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Which Way is Up?


The Astros? Remember them pains in the ass?

Time for some payback, boys.

Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Carlos Beltran DH
Martin Prado 2B
Brian McCann C
Chase Headley 3B
Ichiro Suzuki RF

Whadda ya say, fellers?

Let’s Go Yank-ees!

[Picture by Bags]

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1 rbj   ~  Aug 19, 2014 6:12 pm


2 rbj   ~  Aug 19, 2014 6:13 pm

Much better.

3 cult of basebaal   ~  Aug 19, 2014 6:14 pm

McCan't ... McCan!!!

4 cult of basebaal   ~  Aug 19, 2014 6:42 pm

How about we SCORE SOME RUNS?!?!?!?

5 coleman42   ~  Aug 19, 2014 6:49 pm

I'm watching tonight's Channel 9 feed on Channel 26 in Oneonta NY (Pettitte and Posada played MiL ball here). My 12-yr old grandson is playing in a baseball tournament at "Cooperstown All Star Village," located outside Oneonta. This is week 11 for the facility, and 41 teams are competing, from NY, NJ, MA, VA, MI and CA. Each team plays 6 games in a 3-day period, with playoffs the next 2 days. His team finished 4-2, though he fractured his fibula hustling out a roller to first at beginning of game 2. Another facility closer to Cooperstown has 30 fields and hosts 104 teams each week!

6 RIYank   ~  Aug 19, 2014 6:57 pm

[5] Well, those are the kinds of injuries you have to expect when you field an older team. If his team were stocked with more eleven-year-olds, they'd be healthier.

Seriously, sorry about the fracture. Our family got a Frequent Fracture card at the local orthopedist -- every twelfth x-ray on the house.

7 coleman42   ~  Aug 19, 2014 7:02 pm

[5] His injury mimicked the Manny Machado play at first last year against Yanks, where he tripped leaping for the base. Interestingly, one of my grandson's teammates is named Machado!

8 rbj   ~  Aug 19, 2014 7:28 pm

So who's responsible for singing lullabies to the bats?

9 coleman42   ~  Aug 19, 2014 7:28 pm

He cann!

10 rbj   ~  Aug 19, 2014 7:28 pm

Well one just woke up!

11 RIYank   ~  Aug 19, 2014 7:37 pm

Wouldn't lullabies to bats have to be sung at dawn?

12 rbj   ~  Aug 19, 2014 7:44 pm

[11] Um . . . You're making my head hurt.

13 rbj   ~  Aug 19, 2014 7:45 pm


14 cult of basebaal   ~  Aug 19, 2014 7:53 pm

Should would be happier with more than 2 runs scored ...

15 rbj   ~  Aug 19, 2014 7:54 pm

Ruh roh.

16 RIYank   ~  Aug 19, 2014 7:54 pm

Here's something I found interesting (heard on sports talk radio driving home).

About a decade ago the baseball punditry started extolling the virtues of the Red Sox front office, especially lauding their farm system and drafting strategy and development. So, who is the last position player Boston drafted who's had any real MLB success?

We watch him almost every day. It's Ellsbury. They haven't nailed a single position player since they drafted Ellsbury. And the only one they've drafted in the past decade who's a successful player and still on the team, is Pedroia.

(I think this was a slight exaggeration by the radio host, actually -- I'd call Josh Reddick a successful player, though just a league-average outfielder. Oakland got Reddick in exchange for Andrew Bailey and Ryan Sweeney, so not exactly a huge success for Theo Epstein there.)

17 Mattpat11   ~  Aug 19, 2014 7:55 pm

I don't know if Gardner and Ellsbury forgot who was running, but there was zero urgency from either one of them there.

18 cult of basebaal   ~  Aug 19, 2014 7:55 pm


That was trouble off the bat and a dangerous one once Capuano reacted ...

19 cult of basebaal   ~  Aug 19, 2014 8:01 pm

Capuano looks Pettite-ish, for a number of reasons ...

20 cult of basebaal   ~  Aug 19, 2014 8:04 pm


Warren doesn't fill me with confidence, but Capuano almost certainly had to come out ...

21 cult of basebaal   ~  Aug 19, 2014 8:12 pm

Uh, yeah.

Warren has turned to suck.


22 mhoward120   ~  Aug 19, 2014 8:13 pm

So Michael Kaye raves about the pitching job of Capuano - and then the game turns to shit. Sort of like Jody Applegate's life the night before her wedding.

23 cult of basebaal   ~  Aug 19, 2014 8:13 pm

Well, that's that ...

24 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Aug 19, 2014 8:15 pm

You know what?

Call me crazy (and this is funny given [22], but it's an independent thought) but is it just me or has Kay mellowed somehow? Something about his demeanor or something suddenly strikes me as far less aggravating than I used to find it.

Has he matured or something? Or am I just crazy?

