"A New York Treasure" --Village Voice

A Spring Like No Other

I have to say, I can’t remember being so unexcited about an Opening Day. It’s weird. I look forward to the rhythm that Yankee baseball will bring to my life, of listening to the game in the car on the way home from school, turning on YES when I get home to watch while putting together dinner, popping over to this site to mingle with the Banterites.

None of that has changed. I imagine I’ll still consume 125 games this season, my son and I will go to at least one of the games in Anaheim, and we might even motivate to travel a bit farther away to see the Bombers play in person in some other stadium.

But all of that is because that’s the way it’s always been. My attachment to the Yankees right now is more like an attachment to a limb. If they’ve always been a part of my life, if they’ve been the one constant of the past 45 years — and I don’t mean that in a romantic James Earl Jones kind of way, but as a simple fact — how can I not want to do all those things?

Part of this is because I’ve gotten older. I knew when Derek Jeter retired that I would never have another favorite player, just because it made no sense. I’ve got stacks of Jeter baseball cards and a jersey hanging in my closet. Remember the GQ cover with Jeter, A-Rod, and Nomar? It’s in a box in the garage.

I’ve written here before about my affinity to the former Captain, and it would make sense if I were to transfer some of those same feelings to Aaron Judge, presumably the next captain of my favorite team, but there’s something missing. Not with Judge, but with me.

It’s likely that there are fewer baseball seasons in my future than in my past, but that realization hasn’t made me look at this year or the next or the one after that as any more precious. Instead, it’s just another campaign in a series of seasons that have begun to spin past with a disturbing quickness. When I was a boy there was no longer stretch of time than the months that separated the last Yankee game in October from the first one in April, but as I write this on the eve of Opening Day it seems like only a few weeks ago that the Yankees were eliminated in a dismal Wild Card loss to the Red Sox, of all teams.

And I’ve fallen victim to the worst symptom of growing up — I firmly believe that I’ll never again know the thrill of waiting for that pop-up to settle into Charlie Hayes’s glove back in 1996. I won’t ever feel so brashly confident as when I was walking out through the Anaheim Stadium concourse in the summer of 1998, chanting “Let’s!-Go!-Yan!-kees!” along with thousands of other West Coast Yankee fans — after a loss. I’ve been watching this team long enough that my heroes have become myths and their exploits have become legend. Nothing that happens in 2022 will match anything that’s come before, that’s what my heart tells me.

Intellectually I know that I’m no different than the cranky guys at the bar who once complained that Reggie and Munson were no match for Mantle and Maris, or the crankier guys who once preferred Gehrig and Ruth over the M&M Boys. Intellectually I know that Judge and Stanton might put a hundred balls over the fence this year, but will that thrill me like Guidry did in ’78? Like Jeter did when he put #3,000 into the seats? Like Mo did for nineteen years?

But they aren’t wrong when they talk about the possibilities that loom large on Opening Day. If fans in Detroit or Pittsburgh or Kansas City can feel optimistic about their teams, certainly I can muster some positive thoughts for my Yankees. I can look past deficiencies behind the plate and age almost everywhere you look. I can be thankful that I don’t have to root for Carlos Correa. I can dream about the glorious possibility of Jasson Dominguez, the same as I once did about Ruben Rivera. (In the dream, it turns out different this time.)

So while I might not be as excited about this Opening Day as I was five or ten years ago, I’ll still be watching. The line drives will be crisp, the curveballs will snap. A new Yankee will show up wearing an old number that Graeme Lloyd or Mel Hall or Luís Sojo used to wear, and I’ll make a mental note, but I’ll stay in the moment. Because that’s what I’ve always done. That’s what I’ll always do.

Categories:  1: Featured  Hank Waddles

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1 Boatzilla   ~  Apr 8, 2022 12:06 pm

[0] Great post, Hank. Thanks for sharing.

Let's go YAN-kees!

2 rbj   ~  Apr 8, 2022 12:13 pm

Yay, baseball. Not as excited this year, the terrorists are wearing me down.

3 Boatzilla   ~  Apr 8, 2022 12:17 pm

Sheesh. This is not good.
It's past 2 AM here. I wanted to see the Yankees bat. Not sure how much of this I can take.

4 Boatzilla   ~  Apr 8, 2022 12:29 pm

Way to work the count, Josh.

5 Boatzilla   ~  Apr 8, 2022 12:32 pm

Boom! Well, that didn't take long. Rizzolated.

6 Shaun P.   ~  Apr 8, 2022 12:34 pm

Well, things are looking up a bit!

[0] I hear you, Hank. I too am feeling similarly, it's such a different experience and the difference is me. Very nicely written!

7 rbj   ~  Apr 8, 2022 1:25 pm

Yup, had to walk the terrorists before the rain. Couple of other people had the same idea. So I got my workout in.

