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1 rbj   ~  Jul 16, 2013 7:20 pm

First pitch double!

2 Ara Just Fair   ~  Jul 16, 2013 7:21 pm

Harvey you shit! WTF!

3 Ara Just Fair   ~  Jul 16, 2013 7:22 pm

Cano is done for the night at best. Christ.

4 Ara Just Fair   ~  Jul 16, 2013 7:26 pm

Man that FUCKING SUCKS!!!!!

5 rbj   ~  Jul 16, 2013 7:37 pm

Matt deserves his lack of run support.

6 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Jul 16, 2013 7:41 pm

Oh no...what happened? Tell me Cano didn't get hit on the hands..

7 RIYank   ~  Jul 16, 2013 7:41 pm

Well THAT CERTAINLY WAS AWESOME!

FUckettyfuckfuck.

8 RIYank   ~  Jul 16, 2013 7:44 pm

[7] Oh, no, don't worry. Not the hands.

Knee.

9 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Jul 16, 2013 7:46 pm

[9] Kneecap?? Harvey throws heat..ouch!

10 RIYank   ~  Jul 16, 2013 7:58 pm

[10] Maybe. Hard to say. Hit him near the top, on the side of the right knee. Maybe over the kneecap.
He stayed in the game for a few pitches (on first base) but then left.

11 Ara Just Fair   ~  Jul 16, 2013 8:00 pm

[10] It did not sound good. At all. Dug out reporter just said he should be okay. X-rays negative. The least Harvey could have done is plunk Ortiz or little pony for fuck's sake.

12 RIYank   ~  Jul 16, 2013 8:01 pm

Oh, look, Dusty left it all on the field. Yuck.

13 RIYank   ~  Jul 16, 2013 8:09 pm

Thank god.

Why did Ken Rosenthal turn his microphone down to 2? As if Rob wasn't hard enough to hear normally.

14 rbj   ~  Jul 16, 2013 8:09 pm

Right quad bruise. Robbie says he'll be back for Friday. We'll see.

15 Dimelo   ~  Jul 16, 2013 8:14 pm

Matt said he felt awful about hitting Cano. You have to trust him, right?

16 Alex Belth   ~  Jul 16, 2013 8:19 pm

15) Yeah, he didn't do it on purpose.

17 rbj   ~  Jul 16, 2013 8:19 pm

Hey, one of them runamajiggies!

18 RIYank   ~  Jul 16, 2013 8:20 pm

Does he rank 1st all time in GIDP too?

19 Ara Just Fair   ~  Jul 16, 2013 8:22 pm

[18] Best. DH. Evah!

20 RIYank   ~  Jul 16, 2013 8:30 pm

I wonder if we could trade A-Rod straight up for Cabrera.

21 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Jul 16, 2013 8:33 pm

[19] Papi the Big Cuddly Peddy-Bear that everyone loves, with those cute bat flips and cheeky showing-up-the-pitchers homerun struts. Not like that terrible A-Rod, lollygagging and juicing while collecting his paycheck!

22 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Jul 16, 2013 8:33 pm

[20] Melky would love to come back to NYC, I'm sure.

23 Alex Belth   ~  Jul 16, 2013 8:37 pm

21) I talked to a baseball insider today who said that Rodriguez is in fact trying to negotiate some sort of semi-graceful exit from the game. Sounds as if MLB has the goods on him.

24 rbj   ~  Jul 16, 2013 8:38 pm

Man, those are orange shoes.

25 RIYank   ~  Jul 16, 2013 8:39 pm

The Red Sox have come to the plate three times tonight and made four outs.

26 RIYank   ~  Jul 16, 2013 8:39 pm

[23] Wow!!!!!

27 rbj   ~  Jul 16, 2013 8:41 pm

Commenting on the orangeness of shoes causes comment moderation?

28 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Jul 16, 2013 8:41 pm

[23] Scoop Belth! Man...you think Yanks would offer him something like $75million to walk away? Wow...

29 RIYank   ~  Jul 16, 2013 8:42 pm

Phillips is really good. But McCarver is such a douchebag.

30 Ara Just Fair   ~  Jul 16, 2013 8:44 pm

That is some wild news on Alex. E%%# reported earlier players would not be banned until 2014 fwiw.

31 Alex Belth   ~  Jul 16, 2013 8:52 pm

27) Dunno. But I think Bonds, Clemens, Alex, no matter what you think of the ethics of PEDS, some of the greatest players of their time will go down as cautionary tales because their ego, greed, and insecurity led them to aggressively break the rules. It's sad with Alex. Always enjoyed rooting for him. I just watch his story now and shake my head and wish that Richard Ben Cramer had had the chance to really write the behind the scenes story.

32 rbj   ~  Jul 16, 2013 8:56 pm

Hey, Jason Grilli! Helped lead the Mud Hens to the 2005 IL championship.

33 rbj   ~  Jul 16, 2013 9:08 pm

If we discount the PED era, what about the greenies era. Way to slag off sluggishness for a day game after a night game and build numbers with a puppy upper.