25 Mattpat11   ~  Aug 19, 2014 8:15 pm

Sometimes bad teams get beat by the Marwin Gonzalez' of the world

26 rbj   ~  Aug 19, 2014 8:19 pm

[24] dunno! but when I'm forced to listen to most other broadcaster the Yankees don't seem so bad. Reds guys are boring.

27 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Aug 19, 2014 8:19 pm

Upon further reflection, I wonder if he's actually talking less, letting the silences be, letting the game breathe a bit more than he used to.

28 RIYank   ~  Aug 19, 2014 8:19 pm

[24] You mean day in, day out?
I find that some days he is less annoying. It seems to have a lot to do with who else is in the booth and how they're interacting. His most annoying days are with O'Neill, but sometimes Paul is in a better mood and it goes fine. When it's just Michael and Flash, that's generally the worst because, how shall I put this... there just isn't enough personality plus brain power in the booth to generate any light.

29 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Aug 19, 2014 8:20 pm

[26] Yeah, I've heard that a lot.

30 coleman42   ~  Aug 19, 2014 8:20 pm

Beltran is so overdue. Clutch hit please?

31 RIYank   ~  Aug 19, 2014 8:21 pm

[26] That's interesting. I generally like local broadcasters when I'm traveling. I don't think I've ever heard the Reds, and obviously the White Sox guys are unbearable, but generally I enjoy them.
What I find incredible is how much better local crews are, on the whole, than any national baseball broadcast team I've heard in many years.

32 cult of basebaal   ~  Aug 19, 2014 8:22 pm

Good for Carlos.

33 coleman42   ~  Aug 19, 2014 8:22 pm

A walk is not as good as a hit

34 mhoward120   ~  Aug 19, 2014 8:23 pm

If someone nominated John Sterling for the Ice Bucket Challenge, would it count if he just emptied his drink on his head during one of the middle innings?

35 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Aug 19, 2014 8:26 pm

[28] Laughing

Maybe that's what I'm responding to, the relative dullness of Kay and Flash.

I like dull when the alternative is insufferable.

36 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Aug 19, 2014 8:26 pm

Lucky bounce!

37 coleman42   ~  Aug 19, 2014 8:26 pm


38 RIYank   ~  Aug 19, 2014 8:27 pm

[33] Turns out it was.

39 cult of basebaal   ~  Aug 19, 2014 8:27 pm

Putting the DO in Prado!

40 mhoward120   ~  Aug 19, 2014 8:27 pm

Martin's museum in Madrid is my fav

41 rbj   ~  Aug 19, 2014 8:28 pm

[31] They are better. Watching a team over the years gives some better insight and can relate humanizing elements to a player, but even the Tigers guys overly boost a league average player for their team.

Of course league average at the ML level is pretty damn fine.

Woo Hoo!

42 RIYank   ~  Aug 19, 2014 8:34 pm

[41] Oh, sure, there's the homerism. That honestly doesn't bother me. It doesn't even bother me when I watch Red Sox games.

43 coleman42   ~  Aug 19, 2014 8:36 pm

Sipp's motion makes it look like he's throwing 99 when it's really 92. Is that deception?

44 rbj   ~  Aug 19, 2014 8:37 pm

Jeezus blue, that was in New Jersey.

45 rbj   ~  Aug 19, 2014 8:50 pm

I don't mind some homer ism, you should hope the local team wins. But call out your guy for not doing his job. Remy does that, and I have fond memories of Scooter taking a Yankee to task for a poor bunt attempt.

46 rbj   ~  Aug 19, 2014 8:52 pm

O.K., orientation starts tomorrow, night all.

47 coleman42   ~  Aug 19, 2014 8:55 pm

Perfect time for a rare Jeter HR

48 coleman42   ~  Aug 19, 2014 8:55 pm

Or not

49 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Aug 19, 2014 9:03 pm

(I'm from Yonkers.)

50 coleman42   ~  Aug 19, 2014 9:04 pm

When Dellin comes in, maybe the opponent should just say "We'll pass on this inning."

51 RIYank   ~  Aug 19, 2014 9:04 pm


Betances is arguably the best reason to watch a Yankee game now.

52 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Aug 19, 2014 9:05 pm

[51] Yes.

53 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Aug 19, 2014 9:09 pm

That Johnny Damon sure could steal a base.

54 RIYank   ~  Aug 19, 2014 9:10 pm

Following up on [16]:
The Red Sox, famously, now employ Bill James to do projections (and other analysis but they won't say what). James projected that Will Middlebrooks would hit 30 homers this year; he has two so far (but there's still plenty of time left!). He estimated 19 homers for Xander Boegarts and 17 for Jackie Bradley Jr.

Sabermetrics still has a ways to go.

55 RIYank   ~  Aug 19, 2014 9:11 pm

Now get him in, Mark, just do it.

56 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Aug 19, 2014 9:11 pm

Well that was a propitious turn of events.