And MLB.tv says the YES broadcast is blacked out. I guess because it’s a national broadcast.

8 jaynek   ~  Apr 8, 2022 2:01 pm

[7] isn't here in PA. Watching YES via mlb.tv

9 Hank Waddles   ~  Apr 8, 2022 3:09 pm

Just saw the highlight of the LeMahieu home run. Did he look odd to anyone else as he circled the bases? Like his left arm was dangling at his side a bit?

10 OldYanksFan   ~  Apr 8, 2022 3:39 pm

Stanton looks like he is miles away from that outside pitch...

11 Ara Just Fair   ~  Apr 8, 2022 3:40 pm

In for extras. It did look like DJ was favoring that wing a bit.

12 Hank Waddles   ~  Apr 8, 2022 3:51 pm


13 rbj   ~  Apr 8, 2022 4:07 pm

So everybody plays today.

14 rbj   ~  Apr 8, 2022 4:09 pm

Falafel scores!

15 Ara Just Fair   ~  Apr 8, 2022 4:09 pm

Whoo-hoo! Go Yankees!

16 rbj   ~  Apr 8, 2022 4:09 pm

Tomorrow is FS1, Sunday is ESPN. Ugh.

17 RIYank   ~  Apr 8, 2022 4:09 pm

Good to see you back, RBJ.

18 Hank Waddles   ~  Apr 8, 2022 4:10 pm

Never a bad thing to start the season with a win!

19 RIYank   ~  Apr 8, 2022 4:10 pm

I don't mind NESN at all. Waaaaaaaaaaay better than national network crews, imo.

20 Alex Belth   ~  Apr 8, 2022 4:34 pm


21 Shaun P.   ~  Apr 8, 2022 7:50 pm

[19] Hey, RI! I don't mind NESN either - though #RIPRemDog - but I cut the cord so I couldn't watch that way today. Still wondering what will happen for the Amazon Prime games for us out of market folks...

22 GaryfromChevyChase   ~  Apr 9, 2022 1:14 pm

Happy to see baseball back, and happy to win on opening day. It's funny to see a full house. I went to every opening day from 1959-1967, and never bought a ticket in advance.

Hank, great write up. I'm a Yankee fan since my mom was pregnant with me (she used to sit in the bleachers with me absorbing the noise). I learned to read pre-K so I could follow the Yanks, and my Dad taught me how to use a slide rule so I could figure out ERA's and batting avg. I'll catch the Yanks a couple of times in Baltimore, and maybe here in DC too. Contrary to some of you, I've always had heroes on the Yanks, from Mickey and Yogi, to Thurmond and Reggie, on to Jeter and the core-4. I'm looking up to Judge right now, and I hope Cashman doesn't let him walk!

23 rbj   ~  Apr 9, 2022 3:48 pm

Oh good the bad base running is back

24 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Apr 9, 2022 3:52 pm

Thanks, Hank. I've been struggling with much the same feelings myself.

Greetings, Team!

25 Ara Just Fair   ~  Apr 9, 2022 4:30 pm

Rizzo ties it up! Fans are having a grand time.

26 rbj   ~  Apr 9, 2022 5:14 pm


27 rbj   ~  Apr 9, 2022 6:06 pm

Phew, a little more interesting 9th than I’d have liked.

28 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Apr 9, 2022 6:07 pm

Nice game.
And glad the kid recovered to make that final assist.

29 RIYank   ~  Apr 9, 2022 6:43 pm

Missed the game (I had weekend business, ugh).
But damn, Stanton is absolutely killing the ball. And is there any chance (any chance at all???) that Rizzo can have a season hinted at by his first two games?

30 knuckles   ~  Apr 9, 2022 8:26 pm

Caught parts of the first couple games. We need at least two guys hot at any time to compete this year to balance whoever is ice cold. Read: Hicks, Stanton, and Gallo all with three or more Ks yesterday.

And Hank, you and I are on the same page and probably within a year age wise. I just don’t have the energy to agonize too much anymore but appreciate the season long background/narrative that comes from the team, especially one in reasonable contention for a playoff spot. I have pretty much checked out of any other major sports in the last ten years (English soccer being the sole exception) which I attribute to being an overworked dad of three small kids, but I cannot or will not give up the Yankees.

This years team is likeable enough and I hope Gleyber goes off in a big way

31 Hank Waddles   ~  Apr 10, 2022 3:32 pm

Hey, Knuckles. I agree with you about the agonizing. I find that I can’t really follow the off-season stuff as much as I used to, and I’ve acknowledged that my hoping for one free agent or another has no bearing on what Cashman will do, so it doesn’t make sense to waste energy on it.

And while my interest in most other sports has waned, I can’t imagine I’ll ever stop being interested in the Yankees. So for me, it’s baseball, college football, and soccer. (Like you, I’m addicted to English soccer. Completely addicted.)

And all of this is fine with me.