Then there's the segregation era. I don't believe Babe was particularly racist, but Ty and Rogers were, all helped because they faced inferior pitchers based upon skin color. Something to ponder.

Oh, and sh0es

34 Ara Just Fair   ~  Jul 16, 2013 9:09 pm

I was reading about Pittsburgh's Gerrit Cole this week. I had forgotten he was the one the Yankees drafted but went to UCLA instead. Dammit.

35 kenboyer made me cry   ~  Jul 16, 2013 9:10 pm

[30} Unless MLB has actual criminal information, how can they force Arod to retire? He never was positive in a test when it mattered, the labor agreement states a 50 game suspension for the first offense. Seems like the Yankees will be holding the bag on this one.

36 kenboyer made me cry   ~  Jul 16, 2013 9:21 pm

Weird mix for GBA, at least on TV; you can barely hear Marc Anthony over the track.

37 RIYank   ~  Jul 16, 2013 9:25 pm

I wonder if we could trade A-Rod straight up for Machado.

38 Ara Just Fair   ~  Jul 16, 2013 9:25 pm

There's that Machado kid again. That boy good.

39 rbj   ~  Jul 16, 2013 9:27 pm

[37] You'd have to get Angelos extremely drunk. Frankly, my liver isn't up to it anymore.

40 RIYank   ~  Jul 16, 2013 9:27 pm

The Chevy commercials are unbearable.

41 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Jul 16, 2013 9:28 pm

[36] He'd certainly add some toughness: http://www.jeanjacquesmachado.com/

42 kenboyer made me cry   ~  Jul 16, 2013 9:38 pm

One more run for Mo please.

43 rbj   ~  Jul 16, 2013 9:41 pm

Pity David Robertson wasn't selected.

44 RIYank   ~  Jul 16, 2013 9:43 pm

[42] Indeed. But Joe Nathan can chuck it.

45 rbj   ~  Jul 16, 2013 9:44 pm

Why use Mo in the eighth?

46 Jon DeRosa   ~  Jul 16, 2013 9:46 pm

If they fuck this up and don't let him close the game properly I'm going to be steamed.

47 RIYank   ~  Jul 16, 2013 9:46 pm

Oh, lord. Really? Neil Diamond, really? Is it a tribute to dead Bostonians or what?

48 RIYank   ~  Jul 16, 2013 9:47 pm

[44] Leyland said if the lead wasn't big enough, Mo would pitch the eighth. Because if he had someone else pitch it and he blew it, there might not be a bottom of the ninth.

49 rbj   ~  Jul 16, 2013 9:48 pm

[46] Torches and pitchforks. Leyland lives just across the river from me.

50 Ara Just Fair   ~  Jul 16, 2013 9:49 pm

This is terrible.

51 newbs   ~  Jul 16, 2013 9:49 pm

Mo should not be starting games, or pitching the 8th inning. He's the closer and should have the opportunity to be on he mound for the final out.

52 rbj   ~  Jul 16, 2013 9:51 pm

Does give someone else time to get warmed up in the pen. Otherwise . . .

53 Jon DeRosa   ~  Jul 16, 2013 9:51 pm

unbelievable

54 rbj   ~  Jul 16, 2013 9:51 pm

Motherfucker! No!

55 RIYank   ~  Jul 16, 2013 9:51 pm

[50] Even if it means there's a chance he wouldn't pitch at all?

Huh, Metallica following Neil Diamond. That's something you don't hear every day.

56 Ara Just Fair   ~  Jul 16, 2013 9:51 pm

Whoo-hoo. Go Mo! 1,2,3, baby!

57 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Jul 16, 2013 9:52 pm

Mariano is pitching the 8th? Wthat the hell?
[46] Glad am not watching. Neil Diamond IS a good Brooklyn Boy though.

58 rbj   ~  Jul 16, 2013 9:52 pm

Hope he pitches two.

59 Jon DeRosa   ~  Jul 16, 2013 9:53 pm

First of all, the 2 run lead was big enough. Second of all, the 3 run lead was plenty big enough. And third of all, if they saved him for the 9th and someone else got in trouble, they could use him to bail out the guy in the 8th and actually, you know, save the game.

60 RIYank   ~  Jul 16, 2013 9:53 pm

Uh.
Does everyone understand Leyland's point, though? It makes sense. I guess three runs is pretty safe for Joe Nathan, but Leyland does have a point.

61 Jon DeRosa   ~  Jul 16, 2013 9:54 pm

And 4th of fucking all, it's been 10 goddamn minutes since Kipnis hit the double! They could have easily got Nathan loose twice by now.

62 Dimelo   ~  Jul 16, 2013 9:55 pm

What a touching ovation for Mo!

63 RIYank   ~  Jul 16, 2013 9:55 pm

[60] I think once Mo warmed up, Leyland didn't want to sit him back down and then get him up again 15 minutes later.

64 RIYank   ~  Jul 16, 2013 9:56 pm

[60] (Good use of infix 'fucking' though.)

65 newbs   ~  Jul 16, 2013 9:57 pm

[54] Yes, bringing him in now just feels wrong. Just like I wouldn't want Girardi bringing him in early say in a possibly series ending game in the playoffs (unless it was really the right thing to do).