57 RIYank   ~  Aug 19, 2014 9:12 pm

Or, uh, Carlos, since that was strike three he stole on.

58 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Aug 19, 2014 9:12 pm


59 RIYank   ~  Aug 19, 2014 9:12 pm


60 RIYank   ~  Aug 19, 2014 9:14 pm

Oh, so if only the throw to second on the steal hadn't gone into CF, we'd have a run on that single!

Can't predict baseball.

61 RIYank   ~  Aug 19, 2014 9:16 pm

Damn. Tagged it, too.

Now I think we'll lose. Although, Dellin and D-Rob, we might have a couple innings to score. So I'll be optimistic.

62 coleman42   ~  Aug 19, 2014 9:17 pm

[54] Interesting. How do you know that?

63 Mattpat11   ~  Aug 19, 2014 9:18 pm

This ma be a stupid question, but why was Ellsbury running on contact there?

64 Mattpat11   ~  Aug 19, 2014 9:19 pm

Wow, Kay agrees with me.

The explanation is stupid, btw.

65 RIYank   ~  Aug 19, 2014 9:19 pm

[62] Heard it on sportstalk radio. I don't know where they got the info, though -- I assume they have a Red Sox insider.

66 RIYank   ~  Aug 19, 2014 9:21 pm

[64] Why? It makes sense to me. Not that Flash is the most cogent explainer, but the point is that you do take a risk but you also increase of scoring on a grounder.

67 coleman42   ~  Aug 19, 2014 9:26 pm

What's with all the Flash-bashing tonight? Not only is he not dumb, but he's a superior analyzer.

68 Mattpat11   ~  Aug 19, 2014 9:28 pm

I'd much rather have the runner on third with two outs than the runner on first with two outs because we banked on someone throwing the ball away.

Although I suppose the Yankees are bad enough that "maybe he'll throw it away" is the only way he could have scored.

69 BobbyB   ~  Aug 19, 2014 9:28 pm

We simply cannot lose to Houston. Ugh.

70 RIYank   ~  Aug 19, 2014 9:28 pm

[67] Yeah, no. Not superior. Not awful, but it wasn't a very good explanation.

Mean while, wtf happened to the damn strike zone??

71 Mattpat11   ~  Aug 19, 2014 9:29 pm

There's never a good reason to get Rich Hill up

72 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Aug 19, 2014 9:29 pm



73 RIYank   ~  Aug 19, 2014 9:29 pm


Well, Dave didn't have great control, but the strike zone didn't help.

74 coleman42   ~  Aug 19, 2014 9:31 pm

Not a bad night. 4 strikeouts and 1 HR

75 Mattpat11   ~  Aug 19, 2014 9:31 pm

[73]This isn't the umpire's fault. He looks awful.

76 BobbyB   ~  Aug 19, 2014 9:31 pm


77 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Aug 19, 2014 9:33 pm

[54] Bill James...ugh...I know he's the GodFather and all but seems like a truly unpleasant man, and his writing skill is over-rated..

But I'm down with a cold and grumpy, what do I know..grumble grumble..

Announcers: Would Pa Sterling and Hawk Harrelson be the worst possible combination?

78 RIYank   ~  Aug 19, 2014 9:34 pm

[68] Uh, yeah, obviously everyone would rather have two out and a man on third than two out and a man on first. That wasn't in question.

The point is that on a large percentage of grounders, Ellsbury can score if he goes on contact. If he waits to see if it's going to be fielded easily he'll be able to score on fewer of those. So that's the plus side of running, while on the minus side there's the risk of losing the lead runner.
I have no idea, myself, how the numbers work out, but apparently Girardi thinks it's worth the risk.

79 kenboyer made me cry   ~  Aug 19, 2014 9:34 pm

Tragedy, when the feeling's gone and you can't go on, it's tragedy.

80 RIYank   ~  Aug 19, 2014 9:40 pm

I wonder how much it's going to take to land Rusney Castillo. I'm assuming the current success of Puig, Cespedes, and Abreu will build his value.

81 kenboyer made me cry   ~  Aug 19, 2014 9:46 pm

Except for some obvious wishin' and hopin' moves that have backfired, Girardi has done a great job keeping the Yankees viable this deep into the season.

But I have a feeling he's not coming back next year, as management wants the perception that things will be blown up after Jeter's retirement. We'll see...

82 RIYank   ~  Aug 19, 2014 9:48 pm

[81] Interesting. I've heard no inkling of that.

He's doing well, as you say, and it's such a crap shoot to hire a new manager. Could be fine, could be a disaster.

83 RIYank   ~  Aug 19, 2014 9:49 pm

Well, buenas noches.

84 kenboyer made me cry   ~  Aug 19, 2014 9:52 pm

I hate when other teams beat the Yankees with clutch hitting. Remember that?

Yanks should have won this one.

85 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Aug 19, 2014 10:59 pm

[84] Bobby V is still available!

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