32 rbj   ~  Apr 10, 2022 6:09 pm

Gary had himself a game, including a salami. Good for him. Seems like a change of scenery was needed.

33 rbj   ~  Apr 10, 2022 6:16 pm

Oh shit.

34 Ara Just Fair   ~  Apr 10, 2022 6:20 pm

Tougher than a soccer player. Hockey player. Not so much. Uamg

35 Ara Just Fair   ~  Apr 10, 2022 6:21 pm

Whoops. Meant to add Hang in there.

36 rbj   ~  Apr 10, 2022 6:21 pm

Phew, back on the mound.

37 Ara Just Fair   ~  Apr 10, 2022 6:40 pm

This umpire clearly Fucking sucks.

38 rbj   ~  Apr 10, 2022 7:26 pm

Kay with A-Rod and Clemens on the deuce

39 Ara Just Fair   ~  Apr 10, 2022 7:28 pm

Sigh. Nothing like a bases loaded dp.

40 rbj   ~  Apr 10, 2022 7:40 pm

Off to walk the terrorists, would hate to miss a Yankee rally.

41 Ara Just Fair   ~  Apr 10, 2022 7:58 pm

I like it! Tied up.

42 rbj   ~  Apr 10, 2022 8:01 pm

Shoot, missed it. Also had to take out the garbage including some moldy goulash.

43 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Apr 10, 2022 8:15 pm

Japan Calling! Catching up on the first few games, and this Sunday night ESPN one. Better announcing team now with Cone on it. What is the KAY-ARod thing people are mentioning?

Btw, you guys need to look up what happened in the NPB league here over the weekend. 19-stirke out perfect game by a 20-year old..!

44 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Apr 10, 2022 8:18 pm

Stanton continues to just crush the ball!

45 Ara Just Fair   ~  Apr 10, 2022 8:18 pm

Hicks needs a good result.

46 rbj   ~  Apr 10, 2022 8:20 pm

Not sure why my comment requires moderation.

47 Ara Just Fair   ~  Apr 10, 2022 8:25 pm

Did you mention a product inadvertently?

48 rbj   ~  Apr 10, 2022 8:27 pm

Just gambling and how it is now embraced

49 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Apr 10, 2022 8:58 pm

What is the point of Joey Gallo and why is he wearing A-Rod's #?

50 Ara Just Fair   ~  Apr 10, 2022 8:59 pm

Right? Went from taboo to now talking about it 24/7. I'd bet now Hicks is going to end the inning.

51 Ara Just Fair   ~  Apr 10, 2022 9:00 pm

RBJ, the word itself probably triggers something.
And hey. I woulda won my bet!

52 rob_smith_51   ~  Apr 10, 2022 9:26 pm

Lots of base runners, just can't get anyone to the plate.

Weird to see Cone in a Red Sox uniform.

53 rbj   ~  Apr 11, 2022 7:22 pm

Ugh, I hate doing taxes.

54 rbj   ~  Apr 11, 2022 7:30 pm

Blue Jays are scary good on offense

55 Ara Just Fair   ~  Apr 11, 2022 8:12 pm

Is it possible to HATE the jays more than the Sox this year? I believe so.

56 OldYanksFan   ~  Apr 11, 2022 9:47 pm

"Yankees’ Aaron Judge wants nine-year contract, over $30.5 million AAV"
Damn.... this is really Robbie Cano, 2 point 0.
9 years takes Judge through age 39. Anybody think his body will hold up anywhere near that long? I would have loved to keep Cano, and I would have loved to keep Judge. But you know what......?
Aaron....SEE YA!

57 Boatzilla   ~  Apr 11, 2022 10:31 pm

I know it's only been a handful of games, but the Yankees seem exactly the same as last year.
Decent Pitching
Great BP
Sloppy D (including the catcher)
Too Many Strikeouts
RISP fails
Homer Happy
Nothing has changed.

58 Boatzilla   ~  Apr 11, 2022 10:33 pm

BTW, Joey Gallo < Clint Frazier
and not as nearly as pleasant to look at.
It's like trading in a Pinto for a Vega.

59 Bronx Boy in NC   ~  Apr 12, 2022 11:19 am

Ugh, looks like they've settled comfortably back into "the home run will save us! 'Ceptin' when it doesn't."

Am I really that much of an old fart to expect a little situational contact hitting?

Don't answer that.

60 rbj   ~  Apr 12, 2022 6:08 pm

I hope everyone in the city is safe. Crazy morning

61 rbj   ~  Apr 12, 2022 6:25 pm

Damn, caught

62 Ara Just Fair   ~  Apr 12, 2022 6:29 pm

Officially a Yankee.

63 rbj   ~  Apr 12, 2022 6:51 pm

Yay, Hicks

64 RIYank   ~  Apr 12, 2022 6:58 pm

I'm embarrassed to say that until about ten minutes ago I'd thought yesterday was a travel day. Yeesh.

