represent something of a youth movement!

72 monkeypants   ~  Jun 30, 2013 10:14 pm

Meanwhile Showalter takes out the guy throwing 98 MPH--the O's EIGHTH INNING GUY---so he can go to his Closer with a 4.00+ ERA in the Save Situation™.


73 cult of basebaal   ~  Jun 30, 2013 10:16 pm

3 man bench. Unbefuckinglievable.

74 cult of basebaal   ~  Jun 30, 2013 10:20 pm

Alright kid, time for a mo-damned hit!

75 Ara Just Fair   ~  Jun 30, 2013 10:20 pm

Stewart got banged up tonight. Yikes.

76 monkeypants   ~  Jun 30, 2013 10:22 pm

[73] I almost commented on the same thing, because that's another one of my pet peeves---especially when the Yankees do it, which seems to happen every year when they just can't bother to figure ut who to call up, so they just bring up a pitcher. But then I thought about it more. This is the same organization that felt it had no one better than Vernon Wells and his obscene contract to fill in when Grandy got hurt. So, if Wells is your (perceived) best option, why bother having anyone else on the bench. Shit, they should just drop everyone except the BUC and go with a fifteen man staff.

77 Ara Just Fair   ~  Jun 30, 2013 10:22 pm

Fucking Bollocks.

78 monkeypants   ~  Jun 30, 2013 10:23 pm

OK, the Yankees lost. Again. But.

I got to see Vernon Wells bat. I got to hear a soccer chant during a baseball game. And I got to see plenty of footage of Buck Showalter's sour visage.

79 cult of basebaal   ~  Jun 30, 2013 10:24 pm

Well, at least at this rate, we'll be in range of a protected pick in next year's draft in no time!

80 BobbyB   ~  Jul 1, 2013 9:14 am

I'm through. No more checking scores for me. Tickets for the last home-stand to see Mo. In the meantime, I'll let you know whats happening in Soccer.

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