As a Yankee fan and knowing we need him for the rest of the season, but how cool would it be to see him get one of his patented 2 inning saves here...

66 kenboyer made me cry   ~  Jul 16, 2013 9:57 pm

Maybe Mo will get to pitch two innings?

67 Ara Just Fair   ~  Jul 16, 2013 9:59 pm

Loud out. 2 down.

68 Ara Just Fair   ~  Jul 16, 2013 10:01 pm

[59] Makes sense to me. Better to see him instead of having the NL score 4 in the bottom half. Big whoop. Atta boy, Mo!

69 RIYank   ~  Jul 16, 2013 10:02 pm

Thanks be to Mo. Even though it doesn't feel right.

70 rbj   ~  Jul 16, 2013 10:04 pm

[65] If, by some miracle, teh Yankees fet to the WC game and are down 10-1, Mo pitches the ninth. No matter what, he closes the season.

71 RIYank   ~  Jul 16, 2013 10:07 pm

Oh, man. A Prince triple.
Wow.

72 rbj   ~  Jul 16, 2013 10:07 pm

Sad the split between Cecil & Prince. Wait, a triple?

73 RIYank   ~  Jul 16, 2013 10:10 pm

What, there's nobody on the bench to pinch run for Fielder?

74 Jon DeRosa   ~  Jul 16, 2013 10:14 pm

Now that a scoreless inning is in the books, I'm less pissed. But this was a stupid train thought for the following reasons:

1) Mariano closing a close all star game in his final year would have been the ultimate pay off for this thing. We were robbed of that by a thought process that would never have allowed him to close a close game.

2) The lead of 2-0 gave Leyland the perfect opportunity to use Nathan in the 8th and Mariano in the 9th. Why? Because a 2-0 require 3 runs to score to raise the possibility of Mariano not appearing in the game. If Nathan starts the 8th, Mariano is not in danger of missing out until 2 men reach base. If, at that point with the go-ahead run at bat in the 8th, he wanted to get Mariano in the game, we'd all be fine, since the game would be on the line and there would be risk that he might not get a chance to pitch if Nathan coughed up a 3 run job.

3) If he had to bring in RIvera in the 8th in a bail-out situation, or if Nathan blew the lead and made it 2-2, Rivera still appears, which is all Leyland was trying to ensure by starting the 8th of a 3-0 game. Leyland got nothing out that move that he couldn't have had by saving Rivera for trouble in the 8th or the actual 9th.

75 RIYank   ~  Jul 16, 2013 10:20 pm

[73] Well, that last sentence is not quite true. He got (i) a Save situation, and (ii) Rivera pitching his own inning. Appearing in a tie game or coming into the middle of the inning is not as good, style-wise.
I dunno. It's a trade-off. Obviously the idea result is that he closes, and the worst situation is that he fails to appear. Which way to go depends on how you way the various in-between scenarios.

76 rbj   ~  Jul 16, 2013 10:22 pm

Hmph. Mo would have another broken bat.

77 Dimelo   ~  Jul 16, 2013 10:22 pm

[74] Is it weird that I hope Nathan blows this thing? I just love chaos. I want to see Leyland's old smoking ass get a ton of heat for the decision.

78 RIYank   ~  Jul 16, 2013 10:24 pm

[76] Yeah, it's a little weird.

You know Girardi is watching and muttering, "Gotta go with a lefty here, better get a lefty warming up..."

79 RIYank   ~  Jul 16, 2013 10:25 pm

And that'll do it.
Way to go, Joe.

80 Dimelo   ~  Jul 16, 2013 10:26 pm

[77] Weird 0, Normal 1. Game over!

81 rbj   ~  Jul 16, 2013 10:26 pm

Good night all. Mo for MVP!

82 kenboyer made me cry   ~  Jul 16, 2013 10:32 pm

MoVP!

83 Jon DeRosa   ~  Jul 16, 2013 10:34 pm

[74] On a "style scale" of "Farnsworth" to "Mo", where Mo is saving a 1 run game with 3 broken bats, Mariano starting the 8th of a 3-0 game was somewhere around a "Rocker", while saving Nathan's bacon in the 8th would have been a "Hoffman" and pitching in a tie game in the 9th or in extras would be a "Sutter".

84 kenboyer made me cry   ~  Jul 16, 2013 10:37 pm

You know Mo is thoughtful and bright, but his speeches are limited by his English. I hope he has some help for his final words.

85 RIYank   ~  Jul 16, 2013 10:40 pm

[82] De gustibus non fucking disputandum.

86 Jon DeRosa   ~  Jul 16, 2013 10:47 pm

[84] And even Farnsworth had his moments.

87 Bronx Boy in NC   ~  Jul 16, 2013 11:10 pm

There is no bigger Mo acolyte than I, but can we all agree that was basically the Irving Thalberg MVP Award?

88 thelarmis   ~  Jul 16, 2013 11:57 pm

Mo should've pitched the 9th...

89 BobbyB   ~  Jul 17, 2013 8:38 am

So if we miraculously win the AL, we're the home team.

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