Hey, Donaldson with some nice glove work!

65 RIYank   ~  Apr 12, 2022 7:33 pm

Defensive plays are awesome, when it's the other team calling them.

66 RIYank   ~  Apr 12, 2022 8:15 pm

Is Cortes really this good?

67 Boatzilla   ~  Apr 12, 2022 8:47 pm

[66] Yes. He was good last year. Got screwed on run support.

68 RIYank   ~  Apr 12, 2022 8:48 pm


69 Boatzilla   ~  Apr 12, 2022 8:51 pm

Impressive song reference of the night. Coney on "Rapper's Delight" and Paulie got it! It was a pretty deep lyric, too.

70 Boatzilla   ~  Apr 12, 2022 9:00 pm


71 Boatzilla   ~  Apr 12, 2022 9:43 pm

Noice win.

72 rbj   ~  Apr 13, 2022 6:42 pm

Yeah, Roberts was right to take Kershaw out

73 rbj   ~  Apr 13, 2022 6:45 pm


74 Ara Just Fair   ~  Apr 13, 2022 7:06 pm

Ugh. These games are boring. No hits. No runs. Down early. No life. Bollocks.

75 rbj   ~  Apr 13, 2022 7:27 pm

Of course.

76 rbj   ~  Apr 13, 2022 7:41 pm

Belly to belly

77 Ara Just Fair   ~  Apr 13, 2022 7:44 pm

Apparently all I need to do is not watch for 5 minutes.

78 rbj   ~  Apr 13, 2022 7:50 pm

Tied up!

79 GaryfromChevyChase   ~  Apr 13, 2022 7:52 pm

Ara. Me too, just in time!

80 rbj   ~  Apr 13, 2022 7:55 pm

Ah, 85 pitches.

81 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Apr 13, 2022 8:20 pm

That Vladdy Jr tater (second one), was off a good pitch by Cole. What a hitter!

82 Ara Just Fair   ~  Apr 13, 2022 8:21 pm

JFC, Gleyber! East Coast HS 2nd basemen turn that in the snow.

83 Ara Just Fair   ~  Apr 13, 2022 8:23 pm

Springer is going to bunt a double to right field.

84 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Apr 13, 2022 8:25 pm

Springer one of those guys that just seems to hit .750 with men on base..

85 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Apr 13, 2022 8:26 pm

Catcher's interference on Higashioka?? I always ride with Japan connections but he can't hit at all so can't be making mistakes on D!

86 Ara Just Fair   ~  Apr 13, 2022 8:37 pm

A routine dp turned. How quaint.

87 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Apr 13, 2022 8:44 pm

Vlad the Impaler II, frightening hitter..

88 OldYanksFan   ~  Apr 13, 2022 8:51 pm

Once again, we have a HR or nothing team. Me no likey!
They should not have traded Sanchez.... as frustrating as he was.
This team seems to rarely get into double-digit Hits. Is that so much to ask, from our 'elite offense'?

89 OldYanksFan   ~  Apr 13, 2022 9:17 pm

The Rizzo bunt was a great idea... except it was Ball 4...

90 Evil Empire   ~  Apr 14, 2022 7:12 pm

[0] Great stuff, Hank. We are the same age in our fandom and I feel the same way. I'm sorry I'm a week late to the thread.

91 rbj   ~  Apr 14, 2022 7:27 pm

Yay, game about to start. We were supposed to get thunderstorms here, but nope

92 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Apr 14, 2022 8:01 pm

Great to see Severino back.
Is it true O’Neil isn’t at the stadium because he’s unvaxxed?

93 Boatzilla   ~  Apr 14, 2022 8:14 pm

[92] You're joking, right?

94 Boatzilla   ~  Apr 14, 2022 8:19 pm

I can't believe we are gonna have to watch Joey Gallo whiff and make googly eyes all year.

95 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Apr 14, 2022 8:19 pm

[93] I saw they asked him why he was at his home studio and he said it was because the schedule changed due to the lockout, so in April his only home games had changed, etc. But he wouldn't answer about the vax and YES/MLB's rules on that. Same for Smoltz on FOX apparently.

96 Boatzilla   ~  Apr 14, 2022 8:21 pm

[95] No words.

97 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Apr 14, 2022 8:23 pm

[96] And O'Neil's son is a doctor..
Kiner-Falefa with the hit! We're going to win tonight now.

98 Boatzilla   ~  Apr 14, 2022 8:26 pm

According to Meredith, Boone thinks IKF and Higgy will hit. Really? There's no evidence of that ever happening.

99 Boatzilla   ~  Apr 14, 2022 8:26 pm

[97] Shouldn't been an out, but I'll take it.

100 Boatzilla   ~  Apr 14, 2022 8:28 pm

Woo! A little bingo.

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101 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Apr 14, 2022 8:29 pm

[98] Boone's only evident strength as a manager is backing his guys up, important to do sure but at some point you got to acknowledge the obvious. You know I love 東丘 but he's not a major league hitter..

102 rbj   ~  Apr 14, 2022 8:33 pm

Trevino & Falafel? Not sure I recognize much of this team

103 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Apr 14, 2022 8:36 pm

[102] Black hole at the bottom of the lineup, don't look at their stats..

104 yankintexas   ~  Apr 14, 2022 8:45 pm

Trevino is like a framing master out there.

105 Boatzilla   ~  Apr 14, 2022 8:48 pm

[101]I would bet he can't read any kanji either.

106 rbj   ~  Apr 14, 2022 8:58 pm

I like Sevvy.

107 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Apr 14, 2022 8:59 pm

[106] Me too, glad he got paid before the injuries hit.

108 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Apr 14, 2022 9:04 pm

Gallo at .176 and zero RBI in game 7. How long is his leash? He's a great outfielder but guy doesn't hit anything but homers..

109 rbj   ~  Apr 14, 2022 9:09 pm

So, Trevino driving in Falafel is going to be a thing?

110 knuckles   ~  Apr 14, 2022 9:09 pm

Yeah, Gallo is a huge black hole right now in the lineup.

I am liking IKF so far (do we have a better nickname/shorthand for him?). Nice compact swing and a little bit of enthusiasm. And whaddaya know, he and Trevino are the entire offense tonight. Get Sevy the W.

111 knuckles   ~  Apr 14, 2022 9:10 pm

And, our catcher swipes a bag. Nice.

112 Ara Just Fair   ~  Apr 14, 2022 9:11 pm

Via wikipedia
New York Yankees
On April 2, 2022, the Rangers traded Trevino to the New York Yankees in exchange for Albert Abreu and Robert Ahlstrom.[19]

113 Boatzilla   ~  Apr 14, 2022 9:16 pm

[108] [110] He's been playing sloppy D this year as well. No value.

114 Boatzilla   ~  Apr 14, 2022 9:52 pm

Castro seems like a good pick up so far. I have seen how the Mets end of that deal, Rodriguez, is working out.

115 Boatzilla   ~  Apr 14, 2022 9:52 pm

*have not seen*

116 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Apr 14, 2022 10:00 pm

Falefa on the basepaths, Falafel sandwiches here for lunch. Boom!

117 Boatzilla   ~  Apr 14, 2022 10:01 pm

Yankees bunting for hits1 WTF!?

118 Boatzilla   ~  Apr 14, 2022 10:12 pm

[116] Really? I could go for a good falafel. Last one I had was crap. They used frozen ones. Won't be going back to that place.

119 Boatzilla   ~  Apr 14, 2022 10:23 pm

Small ball!

120 knuckles   ~  Apr 14, 2022 10:24 pm

Nice little bit of situational hitting by Stanton there.

121 Boatzilla   ~  Apr 14, 2022 10:33 pm

No game is Chapman proof any more.

122 Boatzilla   ~  Apr 14, 2022 10:35 pm

Yes, we got these catchers because Gary is so bad at blocking.

123 knuckles   ~  Apr 14, 2022 10:37 pm

Thanks, Chap!

124 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Apr 14, 2022 10:38 pm

[118] These are from our old Israeli friend Pita The Great, he sells pitas and frozen falafels to Azabu market in Hiroo. Am sure you visited his old shop in Akasaka before he closed?

125 Boatzilla   ~  Apr 14, 2022 10:45 pm

See. All ya gotta do is throw strikes.
That was entertaining.

126 Boatzilla   ~  Apr 14, 2022 10:46 pm

[118] That name rings a bell.

127 OldYanksFan   ~  Apr 14, 2022 10:48 pm

I tired of Chapman more than a year ago.

128 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Apr 15, 2022 6:16 pm

Evening, Team.

129 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Apr 15, 2022 6:26 pm

Hello Weeping!!
Why they changed Camden Tards so much moving back the fences? I missed most of Kay’s explanation.
Maybin sounds a bit jumpy, is this is first game?

130 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Apr 15, 2022 6:35 pm

I didn't hear much of an explanation. They went through the difference and about what it will mean for hitters, blah blah blah, but they didn't say anything about the motives.

Also, I just saw the thread about your dad looking for how to stream. Is he all fixed up?

131 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Apr 15, 2022 6:36 pm

(I finally got YES back myself, after years of not having it.)

132 rbj   ~  Apr 15, 2022 6:37 pm

He did have one ST game.

Blessed Passover/Easter for those who observe.

133 rbj   ~  Apr 15, 2022 6:39 pm

LeMachine with the throw

134 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Apr 15, 2022 6:43 pm

Hey weeping, yes he’s all set now thanks! He was like ‘I’m too old to navigate all these different channels and I was ‘Yeah, me too!’

rbj, Happy Holidays to you too! Didn’t even realize it was Easter & Passover this weekend, not much sign of that over this way

135 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Apr 15, 2022 6:49 pm

"Hey weeping, yes he’s all set now thanks! He was like ‘I’m too old to navigate all these different channels and I was ‘Yeah, me too!’"

Exactly!--me three!

136 rbj   ~  Apr 15, 2022 7:01 pm

Thanks Jazz.

137 rbj   ~  Apr 15, 2022 7:44 pm

Gumby for the sixth?

138 rbj   ~  Apr 15, 2022 7:55 pm

Of course. Hit against the shift!

139 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Apr 15, 2022 8:03 pm

That was not well played between Hicks and Stanton.

140 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Apr 15, 2022 8:15 pm

You guys might appreciate this (dude cracks me up):


141 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Apr 15, 2022 8:18 pm

Love showy umps! Who was the guy in the 80s with the really loud strike call?
Gallo with the D, at least contributing with the glove if not the bat.

142 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Apr 15, 2022 8:23 pm

God, I don't remember at all! I found that clip looking for that scene in that eighties film with the parody ump. It wasn't Airplane but it was like Airplane. And Uecker was in it.

143 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Apr 15, 2022 8:23 pm

Yes, that was a nice throw.

144 OldYanksFan   ~  Apr 15, 2022 8:24 pm

Who is in the booth with Kay?

145 rbj   ~  Apr 15, 2022 8:30 pm

I’m on the Orioles feed, but from earlier comments, Cameron Maybin. Carlos Beltran s in the stable this year as well.

146 OldYanksFan   ~  Apr 15, 2022 8:30 pm

[129] Maybin in the booth? Is he retired already? I remember when he was the next great thing.

147 rbj   ~  Apr 15, 2022 8:34 pm

Maybin wasn’t offered even an NRI this year. And with Sngleton retired . . .

148 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Apr 15, 2022 8:34 pm

Maybin sounding better now later in the game, maybe nervous to stay with. Will miss Kenny Singleton though on these O’s games

149 OldYanksFan   ~  Apr 15, 2022 8:34 pm

Are these guests in the booth because Paulie and Coney don't want to travel?

150 Ara Just Fair   ~  Apr 15, 2022 8:35 pm

What's up, all. The booth said pre-game that the new outfield dimensions would have prevented about 190 homers over the last 4 years.

151 OldYanksFan   ~  Apr 15, 2022 8:38 pm

JEEZ! Does this 'great offense' even get double digits in Hits?

152 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Apr 15, 2022 8:42 pm

190 homers..???

153 Ara Just Fair   ~  Apr 15, 2022 8:54 pm

They cited statcast or some such. Boils down to about 50 over each of the last 4 seasons. Less than 1 per game. Doesn't seem like a lot with all the extra grass and high walls added.

154 OldYanksFan   ~  Apr 15, 2022 8:57 pm

I wish Boone would stop fucking around with the batting order.

155 OldYanksFan   ~  Apr 15, 2022 9:04 pm

Wow. Maybin played 15 years. Had a career .697 OPS (92 OPS+). 13.5 WAR in 15 years! That sucks... especially for an OFer.

156 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Apr 15, 2022 9:15 pm

Cherrinos..does he call everyone ‘Slick’? (Movie reference, who gets it??)

157 OldYanksFan   ~  Apr 15, 2022 9:31 pm

How did Judge miss that one?

158 Ara Just Fair   ~  Apr 15, 2022 9:36 pm

Sweet at bat. Fucking Bollocks!

159 Ara Just Fair   ~  Apr 15, 2022 9:41 pm


160 OldYanksFan   ~  Apr 15, 2022 9:47 pm

Not including this game, our offense:
.235 - 316 - .403 OPS: .719
Kinda pathetic.

161 OldYanksFan   ~  Apr 15, 2022 9:54 pm

Good God!

162 Boatzilla   ~  Apr 15, 2022 9:54 pm

Little League play for Rizzo, FFS.

163 Ara Just Fair   ~  Apr 15, 2022 9:54 pm


164 Boatzilla   ~  Apr 15, 2022 9:55 pm

Donaldson needs to start earning his salary.

165 Boatzilla   ~  Apr 15, 2022 9:57 pm

Let's face it, Gallo sucks.

166 Ara Just Fair   ~  Apr 15, 2022 9:58 pm

What a shit show.

167 OldYanksFan   ~  Apr 15, 2022 9:59 pm

[165] Remember when 'fans' were begging for him?
Career: .206 .333 .485 .818

168 Boatzilla   ~  Apr 15, 2022 9:59 pm

I liked when Chirinos got hit in the balls and Maybin said "got him in the family jewels."

Kay will never (has never) directly indicated when a player gets hit in the balls for some reason. Not sure why. Are testicles considered offensive? It's just a part of the body. Its weird.

169 Boatzilla   ~  Apr 15, 2022 10:00 pm

[167] And he's been trending down!

170 Ara Just Fair   ~  Apr 15, 2022 10:09 pm

I hope Maybin and Cone do some games together.

171 Boatzilla   ~  Apr 15, 2022 10:11 pm

Not Chapman. This game is over.

172 Boatzilla   ~  Apr 15, 2022 10:17 pm

Maybe we're seeing the real Slim Shady tonight.

173 Ara Just Fair   ~  Apr 15, 2022 10:24 pm

They reserve to lose. The ump sucked all game.

174 Boatzilla   ~  Apr 15, 2022 10:25 pm

Arguing close calls in a game against a team you should have crushed is never a good look.


175 rbj   ~  Apr 16, 2022 6:17 pm

Boo rain delay

176 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Apr 16, 2022 6:26 pm

Evening, Team!

177 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Apr 16, 2022 6:45 pm

Nice play, Torres.

178 rbj   ~  Apr 16, 2022 7:20 pm


179 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Apr 16, 2022 7:21 pm


180 rbj   ~  Apr 16, 2022 7:35 pm


181 rbj   ~  Apr 16, 2022 7:54 pm

More rain. Rain out!

Dang hail.

182 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Apr 16, 2022 7:55 pm

Crazy, right?

Now it's making me want to watch Magnolia (because of the frogs).

183 rbj   ~  Apr 16, 2022 8:29 pm

Saturday night veterinarian shows for me.

184 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Apr 16, 2022 8:50 pm

Is that an actual genre? I've never heard of that!

185 OldYanksFan   ~  Apr 16, 2022 8:53 pm

BAD SEND!!!! with only 1 out.

186 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Apr 16, 2022 9:21 pm

Nice hitting! Two in a row!

187 OldYanksFan   ~  Apr 16, 2022 9:22 pm

Maybin is a real chatty Kathy. Sounds like a lifelong Yankees fan. A bit of a homer though. Loves IKF and Hicks???

188 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Apr 16, 2022 9:46 pm

That curve looks like a fast whiffle ball.

189 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Apr 16, 2022 9:46 pm

[187] laughing

He is a bit of a chatty Kathy, indeed. He's just happy to be here. Give him some time, maybe.

190 Boatzilla   ~  Apr 16, 2022 10:31 pm

[187] Ha! Haven't head that expression in a while. I was just thinking the same thing.

191 Boatzilla   ~  Apr 16, 2022 10:35 pm

These O's games seem like the Yanks are playing a contender. They've been entertaining, no doubt, but shouldn't they be crushing these guys?

192 rbj   ~  Apr 17, 2022 12:48 pm

Nestor being nasty today

193 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Apr 17, 2022 1:26 pm

[182] Yeah, he's fun to watch!

194 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Apr 17, 2022 1:27 pm


195 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Apr 17, 2022 3:06 pm


196 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Apr 17, 2022 3:25 pm

That was some kind of a disgrace, all right.

197 rbj   ~  Apr 17, 2022 6:23 pm

Nice Easter dinner, leg of lamb, fingerling potatoes, carrots, and broccoli.

Missed Nestor’s immaculate inning but also missed a mismanaged bullpen and a pathetic offense.

198 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Apr 18, 2022 8:00 am

They scored zero runs against one of the worst baseball teams in the last 20 years..WHY is Boone resting guys already??? Can't believe he is still the manager..

199 rbj   ~  Apr 19, 2022 5:58 pm

I’ll take it

200 RIYank   ~  Apr 19, 2022 6:10 pm

[199] Yeah just thought I'd pop in to report that I will accept the gift runs.

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201 Springdeeds   ~  Apr 19, 2022 6:16 pm

been a while since i've been here- hi all. think ive mentioned this in past seasons but have such a hard time with ryan rucco doing the fill-in play by play. incredibly grating voice and sort of overreactive in my opinion. whats everyone think of cam maybin so far?

202 RIYank   ~  Apr 19, 2022 6:20 pm

[201] I was just going to mention -- Maybin is pretty good. (I don't buy the 'manufacture runs' line, but that's okay.)

203 RIYank   ~  Apr 19, 2022 6:24 pm

Holy cow.
The Tigers are bad at some of the parts of baseball you take for granted...

204 rbj   ~  Apr 19, 2022 6:28 pm

Gotta be an injury.

205 OldYanksFan   ~  Apr 19, 2022 6:29 pm

[204] Broke off a callous or maybe a nail?
Hicks leading the Yanks in OPS, and it's snowing in Hell.

206 rbj   ~  Apr 19, 2022 6:33 pm

Maybe, or hopefully just a sprain.

207 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Apr 19, 2022 6:37 pm

Evening, Team!

Nice to have a couple runs up on the board.

208 RIYank   ~  Apr 19, 2022 6:42 pm

[207] Couple three.

209 RIYank   ~  Apr 19, 2022 6:46 pm

Cole is "very fickle with his routine"???

210 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Apr 19, 2022 6:47 pm

Couple three.

211 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Apr 19, 2022 6:48 pm

[209] laughing

212 OldYanksFan   ~  Apr 19, 2022 6:53 pm

Anyone else think we overpaid for Cole?

213 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Apr 19, 2022 6:54 pm

Give me a fucking break.

214 RIYank   ~  Apr 19, 2022 6:54 pm

This is a very weird game.

215 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Apr 19, 2022 6:57 pm


We're not going to win this game, are we?

216 rbj   ~  Apr 19, 2022 6:58 pm

So now Cole is shitting the bed.

217 RIYank   ~  Apr 19, 2022 7:00 pm

[215] "I fear both the Tigers of Detroit and the Indians of Cleveland."

218 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Apr 19, 2022 7:01 pm

My God.


219 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Apr 19, 2022 7:02 pm

[217] But we have the great DiMaggio. He makes the difference.

220 rbj   ~  Apr 19, 2022 7:10 pm

Miggy is at 2996 hits, so we have that to look forward to this series.

221 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Apr 19, 2022 7:13 pm

[220] Fabulous.

222 RIYank   ~  Apr 19, 2022 7:15 pm

[219] True. I will have faith.

223 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Apr 19, 2022 7:19 pm

I just can't imagine how much that must hurt in the cold.

224 Springdeeds   ~  Apr 19, 2022 7:27 pm

I think that Cole will come around-- its a long season. With that being said, he seems so sensitive to time/elements/waiting around in a way that isn't Ace-like. He's not dominating games, sort of reacting to these things and yeah it just seems like everything slows down. Don't really know how to explain this but it almost seems like he's pitching for himself and the pitching coach or thats what exists in his head rather than pitching for the team at large.

225 RIYank   ~  Apr 19, 2022 7:29 pm

[224] I think it's his fickle routine.
Either that or this fill-in's vocabulary, one of the two.

226 OldYanksFan   ~  Apr 19, 2022 7:44 pm

Is Judge gonna feel the heat this year of turning down the Yankees offer? $31.5 per through age 38 seemed pretty fair to me. Based on other boards I've been on, more than 4 out of 5 thought it was a good offer, and gave a big F.U./see ya To Judge.

227 mhoward120   ~  Apr 19, 2022 7:45 pm

So earlier tonite, I happened to put on the SNY Mets broadcast for a minute and it seemed to me that SNY really toned down the volume of the crowd noise. This just happened to be the minute Lindor got the gw hit and the crowd sounded oddly distant.
Anyone else ever notice that?

228 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Apr 19, 2022 7:50 pm

[227] I was watching that game too but I didn't notice. (It was a good game!)

229 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Apr 19, 2022 7:55 pm

Good AB, Rizzo! Way to work it!

230 rbj   ~  Apr 19, 2022 8:00 pm

Time to walk the terrorists. Would hate to miss a big inning

231 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Apr 19, 2022 8:02 pm

[230] We'll keep the light on for you.

232 Springdeeds   ~  Apr 19, 2022 8:07 pm

gallo with no RBIs this season yikes

233 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Apr 19, 2022 8:07 pm

Not a one.

234 mhoward120   ~  Apr 19, 2022 8:08 pm

I would take either Ernest or Julio over Joey.

235 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Apr 19, 2022 8:08 pm

(Tough to drive in runs when you miss the baseball.)

236 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Apr 19, 2022 8:10 pm

I can't believe that 2003 is almost twenty years ago already.
Just like that.
I remember Jorgie making the last out like it was yesterday.

237 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Apr 19, 2022 8:25 pm

Sure would be nice to score some more runs.
But I guess maybe we're done for the day on that front.

238 Springdeeds   ~  Apr 19, 2022 8:33 pm

strange team this year, lots will change through the season ofc, but even with a lead there is something depressing about watching them??

239 Springdeeds   ~  Apr 19, 2022 8:33 pm

other than the bullpen ^ where there seems to be some vitality

240 OldYanksFan   ~  Apr 19, 2022 8:42 pm

It's insane that these guys don't learn how to push a bunt down 3rd. I still remember when Cano did it and got a double.

241 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Apr 19, 2022 8:44 pm

I just can't take this team.

242 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Apr 19, 2022 8:45 pm

[240] Hahahah! He did! That wasn't in Toronto, was it?

243 OldYanksFan   ~  Apr 19, 2022 8:56 pm

That was a great play. Didn't think he had a chance.

244 Springdeeds   ~  Apr 19, 2022 8:59 pm

our bullpen and defense are good

245 Springdeeds   ~  Apr 19, 2022 8:59 pm

^which is OK but also boring lol

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